Wars are the way Americans learn geography.     —Ambrose Bierce, or maybe it was Mark Twain. In any case, it’s an uneasy truth.

April Is National Poetry & Financial Literacy Month

April is National Poetry Month and National Financial Literacy Month, too. If you knew about the one, you probably didn’t know about the other, so we’re spreading the word about these national observances. National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. It’s relatively well established, …

Ada Lovelace And The First Computer Program

Maybe you know about Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, a very bright young mathematician who worked with the older scientist, Charles Babbage, when he was developing the first programmable computing machine –- a precursor of the contemporary computer. If you know a bit more, you know that the machine, which …

Who Watches TV News?

The people who sponsor TV programs do so because they know who is watching those programs. And they figure they have the products that those people want to buy. People from all walks of life might watch the Super Bowl or a weekly comedy show. But only a certain kind …