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I stopped at our Salvation Army store last Friday on the way home from doing some other shopping. I don't stop there very often because it is a rather dirty store and very disorganized, but they do tend to have pieces for our Corelle set.

It was busier than I had seen it before (probably due to being Friday night), but not exactly packed. There was a group of 4-5 high school girls from the inner city school in Harrisburg (a few of them had school gear on) browsing and enjoying themselves. I overheard several of them exclaim that they wished they had money for this or that as they picked up things that interested them.

One of the girls was looking at the books (50c for all paperbacks). She ended up picking out a book she was interested in and then they were looking at the prices. She knew she didn't have the $0.50. I watched her face fall. Then, I pointed out that all the books were 50% off - $0.25! She did have a quarter and she was SO excited to be able to take this book home and read it.

It makes me sad to know that their school district is in the process of deciding if they need to declare bankruptcy. The classes are over crowded, extra programs - including art & music & sports are being slashed just so the kids will still have a building to come to every day. What is wrong with us that we don't put the development of young minds FIRST?!


We will miss you, Ryan.

Today, the world lost a talented fiddler, Star Wars fanatic, and an extraordinary Dr. Who Impersonator.

I lost a dear friend.

Ryan Jones, 1981-2011



Happy Easter!

In other news, I'm thinking of keeping the Passover next year. Hm. I wonder if there are any good Passover-for-DummiesGentiles books out there.

Hey Canadians!

Free Kashi Cereal just for you:

Free Audio Book!

I know some of you are fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, so I thought I'd post this instead of trying to e-mail it to everyone.

Today only (TUESDAY) - Free download of the audio version of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.


Announcement, Announcement, Anou-ouncement!

I'm getting notifications! WOOO HOOO! :-D



Quesadilla. On the George Foreman grill. I have everything needed to make them.

YUMMMMMMMM. This is dinner. Stirfry will have to wait 'til the weekend. :-D

(edited to fix retarded spelling that no one noticed but sillyliss)


nothin but NET

Today's Net: 21 pages of documentation. I wonder how much *new* documentation there was and how much was deleted? I don't wonder enough to try to figure it out. DONE FOR THE DAAAAYYYYY!


You can vote for which places will be added to Google Street View's special collections! If you don't care what university, please vote for Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. :-D



This is a US-only company. This is the e-mail I got.

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