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I’ve given away books, chocolate, gift cards, stuffed animals and bumper stickers that proudly proclaim “Alaska Girls Kick Ass.”

Now I think it’s time for footwear.


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Getting gratis goodies.

Want free stuff? Look for it on social media.

I’ve outlined the basics over at my day job, MSN Money’s Living With Less column. “Freebies on Facebook and Twitter” shows how savvy users can get everything from free pancakes to free iPads. Or laptops or $2,000 shopping trips.


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She won the bear.

The random number generator chose Dawn K. as the winner of this week’s giveaway, the wistful ursus maritimus from The Boyds Collection.

Dawn: Please respond to my e-mail message and I’ll send the bear to its new home.

Thanks to all who entered to win. Be sure to check back on Friday to see what’s up for grabs.

Heck, be sure to check back daily. I need the validation.


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Win this bear.

You don’t have to throw baseballs at weighted milk bottles to win this rather pensive ursus maritimus.

All you have to do is be the person whom the random number generator picks. To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave an additional comment for each so that all your entries will be counted.

Deadline is 9 p.m. PDT Monday, July 19.

Polar bears are pretty awesomely dangerous creatures, but it’s hard to take this guy too seriously because he’s wearing a maroon bow.

It’s from The Boyds Collection, if that means anything to you bearophiles.

P.S. I once talked with an Inupiat Eskimo who told me that as a boy he’d eaten soup made of polar-bear paws. He said the meat tasted something like pork.


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My hat is off to grandparents who wind up raising their grandchildren. A mere half-day spent with my niece’s kids makes me want to lie down with a cold cloth on my eyes.

The boys are funny and sweet but very, very high-energy. Bless their hearts.

That’s why today’s entry is short. By the time I got back to my host’s home last night, I wasn’t good for much besides having a bowl of oatmeal and visiting a short time before crawling up to bed. And I’m only 52.


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