My grandfather, Ambrose Call was born on his father’s farm in Bountiful, Utah, on February 29, 1888. Being a farm boy, his father expected him to work hard and taught him what he expected from farm boys.   From a young age he was given daily chores and, using his own words, he described his…

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  I remember it well. It was the winter of 1964, and I was a sophomore in high school. Sitting in history class, I started a conversation with Joan. The Beatles were on their first tour of the United States and had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show the night before, so, Joan, who it…

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Mr. Stuckenschneinder was my ninth-grade math teacher. Most of the students in my junior high thought he was a nice man, but I thought he was strict and very intimidating.   All three of my younger sisters had him and really liked him, and they all got good grades. I have always wondered what crossed…

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Sometime ago I heard a story about a bunch of frogs who wanted to compete in a new athletic event sponsored by the pond community council that sanctioned such events. The council met to discuss possible contests and decide where, when, and who was eligible to participate. The selection committee spent a great deal of…

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Several years ago, I was walking home from the bus stop, just letting my mind wander, thinking about nothing. After crossing a street, I happened to look down and saw a worm in the gutter that intrigued me. I was fascinated and stood there watching it for at least five minutes. I realize that no…

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Jean-Henry Fabre, a French Naturalist and father of modern of entomology, was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in literature for his works on insect life. One of his most famous experiments was with Pine Processionary Caterpillars.   These caterpillars are named for their instinct to follow each other in processions. These spectacular processions can…

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When I was a little boy, I lived in the small town of Afton, Wyoming. In those days it was a place where keys were left in the cars, doors remained unlocked, and it was safe to leave young children home.   On this particular day, my mother had to go to town, and she…

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