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The history of naming hurricanes and tropical storms

Ever wonder how hurricanes and tropical storms get their names?  According to the National Hurricane Center, the use of short distinctive names is easier to communicate to the public and causes…

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Just Plain Vanilla?? World’s Most Expensive Spices

Vanilla – more valuable than silver. Vanilla purchases have exploded since the pandemic has started. The island of Madagascar supplies 80% of the world’s vanilla even thought it is not…

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Animals social distance to avoid disease

Our face-to-face and in-person interactions have been severely reduced to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It’s been challenging and feels wrong to be separated from other people – humans…

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Windows of the World: A Personal Journey through Color Swatches and Carpet Samples

During the pandemic many folks have tackled a project or two around their home, yard, apartment, bedroom, kitchen, closets, etc. For sure, there is no shortage of articles containing suggestions…

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Island of the Colorblind

Posted 7/10/2020 “Color is just a word to those who cannot see it” “PINGELAP ATOLL, A Micronesian island in the South Pacific, sometimes goes by its other name, the Island…

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“I Scream, You Scream…”

Posted 6/29/2020 You guessed it, “We all Scream for Ice Cream!” July is National Ice Cream Month, and you have Kentucky to thank! In 1984, Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of…

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Overheard at National Geographic Podcast

Posted 6/19/2020 The National Geographic podcast series “Overheard” dives into bizarre, delightful and totally fascinating conversations overheard at National Geographic Headquarters. Smuggled dinosaur bones. Man-made glaciers. An audacious quest to…

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Year Round Gardening with Herbs

Posted 6/01/2020 Do you have a patio, a balcony or a window that gets sun? Do you enjoy cooking? If your answer to these questions is Yes, consider starting a garden…

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Memorial Day History and Honoring Those We Lost

Posted 5/18/2020 Memorial Day is our national day of remembrance honoring those who fought for our freedom; those who gave their lives in service this country. It is a time…

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