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Share Your World #31

Share Your World! 1) Do you push the elevator button more than once and do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Sometimes I push it more than once if I am by myself or goofing around with a friend. I don’t believe that it makes the elevator go faster, but imagine if it did! keithcu.com 2) If you had the choice between an RV, a sports car, truck, SUV, or a bicycle, which would you choose and why? I would prefer a horse, but since ...

Flash in the Pan: Embark

Flash in the Pan: Embark

The first day of kindergarten: new clothes, new kids, new experiences— and no Mom. Warm fear trickled down her leg and Susie knew she was ill-equipped to embark on this rite of passage; but the brave, new world wouldn’t wait. Susie hid among the folds of her mother’s dress Hyperventilating. ~~~~ Check out Flash in the Pan! The prompt for this piece is Embark, and it has a limit of 50 words. I used…50. #flashfiction and #getpublished. Thank you for your support of Flash in the Pan!

It is official I am now SPAM!

Hi folks, I’m having a few issues with WordPress at the moment which I can’t seem to resolve. The comments I leave on your blogs are not appearing. To begin with I wondered what on earth was happening – there was not even the “Your comment is awaiting moderation” message. Nada – nothing – Zilch. I then connected with Ronnie on Twitter as I’d left three comments on her blog Hurtled to 60 and now beyond and nada. She checked her SPAM box ...

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 ...

Delicious Vegetarian Main Dishes by Jennifer S. Larson

I’m not sure when I begin to cook. I know I was young’; probably 7 or 8. My one childhood cooking memory is making brownies follow the recipe in the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls. When I was 8 (maybe 9) my Grandma sent me a cookbook for Christmas. I couldn’t wait to try it out. The first recipe I tried was for brownies. Trust me, I have never tasted a better brownie before or since! That cookbook was the first in ...

Birds of Paradise: part three

Read Part 1 - Read Part 2 As part of our orientation to ranch operations, Don Glen trained us in how he handled the cash and kept the books. While he may have been a bit dim and tipsy most of the time, Don Glen maintained a sharp eye on expenses as he envisioned the dollars flowing in to ensure a comfortable, if not extravagant, lifestyle at some point down the road. We appreciated his business like approach, but never have ...

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 ...

April: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots

April 23rd 2012 – My monthly diary for April continues with my ongoing experiment to grow fruit and vegetables in pots and various containers. Red and orange peppers This year I planted some orange and red peppers seedlings which I bought from São Teotónio Market in March. At 25cents each they were quite expensive, but still easier and cheaper than buying the packets of seeds and germinating myself. Next year I will see if I can save seeds from these plants and ...

How to Throw a Garden Party!

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started. Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer: Hibiscus Mint Iced tea Lavender Lemonade Strawberry hibiscus-tea lemonade Food featuring edible flowers: Stuffed zucchini flowers Lavender & fennel crusted salmon Scones served with rose hip jelly Edible flower salad Cupcakes with edible flowers Strawberry and violet sorbet If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, ...

Now That Is Just Playing Dirty

Now That Is Just Playing Dirty

April 4, 2011 Mother Nature: GAME ON, Mother! Couldn't take a little criticism pertaining to your "less than appropriate" dump of snow on my budded and flowered flora, huh? Seemingly, you and I are just not meant to be friendly this year.  My first note to you was friendly enough, I thought. I simply asked you to encourage Spring to be a little SPRING-like. I will admit that my second letter was a tad firmer but I was hopeful that the pitiful picture of my ...

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas

We are Canadian and have already celebrated our Thanksgiving last month, but we haven’t forgotten our American friends!  Today is Thanksgiving for our neighbours! Happy Thanksgiving Day! Hope it is a day filled with laughter, love, and appreciation. And don’t forget to give thanks! “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” -Meister Eckhart Hands down, the best part about the holiday is the delicious, sleep-inducing Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It’s what people live for. ...

A Vine Art Affair – Exhibition

A Vine Art Affair II A Vine Art Affair – Venue Well it’s that time again.  After many months of turning up at class every week the students have a wonderful body of work really worth seeing!  So please come along and join us at Fires Creek Winery Holgate between April 6th and 14th. The Biennial Student Exhibition, of Art Classes Central Coast, will again be Hosted by Fires Creek Winery, 192 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate – see Google map in sidebar You are ...

Amazing Garden Sculptures at the Montreal Botanic Garden

You don’t need to speak or understand French to enjoy one of the greatest gardens in the world, the Montreal Botanic Garden in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. The 75 hectare garden (French: Jardin Botanique de Montreal) features over 3 million plants, but the main attraction this year is the “Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal,” an international competition for horticultural artists. This year, more than 50 larger-than-life, breathtaking horticultural sculptures were displayed The theme for this year’s competition is “Land of Hope,” and organizers ...

The Best Shade Loving Plants for Your Garden

Some like it hot. Some like it cool. Not all plants are created equal. Some plants do best in full-sun and others do thrive in the shade. Shade loving plants do best in cool conditions, avoiding direct sunlight. They are often planted under trees, shrubs and overhangs. Though these flowers are not as bright and vibrant in colour as their sun-loving counterparts, shade-loving plants can still make an impact in the garden! There are many beautiful plants to choose from, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Very Private Dancer

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I was very surprised and delighted that Rochelle had chosen one of my photographs for the prompt this week. It was taken at the end of a fiesta in Valldemossa, a lovely little town in Majorca where we spent a very enjoyable day. It is so good to see the number of writers taking part in …

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Peer support through blogging

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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 child. After making the decision to take action instead of remaining silent, I sought answers to all the questions I had about going through the legal process, as well as general questions relating to whether I was ‘normal’. …

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Writerly Reflections

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I realized years ago that I wanted to write. My first attempts at short stories ran to three handwritten pages or so, and I would make my sister sit and listen, along with an audience of soft toys and dolls. She got quite bored with my tales of princesses lost in woods and toys that …

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Musings: A Steadfast Love…

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Some see being steadfast as a negative and surrender as a weakness but we need both… Love and life Life are about balance. How do you view love? Steadfast love? Surrender? This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Never Surrender Are you stubborn as a grass stain or as easy going as a light breeze on a warm day? Tell us about the ways in which you’re stubborn.. …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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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 saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating …

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Don’t Get WPMU’ed – A WPMU Plugin Nightmare

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Don’t get WPMU’ed – Did you know their plugin, all their plugins, require a dashboard to run, or so they say: Rather they say, if you believe this crap, that they need to install another plugin in order for the first (purchased) plugin to work. Their proprietary dashboard that they say is required for compatibility and support. Thank God ALL plugins do not require this. …

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