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Why do birds sing? 

It won’t be long before the first robins show up. Those are the dumb ones. The smart robins stay down in Missouri an extra few weeks. The overriding reason birds sing at dawn is to stake out their territory. They … Continue reading

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A Passage from Seneca Seasons

Another favorite outing was to the post office in Prairie du Chien. Each of us Scheckel kids had a piggy bank. Mine was a metal Malta Dextrose can that was originally a baby food can with a slit on top … Continue reading

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Which came first, chicken or egg?

Every generation has argued this question. It is an ancient dilemma going back to the time of Aristotle (350 BC) and Plutarch (100 AD). Aristotle took the easy way out, concluding that both the chicken and the egg must have … Continue reading

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Going to Town continued

When we were little tykes, Mom cut our hair with a hand-operated hair clipper. Later we went to Seneca and Mt. Sterling for haircuts. Tommy Johnson was the regular barber in Mt. Sterling, and he also cut hair two days … Continue reading

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What happens to your brain and your body when you are sleeping?

We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. A lot of things are happening to us when we sleep. Body functions slow down. Heart rate is less. Breathing slows down. The amount of acid in the stomach decreases. The kidneys … Continue reading

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Going to Town continued 1949

Jule (Jewel) Lamore’s Mobil Station was at the south end of town. Jule was a quiet man who had club feet. That is what we called them. Mom said it happened at birth and there was nothing that could be … Continue reading

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How flowers get their color?

  Flowers are bright in color so they can attract bees, birds, and insects to help them reproduce. The bright colors and sweet pollen will coax the bees and birds to land on the plant. Some of the pollen will … Continue reading

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Going to Town-continued

Going To Town  continued 1949 From the book Seneca Seasons: A Farm Boy Remembers. Dad bought a small sack of candy for us kids and a candy bar for Mom, which he took home for her. We carried the groceries … Continue reading

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Do fish sleep?

 Yes, fish do sleep. Fish spend part of each day sleeping. They don’t have eyelids that open and close. Fish are sleeping if they are at the bottom of the fish tank and don’t move, except for making the minimum … Continue reading

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Going to Town continued

Continuing the Going To Town story from Seneca Seasons: A Farm Boy Remembers. We loaded up some pigs and took them to the livestock market at the edge of Seneca. Dad and the stock buyer, Bill Bernier, haggled over price … Continue reading

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