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The Name Game

Educators salaries are set to raise by 75% this year! Sorry. That is likely untrue. I just wanted to get your attention. Though I do hope your pay is commiserate with your duties, I will ask your forgiveness and indulgence … Continue reading

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Heavy Lifters

When you speak of the muscle-bound champions of the animal kingdom, your first thoughts may head in the direction of the African elephant. But you would be incorrect. That particular pachyderm doesn’t hold a candle to the rhinoceros beetle when … Continue reading

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How Air Pressure Works

Wind tends to move from high pressure areas (H) to low-pressure areas (L), kind of like two very energetic children on a teeter-totter–with balance being the main objective. Also, the closer a high and low are to each other, the … Continue reading

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The Dew Point

The temperature at which water vapor in the air condenses, or turns to liquid, is called the dew point. There is no single dew point however. It depends on how much water vapor is in the air. If there is … Continue reading

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Punzle!

I posted this a few months ago, but thought it might be worth mentioning again. This is one of several Punzles (Pun Puzzles) in my book WordPlay Cáfe. Here’s how it works: Highlighted in RED in the story below the … Continue reading

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Cold Weather Health Issues

Be careful out there! Cold weather can raise serious health issues, most of which are avoidable simply by preparing for the worst. Bundle up, think ahead, and eat lots of chicken soup! 🙂 For more information on the different conditions … Continue reading

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The Language of Immigration

When discussing the issue of immigration, it’s handy and correct to know and understand the different descriptors of the process. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the right word. Click the image for a larger version, and be … Continue reading

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Levers for Kids: Let’s Move Something

Think of a long, strong stick (a lever). The stick is propped up on a small object (the fulcrum). Now imagine that you are holding one end of the stick and a heavy rock (the load) is on the other … Continue reading

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Abra-Ca-Doodle: Book 4 of the Doodles of Sam Dibble

Penguin Publishing has just released book 4 of the series The Doodles of Sam Dibble, entitled Abra-Ca Doodle. Sam’s school is having a talent show to raise money to save the local Environmental Center. All the kids are excited, except … Continue reading

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The Position of Stars in Cassiopeia

It depends upon how you look at it. Cassiopeia may appear two-dimensional to us, but the stars that make up the constellation are always at different distances from the Earth. Though they may seem to be just a thumb’s width … Continue reading

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