Fall Flower Fairy Photos

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My wish since starting this costume was to get it photographed in a pumpkin patch. Last month on an early Saturday morning that wish was granted!

It was an cold and windy day, which was unfortunate because my hair doesn’t get on well with wind and turned to a frizzy mess in minutes. But the trip was completely worth it because the location was filled with vibrant colors and thousands of pumpkins!

Today I will likely consume several pounds of pumpkin pie, so it seems like a fitting day to post pictures of myself in pumpkin patch.

If you are curious about the process of making this dress, those blog posts can be found here!

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Honest Trailers – Love Actually (YouTube)

Honest Trailers – Love Actually (YouTube)
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Dr. Frances Kelsey: “Just Stick to Your Guns”

In Europe and Canada, the sedative thalidomide was routinely given to pregnant women, resulting in children being born with severe birth defects such as missing limbs. The United States, however, did not approve the drug and kept it off store shelves, as a result of the efforts of Canadian-born Dr. Frances Kelsey, who worked for the United States Food and Drug Administration. Her advice to people in similar situations is this: “Just stick to your guns.” She said, “I just held my ground. I wouldn’t approve it.” Over 100 children in Canada suffered severe birth defects because of thalidomide. Mercédes Benegbi, head of The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada, said, “She was an example of rigour. It’s as if we were wimps in Canada. On the basis of the same data, we said everything was perfect, while it was unacceptable in the U.S. Someone here didn’t do their job.” After receiving her undergraduate and masters degrees in science at McGill University in Montreal, Ms. Kelsey applied for a job as a research assistant at the University of Chicago, and she received an acceptance letter that addressed her as “Mr.” She said, “To this day, I do not know if my name had been Elizabeth or Mary Jane, whether I would have gotten that first big step up.” She got a medical degree, worked for a while at the American Medical Association Journal, and took a job at the FDA in Washington D.C. In 1960, after she had been working at the FDA for only a month, she was given the task of deciding whether or not to approve thalidomide, which had been used in Europe for years and was made by U.S. drug-maker William S. Merrell Co. of Cincinnati, for use in the U.S. Dr. Kelsey said, “They figured it was so popular in Europe, so I would be a pushover.” But information about the safety of the drug was lacking. She said, “The information as presented was very sketchy.” She added, “The company wasn’t happy with me. They thought I was being pretty stubborn. They just wanted to sell their drug.” Representatives of the drug company kept trying to persuade her to approve the drug. She said, “I just didn’t like it from the start. It was just too overblown. And they didn’t have any evidence to submit. They were so sure it was good because of its popularity in England. They couldn’t understand what I was fussing about.” She did not approve the drug, and soon reports of birth defects linked to the drug began coming from Europe, and European countries began to ban the drug. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave her an award. She said, “It was a lovely day, and he was very handsome.” In 2010, the FDA named a prize after her. President Barack Obama also sent this message to her: “Our country relies on dedicated public servants like Dr. Kelsey to create a better, healthier future for our children and grandchildren.” Best of all, she kept many children from being born without severe birth defects.

For More Information: Ingrid Peritz, “Canadian doctor averted disaster by keeping thalidomide out of the U.S.” The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). 24 November 2014

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Heirloom Wallet Returned

In 23 October 2014, Tim Cook was released from Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Unfortunately, he lost his wallet, which his grandfather had given to him before he died. Mr. Cook reported the loss to the police and called hospital security in the hope that someone had turned it. A few days later, on October 27, he received the wallet in the mail, along with this note:

“Dear Sir,

“I’m sorry you lost your wallet. I found it in the parking lot of Sparks Hospital. I sure meant to turn it in at the desk, but I totally forgot. I’m sorry for that also. I live over two hours away, so I thought I should mail it.

“God bless you, sir.”

The note also included a P.S.: “Sorry I took 5.90 to mail it. I didn’t have enough [money, so I] had to use some of yours.”

For More Information: Curt Lanning, “High Five: Fort Smith Good Samaritan Finds And Returns Lost Heirloom Wallet.” KFSM (Fort Smith, Arkansas). 28 October 2014

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Top 50 of IMDB’s Highest Rated Japanese-Language Films and Where to Stream

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Despite being in the filmmaking business just as long as the West, it’s only been within the last couple decades, with a larger demand for imports and worldwide file sharing and streaming capabilities, that Japanese films have made a large-scale impact on Western moviegoers. Ranking films with more than 10,000 votes, IMDB stacked the highest-rated Japanese films from 1-79. Despite being a relatively short list, some vastly important features have made their way to the top, including Tokyo Story, Ikiru, Departures, and a whole lot of Studio Ghibli films.

We’ve painstakingly looked to find where and if you can stream some of their top rated features (listed in IMDB’s ranking order), checking YouTube, Hulu (US), Netflix (US), Amazon, and several other streaming services. Unfortunately, although we couldn’t find all the films via streaming, Hulu+ (US) alone offers a great deal of features — due in large to their Criterion Collection license. In…

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Marshawn Lynch and Ricardo Lockette: Good Samaritans

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In November 2014, NFL Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch found a lost wallet at a Shell gas station in Marysville, Washington. The wallet belonged to local Seahawks fan Jason Lynch, who saw Marshawn Lynch and teammate Ricardo Lockette at the gas station: “I see a giant Mercedes van pull up playing super loud music. Marshawn Lynch jumps out and walks into the store. I thought about asking for a picture … but decided not to bother him. What I didn’t know was that I dropped my wallet.” Ten minutes later, still not realizing that his wallet was missing, he went home to a surprise. His neighbor had his wallet and a story to tell. She said to him, “You’ll never guess who brought this over!” Jason later wrote, “When she said ‘Marshawn Lynch,’ I was shocked!” He said, “I can’t thank them guys enough for bringing it back … and for making my neighbor a very happy lady for getting a chance to meet them.” Jason also tweeted, “@MoneyLynch thank you so much for going outta your way to return my wallet! A lynch taking care of a lynch — #Good Karma.”

For More Information: Corwin Haeck, “‘All about that action’: Marshawn Lynch returns fan’s lost wallet.” KOMO (Seattle, Washington). 19 November 2014

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Feed the poor and they call you a saint. Ask why the poor have no food and they call you a communist.

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Source: Nuuskamuikkunen, “Russell Brand on inequality.” Imgur. 22 November 2014

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