Boo Boo Bear and a Child

The Bible says a child shall lead them. It doesn’t mean a child will become a world leader, it means that we can sometimes learn from children if we listen. This last week I learned a valuable lesson in perceptions from a 3 year old. It involved a little Mishap Bear named Boo Boo Bear I had made and didn’t…

Gauge: Railroad to Chariots

Next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse’s rear came up with it The US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4  feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?  Because that’s the way they built them in England, and the US railroads  were built by English expatriates Why did…

History I Didn’t Know

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I love History. I really love learning about historical things I didn’t know about. Especially if it is about something I thought I knew. I get a kick out of learning the obscure and not so obscure.  Enjoy these three historical vignettes: MARK TWAIN We all know who Mark Twain was, right?  Most folks know Mark Twain as Samuel Langhorne…

TV Commercials Remembered

One day I started to think about commercials.  I started with how different they are these days, much different than I when I was a child.  They seem more sophisticated, more, sublimely engineered to get your attention. Especially kid’s commercials.  That thought brought me to commercials that I remember from my time as a kid.  I would like to think…

Christmas Town ~The Craft Store

Tessa closed the door after the last of the children left the Craft Store. She loved the little tykes, but they were tiring.  Not having children of her own, she loved holding the craft classes that were popular with the little ones. Today they made Christmas trees out of their hand prints in plaster. They painted them then wrapped them…

Christmas Town ~ The Bakery

  “But Mr. Patisserie even your name means pastries!” “I don’t care if my name means schmuck we are not going to make cookies and donuts and foo foo  things. This is a bakery! We bake breads and sometimes cake. Maybe in the big city they do things crazy but here we make bread. That’s it! Now make some bread!”…