Just Add Water! Growing Paperwhites Indoors

The weather outside may frightful, but it can be delightful inside! Add life and beauty to your home decor with some fresh flowers. There are many beautiful plants that thrive indoors, like the paperwhite or narcissus tazetta. The paperwhite, the original “just add water” plant,  is the easiest plant to grow in the comfort of your own home. Kids can even do this! The process is as simple as putting the bulbs in water along with some stones to hold ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands…

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey Hepburn Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands… Even stray cats enjoy a loving hand… Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands… Love is a mom holding her twin babies – sculpture at The Met Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands… Janet Jackson makes a loving heart sign for the audience at her concert. The first shot is one of my favorite photos taken in the french countryside. As my ...

6 Ways to Reuse your Christmas Tree

Nothing beats a real Christmas tree during the holiday season but what to do with it after the holidays? Here are 6 great ways to reuse and recycle your tree. 1) Make some sachets filled with the needles and place around your home to keep that great fresh pine smell lasting just a little longer. 2) Use the needles as mulch for your garden. 3) Cut off the boughs and use them as insulation on your perennial flower beds. 4) Slice the trunk into ...

Mini Pineapples

From the Bromeliaceae family, Dwarf pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay and carried by the Indians up through South and Central America to Mexico and the West Indies long before the arrival of Europeans.  Christopher Columbus saw the pineapple for the first time on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493 and then again in Panama in 1502.  Caribbean Indians placed pineapples or pineapple crowns outside the entrances to their dwellings as symbols of friendship and hospitality. With a wide ...

2013 – Year in Review

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Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More…

“Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking. . . the new inventive phrases we make up to describe things — all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.”Nina Simone Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… Thelonious Monk & Howard Minton Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser live, London, 1965 Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… Nina Simone Nina Simone – Feelin’ Good Feeling Good – Nina Simone Birds flying ...

Bloomin Onion

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Mr. Ruiz's Boy

The two pictures above show facility with a paintbrush as well as a firm understanding of color and composition, but they are not great paintings. What makes them remarkable is that they were painted by a fifteen year old boy by the name of Ruiz. Ruiz would later quarrel with his father, whose surname was common, the Spanish equivalent of “Smith.” The boy would eventually sign his paintings with his mother’s maiden name—Picasso. Over the years many people have told me ...

A Powerful Memory Trigger of My Mom…

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Today's piece was inspired by a recent post I read that was written by a gifted blogger and new friend, Julie Shreve, who writes regularly at her site, The Esau Project. The specific post I'm referring to is titled Mary, Mary where Shreve writes about the impact and power of the audible word. Specifically, how a woman who was grieving the loss of a loved one, was immediately moved when she actually heard his voice again. I would encourage you to ...

My Word is my Bond, even at Age 8

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Facing The New Year

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Holiday Edition: $5.37 “Caption This” Photo Contest

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Our Pregnancy Update – Week 30

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3 Keys to Accomplish the Impossible

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All of us face challenges every day and some of those challenges seem like they are impossible to overcome - that failure is the only option. Here's an easy challenge for you. Watch this video below by Frisbee-Throwing Champion Brodie Smith. Some of the things he does in this video are seemingly impossible, yet he did them. For him to accomplish each of the impossible tricks shown in the video there are 3 keys required: 1.) Vision - anybody who wants to ...

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Lately I’ve been enjoying some company, although I can’t really call them company because these two visit often, and seem more like family. Company requires a certain tour-guidey attentiveness, while these two require little attention, living their separate lives in my guest room down the hall. I call them Jessie & Jessie—you know, like those law firms with redundant titles like: Shyster Shyster and Lips, and although one of them is an attorney, I only do this because; well—both their names ...

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John Liming - The Liming Liberal Democrat
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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