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How to Get Rid of Photinia Leaf Spot

Photinia is a one of the most popular ornamental hedges in North America. In fact, photinia is on the list of our “Most Searched Terms” for this blog! As attractive as they might be, photinias are prone to a fungus leaf spot called Entomosporium. The red tipped photinia is one of several species that is susceptible to the disease. Like most fungi, entomosporium thrives in cool, moist environment in the fall and spring. During periods of rain, the fungal spores will spread ...

Plant Diseases: Rust

Rust is one of the most common fungal plant diseases. The rust fungi will cause unsightly, small, yellow spots on the surface of the leaves and a brown, orange or black powdery residue underneath. The disease is not deadly, but can cause leaves to fall off early and weaken the plant. Unlike other fungi, rust tends to affect healthy plants, usually during late summer or early fall. The disease is spread by spores in the air. As a fungal disease, the ...

Reflections: Words Have Weight…

“Be careful of the words you say, keep them short and sweet. You never know, from day to day, which ones you’ll have to eat.” Anonymous Reflections: Words Have Weight... Be Mindful of what you say... Every day we engage in all sorts of conversations; casual and serious exchanges that are filled with thoughts, ideas, back talk, innuendo and even promises. We use words carefully and sometimes carelessly too. As we wrap up the year and, in some quarters, if tempers flare, ...

Experience Meets Innocence: Are You The Tiger or The Lamb?

“You are an angel, and your life is your message. You can be a messenger of lies, fear, and destruction; or a messenger of truth, love, and creation. But you cannot deliver lies and truth at the same time.” Don Miguel Ruiz Experience: A Tiger snarls... by Michael Nichols via NG I get a Daily Inspirational quote from Don Miguel Ruiz’s mailings; each, a pithy reflection and refreshing insight on life and how we choose to live it. Don Miguel is the author of The ...

Twelve Motivational Tips for the New Year…

“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.” Philip Gilbert Hamilton Motivational Tips: Blossom, bloom... and grow REFLECTIONS As we wind down the final days of 2010, thoughts and plans for the New Year are high on our lists and on our minds. Whether we end up having an amazing, accomplished 2011 will depend on several factors; particularly our attitude and our effort. I don’t know about you, but this has ...

Spring Gardening Checklist

It’s finally spring! After a long, snowy winter, we are ready to spend some time in the garden! We are excited about all the beautiful flowers and plants that will blooming once again! Here is a checklist of things that should be done now to get your garden ready for spring: Spring Gardening Checklist Clear debris (garbage, fallen branches, etc…) from yard Sharpen garden tools (i.e. shovels, hoes, trowels) Cut back on last year’s perennials; remove dead leaves and foliage. Hydrangeas should  be cut ...

New Flower Varieties for 2014

It’s a new year & that means new flower varieties! Here are my top picks for this year… harrisseeds.com Zinnia – Zahara Sunburst Sunflower – Greenburst F1 provenwinners.com Rose – Oso Easy – Italian Ice ngb.org Pentas – Starcluster in rose thompson-morgan.com Begonia – Fragrant Falls Improved Brunnera macrophylla – Starry Eyes Alstroemeria – Inca Smile Dahlia – Hayley Jane Spider Lily – Ismene Gazania – Sunbathers Tikal These are my personal favourites, what are yours? Let me know in the comments!

7 Mistaken and Misused Baby Phrases

Parents with newborns speak a language with baby phrases all their own during the first few months of the babies’ life. Conversations surrounding the baby phrases such as gestational age or bilirubin levels or the wonder of simethicone drops are fairly common among new parents. However, there are some aspects of Newborn ParentSpeak that are flat out wrong. Here are seven inaccurate baby phrases that misrepresent the actual activity or meaning they convey. 7. Fussing – this particular term almost sounds like a playful board ...

A Royal Spoof of the Royal Wedding

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Until the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs this past Sunday – the biggest news of the weekend was the Royal Wedding. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never really understood the world’s fascination with British Royalty (or any type of royalty for that matter).  From a historical perspective, most kingships came into being by oppression and exploitation of uneducated peasantry, intrigue, murder and theft. One of the primary reasons that Henry VIII seceded from the Catholic ...

Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot about its New Year resolutions and the Mayan Apocalypse - here’s an unedited transcript of our conversation this morning. =============== User: It’s been several weeks since our last ...

TED talk on Culturomics and ngrams

Cityscape USA You may already have seen the video below of a talk given at the 2011 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, this talk being on Culturomics and ngrams.googlelabs.com. I’m posting it here because all the data behind the phenomenon is being taken from books. I would be remiss not to include this somewhere on my site! The video below is “What We Learned from 5 Million Books.” And the following paragraph is what is written on the TED site about ...

Village Park Eco Home

Green building, or sustainable construction, is more than environmentally responsible. It’s fiscally smart. Simply put, eco-friendly designed buildings cost less to operate. That’s why we’re so excited to be on the design team for the Village Park Eco Home, a contemporary hill country home about to be constructed in Highland Village, Texas. The home is being built to answer the question, “What’s next in high-performance home construction?” And the answers are cutting edge! It’s an exciting project in green construction, being built with ...

Hell Phone

I was startled from sleep late one night in February of ’72 when a phone rang in Room #362 at Hedrick Hall on the UCLA campus—the room I shared with Mel, a pre-law undergraduate. The jarring sound scared the shit out of us. We weren’t accustomed to the phone ringing. In fact, this was the first time it had rung—we’d never paid to have it hooked up, and only used it as a nut cracker. Our dorm room wasn’t the ...

Do NOT make an eHarmony Video...

Here is another entertaining spoof from the Gregory Brothers.  Apparently, they acquired this young woman's video profile from eHarmony. I offer this as a cautionary tale of the comedic tsunami that can happen as a result of a seemingly well-intended, harmless video introduction to an online dating service. Hey, I like cats as much as the next person. But I'm not sure that the average 18-32 year old guy seeing this video shares her passion for cats and running - rather, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oxygenated Water Nonsense

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Junk science in the marketplace Unless you have gills, it’s just an expensive burp! Part 1 Oxygenated water (also known as “ super-oxygenated” water) is offered at hundreds of Web sites. I highly recommend it if you happen to be a fish, but if you have lungs that breathe air, then forget about it! All water that has been …

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Back to School: Part 2A School-Based Physical Therapy

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Many children who have severe special needs and attend public schools will receive a “related service” called Physical Therapy through their IEP. In many cases, these children are neurologically affected because of a brain insult, i.e. stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, genetic mutations, metabolic disorders, etc. These diagnoses result in movement disorders …

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ABR Egg Rolling Demonstration on Adam ..Separating Upper Ribs from the Clavicles

The New, Improved Egg Rolling Exercise…a demonstration of refinements to the egg rolling exercise by Leonid Blyum. This video focuses on selection, hand technique and work on separation of the clavicle from the 1st and 2nd ribs and their connection to the manubrium. The fusion of the myofascial fibers result from their collapse during the aftermath …

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ABR Evaluation, April 2012

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We were able to participate in a two hour evaluation of the history of Adam’s progress over the past year of ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation). Leonid Blyum, through a pictorial history of Adam’s body was able to demonstrate the changes in his core stability, thoracic expansion, vertebral lengthening and pelvic floor adjustment. Positive changes in …

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Birth Control, Breast Cancer, and Boring Marriages

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I was reading the Scientific American Mind when I ran across a tiny little blurb about relationship satisfaction and the use of oral contraceptives. It goes on to say that women who take the Pill prefer men with lower testosterone levels and all the trademark characteristics of a less masculine man. Birth control pills trick …

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Psychopharmacology

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Meanwhile back at the “Happy Fat Cats” lab, professor Zimothy Bleary makes a discovery: Check it out, he bellows! All heads rotate in the direction of Bleary’s voice. Inside the monkey holding cells, alive with disease and death, terrified primates huddle tight; tuck themselves into corners, as if they’re hoping not to be discovered. Horrified eyes cry …

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