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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Endangered Species — The Middle Child

If my occasionally reliable memory is correct, there was a “Simpsons” episode in which a family crisis caused Lisa’s birthday to be forgotten.  She ended up celebrating by herself: “Happy birthday, overlooked middle child….” I was reminded of that by an article, “The Extinction of the Middle Child: They’re becoming an American rarity, just when

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Trying Not To Be A Surplus Human

Automated check-outs.  Self-driving vehicles.  And those are only the obvious jobs being automated.  Lots of people’s livelihoods are in jeopardy, so many that I’ve discovered a new term — surplus human. “Are You a ‘Surplus Human’? These Are the Jobs Robots Are Coming After Next” by Alissa Quart is an article that explores this in

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Presidents and the Supreme Court

Today we tiptoe into the minefield of politics. Recently much has been made about presidential appointments to the Supreme Court, and with good reason.  Our highest court has the final say on what the law of the land actually means. Within a year and a half of taking office, President Trump gets to appoint two

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Be Like Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower was a five-star general and 34th President of the United States.  He helped win, then stop, hot wars (World War II and Korea), and navigated the country through eight years of the Cold War.  He is also know for his domestic accomplishments, like the Interstate Highway System.  One poll I found rates him

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But What Did Einstein Actually Say?

From the “I’m Sorry I Asked” Department — All of my life I’m been hearing about Albert Einstein and his Theory of Relativity.  He has had such a huge impact on our lives in general and science in particular.  In high school, when I was asked to report on the most consequential figure of the

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How Spiders Fly

If you’re afraid of spiders, you should stop reading now. Scientists have long known that spiders can travel by air.  In a technique called ballooning, they simply raise their abdomens, extrude some silk, and float away.  They have been found a thousand miles out at sea.  Neat! But the mystery is spiders only seem to

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Original Poem — On Squash

The nice people on The Pangolin Review website have published one of my poems — Issue 4, 8 July (https://thepangolinreview.wixsite.com/mypoetrysite/current-issue )!  Unfortunately, you have to scroll down and hunt for it, so I’ll copy it here to save you the trouble.   On Squash How did the vegetable squash get its name? For something you

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In Praise of National Parks

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a national park.  But on a recent trip with family, I visited three — Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and Badlands.  Over the years, I’ve visited every major park except one — Yellowstone.  I’d heard so much about this park, and I was eager to see for myself. I wasn’t

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The Importance of Sleep

So many people I know complain about not getting enough sleep, yet it is essential to good health.  If you fall into that category, you’ll be interested in a new book Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave by sleep researcher Alice Gregory of Goldsmiths, University of London. I discovered this work

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