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    44 to Make You Laugh: The Masters of Stand-Up

    by  • June 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I devour Sirius/XM’s comedy channel lineup when I’m in the car. Raw Dog, Blue Collar, Laugh USA, Jamie Foxx and the new Comedy Central Channel: Always a laugh somewhere, although you have to look for them while dodging ads for herbal penis-power products. Maybe that says something about the type of listener advertisers think...

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    Angel of Death: A Noir Short Story

    by  • June 17, 2013 • 0 Comments

    There was something dangerous in the air tonight. It might have been the lingering thunderclouds, or the ugly rain they sputtered. It could have been that bottle of bourbon, as yet unopened on the corner of my desk. But, most likely, it was the redhead in a dark blue dress. She was soaked from...

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    Review: What It is Like to Go to War

    by  • June 8, 2013 • 2 Comments

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    What It is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes My rating: 5 of 5 stars I want you to know that this is one of the most important books of our time. I want you to read this book. If you know a combat veteran, you owe it to them to read...

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    Do You Know What Is and Isn’t Covered?

    by  • June 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A survey released in May by InsuranceQuotes.com shows that many Americans are not fully aware of what their homeowner insurance covers or doesn’t cover. It shows, for example, that about half of those surveyed did not know their insurance policy would not cover damage caused by an earthquake. “Many consumers are purchasing insurance without...

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    Advocate 003

    by  • May 31, 2013 • 1 Comment

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    Chapter 3: The Object I am. There is a moment, perhaps for all of us, when we become aware of ourselves. Perhaps it is like seeing our reflection in a mirror. Perhaps not. Given the variables, it is possibly different for everyone. But for me, it is nothing more than awareness where...

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    The Key to Beautiful Carpets

    by  • May 27, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Beautiful carpeting or flooring is the foundation to every room in your home.  When you’re trying to sell a home, you need to make sure that your carpeting is attractive. If you have particularly worn and dirty carpet, you may need to replace it. And at the very least, you’ll need to make sure...

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    Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioner

    by  • May 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    It’s coming. You can feel it in the air. Summer. And with it, heat.  Last year, heat waves made things uncomfortable for many people and downright miserable for some air conditioning systems.  This year, we can probably look forward to the same sort of conditions, so it’s a good time to be thinking about...

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    Advocate 002

    by  • May 23, 2013 • 2 Comments

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    Chapter 2: For Every Action The airlock door slammed shut. Silently, now that the atmosphere of the small corridor had escaped. Eddie stared at the hatch, stunned. His mind was fighting to reject what he’d just seen. The command module was gone. Timmons, Kowslowski and Alexei. Gone. Alexei, at least, had been suited...

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    Your Home Really Could Be A Castle

    by  • May 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    The idea of living in a castle might sound medieval to most people. But for those with a zest for adventure and extravagance, your next home might just be a castle. And you don’t have to move to Europe to find an available castle, either. There are American castles, and some of them are...

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    Advocate 001

    by  • May 16, 2013 • 1 Comment

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    Chapter 1: Greet the Stars Too much noise, thought Eddie Vogel as he worked to reconnect broken data relays in the tunnel leading from the command module to the habitat module.  There were at least three alarms buzzing and blaring, warning of fire, pressure loss and atmospheric poisons.  Someone was screaming in the command...

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    Design Inspiration on the Go

    by  • May 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Sometimes all you need is just a little inspiration. That can be especially true when it comes to decorating your home. You’ve seen the same walls, window treatments and furniture for long enough that it’s hard to imagine anything else. That’s where a service like DecorPad (www.decorpad.com) comes in handy. It is, in many...

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    Making up a Language for Fun and Profit

    by  • May 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Ever since I first read Tolkien, I’ve been fascinated by the idea of creating a language. Of course, J.R.R. created several languages as he built the foundation for Middle Earth. It gives the narrative a cohesive feel, as if his languages had developed and evolved over thousands of years, and you can sense the...

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