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I wish I was My Father

At the outset I hope this post does not get too chaotic or long. Read what you can and come back or move on. My father wound up being my biggest hero in life but life was not always like that. There were times when my father and I did not speak for long periods, teenage angst and all, but it was never really his doing. The story is its own paradox. My father was always a very hard working person and absolutely devoted to family. He ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette…

“It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature.” Oswald Spengler Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Sade and band to the rescue… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Folded outdoor table umbrellas at a Hudson River restaurant at sunset. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… The spooky trees come alive at dusk… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Met Museum visitors to the “Ugly Chic 1″ section of ...

Three Things That Make Summer Great

Our two girls officially began their summer vacation this week. The other night at dinner I asked, "What three things would make this summer great?"  Here were the verbatim, ranked responses: The 9-year old 1. No more school - (Ok, that's a given. It's kind of like a wasted genie wish.) 2. Horse camp - (Indeed, she did this camp last year and loved it - there's no doubt that Horse Camp version 2.0 will be anything less than spectacular.) 3. Swimming like a ...

On Becoming a Blogger

Sam and Jackie in "Boss" When my first novel “Act of Redemption” was published in 2009, I had an uninteresting website, an empty Facebook page, and a Twitter account that had more unfollows than follows.  With zero experience in social networking, I sat like a paper napkin to absorb all types of money wasting promotions, spam accusations, all just to be disposed of when done with. The email from Google informing me that my site had zero visits didn’t encourage me either.  ...

Portion Control

Portion Control

For the past few months, I have had the good fortune to have my weekday take-out lunch assembled by a particularly heavy-handed worker at the assembly-line style restaurant, Chipotle. This has meant my daily salad has included more than the average dollops of roasted chili-corn salsa, shredded vegetable-based rennet cheese, and sustainably raised chicken. A coworker who frequents a different Chipotle branch (and, hence, has never experienced the topping-overload from my unselfish server), informed that her location normally charges extra ...

On Twitter and the New Author by C.C.Cole June 18,2011

As a new author, I admit being slow to catch on to Twitter.  As I watched TV and saw Twitter quoted on numerous occasions, all I could figure it was the same as telephone text messaging, but many (thousands) at once.  With the help of an expensive publicist when my first book “Act of Redemption” came out in 2009, I had a Twitter account.  With a complete misunderstanding of how it worked, I successfully “tweeted” myself for almost a year.  ...

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 1

I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned. Dairy effects more than my digestive system I have known for years that I’m lactose-sensitive; probably lactose-intolerant. My first clue came from eating ice-cream. A food I dearly love! I tried to chalk up my discomfort to the ...

18 Uses for Safflower

Don’t let its weed-like appearance fool you! The humble safflower may not be as pretty or fragrant as the rose,  but it is one of the oldest, most versatile crops in history! Safflower is a dandelion-like flower that is commercially grown for many different uses. India, the United States and Mexico are the top commercial producers of safflower. Here are some of the many ways safflower can be used: Safflower oil, made by pressing the seeds, is a popular, flavourless vegetable oil ...

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Birds have been popping up in home decor, contemporary art, popular literature, fashion and floral design. The same bold beautiful feathers that are inspiring current trends have also caught the eyes of floral designers. Flowers and feathers alike have visual appeal, so it’s no wonder the two have come together. The product is amazing, larger than life floral bird sculptures! This white peacock sculpture was created for a wedding in southern France last year. It features all white flowers, including Cymbidium ...

Fun Flower Facts: Glory in the Snow (Chionodoxa)

Can’t wait for the spring flowers to bloom? You may not have to wait much longer, if you have glory in the snow in your garden! Glory in the Snow (Chionodoxa) is one of the earliest blooming flowers in the spring and they will even bloom through the snow, hence the name. Glory in the snow is a bulbous plant that produces small, dainty star-shaped flowers. Blue is the most common colour, but some are available in pink and white, with ...

Early Spring Blooming Flowers to Plant Now

Early Spring Blooming Flowers - We are so excited! Today is the first day of spring! After months of cold and snow, we are definitely looking forward to the warm, sunny days and spending time in the garden! Around this time of the year, flower bulbs that were planted in the fall, like crocuses and tulips will show signs of growth. But if you didn’t get around to planting bulbs in the fall, that’s ok. Here are some flowers that can be planted now and ...

Go Green with your bath mat?

An innovative idea by designer Nguyen La Chanh is good for the environment, good for the bathroom and good for you too! This Eco-friendly bath mat is made from moss, yes that’s right, real live, living moss! Introducing the “Larosée”. When you step out of the tub or shower the water that drips off your body waters the moss, combine that with the steam from your bathroom and the moss mat has all the moisture it needs to survive. Incredibly soft to ...

Musings: In Brief…

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”   Franklin D. Roosevelt Musings: In Brief…  Piet Mondrian – Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, Musings: In Brief… Blinky Palermo – Staircase 1979 @ Tate Museum “There is a brief moment when all there is in a man’s mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.” Yousuf Karsh There are times when our spirit urges us to be still, or silent, or even brief… I don’t know what triggers that sensation ...

Painting New Zealand – The South Island

Painting New Zealand – The South Island Painting New Zealand is something I always come back to, even though it’s been many years since I have lived there.  The next two works are both paintings of the same subject, hills in the South Island of New Zealand. Again it was the light that drew me to paint this subject, and the mist rising in the valley. I reached a point in the first one, the stage you see below in fact, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stuck In The Middle With You (Hundreds of Drivers)

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I used to have an art teacher that spoke of tilling the soil of your mind. She insisted that if you begin doing things differently like opening doors with the opposite hand you normally do, trying a new restaurant instead of that same old place or taking a different route to work, it tends to …

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Did You Just Say That?

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Have you ever wondered if comments that you made in passing or thoughts you posted online, were received in the manner you meant them? It seems that this week, I am both the receiver and the deliverer of ill-conceived comments. Thought Number One: You Might of Phrased that a Tad Better Several times this past week, I have …

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A Little Levity, Please

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On the heels of receiving a rejection from a major agent who loved my query and synopsis (“very intriguing,” she wrote) but then didn’t get hooked after all, I’m in need of some levity today. The following tweet and picture from author Melissa Harrison in my Twitter feed helped. When I first learned to proofread, …

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Flying With The Eagles

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I still have a buzz from Saturday night. I’m sluggish, headachy, nauseated, and have an overall feeling of unpleasantness. No, I didn’t drink. I went to see the Eagles in concert at The Forum. The Madison Square Garden Entertainment Company claims they spent $100 million dollars and I was looking forward to seeing this concert …

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

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I was watching a movie with my husband today when all of a sudden he paused it, looked to the left and to the right then nodded, “Motorcycle.” He resumed the movie. I asked him to pause it again. “What do you mean, motorcycle?” He thumbed over his shoulder and in the next moment a motorcycle roared …

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Up Against Medical Advice

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During one of my lunch hours last week I called my doctor to schedule a routine, bi-annual blood test. It’s a very busy office, and just as I anticipated, the receptionist who answered my call asked if she could put me on hold. I sat at my desk and played with my shoe letting it …

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