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Friday Around the Water Cooler

Friday Around the Water Cooler

I, probably should get my apology out of the way before I even start this post.  You see..now that I have all of these really stellar, intelligent blog writers as my cyber friends,  who write eloquent beautiful prose about the world and the ebb and flow of life, I am writing about wieners. Yep, that's right.  My brain seemingly is on par with that of a 13 year old boy.  I don't think my brain has actually morphed into that of an adolescent  in the literal ...

New World Record!

The eighth Flower and Garden Festival held at the Events Garden in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia has set a new world record for the world’s largest carpet of flowers! This incredible “carpet” was constructed with 15 million flowers spread over an area of 10,712 square meters. Obviously it was the main attraction at the flower show! Image Credits: Missosology This must have been an amazing sight to see in person! Just beautiful…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains…

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains… Bavarian Alps with  Lake Alpsee & Hohenschwangau Castle in foreground Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains… Bald Mountain,  Ketchum & Sun Valley, Idaho Whenever I am around mountains, I am reminded of the magnificence ...

Friday News

Such variety this week in the news category.  As I was looking through the varied sources to find my "weird" news for the week,  I came across another couple of surveys.   I am astonished by the number of polls and surveys taken in January.  Perhaps, this is National Survey Month...I need to check on that. This past week the Public Policy Polling people did a survey to determine the popularity of the U.S. Congress.  According to them Congress has a ...

7 Refreshing Hibiscus Drink Recipes

Late summer is one of the hottest times of the year! To beat the heat, you must stay cool and hydrated! Water is good, but it can also be a bit boring. Add some colour and flavour to your water by making a refreshing hibiscus drink!  Hibiscus flowers  are edible and have a distinctive tangy, citrus-like flavour. As well, they are also a good source of vitamin C! Many people around the world, especially those living in hot climates, drink iced ...

Introducing the First Purple Leaved Hydrangea Plant

You may have seen hydrangeas before-those big, pink or blue flower ball heads with attractive green leaves, but you haven’t seen hydrangeas like these! Monrovia, a wholesale plant grower, is introducing Americans to the first ever purple-leaved hydrangea- The “Plum Passion Hydrangea”, where the foliage is a dark purple one the one side and a lighter purple colour on the underside. Hydrangeas are typically grown for their attractive, showy flower heads, but when it comes to the “Plum Passion Hydrangea,” the foliage ...

World’s First QR Code Made of Fresh Flowers

Mark’s & Spencer (or M & S, as most people call it), a leading British retailer that sells clothes, home decor items, luxury food products and flowers, has created the world’s first Quick Response (QR) Code made out of fresh flowers. The massive 5m (16fr) x 3m (10ft) floral code was made using almost 10, 000 fresh flowers, including pink roses, daisies and cymbidium orchids. photo via http://2d-code.co.uk photo via http://2d-code.co.uk The code was displayed at the Westfield White City, a major shopping ...

New Study: Cursing Hurts Kids and Pre-Teens

Profane Kids Leads to Aggression (photo via Wikipedia) Growing up, we've all heard the rhyme, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." However, according to a new study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) it seems that words - particularly swearing and cursing - do have a negative affect on the health and well being of children. Last week, the AAP presented findings at its annual meeting that pre-teens and kids exposed to profanity in ...

3 Keys to Beating My Addiction: Caffeine

Last week I decided that I wanted to stop drinking caffeinated coffee and diet soda with caffeine as well. I realize that caffeine in moderate amounts actually has been proven to have healthful benefits for a variety of nasty disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer, but I still needed to stop. The problem was, that I couldn't drink the stuff in moderation. Each day, I would practically polish off a pot of coffee by myself before heading to ...

Our Final Pregnancy Update???

Baby at 39 Weeks Gestation - BabyCenter.com It seems hard to believe but the newest edition to our family is scheduled to arrive next Tuesday. Our family is anxious and expectant of the new arrival. Recently, my wife and I will lay in bed talking about how our lives will change for the better and wondering what his little personality will be like. Because anybody with more than one kiddo knows that each is amazingly different from the others. We can’t wait to meet him. He ...

Blue Car Tuesday

I don’t post on Tuesdays but you might want to think about this story tomorrow, especially if you drive a blue car. The new guy had potential, even if he was an arrogant jerk. My father-in-law, who’d worked at the Fireman’s Fund Headquarters in Marin County for years, had a devilish sense of humor and decided to prank him. My wife’s parents lived in San Francisco, and her dad, like many of his coworkers, commuted across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin ...

Does This Video Disrespect Our Veterans???

This past Friday evening my wife and I attended a preseason NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore ravens. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I've no love for the ravens - but the tickets were cheap, the seats were great and I've been Jonesing for professional football. During the pregame ceremonies and warm-up I took a minute of video that I found extremely odd. The stadium was filling up as the public address announcer said they were going to ...

Food For Thought

I notice that many bloggers like to write about food. I don’t follow this trend, but a fellow blogger recently asked for advice on ordering the perfect hamburger. This got me thinking about the two problems I face when dining out. First, breakfast is Mrs. Chatterbox’s favorite meal. She cooks most of our meals but on occasion I’ll whip up one of my specialties, like egg omelets with linguica (a Portuguese sausage similar to chorizo) but on weekends she likes to ...

Name Your New Year Resolution

As a blogger, I’m almost obligated by the fictional Blogger Code of Conduct to write a post about New Year resolutions. It comes with the territory. So to keep my non-existent blogging certification and license in place, here’s my requisite resolution post. In 2012 I hereby resolve to complete the following: 1. Train and complete two full marathons, one in the first half and the other the second half of the year 2. Earn at least my purple belt in Karate 3. Strive to write at ...

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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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