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The Arty Dahlia

I’m continuing to explore making digital art using GIMP photo editing software. I take one or two photos and morph them using various effects just to see what happens. While I’m working, I save the iterations I like. If I don’t like an iteration, I back up and try something new. Here is the series I created using a photo of a pink dahlia.  

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Small Town Progressive

I live in a small town with a population of under 10,000 people. We’re often referred to as rural, and our county is most assuredly rural. When it comes to politics, our small town and rural county are true-to-type, with a majority of voters supporting conservative candidates in the last two presidential elections. In 2012, when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were on the ticket, Minnesota as a state chose Obama with 52.65% of the…

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An Open Letter to Trump’s Government Goons

Dear Government Goons of Trump – Forgive me for not being more specific in addressing you, but when you showed up to peaceful protests in Portland last month without identification and ready to bash heads and teargas people, “goon” is the kindest word I can think of to describe you. Can we talk about your behavior the last few years? Supposedly, you goons are from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which also heads up…

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Down With Glassines!

When it comes to recycling, one of the biggest barriers to recycling specific materials is contamination. Contamination comes in the form of other materials being mixed in with the material that is bound for recycling. For example, if you’re trying to recycle a cardboard box and there is grease or oil on it (think pizza box), the box can’t be recycled because of the oil. In addition, the more materials an item is purposely made…

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Howsabout Some Samples for Those of Us with Eczema?

I’ve been dealing with eczema for about a decade now. It’s annoying as f*#@, particularly when it flares. Which it does a couple times a year and then takes months to subside. I have a number of moisturizers, along with calamine lotion, witch hazel, and hydrogen peroxide (yes, it stings!) to help bring a wee bit of comfort to my eczema (well, maybe not that hydrogen peroxide, but it helps me keep the eczema patches…

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