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It is official I am now SPAM!

Hi folks, I’m having a few issues with WordPress at the moment which I can’t seem to resolve. The comments I leave on your blogs are not appearing. To begin with I wondered what on earth was happening – there was not even the “Your comment is awaiting moderation” message. Nada – nothing – Zilch. I then connected with Ronnie on Twitter as I’d left three comments on her blog Hurtled to 60 and now beyond and nada. She checked her SPAM box ...

Back to Blogging: Revisiting the Past & Embracing the Future

Back to Blogging: What’s Not to Love? “The heart of blogging is linking…linking and commenting. Connecting and communicating – the purpose of the Internet.” ~ George Siemens Your blog is your unedited version of yourself. ~ Lorelle Back to Blogging: Finding our way via Twitter Images... This week, my sistahs at The SITS Girls site have suggested some great ways to get our blogging shoes back on. For the entire week, we are to follow the prompts below, dig deep into our blogmunition and ...

Wordless Wednesday

Buddy likes to keep up with the daily news and prefers the up close and personal approach! Thanks, Java, at Never Growing Old!!!

Twelve Motivational Tips for the New Year…

“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.” Philip Gilbert Hamilton Motivational Tips: Blossom, bloom... and grow REFLECTIONS As we wind down the final days of 2010, thoughts and plans for the New Year are high on our lists and on our minds. Whether we end up having an amazing, accomplished 2011 will depend on several factors; particularly our attitude and our effort. I don’t know about you, but this has ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

“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 and I’ll acknowledge that above all, our relationships carry more currency than any objects. However, we all do cherish other additional things and experiences. We ...

Birds of Paradise: part three

Read Part 1 - Read Part 2 As part of our orientation to ranch operations, Don Glen trained us in how he handled the cash and kept the books. While he may have been a bit dim and tipsy most of the time, Don Glen maintained a sharp eye on expenses as he envisioned the dollars flowing in to ensure a comfortable, if not extravagant, lifestyle at some point down the road. We appreciated his business like approach, but never have ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green…

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Green–The symbol of growth, renewal, and the rebirth of plant life (sometimes all life) on earth; an expression of fertility, freshness, youth as well as inexperience. It is the color of paper money. Some mixtures suggest envy, jealousy, guilt, disease, ...

Fat Cats Baffled By Poor People With Cell Phones!

Lonely Streets I am glad there are so many lucky people who have never had to entertain the idea of getting their next meal from a restaurant dumpster. This kind of stuff just isn't supposed to happen in America! I also get kind of - - - irritated - - - sometimes when I hear some pampered, over-fed fat cat Right Wing types complaining about poor people who have cell phones because these fortunate consider cell phones to be "Luxuries" and the poor ...

What is Bonsai?

Are you a plant lover looking for a new hobby? Try bonsai!   Photo Credit: Flickr, Clif1066 Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is a Japanese horticultural art form of training full size woody plants in containers to look miniature. The name bonsai comes from two Japanese words, “bon” for dish or thin bowl and “sai” for a tree or plant. Thus, the name “bonsai” means “a tree planted in a shallow container.” The art of bonsai is thousands of years old and was once an practice for ...

Choosing Part Two

Choosing What To Paint In choosing what to paint, it can be helpful to try to analyse what you connect to in someone else’s work.  Why? Because it may well be that this is a source of rich inspiration for you. For example, how might you interpret it in your own way? I’m not talking about the subject matter necessarily. It could be that, but it could also be other elements that caught your attention: the colours, the texture of the paint, ...

Fun Flower Facts: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (or mum) is a genus of flowering plants native to China that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is related to the aster, dahlia, pot marigold, zinnia and strawflower. It is one of the most popular plants in the world. There are hundreds of different varieties, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. And flower breeders are constantly creating new varieties each year. Chrysanthemums can be two different types:  standard and spray. Standard chrysanthemums will produce a single flower head at ...

Larger than Life Flower Sculptures Take Over the World!

What is big, bold and beautiful and taking over the world, one city at a time? Photo credit: http://www.anatzarev.com/ That would be the giant, larger than life, 15 feet tall flower sculptures created by world-renowned artist Ana Tzarev! These brightly, coloured flowers are made out of fiberglass and weighs 700 pounds! Ana Tzarev created the flowers with the intent to spread the universal messages of: peace, love and understanding. By placing the visually stunning flowers in high traffic areas where millions of people ...

Painting Energy – The Transition Paintings

Painting Energy Painting energy is something I am coming to recognise as being a thing that I constantly try to do.  Whether its the slow moving ponderous energy of the earth in a cave wall or the flowing energy of dance. So what I attempted to do in my next two works was to then transition from the cave energy into the dance. As a kid I loved to dance, and I have never really explored this in paint, so I decided now ...

Fun Flower Facts: Witch Hazel

Scientific Name: Hamamelis Other Names: winterbloom, striped alder, snapping hazel Witch hazel is a genus of flowering deciduous shrubs and sometimes small trees. There are four main species and one hybrid, with two of them native to North America. These popular ornamental plants are grown for their attractive yellow, orange or red flowers, which bloom in clusters in late autumn and continue throughout the winter.  Not to be outshone by the flowers, the foliage is just as stunning. In the fall, the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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