1902 Wright Brothers’ Glider Tests. Courtesy of NASA.

This year marks 117 years since the Wright Brothers’ famous flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. The brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were able to get their flying machine off the ground and into the air for 59 seconds, starting a revolution in travel.

But when talking about the Wright brothers’ contribution to the world, there is a third sibling that is often forgotten. Katharine Wright was the youngest member of the Wright family and much of her life was devoted to helping her brothers succeed. …


A drink can help you achieve the unfocused and non-critical writing that may be the key to creative success.

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“Write drunk, edit sober” has been one of my mottos since the early days as a university student. Long, excruciating history essays were much easier with a bottle of wine and the supposed words of Ernest Hemingway encouraging me to have another glass.

Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, and many of the greats were known for finding the bottom of the bottle a little too often. But let’s not pretend that alcohol is the primary source of great literary works such as Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, or The Raven.


Homeschooling was a large part of my childhood, and I’m thankful for all the sacrifices my mother made to do it right.

Mom and me, circa sometime in the late ‘90s

Growing up, my friends thought the fact that I sometimes received my lessons in my pajamas was the coolest thing ever.

“You don’t even have to wake up early?!” They thought that not being on a strict schedule was the best thing about being homeschooled. They were jealous, wishing they didn’t have to wake up to catch the 7 a.m bus.

I thought it was pretty great too, although, I usually got dressed in the morning and woke up at a decent time to get my work done. …


What you think you know about wine can tell you a lot about yourself

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For a few years I worked in a small Virginia winery, where I sold wine, but more importantly, educated people about the wine they were tasting. I taught first-timers and long-timers about tannins, varietals, notes — basically the whole nine yards. Wine culture generally has a reputation for being a complicated and elitist hobby, but the folks at this small winery taught me to break down the topic in a way that everyone who visited could appreciate.

When our guests took a sip of wine, I would explain what they were tasting. “Do you get that nice, edgy taste from…

Mary Lee C.

On her second cup of coffee.

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