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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On Trees and Relationships

I have a ginkgo tree in my front yard.  It was not my doing; it came with the house.  If you’re not familiar with this type, it’s sometimes referred to as the maidenhair tree.  The only surviving species in the division Ginkgophyta, it goes back at least 270 million years (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba).  The probable reason there is

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How Not To Cook A Turkey

Of all the Founding Fathers, I think the most fascinating is Benjamin Franklin.  He was our first humorist, and in his day the best writer in the Colonies.  He was also an inquisitive scientist, perhaps best known for his experiments with electricity.  But recently I ran across a Ben Franklin story that I’m sure he

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Happy Birthday — Numbered Highways

On November 11, 2016, this country started something we take for granted every day — it established a highway numbering system.  This was described so well by an entry in The Writer’s Almanac that I’m just going to quote it verbatim —   In the early days of automobile travel, the federal government wasn’t involved

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The Sun Is Not Going Away

Remember when I wrote about dihydrogen monoxide, that dangerous chemical that should be banned because it causes thousands of deaths every year (http://www.dhmo.org/truth/Dihydrogen-Monoxide.html)?  (News flash: it’s water.  Think about it, two hydrogen and one oxygen.) I have another one for you.  There are several videos on YouTube claiming that, because of a conjunction between Venus

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Happy Birthday — Radio

On November 2nd, 1920, radio station KDKA in Pittsburg, PA broadcast the first regular radio transmission in the US — the Harding-Cox presidential election results.  Only about 5000 people owned radios at that time, and no one was quite sure how to use this new technology. Some wanted radio used for the good of everyone, funded

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A Poem For Halloween

I’m reposting this from last year in honor of Halloween.   Halloween Fun Halloween can be fun for adults, too. I like to hold out a bowl of candy — a nice assortment — and simply say “You may take one of your choice.” and watch the little wheels turn. Which one should I pick?

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