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Gay Men Cruising...

Exciting days... today we are on an airplane headed towards this very big ship, the Celebrity Millennium, as we are heading off on a 15-night Panama Canal cruise. K is a world traveller, I am much more limited in my experience -- outside of North America, I have been to only England, France, and the Caribbean -- so this is a whole new adventure for me. I have  cruised before, but not like this... in addition to the canal itself, we ...

Snapshots of husband’s New Mexican stacked enchilada: his first one in Bolivia.

Ingredients: 12 corn tortillas 2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese 2 cups enchilada sauce, 2 cups of chili sauce (made with powder, water and flour) or 2 cans Old El Paso - whichever one works best! 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped red tomatoes (garnishing) 1 cup chopped lettuce (garnishing) 4 fried eggs oil for frying tortillas Preparation: Put 1 inch of oil in small skillet. Fry tortillas a few seconds until limp. Place on paper towels to drain. Dip a tortilla in sauce and place on plate. Sprinkle ...

Happy Birthday! / The Blog Is Five Years Old!

I have been blogging for five years this month and enjoying it a lot! And boy have those five years gone by quickly! I was still working back in 2007. And I was playing Lord of the Rings Online, drinking vodka and getting fat! Things certainly have changed a lot since then! Now I walk 8-10 miles every morning. And I don’t drink the Devil’s brew although a beer or two is definitely still in the pipeline. I’ve joined some meetup ...

Thursday Thirteen: A Baker's Dozen of Favorite Things To Do

This is my first week trying out the Thursday Thirteen but it seemed fun and I enjoyed skipping around to other blogs doing it so here I am, stepping out to give it a shot.I thought I'd list thirteen of my favorite things to do.  Readers of any of my novels might get to know me just a little bit better if I do so here goes (and they're not in order of preference) 1.  I love to sit out on ...

Sushi Wednesday: Mikado

I had my first sushi rolls and my friend got what I had last week. One roll was called the "exotic roll" and I forget the name of the other one. One was mild and sweet and the other one was sweet and spicy, but not too spicy. I can't stand when people drown the taste of food in hot sauce or spicy condiments/veggies. This roll had just the right amount of kick. For dessert I got the triple chocolate mouse ...

On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices…

“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.” Victor Hugo On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices… Blogging freedom A few months ago, Erica, one of our Daily Post coordinators had asked a question in a post; Inspiration that Clicks,  Aside from the Daily Post, where do you go to find tips and fodder? I thought about it at the time, and the usual gamut of ideas flashed ...

Drinking the fried Kool-Aid

It would appear that Americans are desperate for new types of fried food. French fried potatoes, deep-fried Twinkies, fried sugar dough just aren’t enough. I do admire the entrepreneurship of the creator of deep fried Kool-Aid. But really? Must we fry Kool-Aid? Many believe these types of foods are essential to a State Fair experience. I’m not going to mention that the inexpensiveness and overabundance of this sort of stuff has driven the average American to succumb to a heart attack on a plate mentality that benefits no one. Except, ...

Gift Ideas for Boss’s Day

Happy Boss’s Day! Boss’s Day is a holiday celebrated on October 16th in Canada, the USA, and many other countries around the world.  It is a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair. Often times, boss’s don’t get the recognition they deserve; being a boss or a supervisor can be stressful and challenging. Even if you don’t like your boss, try to focus on the good qualities. Some popular ways to show your boss appreciation include: treating ...

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 ...

Free Wallpaper

Better late than never! Here is a collection of FREE January 2014 desktop calendar wallpapers for you. Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Happy January!

Light your Garden on Fire with the Flame Lily

Scientific name: Gloriosa  superba Other names: fire Lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, glory lily It’s a showstopping flower that will ignite your passion for gardening. The flame lily is a climbing vine with showy, wavy yellow and red flowers that resembles flames, hence the name. In bud, the pale green petals face downwards. As it matures, the petals elongate and wrinkle, while arching backwards to reveal a gorgeous 6-petaled flower. The stamens are just as visually stunning as the petals, spreading outward ...

Piglet’s Plot in June

This year I’m keeping a photographic diary of my humble vegetable garden; what’s growing when, where and how well. Yes, I know it’s August and I’m writing about July June, but with recent trips to the UK and France I am way, WAY behind on my blogging activities. I took all the photographs, so at least I could backtrack and post at a later date. Raised vegetable garden June 2013 The white onions planted on the 19/11/2012 are now ready for harvest ...

Peculiar Picture #12

I have a confession to make; I have a fetish. Those of you who read my post FancyFootwork will no doubt think I have a foot fetish. Not true. I have a fetish for islands. When stress overcomes me and I close my eyes and set sail for my imaginary happy place, I always find myself on a remote beach with my toes half-buried in warm sand. I was weaned on movies like Mysterious Island,Swiss Family Robinson and Treasure Island ...

Piglet’s Plot in March

This year I plan to photograph and record what’s growing in my humble vegetable garden on the 19th of each month. This will give me a better idea of what’s growing when, and how well. Hopefully, it will act as a record for next year and I can learn from my successes and failures. Vegetable Area 19/03/13 Vegetable Area 19/03/13 The Portuguese cabbages (Couve Galega) which I use to make Caldo Verde Soup are now over 2′ tall. I love the way they ...

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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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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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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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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New Love: A Short Shelf Life

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If you fell in love, you know what a driving force “new love” can be. I was one of those people who only wanted the “new love”, and it took me a long time to figure out it was never meant to stay. Needless to say, long-term relationships were not my strong point at that …

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Just Another Friday

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Just Another Friday She leaned her forehead against his, “Michael, Michael, I have to call an ambulance. I don’t know what else to do.” She had found him on the floor between the couch and the coffee table, stretched out on his belly. She wasn’t alarmed. He spent a lot of time down there these days. He …

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Happy Valentine’s Day: 12 Tips On Self Love…

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“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” Willa Cather Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos ✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿ Love is a wondrous thing and, on Valentine’s Day, lovers meet, bearing gifts and sweet words. Every year, some ask the same question: Why show such effusive love only on the 14th? Why is no lover coming …

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Tarts, Sours, and Crème de Poo Poo

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Finance Blogs are reporting that Valentine’s day may be a little more expensive this year due to the increasing cost of raw materials, almost 5% higher to be exact. The cost of producing perfume, chocolate and silk has risen considerably but it is the cost of Cocoa that has risen a whopping 15% in a …

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Life throws me a curved ball

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I haven’t posted anything for a while; I have had to deal with some very upsetting family developments which, quite frankly have let me stunned. I had been away to Crete and had a wonderful holiday (post on that to follow hopefully) when on my way home from the airport, I had to deal with a call …

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Hope for the Hopeless? Jesus on Divorce

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Below you will find the conclusion to Linda’s sermon on Mark 10:2-16. Without collapsing the tension or avoiding the dilemma that Jesus’ teaching poses, she points us to a surprise ending, one that is routinely overlooked when this passage is preached. The disciples are listening in when the Pharisee’s propose this question: “Is it lawful for …

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