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 my writer's platform (culture / writing / books) is my writer's platform, with a page showing where you can buy, preview and/or review all of my books. Or, just look below... Where to buy, preview or review my books ANOTHER WA ... read more

 elizabeth's house (family / holmes / elizabeth)

The other day at the house, we had this conversation. Elizabeth: This is my house. Bill: Your house? I thought it was my and mom's house. Elizabeth: No. It's mine. I'm sharing it with you. Tara and I cracked up. ... read more

 atlanta trip (life / travel / )

Tara and I just got back from a long weekend in Atlanta. It was nice to see the town. I'd passed through before, but had never stopped to look. The first touristy thing we did after eventually finding our hotel -- the downtown Courtyard-by-Mar ... read more

 much better visit today (family / adoption / holmes)

Elizabeth (a.k.a. Masha) was much happier today. We were told that the orphanage caretakers probably were not telling her that we would be taking her away, but who knows? She let me fly her around the room again, which made her laugh. We played piano. Yester ... read more

 sprint now allows editing how you appear in caller id (education / technology / phones)

This is great. I think I blogged once (here), complaining that I couldn't change how my name appears on the receiving end's caller ID. It showed my legal name, William, but I wanted it to say Bill. The foreign girl in Sprint customer support clearly did not unders ... read more

 lesson on taxes (culture / quotes / )

The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream. -- Bill Murray ... read more

 parents code of ethics (culture / writing / blog)

Signing my daughter up for softball, I just had to laugh at this (stripped down) Parents Code of Ethics: I will encourage good sportsmanship I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win. I will remember tha ... read more

 in the air again (family / adoption / holmes)

Sunday, November 25, 2007, 5:00pm CST We're in the air on our way back to Moscow. Delta Flight 46. The current in-flight movie is Evan Almighty, which we saw on one of our other flights to or from Moscow last time. You know, when you jet back and forth like we ... read more
this is not a movie, it's october 1st, 2019 in hong kong
In the video below, what looks like a Hollywood movie is the reality just a couple of weeks ago in Hong Kong. Riot police and protesters have been clashing for months as the streets become filled with hundreds of tear gas canisters and Molotov cocktails. Having co ... read more

 a very artsy picture of elizabeth (family / holmes / elizabeth)

Just because I liked it, I'm posting it here! :) ... read more

 eleven rottweiler puppies (family / pets / )

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

 doing the dishes (culture / writing / blog)

So, my wife tells me most people do the dishes every day. I don't believe her. Every day? I ask.Yes, every day, she says.Every single day? I persist. She nods. You don't mean, I search for clarification, it's something that is an 'every day' thing, but in ... read more

 diy arts and crafts (culture / crafts / )

If you've ever felt the need to do it yourself when it came to one of your crafty/artsy ideas, you might try CafePress and make something exactly as you want it. Yes, we'll get a small commission. ... read more

our thoughts (culture / quotes / )

All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world. -- Buddha ... read more

 what a day... (family / adoption / holmes)

Where to begin... The original plan was for us to go to the Minister of Education and submit our dossier and then formally receive our referral. What really happened:Galina called the ministry this morning only to find out that they were closed in the morning sup ... read more

 pick your own fruits and vegetables (life / health / food)

Should be fun, and you'll know it's fresh: pick-your-own-produce See also: pick-your-ownfruitandvegetables ... read more

 usb turntable (culture / music / )

I'm buying one of these: USB turntable. I've been wanting to convert my old vinyl records to MP3 for quite a while now. I hope it works! UPDATE: I wish I'd read this first: ... read more