Free October 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

It’s that time again! As we are nearing the end September and getting ready for fall, here are some free October 2013 desktop calendar wallpapers for you! Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Enjoy!

Musings: Share A Joke…

“If you aren’t a naturally happy person, take time each day to cultivate that which brings you happiness.” Madisyn Taylor A recently hired junior manager at a multinational corporation, Joe X, puts his foot in his mouth… On Joe’s fifth day at the office, he called the company canteen and ordered a sandwich. It didn’t arrive in 10 minutes as promised. After waiting longer than usual for his lunch order, Joe, already in a bad mood, decided to call the canteen extension… ...

The Golden Rule: Who You Callin’ Doormat?

“Here certainly is the golden maxim: Do not do to others that which we do not want them to do to us.” Confucius (551–479 B.C.) The Golden Rule: The Good Samaritan Understood it... The Golden Rule: Who Are You Calling A Doormat and Other News… There’s baloney and then there’s total BS; what’s the difference? I don’t know or care… What I do know is that on any given day, we get to choose our mood and how we want to respond to situations and ...

Conclusion: Ghost of Kilarney Park

If you missed Part One, check it out here. Haunted houses and Halloween go together like dots on dice, but the haunted house on our street never did anything to attract trick-or-treaters. So why was there a light burning on Verna’s porch? My feet began pulling me to the light. My head swirled with thoughts of murder: rat poison, asphyxiation, throat slashing, but I was more interested in candy than my safety. I inched up the front steps to her porch and peered ...

Tips to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful, magnificent creatures on Earth!  Who wouldn’t want butterflies in their garden?  A garden full of butterflies will bring great joy and delight to the young and the old. And it wouldn’t require that much more work. Here are some tips on attracting butterflies to your garden. First of all, find out what kind of butterflies are native to your area and learn about the types of flowers and plants they love to feed on. Grow ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken…

“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken… Broken pinky finger off a Ganesha statue. Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken… Broken boulders at Joshua Tree Park, CA The word “Broken” covers a lot of ground; some good, like breaking ground for a new building, breaking champagne on a new ship, or breaking a wrapped glass at a wedding ceremony, and some not so good; like broken hearts, broken promises, ...

Rubbed Raw in Verona

Verona is a beautiful Italian city famous for someone who never lived there, as described by someone unlikely to have even visited Verona. Any guesses who I’m talking about? This should help: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and (?) is the sun.” Don’t have it yet? “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love And I’ll no longer be a Capulet. If you guessed Honey ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green…

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Green–The symbol of growth, renewal, and the rebirth of plant life (sometimes all life) on earth; an expression of fertility, freshness, youth as well as inexperience. It is the color of paper money. Some mixtures suggest envy, jealousy, guilt, disease, ...

No Lie – Truth Telling Improves Your Health

“It’s not a lie, I crossed my fingers…” It’s something we all do and, according to recent studies, most of us do it 11 times a week. This frequently practiced act is the act of lying. Lying is almost universally unavoidable as humans living within close proximity and contact with others. While we all do it, we rationalize away our own personal pack of lies we peddle to others, yet lose all semblance of civility if someone lies to us. Some researchers at Notre Dame ...

Do We Have Ultimate Power Over God?

Let me begin by stating that I firmly believe in God, His sovereignty and that He has a divine purpose (or will) for each individual and humanity as a whole. However, I also believe that God’s will is NOT universally manifested in the earth – and that in relation to God, the balance of power actually tips in our favor. Let me to explain. From a Judeo-Christian worldview, God very clearly has articulated His will in the Old Testament as evidenced in the ...

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He’s a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life – personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned… ignoring or answering that question, will change your life. 13 years ago that question meant nothing to me. The world from my ...

Within A Child's Eyes

I hate to admit it, but I’m not feeling very jovial this year, but rather a bit nostalgic about Christmas. I find myself conjuring familiar details from Yule’s gone by, like how the snow felt crunching under my boots as Ma led us along the crowded sidewalks of downtown Worcester, peering into store windows and judging their Christmas displays. One display in particular concerned me. It was a bare-bottom boy lying across his mother’s lap as she spanked him with ...

They Wouldn't Dare Drop Me!

Vacation laundry;) I know it’s been a while since I last posted a blog. It’s not that I intended to stay away for so long. Let’s just say that life has guided me down some new roads. Roads snaking through bombshells, beauty, and blind corners. I’ve barely had time to catch my breath because of the steady stream of—look at thats!—WTFs!—and could it bes? Yes it could be, and I see it, and here I am trying to write about it. Like ...

Wedded Bliss-Tors #2: It’s About Time – Movie Short

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Here is a second installment of my Wedded Bliss-Tors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. This 2-minute episode deals with the nearly universal experience of different perspectives regarding time that men and women have. Be sure to leave a comment if you can relate or share a similar experience!!!

Fighting the Good Fight – Against Myself

Boxing Glove Cake – Not the “Fight” I Need to Make I recently shared about a sobering emergency room visit involving a cardiac issue I had. As a result of that visit, I’ve made some lifestyle changes  regarding how I eat and how I exercise to ensure healthier outcomes going forward. I’ve been on WeightWatchers for three weeks now and went to weigh-in this morning. As of today I’ve lost another -2.6 lbs for a total loss of -9.2 lbs. So far so good. Additionally, ...

Real Men Watch Downton Abbey

Just so we’re clear, I’m a bit of a manly man – consider the following proof points: I started shaving in pre-school and my voice changed in kindergarten. When I sweat, it’s 70% pure testosterone, 10% 30W motor oil and 15% bacon grease. My body is so covered with hair that evolutionists continually try to recruit me as a missing link. Most guys have one Y chromosome from their dad, I’ve got seven. I’m not bragging, I’m just making a point that I’m over indexed ...

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A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

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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 of the King and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children. …

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7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins

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Blogger, author and speaker – Jeff Goins Here’s the latest installment of my ongoing “7 Questions With an Author…” series. I’m thrilled about today’s interview because it features a truly gifted writer – who’s also a friend – Jeff Goins. Jeff is an accomplished blogger, sought-after speaker and best-selling author. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, he graduated from Illinois …

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7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

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Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake. After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance …

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4 Life-Changing Reasons Why You Should Have a Baby Journal

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“…I don’t think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya, From the Princess Bride There is a bit of confusion it would seem, in some of the more common expressions around parenthood. Before the birth of our son, my wife and I would always hear the comment: “Our child is the center of our …

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Trombone Arms…really?!?

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I grew up in a house jammed with music. Or drums, anyway. My dad was a drummer, so these instruments were part of the living room furniture, and a part of me. In fourth grade it was finally time to join the band. My classmates and I lined up to select our weapons of choice. “But you …

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5 Reasons To Go On A Mission Trip With Your Family

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Stolpe family in Guatemala… We ministered to several families in need. And we helped missionaries as they searched out opportunities to expand their ministry in Guatemala. There are many stories and interactions …

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