Vicki Shurly

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The Checkered Game of Life

The Checkered Game of Life was a board game created by a young man in 1860.  The game, which initially resembled a checker board with squares representing various virtues and vices, proved an instant success.  The company the young man founded went...

Nonsense or Not

  There was an Old Man with a beard Who said, "It is just as I feared! Two owls and a hen, Four larks and a wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!" Today is National Limerick Day, in honor of artist, author and poet Edward Lear.  Best known...

Groundhog Day

Ever wonder why we anxiously wait for a groundhog to pop his little head out of the ground on February 2nd to predict the weather?  The celebration began in the United States among the Pennsylvania Dutch communities in the mid 19th century.  Then i...

We are a Community

As I am sure you have all heard by now, our beloved Old Mission Peninsula School is one of three schools that TCAPS' superintendent Paul Soma has recommended for closure in the fall of 2018.   First and foremost, I want to assure all of you who have...

"Don't find fault. Find a remedy." Henry Ford

The top five materials that go into cars today are steel, plastic, aluminum, rubber and glass. Even the body of your car today might be made of materials other than steel.  Lest we think that this is something new, keep in mind that 74 years ago tod...

Dark & Stormy Night

'It was a dark and stormy night..."  While Writer's Digest calls this phrase the "literary poster child for bad story starters," the American Review hails it as #22 on its list of best first lines from novels.  Whatever you think of it, the phrase ...

Gilded Autumn

Autumn, or fall as it is more commonly called in North America, came upon us this morning at 4:22 a.m. Where the summer went, I know not!  Of course, in Chili and New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere, autumn doesn't happen officially until March f...

The 10th of August

To historians, the term "The 10th of August" refers the storming of the Tuileries Palace in 1792 as a defining day in the French Revolution, effectively ending the French monarchy until it was restored in 1814.  Interestingly enough, on the same day...

Dog Days of Summer???

Hope that most of you have power by now and at least some semblance of normalcy.  It certainly has been a year of weather to remember - frigid cold (in February I walked with my husband on the frozen water to Power Island), in May we had an extreme ...

Do You Believe in Magic?

On this day in 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the Harry Potter series, was released.  It was an exciting day for fans, sad for some knowing that living vicariously through the fantastical lives of the students of Hogwa...