People can STILL turn their severely disabled children over to the State, despite deinstitutionalization, if they really are at THIS point. It IS an alternative to abandoning your child to the elements and allowing him to die a slow death. Even abandoning your disabled child at a hospital, fire house, or other "Safe… » 4/12/15 2:49pm 4/12/15 2:49pm

This show turned out to be SO MUCH better than I expected! LOVED the finale, and I can see a clear plan for S2. SPOILER ALERT: STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED. It takes time travel to create time travel. Ramsey financed what he needed to return home, but them was SUPPOSED to die to close the loop. "My always and… » 4/10/15 9:02pm 4/10/15 9:02pm

I live in an area with BOTH sea turtles and gopher tortoises, and I have to say that THIS is a problem we have with tourists all of the time. We do a good job of advertising both nesting seasons, as well as publicizing the number for Turtle Watch. All the publicity emphasizes that NOBODY should touch ANY turtle they… » 4/07/15 1:29pm 4/07/15 1:29pm

"You're always and my always are not necessarily the same." I really think THIS is the episode that established Cassie and Cole really CAN change things. It seems to mark the end of "the period of interference" that Olivia was worried about messing with. Not sure HOW the red vines interact, but possibly, they relate… » 4/06/15 5:23pm 4/06/15 5:23pm

When my car was totaled, and I nearly was as well, my new car was less than a year old. When my company low-balled me, I had my dealer write a statement as to its condition. Luckily, I had had it in a month earlier for service, and my dealer attested it was "dealer-ready with no scratches." So if you have a good… » 4/01/15 12:29am 4/01/15 12:29am

I picked up a refurb immersion blender for about this price that included both the "mini chopper" attachment and a whisk attachment. If you can find a similar deal, it puts 3 small appliances in your hand for about the same price, a boon to any small kitchen owner. » 3/31/15 1:25pm 3/31/15 1:25pm

I am SO going to have to try this! I often find myself falling asleep UNTIL i get myself into bed. I save the best part of the daily paper, the comics, for my pre-bed reading, and often, have issues trying to keep my eyes open long enough to finish reading the whole one page. Then I shut off the light and cannot for… » 3/25/15 4:15pm 3/25/15 4:15pm

I was wondering if this really was more energy efficient than just running the TV. Many tvs come with built-in on/off timers. (I use one of my TVs as an alarm clock currently.) Computers can also be set to turn on/off automatically, and from behind a closed curtain. look similar to a TV. I use light timers 23/7, as I… » 3/25/15 2:04pm 3/25/15 2:04pm

Unfortunately, once your number gets in their system, they'll often bombard you with calls until you answer. I find after the 3rd day of hang up calls from the same caller ID, it's best to answer, not with hello, but with "Please remove me from your calling list." If they call back, pick up and say "Your call has… » 3/23/15 2:00pm 3/23/15 2:00pm

I took my best friend to NYC for her 1st time. We stayed at an apartment owned by my parents. I was trying to reach a friend who lived in NYC, using the landline. When I couldn't, we went about our business, and I said I'd try later. When I did, instead of looking up the number again, I just hit redial, and… » 3/21/15 2:50pm 3/21/15 2:50pm

This is one of my favorite late night diner stories. I lived near a 24 hour diner, and had the habit of going after 2 am, usually for breakfast food. Three of us went in around 2:30 one weekend and ordered French Toast. "How would you like that cooked?" "Yes, I'd like that cooked," I replied. "Rare, Medium?" The… » 3/20/15 1:43pm 3/20/15 1:43pm

I know it isn't exactly urban fantasy, but the older protagonists are what made me fall in love with SHIELD. Ming Na and I are the same age, and let's face it, smack dab in the middle of middle age. Clark Gregg is too. SHIELD is full of middle-aged folks out kicking ass. But being smack dab in the middle of middle… » 3/19/15 8:07pm 3/19/15 8:07pm

This is an excellent idea for areas with newer public transit, or transit that is seriously underutilized. In cities like NY, DC, Chicago, etc., people have already discovered the overall savings in using public transit, when possible. Some jurisdictions have already tried imposing "traffic taxes" to outside… » 3/18/15 7:14pm 3/18/15 7:14pm