Monday, April 7, 2014

Bump on a Blog: Birth Sounds

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Not sure how to illustrate this story. So here's a gratuitous baby photo of me, with my grandmother and mum.
  • Not sure how to illustrate this story. So here's a gratuitous baby photo of me, with my grandmother and mum.
I'd never heard a scream like that. 

I was standing in the hallway of the Fletcher Allen labor-and-delivery floor with nurse manager Mary Clairmont, who was giving me a tour of the facilities. We had just poked our heads into the kitchenette — which, I was delighted to learn, includes a freezer stocked with popsicles — when we heard the scream peal out from the room next door. I froze.

Over the last two weeks, I've visited six hospital birth centers — in Middlebury, Burlington, St. Albans, Randolph, Berlin and Morrisville. I'm working on a survey of hospitals in the Kids VT circulation area for our May maternity issue. I wanted to see what makes each place unique. 

But the Fletcher Allen tour was more personal. I plan to give birth there, and this was the first I'd seen of the place. I tried to imagine myself waddling in next month, checking into the storied Room 4 and climbing into the big birthing tub. I imagined my husband walking the hallways with me (18 times around makes a mile) and stopping to slow dance (just like our doulas taught us) in the labor lounge, which has some of the best views of Lake Champlain in Burlington. 

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Book Review: The Little Bit Scary People

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

One of the values I hope to instill in my kids is to reserve judgment until you really get to know someone. But it can be difficult to teach this important lesson without getting overly pedantic or complicated. 

I recently came across a picture book that addresses the topic playfully.

The cover of The Little Bit Scary People, written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, depicts a large, mean-looking shadow looming on the street. The image piqued my 4-year-old son's interest, while the "little bit" in the title assured him the book wouldn't be super frightening. 

In the story, a young red-headed girl encounters a long list of "shady" characters, from a mohawked punk rocker boy to a persnickety bus driver to a strange classmate who munches on her pencil and mutters to herself.

But as soon as we're introduced to each person, we find a different view, on the following page, of who they really might be.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Intel Futurist Talks Robots at Mater Christi School

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Brian David Johnson and Mater Christi students. - AMBIENT PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Brian David Johnson and Mater Christi students.
As chief futurist for the microprocessor manufacturer Intel Corporation, Brian David Johnson spends his days forecasting how people will interact with computers 10 to 15 years from now.

So what was he doing with several dozen sixth graders in the Mater Christi School science lab this week?

Johnson, an energetic self-described nerd, came to Burlington to give a talk and visit classrooms at Champlain College, which recently formed a partnership with Mater Christi. (Erik Oliver, director of major and annual giving at Champlain College, is the president of Mater Christi’s Board of Trustees.) Johnson stopped in at the pre-K-through-eighth-grade Catholic school on Wednesday.

After explaining his work to the kids, Johnson made an emphatic declaration: “The fact of the matter is, the future isn’t fixed; the future is made by people everyday.”

He then asked the sixth graders to imagine what kind of robot they would create if they had the chance. How would they interact with the robot? What would they like the robot to be able to do?

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Les Mis & The Wiz: A Weekend Preview

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

This weekend's events are sure to please drama buffs, movie lovers, environmentalists and musicians alike.

Do you hear the people sing? Lyric Theatre's production of Les Misérables opens on Friday at the Flynn. There are four opportunities this weekend to take in the epic musical. 

The young thespians of Hunt Middle School in Burlington play Sharks and Jets in a Very Merry Theatre production of West Side Story on Friday and Saturday night. 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Home Cookin': Buffalo-Chicken Soup

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM


As anxious as I am for spring to arrive, I'm still loving the warmth and comfort of a good bowl of soup. One recent night, while deciding what to make for dinner, I was craving one of my family's favorite guilty pleasures, buffalo-chicken dip slathered on a crispy tortilla chip. I decided I could easily turn the dish into a soup. My kids loved it over cooked elbow noodles or crushed tortilla chips.


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