A Firework Fairytale

Fireworks have been part of various cultures for thousands of years, starting in China and crossing into every corner of the world. Our collective fascination with fireworks has been captured in poems, artwork, literature and theater. A short novel called The...

Fun, Fiesta & Fireworks on Cinco de Mayo

Time for fun, family and fireworks! Today is Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May! This annual celebration commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). The holiday is not really all that...

"Plan B" for Rain at Firework Shows

If you see ominous rain clouds rolling in, you can try a reverse rain dance or chanting the storm away with the childhood ditty, “rain, rain, go away.” However, it usually seems that Mother Nature doesn’t take our human schedules into account when it comes to doing...

Not-So-Scary Snakes

Grown-ups and kids alike love black snakes – but not real black snakes! These popular novelties have been on the fireworks scene for a long time.  Not at all scary, these less-intense fireworks are easy to light then just step back and watch with delight as they...

Celebrate Men's Day with Fireworks (and Beer)

Here in the USA, we celebrate Fathers’ Day by treating dad to a morning of sleeping in, an afternoon of golf and tokens of affection including yet-another tie or hand-drawn masterpiece from a child. However, in Germany, honoring dear old pop quite differently. Here,...

Surprise Fireworks for Mother’s Day

Attention, significant others of mothers: Making mom to breakfast in bed is a thoughtful gesture for Mother’s Day. So is sending her off for a day at the spa. While both of these tried-and-true treats are thoughtful, they can be expected as well. This year, give mom a...

What Are these Guys Looking At?

It’s the middle of the night. These two men are out standing in remote field with their necks craned up to the sky. What do you think they’re doing? a)      Waiting for shooting stars so they can make wishes. b)      Waiting for a UFO to land and swoop them up the...

Up, Up, and Away!

Did you see the Pixar animation “Up,” where a whole house floats away thanks to helium balloons? Well, something like this happened in real life; you’ve probably remember seeing on the news the guy who floated 193 miles with 105 colorful helium balloons tied to a lawn...

It’s Clogged Arteries Not Fireworks That’ll Kill You

The odds are pretty good that you’re going to die sometime; actually, you have a 1 in 1 chance unless you’re a zombie or superhuman or something. It’s kind of morbid to sit around thinking about how you’ll exit this world; but on the other hand, looking at the...

Do A Grouch a Favor (with Fireworks)

Today, be ready to turn the other cheek and do something nice for someone, regardless of how cranky, rude or abrasive that person is in return.  In fact, go out of your way to find a super-sized sourpuss or a jumbo jerk. Why? Well, it’s “Do a Grouch a Favor Day,”...