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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The Effect of Illusory Truth

I am too young (just barely) to remember the McCarthy Era in U.S. politics. If you’re blessed to be that young, McCarthyism, named after Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, was, as explained in the Encyclopedia Britannica, a “period of time in American history that saw Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy produce a series of investigations and

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Who Was The First Special Prosecutor?

I’ve lived through Watergate, the Reagan Administration, and the Clinton Administration, and have read about the Warren Harding Administration, so I am familiar with political scandals. So is a special prosecutor a 20th Century idea? Not even close. The first special prosecutor in U.S. politics, John B. Henderson, was appointed in 1875 by President Ulysses

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Unknown Kingdoms

I remember when I was a student teacher and I asked a class to tell me what they knew about the Persians. My cooperating teacher quickly informed me they had never studied that civilization. I thought of this as I reviewed an email from the National Geographic Society listing some long-forgotten civilizations. There have been

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Pictures in the Stars

If you ever look heavenward, you know that people have found pictures in the stars for thousands of years.   I think most of us can recognize a few, like Orion the Hunter, with his three-star belt, and the Big Dipper (actually part of Ursa Major, the Great Bear). But I hadn’t realized how many constellations

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How To Fight a Lazy Husband

As #MeToo is proving, women are becoming empowered all over the world.  I have just read of another example, this time in Africa.  Although I hesitate to repeat this for fear of publicizing radical ideas, this story is too good to ignore.  So here goes (and I’ll start with a direct quote, so nobody thinks

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The Wall That Doesn’t Exist

With all the talk about border walls, this weekend I heard a story that sounded like something from Lewis Carroll (You know, Alice in Wonderland). Talk to a North Korean official and hear the lament about The Concrete Wall.  Standing 5-8 meters high and 10-19 meters thick, with military positions, it was built by South

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The Most Successful Ethnic Group?

For those of you who think the American Dream is dead, I have good news.  The most successful ethnic group in the country very well may be Nigerian-Americans. As more recent arrivals, their numbers are not large; in 2015 the Nigerian-American population was 376,000, according to the Rockefeller Foundation–Aspen Institute.  And they’ve had to battle

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