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Rowing the Northwest Passage and bearing witness to climate change

Posted September 23, 2017 by Anonymous

Paul Gleeson aboard the Arctic Joule

“If one could make it across the Northwest [Passage] in a single season, in a rowboat, it would scream to the profound effects climate change is having on the Arctic,” writes Kevin Vallely in the opening pages of his new book, Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear and Awe in a Rising Sea.

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Saturday Stories: One Solitary Must-Read Piece

Posted September 23, 2017 by Yoni Freedhoff

An absolutely must long-read by Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel in the New York Times on how the food industry is targeting the poor in Brazil.

Consider the incredible and deeply disturbing reporting in this story the next time you want to try to kid yourself that something other than profits matters to the food industry.

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Sturgeon River–Parkland Liberals nominate Brian Gold as new Team Trudeau candidate

Posted September 22, 2017 by Liberal Party of Canada

Sturgeon River–Parkland Liberals have nominated Brian Gold, an accomplished businessman and an instructor at the University of Alberta, to serve as the official Team Trudeau candidate in the upcoming federal by-election.

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‘Vegan,’ Today’s Comic by Ida Neverdahl

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

All the annoying questions vegans get asked about their diet have an equally annoying answer.

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Very Bad Substitute Teacher Fired for Teaching Kids How to Heil Hitler

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

The superintendent at the extremely white school in Vermont is very sorry for the ex-employee’s behaviour.

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Betsy DeVos Acted on Her Promise to Help Students Accused of Rape

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

On Friday, the Education Secretary scrapped the 2011 Obama directive intended to address long-standing issues with how schools nationwide handle sexual assault claims.

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How the Cinematographer of ‘Transparent’ Captures the Female Gaze

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

Jim Frohna has been a close collaborator of Jill Soloway’s for years, tasked with bringing the most painful, powerful moments in her characters’ lives to the screen.

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This Japanese-American Photographer Captured the Elegance of 90s Harlem

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

A look inside Katsu Naito​’s new book, ‘Once in Harlem.’

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Five Questions About… the Couple Who Fucked In a Domino’s

Posted September 22, 2017 by Manisha Krishnan

What’s your favourite dipping sauce?

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Bill Clinton’s Novel Just Got Picked Up for a Showtime Series

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

The show will be based on Clinton and James Patterson’s joint novel, ‘The President Is Missing.’ It’s about a missing president, apparently.

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Domino Dancing:The Puerto Rican Curator Exploring Miami’s Hybrid Culture

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

Hailing from Puerto Rico and now resident in the Magic City, curator María Elena Ortiz is bringing artists’ diverse stories to light.

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San Francisco Becomes First Major US City to Sue Fossil Fuel Industry Over Costs of Climate Change

Posted September 22, 2017 by guest
Fourth street sign underwater

Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP and Royal Dutch Shell—the five biggest investor-owned fossil fuel producers in the world—over the costs of climate change.

The two Californian cities join the counties of Marin, San Mateo and San Diego and the city of Imperial Beach that have taken similar legal action in recent months, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Mountain bikers tackle the Tatshenshini in epic new film

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

Tyler McCaul Carson Storch Wade Simmons Darren Berrecloth Tatshenshini-Alsek

Darren Berrecloth has spent his life searching for the ultimate ride. 

The 35-year-old from Parksville, B.C. is something of a legendary figure in the mountain biking world, having helped pioneer competitive freeriding in the early 2000s. Now, he’s on a mission to share the thrill of the downhill with a new generation of adventure-seekers.

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Kernel for Outlook PST Repair – The best alternative to ScanPST.exe

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

The Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) is a Microsoft utility to repair damaged Outlook Data Files (OST and PST). It is the first tool Outlook users try when they find some issues with their PST files. It is free and easy to use. Where can you find scanpst.exe? Scnanpst.exe (Inbox Repair Tool) resides in the following … Continue reading Kernel for Outlook PST Repair – The best alternative to ScanPST.exe

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Mel Brooks, besides not being funny, is wrong about “Blazing Saddles”

Posted September 22, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Mel Brooks, besides not being funny, is wrong about “Blazing Saddles”

Sigh.I’ve addressed this repeatedly, dammit. More from my siteOn ‘Blazing Saddles’ 40th anniversary, a ‘it could never get made today’ argument I’ll almost buyGavin McGinnes: ‘Gabourey Sidibe For President!’Mel Brooks isn’t funny: My NEW Taki’s columnJeffrey Imm of REAL, the guy who thinks America’s biggest problem is Mel Brooks, stupidly writes to me

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Video of the Week: Thompson, Man., howls its way into the record books

Posted September 22, 2017 by Anonymous

Thompson, Man., world record breaking wolf howl attempt 2017

Thompson, Man., now has an unusual new distinction it can point to to bolster its claim to “Wolf Capital of the World“: it’s the Guinness World Record holder for most people howling like wolves at once. 

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“Why do people make such confident and sweeping predictions?”

Posted September 22, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“Why do people make such confident and sweeping predictions?”

Allan Maisie writes a rare non-annoying bit, if not in a particularly sparkling way.Loyal 5FF readers can supply their own examples — that darn nuclear war (and accompanying nuclear winter) that never happened, etc.Canadians will recall that the Liberals were declared extinct after Ignatieff, and we all laughed knowingly at the silly old “natural ruling […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Elevate Toronto; It’s Our Time

Posted September 22, 2017 by Chuck Black
          By Brian Orlotti

It’s not specifically a space conference, but the 1st Elevate Toronto Festival, a three day tech start-up extravaganza held in Toronto, ON last week, dealt with many of the same technological questions, business concerns and features some of the same players. As the global landscape undergoes its most profound political, economic and technological upheavals since World War II, Elevate Toronto even adopted a telling slogan: It’s Our Time.
Toronto Mayor John Tory at the Elevate Toronto Festival in Toronto on September 12th. Photo c/o Brian Orlotti.
The festival, created by returning Canadian expat Silicon Valley techies and backed by Canadian and American investors, struck a confident and uncharacteristically nationalist tone. Spread out over multiple venues, the festival featured speakers from the world’s biggest technology and venture capital firms as well as Toronto’s own vibrant tech startup community.
Divided into multiple tracks such as Elevate AI, Elevate Work, Elevate Health and Elevate FinTech and Blockchain, the festival focused on two main themes:
  • Harnessing Canada’s tech talent to strengthen its economy and global influence, thereby reducing its dependence on an increasingly hostile United States
  • Embracing disruptive new technologies to create new employment and long-term prosperity, rather than simply eliminating jobs for short-term profit

Key highlights from the festival include:
  • An eloquent and surprisingly frank speech from Toronto Mayor John Tory. Tory praised Toronto as a tolerant, safe city with high quality of life even while admitting its challenges with poverty, gridlock and infrastructure. Tory was quite blunt in his admission that Toronto’s government is both inefficient and technically behind the times, dubbing it “two generations behind” in tech practice compared to the business world. To address this, Tory unveiled Toronto’s new Civic Innovation Office, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. This new office will serve as the link between Toronto’s government and it’s tech industry. It’s mandate will be to ‘disrupt‘ City Hall via a series of new ‘Civic Challenges‘ to be unveiled soon. 
  • Canadian Tech Titan Tony Lacavera gave an electrifying presentation in which he stated Canada must purge it’s colonial mindset and build Canada’s brand on the world stage if it is to stop the leaking of its economic value to foreign powers. Lacavera gave the example of the light bulb actually being a Canadian invention whose patent was purchased by US inventor Thomas Edison. He then put forth the question of why doesn’t the Canadian govt hasn’t purchased any Canadian-made D Wave quantum computers (as Google and NASA did) and created an ecosystem around them? Lacavera ended with a slide showing the tagline, ‘It’s time to go for the gold.’ Lacavera’s sentiments were greeted with thunderous applause.
  • Vinod Kosla, venture capitalist, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and co-creator of Java spoke about the challenges of fundraising as well as possible uses for artificial intelligence (AI). Kosla framed the current debate over the dangers of sentient AI as wrong, saying that the true danger is rather from non-sentient AI in the hands of “bad actor” nation states and criminals.
  • In a panel discussion entitled ‘Building an AI Ecosystem,’ panelists listed several Canadian advantages vis-a-vis the US in growing its global presence. As the US increasingly restricts  immigration laws to block the hiring of Muslims and other undesirables, Canada’s more liberal policies will make it well placed to thrive in the new geopolitical order. In addition, Canada can leverage its advantage in centralized medical record and genetics databases as compared to the US where most such systems are scattered at the hospital and insurance level.
Elevate Toronto proved to be an energizing, patriotic and hopeful event. A welcome addition to Toronto’s array of cultural events, it may well be the crucible in which a great Canadian future is forged.
Brian Orlotti.
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Brian Orlotti is a regular contributor to the Commercial Space blog.

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Vandals steal 6 million year old footprints

Posted September 22, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Fossil footprints possibly made by a human ancestor 5.7 million years ago stolen from the archaeological site.

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Can we blast the eye of a hurricane to break it up? Quirks question

Posted September 22, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

In theory it can be done, but the danger is making the hurricane worse.

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“No evidence at all” that power posing will get you a job

Posted September 22, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Scientists trying to replicate the original studies’ findings on “Power Poses” found no behavioural effect.

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Wildfires are torching our forests and we need to change tactics

Posted September 22, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

BC. wildfires are evidence that climate change is increasing the number and size of forest fires.

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Watch this “batman” echolocate around campus

Posted September 22, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Some blind people have learned to produce sonar clicks to ‘see’ the world.

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Scientists discover jellyfish need sleep too

Posted September 22, 2017 by podcasting@cbc.ca

Scientists say discovering jellyfish also doze off emphasizes how important sleep is for our neurons.

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First Canadensys Got a Lunar Rover Contract: Then They Scooped 3 Ontario Drive & Gear Engineers

Posted September 21, 2017 by Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

Back in July, Caledon, ON based Canadensys Aerospace picked up a contract from the Waimea, HI based International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) to build instrumentation for the first ILO Lunar Observatory rover.


We live in a small world. As outlined in the July 3rd, 2014 Lunar Enterprise Daily post, “ILOA Partnering With Canadensys Aerospace Corp On ILO-1 Flagship Moon Mission,” the partnership between the two organizations goes back several years.The ILOA is also part of the Space Age Publishing Company, which shares links and stories with the Commercial Space blog. Graphic c/o Space Age Publishing Company.

Almost immediately, and in a stunning human resources coupe, Canadensys scooped-up New Hamburg, ON based Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG) ARGO VP of engineering Peter Visscher, project manager Perry Edmundson, and senior mechanical designer Peter Woolfrey.

And yesterday, as if to celebrate those acquisitions, Canadensys announced the creation of a Waterloo, ON based “new facility for space mechanical design and advanced manufacturing.”

As outlined in the September 21st, 2017 Canadensys press release, “Canadensys announces advanced manufacturing capability in the Waterloo region,” the new facility will support the company’s “expanding space and exploration initiatives.” Of course, the expectation is that the new facility will also support ILOC efforts to build a lunar observatory rover.

And, as outlined in the July 20th, 2017 ILOA post on “The ILO Mission,” contract work is advancing through Silicon Valley, CA based Moon Express Inc for “ILO-1 Landing Technology Advanced R&D, with actual ILO-1 spacecraft development by Moon Express to begin in 2018.

According to the post, the Canadensys contribution was a “a flight-ready low-cost optical payload for the ILO-1 mission, ruggedized for the Moon South Pole environment,”  called the “Lunar Optics Program.

A sampling of proposed Moon Express robotic explorers. It’s worth noting that Toronto born Moon Express CEO Robert Richards also started out in Canada, but eventually ended up moving to the US to generate funding for his company. Graphic c/o ME.

ODG was evidently sanguine about the  manpower losses. The September 21st, 2017 SpaceQ post, “Canadensys is Expanding its Operations Opening an Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Waterloo,” quoted  Joerg Stieber, the chairman of the board at ODG, as stating that his company “had decided to refocus on their terrestrial extreme terrain robots.”

Of course, there was also the possibility that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) had run out of money for ODG to research lunar rovers.

As outlined most recently in the April 10th, 2017 post, “General Fusion, exactEarth’s Missing (But Insured) Satellite, More CSA Rovers & ULA Drops Launch Costs,” those funds were substantial, but depended in the final analysis on acquiring a deal with another international partner, a situation which never materialized.

It’s also worth noting that the senior team at Canadensys, including president and CEO Christian Sallaberger, VP of space exploration Nadeem Ghafoor, chief engineer of space exploration Howard Jones and director of strategic development Jim Middleton each started off in far duller and more traditional jobs in either Richmond, BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) or at the CSA.

We all gotta start somewhere.

Here’s hoping that the Canadensys people and their previous employers are able to manage the intellectual property derived from their earlier positions so they can still be utilized by Moon Express, the ILOA and anyone else who wants to use it.

Editors Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that “Canadensys Aerospace picked up a contract from the Waimea, HI based International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Silicon Valley CA based Moon Express to build the first lunar observatory rover.”

That statement was in error. Although both Moon Express and Canadensys do have a customer in common (the ILOA), there is no contractual relationship or formal partnership between Moon Express and Canadensys.

eveChuck Black.
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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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“Some have suggested that [Waugh’s] practice of satire was incompatible with the Christian vocation.”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“Some have suggested that [Waugh’s] practice of satire was incompatible with the Christian vocation.”

I want to argue that Waugh could not have been a great satirist were he not a Catholic, and, more controversially, that his satire had its source in appropriation of the truths of Catholicism rather than in extenuation of its precepts. Most fundamentally, it was Catholicism that made “Waugh the insular and class-conscious bully” into […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Won’t Lead to Action on Climate Change

Posted September 21, 2017 by guest
Man standing in floodwaters in front of damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida

By Scott Gabriel Knowles, Drexel University

It’s not easy to hold the nation’s attention for long, but three solid weeks of record-smashing hurricanes directly affecting multiple states and at least 20 million people will do it.

Clustered disasters hold our attention in ways that singular events cannot — they open our minds to the possibility that these aren’t just accidents or natural phenomena to be painfully endured. As such, they can provoke debates over the larger “disaster lessons” we should be learning. And I would argue the combination of Harvey and Irma has triggered such a moment.

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Ann Coulter: They Don’t Call It “The Great Tweet Of China”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Ann Coulter: They Don’t Call It “The Great Tweet Of China”

Ann Coulter writes:If Trump actually believed what he claimed to believe, he would treat the building of a wall as a far more urgent priority than sending FEMA after a hurricane.Taking nothing away from the fine people who lost their lives in the recent hurricanes, since the 2005 hurricane season, about 200 Americans have died […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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“One commenter accused me of rehashing an unsubstantiated claim from a racist website, mainly because that’s the only other mention of the story online”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“One commenter accused me of rehashing an unsubstantiated claim from a racist website, mainly because that’s the only other mention of the story online”

I’ve said it at this blog again and again and again:Topics that were once discussed only at “racist websites” now semi-regularly make their way into the mainstream — alas, decades too late to matter…I wrote about the Alabama photo in 2010 (most likely using hard-copy library books, I don’t remember). Since then, I was glad […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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“Their gender has everything (and nothing whatsoever) to do with what made The Slits so great”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“Their gender has everything (and nothing whatsoever) to do with what made The Slits so great”

I bought Cut when it first came out and I saw it filed in the “import” section of the local mall’s Musicland store (the same bin where I’d also discover X-Ray Spex, Henry Cow, Peter Hammill and Tubular Bells). Its punky reggae sound was very, very appealing to me straight off the bat. I’d read […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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“This is what Solzhenitsyn was saying: that if everyone spoke the truth of a morning…”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

the Soviet system would collapse by noon.RELATED — Hilariously, this was written by a guy who insists on retaining his anonymity,:The king is not going to be king very long if no one accept his right to rule. Similarly, people will not tolerate a ruling class that is populated by madmen denying reality. This is, […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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“I recently wrapped up reading Mark Binelli’s 2016 tome ‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins All-Time Greatest Hits’…”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

What???Take my money! More from my siteToday in yesterday: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins recorded ‘I Put a Spell On You,’ died (not in the same year)Mark Steyn chats with Mona Charen, Jay Nordinger (!)‘Bring me Justin Trudeau’s sex tape, gay or straight’Mark Steyn celebrates Earth Day (just kidding)

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Joe Bob Briggs on fellow Texan Tobe Hooper, the “Last of the Hippie Filmmakers”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

I’ll self-indulgently remind longtime 5FF readers that I don’t think Chainsaw is scary.The “making of…”, as chronicled in an instant classic Texas Monthly oral history, was way grosser, what with all that stinking slaughterhouse offal laying all over the broiling set. And all the damned hippies…Anyway, Joe Bob is the perfect guy to look at […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Citizen science platform iNaturalist is testing artificial intelligence to help with species identification

Posted September 21, 2017 by Anonymous

Ladybug from tribe Chrysomelini, as identified by iNaturalist

For almost a decade, iNaturalist has been helping curious nature lovers around the world get better acquainted with their local flora and fauna through its network of natural history experts. Now, the team behind the popular online community is exploring how artificial intelligence can help improve the speed and accuracy of its crowd-sourced identifications. 

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The most used Free PST Viewer tool based on CNET data

Posted September 21, 2017 by Anonymous

Kernel Outlook PST Viewer, the free utility for viewing PST file data, is the most downloaded PST viewer tool on http://download.cnet.com/windows, a leading software sharing website. It has received many positive reviews and enjoys a decent 3 stars out of 5, which shows that users have found it quite useful and beneficial. Kernel Outlook PST … Continue reading The most used Free PST Viewer tool based on CNET data

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If the USA can have Donald Trump as president, Canada can have Wab Kinew as leader of Manitoba NDP ????

Posted September 20, 2017 by Citizen X

This past Monday Dan Lett at the Winnipeg Free Press wrote : “The path that Wab Kinew is walking just became incredibly steep.” Mr. Lett went on : “That’s an odd thing to say about a man who just won a landslide victory to become the new leader of the Manitoba New Democratic Party. But […]

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58 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, September 21

Posted September 20, 2017 by Steve Newton

Keep busy with these events.

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Justin Trudeau makes remarks to supporters in Mississauga

Posted September 20, 2017 by Liberal Party of Canada

Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Mississauga on September 21, 2017.

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Mark Steyn: “We are losing. I think that’s undeniable. But why is that?”

Posted September 20, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle

Well, we have the best trained and technologically advanced military – and nothing else (…)I’ve tried to ease up on the “As I wrote some years ago…” shtick, not only because it irritates some readers but because it sows the fatal seed in my own self-doubting breast that I’ve said it all before and it […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath

Posted September 20, 2017 by Anonymous

This 5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath is SO easy to make, and adds just the perfect touch of fall to your front door! – – – – – – As you may know already, I’m a big fan of wreaths hung on front doors.  I think they’re the perfect way to greet those who come up to your home…they’re just a nice warm welcome.  And because I’m kind of obsessed with wreaths, I also like to change them up with the seasons…I have wreaths for Christmas, Halloween, Winter, Summer…you name it, I made it. This fall I decided to make a new wreath to go with my Harvest Theme Fall Front Porch.  I wanted something simple and not too overpowering because I have a lot going on in this space already.  So I kept things super simple and made this 5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath. Honestly, this wreath is so easy it’s ridiculous.  But as I’ve learned, sometimes all we need is the inspiration to make our own project, so that’s why I’m sharing this simple wreath DIY with you. Just because something is easy doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful. All you need to do is head out to your nearest craft […]

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