Cozy, non-existent, Christmas fireplaces

Everybody loves a cozy, old-fashioned Christmas around a fireplace. But maybe you live in an apartment without a fireplace or maybe you live in Australia and you would melt in the summer heat if you had a fireplace going at Christmas. Maybe you think there’s just no...

Awesome rainforests

I’ve been reading about rainforests. They are awesome. A 4-square-mile area of rainforest can contain 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies. Even though rainforests cover less than 2 percent of Earth,...

My winter

I love winter. Always did. When I was a kid and people would ask my favorite season, I’d always say ‘winter.’ They usually thought I was trying to be smart but I was telling the truth. Not that I like the cold. I don’t. But I love the white of...

Rare diamonds.

Diamonds are special. Hard to come by. Expensive. Rare. Or not. It only seems so. In fact, diamonds aren’t all that rare. Really? Yep. Diamond merchants make it seem that they are rare by stockpiling diamonds they have mined and selling them in small...

Real money. Fake money.

I’m not a game person but even I play Monopoly. I suspect that everyone does. It’s that popular. One of the most essential parts of Monopoly is the money. Okay, it’s not real money but it looks close enough to the real stuff to make players want as...

Global warming, global cooling.

We worry about global warming. As we should. But the opposite can be a problem too. It can be too cold. Abnormally cold weather has happened on this old earth of ours, and not so long ago. In 1816 it was so cold that there was no summer. None. A huge volcanic eruption...