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“My husband says no”

This advice is from a housewife type magazine published in October of 1913: Shelving Responsibility “I’ll ask my husband.” “I don’t think my husband would allow me to do that.” “I’m sure Jack would say ‘No.’” Do you know the wife who, whenever she does not want to do anything, always places the responsibility on [...]

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Beatrix Potter Coloring Pages

Here Some of them can be resized on your computer’s paint program, colored, laminated, and then taped to Popsicle sticks or straws for stick puppets. Or laminate and tape or glue a bit of magnet to the back for refrigerator magnets. If you don’t want to bother with coloring, click on meet the characters, and [...]

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Milkweed pod

These are pictures of a pod that had just barely started to make the soft, thistledown parachutes for the milkweed seeds. The seeds are arranged in the pod in a beautiful spiraling pattern reminiscent of pinecone. The seeds grow silky chutes, starting from the bottom of the pod and working around and up. The outer [...]

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Kindle, Kindle, Kindle titles, free, free, free

Housekeeping and disclosures: Books are free at time of listing unless otherwise mentioned. If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why. If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something [...]

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Should I feel proud or insulted?

My son reads a funny FB thing to me, something about how no matter how much you read, every book you ever read is just a combination of 26 letters. That’s pretty incredible if you think about it. An amazing testament to human ingenuity and the gift of language itself. But the purpose of the [...]

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Screwtape Letters

This is a real treat- John Cleese reading Screwtape Letters aloud: The introduction: Letter 22:

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News and stuff.

When caught being grotesquely inaccurate about things he alleges Bush said, Neil DeGrass Tyson’s first response was to huff and puff and demand that we just believe him because he said so and he had an explicit memory of when and where he heard Bush say those divisive words about Islam. Now, Tyson kind of [...]

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Kindle Books, Good Reads for Teen Boys

All of these books are also available as Audio books, free. Go to to find them. They aren’t *just* for adolescent boys, of course. I loved most of them when I was a girl, and of the ones I didn’t love as a youngster, I mostly hadn’t heard of them (Jack London being an [...]

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May Bryon’s Vegetable Cookery Book, Day Two

Day two (Day one is here) May Bryon’s Vegetable Cookery Book, 1918 “The following rough list will give some notion of the respective value of vegetables from a nutritious point of view — t.e. regarding them as quality rather than as quantity. 1. Potatoes. 2. Jerusalem Artichokes, 3. Parsnips. 4. Peas, Beans, Lentils. 5. Beets [...]

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PTSD: Self-Talk

By way of updates, I didn’t see my therapist the last two weeks because. Family drama, another horrid medical emergency for her family. I get that. I don’t especially love it when the emergency happened in the wee hours of the morning, but rather than a phone call so I don’t drive 9 miles into [...]

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