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Apr.12.2009
Much interest has been devoted to the Obama's dog. What would they choose, especially with a child who has allergies. Malia, age 10, and Sasha, age 7 were promised a puppy. Much was made of "hypoallergenic" breeds. One television dog trainer enthused, on one of those syndicated celebrity...
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Apr.09.2009
I was browsing Twitter when I saw a post from thriller author, Joseph Finder. Yes, I follow him; he doesn't follow me. He came up with a great idea and floated it out on Twitter.  He wanted to create a day for people to support Independent Bookstores. I'm probably one of many who suggested that he...
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Apr.04.2009
I'll confess that I've never sent a text message. I wouldn't know how and, frankly, I don't care. As you know, if you've been following my blog here at The Red Room that I started Tweeting in December.  These can be useful forms of communication if your intent is to connect with others, do some...
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Mar.12.2009
Last night, March 11, 2009, ABC-TV's Nightline proved that they are willing and able to stoop to biased reporting, totally slanted journalism. What they did has, traditionally, been called Yellow Journalism. What did they do, you're asking yourself, aren't you? They aired a completely biased and...
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Mar.02.2009
I was really surprised when Huntington posted a comment to my last blog letting me know that I was the "teaching tool" for Red Room's new Connections. Wow! Me, a teaching tool. Amazing.  Curiosity didn't just kill the cat, it nearly killed the author so I clicked on the link he supplied...
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Feb.21.2009
I looked at the date of my last post here and wondered why it has been so long since I last posted. Where has the time gone? Good question. I can explain part of it.  I love this community so I have missed being here but, somehow, it didn't seem as if so much time has passed.  I guess that's what...
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Jan.27.2009
It's been a week since the inauguration and I'm still trying to recover. So much hoopla during a time when the economy is suffering. So much money spent.  Billions. I have trouble fathoming that amount.  It's beyond my comprehension. I hope a good bit of it was funneled to workers who need the...
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Jan.07.2009
It's 2009 and for a lousy year, 2008 certainly flew by in a hurry. Frankly, I'm glad it's gone. I begin a new year with the hope of every new year -- that it will be somehow better. How would I make it better? Oh, in so many ways. I don't make resolutions but I tend to contemplate. I like to think...
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Dec.25.2008
I've been thinking a lot about what we do and how the economy is impacting our work. There will almost assuredly always be book contracts for those who have grabbed the proverbial brass ring, who have name recognition and a following. I mean a mainstream following. This is good. Where there's life...
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Dec.20.2008
I haven't been blogging here as much as I'd like. I don't know where the time goes. Well, maybe I do. Fibromyalgia has changed my life and I'm still trying to get a handle on fibro. When we last left this saga, I had enrolled in a drug study, leaving my body to science while I'm still in it. The...
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Dec.10.2008
I joined Twitter a few weeks ago. Why? Truthfully, I had no idea what it was and thought I'd find out for myself. I signed on, opening an account, and immediately received two pieces of spam. Spammers? So soon?!  Frankly, it scared me. I immediately found a privacy setting so people have to request...
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Nov.28.2008
I hate the holidays.  Okay, I've said it. This season is just too commercial for me. People rushing around, buying, wrapping and giving gifts. In some cases, literally trampling each other to death to get at the bargains on what is now known as "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving...
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Nov.23.2008
Manners.  Whatever happened to manners? I'm starting to feel older than my years. This is nothing new. I've watched the detrioration of any semblence of civility for awhile now. Whatever happened to "Please," and "Thank You?" And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I live on the...
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Nov.19.2008
I'm in week four of the drug trial. The washout of previous medication for migraines and insomnia have left me completely sure of my fibromyalgia diagnosis. So has the pain. And a few other symptoms compatible with fibro. Friends who know me well are willing to bet that I'm getting a placebo. It's...
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Oct.31.2008
I haven't posted here in a couple of weeks. Why? Good question. At first I thought it was simply a matter of not being able to think of anything pithy, or of anything remotely interesting to anyone. There was nothing I particularly cared to say. Days passed, melting into each other. One after...
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