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Happy Groundhog Day!

Posted: February 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

This is what six more weeks of winter look like. Thanks a lot, groundhog!

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Monthly magic

Posted: February 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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True

Posted: January 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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A new war on Christmas

Posted: December 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

George from Portland, OR writes:

Dear T,

I have a new holiday story to tell. It’s Rude-olph, the Rudest Reindeer. Forget about Rudolph. Rude-olph could chew him up for breakfast and spit him out at lunch. He’ll tell you you’re really smart…on Opposites Day. P.S. It’s only ten dollars. How many can I put you down for?

T replies:

Hey, George! The holidays are not a time for disrespect and bad manners. And charging ten dollars for this story is nine dollars too many. All I can say is that I hope Rude-olph learns to overcome his rudeness and is able to join in the festivities in a considerate and neighborly manner.

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Holiday hunt

Posted: December 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

It’s time to look high and low for special treats to delight loved ones this holiday season. It doesn’t matter whether you buy your gifts or make them yourself. The wrapping is the most important part!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Animals in balloon form have long helped humans celebrate all good things on this day, proudly taking part in Macy’s famous parade. Take a look at these swelled-up celebrants of yore.

The elevated elephant.

The blimpy bobcat.

The inflated insect.

The dirigible dachshund.

The helium hippo.

And the star of the show, year after year. The towering turkey!

Likewise, let our spirits soar today, and let us be grateful for the good things we have, for family and friends, for warm hospitality, and for good company. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hedgie hero

Posted: November 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Azuki, a hedgehog from Japan, has 270,000 followers on Instagram. And more are signing on every day. Why? Because Azuki is irresistibly cute. And Azuki has a more interesting life than many people. Including me, possibly. I haven’t been camping in ages!

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Happy International Sloth Day!

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Friday, October 20 is International Sloth Day, created by Foundation AIUNAU to bring awareness to the rehabilitation and conservation of these slow-moving creatures.

Interesting fact: Until 10,000 years ago, South America had a big population of giant sloths the size of elephants. The ones we know today are so much cuter!

Go here to learn more fun facts about these memorable mammals. Try to work them into your conversations with friends and family today!

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Trunk bump

Posted: October 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

The Oregon Zoo used to exercise Chendra, its baby Asian elephant, by walking her around the neighborhood in the morning. Here’s Chendra at the zoo’s Stellar Cove in 2007, saying hi to a sea lion named Gus.

In the wild, Asian and Indian elephants are endangered by poaching, hunting, and destruction of habitat. Sea lions face hunting, pollution, and entanglement in fishing equipment. The Oregon Zoo recommends helping at-risk species by taking Small Actions. For instance, you can plant wildlife-friendly flowers in your yard to aid bumblebees. Check out more of the zoo’s helpful tips here!

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Dinos ahoy!

Posted: September 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Why would a T. Rex swim when it can travel in style? These dinosaur replicas are being barged to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. They seem to be enjoying the ride!

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