Fun Things to Do with Your Kids in Boston

Living only 2 hours from Boston I can honestly say that there is no other city so close to central NH that offers so much for kids and their families. You could stay in Boston for years and never see it all. I have gone there once or twice a year for my entire 36 years of life and I still haven’t seen everything as of yet. As a matter of fact, today, I was searching the web for open times and pricing for this article when I came upon an interesting website, . This website not only tells you all about the 70 or so partner locations around Boston that are perfect for children but it also offers you a discount card that will get you into those locations!! These cards start at only $54.99 for adults and $34.99 for kids 12 & under. A bargain since you can use it at any of their partner sites for 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7 day increments. Since almost all of my top choices for children are found at their site I would recommend starting there first when planning your getaway. Now for my top choices for children in no particular order.

Liberty Fleet Tall Ship Adventures Where else can your kids actually sail a tall ship? I didn’t think you could answer that one and that is why I included this fun cruise on my list. I haven’t tried this yet but as an avid boater I can tell you I will be on the next boat out!! They allow adults and kids alike to set sails, take the wheel and throw tea into the harbor. They are located at 67 Long Wharf, Boston. For more information call 617-742-0333 or go to .

New England Aquarium No introduction required on this fun classic. If you live in or near Boston you have probably been here a million times or more. I know I have!! Unlike when I was a child, they now have Imax!! I truly enjoyed my Imax trip under the ocean on my last visit. However, my daughter thought it was boring so I will leave the Imax portion of this trip to your discretion. No one disagreed on the fun we had watching the various fish and playing with the assortment of hands on activities. They are located at Central Wharf, Boston. For more information call 617-973-5200 or go to .

The Mary Baker Eddy Library/Mapparium This fun little museum is a new find for me but it sounds like a must see. According to Go Card you can walk across a bridge that spans the interior of a three story stained glass world globe!! So why not bring your kids to the center of the earth while teaching them a thing or two about world geography!! They are located at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. For more information call 617-450-7000 or go to

Franklin Park Zoo This one is yet another classic. Bring your picnic lunch and make a day of watching all the exotic animals, 160 different species to be exact. Best yet, if you are from the city, you can get a taste of life on the farm at the petting zoo. They are located at One Franklin Park Road, Boston. For more information call 617-541-LION (617-541-5466) or go to

New England Sports Museum Some people find this exciting but I find it a huge bore. If you are a big sports fan like my husband and kids then you wont want to miss this one. They are located at TD Banknorth Garden, Causeway St, Boston and their admission desk is located at the Box Office. They can be reached by phone at 617-624-1235 or on the web at .

Fenway Park My kids and husband love this one so here it is for all of you Red Sox fans. According to the Go Card website you can get a tour of Fenway Park by visiting 4 Yawkey Way, Boston or by calling 617-226-6666. They also have a website of

Tomb by 5 WITS My daughter and I read about this fun locations interactive special effects and …

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How to Encourage a Teenage Driver to Wear a Seat Belt

Although a well known law and regarded as one of the best safety measures that can be taken to protect one’s self while driving in an automobile, many people still have not made buckling up with a seat belt a regular habit. Teenagers can be especially reluctant to use a seat belt since they regard this safety measure as being “uncool” and restrictive. When teen drivers first take to the road, parents have enough to worry about without being anxious that a minor mishap while driving can become an unbearable tragedy due to their child’s refusal to use their seat belt. Read this article to see how you can ensure your teenage driver adheres to this rule each and every time they get behind the wheel.

Always Wear Your Seat Belt. Children learn acceptable behavior from watching their parents. If you buckle up every time you get in the car to go somewhere and refuse to start driving until each and every passenger is buckled up as well, your teen driver will instinctively follow your lead. Bu setting a good and proper example for driving safety, you have already won half the battle.

Make Always Wearing A Seat Belt A Contingency Upon Your Teenager Receiving their Driver’s License. Being extremely clear on the expectations you have on your teenage driver well before they receive that little piece of paper will leave no room for argument. Insist that your teenage driver buckle up while driving and require their passengers to do so as well before you even take them for their driver’s exam. Do not assume that your teenage driver takes this granted. As mature and responsible as parents hope their new teenage drivers are, common sense and basic safety rules can take a backseat during the excitement of becoming a licensed driver. The more times your teen driver gets behind the wheel of a car without wearing their seat belt, the more this unsafe habit takes root.

Be Prepared To Suspend Driving Privileges If Necessary. If you catch your teenage driver driving without a seat belt, issue a stern warning and make sure they know how seriously you take this issue. If the rule is disobeyed again, be prepared to take away the keys for a specific amount of time. Unfortunately, losing the privilege of driving may be the only thing that gets through to your new driver. It is far better to deal with a teenage driver who sulks and complains about having their driving privileges taken away for a week or two, than to pay a visit to your child in the hospital with severe injuries from an auto accident that occurred while they were not wearing their seat belt.

In plain and simple terms, seat belts save lives and are required to be used by law. Failure to use a seat belt while driving can on a small scale result in a traffic ticket, and on a much larger scale cause great physical harm. Show your teen driver how much you love and cherish them by insisting they wear their seat belt each and every time they drive.…

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DePaul Offers Local Businesses Education Opportunities

Starting and running a small business is not the easiest task to accomplish. That’s why DePaul University partners with the community to help local entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.


The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center in DePaul provides many different opportunities for local business owners. They provide workshops throughout the year, and the also work in tandem with the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce for additional learning opportunities, such as special events and seminars. There are also regular blog postings on their website, so you can take advantage of the school’s expertise even if you are unable to get away from the business to attend an event.

Opportunities like peer round-table discussions allow business owners a free-flow of thoughts and ideas that help everyone in the group create innovative ways to grow their operation. Seminars and symposiums spotlight success stories with helpful insight on the struggle to get to the top.

DePaul provides a large consumer base for the Lincoln park neighborhood, so it is great that they give back to the community by help in the local businesses achieve greatness. The programs fees and schedules can be found at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center website, To get more information about the programs that the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors, visit…

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by Brenda Lovelace Gist


2 cups carrots

½ cup raisins

½ cup pineapple chucks’

Dash cinnamon

Dash nutmeg



Combine all ingredients. Stir. Chill.…

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Night of Hearts

Hearts meet in the night.

Our hearts met on a night.

We fell.

You love me.

I love you too.

We fell in love.

How beautiful it is.

Forever is our love.

Every night we love eachother.

Every Morning we wake for eachother.

You are my everything.

You are my beauty everyday.

We will never leave each other’s hearts.

I am yours forever.

You are mine forever.

Forever and more we are together.…

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Traditional Books: The Path to True Research and Learning

In today’s society of instant gratification where things get done with the snap of the fingers, it seems natural that the computer is the answer for students doing research papers for a class assignment. While occasionally they may find this to be the case, they are losing sight of what the true processes of research and learning are. But why should they bother doing all the leg work when Google will do it for them? The answer is imperative to the process of learning: students must learn how to be self-reliant and they must learn the invaluable tool of researching in order for them to realize their utmost potential. Using real books also usually means a trip to the library, which brings considerable other benefits including motivation, social interaction, and a sense of accomplishment. For these reasons, I strongly believe that students should be required to use real books in research papers.


Researching through books gives students the know-how and confidence to form their own opinions and perspectives rather than cut-and-paste ideas from what they type into a search engine. Doing in-depth research, writing a well planned paper, and getting the final work done is an accomplishment in-and-of-itself. Students learn the research skills necessary not only for a good education but for real life – a point they may not realize until later when it is too late. Internet search engines are great researchers, and while they give students an answer, going to the library and using real books makes the student earn it for themselves. More importantly, it helps students want to research and learn. Using real books to do significant research rather than just getting a quick answer from a computer is how the students “show their work.” Most professors will tell you that that process of learning and explaining is more important than even a correct answer. It forces the student to learn the research process, the Dewey decimal system, subject classification, and how to talk to a librarian one-on-one in order to come up with an “answer” (in this case their research paper). My professors at Columbia taught me some of the best research methods, all of which I needed for papers and my thesis, and which I still use today. With a real book you can underline the parts most applicable to the assignment, earmark the pages, and highlight the areas that need to be referred back to frequently, all of which can be easily read over and over again until the point is understood. Computers try to emulate this (even the PC uses bookmarks) but you can’t get the same feeling that you do with a book. The bottom line is that just getting the answer is not learning; but figuring out how to get the answer – now that’s learning and that’s why real books and sound research should be required in students’ papers.

At the library, students surround themselves with like-minded people in a very fostering environment that is conducive to research. This helps keep them focused and motivated. Surrounded by books, the collective knowledge speaks volumes (pun intended), and with all the inspiring, great minds that constitute that knowledge, it makes for a great motivational environment. One can’t help but want to learn more, no matter the subject. A library full of wonderful books conjures up images of the greatest minds that have shaped civilization, and it serves as a poignant reminder of how the most amazing thinkers of all time have used real books to research and learn, and not just a PC. These same great minds, these notable inventors and historians, include the very people who invented the computer and the Internet, as well as of course the printing press! By surrounding themselves with real books for research papers they feel connected to the subject in a way that a computer screen alone cannot provide. The librarian and their staff – the caretakers of this wonder we call the public library – are equivalent to having additional mentors outside of the classroom to guide students on how to use books not only for a research paper, but also to guide them to a section on other subject matters that …

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Blind Faith

Blind faith is exactly that – BLIND. I do not think that God wants us to believe things just because someone else (including the writers of the Bible or Koran) tells us that they are true. When Mary believed Gabriel she had him in front of her. When Zechariah did not believe Gabriel he also saw him. Moses saw the burning bush and later the face of God. When certain people did not believe God, He dealt with them according to His Will.

We are supposed to worship God in spirit and in truth. Why shouldn’t we all have a personal working relationship with God? The problem is that Satan will also be heard, so we need to learn a few things, which God WILL teach us. No one should believe any Scripture, much less the interpretation of Scripture by a person, without going directly to God.

A Muslim friend said this was not desirable because “everyone will have his own religion”. Great!! We don’t want religion anyway, we want to hear from our Father directly.

Read Romans 13:1-4 and ask yourself if God wants people to obey Hitler, Stalin and the like as though He had instituted these authorities. It is obvious to me that God permits us free will and at other people’s free will can damage and destroy the lives of good God-fearing people. This is another example of wrong statements that are in the Bible which prove that many Christians think must be believed as God’s word. I think that the idea that we must convince others to believe in Christian doctrine to save them from Hell is a wrong belief. God is interested in our actions – not in our thoughts and he will determine if we truly believe in Jesus by our obedience to the commands of Jesus, who told the rich young ruler who wanted to know what he must do to be saved, Obey the Commandments!…

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Beauty Secrets of Juliette Binoche and Other French Women

Most of us can agree that French women like Juliette Binoche have a certain “ooh la la” about them which invariably garners a lot of attention. Perhaps it is their skin, perhaps it is their posture, but French women seem somehow sexier than many of their American counterparts while still maintaining a very natural allure. How can those of us on this side of the ocean get some of the French oomph for ourselves? Read on for some stunningly simple tips that can help reinvigorate your look.

1. Restorative Powers of Massage: Juliette’s life can be hectic since she is currently raising two children and pursuing a continent-spanning acting and modeling career. In a recent interview with Town and Country magazine, she credits massages, most notably Shiatsu, as one of the ways that she is able to keep herself balanced and healthy. Her recommended masseuse: “Su-Man Hsu, a fantastic London-based masseuse who comes often to Paris.” $197/hour.

2. Power of Proper Posture: Your mom wasn’t lying when she urged you to stand up straight and pay attention to your posture in order to enhance your natural beauty. Juliette Binoche’s stature and figure are lovely but it is the queenly way she carries herself that make her even more appealing and sexy. Fortunately, this is a free and easy beauty tip with no products to buy.

3. Pay Attention to Your Skin: Juliette’s glowing, dewy alabaster skin has been described by some fans as “otherworldly”. She protects her skin with regular facials and touts Lancome’s new anti-aging skincare line as being an effective way to nourish and reinvigorate skin. As a general rule, many French women believe in moisturizing their skin regularly and vigorously and Juliette is no exception. Renergie Cream- Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Lancome ($80 for 1.7 oz.).

4. Smooth and Protect Your Hair: Juliette’s signature haircut is short, layered, and softly waved. It is never frizzy or out of control. Mario Russo, of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, suggests finishing a blow-out with a dab of your favorite hair cream to smooth frizz and add a bit of shine. Lancome Nutrix Royal Body Deeply Repairing-Nourishing Body Cream ($34.00).

5. Always Allow Your Natural Beauty to Shine Through: According to a beauty expert at PopSugar, French women like Binoche tend to favor a bit more of a natural and less “done” make-up technique than many of their American equivalents. This means choosing a light gloss over matte lipstick and liner, light blush (if any at all), perhaps a dab of foundation to moisturize and add a creamy finish, but rarely the full palette of lipstick/eyes/blush. One of Juliette’s favorite products: Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6)


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Can a Dream Foretell the Future

Can a dream foretell the future? This question that has been debated throughout the course of history. Today, I submit to you the following: This morning my shoelace broke as I pulled it tight to tie my shoe. As it snapped in two, I immediately recalled that this event had just played out in my dream from the sleep from which I just awoke.

Given these facts, which of the following options seems the most plausible explanation? 

Option One: I noticed four days earlier, when I last wore this pair of shoes, that one lace was weak. My brain then placed this information in its subconscious memory and pulled it out in my dream. 

Option Two: Independent of any conscious effort on my part, my dream from the preceding night that depicted my shoelace breaking in the process of tying my shoe accurately foretold the actual event of my shoelace breaking while I attempted to tie my shoe. 

Option Three: It was pure coincidence. There is no connection between the dream and actual occurrence of my shoelace breaking in my attempt to tie my shoe. 

Option Four: None of the above. Feel free to substitute your own theory.

Again, I ask. Can a dream foretell the future? …

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May 15, 2011 PONY UP for Education Polo & Picnic Fundraiser

PONY UP Polo, Picnic, Music, Auction & More for Theatre in the Square

No need to buy an expensive dress or rent a tux for Theatre in the Square’s annual PONY UP fundraiser event. This year’s event will be on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Chukkar Farm & Polo Club (1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta GA 30004). Tickets start at $35 and are available online at or by calling Theatre in the Square’s Box Office at 770-422-8369. Sponsorship package information available by calling the development office at 770-422-8369 ext. 22 or by e-mailing

Proceeds for this year’s PONY UP event will help support the Theatre’s newly reinvigorated education program. The day will be filled with entertainment by The DejaBlue Grass Band and Scuppernong Polo Team. Other activities that day will include a best hat contest, a silent auction and a best picnic theme contest. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring everything for their themed setting. Old Ephraim’s, a neighbor to the theatre and avid supporter, will also have a hot buffet lunch available to purchase at the event and can be pre-ordered for $10/plate by e-mailing or calling 678-651-0898.

Tickets for the event are $35 for Theatre in the Square subscribers, $40 for non-subscribers and $10 for children 12 and under. VIP tickets are $250 and include four tickets, preferred seating, event recognition and is considered a tax-deductible contribution of $110. Sponsorship packages are available at various levels beginning at $1,000. Attire for the event is “picnic chic”. Flat or low-heeled shoes are suggested for ladies.…

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