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Conspicuous Consumption and What We Owe Our Neighbors

About twelve years ago I had the privilege to get acquainted with a Russian psychologist and professor at the university in Samara, Russia.  She was in the United States courtesy of Dr. Doug Dickens, who had been conducting clinical training with her students on the clinical pastoral education model (CPE). Photo Credit: www.123rf.com Yes, you read that right.  Doug spent a significant amount of time in Samara educating Russian clinical psychologists on the model of education that we use here in the ...

Just checkin in with Ya’ll

I’ve been coming to my cyber page nearly every day for three months now. Finally I’m relaxing into my blog as an odyssey. A work in progress; as am I. In the beginning I was obsessed with my numbers. How many people visited my blog? What countries are reading me today? Are there more today than yesterday? On the days the numbers were low I’d get scared, think I’d said too much, or the wrong thing. Found it hard to ...

Reflections On Food: Five Foods To Live For…

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard Reflections On Food: Five Foods To Live For...? Reflections On Food: Five Foods To Live For... Thyme & Garlic grilled salmon w/ Mango salsa, Rosemary potatoes, snow peas Reflections On Food: Five Foods To Live For... Chocolate covered macadamia nuts Teriyaki Salmon, Chocolate drizzled Macadamia nut cake, Carrot Cashew soup, Kashi Cereal, Mediterranean Salad… If you could only have five food items for the rest of your life, what would you choose? When I first ...

The Last of the Beach Photos

The Last of the Beach Photos

The beach trip is over.  The sand is almost out of my shoes and clothes.  Don’t know when I will be back again but I guess being able to visit 3 different beaches in 2 months is a pretty good deal, isn’t it?  I am pretty spoiled.  So I bid the beach adieu and thank my bestie for taking the trip with me!  Had a blast and will definitely have to do it again!   Enjoy the pictures!!! Click to view ...

Baby vs. Bathwater

I can only think of one friend I have ever had who was from Arizona. Her family was not originally from there, but they had moved when her father's company relocated. We went to school in New York together, and she was intent on proving her non-Arizona-ness. I visited her family during a school break and was bewildered by the lemon trees growing on every front lawn in the tract housing neighborhood. It had never occurred to me that fruit trees ...

Breaking china & other stupid crap I did last week...

I like to think of myself as an intelligent person. I choose to believe others think of me as an intelligent person. Last week, not so much... 1- We are slowly collecting the stoneware from our wedding registry (yep, that's it in the pic above), and there was a sale this weekend so we splurged. When we came home and unwrapped the pieces, K and I were unpacking the tissue, pulling off stickers, and putting them on the counter, then, ...

The Itsy Bitsy Vacation

Mike and I are back from a much needed vacation, and although it went by far too quickly, I was amazed at how much fun we could squeeze into four little days. I’d say the absolute best part of the trip was seeing my in-laws. (No, I’m not joking.) We hung out at their place chatting, went out to eat, and even caught the final launching of the Space Shuttle Discovery right from their front lawn. Okay, we could only ...

Flowers Jokes!

Life can be stressful. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress and can help maintain a healthy mental well-being. So laugh whenever you can. It’ll make you feel better. Cheesy jokes always make me laugh. Here are some of the best jokes I’ve found online. Hope they make you smile! If you know of any other flower jokes, share them with us in the Comments. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. What did the bee say ...

Carpet of Flowers at Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral UK – completed in 1873 Photo credit: arundelcathedral.org Every year thousands of people from all over Britain head to Arundel Cathedral in Arundel, West Sussex to view the annual carpet of flowers that is created in the central isle of the Gothic styled cathedral. The yearly tradition was started shortly after the cathedral was completed in 1873 by Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk. Originally all of the flowers needed to create the floral masterpiece were grown on the estate, the gardeners ...

Dance All Night Slouch Socks

I finally knit myself a proper pair of socks.  They are Fiddle Knit's Dance All Night Slouch Socks, and you can get the pattern from Knit Picks for $1.99.  It's a fun pattern, but it does require some knowledge in sock knitting before tackling it.  As I have mentioned in my project details on various sites, it does include the evil p2tog tbl decrease.  Even though there is a way around doing that decrease (p2tog, take stitch of right needle, ...

Must See Flower Graffiti!

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”- Bansky Bansky, famed British graffiti artist and political activist, is right. Good art is controversial and should elicit emotional responses from the viewers. Whether you like it or not is a different story. If it makes you think or feel, it’s good art. You don’t need to go to a museum to see good art. Good art can be found on the streets, in the form of graffiti. There is a lot of ...

The Legend of the Christmas Rose

Christmas is a special time of the year-  a time when miracles and all that is good is celebrated and cherished! The Christmas Rose is one of these good things!  The Christmas Rose is not actually a rose, but a hellebore that will bloom in the dead of winter in the  darkest days and stay in bloom for the rest of the season even when nothing else is blooming! It’s a miracle! In fact, this is what legends are made ...

Fugitive, Tampons, Hives, What the hell?

“Now serving number 1-3-3” drones the automatic voice as I sit in the WA dept. of motor vehicles for the second day in a row. I hold number 1-7-4. I settle in for my wait. I am here because the Seattle Police Dept. confiscated my identification when they accused me of being someone other than who I am. The mess this has caused with my life and that of my family is paramount to the fallout from a Salem Witch ...

A farm of Interest

Thought I would keep you all up to date and let you know what is happening with our farm search. At this time we have had no offers on our farm and Niki and I have not found a farm that we want to pull the trigger on yet. I did come across a farm that I thought was interesting and would make a good farm that a contrary farmer could make a go of and make some money on. I call ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

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Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as International Working Women’s Day and the theme for this year is – Inspiring Change. The premise for the 2014 IWD theme is that we still need to not only champion the social, political and economic achievements of women, but also to continue to fight for women’s rights and inspire change globally …

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Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P.

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“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela: Madiba Dead at 95, RIP 1918-2013. Photo via g987fm.com Utata Madiba, Ndilusizi… Hamba kakuhle! Enkosi …

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Oseh Shalom

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This is what Arafat did to his people. He left them homeless after leading them for more than 50 years with the hope to liberate the land and return to Palestine. He left his people in poverty, while his family continues to live with millions. Its too late to go back, and do it all again. Arafat thought …

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On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory…

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When a poor family has no food to eat, every bit of energy is spent on finding ways to stave off hunger. Hunger steals everything; our health, our memory, even our dignity. World Food Day, celebrated on October 16th, is a reminder that the global battle for equitable food distribution continues. Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) picks a theme as its focus for World Food Day. …

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Growing Flowers in Slums Creates Jobs for the Young & Unemployed

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Flowers growing in slums? It’s almost absurd! For those living in slums, flowers are considered luxuries. In fact, flowers are the last thing on people’s minds. Survival is the only thing that matters. Slums are characterized by poor, sometimes inhabitable housing with barely any access to clean drinking water and other basic necessities. Slum dwellers live a …

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That’s One Way to Go

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Every week I look for interesting (?) unusual news releases for my Friday post. I struggle with which 3 or 4 make the cut depending on factors such as “is it too stupid to be credible?”, is it too disgusting to put in my post?” or ” is it so dumb that it doesn’t keep …

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