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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Blog Logo

A great, in-depth article I ran across. One of my favorite go-to places for ideas. Anyone new to blogging should check it out, one of the best websites for tips on just about anything related to blogging: http://www.problogger.net/blog/ This guest post is by Liane of the Blog Design Team. ___ After almost three years of blogging, and about the same time spent discovering my addiction to graphic design, I’ve come to realize that both of my passion go hand in hand. Blogging and design is ...

A Great Sense of Achievement

Sometimes we set ourselves personal goals swept away on the crest of a wave by a moments reckless enthusiasm or, as in my case on this occasion, after a glass or three of cheap heady red wine. We believe anything is possible if we put our minds to it and of course it is if the goal is realistic. The NANoWriMo was for me one of those moments.Thank goodness I did not decide to become a brain surgeon or walk to ...

One Ring to Rule them All

People who know me also know that I’m health conscious. I exercise 6 days a week and usually eat a low fat/ high fiber diet.  However, last weekend my husband and I decided to take a day off from our good behaviors.  This is when I suddenly discovered the magical powers of onion rings. First of all, onion rings are naturally formed in the shape of a circle: the symbol of perfection.  It shows the past connecting with the future.  Like ...

Could you eat horse meat?

Could you eat me? Millions of “beef” burgers were removed from supermarket shelves across the UK because they contain horse meat. The nation is outraged and justifiably so when it’s reported some burgers contain as much as 29% horse! The nation is then informed, as I discovered in the Telegraph newspaper, “Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to believe! If we stand back from this scandal and horse meat was readily available in supermarkets ...

Victory!!!

My letter of “complaint” to Delta: Message: ‘The delay made me miss my connection even though I ran through the airport and they knew I was coming from a late flight. The plane was just pulling away from the door when I got there. Since it was the last flight of the day and a small plane I was a little upset that they could not wait 3 minutes for me. I had to spend the night in MSP and take a flight the next day ...

Musings: Ode To An Email Junkie…

“I’m addicted to email, but other than that, there are practical things – being able to buy a book on the internet that you can’t find in your local bookshop. This could be a lifeline if you live further from the sources.”  Marilyn Hacker Ode To An Email Junkie by ElizOF A tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek ode… The love affair began with that dinosaur – A An aging mail maid with suspect kin She danced before EJ’s novice eyes and signed her up without a sigh Soon that chime-y ...

Getting ‘high’ on [apple & cinnamon] muffins!

Again: my path towards learning how to bake goods in high altitude settings… Another fundraising bake sale, and, this time, the theme is “FALL BAKE” [even though it's Spring here!]. This week is all dedicated to my ‘adventures in the kitchen’… all the wonders of a mom of 3 little ones! La Paz, Bolivia, can be a great example of how frustrating it might be for a rookie baker! In order to remain ingood terms with my kitchen oven, ‘we‘ decided to go for this ‘new ...

from my puddle to yours...

ribbet! HEY there!  laura wanted me to jump in here and let you know that she & sam are leaving ME  in charge this weekend. they're taking Milo, and going camping. JUST for the weekend. Just a couple of nights. it's raining right now...so i gotta hurry through this. ribbet! laura gave me a quick computer lesson and asked if i wouldn't mind picking out a couple of pictures... so you'll have more to see...than just ME! ribbet!  ribbet!  *** this is my cousin Vinnie...trying to catch a snooze in the collard ...

Bad Luck Update and I Don’t Speak Cow

If you are new to my blog you need to start with Accidents Happen. This is the continuing story of achieving incredible dreams and finding myself along the way, NOT. This is really the story of my life as a police cadet, officer, and then detective after my midlife crisis. If I get more than one midlife crisis, I think I’ll be a spy for the CIA. (A girl can dream, can’t she?) In between felony cases, pets, gardening, and my ...

Alberta’s Wild Rose

I love our Wild Rose! The Alberta Wild Rose grows all over Alberta from north to south and even in the mountains. Producing delicate pink blooms from May to August, this bush adds a wild elegance to woods, fields & along the roadsides. I am lucky enough to live on a farm near Edmonton, Alberta and my property comes alive each spring with the glorious Wild Rose. The following pictures were taken this past summer on my farm. I found this bee enjoying ...

Taking the Bugs Out of Moms Blooms

The majority of cut flowers for sale in North America are flown in from Colombia, Ecuador, Holland & New Zealand. Miami handles the large majority of these imports, California is 2nd. Last week alone nearly 3.5 million flowers arrived in Los Angles, in total an estimated 40 million flowers will enter the USA destined for Mothers Day. CBP agent checking for unwanted hitchhikers! (photo credit: Brad Graverson) However, sometimes the flowers do not arrive alone! Despite all of the careful planning and ...

Fall Flowers for your Garden!

Fall is here, but that doesn’t mean that the growing season is over. In fact, there are flowers that thrive during the fall season. These are some of the flowers that will continue to bloom in your garden until the first frost. Aster This daisy-like flower, which comes in pinks, blues, purples and whites,  will add colour and life to your fall garden! Asters bloom from late summer to the first fall. Deadheading early in the season will increase the blooms ...

Knit Picks TRY IT Needle Set

I usually get a little money from Christmas, and I then place a nice Knit Picks order for myself.  This is the only time they've disappointed me. I ordered the TRY IT Needle set, which includes three different types and sizes of tips, two 24" cables, cable caps, and a cable key.  I needed a size US 8 on a 24" circular, so I decided to give this small interchangeable set a shot. The size 8's where in the Zephyr acrylic tips.  ...

Fall 2013 Color Forecast

Summer may still be in full force, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming of fall days and the beautiful, rich hues that come with them. I love fall hues. Fall colors typically possess a depth and sophistication absent from summer’s pastels and brighter shades, and this year should be no different! Pantone, the global authority on color, has forecasted a palette of 10 luscious colors from New York Fashion Week that will be fall’s hottest hues. According to Pantone, “the ...

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Kelly Quinn - Writing From The Ashes

To share or not to share

Should some things be kept private?

To say my posts on this blog have been erratic is probably an understatement.  Life has moved at a rate of knots over the last few months and there has been plenty happening offline that has interfered with my writing, but there is another reason why my posts are not as regular as I might like.

Many times I have sat down to write for this blog, but have ended up not using what I have written because of the piece turns out to be extremely personal, and I have been unwilling to share such information with the rest of the world.  I hadn’t really taken that much notice of it until I started writing this evening about the things I have learnt about relationships in the last few days.  The more I wrote, the more I realised that it wasn’t going to be something that I wanted to post here for everyone to see.  Does anyone else ever have that problem?

How do you walk the fine line between appropriate and inappropriate sharing of personal information?  Is there even such a thing as ‘inappropriate’ sharing of personal information in this era of social networking?  Is the level of sharing really a matter of an individual’s values and personal beliefs?

A quick look on Twitter of Facebook reveals many people who share their every movement 24 hours a day, but do the rest of us really want or need to know what another person is doing almost every second?  Again, some of these statuses are surface stuff, such as ‘having a drink’ or ‘just about to jump in the pool’, but others are more in-depth about their emotional and/or mental state.

So, how much should I share and how much should I keep private?

The best answer I can give right now would have to be that it will depend on how I feel at the time of writing and what I am writing about – but I will be very interested to see what your thoughts are on the sharing of personal information.

Kelly Quinn - Writing From The Ashes

A traumatic childhood, dysfunctional family, and the everyday bumps on this journey called life provide plenty of inspiration for my stories. Some are dark. Some are light. But hopefully they are all an enjoyable read. If something you read here stirs an emotion inside you, please leave a comment and let me know. One of the best parts about writing is getting feedback from readers.

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