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Lucky or Unlucky

Lucky or Unlucky

A couple of days ago, I got a text from a friend that wanted to know if the day that I was embarrassing myself over at the Sweet Tomato Restaurant choking on a chunk of broccoli, if I thought I was going to die. For those of you that were reading my blog last February, you might remember that I did a post called  Random Acts of Kindness that told about my stellar move of trying to simultaneously talk, breath and eat ...

All Plant-based Split Pea Soup

All Plant-based Split Pea Soup

When I was a 4 or 5  my Dad’s family lived in Santa Barbara. A couple of times a year we would drive up from Los Angeles to visit. Along the way there were always signs for Andersen’s – the split pea soup Andersen’s. The signs featured Hap-pea the big cook and Pea-wee his helper. Some even showed an elaborate split-pea soup factory. The signs were provocative and intriguing. It wasn’t long before the idea of Hap-pea, Pea-wee and a soup factory ...

This Post is Good to the Last Drop

I’m not gonna lie – I am a coffee addict. Whether you call it a cup of joe, lava from java, battery acid, decoction, forty weight or demitasse – I love it all (to my shame). I blame my days as an early morning radio news sidekick where I’d be up by 4:30 am each day, write as many news stories as I could in 90 minutes – usually about 18-22 stories – then hit the airwaves and sound like I was ...

Word traps, verbal snares, and blog traffic

By Charles Redfern He’s there.  I’m convinced of it.  There’s a three-inch tall, invisible man perched on my shoulder.  He twists, bends, and breaks definitions while whispering in my ear, paralyzing me because I’m checking, re-checking, and re-re-checking my motives.  And he poses as my counselor.  He’s on my side.  He’s looking out for me.  He wants me to be a better Christian. He revved up rapid-fire whispers when I read Lauren Holgate’s Ladasi blog of January 17. She lists a host of web ...

Reflections: Lessons From The Blogging Journey…

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”  Don Williams, Jr. Reflections: Lessons From The Blogging Journey... Go with the flow... Go with the Flow: September sneaked in quietly yesterday, and with it, our blogging journey or daily blogging challenge entered its final quarter of the year. It has been an exhilarating ride with many ups and downs, lessons, tips, and mistakes learned along the way. ...

Reflections: Riding The London Bus To Cheapside…

“When all is said, its atmosphere (England’s) still contains fewer germs of aggression and brutality per cubic foot in a crowded bus, pub or queue than in any other country in which I have lived.” Arthur Koestler Reflections: Riding The Bus To Cheapside... The 13 Bus from Golders Green... Reflections: Riding The Bus To Cheapside... Underground on The Tube... Piccadilly Line The London Underground or  the Tube/the Underground was my favorite mode of transportation during school holidays. Sure, we took the occasional cabbie ...

I Quit Sugar!

At least once a week someone asks me how in the world and quit sugar. I can’t tell you how many people talk to me about quitting sugar in any given week. They have read. They know it is an addiction. They can tell me all the reasons they should quit. But the actual quitting? That is a whole other thing! Most people try (and fail)  many times before they actually do it. I know I did! I decided to quit ...

The Future is Here: 3D Printing to the Rescue

We’ve talked about the future of design before and are always excited to see the latest innovations taking place around us. But I think it’s safe to say that no one anticipated the future to be here so soon! Imagine you’re planning a dinner party for family and friends. You want the perfect centerpiece or decadent, confections for the occasion. But instead of contacting your favorite bakery, you simply go to your kitchen because the perfect chef is already there – ...

Romantic Red Flowers (Besides Roses) for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a dozen red roses! It’s the classic Valentine’s Day gift. But it’s also a little boring and predictable. Forget red roses this Valentine’s Day. Do something different this year. Consider sending one of these red flowers instead. They are just as beautiful and romantic as red roses. Amaryllis Amaryllis plants aren’t just for Christmas! These big, bold, beautiful blooms also make great Valentine’s Day gifts! These easy to grow houseplants will last longer than your average ...

Parrot Tulips

Tulip season is here! The beautiful, iconic tulip is undeniably the most popular spring flower.  People have been cultivating and breeding tulips since the beginning of time, or so it seems. The number of tulip varieties are endless, with parrot tulips being a top favourite with gardeners. Parrot tulips are the largest and showiest of them all.  Their feathered petals look like the colourful, flamboyant bird they were name after. These beautiful flowers are valued for their ruffled edges, big blooms ...

Signs of Spring!

Ahhh.... Spring is truly arriving here in North Texas. I'll allow Mother Nature to share her show with you  - She speaks far more eloquently than I ever can! White Throated Sparrow Purple Wing Violas Dark Eyed Junco Click in each image to see it in the original Blue Lion Gallery Enjoy Visions of other places through MY WORLD A place where images do the talking- WORDLESS WEDNESDAY More Feathered friends? Try WORLD BIRD WEDNESDAY Fabulous Floral Fun? TODAY'S FLOWERS

Masking Tape Flowers!

You may have heard of origami, but have you heard of Tapigami? Tapigami (tap-i-gami) is a word coined by American artist, Danny Scheible, to define the original artform of origami with masking tape. Instead of using sheets of paper, Danny uses the sticky adhesive, which he finds to be “versatile, accessible and malleable” to create his works of art. Armed with rolls of masking tape and his imagination, he has created both large-scale art installations and smaller, more functional pieces, like ...

Flower Arranging 101

I love watching a professional florist work their magic! They happily jump into the cooler and quickly grab an assortment of blooms and greens to take back to their work area. Their experienced fingers quickly cut stems, strip leaves & if needed, remove thorns. Pretty soon an amazing piece of art is created, colourful contrasts and neutral greens are blended together and arranged perfectly into a one of a kind design. If only I had this talent! Yes, it is a talent. ...

The Red Scarf Project

Foster Care to Success is a great organization that I support.  FC2S takes care of foster kids in college.  Every year for Valentine's Day, they send care packages to foster kids in college, and included is a red scarf.  These scarves are donated by knitter and crocheters all over the country, and even world.  Have some red yarn and want to give comfort to someone who may be going at life alone?  This is a charity for you. I have knit ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Year, New Hue

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Want a new year’s resolution that’s actually fun? Resolve to update your home or wardrobe with a splash of radiant orchid – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014! Alluring, feminine and fresh – radiant orchid is a beautiful mixture of fuchsia, purple and pink. Add it to your home through paint, accent pieces or accessories. It …

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Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the …

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Fashion Friday: Pretty Flower Braid Updo

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  Here at Fun Flower Facts, we love flowers! If you haven’t figured it out already, we blog about everything related to flowers, from floral art to fun flower facts to gardening tips and home decor. And today, we’re talking hair and how you can transform your long, luscious locks into a beautiful flower. Are you ready …

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Trend Report: Tribal Patterns

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It’s hard not to have noticed the recent explosion of tribal patterns in interior design, and for good reason. Nothing is quite as intriguing as the combination of bold patterns and texture in tribal textiles. The designs simply beg to be touched and add instant interest and vibrancy to any space. But just what are …

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Fashion Friday! Winter Florals

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2012 is the year of the floral! Floral prints were all the rage in the spring and summer! And we can see why the trend was so popular. Floral prints are fun, flirty and feminine! There were floral shoes and floral bags, to name a few examples. Celebrities were even sporting the look. While the growing …

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On your fingertips: stylish mom in a snap… what’s hot in Bolivia right now?

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I simply love, love any type of ‘finger nail artwork’. And Bolivia, like any other Latincountry, is probably one of the best places to exercise this passion! ♥ Credit: Pagina Siete, La Paz, Bo. How to be a full-time mom of little kids, capable of helping them with homework despite the baby’s high pitch crying, not forgetting to devote some …

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