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Reflections: A Circle Of Five…

“O Lord! May our ears listen to nothing but auspicious words, may our eyes see nothing but auspicious things, may we have healthy bodies and be blessed with long life.” Rig Veda Reflections: A Circle Of Five… As above, So below Every day offers auspicious moments for us to learn and grow…  Today is a particularly auspicious day because it brings our attention to a set of numbers that occur in a unique sequence; 12-12-12. If we added up just this sequence ...

On Friends and the New Author by C.C.Cole July 25, 2011

from "South Park" As a new author, I feel blessed to have the support given to me by my family and close friends.  Let me clarify early in this article that “friends” means people we’ve known and trusted for years, outside of social networking.  As adults, I’ve found that most of my closest friends are those I met in childhood or high school, with occasionally making a close friend in adulthood.  When my first book, “Act of Redemption” came out in 2009, ...

On The Inbox Wormhole

As I’m continuing my writing journey and realizing my time in cyber-space is at least as consuming as my time on Earth, there’s always a place I fear to look, a place of darkness, like in “Dune.”  Only I don’t have a poison needle and a cute actor sitting across from me as I enter this strange place.  Like most people, I call it my Inbox. Don’t get me wrong; I’m happy to get correspondence from friends and contacts I’ve made ...

On Blogging: The Long Haul…

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” Brian Clark On Blogging: The Long Haul... Why Blog? ♥ WHY BLOG? When I read Erica V’s post on tips for long term blogging, it got me thinking about the evolution of this blog too and the things I’ve learned along the way. Like many others, when I started blogging, I had tons of ideas on how to send this blog into the stratosphere. However, as ...

The Leap of Faith

It was more attention than she’d ever received in her life. How she’d ended up this high was anyone’s guess, but she was glad it happened: All eyes were on her; she was the star! But what did they, her new fans, want? Dizzy with excitement and overwhelmed by her sudden fame, she could barely make out the crowd’s unisyllabic chant from below. Listening, listening, Faith was finally able to discern: “Jump! Jump! Jump!” Eager to please and keep them coming back for more, she happily ...

I am really still alive

I haven’t written anything for weeks.  Mornings have been spent doing things to get us settled.  Afternoons have been hot and humid and are officially designated as nap time. The heat and the bugs have pretty much eaten or killed the garden.  So there isn’t much material there except that we have a lot to learn about gardening in this environment! The kitchen is still unfinished. No counters, no cupboards, no dishwasher or garbage disposal and no window covering.  It is hot ...

Strange and Wacky Travel Destinations Part 2

If you can't get around the globe to visit some of the sites mentioned in Part 1 click here then don't worry. There are plenty of strange attractions right here in the US. Here are a few places to stop on your next road trip. National Museum of Funeral History Image by Mr. Kimberly via Flickr The Museum, which was founded by Robert Waltrip, opened its doors in 1992 in Houston Texas. The museum has various exhibitions that include a casket factory, Civil ...

The Guys Guide to Giving Flowers

92% of women can remember the last time they received flowers, and 89% say receiving flowers makes them feel special. Giving great floral gifts, however, still remains a mystery to most men. To help them out, author and TV host Rebecca Cole provides guidance on giving females flowers. “If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the pathway to a woman’s heart is through her other senses,” said Cole, author of Flower Power and co-host of Discovery Channel’s ...

Meet The Vick’s VapoRub Plant!

Mint has a nice scent, but it has nothing on the Plectranthus tomentosa, or “Vick’s VapoRub Plant! This perennial succulent has fuzzy leaves that smell just like the popular cough and congestion rub, which has a strong, distinctive menthol and camphor scent. The scent is more prominent when the leaves are crushed. The plant can be identified by its light, green leaves that are covered with fine hairs. It can reach a height of 30 inches (75cm) tall. Small, purple flowers ...

hiking at our in-town prairie

last weekend we packed up the camper, loaded up milo, and drove 25 minutes to the other side of town...to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. it would've been nice to get a camping spot at a park a little farther away, but when i tried to make reservations a month ago...this was the FIRST and ONLY available spot! so i booked it! the prairie basin was formed when a number of sinkholes close together eventually merged. for 12,000  years people have settled in this area. from prehistoric times ...

BGI Receives ASID Legacy of Design Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce that Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received First Place in the 2013 ASID Legacy of Design Awards for Bathroom Design! Founded in 1975 and with over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional association for interior designers in the United States. The association’s annual competition recognizes the finest interior design achievements in each state’s chapter and, needless to say, the competition is fierce! Pictured from left to right: ...

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 ...

Fun Flower Facts: Tigridia (Tiger Flower)

Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Many of the species are native to Mexico and Guatemala. Tigridias are valued for their large, showy flowers that come in variety of bright colours and attractive sword-like leaves. Flowers come in vibrant reds, pinks, yellow, white and purple. These exotic beauties have 3 large outer petals and 3 small ...

How to Pick the Freshest Flowers for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And being the romantic and caring person that you are, you want to give your Valentine some beautiful flowers this February 14th. Although you can simply and conveniently order flowers online or even over the phone, you’ve decided you would rather go to your local florist and hand pick the flowers this year because it’s more personal and meaningful! Here are some tips to picking out the freshest flowers at your local florist: Flower are ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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