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Inspiration: A Nature Walk…

“I’m passionately involved in life. I love its change, its color, its movement … it’s all a miracle.” Arthur Rubinstein Inspiration: A Nature Walk... On the Old Croton Aqueduct and beyond... Inspiration: A Nature Walk... Art along the way... Inspiration: A Nature Walk... A glimpse of the Hudson River Inspiration: A Nature Walk... Beautiful flora along the way... After all the excitement of the last couple of days, I took a long walk on the Old Croton Aqueduct and around my village. I needed to ...

Passing the Blame

Many of you that have been following me for awhile, know that every morning at 6:00 AM, I walk here in Kansas City with a friend who lives in Dallas, TX.  Yes, with the aid of modern technology in the form of a Bluetooth earpiece that has wind reduction capabilities, we can walk 5 miles together while simultaneously solving the world's problems. This morning she was telling me about a conversation she heard at work where a young (ish) girl was saying ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” Robert Morgan Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – The Cloisters Garden, New York After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they ...

Inspiration: The Great Secret…

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” —Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration: The Great Secret... Alegrias is mirthful; happiness is within... The great mystic and Persian lyric poet, Khwāja Shamsu d-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī, known as Hafez or Hafiz Shirazi, wrote many inspiring and deeply profound poems that dealt with issues that affect the human condition. He was a visionary and spiritual man who wrote about God/the Beloved, faith, joy and happiness as well as ...

Memories: Reading Charles Dickens In The Best & Worst Times…

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Charles Dickens Memories: Reading Charles Dickens In The Best & Worst Times... Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens! A young Dickens by D. Maclise Memories: Reading Charles Dickens In The Best & Worst Times... Happy 200th Birthday! “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was ...

Flowers & Music

It is said that Ben Harper, an American singer-songwriter and musician, was inspired to write this song during a visit in Istanbul. Whist he was emerged in Turkish culture, Harper heard a poem written by Pir Sultan Abdal, a 15th century poet who rebelled against the Ottoman Empire. The following verse inspired “Roses for my friends”: The stones of the strangers never fell on me But the rose of a friend hurts me Pir Sultan Abdal was sentenced to be stoned to death for ...

Two Scoops with Nuts

Oh, no...I hear you scream...the witch is back.  True..she is here and she is ticked.. But in my defense yesterday was just a triple whammy of idiocy out of middle of the country. After picking my jaw up off the floor over Rep. Todd Aken's remarks, I hear that my own Representative....the very man that was elected out of the  district in which I reside in Kansas, is being called out for some antics in the Sea of Galilee.  Then to ...

The One Trait Every Writer Needs

There are as many different attributes of great writing as there are great writers. Many writers have a knack for dialogue. Others have a gifting for character development. Some are expert researchers. While other creatives have a penchant for captivating storytelling and conveying novel ideas. And then there are those that just seem born with an innate ease and unexplainable talent for connecting with readers – this type of writer galls me! That doesn’t even address the obvious hallmarks of good writing such as ...

Furniture Fiasco

Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture only to realize you’d made a dreadful mistake? Mrs. Chatterbox and I made a regrettable decision when we visited Paris on our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Our trip had been a bust; much of the city was on strike; all the museums, monuments, and many of the churches were closed. Trains were also shut down so we couldn’t leave town. Bored, we decided to kill time at the Paris flea market which, unfortunately as ...

The Spider Cruise

Mrs. Chatterbox is the bravest person I’ve ever known. Let me explain. First, it’s important to know that she’s terrified of spiders. And with good reason. At the age of ten she was an Army brat growing up in Berlin. Her family lived in a house at the edge of a small forest, and one evening her older brother was playing with the hose and forgot to turn it off. That evening the basement, which was directly below her bedroom, flooded. Sometime ...

Killed By The Cure

Last night while watching TV a commercial appeared that went something like this. (Note: imagine this being voiced over by a minor celebrity from the Seventies whose career stalled after several DUIs.) “Is your life so empty that you don’t care your kids are now covered in tattoos heralding a Zombie Apocalypse, or that your spouse has a house account at the Embassy Suites and a credit card receipt for a strip pole in his hotel room?  Or that you’ve broken ...

Top-10 Phrases From My Mom

My mom in her 20s Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother's photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up. Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive. My father died of a heart attack in August 2006 and my mother died in a ...

7 Questions With an Author: Greg Wientjes, Ph.D.

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 a Standford University Ph.D. holder, Greg Wientjes. Greg currently conducts research in the area of collaborative teaching and learning in online digital environments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Greg is also the cofounder and CEO of University Post, Inc., an Internet content ...

Amazing Pregnancy Video….

Baby at 12 weeks, courtesy of babycenter.com My wife and I have shared that we’re pregnant and thrilled! We’re expecting our third child (whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino”) in June 2012, and this week marks the 12th week of gestational or developmental age for Junior. I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of our baby while he/she sublets my wife’s uterus for the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lake Ohau

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Have you ever been to Lake Ohau, or for that matter to any of the other beautiful lakes in the South Island of New Zealand? They are truly magical places. The water is quite breathtaking. On the particular day I took the photo that led to painting Lake Ohau, the sun was shining and we were about to have a picnic on the foreshore of this wonderful lake. However as we were getting the picnic things out of the car, suddenly an amazing storm blew in …

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Art And Fear – A Book Review

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Art And Fear – a book review Art And Fear (Art & Fear) is a small book, written by David Bayles & Ted Orlando, sub titled – Observations on the perils (and rewards) of ARTMAKING. This little gem is 118 information packed pages every artist needs. Not only every artist but every creative person really. Why do I …

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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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