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More than bars, parties

How timely!  An article in the Mason City Globe Gazette about South Padre Island! "SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — South Padre Island is famous as a spring break destination with concerts, bikini contests and plenty of partying by the college kids who flock here by the tens of thousands throughout March. But South Padre isn’t just beaches, bars and dance parties. It’s also home to a major water-sports scene with year-round surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing and other activities. South Padre sits on the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” Eleanor Roosevelt Oy gevalt! , Do We Need More Of You? No, The Selfie in triplicate Do We Need More Of You? No, The Selfie i Selfie I was thoroughly amused when I saw the weekly challenge prompt and then, on second thoughts, I wasn’t. Why? I take selfies but not much and I don’t take them with my cellphone. It always strikes me ...

Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life…

“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the postmortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.”  Carl Sandburg Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... May your bucket be full of adventure... Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... Go skydiving... ♥ Travel around the world; visit all the newly designated Wonders ...

Not THAT 50 Shades of Gray

Is it just me or is it becoming increasingly more difficult to discern between who is right and who is wrong?   What is fair or unfair?  No matter what the topic, the proponents are seeing it one way and the opponents are resolute in their convictions as well.  Things have become very complicated. Thought Number One:  Saying Too Much Take for example, this week there is the story of a news reporter out of Huntsville, AL that was fired for things she ...

Featured Blogger: Arva N – A Box of Vistas…

“God‘s delays are not his denials … All good things come to he who waits.” Proverb Featured Blogger: Arva N., - A Box of Vistas... Featured Blogger: Arva ... in the Kingdom of Bahrain To date, our featured blogger series has taken us on a jaunt to other parts of the world; the USA, Australia, Germany and today to the Kingdom of Bahrain. I connected with Arva N., our “Get To Know” blogger, during the early days of the Daily Post Challenge when we were all rushing around, teaming ...

Phoneography Challenge – Black and White

These photographs were all taken with my iPhone5 and then I used Pixlr to try to make them black and white. The results are ‘old photos’ – hope they are acceptable for the challenge. We went to France for a long weekend earlier in the year, this was the view from our window. In May we went to Spain with friends, this is from the boat on the way back to Puerto Banus – I tried a panoramic scene which hopefully explains the odd ...

I Want to Hear From You!!!

Usually I'm spouting off about something or other here, but I'd really like to hear from you! Now that May is over and summer has unofficially begun I thought it would be cool to go back and look at a few of your favorite things from his Spring. In the comment section below, please share with us the best book you read; movie you saw or experience you had in the few weeks - please include a few sentences why. My hope ...

Canada – A Biodiversity Treasure

Ottawa’s botanists have completed a new book; Official Plant Emblems of Canada, A Biodiversity Treasure that explores our provincial flowers in a funny, intriguing and sometimes gross way! The book Official Plant Emblems of Canada eschews high-brow science for plain language in an attempt to explain the natural world to its readers. Biology and politics also met back in 1999 when Quebec replaced it’s first official flower, the white lily. They switched to the blue flag iris which is natural in Quebec, ...

Finished Triangle-Loom Project

Now that you've seen a work-in-progress on the actual loom, here is one of the finished triangle projects. Versatile, it can be work as a cozy wrapped scarf, or shawl-like:

Food, Inc.: The Documentary

I re-watched Food, Inc last night and was struck again with how incredibly emotionally difficult this documentary to watch. I am not sure what I found most compelling, thought-provoking and/or upsetting: The calloused cruelty of the factory farms for cattle, pigs and chickens which literally made me sick to my stomach. The human cruelty evidenced by the conditions of workers in factory farms. Conditions which are not only unsafe and economically unviable but often illegal. The devastation caused by food borne illnesses as the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers…

“Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.” Gerard De Nerval Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Beautiful Lutea... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Lovely lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... More blooms in lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... blooming black eyed susans... I love flowers in all shapes and forms and could spend hours in a garden enjoying the blooms. At different points in my life, I have been an avid gardener and then a reluctant one. When I moved to the suburbs, just before my twins ...

Happy Quality of Life Day

Cooking class at Pritikin Longevity Center Today is my [harrumph-th] birthday. It is a big birthday, the one upon which I become eligible for [Harrumph]care. I worked a long time for this and can’t believe I’ve lived long enough to win this prize for aging in the USA. A year ago I tried to get health insurance and couldn’t—being denied for no true reason except the insurers’ fears that at my age I must have something wrong with me. I take ...

Tips on Growing Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)

Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia, pronounced knee-FOE-fee-ah) is one of the showiest flowers that bloom late in the summer. While other flowers may be wilting and dying, Red Hot Poker lights up the garden with their bright and vibrant, spiky flowers in shades of reds, oranges and yellows. The showstopping colours and dramatic form add drama, texture and beauty to the landscape. These perennials are a must-have for any garden! They look best grown in groups and are ideal for borders, backgrounds ...

Fun Flower Vases!

Flowers and vases go hand in hand, like ice cream and ice cream cones! All cut flowers need vases, so why not choose one that has a bit of personality? Vases don’t have to be boring. There are so many shapes, sizes and colours to choose from, as you can see above. Add some fun and whimsy to your decor! My favourite one is the balloon vase. It’s fun and functional. Just fill the balloon with water and add your flower(s). ...

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B Schiff - Dominance Games

Governance is for losers

To be a real grown up is to be a tough son of a b.  The demented poor poor moderates are there and not, OK and not, passionless and not, unable to counter all full-sides from the scowling right, the indignant left, those with grit in their soused middle.

Tough, smart, authoritative and demeaning…. the happy hamsters of the middle never see nonsense for nonsense, never show up nonsense for nonsense …. never deal with bratty children or over weened teenagers as bratty children or over weened teenagers.

Who will smack down the smackers… vilify the vilifiers … make trivial the trivializers, demand not plead …. be skeptical not caressing, like governance not rule.

Rule is what is longed for… not long ago and far away.  Governance is for losers.

Dominance Games / Politics…..politics, news, commentary, analysis….

The dumb …… the honored creed. The rancid bastards …… the true…. the thrill…

B Schiff - Dominance Games

B Schiff - Dominance Games

Erudition, awareness, cynicism, nonsense. The latter. The former. The honored creed. A rancid bastard is value. Books I am pushing….. Dominance Games: An Essay on Power A Novel Lust Games: An Essay on Honor A Novel Void Games: An Essay on Revenge A Novel ….. due Aug.

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