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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” Margaret Mead International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director: International Women’s Day 2014 International Women’s Day Event on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment Timeline of International Women’s Day (IWD) 28 February 1909 – First observed in the USA as National Women’s Day in Chicago August 1910 – Attendees at the International Women’s Conference in Denmark propose the idea 18 March, 1911 – IWD was celebrated by over a ...

Flower Crafts: Dried Flower Wreaths

Fall is here! Celebrate this wonderful season with a fall wreath. Learn how to create one with dried flowers. Here’s how to make your very own dried flower wreath: Materials: a wreath base (you can use a wire hanger, if you like) florist wire dried flowers (i.e lavender, hydrangea, strawflowers) and foliage shears for trimming stems Start by gathering your flowers and the foliage you want to use. Trim stems as you see fit.  6 inches is a good place to start. Make a bundle and secure ...

50 Shades Of Vice: A Haiku

“The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.” William Hazlitt 50 Shades Of Vice: A Haiku Dante’s seven deadly vices: Pride/vanity, Envy/jealousy, Wrath/anger, Sloth/laziness, Avarice, Gluttony, LustIbn abi Dunya seven censures: Worldliness, Ire, Envy,Slander, Obscenity, Intoxicants, Instruments of pleasure The Sarvāstivāda 108 Defilements = 98 proclivities and 10 bonds: Absence of shame, Absence of embarrassment, Jealousy, Parsimony, Remorse,Drowsiness, Distraction, Torpor, Anger, Concealment of wrongdoingFoolishness Fussiness Glumness Gluttony Greed Grouchiness Grumpiness Hastiness Hatred Haughtiness Heartlessness Hedonism ...

On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons…

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... delectable Ladurée macarons On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... The full range of colorful, tasty macarons behind the counter On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons...The pretty window and teeming crowds inside... In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée opened an exquisite bakery in Paris, aptly named Ladurée, that has become one of the top places to visit if you want the best in baked goods; especially their delicious macarons. According ...

Reflections: Your Heart Knows What Counts…

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein Reflections: Your Heart Knows What Counts… Flowing Heart Water – Mirth and Motivation Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu What really matters to you? What truly counts? If all the glitz and glamor are swept away, and you must turn to what will sustain you, what will you choose? What counts for you? Kindness, Life, Love, Laughter, Longevity…? Health, Happiness, Home and ...

Musings: On Driving…

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin Musings: On Driving... Maserati convertible... “Sometimes, when I drive across the desert in the middle of the night, with no other cars around, I start imagining: What if there were no civilization out there? No cities, no factories, no people? And then I think: No people or factories? Then who made this car? And this highway? And I ...

Tired of Poinsettias? Try Hydrangeas!

‘Tis the season for poinsettias! More poinsettias are sold during the holidays than any other plant! Poinsettias are everywhere you look, from apartments to zoos! There’s no doubt that these traditional holiday plants are attractive and bring holiday cheer, but they are too predictable and a bit boring. In fact, some of you may even be tired of them! For something fresh and exciting this holiday season, try growing red hydrangeas! Early this year, Tesselaar Plants introduced the world to the ...

A 5K With My Kid….

A Pre-Race Hug With My Daughter This past Sunday I had the pleasure, delight and honor of running a 5K (3.1 miles) race with my daughter. It was her third and the second that we’ve both run together. Check out the pictures of her accomplishment! For the past few months, our oldest has been participating in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at her school, which means she and a dozen other girls spend an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing various ...

10 Places Beach Balls Are Not Welcome

Beach ball ice skating?? - photo credit Creative Commons:bytegirl24 We had beautiful weather this weekend in the Mid-Atlantic region, and after our Mother’s Day festivities yesterday I went for a seven mile run. One of the things I saw was a group of kids playing with a beach ball – trying to keep it off the ground – at a birthday party in a park near our home. It got me thinking of concerts I attended in college, when I worked the ticket ...

How I Lost 30 lbs in six months….

I’ve written a few times on this blog about the scary heart issue that I had toward the end of last year and my subsequent overnight in the hospital emergency room. I also wrote about the ongoing fight I’ve been forced to face against myself to lose 40 pounds at the recommendation of my cardiologist. Since I’ve started this journey, I’ve lost 31 pounds total – and I hope to lose the remainder before the summer ends. While I’ve been going to WeightWatchers ...

Fabulous Finds: Amazing Sisal

What could tequila and a sisal floor rug possibly have in common? I know. There are so many great punch lines that could follow, but there’s actually a legitimate answer. They both have the same origin: the Agave plant. Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Sisal is highly durable and strong, and has been used in the making of twine ...

Sometimes Living in Denial is Good….

Last year, I was fortunate to have two of my articles published with RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials. The two articles were  7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict and What to Consider Before Considering Kids respectively. This morning, the good folks at RELEVANT featured another piece I wrote titled When Living in Denial is Healthy Here’s an excerpt from my most recent piece at RELEVANT Magazine: ==================================================== If you’ve ever used the phrase, or been accused of “living in denial,” you know ...

The Power of Texture

Designers throw the word texture around all the time, but what exactly is it? Simply put, texture is how something feels. And even if an object isn’t physically touched, the mind recalls how something feels from past experiences. This means texture evokes thoughts by sight alone. Adding objects of various textures to a room makes the room feel richer, more interesting and adds another dimension to the space. And one of the easiest ways to add more texture to a room ...

The Future is Here: 3D Printing to the Rescue

We’ve talked about the future of design before and are always excited to see the latest innovations taking place around us. But I think it’s safe to say that no one anticipated the future to be here so soon! Imagine you’re planning a dinner party for family and friends. You want the perfect centerpiece or decadent, confections for the occasion. But instead of contacting your favorite bakery, you simply go to your kitchen because the perfect chef is already there – ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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