Author Archives: Bob Welbaum

Drawing A Short Straw

For the past two days I’ve been working with special-needs students. This reminded me of a poem I wrote about them for my book Some Poems About Life.   Drawing A Short Straw Sam sits at his school desk on a typical winter day. He’s working at his lesson, the first lesson of today, as

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English Kings Who Did Not Speak English

As a history nerd and aspiring writer, I can occasionally combine the two interests.  One fascinating tidbit (at least to me) is the number of English kings who did not speak English. If this surprises you, recall what happened in 1066 — William of Normandy earned his nickname William the Conqueror by defeating Harold II at the

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The Origin of Serendipity

One of my favorite subjects is finding useful words and learning how they evolve. That’s one reason I subscribe to “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor” from American Public Media. The “Almanac” sends me literary news with a poem every day. This is how I learned that the first use of  the word “serendipity” was

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Privacy? What Privacy?

Last year when I turned 65 I was amazed to be inundated with junk mail from insurance companies about Medicare supplemental insurance.  Which got me to wondering, how did half the world know my age? Something similar is happening this year.  I decided to set up my writing career as a business and registered with

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The Earring

When an object disappears from a toddler, what’s the most logical explanation? The Earring — An Original Story An earring was missing. The young mother had frantically searched her daughter. Then she searched the bed. Then her daughter again, her hair, the folds in her pajamas, her slippers. Next under the bed, then the entire

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How Much Do You Know About Chemistry?

How good is your knowledge of chemistry? What if I were to tell you that there is a dangerous chemical throughout our environment? It is a major component of acid rain, contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape, accelerates corrosion of many metals, causes electrical failures, in its crystalline form has been implicated in

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Geography Quirks

One rule in life — things are not always what your common sense thinks they should be. That’s especially true in geography. For example, go due south from Detroit, Michigan — what is the first foreign country you come to?  It’s actually Canada. And did you know the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal

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