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Thought Number One:  Blog, Blog, Blog Have you noticed the proliferation of the use of the word "blog", lately?  Whether you write a blog, read blogs or just have had your ears bombarded hourly by the word blog...there seems to be a substantial increase in the use of the term. What started off as a means for people to create a weblog has become a huge presence that straddles the lines of  various categories such as social networking, journalism, e-commerce,  and news. Recently, I  have ...

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry

Here is another family favorite that you can do in a big hurry if you have some rice lying around. We are big fans of Thai food. Over the years, however, we had pretty much cut it out of our diet. Mainly because creating the curry paste is a pain – lots of herbs and spices we don’t use that often. And because most of the restaurant and prepared foods have fish or shrimp paste in them. I am actually more ...

An Interview with Sugary Cynicism

In an effort to promote our blogging community I asked Sugary Cynicism to allow me to interview her and she foolishly graciously accepted. If you are familiar with Sugary, you will understand the direction of the interview. If you are not familiar with Sugary…get busy…you have a lot of catching up to do! Enjoy Q: Where did the name Sugary Cynicism come from? A: Sugary Cynic is not a name but a title, handed down from generation to generation of an elite ...

Five Sentence Fiction: Bliss

The word for this week’s Five Sentence Fiction challenge, is “Bliss.” ******************************** I’ve heard of that elusive word, bliss, used in sentences. I have even heard rumors of people actually finding and owning it—other people—different from me. These people are set apart and it is as if they are the chosen ones; gifted, lucky, omniscient. I keep looking anyway, under rocks, behind blue eyes, green doors; inside cluttered closets. Bliss is for other people—different from me. Search for Tomorrow title card, first used in black-and-white from 1951-1967. ...

Results of My Ad Campaign to Increase Facebook Likes

Most useful things are constructed one piece at a time – and the pieces shift before they’re finally right. Last weekend I sprang for $120 across two days for a Facebook ad campaign to increase the Likes on my Yours In Books FB page. The true felt-cost was really only $65 thanks to a $55 “windfall” check from my brother a few weeks ago, tying up a loose end from our deceased father’s estate otherwise distributed years ago. It seemed appropriate ...

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 ...

Vacation: The Road To Adventure

It seems that TV shows go on hiatus earlier than ever these days, and in the past few weeks several of my favorites have concluded for the summer. I mentioned this to Mrs. C. and she reminded me that Chubby Chatterbox was doing the same thing since we were flying off to Turkey. The hope that my favorite TV programs will return is matched by my hope that you, my fellow Chubby Chasers, will flock back when we return. If ...

Meet The Vick’s VapoRub Plant!

Mint has a nice scent, but it has nothing on the Plectranthus tomentosa, or “Vick’s VapoRub Plant! This perennial succulent has fuzzy leaves that smell just like the popular cough and congestion rub, which has a strong, distinctive menthol and camphor scent. The scent is more prominent when the leaves are crushed. The plant can be identified by its light, green leaves that are covered with fine hairs. It can reach a height of 30 inches (75cm) tall. Small, purple flowers ...

Enhancing Creativity

Enhancing Creativity – how can you do that? Enhancing creativity is an issue every creative person hassles with at some point. Today I’d like to throw out some ideas on how to enhance your creativity by the simple method of going without. What? You might be saying. Go without! Go without what exactly? Well, here are some ideas of things you might try to do without for a week. Of course you don’t have to do them all at the same time, ...

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Today, Monday October 14th, 2013, is Thanksgiving Day in Canada! It is celebrated on the second Monday of October. In case you are wondering, Canada celebrates Thanksgiving earlier than Americans (which is in November) because our harvest is earlier due to our geographical location. To many Canadians, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey and all the fixings! But we must not forget that this fall holiday is a celebration of our bountiful harvest and a time to give thanks. As a ...

Tips to Save Water in Your Garden

Water is a precious, non-renewable resource. It gives life to all the fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers  in our gardens. To keep our gardens lush and vibrant, water is essential. That being said, many people take water for granted. North Americans are the largest consumers of water in the world. Water consumption is at an all time high and it is important for people to realize that fresh, clean water is scarce, especially during droughts. Fortunately, we are not doomed. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Morning Glory

The morning glory (scientifically known as ipomoea) is a genus with over 1000 species of climbing flowering plants with large, showy trumpet-shaped flowers and heart-shaped leaves. The fragrant flowers come in a rainbow of colours, including blue, red, pink, purple and white and often attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They will bloom from early summer to the first frost. Gardeners love them because they are easy to grow, fast growing, and will thrive in poor, dry soils. They  They can be cultivated ...

Flowers in the News: Invasive Flower takes Over Oregon

Yellow tuft alyssum, a plant native to Europe, produces clusters of attractive yellow flowers. Leaves are covered with fine white hairs that give the plant a grayish green appearance. They thrive in well-drained rocky soils and are commonly cultivated in rock gardens. But as attractive as the plant may be, it has been declared a noxious weed in the state of Oregon and has become a serious threat to the environment. The fast growing and invasive yellow tuft alyssum will crowd out other ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in February

My monthly diary continues. Over the next year I’m keeping a monthly diary of the fruit and vegetables I grow in my urban garden here in the Algarve. Gardening is one of my passions, and although my efforts are not always successful my tenacity makes up for what I lack in knowledge. Despite a couple of weeks absence in France my vegetable patch continued to prosper under the watchful and no doubt terrified “eye” of one of my dear friends. Even so,  ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3200 Years Old – 247 feet tall and still growing!

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This giant Sequoia is not only awe inspiring, it’s still growing! At the rate of one cubic meter per year he is one of the fastest growing trees in the world, despite his great age. There is only one place on the entire planet where giant sequoias grow; the Sierra Nevadas mountain range in California, found only on the western slope 5000-8000 feet above sea level. …

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“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”. The coming mid terms. “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Hate beats weakness. Dislike beats “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Mean beats “Oh my God …

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No dishonor to the ‘merican people

No dishonor to the ‘merican people We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We stand for Freedom …

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Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks.

Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks. We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We …

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

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Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as International Working Women’s Day and the theme for this year is – Inspiring Change. The premise for the 2014 IWD theme is that we still need to not only champion the social, political and economic achievements of women, but also to continue to fight for women’s rights and inspire change globally …

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…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy

…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy Hickory dickory dock Authoritarians up the clock Authoritarians here ….. domestic enemies they be Authoritarians there …… can-do lethal strong men who know how to act, lead, be the shirtless strong man of my dreams… Authoritarians, if possible, everywhere ….. our kind …. we see through this prism well …. we suffer from …

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