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On My E-Reader Obsession by C.C.Cole

Shortly after I completed my first novella, “Act of Redemption” by husband reminded me “to be a great writer, you must read great writers” and gave me an Amazon Kindle (before the price dropped, typical of my luck). I didn’t embrace my Kindle.  I didn’t sleep with my Kindle.  I absorbed my Kindle; downloading books and taking my reading from once a month to many times a day.  While being almost anywhere, I could simply type in the title, and wow, ...

Dr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity Cookbook: Eating for Health, Happiness, and Long Life

I’m one of those lucky people who gets an advance reader copy of many new books. I get to read and review them before they are even published! For a reading addict, it doesn’t get better than that. Last week I received a copy of Dr. Mao’s latest book:  Dr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity Cookbook: Eating for Health, Happiness, and Long Life. The cookbook is the latest in his “Longevity” franchise which include: The Secrets of Longevity, The Secrets of Longevity ...

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 ...

2 flights down, 2 to go

I stayed up too late last night, and drank too much celebratory wine. I was hurting when the alarm went off at OMG o‘clock. My first flight was on Singapore Air. It was nothing special, which was a bit disappointing – I used to love flying with Singapore, but I’ve given my business to Thai Air and Swiss in the past few years. Singapore was hot and humid, which was a lovely change from Perth – my teeth were chattering as ...

Is There Moss on Your Butt?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an outstanding writing friend of mine, Sundi Jo Graham. If you’d like to submit a guest post here are the guidelines. ======================== Do you have moss on your butt? Yes, I just asked that question. You’d be surprised how easily that answer can be a yes. In Ken Davis’ new book, Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your Life, he writes about a story a man told him. “Most Christians,” he began, “have moss growing ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate…

“The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.” Madame de Stael Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate When I think of the word – delicate, what comes to mind are images of beautiful flower petals, a new birth, or of tender new life forming. Life is delicate… Each of us starts life in this vulnerable manner and then gradually; slowly but surely, we grow in ...

The Need for a Sharp Axe

When I was 10 years old I used to go to my grandpa’s house on the weekends, and he would have me chop small logs for kindling that he used in an outdoor fire pit. The first several weekends I split the wood there were no problems. However, the sixth time I couldn’t cut a single log. In fact, my final swing of the hatchet that day bounced like a rubber ball off the wood and flew out of my hands. I went to ...

8 Eco-Friendly Container Ideas for Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a fun, low-cost and rewarding activity that you can do with kids. All you need is some soil, seeds and containers. You can purchase all of those materials at your local garden centre, but you can also save money and help the environment by transforming everyday household items into potting containers. If you look around, the possibilities are endless. Just about anything can be made into a container, but make sure it’s clean and poked with some ...

Art and Eternity

My band released our first video this week.  Here it is, for those of you who are interested. At the end of the video I wanted to put the quote below, but we decided against it because we were afraid it would take away from the music. So I thought I’d share it here where words are expected. “The only thing that’s real... The only thing that lasts... Is the art.” Does this mean that I think souls aren’t real? No.  It means that I think that ...

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: A Review

We first mentioned the fictional novel “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on funflowerfacts.com over a year ago. When the book first came out in 2011, there was a lot of publicity and press regarding this debut author’s work. Over this past weekend, I finally had a chance to read the book. With a romantic title like “The Language of Flowers,” one would assume that this book is about romance. There is some romance, but there are also themes of ...

We are Dependant on Flowers

The most important thing that a plant does is to flower. Without flowers we would not have fruits, crops and of course seeds to begin the following year. In the past, experiments have proven that plants can adjust the timing of their flowering in response to environmental conditions like, light, temperature & nutrient availability. But not much is known or understood about what causes plants to make flowers instead of leaves, until now. A research team from the National University of ...

What’s the Difference Between Annual and Perennial Flowers?

From L-R, Clockwise: alstroemeria, black-eyed susan, camellia, carnation, gardenia, gerbera daisy, geranium, iris, rose, sunflower, tulip and zinnia Now that is spring, you will want to choose plants for your garden. If you walk into a garden center or nursery, you will noticed two different types of plants: annuals and perennials.  But what do these terms means? Annuals An annual is plant that completes its  life cycle in one growing season. In other words, annuals have to be re-planted each year. Annuals give gardeners ...

Cutting into my Knitting

I did something bad.  I cut into my knitted work and it wasn’t for steeks. And I don’t regret it at all.  I got the final product I wanted out it, so I wasn’t all that naughty.  Most knitters, myself included, cringe at the thought of taking scissors to an FO.  In this case, I wanted a particular result and I didn’t get it the first way, so I grabbed my scissors and took the plunge. Mi'raj Shrug sans band. I completed my Mi’raj Shrug last Monday in the ...

Celebrate 2013 with these New Flower Varieties

First of all, happy new year! May 2013 be a year filled with flowers and all that is beautiful in this wonderful world! To celebrate the new year, let’s have a look at some of the newest, most beautiful flower varieties available for 2013. Click on title or image if you are interested in learning more about the flower or to buy the seeds. Zinnia Art Gold and Red photo credit: dobies.co.uk Primula Blue Zebra photo via hortcoutureplants.com Aster Lady Penelope Photo Credit: suttons.co.uk Dahlia Yankee Doodle Dandy Photo ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Links to Nature Conservation on the Web

My updated list of links to nature conservation web resources. The list includes national and international organizations. For a list of rescue/rehabilitation services, visit your local government website. In Arizona, the list can be found here: AZ Game & Fish Dept. Please send corrections, updates, and additions to the nature conservation link list using the comment …

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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

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With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding …

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Take Action to Save Habitat: #Conservation Lands

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Habitat Concerns This post focuses on habitat conservation. The examples are in the U. S., but there are similar protection efforts in other countries. More are needed everywhere. A first step is to visit a protected area and learn first hand what is at stake. The major threat to Earth’s plants and animals is direct habitat destruction …

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Keeping Warm at the Art of Recycle

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Art of Recycle is one of the creative reuse shops in my area that I support. And, today, they need your, too. I first brought Art of Recycle to your attention back during their Etsy Craft Party, which was a load of fun, I might add. Now that colder weather has hit, their heating bill is …

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Lancaster Creative Reuse

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A few weeks ago, my friend Jessica shot out of her office as she saw me pass by. “Jenn, I have to tell you something, ” she said, and proceeded to tell me about Lancaster Creative Reuse. The more she told me, the more I was interested. I got back to my office and checked out …

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Recycling water in the home

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Recycling Water Recycling in the home is one of my passions, so before disposing of anything from egg boxes and string to plastic bottles and containers I now ask myself “How can I reuse this item – either in its current form or in an alternative way?” It’s amazing how creative one can be! Recycling and conserving …

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