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#DidYouKnow – Viticulture & Winemaking

Viticulture is basically wine growing while vinification is making wine. The difference is essentially the cultivation of the grapes and then the process of actually making the wine from the fruit. Oenology (or enology) is the science and study of wine and wine making. A viticulturist is a cultivator of grape vines, applying what enologists know to the production of

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The Chinese Invented Paper

Did you know that paper (as we know it) was first invented in 105 A.D. by a Chinese person? There were precursors, such as papyrus and amate, which existed in the Mediterranean world and pre-Columbian Americas, respectively, but they weren’t considered to be truly paper. It’s invention is, instead, credited to an Imperial court eunuch, named Cai Lun (also known as Ts’ai Lun). Cai Lun was not

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Literacy Through Music & Poetry

Did you know that music and poetry have walked hand-in-hand throughout time? Perhaps if you consider the minstrel it will be more evident. Did you know that rhythm in language helps develop readers? That’s right – it is an important part of literacy. In antiquity, poetry (which was the popular form of storytelling and communal entertainment) was put to music or sung. Today. FOLK poetry and FOLK

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Did You KNow – The G.I. Generation

Did you know that the G.I. Generation is another name for the Greatest Generation? These are identified as people born between 1901 until 1927. They grew up during The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and some even endured the Spanish Flu pandemic. As if their childhood wasn’t tough enough, they went on to battle through World War II. Conversely, this

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Did You Know – Phoebe Omlie

 The First Female To Receive An Aircraft Mechanic’s License #DidYouKnow is a Blog Series on www.jmnorthup.com and www.nornstriad.com   Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is celebrated on May 24th each year.  This is because it’s Charles E. Taylor‘s birthday, and he invented the first aircraft engine, effectively making him the first aircraft mechanic.  This, of course, brings us to Phoebe Jane Fairgrave Omlie, who happens to be the first

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DID YOU KNOW – Little Golden Books

GIVING THE GIFT OF READING #DidYouKnow is a Blog Series on www.jmnorthup.com and www.nornstriad.com   Little Golden Books were first available in 1942.  They were the first books published both at an affordable rate and a high-quality, making reading available in households of all economic levels.  It opened the doors to literature for children everywhere – a huge step toward world literacy. Little

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DID YOU KNOW Bob Brown?

 Godfather of the E-Reader #DidYouKnow is a Blog Series on www.jmnorthup.com and www.nornstriad.com Robert “Bob” Carlton Brown, II (June 14, 1886 – August 7, 1959) An American writer and publisher Bob Brown wrote a manifesto called ‘The Readies‘ in the 1930s that described the modern-day eReader.  His original machine used microfilm ribbon that could be adjusted as it scrolled over magnifying glass.  However, it took

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