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  • Family Fun in Iowa: Iowa Children’s Museum

    For my oldest daughter’s birthday last year, my family took an overnight trip to Iowa City to visit the Iowa Children’s...

    BlogHeather JohnsonMarch 20, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Talc

    <talc> from Middle French talc, probably from Spanish talco and Medieval Latin talcus, also talcum “talc” from Arabic talq, from Persian...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMarch 15, 2019
  • A Short History of ‘You’

    “What’s wrong with you?” posits the Oxford Dictionaries. But, seriously, what’s up with the oddness that is the second person personal...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonMarch 12, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Wint(e)r

    <wint(e)r> Old English winter (plural wintru) “fourth and coldest season of the year” Words Sums Wint(e)r = winter Wint(e)r + s...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMarch 9, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Solve

    <solve> “disperse, dissipate, loosen” from Latin solvere Word Sums Solve Solve + s = solves Solve + ed = solved Solve...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMarch 6, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Lact

    <lact> “milk” from Latin lac (genitive lactis) “milk” Word Sums Lact + ate = lactate Lact + ate + s =...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMarch 4, 2019
  • ‘Where’s the Architect? From Pyramids to Skyscrapers’ Book Review

    My kids quite enjoy look-and-find books, especially my four-year-old son. We also love flipping through the pages of nonfiction picture books...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonFebruary 28, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Ornithe

    <ornithe> “bird” from Ancient Greek ὄρνις (órnis, “bird”) Word Sums Ornithe + s = ornithes Ornithe + ic = ornithic Ornithe...

    InformationHeather JohnsonFebruary 27, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Prince

    <prince> “ruler of a principality” from Old French prince “prince, noble lord,” from Latin princeps “first man, chief leader; ruler, sovereign,”...

    InformationHeather and Poppy JohnsonFebruary 25, 2019
  • ‘Wonders of Nature: Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects, and Fish’ Book Review

    My kids and I love looking at books about nature, especially nature books full of gorgeous illustrations. My preschooler son really...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonFebruary 21, 2019