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March 22, 2011



It was so funny to read your email today - I LOVE math exactly for the same reasons you don't. I find it comforting to know that 1 + 1 will ALWAYS be 2. History changes when new facts are exposed, science changes with each new discovery, our language changes with every new invention that brings its own new terminology (think computers) - even geography changes - there are countries in Europe that didn't exist 20 years ago and other that are now gone. I'll take math any day and know that 1 + 1 is still 2....and I'll take you any day because you will still be you. Thanks Suzanne - you always start my day off with a smile.


Your husband is correct. Not only does it take your mind off your troubles it keeps another part of your brain active. Much like completing a cross word puzzle or reading a good book, these tasks keep our brain in shape. I recommend solving square roots to my husband and daughters. Initially they return looks of shock and disdain since I am a math teacher making such a disgusting suggestion. Slowly we work through easy square numbers.

2 x 2 = 4 3 x 3 =9 4 x 4 = 16 The square root of 4 is 2, 9 is 3, 16 is 4 etc.

Then the fun begins. What is the square root of 12? They puzzle it must be between 3 and 4 but can't know exactly. Then they start guessing. Is it 3.5 or 3.4? We never did know the answer for sure since we were driving at the time but 3.45 was the agreed upon answer of the moment. Then when I suggested the square root of 70 everyone was in the game. Numbers were flying fast to be the first to guess the right answer. Somewhere between 8 and 9 came quickly but the joy of "less than 8.5" was apparent in my daughter's voice. Closer to 64 than 81 was the explanation. Aaahh, the joy of the last puzzle piece, except these pieces were floating in the air!

Play with numbers! It is fun!


I think ice cream math would have me out of bed and into the kitchen...


No math problems, Suzanne! Sudoku is the perfect alternative--no addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division needed. It's a great distraction and really helps take my mind off whatever might be troubling me at the moment.


Oh Suzanne..... I LOVE how your mind works! :)

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