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Tamarind Jam

4-5 Cups of the reserved Tamarind pulp 6 Cups of Brown Sugar 4 Cups water 4 Cinnamon 2 teaspoon grated ginger Bring Sugar and water to a boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes stirring lightly until sugar is dissolved Add tamarind pulp, cinnamon, and ginger. Cook over medium heat lightly stirring to prevent sticking and burning. Cook for 45 Minutes to 1 Hour until the mixture reaches a jam like stage. Remove from heat, cool and serve.

I’m on Facebook and have a blog – why do I still need a website?

Last time we examined the three vital components of any successful website: Design Content SEO Today we’re going to back up to examine a more elementary question: With all the social media outlets available and the ease of managing a blog, why do I need a website? First and foremost, you need a website to host YOUR content. Social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ are a great way to connect with people, share relevant content, and establish yourself as an expert, but you ...

I’d Like to Thank the Academy

It appears as though I have received the Versatile Blogger Award from Roy Durham and I am honored. Roy is a writing phenomenon and a mentor to me so I am doubly honored. Now I realize that fame has its price and I must pay for the honor by telling you all something about me that you may not know otherwise…hmmm. Being that I am an extremely private person, anything I tell you will be new…and you must believe it! 1. The ...

Musings: Do you feel connected to your body?

“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” Wayne Dyer Musings: Do you feel connected to your body? ... in what way? One of the great joys of blogging is that we make connections with other bloggers and visitors and learn news things; a comment, a blog post, an insight and voila! new vistas open for us. I followed a comment made by blogger creating reciprocity and found a wonderful post on her ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand Cherished wintering birds in our yard Wintering birds in our yard A wintering bird in our yard This week’s photo challenge calls for a treasure or treasures we cherish. The obvious comes to mind and I’ll acknowledge that above all, our relationships carry more currency than any objects. However, we all do cherish other additional things and experiences. We ...

Return Trip

A couple of times a year when we go visit our family in Illinois. We take a route from Kansas City, MO to Hannibal, MO where we usually stop and eat lunch. It's always fun to stop there and look around town to see what has changed since we lived there in the mid-1970's. In some ways Hannibal has changed a lot but I am not sure that most people would spot the differences.  Some of the town looks just as it did when ...

Mashed Cauliflower Not Mashed Potatoes

A low-calorie, tasty alternative to mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower. I actually think they taste better although you may not be able to tell the difference by just looking at them. Since going to a primarily whole food plant-based diet there are only a few things I really miss. One of them is the butter on and sour cream in mashed potatoes. After watching everyone at Thanksgiving scarf them down I decided I had to pacify myself with a big batch ...

Heavy Rains Destroy flowering vines in Britain

British winemakers have every right to “wine” about the weather. The excess rainfall this summer has been destroying their crops and their subsequent profits for the year. Some parts of the country have already experienced a month’s worth of rain within a 24 hour period. Vines normally flower before turning into fruit, but this year the flowering season has been delayed. Farmers are bracing themselves for a poor harvest year. This year’s yield will be greatly reduced- a tenth of what ...

Emotions In Art

Emotions In Art Emotions In Art -Did you know that expressing your feelings is a way towards abstraction. Many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to doing an abstract painting. They often struggle with the concept of abstract art because they feel it doesn’t represent anything for them.  But what if your abstraction was to include a relationship to a feeling? You need some place to start if you are unfamiliar with the abstraction process. It is easier to get going ...

Artist Dates – Gathering Part 2

Gathering Part 2 – More on  Artist Dates. I have a couple of questions about your artist dates.. Did you get yourself a nice blank notebook on your first artist date last week? Did you record your first artist date? Schedule time in your calendar to do this on a weekly basis. This time has to be NON NEGOTIABLE!! You will be amazed at the number of things that come up to try and sabotage this time. When this happens, the first thing to do ...

Iowa Blue Chickens

Iowa Blue Chickens While we are planning our pole barn house we are also deciding what animals we want to raise and what animals that are best suited for our land. We have decided we want to raise heritage breed animals that were raised in Europe and the United States before 1960. Heritage breeds are better foragers and hardy souls that will do well on their own. We knew we wanted to raise Scottish Highland Cattle, but we didn’t know what chickens we wanted to raise until I was reading my March ...

Carnivorous Plants!

The world is full of many wonderful, yet strange things. Take carnivorous plants for example. Most plants are harmless and don’t seem to do much. They just sit there waiting to be watered, fertilized and eaten. But not carnivorous plants! Instead of waiting patiently to be fed, they take a more proactive approach and catch their own food! With an active appetite for insects and other small animals, these carnivorous plants are definitely not your average garden plant. Carnivorous plants often ...

The Ugly Bug Spring Jive

Click to view slideshow. The Ugly Bug Spring Jive by PiP With the Herald of Spring the bugs start to arrive in my Garden of Eden for the “Ugly Bug Jive”. The weird and the ugly they give me the jitters who may I ask invented these critters? There are black bugs and green bugs and stripey ones too have they escaped from the Ugly Bug zoo?. Grass hoppers and spiders arrive at the door the Jive in full swing they take to the floor. The Ugly Bug Jive is now ...

Weird & Unusual: Dragon’s Blood Tree

Happy October, the month of Halloween and all things spooky! Let’s start the month off with an unusual plant with an unusual, slightly eerie name: the Dragon’s Blood Tree. The Dragon’s Blood Tree (dracaena cinnabari) is an evergreen tree native to Socotra Island, a remote island located in the Indian Ocean, with an unusual appearance that looks like a giant mushroom or upside umbrella. It is a flowering plant. In February, small, fragrant white or greenish flowers will bloom at the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesday morning on the 10.25

Countryside as Seen from a Moving Train

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their …

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Peer support through blogging

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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 child. After making the decision to take action instead of remaining silent, I sought answers to all the questions I had about going through the legal process, as well as general questions relating to whether I was ‘normal’. …

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Becoming whole by finding all the pieces

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One of the difficulties we have in ‘becoming whole’ is that others hold pieces of our story. As children, we do not have the capacity to understand the full context in which our abuse occurs. As we get older, and start to question who and what we are, we sometimes feel we are not ‘whole’ – that we are not normal, and there are parts of us missing. It was not until I wanted to heal, …

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Reflections: At A Crossroads…

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In life, we sometimes reach a point of indecision; a crossroad. At that point, we must stop and reflect, look back and then move forward. What crossroads have you had in your life? This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: If You Leave – CROSSROADS. Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; …

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Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life?

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“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Serve with your special gifts What Should I Do With My Life? Use Your Gifts to Serve Others: Why am I here? What is my life’s purpose? …

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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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