Author Archives: Warren Ediger

Which Dog Will You Feed?

I heard an echo (something you hear again) from the past a few days ago. From my childhood, actually. When I was young, I remember hearing a story – first told, I believe, by a religious leader named Billy Graham … Continue reading

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Look for the Helpers

What should you do when the news is scary (makes you afraid)? Fred Rogers’ mom told him that whenever there is a catastrophe (terrible event), he should “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Many … Continue reading

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Share Your Spare

Have you ever thought about giving one of your kidneys – the part of your body that cleans your blood – to a stranger, to someone you don’t know? Scientific progress has made it easier and safer to transplant organs – … Continue reading

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Thank You Always Fits*

Several years ago, saying “thank you” got Chantel Jennings a job. Jennings, a student at an American university, was studying in Spain when she received an award that included $500 to use any way she wanted. She used it to … Continue reading

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Charging Bull, Fearless Girl

Monday, October 19, 1987, was not a good day. On that day, called Black Monday, the value (amount of money something is worth) of stock markets around the world dropped very quickly. A stock market is a place for people … Continue reading

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See Less, See More

Seventeen (17) seconds. That’s all. That’s about how much time people spend in front of a piece of art as they walk through an art museum. An organization, called Slow Art Day, is trying to change that. Every year in April, … Continue reading

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Things That Stick Out

“Stick out” is an interesting little expression. It describes something that is easy to see, or is noticeable, because it comes out farther than the rest. For example, “He’s so tall that he sticks out in a crowd (large group … Continue reading

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The Hello Project

Few of my students had trouble with the first part of the assignment (work given to students): Identify a kind of person you don’t like or makes you uncomfortable and describe what it is that you don’t like or makes … Continue reading

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The Railroad That Wasn’t

Imagine, if you can, a railroad that had most of the things that railroads have . . . passengers or freight (packages), stations (where trains stop so people can get on and off), conductors (people who check tickets and help … Continue reading

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(Extra) Ordinary People

Sunday began gray in Huntington Beach, a popular southern California beach city. And cool, almost cold. Surfers were out early, trying the larger waves brought by recent storms. Seagulls circled above, as they do, looking for something to eat – … Continue reading

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