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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It’s Not Easy Being a Teacher

This week I started a nine-day job as a high school social studies teacher.  It’s bringing back all the memories of my student-teaching days, like the administrative problems I had. Normally as a substitute, I teach one, maybe two days and leave a report on everything that happened.  Now I have to deal with the

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How History is Really Written

For the next two weeks I’m filling in for a high school social studies teacher.  I originally wanted to teach social studies, so I’m having a lot of fun during this time, although I have to keep reminding myself they’re typical high school students and not a history nerd like me. Remember Winston Churchill’s quote,

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Origins of the Easter Bunny

With Easter being a religious holiday, how did we end up with a rabbit delivering colored eggs as one of our most cherished customs? One explanation has been provided by Time magazine.  From Time’s website — The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery. One theory is that the symbol of the

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Last Night I Saved a Fairy

Last night I saw the musical Peter Pan at Wright State University.  It was based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie with all the traditional details — a colored light representing Tinker Bell, the role of Peter played by a young lady, and the audience clapping to save Tinker Bell after she drinks the

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What’s a Pencil Without an Eraser?

What would we ever do without erasers, especially when they’re on the ends of pencils?  I recently ran across this little tidbit, courtesy of our friends at The Writer’s Almanac — “On this day [March 30] in 1858, Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia patented the first pencil to have an attached eraser. The eraser-tipped pencil is still

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Where Did April Fools’ Day Come From?

Happy April 1st!  How did we get such a date on our calendar? According to the book An Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick and John Thompson (National Geographic, 2009, pp 52-53) — “Theories on the origin of April Fools’ Day abound, but the mostly likely takes it back to 16th century France.

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Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?

We take for granted many details in our daily lives.  For example, why do clocks run clockwise?  This is especially puzzling when so many other things, like baseball bases and horse races, run in the opposite direction. The book Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? and Other Imponderables  by David Feldman (Harper & Row, 1988) gives

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