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Guest Post: Common Edible Flowers

Many people with gardens might not be aware that the plants already growing in their gardens can be used in the cooking of some simple, delicious, yet excellent dishes. Some commonly found and purchased flowers can be used as a colourful garnish or used to create a tasty nutritional treat. For those frugal yet culinary driven gardeners, edible flowers can be cheaply grown, harvested and handled for cooking. As many of the flowers can be grown quickly in a garden, there ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity…

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” Seneca Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity… An auditioner at an Oprah Show open call... Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity… Hula Hoop Queen... spinning for over an hour in a park Every moment we have breath is an opportune moment. We have finite time on this planet and we can choose how we use it; for benefit or banality. This week’s photo challenge had me paying attention to how I respond to events. Do ...

Tips for a Weed-Free Garden

For the most part, gardening is fun and rewarding! For many, the garden is a place for relaxation and peace! It’s such a joy to see beautiful flowers and luscious, green plants in the garden! That being said, a beautiful garden doesn’t come easy. Weeds are bound to grow. In order for your garden to look and perform its best, weeding in the early spring is a must! Weeds will take over your garden and deplete moisture and nutrients from your plants. Here are ...

Donna Summer: RIP The Queen of Disco…

“God had to create disco music so I could be born and be successful.” Donna Summer Donna Summer: RIP The Queen of Disco… I was sad to read that one of our all time favorite divas, The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), lost her battle with cancer today. She was 63. Donna burst onto the musical scene in the 1970s disco era with major hits that had us all dancing and sweating the night away in every discotheque worth its strobe lights ...

Flowers in Art: Kari Herer’s Mixed Media Prints

Kari Herer is an American photographer with a background in fine arts and graphic design. Her love of nature is beautifully expressed through these mixed media images, in which she artfully combines flowers with line drawings. These quirky, yet sophisticated pieces would be great additions to any home or office. You can see learn more about Kari and see her other works by visiting her website.  As well, these prints are available for purchase through her Etsy page.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the changing face of nature and her seasons Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for gatherings on healthy living, service, advocacy and love for others I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives. Rachel Roy I’m thankful for every moment. Al ...

Haiku: The Early Years…

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust Haiku: The Early Years… the world is a book This is not page three Early years, part idyllic Spent buried in books… Curled up in a corner of my dad’s office, I entered the magical world of books. There, I found the sunny parts and the missing parts of my life; a world that made more sense. In this post I share snippets ...

My Single-Worst-Vacation Failing...(thus far)

Our lake vacation thus far has been perfect. The weather, activities, fellowship, kids, fun - one of the best ever - except for one thing. The toothpaste. Dental disease might be better than this toothpaste! My wife single-handedly completed the herculean task of buying and packing foodstuffs to keep our family feed for seven days.  My task as trusted sidekick was toiletries.  The day we were leaving for the trip I thought I had nailed my sidekick responsibilities, getting everything we needed. However, during the ...

5 Truths About Loss

For no apparent reason, I was missing my folks this past weekend. That’s despite the fact that it’s been almost six years since my dad died and more than eight years since my mom passed away. Even though I’m a grown man with a family of my own, the loss of my parents still lingers and seems to sneak up on me in unexpected ways. And during those past few years, I’ve come to realize a few truths about loss: 1. Loss Happens to ...

5 Communication Lessons for Couples

A pile of melted plastic cups - the result of a communication breakdown at our home last night We’re a busy family. Between karate classes, violin and piano lessons, PTA, girl scouts, church volunteering and marathon training – our family has a lot going on. To enable us to maximize the time we have together, we’re blessed to have a bi-weekly housekeeping service that helps curb and control the nearly universal tendency towards entropy as far as home upkeep. Yesterday was housekeeping day, ...

The Success Principles: #8- chapter review

I'm reading the latest book from best-selling author Jack Canfield, titled The Success Principles, which comprise 64 different lessons that Canfield has learned during the past three decades as as a highly-successful entrepreneur, instructor, best-selling author and keynote speaker. My goal is to write a summary review for each chapter, until I'm finished with the book. You can access the most recent past summary here: The Success Principle #7 -Unleash the Power of Goal Setting Chapter 8: Chunk It Down The advice that Canfield delivers in this chapter is by ...

4 July 4th Holiday Traditions

This holiday weekend is a family favorite for us. The girls are out of school, the weather is awesome and it's a great time to relax. While there have been some tweaks to it over the years, every July 4th weekend there are four traditions that our family tends to follow: 1. Parade - we make an effort to attend one parade during this annual holiday to help instill in our daughters the concept that freedom has a cost. 2.Campfires - this holiday ...

Wedded Blisters - Part 10: Dinner Debate - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded Blisters" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #10 deals with the biggest question every couple faces - where to eat out for dinner!  The links other recent episodes follow the video below.  Please let me know what ...

Howdy Neighbors

Mrs. Chatterbox and I live in a townhouse where we’re connected to neighbors on both sides. We’ve never had any trouble: the builder did a great job soundproofing our unit so we haven’t been subjected to loud noise. I never met our neighbors even though we’ve lived here four years. A month ago a POD was left at the curb next door, one of those metal containers you fill with your furniture. Our neighbors were moving, and I’d never bothered ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Afterlife of the Viking

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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 them in chains. “If you want to drop this one in the pit, then do it.” Shevata attempted to jump down to leave, but Zermon held her back. “No, little devil. Let’s meet this man.” He handed her the scroll. She glanced a scowl as she unrolled it and read …

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On the Love of Intrigue

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So many aspects of stories reel in the readers of books or viewers of films or shows, be it action, fantasy, drama, horror, but on the short list of it all is the lure of intrigue, when we must know what happens next and a few hours sleep or loads of laundry won’t stop us. Many daytime television dramas I recall watching as a kid not missing them so much when school started, but during summer I hated …

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And the Oscar Goes To

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The battle rages on. Yesterday thanks to the abysmally low temperatures and the sleet/snow mix that found it’s way to hold me hostage, I spent the day doing looking at various screens. Really, the only way I could of accomplished LESS over the weekend would be to have been in a coma. BUT…given the fact, hubby is working …

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On Plot Turners

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“Layer Cake” As a fan of fiction, I applaud stories that reel me in with not only unexpected endings, but with characters that lay low making the biggest difference when the story is said and done. The recent example I’ve written about the most recently is the history based “The White Queen” with Richard of York beginning …

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Gastar and Greyjoy

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The Bastard of Bolton has Theon Greyjoy in a bad way in “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “Game Of Thrones.” Let’s see if the lead characters in the Gastar novellas can help Theon out a bit. “Are you kidding me?” Zermon lumbered behind Shevata as she turned the lock of the gate behind the …

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