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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding plants by up to 30%, while reducing global warming, with nothing more than some water! But how is that possible? The answer lies in a “groundbreaking ...

Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day…

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” Sigmund Freud Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… I love you ♥I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin. ♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence. ♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul. ♥I send loving ...

Reminiscing About Japan: Top Places to Visit…

“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer… Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Reminiscing About A Summer in Japan: Photos & Places to Visit Japan: Toshogu Shrine, Nikko Japan: Tokyo Imperial Palace Japan: Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo Japan: Lucky Charms at Temple in Kyoto Toshogu Shrine, Nikko Tokyo Imperial Palace and here Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo and here Lucky Charms at Temple in Kyoto and here I love the changing seasons we enjoy here on the east ...

Reflections: Bliss Is…

“To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is — not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss.” Joseph Campbell Reflections: Bliss Is... in the waterfalls? What does bliss mean to you? Have you ever stopped to think about the saying; follow your bliss? When you wake up in the morning do you envision a day filled with bliss? If you’re wondering what prompted this ...

Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life…

“Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life... what do you hope to see? Every day, in some small or large way, we look out our window, be it symbolic or real, and imagine worlds ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows…

“Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.” Jean Houston Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... brightly lit windows on a Frank Gehry designed building, NYC Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... nighttime window glimpses from Eglise saint Etienne Le Veiux, France Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... In Caen Cathedral in France Like the eyes, windows give us an opening through which we can see or retreat from the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family…

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” Confucius Weekly Photo Challenge: Family... Identical Twin Brothers w/ a friend When we think of family, we often look to our immediate connections and start our definitions from that vantage ...

Avoiding Cyber-Monday Scams

I don’t know about you, but I’m an unrepentant self-admitted Cyber-Monday shopper. I simply prefer the convenience of shopping online for the holidays compared to the crowds and hassles associated with Black Friday which I try to avoid like the Black Plague. However, online shopping does have its own pitfalls – identity theft, computer hacking and compromised debit cards are just a few. Here’s a useful infographic from the folks at Veracode that offers some insight into how consumers and merchants can protect ...

Committed to Keeping My Kids Uncool

In elementary school, I had a pair of hand-me-down pants from one of my older sisters that I hated wearing. To be clear, this school-age cross-dressing was imposed by my parents as a cost saving measure since they had five kids to clothe and feed. Being that I had two older sisters, 50 percent of my “gender neutral” closet (i.e. pants, pull over sweaters, zipper hoodies…etc) was technically girls’ clothes. Hand-Me-Downs From My Sisters I’m not proud of that fact, but it was an ...

The Married Guy’s Key to Understanding WifeSpeak

More than half of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. That being the case, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve been married to the same woman for more than 17 years. One of the key reasons for the continuing success of our marriage is communication – specifically my keen ability at deciphering WifeSpeak. What’s WifeSpeak you ask??? WifeSpeak is that mystically, arcane collection of sounds, tonations and vocal stylings that confound and confuse the male species. This particular mode of ...

The Crippling Power of Pride

I had a conversation yesterday with a colleague from work that continues to linger with me. During our small talk, the conversation turned to the topic of our children respectively. He happens to have a 20-something son who teaches English to executives in Japan. His son also works part-time at a Japanese university where he also teaches English. When I asked if his son spoke Japanese the father replied, “…not very well…” He went on to say that when his son goes to the ...

7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Bestselling author, speaker and blogger – Frank Viola This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is 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 collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which ...

Village Park Eco Home

Green building, or sustainable construction, is more than environmentally responsible. It’s fiscally smart. Simply put, eco-friendly designed buildings cost less to operate. That’s why we’re so excited to be on the design team for the Village Park Eco Home, a contemporary hill country home about to be constructed in Highland Village, Texas. The home is being built to answer the question, “What’s next in high-performance home construction?” And the answers are cutting edge! It’s an exciting project in green construction, being built with ...

A Triumph For Bad Science

A Triumph For Bad Science

Here's an interesting - yet disturbing - story from The Daily Telegraph, a UK-based newspaer of a researcher who fudged data results and forged the names of study co-authors on as many as 90 peer-reviewed publications. This fraudulent researcher also happened to be one of the world's premier anaesthetists, which enabled him to perpetuate these scientific shenanigans for years. While the fraud was ultimately found out nearly a decade later, it's striking that such bad science could readily and repeatedly be published - to the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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Super Bowl XLVIII: 10 Things To Know About Super Bowl 2014

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“That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.” John Madden Super_Bowl_XLVIII_logo MetLife Stadium for Superbowl XLVIII 1. It’s the first time it’s being played in NY/NJ area 2. It’s the first one played in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city. 3. Of the 48 Super bowls played, it …

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Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it?

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In January I started my diet (RUDE word, but needs must). My goal: lose 42lb in 21 weeks. Achievable? Climbing Everest is achievable! My personal trainer convinced me it was possible “Anything is possible if we put our minds to it.” That’s diet of course, not climbing Everest, which of course would not. She’s obviously a good saleslady, …

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Plant-Based Diets and Iron

As a young woman my pulse was alarmingly high. I was a swimmer, got plenty of exercise and should have had a nice low resting pulse rate. My Doctor at the time was alarmed enough by my pulse rate to order a blood test that measured my hemoglobin. The results showed that my hemoglobin was very, …

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Facing the Hills….

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Here’s a great guest post from one of my favorite online writing buddies, Eileen Knowles. She’s funny, insightful and loves coffee as much as me – how can you NOT like somebody like that? If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ======================================================== My family and I recently moved from North Carolina …

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3 Painful Lessons About Practice

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My medal for completing the 2013 Frederick Half Marathon Four weeks ago I ran and completed the 2013 Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon – a 13.1 mile jaunt through the highways and byways of Frederick County Maryland. Now mind you, the last time I had run a distance that far was early last summer before the birth …

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How I Lost 30 lbs in six months….

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I’ve written a few times on this blog about the scary heart issue that I had toward the end of last year and my subsequent overnight in the hospital emergency room. I also wrote about the ongoing fight I’ve been forced to face against myself to lose 40 pounds at the recommendation of my cardiologist. Since I’ve …

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