At Christmas, Being Thankful for Those Never-Ending Chores

Seeing My Blessings Through Another’s Eyes Being the mother of a large family and the wife of someone who’s usually out of town, I frequently feel overwhelmed with work.  There are so many things to do, so many anxieties and concerns.  We are in a real financial hole, so there is that ever-present worry, with no money coming in and so many expenses just now. The Christmas season is approaching, which seems to multiply the chores.  There are cards to somehow find time to write.  There’s...
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Supersaturation

One of my favorite chemistry demonstrations involves a supersaturated sodium acetate solution.  I usually do it in a beaker in the lab, but you can do the same thing at home with a reusable hand warmer.  Basically it’s filled with some water that contains more sodium acetate than it should be able to hold.  The solution is unstable and all it needs is something to begin the crystallization process (in the reusable hand warmers you do this by clicking the little metal button). Inst...
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Celebrating Christmas—Which Gifts Keep On Giving?

By Elana B When my sister and I were young, and still believed in the picture-book Santa with his bag of toys, we decided to stay up as late as possible on Christmas Eve, hoping to catch a glimpse of him, if not his reindeer. Our house was small, didn’t have a fireplace, but we weren’t worried about the details since we’d received gifts before with tags signed by “Santa Claus,” and knew he didn’t need a chimney because he could walk in our front door. My sister was five-and-a-half and I w...
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Christmas Every Day

What do you get for a person who has everything? I don’t mean everything in the material sense. Because, as we all know, money doesn’t buy happiness. On the other hand, money may not buy happiness, but it does make misery a lot more comfortable. But how many material things must we posses before we reach happiness? Bliss, Eternal joy. Nirvana. Whatever you want to call it. In other words, if you were able to posses every single thing there was to posses, would you finally be happy?...
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