Let’s have gateaux in peau de soie

Fabrics of the past were named somewhat like plants, except the second half was usually French. Tulle, chiffon, crepe, peau de soie and faille could all be silk. These second names referred to the weave or the effect of the fabric.

On the rack, we have fewer choices, usually cotton, silk, linen, wool, polyester, nylon,

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What You Read is Who You Are

At the end of a four-day weekend, my granddaughter was bored. Dad still had work to do at his desk, but the generally cooperative child who can easily entertain herself was tired of writing and even tired of Legos. Luckily, I called as pre-arranged to read with her over the phone. We had started

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Quill Hedgehog On His Way

MOXIE WONDERS… Why don’t we have hedgehogs in the United States?

According to the online National Geographic animal encyclopedia (animals.nationalgeographic.com), hedgehogs are about the size of three teacups. That is a perfect comparison, as hedgehogs are famously English. Some people there have them as sort-of pets. That’s because they eat garden pests.

We do not

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Do Japanese Kids Try Harder?

The Japanese believe a struggle is a way to become strong. Their children would spend an hour working on one math problem.  American students, on average, spend 30 seconds trying to solve a math problem before they “give up.”

I believe it. I have watched this happen and I know it’s not because the kids

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The Gangster in Our Class


Thursday, February 7, 2013

It was understood the lanky kid who joined our 8th grade class late in 1950 was the errand boy for Ralph Capone. I am not sure the source was reliable. Nonetheless, he acted different than the other boys who regularly misbehaved. Laid back in his small desk, legs stretched

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