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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette…

“It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature.” Oswald Spengler Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Sade and band to the rescue… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Folded outdoor table umbrellas at a Hudson River restaurant at sunset. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… The spooky trees come alive at dusk… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Met Museum visitors to the “Ugly Chic 1″ section of ...

I Want to Hear From You!!!

Usually I'm spouting off about something or other here, but I'd really like to hear from you! Now that May is over and summer has unofficially begun I thought it would be cool to go back and look at a few of your favorite things from his Spring. In the comment section below, please share with us the best book you read; movie you saw or experience you had in the few weeks - please include a few sentences why. My hope ...

Who Are You?

Who are you? This question is prompt #1 of 14 days of the Scintilla Project. Scintilla means  a tiny trace or spark, and that’s what the prompts are… just starting  points or ending points, to spark a blog post. My first reaction to this prompt was to scream and run away. Hmmm. That’s interesting. What could possibly be so bad about me that I would cringe at a three word prompt? I could take the easy way out, and say I don’t really know, it’s uncomfortable to write about ...

thursday internet woes & a few pictures

i'm sitting outside the local library right now because they have free wi-fi. something's wrong with our internet at home, we keep plugging, unplugging, replugging... the modem...the router... and, as they say, still no joy! it all started with our cable connection. we had to buy a booster because the signal coming into our home wasn't strong enough. tv channels coming in pixelated...and the audio not in sync with people's mouths. so since we hooked up the booster a couple of days ago...no internet! i don't have much time during the ...

Shortbread

Shortbread makes the best gift.  Put them in a clear cellophane bag with a ribbon and give them as gifts.  People really appreciate the effort and of course - it's completely yummy! Ingredients: 250g butter softened (not melted) 1/2 cup sugar 3 cups plain cake flour ( not self raising) Castor sugar to sprinkle on top. Method: Preheat oven to 160C Cream the butter and the sugar until pale.  Sift in the flour and mix to make a pasty dough.  Put the dough onto a floured surface and ...

Carlsbad Caverns

When I was a five year old, my parents and I went to Carlsbad New Mexico to see Carlsbad Caverns. It was an experience that stuck in my mind like glue. I remember it all as if it was yesterday. It would be sixty years before I returned to that area.  At my childhood visit, they had some of the walkways concreated but some where made of wood.  About half way down, they made an announcement that the lights would ...

Struggling with my Lifestyle Change

Struggling with my Lifestyle Change

I refuse to use the "D" word.  I swore that I would never, never, never again go on one of the "D" words.  Instead, Brian and I have adopted a new Lifestyle Change. Hmmmmph. I tell myself to avoid the scale.  I tell myself that no good can come of it.  I tell myself, instead, 'Oh, look how loosely my jeans are beginning to fit!'  'See how much better I feel?'  'I don't feel deprived at all!' Hmmmmmmph. This morning a sweet friend ...

Puya Berteroniana, a Rare and Exotic Plant, Blooms in the UK

Wednesday June 19th, 2013 was an exciting day for plant lovers. Puya Berteroniana, an exotic plant that belongs to the Bromeliad family (a relative of the pineapple), bloomed for the first time in the 11 years at the Ventor Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom. It was an unexpected surprise, especially since it can take up to 100 years for the plant to bloom! But fortunately for visitors to the Ventor Botanic Gardens, they didn’t have to wait long to see ...

7 Fool Proof Flowers for Beginner Gardeners

When you’re new to gardening everything looks good! But it can be a little overwhelming; not knowing what to plant in the sun or shade, which plants work well together, how deep to plant, fertilize or not, etc.  You can get online and research, you can visit your local garden center and inundate them with questions, but the best way to learn is to literally – dig in! Now, don’t expect your brand new garden to look like the picture above ...

Secrets

This painting ‘Secrets’ turned into quite a journey really. It became a series of works, which will be showing on Thursdays over the next few weeks.  Be sure to come back and check them out.  As a series, I’m really excited by these paintings – I managed to get into the flow and got ‘Resistance‘ out of the way.  Which is always awesome! Look For Next Thursday’s Post: ‘The Wedding’  - the ‘Secrets’ series continues…. Secrets 40″x40″. Oils on canvas.  

Mule Deer and Fawn at Coldwater Farm

Mule Deer at Coldwater Farm During the long drought this spring, several mule deer visited Coldwater Farm near the Agua Fria River in central Arizona.  A lone doe became a resident, and browses in the yard in the evenings and mornings.  In early August I saw a fawn bouncing about beside the doe.  Yesterday, the fawn was racing about in the cow pasture while the doe watched. There are no cows at the farm.  The cow pasture is fallow and covered by ...

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... ...

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 ...

Rare Bee Species use Flower Petals to make Nests

True or False? All bees live in hives. Believe it or not, it’s false. Not all bees live in hives. Some are lucky enough to live by themselves for most of their lives! Recently, some scientists discovered a new species of solitary bees, the Osmia avosetta, that build tiny nests using flower petals for their eggs. Unlike social bees, they don’t have to share their living space.  In fact, these bees live comfortably in their cozy nests from egg to adult ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips

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Did you attend your high School Prom? Do you remember what you wore? In case you’ve forgotten, Prom Night is around the corner, and it’s time for High School seniors to learn some shopping tips to help them find fabulous gowns and tuxedos for the occasion. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Prom Night …

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A Mother’s Example and The Law of Giving

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In 1959, a neighborhood child asked my mother to teach her how to paint. My parents, both artists, opened their home to this child and a seed was planted in The Fruitbelt Neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The dynamic exchange of energy known a The Law of Giving and Receiving was set in motion as …

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Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk

Every now and then there is something in the news that really gets me going! Right now it is chocolate milk. Why? Because the dairy lobby is pushing the FDA to approve the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame in chocolate milk. Sugar isn’t bad enough now they want to add excitotoxins to dairy products on the down low. Terrific …

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4 Tips to Help Your College Kids Cope

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Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Je_suis_le_morse This is a guest post from Mariana Ashley who’s a blogger and freelance writer for www.onlinecolleges.net. She offers advice for choosing the perfect online program for prospective students and parents, welcoming comments at [email protected] If you’d like to write for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ====================== Heading into the New Year, colleges …

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Little Bird Saves Woman!

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Okay, 2012 sort of kicked my butt. Yes. It was a stern teacher springing pop quizzes on my unsuspecting soul, re-teaching me things I thought I had already learned, only to discover that I had acquired a sturdy mental assent on theory but the lessons hadn’t completely made it to my heart. Like a strategist …

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Snapshots of the 2012 International Day at School

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[or when you've got more than one Country in your heart!]. This past international day at the kids school made me remember a post I wrote some time back, about raising our children with a sense of different cultures… honoring and loving their unique background… Picking their ‘home countries’ up for the 2010 World Cup! When you’ve got …

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