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Guest Post: Why People Aren’t Listening to You

Guest Post: Why People Aren't Listening to You

Today I'm honored to have my writing featured on the wonderful blog belonging to Alise Wright  http://www.alise-write.com.  Alise has graciously afforded me the chance to share some thoughts with her readers. Here's an excerpt of the guest post I wrote for her today: Sociologists estimate that we are bombarded with more than 5,000 different types of messages every day in the form of news, advertisements, email, social media and plain old conversations. We simply are not equipped to process all that input and a lot ...

The Journey From the Standard American Diet to a Whole Food Plant-based Diet . . .

Remember that old Alka Seltzer ad with the guy groaning that he couldn’t believe he ate the whole thing? To me it is a most graphic reminder that what we eat directly effects how we feel. All of us are good at remembering the connection of food and feeling in the short run. The problem is come when remembering to connect the information to our overall dietary habits and quality of life. It is a curious fact that in the US, one of the ...

Traditional Portuguese Cabbage Soup ~ Caldo Verde

Caldo Verde is a rustic soup originating from the Minho Province in northern Portugal. It is now considered a national dish and is popular all over the world. Caldo Verde Soup I’ve wanted to cook Caldo Verde soup for some time so when I saw the recipe in this week’s local newspaper I decided to give it a try. Luckily the supermarkets in Portugal sell packets of finely shredded cabbage labelled “Sopas Pronto a Cozinhar”, but to be sure this was the correct ...

Phoneography Challenge – Black and White

These photographs were all taken with my iPhone5 and then I used Pixlr to try to make them black and white. The results are ‘old photos’ – hope they are acceptable for the challenge. We went to France for a long weekend earlier in the year, this was the view from our window. In May we went to Spain with friends, this is from the boat on the way back to Puerto Banus – I tried a panoramic scene which hopefully explains the odd ...

Cassia Jones – Rome Part 1

Cassia Jones - Rome Part 1

“Remember that trip to Rome we took the summer we graduated high school?” I asked her. “Where did that come from?” she laughed, shaking her head. “I’ll never understand how your trains of thought work, Cass. We could be sitting here discussing an Antony Burgess novel, and you’ll come out of nowhere with something obscure like, ‘I think I forgot to pick up my dry cleaning last night.’ You have the attention span of a humming bird!” I smiled and smacked her ...

Looking for My Expertise

I've heard that if you want to have a successful blog, you need to specialize.  You need to declare yourself an expert at something, and then focus on that one area of proficiency.  Then as people look for information, instruction, education about that "one thing", there YOU are! Well.  That puts me at quite a disadvantage then.  I am expert at nothing; I have experimented with a lot of hobbies, but I am the master of none. I am very good at fixing ...

Hamburgers

Hamburgers

Hamburgers are among the world's most popular sandwiches and there is a right way and a wrong way to make the most delicious of these gourmet deights. Follow me here and I can almost guarantee something wonderful for you: Terrific Hamburgers! 1.  Purchase Hamburgers from a butcher where you can order the kind of grinding that you want done on the meat.  Tell the butcher you want some lean ground chuck that has been put through the grinder only ONE time. Most butchers ...

10 Uses for Marigolds

With its bright yellow-orange hues and cheerful nature, it’s no wonder the marigold is a summertime favourite with gardeners! These bright and vibrant flowers will liven up any garden, patio and other outdoor spaces! They would be ideal in beds, as borders, and in container gardening. Marigolds are also known to attract butterflies to the garden. The only downside is that marigolds produce a strong, pungent scent that isn’t so pleasant. Regardless, marigolds are grown commercially in various parts of the world ...

a dog in the sky

what?! a dog in the sky? that title may sound a little off the wall... but, you'll see. keep going... milo is an indoor/outdoor cat. she has her litter box inside, but rarely uses it. she prefers to do her thing outside...digging a hole and then daintily squatting. she usually comes inside just before dinner's ready, OUR dinner. she sits patiently while we eat...hoping for leftovers. she's especially partial to potatoes. mashed. french fries. cooked in a stew. it doesn't matter. miss potato head is just one of her nicknames. so she ...

"I'm Really More of an Artist"

Recently I came across a situation where a musician was hired to fill in as the worship leader for a Sunday morning service while the primary worship leader was out.  The individual was asked to put together a set of slides with the song lyrics so that the congregation could follow along as they sing. This was the response the hired individual gave to the request: “I’m sorry, but I’m not going to do that. I’m really more of an artist.” Now, ...

Peculiar Picture #10

I’ve become indifferent to many of the hundreds of illustrations I’ve painted over the years. Not so with this picture. In fact, I can’t tell you if it’s an illustration or a painting. It’s just one of my favorites. I was experimenting with fast-drying acrylic paint after years of using oils. I wanted to see if I could build up glazes like Titian and Rembrandt without waiting a week for each layer of paint to dry. Clients don’t like waiting for ...

to the moon...

i raced outside last night, just in time to see the moon clear the tops of the trees.   this morning...hoping to get a closer picture as the moon descended to the west...  ...it came out blurry...but i thought the branch in front of it... looked like a claw! i would've taken more pictures...but i just couldn't stop howling... and i was having a tough time hanging on to the camera. i knew this was as good a picture as i was gonna get! There are nights when ...

Fun Flower Facts: Salvia (Sage)

At 900 species, Salvia is the largest genus plants belonging to the mint family. They are native to a wide range of habitats in Central and South America, Central Asia and the Mediterranean. The genus includes the culinary sage used to flavour meats and vegetables. Salvia is a flowering plant that produces spikes of showy flowers from late spring until early fall. Flowers are tubular-shaped and come in a range of colours, including: red, white, pink, violet and blue. They are ...

Knit Picks TRY IT Needle Set

I usually get a little money from Christmas, and I then place a nice Knit Picks order for myself.  This is the only time they've disappointed me. I ordered the TRY IT Needle set, which includes three different types and sizes of tips, two 24" cables, cable caps, and a cable key.  I needed a size US 8 on a 24" circular, so I decided to give this small interchangeable set a shot. The size 8's where in the Zephyr acrylic tips.  ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

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Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake. After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance …

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An Ending and a Beginning – all on the same day

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Yesterday afternoon marked the end of the Launch Conference that I’ve been attending since Sunday. It has truly been a tremendous learning experience. The video blog below marks my third installment of the trip and I recorded it late yesterday afternoon. I talk about the close of the Launch Conference and the start of the SCORRE Conference, which was just …

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Have No Fear – How to SCORRE as a Speaker

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The fact remains that one of the top fears that people have – even more than the fear of death – is the fear of public speaking. I’m not a counselor or psychiatrist, but the best way that I’ve overcome fears in life is by facing them. That’s one of the reasons I’m attending the Launch and …

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Has Indiana Forsaken Democracy?

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It has been reported that despite public polls showing strong opposition to a “Right To Work” Law, such a law was passed in the state of Indiana without debate recently and opponents are said to be crying “Foul” about it. In explaining what a “Right To Work” Law really is, some observers have noted that these …

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How To Save Money On Frozen Foods!

Opinion by John Liming I admit it! I am a fat guy and I am sometimes a lazy guy to boot! When I was working, before I retired, I used to come home from a hot, hard day at the plant and plop face down on my bed in an air conditioned room contemplating whether or not …

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Dominance Games: Know no evil

Dominance Games / Politics If you can trust the federal government to regulate and bureaucratize and mismanage any problem to death then you can trust private enterprise to squeeze out and throw away anything but profits, put firewalls up against accountability, pay off those who need be paid off and have no one available speak to …

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