Rainbow, Did You Know?

So, it is still raining in California…unbelievable and delightful!

One of the most beautiful things about rain is its rainbows. They are magic colored stripes in the sky that capture our imagination…promising us that the world will once again be beautiful and that the skies are full of fascinating wonders.

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Pipe Dreams, Fun Facts, and 2017

sunset_cactus_2Happy New Year! The first full week of 2017 is quickly coming to a close. This is the time many people reflect on the past year and strategize for the year to come. Dreams are sharpened and brought into focus…even if some are thought to be “pipe dreams”. What exactly are pipe dreams you ask?

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Palm Trees — Not Exactly

Palm_TreePalm trees inspire magical tales and evoke visions of desert oasis’ and tropical islands. However, did you know palm trees are not technically trees at all? They are actually part of the grass family. Here are some other fun facts about palms…

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Potty Talk Alert!

My dad likes to declare he is going to “the head” when he is referring to a bathroom visit, much to my mom’s chagrin. Ever wonder why the toilet is referred to as “the head”? Here is some history on that point…

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Bougainvillea Care

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bougainvillea is a beautiful flowering plant that has long been reported to me as an extremely hardy plant — able to survive anything. Okay, not true! They require some love and attention which I found out after almost killing mine within a week! My mentor at the local gardening store told me this was a record. (He has since gone back to school for social work where I know he will thrive as he was so patient with me. I’m sure my endless need for gardening 101 hand holding didn’t play a role in his decision, right?)

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Got Walnuts? You Should!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince I was a little kid I have always craved walnuts. This often overlooked fruit (yes, nuts are a fruit) is slowly making its way up the “nuts to watch” list. Aside from them being a delicious topping to an ice cream sundae, they are a healthy nut alternative to the often thought of almond.

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Sushi, Fingers or Chopsticks?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you all know, I am a lover of food  — almost all types. Recently I was reminiscing about the delights of sushi and how it is, for me, a finger food. This lead me to do some investigating. Here are some curious tidbits I found:

  • Even though most people in the U.S. use chopsticks to eat sushi, it’s traditionally eaten with the fingers.
  • Sushi caught on originally as a cheap, quick snack to eat with the hands while enjoying a theater performance.

Things to ponder when you next sit down to a plate of this delight, enjoy!


Why are there four suits in a deck of cards?

Have you ever wondered why there are four suits in a deck of cards and what do they each represent? Well, the four suits in a deck of cards represent each of the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: hearts represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class. Now that tidbit may add some curiosity to your next card game!


from …Randon Facts… on the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer website