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Wow! The Tarot tribe made "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" the number three best-selling Tarot book for Kindle today! That support means a lot to me, and I promise to channel it into making more practical, sharable tools for you guys!

http://www.tarottools.com/?p=87
A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings. OfficialCover-GuideToTarot-Small. The text of this book is currently available in three editions: 1. Download the FREE public-domain version of this book as a .txt file, suitable for use in desktop publishing programs and apps.
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Hey, #tarot  people: where does the Tarot tribe hang out online these days? What Tarot communities are still active/relevant/worth hanging out in?
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FIVE THINGS WE NEED THAT APPLE, AMAZON, and GOOGLE AREN'T GIVING US

1. One place for all our books, music, and videos, accessible from anywhere. I don't want some books in iBooks and some in a Kindle app. I don't want some music from Spotify and some on Google Player and some in iTunes. I don't want to have to remember whether I rented a movie on Netflicks or rented it from Amazon. I want one media library that consolidates every piece of media I've ever owned. I want one app that opens or plays them all. 

​2. One place for everything I want to share. I don't want to have to log into Facebook, log into Instagram, log into Google+, log into Everpix, log into Twitter, log into Tumblr, and log into any and every other sharing service out there just to put stuff out for my friends or the world to see. I want one place where I can share stuff without worrying about rights, being bombarded by ads, or having to fiddle with confusing privacy controls. 

3. One easy way to follow someone. I don't want to have to figure out whether I should follow you on your blog, on Twitter, on Google+, or on Facebook. I don't want to follow you in multiple places, only to discover you're sharing the same thing in all of them -- or to find you sharing different things in different places, and then have to decide whether or not I want to join all of them just to see what you have to say. I want your entire online presence associated with one unique identifier -- your email address, perhaps. By following that, I should see everything you make public.  

4. One place for everything I want to see. I don't want to have to check Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Reeder, a USA TODAY app, and fifty other apps. I want one stream -- one -- that pulls everything and everyone I'm interested in into one space that is quickly and easily browsed. 

5. One place I own. I want an ad-free experience. No worries about a company going out of business and my content vanishing with it. I want this place to be mine, to be something I buy and pay for, so that I have no worries about giving up my privacy or my rights ...  a place where I am not the commodity being sold. 
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For books, install Calibre and turn on the web interface. With the right plugins it doesn't matter where the books cane from or what device you want to read them on, and you can access them from anywhere with a web browser.
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What's worse than dierrhea?

SMOKINGAREA.
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This weekend, we took our first trip to Sublime Donuts, which may actually be serving the planet's best donuts. (Locations only in Atlanta and Bangkok, sorry!) The strawberry shortcake donut (back right) and Reese Cup (far left) were so good, I squealed like a little gurrrrrrl.
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Handheld photo of this weekend's "super moon." Taken in Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA.
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I've written a new book: A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings. The really cool news, though, is that I'm releasing the full text of the book into the public domain. 

You can integrate the meanings into your own book on Tarot. You can use them freely in class materials. You can use them as the text in Tarot reading apps. Do whatever you like with the text -- it belongs to you!

You can download the full text of the book for free -- or, if you prefer, you can purchase a nicely formatted version PDF or Kindle book for just five dollars -- by going here:

http://www.tarottools.com/a-guide-to-tarot-card-meanings/

I hope this public domain guide will make a lasting contribution to the Tarot community. I appreciate your interest -- and I can't wait to see what you will do with A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings!
A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings. OfficialCover-GuideToTarot-Small. The text of this book is currently available in three editions: 1. Download the FREE public-domain version of this book as a .txt file, suitable for use in desktop publishing programs and apps.
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It's wonderful Mark..as is your generosity in making it available to everyone  the way you have. I only wish it came in a hard copy..but I have it on my kindle and will take it any way I can get it! Thank you so much!
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Here's an old favorite: a hand-written sign on the door of a breakfast diner in Clayton, GA. After our wait, we were served rancid bacon and pancakes made with spoiled batter, with a side of bitter "brewed sometime earlier this week" coffee. 
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What the End of DOMA Means to Me

Today, the Supreme Court struck down some of the ugliest and most mean-spirited legislation in recent memory.

The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defined marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman" only, prevented the government from recognizing same-sex marriages, and denied spouses in same-sex marriages the 1,100 Federal rights and benefits married couples enjoy.

The Supreme Court ruling tossed DOMA out on the grounds that it existed solely to deny "the equal dignity of same-sex marriages." In other words: it was nothing more than bigotry and hatefulness dressed up as law.

With DOMA gone, Clyde and I now live in a very different country. While our state still does not recognize same-sex marriage, we could now go to a state that does, get married there, and guarantee each other many important rights:

- Should something happen to one of us, the other will enjoy inheritance rights, including the right to receive the other's Social Security benefits.

- We can file joint Federal tax returns. (Whoo hoo! Behold the wanton licentiousness of the Gay Agenda made manifest!)

- Should we adopt or fall ill, we're protected by Federal family and medical leave laws.

- When we travel abroad, we can re-enter the USA as spouses, going through Customs and Immigration together. (That may be a hard benefit to appreciate if you have never been separated, searched, questioned, and denied information about your spouse's whereabouts, as we have been in previous years.)

Because some Federal benefits are tied to a couple's state of residence, getting the full benefit of the ruling would require us to move to one of a handful of states that recognize gay marriage. (I fully expect Georgia, along with Mississippi and Alabama, to be one of the last three states to repeal discriminatory marriage laws.) Even so ... even here ... we're better off than we've ever been.

I'm thankful for every single person who has written letters, signed petitions, demonstrated, discussed, debated, prayed, and advocated for us, always with an eye on a day when People Like Us could enjoy the protection of legal marriage.

I am proud of and grateful to the five Justices of the Supreme Court who were bold and brave enough to recognize DOMA for the hatefulness it really was.

I am humbled by the love and support so many friends have shown us over the years. I am doubly thankful for the family members who support and honor my partnership with Clyde by celebrating our anniversaries with us, embracing who we are for each other, and understanding all along that our love, like all love, is a gift from God.

And, especially today, I'm prouder than ever to be an American. It's been frustrating to see "The Land of the Free" fall so far behind the thirteen other nations that recognize same-sex marriages. Maybe the death of DOMA will remind us of our proud heritage of being the champions of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

And ... someday very soon ... I am looking forward to being able to look at Clyde, who I've loved and lived with for more than twenty-one years, and call him, with the full force of the law behind me, "my husband."
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I am humbled and thankful to see The Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 declared unconstitutional. So! Happy!
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In Atlanta? Got an iPhone? Thinking of switching to T-Mobile? DON'T DO IT!!! Here's why.
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I develop, write scripts, and produce multimedia and video for a large company in the banking industry.
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I'm Mark McElroy, a writer and multimedia producer living in Atlanta, GA. I'm on Google+ to connect with other professionals in the multimedia production, employee communication, and travel writing industries. 

By day, I conceive, script, and produce multimedia for a large financial institution, helping internal clients define their message, audience, and communications goals. Then, working with a team of world-class photographers, video editors, and graphic artists, I produce compelling stories using text, graphics, animation, voice-overs, podcasts, and videos. My team is fast, fun to work with, and we have a remarkable ability to scale the magic we do to match our clients' time and budget. 

Outside the office, I'm a prolific writer and passionate traveler. 

In the early 2000's, I became an expert on using Tarot and divination as creative brainstorming tools. I wrote a half-dozen books on Tarot (including Putting the Tarot to WorkTaking the Tarot to Heart, What's in the Cards for You, and the classic Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot) and designed several popular tarot decks, including the Lo Scarabeo Tarot and the Bright Idea Deck, which I like to call "the best brainstorming tool you've never heard of." I've written other non-fiction books on topics from Apple computers to lucid dreaming

As a traveler, I've visited more than 40 countries in the last 20 years. I specialize in writing about "comfortable, affordable destinations" and connecting people with good resources that will help them make the most of their limited travel time. 

I'm creating a job in the travel writing industry for myself, planning to use my skills as a writer and multimedia producer to carve out a niche there. The ultimate dream is to be writing and traveling full-time. 

Since November of 2000, I've been finding my path, telling my story, and sharing what works at my personal blog, MadeByMark.com. Feel free to drop by and visit me there!

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Author, Tarot deck designer, writer, blogger, communications specialist, travel writer, gadget guru, MadeByMark.com, @MadeByMark
Education
  • Jacksonville State University
    English, 1981 - 1983
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
    Creative Writing - BS, 1983 - 1984
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
    Creative Writing & Comp Theory- MA, 1984 - 1986
  • Anniston High School
    1978 - 1981
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I don't eat at Tin Drum any more after some fried rice with a distinctive metallic taste put me in the hospital with food poisoning. I'm a brave soul, but there's no reason to take this kind of risk when there are many, many good Asian eateries in Midtown.
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Alas, The Tenth Thai just didn't make it. High dinner prices and slow service just won't compete in a neighborhood like Midtown Atlanta. The place closed up shop around the end of 2012. As of June 2013, a sort of gourmet sandwich shop is going into the space, or so I hear.
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This is, hands down, my go-to place for pizza in Midtown. Da Vinci's serves up meaty, cheesy, American-style pizza, with a good crust and ample toppings. The Da Vinci Deluxe is the best pie on the menu, with plenty of meat, chopped veggies, and gooey cheese. A small Deluxe and a salad is more than enough for a satisfying meal. Go ahead and get a side of wings, too. They're meaty and savory, and a combo of the hot and BBQ sauce (ask 'em to mix it up for you) delivers just the right amount of pleasure and pain. The wings will come with a side of fries -- which, oddly enough, are some of the best fries in town, too, particularly when served hot and fresh. (They don't deliver as well, though.) Draft beer on tap, and plenty of good seating on the heated patio. Order delivery often enough, and they'll know you by name.
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Hey, this is my go-to place for pizza in Midtown Atlanta. DaVinci's is serving up fresh, hot, custom pies loaded down with toppings. Here's a local place -- not a chain -- that consistently makes some of the best pies in Atlanta ... and it's virtually unknown. So: stop in, order the DaVinci Deluxe and a side of hot wings (mix the hot and BBQ sauce), which will also come with Atlanta's crispiest french fries. Have 'em pull a draft beer for you and enjoy. Great service, friendly people, and really, really good pizza. We eat here at least once a week.
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