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What guy doesn’t remember the rush of opening a pack of baseball cards and finding his favorite player? What girl didn’t look at Barbie and fantasize about her dream date? We hold a special place in our hearts for the great things of childhood.

Kid Stuff: The Polar Express

Posted by on Dec 7, 2010 in Holiday, Kids Stuff | 1 comment

Children’s author Chris Van Allsburg created this beautiful Christmas story about a fantasy train that carried children to the North...

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Kid Stuff: Play-Doh

Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Kids Stuff | 1 comment

  This eternal kid’s substance, this staple of second grades and day care centers, wasn’t created as a toy. It began its...

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Kid Stuff: Animal Crackers

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Food, Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Animal Crackers

  The first cookies baked in the shape of animals came from the kitchens of Stauffer’s Biscuit Company in York, Pennsylvania...

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Kid Stuff: Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by on Oct 24, 2010 in Kids Stuff | 1 comment

  Where the Wild Things Are, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak and published almost 50 years ago (1963), still is a favorite...

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Kid Stuff: Duncan Yo-Yo

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Duncan Yo-Yo

  It’s on a string. It goes down. It comes back up. What’s so great about that, to have it considered a Great American...

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Kid Stuff: Chuck E. Cheese's

Posted by on Oct 3, 2010 in Kids Stuff | 1 comment

A friend of mine calls this place “Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Hell.” I get that. But the company’s slogan is...

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Kid Stuff: Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote

Poor, poor Wile E. Coyote. Never quite able to capture his prey. Many times he got close – oh so close, so tantalizingly close...

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Kid Stuff: Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Posted by on Sep 12, 2010 in Kids Stuff, TV Show | 1 comment

The changing of the shoes. The putting on of the sweater. The singing of the theme song. All these images are part of our cultural history...

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Kid Stuff: Rocky and Bullwinkle

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Kids Stuff | 1 comment

Actually, there were two series that ran one after the other: Rocky and His Friends (1959-1961) and The Bullwinkle Show (1961-1964). Both...

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Architecture: Golden Gate Bridge

Posted by on Aug 21, 2010 in Architecture, Kids Stuff, The Arts | Comments Off on Architecture: Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges not just in America, but in the world. No wonder it placed number five in the...

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