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Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip... Hold your horses; we traveled by car... What do you remember from your childhood travels? Were they good or tedious memories? We traveled a lot when I was ...

Eating Life Raw - You Tube Tuesday

I'm doing something a little different today. I've decided to participate in You Tube Tuesday, adopted from Josh at It’s Tiger Time This is a day set aside for sharing your favorite video. Feel free to join in each week and see how creative we bloggers can be. Please remember to leave your link on his site in the linky-tool so that we can all visit your blog. Each month, Josh will highlight a selected video and present the winner with ...

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 4

I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned. Advanced Label Reading I was shocked at the things that end up in “healthy” vegan foods. I guess this is really an expansion on unhealthy vegan diet choices. I started reading labels many years ago when I quit sugar. ...

Next Stop, Cologne

Prior posts  The Travelogue Begins and The First Day To pick up the tour from where we left off...Day One was spent in Andernach, Germany just getting a peek at the many of the  historical remnants left in a town that was founded by the Romans on the site of a Celtic settlement before 12 BC. Careful planning helps get everything accomplished. I was recently talking to another blogger about how we prepare for trips. Here's how we approach travel...When our time is unlimited ...

Sometimes You Have To Recharge The Batteries - In KINFOLK country

Although most of the time I keep my author's nose pressed to the proverbial grindstone, sometimes it's good to get out into the wider world and just recharge a little.  That's what I did yesterday....took off into the southern environs of Arkansas to get to Oklahoma to a beautiful little state park, Natural Falls just over the Arkansas border in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma. Since I like to get out, go and do, it's rare for me to find a new ...

How to Create Alcoholic Beverages from Roses

Commercial alcoholic drinks are pretty much obsolete now days but if you can get your hands on a cookbook or two that are really old, you’ll find some great recipes for making rose wine, rose liqueur, rose syrup and floral liqueurs using other flowers. For the purpose of this post we are going to stick to using roses. Any roses that you are going to consume MUST be organic. Unfortunately you can’t stop in at a local florist to get the ...

Beware The Food Police!

Is there any place to hide from the Food Police? I have been reading that at least one large American city City may soon ban the sale of soda pop drinks larger than 16 ounces - - -by Law! Does that mean that when I go to visit that city I should take a few friends along to make "Buys" for me or should I just go to several different locations and buy a 16 oz soda at each of them?  Is ...

Freebie Friday: Free Widescreen HD December 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpapers!

Is it the end of the month already? Time sure flies by! Celebrate a new month with these December 2012 Desktop Calendar wallpapers that were created just for you! These high definition (1920×1080) are ideal for widescreen monitors! Click on image to save to your desktop. Enjoy!

Tips for Growing Peonies

This is one of the most exciting times of the year! Many beautiful flowers are blooming, particularly peonies. The peak season for peonies is April, May and June – just in time for wedding season! Peonies are large, luscious and sweetly-scented blooms that give roses a run for their money! These long-lasting, easy to grow and hardy flowers are popular ornamental plants that add colour and fragrance to gardens. They can live for decades with minimal care and maintenance. True perennials ...

Elegantly Repurposed & Designed

When desiring a fresh or updated look, few people can afford to purchase all new furnishings and decor. And even if you could, why would you when so many pieces can be repurposed to work with the new design? Favorite pieces or those with sentimental value are part of what makes a house a home. Plus, repurposing is good for the environment, not to mention your wallet! We recently worked with some amazing clients that had relocated to Texas from Colorado. Although ...

The Garden of Radioactive Reason

The Garden of Radioactive Reason

The ancient Art of Zen rock gardening in Japan was meant to imitate the intimate essence of nature. To serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life. Sacred: devoted or dedicated to a deity or some religious purpose; consecrated, reverent Reverent: deeply respectful Desire: to wish or long for; crave Beauty: the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind Spiritual: closely akin to interests, attitude, outlook This morning preparing breakfast as I ...

So, You Want to Write Fiction

We All Get There Do you know what it takes to write fiction? Writing it down is the magic that sets everything into motion.  WRITE, WRITE, and WRITE, is the mantra  I have gathered from reading various “How To” books. It has been recommended you set a particular time daily to write. ”Force yourself to stick to a schedule.” is a quote out of Writing Fiction by Gotham Writer’s Workshop.   I personally write when I want to.  I do write something everyday, but ...

Dancing with a Dragonfly Mystic

Luminous dragons fly. Mystic dancer skitters across water; taps, her wand tickles, Sentient mirror transforming into stars. ~ I am a woman who refuses to be defined by roles, even though, at times, I’m a willing actor in many such roles. There is nothing I enjoy more than a great meal, good conversation with interesting friends, and quality time spent with family. However, I feed from the Mind of all that is and ever will be. In service to that god, I appoint myself the Authentic Imp! ...

Popcorn Cassia: The flower that smells like popcorn

Popcorn cassia sounds like something out of a Willy Wonka factory, but this is an actual plant that you can purchase from specialty garden centers. As the common name implies, this plant (scientifically called the Cassia didymobotrya) smells like just like a movie theater. When the leaves of the Popcorn Cassia are crushed or rubbed, a buttery popcorn scent is emitted and fills the air with glee and delight! It has also been called peanut butter cassia. But whether you think ...

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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter: What Would You Do?

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I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.” Dylan Farrow Candle lit for victims of violence Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In 1992, at age 7, she accused Woody Allen of sexually abusing her. The ensuing custody battle case wound its way …

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4 Life-Changing Reasons Why You Should Have a Baby Journal

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“…I don’t think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya, From the Princess Bride There is a bit of confusion it would seem, in some of the more common expressions around parenthood. Before the birth of our son, my wife and I would always hear the comment: “Our child is the center of our …

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Sunday in sunny Lucca

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After a hectic few weeks, I have escaped to the sun in Tuscany. The family are here too and are busy finding the mercado as I sit with my feet in the pool, just chilling. As I haven’t written much lately, I thought perhaps you’d like to know that nothing is wrong and I’m enjoying a weeks …

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Bedside Musings Part 2

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Early morning sunshine fills the room. Rainbow prismatic fireflies dance about on the walls and sheets, sometimes forming a halo around the still figure in the bed. A crow complains beyond. His world has become very small but sometimes is filled with dogs and people communing around him. The ceiling fan purrs and the curtains murmur; …

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Right in the Amygdala

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Have you ever turned the television on at the precise moment that a hideous face spans the whole screen? Well that’s what happened to me last week. I had to get out of bed to retrieve the remote that was mysteriously projected in the direction of the image. I used my hand as a blinder …

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I’m Sorry

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I am sorry if I have failed you in any way. I am sorry I might not be able to keep this up. I had thought that when you reached this point of sleeping and being bedridden all day, it would be easier. In many ways it is, of course. You are too weak so I’m …

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