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  1. There is no black and white with this issue. ...

    There is no black and white with this issue.

    Prescription drugs have saved a lot of lives--antibiotics, chemotherapy, asthma drugs, insulin, to name a few.

    But the flip side is that nearly...
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    Or maybe they don't want "those people" in their...

    Or maybe they don't want "those people" in their streets.

    You know, people who don't look like them. Or talk like them. Or dress like them.
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    I cry at weddings. And funerals, baptisms, high...

    I cry at weddings. And funerals, baptisms, high school graduations, kindergarten "graduations" (even though I think they are stupid), you name it.

    It's embarrassing and I wish I didn't, but I...
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    At least where I live, buying food meal by meal...

    At least where I live, buying food meal by meal is time-consuming, too. There's a good supermarket near my job. But to get there after work, fighting rush hour traffic, takes about 10 minutes. Then...
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    I used to throw out a lot of fresh produce that...

    I used to throw out a lot of fresh produce that went bad, because I couldn't use it up before it turned to slime.

    Finally, I realized I had to plan more than one meal for certain types of...
  6. Echoing SteveinMN, my very first apartment had a...

    Echoing SteveinMN, my very first apartment had a very, very old gas stove. There were folding lids that folded down over the burners to create more counter space, which was nice. But the metal/enamel...
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    Not necessarily. It really depends on the type of...

    Not necessarily. It really depends on the type of wool and how it is woven/knitted. I'd say that most boiled wool is warmer than any other form of wool, being thicker and almost felted. But I...
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    This happened to my sister. They keep the credit...

    This happened to my sister. They keep the credit card you use to pay the subscription on file and charge that two years down the road. If you pay by check, they can't do that, but then they send tons...
  9. Thread: Vote!

    by Miss Cellane
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    My city posts the ballot online weeks ahead of...

    My city posts the ballot online weeks ahead of the election. I spent a good part of one October weekend researching the candidates and deciding who to vote for. In some ways, I think it's more...
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    The planet as a whole may be warming, but last...

    The planet as a whole may be warming, but last winter was the coldest in a long time in New England.

    Where are you going to wear the long underwear? At home, to help keep the heating bill down,...
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    I do the spare change thing. Other things...

    I do the spare change thing.

    Other things I've done--deposit my pay check and immediately move a certain amount of money into the savings account. The amount varied depending on how much I was...
  12. Thread: No 'Poo

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    I tried just rinsing my hair with water for a two...

    I tried just rinsing my hair with water for a two week hiking vacation. It was so oily by the third day that I didn't want to touch it. It never got any better. All the rubbing and rinsing with...
  13. My warmest winter pajamas . . . aren't really...

    My warmest winter pajamas . . . aren't really pajamas. I wear silk longjohns, then add an old cashmere sweater with holes in the elbows, but with a collar to keep cold drafts off my neck, and some...
  14. I've had to give neighbors candles and/or matches...

    I've had to give neighbors candles and/or matches to light candles during power outages.

    Like Tradd, I have a tiny flashlight that's on my key ring, which pretty much goes with me everywhere....
  15. 1. Because it is expensive and not everyone can...

    1. Because it is expensive and not everyone can afford a car with it.
    2. Because some of us are driving perfectly good cars built before the tech was readily available.

    I'm sure at some point...
  16. I don't like to drive. It's okay for short trips...

    I don't like to drive. It's okay for short trips and to get to work.

    But the only decent way to get to my brother's house, 450 miles away, is to drive. The bus take 24 hours, the train gets in at...
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    One place I worked let you accumulate sick days....

    One place I worked let you accumulate sick days. But we had only three sick days a year. If you didn't use them, you could let them roll over to the next year. I think they topped off at 10 sick...
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    I live in a small city. After nearly getting hit...

    I live in a small city. After nearly getting hit twice at the same intersection on my early morning walk, I've switched to walking in the cemetery across the street. And I'm not alone--there are...
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    Most managers don't want to hear the gory details...

    Most managers don't want to hear the gory details of why you aren't coming in. A simple, "I'm not feeling very well today and I'm staying home," should be enough.

    But I've had employees who...
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    My brother, then a bachelor, once had 15 pairs of...

    My brother, then a bachelor, once had 15 pairs of running shoes lined up on the wall in his living room. When I questioned him about them, I was introduced to the dirt running shoes, the mud shoes,...
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    We have a lot of containers for clothing...

    We have a lot of containers for clothing donations scattered around in cities in the US, but they are all sponsored by different organizations. And the clothing is usually intended for resale.
    ...
  22. I use the paper towels as a sort of liner for the...

    I use the paper towels as a sort of liner for the rag that does the bulk of the clean up.

    I live alone and only do laundry once a week. Having rags sit around for days with cat barf on them is ....
  23. Actually, I find this to be an interesting...

    Actually, I find this to be an interesting question.

    If you have the plastic bags, you have a few choices as to what to do with them. Recycle, reuse or toss.

    Clearly, just tossing them is the...
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    Could the swimsuit be mended? Would the boots...

    Could the swimsuit be mended? Would the boots still be okay on a dry day, so you could wear them a few more months until they are worn out?

    If not, then could they be disassembled and the parts...
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    I'll admit I think of reusing a plastic bag for...

    I'll admit I think of reusing a plastic bag for dog poop, or even a trash can liner, or a litter bag in a car as better than just throwing the bag away.

    It's not perfect, I'll grant you. But it...
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