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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The Counterfeit Aretha Franklin

While the music world mourns the death of Aretha Franklin, I was reminded of a recent story about a woman who was lured into impersonating the Queen of Soul. Mary Jane Jones of West Petersburg, Virginia was blessed with a remarkable voice and cursed with a difficult life.  Married at 19, her first husband died

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What’s More Important — Patriotism or Free Speech?

Today the test-of-patriotism spotlight is on professional football players, but in 1942 it was on Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Specifically, two elementary school girls from Charleston, West Virginia. At that time, West Virginia required all students and teachers to salute the flag.  Jehovah’s Witnesses objected because they believed this violated the Bible commandment against worshiping images.  Gathie

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Something Just For Fun

This is original writing, just not by me.  It was sent to me by a friend, and was attributed to the New York Times’s annual lexophile competition. “Lexophile” describes those that have a love for words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”, or “To write with a broken pencil

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If You Think I’m Strange…

We have never completely understood the human brain.  In some ways, we’re actually frightened by the strange behaviors we’ve seen around us.  Yet out of strange behavior can come remarkable gifts, like extraordinary insight and creativity. Science journalist Helen Thomson has written a book to explore the brain’s unusual characteristics.  Entitled Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey

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Watch Out For Charity Fraud

I try to support as many charities as I can, particularly with regard to veterans.  But unfortunately, one always has to do some “due diligence” before donating. One of the best sources I’ve found for checking a charity is the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance ( https://www.give.org/ ).  Recently I’ve received an email from

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How to Remember Names

One of my great social frustrations is an inability to remember names.  So I was intrigued when I saw an article entitled “Why You Forget Names Immediately — And How To Remember Them” by Jamie Ducharme. Why is remembering names so difficult?  According to the article, there could be several reasons.  The first might be

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What Will We Eat in the Future?

The world’s population continues to grow.  We have an estimated 7.4 billion people now, and could reach as high as 11.2 billion by the year 2100 ( https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth ).  Which leads to a number of questions, especially “What will we eat?” Don’t worry, someone is working on that.  An article entitled “5 High-Tech Foods You’ll Be

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