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Summer Vacations

Every summer as far back as I can remember, my family went on a car trip to Florida the last week in June and the first week in July. My grandmother (Grangree)’s hat factory closed for those two weeks, and as soon as her work day ended that Friday, we were off on the long ride from Huntington, Long Island (NY) to Florida.

Grangree always took a little velvet purse with her. It was full of change that she had saved all year long, and the money in that purse to paid for gas for the trip. Imagine how much would have to be in that purse today! I have so many wonderful memories tied to those trips. Many of those memories involve being squished and hot in the backseat of the car, but they also involve the summer magic of long family trips. I remember lying in the backseat with my head on Grangree’s lap as she told me stories about her childhood. I remember the first time I saw my favorite movie: “Meet Me in St. Louis.” It was the first night of our trip, and we stopped in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Since the whole family stayed in the same motel room together, I watched the movie with the sound turned way down on the black and white TV. I still remember how wonderful it was to discover that movie.

I also remember being scared, and I regret not talking to the adults about it. In those years, the news was full of stories about a revolution in Cuba and how close it was to Florida. Instead of talking with adults about my concerns, I kept them to myself, and I let my unspoken fears scare me. I even started the habit of sleeping with the head covered in case Cuban soldiers broke into our motel room. It sounds silly now, but it was very real and scary to a little kid like me. That is why I am a big fan of asking grownups to turn off the TV if kids are scared by news stories.

One year Grangree and I flew to Florida alone. I was just 3 years old. I remember how wonderful it was not sharing Grangree with my little brother. I remember screaming on the beach because I saw a monster, and Grangree hurrying to reassure me that wasn’t a monster, but a crab on the beach.

This summer you and your family are going to make memories together. Maybe you’ll go away. Maybe you’ll stay close to home. Whatever you do during these wonderful summer days, stay safe and have a great time!

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The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People (also known as Nanticoke Lenape Indians) are a tribal confederation of the core families of the Nanticoke and Lenni-Lenape whose homelands have been in Southern New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula from ancient times. They are the northernmost of three well studied and documented, closely interrelated tribal communities, including the Nanticoke and the Lenape of Sussex and Kent Counties in Delaware.

Their Tribe is a sovereign American Indian Nation made up of the enrolled tribal citizens who have met the mandatory documented descent and blood quantum requirements from the historic core tribal families as set by our tribal law. Their tribal sovereignty was granted by the almighty Creator to their ancestors and was never surrendered by our tribal leadership to any other authority. Their tribal citizens freely submit to the jurisdiction of, and pledge allegiance to, the Tribal government of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indian Tribe and agree to abide by any and all laws and rules of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape and will respect and comply with the decisions of the duly elected tribal leaders.

Listen above as Kathy welcomes Trinity Norwood of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People into the Kids Corner studio to talk all about her own family history!

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Dr. Mindy Goes To Africa

We all know that Dr. Mindy Cohan loves animals - she's a veterinarian after all! But what many of you might not know is that Dr. Mindy loves Africa and just returned from an African Safari where she got to see all kinds of animals of the jungle - up close and (very) personal! From walking with gorillas to feeding giraffes and hanging with the elephants ... it was quite the adventure and she stopped by the Kids Corner studios to share her stories with us. We asked Dr. Mindy why she wanted to go to Africa and here is her reply: 

“All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.
― Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa

Hemingway’s words perfectly capture my sentiments about Africa. Everything about the continent from the majestic landscapes to the fascinating cultures to the exotic and beautiful wildlife transcends one’s wildest dreams. Africa has beckoned me since my childhood and I am so grateful that I have now had the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream twice. Our first trip, three years ago, through Tanzania and the Masai Mara of Kenya was amazing, but I felt frustrated in merely observing the animals. Our recent trip was particularly incredible as I was able to interact with elephants, giraffes, rhinos and warthogs. Observing Vervet Monkeys and Rock Hyraxes up close was thrilling. After seeing my trip photos, many have said that they are placing Africa on their “bucket list.” For anyone with a deep love and appreciation of animals, Africa promises to be a trip of a lifetime.

On top of stories, Dr. Mindy has put together an amazing collection of pictures and videos that she took while in Africa. Listen to Dr. Mindy's conversation with Kathy below (it's in two parts) and while you're listening, click the link below and visit her African Safari Gallery to see her stories come to life.

Dr. Mindy Goes To Africa Photo Gallery

Here are the links for the Lewa Conservancy and the Elephant Orphanage that Dr. Mindy mentions in the chat above.



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