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Softball at Oak Grove School

The favorite game was softball for fourth-graders and up. But there wasn’t enough time to get a game in. Since recess lasted ten minutes, we had to settle for catch or hit fly balls or grounders. Noon lunch was longer, … Continue reading

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Dowsing, divining rods, and water witching

Dowsing is controversial and has many ardent adherents.  There are people that will swear on a stack of Bibles that they have used water witching and dowsing or have witnessed finding water or underground pipes or wires. But controlled tests … Continue reading

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Walking to School

After we had completed our fanning oats duty, we went off to school. We walked to schoolwith  the Kozelka kids. Seems we all had nicknames and those would change from time to time. Gloria Kozelka was called “morning glory” after … Continue reading

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Human DNA into another creature?

If we’re talking about a cross between a human and a Holstein cow-well, that’s not going to happen. But in fact, animal-human hybrid work has been going on for a number of years in labs all over the world.  Thousands … Continue reading

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How does a corn seed know which way to grow? 

  A plant response that involves a specific movement  is  called tropism from the Greek word  “to turn”. And any factor that brings forth such a response is called a stimulus. Tests done way back in 1806 confirmed that gravity … Continue reading

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Softball at the one-room country school

The Kozelkas had a big brown lab dog that answered to Curly. In his prime, Curly walked to and from school each day. Curly hung out around the school building, and earned his keep by retrieving our softballs that were … Continue reading

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Who invented the computer?

Computers developed from mechanical calculating machines. One of the earliest mechanical machines, still used today, is the abacus, a wooden frame with parallel rods on which beads are strung. In 1642, Blaise Pascal, while still a teenager, invented a simple … Continue reading

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