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Summer Events in Kalamazoo

Summer Events in Kalamazoo

Dagnija Tomsons

May 26, 2017

If you wish to check out some other events that would captivate the mind of younger children, go check out these websites for more information: kzookids.com and discoverkalamazoo.com. Have a great summer!  ...

Blue Light Disrupts Sleep

Blue Light Disrupts Sleep

Dagnija Tomsons

April 21, 2017

Imagine lying awake at night, unable to fall asleep. You toss and turn but can’t seem to get your mind to settle down. You eventually lie on your back and stare at the ceiling, cursing yourself for the lack of sleep you’re getting at that very moment. You wonder what can you do to get your body to...

Songs to Soothe the Mind and Help Focus on Tasks

Songs to Soothe the Mind and Help Focus on Tasks

Dagnija Tomsons

January 24, 2017

Requested by a reader, here are some songs to help you calm down or focus. Enjoy. These are more calming songs that can be played while doing something that doesn’t require your full attention. They each have a soothing and mostly soft tune to them: “Fairy Tail Main Theme” (violin and piano) Taylor Davis and...

Responsible Citizens Should Take Care to Consider the Lives of Strays

Responsible Citizens Should Take Care to Consider the Lives of Strays

Dagnija Tomsons

January 12, 2017

  Late one night while my mom hung up the laundry outside, she asked me to help her out. I happened to notice that there was a large ball of fluff coming slowly towards us from between my house and the neighbors. I went over to check out what the form was. I could barely make out what the lump...

Fall Events in Kalamazoo

Fall Events in Kalamazoo

Dagnija Tomsons

November 17, 2016

Click on the info-graphic to view as a larger PDF file. For more information about the events, go to Discover Kalamazoo...

Teachers Should Allow Students to Listen to Music in Class

Teachers Should Allow Students to Listen to Music in Class

Dagnija Tomsons

October 26, 2016

That moment of utter silence envelopes you as you finally are released to work independently and instead of listening to random coughing and the tapping of pencils, you instead pop in those earbuds to listen to some relaxing or upbeat music. Music can help you get into a zone where everything else j...

Reading is the Key to Success, Put Down that Phone

Reading is the Key to Success, Put Down that Phone

Dagnija Tomsons

May 12, 2016

You walk into a restaurant with a huge line, surprised that your favorite place has a bunch of people here this early in the morning. The person behind the counter tells you the wait is twenty minutes max, giving you that look that all workers give when they think they know you won’t wait that long f...

Teachers Should Grade for Effort

Teachers Should Grade for Effort

Dagnija Tomsons

April 25, 2016

There’s a difference to the strategy that teachers use to grade students’ homework and in-class work. Some teachers grade on whether the student got the questions right, while others grade for the student’s effort. There are going to be different strategies to the grading system, since not every...

Teenagers Struggle with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

Junior Kierra Grado working on her portfolio in Honors English 11 A, trying her best to focus on the task at hand. Photo Credit / Dagnija Tomsons

Dagnija Tomsons

March 14, 2016

Junior Kierra Grado struggles to focus as she stares down at a math problem right under her pencil. For about a year and a half, she’s been struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or, as it’s more commonly known, ADHD. She taps her pencil multiple times and looks up to talk wi...

Appreciating the Kalamazoo Nature Center

A beautiful sign welcoming everyone to the Nature Center. Many nature activities await in the building off to the right.

Dagnija Tomsons

February 17, 2016

Photo Credit / Dagnija Tomsons The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is a non-profit organization where people can learn about nature by walking through trails, reading books and pamphlets and being inspired to do good. On Dec. 12, 2015, there was a free-admission day for a Local Art and Gift Fair, where people were a...

Cats: Relieving Stress in Public Places

Photo Credit / Dagnija Tomsons

Dagnija Tomsons

January 18, 2016

Cats are cute little fluff balls that are great listeners, cuddlers and fighters. They are best friends and enemies, with deadly claws, sharp fangs and glowing, devil eyes. Cats are basically the same as humans, emotion-wise. According to 10 Fascinating Facts About Cats, “A cat’s grey matter shares some remarkable s...

Protect Our Wild Horses and Burros: The Nation’s Symbol of the Historic and Pioneer Spirit of the West

Protect Our Wild Horses and Burros: The Nation’s Symbol of the Historic and Pioneer Spirit of the West

Dagnija Tomsons

January 14, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service manage almost 700 million acres of land that is owned by federal, state and private lands from the Homestead Act of 1862. This land is located mainly in the 12 western states. The BLM was started back in 1946 by U.S. Representative Richard M. Nixon to provid...

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