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Romance Ramble: First Page - Get Down to 150 - Clint Evans

Romance Ramble: First Page - Get Down to 150 - Clint Evans | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Healthy eating for busy women--some good information

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Busy women need to take care of themselves; and that means eating healthy.

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These prison inmates are saving the Earth as they serve their time.

These prison inmates are saving the Earth as they serve their time. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

An inmate feeds a butterfly honey water from a Q-tip. Photo by Benj Drummond and Sara Joy Steele, used with permission from Sustainability in Prisons Project

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This is much better than using inmates as slave labor to serve industry. While they may be making only pennies for their work, they are at least helping the Earth and hopefully learning not only a skill that will help them find employment later in life but also a reverence for life and the world around them. 
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Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza's Bedouin - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza's Bedouin - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bedouin families in the Gaza Strip continue to breed camels, which are considered a significant part of Bedouin tradition and an important source of income.
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Living in a culture where almost everything is fungible, it is difficult for Americans to understand the value placed on camels among the Bedouin or cows among the Dinka and Masai of Africa, but there are things that matter beyond money in this world. 
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Unplugging the Colorado River

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Could the end be near for one of the West’s biggest dams?
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If they go through with this idea and actually open the gates of the Glen Canyon Dam, I wonder how they will decide who gets to go rafting and kayaking for one of the great water releases in history. Beyond that, it probably isn't going to change too much since the amount of water available is the same and as the climate changes that is a decreasing amount. What are your thoughts about dams? Have you visited any? Have you seen either of these lakes, Powell and Mead? 
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10 Animals With Degrees and Diplomas - ODDEE

10 Animals With Degrees and Diplomas - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sure, cats and dogs can't actually read, write or do arithmetic, but that hasn't stopped some of them from getting a degree. (schools, college, degrees, diplomas, pets, animals, diploma mills, fraud)
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Did you know that Punky the Cat is a co-host of It Matters Radio? She even writes our monthly newsletter. Of course, she never did finish her degree, but we've been told by a reliable pigeon that she attended an ivy covered university. You can friend her on Facebook and catch her meows on the weekday shows (4 PM ET) and the Sunday show (3 PM). 
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Bennett Freeze Thaw Finally Underway; Flurry of Activity To Improve Living Conditions

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It’s nearly seven years since a law repealing the Bennett Freeze on the Navajo Nation, and still, residents are waiting to see the thaw.
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Given the disaster that the government has made of managing Native American lands, it's hight time that the tribes took over their own reservations. We can only hope that their management will be responsible and honest. The people, in this case the Navajo, certainly deserve a decent and respectful approach. 
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The Two-School Solution

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The Two-School Solution « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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In Israel a small movement towards sanity, the integration of schools and of cultures. It is very small and mostly for the smallest of children, but still it offers promise. If nothing else, perhaps it will force Israeli lawmakers to provide equal funding for Arab children. Call it segregation or apartheid, it is always wrong. 
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Congressional Candidate Shares Screenshot Of Porn Site Tabs

Congressional Candidate Shares Screenshot Of Porn Site Tabs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Monday Facebook post from a Virginia congressional candidate intended to suggest a smoking gun behind a prank call ended up revealing much more.
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I can't help myself. I have to share this one. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against a politician or anyone looking at porn as long as it doesn't involve kids or people forced into acts against their will. I just think it so wonderfully funny that politicians still don't realize how easily everything we do can be scrutinized, how incredibly easy it is to make fools of ourselves. 
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Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines.

Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A startup in Spain has created a wonderfully innovative alternative to traditional wind turbines.
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Cheaper and more efficient so able to work in less wind. Also, these new turbines will be safer for birds and they are a lot neater looking. The only problem, we might all start jiggling along with them. Heck, maybe that can be part of my exercise plan, watch and jiggle. 
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One woman had a strange, eye-opening encounter in a Target bathroom.

One woman had a strange, eye-opening encounter in a Target bathroom. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
My trip to a Target bathroom got really uncomfortable, really fast.
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A wonderful insight into the folks who are so afraid of transgender people. They have no idea how creepy they are, but for that they deserve our pity.  
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Who is Older and Younger than You

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All I can say to you young-uns out there, I'm still a kid at heart. 
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The South’s Confederate-monument problem is not going away

The South’s Confederate-monument problem is not going away | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The narrative of America’s history has never been purely about what happened, but our memory of it.
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I have always loved history and revered its lessons. But what are the lessons of the monuments and flags of the Confederacy? Most of this brouhaha rests not on the actual war itself but on the determined defiance of children and grandchildren who believed they had in some way been deprived of their legacy and power. Throughout the south, there was (and continues to be) a rancor and racism that says, "We should have won. We should have kept our white supremacy. It was unfair because our soldiers were braver and our generals smarter. They beat us down with numbers and with wealth." In the end, we must not glorify the evils in our past—especially the evils of slavery and racism. But neither should we denigrate the dead who followed their beliefs into battle. We must find a new synthesis, one that can honor us all by forging a national identity that recognizes the importance of change and growth. 
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US troops cleared of 'insulting gestures' towards North Korea

US troops cleared of 'insulting gestures' towards North Korea | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Making faces as an act of aggression. The US should employ some Maori from New Zealand and the North Koreans might run for the hills. Can the Democratic People's Republic of Korea get any weirder? Sadly, I fear it can. 
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At Virginia home of President Monroe, a sizable revision of history

At Virginia home of President Monroe, a sizable revision of history | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Discovery, revealed on the former president's 258th birthday, shows his "modest" home was probably anything but.
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That's an humble guest house? Looks rather a good home to me. Still, I guess when you have wealth and slaves, you need a grand home and of course labor is no problem. Anyway, I do love history and especially when corrections come along. 
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After A Man's Post About Caitlyn Jenner Went Viral He Learned A Valuable Lesson In Irony

After A Man's Post About Caitlyn Jenner Went Viral He Learned A Valuable Lesson In Irony | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

As I see post after post about Bruce Jenner's transition to a woman, and I hear words like, bravery, heroism, and courage, just thought I'd remind all of us what real American courage, heroism, and bravery looks like!

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I love irony, especially when it reveals the ridiculousness of the political right. If you believe that our country has been taken over by the politically correct left and that we have gone too far in supporting the rights of transgender citizens and have rejected true American bravery, please read this story. 
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Proposed national park is a multimillion-dollar gift wrapped up in distrust

Proposed national park is a multimillion-dollar gift wrapped up in distrust | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In Maine, a region battered by the closure of paper mills and traditionally wary of the federal government wrestles with the prospect of a national park.
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As a lover of Maine, I can see both sides of this controversy. The wilderness, in which I have camped, is glorious and worth seeing. However, the way of life is private and built around hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. The economic boost of a national park and tourism would be huge, but it would change that way of life and I can certainly understand why folks would not want to give up their small town ways. If you'd like to get a sense of that way of live, be sure to read my book "Broody New Englander" which one professor called the best book she'd ever read. You can find "BroodY" on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00QCUYK12?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc
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Syria's first Kurdish university attracts controversy as well as students - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Syria's first Kurdish university attracts controversy as well as students - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Syrian Kurds have big plans to expand the first university based in Rojava, which they launched just last year.
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I applaud the Kurdish people of Syria for creating a university to educate their your people. Of course, the very nature of such a school will provide impetus for Kurdish independence and opposition to Turkish and Syrian central governments. That is the nature of such ethnically and religiously specific schools, to stress the values and identities of their population. If the governments of Turkey, Syria, and what's left of Iraq don't want that to happen, then they should make it meaningful to have a Kurdish identity in each state. I don't see that happening, so I'll root for this school and its students. I wonder when they'll field their first football (soccer) team. 
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Univision draws 100,000 to voter registration drives in move to increase its political clout

Univision draws 100,000 to voter registration drives in move to increase its political clout | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The move is likely to help presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump.
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This is great news because as we all know, la democracia trabaja solamente cuando la gente participa votando. (Democracy only works when we all take part by voting.) It is long past time for the Hispanic voice to be heard in the US. 
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When the billboard has a brain - The Boston Globe

When the billboard has a brain - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Once in a while, you drive past a billboard that’s advertising something you’d actually like to buy — a juicy hamburger, comfortable shoes, a better car. It’s as if the advertiser is reading your mind.
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This is an interesting notion, the ability of billboards to gear what is displayed to places from which I've made calls. Of course, that will work, the same way the ads on #Facebook work. (LOL) I'm barged by ads for places I've decided I won't do business and others that I've already shop at. Absolutely no benefit to the advertisers and a pain in the ass for me. I wonder if the billboards will flash symphony concert tickets at me since one place I use my phone is during intermission and before concerts. And individually owned restaurants and coffee shops; guess that means I'd get adds for fast food and Starbucks. What ads would your phone generate? 
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North Pond Hermit discovered, arrested after 27 years in Maine woods - The Boston Globe

North Pond Hermit discovered, arrested after 27 years in Maine woods - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Christopher Knight told police he had lived undetected in a tent in the woods for 27 years, spoke with another person only once in that time, and did not know what he looked like. But Knight knew how to steal, authorities said, and how to stay hidden even though his tent lay within 600 yards of the nearest cabin. Such is the singular world of the man called the North Pond Hermit by the long-spooked residents here, where Knight is believed to have committed more than 1,000 burglaries since he left a computer-technician job and retreated to the forest. Now, he is residing in the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta, facing burglary and theft charges, as banjo players rhapsodize about him and bewildered Mainers shake their heads at the thought of 27 winters in the open.
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If this guy fascinates you, you  have to read "Sometimes you can hear 'em" one of the two short horror stories in "Two Tales of Terror" available in Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/Two-Tales-Terror-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00FHZIKE6?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc#customerReviews ;
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50 Authors from 50 States: Sh-Boom, Boom, Boom: A Maine Memory by Kenneth Weene

50 Authors from 50 States: Sh-Boom, Boom, Boom: A Maine Memory by Kenneth Weene | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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If you haven't yet read my story of Sue and the strip joint, here you go. Enjoy. 
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Hotels For Bees

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In this photo taken Monday, April 18, 2016, beekeeper Spencer Marshall checks a number of hives on a garden deck outside the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
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What a lovely idea, hotels reducing their own honey from rooftop hives. I wonder if the honey will taste slightly different from hotel to hotel. Now that would be a fascinating experiment; I'll go around town having tea. Got to love it!
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Trump’s candidacy sparking ‘a surge’ in citizenship, voter applications

Trump’s candidacy sparking ‘a surge’ in citizenship, voter applications | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Amid talk of deportations and travel bans “there’s something new going on,” officials say.
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This may be Mr. Trump's greatest contribution to America, the political awakening of the Hispanic population. And with a thunderous Ole! they will support the Democratic party not just in this election but most likely for years. If that happens, he will truly have changed our country for the better; it is long since time for non-Cuban Hispanics to become political and to help not only build and defend this country but also to run it. 
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Cat’s Meow~~May special~~Mayfly by Kenneth Weene #mayfly

Cat’s Meow~~May special~~Mayfly by Kenneth Weene #mayfly | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hi, Y’all! Welcome back to Cat’s Meow! I have a special treat for you all today. My dear friend Kenneth Weene has written a story especially for us. Hi, Y’all! Welcome back to Cat’s Meow! I have a …
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Enjoy a bit of my short fiction to celebrate the month of May. 
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Why one Gazan turned destroyed home into a zoo - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Why one Gazan turned destroyed home into a zoo - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Palestinian who has been waiting for the reconstruction of his house destroyed in the war on Gaza almost two years ago is now using it as a zoo.
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There is something both wonderful and absurd about this man's decision, but it does remind us that the people of Gaza are living lives of quiet desperation and need our assistance. 
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The Most Controversial Maypole in American History

The Most Controversial Maypole in American History | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It caused a major uproar in 17th-century Massachusetts
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The story of a merry New Englander and the Broody Puritans who wanted no such frivolity. Needless to say, the merry guy ended in the stocks. Yes, even back in the 17th Century I could have written a novel called Broody New Englander. 
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