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Politicians or Patriots

Washington DC is a great place to visit for a anyone that has become tainted by the skepticism and cynicism that goes with the present climate of politics. (oh, that would be me) I have needed an infusion of idealism sparked by seeing how  our nation started and what our Founding Fathers had in mind for a nation that was to be free and provide us with the "pursuit" of happiness.  I think people forget that our country was set up to allow ...

Good Friday in the Algarve

For those still in employment and trapped in the office how many times have you desperately waited for a Bank Holiday weekend, and then the weather is pooh? All week you’ve looked out of your office window longingly at the sunshine, counting the hours before you can escape. The big day arrives and then it rains! Not just spits and spots of rain where you can dodge the raindrops, or even a drab mist, but full on rain like a ...

Baby vs. Bathwater

I can only think of one friend I have ever had who was from Arizona. Her family was not originally from there, but they had moved when her father's company relocated. We went to school in New York together, and she was intent on proving her non-Arizona-ness. I visited her family during a school break and was bewildered by the lemon trees growing on every front lawn in the tract housing neighborhood. It had never occurred to me that fruit trees ...

Delicious Cumin-spiced Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is courtesy of Greedy Girl’s Diet by Nadia Sawalha I am always keen to try new recipes especially those which are filling and with not too many calories. My biggest problem with losing weight is that I only have to look at food and I pile on the pounds! I tried this recipe from the “Greedy Girl’s Diet” book and it was absolutely delicious! Despite Mr. Piglet«s moaning and “tutting” the whole time I was cooking the soup that he ...

Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop…

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop... Simplify your life; tune out the noise... Sometimes, the best way to refocus and turn down the noise is to simplify our lives and the way we do things… The constant din around us; voices, things, people urging us on to do, to be, to become, ...

Global Warming 101

Reut Rashook The crowded blogging world features everything from the ridiculous to the trashy to the beautiful to the sublime. Green Parenthood, administered by Reut Rashook, is definitely sublime.  It provides practical answers to the inevitable question: “What can a working stiff like me do now that I know the Earth has rolled into Darth Vader’s palm?”  You’ll find tips on green picture books for kids, natural stress relief, green weight loss, eggshell recycling, uses for olive oil, and green birthday party ideas. ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… A friendly face at the bakery Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Another friendly face at the store… Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Driving by Main St School, balloons from Make a Wish and JDRF waved… a nice surprise. Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… The barber rocked his animal print customer cover today. “Today is life – the ...

Art Fear And Money

Art  Fear and Money There have been books written of the subject of Art Fear and Money. What I’d like to address today is a fear that many of us have and try to ignore. It is more often than not a fear that we have learnt from our parents. Many of the decisions we make in life are based on our fears around money. This is why our parents don’t encourage to take up careers in the Arts. My question for you ...

Fun Flower Facts: Acacia

Acacia (a-KAY-sha) is a genus of trees and shrubs belonging to the same family as the pea.  More than half of all the acacia species grow in Australia, but they can also be found in warm temperate climates like Africa, Central America and Mexico. Acacia produces clusters of small, yellow, fluffy flowers. Numerous stamens give the flowers a pompom look. The flowers are also wonderfully fragrant. In additional to the brightly coloured flowers, the plant produces a dry seedpod as its fruit. ...

Appreciation and Gratitude – Success Strategies Continued

Appreciation and Gratitude – Success Strategies for the creative. Gratitude is a quality that helps an artist appreciate his own genius. I prefer the term appreciation to gratitude really – it has a subtly different vibration and meaning to it. We can be grateful for our gifts or we can appreciate them. When we appreciate them we have more than gratitude, we are also loving ourselves. Woah – now there’s a concept many artists struggle with because they feel their work is ...

Time Management For Artists

Today’s post continues our discussion on making time for creativity. There is really only one thing in the world in which there is true equality and that is TIME. We all get to have 24 hours in a day – no less no more. The all important question is – What do you do with your 24 hours? A good way to think of time is to pretend it is money.  Here are some things to think about….  How do you spend ...

Weird & Wacky! The Hooker’s Lips Plant!

Nope. Those aren’t Mick Jagger’s lips Photoshopped onto a plant. Believe it or not, this is a real plant affectionately called Hooker’s Lips for the flowers that look like large, luscious red lips. Known scientifically as Psychotria elata, these low-growing trees or shrubs can be found in tropical places like Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, particularly in areas that tend to get a lot of rainfall. Those red lips are commonly called flowers, but they are actually leaf-like bracts. And just ...

Milligan’s Gander Hill Farm Taken Off the Market

I have decided to take our farm off the market. I didn’t want to sell before  we found another farm to replace our current place and the state of Iowa had started the process to make an offer to buy our land. I hadn’t been sleeping all that well, since putting our farm up for sale worrying if I was making the right decision by going into dept to buy a better farm.  After spending countless hours on the internet searching for a new place, I realized ...

My One And Only Time On Stage

So there I was, in a theater packed with a thousand people, all eyes riveted on me as I stepped out onto the stage. I felt weak as a blade of grass and I could feel my heart beating in the middle of my forehead. My palms were wet and my shoes were filling with ass sweat. If I were wax I’d have melted away. The stage was situated in a new multi-million dollar center being dedicated to the music director ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesday morning on the 10.25

Countryside as Seen from a Moving Train

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their …

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

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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 collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which is title Buzz: The Book, a primer on what it takes to build and sustain buzz for a service, product, idea or brand. …

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Grateful”

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I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard. ~ Maya Angelou ~ Hello friends (smile) I’m sharing some of my grateful thoughts for the Two-Cents Tuesday Challenge. I encourage you to […]

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Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

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I might be the stereotypical grandmother. I bake for my grandchildren. I spend a lot of time in my garden. And I’ve made it very clear that though the yard is a free zone to run around, the flower beds are not to be trampled on. Yes, my hobbies are predictably grandmotherly, but I just do things I enjoy- things that make me happy. Flowers probably make me happy because of my memories …

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The Kid Got to Me

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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 of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. What had happened to make her look inwardly, away from the rockets and the blistering pink of youth? …

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God’s Hand

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Good morning my friends (smile) Woke up with this oldie but goodie quote on my mind. Praise The Lord for the reblog button (smile) Enjoy and have a blessed day! (smile) This profound quote will resonate to us who walk by faith! It symbolizes having faith in God. Walk by faith, not by sight. Releasing things and …

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