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March: Book One – by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

March: Book One is the first in a series of three graphic novels that provide context to and details about the civil rights movement in the United States.

This series provides a vivid explanation about events that you may have only heard a little about (or briefly saw photos of on social media). It’s also a great resource for people who are interested in using non-violent civil disobedience as a form of protest.

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Desperately Seeking Mario – Episode 037

In this episode, I read to you a piece of writing I wrote on April 6, 2015.  It is about what happened after I got my very first smartphone. Strangers started calling me in an effort to reach someone named Mario.

I read “Desperately Seeking Mario” in episode 037 of Words of Jen.

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Desperately Seeking Mario

I wrote this piece on April 6, 2015, not long after I got my very first smartphone.  Before this, I was using a flip phone, because it seemed easier. Shawn had to talk me into switching to a iPhone.

I didn’t try to transfer my old phone over to the new phone because I wanted a fresh start.  That turned out to be a mistake.

I read “Desperately Seeking Mario” in episode 037 of my Words of Jen podcast.

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A Timeline of the GOP’s Attempts to Destroy Obamacare

Obamacare is the name most frequently used to refer to President Barack Obama’s signature piece of health care legislation. That’s not the actual name off the health care law, though.  The phrase “Obama-care” was first used by lobbyist Jeanne Schultz Scott in the trade journal Healthcare Financial Management in March 2007.

The name of the law is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (PPACA).  It is often shortened to Affordable Care Act (ACA).  People also call the health care law Obamacare, and it is also sometimes spelled as ObamaCare.

On March 3, 2016, The New York Times reported that President Obama said that enrollment in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act had reached a new high – 20 million people. That figure includes people who have received private health insurance on the exchanges, those who gained Medicaid coverage under state expansions, and young adults who were able to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.

Here is what happened to Obamacare after President Trump took office on January 20, 2017, with a Republican majority in both the U.S. Senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth – Alliance Side

After completing the Battle for Lordaeron (and several of the quests that followed) on the Horde side of the World of Warcraft: – Battle for Azeroth Beta, I decided it was time to see what the Alliance side of that battle was like.

This required me to roll a new character (which will disappear when the Beta ends). I chose to play a Dark Iron Dwarf, which is an Alliance Allied Race.  Thelgarn (whose name came from a random Dwarf name generator I found online) is a Warrior.

This blog contains screenshots, Twitch videos, and commentary about the Alliance side of the Battle for Azeroth Beta. There are some spoilers ahead.

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Fluffy Cockatiel

I was having a really bad physical health day and was exhausted.  Morris flew down the hall, perched on my computer monitor, and kept me company. He usually has a short attention span, but today, he stayed put and got fluffy and comfy.

Fluffy Cockatiel is a post written by Jen Thorpe on Book of Jen and is not allowed to be copied to other sites. The photo in this post is not allowed to be posted on other websites.

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Jen’s Lore Corner: Captain Rumford – Episode 003

Welcome to Jen’s Lore Corner, a podcast about the lore of the Diablo video game series. This podcast started as a segment on the Shattered Soulstone podcast. I decided to re-release those segments in their own podcast, with new episodes to follow.

In Episode 003, I dig into the background story of Captain Rumford, an NPC (non-player character) that players meet in Act I of Diablo III. His story is presented in-game, but it’s not given to players in chronological order.

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