SARS Virus

Tracking SARS back to its source January 2006 The previously unknown SARS virus generated widespread panic in 2002 and 2003 when the airborne germ caused 774 deaths and more than 8000 cases of illness. But where did this mystery virus come from? Scientists immediately suspected that it had jumped to humans from some other organism. […]

Meningitis Questions

Need a cheat sheet to help keep it all straight? The CDC thinks you should remember 10 easy bullet points about this surprisingly complex disease. Here they are: 1. There are five “types” of meningitis. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria or viruses, but meningitis can also be caused […]

Christmas Past and Present

This Christmas of 2013 has already brought snow to many peoples’ homes. And there is this Christmas a shorter time to do our shopping by six fewer days. As we settle into our present day Christmas season, I can’t help but think of Christmas past. The first recorded celebration of Christmas appears to have been  […]

Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues

1.Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2.Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. 3.Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. 4.Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. 5.Frugality. Make no […]

American Outlaws: Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid had many names. He was born William Henry McCarty Jr. on November 23, 1859 in New York City. Some of his aliases were Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and William Bonney. His life of crime started in youth after the death of his mother to tuberculosis when he was only 15. He and […]

Women of America: Anne Hutchinson

Anne Hutchinson and her family arrived in America on September 18, 1634 and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  A controversial woman of religious fervor, she held meetings in her home for the women of Boston.  She taught that salvation was through faith only and not dictated by church attendance or by the laws of the church. […]

Childhood Tales of the Great Depression and Drought

written by Laurie C. Brough While waiting to checkout at the grocery store I overhear a man telling the cashier how dry it is in far Western Oklahoma. He said, “It is so dry the grasshoppers don’t even bother to stop to take a nibble cause there’s nothing to eat.” Listening to their conversation took […]