A Great Announcement!

November 14th, 2014

My book, A Thinker’s Daily Challenge, is an Award-Winning Finalist in the “Best Cover Design: Non-Fiction” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards! http://www.usabooknews.com

Here’s a New “Thinking Cap” Question for You!

October 29th, 2014

TRUE or FALSE
On any warm day add 37 to the number of chirps a cricket makes in 15 seconds to arrive at the current air temperature.
TRUE…This formula works surprisingly well for the chirping cricket is a living thermometer!

News Worth Sharing!

October 14th, 2014

A Thinker’s Daily Challenge (VOLUME 1…the print book series) is a May 2014 Mom’s Choice Awards (R) Recipient, and in July 2014 won an “Honorable Mention” in the Cover Design category of the LuckyCinda Book Contest.

~The Curious Mind~

November 3rd, 2009

Do you have one? Yes indeed, because this trait is shared by all people! It can manifest itself differently in one person as compared with another. It may simply be a passing interest, or it can reach the level of a true obsession.

Here’s a little “test”…Have you ever found yourself glancing at the rack of magazines and tabloids which are prominately displayed near the checkout counter at your local grocery or supermarket? Of course, you have! And after reading one of the intriguing headlines you found yourself reaching for a copy, and handing it to the cashier as she tallies up your purchases. You might question yourself later at home, “Why did I buy this?” The answer is clear…You were curious!

People are curious about an endless array of subjects. Some trivial as to which celebrities are dating or marrying, some practical as to which laundry detergent works best, to the lofty and intellectual who ponder the age old question: Is there intelligent life out there in the universe?

Ever wonder what keeps a person trekking on a long and arduous hiking trail? Sure, the scenery can be breathtaking, the air clean and crisp, and it’s undeniably great exercise, but best not forget the curiosity factor! Each hiker is curious as to, what is over the next bend? What will the next vista be like? Will the forest thin out to eventually become a meadow? Will a deer, bear, or porcupine be spotted? Will colorful mushrooms be seen? Will there be plump sweet berries along the way for snacking? How about a pristine lake for swimming? These questions can only be satisfied on an individual basis.

The “most curious” minds in history are responsible for the greatest achievements! Names like Columbus, Magellan, Henry Hudson, Galileo, Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Edison, Curie, and the list goes on and on. A curious mind is an active mind and an active mind is a healthy mind.

A Thinker’s Daily ChallengeTM picks up on “The Curious Mind,” as it presents geography, history, and science questions (plus puzzles) which are sure to capture your interest. It’s both educational and entertaining at the same time. Test your “knowledge bank” on a daily basis, and perhaps win a cool prize for being the first to correctly answer a challenge question! Check-out the site after reading this post, and give it a thorough perusal. Hey, aren’t you just a bit curious as to what this service is all about?

Message to “Parents”

October 26th, 2009

The best time to spark your child’s interest in geography, history, or the sciences is when that child is young! Yes, a child’s mind is something like a sponge, it absorbs knowledge with relative ease, and it craves more all the time. I am sure you will quickly agree it is best to learn how to ride a bicycle, roller or ice skate, play the piano or violin, pick up a new language, or learn the meaning of responsibility when a person is still a child. As a parent, it is your duty to see that your child gets the best start in life. Ignite that interest in geography, history, or the sciences with the help of A Thinker’s Daily ChallengeTM! This convenient educational service (presented in an entertaining way) will nicely augment your curriculum if you home school your child. If your child attends public or private school, the service can become that “extra something” to put your child above his/her peers. With knowledge comes confidence, and as a team they will further assure your child’s success in life!

This is how it works…Daily challenges are sent (one each day) directly to your subscribed e-mail address, and the following day a new challenge is sent along with a detailed “answer” to yesterday’s question. Features are offered in rotation, to keep the experience fresh and exciting. The service has faces to identify as seen in the “Place the Face” feature, outline maps to identify as seen in the “Map Lines” feature, puzzles to think through as seen in the “Be a Word Detective!” feature, and for those who love animals of all kinds we have our “Spotlight on Animals” feature. There are many other features worth checking out, so be sure to visit the web site at your earliest convenience!

It is also worth mentioning that all subscribers receive a “welcome package.” This package includes a brief letter of introduction to the service, a trio of sample questions to whet your child’s thirst for knowledge, along with the ever popular jumbo “I’m a Thinker!” button. Your child may even win a weekly challenge prize! We currently offer our Kritter-FactTM “educational” wildlife T-shirts, which have been marketed through select zoos and nature centers around the nation as our premiere contest prize. Each T-shirt has a full-color front image framed by either silhouette landmarks found on the continent the animal is native to, or the animal’s paw prints (also in silhouette). The back of each T-shirt boasts 12 knowledge-building facts covering the animal in question.

Set aside a few minutes of “family time” each day to ponder and discuss the daily challenge at hand, and see your child’s face light up with delight each time he/she arrives at the correct answer.

Good habits formed when young become lifelong practices. Perhaps A Thinker’s Daily ChallengeTM could in some small way set your child on the path to becoming a respected history professor, architect, scientist, or veterinarian! Parents, it is up to you.

Message to “Baby Boomers”

October 7th, 2009

Baby boomers are in the prime of life. They can easily draw from a wealth of knowledge and
lifetime experiences, and yet maintain an attitude of “what will I try next?!” Although formal
schooling is generally behind them, they are eager to learn new things, and they do so with
unbridled enthusiasm. What baby boomer would pass at the opportunity to test his/her
“knowledge bank,” just to satisfy an inborn curiosity all humans have: How do I measure up?
Am I average? Above average? Yikes…hopefully, not below average! I would venture a
guess (and I bet you would agree)…not many. Puzzles and brain teasers with morning coffee.
Trivia and interesting facts during an afternoon break. Then a short stroll over to the water
cooler to strike up a conversation with a co-worker to test his/her “knowledge bank.” An amazed
look, a chuckle, a remark, “well sure, I knew that!” Any one of these reactions is indeed possible.

Baby boomers have always been curious as to “what is over the next hill.” They frequently
would jump at the chance to try a new sport be it Nordic skiing or scuba diving, try their hand
at calligraphy, or return to some yesteryear favorites such as biking or gardening.
A Thinker’s Daily Challenge TM can reawaken the inner youth in any “baby boomer!” Stave off
those “golden years” for as long as possible. Be active in mind and body! You can keep score
if you want to, or better yet just sit back and take in a few entertaining minutes away from the
daily grind. All you need to do is subscribe! Receive puzzles, trivia, interesting facts, brain
teasers and trivia questions sent directly to your in-box every day. Subjects covered are an
integral part of your world. Geography, history, and the sciences…they’re filled with fun
facts you may not be familiar with. Aren’t you just a bit curious as to what they are?

“Thinking Cap” Question…

October 1st, 2009

Spotlight on Animals:

Which of these animals has the “longest” life span?

A. tiger    B. black bear    C. zebra    D. kangaroo

Send me your answer via the “contact form” on the web site, and be sure to provide your e-mail address so I can give you the correct answer…Thanks!

Message to “Seniors”

September 27th, 2009

Senior citizens know better than most that as we age the importance of a nutritious diet, and exercise increases. A healthy body, however, is not enough! An active mind must accompany the body to make for a truly happy and functional human being. And that is where A Thinker’s Daily Challenge TM enters the picture, and might very well play an important role. You see, by challenging oneself with puzzles, trivia, and brain teasers, “on a daily basis,” the brain remains sharp. Couple that with subjects of undeniable appeal such as geography, history, and the sciences, and a vehicle which is easy to utilize (you simply subscribe and the “daily challenges” arrive in your in-box)!

Trigger a memory, spark an idea, or figure something out. Encounter interesting facts, fun facts, and trivia questions which tug at the gray matter. Learn something new, share that something new with other senior citizens, and look forward to each and every day. Surprise yourself at just how smart you are! Read, identify faces of world notables, famous buildings and structures, plus make sense out of our rebus puzzles. Our brain teasers remain fresh because they are offered in rotation…you will not be bored with the same subject matter day after day. In contrast, you will look forward to the next time one of your favorite features returns!

Decipher puzzles, comb through interesting facts, fun facts, and trivia questions on a regular basis strictly at your convenience. Ponder a wide array of brain teasers and trivia, and as icing on the cake perhaps even win a weekly challenge prize! Tap into your “knowledge bank” every day and it will deliver high dividends!