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Elle  
I received a letter from ANN Counselor, Lesbian & Happy this week. She's unlikely to come back to the site. She's really struggling with Alzheimer's. I think she only remembered who I was after finding a letter I'd written her. And then it took her four tries to complete a letter back to me because she kept forgetting she was in the middle of writing it. I know this, because she dated each page, and it took her approximately a year to write me four pages, with each successive page apologising for forgetting about the letter.

She asked me to do two things for her:

1. To print off some of her autobiographical writing from this site and send it to her, so she can read her own memories and remind herself of things she has forgotten about her life.

2. To share her current address with you all and ask if anyone would like to write to her and remind her of interactions they had with her on this site.

You can write to Ann at:

Ann Patterson
C/- 3617 74th Ave SE
Mercer Island
WA 98040
USA
Cinn  
I can definitely attest to the fact that no language is too crass or colorful for Ann! *Heart*
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Joy  
So sad! Surely, I remember her; she used to blog with us.
I hate that disease. I hope hers doesn't advance too fast.
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Just copied her new address on to an envelope, (and got my Dad to proofread it, due to my weak eyesight!).
I'll write to her today or tomorrow.
Thanks again, Elle.
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Elle  
Hmm, we’re having a debate in the office over whether there is such a word as ‘insurances’. I’m thinking insurance is like sheep, and you should never add the s, but others disagree. Your thoughts?
No s. I've never heard anyone say Insurances and it sounds weird.
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There are different kinds of insurence, but sheep in a flock put out the same return. Mutton!!
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Agree you Elle, but what does Oxford and/or Merriam Webster say?
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Elle  
So, the nominations for the 2017 edition of "The Quill Awards have closed. Kittiara has done an amazing job of updating all the nominations at "Quills 2017 Nominations.

We're just in the process of reviewing the nominations and making sure that members don't have more nominations in a single category than allowed. Then, we'll be needing judges and we'll want YOU to vote for the genre categories. If you or your group wants to sponsor a category, now is also the time to let me know. *Wink*

In the meantime, if you've found any items worthy of nominating for the 2018 edition (I know I have!), then you can nominate them here:
 
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Nominate someone for a Quill!
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You are welcome, Elle!
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A shame to see some "Invalid Item"s
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Elle  
Yeah, there are always a few of those, unfortunately. *Sad*
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Elle  
It's very warm here, and I'm feeling decidedly unenergetic. Apparently unenergetic isn't a word. *Think*

In unrelated news, tomorrow my mother-in-law and mum are coming over to help Caitie and I make cheese. I sense a new Youtube video ahead...
Elle  
*Laugh* No, it's just fun to make cheese.
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Haahhh, being a man of 60+ summers; I understand cutting the cheese, but to witness four females, of three generations, doing it together, in the same kitchen, at the same time, and on purpose. Now, that's a video that is sure to garner a few likes. Just remember to open the windows before you begin.
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GeminiGem ,

So is that why the cost of butter jumped in the US???? Finally a reasonable explanation <grin>
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Elle  
I got to interview the king of blogging himself! *drumroll please* Fivesixer ☮ !

You can read the interview   on my blog. It's really interesting. You'll see Norb in a whole new light. *Wink*
Thank you so much Elle...it was a lot of fun for me *Heart*. And you guys...you're all so sweet! Thanks for reading! *Proud*
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I don't know, Elle, I think you forgot one question: boxers or jockeys? Other than that, you covered all the bases.
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A gentleman goes commando doesn't talk about that publicly *Blush*. Boxers, because I'm not a gentleman *Laugh*.
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Elle  
Merit badge challenge

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Congratulations on your new "Elle" merit badge for your group,  [Link To Item #1938829] ! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities. We appreciate it! -SMs


I was catching up on newsfeed posts the other day and saw a fabulous comment by JS McBride that inspired me to do a merit badge challenge. And actually, it reminds me of a blog prompt Char challenged me to answer once. That went...places.

So, anyway, to go in the draw for an Elle merit badge, I want to you share a list of 10 truths. They can be silly truths or serious truths. Your call. Just truths. One list of 10 truths per person. Go!

At least one winner (depends on my gps stash), chosen by virtual dice. Closes Dec 31 11:59pm. *Wink*
Elle  
This was a lot of fun, and really interesting. Thank you all for participating!

I used the virtual dice to choose three winners. Congratulations to WarriorWordsmith💖 , Osirantinous Capricornus and ~innerlight is editing ! Virtual dice results are linked to my blog if anyone wants to check them.
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So good things come to those who tell the truth, then? Yay for lucky virtual dice!
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Ah, missed it!
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Elle  
Hard to believe it's been 27 days since I last posted on the newsfeed. Such a slacker!

There are some cool new activities starting up in 2018. I'm looking forward to "52 in 52, which should work in nicely with "The Monthly Reading Challenge. I can see a lot of people are going to do "I Write in 2018, which will be amazing. I can't commit to that, because work *Sad*, but it looks great. Definitely check it out.

Kittiara is doing an amazing job keeping the "Quills 2017 Nominations updated, and she's even fundraising for Quills through the "The Snail Mail Auction. Oh! I just realised, I'll have to make a 2018 nominations form soon! *Shock* This is craziness. You will have until the end of January to finish nominating items written in 2017 though, so don't panic.

I've got a few days off. Back to work on 3rd Jan. Got so much to do in my short break, things I never get time for, like working on my blog and writing. I've got to update my blog, do my budget, apply for jobs, edit some videos for my daughter's YouTube channel and see if I can write something for both "Musings and Memories and "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. I also need to finish and send my annual Christmas letter, which I usually send at the beginning of December. It's been that kind of a month year. *Rolleyes* Speaking of, I'm off to do some of those things now. Later!
Good to see you! Iget you about days off. I have another week.
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It's been ages, but I finally posted another author interview. This one is with our very own Whata Reality is Subjective !

Read my interview with Adrie here  

Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Adrie! Now I need to finish interviewing Fivesixer ☮ and Kittiara . Anyone else up for an interview on my blog? *Smile*
Thank you Elle-ie for a fun interview! Well, WordPress was interesting... second link worked yay. NICE site Elle.

Oh Ken, I’m not deep— I just took off my play clothes for a bit *Ha*

College looks great on you Kerri! I know, I still am behind. My mom got a pit bull *FacePalm* Nice dog except to her cats... but I am around! Just working on a super secret project, then email... cannot believe it’s nearly been another year! *Heart*
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If you get a chance Elle, let me know where to access your other interviews... I got way behind.
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Elle  
Um, see if this link works: Elle's interviews  
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Elle  
I sat down to spend my evening catching up on stuff and chillaxing. Opened the newsfeed and four hours later, I've finally caught up on newsfeed posts. *Laugh*

Just a reminder that this ends today: "Note: Merit badge sale! ..."
If you've already ordered MBs, I will get these sent this weekend (or add them to my "Merit Badges To Be Given list if a delay for community recognition is required).

Been lovely to catch up with everyone. I kind of feel like I've just sat down and had chats with everyone about what they've been up to. *Laugh*
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Ha, Elle , I just found about the whole CR thing (ah, the learning curve of the noob!). I didn't specify in my first order - but I would like it done that way.

I did specify in my second email!! Cuz you know....learning. *laughing* *Geek*
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Elle  
Thanks Jim! I'm not sure it'll work as they're all exclusive merit badges, but I'll investigate!
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Elle  
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Merit badge sale!
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Congratulations on your new "WdC Kids Club" merit badge for your group,  [Link To Item #1975834] ! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities. We appreciate it! -SMs Merit Badge in Clash
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Thank you so much for your hard work during Game of Thrones. Your participation went a long way in helping our team!


Are you missing one of these merit badges from your collection? Now is your chance to collect them and support two worthy WDC causes at the same time!

Many of you know that "The Quill Awards uses literally millions of gift points every year to award excellence, encourage the contest and activity hosts, and thank those who put so much effort into making this community so amazing. We have a lot more fundraising still to go, but you can start helping now by purchasing one (or more!) of these merit badges.

Another very worthwhile cause is "RAOK Upgrade Brigade Group which strives to give people the opportunity to participate fully in this community even when their finances are restrictive.

All profits will be split 50/50 between both causes.

Each of the above merit badges are 40,000 gift points each until 11:59pm Friday. You can send gps to "Elle's Bank.

If anyone feels weird about ‘buying’ merit badges, remember that these two causes rely entirely on donations. Your help and generosity is greatly appreciated.
Can I choose my MBs?

Because the "Kiwis on WdC" MB would be really cool . . .
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Elle  
Of course you can choose. *Smile*
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