A History of Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas ornament on pine tree branch

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Winter Home Tips: Outdoor Fixes to Prevent Problems

Man shoveling snow off driveway - Model releasedWhen winter hits, it’s not just a change for people, it also affects plants, animals, and buildings. Sometimes we’re too busy staying warm to want to spend a lot of time outside, but a small investment in time as the weather changes can make a big difference to your home.

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Poinsettia: A Christmas Tradition

Poinsettia plant flower close-upPoinsettia is a beautiful plant that shows up only around Christmas. So why do we have this tradition of a transformational plant where the leaves resemble flowers, and the colour brings us back many memories of holidays past?

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Holiday Traditions for a New Generation

young girl cracking an egg - making cookies The Holidays: some fear them, and some can’t wait for the next year to come. What Holidays do well is create a sense of time and tradition within families & friend groups, and create memories…

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In Relationships Is Loving Yourself First Important?

love-ring-heart-marriage-wedding When you commit yourself to loving another person for life, do you need to love yourself first? Let’s explore what different people think about this idea…

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A D-I-Y Halloween

jack-o-lantern, halloween, candy, trick-or-treatHalloween is changing for sure…

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Fall Changes: Leaves and What They Tell Us

vertical of young girl raking leaves in autumn
Leaves are an integral cue to us that fall has arrived. Today we’re going to explore the process of leaf colour change, what it does for tree health, and why some scientists are worried about the role of climate change on fall’s colours….

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Weight and Measure – Origins of Trade

statue of lady liberty holding the scales of justiceWeights and Measures are an important accepted part of our culture. We measure everything from bananas at the supermarket to barrels of oil for trade. So how did we come up with these accepted modern standard measurements?…

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Becoming a Leader – Lead Yourself First

man waving checkered flag - model releasedBeing a leader means different things to different organizations, communities, and people. But what does it mean to step up and be a leader to ourselves?…

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Cat Style: What they love

playful, cat, tail, recline, relax copyright Bill Frymire Nov 2003 A cat, just like a person, has preferences and ideas about their world. Of course we know that animals all have their own distinctive personalities and what one cat likes another might despise, but there are some things that most cats prefer…

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Outside the Box: Using Lateral Thinking to Solve Problems

light source over cardboard box Light source floating over an open cardboard box.Solving problems sometimes requires an out of the box approach. But outside the box is usually where a person’s true gifts lie…

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Know When To Hold Em’

Royal flush in diamonds on poker table with poker chips in the background How do you know when it’s time to fold? In a game of chance, the stakes are usually lower than in life. Just some money on the table, or some chips. But does how you play the game reflect how you live your life?…

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Beaches, Sand and Sea: a Symphony of Geography

Beach near San José del Cabo, Mexico at sunriseBeaches have their own special geography. It is a formation of earth elements that continues to fascinate and enthrall us to visit the ocean’s doorstep. Sandy beaches are especially appealing, with a warm sand surface that’s great for not just the millions of creatures that call it home, but also people and animals to relax on, play in, and make castles out of….

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Nature: Creation, Destruction, and New Life

marble globe on green leaf Nature world ecosystem regeneration growth newNature is a great force of creation – the birth of a baby deer takes seven months of gestation, a spider lays up to 1000 eggs in a beautiful silk sack to protect her young, a huge pine can grow from a single seed. But of course with every act of creation, nature also destroys…

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Democracy of Information: Social Media

Networking Abstract Globe showing connections Democracy of information is probably how you see the internet. I mean, who doesn’t think that they can just google anything and the answer is magically there? But there are some issues with the current state of internet consumption, and today we are going to specifically explore social media…

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Eye Colour & You

anatomy, Bill Frymire, blue, body parts, close up, close-up, closeup, colorize, colorized, colourize, colourized, Concept, detail, detailed, eye, eyeball, Frymire, Bill, global, global vision, globalization, globalize, hand colored, hand coloured, hand tinted, hand-colored, hand-coloured, hand-tinted, horizontal, human, monochrome, New Images, one, people, person, single What makes up the colors of a human eye? Why are some people born with brown eyes, and others blue, while there are a few with green or hazel and even less with amber or violet eyes?…

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Sugar: A Sweet History?

Girl with sugar cube in her teethSugar cane was originally harvested in the Bay of Bengal in India, and from their spreading its sweet influence out to Malaysia, Indonesia, Polynesia, and southern China. From there it made its way to Persia, and became a state secret…

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Diamonds: Valuable or just Mythic?

solitary diamond Whether diamonds are a “girl’s best friend” or a symbol of everlasting love and commitment, it’s clear they are still valuable to many people around the world. Diamonds are formed from compressed carbon, and take over 1 billion years to grow naturally…

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Earth’s Extreme Weather: the New Normal?

weather map of USA with weather symbols Bill Frymire Weather: a common ground for small talk, a nuisance as it impacts our life, or a force of nature to be reckoned with. No matter how you like or don’t like the weather, it’s here, it’s changed, and it’s only going to keep changing…

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Sun Weather & the effect on Earth

Earth from space with starry sku and sunriseEvery day we wake up to the sun rise, and we chart our method of tracking time based on the earth’s rotation around the sun. But what are some unknown effects the sun has on our earth?…

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