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 Was the Most-Feared Pirate?

Despite what you’ve read — or seen in the movies — many think the most-feared pirate was actually a Chinese woman.  Her name was Ching Shih (widow of Cheng), nicknamed Madame Ching, and she lived from 1775 until 1844.   Her territory was the China Sea in the early 19th century. She began as a Cantonese

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Original Poem — WWMPD?

Today a quick unpublished poem — WWMPD? I survey the bedroom as I stare in dismay. Each place that I look, things are in disarray. Toys scattered about, all over the floor. I can’t even walk around anymore. The beds are unmade, pillows scattered around. There’s no sense of order at all to be found.

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Why Do Airplanes Still Have Ashtrays?

Since about 2000, smoking has been banned on virtually all airline flights.  Yet if you’ve flown recently, you’ll notice there are still illuminated “No Smoking” signs, there is a sign on the bathroom door, and below that sign is an ashtray.  Why? Have you every heard the saying “There’s always someone who doesn’t get the

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The Secrets To A Happy Marriage?

If I were smart, I wouldn’t touch this topic.  I’ve never even been married myself, but I can’t resist.  So, as a public service, I’m going to share some recent information on having a happy marriage.  Here goes — The title is “Underrated Qualities To Look For In A Spouse, According To Experts” by Kelsey

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Happy Birthday to Railroads

According to The Writer’s Almanac, September 27, 1825 was the beginning of the first steam-powered passenger railway service in England — “It brought together the work of George Stephenson, builder of coal mine steam engines, and Edward Pease, who wanted to build a delivery system to bring coal to the market towns of Darlington and

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What Is A Dementia Village?

We’re living longer and longer.  This is true of the entire Western world, where taking care of the elderly is becoming a major concern.  When I was in Japan a few years ago, I noticed all the elevators had places to sit.  This care is compounded by the decline in mental function among many.  According

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Happy Fall Equinox

Today is the official start of Fall (or Autumn), because it’s the Equinox.   Google says the Autumn Equinox comes at exactly 4:02 pm EDT on September 22nd.  Equinox, since it’s derived from the word “equal”, means daylight and nighttime are exactly the same.  But like everything in this world, it’s complicated. According to EarthSky, there

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