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The Itsy Bitsy Vacation

Mike and I are back from a much needed vacation, and although it went by far too quickly, I was amazed at how much fun we could squeeze into four little days. I’d say the absolute best part of the trip was seeing my in-laws. (No, I’m not joking.) We hung out at their place chatting, went out to eat, and even caught the final launching of the Space Shuttle Discovery right from their front lawn. Okay, we could only ...

The Bolo Rei – The Portuguese Taste of Christmas

When Steph Blog in France suggested a Christmas Blog Hop I thought what a great idea and maybe someone can share their tried and tested recipe for Bolo Rei as it originates in France! Bolo Rei - a true symbol of the Christmas season Bolo Rei is not simply a cake but also symbol of the Christmas season in Portugal as it is in France. The Bolo Rei (King Cake) originated in France and only arrived in Portugal during the mid-nineteenth century. It is ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

The road to positivity is strewn with the abandoned vehicles of the faint-hearted. Peter McWilliams Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned Spaces and Things Even though, I take pictures of all sorts of things, I often don’t take pictures of abandoned buildings because there is usually a sadness about them. But the truth is that at different points in our lives, we move on, abandoning what no longer serves our lives … It is part of our growth process. We must learn to embrace ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in January

My personal diary. Over the next year I will be keeping a monthly diary of all 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. I’m always open to suggestions (or encouragement) so please feel free to leave a note in the comments section below. December was the first entry in my ...

How Impactful Are We?

We never really know, do we?  Oh, that we could see the concentric circles expanding ever outward from the things we say and the things we do, like the proverbial ripples in our proverbial ponds. Hence lies a great responsibility in choosing well our words and our actions. And perhaps we never quite grasp the scope or dimensions of our own pond.  We used to talk of villages that raise a child.  I believe that 'village' no longer adequately describes the bounds ...

Travel Photo Contest

Image via Wikipedia National Geographic is having a Traveler photo contest but hurry, the contest submission deadline is July 11 2011. They are looking for travel photos that are of people, landscapes, unrehearsed type photos. It does have an entry fee but look at it this way. You are getting your photos in front of National Geographic. First prize is a 14 day trip for 2 persons to the British and Irish Isles aboard the National Geographic Explorer. There are also ...

Important Things to Add to Your Packing List

Image by nathangibbs via Flickr I do a lot of traveling and I pack what I need taking into consideration where I am going and how long I will be gone. But these are things I always do no matter where my travels take me and so far it has worked out pretty good. Copies of Your Passport Before you leave home get color copies of your passport made. Put one in your wallet or purse, one in your carry on bag and ...

Fun Flower Facts: Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod (Solidago) is a genus of flowering plants native to North America and belongs to the aster family. It can be easily identified by its clusters of small golden yellow flowers that grow on tall, hairy stems. Flowers are strongly scented. Goldenrod grow to be 2-6 feet tall.  Flowers are commonly found growing in fields, road sides and salt marshes, blooming from late summer until fall. Most North Americans consider goldenrod to be a weed for its fast growing, aggressive nature, ...

Busy as Bees!

Today's post was inspired by my friend, Mark Moffett's extraordinary photo spread of exotic pollinating creatures in the March Issue of National Geographic. On  my visit to the Dallas Arboretum for their "Dallas Blooms" event, I was able to spend time with my current favorite flower, the Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule). As this is the weekend of the Vernal Equinox, I wanted to share the recent images of Iceland poppies and their pollination. Preparing to Pop Click in any of the images ...

10 000 Plants Adorn London’s Largest Living Wall

Living walls have been a hot trend in gardening and landscaping for the last few years and the trend doesn’t seem to be going away! Just last month, London, UK unveiled its largest living wall on the side of two prominent hotels near Buckingham Palace. The Rubens at the Palace hotel is the home of an impressive 350 sq. m (3 770 sq. ft). vertical garden, containing 10 000 live plants, which includes ferns, buttercups, crocuses, lavender and winter geraniums.  There ...

a weaving arachnid & another misspelling

an orb weaver. the first time i noticed one like this, was about a year ago. she was on the front porch...in the same area as this one. she was much bigger than the one who spins her web out there now. these Orb Weavers are nocturnal. the ones usually seen are females. they have bigger, rounder bodies. top side under side she waits...night after night...not just for a meal...but for a male too. the males are smaller, and their main purpose in life is to seek out a ...

I’ve waited two years for this………..

I love peonies. I ordered a Peony Tree from a very reputable grower and planted it with great care almost two years ago. I watched as it grew and produced lots of lovely green leaves that danced in the summer breeze and withstood Autumn gales; waiting for the beautiful pink blooms to appear. I waited and waited. I asked a professional gardener friend what I was doing wrong, “Don’t worry” he said, ” be patient and the flowers will come”. I waited a little ...

Boo! Meet the Ghost Plant

Scientific name: Monotropa uniflora Other Common Names: Indian Pipe, Corspe Plant, Ice Plant, Fairy Smoke The ghost plant is aptly named for its ghostly white appearance. The flowers are white because it does not contain any chlorophyll. It does not need sunlight for its development. Rather, the ghost plant is a parasitic plant; it gets its energy from the fungi from nearby trees. Adding to the eeriness and spookiness of the plant, the ghost plant lives in dark, shady environments. They can ...

The Flooding Aftermath

After the the flooding in July we decided not to go back to Iowa to see how the trees fared in the flood until after August 15th. That’s the time the contract with FSA says we can mow around the trees. They don’t want you mowing from May 15th to Aug 15th, when most animals are nesting and having their young. When we first pulled up and saw our place I didn’t know if we would have any trees that survived. The flood had washed ...

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NYPD Said To Have Acted "Aggressively!"

It has been reported that some New York Police Officers may have acted a little bit aggressively towards some participants in the Occupy Wall Street Movement recently.

As an American Citizen, I was a little shocked to hear of this alleged aggressiveness on the part of some of New York’s Finest and I said to myself, “Oh, golly! I don’t believe that this kind of stuff can happen in America so perhaps someone is mistaken about all this.”

So, I returned to the article that I had been reading and sure enough, there were allegations that some of the officers used pepper spray and tear gas and that some of the arrests they made may have been a little rough according to some people’s estimates.

I thought to myself, “Well if that is true, that just isn’t nice at all!” Then I thought again to myself, “I cannot believe that anyone who takes on the task of protecting and serving the citizens could ever even think of pulling and using a pepper spray on someone unless they were in immediate danger of being assaulted or something.”

What I was reading certainly wasn’t describing any police officers that I have ever known.  I thought, “Somebody might not be understanding the situation up there on the streets of New York.

I just don’t know what to think about all this stuff that is going on up there in New York and all over the world now with these “Wall Street Occupy” people.

I kind of thought that here in America we would be allowed to go into a park or stand on a street in a group and show forth our disappointment and discontent with some things that are going on around us and that we could feel perfectly free and safe in doing do.

But apparently there are some folks who do not share my expectations about American Freedoms. I think that is unfortunate to say the least.

All kinds of American Freedoms have come under attack of late. I guess there are even attempts to shut down Freedom of Speech.  I think this is more likely to be true if that “Speech” ruffles some one’s feathers.. They are telling tales now about Press Blackouts surrounding these Occupy things.  Of course, since this is America, I don’t buy that for a minute, do you?

There might be some really good news coming out of all that ruckus up there in New York though.  I also read today that a judge has issued a restraining order that essentially allows the Occupiers to re-enter the park where they have been protesting and that, in spite of orders from The City to the contrary, the judge who issued the order said the protesters were perfectly welcome to keep their tents with them.

Now if you look on the Internet, you can also find articles talking about a “Press Blackout” that New York is supposed to have enacted in regards to close coverage of the Occupy activities.

This has ostensibly been done for the Protection Of The Press.” I guess if we are not really careful, we might see the day come when we won’t be allowed to say anything that is on our minds–especially if it might upset someone else to one degree or the other.  I guess we might get to the point where journalists will have to be careful to refer to “Crooks” as “Those  possibly suffering from the effects of social disengagement” or something like that.

I would say that the idea of “Protecting The Press”is a commendable action.  It is good that someone is looking out for the welfare of the Press Corps.

I mean this Occupy Wall Street thing isn’t a full-fledged combat zone, now  is it?

I guess my question is, “Could it become a full-fledged combat zone? Are the conditions right for violence to erupt around these “Peaceful” protests?

Oh golly Gee, folks– one can only wait with baited breath to see what will happen next.

Isn’t it exciting how things have changed in America?

You want my opinion of all this alleged roughness on the part of some of the police up there? My opinion is, “Dreadful if it is true. That is a ‘Shame On You.’”

But, in all reality, folks, there is always the chance that someone might be misinterpreting what they are seeing, hearing or reading and have made possibly brash statements  about what is actually transpiring in New York.  I mean fair is fair and balanced is balanced, right?

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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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