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— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Summer Vacations – Road Trip Family Fun and 4 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Summer Vacations – Road Trip Family Fun and 4 Tips for Traveling with Kids Summer vacations are just around the corner, and families are planning for the fun of road trips together! We have a few suggestions for ways your kids can join in the great adventure with neat travel activities, relaxed learning opportunities, and the building of wonderful memories and family relationships. 1) Share news of family travel plans with your kids, and include them in conversation. Ask for their ideas, and questions. Giving kids the opportunity to participate will help them organize their own thoughts about the exciting journey about to unfold. It will also be an opportunity for you as a parent or grandparent to see the

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Spring Garden Starts – 8 Tips to Help You Succeed as a Beginning Gardener

By Annie St. Francis It’s spring and time to sprout those spring garden starts! The risk of frost will soon pass for most of America, and you’ll want to make the most of this year’s growing season. Experienced gardeners are already busy tending to this year’s gardens. If you’re new to home gardening, we have tips to share that will help you get started early. Here are 8 tips to help you succeed as a beginning gardener! 1) Start your plants indoors. Choose an area that gets a lot of natural light, especially in the morning, and one that stays warm too. If you’re placing your starter trays near a window, consider night time low temperatures, and any drafts that

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Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Wild Jam and Jellies – 7 Steps for a Safe and Successful Food Foraging Adventure

Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Wild Jam and Jellies – 7 Steps for a Safe and Successful Food Foraging Adventure Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Wild Jam and Jellies – 7 Steps for a Safe and Successful Food ForagingAdventure Culinary and medicinal herbs are among the natural treasures we find in forests, prairies, fields, near creeks and rivers, and in the desert. Spring is here, and it’s the time of year when food foragers begin searching for wild edibles. Food foraging is an adventure enjoyed in the fresh air and natural beauty of the great outdoors. Whether you’re new to food foraging, or skilled in the art and science of this pursuit, a review of safety practices is always a good idea. We’ve included as well, new

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A Review of Crisis in the Red Zone, by Richard Preston

Book Review: Crisis in the Red Zone, by Richard Preston By Annie St. Francis Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come   Crisis in the Red Zone is the true story of Ebola, one of the most terrifying viral pathogens known to man. In telling it, author Richard Preston, takes the reader on a journey back and forth through time, and around the world. Survivor interviews, and countless hours of research surrounding reports – published and unpublished – are the foundation and framework for Preston’s work. He masterfully uses these structures and narrative strategies to tell the stories of the few who survived their encounters with Ebola,

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How to Start a Book Club – 6 Steps to Success

How to Start a Book Club – 6 Steps to Success by Annie St. Francis 1. Choose a Subject or ThemeWant to start a book club? Many book clubs focus in on fiction, but there are other possibilities too! Others focus primarily on a particular book genre or author of interest to the group. There are also organized groups that gather to share in a common interest like gardening, photography, knitting, or writing. From within these groups, books clubs may also form around members interested in developing a depth of knowledge through reading, and in sharing that with others. 2. Decide on How and Where You’ll MeetWhile some book club meetings are held at the homes of members, others gather

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Stargazing and the Night Skies

Stargazing and the Night Skies By Annie St. Francis Stargazing in the country. Among the greatest privileges and pleasures of country living is looking up into the Heavens, and seeing the many stars of a majestic dark sky. How many stars can you see in dark night of the countryside? Sky and Telescope tells us the number is about 4,500 on a clear night. By contrast, in the suburbs, the number is closer to 450. In a metropolitan city such as Chicago or Boston, they tell us the number of stars that can usually be seen is just 35. Wow. Seeing the sky filled with stars is a wondrous experience for people of all ages, and an opportunity not only

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Spring Garden Home Grown Fresh Produce – 3 New Titles

Spring Gardens and Home Grown Fresh Produce – 3 New Titles We’ve added 3 new fantastic titles to our gardening collection of books to get you started with growing your own fresh produce, and continue to scout for the resources that will make great additions to your personal home libraries! Plant across the year to grow your favorite fresh vegetables and fruits. Create a pollinator garden. Learn to start your plants from seed, and raise your plants to produce the next generation. Explore a variety of garden strategies including raised beds, and vertical growing towers. Learn about several approaches to hydroponics. Discover new ways to extend your growing season and to expand the plant varieties you can successfully grow through

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5 Ways to Become a Subject Expert

5 Ways to Become a Subject Expert By Annie St. Francis Subject experts have extensive background experience and abundant knowledge of one or more specific practices, processes, the use of technology, and/or equipment. Specialists become “expert” – and you can too – through dedication to a subject of interest, and the commitment of time and other resources to a focused effort. The subject of an individual’s interest might lead to or expand on career possibilities or become a unique personal hobby. It might be related to a highly technical skill or a traditional trade. From a broad range of inspirations and ideas, remember that building a foundation of knowledge is hard work, but it’s also fun and exciting. I hope

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Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Scented Soaps, Lotions, and Candles

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Scented Soaps, Lotions and Candles Familiar to mankind for centuries, aromatherapy is the practice of using the essential oils for the benefits they can convey through scent. They are often included in soaps, lotions, and candles. Eucalyptus. Frankincense. Lavender. Jasmine. Chamomile. Anise. Vanilla. Sage. The names alone evoke the experience of sensation: revitalization, relaxation, clarity, calming. Interested in learning more? Included here are a few links with additional reading about aromatherapy and essential oils, and their uses in home and personal care products. These titles and many more have also been added to the Traditional Arts Collection near the Soap Making and Candle Making section at The Repository Project. Natural Soap Making: The Simple Guide for Beginners

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4 Great Reasons to Teach the Family Tree

4 Great Reasons to Teach the Family Tree Fun Summer Learning and Home Based Education by Annie St. Francis 1. Genealogy is a fun, family-friendly activity for people of every age. Building the family tree together is a great way to connect family members across generations. 2. Teaching the family tree to children gives them a sense of who they are, and the important foundations that make up their ancestries. It’s also a wonderful way to teach history, geography, and culture in the context of life. 3. Genealogy promotes curiosity, and inquiry. It provides a platform also for teaching research, critical thinking skills, and organizational strategies. 4. In the stories of an ancestral family tree are the tales of challenges

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