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Little House of Practice

Laura Ingalls Wilder sat at her kitchen table, in January 1930. She was scratching out on paper a record of her life in a collection of notebooks. This was a project she had wanted to do for some years, but

Laziest Boy

(Thud) It was the sound of a baseball being thrown at the side of a barn. The nearby cows ignoring the noise they had grown accustomed to hearing. Heber Grant walked over to the ball and picked it up, went

Nine Minutes to Gold

Rulon Gardner walked into the Olympic gym in Sydney, Australia, during the final match in the Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics. (Greco-Roman style requires that the wrestlers only use their arms and upper body to attack; grabbing

Wrestling for a spot

Ammon Curtis stepped onto the wrestling mat at a practice for the Champions Wrestling Club in Mapleton, Utah. He had been looking forward to this day for more than a week. Today he was going to wrestle for a spot


George Friedrich Handel put on his white wig and his coat. He quickly left his temporary apartment in Dublin to go to the Great Music Hall in Fishamble Street. It was April 13, 1742 and Handel was anxious for the

Exercising Imagination

It was a warm Saturday in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1939. Young Richard Wayne Van Dyke, usually called Dick, was watching the local Wabash College compete in a track meet with Purdue University. Dick was only a freshman and new to