April 2018

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Photographer Panos Skordas won the Greek national award in Sony's world photo competition with this shot of his son dressed as a minotaur, in the Palace of Minos at Knossos, Crete.

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Bangladesh national winner in Sony's 2018 worldwide photo competition.

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Drone's eye view of a yacht, said to be abandoned, in a Hong Kong neighborhood of government apartment towers.

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In Bakhtapur, ancient royal city of Nepal.

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Above the skaters in this Dutch engraving believed to date from a few years before 1650 is a banner proclaiming "How well we suit each other."

This is a political cartoon, with the proclamation evidently meaning that owls do best with other owls or, as Anita sang to Maria in West Side Story, "Stick to your own kind–one of your own kind."

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Robin goes next door and hangs out with the neighbors.

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Drone's eye view of a state fair at night.

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There are many stories of children reading, or listening to, the adventures of Laura and her family in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books and deciding to try that way of life themselves.

Their attempts could prove exciting and educational. We know of one eight-year-old who set her grandmother's house on fire when she was inspired by her reading to try to go to bed by candlelight.

The little boy pictured here, Teddy, and his big sister Kitty, were just a few chapters into the very first book, Little House in the Big Woods, when 

Kitty sighed deeply while we were reading. I asked her what was making her sad, and she replied that she wished we were a family who washed our clothes by hand like Laura and Ma did in the book. 'Well,' I said, 'Let's make some clothes for you and Teddy to wash.'

Today, we had a wonderful day making, and washing, prairie clothes. . . . Teddy washed and hung out his clothes three times.

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Policemen keep an eye on a shark that's hanging around their boat in the waters of the Great Australian Bight, a bay off Australia's southern coast that is home to a large shark population.

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Apparently, this picture has been all over the web for a few years now. My lackadaisical research was unable to turn up anything at all about who made it or when or why.

You know how when people are showing you around a city they know well, they keep pointing at places and saying, "This used to be a bowling alley"? In Philadelphia, it's always, "This used to be a Wawa."