Tuesday Me-Time, 2/23/2021

Welcome back! 

I hope everyone had a safe, restful, and fun week. For those of us lucky enough to have had a week off here are some great ideas for calming work break activities that can help you keep that vacation Zen a little longer. 

The days are getting longer, maple syrup season is starting to ramp up, and we can feel the promise of spring in the air.  For many of us that means turning our attention toward our gardens. Whether you’re a veteran gardener or thinking of starting your first victory garden to deal with rising produce prices these University of Maine Extension gardening resources will have something for you.

We’ve decided to start featuring some healthy recipes based around the Maine harvest of the month. Of course there isn’t much growing here these days, but February’s harvest of the month is Maine’s tried and true potato.  Try some of these recipes for healthy sides

A lot of our schools have been focusing on kindness even more than usual this year with a variety of kindness challenges and activities. Kindness is important to our community, of course, and it’s always nice to be the recipient of kindness, but science shows that there are a lot of benefits to being kind as well. Here is a quick video on the science of kindness. 

Need a great podcast to check out during your workout or on your morning commute? Try NPR’s Throughline. It’s got some great episodes for Black History Month. “The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.”

This one is for the teens: 

How to help your teen form healthy relationships during a time of social distancing

I don’t know about you, but we are starting to get cabin fever this winter. As the temperatures begin to warm (slightly) perhaps it’s time to check out some trails near you. 

China Schools Forest

Kennebec Messalonskee Trails

Know of more great trails to check out? Add them in the comments below. 

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