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GMO foods

Genetically-modified cotton is poisoning people in India. In this country, non-organic soybeans, corn and canola (most non-organic of these are GMO) are poisoning people. It’s in corn chips and other products. They are making soybeans and corn that are “Round-up ready,” which means, they have pesticide IN THE FOOD, which infects and GROWS in your intestines. Here’s how to avoid these things:

nongmoshoppingguide.com

Since most of the world rejects these crops, the US & Canada are pushing them on their populations. Every president since Bush 1 (including Obama) has actively promoted GMO foods, making sure that the FDA doesn’t have to test their safety.

My Cousin Kenny’s Book

Scared to Life … and Loving It!: One Man's Journey With Prostate Cancer (Paperback)


Books/publications by other family members

My Life – Lionel Joseph Holmes

by Lionel Holmes

"This is Lionel Joseph Holmes's autobiography, illustrated with pictures taken over his life."

Portuguese Pioneers of the Sacramento Area

by Lionel Holmes and Joseph D'Allessandro

"This book tells the tales of the Portuguese “Pioneers” of the Sacramento area. Many old pictures"


For Control of Oz

by Steve Holmes

"This novel might be “historical fiction” or “Faction” since it's created from facts (at least according to the Internet). It is a compilation of pretty much all current “conspiracy” ideas put in story form. There are 5 parts. It started with Ken who was unfamiliar with “conspiracies” being put into the world of them. He met a Daniel and the Daniel's sister, Margot, who were involved in a New World Order conspiracy. The story was how Ken jumped into the whole thing, how the New World Order came to be, how it affected the world, and how it was defeated."

A Pictorial American River Bike Trail Trip

by Steve Holmes

"This is a pictorial trip on the American River (Jedediah Smith) bike trail from Old Sacramento, to Beals Point, and back to Old Sacramento"

All Across America?

by Steve Holmes

"This story is about a group of teenagers cycling across the USA, from east to west along the BikeCentennial bike trail. The leader of the group had the enthusiasm for the trip but lacked knowledge, so he got a friend to help with that. Along with them is are two couples who are friends, a younger teenager who thinks he's a real racer, and another young woman who brought along her young cousin."

The Big Race

by Steve Holmes

"This is the story of a cyclist who likes to race in local races. Lots of the story takes place in Ventura, California."

Descendants of Wolves

by Steve Holmes

"This is sort of a silly “conspiracy” story about wolves and dogs that talk"

Some Favorite Mark Twain Quotes

  • “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled!”
  • “The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures, but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.”
  • “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”
  • “A classic is a book that is praised by all and read by no one.”
  • “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!”
  • “I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world!” — Mark Twain, 4th of July speech, 1873

    See also: Putting words in Mark Twain’s mouth

  • Gender Unknown

    First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of:

    • Male
    • Female
    • Gender Unknown
    • Decline to Answer

    I can understand “sexually confused,” but “gender unknown?” Really?

    Thawing Out

    Hopefully. It snowed a good 5-6 inches Friday in and around Nashville. It wasn't good snowman/snowball snow, though. Not in our neighborhood, anyway. It was too crusty because of the freezing rain that came after the snow. It made for great sledding, though, which Elizabeth and I spent several hours doing over the past few days.

    The pugs hate the snow. The past two nights now, with the temperature only briefly rising above freezing on Sunday afternoon, the sidewalks and grassy areas are still covered completely by this crusty snow. There's just nowhere for a pug to poop. I had to rake out some of the snow in the back yard to create some grassy areas for them to go.

    But enough about that. Now it's Monday morning, and we're looking forward to it being sunny and above 40F later today. I could have let today's sun do this for me, but I decided yesterday to go ahead and clear the snow off the driveway. It took my elderly neighbor just a few minutes to do what I'd been working on twice as long. I think my driveway is a bit bigger than his, but that's no excuse. I was using a garden rake and regular shovel. The key to his success was his snow shovel. Once he proved his superiority, with his wife looking on, unsmiling, he loaned me his snow shovel. As I told my other neighbor, Troy, it's amazing what a difference the right tool makes. Troy then borrowed it and did the same to his driveway.

    Our street is on a hill. We're the first house on the right, going up the hill, so days like these are not too bad for us. For those at the top of the hill, however, it's sometimes impossible to get up and over. One such neighbor, who has a Boston Terrier — that's how dog owners identify other dog owners — made at least two attempts. At the time, Elizabeth and I were out on the driveway. I was clearing it, she was trying to build a snowman at the edge of it. A couple of times I had to tell her to come back to the safety of the porch in case any cars coming down the hill lost control and plowed into our yard. Anyway, this one Boston Terrier neighbor finally, after two failed attempts, sat and waited at the bottom of the hill for the sun to do its work and let a few cars better-equipped for the snow than his small sedan loosen up the ice for him. Finally, after about twenty minutes, he tried again, gunning it in front of our house where the ice was mostly melted. This time he made it, with a few neighbors like me looking on, rooting for him. A few minutes after that, his neighbor came down to get his SUV that he'd left parked at the bottom of the hill the day before. I missed it, but he apparently made it up the hill just fine, too.

    Elizabeth did finally make a snowman, but she had to recruit Tara for the job. Tara wisely suggested trying it in the back yard because the sun had been shining there longer and softening up the snow, making that area much better for snowman building. Sure enough, twenty minutes later, Elizabeth came running out to tell me to look at their snowman. I got video of her in front of it, but I think Tara has already posted a picture of it on her blog, Tara's Favorites.