Category Archive: Social Studies

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

How You Play The Game(s)

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Not long ago, fellow blogger Anna featured some videogame-centric titles in this post.  While reading that entry, it really got me thinking about some of the great memories I also experienced as a… Continue reading

Review: One Child

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In One Child, Mei Fong, a journalist, compiled a compelling investigation into the impact of the one child policy implemented in China had on the future of the country and the rest of… Continue reading

Review: Ada’s Violin

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“The world sends us garbage. We sent back music.” – Favio Chavez The Recycled Orchestra began as a small music class for kids in Cateura, a small Paraguayan town built on a landfill… Continue reading

True Crime

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I am a big fan of mysteries, especially when the characters are real and I have been interested in the psychology behind the criminal and their crimes. I loved listening to the edge-of-your-seat… Continue reading

Play Ball!

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  “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I do: I stare out the window and wait for spring” (Rogers Hornsby) Nary a week… Continue reading

The Ides Of March (Election 2016)

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On March 15th in the year 44 BC, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated at a meeting of the Roman Senate. Legend has it that mere months before his fateful death, Caesar was… Continue reading

Author/Illustrator Spotlight: Don Tate

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All of us have favorite authors, illustrators and books that we hold dear. Such is the case for me concerning the author/illustrator Don Tate. Being a friend of his on Facebook, I have… Continue reading

Lights, Camera, Action!

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Whether I was watching The Wizard of Oz or Saturday morning cartoons as a child, or marveling at films like Interstellar and TV mysteries like LOST more recently, I’ve always been a fan… Continue reading

Ferris Wheel Day

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February 14th is not just a day for love; it’s also a day to celebrate Ferris Wheels!  This date in February marks the birthday of George Washington Ferris, engineer and designer of the… Continue reading