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Each week TED selects four of their favourite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Afra’s talk was chosen. Congratulations to Afra and the TEDxPortofSpain Community.Filed under: Afra Raymond, Corruption, Politics and Public Affairs Tagged: corruption, public affairs Original link Original author: AfraRaymond...
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Most of us are moving away from desktop computers and satisfying our computing needs with laptops / notebooks. Primary reason is that we no longer want to be tethered to one spot, but possess the freedom to move to any location we desire.
This blog is not about mobility, it is about cost savings. Which leads to the question - do we really need to pay upwards of TT$2,500.00 for a laptop, when we really only use the device for checking Facebook, Twitter, our e-mails, and occasionally create content - i.e. create documents and spreadsheets? If the answer is no, then read on. 

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Posted by on in Luv TnT
Like to know stuff that most other people don't care about?    In no particular order here goes: 20.The only new acoustic instrument to be invented and accepted worldwide in the 20th century originated in Trinidad and Tobago.  You can learn more about the history of pan at PanTrinbago and Wikipedia.  Check out the steelpan store to buy one for your friends internationally.   19.Trinidad and Tobago is home to the world’s largest traffic roundabout around the Queen’s Park Savannah.  18. In 2006, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country ever to qualify for the 2006 Football World Cup.  Thanks to...
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If you’re from Northern Europe or North America, you’re spoilt when it comes to driving.   Your roads are clean, well-paved, properly policed and your drivers well-behaved.  (Generally speaking of course.) Unless you decide to break the law, or brave freak weather, getting from home to work and back offers no challenge at all.   Boooorring! Welcome to the Trini driving reality show where off-road rallying combines with the Indy 500, Monster Truck driving and the danger of road rage and ice road truckers (without the ice). Name your aggravation; we have it: whack-a-mole potholes, perpetual traffic, flooding, cruising wreckers, poor road...
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  if you're into a healthful lifestyle you'll want to check out the San Antonio Green Market in upper Santa Cruz.   I've been to the Green Market a couple times now and I will continue to go back; not just because of the fully organic range of local produce—there's that of course—but because it's a great community of people to be around early on a Saturday morning.   It's just a nice vibe at the Green Market   Vicki Assevero, one of the founding members of the Green Market says that it's more than just getting pesticides and chemicals out...
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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lighthouse-Port-of-spain.jpgOf course this is complete and utter BS, yet it does reflect the attitude of many people who grew up in the North West. 

Stranger in my own land

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  The news hit the natural hair community pretty hard. Beloved natural hair vlogger Meechy Monroe, one half of the dynamic Monroe Sisters, revealed that she’s battling a rare form of brain cancer. In the course of her illness, she has suffered multiple mild strokes and aphasia – a disturbance in the delivery of language. […] The post #GetWellMeechy! An Update on Meechy Monroe and How We Can Help appeared first on Afrobella....
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I’ve been following the news obsessively since Mike Brown was shot in the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, but I haven’t managed to get any coherent words of my own out. I’ve started at least 3 different blog posts about this. Every time, there’s a new development, a new reason for disgust and outrage, another disappointing […] The post Ferguson. History Repeating Itself. appeared first on Afrobella....
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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about skin care. I’ve blogged about grown women’s skincare and the need for a regimen in the past, but it’s been a while. I’ve tried a few new things and had some new experiences. It’s time for an update. As we get older, our needs change. Our bodies […] The post You Deserve – StriVectin-AR Day and Night Cream appeared first on Afrobella....
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  When I grew up in Trinidad, I don’t know how I was able to handle it. I lived in the Caribbean from birth until age 18, and I didn’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis. I don’t even remember really wearing sunglasses to protect my eyes until later in life. I don’t remember ever […] The post Sun Protection For All Ages and All Shades of Beautiful appeared first on Afrobella....
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What IS American style? To me, it’s the quintessence of cool. It’s comfortable and chic. It isn’t necessarily super edgy but every now and then you’ll be surprised. It’s about expressing your personality in a way that looks effortless. It doesn’t literally have to be denim, red, white and blue, but on a day like […] The post Check Out My American Icons Style! The Sweet Summer Styles I Found At Macy’s appeared first on Afrobella....
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When it’s so hot that the air is leaching the moisture from my hair, leaving my situation looking frizzy and crispy, I know it’s time to reach for external moisture reserves. My hair loves, needs, wants, craves and absorbs leave-in conditioner sprays in the summer! It can’t be just any old leave-in, either. It needs […] The post Spritz Your Natural Hair With This! 9 Great Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioners for Black Hair! appeared first on Afrobella....
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  Listen. It’s hot outside. When you get ready to face the world, you already know you’re going to emerge sweaty and melty with a side dish of frustrated and over it. But summer isn’t supposed to be about struggle, it’s supposed to be FUN. Your beauty regimen shouldn’t slow you down one bit, and […] The post 3 Easy Summer Beauty Hacks – Stay Cool, Smooth and Beautiful This Season! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I’ll admit it, just to you. I’m pretty bummed that I won’t be at this year’s Essence Music Festival. I mean, PRINCE. NAS. Janelle Monae. The Roots. Ledisi. This will be SO DOPE. I was even asked to participate, but I had to turn it down — my husband’s family is coming to Chicago for […] The post Your Helpful Essence Music Festival Guide! Here’s How To ENJOY Your Time In NOLA! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I’ve been hearing from quite a few of my readers lately, that makeup is challenging and intimidating. For those of us who aren’t used to wearing makeup on a day to day basis, when we’re presented with an event where we’re expected to wear makeup it can cause anxiety and stress. I’m here to tell […] The post 15 Minutes To Fierce – The IMAN Cosmetics Bronze Goddess Makeover! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I started noticing a difference as soon as the temperatures started rising into the 80′s. My hair had been behaving so well up to that point, and then frizz started kicking in. I started noticing more tangles and loose single-strand knots. By the time I got back from Las Vegas where the desert heat got […] The post Your Hair Is Thirsty – Essential Natural Hair Moisturizing Tips! appeared first on Afrobella....
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This post is sponsored by IMAN Cosmetics, but the opinions are all mine! Here are my top concerns in terms of skin and makeup for spring and summer. #1 – Breakouts and hyperpigmentation (I thought this would have stopped by my 30’s, honestly). #2 – appropriate coverage for the above #3 – achieving appropriate coverage […] The post IMAN Cosmetics BB & CC Creams – The Afrobella Review & How-To! appeared first on Afrobella....
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If you’re looking to cop a piece of black history for your archives, keep an eye out for the final print issue of JET Magazine, which hit newsstands today, Monday June 9th. This final issue is a tribute to the past 63 years of publication, a dedication to the years that JET was the publication […] The post This Is The Final Issue of JET Magazine appeared first on Afrobella....
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Hot weather makeup should do a few things. It should last in the heat, and not melt off your face the second you step outside. It should be light and easy to apply and non-transferable (or as non-transferable as possible. Nobody wants to leave a face print behind). And when it comes to lips, your […] The post 7 Bold, Bright Lip Glosses to Stunt With This Summer appeared first on Afrobella....
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  When I was a teenager, I was sent to tennis lessons. I spent weekend mornings running around and picking up tennis balls, all under the tutelage of an elderly gentleman named Mr. Valentine. Mr. Valentine was a very forthright gentleman and after some time had passed, my parents asked him for his opinion on […] The post Team Taylor Townsend! Reasons To Love This New Tennis Superstar appeared first on Afrobella....
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Beauty Brand History is a new regular series here on Afrobella. We all have the brands we’ve grown up using, the brands we’ve known our whole lives. Here are memories and the true stories behind the beauty brands we love. Think back to the first time you remember having your hair combed. What do you […] The post Beauty Brand History–Blue Magic. Still Blue. Still Magical. appeared first on Afrobella....
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It’s bold, it’s fierce, it’s a must for rock stars of any gender persuasion. I’m talking about eyeliner – a dark streak of color around your eyes is the sure fire way to make your look pop and express that personality. There are some celebs who get it right every time and have a strong […] The post The Best Celebrity Eyeliner Tips appeared first on Afrobella....
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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by P&G Beauty but these are my opinions and experiences. The weather is perfection, there’s not a cloud in the sky. A light breeze ruffles your hair and your clothing as you stroll along the lakeshore. I’m here to tell you, there’s nothing more beautiful than summer in Chicago! […] The post Summertime Chi! Your Easy Living Summer Drugstore Beauty Guide appeared first on Afrobella....
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On May 28th I got up early, made tea and toast, puttered around my apartment unloading the dishwasher and throwing clothes in the washing machine. Regular, routine life stuff. I’d planned to blog about an amazing new chicken recipe I discovered before heading to a dentist’s appointment. It was going to be the most mundane […] The post What Maya Angelou Taught Me About Beauty With Just One Poem appeared first on Afrobella....
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When I think of exciting travel destinations that I want to visit, I tend to think of the world’s major cities. Places like London, Paris, Tokyo and Rome. I think of tropical destinations, like Jamaica and Hawaii, or far-flung places like Australia and Bali. I don’t immediately think of the places that are in our […] The post Come With Me, To Yosemite! My Amazing Lumia Explorers Experience appeared first on Afrobella....
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The weather’s starting to heat up around these parts and I am SO ready for it! Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner – it’s time for backyard BBQ’s and picnics in the park and bike rides along the lakefront here in Chicago! Forget Christmas – THIS is the most wonderful time of […] The post Hey Gorgeous! Makeup I Know You’ll LOVE For Summer 2014! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I didn’t watch all of the Billboard Music Awards, I was just waiting for the Michael Jackson performance. For a while now they’ve been promoting the Michael Jackson performance as something new, unprecedented, one of a kind and spectacular, so how could I not watch? My formative years were studded with similar moments, gathering around […] The post The Way It Made Me Feel – My Reaction to Michael Jackson’s Hologram At The Billboard Awards appeared first on Afrobella....
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I’ve been aware of the annual SELF Magazine Workout in the Park event for quite some time now – it’s  been going on for 21 years and I’ve written about it several times, from my Miami newspaper days until now. In all that time that I’ve been aware of this annual, multi-city event, I’ve never […] The post What I Learned About Fitness From The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper at SELF Magazine’s Workout In the Park appeared first on Afrobella....
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Macy’s is one of my favorite department stores and ever since I moved to America, I’ve been shopping there. Macy’s to me truly IS the quintessential American department store shopping experience – fun, clean, bright, on trend, glamorous and abundantly inspiring. When I lived in Miami, my Macy’s was in Dadeland Mall. Now that I […] The post Afrobella is Celebrating Macy’s American Icons! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, you may have noticed a bit less writing here on Afrobella.com. That’s because I’ve accepted an exciting new opportunity and I’ve had to fall back in order to catch up, if that makes any kind of sense. Right now you can read my work on Glam.com, where I’m a contributing editor and I write […] The post Check Out My NEW Column on ESSENCE.com! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Beauty Brand History is a new regular series here on Afrobella. We all have the brands we’ve grown up using, the brands we’ve known our whole lives. Here are memories and the true stories behind the beauty brands we love.  When I think back to my earliest awareness of face wash and the fact that […] The post Beauty Brand History – Noxzema. 100 Years Of Tingly Clean Greatness appeared first on Afrobella....
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There were times in my teens and even early twenties when the title of this post would’ve seemed like the worst thing ever. As I grow older I realize how hard my mom worked to raise us kids and how much of herself she poured into us. Things that flew over my head, decisions I […] The post I’ve Kind Of Become My Mom – 5 Things I’ve Inherited From My Mother appeared first on Afrobella....
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Oyin Handmade has established itself as one of the highest quality, most desirable, just all around cool independent hair and body care brands in the business. I’ve been hearing amazing things about Oyin since at least 2006 — did you know that the brand began 13 years ago? Yep,  it’s been over a decade since […] The post Obsessed With Oyin! 10 Reasons I ADORE Baltimore’s Own Hair & Beauty Brand appeared first on Afrobella....
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Our first road trip was in June 2001, in a red hatchback Honda Civic that had no air conditioning. Steve and I were dating, deeply in love, about to start our lives together. I knew I wanted to do my MFA in Creative Writing somewhere. Steve wanted me to see more of America than Miami. […] The post My Life in a Road Trip Soundtrack appeared first on Afrobella....
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When it comes to natural hair, we create our own rules. Gone are the days where we accepted the mainstream standards of haircare. One size does not fit all when it comes to how we wash, condition, detangle, style or rock our hair. We have become a movement that is self-taught, self empowered, highly capable […] The post What Are Your Natural Hair Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on Afrobella....
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Normally I like to keep things positive and uplifting, light and fluffy over here on Afrobella. I see my blog as a respite, an oasis, a safe space. And it is in this safe space that I’m going to share my story even if some of this is TMI. My TMI could help someone else. […] The post My Mammogram Diary. What I Learned From My Breast Cancer Scare appeared first on Afrobella....
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Since posting the news about Lupita Nyong’o’s new role as the ambassadress of Lancôme, I’ve seen quite a few misconceptions online. Allow me to address them one by one! #1 – Lupita Nyong’o is NOT Lancôme’s first ever woman of color representative. Arlenis Sosa has been a spokesmodel for the brand since 2009. Lupita is their […] The post Lupita’s Lancôme Look – The Products Used In Her Official First Photo! appeared first on Afrobella....
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In my corner of the blogosphere, there’s been one design and art blog holding it down from the beginning. Andrea Pippins, creator of Fly, has been sharing her vision of creative artwork and design inspirations since 2006. Her blog has personally introduced me to so many up and coming creative and fresh new aesthetic ideas, […] The post Afrobella Art – Andrea Pippins, Forever Fly appeared first on Afrobella....
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After Lupita Nyong’o burst onto the scene during awards season — stealing our hearts with her beauty and bubbly personality and making us swoon with her fashion sense – her fans became invested and truly, passionately outspoken. Lupita’s feature of her lipgloss during the Academy Awards caused the product to sell out immediately. Fans were […] The post Lupita For LANCOME! The News We’ve All Been Waiting For! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I used to wish that my personal style could be encapsulated in just a few words. You know, like “bohemian” or “glamorous” or “edgy.” I’m a bit of a fashion floater but I know what I like, and I know what looks good on me. I know what lengths and shapes I feel most comfortable […] The post My Simply Be Style Lookbook + A Coupon Code Just For You! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Funny thing about Spring – you hear that the season’s begun and you go into expectation overdrive. “Soon there’ll be sunshine and flowers and happiness everywhere!” you think. And then you wake up in the morning to snowflakes outside your window and black ice on the sidewalk. Seriously. I almost busted my butt on the […] The post Looking For a Satin Lined Knit Hat? Look No Further Than Shepiji on Etsy! appeared first on Afrobella....
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From time to time, I share my personal revelations and life lessons on Instagram or Facebook. Recently when I shared one, a friend encouraged me to blog about it and share my truth here on Afrobella.com. That inspired this new series, Last Week’s Lesson. I hope others can learn from my experiences! I used to […] The post Last Week’s Lesson – Find Your Own Happiness (& Stop Looking to Others For It) appeared first on Afrobella....
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Some showers are about pure function and speed – you gotta go somewhere and you gotta be clean. Other showers are more about an emotional experience, a nurturing that you need in your soul. I needed that kind of shower today. I created a whole shower experience to deliver the kind of soul soothing I […] The post What’s In My Shower? Amazing Bath, Body and Hair Products For You to Get Into appeared first on Afrobella....
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  Full disclosure – I am so happy and proud to announce that yours truly is amongst the fabulous bloggers chosen to debut Urban Decay’s Electric Palette! You can see my photo right here on their page, along with a few quotes about my favorite color from the palette (right now that’d be Fringe, with […] The post The Urban Decay Electric Palette is Everything You Dreamed Of appeared first on Afrobella....
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Thanks so much to my friends at Target for an amazing opportunity not just for myself, but for my readers! During the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event, I hosted a Twitter party where we gave away two coveted Peter Pilotto for Target tote bags. We saved two more for Afrobella readers, and I was […] The post The Winners of the Target Peter Pilotto Tote Bags Are… appeared first on Afrobella....
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Peche Patisserie     “Come, Now!”   The small and intimate Peche Patisserie is so busy on a Saturday and Sunday, now that word has got out, that it is necessary to book in order to guarantee a seat. Being one of the breakfasting patrons when it first opened I feel a bit peeved about this and go there less. However, I live within walking distance of Peche and as my ego recovers I’m discovering that if I telephone when I feel a “Peche” coming on, pretty soon after I’m seated and indulging.    My personal affinity for the patisserie...
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Music from a house fete filled the neighborhood recently.   To my horror a most disgusting song came on, it's hateful lyrics blasted across to my house making me angry.  What is the song? Why the anger?  The song was  "Kicke Een she back door" by Burning Flames. The lyrics essentially say, if a woman does not let you in her house, use violence to break down her back door.  This is a horrible poorly disguised euphemism for a violent physical act against a woman who does not want to partake in a sexual act.   Really? Is this what our...
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Haven't awarded a Cobo award in a while, but after reading the article "Tool, fool, mule work for low wages" I had to award it to Billy Bratton the ex NYC police chief for not only making work be ALL about money, but also for insulting every person who chooses to give up high-pay to serve a greater good, or whose education places high paying jobs out of reach. Talk about fomenting needless unrest. An unbelievably insensitive and short-sighted remark. Word to Mr. Bratton Billy!   Dude!  Yes for some people it's all about money.  Those people choose careers in politics...
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Posted by on in Living in TnT
Growing up in Central Trinidad, meant that the sights, sounds and taste of Divali were all around. Exploding bamboo and the sounds of Indian music floating on the air were usually our first indicators that Divali time was upon us.   (There are some links below to learn more about Diwali.) We were always blessed to have wonderful friends in the area who would invite us to their homes to take part in their Divali traditions. As a child I remember the delight of helping to light deyas at a friends home, loving the tiny clay vessels and the smell of the...
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I love it when people take on impossible dreams and take steps to make it happen.  Dreams do come true. On June 15th 2013, a group of highly motivated health conscious citizens, NGO's and small businesses had an exhibition/music festival for health and peace.     Led by Karen Stollmeyer of Bliss Yoga Trinidad, the event was held at NAPA Port-of-Spain to celebrate and grow the health conscious community in Trinidad and Tobago. This was the third year for the event but I only heard about it just two days before.   I'm glad I went because as lame as this...
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Posted by on in Nature & Environment
As lush as our beautiful island is, it seems that we (the natives) haven't always been green.  Environmentally and health  conscious that is.   Habitat destruction, obesity, poor nutrition and pollution have become as the teenagers say 'normal.' Well that seems to be changing.   Held in Adam Smith square on Ariapita Avenue on 31st May 2013, Green on the Avenue (GOTA) was meant to showcase the environmentally conscious vendors and initiatives that are helping to raise public awareness of the impact we can have on the environment and our own health and well-being. GOTA was produced by Anthea Mclaughin and...
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Quick, what do you associate with the oil and gas industry?   Probably  oil rigs, refineries, oil spills, and all that is not good for nature.   You wouldn't think nature and wetlands conservation.   Yet, here in TnT we have the Point-a-Pierre Wild fowl trust smack dab within the confines of an oil refinery with burning flames of natural gas visible from several places within this wetlands preserve. Cool eh? It's worth visiting just for this oddity, but thankfully there's more.    Covering 30 hectares the WildFowl Trust was Founded some forty-seven years ago (according to  their website) is home...
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I often help my mother navigate and use very basic (to me) computer technology. As great as the technology for cutting and pasting is, it’s a pain to highlight, right-click, select ‘cut’, then place the cursor where you want, right-click and then select ‘paste’. Thank God for the keyboard shortcuts ctrl-C/ctrl-V (command-C/command-V on the Mac); saves [...]Original linkOriginal author: thepracticeofyourlife...
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