Fun Flower Facts: Forget-Me-Not

The Forget-me-not is an unforgettable flower! Just about everyone knows its name! Known scientifically as myosotis, forget-me-nots are plants with clusters of dainty little flowers, about 1 cm in diameter. There are about 50 different species. These popular spring time flowers are commonly blue with yellow centers, but white and pink varieties are also available. Leaves are grey-green, hairy and stalkless. In the wild, they can be found in wet places like woodlands and stream banks. Forget-me-not is a favourite with gardeners. ...

Inspiration: Five Years From Now…

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson What would you say to the person you were five years ago?  Five years ago, I had accepted a wonderful opportunity that included lots of travel and a relocation to California. I had said yes on many levels; my decision was a resounding yes to growth and to life. What wasn’t apparent or mentioned at the time was that, months before, I had ...

Reflections: You Yourself Must Change It…

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin Reflections: You Yourself Must Change It… Dreams Before Waking by Adrienne Rich What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each other’s despair into hope?- You yourself must change it.- What would it feel like to know your country was changing?- You yourself must change it.- Though your life felt arduous new and unmapped and strange what would it mean to stand on the ...

Weekly photo challenge – Ready

Ready for the wedding guests…………… Ready to go…… Who am I? I  wear many hats – wife, mother, mother-in-law, new grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, great aunt, friend, business owner, so I decided to start a blog, somewhere I didn’t have to wear any hats, somewhere I could just be me. There is humour in my life and relationships and I write about it, for we all need to laugh and learn not to take ourselves too seriously.  We must enjoy this life, for it is not a dress ...

Musings: Angels Amongst Us…

“The angels are as perfect in form as they are in spirit.” Jeanne D’Arc Musings: Angels Amongst Us... Dante's Paradiso Canto ... a circle of angels Do you believe in angels? Do you believe there are angels and perhaps aliens amongst us? I do. Yes, I have tackled this topic in the past, and I return to it because I have read that when the world is in turmoil and people are struggling to make sense of difficult conditions, the angels come ...

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall…

“A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” Thomas Jefferson On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Ignore the no white rule... live! On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... capture the colors of falling foliage Labor Day Weekend  is a time to shift gears from the summer of surf and sand fun to a return to work and the impending fall season. It sets the tone serving us notice ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual…

“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.”  Edward Weston Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual... Changing terminal lights Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual... Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual... Changing terminal lights Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual... Changing terminal lights “I feel as though I have lived many lives, experienced the heights and depths of each and like the waves of the ocean, never known rest. Throughout the years, I have looked always for the unusual, for ...

Exploding Vases!

Breaking things on purpose can be fun! You might even call it art. Just ask Martin Klimas, the photographer behind these explosive images! Martin is a German photographer known for his high-impact, visually stunning photographs. Steel balls were thrown at the ceramic vases to shatter them into fragments. And of course, every bit of the destruction was captured using high speed photography. The final image is one that showcases the beauty of the harmonious, still flowers, along with the chaotic, and almost ...

Tough to Say “Happy Easter” After Reading This…

Many people ignore or take for granted the idea that Jesus was crucified more than two thousand years ago. However, the barbarism  of that mode of death was and is one of the most cruel means of tortured death. I came across this Medial Description of the Crucifixion by Dr. C. Truman Davis. These types of readings have been around for years, but if you’ve never had the chance to read – it’s enlightening – however, the phrase “Happy Easter” seems wildly ...

7 Questions With an Author: Keri Wyatt Kent

This is my weekly series “7 Questions With an Author…” where I ask an author seven questions about their respective book and share their unedited responses with you. Today’s featured author is best-selling writer Keri Wyatt Kent. Here’s a bit about Keri excerpted from her web site,  www.keriwyattkent.com. Keri writes and speaks to help people slow down, simplify, rest, so that they can listen to God. When she’s not traveling around the country to speak and lead retreats, she’s writing. Keri is a ...

My Guest Post for Jon Acuff: 6 Things Not to Tithe

Side Hugging with Jon Acuff I’m honored to be guest posting for my friend Jon Acuff today. Jon is a best-selling author of three books, he’s working on his fourth right now and he’s a highly-sought speaker. I’ve met Jon a few times at various conferences where he’s spoken [see photo insert]. Additionally, he has one of the most popular, satirical blogs on the Internet and it’s humbling to share his platform. Here’s an excerpt from today’s guest post titled 6 Things Not to Tithe For ...

Easy as Tiddlywinks

In seeking to write about Thanksgiving I found myself reaching back to the dim corners of yesterday, uncovering a misty vision of “little me” waiting in my crib for Ma to come and fetch me. I was standing on my toes holding onto the rail, bouncing as I begged, calling, but not crying. And then she appeared—wearing a smile as wide as an open window. With out stretched arms she gathered me up, and toted me off. I don’t remember ...

7 Questions With an Author: Ali Bierman

This is the next installment of a weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Ali Bierman,she's a competency-based psychotherapist who helps people ferret out exactly how they operate in relationships - revealing why those partnerships fail. With her training, clients grasp the knack of what to do to transform their patterns of behavior, leading to mastery in creating romantic relationships. She also regularly blogs over at http://www.howtohaveamazingrelationships.com/. Here's ...

Childhood Memories and Amazing Pool Table Trick Shots

Minnesota Fats - AP image As a kid growing up in the 1970s, one of my favorite things to watch on Saturday afternoons was ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Two of the reasons why was because they used to feature daredevil stunt man Evil Kenevil as well as billiards tournaments with the likes of Minnesota Fats [see photo insert] and Willie Mosconi. In between the billiards tournaments the show producers ran segments of trick shots where the players would bend the laws of ...

Angry Birds: 10 Games That Didn't Make the Cut

Blockbuster game "Angry Birds" I don't understand the game Angry Birds. I've never played it but virtually everybody I know does - I don't get it. At its core, the game pelts suicidal birds at shoddily constructed buildings in the hopes that the structures will collapse on and kill green pigs that are inside. Could you imagine the public outcry if any part of that scenario was actually true? As inhumanly cruel as it sounds, that's the premise that was approved, designed and ...

Are You a Builder or Breaker???

Builder or Breaker? - image via 123RF I heard this poem years ago and happened to stumble across it while reading this past weekend – it poses a provocative question for us all. I saw them tearing a building down, A group of men in a busy town, With hefty blow and lusty yell, They swung with zest, And a side wall fell. Asked of the foreman, “Are these men skilled? The kind you would hire if you had to build?” He looked at me, and laughed, “No, indeed! Unskilled labor is ...

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New Day, New Title, New Opening Scene

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Just over a month ago I posted what I thought was the new title of my novel in progress. I was wrong. I also posted what I thought was my new opening scene. I was wrong. Will I ever learn? Apparently not, since I’m posting an even newer title and opening scene. Ah, the power of a …

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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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100 Nightmares – coming very soon

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Horror is not a genre I usually feel comfortable with. That said there is something about the writing of K.Z. Morano that draws you in, in spite of yourself. How someone who looks so sweet, could write such gut-wrenching stories baffled me when I first read her work. But she is a writer who can turn her pen to other genres too, and I admire her ability to do that. …

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Change in Title of Novel, New Beginning

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The novel TOWN OF SECRETS. On her way out, Mallory took a steak knife from the kitchen drawer and slid it to the bottom of her purse. She probably should buy a switchblade. What if she grabbed the wrong end of the steak knife while rummaging for her cell phone? The thought of bright red blood dripping into her purse, let alone coming from her own finger, gave her a shiver. …

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The New Arrival to Gastar

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This is the second excerpt from the upcoming third Gastar novella. Many new and old characters maneuver around Shevata’s life, making plans for her before she returns to her home city of Gastar, in hopes of setting aside her past existence as a veteran assassin to live as a normal person: Shevata, lead character assassin of …

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The Gastar Pirates

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Shevata, lead character of the Gastar Series This except from the upcoming third Gastar novella features pirates! The ship rocked slightly as the sailors pushed it quietly away from the docks with poles. The rising tide would take them out further to sea at sunrise, within the hour. Four men sat around the mast, looking down at …

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Guest Post: The King and his Horse by Andrea McMillin

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I want to thank Andy again for offering me an article again; as well I’m honored to share my blog space for another of her outstanding historic medieval essays. Check out her blog with some great visual: http://medievalessays.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-king-and-his-horse.html?spref=tw Richard, Duke of Gloucester, “The White Queen” One of the most important aspects of chivalry is the knight and his …

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