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I'm absurdly happy about this.
I earned 200 points by sharing my local knowledge on Google and unlocked 1TB of Drive storage. Thanks, Local Guides!
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Our day started with a glimpse of a fisherman's mussels and ended with a delicious grilled cheese sandwich from a local dairy. Join me for a lavishly-illustrated tour of Prince Edward Island!
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After four years of paying for Spotify, I decided to use Apple Music exclusively for two weeks. What I learned surprised me!
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Will your pastor go to prison for refusing to marry gay couples?

Spoilers: nope!
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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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Midtown Atlanta's newest Asian-inspired bakery, Sweet Hut, leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. Here's what's up:
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A few food-focused photos from our 4th of July celebration: 
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Will anti-gay business owners be forced to bake cakes for gay weddings? A meditation on cakes and conscience:
Spread the word! Share on Facebook Share Loading... Share on TwitterTweet Loading... Share on Google Plus Share Loading... Share on Pinterest Share Loading... In 2013, Aaron and Melissa Klein of Melissa’s Sweet Cakes Bakery refused to provide a cake for the wedding of Rachel and Laura Bowman-Crower. The Kleins, whose “Signature Cake Menu” includes ...
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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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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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  • 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'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
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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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Writer, scriptwriter, communications specialist, travel guru, personal tech guru, Tarot reader, foodie
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Anniston, AL - Jackson, MS - Atlanta, GA - Kosciusko, MS - Magee, MS
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Quirky, friendly, and unexpected in a suburban shopping center setting, Ohio Hog serves up consistent, not-too-sweet barbecue meats and plump side items for reasonable prices. The half-pound brisket meal is the place to start, after which you should sample the ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. In an area where unique local joints are a rarity, these folks deserve your business.
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Hidden -- and I mean really hidden -- along a stretch of Mississippi highway, Trace Grill needs to invest in a little roadside signage. If you don't spot the Entrance and Exit signs, you drive right by. The fried seafood here -- particularly the oysters -- are tasty, but the greasy bed of limp fries and sad onion rings didn't merit more than a single bite. Service is super-friendly and flexible and friendly, though -- and that goes a long way toward making dinner here more pleasant than you'd expect. No adult beverages of any kind -- so hope ya like tea or cola with your meal!
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Remarkably moist and flavorful, this little shops is serving up exactly what they claim to: buddy cakes, big and small. At less than $20, the sampler pack, with a dozen little cakes (three of each of the top four flavors) is a bargain. Stop in, make a beeline for the samples, and take home a box. Or two.
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Those who have only eaten the (quite good) lunch buffet have only scratched the surface at this local marvel. Two generations of the Bunniran family have been serving up authentic Thai home cooking here for almost two decades. We've eaten Thai food all over the planet (including all over Thailand), but we were introduced to the cuisine here, years ago. The truth: no restaurant on Earth can beat the savory cashew chicken, the larb gai (ground chicken salad), or the basil chicken offered on the Thai House menu. Thai barbecue chicken and pla sam roos (the fried fish) are also excellent. Start with fresh summer rolls, proceed to one of the entrees listed above, and wash it all down with a good local Mississippi beer. The only reason Thai House doesn't have five stars on Google Is because locals just don't realize what they have here. Highly recommended.
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More like this, please: a bright, media-savvy local bakery that's been serving up honor-system coffee, breakfast burritos, superb little pizzas, fresh breads, and an alarming array of sweet treats -- all of superior quality -- for two decades. Best of all, it's still going strong, and it's as vibrant and beloved as ever. We stopped in for the first time since moving away nine years ago, and we were so happy that Broad Street continues to be everything we always loved. Highly recommended.
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While some locals love Thai Tasty, we found the sub-par food to be too sweet and over-seasoned. During our visit, the empty shop reeked of disinfectant -- not a good start. My pad Thai tasted primarily of sugar; my husband's basil chicken, apart from a liberal application of black pepper, had no flavor at all. Fact is, no amount of sugar or table pepper can make up for low-quality ingredients -- and if it weren't immersed in sauces, the tough B-grade chicken here would have no flavor at all. We suspect the owners have adapted vaguely Thai recipes to local tastes by ramping up the sugar and substituting black pepper for peppers more often used in Thai cuisine. Apparently, it's a good strategy: locals are posting rave reviews. But if you crave authentic Thai flavors, Thai House, just down the street, is the real deal.
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A friendly staff, lively late night bar, and historic building are all big draws here, but what cold have been a jewel with a bigger budget ends up (apart from the lobby) being a fairly generic Hilton Garden Inn. Rooms are already showing wear and tear, and views from upper floors merely reinforce the impression that downtown Jackson is long past its prime. Beware this neighborhood at night, which, despite the installation of new traffic roundabouts (?!?!) remains depressed and crumbling.
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