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Wordless Wednesday: T. Rex Eats Chicago

Ever since The Six-Year-Old adopted Grace Elvis from the Field Museum earlier this year, she has taken her responsibilities as a dinosaur parent very seriously. Things started off a bit rough, what with Grace Elvis’ Super Criminal phase and all, but in The Six-Year-Old’s opinion, all Grace Elvis needs is a…

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Wordless Wednesday: The Basil Patch at the Chicago Botanic Garden

A week or so ago, some friends invited us out to the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a gorgeous day, and in my usual camera-impaired style, I spent all my time looking around and pretty much forgetting to take any pictures. But I did manage to take this one of…

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Wordless Wednesday: The Six-Year-Old Goes to Chicago

Recently I discovered Wordless Wednesdays through the blog, 5 Minutes for Mom. Basically, on Wednesdays all around the Internet, bloggers post their favorite photos, ideally without any words to accompany them, but often with 1-2 sentences of context. I’m not a photo-blogger. I’m more of a word girl, so I…

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Miss going outside? – Take a virtual field trip

Miss being out in the world? Grab your computer and take a virtual field trip to a world-famous art museum, opera house, science museum, or zoo.

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Why does a book from 1999 still show a sauropod living in a swamp?

In the spring, a curiosity blogger’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of dinosaurs. Specifically, the sauropod tracks in Glen Rose, Texas, and whether this will be the summer I get to see them.

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How can you keep kids in the loop when you visit a sick relative without them?

My father has been having a few health issues lately, which have resulted in my flying down to Texas a couple of times to help out with this and that. My daughter, being the curious and caring sort, has had all sorts of questions about what’s going on with Grandpa. Respecting both my father’s need for privacy and my daughter’s desire for answers has been challenging at times. On my last trip, I accidentally hit upon a good solution. I thought I’d share it with you in case you also wanted to try it.

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What’s so important about fostering curiosity anyway? 

I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading and thinking about curiosity lately. One of the first articles I came across was by Daisy Yuhas of the Hechinger Report. In it, she talks about a set of studies that demonstrate that curious people are happier in their jobs, better at social interactions, and enjoy greater academic success. Reader, I had questions.

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“Can I compost my potentially E. coli-infected lettuce?”

Thinking about composting your potentially E.coli infected romaine? Do me a favor. Don’t. At least not this time around. Here’s why.

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“Is the vulture the state bird of Nevada?”

On a recent roadtrip through Nevada, The Ten-Year-Old spotted a lot of vultures. So many she wanted to know: “Is the vulture the state bird of Nevada?”

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“Were Thin Mints really the third type of Girl Scout cookie ever introduced?”

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, and that means we get to talk to all sorts of Girl Scout alums about their experience selling cookies back in the day. This week, we met someone who claimed that Thin Mints are not only one of the most popular types of Girl Scout cookies, they’re also one of the oldest. So of course, we had to know: Were Thin Mints really only the third Girl Scout cookie to be introduced?

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