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New Flower Varieties 2012 – My Top Picks

It’s that time of the year again when my mind starts digging in the dirt, splitting plants & planning my garden changes for spring. The snow is all gone, it’s starting to warm up and even though it’s only the beginning of May my well settled plants are sprouting up already. A welcome sight compared to this time last year when there was still 2 feet of snow covering my flower beds! So I have started my hunt for New Flower ...

When Did Technology Stop Being Our Friend?

Thought Number One:  My Computer is a Peeping Tom I was watching one of the morning news shows and there was a segment about how all of us should be extra careful in leaving our computers on with the webcam exposed. Yes...exposed webcams are being used by voyeurs (or perverts, if you prefer)  to keep an eye on you in the privacy of your home.  At the beginning of the story there was an ominous tone that suggested that we were being ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge…

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Norman Maclean Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora with the river and more… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora flames, a river and a NY sunset… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Nature meets nurture… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… nature and a river running through it. As serendipity would have it, I was playing around, creating merged images with pixlr express early this week and found it quite easy to use. I wanted to place ...

Techy Tuesday

Techy Tuesday

First Thought ...... Big news...anxiously awaiting the big reveal....can hardly wait!!! Today the IPHONE 5 is going to be revealed.  What's that, I hear you say??? You don't really care? No...say it isn't so? Well for me, I can hardly wait to find out if this is  a better version over the previous models.  Hubby and I all but flew out of our chairs for the opportunity to wait in the horrific lines at the AT&T store when the IPhone first came out.  Of course, that led us to ...

Older, Wiser, Weirder

We all have heard the adage "wisdom comes with age", haven't we?  How about the more subtle quote of Robert Frost, “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” ? There are actually a number of  quotes that support the idea that we gain wisdom as we grow older. When I can look Life in the eyes, Grown calm and very coldly wise, Life will have given me the Truth, And taken in exchange - my youth. ~Sara Teasdale So...If I have gotten the gist of all these quotes, ...

Orchids Named After Famous People

The tradition of naming orchids dates began in the 1940s in the United States, where orchids were bred to honour the VIPs. And ever since then, it seems like it has become a trend to name hybrid orchids after famous people. In fact, at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, they have a very popular “VIP Orchid Garden,” which showcases over 100 orchid hybrids named after celebrities, political figures and other VIPs. Here’s a look at some of the VIPs with orchids named ...

Haiku: Auguries of August…

Not a whit, we defy augury. There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. William Shakespeare Haiku: Auguries of August… Summer blooms (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Summer Blooms Wilting The Auguries of August Fall Beckons to You… “Life is an Album; and my free Imagination loves to look and read, with happy augury, thy ...

The Economics of Candy Trading

I’ve written about the best and worst candies before – been there, done that. But I’m in awe of this geniusly-funny satirical look at candy trading in the aftermath of Halloween, which spoofs classic economic theory as a way to maximize your confection capital. It was the funniest three minutes of my past week, and my funny bone is indebted to my friend Esther Buzzell for sharing this video – you won’t be disappointed! Question: How long will you keep Halloween candy in your ...

The Science of Sin

I came across a fascinating story regarding McMaster University in Ontario Canada. The basic gist of the article is that more than 180 students were divided into groups and assigned the task of trying to identify the molecular makeup of four sins specifically: lust, gluttony, wrath and sloth (laziness). Click here for the full story. http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/story.cfm?id=7312 The student groups then sought a hypothetical solution using biology/chemistry to try and remedy those sins. My initial reaction to this exercise was that of shock ...

I'm Back In The Classroom Today - So Let's Talk Wolfe's Lady

After about the leanest year of subsitute teacher ever, I am back in the classroom today and tomorrow pretending to be a kindergarten teacher.  Although the school year is winding down and ends later this month - in our district anyway - thinking of the classroom brings my thoughts back to my first release from December 2010, Wolfe's Lady.   Like Love Tattoo, it was a Night Owl Reviews top pick. Since I actually thought up the idea for it one day while ...

Clean Laundry??? - A Guy's Perspective.....

Laundry: Clean or Dirty??? Men and women have different standards about "cleanliness." I'm not sure if it's nurture or nature - but there seems to be a clear difference between where guys and gals fall along the sanitary spectrum. This fact came to light during a discussion with my seven-year old girl as she was getting ready for bed. At the foot of her bed were three nightgowns from the past three nights - and she was getting a “fresh” nightgown out ...

The Vision of Faith

This past weekend I saw a powerful locker room speech delivered by NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano. The set-up for the video below is important – so bear with me. In January, Pagano took over the leadership roll of the hapless Colts who managed to win only two games last season and lost 14. Their star quarterback Peyton Manning sat on the bench recovering from a series of neck surgeries. During the off-season, the Colts traded Manning and recruited college ...

My Book is an Amazon Best-Seller

I’m kind of stunned that my book, which launched today on Amazon, is currently the #1 “New Hot Release” within the Religion & Spirituality category. I took a screenshot because I couldn’t believe it myself!  While it ain’t the New York Times or Wall Street Journal best-selling lists – I’ll gladly take it and give all the glory to God! It’s not too late to join the party, click the link below to get your copy plus more than 60 FREE bonuses!!! http://thedailyretort.com/faith/ I’ll ...

Designing with Wow! PlaySpaces

It’s not hard to imagine how the name for Wow! PlaySpaces was decided. One look at any of their jaw-dropping projects and the word “wow” is involuntarily uttered! And we are so excited to be working with them to design the innovative Village Park Eco Home, a home being built to answer the question, “What’s next in high-performance home construction?” Together and in partnership with Make-A-Wish North Texas, we will be designing and installing a custom play area in the home ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where to from here?

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Sometimes I get interrupted mid-flow when writing, so I end up with all these little ‘scribbles’ that don’t really go anywhere because I can’t seem to find my way back to whatever head-space I was in at the time. Anyway, here’s an example of one of those ‘scribbles’ Leaving “What do you mean you’re leaving?” “I’m leaving!” “But, it’s …

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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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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

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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 collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which is title Buzz: The Book, a primer on what it takes to build and sustain buzz for a service, product, idea or brand. …

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The Kid Got to Me

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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 of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. What had happened to make her look inwardly, away from the rockets and the blistering pink of youth? …

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A Very Private Dancer

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I was very surprised and delighted that Rochelle had chosen one of my photographs for the prompt this week. It was taken at the end of a fiesta in Valldemossa, a lovely little town in Majorca where we spent a very enjoyable day. It is so good to see the number of writers taking part in …

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I’m sorry for my hypocrisy

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I haven’t always been so true, No one knows this more than you. When your child was abused too, I said, “This is what you should do.” “You should definitely speak out!” My words becoming a shout. You should’ve given me a clout And said, “Go sort yourself out.” For yet, and all the while, I was drowning in denial, That though I continued to smile, I …

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