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 hiking with elizabeth (culture / writing / elizabeth)

Went hiking with my daughter, Elizabeth, yesterday evening. There's a nice little park in Thompson's Station with fairly extensive walking trails on the south end of the park, near the water tower. We saw an owl, so, with her new bi ... read more

disney heiress nails it (life / money / employment)

We could not agree more. See Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.' When Iger got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15% r ... read more

hiking with elizabeth, part 2 (culture / writing / 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 ... read more

 leave the trees, please (life / health / environment)

Another reason for short-sighted land developers to leave as many trees as possible when destroying/preparing the site for the next new neighborhood. See Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health People living i ... read more

 last visit for a while (family / adoption / holmes)

We'll be leaving in a few minutes for our last visit to the orphanage this trip. I'm practicing asking for my baggage back from the hotel baggage room. Baggage actually sounds like boggage. Please is pa-ZHAL-sta. Fascinating, I kn ... read more

nothing much to update about (family / adoption / holmes)

She's just driving us crazy. Luckily, Tara is taking the brunt of it. I had to get out and walk around town in the freezing cold, just for the sake of getting out. I was at least useful, coming back with some groceries. Elizabeth's s ... read more
ohio family's missing dog found in florida
An Ohio family's missing dog turned up exactly one year later -- and over 1,000 miles away in the Florida Panhandle. ... read more

 1-2-3 day! (life / miscellany / )

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

 feral cats find a new use (life / animals / )

In case you're in the market for a barn cat, this is for you: feral-cats-get-a-second-life. Maybe other cities near you have a similar program. ... read more

 sunny came home! (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 a ... read more

 great suction! (culture / writing / blog)

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' ... read more

 if called to jury duty, be informed (education / news / crime)

Click below for more info: fija FIJA works to: Inform potential jurors of their traditional, legal authority to refuse to enforce unjust laws Inform potential jurors that they cannot be required to check their consciences at ... read more

 tried to mow the lawn (culture / writing / blog)

Well, I tried to mow the lawn, but the lawnmower wouldn't start. I swear. :) It's probably all clogged up from sitting there unused all winter. It was a hand-me-down mower, anyway, probably in need of replacing, but that's just not i ... read more

 sleep-over at ronica's (family / holmes / elizabeth)

I delegated the responsibility of reading Elizabeth her bedtime story :) By the way, she slept great! I put her to bed at 8:15 and she was asleep by 8:30. We woke up at 8:00 this morning. -- Ronica ... read more

 finnegan walter brouns hatched out! (family / / )

Finnegan Walter Brouns. Born April 1st at 9:35 AM. ... 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 ... read more

 naturally reduce your risk of allergies (life / health / food)

Yet again, the solutions for most of the ailments that plague modern society are to be found in the natural world, not the synthetic world of establishment medicine and Big Pharma. via Activist Post: 3 Ways to Naturally Reduce Your R ... read more

 virtual gym 'helps weight loss' (life / health / )

Virtual gym 'helps weight loss'As my brother says, this one's for those too lazy to actually work out. :) ... read more
loose emu spends night in new york state family's basement
An emu found wandering loose in a New York state neighborhood was captured by a local family and spent the night in their basement. ... read more