All posts by Matt Desmond

The power in a pine cone

Everyone needs a bit of encouragement, and everyone feels small sometimes—especially if you are small. And everyone knows the adage about mighty oaks and little acorns. But “The Secret of Sadie Sequoia,” a new children’s book by Maumee author Mary Rumschlag, takes that well-worn analogy to the next level. Sadie begins life as a tiny

On track for a festive time

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, it’s the season to head north. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. is taking kids for a ride in a frozen wonderland with its North Pole Express, every weekend during the holiday season. NWORRP is dedicated to preserving the legacy and memory of railroads in our region, catering to everyone

A different look at a key nutrient

Vitamin D deficiency has long been linked to illnesses like rickets and other bone deficiencies. A new study from the University of Michigan also suggests a link between insufficient vitamin D and increased risk of childhood obesity. The new study, by epidemiologist Eduardo Villamor of U of M’s School of Public Health, measured vitamin D

Raising spirits

 Parenting is never easy, but there are some children who require additional attention, supervision and love. These “spirited children” are a challenge for any parent, but counselor Layla Kurt is here to help. Kurt, who has lived in the area since 1991, worked as a counselor for Washington Local Schools and as a teacher in

closet creativity

Being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean abandoning your dreams. Local designer and mother Mara Dionyssiou-Lizcano has a bold new venture meant to make the most of her lighthearted creative flair.  Her blog, Veronica’s Closet, showcases her custom-made craftwork, designed to brighten any child’s room. She creates hand-painted plaques, furniture, closet dividers, and other artwork in

New concern on games and the growing mind

In a world where entertainment technology advances by leaps and bounds, and where so much of that technology is marketed to children, it’s easy for parents to get disoriented and anxious. Fears of health risks to vulnerable kids come and go, but new 3D-based games have caused a new wave of concern. Industry heavyweight Nintendo