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Effectiveness of household materials at capturing virus-sized particles

Cambridge scientists tested 0.02 micron Bacteriophage MS2 particles (5 times smaller than the coronavirus) and compared homemade masks made of different materials to surgical masks. Surgical mask blocks 89% Vacuum cleaning bag 85%Dish Towel 73% T shirt 70%...

A hui ho – Until we meet again – Jim (Jimmer) Reddekopp

Jim (Jimmer) Reddekopp, a dear friend of my wife, passed away recently. Jimmer and his family owned and operated the Hawaiian Vanilla Co. farm/restaurant in Hawaii. Our family visited once, and it was one of the most memorable vacation experiences I've ever had--and a...

If you could erase all the mistakes of your past…

If you could erase all the mistakes of your past... you would also erase all the wisdom of your present. Remember the lesson, not the disappointment.  

Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley,

I don't recall ever being so struck to the core by a poem... Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not...

“That’s not the way you should think about it”

I took my car into a Toyota dealership some weeks ago for a repair I thought Toyota should pay for. After stating I knew my car trouble was not the service rep's fault, I noted that I did think Toyota should be asked to pay for the service. How the service rep....

12 fucking rules for success ~ image & text versions

It's like all the self-help bits of advice curated into one twelve item list...that repeats the f-word a lot. In case the title didn't give it away, NSFW due to language. I found this "12 fucking rules for success" image about a year ago and had forgotten about...

The Only Child ~ Jackson Browne ~ Lyrics

The Only Child ~ Jackson Browne ~ Lyrics

The Only Child is one of my favorite Jackson Browne songs, though I can say that about almost every song off Browne's The Pretender album. A dear college friend introduced me to Jackson Browne's music and lyrics. I can never thank him enough....

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I was born for more than just paying bills

There's no way I was born to just pay bills and die. Indeed...So true for us all. I sometimes find it exceedingly difficult to take my attention away from the ordinary demands of life--bills, meetings, deadlines--that I miss the "ordinary" miracles of every day life...

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When one door of happiness closes…

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller "Ramen" to that!  This Helen Keller quote points to a common seed of  depression. When I'm depressed,...

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Is the King James bible the word of God? Seriously?

After reading the history-based critique below, it's hard to believe the King James version of the bible could possibly be the word of God. It's this kind of historical tracing (which I first learned about in a Hellenistic Religions class in college) that began the...

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