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Becky Muth (penelopae)

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I'm a freelance writer and graphic designer. I live with my husband (a retired career firefighter) and our two sons in the eastern panhandle area of West Virginia. Together we have nine pets - four dogs and five reptiles.

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  • Coke or Pepsi?
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    Coke or Pepsi?

    3 weeks ago

    The debate between Coke and Pepsi is one that began decades ago. Do you prefer Coca Cola? Pepsi Cola? Or do you find they taste so similar that you don't really have a preference between the two?

  • How to Get Hired as a Freelance Writer
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    How to Get Hired as a Freelance Writer

    3 years ago

    The purpose of this guide is to help you go from part-time blogger to full-time freelancer!

  • Dogs With Non-Lead Movie Roles
    2

    Dogs With Non-Lead Movie Roles

    5 years ago

    There are a lot of great dog characters in film. Benji, Scooby Doo, RinTinTin, Winn-Dixie, Toto, and Old Yeller rank up there with other canines who can claim to have been cast in a starring movie role, and their names...

  • What Was the Mothman?
    1

    What Was the Mothman?

    2 months ago

    A mythical being who allegedly terrorized the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia for thirteen months from November, 1966 until December 1967, the mothman is still a hot subject in popular culture. The mothman...

  • Where Do You Get Your Adverbs, Lolly?
    2

    Where Do You Get Your Adverbs, Lolly?

    5 years ago

    Of all the things I miss from the television line-up of my childhood, I miss Schoolhouse Rock the most. A series of short cartoons lasting around five minutes at best, they covered topics like grammar, math, the...

  • The Colony - Could You Survive?
    1

    The Colony - Could You Survive?

    2 months ago

    The mid-season break between the first and second halves of season two of The Walking Dead is sheer torture. I cannot wait for the next episode! While looking for similar shows to watch during the zombie-free weeks, I...

  • Sounds from the Past
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    Sounds from the Past

    5 years ago

    Everything becomes extinct over time. It happens to some things quicker than others. For instance, despite the recent revival of legwarmers, thankfully other 80s trends forever reside in the virtual graveyard of bad...

  • Friday the 13th - Curse or Coincidence?
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    Friday the 13th - Curse or Coincidence?

    5 years ago

    Friggatriskaidekaphobiacs beware! It's the fruition of your worst fear -- fear of Friday the 13th. And you aren't alone; another 17 to 21 million others also cower in fear at facing another Friday the 13th. What is the...

  • Wizards of Waverly Place - The Final Episode
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    Wizards of Waverly Place - The Final Episode

    5 years ago

    After more than one hundred episodes, Disney channel's popular series, "Wizards of Waverly Place," wrapped up its ongoing story line by finally announcing who became the family wizard. As viewers know, teasers...

  • Chef Curtis Stone
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    Chef Curtis Stone

    5 years ago

    A native Australian, Chef Curtis Stone trained in London, England. He has a cooking/lifestyle program called "Surfing the Menu" and stars on television as the "Take Home Chef" which is a popular...

  • Why I Boycotted the Library
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    Why I Boycotted the Library

    5 years ago

    Don't get me wrong. I once had a passionate relationship with the local community library, and spent an entire summer volunteering. But then I got distracted, and started slipping. Eventually I stopped showing up at...

  • TMI on Facebook
    3

    TMI on Facebook

    5 years ago

    What started out as a social networking environment quickly snowballed into a behemoth atmosphere of chaotic activity. It seems that everyone from the girl next door to my grandma has a Facebook page. Businesses,...

  • Honey Badger Don't Care
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    Honey Badger Don't Care

    4 years ago

    I don't know who this Randall person is, but he is obviously quite the expert on the topic of honey badgers. Among his sundry narrations of original National Geographic videos, the one about the honey badger is the most...

  • New Years Resolutions and Commercialism
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    New Years Resolutions and Commercialism

    5 years ago

    If there's any doubt that it's January, just turn on the television and wait for a commercial. Or better yet, turn on an infomercial. Nearly every single one offers advice on how to look better, feel better, or some...

  • You Spelled It Wrong
    3

    You Spelled It Wrong

    5 years ago

    Spelling is the arrangement of letters to form a word. Letters may be arranged alphabetically, or phonetically. This article addresses the former. Importance of Correct Spelling People who do not care about spelling...

  • When Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge
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    When Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge

    5 years ago

    When pets cross the "rainbow bridge" their souls depart this earth and await for us on the other side. Are there pets in heaven? How could it be heaven without them? I find it difficult to believe that God (or...

  • The Return of Mr. Bean
    2

    The Return of Mr. Bean

    5 years ago

    Today's random Netflix choice was The Return of Mr. Bean, an episode from the British series which originally aired in the early 1990s. The show begins with Mr. Bean, the main character, coming upon a street musician....

  • New Years Un-resolutions
    2

    New Years Un-resolutions

    5 years ago

    When the calendar page turns to the first day of the new year, people all over the world make lists of ways to improve themselves over the next twelve months. I for one am sick of the pressure and done with it all! No...

  • Doris Day - An American Icon
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    Doris Day - An American Icon

    5 years ago

    In both the film and music industries, Doris Day is a true American Icon. Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1924, she was a band singer for six years before noticed with the hit of her song, "Sentimental...

  • Who is More Cool, Phineas or Ferb?
    1

    Who is More Cool, Phineas or Ferb?

    5 years ago

    Disney first introduced Phineas and Ferb in 2007. The pair of bright step-brothers secretly built a roller coaster in the first episode. Each week since their sister Candace tries in vain to alert her mother of the...

  • Dr. Phil's Secret Divorce
    7

    Dr. Phil's Secret Divorce

    5 years ago

    Okay, so technically, the marriage was annulled. And apparently, it's not that big of a secret anymore. You may be thinking, "But I just saw Dr. Phil and Robin on television, and he and Robin looked very...

  • Improve Your Typing Skills
    3

    Improve Your Typing Skills

    5 years ago

    Poor typing skills are an increasing problem in today's digital world. One of the biggest reasons is because public schools have all but abandoned typing classes that use an honest-to-goodness typewriter. Even if they...

  • Why Ralphie Was Destined to Shoot His Eye Out
    1

    Why Ralphie Was Destined to Shoot His Eye Out

    5 years ago

    "You'll shoot your eye out," is one of the most popular Christmas movie catchphrases of all time. It's now used for everything from a word of caution from overprotective parents, to lewd innuendo that has no...

  • Things SciFi Gave Society
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    Things SciFi Gave Society

    2 months ago

    Technology is a wonderful thing. Thanks to the efforts of inventors like Steve Jobs, gadgets our parents and grandparents only dreamed about are now a part of our daily lives. This article explores a few popular ones,...

  • Ways to Geek Out Your Gingerbread House
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    Ways to Geek Out Your Gingerbread House

    5 years ago

    Some friends in our neighborhood let their teenagers decorate their annual family gingerbread house. Letting the kids tackle the dessert without any kind of theme restrictions resulted in an edible replica of a scene...

  • RPG Frenemies
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    RPG Frenemies

    5 years ago

    Call us wishy-washy griefers, ambivalent friends, or back-stabbing trolls. There’s only one term that fits a namby-pamby pal -- frenemy! I’ve had some since discovering my first addictive RPG game; and...

  • Alternatives to Chocolate
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    Alternatives to Chocolate

    5 years ago

    In early summer of 2011 my body started reacting to chocolate. A visit to the doctor confirmed what my husband and I already suspected. I was allergic to chocolate. Why? Perhaps it was stress. Perhaps it was because I...

  • Getting Along with In-laws During the Holidays
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    Getting Along with In-laws During the Holidays

    2 months ago

    In-laws. I know, right? They do everything better, for less money, in half the time. And nothing your family does will ever be half as wonderful as theirs. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you're on your way to a...

  • 80's Themed Gifts
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    80's Themed Gifts

    5 years ago

    Who didn't like the 80's? Some of the best movies were made in that decade! Here are some 80's themed gifts that will satisfy the retro-fan in your life. Rubik's Cube - If you never solved it thirty years ago, here's...

  • Last Minute Gifts for Gamers
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    Last Minute Gifts for Gamers

    5 years ago

    So looking over your list, you realize that you have nothing for your favorite gamer. ACK! It's too late to order a great gift for gamers. What will you do? Never fear! Here are some ideas for last minute gifts for the...

  • Who Will Be the Family Wizard on Wizards of Waverly Place?
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    Who Will Be the Family Wizard on Wizards of Waverly Place?

    5 years ago

    Fans of Disney Channel know that on January 6th, the Wizards of Waverly Place Family Wizard Competition will name the Russo family wizard once and for all. Yes, the successful four year series nears its inevitable end...

  • Weird Uses for Duct Tape
    1

    Weird Uses for Duct Tape

    5 years ago

    Supposedly there are over one million uses for duct tape. Here are a few of the weirder ones! PROM CLOTHES - Duck brand tape sponsors a contest each year. Eligible students from across the country try their hand at...

  • Weird Christmas Traditions
    0

    Weird Christmas Traditions

    5 years ago

    Everyone knows if you're a good little child, then you will be visited by Santa Claus, or some benevolent variation. But what happens to the bad little children? Long before the Grinch made his storybook debut,...

  • RPG Cheaters
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    RPG Cheaters

    2 months ago

    Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat, right? Sadly the old saying doesn’t always hold true, either in real life or roleplaying games. It seems that every day someone finds a new to exploit a bug, or some...

  • RPG - Gold Farming
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    RPG - Gold Farming

    5 years ago

    Gold farming is the practice of selling virtual assets gained in a computer game (often an MMORPG) for real money. So how did it get started? One player, with a lot of stuff, decided to use online auction sites and...

  • RPG - Changing Your Mind
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    RPG - Changing Your Mind

    5 years ago

    You’ve spent weeks, even months plotting. All the characters are in place. And just when it’s time to roll your fate in the matter, it happens. You realize you’re changing your mind. Or worse, things...

  • Meets
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    Meets

    5 years ago

    No matter which game you play, eventually someone suggests meeting offline. Whether it’s amongst a clique within the game or open to all players, meets might be limited to those living in a specific geographic...

  • RPG Bridezilla
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    RPG Bridezilla

    5 years ago

    Wikipedia describes a bridezilla (a neologisticportmanteau of bride and Godzilla) as a difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist bride. Obviously, whoever wrote that never had to plan and execute an entire roleplay game...

  • Christmas Movie Review - A Miracle on 34th Street
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    Christmas Movie Review - A Miracle on 34th Street

    2 months ago

    The synopsis gives a brief but accurate statement explaining the plot; department store Santa goes on trial to prove he's the real deal. But there's so much more to this movie! It has nostalgic moments that hearken back...

  • Choosing a Favorite NFL Team
    1

    Choosing a Favorite NFL Team

    5 years ago

    Choosing a favorite sports team is serious business! There's a lot to consider, especially if you come from a family of football fans. Although this season is more than half over, it's never too early to start thinking...

  • Last Minute Gifts to Crochet
    3

    Last Minute Gifts to Crochet

    5 years ago

    Every year...it never fails. Weeks, even days before some kind of Christmas function I realize that someone got left off the list. My list is more of a spreadsheet, and even though I copy the columns for names and likes...

  • Merry Zombie Christmas
    1

    Merry Zombie Christmas

    5 years ago

    Are you a fan of the Walking Dead? Are you counting down how many days are left until February 12th when the next episode airs? Here are some cool zombie-themed items for your Christmas wish list to help you pass the...

  • Dogs Are Better Than Cats
    4

    Dogs Are Better Than Cats

    2 months ago

    It's no secret that I'm a lover of all things canine. Despite being allergic to them, I have two dogs of my own! Each day I happily wash down two pills that keeps the itching and sneezing at bay. That's good, especially...

  • Quick and Easy Breakfasts
    1

    Quick and Easy Breakfasts

    5 years ago

    A breakfast like the one pictured in the photo above would be wonderful, but for most people it isn't a realistic option. Too many people skip breakfast despite the fact that their body is hungry for nutrients, most...

  • Things to do on the Kindle Fire Besides Read
    4

    Things to do on the Kindle Fire Besides Read

    2 months ago

    In the past two hours I've seen half a dozen commercials for the Kindle Fire. For those not familiar with the latest gadget from Amazon, set the "it's just another Kindle" way of thinking aside. This one has...

  • The Mythology of MMORPGs
    1

    The Mythology of MMORPGs

    5 years ago

    Sure, your teachers in school probably taught you all about mythology from Athena to Zeus, and everything in between. But they probably didn't tell you about the opportunity to step back into time via MMORPGs to...

  • The Lost Art of Procrastinating
    1

    The Lost Art of Procrastinating

    5 years ago

    Placing top priority on otherwise useless things is truly a lost art. Who needs busy schedules and lists bogging them down when the world is full of so very many wonderful distractions? I personally manage to spend...

  • Popular Themes in Literature
    3

    Popular Themes in Literature

    5 years ago

    Whether fiction or nonfiction, or prose or poetry, most literature has a theme. Scholars argue that there are dozens of possible themes, but here are some of the most popular ones. GOOD VERSUS EVIL This theme pits a...

  • Brooklyn's Hidden Gems
    2

    Brooklyn's Hidden Gems

    5 years ago

    When visiting New York City, I skip Manhattan. The financial district is boring. If you've seen the Statue of Liberty once, well...you've seen her. The village is interesting, but not really my style. Times Square is...

  • Awesome Xbox 360 Racing Games for Teenage Boys
    2

    Awesome Xbox 360 Racing Games for Teenage Boys

    5 years ago

    What teenage boy doesn't like cars? Even those not yet old enough to drive will enjoy zooming about in their favorite Xbox 360 racing games! Here are some of the Xbox 360 racing games on my teenage boys' Christmas list...

  • NCIS Characters
    1

    NCIS Characters

    5 years ago

    Admittedly, I never watched the CBS military-drama, NCIS until my fourteen-year-old son invited me to sit through an episode. The next thing I knew, I was turning in for repeats each time they aired on the USA network....

  • Totally Free (Slightly Redneck) Christmas Gifts
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    Totally Free (Slightly Redneck) Christmas Gifts

    5 years ago

    Times are hard and everyone's trying to cut back. Stop impulse shopping! Make a list, and next to it instead of writing what you'd like to buy each person, write down what each person likes. From crafty, hand-made items...

  • Top Ten Geek Gifts for Under Ten Dollars
    1

    Top Ten Geek Gifts for Under Ten Dollars

    5 years ago

    The good thing about geeks is that they're easy to please, and they don't care if the gifts are cheap, as long as the giver's heart is in the right place. In today's economy who can afford a brand new iPad2 or a souped...

  • Awesome Christmas Gifts for Gamers
    1

    Awesome Christmas Gifts for Gamers

    4 years ago

    This year is the most fun I've had Christmas shopping in a very long time. My sons are now teenagers and share my love of all things video-game related. We spend mother-son afternoons at the arcade where we battle to...

  • Celebrity Gamers
    1

    Celebrity Gamers

    5 years ago

    This article explores the possibility of celebrities playing roleplaying games, and what kind of character they'd roll up, based on their real-life personalities.

  • How Will Hershel Deal with the Massacre of His Zombie Kin?
    0

    How Will Hershel Deal with the Massacre of His Zombie Kin?

    5 years ago

    If you watched the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, then you know that Hershel's barn is now free of zombies, thanks to Shane and the rest of the guests to the farm. I have to say, I almost felt bad for the poor...

  • How to Save Money on Dog Treats
    1

    How to Save Money on Dog Treats

    5 years ago

    In this economy our family has cut corners upon corners, but there are few things we refuse to compromise on, especially when it comes to our pets. They love us unconditionally, so I refuse to give them half-rate treats...

  • Why Dogs are Better Than Humans
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    Why Dogs are Better Than Humans

    5 years ago

    My dog is a golden retriever named Gingerbelle. She is my best friend in the entire world. On two different occasions (one emotional, one physical) she saved my life, and for that I am forever indebted to her. Caring...

  • How to Make a "Surviving Black Friday Kit"
    0

    How to Make a "Surviving Black Friday Kit"

    5 years ago

    We've all seen the ads. Shoppers far and wide look forward to this day -- the day after Thanksgiving, and the biggest shopping day of the year. One friend of mine has a spreadsheet prepared weeks in advance, with a...

  • How to Select a Great Holiday Nail Polish
    0

    How to Select a Great Holiday Nail Polish

    5 years ago

    Sure, you could spend hours fretting over lists, shopping advertisements, and traditional recipes, but the big issue about the holidays is this -- how should you paint your nails? That's right! In this economy, who can...

  • Football is Sexy
    4

    Football is Sexy

    5 years ago

    After spending more than a decade as a football widow, I finally got into the game and started watching them regardless of who was playing -- even on days when I was the only one home. Something that caught my attention...

  • How to Select a Name for Your Fantasy Roleplay Character
    1

    How to Select a Name for Your Fantasy Roleplay Character

    5 years ago

    Whether the role playing game you choose is based on something well-known, like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, or something more original like games produced by Iron Realms Entertainment, choosing a name is one of the...

  • Useful Black Friday Apps for Your Android Phone
    0

    Useful Black Friday Apps for Your Android Phone

    5 years ago

    When preparing for Black Friday madness, there are certain rituals I perform every year; make a list, check it twice, get a good night's sleep the night before, keep a bottle of water and a healthy snack in my car for...

  • Misheard Country Music Lyrics
    3

    Misheard Country Music Lyrics

    5 years ago

    A lot of my childhood included listening to country music because that was the choice of my parents, and a lot of my friends. However, I wasn't a very good listener because my version of many of the song lyrics varied...

  • Types of Home Schooling
    2

    Types of Home Schooling

    5 years ago

    Whether you already home school your children, or are looking into future home schooling options, there are various routes you can take based on the specific laws and guidelines set forth by your state. The Home School...

  • Worst Grammar Mistakes
    4

    Worst Grammar Mistakes

    5 years ago

    Bad grammar reflects poorly not only on the person speaking it, but also on whoever tried teaching them in the first place. More and more, Americans are descending into a chasm of improper literary terms. What follows...

  • The Walking Dead - Why Does Hershel Have A Barn Full of Zombies?
    2

    The Walking Dead - Why Does Hershel Have A Barn Full of Zombies?

    5 years ago

    If you aren't a fan of AMC's The Walking Dead, here's a quick summary to help catch you up to "Chupacabra" which was the title of last week's episode. A band of motley survivors in the midst of a zombie...

  • Train Your Dog to Pee Outside
    2

    Train Your Dog to Pee Outside

    5 years ago

    Puppies are adorable, but responsibility is the bride of pet ownership, regardless of the species. Every day newspapers and online classified advertisements like Craig's List find people trying to unload an unruly pet...

  • The Union Jack
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    The Union Jack

    5 years ago

    Last weekend I dragged my family to downtown Winchester, Virginia to a "surprise location" for lunch. Having never tried authentic British food, I was eager to try the Union Jack Pub & Restaurant, located...

  • Easy Recipes for Holiday Dishes That Look Complicated but Are Really Simple
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    Easy Recipes for Holiday Dishes That Look Complicated but Are Really Simple

    5 years ago

    The holidays are coming and that usually means visiting friends and family, potluck dinners with people from places like church or work, and perhaps even children's school events. Even if you're not a horrible cook,...

  • How to Make Cheap Gifts Look Expensive
    2

    How to Make Cheap Gifts Look Expensive

    5 years ago

    In this economy, finding just the right gift for just the right person without breaking your budget can really add stress to a holiday that's supposed to spread peace on earth and goodwill to men. There is absolutely...

  • Christmas Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys and Young Men
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    Christmas Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys and Young Men

    5 years ago

    Teenage boys are some of the most difficult people to shop for on a Christmas list. These ideas lend a unique twist on some otherwise traditionally generic gifts!

  • Controverisal Barbie Dolls - From Boob Jobs to Tramp Stamps!
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    Controverisal Barbie Dolls - From Boob Jobs to Tramp Stamps!

    5 years ago

    As a young girl there was no greater joy than visiting my best friend. We would spend entire summer afternoons playing with our dolls. Our favorite was a Barbie knock-off named Lindsey, who boasted similar measurements....

  • 5 Reasons Why RPGs Trump Online Dating
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    5 Reasons Why RPGs Trump Online Dating

    5 years ago

    Services that guarantee a life match based on personality profiles have no idea what they're doing. Gaming is where to find real harmony! If the character you play meets someone and is living happily ever after, then...

  • Making the Best of A Bad Reputation
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    Making the Best of A Bad Reputation

    5 years ago

    People form reputations about things based on the footprints they create. Footprints exist in almost every aspect of life, whether virtual or literal. When visiting the ocean, footprints stay behind in the sand. Some...

  • Christmas Gift Ideas for the Hard to Please
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    Christmas Gift Ideas for the Hard to Please

    5 years ago

    Almost everyone can find one person on their Christmas list who is hard to shop for, whether it's a beloved parent, an eccentric in-law, or a teenager. This article offers helpful suggestions for things to get the...

  • Trendy Coffee Shops Near Harpers Ferry, WV (That Are Not Starbucks)
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    Trendy Coffee Shops Near Harpers Ferry, WV (That Are Not Starbucks)

    2 months ago

    Coffee is not an indulgence for me. It’s not a way of life, either. The word that comes closest when describing my relationship with coffee is obsession. Because my town has no Starbucks, I'm forced to rely on the...

  • Don't Screw With My Devilled Eggs
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    Don't Screw With My Devilled Eggs

    5 years ago

    As a person who suffers from an assortment of food allergies, the worst thing that can happen when I'm eating is for someone else to ask, "Can you taste what the surprise ingredient is?" The thought of...

  • You Won’t Find Edward In Aetolia
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    You Won’t Find Edward In Aetolia

    5 years ago

    Okay, I lied. You will find Edward in the RPG game Aetolia! And he was born on 22nd of Arios, year 106 of the Midnight Age. However, it’s unlikely that he fits the profile of the popular character in Stephanie...

  • Flamingos in Children's Media
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    Flamingos in Children's Media

    5 years ago

    Appropriately named for the wing of the mythological bird, the phoenix, the flamingo introduces itself to each new generation as if it were appearing for the first time. The cheeky avians date back to the age of...

  • 5 Fun Things to do with a Dwarf
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    5 Fun Things to do with a Dwarf

    5 years ago

    Dwarves. Every role-playing game seems to have them. Yeah, they’re short, doughty and more loyal than a knight’s trusty steed, but if they’re not serving an underground use then what good are they? A...

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