Category Archives: Children

The best way to spend a snow day in Iowa is in a cavernous skating rink in a cornfield

Jewel Skate Country has been around for more than 30 years. Big speakers were blasting out Camila Cabello’s “Havanna” and there is a new lighting system, but the rink fells like you are stepping back into the 1980s. Continue reading

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In Seattle, they put pianos in the parks, invited people to play and the music brought people together

My 10-year-old son is always on the lookout for a piano. When were visiting Florida in June, he scouted a glossy black baby grand in the corner of the restaurant at our beachfront hotel. In no time, he had talked … Continue reading

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An airport delay, a playmate and a lesson from children about friendship and acts of kindness

A mysterious envelope arrived in our mailbox recently, addressed to “Michael” (no last name) in purple letters from someone apparently comfortable with using a crayon as a primary writing tool. My 10-year-old son, Michael, was delighted to discover it was … Continue reading

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