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Haiku: Success…

“Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.”  Rumi Haiku: Success… Behind golden doors Ruby red jewels whisper Follow Your heart’s call… “Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” Rumi Haiku: Success… Across mountain tops Reminders spread like fire Success is inside… More below! “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” Rumi Haiku: Success… Success means doing the best we can with what ...

Haiku: It Was The First Time….

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” Oprah Winfrey Haiku: It Was The First Time…. It was the first time… Left my peaceful apartment Red dressed devil glared “A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Haiku: It Was The First Time…. She heard it coming… cool breeze, whoosh wings, Patchouli We’ve met… A.D.1? “When someone shows you who they are, ...

Life is a Celebration: When Festival and Values Merge…

Learning to Live Life As A Celebration: When Values Merge… “Making Life a Celebration – Only when festival and values merge does life become a true celebration. Many a times we sacrifice values for our pleasures. To cultivate values we need a lot of patience, effort and time, but to destroy it is easy.” –Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Augury: A sign of what will happen in the future; an omen. Merriam-Webster Celebration:To observe a holiday, perform a religious ceremony, or take part in a ...

Did You Hear The One About ???

Normally, I zero in on the lesser reported news stories to give you a bit of a diversion from the 2 or 3 main stories that are being aired non-stop by the major news outlets. It seems that the major players that dole out the latest and greatest news,  now latch onto the "hot story" and beat us over the head with it.   It doesn't appear that getting the facts straight is nearly as important as getting great ratings. Which brings me to some of ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” Elbert Hubbard Silence – An anechoic chamber is very quiet Breaking The Silence: How long… “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon Sundial -The Clock of Silence can you… Silence – Newton’s Cradle Animation book …Stay Silent? “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.”Henry David Thoreau Code of Silence – Our red lips are sealed Code of Silence:  Our lips… I wash my hands ...

Kismet: A Single Garment of Destiny

“All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” Dr. ...

And the Award Goes To

I have been very busy this week...well...busy might be a tad of an over statement. I have been other-wise occupied with the pursuit of being a lazy bum.  While that might not seem plausible that a person could fill up  entire days whiling away time, I have proven it is possible. Our  little band of travelers have been hanging out in the Ozarks again.  If you haven't been to Big Cedar Lodge near Branson, Missouri,.... it is truly a beautiful resort.) BUT...For ...

The Psychiatric Couch: The Brady Bunch

Show Open for The Brady Bunch I'm not a clinically trained psychiatrist, but I know how to spell "clinically" without using spell check. And while I don't have a degree in psychiatry I can easily read the degrees on a thermometer. Given those credentials, I believe that I'm more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That's why I write this periodic series titled The Psychiatric Couch.... The first installment of this series explored the psyches of Winnie the Pooh and ...

Wedded Blisters - Part 10: Dinner Debate - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded Blisters" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #10 deals with the biggest question every couple faces - where to eat out for dinner!  The links other recent episodes follow the video below.  Please let me know what ...

EdiTOR’s Note: Guest Blog…

EdiTOR's Note: Guest Blog...

Several weeks ago I joined a community of great bloggers at BlogRocket. One of the guys I met there is named Ben Emerson and he's in the midst of an ambitious project to consecutively blog about a chapter of the Bible every day until he's written about "the whole dang thing" - which just so happens to be the name of his blog. He invites other writers to con tribute to his project, and he graciously allowed me to submit a guest ...

How Sin Mirrors HIV

Today I have an article featured on the Life section of Provoketive Magazine online. Provoketive is a great site that takes an unconventional look at issues of faith. My piece addresses the under-reported medical fact that HIV doesn’t actually kill people – it merely allows other bacteria, viruses or infections to do the actual killing. That pattern is ironically similar to sin. Here’s an excerpt from How Sin Mirrors HIV: ========================= Death Lives Within Us We all know there are bacteria and other microscopic organisms ...

7 Questions With an Author: Lori Lowe

Lori Lowe, marriage researcher and author This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Lori Lowe. Lori has a master’s degree in journalism. She is a marriage researcher, writer, and marketing consultant. She shares advice from experts in the fields of psychology and relationships at her blog, www.MarriageGems.com, where you can find hundreds of research-based marriage tips to boost ...

Peculiar Picture #17

To my knowledge, this illustration from my royalty free CD Business Fundamentals has never been used. Years ago I sat in my studio imagining what sort of illustrations art directors could use. Altogether, I created sixty images for my CD and I still receive royalty checks. Most of these illustrations have made their way into books and magazines around the world, but this one has yet to be published. Can you think of a purpose for this picture? Note: This site will be ...

Peculiar Picture #20

Another Christmas has come and gone and I’m sitting here staring at the tree and already thinking about the complicated process of taking it down, boxing up the delicate ornaments, folding up the tree skirt and all the other things that make our tree pretty. Mrs. Chatterbox once had a crazy aunt who one year took a piece of plywood, nailed roller skates to it and used it as a Christmas tree platform. The decorated tree was kept in the ...

Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Word of The Day – Reset

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To focus on the good and positive things, to include, the people, in our life, can bring contentment. (smile) Sure, somedays can be challenging but at the end of the day, we can thank God for His grace and reset for however long we can-five minutes, ten minutes, however long can make a difference to reset our energy. (wahoo) During my unplug times, I am learning that growth and change comes easier when I pray …

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Lake Ohau

Lake-Ohau

Have you ever been to Lake Ohau, or for that matter to any of the other beautiful lakes in the South Island of New Zealand? They are truly magical places. The water is quite breathtaking. On the particular day I took the photo that led to painting Lake Ohau, the sun was shining and we were about to have a picnic on the foreshore of this wonderful lake. However as we were getting the picnic things out of the car, suddenly an amazing storm blew in …

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New World Record!

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The eighth Flower and Garden Festival held at the Events Garden in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia has set a new world record for the world’s largest carpet of flowers! This incredible “carpet” was constructed with 15 million flowers spread over an area of 10,712 square meters. Obviously it was the main attraction at the flower show! Image Credits: Missosology This …

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This Is My Prayer

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Prayer changes everything! (smile) Every single time. Enjoy your day! Let us walk, by faith, knowing that we can give all of our things and stuff to God! Talking and complaining, to everybody, won’t change anything–just gets us worked up or fired up. (shock face)Let it go! Put it at the foot of the cross! Continue …

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Where to from here?

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Sometimes I get interrupted mid-flow when writing, so I end up with all these little ‘scribbles’ that don’t really go anywhere because I can’t seem to find my way back to whatever head-space I was in at the time. Anyway, here’s an example of one of those ‘scribbles’ Leaving “What do you mean you’re leaving?” “I’m leaving!” “But, it’s …

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Strength for A Friend Prayer

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Friends, there is power in prayer. The last week, a few friends reached out for prayers. By faith, I am trusting and believing God to answer them as His will be done. Thank you Lord. Tonight, I share this because sometimes we have to lay aside our own stuff to help those who need help. This morning, someone who dislikes me big time called out the clear blue asking me to pray for them. …

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