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Entries for December, 2011

Ottawa man seeing life ‘through someone else’s eyes’

Ottawa man seeing life ‘through someone else’s eyes’News from Calgary Herald: OTTAWA — More than a century ago, a 45-year-old labourer in the Czech Republic accidentally splashed a mixture of lime and water in his eyes, leaving him blind and unable to work. In an unrelated accident nearby, meanwhile, an 11-year-old boy lost his sight [...]

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Books full of craft ideas are serious page-turners

Books full of craft ideas are serious page-turnersNews from Detroit Free Press: If your creative side requires an occasional boost — and whose doesn’t? — turn to a book. It’s a tactile thing. The heft in our hands feels good. Books, websites, blogs: They all provide inspiration for no-holds-barred creativity. Here’s a baker’s dozen of [...]

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Diversifying Across Asset Classes With A Long-Term Approach

Diversifying Across Asset Classes With A Long-Term ApproachNews from Christian Sessing – AMI Asset Management – Yahoo Finance: 67 WALL STREET, New York – December 28, 2011 – The Wall Street Transcript has just published its Large Cap Value and Other Investing Strategies Report offering a timely review of the sector to serious investors and [...]

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The Year’s Best Case for Immigration Reform May Have Been at the Movies

The Year’s Best Case for Immigration Reform May Have Been at the MoviesNews from Atlantic Online: A Better Life and Miss Bala show why workers come to America—and why they leave Mexico Summit This past year was heavy on “issue movies,” from the 9/11 reminiscences of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to the class-war metaphors [...]

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Opinion: Boxing Day sales: What’s the big deal?

Opinion: Boxing Day sales: What’s the big deal?News from Calgary Herald: Good Morning! I see you’re up, dressed in your track clothes and running shoes, ready to tackle the crowds at the Boxing Day Sales. What? You’re not going out for the $ 29 television or the $ 50 leather couch at Brault & Matineau? [...]

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What I Learned From Shorting RIM

What I Learned From Shorting RIMNews from Seekingalpha.com: Do you dislike history classes and find lessons gleaned from the past useless? If so, please move on as I know your time is valuable. You won’t get stock tips here. You may, however, find tidbits that may help you protect your equity in the near future. [...]

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Crafting books to jump start your 2012 creativity

Crafting books to jump start your 2012 creativityNews from AZCentral.com: SEWING Today’s authors lift sewing out of its old-fashioned and practical past, transforming it into a hip creative outlet. Projects are clever; fabrics are trendy. Yet some of the basics remain: In “Sewing in a Straight Line” (Potter Craft), author Brett Bara shows the new [...]

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Sears Closing 120 Stores….I wonder why

Sears Closing 120 Stores….I wonder whyNews from DAILY KOS: We had all the appliances delivered with two major problems.  The stove was delivered without a burner cover and the dryer was delivered with no feet.  So I took time out to go back to the Sears store, with my receipt, explained what was missing to [...]

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Middle Class Aided Its Own Decline

Middle Class Aided Its Own DeclineNews from RealClearPolitics: This was the Year of the Middle Class — as in, its falling incomes, loss of job security and anger. The global economic forces fueling the decline, such as foreign competition and computers, have been well reported. But what about cultural factors? Is the middle class going [...]

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Packing tips with climate needs in mind

Packing tips with climate needs in mindNews from Los Angeles Times: Winter is the time of year when travelers are searching for the ultimate mountain cabin and ski experience, or scrambling to book the best beach resort package they can find. (Yes, even if you’re a Californian.) Packing for a smooth climate transition is no [...]

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