Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Begins with a kind word. Children at play Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…. Man and his devoted dog. Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Play ball… two teens. Friendship by Alexander Pushkin What’s friendship? The hangover’s faction, The gratis talk of outrage, Exchange by vanity, inaction, Or bitter shame of patronage. via famouspoetsandpoems In a harsh world with its many ups and downs, friendship is a much needed lifeline.  We cultivate all sorts of friendships; some lasting and others temporary. ...

Before applying for that job vacancy – Are you sure you are ready for work?

During the past few weeks I have spent a lot of my time interviewing candidates for a vacancy we had in our service department.  When you cut away all the job description jargon, the job is basically one of providing the best in customer service. The ability to write clearly, spell most common words and know what numbers are, is a distinct advantage in this and I would dare to suggest, in most other jobs. On-site training is provided, so an ability ...

On Music: American Music Awards 2011…

“All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.” Jean Cocteau On Music: American Music Awards 2011... Taylor Swift... Artist of the Year 2011 On Music: American Music Awards 2011... Jennifer Lopez rocking her song... via AMA LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor ft. Pitbull Like many of you, I love music and watch the music awards shows to ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures…

“Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Borland Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures… Just a Taste. ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy New Year to You & Yours!.♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥ ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” Have a blessed weekend! This is a tough one to pull off, especially after a full year of all sorts of photographic highs and lows…  The collection I’m sharing on this post is a taste of 2012; a sliver of ...

Haiku: Autumn Clouds…

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now…” Richard Bach Autumn clouds arrived Like a wounded bride, glumly… Grey, cold, day and night When we need to be succinct and practice periods of quiet contemplation, a haiku can’t be beat.  Recently, I took some photos of clouds and they made me pause. Nature is so magnificent; it offers miracles everyday. “But the sky knows the reasons ...

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 ...

How to Prune Roses

To prune or not to prune? The answer is to prune. Even “bad pruning” is better than no pruning. Pruning keeps your rose plants healthy, productive and attractive by removing dead wood and improving air circulation. This extra bit of work will also encourage new growth and new blooms. Pruning is not as intimidating as some people believe it to be. In fact, it is very difficult to kill a rose buswith a so-called bad pruning. And if you happen to ...

Dos and Don’ts of Container Gardening

Container gardening is still as popular as ever, especially for those living in tight spaces. It’s a fun and easy way to add some colour, life and beauty to your home. There are many varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that can be planted in containers with great success! All you have to do is visit your local garden center to see what is available in your climate zone. And best of all, just about any vessel can be ...

Some Ignore the Truth... Even When It's True

No Bull - courtesy of copyblogger. The setup for this blog is important, so please bear with me. Our family recently attended a surprise 40th birthday party for a dear family friend. It was really a surprise since the wife of the unsuspecting honoree had arranged for their family (comprising four children) to be camping at an idyllic and isolated campground in a neighboring state. She then invited several out-of-state families, including ours, to join the surprise Bday jamboree at the remote campsite’s dining ...

You're Kidding Me. Right?

Sometimes I step outside of comfort zone, like a brave explorer, and go some place totally different, and then halfway through the journey I freak out. Everything seems foreign…and frightening! I have the sensation of one walking through a lonely desert. My tongue is parched and bleeding, I’m on my hands and knees…and I’m convinced that I’m going to die. Staring into the wavy haze, I see an oasis in the distance. I’m saved! With renewed purpose I push forward through ...

Books Recently Given or Received

This is kind of a dangerous post to write, because I didn’t keep a list of books I gave or received over the holidays. Therefore, I’m probably going to forget one or two, and perhaps offend someone in the process. But one must soldier on. Books Given Kitty Kelley at signing for her latest book, Capturing Camelot Capturing Camelot by Kitty Kelley: This is a glossy and wonderful picture/reminiscence book by the (in)famous Kitty Kelley, known for her unauthorized biographies of Frank Sinatra, ...

Wasted Years that Were Not a Waste…

My pre-adult years were drenched in bitterness and rage.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now. I wanted to be a baseball player, champing for Little League to start, followed by, I knew, AAA ball and eventually the Majors and adulation.  Instead, I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that robbed me of the ability to walk for much of my grade school years. While other kids ran and played, I did a slow burn sitting out my childhood. Childhood ...

Face-to-Face Time in Old-Style Publishing

Credit: Vlado / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   My posting on June 1 was titled “Good Feelings from Groups.” Soon after posting it, while searching for a document on a wholly different subject, I unearthed a business plan I’d written in the late 1990s for my publishing company at the time. In it, I quoted two paragraphs related to the power of groups within a publishing company. In rereading that excerpt, I realized I have not been as group-phobic as I thought. In fact, ...

Another 10 Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

Most kids are back to school this week. That means they’re getting a healthy dose of reading, writing and arithmetic. It also means that they’re probably getting exposed to an unhealthy amount of texting and/or sex texting (a.k.a. sexting). As I’ve written before, one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent happens to be texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts that teens and preteens are using these days. While neither of our school-age daughters (10 and eight respectively) currently ...

Clean Laundry??? - A Guy's Perspective.....

Laundry: Clean or Dirty??? Men and women have different standards about "cleanliness." I'm not sure if it's nurture or nature - but there seems to be a clear difference between where guys and gals fall along the sanitary spectrum. This fact came to light during a discussion with my seven-year old girl as she was getting ready for bed. At the foot of her bed were three nightgowns from the past three nights - and she was getting a “fresh” nightgown out ...

Quick Question With Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis

While attending the 2012 Launch Conference, that is currently underway, I have the unique opportunity to interview some of the top speakers and authors in America. Below are two very quick, single-question interviews I had with authors Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis respectively. Michael answers the question, “How should a writer or speaker market themselves?” Ken graciously answers the question, “How does a speaker go from free-speaking opportunities to paid engagements? Question: What question would you ask your favorite author if you could? BTW, here’s ...

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Contact: Holding hands with horses.

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The problem with focusing on hand contact is that the most important area of contact is always our seat. We ride with our whole body and there is a bizarre mutually exclusive rule that comes into play while learning something new. Do you know it? If you are riding rhythmically along and you have to engage your brain on a task with your hands, your seat stops as soon as your brain starts …

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Wrestling with Helmet Safety.

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I know I can’t change the minds of cowboys and cowgirls who think their proud heritage will save them from brain injury. Riders who think a fashion statement is more important than… okay, the rant begins again. Sorry. I’ll take a breath… Because there is no debate, nothing to defend. Helmets save lives, just like seat belts. And still, we needed the law. So there are helmet laws in a couple …

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Lyme Disease

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My friend Tom who lives by our farm called me the other day and told me he was diagnosed with having Lyme Disease. He had been having many medical issues for the last several years and doctors he had been seeing, missed diagnosed on all ailments and his health never improved.. He was searching the internet to see what could be causing his problems and his symptoms were …

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An Argument Against the Whip.

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There is a time-worn adage about whips. Just like bits or spurs, whips are only as cruel or kind as the rider using them. Maybe. My mentor rarely rode with a whip, but if she did, she carried two. The most challenging horses loved her. Her corrections were impossibly quick and always fair. She was twice …

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Arizona Butterfly and Moth Update–November, 2013

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Arizona Butterfly and Moth Conservation Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) Arizona’s butterfly. Butterflies and moths are pollinators and they are food for other species. I know of no harm they cause to human interests. Nevertheless, many die from insecticide poisoning and others decline due to human removal of caterpillar host plants. The conservation status of these familiar …

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Arizona Bird Update–October 2013

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The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count shows that since 1967, many U. S. birds have declined. Twenty of our most familiar bird species (Common Birds in Decline) have lost at least half their populations over the past four decades. The causes of some of the declines are know. Observers have reported direct connections to habitat destruction for …

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Arizona Amphibian Update–October 2013

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Arizona Amphibian Conservation Status Jill, One-Eyed Rocky Mountain Toad Amphibians are faced with insurmountable threats worldwide. Habitat loss, invasions, toxic pollution, and disease have placed them near the top of global conservation concerns. Arizona amphibians and other desert amphibians, are most threatened by habitat loss. The growing human population is using water so fast that springs and streams are …

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