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Alvin Stearns has been at 1 events

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Ryan Van Sickle766,855ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027G+

Alvin Stearns has been shared in 152 public circles

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Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:12476000CC G+
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355555CC G+
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017113CC G+
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661271CC G+
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817732CC G+
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228CC G+
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102CC G+
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219CC G+
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721771475CC G+
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437372751CC G+
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238204CC G+
AyJay Schibig57,945AWESOME CIRCLE 4.25.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-04-26 03:07:50428574472CC G+
Circles and Photography19,099BUILDERS 5  CIRCLE   V1.0Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to  build-up your circles!  SHARE  to be in my next version.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Show less2014-04-24 21:17:48500211428CC G+
John Nuntiatio34,626#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-24 15:13:1547881716CC G+
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111CC G+
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-03-24 17:49:31465022CC G+
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #youtube   #videos   #sharing  Share this circle and add these people if you like.  2014-03-24 17:44:59465036CC G+
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917683567CC G+
AyJay Schibig51,916AWESOME CIRCLE 3.8.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-03-09 07:28:425008575104CC G+
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406CC G+
Andrew Coffman6,907I'm not a big circle sharing kind of person, but this short list of people contain the people that I always read what they post, even if they don't post every day, and I always try to engage every day on G+ or through other avenues.2014-02-16 21:17:4235003CC G+
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118177567CC G+
AyJay Schibig46,776AWESOME CIRCLE 1.27.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page   +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-01-27 08:44:48414744591CC G+
Константин Вишневский43,146A Very Social CircleCircle of the Most Active Users of Google+Круг наиболее активных пользователей Google+2014-01-25 13:00:32447361256CC G+
Pam Adger35,023This is my no drama circle. Great interaction, no drama. I picked people at random using the relevance filter...I stopped at 20 because 20 is a good number for a circle. If you weren't included it has nothing to do with your drama meter...blame Google's algorithms. I rarely look at the people page anymore. If you were notified, you are included in the circle.2014-01-19 04:34:452037019CC G+
Jason Levy19,543This is my Surprise Welcome Circle 3If you received a notification, you are in the circle - this is my thank you and welcome to my circles.This circle contain people who are new to my circles.Because of the holiday season, It's actually been a few weeks since I've published a welcome circle. Many of the people in this circle have already engaged with me in some way.They are all great people, and without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google plus experience as they plus, share and comment on your own posts.Please plus, add and publicly share the circle so that everyone will benefit*Please also plus, add and publicly share my Elite Inner Circle here: https://plus.google.com/+JasonLevy/posts/eqggXPGhqxE *If you are in the circle, then well done! You have reached the first level. To get to the next level and become a Team Elite Engager (and this also applies to people who aren't in this circle), there are two simple steps:1. +1 this post2. share this post3. Comment to say hi and let me know what you have done!My Team Elite Engager Circles are shared regularly by other circle sharers - they currently span two circles at 1000 active sharers, and will be reviewed and reshared regularly, so do yourselves a big favour and become one of the Elite!    #teamelite  ~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~Looking for a cure for tinnitus, or just tinnitus relief? Looking for tinnitus treatment prices? To get affordable private tinnitus treatment in London, go here:http://www.thelondontinnitustreatmentclinic.co.uk/Tinnitus-Treatments/tinnitus-treatment-prices.html2014-01-12 21:28:514941275789CC G+
Asif Raza657Add people. You will be added back.Share circle to extend its reach. Have Fun. #circleshare   #circle   #sharing   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-12 03:07:37406415CC G+
John Nuntiatio24,007#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-10 10:43:08487322435CC G+
Asif Raza340This circle has no specific description. Everyone is regular user and posts some good stuff.Add people and share it with others as well. #Circle   #sharingcircles  2014-01-08 17:06:32187426CC G+
John Nuntiatio23,207#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-04 17:47:08487281337CC G+
Константин Вишневский40,080Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. If you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends2014-01-02 16:06:42447372465CC G+
AyJay Schibig40,675AWESOME CHRISTMAS CIRCLE   12.20.13Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Plus, Comment, Add and Share! Merry Christmas!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2013-12-21 01:50:46425624086CC G+
Roleta Anedotas9,158Photographers, Artists & Lots of Interesting People CirclePlease share!Ask me to add yourself to this circle.Also, check out my awesome  #GooglePlus  *pages*:+Roleta das Anedotas <-- Viral Videos+Redhotmustang <-- Comics and Cartoons (which I draw myself)+Punch Notes <-- Daily "Post-it" Quotes#sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #bestcircles   #quotes   #cartoons   #comics   #viralvideo  2013-12-20 11:16:44476562951CC G+
Meirav M.8,464so apparently there's this thing where you share your December Dozen.no way could I restrict myself to that level and pick only 12 plussers to share. so here you are - this is my December Double Dozen.they're all fabulous, each and every one of them.that is all. #DecemberDozen   #sharedcircles  2013-12-16 23:16:4024705CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov24,810Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-15 06:13:214859166115CC G+
Charlotte Hoather2,173#sharedcircles   I would love to share this circle with anyone trying to connect with new friends.  These were my first contacts on Google+ and I would like thank them for their support :)2013-12-06 08:54:1049013523CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov22,737Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-01 13:34:46479402467CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov22,094Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-26 14:09:264538359112CC G+
Vivi Amb541CIRCLE TO HAVE TODAY !My best Google + Users to FollowSpecial thanks to all off us !This Circle will Grow if :1 - You add Contacts creating a new Circle (if this is not done)2 - Share and +1 the circle#circles #circle   #circlesharing #circleshare2013-11-25 00:28:09239509CC G+
AyJay Schibig36,338AWESOME CIRCLE   11.23.13Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share.See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2013-11-24 02:19:11422613686CC G+
Jayant Khoshiya2,896THIS WILL BE A MONSTER SHARE! The First Snowballcircle. Time to rock the gplus community!Thx to my man +Mike Pachulski  and +Chris Cota  #Thesnowballcircle Keep this simple! 1. ADD the circle 2 Share the post 3. Plus the post. 4. Comment to be added. BAM that is all easy right!? My #UDEMY course will be here  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #snowballcircle #hyberballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #Circle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing   #FollowBack   #TeamFollowBack   #HeroicHenry   #FollowTrain   #CircleTrainHave a nice day!! :-D+Jayant yadav +Jayant Yadav +Mohit Khoshiya +Mohit Khoshiya +Alem kim +Angela Ilie +Angel Zoya +Fixfol #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #shared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #add   #addmetoyourcircles   #addcircle   #sharing   #sharingiscaring   #sharingmeansthankyou   #justanaverageteenagerwhoexpresseshisopinionsovertheinternetcircle   #justanaverageteenagerwhoexpresseshisopinionsovertheinternet      2013-11-20 09:47:51461201023CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216CC G+
Henry Toledo4,106NEW [Google+ Followers | Follow Train]WITH BONUS (READ BELOW)   If you want to get involved with circle sharing and watch your following grow, please do the following:   1) Make sure you have a profile photo   2) Make sure you are following +Henry Toledo 3) Make sure you share this circle and ADD this circle   4) Comment below after you share so I can add you to the circle    (I will verify if you have done all of the above)   If you are in this circle and you want to remain in future circles, you must share and follow. It is only fair. Remember, all of our circles go to the top of the charts. Thanks to everyone who participates!   |||| BONUS ||||   If you LIKE my FACEBOOK page, I will add you to my HALL OF FAME follow circle that i'm building for gaining large amounts of followers! Here is the link to the Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/HeroicHenryBlog    Send me a private message when you like my Facebook page, then I will verify if you have liked it, then I will add you to the "Hall of Fame" circle. Thanks!    #Circle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing   #FollowBack   #TeamFollowBack   #BlogStance   #FollowTrain   #CircleTrain  http://www.heroichenry.com/    http://www.blogstance.com/2013/11/cheerios-one-of-few-companies-who-have.htmlTwitter : https://twitter.com/HeroicHenry2013-11-11 23:19:08495534153CC G+
Dustin W. Stout26,662The Most Creative and Inspiring People on Google+As the first of my #circlesplosion  shares, this crowd-curated circle is comprised of those people who have been personally endorsed as some of the most creative and inspiring people on Google+.These folks are artists, designers, photographers, crafters, painters, musicians, videographers, marketers, and all around creators of things here on Google+.If you're a creator of things and want to connect with more people who create and inspire, add this circle.  Keep watch of the people in this stream and connect with the people you resonate with. About #circlesplosionAs I discussed in my introduction to #circlesplosion  (here - dustn.tv/circlesplosion/) managing and curating your circles will ultimately give you the greatest experience here on Google+. In an effort to connect people with passion, with other people with those same passions, I have resolved to share these crowd-curated circles with the world. I hope this group gives you as much value as it has me! Have a great monday everyone!  #creativity   #inspiration   #sharedcircles  2013-11-11 19:47:102367442111CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov20,493Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-11 08:08:57471422055CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 08:44:084695213CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 08:39:204677212CC G+
Widya Cok1532013-10-22 16:43:45459251031CC G+
Mastering Circles16,116THESE ARE THE ANNIHILATORSStand back and watch them take this circle to the top!If you want to get involved with circle sharing and watch your following grow, please do the following:1) Make sure you have a profile photo2) Make sure you are following +Circle Master 3) Make sure you share this circle and others circles on my pageIf you are in this circle and you want to remain in future circles, you must share. It is only fair. Remember, all of our circles go to the top of the charts.Thanks to everyone for all of your support and participation! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlemaster   #circlequeen  2013-10-20 22:45:48462485400300CC G+
Sean Cowen43,829My Morning Circle: By Far, The Most Interesting and Unusual Circle I've Ever Created...In the beginning of October, I asked people to dig down deep and give me names of great people to add to a must-read morning circle. ( http://bit.ly/16ow9Cm ) This is the FIRST CIRCLE of those names. I have omitted a few names by my own prerogative and I've left off PAGE names as I'd like to create a separate circle for those. By and large, though, this list is the result of all the recommendations I received. There are more names to follow, as I'm still working down through the comments...What I Originally Asked of Anyone Leaving Comments and Recommendations...I'm looking for a SINGLE CIRCLE of pure awesomeness - a circle that gives me incredible content, insight, analysis, humor, a dose of the erudite, funny, sad, melancholy, happy - in short - I'm looking for one circle to throw into my stream that gets my days started off on the right foot.But I need your input. Who should I add to this circle?We all know the usual suspects (and some of those people will definitely be included if you recommend them), but I am seeking and searching for those little mentioned and possibly unknown to me people who will jump start my day.I'm not looking for popularity or anything specific - just let me know about the people you would include if you were creating this same circle. #circle   #coolcircle   #recommendedcircle   #circleoftheday  P.S. Added myself against my better judgement as I was chosen on this list as well. Now you know... :-)2013-10-20 15:53:26499613066CC G+

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2014-07-06 23:56:43 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)

Waxed and buffed. Opinion invited. Is the pale honey color too pale? I do not want to use any harsh chemicals or petroleum products.

Also, two slender cracks have appeared among some of the many knots. They are not dangerous to the wand. They only break the aesthetic sweep. However, if anybody has masking tips, I'm open to them.

The wand smells pleasantly of spruce, honey (from wax) and slightly of coconut (from the oil mixed with the wax).

Being spruce, made from a piece of our 2013 Christmas tree, it is very light and supple (for wood).

The wood will darken, of course, over time and with handling. Maybe that's part of its story. "The wand, like you, is young. Taken from a tree your age, with a heart string core taken from a young dragon who fell valiantly in rescue of its mountain reaches and kin from evil and greed (story available... more »

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2014-07-12 13:11:37 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)

Wait For It. Wait For It.

Well, hello there!

#gif   #gifs  

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2014-07-23 17:28:30 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)

I was given that pen and ink a year ago. It has been decoration, unlikely ever to be used by me.

Just came to me. Wouldn't that be an ideal gift for a new Hogwarts student to receive with her wand on Saturday?

So happy when things find their proper home and owner.

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2014-07-24 14:20:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)

Nearing the end of the wand project.  Prepared her order delivery/inventory.  Each item and mention is part of a story of the making of her wand:

1 wand, spruce (H. Black Dragon heartstring core, Kingdom of the Isles);
1 wand box, likely stolen by Garen the Thief (overlooked);
1/2 enchanted Lake Stone given by Dòmhnallaidh ar an Loch;
1 Pen & ink, donated by Khanum Afaren (ساحره), of the Zagros (at her Dalmatian estate);
Quantity and severity unknown:  Protective charms and hexes by Solstice Smythe (local witch, licensed and indemnified);
1 blue stone, returned for over payment.

For owl delivery at the auspicious hour of the day of the July New Moon.  

Alvin S, crafter/trader is bonded against earthquakes, snowstorms, plagues, infestations and accidental creation of semi-divine persons during the craft/trade process.  Thecrafter/tra... more »

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2014-07-24 13:06:16 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

Error. Waiting until yesterday, most humid day of 2014, to stain the wand box, and today it is raining. It will be a press to get it wax sealed and ready for Saturday drop.

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2014-07-23 17:28:30 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)

I was given that pen and ink a year ago. It has been decoration, unlikely ever to be used by me.

Just came to me. Wouldn't that be an ideal gift for a new Hogwarts student to receive with her wand on Saturday?

So happy when things find their proper home and owner.

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2014-07-22 17:41:20 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)

Finished note to accompany wand.

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2014-07-22 13:23:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Indie and alternative music fans will like this.  Google Play's Music store has several free downloads of songs by Merge Records artists.  The wrinkle:  The songs are covers of Merge artist songs by other artists.

Featured here in part, Superchunk reinterpret Wye Oak's "I Don't Feel Young" with a pounding chunky electric guitar vibe.  Nice.

Go get 'em.  Main page of Play's Music store.

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2014-07-16 23:41:29 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Love is opening pea pods and sharing the sweetness with your sweet.

In other words, not eating them all yourself.  (As much as you so could do that.)

2014-07-16 23:23:06 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

Coworker:  I'm sorry, you are so full of sh*.*

I explained the Saga of the Wand to a coworker.  My young neighbor is getting an 11th birthday wand from me.  Several people are involved in the production, providing materials and/or talents from textiles and paper to ink and lettering.  My little neighbor asked for a wand.  She's getting a communal conspiracy to deliver fantasy and magic.

The coworker said, "Oh, you will love seeing her open that!"  I replied, "I will love the idea of it.  I will not be there.  I enjoy all of this, but I'm awkward and I prefer that the experience happen between her and family with me safely far away."

The coworker replied, "Um.  You play Santa Claus for kids every year.  You enter strange places and situations and stop bleeding.  You tolerate all the idiots here."

I said,"Yes,... more »

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2014-07-16 23:03:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Pulling zukes and summer squash from the garden now.  This recipe, though simple, is delicious.  Roasting brings out the flavors.  Combine with rice and/or a salad of hearty greens.  

If you want to get fancy, try a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and (if you're not vegan) a crumble of salty cheese, like Stilton or Gorgonzola.  

Enjoy.

Finally, proximity and general pleasantness counts.  Tomorrow I'm taking a bag of tender young zukes and summer squash to my coworker.  She doesn't garden, poor thing.

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2014-07-16 22:01:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)

First sunflower. From fallen bird feed.

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2014-07-15 22:35:11 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

The rain in Maine falls -- A LOT.

Impressive thunderstorms, downpours, hail, and tornado warnings.

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2014-07-15 22:26:35 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)

For anybody following the Saga of the Wand, here is the prototype lettering my friend and colleague produced.  I like it.

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2014-07-15 14:19:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

The recurring ear worm of the last few days:  The Time's "Jungle Love."   Featured in Prince's movie, Purple Rain.  

The movie hit in the summer of 1984.  It was the year of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the Footloose soundtrack (Kenny Loggins just played in Maine), Huey Lewis & The News and "Sports," Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Welcome to the Pleasuredome," among many other iconic names and titles dropping that year.  

For me, it was year of the last great hurrah of New Wave.  After that year we saw rock bands turning pop, pop bands turning into caricatures of themselves after that brief, sparkling energy that crawled up out of the early 80s radio-friendly slime.  

Hip-Hop was still mostly a sound heard only on inner city streets and theR&... more »

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2014-07-13 22:14:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

Thunderstorm on the way. But, I think Annie can get in two miles in this cooling, gusting breeze.

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2014-07-13 21:37:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)

Yay, Germany!   Congratulations on your win in Brazil!

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2014-07-13 15:42:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

Auto awesome contribution.

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2014-07-13 15:06:20 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)

Common thyme, my favorite herb, in flower. The bees are mad for their nectar.

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2014-07-13 15:04:36 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

July meadow flowers. I'd love to have a goat. But, it is forbidden by the husband. Along with motorcycle and tattoo. He's probably right.

In turn, he's forbidden from rescuing any more dogs. Four in the house is enough.

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2014-07-13 15:01:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

Corn flower. Pollen from these will create the ears of corn.

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2014-07-13 14:59:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

Maturing zuke.

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2014-07-13 14:57:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Tender young summer squash. A few days from picking and going in my belly.

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2014-07-12 19:01:35 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)

Remember the concrete monster? The muddy pit? I laid down fresh drainage pipe and stones. Now the stairs rest on that wood pad.

Much grass re-seeding to come. But, now I can I use the stairs to paint and generally refurbish the apartment. Finally, power wash and stain the stairs.

That's all one project. There are a dozen others that need my attention this season. Others may be put off. For now.

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2014-07-12 13:11:37 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)

Wait For It. Wait For It.

Well, hello there!

#gif   #gifs  

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2014-07-12 13:04:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

I like the conceit.  When you're an Alvin, people just know who you are, no surnames needed.  

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2014-07-10 23:57:34 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)

Garden gone wild.

I've been distracted. Just cut and dragged out about fifty feet of vine that was encroaching on its neighbors.

Also, I haven't gardened tomatoes in seven years. Forgot what water hogs they are.

Zukes, summer squash, pumpkins, beans and corn love me and my land. I'm remembering now why I stopped bending and sweating to other plants.

Cucumber plants got pride of place, but the stars of the land trash talk them and make them feel puny. They become puny.

I feel like a guidance counselor in a dysfunctional high school.

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2014-07-07 16:50:57 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)

Forgot to eat.  Taking down young spruce trees and realized my hands shook.  I don't have to wonder any more.  Glucose crash. I forgot to eat.  At all.  Today.  Body has burned its supply of readily available sugars and starts burning itself to keep brain and heart going.  I'm not diabetic.  You don't need diabetes to feel the impacts of a brain starved of glucose.

Not good.  I've learned not to push through.  No zombies are about to storm the borders and nobody loves me more if I die digging drainage trenches.  Screw it, I'm eating something.

Bread in the toaster.  Earth Balance on the counter.  Some carbs and fats, a twenty minute break.  All will be well.

If you are diabetic, you shouldn't need me to tell you to suck it up and live with your reality.  Yes, it's a pain in the arse.  Yes, it stops you living a life thatothers would co... more »

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2014-07-07 13:21:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

Nope, Beck hasn't kicked out this morning's ear worm.  Time to share it.  As ear worms go, it's a good 'un.  But, it's so yesterday. 

Context:  "The Man Who Sold The World" is a track from Bowie's eponymous 1970 album, his third.  Bowie had recently teamed with the future Spiders from Mars, perhaps most importantly guitarist Mick Ronson.  

With this album Bowie leaves behind light quirky pop and folk pretensions and introduces us to the sounds that would usher in his glam rock phase.  It's also his first fully fledged expression of the fringe personalities, outcasts and reporters of the apocalypse that would populate so much of his later music.

If Bowie is ever telling a story, he seldom makes it explicit.  Songs like "The Man Who Sold The World" give us characters, actions, reminiscences and feelings thatdon'... more »

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2014-07-07 12:58:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

Almost 9am.  Vacation over!  I'm taking Mondays and Fridays off this month and there's a mountain o' work to be done.  I'll be lucky to finish half of it.

A little something plugged into the gray matter to get the blood pumping and inspiration flowing.

"Black Tambourine"
by Beck, Guero (2005)

Black cards in effigy
We sing the song that was grieving
All dressed like vagabonds
Sharks smell the blood that I'm bleeding

I know there's something wrong
Might take a fire to kill it
Might take a hurricane
Don't know the life that I'm living

Ohh ohh oh, black tambourine
Ohh ohh oh, black tambourine

My baby run to me
She lives in broken-down buildings
Can't pay the rent again
These spider webs are my home now

And when the sun isdo... more »

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2014-07-06 23:56:43 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)

Waxed and buffed. Opinion invited. Is the pale honey color too pale? I do not want to use any harsh chemicals or petroleum products.

Also, two slender cracks have appeared among some of the many knots. They are not dangerous to the wand. They only break the aesthetic sweep. However, if anybody has masking tips, I'm open to them.

The wand smells pleasantly of spruce, honey (from wax) and slightly of coconut (from the oil mixed with the wax).

Being spruce, made from a piece of our 2013 Christmas tree, it is very light and supple (for wood).

The wood will darken, of course, over time and with handling. Maybe that's part of its story. "The wand, like you, is young. Taken from a tree your age, with a heart string core taken from a young dragon who fell valiantly in rescue of its mountain reaches and kin from evil and greed (story available... more »

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2014-07-06 15:14:40 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)

She turns 11 in August. Payment of plastic green frog and blue stone has been accepted. Work must progress.

The primary carving is done. Now it is about smoothing, then beeswax and oil, heating, further smoothing, and a final polish.

Meanwhile, a friend is making its cloth bag, I will construct its casket, and another friend with calligraphy skills makes the hand made paper card.

At the last, I will coordinate with her muggle parents to deliver all so she can find it on or before her 11th birthday.

So far, none of my calls to owls has produced results. But, current plans and labors should suffice.

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2014-07-06 11:29:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Something easy for Sunday morning.  A Great Big World's "Say Something" never varies its beat or pacing.  I discovered, by accident, that it works well as a round (starting a song and carrying it forward, then simultaneously starting it again--a la "Row Your Boat").

"Say Something"
by A Great Big World, Is There Anybody Out There  (2013)

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere, I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall
I'm still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
Anywhere, I would've followedyo... more »

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2014-07-06 01:14:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Has anybody tried this product for ground water drainage?  One of my summer projects is to re-do the french pipes around the house.  They've been in the ground for about 20 years, have frost-heaved, and are probably silted up pretty good.

This "EZFlow" product promises to be simpler than traditional ditch digging, ground cloth laying, pipe laying, drainage rock back filling.  I like that it appears to filter out much of the silt.  The con?  It's much pricier than traditional French pipe.

Any insights or observations or war stories on this product?

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2014-07-05 20:14:41 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Those were a pair of my good Converse until today. I don't think of shoes, I just get caught up in the job and energy. They'll join my extensive pairs of yard work shoes. The husband will gift me new shoes on my birthday.

Arthur left a watery mess. I've back filled most of the excavation under the foot of the stairs. It's rocks and bricks topped by clay. The storm water has turned the clay to quicksand. I'm in no hurry. Give it a day or three to settle, dry and set, then lay in a few inches of drainage stone topped with loam. Then construct and lay the wooden landing.

Then begin full scale apartment renovation.

Next stop: shower, pasta, and giving some attention to the husband. 

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2014-07-05 16:30:42 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

The concrete monster is extracted. Now I have different messes to deal with.

One mess at a time . . .

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2014-07-05 12:58:38 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

Post-Arthur, post-sleep morning ear worm. 

Happy Saturday-that-feels-like-Sunday.

"Pour Some Sugar On Me"
by Def Leppard, Hysteria (1987)

Step inside, walk this way
You and me babe, hey hey!

Love is like a bomb, baby, come on, get it on
Living like a lover with a radar phone
Looking like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man?
(Your man, hey, hey!)

Razzle 'n' a dazzle 'n' a flash a little light
Television lover, baby, go all night
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah

Come on! Take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

Pour some sugar on me, ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me, come on fire me up
Pour your sugar on me, I can't get enough
I'm hot,... more »

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2014-07-04 23:37:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

This was my first time making seitan and I have to say that I'm really happy with the results. There is a lot of kneading involved with removing the starch from the dough, but overall it was a very satisfying experiment. 

I'm hoping to try to make more very soon and experiment with different recipes once I've been able to make it consistently for a little while.

I will be posting the instructions as a caption to each photo in the next while for anyone that would like to follow along to try to make their own.  ::hoping Google will make this album into a "story" so I can post the directions in that format::

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2014-07-04 14:42:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)

Roasted chicken for the neighbors, shortly to be ruthlessly carved. Stock pot shortly to receive everything not packaged for delivery next door.

Chicken soup to follow.

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2014-07-04 13:57:20 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Somebody privately posted me about a problem with jalapeno pepper plants not setting flowers and fruit.  I lost that original posting, I was distracted when it arrived.  Also, I don't plant peppers.  I love peppers, but I live in Maine.  Peppers like heat, day and night.  Maine has some of those days, but not enough of them to make peppers a worthwhile investment of my time, labor and garden real estate.

Though, I do annually toy with and abandon the idea of trying to grow watermelons.  Even one delicious melon would be a victory.  And probably be the most expensive (accounting for expense, time and labor) in North America.  I haven't gone there yet.

So, peppers.  Jalapeno, specifically.  I know they like heat and light.  I know that all plants are particular about their soil and water requirements.  

I also know I'll probably never grow ajalapeno pe... more »

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2014-07-04 13:34:30 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

Husband:  How do you go from "The Evolution of God" to "Trailer Park Boys" without breaking your brain?

Me:  Mad skills!  (pause and double take)  Plus. it helps to understand neither.

; )

There is as much god, evolved or not, in a trailer park as there is trailer park in the most evolved god.  Separations contain, they don't reveal.

Apology for the F-bomb in the image.  

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2014-07-04 13:25:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

I placed that fence section, no longer needed, against that maple on the edge of swamp and forest seven years ago. A temporary spot. Until I'd rested.

It's 2014. Surely, both I and fence section are well rested.

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2014-07-04 13:19:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Tomato flowers.

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2014-07-03 22:57:55 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)

Doesn't that look gross? When I'm done it will taste amazing.

That's a mass o' seitan dough. High in protein, good for a non-meat eater who can handle gluten. I've let it rest. Now I'll tear it into bite sized pieces and simmer it for an hour. Tomorrow I'll drop it into a pan of teriyaki sauce and glaze the pieces to be added to a sautéed vegetable and red potato dish--all for me.

The vegan feeds the masses and treats himself just fine.

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2014-07-03 22:49:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

My garden, the edge of the forest, and a gray lowering sky. Good night to cook.

Time to make the seitan!

Hey, the vegan has to eat too. No worries, I'm grilling a mess of yard bird for everybody else tomorrow.

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2014-07-03 22:46:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

Rowr. Tiger lillie's poppin'. So many things are early this year. Just as pretty.

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2014-07-03 22:44:00 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)

Have I mentioned that I'm blessed to live among the best neighbors?

Came home from work today to find my neighbor's Kubota parked next to my concrete monster removal project. Chains in the bucket.

He and his girlfriend are going to get so much food delivered this summer.

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2014-07-03 13:34:02 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)

A good weed:  purslane.  In my photos of my garden you may notice one weed I don't always pull.  It's called purslane.  It has a reddish-green stem and fleshy oval leaves.  If you know what a jade plant looks like, purslane is not that, but it has a similar appearance, though smaller, low growing, and more delicate.  It's edible and tasty.  It loves to grow in my garden and I allow it some space because it is low growing and does not compete with the veggies.  And it tastes good.  You can use it in salads and however you might use spinach or lettuce.

I've read that it's native to India and Persia, spread by humans across the globe.  It's an annual, dying back each winter to spring up again from seeds.  I read somewhere that the seeds can remain viable for decades, waiting for chance and right conditions to germinate.  A weed that can wait.
Purslane ... more »

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2014-07-03 13:14:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

Pumpkin vine makes a break for the lawn, setting a young flower bud.

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2014-07-03 13:10:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)

The cucumber vines stir. They should get a move on. This is Maine, not Georgia.

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2014-07-03 13:07:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Some critter has flattened one of my bean plants. I suspect a dog. One of them seemed particularly sweet to me this morning.

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2014-07-03 13:03:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

No watering necessary after last night's downpour with more rain expected tonight. But, oh, the weeding later.

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