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Beautiful Spring day in Minnesota.

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Well, yesterday we were in a cold pocket that seemed to miss everyone else. Today the windows are open. When spring comes, it will be glorious, +Katye Faulkner! :)
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Heartbreaking story, and it becomes unnerving when you realize it's impacting someone you know & love. I've been in hangouts with +Jo Anne Thomas, and I assure you she is very real, and a wonderful person. Let's let her story be heard.
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Most of you know me as someone who posts silly and/or inspirational pictures & quotes
This is quite different ~ it's my personal story

More coming soon. New evidence will be presented in Part II that will show how Glaxo admitted internally that Paxil caused her son's birth defects .

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Love you so much, +Jo Anne Thomas! ❤ 
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Heartbleed Bug

h/t to +Sean Guenther 
This seems to be making the rounds, but doesn't hurt to make sure everyone knows about this. If you use the Internet (and you are because you are reading this) this impacts you, and you need to look. In fact, Canada froze online tax filing because of this bug. Time to brush up those passwords, but make sure a site has patched this hole before you update on the site.
If you've logged into sites like Yahoo or OKCupid recently, you could be susceptible to a major security vulnerability related to the Heartbleed bug.
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...when you leave the doctor with 3 more holes than you started... 
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Just one leak, +Sean Guenther, and I'm pretty sure that's supposed to happen. 
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“He had once thought it was strange to have a friend you'd never met. Now it was even stranger, losing a friend you'd never really had”

― Tad Williams, City of Golden Shadow

“Our lives aren't even about doing real things most of the time. We think and talk about people we've never met, pretend to visit places we've never actually been, to discuss things that are just names as though they were as real as rocks or animals or something. Information Age. Hell it's the Imagination Age. We're living in our own minds.

No, she decided as the plane began its steep descent, really we're living in other people's minds.”

― Tad Williams, Mountain of Black Glass

“Remember that each light between sunrise and sunset is worth dying for at least once.”

― Tad Williams, Shadowrise

I remember several years ago when I started being active in this strange thing called "Social Media." Talking about events here felt like when my relatives who watched too much TV could only share anecdotes from the shows they watched. I felt an embarrassment of talking about these "friends" as if they were the adult version of imaginary friends. There were always those who thought of the people they knew on the Internet as being somehow less real than those they knew "IRL" (a term I've grown to hate).

Then several things happened that changed how I viewed this "virtual" world:

- Friends and acquaintances I knew offline were revealed to have been living double lives. They shared a mask with us, but they were no more "real" even though we knew each other in the physical world, shook hands, hugged, and looked each other in the eyes.

- The interactions I was having online were having greater meaning. Sometimes I found that even with people I knew offline, my interactions with them online achieved a much greater depth. The biggest example of this was when I gained twin daughters from Mumbai, India. Since our initial interactions, we have talked on the phone, prayed together, and been in video chats together. These activities only served to strengthen a relationship of father/daughter that already existed.

- One of the friends I made on Tumblr was a sweet teenage girl. One night the car she was riding in was in a fluke single-car accident that killed both her and the driver. I found that the grief I experienced from her loss was every bit as "real" as if we had instead met at church or in a coffee house.

If the people I knew offline could be revealed to have only been wearing some mask, and if the people I knew online could bring real Joy & Sorrow into my heart, then why would these people that I knew in virtual environments be somehow less real than the people I met face-to-face? The answer was simple. They weren't "imaginary friends." They were every bit as real to me & every bit as significant whether we met via bytes or atoms.

Today we lost one of the Google+ mainstays, +Dirk Talamasca. Dirk may have used a nom de plume, but his friendship, warmth & humor were real. His loss hurts, and I'm reminded that the friendships & events here matter. The grief is real. My love for him and for all of you is real. I'm grateful for my friendship with Dirk & the time we had, and I am grateful for each of you. Sharing joys, struggles, victories, and heartbreaks with all of you has had a lasting impact on me.

Blessings & (((HUGS)))
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Very grateful for you, +Di Cleverly! ❤ 
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Game of Thrones was oddly satisfying tonight. ☺

And hearing Jack Gleason sing the Rains of Castamere during the credits was perfect. Such a talented, likeable kid. 
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Yes, it was! Finally! !!!
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Part 2 of +Jo Anne Thomas's story. This needs to be heard.
Part II

~ Can you please help me by sharing/tweeting? ~

Most of you know me as someone who posts silly and/or inspirational pictures & quotes

This is quite different ~ it's my personal story

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When it's light enough to hear Songbirds but dark enough to hear the Owls. #NowListening 
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+Sam Sager's wife, +Meg Sager, is a hero & has been nominated to be an honorary bat girl for the Los Angeles Angels. Please take a moment to click.
Breast cancer while being pregnant . . my wife is my hero!

My wife, +Meg Sager, was nominated to be an honorary bat girl for the +Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  by our amazing friend +Kate Huffman. Please take a minute to vote for Meg. You can find her entry under the person who nominated her Kate Huffman. Meg absolutely loves the Angels, and this would be such an amazing experience in the face of the challenges that breast cancer has brought to our lives.

Baby Sager was born on March 1st and is very healthy!

For those interested in a more detailed version of the story my wife has been pretty diligent in updating the family blog,
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Picture is uploaded & waiting for +David Hasselhoff to arrive... ❤ 
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Awesome !
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Drinking Coffee, Napping, Daydreaming & Tomfoolery
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March 14, 1970
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Eat, Drink, and Hug Like a Bear
I am a Christ-Follower.

No judgment or expectation of people to change their behavior for my comfort level. I love people for who they are, as they are.

That being said, Life's too short to invite jerks to participate.

Let's focus on the things that unite us instead of the things that divide us.

What Matters Most
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness & Self-Control

Hobbies & Interests
Almost all my posts are public, so this is more of a head's up for what to expect to see in my posts.
  • Humor
  • Photography
  • Music: Classical, Alternative, Post Rock, Prog
  • Genre Movies
  • Doctor Who, Orphan Black & The Walking Dead
  • Comic Books
  • Calvin And Hobbes
  • Tabletop Board Games & RPGs
  • Sci Fi, Fantasy & Horror
  • Books: Hyperion Cantos; A Song Of Ice And Fire
  • Authors: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King & Tad Williams
  • Bacon, Coffee & Milk-In-A-Bag
  • Hugs
Not Interested In:
Klout, SEO, Marketing, Debates, Rhetoric, Propaganda, etc.

#15thingsaboutme for +steph wanamaker
  1. I was 14 when I met my future wife, and she was a foot taller than me & scared the heck outta me. We became best friends through high school, started dating in college, and have now been married 20 years. :)
  2. I love coffee. I really enjoy coffee & even ran a coffee house for a local church at one point. In fact, I'm going to get some now.
  3. I am a cat person, but I have the personality of a dog.
  4. I was born on Pi Day... Same as Einstein. I love to taunt my math geek friends with this.
  5. I have always thought of myself as a Geek, but there is now considerable debate about the use of this word & Nerd. So, I'm a dorky enthusiast. I love exploring comic books, movies, gaming & all sorts of stuff and sharing that with others. However, I'm a music snob.
  6. The very best active band today is Elbow, and they absolutely deserve far more attention & radio play than they get. I'm afraid, though, that part of what makes them so good is that they are not mainstream.
  7. I have a rapier wit that gets me into and out of a lot of trouble.
  8. I also have a gift for storytelling.
  9. I am not creative. I have no ability to create music, art, or works of fiction. I have so much respect & envy for those who do.
  10. I believe I have a beautiful singing voice, but I don't like to sing in front of others because I don't want someone who can sing to shatter my illusions.
  11. I love the basic concepts of math. I would love to study math as an art.
  12. I once told my therapist that I though I had dysmorphic disorder. The short version of his response was, "No, you're just ugly."
  13. I have too many phobias to list, but I'll admit that I put this at #13 for a reason.
  14. I have an intuitive knack for reading people & for reading group dynamics on a small or big scale. Unfortunately, the signal becomes distorted the closer it gets to me & my own relationships. It's like getting horrible reception next to a cell tower.
  15. Jesus saves. Everyone else rolls for damage.

Sometimes the quotes people love can explain their personality in text better than anything else.
  • "Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier." - Blore's Razor
  • "Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity." - Hanlon's Razor
  • "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won't mistake for the real thing." - Poe's Law
  • "It is easier to get forgiveness than permission." - Stuart's Law of Retroaction
  • "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk." - Tuco's Rule
  • "Write a wise saying and your name will live forever." - Anonymous
  • "Why do bad things happen to good people? Because it's funnier that way." - Anonymous
  • "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
  • "Nobody realizes that some people expend a tremendous amount of energy merely to be normal." - Albert Camus
  • "In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends." - John Churton Collins
  • "I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people." - Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts)
  • "What's the point of havin' a rapier wit if I can't use it to stab people?" - Jeph Jacques
  • "I hate cynicism; it's my least favorite quality, and it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen." - Conan O'Brien
  • "Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged." - JK Rowling
  • "'Let's just be friends.' I would never utter those words. Friendship to me is not a consolation prize to give out to people who fail to meet my standards." - A.V. Flox
  • "There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
  • "The more loving you are, the more attractive you are." - Rick Warren
  • "Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck." - Joss Whedon
  • "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." - Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

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