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Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

It’s my life that is arranged, one gray horse to the next, with some bay horses in between. Do you categorize segments of your life by which horses (or dogs) were with you? Are the animals in your life a constant, while other lifestyle situations shift? Are you  willing to arrange your life for their well-being? Each horse in this photo represents a segment of my life, from 25 years in the past to 25 years into the future- not fully ...

On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices…

“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.” Victor Hugo On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices… Blogging freedom A few months ago, Erica, one of our Daily Post coordinators had asked a question in a post; Inspiration that Clicks,  Aside from the Daily Post, where do you go to find tips and fodder? I thought about it at the time, and the usual gamut of ideas flashed ...

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

Like many of you, I have regularly visit "the facebook"... (uh, catch up and see The Social Networkif you don't get the reference). So aside from endless vacation pictures, status updates from my friends, Huffington Post news blips, and quizzes to determine which Golden Girl I am, there are lots of ads the screen which I pretty much ignore. Facebook tailors the ads to you, based on your profile and friends and location and other secret voodoo stuff. So if the ads ...

Creme Caramel

When I was growing up, there always seemed to be enormous competition amongst the Portuguese ladies to see who could come up with the perfect Creme Caramel.  Don't ask me what that was all about, but seems like that's the yard stick to deciding who is the perfect housewife.  This is my version, I bastardized my mother's recipe cos she makes it way too sweet. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup cold water 250ml cream 1 1/2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 egg yolks Method: Combine ...

On Censorship: Millions Say No To SOPA & PIPA…

“The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.” Henry Steele Commager On Censorship: Millions Say No To SOPA & PIPA... World Map of Internet Censorship... Internet censorship by country- click on the link for explanation of the color coding. Lilac shows areas of pervasive censorship. Call your elected officials. Tell them you are their constituent, and you oppose SOPA and PIPA. Why? SOPA and PIPA ...

Reflections: Riding The London Bus To Cheapside…

“When all is said, its atmosphere (England’s) still contains fewer germs of aggression and brutality per cubic foot in a crowded bus, pub or queue than in any other country in which I have lived.” Arthur Koestler Reflections: Riding The Bus To Cheapside... The 13 Bus from Golders Green... Reflections: Riding The Bus To Cheapside... Underground on The Tube... Piccadilly Line The London Underground or  the Tube/the Underground was my favorite mode of transportation during school holidays. Sure, we took the occasional cabbie ...

Central VA Trailblazers / Bear’s Den Hostel & Harper’s Ferry Trip

We went up north this past weekend to Harper’s Ferry for some sightseeing and hiking. The weather was very accommodating and we took lots of photos. Here’s a look at the hike to Raven Rock and back. It is described as strenuous due to the 1500 ft. vertical gain and the very rocky trail on the AT. I was happy to discover that wicking materials really do work in the cool weather. Listening to the wind in the trees I often ...

Family Reunion

It was my brother-in-law Don who called the morning Cody died. I think of him as the self-appointed Sheik of our family. He treats all the females, young and old alike, as a part of his imaginary harem. Cody and I’d spoken about this many times. He was uncomfortable bringing his wife around Don. Didn’t like the way he touched and spoke to her. After he told me Cody’d died, which he did gently, he said, “I’m not sure you want ...

Fruited Branches

Crab Apple branches and berries Fruited branches come from various types of trees and shrubs, and they are members of different botanical families and genera. These branches are treasured for their fanciful fruits that lend accent to floral designs year-round. Here are five of the most common, commercially produced fruited branches along with their genus and family classifications: CRABAPPLE: from the Rosaceae or rose family. FIG: or Ficus or Moraceae from the Mulberry) family. The Latin Ficus translates literally to “fig.” KIWI:  also known as ...

Piglet’s Plot in April

This year I’m keeping a photographic diary of my humble vegetable garden. In theory, if I take photographs on the 19th of each month they will offer a direct comparison as to what’s growing when, where and how well. The purpose of the exercise is to provide a record for next year so I can learn from my successes and, hopefully my not too many failures. Piglet’s Plot 19th April Weeks of nigh on continuous rain has resulted in my broad beans ...

The Legend of the Christmas Rose

Christmas is a special time of the year-  a time when miracles and all that is good is celebrated and cherished! The Christmas Rose is one of these good things!  The Christmas Rose is not actually a rose, but a hellebore that will bloom in the dead of winter in the  darkest days and stay in bloom for the rest of the season even when nothing else is blooming! It’s a miracle! In fact, this is what legends are made ...

Creativity Myth #2: We aren’t all born creative

Myth #2 We aren’t all born creative – and I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Why do people think that do you suppose? Could it be that they really believe it, or is it that they just don’t understand the nature of creativity? To really embrace this idea that we are creative we must first understand the nature of creativity. What is it?  How do I know that I have it? We tend to have very limiting beliefs around ...

A Week in Words: Day # 1 Recap

Day One of my Week in Words (you can read about it here) was my first official day of Unemployment. Conveniently, it was also the day that I intended to Be Frugal. Everyone slept in till 8:30 am which is always cause for great happiness. One boy stayed home from school with me. After dropping his younger brother off at daycare, we immediately drove to Starbucks for an iced coffee (no cream, no sweetener, thank you). So much for frugality there. I didn’t have the gumption to brew coffee ...

Creativity And Cup Cakes

My eldest daughter recently became a mum for the second time.  This of course means little time for ones self.  Gopala has always loved to paint, but not done much over the last few years, her creativity has gone into renovating and having kids. Last week it was beautiful to see that although she has stopped painting, her creativity is just busting out regardless. It was Levis third birthday…. And his favourite colour is …. you guessed it – yellow! She made this gorgeous ...

Author Archive: Claire - Day To Day With Parkinsons Disease

Claire - Day To Day With Parkinsons Disease

One woman's journey as a caregiver to her husband in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease... Loss of freedom as we have known it is a common adjunct to any disease. In the case of Parkinson's Disease it is the slow degeneration of physical capacity that limits freedom, and later in the disease for some, the cognitive impairment that limits one's ability to make rational decisions about anything, including what clothes to wear. The story of our lives together with this disease is what I hope to bring to you. Be assured that it won't be a tragic tale but I hope one of grace, humour and love for, after all, we are all struggling with life's trials in one form or another. Ours is well mapped out for us at least with all the literature available on the subject. I hope to bring it off the pages of the medical journals and into the realm of the ordinary.

Feet on the Ground

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She roared a bit too fast into the parking lot, music blaring. Perhaps not the best way to introduce herself to a new social group, she thought, turning the music off too late to have prevented the turning of heads. Today marked a beginning and an end. Mid-November but the the thermometer read January. Layered clothing, …

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Flying Solo

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The suitcase sat in an empty corner of her bedroom, labels dangling from its handle, its brand-newness glittering. Deep red, her favourite colour, and the recommended hard shell. The manufacturer promised it to be lightweight. Lightness of being was what she was aiming for. That and a tough exterior. Could the two be achieved together …

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Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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The Other Shore

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She slowly dipped her body into the frigid waters of the Gatineau River. Her hardier friend beat her to it and paddled lazily nearby. The two women chatted comfortably about the momentous events of the past week. A husband buried. A family bereft. As her legs and body cooled, then chilled she announced she would swim …

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Michael David Torontow

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Michael David Torontow at home on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 after a long and gracious struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 65 years old, having spent over 20 years, afflicted with a disease that sapped nearly everything out of him, …

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Bedside Musings Part 2

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Early morning sunshine fills the room. Rainbow prismatic fireflies dance about on the walls and sheets, sometimes forming a halo around the still figure in the bed. A crow complains beyond. His world has become very small but sometimes is filled with dogs and people communing around him. The ceiling fan purrs and the curtains murmur; …

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