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identity theft

  [This was making the email rounds, so I thought I'd post it here.] ATTORNEY's ADVICE - NO CHARGE Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sen... read more


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   Real Italian pizza!Best pizza [one of our readers has] ever had. Kinda pricey, $22 for a large. Ingredients flown in from Italy. They must partially precook because it only takes 10 min to cook your pizza, and the temperature won't hold unless you ... read more

alaska, a true wilderness

  I've always heard people use the words "wilderness" and "Alaska" in the same sentence. It didn't mean a lot to me until recently when my wife Carla and I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska. The state is huge, but it still takes ... read more

portugal to hungary

  How I Spent My Summer Vacations (Portugal to Hungary) [from 1992] PortugalAzores... read more

eastern canada

  Roving reporter returns from East (September, 1989) — Bill returned from his trip to eastern Canada a few weeks back. He was supposed to seek out and capture "Wild Man" Doug. Remember? Well, he's back. Bill, that is. When asked to report his fi... read more

job listing

  I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by ALI (artificial lower intelligence)) said they have "several jobs just for you": Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Paramus), Regis... read more

autism linked to aluminum adjuvants

  via greenmedinfoblogaluminum-vaccines-cause-autism We now have 5 years of medical research, mostly from outside the United States, incriminating aluminum adjuvants in vaccines as the SOLE cause of autism epidemic. JB Handley d... read more

big pharma in maryland

   Josh Mazer is pro-vaccine, but wants vaccines to be based on sound scientific evidence and not to cause more harm than good. He also believes in providing informed consent on the risksdangers of each vaccine. via ... read more

merck accused of fraud re gardasil

  For the failure to "unambiguously disclose"... ... The minimal risk that even once the individual was infected with the HPV virus the infection would result in precancerous lesions... via greenmedinfo.c... read more

an entrepreneur at age 66

  It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not a... read more

words to live by

  Stay loose, keep moving, stay true to yourself... always. This is pretty good advice, too, though.... read more

how to take your own passport photo

  I was having a hard time converting a digital photo down to the correct 2"x2" 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 the State departm... read more


  Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the Coinstar machine today (11.9% "fee", are you kidding me?!). I came away with $93.54! It rejected a few coins, repeatedly, forcing me to just pocket them. One of those was an elongated penny someone had... read more

bain capital helps kill another iconic american company

   Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt [that] Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion. via inthesetimesart... read more

mosquito anti-itch cream

  FYI: instagrampBYjjQzggzeB I don't know about you but mosquitoes are crazy for me! Made some anti-itch cream. :) we shall see if it works! #herbal #apothecary #herbalremedies #handmade #kitchenwitch Not to be confused with ... read more


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good advice

  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 manwoman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as import... read more

signs of a stroke

  STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and th... read more

another great quote

  "The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take away from them the power to create money and all the... read more

spend time instead of money

  Great idea! ... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time. via are... read more

good food, terrible packaging

  Feedback I sent to Luvo: I love your frozen meals, but hate your packaging. Your microwave cooking instructions basically say "look elsewhere on package."Why not put the instructions right there where it says "instructions?" ... read more

easiest container-friendly food plants

   We've found 35 fruits and vegetables that you can grow in containers. These range from bananas and citrus fruits to tomatoes, cucumbers, and just about anything else that you would normally plant in a larger garden. via ... read more

actual environmental issues

  Here are some actual environmental issues that we should be addressing instead of "climate change" (or screaming about the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate treaty).FYI, pollution is caused... read more

horsetail herb said to remove aluminum

  According to the "Health Ranger," anyway See Vimeo link The Health Ranger reveals why Horsetail herb, which grows as a weed, allows your body to eliminate toxic ALUMINUM, a heavy metal linked to Alzheimer's and dementia. (It's also found ... read more

drop the diet drinks

  from Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and dementia, and are FAR more dangerous than drinks sweetened with sugar. Boston ... read more

plastic girl

  It was horrible! I was at Walmart again, but that's not the worst part. There was a teenageearly-20's girl with boobs out to here, wearing the most form-fitting outfit you ever saw. I tried to ignore her because she REALLY wanted to be looked at,... read more

wild lettuce to help pain

  This looks very familiar in my yard. Go here for more info: lettuce I'm surprised I haven't come across wild lettuce as an alternative to toxic pain, migraine and anxiety pills, but a recent r... read more

extra recess time cures adhd

  Interesting The most common sense, natural solution to inattentive behavior in school children, however, may be the basic idea of giving children more time to free play and to engage their bodies in physical activity. It's such a simple notion in ... read more

leave the trees, please

  Another reason for short-sighted land developers to leave as many trees as possible when destroyingpreparing the site for the next new neighborhood. See Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health People living in neighborho... read more

farm of the future?

  Cool! But I also like one of the commenters' idea about forest gardens. Via forest gardens ... read more

new suit for homeless man = new job

  Great story! See ksl?sid=42989915&nid=148 It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving suits to homeless p... read more

how did moscow's stray dogs learn to navigate the metro?

  Interesting. Of Moscow's 35,000 odd stray dogs, about 20 are thought to travel regularly on the city's underground rail system. These dogs seem to be able to identify which trains to board, and where to alight. It appears that they can recognise h... read more

another headhunter email

  I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a recent email exch... read more

alternatives to amazon and etsy

  If you're looking for an alternative to Amazon or ... read more

antibiotics can have severe lasting effects

  Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects; choose raw horseradish or these natural remedies instead from Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects (NaturalNews) Antibiotics should really be a last resort when you are f... read more

never combine these over-the-counter drugs

  Never combine these over-the-counter drugs - your life may be endangered Source: Never combine these over-the-counter drugs - your life may be endangered - NaturalNewsGood to know! ... read more

russia completely bans gmos in food production

  That's it! We're moving to Russia! Just kidding (because it kinda sucks over there unless you're rich ... like almost everywhere else, actually). Still, this is good news for humans: This is a bold move by the Russian government, and it sits in u... read more

job offer

  Got the below email today. Probably because they saw that I have several books on Amazon (here, here and ... read more

what to plant now

  Just FYI if you were wondering, 'cuz I was. Broccoli.If you live in a warmer climate and can find a quick growing Broccoli variety, you can harvest well into November.Source: What to Plant Now ... read more

six exercises for happiness

   "These six daily happiness exercises are proven to make anyone, from a 4-year old to an 84-year old, happy, or simply happier." Achor says in just 21 days, the exercises can transform a pessimist into an optimist. Gratitude Exercises. Write d... read more

employee's sarcastic resignation note

  Good one! This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door. via Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is ... read more

being overweight means you live longer

  Why being 'overweight' means you live longer: The way scientists twist the facts I guess the only "diet" most of us need to be on is non... read more

how to stop bleeding

  [FYI, the "I" in this story is not me. The author wanted to share this info without being identified. Can you blame him? :) ] by Anonymous I looked online and it's hard to find direct, simple instructions, they tend to get academic or theoretical a... read more

latest scams

  NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID (from somewhere on the Internet) 1. LONG-TERM PARKING: Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove... read more

please donate to harmony haven

  Please DONATE to Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding & Horse Rescue's fundraiser to build better shelter for the winter. Thanks. ... read more

the real reason wheat is toxic

  Standard wheat harvest protocol in the US is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields [because] withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earl... read more

alzheimer's reversal

  Wow! All you need to do is ... Eliminate all simple carbohydrates and gluten Eliminate processed food (wait, is that even possible?) Eat more vegetables and fruits Eat wild-caught fish Meditate twice a day Start yoga Get seven to ei... read more

one-fifth of u.s. workers were laid off in past five years

   Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position. via latimesbusinessla-fi-layoffs-unem... read more

list of common meds which destroy your brain

  List of Culprit Drugs (according to them): Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom, Benadryl, Dramamine, Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, Elavil You wouldn't think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cognitive impairment, but ... read more

mighty broccoli sprouts rapidly detox pollutants

  Broccoli sprouts, anyone? The drink used in the China study was made with broccoli sprouts developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. They are sold under the brand name BroccoSprouts. They are widely available in supermark... read more

we're better than we think we are

  Or, at least "god-like," depending on translation. Anyway, I've always agreed with the article title. :) ... it's worth noting that the Bible's 82nd Psalm says something that many people find shockingly un-Biblical:You are gods. via ... read more

just 'cuz you cut its head off ...

  ... don't assume it's harmless. Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand ... 20 minutes after he had cut its head off. See ww... read more

nutty grain and oat bars

  I need to try this. Too bad I hate cooking so much. I eat way too many snacks at work, but at least these are healthy. The snack... read more

farmers use social media to stop food waste

  Farmers use social media to stop food waste. So far, CropMobster has managed to distribute nearly half a million kilograms of food, which has brought in close to a million dolla... read more

working for someone else

  Something I've always hated about working for someone else (in the corporate setting, at least) is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. Of course, that has never... read more

take this quiz

  From somewhere on the Internet ... Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. Name ... read more

staying healthy on the job

  Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job. ... you can't smoke cigarettes fast enough to match the damage that today's workplace is doing to you. And not just you, but everyone from the newest hire to your CEO... read more

solar freakin' roadways!

  Amazing! I love this! youtu.beqlTA3rnpgzU And a nice song at the end, too! ... read more

10 ways to survive skyrocketing food prices

  Good to know. from 10 Ways to Survive Skyrocketing Food Prices Food prices are getting out of control. As meats, dairy, and eggs climb to record high prices and over 50 million Americans are now on pu... read more

52 plants in the wild you can eat

  You should NEVER eat unripe elderberries. An important comment, above.That caution aside, this is good to know if you're ever starving or just have the munchies while wandering through your back yard!:) via ... read more

bee-friendly plants? think again.

  Good info. I wonder if Ace Hardware stores are any better? Probably need to buy my plants from the farmer's market. via "Bee-friendly" plants? Think again. ... read more

don't keep calm...

  Basically, go ahead and let yourself get excited. It's OK! You might even enjoy yourself, in a way. Or at least it'll be one of those things you can look back on and laugh about. via Don't Keep Calm.... Ori... read more

contributing factors to happiness

  What a great experiment ... and website!Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You'll Thank Me Later. See also ... read more

crowd-sourced outpouring lifts struggling mom

  Some good news for a change. via Crowd-sourced Outpouring Lifts Struggling Mom | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers. Last month Linda Tirado, a 31-year-old from Cedar City, Utah, was reading G... read more

switzerland shows us how to handle ceos

  Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs. Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity since the 1960s it would now be ... read more

how amazon works staff 'to the bone'

  Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone' Internet giant Amazon works its warehouse staff 'to the bone' in long and relentl... read more

why your brain craves junk food and what you can do about it

  The good news is that the research shows that the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it.In other words, self-control!What a concept! via ... read more

sit up straight

  ... like my father always said. Apparently, there's more than just a physical benefit. via The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain Body language is closely related to posture — t... read more

don't fall for the 90# telephone scam

  I'd never fall for this (I hope) because our only "wired" number is through the Internet, not AT&T or any major provider.Here's a link to the FCC's page: fcc.govguides90-telephone-scam. I received a telephone cal... read more

food stamp corporate welfare

  Millions of Americans are angry because food stamp recipients can use their benefits to buy junk food but don't realize that they are able to do so because corporate America wouldn't have it any other way. via ... read more

the anti-inflammatory smoothie that will heal you from the inside out

  The Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie That Will Heal You From The Inside Out.I think I'll try this. Click above. ... read more

corporate welfare vs. social welfare spending

  via Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending ... It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap. Market subsidies, market protections, market interventions, regulatory favors, favorable legislation, legal protections, ex-post fac... read more

america's re-shoring of jobs is accelerating

  Good! via America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating. Over the past couple of years, we've projected an improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by 2015 that would help drive an American manufacturing r... read more

lessons in the art of living

  Good guidelines. This snipped below is the most useful part: via Lessons in the Art of Living | Psychology Today. In DBT [dialectical behavior therapy], the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as DearMan: Des... read more

45 percent of american jobs will be done by computers in 20 years

  And then the "third stage" (my words, not theirs) will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are.Consumers, otherwise known as "people," will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses everywhere will be f... read more

free lunch ... or is it?

   I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to "Have Lunch With ****!" (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to "come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions" regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it's a free lunc... read more

must see sights around the world

  A list of must-see sights around the world. Less obvious places, such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, etc. Ho... read more

the effects of fluoride

  See articles below on the effects of fluoride. Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal Building a Database of Developmental Neurotoxicants: Evidence from Human and Animal Studies Im... read more

minimum wage adjusted for inflation

  I don't agree that this is a valid calculation.But, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently. 50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963).See dol.govwhdminwagechart.pdf. A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth 1.9 19 x 1.2... read more

feds give laid off boeing workers a big helping hand

  The Labor Department ruling also means that if laid-off Boeing workers need to travel, say to California, for a job interview, the government will reimburse 90 percent of the costs. via ... read more

the 1% and what do they do for a living

  from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living? A lot of emphasis is on the "99%" versus the "1%" in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and Opr... read more

some non-organic foods contain upwards of 180 times fluoride level of tap water

  via Some non-organic foods contain upwards of 180 times the fluoride level of tap water, says expert. ... the average person's cumulative exposure to fluoride from food, beverages, personal care products, and water is up to seven ... read more

the jobs number is bs says former head of bls

  The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS. After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adjusted t... read more

food for thought

  via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought. The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. — William Dugger ... read more

support corporate criminals or social justice

  via Support corporate criminals or social justice? | Intrepid Report. During Clinton's presidency 45% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Bush's presidency 65% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Obama's pr... read more

think tank community that's doing its best to control the world

  "The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core includes the Trilateral... read more

what happens in your brain when you get mad, and how to control it

  I love this! Especially after my last post. By using one of his strategies, "projecting peace," you can "activate a different set of mirror neurons and begin to defuse the other's anger." You can get them to mirror your calm instead of you mirro... read more

angry people

  Funny how the day after commenting on Facebook *(see below) about driving past a local rich neighborhood, this morning in that same neighborhood I ticked off the driver behind me by having the gall to use a turn lane properly. You do realize you're n... read more

struggle in the vegetable garden

  No, not just me and my pathetic "crop management." While that's definitely been a struggle, there have apparently been physical altercations going on in the garden, specifically on top of the onions. The tops of those plants — once so proud ... read more

food matters film

  Finally watched this "Food Matters" movie last night. It was great. MD's and pharmaceutical execs will hate it, of course. Anyway, I highly recommend it. ... read more

benefits of turmeric

  Turmeric's cardiovascular benefits foundJust an FYI, above. ... read more

first day of school, i mean, work

  Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string of incredible ba... read more

patent claims solar energy 'breakthrough'

  I hope this is for real. commondreamsheadline20130508-6 In a U.S. patent application, a little-known Maryland inventor claims a stunning solar energy breakthrough that promise... read more

a week of testing

  Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially in regard to it... read more

pick your own fruits and vegetables

  Should be fun, and you'll know it's fresh: nashvillefunforfamiliespick-your-own-produce-nashville-middle-tn See also: read more

micro gigs

  Interesting article on "micro gigs" via welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atomization of p... read more

garden improvements

  I finished up my little rain barrel project yesterday. My three rain barrels used to be underneath the downspout coming off the roof. And that's great for catching the most rain, but the problem was that it is downhill from and not close enough t... read more

depressing but true

  "The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return." — Gore Vidal... read more

in honor of labor day

  Great article here via informationclearinghouse.infoarticle26296.htm What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevatin... read more

lobbyist poses as mechanic in super bowl ad, youtube

  Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad - YouTube.... read more

immelt moving jobs and economic infrastructure to china

  GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, The Head Of Obama's Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace.The hypocris... read more

happy may day

  from Liberty Underground (without permission) ... Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as... read more

economic inequality is not sustainable

  via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class."Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is the wr... read more

these two phrases on your resume are why it just hit the trash can

  They might be right about this.Worth a shot. These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can. Does your resume read like a job description? Is i... read more

verizon to lay off 1,700 workers after paying ceo $22 million

  Yes, large corporations really are that stupidshort-sightedcorrupt. via Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year America's largest wireless service provider plans to... read more

layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers

  via Why layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers - Fortune Management.Layoffs are often a sign of failure by top executives to properly manage a business and forecast needs.The corporate movement away from job security coincided ... read more

why faking enthusiasm is the latest job requirement

  I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies! via Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement. ... seeming to love the job becomes part o... read more

employee engagement, why it's important

  "It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..." via ... read more

three ways to put america back to work

  Great article here: opednewsarticlesThree-Ways-to-Put-America-by-Chaz-Valenza-100905-980.html In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carn... read more

screw economies of scale!

  Screw "economies of scale!" As I've said before, this country needs a new (or maybe just an enforced) Sherman Antitrust Act that will limit the size, influence and control of any one corporation. More companies mean more jobs, and most importantl... read more

whirlpool threatens pensions

  via Whirlpool threatens pensions Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their families. Once again, we see ... read more

feds rule boeing can't move plant to avoid union

  Federal Agency Rules Boeing Cant Move Plant to Avoid Union. The amazing thing about this is that we see a government agency actually doing its job!... read more

the 10 most hated companies in america

  from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America — 247 Wall St.. 1. Facebook ... read more

u.s. corporate profits vs. employee wages

  In Japan the ratio of pay for a CEO compared to that of the average worker is approx. 11 to 1. In Germany that ratio expands to a dizzying 12 to 1. And in the United States it's 475 to 1. via CHART - U.S. Corporate Pr... read more

usurpation and the corporation as crime

  from Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime Richard Grossman says that Occupy Wall Street activists need to go beyond greed and corruption and focus on usurpation.As in - illegal seizure... read more

job hunting

  Can't companies at least send a denial letteremail? It's rude to leave us twisting in the wind.... read more

freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliated

  Looks like a good idea. Freelancers Union.A Federation of the Unaffiliated. 350,000 FREELANCERS JOINED TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED.... read more

note to recruiters

  I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding "the hiring process." If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have no idea what the... read more

for all bosses who dislike directness

  For all bosses who dislike directness, themselves afraid of offending anyone via positive leaders love productivity Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, "Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good leaders accep... read more

the minimum wage, popular with the public, but not the donor class

  from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class. One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it t... read more

romney's bain capital is sending many jobs to china

  Romney's Bain Capital Is Sending Many Jobs to China the Day Before the Election. On the day before an election that's supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, th... read more

wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees

  Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, pushing the contro... read more

good news for bad references

  enewsletters.biospacerhwnewslettergood-news-for-bad-references.htm?type=email&source=js-07-19-10 Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employm... read more

selfish ceos

  CEOs who lay off the most people rake in the profits via Hidden Corporate Scandal: CEOs Who Laid Off the Most Workers Rake in the Most Treasure CEOs in one company a... read more

virtual gym 'helps weight loss'

  Virtual gym 'helps weight loss'As my brother says, this one's for those too lazy to actually work out. :) ... read more

customers flee walmart empty shelves for target, costco

  Those who say raising the minimum wage will bankrupt companies are just plain wrong. Here's the proof. Treat (and pay) your people well, and they'll be great employees. Treat them like crap and, surprise surprise, they'll be crappy employees. Wha... read more

5 ways your boss is killing your company culture

  I agree.And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence.So, the people who end up running thin... read more

why the rich don't give to charity

  I thought this was quote-worthy, via theatlanticmagazinearchive201304why-the-rich-dont-give309254 Last year, Paul Piff, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, published research that correlated wealth with an i... read more

this year's vegetable garden

  My checklist for this year's vegetable garden: Soil tilled?Check! Top soil added?Check! Plants bought?Check! Seeds for plants not available for purchase?Check! Plants planted?Check! Now the watering ... and waiting begins!Oh, you're wonderi... read more

will graphene supercapacitors make batteries obsolete?

  Cool! ... someday. from Will Graphene Supercapacitors Make Batteries Obsolete? Researchers with the California NanoSystems Institute recently developed a new battery-like supercapacitor, a device that s... read more

the case for a 25 hour work week

  via The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke | Inc. Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo the 4050 hour work... read more

major food companies consider lobbying for gmo labeling

  Maybe there is hope for mankind, after all? Thanks to the boycotts, and more people refusing to remain ignorant? Whatever the reason, this looks promising. via Activist Post: Walmart, ... read more

avoid the pharmacy, fight the flu with remedies from the kitchen

  via Avoid the Pharmacy: Fight the Flu with Remedies from the Kitchen. A gargle made from salt water can relieve a sore throat. As well, it can stop a budding infection in its tracks. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with a cup of water... read more

best places to go (2013)

  Travel Picks: Best Places to Go in 2013 : Condé Nast Traveler. Nashville made the list! Here's what they say about it:The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a hot, tr... read more

cincinnati passes resolution requiring ge food labeling

  Cincinnati passes resolution requiring GE food labeling.Good!And that's where Kroger is headquartered, which might make it more interesting. ... read more

lit motors builds a car that breaks the rules

  via Lit Motors Builds a Car that Breaks the Rules. "Right now, electric cars are not sustainable," he says. "The average electric car battery pack is four times larger than ours, with one-third the range. If every car i... read more

ford's hemp-powered, hemp-made car

  I just thought this was interesting: youtubewatch?v=54vD_cPCQM8 And here's another article on the same subject: 10 X Stronger Than Steel In The 1... read more

closing my bofa account

  Hallelujah! We have paid off our BofA credit card! It was bad enough when it was owned by the original company. But when I saw that Bank of America had bought that company and was now administering my account, I knew it was time to pay that thing ... read more

genetically engineered foods versus organic foods

  from Genetically Engineered Foods versus Organic Foods. Many political supporters of genetically engineered (GE) foods are feasting on organics, while promoting unlabeled GE... read more

positive attitude equals more control over your life, better health

  If you're happy, you're healthy.Or the opposite.Whatever works, right? via Positive Attitude Equals More Control, Better Health. The bottom line: when you feel in control, you take control. ... read more

exercise primally, move, lift, and sprint!

  via Action Item #4: Exercise Primally — Move, Lift, and Sprint Moving frequently (at a slow pace) is the foundation of Primal fitness. It's what we are meant to do most often, and what we should be able ... read more

people can be fat and fit

  People can be fat AND fit as study finds obesity doesn't automatically lead to ill-healthGood news! It shows that some fat people manage to remain 'metabolically healthy' ... read more

eat your tomato harvest all year

  Five Tasty Ways to Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year Hello tomato harvest time. If your garden (or farmer's market, or neighbor's garden) is suddenly overwhelming you with fresh tomatoes, don't be intimidated, start... read more

honey, i killed the superbug

  via Honey, I killed the superbug | The Australian. ... none of the bacteria [that] researchers used to test the honey, including superbugs such as flesh-eating bacteria, built up any immunity ... read more

walmart, 50 years of gutting america's middle class

  This (below) is why we hate Walmart.Too many people don't understand this.They just want "low prices" no matter the overall, long-run cost. from Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class... read more

research shows local honey may halt allergies

  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 properties. Until rece... read more

our first ever ethiopian restaurant

  With Elizabeth taken for the night by her wonderful Auntie, Tara and I took the opportunity last night to use a Groupon and go to an Ethiopian restaurant, Mesob. It was our first time trying Ethiopian food.The appetizer, "sambusa," was very good. Whe... read more

ibm's internal plan, fire most us employees

  via IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees. The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in that time frame. ... read more

millions against monsanto, the food fight of our lives

  "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." — Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994 "Monsanto should no... read more

the myth of the eight hour sleep

  ... many sleeping problems may have roots in the human body's natural preference for segmented sleep ... via BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep. "It's not just the number of references — it is the way they refer to it, as if it was ... read more

auto repair and maintenance estimates

  We hear this is a good website to estimate how much a car repair should cost.via Auto Repair and Maintenance Estimates | Auto Shop and Mechanic Ratings : RepairPal. RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior t... read more

merrill lynch ira finally transfers!

  Hallelujuah! I've been trying since late October to transfer my IRA away from the "too big to fail" Merrill Lynch, owned by the about-to-fail Bank of America. Any company that's "too big to fail" probably will. That, or they'll just ke... read more

mit creates solar cell from grass clippings

  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 sti... read more

more evidence points to pesticide as cause of mass bee deaths

  So, literally, for the sake of human survival, please stop using at least this one pesticide by Bayer! via More Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths. A new study published in N... read more

british town grows all of its own vegetables, improved civic life

  British town grows all of its own vegetables, witnesses improved civic life and reduced crime as a result. When the small British mill town of Todmorden, tucked in between Yorkshire and Lancashire, first began installing fruit and v... read more

baum law firm to close

  Baum law firm to close - Business First. This is one company that got what it deserved after mocking homelessforeclosed families.... read more

naturally reduce your risk of allergies

  Yet again, the solutions for most of the ailments that plague modern society are to be found in the natural world, not the synthetic world of establishment medicine and Big Pharma. via Activist Post: 3 Ways to Naturally Reduce Your Ri... read more

paying off a credit card

  That's a nice headline, and it felt good doing it today.  Granted, the bulk of the balance was simply transferred to another credit card.  But still …  :)  I also closed out the checking account associated with the card, ... read more

thanks to the fda, you really have no idea what's in your food

  via Thanks to the FDA, You Really Have No Idea Whats In Your Food. It's been stuck this way since the early 1990s, when the FDA hired former Monsanto lawye... read more

a visit to walmart

  I hate Walmart.  It's a company run by slimy executives, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of people.  I always feel the need for a shower afterward.  But, this morning it made more sense to go there because they we... read more

things to do in nashville

  Some of these are in the general area, but not Nashville itself. Adventure Science Center ... read more

escape from zip ties

  If you're ever unlawfully detained, this might be good to know: escape from zip ties - rear escape - front ... read more

saving the rich, losing the economy

  from counterpunch20110926saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and "unfair trade practices." However, it is US co... read more

boycott verizon if at all possible

  They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses. Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies and p... read more

ceo salaries

  Just warms your heart, doesn't it? Not. via NY Times IT turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives.... read more

clean 15, the 15 lowest pesticide-prone forms of produce

  Clean 15: The 15 Lowest Pesticide-Prone Forms of Produce. If you don't buy organic, health experts like David Suzuki suggest avoiding toxic pesticides linked to health issues including cancer, hormone ... read more

candwich, sandwich in a can goes on sale

  Not a bad idea! Candwich: Sandwich in a can goes on sale The American makers of the Candwich, a sandwich in a can which can be dispensed by vending machines and is opened like a can of Coke, say it's the best thing... read more

emergency preparedness food storage

  Emergency Essentials - Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness Food Storage.That's the Boy Scout motto, isn't it? Never hurts. ... read more

greed is not a virtue

  Great article. via Greed is Not a Virtue, by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy. By capitalism's perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not with the mis... read more

how to replace a headlight bulb in a honda accord

  How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Honda AccordI just followed their instructions to fix my wife's headlight (after she got pulled over and wa... read more

solar power without solar cells

  Cool! via Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible. "You could stare at the equations of motion all day and you will not see this possibility. We've all been taught that this ... read more

1 in 4 supermarket meat samples tainted with drug resistant bacteria

  Another reason to go vegetarian, although their math isn't right. Forty-seven percent is much worse than "1 in 4." Maybe we should actually read the article? :) via 1 In 4 Supermarket Me... read more

new job starts today

  I hope I like it. UPDATE (2 years later):I didn't. See First day of school I mean work... read more

new job starting next week

  I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of parents and jus... read more

tour of nashville

  Elizabeth and I played tour guide to my sister Jeannie, her daughter Tiffany, her husband David, and their kids Shayden, 9, and Skyla, 1½. We started with a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel one exit east of the airport. My brother Don wanted to ... read more

where to donate your stuff

  Where to Donate Your Stuff: 101 Places Your Clutter Can Do Good Something that's been sitting in your house, unused and unloved, may bring a great deal of joy to, or fill the genuine need of, someone els... read more

which food additives make children behave badly

  via Which Food Additives Make Children Behave Badly. "... food additives used in hundreds of children's foods and drinks can cause temper tantrums and disruptive behavior ..."... read more

check out a company before applying there

  GlassDoor Search company reviews and ratings ... read more

ways to save water

  Great site: Ways to save water Graywater is the water that goes down the drains from your washing machine, bathroom sinks and showers. When you stop to think about it, the average top-loading washing machine will us... read more

don't take potassium iodide unless you are exposed to radiation

  Click below: washingtonsblog201103dont-take-potassium-iodide-unless-you.htmlHere's a website all about nuclear energy, courtesy of my brother: allthingsnuclear... read more

cool solution to clean up oil disaster

  Don't know if they used any of this on the BP oil disaster last year, but good to know for future events.Cool solution to clean up oil disaster. [VIDEO]. ... read more

pick your own fruit and vegetable farms

  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 Instructions! See... read more

professional house cleaning maid services for women with cancer

  Professional House Cleaning Maid Services for women with cancer. Interested in giving the gift of a clean home to a woman undergoing cancer treatments? We would love to hear from you! ... read more

the starch solution

  All about removing meat and dairy from your diet. The McDougall Newsletter - Introduction to New McDougall Book — The Starch Solution. My recommendation for eating starches puts glazed looks on people's faces, and many dismiss me as certifia... read more

diane's icy adventure

  Christmas night, Diane, on the way to a party, found herself in the fast line of the freeway with a car stopped in front of her and the brakes not working due to a patch of black ice. With cars and trucks honking on the right side, she had no choice ... read more

harmony haven

  You can watch it here: vimeo18194031 ... read more

dems pull fast one with food safety bill

  via newswithviewsNWV-Newsnews233.htm It didn't take long for Democrats in the House to figure a way around the constitutional roadblock that halted the advance of S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, following its approval by th... read more

trusted traveler program lets mexicans skip airport security

  from judicialwatchblog201012trusted-traveler-program-lets-mexicans-skip-airport-security As violent drug cartels take over Mexico and expand their criminal enterprises north, the Unit... read more

food safety hypocrites

  These people all need to go: libertynewsonlinearticle_301_29693.php ... read more

which airports have body scanning technology?

  Airports to avoid, if at all possible. Which airports have body-scanning technology? - CNN The TSA website lists all the airports using advanced-imaging technology to screen passengers. The website does not specify which type of ... read more

customer satisfaction surveys

  When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to harass their alread... read more

detection dogs

  via A nose for wild things These are no hounds. These are highly trained detection dogs used by biologists to canvass for animals, scat, rare plants and invasive weeds that are easily missed by humans.... read more

made in america ... no longer

  "American as apple pie" items that are no longer made here: businessinsider19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anymore-2010-11?op=1... read more


  via Preikestolen Preikestolen is one of Rogaland county's most visited attractions, and one of the country's most spectacular photo subjects. Preikestolen has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN Go and Lonely... read more

a few good links

  Found these unrelated stories interesting. Thought I'd share: activistpost2010114-simple-ways-to-save-money-minimizing.html ... read more

girl quits job

  This is an instant classic. via girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos... read more

great depression ii

  I guess they didn't call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn't be surprised they're not honestly calling this one Great Depression II. Or, in current parlance, maybe, "G-Dep-2." It's "only" The Great Recession. As... read more

harmony haven

   We spent the better part of Friday here at Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding & Horse Rescue in ... read more

another reason to avoid monsanto products

  A very technical article. from gmo-free-regionsfileadminfilesgmo-free-regionsGMO-Free_Europe_2010Carrasco_ChemResToxAug2010.pdf It is important to note that the bul... read more

how companies should cut back

  When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with those costs getti... read more

we did it!

  [copied from Lori's email] Hello Everyone!!! I am so excited to tell everyone the great news!!! We did it! Cure JM was number 1 at midnight last night! Because of all of our wonderful friends and family we were able to win the 250K grant from Pepsi! ... read more

buy local food

  from Using Local Organic Cooperatives To Defeat Globalists Okay, you're awake, back among the human tribe.Now what? You are not alone in wondering what is the best way to fight the globalists.There is a vastly growing human... read more

burn your bra

  Apparently, they cause cancer.No kidding!Here's the link: all-naturalbras.html Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer (in their study, n=2056 for the cancer group and n=2674 for the ... read more

old age discrimination suit vs. google

  The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 after being told he was... read more

maybe cashiers need to wear gloves

  Maybe their customers should wear gloves, too. via Bpa C... read more

genetically engineered food right to know act

  Ask Your Congresspersons to Cosponsor HR 5577, Representative Kucinich's Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act 10. Almost all non-organic processed food or animal products in the U.S. today contain ingredients that come from genetically en... read more

another reason not to shop at walmart

  If you buy underwear at Walmart, they will be able to track wherever you go. If their sales are not hurt by this announcement, they will institute it in more products, probably eventually all products. According to CNBC, these tags are not removable,... read more

buy american

  localmakers The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here.... read more

house the horses

  Please donate by clicking here.Thank you. ... read more

like a cancer

  A business plan requiring constant expansion is, almost by definition, a cancer, and equally unhealthy.... read more

stop buying paper towels

  Save the rain forests and add a little style back to your dinner table. Use dinner napkins. You know, actual cloth napkins. Remember those? Your mother used to use them. Maybe your grandmother. Anyway, stop buying paper towels! It's a waste of paper,... read more

the job market

  When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the "financial arm" of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.When the HR manager called a couple days later ... read more

safety first

  Always wear your safety glasses when mowing the lawn or weed-eating. I didn't today (though I do half the time), and I got hit in the eye with a rock that was launched by the mower blade, bounced off the side of the house, and hit me in the left eye.... read more

getting organized

  Great article here: tarasfavorites.blogspot201006reorganizing-bathroom-closet.html I'm especially impressed with Item 3, putting everything into the pillowcase.I don't know if this is her original idea, but it's one of t... read more

make your own toothpaste

  Make your own (healthy) toothpaste here: make-your-own-safe-natural-and-healthy-tooth-pastes-and-tooth-cleansers-1955 Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two problema... read more

another interview

  I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coincidentally, a few hou... read more

saved a blackberry bush

  A couple of them, actually. I was going to post this to blackberryrescue, but there is no such site. Wait, maybe I should check. You never know. Guess what? There IS such a site, but it has to do with the ubiquitous electronic device. Anywa... read more

pesticides causing adhd?

  It might explain the relatively recent phenomena. via msnbc.msnid37156010nshealth-kids_and_parenting ... read more

amnesty day at the dump!

  I know, that sounds weird. But I just returned from the dumprecycling center, in my case the one on Omohundro Drive. I dropped off the old dishwasher along with my usual recycling and household trash. Anyway, the woman there told me that today ... read more

letter to a former co-worker

  I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so that she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last month. I'm "so... read more

waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into wall street reform bill

  As [anonymous] reminds us, "Waxman represents L.A. on the west side up to Santa Monica. I bet those people take LOTS of supplements." naturalnews028687_Henry_Waxman_health_freedom.html ... read more

water problem solution ideas

  [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 usage, you will g... read more

neighborly confrontation

  I had a run-in yesterday with the neighbor formerly known as "motorcycle guy" ("asshole motorcycle guy" when Elizabeth's not around). I had just gotten back from a customer's office when I get a knock on the door. It's "asshole motorcycle guy" saying... read more

decent breakfast place?

  Calling all breakfast eaters: Does anyone know of a decent place for breakfast near Nashville's (BNA) airport? My sister is passing through town next weekend and wants to have breakfast with Elizabeth (everyone else is secondary). We have a short tim... read more

how to rob a bank

  The answer is: Own one.Relax, law enforcement people, it's not a real how-to.Part two is here. ... read more

selling insurance

  I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending me anymore. But getting a pho... read more

has the fda lost its mind ... again?

  cherries and walnuts are not drugs In the latest volley of the US Food and Drug Administration's bizarre war on scientific freedom of speech, the FDA has sent a Warning Letter to the president and CEO of Diamond Food... read more

make your own sports drink

  ... for a fraction of the cost.This is the one thing that kills our food budget, but we keep buying it because my back muscles seem to need the electrolytes to keep from spasming.At least, that's what I've convinced myself of.I've been battling back ... read more


  I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of "securing your home wireless network." It was fun. Anyway, no, I hav... read more

cake mixes & toxins

  by Anonymous PLEASE remember to check your cupboards when you get home tonight!!! Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake and cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home. A high school student had pancakes and it almost be... read more

gmo foods

  Genetically modified cotton is poisoning people in India. In this country, non-organic soybeans, corn and canola (most non-organic of these are GMO) are poisoning people. It's in corn chips and other products. They are making soybeans and corn that a... read more

gender unknown

  First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of: Male Female Gender Unknown Decline to Answer I can understand "sexually confused," but "gender unknown?" Really?... read more

happy groundhog's day!

  It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer problems and qu... read more

wine review

  Yes, we do it all here at FriendsNews! If I said to you "Bohemian Highway, California Merlot 2007," what would you think? Crap? Just this side of Thunderbird? Well, you'd be wrong. At the amazingly low price of $6 for the small bottle, it's just... read more

6 ways mushrooms can save the world

  Very cool talk given here. He talks fast, so you have to pay close attention. via 6 ways mushrooms can save the world Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning ... read more

benefits of turmeric

  Turmeric, a spice which they eat loads of in India, essentially shuts down cancer switches in the body. Especially effective for breast and prostate cancer, but really all cancers. I add turmeric to at least one meal a day, as well as cayenne which i... read more

cool site to help pets

  NoPawsLeftBehind The No Paws Left Behind web site is here to help you through some tough times.... read more

laid off

  It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talkblog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my "position eliminated." I instinctively felt it coming. In fact, I couldn't sl... read more

epidural steroid injection

  Well, I finally had my epidural steroid injection that I seem to need every 3 or 4 years for my bulgingrupturedherniated 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 ... read more

doug sells power tools!

  dholmeshilti-website.htm Used & New Hilti Tools and Accessories Hilti professional demolition concrete tools SHIPPING WORLDWIDE... read more

leaving your mark

   We want to welcome all the visitors and studen... read more

harmony haven

  My sister and her daughter have started a therapeutic riding and horse rescue! Don't forget to donate by clicking on the DONATE button. Please donate by clicking here.Thank you.... read more


  It's over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in Iowa and that was enough. As I expected, it was nice to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and the party-like attitude of the riders and the people in the towns was really nice. The problem was that it took ... read more


  I'm home after a long trip to Roanoke, VA and back. It was quite an experience overall. The 1-34 hour drive to SMF was punctuated by the puppy screaming and howling in the crate behind me in the van. She messed the newspapers once and I stopped ... read more


   Our trip was great.  Here's a very short story. We left on 811 from my work. My boss made me attend a meeting that day which ended at 2:30, whereupon I joined June, Brian and Andy who were in our van, waiting in the parking lot. Boy, did I ne... read more


  We visited Evelyn's family and ate like the pigs that we are. Bijou had fun. I guess the highlight was going to the cemetery. Believe it or not, it was really Gothic, colorful, historical and very interesting, in general. We didn't have much ti... read more


   Kansas. What an incredibly boring state. Tara, her sister Sandie, niece Destiny and I flew from Nashville to attend her youngest sister Stephanie's high school graduation in Council Grove, Kansas.  Tara and I figured we'd find something to do t... read more


  via The richest two percent of the world's population owns more than half of the world's household wealth. Although you may believe you've heard this statistic before, you haven't: For the first time, personal wealth, not income, ... read more

a few tips

  Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works. Easy Deviled Eggs Pu... read more

charleston and savannah

  Charleston, SC We drove . . . and drove . . . and drove — 10 hours or so — from Nashville until finally reaching Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way, we stopped in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate because Tara had f... read more

new orleans

  We flew into New Orleans about noon time on a Friday. Since the room wasn't ready for such an early arrival, we walked four blocks to the pier and decided to ride the paddle wheel boat "Natchez." It basically goes a mile up the Mississippi, then he... read more

california, what a trip!

  Thursday, before we left on Saturday, I took Austin to his Grandma Joy's house. We had a good visit and he took to her immediately. I left him on Friday morning and drove back to Nashville. I was supposed to get my eardrums cut open for the plane ... read more

ft. lauderdale

   I went to Ft. Lauderdale (Nov. 6) for the Breeders' Cup horse races at Gulfstream Park (actually in Hallandale, FL).  It was fun just being there.  I'd never been to south Florida before. How'd I do on the races?  Well, I bet a tota... read more

st. louis

   Tara and I made a quick trip (if you can call a five-hour road trip "quick") to St. Louis over the Labor Day weekend.  We visited their "historic district" (old town) along the river where they were hosting the Big Muddy Blu... read more


  Tara and I left Nashville for Chicago on a Thursday morning. At the last minute I decided to let my cat Myca out. I figured he would return shortly after doing his "business" in the neighbor's bushes, as usual, and I could then lock h... read more

atlanta trip

   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 downto... read more

california here we come!

  For our "summer vacation," Tara and I went to California. Where in California? Just about everywhere in 4½ days. We took a Southwest Airlines "direct" flight from Nashville to Oakland. Stupidly, we thought "direct" ... read more

europe '96 video

  You can watch it here: vimeo3271045 I was there for Doug and Jana's wedding, but this doesn't include that, as that was filmed by a professional. This video is so badly-done it's almost funny." amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit... read more


  Nashville  — June, 1996 I planned everything in advance. Or so I thought. I bought my round-trip plane ticket three months in advance. I "surfed The Web" and researched whatever I could find regarding my destination cities and co... read more

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