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Need an umbrella today?

25 Sep

Thanks Jenn for this tip.

A great website as simple as it needs to be, do you or do you not need to bring an umbrella with you today?

Enter a zipcode, and you will get your answer, and even have the option to get a text message on days that it is supposed to rain. 🙂

Umbrella Today?

The one sentence story.

25 Sep

This goes out to my honorary sister, Crystal. She once told me that when she is choosing her next book to read (in probably one evening, no less), she always reads the very first sentence of a book to pass judgement. One sentence to determine if she will commit her eyes to hundreds of written pages, pages that may contain lovely little important moments to treasure. Why so quick to judge, I always thought. However, I am a reviews reader. I love the one sentence sum-ups that grace the front and back covers, and sometimes the inside pages. So, it seems we are all one-sentence aficionados, our short attention spans needing to be grabbed by the BIG WORDED HANDS of literature. Because who knows how long we will pay attention?

So, when I saw this website, I thought, perfect! One sentence to tell an entire story. I love it. 

So Crystal, for yours, and my short-lived enjoyment, I give you

Some of my favorites:

“I held my father’s hand as he died in that hospital room and realized I’d never held his hand before that moment.”

“As you were breaking up with me, all I could think about were those mornings when you compared the Pop-Tarts and gave me the one with more frosting.”

“One night on ecstasy, I stopped a fight between two drag queens in the ladies restroom and then I made them give each other a hug.”

“My online dating service matched me with my cousin.”

“My mother called me to do a chore and i responded, “What you need, woman,” to which my father chided, ‘Your mother is NOT a woman!'”

“I married my husband on our first date, but it has taken me more than 5 years to decide what colour to paint our dining room.”

“His efforts were so valiant, I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was front clasp.”

“Recently I realized that I waste my life on the internet … and published this insight in a blog.”

“I’ve never been as proud as I was when I sat down and honestly said, ‘Yes, as a matter of fact, I HAVE been flossing.'”

A BIG note about Carol McCain.

25 Sep

This article, taken from, exposes details about McCain’s first marriage. It originated from the UK’s Daily Mail in June 2008.

Carol McCain

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fiber by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children. But there is another Mrs. McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to McCain’s three eldest children.

She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news. But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969.

Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries.

When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter. Today, she stands at just 5′ 4″ in and still walks awkwardly, with a pronounced limp. Her body is held together by screws and metal plates and, at 70, her face is worn by wrinkles that speak of decades of silent suffering.

For nearly 30 years, Carol has maintained a dignified silence about the accident, McCain and their divorce. But last week at the bungalow where she now lives at Virginia Beach, a faded seaside resort 200 miles south of Washington, she told The Mail on Sunday how McCain divorced her in 1980 and married Cindy, 18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing fortune, just one month later.

“My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens … it just does.”

In 1979 — while still married to Carol — he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage. Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centered womanizer who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.

Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a leading campaigner for veterans’ rights, said: “I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is — deceit.”

“When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it. Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.”

“McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,” he said. “After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.”

Ross Perot, a billionaire Texas businessman, and a former presidential candidate, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel — even by the standards of modern politics.