Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

How long do dinosaurs live?  Do carnivores live longer than herbivores?   If being a herbivore (vegetarian) makes you live longer, then why didn’t the carnivores switch or become omnivores?  Do omnivores live longer than either of the others?   This all started with a simple off-hand question from one of my students last spring –…

Smile!

Smile!

I have always loved the smiley face.  Its cheery, happy, yellow smile brings happiness wherever it goes.  If my life could have a logo, I think it might be the smiley face. (My theme song is Don’t Worry, Be Happy and my motto is “Oh well!”)  There – I’ve claimed it! I was driving through…

Ahoy hoy!

Ahoy hoy!

A history lesson in a commercial?  Yes, it’s true!  One of the latest GEICO commercials features Alexander Graham Bell answering the phone, “Ahoy hoy!”  He goes on to tell the caller that it’s a wrong number, “No, no. My number is one. You must want two.” Haven’t seen the commercial yet?  Watch it now. A…

Poppies to Remember – How Moina Michael Became The Poppy Lady and Started the Custom of Wearing Poppies on Memorial Day

Poppies to Remember – How Moina Michael Became The Poppy Lady and Started the Custom of Wearing Poppies on Memorial Day

Why do we wear poppies on Memorial Day? For that matter, what is Memorial Day even about?  I teach 5-year-olds so for them, these questions are nebulous at best.  I love this story about Moina Belle Michael and the origin of the Memorial Poppy but unfortunately it’s too mature for my young students (better suited…

Fastest Things on Wings – A Day in the Life of a Hummingbird Rescue Volunteer

Fastest Things on Wings – A Day in the Life of a Hummingbird Rescue Volunteer

This is the story that caught my attention… Every 20 minutes, from dawn to dark, the babies need food. That means catching hundreds of fruit flies a day, freezing them, crushing them with mortar and pestle, and mixing the mush with special nectar supplemented with vitamins, enzymes, and oils in precise combination. The mixture spoils…