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Shel Silverstein – Not Giving Up On The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree story rainbow Shel Silverstein cartoons

“I am sorry, Boy,” said the tree, “but I have nothing left to give you.  My apples are gone.” “My teeth are too weak for apples,” said the boy. “My branches are gone,” said the tree. “You cannot swing on … Continue reading

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Tom Clancy Obituary – Embracing your ‘Plan B’

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Twenty-five years ago, a young man fascinated with submarine warfare, espionage and a career in the military was told he was too nearsighted to ever serve. Devastated, he turned to Plan B. He spent his days working at an insurance … Continue reading

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Obscure Collective Nouns for a Worship of Writers

Back in the 15th Century, collective nouns were all the rage. The system, which assigns a different word for “group” depending on the animal being referred to, was the brainchild of English hunters who wanted to distinguish each of their … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – The Art of Achieving Your Dreams

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From New York to Los Angeles and the thousands of country miles between, Americans are finding ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. today. But when all the MLK Jr. Day parades and events are over and the sun has … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Spend a Buck on a BüK

On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning

A few years ago, while perusing the assortment of impulse buys at my local gas station, I encountered a series of literally gems: the Bük series. What is a Bük? “A BüK is an inexpensive pamphlet—just $1.49—containing one provocative essay, short … Continue reading

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Steve Martin’s Twitter Book: When Less Is More

A few weeks ago, I was browsing in Barnes & Noble (I know, what a wonderful, yet soon to be antiquated experience) and came across the latest book from Steve Martin (yes, the actor). I’ve been a fan of Steve’s … Continue reading

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Ancient Cave Painting Discovery – We’ve Always Been Artists

Cave Art by Jean Clottes

A few months ago, researchers stumbled upon something really remarkable: a prehistoric art studio hidden deep inside a tiny cave near Cape Town. Within the cave’s walls were abalone shells filled with residue from ancient red pigment, and intricate tools … Continue reading

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