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 cost of living comparison (sacramento vs. lisbon) (life / travel / )

Cool international cost-of-living comparison site: expatistan/cost-of-living. If you're thinking of moving from Sacramento, CA to Lisbon, Portugal, for example, go to cost-of-living/comparison/sacramento/lisbon ... read more

 taking the stairs (culture / humor / )

Don't you hate it when you're taking the stairs, looking down because it's a struggle, you think you've reached your floor only to look up and see you've got two more to go? Working on the third floor is rough! ... read more

 research shows local honey may halt allergies (life / health / food)

For those with allergies, this might help.Research Shows Local Honey may Halt Allergies. Honey has been considered an alternative allergy treatment for many years, with many allergy sufferers swearing by its anti-allergenic properti ... read more
dairy company rearranges entire district truck schedule so their biggest fan could get to bed on tim
One of the world's biggest exporters of dairy products just rearranged their truck schedule so an exhausted family could get a good night's sleep. ... read more

 wordnik (education / language / )

. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from actual articles on the internet.And they actually provide an answer to links like the one above. claims to be the most comprehensive English dictionary in ... read more

 water problem solution ideas (life / health / environment)

Email from anonymous to Nashville mayor regarding drinkable water shortage: Mayor Dean, if you announce STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding HALF OF LAST MONTH'S WATER USAGE, and SUPER STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding last month's u ... read more

 how to take your own passport photo (life / travel / )

I was having a hard time converting a digital photo down to the correct 2x2 physical size. Then I found this article: take your own passport photos. At first, I was thinking Tell me something I don't know. Then I saw the link to t ... read more

 my twitter feed (culture / writing / tweets)

Tweets by @TheBillHolmes And if the network you're on has Twitter blocked, but you're Jonesing for more of my witty banter, here are some of my favorites. ... read more
new study finds chemicals in sunscreen break through your skin & seep into your bloodstream
Collective Evolution has been creating awareness about the potential dangers of sunscreen since the beginning of 2009. When we started to, despite presenting credible peer-reviewed scientific publications and interviews with doctors a ... read more

disney heiress nails it (life / money / employment)

We could not agree more. See Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.' When Iger got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15% r ... read more

 pick your own fruit and vegetable farms (life / health / food)

This could prove useful as food (and gas) prices soar this coming year: Where to Find Pick-Your-Own Fruit and Vegetable Farms / Orchards for Local, Fresh Fruit, Vegetables and Pumpkins, Along With Canning, Freezing Preserving Instru ... read more

 out of toothpaste (culture / writing / blog)

Me (joking, the other day): I'm out of toothpaste! Whaddaya gonna do about it? Wife (without missing a beat): Find a husband with toothpaste, I guess. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I married her. :) And that's why I'm a ... read more

 great suction! (culture / writing / blog)

In preparation for the much-anticipated Comcast installation (Internet, not TV), I do as they suggest and clear out a space where I want them to put the cable wall jack. Once I have that space cleared, I decide to vacuum the area. It' ... read more

 eleanor and lionel (family / holmes / )

Lionel's sister, Dolores In 1936 after being crowned Queen. Eleanor's back surgery a success! Everyone warned me against back surgery, she says. But, I'd be in a wheelchair now if I hadn't had surgery! O Progresso newsletter ... read more

 good advice (life / help / )

The following is a Chinese good luck tantra totem (a fancy way of saying good advice): Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully; Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills w ... read more

 stories to download (culture / writing / books)

Get your eBooks here!Links to my Amazon book page. All of My Novels ... read more