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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New Word Alert

In a earlier post, I had asked if English had enough words.  This week I found a new word that has been newly invented.  What do you call people who are more than friends?   How about framily?  That’s combining friends and family. I found this in the April 2015 issue of Runner’s World magazine

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A Double Definition of Courage

Have you ever heard of Juli Windsor?  She finished her first Boston Marathon in 2014.  And she’s three feet nine inches tall. She and a friend a little bit taller, John Young, were in the in the 2013 Boston Marathon.  You know, the year of the bombing, and they were halted a half mile short

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How High School Has Changed

Today I got another reminder of how high school has changed since I was a student. This morning some students came into my classroom selling the school’s news magazine. I had a couple extra dollars, so I bought one. The cover story is “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Other major articles are “Being Gay in High

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What Not To Do With Ice Cream

One benefit of substitute teaching is I can follow students throughout their academic careers.  I saw a young lady with anger-management issues successfully complete high school. Students I first met as fifth graders are now finishing eighth grade.  It’s a very rewarding feeling.  On the other hand… I especially remember one young man I worked

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I Wonder What It’s Like to be Rich

I see Forbes magazine has published its billionaires list again.  http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/ What would it be like to have that much money?  I have no idea myself.  But twice in my life I’ve gotten a glimpse of wealthy lifestyles.  It’s like some careless person has left the door ajar, and I got to peek inside. The first

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Some Thoughts on Time Travel

If you could travel through time, would you?  Which way would you go, forward or backward?  What if you went forward and the world no longer existed when you arrived? If you went backward, why?  Right a wrong?  Warn of an impending disaster?  Fix a relationship?  Change history?  Make yourself wealthy? Today I was catching

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