My 22 Cents’ Worth: Dreamland: Where the Action Is

Do you like adventurous experiences, maybe with a dose of shock that startles your tranquility? If so, there is no need to visit an amusement park.

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Older But Not Wiser: The Nose Gets Lucky

The day started off great. I was taking my 3-year-old granddaughter, Summer, for a walk around the neighborhood. We were having a contest—who could spot the most birds. OK, I may have cheated a little and counted one bird twice, but she’s 3 years old has to learn the ways of the world.

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March Used to Be the First Month of the Year

Before the ancient Roman calendar was updated to include the winter months of January and February, the year started with March.

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Fifties Flashback: The Cat with 10 Million Lives

“Write me a story that first-graders can’t put down.”

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Fifties Flashback: Fame and Fortune from Midwestern Mud

In 1982 Eddie Murphy returned the nearly forgotten Gumby character to popularity.

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No Pie at Original Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving didn’t feature pies or cakes, because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar.

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Dessert on the Ceiling (and Other Kooky Christmas Traditions)

More than 160 countries around the world celebrate Christmas. Overseas and elsewhere, some holiday traditions may seem wonderfully weird — and maybe even a bit bizarre. For some chuckles, let’s check out the yearly happenings in:

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Día de los Muertos Not a ‘Spanish Halloween’

The Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often mistaken for a Spanish version of Halloween. It is actually a way for families to honor loved ones who are no longer living.

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