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A Great Blogging Death Match!!! (sort of)

A couple months ago I found a great blog, www.robshep.com, by Rob Shepherd, he's the Director of Community Groups and Students at Waters Edge Church near Virginia Beach, VA. Rob is a gifted blogger who writes on a range of topics with a forte in funny. One of my favorite posts he created was The First Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge, (see the image insert that Rob had commissioned for this single blog post) it was a brilliantly funny homage to some of the best faith-based ...

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 ...

Day Number Two

What happened to "Day Number One"?,  I hear you cry. Well...the long and the short of it is that after my departure on Saturday to come to Germany,  I have spent a lot of time in airports and on airplanes but have had a hell of a time getting on the Internet.  Luckily (or not ...depending on your point of view) I can draw and manipulate my pictures off line enough to do some cartoons for you. So....just to catch you up ...

Chillin'

...taking a short break from blogging... days not weeks!  It's winter on the Cape and it's cold, low temps in the mid 30's F.  Cold means hibernation!  Well, the reality is that I've got to get our taxes done NOW!  Got to produce and mail our W-4's and 1099-MISC's, since we employ Adam's aides and others.  Federal taxes, we owe; state taxes, we get back; Trust taxes and reports are a complicated pain the arse. Of course, the forms were ...

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day…

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” Audrey Hepburn Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate fondant - Molten Lava Cake. Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate Fudge cake Ingredients: Molten Lava Cake via FoodNetwork.com 6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons orange liqueur Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease ...

Take an Adventure Trip

Image by dachalan via Flickr Have you ever dreamed of being Indiana Jones? Traveling to out of the way places and finding that lost treasure? Well they frown on carrying bullwhips but you can be a modern day version. Hundreds of people a year take part in Volunteer Archeological digs all around the world. Seems there is more to finding ancient cities and artifacts than going in a cave and dodging lethal traps just to find the golden statue sitting on ...

We Made It to New Orleans . . .

My head is still spinning – over the last two months we packed up our home in Prescott, drove ourselves and the three cats 1650 miles across company and have more or less moved into to our new home. What an incredible amount of experience crammed into a few weeks! The kitchen in our house was gutted . Once escrow closed  Meggan installed a utility sink in the kitchen. She says it is hard to clean and paint without water! We got ...

scattered saturday morning thoughts

wow. it's september already. and it's almost half over! we're slithering toward my favorite holiday... and favorite time of year. halloween...fall...autumn...winter. shorter days. cooler temp's. bare trees against a blue sky.  green leaves turning to shades of fire... crunching under foot. time to reflect. to think about those that have passed on. honoring them. their spirits. souls. everything is connected. the dying off...preparing for the life of spring...new growth. birth. People are like stained glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is ...

from my puddle to yours...

ribbet! HEY there!  laura wanted me to jump in here and let you know that she & sam are leaving ME  in charge this weekend. they're taking Milo, and going camping. JUST for the weekend. Just a couple of nights. it's raining right now...so i gotta hurry through this. ribbet! laura gave me a quick computer lesson and asked if i wouldn't mind picking out a couple of pictures... so you'll have more to see...than just ME! ribbet!  ribbet!  *** this is my cousin Vinnie...trying to catch a snooze in the collard ...

The Lipstick Tree ( Bixa orellana)

Originating from Tropical America the Lipstick tree, as it’s commonly called, is prized for it’s pretty blooms and interesting seed pods. Bixa is a small, ornamental shrub or tree with a round head. The seeds of the flower have a reddish powder which can be used as a vegetable tint for soaps, rice, and many other products. It is believed to come from Brazil originally but was brought to Central and South America by the Indians, who used the coloring as body ...

From Potholes to Works of Art!

Drivers despise potholes, cursing each and every time their car hits one. Potholes never seem to get filled. So Steve Wheen decided to take matters in his own hands. As a guerrilla gardener, Steve started to fill these unsightly potholes with eye catching miniature gardens. Steve uses a mix of live plants with props to create whimiscal scenes for passerbys to enjoy. He explains why he became a pothole gardener, “For me, it’s turning something crappy into something happy. It’s making ...

Fall Flowers for your Garden!

Fall is here, but that doesn’t mean that the growing season is over. In fact, there are flowers that thrive during the fall season. These are some of the flowers that will continue to bloom in your garden until the first frost. Aster This daisy-like flower, which comes in pinks, blues, purples and whites,  will add colour and life to your fall garden! Asters bloom from late summer to the first fall. Deadheading early in the season will increase the blooms ...

Flower Trends for 2014

Flower trends are constantly evolving from arrangement styles to flower varieties and colours. Here are the top floral design colour palettes for 2014. Confetti Bright and Bold is the general trend here! Tangerine, fuchsia, poppy red, bright green, hot pink, turquoise, sunshine yellow and dandelion yellow make up the rainbow of hues that is Confetti. As the graphic states, playful and fun is the theme behind the colours! Some flower suggestions within this theme: Gerbera Daisy, Green Trick Dianthus, Sun Flower, Zinnia, Gloriosa Lily and ...

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: ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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So Many Castles, So Little Time

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Those exit signs take a little getting used to. After leaving Cologne, we made our way back to Weissenthurm to meet up with some friends for dinner. Thought Number One: Seeing New Places Cologne is only an hour north of Andernach, we had plenty of time prior to meeting at the Pfeffermuhle restaurant to finish our exploration …

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Empire The Show

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Empire The Show with a difference or two! We went to Newcastle this weekend to see the show Empire. It is like a cross between Cirque Du Soleil and your local circus that comes to town. However one of its main points of difference is that it is really adult entertainment with a burlesque element to …

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David Cameron visits the sleepy town of Aljezur

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Aljezur Market – Western Algarve, Portugal The sleepy town of Aljezur, in the Western Algarve, is now well and truly on the map after the British Prime Minister and his wife Samantha visited the local market to buy squid. I wonder what they thought of Aljezur? And did the Portuguese stallholders even know who they were? Aljezur …

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Arizona Damselflies and Dragonflies Status Update

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Damselflies and Dragonflies belong to the order Odonata (“toothed ones”). They are carnivorous predators whose earliest fossils occur in Pennsylvanian sediments deposited about 325 million years ago. Evolution chanced upon an efficient form for these creatures; only small changes have occurred for the last 200 million years. Compare that to mammal predators, most of which …

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A summer beach in Cardiff Bay… and a little bit of history

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According to statistics, the summer of 2013 is the best in the UK for seven years. Making the most of the lovely weather is the Cardiff Beach, a new attraction that has transformed Roald Dahl Plass in Mermaid Quay. There are live bands, lots of eating places, traditional seaside rides and stalls, for the energetic amongst …

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Take Action to Save Habitat: #Conservation Lands

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Habitat Concerns This post focuses on habitat conservation. The examples are in the U. S., but there are similar protection efforts in other countries. More are needed everywhere. A first step is to visit a protected area and learn first hand what is at stake. The major threat to Earth’s plants and animals is direct habitat destruction …

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