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Pushy Parents? It's A Mouthful. Tsunami Relief. Thanks Ed. Healthy Cooking.

Five Things You Might Want To Know Right About Now

First thing: When you're a parent, it's easy to feel like you're being too pushy, or not pushy enough. We all want our kids to succeed. But are we giving them the right tools and the right direction? Even more important, do we know when to back off and let them figure out what next without yammering in the background? I'm hoping that Race To Nowhere will help me think through some of those questions. Sound good? The documentary will be shown Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Polson. If you can't make it, join us for our conversation Thursday at 4 p.m. Or, join in the conversation anytime you'd like, before or after that. We'd love to hear from you on this.

Second thing: If you love good food and haven't read our story on Bar Bouchée, you might want to check it out.

Third thing: Speaking of good food, you might want to read this article if you're looking for something to do Wednesday, March 30. Great food, great entertainment, and a great cause--tsunami and earthquake relief funds. [Note: Originally two fundraisers were planned, but now there is just one, for next week]

Fourth thing: If you've been seeing a bunch of "Thanks Ed" messages in our shout stream on the front page, here's why. I'd like to add to that. As a Madison resident, I usually go to one of three local beaches. But when I go to Hammo, I'm reminded of what a great resource it is. Last weekend, there were a bunch of volunteers rebuilding the boardwalk with donated supplies. It's nice to know the state is committed to the upkeep of this jewel as well. So, thanks Ed!

Fifth thing: Remember about the Madison Challenge healthy cooking demo Thursday evening. I hope to go, if for no other reason than to eat . If they're healthy, terrific. But the main reason to eat 'em? Tastes great.

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