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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Celebrating Failure

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.” — William Saroyan Nobody likes failure.  Yet we learn so much more from our failures than our successes.  Failure is what shows the path forward.  I remember a Japanese businessman saying a failed part is a wonderful opportunity to make a product better. I

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Why Rainbows Are Curved

Something you may not have thought about recently — why are rainbows curved?  I’ve never considered this until I saw an explanation on the EarthSky website (http://earthsky.org/earth/what-gives-rainbows-their-curved-shape?). This explanation does get a bit into physics.  First, some basics — recall you can see rainbows when the sun is behind you and rain falls in front

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The Best Fast Food

I generally try to ignore fast food (unless of course it’s given to me).  I do like a good burger, but I usually shy away from the genre because of its unhealthy reputation. But I couldn’t resist telling you about this.  Recently Money magazine published a rating of 25 fast-food restaurants.  Their methodology was simple

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Predicting the Future

What can we expect in 2018?  It’s tough predicting the future, especially regarding new technology, but some can’t resist trying.  The latest I’ve seen is a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2018” by Joanna Stern and Christopher Mims  (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-that-will-change-your-life-in-2018-1514394043? ). Some of what they’re predicting shouldn’t come as

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The Prevalence of Fake News

President Trump has a point — there’s a lot of fake stuff out there. Of course, manipulative tools have been available for some time.  I assume you’ve heard of the computer program Adobe Photoshop?  The publishing business where I worked for 15 years displayed a photo of an older couple with the man’s head replaced

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How The Turtle Got His Shell

No, this is not a children’s story (although it’s a tempting subject).  I ran across a post on the EarthSky website that discusses this.  Actually, it’s a link to a nine-minute YouTube video from PBS Digital Studios that explains turtle evolution in great detail.  It’s probably more than you ever wanted to know, but if

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What Is Your Science Interest?

I’ve always had an interest in outer space, and last year I began subscribing to Astronomy magazine.  It’s full of fascinating scientific articles and tidbits, but what caught my eye in the May 2018 issue (yes, it’s out already; you have to plan ahead to watch the sky) was the “Strange Universe” column by Bob

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Predicting the Future

Who can predict the future?  (Not theme parks, which is why Disneyland’s “Tomorrowland” always seems outdated.) But the Wall Street Journal is trying.  The website of this venerable publication has been posting a series of podcasts entitled “The Future of Everything.”  As of this date, 23 have been posted.  Most are a bit long, going

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