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Myspace Blogging: the Illusion of Celebrity

Written 4/19/2008 A year ago I decided to begin blogging on Myspace. I was interested in seeing whether or not I could achieve any sort of fame by posting or commenting blogs. I began by joining every blog ring that had to do with writing that I could. Blog rings are a type of online group where you can find new blogs to read and where others can find your own work. I then began commenting on other blogs, doing my best to ...

You Are What You Tweet...

I was sucker punched this week. Scammed. Ripped off. Taken advantage of... like that time in sixth grade when that greasy kid knocked me down and stole my Pop Tart. But without the gourmet toaster pastries. My twitter account was hacked, and a message sent out to many tweety friends saying "Click here to see what people are saying about you" and then a click-through to some nefarious soul-sucking website... (Santorum?). Okay I don't know what it was for, but it ...

My New Favorite Breakfast Food

Most clichés become clichés because they are based on fact.  One example of that would be, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  Despite the obvious need to replenish your body’s fuel there are additional benefits beyond those basic needs. There are several studies that show people who have lost 30 lbs. or more (and kept it off for more than a year) all ate a nutritious breakfast; while those who eat a morning meal tend to consumer fewer calories ...

Edible Flower Desserts for Valentine’s Day

What’s sweeter than a beautiful bouquet for Valentine’s Day? Sweet desserts made of edible flowers! Flowers aren’t just for garnishes to make dishes look pretty! Cookies, cakes, puddings, and ice creams can be enhanced with a bit of floral flavour! Roses, hibiscus, lavender, lilacs, carnations, pansies are just some of the flowers that are edible. To make today extra special and meaningful, surprise your sweetheart with one of these delicious desserts featuring edible flowers! Click on title or image to get ...

My Favorite Cooking Shows

I grew up chubby, and I will remain at least slightly chubby for the rest of my days, because I love food. Love love LOVE it. Growing up I watched all sorts of cooking shows. Before The Food Network and The Cooking Channel, there was PBS and other local stations that always had great cooking shows on them. Right now I'm sharing my top favorite shows of all time: 1). The Galloping Gourmet Starring Graham Kerr 2) The Frugal Gourmet Starring Jeff Smith 3). America's Test ...

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Big / The Sky

So big the sky. Our friend. Full of our sustenance. Our breathe. And filled with beauty too. What we need to survive every minute and art, as well. Visuals. How long can you stop breathing? Not long. Look around. This invisible resource is all around you. More valuable than gold. More beautiful than flesh. It does not grow old. It will be here. . . forever. It is very large. The sky. The post WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Big / The Sky ...

What is a Cataplana?

Cataplana Since moving to Portugal one of my favorite meals, when we eat out, is a fish stew (Caldeirada) but the type which is cooked and served in a copper dish called a Cataplana. As you can see from my photograph the dish resembles the shell of a clam with two hinged shells which are then clamped tightly together during cooking. Researching the origin of the dish Wikipedia states Cataplana was invented by Armando Luz (1927-2002), however other sources such as ...

Garden Diary: Container gardening – Cochonilhas and Mealybugs

On Monday, I met up with Joan a fellow “container” garden  enthusiast  and a regular visitor to my blog. It was great to not only see all her wonderful pots of fruit, vegetables and flowers, ask numerous questions ranging from types of compost, worm farms to problems with insects, but also discuss our successes and failures.  For example I discovered Joan’s zucchini suffered from the same problems as mine – once the flowers fall off the end of the baby ...

Fun Flower Facts: Anemone

Anemones, not to be confused with the sea anemone (an animal), are perennials with 120  species native to many European countries, North America and Japan.  These plants are grown for their pretty flowers that come in shades of  reds, yellows, purples, whites, and blue.  The leaves are generally lobed or toothed. Most anemones should be planted in the fall. Anemones prefer moist, well-drained and acidic soil. Bloom times range from spring to autumn. The autumn-blooming Japanese anemone is popular with gardeners. There ...

West Wind

West Wind The West Wind is the title of this work, which went through a few different incarnations before finally coming to rest in its current form.  It began life in the Secrets  painting as you see below… West Wind Inspiration This was the beginning and it went through a few different transitions, which I don’t seem to have documented.  So after spending fifteen minutes trolling through all my painting photos I can only show you the finished painting. I loved the way some ...

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs from Your Garden

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) may appear cute and harmless, predicting the weather trends every February 2nd. But they are anything but harmless! For gardeners, they can be a real pest to get rid of! These little critters have a huge appetite for all things green. They will eat everything in sight. You could wake up one morning to find all of your beautiful flowers and plants gone! And on top of all that destruction, the burrows they ...

Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)

You don’t have to be a smoker to enjoy nicotiana or tobacco flowers. While nicotiana tabacum is grown for the production of smoking tobacco, there are many Nicotiana species that are beloved by gardeners for their beautiful and fragrant flowers. Nicotiana or Flowering Tobacco is a genus of 67 plants native to Australia, North America and tropical South America that produces pleasantly fragrant tubular flowers in shades of white, red, yellow, pink, maroon and lavender. The foliage is hairy and can ...

2013 Colour of the Year: Emerald Green Flowers

Pantone, the globally recognized authority on colour, has declared emerald green as the colour of the year. This rich, luscious and ever so elegant colour will be big this year in weddings, fashion, home decor, and more! The colour, as precious as the gem itself, invokes images of growth, renewal, harmony and prosperity. From Boston Fern to Xanadu Leaf, there is no shortage of emerald in the floral world! Florists have been incorporating all sorts of greenery and foliage in their ...

Yipes! Stripes!

I was bored last Friday night. I turned to surfing the Internet, and my browsing came across Kollabora on Twitter. They had a teaser up about a Friday Challenge. It was Friday. I needed a challenge, so I hopped over to their blog entry. The challenge? Black and white stripes! I love the classic look of black and white stripes. I puttered around on Ravelry, looking for a good pattern. Nothing stood out to me. So, off to my books. I pulled out ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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