Confluencia, Plaza de Mulas

by on Sep.24, 2012, under Sports

We got up early to get this long day started. Today is going to be an 18-mile hike. The trail was good and the scenery spectacular. The valley is immense and looks like the Karakorum. The trail was easy for about three hours and then it got rocky and difficult. (continue reading…)

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Further Insight and Insider Brilliance Post 2

by on Aug.17, 2011, under History Facts

Beans! For Clarence, that may have been a million dollar can of beans. I can see the ad now, “These beans…” takes a big bite directly from the can, “… taste like a million bucks.” (continue reading…)

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Further Insight and Insider Brilliance Post 1

by on Aug.08, 2011, under History Facts

Thanks to Survivor Insider, I am able to bring you greater insight and lots of nifty pictures. You’ll like it!

Having had a few days to ponder since the first Survivor 3 episode, I shall now provide insight and brilliance. Also, since I still have RealPass working on my computer (I thought I cancelled this after Big Brother ended with a gag me), I have watched these extra scenes (18 of them, some of them pretty good I must say) and will offer even greater insight (and lots of pictures) into things not shown on TV. (continue reading…)

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Our Bodies, Our Bras

by on May.04, 2011, under History Facts

The writer travels to Europe with a suitcase full of bras.

Our Bodies, Our Bras

It was my job to clean out Mom’s belongings after she died and I was surprised to come across two dresser drawers full of nothing but bras. So many? What confronted me could have filled a brassiere museum. (continue reading…)

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Goodbye Job 2

by on Mar.16, 2011, under History Facts


Attitudes like that died, fast and furious with the recession of the 1990’s.

It was a period that some have come to call the “white collar recession.” For the first time, professional workers within offices found their jobs and careers at risk, as a particularly nasty wave of economic restructuring took place. The period of downsizing also led to a very significant change in the attitude that many people had towards the corporation.

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Goodbye Job 1

by on Mar.09, 2011, under History Facts

Jobs aren’t us any more; now we have skills and attitude

Talk to some people today, and you’ll encounter individuals who are proud to say that they don’t have a job, a steady income, or any real idea of how they might earn a living a year from now. Ask them what they wear to work, and they might indicate pajamas. Ask them their overriding career goal, and they might indicate lifestyle. Ask them what they do, and they’ll tell you that economists have given them a number of different names. They’re temporary workers. Nomadic workers. Contingent workers. Independent contractors. Contract workers. Outsourced employees.

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Mr. Ornery’s Novel Idea

by on Mar.01, 2011, under History Facts

In Mr. Ornery’s absence from the site, he has been at work upon a novel. Actually, he has been at work upon more than one novel and has been working on these same story ideas off and on for, oh, twenty-eight years, give or take a little. God willing and the creeks don’t rise, as the old adage says, these novels should see the light of publication by the year 2900, barring any distractions.

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The Best and Worst of 2010 and Hopes for a Great 2011!

by on Feb.07, 2011, under History Facts

The end of the year is near and it is time once again to review the best and worst of the show for the year. Y&R continues to prove why it is the number one rated soap opera in daytime, there are very few worsts and this keeps fans coming back day after day.

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eHealth Ethics Evolves. New Initiatives Facilitate Compliance 2

by on Jan.28, 2011, under History Facts

Outside the US
Outside the US, the European Community in late 2010 announced the formation of MedCertain, a metadata scheme for evaluating health information that is scheduled to eventually include a “trustmark.” And in Japan, the  Internet Medical Association (JIMA), a non-profit citizen’s organization, has developed “Guidelines for the Use of Medical Information on the Internet,” which are consistent with the e-Health Code of Ethics. JIMA also has a trust program and a JIMA mark that sites which are in compliance with it’s code can use.

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Ginseng and Its History

by on Jan.18, 2011, under History Facts

Asian ginseng is a perennial herb with a taproot reminiscent of the human form. It grows in northern China, Korea, and Russia, and a close relative  is cultivated in the United States. Because ginseng must be grown for 3 years before it is harvested, it commands a high price, with top-quality roots easily selling for more than $8,000. Dried, unprocessed ginseng root is called white ginseng, whereas a steamed, heat-dried root is called red ginseng. Each is believed to have its own characteristic effects.

Panax ginseng has long been a major herb in the Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. As with all Chinese herbs, its traditional indications are embedded in the framework of the Chinese medical system, in which ginseng is said to “replenish the original, tonify the lungs, strengthen the spleen, tonify the stomach, benefit yin, generate fluids, benefit Heart, and calm the spirit.” None of these effects is considered unique to ginseng, and for reasons of cost, traditional Chinese herbalists frequently substitute the inexpensive herb pilosulae in ginseng formulas, believing that it offers essentially identical benefits.

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