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Ginger–Don’t leave home without it!

I get sick with a cold or the flu once a year if I need it or not. This year it was the stomach flu. Probably not technically the flu but some norovirus that acts like the flu. Whatever it was, it was a very nasty invader. At first I thought it might be food poisoning because of the nausea, vomiting and general intestinal distress. But I couldn’t come up with any foods I had eaten that would have poisoned me.  ...

5 Famous Folks I Know (because of my blog)

If you’ve read The Daily ReTORt during the past few months, it’s difficult to hide the fact that I’m a HUGE fan and supporter of author, blogger, podcaster and nationally-sought speaker – Michael Hyatt. Michael is the former CEO and current board Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing – the seventh largest publishing house on the planet. Michael is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an individual whom I deeply respect. My friendship with Michael began from a series of ...

Weekly photo challenge – Windows

This first shot is of the Gridiron building in New York, it seems so fragile especially taken from this angle. This is a detail from one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedral in Prague which I particularly liked. The detail and the colours are so fresh, just breathtaking. On a visit to Spain, we drove up to Ronda and this is a view across the gorge.

8 Least Favorite Fruits

I love virtually all vegetables and fruits. But let’s be honest, not all fruits are worth eating. In fact, some might only be sanctioned for consumption in a post-apocalyptic-global-thermo-nuclear-war scenario. Such is the case for the following eight fruits that are simply not fit to eat otherwise. 8. Prunes - I rather enjoy plums but somehow during the dehydration process to metamorph into a prune, all the tart deliciousness gets sucked out and gets replaced with the blechy flavor of nursing home, moth balls, Geritol and Ensure. 7. Mango/Papaya/Pineapple/Akee – The very thought ...

The "Should I Even Blog?" Question

It is Sunday and I have been sitting here looking at my blog statistics and wondering whether or not to just hit the "Delete" button and either start over or stop blogging altogether. I want everyone who reads this blog to know that you are very important to me and I want to work hard to give you the kind of content that you enjoy and that will encourage you to keep coming back to read even more. My first idea was ...

Piglet’s 2nd Blogiversary

Piglet’s blogiversary cake Two years ago today my daughter Piglet in France introduced me to the WordPress blog platform,  and Piglet in Portugal was born. She patiently (she is not renowned for her patience when demonstrating techie stuff on the PC to Mother) showed me how to make posts, include links and upload photographs, create pages and a blogroll etc. I missed my first “Blogiversary” due to the excitement of the arrival of our first grandchild in France. So I will celebrate my ...

Banana Carrot and Walnut Muffins

Ingredients: 3 medium carrots 2 medium very ripe bananas 60g butter 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1 large egg at room temperature 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Method: Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with butter or spray with Spray and Cook. Grate carrots and set aside. Mash bananas with fork and set aside. In mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Stir in the bananas. In small bowl, ...

A Guide to Buying Valentine’s Day Flowers Online

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Nothing says romance quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Make the love of your life feel special and loved by surprising her with a gift of flowers this February 14th. It will guarantee to make a lasting impression. There is still time to order flowers online for Valentine’s Day. If this is your first time buying flowers, don’t worry. Ordering flowers online is easy and convenient! Here is a step-by-step guide to help ...

Fun Flower Facts: Lilac

Scientific name: Syringa vulgaris (sir-IN-ga vul-GAH-ris)! Lilac is a genus of about 25 flowering deciduous trees native to southeastern Europe and eastern Asia. Trees range from a  height of  2m to 10m tall. (~6-10ft).  Lilacs are beloved flowers valued for their clusters of  strongly fragrant blooms. They are popular ornamental plants that can be found in public parks and gardens all around the world, as they are fast growing and don’t require much maintenance. In fact, less pruning will result in more ...

Freebie Friday: Free Widescreen HD December 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpapers!

Is it the end of the month already? Time sure flies by! Celebrate a new month with these December 2012 Desktop Calendar wallpapers that were created just for you! These high definition (1920×1080) are ideal for widescreen monitors! Click on image to save to your desktop. Enjoy!

More on Felting

I'm pleased with the felted "landscapes" that seem to have evolved from my first experience with needle felting. I didn't set out to do landscapes, but something about the way you can blend colors of felt became for me reminiscent of either open vistas or stormy oceans (perhaps this one?): These are all the tools you need, a wire brush for blending of felt colors (two actually) and the needles: The only other materials needed are the foam board for the punching, and a piece ...

The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Canada

While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees are painted in vibrant shades of red, yellows and oranges. The sight is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The brilliance of the fall foliage is one ...

The Ghost Fower (Mohavea Confertiflora)

With Halloween just a couple of days away, we’ve got spooky flowers on our minds here at Fun Flower Facts. We like to think of ourselves as a blog with a special interest in flowers and plants with fascinating names or characteristics.  In the past, we have profiled the Dragon’s Blood Tree, Bat Face Cuphea, Ghost Orchids, the Ghost Plant, and so much more! So if you like that kind of thing, you should definitely visit our blog often! Today’s blog ...

The Best Places in the World to See Cherry Blossoms

It’s Cherry Blossom season! During this time of the year, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom! In Japan, viewing cherry blossoms is a traditional custom known as “Hanami.” From March until early May, the cherry blossoms or sakura (in Japanese) in Japan are at their most beautiful. To celebrate springtime and beauty of the sakura, picnicking underneath the trees is a tradition. These are best places in the world to see cherry blossoms: 1. Japan Japan is cherry blossom central. It ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Share Your World

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To participate in Share Your World, click here 1) What was the last URL that you bookmarked? The last URL I bookmarked was Vivian Delores, which is a blog I just started in memory of my mom. I am not quite sure what all I will do with it, but page 1 is finished. 2)For relaxation, would you …

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Closing the Window

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Fact-based: After another long day in the classroom, Sarah went home to take a short afternoon nap. Teaching elementary school seemed to be in her blood, as it was the chosen profession of her mother and grandparents. As she stared at the ceiling fan moving slowly, she reflected back on her thirty-five years of life and …

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How to Paint a Chair

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She rummaged around her paint shelf for the stain she’d used so inexpertly eight years ago on the garden furniture. Was it still there? She’d recently purged the basement of truckloads of detritus accumulated over the years. Much of it, including many old cans of paint, was recycled at various points around the city. Could …

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Out Of Hell

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Fiction to help celebrate Halloween: A shiver runs through me when I think back to the time when Tammy, my wife of five years, came to the conclusion that the gray tabby who’d lived contentedly with us since we bought her on our honeymoon, was lonely. Tammy convinced me that Sausalito, “Saucy” needed another feline to …

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Conclusion: Ghost of Kilarney Park

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If you missed Part One, check it out here. Haunted houses and Halloween go together like dots on dice, but the haunted house on our street never did anything to attract trick-or-treaters. So why was there a light burning on Verna’s porch? My feet began pulling me to the light. My head swirled with thoughts of murder: …

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Ghost of Kilarney Park

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In keeping with the season I’m reposting a true Halloween story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. I hope you enjoy it: Haunted houses belong in the realm of goose bumps, foggy nights and old neighborhoods, not pristine suburbs with freshly asphalted streets, unblemished sidewalks and immature trees. But a ghost lingered across the …

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