Category: Make Me Think Monday

Do mushroom rings appear in your yard?

As seasons transition from spring to summer or fall to winter, there’s lots and lots of rain and these little mushroom rings pop up in yards. Fairy rings, as these sprouting mushrooms are called, frequently appear after wet… Read More

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It’s the Back to School Season

Texas is a seasonless place. Life here is lived in a constant tropical sun. It puts you in a constant state of seasonal disorientation. I’m not complaining merely stating fact. I live here by choice. The lack of… Read More

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White after Labor Day – Yes or No

About the same time Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, the fashion world declared the first Monday in September should also signal the end of wearing white garments. Today’s fashion world is much more relaxed about… Read More

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The Dog Days of Summer

Here in Texas we’re in the “dog days of summer.” It’s hot, it’s humid, and there doesn’t seem to be any relief. We’re floating in swimming pools, searching for spaces to park our car beneath shade trees when… Read More

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Labor Day Rest and Rainbows

Today is Labor Day. Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, well, except for shopping and barbecuing. Interesting to note that Labor Day is also celebrated in Canada. Peter J. McGuire, founder of the United… Read More

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Do you talk to things that can’t talk back?

I talk to my dogs, my plants, my car, and lots of things that can’t talk back. It’s anthropomorphizing—a big word that means attaching human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral… Read More

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Gnomes and Google Doodles

Recently, Google’s search engine home page featured a gnome Google Doodle. (Try not to laugh when you say that fast.) If you’re not familiar with the term Google Doodle, it’s the temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s… Read More

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What is Memorial Day?

A holiday not to be confused with Veterans Day or Armed Forces Day. That day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead. Memorial Day is different. It is the day set aside to remember… Read More

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My Favorite Poem

April has been National Poetry Month. All month Poets.org has provided opportunities and activities to celebrate poetry and poets. I couldn’t let the celebration pass without posting one of my favorite poems about a realio, trulio, little pet… Read More

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A Lizard Poem for National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets established April as poetry month in 1996 to encourage people about the pleasure of reading poetry. It’s all explained here. In honor of poetry month, here’s a little story about poetry writing. Years… Read More

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