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On March 1, Somewhere in Middle America will have a fresh new look with some special features and will begin accepting advertising. Rates start at a very reasonable $15/month for a 125 x 125 ad. This is a fabulous opportunity for other lifestyle blogs to promote themselves and for independent designers and small businesses to advertise their goods and services.

If you are interested in advertising on the new Somewhere in Middle America, which is read by lovers of photography, fashion, books and design, please contact me for more information: pamelajaye [at] gmail [dot] com.

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I love reading the local newspaper when I travel. It’s always helpful to get a sense of what’s going on in the city around you.

In Wednesday’s San Francisco Chronicle, there’s a footnote on page one highlighting a couple of stories found exclusively on the paper’s website. This one caught my eye: VETERINARY EMERGENCY: If your dog looks bloated, immediately grab the car keys

I couldn’t help but laugh when I read the headline. The first thing that came to mind was an image of somebody trying to pop their dog with their car keys in order to deflate it. When my mother was a little girl, my grandmother once found her straddling the pet Boxer, King, pushing a screwdriver into his skin so hard that he was bleeding. The dog remained perfectly still, allowing my mom to play veterinarian, but my grandmother freaked out. “What are you doing?” she cried. “King broke. I fix him,” my mother explained, like it was the most obvious thing in the world. 

According to the article, bloating for a dog is a serious medical condition called gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV) that requires an immediate visit to the vet. Don’t give Scout Gas-X, and definitely don’t use a screwdriver to fix Fido. Grab the car keys and head to your nearest veterinary office.

This has been a public service announcement for all of you dog owners out there.

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say cheese!

self portrait

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I just learned via A Cup of Jo that New York City is getting four waterfalls this summer! The installation will be designed by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, who is best known for The Weather Project (2003) at the Tate Modern in London (which I was lucky to see when I visited my sister when she was studying abroad).

The Circle Line will offer daily trips for close-up views of the installations. I am SO making a trip back East to see this in person.

How do you think this installation will compare to The Gates?

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Pascal Dangin is quoted in the May 12 issue of The New Yorker as saying he retouched photos used in Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty.”

He said, ” Do you know how much retouching was on that? But it was great to do, a challenge, to keep everyone’s skin and faces showing the mileage but not looking unattractive.”

Unilever has not confirmed Dangin’s claim, but if it’s true, it would be a major disappointment and totally undermine Dove’s message that “real beauty comes in many shapes, sizes and ages.” Apparently real beauty comes only after your photo is retouched.

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Do you remember these commercials from the 80s?

Cadbury Creme Eggs are a guilty pleasure of mine. I bought one today at Walgreens for a quarter and thoroughly enjoyed eating it before before sitting down to write this post.

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not on my to do list

Dinner in the sky? Sorry, at 165 ft. in the air, I don’t think I’d have much of an appetite. Would you?

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