Explorer Academy

Recently I’ve been reading a series of books from the library by Trudi Truett. The series is called Explorer Academy and it’s about a group of kids who travel around the world to be learning, but must also cope with evil villains and scary dangers. Each book (I’ve only read some of them so far)…

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Three Keys

Kelly Yang has written a book all Middle Grade kids should read. Three Keys is about Mia Tang, who lives and helps her parents with the Calivista Motel in Southern California. Mia Tang has friends of various ethnic backgrounds and some of them are likely to be deported to Mexico. This well written book helps…

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May Day

Today is the first day of the month of May, and is often called May Day. May Day is known as a call for help because the French phrase, m’ aide’ (I’ve forgotten how to spell it correctly) meaning ‘help me”, is pronounced like May Day. When I was a kid sometimes I’d see performances…

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Earth Day Horror Story

I’ve shared this story on Earth Day in previous years, but think it might be new to some people who read it. Back in the 1970s I was working at California School for the Deaf when we had an infestation of head lice. None of us had ever heard of those critters before since they…

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What’s With Gluten?

A few decades ago I had never heard of gluten, but now it is mentioned everywhere. When I tell people I have food allergies they assume I can’t have gluten. (I can.)Actually, people who react to it have a sensitivity, not a true allergy. But gluten is mentioned often, and some of the labels saying…

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February

Do you know why February is the shortest month of the year? The Roman calendar started the year in March because that was the beginning of Spring. All the months alternated between 30 and 31 days. Some of our months are still named after Roman gods and goddesses and from September to December the names…

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