The Cactus Who Wanted to Be a Christmas Tree

Katie loves Christmastime. Getting presents is nice, and playing in the snow with her friends is fun, but what she likes best are all the pretty decorations...

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Sunny and Victor: Best Friends Forever

Bears and rabbits are not supposed to be friends, but the story of how Sunny Bunny and Victor Bear became “best friends forever” is a tale of friendship...

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Some Poems About Life

(30 Actually) Gems of Wit & Wisdom

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Predicting the Future

I know how tough it is to predict the future; I’ve watched Disneyland go through multiple incarnations of Tomorrowland.  Yet we keep trying. Like in the AARP Bulletin of June 2018 with its cover article “What’s Next: How Your Life Will Get Better in the Coming Years.”  Five areas of our lives are examined, and

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Is There a Link Between Crying and Airplanes?

You learn something new every day — I’ve flown on a lot of airplanes, but except for screaming kids, I’ve never thought about crying.  And yet, I’ve just found an article entitled “This Is Why You’re More Likely to Cry on an Airplane, According to a Psychologist” by Mahita Gajanan (http://time.com/5274209/airplane-cry- emotion/?, the photo is

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Are Nightmares All Bad?

Dreams are flaky enough, and nightmares are worse.  But even if you have nightmares, are they bad for you? They could be.  In an article “Nightmares Are Scary. But Are They Bad For Your Health?” by Markham Heid (http://time.com/5287932/are-nightmares-bad-for-you/?),  Michael Nadorff, an assistant professor of psychology at Mississippi State University and director of the school’s

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Around the World in 80 Trees

If you’re interested in a summer read and are a nature lover, I’ve just stumbled across an interesting-sounding book.  Entitled Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori, the author uses plant science to explain how trees affect our everyday lives.   You can  guess some of the contents — California redwoods certainly deserve

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Starlings and Science, or What is Murmuration?

If you are a bird lover, you may have marveled at how great flocks of starlings move in unison.  There are several excellent examples on YouTube, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakKfY5aHmY .  So how do they do it? Science has been wondering the same thing.  It’s only been recently that we’ve had the tools to observe

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In Praise of … Spiders?

What if I told you that spiders, those universally reviled members of the bug world, are really valuable and should be protected? Matt Bertone, Extension Associate in Entomology at North Carolina University, makes that point in “A Case Against Killing Spiders” ( http://earthsky.org/earth/case-against-killing-spiders? ).  He says spiders are important to both indoor and outdoor ecosystems. What’s more,

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Revisiting President Eisenhower

During my recent trip to Asia, I was able to read Eisenhower: Soldier and President by Stephen E. Ambrose.  Dwight Eisenhower was the first president I remember, and the only presidential library I ever visited.  His presidency is easy to overlook, coming between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman on one side and John Kennedy

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Saving the World, One Cauliflower Stem at a Time

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but on April 20, 2016, I wrote “A Simple Way to Feed The World.”  Based on a National Geographic magazine cover story of March 2016 (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/03/global-food-waste-statistics/ ), “Too Good To Waste: How Ugly Food Can Help Feed the Planet,” it discussed the challenges of having two billion more

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