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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At The Dayton Book Expo

Today was the 2017 Dayton [OH] Book Expo at Sinclair Community College.  The publishing business has changed lightyears since I entered it in 1990.  Today anyone can get published, so this show was a fascinating assortment of (near as I could tell)  about 80 local, self-published authors.  There were also seminars on such subjects as

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Killers of the Flower Moon

History tells a lot of stories that are fascinating, yet illustrate the utter cruelty of our fellow human beings. A new book receiving a lot of attention falls squarely into this category.  Its title is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.  I haven’t read

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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Actually, no one is quite sure when Shakespeare’s birthday was.  His life is largely undocumented; he left no personal papers.  But we do know he was baptized on April 26, 1564, so his birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23rd. No one single person has had a greater impact on the English language, so much

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An Easy Way To Improve Cooperation

A word for today — onymity.   Don’t worry, it’s not an insult.  The clue to its meaning is it’s the opposite of anonymity (not being named).  Onymity simply means being named. So what?  A recent article in the journal Science Advances is entitled “Onymity Promotes Cooperation in Social Dilemma Experiments”.   This work reports on a

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22 is celebrated around the world as Earth Day.  The Earth Day Network ( http://www.earthday.org/) considers this the world’s largest secular holiday, with its celebrants estimated at about a billion people. So who’s idea was this?  According to The Writers’ Almanac (http://writersalmanac.org/), it started with a politician.  Senator Gaylord Nelson ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord_Nelson) was an

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One Special Day You Probably Don’t Need

Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately, but I have been traveling.  (I ran the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017, but that’s another very long story.) But while listening to podcast on the drive back from Boston, I heard of a special day I never would’ve thought necessary.  It’s called Email Debt Forgiveness Day. Have

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Why Does It Have To Be A Wall?

Ah, American ingenuity! The creative people of The Walt Disney Company’s theme parks, the Imagineers, put out a book that highlights the old joke — Q. How many  Imagineers does it take to change a lightbulb? A. Does it have to be a lightbulb? Now  submissions for building President Trump’s border wall are showing similar

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Where The Dollar Coins Are

Have you seen any dollar coins in circulation lately?  The U.S. Mint began making coins of this denomination with the imagine of the Shoshone woman Sacagawea in 2000.   (Recall her claim to fame was as a guide for the Lewis & Clark expedition.)   Using coins rather than dollar bills would be a significant savings, since

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