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Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreign

Map of Hokkaido showing the subprefectures and the primary cities (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Foreign – something unfamiliar, something different; this was certainly true of a visit to Japan a few years ago. We saw lots of food on sale in a local market which we had never seen before and which looked very strange to us. Later, dressed in tradional kimonos and seated crosslegged on the floor, we were served a wonderful selection of food at a formal banquet. We travelled to the beautiful northern island of Hokkaido to ...

On Blog Writing vs Book Writing

"Julie & Julia" As I written before, my writing journey began with the death of my sister due to a domestic violence incident.  After many years of writing, putting down, changing computers from small floppy discs to CDs to current outside storage devices, I published “Act of Redemption" in 2009. With my non-cheap promotional “package,” a wordpress blog and a separate website was set up for me.  I had no idea how to blog, found the website as uninteresting as everyone else, ...

We’re Going Mobile!

With more than one billion mobile users worldwide – and many of those users accessing the internet exclusively from a mobile device – we figured it was time we went mobile! A little deeper digging turned up the fact that fully 25% or more of visitors to this site were using mobile devices exclusively. Wow! So… we’re going mobile! If you’ve been browsing this site using your iphone/ipad or Android, the experience just got alot easier! There is now a mobile ...

Just a quick note….

Image via Wikipedia I won’t be posting anything next week, we’re taking a family holiday the first one with one of our granddaughters so I am rather excited.  We all try to get together at least once every two years to unwind and enjoy some different scenery. This time we are going to Majorca, the weather promises to be kind to us, unlike the so-called “summer” we have had here in the UK. We are all looking forward to a relaxing break and ...

On Twitter and the New Author by C.C.Cole June 18,2011

As a new author, I admit being slow to catch on to Twitter.  As I watched TV and saw Twitter quoted on numerous occasions, all I could figure it was the same as telephone text messaging, but many (thousands) at once.  With the help of an expensive publicist when my first book “Act of Redemption” came out in 2009, I had a Twitter account.  With a complete misunderstanding of how it worked, I successfully “tweeted” myself for almost a year.  ...

What is Flowering Tea?

Most of you will agree that watching tea steep is like watching paint dry. It’s not fun and it’s not something people do. But if you ever have the opportunity to try China’s infamous flowering tea, you might just want to pull up a chair. Flowering Tea, also known as blooming tea, are bundles of tea leaves and flowers that slowly blossom right before your eyes when steeped in hot water. These tea bundles are sewn by hand in China by talented ...

The Very Inspirational Blogger Award!

DanLRene over at Work the Dream–a truly inspirational and insightful blog, honored me with The Very Inspirational Blogger Award. If you haven’t already, have a look at her blog. First I must tell you seven things that you don’t already know about me. Hmmm. This will be difficult since I’ve spilled my guts so profusely on this blog. LOL! Here we go! 1) When I was in 5th or 6th grade my friend Lisa and I used to hold seances in the “locked bathroom” ...

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas

We are Canadian and have already celebrated our Thanksgiving last month, but we haven’t forgotten our American friends!  Today is Thanksgiving for our neighbours! Happy Thanksgiving Day! Hope it is a day filled with laughter, love, and appreciation. And don’t forget to give thanks! “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” -Meister Eckhart Hands down, the best part about the holiday is the delicious, sleep-inducing Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It’s what people live for. ...

The Power of Texture

Designers throw the word texture around all the time, but what exactly is it? Simply put, texture is how something feels. And even if an object isn’t physically touched, the mind recalls how something feels from past experiences. This means texture evokes thoughts by sight alone. Adding objects of various textures to a room makes the room feel richer, more interesting and adds another dimension to the space. And one of the easiest ways to add more texture to a room ...

Reasons to Grow Native Plants in Your Garden

Gardening can be overwhelming, especially for beginners. Not only are there are thousands of different plants and flowers to choose from, breeders are constantly creating new varieties each year. That being said, many gardeners are making an effort to add native plants to their landscapes. People are rediscovering the beauty and benefits of growing native flowers. Native plants, also known as indigenous plants, are naturally occurring plants that have adapted to the climate, geography and habitat of a particular region. Here are ...

Holy Shit it’s Christmas Eve

After we moved to Utah when I was nine Christmas Eve was never the same. Our family went to my father’s aunt Edna and Uncle Pete’s house but we didn’t dress up. There was nothing special about being there and there was no other kids. If there was a tree I don’t remember it. I know we had dinner but my mind goes blank when I try to remember what we ate. The bright spot was grandma Bestemor. This is ...

Early Spring Blooming Flowers to Plant Now

Early Spring Blooming Flowers - We are so excited! Today is the first day of spring! After months of cold and snow, we are definitely looking forward to the warm, sunny days and spending time in the garden! Around this time of the year, flower bulbs that were planted in the fall, like crocuses and tulips will show signs of growth. But if you didn’t get around to planting bulbs in the fall, that’s ok. Here are some flowers that can be planted now and ...

Heavy Rains Destroy flowering vines in Britain

British winemakers have every right to “wine” about the weather. The excess rainfall this summer has been destroying their crops and their subsequent profits for the year. Some parts of the country have already experienced a month’s worth of rain within a 24 hour period. Vines normally flower before turning into fruit, but this year the flowering season has been delayed. Farmers are bracing themselves for a poor harvest year. This year’s yield will be greatly reduced- a tenth of what ...

Guest Post: An Artfully Designed Flower Garden

An Artfully Designed Flower Garden with Colours, Textures and Decor It may still be the dead of winter, but I’m already daydreaming about spring gardening. Everybody has their own sense of style when it comes to their garden, but there are a few aesthetic elements to consider when planning your garden to be a work of art. Thinking about colour combinations, texture combinations, as well as how to preserve your masterpiece will yield the best results. Complementary colours for plants, stones, and ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3200 Years Old – 247 feet tall and still growing!

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This giant Sequoia is not only awe inspiring, it’s still growing! At the rate of one cubic meter per year he is one of the fastest growing trees in the world, despite his great age. There is only one place on the entire planet where giant sequoias grow; the Sierra Nevadas mountain range in California, found only on the western slope 5000-8000 feet above sea level. …

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Desert Habitat: Soil Microorganisms

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“When you thrust a shovel into the soil or tear off a piece of coral, you are, godlike, cutting through an entire world. You have crossed a hidden frontier known to very few. Immediately close at hand, around and beneath our feet, lies the least explored part of the planet’s surface. It is also the …

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New Arizona Wildlife Notebook

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Arizona Wildlife Notebook, Second edition I have completed the second edition of the Arizona Wildlife Notebook! The new Notebook has four more species groups than the first edition, and it has an expanded index. The most important change is in the conservation status for each species. This time, I standardized the information so that future changes …

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Arizona Wildlife in Danger

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Monarch (Danaus Plexippus) Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) Conservation Status of Arizona Wildlife Many species of Arizona wildlife are drifting toward extinction. Over half of the larger animals listed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) are in danger, and the status of many smaller species such as the three butterflies above is uncertain. The …

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Arizona Butterfly and Moth Update–November, 2013

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Arizona Butterfly and Moth Conservation Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) Arizona’s butterfly. Butterflies and moths are pollinators and they are food for other species. I know of no harm they cause to human interests. Nevertheless, many die from insecticide poisoning and others decline due to human removal of caterpillar host plants. The conservation status of these familiar …

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Arizona Fish Update–November 2013

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Small stretches of the Agua Fria River in central Arizona are perennial. The water is polluted by farm fertilizer and mine tailings. Invasive species are abundant. The U. S. State of Arizona occupies a dry region with limited precipitation, high evaporation, and not much surface water. Widespread winter rain and snow, and heavy summer rain can …

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