Guest Column: Cradles to Crayons Teen Leader Ilise Martel Photo: Cradles to Crayons Teen Leaders Jazi Charbit and Ilise Martel in the Lexington Community Collection Unit in St. Brigid’s parking lot. When I first heard about Cradles to Crayons (C2C) I was volunteering at Artspan, a summer camp in Lexington. I picked up a flyer and was surprised by what I read: over 300,000 Massachusetts children ages 0­-12 live in homeless or low-income situations. At first, I couldn’t fathom this statistic. I have grown up with access to the essentials and was not aware of the scale of poverty in Massachusetts. Brighton-based nonprofit Cradles to Crayons provides local children living in Continue Reading
Fall Favorites: Apple Crisp Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter or spray with a cooking spray, a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish. (Can also make 8 individual ramekins.) Topping: Place all the topping ingredients (flour, sugars, spices, butter, oats and nuts) in a food processor and process until the mixture is crumbly (looks like coarse meal) and there are no large pieces of butter visible. (This can also be done with two knives Continue Reading
Otis and The Scarecrow by Loren Long Otis the tractor’s goodhearted nature continues to shine in his fifth picture book. The farmer has just placed a new scarecrow in the cornfield, and the “sour look” permanently stitched onto the scarecrow’s burlap head says plenty about its perceived attitude. As the days pass, the silent scarecrow remains indifferent to Otis and the farm animals below. Eventually, Otis finds a way to bring the scarecrow into the fun he and the animals are having—or at least to bring the fun to him. Although Otis himself is entirely animate, Long leaves the scarecrow’s sentience an open-ended question. As the book Continue Reading

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