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Opportunity of a Lifetime

by Deb Casini Klein, Director, I Want to be an Ambassador!  It was an honor and an opportunity of a lifetime.  Our “I Want To Be An Ambassador” campers met with the Ambassador of Ukraine, Oksana Marvakova at the Embassy …

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That Lady in the Office

by Dana Wineland O’Rourke, contributing writer It’s a question most children are asked as early as preschool. “What would you like to be when you grow up?” Answers are sure to include: “Fireman, teacher and doctor.” No one says “School …

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Don’t Panic: Grounding Techniques for Better Mental Health

by Don Laird, contributing writer It’s no secret that we all feel higher levels of stress and anxiety these days. Even as we emerge from the global pandemic, the anxiety surrounding the events of the past few years has taken …

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Web of Life

by Beth Dolinar, Contributing Writer Amid all the solemn pomp and pageantry of the queen’s funeral, there was a moment of charming levity. A spider had hitched a ride on Her Majesty’s flower-festooned casket. Sharp-eyed mourners noticed, and the clever …

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“Picture Perfect” Pretty Pressure

by Dana Wineland O’Rourke, contributing writer I recently attended a baby shower with my granddaughters. The event gave them a chance to dress up and they looked beautiful. Like all girls in the bloom of youth, they are pretty in …

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Recommendations from our 2022 Teen Writers!

by Gina Catanzarite, Director, Teen Writer! I once spoke with a dancer about her complex process as a prima ballerina and she told me, “Whenever I run into a problem, I return to the barre. All of life’s problems can …

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Camp Delicious: Making our Own Recipes

by Hilda Pang Fu, Founder and President, Luminari At a time when we are all trying to adjust to the new normal after the worst of the pandemic, what better way to nurture ourselves and families than enjoying a good …

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Shared Experiences from our Teen Ambassadors

For now, summer is once again drawing to a close with only a few short weeks left until school starts, but at Luminari we are encouraged by the young minds who will be returning to their classrooms with new perspectives, …

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Required Reading

by Beth Dolinar, Contributing Writer Remember “Silas Marner?”  That’s the book most seventh or eight graders were assigned to read back in the day. Over the years I’ve learned that George Eliot’s novel about a lonely weaver has, for generations, …

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2022 Teen Summer Camp

  Parents, believe it or not, summer is right around the corner and we need your help. For more than a decade, Luminari has been offering inspiring summer camps that provide opportunities for growth and skill development to local teens. …

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