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Once Upon a Time a Friend of Mine Wrote a Poem

Dear Kid,

Once upon a time, my best friend wrote a poem. DearKidLoveMom.comOnce upon a time a friend of mine wrote a poem. I’m not sure what happened to her. We were friends BFB (Before FaceBook) and there are a LOT of people with her name floating out there in cyberspace.

For all I know, she has a different name now. Either way, I’m no longer in contact with her (which is too bad because she was a spitfire Back Then and I can only assume her fire still has a lot of spit in it).

Here is the poem she wrote:

Plump and juicy the apple sits
Upon the window sill.
Mount-watering as the sunlight flits
Over its deep red peel.

I reach down toward this glowing fruit
So round and smooth and firm.
With anticipation I am mute
So I bite; and find a worm.

By E. Hopkins

Now you know why she and I were friends.

Here’s to an infestation-free day.

Love, Mom

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Things You Don’t Know About Apples | Happy New Year

Dear Kid,

Happy New Year! And happy apples to celebrate the New Year.

Happy New Year! May it be a Sweet and Healthy Year. DearKidLoveMom.comApples are members of the rose family. Unfortunately, handing your True Love a bouquet of apple blossoms doesn’t really have the same effect as sending a dozen roses. Or even a single rose.

There are over 8,000 varieties of apples, 2,500 of which are grown in the US.
Which is weird since only a small number of varieties are sold in your grocery store. This has a lot to do with grocery stores and shoppers and not so much to do with apple availability.

Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.

Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds. As with so many things, I’m not sure that those at the extreme ends are fabulous.

A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds. Therefore, if I Love You a Bushel and a Peck of apples, a considerable percentage of my body goes toward loving. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Or a misrepresentation.

It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

In Chinese, the word for apples is pronounced “ping” which also means peace. This is perhaps my favorite apple fact.

Apples are high in boron which helps improve memory, mental alertness, and electrical activity of the brain. While apples don’t have a lot of calcium, their boron content helps strengthen bones. I think I might have to research boron. DearKidLoveMom.comThanks to their high levels of boron, apples can help improve your memory, mental alertness, and electrical activity of the brain. While apples don’t have a lot of calcium, their boron content helps strengthen bones. I think I might have to research boron.

Apples also contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products, which helps dissolve stains.

Malusdomesticaphobia is the fear of apples. I have no idea why you would ever need to know that because apples are good things. And according to popular lore, they keep the medical professionals away. Mostly because you have shiny white teeth and strong bones from eating all those apples.

Love, Mom

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Jailbreaks and Phone Forensics

JailbreakDear Kid,

From the Department of Repetitive Redundancy Department, I believe I may have mentioned once or twice (or seven thousand times) that anything put on the internet is permanent. Just so we’re clear, I plan to keep repeating myself on this (and probably other) topic(s).

But now there is Forensic Evidence of Internet Permanence which therefore makes it Absolutely True, Indisputable, and Important.

In the article Forensic Experts Poke Holes in Snapchat and Facebook (much of which talked about technology that is beyond my tech-comprehension level), two forensic specialists went poking around inside phones and found all sorts of goodies that let them trace info and pictures that had presumably been erased, deleted, and otherwise vanished.

If you’re going to read the article, you might need a definition or two:

A jailbreak is typically an iPhone or other Apple device modified to let the user install applications that are not released through the App Store. Android rooting is pretty much the same thing on an Android phone. Rooting is also done to let the owner remove and replace the operating system, usually with a more recent release. Rooting and jailbreaking are perfectly legal but both void the warranties.

The term jailbreak originally mean breaking out of jail (clever, huh?) and came into use in the early 1900s. Which makes no sense since people were escaping (or at least attempting to escape) from jails since there were jails. Conventional wisdom holds that–for at least a certain percent of the incarcerated population–jail is not a nice place. You should take my word and not worry about testing this particular hypothesis.

Love, Mom

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