Tom Garrett

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There’s thinking and then there’s just thinking you’re thinking

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We are always telling school kids to think. Nice idea, but ...

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The trip back home isn’t always a boring nothing, Part 2

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Both of my “interesting” trips back home happened on aircraft. I deserve no blame for the mess I told you about last week; it was a routine flight back home. But the mess I’m going to mention today was my own dumb fault.

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The trip back home isn’t always a boring nothing

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It’s an odd fact — but a very human one, I suspect — that we usually remember the outbound trip to somewhere, but not the homeward bound trip.

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Plan on being surprised if you ever visit a foreign country

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If you go abroad plan to “enjoy” a few small surprises — and maybe some not-so-small ones. I sure did, so let’s have some fun.

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A day that changed my life – Part 2

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Last week I left off where a friendly, helpful librarian lady had astounded Tommy Garrett, age 8, by granting him a privilege that even adults didn’t have back then — the privilege of going through the latched gate behind the librarian’s desk and wandering through the books until I found what I wanted.

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Remembering a day that changed my life – forever

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A while back we talked about what science is. Any scientist would say that science is nothing just observing the world and trying to understand how it works.

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Give yourself a very special Christmas present

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You are reading this sometime near Christmas Day. I wrote it back in September, but today feels like Christmas. Why?

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Sea Devil or Sea Eagle? – Part 3

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Last week we left Captain Felix von Luckner attempting the seemingly impossible: Slipping his tall masted sailing ship through multiple rings of British ships blockading German seaports.

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Sea Devil or Sea Eagle? Part 2

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Since my youngest days I have believed George Santayana when he said that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

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World War I ‘Sea Devil’ learned the lessons of history

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Since my youngest days I have felt that history teachers too often fail to keep in mind the words of George Santayana, a man famed for saying that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

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