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The Lucky Meme

Thanks to all of you who have suggested I should put my stories into a book. In fact, I have. I’ve collected my favorite childhood memories and created a memoir called The Kid in the Kaleidoscope: A Chubby Chatterbox Grows up in the 50s, 60s and Beyond. I was recently tagged by Teralyn Rose Pilgrim over at A Writer’s Journey and asked to participate in a manuscript hop called The Lucky Meme! Teralyn is a fine writer and an excellent historian. ...

Going South

On the last travelogue post, we were in Andernach, Germany...So Many Castles, So Little Time. After spending the day in Andernach exploring we met up  with a group of "new" friends for a lovely dinner.  The group consisted of  a Brit, a German, a Canadian, and 3 Americans.  It was great fun comparing viewpoints on so may things. The one dinner companion that spoke German told us the server wanted us to be "aware" that a large party was coming in, ...

Low-Fat Vegan Pot Pie

Pot pie is one of the great American comfort foods. I start craving it when the weather turns cold and I want something warm and hearty. I almost never make it because it is a pain in the neck to make. One sticky point is the crust. If you want a gluten-free crust you either have to pay about six bucks for a prepared one or make it yourself. If you don’t care about the gluten you can use a cheaper ...

Haiku: Beware Of Anger…

“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.” Mahatma Gandhi Haiku: Beware Of Anger… The monster within.  -  Painting is: L’Ange_du_Foyeur by Max Ernst L’Ange du Foyer, by Max Ernst (1937) In the twilight zone The savage beast rages on In YOU and In Us… The monster within Travels like a thief at night Haunted by old slights… Strangers throwing darts Spewing toxins in our part Blinded by half truths Beware of Anger Unspoken resentments kill Like stagnant water “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Haiku: ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

The theme for this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “Indulge” Fruit tarte Fruit tarte in France Every time we go to France I love to indulge myself by looking in the windows of Pâtisseries. Their wonderful array of dainty pastries and sweets gives me “foodie” palpitations in anticipation. However, I rarely succumb to temptation as I am desperately trying to lose weight. I know, I know I should live dangerously and indulge! Instead I console myself by looking, dreaming and drooling! On this ...

The Internet, Does it enhance free speech or allow some to limit it?

Along with writing the occasional article on my own blog I tend to surf the internet seeking to broaden my political views and to learn how others feel about important issues that affect our daily lives. The Net is a wonderful place to do this because it provides an incredible platform for individuals to share their own beliefs and ideologies, or comment on those of others without fear of reprisal. It also allows for interaction amongst individuals of similar beliefs ...

Travel Photo Contest

Image via Wikipedia National Geographic is having a Traveler photo contest but hurry, the contest submission deadline is July 11 2011. They are looking for travel photos that are of people, landscapes, unrehearsed type photos. It does have an entry fee but look at it this way. You are getting your photos in front of National Geographic. First prize is a 14 day trip for 2 persons to the British and Irish Isles aboard the National Geographic Explorer. There are also ...

Why you should ALWAYS wear gloves when gardening in Portugal!

Scorpion I usually always wear gloves when I’m gardening because of all the little beasties lurking in the soil or on the leaves of my plants. Guess what? On this occasion I got sloppy and I put my naked hands into my strawberry bed to do some weeding. I saw something lurking among the dead leaves but thought to myself “Mr. Grasshopper’s turned a funny colour” Hang on…rewind that thought process Piglet, grasshoppers are not that colour! I quickly withdrew my hands. Lucky ...

Free Form Crochet Pt. 2

Can I just say that free form crochet is cool?  It definitely is. I arrived at the class location at the PA Guild of Craftsmen HQ on Saturday.  I had a range of hooks and three balls of Lion Brand's Amazing yarn.  I was ready to rock. The instructor, Amber Kane, is a weaver, artist, and well, a teacher.  She teaches art at an area high school.  It was very kind of her to offer her time and efforts to teach this ...

12 Uses for Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel (hamamelis), with its bright, yellow clusters of spidery flowers and colourful autumn foliage, will add colour and a spicy-citrus fragrance to your fall/winter landscape. But more than just a popular ornamental plant, the leaves and bark of h. virginiana are used to make witch hazel water or creams to treat a variety of ailments. Witch hazel is best known for being an astringent. Native Americans have been using witch hazel for medicinal purposes for centuries. The plant contains tannins, ...

Inspiring Warm Refreshments

It may be cold outside, but when I cuddle up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, I’m warm and cozy! That’s why I love hot beverages. Just a few sips and you’re enveloped in warmth. In fact, I think the only thing better is an entire room that makes you feel the same way. So grab a cup of Joe and let’s have a little fun with interior design! Take a look at the following rooms and see ...

What are Groundcovers?

If you are a regular reader of this flower blog, you may have noticed that sometimes we would say that this or that plant would be perfect for use as a groundcover. But do you know that we mean by “groundcover?” A groundcover (or sometimes, ground cover) is a plant used in landscaping to cover up and beautify empty areas, while preventing soil erosion and suppressing the growth of weeds. There are many different types of groundcovers available, ranging in sizes, forms and ...

5 Easy to Grow Holiday Plants

Winter can be a depressing time of the year, especially with the lack of sunshine and fresh flowers from the garden. But there is a silver lining in those dark, gloomy clouds! You can grow these holiday plants in the comfort of your home. Not only are these plants easy to grow, they will brighten up your home with a burst of colour! And they will improve your mood and relieve all the stress surrounding the holiday season! Grow one today! Here ...

Meet Mimosa Pudica, the Plant that Likes to Play Dead When Touched

Scientific Name: Mimosa Pudica Common Names: Sensitive Plant, Touch-me-not Plant, shame plant Appearance-wise, there doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about this plant. The plant looks normal. The Mimosa Pudica is a low-growing, creeping plant with slightly prickly, woody stems.  The leaves are feathery and fern-like. It blooms fluffy ball-shaped pink or lavender flowers. But appearances are deceiving! You wouldn’t know by just looking at it, but the Mimosa Pudica is a peculiar plant. It is a bit shy and doesn’t like being ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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