Category Archives: Just wondering

Celebrating World Happiness Day in the time of COVID-19

Today, March 20, is World Happiness Day. March 20 has been recognized as International Day of Happiness since first being introduced in 2006, and was endorsed by the United Nations in 2012 when they adopted Bhutan’s concept of Gross National … Continue reading

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The perfect activity when self-isolating with your kids – World Speech Day!

With input from Wikipedia I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of World Speech Day until a few weeks ago. I love this idea. World Speech Day takes place annually on or about March 15, celebrating speeches … Continue reading

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Wildlife Wednesday: one more chance to learn about our national animals | Feb 26/20

This week some of the animals we’re introducing are the official national animal of not one but several countries.  Let’s see if you can guess at least one country for each animal! The answers to last week’s offerings can be … Continue reading

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Favourite ideas for living a good life

John Persico, at his blog Aging Capriciously, writes thought-provoking and often provocative posts. I enjoy thinking about what he’s said and “listening” to his perspective to understand where he’s coming from. Recently he’s been posting a series about his four … Continue reading

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Wildlife Wednesday: some answers and some new animals | Feb 19/20

I didn’t get too many complete answers or even guesses to last week’s national animal challenge, so perhaps this week I’ll give a few clues. Think about the expanded animal and geography knowledge you’re picking up while you have fun … Continue reading

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World maps can tell so many stories

A number of news stories I’ve read this past week have used maps to tell their story. The data supporting the story, presented in one simple map, tell the tale quite eloquently. Yesterday, for example, I happened upon maps in … Continue reading

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Wildlife Wednesday: whose national animals are these? | Feb 12/20

Let’s try a new Wednesday series about our planet. It so happens that World Wildlife Day is rapidly approaching, coming up on March 3. In honour of the magnificent diversity of wildlife on our planet, many of whose futures are … Continue reading

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