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The Epiphany Part Last—Sensible Shoes…and Other Stuff

It has been a while since my last post…apparently in looking back I skipped the entire month of May…what was I thinking. Oh yah…that would be the point of this post. Well, I did indeed have an epiphany. When I left you all last I had taken a vacation to visit a friend. It was a lovely trip and a very good visit. I visited a place that I had traveled through many times but never stopped to have a look. ...

So…About This Blog Thingy…

I have been away for a short while and I want to thank Anne Dickens for holding down the fort with her epic franchise about one of her trips to China. The truth is, I have been working as technical director for a play that opens this Friday ["Almost Maine"]. This is hell week and the tech rehersals go quite late so my play time has been at a minimum. It has been fun...but I'll be happy to get my quiet life ...

Baby vs. Bathwater

I can only think of one friend I have ever had who was from Arizona. Her family was not originally from there, but they had moved when her father's company relocated. We went to school in New York together, and she was intent on proving her non-Arizona-ness. I visited her family during a school break and was bewildered by the lemon trees growing on every front lawn in the tract housing neighborhood. It had never occurred to me that fruit trees ...

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 ...

Visiting Old Friends--the Good, the Sad and the Memories

Last week I decided to bake some cupcakes and take them to the staff at Creticos Cancer Center, where Ken received his treatments and we were constantly as dazzled by the tenderness and humor we found there as they were by Ken's positive attitude and undeterred sprit. I hadn't seen any of them since I was there with Ken and his folks for a social visit in April. I'd been there to see my therapist once since he died, but ...

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Spinach Soup)

Nothing says Portugal like Caldo Verde. This is a simple but delicious soup. Ingredients: 4 Tbsp olive oil 2 large onions very finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic crushed 250g chorizo sausages cut into rounds 6 large potatoes cut into quarters 8 cups water 2 tsp salt 500g kale spinach finely shredded Method: In a large pot heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent. Add the chorizo and fry for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir so that the potatoes are coated with the oils Add ...

91 Stains

Here is this weekend’s Trifextra Challenge: “Thirty years ago, Roald Dahl published the book Dirty Beasts, a collection of poems for children about weird and wonderful animals. The last poem, however, is called The Tummy Beast about a boy who thinks there’s someone living in his belly. Your Trifextra challenge is to write 33 words on a beast in an unusual place. No swamps or forests or caves, we really want you to take your beast out of its comfort zone.” *** Waterproof, smudge-proof evidence Of unforgivable, Stealthy Wrongs Leaving A muddied conscience; a ...

Charcoal Landscapes

Charcoal Landscapes Currently, as I’ve moved recently and my space has looked like a tornado went through it, I have had to settle for something a little simpler than painting. Charcoal landscapes seemed to fit the bill. Here are a couple of works I’ve done. The first was worked up with charcoal and the second with graphite – a very slippery and un-userfriendly medium! Lake Both of these works, are an attempt to delve into the spirit of the landscape and express something ...

Mexican Plum Blossoms...Welcome Springtime!

For this week's MACRO MONDAY post I am sharing my most recent shots. On Friday morning, I put my macro lens through the paces as the Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana) tree near my office was in full & glorious bloom. These blossoms were so inviting and the vernal equinox was so close, I just HAD to take advantage of the opportunity Mother Nature provided. I especially like how the anthers of these blossoms reach out from the center of the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Echinacea (Coneflower)

There are other flowers that go by the name “coneflower,” however, this blog post is about Echinacea—plants that are considered “true coneflowers” and are native to North America. Echinacea can be identified by their colourful, daisy-like flowers with raised, cone-like centers. Flowers come in pink, purple, and white. Plants grow to 2-4 feet tall, depending on variety. Coneflowers are among the most popular cultivated plants in North America. Gardeners enjoy growing these showy perennials because they are easy to grow, low maintenance ...

Good news! Scientists have Created Pollen-Free Flowers

Allergy sufferers can rejoice! No more red, itchy eyes! No more sneezing and wheezing! They can say good bye to pollen, the culprit behind all the allergies. At least for a new variety of geranium, anyways. Scientists from the University of Plant and Cellular Biology in Valencia, Spain have created pollen-free geraniums. Cultivating and breeding geraniums isn’t anything new. Gardeners have been doing it since the 17th century. The pollen-free flowers were a result of genetic modification. Scientists used GM technology ...

Fun Flower Facts: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (or mum) is a genus of flowering plants native to China that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is related to the aster, dahlia, pot marigold, zinnia and strawflower. It is one of the most popular plants in the world. There are hundreds of different varieties, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. And flower breeders are constantly creating new varieties each year. Chrysanthemums can be two different types:  standard and spray. Standard chrysanthemums will produce a single flower head at ...

Fun Facts: Wedding Flower Traditions and Customs

In China and Japan, the colour white represents death and funerals, so it’s avoided in weddings. Red is the preferred colour; roses and peonies are popular wedding flowers. Greeks include ivy in their bouquets because it represents endless love and tenacity. In Middle Eastern cultures, the herb artemisia is included in the bridal bouquet to help new couples overcome the tough and bitter times of the marriage. Swedish and Danish grooms have been known to fasten pungent herbs like chives, garlic and rosemary ...

Success – What Can Contribute To It?

Last post we were discussing the roll of play and success. I asked you to think about some reasons why we might not play enough as adults, here are some ideas I came up with…. I think some of the main reasons we don’t engage in frivolous play as adults are: We care too much about what others think of us We don’t want to appear to be silly We consider it is not important enough to warrant spending our precious time on it Or ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesday morning on the 10.25

Countryside as Seen from a Moving Train

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their …

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A Very Private Dancer

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I was very surprised and delighted that Rochelle had chosen one of my photographs for the prompt this week. It was taken at the end of a fiesta in Valldemossa, a lovely little town in Majorca where we spent a very enjoyable day. It is so good to see the number of writers taking part in …

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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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A Silent Star

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Hello fellow Friday Fictioneers, hope you’ve all had a good week. Mine has been hectic, got back from holiday last week (will post about it soon) to a pile of emails – do emails pile? Anyway, there were quite a lot of the little devils waiting for an answer… Today, once again we bow to the …

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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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The Games Children Play

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An early prompt this week, thought I was still caught up in jet-lag-holiday-mode. Once again, Queen Rochelle gathers her workers about her with a new prompt, this week the photograph is courtesy of John Nixon. I love the wizened looking trees and twisted roots, and guess the photo will provide the usual brilliantly inventive stories from …

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