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The Lazy Pug Cafe -- As recently as a few months ago, the Lazy Pug Café was nothing more than a dilapidated old two-story farmhouse. Set back just forty yards from the road – closer than most out in the country – it had a beautiful old weeping willow in front and a massive ancient oak tree out back. Abandoned years ago, the old estate's only purpose lately had been to serve as a sad but charming reminder of days gone by. Locals witnessing its resurrection these past few months were grateful someone was finally bringing the "old girl" back to life. William Arthur Holmes Connect to us on Amazon Author Connect to us on Facebook Connect to us on Instagram buy us a coffee? Connect to us on Patreon RSS feed Connect to us on Twitter Connect to us on Vimeo WordPress blog Connect to us on YouTube

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Yes, a mask MIGHT help if you are actively sneezing and coughing AND you're infected, but otherwise (99% of the time), no. See The W.H.O. recommends AGAINST wearing a mask in most cases. I need to screenshot that page and put it on a t-shirt.
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terrydan.jpg music by an old friend ( in culture, music )

Terry Dan Click here for YouTube or here for Facebook. ... read more

spaz.gif transportation jokes ( in culture, humor, jokes )

New Los Angeles Driver's Exam For those not fortunate enough to live in Los Angeles, here is a copy of the Los Angeles Driver's Exam. For those of you who are, study real hard. This is a new exam. Since driving conditions (and culture) are unique in Los Angeles, ... read more

dna.png my own genealogy ( in family, genealogy, holmes )

Got my genealogy DNA test results back. I have bits from all over the world: 1% E.Central Africa (what!?) 1% Native American (Chile) 5% Middle Eastern (what!?) 91% Europe (Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak and German) That leaves 2%, which I'm guessing is fro ... read more

quotation-mark.png bill hicks quote ( in culture, quotes )

The problem isn't a lack of money, food, water or land. The problem is that you've given control of these things to a group of greedy psychopaths who care more about maintaining their own power than helping mankind. -- Bill Hicks ... read more

tetra_335x291.jpg countertop dishwasher ( in education, tech, appliances )

Cool! Tetra countertop dishwasher made for small spaces. The only dishwasher that doesn't require plumbing. Engineered for small spaces. And now a CES 2019 Best Of Innovation Award Honoree. The DUO carafe that heats water as it pours is pretty coo ... read more

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Temporary Insanity

Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (glorified typist). For his latest assignment, he thought he was taking just another temp job. He didn't anticipate Venelia and the Dynamos. The what?

first paragraph or so...

Benny Reed was riding the elevator in a building he had never been in before. It was climbing surprisingly fast. Too fast, he thought. "It didn't stop on those floors," he said, half to himself, as it sped upward. When no one replied, he glanced around to see if anyone heard him. Apparently not. To his right stood a smartly dressed thirtyish blonde woman in a blue blazer, matching skirt and white silk blouse. ...
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protest picnics and poetry: the campaign to make rural england more accessible ( in education, news, rss, )
Just 8 per cent of rural England is open to the public. The Right to Roam campaign wants to change that Protest picnics and poetry: the campaign to make rural England more accessible appeared first on Positive ... read more
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A Minnesota man who discovered an unexpected $150,000 in his bank account said he eventually learned the money had been intended for small business ... read more
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the 2020 qi gong global summit ( in education, news, rss )
Waking Times - This 4-day summit comes at the perfect time, as we individually and collectively look for alternative, home-based ways to keep healthy and ... read more
the dining scheme that helps young people out of homelessness ( in education, news, rss )
The dine in, to get them in scheme was launched by Fat Macys, a social enterprise that tackles homelessness The dining scheme that helps young people out of homelessness appeared first on Positive ... read more


baub ( in culture, writing, stories )

by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1989 In the vast expanse of Llycete Spaceport's docking yard on this below-freezing winter morning, the Mraclys, a small ship badly in need of a paint job, stood apart from the other ships, mostly because it ... read more

my novels ( in culture, writing, books, novels )

See Novels/NovellasFeatured book deals on Smashwords or go to Another peak at my books ... read more

 april fools day hoaxes ( in culture, humor, holidays )

April Fool's Day hoaxesApril Fool's Day Hoaxes/Friday Funnies/April Days Top 10 April Fools hoaxes SPAGHETTI HARVEST - Bogus item on 1957 BBC news show Panorama. Viewers seeking advice on growing their own were told to put spaghetti sprig in tin of t ... read more

bill hicks quote ( in culture, quotes )

The problem isn't a lack of money, food, water or land. The problem is that you've given control of these things to a group of greedy psychopaths who care more about maintaining their own power than helping mankind. -- Bill Hicks ... read more

murder, or just an honest mistake? ( in culture, writing, stories )

by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990 The following story is rated PG. You figure it out. Madison Ripley Smith was sitting at his desk with his feet propped up when she walked in. Long legs, hourglass shape, luxurious jet-black hair, and matc ... read more


engineer makes a diy cell phone with rotary dial so she doesn't have to use a ( in education, tech, phones )

My hero! via rotary dial "Rather than learn to live with a smartphone, this engineer designed her own cell phone with a rotary dial--and she is helping others to make their..." ... read more

 mit creates solar cell from grass clippings ( in education, tech )

MIT creates solar cell from grass clippings "A researcher at MIT, Andreas Mershin, has created solar panels from agricultural waste such as cut grass and dead leaves. In a few years, Mershin says it'll be possible to stir some grass clippings into a bag of c ... read more

 possible cure for hair loss ( in education, science, research )

There may be hope yet! See sciencedaily.com "Inhibiting a family of enzymes inside hair follicles that are suspended in a resting state restores hair growth, a new study has found. In experiments with mouse and human hair follicles, researchers found that dr ... read more

behavior experiment ( in education, research, people )

Copied from somewhere, maybe one of these. You start with a cage containing four monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana. Before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the b ... read more

 sunlight can turn seawater into clean drinking water in minutes ( in education, science, water )

via Seawater-clean-drinking-water-30-minutes-using-power-sunlight.html Australia-based researchers used a metal-organic framework (MOF), a type of lattice-like crystal, to desalinate water with... ... read more


 nothing much to update about ( in family, adoption, holmes )

She's just driving us crazy. Luckily, Tara is taking the brunt of it. I had to get out and walk around town in the freezing cold, just for the sake of getting out. I was at least useful, coming back with some groceries. Elizabeth's sweet as can be and very playfu ... read more

holmes family newsletter vol 3 no 5 ( in family, holmes, newsletter )

NEWS Vol. 3, No. 5, July 6, 1991 Northern California's leading newsletter since 1989 (except for those few months when we were Southern California's leading newsletter) Record heat melts Sacto!Molten steel and rubber cover city The mercury has topped the ... read more

 wednesday ( in family, adoption, holmes )

We just got back from today's first visit with the child (we're not supposed to mention her name online). We'll be going back this afternoon. In the meantime, Tara's trying to catch up on her sleep. She had woken up around 5 this morning. I was abl ... read more

links to all holmes family adoption posts ( in family, holmes, adoption )

This time next week.... — Preparation — The day before — Travel day — In the air — We're in Moscow — Moscow — Check out time — We're in Astrakhan — It's only Monday? — What a day... — Tu ... read more

 eleven rottweiler puppies ( in family, pets )

Help her come up with names starting with the letter B by leaving comments below! comments closedSee NightShadowRottweilers.com for more details. ... read more


5g coming to oh and tn ( in life, health, environment )

And that's not a good thing. See also Senate commerce hearing ... read more

 installed the new dishwasher ( in life, home, appliances )

I finally got around to installing the new dishwasher that Tara's sister Stephanie mysteriously bought for us. Not sure why, but I never look a gift horse in the mouth. Seriously, if anyone ever feels like giving me something, feel free! :) Anyway, taking apar ... read more

great foreign travel tips ( in life, travel, advice )

The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous. See https://youtu.be/GNBfZ6oX73w "What Countries Give You The Most Respect, The Least?" ... read more

epidural steroid injection ( in life, health )

Well, I finally had my epidural steroid injection that I seem to need every 3 or 4 years for my bulging/ ruptured/ herniated disc (between L4 and L5, for you medics out there). I just got the shot yesterday at the Pain Management Group in Antioch. I'm already ... read more

 working for someone else ( in life, money, employment )

Something I've always hated about working for someone else is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend, in the corporate setting, anyway) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. It's just one more thing to gn ... read more