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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European Day of Languages

September 26th was the European Day of Languages, an event this country would never think to have.  But in Europe it’s an annual event which started in 2001. According to The Writer’s Almanac, it s purpose is  “to celebrate human language, encourage language learning, and bring attention to the importance of being multilingual in a

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A Halloween Story

During a recent trip to Los Angeles, I had stayed for three nights at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  It was an older hotel, but nice, and conveniently located on Hollywood Boulevard.  Everything was fine until the van ride to the airport Sunday night, when the van driver casually asked if I’d seen any ghosts. Excuse

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Some Thoughts About Helen Keller

Every once in a while, something piques your curiosity. I saw the stage play The Miracle Worker at Wright State University in September 2012.  It was billed as the true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan.  Personally I can’t imagine navigating the world without sight or hearing, and I know certain compromises/adjustments

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The Truth About State Flowers

What is you state flower?  Ours in Ohio is the scarlet carnation.  But maybe the more pertinent question is where did your state flower come from? I just ran across an article entitled “State Flowers’ Dirty Little Secret” in the October 19, 2015 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.  Most states  choose native species

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