If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? Traveling to someplace you’ve always wanted to visit, or even somewhere completely new, is rewarding and gratifying. It gets you out of your comfort zone and encourages you to explore new areas you’ve never seen, experienced, or imagined before. It helps open your eyes to the broader world and offers a chance for you to explore other cultures in nations that are hundreds of miles from your front door. I think it’s important to explore parts of the world you’ve never been to before. When I was 20 years old I went to Guatemala to help rebuild some houses after a hurricane. It was a life changing event for me and gave me a whole new perspective on life. When you stay in one place for your whole life, your exposure is limited. Traveling is an eye-opening phenomenon that gives you experiences you never thought you’d have. You can taste exotic foods (I had fresh A MIND- OPENING EXPERIENCE Different Places Make for Different Perspectives 11974 Willow Grove Rd., Camden, DE 19934 93C Saulsbury Rd., Dover, DE 19904 MARCH 2019
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Visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu and the Egyptian pyramids would be remarkable. What interests me most about these two areas is how real the people who once lived there were. These individuals loved, laughed, and lived, just like you and I. Even though they are no longer with us, they were real people with real lives who just lived one day into the next. The remnants of who they were and what they created are still with us today, and I find that fascinating. As summer grows ever nearer, it’s a good time to start thinking about where you’ve always wanted to visit. Let yourself be swept up in the cultures around you and be excited about these wonderful new experiences. Jesse Zimmerman
cooked alligator and iguana soup), see sights you’ve only ever seen in pictures (the town we were in had possible Mayan mounds), and learn from the world around you (like trying to learn Spanish from little Guatemalan boys). When you travel, you get to know the people who live in that area or country, their culture, and what they do in their daily lives.
I also would love to stand in the same place as people from thousands of years ago.
“These individuals loved, laughed, and lived, just like you and I. Even though they are no longer with us, they were real people with real lives who just lived one day into the next.”
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Are You Ready for Fido?
How to Decide if Your Family Can Care for a Pet
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO?
said, your home’s size and location may make it better suited for a smaller pet, as many larger animals require more square footage and plenty of outdoor space. IS YOUR FAMILY READY? Every family is different, and it’s important to have an honest discussion about the implications of owning a pet. If you have kids, consider how much they will be able to contribute to such a responsibility. Another factor to consider is how much free time you have to spend with your pet; some animals require more attention than others. To avoid major conflict down the road, discuss care and responsibility plans as a family before welcoming an animal into your home. Keeping a pet can be a source of joy for your family, but it can also be a source of stress. Before making any major choice, talk to your family members and consider what owning a pet would mean for all of you. While charities will have no choice but to throw unusable donations in the trash, there are services you can use to make your spring-cleaning eco-friendly, even for items you can’t donate. For example, if you have torn or stained blue jeans, reach out to Blue Jeans Go Green. This program keeps denim out of landfills by turning it into insulation. And while Goodwill can’t take your batteries or old flip phone, you can check out Call2Recycle.org to learn how to safely recycle your e-waste. spend over $1,000 a year on dumpster and trash removal fees for unusable donations.
Owning a pet can change your lifestyle. To start, you will have to consider the animal’s well-being when hosting events or taking vacations. You will also have to make room in your budget for pet-related expenses. Additionally, some animals can live for upward of two decades. Discuss how responsibilities will change as a pet ages and what your future will look like before making the commitment. DOES AN ANIMAL FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE? When choosing a pet for your family, gather research from animal experts and other pet owners. Calculate the cost of owning a pet, and evaluate how that animal will fit into your lifestyle. For example, dogs are one of the most high- maintenance and expensive animals to own, but they tend to be more involved in family life than a cat or a hamster. That
While we don’t know exactly why humans keep pets, one fact is certain: Millions of people love them. In fact, nearly 70 percent of households in the U.S. have a pet. But no matter what you see on your favorite dog Instagram accounts, keeping a pet isn’t endless playtime. Ask yourself the following questions before buying or adopting a furry companion.
The Right Way to Donate After Spring-Cleaning DONATE WITH CARE
Spring is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate with another round of spring- cleaning. Banish the clutter and make room in your life for something new! Many charities see a sharp increase in donations as spring-cleaning season starts. Donating your used books, kids’ toys, and gently worn clothing allows your old items to have a second life. However, when filling that donation box, make sure you’re donating each item because it can do good and not just because you feel bad about throwing it away. Charities have a big problem with well- meaning citizens dropping off items that are better left in the trash. There are many items charities simply cannot handle. Most charities will have lists of items they can and cannot accept on their websites. Some items that you should not donate include:
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Loose remote controls
Personal care items, like soap, shampoo, or makeup
Tangled cords or phone chargers Any broken, damaged, or dirty items
Your donations can be a big help to local charities. Just don’t “donate” your garbage.
These items may be unsafe to sell, costly to ship, or impossible to refurbish effectively. When a charity regularly receives items they cannot use, they have to spend hours of manpower sorting through things that end up in the trash anyway. This process can be expensive for organizations with already- strained resources. Some local charities
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2 BOOK Who Was Theodor Geisel?
On March 2, Read Across America Day is celebrated by students, teachers, and community members in towns throughout the country. They chose that date to pay homage to one of the most beloved children’s authors who was born that day: Theodor Geisel. That name may sound unfamiliar to you, but “Dr. Seuss” should ring a few bells.
Seuss and his nearly 50 children’s books almost never got off the ground. His first children’s book, “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was denied by more than a dozen publishers. Legend has it that Seuss was on his way home to burn the manuscript when he ran into an old friend who suggested another publisher. The rest is history. Given the enthusiasm for reading Dr. Seuss has fostered in children for the past eight decades, it’s no wonder the National Education Association chose his birthday to HOMEMADE CORNED BEEF
His name alone is so associated with literacy that in 2007, the author of an article in U.S. News & World Report that chronicled the history of 1957 — the year “The Cat in the Hat” was published — wrote, “Greece had Zeus — America has Seuss.” In 2001, Publisher’s Weekly released a list of the bestselling hardcover children’s books of all time in the U.S. Of the books in the top 100, Seuss authored 16, which is more than any other author on the list by a long shot. But Seuss did not break into the children’s literature industry easily. SPRING IS IN THE AIR, AND TIRE MANUFACTURERS ARE FEELING GENEROUS. GET UP TO $70 OFF A SET OF 4 NEW TIRES. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY.
mark a day dedicated to celebrating reading. After all, he’s often quoted as saying, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
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8 whole allspice berries 12 whole juniper berries 2 bay leaves, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
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Events Near You
STORY!TIME Where: Kent County Public Library When: Every Thursday, 10 a.m. Admission: Free! Website: Facebook.com/KCPLibrary/ When you read to a child, it helps develop their vocabulary, listening skills, and language skills. Story!Time is perfect to introduce the world of literature to toddlers and preschoolers. Join the library for their reading on March 14 for St. Patrick’s Day- themed stories. March 21 will have engaging STEM reads, including hands-on experience with counting and sorting buttons. Visit the website above to learn more about Story!Time readings.
PAINT NIGHT Where: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church When: Tuesday, March 19, 5–9 p.m. Admission: $30–$35
The weather is steadily getting warmer! Get out of the house by participating in these exciting local events.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Where: Downtown Dover When: Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. Admission: Free! Website: Facebook.com/ events/1193632874130015/
If you’re looking for an evening of fun, food, and painting, then look no further. The painting session will be led by local artist Joyce Lapp, and all guests are encouraged to embrace their creativity. There will be a choice between two different sized canvases: 11x14-inch for $30 and 16x20- inch for $35. This event is perfect for a small group of friends or family! For more information about the event, visit their Facebook page.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by heading to the annual Dover St. Patrick’s Day parade! The public is encouraged to wear all their green clothes and accessories to get into the holiday spirit. The parade starts at 1 p.m., so be sure to arrive early for a good spot. Enjoy the festivities as the St. Patrick’s Day-themed floats and bands walk through the streets of downtown Dover.
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