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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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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Fake News: The Worst Is Yet To Come?

If you’re concerned about fake news, it may only get worse. We’ve already had examples of what clever technology can do — this video appeared on the Internet in May of Donald Trump apparently offering advice to the people of Belgium on climate change.  (It looks pretty artificial to me, but many took it seriously.)

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