8 Uses for Rose Hips

Now that it is well into October, many of the summer-blooming rose plants are flowerless and left with only the rose hip (or rosehip) or the red, berry-sized fruit. While these seed pods add interest and colour to the late summer/fall garden, they are also edible and have a pleasantly sweet, yet slightly tart flavour. Rose hips are also an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. All roses produce hips, but rugosa roses are thought to have the best tasting hips. The best ...

Life’s Cycle

It’s Wednesday it must be time for Friday Fictioneers. The photo this week is courtesy of AnElephanCant - (an elephant obviously can)  and we Fictioneers are following the yellow jersey of our tour leader Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  Join us and meet new and interesting writers from all over the globe, we have fun but be warned, it is very addictive and your Wednesdays will never be the same again. Genre: Poetry Word Count: 100 Life’s Cycle We rode side by side in silence lost in thought Happy in companionable silence Our love ...

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day…

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” Audrey Hepburn Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate fondant - Molten Lava Cake. Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate Fudge cake Ingredients: Molten Lava Cake via FoodNetwork.com 6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons orange liqueur Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease ...

10.10.10: No Questions, Quotes or Qualms…

Woman – The Quintessence. Quiet. Queen… in all forms The pure and concentrated essence of a substance. I want to sit for a while without judgment, speculation or hearsay. No questions, quotes or qualms about the meeting. We spend too much time speculating about each other, looking for ways to damage each other… Bedouin Woman by JodiCobb Wodaabe Bride by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher A Geisha in Shadow by Jodi Cobb Afghanistan-Hazara by Steve McCurry Yet, I don’t know you. You are a stranger to me. You were ...

Reflections: What Are You Declaring Over Your Life?

“Our words have creative power. Whenever we speak something, either good or bad, we give life to what we are saying.” Joel Osteen Reflections: What Are You Declaring Over Your Life? Abundance… 1 I declare God‘s incredible blessings over my life 2 I declare I will experience God’s faithfulness 3 I declare I have the grace I need for today 4 I declare it is not too late to accomplish everything God has placed in my heart From: I Declare by Joel Osteen We know that ...

Fun Flower Facts: Lantana

Lantana is a genus of 150 flowering shrubs native to tropical America and Africa and belongs to the verbena family. The plant produces clusters of bright, vibrant tubular flowers in shades of yellow, orange, pink, and white in various colour combinations. The fragrant flowers will change colours with maturity. Lantanas will start off with one colour and gradually change into another, resulting in multiple colours in same plant.  After flowering, toxic berries will appear. The berries will start off green ...

Inspiration: Happy Holidays To All!

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”  Mary Anne Radmacher Inspiration: Happy Holidays to All! “Sending You and Your Loved Ones Blessings and Best Wishes for the Holidays; Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!” A Simple Request… Dearest Santa, Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, ...

Making a Scene

Greek mythology has always been of great interest, I love the way the stories that have been handed down through the generations, are part myth, part magic and part history. The photo this week, courtesy of Al Forbes was always going to inspire one Greek tragedy or another.  I decided to take a slightly different view, but I think I have managed to get some of the attributes of Hermes into my effort this week.  So, a fanfare for the goddess of ...

Olympic Gold Medal…in Parenting

Official 2012 Summer Olympics logo - via Wikipedia Commons Opening ceremonies for the  2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held on the last Friday in July. For each athlete who competes this year,  years of sacrifice, dedication, commitment and training will culminate as they represent their respective country in the global event. An often overlooked element of the athletes is their parents. Almost every Olympic athlete credits their parents for helping them achieve their aspirations, for helping them persevere and overcome adversity. Perhaps the ...

Wasted Years that Were Not a Waste…

My pre-adult years were drenched in bitterness and rage.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now. I wanted to be a baseball player, champing for Little League to start, followed by, I knew, AAA ball and eventually the Majors and adulation.  Instead, I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that robbed me of the ability to walk for much of my grade school years. While other kids ran and played, I did a slow burn sitting out my childhood. Childhood ...

Book Collecting

Image by h.koppdelaney First, Happy Halloween! This picture of ravens with a book is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe, and that’s a Halloween sort of author if there ever was one. My post has nothing to do with Halloween or Poe, but it does have to do with a creepy individual. I just finished reading a true crime story about a man (John Gilkey) who stole rare books, the man who worked hardest to make sure he got caught at it, and ...

Fighting Tyranny of the Urgent….

When was the last time you went an entire day, not having to speak to anyone or spent an extended amount of time in self-imposed isolation? Personally, I can’t remember ever going a 24-hour period without talking to another person. While I’m a professional communicator and a natural chatterbox at heart, I think the issue goes deeper. The truth is that the demands of our western society require us to engage with others whether we want to or not. I only raise the ...

7 Questions With an Author: Knox McCoy

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is an incredibly funny blogger/satirist named Knox McCoy, on his Twitter account he's a self-proclaimed "....retired rodeo clown...and hater of all things Malfoy and mathmatical..." - I don't know about all that, but I do know that he's got mad writing chops. One other thing I know for sure, Knox McCoy is his real ...

Let’s Talk Gray, I Mean Grey, and NPR Too

Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat. The color gray, with an a, is the American spelling. Grey, with an e, is the British spelling. A person’s name may be either, of course. I have known for years that it’s a losing battle to fight for the gray. There’s simply too much confusion over it, and who really cares anyway, except for editing-diehards (we really are impossible to kill). The huge ballyhoo around the erotic Shades of Grey ...

7 Questions With an Author: Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting, author and writer 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 co-featured author is an online acquaintance of mine named Joe Bunting. He’s a first time author but an accomplished writer who blogs regularly at his popular site, www.thewritepractice.com. Here are 7 Questions With an Author: Joe Bunting 1. Tell us about your book? 14 Prompts is half book and half workbook. It’s basically ...

Two Warning Alarms: Guilt and Pain

This past week, one of my daughters brought to my attention an annoying beep that kept happening every minute or so in her bedroom where she happened to be playing before dinner. I got up from my reading and went to her room. Before I entered I knew exactly what it was – the battery in her smoke detector was low. You need to understand that we’ve got 10-foot ceilings throughout our house and the builder installed the detectors out of reach ...

Brahm - alfred lives here

Brahm - alfred lives here

I began this blog in fall 2009, after seeing Julie and Julia, a movie which inspired others to cook and had no such effect on me. I have always been a wannabe writer, and always had tons of opinions, so this was a natural fit. Random thoughts, big gay opinions, sarcastic observations, shared stories, political musings, quote collecting, and lots of love for Alfred the adorable Havanese.

Happy World Television Day!

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Today is World Television Day… and yes I am accepting presents for this important holiday. In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day, commemorating the first World Television Forum in 1996. …the United Nations cannot achieve its purposes unless the peoples of the world are fully informed of its aims …

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Anderson Lives Here…

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Introducing Alfred’s new little brother, Anderson Quinn, who we call Andy… born September 4th, brought home November 18th, this ten week old beagle is the newest addition to our family! Over the last few months Alfie has gotten used to being the only dog in the house, so he has some adjusting to do, but is …

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The End Of Your Life Book Club…

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I read about The End Of Your Life Book Club online and downloaded it right away. This was a smart decision, as I loved – LOVED – this literate, heartfelt, touching book. I laughed a little, I cried a little, I could not put the damn thing down. In 2007, Mary Anne Schwalbe discovered that she …

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James Bond, Streisand, Obama: what a week….

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Last week was a crazy one for so many of us, from our first major blast of winter here in the great white north (a crazy 25 cm of snow)… to the frenzy over the US election (to quote Beyonce, Take that, Mitches)… and yet there is always my escape to pop culture world… Here are …

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Doggie Halloween 2012…

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Happy Halloween from alfred lives here! This year Alfred is a little convict, and yes he is guilty…. guilty of cuteness! Each year I dress Alfie up in a Halloween costume and take pictures. I enjoy it because he is so darn cute, Alfred doesn’t particularly enjoy the experience. He does however enjoy the bits of cheese …

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Doggie Halloween: The Past….

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Alfie is five years old, and yes every Halloween I have dressed the little dude up in costume. I wrestle it on him and then take a picture, and then never put the costume on him again. And yes I know some people disapprove of costumes for pets; and nope I don’t really care, as I …

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Read this book: Gone Girl…

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Gillian Flynn Prior to Gone Girl, I cannot remember the last time I stayed up really late because I couldn’t put down the book I was reading… this one kept me up hours past midnight. Here’s the setup: after losing their jobs in New York City, a young couple reluctantly moves to small-town Missouri to save money and …

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