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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The Boy Who Could Wiggle His Ears

Learning how to wiggle your ears is really hard. But you can do it if you keep trying. And if you learn to keep trying, no problem is too big. So if you can wiggle your ears, you can do anything!

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Some Poems About Life

(30 Actually) Gems of Wit & Wisdom

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Fall Asleep the Army Way

If you have trouble falling asleep, the U.S. Army has a method that might help.  in the military, a good night’s sleep can literally be a life-and-death matter.  Hence the development of this method. Here’s what the Army recommends — Sit on the edge of your bed. Make sure only your bedside light is on,

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How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

Something interesting you may have noticed during the press coverage of the death of President George H.W. Bush — he died less than eight months after the death of his beloved wife Barbara.  You may also recall actress Debbie Reynolds dying a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher in 2016.  Is this unusual? Not really. 

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A Lesson in Cultural Diversity

What is the most culturally diverse city?  Some say it’s Amsterdam, with about 178 different cultures.   London  can make a strong claim for second, with approximately a third of its population foreign-born.   The  most diverse city in the U.S. would be Los Angeles, rated third in the world, with an estimated 86 languages spoken by

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Woodrow Wilson

Some historians rate Woodrow Wilson as a near-great president, which always made me curious because he is most remembered for his idealistic League of Nations proposal, which his own country shunned.  So my curiosity led me to Wilson, a highly rated biography by A. Scott Berg. The truth is Woodrow Wilson lived a life of

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The Joy in New Pajamas

I guess it’s a sign of my advancing age that I can get excited about a pair of pajamas.  This weekend I stumbled across a sale, and purchased a pair that I normally would’ve considered too pricey.  Not that they were extravagant to begin with, but I must confess to having a cheap streak.  This

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Voices From the Past

I can rarely resist a book, especially a book about history.  Recently I found an interesting little volume — The Civil War: Voices of Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage, edited by Gordon Leidner.  It lists over 220 quotes from soldiers and civilians on both sides, as well as texts and excerpts from some of the war’s

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