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New Open Letter Response To Harper's 'cancel Culture' Screed Unleashes Outpouring Of Mockery

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The much-discussed Harpers open letter opposing cancel culture has provoked, you guessed it, another open letter. This one accuses the original of being elite and racist, but many Twitter users arent buying the argument. Read Full Article at ... read more

Internet Implodes After AOC Says Only Entitled Moaners Think Cancel Culture Exists (in A Post Complaining About Her Critics)

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has denied the existence of cancel culture, suggesting it is an invention of privileged moaners who can't handle criticism. Her thesis prompted speculation that the powerful lawmaker has no self-awareness. Read Full Article ... read more

Internet Witch Hunts Derive From 'profound' Desire For Self-purpose, Signatory Of Open Letter Critical Of Cancel Culture Tells RT

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Cancel culture attracts people who feel isolated by society and want to be part of a rigid orthodoxy that gives their lives meaning, according to a signatory of a controversial open letter that was also endorsed by J.K. Rowling. Read Full Article at ... read more

Chomsky, Rowling & Others Sign Open Letter Against Cancel Culture, Get Blasted By Left & Right For Lame, Limp Stance

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An open letter opposing cancel culture has garnered 150 signatures, including those of Noam Chomsky and JK Rowling, but is being bashed by conservatives as insincere and too late and waved off by liberals as missing the point. Read Full ... read more

Free Ebooks

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Two of my ebooks are available free of charge all month (July) at Smashwords. The links are at the bottom of that page. I've already sold five copi ... read more

Black Entrepreneur Develops Hemp Farming Co-Op To End Systemic Racism In American Agriculture

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Vic Bishop - Impactful initiatives like these are helping to reverse systemic racism while moving the world toward a hemp future. ... read more

Those In Glass Houses… Cancel Culture Implodes As Jemele Hill & Barstool Sports Trade Jibes

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Broadcaster Jemele Hill has found herself in hot water after a tweet resurfaced in which she used the word tranny. Her would-be cancellation was sparked by Barstool Sports hosts, whom she had attacked for alleged racism. Read Full Article at ... read more

Being Bamboozled

( culture / quotes )
This is great. Pretty similar to one by Mark Twain, actually, but I am adding it here, anyway: One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we have been bamboozled long eno ... read more

More Gates-Funded 'Brave New World' Science: Lab-Cultured Fake Breast Milk

( education / news / rss )
Childrens Health Defense Team - We are on a very slippery slope towards transhumanism. ... read more

The Birth Of The Culture Wars

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Many pundits and politicians seem to blame UK prime minister Boris Johnson for provoking the latest installment of the culture wars that now dominate Anglo-American public life. Sections of the media, from the New York Times to the Guardian, have claimed that ... read more

To Wear Or Not To Wear

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My attitude is simple: Wear a mask if you are worried, but leave the rest of us alone to breathe in peace. And anyone who fell for this pandemic probably also fell for 9/11, Obama's hope, and the Kennedy assassination official expla ... read more

Cassette Tape Converted To MP3

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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!... read more

Emissions Test

( culture / writing / blog / auto )
A mostly one-way text conversation I had with my wife, Tara, yesterday while she worked and I tried to get her car emissi... read more

Belmont Stakes To Be Run First In Triple Crown This Year

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Go to BelmontStakes.com. These are the entrants. Still ... read more

The Good Old Days

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Ah, the good ol' days when the shelves were full! Click the image. ... read more

Music By An Old Friend

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Thoughts On Writing

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Louis L'Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn't impress me at the time, but now it does. Not one, but two dogs threw up behind me as I wrote. Was that a commentary on my writing? Wouldn't be the first time. As I told these guys in the job interview, If you're wondering wh... read more

Some Good News For Your TV: Watch The Pilot Episode Of The Good News Network!

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Our first-ever TV show has just launched on YouTube. The GNN-TV pilot, "Quarantine Edition, was developed and produced in just 2 weeks with Ros ... read more

Thought For Today

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It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled! -- Mark Twain ... read more

Humor Amid Official Overreaction

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Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem. I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe. I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator. Still haven't decided where ... read more

Bandanna Fashion

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Nobody bats an eye now when I walk into a bank or store with a bandanna wrapped across my face. Of course, the gun is still a sure giveaway. ... read more

Kentucky Derby Postponed

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This is a first, as far as we know. No, we didn't research it. We don't do a lot of research here. :) Anyway... The 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020. See kentuckyderby.com... read more

Stop Panicking

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Music By A Nephew (and Friends)

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Thomas and friends, a.k.a. OnSol are on Facebook, YouTube, BandMix, ReverbNat... read more

Placing The Ball Sarcastically

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OK, this has got to be the most hilarious excuse for a penalty. See placing the ball sarcastically ... read more

10 TV Series With Conscious Themes -- If You're Looking For Something Good

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via collective-evolution.com "As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of Conscious ... read more

Music By A Brother

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Music by one of my brothers: 'Til the Morning Comes ... read more

Good Article About Storytelling

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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

The Truth About Electric Cars

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Best And Worst Self-Publishing Sites

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Good site showing who to trust (or not) when it comes to self-publishing: self-publishing-service-reviews... read more

USMNT Fan-preferred Roster

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Who do you want playing right now for the US Men's national soccer team (assuming everyone's available) for a hypothetical must-win game? VOTE HERE I like this lineup, here.... read more

How To Support This Website

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...should you be so inclined: Buy one of my books at Amazon or SmashWords, or Buy me a (virtual) cup of coffee... read more

Another Way: Beyond The Status Quo

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Available on Smashwords, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, ... read more

British Problems

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Stumbled upon this and thought I'd share. Here's a sample... Look, buddy, I get it . You have a Ferrari and you "wanna go fast" like Ricky Bobby but maybe central fcking London isn't ... read more

Leaving Zazzle

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Here's my goodbye letter to Zazzle. Yes, it's awfully bitter and conspiracy theory-ish, but I was upset. :) "Your new policy sucks, big time. And when I tried to create something new before the deadline after which they start charging monthly fees, it was so freaking difficult to post it for sale, I gave up. I'm ... read more

DIY Arts And Crafts

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Operation Detour

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New book out!Riva ... read more

Lottery President

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Dance

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via Puttin' on the Ritz in MoscowHundreds of dancers joined together in Moscow on 26.02.2012 to perform together a great flashmob of...... read more

Crafts

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Jana's Palickovanie art ... read more

Quotes On Religion

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"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad; and that is my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln" When Gandhi was asked his opinion of Western civilization he said, It would be a good idea. Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would ... read more

Movies-TV

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Good quasi-clay-mation video Great first video from several years ago by my niece here: Y... read more

Quotes

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"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad; and that is my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln" All quote-related posts... read more

1-2-3 Day

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Today is 1-2-3 day! January 23. Exciting, right? Just think, twenty-six years from today it'll be 1-2-3-4-5 day! I'll probably be dead by then, but somebody will enjoy it! ... read more

Recently-discovered Book Repository

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

Draft Horses Pull Big Rig Up Hill

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E-recycling Services In Nashville

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E-recycling services in Nashville- ( , technology, , ) ... read more

Couple Of Good Ones

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OK, three good ones. and and, this just in, something to settle the argument... ... read more

How To Move A Book Store

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Cool! Human-chain-helps-British-book-store-move-down-the-street ... read more

Operation Detour (Facebook)

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Lazy Pug Cafe

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Lazy pug cafe... read more

Kentucky Derby

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Kentucky Derbyvia http://kentuckyderby.com... read more

Taking The Stairs

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Don't you hate it when you're taking the stairs, looking down because it's a struggle, you think you've reached your floor only to look up and see you've got two more to go? Working on the third floor is rough!... read more

Novels/novellas

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I have created a form for you to leave an anonymous review/critique of all of my books. CLICK HERE. Thanks! :) ... read more

USB Turntable

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Good Quasi-claymation Video

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Good quasi-clay-mation videoGreat first video from several years ago by my niece here: Y19zSl2q5iQ. Her current YouTube channel is here: channel/UC-JJa3iNrgqhyRN-an4afP ... read more

Quote On Tolerance

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"Total tolerance is not a virtue, it is a total lack of principles." — Plainsman 2016... read more

Trail Of Blood

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On The Phone With NASA

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Bain Capital Helps Kill Another Iconic American Company

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"Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt that Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion." via inthesetimes. ... read more

How To Drain A Toilet

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Natalia Holmes Photography And Videos

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Diary, 2017/07/29

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I just went down the road to the quickie-mart and got coffee. It's something I do most every weekend morning since throwing away my home coffee maker to keep me from drinking too much of it. On the way there, I saw what I thought was a dead turtle in the road. I hate that. Poor things just can't move fast enough. Half way there, up ... read more

Indian Flick With Subtitles

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- So, I'm selecting a movie to watch on Netflix. I see "Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty". It's Indian, with subtitles, but it's in the category of Action/Adventure. The blurb says "Capt. Bakshi sets out to stop a network of terrorist sleeper cells!" So, I give it ... read more

Netflix Subgenres

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- ( , television )How to find those hard-to-find movies and TV shows on Netflix:Netflix codes UPDATE... read more

Got Yelled At Today

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Folding Clothes

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One Of The All-time Great Rock-era Lyricists

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Listening to Don Henley this morning. He is one of the all-time great lyricists/poets. Just thought I'd say so. Then ... read more

Action Films On Netflix

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Action films on Netflix- Almost half of all action films on Netflix have a variation of this description: "He thought he was retired, but has to do One. Last. Job! 1950... read more

My English Premier League Team

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Writers Need Followers?

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Publishers and writing "gurus" preach that writers need followers. The problem is that emotionally-stable people don't want followers, they want friends, compatriots, people who listen, not followers. Especially zombie followers. They're the worst! :)... read more

Out Of Toothpaste

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- Me (joking, the other day): I'm out of toothpaste! Whaddaya gonna do about it? Wife (without missing a beat): Find a husband with toothpaste, I guess. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I married her. :) And that's why I'm at the store right now, buying toothpaste. ... read more

Decent Series Available Online

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Is there a single, decent series available online that isn't depraved; you know, doesn't involve zombies or some sort of depressing, apocalyptic, loser view of the world? Just wondering. Thanks.UPDATE: ... and three years later, we have an answer! See ... read more

Google Chrome Extensions

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Awkward

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So, I'm walking back from feeding the neighbor's dog while they're on vacation. I see my wife and daughter in the car up ahead, just about to turn onto our street. I'm looking at them. They're looking at me (or at least it feels like it). They're still about a hundred yards away, so I'm not entirely sure. To be silly, I ... read more

Last Train Out

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No More Penalty Shootouts!

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I'm a huge soccer fan, but absolutely hate penalty shootouts. That is no way to decide a game. The winning team needs to be determined by playing the game, not through penalty kicks. That's like deciding an American football game by having five or six players from each team line up and kick field goals at the end of the game, ... read more

Cereal

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I think I'm addicted to cereal, I said. Addicted? she asked. Yeah, I'm gonna hit the street looking for my latest fix. And by 'street,' you mean Aisle 3 at Kroger, right? Don't question my street cred!... read more

American Pharoah Vs. Secretariat, Who Would Win?

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Interesting!The 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ran the sixth-fastest Belmont Stakes ever, but if he was racing against Secretariat's record time in 1973, he would have been a distant second. Watch the two races side-by-side.Source: ... read more

All-time Favorite Songs

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Or, what I'd want on my MP3 player if stuck on a deserted island (with rechargeable batteries and a ... read more

The Road To The Kentucky Derby (2015)

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The 20 three-year-olds to make the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby are determined by the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of races leading up to the Derby where contenders can earn points. Follow the leaderboard to see who... read more

My Sister's Horse Rescue

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...- ( )... and riding therapy operation now has a GoFundMe page!I hope you've got some pocket change you can ... read more

You Saying I'm Ugly?

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I was explaining to my 9 year old daughter what networking is, and that I'm not very good at it. She said, That's because a lot of people judge you by your looks. And you're not ... You trying to say I'm ugly? I don't think so, she said, but other people do, yeah. Don't you just love kids?... read more

Please Donate To Harmony Haven

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Cigar, American Race Horse, Dies At Age 24

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Sad news. He was one of the greats. We saw him in retirement at Kentucky Horse Park several years ago. via Cigar, American racehorse, dies at age of 24. ... read more

Photography

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Wallpapers collected over the years. If you are the photographer/owner and want your photo removed, just let us know. Dreamstime ... read more

Parents Code Of Ethics

( culture / sports / family )
Signing my daughter up for softball, I just had to laugh at this (stripped down) Parents Code of Ethics: I will encourage good sportsmanship I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win. I will remember that the game is for the youth — not adults. I guess the ... read more

World Cup 2014

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Take This Quiz

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- 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 ... read more

Catfish

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from 1994, © 1994 by Eric McGovern It was a warm, humid night, as are most nights of August in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. It was ten p.m. and, as I loaded my fishing gear into my truck and looked up at the full moon, I was getting anxious to fish. I started up the truck, drove about three miles, and turned down a dark dirt road ... read more

Kangaroos Attacked Me

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from 1993 by Greg — not really There I was in Long Beach, California, having lunch down along the docks like I always do. It was a cool Autumn day, early November. I was watching the ships roll in ... then I'd watch 'em roll away again. Whoa-wo sittin' on the dock of the bay ...Sorry. I can't get ... read more

Baub

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by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 From September 5, 1989 In the vast expanse of Llycete Spaceport's docking yard on this below-freezing winter morning, the Mraclys, a small ship badly in need of a paint job, stood apart from the other ships. It stood out mostly because it was so ugly. Green on top, or ... read more

California Chrome A Horse Of A Uniting Color

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They have a 77-year-old trainer who thought his big-time days were over, and a jockey who grew up afraid of horses.They pulled California Chrome's name out of Coburn's cowboy hat. If not for the luck of the draw the horse could have been named Seabisquick. ... read more

Watch Hero Cat Attempt Ceremonial First Pitch

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- ( )Watch Tara the Hero Cat attempt to throw a ceremonial first pitch For those who saw ... read more

Hollywood Park, What A Run It Had!

( culture / sports / horseracing )
Today (December 22, 2013) is the last day of racing at Hollywood Park before it's torn down. It's sad, but that part of town has been the 'hood for several decades now, so it's no surprise no one wanted to go there.I worked there once, briefly, with the harness horses. It was back in the 80's, and it was not during a race m... read more

Tweets

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My Twitter feed: by @TheBillHolmes Some of my better ones, according to me ... Never work FOR someone else, work WITH them. I do some of my best work when I'm supposed to be doing something e ... read more

My Twitter Feed

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Tweets by @TheBillHolmes And if the network you're on has Twitter blocked, but you're Jo ... read more

Sit Up Straight

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Mucho Macho Man Grooves To His Song

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This Is Deep

( 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 skipping to the next comment, nonetheless i basically preferred to toss... read more

Good Start

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Feral Cats Find A New Use

( culture / writing / blog / animals )
- In case you're in the market for a barn cat, this is for you: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/31/5696395/feral-cats-get-a-second-life-as.html. Maybe other cities near you have a simil ... read more

Travers Stakes (2013)

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Several big name horses in it this year: Verrazano, Haskell winner Palace Malice, Belmont and Jim Dandy winner Orb, Kentucky Derby winner Here are a couple of video analyses:... read more

Travers Stakes ()

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Several big name horses in it this year: Verrazano, Haskell winner Palace Malice, Belmont and Jim Dandy winner Orb, Kentucky Derby winner Here are a couple of video analyses: ... read more

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain?

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If Called To Jury Duty, Be Informed

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The 1% And What Do They Do For A Living

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Alan Shore's "Stick It!" Speech

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Alan Shore's closing argument (from ... read more

The Jobs Number Is B.s. Says Former Head Of BLS

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Just Another Sunday

( culture / writing / blog / shopping )
Wife and kid are off at this thing called church. Maybe you've heard of it. I'm not familiar. Not sure what to make of it. :)I'm basically just hanging out waiting for the new mattress to be delivered. We told the delivery guy, Anytime! He sounded foreign. I hope he shows up before 10pm! Never know with these dang ferners! Anyw... read more

How To Know If Your Co-worker Is A Threat To National Security

( culture / humor / politics )
"Essentially, pretend the Soviets won the Cold War and then conquered the United States — that's how the government is operating." via How to know if your coworker is a threat to national security ... read more

No More TV

( culture / movies-tv )
We've turned off, unplugged and hidden the TVs from ourselves! The plan is to keep it that way throughout the summer. We'll see how long it lasts. :) Something tells me we'll be cheating by watching more stuff on our computers. Still, I expect us all to be just a little bit smarter because of it. :) ... read more

Not Pulled Over

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Derby Results 2013

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Derby Results ()

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Florida Derby winner Orb won today's Kentucky Derby in the slop. But you've probably already heard/read about it. My pick, Revolutionary, finished 3rd. That was better than my picks have done in other years. It's a good thing I didn't plac... read more

Kentucky Derby-related Pages (2013)

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Where to keep up or catch up on the upcoming Derby: espn.go.com/horse-racing/triplecrown2013/ Kentuckyderby.com/horses hr ... read more

Great Suction!

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In preparation for the much-anticipated Comcast installation (Internet, not TV), I do as they suggest and clear out a space where I want them to put the cable wall jack. Once I have that space cleared, I decide to vacuum the area. It's almost an instinctive reaction: You clear out a space that ... read more

In Honor Of Labor Day

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Happy May Day

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Immelt Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China

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Three Ways To Put America Back To Work

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Feds Rule Boeing Can't Move Plant To Avoid Union

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Tried To Mow The Lawn

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Freelancers Union A Federation Of The Unaffiliated

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Freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliated- ( )Looks like a good idea. Freelancers Union.A Federation of the Unaffiliated. "350,000 FREELANCERS JOINED TOGETHE ... read more

Road To The Triple Crown (2013)

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Name Generator

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Name Generator- Name Generator - Cool Name ideas at the click of a button! I thought this, above, was kinda cool for generating a pseudonym. You can also generate a Medieval name, a Twitter name, whatever. On that p ... read more

So God Made A Dog

( culture / humor / pets )
I love this. via So God made a dog "And on the 9th day God looked down on his children and said they need a companion, so God Made A Dog. Paul Harvey-style tribute to dogs." ... read more

Chris Hedges Quote

( culture / quotes / politics )
"We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy— Chris Hedges"Don't forget judges, CEOs and regulatory agencies!... read more

Avocados Poisonous To Most Pets

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Did you know that avocados are poisonous to most pets? Check out these links: petpoisonhelpline.com ... read more

Comedian Richard Jeni Why The Left And Right Suck

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Comedian Richard Jeni, why the left and right suckComedian Richard Jeni: Why The Left & The Right Suck" ... read more

How Hubbard And Rand Got Their Ideas

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The Bain Legacy

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Quote Of The Day 2012/07/14

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"The War on Terror(TM) is a product. It doesn't exist 'to keep us safe'; on the contrary, it exists to keep us in a state of fear." — Liberty Underground News Service... read more

Quote Of The Day 2012-07-14

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"The War on Terror(TM) is a product. It doesn't exist 'to keep us safe'; on the contrary, it exists to keep us in a state of fear." — Liberty Underground News Service ... read more

Diary, 2012/07/02

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It almost rained today. I know, exciting. Apparently, it did rain pretty hard in some places, but not here on the south side. Hopefully, by this time next week it will have rained several times. The possibility is in the forecast, anyway. Just trying to keep my crops healthy. As Mark Twain said, Everybody talks about the weat... read more

Diary, 2012/06/30

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It's supposed to be record heat again today. Yesterday was 109F degrees, which is unheard of in Nashville. Today is supposed to be 107F. I've already watered my fruit trees and vegetable garden in the backyard this morning. Yesterday when I came home from work, the garden was literally wilted from the heat. I have never had an entire garden ... read more

Quote Of The Day 2012/06/25

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"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. — Voltaire" Good quote, but apparently not spoken by Voltaire.See answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid20... read more

Artwork

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Writing

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My author's page Books Jokes ... read more

Diary, 2012/05/29

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Surfer Catches Biggest Wave, Ever, Off Portugal

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Surfer catches 'biggest wave ever' off Portugal- Surfer catches 'biggest wave ever' off Portugal (video) ... read more

Puttin' On The Ritz In Moscow

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Bureaucracy At Its Worst, Legal Argument At Its Best

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Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years.. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership.A New Orl... read more

Bureaucracy At Its Worst Legal Argument At Its Best

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Bureaucracy at its worst, legal argument at its bestPart of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years.. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of fami ... read more

Brisnet Top 10 Kentucky Derby Contenders ()

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Brisnet Top 10 Kentucky Derby ContendersHere's the current year's: Kentuckyderby.com/horses/leaderboard... read more

Tour Of Nashville

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Great Commercial

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US Foreclosures In New Legal Trouble

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US foreclosures in new legal trouble.And remember those politicians who are in the banks' back pocket (hint:it's most of them)."Backing a lower court ruling made in 2009, it said two foreclosure sales were invalid because the banks did not ... read more

Don't Take Potassium Iodide Unless You Are Exposed To Radiation

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Kentucky Oaks & Derby ()

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Time to start watching the races leading up to the Kentucky Derby so I have a clue who to bet on on Derby Day, May 7th.2011 Kentucky Oaks & Derby  May 6 and 7, 2011  Tickets, Events, News.... read more

Kentucky Oaks & Derby (2011)

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Kentucky Oaks & Derby (2011)Time to start watching the races leading up to the Kentucky Derby so I have a clue who to bet on on Derby Day, May 7th.2011 Kentucky Oaks & Derby  May 6 and 7, 2011   ... read more

What A Split Second Looks Like

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Events At Mpact Sports

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Free Monty Python Videos On YouTube Lead To 23,000 DVD Sale Increase

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Free Monty Python videos on YouTube lead to 23,000% DVD sale increase- ( )Free Monty Python Videos on Youtube Lead to 23,000% DVD Sale ... read more

Fox Shoots Hunter In Belarus

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Hooray for the fox! via Fox shoots hunter in Belarus "A wounded fox shot its would-be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to fin ... read more

Happy New Year

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!- New Year Countdown Singapore, New Year Celebrations Kick Off Worldwide. ... read more

Sold Another Bumper Sticker

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

Fastest Trooper

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Montana State Trooper In most of the United States there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when temperatures drip to single digits or below. About 3 a.m. one very cold morning, Montana State Trooper Allan Nixon responded to a call.There was a car off the shoulder of the road outside Great Falls, Montana.H ... read more

Television

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When I wasn't working on computers this weekend, I was trying to get the new used television working in the bedroom. Prior to even havin... read more

Doormats With A Difference

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Zenyatta Lost

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This is the Breeder's Cup Classic I'm talking about, for those unfamiliar. I thought she was hurt or something the way she ran dead last, 20 lengths behind.Then she came out of nowhere and would have won with two more strides, ... read more

A Few Good Links

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Giants Win!

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For the first time in my lifetime, the S.F. Giants have won the World Series!And they did on my birthday!Adding to my joy was seeing George W. Bush in the background, clearly unhappy.... read more

Harmony Haven 2010-10-24

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All Time Best Movie Lines

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I thought it'd be fun to come up with a list of the all-time best movie lines. Use the comments section below comments closed for your suggestions. Try and do it from memory. Don't worry about getting it exactly right. Here's what comes to my mind: We'll always have Paris - Rick in Casablanca Louie, I think t... read more

New Antenna

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Lucy's Birthday

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Today's my sister Lucy's birthday. She must be having a good one, because she has not replied to anyone's email birthday greeting. The previous weekend was our nephew Daniel's 2nd birthday party in Smyrna. That kid partied until it was almost dark! In other birthday news, we drove all the way to Smyrna again ( miles away) to get ... read more

Diary, 2010/07/24

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We all went to the Nashville Zoo today. My God it was hot ... and sticky. Luckily, Blue Bell Ice Cream was handing out free cups of vanilla ice cream, which we grabbed upon arrival and at departure. I think today was literally the hott... read more

Diary, 2010/07/23

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I'm lying here on the couch — with the pugs asleep next to me — getting my new laptop just the way I like it. A customer was supposed to show up and drop off their laptop today at 3, but that never happened. Shoulda guessed that, but I had to be here in guess they did show up. Anyway, this new laptop is much older than the new A ... read more

Online Graphics Editing Sites

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These could be handy: citrify.com/ pixorial.com/ ... read more

My First Bumper Sticker Sale!

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I just got an email saying I've made my first bumper sticker sale! They bought three, actually. At 33 cents commission per item, at this rate, one sale per year, I'll be rich in no time! UPDATE: That was at Zazzle, but now I recommend CafePress (once it's set up).... read more

Quote Of The Day 2010/06/21

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"Watching Titanic the part where the ship is sinking is like watching the U.S. economy, where the rich conspire to sink as many of the poor as they possibly can." — Bill Holmes (yes, I thought this one up myself!)... read more

E-waste Computers, TV's, Other Electronics Collection

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There will be an E-Waste (computers, TV's, other electronics) collection held Saturday May 8 at the Walmart Supercenter located on Nolensville Pike a quarter mile south of Old Hickory Blvd. from 8 a.m. — 12 noon. Other sites will be announced as soon as possible. Please visit ... read more

Vegetable Garden 2010

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Hopefully, this third time is the charm!It has begun.See pictures, below.Click to zoom in (twice to zoom in 100%): The white fence in bed #1 is for the peas to cling to once they start growing.The real fence in the background of the first picture is what I eventually finished last ... read more

McDonalds Wi-fi

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In Nashville, anyway, it seems you can get around their proxy system (those outlets that use it), simply by using Google Chrome and maybe Firefox. It might be as simple as using any browser other than Internet Explorer. Using Internet Explorer, I tried to be a good boy and sign up for a free account. The only problem is that you h... read more

My Cousin Kenny's Book

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One Of My Favorite Twain Quotes

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Some Favorite Twain Quotes

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Some favorite Mark Twain quotes ... read more

New MP3 Player For My Car

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I am now the proud owner of this very cool device, here.Thanks to Heather and Brady for the suggestion!... read more

Mr. Happy's 18th Annual Unusual Christmas Music Podcast

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Seasons Greetings,You can tune in via your favorite mp3 player to the show: radio showWhat can you expect to hear? About 500 songs (over 24 hours of non-repeat music!) that fall into one or more of the following categories: musicians I like that happened to mak... read more

Mr. Happy's 18th Annual Unusual Christmas Music Podcast

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Seasons Greetings, You can tune in via your favorite mp3 player to the show: radio showWhat can you expect to hear? About 500 songs (over 24 hours of non-repeat music!) that fall into one or more of the following categories: musicians I like that happened to make ... read more

Happy Halloween

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Diary, 2009/10/28

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We had a Fall Festival party at Elizabeth's daycare/preschool tonight (called that because some parents don't like Halloween). Elizabeth went dressed up in her Minnie Mouse costume. She was very cute. But then, she's cute no matter how she's dressed. :) They had a magic show that was cute, but I've seen better. :) Actually, ... read more

Diary, 2009/10/17

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Been trying to learn Cisco (network routing equipment) online through skillsoft.com, which I was given access to in my severance package. Maybe I need to just move out in order to get everything done that needs getting done. My 4 year old daughter thinks just because I'm working from home right ... read more

Diary, 2009/10/15

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Two weeks shy of my birthday and I'm still looking for a job. I don't know why. I never really fit in at these corporate soul-sucking places. Oh that's right, I need to pay the mortgage, daycare, grocery bill, utilities, car payment and its insurance. And don't forget the exorbitant health care premiums. You ever tried buying health ... read more

Haircut

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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 cut by the same middle aged woman who cut it last time. I had my head down as ... read more

Amnesty Day At The Dump

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New Fence

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Diary, 2009/04/02

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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 brother and only sister ... I think. I didn't really pay ... read more

Diary, 2008/11/10

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Parents all worry about how well they're raising their kids; how they will behave; what kind of people they will grow up to be. Well, tonight I discovered a sad truth about our youngest daughter, Sunny. She likes to hang out in gutters. You heard me. Gutters! Oh, the shame of it all! Sunny is a cat, in case you didn't know. She was appa ... read more

Diary, 2008/11/07

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Well, I had a hell of a day. It started off normally enough, though it was raining, which is increasingly rare around here. I dropped Elizabeth off at school on my way to work, and from there my day took a wrong turn. I took side streets the rest of the way to work instead of the main Old Hickory Blvd route. The side streets are just faster, us ... read more

Holding The Sun

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Palickovanie

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Slovak art by Jana... read more

Kokopelli Stitching

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Kentucky Derby (2008)

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Here's a list of possible starters for next week's Kentucky Derby: Derby 2008.The experts are divided between Big Brown, Colonel John and Pyro as their picks. You can see their picks on that page, above. You can also see all the horses' recent race results. Py... read more

Diary, 2008/04/26

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I took Joey to the vet this morning for a routine follow-up. I volunteered because I thought his appointment would conflict with Tara's plans to take Elizabeth to meet up with her Auntie, Tara's sister Sandy, at the Franklin Street Fair. Tara conveniently allowed me to think that. When Joey and I got back home, Tara and Elizabeth were b... read more

Stage

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The Thomas House Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre ... read more

Radio

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Online Radio stations Beat FM ... read more

Poetry

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A Prince in Disguise A Saga of Seven Hats ... read more

Hats

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by Jeannie Womack Joseph wore many hats in his life, the first one was of son, next an officer, a Dutch Marine, that to him was fun; In Maastricht, in '49, he married his childhood love, now he w ... read more

People You'll Be Missing And Why

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by Jeannie Womack The time has come for you to move on, but I'm sure you'll be missing us while you are gone; No more conversation with boss Catherine to really make you think, You'll miss your adventures with super ... read more

A Prince In Disguise

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by Jeannie WomackWe met on the race track in '72 I couldn't resist his eyes, so blue We soon fell in love and started a life In '76 he made me his wifeA teacher, leader, rebel and yes A son, brother ... read more

The Run

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by Jeannie Womack Running in the rain isn't the pain a non-runner might think it would be I put on my jacket that has a hood, lace up my shoes, and stretching is good I open the door, expecting more ... read more

A Saga Of Seven

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This is a story in the style called rap that'll surely encourage an afternoon nap of a family of seven, their kids and their wives and something regarding their travels and lives.Now first there was Greg, a Brooklyn-born lad; and then it was Lucy that Mom and Dad had. She was born at Sing Sing (no, not in the ... read more

Music

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Five apps that should make middlemen nervous BandCamp BandMix ... read more

Movies

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Books

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Short Stories

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Really old (mostly bad) stories by Bill Lipstick & WD-40 One Of Those Nights ... read more

Fashion

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Aileen's store ... read more

One Of Those Nights

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by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 It was late. Claude couldn't sleep. He decided to walk to the corner liquor store for munchies and beer. As he entered the store, he noticed a girl at the phone-booth by the door. She smiled a curious smile and Claude smiled back uncertainly, then proceeded into the st... read more

Murder, Or Just An Honest Mistake?

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by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 The following story is rated PG. You figure it out. ... read more

A Day At The Fair

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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 easy. I drove south on the main street through town (probably Main... read more

Lipstick & WD-40

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by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990 Sandi strolled out of the motel room wearing her tight spandex pants, high-heeled shoes and a simple peasant blouse. She had just turned another trick and she wanted to vomit. This was not a reaction to just the one trick, but from the life she had been leading these past several ... read more

The Leaky Weekly

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The Slow Leak

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by Steve HolmesSept. 9, 2000 It was a gorgeous Sunday near the end of September and I needed some exercise. Exercise, just for the sake of exercise was probably best done by running on the treadmill at the athletic club. But on a day like that, just exercise wasn't enough. I would take a bike ride on the American River Bike trail.C... read more

The Admired Car

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by Steve Holmes, © Copyright 2001 Beep, beep, blink, blink! How the car, George wished she could honk her horn and flash her lights. A car with a name? Yes, she knew her name was George because she heard one of her creators say it, By George, she's a beauty.It was a Sunday afternoon in the spring of 1925. Cars ... read more

Good Friday

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Sports

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Soccer Bleacher Report - Soccer ESPNFC FIFA Football.com ... read more

April Fools Day Hoaxes

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Top 10 April Fools hoaxes SPAGHETTI HARVEST - Bogus item on 1957 BBC news show Panorama. Viewers seeking advice on growing their own were told to put spaghetti sprig in tin of tomato sauce. SAN SERRIFFE - Guardian newspaper published seven-page supplement celebrating the Indian Ocean republic. Its two main islands were Upper ... read more

Jokes

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Images Joke-related posts, ... read more

A Day At The Races

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from 1994 The first Saturday in May. What does this date mean to you? Probably nothing, except that Spring has finally arrived, unless you live in California where it's been Spring already for two months or more — real Spring, not calendar Spring. But ask any horse racing buff and they will tell you without hes... read more

A Girl Named Lucy

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from 1990 This is a story 'bout a girl named Lucy Otherwise known as The Rappin' Watusi She lays down a beat that gets your toes tappin' If your toes get tired, let your fingers do the snappin' She says Hey buddy, don't you be no square If you can't find a partner, use a wooden chair ... read more

Ice Fishing

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Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed quietly, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, slipped quietly into the garage to hook the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. There was snow mixed with the rain and the wind was blowing 50 mph. I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, a ... read more

Barbecue Season

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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 element of danger involved. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following... read more

Link Between Earthquakes And Hydraulic Fracturing

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"... injecting water into deep rock formations causes earthquakes ..."via U.S. Government Confirms ... read more

Best Fiction Of 2019 Goodreads

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Best Fiction of 2019 (GoodReads)... read more

Best Thrillers Of All Time

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Lit Motors Builds A Car That Breaks The Rules

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Local Pick Up

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Bird In The House

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Woke up this morning to a bird in the kitchen. I had a hunch the cat Sunny had brought something inside because, while still half asleep, I heard her banging around outside of the bedroom somewhere.Anyway, I walked into the kitchen, and there was a bird perched on the curtain rod ... read more

Lost A Friend

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Blog Content

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I'm as guilty as anyone about trying to add content to my blog just for the sake of content (because search engines look for and rate highly based on how fresh your blog's content is). But someone whose blog/newsletter I subscribe to has stooped to simply stating the obvious, maybe phrasin ... read more

Lottery President Ebook Now Available For Kindle

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Lottery PresidentNew book out!Click here for your ... read more

Lunch At Jack-in-the-Box

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Lunch at Jack-In-The-Box ... read more

British Town Grows All Of Its Own Vegetables Improved Civic Life

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British town grows all of its own vegetables, improved civic life ... read more

Made In America No Longer

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Made in America no longer... read more

Mangled English

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( , , english, )This is pretty old, from the old newsletter in 1992, when the Soviet Union still existed, but it's still funny How English is Being Used in Different Parts of the World IN A TOKYO HOTEL: Is forbit ... read more

Memes About Memes

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A couple of good ones. one two ... read more

Cats Disrespecting Pugs

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Cats Disrespecting PugsSo, I'm lying on the bed with the pug Joey between my legs. No, that's not a figure of speech. I'm referring to an actual dog. Anyway, the cat comes up, thinks about jumping across my legs to the other side, then decides to just step on me, th ... read more

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

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Million Pollinator Garden Challenge... read more

Mini Ice Age Coming

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Mini Ice Age coming?via weather warning ice age "EARTH could be braced for a 'mini ICE-AGE' as e ... read more

Mongolian Throat Singing

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Cinco De Mayo

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More Advice For Writers

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It doesn't have to be great, but it DOES have to be FINISHED. -- William Arthur Holmes UPDATE: ...and then I saw that Lee Child had a similar quote, only better: "Don... read more

Cleanliness Counts

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More Evidence Points To Pesticide As Cause Of Mass Bee Deaths

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So, literally, for the sake of human survival, please stop using at least this one pesticide by Bayer! via More Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deat ... read more

More Miscellaneous Jokes

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Screw in a light bulb Q: How many Star Trek crew members does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Six. Scotty to get on the intercom when the light goes out and say, I canna do it, Cap'n! I'm not a miracle worker!; Spock to tell Kirk he is proceeding illogically; McCoy to say Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor not an ele ... read more

Most Popular Site On The Internet

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Movies Or TV Shows Filmed In Budapest

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Cool Site To Help Pets

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More Alternative News Sites

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Here's a long list of alternative news sites, rather than the mostly-fake mainstream media from which you might get your news: 12160.info ... read more

Cool Solution To Clean Up Oil Disaster

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Cool Website

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My Lottery President Novella/e-ook Is Now Available For The Kindle

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Lottery President eBook now available for KindleClick here for your Lottery President... read more

My Novels

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Couch Potato

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Countertop Dishwasher

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My Phones

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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 ... read more

Cracking Up Over Lottery President

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Here's one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn't pay him to do this. ... read more

My Writer's Platform

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Crowd-sourced Outpouring Lifts Struggling Mom

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Dare To Be Nice

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Sleazy Real Estate Investors

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It's almost like a conspiracy! Luckily, conspiracies never happen and all conspiracy theories lack credibility. :) http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/feds-cr ... read more

Derby This Saturday

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Detection Dogs

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New Rules For Writers

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Devastating Earthquake Rocks Southland

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Devastating Earthquake Rocks Southland ... read more

New Washer

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Newly Discovered Radio Station

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I just got my car back from the shop. $1500. Ouch! On the way home, though, I turned on the radio. All my preset stations were gone. Right. Whenever they reset the onboard computer, it resets my radio station presets. Kinda weird that it would, actually. Doesn't the radio have its own memor ... read more

Dinko Goes Shopping

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Dinko Goes Shoppingby William Arthur Bill Holmes. Copyright 1990-2010 There once was a cat named Dinko who loved food more than anything else in the world. Of course, when you're a cat, food is probably the single most important thing in the world; so none of... read more

NFL Conference Championship Games

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Dinner And A Show

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Doing The Dishes

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One Too Many Cats

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I was up a little earlier than usual this morning, which apparently surprised one of the cats in our house. The thing is, we only have one cat. Any more than that is too many. This one -- either a stray or just one of the neighbor's cats, I don't know; either way, it's apparently our cat ... read more

Online Editing Sites

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Online graphics editing sitesThese could be handy: http://www.citrify.com/ http://www.pixorial.com/ ... read more

Opting Out Of Ads

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Our First Outside Christmas Lights, Ever

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!That's it. No story. Here's the link: Our first outside Christmas lights ... read more

TSA Sexual Assault

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TSA - Sexual AssaultTSA - Sexual Assault If I do have to fly, I'll try and make all connections through New Jersey! See the next link: ... read more

Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year

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E'recycling Services In Nashville

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E-recycling services in Nashville ... read more

Pick Your Own Fruits And Vegetables

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Escape From Zip Ties

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If you're ever unlawfully detained, this might be good to know: escape from zip ties - rear escape - front ... read more

Please Patronize Me

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Check out my Patreon page. Patrons get free stuff! Well, not technically free since you do have to pay at least $1 to get anything. Still ... "It would be amazing if I had any fans at all to help finance ... read more

Political Compass Test

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via politicalcompass.org Welcome! It's timely to stress that The Political Compass has been on the internet since 2001. The uniqueness of our take on politics is reflected in the gratifyingly enthusiastic reviews we& ... read more

Exposing Kids To 10 Hours Of Science A Year Makes Them Smarter

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via Refreshing News: Exposing Kids To 10 Hours Of Science A Year Makes Them Smarter. "I didn't know science was fun" ... read more

Possibly Useful Site

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Family Members Survive The Middle East

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Quite Possibly The Most Overblown Farce In History

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Quite possibly the biggest overreaction in history ... read more

Random Observations

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- ( miscellaneous )Miscellaneous Had alarm set for 4:15a.m., but the trash collectors in the alley behind my hotel thought 3:30 would be better. At the airport, I was busted for trying to sneak ... read more

Recent Photos

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Recent Tweets

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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:   Picked... read more

Fence Guy

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Remmy Gets Gas

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Remmy Gets Gas... read more

Requiem For A Pigeon

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Requiem For A Pigeon by Bill We witnessed a pigeon's demise Right here on the dock o' the Bay There was nothing we could do Nothing we could say It just wasn't the pigeon's day We tried mouth-to-beak And the Heimlich t ... read more

Restroom Difficulty

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Review My Books

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Fooling Themselves

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The elites are adept at fooling themselves into thinking they know best.This superiority that they bestow upon themselves is a convenient justification for keeping us commoners in the dark, and keeping themselves in power. ... read more

Rumi Quote

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Friends Of Humanity

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Safety First

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Garden Improvements

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Garden Thieves

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Screenplay Submitted

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Get Into Farming

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Shaking While Braking

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Good Advice

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