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5 Tips to Help Break a Creative Block

Anyone who has done any kind of writing for an extended period of time will eventually experience some form of writer's block or creative dry spell. It simply comes with the territory. I used to be a reporter with multiple deadlines throughout the day and had to deal with writer's block regularly. You might think it would be easy to write about "news of the the day" but that's not always the case. Especially if you're assigned a low interest, low visual, ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique…

“Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.” Benjamin E. Mays Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique…Seattle EMP Museum Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique… Seattle EMP Museum This was a tough one for me to do because we can make the argument that everything is unique. Yet, from each person’s perspective, some things stand out a bit more than other things. I was quite ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand Cherished wintering birds in our yard Wintering birds in our yard A wintering bird in our yard This week’s photo challenge calls for a treasure or treasures we cherish. The obvious comes to mind and I’ll acknowledge that above all, our relationships carry more currency than any objects. However, we all do cherish other additional things and experiences. We ...

Vegetarian Diet Reduces Risk of Fatal Heart Disease by One-Third

A new study reported in Medical News Today, and  published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that a Vegetarian Diet reduces the risk of dying of heart disease by one-third! Starting in the early 1990s the study followed 45,000 Europeans who volunteered for the study.  34 percent of volunteers did not eat meat or fish. Hospital admissions and deaths were tracked and during the study. The final tally showed a total of 1,235 identified cases of cardiovascular disease: 1,066 ...

Green Smoothies and Green Juice

We got a Ninja for Christmas. It’s not a VitaMix, but it is a big improvement over our trusty old Osterizer. And so far I am very impressed. We immediately took a field trip to Costco for bagged organic kale, containers of organic spinach and organic Granny Smith apples, organic kiwi and a bag of regular old carrots. Trader Joe’s was next and there we invested in more greens – arugula, bok choy and chard and some organic frozen fruit: pineapple, ...

You Told Us Where To Go

In January I asked my fellow bloggers to help me and Mrs. Chatterbox figure out where to go on our next vacation. We’ve been to some interesting places, but our last trip was cancelled by the State Department. We received wonderful suggestions on one of my most popular posts: Your Chance To Tell Me Where To Go, which you can check out (Here). We seriously considered staying within our own borders and availing ourselves of our fabulous National Parks, but in ...

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers

All of the sudden most of the Bell peppers in the green house all got ripe at once. Time for a real winter treat of stuffed green peppers. Every since I wrote the piece on Flavoring a Whole Food  Plant-Based Diet, I have been hungry for them, so this is my golden opportunity! There is something very satisfying about food that tastes this good, has great nutrition and is easy to make. Here is how I do it. Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers Preheat ...

Knitting and The Cloud

I have decided to simply access to my knitting patterns by storing them on The Cloud.  By using cloud storage, such as Google's Drive or Dropbox, I can access my patterns anywhere and just about on any device. Cloud storage is basically a server that you can access files you store on them anytime. A lot of places use it for sharing files quickly, too. I know what you are saying.  But, Jenn, Ravelry does that for you on their website!  True, ...

Enhancing Creativity II

Enhancing Creativity II So how did you go with enhancing your creativity last week?  Did you manage to toss TV for the whole week?  How did that feel for you? For some people it is really, really hard to do – it’s like giving up a drug for a week.  Did you feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the week? We need to break the mold and make a new one. Break The Mold So what now – you may ...

Flowers for Friendship Day

Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of every August. It shouldn’t matter that this holiday was created by a famous card company. Friends are worth celebrating. Friends are the people in your life that make life better. You can share the good, the bad and the ugly times together. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust From L-R, Clockwise: alstroemeria, black-eyed susan, camellia, carnation, ...

Kenya’s Flower Farms Go Green

Where do florists get their roses come from? If you live in Europe, there is a good chance they came from Kenya. It is one of the world’s largest exporter of fresh cut roses. Kenyans export other varieties of flowers, but roses remain the top export, accounting for nearly 80% of all flower exports. Even during Europe’s economic recession these past few years, Kenya’s flower industry continues to grow. Despite a drastic decrease in European exports, Kenyan flower farms are still ...

moon~hawk 'shrooms bugs lizard and my art.

 "Dawn seemed to follow midnight with indecent haste." ~J.K. Rowling, "Magic is Might," dec 6, 2011.  6:49am it's been cold, cloudy, foggy & rainy. (i wasn't able to get an eclipse or full moon pic due to the heavy cloud cover) here are some pictures i've taken over the past week or so. let's start with the Red-shouldered Hawk...who was sitting in a tree in the yard last weekend when we pulled in after camping. oOo ~these next two pictures...the strangest mushroom i've ever seen~  CORAL mushroom i've never seen it ...

‘Tis the Season to Use Branches and Berries in Flower Arrangements!

‘Tis the season to use branches and berries! Take a walk outdoors and let the beauty of nature delight your senses! As you wander and explore your neighbourhood, you will find that inspiration is all around you. Just look at all the fantastic foliage and those branches that have fallen. Branches comes in all kinds of wonderful shapes and forms. Some of them may even have berries! Use these natural elements to create interesting rustic floral arranges while adding height, ...

Celebrate 2013 with these New Flower Varieties

First of all, happy new year! May 2013 be a year filled with flowers and all that is beautiful in this wonderful world! To celebrate the new year, let’s have a look at some of the newest, most beautiful flower varieties available for 2013. Click on title or image if you are interested in learning more about the flower or to buy the seeds. Zinnia Art Gold and Red photo credit: dobies.co.uk Primula Blue Zebra photo via hortcoutureplants.com Aster Lady Penelope Photo Credit: suttons.co.uk Dahlia Yankee Doodle Dandy Photo ...

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David - Virginia Photos

Running In The Richmond Half-Marathon / Jogging And Taking Photos Too

  Today there was a marathon, half-marathon and 8k race here in Richmond so there were tons of folks downtown and lots of photo ops. I ran in the half-marathon for the second year and decided to take the little point and shoot I use for backpacking to, hopefully, distract my senses from the cries of muscles and old bones. And it worked! Up to a point. I ran most of the way and knocked almost an hour off my previous time. I’m at least 20 pounds lighter this year and using better equipment, too. The weather was perfect as well. So I decided to edit the photos and add captions to each of them. Hopefully, this will make them a little more interesting. Betsy met me at the 8 mile mark and also took some photos which I have identified. They added thousands of spots to the half-marathon this year. It is a very, very popular race. And it’s challenging too. Plus, you get to run next to some superhuman athletes, if only for a few moments, as the blow past on their way to incredible times in the marathon. So here are the photos and now I’m going to relax and watch some college football. Zachary called me yesterday and told us he is going to be part of the color guard at the Baltimore Ravens game tomorrow in Baltimore. So we need to tune in to that and see him in his handsome uniform holding the flag. He finally made it to the pros and no one laid a scratch on him! I hope everyone has a great weekend and don’t forget to get out and walk!

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David - Virginia Photos

The thoughts of a retired guy living in Virginia. His interests include photography, writing, poetry, relationships, walking and the humorous side of things.

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