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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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 magnificent animals face culling ( in life, help, charity, animals )

See here, here, and/or here. We will not allow our animals to starve. We will not allow them to suffer. Culling would be the kindest and, if this came to pass, this is what we would do, she says. ... read more

 the freewrite device for distraction-free writing ( in culture, writing, advice )

Article about it here, and the manufacturer's website here. ... read more

 transportation jokes ( in culture, humor, jokes )

New Los Angeles Driver's Exam For those not fortunate enough to live in Los Angeles, here is a copy of the Los Angeles Driver's Exam. For those of you who are, study real hard. This is a new exam. Since driving conditions (and culture) are unique in Los Angeles, ... read more

 humorous quotes, page 3 ( in culture, humor, quotes )

Somethin' to think about Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun. How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on. I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the p ... read more

 spaniards standing up against tyranny ( in life, health, conspiracy )

This is great! Regular people standing up for common sense and decency, against brain-dead enforcement of unnecessary rules. via summit.news ... read more

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Lottery President

For most people, winning $300 million in the lottery would be enough. They would retire, buy a big house and travel the world. Not Benny. He took the money and ran... for President. The house he had in mind was the White House. He didn't want to travel the world so much as save it... from politicians. Retire? "I'll retire when I'm dead!" he said, not knowing so many people had that exact retirement plan in mind for him.

first paragraph or so...

Benny sat alone at a table by the door in a recently opened Asian restaurant. The plastic-laminated menu offered dishes from Mongolian to Indonesian and everything in between, with each item written in its native language and alphabet. He had no idea what he was looking at until he flipped it over to find the English version. He was taking his therapist's advice, "throwing caution to the wind and letting the chips fall where they may." ...

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questions of our time — can we finally heal our collective trauma? ( in education, news, rss )
Kingsley L. Dennis - The collective cultural mind is continually being shaped by dominant social-cultural narratives that normalize our mental and emotional behavioral ... read more
entrepreneur offers 'ghost ship' tours of moored cruise ships ( in education, news, rss )
A British man who posted an ad for ghost ship tours of the empty cruise ships moored in the English Channel said the business has proven unexpectedly ... read more
a spiritual perspective on smoking cannabis: an important viewpoint to consider ( in education, news, rss )
I was having a conversation yesterday about something that has always been a reflection point for me. Since I was a kid, I was never drawn to substances, even alcohol. I always felt great, high even, when just being. As I got older and I finally tried cannabis ... read more
court rules nsa's bulk phone data collection was illegal ( in education, news, rss )
What Happened:A United States federal appeals court recently determined that the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that collected data on its own citizens was unconstitutional and illegal. This is great news, but it's important to mention ... read more
german university offering $1,900 grants 'for doing nothing' ( in education, news, rss )
A university in Germany is offering idleness grants to Germans willing to abstain from activity as part of research for an exhibition on ... read more


my novels ( in culture, writing, books, novels )

See Novels/NovellasFeatured book deals on Smashwords or go to Another peak at my books ... read more

movies ( in culture, movies-tv )

Free features! — A list of full-length features uploaded to IMDb by independent filmmakers that you can watch right now on IMDb — for free! Or check out our featured content for the latest TV episodes, popular clips, and trailers. Free documentaries! ... read more

sold another bumper sticker ( in culture, humor )

Man, that's three this year. At a dollar apiece, I'm gonna be rich! :) UPDATE: That was at Zazzle, but now I recommend CafePress (once it's set up). ... read more

insurance-related jokes ( in culture, humor, jokes )

Frequently Asked Questions About Healthcare Q: What does HMO stand for? A: This is actually a variation of the phrase, "Hey, Moe!" Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Doctor Moe Howard, who discovered that a patient could be made to forget abou ... read more

this is deep ( in culture, humor, internet )

I just had to share this comment someone left here on FriendsNews.com. Read it, absorb it, digest it, lather, rinse and repeat it. Then let me know what the %$# it means! Here it is: "I comprehend that is genuinely uninteresting and you're merely skippi ... read more


spelling and grammar online ( in education, language, grammar, internet )

When is that spelling and grammar checking feature coming to Facebook, Instagram, etc.? Oh right, they probably don't want to insult 90% of their users. Never mind. It's not that my own (or anyone's) grammar and punctuation are flawless (because t ... read more

possible cure for hair loss ( in education, science, research )

There may be hope yet! See sciencedaily.com "Inhibiting a family of enzymes inside hair follicles that are suspended in a resting state restores hair growth, a new study has found. In experiments with mouse and human hair follicles, researchers found that dr ... 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

engineer makes a diy cell phone with rotary dial so she doesn't have to use a ( in education, tech, phones )

My hero! via rotary dial "Rather than learn to live with a smartphone, this engineer designed her own cell phone with a rotary dial--and she is helping others to make their..." ... read more

identity theft protection ( in education, news, crime )

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 in his company: Do not sign the bac ... read more


comments welcome ( in family, adoption, holmes )

I set this blog so that you can now add your comments anonymously without logging in. So, comment away! I was afraid that the requirement for a login was keeping people from participating. Now you can go crazy because you're anonymous. Just watch your language ... read more

my own genealogy ( in family, genealogy, holmes )

Got my genealogy DNA test results back. I have bits from all over the world: 1% E.Central Africa (what!?) 1% Native American (Chile) 5% Middle Eastern (what!?) 91% Europe (Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak and German) That leaves 2%, which I'm guessing is fro ... read more

sunny came home! ( in family, pets )

I spent all day today wondering how I was going to tell our 5-year-old that our cat, Sunny, was no longer with us.Literally.After being awakened last night at 2:30 a.m. by the sound of a VERY close coyote, and then not finding Sunny asleep somewhere in the house l ... read more

doug ( in family, holmes, doug )

Doug sells power tools Doug's genealogy services Jana & Doug's baby girl, Natália Irén On the beach An entire page devoted to Milanko! This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce or distribute it (or its images) in w ... read more

summary ( in family, adoption, holmes )

To sum it all up: We love our daughter. Elizabeth is a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent little girl. We thank Russia for giving her to us. Otherwise, we did not enjoy Russia.In their defense, we weren't there under normal circumstances. It was not a vacation. ... read more


a few tips ( in life, help, advice )

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 Put cooked egg y ... read more

panera favorites ( in life, health, food, restaurants )

Insider favorites at Panera Bread. Via panera-bread-employee-favorites ... read more

avoid the pharmacy: fight the flu with remedies from the kitchen ( in life, health )

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 and gargle." ... read more

pick your own fruit and vegetable farms ( in life, health, food, plants )

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 also: pickyourown ... read more

paying off a credit card ( in life, money )

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, making sure to cl ... read more