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Haiku: Stay Strong…

“Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.”  William Thackeray Haiku: Stay Strong… When it hurts, stay strong… Tired, weary, sick with pain Tangled love, fear filled When it stinks, stay strong… Vicious words, like dark weeds spread Wounds left in its stead Even if kind thoughts hurt, and our love feels frayed, hold on. Look inside, dig deep for the courage to make a way. We are never alone… Help is on its way. “Heed the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.” ...

Inspiration: The Movember Movement…

“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March of 1994. I survived, but since then, over 175,000 American men haven’t. The good news is that this war can be won with a combination of early detection, treatment and a commitment to ongoing research.” Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf Inspiration: The Movember Movement… Mustaches to go… Inspiration: The Movember Movement… Prostate Cancer cells… Behind the Moustache: The Movember Story The first time I read Bloggers for Movember, a post that Eric Robillard aka Le Clown ...

Memories: Reading Charles Dickens In The Best & Worst Times…

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Charles Dickens Memories: Reading Charles Dickens In The Best & Worst Times... Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens! A young Dickens by D. Maclise Memories: Reading Charles Dickens In The Best & Worst Times... Happy 200th Birthday! “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was ...

Rumi: Seeing The Unseen…

“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more — more unseen forms become manifest to him…” Rumi Rumi: Seeing The Unseen... He says, “There’s nothing left of me. I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise. Is it still a stone, or a world made of redness? It has no resistance to sunlight.” This is how Hallaj said, I am God, and told the truth! The ruby ...

How to Throw a Garden Party!

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started. Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer: Hibiscus Mint Iced tea Lavender Lemonade Strawberry hibiscus-tea lemonade Food featuring edible flowers: Stuffed zucchini flowers Lavender & fennel crusted salmon Scones served with rose hip jelly Edible flower salad Cupcakes with edible flowers Strawberry and violet sorbet If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, ...

Inspiration: Embracing The F Word…

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” J.K. Rowling Inspiration: Embracing The F Word... What is our attitude towards failure? Have we recently failed at something and are still kicking ourself? Do we look around and wonder where we went wrong because everyone else is doing great? Do we avoid trying new things because we are afraid to fail? Regardless of how we answer the questions, the ...

Weird & Unusual: The Bug Eating Butterwort Plant

Butterworts (Pinguicula) are small, herbaceous plants native the northern hemisphere that produces pretty, purple flowers from May until July. It can grow to be 2-4 inches tall. But don’t let its innocent looking flowers fool you! The butterwort  may look like a regular garden plant, but it is a carnivorous plant that preys on small, unsuspecting insects! Its Latin name, meaning “little greasy one” refers to  the slightly greasy or buttery feel of the leaves, which grow at the base of the ...

My On-Air Debate With a CBS Radio Host…

Talk Radio Host Tommy Mischke On Thursday, January 6th I had the opportunity to be interviewed by news/talk show host Tommy Mischke on WCCO 830AM – the 50,000 watt, CBS talk radio affiliate in Minneapolis - about my book A Question of Faith. Because of the station’s strong signal, the “Mischke at Midnight” program can be heard in 22 states. The entire interview with me was roughly 30 minutes long and at times it got heated in the congeanel, feisty manner, that’s akin to a ...

Do We Have Ultimate Power Over God?

Let me begin by stating that I firmly believe in God, His sovereignty and that He has a divine purpose (or will) for each individual and humanity as a whole. However, I also believe that God’s will is NOT universally manifested in the earth – and that in relation to God, the balance of power actually tips in our favor. Let me to explain. From a Judeo-Christian worldview, God very clearly has articulated His will in the Old Testament as evidenced in the ...

One Wedding and a Funeral…Today

One Wedding and a Funeral…Today

Today is a bit surreal. My wife and I are “celebrating” our 16th wedding anniversary today, but we’re also attending a graveside burial for her grandmother – Trudy Smith – later this morning. The juxtapositions are odd to say the least. I’m thrilled to still be married to the same wonderful woman, who is still just as double-t hott as the day we exchanged vows, yet that elation is quite muted by the obvious loss. Last year for our 15th anniversary, I was able to secure a reservation ...

My Guest Post on ProBlogger Today…

I’ve got a guest post today on one of the most popular blogging sites on the web – ProBlogger.  My piece addresses the topic of writing to deadlines. This guest post is by Tor Constantino of Thedailyretort.com. The old cliché, “time is money” is particularly true for any professional writer—especially when you’re on deadline. The consequences of missing deadlines are lost money, work, and credibility. As a former journalist (a.k.a hourly deadline writer) for more than a decade, I know that deadline writing is ...

Most Expensive Medical Procedures

According to CNBC host Jim Cramer, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is unexpected health care costs. One of the biggest challenges with health care reform is that every American will be required to have some type of health care coverage, but many of those individuals can’t afford it and the country continues to age. While I admire the ideals behind health care reform, I thinks its implementation and execution could conceivably bankrupt our country – in the same way ...

Newsroom Secrets Revealed - Part 2

Credibility = Walter Cronkite During the past 20+ years as a communications professional, I've worked in more than a dozen television, radio and print newsrooms as a reporter and newscaster. While I was in the journalism field, there were a few truths that I came to realize: Credibility is the single most important attribute that a news organization has. Technology is an inescapable part of delivering and consuming news. Many news organizations undermine their credibility by over-using or abusing technology. In more and more newsrooms ...

Excess Baggage

Her name was Julie Ruzinski, and in 1976 she befriended me and Mrs. Chatterbox while we were backpacking through Greece. Julie, a blond blue-eyed Aussie, was enjoying a last fling before settling down and marrying. Her fiancé was waiting for her in Melbourne. It seemed odd that she was traveling alone, but Mrs. C. and I didn’t pry. In addition to speaking with a delightful Australian accent, Julie also spoke fluent Italian. When the time came to move on to Italy ...

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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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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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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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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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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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 are ...

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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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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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