DIET & NUTRITION

Bill Gates Thinks We Should All Eat Fake Meat

Bill Gates - Rich nations should shift entirely to synthetic beef

Fake Meat. It’s What’s For Dinner (*republished from my other site Keto Enthusiast) At least if Bill Gates has anything to say about it. In this recent article, authored by James Temple, contributor at MIT Technology Review, we learn that the Microsoft co-founder has written a new book titled, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” According to Temple, this book outlines Gates’ plan for “the tech breakthroughs and sweeping policies we’ll need to take on global warming.” (Global warming is an entirely separate issue and a subject I will delve into in a future post.) According to the article, Temple interviewed …

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I Wore A Mask For The First Time

Tracy - January 23rd, 2021

Hi Friends, I hope you’re all doing as well as can be expected during these strange times. Today is the day after my birthday, and I’m reflecting on the past year. I want to alter and re-calibrate my mindset, attitude, and actions going forward. Admittedly, this last year was not a great one. Jeff and I have really pulled back, refusing to cave to the mask-wearing mandates and dis-information propagated in mainstream news and on social media. As a result, we have almost entirely disengaged from all in-person social interaction. No live music, no live comedy, no eating out at …

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Scary Facebook Photo ID Requirement 2021

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So, I got a disturbing and unwelcome surprise when I went to log in to my Facebook account today. Bottom line: the platform locked me out of my primary profile until and unless I am willing to upload a copy of my photo ID. Ya, no. That’s not going to happen. I have chosen to stay logged into my Facebook account in one browser so that I don’t have to log in with my email and password every time I go there. Normally, I simply start typing “face…” into my browser window, and my computer goes, “Oh, yeah, you want …

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BYE BYE 2020! GOOD RIDDANCE!

Tracy - Christmas 2020

WELCOME TO 2021 WE MADE IT! How are you doing? 2020 completely SUCKED, right? I mean, usually, I like to try to find the silver lining in every situation. But I have to tell you; this past year just took the cake. And I’m honestly not seeing a lot to like about what happened in 2020. Mostly, I’m just glad to be putting it in my rear-view mirror! I went into 2020, bursting with optimism and positive anticipation. Here’s an excerpt from my journal dated January 1st, 2020 “Today is the first day of a brand new year! And I …

PORTLAND PYROGRAPHY

Adopted Family Portrait

This wonderful family portrait is the second project I have worked on for one of my fantastic clients. I was thrilled and honored to work on another piece for him. This time the burning was to be a commemorative portrait of their beautiful family. This gift is from four siblings to their adoptive father. They want to give it to him on the anniversary of their adoption date. Interestingly, and unbeknownst to me, my client grew up in my hometown, and his older sister went to the same high school I attended! Small world! The funny part is, he contacted …

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Lady’s Leather Wallet – Grandma Remembrance Portrait

Lady's Leather Portrait Wallet - Gift Boxed

This wallet was quite a project! A man contacted me wanting a really special gift for his wife on Christmas morning. She had been very close to her grandmother, who passed away a year ago, so he thought a hand-burned portrait on a leather checkbook cover or wallet would be just the thing! He texted me a couple of different photos to choose from, and we settled on the one below. I then began the search for a vegetable-tanned leather checkbook cover or wallet that would work. Pyrography can only be done on vegetable-tanned leather because it is untreated and …

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Wooden Box For Online Thrift Shop

Thrift Gift Wooden Box

This wooden box was a Christmas gift client project I worked on during the month of November. This is for a teen sister team who have started their own, thriving small thrift-store business and mom and dad wanted to surprise them with a customer drop-box for items. This is the lid of a darling wooden crate for that purpose. The girls have an Instagram profile where they post items for sale. Locals have been dropping off their thrift pieces but, until now, there has been no designated spot for those items. This wooden box now sits on their front porch …

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The Golden Telescope – Episode 12

The Golden Telescope 12

Episode 12 – in this live reading from The Golden Telescope – Book One in my Jack and the Magic Hat Maker middle-grade fantasy series, I read Chapters Twenty-One – Auntie Inez and half of Twenty-Two – Realization. In Chapter Twenty-One, we join Desmond Radcliff as he meets Ethan Mac Paidin and his adoptive parents, great uncle Thaddeus and great aunt Astrid O’Brien when they arrive at the airport in Stockholm, Sweden. We listen in as Ethan meets his aunts Clara and Inez and Inez spins her own story about why Arthur showed up in Ethan’s bedroom to take him …

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The Golden Telescope – Episode 11

The Golden Telescope 11

Episode 11 – in this live reading from The Golden Telescope – Book One in my Jack and the Magic Hat Maker middle-grade fantasy series, I read Chapters Nineteen – Transparency and Twenty – Vanished. In Chapter Nineteen, we join Bart and his dad, Bill, as they talk about Bill’s connection to Jack’s dad, Ross, and the rest of the Mac Paidin family. We learn about how and why Bill moved to Portland, Oregon from Dublin, Ireland and that Sir Edward suspected Jack’s parents’ death was not an accident. In Chapter Twenty, we watch as Jack’s Uncle Earl discovers Jack …

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The Golden Telescope – Episode 10

The Golden Telescope 10

Episode 10 – in this live reading from The Golden Telescope – Book One in my Jack and the Magic Hat Maker middle-grade fantasy series, I read Chapters Seventeen – Confrontation and Eighteen – Rescue. In Chapter Seventeen, we sit in on a heated conversation between Jack and his uncle Earl and aunt Lizzie. We learn that they plan to take him on a trip to Europe in the morning, confirm they are having him followed, and take his cell phone so he has no way to contact Bart and Bill. In Chapter Eighteen, we listen in as Jack tries …