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Big Little Things

Big things matter. Ask an employee what he wants from his employer, and you'll likely—and rightly—hear about salary,...

 
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The Glorious Adventure, and New Worlds to Conquer

The Glorious Adventure  by Richard Halliburton (Garden City Publishing, 1927)   New Worlds to Conquer  by Richard...

 
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Seminole Wind

For those of you who think I'm just a classical music snob.... I don't remember where I came across this beautiful country...

 
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Going Nuts with Olive Oil

Many of my friends are long-time fans of extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO as they call it. I've felt the pressure to use this "healthy"...

 
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We Have a New Rector

It's official: our church has a new rector, Father Trey Garland. He's from Texas, so I assume he's up for a big job: taking over for a...

 
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Killing Lincoln, and Lincoln's Last Days

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever  by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard...

 
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14th Birthday Candles

Jennifer Fulwiler published this photo on Facebook, stating that this is what her son wanted for the candles on his 14th birthday....

 
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You Know You're a Landlubber When....

I came upon the following in a book I'm reading:  During the 1800s, a person got from one place to another one of four ways:...

 
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American Terroir

American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Water, and Fields  by Rowan Jacobsen ( Bloomsbury , 2010) Score...

 
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Proud of My Town

Altamonte Springs, Florida has been working on innovative water solutions as long as I can remember. It wasn't long...

 
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Perspective

Some friends of mine live most of the time in Papua New Guinea, but are currently living in North Carolina. Truthfully, I've never...

 
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Reacting When It's Crunch Time

I recently had the opportunity to read  The Excellence Habit: How Small Changes in Our Mindset Can Make a Big Difference in Our...

 
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Heidi

Heidi by Johanna Spyri Not long ago I had a chance to view this 2017 movie of Heidi . Unfortunately, Netflix...

 
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Born Old

When you are young you write either romantic or depressive poetry or both. When you are older, you write stories of whatever genre....

 
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Thank You, Google

There are plenty of times I grumble about Google, but not today. As I work my way through the nearly 5,000 photos and assorted...

 
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It's Complicated

I don't care if your question is about climate change or about your niece's latest romance, I can answer it with two words: It's...

 
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Jah Sister, Nah Sister

[Embedded videos are still not working; I'll fix this when and if I can.  In the meantime, clicking the links provided will...

 
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It Only Encourages Them

In one of the early episodes of the TV show Monk , Adrian Monk's assistant, Sharona Fleming, explains, "I never vote; it only...

 
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The Missing Piece

As usual, jet lag is kicking me on the return trip. (The outbound trip is much easier, for several reasons.) I had thought I was over it...

 
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Video test

Test1 YouTube video inserted with Lifetype YouTube button.  (URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuPPTowPrSM)...

 
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The Blue Screen of Blindness?

The infamous Blue Screen of Death is all too familiar to my generation of Windows users. It may be that blue screens are now causing...

 
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Nobody Wants to Read your Sh*t

Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is and What You Can Do about It  by Steven Pressfield  ( Black Irish...

 
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Tolkien on Language

From J. R. R. Tolkien, in The Return of the King , Appendix F. In those days all the enemies of the Enemy revered what was...

 
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We Interrupt This Beautiful Day for a Whine Break

I first noticed it when Porter was working with coworkers from India, part of the great outsourcing/offshoring boom in the early part of...

 
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Rain

We're home after a month overseas, and it's raining. Europe has been experiencing a drought so severe that our Viking River Cruise...

 
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