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Industry in Jefferson County

I was talking to someone a couple of days ago about industry in Jefferson county. As we talked, she mentioned that in earlier decades people had gone out of the county to work. I’m sure some of residents did go to work in different counties, but when I was growing up in Jefferson City in [...]

Sensory Activities for Easter

Sensory Activities for Easter

Peeps Play Dough is squishy in texture, which makes it the perfect Easter sensory activity. To make Peeps Play Dough you need: 5 Peeps 3+ tbsp. of corn starch 1 & 1/2 tsp of cooking oil Optional:  Food coloring Instructions: – Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat around 30 seconds or until they [...]

Mockingbird

This week an old familiar lullaby has invaded my head and just won’t let go. Over and over the words continue…”Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don’t sing, Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.” We’ve all heard and sung the song many times. [...]

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Even though Spring does not officially arrive until the Spring Equinox on March 20th, I always consider March a Spring month. Spring means sunshine, wind, tulips, windmills, and kites. It is the time for flying kites. Three kite designs to purchase in stores are: ⦁ The Sode kite: Known as the Kimono kite, for its [...]

Dog and Watch Alarms

Dog and Watch Alarms

Have you ever had one of those surreal moments when hilarious and pitiful cross paths, like a lonely intersection of some desert highway replete with an old man in a pinstripe suit holding a cane waiting to ask about your willingness to part with your soul? You know the type of situation I’m talking about. [...]

Steven Erikson’s ‘Gardens of the Moon’

Steven Erikson’s ‘Gardens of the Moon’

This week I dove headfirst into a fantasy book quite unlike any I’ve ever read: Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon. The story follows a large cast of characters, primarily focusing on the struggles of a hardened war veteran, Whiskeyjack, and a lone mage, Tattersail. Operating as arms of a vast empire, these two warriors [...]

Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space”

Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space”

As a huge fan of hard science fiction, I’ve come to grips with the fact that the genre’s “good to bad” ratio is about 1:10. Is isn’t hard to find painfully standard fare books in the genre, so I am always on the lookout for another great find. This week, I snagged a copy of [...]

One More Meow!

One More Meow!

There are certain inherent issues associated with being a teacher. For instance, the question, “Do you have any tissue?” is usually accompanied by an image you can’t erase from your mind, no matter how hard you try. And sick kids, they always ask to go to the nurse standing as close to you as they [...]

Stink Bugs

My granddaughter was visiting with me this week, when she suddenly said with astonishment, “Wow, there are 26 bugs on the window.” Of course my answer was, “On the outside?” Unfortunately, her answer was “No, on the inside!” And she was right. I counted 26 brown shield shaped, dime-size brown bugs, armed with a sweaty [...]

Music in Schools

Music in Schools

Children benefit from music in schools. There is a compelling amount of research connecting music to higher order brain function, among other positive outcomes, as outlined below. With this in mind, you may want to lobby for more music in your child’s school. It is equally important to access programs that are now in place, [...]

Valentine’s Day Memories

Valentine’s Day is coming, love is in the airm and memories fill my head. Wow, I have more memories of valentines, candy, and flowers than I am willing to admit. Let’s just say, they number more than twenty one. My first memories of St. Valentine’s Day are of making hearts…red, pink, and white… small, medium, [...]

Valentines Activities to Increase Fine Motor Skills

Valentines Activities to Increase Fine Motor Skills

I. Valentine Hearts Fine Motor Lacing Supplies: Colored Felt (red, white and black) Fabric Scissors Googly Eyes Yarn Masking Tape Hot Glue Gun Directions (For one child): – Fold felt in half and cut out half of a heart. – Cut out three hearts of various sizes in each of the three colors. – Fold [...]

David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

This week, I am reviewing a book that is more on the informative side of reading, though it is certainly fictional in nature: David Day’s Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary. I received this book as a gift from family, and let me just say, it is an incredible collection of information on some of [...]

‘Creepy’ with a C

‘Creepy’ with a C

I have no problem admitting I am spelling impaired.  In my opinion, Samuel Clemens was on to something when he said, “Simplified spelling is all right, but, like chastity, you can carry it too far.”  Make no mistake, I know this means I have opened myself to criticism by a certain crusty, old English teacher [...]

Where to Go For Mineral Rights Info?

Where to Go For Mineral Rights Info?

I was wondering where I would go to find if I own my mineral rights? Much would depend on how long you have owned your home. You could start with taking a look at your deed. The Registrars Office also has documents that are filed regarding mineral rights but you may have to do a [...]

Round Peg Round Hole

Round Peg Round Hole

In case you hadn’t noticed, sometimes life makes me say, “Really?”  It happened again this past week, and I was left shaking my head, wondering if perhaps I had slipped into the Twilight Zone.  It started with a garbage container at a barbecue fast food restaurant.  Thought had apparently been put into making this container.  [...]

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