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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 ...

Take your snout out of the trough Piglet!

Take your snout out of the trough Piglet you’re on a diet! If you’re a porker like myself, you may be in denial by genuinely believing as you take a cursory glance in the mirror that you’re really not that fat. Like me, you probably hold your breath as you turn sideways and “suck in” your bulges. But the camera does not lie -  Oh no! Caught off guard we suddenly see ourselves as others see us. In my case, round ...

You Told Us Where To Go

In January I asked my fellow bloggers to help me and Mrs. Chatterbox figure out where to go on our next vacation. We’ve been to some interesting places, but our last trip was cancelled by the State Department. We received wonderful suggestions on one of my most popular posts: Your Chance To Tell Me Where To Go, which you can check out (Here). We seriously considered staying within our own borders and availing ourselves of our fabulous National Parks, but in ...

I’m being invaded…

…by roots! We returned to Portugal in Mid October and the weather was hot and dry; a balmy Indian Summer. My raised vegetable bed, which had been left to run wild in my absence, was full of weeds and in dire need of some tender loving care. I’d never grown winter vegetables before so I was keen to experiment and plant a selection – anything and everything from carrots and spinach to cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower to name a few. Well ...

David Cameron visits the sleepy town of Aljezur

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 Fish Market Aljezur Fish Market Aljezur, still has the rustic charm of a small Portuguese town as yet unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism. View from Aljezur ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate…

“The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.” Madame de Stael Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate When I think of the word – delicate, what comes to mind are images of beautiful flower petals, a new birth, or of tender new life forming. Life is delicate… Each of us starts life in this vulnerable manner and then gradually; slowly but surely, we grow in ...

Winey Chicken

This recipe is courtesy of Greedy Girl’s Diet: Eat yourself slim with gorgeous, guilt-free food with permission of the author, Nadia Sawalha I am always keen to try new recipes especially those which are filling yet with not too many calories. My biggest problem with losing weight is that I usually only have to look at food and I pile on the pounds! However, at only 211 calories per serving this recipe from the “Greedy Girl’s Diet” is not only low ...

Name Tag

My daughter takes a dance class. Modern Dance. Sort of Mumenschanzy, but more princessy. Her teacher is named Karen, which happens to be my name. I am unclear as to whether she is supposed to be called "Ballerina Karen," "Dance Teacher Karen," or, the dreaded "Miss Karen." Apparently children's instructors in non-traditional teaching settings (such as "Toddler Tots and "Kinder Musik") have not come to a consensus on what to be called by their students and families, because the use ...

Gardening: An Instrument of Grace…

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” May Sarton Gardening: An Instrument of Grace... Gardening: An Instrument of Grace... Gardening God‘s Way by: Author Unknown Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind Peace of heart Peace of soul Plant four rows of squash: Squash gossip Squash indifference Squash grumbling Squash selfishness… Contd The weather has been quite warm of late… and naturally, many of us have turned our eyes and minds ...

Fun Flower Facts: Helenium (Sneezeweed)

Helenium (Sneezeweed) is a tall perennial plant native to North America valued for its brightly coloured daisy-like flowers with large, dark brown and yellow cone-like centers. Flowers come in shades of yellow, brown, orange and red. Plants grow to be 2-5 feet tall. Despite the common name, sneezeweed will not cause hay fever or sneezing fits. In fact, these vibrant, sun-loving flowers would be a lovely addition to the late-season garden, blooming from midsummer to fall. Helenium is easy to grow and ...

2013 Garden Trend: Air Plants

The latest trend in the world of gardening is growing air plants, also known as tillandsia scientifically. Tillandsia are exotic plants native to the tropics, with over 500 different species and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. And we can see why they are so popular! Air plants are nearly indestructible and will survive in just about any environment! Perfect for beginner gardeners or people that tend to kill their houseplants! Moreover, they are compact in size ...

Orange You Glad to See Flowers at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration?

We were! We love flowers! Tangerine was Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year, but it made another big appearance a few days ago at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration. At the Inaugural Luncheon on January 21, 2013, bright, orange flower centerpieces decorated the tables. Even though tangerine was last year’s colour, the bright colour was perfect for the occasion, as President Obama was sworn for his second term.  Orange flowers are a symbol of  energy, enthusiasm, confidence and passion. Jack Lucky Floral Design of ...

Art Fear And Money

Art  Fear and Money There have been books written of the subject of Art Fear and Money. What I’d like to address today is a fear that many of us have and try to ignore. It is more often than not a fear that we have learnt from our parents. Many of the decisions we make in life are based on our fears around money. This is why our parents don’t encourage to take up careers in the Arts. My question for you ...

2013 Fall Wedding Flower Trends

Fall is a wonderful time to have a wedding. Not only is the weather nice and mild, there are many vibrant and warm, rich-coloured flowers available in the fall. Gerbera daisies, sunflowers, calla lilies, roses, chrysanthemums, and dahlias will be popular choices for fall brides. Berries, seasonal foliage, twigs and other natural accents will add texture and interest to floral arrangements. Here are some of the hottest fall wedding flower trends for 2013: Jewel Tones A bridal bouquet from the Grower Direct Thunder ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hear no evil

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“Seriously, why can’t all you ‘survivors’ just shut the fuck up?  Why do you have to ruin people’s lives?  I mean, it all happened years ago, right?  So, why can’t you just get over it?  Why can’t you leave it … Continue reading

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Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter: What Would You Do?

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I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.” Dylan Farrow Candle lit for victims of violence Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In 1992, at age 7, she accused Woody Allen of sexually abusing her. The ensuing custody battle case wound its way …

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Emo Bully

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Emo Bully She seemed to grow up slower than some other kids, and never quite fit in. As she entered adolescence, her parents started getting worried. It was that look. The dark clothes, extreme makeup, a seeming obsession with what her parents called “the dark side” and she called reality. Amanda really only had one good friend, and …

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From Baby Dolls to Barbie Brawls

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My father’s aunt made a living sewing Barbie clothes. When my parents took us to visit her daughter Kelly and I used to spend hours role-playing with her Barbie dolls. She had several, including Tutti, Skipper, and two different Ken’s. When we played it was like living in Cher’s closet. Her mom made coats and …

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