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Indulge – Weekly Photo Challenge

My first thoughts were of chocolate or a long laze in a bath full of soft scented bubbles…… Then I looked through my photographs to see what indulgences I could find there and it’s not always what you have in mind that jumps out at you from the screen.  So, here are my photos for this week: I love Sushi and I have never seen so much in one place at one time……. I had dreamed of going to Egypt ever since my first ...

RSS, and description of your Blog...

Looking through these submissions two things stand out. Know what an RSS feed is or where to find it on their page, second, many authors are neglecting to put an 'about me' page on their site. Both of these things are important. The RSS feed is used by those who choose to follow your blog and also used to serve content to wherever you might leave your link. RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used ...

Vegan French Toast

French toast has always been a favorite breakfast food, but the eggs more or less made it a non-starter. Lately we have been testing alternatives and here is my current favorite. The best thing about this particular recipe is that it slightly sweet and toasts up to a wonderful golden brown. I promise you won’t miss the eggs at all! Vegan French Toast In a flat pan mash 2 bananas into a paste Wisk in 1 cup coconut milk 3/4 cups nut milk 1/2 tsp cinnamon OPTIONAL: 1 ...

To the corner and take a right

I frequently make poor choices related to navigation. If there’s a fifty-fifty chance of making the wrong turn, I take it. Prior to heading out from my hotel early this morning, a colleague directed me to run up Broadway to 14th Street, take a right, and I would reach the lake in a few minutes. She is wiser than me and an experienced runner. I trust her judgment. I am in Oakland, California attending the Community Food Security Coalition’s annual meeting, ...

Green Smoothies and Green Juice

We got a Ninja for Christmas. It’s not a VitaMix, but it is a big improvement over our trusty old Osterizer. And so far I am very impressed. We immediately took a field trip to Costco for bagged organic kale, containers of organic spinach and organic Granny Smith apples, organic kiwi and a bag of regular old carrots. Trader Joe’s was next and there we invested in more greens – arugula, bok choy and chard and some organic frozen fruit: pineapple, ...

Trifecta Meme

This is my Trifecta Meme post.  Click here to learn more. 1) What is your name (real or otherwise)? My real name is Susan Shuman. My otherwise name is SusanWritesPecise. 2) Describe your writing style in three words. Creepy, dark, maudlin 3)  How long have you been writing online? I’ve been a freelance writer for nearly a year and my blog was born in October. 4) Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? I participate in 100wcgu, Haiku Heights, Saturday Centus, and Share Your World. 5) Describe one way in which you could ...

Weekly photo challenge…..Opportunity

Life’s all about taking opportunities when they arise, here are a few I’ve seen. Coliseum Rome, taking a break…. Hitching a ride…….. and finally, my missed opportunity to photograph a whale, he’s now just the dark shape in the middle of the photo 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 ...

Plant Diseases: Rust

Rust is one of the most common fungal plant diseases. The rust fungi will cause unsightly, small, yellow spots on the surface of the leaves and a brown, orange or black powdery residue underneath. The disease is not deadly, but can cause leaves to fall off early and weaken the plant. Unlike other fungi, rust tends to affect healthy plants, usually during late summer or early fall. The disease is spread by spores in the air. As a fungal disease, the ...

Floriade 2013: Australia’s Celebration of Spring

While everyone else in the world is getting ready for Autumn, Australia is celebrating Spring with Floriade. Floriade, which is Latin for “design with flowers” is a month long flower festival that takes place in Australia from mid-September to early October. This annual festival is held at the Canberra Commonwealth Park with a different theme each year. The festival, which showcases a million flowers in bloom, is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Numerous, beautiful gardens with spring-flowering bulbs, such ...

What are these?

What are these? Are they the eyes of a GM critter? Have aliens arrived from outer space? hmmmm I’m not convinced. OK, humour me and let your imagination indulge itself – what do you think? Please check out Piglet’s new gardening blog – Piglet’s Plot. I’m a little lonely…

Maiden Sleeps II

Maiden Sleeps II ..progressed from Maiden Sleeps I - as you would expect. Again it went through an orientation change and became a portrait format rather than the landscape format of the previous work. I also decided to bring back some of the historically decorative elements that have been seen in my work before this.  For example, if you look at the design element in the work below you will get an idea of what I was thinking about. Chronos So as you look ...

Fun Flower Facts: “Butter and Eggs” Flower aka Linaria vulgaris

Other names: yellow toadflax, bread and butter, bunny mouths, flaxweed,  lion’s outh Butter and eggs isn’t breakfast. It’s the name of a flower that seems to be everywhere. You might have seen these snapdragon-like flowers along roadsides, wastelands and alleys. Actually, in some places like Alberta, Canada,  these fast-spreading perennials are consider weeds. Butter and Eggs is the common name given to this buttery flower with an orange/yellow-yolk center, also known scientifically as linaria vulgaris. The orange “tongue” part of the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hyssop

Hyssop (or hyssopus) is a herbaceous perennial shrub belonging to the mint family with attractive spikes of flowers that come in purple, blue, pink, white and orange. Both the flowers and the leaves are fragrant, with scents ranging from bubblegum to licorice. Plants grow to be 2-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Hyssop is easy to grow from seed and the flowers are long lasting, blooming from late summer until fall. The most popular cultivated variety is H. officinalis. These ...

Color Mixing – Greens

Color mixing  - trial and error or what? Color mixing is one of the most elusive aspects of painting. There is so much bad information about it – everywhere.  Most of the UTube videos you watch tell you only half the story and the books on the subject are not much better.  There are very few easy to read and correct books out there on colour theory, despite the fact that there are so many of them. This year I am going ...

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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Music Memories: Something There To Remind Me…

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When Smooth Operator came out, I listened to it endlessly… It reminded me of a cad or two I’d met over the years… You know, the type that promised everything and delivered nothing… Need I say more? Enjoy the music. Reflect on your experiences and share them below… …

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Music: Enjoy The Beat…

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I’ve always fancied myself a music lover and wanna be entertainer. At one point in my life, I loved taking charge at parties and rocking the tunes… Music is truly a pure form of joy that each of us can interpret anyway we wish. I’d like to share a few songs I like and hopefully you can add yours …

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Flying With The Eagles

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I still have a buzz from Saturday night. I’m sluggish, headachy, nauseated, and have an overall feeling of unpleasantness. No, I didn’t drink. I went to see the Eagles in concert at The Forum. The Madison Square Garden Entertainment Company claims they spent $100 million dollars and I was looking forward to seeing this concert …

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Musings: What Is Your Mondegreen?

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“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven What’s your mondegreen? A mixed bag of musical instruments A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. It most commonly is applied to a line in a poem …

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Music Helps Put the Merry Into the Season

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Here we are…. just a day away from Christmas. While there are a lot of things I enjoy about the holiday season, one of my VERY favorite things is Christmas music. LOVE IT! I might be not within the normal range on this. (Normal is a subjective word in most instances with me.) Here in Kansas …

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How Could I Forget Mel Torme?

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As we sit here among the millenials And the hip hop happy nexters a velvet fog comes floating down From the speakers hidden up there, startled, delighted, suddenly thirty-five years younger, I look happily around, expecting other faces to register the same ecstatic recognition, but Torme is not Mogen David, Mel doesn’t even run in that crowd he’s Dom Perignon in a Waterford flute, which explains …

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