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 latest scams (life / money / )

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 compartment, ... read more

 you know you're lazy when... (culture / writing / blog)

You know you're lazy when you check weather.com instead of getting up and going outside to see what the weather is doing! I (eventually) went outside. ... read more

 it's only monday? (family / adoption / holmes)

Monday - 1 Oct 07 - 6:37PM zzzDRAHST-vueet-ya, DRAHST-ya, BREEV-yet ee DO-bree-dyen from Astrakhan! I just (phonetically) said Hello, hey, hi and good afternoon (even though it's now evening here) in Russian. I couldn't remember how to say evening. We vi ... read more

 things to do in nashville (life / travel / )

; ; ; Some of these are in the general area, not Nashville, proper. Adventure Science Center Alpha Mom (list) Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Centennial Park Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre Cheekwood Country Music Hall of Fame Delvin Farms Dis ... read more

 russian adoption consultant (family / adoption / holmes)

I've taken a job here as a Russian adoption consultant. The hours are long, and the pay is in barter, but you gotta do what you gotta do, seein' as how I can't leave the country. :) But seriously, the Children's Hope office in Brentwood, TN has an opening for s ... read more

 her own language (education / language / )

I love how my daughter, Elizabeth, 9, makes up words. Tonight I was complimenting her on what a good fruit smoothie she'd just made. I said she should always try to remember how much of each ingredient she used so she can make it again. So, she was going through ... read more
what's the kindest thing you've ever done? here's the best good deed people say someone
This new survey of 2,000 Americans says that people were also 22% more likely to commit a good deed after being shown kindness themselves.The post What's the Kindest Thing You've Ever Done? Here's The Best Good Deed People Say Someone Has Done for Them appeared fi ... read more

 summary (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. We ... read more

 barbecue season (culture / humor / jokes)

After months of cold and winter, we are finally coming up to summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking as it's the only type of cooking a real man will do, probably because there is an ... read more

 how to support this website (culture / writing / blog)

...should you be so inclined: Buy one of my books at Amazon or SmashWords, or Buy me a (virtual) cup of coffee, or Become a patron, or Click on one of the ads sprinkled throughout the site. Thanks! ... read more
disabled student can pursue her dreams of being a cellist after teens build her a specialized prosth
When this disabled youngster told her orchestra director that she wanted to play the cello, dozens of volunteers banded together to grant her wish. ... read more
newborn giraffe adopted by dog at south africa sanctuary
A wildlife sanctuary in South Africa said a newborn giraffe found abandoned and comatose is now improving with help from his new adopted parent -- an anti-poaching dog. ... read more

 adoption videos (family / adoption / holmes)

OK, so it took a year, but here they are, finally: Part 1 Part 2 You'll see all of our videos of Elizabeth, including the updated versions of these, on the right side on the above linked page. To download the songs from the videos, click on any or all o ... read more
cameroon man uses wasted plastic bottles to build canoes for fishermen in need
Not only does his organization help to keep Cameroon clean of plastic waste, it also helps to promote ecotourism and support low-income fishermen. ... read more

 knots by anna nalick (culture / music / )

Wow, great vocals. My current favorite UPDATE: Here it is at YouTube. Maybe one of these links (here or here) will work for you if you have Amazon Prime. ... read more

 tuesday (family / adoption / holmes)

Just some random notes this morning There's a real stray dog problem in Russian cities; or, at least Moscow and Astrakhan. A lot of people even apparently let their dogs run loose. They're almost all large dogs. The small ones don't survive. There's a real ... read more

 how hubbard and rand got their ideas (culture / humor / )

According to this video, this must be how it happened. ... read more

 recent tweets (culture / writing / tweets)

I remember when I didn't know what a tweet was, other than the sound a bird makes. It wasn't so long ago, either. Below is just a random list of tweets. Pathetic, I know, but I felt the need to put something new on the site. Anyway... Saturday, July 20, 2013: ... read more

 wordnik (education / language / )

. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from actual articles on the internet.And they actually provide an answer to links like the one above. claims to be the most comprehensive English dictionary in the world. .com/. I don't kno ... read more

 diary, 2009/04/02 (culture / writing / blog)

Today is Dad's birthday. 90 years old! Amazing. I'm 48, in case you're wondering. Amazing ... ly disgusting! Oh well. Anyway, back to Dad. Longevity runs in his side of the family. His mother lived to be 101. His father made it to 81 or so, as did his oldest b ... read more