Monthly Archives: April 2014

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I am not a sports mom; my sister has that area covered. I’m a fanatic sports aunt, who proudly watches her 14-year-old niece play tennis at her weekly clinics at a tennis center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My niece Sarah is an excellent tennis player, but she doesn’t play great all time. Like many other youth her age, she Read More →

We Could Be King directed by Judd Ehrlich, is a documentary of life at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia. The documentary follows the fallout of massive school district closures and chronicles the academic struggle of student-athletes.   Student-athletes often struggle to find the balance between their love of sports and making the grade, Read More →

A Young Gardener’s Journey… At the age of nine, garden camp wasn’t exactly at the top of my list of summer recreation. By June, my heart was set on doing doggie paddles in the city pool, making beaded jewelry, and chasing down the ice cream truck. Garden camp, however, was my mother’s crafty plan to give Read More →

Many resources are available to provide assistance in building a community garden. To get started, theUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that you bring people and other organizations together and develop a plan. Managing our families’ garden took work. I enjoyed it, but years later, my sister headed off to college and the enthusiasm Read More →

Garden Stir-Fry by Kaitlyn Kirchner – 9 Minnesota The entrée is made with seasonal vegetables, has 100 calories and can be served with rice. GARDEN STIR-FRY INGREDIENTS ½ cup of low-sodium chicken broth ½ tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium wheat-free soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 2 cups chopped Read More →

What this area needs, I thought, is a community garden. Community gardening programs aim to address problems of hunger and nutrition, but children who participate in gardening can learn new skills and benefit from diverse forms of physical activity. Children ages 5-12 should spend at least one hour of physical activity every day. Add a Read More →

Sometimes all you need is a little CREATIVITY! Some time ago I watched a family move into a new neighborhood. It was the mother’s first home. She couldn’t have been more excited.  Her four daughters had their own bedrooms; another first. Outside, children from neighboring homes played in the street. The block wasn’t the most picturesque. Read More →