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...

Read More

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!

Read More

Some Poems About Life

(30 Actually) Gems of Wit & Wisdom

Read More

The Latest in Designer Food

I was catching up on newspaper reading recently when a headline caught my eye — Behold the ‘Impossible Whopper’. It seems the fast-food chain Burger King has a beefless sandwich. Although limited in availability now, the goal is to offer it in all outlets if well received (https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/04/16/burger-king-adopts-fake-meat.aspx). This headline especially jumped out at me

Read More

Read the News Like a Scientist

I’m both a news junkie and am active on social media. That’s a volatile mix in these political times. So when I saw an article on Ideas.TED.com about a better way to read the news, I was hooked. The better way is actually quite simple — read as if you were a scientist. How? Here

Read More

How to Think Like a Billionaire

I just found an article I had to read — “6 things successful people like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos do on weekends to make their Mondays more productive” by Benjamin Spall (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/29/what-successful-people-like-bill-gates-and-jeff-bezos-do-on-weekends.html?). I’m sure we’d all like to be as successful as Bill Gates. So what is the secret? I’ll list them for you,

Read More

The Secret to Aging Gracefully? Get a Pet

New data from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging contains some information you’ve probably suspected — pets help you stay in good health as you age. This survey collected data from about 2,000 U.S. adults from ages 50 to 80. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they owned at least one pet, with dogs

Read More

What Is The Appendix Good For?

All of my life, I have been taught that the appendix in our digestive system served no function. Perhaps it was useful a long time ago if our ancestors ate grass? But lately, like the last few thousand years, it’s been the poster organ for something that could do us more harm than good. But

Read More

The Beauty of the Bill of Rights

Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but whenever I’ve studied the Bill of Rights, I’ve always wondered why so much is crammed into the First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Establishment of religion, free exercise

Read More

Saving Democracy?

With the extreme polarization of American politics, I’ve been seeing a lot of discussion about possible changes to our elections. Should we abolish the Electoral College? Do we need a stronger chief executive? How do we make our democracy more responsive? I’ve recently listened to a podcast that discusses this issue in detail — “Tweak

Read More

Lest We Forget — Some Historical Photos

A friend of mine has been sending me links to historical photos, which, as a history nerd, I think are worth sharing. There is no central theme except they are in the past, and I think they speak for themselves. Group One (Scroll down) — https://soulfoodfriday.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/getting-some-historic-perspective1.pdf Group Two (Click on each photo to move to

Read More

The passage of Time and Aging

Early in my life, time seemed to pass slowly, but now everything since about age 40 has been one big blur. I’ve always assumed it’s because I have lots of years with lots of memories, but recently I’ve read that the reason why time seems to go by faster and faster is not because of

Read More