February 15

Today is the birthday of Normal Bridwell (Clifford the Big Red Dog and other children’s books), Sax Rohmer (mystery author), Herman Kahn (political writer), Susan Brownmiller (feminist author)

Tip: Watch out for desert/dessert. Rappel/repel and other similar-sounding words. These aren’t exactly homonyms. For desert/dessert – the easy way to remember is that “dessert” with two esses is something you would like more of. It’s the treat at the end of a meal. But with one “s”, someone dumped you (deserted) in the middle of the Sahara. Not fun.

Thought: “I think best with a pencil in my hand.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Teaser: On February 15, 1946, the first digital computer, ENIAC, was dedicated in Philadelphia, PA. Many of us have a love/hate relationship with technology. Imagine you will be moving to a place where you are allowed only five electronic devices. What can you not live without? Remember, stoves, refrigerators and washers are all electrically based appliances – even gas powered one have electronic starters. Also, for many people, electric pumps bring in water from private wells. Think carefully. And you need electricity to power computers and tablets as well as phones.

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