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18 Uses for Safflower

Don’t let its weed-like appearance fool you! The humble safflower may not be as pretty or fragrant as the rose,  but it is one of the oldest, most versatile crops in history! Safflower is a dandelion-like flower that is commercially grown for many different uses. India, the United States and Mexico are the top commercial producers of safflower. Here are some of the many ways safflower can be used: Safflower oil, made by pressing the seeds, is a popular, flavourless vegetable oil ...

Musings: Things I’ve Never Done…

“Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Musings: Things I’ve Never Done... Milked an Alpaca Girl Talk – Make Me Wanna In our lifetime, we get to do a ton of stuff, and then, there are things we either don’t do or never get round to doing… This prompt from MamaKat’s Writers Workshop & Confessions Of A Pioneer Woman asks us to come up with ...

SADE LIVE: In Concert In NY… A Pictorial Review

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Kahlil Gibran SADE LIVE: In Concert In NY... A Pictorial Review SADE LIVE: In Concert In NY... A Pictorial Review Last October, I was chatting with a friend on Facebook when a post flew by announcing that Sade Adu would be touring again and performing her famous hit songs after a ten year hiatus. I was thrilled. When Diamond Life came out in 1984, I bought ...

Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012…

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.” Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012… at the East 92nd St Y Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012… Pete Cashmore, CEO & Founder, Mashable w/ Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP and Kathy Calvin, CEO, United Nations Foundation Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012… Peter Gabriel, Singer &Songwriter (in glasses), and Andrew Raslej, Founder, Personal Democracy Media The Social Good Summit which began on Saturday, “kicked off a phenomenal ...

Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures…

“Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way … I’m pleased that my art appeals to so many people of all ages… Dale Chihuly Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... The Sun at Gardens of Glass, London Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... At Kew Gardens Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... Seafoam Set from Artist's Website Dale Chihuly is an internationally known and highly regarded master glass artist whose skill ...

The History of the Corsage

Prom Corsage from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers in Sarnia, ON. It’s prom season! This, of course, means that florists will be busy making corsages and boutonnieres for high school students. Along with the shoes, the bag, hairstyle and makeup, corsages are a must-have fashion accessory for prom. Corsages can be made with a single flower or a variety of flowers including: roses, orchids, Gerbera daisies, carnations, chrysanthemums and lilies. Most will wear their corsages on their wrists, while trendsetters will wear ...

It's Not The Heat, It's the Humidity

This was my IPhone as 9:00 PM last Friday. I wish I would of thought to take a picture earlier in the day when it was showing 107. Also, that little teaser showing rain for  Saturday and Sunday...total lie. Are you officially tired of hearing about how hot and dry it is in the middle of the country??  Well, you probably aren't nearly as sick of hearing about it as we are living in it. Last year the southern states, especially Texas was sweltering in ...

Fabulous Finds: Valentine’s Day Decor and Gifts

Life may be like “a box of chocolates,” as Forrest Gump would say. But that doesn’t mean everyone wants one for Valentine’s Day. If you want to give your loved one something that lasts longer than a sweet confection, check out these fabulous finds. Each one is sure to put a smile on their face. Smith & Hawken Cream Curved Wood Wreath; 21.25″. Priced at $33.99; www.target.com. Red Foil Ceramic Bowl. Priced at $34.95; www.pier1.com. Go Home Venice Candlesticks; pack of two. ...

Cappadocia

I don’t often create posts that are primarily photographic, mostly because I’m not that good of a photographer, but when Mrs. C. and I visited Cappadocia, Turkey, we found it so bizarre and interesting that I figured not even my photography skills could fail to capture the uniqueness. This region of Turkey, created millions of years ago by a nearby volcano, was one of the earliest sanctuaries for early Christians outside of Judea. They enlarged caves into churches in this ...

Moral Conundrum: Jeter's 3000th Hit Baseball

Yankee Derek Jeter with his 3000th hit I'm the first to admit that I'm not a huge baseball fan. The games are too slow, too long and could benefit from instant replay. But this post is only tangentially about America's favorite past time. It has to do with a moral conundrum. This past weekend, Derek Jeter - shortstop for the New York Yankees - became the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to have his 3000th career hit at bat. That ...

Conclusion: Supertrout

Read Part One It burst from its hiding place beneath a submerged log, and it was moving so fast that at first I couldn’t identify it. But one look at David told me all I needed to know—at long last, here he was. The legend was true; it was Supertrout! He seemed to be everywhere, flashing like a ball of mercury struck by a hammer. For a minute I thought he was just making a boastful appearance before vanishing into his hiding place. ...

Let’s Talk Gray, I Mean Grey, and NPR Too

Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat. The color gray, with an a, is the American spelling. Grey, with an e, is the British spelling. A person’s name may be either, of course. I have known for years that it’s a losing battle to fight for the gray. There’s simply too much confusion over it, and who really cares anyway, except for editing-diehards (we really are impossible to kill). The huge ballyhoo around the erotic Shades of Grey ...

Blue Car Tuesday

I don’t post on Tuesdays but you might want to think about this story tomorrow, especially if you drive a blue car. The new guy had potential, even if he was an arrogant jerk. My father-in-law, who’d worked at the Fireman’s Fund Headquarters in Marin County for years, had a devilish sense of humor and decided to prank him. My wife’s parents lived in San Francisco, and her dad, like many of his coworkers, commuted across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin ...

7 Questions With an Author: Ally Spotts

Writer and Blogger, Ally Spotts This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s co-featured author is Ally Spotts – my friend, author and fellow blogger. She launched her first book yesterday titled Asking All the Wrong Questions  and she writes daily about relationships and other topical issues at her excellent site www.allyspotts.com. Here are “7 Questions With an Author: Ally Spotts.” 1. Tell ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside In confined spaces, everything becomes pronounced, re-framed in a constrained, yet focused way. For this photo project, I decided to let the photos speak to you before I add my interpretations of what they represent. What do you see inside each shot? Where are they located? What do these shots tell you? …

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Visions from Vail

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Sometimes it’s impossible to leave work behind. And honestly, who wants to when work involves inspiring design?! Julie, our Project Manager at BGI, recently vacationed in Vail, Colorado with her family and couldn’t resist taking pictures of the town’s picturesque architecture and design. It was her first time skiing in almost 20 years and she said …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

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Even though, I take pictures of all sorts of things, I often don’t take pictures of abandoned buildings because there is usually a sadness about them. But the truth is that at different points in our lives, we move on, abandoning what no longer serves our lives … It is part of our growth process. We must learn to embrace the change. …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power Of Threes

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“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power of Threes Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Is a Trend… When I read this week’s challenge, the first thing that crossed my mind was the Holy Trinity and the power that is invested in that triangle. As I was thinking of what …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

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“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand Cherished wintering birds in our yard Wintering birds in our yard A wintering bird in our yard This week’s photo challenge calls for a treasure or treasures we cherish. The obvious comes to mind …

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