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I'm researching local chapters of various community service clubs and organizations and I would prefer to only join / volunteer for an organization that is officially LGBTQ-friendly, at least on the national or international level. While I can search each organization's national homepage for their written policies, I'd really appreciate the "inside scoop" from any MeFites who are current or former members of any of these types of organizations on how inclusive they actually are in practice.Given that I'm in bumfuck rural Central Virginia (~15 miles from Jerry Falwell's Liberty University!), I do realize that many (most?) individual members may not be very LGBTQ-friendly. Outspoked bigotry is pretty common here. :( However, as long as the umbrella organization is officially inclusive, then I think I would still feel comfortable joining and -- as necessary -- being an agitator for modernity within the local chapter. I'm not LGBTQ myself and none of my LGBTQ loved ones live nearby so I don't expect to need to worry about personal safety or inadvertently outing anyone. I would just prefer to join a group that's at least theoretically supposed to be inclusive. Service clubs and volunteer organizations in my area include: * Rotary * Kiwanis * Lions * Toastmasters * Habitat for Humanity * Exchange Club * Red Cross * Boys and Girls Club * Big Brothers Big Sisters * Girl Scouts * 4-H * League of Women Voters * General Federation of Women's Clubs Please advise, thanks!

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I'm buying a new bike. I know, You Are Not My Bike Guru. But maybe you are. Help?My bike got stolen recently (boo!), but the insurance came through quickly without a hitch (yay!), so now I have a budget. I have a max of $1500 to spend, on a bike that I would like to do the following: 1. Get me to and from work every day year round (in Portland, where rain is a thing) 2. Get me 100 miles in a day at least once (and usually twice) a year 3. Last a good long while 4. Be relatively easy to maintain (not a lot of exotic hard-to-find componentry) I'm 6'2", and about 245 lb, so I'm not that bothered about buying a bike that's ultralight, or getting aftermarket components that are 10 grams lighter than stock, because I'm substantially more than 10 grams heavier than stock. I'm also not necessarily looking for a racing bike - I like going fast, but I'm not about to enter a crit or anything. So far, in all the looking I've done, I really, really want a Surly. I'm trying to decide between the Long Haul Trucker and the Pacer, and if I go the LHT route I'm trying to determine whether it's worth it to get the disc brakes. I fear in my Surly obsession, though, I may be missing other answers to the "what's the right bike for me" question - are there other bike brands I'm forgetting about that would fit my requirements in my price range?

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Scotland's young, feisty yes generation has nowhere to go Scottish politics has been about class, community, land and nation. But the working-class youth of Clydeside found themselves cut adrift from these traditional markers. This is a generation born when the death of communism was already a finished fact; when Francis Fukuyama's The End of History was already in its paperback edition. To them, neoliberalism was not a spectacular historical eruption but simply the world around them. As it destroyed the remains of the industrial society their fathers knew, rendering the stone churches and granite docksides as meaningless and depopulated as medieval ruins, they did what they were told to do: get an education and a low-paid job.

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Moving out of an apartment with no security deposit - how responsible do I need to be about getting it cleaned up for the new tenant?Hello! I have been rattling this question around in my head for the past couple weeks and decided to ask it here. I'm moving out of a one bedroom apartment in Chicago. My move-out date is Saturday 9/27, and the new tenant is moving in Sunday 9/28. I've lived here for six years and I haven't always kept the greatest cleaning standards. I keep things tidy but I'm not good for the regular deep cleanings, so there's a lot of dust and cat hair and general grime in the corners and all the hard wood floors need a good scrubbing. I'm also finding, as I take down pictures from the walls and fridge, some discoloration that shows where the pictures were. I didn't pay a security deposit when I moved in. The rental association for the courtyard building required a movie-in fee of $200 or something like that. There is no money from them at stake. But I do feel it's my obligation as a tenant and person to leave the place in a decent state of cleanliness. Originally I was going to have cleaners come in on Sunday 9/28. (My lease ends 9/30 but I was able to move into my new place early.) However, the new tenant of my space wants to move in on Sunday. My movers are coming in the afternoon Saturday and I don't think it's feasible to try to schedule a cleaning company to come in after the movers are done, as sometimes they show up late and there's no way to know how long it'll take - also I'll be wanting to spend time dealing with unpacking the main necessities in my new apartment after the movers are done. The place is not filthy - it just shows a good bit of wear and tear. I honestly expected the rental agency to spend a month or two doing some rehabs after I left rather than leasing it right away. Given the time constraints, there's no good chance to get cleaners in after all my shit has been moved out, and I don't think it makes sense to have cleaners come before everything is gone. The property manager for my building put the new tenant in touch with me directly to schedule turning over keys and whatnot. I am considering letting him know I had intended to bring in cleaners and giving him cash to schedule them himself. I don't care if he schedules them or not, at that point. Is this a stupid idea for one reason or another? Cleaning the place to the standards I feel this requires is out of the question due to time constraints and general moving stress. This entire issue is giving me weird anxiety, mostly because I feel self-conscious about letting the place get grimy around the edges and because I keep chewing over the scenarios in my head. Argh!!! Thanks for any rental etiquette input.

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A brief retrospective of The Year of The Butt (NSFW) Twerking and Booties have been big this year. If you missed out, here is a brief overview of butts in music videos and other pop culture.

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The mortgage on our house was transferred from a local bank that we really liked to SunTrust. I would appreciate any best practices for dealing with SunTrust, which does not have a good reputation as a mortgage servicer.I've googled a bit about it and found a news story about SunTrust paying out $50 million to compensate for servicing abuses. I've also found this complaints page where a common refrain is that the various departments at SunTrust don't communicate with each other, and "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." This has me worried. We have been paying our mortgage to LocalBank through our credit union's online bill pay. This does not seem to be an option with SunTrust; they will allow checks + payment coupon, or them directly taking the payments out of our credit union account. I am really not comfortable with allowing SunTrust that kind of access to my account, so we will do the paper check route. I'm thinking that I probably should make a copy of the check and the coupon, and send the payments via certified mail. Is this overkill? Is there anything else I should be doing to minimize the impact of any potential SunTrust screwups? We also will probably make principal-only payments occasionally, and any tips on getting that done with a minimum of confusion with SunTrust would be welcome.

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Why can't I stop pooping liquid, ugh. TMI and unfortunate mental images below the fold.So Friday afternoon, following lunch, I started having the runs. I suspect dodgy spicy minced meat from an otherwise excellent restaurant, but who knows. I didn't take it seriously to begin with and had my normal cheese sandwich for breakfast. It was pretty bad and crampy and above all squirty all through Saturday. Now I've tried all the good old German remedies and foodstuffs that usually work (black tea, coke, Zwieback, those tiny dry pretzels, oxidised apple mush, plain rice, plain potatoes). And I've started dosing myself with charcoal tablets twice a day. After dinner today (four Zwiebacks thinly spread with 1% fat curds) I had four tablets. At least now I'm only pooping once during the night (and nothing during the day), but it's still liquid poop. Charcoal black liquid poop. I'm not actually feeling bad during the day. I'm just done with all this shitting around, and craving a big bowl of ramen noodles like nobody's business. Do I need a doctor? Is this going to go away eventually? Up the charcoal dosage? Get out the bigger over the counter guns? Should I be worrying? My kid, baby and husband are all eating and pooping normally. I suppose it isn't a virus or food poisoning or I would be completely sick, but could an upset stomach last that long?

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Going to Prague soon. Will be careful about all of the usual perils that tourists face when they are sight-seeing in a different country -- keeping an eye on my possessions, trying to avoid becoming an easy or inviting mark for pickpockets, generally staying aware of my surroundings. Are there any non-obvious words of caution that the Hive can offer?I am American and pretty suspicious by nature. In other countries I have encountered scams where cab drivers claim you paid with a smaller bill than you actually gave them, pickpocketers who drop shoeshine brushes as a distraction, invitations to special tea ceremonies, special foreign exchange rates on credit-card payments for souvenirs, and restaurants where it would have been unwise to give the waiter a credit card as payment. Are there any types of scams like these that might cause problems for the unwary in Prague? Would also welcome any thoughts on how careful or suspicious one needs to be in Prague as a general matter. Imagine there's a spectrum between places where every stranger or street vendor is not above pulling a scam on the one hand and places where everyone you meet would turn in a wallet filled with cash to the lost and found on the other hand. Where do you think Prague falls on this (admittedly hypothetical) spectrum? Looking forward to the trip, but basically trying to figure out whether I should be resigned to being badly overcharged for cab fares back to the hotel late at night. Děkuji!

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I was laid off last week, and after taking a few days to sleep in and dominate my boyfriend at Minecraft, I'm jumping into the job hunt. I feel like I've done a pretty good job on most of my resume, but writing out my position at my most recent job has me a bit lost. It's my only work experience in Quebec, and was the longest I've ever worked anywhere, so it's important I get it right.(I guess it matters what kind of jobs I'm applying to. Ideally, I'd like a development or supervisor/manager position in an international non-profit or NGO. I love leading people, and I don't think I'd be happy in a job that didn't have at least some sort of supervisory component. Something using my design skills (not guru level for sure, but pretty decent) at least occasionally would be great. I'm excellent with people. I'm a "big picture" kind of person who also gets giddy about the details. I love teaching, developing curriculum, and evaluating. I'm in the process of applying for an overseas-based administrative job with a major aid organization, as well as an entry-level government job in immigration. [A few of the job applications I've come across are incredibly detailed, and ask for very specific examples of responsibilities, so I don't want to over sell myself!] I do not really want to work hands-on with children anymore, though a children's based NGO would be fine. I really, really hope to make a decent income, and more than $35,000 would be a dream!) This is what I have so far (company names changed): HEAD OF BAY STREET FACILITY & MEMBER OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Tumble Sports Club – Montreal, QC [Feb. 2012 – Sept. 2014] ⚫ Responsible for all operations at Bay Street gym location, including supervision of a team of approximately 10 staff and volunteers, completing reports tied to government grants/funding, representing the organization at municipal meetings, overseeing maintenance and security of the facility, assisting in scheduling, and other tasks as needed. ⚫Completed basic accounting tasks for both accounts receivable and accounts payable using Simply Accounting software. Assisted with various tasks for month's end, writing checks, following-up on overdue accounts, managing petty cash, etc. ⚫Responsible for all media and graphic design projects including posters, brochures, event programs, and advertising. Maintained the organization's existing website, and led the creation of a new one. ⚫Researched, developed and implemented a new circus arts program for children, including sourcing and purchasing of equipment, coordinating training for staff, and curriculum research and writing. The problem is that I basically two different positions, and was also responsible for most things that didn't fit into the other (salaried) employees' roles. JOB ROLE #1: I was "La responsable" of our 2nd gym facility. I don't really know how to translate that into English ("Head of"?), and none of my coworkers could suggest anything either. I was the top person at the other facility. I was in charge of all the staff and volunteers when they were working at that facilty (but not when they were working at the main location). I supervised their work, reported discipline problems, and trained the newer staff. I did not have hire/fire authority, but I often was the go-between for new hires that I suggested, including getting their resume, and scheduling meetings with the director. I was the contact person for various departments of local government, represented my gym at municipal meetings a few times a year, and filed reports/documents required under the terms of our funding/grants. I did not seek out new grants. I took payments and registrations from clients, and handled cash (middle to high 4 digits). I had a petty cash at my location (we didn't have a cash register), and I had to keep it balanced with the float, including collecting and printing transaction lists from our online software. I reviewed and approved all coach lesson plans. I was in charge of all safety checks in the gym. I had the authority and autonomy when dealing with clients (etc.) to make exceptions for things like payments and schedules. I had the authority to make purchases for "obvious" needs (like a new radio, or decorations, or a new landing mat). I was in charge of an 8 week camp during the summer (for 2 years), and was virtually entirely autonomous with that. I organized and ran it as I felt it should be run, made (big and small) purchases, planned the entire thing, etc. I only ever checked in with the director to tell her how well it was going. She, however, was the one who made the decision of who would work when. Everything else was in my hands. JOB ROLE #2: The other half of my job took place at our main facility. I did a LOT of different things, but the accounting/finance part (which I did from time to time) is something I'm especially struggling with, because I don't know what the proper terms are, especially in English. My boss would hand me a month's worth of invoices and receipts, and I was tasked with writing and mailing the check (if it hadn't already been paid), noting the department code, and entering it all into Simply Accounting software. I also followed up on overdue accounts, and contacted our online processor whenever a client was having complications with payments. I occasionally helped roll and count (high 4 to low 5 digit) cash for deposit. I had access to one of two safes. I was in charge of all media/design work, I maintained our existing website and created an entirely new one from scratch. I designed all our event posters, awards and medals, signs, and various branding (letterheads, brochures, business cards, advertising, etc.) I did most of our photography. I also did a lot of administrative work. Basics like answering phones, taking payments/registrations, writing and responding to emails, etc. Almost any task involving Excel was given to me I did a lot of research and program development, including the major task of creating a circus arts curriculum from scratch (purchasing equipment, writing a curriculum, coordinating training, etc). I assisted heavily with all IT stuff (I was the most knowledgeable employee when it came to almost anything tech/computer related) , and staff scheduling. I programmed (not "code") and structured our online client registration platform every new season. I did a LOT more than just this, basically anytime a task didn't fit into someone else's established job description, it was thrown to me, and it was always taken care of. I was know as the person who would "get shit done". The director was very explicit that I would have been given even more responsibility had my French been a little better (I'm fluent in French, but still make grammar and phrasing mistakes. My workplace was 98% French.) In all of this, I reported directly to the director, and had no other real supervisor, though there were a couple people in more senior positions, like the head coach. For the most part, they weren't "in charge of me", though in some things they had more authority than I did. Officially, I was laid off because the director is replacing my position with an "Assistant Director at Bay Street facility" position, to whom she plans to give exactly the same authority she herself has, as well as a company credit card, etc. I need to keep that in mind when giving myself a title, despite the fact that there will be a large amount of overlap in responsibilities. (The job would have been mine if I had a car, and had native-level French skills.) Ok, so. My main questions are: 1) what wording should I use to describe this job? 2) How do I translate my title of "La Responsable", and what title would my other half of the job be? 3) How should I be presenting myself, in both the rest of my resume and in my cover letter/essay questions, in other to get the kinds of jobs I want? This question is ridiculously long, so thanks for reading! I appreciate it so much!

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The recent conflict in Gaza has reminded me that one of the things that I have wanted to read up on is the recent history of the Middle East, particularly Israel. Can anyone recommend comprehensive and (somewhat) objective books on the subject?I would like to understand the roots of the present situation (which I guess reaches back beyond the Crusades) and the motivations of the principal actors over the last few decades. As I have found that most stories have at least two sides, I would prefer to avoid narratives that paint one side as being "good" or "bad", or at least to have books that give divergent perspectives on the same events. Suggestions in history, sociology and fiction are all welcome. Other media, too, if they are particularly good.

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Spoiler Alert You were warned.

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The Atlantic pulls back the partition on Hollywood, Health, and Society, a CDC-funded clearinghouse for popular media to better understand modern medicine - and modern medical legislation like the Affordable Care Act.

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Frog TV

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Does anybody have experience living in a RV (motorhome, trailer, etc) during a home remodel? My brother is planning some construction next month and thought that living in some temporary housing in the driveway may be a viable alternative to a hotel stay for a month or so. I would love some direction on how to look for this type of rental. Bonus points if you know somebody in Seattle that provides this type of service. thank you!

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My husband suffers from depression, which he says is worsened by things like the house being messy. But when he's depressed, he won't clean, meaning that if I want to get him out of his funk, I need to do everything. I want to help him, but I also don't want to be the one doing all the work, while he has all the fun - he won't let me have fun without him. What can I do?The "messy" stuff applies to pretty much all chores - while depressed, he doesn't want to take out the garbage, clean, pick up things, do laundry, wash dishes, or really anything. But he still wants an immaculate house. He also won't really let me do my own fun things on the weekend - or, he won't forbid it, but he'll passive-aggressively complain about it, and when I get back he'll be in a funk and will be mean about things. When I call him out about being mean, he agrees, but says that it is a result of his depression, and that if the house were cleaner/he were having a better weekend it would not be the case. He won't let me watch movies I like if he doesn't like them on the main television screen, and if I go into another room for even fifteen minutes, he asks what I'm doing and will call my name loudly until I come back out to him. If I start playing a game, he will come over and ask for me to get off so he can play his game. I also have to do everything in his presence. He will not even shower alone, and if I don't feel like showering right then, he will talk about how gross he feels and how all he wants is a shower - but he will not take one without me. Even if he offers to cook, it's stressful, because he wants me to be there with him while he's cooking, so I still get no downtime. To be fair, when the house is perfectly clean and I am doing everything that he wants to do, he is really great and affectionate and not hurtful. And he had some childhood stuff around neglect that makes a lot of this behavior make sense. But his kindness seems predicated on me doing exactly what he wants me to do, all of the time, and I feel like I just can't take any more. What do I do? How can I possibly resolve this situation? Do I just need to accept that this is how it needs to be, or is there some room I can fairly make for myself?

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I just failed certification for my state crisis intervention training. I have to retest in March. I have spatial issues and find it hard to follow choreography. I have to practice these a lot to be comfortable with them. I can't seem to find the official techniques online. More below.We covered safe releases from: hair pulling (one hand from front and back and two hands from front and back) punch blocks (side swing, full face punch, overhead punch, under punch) arm grabs chokes from front and back full nelsons choke holds bear hugs bites etc. The moves to free yourself are designed to be non-violent and not harm the client. Have any of you Mefites had this training or know a good website/video that covers these? I can't seem to find any.

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Yelling Cat wants something. A cat to human translation reveals what it is. [Previously, Via]

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(I'm going to ask some graphic medical questions about things that one would expect from someone who just had a vasectomy - if you know me in the real world and don't want to spend the rest of your life trying to scrub the images from your brain you may want to keep scrolling.) So I had a scalpel-less vasectomy on Wednesday afternoon. I'm on day five of recovery right now and I have to wonder if my recovery is going as it should...The doctor told me to expect some swelling and some mild to moderate pain for 5-7 days. That's about all he said. What I've experienced has been high-moderate pain on day two and moderate pain every day since. It's difficult to walk, sit, stand up, move - even sleep. It's not excruciating. I'm controlling it with Tylenol and working and living my daily life - and it doesn't hurt much when I'm still - but movement causes real pain. Other weird things: - Only my right nut hurts. The left one hasn't hurt at all through this whole thing. The right one is swollen, incredibly sensitive to movement, touch, flies buzzing by on the next block, etc. - My sack is now all "weird" shaped. Meaning there are bulges and protrusions. None painful. Some are small and firm (I think these are granulomas, which the internet tells me is normal) and others are soft and bigger. I don't know what the soft big ones are. And the whole thing is just a weird unnatural shape like an old deflated balloon that has been blown up a million times. He told me I could engage in sexual intercourse after one week. I can't imagine ever doing that again in my LIFE, let alone day after tomorrow. Is this in the broad definition of normal? Or should I give him a call and see if something went wrong?

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I've got a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone, and a USB-controlled MIDI keyboard. What's the best way to use this technology to help me learn how to play the piano? I know absolutely nothing about playing the piano apart from chopsticks.

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My younger brother is getting married this week, and I've flown half way across the world to attend the wedding. Gearing up for this trip though, it's become obvious that we've drifted apart. More so than my relationship with other family members. Is there anything worth trying to help us reconnect? Or is this just part of growing up?I am the eldest of 3 sons, and growing up had a pretty good relationship with my younger brothers. Not much fighting or sibling rivalry, but have always had a better relationship with my youngest brother. The middle brother has always been most introverted and socially awkward. Six years ago I moved from Australia to London, with the youngest moving over to join me last year. My middle brother is now the only family member still living in Australia with the rest of us in Europe. He plans on potentially moving at some point, but now he is marrying an Australian girl, so this seems less likely, along with a career which would require re-qualification should they make the move. Because of his introverted nature, when we do make time to talk over Skype, it seems like we don't often get past the superficial levels of recent events, how the other family members are. Add to this the physical distance (this is my first trip back in 2 years) and time difference (making it harder to schedule time to talk which works for both parties), it seems hard to avoid drifting apart, although the idea saddens me. Additionally, the girl he is marrying is even more painfully shy and socially awkward than he is. She has had opportunity to say hello when I am skyping with my brother, but has never said a word, despite being able to see her hiding off to the side on the webcam. The first time she'll ever speak to me is at the wedding (assuming she does). She is like this with everyone in the family, even my parents, which is quite a feat, seeing as my brother was living with them at the time they first got together – when she arrived at the house and he wasn't home, she literally hid in his room until he returned. I am taking the time to write a handwritten letter to all the family members for the occasion, as it will be the first time we're all together in a number of years. I want to write words of encouragement to my brother, offer words of support, without being negative. I don't want him to feel I am telling him how he should be living his life, or that I feel awkward about the girl that he's marrying. If anyone has any advice on how I can try to reconnect that would be much appreciated. Also if you have any tips on how to handle meeting his bride and her family for the first time without it being extremely awkward, that would be equally welcome.

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Vice interviews the shit out of Ben Carr, full-time dancer for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones since 1983.

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After two decades of very little activity (with one notable exception), Pink Floyd has announced that a new album, titled The Endless River, will be released in November. Arriving in a variety of formats with the now-obligatory bonus tracks and multimedia content, The Endless River is based on material developed during writing and recording sessions for the group's last album, The Division Bell, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In spite of the reunion at Live 8 and renewed friendships/relationships with former bandmate Roger Waters, the release will not feature contributions from their former lyricist and primary songwriter (who recently wrapped up his record-setting world tour revival of The Wall, which will be encapsulated in a narrative/performance documentary film entitled Roger Waters: The Wall), but rather "ambient" compositions generated during writing sessions for The Division Bell album (small portions of which have circulated among collectors in recent years). The official press release for the album says that the album is intended to be "a tribute to Richard" Wright, who co-founded the band some 50 years ago, and who passed away in 2008. The album "is a mainly instrumental album with one song, 'Louder Than Words', (with new lyrics by Polly Samson), arranged across four sides and produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson."

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Anthology of the Best Short Stories [via mefi projects] Further background explanation from the Anthologist and Copyeditor, MeFi's own dances_with_sneetches: When I first came across the article, I thought, I'd like to read these. Yes, the stories are public domain, but not all proved to be readily available. After spending a couple of weeks assembling them from on-line and from brick-and-mortar libraries, I realized I wished this had been done for me. And I wished some of those which were available online but in a crude format had been checked for scanning errors. This process took me several more weeks. After this was done, I contacted a publisher, Rook's Page Press, an imprint of Açedrex Publishing, and we put this compilation together for a moderate price. (I wanted the price to be a little lower.) The stories total over 550,000 words. In August Volumes I, II, III became available in electronic format beginning at $5.99. This month, Volume I became available in print form for approximately $20 (depending on source) and II and III will be available in the next couple of weeks. The original article named 49 short stories (some are novellas). To round the number up to fifty, I included James Joyce's The Dead, published in 1914 and considered one of the forerunners of modernism. These stories include many of the acknowledged canon of great short literature along with, what was even better from my perspective, some all-but-lost treats. I fell in love with the work of A. Neil Lyons who seems nearly forgotten today. I wrote introductions for each of the three volumes including a perspective on literature from the standpoint of 1914 and a look at some of the now archaic forms of writing such as dialect, incorporating poetry and songs into stories. As an author, it was quite a learning experience to read these. Some have not aged well, but all are masterfully-told stories. As an added bonus, I have made available online seven stories from a different survey which asked "Which is the Best Short Story by O. Henry?" I've had a love-meh affair with O. Henry. Loved him as a teen, thought he was too slick and sentimental for a number of years, but have recently become to appreciate him again. The Best Short Stories in the English Language Volume I, Table of Contents Introduction A Lodging for the Night—A Story of Francis Villon by Robert Louis Stevenson The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson The Maltese Cat by Rudyard Kipling The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe Will o' the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson Wolfert Webber; or, Golden Dreams by Washington Irving The Ring of Thoth by Arthur Conan Doyle The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells Gifts of Oblivion by Dorothy Canfield Volume II, Table of Contents Introduction Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte The Brushwood Boy by Rudyard Kipling Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving An Unfinished Story by O. Henry The Claws of the Tiger by Gouverneur Morris IV The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson Bread Upon the Waters by Rudyard Kipling Marjorie Daw by Thomas Bailey Aldrich Love in a Mist by A. Neil Lyons His Wife by Stephen French Whitman Rebecca and Rowena by William Makepeace Thackeray Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant The Piece of String by Guy de Maupassant Cinderella by The Brothers Grimm The Story of Ruth Anonymous Volume III, Table of Contents. Introduction The Turn of the Screw by Henry James The Haunted and the Haunters; Or, The House and the Brain by Edward Bulwer-Lytton A Municipal Report by O. Henry The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home by Charles Dickens The Story of Richard Doubledick by Charles Dickens The Belled Buzzard by Irvin S. Cobb An Incident by Sarah Barnwell Elliott A Journey by Edith Wharton Beyond the Pale by Rudyard Kipling Without Benefit of Clergy by Rudyard Kipling The Stolen Story by Jesse Lynch Williams The Dead by James Joyce

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When I won, as a high school junior, a state-wide essay writing competition, I was invited with sundry other academic winners to a celebration at the capitol. Rick Perry was to preside. All of us — champions in debate, calculus, physics, music, literary criticism, and more — gathered on the floor of the Texas state senate to accept Governor Perry's congratulations. Perry took the podium as he does, with all folksy gravitas, gripping its edges in each hand. But when he addressed us he didn't talk about academic achievement. He talked about football. The Homecoming Queen: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig writes about Texas, football dreams, and homecoming mums. Homecoming mums, previously.

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At Deetjen's Inn in Big Sur, on the backside of one of the cabins, hangs this sign. Some sort of word game cipher thing. I tried rotational substitution in 1-step increments, but it's gibberish all the way. Any ideas?

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