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  1. Merkin

    Gabriel's Island, by Marin Giustinian

    Not much about the 21st century has much appeal for me but Colin and Doug's ability to have that sequence of experience makes it all worthwhile.
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    In Year 69

    Warmth may result from either choice.
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    Stick to writing stuff like this, Bruin, and you'll attract lots of readers.
  4. Gabriel's Island by Marin Giustinian ‘…We all should become who we want to be, deep down inside, without paying mind to what others say or think. We should do all we can so that the little boy we were, when we were ten years old, isn't sorry to have wanted to grow up.’ This lovely story is more than a beguiling tale. It may be a compelling handbook for living and loving, written just for you. Do not pass it by without giving it a chance to work its magic. http://awesomedude.com/marin-giustinian/gabriels-island/gabriels-island.htm
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    Camp Refuge

    Wayne's newest story "Ash and Ember" is up and running. He says this one won't be appearing on Nifty, but it can be found here: https://www.storylover.us/?t=CWYSqpOrsQlyY9vo
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    Ashes and Embers by Wayne Grey

    I'll second that, Nigel. Wayne's last offering, "Camp Refuge" (Nifty, Camping category as well as on Story Lover) had a strong finish and is a great read. Now a new one looks to be even more polished. If you send Wayne a note he'll keep you notified of new chapters.
  7. Merkin

    Can't Help Falling in Love

    These are great finds, Dude! Please keep them coming...
  8. Merkin

    UK Government to Ban Gay-Straight Conversion Therapy

    Good one, Nigel
  9. Merkin

    I hear it's some day of note to you Yanks...

    No, Gee. Our fireworks are meant to thin the Canadian Geese.
  10. Merkin

    God the Problem

    'Strangling nature while collecting fares' is brilliant, bi. We're all being forced to pay a grotesque amount to ride the God machine.
  11. Merkin

    Why it's so difficult to get schools to deal with bullies

    Although I like Colin's suggestion of video camera evidence, I think that one of the primary locations for bullying is within the walls of the restrooms, both boys' and girls', and I am pretty sure that placing video cameras in those environments is a big no-no. Documenting who enters and exits the restrooms may be possible but I bet it would be a very touchy subject in most districts. I do think Cole's position is the only one possible. James
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    Camp Refuge

    Very engaging. Full of twists and turns. Every character is a revelation.
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    JFK's Secret Meth Habit

    One can hope his coronary arteries vote to impeach him.
  14. I support your entire comment, ChrisR, but this appears to be a crucial point. Children from immigrant families have overwhelmed the "juvenile care system" as we know it, and it is unable to respond. In fact, it was never constituted to be able to respond to what is, indeed, a situation a whole order of magnitude more complicated and significant in its own right. I believe we should separate this element of the care puzzle from the purview of our presently in-place juvenile care apparatus and invent one that works for immigrant families. I don't have the answers but it is clear to me that undertaking necessary reforms to our present "system" has been overtaken and overwhelmed by the current situation with immigration in almost all of our states, yet it is, I think, a somewhat different set of problems. We actually have two crises on our hands. Both of them demand our attention.
  15. You may have thought that we have a generally practised foster care system in this country. Guess again. If you are a homeless teen be careful to choose the right state to be homeless in. http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/06/14/giving-group-homes-a-21st-century-makeover