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Wilson Footballs.

Wilson Footballs.

It’s nearly Superbowl Sunday, and it’s downright chilly in much of the country. When I grew up in Washington, winter was a time when the soil was damp, with the smell of rotting leaves, and often with the perma-damp texture of mud that freezes at night and thaws during the day. Really, a great surface...
Uncle Goose.

Uncle Goose.

We all had blocks, didn’t we? Well, if we did, we can count ourselves lucky. My Grandmother once told me that when she was a kid in Montana, they played with chicken bones. Really? Were there no sticks? But I digress… Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the...
Wiffle Ball.

Wiffle Ball.

It’s almost summer. And with summer comes sunshine, cookouts, beach parties, and the heart of the baseball season. What’s more American than baseball?  And what’s more American than taking baseball and scaling it down so that it can be played with friends and family in a backyard? Don’t let your lack of athleticism prevent you...

Slinky.

What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkety sound? If you were a child with a television in the second half of the twentieth century, you don’t need me to tell you. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell...

Crayola.

While developing the world’s first dustless chalk, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith realized that there was also a demand for an affordable crayon. In 1903, they introduced their first box of Crayola crayons. For a nickel, you could get a box of eight. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr it Tweet about it...

Green Toys.

As a parent of young children, I often find myself facing a mountain of plastic toys.  Actually, I am lucky if it is a mountain.  Usually, it looks more like a crime scene.  Luckily, with toys, children lose interest before the toy is worn out, and they can be easily passed off to other kids. ...