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June 22nd-July 3rd!

Have you ever fallen in love with a Broadway Musical? Here’s your chance to bring the best of Broadway to your child! Sing, Dance, and Act! They will be ready for the stage in no time! Hannah Montana, step aside!

July 6th-17th!

Time to introduce your children to American Sign Language, as well as many other forms of nonverbal expression. The sky’s the limit! Music, Creative Movement, Signing, and Artistic Expression come together in one!

July 20th-31st!

These two fun filled weeks will give your child the chance to dance like the stars ! They will have the opportunity to learn the basics of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Gymnastics! Best of all, they will experience the magical world of dance!

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August 3rd-7th!

Grab your easel and your blank canvas, time to bring the artist out within you! This week of artistic creativity will give your child the experience of a life-time in the world of art. Learn from the Masters! Pastels, Acrylics, and more!

August 10th-14th!

This camp is for children of all abilities to enjoy a little bit of every-thing! Your child will be introduced to Singing and American Sign Language, Art and Imagination, as well as Computer Technology! TSS and BSC are welcome in each classroom!

Beg. Drama

Ages 6-8 Fridays 6:00-6:45pm

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Ages 9-12 Fridays 6:45-7:30pm

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Ages 13+ Fridays 7:30-8:15pm

Beg. Dance Combo Ages 3-5 Mondays 4:30-5:20pm

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Pocono Family YMCA Summer Camps Miss Ruth’s Pre-School Theme Camp (Ages 3-5)

Activities include: swimming, indoor gym,outdoor play, hands-on experience fun!

Summer Fun Camp (Post K-3rd Grade)

Support your Local Minor League Soccer team at Eiler-Martin Stadium on the campus of ESU

Kids 12 & under are FREE and Adults only $5.00

Activities include: swimming, indoor & outdoor activities, weekly trips!

Camp Hidden Lake (Post 4th-6th Grade)

Activities include: swimming, canoeing,mountain biking, archery, outdoor fun!

School-Age Camp Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm Flexible Schedules for working parents! Providing additional care from 6:30am to 8:00am & 4:00pm to 6:30pm

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Contents The Playroom Rainy Day Games & Activities..........7

Restaurant Review The “New” Dansbury Depot.............10

Children & Sunglasses..........11 Spring Family Expo. ................12 Family Practice Corner Non Toxic Living:

Organic Gardening, Safer Pesticides and Organic Food

To Be Organic or To Not Be Organic? That is the Question.


he word organic is all around us. But is there really a difference between organic foods and products and ones that are not? The answer is, yes! Scientists have started to realize that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause long term damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood...

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Can you Change the Locks on the Door?..........................14

Recipe Exchange.......................17 Family Finance Insuring your Vacation......................18

Summer is a Hot Time to Practice Writing Skills...........22 Reader’s Talkback.....................23 Family Travel Tips

Families that Play Together Stay Together.....................26

Ask Dr Waters

When is “Environmentally Friendly” not-so-friendly?................30

Kids Korner.................................34

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Teen & “Tween”.........................35 Health & Medical Resources. ....................................36 Marketplace. ...............................37 Pet Tails. ........................................38

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From the Editor’s Desk


ow that the children are out of school, and summer is upon us, what’s next? A summer full of running around wildly; driving the kids around from one activity to another or the peace and tranquility of event free weekdays and weekends? If you work full time, and your children are in childcare or camp that leaves the weekends to plan activities or moments of tranquility; the choice is yours. My family has opted for tranquility! Despite the fact that we will still need to work in our business, transport the younger two boys to and from camp and sports activities, as well as get our teenager to and from his summer job everyday, my husband and I are insisting on tranquility this summer! Take “down time” and quiet moments as often as you can to enjoy doing “nothing” this summer. Read, soak up the sun, and play in the yard. Try not to schedule every moment of every summer day. Fall will be upon us before you know it, and those rigid schedules will need to be implemented soon enough. Enjoy the beauty of the Poconos, or take a short trip to the Jersey Shore. Spend time with family and friends. Make time for laughter and fun. Be a child for a day, and play, play, play. Here’s to wishing you a safe, fun filled, tranquil summer!










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kay, so it’s been raining for two days straight, and the kids are bored silly. What to do? Just put on your “imagination cap” and get started with some tried and true remedies for boredom!

Have a puppet show

If you don’t own puppets, make them out of some old socks (felt, buttons, fabric markers and glue are all you will need for this craft)!

Put on a play or show

Kids love to entertain adults. Have your children “act out” a favorite play, or host your own version of “Kids Idol”!

Make a fort

Clear off your dining room or kitchen table, give your kids a stack of blankets and pillows, and watch the magical fortresses they will create. (This is usually good for a half day of fun)!

Take out the craft supplies(even the messy ones) Grab the paint, glitter, glue, crayons, markers, and construction paper. Make cards for upcoming birthdays or celebrations!

Bake or cook

Kids love to create and to cook. Simple recipes would be best to keep their interest. Homemade macaroni and cheese for lunch with homemade chocolate chip cookies for snack, will taste even better when the kids know that they had a hand in the end result!

Break out the board games

Heaven knows Monopoly can last all day long! Depending on your child’s age, you will want to have a variety of board games on hand to keep their interest! Hopefully, these suggestions will get your “creative juices” flowing during the next summertime storm! As always, play hard, play safe and enjoy!

Have and indoor picnic

Push the furniture aside to make room for a big blanket on the floor. Pack a picnic basket with sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Play “I Spy” or “Going on a Picnic” as you enjoy a leisurely lunch!

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Brainerd Presbyterian Center 570-992-4127 Snydersville , PA Summer Camp Camp Big Wheel 570-424-5499 East Stroudsburg, PA Summer Camp Program; Who: Boys & Girls ages 2-12, When: 6:30 A.M till 6:30 P.M.,Where: Big Wheel’s Awesome 30,000 sq. ft. facility, Why: Because it’s fun Camp Canadensis 570-595-7461 Canadensis, PA A 7-week, coeducational residential camp for children between the ages of 7 and 16 Camp Cayuga 570-253-3133 Honesdale, NJ A Coed Residential Summer Camp with an ACTION-PACKED program for ages 5 to 15 (entering 10th grade). Camp Hope 908-459-4435 Hope, NJ A year-round camp, conference and retreat center offering summer camp for Performing Arts, Swimming and Fishing grades 3-12 Camp Impact in Tobyhanna 570-894-9652 Tobyhanna Impact Athletic Center Where your child will exercise their MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Camp Invention 800-968-4332 40+ sites in local PA schools, NJ A hands-on science and creativity camp that makes learning fun! Take apart old appliances, build new inventions, escape from an alien planet, crash test cars and skateboards, design unique vehicles, solve a crime. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Foundation, for children entering grades 1-6. M-F, 9:00-3:30. Camp JCC Allentown 610-435-3571 Center Valley, PA Our main focus is to build a camp community through activities that encourage healthy play, teamwork, and respect for self and others.

Camp Ladore 570-488-6129 Waymart, PA Weeklong camp experiences are offered for children between the ages of 7 – 12, with specialized wilderness programs for 13 – 17 year olds. Camp Lindenmere 888-220-4773 Henryville, PA Located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Lindenmere’s individualized programming provides every camper with their own unique summer experience. Our activities which include Horseback Riding, Ropes Course, Circus, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Fine Arts and an array of Team and Individual Sports. Camp Nejeda Foundationfor children with diabetes 973-383-2611 Stillwater, NJ Multiple options are offered for campers, including a one-week session for younger campers, three two-week sessions for older campers, and two family camps each season. Camp Pocono Ridge (732)521-4796 Have you ever experienced a place where life’s’ lessons are achieved in the simplest of activities? Camp should not be seen as simply sending your child on a vacation. Camp, when done correctly, is truly an educational experience and one that helps mold your child’s future; it’s just disguised as fun! Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA 570-828-2329 Dingmans Ferry, PA Traditional camp programs for campers ages 12 - 16 as well as our Specialty Camp, Camp William Penn 215-683-3605 Marshalls Creek , PA In operation for over 50 years, and recognized as one of camps most successfully working with diverse populations in the state

Delaware Aerospace Academy 302-738-7749 Delaware, PA Throughout the week, girls and boys in grades 2 - 10 are continually challenged to think, create, solve, build, and work cooperatively.  All academies are designed to integrate the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics using Earth and Space Education as the uni–fying framework.  Discovery Science Camps at Da Vinci Science Center    484-664-1002 Allentown , PA The series of week-long day camps provide youngsters with fun, interactive experiences during which they become scientists, conduct experiments, solve mysteries, and discover the fascinating world around them. Some activities will include insect investigations, outdoor scavenger hunts, weather experiments, and exploring outer space. ESNJ Camp Merry Heart 908-852-3896 Hackettstown, NJ Our dedicated staff provides campers with wonderful experiences, allows parents, guardians and others a well-deserved respite, and helps to promote campers’ independence. Golden Slipper Camp 610-660-0520 Bala Cynwyd, PA For a countless number of kids who’ve spent their summers with us, Golden Slipper Camp evokes happy memories. For nearly 60 years, thousands of children and teenagers have experienced firsthand the warmth, traditions, spirit, and fun that make Golden Slipper Camp...well, Golden Slipper Camp. And no wonder. Golden Slipper is a safe, nurturing environment where the milestones called “growing up” take place. Happiness Is Camping 908-362-6733 Blairstown, NJ We’re a regular sleepaway camp for normal kids; girls and boys who just happen to have cancer. The camp is free to all, supported by donations and volunteer staff members. International Gymnastics Camp 570-629-0244 Stroudsburg, PA At International, we combine a great camping experience with the best gymnastics training anywhere. International Sports Training 570-620-2267 Stroudsburg, PA Our All Sports Program is for the adventuresome athlete who wants an overall sports camp experience! Johnsonburg Presbyterian Ctr 908-852-2349 Johnsonburg, NJ We have lots of new options this summer, including day camp, overnighters (a one night introduction to camp), and some 10 day units. Register soon to make sure you get your first option!

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Kirkwood Camp and Conference Center 570.421.8625 Stroudsburg, PA Are your kids searching for something new and exciting for the summer? A variety of camping experiences for a variety of ages - from 2nd grade through senior high. Interested in music, art or drama? Try “Joy of Creation” camp! Lake Greeley Camp 570-685-7196 Greeley, PA Whether your child is a First Time Camper or an Experienced Camper, with our mature, caring staff, exciting trips, special events, great evening activities and daily program, your child is guaranteed a summer to remember. Miss Margaret’s Summer Camp 570-629-0808 Tannersville, PA Children’s Dance CampBoys and Girls ages 3-11, Beginner to Advanced and Children’s Musical Theater Camp Boys and Girls ages 5-14, Beginner to Advanced. Mont Lawn Camp 570-588-6618 Bushkill, PA Campers splash in a crystal-clear pool, row across a lake, hike through the woods and unwind from the stress of city life. They sing, perform drama, try their hand at crafts and develop healthy friendships with peers and adults they can trust.

PEEC Summer Nature Study Day (570) 828-2319 Dingmans Ferry, PA Throughout the week, girls and boys in grades 2 - 10 are continually challenged to think, create, solve, build, and work cooperatively.  All academies are designed to integrate the study of science, technol– ogy, engineering, and mathematics using Earth and Space Education as the uni–fying framework.  Pinemere Camp 215-925-8000 Philadelphia, PA Pinemere is dedicated to offering children a chance to enjoy a summer camp experience in a majority Jewish setting where they can grow socially, emotionally and spiritually. Pinemere offers boys and girls, ages 6 to 14, a choice of 7, 4 and 3-week camp sessions. Pocono Plateau Camp & Retreat 570-676-3665 Cresco, PA Pocono Plateau has 1-week camping opportunities for children and youth throughout the summer. Each camp is for a specific age group with different themes and activities every week. Activities include: swimming, hiking, ballfield games, Bible studies, singing, campfires, 4-square, basketball, volleyball, group building games, crafts, and archery

Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp 800-822-7505 Canadensis, PA Christian camp and expeditions program for ages 7-18 … “Using Wilderness Adventures to Point Young People Toward Christ” SUSC/AC PERUGIA USA PA Northeastern Premier Soccer 1888-28GALEX Entire North East , PA Why do we stand out from other camps? Now is your chance to train like a pro and have a blast doing it! The Pennsylvania United Youth Soccer Camp 2008 has done it right. Our training consists of developing the player’s fundamental understanding of the technical aspects of the game through enjoyable and active sessions. Our player to trainer ratio is typically 10 to 1 The Summer Enrichment Program at The Quaker School at Horsham 215-674-2875 Horsham, PA The Summer Enrichment Program is a 5 week program with academics in the morning and recreation in the afternoon.  Our program allows children to retain skills taught throughout the school over the summer.  

Jr. Golf Camps at the Tillinghast Golf Academy 570-424-4000 / 1-800-SHAWNEE (742-9633) Pocono Family YMCA Summer Camps Shawnee on Delaware, PA 570-421-2525 Where kids can learn to “drive” at age 5! Camps are Stroudsburg, PA for boys and girls ages 5-18. Give your child the Three camps, Pre-School Camp (3-5 years), Summer opportunity to learn to play golf from the pros. 2009 Camps: Mt Gilead Camp and Conference Center Fun Camp (Post K-3rd Grade) and Camp Hidden 570-629-0920 Lake (Post 4th – 6th Grade), offer an array of hands- Junior: July 19-23 Tee Wee: July 28-30 on learning fun! Weekly thematic sessions include Summer Camp provides a Christ-centered camping swimming, outdoor play, field trips and much more! High School: August 2-6 experience for girls ages 7-17. Parent/Daughter Up to 12 weeks of camps, choose your own weeks! Twin Pines Camp - Conference - Retreat Center Weekends and the Dad/Daughter Canoe Trip offer School-age Camp provides before and after Camp a wonderful time for a parent to share the beauty child care from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at an additional 570-629-2411 Stroudsburg , PA of God’s creation with their daughter(s). Outdoor fee. Financial Assistance is available. Give your Education serves homeschooled families by child the YMCA Summer Camp Experience! Twin Pines is committed to providing quality, providing an environment and resources to study Christ-centered, creative educational experiences in creation in God’s perfect classroom. Pocono Kids’ Cultural Connection a natural environment significantly contributing to Facility rental makes Mt. Gilead’s conference SUMMER CAMP! the mental, physical, social and spiritual growth of grounds available during the off-season as a retreat 800-417-1623 our campers. center where women, men, and children can enjoy East Stroudsburg, PA our facilities an affordable price. URJ Camp Harlam Children’s Music, Singing, Dance & Art 570-629-1390 New Image Camp at Pocono Trail Broadway Beginners 4-6 years Kunkletown, PA 800-365-0556 Broadway Big Kids 7-11 years Reeders, PA Broadway’s Best 12-14 years Camp Harlam provides the finest in recreational Kids Collaboration Camp 4-6 years and educational activities for Reform Jewish youth Camp Pocono Trails is the finest weight loss camp 3rd - 12th grades in the country. 350 private acres is the setting where Princeton Blairstown Center children can realize their goals, while enjoying the 908-362-6765 YMCA Camp Ken-Etiwa-Pec best activities program... bar none. Princeton, NJ 908-362-8217 Hardwick, NJ New Jersey Camp Jaycee shtml Many of our programs take place on-site at the 732-246-2525  Princeton-Blairstown Center, still known to many of Our modern facilities are spread over 650 acres of Effort, PA the locals as the “Princeton Summer Camp” from its scenic mountain woodlands which guarantees fun in a safe welcoming place. Ages 5-16. first usage in the 1930s. The camp is a traditional camp program serving campers with special needs. Activities include arts YMCA Camp Mason Sixers Camps & crafts, dance & movement, boating, swimming, Camp Director: Wes Supper 610-668-7676 nature, sports & games, evening activities & more. (908) 362-8217 Ages 7- adult+. Residential Sessions beginning June Stroudsburg, PA Hardwick, NJ 07825 24 and ending August 18. $1,250/two wk session (residential); Day Camp Weeks beginning July 23 Day and overnight basketball and dance camps for and ending August 17. $350/wk (day camp) ACA Accredited boys and girls 9-17 years old. YMCA Camp Mason features modernized facilities, and Basketball-July 1-Aug. 10, 2007. Dance-Aug. 11-17, a huge variety of activities! Activities include: Basketball, 2007. Activities include boating, swimming, mini archery, swimming, skate boarding, soccer, pottery, golf, batting cages and beach volleyball. drama production, jewelry making, tipi overnights, horseback riding, mountain biking, river canoeing, rock climbing, volleyball, boating, fishing, and so much more!

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Review The “New” Dansbury Depot I

t’s no secret that Dansbury Depot or as our kids say “the train place” has been a regular family stop for many years since we moved to the Poconos. But, boy has it changed!

Now under new ownership and with an excellent complement of experienced staff the “new’ Dansbury Depot needs to be on your short list too. Recently, Teri and I stopped by on our “date night” to a “Wine & Food Tasting”. Yes, a wine and food tasting at the Depot!

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Hmm! A five course meal, complimented with five different wines, accompanied with Chef & Sommelier presentations; left us both cheering in amazement. As a result of our experience, we have signed up for the upcoming “Beer & Food Tasting” and also the “Pig Roast”. We have been accustomed to expecting good


food and beverages in the past, but now, presentation and the delectable dishes created by Chef Joe will be the talk of the Poconos!

Chef Joseph Tripodi is an Award winning chef who has trained under two world renowned chefs and has four years of culinary schooling under his belt. He is skilled and proficient in nine different types of cuisines. His passion for cooking and food is apparent as he explains his wide variety of daily specials and how they are prepared. Chef Joe is planning on bringing a new type of cuisine to the Poconos. He continues striving to create new and exciting dishes for his customers, all the while understanding that simpler classic dishes are always popular fare. General Manager Matthew Carmella has worked in the bar & restaurant business for most of his life. Matthew comes to us via “Matthew’s Granite Bar”; a bar he

opened for owner Peter Andrews inside The Four Seasons Restaurant in Marshall’s Creek. Before then, he was a manager at The Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap. He is the creator of the entire drink menu that you receive when you get your food menu. His personality is a big part of his success. When you enter The Dansbury Depot you will be greeted with a welcoming smile at the front door from Matt. He’s also been known to jump behind the bar and “chew the fat” (no pun intended) with the regular customers and tell a joke or two. Chef Joe & Matt have created a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Furthermore, they are motivated to create versatility in the restaurant where you can enjoy a “four star” gourmet meal, and someone else at your table can have a mouth-watering hamburger cooked to perfection. If you haven’t been to The Depot in a while, you’re in store for a fabulous & relaxing dining experience.

MSPC preschool was established in 1994 to provide quality early childhood education for the community. We’ve been fulfilling that goal ever since! • Certified staff • Developmentally appropriate monthly themes • Activities and events to include the whole family in the early learning experience

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Ultraviolet light from the sun is what causes sunburn and what most suntan lotions protect us from. That same UV light gets absorbed by the cornea, lens and eventually, the retina.  Over a lifetime of exposure, UV light can cause early development of cataracts and a retinal condition known as macular degeneration.  Both of these conditions have serious visual effects that can be permanent. To protect yourself and your children from UV light, all you have to do is wear a good pair of sunglasses.  Most sunglasses screen out UV light and its damaging effects.  With our kids, the earlier we start protecting them, the better off they’ll be.  So the next time you are picking out a pair of Foster Grants for yourself, get a pair for your kids…not only will they look good, but they will be protecting their eyes from disease.

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Father’s Day Family Dinner F

By Kathy Zerbarini-Otting

or some of us celebrating the most wonderful man in our lives happens every day, but on Father’s Day we cater to him just a bit more. Some dads enjoy their day by golfing, fishing, yard work or just hanging with their families. Growing up on Long Island my dads day was spent on the boat tooling around the south shore. I can remember when we got home; mom would buy dad the largest piece of cow I had ever seen and fire up the charcoal grill, yes that’s right charcoal! I can see all of you catching the scent of lighter fluid now; nothing beats the taste of a charcoal grilled steak! Dad seemed so happy, could it truly mean that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? In dad’s case it was, and his belly could prove how much we love him! I have a simple recipe for some scrumptious Tangy Lamb Chops; there are a few ingredients’ that are probably in everyone’s pantry. You can pair it with a side of Orzo Salad to really give it a Mediterranean taste and finish the job with a Super Easy Ribbon Pie. Dad will surely appreciate his day after a meal like this.

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The children will learn lyrics and movement to Broadway tunes from musicals such as Annie, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and more. The campers will perform a mini Cabaret for parents at the end of the two week session. Camp will be held Monday through Friday 10 AM- 12 PM. July and August sessions available!

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The children will learn lyrics and movement to more mature Broadway Shows such as Chorus Line, Cabaret, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, and more. All musical selections will be screened for age appropriate lyrics. The campers will perform a mini Cabaret for parents at the end of the two week session. Camp will be held Monday through Friday 1 PM to 3 PM. July and August sessions available!

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The children will explore different art medias such as water colors, charcoal, and pastels. They will learn about the Masters like Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso in a fun, nurturing environment. Camp will be held Monday through Friday 1PM-3PM. July and August sessions available!

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The children will explore movement, music, art, puppetry, and more. All campers will bring home daily arts & craft projects. One or two week sessions available! Camp will be held Monday through Friday 1PM-3PM. July and August sessions available!

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Insuring Your Vacation? Make Sure You’re Actually Covered

By Erin Baehr, Financial Advisor


igh energy costs, a tough economy, you name it; there’s still plenty of travel delays and headaches in the skies and on the ground. Those delays can potentially cost a lot of money, which is why it’s a good idea to carry travel insurance on expensive trips to cover missed connections that can delay your arrival for a day or more. The same goes for lost baggage or sudden medical expenses in different regions of the U.S. or other parts of the world. But take a moment before you rush out to buy a Cadillac policy for your two-week trip to Hawaii. Travel insurance, like any coverage, should be tailored to your specific needs. You’ll see it sold as a one-sizefits-all product, but that’s not how you should buy it. Here are some pointers:

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Call your HR department or health insurer:


Yes, you might be out hundreds or perhaps thousands if you can’t get to your destination, but that’s not the biggest potential money risk on any trip. What if your health benefits won’t cross state lines, much less international borders? As you’re planning your trip, check to see if your personal health coverage for you and family members will be effective at your destination. If the answer is no, see whether your credit card company offers health care coverage there and if so, what it costs and what it entails. The next step is purchasing specific travel health insurance that will be accepted at your destination, which may be sold in a package with other coverage we’ll mention momentarily. Also, it might make sense to make an action plan for a health emergency. Call the concierge at your destination to

get information on the best nearby hospitals and clinics so you can check if your coverage applies, and see what ground or air transport options exist to get you to the best hospital. Transport can be costly if you’re in a remote location.

Start at least a month in advance: Most people make major trip reservations fairly far in advance to get the best fares and hotel rates, and you’ll need to do the same for travel insurance. You’ll find that carriers are particularly picky about pre-existing conditions for medical or dental treatments, so read the fine print.

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you’re willing to pay for it:

What’s full coverage? That’s a good question, and it sometimes depends on dozens of factors unique to your trip. Your carrier might not offer protection on your chosen airline or cruise line. You’ll find that terrorism insurance is rare and complicated. And you have to examine medical

insurance options closely to understand exactly what is covered. The rare soup-to-nuts coverage – covering trip cancellations, lost luggage, delays that leave you stranded, flight accident, emergency medical and medical evacuations – is typically priced in the hundreds of dollars and may only cover only up to 75 percent of the total cost of your trip.

Make sure your insurance covers missed connections:

Cancellation insurance doesn’t cover everything. Investigate whether a missed connection – and the resulting meals, overnight hotel bills and taxi or train transportation you’ll need if you’re stuck overnight in a strange city – is covered.

Start online:

Go to some of the leading websites that deal in single or multiple-insurer offerings. is a market leader and a good first stop in analyzing coverage – you start by punching in the necessary information on your trip (dates,

age of travelers, medical coverage needed, etc.) and it spits back more than a dozen possibilities at all price levels. Clicking on any of the choices will give you a detailed view of what those policies will and won’t cover.

Ask about hurricane coverage:

The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and will run through the end of November. Even if you don’t live in a hurricane area, hurricanes can disrupt the flow of air travel all over the country. Ask whether your travel insurance has hurricane coverage – or other weather-related coverage -- and what you’ll need to file a claim.

Fight ATM fees – before you leave:

Watch that cell phone:

Increasingly, domestic cellular phones are working in more areas of the world. That’s the good news. The bad news is whether you’ll be charged extra fees for using your phone in those areas. Check before you leave.

Marooned? Ask for a break:

If you’re sidetracked as the result of a major disaster (weather-related or otherwise), always ask if your airline, hotel or other components of your vacation might be willing to give you a credit or discount on your bill. It’s rare, but some destinations might see it as a chance to build goodwill so you’ll be a repeat customer. The worst thing they can do is say no.

It’s not guaranteed, but your bank might agree to waive any fees you incur at overseas ATMs if you ask in advance. Call them and check.

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rom humble beginnings, Pocono Mountain Charter School (PMCS) has exceeded the expectations of both the school district and parents. PMCS not only offers all required academic subjects, as mandated by Pennsylvania’s Department of Education, but it also offers a vast array of other programs to enhance the students’ learning experience. Pastor Dennis Bloom, CEO and Founder, and his wife Gricel Bloom, Assistant CEO and Director of Facility Operations, opened the school six years ago. Their goal was to bring new resources, innovative personnel and bright ideas to the public education system. As a result, parents were given greater educational choices within the over-crowded public school system in selecting a school that could better serve the needs of their children. The charter school provides a private school environment at the public school cost, with smaller student-teacher ratios and class sizes. Instructional education ranges from grades K through 12, with free full-time Kindergarten being offered. We offer extracurricular classes such as Dance, Music, Foreign Language, Technology, and Physical Education as well as a number of clubs and sports activities in the school’s curriculum.

Meet Our New Assistant Principal

Sophomore, Shackysha Dezonie will be attending Harvard Summer Program this year.

Students and staff at Pocono Mountain Charter School work in an environment where the motto is “excellence expected… no excuses accepted.”The clever phrase was introduced to the charter school through its new Assistant Principal, Ms. Olivia Thorne. With over twenty years experience in the New York City Department of Education, she oversees the curricular and professional development at Pocono Mountain Charter School. Ms. Thorne brings a fresh approach to education with her motto for excellence as well as her expertise in Special Education and Literacy. A single glance at her office shows her deep passion and

ADVERTISEMENT concern for learning with colorful posters and numerous teaching aids. Ms. Thorne offers her “office as a lab of resources for both teachers and students.”

Success is Our Goal

Pocono Mountain Charter School encourages and invites parents to be true partners in the education of all students through activities such as volunteering, Book Buddies, “Read to Me,” after school tutoring, and other programs. The school strives to create an environment that is conducive to students’ performing at their optimal rate in education. Pocono Mountain Charter has earned the Keystone PA Education Award for four years and passed the AYP for five years. At PMCS, education is viewed from the perspective of fostering greater outcomes for the students. Teachers and administrators promote students’ endeavors toward higher education via colleges, vocational schools, as well as special summer programs.

Look Out Harvard

Students of Pocono Mountain Charter School are congratulated for their aspirations towards four-year colleges and universities in addition to prestigious summer programs. For this school year, many of our seniors have applied to some of the top schools in and out of the state. Though many high schools in the district promote college programs for Assistant Principal O. Thorne seniors, PMCS also supports collegiate endeavors working diligently in office. for younger high school students. High school sophomore, Shackysha Dezonie, is enrolled in an extraordinary summer program at Harvard University this year. Although she just celebrated a 15th birthday, Dezonie will embark on a journey that many will not accomplish until the age of eighteen. While attending the Ivy League university, she will be enrolled in college level courses and experiencing all that college has to offer.

Sports All the Way

With an increase in student enrollment, the Pocono Mountain Charter School utilizes the newly constructed athletic facility. The athletic center houses a number of additional classrooms as well as a state-of-the-art gymnasium. In September, the school will offer sports programs including basketball, volleyball, tennis, and baseball. A new playground, tennis courts and handball courts are still in the planning stages for the charter school. The Pocono Mountain Charter School looks forward to having its students competing within the Pocono Mountain School District and Monroe County. Pocono Mountain Charter School is now holding open enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year offering free, full-time Kindergarten and grades 1-12. Free transportation is provided for all students within the Pocono Mountain School District. The school will be holding their annual Open House Carnival on July 11th from 10am-3pm. Potential students and parents will be able to tour the facilities and learn more about the charter school curriculum. The school is located at 16 Carriage Square on Route 196 in Tobyhanna, PA 18466. For more information, call 570-894-5108/5702 and ask for Loletta Robertson.

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ummer is finally here! Children are enjoying the warm weather, fun activities with friends and vacation time. But summer can also be an enjoyable learning experience. The summer break provides many memorable moments, and writing about them is a good way to record those memories and practice writing skills at the same time. Parents tend to focus on their children’s reading and math skills, overlooking that writing is an education fundamental. It’s fast becoming the forgotten ‘R’. This is unfortunate, as writing is an important part of every facet of education, not just in English class. Writing proficiency can have a major impact on other subject areas too. Summer vacation provides an excellent opportunity for children to explore their creative writing skills. The following tips will help parents to encourage student writing skills over the vacation.

By Lara McCarthy, Director of Education Pick an Engaging Topic Persuading your child to write over the summer break may be easier if you help them identify fun and engaging topics. Suggest timely subjects. • For example, Independence Day on July 4th is a good opportunity for your children to explore their own patriotism. • Ask them if they know what patriotism is, and what it means to them. Encourage your children by helping them with some research about their country, its history, people and places. Give Story Starters Sometimes the most difficult part of writing can be getting started. Help your children write their patriotic essays by giving them topic ideas, such as: • I am proud to be American because…. • On the Fourth of July, my family and I usually… • If someone asked me what my country means to me, I would say… Sylvan Tips on Writing • Good writing takes time. Spend time organizing your ideas and thinking about what you really want to say in your essay. • Use the Internet or library to research your topic. • Prepare an outline before you begin to write. • Use transition words – such as “after,”“although,”“before,”“however” and “therefore” to help your ideas flow together. • Be willing to revise. Change your sentences and paragraphs around, add material that lends to your writing and delete material that doesn’t work. • Avoid clichés and jargon. • Always keep a dictionary handy to help with spelling. • Use a thesaurus to help you think of a new way to say something. • Ask someone else to edit your work. • Proofread everything. Make sure grammar, spelling and punctuation are perfect before you declare anything “finished.” • Don’t rely on a computer’s spellchecker to ensure proper spelling. In April 2008, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released The Nation’s Report Card: Writing 2007, showing that both American 8th and 12th graders have only slightly improved their writing proficiency since 2002. The study showed a decrease in achievement between middle school and the completion of high school. In fact, the “proficient” scores drop approximately 9% between 8th and 12th grades. And, 1% of American students are considered to perform at an “advanced” writing level by the end of 12th grade – the crucial timeframe when writing skills are most needed for college preparation or entering the workforce. Learning Programs can help students improve their writing skills before the beginning of the new school year. The Sylvan Academic Writing program is designed to help students understand many writing formats and styles, including illustrative and descriptive essays, comparative passages, persuasive writing, expository writing, summaries and outlines. Students in the program also complete exercises in grammar, spelling, vocabulary, paragraph structure and essay development. In addition, Sylvan can help juniors and seniors in high school prepare for college and the workplace with its new College Prep Writing program. College Prep Writing is a 36-hour program providing a solid foundation in upper-level writing, including “how-to” help with college applications and essays, targeting efforts on SAT* and ACT® writing sections, refining research skills and understanding source documentation

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Important growth and development occurs during adolescence. In addition to the physical changes of puberty, teens experience mental, emotional, and social changes. information that helps counter misinformation circulating among their peers. Adolescent well child visits also have benefits for parents. They offer an opportunity to receive answers and reassurance about concerns regarding their child’s development or behavior. Parents also can receive tips regarding effective and age appropriate communication with their teens, especially about sensitive topics like sex, drugs, and peer pressure. The health promoting information the pediatrician gives to teens can also reinforce some of the things parents have been teaching at home. Adolescence is a dynamic time, both for the youth and for their family. Promoting wellness through routine and professional health care can help your child successfully transition from childhood to adulthood. It can also support you during this exciting time.

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Destination Family:

Families that Play S t ay Toget r e h t Toge her. By Susan Mehler-Bostick, Travel Consultant


family friendly vacation can be just what the doctor ordered. Most families realize they need that get-away time, but with so many choices it’s hard to decide where to go. If the family consists of more than 2 children or they want to travel with extended family members, searching for the right resort or hotel can be a very challenging and stressful task.

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American Express has created a collection of family friendly resorts offering special amenities and five star services to families. Top of the list ~ Beaches Turks & Caicos.


This Resort has consistently maintained the highest standard of service and guest satisfaction. Set apart from the world it sits on a 12-mile stretch of one of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean. Beaches Turks & Caicos offers top of the line amenities for family members of all ages. The Resort has 6 spectacular swimming pools (including 2 kiddie pools) and Pirates Island, which features 9 twisting, and turning waterslides and a 650-foot lazy river. Sesame Street Caribbean Adventures with character dining, story time and cookie making with


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Abby Cadabby, Elmo, Zoe, Grover and cookie Monster. For the teens they offer Xbox 360 Game Garage video game center and Club Liquid their teen disco. Not only do they offer babysitting services, they have a special nursery for little ones up to 23 months. The accommodations at Beaches are split between three different villages, offering something for every taste. Caribbean Village offers the warm tone and rhythms of the Caribbean along with the infectious spirit and soul of the colorful islands. In the

Italian Village you can enter the Old World in this brand new expansive piazza reminiscent of Florence, which feature luxurious family suites. The French Village will immerse you in the wonders of Paris with its beautiful architecture and an authentic patisserie. To wind down after a fun filled day you have a choice of one of their 16 fabulous restaurants then dancing under the stars or live entertainment on one of their open-air stages. This Resort will not disappoint, it is a one of a kind, unbelievably exciting family vacation. Another great option is Las Casitas Village located in Puerto Rico. At Las Casitas your family can escape to your own private Caribbean hideaway right next door to the renowned El Conquistador Resort and Country Club. Here you can enjoy all the comforts of home in one of their 157 one – to three bedroom casitas, complete with 24 hour personal butler service. Can you think of a better way to end a fun filled day? Las Casitas is located in the northeast tip of Puerto Rico near the El Yunque Rain Forest. From its incredible setting and dazzling accommodations, your family can enjoy a wide array of family activities; world class golf, wind surfing, scuba diving, fishing and horseback riding to name a few. The newest edition is the Coqui Water Park featuring an 8,500 square foot pool with an infinity edge, speed slides, tube slides, and body slides, Rope Bridge, Jungle River and an 8,000 square foot lazy river. This state-of-the-art water park offers something for every member of the family. This enchanting escape is a wonderful choice for a family retreat; Las Casitas is truly a tropical paradise where you can leave the world behind.

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Non Toxic Living:

Organic Gardening, Safer Pesticides and Organic Food

To Be Organic or To Not Be Organic? That is the Question.

By Nina De Santo, Holistic Mom


he word organic is all around us. But is there really a difference between organic foods and products and ones that are not? The answer is, yes! Scientists have started to realize that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause long term damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientific studies are now coming to light about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals and advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides. How can we minimize ingesting toxic substances? Consume organic foods as much as possible especially fruits and vegetables. If there is one thing you must remember is the “Dirty Dozen” No, it’s not a Clint Eastwood movie, it’s a list of the most highly pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables . Studies have shown that certain fruits and vegetables score high in the pesticide and fungicide contaminate category. The top 12 of these or better known as the “Dirty Dozen” are: peaches, apples, bell pepper, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, grapes (imported), carrots and pears. If there is any produce that you should eat organic, the dirty dozen takes precedence. Research has found that people who eat the 12 most contami­nated fruits and vegetables consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally

grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The “cleanest 15” are onions, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, papaya, watermelon, broccoli, tomato and sweet potato. Studies have shown that rinsing or peeling fresh produce does not eliminate pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients are lost along

Consume organic foods as much as possible especially fruits and vegetables. with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible. Four ways we can be sure that what we are consuming truly organic produce, is to first, purchase local organic fruits and vegetables. Supporting our local farmers will ensure that organic foods will be available and abundant. Farmers markets are plentiful in the spring and summer months. Second, getting involved with CSG (community supported gardens) third, only purchase domestically grown produce and fourth, grow your own!

Growing your own garden can be fun! Deer can be problematic. Usually, a high fenced in area, which continues at least one foot underground will keep out deer along with burrowing animals. The big problem, which arises with gardens, is keeping the insects from eating your fruits and vegetables. Today’s market place supplies us with so many non-toxic pesticides that are labeled safe for organic gardening. Some at home remedies are boiling water with hot peppers and garlic to about ½ of a reduction. Once cooled, strain and add 4 times the amount of water. Place in spray bottles and use as a pesticide. Just be careful of your eyes when spraying. Placing a little beer into shallow bowls and placing along your garden will help get rid of slugs and a little non toxic dish detergent mixed with water can also be used to spray onto plants to keep insects away. Preventing garden bugs may be as easy as planting a complementary plant variety nearby. For example - planting daisies and mint attracts helpful insects that will kill off the predatory pests. Did you know that ants don’t like cucumber? Or that the Thai lemon grass plant is a natural mosquito repellent? You will find many solutions in this article that can help you keep the bugs out of your garden. By using household items, we can keep our garden free from pests. Toxins and harmful chemicals do not have to be part of your landscape. Enjoy your garden and healthy living!

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ne of my co-workers recently turned me on to a new term- greenwashing. A definition of greenwashing is the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. As the trend for going green gains momentum from businesses large and small so does the potential for misinformation. A packaging claim that says natural, all-natural, or environmentally-friendly has no standard to be measured against. Neither the FDA nor the EPA has a standard in place for what defines a natural or environmentally-friendly product.

products. Sadly it’s working for almost any product that claims to be helping the environment. In many cases it’s actually the same old product with new packaging.

MSDS for stain is quite important. For homeowners the MSDS for most household products can be found at index.html.

According to 20Twenty the only viable way to compare products is with facts obtained from the MSDS. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) were designed for employee safety. Unlike advertisements MSDS contain hard facts about the elements and compounds that are used to create a product. Unfounded marketing terms like “environmentallyfriendly” and “all-natural” are not used on material safety data sheets.

Seventh Generation is a company that excels in eco-friendly products and touts “you can’t handle the eco-truth”! The company name comes from the Great Law of the Iroquois. This law reads “in our every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations”. This 20-year old company strives to save natural resources and keep harmful chemicals out of the environment. Seventh Generation carriers a complete line of products from diapers to detergents and cleaners to feminine necessities (www.

If you use a product like Minwax to stain one piece of unfinished furniture the MSDS might not be a big deal. If you stain hundreds of furniture pieces each month because you work in a woodworking shop then the

20Twenty Consulting Group claims the term “going green” is nothing more than a buzz word to sell more

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line from Clorox. Some products contain corn-based ethanol which is not cost-effective due to rising production costs. Also the environmental affects (pollution) of production is certainly questionable. SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and synthetic dyes are also used in the Green Works line. SLS is a skin irritant for humans and is criticized by many scientists as having harmful effects on smaller creatures in the food chain. I’ve experimented with numerous homemade cleaning products with great success. To clean windows and windshields a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water works well. If you want to take it one step further use newspaper instead of paper towels. Newspaper not only saves on paper towel usage but newspaper is lint-free and produces better results. If you are looking for a way to clean jewelry or silverware try a mixture of water and baking soda. When I replace the baking soda box in my refrigerator, I use the old box to clean my wedding ring and other jewelry. I add enough water to make a tooth-paste like consistency. Apply the mixture with a soft cloth or use a toothbrush for uneven

surfaces or stubborn tarnish. When done, rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean cloth. One of my favorite homemade products is an all-purpose cleaner that I learned about from the Penn States Cooperative Extension. This simple recipe is one quart of water mixed with a teaspoon of Borax cleaner. I add a tablespoon of lemon juice to help cut grease and give my potion a great scent. This formula works

These homemade concoction s are not jun k for many surfaces like countertops, appliances, floors. I often leave my squirt bottle of this solution in direct sun to heat up the solution for better results. The purpose of this article is not to imply that companies like Seventh Generation are “good” and Green Works products are “bad”. My goal is to ask readers to go beyond what is printed on

a label and realize that all companies are in business to sell their products. The one thing all products have in common is the material safety data sheets which are the best way to compare any two products using evidence not marketing hype. Money is tight for most people right now so homemade products are a great way to stretch your dollars and help protect the environment too. These homemade concoctions are not junk. I’ve tried them all and I wouldn’t recommend them to you if they didn’t work. I’d also like to point out the common ingredient in all the homemade products is WATER! Isn’t water terrific? How often can you use a substance to protect that same substance? On an unrelated matter I hope at least some readers have checked out my new lawn care section on the website. I’ve learned a lot in a short period of time. The lawn care section is updated every Friday with new photos and things that I have discovered along the way. As always, take care of yourselves and if you have questions please do no hesitate to contact me by e-mail at drwaters@

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e have spent a lot of time at preschool this year enjoying our favorite children’s authors. We love reading about Eric Carle’s colorful critters. We have poured over Jan Brett’s beautiful illustrations. We have giggled as David Shannon’s “David” has gotten into trouble. Surely, however, the most beloved of all children’s writers must be Theodor Robert Geisel…Dr. Suess. I know that not all of you love to read “The Cat In The Hat” over and over again. I myself sometimes used to pray at bedtime, “Please, NOT “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” tonight, it is 63 pages long!” But, who can resist cuddling up and laughing with “The Foot Book” or “Green Eggs and Ham”? And if you can not find the adult messages and truths in “The Butter Battle Book” or “The Sneeches”, then you are not looking very hard. The books and characters that tumbled out of the mind of Dr. Suess have become a part of childhood in the United States. In doing some research this spring about the good Doctor (he wasn’t a REAL doctor, you know), I found some wonderful bits of writing that he left lying around for us grown ups to think about…

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”

Be just who you are, say what you need to say…let “er rip! You don’t always have to censure yourself. If you love opera or are the only person at work who doesn’t follow “American Idol”, don’t pretend… just be you. If your harmless quirks bother someone, then maybe you need a different friend. And those who love you will continue to do so.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells” How cool is that? I love nonsense, too. My husband is a genius when it comes to nonsense. He excels at silly jokes, imitating lines from old movies and just plain fun. When Bruce is running around at top “Nonsense” speed the house is full of giggling energy. Why do you

“A person’s a person no matter how small”

think the “Cranium” games are so popular with kids of all ages? They are full of crazy stuff that makes you think! Be silly…wake up your brain.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple”

As a parent, how many times have you had a very tough question from your child? At last count I have been asked about one million complicated questions. Now and again when the question is hard the answer should be simple. When your four year old asks “Where do babies come from?” the answer is “God”. I remember when Sami was about seven or so. She fell and needed some stitches on her shin. As the nurse set out the equipment that the doctor would need, she asked me what was going to happen next. Sami is smart. I thought that a calm, truthful explanation would be the best way to go. So I explained about the needles, and sutures and gauze. Sami turned grey, grabbed me by the face and shrieked, “Lie to me, would you, I need you to lie to me!” I should have simply said, “The doctor is going to use that stuff to fix you up.”

“A person’s a person no matter how small”

OK, everyone knows that this one is from “Horton Hears A Who”, but it bears repeating. It is not just folks who live on dust specks that can be over looked. Don’t forget that even though they are small children they see, hear and feel just fine, Thank you! The same manners that you show to your boss, apply to your child.

“You make ‘em, I amuse ‘em.”

Now that is a great quote for a preschool teacher. In fact I just may stitch it on a sampler and hang it in the office!

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

So true, isn’t it? The days seem to fly right by us. I feel like I just unlocked the office door to start the day, but all of the children and staff have gone home and my clock keeps on ticking. In fact a moment ago the phone rang. When I grabbed the receiver I said, “Goodmorning, Preschool Office”, the voice on the other end of the line laughed that morning had been over for the last four hours. This quote is more than just a day speeding by…it reminds us that it is getting later and later in our lives. It reminds us not to waste time because oh, it is getting late. Our children are growing, our hair is thinning and our middles thickening. How has it all happened so fast?

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

This is my favorite of all. I don’t do well with change. I panic at the thought of time moving on. Each milestone in my children’s lives has felt like a nail in my coffin. While

I have tried to be a good sport and smile at first steps, new schools and graduations, my grins are forced. I am sure that while other mothers are serene, I am slightly crazed. I worry constantly about things “ending”. I think that I, and maybe some of you, need a new mind set. Instead of being overwhelmed with grief and panic when something has come to a right and natural end, let us be happy that we had the experience. I don’t want my days of active mothering to end, but they are winding down. Dan is twenty, Kate is going to be a High School Senior this fall and Sami, the baby, will be a freshman. My days are numbered. In the next few years, I am going to try to smile as I approach each mothering “last”,because I have had the blessing of being with these three amazing people. Hey, one last thing, my friends,

“Today was good, Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

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his summer I will be going to camp again! I’ll probably see all my friends from last year, so I’m excited. My mom and dad both work, so I have to go to after camp care too. I don’t mind, because I have so much fun there. We swim, play outdoor games, do crafts, and lots of other fun stuff. I come home really tired at night. On the weekends, we do family things like picnics, movies and day trips. My brother and I love day trips. We never know where we are going until we get there. That’s my mom and dad’s idea because we love surprises. I hope everyone has a fun summer!



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