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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

“The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm; Geometry and anguish.” Federico Garcia Lorca Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Thank you all for your heartwarming messages… I can’t begin to express my gratitude to each of you… We still don’t have power or internet access , but, at least, the two huge trees that fell on our power-lines have been moved and, hopefully, we ...

Persistent Illusions by Joseph Devon :Bewitching Tour Stop

Blurb for Persistent Illusions: In Probability Angels, we were introduced to the world of Matthew and Epp. Back then, Matthew thought he had his hands full just learning how to be an undead tester of humanity, but then Hector staged an uprising and everything Matthew thought he could take for granted fell apart. Yet, over the past few months, a strained peace has settled over his world and Matthew is starting to feel like he can finally get back to training at ...

Welcome to the Blog Tour de Troops!!

I'll be completely honest with all of you, I haven't participated in a blog tour, so I'm still in the learning process. That being said, this is a great honor to have the opportunity to share our work with the brave men and women keeping us safe and maintaining our freedom.  Over the next few days, my articles will address many levels of various heroes of war, and on November 13th, I will feature my first book, a medieval dark fantasy/action ...

Meet Me on Monday

Hop on over to the blog hop hosted by Java at Never Growing Old!   Love to get to know more about my fellow bloggers on Mondays!! Enjoy! 1.  What are you wearing right now? i am rocking the kitty jammies look this morning!  Crashed on Son Number 2′s couch last night after flying in from an Ohio family weekend and am barely functional this morning.  No picture to add, trust me, you will be glad I did not post one! 2.  Do you ...

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 ...

Learn How to Make Chocolate Flowers!

Nothing says Christmas quite like chocolate! People love to give and receive chocolate. It’s the perfect no-fuss, no hassle gift. In fact, during the holiday season, retailers sell more boxed chocolates than any other time of the year. But you know what’s better than boxed chocolate? Chocolate flowers, flowers that are made with delicious, mouthwatering chocolate! It sounds fancy, but this video tutorial from www.howtocookthat.net will show you how easy it can be to make your own chocolate flowers: Materials: rolling pin or ...

Gluten Free and Sugar Banana Bread

When we moved into our New Orleans house, you may remember, we were without a working kitchen.  It wasn’t until the end of September we FINALLY got our kitchen squared away. I can’t remember the last time I was that thrilled: real counters, cupboards, a working stove top and a convection oven. I went a little nuts experimenting with the oven. Even tried a few things I normally wouldn’t make. Between the food experiments and getting used to the oven I had ...

Frost Tolerant Flowers for Your Garden

It’s November. Trees are bare. Most of the leaves have fallen. The days are noticeably shorter and cooler. Frost is settling in. But the gardening season is not quite over just yet. There are hardy, frost-tolerant flowers that can survive the cold temperatures and frost until the first snowfall. Here are some of those frost-tolerant flowers: Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemums are the quintessential fall flowers! Not only will they brighten up any garden, they are hardy and frost-tolerant. Chrysanthemums are available in a wide variety ...

Design For Change

Design For Change

It’s not that often that we see a big business get into supporting global change and conservation.  I was impressed when an email arrived in my box today, from Eckersley’s art store, promoting an initiative from Oxfam. –  Design for Change – which is a unique and collaborative online space for designers, writers, thinkers, inventors, believers and changemakers to forge creative solutions to global problems. They currently have a challenge running to come up with solutions for ways we can reduce ...

India Farmers Face Water Crisis – Now Growing Flowers

Many Farmers in Malur, Karnataka, India have been suffering through a drought that has been killing off their crops. Attempts at irrigation have been unsuccessful; the solution? Grow flowers! Button roses and Dutch roses are cultivated in an area of 472 hectares, the maximum in the taluk. Chendu mallige (a jasmine variety with a thick bud) is grown in an area of 334 hectares. Abdul Rauf, a farmer from Lakkur, says that he has been cultivating Dutch roses for the last three years. “There is ...

The 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Happy 100th, Chelsea Flower Show! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an annual, prestigious garden show held for 5 days in May on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London, UK. It is one of the most famous flower shows in the world and attracts thousands of international visitors each year. Members of the British Royal Family will often attend a preview of the show.  This year, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Beatrice and Prince Harry ...

I’ve waited two years for this………..

I love peonies. I ordered a Peony Tree from a very reputable grower and planted it with great care almost two years ago. I watched as it grew and produced lots of lovely green leaves that danced in the summer breeze and withstood Autumn gales; waiting for the beautiful pink blooms to appear. I waited and waited. I asked a professional gardener friend what I was doing wrong, “Don’t worry” he said, ” be patient and the flowers will come”. I waited a little ...

Canada – A Biodiversity Treasure

Ottawa’s botanists have completed a new book; Official Plant Emblems of Canada, A Biodiversity Treasure that explores our provincial flowers in a funny, intriguing and sometimes gross way! The book Official Plant Emblems of Canada eschews high-brow science for plain language in an attempt to explain the natural world to its readers. Biology and politics also met back in 1999 when Quebec replaced it’s first official flower, the white lily. They switched to the blue flag iris which is natural in Quebec, ...

It’s Here, Again

I remember asking my mom how long would it be before I got out of high-school and how long would it be until I finished  school and many more “how long until questions”.  She would tell me, and then tell me not to be in such a big hurry.  My mind was saying, “sure mom”, the entire time she’d be talking.  That was like telling the wind not to blow.  “You will see when you  get older just how fast ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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