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 she's warming up to us ( family / adoption / holmes )

We had her laughing, smiling and giggling today. I pushed her around on the three-wheeler, then flew her around the room. She even let us chase her around, and it didn't scare her when I chased her! She seemed more comfortable with Tara than she was with me ... read more
seagulls on empty roman streets have rediscovered their wild
On the empty streets of Rome starved of human food scraps, seagulls are going back to their natural ways, hunting pigeons and rats.Seagulls on ... read more

 hiking with elizabethpart 2 ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

continued from Hiking with Elizabeth The scariest part was when we stopped. Then he stopped. I had my phone in hand, looking at the map. There was a tense moment until he smiled and said, Y'all lost? Just trying to find our way back to the parking lot, I ... read more

 how to take your own passport photo ( life / travel )

I was having a hard time converting a digital photo down to the correct 2x2 physical size. Then I found this article: take your own passport photos. At first, I was thinking Tell me something I don't know. Then I saw the link to the State Department's own ... read more

amazing ( life / money )

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 heard this statistic before, you haven't: For the first time, personal wealth, not income, has been ... read more

 a day at the fair ( culture / writing / stories )

by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 I pulled into Angel's Camp around noon. I was supposed to be meeting my brother Don and his wife Diane there ... somewhere. We hadn't actually decided on a meeting place. That would have been too ... read more

 diary 2010/07/25 ( life / money / shopping )

Just got back from an all day shopping excursion. I don't know how Tara does it every week. I told her that was harder work than going to the office all day. She said, So, you appreciate me more now? Of course, I said yes. First we went to Tara's Kroger, the ... read more

 father's day ( culture / writing / blog / internet )

I'm just writing this post to get something new on the blog other than that free ad for Windows 7. :) We drove up to be with my wife's side of the family today for Father's Day. An extra special treat upon returning home was to discover that our 8-year-old, ... read more
here are 7 reasons why you need a cleanse
March 17th, 2020 By for Do you often get tired or feel like you have 'brain fog'? Do you have skin ... read more

 which food additives make children behave badly ( life / health / food )

via Which Food Additives Make Children Behave Badly. ... food additives used in hundreds of children's foods and drinks can cause temper tantrums and disruptive behavior ... read more

pick your own fruit and vegetable farms ( life / health / food )

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: ... read more

 raw video of nashville tornado aftermath (2 mins) ( life / environment / weather )

See tornado video (156mb). It was taken March 11, the week after the tornado, on Eastgate Blvd. in Mt. Juliet where they have that big auto auction site you can see from I-40. If you're quick, you might notice the Garmin GPS screen in the first frame of the ... read more

 poetry ( culture / writing / poetry )

A Prince in Disguise A Saga of Seven Hats People you'll be missing and why THE ... read more
photo of multitasking mom at work drums up support for other working mothers
This multitasking mom has garnered a flood of appreciation and support after her boss posted a photo of her effortlessly juggling job duties with a baby girl in ... read more

 iowa ( life / travel )

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 that it took place in Iowa. I ... read more

 holmes family newsletter vol 5 no 2 ( family / holmes / newsletter )

The Sacred CowVol. 5, No. 2, March 15, 1993 Dad sucked from plane! Well, almost. And it was 41 years ago. Hey, nobody can accuse us of being accurate or current (or relevant, for that matter)!Anyway, as a big corporate executive for McGraw Hill Publishers in ... read more
restaurant using blow-up dolls to enforce social
A South Carolina restaurant partially reopening for dine-in customers is keeping the tables compliant with social distancing guidelines by filling ... read more

 take this quiz ( life / people )

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 people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. Name the last half ... read more

 haircut ( culture / writing / blog / grooming )

Got a haircut today. Finally! What little I have left -- after all the stress at work and the stress of the recent back pain -- was getting pretty long and goofy-looking unless it was wet and slicked back. Anyway, I was sitting there in my chair getting my hair ... read more
exciting new data says renewables accounted for almost three quarters of new energy capa
Not only did renewable energy sources make up more than 70% of new global power capacity, solar and wind accounted for 90% of it. Exciting ... read more
1,000-year-old viking boat found buried on norwegian island
Officials in a Norwegian county announced a 1,000-year-old Viking ship has been found buried on the same island where a ship of similar vintage was found six months ... read more