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I recently watched the movie, “No One’s Perfect” and decided I had to get the book it was based on, the autobiography of a man born with no arms or legs. Calhan, Colorado high school physical education equipment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The movie showed the author during one year of teaching, how he related to his students, how he managed his considerable challenges, which were less about his physical needs than the reaction of students and teachers alike to him. As movies often do, it turned out the movie had little to do with the book. Instead of focusing on a single year of teaching,... (Read More ...)

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th and the most recent state to join the United States. Flag of Hawaii Hawai`i: Ka hae Hawaiʻi Like Vermont, Texas and California, it was an independent republic before becoming a state. Hawaii was a Republic for four years, from 1894 to 1898, after American and European businessmen living there overthrew the king. The United States annexed it as a territory in 1898. It was a sovereign monarchy from 1810 to 1893. It was probably populated by Polynesians from the Marquesas in 300 A.D. and possibly from Tahiti in 1000 A.D. British Captain James Cook discovered... (Read More ...)

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 ...)

No. A photo of a cup of coffee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia Caffeine does not stunt your growth, according to pediatricians Dr. Aaron Carroll and Dr. Rachel Vreeman, who studied the scientific literature to put more than 75 health myths to rest. That is not to say it is not a stimulant. It is. Although I rarely fed my children coffee or tea when they were young, I found out my younger son, then a toddler, was particularly sensitive to caffeine one day when I let him have a sip of my iced tea in the middle of the day. Hours later, when my husband came home, he noticed his nervously active behavior. “Did... (Read More ...)

  Illustration from the play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Jessie Braham White, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Edmond W Rickett, and Charles Buckles Falls. The caption read: “Here for nearly a year they have watched over and night”, this has been stripped in this derivative for transcription at another place. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Millions of Cats, Wanda Ga’g’s first children’s book, (1893 – 1946), was released in 1928. This must be the first place we heard, “millions and billions and trillions” that now is associated with the number of stars, as popularized by... (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 ...)

Magic Squares: Odd The magic square, according to Chinese legend, was first constructed on the back of a turtle and is called the Lo Shu magic square, the only order of numbers in a 3×3 grid in which they all add up to 15. The unique normal magic square of order 3, also known as the Lo Shu Square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By contrast, when there are 4 rows and columns, there are 880 different ways to lay out the numbers in a magic square. Constructing a magic square is different if there are an odd number of rows and columns than an even number. Let’s get started making your own! Materials: Paper Pen... (Read More ...)

A friend told me recently that she had received a book for Mother’s Day from her daughter that gives her a place to write down stories about her childhood and her children. Children with a book (Photo credit: Wikipedia) She planned to sit down and fill out every page. Called “Mom, Tell Me Your Story: A Guided Journal,” the book is a series of questions with lined pages leaving room to write down the answers in the book. The questions are organized in four categories: Family framework Milestones Lessons Learned Personal. The family framework questions invite the reader to enter their parents’... (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 ...)

Game: February 10, 1996. Match: May 11, 1997. The match-up between chess champions and computers goes back to Carnegie-Mellon, with a computer called ChipTest, later renamed Deep Thought, which first met Gary Kasparov in 1989. Garry Kasparov upon winning the World Chess Championship in 1985. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Kasporov had become the youngest-ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985, at the age of 22, a title which he held until 1993, when he set up a rival chess champion organization, retaining the title of classical World Chess Champion until 2000. By 1996, IBM had hired the Carnegie-Mellon... (Read More ...)