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How to Throw a Garden Party!

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started. Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer: Hibiscus Mint Iced tea Lavender Lemonade Strawberry hibiscus-tea lemonade Food featuring edible flowers: Stuffed zucchini flowers Lavender & fennel crusted salmon Scones served with rose hip jelly Edible flower salad Cupcakes with edible flowers Strawberry and violet sorbet If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, ...

Calling All Bloggers!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!: Our “Blogiversary” Link Up Nov. 2, 3, and 4th! (Updated!). The World Moms Blog is celebrating its first birthday. Come, be part of the blogiversary, write your own posts about motherhood and culture and link up those posts with us. Click the above link and read the details. Surprise gifts will be won! And more than that, this is your best chance to be featured on the World Moms Blog website. This morning as I dropped off my oldest at ...

Feira da Sopa in Rogil

We’ve attended many fairs and festivals in Portugal, however this has to rank as not only the most interesting but the most humbling lesson in social integration and how welcoming a small community can be. The day of the “Feira da Sopa” (Soup Fair) dawned cold, damp and miserable. In fact, it was the sort of bleak February day where you could quite happily stayed at home curled up in front of a roaring log fire with a good book and ...

5 Delicious Ways to Use Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the edible flowers that come from zucchinis and other summer squashes. They are typically available from May to September. They have a mild and delicate squash flavour. Squash blossoms are highly perishable. And for this reason, they aren’t usually found in the grocery stores. Your best best is to visit your local farmer’s market or grow them yourself. Choose blossoms that look fresh and have their buds closed. It is recommended you use them the same day you ...

5 Famous Folks I Know (because of my blog)

If you’ve read The Daily ReTORt during the past few months, it’s difficult to hide the fact that I’m a HUGE fan and supporter of author, blogger, podcaster and nationally-sought speaker – Michael Hyatt. Michael is the former CEO and current board Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing – the seventh largest publishing house on the planet. Michael is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an individual whom I deeply respect. My friendship with Michael began from a series of ...

My Next Big Thing!

My Next Big Thing! Laine Cunningham, recipient of two national awards for her novel, Message Stick, tagged me for a blog hop called “My Next Big Thing.” Laine posted on her current project, Buy Light and Purple Blooms. Check out her full blog post by clicking here. Everyone in the blog hop answered ten questions about their latest projects. Laine’s describes Buy Light and Purple Blooms as a women’s thriller. "That is, the story is primarily a woman’s story yet it has ...

My Guest Post on ProBlogger Today…

I’ve got a guest post today on one of the most popular blogging sites on the web – ProBlogger.  My piece addresses the topic of writing to deadlines. This guest post is by Tor Constantino of Thedailyretort.com. The old cliché, “time is money” is particularly true for any professional writer—especially when you’re on deadline. The consequences of missing deadlines are lost money, work, and credibility. As a former journalist (a.k.a hourly deadline writer) for more than a decade, I know that deadline writing is ...

Gardening in New Orleans

Our garden is growing – we have tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and melon plus a lot of herbs growing at breakneck speed. Something new is always popping up. The funny thing about gardening is that once you figure it out in one place there is NO guarantee you will be successful (at first) in a different place. Some of the tomatoes are being eaten by something – not cutworms, but something I have yet to identify. There are bugs and worms that I ...

I need more patio chairs

Picking lettuce from my garden couldn’t be simpler or more satisfying. This time of year we make big raw salads out of nothing but washed, dried, and  tossed greens and a generous splash of balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes we fancy up our salads with an avocado, sliced cukes and cherry tomatoes served on the side, thank you very much. The best part is that my kids eat salad greens like they’re going out of style. They may fuss and pick over the rest of the meal, but salads have ...

My Favourite Spring Flower Arrangements

I’m so happy and excited that spring is finally here! I just can’t wait for all the flowers to start blooming.  But since it’s still early in the spring here in Canada, gardens aren’t in full bloom. Lucky for me, I can get my floral fix at my local florist. They will carry a variety of spring flowers, such as lilies, tulips, daisies, irises and roses. After a long, dreary winter season, a bouquet or two of fresh flowers is a ...

Flowers & Science – The Latest Discoveries

Flower Evolution Flowers in Australia evolved their bright colours to attract native bees, according to new research that proves the flying insects are crucial to flower pollination around the world. Researchers already knew that flower colours in the Northern Hemisphere were targeted to bee vision, but a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B is the first to show bees were also the main drivers in the colour evolution of Australian flowers. The fact that the same process occurred in Australia, ...

The History of the Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses

As we all know, red roses symbolize love and passion. But did you know that it can also represents victory? Thousands of visitors flock to Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Lousianna, USA  each May not only to watch the famous horse race and to dress up in fancy clothes and hats, but also to get a glimpse of the imfamous Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses, which is given to the winner of the race. The 2 km horse race takes place on the ...

Reasons to Grow Succulents

Succulents are one of the hottest trends in gardening now, beautifying both indoor and outdoor spaces. If you don’t know what they are, succulents (sometimes called fat plants) are plants, like the hens and chicks plant, that have thick, fleshy leaves and stems that help them retain water in dry climates. Succulents come in a wide variety of unusual, yet striking shapes and a magnitude of stunning colours, including blue-green, purple, orange, pink, yellow, and white. You might have seen them ...

Peculiar Picture #16

Here’s a picture I painted a few years ago. The inspiration came from a photograph taken in a stairwell in Florence, Italy. The initial illustration seemed incomplete and I was at a loss trying to figure out what the composition needed. I set it aside. Several years later I dug out the unfinished illustration and figured out what was missing. Painted with acrylic on untempered masonite, I used glazes to build up the translucent darkness from a mixture of viridian green ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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