Author Archives: Bob Welbaum

So You Want To Be a Teacher…

I’m in the middle of a long-term substitute teaching job — six out of seven weeks, and it’s reminding me about all the little irritants that come with teaching. I’m not talking discipline.  I’ve had discipline problems in the past, and there are none in the five classes I have in this current job.  I’m

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Happy Birthday Library of Congress

The Library of Congress was established on April 24, 1800.  It was originally founded to provide a legislative library for members of Congress.  In just over a decade, the collection had grown to over 3000 books.  There was a major setback during the War of 1812 when the invading British burned the Capitol building and the

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The Lighter Side of Science

I know there are some people who simply don’t trust science.  And there are times when mistrust is warranted.  Remember cold fusion?  Of course, there have also been outlandish-sounding theories that have turned out to be correct, like continental drift.  That’s why there is the scientific method and research needs to be replicated multiple times

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The Original Horse Whisperer

I’ve always liked animals, so I was intrigued by an article about horse trainer Monty Roberts. Monty has discovered a way to communicate with horses, and uses it to train them gently and without violence.  When watching wild horses as a boy, he realized they were communicating silently with each other.  He was able to learn this language

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What to Do For Earth Day

If you’ve seen today’s Google Doodle, you know it’s Earth Day.  BTW, I took the quiz, and I came up Wolly Mammoth  — technically extinct, but someday I could be cloned! Speaking of Earth Day, there is one project I’ve always wanted to try.  I think it would be fun to have a butterfly garden.  There

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Do You Really Need Eyes to See?

This is actually a story about expectations  —  how our expectations can affect people around us.  For example, if someone is blind and they are allowed to grow up without preconceived notions or artificial limitations, how much will they be able to do?  Can they get to the point where they can, for all intents

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A Poem On Importance

On Importance I saw an old friend yesterday. A high school classmate. We had a lot to catch up on. He’s doing very well, he says. He has a very responsible position. He makes major decisions all the time. People depend on his judgment. They call and ask his opinion: the plant manager, Vice President

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The Comedy of Tragedy

The formula is Tragedy + Time = Comedy. I first became aware of this when I heard about comedian Tig Notaro and how she turned her diagnosis of breast cancer into a comedy routine. Regular readers know my own mother died last Sunday, April 12th. The further away from that date, the more the sorrow

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