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4 day work week

Wow, this would be great! See 4-day work week... read more

Random observations

Winter oranges in Nebraska

TN Safari Park

Drove past this place a month ago. Looked interesting, and it is apparently getting ... read more

How to exercise without moving your body

Good news! See... how-to-exercise-without-moving-your-body/ Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a magical world w... read more

Essential oil uses

Here's an interesting (and hopefully useful) article someone sent us.... read more

Time for trees

Time for Trees. Another worthy cause.... read more

Difference between alpacas and llamas

In case you were wondering, as I was...... read more

Elephant poaching falls dramatically

Some good news for a change: elephant-poaching-falls-dramatically-africa Elephant poaching in Africa has d... read more

Atlanta food forest

Such a great idea! Atlanta's City Council just voted in favor of t... read more

Sacred chocolate

See Food of the gods ... drinking a homemade cacao hot chocolate in the mornings instead of coffee ... unleashes such bea... read more

Veterinary medicine said to cure cancer. Cancer industry not happy.

Dog de-worming medicine allegedly cures cancer. See Cancer cure ha... read more

Attract butterflies and bees to your garden, reduce wi-fi

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Disney heiress nails it

We could not agree more. See "Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane... read more

Cayenne supplements

I'd like to report that if anyone has prostate issues, the best treatment I know of is ... read more

Chlorine dioxide breaks down glyphosate in body (allegedly)

...and so allegedly cures autism and Alzheimer's. See "I should say something about bleach, as a number of critics insist MMS (chlori... read more

Wildlife bridges

I love this! See wildlife bridges Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises ... read more

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Looks like a worthwhile project. Click the link/badge below for more info ... read more

How to lose hundreds of pounds

See every-breath-you-take. ... contrary to intuition, over 90% of lost weight leaves the body as carbon dioxide exhaled from the l... read more


Did you know about this rock from Russia? It'... read more

More than half using prescription drugs quit after using cannabis and CBD

Interesting article here: more-than-half-quit-using-prescription-drugs ... read more

Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair

You probably can't fix it yourself, and your mechanic might not be able to, either. Almost a metaphor for our times. See Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair. By the... read more

Great foreign travel tips

The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous. See ... read more

Digging a shallow well

This guy makes it look easy: read more

Give your liver a break

pesticide levels dropped after organic diet... read more

Antibiotics kill good bacteria, too

"A healthy blood-brain barrier is necessary for keeping unwanted molecules and cells from entering into the brain from the bloodstream. Without a healthy blood-brain barrier, pathogens can pass from the bloodstream in... read more

HPV, a manufactured crisis

HPV vaccines are touted as a safe and effective cure for cervical cancer, but the evidence tells a different story.See anh-usa/hpv/... read more

Donation to Harmony Haven

We just donated to Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding and Horse Rescue. This recent snowstorm knocked down fencing, al... read more

When coyotes (try to) attack

Well, I had an exciting morning. Who needs coffee to wake up? It was around 5:30 when I let our pug Joey out in the backyard. I'm standing there keeping an eye out for critters (there is no fen... read more

5G coming to OH and TN

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

Turmeric, cinnamon & ginger tea

from My Persian Kitchen Prep time: 1 min Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 31 mins Serves: 1 cup Ingredients 1 tsp grated fresh turmeric 1... read more

Cost of living comparison (Sacramento vs. Lisbon)

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

1-2-3 Day!

Today is 1-2-3 day! January 23. Exciting, right? Just think, twenty-six years from today it'll be 1-2-3-4-5 day! I'll probably be dead by then, but somebody will enjoy it!... read more

Marijuana, hemp, cbd: what's legal and where

For those "asking for a friend," see marijuana-hemp-cbd-whats-legal-and-where: "As ... read more

27-pound bucket of mac and cheese

We should just go ahead and get this for our 13yo daughter.... read more

Friends of humanity

The Friends of Humanity website. Don't know anything about it, but like the sound of it. :) "Friends of Humanity is active in the defense of human rights, e... read more

Holodeck Earth

Great, well-laid-out point-by-point article... if you're into this sort of thing. See Contract holodeck Earth.... read more

Draft horses pull big rig up hill

Wow! "(UPI) — A Minnesota couple harnessed their Belgian draft horses to help a semi truck driver whose vehicle was stuck on an icy driveway." Read more: ... read more

Job listing

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

Autism said to be linked to aluminum adjuvants

via aluminum-vaccines-cause-autism "We now have 5 years of medical research, mostly from outside the United States, incrim... 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 risks/dangers of each vaccine."... read more

Visiting Old Sacramento

Observations while walking around Old Sacramento with Elizabeth: Jul 14, 2018 2:38pm As I sat on a bench in touristy Old Sacramento, a little boy walked by and asked "Are you a statue?" I had to laugh. There ... read more

Merck accused of fraud re Gardasil

They failed to clearly state... "... the minimal risk that, even once the individual was infected with the HPV virus, the infection would result in precancerous lesions..." via ... 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 passio... 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... read more

Kroger policy

I think Kroger has a policy of periodically moving everything around in order to stimulate our hunter-gatherer instinct, never knowing which aisle our next meal is in.... read more


Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the tar machine today (11.9% "fee", are you kidding me?!). I came away with $93.54! It rejected a few coins, repeatedly, forcing me t... read more

Flipping off Trump

I'm working on an arrangement with my employer whereby I flip off Trump's motorcade, get photographed doing it, get fired for it, then have a "go fund me"... read more

On the phone with NASA

Got off the phone with @NASA. Had to tell 'em, "Look, I'm not willing to relocate. Stop calling!" OK, so it wasn't actually NASA, I didn't say exactly that, and it wasn't actually a job offer. A recruiter did call about an o... read more

Feeding the homeless

With wife feeding the homeless at Room In The Inn (36.15216, -86.77859)... read more

Animals rescued from wildfires

"UC Davis has been caring for dozens of animals that were displaced or injured in the California wildfires over the past two weeks." via ... read more

Strange badge swipe policy

Strange badge swipe policy at work: required first thing in the AM, after that ANYONE can just walk right in. #monitoring_v_security... 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 ... read more

Mosquito anti-itch cream

FYI: Aileen's Instagram page "I don't know about you but mosquitoes are crazy for me! Made some anti-itch cream. :) we shall see if it works! #he... read more


This is a free service that we're only too happy to provide. And just because it's free doesn't mean it's not professionally done. Give us a call anytime, but the later the hour, the worse the insult!... read more

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 man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversatio... 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 r... 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 ... read more

Good food, bad 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."W... 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.&... read more

Actual environmental issues

Here are some actual environmental issues that we should be addressing instead of "cl... read more

Horsetail herb said to remove aluminum

According to the "Health Ranger," anyway.... read more

Drop the diet drinks

from Diet drinks TRIPLE risk stroke dementia "Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and de... read more

Plastic girl

It was horrible! I was at Walmart again, but that's not the worst part. There was a teenage/early-20's girl with boobs out to here, wearing the most form-fitting outfit you ever saw. I ... read more

Wild lettuce to help pain

This looks very familiar in my yard. Go here for more info: lettuce "I'm ... read more

Hotdog from Reggio's

At Chicago, Illinois (41.883222, -87.632496) Just had a hotdog from ... read more

Extra recess time alleviates 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 activit... read more

Leave the trees, please

Another reason for short-sighted land developers to leave as many trees as possible when destroying/preparing the site for the next new neighborhood. See ... 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 h... 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 regul... read more

Local pick up

Just ordered a $10 item on eBay. They offered "Local pick up in Las Vegas, Nevada" versus delivering it. I live in Nashville. I need to decide if it's worth driving out there. Suggestions?... read more

If your brakes go out

Alternate route

Don't you hate it when you take an alternate route to get away from a slow driver only to have them end up in front of you later?... 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 r... read more

Alternatives to Amazon and Etsy

If you're looking for an alternative to ... 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 ... 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-... 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 Russi... read more

Job offer

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

Being overweight means you live longer

Why being 'overweight' means... 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? :) ] I looked online and it's hard to find direct, simple instructions, they tend to get academic or theoret... 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 regist... 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. Please donate ... 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 far... 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... 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 ... 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, Det... 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 ... read more

We're better than we think we are

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

Just 'cuz you cut off its head...

... 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 ... read more

Nutty grain and oat bars

I need to try this. Too bad I hate cooking so much. I eat way too many ... read more

Farmers use social media to stop food waste

Farmers use social media to stop food waste. So far, Crop... read more

Working for someone else

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 on... 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 peop... 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 ... read more

10 ways to survive skyrocketing food prices

Good to know. from 10 Ways to Survive Skyrocketing Food Prices "Food prices are... read more

52 plants in the wild you can eat

FIRST, an important note: NEVER eat unripe elderberries. 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 ... read more


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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 ... read more

Contributing factors to happiness

What a great experiment ... and website!Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Co... 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 |... read more

Switzerland shows U.S. how to handle CEOs

Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs. Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity... 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 sta... read more

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

The good news is that the research shows 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 B... 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.&qu... read more

Anti-inflammatory smoothie to heal you from the inside out

I think I'll try this. " If you are battling an aliment or just want to feel good - this sm... read more

Corporate welfare vs. social welfare spending

via Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending ... It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap. "Market subsi... 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'v... 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. ... 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 eve... 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'... 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 ... read more

Feral cats find a new use

In case you're in the market for a "barn cat," this is for you: feral-cats-get-a-second-life. Maybe o... 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 ... 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 d... read more

Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a 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. ... 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... 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 ... read more

The jobs number is b.s. 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 breakd... read more

Food for thought

via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought. "The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial ... 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 ... 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 organizati... 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... 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 neig... 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 &mdas... read more

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric's cardiovascular benefits found Just 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 ... 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... read more

Pick your own fruits and vegetables

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

Micro gigs

Interesting article on "micro gigs" via welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small ... 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 no... 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." &md... read more

In honor of Labor Day

Great article here via "What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another ... 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 Ob... read more

Happy May Day

from Liberty Underground... "Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in ... read more

Economic inequality is not sustainable

via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable "A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middl... 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 o... read more

Verizon to lay off 1,700 workers after paying CEO $22 million

Yes, large corporations really are that stupid/short-sighted/corrupt. via Verizon To Lay Off ... 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 t... 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 ... 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 ... read more

Three ways to put America back to work

Great article here: Three-Ways-to-Put-America "In theory The Great Recession is history, but fo... 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 ... read more

Whirlpool threatens pensions

via Whirlpool threatens pensions "Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirl... read more

Feds rule Boeing can't move plant to avoid union

Federal Agency Rules Boeing Cant Move Plant to Avoid Union... read more

The 10 most hated companies in America

from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America — 24/7 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 ... read more

Usurpation and the corporation as crime

from Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime "Richard Grossman says tha... read more

Job hunting

Can't companies at least send a denial letter/email? 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. UNI... 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 ... read more

For all bosses who dislike directness

For all bosses who dislike directness and are afraid of offending anyone... via positive leaders love productivity ... 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 wa... 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 G... read more

Good news for bad references

enewsletters.biospace/rhw/newsletter/good-news-for-bad-references.htm?... read more

Selfish CEOs

CEOs who lay off the most people rake in the profits via Hidden Corp... 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 em... 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, th... read more

Why the rich don't give to charity

I thought this was quote-worthy, via why-the-rich-dont-give "Last year, Paul Piff, a psychologist at UC... 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? ... 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 m... 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 ... 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 r... read more

Best places to go (2013)

Travel Picks: Best Places to Go in 2013 : Condé Nast Traveler. Nashville made the lis... read more

Cincinnati passes resolution requiring GE food labeling

Cincinnati passes resolution requiring GE food labeling.Good!And that's where Kroger is head... 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 sustain... read more

Ford's hemp-powered, hemp-made car

I just thought this was interesting: youtube/watch?v=54vD_cPCQM8 And here's another article on the same subject: ... 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 an... 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,... read more

Exercise primally, move, lift, and sprint!

via Action Item #4: Exercise Primally — Move, Lift, and Sprint "Moving frequently... read more

People can be fat and fit

People can be fat AND fitGood news! "It shows that s... 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 ... read more

Honey, I killed the superbug

via Honey, I killed the superbug | The Australian. "... none of the bacteria [that] rese... 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 ... 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 altern... 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, ... read more


Non-profit job listings Tap Root... read more


Charity Navigator Cure Juvenile Myositis Greater G... read more

IBM's internal plan, fire most U.S. 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 ... 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 ... 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 slee... 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. ... 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 ... 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 ... read more

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

British town grows all of its own vegetables, witnes... 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 homeless/foreclo... 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 ... 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 wi... 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 stuc... read more

A visit to Walmart

I hate Walmart.  It's a company run by slimy executives who don't care about the mom-and-pop businesses they destroy, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of peopl... read more

Things to do in Nashville

{ ; ; ; } Some of these are in the general area, not Nashville, proper. 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; ... read more

Saving the rich, losing the economy

from saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy "US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufac... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. " BePrepared is the world's large... 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 perve... read more

How to replace a headlight bulb in a Honda Accord

How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Ho... read more

Supermarket meat 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 ... 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... 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 ... read more

Where to donate your stuff

Where to Donate Your Stuff: 101 Places Your Clutter Can Do Good "Something that's be... read more

Which food additives make children behave badly

via Which Food Additives Make Children Behave Badly. "... food a... 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 washi... read more

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

Click below: dont-take-potassium-iodide-unlessHere's a website all about nuclear energy, courtesy of my brother... 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 Pump... 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... 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. ... 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, sh... read more

Dems pull fast one with food safety bill

via newswithviews/NWV-News/news233.htm "It didn't take long for Democrats in the House to figure a way around the constitutional roa... read more

Food safety hypocrites

These people all need to go: libertynewsonline/article_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 li... 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 har... read more

Detection dogs

via A nose for wild things "These are no hounds. These are highly trained detection dogs used by biologists to ... read more

Made in America... no longer

"American as apple pie" items that are no longer made here: 19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anym... read more


via Preikestolen " is one of Rogaland county's most visited attractions, and one of the country's most spectacular photo subjects. has been ... read more

A few good links

Found these unrelated stories interesting. Thought I'd share: simple-ways-to-save-money-minimizing ... 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" T... read more

Another reason to avoid Monsanto products

A very technical article. from GMO-Free_Europe_2010 "It is import... 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 t... 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 2... read more


People Charity Navigator Create the Good ... read more

Buy local food

via Using Local Organic Cooperatives To Defeat Globalists "Okay, you're awake, back among the human tribe. Now... read more

Burn your bra

... after you remove it, of course. Apparently, they cause cancer. No kidding! Here's the link: all-natural/bras.html Women who wore thei... 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... read more

Maybe cashiers need to wear gloves

Maybe their customers should wear ... 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 ingredien... 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 ... 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,... 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


New technique to produce hydrogen fuel from waterOld footage from BP relief well oil blow-out:... 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... 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... 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 ... read more

Getting organized

Great article here: reorganizing-bathroom-closet I'm especially impressed with Item 3, putting everything into the pillowc... read more

Make your own toothpaste

Make your own (healthy) toothpaste here: make-your-own-safe-natural-and-healthy-tooth-pastes-... 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... 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 sit... read more

Pesticides causing ADHD?

It might explain the relatively recent phenomena. via health-kids_and_parenting/ See also ... read more

Amnesty day at the dump!

I know, that sounds weird. But I just returned from the dump/recycling 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 to... 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 she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last mont... read more

Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill

Waxman represents L.A. on the west side up to Santa Monica. I bet those people take LOTS of supplements. via naturalnews/028687_Henry... read more

Identity theft

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 sent the following out to the employees... 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 ... read more

Neighborly confrontation

I had a run-in yesterday with the neighbor formerly known as "motorcycle guy." I had just gotten back from a customer's office when I get a knock on the door. It's "motorcycle guy" saying "Can we talk a minute? I know you've got a pr... 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 h... read more

How to rob a bank

The answer is: Own one.Relax, law enforcement people, it's not a real how-to.... 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 any mor... 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... 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 myse... 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... read more

Cake mixes & toxins

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 a... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 w... 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 talk/blog 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 fac... 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 bulging/ruptured/herniated disc (between L4 and L5, for you medics out there). I just got the shot yesterday at the ... read more

Doug sells power tools!

dholmes/hilti-website.htm "Used & New Hilti Tools and Accessories Hilti professional demolition / concrete tools SHIPPING WOR... read more

Leaving your mark

We welcome all the visitors and students to our center, Harmony Haven. Our mission statement: "We rescue and rehabilitate horses so they can rescue and rehabilit... read more


Services provided by FriendsNews members Handyman:  Doug Horse Rescue / Therapy Riding:  ... read more


Shopping-related posts Misc computer/electronics for sale: Click here A whole bunch of... read more


{ ; ; ; } Things you [maybe] never knew about Nashville Expatriation sites/pages... read more


All sorts of randomly-useful info ... read more


You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice:Do good deeds. Below are a few links: Help People Charity Navigator ... read more


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Kind Earth Recipes by Anastasia Real Italian pizza!Best pizza [one of our readers has] ever had. Kinda pricey... read more


I'm home after a long trip to Roanoke, VA and back. It was quite an experience overall. The 1-3/4 hour drive to SMF was punctuated by the puppy screaming and howling in the crate behind me in the van. She messed the newspaper... read more


Our trip was great.  Here's a very short story. We left on 8/11 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 park... 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... 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 so... read more


It's over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in 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 th... 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 wo... 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... 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 wa... read more

New Orleans

We flew into 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... 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... 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 ... 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 ta... 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 th... 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 neighb... 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 th... 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 &md... read more

Europe '96 video

You can watch it here: vimeo/3271045 I was in Bratislava, Slovakia for Doug and Jana's wedding, but this doesn't include the wedding itself. That was filmed by a ... read more

Portugal to Hungary

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


Nashville  — June, 1996I 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 d... read more