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Francine adopted a philosophical attitude the moment the stores replaced the Christmas decorations with the Valentine merchandise Presto Hearts of red or pink or of polka dots seemed to be everywhere...

A friend of mine was looking to buy a horse that could be a backyard horse for her and her son to ride around and be friends with She didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I suggested we go to the local auction to see if we could rescue one of the horses from that fate...

One of the beauties of Toronto is its diversity, the fact that hundreds of ethnic groups from all over the world congregate here in this metropolis and give their distinct flavour to this urban mosaic of cultures Since I had already taken my European visitors on a walking tour of downtown, covering most of the main sights, as well as on a bicycling tour of Toronto's waterfront, I decided it was time to show them some of Toronto's residential neighbourhoods for an authentic feel of the city away from the big tourist sites We started in the East end and drove through East York, an up and coming neighbourhood, originally working class, where many of the older bungalows are now being upgraded into two-story homes...

Hotel Havana Libre, Tuesday April 5, 2005, 6:24 pm So Saturday I had already planned to go to Vinales, a beautiful area in the province of Pinar del Rio, 190 km west of Havana I took the Viazul bus from the Havana station, which is a modern bus network more or less for tourists and the one way fare is US$12 (way too much for the locals, most of whom end up taking local taxis or the cheaper and less reliable, more decrepit Astro bus system) A young Cuban man sat down beside me in the bus terminal and tried to offer me accommodation in his private home in Pinar del Rio (one version of the shadow economy which is centered around tourists)...

Once upon a time (in the fifties), a Chinese princess married an Indiana Hoosier She was indeed the descendant of royalty, had played in Chang Kai Shek’s home, and was well aware of her full and rich heritage He was an Indiana man taught staunch middle class values of hard work, nuclear family, and the value of a good education...

If someone had told me this story, I wouldn’t have believed it But from the get-go, I was a witness and before the beginning had become yesterday’s news, my best friend and I observed the metamorphosis of Paula – Pudgy Paula, we called her which wasn’t kind but hey, between us, Best Friend and I prefer straight talk Pudgy Paula and Chunky Charlene were friends, not exactly bosom buddies but they were endowed with the obvious qualifications and one day, excited because their English term papers received the highest marks, they hugged...

Gerry arrived at the assisted living wing of the multi-tasking facility for the warehousing of the aging with an expectancy reminiscent of the first day he went to school – excited, optimistic, but a tad apprehensive He was a shadow of his former robust self – not as tall, not as much hair and now, instead of a deep auburn, it was ten different variations of salt and pepper His purposeful stride was shortened, somewhat tentative, but – and he prided himself on this: he did not shuffle...

While the Venus Flytrap cannot actually swallow humans whole, or talk, it is true that the plant exists and is in fact carnivorous Feeding mostly on insects and arachnids, the plant is one of the only in existence that is not autotrophic (able to produce its own food via photosynthesis) The Venus Flytrap is named after the Roman goddess Venus, who is the goddess of Love and Plants...

When your child decides they want to tale up dance lessons, the most important piece of equipment you are going to need to purchase will be the shoes The right shoe makes a difference is ease of learning and quality of performance If your child is looking into ballet, a simple soft beginner’s shoe is all they will need for at least the first two years...

Joanie collapsed onto the couch and sighed, "Oh, thank you, all you saints and sinners, for helping us survive another Christmas" No wonder she was exhausted As usual, the home she shared with her husband, four children (two theirs plus one each from their previous marriages), dog, cat, fish and a crabby bird, was the gathering place for far-flung family...

Women with particularly small feet have great difficulty finding shoes they like in a size that fits The smallest size that most chain shoe stores carry is a size 6 ½ to 7 This is the result of teenagers outgrowing the previous generations and the majority of shoes sales ranging from size 8 to size 13...

For those of us who own a wristwatch, it is often more than just a utilitarian timepiece We want form as well as function and that can be easily achieved by turning to a reputable watch manufacturer While there are many brands of watches that have achieved a pinnacle of popularity, Citizen Watch continues to attract consumers because of its dependability, high-style, and affordability...

Cameras are a big part of every person’s life Even if they’re not into taking photos of them selves and their families, which most people are, there are still reasons that people have to be photographed Employee badges and driver licenses are just a few reasons...

Many people will agree that nature is a beautiful, relaxing thing Many will risk their lives to go into the woods to take pictures of nature They may do this for many reasons...

October 24, 2005 Hello from Chicago - The Field Museum and Pompeii - "Stories from an Eruption" Yesterday I got up early again and typed up my travel reports on the free computer at the Arlington House Then my friend Linda and I made our way to one of our favourite Chicago hangouts for breakfast: the "Bourgeois Pig Cafe" is located close to the intersection of Fullerton and Halsted/Lincoln and is a 2 story cozy cafe with a small sitting area and patio downstairs, and a beautiful converted living room and balcony upstairs I had one of my favourite breakfast indulgences: a deluxe Belgian waffle with strawberries, whipped cream, pecans and brown sugar, just a sinful treat on a hungry stomach...

The supposedly good natured rivalry in Birchfield among the town’s best cooks was the biggest scam ever perpetuated within a county noted for sleights of hand Back in 1747, Joshua Prentiss won a drinking contest and possession of Nathaniel Mapleton’s pregnant mare by quaffing more tankards of plain apple juice than Nathaniel did of spirits-charged cider Mapleton spent the night on the tavern floor while Joshua Prentiss pretended to reel out into the dark and then, straight and tall in the saddle, rode his newly acquired mare to her new home...

Bred about 2100 years back in Mongolia, the Chow Chow makes a great companion and an excellent watchdog It’s a medium size dog which has thick fur coat and appears as a living, growling teddy bear These dogs are normally solid black in color but also come in shades of brown and red...

Many people have the physical parts of the game down but can’t get their mental golf game in check The best way to begin improving your mental game is simply, to simplify You have time between each shot to think and plan, but this can, at times, be a disadvantage...

Very simply, the heel is the part of the back of the shoe than stands between the heel of the person wearing the shoe and the floor Sadly, the heel has never been simple No other part of fashion is so small and has caused such a stir over its more than 6,000 year existence...

Because of the new restrictions on carry on baggage, many passengers were expected travel to be even more of a hassle than it was already This however, is not quite reality One of the unexpected benefits of having severely restricted carry on baggage is that there isn’t as much carry on baggage to deal with...

Over the years the textile industry has grown by leaps and bounds as the clothing designers of the world send out more and more styles that the public demands With this comes a high demand for textiles in many forms The overall feel from the textile market is one that will never die...

Even though the world is a much different place now than when the scouts were founded, it still remains the place for young boys to learn to become better men For generations the male children of families have been joining the boy scouts to learn a lot of useful things Besides being a high learning environment, the boys have fun and use the skills that they learn...

With its tumultuous and colorful past, it's hardly surprising that ghost stories abound in the Caribbean Some believe that Blackbeard's ghost haunts the former Old Fort Nassau in the Bahamas; others report strange incidents at the Stirrup Cay Lighthouse Some countries are home to a long tradition of supernatural occurrences, such Haiti's well-known apparitions of corpses that are said to appear in Port-au-Prince's City Cemetery...

Dragons Pass If I had never seen a book or viewed those illustrations, Nature would have offered my perceptions a varying view and a continuous narrative ; which without any other teacher than herself would have schooled me to knowledge, unsophisticated, but genuine Although a veil of shadow hangs between the hidden life and what we see and hear, Let us reverse the power of the unseen, And know a world of mystery is near DRAGON PASS & THE BATTLE OF NOL Dragon trail was once the great battle Field between the tweens and Fairies of the Island...

As a child, Merma once walked upon earths greenest fields she experienced the summer grass beneath her feet and wore shoes that carried her over rocky terrain She stubbed her toes and skinned her knee’s yet neither did she escape the pain of those wounds than she did the pain of a broken heart as an adult She lost her love to as much greed as any man could acquire, greed for luxury , greed for the temporary pleasure and greed through self absorbed advancement ...

I recall helping my dad build our first wooden picnic table when I was a kid It was a simple design, from plans that he got out of the library It looked exactly like all of those wooden picnic tables which you see when you go out to the park, except a bit more rustic...

Are you a writer who makes a living, or tries to, by writing short stories, poetry books, magazine articles, or even novels Perhaps you make a pretty decent income, and perhaps you’re doing well just to make ends meet In any event, you most likely fall into the “self-employed” category, as most writers don’t have a traditional employer or boss, and as a self-employed individual, you might be struggling with insurance...

Perfume bottle is a vessel made to hold scent It has its origin right since the year 1000 BC and the Egyptians were the first ones who invented scent and made use of perfume bottles for it However, the fashion and use of scent spread fast in other parts of the world as well, like Greece and Europe...

Most of us live to buy that perfect pair of shoes that seem to beckon when we walk past that glass window It can be those athletic tennis shoes with the sleek designs that almost instantly encourage us to get outside and run Although, we know the most we have ever ran is after our own children...

The woman in the doorway is saying, "I don't want the paper except on alternate Tuesdays, and every third Sunday until October 1 Steve stands on her porch, looks bewildered, and turning to me as I wait in the car he says helplessly, "Mommmmmmmmm" You haven't lived until you have risen at 5:00 a...

 
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