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Weekly Photo Challenge: UP!

“Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.” Louisa May Alcott Weekly Photo Challenge: UP! Looking up at Big Ben.... Weekly Photo Challenge: UP! Looking up at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux Weekly Photo Challenge: UP! ... Looking up from base of Tokyo Tower... Up is such a positive word on all levels and so this week’s prompt gave me much ...

Fun Flower Facts: Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

While they may have similar common names, the Mexican Bird of Paradise is not related to the Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae). Caesalpinia pulcherrima (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee pul-KAIR-ih-muh) is a plant native to the tropical and subtropical climates and belongs to Fabaceae, the pea family. Its exact origin is unknown, but the Mexican Bird of Paradise is thought to come from the West Indies. Caesalpinia pulcherrima is an attractive, ornamental deciduous shrub/small tree that produces brilliant, showy 5-petaled flowers in yellow, orange or ...

The Lotus Flower

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera Lotus flowers are aquatic perennials native to Asia that can be found growing in marshes, lagoons, ponds and flooded fields.  They can also be cultivated in water gardens, for those that have the space. These plants can grow up to 5 feet in height and can spread up to 10 ft. across! The roots are planted firmly in the soil of the pond. The large green leaves are so highly repellent, the phenomenon has been called “the ...

Friday Around the Water Cooler 8/26/2011

Friday Around the Water Cooler 8/26/2011

Another Friday and no shortage of oddballs in the news.  Seems there have been a steady supply of weird happenings between the major headlines.   Maybe the earthquakes and hurricanes take top spot for headlines but the rest of the news is littered with bizarre. She Wanted  a bikini wax and Wanted it ASAP Would being drunk help make this more comfortable? An Iowa woman became enraged when she went to her local salon and was refused a bikini wax. The salon employee thought the woman, Anna Bacon-Silveira ...

Time: Losing A Day In Our Lives…

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein Time: Losing A Day In Our Lives... Samoa Upolu - Where time will skip 24 hours... Time: Losing A Day In Our Lives... Samoa country map. Time is an illusion... What would you do if  you lost a 24 hour day? Zapped off the calender. Gone! At 11:59:59 p.m, the island nation of Samoa (not to be confused with American Samoa) will lose a full 24 hour ...

On Life: Ten Lessons We Learn From Our Children…

“You cannot catch a child‘s spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return.” Arthur Miller On Life: Ten Lessons We Learn From Our Children... patience & play ♥Patience – nothing teaches patience more than handling a bawling, colicky baby… we learn it in other ways too. ♥Compassion – children have a lot to comprehend as they go from babies to toddlers and compassion is skill they help us remember. ♥Flexibility – Kids can be demanding ...

Calculating The Risks

It's been a very busy news week with a lot of important discussions flooding the Internet.  Crucial issues such as  Beyonce lip syncing her song at the Inauguration festivities and the public acceptance of Michelle Obama's bangs.  The news crews must be exhausted from the extensive coverage of these and other topics. Call 911...My Butt is Stuck A woman in Oxfordshire, England had to call the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue to come over to extract  her after she got wedged into her ...

What Book Do You Wish You’d Never Read?

Joseph Heller A book I wanted to throw across the room by the time I finished it was Something Happened by Joseph Heller. I won’t tell you what the “something” was that “happened” in the book. Suffice it to say I could have done without learning about it. But I won’t get into the plot twist here. After all, you may be the sort of reader who enjoys finding out for themselves why someone would hate a particular book. I don’t ...

The Psychiatric Couch: The Brady Bunch

Show Open for The Brady Bunch I'm not a clinically trained psychiatrist, but I know how to spell "clinically" without using spell check. And while I don't have a degree in psychiatry I can easily read the degrees on a thermometer. Given those credentials, I believe that I'm more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That's why I write this periodic series titled The Psychiatric Couch.... The first installment of this series explored the psyches of Winnie the Pooh and ...

Radagast the Brown For President in 2012

This is a guest post from an online writing buddy of mine, Chad Jones. We both belong to a blogging group called the Killer Tribes – it’s not as violent as it sounds. Chad is a talented writer, you can read his work over at Randomly Chad. Below is his satirical look at the upcoming presidential election through the lens of The Lord of the Rings. I’m sure the powerful, yet geeky, Mithril lobby in DC will do back flips over this post! [NOTE: You ...

Proper Care and Feeding of Ideas

This past weekend I stumbled across a great video from speaker/author Steven Johnson regarding the genesis of ideas. It’s just over four minutes long, but it’s extremely worthwhile. In the video, Johnson shakes up long held conceptions that ideas come instantly in a flash of brilliance in some a haphazard, unpredictable manner. What Johnson postulates is that ideas can be nurtured. He asserts that ideas take time to germinate from “slow hunches” or “half ideas” given proper space, connection with others and the opportunity ...

Visions from Vail

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 it was the perfect setting for tumbling down a mountain! She and her family had a great time, and we’re just glad she didn’t break ...

Glimpses of God Through a Messy Diaper

Our son is just more than three months old. Every day his personality emerges a bit more as he masters or starts to develop some new skill. By new skill I mean giggling, cooing, rolling over to his back, holding his head up or keenly following an object with his eyes. As parents we are constantly on the lookout for all of those developmental firsts. For instance, with our first two daughters we have captured on video their very first, unaided footsteps – and ...

Not All Bigamy Is Mormon

How’s that title for an eye-catching concept? And it has nothing to do with Mitt Romney, by the way. What it has to do with is Johanna Moran’s book The Wives of Henry Oades. (If you’d like to see my earlier posting about this author, click here.) I loved this book, which is an historical novel based on a news clipping the author’s mother found years ago. The news item, it turns out, may have been a hoax, but that doesn’t ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Word of The Day – Reset

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To focus on the good and positive things, to include, the people, in our life, can bring contentment. (smile) Sure, somedays can be challenging but at the end of the day, we can thank God for His grace and reset for however long we can-five minutes, ten minutes, however long can make a difference to reset our energy. (wahoo) During my unplug times, I am learning that growth and change comes easier when I pray …

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This Is My Prayer

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Prayer changes everything! (smile) Every single time. Enjoy your day! Let us walk, by faith, knowing that we can give all of our things and stuff to God! Talking and complaining, to everybody, won’t change anything–just gets us worked up or fired up. (shock face)Let it go! Put it at the foot of the cross! Continue …

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Strength for A Friend Prayer

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Friends, there is power in prayer. The last week, a few friends reached out for prayers. By faith, I am trusting and believing God to answer them as His will be done. Thank you Lord. Tonight, I share this because sometimes we have to lay aside our own stuff to help those who need help. This morning, someone who dislikes me big time called out the clear blue asking me to pray for them. …

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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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