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GE Kids Day

by The Staff July 10, 2014

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  GE Kids Day is always one of the Empire State Plaza’s family-friendly highlights. There will be food vendors, bounce rides, pony rides, face painting, a Hannaford Ice Cream Challenge—and more. In other words, it’s a ...

Empire State Plaza

“Smart” Kids and Hard Tests

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 6, 2013

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  A couple of weeks ago now, I attended the forum on the Common Core standards in Albany with Commissioner King. The parents and teachers and board members and principals who spoke were as a rule eloquent. ...

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Let Teachers Teach

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 24, 2013

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  This afternoon (Oct. 24), from 4 to 7 PM, there will be a forum with New York State Education Commissioner Steve King at Albany’s Harriet and Stephen Myers Middle School on the implementation of the ...

Please, Talk to Strangers

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 26, 2013

  On Wednesday morning I got forwarded the following alert: “Albany police are investigating a report of a male exposing himself on Delaware Avenue. Staff from Myers Middle School notified police that on Tuesday September 24, 2013 ...

Kids on the Range

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 3, 2013

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  At her birthday party last month, when it came time to light her candle, I handed my 7-year-old a box of matches. One of the kids gave her a funny look and said, “I don’t ...

Swamp Things

by Laura Leon May 1, 2013

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  In much the spirit of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Mud, a new movie written and directed by Jeff Nichols, explores the lives of its protagonists while limning a way of life lived ...

Acceptable Levels

by Stephen Leon December 20, 2012

  For most of us, life will go on as usual after the news dies down about the mass killings in Newtown, Conn. Just as life went on after Aurora, after Tucson, after Virginia Tech, after ...

Comfort and Joy

by Erin Pihlaja November 20, 2012

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  Almost every summer, the New York Giants head to Albany for training camp. Football fans line the fields to watch the team practice and, afterwards, press their bodies against barricades in the hopes that one ...

I Am Thanksome

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 20, 2012

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  This year we’ve instituted what seems likely to become a yearly tradition of a Thanksgiving tree. It’s taped on the wall of our front stairs, trunk and branches made out of brown paper. Each day, ...

Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!

by The Staff November 15, 2012

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  The Clark Art Institute is opening its new Kidspace exhibit this weekend, and it’s a doozy. Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My! explores the various ways humans interact with animals. The exhibit includes a ...

Clark Art Institute

Everyday Heroes

by Shawn Stone October 4, 2012

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  It was the evening of Aug. 10, 2011, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 featured Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta reporting from Somalia. Located on the Horn of Africa, with the Indian Ocean to the East ...

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Pooped

by Laura Leon August 8, 2012

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The third cinematic installment of the popular Jeff Kinney books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days continues following the misadventures of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), his wannabe punk-rocker bro Rodrick (Devon Bostick) and his ...

A Tree Is a Tree

by Jo Page May 2, 2012

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The last time my older daughter visited, she and her younger sister had a conversation about Shel Silverstein’s renowned book, The Giving Tree. Whether you’re five, 45 or much older, you probably know The Giving Tree. But ...

Indians in the House

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 18, 2012

  My older daughter has recently passed a major milestone: ability to handle any sort of plot tension. Not like we’re going in for scary movies or anything, but this does vastly increase the range of ...

Draw Me a Story

by The Staff September 28, 2011

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“A good children’s illustrated book has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place,” says the introduction to the Hyde Collection’s lastest offering. Originating from San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, Draw Me ...

Hyde Collection

A Shared Humanity

by Kathryn Geurin September 8, 2011

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The mention of teen and tween YouTube videos likely conjures thoughts of hairbrush karaoke or daredevil stunts. It probably doesn’t evoke visions of a poised, charismatic young woman unfurling an evocative creation myth for a ...

Appearance Matters

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 6, 2011

Last year I gave in and began to exercise. It’s not that I was opposed to exercise. It’s that I was opposed to exercise that wasn’t also something else. In my ideal world it would be ...

Sports Without Tribes?

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 22, 2011

I honeymooned in Vancouver, B.C., and I have held an idealized view of it ever since. But I have to admit that that view got rather tarnished last with the news of the post–Stanley Cup ...