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Artist Dates – Gathering Part 2

Gathering Part 2 – More on  Artist Dates. I have a couple of questions about your artist dates.. Did you get yourself a nice blank notebook on your first artist date last week? Did you record your first artist date? Schedule time in your calendar to do this on a weekly basis. This time has to be NON NEGOTIABLE!! You will be amazed at the number of things that come up to try and sabotage this time. When this happens, the first thing to do ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth…

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” Henry Miller Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tentacles of a budding Japanese Peony Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony budding. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony growing. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony fully formed buds Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony flower Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature — by Emily Dickinson Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature – Gravitates within – Atmosphere, and Sun endorse it – Bit it stir — alone – Everywhere we look, every ...

Vegan Mujadara–Lentils, Rice and Onions

It is sooo cold! Like a lot of people we are enduring a major cold snap. All I have wanted to do for the last week is curl up in front of the fire, read and eat hot heavy food. Never mind salad, exercise or actually trying to think. I have been craving lentils. Don’t know if it is the protein or the iron my body wants, but whatever it is, I have been fixated on lentils. There is nothing quite ...

On the Rise of Nerds by C.C.Cole July 16, 2011

As a late-bloomer to the cyber-age, it’s finally occurred to me that the denigrating term used to describe un-beautiful, un-athletic, usually smart, badly dressed, socially awkward and glasses wearing people has now risen to a near-compliment:  nerd.  Twitter uses the term commonly to attract followers. Since I put on and wore my first pair of glasses in the third grade, I can relate to nerds on many levels.  I removed my spectacles with almost every school picture.  At the upper part ...

YOU REALLY NEVER KNOW

So many times I sit here and wanna shut this blog down.. thinking there's no purpose no reason...I mean you never really know who's reading who's laughing , who's crying, who could care less... I mean am I touching anyone.. are these words even letting one soul out there know they are not alone? And then something like this happens.. and I sit here sobbing like a baby.. cause you really never know what your words mean to someone else..you really ...

Happy New Year: Join the 365 Day Blogging Challenge for 2011!

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu, author,Tao Te Ching ♫♥☼♪ ♫♪♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To You! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♪♫ ♫♥☼♪ Happy New Year: Plant a Seed. Learn a Skill. Grow! I plan to post something inspirational every day in 2011! I’ve decided to join the WordPress challenge … by posting daily on this 2-year-old blog.  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on ...

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Flatwoods Plum blooming in side yard ok so i can finally talk. my throat's been sore & my voice gravely from coughing too much. it takes a lot for me to actually go to the doctor. but after trying all my usual natural healing remedies... and nothing seemed to be getting rid of this congestion... my throat was getting sorer & my ribs felt mega-bruised! one of nature's curly-q's i gave in. diagnosed - bronchitis. sent home with antibiotics, an inhaler, cough suppressants and the suggestion to use a vaporizer at night & get some rest. two weeks ...

Christmas Centerpieces ideas!

Christmas is fast approaching! One more week until the biggest, most celebrated day of the year! Do you have a Christmas centerpiece for your home yet? It’s not too late to add some festive cheer and colour to your holiday home decor! Here are are some of Christmas centerpiece ideas to get your creative juices flowing! Candy Cane Centerpiece Wrap vase with candy canes. Fill vase with red roses or other flowers. photo via bhg.com Amaryllis in Pineapple Vase Hollow out a pineapple. Fill with ...

Tips on Growing Hydrangea

Hydrangea is one of the most popular summer garden plants! They are very much beloved for their big, beautiful blooms that come in many pretty colours, such as pink, purple, blue and white. These beauties will add colour, beauty and texture to the landscape. They can be grown in garden beds or in containers. Plus, they make wonderful cut flowers and are a favourite with summer brides! Here are some tips to make the most out of your hydrangea plants: Hydrangeas, especially ...

Fun Flower Facts: Cornflower (Centaurea)

The Cornflower, also known scientifically as Centaurea (sent-ta-REE-a), is an annual plant that produces colourful, lightly fragrant flowers in shades of white, blue, pink, red and purple.  These fringed flowers can be single or double bloom with narrow, greyish-green leaves and slightly hairy stems. They can grow to be 10 inches to 2.5 ft tall, depending on the species. The plant is native to Europe and belongs to the same family as daisies and sunflowers, the Asteraceae. Cornflowers are popular in ...

Plant Profile: Portulaca

I love this annual, in fact it made it into my favourite new varieties for both 2011 and 2012! 2011 – Portulaca, Duet Hawaiian Rose 2012 – Portulaca, Happy Hour Coconut As you can see, same plant, completely different varieties! Commonly called the moss rose, this is a sun loving plant and must be planted in full sun in order to thrive. They like sandy soil and do well with little maintenance. However they are adaptable and will grow in any well drained soil. Make sure ...

I’m back and Ready to Write With Confusion

I’m back and Ready to Write With Confusion

First of all let me give you an update on my dad, since he is the reason I stopped blogging for a while.  He is doing much better, is now able to walk around with constant oxygen running.  He has about twenty percent of his heart muscle functioning but the good Lord has seen fit to let us keep him for awhile longer. Now on to the subject and hand.  My confusion over using comma‘s and conjunctions.  I thought I had ...

Haiku: VandArt For You…

“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.”  Keith Haring Haiku: VandArt For You… Keith Haring’s vandart Haiku: VandArt For You… George Lee Quiñones does subways Haiku: VandArt For You… Jean-Michel Basquiat spray paint on canvas Haiku: VandArt For You… Lady Pink’s Evolution Triptych Vandalism Art… Keith Haring did it well too Graffiti Art, Flows… I was looking at some truly magnificent graffiti art on Carl ...

Creativity And Cup Cakes

My eldest daughter recently became a mum for the second time.  This of course means little time for ones self.  Gopala has always loved to paint, but not done much over the last few years, her creativity has gone into renovating and having kids. Last week it was beautiful to see that although she has stopped painting, her creativity is just busting out regardless. It was Levis third birthday…. And his favourite colour is …. you guessed it – yellow! She made this gorgeous ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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 collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which is title Buzz: The Book, a primer on what it takes to build and sustain buzz for a service, product, idea or brand. …

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God’s Hand

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Good morning my friends (smile) Woke up with this oldie but goodie quote on my mind. Praise The Lord for the reblog button (smile) Enjoy and have a blessed day! (smile) This profound quote will resonate to us who walk by faith! It symbolizes having faith in God. Walk by faith, not by sight. Releasing things and …

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The apology of Pope Francis

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Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests, says sanctions ‘must be imposed. Hmm… with a headline like that, how could I not read the article? To be clear, I am not a Catholic, nor do I know the Pope personally, or in any other capacity, however, I have read many articles expounding his virtues and generally indicating that he is a pretty decent bloke. …

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He…

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It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.~John Wooden ~ Great scriptures for meditation. (smile) Great scriptures to speak and replace bad thoughts. There will be days when speaking the Word out loud can change the focus. The power of words and what we tell ourself. Sometimes, remembering not to entertain negative …

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Roll With It Wednesday

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No matter what season we are walking through, roll with it. God has a plan. Sometimes, things and stuff, as well as, X, Y and Z, can get us to our next blessing. (shock face) Praise The Lord! It can be challenging, roll with it. It’s all part of life, roll with it! Adapt and adjust, roll with it! Remember, it takes two. We have choices. Change our perspective on the way we look at situations. …

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Ephesians 6:10-20 – Armour Of God

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Walking by faith and praying is a lifeline during challenging or fearful times. It takes two. We can only control ourself. Some comments are not worth a response. When someone wants to make a mountain out of something, breathe calmly, practice the pause and pray about it. I’m learning it’s healthier this way. (gritted teeth smile) Let us remember, challenges are temporary …

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