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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Is The Secret To Staying Together Living Apart?

I’m certainly not an expert on relationships, so I’m always open to new ideas. But I was surprised to read “When living apart keeps you together” by Julia Sklar (https://www.curbed.com/2020/2/12/21133847/couples-living-apart-together-lat-benefits). Is this the secret to a healthy union? I have heard of couples separated because of work; a promising career sometimes comes before being together

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The Ultimate Oxymoron – A Living Funeral

Sometimes you have to read a headline twice to fully comprehend it. “‘Living Funerals’ Offer Wake-up Call Without Trauma” by Danae King (https://www.pressreader.com/usa/dayton-daily-news/20200206/281943134876311) is the most recent to catch my attention. Occasionally a funeral for someone believed deceased is a plot device in fiction; I recall the service the town gave Tom Sawyer and his

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The Trilogy Is Complete!

In August 2019, I announced the publication of a story about a girl and a very special doll. One story has led to three, and now all three are available at Amazon.com in multiple formats — Kindle downloads ($1.99 each), Kindle Unlimited (free to members), and in paperback ($4.99 each). They can be accessed at

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A Lesson in Self-Sacrifice

Here is something to think about as you follow the news about the coronavirus outbreak. In 1665, a tailor from the English village of Eyam received a box of materials from London. He needed the contents to make clothes for the villagers. But the box contained more than cloth; it also delivered fleas carrying the

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Speaking After 3000 Years

No, this is not a joke. An Egyptian has spoken for the first time in 3000 years. It was only one syllable, but still… As you must have guessed, the person was actually the mummy of a priest named Nesyamun who lived three millennia ago. And yet scientists were able to reproduce his speech. How

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How to Eat Healthier

If you’re wanting to eat healthier, but are having trouble resisting the allure of junk food, there is good news. A new study in the¬†Journal of Marketing Research says that being exposed to the scent of junk food for at least two minutes can help you make¬†healthier choices. It seems counter-intuitive, but this research suggests

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The Newest Navy Carrier is….

One of the fascinations of being a history nerd is the personal stories you come across. For example, the mess attendant who was gathering laundry aboard the battleship West Virginia in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. When the ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes, this sailor helped his mortally wounded commanding officer, manned a

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