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Old-Fashioned Home-Made Chili Con Carne

Chili (Chili Con Carne) has been one of my favorite foods for more than 60 years now. And, I have been working on my Chili recipe for almost as long as that because I wanted a Chili that reminded me of the kind my Mother made and the kinds that I used to get at local restaurants. You will find my Chili to be a rather simple affair, but then that might be the appeal of it.  Nothing fancy but altogether flavorful ...

Chocolate Brownies

These are rich and gooey and sinful. Ingredients: 125g butter 100g dark chocolate 1 cup castor sugar 2 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup self-raising flour 3/4 cup walnuts or pecan nuts, coarsely chopped Method: Preheat oven to 180C Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy Sift in the flour and cocoa and mix well. Add the chocolate and butter mixture. Add the nuts. Pour into a 20cm square oven dish Bake for 30 minutes until top starts to ...

Travel: Capture The Colors In Five Takes…

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”  Pat Conroy Photo Info: Lotta and Bjorn took me around Stockholm sightseeing. We came here on an overcast day to get a panoramic view of the city. The air was damp but the water smelled fresh. The colorful homes behind us sparkled, there was a ship named Cinderella docked nearby, and for ...

Zorro Returns!!

I want to welcome author Stella DeLeuze back to my blogospheric space as she brings us another humorous chapter in the life of her extraordinary roommate Zorro.  Please check out Stella's work at: http://wordsbystelladeleuze.blogspot.com "Zorro" From Zorro's diary: The ugly creature goes bonkers Life as an iguana can be rather confusing; I have no idea what's going on, but believe you me, my walking feeder is up to something. For many changes between me being awake and asleep, she has been moving around a ...

101/1001 challenge

Although I love to set myself goals I must confess I’m the worlds worst at keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. However, when I spotted the 101/1001 challenge on Sarsm’s Blog I thought it sounded great fun especially as you have the support of other 101/1001 bloggers. So what is 101/1001? You set yourself 101 tasks to be completed in 1001 days. Sounds easy? I think not, but I am going to at least try! I started the challenge after much procrastination on ...

Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith – NewDigitalScapes

“Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work”. St. Therese of Lisieux Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s ... Walter Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s... pier and flower in meditation Do you love art, words, music, photography, texture, color, and poetry? ...

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 ...

Prisoner Of The Heart

Prisoner Of The Heart Prisoner Of The Heart is an intensely personal piece which I have debated about even posting here. Sometimes I find that the work flows and sometimes it is extremely difficult. I have decided to tell the story of this piece, as it may help others of you out there who are struggling ‘with the work’. Never under estimate the power of your work to speak to you, the artist.  If you allow it to, it can unlock things ...

New Monkey Flower Discovered!

A biologist recently discovered a new flower, named Mimulus peregrinus, Latin for “wanderer.” Mario Vallejo-Marin was walking along the banks of a stream in Scotland when he spotted the yellow monkey flower. This is not just any ordinary flower. The M. peregrinus is the offspring of two foreign flowers introduced from the Americas, making it a hybrid. Hybrid flowers are typically sterile due to their odd number of chromosomes, making them unable to reproduce. But, due to a rare genetic duplication, ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Every year on the first weekend in February, the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, hosts a spectacular flower festival. It is during this time when the flowers are in bloom. Everywhere you look, there are beautiful displays of fresh flowers, including chrysanthemums, dendrobium orchids and Damask roses. photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com That being said, it’s not a flower festival unless there’s a parade! The main attraction is the flower festival parade that takes place on Saturday morning, ...

A Vine Art Affair – Exhibition

A Vine Art Affair II A Vine Art Affair – Venue Well it’s that time again.  After many months of turning up at class every week the students have a wonderful body of work really worth seeing!  So please come along and join us at Fires Creek Winery Holgate between April 6th and 14th. The Biennial Student Exhibition, of Art Classes Central Coast, will again be Hosted by Fires Creek Winery, 192 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate – see Google map in sidebar You are ...

Loving Pears

Sketching & drawing is such blissful fun! I've just started doing sketches sometimes as opposed to painting all the time, and I'm so happy with my new found sketching skills! I know, I can hear you all... HOW could you NOT know that you could do this??!? I used to sketch when I was younger and I had serious trouble with perspective. For some reason painting didn't display my deficiency as much. So, when I began painting again I naturally seemed to ...

10 000 Plants Adorn London’s Largest Living Wall

Living walls have been a hot trend in gardening and landscaping for the last few years and the trend doesn’t seem to be going away! Just last month, London, UK unveiled its largest living wall on the side of two prominent hotels near Buckingham Palace. The Rubens at the Palace hotel is the home of an impressive 350 sq. m (3 770 sq. ft). vertical garden, containing 10 000 live plants, which includes ferns, buttercups, crocuses, lavender and winter geraniums.  There ...

Sandra's Fiberwork's at Hallockville Museum Craft Fair, Riverhead, NY

Great Day! I did really well, great sales -- two great sellers were these: All in all, great turnout and great reinforcement for Sandra's Fiberworks! I sold so well, I have to whip up some new scarves this week in time for another craft show next weekend.  Let's hope again for cool weather when buyers  love to finger fiber....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”. The coming mid terms. “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Hate beats weakness. Dislike beats “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Mean beats “Oh my God …

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No dishonor to the ‘merican people

No dishonor to the ‘merican people We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We stand for Freedom …

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Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks.

Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks. We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We …

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…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy

…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy Hickory dickory dock Authoritarians up the clock Authoritarians here ….. domestic enemies they be Authoritarians there …… can-do lethal strong men who know how to act, lead, be the shirtless strong man of my dreams… Authoritarians, if possible, everywhere ….. our kind …. we see through this prism well …. we suffer from …

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St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up…

St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up once upon a time in Lebanon What to do? What to do? What to do? Expert as I be, they say, in foreign affairs and the history of the world and the strategic nature of conflict among nations … Expert as I be, they …

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In the culture of dim, dumb and well mannered education is a sideshow

In education the students have to be pleased … they must be catered to ….. our culture is just too too advanced to go back to the idea that education is a valuable commodity that the student need aspire to have …. poor poor babies, poor poor America … never the need to be dependent upon a future where education is a respected product …

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