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HVP February 2019

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Page 12 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 13 personal development Settle in with a good book This month, join other adults at the Pine Plains Library to discuss Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin. Follow a 14-year-old boy in 1935 Harlem as he establishes his identity and struggles with spiritual, sexual and moral issues of self-invention. This critically acclaimed novel was Baldwin's first major work, but an unforgettable one. Discover this poetic and extraordinary American classic. In honor of Black History Month, this story will touch your heart with its vivid imagery while it stimulates the mind with a vision of racism in America at this time. Newcomers are always welcome to this monthly group of literary enthusiasts. Visit the Pine Plains Library to pick up your copy. Become a blogger-mom Looking for a way to express yourself? Blogging might be worth a try! Hudson Valley Parent's newest travel blogger Erica Higgs also has her own blog that documents the adventures of her and her family (especially her adorable daughter Abigale). She says, "I love putting my own voice into things and writing about all my adventures with my daughter." Higgs started blogging when she first had Abigale. "As a first-time parent of a very precocious child, it was like therapy for me to write about my experiences," she says. Higgs has advice for moms who are tentative about starting a blog or think they might be too busy. "It isn't easy running a blogging business, a photography business and being a wife and mom to a three-year-old," she says. "I try to make a schedule and stick to it. I write some content in advance, so I always have content ready and record thoughts for other blogs constantly. That helps." Follow Higgs and her family's adventures at Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital 44 Saint Nicholas Rd. Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-227-7297; Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital provides the best integrative medicine available for a holistic approach to your pet's health care. Pet boarding now available, just in time for summer. Windsor Dental Center 375 Windsor Highway, Ste. 400 New Windsor, NY 12553 845-565-6677; Windsor Dental Center offers comprehensive dental care all in one office, performed by our highly trained specialists. When you visit, your smile and comfort are our top priority. Erica Higgs (right) loves to hike with her adventurous toddler. Her blogs follow their Hudson Valley travels.

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