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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The Complicated Lives of Fireflies

I grew up on a farm in western Ohio, and every summer I can remember watching lightening bugs from my bedroom window.    But like everything else in this world, it’s complicated. First, most people call them fireflies.  According to an entry in the July 7, 2017 Smithsonian magazine’s VIP newsletter by Jason Bittel, they are

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Is Cyberwarfare Our Greatest Threat?

I grew up during the height of the Cold War, when every home-improvement show we attended had a model bomb shelter.  Thankfully, we won that one.  But today we may face a threat that is even more insidiously dangerous. I’m sure you’ve heard the accusations that Russia was behind the email hacks during the 2016

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Looking For An Unusual Vacation?

Some people prefer the offbeat when they travel.  (I’m trying something different this year; you’ll get a full report if I can pull it off.) I’ve just found something that appeals to those who also want to help the environment.  It’s called SANCCOB — South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (https://sanccob.co.za/ ).  

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A 4th of July Poem

Happy 4th of July!  This year I’m reprising my poem about patriotism.  I wrote it sometime about 2010 and posted it last year (and it’s in my book Some Poems About Life, available on this website), but I think it’s still apropos today.   The Patriot Jerry is a patriot, he loves his country dear.

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A Female Paul Revere?

With the 4th of July on the horizon, I recently ran across an interesting Revolutionary War story.  Everyone remembers Paul Revere and his “midnight ride” in April, 1775, but Revere was only one of a number of riders, and he was captured.  Such are the vagaries of history. I know history is much more complicated. 

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Can You Marry Yourself?

Here’s a word for today — sologamy.  It’s defined by Google as “marriage by a person to oneself.  It is known as a commitment that values self-love, and self-compassion. … It can also refer to a self-uniting marriage, that is a marriage without an officiant.” I first learned about this from a recent newspaper article,

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