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Kidulting: Still kids at heart

Julia Rancone

Stranger Things, a show set in 1980s America, has masterfully recreated the feeling and visuals of an era that is back in vogue. In an episode of Stranger Things Season 2, one of the main characters, Dustin, is wearing a purple Science Museum of Minnesota Brontosaurus sweatshirt. The Science Museum quickly took advantage of the{...}

Millennialing: A Verb

Julia Rancone

Another article on Millennials is just what you need, right? Okay, probably not. In fact, writing about how to understand Millennials is becoming a parody. But what could we use a little more of? Inspiration and perspective, and for that, one has to go out and start Millennialing – actively participating in their culture. The{...}

Neutral Territory – the new kids and gender

JoEllen M. Davis

Two years ago as my husband and I prepared to become parents we made the decision not to find out the sex of our baby despite many opportunities to know. We went ahead with baby prep regardless of who might show up in our arms, taking a gender neutral view. We fashioned a room, buying{...}

Close up view of notebook planner with dates and colorful markings.

Take note! Analog planners and bullet journals

JoEllen M. Davis

The new year is the perfect time to get organized, hang up your new “LOLZ Cats” calendar and get everyone in your household in sync. But here in 2016 there are calendars, and planners and then there are PLANNERS. In 2015 we noticed a strong movement towards analog planners and journals that kept growing in{...}