Today is World Soil Day

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Black Friday will be Bleak Friday for Many

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Originally posted on Charles Ray's Ramblings:
Coined in the 1960s to mark the start to the Christmas shopping season, ‘Black Friday,’ or the Friday after Thanksgiving, is one of the major shopping…

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Buy an Anthology of Short Stories and Get another Novel Free!

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Snapshot: Breakdown of State Department Employees as of 6/30/2014

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Writing: It’s Not Really About the Money

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Originally posted on Charles Ray's Ramblings:
 When I’m asked how long I’ve been writing, I can say truthfully, most of my life. I was taught to read at the age of four,…

Meet Secretary Kerry’s New Foreign Policy Board

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Originally posted on Diplopundit:
— Domani Spero ? Via state.gov: The distinguished group is comprised of up to 25 members who meet at the Department of State periodically to discuss strategic questions, and…

Interview with Historical Novelist Mirella Patzer

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Originally posted on Charles Ray's Ramblings:
I’m privileged to feature an interview with Mirella Patzer, a Canadian author who specializes in historical romance fiction. She writes sweeping historical, with a touch of…

The Role of the SME: Making Military Exercises Relevant and Realistic

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Originally posted on Complex Security:
After 20 years in the U.S. Army and 30 in the U.S. Foreign Service – including two tours of duty as a U.S. ambassador – I’ve been involved in…

Doctorate in Dumbass

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Originally posted on Chief Writing Wolf:
Alleged proof that humans and dinosaurs lived and played together. As if the state of Texas hasn’t embarrassed itself enough by keeping Rick Perry in the governor’s…