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Transportation to Imagination

Books are a form of transportation for the mind. When you read or when a parent reads to you, let your mind imagine the pictures that the text describes. Even when you see pictures in the book, your incredible brain will expand on what you see. You can make the stories part of your thoughts, ideas, and possibilities. Try to read every day and enjoy the thrill of transporting yourself to new worlds, experiencing new adventures, and imagining new answers to ordinary questions.

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History presents a timeline loaded with creative people from early cavemen to modern technology geniuses. Our current lifestyles and modern conveniences would be very different today without imagination and creativity. Let me give you an example. About 1.6 million years ago, during the Early Stone Age period, man did not use fire. They couldn’t boil water, cook food, keep warm, or make tools. That means they had no tea or coffee, macaroni, and cheese, fireplaces, plates, cups, or building blocks. Fire is required for so many things today that listing what we don't use it for is easier than listing how we use it. We don’t have the exact story of the discovery of fire, but we can imagine the scenario. A caveman or woman saw a lightening storm strike in the forest and fire erupt among the trees. That cave person ran to see what happened and found trees burning and sticks burning on the ground. The cave person picked up a stick from the non-burning end and examined the fire. It had an interesting smell, couldn’t be touched, but was warm. Cave person took that stick back to other cave people, and they all examined it. Now they needed to decide what they could do with it. Someone thought about digging a hole in their camp area and putting the stick in the hole along with other sticks that made the fire grew. That could be the actual story of mankind's first camp fire. The cave people could roast marshmallows (if they existed), get warm, tell campfire stories, and have fun.

Imagination is as important today as it was 1.6 million years ago. Many ordinary people utilized their imaginations to think about and invent alternatives and better ways of handling everyday tasks.

Between 1900 and 1950, here is a partial list of inventions introduced to the world:

Radio, Tractor, Tea Bags, Escalator, Air Conditioner, Vacuum Cleaner, Crayons, Airplane, Light Bulb, Plastic, Helicopter, Talking movies, Zippers, Stainless Steel, Pop-up Toaster, Television, Spiral notebooks, Penicillin, Electric Shaver, Bubblegum, Car radio, Monopoly, Photocopier, Jet Engine, Computer, Synthetic Rubber, Mobile Phones, Microwave Oven, Frisbee, Velcro, Credit Cards

Between 1951 and 2000, more inventions came on the scene:

Super glue, Mr. Potato Head, bar code, soft drink, black box – Flight recorder, solar cell, Teflon, McDonalds, hovercraft, modem, laser, hula hoop, pacemaker, Barbie, microchip, first computer video game, audio cassette, video disk, astroturf, contact lenses, calculator, computer mouse, artificial heart, ATM, bar code scanner, post-it notes, laser printer, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cell phones, roller blades, Walkman (portable music player), 1st Apple computer, Cabbage Patch Kids, Windows, disposable camera, Doppler radar, the Internet, answering machine, WEB TV

Every kid has the potential to make a significant discovery or invent a unique tool. Foster the imagination of the children in your life by finding fun activities for them that spark ideas. Work alongside and ask questions that will help you know what they think as they create. Read unique kid's books to them that explain activities they can try and discuss what they like, don't like, and what they might change in the story. Spend time drawing and coloring, making crafts, reading children's books, and exploring music together.

Encourage and praise ideas, even if silly. I always wanted to make a "shower bed", so I didn't have to get up so early in the morning and could take a shower without getting out of bed. Maybe it won't work because who wants water around their bed? But... it's fun to think about saving time and sleeping longer.

AND last, but not least, have fun!

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About Louie's Breed

The Lhasa Apso is a most intriguing dog breed in terms of temperament. They are playful, happy, and clown-like, while remaining dignified, regal, and at times, reserved. The face of a Lhasa is very expressive and human-like. Some owners feel as if the dogs talk with their eyes. Lhasa Apsos have unique personalities and it is rare to see two Lhasas act exactly the same. Ask a Lhasa a question and they will think through their response. They tend to be independent, have a great ability to reason, and they are very smart! It is easy for them to learn and understand a large vocabulary of up to 100 words.

These adorable and ideal pets stand 10-12 inches tall, weigh between 12-18 pounds, and have a lifespan of 12-15 years. Don’t be fooled by their size. Despite their small statue, these little dogs are excellent guard dogs. Originally breed as palace guards dogs in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso warned their masters when intruders were able to get past the outside sentinels, the Tibetan Mastiffs. Their keen sense of hearing and ability to detect danger kept the palaces well protected. The breed is very sensitive to human feelings and emotions and will attempt to reassure or comfort their family when they feel it is needed. For that reason, they are very good as therapy dogs.

The Lhasa Apso first arrived in the United States of America in 1933, presented as a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama to the explorer Charles Suydam Cutting (1889-1972). Mr. Cutting was the first Westerner to enter the Forbidden City in Lhasa, Tibet.

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My Super-Special, Kinda-Human Dog Named Louie

You’ll never find a dog like Louie! Louie’s a dog who thinks he’s a little boy! In My Super-Special, Kinda-Human Dog Named Louie by Jeanne Andersen, you’ll meet a dog who can do some pretty amazing things. Have you ever met a dog that can sing, play the piano, travel and go on fascinating adventures? There are no boring moments when you’re hanging out with Louie! Run along with little Louie as he wins a black belt, jets off to Honolulu and travels to the Australian Outback. You’ll be traveling with fun and style with this cutie by your side.

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Thoughts on Imagination

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."
-Carl Sagan
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
-Albert Einstein
"Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life."
-Simone Weil
"Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real."
-Jules Verne

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