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Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899- 115 years ago today! I compiled a list of 10 of my favorite Hemingway quotes and life lessons in honor of his special day.


The world breaks everyone and, afterward, many are strong at the broken places.
(A Farewell to Arms)

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

Never mistake motion for action.

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

Courage is grace under pressure.

It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.

There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.
(For Whom the Bell Tolls)

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
(The Wild Years)

One of my favorite artists, painter Gustav Klimt, was born on July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten, Austria- 152 years ago today!  I’ve chosen 10 of my favorite Klimt paintings in honor of his special day.  His style is perfect for introducing to children.  After viewing his works (ex:  Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1 is great for identifying shapes, Country Garden with Sunflowers is perfect for identifying colors), ask kids to draw their own Klimt-inspired work of art.  Happy Birthday, Gustav!

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A reader from Australia asked me to give my “Nature Walk” scavenger hunt an Aussie update for her daughter’s 5th birthday party.  Here it is!  Download the free printable below!

Scavenger Hunt- Aussie Nature Walk PDF

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Orchard Street from Rivington, Looking North (1898)
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Orchard Street from Rivington, Looking North (June 6, 2014)
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Today is actress and singer Audra McDonald’s birthday!  In April, I had the pleasure of seeing Audra perform as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.   I was absolutely blown away by the way she transformed her voice to match Billie’s vocal style.  Every nuance was spot on.  Compare below!  The play is set in a run-down bar in Philadelphia in 1959, where Billie gave one of her last performances.  Throughout the play, Audra, as Billie, staggers around the stage, slurs her words, smokes cigarettes, and tells the intimate tales of her songs.  You can hear a pin drop as she gives an introduction to “Strange Fruit” and quietly begins to croon.  She recently won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her work in this must-see show.  This win also makes her the first person to win 6 Tony Awards for acting!  Happy Birthday, Audra!  New Yorkers- get your tickets to the show!

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Watermelon is one of my favorite foods to eat (and drink) in the summer, especially post-exercise.  It’s hydrating (about 91% water) and is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, and cancer-fighting lycopene!  Here are 4 healthy and delicious recipes to try this Summer:

1.  Watermelon Peach Cooler by Yummy Healthy Easy  view the recipe

2.  Watermelon Lime Vegan Ice Cream by Family Fresh Cooking  view the recipe

3.  Watermelon Gazpacho by A Couple Cooks  view the recipe

4.  Grilled Watermelon with Smoked Salt & Jalepeño Rings by Boulder Locavore  view the recipe

Saturday Afternoon in Central Park (June 26, 1909) by Power O’Malley for Harper’s Weekly
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Here are five delicious salads to make this summer- all vegan, gluten-free, and easy to make!

1. Coconut Roasted Carrot Salad by Healthy Green Kitchen recipe

2. Quinoa Bowl with Citrus, Avocado and Edamame by Food to Glow recipe 

3. Ginger Roasted Pumpkin + Quinoa Salad w/ Mint, Chili + Lime by My Darling Lemon Thyme recipe

4. Creamy Broccoli-Quinoa Salad by Beard & Bonnet recipe

5.  Shaved Brussels Sprout, Pomegranate and Lentil Salad by Golubka Kitchen recipe 

I’ve been wanting to make this printable New York City Boroughs Coloring Sheet for a while now and finally got around to it this weekend!  Ask children to assign the colors, numbers, or shapes they want to use for each borough and mark them in the key at the bottom of the sheet.  Now, using one of the completed sheets below as a guide (or without, as a test), fill in the map according to the key.

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Harlem Street: II. 422-424 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan (June 14, 1938) by Berenice Abbott
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For more photos of 1930s NYC, check out my “NYC Nostalgia: Favorite Photos from the 1930s” post.

Houston & Bowery Wall by Cope2
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Happy Birthday, Judy Garland! The American actress and singer was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Here are 5 extraordinary performances to celebrate and honor her special day.  Her rendition of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is absolutely phenomenal and unforgettable!  It is particularly poignant because it was recorded just 3 weeks after JFK was assasinated and the performance was dedicated to him.  Watch, share, and visit to learn more about Judy.

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Francis Luis Mora, 1914

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