Tag: beauty

My mom’s Charlie Brown Christmas trees

The scraggliest tree on the lot found a loving home with my mother. Well before A Charlie Brown Christmas became a movie classic, she cherished the lopsided trees with sparse branches. “We’ll cut off these bottom branches,” she would say, “and wire them in the empty spaces. Besides, this gives us space for more ornaments.” A single mother with two… Read more →

Positive stories make us better people

Most of us fret about being constantly bombarded by negative news, violent movies and grisly action games. We worry children are being influenced by the onslaught, that the world is a dangerous place, that things are out of control. As real as those fears may be, Steven Pinker and other researchers have discovered we live in the most peaceful era… Read more →

Perky pretzels

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Shiny Muskrat

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Quiet Waters

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