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God’s Grace: The Day Time Stopped

“When you really look for me, you will see me instantly –you will find me in the tiniest house of time. Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.” – Kabir cappadocia-region by MargeBotten via NatGeo This week’s prompt gave me much food for thought…   If you could stop time for 24 hours, what would you accomplish? A Meditation Heaven is long-enduring and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus ...

Haiku: VandArt For You…

“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.”  Keith Haring Haiku: VandArt For You… Keith Haring’s vandart Haiku: VandArt For You… George Lee Quiñones does subways Haiku: VandArt For You… Jean-Michel Basquiat spray paint on canvas Haiku: VandArt For You… Lady Pink’s Evolution Triptych Vandalism Art… Keith Haring did it well too Graffiti Art, Flows… I was looking at some truly magnificent graffiti art on Carl ...

Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served…

“Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served… Raw: Pres Obama Lays Wreath at Arlington Today, in America, we honor the armed service men and women who put country before self. Veterans Day, also known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day; is a time when we gather to honor those who fought wars so the rest of us could have world peace.  While some might think it’s ironic to see peace ...

Haiku: A House Is Not A Home

“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” Benjamin Franklin Haiku: A House Is Not A Home … when love seeps away A house is not home… Measured blows and silent screams Repeated daily A house is not home Love lost, betrayals exposed At the door … divorce A house is not home Children leave, no lingering Memories of hurt What are the earliest memories of the place you lived in as a child?  I grew in a family ...

I Can't Believe You Said That

Over the last few days, I have seen several news reports and read a number articles on the subject of anonymous comments left on the Internet.  Nearly every web site has a comment section at the bottom so that the readers can weigh in on the subject being discussed.  The comment sections are meant to illicit open communication and the sharing of ideas.  Sounds like a good thing, doesn't it? HHHMMMMM...maybe not. First of all... there are all types of forums, blogs, ...

Reflections: Letting Go…

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” Oprah Winfrey Reflections: Letting Go… Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? Leo Buscaglia What are we holding onto? Are we even aware of what is holding us back? My spin teacher always reminds ...

Haiku: The Tunnel Of Emptiness

“We cannot let another person into our hearts or minds unless we empty ourselves. We can truly listen to him or truly hear her only out of emptiness.” M. Scott Peck Contemplating a fort with point arches – the Tunnel of Emptiness Apathy found me… A tunnel of emptiness Dank … bereft of love Śūnyatā taught me… Emptiness makes room for grace Dark  … to glowing light Each week,  through the generous guides at The Daily Post,  we receive wonderful prompts to explore.  Every day, a new prompt ...

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 ...

The Deal Breaker on Becoming Jewish

Now that it’s Hanukkah I’m reposting a story from my memoir The Kid In the Kaleidoscope, a true tale about my decision to become Jewish when I was ten, and how I questioned my decision when I found out about the deal breaker…. Jonathan Khorman lived three houses down from me. One day while perched in the sycamore tree in his front yard he turned to me and made a startling declaration. “I’m one of the chosen people,” he said. “Chosen for what?” ...

New Cleverbot Conversation on Current Events

A few weeks ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with the learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here's the first interview I had with Cleverbot last month: First Interview with Cleverbot I thought it was about time to ask Cleverbot about recent current events including: the U.S. Women's Soccer victory over Brazil; Derek ...

Incredible New Year’s Eve Stunt….

1970's daredevil Evil Kenevil - image courtesy Wikipedia I was a child of the 70′s and was a HUGE fan of daredevil motorcyclist Evil Kenevil.  As a kid I idolized him and would set up ridiculously small ramps made out of bricks and spare plywood – then pretend I was jumping Snake River Canyon on my Huffy bike. However, as I grew up and learned more about him as a person, I  learned that he was an incredible jerk to his family, ...

Awesome Wedding Proposal

Here is one of the most memorable and unexpected marriage proposals I've ever seen. It's only a minute long and worth every second. To tee it up, the guy is named Josh and he has invited a bunch of friends for a seemingly delightful gathering atop a four-story building. The rest is "cruel" magic.... Question: How did you propose or how were you proposed to?

Beauty Doesn’t Require Perfection….

I went running through our neighborhood last evening. It was a picture perfect night. Low humidity, cool temperatures – people had their windows open. While running, I heard at least three different children practicing their musical instruments through the screens. One was playing a piano, another a flute and the last a clarinet. Despite the halting notes and pregnant pauses, it was beautiful and comforting at the same time. I thought it was beautiful because the parents and children invested enough in ...

It Would Serve Me Right

A painting hangs in our dining room that might look familiar to many of you; it shows Claude Monet’s famous Japanese Bridge at Giverny. Monet painted a dozen versions of this bridge—all at different times of the day in an exploration of color and light—but he didn’t paint this one. I did, forty years ago. I say this not as a boast for having done a decent job of mimicking Monet’s style, but as a confession for a serious lack ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New World Record!

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The eighth Flower and Garden Festival held at the Events Garden in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia has set a new world record for the world’s largest carpet of flowers! This incredible “carpet” was constructed with 15 million flowers spread over an area of 10,712 square meters. Obviously it was the main attraction at the flower show! Image Credits: Missosology This …

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A Floral Mystery from Space

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The Ganjoji temple in Japan has a very old Cherry Tree, it’s estimated to be about 1250 years old. In 2008 some cherry stones from this tree were sent into space. They stayed on the International Space Station for 8 months, orbiting the earth a remarkable 4100 times. Upon their return they were sent back and …

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Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

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I might be the stereotypical grandmother. I bake for my grandchildren. I spend a lot of time in my garden. And I’ve made it very clear that though the yard is a free zone to run around, the flower beds are not to be trampled on. Yes, my hobbies are predictably grandmotherly, but I just do things I enjoy- things that make me happy. Flowers probably make me happy because of my memories …

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Guest Post: How to take care of indoor plants and flowers

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Having plants at home is a wonderful way to bring beautiful nature indoors and create a lovely and more relaxed environment. Indoor plants and flowers give a beautiful vibe to the home and suit absolutely every interior. Placing pots of flowers is the best way to decorate every room in your house or apartment and give the place an attractive charm. However, as living organisms, plants need to be taken good care of …

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Arachnis Orchids

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This warmth loving orchid hails from Malaysia, Indonesia & New Guinea so they do well in warm, humid climates. This climbing beauty must be planted in full sun and is surprisingly easy to grow. The vine is quite thick and can grow to 15 ft high or more. You definitely need to stake this baby; …

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How to press flowers

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Pressing flowers and/or leaves is a fairly simple process, you just have to be a little bit patient! 1) Use absorbent paper like newspaper or paper towel. Don’t use paper with an embossed pattern as that will give a waffle like texture to the blooms. 2) Fold the paper in half and place the flowers you want …

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