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Thank You All: On Being Freshly Pressed…

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” David O. McKay Thank You All: On Being Freshly Pressed... A Thank You Bouquet to all of You! Do you remember the last time you got really exciting news? Where were you and what were you doing? I think it is human nature to capture a special moment, marinade in it and then lock it away for posterity. Today ...

Bogus Post Office E-Mail May Be A Virus!

The advice I got was, "If you get an e-mail from the Post Office, do not open it because it might contain a "Trojan" virus that could wreak havoc with a computer and its systems. According to the information I have been reading, the fake message informs recipients that there has been some kind of difficulty in delivering a package and that the message recipient can claim the package by going to their local post office or something similar to that. It ...

Another Plant-based Lasagna — with Butternut, Onion, Spinach and Cashew “Cheese”

After the butternut tacos, I got to thinking. . . Now I am on a butternut squash kick. Next on the agenda: Lasagna. Honestly, I probably would not even have tried this, but David and I had a version of it a while back that was to die for. That one was full of ricotta and mozzarella cheese. This one uses cashew “cheese” instead. Because the butternut squash is so smooth and creamy you won’t even miss the cheese. Be forewarned that ...

Successful Trip to Paris

In heaven over quiche lorraine at Le Solferino cafe Today I washed the fairy dust from Paris out of my hair. It was a bittersweet moment (the bad part being I was shedding some of Paris off me; the good part being I was shedding some of Paris off me). Yesterday, when I should have been blogging, I was creating a slideshow, culling favorites from the 363 pictures I’d taken. At husband Gary’s recommendation, I downloaded one of French singer Edith ...

Share Your World #35

Share Your World, too! 1) Have you ever bungee jumped?  If you haven’t, would you want to? No, I have not and YES, I would love to try it. I suppose some people must enjoy this! The Bungee Jump attracted a fair number of victims – but most people at the “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People” http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/ Summer Fayre simply decided that having a dog for a companion was far safer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 2) For your computer Mac or Windows based computer?  Desktop, laptop, Pad ...

Are We Making Progess?

Are We Making Progess?

Lindsay Lohan does it while she is in jewelry stores. Newt Gingrich does it.  Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore do it a lot.  Chris Lee and Anthony Weiner did it and caused a ruckus. I have done it but frankly, I just don't get the point of it. I am, of course, talking about the  ugly little half-sister to Facebook, TWITTER. Would someone, please explain the enjoyment of Twitter to me?   Why do people want to put the limitation on their communication at ...

Good Friday in the Algarve

For those still in employment and trapped in the office how many times have you desperately waited for a Bank Holiday weekend, and then the weather is pooh? All week you’ve looked out of your office window longingly at the sunshine, counting the hours before you can escape. The big day arrives and then it rains! Not just spits and spots of rain where you can dodge the raindrops, or even a drab mist, but full on rain like a ...

Painting Energy – The Dance

Painting Energy – the dance Painting energy continues with the final two paintings in the dance section of this series.  These paintings have much more flow than the previous two. I feel I have captured something of the essence of the dancer’s abandon to her craft. The first, ‘Dancer’ is perhaps more successful in that than the second. Dancer 36″x24″ However the second painting taught me a valuable lesson about the judgement of our own work. I was out one day and my partner ...

12 Uses for Sunflower

The bright and cheerful sunflower, one of the most popular summer flowers, is one of the most versatile plants in the world. Gardeners love them because they are very easy to grow, low maintenance and quick growing. There are many different varieties to choose from, ranging in assorted colours, sizes and forms. Besides brightening up someone’s day, the sunflower is considered to be a major global cash crop! All parts of the plant, including seeds, stalk and petals, are useful in ...

scattered saturday morning thoughts

wow. it's september already. and it's almost half over! we're slithering toward my favorite holiday... and favorite time of year. halloween...fall...autumn...winter. shorter days. cooler temp's. bare trees against a blue sky.  green leaves turning to shades of fire... crunching under foot. time to reflect. to think about those that have passed on. honoring them. their spirits. souls. everything is connected. the dying off...preparing for the life of spring...new growth. birth. People are like stained glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is ...

Gift Ideas for Boss’s Day

Happy Boss’s Day! Boss’s Day is a holiday celebrated on October 16th in Canada, the USA, and many other countries around the world.  It is a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair. Often times, boss’s don’t get the recognition they deserve; being a boss or a supervisor can be stressful and challenging. Even if you don’t like your boss, try to focus on the good qualities. Some popular ways to show your boss appreciation include: treating ...

Chinese Bellflowers: flowers that look like balloons!

The Chinese Bellflower, also known as the balloon flower, is a perennial that resembles little blue inflated balloons before the flowers fully bloom. When it opens up, a pretty five point bell-shaped flower is revealed. Blue is the most common variety, but there are some blooms that are white and pink. It is native to East Asian countries such as China, Korea and Japan and is cultivated for food and medicinal purposes. Nonetheless, they are easy to grow here in North ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Panagbenga Flower Festival – Philippines

Panagbenga Flower Festival held in Baguio City, Philippines has some of the most amazing & creative floral floats this bloom blogger has ever seen! Which really shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering Panagbenga means “season of blooming”. This month long festival is held every February in the capitol summer city. On the day of the Grand Float Parade, the streets are lined with people waiting to view the spectacular flower float creations. This years 1st place winner was International Pharmaceuticals Inc, ...

2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Brilliant! It was this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower show theme, but it also how most people thought about the event. The show that took place this past week from March 2-10, was innovative, beautiful and extraordinary. In other words, it was brilliant. The British-inspired exhibits were the stars of the show, which celebrated Britain’s iconic landmarks and icons with a contemporary twist. One of the first things people saw were the showstopping Royal Gates, which were made of clear tubes and ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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