Science Lesson: Making Ice in the Desert

Can someone make ice in the desert with no electricity, chemicals or gadgetry?  The answer is yes.   It's called evaporative cooling. The idea of evaporative cooling is not new.  It takes place when liquid evaporates in the surrounding air which in turn cools any object or liquid that comes into contact with it.  Most […]

My Vegetarian Odyssey – Day 2

Day 2 of the Vegetarian Odyssey is progressing nicely, although Robert did fall off the wagon at lunchtime (only because he was eating out with someone).   My Day 2 menu: Breakfast:  Oatmeal with a banana on the side Lunch:  Hummus with pretzels and carrots  Lollipop for dessert! (I should have skipped this one but […]

My Vegetarian Odyssey – Day 1

We are going vegetarian! When I woke yesterday morning I realized my life is stressful and my health is not where it should be.  After much pondering I decided that more exercise and a vegetarian diet is what is needed.  So, after announcing to Robert that we both are exercising more and going on vegetarian diet (and after […]

Five Decades of Bad Spelling

I am one of the world’s worst spellers.  I've struggled with it all my life.  My papers from school looked like they had the measles.  Solid red marks from top to bottom.  It’s really sad.  I don’t misspell only the hard words; I misspell easy ones too.  Sometimes I even misspell my own name!  My […]

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor – you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." —Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and […]

Merry Christmas From Me to You

Christmas happens just once a year, but it is my most favorite time of the year! Writers have said a lot about the Christmas holiday (and everything that goes with it). Let's celebrate Christmas with these quotes from famous authors: "There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't […]