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Myspace Blogging: the Illusion of Celebrity

Written 4/19/2008 A year ago I decided to begin blogging on Myspace. I was interested in seeing whether or not I could achieve any sort of fame by posting or commenting blogs. I began by joining every blog ring that had to do with writing that I could. Blog rings are a type of online group where you can find new blogs to read and where others can find your own work. I then began commenting on other blogs, doing my best to ...

Redeeming Twitter Theology

Italian Alps from Anesi, France Photo Credit: Mark Grace I just got through reading a wonderful, thought-provoking essay (okay, okay, a “blog post”) from Ryan Reed entitled “ReconsideringTwitter Theology.” Ryan's warning against trying to do theology on twitter is a marvelous example of what I think it means for Christians to engage the tools that technology has given us . . . Rather than uncritically accepting the tools and someday finding that they have become just another idol, like the bronze serpent Moses lifted ...

My Algarve Insider Tips

Our first holiday to the  Algarve was nearly thirty years ago and memories of the stunning beaches remain imprinted in our minds like footprints in the sand. The secluded coves and miles of beaches with soft golden sand, flanked by sandstone rocks, rugged cliffs and unspoilt countryside enticed us to return; not to holiday, but  to live. Nowadays, these same beaches are flanked by hotels and busy fashionable resorts such as Vale do Lobo, Albufeira and Portimão to name a ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” Douglas Adams Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Salmon Bento Box Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Taiko performers Normally, with kids away in college and my recent enrollment in a challenging certification program, lunch is the least reliable meal in my household. If I’m out and about, I eat where I am. If I’m home, I might have some leftovers or a simple fruit and yoghurt dish.  However, when the kids come home for spring break, we eat out ...

Nosh Some Hamentashen

Hamentashen, whose sweet fillings peak through the center of the delicious pastry, have become the symbol of the holiday of Purim. Just like any Hanukkah celebration requires latkes, the Purim celebration needs Hamentashen. You can always purchase them in virtually any supermarket, but why not try making them at home. Here is my Hamentashen recipe that I've been using forever. I use the dough recipe that my Grandmother made. Now, she never wrote a recipe down. It was always, "a pinch ...

If Pinterest Was For Guys…

The Pinterest Logo I recently signed up for an online course that provided a basic introduction to Pinterest. If you’re not aware of what Pinterest is, it’s the third-largest and fastest-growing social media platform on the web. It’s kind of like a living mashed up visual montage of Better Homes & Gardens, Food & Wine, Parenting, Style and People magazines blended with the Oscars red carpet plus a dash of baby shower with a healthy dose of Silpada jewelry all drizzled in chocolate. Given ...

Results of My Ad Campaign to Increase Facebook Likes

Most useful things are constructed one piece at a time – and the pieces shift before they’re finally right. Last weekend I sprang for $120 across two days for a Facebook ad campaign to increase the Likes on my Yours In Books FB page. The true felt-cost was really only $65 thanks to a $55 “windfall” check from my brother a few weeks ago, tying up a loose end from our deceased father’s estate otherwise distributed years ago. It seemed appropriate ...

Mule Deer and Fawn at Coldwater Farm

Mule Deer at Coldwater Farm During the long drought this spring, several mule deer visited Coldwater Farm near the Agua Fria River in central Arizona.  A lone doe became a resident, and browses in the yard in the evenings and mornings.  In early August I saw a fawn bouncing about beside the doe.  Yesterday, the fawn was racing about in the cow pasture while the doe watched. There are no cows at the farm.  The cow pasture is fallow and covered by ...

What is Bonsai?

Are you a plant lover looking for a new hobby? Try bonsai!   Photo Credit: Flickr, Clif1066 Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is a Japanese horticultural art form of training full size woody plants in containers to look miniature. The name bonsai comes from two Japanese words, “bon” for dish or thin bowl and “sai” for a tree or plant. Thus, the name “bonsai” means “a tree planted in a shallow container.” The art of bonsai is thousands of years old and was once an practice for ...

Popular Wedding Flower Trends: Billy Ball Flowers

Craspedia (Cras-PEE-dee-a) billy balls, or more commonly  known as just billy balls or billy buttons, are cheerful, bright yellow flowers that have gained popularity as wedding flowers over recent years. The round pompom flowers add texture, vibrant colour and visual interest to bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and other flower arrangements. They are typically available from early spring to fall and are fairly inexpensive to purchase. If you are looking for affordable, yet elegant flowers, billy balls are perfect for you! Designing Tips: the ...

Home after home after home

*Today’s post was inspired by Kvetchmom’s blog, where she writes: “Traveling always challenges my idea of home. Where is home? Am I in the right place?  Please share what home means to you.” Sweeping green leaves shade our play. As summer’s blaze sinks beneath the horizon, tiny fireflies flash and drift across the lawn. They float within arm’s reach, and we run to catch and place them in glass jars. From down the street a few scattered shouts from teenage lifeguards are heard ...

Flower Crafts: Flower Crown/Headband Tutorial

Flower Crafts: Flower Crown/Headband Tutorial

With so many flowers in bloom, summer is the perfect time to wear flowers in your hair!  Flowers are so pretty, feminine and romantic! It’s no wonder, flowers make the perfect accessory! The flower crown continues to be a popular trend, especially for fashionistas who want to achieve that bohemian/hippie look.  They are perfect for attending summer festivals, concerts, weddings or anytime! And here’s how you can learn to make your own flower crown/headband! Materials Needed: floral wire/string scissors/wire cutters flowers ribbon headband hot glue gun In the video, ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hollyhock

Scientific name: Alcea Hollyhock is a genus of 60 species of flowering plants native to southwest and central Asia, with many of the species reaching 6 feet in height! Along with its statuesque height, the hollyhock can be identified by its broad, rounded, hairy leaves and multiple big, showy flowers growing along a single stem. Cultivated flowers are available in shades of red, white, purple, pink and yellow. Flowers will bloom mid summer to early fall. The hollyhock is the quintessential cottage ...

Painting Energy – The Transition Paintings

Painting Energy Painting energy is something I am coming to recognise as being a thing that I constantly try to do.  Whether its the slow moving ponderous energy of the earth in a cave wall or the flowing energy of dance. So what I attempted to do in my next two works was to then transition from the cave energy into the dance. As a kid I loved to dance, and I have never really explored this in paint, so I decided now ...

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Rabbi Babs - Lech Lecha

Kristallnacht – We Must Never Forget

On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious anti-Jewish riots against the Jewish community of Germany.
Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” reminds us of the countless numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, community centers and homes that were destroyed.

With Nazi support, the rioters burned and destroyed the life of the Jewish community, destroying cemeteries, hospitals, schools and homes, as the police stood and watched.

This was the beginning of the end.

The systematic, murder of the Jews of Europe.

We must never forget.

Rabbi Babs - Lech Lecha

What is that journey? Is it a physical journey? The story in the Torah tells us it is. But it is more than that. This is a journey of self-discovery. This is a journey of self-identity, a journey within.

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