trains, smurfs, and tomatoes top our weekend picks
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Friday Night:   Go watch The Smurfs outside at Miles Park in Germantown Avenue.  The movie starts at dusk/9pm, bring your own seating.  Or take the kids over to the Wyck Farm Market to feast on some end of the summer goodies: fresh off the vine tomatoes, summer squash and more!   Saturday and Sunday:   The storybooks meet […]

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a poem for gabby goes viral
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  Check out this link where college student Jasmine Walters shares her thoughts on the controversy about Gabby Douglass’ hair.  Her poetry is as poingnant and challenging  It’s definitely worth a look/listen.  Please share your thoughts after watching.

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mess fest, folk fest & ghostbusters this weekend!
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  There is still PLENTY of summer left, with lots of great activities for the family:   Mess Fess at the Franklin Institute, Saturday & Sunday August 18th – 19th, 12:00-4:00pm Get ready to get really mess at the Franklin Mess Fest in the Bartol Atrium and on the Front Steps!  The Mess Fest promises the best in […]

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food, concert, movies, treehouses and bugs this weekend
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  Where will you be this Saturday? At the Wyck House in Germantown, we hope!   In July of this year, Wyck House launched its first in a series of Second Saturday Festivals. Second Saturday Festivals present the best of Wyck’s programming in history, horticulture, urban agriculture, and conservation.  The design of Wyck’s Festival Series is based on a creative […]

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on summer rituals and mindful parenting
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What do intentional families look like? What does an intentional day consist of? One of the ways to bring a solid foundation and daily direction to your Northwest Philly familiy is the idea of ritual.   I’ve been reading The Intentional Family by William Doherty, presenting simple rituals to stregthen family ties, and I’m understanding more and […]

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is your child an orchid or a dandelion?
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  Featured image for “The Science of Success.” The Atlantic, December 2009   The title of this piece might sound flowery, but the underlying message is quite compelling.  In “The Science of Success” which appeared in the December 2009 issue of The Atlantic, David Dobbs pulled together some very interesting strands of research about vulnerability in children. […]

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laughing. with kids.
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    The topic of health is everywhere.  Diet trends are dictating our relationship with food.  Miracle super foods seem to hold the key to the fountain of youth. Top of the line health products are promising beauty and longevity, amongst other wonders.  Experts are encouraging us to make better food choices to ensure our […]

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