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PACED DISCUSSION THREAD FOR NOVEMBER 2013 BOOK: "A Strange Bitter Fruit" by Barry Davis. -
PACED DISCUSSION THREAD FOR NOVEMBER 2013 BOOK: "A Strange Bitter Fruit" by Barry Davis.
This is the no-spoilers discussion thread for people who are reading and commenting as they go. The book is 327 pages, and has 42 chapters. I propose we read 2 chapters a day. So comments on chapters 1 and 2 to start. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
How's everyone doing so far? - Stephen Mack
I'll let you know as soon as I remember to charge my Kindle. LOL I borrowed the book from the online interface and then picked up the Kindle and went "Well shit." :) In fact, let me plug it in right now while I'm remembering....(I suck) - Hookuh Tinypants
I need to snag it tomorrow. Remind me! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
All set! Will read a little before bed tonight. I will likely be caught up by Wednesday evening, since I will be traveling by air. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Is it not available for checkout now? All I see is $3.99 to buy (which is fine, but I want to know before I click). - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
It should be free for Prime, Laura. Are you ordering on your Kindle? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I looked through the Kindle itself as well as the mobile site. I turned the last one back in, so I should be able to get a new one this month. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Weird. Does it give you the free Prime checkout option on any other titles? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ah, it was user error. I forgot it wouldn't show the free option until I clicked all the way through, so I was confused by the $3.99. Got it now! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Any thoughts from anyone? - Anne Bouey
I feel terrible, but I'm super behind - I'm hoping to catch up in the next couple of days. - Jennifer Dittrich
Same Jennifer, I haven't started. Been even more disorganised than usual these last couple of wees (and that's saying something...). I'm sure once I start I'll be hooked though. - Melly
I finally finished! I was very disappointed by the ending - not sure what I expected, but not that? The finale also seemed kind of .... rushed. But overall, I liked it a lot! - Melly
sigh. Today is going to be a roller coaster. Logan's birthday party - UP! Grandma in the hospital in NJ - WAY down. Cousins had a baby girl - UP! Grandma in the hospital in NJ - down. I'm all over the place with my emotions today and it's not even 9am. :-/
*hugs* Oh wow, I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*hugs* Sending prayers for your grandma. - Tamara J. B.
:-( - Mary Carmen
Thanks, guys. I'm of course kicking myself for not having called her 2 weeks ago when she was in the hospital. It's not looking good this time. =( Text from my mom: Hi sweetheart..grandma readamitted to hosp. Atrial fib..renal kidney fail..mentally out of it.doesn't know where she is..gout. Dad & I on way to hosp. - Yvonne from FFHound!
Oh no :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*hugs* - Anne Bouey
Logan's birthday party at Pump It Up is later today. I'm excited and nervous about all the things that need to happen today. I hope it goes like clockwork!
Good luck and have fun! - Anne Bouey
I'm sure it'll be super fun and it will all work out. Great job planning it, super mom. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
See previous post about paying for expedited shipping! Lol! Cake topper scheduled to arrive today, need to get to Safeway before 1 so the cake person can put it on and put red icing around it. Then go back at 4 because my fridge isn't big enough. Yikes! - Yvonne from FFHound!
I am sure that Logan will love his party! - vicster: full-bodied
Cake topper is here! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Plenty of time to get to Safeway before one too! - Tamara J. B.
Yup! I thought it wouldn't be here until 12. Now to get Luke dressed and out the door. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
My new book! I have it in my hot little hands!!!
Nice! - Anne Bouey
Yay Robin! - MoTO Moca Blend
Woohoo! - Kirsten
*happiness bump* - Marie
Victor Ganata
One thing I noticed about being sick: it really alters your perception of time. Everything feels like it takes forever and makes me want to lie down on the ground and whimper.
:( - Yolanda from Android
:( - Anne Bouey
aw man, that sounds rough. do you need anything? i can bring you a meal or something if you'd like. - Marie
I actually think I'm getting better. I have enough energy to whine now. That's when you know you're really sick, when complaining just takes too much energy. - Victor Ganata
aw, if you regress to whimper stage, let me know. - Marie
Putin Announces Historic G-1 Summit -- MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made history today by scheduling the first-ever summit of the newly formed group of nations called the G-1....
The summit, which Putin has set for June in Sochi, is expected to be attended by the G-1 member nation Russia. Putin pronounced himself delighted by Russia’s attendance, telling reporters, “It is an auspicious start for the G-1 to have the participation of all its member nations.” In addition to what he called “a free exchange of ideas on issues of importance to the G-1,” the summit is expected to elect the first president of the G-1, a position for which Putin is widely considered the frontrunner. Putin denied he was a candidate for the post, but added, “It’s an honor just to be in the mix.” - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Jessie beat me by 10 minutes with her post! I posted this the moment it appeared in my inbox. Her server is faster than mine! <Runs away in tears...> - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
:D - Anne Bouey
Bahaha I win! What did I win? :D - Jessie
I was going to say that you win a free trip to Sochi to cover the G-1 summit, but then I realized that you'd jump at the chance! (Cuz who says you have to actually go to the summit!?_ - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
*parties in Sochi* - Jessie
Anne Bouey
Scotland's Vikings go own way in independence vote -
Scotland's Vikings go own way in independence vote
"In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. Their studded leather breastplates glint in the firelight as they roar and sing. It's a scene that would have struck terror into the hearts of Dark Age Britons — and also perhaps an unsettling one for modern politicians on both sides of Scotland's independence debate. The fearsome-looking participants in a Viking fire festival known as Up Helly Aa live in Scotland's remote Shetland Islands, a wind-whipped northern archipelago where many claim descent from Scandinavian raiders. They are cool to the idea of Scotland leaving Britain to form an independent nation, and determined that their rugged islands — closer to Norway than to Edinburgh — will retain their autonomy, whatever the outcome of September's referendum. "Shetland is different. We have Viking blood in our veins," said the procession's magnificently bearded chief Viking, or Jarl — by day a local authority housing officer... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
"It's hard to find tartan or kilts in Shetland, where Norse pride replaces the Celtic influence that shaped mainland Scotland. Shetland was Viking-ruled until it was mortgaged to Scotland by the king of Norway in 1469 to raise a dowry for his daughter. There are still many Norse words in the local dialect, and Shetland abounds in Scandinavian place names such as Vidlin and Tingwall.... more... - Anne Bouey
"The pro-independence forces led by First Minister Alex Salmond say an independent Scotland will use its oil and gas wealth to create a prosperous and progressive nation of 5.3 million with generous welfare provisions — a bit like Scandinavia, in fact. The anti-independence "Better Together" campaign argues that independence would bring huge economic uncertainties. Scots could face the... more... - Anne Bouey
Laura Norvig
Work is seriously stressing me out.
I hope it smooths out for you soon, Laura. - vicster: full-bodied
:( please take care of yourself. - Anne Bouey
And the Prodigal Friendfeed Son Returns.
Welcome back, Abhishek! - Anne Bouey
Good to be back.. :) Hi Anne. :) - Abhishek
Can you retrain yourself to change you eating habits? I can skip breakfast, eat a light lunch and then at like 8pm eat like a member of the Night Watch on Game of Thrones. o_O I'd love to start the day with breakfast being my largest meal and then pace myself with smaller meals through the rest of the day, maybe eating a total of 5 or 6 times.
Wondering if anyone has had any success with this method of eating. - Derrick
Change what you eat at different times. E.g. if you like steak or chicken, eat it for breakfast. Soup at night is light, but warm, so you don't feel cold and empty. - Professor A.I.
I think the biggest challenge for me is eating breakfast. I wake with no real appetite, and even eating something light can seem like a chore. I suppose I can try starting out with maybe eating multiple smaller meals throughout the day rather than three seemingly substantial ones. - Derrick
It's all calories in the end, so if you don't feel like eating, then don't. Eat more at lunch and less at dinner. - Professor A.I.
I eat pretty much all day long - starting about 75 min. after I get up. Then a snack a few hours later, then lunch, then another snack, then dinner … then another snack. All relatively small, but I am pretty much always eating. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I could never eat first thing in the morning, but I did have fruit or an egg sandwich or something and the necessary coffee once I got to work. Lunch is very important at work, mainly to get away for a while. By the time I got home I didn't feel much like cooking anything so it would be a very light meal. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I've had some success with this - the biggest thing for me was allowing myself to eat later in the morning. I'm not hungry when I get up, so I have to let myself take time about 2-3 hours later to actually eat a larger breakfast. Usually I'm hungry by then. Also, making smaller meals for dinner made it more likely I'd be hungry earlier. I used to skip, or not eat breakfast until after 10. Now, I eat a good breakfast at around 8:30-9:30. - Jennifer Dittrich
If you figure this out, please share any tips. Because I'm self-employed and working from home, I keep weird hours and sometimes my first true meal isn't until noon or later. - Corinne L
I had to train myself to eat breakfast. I started small with thing like a piece of fruit and some peanut butter and worked my way up. - Katy S from iPhone
I have this problem, too. I'd also like to change my habits so I want to eat in the mornings. - Trish R from iPhone
I should probably note that I don't always want to eat in the morning now, but I can tolerate it and I do feel like I have more energy throughout the morning as long as it's a high protein breakfast. - Katy S
What Jennifer said but in a British accent. - Akiva
I am starving when I wake up. Then I feel that way every few hours for the rest of the day. I got nothin. - laura x from iPhone
My sister was like that. She woke up starving. She was always naturally slim, too. I guess it works - if you can face food first thing in the morning. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
My current work schedule has changed my eating schedule and it's working out okay. But the healthy plan falls apart if I don't start with breakfast (cold cereal and milk and yogurt) no later than 6:30. Lunch at 10 (lately, frozen gyoza or dumplings with a frozen vegetable mix, all steamed in the microwave), before I leave the house at 10:30 to go to first job. I leave first job at 4 and... more... - Betsy
D, you might look at Ian Smith's_ Shred_ plan. You eat 3-4 small meals plus snacks throughout the day on that one. Smoothies are a common breakfast option. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
I got myself switched around mentally first, be deciding I wanted to follow this idea: Eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, and a pauper for dinner. on days when I actually eat like this I wake up famished and the cycle becomes easier to maintain. and oddly enough every.single.thing. they say about eating breakfast becomes true. but still i often fall off the monarchy diet. - Lnorigb
Lnorigb, I like that concept! - Anne Bouey
Lnorigb, that's the idea behind my meals. I think my breakfast is the highest calorie meal and the salad is the lowest. I read about it when I was a kid, not sure where. Reader's Digest maybe? - Betsy from FFHound(roid)!
Feeding the furnace first thing in the morning allows for more efficiency was how it had been explained to me. - Janet
I snacked on a little fruit about three hours after I woke up today, and that was even after eating a fairly light dinner last night. :( Like most all good things, this is going to take some time, I reckon. - Derrick
Yes - Shevonne from iPhone
A PBJ sandwich for breakfast has been serving my skinny daughter well for years. It's quick and easy to make, and high in protein. It's also good for curbing your appetite. Another breakfast food she reaches for on occasion, especially in winter, is slow cooked oatmeal. Stay away from quick oats or the instant stuff in the packets...metabolizes too fast and leaves you hungry shortly... more... - April Russo
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Of course that guy is here. This is going to keep happening till I don't care anymore. I really would like that to be now. Sigh.
Oh look, he's out with the same girl again. Guess he got over the 'not in a good place to date' thing. Dick. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
Sorry, Tamara. Hold your head up high. *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
I'm trying. I feel like throwing up though. It's just shitty. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
*HUGS* you deserve better than him - Sir Shuping is just sir
Hugs, and more hugs. You deserve the best and he just wasn't in the category. Remember this. - Janet
(((t-ra))) - Anne Bouey
Oh geez, that is such an awful feeling. *hugs and hugs* - vicster: full-bodied
I don't know if I can do this. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
You can do this. He didn't deserve you and you're a badass. Remember that! - Tamara J. B.
Thanks y'all. The Universe threw me a bone. I'm ok. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
I'd rather laugh than cry, so I'm laughing. Fuck em. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
Completely his loss. - Jenny H. from Android
Steven Perez
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED #marchofdimes #walking #5k @ Seaworld of Texas
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED #marchofdimes #walking #5k @ Seaworld of Texas
55 minutes. Not too shabby. - Steven Perez from Android
Good job :) - Eivind
Congrats, Steven. :) - Anne Bouey
Thanks, guys. It would have been 53 minutes, had I not stopped for a bio-break. - Steven Perez
Well done! - Son of Groucho
It's my childhood friend's birthday today. I posted this photo on fb, and am surprised by the lack of comments. Weird, right?
Did you post it on your wall or hers? Either way, if it's on your wall and you have lots of mutual friends, I'm very surprised peeps didn't comment. - Tamara J. B.
Cute! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good point. I posted to her wall, but tagged myself. Maybe not many people can see it... Anyway... I still like the photo. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
I have my wall set to private. The person posting to my wall is only seen by me. She may have done the same. - Janet
Also if a lot of people are filling her wall with birthday cheer, people likely miss the photo entirely. Most people don't hang out on another person's page, and if there's a lot of activity then stuff gets missed. It's nothing personal. <3 - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Cute pic, nonetheless! - Anne Bouey
Love it! - Mary Carmen
It's one of my favs from the old days. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
Guinea confirms fever is Ebola, has killed up to 59
Guinea confirms fever is Ebola, has killed up to 59
Meg VMeg
Do you have (edible) peanut butter in your house right now?
Barely. You reminded me that I need to buy more. - Steele Lawman
For you, or your kids? - Meg VMeg
Kids. Peanut butter makes me feel ill. - Steele Lawman
Yes, I do. For me. - Spidra Webster
yep. 2 kinds even. almond butter too. - holly #ravingfangirl
Yup. Had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch - DJF from Android
Almond butter, yes. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
NEVER - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Always - Katy S
Yes. None of it ever eaten by me. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
yup - RepoRat
Always. It's a pantry staple. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
I'm actually right this very minute eating PB&J for dinner. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
No. Neither of us like it. - Walt Crawford
almond butter for me, yes. Peanut butter for him - need to get more. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Yes. I was thinking of eating pbandj for din din. Instead, I am having a beer right now. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Yes, lots of it. - Bren from iPhone
Sure do! Mostly for me :D - Melly
Does Nutella count? - Steven Perez
i have PB but I don't know if it's edible. I go through phases when I crave it and then I forget about it for years. - Marianne
no - ellbeecee
at all times - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Always. - Anne Bouey
Probably about a pound left in the 9lb bucket. - laura x from iPhone
Always - Soup in a TARDIS
Yep. - Kristin
extra crunchy - Big Joe Silence
Where's when you need them. Stupid dot-com bubble. Messed up my life real good. Now I gotta walk 50 feet to the deli on the corner. - Stephen Francoeur
Yes, some in a jar and the rest is inside of cups and eggs. - Greg GuitarBuster
Yes, and a backup jar as well - JAson FLeming from Android
yes - Steve C
Yup, giant jar of crunchy peanut butter - Hedgehog
Yes. Lots. - kendrak from Android
Yes - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Yes, always. - Jenny H. from Android
Always. Mmmmm, noodles with hot peanut sauce… - David Lounsbury from iPhone
Always. Preferably from a peanut farm in the south-eastern part of the state, but any kind without added sugar will do. - Kirsten from Android
Edible peanut butter? You mean the kind with chocolate around it? Unfortunately, no. :-( - Uli
Yes, about 5 lbs of it. It has been one of the staples of my daughter's existence, since about the age of 6. She starts every day with a peanut butter and apple butter sandwich on dense, dark, multi-grain bread. It keeps her from turning into a flesh eating zombie, till lunch time. I still have to keep a good supply of it in the house, just in case she comes to visit and decides to spend the night. (I eat peanut butter, too, but not as much as she does. She NEEEEEEEDS it.) - April Russo
... plans on noodles with hot peanut sauce for dinner ... - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Eric - Watch Me Now
Went to Urgent Care tonight but it wasn't much of a party, so we left.
Filling prescriptions first thing in the morning. - Eric - Watch Me Now from iPhone
Hope you're ok! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It's not me, it's Elena. She just got over vertigo two weeks ago and it hit like a ton of bricks again today. - Eric - Watch Me Now from iPhone
I hope the scrips help. - Spidra Webster
Hope she has a speedy recovery. - Anne Bouey
I really hope they help. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Oh ugh. I hope the meds make that awful vertigo go away very soon. - vicster: full-bodied
Oh shoot, I hope she's feeling better soon. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Stephen Mack
Steven Perez
Kickin' back, cuz it's Friday! w00t! :) - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Lookin' good, Bunneh! Glad to see you kick your heels up. - Tamara J. B.
Good morning, pretty Tam Tam. :) - Steven Perez
Good morning. - John (bird whisperer)
Good morning, John. :) - Steven Perez
Hey, Val. :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Mornin', Steven. :) - Anne Bouey
Good morning, Anne. :) - Steven Perez
Shannon - GlassMistress
Book arrived ... I'm on page 268, woot!
Congratulations! - Anika
Yay! - Anne Bouey
That's great - Steve C
That was a truly awesome bead, Shannon. Thank you again for making it as a giveaway for the first Sacramento Burger Battle! I'll let the organizer know about the book. - Corinne L
Usually the week before my birthday I disable posting on my Facebook wall, just to fuck with people. I hate only hearing the same three words once a year from many "friends." It just feels fake to me. This year, due to happy circumstance, I was out of the country on my birthday. No cell service. And so I suspended my Facebook account before I left
You guys, I almost COMPLETELY skipped my birthday! It was awesome! - Lo
Plus I got to spend it looking at a castle in the Mediterranean... that's got to be worth like 35,325,654,234,436,924 impersonal wall posts. And just one FB friend remembered my birthday and figured out how to contact me via other means. Which made it actually kind of touching. - Lo
Hey Lo! - MoTO Moca Blend
But I gotta be honest... I am really debating whether or not to go back. I mean, I like for people to be able to find me, but also... I really don't miss thinking "I should post this to Facebook!" every time something cool happens. Well, sometimes I think about it, but I don't do it. My friend (who traveled with me) agreed that we would not tell anyone about anything that happened on... more... - Lo
HI!!! Fun side effect of no FB: my Grand Budapest Hotel frenzy brought me back to the FF main feed! - Lo
So is it weird that privacy feels like some strange luxury? Doing something and not sharing it almost feels... kinky. - Lo
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LO! (Sorry!) Glad to see you back. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Okay, it's settled. Forget FB, and I will endeavor to return to FF. I'm glad to see there are still people here! It was always my favorite :D - Lo
Stephen, it's ok, you said more than three words. And appear to know who I am. Do you ever get the FB messages from people who are clearly having a hard time placing you? I do. Or at least, I used to :) - Lo
You're Lo the Baker, duh! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy birthday, Lo! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I'm with you. I have my birthday turned off in FB. I figure the 6-8 family people who really care about me already know my bday. - Joe - Systems Analyst
(Sorry, couldn't resist.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
You cain't quit us. - Spidra Webster
Glad you're back! - Friar Will
Nice to see you here again! Glad you enjoyed your birthday! - Anne Bouey
MG Siegler
Remember when I made this? Can't wait for this functionality to come to FriendFeed. Hot Dog Stand here I come!
Remember when I made this? Can't wait for this functionality to come to FriendFeed. Hot Dog Stand here I come!
woah - tell me you're still not using this...its quite possibly the ugliest thing ive ever seen. - Zee.
Now I'm craving Hot Dogs - Jesse Stay
i call it eggplant orange juice with blood. - MG Siegler
for healthy vampires - Eric Eldon
I feel bad for your monitor that has to serve that up...haha - Mike Bracco
MG, maybe we should save you the trouble and make one that looks like this for you. We'll call it parislemon. - Dan Hsiao
i think that may cause a FF revolt. or vomiting. - MG Siegler
Absolutely love the color scheme! :) - Jonathan Hardesty
lol it's festive. My Gmail is bright green and orange. LOVE - BEX
ya lets myspace up this bitch! - sean percival
Paul -- hey you listenin'? hhaha! don't ya love those colors! LOL (Dan - good idea!, do it!! haha) - Susan Beebe
Looks like a box of Crayola's just threw up. : ) - Mike Doeff
Cool - Andrew
I would go out of my mind by the end of the day. LOL - Drew Lucas
Painful. - Anne Bouey
This is a beautiful work of art. Bravo! Encore! - Sarah Lane
i aim to please. - MG Siegler
Just looking at that might give you colon cancer. - Gary C
Or keep you away from gmail long enough to be productive on the task at hand. - Mitch
FriendFeed has themes now. - Robert MacEwan
much harder to ugly this up, but i tried - MG Siegler
looks like helvetica to me... :) - Jim is digging out.
did u build it yet? lol - Phillip Grady Jr
literally brilliant way to push people to use gmail... ;) - Marc Mulhern
its ugly as sin but it is a point. I would love to have a bit of text control and layout control and colour control. - workingbike feed
Hello my dear Nice to meet you online my name is miss Gift i saw your profile today and pick interest in you. please i will like you to contact me at ( to tell you more about me and give you my photo's hoping to hear from you you'rs Gift ( - gift
1998 all over again. - Will Higgins™
Why is this in my 2014 feed? - Professor A.I.
This awesome little dude turns 6 today! I can't believe how fast the time has gone. Logan, you make me laugh every day. I love you to the moon and back!
Yay Logan! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Food trucks for dinner! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Happy birthday, Logan! You have an amazing, mommy! - Tamara J. B.
Happy Birthday Logan!! - Georgia
happy birthday, Logan! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday :) - Eivind
Thanks everyone! It was a fun day for all of us! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Aw, Belated Birthday Greetings, Logan! I'm glad you all had a fun day! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy Birthday, Logan! Glad you had an awesome birthday with your family! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
Ok, I've made it as long as Jesus.
And we still don't know how to love you. Happy birthday, Joe :) - Pete
Happy Birthday, dude! - Melly
Happy birthday, Joe! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday! - Tamara J. B.
Happy Birthday, Joe. - MoTO Moca Blend
May you avoid Jesus' fate and live a long and prosperous life. Happy birthday, Joe. - Friar Will
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
So where's your technicolor dreamcoat? - Steven Perez
That was Joseph - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
Happy birthday! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Happy birthday! - Spidra Webster
Happy birthday, Joe! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday! - Big Joe Silence
Happy birthday, Joe :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy birthday, Joe! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
That's what she said. - Professor A.I.
Happy Belated Birthday! Also, I'd try to avoid anyone named Judas or Pontius this year... just a precaution. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Thank you everyone! - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
My husband is trying to chase a raccoon out of our yard. This is the first one we've seen since we moved here over a year ago. He (the raccoon) looks a little dazed/confused like he can't figure out how he got here, but hubby is pretty determined to get rid of him. To be honest, I'm a little freaked out about how this is going to end. :-/
He looks a little like a crazy person right now running around, yelling, holding a flashlight and an orange umbrella. You know... to poke and prod the animal with. Yikes! - Yvonne
Ugh. There's more than one of them. - Yvonne
Hope they stay away! - Anne Bouey
I think your husband should stay away from a raccoon that is running around, yelling, and holding a flashlight with an orange umbrella. Yikes is right! - Professor A.I.
How did it end? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I hope the raccoons left, but it's never a good idea to chase them. They can be nasty critters, when provoked. - vicster: full-bodied
The dazed one climbed the tree in the corner of the yard. The other, I'm not sure where he ended up... It's weird that even though he was provoking them, they didn't seem to 'fight' back. It's annoying because the only way in and out of our yard is climbing a tree and going over the fence. It's daytime now and I'm wondering where they are. - Yvonne
Been sick for days & absolutely drained.
Sorry, Mandy. Hope you feel better soon. - Anne Bouey
Thank you, shug. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Get well soon! - Eivind
:o( Big hugs xxx - Melly
:( - Janet
:( I hope you feel better soon. - Spidra Webster
Steven Perez
Busy bunneh is busy. - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Hi Bunneh! - Tamara J. B.
Good afternoon, Steven. :) - Anne Bouey
Good afternoon, pretty Tam Tam. :) - Steven Perez
Good afternoon, Anne. :) - Steven Perez
Anne Bouey
Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health -
Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health
"It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The pills are so packed with nutrients that you'd have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested in this study, which will enroll 18,000 men and women nationwide. "People eat chocolate because they enjoy it," not because they think it's good for them, and the idea of the study is to see whether there are health benefits from chocolate's ingredients minus the sugar and fat, said Dr. JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The study will be the first large test of cocoa flavanols, which in previous smaller studies improved blood pressure, cholesterol, the body's use of insulin, artery health and other heart-related factors. A second part of the study will test multivitamins to help prevent cancer. Earlier research... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
I volunteer! - Steve C
Good morning, FF! :)
Good morning, Malik! - Stephan Planken
Good morning. :) - Anne Bouey
Good morning (ie good evening), Stephan and Anne! :) - ma∟ıĸ
good morning. sood! :) - ifti
Anne Bouey
Past is present for North Bay’s medieval re-creators -
Past is present for North Bay’s medieval re-creators
Past is present for North Bay’s medieval re-creators
"A scene that plays out at Fuller Park on most Sunday mornings might grab the passing neighbor, jogger or dog-walker as a time warp from centuries ago and an ocean away. Men and women clad in medieval-style mail, plate and scale armor clash swords, swing battle axes, parry blows with shields, oblivious for a few hours to their decidedly 21st-century surroundings of parked cars and candy-colored playground equipment. Their weapons may be blunted for safety, their uniforms a mix of the handmade and Internet-bought. But the 66 members of the Society for Creative Anachronism’s (SCA) local chapter are part of a culture of historical re-creation, bringing to life the arms and costumes — as well as the arts, crafts and manners — of medieval and Renaissance-era times normally locked within history books. “You get a different perspective than history classes give you, because you’re seeing it in action,” said Fara Otterbeck, a longtime member of the SCA’s local club, the Barony of Vinhold, and... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
"Among the practice fighters in Napa are much more recent converts like Kai Morgan, a Napa fencing instructor who first joined the Barony of Vinhold last summer almost on a dare. “I had a fencing student who was fed up with getting his butt kicked, and he said, ‘Well, I’ve played your game, so why don’t you play mine?’” Morgan recalled between sword drills after briefly pulling off his... more... - Anne Bouey
"Geoffrey of Griffinhold’s fighting prowess had been on display for two hours, but as he reverted to Jack Gillespie and shed his scale-like leather armor and removed the metal greaves from his shins, the high school teacher pointed to the other, more peaceful ways of honoring the past — the reproduction furniture he crafts for SCA gatherings, or the dishes his wife, Kira Leonova,... more... - Anne Bouey
"Nowhere is the breadth of SCA’s activities on fuller display than at the largest of its annual get-togethers — Pennsic, a 17-day jamboree in rural western Pennsylvania that attracts upward of 10,000 people for performances, a “university” of arts and crafts, and full-scale field battles in period-style armor. “I was at Pennsic, and it felt like I was with 12,000 of my closest friends,”... more... - Anne Bouey
Anne Bouey
College offers to pay students to take year off -
College offers to pay students to take year off
"Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from "gap years." A new program at Tufts University and existing ones at a handful of other schools aim to remove the financial barriers that can keep cash-strapped students from exploring different communities and challenge their comfort zones before jumping right into college. The gap year program starting this fall at Tufts will pay for housing, airfare and even visa fees, which can often add up to $30,000 or more. Although gap years are more popular in Europe, they have started to gain traction in the United States. About 40,000 Americans participated in gap year programs in 2013, an increase of nearly 20 percent since 2006, according to data gathered by a nonprofit called the American Gap Year Association. In 2009, Princeton University began offering applicants gap-year aid based on need. Nearly 100 students have... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
"Students who take part are able to see the world beyond the bubble they grew up in and return to school with a better perspective of their future, said Holly Bull, president of the Center of Interim Programs, which counsels students on taking gap years. Bull said the benefit of the structured time away from school is too valuable to exclude lower-income students. "Students return to... more... - Anne Bouey
"Students selected for Tufts' 1+4 program will be able to defer their admission for a year while still remaining tied to the university through video chat and email. Tufts is planning to work with organizations including Global Citizen, City Year and Lift — which offer volunteering positions in areas such as education, economics, health and the environment — to create packages that fit... more... - Anne Bouey
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