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Weekend on the Plaza

Two Thoughts for Tuesday Thought #1 Staycation in Kansas City I know I am starting to sound like a travel blog with all my posts about Kansas City.  This is, however, where I currently reside after moving hither and yon for the last forty years.   Over the long Labor Day weekend we stayed in town and had a KC vacation. Kansas City is known for a lot of different things.  Usually out-of-towners bring up the barbecue (KC style not to be confused with ...

Share Your World #23

Share your world too, at Cee’s Photography Blog! 1) Are you mostly a clean or messy person? I am clean, but untidy. Who knows how the tape measure ended up in the oven? And what about the time I found a sock in my purse? 2) As a kid was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get? Necco wafers. How about now? Necco wafers. 3) Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets? Oh, hell yes. I am pretty sure that I ...

Bloomin Onion

This is how The Outback Restaurant describes its Bloomin Onion appetizer: a true Outback original. “Our special onion is hand-carved by a dedicated bloomologist, cooked until golden and ready to dip into our spicy signature bloom sauce.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Not long ago Mrs. C. and I ducked into our local Outback for an early dinner. We often sit in the bar area where it’s permitted to order from the regular menu. We’d just ordered our drinks when the server arrived ...

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 4

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. Advanced Label Reading I was shocked at the things that end up in “healthy” vegan foods. I guess this is really an expansion on unhealthy vegan diet choices. I started reading labels many years ago when I quit sugar. ...

8 Delicious Chrysanthemum Recipes

Although chrysanthemums are generally available all year round, they are most popular in the fall. Chrysanthemums of all colours, sizes and forms are available. Not only do these bright and colourful flowers brighten up and beautify homes and gardens everywhere, the flowers and leaves are also edible. They are often used in Chinese cuisines, in both savoury and sweet dishes, to add a delicate, floral taste. Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in soups, teas, desserts and entrees. That being said, the ...

Drinking the fried Kool-Aid

It would appear that Americans are desperate for new types of fried food. French fried potatoes, deep-fried Twinkies, fried sugar dough just aren’t enough. I do admire the entrepreneurship of the creator of deep fried Kool-Aid. But really? Must we fry Kool-Aid? Many believe these types of foods are essential to a State Fair experience. I’m not going to mention that the inexpensiveness and overabundance of this sort of stuff has driven the average American to succumb to a heart attack on a plate mentality that benefits no one. Except, ...

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 3

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. Many “Healthy” Vegan Recipes are NOT! The decision to be vegan meant David gave up meat. And we gave up cheese and eggs. Meal planning became a challenge. I spent a couple of hundred dollars (all of it ...

Winter 2012 Flower Trends

As much as people may hate the cold, harsh temperatures, winter can enjoyable. You can make a snowman, go skiing, skating, snowboarding, and tobogganing, just to name a few winter activities. And as a matter of fact, many brides choose to have a winter wedding. There is something magical and romantic about this time of the year, especially when flowers are around! Flowers add colour and life to an otherwise dull, and dreadful environment. Whether you are planning your wedding or ...

Our Visit to Royal M Farm

My wife and I wanted to see for ourselves what Scottish Highland were like and have a chance to talk with in person  a farmer who raises them to see if all they say about Highlands are true. This is part of our education process to becoming farmers. All the reading of farm books and magazines do not replicate to actually talking to a farmer who is doing what we want to do. I looked on line and found the American Highlands ...

10 Uses for Marigolds

With its bright yellow-orange hues and cheerful nature, it’s no wonder the marigold is a summertime favourite with gardeners! These bright and vibrant flowers will liven up any garden, patio and other outdoor spaces! They would be ideal in beds, as borders, and in container gardening. Marigolds are also known to attract butterflies to the garden. The only downside is that marigolds produce a strong, pungent scent that isn’t so pleasant. Regardless, marigolds are grown commercially in various parts of the world ...

Free October 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

It’s that time again! As we are nearing the end September and getting ready for fall, here are some free October 2013 desktop calendar wallpapers for you! Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Enjoy!

critters, 'shrooms, and a pile of poop!

 this past week it's been cooler in the mornings...in the 60's. aaaaaah...perfect weather for wandering around and traipsing into the woods out back. no mosquitoes, gnats or ticks. the hibiscus is still blooming.   and the little grasshopper nymphs which i've posted pictures of before... are munching away...and growing!  baby Anoles are all over the place. they're pretty skittish... so you have to be very stealthy when trying to get a picture.   here's a Six-lined Race Runner. i always thought these were the Five Lined skinks. silly me. i never counted the ...

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 ...

Origami: Fall Flowers Edition

One of top searched terms on our flower blog is “origami flower.” For those that don’t know, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative forms, such as flowers, animals and geometric shapes.We think it’s because people love flowers so much and they want them to last forever since fresh flowers eventually die! But on the other hand, paper flowers will last indefinitely! Plus, they are a lot of fun to make! Now that fall is just around the corner, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Catelyn’s Cause

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Catelyn Stark meets with the lead character of the Gastar novellas. A tall wingless demon stood outside of Shevata’s hideout in Hell; a comfortable apartment with gilded velvet furniture. A desk stood in the middle for some bookkeeping and the few rejections Zermon had her review before exiling souls from eternal doom. “She’s waiting inside.” Shevata …

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