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I love a good old-fashioned ghost story: stuff like The Sixth Sense, Woman in Black and Paranormal Activity can really get my adrenaline pumping and then I start hollering stuff like, "Oh, you do NOT want to go in there" and "Turn around, turn around, they are RIGHT BEHIND YOU, dammit"! Which is probably why it is a pretty good idea that I wait until these type of movies are released on DVD. I just get myself too involved in the storyline and, more often than not, would end up...you know...more dead-ish than not. Which is why I am not... Continue »
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We bought our house in 1996, just before the Southern California housing market began to emerge from a recession made worse by the closure of aerospace facilities and the damage wrought by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The same factors that made the house affordable also affected the neighborhood in the form of empty shopping centers and sparse amenities. That changed shortly after we moved in... but history repeats itself, and the most recent economic downturn has taken its toll here once again. Continue »
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I'm hosting the Lonely Planet Blogsherpa Blog Carnival this time around, and our theme this week is Kids Around the World. I asked my fellow Blogsherpas to write about taking their kids on trips or meeting kids while traveling. I... Continue »
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All night I pass the picture in the hall. It is a soft, inviting painting, a far away place, a village with narrow winding streets and a few boats floating in a blue sea. It is very late, and I... Continue »