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You Are What You Tweet...

I was sucker punched this week. Scammed. Ripped off. Taken advantage of... like that time in sixth grade when that greasy kid knocked me down and stole my Pop Tart. But without the gourmet toaster pastries. My twitter account was hacked, and a message sent out to many tweety friends saying "Click here to see what people are saying about you" and then a click-through to some nefarious soul-sucking website... (Santorum?). Okay I don't know what it was for, but it ...

October roars through at the Alternative Mainstream

October roars through at the Alternative Mainstream

This blog lit up last month with 2,228 visits, breaking May’s record high of 1,393. October 30 is now the Michael Phelps for a single day with 324 hits, with the 29th and 31st achieving nearly the same results. The chief reason: We were noted in the “Occupy” movement. There were ping-backs and links galore. We’re also being fed into The Jefferson Tree (a hub for political blogs) and The Blog Farm, from which we have gained many readers.  Networked Blogs and Bloggers have also played ...

On Blogging: The Long Haul…

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” Brian Clark On Blogging: The Long Haul... Why Blog? ♥ WHY BLOG? When I read Erica V’s post on tips for long term blogging, it got me thinking about the evolution of this blog too and the things I’ve learned along the way. Like many others, when I started blogging, I had tons of ideas on how to send this blog into the stratosphere. However, as ...

Five Sentence Fiction: Bliss

The word for this week’s Five Sentence Fiction challenge, is “Bliss.” ******************************** I’ve heard of that elusive word, bliss, used in sentences. I have even heard rumors of people actually finding and owning it—other people—different from me. These people are set apart and it is as if they are the chosen ones; gifted, lucky, omniscient. I keep looking anyway, under rocks, behind blue eyes, green doors; inside cluttered closets. Bliss is for other people—different from me. Search for Tomorrow title card, first used in black-and-white from 1951-1967. ...

Community: Some PostADay Lessons…

“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” Rudolf Steiner Community: Great ones flow like precious water... The PostADay Challenge has been a very rewarding effort even with the time it demands of us. I’ve met many terrific bloggers and formed some special new alliances. What I have learned so far: Connecting with my new blogging friends and ...

The Traveling Fool 2011-04-09 11:39:00

Image via Wikipedia The Justice Department recently approved the purchase of  ITA software by the search giant Google. The purchase actually took place eight months ago and the US Justice Department has been reviewing the deal to make sure it doesn't violate anti trust laws. After some tweaking of the deal it was approved. What does this mean to the everyday traveler? Probably not a lot. ITA software handles reservations, pricing and data aggregation. ITA's customers are airlines, reservation sites such ...

On Blogging: Can We Talk?

The heart and soul of blogging is the individual and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly and responding post-haste to one and all. Michael Conniff On Blogging: Can We Talk? Overview: It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the road on the blogging challenge. It has been an exhilarating yet challenging year with tons of lessons learned. This post will answer the eleven questions posed to us earlier in the week, and then add ...

Purple And Pliny / WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge /

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is the color purple. The Color Purple, of course, is a book published in 1982 written by Alice Walker about a Black woman, Celie, who writes letters to God. Writing, or talking to God for that matter, on a regular basis is a wonderful exercise. I believe some of the color in this photo is purple. There are other colors too. It wasn’t easy finding a photo in my collection with this color. There doesn’t ...

Traditional Easter Flowers & Symbolism

As you know, flowers are perfect for any occasion and for no reason at all. That being said, Easter is one of those times of year when flowers have significant meaning, especially for Christians. Traditional Easter flowers are often displayed in churches to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and new beginnings. These are the traditional flowers associated with Easter: Easter Lily The white Easter Lily is the most popular traditional flower for Easter,  symbolizing purity, hope and life. It has significant meaning ...

Persistence Is A Vital Quality For Creatives

Persistence Persistence is actually essential for a creator of any stripe to have. And since we are actually all creators, then one must conclude that we all need this. Sometimes when we work with a difficult area in a work and we have rewritten or repainted a dozen times already, we say to ourselves,’enough already !’ And leave it at that. However this may not be enough yet. At this point it is best to turn it to the wall for a ...

Guiness World Records Flower Facts

The world of flowers is fascinating. It’s full of weird and wonderful things. On this blog alone, we have covered designer clothes inspired by flowers, amazing flower festivals, plants that kill people, glow in the dark flowers, and more! But as impressive as those things are, they pale in comparison to these Guinness World Record holders! The Largest Fresh Flower Lei-Garland In 2012, in Chennai, India, 120 people created the world’s largest fresh-flower lei, which measured 5.01 km (3.11 miles) long. The ...

Works in Progress Backlog

I have so many works in progress (WIP's), that it's starting to gnaw at me.  So, no more new projects until I have all the current stuff on my needles done. And just what have I left behind?  Here's list. 1.  Lacey simple poncho.  This is the most current piece I started, and I'm going to try to finish it first.  A pictures of what it sort of looks like all bunched up on my circular needle is what it looks like. 2.  ...

Grief Garden, Forgiveness, and Rebirth

Electric Love Voluminous blossom Opens her face to the Sun; Swallows fire, Dares to dazzle, Has no fear When the rain comes Melting her pretty petals Fall Worthy remains Feed the garden of her blessed beginning. Tammy Wynette was one of my mothers favorites when I was a young child. She played this song many times. It opened my heart to fire of God burning in my belly every time I heard it. So, here’s to you mother.

Fun Flower Facts: Hosta

Hosta, also known as plantain lily, is a genus of about 40 plants native to Eastern Asia. It is a flowering plant, producing spikes of lily-like flowers in lavender or white, but it is more valued for its attractive, showy foliage. Hostas can be found in a variety of colours, including: green, blue-green, and yellow, with many varieties being variegated. Leaves also come in a variety of shapes and sizing, ranging from heart-shaped leaves to sword shaped. The flowering period is ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Art Fear And Money

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Art Fear and Money There have been books written of the subject of Art Fear and Money. What I’d like to address today is a fear that many of us have and try to ignore. It is more often than not a fear that we have learnt from our parents. Many of the decisions we make in …

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Southern Hills I

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A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to drive through the Southern Hills of Southland, in the South Island of New Zealand, with my sister. It seems to have almost a brooding kind of energy to it. At the same time parts of it are overwhelmingly immense. The skies are often lowering and the hills remote. One feels the immensity of nature and the insignificance of man. …

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How to press flowers

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Pressing flowers and/or leaves is a fairly simple process, you just have to be a little bit patient! 1) Use absorbent paper like newspaper or paper towel. Don’t use paper with an embossed pattern as that will give a waffle like texture to the blooms. 2) Fold the paper in half and place the flowers you want …

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Enhancing Creativity II

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So how did you go with enhancing your creativity last week? Did you manage to toss TV for the whole week? How did that feel for you? For some people it is really, really hard to do – it’s like giving up a drug for a week. Did you feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the week? We need to break the mold and make a new one. …

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Mt Taranaki

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Mt Taranaki… ….was finished this week after a bit of a rework – not a major one though. Mt Taranaki, which I must confess I still think fondly of as Mt Egmont is a volcano on the West Coast of the North Island in New Zealand. Here is the painting in it’s various incarnations. It is interesting, the evolvement – is that a word ( I wonder), of a painting. Why take the trees out and change the light . …

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Enhancing Creativity

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Enhancing Creativity – how can you do that? Enhancing creativity is an issue every creative person hassles with at some point. Today I’d like to throw out some ideas on how to enhance your creativity by the simple method of going without. What? You might be saying. Go without! Go without what exactly? Well, here are some ideas of things you might try to do without for a week. …

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