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Going to the Moon

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…BLAST OFF! In the late sixties and early seventies, young children didn’t have to be taught to count backwards. We did it along with the TV, and as soon as the astronauts blasted off, we did, too, careening around the

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Be Prepared–During a Pandemic, Wear a Mask

Right now, everyone should wear a mask in public, unless there is some medical reason they can’t. Young, old, immune-compromised or not–it’s unbelievable that this completely commonsense thing is getting politicized. It’s a pandemic, people. We should all wear masks. 

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Be Prepared–Raising Chickens

With the current food uncertainty, a garden is essential. But if you’ve already got your garden in, you might want to think about a little light animal husbandry as well. There are lots of options along these lines, but if

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Be Prepared–Plant a Garden

It amazes me, the breadth of opinion out there on disaster preparedness, especially now that we’re in one. During the only other disaster I’ve experienced–the Whittier earthquake in the 80s–everyone was pretty united. Quakes were bad. Cleaning up after them

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Be Prepared–Protect Your Voting Rights

We all need to come to grips with the unpleasant reality that we’re staring straight into the face of a pandemic. No one knows how severe the repercussions will be. It behooves all of us, no matter where we may

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Spider Valentine

Won’t you step into my parlor? All my guests sit here. Never fear– It doesn’t matter if you wipe your feet. A more engaging hostess you’ll never meet.   Do you prefer cream or sugar? No honey I fear– No

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Ecosia–A Search Engine that Protects the Planet By Planting Trees

A month ago I decided that caring about the planet would include switching my search engine. As a New Year’s Resolution, this one is exceptional because it’s so easy to keep (as opposed to say, losing ten pounds). I did

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The Stories Behind To the Victor: Tales of Magic and Adventure

For those of you who like to know the backstory of things, I thought a few snippets concerning what went into the tales contained in To the Victor might be interesting. Anemone: I’ve never met a real mermaid, of course, even

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Be Prepared: The Cheapest, Easiest Way to Set Aside an Emergency Food Supply

Job loss. Illness. Civil unrest and crop failure. The possibilities for disruptions to your personal food supply are many and depressingly varied. It’s a wise move to plan ahead and set some food aside. Long-term food storage seems to be

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End of a Decade: Roaring into the Twenties

I don’t often make a big deal out of the calendar flipping over–sometimes I even sleep through it. Most of the time I look at it as an opportunity to make personal resolutions. It’s fun to join in as we

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