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Photo Challenge: Unusual

The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Unusual”. There’s a pig’s ear on my plate! This is an unusual photograph of a piglet’s ear. Yes, you read correctly, and what’s more, I was about to eat it! Lunching with some friends I reluctantly ordered Leitão assado à Bairrada (suckling pig). “Okay, no pig deal,” I thought as squirmed in my seat not wanting to appear whimpish. The last time I had suckling pig it was just like chunks of roast pork. No ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

“The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm; Geometry and anguish.” Federico Garcia Lorca Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Thank you all for your heartwarming messages… I can’t begin to express my gratitude to each of you… We still don’t have power or internet access , but, at least, the two huge trees that fell on our power-lines have been moved and, hopefully, we ...

Jet Set

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My children have been on more than their share of airplanes. My son was just a few weeks old when he took his first cross-country flight. Both kids' passports sport chubby babyfaces, even though their mugs subsequently morphed into chiseled cheekbones before the documents needed to be renewed. Although they balk at a 20-minute car ride, they take an 11-hour transatlantic flight in stride.Growing up, I never understood people who did not love to fly. As kids, we were treated ...

Hot Cross Buns – To Share with Friends

According to English folklore there are many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. My favorite superstition is accompanied by the rhyme… “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” Apparently, if you share a hot cross bun while saying the above words it is meant to ensure friendship throughout the coming year. This is my first attempt at making “Hot Cross Buns” so here’s to sharing them with all my blogging buddies… HaPpY eAsTeR! My first attempt at "Hot Cross Buns" Hot ...

On the Rise of Nerds by C.C.Cole July 16, 2011

As a late-bloomer to the cyber-age, it’s finally occurred to me that the denigrating term used to describe un-beautiful, un-athletic, usually smart, badly dressed, socially awkward and glasses wearing people has now risen to a near-compliment:  nerd.  Twitter uses the term commonly to attract followers. Since I put on and wore my first pair of glasses in the third grade, I can relate to nerds on many levels.  I removed my spectacles with almost every school picture.  At the upper part ...

Feira da Sopa in Rogil

We’ve attended many fairs and festivals in Portugal, however this has to rank as not only the most interesting but the most humbling lesson in social integration and how welcoming a small community can be. The day of the “Feira da Sopa” (Soup Fair) dawned cold, damp and miserable. In fact, it was the sort of bleak February day where you could quite happily stayed at home curled up in front of a roaring log fire with a good book and ...

Art of Controversy

Two Thoughts for Tuesday Thought #1 - Is it Funny or Offensive? A few posts ago, I was talking about how many fountains are placed around Kansas City.  Our city is also very prolific in it's placement of "art".  Quotes?  Why the quotes, you ask?    If we were talking face to face, I would have done the whole air quotes thing, when I said the the word art as you and I might not consider the following examples of art....  well...as art. Depends on ...

Hosting My First Challenge At I.A.

As I've mentioned previously, I'm a new member of Inspiration Avenue, a small but international conglomerate of artists who support one another's work. I love this group of women, Maggie, Lisa W, Hettienne, Shelly, Dianne, Kim & Lisa D , they're all creative and endlessly friendly. I'm enjoying being a member even more than I thought possible, having other artists to talk to has really helped focus my artistic journey. This week is my first I.A. challenge and I decided the theme would be "You've ...

Trend Alert: Flower Petal Eyes!

Flowers are fashionable! They are on shoes, bags, and clothes! And now they are on faces! Literally! Attaching flower petals to your eyes is a fashion trend. I haven’t decided if this look is fashionable or just plain weird. But I must say,  they are definitely eye-catching! What do you think? Are these looks pretty or pretty weird looking? If you like these flower-inspired looks and want try this out for Halloween or something, here’s a tutorial. Have fun! from: wocmakeup2.tumblr.com from: pinterest.com photo ...

Finished Triangle-Loom Project

Now that you've seen a work-in-progress on the actual loom, here is one of the finished triangle projects. Versatile, it can be work as a cozy wrapped scarf, or shawl-like:

Yarn Mill Ends

I have discovered yarn mill ends.  I often walked by them at A.C. Moore and passed them apprehensively.  It wasn't until I saw that a fellow crafter had bought a bag of really cool fancy red yarn for really cheap did I become interested in it. I bought some on Sunday. I got two one pound bags of yarn.  They were each $6.99.  Seriously, that cheap?!  Just because this stuff came at the end of a dye lot or the manufacturer ...

Fuchsia, not Fuschia

It’s ok if you don’t know how to spell “fuchsia” correctly. Fuchsia is often misspelled because of the way it sounds. Pronounced “fyoo-SHa,” this flowering shrub was named after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs. Most fuchsias are native to South America and other tropical areas, but have been highly cultivated since its discovery in the early 18th century. They are prized for their characteristic showy, droopy, brightly-coloured flowers. Currently, there are over 100 different species. Fuchsias don’t just come in fuchsia, ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Da Lat Flower Festival – Vietnam

Held in late December to early January the city of Da Lat, Vietnam hosts a beautiful flower festival. Da Lat is known as “Little Paris” for it’s year round cool climate and french styled architectural works. During the festival more than 300,000 pots of flowers are displayed along the main roads. The Flower Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. Many different types of flowers are on display, both natural to Vietnam and imports. Hundreds of flower companies from home ...

Creating a Cutting Garden

As many gardeners will tell you, picking fresh flowers from the garden to create beautiful arrangements for the home or for friends and family is one of the many joys of gardening. Unfortunately, when the flowers are cut and removed, the garden will look bare and unattractive. So what are gardeners to do? The solution is to creating a designated “cutting garden,” where the flowers are grown with the intention of being cut. Since the flowers are meant to be cut ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pushing Through the Pain

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I’ve got so much filtering through my head. I don’t know where to begin. When I started my eating disorder program last November, I really felt that the travel to wellness was going to happen. After exposure to some other groups and such; I’ve had different emotions arise, many I hadn’t expected or dreamed of. I …

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Self Injury Awareness Day 2014

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This is my second year writing about sharing the importance of making March 1 – Self Injury Awareness Day. Many aren’t aware of this day and its importance and there are those that may be misinformed into thinking it is only about self harm as in *trigger warning* cutting and the like. I am going to attach a picture of the many ways a person self harms, …

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A Son Goes Astray: Risk Factors and City Kids

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A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). Risk factors have a cumulative impact and can span over 5 domains. In other words, the more risk factors spread out over multiple domains one has, the greater the likelihood for serious delinquency ang gang involvement. …

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They call it the Onion

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I have been dreading this exercise yet I know I have to go through this exercise to start the work to getting to the other side. The healing side. The purpose of this exercise is to start to make the connection between my eating disorder and the reasons why behaviors exist. I know why it is called the “Onion”, I learned years ago it’s about the layers and layers of stuff that separate me from my behavior. …

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The Law of Giving and Self Help

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My long term relationship with untreated depression helped fuel that direction. It seemed safer that way and work was the perfect excuse. Work got twisted into an unhealthy coping strategy. I could justify keeping the world away by framing my behavior as “going the extra mile” for something important. …

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One Year Later and It’s Much Different Now

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In my initial article, Let Go of Fear and Hit Publish, I shared my fall 2012 plunge into double depression that led me to the ultimate crossroad on New Year’s Eve of 2013. Now, one year later I find myself coming to new important crossroads. It’s much different now as the meditation and Bikram yoga combined with numerous other …

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