August 28, 2014

Arrest the Guilty Suspect with Lie Detector

What kind of detective are you? Will you be bumbling but bright, like Lieutenant Columbo, or methodical and deductive like Sherlock Holmes? You start out as a rookie on the police force with high hopes of moving up the ranks quickly; from Detective to Lieutenant, next Captain and then finally Chief Detective! Here’s the facts ma’am, just the facts. A crime has been committed and you are faced with[...]
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August 25, 2014

Italian Food and Fun with Briscola

My family isn’t Italian – not even a little bit. Growing up, an Italian dinner at our house was a huge helping of spaghetti and meat sauce with a side of extra buttery garlic bread. Parmesan cheese shaken from a cardboard can topped it all off. The recipes weren’t handed down by a real Italian Nonna (grandma); the sauce started as a dry packet mix and the garlic bread was frozen. No need to make garlic[...]
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August 21, 2014

Not a Run of the Mill Game!

This over 3,000 year old game is known all over the world. In Germany its Mühle, France it’s Merelles, travel to Italy and it’s known as Smerelli. In India you’ll be playing Sujjua. What game are we talking about? It’s Nine Men’s Morris! This game has roots that can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt. On the west bank of the Nile near the present day city of Luxor, an early Three[...]
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August 18, 2014

Chinese Checkers – No Chinese, No Checkers!

Growing up we had a metal, 2 sided checkers/Chinese checker game board. With the slide of a lever on the side of the board, the game pieces could be stowed inside. Slide the lever again, and pieces couldn’t “escape” from their hidden storage space. By the graphics and colors of the board, one could imagine ancient Chinese people competing in what appeared to be an age-old game handed down by generations[...]
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August 14, 2014

All Aboard the Mexican Train!

Gosh, I’ve loved dominoes ever since I got my first set of Double 6 wooden DRAGON DOMINOES at the S. S. Kresge Five and Dime store as a kid. (FYI – Later Kresges would become the big-box giant K Mart.) I’d spend hours playing the basic game of dominoes, using them as building blocks, and placing them in a pattern and knocking over the first domino to set all the others in motion. Pretty simple fun,[...]
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August 11, 2014

Can You Get the Message?

It’s the guys against the gals in this “PASSWORD” type word game. Two teams of 3 players (guys on one team and gals on the other) go head to head and try and get their Team Guesser to GET THE MESSAGE. Unlike PASSWORD, where players are guessing one word, GET THE MESSAGE has players figuring out a multiple word answer. To start, a message, which could be the name of people, places, things or even common[...]
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August 7, 2014

Introducing . . . 1954!

Looking back to the past gives us a snapshot of what it was like to be part of another era. Interestingly enough, many things introduced during the year 1954 we still recognize today. Take a look at these “firsts” for 1954. • Did you know that in 1954, Anderson, Clayton and Company first introduced Chiffon margarine? It was one of the first soft, tub style margarines on the market. • Ever enjoyed[...]
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August 4, 2014

“I Love Lucy” and her Games

Lucille Ball wore many hats; in her lifetime she was an actor, comedian, producer, executive, singer, dancer, model, secretary and a waitress. She is most well-known for her role as Lucy in her comedy television shows, I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy. Lucy and her first husband Cuban band leader Desi Arnaz started the production company Desilu[...]
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