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    1. I hadn’t heard of Paulo Coelho, despite being interested in the subject matter. Your review is well-written and to the point and I just checked the reviews on Amazon, around 82%, four or five star out of nearly 2000 reviews. It’s also available in audiobook, which I personally prefer over reading an actual physical book myself (although I often buy the book too), so thank you for the heads-up on an intriguing title!

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    2. I think being “stuck in a rut” actually helps as it lets you and learn more about yourself and what you want out of life, just like what it did to me. Instead of books tho, I found traveling helpful as well as filling my soul up. But I must admit that I wanted to read The Alchemist even more bcoz of your post! ☀️

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    3. The Alcehmist is such a wonderful and insightful books, and your review was spot on! It’s so true–we must keep our eyes on our goals and look past the obstacles to achieve our dreams. Keep writing! 🙂

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    4. I read the book long time ago but I didn’t remember much about it. Thanks for the review. I like your thoughts especially about religion. Though it was a little difficult to read your post since the texts were moving around because of the photo slides on top with different photo sizes.

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  1. Hello everybody, Simon from To Cut a Short Story Short here with my latest post. I recently joined a ‘development circle,’ which is a weekly group where we sit with a medium and learn to develop our psychic powers and connect with ‘higher beings.’ I wrote a brief account of my experiences so far, in a light-hearted style, just 750 words. I hope you find it interesting and enjoyable.

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/mediumship-development-a-personal-experience/

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      1. Thank you, I just got back from the ‘circle’ (tonight doing ‘readings’ on photographs), there was a great atmosphere, and many anecdotes from our medium leader. Fascinating indeed!

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      1. Ha ha, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll do a six month ‘progress report,’ but it’s a long haul. Top mediums have been at it for ten, twenty, thirty years or more, AND they experienced all kinds of psychic phenomena when young, whereas I didn’t!
        But there’s every chance of something interesting happening, so yes, I’ll certainly think about it. Thanks very much for the feedback!

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      1. Thank you, there are a lot – 217! LOL. Maybe have a look under Excerpts in the menu, there are brief previews to a lot of stories there. Plus the ‘recent posts’ sidebar is helpful, I think all those stories/articles are worth looking at.
        There’s an index and contents too, selectable from the menu. Hope you find some you enjoy 🙂

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    1. Really interesting post! I’m personally a bit uncomfortable with Duplex and the ethics of it…is it dishonest for a AI to convincingly “uh” and “um” to emulate human dialogue, or is it, as you argue, the convenient next step for technology. There’s not necessarily a clear or right answer, but it is such an interesting conversation. Thanks for sharing your perspective on it!

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      1. Thank you so much for reading the post! Yes, there are ethics issues with it and I see the other side of the conversation but as you said, it is the next step for technology. You are totally right when saying that there is no clear answer to the topic and that makes it much more debatable and open-ended.

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    2. A very interesting blog post. I think that there definitely needs to be a discussion around the ethics of this topic — the examples given were innocent enough, but can you imagine being plagued by sales calls (which will be ten-a-penny!) from Google Assistant? I don’t relish the prospect…

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      1. Thanks for reading it! Yes, you do make a good point and one that I thought of too. I don’t want other companies using the assistant to make sales calls. I hope Google has a way to combat that.

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    3. Wow! Very interesting. I think you are absolutely right that the Assistant should not identify as such because the call will end. “Calling for a client” is perfect.

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  2. Hello bloggers!
    Happy Monday to you all.
    Well, I thought of sharing this to you all since Mother’s day was celebrated yesterday. Ofcourse we do not need one particular day to remember them and everyday should be celebrated as one. So here’s a little post dedicated to all the wonderful Mommies. I hope you guys like it.
    https://inaworldlikethismoaam.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/mommy-dearest/

    Do feel free to navigate around the blog to check out the various other posts.
    Thanks!
    Have a wonderful week ahead.
    – Mabelle

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  3. Hello everyone!

    I’m Kelsey and I run a daily blog where I dabble in British English vernacular. It’s sorta like the dictionary but not; my “examples” are actually stories or poems. Today’s word is a poem; but Friday I tried something new and did a script-like scene.

    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com

    Can’t wait to see new and old bloggers. Cheers! 💚💫

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      1. Thanks! I like your writing styles, long and short. Not sure if you’ve noticed the trend, but I have found that shorter pieces tend to get more feedback; not always the case. Which I find a bit sad on the part of extensively written pieces.

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      2. Yes, I have noticed that trend. I think that people have very short attention spans and many of my longer pieces do often receive shorter commentary, or none at all. I’m glad you enjoy both my shorter and longer pieces!

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      1. Thank you! And if you’re on your phone, the follow button in at the bottom. If you’re on a computer/laptop, it’s off on the right hand side. (Or, better yet, when you get this message you can click my name and see “follow this blog”. That should work. Let me know if it doesn’t. But the button IS there. 😃

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  4. Hi bloggers!
    I’m a newbie here ! Would like if you checked out my blogs . Appreciate criticism if you have any 🙂 I’ll be checking out yours as well !
    httpsettymanas.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/a-friend-in-need-indeed/

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  5. Hey I guess I typed the wrong link 😦
    I’m not in the top comments but would you please check out my blog ?
    Open to all types of criticism, thank you very much!
    httpshettymanas.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/a-friend-in-need-indeed/

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      1. Hi Kelsey. So getting down to the bottom of my blog will require some serious bingeing on your part. Fearing for you that it may become addictive, I suggest you take it easy in the beginning and build up your stamina. And remember to step out into the sunshine once in a while. Lol

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      2. Hi! Thanks for this reminder; I’m afraid I’ve been binging movies the last week, for the first time in a few years, and I have to admit: aside from work, I had forgotten what the sunshine looked liked! Lol All the same, I promise to take it slow and enjoy your blog more in-depth than I did those movies!

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    1. Hi, I liked this, but couldn’t find a like button, and also couldn’t sign in to anything to leave a comment. You may wish to add a wordpress auto sign in if possible.

      This was really interesting and nicely written. the pictures accompanied very well. I love the sound of that road. How incredible! I think that will be going on my travel list!

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    1. You have some links to very interesting articles, carefully chosen. Perhaps a little from yourself about why you chose that article , why it should interest others would bring some personality to the blog, if that is what you wish. I think people are more likely to follow if they have a connection to you as an individual.

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      1. I am glad it was helpful. People love learning more about others–it is what all the awards on this site seem to be about! XD

        If you have a moment and fancy, I would be very grateful if you would check out my blog. Leave a like or comment if you wish, and if it strikes you and you hit ‘follow’, then you will make my day!

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    2. I think I can see where you are wanting to go with your blog –dissemination of information and knowledge regarding your area of expertise, which is a very interesting field. When I first arrived on your blog, there was nothing there to tell me what it was all about. Perhaps a tag line would be a helpful addition to your header. You are a stem cell expert–show it off! Perhaps the photo-based theme is not best suited to your purpose. Having a headline and blurb will encourage readers to click through to your post.

      Expanding on what the previous reviewer noted regarding the addition of personal reasons or thoughts on why you are sharing that article or information would increase views, but it will also eliminate the appearance of plagiarism. It’s not common in blogs, and perhaps many don’t even think about it, but for instance, on your most recent post, you list the post as being written by you (which the headline was), but then your post is simply a link to a National Geographic article. At first I thought, “wow, they made it to the NG?” but then reading the article, you are not mentioned (and as far as I can tell, your studies are not included in their article).

      I would have been very interested in reading your take on the article or how your studies expand on what the article is about. There is a lot of great possibility with your blog. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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    1. Really enjoyed reading.. Why did you stop with just 3 points? Liked your way of presenting..with the correct dosage of sarcasm..nothing more..nothing less. I am gonna follow you. And feel free to check my blog too.😊

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    2. Good round off on plus points and there are many more too. Similarly there are negative side too for any technology/events Every coin has two sides similar to negative and positive poles of a battery. You cant generate current with just one pole right or we cannot have just north pole on our earth right we have a south pole too.
      I remember seeing a short story of an individual on a phone busy socialising on the net whereas that individual was oblivious to the surrounding physical environment and missed many a great opportunity to form bonds with friends and family. In the end that individual was left all alone with no one to talk to but just the phone and virtual environment.
      So there should always be a balance in the end with whatever we do or use.

      https://lobouniverse.com

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  6. Hi all and Happy Manhood Monday. This week, thought I’d share a thought called “Seek to Serve.” 1 min read.

    Excerpt: If your big dreams only include yourself, they’re actually quite small. Expand your horizons and dream big enough to include the world. 

    https://wp.me/p876wZ-Xr

    Live inspired,
    JP Robinson

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  7. Hello!

    On my blog, you’ll find my poems, articles, collaborations, bookish stuff, and much more!

    I recently did a bookish post which talks about the misconceptions regarding readers! Let me know what you think about it!

    Here’s the link to the post:
    https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/misconceptions-regarding-readers-sorted-truths-pro-tip/

    Also, I’ve recently created a instagram account!

    My username- bustleboutbooks.

    Make sure you follow me to be updated with my reads!

    Would love to receive feedbacks!
    Happy blogging!

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  8. Hey guys! I’m a newer online writer, who writes a lot with emotion playing a heavy role. If that’s something that interests you, please check out some of my work! I’d love some feedback!
    megannlouise.com

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