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Google Analytics / Filtering Out Your Posts / Harvard Prof’s Wife Busted / Blogging Is Sexy? Camels And Camera Critters I am trying to do several different things this morning and it’s starting to make me crazy.  So I may have to stop.  Or not.  Let’s try to get through it and then go for a six mile walk.  All will be well. In the past hour I have been trying to fix blog posts that include a blockquote with a nice, ...

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 ...

How to Throw a Garden Party!

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started. Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer: Hibiscus Mint Iced tea Lavender Lemonade Strawberry hibiscus-tea lemonade Food featuring edible flowers: Stuffed zucchini flowers Lavender & fennel crusted salmon Scones served with rose hip jelly Edible flower salad Cupcakes with edible flowers Strawberry and violet sorbet If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, ...

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 ...

I WAS WITH WHO????????

People blog for many reasons. Some may begin a blog purely to have a place to share their writings, while some may have educational or training objectives. Others may blog in hopes to make an income. When I first started my blog, I have to admit that I was in the later category.  It’s odd how things can change so quickly. You have to understand that I am not a social butterfly, nor do I really ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the changing face of nature and her seasons Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for gatherings on healthy living, service, advocacy and love for others I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives. Rachel Roy I’m thankful for every moment. Al ...

Timeless

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: ...

Fun Flower Facts: Witch Hazel

Scientific Name: Hamamelis Other Names: winterbloom, striped alder, snapping hazel Witch hazel is a genus of flowering deciduous shrubs and sometimes small trees. There are four main species and one hybrid, with two of them native to North America. These popular ornamental plants are grown for their attractive yellow, orange or red flowers, which bloom in clusters in late autumn and continue throughout the winter.  Not to be outshone by the flowers, the foliage is just as stunning. In the fall, the ...

City Farm

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went to the city of Chicago to go to a farm. Yes, you are reading this right. Just a little west of downtown Chicago at Clybourn and Division streets there is a farm called City Farm. City Farm is run by a nonprofit organization that does farming and recycling. They lease vacant lots for free from the city of Chicago usually in some blighted areas and turns these lots into green oases of food production in the middle of a concrete jungle. The lease is good until the city decides ...

Monet's Garden

Walt Whitman said it best: “Very well then, I contradict myself.” When I started Chubby Chatterbox ten months ago I was determined that my blog would be different from those focused on photography, mostly because I’m not fond of my photographs and prefer painting my own pictures. Unlike me, many of you plant and nurture the flowers you photograph, and I have great respect for your accomplishments. Unfortunately, plants left in my care only receive death sentences. But as I sit ...

Fun Flower Facts: Trillium

Trillium, also known as wake robin or trinity flower, is a perennial flowering plant native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. The plant will bloom from April-June. Flowers can be white, pink, yellow or purple. The genus name refers to the fact nearly all parts of the plant comes in threes. It has 3 broad leaves on each stalk, 3 small green sepals and 3 large white sepals (petal-like structures) surrounding a group of yellow stamens.  It also has ...

A Simple Way to Propagate Hibiscus

Hibiscus Hibiscus are my favourite plants (shrubs) because they are SO easy to grow and reward me with an abundance of beautiful flowers throughout the year. Unable to grow them in England I was naturally delighted to discover not only did they grow well in the Algarve, but also the amazing different varieties to choose from. I began experimenting, as to the best method of propagating hibiscus from cuttings, a couple of years ago when the cost of buying plants in Portugal ...

Introducing the First Purple Leaved Hydrangea Plant

You may have seen hydrangeas before-those big, pink or blue flower ball heads with attractive green leaves, but you haven’t seen hydrangeas like these! Monrovia, a wholesale plant grower, is introducing Americans to the first ever purple-leaved hydrangea- The “Plum Passion Hydrangea”, where the foliage is a dark purple one the one side and a lighter purple colour on the underside. Hydrangeas are typically grown for their attractive, showy flower heads, but when it comes to the “Plum Passion Hydrangea,” the foliage ...

Advantages and Disadvantages of using Tree Tubes

An Oak tree that has emerged from one of our 5ft tree tubes after only two years of growing. On our vacation in October we went to the farm to get it ready to sell and one of the things we did to get it ready was to check on the trees and the tree tubes and to see how the trees  fared during this years drought. The tree tubes have worked great so far but are not perfect. In this post I want to ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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