Teach Your Children Well

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Like the last couple columns, this one is in two parts. I told you I was going to be more organized last time but because I’m a hypocrite and promise breaker I just can’t stay on one topic. I also think I should just shell out the co-pay for the ADHD formal diagnosis. That might make my life easier.  I joke about it enough. It would be cool to be certifiable and get a bunch of people off my back at the same time. Man, the summer took a lot out of me. I’m a parent and I can’t afford…

Going Down?

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I used to complain constantly about what a pain it was to live in a walk-up with two small children. But since moving into an elevator building, I have come to see that the pain in my behind was from the kids and not the stairs. As it turns out, it’s still a three-ring circus whenever we enter or exit our house, although for entirely different reasons. In fact, the elevator, which I’d counted on as a cure-all, has created problems of its own. Don’t get me wrong: I love our elevator more than it is reasonable to love a steel…

Marché Unique

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“Never do your grocery shopping on an empty stomach,” goes the old wives’ tale. And if you plan to shop at Union Market, you’d better make sure that you’ve just eaten a full meal, of the Thanksgiving dinner variety – and that you’re stuffed. Union Market’s flagship store, on the corner of 6th Avenue and Union Street, is surrounded by other food stores: Key Food, Associated, and the infamous Park Slope Food Co-op. What might seem to be an odd choice for an independent grocery actually makes perfect sense, as Union Market is unique in the neighborhood. “Five years ago,…

Hot Chicks in the Slope

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Christine Seger received notice that her package was ready at the ninth street post office. She expected that it would be considered a strange package: 12 chicks in a small white box. But she was told that it wasn’t unusual at all: that in fact they had seen all sorts of animals such as lizards, snakes and birds at this post office. She took them back to her house, put them in the finished basement under a heat lamp with some food and water and voila a new generation was begun. Christene, her husband Jim share a henhouse with their…

The New Wave of Dancewave

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There is no question that Brooklyn, especially Park Slope, has made its contribution to the arts. It has given rise to great and important film makers, painters, authors, poets and performers. It is home to the glorious arts institutions of Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. We know this, we celebrate and appreciate the fact that Brooklyn is no small contender in contributions to various forms of media. But why is our neighborhood so artistically fertile? Why do we have a propensity to establish greatness, or, at the very least, creativity? The answer is simple. Look…

Baby Yourself

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It was quite early in the morning on March 27, 1953 when Alva Cohen arrived at Columbia Women’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. quite late into her labor.  So late, in fact, that she started to give birth in the hospital elevator.  Even though her labor was going along normally—and quickly—approximately ten minutes before her child was born, she was administered Sodium Pentathol—a drug that has also been used as a truth serum and, in large doses, for lethal injection—as a matter of hospital procedure.  When she woke, she had a healthy daughter, Janet.  But she had missed the moment of…

Adults Can Go Back to School, Too

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I never liked school as a kid. As an adult, however, I love taking all sorts of classes that take my mind off of daily obligations. With school starting again, there’s no better time to build career skills, meet like-minded neighbors, explore extracurricular passions, and just plain enjoy yourself. This guide only scratches the surface of the wide range of classes, programs and lectures that exist in Park Slope. Use it as inspiration for further research! The Body Prospect Park Tennis www.prospectpark.org/visit/activities/tennis • 718-436-2500 The Prospect Park Tennis Center offers classes for both adults and kids. Contact the park for…

Too Old to Hold

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Sometimes it is difficult to identify exactly what is at work in a great piece of fiction. Is it the voice? The character? The plot? Often, the better the writing, the harder it is to talk about what makes it so good. Chang works her magic with this piece, leaving the reader hopeful, yet sad, laughing, but reflecting. She has injected into her work that special something, a secret seasoning that is the key to all good writing. Rachel Ephraim is Founder and Director of FreeBird Workshops. For more information, visit: www.FreeBirdWorkshops.com My sister’s house was burgled last week.  Someone…

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