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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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!

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Some Poems About Life

(30 Actually) Gems of Wit & Wisdom

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Are You Running For President?

Have you ever been told “If you don’t like the way the country is being run, why don’t you run for office yourself”? Don’t laugh, a lot of people are. In fact, this includes the presidency. As of this writing, more than 400 people have announced their candidacies to run our nation (http://time.com/5481580/presidential-campaign-filings-skyrocket/). Overseeing this

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What’s the Dirtest Place in Your Bathroom?

I hate to start off the weekend with a downer, but being a less-than-fastidious housekeeper myself, I couldn’t help but notice the article “The Germiest Place in Your Bathroom Isn’t Your Toilet” by Julissa Treviño (http://time.com/5514669/bacteria-germs-bathroom/?). And like the title says, it’s not where you think. According to a 2011 study on household germs, conducted

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Happy May Day!

Yesterday you probably saw working-class people parading at various locations around the world for May Day, the first of May. In my lifetime, May Day has always belonged to the labor movement. But that’s only been true since the 19th Century. According to the EarthSky website, May Day is actually an astronomical holiday. I’m sure

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On Raising Successful Kids

This is a headline that’s difficult to ignore — “Want to raise successful kids? Harvard, MIT study says doing one thing at age 4 could make them happier and wealthier in life.”  If you are a parent, you’ve probably read all types of articles about how best to raise your children. But this one is

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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

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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

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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,

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