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Finding Dad’s Suit For His Funeral In Our Family’s Inimitable Fashion Released Our Grief

The black rotary phone rings on the wall in my parent’s kitchen, interrupting our quiet conversation.

Late summer sunshine filtering through the pines outside the log house is fading to dusk. I jump up quickly to answer the phone before Mama is disturbed.

​“Maybe it’s Troy,” I say.

The rest…

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I have been Off Line Again — NOT By Choice — YET. Finally I Panned Some Gold

I write this with a sense of tremulous gratitude.

Let me be clear, it has been so very long since I have felt this kind of way, it’s hard for me to actually name the feelings that are racing around.

That, in and of itself, makes me sad to recognize…

Media Manipulation

Media Mask Debate Echoes USA Today’s 2017 Hysteria Tweets Regarding “Possible Modification” of a Ruger AR-556

Screencap Official USA Today Twitter

Of course you remember the chainsaw bayonet. I think this particular “media hysteria signaling moment” is in the top three of all time mock the media in historical media moments.

Did you have a favorite alternative modification meme someone sent you? …


Thanks to NSO Group’s Un-Patchable Malware I Am Free

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The Guardian reported the biggest story yet confirming the life-destroying malware, Pegasus, unleashed upon humanity by Israeli NSO Group, has been used much more extensively than its creators claimed, with a list of thousands of “regular”, i.e non-terrorist, non-criminal,people affected.

Uh, duh.

I tried to let the FBI know, but…

The “I Agree” We Are Forced Into At Every Healthcare Appointment

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It’s interesting to consider how few people know what exactly is in the consent form(s) they are asked to sign when they roll into any medical clinic, hospital, laboratory, or the like for an appointment.

Do you know? Have you asked?

What I have found even more unique? The professional…

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30 Questions About How “Informed” America’s Citizens Are In This 2021 Digital World

This questionnaire is the full one, from a subset featured in my article, “Do You Read The Fine Print In The Medical “Consent to Treat” You Sign? published in The Bad Influence on Medium.

  1. I use the Internet/ Internet of Things (IOT):

a)0 mins daily

b)<1 hour daily

c)<2 hours…

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Stiletto Speaks Her Truth About Cindy’s Latest Affair

Hey, Cindy, I know you.

How could I not? I am the shoes you live in. You and me? Our history is legendary.

Regardless of how, ugh, “COMFY”, you say those hideous rubber glorified Trojans on your feet are, I know you will be sliding those toesies into my supple…

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Quick Links To Hot Press of The Past Month

As I am still shakily attempting my Medium “return/comeback/ clawback”, I appreciate every solitary click and read on every story.

When I was able to log in to Medium after a year (YEAR!) …

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Being a Devout Believer in a World of Conformity, Hate, & Indifference

“But I thought you were smarter than that.”

“You seemed so intelligent, though.”

“I never would have took you for one of them.”

These echo in my mind as I slip into the pew. It is silent in the chapel.

The faint scent of incense lingers, a remnant of the…

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A cautionary rant about rural living

While picturesque in areas where I currently live (Middle Of Nowhere) is getting on my last, barely functional nerve.

I really am sick to death of living here, I surprise myself by admitting internally.

The lack of sunny days.

The wet of summer — not humidity, the rainy days, which…

Heather S. Wargo

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