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  1. Tortminder

    Meet the Authors Fesitival

    I know that a few of you window lickers are in the Missouri/Arkansas Ozarks area. On Saturday, February 1, 2020 there will be a "Meet the Author" festival at the Kimberling City library. It will run from 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Admission is free. If you're close, come out and say "Howdy"...
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    Join the movement

    It seems as though there is a movement/celebration/parade for darn near everything these days. There is a "gay pride month", "black history month", "National Ice Cream month", even "National Left Handers Month". It occurred to me that with the celebration of our nations' birthday in July that...
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    Zen and the art of feline maintenance

    Coming soon to Amazon; Zen and the art of feline maintenance This book is the result of a lifetime of living with, caring for, loving and being loved by cats. It covers many subjects covering the domestic, (and I use that word loosely), feline. Bathing and grooming a cat, (from the standpoint...
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    Reloading series

    For those interested in "roll-your-own ammo" my blog is in the middle of a series on reloading. Today's entry is reloading shotgun shells. Buy my book! ---tort--
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    Venison Jerky

    It's deer season so today's blog post contains two of my favorite venison jerky recipes made with ground venison. ---tort-- Buy a "Wake of Vultures" Paperback $16.99 - Kindle $2.99
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    Hemp oil

    Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant and has been proven effective in treating myriad health conditions. Unlike the more famous molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non-psychoactive. Today's blog post 8/14/2018;"...
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    Project Dark Sky exercise

    Things that make you go Hmmmmm. I seem to remember a coordinated response in New Orleans during Katrina and another coordinated response in Boston after the pressure-cooker bomb attack. What could possibly go wrong? MADISON, Wis. — A full-scale training exercise simulating a long-term mass...
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    Gravad Lax

    Gravlax is cured (but not smoked) salmon, except there's not a lot of salt in the cure and some combination of dill, lemon, and alcohol (often vodka, but sometimes gin in newer preparations). Gravlax was traditionally buried,'Grav,' as in grave in the ground. So, it's common to put some weight...
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    The parable of Thanksgiving

    This is from another forum I frequent: And on the cold day following the first, knowing that their tiny band of pilgrims would soon need victuals, Governor Bradford did maketh his way through the dark and gloomy forest primeval. Having walked some distance, he found himself drawn to a distant...
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    A Wake Of Vultures

    As I mentioned in my introduction I am writing a story scheduled for publications sometime late spring or early summer 2018. Here is a teaser sample: CHAPTER 1 - A Writhing of Maggots Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk. Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so...
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    From The Hills And Hollers Of Aux Arcs

    Howdeeee. Tortminder here, old, fat and grumpy. Followed @phideaux here from another board. Into food, herbal remedies and currently writing a book titled "A Wake of Vultures, (if there is an OK from admin I may post some excerpts). I see a lot of familiar names here. --tort-
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