Ahh-Mazing Discoveries

Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for November 2018 – Time for a Change

Rob Gourley’s paternal grandfather, Lyle Gourley, owned a lumber yard in Highland Park, Illinois, located north of Chicago and part of the North Shore Area of Lake Michigan. He was one of the leading business owners in Highland Park. One of Rob’s memories of his grandfather is during the Depression, he met payroll both for […]

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for October 2018 – Dancing Poise

Ten years ago, Billy Elliot won the Tony Awards for Best Musical. Sir Elton John wrote the musical score. The best part was when Liza Minnelli announced the winner and we watched on t.v., our niece, Heather Burns dash up onto the stage with the rest of the Billy Elliot troupe to accept the award. […]

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for September 2018 – Disguising Knowledge of Math

At the Trowbridge Family Reunion last month, I asked several grandchildren including my husband, Rob Gourley, about their favorite memory of their grandfather, Mason Trowbridge. It was unanimous that it was Jock, his faithful red golden retriever dog. In 1959, this photo with an article about Mason were published in the New York Herald Tribune. […]

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Cosmic Watt-Ahh

Recently, keynote speakers at space alien conferences and on Gaia videos along with social media are calling Watt-Ahh “plasma gas water”. It has intrigued us too. Candidly, we had to check from reliable on-line sources what is considered “plasma” since we try to be diligent in providing reasonable scientific disclosures about the Dioxytetrahydride Gas that […]

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for August 2018 — Morgan Wesson or More Horse Power

Morgan Wesson comes from equestrian royalty. His grandfather, Justin Morgan, bred the original Morgan Horses. It seems destiny that Rob Gourley first met his life-long friend at The Pony Club outside Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Rob recalls seeing Morgan for the first time in his dressage outfit, wearing a short-tailed jacket and a long-sleeved white shirt […]

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for July 2018: Author Elizabeth Wild – Life Lessons in a Children’s Book

Elizabeth “Liz” Wild, one of Rob Gourley’s cousins, is part of his Inventified Family that we are highlighting during Rob’s 70th year. In 1988, she wrote a children’s book, entitled “Along Came a Black Bird”. She gave Rob a copy of the book and added to the title page inside a drawing of a crow […]

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for June 2018: Mason Trowbridge Jr. – Inventified By Necessity

Rob Gourley lost his first adoptive mother, Neeler, when he was a young boy. He stayed with his cousins, Helen, Liz and Jane, for about one year in northern Maine (Penobscot Bay) giving his father, Robinson Sr., time for both recovery and re-establishment of a stable home environment in New York before bringing back both […]

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for May 2018: Raising a Inventified Child

My father-in-law, Robinson B. Gourley Sr., if he was still alive, would have laughed about what I considered one of his best lifetime accomplishments. He was a World War II veteran, an award-winning cellist, a career engineer for GE and a loving grandfather. In my opinion, his parenting skills, what he called “benign neglect”, actually […]

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A Gentle Breeze Across the Eyes

Our friend, Nada Cory, who is President of the non-profit Joseph P. Cory Foundation, was a wonderful hostess during the third annual gala held in Deerfield Beach, FL last weekend. Rob and I felt like we had arrived at Watt-Ahh’s “second hometown”. For years, Nada and her friend, Lindsay, have shared their supply of Watt-Ahh […]

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for April 2018: Backyard Bubble Play with the Kids

Background: Bubbles  involve a delicate network of electrical connections between the soap film and surrounding air. Bubbles transport gas (air) into water. The sound of ocean waves crashing onto the beach comes from popping of bubbles that transfer gases from the atmosphere to the water … think of champagne in a glass and popping bubbles […]

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