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Phoebe King: Pushing Fifty With Grace & Aplomb…

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and this is your own self.”-Aldous Huxley Phoebe King: Parents Wedding Day, circa 1950's? I have been writing a series of interviews on wonderful people I have met on different social network sites for over a year now. I find connections with people all over the world and while my interviewees answer a similar set of questions, their answers are always different. I find the process both refreshing and revelatory; each ...

Shhhhh...

Orea:  Is there anything you'd like to say? Yes, we'd like to talk today. You are remarkable beings, yet you don't know it.  You practice many skills, all at the same time.  We find that impressive.  Your brains are very active, and often juggle multiple topics at one time. And yet, the greatest benefits are to be found in silence, or in simple activities.  Many of the activities of yesteryear, that were truly beneficial to you, are no longer practiced.  The simple, manual ...

Musings: Do You!

“Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Musings: Do You! What favorite quote do you return to again and again? “Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. A couple of years ago, I added a widget to my blog sidebar with the intention of regularly updating it with a quote I like. It sounded like a wonderful idea; I love quotes and could use the widget to share new ones I found. After ...

Vanishing Pesto

Last week the weather was alternatively sunny and humid or rainy and even more humid. The herbs really love it and the basil has grown like mad. By Saturday it was starting to bolt and take over the garden. I was down to use it or lose it time. I waded through the mud, out to the garden and started cutting. Brought in all the cuttings, stripped the leaves and the bolted flowers. Ended up with 8 cups of washed and ...

Oranges With Fresh Mint

Orange and Mint Salad Orange trees grow almost like weeds here in the Algarve, except when I try to grow one of course! However, driving through the Algarve countryside it grieves me to see the amount of oranges that are just left to rot on the trees or on ground where they fall – what a waste! Still, hopefully by Christmas I may have a few home-grown oranges of my own which will certainly not be left to rot. Always on the ...

The First Day

I know some of you purists out there that feel the need to think in a systematic, organized way are wondering why I am posting "Day ONE" when I already posted a post named Day Two. [Day Two link] Well...because it's my blog and I  can play fast and loose with the timeline...but in reality that post was referring to the day, I posted it...not what we did on day two.  The REAL Day Two post will be coming soon. So...to bring ...

BBQ’d Piglet on Market Day

Market day in Portugal is always an interesting and colourful experience… Beginning to feel faint from the intense heat I paused in the shade of a large tree to people-watch. I smiled as tourists, oblivious to the scorching sun and their already lobster-red arms and faces, rummaged enthusiastically through the clothes stalls. Brightly coloured tie-dye dresses and tops at just two for €15.00 were waved in tourists faces by sellers with eager smiles looking for a sale. “Good price, you buy, you buy! ...

Happy Administrative Professional’s Day!

Administrative Professional’s Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is an unofficial holiday to celebrate the hard work of administrative assistants, secretaries, receptionists and the like. They are often the unsung heroes in the office and are usually taken for granted. In North America, the holiday is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. The holiday traditional started in 1952 and is still going strong today! Besides Easter, Administrative Professional’s Day is one of the busiest times of ...

Fun Flower Facts: Witch Hazel

Scientific Name: Hamamelis Other Names: winterbloom, striped alder, snapping hazel Witch hazel is a genus of flowering deciduous shrubs and sometimes small trees. There are four main species and one hybrid, with two of them native to North America. These popular ornamental plants are grown for their attractive yellow, orange or red flowers, which bloom in clusters in late autumn and continue throughout the winter.  Not to be outshone by the flowers, the foliage is just as stunning. In the fall, the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Birds of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae is one of the most recognized tropical plants. The bright orange sepals and purple petals emerging from the light green stalks resemble its namesake, a colourful bird with long feathers. As a garden plant, the birds of paradise would do best in tropical or subtropical environments, particularly climate zones: 9-12, where it’s warm, sunny and free from frost. A plant starting from seed will take 3-5 years to mature and produce flowers. Plants grown from ...

Springtime at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is the place to be to celebrate the colourful sights and sounds of Spring! Located in the a luxury hotel in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis featuring hundreds of seasonal plants and flowers in the 13 500 square feet of space with a 50ft glass ceiling. The Bellagio works with a team of 140 talented florists and designers to create 5 different displays each year: one of each of the ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Every year on the first weekend in February, the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, hosts a spectacular flower festival. It is during this time when the flowers are in bloom. Everywhere you look, there are beautiful displays of fresh flowers, including chrysanthemums, dendrobium orchids and Damask roses. photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com That being said, it’s not a flower festival unless there’s a parade! The main attraction is the flower festival parade that takes place on Saturday morning, ...

Being Creative At Christmas

Being Creative At Christmas. Being creative at Christmas is one of the things I love about Christmas. Creativity and Christmas seem to go together.  This often seems to be a time when people make an extra effort to be creative. There is a man near where we live, who just transforms his house at Christmas time. Not only does he do this, he also makes up little packets of reindeer food and gives them out to the kids! Other people will make their gifts, ...

The Garden Rose Gallery

Probably the most popular garden roses of today are those with strong fragrance, huge petal counts and large flower heads. There are many varieties like this for today’s gardens bred by major houses like David Austin Roses from England, Rosen Tantau from Germany, and Meilland from the south of France. Until recently, none of these “Garden Varieties” were available as cut flowers because these roses tend to have a poor shelf and vase life. Lately however, major hybridizers have made an ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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