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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: ...

Reflections: June Wrap Up & Ten Lessons Learned…

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Alexander Graham Bell Reflections: June Wrap Up & Ten Lessons Learned... The Sun shines on all... eventually June turned out to be a month of sunny surprises and, given the abundance of riches I’ve received, I’d love to share a few lessons and blessings with my fellow bloggers. Doing the Daily Post has been incredibly challenging; however, my blog friends, commitment to ...

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Cook”

I was going to skip this weeks challenge since I don’t cook and own no recipe for anything. I have cookbooks somewhere in storage. (smile) So I decide to have fun with this challenge. I’m laughing as I’m writing (smile) Here’s my sense of humor about cooking as illustrated by my acrostic. (smile) Cook. Cooked. Cooking. Three words not on my resume. (smile) I tried cooking a few times. Can you say, disaster. I tried frying once. You can’t fry on ...

Great Go-To Breakfast

This is my personal "Go-To" breakfast because it is substantial, it is easy to prepare, it is inexpensive and it packs the "Punch" to power me through the most demanding mornings. Medical Disclaimer: Do not attempt to eat this breakfast without first consulting with your personal physician or professional, recognized, duly licensed, Board-Certified health care professional. I am not a medical expert and this article is not intended to recommend this breakfast to anyone and is presented strictly for the entertainment and ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved… Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved… Happy New Year! Since the new year started, I’ve felt a steady and persistent urge to seek more quiet time. This is not a bad thing because, when we turn down the incessant noise, our senses are heightened and we become aware of what truly matters; to live purposefully. For ...

Meetup.com / Central Va Trailblazers/ Exercise For Body, Mind And Soul

Meetup.com / Central Va Trailblazers/ Exercise For Body, Mind And Soul

Meetup.com / Central Va Trailblazers/ Exercise For Body, Mind And Soul I recently discovered Meetup.com and signed up with several groups here in Richmond, Virginia. Meetup offers some useful guidelines for groups and activities in many different areas. My interests center around walking, exercise, being more sociable and photography. And so, last night I went downtown to join other members of Central Virginia Trailblazers on an introductory “icebreaker” 4.5 mile hike along the James River and over several bridges connecting the ...

A Walk On The Wild Side!

I would like everyone who enjoys reading this blog, The Liming Liberal Democrat, to come over and visit my other blog, "American Liberal Times." "American Liberal Times" is located at the following: http://americanliberaltimes.com Or, you might just type the name, American Liberal Times into your browser search window and see what happens. At any rate, I sure would love to see you over there because I really appreciate and am grateful for each and everyone of my readers. Thanks, John Liming Picture Credit  -  Picture License

Fun Flower Facts: Hyssop

Hyssop (or hyssopus) is a herbaceous perennial shrub belonging to the mint family with attractive spikes of flowers that come in purple, blue, pink, white and orange. Both the flowers and the leaves are fragrant, with scents ranging from bubblegum to licorice. Plants grow to be 2-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Hyssop is easy to grow from seed and the flowers are long lasting, blooming from late summer until fall. The most popular cultivated variety is H. officinalis. These ...

Finding Time To Be Creative

Creativity Myth #3 “I love being creative, I just can’t seem to find the time.” Time is a funny thing wouldn’t you agree. It seems to be elastic, invisibly stretchy.  Some days seem to contain so much more time than others.  The old saying  ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ has a lot of wisdom in it. There is really only one thing in the world in which there is true equality and that is TIME. We all get to have 24 hours ...

My One And Only Time On Stage

So there I was, in a theater packed with a thousand people, all eyes riveted on me as I stepped out onto the stage. I felt weak as a blade of grass and I could feel my heart beating in the middle of my forehead. My palms were wet and my shoes were filling with ass sweat. If I were wax I’d have melted away. The stage was situated in a new multi-million dollar center being dedicated to the music director ...

Southern Hills I

Southern Hills A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to drive through the Southern Hills of Southland, in the South Island of New Zealand, with my sister. It seems to have almost a brooding kind of energy to it.  At the same time parts of it are overwhelmingly immense. The skies are often lowering and the hills remote.  One feels the immensity of nature and the insignificance of man.  The photo below reflects this I think – even though it’s ...

Painful Peace and Freedom

Peace: cessation of or freedom from strife or dissention Strife: vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism, a quarrel, struggle, or clash, competition or rivalry. Antagonism: an active hostility or opposition, an opposing force, tendency or action In my original family I’m the emotional scapegoat. I want to launch into a hundred examples of this so you will believe me, but I’m so bored by the whole thing I refuse to paint those images, yet again.  The most consistent and prevalent behavior around ...

Tips for Growing Peonies

This is one of the most exciting times of the year! Many beautiful flowers are blooming, particularly peonies. The peak season for peonies is April, May and June – just in time for wedding season! Peonies are large, luscious and sweetly-scented blooms that give roses a run for their money! These long-lasting, easy to grow and hardy flowers are popular ornamental plants that add colour and fragrance to gardens. They can live for decades with minimal care and maintenance. True perennials ...

The Health Benefits and Uses of Echinacea

Not only do their showy, daisy-like flowers bring colour and cheer to gardens everywhere, echinacea is also one of the most popular herbal supplements in the market today. Historically, Native North Americans used the herb to treat a variety of ailments. It was considered the “cure-all” herb. Echinacea is available at most pharmacies, health shops and supermarkets as a tea, liquid extract, dried herb or capsule. The E. purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is the most popular species used in herbal supplements. Both ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My Brain

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I saw my psychiatrist this afternoon. I explained the events of the weekend and while I hear him being proud of me, honestly proud isn’t why I did what I did. In my brain I did it for the animals, to which they are all home with loved ones. My physical and emotional self, now that’s a different story. Dr. M said that everything is very raw right now, it hasn’t even been longer than 2 days so in his mind …

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Out of Body Feeling

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Yesterday I was one of a few first responders on scene to a multiple car fatality. I keep having visions of the deceased, I see him everywhere. I see everything about that afternoon. Friends said to take the support of Victim’s Services and call them and I have done so. I am relieved that what I am experiencing is “normal” “i.e. as a result of the trauma”. …

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Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P.

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“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela: Madiba Dead at 95, RIP 1918-2013. Photo via g987fm.com Utata Madiba, Ndilusizi… Hamba kakuhle! Enkosi …

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Feet on the Ground

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She roared a bit too fast into the parking lot, music blaring. Perhaps not the best way to introduce herself to a new social group, she thought, turning the music off too late to have prevented the turning of heads. Today marked a beginning and an end. Mid-November but the the thermometer read January. Layered clothing, …

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Robert C. Stebbins Dies

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Best known for A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, a book I find indispensable, Robert Stebbins was a renown specialist who believed that direct observation of nature out-of-doors was as important as laboratory research. He was also concerned for the welfare of his subjects. He recognized that amphibian and reptile decline was a symptom …

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Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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