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 a new idea on fostering pets ( life / animals / pets )

A Mississippi hotel lets guests foster dogs during their stay and now more than 60 have found forever homes. via Yahoo News ... read more
swedish woman spots long-lost mixtape at art exhibition
A Swedish woman visiting an art exhibit made an unexpected discovery -- a cassette mixtape she lost during a trip to Spain more than 20 years earli ... read more

 greeting cards by natalia holmes ( culture / art )

Greeting Cards by Natalia Holmes, my niece. NOTE: She no longer does this. ... read more

 advice ( life / help / advice )

You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice: People need to be listened to -- preferably agreed with -- more than anything else. If you could do one thing for someone that would be it. Controlling a bad habit can be like controlling a car. You have to get ... read more

be ready for the next power failure ( education / technology )

A cousin just installed a 16kW generator to power the whole house. It goes on and off automatically, triggered by power failure and restoration, and runs on natural gas. See video here. It costs about $4K plus installation. Various models on ... read more

 trampoline ( education / language )

Trampoline ends in ine not ene as I had thought. Just FYI for next time someone tells you that's the wi-fi password and you can't get online to look it up. :) ... read more
scientist explains why he believes aluminum is "almost certainly" playing a role in autism
A study published in 2018 discovered high amounts of aluminum in the brain tissue of people with autism. The picture you see above is from the study ... read more
scientists and refugees are growing crops in the desert using discarded mattresses bound for the landfill
Scientists from the University of Sheffield are teaching refugees how to use old mattress foam to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs in Jordan. ... read more

 dinko goes shopping ( culture / writing / stories )

by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 There once was a cat named Dinko who loved food more than anything else in the world. Of course, when you're a cat, food is probably the single most important thing in the world; so none of this should ... read more

 riding the metro, part deux ( family / adoption / holmes )

All three of us went to Red Square this time. I'm glad Tara was able to see it. Elizabeth was fascinated, too, but probably won't remember a thing.We then had lunch at Sbarro in the underground mall, where Tara bought some more souvenirs.One more night, then we le ... read more

 how to rob a bank ( life / money )

The answer is: Own one.Relax, law enforcement people, it's not a real how-to.Part two is here. ... read more
your gut microbiome could be better at predicting disease and lifespan than your own genetics
These two new studies awaiting peer review show that our gut microbiomes may do a better job of predicting longevity and diseases than our own genes ... read more

 leaving zazzle ( culture / crafts )

Here's my goodbye letter to Zazzle. Yes, it's awfully bitter and conspiracy theory-ish, but I was upset. :) Your new policy sucks, big time. And when I tried to create something new before the deadline after which they start charging monthly fees, it was so ... read more

 on the phone with nasa ( life / money / employment )

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 opportunity there, though. I'm not a COMP ... read more
a stunning admission on the so-called population crisis
A Stunning Admission on the So-called Population Crisis ... read more

 awkward ( culture / humor )

So, I'm walking back from feeding the neighbor's dog while they're on vacation. I see my wife and daughter in the car up ahead, just about to turn onto our street. I'm looking at them. They're looking at me (or at least it feels like it). They're still about a hun ... read more

 saturday morning ( family / adoption / holmes )

Tara made a good guess earlier. She thinks that the orphanage caretakers are telling Elizabeth that we will be taking her away from the orphange soon. They think they're doing us a favor, trying to prepare her. But now, every time that we come to visit and they le ... read more
scientists discover a 'consciousness switch' in the brain
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison put 50Hz through an electrode embedded in a brain region called the central lateral thalamus. ... read more
dog found trapped inside 12-foot meat processing pit
Authorities in Tennessee responded to a plant where a dog was found trapped at the bottom of a meat processing pit, under a grinder. ... read more

 holmes family newsletter vol 1 no 7 ( family / holmes / newsletter )

The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 7, October 5, 1989 Let's face it, these things are going to just keep coming. Steve arrested Steve received his first-ever speeding ticket recently. Of course, this is the first car he's ever had that could exceed t ... read more

 good friday ( culture / writing / blog )

It WAS a good Friday. There was nothing religious about it. If you know me at all, that wouldn't surprise you. I was just reading my previous post and wanted to have something more positive this time. We're all still adjusting to each other and getting better at ... read more

 our portuguese table ( family / genealogy / holmes )

My brother Doug talking about Portuguese genealogy on (I guess) the podcast dated January 22, 2019. ... read more