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Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King…

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”  John Lubbock, Sr Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007 Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Louise Nevelson... City On the High Mountain 1983 Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Alexander Calder, Knobs & Gui Mistletoe, 1976 Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... ...

Reflections: Is Reality Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill Reflections: Is Reality Half-Full Or Half-Empty? Laughter can shift our thinking... Is your reality half-full or half-empty? Is the picture of your life an optimistic or pessimistic one? When I first read the prompt, my initial reaction was to say, reality has shadings of both and that it depends on what day of the week we are talking about… But that is not the question. ...

Presidents’ Day: 44 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln Presidents’ Day: Seal Of the President Inspirational Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. George Washington Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of ...

Life: Enjoy Every Moment…

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. There is no need to run outside to see better. Nor to peer from a window. Rather abide at the center of your being; for the more you leave it, the less you learn. Search your heart and see the way to do is … to be.” Lao Tzu Life: Enjoy Every Moment ... fish, rest, eat... it's your life. Whenever we ...

Haiku: The Early Years…

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust Haiku: The Early Years… the world is a book This is not page three Early years, part idyllic Spent buried in books… Curled up in a corner of my dad’s office, I entered the magical world of books. There, I found the sunny parts and the missing parts of my life; a world that made more sense. In this post I share snippets ...

The ATF, the DEA, and the CAT

As I was looking around the Internet this week for some interesting news, I was getting concerned that maybe everyone was behaving so well....so responsibly....dare I say, everyone was showing exemplary behavior which would result in me NOT be anything to talk about.  FAT CHANCE of that happening. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has had a busy week.  In fact, just on the first story this morning, we can check off both ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO. Cigarette Smoking Can Kill You Police say a North Carolina ...

Grow Your Own Green, Black or Oolong Tea

Did you know that green, black and oolong tea are all made from the leaves of a camellia plant? Yes, it’s true! Tea comes from camellia sinensis, a small flowering shrub native to Asia that produces small, white flowers, along with bright green leaves. Baby leaves are harvested, cut, roasted, dried and fermented in different ways to produce different types of tea, including black, green, and oolong. The location of where the plant is grown will influence the flavour of the tea. While ...

EdiTOR’s Note: Guest Blog…

EdiTOR's Note: Guest Blog...

Several weeks ago I joined a community of great bloggers at BlogRocket. One of the guys I met there is named Ben Emerson and he's in the midst of an ambitious project to consecutively blog about a chapter of the Bible every day until he's written about "the whole dang thing" - which just so happens to be the name of his blog. He invites other writers to con tribute to his project, and he graciously allowed me to submit a guest ...

Downton Abbey Parody: Downton Arby’s

This past weekend, my wife and I started watching the first season of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey via Netflix. I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of government subsidized television. But the pilot episode made me a believer. The program is set in 1912 Britian and the underlying premise is that the sinking of the Titanic has taken the lives of the two heirs of the aristocratic estate of the Earl and ...

7 Questions With an Author: Leon Hayduchok

Author, pastor, blogger and speaker – Leon Hayduchok It’s another installment of “7 Questions With Author…” and today’s featured writer is Leon Hayduchok, who recently authored his first book titled Dying to Control. Leon began his professional career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, LLP before earning his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and founding Cornerstone Community Church in Utica, NY. After pastoring Cornerstone for 9 years, Leon along with his wife and three daughters, relocated to Houston, Texas, where he now offers his ...

What Do We Really Know?

When dinosaurs looked up and saw a fiery meteorite shrieking into the atmosphere they had no idea their world was coming to an end. And I’m sure Romans couldn’t believe that a thousand years of culture were ending when barbarians were sighted near the gates of Rome. We are often incapable of recognizing or comprehending the important moments of our lives as they happen. What do we really know? I’m asking this question on the Fourth of July but I’m thinking ...

Cheaters Never Prosper?

We say it to kids all the time, but it isn’t true: cheaters very often do prosper. Case point, Venice in 1564. Back then, rich dudes would donate money to build social clubs dedicated to popular saints, which in Venice meant a saint whose body had been stolen and brought to Venice. (Check out my post Conspiracy, Theft and Sin for the outrageous manner in which St. Mark’s body was smuggled into Venice.) These clubs were places where rich folks ...

7 Questions With an Author: Cameron Conaway, Warrior Poet

Cameron Conaway, Warrior Poet This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author. I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Cameron Conaway who has come to be known as "The Warrior Poet." He teaches Shakespeare for Ottawa University, is an award-nominated teacher of creative writing for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, was the University of Arizona's 2007-2009 Poet-in-Residence and received the Richard Russo Award for Creative Writing.   But Conaway is ...

How did you propose to your fiancee???

How did you propose to your fiancee???

Check out this surprise marriage proposal video, it starts a little slow but it's necessary to set the back story for the couple.  It got me thinking about my own proposal, which I share below - I'd love to hear about yours! My wife (Kim) and I have been happily married for 16 years. While we've had our ups and downs, I wouldn't trade any of it - but it all began when I asked her to marry me in a ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

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Are you a parent who loves buying smart toys for your kids? Do you sometimes find the marketplace overwhelming because of all the junky toys you see? Educational Toys Planet will put a smile on your face. Better yet, you can enter to win this Easteriffic $100 gift for your child to buy some new toys there. So go for it! With the holiday season now behind us and Easter just around the corner …

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Kidoodle.TV: A Safe Site For Kids

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Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that offers the discerning parent many quality shows for their children to watch. They provide a generous list of educational and entertaining programs that can be customized for each kid in the family. Because the selection of videos are in an environment that parents control, kids can watch their pre-selected Kidoodle.TV shows on the go. …

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A Son Goes Astray: Risk Factors and City Kids

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A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). Risk factors have a cumulative impact and can span over 5 domains. In other words, the more risk factors spread out over multiple domains one has, the greater the likelihood for serious delinquency ang gang involvement. …

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A Witch Hunt on Childhood?

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My magical little niece Ember This post isn’t going to be one of my usual esoteric romps. This one is more of a rant, but if I don’t let out I just might explode. I’m really grateful that I got to be a kid back in the 1960’s before society turned into a neurotic knot of fear. …

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Time Changes Everything

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I, recently was talking to my trainer at the gym, who was telling me about a friend of hers that is expecting twins. Now that wouldn’t be that big of deal, I guess, when you consider people are popping out 4 and 5 kids at a time these days. What makes this sort of unusual …

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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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