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I am looking for fiction books on Medicine Women and Acupuncturists. I know that I was at a library a while ago and there was a fiction book on a woman who was an acupuncturist. Do you have any ideas? I can't recall the title. Also, I would like to see if there are any books on medicine women fiction or nonfiction that you could personally recommend, not just a google search, what do you know is good? thanks

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We bought some lovely new radiator covers. But they took a little longer than expected, and there was a cold snap as soon as they were delivered, so the radiators have been on and the windows have been closed...and the air stinks of hot paint. Short of leaving the windows open (and freezing) or leaving the radiator covers outside for a while, any tips for counteracting the paint smell?

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Sarah's Scribbles creatively balances several delightful influences. In an interview last winter, Sarah C. Andersen said her charming, silly, misanthropic, self-doubting, and relatable web comics (including her first "truly 'viral'" success, "Waking Up") have connections to Yotsuba (note: reads right to left) and Ponyo, plus Calvin and Hobbes (many previously). In comments this month associated with an FML, she added early Winnie the Pooh to the list and also mentioned where to find her illustrations in another style under another name. Her recent work for College Humor combines her comics with light essays. What to Expect When You're Expecting to Enjoy Your 20's. These Comics Remind Us Why Halloween is the Best Holiday Ever. 5 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Baristas. Anyone Who's Friends with An Artist Knows This Is True.

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I have a fixed layout book in Indesign that I want to publish as an ebook on amazon. I need to export it as a fixed layout epbub and then amazon converts it to their format. It looks fine in indesign and when I export and view on my ipad as an epub, it looks fine, but something in the conversion to kindle format is screwing everything up.I've read the guidelines for kindle and a lot of other stuff online but I just can't figure this out. The main problem is that the text is all jumbled, like the kerning is super out of wack. Sometimes there's lots of space between words, sometimes no space at all. Example. It's a photography and novella ebook so it has to be fixed layout. I've seriously spent dozens of hours trying to figure this out and would really appreciate any help or advice from people with experience with fixed layout epubs and amazon, on this specific problem or general export advice.

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Firestone operates one of the largest rubber plants in the world in Liberia. Firestone Liberia received a lot of positive press in the past few months after "stopping Ebola in its tracks" on its plantation in the country. But 22 years ago, Firestone Liberia played a different role in shaping Liberia's trajectory.

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I'm hosting a brunchluck (brunch potluck, for my birthday) and want it to be festive, warm, etc. I'm not sure how to decorate/theme/make it really warm and welcoming given that it's going to be rainy and grey outside. Difficulty level: grad student brokeness and I'm *really* not a decorator, plus additional logistics questions.I want to have an event that feels festive and celebratory, especially because many of my fellow grad student friends are in finals and we could all use some joy. I'm expecting between 15-25 people, but anticipate they won't all be present the same time. Circulating logistics: I have a kitchen table that can seat about 8-10 (but often acts as a buffet table during potlucks, so people might not want to sit properly at the table), and a living room that has couch/chair space for 6, with a lot more space that's just kind of unused/empty. The living room and the kitchen are connected. Questions: should I acquire some sort of lounging pillows/cushions to use the unused floor space? How can I make it more comfortable given that I don't really have enough proper seating for everyone? Food logistics: I have promised pancakes (which I'm planning to make right before folks come and hold in the oven), tofu scramble, waffles (I have a belgian waffle iron and will make a few ahead of time but mostly let people have fun making their own), and frittata. I'm a vegetarian and won't be providing meat. Also provided: a Bloody Mary bar. I'm planning to provide maple syrup, butter, whipped cream as pancake/waffle toppings. Is there anything really obvious that I'm overlooking? I don't have a coffeemaker/drink coffee. Is coffee expected, and if so should I see if I can borrow a French press, buy some coffee, and just assume that folks who want coffee will do the rest? I do have plentiful tea. My house is technically kosher, which means that I and all my guests will be eating off paper plates/with compostable utensils. Ambiance: If I were having an evening event, I think ambiance would be easier: candles in mason jars, fairy lights, carefully selected pretty chill indie playlist, etc. I've seen just enough Pinterest boards to get the gist. But I'm not sure how to make a daytime event seem, for lack of a better word, cozy: the light here in Berkeley is often grey/rainy in December, much of the light in my kitchen/dining room and living room is natural light, our fireplace is nonfunctional and currently filled with board games. Any suggestions on how to decorate to convey a warm, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing energy? Literally my only idea so far is to buy a burgundy-colored tablecloth to cover my Ikea-standard light wood kitchen table. Anything else I should consider? Have you been to a particularly successful large but casual brunch and thought they did something very well? Are you a gracious host of wintertime events and want to share some wisdom? All help welcome.

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"The idea that in a free society absolutely everything should be open to debate has a detrimental effect on marginalized groups," writes Niamh McIntyre on a proposed, protested, and then cancelled debate on abortion organized by Oxford Students for Life. The Oxford abortion controversy, argues Lizzie Crocker, is the latest example of an increasingly common instinct among certain feminists to argue that certain subjects and certain arguments are either off limits or simply not up for debate.

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I go to a large public university in Canada and it has come to my attention that people are bribing their way into the university and/or paying people to write their personal statements. There's also rampant cheating - people paying to have their essays written or having people sit in on tests for them. Most of these are international students and they are a valuable resource at my school so I do not know if anyone will listen to me or who I should even tell.For most of these claims, I can get proof. I know the agencies that write personal statements for a fee and I can get meetings with the people who will sit in on exams for other people. As for the bribery, that one is more difficult but I can also get a meeting with at least the middleman. The question is what can I do about this? Is it illegal? Who do I tell? My university has a reputation for turning a blind eye to sketchy activity by international students and in fact, they are starting a lot of new initiatives to attract international students. As a student, I'm extremely upset by this because I feel that the rampant cheating and using money to buy access to university is turning our university into an extremely unfair and hostile environment. It affects my ability to learn and I am really angered by the fact that I had to earn my place here while others just pay to get in.

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My favorite games are competitive games (boardgames, card games, etc.) with the scoring removed. I'm wondering what other games I might enjoy within those constraints, and other ideas for altering gameplay to make more games fun.I like both games I can play with my spouse and games our eight-year-old can play with us. I like puzzle solving and creative thinking side of games, but not winning or losing, which is why I don't enjoy most cooperative games. Some examples of games (and how I play them): Set (with all the sets piled into one communal pile once we match them) Boggle (reading our lists of words out loud and admiring neat words, but not scoring them) Bananagrams (if the kid is struggling, pause making my own words to help with her letters for a bit) Spot It (first we play through it the "taking cards into our pile" way, and then we shuffle our own pile, and play putting our pile back into the center. That way if we're good, we have more cards to get back in and we're really struggling against our own playing level) Taboo (we just read the cards and try to guess each other's words) Mastermind (we don't keep track of how many guesses it takes to solve) Games I'd like ideas for removing the competition: Clue Yatzee Game of Life Mancala Any other ideas for games I may have overlooked but are possible to play without competing?

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I'm looking for a career change. I am a very focused, caring introvert, part creative and part analytical. But I'm really poor in an office environment. I hate meetings with more than 3-4 people and it's very stressful for me. I like people but I just feel that I thrive more in a one-on-one or small group setting. I work in online advertising for my company right now, and while I don't hate it and it sort of fits my personality type, the money isn't that great and I don't see myself as the "climb the corporate ladder" type. I am trying to find a career outside of the corporate office world where I may not sit at a desk all day and then have large meetings. I was looking into physical therapy assistant, massage therapist, maybe an allied health profession, or something else that is more one-on-one in nature. Any other suggestions?I had thought about CS route but I think I would go crazy programming all day. My other option is to stay in the online ad/marketing/e-commerce realm, but just find smaller companies to work for, that don't feel so corporate and terrifying to me. I don't know if I'm selling myself short by looking for the wrong type of job. Instead of working behind a computer all day, maybe I just need to find a job where I deal with people more one-on-one? Any help or ideas is appreciated. Thanks.

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I feel like I'm being picked on and somewhat bullied from two girls in my program. It feels like middle school all over again. How can I handle this? Blubbering details inside.We all just started graduate school and are all about the same age (just graduated from undergrad less than a year ago). In undergraduate and high school, I've always been able to get along with many different kinds of people, had many friends where we shared mutual love and respect, and generally well-liked (I hate saying that because it sounds like I'm bragging, but this is what my friends and family and therapist have told me. I have horrible self-esteem issues and it's a step for me writing that down!) I'm known as the Girl Who Can Make You Laugh. I've also been called kind, but also too nice by most people who are close to me. I know this--I'm really non-confrontational and don't like conflict and also had problems with people walking over me. It's getting a little better with therapy. I know that not everyone I meet will like me, of course, and vice versa. But coming to graduate school has been depressing for me--mostly in terms of me feeling like I am not truly a kind person or a funny person or all the people who liked and enjoyed me in undergraduate and my whole life before was a lie. Most of this stems from two girls in my small cohort (there are 10 of us). We were all excited about making new friends, and for the most part, we are all starting-out-friends. We hang out and have a group text and etc. We're all still warming up to each other. I really liked these two girls (and occasionally do?) because they were funny and seemed to get my humor. But as time went by, they became closer friends and then started picking on other people in the program. I feel like a good target because I don't know what to say back. They'll say odd things to me like "Your hair is too curly, it's ugly" "Why is your boyfriend so nerdy" "You're so stupid, how can you not get X" etc. etc. I just took it as small poke-fun-at things that bothered me, but were too small to be upset about. The turning point was last night where I started feeling more awful about the situation. We were at a friend's birthday party, I was speaking to some people outside of our program that they didn't know yet. We were playing a game and I suggested that we gather around the table and one of them said "Shut your fucking mouth, no one cares." Everyone got quiet, I felt myself going red. Then both of them laughed and she said she was kidding. Other comments were tame but still irked me like "Why do you know so many people outside of the program? Are you trying to suck up?" (No, I just want to meet people outside of the 10 in our program.) Afterwards, they decided to go out to the bars with one of my friends, who I introduced them to at the beginning of the party. I guess they took a liking to him, because the other girl whispered to me "He's our friend now." Which, ok, I would have laughed at if it was anyone else, but it felt weird. Like we were in middle school and they were trying to "steal" my friend away. I thought this was all in my head, but a couple of people came up to me after the party and told me they thought their behavior was weird. So I'm not crazy! But I don't know how to handle it. These people are the ones that might be hiring me in the future or something like that, and we're colleagues and we all have to make good impressions on each other. I thought this wouldn't happen in graduate school! This makes me more nervous because it feels like my future professional life is also at stake. I've never been outwardly mean to them, in fact, I used to do them favors (drive them to the mall, drop them to the car dealership, pick them up when they're drunk) all the time because I thought we were friends, but I think that should stop. (At least, if it's really out of my way.) I feel down, I feel like I'm not a person who should be liked if these girls treat me (and it feels like mostly me) like this. Last night, I was upset and thought "I should just be mean right back at them" but I don't like the maliciousness I felt when I thought that, and I don't think it would be good idea anyways. Maybe it has to be an attitude change from me? I'm in this program for two more years. How can I deal?

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I will be taking a flight from Barcelona to Lyon, and I am an American. I plan to buy the ticket on easyJet (I have a separate set of tickets for US to Barcelona and Lyon to US). I have always used trains for intra European travel up to now. What should I know ahead of time?Will there be a separate customs line for me versus EU citizens, as when making a connection in Europe? (Is this going to be any different than making a connection, say in Heathrow, before flying to the US?) How early before my flight should I be at the airport? Am I just overthinking this?

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Miniature buildings, beloved by many but collected by few. (SLNYT) Whatever your view of their intrinsic value (or lack thereof), it's hard not to have an emotional reaction when confronted with the 1,200 or so small buildings on display here: the little churches with their soaring steeples, the quaint storefronts, the homespun bowling alleys, Art Deco theaters, Ferris wheels and farmhouses, all of them handmade and many dating to the late 19th century. With slide show and video for your enjoyment. Squeee!!!

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I read a while ago about a stretch in a particular river that's very dangerous because it's very narrow and looks calm, while in actuality it's extremely fast and deep. People try to cross it, or they get in, and boom. That's it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I've utterly failed at googling, and for some reason it's really bothering me.I want to say it's somewhere in Europe, maybe the UK. I don't know if this is the case of not, but I feel like maybe I read about on Cracked? I'm also associating it with that bridge where dogs commit suicide, but I don't think they're actually related.

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My seven year old daughter wants a pedometer for christmas. Does anyone have any favorite pedometers that are kid-friendly?She borrows one from her gym class at school, but it resets every 300 steps and is not at all accurate. She likes my fitbit, but there's no way I'm spending that much on something that has a high probability of disappearing. I've seen the kid ones, but they seem like kind of crap quality. I'd like to find one

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Rave flyers from all over the world , mid-1980's thru the early 2000's. Over 20,000 pieces of original Underground, Rave, Club, and Disco memorabilia (rave flyers, rave posters, laminates, tickets, etc.). My first massive rave, Toon Town's UFOs Are Real. Find a party you've been to and post in comments!

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She Ate Combos: And 20 Other Surprising Relationship Last Straws Explained "Paul Simon crooned there are "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," and Megan Rosati claims there are 52, but that's not even the tip of the iceberg when you're talking about reasons for dumping someone. "

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If you missed it when it first aired, you might want to check out the 2013 UK Channel 4 documentary Fabulous Fashionistas, which features six stylish, active women ranging in age from 73 to 91. If you're in the UK you can view the documentary here. If you live elsewhere, YouTube has some clips and Bust offers us a written overview. Michele Hanson has some pithy words on why she'd like to slap the Fabulous Fashionista commentator, and as a lovely little pendant on the topic of older women and style, here's a 2009 Guardian article by author Alison Lurie, "The Day I Threw Away Fashion".

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Wesley Morris & Rembert Browne over at Grantland have an amazing email discussion on the meaning of the Bill Cosby sexual assault revelations.

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Anyway, I had just finished reading a story I thought was really bad; I closed the book and said to myself, "I can do that." I realized quite a bit later that I had given myself permission to write a bad story, but nevermind. I wrote a story in a notebook, the three-ringer lined paper kind, and I rented a typewriter. At least I knew it had to be typed double space, but that's all I knew. I had never met a writer and there wasn't a wealth of how-to books back then. I used the anthology for a clue about where to send the story and came up with Astounding Magazine. I sent off the story, and while I had the rented typewriter I wrote another story in the same notebook, copied it and this time sent it to Amazing. John Campbell at Astounding Magazine sent me a letter of acceptance along with a form to be notarized stating that it was an original story and I was the writer. I had no idea that that was not standard, and followed the instructions, and presently I received a check. I bought the typewriter with it. For Amazing Stories, R.K. Troughton interviews should be a SFWA grandmaster already Kate Wilhelm, writer & novelist, co-creator of the Milford and Clarion Writing Workshops, designer of the Nebula Award. More recent Kate Wilhelm interviews: on her first published story and talking about her latest book, the Barbara Holloway novel, By Stone, by Blade, by Fire.

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For over sixteen years, the webcomic Jerkcity (previously over twelve years ago, wow) has provided beloved characters and (largely worksafe, except for maybe #191 and #5014 although they lack nudity) vulgarity. But more recently, the Jerkcity experience has been expanded by collaborative fan efforts that have been integrated into the main site (along with other site updates like tags and dialogue transcripts): redrawing project Jerkcity HD (some comics NSFW) and audio dramatization project Jerkcity Hi-Fi (if you're using headphones, you might want to turn them down a little when you listen). Too many details on these and other fan-efforts (and how people can contribute) inside. Jerkcity HD: Started in April 2013, this fan-project features re-drawn versions of Jerkcity strips. Anyone can contribute (rules here, FAQ here, Tumblr account not needed to submit). The first submission received for each Jerkcity strip gets featured on that strip's page on Jerkcity.com (but additional redraws are still welcome), scroll down to see it. Official endorsement from Jerkcity's Pants. Jerkcity Hi-Fi: Started in May 2014, this fan-project features dramatic readings of Jerkcity strips, which are linked to on those strips' pages on Jerkcity.com thanks to a request from one of its own characters (again, scroll down to find the link on each page). Readings vary in style, even occasionally venturing into the musical. The creators' website features a succinct description of Jerkcity itself. Audio submissions (full episodes, partially produced ones and fragments such as music, voices etc.) and ideas/requests are accepted via email (details are in the FAQ at the bottom of the main Hi-Fi page). The Jerkcity Hi-Fi Toll-Free Number: Yes, they actually spent their money on this. Just dial URRJGHRKRK (877-544-7575, toll-free in the US and Canada, Skype also works) and, when the intro begins, dial the strip number of the dramatic reading you want to hear. Dialling no number will result in a random Hi-Fi reading being played. If no reading exists yet for the number dialled or possibly if the reading's too recent, a robotic reading will be generated on the fly. Dial a strip number for a strip with no dialogue (such as this classic) for a secret feature. Dial # at the start or wait for the end of a reading to record a message - messages left are featured in a SoundCloud playlist embedded on the main Hi-Fi page under the bonus audio 'GAGGERS' playlist. Videos: All Jerkcity-related videos on YouTube are found and linked to on the left side of the main Jerkcity site. Of note are this animation from earlier this year and this live-action version of this decidedly appropriate strip. Jerkfield: Started literally less than a week ago and linked to via the official Jerkcity Twitter page, Jerkfield combines Jerkcity dialogue with Garfield strips. Not accepting submissions because HULAGHLUALHGLUAGLHU.

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Where / how do I buy whole watermelons during the fall/winter (i.e. now?) Am located in a major metropolis in the NE USA. Thanks!I presume they'll be imported, and be expensive and whatnot, but is there still a way? Failing that, how do I even buy pre-sliced in bulk? It doesn't seem to be in most of the stores anymore...

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Almost 6 months ago I screwed up a newish friend by vanishing and leaving them in the lurch with a job for a client (anxiety and depression problems, etc). I know the work relationship is absolutely destroyed but, is there any chance of repairing the friendship? I have no idea how to even try to fix this or if it's possible.As an extra detail, I haven't contacted them at all as I had been dealing with my own problems other than expressing my sympathy (on instagram) along with a lot of people when their pet died.

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Sharon Isbin is the Founder and Chair of the Guitar program at Julliard; she is widely heralded as one of the best classical guitarists on earth. To get you started, give a listen to the sublime nature of Isbin's gift as she plays the exquisite Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega Isbin is one of the very few American women who performs in the rarefied world of concert-level classical guitarists. She is a rare talent and practically the face of classical guitar these days. Mallorca by Isaac Albéniz (1975 performance; Isbin is 18 years old) Asturias by Isaac Albéniz Sharon Isbin Interview & Lesson on GuitarTV Sharon Isbin: Troubadour (2014) - documentary excerpt Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan, & Romero Lubambo - Guitar Passions Live on TV Sharon Isbin, Paul Winter, Thiago de Mello - Journey to the Amazon Sharon Isbin y Steve Vai - La Catedral (Allegro solemne) Black is the color/Darling Cora Waltz by Agustin Barrios Mangore

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Super specific question here: What's the 'definitive' book on school desegregation in Seattle? I'm googling around and finding a bunch of older books, some from university presses, etc, but it's difficult to see which of these are considered credible by people who know this topic. Any help?

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