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Child nose (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Weren’t you always told to lean your head back when you get a nosebleed? Did it make the blood run down into your throat? Did it stop the nosebleed? Did you think you were protecting your clothes and furniture around you or stopping the nosebleed or both? Pediatricians Dr. Aaron Carroll and Dr. Rachel Vreeman bust this commonly accepted approach as bad advice. You’ll just have to get out cloths to help with the mess. They advise instead that you: Sit or stand straight up so your head is above your heart and the blood can drain out of your nose Pinch the... (Read More ...)

How did you get your Grandma name? William Merritt Going to see Grandma (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many new or about-to-be grandmas tell me they are not going to pick their Grandma name. They are going to wait for the first grandchild to pick a name for them. They do this in hopes they will have a story to tell about how they got their name. One Grandma I talked to recently said that her children were trying to get the new baby to call her Grandma, though she was waiting for her grandson to come up with something on his own. He started with Bink, since he couldn’t pronounce Grandma, but his parents... (Read More ...)

On June 11, 1982, days before my younger son turned three, the movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, was released. E.T.’s Communicator from the film E.T. Taken at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo credit: WikipedThe two brothers in the movie were six years apart. My own boys 11 years apart. Themes from this science fiction movie included: Friendship across different backgrounds Hiding stuff from your Mom Taking care of people both physically and emotionally Accepting the fact that you aren’t going to understand everything, like a bike that flies Government officials and scientists can do... (Read More ...)

Magic Square 4×4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Magic Squares: Even Do you know what a magic square is? It is a grid of numbers that add up to the same number whether you add up all the numbers across a row, or down a column, or diagonally. You can make your own. Let’s start with an even number of columns and rows in the square. We will make one with 4 rows and 4 columns, a grid design that is also described as 4×4 (four by four). Materials: Paper Pens or pencils Ruler or straight edge Instructions: Draw a grid that has four rows and four columns. Put numbers in each square of the grid,... (Read More ...)

George Orwell’s real name was Eric Arthur Blair. George Orwell, 1984. This self-made image is based on a picture that appears in an old acreditation for the BNUJ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) His stark book, 1984, was published on June 8 1949, when I was almost two years old. 1984 and his other memorable book, Animal Farm, together, have sold more copies than those by any other 20th century author. The English language now includes words and phrases from his writing: Cold War Big Brother Thought police Doublethink Thoughtcrime. 1984 so starkly described the depths an over-reaching government could... (Read More ...)

Do you still have Betamax movies lying around? The case centered around Sony’s manufacture of the Betamax VCR, which used cassettes like this to store potentially copyrighted information (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I’ve never been an early adopter for the sake of having the latest technical toys on the block. I didn’t buy one of the first videocassette recorders (VCRs), which started coming out in 1972, with the introduction of a home VCR by Phillips. The ones our friends bought were clunky and awkward and had much poorer image resolution than their tv screens. Sure, it was cool that they... (Read More ...)

Last week, readers spent the most time on: A blank Betamax casette next to a blank VHS cassette for size comparison. Taken and edited by senork on 9/25/2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Memorial Day When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand How Long Is the Mississippi River? We’re Going to the Moon Grandparents. Poems. Loss. Last month, readers spent the most time on: Popcorn and Crowds When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand Who Invented the Computer Mouse? How Do You Make a Strong Toothpick Bridge? Memorial Day Coming up next week: Did you have Betamax? Monday, June 3, 2013  Do you... (Read More ...)

Last week, readers spent the most time on: An aerial view of Mount Everest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  How Do You Make a Strong Toothpick Bridge? Grandfather Poems. Funny. When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand Do Your Grandchildren Have a Different Religion Than Yours? Writing the Memoir Last month, readers spent the most time on:  Popcorn and Crowds Who Taught You You Were Pretty? Who Invented the Computer Mouse? How Do You Make a Strong Toothpick Bridge? We’re Going to the Moon Coming up next week: Memorial  Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 Roomie, Niagara Falls. Size 7. What Does... (Read More ...)

 Scatter plot. As long as my grandson has been willing to play around with graphs recently, we have been trying to come up with more things to graph. A scatter plot with trend line of baby age to height. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) After we graphed the number of letters in state names and the size of states in area and population, we turned to rivers and created scatter plots. One of the things I found out in all this graphing activity is that you have to figure out how many lines you have available on your graph paper, in both directions, across the top and up the side. Then, find out the highest... (Read More ...)

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, in an address to a Joint Session of Congress, asked for appropriations for a manned space program. President John F. Kennedy speaks at Rice University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  “These are extraordinary times and we face an extraordinary challenge.” “Our strengths, as well as our convictions, have imposed on this nation the role of leader in freedom’s cause.” “The dramatic achievements in space which occurred in recent weeks [when Russia put the first man, Yuri Gagarin, in space] should have made clear to us all, as did the Sputnik in 1957,... (Read More ...)