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

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quotation-mark.png tolstoy quote ( in culture, quotes, people )

People try to do all sorts of clever and difficult things to improve life instead of doing the simplest, easiest thing -- refusing to participate in activities that make life bad. -- Leo Tolstoy ... read more

emissions_convo.jpeg emissions test ( in culture, humor, auto )

A mostly one-way text conversation I had with my wife, Tara, yesterday while she worked and I tried to get her car emissions tested. I was laughing at my own situation after a while, wondering what could possibly go wrong next. I never did get it tested because ... read more

cassette_converter.jpg cassette tape converted to mp3 ( in culture, music, tech )

Cool! I am getting one of these. I am including an affiliate link here. This sounds like a scam post, but I really am going to buy this! :)UPDATE: Piece of crap. Do NOT waste your time or money. There is a constant hum in the background of my sample recorded ... read more

shopping_without_mask.png shopping without a mask in california documentary (part 1) ( in life, health, covid, shopping )

A protest video regarding this unwarranted, unlawful and un-Constitutional requirement for healthy people to wear masks. youtube.com/watch?v9Igaxv6Pryg&t20s I have started off at Emigh's Hardware in Sacramento to show what life is like fo ... read more

mark-twain.png one of my favorite twain quotes ( in culture, quotes, )

If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed. -- Mark Twain ... read more

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Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo

Anti-corporate crusader Dobie Pokorny wants to save the world. His old boss, Colonel Charonne, wants to stop him. On his "speaking truth to power" tour, Dobie meets and falls in love with Kaylie while enduring attacks at every turn. Can they outrun Charonne and his minions? Will Major Watson steal her away? Is she too good to be true? And, what is up with the little blue alien?

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It was in Las Cruces that things got weird. Dobromir "Dobie" Pokorny was well into his "speaking truth to power" tour in support of his latest book -- his manifesto -- Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo. He had driven north for dates in Kentucky and Indiana before deciding that getting mugged in a Muncie parking lot was his cue to turn around and head back south, or at least southwest. With stops in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas along the way, he ...

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leading lights: the sustainability champions making uk culture greener ( in education, news, rss, )
via https://www.positive.news/lifestyle/arts/the-sustainability-champions-making-uk-culture-greener/The arts can inspire people to engage with the climate crisis. We meet three people driving positive change in UK culture Leading lights: the sustainability champio ... read more
can america do it all? ( in education, news, rss, )
via https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/10/patrick-j-buchanan/can-america-do-it-all/Shop all books by Pat Buchanan In fiscal year 2020, which ended on Sept. 30, the U.S. government set some impressive new records. The deficit came in at $3.1 trillion, twice the previ ... read more
here are 7 reasons to try a cleanse ( in education, news, rss )
via https://wakeup-world.com/2020/08/25/here-are-7-reasons-to-try-a-cleanse/August 25th, 2020 Do you often get tired or feel like you have 8220;brain fog8221;? Do you have skin blemishes you cant seem to get rid of? Or maybe you just feel bloated or constipate ... read more
vintage miller lite delivery truck with 6 pack-shaped fridge listed for sale ( in education, news, rss )
via https://www.upi.com/OddNews/2020/09/16/Vintage-Miller-Lite-delivery-truck-with-6-pack-shaped-fridge-listed-for-sale/4381600289792/ A non-running vehicle listed for sale in Missouri is drawing attention for an unusual feature -- a large refrigeration shaped li ... read more
cyclist rides 2,500 miles from poo poo point to pee pee creek ( in education, news, rss, )
via https://www.upi.com/OddNews/2020/09/30/Cyclist-rides-2500-miles-from-Poo-Poo-Point-to-Pee-Pee-Creek/7151601491272/Cyclist rides 2,500 miles from Poo Poo Point to Pee Pee Creek ... read more


getting used to having no tv ( in culture, movies-tv )

I'm slowly but surely getting used to having no TV in the house. It's been about a week now. I still get all the local news headlines by following those channels through Facebook. And the only thing I ever watched on Roku — with what little time our daughter ... read more

good article about storytelling ( in culture, writing, stories )

via the-good-guy-bad-guy-myth "Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed?" ... read more

wine review ( in culture, food )

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 as good as ... read more

 latest deep thought ( in culture, quotes )

One way or another in our own inimitable way, we all do to others what was done to us. -- William Arthur Holmes Wow, that was deep -- William's internal critic ... read more

recently-discovered book repository ( in culture, writing, books )

Hathi Trust Digital Library: hathitrust.org ... read more


 exposing kids to 10 hours of science a year makes them smarter ( in education, science )

via Refreshing News: Exposing Kids To 10 Hours Of Science A Year Makes Them Smarter. "A lot of students say things like, 'I didn't know science was fun,' said Samantha Gizerian, now a clinical assistant professor at Washington State University." ... read more

 sleazy real estate investors ( in education, research, conspiracies )

via foreclosure-auction-scams It's almost like a conspiracy! Luckily, conspiracies never happen and all conspiracy theories lack credibility. :) <end of sarcasm> At the height of the financial crisis, bargain hunters would gather each week on county co ... read more

 my phones ( in education, tech, phones )

In the process of upgrading to a new Samsung Galaxy Note II today (which should arrive in a few days), Sprint at one point showed me all of the devices I've had with them over the years (in case I wanted to trade any of them in). It was funny to see all of the ... read more

the gravitylight: lighting for developing countries ( in education, tech, help, charity )

GravityLight: lighting for the developing countries on Vimeo. This is so cool! GravityLight is a revolutionary new approach to storing energy and creating illumination. It takes only 3 seconds to lift the weight which powers GravityLight, creating 30 minutes of ... read more

 lingmo language translator ( in education, health, tech )

Wow, I want one of these! Real-time language translation device whispers into your ear in real time as it's listening to the person speaking. ... read more


tara's favorites ( in family, holmes, tara )

Tara's got a new blog! It's called Tara's Favorites, available at tarasfaves.com or tarasfavorites.com. Check it out!This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce or distribute it (or its images) in whole or in part (other than to ... read more

 elizabeth cut off all her hair ( in family, holmes, elizabeth )

In the twenty minutes that Tara and I left Elizabeth alone, she found some (child-safe) scissors and cut off all her hair. At first I thought it was just wet. Then I realized she'd cut it all off. I laughed and said I was just glad she hadn't hurt herself. ... read more

holmes family newsletter vol 1 no 8 ( in family, holmes, newsletter )

The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 8, October 23, 1989 earthquake!   Where were you when it hit? Don was just leaving his office on the 15th floor in downtown San Francisco when the whole building started to shake. "I survived," said Do ... read more

uncles' obituaries ( in family, holmes )

I have lost a couple of uncles this year.Below are their obituaries: Uncle Ernie ... read more

holmes family newsletter vol 3 no 4 ( in family, holmes, newsletter )

the Evening Star Post-Tribune Dispatch (we couldn't decide on a name) Vol. 3, No. 4, June 4, 1991 Bikers ride to Yosemite On Mother's Day, John, Jeannie, Don and Diane (collectively known as "Hell On Wheels") rode their motorcycles to Yosemite. ... read more


 strange badge swipe policy ( in life, money, employment )

There's a 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

 what to plant now ( in life, health, food, garden )

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

 cake mixes and toxins ( in life, health, food, safety )

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 became fatal. His mom, a regis ... read more

 three ways to put america back to work ( in life, money, economy )

Great article here: Three-Ways-to-Put-America "In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carnage and horror continues. On Real Street, outside the gated communities where 1% of the people own 90% of ev ... read more

 visiting old sacramento ( in life, travel )

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 was a statue/wooden carving of a man on the ... read more

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common dreams
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times of oman


ewg news
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global healing center
healthy debates
juicing for health
mind body green
natural blaze
natural health 365
truth about cancer


animal rescue site
grameen foundation
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ancient code
ancient origins website
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city data
economic collapse
md drivers alliance
real zionist news
the packer
top secret writers
tracking congress
us observer
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mother nature network
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