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Kismet: It’s All Good…

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” Rita Mero Kismet: It's All Good Part I – Kismet: It’s All Good… Kismet means fate/destiny. Providence; external circumstances, outside influence, divine intervention. Typically, when the subject of fate/providence comes up in conversation, we find two schools of thought vying for attention; those who believe fate carries much weight in our lives and those who ...

Farófias com Leite Creme – À la Piglet

This traditional Portuguese recipe is courtesy of Fernanda I’m always keen to try Portuguese recipes so when Fernanda kindly shared this recipe I thought I would experiment. I tried to discover what the word “Farófias” actually meant but unfortunately it did not translate. Any clues please? I’ve never tasted Farófias before so my taste buds had no frame of reference to call on. However, I hope my attempt does Fernanda’s recipe justice and if not please try not to laugh as I ...

Wordless Wednesday

Buddy likes to keep up with the daily news and prefers the up close and personal approach! Thanks, Java, at Never Growing Old!!!

Please reverse my meal !

Am I being unreasonable? – answers on a postcard, please… I paid six grand for this cruise on what is described as a 5 star boat, so I think that I am entitles to at least a reasonable standard of cuisine! To illustrate the problem, after a meal the previous night which comprised a chicken salad, followed by chicken soup followed by chicken and chips, one of my fellow passengers was heard to ask “What kind of chicken are we having tonight?” To add ...

On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices…

“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.” Victor Hugo On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices… Blogging freedom A few months ago, Erica, one of our Daily Post coordinators had asked a question in a post; Inspiration that Clicks,  Aside from the Daily Post, where do you go to find tips and fodder? I thought about it at the time, and the usual gamut of ideas flashed ...

Simple Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake

Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake On our last visit to France, our daughter (Piglet in France) cooked this delicious Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake. She swore blind that she’d cooked it for us before, but I’m still convinced she was telling porkies! Serves four Ingredients 2 Courgettes 2 Aubergines 6 tomatoes Olive Oil Mixed Herbs chopped garlic (optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Method Grease an ovenproof dish with oil Slice tomatoes, but do not remove skins Remove skin from zucchini and aubergine and neatly slice Carefully arrange in the dish in alternate rows of ...

Featured Blogger: Arva N – A Box of Vistas…

“God‘s delays are not his denials … All good things come to he who waits.” Proverb Featured Blogger: Arva N., - A Box of Vistas... Featured Blogger: Arva ... in the Kingdom of Bahrain To date, our featured blogger series has taken us on a jaunt to other parts of the world; the USA, Australia, Germany and today to the Kingdom of Bahrain. I connected with Arva N., our “Get To Know” blogger, during the early days of the Daily Post Challenge when we were all rushing around, teaming ...

Places to See Flowers: White House Garden Tours

Photo credit: flickr The White House is definitely the top tourist attraction in Washington, DC! And for gardeners, green thumbs and flower lovers, there’s a another reason to visit the White House. Every year since 1972, the White House has hosted garden tours- once in the fall and again in the spring. During these times, visitors will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful grounds and gardens, including the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden and the White House Kitchen Garden. Whether ...

Tips on Drying Flowers

Can’t bear to see fresh flowers from your garden fade and die? Dry them! Drying flowers is an easy way to preserve their beauty. They can then be used for dried flower arrangements, wreaths, potpourri, and other decorating projects. Drying them is as simple as gathering your flowers and hanging them upside down or laying them on a flat surface. The flower heads can also be pressed flat with some heavy books. Here are some tips for drying flowers: The best time to ...

Making Moss in your Garden

Adding moss to your garden can make a pretty unique look. It’s pretty easy to create moss and it can be “added” to a variety of items, like these clay posts… Image Credit: www.bystephanielynn.com Or this purse that has been re-purposed as a planter… Image Credit: www.blog.oregonlive.com Maybe you’d like to see it on some lawn ornaments or statues… Image Credit: www.tigerpots.com Unique, really pretty and rather simple to do… 1) You can lift mosses that you already have around your home and garden with a basic ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

Why you should ALWAYS wear gloves when gardening in Portugal!

Scorpion I usually always wear gloves when I’m gardening because of all the little beasties lurking in the soil or on the leaves of my plants. Guess what? On this occasion I got sloppy and I put my naked hands into my strawberry bed to do some weeding. I saw something lurking among the dead leaves but thought to myself “Mr. Grasshopper’s turned a funny colour” Hang on…rewind that thought process Piglet, grasshoppers are not that colour! I quickly withdrew my hands. Lucky ...

Easy Poinsettia Crafts!

The festive poinsettia is the flower of the season! There is no better way to celebrate the holidays and to pass the time during those cold, wintery days than to make some poinsettia crafts! Not only will these crafts keep kids entertained during the holiday break, they will add colour and holiday cheer to any home! And unlike fresh poinsettias, these flowers will last indefinitely. Here are some of the best, easiest video tutorials I’ve found online: Poinsettia Wreath Get a wreath form ...

Frost Flowers – It is the Season!

Frost flowers, have you ever heard of them? I hadn’t, until today. Turns out they aren’t really flowers but they are just as beautiful… Image Credit: documentingreality.com These are created when moisture inside plant stems expands as it freezes which forces it out of long thin cracks and creates a ribbon of ice. The ribbons curl which creates the appearance of a translucent or white flower. Image Credit: news9.com Usually a frost flower is only visible in the early morning as they melt quickly. Image Credit: ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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