Largest Living Wall inside airport in North America – Edmonton International

The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has recently undergone a vast expansion and has turned to green décor options. The airport now boasts of a 1420 sq ft area dedicated to a Living Wall (also referred to as a Vertical Garden, Green Wall, Bio-wall or Plant Wall). Over 8000 plants and 32 species have been artfully designed over 3 separate wall spaces to recreate the whimsical clouds found in the prairie sky and paintings done by the famous Canadian Group of Seven ...

Reflections: Let That Anger Go…

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” Mahatma Gandhi Reflections: Let That Anger Go… Let That Anger Go by eof Let That Anger Go Before it finds a home here In a wintry heart… Let that Anger Go Before the tides return to shore Debris on my face… My dear blog friend Amira at ...

25 Unique Ways to Use Roses

June is the month of the rose, the world’s most popular and recognizable flower. As a cut flower, the beauty and fragrance is like no other! It is one of the many reasons roses are the perfect gift for any occasion, from anniversaries to thank yous. That being said, roses can do so much more than sit there and look pretty! They are very versatile!  Roses have been cultivated for over 5000 years for decorative, medicinal and cosmetic purposes. For instance, ...

Weird Plants: The Toothache Plant

Toothache Plant, Paracress, inflorescence. Got a toothache? Get yourself the toothache plant! When chewed, the leaves and flower heads contain an analgesic called spilanthol, which is used to numb toothaches. The flowers tend to have a stronger numbing effect than the leaves. The toothache plant, known scientifically as acmella oleracea (formerly Spilanthes oleracea and Spilanthes acmella) is a small flowering herb native to the tropics of Brazil. The plant produces striking yellow and red pompom-like flowers. They will bloom from mid summer to early ...

How to Plant a Tree

We love trees! Trees add beauty and colour to the landscape. They also provide shade and shelter for creatures of all sizes. Moreover, they clean the air, and help alleviate soil erosion. Fall, with its mild temperatures, is a good time to plant trees, small shrubs and perennials. Whether you want a deciduous or coniferous tree, choose one that is suitable for your region and climate zone. Native trees are adapted to thrive without much care. Don’t forget to consider the ...

Floral Trends: Flowers in Bridal Hair

Summer is well under way! It’s wedding season and conveniently, this is when all the flowers are in bloom. Flowers are romantic, feminine and flirty. Naturally, flowers as hair accessories, are perfect for summer brides, adding elegance and beauty. You could use a single bold flower for a simple hairstyle or a cluster of delicate blooms for a more complicated style. Tips for using fresh flowers: Pick fresh, resilient flowers. Choose flowers that are in season. Store the flowers in a cooler or refrigerator ...

Peculiar Picture #5

A few years before I retired from illustration to focus on writing, my agent contacted me to ask how much more work I could produce. There’s a lot of down time being an illustrator so I told her I could probably churn out twice as many illustrations as I was currently producing—if she could sell them. She said, “Why don’t you change your style?” I was insulted; I liked the way I painted and had spent a lifetime mastering my craft. ...

Musings: Other Faces of Beauty…

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius Musings: Other Faces of Beauty… Quiet Corona. Musings: Other Faces of Beauty… Saturn and her rings Musings: Other Faces of Beauty… Mars NASA – The Transit of Venus She Walks In Beauty by Lord Byron She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. Contd below Our solar system offers many ...

Christmas With Cleverbot

Cleverbot is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform who's ready to talk about anything - even Christmas! Earlier this year, I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining…especially when discussing holiday traditions. Here’s an interview I had with this bastion of (AI) idiocy last week: Celebrating ...

Sometimes Silence Truly is Golden....

Image via Wikipedia Author Henry David Thoreau When was the last time you went an entire day, not having to speak to anyone or spent an extended amount of time in self-imposed isolation?  Personally, I can’t remember ever going a 24-hour period without talking to another individual. While I’m a professional communicator and a natural chatterbox at heart, I think the issue goes deeper. The truth is that the demands of our western society require us to engage with others whether we want to or not. I only raise the ...

Risky? You Betcha!

I woke up this morning with a charged expectancy…the promise of a new beginning! I’m a little nervous, having spent the last five years with certain employment. A regular paycheck is not to be undervalued in this economy. But, when the trade off becomes too much to bear, then it’s time to take the leap and reach for something more. I’ve spent the last three of these five years living away from home much like a soldier in the Army. This ...

7 Questions With an Author: Ally Spotts

Writer and Blogger, Ally Spotts This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s co-featured author is Ally Spotts – my friend, author and fellow blogger. She launched her first book yesterday titled Asking All the Wrong Questions  and she writes daily about relationships and other topical issues at her excellent site www.allyspotts.com. Here are “7 Questions With an Author: Ally Spotts.” 1. Tell ...

The Cost of Educating a President

I haven’t written about the current presidential election because I’m fairly underwhelmed by both options. Regardless, we’re a week away from a national vote that will impact this nation for the next four years and beyond. Putting aside all policy positions and platforms, I found an interesting infographic from degreejungle.com that looks at the cost of educating President Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. This is a fascinating comparison that should inspire any parent to encourage their kids to stay in school ...

Super Bowl vs. Valentine’s Day: Wedded Blisster – #14

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #14 looks at the tension between the “guy holiday” of Super Bowl Sunday versus the “gal holiday” of Valentine’s Day.   Links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below. Tim Tebow Football Fever – episode #13 Honey Do List – episode #12 Black ...

5 Components of Character

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an outstanding writing friend of mine, Michael Holmes. Mike is a blogger and speaker who heads the Simple Strategies for Startups community. If you’d like to submit a guest post here are the guidelines. =========================== If there’s any lesson we can learn from Penn State, it’s this: character is infinitely more important than career. Why?  It’s simple. Whatever we build is built on the bedrock of our character. If this bedrock is not undergirded by sound principles and truth everything on it, in ...

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 ...

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Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day

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Each Father’s Day, I experience my father’s absence differently. Some years, the memories are wistful, and other years they are reflective. However, one thing remains constant and that is my gratitude for his influence on my life. I know we each come to this conversation with different stories, but, my prayer for each of us is that we will use our experience and memories of this precious relationship to make a …

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Girls Need A Fathers Love

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It’s known that fathers have a special bond with their little girls and they have been given a huge ability to influence the lives of their daughters. Based on the relationship with the daughter, father’s influence can go either way – positively or negatively. Building this bond through girl’s childhood and teenage ages can be …

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Losing friends

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People come and go in our lives – some know us for a short time, some for a few years, and some for a lifetime. One of the common consequences of speaking out about child sexual abuse is the disappearance from our lives of people we would have once considered close friends, and people we have …

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Anzac Day

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Today is Anzac Day, a day to remember those who fought for this country, and in particular, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in action. For my father’s family, Anzac Day is probably the most important day of the year. They rise early for Dawn Service, march again in the Civic Service, and …

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Senility

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I just don’t understand. Everything was moving forward, falling into place, and dragging me along for the ride, but now… nothing. Worse than nothing. What am I going to do? I made all these promises that now, I can’t keep. Dozens of people are relying on me, but I can’t come through for them. I’ve lost …

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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…

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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…We spend time worrying…Rushing here and there in pain Wondering … what if? Wondering … what if The sky would fall if we stop The sun and moon too…This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: Starting Over. …

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Reflections: Karma Is A Teacher Not A Bitch

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“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne W. Dyer Karma -The Lotus Flower Thrives in clean and Dirty water Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of …

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