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A long-running personal blog shared by two authors with completely different approaches to life. And a lot of large, beautiful photographs of dogs and nature and places we've traveled to. Rich in commentary and irreverant in style. 


We started blogging a long time ago. Our work hours never aligned with recommended psychotherapists and we needed to get our thoughts out. We are great friends, total opposites and long-time housemates. This was a way to communicate. With each other. With strangers. With consumer marketers. With sub-par meteorologists. With distant friends who wanted to see pictures of stuff we were up to.

This is the place. Our bucket of thoughts to share. You are welcome. 
(We realize that most of you are here for the dog pictures.)

Gone Phishing...


Last week, my mom was a victim of a phishing incident. You hear yourself tell people not to click on any links that they don't know or seems suspicious, but it never works.  When it happens, you ask, "what did you do?" The answer is always unquestionably, "NOTHING!"  That's obviously not true because you were hacked and now you don't have access to your email, Facebook or anything else that's linked together to the hacked accounts or has the same usernamer/password combo you gave the hacker.  

I got the email from her and knew immediately she was hacked and so did most people who got it, considering my mom didn't have plans to leave the country and she most definitely would never would leave with my dad, which they surprisingly got his name right in the email.  Still trying to figure that one out.  We thought maybe through Facebook Relationships, but my brother found out yesterday after getting her Facebook account re-enabled, that they're not even friends. Yup, she's been tagging him in all her posts, but they're not friends.  Oh, got to love the old people.  

Anyway, this is the fun email I got from my mom on her need for money. And also, I knew it wasn't from her because they would never ask me for money.  

After much questioning and what she did, we came to the answer, a spoofed Yahoo! Customer Care email. You wonder, how good these hackers are?  Here's the email:

You're thinking, that looks kind of legit, right?  Well, even if you think that this is the "login" page you get directed to when you click "Click Here" on the email.

Yes, it's a Google Docs form!! Well, I reported it as abuse last night and today the form has been disabled.  I will hope the account holder has been shut down also.  At least Google can save the day. So, the lesson today kids, don't click on random links or use a Yahoo! email account.