Mary's House

Is this really the house where the Mother of God spent Her last years? Like so many things, it all boils down to a matter of faith. Although I work hard to contain my cynicism, faith isn’t my strong suit. But I am painfully sentimental and the story of Jesus is a remarkably good one, as well it should be after thousands of years of embellishment. You might be surprised to learn that the House of Mary is said to be ...

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Coffee Lovers

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Inspiration: The Great Secret…

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Inspiration: Happy Holidays To All!

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Plant Profile: Astrantia

Astrantia, commonly known as Masterwort is a beautiful, shade loving perennial that adds colour and uniqueness to every garden, especially so when you consider it makes for a beautiful & long lasting cut flower. Masterwort can easily be grown from seed. Make sure you seed them in the fall as they need cold in order to germinate. Once you have a mature clump you can easily divide by carefully digging up the plant, split it into two and replant the halves. Masterwort ...

Happy Monday? It is now

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Reflections: Facing Our Fears

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Facing my fear and failure (again)…

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The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 4

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the princely, yet random, $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After much consideration and engagement with Hollywood image consultant Rachel Zoe (she is just fabulous)  a winner has been selected for last week’s “Caption This” Contest. That winner is Lisa Stivers see her caption below. “Don’t worry Honey I got this….I saw it on Pinterest.” Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address to ...

“If I Were the Devil….”

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Mother Nature's Wild Child

Nature is a glamorous lady. She knows who she is and inspires confidence from those around her. Her kingdom follows a pre-set pulse, birds migrate, seasons change, stars sparkle, and the sun rises. Harmonious and elegant, dangerous, and powerful, she is a focused force who does not suffer fools lightly. Each of nature’s children dances to her rhythm, effortlessly following a pre-destined path, and accepting where it leads. Then there is man… a bumbling bundle of nail-biting neediness and knuckle ...

Life Personified

A friend recently commented on my habit of personifying things. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant so I looked it up on dictionary.com: “per·son·i·fi·ca·tio [per-son-uh-fi-key-shuh n] noun, the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions.” He was right. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I think I do it because life has become so big and scary that humanizing things brings life down to my level. Living in a world where, amongst ...

Loving Your Loved Ones Correctly

Sometimes, I find it hard it to love loved ones. Not because I don’t actually love them, but because I do not love them correctly. I say “I love you”, but I do not display it in my actions! Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but ...

Pampered Pets

We recently designed and installed beautiful custom bedding for a client that wanted to pamper her pooches as much as herself – the lucky dogs! The bedding was crafted from sumptuous velvet and we designed washable bedding for her dogs to match. Needless to say, someone was very happy! Of course, incorporating a pet’s needs into a home is not unusual. In fact, it’s not only common, it’s smart! Considering your pet’s needs when designing your home maximizes space, style and ...

Our Pregnancy Update – week 17

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March 3, 2012, 8:47 pm

Keystone Pipeline Still Causing Concerns!

There are still plenty of folks out there who keep on complaining about the fact that President Obama has not yet approved construction of the contemplated “Keystone” Pipeline, a 1,770-mile-long sludge conduit that could cause environmental disasters beyond imagination.

Some of the Far Right Wing pundits want us to believe that this monstrosity would create “Thousands” of jobs and would do something to alleviate the pressure on U.S. Gasoline prices.

Several experts are agreed that the “Jobs” would amount to only about 6,500 (Instead of the 200,000 that some have claimed), that they would be only temporary jobs and that they could, conceivably, be performed by cheap insourced labor, and that they would pay the least wages and benefits that the contractors on the pipeline could get away with paying.

I have also read that the proposed pipeline does not transport actual “Oil,” but a tarry sludge-like material that contains oil and that has to be refined once it reaches a terminus.  This sludge is reported to be highly toxic and there are many concerns that any break in the pipeline could spill this stuff into the vast underground drinking water sources that it would pass over on it’s way to the refinery thousands of miles from the source.

And then there are the stories about how the final product from this pipeline will not be used to make gasoline for The United States but is scheduled for sale to places like China.

For my “Friends” (Tongue in cheek) on the side of generally unthinking Radical Conservatism, these are most likely (In my opinion) some of the reasons that our President has chosen not to rush into a project of this magnitude and scope with all the inherent potentials for ecological disaster.

I have also heard that the contractors are planning to build this thing with cheap imported steel instead of domestically-manufactured “Quality” materials.  That creates the nightmare of thousands of potential weak spots in the finished pipeline, any one or more of which could spring leaks and cause all kinds of problems– health problems, financial problems, ecological problems.

When the know-littles of Conservatism are bleating and crying about this pipeline which will do more to enrich millionaires than it will to put bread on the tables of American Workers (my opinion again), let them understand that the real cause of rising gas prices at the pump are not connected to oil supplies, but to the manipulations of greedy “Futures” speculators on Wall Street.

There is one final consideration.  I am personally convinced that Big Oil would have  a lot to gain by raising gas prices this year so that people will blame President Obama for the resultant higher gas prices.   I think it would be to the advantage of the very rich if The American Voter started blaming President Obama for the high gas prices.  I think there are some people who would like to see Obama defeated so that the possibility of regulating the greedy overlords of the Energy Industries is reduced to the point that they can operate as freely as birds can fly and so that they can do whatever they want with the Markets– With absolutely no concern for Consumers.

The Keystone Pipeline was never intended to bring gas to consumers in The United States.  The oil is Asia Bound. ( Click Here ).

The Keystone Pipeline is expected to cause even higher gas prices, especially for farmers in the USA. ( Click Here ).

An eye-opening look at the possibilities. ( Click Here ).

Posted by John Liming as strictly his political opinion.

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John Liming - The Liming Liberal Democrat

John Liming - The Liming Liberal Democrat

An American Man, born in 1938 and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I served honorably in The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. My passion is political observation and commentary. My intention is to discuss and debate the extreme conservative ideology that is hurting The People of this Great Country. I will examine the reasons why our beloved America has become so politically divided over the past few years and provide illuminating insight into why I believe this is exactly the agenda of The "Christian" Conservative Right. Written in my own words of course, and strictly my opinion...

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