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Happy Lighthouse Day, Summer Vacations & More!

Lighthouses always make me think of going to the beach with my family on summer vacation, so I join with many others in celebrating the hardworking, ever popular, and often mysterious history of lighthouses on this National Lighthouse Day. If

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How Did You Celebrate National Ice Cream Day?

With much of the country in the throes of a national heat wave, I expect that celebrations of National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday in July—which as it happens is National Ice Cream Month) were at an all-time high

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Do the Right Thing

There’s not just one way to do the right thing—it’s different for each of us. But we all know when someone does the right thing—and when they don’t. I’ll give you a couple of examples. The Right Thing: Holding the

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Beating the Odds

Experts say that the third grade is a kind of tipping point for reading. The research is clear: if children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success in school and beyond. (“10

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Look Up!

This week I was reminded that I need to look up more–a lot more. If I’d been looking up on Wednesday, I would have seen fireworks. I love fireworks. This is probably the first 4th of July ever that I

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A Good Start and a Long Way to Go

It’s not the worst apology I’ve heard. He took responsibility. He seems committed to making amends and trying to make it doesn’t happen again. And he actually said the words  (“I’m really sorry this happened…”), which is more than we’ve

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The Golden Rule for Artificial Intelligence

If Microsoft’s “Tay-bot” artificial intelligence (AI) experiment can turn an innocent chatbot into a racist in less than 24 hours on Twitter, how long can we expect a soft, illogical humanoid to last? In his article, “Artificial intelligence doesn’t have

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Thanks! Again.

“This is the first time I ever met a real author!” The excitement of the third-graders at Virginia Williamson Elementary School in Bolivia, North Carolina was evident as M.C. Tillson handed out 91 copies of her middle-grade chapter book, The

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With M.C. Tillson’s May visit to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she finished the distribution of the more than 960 books generously donated by people who care about reading. “You should see the looks on their faces when the students realize that

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To the Point and Short

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, our average attention span in 2015 was 8.25 seconds—less than that of a goldfish. My advice? Keep it short. Say what you mean and then stop. Make it easy for people to understand your

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California Lighthouse Adventures