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Phoebe King: Pushing Fifty With Grace & Aplomb…

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and this is your own self.”-Aldous Huxley Phoebe King: Parents Wedding Day, circa 1950's? I have been writing a series of interviews on wonderful people I have met on different social network sites for over a year now. I find connections with people all over the world and while my interviewees answer a similar set of questions, their answers are always different. I find the process both refreshing and revelatory; each ...

Shhhhh...

Orea:  Is there anything you'd like to say? Yes, we'd like to talk today. You are remarkable beings, yet you don't know it.  You practice many skills, all at the same time.  We find that impressive.  Your brains are very active, and often juggle multiple topics at one time. And yet, the greatest benefits are to be found in silence, or in simple activities.  Many of the activities of yesteryear, that were truly beneficial to you, are no longer practiced.  The simple, manual ...

Could you eat horse meat?

Could you eat me? Millions of “beef” burgers were removed from supermarket shelves across the UK because they contain horse meat. The nation is outraged and justifiably so when it’s reported some burgers contain as much as 29% horse! The nation is then informed, as I discovered in the Telegraph newspaper, “Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to believe! If we stand back from this scandal and horse meat was readily available in supermarkets ...

I’ve Been Sparkled!

It seems I’ve been tagged by Thypolar as a recipient of this…Mrs. Sparkly thingy. First I have to answer 10 questions. Truthfully. Yikes! 1. Describe myself in seven words: Disturbed. Confused. Creative. Melancholy. Periwinkle. Silly. Introverted. 2. What keeps me up at night? Sometimes night-sweats, leg-sweats, three adorably rambunctious cats, worry, regret, guilt, the fear that the sun will rise, and the fear that it won’t. Oh, and gas. 3. Whom would I like to be? It’s a no-brainer: Tina Louise (Ginger Grant on ...

Gourmet Seasoning For Many Foods!

Gourmet seasoning for cooking is an art and when used properly and makes everything A # 1 Gourmet delicious! I have searched, experimented, tried and failed till finally coming up with a general purpose Gourmet seasoning that I think everyone who cooks will dearly love. Gourmet seasoning: Obtain all the herbs for this Gourmet seasoning at your grocer or local health food store.  The closer you can come to getting powdered ingredients, the better. If you cannot find some of the ingredients in powdered ...

Yes You: Blogalicious Babe, You!

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.” Benjamin Franklin Blogalicious Babe: Art by Stephanie Smith via biffybean.com see credits below Who knew… I was checking out blogs on Freshly Pressed when I came across a post that caught my attention. It was a post by my Britishhomeboy; TheBoyEllis Blog.  He gave his blog a bit of wellie by sending out feelers to test the Blogging buddy avalanche that has been part of the DailyPost: ...

You Told Us Where To Go

In January I asked my fellow bloggers to help me and Mrs. Chatterbox figure out where to go on our next vacation. We’ve been to some interesting places, but our last trip was cancelled by the State Department. We received wonderful suggestions on one of my most popular posts: Your Chance To Tell Me Where To Go, which you can check out (Here). We seriously considered staying within our own borders and availing ourselves of our fabulous National Parks, but in ...

Fiddlesticks, um I mean Fiddleheads!

Fiddleheads (Dicranopteris linearis) This unusual looking tropical floral green is actually the new growth of a giant fern that grows in Hawaii. The ferns new growth uncurls from the center of the plant forming these Fiddle like heads. As the Fiddleheads develop they will transform into a long straight stick or branch. The ferns fronds grow horizontally from the brown stems. Fiddle heads are available year round, there are two color forms available, burgundy (pictured) and green. Fiddle Heads are a bit fragile. ...

The Flowering Of Creativity

A friend sent me these amazing photos this week of a flower festival that takes place in  ”Bloemencorso” Zundert in the Netherlands. This event began in 1936 as a flower parade and has since become the become the oldest and most celebrated flower festival  in Europe. Ever since it began, Zundert in the Netherlands has hosted an annual flower show Bloemencorso. On average 50,000 visitors come to the town to look at the brilliant flower displays. Giraffes made from Dahlia Flowers Something’s Fishy Tigers Here is ...

The History of the Easter Lily

In North America, besides the Easter bunny and chocolate eggs, the Easter Lily is one of the most recognized symbols of Easter. The Easter Lily or lilium longiflorum, as it is scientifically known, has been the traditional flower for Easter ever since they were brought to the USA from Japan. The Easter lily is native to Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and was discovered by British plant expert, Carl Peter Thunberg. It was sent to England in 1819 and made its way to ...

The Garden of Radioactive Reason

The Garden of Radioactive Reason

The ancient Art of Zen rock gardening in Japan was meant to imitate the intimate essence of nature. To serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life. Sacred: devoted or dedicated to a deity or some religious purpose; consecrated, reverent Reverent: deeply respectful Desire: to wish or long for; crave Beauty: the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind Spiritual: closely akin to interests, attitude, outlook This morning preparing breakfast as I ...

A Chance Encounter with Jamie Beckwith

It was my lucky day recently! While shopping for a client at Renaissance Tile & Bath in the Dallas Design District, I happened to cross paths with Jamie Beckwith, a leading trendsetter in wood tile design. With Jamie Beckwith at Renaissance Tile & Bath Her collection of tiles, the Jamie Beckwith Collection, has revolutionized the use of wood in surface treatments. Her hardwood tile series can be used virtually anywhere and adds exquisite detail, texture and warmth to the most unexpected places. Walls, ...

Armored Frog: Old Wood, New Designs

When does furniture go beyond form and function to become a piece of history? When the material used in its construction is part of history itself. At the Armored Frog, each one-of-kind piece is steeped in history, crafted exclusively from old growth woods recovered from rivers and historical structures throughout the southeast United States. Wood for an Armored Frog original may come from a deadhead cypress log discovered in a local river, planks pulled from an old sawmill or beams salvaged from ...

Fun Flower Facts: Cyclamen

Cyclamen, a genus of perennials, grows from tubers and is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. The name Cyclamen comes from the Greek word “kuklos,” meaning circle. Cyclamen is also known as “sowbread,” as it is eaten by pigs. Cyclamens are grown for their scented flowers, reminiscent of an up swept ballerina skirt. The five-petaled flowers come in shades of pink, white or purple. They flower all year round, depending on the species. This delicate beauty was so popular in the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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