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Great Summer Activities for the Whole Family

There are so many good resources for things to do with your kids – Here are a few I like and really use.

Parents Connect – A well-organized easy to navigate site (from nickelodeon) that shows activities and events (on-going and special) by area – even by neighborhoods. Great listings and ideas.

Daily Candy Kids – I like the regular newsletter (for me!) and the Kids newsletter has cute stuff (usually for kids 8 and under), things to make, eat, wear and do.

KIDOINFO – Parents Guide – Providence and beyond – This is a terrific resource for all things Rhode Island and truly beyond. There is a great camp guide, summer guide and 100 things to do with your kids in Rhode Island (and Connecticut and Massachusetts, too).

Boston.com has a great Things to do section as well and organizes it by neighborhood, too. Here is a sample of this weekend’s line-up:

Cirque Du Soleil – Ovo

The thought of paying to see insects eat, crawl, work, flutter, play, fight, and …
8/13/2010 Friday 4:00p
(repeats 5 times)
Featuring: Cirque du Soleil

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WBZ Free Friday Flicks

Wouldn’t it be cute to pack a picnic dinner of meatballs to eat before or during …
8/13/2010 Friday 6:30p

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Grimm
Grimm

Seven Boston-area playwrights, including Lydia R. Diamond and Gregory Maguire, adapt …
8/13/2010 Friday 8:00p
(repeats 2 times)

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Movies By Moonlight

Fridays at dusk. Time is only approximate according to dusk time. June 18: “Driving …
8/13/2010 Friday 8:00p

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Alex Beam of the Boston Globe writes like Cory Doctorow and weirdly, when I am not writing like David Foster Wallace, so do I

I must have been having a really good day. Leave it to dryly funny Alex Beam of the Boston Globe to come up with this – it is a site (“The internet sensation of the moment”) called I Write Like and you type in a writing sample (cut and paste in my case) and it compares your prose to a famous writer. At first I was told that I write like David Foster Wallace – yeah, I wish – and I submitted another sample (what, because Foster Wallace wasn’t good enough?) and I also write like Cory Doctorow (evidently a famous sci-fi writer and blogger) and Alex Beam also writes like Doctorow. I am having way to much fun with this – try it out. Read Alex Beam’s column here. Maybe I should analyze everything I’ve written and see if I am just charmingly varied or all over the map. Okay – it says I also write like Dan Brown, Ian Fleming and Stephen King. Man, I need to focus on one style, maybe. Here is an interview with the creator of the site, (only 27 years old) Dmitry Chestnykh, at The Awl.

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Happy Summer! Here are a few of my favorite fixes

I really like to read so, in addition to the daily paper (The Boston Globe) that gets delivered to my door (yes, an actual paper – my grandfather worked for a newspaper and I have always loved newsprint. Will this generation grow up not knowing how fun it is to transfer the funnies onto Silly Putty? Note to self – get some silly putty today), I get Slate Morning Edition in my inbox – it gets me the news and I like to start the day with a glance (or more) at their great articles.  I also get The New York Times daily and I like Daily Candy for more light-hearted information – I learned how to do my hair in my recent style here. I know, right? I read all of this stuff  and my take-away is my hair…grin.

All about the surface today. Are you the type of person who has to rearrange your house periodically? Well, changing themes on a wordpress blog (they are free unless you upgrade) and so I have been playing with new themes. Here is the new favorite.

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As if you don’t have enough on your plate – a Monday Morning Update: Children’s Tylenol, Baby Gap and Graco recalls and MWRA boil water order still in effect.

mwra breach capability mom blogI have to say, the stores I have been to since the water main broke have been civilised, no pushing or knocking each other over for the last Poland Spring gallon. People are concerned but seem to be taking it in stride and I have had a few (!) conversations about this.  Here is the latest from boston.com.  Click here for the information for Newton and here for a story about how businesses are coping with the boil water order.

Nice for the water companies that this is their Super Bowl  – even I, who posted this  The Story of Bottled Water just bought three cases worth.

As for the product recall for Children’s liquid Tylenol –  Here is McNeil’s Press Release :

http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/new_recall.inc

McNeil offers a phone number for consumers to call: 1-888-222-6036 and on Monday through Friday 8 AM to 10 PM EST and Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM EST. You can also visit the website www.mcneilproductrecall.com.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail?entry_id=62614#ixzz0mscwk4v0

There are two other recalls – Pragmatic Mom has the scoop – one from Baby Gap (infant swimsuits) and Graco (drop side cribs).

Off to clean my counters with…pond water? Just kidding…Disinfectant spray.

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Casinos? Two casinos? What ARE they thinking?!

From today’s Boston Globe  – House OK’s casinos, slots

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/04/15/house_oks_casinos_slots/

Then, some voices of reason –  from Gail Spector – Editor – Newton Tab

http://www.wickedlocal.com/newton/features/x998216896/When-the-casino-opened-the-odds-were-against-my-family

from Ruth Balser -State Representative of Massachusetts

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/newton/articles/2010/04/14/house_lining_up_for_gambling_bill/

and from another TAB article: “slots are the biggest rip-off of all, and an estimated 80 percent of the revenue in gambling comes from slots. Testimony before Balser’s committee by MIT sociologist Dr. Natasha Schull indicated that, “Every feature of gambling machines — mathematical structure, visual graphics, sound dynamics, seating and screen ergonomics — is geared to increase ‘time on device’ and encourage gamblers to ‘play to extinction,’ as the industry jargon goes (in other words, until their funds are depleted.)”

Just who do they think are playing the slots? I am distressed (actually I am angry) that this bill has gone this far and I am going to contact the Governor and State Senators. Okay, so who am I? Just some Mommy Blogger who thinks casinos are a bad idea – I tried to make it easy with the links below – Let me know if you have any technical issues.

Contact  Governor Deval Patrick Contact us – Office of the Governor.

Senator John Kerry
Click here to email Senator Kerry

Boston
One Bowdoin Square
Tenth Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 565-8519 – Phone
(617) 248-3870 – Fax

Springfield
Springfield Federal Building
1550 Main Street
Suite 304
Springfield, MA 01103-1427
(413) 785-4610 – Phone
(413) 736-1049 – Fax

Fall River
222 Milliken Place
Suite 312
Fall River, MA 02721
(508) 677-0522 – Phone (508) 677-0275 – Fax

Senator Scott P. Brown
State House, Room 410
Boston, MA 02133

Scott.P.Brown@state.ma.us

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