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    I'm probably older than most of the members here and have some life experience to look back upon. I never bought into religion and find it the source of too many wars. The more I look at Christianity, the more preposterous it becomes.

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  1. The wisdom of chidren

    Kids are often smarter than we think. My eight-year-old granddaughter, on her own initiative, made up a birthday card for her younger sister's fifth birthday. Inside, she wrote: "Smile. A life ahead of you waits to be found. It's still hidden."
  2. ^ ^ ^ Wish I could up-vote this one twice. Great advice.
  3. How my dad's family got here

    Sounds to me like he was a good Scotsman! At a recent Highland Games here, on display was a Scottish first aid kit: secured in a fitted leather case, two shot glasses and a bottle of whiskey.
  4. Milk Duds

    Super glue is a type of cyanoacrylate glue. Cyanoacrylates are also used as a medical adhesives. In the Vietnam war there was a spray that could be applied in the field to help stop bleeding. And yeah, my dentist also told me that I could use it in an emergency. Margee: At least you weren't out to a nice dinner with friends and had that sneeze at the table!
  5. Milk Duds

    Yes to all the above. I've had fillings fall out, crowns come loose, teeth break off, an apicoectomy get re-infected twice, four or five root canals, and an implant that started to spin in my jawbone when the dentist tried to torque down the covering stud with his tiny torque wrench. I think I must have the most expensive, most worked-on mouth this side of the Mississippi. And I'm real careful about what I eat!
  6. The social factor in religion is a strong one — there are people who, deep down, don't buy into the dogma but go for the social aspects. So breaking away also includes finding new friends. Consider hobby or political clubs, night classes, exercise classes, etc.
  7. The worlds biggest lie?

    Yup. It's fear. Fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of things beyond the individual's control, fear of sex and the human body. As Mark Twain once wrote: “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
  8. I quit just before the half-way point. Yawn.
  9. Honerable mention for us....

    Note that the author is Valerie Tarico, a contributor to the main blog of this site.
  10. Fluff News at Christmas

    Having worked for a newspaper, I can say that that is what it is. No one wants to work the holidays.
  11. Getting your book published

    My dad was a screen writer whose work got produced and I wrote four non-fiction books that sold the expected numbers so I think I can say that what the o.p. has written above is good advice. Dad and I both made some money but the odds of scoring big are similar to winning the lottery. We both had inside advantages, but we did lots of research on what sells before lighting up the word processor. I had contracts in hand before completing a manuscript. To get those I submitted a proposal which included a detailed outline and sample chapter. For my first book, I had made a connection to the publisher though one of their established writers, so I wasn't going in cold. I also had numerous magazine articles on the same subject to point to so they knew I could write. A useful reference is Writers' Market. At one time there was a hard-cover version you could get at most library reference desks, but I see they have an extensive website: http://www.writersmarket.com I would strongly encourage anyone looking to write to take a course in newswriting at a local community college. Even if you're not planning on writing news, there are benefits to the experience regardless of what you plan to do. Creative writing classes are fine, but the newswriting will help you in many ways. If there is a feature writing class in the journalism department, take that too. One thing I would add is to establish your grammatical style and stick with it. I use the Associated Press Stylebook for decisions on usage as it's aimed at making things readable. In some professional fields the styles may be traditional but cumbersome. Don't let those creep into your work. And it is said that even Hemingway was edited. You need an editor, not just for mechanics, but for content; to insure that what you think you have said is what readers understand, and that what you wrote on page 237 doesn't conflict with what you wrote on page 42. Finally, if you go the d.i.y route, look at a number of professionally done books before you start laying out. Buy yourself a book on typography and book design. Having taught the subject on the college level, there is more to this than you might think. A seemingly small detail can make your work readable or not. And regardless, do NOT use Times or a sans serif face. I recommend Caslon or Garamond (it is said, "When in doubt, use Caslon."). But type size, line length, leading, letter spacing, use of small caps, italics, and more are matters that separate the amateur from the pro and make a work readable or not, so don't jump in without some study.
  12. By the way, don't businesses get tax breaks and depreciation allowances for buying machinery?
  13. The rate of pay has nothing to do with it. It's all about getting rid of the human factor. I recently read a story about a factory that makes sheet metal parts for computers. There is a guy there who stamps out parts at the rate of about 1500 per shift. They put a robot next to him that stamps out many thousands per shift, never has to take a break, does not go home but works 24/7, doesn't make mistakes, never calls in sick and doesn't need health insurance, etc. etc. As far as I'm concerned, I refuse to go to such stores. I do not use self-checkouts at places that have them. Service is one of the things I want and pay for.
  14. Daisy

    Sorry. It's so hard to lose a good friend like that. One of the things about pets is that they accept you for who you are. They never criticize, insult, or demean you. They don't try to make you over into something else. No matter how rotten your day was, your dog will always be glad to see you when you get home, and your cat will curl up in your lap and keep you company without asking for anything more than a few head scratches and a can of tuna.