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Dee Thompson

Writing is my passion and I write every single day. I've been writing stories, newsletters, articles, screenplays, books, poems, summaries, play reviews - just about anything that involves words on paper - since I was 14 years old and went to work on my high school newspaper. For the past 8 years I've been writing and submitting my work everywhere. I started a personal blog in 2005 and I've written close to 3,000 blogs over at The Crab Chronicles. I started writing business blogs in 2011. I've also written two novels, a memoir, a cookbook, and a children's book! Check out my Amazon page.

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Pure Candy Never Hurt Anyone

In the 1920s and 1930s in the United States, life before technology may have been simpler but cooking and housekeeping were difficult and time-consuming. Two books from that time period yield a lot of information about food and cooking, and also about women’s roles in general. Books such as The Blue Stocking Cookbook (1923) and Her Book (1932) spell out how to cook savory dishes not often found in today’s cookbooks – for instance, Brain Croquettes and Rabbit Fricassee.

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Veterans Find Strength and Healing at Comfort Farms

Jon Jackson isn’t the first person to think that food can be healing, but for him, that’s literally true. He recently discovered that growing food heals him and other veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “The earth is healing and food is healing,” Jon says. Although he’s a native of New Jersey, Jon has always loved gardening. In 2015, after his 6 tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger were over, Jon decided to turn his gardening hobby into much more..

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Carlton’s Cakes -- The Perfect Marriage of Science and Art

Jenean Carlton doesn’t just whip up little cakes for friends in her kitchen. She did that for years, while also taking classes in cake decorating, but she decided a few years ago to turn her hobby into a business. Carlton’s Cakes was born. In just a short time, she has gone from hobbyist to celebrated professional, featured on sites like The Knot and Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. Modern Luxury Weddings named her as one of their Top Ten Wedding Experts in Atlanta in 2017. Jenean figured out the secret to creating luxurious cakes. “My cakes are science and art united. It can’t just be pretty,” she says.

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Man arrested last year in viral video files suit against Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office

NEW ORLEANS — Christopher Verdin Jr., whose arrest in May by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office was recorded in a video that went viral, has filed suit against the department and three officers. Verdin’s lawsuit claims that during the arrest, deputies Charles Cook Jr., Joe Cehan III and Cody Guilbeaux violated his constitutional rights. Verdin claims the arresting officers used excessive force and he was assaulted and battered. V

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Recent ruling in glutamine powder case could have far-reaching implications for class action cases, lawyer says

CHICAGO — A recent ruling by a federal judge that non-Illinois residents cannot participate in a class-action suit has far-reaching implications, according to a local attorney. The ruling came in the case of Joshua DeBernardis v. NBTY and United States Nutrition, the makers of the supplement Body Fortress 100 percent Glutamine Powder.

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Thompson Coburn law firm ranked best in country in railroad law, copyright law by U.S. News

BELLEVILLE – U.S. News & World Report has named the firm of Thompson Coburn as the best firm in the nation for railroad law. Best Lawyers also gave the firm the highest ranking in railroad law. The rankings are based on interviews with clients and other attorneys. The firm has 26 attorneys and 10 paralegals working on railroad cases, one of the largest practices in the United States.

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State AGs speak up in Janus case to preserve collection of union fees from non-union workers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Several friend-of-the-court briefs have now been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the lawsuit brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois state government employee who feels union dues should not be taken from his paycheck since he is not a member of a union. The Supreme Court indicated last fall that it would take up the case of Janus, who filed suit against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Teamsters, asserting those uni

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With EEOC's support, pro se litigant's discrimination case against Sysco gets a second look

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court has instructed a federal court to reconsider the case of a former worker at Sysco who filed a federal lawsuit over allegations of racial discrimination failure to promote, and a hostile environment who initially lost her case because she failed to file her charge of discrimination within 180 days of the alleged discrimination happening.

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Comfort Farms -- Growing Hope, and More

“We know vets feel great farming but there’s a reason why. There’s a reason why vets are navigating toward putting their hands in the dirt. A lot of vets come back from war and the number one reason we get depressed is because we feel like we’ve lost our edge. Our edge is the ability to stay sharp and make split-second, critical decisions on the fly, to really manage stress. For a lot of veterans, coming back to a desk job is not challenging enough, nor does it feel like you’re contributing to anything.”

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NYC's climate change lawsuit against energy industry is unnecessary, legal reform group says

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – On Jan. 10, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city recently filed suit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies, namely BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. The money from the lawsuit will be earmarked to protect the city from the effects of global warming. Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York asks, “What’s next? Do we sue cows for all the methane they produce?”

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Chicago law firm the first to file lawsuits over Washington Amtrak derailment

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Chicago attorney says several factors may have led to the derailment of the Amtrak train near Tacoma, Washington, on Dec. 18. He is representing some of the plaintiffs who are suing Amtrak over the incident. Attorney Michael Krzak told Legal Newsline that his firm, Clifford Law Offices, has already filed complaints on behalf of two injured parties and he has many more that will soon be filed.

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Cooking Beef

All my life I have had a love/hate relationship with beef. There are some ways to fix it that I love (a juicy hamburger) and some ways I hate (most pot roast). My mother loves beef. It goes back to when she was in college and was severely anemic. Beef made her feel a lot better. I am not wild about cooking beef, unless I can make it taste like French Onion soup, which I love, and which is traditionally ( I think) made with beef broth. This is last night's London Broil.

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