Stinky Stanley & The Lustron Homes, Great Bend, KS

As a 5th-grade teacher, I took as much delight in reading Stinky Stanley books to my students as they took in hearing the stories. Of course, there’s a lot to appeal to a 5th grader. Stinky Stanley was just a blob of protoplasm until he was struck by lightning, instantly becoming a clone of the…
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The Wrecks Of The Zephyr And The Commodore, Taranaki, New Zealand

Hunting up shipwrecks is fun to do, especially on New Zealand beaches where access is open and respect for the wreck expected. Following a brief note in our guidebook and not-very-helpful road signage, we located the wreck of the Zephyr on the North Island of NZ in Taranaki, the 10th largest populated town in NZ,…
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Model Bakery, Linton, ND

When we married—in our backyard under the apple tree—we served our guests kuchen. My husband-to-be and I worked to perfect our recipe, finally (after many taste-tests) ending up with a thin, lightly sweet crust and a custard decorated with apricots and juneberries.     This past weekend, on a new kuchen hunt, we visited the…
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Restoring The Hutmacher Farm, Dunn County, ND

Several times a year, I can be found out at the Hutmacher Farm in Dunn County, North Dakota. Since 2006, this farmstead has been under the care of Preservation North Dakota, and in recent years service-learning students from North Dakota State University have been adding sweat equity to the preservation project. While we’ve had a…
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“Please Do Not Feed The Wombats”

Whatever you do, do NOT feed the wombats. The wombats are on a special diet today at the Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide, South Australia, hence the sign requesting that they not be fed. But mostly you must stay clear of wombats because they bite.     This was not at all what I expected. Sort…
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