Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

  We are back from nine days traveling in the “wild west”. During this vacation my daughter was able to become a junior paleontologist at a mammoth dig, a junior ranger at Mount Rushmore, go “spelunking” at Wind Cave and learn about the geologic origins of the Black Hills of South Dakota, hear the legends …

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My daughter and I attended Jim Lenz’s Science Show at the public library. Mr. Lenz grabbed the children’s attention, allowed them to participate, laugh, shout out answers and get excited about what they were seeing. And he asked them if they knew what science was. None of them had a nice, short definition for science, and …

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Spring has sprung and with it so have the bubble wands. My daughter even put a jar of bubble juice and some bubble wands in her bike basket and toured around the neighborhood sharing her love of bubbles with her friends. Bubbles are indeed magical, and since the earliest age she has enjoyed chasing bubbles …

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On Sunday, October 14, 2012, my husband, my daughter and I gathered in our living room, tuned into the high-definition Discovery Channel on TV, and watched the Red Bull Stratos skydiver, Felix Baumgartner, jump out of a tiny little capsule 128,097 feet up in the Earth’s atmosphere and free-fall/parachute down to earth. Actually, for the …

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RIP Neil Armstrong My memories of the Apollo missions are hazy shadows of conversations of my parents and static-filled pictures on a black-and-white tube TV. One stands out though. I was very young. We were walking through a Sears and Roebuck. All the TVs were tuned into a moon landing–not sure if it was THE …

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