Adorable, Expensive Baby Pandas

Pandas are adorable, but are they worth a million bucks? Zoos that want a panda have to pay about a million dollars a year to the Chinese government for the privilege of hosting just one panda. And that’s before the costs of a habitat, food, and care. And if you want a baby panda (and …

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Solstice and Sunflowers

A short time ago was the Summer Solstice (the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year) and I’m channeling sunflowers. Sunflowers are so inspiring. I love the fact that their heads move throughout the day to follow the path of the sun, so their faces always follow the light. They …

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The Apocalypse Begins!

Recently my daughter decided that she could and would magically become organized – something she’s never been good at -- if she had a giant whiteboard to write everything on. So, soon, an enormous whiteboard was delivered to our place and the very next day, armed with a drill and a stud finder, she mounted …

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Buttoning women’s clothes. Not as simple as you’d think.

Have you ever noticed that buttons and zippers are one side on men’s clothing, but the other side on women’s clothing? It’s true! Apparently the reason for the difference is that historically, wealthy women had such complicated clothing that they often had servants dress them, while wealthy men still usually dressed themselves. If I suddenly …

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Stars, Stripes, America and John Philip Sousa

𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻𝓼, 𝓢𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓹𝓮𝓼, 𝓐𝓶𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓬𝓪! 𝓐𝓶𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓬𝓪𝓷𝓼 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓙𝓸𝓱𝓷 𝓟𝓱𝓲𝓵𝓲𝓹 𝓢𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓪 𝓽𝓸 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓴 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓫𝓮𝓼𝓽 𝓹𝓪𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓸𝓽𝓲𝓬 𝓶𝓪𝓻𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓼. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓶𝓾𝓼𝓲𝓬 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓱𝓮𝓪𝓻 𝓪𝓽 𝓪 4𝓽𝓱 𝓸𝓯 𝓙𝓾𝓵𝔂 𝓹𝓪𝓻𝓪𝓭𝓮? 𝓣𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓴 𝓙𝓸𝓱𝓷 𝓟𝓱𝓲𝓵𝓲𝓹 𝓢𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓪. 𝓗𝓮 𝔀𝓻𝓸𝓽𝓮 “𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓢𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓹𝓮𝓼 𝓕𝓸𝓻𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻” 𝓸𝓷 𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝔀𝓪𝔂 𝓱𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓯𝓻𝓸𝓶 𝓪 𝓿𝓪𝓬𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓪𝓫𝓻𝓸𝓪𝓭. 𝓑𝓮𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓷 𝓪 𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓹, 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓹𝓼 𝓫𝓮𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓼𝓵𝓸𝔀𝓮𝓻 𝓽𝓻𝓪𝓿𝓮𝓵 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓷 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 …

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Naming Games

ℙ𝕖𝕠𝕡𝕝𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕗𝕦𝕟 𝕟𝕒𝕞𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕨𝕚𝕟 𝕓𝕒𝕓𝕚𝕖𝕤. ℂ𝕠𝕟𝕤𝕚𝕕𝕖𝕣 𝔹𝕠𝕟𝕟𝕚𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔻𝕠𝕟𝕟𝕚𝕖, 𝕋𝕒𝕪𝕝𝕠𝕣 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕋𝕪𝕝𝕖𝕣, 𝕠𝕣 𝔸𝕧𝕒 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔸𝕟𝕟𝕒. 𝕆𝕣, 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕒 𝕓𝕚𝕥 𝕞𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟, 𝔻𝕠𝕣𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕪 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔻𝕒𝕤𝕙𝕚𝕖𝕝 (𝔻𝕠𝕥 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔻𝕒𝕤𝕙), 𝕀𝕟𝕕𝕚 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔸𝕟𝕟𝕒, 𝔹𝕒𝕤𝕜𝕚𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕕 ℝ𝕠𝕓𝕓𝕚𝕟𝕤, 𝔸𝕓𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕠𝕝𝕟, 𝔹𝕖𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕁𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕪, 𝕠𝕣 𝔼𝕝𝕚𝕫𝕒𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕙 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔹𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕪 (𝔹𝕖𝕥𝕙 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔹𝕖𝕥𝕙). 𝕀 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕡𝕖𝕠𝕡𝕝𝕖 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕤𝕦𝕔𝕙 𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟! (𝕋𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕜𝕤 …

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf Rewritten: How to Lose Your Kingdom

I know this story sounds like a fairy tale, but I swear, it’s real history! King You of Zhou ruled China in 780 BC. Everything was fine until he met a girl. King You was already married, but he fell head over heels for Bao Si, and he brought her into the palace and kicked …

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Some flowers are tough! Not mine.

I always thought of flowers as delicate and fragile. And some are. But not all. Some of the loveliest are some of the toughest. Lotus flowers, for instance, begin life in the yucky, muddy bottom of a pond where they struggle until they grow enough to reach the water's surface where they finally have fresh …

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