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Freebie Friday: Free Desktop Calendars for March 2014

March is upon us & with the month of March comes Spring! I don’t know about where you live but here it has been a long cold winter, Spring can’t get here fast enough! Celebrate the new season with our Free Desktop Wallpapers! To download, click on chosen image, it will open in a new window. Right click and select “Save Image As…” Save onto your desktop. The wallpapers are perfect for widescreen monitors; the resolutions are 1920 x 1080.

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 ...

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 2

I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned. About Eggs I spent a lot of time experimenting with egg replacers this year. It was a truly informative experience. What I discovered is that there are certain recipes where there is NO substitute for the actual egg. These ...

RSS, and description of your Blog...

Looking through these submissions two things stand out. Know what an RSS feed is or where to find it on their page, second, many authors are neglecting to put an 'about me' page on their site. Both of these things are important. The RSS feed is used by those who choose to follow your blog and also used to serve content to wherever you might leave your link. RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used ...

Good Friday in the Algarve

For those still in employment and trapped in the office how many times have you desperately waited for a Bank Holiday weekend, and then the weather is pooh? All week you’ve looked out of your office window longingly at the sunshine, counting the hours before you can escape. The big day arrives and then it rains! Not just spits and spots of rain where you can dodge the raindrops, or even a drab mist, but full on rain like a ...

Two Thoughts on Kansas City

Two Thoughts for Tuesday Yesterday, hubby and I needed to go to one of the local shopping centers to pick up a few things.  Those of you that are regular readers know that I am not a big fan of shopping.  However, if I can use it as an excuse to walk around, people watch and have a meal thrown in for good measure, then it's not so bad. I especially like sitting on the benches by the fountains and watching all ...

Arrange – weekly photo challenge

Here’s my selection for this week - Chairs – arranged just so….. Mini strawberry flans…. A few lovely Japanese boxes… A few more chairs…. My photos arranged here, for you to arrange to find….hope you like them.

Alberta’s Wild Rose

I love our Wild Rose! The Alberta Wild Rose grows all over Alberta from north to south and even in the mountains. Producing delicate pink blooms from May to August, this bush adds a wild elegance to woods, fields & along the roadsides. I am lucky enough to live on a farm near Edmonton, Alberta and my property comes alive each spring with the glorious Wild Rose. The following pictures were taken this past summer on my farm. I found this bee enjoying ...

All About Antique Roses

What is old is new again. If you read yesterday’s blog post, you will know that old-fashioned flowers, like antique roses are becoming quite popular again. And we can understand why. Antique roses are tougher, more disease resistant and more fragrant than modern roses. Antique roses (also known as old garden roses, species roses, heritage roses) are generally roses that were introduced before 1867, when the first modern hybrid tea roses were bred. A rose that isn’t quite as old can ...

Masking Tape Flowers!

You may have heard of origami, but have you heard of Tapigami? Tapigami (tap-i-gami) is a word coined by American artist, Danny Scheible, to define the original artform of origami with masking tape. Instead of using sheets of paper, Danny uses the sticky adhesive, which he finds to be “versatile, accessible and malleable” to create his works of art. Armed with rolls of masking tape and his imagination, he has created both large-scale art installations and smaller, more functional pieces, like ...

What is Companion Planting?

Just like human beings, plants also have friends and enemies. For some reason or other, some plants seem to grow best when in the company of certain plants. Companion planting is the act of deliberately growing plants together in a close proximity to create a mutually beneficial relationship that encourages plants to grow and stay healthy, while deterring harmful pests. In addition, plants can help each other provide nutrients in the soil, offer protection from the elements and attract beneficial pests ...

The Garden Rose Gallery

Probably the most popular garden roses of today are those with strong fragrance, huge petal counts and large flower heads. There are many varieties like this for today’s gardens bred by major houses like David Austin Roses from England, Rosen Tantau from Germany, and Meilland from the south of France. Until recently, none of these “Garden Varieties” were available as cut flowers because these roses tend to have a poor shelf and vase life. Lately however, major hybridizers have made an ...

Tired of mowing? Replace your lawn with wildflowers!

Maintaining a lawn is expensive and time consuming. We spend countless hours fertilizing, watering, weeding and mowing our lawns and just as many hours complaining about how our neighbour’s lawn is greener.  Lawns are overrated and unnecessary, especially if you don’t have kids or pets.  They harm the environment with all the chemicals used to kill weeds. Gas mowers pollute the air. And last but not least, watering grass is waste of water, a valuable non-renewable resource. On the other hand, ...

Cathedral Cove – A Series Is Born

Cathedral Cove - Te Whanganui-A-Hei Firstly I’d like to share a photo of this magical place, Cathedral Cove, which I visited earlier this year and is a favourite place of mine from my childhood. My second post in this series is to bring you the next two pieces in the three painting,  left-handed challenge that I have begun. Below is the second painting, which incidentally was painted from the first painting, which I turned upside down first.  I then proceeded to paint it, continuing ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesday morning on the 10.25

Countryside as Seen from a Moving Train

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their …

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The Kid Got to Me

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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 of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. What had happened to make her look inwardly, away from the rockets and the blistering pink of youth? …

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Stuck In The Middle With You (Hundreds of Drivers)

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I used to have an art teacher that spoke of tilling the soil of your mind. She insisted that if you begin doing things differently like opening doors with the opposite hand you normally do, trying a new restaurant instead of that same old place or taking a different route to work, it tends to …

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The apology of Pope Francis

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Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests, says sanctions ‘must be imposed. Hmm… with a headline like that, how could I not read the article? To be clear, I am not a Catholic, nor do I know the Pope personally, or in any other capacity, however, I have read many articles expounding his virtues and generally indicating that he is a pretty decent bloke. …

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I just want to be normal

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I Just want to be normal “I just want to be normal!” If only I had a dollar for every time I have said this, or any of its many variations, because I would be Rich, Rich, Rich – yes, Rich with a capital R! My diaries are filled with this statement, along with “Why can’t I just …

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Thanks for thinking badly of me

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Thank you for providing opportunities to learn & grow “To all of the people along the way who hurt me, lied to me, betrayed me and broke my heart… You unknowingly pointed me in the direction of my own North Star. Without the messes, I wouldn’t have a message. You gave me more than you ever take from me, …

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