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The bad thing about putting together a monthly calendar about things to do and places to go is that it makes me want to do everything and go everywhere. Where have I been all these years not knowing what was going on in my own community? How much have I missed?
In the past week my husband and I have been to three movies as part of the Gateway Theater Classical Film Festival. We’ve seen Singing in the Rain, Some Like it Hot and yesterday we saw Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan. Every minute of that movie is riveting. And no matter how many special effects movie makers can make now and how advanced photography and film are now, no one can top those old movies in so many ways. The way people talked back then, their clothing, the interior decor of buildings used in stage sets, the cars and trains and just the charm of the actors and actresses are things that can’t be matched now for some reason.
As a journalist I get press releases announcing events all day long. After just finishing writing the October Events Calendar for Greater Ft. Lauderdale, I’m overwhelmed. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is starting, there are several excellent annual art festivals and craft shows coming up, some terrific concerts, and now I’ve come to find out there is a very large Chocolate Festival. There are hundreds of vendors and chocolate samples, pastries to purchase, chocolate bars, cakes, cookies and ice cream to eat and chocolate to drink. Are you kidding me? Like I can survive chocolate festival like that? How much of that can you eat in one day before it kills you? What ever that amount may be, I will consume it. Are there doctors on hand at the event to help those who have overdosed? I truly wish I did not know about that Chocolate Festival. Keep me away! I’ll sick to non-eating events. Heck, after reading about all that Elmo’s going to be doing there, I even felt like I’d truly enjoy Sesame Street Live; my only child is 20 years old, but who cares?
And so it seems all I can do is mark up my calendar and get out to experience as much as I can with what’s going on around here. I just cannot bear to miss all the wonderful events in my community, now that I know they’re out there waiting to be enjoyed. Do you know all that’s happening in your neck of the woods?Add a Comment
Since I’ve been putting together Greater Fort Lauderdale Events Calendars every month for the past three for About.com, I’ve realized just how many wonderful (and affordable) performances there are in my own community. From free concerts to plays, and from charity benefit concerts to stand up, it’s truly overwhelming. Lately I’ve made an effort to take advantage of more shows and events. I recently saw Earth, Wind and Fire in concert at Seminole Hard Rock Live and attended Dancing Under the Stars on Hollywood Beach. We all need to do our part to support the arts, and the best way to do that is to attend local events on a regular basis.
During my recent family vacation in Guntersville, AL we tried to buy tickets for a live musical at the local theater, but the the shows were all sold out way in advance. It occurred to me that, since the town is small, that was the only live theater in the community. Residents get excited about the opportunity to see a live show, because there aren’t too many around. It made me appreciate the seemingly endless opportunities to explore the arts here in South Florida.
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Summer is here. Yeah! And after the brutal winter most of the US experienced this past year, now is the time to celebrate the sun! But with an increase in outdoor activities there often comes an increase in visits to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Here are tips to keep your kids safe and healthy outdoors:
The Twilight Zone Marathon is just hours away on the ScyFy Channel! If you’ve never watched it, you’ll be hooked after one episode. Check out the schedule here. My family is addicted to this series, and we watch every July 4 and New Year’s day. The marathon is on for a 2 full days, and we try to watch as many episodes as possible. We know a lot of the dialogue by hear and have researched all the actors thoroughly! And I must admit I even made an episode index years ago that I refer to each time the marathon is on TV. Suffice it to say I’m obsessed!
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I have become a major yoga lover over the past year. If you’ve never taken a yoga class, the only way to describe it would be to say that it is difficult, rewarding, relaxing and rejuvenating all at the same time. It’s about moving, stretching, breathing and being aware; it’s like a combination of pure fitness and meditation all in one. Holding tough poses for several breaths can be challenging at times, but the rewards are tremendous. It’s changed my outlook and helps me think clearer.
Children can benefit from yoga for the same reasons adults can, and they sure do love to practice yoga with their parents!
Here are just some of the many benefits of yoga:
If these were not enough reasons to introduce your child to yoga, here are more:
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My entire family will be at the Las Olas Art Festival on Saturday, October 23rd performing and selling books. Please stop and say hi! We will be sitting at a table right outside Flora Ottimer’s store at 713 East Las Olas Blvd. starting at 10 am.
32 years ago, I worked at Flora Ottimer, a beautiful children’s clothing store. They have been in business since 1945! Once you see this charming store, you’ll understand why. There’s no better place in South Florida to buy clothing for kids. I am returning to my favorite children’s clothing store after all these years to share my book with their loyal customers. To read my interview with the Flora Ottimer staff, click on the link below.
Here’smMine with 3 different levels of light….
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We had a perfect day off today, paddling down Whiskey Creek in Dania Beach, FL in our inflatable boat. This narrow waterway, lined with mangroves, is just west of the beach and east of the Intracoastal. We did not paddle far enough north to see manatees, but we saw plenty of fast-swimming fish and beautiful birds. The serenity you get from the water is unparalleled, especially when your husband tells you to stop paddling and chill out for while.
I’ve gotta have one too
Getting ready to inflate the boat
Open water down river
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We celebrated our baby’s first birthday today! It’s hard to imagine he was 9 lbs when we got him on January 19, 2010 and now On December 1st weighs 82.
Darwin knows it’s his birthday!
Posing for the camera
Bacon appetizer, not bad!
Peanut Butter Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
(Darwin’s favorite past-time is chasing lizards)
Time to sing Happy Birthday!
Blow out the candles
Time to eat cake
A new toy – Rubber Chicken Man
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This is an easy and fun project, and the results are beautiful!
Take the metal top off the ornament. Squeeze some paint inside and swirl around. Add different colors to get the effect you like. Don’t over swirl or you’ll mix the colors too much. and they will look brown.When you’ve covered the inside with paint, you need to drain the excess by turning the ball upside down on newspaper. It is best if you can rig a way to prop the ball and leave it until it drains and dries all the way. This may take hours. When it’s dry, replace the metal top and hang it from the tree. You can add bows or ribbons if you want to dress it up.
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Look at how HUGE my tomato plants are after 6 weeks!
Pea pods coming along nicely!
Huge flock of crows flew over my house
Chased the dog through the yard
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I made some more Christmas ornaments and wanted to share a discovery I made with you. After you drain the paint out of your ornaments, you can scoop up that excess paint and pour into a new glass ornament for a fantastic, mottled effect! Check this out!
See all the paint that drained out, making interesting patterns?
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rIt’s amazing how different weather can be on the same day in our great nation. Though the snow is beautiful, I know why I live here. It’s always a walk in the park!
Photos #1 & 2 – Forest City, IA white out. Thank you to Rene Arrowsmith for these photos!
Photos 3 & 4 – Marquette, MI white out and snow plow. Thank you to Tyler Tichelaar, PhD for these photos!
Photos 5, 6 & 7 – TY Park, Hollywood FL. Taken by me this afternoon.Display Comments Add a Comment
Please read my interview with Jeffrey Gottfurcht, the first person with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) to attempt to climb Mount Everest. You are sure to be as inspired as I was when I heard his story! Jeff is the founder of the Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children’s Arthritis Foundation (JGCAF) and an amazing athlete.Add a Comment
It may only be mid-March, but now is the time for high school students to start looking for summer jobs. With the economy still sluggish, many jobs that students would normally take, may be filled by adults who are struggling financially.
So how should you go about looking for summer work?
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For no reason at all, we had a tailgate dinner on our front driveway with our dog. Hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad and root beer. Our neighbors think we’re odd, but who cares!
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It’s been 23 days since we left our daughter at college, but who’s counting? Since that time, I have been extremely productive. I suppose that has to do, in part, with the desire to keep super busy so as not to be sad that we have an empty nest. (That’s not entirely true, because we have our beloved, 4-legged son, Darwin.) Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Streamlined and reorganized
Dinner outside by the fire pit, followed by a game of Scrabble. Perfect Weather!
Checked out the new market near our house and brought home some organic veggies. Check out the 50 lb. bag of carrots!
7 giant Hefty bags of clothing are ready to be donated!
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