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Those bastards hacked my LinkedIn account...

Last weekend I got an email from LinkedIn, the omnipresent business networking social media site, that I had to reset my password because their site had been hacked and passwords posited online, including mine. First reaction... holy f**k! Second reaction... well it's not like there's personal details or potentially embarrassing photos on there, like on Facebook, so no big deal... Third reaction... my boss and most of my coworkers are on there, someone could do some nasty damage to my reputation by doing ...

Memories of a French Christmas

Snow transformed the surrounding countryside into a magical white world This year we spent a magical Christmas in France with our daughter, hubby (SIL) and adorable baby granddaughter. The night before we arrived a heavy fall of snow transformed the surrounding countryside into a magical white world. It really set the scene for a perfect “White” Christmas. Their home was also transformed with an array of Christmassy decorations including a huge Christmas tree with twinkling fairy lights, glittering gold tinsel and ...

RSS, and description of your Blog...

Looking through these submissions two things stand out. Know what an RSS feed is or where to find it on their page, second, many authors are neglecting to put an 'about me' page on their site. Both of these things are important. The RSS feed is used by those who choose to follow your blog and also used to serve content to wherever you might leave your link. RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used ...

5 Famous Folks I Know (because of my blog)

If you’ve read The Daily ReTORt during the past few months, it’s difficult to hide the fact that I’m a HUGE fan and supporter of author, blogger, podcaster and nationally-sought speaker – Michael Hyatt. Michael is the former CEO and current board Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing – the seventh largest publishing house on the planet. Michael is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an individual whom I deeply respect. My friendship with Michael began from a series of ...

Arrange – weekly photo challenge

Here’s my selection for this week - Chairs – arranged just so….. Mini strawberry flans…. A few lovely Japanese boxes… A few more chairs…. My photos arranged here, for you to arrange to find….hope you like them.

Calling All Bloggers!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!: Our “Blogiversary” Link Up Nov. 2, 3, and 4th! (Updated!). The World Moms Blog is celebrating its first birthday. Come, be part of the blogiversary, write your own posts about motherhood and culture and link up those posts with us. Click the above link and read the details. Surprise gifts will be won! And more than that, this is your best chance to be featured on the World Moms Blog website. This morning as I dropped off my oldest at ...

A New Contest

Hello to everyone. Today I’m making a big announcement.  I am sponsoring another writing contest. The topic of this contest is National Pride.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, and no more than 1200 words.  The winner will receive  three ebooks of your choice and posting of your story on this blog.  The runner-up will receive a copy of the Historical Fiction, Dobyns Chronicles when it is published in a few months. Please send the stories to shirley_mclain.com with your email address and the three ebooks ...

Fun Flower Facts: Salvia (Sage)

At 900 species, Salvia is the largest genus plants belonging to the mint family. They are native to a wide range of habitats in Central and South America, Central Asia and the Mediterranean. The genus includes the culinary sage used to flavour meats and vegetables. Salvia is a flowering plant that produces spikes of showy flowers from late spring until early fall. Flowers are tubular-shaped and come in a range of colours, including: red, white, pink, violet and blue. They are ...

Cathedral Cove Last Two Paintings

Cathedral Cove ….. Working in series leads to Cathedral Cove Lifting Off What follows is the last in this series of Cathedral Cove paintings to date.  As I write this I am continuing to work on cave like images, but have since moved on to other places that inspire me.  Of all the Cathedral Cove images, these are I feel, the best and were only arrived at by working in series and painting through the other works.  So what we are seeing ...

Early Spring Blooming Flowers to Plant Now

Early Spring Blooming Flowers - We are so excited! Today is the first day of spring! After months of cold and snow, we are definitely looking forward to the warm, sunny days and spending time in the garden! Around this time of the year, flower bulbs that were planted in the fall, like crocuses and tulips will show signs of growth. But if you didn’t get around to planting bulbs in the fall, that’s ok. Here are some flowers that can be planted now and ...

Flower Care Reminder: Poinsettias at Christmas!

As we enter the mid November weeks, magic is in the air as Christmas begins to wind its way back into the air and the holidays begin to approach rapidly! With Christmas of course comes the wonderful potted Poinsettia, a jeweled messenger of the holidays seen in homes all over the world. Noted here is some tips for care and handling of your Poinsettia potted plant, just in time for you to pick one up for the big month! Fun Fact: ...

the mole is dead. bones. scattered scat. and more!

yesterday (sunday), the sky at 11:20 am... oOo if you're not new here...and you've wandered the woods with me before... then you know i collect bones, feathers,  insect wings, rocks & stones. you also know that months ago we found a dead Opossum and i buried him out back... with plans to dig up the bones. and i did. but i was surprised to find that the skeleton was not in one piece. the bones are scattered. little by little i've unearthed some bones... my latest find is one scapula... views of the Opossum's ...

How to Make a Terrarium

Terrariums have become the hottest trend in gardening in recent years. A terranium is basically a glass container filled with soil, moss and other plants to create a mini-ecosystem or garden. They are super easy to take care of and require minimal maintenance. As well, they don’t require a lot of light or water. They are perfect for any indoor environment! You can buy them at specialty stores or farmers markets, but of course, it’s a way more fun to make ...

Fun Flower Facts: Pot Marigold (Calendula)

Pot Marigold or Calendula have bright yellow or orange daisy-like blossoms and long, narrow and hairy leaves. As attractive as the flowers are, some people find the strong scent of the leaves to be offensive. Calendula is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes asters, daisies and sunflowers. Plants grow to be 1-2 ft tall. The flowering period is from June until October. Pot marigold is one of the most popular and reliable annuals around! These bright flowers can be found ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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