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Ryan Van Sickle778,532ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027  

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Mamy Shimomatsu5,644【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.8Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-05-04 01:38:133340618
Friend Connections42,945Builders 5    5.3.15Add this circle of all kinds of people to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing  #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday    #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles      2015-05-03 08:15:01325141416
Frank Gainsford66,108A shared circle of helpful marketing folksThis is a  shared circle of folks that are very helpful in a variety of marketing related issues,   These issues start with psychology and Psychological issues that impact on marketing and go through to Search engine Optimisation and target market identification issues.There are folks in this shared circle that help with HOA's (Hangouts on air) , folks that help out with marketing strategies,  folks that help out with image issues, folks that help with blogging, folks that help with email marketing, and so many more marketing related issues.This circle has been curated by +fufism  and many of the folks included here are often involved in ongoing conversations around issues within the online search industry,  as well as web page design and blogging  from the #IPSEO   perspective.Many more discuss the issues of #OPSEO   or Off Page search engine Optimisation with the social media playing a primary role.A large number of the folks in this shared circle discuss SEMANTIC SEARCH and related marketing issues. few of the folks in this shared circle discuss what is commonly called INTEGRATED MARKETING and many have a #FUFISM based marketing perspective on a number of marketing related issues, even though they do not actually use the word FUFISM themselves.+fufism  or Functional User Friendly Integrated social media is a BRAND NEW marketing philosophy where SEO and the social media are married into the primary leading element in all your marketing efforts, both online and off line.  You may read more about FUFISM on our blog at 4ubrand.blogspot.com or our web site at fufism.info4u.co.zayou can find a range of FUFISM based infographics at our pinterest profile https://www.pinterest.com/info4u2use/specific boards  on pinterest......SEO = https://www.pinterest.com/info4u2use/seo-search-engine-optimisation/marketing https://www.pinterest.com/info4u2use/marketing-issues/social media issues  https://www.pinterest.com/info4u2use/social-media-issues/FUFISM  https://www.pinterest.com/info4u2use/fufism/blogging https://www.pinterest.com/info4u2use/blogging-issues/2015-04-30 09:01:29260000
Mamy Shimomatsu5,426【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.3Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles  #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-28 06:59:25334108
Mamy Shimomatsu5,368【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.3Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles  #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-27 01:57:07334118
John Hannah19,871Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and #share this #circle!#Population #est #Total #area #mi #kmB #Land #area #mi #kmB #Water #area #mi #kmB #House #seats #Alabama #AL #Montgomery #Birmingham #December #Alaska #AK #Juneau2015-04-25 07:35:08450504673
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,972#FF   #followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2015-04-24 18:39:4321732029
Mamy Shimomatsu5,257【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.1.(20140413)Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-24 05:01:45334003
Neil Bailey16,371If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately. Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#Pacific #Affairs #Background #Note #North #Korea #US #State #Department #Archived #original #Retrieved #Check #date #values #in #date= #help #His #Holinesss #Teachings #at #TCVA #Brief #Biography #Office #His #Holiness #Dalai #Lama #Dalailamacom #Archived #original #May #Retrieved 2015-04-22 10:02:17386262233
Mamy Shimomatsu4,942【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.10.(20140413)Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-20 03:32:483341011
Colin Wilson23,790This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#school #thought #Carvaka #preached #enjoyment #material #world #religions #Hinduism #Buddhism #Jainism #d #Sikhism #originated #South #particularly #Japan #Prize #Physicsfor #his #work #scattering #light #discovery #effect #named #after #himAmartya #Sen #born #November #an #Indian #economist #who #was #awarded #Nobel 2015-04-17 11:13:19428181231
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,374+Steve Golfing here is my awesome men who comment circle2015-04-13 14:37:43216000
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,172#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2015-04-10 17:17:1321547061
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,028this is my awesome men who comment circle  cc +Curt Cranfield 2015-04-09 00:05:302161606
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:23:25329027
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:23:05329006
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:47329015
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:29329004
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 3.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:22:12329003
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker113,300#followfriday  my awesome men who comment circle2015-03-06 20:08:2521069463
Circles and Photography38,021Builders 5   2.24.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing  #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle  2015-02-24 16:35:13401172421
Harry Day14,578If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ireland #ireland #cork #ireland #dublin #italy #italy #florence #italy #milan #italy #naples #italy #rome #italy #venice #latvia #latvia #riga #lithuania #lithuania #vilnius #netherlands #netherlands #amsterdam #netherlands #rotterdam #norway #norway #bergen #norway #oslo 2015-02-20 10:28:0939313917
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker112,626#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2015-02-13 17:59:3220551263
George Clark15,373Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:*1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-05 06:07:22430121220
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Giorgio De Novellis8,241FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!!2015-01-19 07:59:39500102
Circles and Photography35,863Builders 5    1.16.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle   2015-01-16 21:44:5840810716
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121960566
Luis V.66,374This is my first #FollowFriday  shared circle and all the people in here belong in my circles. These are all people that should be followed and post good content, interact with others and are active on Google Plus. If you want to be excluded, let me know and I will pull your name.I'll be sharing on Fridays and if you want to ne in any future shared circles, do these things...Comment on here, share this circle, add me.I'll check your profile and posts. No spam or porn. 2014-12-27 02:49:034783212
Giorgio De Novellis6,998FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!2014-12-22 08:31:08493102
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120851261
Sport News95Dear Google Friends! - You're in this CircleAdd Users & Pluss +1 & ShareThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circleshare #circlesharing #circle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlecount #circlecircle #naturephotographers #naturephotography #birdphotography #birdphotographers #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers 2014-11-30 05:41:14500332
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720353052
tunc serkan ozdinc2182014-11-27 23:04:53234012
Kenneth Nicholson9,501This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:55408533785
Circles and Photography33,617Builders 5      11.10.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-11 01:54:52442032
Lư Thăng18,130Chia sẻ vòng ngon cho các bạn nè... #circlecount   #circleshare   #circle2014-11-06 10:16:3336293603
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest 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 ?2014-10-29 05:09:314303512
Kenneth Nicholson6,980Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday #circlesunday #circleoftheweek #circlemeup #circles #circleshare #communities #community #coolpeople #findcircles 2014-10-24 12:15:41498455784
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
George Clark7,088Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples 2014-09-23 10:46:01468707680
Ғ ΜіснæL Sŧuŧz4,508I rarely do this...In fact, I haven't done a circle share in over a year, and I've never shared this one. But... It's #AmbienTime , and the thing about the folks in this circle: they've all paid their dues with respect to my #AmbienTime  moments.These are the people who, with one or two exceptions, have known me the longest here on G+. They also happen to be the list of people who are either overly medicated, or underly medicated, because they still haven't uncircled me yet, even after all this time. I keep checking, but so far none of these people has gotten tired of my crap enough to go through the effort yet. I don't have the heart to tell them that this suffering won't erase all their past misdeeds and sins, and won't get them into heaven.I spend 99% of my G+ time in this one circle. And one of the people here was insane enough to actually marry me.It's a very diverse group, about as diverse as you can get. Each, though, is wonderfully broken, like magnificent shattered stained-glass murals, each reflects the same sun that alights upon us all, but in uniquely amazing ways that, with the passage of the hours and the seasons, brings a new dazzling display every time I see them online.If these are the only people you ever circle on G+, you will be hooked on G+ for life. And it's proof-positive that quality kicks the crap out of quantity every day of the week.This is my little way of saying, "Thank you" to all of you guys for putting up with me for the last few years. And I take serious pride in knowing that I have the rockin'est circle on G+.+Sque Morgan , up there at the 1:00 spot was my very first friend here. We don't talk much these days, I miss that, but we've both been going through some crap these last few months. I think she's responsible for my meeting about half this circle, people like +Eric Johnson, for example. And I know that after Sque (like a few days) came +Karen Schumacher  and +Debra Dayton , and then +Alvin Stearns and then +Shawn Holster, who I was sure was going to defrock me last month when he announced his annual spring circle cleaning...+Darryl Mouzone I met through an experiment. I decided to add every "suggestion" that G+ made for one week, and he was the only one that made in to this circle, which made the whole exercise a totally worth-while thing to do.2014-09-23 03:17:43431706
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019956046
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305618
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.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 :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519869262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August 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 :)2014-08-07 14:37:331778311

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2015-04-09 01:44:28 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Tobey the Cocker Spaniel
April 12, 2003 - April 8, 2015

In June 2003 I drove south to Carolina, the land of family, church, and memory.  My brother and his wife had bred their Cocker bitch with a neighbor's Cocker, creating eight puppies.  This one was the runt, eight weeks old, wet and muddy in an outdoor kennel, getting the stuffing knocked out of him by his bigger siblings.  I reached down, picked him up, hosed him off, picked off his ticks, and drove him back north with me.  

He slept virtually the entire 800 miles.  I pulled in for pee break at a rest stop in Virginia.  Relieved, I returned to my truck to find a bunch of kids at its windows.  The pup woke up, noticed he was alone and was pitifully howling and keening.  After that I took him in with me, easily held in one hand or slung under one arm.  Such a baby.

I didn't need a dog, I hadone.  Be... more »

Most reshares: 4

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2015-03-24 13:06:43 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

God and evolution.  They are not mutually exclusive.  God also evolves.  God must, or else we lose.  God exists to give us the ability to cooperate and lead meaningful lives in our complex human societies.  A god that no longer serves and informs our realities must evolve or perish.  

The comforting and warning part is that god is the collective "us."  Stick with a god that no longer fits the realities and we perish along with that god.  Evolve a god that answers the challenges, solves the dilemmas and cures the alienation and it's you, your family, and human society that spiritually evolve.  The new humans, in step with god.  God and humanity: an evolutionary combination and constant in our long human story.

Respect god.  Even his/her/its old forms.  God was and always is the vessel of our best hopes, highest ideals, and our important understanding ofhow to rela... more »

Most plusones: 58

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2015-05-05 03:43:40 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Russian Kale is a forgiving plant.  Last year I planted, grew, but did not harvest seeds from the Russian Kale.  I've tilled the garden once this year, to turn under last year's compost and yard whatnot, piled up in the garden in the fall to winter over and provide winter homes to mice, moles and worms.

Yesterday I walked by the garden and saw several small Russian Kale plants struggling over the churned surface.  Next weekend I'll dig up and transplant them to a suitable space.  It's delicious kale and I'm glad it's forgiven my lapse.

The picture is not my Russian Kale.  It's dark outside, the plants are small, and I'll forget about this whole thing in about ten minutes.  So, a stock photo.

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2015-05-21 13:03:34 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The Very Best Of Billie Holiday

A must-have performer for the well-rounded music library, Billie Holiday is a legendary singer who helped define the sound of a generation.  These tracks are free-for-now in Google Play's Music store.  Get them.

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The Very Best Of Billie Holiday

A must-have performer for the well-rounded music library, Billie Holiday is a legendary singer who helped define the sound of a generation.  These tracks are free-for-now in Google Play's Music store.  Get them.

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2015-05-15 21:22:18 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

WTF?

A coworker shared a personal anecdote on the misunderstandings that are part of our Internet Age.

The coworker recently visited family from away and helped her mother set up a Facebook account. The mother was taught how to find and "friend" her family, including her grandchildren. She read her grandchildren's postings and the comments of friends and, apparently, picked up some of the lingo.

The family became alarmed when this grandmotherly lady started posting, for example, "I had dinner last night with your Aunt June and we enjoyed delicious grilled hamburgers. WTF?"

The woman had read the acronym many times on her grandchildren's Facebook postings and had assumed it stands for "Wasn't that fun?"

At work we've decided to adopt the phrase "Wasn't that fun?" as code for the... more »

WTF?

A coworker shared a personal anecdote on the misunderstandings that are part of our Internet Age.

The coworker recently visited family from away and helped her mother set up a Facebook account. The mother was taught how to find and "friend" her family, including her grandchildren. She read her grandchildren's postings and the comments of friends and, apparently, picked up some of the lingo.

The family became alarmed when this grandmotherly lady started posting, for example, "I had dinner last night with your Aunt June and we enjoyed delicious grilled hamburgers. WTF?"

The woman had read the acronym many times on her grandchildren's Facebook postings and had assumed it stands for "Wasn't that fun?"

At work we've decided to adopt the phrase "Wasn't that fun?" as code for the other, online meaning of the initials; e.g.. "I just saw Bob use some of my mayonnaise from the staff fridge. Wasn't that fun?"

Happy Friday, everybody. I hope you all build a memory this weekend that inspires a WTF posting, in either sense.

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2015-05-13 19:32:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Me: (Upon realizing I'd wasted two minutes working on the wrong document.)
Oh, fudgeadoodle.

Coworker: Wow, you rarely use such extreme fake vulgarity. You must be really upset over there.

Me: (Punching up the right document, eyes on the screen.)
Flip off.

Coworker: (Sounds of giggling.)

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Me: (Upon realizing I'd wasted two minutes working on the wrong document.)
Oh, fudgeadoodle.

Coworker: Wow, you rarely use such extreme fake vulgarity. You must be really upset over there.

Me: (Punching up the right document, eyes on the screen.)
Flip off.

Coworker: (Sounds of giggling.)

//___

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2015-05-07 04:43:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"I been looking for something, oh no, to carry me
If I find what it is I need
Maybe all this wandering round and around, yeah, will follow me"

Ivan & Alyosha's "All This Wandering Around."  Track available free for now on iTunes.

Cuz you should always have a song in your pocket to play over your spontaneous montage scene.

"I been looking for something, oh no, to carry me
If I find what it is I need
Maybe all this wandering round and around, yeah, will follow me"

Ivan & Alyosha's "All This Wandering Around."  Track available free for now on iTunes.

Cuz you should always have a song in your pocket to play over your spontaneous montage scene.___

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2015-05-07 04:36:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Hey girl with the boots on
Won't you come this way so we can do somethin'"

Lyrics Born's "Rock-Rock-Away."  Track available free for now iTunes.

Cuz you'll need something fresh to turn up at this summer's kegger.

"Hey girl with the boots on
Won't you come this way so we can do somethin'"

Lyrics Born's "Rock-Rock-Away."  Track available free for now iTunes.

Cuz you'll need something fresh to turn up at this summer's kegger.___

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2015-05-07 04:29:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"Your life is your design
So go ahead, design it
Your star is in the sky
So go ahead, align it"

Genevieve's "Colors." Track available free for now on iTunes.

Go on, you know you want to. 

"Your life is your design
So go ahead, design it
Your star is in the sky
So go ahead, align it"

Genevieve's "Colors." Track available free for now on iTunes.

Go on, you know you want to. ___

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2015-05-05 22:54:00 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I'm quietly pleased that after being away from Plus for some days, of my flurry of postings yesterday the most crowd-pleasing is my kale posting.

Today in Maine it was warm, two days in a row of temperatures in the low 70s.  I pulled into the driveway a bit ago and, I swear, the grass is two shades greener and visibly taller than when I drove off this morning.  Thorough mowing this weekend, for sure.

The lupines are stretching out, we'll see their purple-flowered stalks by June.  I'll have to mow around the young daisy plants along the road.  I let big irregular patches of them grow in the lawn, only mowing them down after the flowers have gone by and their stalks start to become dry and brittle.

Clover, devil's paintbrushes, dandelions and mayflowers, not to mention the leaf buds on all of the trees.  The chives, of course, have a head start onever... more »

I'm quietly pleased that after being away from Plus for some days, of my flurry of postings yesterday the most crowd-pleasing is my kale posting.

Today in Maine it was warm, two days in a row of temperatures in the low 70s.  I pulled into the driveway a bit ago and, I swear, the grass is two shades greener and visibly taller than when I drove off this morning.  Thorough mowing this weekend, for sure.

The lupines are stretching out, we'll see their purple-flowered stalks by June.  I'll have to mow around the young daisy plants along the road.  I let big irregular patches of them grow in the lawn, only mowing them down after the flowers have gone by and their stalks start to become dry and brittle.

Clover, devil's paintbrushes, dandelions and mayflowers, not to mention the leaf buds on all of the trees.  The chives, of course, have a head start on everything and I've been enjoying them with my breakfast eggs.  Hosta are sending up their green spears, later to unfurl into broad dew-catching leaves.  The maples even now are setting up their winged seeds, which should be spiraling down on the breeze by late May/early June.

It's all going on, moving faster by the day.

As for the young kale, I'll get that moved to its summer home this weekend.

I hope all of you are enjoying a fine spring (Northern Hemisphere) or fall (Southern Hemisphere).

The image is not my property, but it's a Maine locale in springtime:  the Asticou Azalea Garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine.  The image is Sue Anne Hodges'.  You can see more of her photographs and read her musings at  http://sueannehodges.com/blog/archives/category/teaching ___

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2015-05-05 03:48:35 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I like Breyer's Salted Caramel ice cream.

I like it too much.  Darn you, Breyer's!

I like Breyer's Salted Caramel ice cream.

I like it too much.  Darn you, Breyer's!___

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2015-05-05 03:43:40 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Russian Kale is a forgiving plant.  Last year I planted, grew, but did not harvest seeds from the Russian Kale.  I've tilled the garden once this year, to turn under last year's compost and yard whatnot, piled up in the garden in the fall to winter over and provide winter homes to mice, moles and worms.

Yesterday I walked by the garden and saw several small Russian Kale plants struggling over the churned surface.  Next weekend I'll dig up and transplant them to a suitable space.  It's delicious kale and I'm glad it's forgiven my lapse.

The picture is not my Russian Kale.  It's dark outside, the plants are small, and I'll forget about this whole thing in about ten minutes.  So, a stock photo.

Russian Kale is a forgiving plant.  Last year I planted, grew, but did not harvest seeds from the Russian Kale.  I've tilled the garden once this year, to turn under last year's compost and yard whatnot, piled up in the garden in the fall to winter over and provide winter homes to mice, moles and worms.

Yesterday I walked by the garden and saw several small Russian Kale plants struggling over the churned surface.  Next weekend I'll dig up and transplant them to a suitable space.  It's delicious kale and I'm glad it's forgiven my lapse.

The picture is not my Russian Kale.  It's dark outside, the plants are small, and I'll forget about this whole thing in about ten minutes.  So, a stock photo.___

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2015-05-05 03:31:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

In case anybody is seeking a great present for me . . .

In case anybody is seeking a great present for me . . .___

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2015-05-05 02:52:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Twilight Histories
The alternative history podcast

"Twilight Histories," created and narrated by Jordan Harbour, poses interesting alternative history questions and then weaves a story out of them:
--  What if Germany had won World War I?
--  What if Chinese explorers/traders discovered the New World before Europeans?
--  What would it be like to live in the Ice Age, or during the 14th century's Black Death?

Harbour does a fine job of giving you some of the flavor of the times and places.  By twisting the outcomes of key historical events, Harbour is able to bring some facets of culture and place into sharper relief, forcing us to see them in a different context.

I've listened to four episodes and I do note what I hope are not formulaic trends in all of the episodes:
--  All of the time travelers (stand-ins for us, thelist... more »

Twilight Histories
The alternative history podcast

"Twilight Histories," created and narrated by Jordan Harbour, poses interesting alternative history questions and then weaves a story out of them:
--  What if Germany had won World War I?
--  What if Chinese explorers/traders discovered the New World before Europeans?
--  What would it be like to live in the Ice Age, or during the 14th century's Black Death?

Harbour does a fine job of giving you some of the flavor of the times and places.  By twisting the outcomes of key historical events, Harbour is able to bring some facets of culture and place into sharper relief, forcing us to see them in a different context.

I've listened to four episodes and I do note what I hope are not formulaic trends in all of the episodes:
--  All of the time travelers (stand-ins for us, the listeners) are men;
--  Each story so far has cast the principal female character in a romantic, supporting role.
Neither is deadly.  However, the former, if used all the time, limits perspective to the male gaze, perhaps missing some prime gender-specific story-telling opportunities; and the latter assumes that the listener needs a romance novel approach to enjoy great history and great story-telling.

Those (potential) minor gripes aside, Harbour's podcast ranks among the finest in original story-telling based in historical contexts.  If you enjoy history, alternative history, or just like a good short story, give "Twilight Histories" a try.

Available free via the attached site and on iTunes.___

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2015-05-05 01:56:39 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

(sigh)

I'm using Facebook as administrator of an organization's page.  I have yet to figure out how to bold text in Facebook.  Can you bold or italicize text in Facebook?

I don't like Facebook.  And I'm not at all fond of iTunes, but that's another story.

(sigh)

I'm using Facebook as administrator of an organization's page.  I have yet to figure out how to bold text in Facebook.  Can you bold or italicize text in Facebook?

I don't like Facebook.  And I'm not at all fond of iTunes, but that's another story.___

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2015-04-23 12:59:30 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

"I Aten't Dead."

Just distracted and busy.

Humble nod to Granny Weatherwax and Terry Pratchett.

"I Aten't Dead."

Just distracted and busy.

Humble nod to Granny Weatherwax and Terry Pratchett.___

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2015-04-17 03:42:01 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Babadook (2014)

The best horror is psychological horror.  "The Babadook" delivers.  The mother of a young son struggles with the tragic death of her husband and her child's odd fixation on monsters and weapons to defeat them.  One day, an odd book appears, "Mister Babadook."  Opening and reading the book invites a boogeyman into their small and fragile world.

Mostly?  "The Babadook" is about realizing that once the monster appears in your life, you cannot get rid of it.  You realize the truth:  society could never handle you, never mind your monster.  So you pretend and appear normal, and you live with your monster.  The alternative is that the monster kills you.  Or, worse, society kills you for being a weirdo with a monster.

Streaming now on USA Netflix.

The Babadook (2014)

The best horror is psychological horror.  "The Babadook" delivers.  The mother of a young son struggles with the tragic death of her husband and her child's odd fixation on monsters and weapons to defeat them.  One day, an odd book appears, "Mister Babadook."  Opening and reading the book invites a boogeyman into their small and fragile world.

Mostly?  "The Babadook" is about realizing that once the monster appears in your life, you cannot get rid of it.  You realize the truth:  society could never handle you, never mind your monster.  So you pretend and appear normal, and you live with your monster.  The alternative is that the monster kills you.  Or, worse, society kills you for being a weirdo with a monster.

Streaming now on USA Netflix.___

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2015-04-16 13:34:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Kennings.  

Kennings are figurative language that take a simple thing and make it fancy.  Kennings were popular in Old Norse and Early English stories.  In Beowolf the following kennings appear:

--  Death is called raven harvest.  
--  Fire is bane of wood.  
--  Gold is Sif's hair, referring to the myth when naughty Loki cut off  Sif's hair then atoned for the act by fashioning her hair of gold.
--  The sea is the whale's road, or the sail road, or the swan's road.  

Old Norse and Early English are long gone, but the tradition of kennings is alive and well.  Some contemporary examples:

--  A child is sometimes called a knee-biter.  
--  Milk is sometimes referred to as moo juice.  
--  Nobody wants to work with a brown-noser.  
--  Everybody hopes the performance will be a show-stopper.  
English is ... more »

Kennings.  

Kennings are figurative language that take a simple thing and make it fancy.  Kennings were popular in Old Norse and Early English stories.  In Beowolf the following kennings appear:

--  Death is called raven harvest.  
--  Fire is bane of wood.  
--  Gold is Sif's hair, referring to the myth when naughty Loki cut off  Sif's hair then atoned for the act by fashioning her hair of gold.
--  The sea is the whale's road, or the sail road, or the swan's road.  

Old Norse and Early English are long gone, but the tradition of kennings is alive and well.  Some contemporary examples:

--  A child is sometimes called a knee-biter.  
--  Milk is sometimes referred to as moo juice.  
--  Nobody wants to work with a brown-noser.  
--  Everybody hopes the performance will be a show-stopper.  

English is a tough language, sure.  It's also one of the most creative and forgiving languages in history.  It allows for all sorts play and creativity.  Yes, it's important to learn the rules of English.  Then, once you understand the game you can start bending and even breaking the rules to make the language fly.

If I had to make up a kenning for myself?   Brevity's Bane.   ; )___

2015-04-16 01:12:35 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Haply f'r the month of May I will lay-to this translat'r to turn all of mine postings into Early Modern English affectations. 

Haply f'r the month of May I will lay-to this translat'r to turn all of mine postings into Early Modern English affectations. ___

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2015-04-13 02:14:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I've driven the husband from the TV room again.  This time it's "Danger 5," an Australian comedy, now showing on USA Netflix.  Five international agents must kill Hitler.  I've read that the show is a 1960s version of WWII.  But, it's not.  It's a gonzo show that in the first series uses 1960s TV show styles.  The second series invades the 1980s--still killing Hitler.  But, that's as far as either goes with time periods.  People, events and institutions are mixed up and absurdly presented.  The gags are fast-paced and puerile.  Great fun.

It reminds me of an adult version of the Sid & Marty Kroft shows I used to watch as a child.  Silly, hyperactive, and everybody is turned up to 11.  

Also, I enjoy that David Ashby as Jackson is very good looking (to me, I have odd ideas of male and female hotness), and Steve Parker as NikitaKhrushchev ... more »

I've driven the husband from the TV room again.  This time it's "Danger 5," an Australian comedy, now showing on USA Netflix.  Five international agents must kill Hitler.  I've read that the show is a 1960s version of WWII.  But, it's not.  It's a gonzo show that in the first series uses 1960s TV show styles.  The second series invades the 1980s--still killing Hitler.  But, that's as far as either goes with time periods.  People, events and institutions are mixed up and absurdly presented.  The gags are fast-paced and puerile.  Great fun.

It reminds me of an adult version of the Sid & Marty Kroft shows I used to watch as a child.  Silly, hyperactive, and everybody is turned up to 11.  

Also, I enjoy that David Ashby as Jackson is very good looking (to me, I have odd ideas of male and female hotness), and Steve Parker as Nikita Khrushchev is hella good looking (ditto).

Jackson:  "What the hell did you put in that time travel cocktail, Pierre?!"
Pierre:  "Mozzarella!  You can't go back in time without cheese!"  

Noted.

Other shows I like that drive away the husband:
"The Walking Dead"
"Trailer Park Boys"  New seasons, woo!
He can tolerate "Archer" and "Bob's Burgers."___

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2015-04-12 16:03:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Happiness is replacing a deck board and finding that your replacement board is exactly the length that you need.

That should happen to me again after another 50 years.

Happiness is replacing a deck board and finding that your replacement board is exactly the length that you need.

That should happen to me again after another 50 years.___

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2015-04-11 22:49:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Tucker enjoys a sensible chuckle.

Tucker enjoys a sensible chuckle.___

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2015-04-09 11:27:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Nature says "Ha!" Maine's April 9, 2015 snow day.

Nature says "Ha!" Maine's April 9, 2015 snow day.___

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2015-04-09 01:44:28 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Tobey the Cocker Spaniel
April 12, 2003 - April 8, 2015

In June 2003 I drove south to Carolina, the land of family, church, and memory.  My brother and his wife had bred their Cocker bitch with a neighbor's Cocker, creating eight puppies.  This one was the runt, eight weeks old, wet and muddy in an outdoor kennel, getting the stuffing knocked out of him by his bigger siblings.  I reached down, picked him up, hosed him off, picked off his ticks, and drove him back north with me.  

He slept virtually the entire 800 miles.  I pulled in for pee break at a rest stop in Virginia.  Relieved, I returned to my truck to find a bunch of kids at its windows.  The pup woke up, noticed he was alone and was pitifully howling and keening.  After that I took him in with me, easily held in one hand or slung under one arm.  Such a baby.

I didn't need a dog, I hadone.  Be... more »

Tobey the Cocker Spaniel
April 12, 2003 - April 8, 2015

In June 2003 I drove south to Carolina, the land of family, church, and memory.  My brother and his wife had bred their Cocker bitch with a neighbor's Cocker, creating eight puppies.  This one was the runt, eight weeks old, wet and muddy in an outdoor kennel, getting the stuffing knocked out of him by his bigger siblings.  I reached down, picked him up, hosed him off, picked off his ticks, and drove him back north with me.  

He slept virtually the entire 800 miles.  I pulled in for pee break at a rest stop in Virginia.  Relieved, I returned to my truck to find a bunch of kids at its windows.  The pup woke up, noticed he was alone and was pitifully howling and keening.  After that I took him in with me, easily held in one hand or slung under one arm.  Such a baby.

I didn't need a dog, I had one.  Betty, my Golden Retriever, waiting for me at home.  The Cocker pup was for my partner.  See, I was Betty's human and she had little use for the partner.  Betty sat between us on the sofa.  Slept between us in the bed.  She'd stare at the partner and huff at him if he got too close to me, until he'd move and she'd take her place beside me.  That hurt the husband's feelings.  Solution:  get him his own dog.  Rescue the pup, give the partner a dog who would be his and love him.

I arrived home, handed the skinny runty Cocker to the partner and said, "This is for you.  Name him."  He chose the name Tobey.

All dogs have a personality.  Tobey mixed stubborn self-determination with a limitless capacity to give and accept affection.  He often seemed stupid, but I think he didn't care about things in the ways we expect dogs to care about things.  Peaceable by nature, he never backed down from a fight, intimidating bully dogs much bigger than him by his tenacity.  Mostly, he liked nothing more than to lay alongside you and have his ears rubbed.  Those absurdly large ears.

He had his first seizure that I know of in 2004.  They didn't happen often, but seizures became a part of his life.  He learned to know when one was coming and he'd race to me, stressed and needing.  (I like to think he ran to me, not the partner, to spare his human a worrying thing--a dog protects his human.  I'm useful when something is frightening.)  I'd lay down with him and gently hold him while he seized, telling him his name, his history, and his great achievements.  Within a minute or two he was back, all good.  Drink of water, back to his human's side.

Two months ago the vet told us that Tobey has a tumor on his liver.  His death would come sooner rather than later.  The vet gave us the option of putting him to sleep right then.  Tobey had a disease, but he was in no pain.  We decided to give him whatever time he had left to feel good and enjoy his life and home.  We took him home.  He got hours of special time with the husband.  He got beef bones, ham, and smackerels of this or that stuff I was preparing in the kitchen.  

Today it was time.  His golden days of disease without pain had ended, peace never to return.  The husband and I took him to the vet.  The vet explained to the husband what would happen.  A syringe, an anesthetic.  He'd appear to fall asleep.  As quietly and peacefully as that, it'd all end.  

We rubbed his ears.  I told him his name, his history, and his great achievements.  Tobey lowered his head, appeared to fall asleep.  No more pain.  Just a traumatized and sobbing husband.  Tobey was his first dog.

He'll have good moments and bad moments over the next several days.  Meantime, there are three other dogs still needing our notice and attention.

Thanks for the years and affection, Tobey.  You were a fine dog and you grew up just fine for a skinny runty thing at the start.___

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2015-04-09 00:50:26 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The Big Lebowski is one of my very favorite movies.  It's a movie I can put on just for the company of it.  It's a movie that lets strangers at a party find and know each other through a single turn of phrase, instant bond.  Naturally, the husband has no use for "The Big Lebowski."  "The Big Lebowski" has no hobbits, or museum exhibits coming to life, or hiding the magic from the Muggles.  The husband understands, though, that "The Big Lebowski" is a non-negotiable constant in this relationship.

In 2011 Tara Reid, who played Bunny Lebowski, did this spoof for Funny or Die.  It's funny enough, I guess.

The Big Lebowski is one of my very favorite movies.  It's a movie I can put on just for the company of it.  It's a movie that lets strangers at a party find and know each other through a single turn of phrase, instant bond.  Naturally, the husband has no use for "The Big Lebowski."  "The Big Lebowski" has no hobbits, or museum exhibits coming to life, or hiding the magic from the Muggles.  The husband understands, though, that "The Big Lebowski" is a non-negotiable constant in this relationship.

In 2011 Tara Reid, who played Bunny Lebowski, did this spoof for Funny or Die.  It's funny enough, I guess.___

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2015-04-08 15:06:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Tramp!

Tramp!___

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2015-04-08 14:25:25 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Some days it's easier not to think, but to let the ear worm play, over and over and over . . .  Dancing around is optional, but not discouraged.

Some days it's easier not to think, but to let the ear worm play, over and over and over . . .  Dancing around is optional, but not discouraged.___

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2015-04-08 14:06:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite Internet things:  One who insults by labeling another as retarted.

One of my favorite Internet things:  One who insults by labeling another as retarted.___

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2015-04-06 18:14:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I'd like to think that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson deliberately used the wrong word in honor of the season in which the commercial ran.  In the ad for "Furious 7," Michele Rodriguez asks, "Did you bring the cavalry?"  Dwayne Johnson replies, "Woman, I am the calvary."  

Cavalry were soldiers who fought on horseback, and the word is used as an English idiom meaning to send in a force to rescue others; e.g., "Did you bring the cavalry?"

Calvary is the location of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.  As a common noun, it's used to indicate a great trial or tribulation.

So, the ad could be a witty play on words.  "Did you bring the rescuing force?"  "Woman, I am the tribulation that these poor bastards will face."  It could be a witty play on words.  I think he just read the line wrong. Heh.... more »

I'd like to think that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson deliberately used the wrong word in honor of the season in which the commercial ran.  In the ad for "Furious 7," Michele Rodriguez asks, "Did you bring the cavalry?"  Dwayne Johnson replies, "Woman, I am the calvary."  

Cavalry were soldiers who fought on horseback, and the word is used as an English idiom meaning to send in a force to rescue others; e.g., "Did you bring the cavalry?"

Calvary is the location of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.  As a common noun, it's used to indicate a great trial or tribulation.

So, the ad could be a witty play on words.  "Did you bring the rescuing force?"  "Woman, I am the tribulation that these poor bastards will face."  It could be a witty play on words.  I think he just read the line wrong.  Heh.___

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2015-04-06 14:38:27 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Day six of my chest cold.  I'd thought I was getting better on Friday.  Felt pretty good the morning of Saturday, did a lot of work, then declines through the afternoon.  Skipped Easter festivities on Sunday.  This morning I listened to regions of my chest with my stethoscope to remind myself what inflamed bronchi sound like with that tool.  Always good to use opportunities to refresh yourself on signs and symptoms.

You take in air through your nose and mouth.  On inspiration (inhalation) the air moves down your trachea (windpipe).  Next it branches into the bronchi, the pair of large pipes that go into the lungs.  The bronchi further divide into smaller pipes, the bronchioles.  The divisions continue, becoming smaller until the systems are microscopic.  Upon expiration (exhalation), your body simply reverses the process.

The primary engine of breathing is a muscleunder the... more »

Day six of my chest cold.  I'd thought I was getting better on Friday.  Felt pretty good the morning of Saturday, did a lot of work, then declines through the afternoon.  Skipped Easter festivities on Sunday.  This morning I listened to regions of my chest with my stethoscope to remind myself what inflamed bronchi sound like with that tool.  Always good to use opportunities to refresh yourself on signs and symptoms.

You take in air through your nose and mouth.  On inspiration (inhalation) the air moves down your trachea (windpipe).  Next it branches into the bronchi, the pair of large pipes that go into the lungs.  The bronchi further divide into smaller pipes, the bronchioles.  The divisions continue, becoming smaller until the systems are microscopic.  Upon expiration (exhalation), your body simply reverses the process.

The primary engine of breathing is a muscle under the lungs called the diaphragm.  During inspiration the diaphragm contracts, increasing chest volume, decreasing pressure in the lungs, causing air to flow in.  When you exhale the diaphragm relaxes, decreasing chest volume, increasing pressure in the lungs, causing air to flow out.  Secondary breathing muscles include the intercostals, muscles between the ribs. 

The purpose of breathing is to introduce oxygen (about 20-21% of the volume of ambient air) into the body when you inspire, and to shed carbon dioxide when you expire.  Your lungs transfer about 5% of the inhaled oxygen into your body, meaning that your lungs, just before you exhale, still contain about 15-16% of the ambient room oxygen that'd been inhaled. (This fact is key to some evolving ideas on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation protocols.  Stay tuned)

Like most animal life on Earth, we evolved to use oxygen to fire the body's energy engine.  Hemoglobin in blood picks up the oxygen delivered into the lungs and carries it throughout the body.  The microscopic mitochondria in the body use oxygen and glucose (a sugar) to make the energy that makes us, in virtually every sense, alive.  The combustion waste is then picked up by hemoglobin and delivered back to the lungs via the bloodstream to be shed when you exhale.  This closed loop energy factory system has been operating inside you and me since we were in our mother's womb and will continue until the day we die.

So, you are able to read this right now because your body is a working chemical engine supporting a complex web of sensors and organs that ultimately serves an as-yet mysterious thing called consciousness.

You'll notice there was no magic in any of that, apart perhaps from that mention of consciousness.  We are still puzzling over consciousness.  Much like in the past we puzzled over eyes, blood, the lungs, the reproductive systems, and all the bits that make up the complete male and female human packages.  Magical qualities and associations used to be assigned to most of the human body--still are among many people.  Magic can provide a feeling of certainty where knowledge is lacking.  Sometimes magic is used as appealing and apt metaphor, and why not?

Knowledge, though, points us toward the wonder of a still more magnificent experience than magic and superstition can ever give to us.  Even our body, which we abuse, take for granted, badly judge and agonize over is even at the worst of times the most exquisite system we'll ever personally know, organic or machine.  Every second of life involves a million dance steps in and on your body, performed by millions of dancers--all spinning and stepping and dipping without the aid of a resident consciousness that cannot even find a reason to smile on some days.

Anybody who has ever had a problem simply breathing immediately discovers a respect for and value in the vehicle of consciousness, his or her human body.  

Give it a break.  You're a wonder of time and space, just as you are.  Improve?  Sure, go for it!  But, if you're motivated to improve because you think you suck, stop.  Take a breath in.  Exhale.  Do it again.  Be present in the actions.  

Feel that?  It's not magic.  It's something much greater.  It's you.  You're frickin' amazing.  

Now go improve something about yourself.

I'm going to take the day off.  Maybe tidy up things up a bit.  Play a video game, where my virtual body is not challenged by bronchial inflammation and never tires.  See you later.___

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2015-04-03 13:00:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

It's a warm day in Maine. 44 degrees F on the thermometer. Welcome to mud season.

It's a warm day in Maine. 44 degrees F on the thermometer. Welcome to mud season.___

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2015-04-03 12:26:09 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Word choices.

When you want to indicate that an outcome should give equal consideration to all parties, use the word fair.  

When you want to indicate that the morally good party should prevail, use the word just.  

What is fair is not always just to all parties, and what is just may not always feel fair to all parties.  In our experience of these some of us come to understand the differences and why laws and the legislators that create them, as well as an engaged and thinking electorate matter a great deal.

Practical example:
--  Is it fair that Indiana created a law that allows some citizens on the basis of personal religious faith to discriminate in the public marketplace against other citizens?
--  Is it just that some may discriminate against others in this way?

These questions and our collective answers matter.

Inan u... more »

Word choices.

When you want to indicate that an outcome should give equal consideration to all parties, use the word fair.  

When you want to indicate that the morally good party should prevail, use the word just.  

What is fair is not always just to all parties, and what is just may not always feel fair to all parties.  In our experience of these some of us come to understand the differences and why laws and the legislators that create them, as well as an engaged and thinking electorate matter a great deal.

Practical example:
--  Is it fair that Indiana created a law that allows some citizens on the basis of personal religious faith to discriminate in the public marketplace against other citizens?
--  Is it just that some may discriminate against others in this way?

These questions and our collective answers matter.

In an unjust move, I swiped the image that accompanies this posting from a guy's blog site.  But, I see by the attribution on the image that blog site guy also swiped it.  ___

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2015-04-03 02:03:17 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

What's Good, Friday?

Good Friday.  Good, in an archaic form meaning righteous.  Others call it Great Friday.  In the Christian calendar, it's a very important day.  It's the anniversary of the torture and execution of God in mortal form.  

Many gods have died, but this divine death was unique.  In our dominant tradition God had to die to give hope to a world and a humanity in fallen and corrupt state since that dreadful event in the Garden of Eden.  In his death, Jesus (God's name on earth) assumed the burdens of our sins, and only through him can we find reunion with god.  "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life."

On that Friday almost 2,000 years ago Jesus was betrayed, arrested, and interrogated by religious and political authorities.  Hewas furt... more »

What's Good, Friday?

Good Friday.  Good, in an archaic form meaning righteous.  Others call it Great Friday.  In the Christian calendar, it's a very important day.  It's the anniversary of the torture and execution of God in mortal form.  

Many gods have died, but this divine death was unique.  In our dominant tradition God had to die to give hope to a world and a humanity in fallen and corrupt state since that dreadful event in the Garden of Eden.  In his death, Jesus (God's name on earth) assumed the burdens of our sins, and only through him can we find reunion with god.  "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life."

On that Friday almost 2,000 years ago Jesus was betrayed, arrested, and interrogated by religious and political authorities.  He was further betrayed and then handed over to a mob.  He was beaten.  He was forced to carry a wooden cross to the place of execution.  He was nailed to the cross alongside two common criminals.  He was mocked.  He asked for water and was given vinegar.  

From noon to 3pm the sky turned dark.  Earthquakes caused damage.  Tombs broke open.  The veil in the Temple of Jerusalem split down the middle, indicating that no longer would humans need priests to intercede between them and God.  

Jesus died.  The old rules were out, the Good News was in.  God became personal.  And a bit schizophrenic, dividing his nature among three important personifications:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

It's an oddity of Christianity, this celebration of betrayal, torture and execution of an innocent.  We celebrate the horror because without it and the god's death we would have no hope.  

Of course, three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, later to ascend to Heaven.  He is, after all, God.  

Political prisoners across the world can suffer the same fate as Jesus, but they will never come back once executed.  So, celebrate the horror of Good Friday.  But, maybe make a new tradition to use the day to help with a bit of money or your time to help those who help others in Jesus-like predicaments?  
https://www.amnesty.org/en/

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2015-04-02 22:00:30 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Get ready to slaughter a spring lamb.

Passover begins at sundown tomorrow. The holy day commemorates a story in the Bible's Book of Exodus.

Once upon a time, the Hebrews and the Egyptians were great friends, thanks mostly to a Hebrew fellow named Joseph. After Joseph died and several generations had passed, the friendship ended and the Egyptians enslaved the Hebrews.

One day a man named Sargon Moses rose up to lead the Hebrew people out of bondage and Egypt. God made a deal with Moses to deliver ten plagues upon the Egyptians, to convince the King of Egypt to let the Hebrews go. The last and most dreadful of the ten plagues was the death of every Egyptian first-born child.

God told Moses, and Moses told the Hebrews that to keep death from their homes they needed to paint the blood of a spring lamb upon every Hebrew's door post. This was done... more »

Get ready to slaughter a spring lamb.

Passover begins at sundown tomorrow. The holy day commemorates a story in the Bible's Book of Exodus.

Once upon a time, the Hebrews and the Egyptians were great friends, thanks mostly to a Hebrew fellow named Joseph. After Joseph died and several generations had passed, the friendship ended and the Egyptians enslaved the Hebrews.

One day a man named Sargon Moses rose up to lead the Hebrew people out of bondage and Egypt. God made a deal with Moses to deliver ten plagues upon the Egyptians, to convince the King of Egypt to let the Hebrews go. The last and most dreadful of the ten plagues was the death of every Egyptian first-born child.

God told Moses, and Moses told the Hebrews that to keep death from their homes they needed to paint the blood of a spring lamb upon every Hebrew's door post. This was done and Death passed over the homes of the Hebrews. Hence the name Passover. But, dawn brought the wails and tears of the Egyptians, for Death had taken every first-born child in the land.

The Hebrews eventually escaped Egypt, led by Moses. After 40 years of not asking for directions, they finally arrived in the neighboring land of Canaan. The Promised Land. Things get more bloody at this point, so we'll stop here.

You must rely upon Exodus for the facts. No Egyptian or other records exist to corroborate any parts of the story. It is, however, a fabulous story, one told throughout the long centuries before and after the time of Moses. The great leader is born, his origin and identity unknown to him. The shattering moment where he must accept his true identity and deliver his people through the Great Adventure. One of humankinds's most ancient and recycled myths.

Belief is easy and ultimately of little consequence. As the man said, the play's the thing.

Happy Passover, everybody.___

2015-03-30 18:19:51 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Happiness is pondering last night's excellent "The Walking Dead" season finale.

Sadness is pondering the long months until the start of the next season.

Trepidation is pondering the announced spin-off series, "Fear the Walking Dead." Hopefully the new series is much better than its title.

Also, I could try to be less ponderous today.

Happiness is pondering last night's excellent "The Walking Dead" season finale.

Sadness is pondering the long months until the start of the next season.

Trepidation is pondering the announced spin-off series, "Fear the Walking Dead." Hopefully the new series is much better than its title.

Also, I could try to be less ponderous today.___

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2015-03-29 15:18:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

American legislators and governors that want to hurt business, create costly litigation and a still more ignorant next generation of citizens, follow Indiana's and other states' leads.  For the rest of us, it's sure making it tougher to know how to buy American when there are states whose products and services we won't buy.  Jesus has yet to comment.  

On the bright side, if the economy and social consciousness slide enough, the Bible contains a potential social solution.  Debt slavery.  

Exodus 21:2-6
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment.  If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him.  If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to hermaster... more »

American legislators and governors that want to hurt business, create costly litigation and a still more ignorant next generation of citizens, follow Indiana's and other states' leads.  For the rest of us, it's sure making it tougher to know how to buy American when there are states whose products and services we won't buy.  Jesus has yet to comment.  

On the bright side, if the economy and social consciousness slide enough, the Bible contains a potential social solution.  Debt slavery.  

Exodus 21:2-6
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment.  If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him.  If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone.  But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost.  And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.  

Just insert American in place of Hebrew and we've solved the dumbening of America (potential and actual slaves don't need education) and the labor and immigration problems (plenty of free labor, woo!).  Always look on the bright side of the Good Book.

PS:  Ladies, it'll be tougher for you, I'm afraid.  Look it up.  Hint:  As ever, it helps if you're young and pretty.___

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2015-03-24 23:23:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Have you read, or better yet listened to Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God"?  For anybody struggling with a lack of faith, scared of that lack of faith and who might benefit from hearing another person's similar journey, her history and musings upon it are among the best.  

She's an American comedian, a one-time cast member on "Saturday Night Live," a cancer survivor, and a later-in-life adoptive mother and avowed "naturalist," her preferred term for a lack of a belief in any deity, versus atheist.

She tells her story with candor and humor.  Letting go of god is her ultimate destination.  Getting there is a journey as she casts about for solutions that make sense of her Catholic upbringing, her quest for validity in another faith, science versus faith, accommodations that include "god is love" and the modern concept thatrel... more »

Have you read, or better yet listened to Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God"?  For anybody struggling with a lack of faith, scared of that lack of faith and who might benefit from hearing another person's similar journey, her history and musings upon it are among the best.  

She's an American comedian, a one-time cast member on "Saturday Night Live," a cancer survivor, and a later-in-life adoptive mother and avowed "naturalist," her preferred term for a lack of a belief in any deity, versus atheist.

She tells her story with candor and humor.  Letting go of god is her ultimate destination.  Getting there is a journey as she casts about for solutions that make sense of her Catholic upbringing, her quest for validity in another faith, science versus faith, accommodations that include "god is love" and the modern concept that religion is meant to be psychological true, not literally true.  She describes with candor and humor how at each turn in her quest, her struggle to grasp the nature and role of god, she found each solution lacking, each accommodation a cop out.

If you're struggling, read, or better yet listen to Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God."  It might help you. I doubt it would hurt you.  The laughs she provides?  Whatever you choose to believe, good laughs should always be part of the mix.

The attached is a transcription of her stage show.  Again, it's much better experienced hearing her voice and you can buy that audio or find it on YouTube.  To access the attached text you'll need to agree to the site's terms, which basically is your promise not be a dirty pirate with another human's intellectual property.___

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2015-03-24 22:49:02 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

"The X-Files" will return in six new episodes," shooting to begin later this year.  Yes, Fox (the network, not the agent) will revive the series for a short run.  My favorite current article on the news is the attached cynical Forbes piece:

Don’t kid yourself into thinking Fox cares about your desire to see Mulder and Scully’s journey come to a proper conclusion. To them, you’re nothing more than leverage for the likes of Amazon, Netflix and anyone else who would pay for the right to steam exclusively.  

With respect, Mr. Wet Blanket, this citizen/lever has never cared if Fox (the network, not the agent) cares about my desires..  I do care that Chris Carter, the crew, and the actors deliver us six amazing new episodes of "The X-Files."  

Props to +Robert T. Best for an original posting on The X-Files revival news, a posting thatwas shared ... more »

"The X-Files" will return in six new episodes," shooting to begin later this year.  Yes, Fox (the network, not the agent) will revive the series for a short run.  My favorite current article on the news is the attached cynical Forbes piece:

Don’t kid yourself into thinking Fox cares about your desire to see Mulder and Scully’s journey come to a proper conclusion. To them, you’re nothing more than leverage for the likes of Amazon, Netflix and anyone else who would pay for the right to steam exclusively.  

With respect, Mr. Wet Blanket, this citizen/lever has never cared if Fox (the network, not the agent) cares about my desires..  I do care that Chris Carter, the crew, and the actors deliver us six amazing new episodes of "The X-Files."  

Props to +Robert T. Best for an original posting on The X-Files revival news, a posting that was shared for my benefit by the ever-effervescent +Dat Moose.___

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2015-03-24 13:06:43 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

God and evolution.  They are not mutually exclusive.  God also evolves.  God must, or else we lose.  God exists to give us the ability to cooperate and lead meaningful lives in our complex human societies.  A god that no longer serves and informs our realities must evolve or perish.  

The comforting and warning part is that god is the collective "us."  Stick with a god that no longer fits the realities and we perish along with that god.  Evolve a god that answers the challenges, solves the dilemmas and cures the alienation and it's you, your family, and human society that spiritually evolve.  The new humans, in step with god.  God and humanity: an evolutionary combination and constant in our long human story.

Respect god.  Even his/her/its old forms.  God was and always is the vessel of our best hopes, highest ideals, and our important understanding ofhow to rela... more »

God and evolution.  They are not mutually exclusive.  God also evolves.  God must, or else we lose.  God exists to give us the ability to cooperate and lead meaningful lives in our complex human societies.  A god that no longer serves and informs our realities must evolve or perish.  

The comforting and warning part is that god is the collective "us."  Stick with a god that no longer fits the realities and we perish along with that god.  Evolve a god that answers the challenges, solves the dilemmas and cures the alienation and it's you, your family, and human society that spiritually evolve.  The new humans, in step with god.  God and humanity: an evolutionary combination and constant in our long human story.

Respect god.  Even his/her/its old forms.  God was and always is the vessel of our best hopes, highest ideals, and our important understanding of how to relate to ourselves, each other, and our world.

God is our best solution to our trickiest problems about being alive and being human, bound on an earth that offers no guarantees about our long-term survival.  When god is seen as the problem, consider the source of all of god's evolution:  how do we solve the problem of us?

If you want to see a god's evolution in action, just read the Old Testament.  The god that walked in the Garden with Adam and who spoke with Abram has greatly evolved by the time of the building of the second temple in Jerusalem.

It was necessary.

It still is.___

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2015-03-24 12:14:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Podcast reviews on iTunes.  I leave them.  But, only for shows I enjoy, positive reviews.  Listening to a podcast is not like driving 800 miles to stay in an unfamiliar hotel.  You'd like people to leave truthfully negative reviews about a bad hotel so you can avoid that hotel.  Podcasts are fun and/or informative.  They're free content that you can access and use without even getting off your hinder.  Nobody's trip is ruined by a podcast.  Just stop listening.

All podcasting is a labor of love for the ones creating the content.  I have yet to read a story about people making their first million from podcasting.  If you like it, then put a positive ring on it: leave a review and reward the labor.  If you don't like it, move along.  (Unless the podcast is spouting hate-filled garbage about people.  Then a simple review warning others is warranted.  I'veonly once had... more »

Podcast reviews on iTunes.  I leave them.  But, only for shows I enjoy, positive reviews.  Listening to a podcast is not like driving 800 miles to stay in an unfamiliar hotel.  You'd like people to leave truthfully negative reviews about a bad hotel so you can avoid that hotel.  Podcasts are fun and/or informative.  They're free content that you can access and use without even getting off your hinder.  Nobody's trip is ruined by a podcast.  Just stop listening.

All podcasting is a labor of love for the ones creating the content.  I have yet to read a story about people making their first million from podcasting.  If you like it, then put a positive ring on it: leave a review and reward the labor.  If you don't like it, move along.  (Unless the podcast is spouting hate-filled garbage about people.  Then a simple review warning others is warranted.  I've only once had to leave such a warning, and that podcast has since ceased, thank goodness.)

Anecdote:  I had one funny experience where I inadvertently angered a podcast's hosts and a few of its listeners with what I intended to be a positive review  I wrote about how nobody should listen to the podcast for the accuracy of the information given on show topics, which is frequently questionable and sometimes flat out wrong.  I wrote that the fun of the show is in the chemistry of the hosts, their friendship and the fun they're having, even as they sometimes get things wrong.  I got some blow back on that.  I was told that I'm too serious, that I'm mean, that I must be European . . .

Murica!  

There.  Better?

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2015-03-23 23:43:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Actually, that's both funny and kind of true.

Blame +Tejas Richard for the pop share, he started it.

Actually, that's both funny and kind of true.

Blame +Tejas Richard for the pop share, he started it.___

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2015-03-23 23:13:24 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Or, as I like to refer to the final installment, "The Hobbit:  The Battle of My Will To Give a Darn."   Soon to be in my house and on the Blu Ray player once the husband next visits Bull Moose, our local music/book/video store.  

Even the husband, a die-hard LOTR/Hobbit fan, found the final movie mostly awful.  So, when he said, "Oh!  I can get the Blu Ray!" I replied, "I thought you didn't like that one."  He mumbled something about, "Well, yeah, but I can't have all the movies except that one."

So, the last Hobbit movie is to the husband what Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" album is to me:  seldom played, but it would be weird not to have it among the rest of the collection.

Or, as I like to refer to the final installment, "The Hobbit:  The Battle of My Will To Give a Darn."   Soon to be in my house and on the Blu Ray player once the husband next visits Bull Moose, our local music/book/video store.  

Even the husband, a die-hard LOTR/Hobbit fan, found the final movie mostly awful.  So, when he said, "Oh!  I can get the Blu Ray!" I replied, "I thought you didn't like that one."  He mumbled something about, "Well, yeah, but I can't have all the movies except that one."

So, the last Hobbit movie is to the husband what Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" album is to me:  seldom played, but it would be weird not to have it among the rest of the collection.___

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2015-03-23 22:57:08 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

And then there's this.  A Pop Tart ensconced inside a doughnut.  The perfect dessert after your Little Caesars' Bacon-Wrapped Crust pizza?  All washed down with a Diet Coke, naturally.

And then there's this.  A Pop Tart ensconced inside a doughnut.  The perfect dessert after your Little Caesars' Bacon-Wrapped Crust pizza?  All washed down with a Diet Coke, naturally.___

2015-03-23 18:34:10 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now

only much

much

better"

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now

only much

much

better"___

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2015-03-23 12:59:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Eye of Round Roast Beef, a simple cooking method.  I prefer not to trim the fat from an eye of round cut of beef.  I like the way the fat crisps and picks up the flavors of the rub.  But, not trimming the fat means that you probably don't want to add potatoes, carrots, etc. to the roasting pan, unless you love your veggies swimming in melted beef fat.  

So, roast the veggies separately, they won't care and neither will you and your hungry others.

I like the roasting method on the attached URL.  It's simple and fairly foolproof.  I still use a meat thermometer to make sure the center of the roast hits 145 degrees, then it comes out of the oven, regardless of time.  (Yes, 150 is the recommended temperature for beef, but the inside is going to get hotter for a handful of minutes after you take it from the oven, so 145 is a good target temperature.)
Tips... more »

Eye of Round Roast Beef, a simple cooking method.  I prefer not to trim the fat from an eye of round cut of beef.  I like the way the fat crisps and picks up the flavors of the rub.  But, not trimming the fat means that you probably don't want to add potatoes, carrots, etc. to the roasting pan, unless you love your veggies swimming in melted beef fat.  

So, roast the veggies separately, they won't care and neither will you and your hungry others.

I like the roasting method on the attached URL.  It's simple and fairly foolproof.  I still use a meat thermometer to make sure the center of the roast hits 145 degrees, then it comes out of the oven, regardless of time.  (Yes, 150 is the recommended temperature for beef, but the inside is going to get hotter for a handful of minutes after you take it from the oven, so 145 is a good target temperature.)

Tips not discussed on the URL:
-- If you have one, do use a probe thermometer.  (If you don't have one, get one.)  Minutes and hours are measures of time, not of temperature.  Gently insert the thermometer so the tip is in the center mass of the meat, set it for 145 degrees, and remember to enable the alarm;
-- If you have a deep roasting pan, that's preferable for this method.  Iron is best of all, let it preheat right in the oven.  This high temperature method is going to melt the fat, release moisture, and cause a lot of sizzle in the pan.  Save yourself a smoky kitchen and a messy oven by using a high-walled pan;
--  When roast is done, move it to a plate lined with foil.  Loosely wrap the roast and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.  Then you can move it to the cutting board, slice and serve it.

The best part is playing with various dry rubs.  Salt and pepper, certainly.  Then, go with what you like.___

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2015-03-23 12:32:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in Maine, winter cedes nothing.  Dusting of snow Friday night, cold as a witch's dirty pillows yesterday.  Another freezing day today.  We had a tease of spring the weekend before last with temperatures in the low 40s, melting some of the snow on people rooftops.  

I saw robins at the college.  Feel badly for the early-arriving worm feeders.  The ground is still frozen, hard as concrete.  The seed feeders, our year-round citizens, fare better.  The ones that frequent my property, at least, thanks to its six feeding stations.  Also a couple of the fattest winter gray squirrels in the county.

Last fall I took down the old and rotting bird houses bordering the forest.  They were roosts only to wasps last year.  Now it's time to make new houses and get them up, sooner rather than later.  Plenty of wood for them, just need to make time.

Thesong?  Toda... more »

Meanwhile, in Maine, winter cedes nothing.  Dusting of snow Friday night, cold as a witch's dirty pillows yesterday.  Another freezing day today.  We had a tease of spring the weekend before last with temperatures in the low 40s, melting some of the snow on people rooftops.  

I saw robins at the college.  Feel badly for the early-arriving worm feeders.  The ground is still frozen, hard as concrete.  The seed feeders, our year-round citizens, fare better.  The ones that frequent my property, at least, thanks to its six feeding stations.  Also a couple of the fattest winter gray squirrels in the county.

Last fall I took down the old and rotting bird houses bordering the forest.  They were roosts only to wasps last year.  Now it's time to make new houses and get them up, sooner rather than later.  Plenty of wood for them, just need to make time.

The song?  Today's ear worm.  The song still kicks as much butt today as it did when both the song and I were new.  But, now I appreciate the bells that kick in at three minutes.  Isolate those and you'd have a fine doorbell.

Do You Love Me?  
by KISS, "Destroyer" (1976)

You really like my limousine
You like the way the wheels roll
You like my seven inch leather heels
And going to all of the shows, but

Do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  Really love me?

You like the credit cards and private planes
Money can really take you far
You like the hotels and fancy clothes
And the sound of electric guitars, but

Do you love me? Do you love me?
Do you love me?  I mean like do you really love me?

You really like rock 'n roll
All of the fame and the masquerade
You like the concerts and studios
And all the money, honey, that I make, but

Do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  Really love me?

Your backstage pass and black sunglasses
Make you look just like a queen
Even the fans, they know your face
From all of the magazines, but

Do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  Really love me?

I wanna know do you love me?  Do you love me?
Do you love me?  I mean like do you really love me

I wanna know do you love me? Do you love me?
Do you love me? I mean like do you really love me

I want you to, I need you to
And you know I'm so tired of everybody saying it
And you know, I just gotta know if you really really really
Really love me, so come on

Do you love me? I need you to
Do you love me? I want you to
Do you love me? I need you
Really love me?

I wanna know do you love me do you, do you?
Do you love me? I just got to have some love
Really love me? I just got to have some love
I just got to have some love

//___

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2015-03-22 21:03:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

$2.99 a pound! I don't think the husband will mind roast two Sundays in a row.

$2.99 a pound! I don't think the husband will mind roast two Sundays in a row.___

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2015-03-20 12:06:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Woo!  I can again wear my almost-thin pants.  

I'm on the simplest diet in the world:  just limit carbohydrates.  As I've previously mentioned, I'm doing it to support a co-worker on the Atkins Diet.  We both make stuff, bring it to work, eat.

Giving up bread, pasta, etc. is not that difficult considering all the other stuff I can eat.  But, I never gave up fruits and nuts:  gotta have my apples, oranges, bananas, pistachios, and almonds.  So, I guess I'm not strictly on the Atkins Diet?

Been on this diet for almost two months and I've noticeably slimmed.  Will I ever revisit the far left side of the closet and my thin-pants?  Eh, who cares?  It's been a pleasant surprise without much effort.

Fact: At 39 I had a 29" waist.  Reality: I'm almost 50, so let go of the past.  A 32" waist and bit of belly in my50s would be... more »

Woo!  I can again wear my almost-thin pants.  

I'm on the simplest diet in the world:  just limit carbohydrates.  As I've previously mentioned, I'm doing it to support a co-worker on the Atkins Diet.  We both make stuff, bring it to work, eat.

Giving up bread, pasta, etc. is not that difficult considering all the other stuff I can eat.  But, I never gave up fruits and nuts:  gotta have my apples, oranges, bananas, pistachios, and almonds.  So, I guess I'm not strictly on the Atkins Diet?

Been on this diet for almost two months and I've noticeably slimmed.  Will I ever revisit the far left side of the closet and my thin-pants?  Eh, who cares?  It's been a pleasant surprise without much effort.

Fact: At 39 I had a 29" waist.  Reality: I'm almost 50, so let go of the past.  A 32" waist and bit of belly in my 50s would be healthy and fine.

Tip:  Well before this diet, I stopping eating/drinking stuff with added sugars or any artificial sweeteners, reserving things like cake, pie, etc. just to special occasions, and now and then jam with breakfast.  No more colas, regular or diet.  I drink lemon- or lime- flavored seltzer water.  The result?  Tolerance for sugary-tasting things changed.  During the holidays I had a diet Coke, something I used to regularly drink, at a friend's party.  It tasted disgustingly sweet and I couldn't finish it.  Make a start, stick with it, your body and mind will happily adjust.

What I've noticed while eating a limited-carbohydrate diet:  Hunger is sated sooner, so I tend to eat less; I've always preferred to eat here and there through the day, not a habitual breakfast/lunch/dinner kind of guy, and this diet easily fits that style; (possible TMI, but oh well) I've been as regular as clockwork.

One weird thing while on this diet:  I'm super groggy when I wake up.  Not in pain, just groggy, like an old engine that needs several minutes of warm up to start doing its job.  Maybe it's like stopping sugar and my body needs time to adjust to the change?  Hope so.  If the ZA happens now my wake up time is a survival liability.

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2015-03-19 04:17:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin.  I plant these each year on the edge of the property.  I water them the first several weeks, but that's about it.  Later, I mow around the snaking vines.  The pumpkins really are that pale ruddy/orange.  They go to porches and decks up and down the street.

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin.  I plant these each year on the edge of the property.  I water them the first several weeks, but that's about it.  Later, I mow around the snaking vines.  The pumpkins really are that pale ruddy/orange.  They go to porches and decks up and down the street.___

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2015-03-19 04:01:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Red corn!  It's a sweet corn, too.  Looks fun.

Red corn!  It's a sweet corn, too.  Looks fun.___

2015-03-18 16:17:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Her: You have peanut butter in your mustache.

Me: (wiping) Thanks. Sorry.

Her: Peanut butter smells nice. I think it'd be interesting to kiss you.

Get back, Loretta!

I'm still blushing.

Her: You have peanut butter in your mustache.

Me: (wiping) Thanks. Sorry.

Her: Peanut butter smells nice. I think it'd be interesting to kiss you.

Get back, Loretta!

I'm still blushing.___

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2015-03-17 12:20:40 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Woo!  My Archeage character, a ranger, hit level 50.

Time to go to work, where I perpetually hover around level 9.

Woo!  My Archeage character, a ranger, hit level 50.

Time to go to work, where I perpetually hover around level 9.___

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2015-03-16 14:41:09 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Your uterus is in the wrong place.  In effect, you're hysterical.

It's a funny word, hysterical.  Four syllables, and you think you know what it means.  A hysteric is one who can no longer control his or her feelings and acts out with laughter, tears, and uncontrollable convulsions of the major muscles of the body.  It's the stand-up comic's wet dream, to make you and me hysterical.  (All stand up comedy is an insult upon you, but that's another posting.)

But, really, it means that your female reproductive system has migrated out of place.  It explains why females behave irrationally.  It is a word to help males understand why females seem insane at times.

Never minding that it is males who make females insane, most of the time.  I digress.

Gods bless the Greeks.  They gave us the world we know, including  this wonderful word: hysteric... more »

Your uterus is in the wrong place.  In effect, you're hysterical.

It's a funny word, hysterical.  Four syllables, and you think you know what it means.  A hysteric is one who can no longer control his or her feelings and acts out with laughter, tears, and uncontrollable convulsions of the major muscles of the body.  It's the stand-up comic's wet dream, to make you and me hysterical.  (All stand up comedy is an insult upon you, but that's another posting.)

But, really, it means that your female reproductive system has migrated out of place.  It explains why females behave irrationally.  It is a word to help males understand why females seem insane at times.

Never minding that it is males who make females insane, most of the time.  I digress.

Gods bless the Greeks.  They gave us the world we know, including  this wonderful word:  hysterical.  The Romans took the word, like they took everything Greek and made it Roman.  Aside: Sumerians and Greeks in Hades share drinks and compare notes and grievances.  Hades, by definition, is for has-beens.  Both should thank the Akkadians and the Romans for giving them a reason to drink.  I digress.

Hystera, simply, is the Greek word for a woman's womb.  The womb, in case anybody hasn't been told, is where a human fetus is conceived and grows, eventually to be birthed to become a baby, a fully realized expression of the genetic result of the male and the female contributions of the fresh human's genes, both scientific and spiritual.

Males haven't understood females for hundreds of years.  Males have been insecure about females for even longer.  Men need something to do, not something to be.  Females, the base form of any living thing, simply are in their form and abilities.  Females are the ultimate magic.

So, when you have males trying to be something while pushing down females, the ultimate beings, you get words that you and I use casually and simply to convey meaning.  "He's hysterical."  "She's hysterical."

The uterus does not migrate around the body.  It rests naturally in the female pelvic region, nestled among the intestines and protected by layers of muscle and bones.  Hysteria does not exist.

But, it''s a fine word.  It's more about the fears of its makers and less about explaining why you sometimes feel insane in a world created by the insane.

When you feel hysterical, calm your womb, dude.  It's going to be OK.  Never call a woman hysterical.  If you use that word on a dame, she has universal liberty to slap you so hard that your ears ring for days.

Sometimes you just feel like you have to express with muscular movements, tears, sounds.  You're not at all hysterical.  You're wholly human.___

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