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Vegetarian Diet Reduces Risk of Fatal Heart Disease by One-Third

A new study reported in Medical News Today, and  published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that a Vegetarian Diet reduces the risk of dying of heart disease by one-third! Starting in the early 1990s the study followed 45,000 Europeans who volunteered for the study.  34 percent of volunteers did not eat meat or fish. Hospital admissions and deaths were tracked and during the study. The final tally showed a total of 1,235 identified cases of cardiovascular disease: 1,066 ...

Le Plié!

Le Plié!

This week’s Trifecta Challenge prompt is the word “Grace,” using this definition: a : a charming or attractive trait or characteristicb : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan>c : ease and suppleness of movement or bearing *********************** “Alright, girls,” the ballet teacher clapped her hands. “Now, the Plié!” “One, two…Really, Leslie! Nice young ladies don’t DO THAT!” Leslie rolled her eyes and removed her finger from her left nostril. She wiped it on the pink tulle of her tutu and glanced around the room to see how the other little girls were ...

On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons…

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... delectable Ladurée macarons On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... The full range of colorful, tasty macarons behind the counter On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons...The pretty window and teeming crowds inside... In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée opened an exquisite bakery in Paris, aptly named Ladurée, that has become one of the top places to visit if you want the best in baked goods; especially their delicious macarons. According ...

Nine Basic Steps To Blogging. (videos)

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." ~ Henry Ford There is no way Henry could have envisioned the technology of today especially the computer, much less blogs. Still he would have quickly adapted and understood the necessity for planning and building a blog according to a combined series of organized steps. Thinking through what is necessary in putting together a successful blog is important, but not required. Doing it correctly can bring your blog to ...

Better Than Sex... Cake and a Guest

OK, let me start out by saying this is my second attempt at posting for today. I’m not sure what happened to the first one but I think it’s floating around in cyberspace somewhere in a few hundred pieces. I’m not one that gives up easily so I’m doing it again. Today I feel like a cook and I want to share one of my favorite dessert recipes with you. It is mouth-watering good and easy to put together. I gave ...

Snow Shoe, PA

I had an awesome weekend.  Sam and I took a trek up to Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania, where my father-in-law is a member of a hunting lodge.  He and my mother-in-law had been there all week, and invited us up for the weekend.  I'm so glad we went. Friday we left for our destination in rain.  It was yucky, and a three hour drive.  Still, we got there, tired, but happy to have arrived. Saturday couldn't have been more gorgeous.  It was a ...

Drinking the fried Kool-Aid

It would appear that Americans are desperate for new types of fried food. French fried potatoes, deep-fried Twinkies, fried sugar dough just aren’t enough. I do admire the entrepreneurship of the creator of deep fried Kool-Aid. But really? Must we fry Kool-Aid? Many believe these types of foods are essential to a State Fair experience. I’m not going to mention that the inexpensiveness and overabundance of this sort of stuff has driven the average American to succumb to a heart attack on a plate mentality that benefits no one. Except, ...

How to Divide Perennials

Dividing is the process of lifting an established, often crowded perennial out of the ground and creating smaller, more manageable plants. To keep your garden looking its best in the spring, large, dense perennials should be divided into smaller plants. Dividing plants may seem like a lot of work, but this will keep your plants healthy and attractive! This extra bit of work will give the plants room to breathe and grow. In addition, it will also help plants bloom more prolifically, ...

Farm Report Aug. 18, 2012

A picture of my son and grandson on our recent visit to the farm The big news on the farm this year is the drought we have been having. It has been one of  the hotest and driest years on record in Iowa and much of the midwest. A lot of Iowa’s corn crop is not going to amount to much. This is going to be tough year for a lot of farmers, not just the crop farms but the livestock farms as well with the ...

I Has Art!...

My dear friend Lisa Brendal has taken up painting in the past few months and seems to be on a mission to put a large number of ideas on canvas. With no real formal training Lisa has taken to creative art like a kid in a candy shop…and she is now the BFF of her local art supply shop. As many of you know Lisa’s blog “The Widow Lady” is a repository experiences and expressions of loss, grief, coping and growing ...

Fun Flower Facts: Geranium (Cranesbill)

Geranium, also known as crane’s bill, is a genus of over 400 species of flowering plants. They can be found throughout the world, but are native to the temperate climate of South Africa. Geraniums range in height, growing anywhere from 6 inches tall to 3-4 feet tall. Geraniums are popular garden plants, grown for their attractive, showy flowers that come in red, white, pink, purple or blue. Geraniums come in a wide variety of shapes, and sizes, from tailing to upright ...

Putrella, the Corpse Flower is Now in Full Bloom at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton

What’s 8 ft tall and smells like death? That would be Putrella, the Corpse Flower! Also known scientifically as titan arum or amorphophallus titan, the affectionately named Putrella, is the tallest and the stinkiest plant in the world and we had an opportunity to see this rare and unusual plant in person!  It’s a rare sight to see an exotic plant like this, especially in a winter city like Edmonton. And it’s even rarer to see it bloom, as it only ...

Unusual…

I am not sure if this is an unusual Rhubarb Forcer or an unusual use for a plant pot destined for the garbage after Mr Piglet burnt a hole in the bottom with red-hot ashes! An unusual view! Researching on the Gardeners’ World website I’ve just realised I should have plugged any holes to exclude light. Now there’s me thinking you at least needed limited light for plants to grow! OK Piglet back to the drawing board – there’s always next year! But ...

Preventing Plant Troubles

All gardens, no matter how well maintained are subject to troubles from insects and diseases that can, and will attack your plants as soon as your back is turned! The best way to handle plant troubles is PREVENTION. Choose your plants carefully! Bulbs: You want bulbs that are solid & firm at the base with no growth. Ensure they are are mold free. Stay away from bulbs that are covered if they are covered in withered scales. Most are planted in Autumn but ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Prince in the Underworld

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Shevata felt underwhelmed by one of the most unassuming men she had ever seen. The tall, balding man strolled in with quiet confidence, wearing a button down shirt and trousers, with no weapons. Other than taking directions from the demon that led him inside, he seemed completely unafraid. He motioned to the chair in front of her desk. “May I?” She nodded and he sat, crossing his legs. …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years

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What are the Golden Years? Have you ever wondered where the term Golden Years originated from? The blockqoute above tells us. However, when I think of Golden Years, I imagine being bathed in light as I lollygag on a private beach. After years of serving our fellow men and women, the fortunate amongst us might get a golden watch or parachute – a way to retire in style …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire…

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“And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.” Rumi Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… was not the pastoral farm Once upon a time, a humble farmer and his ambitious wife were on their way to a Farmers Market in …

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King Robert After the Games

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King Robert Baratheon stands before the lead Gastar characters Shevata and Zermon awaiting judgment for the afterlife. Will Hell be his future? “Zermon, I disagree with this. King Robert Baratheon wasn’t perfect but he doesn’t belong down here in Hell, especially before you in final judgment. Let me speak to him first.” The large demon handed her …

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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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The KIngslayer’s Application

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The infamous “Kingslayer” Jaime Lannister continues to deal with his reputation with the lead character in the Gastar novellas: “Get these out of here.” Shevata handed a tall, slender wingless demon a heavy ledger dripping blood. “No more contracts! You idiots actually write them in blood, which is impractical for ink, it smears, drips, and Zermon …

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