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Elementary students learn about spinach, food miles and composting

Photo by Daniel Brenner

Kelsey Monroe’s third-graders were engaged March 18 at Midway Heights Elementary School. The topic was food, specifically spinach. Yes, spinach, the vegetable that makes Popeye big and strong. Except this spinach didn’t come from a can.

Source: Elementary students learn about spinach, food miles and composting – Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Food

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Love INC Reflection

How do you write about poverty?

How do you write about addiction?

It’s not easy.

When I met Latashia, she wasn’t ready to interview. She just came home from Alabama, a place that held not-so-happy memories for her, after visiting a sick grandmother. For the past seven years, Columbia has been her safe haven. Revisiting the physical location of her past shook her present world, and she wasn’t ready to tell her story when I first came to speak to her.

That was fine. I’ll be patient.

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Wanderlust: Remembering Sept. 11

I weave through the streets, turn a corner and there it is: One World Trade Center, the tallest building in this hemisphere.

At first, it takes me a moment to realize what I am looking at. The sun gleams off the glass tower and blinds all who look upon it. Below, a vast black memorial fountain embeds the ground, each spurt of water reminding us of each life lost.

Do you remember Sept. 11?

I was 8 years old. My teacher lined the class against the white wall outside the library. We had just finished our computer science class; I learned about Google. Something terrible had happened, she said.

I saw a TV screen in the corner of my living room as I curled up on a green leather couch. Planes crashed into two towers, again and again. Wafts of smoke filled every channel. I was torn between shock, sadness and disbelief.

I step off the street corner and out of my reverie. It might have been 15 years ago, but it’s all still real to me.

Source: Wanderlust: Remembering Sept. 11

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The art of wearing a baby

Babywearing was born out of practicality. Mothers needed a way to go about their daily lives while tending to their babies. It has been practiced in many cultures for hundreds of years and remains popular today.

Babywearing is using carriers, wraps or slings to hold the baby close to Mom or Dad while leaving hands free to cook, clean, shop or take care of other children.

Some parents don’t wear their babies because the practice looks intimidating. Babywearing International of Central Missouri is available to help.

Source: The art of wearing a baby

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Sweet and Stout

With the recent microbrewery mania, beer experts have found ways to incorporate beer with almost anything — even dessert.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, Bonnie Watson, Craft Beer Cellar’s director of education and certified cicerone — a sommelier of beers — paired classic desserts with craft beers. Chocolate chip cookies? A malty German doppelbock. Cheesecake? A carbonated sour cherry beer.

Watson said the three primary pairing goals are to complement, enhance or contrast. When tasting, first take a sip of beer. Then take a bite of dessert. Mid-bite, take another sip of beer and let the flavors unfold.

Source: Sweet and Stout: How to pair beer with desserts

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