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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Who Do You Run For?

“You can run for me anytime!” In past posts, I’ve written about the sport of running.  Of all the sports I’ve played, it fits me best.  It’s solitary, but I consider that an advantage — no teammates messing up or referees blowing calls — it’s all up to you.  And so far (knock wood) I’ve

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Can Money Really Buy Happiness?

You’ve always heard the mantra “money can’t buy happiness.”  Well, maybe it can. According to a new paperback from the editors of Time magazine entitled The Science of Happiness: New Discoveries for a More Joyful Life, (and yes, It’s on Amazon.com), “Money can help you find more happiness, so long as you know just what you

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The Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Vehicles

If you could save five lives for the cost of one person’s life, would you?  What about saving five lives by murdering one person?  These are thought-provoking moral dilemmas explored in the podcast “Driverless Dilemma” on the National Public Radio show Radiolab, which was originally broadcast on September 26, 2017.   Most people say “yes” to

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The Patriotic Path To Justice

Today I’ve been reading about the NFL players and owners meeting discussing proper procedures for the national anthem.  I don’t want to get into that specific subject, but as a military veteran, I do have definite thoughts about patriotism. Realizing that this nation has its problems, I believe patriotism includes calling attention to those problems

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The Creator of Mad Magazine

 Harvey Kurtzman , the creator of Mad magazine, was born in Brooklyn on October 3, 1924. As a youngster Kurtzman began drawing comics.  He even sent some “very bad” drawings to Walt Disney.  It wasn’t until he saw college humor magazines that he realized that was the style that best suited his talents. Kurtzman started

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