Category: Make Me Think Monday

Where did April Fools’ Day Come From?

Today is officially April Fools’ Day, the day when pranks and pranksters abound. Playing jokes and tricking people, celebrated in many different cultures, has been around for centuries, but no one knows its origins for sure. My favorite …

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In Search of An Eraser

I read recently that Edward Nairne was the inventor of the rubber eraser. Before Nairne accidentally picked up a piece of rubber, bread was an eraser. Two facts I did not know. The bread as eraser sent all …

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St. Patrick – Did You Know?

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, dancing, special foods, and a whole lot of green whether you have an Irish heritage or not. In Ireland the day was a mostly religious celebration. In fact, until the 1970s …

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What’s a Happiness Habit?

I recently read a blog about happiness and habits. The blog’s conclusion: happiness is an automatic response based on habits you establish. That got me thinking. What makes people happy? This 1970s embroidery sampler that hangs in my …

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What to do as Winter gives way to Spring

I read in a weather blog recently that “February is not Houston’s prettiest month” and I have to say, how true. February in Texas is the March of mountain states. Both are the months when Mother Nature is …

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Valentine cards – the legend and origin

As a writer of love stories, February 14th is one of my very favorite holidays. As a history buff, I love the legend and the origin of sending valentine cards. Valentines are the mirror of romance. The LEGEND …

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It’s February and Love is in the Air

Hearts are everywhere. Commercials are pushing chocolates, wine, fancy dinners, lingerie, and Hallmark cards. Florists are offering specials on roses. Love songs flow from the airways. The commercialization bothers me a bit. The statistics stagger me. The National …

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Starting 2019 with S.M.A.R.T. goals

It’s the end of January. By now, I’m guessing that one or more of your New Year’s resolutions has already failed. Statistics back me up. According to U.S. News approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week …

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Starting 2019 with Martin Luther King

Today we honor Martin Luther King, the symbol for non-violent protest since the sixties Civil Rights Movement. His leadership in a trying time inspired change. He stirred, and still stirs, our conscience with his words. Here are some …

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Starting 2019 with a Story

To start our new year off on a writerly foot, I’m sharing a Christmas short story by my grandson. Morgan is a student at Southwest Baptist University and writes for their Student Media Organization newsletter INFUSE. “The Bicycle” …

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