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  1. Edit: I originally posted this a few hours ago. I should be in bed, but I was going over in my mind what I wanted to do with this and I couldn't sleep until I did. I considered having it deleted but I decided to try something different. I don't know how well this will go over. I'm going out on a limb here so hopefully, you'll bear with me. So here it is: This contains two stories, a short story which I wrote when I was ten, which is over 15 years ago, and is entitled "Journey to Blueberry Island," So it's short and alittle cheesy, I'm kinda of embarassed to post it to tell the truth. But I thought it would be amusing to dust it off and let it see the light of day again. Before this, the only people who have read it are some of my family members. The backstory of the story which is alitle more personal and is autobiographical. The backstory does explain how this story came about but also touches on other aspects of my life. It's about a canoe trip I took when I was ten and the different things that came from. I have it divided into three parts, that I will post once I get it all worked out. So here it goes: ------------ I went on a canoe trip with my parents, brothers, and grandfather to northern Minnesota when I was 10. My grandfather has been an enthusiastic canoist all his life and had worked as a guide in the area back in the 40s (my dad also worked at the same place in the 70s). While we were on the trip, we stopped on a small island which was completely covered with blueberries...I went nuts...I think I ate half of the berries that I picked right there. Wild blueberries are so much better than the ones you get in the store. Despite me eating half of the berries, we still had enough for my grandfather to make two blueberry pies that night by the campfire. They were so good and they were so much better because my grandfather made them. I was inspired by the blueberry picking and my grandfather's pies to write this story. My dad was also reading the Wizard of Oz books to me at the time, so that influence is apparent as well. I have more to say about the influence that this canoe trip has had on my life and my grandfather but I'll save that for later and get on to the story. ---- Chapter One: Blueberry Island Mike and Sandy lived in a small town in Minnesota. The town was so small that it didn't have a name. They lived on a blueberry farm. They had had a very dry summer. One day they found a map in a bottle; they showed it to their mom and dad. Their parents said a kid must have made it and put it there for someone to find it. That weekend Mike, Sandy, and their dog Spotty got out their wood canoe, that they had made from an old tree. The tree had fallen down during a storm two years ago. They got out three paddles and lifejackets for each of them; and made lunch for themselves to eat on the way. They took the map with them to see if they could follow it. When they were out in the middle of nowhere, a storm came and blew them to shore. When they woke up, Mike, Sandy, and Spotty all smelled a blueberry scent. Upon getting up and looking around they saw miles and miles of blueberries and a huge waterfall. They walked a long time and stopped along the way to pick blueberries. The berries were larger and juicier than the berries back home. Sandy and Mike looked at each other and asked, "Where are we?" When they arrived at the river, they found that the river was very low. Some of the plants looked like they hadn't had water for a long time. Then they saw a hill with the biggest and juiciest blueberries on the whole island. So they ran up the hill. Mike was reaching out to pick one of the biggest berries, but someone yelled out, "STOP!! The berries belong to the Queen of Blueberry Island." Mike, Sandy, and Spotty looked around and saw no one, but on turning back around they saw a small bear with a pair of blue overalls and a red shirt on. -- Chapter Two: Queen Berry Sandy asked, "Who are you?" "I am Baby Blue, the Guardian of the Queen's berries. Who are you and who is that little animal that has it's tongue sticking out?" he said. Sandy answered, "I am Sandy and that's my little brother, Mike, and the animal is Spotty our dog." "Why did you come here?" Blue asked. Mike answered, "We found a map; and a storm brought us here. By the way, where are we?" "You are at Blueberry Island, the place where blueberries grow. Can I see the map?" Blue asked. "Sure, here it is," said Sandy, handing Blue the map. He looked at it in a very odd way, then Blue looked up and said "Come with me. We must see the Queen immediately at Blueberry City." Before they could say any more, Baby Blue had started walking away. Mike and Sandy ran up to him, Spotty ran after them. The group walked for about fifteen minutes before coming into sight of an enormous blue castle with windows in the shape of blueberries. Blueberry plants were growing up the huge gates of the castle. They came to the gates and knocked on the door. The gates opened and they walked inside. Everywhere Mike, Sandy, and Spotty looked there were gardens growing all kinds of things like blueberry muffins, blueberry pies, blueberry syrup, blueberry pancakes, blueberry tarts, blueberry jams, and etc. and etc.. Soon the small group came to the palace doors. "Stay here, I'll be back," said Blue. Then he opened the big door and went in. "Sandy, what do you think is going on?" asked Mike. "I do not know. But I wish someone would tell us what is so important about that map and us coming here," Sandy answered. Then the door opened and Baby Blue said, "Come in. The Queen will see you now." Mike and Sandy looked at him and said, "What!?" "I said the Queen will see you now," answered Blue. "We know, but we would like it if someone would tell us what is going on," said Mike. "Follow me," Blue said. Mike, Sandy, and Spotty followed Blue down a long and wide hallway. The floor had a dark blue carpet and the walls had the finest blue wallpaper. Then they came to two big doors. One of the guards said, "You may enter," as he opened the door for them. In the middle of the big room sat the Queen. Addressing the Queen, Blue said, "Your Highness, these are the two people I was telling you about. They found the map and came here." Then Sandy yelled out, "What is going on here!" "Baby Blue, why did you not tell them," added Queen Berry. "You told me not to tell anyone because they might start worrying about it," answered Baby Blue. "About what!?' Mike said, wanting to know right then and there. Queen Berry then told them the whole story, "There's Old Bear who hates blueberries. She put a spell on us so that it cannot rain. I'm glad that you all came when you did. The berries cannot go on much longer without the rain." ------- Now I can go get some sleep.
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    Internet Myths (Newsletter)

    Sure it is
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    Internet Myths (Newsletter)

    Favorite internet myth? Do we really have to limit it to the internet? Many were around before the internet, the internet just made it easier for them to spread. I'm more interested in why people believe these things and why they don't question them. That's actually part of my research interest, though, I focus on health issues. Though, since we're talking about the internet, my favorite quote about the internet myths is: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet -Abraham Lincoln
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    Career advice anyone?

    @KTC: Just out of curiosity, what type of medical career are you considering, something research/lab-based or clinical/working with patients? If you're wanting to work with patients being emotionally detached and going through the motions aren't the best characteristics to have with that type of job. They don't help with having a good bed side manner. Edit: Just in case you say bedside manner doesn't matter in health care, there's a pile of literature that says otherwise.
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    Career advice anyone?

    @elonah: I'm sorry to hear that you had a bad experience due to a professor. It's very sad that some professors think it's okay to be degrading to students. Just because someone has a PhD, doesn't mean they should be allowed to deal with students. Without going into all of the details, I had two difficult professors (one more than the other) on my advisory committee for a PhD who damaged my confidence. It eventually lead to me changing topics, getting a new committee, and adding two more years to get my degree (crosses fingers that it's only two, I should be done by the spring or summer).
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    Career advice anyone?

    I really can't agree with any of the responses in this thread. My advice for starting university and future career: figure out what you like and find a way to make it work. You don't want to do something you're really not interested in just for the money/job stability. It can leave you bitter and anger. Also don't expect to be making the big money right away, it take time, experience, and patience.
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    A little thought about for-sale games..

    On the flip side, when Aveyond was first released, people were shocked by the idea of a commercial RPG Maker game. I vaguely remember people wondering who would spend some much money on the development of a RM game and then expect people to pay for it. Once people realized that they could made money on the games, it opened the flood gates. Though, I must say it is sad how many barely put any effort into it and only use the default resources and then expect people to pay for it. Like KTC said, "The number of crappy vs good games haven't really changed. What's changing is are you getting charged for said crappy game."
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    A Casual History - Newsletter

    I'm really not a fan of buying games from portals since games don't always get updated. I prefer to buy directly from the developer and the majority of them provide great customer service. That can lacking with the game portals. I know a lot of people like the portals for the savings but the games there can really be hit and miss. And after awhile the games all start looking the same. That's another complaint that I have with them. Seriously, how many farming games do we really need (though, there are one or two that have stood out for me)? I also don't like games that require a lot of manic clicking which seem to be common.
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    Computer Brightness Problem

    If it's not the video card or a problem with the monitor, it could have something to do with your power connections. I know laptops sometimes have different brightness settings depending on whether the laptop is plugged in or running on the battery.
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    Hopes and Prayers

    @iPink: I won't say that there has been an increase in major disasters every year. It's just more is being reported as worldwide communication improves. And even then, not every disaster gets reported. As for the "media latches onto an event for a few weeks and then acts like it never even happened" that can be attributed to the 24 hour news cycle. They have to move on to the next story to keep people interested in the news. It's not completely the media's fault. Edit: Just as an example, here's a list of "globally significant earthquakes" - "earthquakes of magnitude 7 and above, or which caused fatalities" - in the 21st century and in the 20th century. Not all of these get mentioned in the news. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_21st-century_earthquakes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_20th_century_earthquakes I'm hope that I'm not coming across as callous. I feel really bad for Japan right now. And I usually keep track of events like this as long as possible.
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    Education- The purpose of High School

    This debate reminds me of another related issue - the usefulness of standardized tests, especially the college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT that many high school students end up taking. I'm curious whether people think that high school, or just school in general, actually prepares students for the exams and whether they are a good indication of how students are doing (for example, standardize tests are used to see how well the school is doing) or how well students will do in college (like the ACT or SAT)? It's been awhile since I've done the standardized exams and they kept changing them while I was in school so I'm not sure if they're still the same but even then I failed to see the usefulness of them. The fact that they took a entire week to do seemed like a waste of class time to me. As for the college entrance exams, I can't stand them and don't think they say much about how well a student will do in college other than how well they can take a standardized exam.
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    Nature vs Nurture?

    Boy, this is an age old debate. I would say it's a combination of the two and it's very difficult to separate the two. For example, people commonly say DNA is the "nature" effect but if you've ever taken a genetics class, you learn pretty quickly that what is in the DNA isn't always a given. Whether or not and how some genes (can't think of examples right now) are expressed can depend on the overall environment which is includes the "nurture" I hope that makes sense since I don't have time to try to explain it any better.
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    Alcohol on campus?

    The universities that I've been at that allow alcohol on campus still have regulations about drinking and if you're too rowdy or drinking where you're not allowed you can get in trouble with the school. But for the most part, it doesn't cause problems.
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    Alcohol on campus?

    @soniadoor: Can you give reasons why you think it's bad idea?
  15. I don't see the problem with schools enforcing a dress code for students as long as it doesn't target specific groups. For those who are upset about dress codes at schools, how will you handle dress codes in work places where they want employees to have a certain image or for safety reasons?
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    Alcohol on campus?

    Jayshe already mentioned this but a lot Canadian universities have campus bars that are run by students organizations, though the drinking age is lower. Both universities that I've attended in Canada have them and as far as I know they don't cause any problems. Any issues would be the same as any other bar - rowdy drunks, underage drinking with fake IDs. I find the idea of dry campuses silly and sometimes hypocritical. Drinking can still be a problem on those campuses. The US university that I did my undergrad at was 'dry' except for the alumni association building that served alcohol (only to alumni). I was also amused that a 'dry' campus had a building named the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resource Building (guess who donated money for it). Besides there were still the "campus bars" right at the edge of the university property.
  17. @Shaz, I hope you and your family stay safe and dry. I've seen quite a few videos and pictures from the flooded areas. It's amazing what water is capable of doing. Though the strangest story that I've seen from the flooding is one were bull sharks were seen swimming in the flooded streets of some town. I've heard of bull sharks living in some of the rivers in that area but it's bizarre to think of them swimming down a street.
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    Kreative Writing (Newsletter)

    The majority of my writing is academic stuff, I'm usually too brain dead after that to try to write creative stories. But I usually start with an outline with the main point or conclusion of the paper, followed with the main points that I used to reach that conclusion. Then fill in the rest with the details of how those points support that conclusion. Once I do that the papers usually write themselves.
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    Religion:Does it cross the border?

    Personally, I think the message on the site is ridiculously and bigoted. But I have seen that site before and I'm not entirely sure if it's for real, it's almost seems like it's a satirical site to me. If you look around, there is some debate on one whether or not that site is a joke.
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    Anthro art - creepy art or something nice

    @Trisha: Ignoring people who are overly critical and controlling your temper is just a matter of willpower and maturity. It's not impossible to do.
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    Anthro art - creepy art or something nice

    Lots of people have to deal with this type of criticism, whether it's about art or any other type of talent or line or work. It's just a matter of not letting it get to you (might seem impossible but is easily doable), realizing that you can't please everyone, and doing what is right for you. Getting upset or violent with someone just because they don't like what you are doing only makes things worse and says more about your character than theirs. Also, like other has said, you'll just have to accept the fact that not everyone likes that style of art, if you want to know why you could always ask them (nicely).
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    Viva La Tour Des Secrets (Newsletter)

    This reminds me of the Bad Translator thread in the village square. http://www.amaranthia.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?viewmode=flat&type=&topic_id=14109&forum=5 It show how bad the on-line translators can be.
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    Favorite Sat. Morning Cartoon Character

    Captain N? That's one that I don't remember at all. When was it on TV and on what network? We only had 3-4 channels on our TV and even then it depended on how well the reception was with the rabbit ear antenna. I missed out on a lot of shows growing up. Though, even with cable now, it seems like there's nothing worth watching other than repeats of repeats.
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    Wanderlust: Some late-night musings

    @Aeternus: If you really like to travel, maybe you need to find a way to combine your work and travel. If I remember correctly, you're a nurse so Doctors Without Borders might be something to consider, though I'm not sure what is required for it. I know it's still work but it does involve going to other countries.
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    I could really use an advice...

    Like others have said you'll have to talk to him and see what he says without getting hostile. But it also depends on whether or not you feel like you can trust him. Also, what exactly do you mean by "possessive." It doesn't mean that they 'love you.' When you said "he tries to keep me only for him" that raised a few red flags for me. If it's possessive to the point that he controls who you can hang out with, that's not a good thing. There has to be trust on both sides of the relationship. Possessiveness should not be part of a healthy relationship. I could be reading it wrong since it's hard to know what the situation is like based on what is written. The main thing is to trust your gut and if something doesn't seem right do what you think is best for yourself.