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the facts were these

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TurboRoo, a chihuahua born without its front legs, was given a 3D printed cart made by San Diego firm 3dyn so he could train to be a service dog for disabled children.

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Love, is it a tug at the heart that comes high and
cost, always costs, as long as you have it?
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On Tuesday, a bonsai tree boldly went where no bonsai tree has gone before.

Azuma Makoto, a 38-year-old artist based in Tokyo, launched two botanical arrangements into orbit: “Shiki 1,” a Japanese white pine bonsai tree suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, lilies, hydrangeas, and irises.

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World travelers Jürgen and Mike of For 91 Days recently visited an amazing temple in Setagaya, Tokyo. The Gōtoku-ji temple contains an awesome shrine dedicated to the Maneki-neko, or “Beckoning Cat”, a symbol of good luck and one of Japan’s most iconic images.

Setagaya is the setting of one of the Maneki-neko’s origin stories: It was there long ago that a wealthy feudal lord took shelter during a storm under a tree near Gōtoku-ji temple. “The lord saw the temple priest’s cat beckoning to him and followed; a moment later the tree was struck by lightning. The wealthy man became friends with the poor priest and the temple became prosperous. When the cat died, supposedly the first maneki-neko was made in his honor.”

"Worshipers at the Gotoku-ji often bring a Maneki Neko statue to leave for good luck. The result is a little surreal, with hundreds of cats sitting along a set of shelves outside a shrine. Except in size, they’re are all identical, exactly the same model with the same paw raised and the same beatific expression on their face.

The cat shrine is just one tiny section of the expansive Gotoku-ji temple, which, thanks to its location on the outskirts of the city, is usually very quiet.”

As you can see from these photos, there really are countless ceramic Maneki-neko figurines all over the place. To get an even better sense of just how densely populate the shrine is, check out Jürgen and Mike’s brief video panning across the grounds. There are also many more photos to be seen over at Tokyo For 91 Days.

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Anonymous said: Hello; I've been trying to write a plot for a novel for two years now, and I'm still drawing a blank. I've been through many advice blogs like this, but I need very specific help (the next step up). I'd really like to make this novel an intellectual fantasy with lots of philosophy, romance, and tragedy, but I've no idea how to formulate an appealing plot. I have the information on the subjects of philosophy (etc), and my characters are solid. But how do I get a good conflict going?


It’s always difficult to receive questions like this because I can’t be sure of what else we can offer you that isn’t already out there.

Check out our Conflict tag. You’re not going to find anything in this answer that hasn’t already been explored there. What you’re essentially after here, Anon, is a personal guide tailored directly to you, explaining how you can write your own novel. Ironically, the only person who has access to that kind of guide is you.

Back to Basics

You have big visions for your story. That’s great! However, you’re not going to get every single idea into your first draft… and you’re definitely not going to get them in there and executed to the standard you expect of yourself.

It’s not that your ability is lacking. You’re not incapable. You’re not doing anything wrong… you’re just setting yourself unbelievably high goals which is why, after two years, you’re still looking at your story in despair and leading yourself to believe you need some kind of Professional Opinion to help you advance.

I doubt this will come as a shock, but I’m not a professional. I’m so far from being a professional I’m like a Wikipedia article for writing advice. Everything I’ve learnt, I’ve taken from the internet (or personal experience) and I’m the kind of article-editor who sources really obscure pdf files and websites that look like they were made by someone with clipart, blingee and Windows 98.

So instead of thinking to yourself, ‘I’d really like to make this novel an intellectual fantasy with lots of philosophy, romance and tragedy’ as you embark on a draft, think instead, ‘I want to finish this draft’.

Before that, you’ll want to write x-amount of words a day. Before even that, you’ll want to put your fingertips to your keyboard and actually press down some keys.

That is the very first step to writing the intellectual, philosophical fantasy novel of your dreams.

You Probably Already Have A Plot

When you’re reading a book, make a note of key events. It’s different to reading for enjoyment… because when you pick up a book that you really love, nothing that happens in it sounds all that absurd. Things are happening, which makes other things happen and it keeps your interest.

Yet as soon as you write out every individual event it all sounds a little… basic. It’s easy to convince yourself that epic, amazing things need to be happening in your story all of the time to make up a good plot.

Generally though, it’s very simple, basic things that kick the story towards the more epic parts later on.

When you make up a plot, it’s probably going to sound generic until you disguise it like the great novel-writers before you with your immense vocabulary and writer-ly wiles.

A plot, put simply, is just ‘things happening’. The fun part is, you get to decide what exactly is happening and why.

Remind yourself of the difference between plot and story for a moment. Then take your characters and position them around the stage of your story and make them do things.

You get a good conflict going by deciding what your main character wants, and making sure most of the other characters and the environment they’re in prevents the main from getting that thing.

Give yourself more credit, too! You have solid characters, so you’re literally one step away from having good, solid conflicts…!


You can write that novel, Anon. I know you can. You just need to take a step back, do some basic graft and then work upwards from there.

- enlee

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Inside a Victorian house sandwiched between two greek fraternity houses is one of the best bookstores in Philadelphia. Remarkably well curated, A House of Our Own is stuffed with volumes of excellent quality and content at very reasonable prices. 

Spread over two full floors, the bookstore has some new volumes, but features a stunning selection of used books on a wide range of topics. On a recent visit I walked away with a four volume set of books for which I’d been searching more than a year. Bookstores from D.C. to Baltimore, Boston to New York (and even Baldwin’s Book Barn) had let me down, but A House of Our Own came through with a pristine set at a great price.

I highly recommend several hours at this fantastic bookstore. A House of Our Own is located at 3902 Spruce Street, on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.

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Please keep this circulating. Cops are getting more and more brazen, know your rights!

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