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Why I hate Facebook, but can’t leave

Why I hate Facebook, but can’t leave
  Disregarding the furor over Cambridge Analytics for a moment, let’s look at the reasons to hate Facebook. Trying to find a post I saw recently is next to impossible, even if I remember the name of the person who posted it. Checking his or her timeline doesn’t always bring up the particular post. So I switch from my computer to my phone where I first saw the post. Not only is it not there, the current posts on my phone do not match the current posts on my computer. What the…? Reruns are only good when it’s Buffy or The Big Bang Theory. When a post’s original date is March1, why am I seeing it again on March 10? And no, it’s not from someone who reposted it. More annoyances: Strangers: Posts...
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Vancouver Aquarium – an unusual specimen

Vancouver Aquarium - an unusual specimen
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Vancouver Aquarium – cleaning up the ocean

Vancouver Aquarium - cleaning up the ocean
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“I Was Tagged” & Other Updates

#SciFi #IndieAuthor #WIP #Update #Book2 I was tagged by both Steve Turnbull and Stephanie Barr to post the first seven lines from my latest WIP. Thank you, both. Because Facebook strips formatting when you copy and paste, I thought I’d kill two birds with one post and add my content to this author update. “The … Continue reading “I Was Tagged” & Other UpdatesOriginal link
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Vancouver Aquarium – preservation & education

Vancouver Aquarium - preservation & education
  The aquarium is much more than a tourist attraction or a place to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon     www.darlenejonesauthor.com  Original link
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Storm in a teacup


Bénard cells in a beverage  As a teacher I relished taking unconventional steps to the delight and edification of my students. I’d be the rare teacher that would allow pupils to rush to the window to watch a rainbow, catch snowflakes, measure the acidity of rain and hurl leaves in a vortex. Why not, after all I taught weather and climate. It didn’t always produce awe. I recall taking 13-year-olds on the school field. I stood in front of them such that the sun was behind them. I knew it was raining on the hills behind me so I said to them, “You should be able to see a rainbow. Can you?” “Yes,” they chorused. “So what?” I tried to explain that I couldn’t see it because the sun has to be behind...
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New is not necessarily better

New is not necessarily better
Remember Easy Bake ovens?   The original toy used an ordinary incandescent light bulb as a heat source. Betty Crocker, the company behind the cake mixes sold for the toy, had flavors like German Chocolate to Rainbow Chip even back in the day. My daughter begged for one when she was about seven and played with hers–unsupervised, yes, unsupervised for what harm could a light bulb do?–for hours on end, generously sharing her goodies with the family. My granddaughter also dreamed of owning an Easy Bake Oven so of course indulging grandparents bought her one for her birthday–a rather cumbersome affair that looks nothing like an oven. Unfortunately, this model is electric, must be plugged in and w...
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Now, to handle the media….

Now, to handle the media....
Facebook, The New York Times, Twitter, CNN, MSN, magazine, gossip rags, blogs … really, what is one to believe? Meditation and yoga to help kids? You hit the share button. Then someone comments, “Who are the behavioral specialists and who pays them? This seems like it would take some extra funding. They do this in Baltimore in a underprivileged neighborhood? Really? Mind moves to, “All schools should do this, if it’s true.” 4Ocean–two young guys trying to do their bit by cleaning up garbage from beaches. Awesome! Let’s send a donation. Then someone claims it’s all a scam. You do some digging. Scam. Scam. Scam. But wait, the BBB says they are legit. But, is the BBB site you’re looking at legi...
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The thrill of finding a new (to me) author – Jane Davis


Scrolling through my Paperwhite recently, I happened on An Unknown Woman by Jane Davis and, intrigued by the sample, decided to buy it. “Where has this writer been hiding?” was my first thought as I read. Only later did I realize she’s written several books. I’ve since read her I Stopped Time and have added more of her work to my e-reader. And now this: Jane Davis Launches ‘Unpredictable’ Eighth Novel CARSHALTON, SURREY, 12 February – Fans of Davis’s fiction have stopped trying to predict where she’ll take her writing next. Since winning the Daily Mail First Novel Award in 2008, she’s become known for writing about big subjects and giving her characters almost impossible moral dilemmas. She’...
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Angular Size is up for a #BSFA Award!


What a turn up for the books – well, short story. I have a preposterous tale shortlisted for the prestigious BSFA Awards 2018. If you are a member or are attending the FollyCon / EasterCon in Harrogate this Easter I would be enormously grateful if you would consider voting for ANGULAR SIZE in the shorter story category. Link is here  http://bit.ly/2GghsKe   The premise is predicated on the concept of Angular Size, or the apparent size of an object. Eg the sun is the same apparent size of the moon, but we know it’s not the actual same size. Similarly there is no coin small enough that will blot out the moon, or sun, if you hold it out at arm’s length. A blouse button might do! In Angular Size...
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A Look at Vancouver – the Aquarium

A Look at Vancouver - the Aquarium
“Look, Grandma, the world is upside down,” says the Munchkin as we enter the Vancouver Aquarium.   Or, perhaps it isn’t we decide. Maybe the people in Australia are right and they are on the top of the world. We wander through the exhibits enjoying, in particular the warmth of “The Tropics” on this cold and rainy day. We then take a look at marine life closer to home. All of which is fascinating to us as we’re originally from the prairies. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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The Munchkin goes to school in Mexico

The Munchkin goes to school in Mexico
We’re in small town Mexico for a month over Christmas holidays and the Munchkin has a chance to go to school for a couple of hours one morning with her best friend. This is one of the schools she has gone to with her mother to talk about pet care and to explain about the free spaying and neutering clinics offered twice a year. Today, she’ll just be another student in her friend’s classroom.                   The school isn’t fancy, but the rooms do have air conditioning. The playground, as you can see, is cement. At recess the kids improvise a soccer game using a small plastic cube for a ball. The cafeteria, manned by a couple of local women, offers (mostly) healthy food at a nominal price. ...
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Ambushed by Anita


There I was cycling happily along a winding country lane when a wagon forced me off road. Lying in the long grass the driver said, “We’ll let you back on the highway as long as you publish word of a fabulous new book by Anita Kovacevic.” I had no choice, but luckily she happens to be one of my favourite writerly pals. So, Anita, blow your cycle horn! THE FOREST OF TREES BLURB: When a family of four faces the brutal reality of their city life, they readily embrace a complete change. Emma and David Stone, with their kids Jeremy and Dot, move to a small town with their big hopes. However, small towns have their own secrets – from urban legends about The Forest of Trees to family skeletons in cl...
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Emeril Lagasse is alive and well – in Mexico

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Remember these? BAM! Let’s knock it up a notch. Rich vanilla ice cream with Frutas Tropicales is my favorite although you may like to try some of the other flavors. Enjoy! Www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Like many Canadians, Frosty goes south for the winter.

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Tamyrh Quarterly – Issue 2

#update #SciFi #IndieAuthor #newsletter #fanzine “Tamyrh Quarterly” Issue 2 will be released this coming week.Original link
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“To-Do List” and other Updates

#SciFi #IndieAuthor #IndieArtist #Update Those of you who follow me on social media know I’ve been away for a couple of weeks due to illness. This flu has kicked the stuffing out of me. My already bizarre sleeping schedule has devolved into something resembling hibernation, and I’ve let every project I’m involved in fall behind. … Continue reading “To-Do List” and other UpdatesOriginal link
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Merlin and ‘A Mind Of Its Own’


Mind Of Its Own is a magical fantasy story featuring King Arthur’s Merlin when he was given the task to escort a teenage girl on a strange journey. It is for adults only. It is for adults with a sense of humour only. This story was selected as the Story of the month for the 2016 British Fantasy Society October Bulletin. Mind of its Own Geoff Nelder Warning: this tale involves magic with a mind of its own. If you experience any personal oddities during your reading be afraid, but not very afraid. You will return to normal eventually. Merlin scowled at his arthritis-afflicted knuckles and reached out to the campfire, careful not to knock over a pot of roots and berries simmering with impatienc...
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Only in Mexico – cucumber candy

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Yes, we tried some and yes, they did taste like cucumber with a dash of chilli. Ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, water, gelatin, citric acid, modified startch, natural flavours, lactic glycerin, red, yellow, and blue food colouring. Each package contains 3 grams of protein and 26 grams of sugar. http://www.darlenejonesUthor.com Original link
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Ready to read?

Ready to Read?
Now that the festivities are behind us, we’re ready to while away the evenings with a good book so head over to your favorite online bookstore and load up your ereader with these. For a little Mystery, join Brittany: Her dream was to go to university. Instead she’s working in a nursing home hunting a killer. (When the Sun was Mine) Mystery and adventure are yours when you embark on a wild trek across the Sahara as Sidu tries to escape his fate: The old lady is dead, but she could still destroy him. (Whispers Under the Baobab) to learn more about Brittany, old lady Flo, and Sidu:  click HERE Or, if Science Fiction is more to your liking, check out the Em and Yves series. Book One: Em –  Gifte...
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