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It’s actually not a teapot. It’s a coffee pot. Mary Cassatt’s painting of two ladies drinking tea in a room with red-blue striped wallpapers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It’s part of a silver tea service my mother gave me when she was downsizing from a house to an apartment. She gave me her dining room cabinet and everything in it. The silver tea service includes a pot for serving tea, one for coffee, silver sugar and creamer and a silver tray to hold them all. At one time, when she won a trip to Mexico City, she found a perfectly beautiful, contemporary tea service that I thought she... (Read More ...)

Though hoops go back to fifth century Greece as toys and are used in Native American dance, it was Spud Melin’s trip to Australia, where he’d seen exercise hoops, that launched the modern hula hoop craze. A hula hoop contingent in the 2007 Summer Solstice Parade, Fremont Fair, Seattle, Washington marched the route while “hula hooping”; they deliberately had an oversupply of hula hoops, and continually urged people in the viewing crowd to join them. Many did, at least briefly, including this child. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Melin gave some hoops to children to see what they’d do... (Read More ...)

When Did Pot Handles Stop Being Hot? In the early 1990s, I worked at a company that miniaturized computers. A stainless steel frying pan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) One of the challenges of shrinking computers is that the heat thrown off from the electronics doesn’t have anywhere to go. Computer manufacturers have wrestled with this problem for 20 years. They’ve tried fans, different case materials, finned cases to provide more surface area, and heat sinks that are pieces of metal set inside the case to absorb heat. Just hold your laptop or cell phone in your hand and you’ll see they are... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap. Sunday, October 21, 2012 Readers spent the most time last week on these posts: Ice cube in Coke or Pepsi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Can You Dissolve More Sugar in Hot Water than Cold? A Dirge What Helped Get Me Through? Do Your Ice Cube Trays Have Handles? When Was the Last Time You Rode a Bike? Readers spent the most time last month on these posts: You Can Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor Can You Dissolve More Sugar in Hot Water than Cold? A Dirge Spreading Love Coming up next week: The Wind Just Changed Direction Monday, October 22, 2012 Air traffic tower,... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap. Sunday, October 14, 2012 Last week, readers spent the most time on: Adlai Stevenson II shows aerial photos of Russian missiles in Cuba to the United Nations Security Council in the presence of USSR ambassador Valerian Zorin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You Can Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Healing with Words Did You Ever Put Aluminum Foil On Your TV Antenna? When Was the Last Time You Rode a Bike? Go Outside and Play Last month, readers spent the most time on: You Can Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor What Does It Take to Make an Egg Float? Where Did You Go? Out. Spreading... (Read More ...)

When Was the Last Time You Rode a Bike? It’s been more than 20 years since I’ve ridden a bike. The Mount Vernon Trail near Belle View (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My first two bikes were Schwinns. There was the 20-inch bike I learned on and the 26-inch bike I rode to high school and crated to take with me on the train to college. What Kind of Bike Do You Have as an Adult? My current bike is a Nishiki mountain bike that used to belong to my younger son, now 34. I like it because it has the big, fat tires that I got used to on my Schwinns. They give you a nice ride and don’t rupture every time... (Read More ...)

Iced tea, popular throughout the U.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Weekly Recap. Sunday, October 7, 2012 Last week, readers spent the most time on: Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor What Not to  Say for New Grandparents Did You Watch Captain Kangaroo? Michael J. Lippe’s Story – Pancreatic Cancer From Incurable to Incredible Last month, readers spent the most time on: Where Did You Go? Out. Are You Your Children’s Storyteller? What Is It About February and Suicide? Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor What Does It Take to Make an Egg Float? Coming up next week: Go Outside and Play. Monday, October... (Read More ...)

Lemon Drops and Railroad Trains. It was a 12-hour train ride from Dallas, Texas to East Lansing, Michigan, where I went to college, with a transfer in Chicago. Brach’s lemon drops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My boyfriend later introduced me to the ride board, where you pay for gas and let someone else drive, but I didn’t know about this my first year-and-a-half at school. I like to read and had plenty of time on the train ride. Occasionally, I would meet an interesting seatmate. For this reason, I’ve always loved riding on trains. Once, a young man asked if the seat next to me were taken... (Read More ...)