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Creating Imaginative Fiction

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Creating Imaginative Fiction

Introducing: Donkey Oatie’s Bushel of Fun Cookbook

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Hee haw! Allow me to introduce my new cookbook, which is destined to become a bestseller: Donkey Oatie’s Bushel of Fun Cookbook A Companion to the Dragon Hollow Trilogy I’m Donkey Oatie and if you read the Dragon Hollow trilogy, you’ll know I love to eat. And during our adventures, I was exposed to a wide variety of new delicacies. All of my favorite donkey foods—oats, carrots, and apples—are fancied up in recipes that make them unbelievably delicious. I always had plain oats, plain carrots, and plain apples. Who knew, for instance, that adding sugar to oats and baking them would be so yummy? When I learned I could publish my very own cookbook, it shocked the pants off of me. Oh, wait. I don’t wear any pants. Well, you know what I mean. Oh, I have to run. I have oatmeal cookies in the oven. Check out my cookbook. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. Hee haw! Donkey...

Star Spangled Banner

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O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

— Francis Scott Key

How Does a Cellphone Work?

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It’s baffling, really. How can I talk into this device and my voice travels through the air to a satellite in space and then bounce back to your device so you can hear my voice.? That just blows my mind. One time my sister sent me a text message that I received six months later. It must have been stuck in a satellite until a routine maintenance cycle cleared the buffers. Anyway, I’m not looking for technical answers like that. I’m looking for creative, whimsical, and even silly explanations for how cellphones work. Does an invisible carrier pigeon deliver the message? Do the words saturate the atmosphere until the right person receives them? And what about all those words traveling through the air? Doesn’t that hurt to walk into all those words? Oh, excuse me, I’ve got some words caught in my hair. Put on your thinking caps. Use your imagination to come up...

Let’s Meet the Characters of Star Wars Rebels

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Let’s Meet the Characters of Star Wars Rebels

What Would You Pull out of a Magic Hat?

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Have you ever seen a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or maybe a pigeon? Where did that come from, anyway? How did he do that? Well, forget the how part. Let’s just assume it’s a magic hat and anything is possible.   If you could pull anything out of a magic hat, what would it be? Share your ideas in the comments section. Image © iStockphoto.com / Ann Mei

How Does the Internet Work?

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I know some of you are tech geeks and you would be more than happy to expound on the details of how servers are all interconnected to pass information along. That’s boring. I’m looking for whimsical, creative explanations. Does information travel through a wormhole in space? When you search for answers do they pop out of a cosmic toaster? When data gets lost, does it get eaten by a giant space monster? Use your imagination. Dream up the craziest explanations you can think of. Then, by all means, please share them with the rest of us. It very well could prove to be enlightening.   How does the Internet work? Share your creative explanations. Photo by sqback...

Jabba’s Palace Band Auditions

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Jabba’s Palace Band Auditions