My dad marked a milestone birthday recently, and my stepmom threw a small-ish dinner party to celebrate. After the cake was sliced and served, my three sisters and I each shared a special memory with the group. Mine was a bit unusual, but then again, so is my dad.
When I was 13, my mom signed me up for summer swim team at our local pool. (Yes, I know that’s the age when most kids quit swim team. Sigh.) A former collegiate swimmer, my dad volunteered to take me to my first meet. About ten minutes before my first race, I ran over to him in a panic. The girls I was up against looked good—really good—and I was scared. “What if I finish last?” I wailed. “Well,” he said calmly, “You might.” I walked away, slightly confused. Was that his version of a pep talk? Wasn’t he supposed to grab my shoulders and tell me I was crazy to think I’d lose—that what I lacked in experience I made up for in grit and stamina? As I stepped up on the starting block, I quickly glanced over at my dad, and he gave me a slight nod.
Spoiler alert: I finished dead last. Afterward, I walked over to my dad, and we both just shrugged our shoulders. Some might think this was terrible parenting, but it was a brilliant move on my dad’s part. Acknowledging the worst possible scenario (losing) and having some time to sit with it was quite freeing. I realized that finishing last would be embarrassing but not the end of the world. Plus, I didn’t feel the need to apologize to my dad afterward or explain myself. We both knew losing was a possibility. It happened. Time to move on.
After I shared my story, my dad approached me later to apologize. He didn’t want me to think that he had no confidence in me back then. I reassured him that he handled the situation perfectly. Last weekend I watched my middle daughter come in last in her own swim race. (Unlike me, she never considered this outcome beforehand.) I saw her face fall as she glanced at the scoreboard. Afterward I told her the same thing happened to me—multiple times. “Really?” she asked, eyes widening. “Really,” I reassured her. I survived, and so would she.
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Immune Support Now
By Michael Briggs
There has never been a more critical time to boost your immune system than now. With the last variant of Covid-19 shifting to the Omicron variant, combined with the Delta variant, cold & flu season, and holiday stress levels, time is of the essence. I find it prudent to go back to basics when considering appropriate choices of nutrients.
Vitamins like A, D, & C all have roles in enhancing immune function, decreasing viral growth, and improving respiratory tract function. Dosages of Vitamin A in the range of 10,000-25,000IU, Vitamin D3 in the range of 4000-8000IU, & 1000-2000mg Vitamin C daily for adults are commonly used. The tag team of Zinc with the antioxidant quercetin have also demonstrated solid anti-viral actions. I generally keep the upper level of zinc dosing for adult females at 50-60mg daily and 100mg for adult males while Quercetin dosages vary between 250-500mg 2 times daily.
Another overlooked nutrient for immune function is glutathione, a master antioxidant in our bodies, or its precursor, N-Acetyl Cysteine, often abbreviated NAC. Glutathione enhances immune function & detoxification in the liver & lungs, along with improving cellular energy production. These above-mentioned nutrients are often found in combination products from professional brands like Metagenics & OrthoMolecular products.
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Grandparent & Child Art Workshop
Saturday, January 22nd (snow date: January 29th)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Radnor Memorial Library
Grandkids ages 4-8 and their grandparents are invited to a read-aloud story time followed by a hands-on art project. Details
Wine & Chocolate
Weekends in February
Three seatings: 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Tasting of five diverse wines paired with artisan selections from Éclat Chocolate. Learn more about local grape-growing conditions and Chaddsford’s unique winemaking process, from production to aging and bottling. Reservations required. Details
SWEETHEARTS, SIPS & SERIAL KILLERS
Valentine's Day Date Night
Thursday, February 10th
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wayne Art Center
Enjoy an evening of seasonal flavors with your sweetheart! During this hands-on cooking class, you’ll prepare a delicious four-course dinner, including roasted asparagus with prosciutto and Parmesan wraps, micro greens with Seckel pears, beef stroganoff and strawberry tarts. Details
Thursday, February 10th & Monday, February 14th, 7:00 PM
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
With only one night to spare before each leaves the city, a pair of perfect strangers (played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) spend an evening wandering the streets of Vienna, talking about everything and falling for each other. All attendees will receive a free chocolate delight, courtesy of Aurora Grace. Monday’s screening is for vaccinated guests only. Details
Taste of Phoenixville
Thursday, January 20th
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Franklin Commons, Phoenixville
Be a part of this delicious event featuring amazingly creative cuisines, an incredible silent auction, live music from the Hytha Family, complimentary local wine and beer, and plenty of surprises! Proceeds benefit Good Samaritan Services. Details
Plantology on Tap: True Confessions of a Houseplant Serial Killer
Thursday, January 20th, 5:30 PM
The Creamery of Kennett Square
Join Longwood's Continuing Education Instructor as she explores the trials and tribulations of growing a variety of houseplants, sharing stories of those she lost along the way. Spill your own houseplant fails over a seasonal cocktail and small bite with fellow houseplant serial killers and armed with your new knowledge, take home a new plant and try again! Details
MLK DAY ON THE MAIN LINE
Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, January 17th from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
What better way to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. than by lending a hand in your local community? Choose from dozens of in-person and virtual service projects, including food distribution, community cleanup and blanket making. Details
Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 17th
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Eastern State Penitentiary
Join in person or online for a free program commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Students, educators, public officials, artists, and activists will read the entirety of Dr. King’s landmark text and reflect on its relevance today. Details
MLK Day for Nature
Monday, January 17th
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Make it a day on, not a day off. Grab gloves and join fellow volunteers in winter gardening. Projects vary, but good fun (and dirt) is guaranteed! Registration required. For ages 12 and up. Details
HERE FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 29th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a prancing lion, traditional Chinese dancers and a delicious menu in the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin. Ice skating sessions will be available throughout the evening. Details
2022 Chinese New Year Culture Fair
Sunday, January 30th
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Great Valley High School, Malvern
Visit China without leaving Pennsylvania and celebrate the Lunar New Year at this annual event that includes traditional Chinese Music and Dance, Crafts and more.
Lunar New Year Family Arts Festival
Saturday, January 29th
Main Line Art Center, Haverford
Free family arts festival will feature performances by the Philadelphia Sons Lion Dance Troop, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Wolf Performing Arts Center, plus hands-on artmaking for all ages, festive traditions, games, food trucks and more! Details
BUNDLE UP BUTTERCUP!
Sunday bRUNch Run
Sunday, January 16th
Chester Valley Trail (Wayne/King of Prussia Trailhead)
Join #conshyrunning for a socially distanced run on the Chester Valley Trail followed by brunch at a local spot. All paces welcome. Details
Founders Philly Freeze-Out
Saturday, February 5th
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Main Street, Manayunk
Mask up and stroll Main Street to catch live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, dining and drink specials, giveaways, and more! Details
Full Moon Hike
Monday, January 17th, 5:00 PM
Norristown Farm Park
Enjoy an opportunity to be in the park past sunset and view winter landscapes by the light of the moon. Hike is approximately two miles. Registration required. For ages 6 and up. Details
Winter Wonderland Hayride
Tuesday, January 18th @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, January 20th @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cedar Grove Park, Conshohocken
Bundle up and ride along on a lighted winter hayride through Cedar Grove Park. A visit to the Winter Wonderland will enchant you with a wintry tale and a tasty cookie treat. Details
Chestnut Hill on Ice
Friday & Saturday, January 28th & 29th
Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill
Ice-themed attractions, including ice sculptures, an iceless skating rink, live music, a yurt village, restaurant and retail specials, meet & greet with the snow queens and more. Details
Flight on Ice
Through Sunday, February 27th
Open daily (hours vary)
4889 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
Flight on Ice is Delaware County’s first full-size ice-skating rink and winter pop-up village, where guests can warm up with hot chocolate and chow down on dishes from local restaurants. Details
One boy. One girl. Both need homes. Meet them in person.
"Saved Me Rescue" dogs Tom and Geez! will meet you in person at Doggie Style's new Main Line location 321 Montgomery Ave. Bala Cynwyd.
Handsome, cuddle-loving Tom is a 1-2 year old retriever lab mix looking for his forever home! He adores other dogs, loves to play and likes long walks, hiking and curling up with his toys! Tom would do best with an active family with a fenced back yard so he can run and play! More info for Tom.
Geez! is a sweet mix of we're not sure what! But she's the cutest, sweetest girl who is all snuggles and love. This affectionate 1-2 year old can be a little shy at first but then shows her interest in belly rubs! Geez! would love a family to spend furever.
Discover more Saved Me Rescue dogs online. They all need loving homes.
Since 1986, Metropolitan Veterinary Associates (MVA), a privately owned hospital and Penn Vet affiliate, has provided the highest quality of veterinary medicine. It is our mission to enhance and improve the lives of our patients through exceptional care. To aid this mission we are practicing out of a renovated 25,000 square foot facility with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. We concentrate on specialty and emergency cases, allowing us to dedicate high-level care to the following disciplines: behavioral medicine, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, emergency, internal medicine, interventional radiology, minimally invasive surgery, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology (including CT, MRI, and I-131), and surgery.
Malvern Prep is an independent Augustinian school for young men in grades 6 through 12, defined by the Augustinian values of Truth, Unity, and Love.
All children deserve a school that they love.
The School in Rose Valley supports children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and play.
At Mathnasium we are changing lives through math!
All students were harmed by covid. We will help build their confidence in math and beyond.
Learning centers in Paoli, West Chester and Glen Mills
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