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Day Of Reckoning Not Fast Enough

November 23, 2011

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The last few days have had some posts about lack of honesty. Maria Popova, in her blog Brain Pickings, talked about how the Huffington Post over-aggregated a post of hers, i.e., “reposting a reworded article with no substantive additional reporting and no prominent via-link for proper source attribution.”  She went on to a thoughtful analysis of the conflict between […]

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Check It Off For Thanksgiving

November 22, 2011

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Let’s see – here’s my Thanksgiving check-off.  I’ve included highlights of some recipes that I’ve used in the past (and they tasted great). Turkey – thawing (yes, use all the pepper called for in here) – CHECK Cranberry relish – done (if made ahead or frozen, leave the walnuts until right before ready to serve) […]

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Daily Dose of Happiness

November 21, 2011

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It doesn’t take much for me to find a daily dose of happiness.  Today it was a lovely walk during lunch.  It was sunny, nearly 70 degrees, minimal wind and there is still fall color to be seen.  Oh joy! Word for tomorrow – CHECK.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the […]

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Moo Cards Explain Me

November 20, 2011

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Occasionally I’m asked about my blog or how to reach me, so a few months ago I had some Moo cards made up.  They are soooo cool.  They’re a bit pricey, so if you give out a lot of business cards, they’re not the best option.  For someone like me who gives out 2 to 4 […]

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Hush To Watch Bridge Move

November 19, 2011

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There was some excitement yesterday at work!  The footbridge going over to the island is needing replacement.  Construction has been going on for several months to put up a new one (I believe it is temporary, but am not certain) and yesterday was the day the new bridge was moved into place. I am thankful for […]

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Angry Dogs

November 18, 2011

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It’s a good thing that when the dogs look this angry, they’re just playing and not trying to actually kill each other!  The beagle was only a couple of months old; our other dog was about 8 months older. Bark Magazine had a great article about this recently.  The author discussed how dogs use play to […]

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Trembling With Excitement

November 17, 2011

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The kitten is trembling with excitement over his newest toy – what will it do?  Will it eat him?  Run away?  Fly up in the air? Note how he’s hanging onto the edge of the stair with those big claws of his as he chases after a camera battery that he dug out of my […]

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Distilling Wisdom From Blogs

November 16, 2011

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I love reading blogs.  There are so many good ones out there!  I have some faithful readers of my blog who have their own blogs and do a great job with it. Blogs can be entertaining, they can record life, share thoughts, be informative, or be like a letter from a friend. There are several […]

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Lengthen The Gap Between Desire And Reality

November 15, 2011

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The calendar on my desk this year is from the book, Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef (I’ve linked to the 2012 version).  I’ve like it much better than I expected.  It  has a great deal of wisdom, most of it gentle.  It’s true, it makes sense, but it doesn’t make me feel guilty […]

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Author Brings History to Life

November 14, 2011

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My favorite boy toy and I went to Colonial Williamsburg yesterday – yes, to chase more fall colors!  We enjoyed a beautiful day walking around taking pictures and enjoying the scenery.  The cast members portraying colonial life were in their costumes as usual, cooking, working the farms, driving the horse teams, and giving tours. I’ve […]

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Gobble Up Special Treats

November 13, 2011

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So many of our memories revolve around food.  Thanksgiving is coming up, followed by Christmas and the New Year.  Food is an important part of those celebrations.  Just the other day, I wrote about how an ordinary night our for supper turned into a special memory for no particular reason. In the childhood memories of […]

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Feeling Thick Textures

November 12, 2011

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I love to feel textures – thick ones, thin ones, nubby ones, silky ones – I love to feel them all.  That was one of things I really enjoyed about sewing my own clothes was feeling all the textures as I worked. I haven’t sown for years, but I still enjoy feeling textures.  I’m very tactile.  […]

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Object of Today

November 11, 2011

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Several weeks ago, I posted about my desire to celebrate both big and small events in my life.  Today had two – it was Veteran’s Day and it was also one of the few days with a numeric synchronization – 11-11-11.  There aren’t too many of them, and I let last year (10-10-10) go by without […]

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Bulk Food Cooking

November 10, 2011

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I started cooking years ago with bulk foods.  I was a huge fan of vegetarian cookbook authors such as Laurel Robertson, Carol Flanders, Anna Thomas, and Nava Atlas.  It took a while to get the hang of it – 1.75 cups of water to each cup of brown rice; for wheat berries and oat groats, […]

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Detect The Music Of Nature

November 9, 2011

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The author, Kate Chopin, once wrote: I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe? One of […]

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Less And Less Days to Winter

November 8, 2011

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I’d noticed a few weeks ago how very fat the squirrels were looking.  Their coats are thick and their tails even thicker.  While driving around Northern Virginia, my favorite boy toy and I commented repeatedly at the thick coats on the horses and cows that we saw. All of which I think may be adding […]

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Riot of Color

November 7, 2011

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Apparently I didn’t get enough of the fall colors from earlier this week.  Yesterday I went both to our local park and the botanical gardens.  The trees are a riot of colors in central Virginia and although the air was cool, I had a great time walking all morning and taking pictures. Word for tomorrow […]

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Bed and Breakfast Instead Of A Hotel

November 6, 2011

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The pictures from chasing the fall colors are on Shutterfly and can be found at http://dogear6.shutterfly.com/.  Please remember that the copyright rules at the right apply. My favorite boy toy and I made a decision with our recent trip to stay again in a bed and breakfast, as we did in May when we went to […]

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Air In The Mountains

November 5, 2011

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Henry David Thoreau once said, Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. I can’t believe it’s already early November.  2011 has flown by.  I’ve enjoyed my life this year, but each day goes by so quickly.   I look back over […]

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Sunk Costs = Skyline Wandering

November 4, 2011

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As I was musing on how to use today’s word, I did a Google search and found the term, “sunk costs”, a term I have not used for a long, long time.  Wikitionary defines it as “a cost that has already been incurred and which cannot be recovered to any significant degree.” Which explains perfectly […]

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