Happy Friday Flashback!!! – Semisonic – Closing Time

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Book Recommendation – Edgar Allen Poe (BLW Contributor)

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4/18/17 (soon after the coffee)

I grew up a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan – I think many young boys do the same after being introduced to his writing. I started reading Poe around the 3rd grade so I was a little ahead of the school-assigned reading that was to come.

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While so many have read his classic stories (“A Tale Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” etc) I  became a fan of his “deep cuts” so so speak – the titles that aren’t  normally included with school assignments.

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I recall quickly jumping from more common short stories like “The Black Cat” to more obscure ones like “The System of Dr. Tarr & Professor Feather” or “A Predicament”

I also became increasingly curious about his actual life and history – what kind of man was he? How did he move about in society?

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Yellow (BLW Contributor)

Ricardo Hanley Jr.

“Sunlight rains on the Earth in this blush. The cast of this glow allows life to grow, touching the least of the blades of grass and brush, while ever mindful of the Sequoia and Oak. This complexion of each day’s succession, gives sight to see and grants the dwellers of night their sleep, while all else is awakened from their hibernation. Gold, the coveted and rare element, shines with the luminosity of the Asiatic lily and yellow Iris. The mighty sunflower grows in the grove with patience, displaying the intensity of Osiris, the constellation leaving no darkness vacant. Shamash rises unveiling a world beautiful and flawed, inspiring Hammurabi’s law. This color is often called to mother every life within its reach. It creates days anew, without a prompt to be beseeched.” – Ricardo Hanley Jr.

Yellow – Ricardo Hanley Jr.

For “The Color Series” And More of my Poetic Series…

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Unicorn Frappuccino – Will you try it?

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The Foods Around Me

Probably the worst tasting Starbucks drink ever to be created. Literally tastes like a unicorn went to chipotle and shit in a cup.

Unicorn Frappucino:

An instant star of social media platforms, it’s literally on all of them check. Starbucks released this limited time drink in all stores this week. Being completely different than all other drink releases the description on the drink is absolutely terrible.

The Starbucks description reads:

“The flavor-changing, color-changing, totally-not-made-up Unicorn Frappuccino. Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It’s finished with whipped cream sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders.”

How it should be described:

This drink misses its mark on all levels. The sweetness completely overpowers the flavors of the drink. Its sourness is a blue raspberry that takes away from the mango syrup. The consistency doesn’t help the uniqueness in flavor. It has a…

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HOW HAS DYING MY HAIR PINK CHANGED MY LIFE

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Hi there humans! In case some of you are that moony, suprise! I died my hair pink, yes, it’s been about two months now and I’m loving every single day I live with it on my head. So today I want to tell you a bit about my experience with such a drastic change.

¡Hola humanos! En caso de que algunos de ustedes sean tan despistados, ¡sorpresa! me pinté el cabello de rosa, han pasado casi dos meses y amo cada día que vivo con él en mi cabeza. Es por eso que hoy quiero platicarte sobre mi experiencia con éste drástico cambio.

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To get pink hair you need to bleach your hair, especially if you, like I did, have really dark hair, bleaching is a chemical process that unfortunately damages your hair in order to strip it from its natural shade.

Para tener cabello rosa necesitas decolorarte el cabello…

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Cheesy Potato Bread Rolls Recipe

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The Heathen Homesteader

I love potatoes. When people say “bread is life” I think: “right after potatoes.” When combining the two I feel as if I am creating pure joy. In this blog post I’m sharing one of my versions of potato bread but I’m making it into rolls then adding a bit of cheese to the mix. Because cheese too is life. Unless you’re lactose intolerant and also gluten intolerant. Then maybe not.

I was very surprised I had not posted a blog about potato bread yet as I make it fairly often. Growing up one of my favorite sandwich breads from the regular grocery store was (is) potato. Homemade potato bread isn’t quite the same unless perhaps you are using potato flakes (instant mashed potatoes) or spend time breaking down potatoes into a thin liquidy purée. Even then the texture is different. I like my potato bread with some small clumps…

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How Insufficient Sleep Can Harm Your Child

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Sleep plays an extremely important role in our health, yet it seems to be one of the first things we forego when we’re short on time. For children, this habit can prove to be harmful later in life. A new study by the pediatricians at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that insufficient sleep in early childhood can lead to cognitive and behavioral problems in later years.

The study monitored the sleep habits of 1,046 children and their consequent behaviors. The families of these children were interviewed when the children were ages 6 months, 3 years and 7 years old, and completed questionnaires at ages 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 years old. The mothers were also sent survey instruments to evaluate each child’s executive function and behavioral issues, including emotional responses and social problems.

The findings support the importance of encouraging your children to get a good and sufficient night’s sleep…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – A forgettable experience

Treeman and the Gang

The first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars trailer is out and the Internet went totally wild about it. People coming up with praise for the trailer and enourmous speculation about what Skywalkers “it is time for the Jedi…to end” all means. Plenty of theories has already been written and talked about though most sensible people will probably recognize that he means that it is time for the old Jedi Order to end. So let’s just trash the whole “Skywalker is evil” or “Skywalker is Snoke, so he dresses up like an overgrown zombie-alien when he communicates with the First Order in front of a holo-camera.”
Let’s get it out: Yes, the new teaser trailer was pretty good because it sparked interest but it was also incredible forgettable. I had totally forgot it the day after its release because it shows us nothing execpt what we already would expect…

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[Review] The Fate of the Furious – Running out of ideas…WTF

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True Reviews Now

Director:  F. Gary Gray

Cast:  Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne JohnsonMichelle RodriguezCharlize Theron

Our Rating

3_star

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Fast & Furious franchise has minted money for anyone who has been associated with it for the last 17 years and truly it has been a roller coaster ride. With the unfortunate death of Paul Walker, it seemed like the franchise was in dwindles but introduction of Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock actually saved the day. Coming over now, with the eighth installment of the franchise, it seems to be closer to calling it a day. I originally gave it a 2 star but then the action was pretty good so it earned another one star for itself.

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The story, as we have already seen and now pretty much know through other reviews and spoilers online, is about “Family”. Seriously, Vin Diesel has overused this word so much…

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How to Save 100% on Everything – from a former Coupon Junkie

Rowland in Life

I am a member of CA: Coupon Anonymous.  For a while (actually for about two years), I was a an avid person who was obsessed with grocery coupons.  I would spend several dollars every Sunday to stop by my local grocery store to purchase the Sunday paper filled with ‘over $300 worth of coupons.’  I followed coupon websites, blogs, and message boards on where to get the best use of your coupons.  I would spend time pouring over sales papers and visiting several stores a week to purchase whatever item they were selling that week so I could get the best deals.
In the long run, using coupons was saving money, filling my pantry with items, and feeling I was feeding my family with a smaller amount of money.  When I looked at my pantry, we were not using some things.  I would purchase them so cheap, I thought I…

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