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Good news! Scientists have Created Pollen-Free Flowers

Allergy sufferers can rejoice! No more red, itchy eyes! No more sneezing and wheezing! They can say good bye to pollen, the culprit behind all the allergies. At least for a new variety of geranium, anyways. Scientists from the University of Plant and Cellular Biology in Valencia, Spain have created pollen-free geraniums. Cultivating and breeding geraniums isn’t anything new. Gardeners have been doing it since the 17th century. The pollen-free flowers were a result of genetic modification. Scientists used GM technology ...

Inspiration: What Am I Thankful For Tonight?

“We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.”  Seneca Inspiration: What Am I Thankful For Tonight? Star of Life... What are you thankful for tonight? Today? Tonight, I am thankful for the gift of life… I value every breath I take because I ...

Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera…

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” Cesare Pavese Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera... imagine the music and dad here... Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera... and of Cuban cigar days past... sitting in the sun Guantanamera – The Sandpipers I was in my living room reading when the song wafted onto the air from the radio… I stopped, looked up, and was immediately transported to a time back in my childhood days, many moons ago, ...

But That Was Then and This Is Now

Two Thoughts for Tuesday First Thought.... Farms are changing In the forty years that I have been married to my husband  I have seen big changes in family farms. Farms, even of the family farm variety have gotten bigger but fewer people stay in the profession.  In the case of my husband's family farm,  only  one of the brothers  remains committed to stay "on the farm" AND two brothers decided to be silent (well...maybe  not so silent) partners keeping their farm in the family.  My husband is one ...

Fun Flower Facts: Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum)

Jack  in the Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum) is a exotic looking perennial plant native to moist woodlands in eastern North America, including Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.  The Jack in the name refers to the central spadix, while the Pulpit refers to the pouch-shaped spathe (a sheath-like leaf) with an outer hood that surrounds the spadix. It is named so because the plant looks like a preacher standing in a pulpit (a raised platform for giving speeches). The plant grows to be ...

Beat the Winter Blues with Hellebore Hues!

Even in the dead of winter when nothing else will grow, winter gardens will come alive with the drop-dead gorgeous hellebore. Hellebores thrive in cold climates and are a must for winter gardens, adding a burst of colour to the otherwise dull landscape! These showy, attractive flowers come in a variety of colours, including green, yellow, pink and purple. The flowers typically  have five petals, although some are double-blooms. Not only are these saucer-shaped flowers beautiful, they are also hardy and ...

Thursday Happenings in Kansas City

The problem with vacations seems to be the coming home to the "stuff" that has piled up during the week or so that you have been gone.  We have been trying to get caught up this week. So today's post isn't particularly entertaining.  It's more of what has taken up my week.  Call it a whiny-whiny synopsis of Cheryl's week. It didn't help our cause that last Monday was the day from hell for travelers.  Not just hubby and I but the ...

Most Expensive Medical Procedures

According to CNBC host Jim Cramer, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is unexpected health care costs. One of the biggest challenges with health care reform is that every American will be required to have some type of health care coverage, but many of those individuals can’t afford it and the country continues to age. While I admire the ideals behind health care reform, I thinks its implementation and execution could conceivably bankrupt our country – in the same way ...

Going, Going...Gone.

Few people admire the ancient Romans more than I do. It’s true that they suffered from blood thirst and debauchery at times, and they endured a fair share of incompetent or crazy emperors, but Roman society functioned as a well-oiled machine, operating so perfectly that even with a madman as emperor at the top of the political pyramid, the society usually managed to function for the majority of the empire’s people, provided you weren’t a slave. Consider that over forty ...

Whales And The "F" Word

It was an all-too-common situation; cocky college kid comes home eager to impress his blue collar parents with his newly acquired knowledge. The topic? Not politics or religion or social values. The topic was…whales. Dad was wise enough to rise from his chair and scurry from the kitchen before Mom and I drew our weapons. In my defense, I had no idea this topic would prompt a yelling match, or that I’d resort to yelling out the “F” word in ...

The Hidden Beauty of a Band-Aid

Fashion Band-Aids That Our 7-Year Old Carries Since last Friday, our daughters have been visiting with their grandparents in New York. Ironically, this past Monday my wife had to drive from our home in Maryland to her parents to attend a funeral of her great aunt. My wife planned to stay at her folks with our girls Monday overnight, attend the internment service on Tuesday and drive back the same day - leaving the girls to finish the rest of their stay at ...

Clever?

Do you remember when it was considered a compliment to be called clever? I remember hearing comments like, “That Johnny is one clever boy.” I wanted to be like Johnny. I thought my parents wanted me to be clever, a term I equated with smart. But somewhere along the way clever became undesirable. My ears are still ringing from the last time my wife said, “You think you’re sooo clever!” Clever was once used to describe someone who was brilliant, sharp ...

Book Trailer – Demon Fish

I’m a scuba diver, now and then. Each time it takes a few days to get comfortable again with the equipment and equilibrium, but the underwater world never fails to refresh and astound. Every now and then I get to see a shark. I’ve swum with the generally harmless white-tipped reef sharks and the known-to-be-unpredictable hammerheads and never had a real scare with one. Unlike my husband, though, I don’t “seek out” the sharks; when I do see them, it’s ...

Incredible “Rube Goldberg” Page Turner Machine

The board game "Mouse Trap" is a Rube Goldberg-esque contraption Since I was a kid I’ve always loved Rube Goldberg-type contraptions – that take the most convoluted steps to accomplish the simplest activities. An example of a Rube Goldberg machine would be the board game “Mouse Trap” by Milton Bradley [see photo insert]. Below is an ingenious and funny video that depicts an absurdly creative method to help you turn the page of your daily newspaper – just so long as you ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Make a Terrarium

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Terrariums have become the hottest trend in gardening in recent years. A terranium is basically a glass container filled with soil, moss and other plants to create a mini-ecosystem or garden. They are super easy to take care of and require minimal maintenance. As well, they don’t require a lot of light or water. They …

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Reintroducing My “For Fun” Page

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How do you define fun? I took this picture during a motorcyclists’ convention in Sarasota. Hubby Gary owned a motorcycle before I knew him, and he has told me at least one tale about it that I won’t repeat in polite company (let alone in my blog). And the mother of a friend of mine enjoyed …

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Flying A Kite At The Beach

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It has been a cloudy few days punctuated with some clear, cool days. Fall weather is wonderful. Colorful leaves should be everywhere in a few days. We are barely in the 50′s this morning. I walked the boardwalk yesterday and there were some kite flyers on the beach. There are still plenty of folks hanging out …

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Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

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Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own. Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces. Plants can improve the air quality, especially …

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The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 9

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Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest last week. There were so many AWESOME entries this time, that I couldn’t decide on one myself. So I contacted my local congressional representative who quickly impaneled an independent 50-person task force, which …

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Online Gaming and Child Abuse

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When is Online Gaming Child Abuse? When folks think of child abuse and neglect, they tend to think of the extreme examples that hit the news. Toddlers left in rooms unattended for hours or days, teens locked in closets or physically and sexually abused, children left to fend for themselves. But there’s another face of child …

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