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puttin' on the ritz in moscow (culture / dance / )

via Puttin' on the Ritz in Moscow Hundreds of dancers joined together in Moscow on 26.02.2012 to perform together a great flashmob of Puttin' on the Ritz ... read more
18-year-old genealogy wiz reunites hundreds of long-lost family members in his spare time
This New Jersey teen has made a name for himself reuniting hundreds of family members with his lightning-quick internet searches and online clues. ... read more

just 'cuz you cut off its head... (life / health / )

... don't assume it's harmless. Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand ... 20 minutes after he had cut its head off. See Chef-dies-spitting-cobra-cooking ... read more
the mental health effects of addiction
Sofia Adamson - Addiction creates a host of negative outcomes both physically and mentally. ... 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 asleep somewhere in the house l ... read more

 phone scam to make you say yes (education / news / crime)

Another phone scam to be aware of ... After the introduction comes the questions: 'can you hear me?' All of us, our natural response is to say, yes, or sure, or yes I can, said Hughes, but she says this is exactly what you do not want to do. Police say scamm ... read more

 diary, 2017/07/29 (culture / writing / blog)

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 h ... read more

 saturday morning (family / adoption / holmes)

Tara made a good guess earlier. She thinks that the orphanage caretakers are telling Elizabeth that we will be taking her away from the orphange soon. They think they're doing us a favor, trying to prepare her. But now, every time that we come to visit and they le ... read more

writers need followers? (culture / writing / )

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

 give your liver a break (life / health / )

pesticide levels dropped after organic diet ... read more

 will graphene supercapacitors make batteries obsolete? (education / technology / )

Cool! ... someday. From Will Graphene Supercapacitors Make Batteries Obsolete? Researchers with the California NanoSystems Institute recently developed a new battery-like supercapacitor, a device that stores charge, which may rival conventional energy storage te ... read more
the best way to make spring rolls (rice paper wraps)
June 21st, 2019 By Anastasia Originally published at kindearth and reproduced here with permission Once upon a time, I thought it would be fun to make spring rolls. Naturally, as common sense would have it, I followed the instruc ... read more

 doctors say she's normal (family / adoption / holmes)

Tara took Elizabeth to the international adoption specialist doctors today for a psychological evaluation and another physical exam. They say she is perfectly average/normal for a girl her age. Of course, that puts her well above average for a foreign orphan. ... read more

elizabeth cut off all her hair (family / holmes / elizabeth)

In the twenty minutes that Tara and I left Elizabeth alone, she found some (child-safe) scissors and cut off all her hair. At first I thought it was just wet. Then I realized she'd cut it all off. I laughed and said I was just glad she hadn't hurt herself. A fe ... read more

 dinner and a show (culture / writing / blog)

After stopping at Tara's sister Stephanie's house in Smyrna to pick up a newly-refurbished Kindle Fire that Todd had put together, we had dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant, Mi Tierra. Elizabeth was dying for refried beans! Whatever. She's eight.Mi Tierra is ... read more

got yelled at today (culture / writing / blog)

Got yelled at today ... by a quail. I was crossing an empty lot toward the soccer field when I heard squawking. I looked down, and there it was. ... read more