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Take your snout out of the trough Piglet!

Take your snout out of the trough Piglet you’re on a diet! If you’re a porker like myself, you may be in denial by genuinely believing as you take a cursory glance in the mirror that you’re really not that fat. Like me, you probably hold your breath as you turn sideways and “suck in” your bulges. But the camera does not lie -  Oh no! Caught off guard we suddenly see ourselves as others see us. In my case, round ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate…

“The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.” Madame de Stael Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate When I think of the word – delicate, what comes to mind are images of beautiful flower petals, a new birth, or of tender new life forming. Life is delicate… Each of us starts life in this vulnerable manner and then gradually; slowly but surely, we grow in ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

Can you spot the carefully arranged pebble amongst the many thousands of pebbles at Praia da Canal, in the Western Algarve? Did we stumble across a Geocaching clue? I wonder… Can you spot the carefully "Arranged" pebble? Arranged. Sometimes you chance across things which were arranged on purpose, or on a whim – find something in your environment which was arranged by a human hand for others to enjoy! WordPress A carefully "Arranged" pebble at Praia da Canal Today’s post is inspired by the WordPress ...

On the Blog Bank

Ft Knox When I started writing blog articles over a year ago, I didn’t know how many I’d write, or how often I’d write them.  Today, I still don’t know.  Like others, as I’ve written before, have creative shutdowns, anti-creative moments, and a longtime migraine career that interferes with almost everything.  When asked on interviews if I write consistently or sporadic, it’s sporadic with a capital “S.” As time moved on, I realized my blog articles began to pile up, so I ...

Share Your World #18

Go to Cee’s Life Photography Blog to participate in Share Your World! Do you play video/computer game? Which one(s) or most recent? I am hopelessly addicted to Gardens of Time on FB. When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen? Pencil. I love pencils! They seem so natural and earthy; plus I like the way they feel. Bonus: Erasers for use while working the NY Times Crossword Puzzle. What has surprised me about blogging? How much I enjoy it it, and how much I’ve learned about everything from other bloggers. (Photo ...

An Open Thank You to Julie Clements!

I have been remiss in publishing on this blog for about a week and depended on the guest posts to keep you all entertained. My day job as the managing partner of a small advertising agency and family matters have consumed my time. I don't offer that as an excuse...merely an explanation. In the meantime as is typical of every month I offer up other blogger sites with recommendations and referrals in the hope that you will read them and support ...

Feira da Sopa in Rogil

We’ve attended many fairs and festivals in Portugal, however this has to rank as not only the most interesting but the most humbling lesson in social integration and how welcoming a small community can be. The day of the “Feira da Sopa” (Soup Fair) dawned cold, damp and miserable. In fact, it was the sort of bleak February day where you could quite happily stayed at home curled up in front of a roaring log fire with a good book and ...

Older Can Be Nice

I have always loved seeing different styles of architecture. I, especially, like styles that age well. (This may be a subconscious desire that "older is better"....most outward signs of aging are reaching out to bitch-slap that theory.) A couple of weeks ago, my husband and went back to our farm for a week.  Our farm is in a rural area about an hour south of Chicago, IL.  The nearest cities of any size are Kankakee, Bourbonnais, and Bradley.  Those three communities are joined to ...

Inspirational Flower Quotes

Here are some inspirational quotes about flowers for you to enjoy! Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. John Lennon Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. A weed is but an unloved flower. Ella Wheeler Wilcox Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. Gerard de Nerval Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. Unknown Where flowers bloom so does hope. Lady Bird Johnson True friendship is like a rose: we don’t realize its beauty until ...

How to make Old Fashioned Rose Skin Cream

Want to make your own lotion? It’s inexpensive and easy to do! Ingredients: 2 tbsp aloe vera gel 3 oz almond oil 1 oz lanolin 2 oz warmed rose water (Learn how to make your own rose water) 1/8 tsp USP borax rose essential oil or perfume (optional) Instructions: In a blender mix aloe vera and almond oil. Pour into top of double boiler and melt in lanolin over the hot water. Remove from heat and slowly add the warmed rose water to which borax has been added, while beating at medium ...

Procreate – An Awesome Tool For Creative Block

Procreate – Overcome some forms of creative block with this tool! Procreate is a great iPad App that works in a similar way to Photoshop. This week I came up against a creative block in my current painting. I am working on an image that I have adapted from a photo. The problem I faced was converting a largely monochromatic image into one that celebrates colour. However as I was doing this, I didn’t pay enough attention to what was going on ...

New Gardens at the Ruins of Ancient Rome

In an attempt to reconstruct the area around the ruins of ancient Roman Palaces, Italian View of a Petunia bed planted in the inner courtyard of the Flavian Palace built in 92 AD. Archaeologists have created new flower gardens in the same areas where scribes told tales of luxurious gardens created in imitation of the gardens of the ancient Greeks. Now visitors can see gardens of purple petunias, white leadworts and medicinal vervain amongst the ruins of courtyards & shrines. The emperors ensured their ...

by the suwannee & withlacoochee...

 partly cloudy. most of the 4 days, 3 nights. some rain, but not 'til the evening. hot & humid. weather that makes you sweat just stepping outside... but we hiked the trails anyway! milo was the smart one...she kicked back in the camper...staying cool. :) this is NOT a short & to the point posting. i hope you make it to the end... the Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, Florida is on the location of a booming mill town named Columbus, back in the 1800's. one of ...

Fashion Friday: Floral Backpacks

I hate to say this, but it’s the last day of August. It’s the end of summer. The days will be shorter. The nights will be longer and colder. No more lazy days of soaking in the sun. No more lounging around and drinking ice tea on the patio. September is just around the corner. It’s time for the kids to start their school year once again. Your kids may not look forward to going back to school, but you can ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kidoodle.TV: A Safe Site For Kids

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Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that offers the discerning parent many quality shows for their children to watch. They provide a generous list of educational and entertaining programs that can be customized for each kid in the family. Because the selection of videos are in an environment that parents control, kids can watch their pre-selected Kidoodle.TV shows on the go. …

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The Future is Here: 3D Printing to the Rescue

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We’ve talked about the future of design before and are always excited to see the latest innovations taking place around us. But I think it’s safe to say that no one anticipated the future to be here so soon! Imagine you’re planning a dinner party for family and friends. You want the perfect centerpiece or decadent, …

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Moment: A Smart Innovation For Mobile Photography

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“The highest quality lenses to empower mobile picture takers everywhere to capture incredible images with their phones. “Marc Barros Want to learn more about the above? Stop by in a few… “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”Steve Jobs What’s the one innovation would you love to see? What are your thoughts? What creative impulses were triggered by …

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Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

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Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I’ve had with this computer interface, I’ve found it to be anything but human yet mildly …

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Salvation – yup, there’s an app for that…

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Logo for Bryan Logan’s Eavesdropping Evangelism (E^2) app Here’s a guest post from a funny writer that I’ve featured before. His name is Bryan Logan. Check out his blog HERE and his entertaining post below. [EdiTOR’s Note: When Bryan first submitted this post, I thought it was a cleverly “deceptive” spoof. However, Bryan happens to conceptualize and write programming code for mobile …

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Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

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Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot …

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