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I Love This Great Soup!

First of all, this is not an article about medical advice and it is not an article about how other people might lose body weight by using my soup recipe.  This is an article meant to share my recipe for a great soup and, for some reason, I personally lost 5 pounds in a week using it twice a day. That does not mean I believe for a minute that anyone who uses this soup is going to lose weight.  But ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast…

“How do you live a long life? ”Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.”” Harry S Truman Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast... Join me for a cuppa tea Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast... A selection from my tea collection... Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast... A close up view of teas... I love breakfast foods but I’m not much of an early morning meal person. Sure, I do eat the occasional breakfast roll, eggs, fruit or continental breakfast when I travel, and I love Oatmeal, but I’m ...

This Blog Is Liberal Because I Believe In America!

Since this blog, "The Liming Liberal Democrat" began a little more than a year ago, I have been blessed to the depths of my soul by more than 71,000 people from all over the World who have been kind enough to visit and to read and to participate. In that time, there have been some challenges. Most of the challenges have come from some of my Conservative acquaintances---some of whom were once considered as friends and some of which I went to ...

Gluten Free and Sugar Banana Bread

When we moved into our New Orleans house, you may remember, we were without a working kitchen.  It wasn’t until the end of September we FINALLY got our kitchen squared away. I can’t remember the last time I was that thrilled: real counters, cupboards, a working stove top and a convection oven. I went a little nuts experimenting with the oven. Even tried a few things I normally wouldn’t make. Between the food experiments and getting used to the oven I had ...

Twelve Books to Uplift You & Blast the Blues…

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” ~ Henry David Thoreau. Books, like flowers, add color to our lives... What books are you reading lately? What uplifting book would you recommend I read? Reading books, new and old, is a favorite winter pastime and I suspect the same goes for many others who, like me, prefer to stay ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” Douglas Adams Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Salmon Bento Box Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Taiko performers Normally, with kids away in college and my recent enrollment in a challenging certification program, lunch is the least reliable meal in my household. If I’m out and about, I eat where I am. If I’m home, I might have some leftovers or a simple fruit and yoghurt dish.  However, when the kids come home for spring break, we eat out ...

Praia da Ingrina, Western Algarve – Portugal

Praia da Ingrina is a Blue Flag beach located in an idyllic and unspoilt country setting “far from the ‘maddening’ crowds”. As I sat on the beach enjoying the tranquility and natural beauty I could even hear a cockerel crowing in the distance. That’s a first, I’ve never heard a cockerel crowing from my vantage point on the beach before! Praia da Ingrina is certainly one of my favourite beaches and with its sheltered bay makes it ideal for swimming, diving ...

The FeMale Face of God

I consider myself to be a feminist. For me that means to place the real raw material me at the TOP of my list of priorities. This me, simply IS, before I assume any role I may choose to play, like Mother, daughter, sister, wife, etc. I find that to live this me, out-loud,  is most challenging when I attempt to share it with women. Of course there are a rare few who admit to this, but I find they ...

Fat Cats Baffled By Poor People With Cell Phones!

Lonely Streets I am glad there are so many lucky people who have never had to entertain the idea of getting their next meal from a restaurant dumpster. This kind of stuff just isn't supposed to happen in America! I also get kind of - - - irritated - - - sometimes when I hear some pampered, over-fed fat cat Right Wing types complaining about poor people who have cell phones because these fortunate consider cell phones to be "Luxuries" and the poor ...

8 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maple Tree

It’s July 1st, which means it’s Canada Day! Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian bloggers out there! To celebrate this joyous occasion, today’s blog post is all about the maple tree, one of Canada’s most treasured resources. In Canada, the maple tree is best known for its leaves (the red maple leaf is Canada’s most recognized symbol) and the delicious pancake-topping maple syrup it produces. But here are some facts you may not know about the tree: While the maple ...

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 ...

Painting The Seasons

Painting The Seasons Painting the seasons can offer us a rich treasure trove of inspiration.  I got caught up in Spring this week . I found some beautiful sweet peas at my favourite coffee shop and decided to do a small painting of them. Here’s my inspiration…. Sweet Pea Sweet Pea 2 Painting the seasons can be tackled in many different ways.  Instead of painting a wide sweeping vista with Spring blossoms, I opted for an up close and personal view of the sweet ...

Milligan’s Gander Hill Farm Taken Off the Market

I have decided to take our farm off the market. I didn’t want to sell before  we found another farm to replace our current place and the state of Iowa had started the process to make an offer to buy our land. I hadn’t been sleeping all that well, since putting our farm up for sale worrying if I was making the right decision by going into dept to buy a better farm.  After spending countless hours on the internet searching for a new place, I realized ...

Monet, Monet, Monet

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I am not known for my vast knowledge of art.  Surely, you have picked up on the fact that there are a number of things that I am not a connoisseur of.   My inspiration to go to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art today was not so much that I have been waiting my whole life for three panels of Monet's Water Lilies to be displayed together but the fact they are being displayed and I don't like to miss ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thoughts on the legalisation of paedophilia

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Earlier today, I reblogged a post from Anna Waldherr at A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse, about the reclassification of paedophilia by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the possible legalisation of paedophilia. Shock, horror, anger, disgust, mortification, disbelief… the list of initial feelings and emotions is …

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Defining Moment 1985

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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 car blocked us in. A man jumped out waving his gun and badge. It was an off duty cop, out for an afternoon of shopping with his girlfriend. We were boxed in and… …

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Floral Crimes

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What? Floral Crimes? Is there really such a thing? You bet there is! I’ve found stories from around the world that involve theft, vandalism, police and even the mafia, yes the MAFIA! So sit back, relax & read all about these crimes against the blooms of nature. When you’re done do try and resist the urge to …

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On the True Crimes

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Elizabeth Short “The Black Dahlia” Some of the earlier crime fiction I remember reading were the “Flowers in the Attic” series by V.C. Andrews (huge 1980s hit, seems forgotten today) and “The Cradle Will Fall” by Mary Higgins Clark. Along with Stephen King, “everyone” read these books. I had always believed that truth is stranger than fiction. …

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Bad Luck Update: Baby, Goodbyes, Holiday Sirens, PoliceOne and Typos

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New Baby: Hi everyone, I’m posting from Tennessee where my newest grandchild has entered the world. He has done little but sleep and taking pictures of him, with open eyes, is nearly impossible. He’s tiny, calm and perfect like all my grandchildren. The older ones have grown out of the tiny and calm stages but …

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A Bad Luck Domestic

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Every police officer deals with their share of domestic violence cases. They are one of the more dangerous calls we take. Arizona law requires we make an arrest once physical violence has occurred. The only way to insure no one dies, after the police leave, is to take someone to jail. Many times it can be …

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