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Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit…

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” Helen Keller Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit… Overlook Mt views from the top Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit… The trail sign to Overlook Mt Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit…  A hiker atop Overlook Mountain Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit… Ruins of old luxury Hotel along the path. Recently, I joined  other hiking enthusiasts to climb up Overlook Mountain ...

Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur…

“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” Kevin Arnold Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur... Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur... Several years ago, before I got married and raised a family, my husband to be took me on a memorable road trip to the magnificent Big Sur area in California. It is a 90 miles spectacular  coastline from the Carmel River south to the San Carpoforo Creek, in ...

Would You Believe?

HHMMMM...what should we talk about today?   Are you at work while you are reading blogs this morning? Are you looking sufficiently busy?  If so, you might be the subject of a new Gallup poll. While my ever-growing skepticism keeps me from always buying into anything the Gallup people tell me, I sort-of, kind-of believe they might of gotten some of it right this time.  Frankly after they came out with a poll last year saying that three out of 10 Americans hated filing ...

Musings: What Languages Do You Speak In Your Dreams?

❝Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.❞ Oliver Wendell Holmes Musings: What Languages Do You Speak In Your Dreams? Dreaming In Sumerian, Aramaic, Latin, Sanskrit, Amharic and More… In a recent post on Dreaming, I’d casually mentioned that I remember my dreams that appear in color and where I speak other languages. I had not given it much thought because I imagined it was a common occurrence for a lot of people. So when a fellow blogger and ...

Musings: What Are We Talking About…?

“I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.” Ronald Reagan Musings: What Are We Talking About...? Talking XX by Khalil Gibran And then a scholar said, “Speak of Talking.” And he answered, saying: You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion ...

New Flower Varieties 2012 – My Top Picks

It’s that time of the year again when my mind starts digging in the dirt, splitting plants & planning my garden changes for spring. The snow is all gone, it’s starting to warm up and even though it’s only the beginning of May my well settled plants are sprouting up already. A welcome sight compared to this time last year when there was still 2 feet of snow covering my flower beds! So I have started my hunt for New Flower ...

An Invitation: How Are You?

“When we surrender, when we do not fight with life when it calls upon us, we are lifted and the strength to do what needs to be done finds us.” Oriah Mountain Dreamer An Invitation: How Are You? The Invitation by Oriah It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your ...

Designing with Ann Sacks

One of my favorite things about being an interior designer is discovering new products and using them in unexpected ways. I always strive to create one-of-kind rooms, using products that are current without being trendy. And that’s why I love Ann Sacks! Her tile and stone products are unique and timeless. Here’s a sneak peak at a client’s kitchen where we used one of her new products as the focal point of the room’s backsplash. The lantern-pattern ceramic art tile is pillow-cut, ...

Top-10 List: Traffic Pet Peeves

Stock Photo of a DC-area Traffic Jam For whatever reason, climbing behind the wheel of a car transforms the average rational individual into a self-absorbed idiot. I'm not immune to that phenomenon. However, this post is not about me and my road rage fantasies - it's about all the other idiots driving on the road. Here in the greater Washington, DC area there seems to be a disproportionate number of idiot drivers (IDs) per square foot of asphalt. As such, here's a list ...

NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress Report #3 – The Results

“Picasso produced hundreds of great paintings; Ralph Ellison wrote one great novel. Art is hard, but literature is murder.”—Joe Queenan, One for the Books So, on the heels of NaNoWriMo 2012, let’s talk about failure and self-forgiveness, shall we? The 50,000-words goal eluded me for the second NaNoWriMo in a row. And with the same novel even! Ugh. I couldn’t escape my inner editor enough to write just for the sake of adding words to the document. I tried that a few ...

The Most Important Lesson I've Learned this Summer

Last week, my family went on vacation at the beautiful Deep Creek Lake in western, Maryland where we rented a lakefront home with close friends of ours. My daughter and I fighting the current... One of our collective excursions was to visit the lakeside state park that had a sandy beachfront and offered rentals for a variety of watercraft including: canoes, paddle boards as well as single and two-person kayaks. Our family rented a two-person kayak - I took turns with each of ...

Women Speak More Goodly Than Guys

The headline of this blog post shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, in fact the best communicators I’ve known in my professional and personal live have all been the fairer sex – just ask my wife. In fact, the past 14 or so years that I’ve been in corporate communications all of my bosses have been women – and they’ve typically been some of  the best communicators within the various organizations. That fact comes to bear in two studies ...

Weekly WeightWatcher Whatssup....

It's Wednesday, so here's my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in update.  Due to travel and unavoidable scheduling conflicts, I missed weigh-in for the past two weeks. So I wasn't really sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale during lunch break today.... I'm pleased to report that I was down - 2.4 lbs. for a total loss to date of -33.6 lbs. since I rejoined the plan this past December. The common sense theme of today's meeting was "me first." As selfish as that sounds ...

Why People Can’t Stand Christians…

Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) courtesy of Wikipedia Over the holidays we spent time with some close family friends, and one of the topics that came up during our conversation was a seemingly growing distaste for Christians and Christianity in general. Through our discussion, it was obvious that the reasons for this perception are legion. However, one of the examples given during the talk shined a stark light on the issue. One of the individuals participating in our discussion had attended a series ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Run Like Hell!

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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 would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within …

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On High in Infidelity

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Regardless of the story, is it historical romance, sci-fi, Dark Fantasy, or documentary, somewhere in a marriage if there is infidelity, there will be controversy. Even in the most accepted of cultures of arranged marriages and multiple wives, one wife “trumps” another wife usually over when they married and how many sons were born, depending on the culture. …

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Happy Valentine’s Day: A Haiku And Three Wishes

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“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” Winston Churchill Three wishes and Three Valentines Happy Valentine’s What do you wish every soul? Global Love for all “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is …

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Flying Solo

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The suitcase sat in an empty corner of her bedroom, labels dangling from its handle, its brand-newness glittering. Deep red, her favourite colour, and the recommended hard shell. The manufacturer promised it to be lightweight. Lightness of being was what she was aiming for. That and a tough exterior. Could the two be achieved together …

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Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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Sacred Rituals

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The minutes tick by. The house remains silent. Even the tired old dogs barely wake up for visitors or passersby. Occasionally there is an unexplained burst of wild, crazy energy from the little Scottie. They have been Michael’s nearly constant companions but today they stay away more from his room. Could the strong odour that …

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