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Thursday Thoughts ~ July 24, 2014

Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

HuffPostLive synopsis: Your family includes 7 billion people, and author and Esquire editor-at-large A.J. Jacobs will explain how. We discuss his plans for the world's largest family reunion and the importance of our genealogy.

Thanks to ancestry DNA testing you could discover that your spouse is a distant cousin. That was the topic of conversation when Caroline spoke with A.J. Jacobs, a Esquire writer ,Jen Baldwin, at, Mike Mallin from and Thomas MacEntee on HuffPostLive.

When our son had his ancestry DNA tested last year, he discovered he's related to Warren Buffett and Leo Tolstoy! And recently, I sent my ancestry DNA test to 23 and me. I'm really excited to see what the results are going to be.

Hallie Bibeau spotted a mother duck and her ducklings crossing the road while she was driving and because she’s not a monster she stopped her car to let them cross..and then saw something tragic. The mother duck was hit and killed. While she was helping the remaining ducklings crossed the street, she received a ticket for improper parking.

HuffPost Live features Snoop Dog, David Lee Roth, The Roots, Wayne Brady and several other musical guests to great this fun freestyle rap mash! I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did!

Michael Rapaport, actor-director, shared his views on celebrities using Kickstarter. "Me, personally, I wouldn't use it." "Kickstarter is for undiscovered talent, first-time people".

I've never contributed to a celebrity movie project fundraising before. But I have contributed to newbies. They don't have the clout and funds so I'm happy to make a contribution!


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