Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

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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“Mama, what would happen if all the kangaroos in Australia started jumping at the same time and flipped the world so that Australia was on top? “Well, I don’t know exactly. Do you think we would fall off?” “Nooo, silly. There’s gravity.” “Would we be upside down? No answer. “Mama, what would happen if I …

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We spent Saturday wandering around the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Faculty, students and a host of other volunteers filled the building with hands-on activities for the young and young-at-heart. The efforts that these people put forth to provide the community with meaningful experiences of science were amazing, all voluntary, …

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Friday night my daughter announced that she wanted to wear her blue velvet dress with the twirly skirt and her black patent leather shoes to the bug show at the Public Library on Saturday. My first thought was “Really? Blue velvet and bugs?” But then I thought again. “Why can’t a princess in a blue …

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