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Life's a Hot Beach

“What better way to spend the forth of July than at the beach,” my daughter’s voice chirps through the phone. I agree, as we have no other plans, and it has been awhile since we had a family day. I gather my beach accessories: my favorite beach towel, large enough to wrap me up like a burrito, bottles of cold water & pop, sandwiches, chips, apples, sunglasses, sunscreen #15, & 30, hairbrush, chap-stick, change for parking, beach umbrella & chairs, camera, ...

Visiting Old Friends--the Good, the Sad and the Memories

Last week I decided to bake some cupcakes and take them to the staff at Creticos Cancer Center, where Ken received his treatments and we were constantly as dazzled by the tenderness and humor we found there as they were by Ken's positive attitude and undeterred sprit. I hadn't seen any of them since I was there with Ken and his folks for a social visit in April. I'd been there to see my therapist once since he died, but ...

The Big "O"

Our tour bus was cutting through the Taurus Mountains of Turkey, located on the edge of the Anatolian Plateau where people have been living since Paleolithic times. The mountains were modest compared to the Alps or Rockies, with expansive valleys meeting us at every curve. At one point our guide, Selchuk, ordered the driver of our bus to pull to the side of the road. He said to us, “Do you want to see something really interesting?” Of course I did. ...

Indulge – Weekly Photo Challenge

My first thoughts were of chocolate or a long laze in a bath full of soft scented bubbles…… Then I looked through my photographs to see what indulgences I could find there and it’s not always what you have in mind that jumps out at you from the screen.  So, here are my photos for this week: I love Sushi and I have never seen so much in one place at one time……. I had dreamed of going to Egypt ever since my first ...

Amazing Alberta

I posted a photo of a view across the lake in Jasper, in a recent weekly photo challenge. As I looked through the photos from that visit, I remembered the beauty that surrounded us everywhere we went on that holiday and some of the great sights that we had seen and I thought I’d share some of them here. Hope you like them as much as we did.    

Word traps, verbal snares, and blog traffic

By Charles Redfern He’s there.  I’m convinced of it.  There’s a three-inch tall, invisible man perched on my shoulder.  He twists, bends, and breaks definitions while whispering in my ear, paralyzing me because I’m checking, re-checking, and re-re-checking my motives.  And he poses as my counselor.  He’s on my side.  He’s looking out for me.  He wants me to be a better Christian. He revved up rapid-fire whispers when I read Lauren Holgate’s Ladasi blog of January 17. She lists a host of web ...

January 2013 Goals

A New Year is a good time to re-evaluate; even though technically we are almost half way into the first month of 2013. I have never been exactly big on New Year’s resolutions. The few times I have made them, I utterly failed at reaching them. They were the usual suspects. The things you decided that will somehow fix your life if you do them right. Mine are usually along the lines of  losing weight, exercising more, saving money or finishing ...

City Farm

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went to the city of Chicago to go to a farm. Yes, you are reading this right. Just a little west of downtown Chicago at Clybourn and Division streets there is a farm called City Farm. City Farm is run by a nonprofit organization that does farming and recycling. They lease vacant lots for free from the city of Chicago usually in some blighted areas and turns these lots into green oases of food production in the middle of a concrete jungle. The lease is good until the city decides ...

Clever?

Do you remember when it was considered a compliment to be called clever? I remember hearing comments like, “That Johnny is one clever boy.” I wanted to be like Johnny. I thought my parents wanted me to be clever, a term I equated with smart. But somewhere along the way clever became undesirable. My ears are still ringing from the last time my wife said, “You think you’re sooo clever!” Clever was once used to describe someone who was brilliant, sharp ...

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 ...

Red Tipped Photinia

Red Tipped Photinia Tree Photo credit: davesgarden.com Photinia is in the genus of deciduous and evergreen east Asian trees and shrubs widely cultivated as ornamentals for their white flowers and red fruits; in some classifications includes genus Heteromeles. From the family Rosaceae; rose family (a large family of dicotyledonous plants of order Rosales; have alternate leaves and five-petaled flowers with numerous stamens). Suitable for zones 7a & up this plant makes for a lovely shrub, hedges or if left alone will grow quite ...

Tips for a Weed-Free Garden

For the most part, gardening is fun and rewarding! For many, the garden is a place for relaxation and peace! It’s such a joy to see beautiful flowers and luscious, green plants in the garden! That being said, a beautiful garden doesn’t come easy. Weeds are bound to grow. In order for your garden to look and perform its best, weeding in the early spring is a must! Weeds will take over your garden and deplete moisture and nutrients from your plants. Here are ...

mushroom maniac...

"maniacal frenzy" that's what i'm suffering from these days. (well, not really suffering...i'm a merry maniac) with the everyday rain we've been having lately (which is highly unusual this time of year)... every time i step outside...i see MORE mushrooms... NEW mushrooms... growing to enormous size in just ONE night! and so...i can be seen...crazily running around...camera in hand... trying to battle the mosquitoes and dodge the gnats... snapping pictures, sometimes from an ant's point of view. if you're anything like me... you'll enjoy all the different shapes, sizes, textures and colors! (i ...

Day Dreaming – More On An Artist’s Qualities

Artist’s Qualities – Day Dreaming or Imaginating Day Dreaming is something not regarded with much favour in our culture. Not only does it seem to not have any worth, it is actually seen as something counter productive to the ‘real business’ of life. This is one of the limiting beliefs that creative people have been fooled into believing. Did your teachers or parents ever say to you any of the following, or similar….. For heavens sake Johnny, get your head out of ...

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Alan - tbaoo

let the battle begin

i have just watched the most amazing linkage of all things dear to my heart .. from the master of the universe, stephen colbert. if he runs for president .. he’ll have my vote. if you live in america catch the latest pirates of the caribbean on the 20th of may, and then get your affairs in order …. if you’re having one keep going, if you haven’t one, start having one and then prepare for the end of the world on the 21 of may ..

oh well it’s been fun, goodbye, goodnight for now, give me a call ( collect ) if you want an affair.

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Alan - tbaoo

Maybe the best way to describe tbaoo, is by presenting some feedback: tbaoo is foolish, stupid, inane, idiotic, vacuous, asinine, pointless, senseless, ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd, informal, dumb, daft and just plain silly. Enjoy the nonsense, there's lot's of it and it will continue...

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