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From my dear friends and publisher, All Things That Matter Press

Happy Holidays from the authors at All Things That Matter press...

My publisher and my dear friends and fellow authors.

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ICYMI, a sausage dog has just staged her own maternity photo shoot

ICYMI, a sausage dog has just staged her own maternity photo shoot | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
When did maternity shoots start being a thing?
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Here's a bit of adorable for today. Just remember that life is too short to not enjoy and to serious to not celebrate. 
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New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.
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I loved the birds of New Zealand and hope that the Kiwis can save their natural fauna. However, eradication of rats all over the world, which might result from this approach, wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. Nature is such an intricate web. Anyway, this article and the ideas presented fascinated me. If you're into nature, conservation, and science, my guess is you'll find it fascinating as well. 
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Armenian ceramics artist keeps ancient craft alive in Jerusalem

Armenian ceramics artist keeps ancient craft alive in Jerusalem | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ancient art of ceramics and tile making lives on in Jerusalem, where the artistic tradition has become part of the treasured local heritage.
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From what I've seen of traditional Armenian ceramics, this article is worth sharing. However, this may also be an excellent example of how not to take a newspaper photo. Still, I  do wish I could see Mr. Antreassian's work in person. 

I love good craftsmanship. Unfortunately, I've never been good at crafts, not at all. My wife is, but I have five thumbs on each hand and no coordination. How about you? Are you a crafts lover, doer, or indifferent. 

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The 5 Weirdest Foods You'll Start Eating in 2018

The 5 Weirdest Foods You'll Start Eating in 2018 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Whole Foods has announced its predictions for the most anticipated foods in 2018. See them all here
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Okay, some of these I question. For example, do I really want to add mushroom earthiness to my morning coffee? Some, like using roots and stems, I love. One thing that is missing that I've been learning more about is the potential role of hemp in diet. No, not marijuana but the rest of the plant. Next week on It Matters Radio, I'll be interviewing somebody who thinks more of us should be using hemp for health. Just one more reason you want to come Walking on the Weene Side, Tuesday evenings 7 Eastern and then podcast on YouTube. Join us at http://www.itmattersradio.com 
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Canada's naked car crash takes new twist as three face kidnapping charges

Canada's naked car crash takes new twist as three face kidnapping charges | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Car full of naked people deliberately rammed truck near Edmonton, police say, adding that two adults and a baby had been abducted 20 minutes earlier
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Some news stories just seem to have been created so we shrinks can comment on them. I think this one is more about getting noticed than anything else. I don't know what the relationship between the abductees and the five perpetrators was, but clearly it was more than just a random kidnapping. On the other hand, the connection might have been only in the delusions of the perpetrators. God, I wish I could interview these nut-cases. Maybe one of them would like to hire me to ghost-write their memoir. Title? Hmm: The Naked Abduction might work. Your suggestions?

Meanwhile, if you want a good read about crime that was a lot more organized, might I suggest Times To Try the Soul of Man.  https://www.amazon.com/Times-Try-Soul-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00VYSQ1VO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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16 Sad Songs to Listen to When You Need a Good Cry

16 Sad Songs to Listen to When You Need a Good Cry | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Don't just be sad, be very sad with a list of sad songs that will help you let it all out!
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As one of the co-hosts of It Matters Radio and as somebody who loves music, how could I not share this wonderful article. There are a couple of songs I would have added, particularly Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle, and one I wouldn't include, Auld Lang Syne, but these are some great tear-jerking songs. Have a listen, but warning, to listen to them all you'll need more than one hankie. 
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Canada approves plan to build ski resort on land held sacred by indigenous people

Canada approves plan to build ski resort on land held sacred by indigenous people | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The country’s supreme court has ruled that the public interest outweighed the religious rights of the Ktunaxa Nation of British Columbia
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I'm not a skier and I have been to British Columbia and think it magnificent. I can imagine that this resort will do very well and will bring employment to many, including most likely a good number from the Ktunaxa Nation. Personally, I think that such expansive holy sites are perhaps an overreach by Native American populations, but the other side—that the Euro--Americans often ride roughshod over and have certainly in the past ignored over indigenous rights—is clearly to be considered. 

So, for me the question would be were I to go to British Columbia and were I a skier would I avail myself of this great no resort or no. What about you?

Then move that same argument here to Arizona where the company that manages the Snow Bowl near Flagstaff wanted to use gray water to make snow on that Navajo sacred space. Would you ski there in the face of a tribal objection? Should the Navajo be objecting when they make so much of their income from tourism? 

Meanwhile, back in British Columbia or wherever in the world, how do we find the proper balance between tourism as an industry and the rights of original peoples to the dignity of their land? 
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On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.
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What the US government has basically said: Whilst I we agree that the ice which these creatures need is disappearing, we're going to leave them to fend for themselves, to learn how to live on solid ground instead or to go longer without eating. On the surface, it sounds the same as how this administration talks about the poor and refugees. However, there is a certain logic to it. Exactly what can we do? We could create giant plastic floating islands so that these gangly behemoths could have more places to stop along the way, but that hardly seems feasible or even reasonable. The fact is that we humans are making the world less inhabitable and not all our guilt or guile can change that reality. So, goodby, Pacific walruses. You can thank us for the fish as you head for another galaxy. Oh, wait, that's if you can get a ride. One thing is sure, nobody is going to come rescue us. 
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Orangutans are pretty much the best. And, guess what, there’s a whole new species.

There may be as few as 800 of these new, rare apes.

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How can I not celebrate finding yet a third species of Orangutan. The lousy part is that like their relatives these wonderful apes are endangered. 
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These Are the Happiest Cities in the United States

These Are the Happiest Cities in the United States | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
National Geographic Explorer and best-selling author Dan Buettner searched for the happiest Americans. Where he found them will surprise you.
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What makes people happy? Of course it the full measure of their lives. Health, social connectedness, quality of environment, culture, work experience: the list goes on. It seems to me that each of us tries to find that combination that feels right to them. For me, for example, a big city with lots of variety and stimulation is more important than great natural beauty. Because of mobility issues, clearly accessibility is important. I love the arts, especially theatre and classical music, and good food. So add those into my mix. 

Of course, those choices have changed over time. As a young person, I delighted in New England. You just have to read Broody New Englander to get that message. Later, it was The Big Apple with all its challenges and richness. Now, I love living in Arizona with its steady dry weather and decent and easily accessible amenities. 

Now, what makes you happy? What do you look for in your environment? How happy where you are, which is where? 

Does your happy place have a good library? Have you asked them to buy my books for their collection? How about doing that; it would be most kind.


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11 foods you think are healthy but actually aren't

11 foods you think are healthy but actually aren't | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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The only one of these I personally like is dried fruit. Yeah, who can resist raisins? Throw in figs, dates, apricots or prunes and I'm there. Luckily, my wife usually manages to supervise me but sometimes those Raisinets at the movies just call like Sirens luring me onto the rocks of diabetes. Hey, I'm human. Which among these are your secret cravings? Worse, which do you eat regularly? 

Meanwhile, eat healthier and have a great day. 
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Cub Scout Is Exiled After Pressing Legislator on Guns and Race

Cub Scout Is Exiled After Pressing Legislator on Guns and Race | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ames Mayfield, 11, was removed from his den after asking State Senator Vicki Marble of Colorado about gun control and her comments on race. He joined another den.
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Any cub scout who asks such heavy questions meets my standard for a young person worth knowing. Sadly, many leaders of American youth want to avoid all controversy instead of realizing that discussion of issues is how we as a country grow and how young people grow in their thinking. That doesn't mean the state legislator was wrong only that the kid had a right to ask the questions. Now, what the horror of say the Las Vegas shooting has to do with domestic violence and letting abusers own guns, that's another question. And, what the prevalence of fried chicken in the South has to do with health issues like diabetes is another. Seems to me the kid went in there primed for bear and he got a damn good salvo off. 

When I was a scout we worried about how to make cocoa and tie knots, but looking back it wasn't much of a worthwhile experience. What was you scouting experience? 
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Rescuers Work Overtime to Save Animals During California Fires

Rescuers Work Overtime to Save Animals During California Fires | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Rescuers are trying to find animals affected by the California wildfires. Many have perished, but there are a lot of survivors as well
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Have you ever noticed how often in the midst of horrible news stories there are just a few that make you feel a warm glow? For me, this is one of those just take a moment to feel good stories. Hats off to these wonderful folks who have been rescuing animals from the fires in California. 
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How nature creates new species such as grolar bears, hybrid cats and coywolves

How nature creates new species such as grolar bears, hybrid cats and coywolves | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Coyotes, wolves and dogs are all interfertile, meaning that they can make puppies that in turn can make even more mixed puppies.
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I've never seen a grolar bear, but they are coming to northern Canada and Alaska. Is this one of the ways in which evolution works, not just by the appearance of separate species over time but also by the interbreeding between related species? If so, can we deliberately breed humans with something of a higher order such as bonobo? Would those peace loving apes want to breed with us? Well, at least they're open to all sexual possibilities. 

On the other hand, do you get the impression that way to many people have themselves been the result of interbreeding between homo sapiens and jackasses? That might explain some of our political braying. 

If you were going to breed with another animal, but not a human, what species would you pick? Come on, admit it, that golden retriever can look very appealing. That tabby unlocks the beast(ial) in you. And there's always Sylvia the goat. 

By the way, did I mention "Sometimes you can hear 'em" one of Two Tales of Terror, one of my kindle short books? Here's the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsmLaFPVvWg 
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'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests: A celebration of Autumn and the Delight Trees

'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests: A celebration of Autumn and the Delight Trees | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Together, aesthetic awareness and scientific analysis puts us in direct, sensory relationship with the forest and gives us the ability to understand what we see, says author David George Haskell.
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As a "Broody New Englander" how could I not share this delightful article about the joys of autumnal leafs? 

As an intelligent reader how can you not read "Broody New Englander"? Available in print and Kindle editions at 

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Archeologists find 'Exceptional' medieval treasure trove at abbey in France

Archeologists find 'Exceptional' medieval treasure trove at abbey in France | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An "exceptional and rare" medieval treasure trove including more than 2,200 gold and silver coins has been found in France in what has been called a "remarkable" discovery by archaeologists.
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While the gold actually was perhaps enough to feed the large abbey for a week during its heyday, in these times finding these coins is truly dramatic. 

I do love archeology and I write fiction, so my mind immediately started churning out a story about the bearer of this signet ring, who is on his way to England to try to keep the monks at Lenton faithful to the pope in Avignon despite the English throne's adherence to Rome. 

But why did he not leave the Abbey? Was he detained when it was learned that he was actually loyal to Innocent VII and not to Benedict XIII? Or perhaps he was taken prisoner by those who were determined to see Charles VI (Chrales the Mad) removed from power in France. Ah, the possibilities of an historical novel. 

If you like the way I think, why not check out my books? You can find them on Amazon. Just look for Kenneth Weene. Sure you've heard of him, c'est moi. 
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The 38 Best Restaurants in America

The 38 Best Restaurants in America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Eater’s annual guide showcases the bistros, pizzerias, steakhouses, and taco trucks that defined dining in 2017
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Sadly, I won't be getting to any of these great sounding restaurants, so if you do, please tell me about your experience. They do sound interesting and delicious.
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Physics Has Demoted Mass - Issue 54: The Unspoken - Nautilus

Physics Has Demoted Mass - Issue 54: The Unspoken - Nautilus | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You’re sitting here, reading this article. Maybe it’s a hard copy, or an e-book on a tablet computer or e-reader. It doesn’t…
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I don't write much science fiction, but when I decided that Putnam Williams, the putative main character of "The Stylite," had written a book, that book followed a lot of the ideas discussed in this fascinating article. While you don't need this science background to understand that first piece in Broody New Englander, I find all such ideas fascinating and hope that you will, too. Of course, you'll also find Broody New Englander fascinating, not for the science but for the writing, characters, and setting. You can order your copy at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

By the way, the book will appear to have mass if you order the print form and to not if you order it in Kindle. Either way, enjoy. 
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Sorry LePage!: Maine Becomes 1st State To Expand Medicaid By Popular Vote

Sorry LePage!: Maine Becomes 1st State To Expand Medicaid By Popular Vote | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Maine became the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid through a ballot initiative. Just afte
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Apparently the good people of Maine have decided to right their canoe and leave the sorry, angry direction in which Gov. LePage has been steering them. Hate towards others has no place among Maine values. Of course, having done much of my growing-up there, I love Maine unconditionally. My paean to the state is Broody New Englander, a set of three stories set there. Available in Kindle and paper. Broody is a work of "meticulously written stories from the mind of a gifted writer."meticulously written stories from the mind of a gifted writer." Got to love a comment like that. Find Broody at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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Registered Child Sex Offenders Will Soon Have Convictions Noted On Their Passports

Registered Child Sex Offenders Will Soon Have Convictions Noted On Their Passports | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The notation will be printed on the inside back cover of passports obtained by convicted pedophiles.
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Does the United States have the right to identify sex offenders on the passports? On the surface, it is a move that I would support. Hey, we don't want to just set our rapists, pedophiles, and the like loose in the world. On the other hand, are we trammeling on their right to not self-incriminate? The registry of sex offenders is suppose to help law enforcement but not otherwise alter the rights of the individuals on it. 

Personally, I have to admit I'm with the administration on this one. Of course, given recent events it may end up really hitting Hollywood to say nothing of how this might impact the tourism industry of—oh, let's just say—Thailand. 

What do you think? Good move or not? 
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No bond for man who shot himself in penis while robbing hot dog stand

No bond for man who shot himself in penis while robbing hot dog stand | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Terrion Pouncy remained at Christ Hospital recovering from his injuries on Thursday, missing a bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.
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Not sure if we file this under karma or irony, but as a Weene, I just have to share this story about a guy who shoots himself in his wiener  while holding up a wiener stand. Seriously, who could make this up? The best part is he couldn't make it to his bond hearing so now he's going to be in jail where I'm sure everyone will be laughing. 
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8 Dangerous But Cute Animals To Avoid At All Times

8 Dangerous But Cute Animals To Avoid At All Times | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the furry koala to the majestic swan, these eight dangerous but cute animals are the definitions of looks being deceiving.
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I keep a safe distance from all wild animals, but I must admit if I were in New Guinea and met a cassowary, I would probably laugh. Hopefully they have a sense of humor. As for koalas, I've always figured they were trouble.  Have you ever noticed those claws? 

Meanwhile, I am considering raising some poison dart frogs to use in my next novel; that is if I write Murder Most Novel. Of course, at this point I'm just contemplating the various characters deserving of death and the methods for delivering. Any suggestions for somebody to be left in a cage with my pet wolverine? 
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How the World Is Marking the 500th Birthday of Protestantism

How the World Is Marking the 500th Birthday of Protestantism | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Many will mark the 500th anniversary of Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther started a revolution by posting his complaints about the Church.
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How to celebrate the accomplishment of Martin Luther in bringing about the reformation. Somehow dressing up as him for Halloween really works because when you scrape back all the levels, Luther's greatest accomplishment was to free people to live. If it is through God's grace that we are save and through our faith in that divine love, then we don't have to constantly wear the hair shirt of piety and we can revel in our capacity to play. Is happiness not the best of prayer, for it rejoices in itself? 

It may have only taken five hundred years to reach this point, but at least the Reformation war within Christianity has reached a livable peace. At that rate, how many years will it take before Islam and Christianity will again live in peace? Maybe, if we all just forgot religion and started trying to be happy, that would be closer to God's plan, assuming there is a god with a plan. 

Do you believe in such a creator? If so, do you believe he has one true religion which must be followed? Does that religion celebrate one of the best things to come out of the Reformation, the notion that all people should be able to read?

Which brings up the real message here, the one about visiting http://www.kennethweene.com and reading. Reading isn't just fundamental, it is fun and divine.
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Do You Eat Like a Republican or a Democrat?

Do You Eat Like a Republican or a Democrat? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Take this quiz to find out if your eating habits match a Republican or a Democrat, based on Grubhub data analyzed by TIME
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This is just plain fun. Do you eat like a Democrat or a Republican? Just as I would have predicted, I came out slightly more Dem but pretty middle of the road. 

Now, having checked out your food preferences, check your reading tastes by visiting https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU and finding a great book, 
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'Fake art': Donald Trump 'boasts he has original Renoir' - but Chicago Art Institute says it's not authentic

'Fake art': Donald Trump 'boasts he has original Renoir' - but Chicago Art Institute says it's not authentic | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump reportedly claims to own an original Renoir painting - despite a gallery in Chicago insisting there is only one real version of the Two Sisters artwork and it's hanging on their walls.
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I guess there's nobody easier to con than a con artist. At any rate. I've seen the original at Chicago's world famous Art Institute. As Renoirs go, it's a good painting. Personally, I prefer lots of other artists. The thing is, he actually was told years before that it wasn't an original. I guess there's gold and fool's gold in the world. 

By the way, if you enjoy stories of people being fooled, you'll find some great ones in Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. Check out the trailer at:
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