The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes

Ying Yan Compestine’s book is a variation of the traditional Emperor’s New clothes.  Emperor Ming Da is only 9 but he knows his ministers are corrupt.  To obtain the money to help his people he convinces his ministers that what seems to be burlap bags, is really magic New Year’s …

When Daddy Fell Into the Pond

Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey. We had nothing to do and nothing to say. We were nearing the end of a dismal day, And then there seemed to be nothing beyond, Then Daddy fell into the pond! And everyone’s face grew merry and bright, And Timothy danced for sheer …

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

If I could be judged by the friends I keep, what would my friends “tell” about me? What different “flocks” do I belong to to do what, when (gamers, athletes, scholars, readers, etc.)? Everything I know about birds (life cycle, types of birds, foods, etc.) “Birds of a feather flock …

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science

200 years ago, the daughter of Lord and Lady Byron, Ada Lovelace, wrote the first computer program – before there was electricity or a computer to make it work. Working with Thomas Babbage on what they called the Analytical Engine, she wrote a step-by-step for how Bernoulli numbers could be …

Penguin with Cymbals

Times when I have taken a chance – that turned out well, or didn’t. A cute story of what happened before this and why this penguin is doing what he/she is doing and what will happen next. What are all the noises in my life? – for good and for …