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“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” -Aldous Huxley Phrases that only came out of one man’s mouth because of his kids. It’s common knowledge that I myself don’t have any children, but have spent the better portion of my adult life educating children of all…

Weekend Diversion: Building Down (Synopsis)

“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” -David Allan Coe As the population of cities continues to grow, real estate runs out fast. But one innovative solution may be the wave of the future: building down! Have a…

The world’s first suspended traffic circle… for bicycles! “I would like to propose slow cycling. Commute by bike. At a stroke, you remove the need for and absurd cost of public transport. Cycling is almost completely free. There is no longer any need for the gym as you get fit by cycling. And you can…

“I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.” -T. S. Eliot Time passes, and things grow; that’s the way of the world, so it seems. 2013 was no exception, and as Joshua Radin (featuring Patty Griffin) would sing, You Got Growin Up To Do. Well, the world grew again this year,…

“Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.” -National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Ahh, Christmas. It’s easy to forget how much the invention of the light bulb in 1879 reduced the number of tree fires in people’s homes. It was a mere three years later that people began…

“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” -Maria Montessori The Universe has some wonderful sights to show you if you know how to look for them, and that’s maybe most apparent when you look at some of the amazing images from…

Weekend Diversion: Homeschoolers Anonymous

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?” -Carl Sagan It’s a challenging thing,…

Weekend Diversion: A Stacked Photo Fantasy

“Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people who take pictures, you know, carry a camera. Because if I did I’d have stacks and stacks and stacks of different acts.” -Edwin Starr You’ve been outside enough to know that the deepest photos of the Universe — of the night sky — aren’t quite the same thing…

“Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.” -George Weah I don’t know how many of you out there have an office day job, sitting hunched over at a desk for the better part of 8+ hours a day, but it’s pretty well known that it’s…

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” -Fred Rogers I know it’s still the middle of November,…