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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Is Cyberwarfare Our Greatest Threat?

I grew up during the height of the Cold War, when every home-improvement show we attended had a model bomb shelter.  Thankfully, we won that one.  But today we may face a threat that is even more insidiously dangerous. I’m sure you’ve heard the accusations that Russia was behind the email hacks during the 2016

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Looking For An Unusual Vacation?

Some people prefer the offbeat when they travel.  (I’m trying something different this year; you’ll get a full report if I can pull it off.) I’ve just found something that appeals to those who also want to help the environment.  It’s called SANCCOB — South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (https://sanccob.co.za/ ).  

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A 4th of July Poem

Happy 4th of July!  This year I’m reprising my poem about patriotism.  I wrote it sometime about 2010 and posted it last year (and it’s in my book Some Poems About Life, available on this website), but I think it’s still apropos today.   The Patriot Jerry is a patriot, he loves his country dear.

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A Female Paul Revere?

With the 4th of July on the horizon, I recently ran across an interesting Revolutionary War story.  Everyone remembers Paul Revere and his “midnight ride” in April, 1775, but Revere was only one of a number of riders, and he was captured.  Such are the vagaries of history. I know history is much more complicated. 

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Can You Marry Yourself?

Here’s a word for today — sologamy.  It’s defined by Google as “marriage by a person to oneself.  It is known as a commitment that values self-love, and self-compassion. … It can also refer to a self-uniting marriage, that is a marriage without an officiant.” I first learned about this from a recent newspaper article,

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Why Do You Blink?

Scientists estimate we blink about 20,000 and 30,000 times a day.  If each blink is two-tenths of a second, that means we spend around 10 percent of our waking hours with our eyes closed. But why do we blink in the first place?  A lot of people assume it’s to keep the eye moist with

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Is Major War Obsolete?

You probably don’t realize it, but this is a pretty peaceful time in human history.  In earlier eras, an estimated 15 percent of human deaths were caused by violence; today that number is about one percent. For most of history, great empires could be amassed for relatively little cost.  In the Mexican War, for example,

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