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I Love This Great Soup!

First of all, this is not an article about medical advice and it is not an article about how other people might lose body weight by using my soup recipe.  This is an article meant to share my recipe for a great soup and, for some reason, I personally lost 5 pounds in a week using it twice a day. That does not mean I believe for a minute that anyone who uses this soup is going to lose weight.  But ...

10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With

I’ve noticed several blogs recently that have posted “10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With,” and I’ve developed such a list myself now.  My mother, Barbara Burnham Rutter, who died two weeks after I turned eighteen. I’d love to catch her up on how things have gone for me. I might leave out a few stories, just to keep the conversation on an even keel. My grandmother, Mazie VanderWyk Burnham, who died on a Christmas day while, thirty miles away, ...

Amy’s Kitchen – Healthy Prepared Vegan and Gluten Free Food

We are packing away. It is amazing how much junk you can accumulate in a couple of years. The hardest part is making decisions – what to do about those little but useful items. For example all the special use kitchen items, the myriad little items hidden away in cabinets and drawers or the box of hooks, picture hangers and rug grippers. None of them are particularly expensive or irreplaceable. It just cost money and time to replace them. To ...

Global Warming 101

Reut Rashook The crowded blogging world features everything from the ridiculous to the trashy to the beautiful to the sublime. Green Parenthood, administered by Reut Rashook, is definitely sublime.  It provides practical answers to the inevitable question: “What can a working stiff like me do now that I know the Earth has rolled into Darth Vader’s palm?”  You’ll find tips on green picture books for kids, natural stress relief, green weight loss, eggshell recycling, uses for olive oil, and green birthday party ideas. ...

Airline Safety

The recent story recently regarding the Southwest Airplane that lost cabin pressure due to a hole being ripped in the roof made all the news outlets. This made me do a little digging. According to the Bureau of Statistics there were 10 million flights by US and Foreign Air Carriers in 2010 in the United States alone. While anytime there is an incident it makes news, and justifiably so, the incident percentage is relatively low. There is no way to ...

Persistent Illusions by Joseph Devon :Bewitching Tour Stop

Blurb for Persistent Illusions: In Probability Angels, we were introduced to the world of Matthew and Epp. Back then, Matthew thought he had his hands full just learning how to be an undead tester of humanity, but then Hector staged an uprising and everything Matthew thought he could take for granted fell apart. Yet, over the past few months, a strained peace has settled over his world and Matthew is starting to feel like he can finally get back to training at ...

Kismet: It’s All Good…

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” Rita Mero Kismet: It's All Good Part I – Kismet: It’s All Good… Kismet means fate/destiny. Providence; external circumstances, outside influence, divine intervention. Typically, when the subject of fate/providence comes up in conversation, we find two schools of thought vying for attention; those who believe fate carries much weight in our lives and those who ...

Design For Change

Design For Change

It’s not that often that we see a big business get into supporting global change and conservation.  I was impressed when an email arrived in my box today, from Eckersley’s art store, promoting an initiative from Oxfam. –  Design for Change – which is a unique and collaborative online space for designers, writers, thinkers, inventors, believers and changemakers to forge creative solutions to global problems. They currently have a challenge running to come up with solutions for ways we can reduce ...

Fun Flower Facts: Butterfly Ginger Lily (Hedychium)

Butterfly ginger lily (hedychium), a member of the ginger family, the Zingiberaceae,  is a perennial native to woodlands in India and the Himalayas. This exotic beauty is valued for its attractive, fragrant flowers and distinctive foliage. When the plant blooms in the late summer until fall, it produces clusters of beautiful blooms that look like butterflies, hence the common name.  The scent is delightful, reminiscent of a spicy gardenia! White is the most popular colour, but the flowers can also ...

Flower Costumes Ideas for Halloween

It’s that time of the year again:  Halloween is just around the corner and you’re looking for costume ideas! Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place! But of course, as a flower blog, we only have flowers on our mind! Last year we did a blog post on Fun & Creative Halloween Costume Ideas with Flowers. This year, we think you should take it to the next level and dress up as a flower for Halloween. A flower costume is ...

squeezing...

in a quickie this morning. this is the front of our home... the big front window to the left of the porch, faces west. the setting afternoon sun streams through the crystals hanging in this window. 10 of them. all shapes & sizes. filling the room with shimmering rainbows. colorful prismatic beams moving about the room as the sun sets. color. light energy. healing. balancing. tranquility. magical. oOo the other day sam noticed this odd looking *egg sack* ?  *cocoon* ? dangling in a spider web.   so i took a picture & ...

Peculiar Picture #18

Telling a joke is always risky because everyone has such a different sense of humor, but the so-called comedian only risks a few words while standing on stage. When you tell a joke with paint the result is often a prolonged waste of time, depending on how long it takes to paint a joke, in this case around three days. This image is based on the popular theme of the decline of civilization. Artists throughout history have depicted broken columns and statues of the once ...

Elder Flower Cordial

On a recent trip to the supermarket, I stumbled across the loveliest beverage, Elderflower Cordial! Made from elder flowers that bloom on elder shrubs, Latin name Sambucus Nigra, this delightful little flower is not only beautiful to look at, but it also packs some serious health benefits and flavor. The elder shrub, native to Europe, is now grown worldwide. It produces dark purple, blue and black berries, which can be eaten when fully ripe and fully cooked.  (DO NOT eat before ...

The Mourning Widow

No need to be sad for this plant. The geranium phaeum (jur-AY-nee-um FEE-um) may have a somber name, but it doesn’t need any condolences. The name, Mourning Widow refers to the deep purple-black flowers it is known for, but colours can range from pure white to lilac to pink to purple. This clump-forming perennial is also characterized by its lobbed leaves with brownish spots. This delicate, yet hardy plant looks best planted in groups. It blooms small, flat, downward-facing flowers from ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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