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New Project! First Person History

I've begun a new project called First Person History. I'm extremely excited about this one, because it's all about history. Duh.
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What the Heck Is the Southern Ocean?

When I was in school, I learned that there were four oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian, and the Arctic. Now some geography sources talk about the Southern Ocean. Um, what?
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Tiny Houses

I'm digging this Tiny House movement. Giving up 3/4 of your stuff and living in a smaller space sounds really appealing to me. Less room to clean, fewer belongings to take care of, fewer places to lose things.
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Daylight Saving Time: Know Your Facts!

This isn't about Daylight Saving Time in general, though I think it has outlived its usefulness. This is about people's misuse of terms surrounding it. We're adults. Can't we agree to educate ourselves to the point where our communication is clear? Huh? Can we? Please?
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“Be Kind”

As I do every spring/summer, I've been up to my elbows planning next year's homeschooling. It's great fun, and I always put a lot of work into it. The more planning I can do during the summer, the smoother our experience during the school year. And since my daughter is beginning 9th grade next year, I'm also looking ahead to the entirety of high school for her.
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Euclid’s Elements

Ever want to read about Euclidean geometry from the man himself? Euclid's Elements is free online. Obviously out of copyright and all. Being Euclid. Though it's had to be translated into English and such. Regardless, it's available online. For free.
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Stephen Fry on Humanism

From his many superb acting roles and books to his hilarity on QI to Molly Lewis's fantastic "An Open Letter to Stephen Fry," I've been a fan of Stephen Fry for about two decades. Here he is, sort of taking on the subject of how to be happy without religion.
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Public Libraries Are Important

From story time to book clubs to puppet shows to science presentations to art classes to social opportunities for teens to Irish step dance performances to chamber music performances, our library system offers a wide variety of opportunities for learning and socializing. Not to mention the books and other materials on the shelves. And we take advantage of it all.
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Dolls, Dolls, Dolls!

Dolls. They are such a fun craft project. You only need very small scraps of a variety of kinds of fabric, thread, and a bit of stuffing, and you have made a one-of-a-kind toy for someone.
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An Unexpected Email From SETI

Last week, I received an unexpected email from a scientist at SETI. Long ago, my vision of the work SETI did involved little green men and radio signals from the sky. But they are actually working on all kinds of research with more immediate results.
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Family History Photo – Five

Captain Jeremiah Mosher Sample, my third great grandfather, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Family History Photo – Three

Since I've hit both of my maternal grandparents, it's time to show off my paternal side. Above is my paternal grandmother. I'm guessing she was about two years old or so. Her mother had died in the 1918 flu epidemic, so she was raised by her father, who remarried about five years later.
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Family History Photo – Two

To accompany my photo from yesterday of my grandmother as a little girl along with her siblings, today I offer a photo of my grandfather as a little boy, with his siblings plus parents.
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Family History Photo – One

I have a plethora of family history items in storage tubs that I haven't had the time to archive yet, but I'm fortunate to also have plenty of digitized photos of my family on both sides. I treasure these photos, especially the ones of the family members that I knew. Road trips to visit family were a frequent activity my whole life, so I knew much of my extended family. I thought I'd share some...
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