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On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem?

“There are no magic wands, no hidden tricks, and no secret handshakes that can bring you immediate success, but with time, energy, and determination you can get there.” Darren Rowse On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem…? Happy Holidays to All! It’s a pity to address this subject just before Christmas but, on second thoughts, it is not. What is a Pingback? Pingbacks are, as WP.com aptly put it, remote comments; a key way of linking and acknowledging similar posts by fellow ...

Ignatius

To learn more about the Trifecta Challenge click  here “Check out the third definition of trail (below), and respond, using the word exactly as it appears, in no less than 33 and no more than 333 words.” Trail:  to move, flow, or extend slowly in thin streams <smoke trailing from chimneys> It was August in New Orleans, and the night was opaque with a steamy-stench that lingered in the nostrils. They were two strangers waiting for the Carrollton Avenue streetcar; grey beads of sweat crawling like ants over their ...

Writerly Reflections

I realized years ago that I wanted to write.  My first attempts at short stories ran to three handwritten pages or so, and I would make my sister sit and listen, along with an audience of soft toys and dolls. She got quite bored with my tales of princesses lost in woods and toys that would come alive at night when their owners were fast asleep. I moved on to bigger projects when I was about nine or so.  I announced ...

Feira da Sopa in Rogil

We’ve attended many fairs and festivals in Portugal, however this has to rank as not only the most interesting but the most humbling lesson in social integration and how welcoming a small community can be. The day of the “Feira da Sopa” (Soup Fair) dawned cold, damp and miserable. In fact, it was the sort of bleak February day where you could quite happily stayed at home curled up in front of a roaring log fire with a good book and ...

Murder and Mystery on a Steam Train

I was looking for some inspiration for a gift for my husband’s birthday and whilst searching the web, I came across a company called Charming Events.  I read the list of different events they arrange and the Murder Mystery Evening on a Steam Train practically jumped off the screen! My husband is probably Agatha Christie’s biggest fan and also bemoans the fact that there aren’t any steam trains any more.  So with two of his boxes ticked, I sent off for more details. We travelled down ...

Inspiration: A Taste For Balance…

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” ― Rumi Flavor: (1)Distinctive taste; savor (2) A distinctive yet intangible quality felt to be characteristic of a given thing: “What matters in literature . . . is surely the idiosyncratic, the individual, the flavor or color of a particular human ...

My Algarve Insider Tips

Our first holiday to the  Algarve was nearly thirty years ago and memories of the stunning beaches remain imprinted in our minds like footprints in the sand. The secluded coves and miles of beaches with soft golden sand, flanked by sandstone rocks, rugged cliffs and unspoilt countryside enticed us to return; not to holiday, but  to live. Nowadays, these same beaches are flanked by hotels and busy fashionable resorts such as Vale do Lobo, Albufeira and Portimão to name a ...

10 Delicious Nasturtium Recipes

Nasturtium  is an annual that produces bright orange blooms, bringing colour and cheer to gardens everywhere! They are also known to attract bees, butterflies and other helpful pollinators. On top of all that, nasturtiums are one of the tastiest plants! All parts of the plant are edible, including the flowers, leaves, seed pods and seeds; the whole plant has a peppery, watercress-like taste. In fact, Nasturtium seed pods were once used as substitute for pepper. Give them a try! The flowers ...

friday moment 6 – 5

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week .. some time ago .. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

World’s First QR Code Made of Fresh Flowers

Mark’s & Spencer (or M & S, as most people call it), a leading British retailer that sells clothes, home decor items, luxury food products and flowers, has created the world’s first Quick Response (QR) Code made out of fresh flowers. The massive 5m (16fr) x 3m (10ft) floral code was made using almost 10, 000 fresh flowers, including pink roses, daisies and cymbidium orchids. photo via http://2d-code.co.uk photo via http://2d-code.co.uk The code was displayed at the Westfield White City, a major shopping ...

How to Celebrate Boss’s Day!

Today is national boss’s day! Believe it or not, this is not a holiday created  by some corporate card company.  It has been around since 1958-long before a certain card company starting selling Boss’s Day cards!  Boss’s day is a holiday celebrated on October 16 in Canada, the USA and other countries from around the world. It has been recognized as a day for employees to recognize their bosses  for being reasonable and fair. Bosses would appreciate being recognized as much ...

The Sand Wave Paintings

The Sand Wave Paintings The Sand Wave Paintings were inspired by a cliff on a beach that looks like a giant wave made of sand.  The apparent movement within this enormous cliff was the thing that captured my imagination here.  I painted the first one to the point you see below and then sat looking at it in the mirror because I was having difficulty in resolving it. The Sand Wave Paintings I After a bit more painting I decided to turn it upside ...

On Those Tolkien Prototypes

I remember as a kid reading “Mother Goose” and fantasizing about weird critters and why that woman had so many kids that lived in a shoe.  My Mom gave me art books for entertainment in the gravel road isolation of rural Mississippi, where AM radio was unreliable. I didn’t realize my favorite painting “Starry Night” was by one of the greatest painters of all time, Vincent Van Gogh. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Therefore, I had an idea of “elf,” “dragon,” ...

Elegantly Repurposed & Designed

When desiring a fresh or updated look, few people can afford to purchase all new furnishings and decor. And even if you could, why would you when so many pieces can be repurposed to work with the new design? Favorite pieces or those with sentimental value are part of what makes a house a home. Plus, repurposing is good for the environment, not to mention your wallet! We recently worked with some amazing clients that had relocated to Texas from Colorado. Although ...

Author Archive: B Schiff - Dominance Games

B Schiff - Dominance Games

Erudition, awareness, cynicism, nonsense. The latter. The former. The honored creed. A rancid bastard is value. Books I am pushing….. Dominance Games: An Essay on Power A Novel Lust Games: An Essay on Honor A Novel Void Games: An Essay on Revenge A Novel ….. due Aug.

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”. The coming mid terms. “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Hate beats weakness. Dislike beats “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Mean beats “Oh my God …

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No dishonor to the ‘merican people

No dishonor to the ‘merican people We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We stand for Freedom …

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Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks.

Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks. We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We …

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…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy

…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy Hickory dickory dock Authoritarians up the clock Authoritarians here ….. domestic enemies they be Authoritarians there …… can-do lethal strong men who know how to act, lead, be the shirtless strong man of my dreams… Authoritarians, if possible, everywhere ….. our kind …. we see through this prism well …. we suffer from …

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St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up…

St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up once upon a time in Lebanon What to do? What to do? What to do? Expert as I be, they say, in foreign affairs and the history of the world and the strategic nature of conflict among nations … Expert as I be, they …

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In the culture of dim, dumb and well mannered education is a sideshow

In education the students have to be pleased … they must be catered to ….. our culture is just too too advanced to go back to the idea that education is a valuable commodity that the student need aspire to have …. poor poor babies, poor poor America … never the need to be dependent upon a future where education is a respected product …

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