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Spring 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

Spring, the season that symbolizes new beginnings, hope and all that good stuff, is the perfect time of the year to have a wedding! The weather is generally quite enjoyable; it’s not too cold or too hot. Many fresh flowers are available this time of the year. Plus, the cost of flowers is usually less expensive than a summer wedding, where fresh flowers are in high demand. Here are some spring wedding flower trends of 2013: Soft, Romantic Colours Pastels for spring isn’t ...

How To Live: Moving From Lemons to Lemonade…

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” Oscar Wilde About Me & You: Moving From Lemons to Lemonade… Live Generously: The shifting sands of life offer a chance to share... I write a lot about maintaining a positive mental attitude and, sometimes, friends ask me why I don’t write more controversial or titillating posts so ...

Musings: Color Me Poetic…?

“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.” Salvador Dali Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Autumn leaves Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Flying pig Musings: I’m Not A Poet… I’m Not A Poet… I Just Act Like One… And Bob’s my Uncle! Floating tree, floating tree, show me your autumn leaves. I met you on the Champs-Élysées But you pretend it was in Tennessee… Flying pigs, flying pigs I heard you exist. I’d worry if chicken grow teeth or cows sing a Gangnam Style hit… Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Add more ...

Around the Water Cooler 9/30/2011

This week the front page news was pretty varied.  The trial in Italy of  Amanda Knox, the release of the two American hikers released from the Iranian prison after more than two years and a whole lot of political debate made for some interesting stories that you probably caught on the nightly news programs. What you might not have heard about are some of these lesser reported (for obvious reasons) stories. I Am A Total Bitch Before My Morning Coffee Or at least that ...

Fun Flower Facts: Witch Hazel

Scientific Name: Hamamelis Other Names: winterbloom, striped alder, snapping hazel Witch hazel is a genus of flowering deciduous shrubs and sometimes small trees. There are four main species and one hybrid, with two of them native to North America. These popular ornamental plants are grown for their attractive yellow, orange or red flowers, which bloom in clusters in late autumn and continue throughout the winter.  Not to be outshone by the flowers, the foliage is just as stunning. In the fall, the ...

How to Create Moss Graffiti

What is moss graffiti? In recent years, moss graffiti has been quite popular, appearing on walls around the world. Moss Graffiti is an environmentally-friendly alternative to creating graffiti on walls. Instead of using the toxic spray paints that are bad for the air, “moss paint” is used as the medium. Not only is it better for the environment, the best part is that the moss will continue to grow over time. Essentially, a moss graffiti artist would be creating living works ...

Food: A Taste For Dessert…

“Life is uncertain… Eat dessert first.” Ernestine Ulmer Food: A Taste For Dessert... Berry Crumble & Custard Food: A Taste For Dessert... Trifle But I, when I undress me Each night, upon my knees Will ask the Lord to bless me With a fine dessert please (amended) Eugene Field I love desserts and, frankly, given the chance I’d eat my dessert first… Some of my fondest memories of my High School days in England revolved around food; especially lunch time desserts in our refectory. I loved all our ...

For the Love of Color

What’s your favorite color? It’s a simple question and one of the first we’re ever asked. The answer is quite simple as well. It’s the color that makes us feel good. The one we’re drawn to and never seem to tire. And what better color to use when decorating your home than your favorite color? Color schemes don’t have to be complicated. Using hue variations of one color and mixing it with neutrals can be the perfect choice when you can’t get enough ...

This Post is Good to the Last Drop

I’m not gonna lie – I am a coffee addict. Whether you call it a cup of joe, lava from java, battery acid, decoction, forty weight or demitasse – I love it all (to my shame). I blame my days as an early morning radio news sidekick where I’d be up by 4:30 am each day, write as many news stories as I could in 90 minutes – usually about 18-22 stories – then hit the airwaves and sound like I was ...

Am I a Bad Son???

My Mom's Favorite Cookies Driving into work this morning, I heard a commercial on the radio to order flowers for Mother’s Day which is this coming Sunday.  I immediately made a mental note to order flowers for both my wife – who’s the mother of our two girls – and for my mother-in-law. My own mother didn’t even cross my mind. The reason being is that she died in a car crash more than six years ago. When I see that in ...

The Evolving Parent

One parenting style - "The Drill Sergeant" image courtesy of Wikipedia Every month I have the privilege of attending a meeting with a handful of men I know to discuss issues of faith and family. There’s never a formal agenda other than the opportunity to discuss and share whatever is on our minds collectively. Each of us has kids at various ages, but the other five guys are smarter and more eloquent than me – I routinely think they invited me to join ...

Buccaneers Of Buzz

My illustrations were mostly created for books, newspapers and magazines. This picture, done for my own amusement, is the only one I created for a poem. I remember reading this short work by Emily Dickinson where she compared bees to pirates; it was so fun and lighthearted, so visual, that I couldn’t resist picking up my brushes to see what I could do with it. When I look at the results I feel like a kid again. I’m transported back to ...

Lax Lent Fasting Options

A Lax Lenten Option - fast from the Kardashians including step-dad Bruce Jenner The Lent season is upon us and for Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians it’s a time of reflection, abstinence and fasting. According to the Bible, fasting is the conscious denial of physical needs such as hunger and thirst to sharpen spiritual focus, bring deliverance and foster fellowship with God. There’s fasting from meats and dainty delicacies; fasting for a predetermined time period ranging from a single meal up ...

The All New Baby Toupee

Yesterday we were just hanging out at the house while our middle daughter was holding our recently born son. Some of her hair spilled over onto his head inspiring this little snippet of video humor. It’s only :17 seconds – it made us laugh anyway!  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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