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Suddenly, it’s Wednesday again and time for Friday Fictioneers (don’t ask, just accept it, we do) ~ Writers from all over the globe come together to submit their 100 word stories or poems, inspired by the weekly prompt sent out by our lovely purple leader Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  It is her birthday today so join me in sending her the warmest of birthday wishes.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROCHELLE. The photo this week comes courtesy of the lady herself, my story follows the photo. Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Genre: Fiction Word Count: ...

Ignatius

To learn more about the Trifecta Challenge click  here “Check out the third definition of trail (below), and respond, using the word exactly as it appears, in no less than 33 and no more than 333 words.” Trail:  to move, flow, or extend slowly in thin streams <smoke trailing from chimneys> It was August in New Orleans, and the night was opaque with a steamy-stench that lingered in the nostrils. They were two strangers waiting for the Carrollton Avenue streetcar; grey beads of sweat crawling like ants over their ...

Mary's House

Is this really the house where the Mother of God spent Her last years? Like so many things, it all boils down to a matter of faith. Although I work hard to contain my cynicism, faith isn’t my strong suit. But I am painfully sentimental and the story of Jesus is a remarkably good one, as well it should be after thousands of years of embellishment. You might be surprised to learn that the House of Mary is said to be ...

From my perspective blogging is hard work

In today’s world with millions of blogs, new bloggers are constantly seeking constructive and different ways to build, promote and market their site to new visitors or prospective customers. It doesn’t take long after your blog is up and running before you realize that no one is coming! If you want to 'grow' your blog, roll up your sleeves and get to work. Simply said, blogging is hard work.., period. You cannot sit back and expect people to find your blog, you ...

Dag Age Thing: Telling Tall Tales

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” Aldous Huxley Dag Age Thing: Now, How old did You say you were ... Again? Dag Age Thing & Tales We All Tell:  It is ironic that many lie when they are underage to get the perks of adulthood, and then lie when they are adults to appear younger than their real age… I’m not sure where this all started, but ...

Tarte de Pascoa (Easter Tart)

This traditional Easter recipe is courtesy of a friend in Northern Portugal. Tarte de Pascoa - A Traditional Easter Tart Tarte de Pascoa (Easter Tart) Ingredients Filo pastry (18 circles). I used 2 x 230g packets of *PÂte Feuilletée which I think is ready-made filo pastry. 1 medium onion (finely chopped) 500gr Spinach 4 Hardboiled Eggs 2 Uncooked eggs 70gr Parmesan Cheese 30gr Butter A little milk Salt Pepper *When I opened the packet of pastry I was disappointed to discover there was only one sheet, instead of the several I’d expected. Maybe I ...

Katy Perry, Life On Her Terms...

The hubby and I are away on vacation for a couple of weeks, so this blog will look a bit different for now...  I have pre-written a couple of things, and I have asked a few fab bloggy friends to guest post. They will class this joint up for sure. Please continue to read and comment and tweet these posts out, I will catch up on all of it when we are back! Here's some wisdom and spirituality from the smart and ...

Weird Plants: The Toothache Plant

Toothache Plant, Paracress, inflorescence. Got a toothache? Get yourself the toothache plant! When chewed, the leaves and flower heads contain an analgesic called spilanthol, which is used to numb toothaches. The flowers tend to have a stronger numbing effect than the leaves. The toothache plant, known scientifically as acmella oleracea (formerly Spilanthes oleracea and Spilanthes acmella) is a small flowering herb native to the tropics of Brazil. The plant produces striking yellow and red pompom-like flowers. They will bloom from mid summer to early ...

Study Officially Links Flowers with Romance

You have probably always considered flowers as a material means of conveying affection, but is this truly because they are powerful psychological triggers of romance, or simply because it’s merely traditional? Well, according to a new study out of coming out of the University of South Brittany in France, Flowers absolutely do have a lasting affect on romance, and a powerful one at that! The study shows that women are substantially more susceptible to the advances of men while in the presence of ...

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 ...

Being Creative At Christmas

Being Creative At Christmas. Being creative at Christmas is one of the things I love about Christmas. Creativity and Christmas seem to go together.  This often seems to be a time when people make an extra effort to be creative. There is a man near where we live, who just transforms his house at Christmas time. Not only does he do this, he also makes up little packets of reindeer food and gives them out to the kids! Other people will make their gifts, ...

How to Preserve Flowers

Fresh flowers are so beautiful, so fragrant and so vibrant. If only there was a way to preserve their beauty and elegance, so that the flowers can be enjoyed year round. But wait a minute! You can do this! Preserving flowers is easy. Here are two methods to try: Air drying Air drying is one of the easiest methods to preserve flowers. Most flowers  do well in the air. Flowers are gathered just before the petals have fully opened, tied into small ...

Origami: Fall Flowers Edition

One of top searched terms on our flower blog is “origami flower.” For those that don’t know, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative forms, such as flowers, animals and geometric shapes.We think it’s because people love flowers so much and they want them to last forever since fresh flowers eventually die! But on the other hand, paper flowers will last indefinitely! Plus, they are a lot of fun to make! Now that fall is just around the corner, ...

Handspun Hat

I finally put some of the handspun I made on my drop spindle to good use.  I knit myself a hat, of course. I used the three skeins that I have acquired through spinning of the natural wool roving I had been working with.I love the natural rustic colors with the unevenness of the yarn.  It's cool, I like it, and it's mine. Here's the nitty gritty on Ravelry, if you are interested. If you are a spinner, what have you created from ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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