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Jan.05.2012
When I was taking biochemistry in college, I was quizzed on articles related to the subject of biochemistry, reprinted from Scientific American. These articles were so varied, and often complex, but the one that I still remember the most had to do with how the shape of certain chemical compounds...
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Jan.04.2012
There is a book festival in Akron, Ohio that is held every year in early February.  At this festival, books are given away, no strings attached. Several bookcrossers from that area solicit books to be given away, and because I am a bookcrosser, I always send them a few titles.  This year...
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Jan.03.2012
As I was walking to the library for my volunteer job, I noticed the sidewalk.  From this, I got my small stone for the day.  A small stone is a description of a moment or event in which the person pays particular attention to the details. In my case, my small stone for January 3:  ...
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Jan.02.2012
Looking out from the office window on the second floor, I see the water feature that we added to our landscaping this summer. Over night, it snowed...not a lot, but just enough to cover the ground.  From this perspective, I realized I could still see the pansies that we planted this summer....
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Jan.01.2012
Last year at this time I committed to writing a small stone every day during the month of January.  Small stones are a concept that, if not created by, is promoted by Fiona Robyn, a fellow Red Roomer.  They are created from taking a moment in a day and really focusing on it, and then...
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Dec.27.2011
I often talk about www.bookcrossing.com on my blog posts.  It is a international website community that shares books.  They also have a newsletter about bookcrossing experiences and events that bring greater knowledge about bookcrossing.  The following is an article I wrote about one...
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Dec.24.2011
Once again, I plan on participating in Fiona Robyn's (A Red Room author) and Kaspa Thompson's A River of Stones.  Like last year at this time, Fiona and Kaspa are inviting writers of all kinds to participate in their project to write a daily small stone. For those unfamiliar with small stones...
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Dec.16.2011
A special holiday ingredient?  I'm not sure this is quite it, but one of my favorite memories of Christmas Past is one of the cards I created back in 1996.  I remember the date vividly because it was the first year that I was sending out cards as a single mother.  Up until then, I...
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Dec.13.2011
Although my son has a Kindle (and loves it) and I have friends have Kindles or Nooks (who also love using them), I have always been reluctant to embrace the idea of an e-Reader of any sort. Frankly, I couldn't imagine a real good reason to change.  I like the heft of a book.  I like the...
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Dec.07.2011
The "project", for the most part, is fairly complete, and as I indicated in the last post about it, the yard is ready for winter.  This summer we worked hard on it to landscape it with new trees to replace the old trees we removed the previous summer. We also tore out old, overgrown plants and...
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Dec.01.2011
New Year's resolutions are often hard to keep unless they are the type that a person is already motivated to do.  Mine are and that's why I am still working at mine.  First and foremost, I resolved to read more books this year than last year.  I have also resolved to put more steps...
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Nov.26.2011
This year's "project" was the yard; last year we focused on the inside of the new (old) house.  Just like last year, November has had nice weather so that we could continue working on it.  Today, Rob mowed the yard for what we hope is the last time while I raked, once again, the leaves...
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Nov.21.2011
That is another great line from Sandburg himself and shows up in the play, The World of Carl Sandburg.  From what I remember from my studies of Hamlet in a college English class, the soliloquy where the famous line of "to be or not to be" of Hamlet is about his contemplation of death, perhaps...
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Nov.17.2011
and proud of it" comes from the cautionary poem Bewares by Carl Sandburg.  I will be the first one to say that while I try to be perfectly grammatical, I don't always succeed.  I try to make sure that there are no spelling errors, no typographical errors, or even grammatical errors in my...
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Nov.12.2011
I slept in this morning, that is I didn't get up until after eight o'clock.  Normally, my husband and I get up about seven a.m. This is, despite the fact, that we "fell back" to real time last Sunday.  I hate Daylight Savings Time...the start and the end of it.  I know that I am not...
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