Friends' Posts

A number of my friends have blogs, podcasts, photo feeds and create other content on the web. Instead of a traditional blogroll, I have created a list of links to their content. This list is updated automagically as they post to their blog. None of the content here is mine, nor is it owned by me. It does not necessarily reflect my opinion nor the opinion of my clients, employers, family, friends, or entourage. Share and Enjoy!

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Hester Fox’s The Widow of Pale Harbor is a flawed Gothic horror tale whose detailed atmosphere will put you right in the mood for spooky season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s September, which means it’s officially ~spooky season~ and therefore time for all the sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and creepy stories […] The Widow of Pale Harbor is a spooky Gothic romance for Fall -
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A new fan theory suggests Scarlet Witch will become the next big villain of the MCU, but Wanda Maximoff deserves better than life as a plot device. Very little is known about Marvel’s plans for Phase 4 of its ridiculously successful film universe. We know the lineup of films that are headed our way, but […] Scarlet Witch deserves better than life as a convenient MCU plot device - Culturess -
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I’m with Andrew Yang . We’re destroying people’s lives. You feel powerful, then you move on. The people whose lives you destroyed are still destroyed. Sometimes the punishment fits the crime, but (key point) this is not how our system works, for good reason. We have laws and courts and juries and processes. And the “crimes” are getting increasingly meta. And there’s no provision for rehab. Or
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Dedicated to Annette Hertzler The Choice to Love A poem by Jeanne Grunert Moments, drop by drop Slip through time Nothing brings her back Pinpricks of pain The sight of her bed, of bowl, of leash The silky feel of fur Remembering Stroking her head and praying her into heaven As she exhaled her last… Continue reading The Choice to Love: A Poem
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Netflix’s The Indian Detective is an odd cross between a serious police drama, a Bollywood romance, and The Office. I loved it. I’ve been reading reviews online and many critics don’t seem to like it all that much. Reviews are lukewarm. That’s a shame because anytime you can slide a William Shatner cameo into an… Continue reading A Review of the Netflix Original Series “The Indian Detective”
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Yesterday I posted an item here and on Twitter suggesting a collection of RSS feeds from news orgs managed by one or more universities. There were a few responses from people who believe they at least have a good start on this, so let me flesh out the idea a bit. Think of it as a process more than a product. A list frozen in time isn't very useful. We have lots of those. The idea here is that the
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  Last year, I have the pleasure and privilege to write several episodes for the renowned Cults podcast on the Parcast Network. The good folks at Parcast have numerous channels broadcasting a slew of terrific deep-dive documentary style podcasts released every week. I’m delighted to have contributed to the Cults series which was a rewarding […]
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Laura Weymouth’s A Treason of Thorns is a lush fantasy tale about a world full of sentient Great Houses and the Caretakers who sacrifice themselves for them. There are a lot of familiar tropes in fantasy fiction. And Laura Weymouth’s A Treason of Thorns doesn’t indulge in many of them. There’s no lost princess looking […] 3 reasons A Treason of Thorns will make a gorgeous, unique addition to your
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The highly anticipated television adaptation of fantasy series His Dark Materials has an official air date, and it’s sooner than you think. F i n a l l y. After what feels like an age of waiting, there’s finally an official airdate for HBO’s take on fantasy classic His Dark Materials. This splashy prestige adaptation of Philip […] His Dark Materials is officially coming to HBO this November -
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It’s 2019, can we please give up the fiction that James Bond has to be a man? It’s time for the franchise to evolve – and give us a female superspy. Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan played the famous 007 four times, but now thinks that it’s time for the franchise to move forward – […] Pierce Brosnan is right: We deserve a female James Bond and now is the perfect time - Culturess - Culturess -
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I was up and blogging early on this day in 2001 . If you visit the site you'll find that many of the links are broken, so you might want to try the archive.org version . It's in reverse-chronologic order, so read from the bottom and scroll up. What the day was like for me. It started as a normal blogging and programming day. A link to an article on Wired. A plug for David Banks' book new book on
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The second trailer for the final season of Mr. Robot promises the long-awaited showdown between Elliot and Whiterose that we’ve all been waiting for. Hacker drama Mr. Robot has a lot of things to handle before it logs off forever later this year. The series must wrap up several years’ worth of complicated stories, including […] The final stage begins as a new Mr. Robot trailer teases a showdown
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The worst day ever. A day where even Howard Stern went into News mode and stopped all on air humor. … Continue reading →
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I was a young mid-level marketing manager working in New York City on 9/11. I remember sitting at my desk the night before going over the information for my first day of graduate school as rain poured against the eaves of our tiny Long Island apartment. Newlywed, living in about 800 square feet, working in… Continue reading Watching 9/11 from My Office Windows
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Rena Barron’s Kingdom of Souls is a fantasy that covers some familiar territory, but it’s unique setting and perspective makes it worth your time. A YA fantasy about a young girl finding herself while trying to save her homeland from a malevolent magical force is hardly a new thing in this genre these days. But […] Twist-filled Kingdom of Souls is an imperfect but ultimately worthwhile fantasy
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The full trailer is here for the CW’s upcoming remake of Nancy Drew, and it looks like the long-lost Riverdale cousin we never knew we needed. It’s okay if you maybe weren’t initially feeling it when the CW announced they were making a television version of Nancy Drew. We’re all allowed to be wrong sometimes. […] The CW’s new Nancy Drew series looks like the spiritual heir to Riverdale - Culturess
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Where are we left after Joi Ito resigned yesterday from positions at MIT, the Knight and MacArthur Foundations, the NY Times and Harvard? The scandal exposes how money is used by the very rich to help erase reputations they got as they got so rich. It's why I wrote here a week ago that the last thing I want to see is a Netflix series on the life of Bill Gates. I know the things he did to make his
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Phil Windley, a developer friend from Utah, asks via email about the motivation for the persists package . Here's the story. I was writing a bit of example code for another package I am working on. I iterated over it, factoring and simplifying until it was really easy to see what's going on. I pride myself on really easy to follow example code, because it's what I most need when I'm trying to
1 week 4 days ago

I’d forgotten the simple truth of dogs: they are our greatest teachers. When you work with a dog, you must learn your own lessons first before you can teach a dog his lessons. Some of you know that after two years of being dog-less since Shadow, my German shepherd’s death from cancer, we chose to… Continue reading My Dog, My Teacher
1 week 5 days ago

Coming soon – book 2 of The Majek Family mysteries: I See You. I’m still waiting for my editor and beta readers to finish the draft but so far they seem to enjoy the story. Here’s what Polly, one of the beta readers (first readers for reaction to plot, story, and characters) had to say:… Continue reading Coming Soon – “I See You” – Book 2 in the Majek Family Mysteries
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Jenn Bennett’s The Lady Rogue is a fun historical adventure with a much-needed feminist twist: This time, it’s a girl finding the treasures and saving the day. Ever wish you could see a story like National Treasure or The Mummy, but from a female perspective? Well, then Jenn Bennett’s The Lady Rogue may very well feel […] Jenn Bennett’s The Lady Rogue is a fun historical romp with a feminist twist
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“It was hard to swallow because I always felt something happened but I didn’t know what it was and I couldn’t prove it anyway. Even to this day, I think something happened.” – former St Louis Rams head coach, Mike Martz “There isn’t a day that goes by since 2003 that I haven’t questioned … […]
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Adrienne Young’s lyrical, atmospheric The Girl The Sea Gave Back, is a Viking tale that stands as worthy companion piece to her debut Sky in the Deep. Author Adrienne Young has only written two books so far, but so far, they’re both exactly the kind of thing that YA fiction in general needs more of: […] The Girl the Sea Gave Back is an impressively atmospheric historical story - Culturess -
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In JavaScript they have const, var and let which control how things are stored. Every language has these. Using Frontier , I got used to having persistent data storage. If I created something in the object database, the kernel took care of persisting it. I could just use it like memory that was always there, and didn't have to worry about saving it to files. I find all the time I wish that
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Need some help deciding what to read this month? We run down 17 of the most exciting science fiction and fantasy books hitting shelves in September. Fall is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Vacations end. Kids go back to school. Serious, awards bait-type movies return to your local multiplex instead of popcorn-fueled […] 17 new SFF books to get nice and cozy with this September -
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Note: I posted this story on a wordpress.com site in 2006, but it should be part of the scripting.com archive. The history of RSS is usually told only in one dimension, it’s the story of geeks fighting with geeks, so they say, but in my humble opinion, that’s really not the story. Most of the vocal people on the mail lists, blogs and wikis are more fans than creators. It’s as if we confused
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Amazon’s Carnival Row wraps up its first season with an episode that provides some answers, kills off some characters and shakes things up for the future. The truly amazing thing is that Amazon’s Carnival Row managed to hold off on introducing an incest plotline until the first season’s final episode. It’s been obvious from the […] Carnival Row season 1 finale review: A dark future looms ahead -
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The penultimate episode of Carnival Row offers a shocking twist that no one saw coming, and a long-simmering romance takes off. The first season of Carnival Row has been rather meandering at times, particularly in its earliest installments, and that episode where we had to watch Philo mope in his former school for orphans dorm […] Carnival Row episode 7 review: A shocking ending sets the stage for
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Carnival Row finally brings some of its many disparate pieces together, in an attempt to craft a whole that’s better than the sum of its parts. For much of its first season, Carnival Row has felt like several different shows fighting in a sack. Despite the shared setting and overarching cultural issues, there were at […] Carnival Row episode 6 review: The pieces begin to come together at last -
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When I was a grad student in Madison I had a cat named Nurse. I got her when I lived in NYC, between college and grad school. I got her from an ad in the Village Voice , from a woman who had dozens of cats in her Manhattan apartment. She pointed out this gray cat, see how she's taking care of the sick kitten? I took her home and named her Nurse. Later I moved to Madison, in the middle of the
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Carnival Row gets overly bogged down in Philo’s backstory, in an episode that reminds us it’s the female characters that drive this show forward. Given the fine line between the sublime and the ridiculous that every episode of Carnival Row has walked so far, we were probably past due for one that didn’t necessarily succeed […] Carnival row episode 5 review: A dull slog that even the series’ women
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Let’s understand the damage to lives in all dimensions. Report how many were shot. How many bodies were penetrated with bullets. Not just how many were killed and injured. The survivors’ body condition should be reported. How much pain, how long recovery. Did they have insurance? How disabled? The NYT reported on a man who was severely injured in the El Paso massacre 28 days ago.
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The lead characters of Amazon’s Carnival Row remain the series’ weakest link. But the supporting cast is so wonderful you probably won’t care, as “The Joining of Unlike Things” proves. After a flashback-laden hour which reminded us that the star-crossed romance at the center of Carnival Row might actually be a thing worth caring about, […] Carnival Row episode 4 review: We do not deserve this
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My dear departed uncle had a repertoire about 100 stories. Each one took about 15 minutes to tell, and required your full attention. It was really uncomfortable, but since he was my uncle and I loved him, I put up with it, begrudgingly. By the time I was in my 40s, after decades of listening to the same stories over and over, I started numbering them. As he would start the story, I'd say oh that's
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Carnival Row takes us back in time to show us Philo and Vignette’s relationship (and how it ended) in the series’ strongest and most complete episode yet. As we’ve mentioned before, one of the biggest issues with Carnival Row is how frequently all over the place it is, tonally speaking, as it tries to cram […] Carnival Row episode 3 review: A much-needed flashback hour gives this story more depth
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I ran this poll on Twitter asking which date format you would prefer. The choices were as follows: 8/30/2019, 5:51:55 PM 2019-08-30T21:51:55.810Z It's had 322 votes so far which is a lot for one of my polls. And it was pretty ambiguous in its intent, partly due to Twitter's length limits and my own sloppiness. Some notes follow. The two examples should have represented the same date-time. The
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Amazon’s epic fantasy still doesn’t know quite what it wants to be, but Carnival Row works much better as a soap than a serious drama. Here’s something you might not know: When Amazon’s Carnival Row stops trying to be so serious, it’s honestly a darn good time. I know, I know, this is the era […] Carnival Row episode 2 review: Great when it doesn’t take itself so seriously - Culturess - Culturess
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Low sodium pizza…and it is low cholesterol? Yes, it can be done. Although the crust is thin, the taste is BIG. Friday Recipe Rehab continues with low sodium pizza! Low Sodium Pizza: Can It Be Done? In this week’s installment of Recipe Rehab, heart-healthy eating, I’m sharing with you my new family favorite: low sodium […] The post Low Sodium Pizza – Recipe Rehab appeared first on Home Garden Joy .
2 weeks 5 days ago

In this episode, John chats with J Mascis, Murph, and Lou Barlow at Camp Fuzz, a rock and roll summer camp hosted by Dinosaur Jr. in upstate New York. Live in front of a group of camp attendees, John sits down with the band to discuss their reunion, touring and the recording of their early records.
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The first episode of Amazon’s lavish steampunk Victorian fairytale Carnival Row is so overstuffed that it’s hard to tell what kind of show it wants to be. But at least it’s fun. You have to give Amazon credit: Their series always swing for the fences. Whether it’s a romantic apocalypse tale (Good Omens) or a […] Carnival Row episode 1 review: Messy, overly complicated and strangely intriguing -
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I had high hopes when Joi Ito became the director of the MIT Media Lab because he came from the blogging world. He had been to the conferences. He was a discussion leader at one of the first BloggerCons. The open web invested in him, and in his new role, at the time, when the world had built so much on the web, it sure could have used his help. For example, I'd like to see a 25-year project to
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If the trailer for the series’ final season is anything to go by, Mr. Robot season 4 is going to be eerie, tense and super dark. Here’s what you need to know. The end of an era is near: The final season of Mr. Robot will air on USA Network this October. We’ve all known this […] 4 things to know about the Mr. Robot season 4 trailer - Culturess - Culturess - Women's Pop Culture, Entertainment and
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Harlots ties up loose ends in its season 3 finale, setting the series on a whole new path as it gives us the power couple we never really knew we needed. Harlots Season 3 covered a lot of ground. We said goodbye to multiple fan favorite characters – including two who served as the emotional […] Harlots season 3 finale review: Lines are drawn as a new day dawns - Culturess - Culturess - Women's Pop
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Everybody -- thank you for the excellent help in testing this code. It was a complicated corner-turn, and it seems to work, so I stopped the test and switched the main page over to the new system, and tonight the emails will go out using the new code. Fingers crossed, praise Murphy. ;-) Now if you go to scripting.com/email/ and subscribe, as I hope you will, you will actually subscribe for real.
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The test is over. The new email service that does not require Twitter login is deployed . The remainder of this post is here as an archive. I'm ready for a test of the new email subscription code. First, this test will not affect whether you're subscribed. It's just a test. 1. Go to this page , enter your email address, click the button. 2. Check your email. If you have a confirming email, click
3 weeks ago

The Hardcoded Episode: Blowing Glass. A Cancelled Project. Reality Shows. The Elevator Pitch. The Best Laid Plans. Why I Gave Up. Fake. Prototype This. Take It Away. An episode about one of my favorite projects that I gave up in the face of logic and discovery. Everyone's got a few of these if they work creatively. This one got pretty far along before it ended. I checked, and I don't know where
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Mara Rutherford’s Crown of Coral and Pearl may contain elements that feel familiar to YA fantasy fans, but this tale is anything but ordinary. In the current world of YA fantasy, many stories deal with similar themes and tropes. There are a lot of oppressive kings, women fighting for lost birthrights, and couples finding love […] 3 reasons Crown of Coral and Pearl stands out from the fantasy pack
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The poster for Disney+ series WandaVision teases an idyllic suburban world with dark secrets and we’re definitely not ready for how heartbreaking this story will probably get. The first poster for the upcoming Disney+ streaming series WandaVision was revealed at this year’s annual D-23 Expo and it’s not only gorgeous, it’s downright heartbreaking for what it […] WandaVision is going to be a
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Hello dear reader & dear listener – it is with great excitement I can announce that Murder Made Easy, the independent feature film written by yours truly is now available for purchase on blu-ray from major online retailers everywhere. It’s never been easier to pick up your copy of what Horror Society calls “American Psycho […]
3 weeks 2 days ago

True story. My company was having a party in a suite in the St Francis Hotel in SF in 1980-something. Guy Kawasaki , then head evangelist at Apple hands me a list of feature requests for ThinkTank. He said the list was from Jean-Louis Gassée , the new head of product at Apple who was moving to Cupertino from France. I handed him the list back, and said I want to meet him, knowing he would want to
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I've run two Silicon Valley startups in my career, and have led development and promotion for several widely-adopted open formats. I've gotten millions of people to use my ideas. And have learned a lot doing this. One thing I've learned with all this hindsight, it's better if your default answer is yes, not no. See if there's a way you can give the users what they want. This approach will evolve
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When I posted a note on Facebook for people to subscribe to the new email service , I got a bit of feedback saying it shouldn't require a Twitter login. So here's why it works that way. I am gradually adding features to my blog that involve people more in what's going on here. You can Like items. You can comment on them. And now you can receive a nightly email. All but the last require identity,
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Marvel officially confirmed Black Panther 2 at this year’s D-23 Expo in Anaheim, but the release date is a lot further away than any of us thought. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and director Ryan Coogler have confirmed that a sequel to Black Panther is officially in the works. But it feels unlikely that anyone’s going to […] Black Panther 2 finally has a release date and it’s much, much too far
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Could upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision turn out to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first real in-depth character piece? Wanda Maximoff certainly has enough issues to work through. In the wake of San Diego Comic Con and the D-23 Expo this summer, it feels like we’re kind of drowning in news about the upcoming projects for […] WandaVision sounds like it may be the MCU’s first real character
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The two views: If you live with a creative person, this scene from The Shining will be familiar. At least you'll know other people have to deal with this. On the other hand, if you're a creative person, this scene speaks for your frustration with the world. Listen to the music, it tells the story from his point of view. Every creative person can relate. Was it Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick
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One of the reasons I moved to Woodstock is that I want to try for once being a software developer in an artistic context. I've always seen software as a creative thing, like writing, painting or sculpting, but the rest of the world can't seem to process this idea. I've tried doing my thing in Madison, Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Seattle and New York City. Everywhere I go I get blank stares when I
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Low sodium spaghetti and meat sauce s easy to make and whips up in half an hour or less. It’s low salt, low cholesterol, and packed with flavor! Who wouldn’t want a lovely Italian dinner that’s low sodium and reduces the salt in the original recipe by 84? Recipe Rehab: Low Sodium Spaghetti and Meat Sauce […] The post Low Sodium Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Dinner appeared first on Home Garden Joy .
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I was looking through Netflix last night for something to watch, and they had this Woodstock title , so I clicked on it, thinking it was the Woodstock movie from 1970, but it was something new, from PBS , and it told the story from the point of view of the promoters. How they got the idea, how it morphed from being a studio in the town of Woodstock to an outdoor concert on a field in Wallkill ,
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I wish I had more on the home page for what will be for many their first Scripting News by email . A few comments. It's a bit of a loop-close because my blogging used to go out via email for years before I went exclusively web. Once RSS was up and running it seemed counter-productive to keep pushing the email channel, and for a while it made sense until Google dominated and then shut down their
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Avengers: Endgame is a pretty good movie, and a massive success to boot. So why can’t anyone involved with it stop explaining things about it? Avengers: Endgame is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It tied together ten years’ worth of content and twenty movies, joining together many of our […] Can everyone involved with Avengers: Endgame just stop talking now
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Shana Youngdahl’s debut novel, As Many Nows As I Can Get, tells a typical teen story in a very untypical way, and creates something entirely new in the process. There are tons of teen stories in the world of YA fiction about first loves, life changes, poor decisions and leaving home – but few of […] As Many Nows As I Can Get tells a familiar story in a complex and fresh new way - Culturess -
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Looking for low sodium diet meal ideas? I was, too, and sadly disappointed. Have you ever seen cooking shows on television where they promise a ‘healthier’ version of a meal – but don’t define what their version of “healthier” means? It’s frustrating, isn’t it, especially to those of us who are serious about watching what […] The post Recipe Rehab – Low Sodium Diet Meal Ideas appeared first on
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