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Ruth Coffee (RuthCoffee)

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I'm Ruth. I live in Zionsville with my cat and dog. I worked in healthcare for 25 years, management for much of that, and since then have focused on volunteering with babies and animals who need help. I write on the side, I keep up with the news, am interested in health related topics, and like most people, I enjoy good food. Traveling and nature are two things I've been pretty passionate about my entire life. Variety is the spice of life to me so you may find me researching and writing about just about any topic.

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    Versailles State Park

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    Balloon Kyphoplasty

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    Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

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    Mingo Falls

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    Ramsey Cascades Trail

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    Medicine Bow Wyoming

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    A Visit to Yellowstone National Park

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    Electronic Writing Pad

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    Deer Resistant Plants

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    Shakamak State Park

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    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

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    Electronic Pill Dispenser

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    How to Install Wainscoting Without a Professional

    2 months ago

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    How to Keep Your Outdoor Cat Warm in Winter

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    Beef Stroganoff Recipes

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    Covered Bridge Festival

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    Indiana Dunes State Park

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    Mounds State Park and the Mound Builders

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    Language Development Activities for PreSchool Age Children

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    How to Choose a More Rugged Cell Phone For Work or Outdoors

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    A Look Back at 1970s Toys

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    How to Choose Medical Alert Systems

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    Things to Do With Pictures

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    Caring for Parents

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    Your Old Digital Camera

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    The Influence of Advertising

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    Small Town USA - Mulberry, Indiana

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    Abandoned Kittens

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    A Rugged Digital Camera

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    The Best Cell Phones for Music Lovers

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    Rail Trails for Family Biking

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    Circus City - The World's Greatest Amateur Circus

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    Cell Phones Without a Plan

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    Stop Unwanted Calls and Messages

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    How to Spend Less

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    Growing up 70s

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    How to Transfer Pictures to Computer

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    Cell Phones for Seniors

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    Television and Children

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    Stolen Cell Phones

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    Best Cell Phones for Kids

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