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Young Deer at Feather River College

Plumas County Wildlife

Plumas County wildlife live in every part of Feather River Country. The Plumas National Forest covers the vast majority of Plumas County and is home to bear, coyote, Bald Eagle, trout, mountain lion, beaver, osprey and many more species of wildlife. But if you thought this post was going to be about any of those

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Lowepro Magnum 400 AW camera bag

Lowepro Camera Bag Review

In the last few years, I have purchased 4 different camera bags. All of them claimed to be large enough to hold the gear I had. I relied on product reviews and answered questions, YouTube videos from channels I trusted and when possible, I even went to a brick & mortar store to put all

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Removing Baseboards - pry carefully

5-Steps to Removing Baseboards

Why You Might Want To Leave The Baseboards Alone During my 35-year career selling and installing new floor coverings, one of the most common fears of the homeowner was the removal of the old baseboards. After numerous paint jobs, the base looks like it’s molded to the finished wall. The fear usually is that removing

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Horsey Kisses

Horse Country & Horsey Kisses

Horse Country Plumas County, CA is horse country, here on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can’t drive through the area without seeing horses or horse trailers carrying horses. I live in a well developed section of E. Quincy and horses walk by my front yard every day, occasionally even pulling a

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Layered Acrylic Side Panel

The Grump Case Computer Mod

Self Portrait in Computer Case Art One of the most interesting projects I have done, The Grump Case was designed to be a quiet and powerful computer system, as well as a handsome work of technological art. Its design, rather the side panel design, was created to depict the avatar I used on many forums

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Website Critique of SenselessBlogger.com

A Senseless Website Critique

A fellow member of a forum I have been a member of since 2005, asked the community for a website critique. I checked out her site and found it interesting, in that I could look at it with a critical eye and see, in my opinion, what works and what doesn’t. Although I hope my

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1 Foot In The Grave

1 Foot In The Grave Dot Com

A friend I have been emailing back and forth asked me for my website address to 1 Foot in the Grave, or as she put it, “1footinthegrave”. I thought that was odd until I realized there are still a lot of people that don’t understand how some of this IT (Internet Technology) stuff works. My

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Functional Design Case Mod

Case Modding: Glass Windows

This is a blast from the past. I wrote this article in June 2003. Case modding was relatively new at that time and I stumbled into it during my search for components to use in a new computer build. I wrote this about case cutting because there was so little information about it available at

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Photo Inspiration at Keddie Wye

Photo Inspiration on a Rail

For months now, I have been experiencing a definite lack of photo inspiration. It’s like a fog hanging over me. Or maybe it’s just laziness. The other day, I decided to go in search of some inspiration by visiting an area the railroad tracks run through. On a number of other occasions, railway lines have

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No More facebook For Me

Letting Go of Facebook

Deleting Facebook and Other Social Media Accounts Facebook Sucks! It sucks up my time, it sucks up my energy and it sucks up my personal information and sells it to the highest bidder. I have to leave it just to protect my privacy, recover my zest for life and give me better control of what

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PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Messenger, Do Not Delay

For as many years as I have been writing, I never once thought I would write about my own Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hell, I wouldn’t even discuss PTSD with the several counselors or shrinks I had seen over the years since my return from Vietnam. I didn’t even talk about PTSD in AA meetings.

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Jim McClain

Pulmonary Rehab: How Important?

I was diagnosed with COPD (emphysema) in 2005. A couple years later, after I had lost my business, my home and much of my ability to do normal physical activities, I asked 2 different doctors to tell me how much time I had left. Both said (reluctantly) approximately the same thing: 2 or 3 years.

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