Tips on Growing African Violets

African Violet (Saintpaula) is one of the most popular flowering houseplants, as it is small and compact, easy to grow, and blooms frequently! It’s the prefect plant for beginners! African violets come in purple, blue, lavender, red, white, pink and bi-colours. And best of all, you can grow more plants with a single leaf! They are available all year round at local garden centers and florists. The key to growing African violets is to pay attention to light, water, temperature and ...

Must See! Creepy Flower Skeleton Scultpures!

It’s the middle of the month and Halloween is quickly creeping up on us! If you aren’t quite in the mood to celebrate all things creepy and dark, maybe these creepy (yet mesmerizing!) flower-skeleton sculptures will get you in the mood! These Halloween-appropriate sculptures were created by Cedric Laquieze, a talented artist from Holland with a “fascination for organic materials and esthetic shapes.” The sculptures were made out of fake flowers and PVC animal skeleton replicas, which have included cat, dog, ...

Five Basic Tools To Bionic Blogger-hood…

“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” –Sarah Ban Breathnach Road to Bionic Blogger: The distant volcano is soon conquered... Recognizing Grace: Five Basic Tools On the Road to Bionic Blogger… Recently, my good friend, Rose, blogger/writer at What’s My Plaza, sent me a quick note via Facebook. It had to do with our blogging ...

Bravery: If You Can…

“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” Charles Dickens Bravery demands both our individual and collective effort...Image via Brent Stirton, NatGeo What is bravery or the bravest act? It’s far easier to think of great acts when we think of the word – Bravery. Yet, consider the bravery in small things. The decision to face the world daily and do the right and moral thing; to face our ...

More Music: A Few 54th GRAMMY Awards Favorites…

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”  Jimi Hendrix More Music: A Few Grammy Favorites... Adele wins 6! More Music: A Few 54th GRAMMY Awards Favorites... Adele More Music: A Few 54th GRAMMY Awards Favorites... Jennifer 2012 54th Grammy Awards Adele from Rolling In The Deep [HD] [NEW] Jennifer Hudson tribute to Whitney Houston Grammys 2012 Jennifer Hudson – “I Will Always Love You” Tribute to Whitney Houston 2010 (Live) Corinne Bailey Rae – Is This Love @ The Avalon, Hollywood The 54th GRAMMY Awards went off without a ...

Reflections: Ten Things To Do Before The Year Ends…

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” John Ruskin Reflections: Ten Things To Do Before The Year Ends... Procession to the lists. Get Organized. The year 2011 will be over in less than 2 months, and before we know it,  so will  all the cherished unfinished plans we left on the back burner. It is remarkable to consider that only 10 1/2 months ago, ...

Musings: Women & Peace…

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman Musings: Women & Peace... Nobel Peace Prize Winner - President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Musings: Women & Peace... All Three Nobel Peace Prize Winners via LA Times I was thrilled when I heard the news about the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners because no women had won this prize since 2004 when the late ...

Into The Blue

I have been unable to post anything as my account was suspended by WordPress. I don’t know why this was and they haven’t told me why they did it. There was just a message saying my account was suspended when I tried to log on. I sent an email complaining and have not had a reply, but magically the account seems to be working now. Thank you WordPress! So, with haste in case they change their minds and banish me again, ...

English Language Pronunciations

Over dinner one night during a three-day Girl Scout (Troop 1096) reunion in Ohio, we ten or so attendees had a rousing interaction about mispronounced words in the English language. Among our pet peeves–and there were so many–were mispronunciations of realtor, nuclear, and jewelry, just to name three, and lack of understanding of when to use “she and I” versus “her and me,” for example. I’m sure any reader of Yours In Books would have participated just as heartily as we ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins – Wrecked

Blogger and bestselling author – Jeff Goins It’s been a while since my last installment of this particular feature “7 Questions With an Author…” where I ask the same questions to various published authors. I’m thrilled about today’s post because it features my good friend Jeff Goins. He’s a new dad and a musician but he’s also got one of the fastest-growing blogs on the plant – www.goinswriter.com – as well as several books under his belt. His latest book – Wrecked: When a ...

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He’s a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life – personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned… ignoring or answering that question, will change your life. 13 years ago that question meant nothing to me. The world from my ...

Amazing Perseverance...by a 10-Year Old

The same poster my daughter used when she lost last year, but won this year, hung in her room. I'm as proud as can be. When I got home from work last night I was told by our exuberant 10-year old that she had won her election race to be Vice President at her elementary school. But that's not what makes me proud of her. What makes me proud is that the photo insert you see pictured here to the left "Taylor C. for ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins

Blogger, author and speaker – Jeff Goins Here’s the latest installment of my ongoing “7 Questions With an Author…” series. I’m thrilled about today’s interview because it features a truly gifted writer – who’s also a friend – Jeff Goins. Jeff  is an accomplished blogger, sought-after speaker and best-selling author. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, he graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Spanish and Religion. Junior year, he spent a semester in Spain, which opened his eyes to a whole new world. Which ...

Ultra-Cool Learning Tool: Magnifying the Universe

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to one of the coolest web sites I’ve seen in a long time. It’s called “Magnifying the Universe” – and it does exactly what it describes. You can click on the link I’ve embedded below or the site link here. Take your computer mouse and click on any of the nine categories listed to begin, then click on the blue ball along the timeline on the bottom of the screen. Move the mouse to ...

America: A Nation of Atheists???

Heading into the end of the year, it is politically correct to not offend anyone's seasonal sensibilities - God forbid you wish anyone a "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah." As such, the rule of the day is to wish everyone generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" to help keep peace on earth and goodwill toward all. In response to the aforementioned holiday homogenization, the following was written and delivered by guest editorial contributor, Ben Stein [see photo insert] on a recent segment ...

Uniting Church and State via a Sneeze

Students across the country are preparing to return to schools and colleges in the coming weeks. Whether you agree with it or not, the rights of faith-based student organizations face increasing pressure under the oft-touted shield that separates church and state in this country. Yesterday, I stumbled upon this story that I’d never heard before that provided a unique twist on the debate of church versus state. This excerpt has been vetted and verified by the fine folks over at snopes.com: ….the facts of ...

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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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Small Town Crazy

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I was out early chasing cows when I snapped this picture of Small Town. You can see the trees just beginning to change color. I’m sorry I wasn’t doing something glamorous like apprehending bad guys but it wasn’t that kind of day. My husband and I were raised in the city and always dreamed of moving …

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