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Spring is in the Air
How was that for a long winter? When that polar vortex rolled through at the beginning of the year, bringing sub-zero temperatures and frost quakes, it felt like spring would never come! But the snow has melted, the flowers are starting to bloom, and I’m starting to remember that it doesn’t have to hurt to breathe when you’re outside. At our house, spring means we’re full swing into athletics. Two of our girls are in spring sports this year, which means our family activities often involve meets and games. I really enjoy spring sports. When I was in high school, spring meant track and field. I ran the 400-meter low hurdles, which were a lot of fun. Running by myself was never something I enjoyed, but running with my friends in a big group was a great experience. Conditioning would start when there was still snow on the ground. Sometimes it was hard to get out there in freezing weather, but we were all in it together, and that made it great. The start of track season meant the beginning of spring, and I really looked forward to track meets. Having meets at our school was fun, but I loved going to other schools in different towns to compete. It was fun to see what was different than or similar to our own school, and there’s a certain thrill when you run on a new track. Meets in general
I had a lot of good experiences running track.
were usually a lot of fun. The weather was nice, I hung out with my friends, and I got to see the effort I’d put into practice pay off in the races. I don’t have my old track warm-ups anymore, but I do have a red, hooded sweatshirt that has the same feel of the fabric we wore back then. Our school color was red, and whenever I wear that sweatshirt, I smile and take a walk down memory lane. I had a lot of good experiences running track. My oldest daughter was in track last year, which I was pretty excited about, until she came home and told us she was going to do pole vaulting. When I went to school in Iowa, pole vaulting was banned because it was deemed too dangerous, so I had a bit of a heart attack when Addison told me she wanted to do it. But she had her heart
set on it, and it got her out of her comfort zone, so we supported her.
Fortunately, Addison finished the season injury-free, and she had fun with the sport. This year, Addison decided to try lacrosse, which, as a dad, I personally prefer to pole vaulting. Our middle daughter, Kayla, is in track again, and she’s thankfully keeping her feet on the ground. Even though it’s been years since I tried to run 400 meters, for me, spring is still a time to kick things into gear. Our practice has gone through a lot of change this past winter, and I am excited to see the growth we’ll experience this spring. We have a lot of new goals, and we’re ready to hit the ground running. –-Jason A. Schermer
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WORLDS WITHIN PAGES Books to Engage the Whole Family
forced to leave their home. Her mother may be gone, but Nisha finds solace in writing nightly letters to her in her diary as she discovers what the future holds. Based on author Veera Hiranandani’s memories of her own family, this moving tale lets readers experience life through someone else’s eyes.
L earning to read opens up a world of possibilities. When your child walks through the back of the wardrobe into Narnia with Lucy Pevensie or rides with Harry Potter on the train to Hogwarts, they connect to something beyond their own experiences. In the U.S., April 23 is World Book Day, and the date commemorates the deaths of legendary authors Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as the birth of author Vladimir Nabokov. World Book Day is the perfect time to sit down with your family and let
For the Elementary Reader: ‘Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals’ “Song of the Wild” makes a great read-aloud book for beginner readers because they can get lost in the beautiful artwork while you read the text. Written in prose and rhyming poems, this book showcases sprawling landscapes — savannahs, jungles, and oceans — and features the wildlife living there. It’s worth a read simply to appreciate the colorful depictions of each animal. This book was written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Petr Horácek.
For Teens: ‘Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World’ While some might not
think of comics as proper reading, Penelope Bagieu’s graphic novel forces reconsideration. Her clever, colorful artwork and engaging narrative take the reader through the biographies of 30 women, from Bette Davis and Mae Jemison to lesser-known but equally intriguing ladies like Giorgina Reid. All in all, this book provides a great way to get kids excited about history in an entertaining form.
For the Middle Schooler: ‘The Night Diary’ 12-year-old Nisha navigates her world after the partition of India creates the new country of Pakistan and her family is
yourself be transported to new worlds. So, here are three great stories to help you take young readers on brand-new adventures.
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3 Travel Myths You Should Stop Believing
Traveling has many social and educational benefits, but some people have hesitations that prevent them from jetting off on new adventures. Below are three debunked travel myths to give you some ease as you plan your summer vacation!
comfortable in, and do your research by reading travel blogs, websites, and books to find places that have been vetted by others. Traveling in groups can also be a great way to lower your risk of danger. As long as you plan ahead, you will have a safe trip. MYTH: Jet lag is caused by a lack of sleep. FACT: While jet lag can make you sleepy, it’s actually caused by a disruption in your circadian rhythm. Our bodies are cyclical, and the circadian rhythm is set by both a natural need for your body to reset and outside forces, such as your job, time zone, and diet. Travel can disrupt this rhythm and routine, which leaves you lethargic during and after your vacation. Sticking to water before and during your flights and staying physically active during and after traveling are great ways to fight jet lag and get back into your normal rhythm. Don’t let these travel myths keep you from seeing the world. Set a budget, go with your gut, and prepare for a shifting rhythm to make your next adventure the best one yet.
Paris on a Budget?
MYTH: Vacations are expensive.
FACT: You can travel anywhere on a budget. Tracking flights to score the best deal, setting spending limits, and packing meals are a few ways to save money. Hostels and Airbnbs are great alternatives to spendy hotel stays. Additionally, you don’t have to cross the country to have a great trip. Every state has museums, unique roadside attractions, historical sites, and a booming nightlife. When you know your price limits and what you want to do, traveling can be a fun and inexpensive venture.
MYTH: Traveling is dangerous.
FACT: If you’re smart about what you do and where you go, traveling can be safe. Go with your gut and only stay somewhere that is approved by travel guides. Visit places you feel
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12 ounces pasta, ideally fusilli 1/2 pound broccoli florets
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste
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2 carrots, shredded
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Directions 1. In a large pot, liberally salt water and bring to a boil. Add fusilli and cook according to package directions. Add broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper during the last 2 minutes of cook time. 2. Drain the pasta and veggies, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta and veggies to pot. 3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium heat. Add garlic and
cook until translucent and golden, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, red
pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until tomatoes are wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved pasta water. 4. Add tomato mixture to pasta pot, stirring to coat evenly. 5. Divide into bowls, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve.
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Meats, Produce, and Local History
Thanks to the rapidly growing population, Pearl Street Market outgrew its space again in 1902. The land across the street was purchased and construction began on a new building to house the market. In 1912, the building was completed, and the West Side Market opened for business. For over 100 years, Cleveland citizens and tourists alike have done their shopping at the West Side Market. The Neo-Classical/Byzantine brick building has undergone many renovations over the last century, but the historic feel of the area remains preserved. Even the stalls themselves are rich with history. Some of the stalls have been run by the same families since the market first opened in 1912. In 1973, the West Side Market was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The West Side Market continues to offer something for everyone who walks through the doors. If you’re looking for fresh pasta, organic beets, homemade banana pudding, or a look into the rich history that makes Cleveland one of a kind, the West Side Market always delivers.
Living History The Long Legacy of the West Side Market
Every town has supermarkets or corner stores. Some even have farmers markets open on weekends through the summer. But nowhere else except Cleveland will you find something as remarkable as the West Side Market. A popular stop for locals and tourists, the West Side Market isn’t exactly a “hidden gem,” but few people who walk those stalls are aware of the rich history they are participating in.
market began in 1840, though it was originally held across the street from the current location. This was before the Ohio City neighborhood was incorporated by the city of Cleveland. The then open-air market quickly became the heart of the community, and many benefactors donated land so the market could expand. The first building on the site was a one-story, wooden framed structure erected in 1868. With the addition of this indoor space, the market was christened Pearl Street Market.
Today, the West Side Market is the oldest indoor/ outdoor market still operating in Cleveland. The
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