Melissa Gentile
By day, I'm a seasoned teacher of Literature and English; By night, a yoga and fitness instructor; a freelance writer in the space between. I love nature and keeping things simple.
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Confessions of a Teacher
At this time of the year, in the high school where I've taught for some time, lockers are emptied and final exams administered. Yearbooks are signed and there are plenty of goodbyes. Commencements commence and students and teachers alike look forward to a long-awaited respite from school. Yes, the school year h... continue reading
Super Foods: The Sequel
Continue to maintain your superhero status with even more edible wonders, including an orange wonder, rainbow-colored morsels, and some seriously healthy seeds. How sweet! Butternut squash joins the all-stars of healthy foods.
If you like yams or potatoes, you’ll like this fruit (yes, fruit) because it is similar in ... continue reading
Befriend a Book
In the English alphabet there are 26 letters, an assortment of vowels and consonants that make up the more than 180,000 entries in The Oxford English Dictionary. Yet these days, growing numbers of people seem to be more fascinated with a mere few letters. They are turning on the TV, connecting to someone else’s PSP, or... continue reading
Be Super with Food
How wonderful it would be if there were mega-heroes like Superman or the Fantastic Four to fortify our lives and communities with their greatness! But since this is only possible in the movies, each person who wants to live the best life possible is responsible for getting in touch with his or her own “superpowers”.
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Dirty Bird or Resourceful Mortal?
Dirty Bird or Resourceful Mortal? My childhood was filled with wonder and reverence for every sagging fern to every wise old tree. This is because my parents, both city kids, decided to start a family in the country. I had the privilege of growing up within walking distance from a 5,000-acre state park.
My mom, who w... continue reading
Where Have all the Cashiers Gone?
People have become quite fanatical with “saving time” these days. In a society where the average American juggles a job (or two) along with a family, a hobby and a social life, we yearn for extra minutes, even hours in the day. What would we do with this time once we acquired it?  Who knows?  Still, we go to ... continue reading
Breathe Yourself Silly
Countless are the times I have heard the phrase, “Take a deep breath.” Before a big test, during a competitive sporting event, or even while sitting in traffic I have heard these words being uttered by someone (if not by my own interior monologue).
However, I never understood how this was supposed to help. Constantly... continue reading

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