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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What Are The Best Jobs?

If you’re fortunate enough to be young and just starting out, or are looking for a new career, you may want to read “The 50 Best Jobs in America — And How Much They Pay” by Paul Schrodt.  Schrodt’s source is the job site Glassdoor’s fourth annual report on this country’s best jobs.  Glassdoor used

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A Reminder About Race

During my lifetime I’ve seen a lot of progress on race relations in this country.  I can still remember my first television commercial featuring African-Americans.  It was for Crest toothpaste, and it featured middle-class suburbia, except the family was black.  It was unusual enough to interrupt our family dinner.  No big deal today. We’ve come

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Our Forgotten Link With Haiti

You don’t study history for long without developing a certain sense of irony. Recently our president was accused of talking disparagingly about Haiti (among other countries).   That’s why I was intrigued when I found an article entitled “How Haitians Helped Win The American Revolution” by Pooja Bhatia. Here’s the situation:  In 1779, colonial rebels laid

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The Charitable Side of Collecting

My friends know I’m a Disney collector.  For almost thirty years, I’ve belonged to the Disneyana Fan Club (DFC, originally the NFFC, http://www.disneyanafanclub.org/), and it’s been a very rewarding experience on many levels.  I know most people have their outside interests and passions, but I also realize occasionally these passions can get a bit… extreme. 

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Benjamin Franklin and Virtue

With all the virtue-challenged public figures these days, perhaps it’s time to go back to basics.  Founding fathers basics. One of the most fascinating founding fathers was Ben Franklin.  He had a remarkable life as a successful businessman, humorist, scientist, and public servant.  Did he have a secret? He may have.  I’ve been reading about

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The Right Way To Do Youth Sports?

I’ve been athletic all my life, but sometimes with very little success, so I’ve seen both sides, particularly in youth sports.  I was in Little League, where the competition for a team hat (never mind a uniform) was so fierce I rarely got one.  People in my hometown were such rabid fans other local communities

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The End of Chocolate?

Catches up on the news, I found something very disturbing January 2, 2018 on the Food and Wine website. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting the source of chocolate, the cacao plant, is likely to go extinct, perhaps as early as 2050. The culprit is global warming.  Most of the

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