Get Price Protection – Even Amazon!

For the past several years, we’ve all been enjoying an informal purchase protection policy at Amazon.com, which would refund you if the price dropped 7 – 30 days after the purchase date. Recently, however, Amazon changed its policy and despite an outcry from its customers across the internet, looks like Amazon price protection won’t be coming back anytime soon. Like […]

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It’s Good To Be Back On The ‘Air’

Over the past three weeks all of my sites have been of the ‘air’. Initially, it was due to my original hosting provider’s rigid rules about the number of files that I had. Folks, when you see ads that trumpet things like unlimited domains don’t believe them. Nothing is unlimited!  Internet there are limits on everything. As a result I […]

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Can Aging Be Slowed Down?

Can aging be slowed down? Scientists can make mice live longer. Now they want to do the same for you. (Vahram Muradyan for The Washington Post) By David Brown April 18 Look at Alexander Gardner’s last photographic portrait of the 55-year-old Abraham Lincoln. Or Dorothea Lange’s photograph of the “Migrant Mother,” age 32, taken in the depths of the Great Depression. […]

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How Procrastination Changed the World

We often think of procrastination as an unnecessary hindrance to our everyday lives. But if it weren’t for procrastination, the world would be an entirely different place. When journalist Don Marquis wrote that “procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday,” he blundered. In focusing on the idea that procrastination prevents us from advancing further than we were yesterday, he […]

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The Departure of a Great Guy

Mike London resigned as the head football coach at the University of Virginia on Sunday. After six seasons the University thought it was finally time to make a change. But why didn’t they make a change earlier? The answer is simple. Mike London is a great guy who kept the players going to class, out of jail and graduating. Unanimously, […]

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Thanksgiving with the two Roses

Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays but it’s taken a backseat to Christmas and the 4th of July now. But 60 years ago I anxiously looked forward to the holiday. A little background is necessary here. My mother, Rose Purcell Billies, was the daughter of Rose Caton Purcell who was the daughter of Rose Smith Caton. Rose was and […]

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The Agony of Being a Fan (When your team loses)

Americans are huge sports fans. We take great delight in watching football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, track and field, ice skating, skiing, gymnastics and horse racing. If I missed any sports I apologize. But if you’re a fan and your team loses instead of the excitement of victory you have the agony of defeat. Take being a baseball fan […]

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On Being An Election Official

 Several years ago I has an opportunity to serve as an election official in an actual election.  Encouraged by the Jefferson Area Tea Party, I volunteered to work as an election official. I was accepted and began my trip through the electoral system of Virginia. I’m sure that the state where you live has similar rules and procedures in place to conduct a […]

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