I like to talk things out when somethings weighing on my mind and find it’s almost always helpful. It’s not that I’m looking for feedback although that would be okay. I talk so I can better visualize what’s become confusing while it’s stuck in my head. It’s similar to laying out the pieces of a new puzzle, then piecing it together and seeing the resolution clearly revealed.
My husband is my go-to excellent listener. Thankfully he excels at this because I’m the talker in this couple. Anyway, he hears me lay out my puzzle pieces verbally when I’m confused. From the start, I feel relieved that the issue formerly rolling around in my head is now out on the table. I’m always grateful that he hears me. His predictable response to my saying, “Thanks for listening” is always to look straight at me and ask, “What did you say?” l consistently, spontaneously laugh at his joke like it’s the first time he’s ever said it, no matter how often he has.
Laughing has a way of balancing everything. It puts most issues in perspective. There’s a whole world out there that I sometimes forget when my focus is microcosmic or more accurately, singularly focused on my own stuff.
During these winter months when the house walls frame my existence and when fewer people pass through our doors, I got stuck in my mind. Laughing helps to re-frame issues and provides a doorway leading out of my head and back into the wider world.
I’m grateful to have someone who listens and also provides a reminder to laugh. Now that I’ve surfaced from the pothole of perpetual thinking, I’m paying closer attention to listening to my husband and looking for an opportunity to make him laugh too.
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Cardiometabolic Disaster Brewing
Did you know that we are facing an epidemic unrelated to Covid-19 that is potentially killing half of our population? An epic rise in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, fatty liver disease, adult-onset diabetes and Alzheimer’s has been seen in the last 2 decades or more. It is estimated to affect 1 in 3 persons in the US with a higher prevalence occurring in women. One of the main culprits besides the standard American diet is the lack of blood sugar regulation and resulting insulin resistance.
We need to go back to fundamentals of nutrition to build a foundation for addressing this dire issue. Increasing fruit & vegetable consumption along with soluble & insoluble fiber intake, exercise, adequate sleep, stress management, & improving our microbiome are just a few examples of where we can begin. Reducing processed food intake, which ultimately reduces sugar consumption also makes a ton of sense for us all. Beyond that comes discussions of appropriate nutritional supplementation and when necessary, targeted medications. Whether we know it, like it, believe it or not, we are all in this fight together, and this will ultimately make the difference in reversing the course of this newfound epidemic.
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KID & TEEN ALERT
Saturday, March 26th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown
A bubble extravaganza with bubble sculpture, fog filled bubbles, a kid in a bubble, featuring comedy, music, and interactive bubble-magic, Jeff Boyer’s shows are a hit at performing arts centers and festivals…anywhere there is air! Ticket purchase online. Details
Pee Wee Music Classes
Tuesdays (through March 15th)
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Sing-a-longs, stories, encourage singing, dancing, and playing along with the music, led by Philadelphia Folksong Society’s Wee Folk teacher Molly Hebert-Wilson. Details
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Registration opens: Tuesday, February 1st
Radnor Trail, Wayne
Register online to participate in a hunt for prize eggs and win special prizes. Teens 6th grade and up. Pre-registration required for the Friday, April 1st event held at 8PM. Details
Teen Orienteering Event
Sunday, April 24th
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Willows Park, Villanova
Hike through the woods using a detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. Intro course led by Delaware Valley Orienteering Association. Details
Candle Making Class
Saturday, March 19th
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Hawk Mountain, Kempton
Teens 12 years and up create soy and wax candles with a springtime scent. Details
Horticulture Volunteer Program
Application deadline: February 28th at 5:00 PM
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square
Teens entering 9th -12th grade have the opportunity to work with the Longwood Team in the Conservatory or garden areas, exploring careers in horticulture as well as developing leadership skills over the summer. More information and application online. Details
ARTISTS SHOW & TELL
Radnor Residents Art Show
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 27th
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wayne Art Center, Wayne
A wide range of Radnor Township’s artists’ perspectives in different mediums are featured. Details
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Deadline for entries: Monday, April 4th
Main Line Center of the Arts, Haverford
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Believe in Tomorrow invites all adult sculptors to apply with 1-3 pieces of work. Details
Enter Juried Art Exhibition
Deadline: April 30th
Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia
Area artists are invited to enter Cerulean’s 10th annual juried exhibition with cash prize awards. All works will be for sale. Details
Thursday, March 10th
7:30 PM, Virtual
Center for Art in Wood
Winter Residency Fellow, Philadelphian Robert Aiosa, exhibits his work created over the two months of the program. Details
Don’t Feed the Art – Opening Reception
Saturday, February 26th
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia
Explore artists imagining the animal world. Young museum visitors will receive a free workbook that offers children different ways to engage with the art. Details
CPR/ First Aid Certificate Class
Monday, February 28th
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join this American Red Cross CRP and First Aid class including wound, burn and chocking care. Can’t make that date? Arrange for classes in your home. 610-745-2274 Details
German Shepherd Fosters Needed
Every day, Times vary
German Shepherd Rescue is looking for fosters with Shepherd experience. Established in 1999, this Rescue provides for the rescue and care of pure-bred German Shepherds who have been abandoned or turned into animal shelters in the Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Foster stories
DON’T MISS EVENTS
Author Erik Larson Event
Wednesday, March 9th
8:00 PM, Virtual
Best selling author Erik Larson is featured in this online fund-raising event. Premium packages available until February 28th and include a signed copy of “The Splendid and the Vile”, library branded tea tin and chocolates. Proceeds from the event benefit the Library. Details
Run for the Horses
Saturday, April 9, 1:00 PM
Ryerss Farm, Pottstown
A run and walk at Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines to benefit the 80 retired and rescued horse residents. 10K run, 5K run and 1 mile walk. Details
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Underground Railroad Museum
Tuesday – Friday
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Belmont Mansion, Philadelphia
Tours daily, weekends by appointment. Supported by the American Women’s Heritage Society, the only African-American Women's organization to administer an historic mansion in Fairmount Park. Details
Black Journey: Walking Tour
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Independence Visitor Center, Philadelphia
Exciting and fact filled history tour through Philadelphia’s key historical monuments and sights focused on Philly’s Black American’s role in the foundation of the nation and more. Details
Valley Forge Park
Tuesday, March 1st
7:00 PM, Virtual
Valley Forge Park
Join Taylor Brookins, Historian for the National Park Service’s History and Preservation Assistance Program, explore the little know history of nearly 20,000 Black Loyalists during the American Revolution. Details
Saturday, February 26th
12:30 PM – 3:05 PM
School of the Future, Philadelphia
A day-long exploration of the cultural and historical intersections of African American and Japanese American Communities, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and BlackSci-Fi.com, present “Black History Month Bunka-sai (Cultural Fair).” Details
Sisterhood Sit-In: Trolley Tour
Saturday, February 26th
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Harriett’s Bookshop, Philadelphia
2-hour trolley tour of five Black women owned businesses, that is the spark for a much larger idea of how to support vulnerable, yet powerful institutions in our communities. RSVP required. Details
Radnor High School presents MAMA MIA!
March 3rd - March 5th
Radnor High School, Radnor
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Details
The Baldwin School develops bright, talented girls into confident, accomplished women with vision, global understanding and the determination to make enduring contributions to the world.
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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April Open Houses with tours tailored to your child’s interests!
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Stoga Theatre's Spring Musical: Anastasia
March 2, 3, 4, and 5 - 7 pm; Saturday matinee on March 5 at 2pm
Conestoga High School, Hobson C. Wagner Auditorium
This dazzling show transports its audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.
As America’s Oldest Auction House, Freeman’s is always welcoming consignments and available to assist with your collecting needs.
Looking for a fun, active, stress-relieving winter activity? Try dancing! Small class sizes. Couples and singles welcome.
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What the Main Line is talking about!
Lots to love on the Main Line this month, from a new Serena & Lily storefront to a soon-to-open taqueria by Jose Garces to an aptly named bar in West Chester…and more!
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