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How To Get Food Poisoning Without Really Trying!

Are the sometimes unknown and possibly nasty viral, bacterial or chemical agents contained in some of the imported food you might have eaten making you sick? Do the names, "Novovirus" and "Salmonella" sound like something you might want you or your family members to play around with? Would you want to feel responsible if someone in your family got sick from something you might have bought for them to eat? Seafood and spices from some Asian Markets have been implicated by some ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast…

“How do you live a long life? ”Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.”” Harry S Truman Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast... Join me for a cuppa tea Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast... A selection from my tea collection... Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast... A close up view of teas... I love breakfast foods but I’m not much of an early morning meal person. Sure, I do eat the occasional breakfast roll, eggs, fruit or continental breakfast when I travel, and I love Oatmeal, but I’m ...

Plant-based Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free All American Apple Pie

Most of the time the way I eat makes me very happy. I like feeling healthy and light. I never feel deprived or like I am sacrificing until the Holidays come. It gets dark early, it’s cold and temptations abound! It is only human to want a little comfort! It doesn’t take long for me to start telling myself that I have been so good for so long that just “a little sugar/gluten/dairy/etc won’t hurt”. That is kinda true (or ...

The First Day

I know some of you purists out there that feel the need to think in a systematic, organized way are wondering why I am posting "Day ONE" when I already posted a post named Day Two. [Day Two link] Well...because it's my blog and I  can play fast and loose with the timeline...but in reality that post was referring to the day, I posted it...not what we did on day two.  The REAL Day Two post will be coming soon. So...to bring ...

Ignatius

To learn more about the Trifecta Challenge click  here “Check out the third definition of trail (below), and respond, using the word exactly as it appears, in no less than 33 and no more than 333 words.” Trail:  to move, flow, or extend slowly in thin streams <smoke trailing from chimneys> It was August in New Orleans, and the night was opaque with a steamy-stench that lingered in the nostrils. They were two strangers waiting for the Carrollton Avenue streetcar; grey beads of sweat crawling like ants over their ...

Meet Me on Monday

Hop on over to the blog hop hosted by Java at Never Growing Old!   Love to get to know more about my fellow bloggers on Mondays!! Enjoy! 1.  What are you wearing right now? i am rocking the kitty jammies look this morning!  Crashed on Son Number 2′s couch last night after flying in from an Ohio family weekend and am barely functional this morning.  No picture to add, trust me, you will be glad I did not post one! 2.  Do you ...

Getting ‘high’ on [apple & cinnamon] muffins!

Again: my path towards learning how to bake goods in high altitude settings… Another fundraising bake sale, and, this time, the theme is “FALL BAKE” [even though it's Spring here!]. This week is all dedicated to my ‘adventures in the kitchen’… all the wonders of a mom of 3 little ones! La Paz, Bolivia, can be a great example of how frustrating it might be for a rookie baker! In order to remain ingood terms with my kitchen oven, ‘we‘ decided to go for this ‘new ...

Our Favourite Flower Quotes

Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog, we love flowers and what they represent! These beauties are definitely a source of inspiration and happiness. Not only do fresh flowers bring beauty and brighten up our homes and workplaces, they make us feel better during tough times. Flowers can cheer up the sick and the lonely, as well as making loved ones feel loved and appreciated. That being said, quotes about flowers remind us of the beauty and carefree nature of ...

Best Flowering Houseplants for Mother’s Day

So while we still think flowers are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we think that houseplants are even better! First of all, houseplants are longer lasting than fresh cut flowers. Secondly, houseplants are known to clean the indoor air. Third, taking care of houseplants will help mothers relieve stress and to create calm and relaxing environment. Houseplants are truly the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially for mothers with green thumbs! Here are the best flowering plants for Mother’s Day (or ...

The Lotus Flower

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera Lotus flowers are aquatic perennials native to Asia that can be found growing in marshes, lagoons, ponds and flooded fields.  They can also be cultivated in water gardens, for those that have the space. These plants can grow up to 5 feet in height and can spread up to 10 ft. across! The roots are planted firmly in the soil of the pond. The large green leaves are so highly repellent, the phenomenon has been called “the ...

The Beauty of “Broken Flowers”

When it comes to flowers and art, there are no limits! Flowers are a source of a constant source of inspiration. Artists are so imaginative and creative! Flowers have been xrayed, deconstructed, electrocuted, and now smashed! Is the sum greater than the parts or the parts greater than the sum? Photographer Jon Shireman may agree with the latter. He is the talent behind these “smashing” images! In his 2010 series “Broken Flowers,” he used liquid nitrogen to freeze a variety of flowers ...

Introducing the First Purple Leaved Hydrangea Plant

You may have seen hydrangeas before-those big, pink or blue flower ball heads with attractive green leaves, but you haven’t seen hydrangeas like these! Monrovia, a wholesale plant grower, is introducing Americans to the first ever purple-leaved hydrangea- The “Plum Passion Hydrangea”, where the foliage is a dark purple one the one side and a lighter purple colour on the underside. Hydrangeas are typically grown for their attractive, showy flower heads, but when it comes to the “Plum Passion Hydrangea,” the foliage ...

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Season filled with Joy, Abundance and Happiness in all things. Thank you for coming here and reading my thoughts and musings on creativity. I hope I have provided some inspiration for you over the past 12 months and look forward to continuing on into the coming year. At Christmas after The Day is over, we often find some spare time on our hands.  Don’t waste the opportunity to follow your creative free spirit at this time. And keep ...

a dog in the sky

what?! a dog in the sky? that title may sound a little off the wall... but, you'll see. keep going... milo is an indoor/outdoor cat. she has her litter box inside, but rarely uses it. she prefers to do her thing outside...digging a hole and then daintily squatting. she usually comes inside just before dinner's ready, OUR dinner. she sits patiently while we eat...hoping for leftovers. she's especially partial to potatoes. mashed. french fries. cooked in a stew. it doesn't matter. miss potato head is just one of her nicknames. so she ...

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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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Writerly Reflections

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I realized years ago that I wanted to write. My first attempts at short stories ran to three handwritten pages or so, and I would make my sister sit and listen, along with an audience of soft toys and dolls. She got quite bored with my tales of princesses lost in woods and toys that …

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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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On the Women

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When the “Gangs of New York” film came out, the documentaries followed behind, uncloaking the history and reminding me again of my sore lack of historical knowledge but appreciation of it as it obtain it now. Of course, with my vast hard science educational background, I had no clue there was a “Five Points” in …

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On the Complex Characters

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With my non-stop film/novel addiction, strong characterization baits me to a story better than any fishhook. Once I’m introduced to the world, the situation, and the people (or non humans) I’m ready to know them. What are their backgrounds? What are their secrets? What force that drives the plot also drives these characters? I posted recently …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

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“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” Elbert Hubbard Silence – An anechoic chamber is very quiet Breaking The Silence: How long… “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon Sundial -The Clock of Silence can you… Silence – Newton’s Cradle Animation book …Stay Silent? “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding …

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On Beating the Readers

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“Jurassic Park” When Indie writer John Locke published his “how to” book about selling books, I’ve noted before an important point he made: You may not be a great writer, but you will need to be an entertaining writer. (Paraphrased). Putting aside any controversy about Locke, he clearly writes entertaining novels that people like. His point …

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