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Writing Challenge: The Demons Of Dystopia…

“Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne Writing Challenge: The Demons Of Dystopia… Writing Challenge: The Demons Of Dystopia… Synopsis: A young museum curator lapses into a coma after a horrific accident. 100 years later, Maya wakes up to a changed world – Dystopia. Dystopia is a world ...

Weird & Wacky! The Hooker’s Lips Plant!

Nope. Those aren’t Mick Jagger’s lips Photoshopped onto a plant. Believe it or not, this is a real plant affectionately called Hooker’s Lips for the flowers that look like large, luscious red lips. Known scientifically as Psychotria elata, these low-growing trees or shrubs can be found in tropical places like Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, particularly in areas that tend to get a lot of rainfall. Those red lips are commonly called flowers, but they are actually leaf-like bracts. And just ...

Kudos: Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor Wins Two International Banking Awards…

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams Governor Central Bank of Nigeria: Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi For Winning Two International Banking Awards: Kudos to Central Bank of Nigeria Governor… Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi Given the financial fiasco we have seen or read about in the last couple of years; housing crash, Madoff, Wall Street, Banking issues and such, it’s a wonder anyone pays attention to those who make great effort to correct systemic problems. I was quite glad ...

Featured Blogger: Lee Romano Sequeira – Madness Mom and Me…

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers Featured Blogger: Lee Romano Sequeira - Madness Mom and Me... Lee When Lee Romano Sequeira and I first discussed featuring her in the series, I assumed she had one blog, Madness Mom and Me – Desperately Seeking Sanity in a NJ Italian family; where she shares humorous stories about her New Jersey Italian family, and one dedicated website, Peg Presents; created in ...

Inspiration: Happiness Is Like A Butterfly…

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder…” Henry David Thoreau Inspiration: Happiness Is Like A Butterfly... When all your desires are distilled You will cast just two votes: To love more, And be happy. Hafiz of Persia Nasrudin Steals Happiness by: Author Unknown Nasrudin saw a man sitting dispiritedly at the side of the road. And asked him what ...

This Bud's For You

Friday we went on another outing but you might be relieved to know it wasn't in Kansas City for a change. We went to see some of my husband's favorite things. Hint: No, not the beer....(although he clearly likes Bud Light as well) It's the Horses he likes....The Clydesdale's. A few years ago, in 2008,  there were big changes in the structure of Anheuser Busch.  In a all cash deal of $52 BILLION dollars InBev of Brussels, Belgium bought Anheuser Busch.  Up till that point, ...

Musings: Things I’ve Never Done…

“Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Musings: Things I’ve Never Done... Milked an Alpaca Girl Talk – Make Me Wanna In our lifetime, we get to do a ton of stuff, and then, there are things we either don’t do or never get round to doing… This prompt from MamaKat’s Writers Workshop & Confessions Of A Pioneer Woman asks us to come up with ...

The Silk Road

We’d left Cappadocia and were driving along the Anatolian plain in central Turkey when our bus pulled off the road and headed down a narrow path, gravel crunching beneath our tires. I had no idea why we were stopping but at least it was an opportunity for me and Mrs. C. to stretch our legs. Our guide informed us that we’d arrived at the Sultanhani Kervansaray. “The what?” I mumbled under my breath. I didn’t remember reading anything about this on ...

NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress Report #3 – The Results

“Picasso produced hundreds of great paintings; Ralph Ellison wrote one great novel. Art is hard, but literature is murder.”—Joe Queenan, One for the Books So, on the heels of NaNoWriMo 2012, let’s talk about failure and self-forgiveness, shall we? The 50,000-words goal eluded me for the second NaNoWriMo in a row. And with the same novel even! Ugh. I couldn’t escape my inner editor enough to write just for the sake of adding words to the document. I tried that a few ...

Listener-friendly Automated Audiobooks

I’m pleased to let you know about a new offering from the company my husband has devoted much of his time to for the past eleven years (Lessac Techonologies, Inc.). The offering is an automated reading of certain classics in literature and a few current nonfiction books for free or next-to-nothing (some cost 99 cents). The amazing aspect of this offering is not the price, although that’s amazing, of course, but the way the audio was achieved. Basically, in goes a ...

Amazing Pregnancy Video….

Baby at 12 weeks, courtesy of babycenter.com My wife and I have shared that we’re pregnant and thrilled! We’re expecting our third child (whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino”) in June 2012, and this week marks the 12th week of gestational or developmental age for Junior. I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of our baby while he/she sublets my wife’s uterus for the ...

Raymond Burr, Man of Mystery

As far as I can determine, only two biographies have been published on the actor Raymond Burr, who died in 1993. They are Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr by Michael Seth Starr (2009), published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books; and Raymond Burr: A Film, Radio, and Television Biography by Ona L. Hill (1999), published by McFarland and Company. Both books have had less-than-scintillating reviews because neither digs deep enough to offer truly new insights ...

The Greatest Artist I've Ever Known

Grandma Chatterbox is finally home from the hospital and she’s progressing better than she wants to admit. Her surgery has left her weak and she needs assistance to maintain her apartment and independence. It’s fallen on me to find someone to help her. There are many good organizations to draw on and much of my time is currently being spent searching for a suitable individual who can put up with Mom’s idiosyncrasies. This hasn’t prevented my head from filling with ...

Great Expectations (as a parent)

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Erin Hatton. She’s a blogger and fiction writer, other details about her are listed below but the most important factoid is that she’s a mother of four kids. She writes about expectations of parents for themselves and their children – a topic that I’ve written about before – but Erin has a unique perspective. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ================================= Growing up I knew a lot about ...

Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Art And Fear – A Book Review

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Art And Fear – a book review Art And Fear (Art & Fear) is a small book, written by David Bayles & Ted Orlando, sub titled – Observations on the perils (and rewards) of ARTMAKING. This little gem is 118 information packed pages every artist needs. Not only every artist but every creative person really. Why do I …

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A Floral Mystery from Space

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The Ganjoji temple in Japan has a very old Cherry Tree, it’s estimated to be about 1250 years old. In 2008 some cherry stones from this tree were sent into space. They stayed on the International Space Station for 8 months, orbiting the earth a remarkable 4100 times. Upon their return they were sent back and …

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Tuesday morning on the 10.25

Countryside as Seen from a Moving Train

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their …

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Doubts

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Doubts. Doubts. Doubts. Doubts are everywhere. Doubts are surrounding me, engulfing me, consuming me. Doubts are eating at my soul, piece by piece, morsel by morsel. What am I doing? I’ll never be good enough. I am never good enough. Useless, hopeless, ridiculous. No one understands. No one knows the truth. What is the truth? What I know …

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

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Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which is title Buzz: The Book, a primer on what it takes to build and sustain buzz for a service, product, idea or brand. …

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Trauma is trauma is trauma

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Along the healing journey, it is common to hear comments from others, such as, “You don’t know what it’s like for me,” “I went through so much worse than you,” “He only did it to me, so it doesn’t matter,” “You don’t understand,” and “He only touched me, so why I am having so much …

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