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The "Should I Even Blog?" Question

It is Sunday and I have been sitting here looking at my blog statistics and wondering whether or not to just hit the "Delete" button and either start over or stop blogging altogether. I want everyone who reads this blog to know that you are very important to me and I want to work hard to give you the kind of content that you enjoy and that will encourage you to keep coming back to read even more. My first idea was ...

My Guest Post on ProBlogger Today…

I’ve got a guest post today on one of the most popular blogging sites on the web – ProBlogger.  My piece addresses the topic of writing to deadlines. This guest post is by Tor Constantino of Thedailyretort.com. The old cliché, “time is money” is particularly true for any professional writer—especially when you’re on deadline. The consequences of missing deadlines are lost money, work, and credibility. As a former journalist (a.k.a hourly deadline writer) for more than a decade, I know that deadline writing is ...

Arrange – weekly photo challenge

Here’s my selection for this week - Chairs – arranged just so….. Mini strawberry flans…. A few lovely Japanese boxes… A few more chairs…. My photos arranged here, for you to arrange to find….hope you like them.

the worst week of my life – tuesday

the worst week of my life - tuesday

Just to jolt your respective memories: We are moving in 3 days. Work really, really sucks and I have sent my CV to an excellent and very lucrative prospective employer. Let's all hold thumbs, now!! What do you think? I have more than 10 years experience in all aspects of the printing industry - sales, graphic design, pre-press, production and quality control. I can contribute loyalty, reliability, accuracy and enthusiasm. Also, we have procured a baby Rottweiler and taken in another mysterious creature which ...

Eleven secrets for an excellent road trip

If there are people in your car who follow Elmo on twitter, keep the banana industry thriving, and compel you to keep snacks and wipes on hand at every single moment less you risk Armegeddon, then you need to read this post. We are driving to spend three nights with dear friends on the Olympic Peninsula next week. They live approximately four hours away, a modest drive north from our urban home to a majestic rural community that is bordered on the west ...

New Law Will Break the Internet if Passed

Image courtesy of Fer Gregory via Compfight I like the Internet. It allows me a growing forum to express my thoughts and opinion as well as discover those of others. It also allows me to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones. However, there is a troubling piece of legislation that’s being considered for quick passage in Congress that will change the way the Internet works and how we engage with it. Check out this brief video that explains the ...

RSS, and description of your Blog...

Looking through these submissions two things stand out. Know what an RSS feed is or where to find it on their page, second, many authors are neglecting to put an 'about me' page on their site. Both of these things are important. The RSS feed is used by those who choose to follow your blog and also used to serve content to wherever you might leave your link. RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used ...

Creating a Cutting Garden

As many gardeners will tell you, picking fresh flowers from the garden to create beautiful arrangements for the home or for friends and family is one of the many joys of gardening. Unfortunately, when the flowers are cut and removed, the garden will look bare and unattractive. So what are gardeners to do? The solution is to creating a designated “cutting garden,” where the flowers are grown with the intention of being cut. Since the flowers are meant to be cut ...

today

Today marks the end of the second week in our house. The novelty of living in and owning the house may be wearing off, but we still really love it here. We have all kinds of (very expensive) plans on how we want to really make the place our own, but cash is seriously tight at the moment - the way we knew it would be when we signed the bond documents with Nedbank. It is bare minimums at the moment and ...

The Ghost Fower (Mohavea Confertiflora)

With Halloween just a couple of days away, we’ve got spooky flowers on our minds here at Fun Flower Facts. We like to think of ourselves as a blog with a special interest in flowers and plants with fascinating names or characteristics.  In the past, we have profiled the Dragon’s Blood Tree, Bat Face Cuphea, Ghost Orchids, the Ghost Plant, and so much more! So if you like that kind of thing, you should definitely visit our blog often! Today’s blog ...

Happy National Women’s Friendship Day!

Today is National Women’s Friendship Day! It is a holiday created by the Kappa Delta Sorority in 1999 and is celebrated on the third Sunday in September. It’s a day to celebrate and acknowledge the special bonds of female friendship, which can be sometimes be taken for granted. While male friends/boyfriends/husbands are nice to have around, there’s nothing quite like having female friends. You can do girlie things together. You can share clothes and gossip! And a lot of times, it’s ...

Fashion Friday: Floral Fascinators

photo via zimbio.com Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, knows a thing or two about fashion. Like the late Princess Diana, Kate has become a style icon and trendsetter for women around the world. Always looking so chic, sophisticated and elegant, it’s no wonder that women want to dress like her. Kate is known as much as for her beautifully-tailored clothes as for her stylish fascinators (a fancy hairpiece worn at formal events).  She is often pictured wearing one of her many ...

scattered saturday morning thoughts

wow. it's september already. and it's almost half over! we're slithering toward my favorite holiday... and favorite time of year. halloween...fall...autumn...winter. shorter days. cooler temp's. bare trees against a blue sky.  green leaves turning to shades of fire... crunching under foot. time to reflect. to think about those that have passed on. honoring them. their spirits. souls. everything is connected. the dying off...preparing for the life of spring...new growth. birth. People are like stained glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is ...

Tips on Growing Hollyhock

Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea), with their big and beautiful blooms, are among summer’s tallest and showiest flower, growing up to 6 feet tall in one season! These old-fashioned flowers are cottage garden favourites and are becoming more popular in recent years. Hollyhocks come in a wide range of pretty colours and would be ideal for borders or backgrounds, planted along fences or walls. But you don’t have to go to great heights to get these beauties to bloom. Here are some gardening tips ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kitchen Haiku: Call Me Hot Chilli Capsicum…

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“Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.” Erma Bombeck In the kitchen Chilli Capsicum My Hot Kitchen Spice They call you Habanero My sweet Capsicum Where’s my darling Spice? Call me… My …

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Guest Post: Common Edible Flowers

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Many people with gardens might not be aware that the plants already growing in their gardens can be used in the cooking of some simple, delicious, yet excellent dishes. Some commonly found and purchased flowers can be used as a colourful garnish or used to create a tasty nutritional treat. For those frugal yet culinary driven …

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How to Create Alcoholic Beverages from Roses

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Commercial alcoholic drinks are pretty much obsolete now days but if you can get your hands on a cookbook or two that are really old, you’ll find some great recipes for making rose wine, rose liqueur, rose syrup and floral liqueurs using other flowers. For the purpose of this post we are going to stick …

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Food, Inc.: The Documentary

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I re-watched Food, Inc last night and was struck again with how incredibly emotionally difficult this documentary to watch. I am not sure what I found most compelling, thought-provoking and/or upsetting: The calloused cruelty of the factory farms for cattle, pigs and chickens which literally made me sick to my stomach. The human cruelty evidenced by the conditions …

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Cook”

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I was going to skip this weeks challenge since I don’t cook and own no recipe for anything. I have cookbooks somewhere in storage. (smile) So I decide to have fun with this challenge. I’m laughing as I’m writing (smile) Here’s my sense of humor about cooking as illustrated by my acrostic. (smile) Cook. Cooked. Cooking. …

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Gluten Free and Sugar Banana Bread

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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 …

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