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I love this idea! Now, if only I had a fan. (Wish I knew who to credit for the photo and the idea.)

A quiz for Donald Duck's 80th birhday 1.  What is Donald Duck’s whole name? 2.  Who was his girlfriend? 3.  What is the name of Donald Duck’s hometown? 4.  Who was Donald Duck's rich uncle? 5. What are the names of his nephews?

We celebrate the Rock Stars of Aging because they show us all what's possible. Ceramic artist Beatrice Wood worked on a potter's wheel every day until she was 103. Wood who said "My life is full of mistakes. They're like pebbles that make a good road," died at age 105.

Murkin gets loved by the kittens - YouTube. This could be our dog Watson with his two cats Rascal and Diva.

Every year I create a poem and picture to greet the new year, and share with our friends. Here's the picture. Please click to read the poem on our blog, which also has a chatty letter about what the past year has brought us, and our hopes for the coming year. We hope all of you have wonderful memories to carry to forward to whatever the new year brings.

I am a pink (or red) kind of woman. But even if they bash pink, I LOVE this video. Don't Underestimate Girls! (And, yes, it's an ad, but how wonderful that this is a kind of ad girls are now being fed.)

~ Everyone has the capacity ~ Creativity is Contagious...

"Cautionary Tales for the New Millennium" by Eric Nielsson Offers a Droll, Slightly Jaundiced Look at Contemporary Morés; Prepublication Review Copies Now Available

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." - J.R.R. Tolkien

A California man holding a garage sale while his wife was in the hospital after having a baby sold what he thought was an empty watch box. His wife came home, looked for the box, learned of the sale, and told her husband she had hidden her $23,000 diamond wedding ring in it for safekeeping. The story made the TV news and a few days later the buyers, a pastor's family, returned the ring. The ring's owners are giving a contribution to a charity in the pastor's name.

At the Indy 500. Of course, like so many other thousands, I had to have my picture taken in front of one of the cars. (I was there covering the tech behind the performance of the HP car.)

Crowds on the grid before the start of the Indy 500. Yep, I was there! And I learned a lot about racing and the computers behind the high performance.

Yesterday, at the Jewish Book Council annual conference (where I was speaking about my novel "Jo Joe"), I met a fellow author who had a custom cover for her phone with her book cover. I loved the idea, so I just ordered one from Gelaskins.

Inviting my fictional characters back home for tea, in celebration of "Jo Joe's" publication. “Welcome home, my dear friends. Please sit. Let’s catch up on what’s happened since you were last with me. Rishana and Judith , I’m sure you have a lot to share with each other, but please, not behind my back. Johanna , I suggest that you have a chat with Savah, she might be able to help you. Ryl and Joe, you know where the scones are; please bring them from the kitchen, while we await the others....

Fear of Color - Fear of Color Last week, while shopping for carpet for our stairs, I realized how beige has taken over our world -- and not for the better. Please click to read about my take on the general fear of color among "sophisticates" or would-be sophisticates.