Category Archives: public libraries

  1. Ouija Boards, Gratitude, and Dogs

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    December 10, 2019 by libroshombre

    After my column about Ouija Boards, a curious reader asked me to elaborate on the name’s origin. Smithsonianmag.com wrote, “Contrary …
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  2. Gilgamesh, Co-op Fees, and Comfy Libraries

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    November 19, 2019 by libroshombre

    Ancient epic literature appeals most when it reveals how people long ago lived their daily lives and how they thought. …
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  3. Ignorant Economists, Amazon Bookstores, and Public Libraries

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    August 9, 2018 by libroshombre

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was spot-on when he said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance …
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  4. Sagan, Occam, and the Muse of Curiosity

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    December 16, 2016 by libroshombre

      “All About Words: An Adult Approach to Vocabulary Building” is a solid additional to any bathroom’s library. Mine, for …
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  5. Gobbling, Garbling, and Gobbledygook

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    December 16, 2016 by libroshombre

      Why can’t we all get along? After all, every human on Earth is related. A research group at Germany’s …
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  6. Obscure Sorrows, Crosswords, and Amyloids

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    July 28, 2016 by libroshombre

      A child of mine recently passed along the online Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows of neologisms, newly coined words, created …
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  7. Flowers, Fireflies, and Frequentatives

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    June 3, 2016 by libroshombre

    A recent visit to central Texas revealed that sensible rains have returned there after a half-decade of severe drought. The …
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