July: National Anti-Boredom Month

Given that school’s out and parents are forced to scramble for camps, activities, workshops, and movie + ice cream dates in order to keep their kids busy (and out of their hair), it seems no surprise that July was chosen for National Anti-Boredom month. Inspired by Alan Caruba’s 1984 initiative, the Boring Institute, which categorized.. read more →

06 Jul 2015
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Insurance Awareness Day – June 28th

From the day of birth, most people are covered by at least one insurance policy. Health insurance is a requirement, and parents generally cover their own children until they are of age. In addition, there is life insurance, homeowners insurance, car insurance, travel insurance, key person business insurance, wedding insurance, and even obscure insurances such.. read more →

24 Jun 2015
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Do You Sew? They Ask, Particularly on June 11th. Here’s Why.

Did you grow up with a Singer in a corner of your home, where your mom would mend a rip, take in a dress, shorten a pant leg, darn a sock, or even be as bold as to add a ruffle to a sleeve end? Sewing machines have become necessities of life. If you don’t.. read more →

11 Jun 2015
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May 31st: Save Your Hearing Day

What did you say? Could you please repeat that? How many times have you found yourself saying this, especially as you age? Sometimes, we genuinely don’t understand someone, but other times, we simply don’t hear them well enough. Thankfully, even if our hearing has already dwindled, there are ways to prevent extensive hearing loss. With.. read more →

28 May 2015
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Victoria Day: Who Was Queen Victoria, Anyway?

Victoria Day is national Canadian holiday celebrated at the end of May in honor of Queen Victoria, ruler at the time of Canada’s independence on July 1, 1867. Queen Victoria ruled the monarchy of the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901 – the longest reign of any British monarch, and.. read more →

13 May 2015
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Why Hydration is Crucial

Summer’s around the corner, and it’s just going to get hotter.  Maybe sweltering. This means one thing crucial: Drink. Then drink some more. With hotter weather, our bodies excrete more fluids through sweat. In addition, the air is often dry due to heavy sunshine, sequestering the surrounding dampness we might otherwise garner during colder months. .. read more →

30 Apr 2015
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April 1st: A True Test

by Karyn K., Rockaway Care Center Contributing Writer The teacher called our 3rd-grade class together in seriousness, and told us all to sit quietly at our desks. She firmly announced she was about to hand out a surprise test that was going to “test our true knowledge.” We students were to take out only a.. read more →

30 Mar 2015
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Reawakening the Senses at Rockaway Care Center

As we age, our senses dull. Slowly but surely, we need large-print books to cope with our lessened eyesight, hearing aids for our diminished hearing, salt on everything to combat the tastelessness, and a reminder of what roses truly smell like. Even our sense of touch might go downhill. Even though we can’t fully turn.. read more →

09 Mar 2015
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Read Across America Day, March 2nd: Back to Books in Print

We were all raised on books. Our parents read to us, we read books throughout our school years, and many of us always had a book on hand to read during down times. Hold it in your hands, feel it, flip the pages in order, one by one. Tangible. Tactile. Sensory.  However, with digital “printing”.. read more →

02 Mar 2015
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Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day (Yes, It’s True)

Are you a chocolate lover? A peanut butter lover? How about a lover of the combination? Millions of Americans stand for the love of the peanut butter-chocolate combo, evidenced by the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the best-selling candy brand in the United States with sales of over $2.6 billion annually (as of.. read more →

25 Feb 2015
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