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Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books

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It was great fun having Adele join us on It Matters Radio this past Thursday.

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The Best Breakfast in Every State in America

The Best Breakfast in Every State in America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Because it's always breakfast somewhere.
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Nothing says good morning more happily than a delicious breakfast. So check out these delights from all over the states. Strangely, there is no mention of the quality of the coffee at any of these choice places. What?!  For my part, I eat a bagel and olive cream cheese most days, but when I want to splurge, just get out the eggs, hollandaise, bacon, and some spinach to go underneath. Now that's what I call a good morning. BUT, first and foremost got to have that cup of joe.

What's your regular and your favorite breakfast? 
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'Mad Pooper' Jogger Won't Stop Defecating At Colorado Family's House

'Mad Pooper' Jogger Won't Stop Defecating At Colorado Family's House | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"This isn't behavior we see on a routine basis," the police lieutenant said.
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This is one weird story. The woman even apologized when asked by the mother. Still, she comes back. Now, can anybody say "metal illness?" Or perhaps there is more to the story. Have the cops asked the father of the family if he knows this lady crapper? 

Now, in case you haven't thought about this question: What does she do with the paper? She brings her own, but she obviously doesn't carry it off after use...or does she? And what brand? I mean that's serious. Will the company use this as an advertisement or sue her for some kind of defamation? 

Finally, and this is the most important question: Assuming that she uses one of those plastic bags to pick up her litter as opposed to her dog's, does this offend my animal rights friends? I mean those bag stations in parks have been set up for dogs and this woman shouldn't be taking a dog's shit. (Couldn't resist that one.) 

Anyway, this is my writing prompt for you for today. I mean you got to tell me the story. And, if you like the oddities that offer stories to create, well, I suggest Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. Everything from Yaks and rattle snakes to lottery tickets and Christmas time Santas help make it an entertaining read. 

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Liberals’ newest attack on Trump for letting 11-year-old kid mow WH grass is mind-boggling

Liberals’ newest attack on Trump for letting 11-year-old kid mow WH grass is mind-boggling | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

President Trump was accused of breaking child labor laws after allowing an 11-year-old kid to mow in the Rose Garden. Except, the kid asked to do it and no laws were broken.

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First, I love that this kid came up with a brilliant way to get his business noticed. WOW! Second, I love the fact that Mr. Trump gave him a boost. That's really cool no matter what some people may say. Third, I wonder if the President introduced him to Barron; seems to me a normal thing to have done. Fourth, I have to say, I think there are too few jobs for kids these days. Paper routes are gone. Grass cutting is mostly done by landscapers. I love that this kid has so much gumption. 
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Trump's silence after the earthquake was not unnoticed in Mexico, where Trump

Trump's silence after the earthquake was not unnoticed in Mexico, where Trump | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Trump called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday to offer condolences for last week's magnitude 8.1 earthquake
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Glad that Mr. Trump finally got around to calling the president of Mexico. While it is possible that Mr. Nieto had poor cell reception, couldn't POTUS have oh I don't know left a message or texted? Seriously, that's the kind of shoddy excuse that second-rate agents and shady realtors give their clients. Hmm, sounds about right. 
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Why the coming-of-age narrative is a conformist lie – Cody Delistraty | Aeon Essays

Why the coming-of-age narrative is a conformist lie – Cody Delistraty | Aeon Essays | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication? This frame of course from Rebel Without A Cause. 

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My perspective is that life is not about great transformations but rather about small, often subtle, new understandings. That may seem strange for a mental health professional to say, but really most of the time that has been what I have helped people to do, to grow on the edges and slowly evolve towards being something more. That growth taking into account both internal and external (often societal) forces and vicissitudes. 

Then there's my writing: While some of my characters make great changes; these usually end badly. I know the ending of Widow's Walk upset many readers who loved Mary, but that is how life goes. Similarly, the great revelatory change in the narrator of Memoirs From the Asylum leads to... On the other hand, the end of Tales From the Dew Drop Inne and Crimes to Try the Soul of Man, well those are much more real. Cal goes on to find another bar in another town and Nick, well he settles down with the fat-assed hooker; eat, life goes on. At least, Nick is somewhat the better man and Cal, who can say. 

If, however, you really want to appreciate my take on becoming oneself, you probably will find that best in Broody New Englander. Mothers' teat, the second piece in the book. That's where I really share my sense of becoming. And the book I'm working on now, Red and White, well that's something so incredibly different. 

Anyway, you can find the available work at my website. Hopefully, it will help you think about identity and how life goes. www.kennethweene.com 
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Hurricane Irma strands manatees on beach -- until Floridians come to the rescue

Hurricane Irma strands manatees on beach -- until Floridians come to the rescue | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As Hurricane Irma continued to travel up Florida’s west coast Sunday afternoon, it picked up water along the way, draining waterways and bays.
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First off, I love manatees. When I've seen them in Florida, I have had to fight the great temptation to jump into the water and try to play with them. So, when I saw that some had been stranded as a result of Irma, my heart sank. It seemed wonderful that humans came to the rescue even though the great seacows probably would have been alright just waiting for the surge to put them back in their natural habitat. Then I saw the bureaucratic warnings that trying to help these great creatures would violate the  law. Yes, I know that such laws exist, but would anybody enforce them? Has the system become so dehumanized that we would punish those people who tried to assist a stranded manatee? If it has, then perhaps we really need to rethink the role of the apparatchiki. 
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Hurricanes: A Science Primer

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We know how damaging and costly, in many ways, such natural phenomena can be — but the devastation is not surprising, once you know how much energy is involved, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.
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With hurricanes so much in the news this year, I thought this story might be of interest. While we are off to a rather rough start this year with two major storms already, that doesn't mean we should appreciate the wonderful clockwork quality of mother nature. Speaking of clockwork, this piece will explain why hurricanes spin counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clock-wise in the Southern. And, why they never cross the equator. So enjoy some science and, if you're in the path of one of these massive storms, stay safe.
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How an off-duty sheriff's deputy's poolside joke turned into an undercover drug sting

How an off-duty sheriff's deputy's poolside joke turned into an undercover drug sting | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
When Andrew James Harris chatted up a group of people relaxing at a San Diego hotel pool, he didn't realize they were off-duty sheriff's deputies.
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Let's get this straight, not all drug dealers are members of MENSA. It may seem like schadenfreude, but I honestly got a laugh from this story. Of course, what I don't get a laugh from is the war on drugs. Time to take that game away from law enforcement and stop the huge waste of manpower and more importantly the power of the drug merchants who do have brains. 
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10 of the Most Amazing Ice Formations - ODDEE

10 of the Most Amazing Ice Formations  - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Winter is a greatest time for amazing photography.
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I honestly hate being cold. Alright, I admit it, that's a weird thing for a Broody New Englander to say, but what the heck I have moved to Arizona. Which, of course, brings up the idea of heat. The summer here has been—as usual—hot. So, for a moment I want to celebrate the cold, albeit from a safe distance. These photos are beautiful and fascinating so I thought I would share them with you. 
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Is there a price on Mars? China’s ‘space village’ to cost US$61m

Is there a price on Mars? China’s ‘space village’ to cost US$61m | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists, government officials agree blueprint for development of ambitious project on Qinghai plateau
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I don't know which country is most likely to actually set up a colony Mars, but I love that there are still adventurers who are willing to go where no human has gone before. Perhaps, we'd all be better off if instead of national efforts we had one international push, not a race to Mars but a challenge to Earth to find ways of cooperation. 

Meanwhile, since it is unlikely that I will be alive when the first astronauts get to the red planet and therefore have no chance of ever visit, please remember to pick up your trash when you leave. Let's leave at least one world as clean as we found it.I mean, we've already left crap on the moon, made Mt. Everest a shit heap, and just look at the wonders of the South Pacific and Antarctica. Seriously, humanity, we are terrible pigs. 

Speaking about humanity, have you read my paean to us humans? Tales From the Dew Drop Inne tells stories of the least of us that make you remember that we are all more nearly human than otherwise. 
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Trump Is ‘Not My Bride,’ Putin Says

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The Russian leader, speaking at a news conference in China during a meeting of the so-called BRICS countries, also said he would consider further cuts at U.S. diplomatic posts.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Clearly on the top of his game, Mr. Putin manages a great insult towards Mr. Trump. "I'm the man and you're not even good enough to be my woman," is the hidden text here. Given Mr. Trump's claims of sexual powers, this is scathing. His comment about North Korea is also quite telling for it refers to the Russian experience during World War II, when Russians actually were reduced to eating grass and still refused to surrender to the Germans, by this analogy he is stating his clear support for Pyongyang without admitting that he wants them to have these powerful weapons. Dialog straight from Tom Stoppard and that impresses me.

Yep, Mr. Putin has a clear vision. Meanwhile, may we ask where the American Secretary of State is hiding? Why do I get the feeling that he, too, will soon be exiting the farce on the Potomac?

Meanwhile, if you just are getting sick of what's going on and want a good book to read, might I suggest Broody New Englander. The novella, The Stylite, might give you some interesting perspectives on humanity within the context of being. No, it isn't just a story but it is that as well. 
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In My Father's House There Are Many Murders

In My Father's House There Are Many Murders, a short story of repression, rebellion, and pain.
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I hope you'll take the time to listen to and watch this video of my short story. 
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10 Awesome Secret Doors and Entrances - ODDEE

10 Awesome Secret Doors and Entrances - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From hidden rooms to secret parties, take a look at these cool architectural designs.
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What writer, heck, what creative person doesn't have fantasies of secret doors? What's behind the one you harbor in your head. Is it a speakeasy like the one behind this innocent looking Coke machine? Perhaps, it's just your studio or maybe a sex den. Or, just possibly, it's the gateway to a magical, new world. Behind mine, is ... well, no point in wasting a book idea. Let's just say, it's a place given to extremes, extremes of love and hate, of pasts and futures. 


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Meet Frida, the valiant Lab who's saved a dozen lives in Mexico

Meet Frida, the valiant Lab who's saved a dozen lives in Mexico | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
She already had 52 rescues under her belt from Mexico's earthquake two weeks earlier when Frida was turned loose on the rubble from the latest quake. The female Labrador is now a Mexican hero.
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In the darkest of times, there are sometimes moments of great light. When rescuers are needed, often it is our four-pawed friends who come through. Let's celebrate this sweet dog and her companions who are working in the debris of Mexico City and their peers everywhere. 
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College President Hosts Black Students With Cotton Centerpieces, Collard Greens

College President Hosts Black Students With Cotton Centerpieces, Collard Greens | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The meeting was ostensibly so school leaders could learn more about black students to help them succeed.
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I found this story as humorous as one the other day in which some shoppers were complaining about the use of cotton as decorations being sold in I think it was Hobby Lobby. Of course, this college president is tone-deaf and just doesn't get it. Pandering to groups is just another way to tell people that they don't have individuality and worth. On the other hand, the world can't just let go of every stereotype besides which some of them are worth keeping. Yeah, servicing fajitas to the Hispanic students made sense to me. Of course, the school is in Tennessee so I'd be serving everyone a good barbecue with whiskey sauce (on the side). And of course country music. I mean, what the hell else is Tennessee good for?  Wait, maybe that's what this college president will serve up for the good-old white kids. I understand there was also to be a meeting with the Jewish kids, but the school kitchen was told to make bagels and damned if they didn't try to serve Einstein's. 

Well, I say, once we all appreciate the food that the other person's mom used to make, we'll all get along better. In the meantime, we do have to learn to see the humor in the struggle.  

Speaking of humor, have you read Sweet and Sour? You might just get a few chuckles. 
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Hemingway's Cats Rode Out Hurricane Irma In A Limestone Fortress

Hemingway's Cats Rode Out Hurricane Irma In A Limestone Fortress | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After hunkering down in their Key West home, the six- and seven-toed creatures are safe and sound.
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Were they actually surprised that cats can be smarter than humans? Anybody who has ever known Punky the Radio Cat already knew that. While Punky has passed, her offspring and her show, It Matters Radio, continue. Check out my interviews while Walking on the Weene Side and all the great music at www.itmattersradio.com 
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17 Recipes Loaded With Melted Cheese, Because You're Worth It

17 Recipes Loaded With Melted Cheese, Because You're Worth It | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ooey, gooey melted cheese.
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I love cheese.  J'aime le fromage. Amo il formaggio. Ich liebe Käse. Well, I guess you get the message. So here are some great sounding ideas just in time for the cooler weather when cheese makes the best comfort food. So: Essen Sie. Mangi. Mangez. Enjoy. 
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Brazilian queer art exhibition cancelled after campaign by rightwing protesters

Brazilian queer art exhibition cancelled after campaign by rightwing protesters | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

 Santander bank decides to shut Queermuseu in Porto Alegre, a move Brazilian artists say represents dangerous censorship. Above is one painting from the series titled "Gay Children". That series was cited as being pedophilloic. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Kenneth Weene's insight:
I oppose the censorship of art and literature even if I don't care for the contents. Of course, if actual people or animals are hurt by creating the "work of art", that I would oppose vehemently, but whenever I hear of censorship, of opposition to "decadent art," the hair on the back of my head bristles. Where are you on this issue: 1) Art should be free. 
2) Art should uphold traditional mores. 
3) Art should represent the values we of power want people to believe.
4) Perhaps some other view you'd care to share. 
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What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

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Why do you dream about flying or losing all your teeth? Science has new theories on the meaning of your dreams
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While this is a decent review of theories of dreaming, it misses one of the major issues. How do we decide which material has to be processed for dumping. Therein lies the actual power of the Freudian approach. Some images, some information, whether it comes from the natural concerns of being human, i.e, losing ones own teeth or being chased by a large animal, or from more unique personal experiences, such as being molested or facing a moment of great felt danger, become valanced and connect to events of the day, events that may well have no meaning for others. It is that connection, that binding, that makes the brain have to rework yet once again the underlying material. It is that symbolization that gives dreams their power and explains why some dreams are so repetitive. I might say that just as quantum theory has to deal with the entwining of electrons so dream theory has to deal with the entwining of symbols. When we look at our dreams with a willingness to allow them to speak to us, they take us inside not simply our heads but also our ongoing processing of the world and we find there, with a sense of awe, that we are connected to thoughts, feelings, and awarenesses that are otherwise hidden form our conscious thinking. So, let us celebrate dreams. 
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This 3-Letter Word Will Make You Live Longer and Happier, According to Science

This 3-Letter Word Will  Make You Live Longer and Happier, According to Science | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's as simple as taking a walk outside.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Three ways to add awe to your life: Experience the glory of nature, which can be done right outside your door or on great expeditions. Contemplate the infinite, the ineffable, which can be done in a church or temple but also within your own soul.Open you imagination, which can be done by exploring your dreamworld or by reading a good book. 

Speaking of books, have you checked out www.kennethweene.com
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Dry Jordan launches project to grow crops from seawater - The Boston Globe

Dry Jordan launches project to grow crops from seawater - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Water-poor Jordan on Thursday launched a project using seawater to produce crops with clean energy.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Good for Jordan; they are approaching the problem of desert life with creativity. And, good for Norway, a country that continues to use its wealth to help others. 

Of course, as with all desalinization plants, this one will produce lots of salts that need to be disposed of. They will mostly be re-dissolved  in the sea or piled on land making it even more barren and from whence it may well eventually find its way back into the sea anyway. 

Still, the food that is grown will help not only to feed Jordan's people but will also give a model for other countries. 
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The Sun Just Fired Off A Massive Flare, And It’s Headed Toward Earth Right Now

The Sun Just Fired Off A Massive Flare, And It’s Headed Toward Earth Right Now | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“Strong geomagnetic storm watch” is in effect.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Can't gat a signal on your phone? Maybe you get lost even with a GPS? Well, you can blame it on the solar flare that's hitting earth this week. Don't worry, it won't do you any harm as long as you keep your head and don't get too upset that your text went awry. Meanwhile, it reminds us that nature is greater than we are so take time to appreciate it. 
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Hermits: 10 Stories of People Who Shunned Civilization for Years - ODDEE

Hermits: 10 Stories of People Who Shunned Civilization for Years - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Meet ten people who, for various reasons, ended up hiding from the world for decades.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Ten fascinating stories, of which my favorite is the woman who lives in a "Hobbit House" in Wales, but of course I already wrote about the hermit of Maine. That story is found in my Two Tales of Terror. I am often fascinated by unique human behaviors. At any rate, I bet this will fascinate you. Then you can go to https://www.amazon.com/Two-Tales-Terror-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00FHZIKE6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 and get your copy of Two Tales. Yeah?! 
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Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in November with no limits on art

Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in November with no limits on art | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
More than 600 artworks from around the world will go on display at the Louvre's gallery in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 11, a project that hopes to draw millions of visitors a year to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While this collection will certainly help attract tourists, the real question is how many Arab Muslims will visit it? By even allowing such works in their country, Abu Dhabi is breaking with the Islamic prohibition on depicting the human figure. Consider the centuries' of difference in attitude between the Taliban of Afghanistan and ISIS who would destroy even the great Buddhist statues, some of the world's most precious pre-Islamic art, and this willingness to put even nudes on display. Often, we in the States and Europe don't realize how important art can be in changing our thinking. However, great paintings, sculptures, etc have the capacity to reach our emotions and souls. Sometimes, artists may make us angry and other times sad, happy or excited, sexually aroused or overwhelmed. Art is such a powerful tool for exploring ourselves. And, by using it to reach out to the people of Abu Dhabi, the French have show a capacity to think about the universality of art as propaganda, quite the opposite from the Nazi and Communist attempts to suppress art to keep the people under their control from understanding the universal human experience. 

So, let us hope that this great project takes root among the nations of the Middle East and that it reminds us that support for the arts is actually important because art does touch us all. 
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Inside A Summer Camp Where Kids Figure Out How To Be "Muslim In America"

Inside A Summer Camp Where Kids Figure Out How To Be "Muslim In America" | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After the 9/11 attacks, the Muslim Youth Camp of California's leaders received a threat vowing to “come after the children with knives.” In the Trump era, their fears have only intensified.
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As the summer draws to a close and the summer camp season ends, I thought it worthwhile to share this story of a camp, but one that is unique, for it serves the needs of Muslim youth. These kids, striving to find their personal and religious identities are at once typical American kids and somehow "the other." As a Jewish kid in the 50s, I felt a similar conflict between my religious/ethnic identity and being American. I wish these kids well in trying to find a middle ground and commend the camp for offering them this experience. 

I hope that all Americans believe as I do that no child should grow up fearing that they will be hated and persecuted for their race, ethnicity, or especially their religion. 

                                                  الله أعطانا كل الحياة، ونحن نستخدمها مع الحب.
God has given us all life, may we use it with love.
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