• Kaye Curren

In July last year, I fell in love with jigsaw puzzles. When I tried to tell family and friends about my new passion, I got this: "Oh, yeah, my kids just put together a 2000 piece number. They need a new challenge." I had just finished a 300 large piece, thinking I had done something grand. Then my kids laughed at me. "Jigsaw puzzles are for old people, Mom. But then you are kinda old, aren't you?"

Well! Excuse me! Did those remarks stop me? No way. I am hooked.

Now I am delighted to share a news flash on Facebook from A.J. Jacobs. You may be familiar with A.J's takes on becoming the smartest person, living biblically, life as experiment, and getting drop dead healthy. He even wrote of a journey to thank every person in the world who helped produce his morning cup of coffee. But now TA-TA! A.J. IS WRITING A BOOK ABOUT PUZZLES MAKING JIGSAW PUZZLING AND OTHER PUZZLING HIGHLY VISIBLE AND LEGITIMATE!


So a few months ago, the Jacobs family had the honor of representing the USA in the International Jigsaw Puzzle Championship, which was held in Spain. We finished second….to last! (That’s Julie’s joke. But it’s true. We were 39th out of forty nations. At least we beat Portugal). It was research for my upcoming book on how puzzles can make humans into better thinkers (crosswords, riddles and of course jigsaws). The Associated Press just published an article on jigsaws as the hot new trend, and we are featured. They ran these photos. My kids are super-understanding for begrudgingly agreeing to wear the T-shirts I had made up for Team USA Jigsaw. They are heroes. By the way, the Russian team took first place. No evidence of doping. They were just really good. The four Siberian women finished four large jigsaw puzzles in 3.5 hours. We finished one large jigsaw puzzle in 8 hours. We sat next to the head of the Ugandan team who is, this is true, colorblind. Now that is an inspiring story! Like a jigsaw equivalent of “Rudy!” (Courtesy of Facebook, A.J. Jacobs)

The A.J. Jacobs Family

How Puzzles Help You Brain, July 2019 Write That Thang Blog

  • Kaye Curren

Updated: Feb 13

Any day is a good day to say I love you but Valentine’s Day is a special time to make someone feel loved.

Friday is Valentines Day. I know many have become jaded about this day designed to show love to a best girl or guy or others. Many argue it’s too commercial. Well, every holiday in this country is too commercial – birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hanukkah as well as other celebrations. They’re often all about candy, gifts, and flowers – not necessarily love.

But here’s the thing. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can make it a day to make someone feel special, as long as we don’t forget the other 364 days.

Here are five ways we can honor our best loves with heartfelt messages of affection:

1. Hug your husband, wife or significant other and just say, “You mean so much to me.”

2. Tell Mom you love her and are dreaming of her home-made soup on this cold February day.

(Or her pot roast or her tacos – if she’s in Florida, call out her key lime pie)

3. Remind Dad of the time he carried you all the way to the local clinic when you broke your leg. And then bought you a bright red lollipop to take the pain away. Say thanks, Dad.

4. Get down on the floor and play with your child, your dog, your cat, or your pet potbelly pig for one hour – making up for those days when you had to be away and they had to go it alone.

5. Call on a friend who needs encouragement. Say something happy, warm or funny. Don’t leave until you see a smile on his/her face. (Facetime works.)

Be encouraged to make a love difference out there this week where so much unlove fills the air.

  • Kaye Curren

Updated: Feb 4

It’s not just Super Bowl and Groundhog Day today. It’s Palindrome Day! But not just any palindrome. Today' date hasn't happened in over 900 years. The last was 11/11/1111. Today’s date is unique because it can be read backwards and forwards 02/02/2020.

“We are so lucky to have such a special palindrome date occurring in our lifetime because it’s so rare,” University of Portland professor Aziz Inan told USA TODAY. But even more rare, according to Inan, is that Sunday's date is an international palindrome. “It works whether you write the date as "Month/Day/Year" or "Day/Month/Year," as many countries do.”

A palindrome is any word, phrase or sequence of numbers that reads the same whether you read it forward or backward, such as “mom,” “race car” or “tacocat.” Famous palindromes include “rats live on no evil star,” “never odd or even” and “a man, a plan, a canal, Panama.” The phrase “A toyota’s a toyota” can continue as a palindrome forever, as in “A toyota’s a toyota’s a toyota…” (Courtesy of USA Today February 02/02/2020)


It seems two can mean togetherness or opposition, balance or conflict. How did it come to be both? As Malcolm Gladwell would do, I leave you, dear reader, with a mystery to solve.

But I got to thinking. What does the number 2 mean to different people in different places and times.

· The General Spiritual Meaning of 2: The spiritual meaning of number Two also deals with exchanges made with others, partnerships (both in harmony and rivalry), and communication. Two urges us out of our indecision, calls us to unite with like-minds, and like-ideals.

Biblical Meanings of 2:

The number 2 conveys the meaning of a union, division or the verification of facts by witnesses. A man and woman, though two in number, are made one in marriage (Genesis 2:23 - 24). There is also the union between Christ and the church (see 1Corinthians 12).

The first man, Adam, sinned and brought death and destruction into the world. Jesus, however, as the second (or last) Adam brings the hope of the resurrection and eternal life (1Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-49)

The Numerology meaning of 2:

Those who have numerology number 2, like to seek peace and harmony and are symbolized by co-operation, relationship and being thoughtful and considerate of others.

Other Thoughts about Two:

“Good things come in pairs.”

“Two symbolizes partnership.”

“Two is also the number of division.”

“Two is the number of balance.”

“Two is the number of conflict and opposition.”

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