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The new normal

I have this problem…I’m in slow motion while the rest of the world keeps on at the regular pace. I’m always a step behind, and I can’t seem to catch up. I keep waiting for things to get back to normal, but I’ve finally realized this is normal now. My new normal. I’m keeping busy – much busier than I expected, actually. I’ve got tons of things going on, meeting new people who don’t know me as Stephen’s widow. My new/old blog is ...

Where is the Princess?

Stolzenfels Castle Middle Rhine On my last post, I left off with our traveling south from Koblenz...appropriately named Going South. Clever, huh?  We continued our journey south to see some of the 40 castles and fortresses that still exists along the Middle Rhine.  The Middle Rhine is one of four sections of the river. There are more than 40 castles and fortresses in this section that is comprised of the area between Bonn, Germany and Bingen, Germany.  One of the most expedient ways ...

Strange and Wacky Travel Destinations Part 1

If you have done much traveling you have undoubtedly come across at least one weird, strange or wacky location. You know the place. It's the one that made you wonder, "What were these people thinking"? And they are everywhere if you look hard enough. But I am proud to say that I believe we in the US have more than any other country. That doesn't mean we have a monopoly by any means. Oh no in fact what other countries ...

Get serious about getting social – TTN Yearbook 2011 – Cover Story

Get serious about getting social – TTN Yearbook 2011 – Cover Story

A couple of month ago, the folks from Travel & Tourism News Middle East approached me to discuss an article about social media in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries for the TTN 2011 Yearbook. The yearbook finally came out today and is being distributed with the TTN February edition. Here’s a preview of my cover story: Get serious about getting social - TTN Yearbook 2011 - Cover Story

My Book is an Amazon Best-Seller

I’m kind of stunned that my book, which launched today on Amazon, is currently the #1 “New Hot Release” within the Religion & Spirituality category. I took a screenshot because I couldn’t believe it myself!  While it ain’t the New York Times or Wall Street Journal best-selling lists – I’ll gladly take it and give all the glory to God! It’s not too late to join the party, click the link below to get your copy plus more than 60 FREE bonuses!!! http://thedailyretort.com/faith/ I’ll ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth…

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” Henry Miller Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tentacles of a budding Japanese Peony Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony budding. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony growing. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony fully formed buds Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony flower Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature — by Emily Dickinson Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature – Gravitates within – Atmosphere, and Sun endorse it – Bit it stir — alone – Everywhere we look, every ...

Vacation Wrap-up

Well, the DH and I got home on Saturday afternoon and had a very nice vacation.  He even tolerated going to a yarn store with me!  More on that later this week, though. Besides visiting this lovely lighthouse, which is Currituck Sound Lighthouse, by the way, we spent time out and about on the beach, shopping, and relaxing.  I even had a good afternoon to fly my beginner stunt kite.  And I took lots of pictures.  Lots.  And I knit a ...

2012 in Review: Our Top Blog Posts & Topics

Is it another year already? Time sure does fly by when you are blogging! 2012 has been quite the year for Fun Flower Facts! It was a good year for us! We have written 230 blog posts and had about 70 000 views this year! Thank you to all of our visitors, especially our American readers for all of your support! Here are our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012: Plant Hardiness Zones Explained Do You Have Change for a Tulip? Must ...

A WW1 Soldiers Pressed Flowers

Image Credit: www.blackmorevale.co.uk This beautiful album full of pressed flowers documents one soldiers travels on the front lines of Europe during World War One.  As this is the centenary year for WW1, items from the time period are becoming quite popular with collectors. The album above is expected to sell in the hundreds when auctioned at Duke’s, in Dorchester, England on 11th March, 2014. Not much is known about the album of pressed blooms. It was discovered during a house clearance and ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – November

My passion for gardening has taken a back seat during November due to my trip to France, illness and of course the National Novel Writing 30 day challenge. However, much to my surprise everything, bar the cucumbers growing in pots, survived despite being unloved and neglected. Temperatures in the day hovered around 18C and 12C at night. So not cold, but it rained, oh boy did it rain! The green peppers planted in the raised bed, continue to thrive and bear ...

Flowers you can eat!

Flowers aren’t just pretty to look at; some of them are edible! There are so many varieties to choose from. Here are a few flowers that to get your taste buds started: Begonia The whole plant is edible, including the leaves, flowers and stem.  Begonia blossoms have a citrusy taste. The petals can be used in salads and as garnish. The stems can be cooked like rhubarb. However, for those people who have gout, kidney stones or rheumatism, they should avoid eating ...

Announcing: The Artist's Play Room

Before I make my big announcement, let me say I'm thrilled to be the newest Artist Member of Inspiration Avenue. I'm so happy that they picked me to become a new contributer to the team. Inspiration Ave. is a blog made up of about a dozen artists from several countries who get together online and inspire one another to create art. We all also have Etsy shops which we also endeavor to support & encourage. Since I'm now a member, ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in February

My monthly diary continues. Over the next year I’m keeping a monthly diary of the fruit and vegetables I grow in my urban garden here in the Algarve. Gardening is one of my passions, and although my efforts are not always successful my tenacity makes up for what I lack in knowledge. Despite a couple of weeks absence in France my vegetable patch continued to prosper under the watchful and no doubt terrified “eye” of one of my dear friends. Even so,  ...

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs from Your Garden

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) may appear cute and harmless, predicting the weather trends every February 2nd. But they are anything but harmless! For gardeners, they can be a real pest to get rid of! These little critters have a huge appetite for all things green. They will eat everything in sight. You could wake up one morning to find all of your beautiful flowers and plants gone! And on top of all that destruction, the burrows they ...

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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.

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