What’s 105 Years Old and Exactly the Same?

What’s 105 Years Old and Exactly the Same?

The Kazoo! No need to improve upon perfection. It’s made the exact same way it always has been. And what is that process? No screws, welds, or glue–just metal crimping. Today, mentally disabled staff produce kazoos at the Original American Kazoo Company in Eden NY; it’s part of a skills-development program. Playing the Kazoo You […]

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Turns out Water and Electricity Really Do Mix

Turns out Water and Electricity Really Do Mix

Niagara Falls feeds massive power plants for both America and Canada. All that power harnessed into, well, power. Safety First My burning question: if we can’t use the hairdryer in the tub, how can water be used to generate electricity? The answer: the water never touches the electricity. It provides the energy to move the […]

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Up Close and Personal with Niagara Falls

Up Close and Personal with Niagara Falls

Well-intentioned questions can be really quite ridiculous. Do you think you’ll ever settle down? Just as soon as I find someone worthy of me. Know anyone? Soooo…are you trying to have kids? I’m glad you asked about our sex life in a not-so-subtle way. In fact, we are intimate quite often—just this morning actually. What’s […]

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An Imprint of the Creator’s Blessing: The Finger Lakes

An Imprint of the Creator’s Blessing: The Finger Lakes

Upstate New York is rich with getaways. In some ways they’re similar: relaxed, natural, easy. And yet the nature makes them distinctive. The Finger Lakes region is stunning with gorges and waterfalls, wineries and farmland. The Charm of a Name Native American legend explains the region’s name through this story. The Creator had special appreciation for […]

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Rails to Trails and Brand New Windmills

Rails to Trails and Brand New Windmills

In some ways the scenery of America pales to the personalities. The woman at the Niagara Falls power plant who could explain science better than anyone I’ve ever met. The little boy at the ice cream counter spinning around on a stool who boldly declared “I love ice cream!” My Maryland cousin, the avid biker […]

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