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Travel: Capture The Colors In Five Takes…

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”  Pat Conroy Photo Info: Lotta and Bjorn took me around Stockholm sightseeing. We came here on an overcast day to get a panoramic view of the city. The air was damp but the water smelled fresh. The colorful homes behind us sparkled, there was a ship named Cinderella docked nearby, and for ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” Elbert Hubbard Silence – An anechoic chamber is very quiet Breaking The Silence: How long… “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon Sundial -The Clock of Silence can you… Silence – Newton’s Cradle Animation book …Stay Silent? “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.”Henry David Thoreau Code of Silence – Our red lips are sealed Code of Silence:  Our lips… I wash my hands ...

I WAS WITH WHO????????

People blog for many reasons. Some may begin a blog purely to have a place to share their writings, while some may have educational or training objectives. Others may blog in hopes to make an income. When I first started my blog, I have to admit that I was in the later category.  It’s odd how things can change so quickly. You have to understand that I am not a social butterfly, nor do I really ...

Inspiration: A Perfect Meal…

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien Inspiration: A Glorious Meal... An abundance of fruits and vegetables Describe a perfect meal: When I read the WP Daily Post prompt on a perfect meal shared. I tried to imagine what it would look like and who would be there. he more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that if there was a chance to share ...

Politicians or Patriots

Washington DC is a great place to visit for a anyone that has become tainted by the skepticism and cynicism that goes with the present climate of politics. (oh, that would be me) I have needed an infusion of idealism sparked by seeing how  our nation started and what our Founding Fathers had in mind for a nation that was to be free and provide us with the "pursuit" of happiness.  I think people forget that our country was set up to allow ...

Fooled

This weekend, The TrifExtra Challenge is asking for 33 of our own words inspired by the following photo. I paid my money and now we wait for Them to take my wife, my kid and me (y mi corazón; mi amante) across the border. Four hours and Still Nobody Comes. Again.

Meetup.com / Central Va Trailblazers/ Exercise For Body, Mind And Soul

Meetup.com / Central Va Trailblazers/ Exercise For Body, Mind And Soul

Meetup.com / Central Va Trailblazers/ Exercise For Body, Mind And Soul I recently discovered Meetup.com and signed up with several groups here in Richmond, Virginia. Meetup offers some useful guidelines for groups and activities in many different areas. My interests center around walking, exercise, being more sociable and photography. And so, last night I went downtown to join other members of Central Virginia Trailblazers on an introductory “icebreaker” 4.5 mile hike along the James River and over several bridges connecting the ...

Puya Berteroniana, a Rare and Exotic Plant, Blooms in the UK

Wednesday June 19th, 2013 was an exciting day for plant lovers. Puya Berteroniana, an exotic plant that belongs to the Bromeliad family (a relative of the pineapple), bloomed for the first time in the 11 years at the Ventor Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom. It was an unexpected surprise, especially since it can take up to 100 years for the plant to bloom! But fortunately for visitors to the Ventor Botanic Gardens, they didn’t have to wait long to see ...

A Patio for Entertaining

Outdoor living spaces have always been popular, but with today’s lifestyles of long work hours, lengthy commutes and hectic family schedules, the need for a backyard retreat is greater than ever. Throw in the rising popularity of staycations, and the benefits of a backyard paradise become unmistakable. We recently designed an outdoor living space for clients that love to entertain friends and family, and wanted their patio to serve as an extension of their home. Festive furnishings in a color palette ...

dem bones, art & journaling, the moon.

a leaf suspended from a spider web fragment Nature gets into our souls and opens doors to hidden parts of ourselves.  ~Pamela Heyda ~oOo~ before you say "what the heck is that"...here's a hint: this Barred Owl made it! it's a cough pellet. whatever the owl can't digest...gets coughed up as this mass. yeah, i know...ugh...delightful. fur & tiny bones of lizards, moles, snakes...whatever the owl has been dining on. ~oOo~ speaking of bones... we discovered a little pile of bones - jaws & skull pieces on the ...

Spring Gardening Checklist

It’s finally spring! After a long, snowy winter, we are ready to spend some time in the garden! We are excited about all the beautiful flowers and plants that will blooming once again! Here is a checklist of things that should be done now to get your garden ready for spring: Spring Gardening Checklist Clear debris (garbage, fallen branches, etc…) from yard Sharpen garden tools (i.e. shovels, hoes, trowels) Cut back on last year’s perennials; remove dead leaves and foliage. Hydrangeas should  be cut ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in January

My personal diary. Over the next year I will be keeping a monthly diary of all the fruit and vegetables I grow in my urban garden here in the Algarve. Gardening is one of my passions, and although my efforts are not always successful my tenacity makes up for what I lack in knowledge. I’m always open to suggestions (or encouragement) so please feel free to leave a note in the comments section below. December was the first entry in my ...

More than a Dust of Snow…

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss and all was said.” Victor Hugo Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof This was meant to be a quick post and a brief one at that… but serendipity has it way of steering us to things that matter more than our human ...

Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)

You don’t have to be a smoker to enjoy nicotiana or tobacco flowers. While nicotiana tabacum is grown for the production of smoking tobacco, there are many Nicotiana species that are beloved by gardeners for their beautiful and fragrant flowers. Nicotiana or Flowering Tobacco is a genus of 67 plants native to Australia, North America and tropical South America that produces pleasantly fragrant tubular flowers in shades of white, red, yellow, pink, maroon and lavender. The foliage is hairy and can ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

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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 some free desktop calendar wallpapers for you! Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. …

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