Yes You: Blogalicious Babe, You!

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.” Benjamin Franklin Blogalicious Babe: Art by Stephanie Smith via biffybean.com see credits below Who knew… I was checking out blogs on Freshly Pressed when I came across a post that caught my attention. It was a post by my Britishhomeboy; TheBoyEllis Blog.  He gave his blog a bit of wellie by sending out feelers to test the Blogging buddy avalanche that has been part of the DailyPost: ...

Kidoodle.TV: A Safe Site For Kids

Kidoodle.TV: TV. Built for Kids, Loved by Parents An Invitation to Kidoodle.TV and Our Upcoming Twitter Party: I’m excited to share information about the excellent Kidoodle.TV service built specifically for kids and to invite you to our upcoming Twitter Party!  What is Kidoodle.TV? 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 ...

Peculiar Picture #7

This is not a pipe. Something different; here’s one I didn’t create. It’s worth checking out. I was thinking about this painting the other day. It’s been reproduced on posters and bumper stickers so you might have seen it. You could have walked past without giving it a moment’s notice because it’s so deceptively simple. It was painted in the late twenties by a Belgian artist named Magritte. He called it The Treachery of Images, and the French words painted on the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Begonia

Begonia is a genus of flowering plants with 1500 species native to South and Central America, Africa and southern Asia. Plants are usually compact with dense foliage. With so many varieties available, needless to say, the appearance of these flowers will vary. Depending on the type, begonias can grow to be 8 inches to 2 feet in height. Flowers come in a variety of colours, including red, white, pink and yellow. Flowers can be single or double blooms, with delicate, ruffled ...

Reflections: Sacred Sites…

“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.”  Sri Guru Granth Sahib Reflections: Sacred Sites... Saint Catherine Sinai Saint Catherine Monastery, Mt Sinai Reflections: Sacred Sites... Shiva in Bangalore... Shiva in Bangalore Sacred Sites Upon the Earth When a person visits a ceremonial monument, is it their intellect, their five senses, their intuition, or the electromagnetic fields around their bodies that perceive the place?….One may individually respond in a limited set of ...

Free October 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

It’s that time again! As we are nearing the end September and getting ready for fall, here are some free October 2013 desktop calendar wallpapers for you! Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Enjoy!

On Music: Manhattan By Rodgers & Hart…

“People in London think of London as the center of the world, whereas New Yorkers think the world ends three miles outside of Manhattan.” Toby Young On Music: Manhattan By Rodgers & Hart... Manhattan South view On Music: Manhattan By Rodgers & Hart... Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Manhattan and more On Music: Manhattan By Rodgers & Hart... Central Park Ella Fitzgerald – Manhattan Manhattan by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart Summer journeys to niag’ra And to other places aggra- vate all our cares. We’ll save our fares; I’ve a ...

Conclusion: Ghost of Kilarney Park

If you missed Part One, check it out here. Haunted houses and Halloween go together like dots on dice, but the haunted house on our street never did anything to attract trick-or-treaters. So why was there a light burning on Verna’s porch? My feet began pulling me to the light. My head swirled with thoughts of murder: rat poison, asphyxiation, throat slashing, but I was more interested in candy than my safety. I inched up the front steps to her porch and peered ...

Babies Scare Me – a Guest Post

Babies scare me. I don’t hold other people’s offspring. Up until a year ago I’d never changed a diaper, been puked on, or walked into see a 12-month old pulling the poo out of their diaper. Trust any of those are scare worthy. What changed? My wife and I had twins a little over 1 year ago. Now for some reason my kids help me experience the above gag nastiness and scare-filled episodes when my wife is nowhere to be found. Case ...

5 Delivery Room Survival Rules For Dads

My blogging buddy and mentor Michelle Shaeffer told me about this great, free site called Piktochart that enables non-PhotoShop mortals like me to generate cool infographics. An infographic is a graphical representation of information in a highly-visible, easily digestible format. Given that we’re about to have our third child, I thought I’d share five rules to help expectant dads survive and navigate the newborn experience. With that, here’s the world premiere of my first infographic – Baby Delivery: 101. Question: What’s a topic you’d like ...

Sometimes Living in Denial is Good….

Last year, I was fortunate to have two of my articles published with RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials. The two articles were  7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict and What to Consider Before Considering Kids respectively. This morning, the good folks at RELEVANT featured another piece I wrote titled When Living in Denial is Healthy Here’s an excerpt from my most recent piece at RELEVANT Magazine: ==================================================== If you’ve ever used the phrase, or been accused of “living in denial,” you know ...

Steps Toward an Amish NFL???

America loves football – specifically the brand of football produced by the National Football League (NFL) . In fact, research shows that the number of football fans in this country continues to grow faster than in any other professional sport. The action, strategy, athleticism – and let’s be honest – the violence, makes the NFL must-see-TV for most households in this country every Sunday during the football season. It’s interesting, however, to note that several developments during the past few months may lead some fans ...

Memoirs and Book Signings Aren’t for Sissies

Amy ("Ask Amy") Dickinson at her book signing I attend book signings to get a feel for how different authors handle that aspect of self-promotion. So far, the best entertainment was by Mildred Kalish (Little Heathens). She showed her sense of humor, and instead of reading excerpts in long succession, she made them short and talked in between them about related ideas or events, but not just reading her work. The least entertaining signings are those where the authors are either ...

Every Parent Can Relate to This…..

This time of year, filled with resolutions and new leaves turned over,  signifies fresh starts, new beginnings and focused priorities for the year. Interestingly, the Chinese New Year recently began as well and was accompanied by this emotionally charged video that focuses on the role of family in our lives. No matter where you live and what language you speak, all families go through struggles and often times we hurt the ones we love the most. Question: Are there relationships in your immediate or extended ...

Huffington Post Book Club and Me

You may recall my plan to participate in the Huffington Post Book Club (to refresh your memory, click here). It depends on what aspect of being in a book club you want to focus on, to decide whether I succeeded. Did I participate? Yes, in the first third of the reading schedule. Did I read the whole book? Yes, but after the first third I was behind everyone else. Did I enjoy the book? Not really! Will I try another book with that group? ...

5 Decision-Making Lessons for Leaders

Not all decisions are created equally – some are much tougher for a leader to make than others. Consider the recent decisions surrounding National Football League quarterback, Peyton Manning. A Gordian Knot of Decisions The future NFL hall-of-famer recently left the Indianapolis Colts to become the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Prior to that decision, Manning had only played professionally for Indianapolis. The team drafted him out of college more than 13 years ago. During that tenure, Manning won a Super Bowl, ...

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New Arizona Wildlife Notebook

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Arizona Wildlife Notebook, Second edition I have completed the second edition of the Arizona Wildlife Notebook! The new Notebook has four more species groups than the first edition, and it has an expanded index. The most important change is in the conservation status for each species. This time, I standardized the information so that future changes …

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Arizona Fish Update–November 2013

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Small stretches of the Agua Fria River in central Arizona are perennial. The water is polluted by farm fertilizer and mine tailings. Invasive species are abundant. The U. S. State of Arizona occupies a dry region with limited precipitation, high evaporation, and not much surface water. Widespread winter rain and snow, and heavy summer rain can …

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Arizona Fish Endangered

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Arizona Fish Extinctions Noel M. Burkhead of the U. S. Geological Survey, recently performed an analysis of the extinction rate for North American fish (Burkhead 2012). Burkhead used the fossil record to determine that throughout geological history, one fish species went extinct about every three million years. During the past century, 57 fish became extinct, making …

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The Big One

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The striped bass is the main piscivore of the LSZ Do we have any fishermen on FanBox? In case you missed it on line, the state striped bass record has been broke in Alabama and could possibly be a world record but that will take a while to find out. James Bramlett went fishing at the request …

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“But, Did You Catch Anything?” In response to a readers question.

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Did You Catch Anything? I don’t remember if it was Patrick F. McManus, or John Gustafson from “Grumpy, Old Men” who said, “When you are not catching fish, your stories tend to revolve around the scenery, and what a beautiful day it was. But when the fish ARE biting… Well, then, it’s all about the fight.” …

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…The Tastiest of Baits.

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Isborr (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Challenges are lurking behind every endeavor, even for the person trying to get some ice-fishing time in. Now days, just getting the frigid temperatures necessary to freeze the lake surface seems impossible. Then coordinating the freeze with time off work seems a logistical nightmare. I remember when Old-Man Winter would freeze the …

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Fishing Memoirs- 8:10

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Trout-master Jim posing in front of the Castle Rock Inn Motel and Cafe along the Gallatin River. It was the early 2000′s, and the Detroit Red Wings were a force to be reckoned with on the ice, and Trout-master Jim and I were still fired up about the great, but very brief, fishing experience we had in …

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