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  • Countdown - 15 Days

    Peterman's Eye
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
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  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 21–27 February 2015
    Elan Morgan
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Andy Shauf's "Covered In Dust":There is little else more Canadian than CBC's song "Blog Writer's Waltz" (which is, of course, a spoof on the 1979 Canuck favourite "Log Driver's Waltz").Chuck Wendig's "25 Ways to Write a Real 'Page-Turner' of a Book":Said it before: the question mark is shaped like a hook. The question (i.e. mystery) is bait. The question mark at the end of a question is the hook that sets in the cheek of the reader and drags them along. Populate the work with mysteries big and small. Mysteries of all types, too — mysteries related to character, to big plot, to…
  • 13 steps to bust out of any slump

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    Kate Rinsema
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Whether you've hit a slump at work, in your relationships, or lost the will to pursue those lofty New Years' resolutions, there is a path to brighter places if you're willing to start walking it. The post 13 steps to bust out of any slump appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Boris Nemtzov

    Simply Jews
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    We don't know who gave the order to murder Boris Nemtzov.Here is what we do know:1. In the past Russian government didn't shy away from breaking the law to compromise Nemtzov. FSB recorded his cellphone conversations and published extracts containing swearing.2. When Putin murders out of vengeance, he likes to leave a clue that it was him so that he can present it as a lesson to others. Po-210 was used to murder Litvinenko.Nemtzov was murdered right next to the Kremlin. That would have been very hard for someone without access to Nemtzov's communications and knowledge of his route; ordinary…
  • 'INTERESTING STUFF – 28 February 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    EDITORIAL NOTE As you know, on Monday through Friday, there is a link at the bottom of each TGB story to that day's story by readers at The Elder Storytelling Place. Last Monday, I neglected to set up the ESP story to publish automatically and did not discover my error until late in the day so some people did not see Dan Gogerty's Orthorexia, Healthy Food and "Piecing Around". Dan is one of our best contributors so go take a look. SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL IS ALMOST HERE The sequel to the 2011 movie about a bunch of elder Brits who retire to India will arrive in U.S. theaters next Friday 6…
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  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 21–27 February 2015

    Elan Morgan
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Andy Shauf's "Covered In Dust":There is little else more Canadian than CBC's song "Blog Writer's Waltz" (which is, of course, a spoof on the 1979 Canuck favourite "Log Driver's Waltz").Chuck Wendig's "25 Ways to Write a Real 'Page-Turner' of a Book":Said it before: the question mark is shaped like a hook. The question (i.e. mystery) is bait. The question mark at the end of a question is the hook that sets in the cheek of the reader and drags them along. Populate the work with mysteries big and small. Mysteries of all types, too — mysteries related to character, to big plot, to…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 556

    Elan Morgan
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:28 pm
    This was my flower at second breakfast on Saturday. On Saturday, I got to eat a first breakfast, and then I got to eat a second breakfast. Elevenses! I got to see Andy Shauf play live, and he was better than I even imagined. Check out his March tour dates and go see him if he's near you in Canada or the United States over this coming month. Among all the other good stuff I got to do over the last week, I also got to ride around in a Tesla Model S with Sun Country Highway's James Dennis, and I am completely sold on electric vehicles. It was smooth, quiet, and beautiful. The…
  • He Tells Me What to Do, and I Do It

    Elan Morgan
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
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  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 14–20 February 2015

    Elan Morgan
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    "The Mount Everest of Human Emotions" from Kelly Corrigan is worth every 17 minutes and 44 seconds. She talks about acceptance and narrative creep, which are two things I've been thinking about quite a bit. It is particularly interesting to those of us who share our lives online and feel pushed to find the story in every account: Ashley Nicole Black's "We're Telling the Wrong Black History Month Stories". I had Rosa Parks all wrong: Get ready to have your mind blown: Rosa Parks didn't just happen to stay seated on the front of the bus that day by accident, it was staged. Also, she wasn't…
  • A Box of New Books Arrived, and I'm Actually Going to Read Them

    Elan Morgan
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I used to read pages and pages of books every single day. At one time, my birthdays consisted of me getting a pile of books over breakfast and then disappearing for the next week to devour them all, and for the first almost 30 years of my life, this held true. Over the last few years, though? Not so much. I am just guessing here, but I'm fairly certain that many of you are hiding the same secret shame I am. You used to read a lot, and you still love books, but if you said that you read one whole book from beginning to end in the last six months, you'd be lying to look more literate.
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  • 13 steps to bust out of any slump

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Whether you've hit a slump at work, in your relationships, or lost the will to pursue those lofty New Years' resolutions, there is a path to brighter places if you're willing to start walking it. The post 13 steps to bust out of any slump appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • This snoring dormouse is the cutest thing you’ll see all day [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Did you know a dormouse can snore? Of course it can, anything with nostrils can. Ok, that might not be true, but it sounds right. But of all the snoring creatures, the dormouse is the cutest. The post This snoring dormouse is the cutest thing you’ll see all day [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 5 dating profile hacks that work (and why it’s not worth it) [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Like anything in life, online dating can be hacked. Here are five ways you can hack an online dating profile picture, and here are also some reasons why you don't want to do that. The post 5 dating profile hacks that work (and why it’s not worth it) [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Leonard Nimoy explains origin of the Vulcan greeting [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Even if you don't count yourself a diehard Trekkie, you're familiar with the Vulcan greeting popularized by the late Leonard Nimoy. Yet, what you probably don't know is that the inspiration for the pop culture symbol is religious in origin and came from Nimoy peeking when he wasn't supposed to. The post Leonard Nimoy explains origin of the Vulcan greeting [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • If men acted like dogs [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    A significant portion of our readership will likely say men already do act like dogs. But this video takes things one step further. Here's what it looks like when men actually do act like canines. The post If men acted like dogs [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Boris Nemtzov

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    We don't know who gave the order to murder Boris Nemtzov.Here is what we do know:1. In the past Russian government didn't shy away from breaking the law to compromise Nemtzov. FSB recorded his cellphone conversations and published extracts containing swearing.2. When Putin murders out of vengeance, he likes to leave a clue that it was him so that he can present it as a lesson to others. Po-210 was used to murder Litvinenko.Nemtzov was murdered right next to the Kremlin. That would have been very hard for someone without access to Nemtzov's communications and knowledge of his route; ordinary…
  • George Galloway: my day ruined by Texans!

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    Quite a sweet tee hee moment:They’re all out tonight; the Tory vermin, the UKIP proto-fascists, their Scots counterparts, the actual fascists, even Texans!Texans... imagine that!
  • Murder of Boris Nemtsov and "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?"

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:57 am
    It is not that a murder on the streets of Moscow is a rare occurrence these days. Even if it was especially brazen and carried out in the center of the capital, in view of the Kremlin. No one is safe, and the fact that Boris Nemtsov was one of the few remaining opposition leaders doesn't really preclude the possibility of a "mundane" criminal act.Until you see what Putin's propaganda machine is already churning out, and who better than the slobberingly slavish "Izvestiya"? The blood on the cobblestones is still warm, but the "highly placed sources in the law enforcement" are already up to the…
  • Naomi Wolf and the flood libel

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    To make it less of a standard post, I shall start from its end:Click on the image to read the textOf course, the tradition of whining about the cruel Zionists opening some (non-existent) dams to flood the poor defenseless Gazans is not going to stop with this retraction by Al Jazz, no matter how unique it is. The libel didn't start this year and it isn't going to stop this year. Clearly, the pro-Palestinian propaganda masters have learned very well the Nazi maxim: if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself. So - invent a lie, add a…
  • LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM: Wesleyan University leaves pedophiles out in the cold. Protest!

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:08 am
    It is with a feeling of discombobulation and chagrin that I follow the latest in the lack of sexual inclusiveness in this hallowed institution of higher learning. A post on a Wesleyan University webpage advises of an open house for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM. No idea what that means? Don’t worry. Wesleyan explained it on its website. Open House is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf**k, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple (sic), Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or…
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  • 'INTERESTING STUFF – 28 February 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    EDITORIAL NOTE As you know, on Monday through Friday, there is a link at the bottom of each TGB story to that day's story by readers at The Elder Storytelling Place. Last Monday, I neglected to set up the ESP story to publish automatically and did not discover my error until late in the day so some people did not see Dan Gogerty's Orthorexia, Healthy Food and "Piecing Around". Dan is one of our best contributors so go take a look. SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL IS ALMOST HERE The sequel to the 2011 movie about a bunch of elder Brits who retire to India will arrive in U.S. theaters next Friday 6…
  • Crabby Old Lady on Cutting the Cable Cord

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Four weeks ago, Crabby Old Lady told you about how she reduced her fixed expenses by cutting the cable TV cord after Giant Cable Company (hereinafter referred to as GCC) jacked up the monthly charge by 39 percent. She didn't cut the cord entirely because GCC is the only broadband internet provider in Crabby's area and due to their impressively convoluted pricing schemes, the broadband service coupled with the most basic of the basic TV services is cheaper than subscribing to broadband alone. As Crabby knew up front, without the larger GCC package she ditched, she would lose a lot of the…
  • 10 Myths About Ageing

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    When, in 1995, I began to research what ageing is all about, there were hardly any non-academic books about it (and so it remained until 2005 when the media caught on that the oldest baby boomers were turning 60 and ageing became a hot topic). Before the subject of ageing took off, one of the least dense, most useful books was written by a Harvard specialist in cognitive ageing, Douglas H. Powell, titled The Nine Myths of Aging. As you would expect, it refutes entrenched ideas and false beliefs that had been (and still are) prevalent about old people. The most important myth, the one that…
  • Not Too Old for Another Surprise

    Ronni Bennett
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Remember yesterday's post when I quoted some notes from my blog journal? Perhaps you recall reading this one: ”Sometimes I am afraid that there will be no more wonderful surprises, that the future I have left will be no different from today, yesterday and the day before.” Well, wait till you hear this. Yesterday morning, I drove half an hour to – well, wait a minute. Let me give you the back story. In her old age, my mother bought coins. Gold coins, silver coins, old coins, new coins. She wasn't interested in the coins themselves; for her, they were an investment. Mom was a child of the…
  • Dear Diary: Some Notes on Ageing

    Ronni Bennett
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    There is a handwritten journal I keep although, unlike the kind many others' have, the entries are undated. This latest edition is the third I have filled over 10 years (they are thick with many pages). It is my blog book, my book of ageing. In it is a loose, running list of scribbled ideas for possible future stories along with some age-related quotations I've saved, stray thoughts I want to further consider and, sometimes, just a phrase I like. There are titles of books I intend to read (and sometimes do), movies I want to see and topics for research. There is much more material about aging…
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  • The Secret to Marketing Event Success (Spoiler Alert: Muffin Tops)

    Ann Handley
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    “The past is always tense, the future perfect.”―Zadie Smith Registration just opened for the MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum. That’s a boring name for a conference, isn’t it? Which is why we affectionately nicknamed the B2B Marketing Forum, which takes place each October in Boston, the “Marketing Muffin Top.” Much like an actual muffin top in an actual muffin tin, it overflows in (mostly) appealing ways. Right now, we are elbow-deep in rolling and setting the program for the 2015 B2B Forum, and the Marketing Muffin Top moniker is on my mind again because there are so many…
  • 50 Shades of Mediocrity: Does Content Have to Be Good, or Just Good Enough?

    Ann Handley
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    When a franchise like 50 Shades of Grey enjoys crazy success, is it a signal that content doesn’t have to be good to be crazy-successful? Popularity is only one measure of success, of course. And for most of us in the content marketing world, it’s not a very good one. Yet popularity is still very often the thing that persistently defines value. (Witness the popularity of popularity lists.) On the one hand I get it, and on the other, I think it’s weird. Is it the goal for your business to have the most followers on Twitter? Or is it to attract more customers than your competitor?
  • The One Thing All Creative People Do

    Ann Handley
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The one thing all creative people tend to do is reject the notion that “creative” and “artistic” are the same. In other words, creative people know that creativity finds expression in many ways. Because you can be a creative team leader or a creative scientist or a creative TSA agent or a creative marketer—which means only that you look for new ways of doing things. So you, too, are creative—or you have the capacity to be. “A myth is that you’re either creative or you’re not,” said Sir Ken Robinson in a 90-minute video talk and Q&A at…
  • 10 Ways to Deal with the Stupid Amount of Email You Get

    Ann Handley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pop quiz: Do you wish you received more email? Answer: That’s a ridiculous question. I’ve been thinking about email a lot lately, because for the past few weeks I’ve been tracking how much time I spend managing, writing, reading, forwarding, filing, responding to, and (sometimes) cursing it. The verdict: Whatever the number is that’s bigger than “crap-ton.” (Octillion? Vigintillion? Googol?) It turns out I spend about four precious hours a day. Yet, ironically, there are probably people reading this now who are wondering why I never responded to their last inquiry. (Is this you?
  • Stuff You Missed, Stuff You Loved: The Best of 2014

    Ann Handley
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    This blog, like most, is linear. It’s in chronological order, so things once thought precious get buried and lost at the bottom of the metaphorical sock drawer until you’re rummaging around in there one day and happen upon that thing you had almost forgotten about. This is my effort to dig up the things buried deep in this blog, with the most-read marketing posts of 2014. I hope you value one or two of the unearthed posts as a discovery that’s useful—like, say, a Kennedy silver dollar your uncle gave you. But not, say, a pouch of your firstborn’s baby teeth, which…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • Wild and Crazy Dating Stories

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Conversation with my friend Craig, who I met in the street. “Hey, Neil. How’s the online dating life?” “It’s good. I’ve met some interesting women.” “It must be wild. I’ve been reading the articles in the New York Times about all the crazy hookups on Tinder and sex with strangers?” “That’s the media blowing things up to write salacious articles. They love to appeal to our fears about the internet.” “I think it’s real. Did you see that video of the 89 year grandfather who fooled all these young women on…
  • 16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    It was the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) – it was unclear to me – at the 16th Annual NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival.  All I know is that, according to Chinese astrology, people born under the sign love creativity, so it was something to celebrate, even if everyone watching the parade had to stand in cold and dirty slush from yesterday’s snowstorm.    But what colors!
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum Snapshot Event

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    It was a once a year event — cameras were allowed inside the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. From the Tenement Museum website: “We tell the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.” As the docent guided us through the building, the other participants were fascinated by how much has changed in the hundred years since my own grandmother lived on the Lower East Side, working in the garment industry.   There  have been breakthroughs in technology,…
  • Dating Advice

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Female friend on dating: “Think about her. What can you offer her? If she is a single mother, her children will come first. Can you be a good father figure? A role model? Can she look up to you as a man? Can you be patient and understanding, and appreciate her for her true self, and forgive her for any of her bad moods? Can you look into her eyes, and without words, tell her that she has someone she can always count on? Do you cuddle?” Male friend on dating: “Take your age, divide it in half, and add two. That’s who you should date. Not anyone your own age. Look at…
  • Three Days on Tinder

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
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    Are We Still Cool?

  • Here’s What Happened When We Asked Each Other the ’36 Questions That Lead to Love’

    Cool Dad
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    photo: Lachlan Donald/Flickr I recently filmed our friends’ wedding, and I thought it would be cool to interview them beforehand for sound bites. They’re quite young, but they displayed a wisdom at an age when my mental energies were squarely focused on mastering WWF War Zone. To paraphrase the bride: “We’re young and we’re both going to change a lot, but we’re going to change together.” Change has been a hot topic between Cool Mum and me for the last year. Our thoughts on life and faith reached a point of dissonance, and trying to resolve that…
  • What Can I Say?

    Cool Dad
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    photo: halfrain/Flickr You know what’s ironic about the low frequency of posting recently? The last few months have seen the most game-changing, paradigm-shifting, dynamic-corporate-jargoning events in the Cool Fam’s life since Cool Newbie was born. And we’ve shared none of it with you. Oof. I don’t know if it’s disillusionment with blogging or it’s that the changes are so significant and sudden that I don’t know how to begin encapsulating them into a post. It might be better to email the news to the friends who still track this blog. But as I sit…
  • Should Cool Dad Eat a Craaazy Burger Every Day for a Year?

    Cool Dad
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:16 pm
    (photo: PYT Burgers) I have a friend named Morgan. When we worked in the same office, she was the first to strike up a conversation with me. When I took an involuntary break in employment, she came to the Bronx and delivered my last check. Even though she moved to Chicago, we keep in touch. She’s a cool friend, which is why it’s odd that she may directly contribute to my early death. Today she sent me this Groupon for one burger and fries every day for a year at PYT, the self-proclaimed home to “America’s craaaziest burgers.” Some of PYT’s craaazy creations…
  • My Week as a Foodstagrammer

    Cool Dad
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Wong Fu Productions/YouTube I used to mentally roll my eyes anytime I saw someone Instagram their food. But during a trip last week to Williamsburg, VA to hang out with the Cool Grandparents, I fell hard into the habit. I worked everyday while the family checked out the historical to-dos and goings-on around Williamsburg. The only tourism I engaged in was going out for a meal or two – and I Instagrammed. Even worse, instead of making it to a Yelp-approved local restaurant, we took a last-second turn into the parking lot of…don’t judge…Golden Corral. [-5 cool points] I…
  • How Old Should Cool Boy Be When I Let Him Watch ‘Star Wars’? (Poll)

    Cool Dad
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Cool Boy has never heard a lightsaber cut air with its unmistakeable vrmmm. He’s never seen Luke whine about chores on the moisture farm. Yet, thanks to LEGO books and kits, CB (and Cool Newbie) are enthralled with a certain galaxy far far away. I’m a nerd, so of course the original trilogy held considerable sway over my childhood. The second trilogy…let’s not waste precious words on Jar-Jar and a love connection so icy, it was a match made on Hoth.  It’s no secret to Cool Boy that ‘Star Wars’ is a movie, one Daddy saw long ago. He wants to…
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  • The Digital Revolution For Apartment Renters

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    In 1984, Madonna said that she was a “material girl, living in a material world.” If she re-released that song today, we would imagine she’d be singing a new tune, that she’s a “digital girl, living in a high-tech world.” From smartphones to portable tablets to blue-tooth integration, the world as we know it has […] The post The Digital Revolution For Apartment Renters appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • What To Do When The Heat Doesn’t Work  

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    As winter weather continues to slam the northeastern region of the United States, homes with functioning heat become increasingly vital. For renters, it’s important to understand what your landlord’s obligations are when it comes to heating your apartment and what to do when staying warm this winter falls to you. So what exactly are you […] The post What To Do When The Heat Doesn’t Work   appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Making Good Use of Student Discounts  

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’re living life on the college kid budget, then you’ve probably asked the question, “Do you have a discount for students?” at your favorite food stop. If you’re new to the student life or are looking to save a couple pennies, here are some starter tips to get you on the discounted path. Find […] The post Making Good Use of Student Discounts   appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • It Is A Party At Your NOLA Apartment– Mardi Gras & Every Day

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    February 17 is the pinnacle of the most festive time of the year for New Orleans residents: the famous Mardi Gras complete with its parades, community gatherings, and an overall sense of celebration. While many Americans love to celebrate Mardi Gras in their own way, there is nothing like living in the city and having […] The post It Is A Party At Your NOLA Apartment– Mardi Gras & Every Day appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Cities That Americans Love – Valentine’s Day and Every Day

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    While everyone believes that the city in which they live is the best, the experts contend there are some that are better than others, particularly for job growth, favorable earnings-to-cost of living ratios and a safe and comfortable lifestyle. This Valentine’s Day, recognizes five of the top fastest-growing cities in the U.S., according to […] The post Cities That Americans Love – Valentine’s Day and Every Day appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • Deep Thoughts

    Doug McCaughan
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Today I vow to be a better person than I was yesterday.
  • And it goes on

    Doug McCaughan
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    I died but I kept on living To prevent others from suffering my fate. The chore of living broke my resolve I bear witness to my mistakes repeated By those I swore to help. Lambs to the slaughter All I can do it watch For I died but kept on living. Life without spirit Is nothing more than death without an end. Coffins never closed Bodies never decomposed Zombies all around On some grand purposeless walk-about. From point a to b and back again Always feeling the same thing. No spark, no variety, no fire. Passion gone Buried with the deceased Even though he still breathes.
  • Deep Thoughts

    Doug McCaughan
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    I don’t understand.
  • The morning thus far

    Doug McCaughan
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    Woke at 4am to walk the dog. Woke at 6:05am to wake the children. Over breakfast, dreamed of DIY and teaching my children all the things that I haven’t. Spent yesterday realizing that a half a decade has gone by send I taught my children Diamoku but never went beyond that. I want to teach them mindfulness. I have dozens of posts I want to blog. I want to revamp my blog to show all my content feeds. I want to refine my content feeds and get video casting and podcasting on a schedule with topics and introduce Amy and Evan to podcasting. Went to the elementary school to get a picture of the…
  • is down!

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    My favorite site,, has been down for two days! Popurls is an aggregator of news feeds. It’s geek crack. If the site every comes back, and you aren’t careful, you can lose a day of your life just clicking links. With the site down, it’s like going to your drug dealer and being told he’s out. Anyone know why Popurls is missing? Update: Just down for maintenance.
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    sex and the beach

  • Miami Pirate Drops Anchor for a Bit

    Maria de los Angeles
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Me and a fellow pirate re-enactor clowning around at last year's festival. I finally had a couple of days of respite.After sailing for many years, it's time to drop anchor and rest in a peaceful harbor for a bit.I'm taking a break from writing here until I solve some issues related to caregiving for my father, his failing health and his estate. Caregiving for my dearly departed mother and now my very ill father has been a daunting, extremely difficult yet rewarding experience filled with unconditional love.Get ready though because later this year I'll be celebrating 10 years of this blog's…
  • Follow the Fish and Hibiscus Trail in Islamorada

    Maria de los Angeles
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Look for the fish and hibiscus flower logo.If you blink while driving down Route 1 at mile marker 85, you'll miss the area that makes up the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District. But don't let size fool you. The district is a thriving enclave of culture in a place where it's all about the water.Folks come to Islamorada to look at fish, catch fish and eat fish but to see fish on canvas? That might be an afterthought, but it shouldn't be. Marine-inspired artists here capture the spirit of a community devoted to its aquatic surroundings.The Morada Way district was founded in 2010 off an…
  • Who Says White Fish Can't Jump?

    Maria de los Angeles
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Here little fishy, here!What weighs more than an average adult human and jumps oh so very high? If you guessed LeBron James, guess again.Behold Megalops atlanticus, a.k.a. tarpon or the Silver King of the flats, so named because of its large, silver scales. In Islamorada -- well known as the sports fishing capital of the world -- you don't need a rod and reel to witness the strength of these finny creatures. Instead, feed them by hand!Tarpon are ubiquitous in Islamorada. At the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, you'll even sleep next to one.In my angling adventures, I've felt this strong fish…
  • A Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder in Miami

    Maria de los Angeles
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    I fed a gentle sloth!Safari Edventure is definitely off the beaten path for Miami tourists and not exactly a pit stop for locals when they venture south of Kendall Drive. Five acres in the Redlands are eclipsed by theme park style attractions such as Miami Zoo and Jungle Island, yet the land is home to 130 species of animals and 1,000 species of plants.It's here where the not quite so wild things are: the animals were either rescued, re-homed or rehabilitated or born on the site. Glenn Fried, who has worked in wildlife education for over 35 years, and his wife Niki, run the non-profit.It's a…
  • Hair: It's Kind of a Big Deal

    Maria de los Angeles
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Lady Lilith by Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti.Hair, oh glorious hair! Glorified since time immemorial as a symbol of power, so much so that Delilah had to whack it off Sampson’s head, but on the flip side, patriarchs didn’t consider it fitting for women to display their loose locks in places of worship. Surely, my Spanish ancestresses wore veils to church lest G-d forbid their tresses would entice men with wanton lust. Orthodox Jewish women wear wigs for the sake of modesty. Muslim women cover-up with a hijab.But dudes take their own hair seriously, too. Sikh men protect their hair…
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  • Amazonian

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    I know we are all supposed to hate Amazon, but I don't. I love Amazon. Granted, I wasn't too happy last year when they were screwing over some of my Hachette authors, but I couldn't boycott. I just couldn't. Let me first say that I also love my neighborhood indie bookstores, particularly the New England Mobile Book Fair and Newtonville Books. My first choice is always to buy my books at one of those stores. If they don't have what I need and I have time, I order it from them. But if I don't have time, and I need it tomorrow, I get it from Amazon. But I get so…
  • Interwebby Things Worth Checking Out

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Oliver Sacks, upon learning that he has terminal cancer: "There is no time for anything inessential." This brought to mind Roger Angell's amazing piece on aging in the New Yorker last winter, which this winter won a National Magazine Award. Takes my breath away. I am not happy when people die, of course, but I am happy when I get to read an obit by Margalit Fox in the Times. She is the best in the business. Here's one for my fellow crossword-loving pals. Meanwhile, some genius paired quotations from Samuel Beckett with photos of the horror that has been this winter in…
  • How to Braise

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Remember a few months ago when I accidentally received two copies of a cookbook I'd edited for Michael Ruhlman? Well, lucky me (and lucky you, as you'll soon see), it happened again! Whoever keeps mistakenly putting my name twice on the publication shipping list, thanks! Last time it was How to Roast, and this time it's How to Braise. As you have no doubt guessed, this is the beginning of a whole series of slim volumes, each describing a particular technique and providing a couple dozen recipes demonstrating the technique. (Next up: How to Sauté.) So, what is braising?
  • Heritage Cooking

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Way back in November, before all the Bad Stuff happened, I won a giveaway from Artisan Books! (You do subscribe to their e-newsletter, right?) The prize was a doozy: first, a signed copy of Sean Brock's amazing cookbook Heritage, which the New York Times Book Review called "the blue ribbon chef cookbook of the year, without a doubt." The back cover is plastered with glowing praise from the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, David Chang, and more. The inscription with Brock's autograph is "Cook with soul," and that's also the first item in his…
  • Book Group

    3 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    The members of my book group were notified that we were required by law to read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr immediately, since we were the last people on the planet who hadn't read it. So we did, and we met last week to discuss it. Here's the summary from Amazon, where it was a best book of the month (8/14):  Does the world need yet another novel about WWII? It does when the novel is as inventive and beautiful as this one by Anthony Doerr. In fact, All the Light We Cannot See—while set mostly in Germany and France before and during the war—is not really a…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • WOOT! Pi Day Shirts and Stuff

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Geeks and number fans all over the world are getting excited for 2015′s epic Pi Day! That’s because the date and time on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 will coincide with the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant, pi: 3.141592653 … To celebrate this fun and fantastic event, you might want to gear up with some […]
  • LEGO Minecraft Food and Potions

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Minecraft has been compared to playing with virtual LEGO pieces. Both games are based on cubes and block shapes. It is fun to see physical objects from the Minecraft world, built from LEGO bricks. I’m not talking about the official Minecraft LEGO sets, although those are wonderful, too. These are Minecraft food objects and potion […]
  • Printable Minecraft Diamond Invitations

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Here’s a new free printable Minecraft-inspired birthday invitation! I made two variations of this invitation so you can choose the design that fits your needs. Both invitations have a diamond ore patterned border with a white space in the middle for your party details. This invitation design says “You’re Invited” in a Minecraft-style font, and […]
  • Hour of Code: Start Learning Now

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hour of Code In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14, 2014), is sponsoring and promoting a worldwide Hour of Code. (Hour of Code is organized by, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented […]
  • Geeky Gift Ideas

    3 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    You may be shopping for some special nerds this Christmas, and it can be hard to find a great gift that suits those geeky preferences. I have a couple of ideas that might be useful for you. Recently, I had the opportunity to review a couple of products from Uncommon Goods, and learn about the […]
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    Magpie Musing

  • Photo Caption

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Standing on the platform on a fiercely cold and brilliantly sunny February daywith his back to the track, not watchingfor the next train,the commuter tilts his chin up to the sky, eyes closed, dreaming of the summer that will come,someday.
  • In Which California Avocados Meet Moroccan Clementines

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    In two of the excellent meals we had in San Francisco last week, I ordered an avocado/citrus salad.At Gialina, it was "blood orange & avocado salad with farro, fennel & goat gouda". [Gialina is low key and serves phenomenally fabulous pizza with a magical perfect crust.] A few days later, it was "california avocado salad with fennel, celery, citrus vinaigrette", at the Presidio Social Club. [PSC is a nostalgic throwback, like an upscale yacht club with great food and a daily Manhattan.] I loved both salads. The avocado provided lushness, the citrus made them sparkle.Then, driving down…
  • The non-ski, non-beach February break vacation

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    We just spent the winter break in San Francisco. My sister-in-law lives there, and we hadn't been to visit in a long time - and the girl child had never been. Between the three of us, we took about 1500 pictures - though that includes about 300 that my husband took accidentally while standing still with the shutter going off at his hip, like some kind of weird performance art. Here are the highlights - I think it's 22 photos.We had lunch at Bacon Bacon. They have a mechanical ride-on pig. Everything has bacon in or on it.The child went in the sea. Air temperature was great; ocean only good…
  • Monday Amusements

    2 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    The (young) woman next to me on the train is putting on make up and watching "I Love Lucy".Meanwhile, I am reading the New York Times, cover to cover, as I am wont to do. Actually that's not quite true; the sports section rarely makes it past the recycling bin on the way into the house.I love reading Margalit Fox's obituaries in the Times. A couple of days ago brought a lovely one for cruciverbalist Bernice Gordon. It was illustrated by a delicious photo of Mrs. Gordon, in front of a sea of colorful dictionaries, wearing a red shirt, vermilion nail polish, and fuchsia lipstick. Best might be…
  • Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Most of time, I riff in the kitchen. I read cookbooks in bed, and I’m all over the Times food section, and I love Smitten Kitchen, but when it comes right down to it, I rarely make a recipe as printed.Not long ago, a friend posted something on Facebook, wondering if she could substitute farro for barley in a hamburger soup that she was making. I looked at her recipe and thought, eh, not hamburger, how about sausage? But other than using less of a different meat, and adding a piece of parmesan rind, I pretty much followed the recipe, and wow – it was really good. That little bit of barley…
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    Life Candy

  • 15 Movies in 15 Minutes.

    Nenette AM
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Here are the rules:Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you’ve seen that will always stick with you.They don’t have to be the greatest movies you’ve ever seen, just the ones that stick with you.First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy these instructions and tag 15 (or more) friends, including me – because I'm interested in seeing what movies are in your head.Okay, here's mine...1:   Pride and Prejudice (2005)  -  Matthew Macfadyen striding purposefully across the field in his long coat and boots or Colin Firth as he comes dripping…
  • 2015 To-Do List.

    Nenette AM
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    By Frank Vincentz (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons2015 is MY year!It really is!  And I'm so freakin' excited!  I love pressing that "Reset" button, and becoming a New Me.  You know -- Better... Stronger... Faster.  (Cue theme song!)  Yup, it's the 6 Million Dollar Me but without the electronic implants.  Maybe.Anyway, I have big plans for 2015!  Plans within plans.  But if you don't write these plans down, they don't exist.  Seriously, one of my coaches, mentors, and business partners, Susan Sly says that.
  • 45 and 9 days.

    Nenette AM
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    In case you're wondering, no, I haven't done the photoshoot... YET. I came down with a 24hr flu on the Sunday before my birthday, then spent the rest of the week resting.  One of my 2014 commandments is to care for myself better, so I did.  I rescheduled the shoot to February -- Khammy's booked solid and can't take me until then!Meanwhile, I'll be doing my "after" pics for this round of the Isabody Challenge this weekend, so you'll still get an idea of my progress when I post those here. Putting on and holding on to muscle has always been an issue for me, so I was afraid that the…
  • 90 to 45: The Journey

    Nenette AM
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    In 90 days, on November 5, I turn 45 years old. And on that day, I will be IN A LITTLE BIKINI posing my hopefully-shapely ass off at a photo shoot with the lovely and talented Khammy.  I will then post these pics.  THERE, I said it!  OMG, I feel like throwing up now.  This is BIG, my friends.  I've never done anything like this before.  I am extremely modest.  I have NEVER worn a bikini in public.  Even when I rocked the body for it many... many... MANY years ago.So, why am I doing this?  Why so extreme?Because I am the Queen of Self-Sabotage!
  • 8 Empowering Breakup Songs...

    Nenette AM
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Roomie was my 3rd boyfriend.  We then went on to dump each other and marry our exes: each other.Okay, I'm sorry.  That was obnoxious.  Don't blame me.  That's actually Roomie's joke.So, that means I broke up with 2 boyfriends before him.  Well, sorta.I started dating my 1st boyfriend at the age of 19.  He dumped me for another girl two years later.  I started dating boyfriend #2, a dude who would eventually become my best friend's ex-BIL.  He didn't support my pursuit of education, so we broke up, and I got back together with boyfriend #1.  Well,…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: February 27, 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Last week’s winner…has yet to get back to us. Check your email — it could be you! My Picks This Week The bags from Archival can accompany any traveler through any terrain, be it a hike in the woods or a trip on an airplane. They’re made with waxed canvas for ultimate utility and durability, and are 100% made in the US. Be sure to check out the Spring Getaway shop to start planning your warmer adventures; the vintage Polaroid cameras are especially cool. If you have an inner John Muir, don’t miss the National Parks Shop. From vintage-inspired shirts and posters,…
  • 3 Important Realizations for Building a Strong and Lasting Marriage

    Marcus Brotherton
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Marriage advice abounds these days, and I actually like that. The abundance of advice either shows that we value this institution enough to make it the best it can be, or that we don’t know what the heck we’re talking about when it comes to marriage. But I’ll give us the benefit of the doubt and lean toward the former. I’ve been married for 17 years now, and the practical wisdom that follows is nothing that originated with me. Rather, these are the 3 pieces of advice that others have passed along over the years that have stuck with me the strongest. The advice applies to either…
  • Podcast #103: Love Factually With Dr. Duana Welch

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    What do women find attractive in men? What should you be looking for in a partner if you want a long-lasting relationship? Are there any red flags to be watching for in a partner? Are married men miserable or happy? My guest today has spent her career researching these questions. Her name is Dr. Duana Welch and in her book Love Factually she highlights the bona fide research that’s out there about dating and relationships. Whether you’re single or married, you’re definitely going to find some great takeaways from this discussion. Show Highlights! The biggest myths about…
  • Sports Jackets vs. Blazers vs. Suit Jackets: What’s the Difference?

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Sports jackets. Suit jackets. Blazers. Most men use these terms interchangeably, as do many men’s clothing retailers. Because of this, the differences between these three classic menswear pieces ends up being a mystery. Are these jackets really all that different? (Yes, they are!) And why should a man even care to take the time to learn these details? Let me give you three reasons: 1) It’ll save you money. Armed with this knowledge, you can buy the right jacket that will stand the test of time. 2) You’ll show respect to others. Each of these jackets has a slightly different…
  • How to Smoke A Cigar: An Illustrated Guide

    Jeremy Anderberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Many a man will occasionally smoke a cigar, be it during a round of golf, a wedding, or celebrating the birth of a child; but not many men know how to prepare, light, and smoke a cigar in such a way that truly gets the best flavor from the tobacco in your hand. Use the guide above to enjoy and get the most out of every stogie you light up. Illustration by Ted Slampyak
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  • What Color is the Dress?

    Jon Armstrong
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed I'm fixing the internet with this post. Right now. The post What Color is the Dress? appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Palace Hotel, Copenhagen

    Jon Armstrong
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed Very top of the Palace Hotel in Copenhagen. The post Palace Hotel, Copenhagen appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Manhattan Bridge

    Jon Armstrong
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed Studiomates = awesome. This view = also awesome. The post Manhattan Bridge appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Tufted titmouse

    Jon Armstrong
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Bird! The post Tufted titmouse appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Old School

    Jon Armstrong
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed Hipstamatic is still my friend. The post Old School appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Melting Ice Sheet on the Kankakee River in Illinois

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Like a giant cut diamond, this chunk of ice sits on the edge of a melting ice sheet on the Kankakee River in Wilmington, Illinois (Visited 42 times, 42 visits today)The post PHOTO: Melting Ice Sheet on the Kankakee River in Illinois appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Winter Thaw on the Kankakee River in Illinois

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: When the thaw comes each spring on the Kankakee River in Wilmington, Illinois, the frozen river breaks up into mini icebergs and crystal ice formations (Visited 40 times, 40 visits today)The post PHOTO: Winter Thaw on the Kankakee River in Illinois appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Frost-Coated Trees After an Illinois Winter Storm

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Brilliant blue sky provides gorgeous backdrop for frost-coated trees after a winter storm in Wilmington, Illinois (Visited 93 times, 93 visits today)The post PHOTO: Frost-Coated Trees After an Illinois Winter Storm appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • “The Plant” in Chicago – Blueprint for a Sustainable Future

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    I can’t count the number of times I’ve looked at a building in Chicago and wondered about its history or wished I could see inside. Fortunately, one weekend each year, the Chicago Architecture Foundation makes that possible during Open House Chicago, a citywide architectural festival that offers free, behind-the-scenes access to more than 150 buildings around the city. With so many intriguing buildings on display, choosing which one to visit was the most difficult part. I was tempted by famous downtown skyscrapers like the Tribune Tower, properties such as the Frank Lloyd Wright mansion,…
  • PHOTO: Winter Ice Storm in Illinois Makes Ice Pine Cones

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: After a winter storm, ice coats branches of a tree in Wilmington, Illinois so thickly that they look like ice pine cones (Visited 70 times, 70 visits today)The post PHOTO: Winter Ice Storm in Illinois Makes Ice Pine Cones appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Look What God Did

    Anne Marie Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Dear 25 year old Anne, It’s me. Anne. Today you…me…we…? turn 35. Holy Moses, has it been a decade? I wanted to tell you four words: “Look what God did.” 25 year old Anne, 2005 was the year you landed in the hospital so stressed out and so hurt from working at a church. You were 40 pounds overweight, working 90 hours a week, and glued to people-pleasing. You thought doing things for God was the same thing as being with Him. But it wasn’t. And over the next two years, as you resigned from that church and healed, you wrote about your journey. You helped…
  • Why the American Church is Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

    Anne Marie Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    I know what the statistics say about the future of the evangelical American church. Our buildings are bigger, our lights are brighter, our programs are sleeker, our preachers are teaching, our pastors are shepherding and yet people are leaving out of the church in droves–especially my age (almost 35) and younger. Some are leaving for good. God, the Church, religion…it’s just not part of our core anymore. Some leave and plant other churches. We’re more entrepreneurial than ever so when we see something, in our opinion, that needs to be improved on, we know how to run a…
  • Managing Anxiety and Making Friends

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The fine folks at Christianity Today had me write a little bit about the challenges of community when you’re struggling with mental illness (or when you love someone who has a mental illness). Enjoy! With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential. I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate. What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept pounding and my head kept spinning, and I…
  • Happy New Year!

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy New Year from the icy plains of west Texas. Tim and I are almost back to Lubbock after a few extra days of adventurous travel. The new manuscript is due in two weeks and wow-it has been a wonderful learning experience. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you back online in a couple more weeks after that next book is turned in! Much love-Anne The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Until 2015, I Bid Thee Adieu.

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    You finally close the day’s work after reading and taking notes and asking questions. You stack the books, the printouts, the papers, the highlighters, the notebooks; you stack it all, on the dining room table for tomorrow. You save the manuscript. You close the computer. You walk away. And you hear a small voice whisper, “Add a chapter.” You argue back, “The title of the book is ’10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex’ – You can’t just go and add a chapter!” He says, “Chapter 10 needs to be: Parents Need to Know…
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  • Copenhagen Under Siege

    Alex Berger
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It’s just after 2:30A.M and I’m freshly returned to my apartment.  As I write this quick update the majority of the Copenhagen Police department is mobilized with what looks like military backup.  An active shooter remains on the loose in the heart of Copenhagen.  Trains are bypassing Norreport station and all vehicles entering and exiting
  • Discover Your True Self – #Studyabroadbecause

    Alex Berger
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    From time to time I’m asked to do interviews about my travel or study abroad experiences.  In the past I’ve been bad about sharing those here on VirtualWayfarer.  These interviews surface a different side of my travel experience and offer me a chance to offer advice through a slightly different lens.  As a result, I’ll
  • Zambian Children – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:18 am
    During my time in Zambia, my  understanding of children and what they are capable of fundamentally changed. Not only did the children of rural Zambia awe me with their love of life, constant smiles, and zeal for enjoying every moment – they also showed me how many of the narratives about western children and their
  • Malaga In January – A Pleasant Surprise

    Alex Berger
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Seville, Granada, Cadiz … these are the cities that spring to mind when you talk about southern Spain in winter. Cities with rich architectural history, stunning old towns, vibrant cultural attractions and a charm guaranteed to steal your heart.  Malaga? Not so much. Unless, that is, you’re on the hunt for ugly cement resorts, overly
  • Florence in Black and White – Weekly Travel Photo & Product Review

    Alex Berger
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Holding my breath I closed my eyes. Around me the auditory press of a vibrant Italian city roared about its daily business. Filtering through the array of sounds I sorted out the thread I was looking for – a rhythmic sound. An organic sound. The sound of boat paddles slicing smoothly into the currents of
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Reason #982 Why I Love Cowboys

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    When there’s a flat tire, no matter what time it is, no matter how cold it is, no matter if they were already in bed, no matter if they’re battling a cold, no matter if they have to get up early the next morning, no matter if they’ve just had a really long day…they show up and fix it. And if one is lucky…they show up in twos. One from the west and one from the south. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful things in my years on the ranch. The sun setting after a big storm. A mama cow tending to her newborn calf. The rolling hills bursting with green after the first…
  • What a Difference a Day Makes

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    This was Saturday on the ranch. It was chilly but clear, and the skies were big and blue and beautiful. As I drove down the road toward our house, I saw hope in the future and a sense of unwavering optimism swelled in my soul.       This was yesterday on the ranch. It was bitter and cloudy, and the skies were ominous and thick and gray. As I drove down the road toward our house, I saw…well, not much. The skies were ominous and thick and gray, after all! They always say that if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait five minutes and it will change. But…
  • One More College Visit

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    Yesterday my first baby Alex—who will be going to college in the fall, and I have no idea how that happened considering she was just a toddler four months ago, also, I’m only 24, so how could I be old enough to have a college-age student—and I drove to College Station, Texas to take one more look at Texas A&M before she makes her final college decision. And to help her with her academic choices…I decided to take her to an A&M basketball game. Ha.   Of course, I am not 24. I am 94. And the reason I know this is that I made sure we arrived at Reed Arena…
  • Here’s What’s Happening on the Ranch

    16 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    It’s dark and dreary and snowy and cold on the ranch this morning…but you won’t catch me complaining. Unlike our friends and fellow Americans in the Northeast, we have had a pretty mild winter here in Oklahoma so far. And now that I’ve said that, we’ll probably have a blizzard every day for the next month. But at least it’s been mild so far!       Here’s what’s happening on the ranch this week: Marlboro Man is on his way to a bull sale this morning. Alex and I are, roads permitting, going on a college trip tomorrow. Ash Wednesday…
  • The Confusing Car Trip

    9 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    I am in Colorado right now with my two middle children and their two good friends. Marlboro Man stayed home to tend to the ranch with our oldest child, who has soccer responsibilities, and our youngest child, who has basketball responsibilities and who also wanted to avoid the ten-hour car trip. I can’t say that I blame him. Before I get to our car trip: the last three weeks have been totes cray! We were all set to start shooting new episodes of our Food Network show last month when the majority of our household got hit with the flu. I wound up missing the first four days of the 2 1/2…
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    Boss Sanders

  • Week One, Days 1 and 2 – Goals, Workouts, Health

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    So, here we go. I’m probably at one of the lowest points (barring first trimester pregnancy) of my health.  For MONTHS – I’ve suffered from weakness, tiredness, nausea, and hormones that shifted so much that for 1 1/2 months, I bled.  That came with it’s own side effects.  After MANY tests, we have an idea of what probably sparked the confusion and chaos in my body.  Turns out, it really does matter what we put into our bodies and how we treat them. After getting a little of my strength back, I’m ready to move further down the journey to health.  I’m…
  • February Mash-Up

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    So, I’ve been reading… My husband read this book in highschool for a class and insisted that I read it.  I’m not sure how I missed this in school, but I’m glad I was able to read it now!  It’s definitely a good book.  AND… Lois Lowry has books that go with this one…so, we are excited to read those together.  HOORAY!  We are nerds, this I know. I’m still working on my dear husband to try to get him to read 1985.  By the way, if you’ve not read that one, you should add it to your list, too.  It’s a GREAT read…and a little…
  • As Of Today, January 23, 2015

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    *I think this photo is equal parts “creepy” and “funny.”    I think it’s the glasses. Outside my window… It’s COLD – Golden grass and the sky, a blanket of overcast white.  Chilling breeze that cuts through, shifting leaves and branches as it goes.  There is no trace of the fluffy cotton-ball snow that fell earlier today. I am thinking… About creating a recipe/menu-planning ebook.  Every time I cook a dish my girls love (which is daily), they ask, “Mama, when I’m big, can I have this recipe, too?”  They’ve already…
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! (On This Day…12/31/2014)

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Outside my window… It is cold and the wind slices through like a sharp knife.  It is gray outside and when the sun rises, it will be a new year. I am thinking… So much has happened in 2014. We went to Chicago and Disney World.  Spent much time as a family, having fun and enjoying each other.  We learned so much from homeschool.  Z and Ro learned to read and are now rockstars!  We had lots of FIRSTS.  We lost loved ones.  We lost one of our own (miscarriage).  We have had the opportunity to love and stand in the gap for others’ children.  We have loved big and offered…
  • Thoughts on Ferguson

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’ve not said much at all regarding what’s going on in Ferguson.  I don’t want to hurt or dishonor my friends and family of all colors, my law-enforcement friends/family, or any hurting hearts.  And, the truth is… I don’t feel like I have a complete picture. You see, I don’t know what was going through the heads of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson (the cop).  I don’t know their motives or thoughts as they acted and then, reacted.  Sitting here, in the safety of my home, I can’t even imagine the fear or surprise or even, anger.  I can imagine…
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    the slack daily

  • The One Where I Almost End Up on TMZ (and Discover I am a Jerk.)

    the slackmistress
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    Last year on Oscar day, I made a joke on Twitter that "I picked the wrong day to have a last-minute colonic." Because poop is funny. I don't make the rules. Ten minutes later, I had a text, a voicemail, and an email from a Producer at TMZ. They wanted to talk to me about my tweet. I don't make it a point of feeding the gossip machine, but I emailed her back because she wouldn't stop calling. WHO DID YOU SEE? she wrote. A Producer from TMZ saw my tweet and assumed that I had strolled down to my local Bob's Colonic Shack for a walk-in appointment and was turned away by the legions of stars who…
  • NotAllWomen

    the slackmistress
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I am SUPER delighted to be on notallwomenpodcast with callieandcats and Sarah.  We talk feminism, Hollywood, and I rave about roxanegay's An Untamed State and Lena Waithe/ hillmangrads. Added bonus: THIS EPISODE IS CURSED. notallwomenpodcast: Nina’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and website. There are many ways to listen! iTunes Stitcher Copy and paste the following RSS link into your preferred podcast player! We’re social too! Follow us on Twitter! Like our Facebook page! Callie’s Twitter Sarah’s Twitter XO
  • We Live the Future

    the slackmistress
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    We do not have jetpacks or a cure for cancer. We can not live on the moon or teleport to Berlin. But we have carved out a space where we live, sometimes by choice and sometimes by circumstance. I am not making specific resolutions this year. Not even to floss daily, which is the one resolution I always make ---  because it is the one that I always keep. But a list of arbitrary things no longer works for me. Is it age? Is it laziness? Is it acceptance? Is it something else I haven't contemplated because there is something that I have yet to navel-gaze? Sorry Rust Cohle, but my time is not a…
  • On Squirrels

    the slackmistress
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    The park across the street from my house is filled with impossibly tall palm trees. They stand in stark relief to the playground equipment and the low-slung library, soldiers watching over new moms feeding their kids yogurt and homeless people looking for a moment of peace and quiet in the chaos of their day. I was walking Daisy through the park this morning when I heard the familiar sound of squirrels playing the the treetops, running round and round in round, causing the palm fronds to sway. Daisy used to watch this game with laser-like focus, as if wishing one of the fuzzy creatures would…
  • Calling All Comic Book Types!

    the slackmistress
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    So here's the thing: I have a project that in the back of my mind, was always a graphic novel project for tweens (specially tween girls.). But I write  tween TV, not tween graphic novels. So I tried to make it a TV show, but it didn't work. So I thought, maybe a movie. But it didn't work. Because it's a graphic novel.  It's not just some nebulous idea in my head: a treatment exists, along with a mini-bible. I have my people ("people?" PEOPLE? I don't know how to write that without sounding like an asshole) looking into Some Things and I am doing research of my own (which is mostly just…
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    Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine

  • For Men: Custom Clothing Within Reach

    Wes Holland
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    The days of off the rack clothing seem to be slowly coming to an end as men become more and more attuned to the fit of their clothing. We have seen the trend in the men’s market gravitate towards slimmer silhouettes and trimmer fits.If you are like me, these great, slim fits cannot be achieved with off the rack clothes. We all wish this was the case, however, the $200 designer dress shirt quickly becomes closer to $300 after a slew of alterations from tapering the sides to resetting the placket on the sleeves.I have written previously about some of the great options that have popped up…
  • Whiskey Cocktail Recipe for a Crowd: It’s no Longer Just a Man’s Drink

    Leigh Powell Hines
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    We’ve come a long way, baby!  Gone are the “Mad Men” days of whiskey being a just a man’s drink, straight on the rocks.Whiskey sales are on the rise, and women are contributing to that rise.  Last year, whiskey sales were nearly $4 billions which is an increase over the $3.5 billion dollars in sales in 2013, according to recent figures released by Nielsen research. What’s different this year? Mixologists are being credited for this growing trend as they craft cocktails that complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether its syrups,…
  • Hotel Review: History Comes Alive in Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa in Ljubljana

    Reeta Laaksonen
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    Ljubljana comes with an interesting history starting from early Roman influence to Italian and Austrian ones, and that is reflected in the town’s building style with Baroque Venetian style being very dominant. Amazingly, one of these middle ages palaces now serves as a luxury hotel: The Antiq Palace Hotel and Spa, located in the heart of the historic Ljubljana town centre which is designated to pedestrians only. This little gem is part of the Historic Hotels of Europe and Castle Hotels & Mansions as well as the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.When you open the…
  • Find My Exotic Bali Travel Tips Now on Findery (and Huffington Post)

    Katja Presnal
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    I admit, I am one of those women who read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” and wanted to go to Bali to find myself, do some yoga, bicycle in between the rice fields, and flirt with dangerously gorgeous men at the beach parties. I loved how the story came alive in her stories of each place and event, and I wanted to experience it all.The reality, which I am not even ashamed to admit, is that I am a married mother of three, I can’t even imagine sleeping in a hut in the tropics without air-conditioning, and I enjoy the luxury hotel breakfast far more than a beach…
  • Doctor Says More Americans Realize the Effectiveness Of Remedies Found In Nature

    Katja Presnal
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Lavender fields in France. Lavender is one of most popular and versatile essential oil.Why Natural Remedies are for meI have been a big believer of natural remedies for years, and rarely use any medicine. My trust in Western medicine significantly went down with my pulmonary embolism scare a few years ago. When I got 13 blood clots because of medicine I was taking, and my children were very close to losing their mother, I started paying even more attention what kind of medicine we are taking. Luckily our family has been pretty healthy over the years, and I think our healthy eating habits help…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Happiness is Accepting Your Season

    Britt Reints
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness is Accepting Your Season. We are cyclical creatures. Women especially. Me in particular. Since reading a book about hormone balance, I’ve been using a hormone tracker app and have realized I am SUPER affected by the rise and fall of my estrogen and progesterone levels. (I’ve also learned that women have about 8 days out of every month when we can expect to not be being jerked around my our hormones in some way.) It’s a relief to discover this sensitivity because I’m fairly certain now that I’m not bipolar. That’s not a…
  • The Time I Accidentally Got a Job

    Britt Reints
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    Join the conversation at The Time I Accidentally Got a Job. I wasn’t planning on getting a job. In fact, I was just trying to relax with a hot stone massage. And yet here I am, all of a sudden and mostly on accident, employed for the first time in more than four years. Let me back up. A few weeks ago I stopped into my local massage clinic to schedule a massage. I had a gift certificate to use and time to kill. I noticed a Help Wanted sign in the window on my in, and I briefly wondered what kind of benefits you get for working at a massage clinic. There was no opening for that day but a…
  • Uncertainty Sucks, And This Is What It Looks Like to Choose It Anyway

    Britt Reints
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    Join the conversation at Uncertainty Sucks, And This Is What It Looks Like to Choose It Anyway. A heartbeat. A need for food and water. A total disdain for the unknown. These are just a few of the things that make me human. (Incidentally yes, I did love the $25,000 Pyramid.) It is completely normal that I hate living under a cloud of uncertainty. I’m having to remind myself of that about every five minutes right now in order to avoid making any stupid or rash decisions. My family has decided to move this August. We’re staying in Pittsburgh – and hopefully right in our…
  • How to Get a Good Haircut (and Better Loving)

    Britt Reints
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    Join the conversation at How to Get a Good Haircut (and Better Loving). My hair is absolutely my favorite thing about the way I look. It is, in many ways, the physical embodiment of my personality. The blonde ringlets are a bit unruly and unpredictable, they’re unique, and they have the potential to be absolutely beautiful when cared for properly. That’s why I take my haircuts very, very seriously. A good haircut makes it possible for my hair to look its best, which makes me feel my best. A bad haircut? Ugh. It’s like stealing my superpower. With so much at stake, I have…
  • What I Learned About Creativity When I Wasn’t Writing

    Britt Reints
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Join the conversation at What I Learned About Creativity When I Wasn’t Writing. Writing has always been my preferred art, even before I knew it was art. When I was in high school, the walls of my bedroom were papered with poems and mini memoirs. On those walls I hid messages to my parents that I was too afraid to speak aloud but desperately needed to get out of me – and then I tore them all down in a fit of rage and tears the first time my words were used against me. I started putting my words in journals. Then, on a whim, I put them on the Internet for invisible strangers to…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • annotation bots

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I like diagramming sentences. My teachers revisited diagramming year after year. That was during the dark ages when the information in textbooks wasn’t obsolete by the time the books made it to a classroom. My two youngest children have no idea how or why to diagram a sentence. There probably isn’t time for diagramming. I like annotating. Well, I thought I liked annotating. Annotating, to me, is highlighting the sentences that stand out from the page. It is making a mark above words that you aren’t sure of, but which don’t matter enough to stop reading and look up the…
  • Winter in the South

    21 Feb 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Day One: Businesses started closing before the precipitation began to fall. Naysayers mock the fortitude of our collective character. Children play. Crockpots hum. Happiness and calm rule. One day of bad weather and then the Southern normalcy of sweater and a jacket weather will return. That’s what always happens. Day Two: The entirety of the outdoors is glazed in ice. It is beautiful. Children’s attempts at snow angels and snowballs are met with frustrated confusion. Attempts to replicate the fun of snow on slippery ice results in bruises and scrapes. Whining and squabbling…
  • Not sleepy

    13 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
  • small talk

    9 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    We go out for adult evenings less often than Knoxville gets a good snowfall. That’s probably a confusing example, because if Knoxville gets ANY snow, we don’t even go out for the children’s entertainment. Bad example aside, Doug and I went out for a few hours Saturday evening. Doug’s primary job for the evening was to wear his juggling hat instead of his programming or dad hats. My job was to not get caught with the wine that I brought to the beer only venue. Before the variety show began, Doug and I were introduced to one of the performers who is a local legend. I…
  • Vaccinations don’t cause Autism

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:10 pm
    They don’t. Seriously. No matter what you read on a forum or heard from your Aunt, vaccinations do not cause Autism. I have heard parents blame Autism on vaccines and metals and pollution and blah-blah-blah. I have known parents of Autistic children who had their children’s teeth with metal fillings pulled. Some parents put their Autistic children in hyperbaric chambers. Autistic children have been given blood transfusions. Parents have eliminated colors and gluten and meat from their Autistic children’s diets. I have spent two decades smiling and listening to their endless…
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  • The grunge of the city

    Simply Stork
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have been spending more and more time at my favorite coffee shop…Ristretto.  I went the last time with my son Xavier.  I think it’s pretty great that my teenagers want to come with me to check out the coffee shops in the area.  He was included in the most recent “coffee and a doughnut” post.  I was also out scouting some places that would be good back drops for the photo shoots I havecoming up.  This little town is a great backdrop especially for boys.  For such a little town to have such a big “city vibe.” With it’s alley ways and brick…
  • Mental Mondays

    Simply Stork
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    Most people spend time with the people, or things, that are important to them.  So today's question may be a no brainer.Question #6What holds a higher value to you than your most important thing?(What are you putting before them or it?)~simply~
  • Mental Monday

    Simply Stork
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:37 am
    Today we are going to be dealing with an emotion.  Happiness.  Let's take a moment to define that.What the dictionary says:hap·pi·nessˈhapēnəs/nounthe state of being happy."she struggled to find happiness in her life"synonyms:pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment,gaiety, joy, joyfulness, joviality, jollity, glee, delight, good…
  • Happy Valentine’s Day

    Simply Stork
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:29 pm
        It’s Valentine’s day.  I know some folks believe that this is just a made up holiday from the makers of Hallmark cards and the like, but I feel differently.  I feel that this is a perfect opportunity to remind those around you that they are indeed loved.  Some times one just needs to be reminded.    If you haven’t told someone you love them today…what could that hurt?  There is still time.   Enjoy your loved ones today.   ~simply~
  • Trader Joe’s

    Simply Stork
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
    When the holidays have all past and the scale, that doesn’t lie, tells me (ever so quietly) that it’s time to make some more healthy choices. (Ahem.) That's when it’s time to make the Trader Joe’s.These are some of my favorites.a)  crispy crunchy oatmeal raisin cookiesb) salted caramel chai tea mixc)  bananas, flattenedd) soft and juicy mangoOk, ok…so not quite so healthy…but it’s a start :o/Here’s to your health friends.  I think I’ll go make some “salad in a jar.” ~simply~
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    Family on Bikes

  • When the dream doesn’t work out

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, I want to introduce you to an incredible woman. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with a number of ladies striving to make their dreams happen. It’s a lot of work and requires tremendous amounts of tenacity, but I’ve seen people reach for the stars and make it. That’s always exciting, and I’m their number one cheerleader. But sometimes, it doesn’t work out. Sometimes, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and the dream comes crashing down around you. Then, all you can do is pick up the pieces and move forward – which is precisely…
  • 6 Ways to find free accommodation when you travel

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Justin Carmack, a travel blogger, divemaster and overall lover of freedom and adventure on the road. In 2010 Justin sold all his things and left home; traded his possessions for dreams – dreams of traveling the world, getting lost, and living life free and to the fullest. He writes about his adventures on the road at True Nomads. Here he’ll give you some ideas on how find free accommodation when you travel throughout the world.  ——- Friends gained while traveling are friends beyond the initial stay. This group of friends…
  • Merry Christmas 2014

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    It’s Christmas morning. A fire is roaring in our wood stove, Christmas music is playing in the background, and Davy and Daryl are getting their presents set up. John took the pups to the foothills to run and play in the snow. It’s the best kind of morning. As I look back over 2014, I see a good year – much better than 2013 for me. Mostly what I see is that my ongoing health struggles are slowly improving. I started this year having identified several issues ranging from adrenal fatigue to vitamin D deficiency to torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders. After spending many, MANY hours in…
  • I am thankful for… my health

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    I know how trite it is to post the traditional “I’m thankful for…” post on Thanksgiving, but sometimes, trite is good. Today I am so very thankful for my health. The other day I was running errands with Daryl – I went for Daryl’s final drive for Driver Ed, then stopped at Lowe’s, then a thrift store, then the bank, then our barn to unload everything from the craft fair, then over to our realtor’s office. “It was only a year ago when there was no way I could have done this,” I told Daryl. “Last year at this time, I could do ONE errand per day…
  • Roadschooling Reading

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    This is a sample chapter from my book Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~Emilie Buchwald Reading. It’s essential. It’s basic to our ability to navigate our world. If our kids aren’t reading, then we, as parents, worry. Way back in 1995 when I was about to teach first grade for the very first time, I was terrified. I knew how to teach kids to read better, but had no clue how to teach them to read in the first place. A friend of mine gave me the best advice ever: “Don’t worry,” he said. “The kids…
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • I’m a Loser, Baby

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    A few years ago, I wrote a post about youth sports, that turned into a magazine article about horrible sports parents, and I swore for the upteenth time to be a better parent and just enjoy what my kids do, for the joy itself. I’ve mostly succeeded. It’s a given that sports parents, particularly travel sports parents, take things way too seriously, present company included. If we needed to be reminded that sometimes we as parents and coaches are the absolute worst, all one need do is read the local paper. The news this past week from the Tennessee District 7-AAA consolation game,…
  • Reflections on Paradise Past

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here in Central Arkansas, we’re getting what passes as a “snow” day around these parts (to a chorus of snickers from – well – anywhere else in the world that gets actual snowfall). It does give me some time to pause and reflect on how in days past my family spent our Februarys. From the mid-nineteen eighties, until my oldest son started first grade, we spent the shortest month on the year traveling as far south as we could drive – to the Florida Keys. Some years, it was for only a week. Most years, it was for the entire month. Nevertheless, we always…
  • CapEx vs. OpEx – A Primer from Middle-Aged Man

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Back in the day, there were a series of skits on Saturday Night Live called “Middle-Aged Man.” It featured Mike Meyers, as a middle-aged dude who’s superpowers were things like understanding how to jump start a car, knowing where all of his appliance warranties were, and understanding what “Escrow” actually meant. Having to learn what “CapEx” and “OpEx” are doesn’t automatically mean you’ll become Middle-Aged Man Person. But it may mean the difference between being able to effectively chart a strategic, sustainable…
  • Is innovation under the CIO worth funding?

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Image Credit: This morning, John Dodge of the Enterprise CIO Forum asks this question: Is innovation under the CIO worth funding? I’ll let John’s explanation of the question stand on its own, and freely recognize that his question originates from a CIO-centric publication, catering to CIOs, who are interested in all things CIO. Duly noted. But – to my grizzled eyes, I’m not sure that this is even the right question – or questions – to ask. Why is innovation within an…
  • Higher Ed Tech Talent: Get ‘em, Keep ‘em – If You Can

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    Acquiring top people – and keeping them happy – in Academic Computing is not for wimps. For starters, higher education salaries for technology jobs (in general) are typically lower than private industry. And, for private higher ed institutions, it’s an even worse comparison (perhaps somewhat counter-intuitive, especially if you’re currently writing checks to such an institution). This situation is further exacerbated by the fact that when a higher ed IT director or CIO goes into the market for new talent, they compete not solely with other higher ed institutions, but…
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    Simple Marriage

  • The Importance of Exercise for your Marriage

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Marc Zalmanoff of Although dangerous, I would assume most educated people (i.e. you reading this right now) understand the benefits of regular exercise. Primarily, it’s good for you but I won’t bore you with all the stats and details on this fact. Did you also know that regular exercise can be an integral part of a long lasting, happy marriage as well? There is something to be said about taking care of yourself. Since science has only evolved so much, the body you currently have is the only one you get!! And if you…
  • Focus on the how not the what

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    What is it that creates the intensity in certain conversations with your spouse? What moves a conversation between two people from the issue at hand into personal meltdown? Emotional reactivity. But this isn’t all bad, emotional reactivity also turns out to be nature’s way of informing us of where we are on the path of emotional maturity (another way of thinking about growing up and differentiation). One of the measuring tools for getting clear about how much growing up you have to do is time to reactivity – how quickly do you lose it? How easy is it to push your buttons?
  • Relationships are easy

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    Relationships are actually pretty easy. I didn’t always believe this. In fact, I used to believe relationships are hard work. I’ve written these very words many times. You’ve probably even heard this phrase before. It is often stated as a Truism in our society, and while I understand the sentiment … I’ve reached a point where I no longer buy it. I do believe that relationships involve work, but hard work? I’m not so sure. I understand that intimacy in marriage challenges us in unique and specific ways, this is what makes marriage the people-growing machine it…
  • The Intentional Married Life

    12 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    Many of us are asleep at the wheel. We follow routine and schedules and patterns we’ve created and refined over the years. We are going through the motions, doing things in life and relationship with little forethought. Contrast this with the idea of an intentional life: everything is done with consciousness, fulfilling a core value (compassion, love, serving, to name a few). It’s true that many things we do have some sort of intent — I wash the dishes because I don’t want a messy house; I drive my kids to school because they need to learn. But after repeating these actions every…
  • Power in Relationships

    9 Feb 2015 | 4:04 am
    I’ve written several times about the Nice Guy (the female version is a pleaser), the struggles he faces in his life and relationships, as well as the impact “niceness” has upon both men and women in marriage. Nice Guys are often wimps. In fact, Nice Guys tend to play the wimpy victim role very well. You can hear it in what they say to themselves and others: “It’s just not fair.” “How come she always gets her way?” “If they would just …” The Nice Guy paradigm begins in childhood as a survival mechanism. In order to get their…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 20 Creative Project Ideas to Reawaken Your Right Brain

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Getting stuck in the left-side of the brain is no fun. We all need to allow our right brains to express themselves. Turn off your calculator, stop looking at those pie charts, and allow your logical, analytical brain to get some rest. It’s time to draw, write, play an instrument, and create something new. You [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • How to Change Your Life

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Making changes is hard. Anyone who has ever tried to change their life for the better can attest to this. Look at the following two examples: You make a firm resolution to start getting up at 6:00 a.m. each morning so that you can get some exercise in before work, but when the alarm goes [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Six Ways to Achieve Inner Peace

    14 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    We must each find peace from within. When you carry peace within you, you have the ability to remain calm and joyful at all times, regardless of outside circumstances, or what life offers you at any given moment. Here are some definitions of inner peace: Inner peace means being mentally and spiritually at peace. Inner [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 14 More Extremely Useful Things You Can Do In 15 Minutes or Less

    8 Feb 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Fifteen minutes can go a long way. I’ve already done a post on 15 Extremely Useful Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes, so this is a sequel. I was inspired to write this sequel after reading an article by leadership coach Jason Womack in which he argues that should break up your day into [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 44 Love Quotes to Inspire Your Inner Romantic

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    The month of February focuses our attention on romantic love. It’s everywhere you look: red roses; teddy bears hugging big red hearts; heart-shaped chocolate boxes; balloons inscribed with “I love you”; paper hearts; Valentine’s Day cards; and on and on. Simply stated, February revolves around all things romantic. In honor of the month of February, [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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  • Ketika Banjir 1 Februari Lumpuhkan Jakarta, 80 Orang Tewas

    Andri Setya
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:42 am
    Rintik hujan belum juga reda dari langit Jakarta. Hingga Minggu pagi 1 Februari 2015, gerimis dan mendung masih menggelayuti langit Ibu Kota.Kondisi ini memantik ingatan warga Jakarta akan banjir yang menerjang pada delapan tahun silam. Tepat 1 Februari 2007, Ibu Kota lumpuh akibat banjir. Gara-garanya, hujan yang mengguyur sepanjang malam. Ditambah, meningkatnya volume air di 13 aliran sungai yang melintas di Jakarta.Sudah begitu, menurut pantauan di 11 pos pengamatan hujan milik Badan Meteorologi dan Geofisika (BMG) menunjukkan, hujan yang terjadi pada 2 Februari, rata-rata mencapai 235 mm.
  • Jadi Istri, Olivia Pramaisella Janji Batasi Kegiatan

    Andri Setya
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    Padatnya kegiatan Olivia Pramaisella sebagai finalis Miss Indonesia 2014, tidak menghalangi Baron Respati untuk menikahinya meski sempat mendapat penolakan. Ia pun menyadari nama besar sang istri besar dari dunia entertaiment, sehingga ia akan tetap mendukungnya.  "Dari awal kenal memang dia (Olivia) publik figur, jadi saya akan tetap mendukung dia sebagai publik figur. Akan tetap men-support karirnya," kata Baron di kawasan Mega Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan. Kebebasan yang diberikan sang suami itu tidak membuat Olivia akan memfokuskan diri sebagai publik figur. Menyadari kini sebagai…
  • Update Hasil Arema vs Persib skor 2-1 Final IIC 2014, Live Streaming di Indosiar

    Andri Setya
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Hasil Persib vs Arema Cronus skor 1-2, pertandingan yang tertunda cukup lama Final Inter Island Cup Cup 2014. Siaran langsung Persib vs Arema ini menurut jadwal akan disiarkan oleh Indosiar mulai pukul 18.30 WIB. Pertandingan ini sendiri akan dilangsungkan di Stadion Jakabaring, Palembang. Anda juga bisa mendapatkan Update Hasil dan Live Streaming Persib vs Arema di halaman ini. Update Live Skor :– Pertandingan berjalan alot sejak awal laga, hingga menit ke 7 skor masih 0-0– Menit ke 10 tendangan Tantan masih tepat di pelukan Kiper Arema– Hingga menit ke 25 skor masih…
  • Jokowi Tunjuk Jan Darmadi, Demokrat Bilang Astagfirullah

    Andri Setya
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Keputusan Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) memilih Jan Darmadi sebagai salah satu anggota Dewan Pertimbangan Presiden (Wantimpres) terus menuai kontroversi. Rekam jejak Jan sebagai pengusaha judi dipandang tidak layak.Wakil Sekretaris Jenderal Partai Demokrat, Andi Nurpati, Selasa, 20 Januari 2015, menyebut Jokowi tidak selektif dalam memilih Wantimpres. "Jika memang ada yang bos judi, ini betul-betul malapetaka nasional," kata Andi.Andi menilai tidak pantas seorang penasihat kepala negara yang mayoritas muslim, memiliki latar belakang pengusaha judi. "Tiga bulan pemerintahan dengan revolusi…
  • Kartika Putri & Erick Iskandar Makin Lengket, Ortu Tak Setuju?

    Andri Setya
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Kisah cinta dari Erick Iskandar bersama Kartika Putri adalah salah satu hal yang menarik untuk disimak. Seperti diketahui, pasangan itu awalnya berbeda keyakinan, sebelum kakak dari Jessica Iskandar memutuskan tuk mualaf tahun 2013 silam. Setelahnya, Erick dan Kartika makin serius membina hubungan mereka hingga saat ini. Meskipun begitu, ada kabar yang menyebutkan jika orang tua dari Kartika masih belum mau memberi lampu hijau untuk hubungan putrinya itu. Benarkah? "Pasti setiap ortu mau yang terbaik. Kalau menurut mamanya (Kartika), aku belum serius ya aku tunjukin aja," tukas Erick ketika…
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  • Open or close?

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.  ~ Flora Whittemore- What choices can you make to enrich your life and possibly others?
  • Finding a need

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Find a need and fill it.  ~ Ruth Stafford Peale- Where could you provide a valued contribution?
  • To be human

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Remember your humanity.  ~ Bertrand Russell- What are the basic humanitarian principles?
  • A fine art

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.  ~ Henry Ellis- What is worth holding on?- What is worth letting go?
  • Yes to life

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I imagine that yes is the only living thing.  ~ e. e. cummings- In what ways do you affirm life?
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    Steve's Free

  • The Great Transfer

    Steve Woodruff
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    (a meditation on the book of Colossians, chapter 1:13-14) The claims contained in this couple of verses are absolutely mind-boggling. If anyone thinks Christianity is just another of many “religious systems,” this passage puts a stake through the heart any such notion: 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – You mean, He hasn’t given us a new set of rules to follow? Not the point. – Jesus isn’t all about high ideals and a great…
  • Emmanuel: God With Us

    Steve Woodruff
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    For every person who has ever lived, there are truths that surround us like the sky above – God is above all, and in all, and we owe our every moment of life to Him. “I have created you – carefully designed you from the smallest cell all the way to the color of your eyes.” Wonder-filled thought, that God Himself knit us together in our mother’s womb. “I know you – your every thought and desire; your every hope and pain; your every deed and disappointment.” How often we feel alone and unknown in this life – yet God knows us far more…
  • Praying for Progress

    Steve Woodruff
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    (a meditation on the book of Colossians, chapter 1:9-12) As Paul rejoices in the evidence of God’s work among the saints in Colossae, he goes beyond giving thanks. Past and present grace point to future growth: he beseeches God for progress – for increase, and the continual outworking of practical godliness. This is gospel hunger; when we see Jesus at work, in us and in others, we want more. In fact, when it comes to ongoing sanctification, that’s one place where God is quite happy for us be greedy! 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you,…
  • A Harvest of Gospel Fruit

    Steve Woodruff
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    (a meditation on the book of Colossians, chapter 1:3-8) As Paul begins his letter to the believers in Colossae, he does so with a heart of thanksgiving – because stuff is happening in that church! This isn’t some building with a sign “Christian Church” in front of it; sterile on the outside and sleepy on the inside. No, this is a group of people where God is actively at work. Gospel fruit is coming forth. Paul is encouraged because there is abundant evidence of supernatural life: 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,…
  • Why Listen to This Paul Character?

    Steve Woodruff
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    (a meditation on the book of Colossians, chapter 1:1,2) Paul opens his letter to the church at Colossae with some pretty audacious words: 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. Now, if I write you a letter, I’m just going to say at the end of it:    -Steve or, if you’re part of my professional network:    -Warm regards, Steve Woodruff or, if we’re in a particularly close relationship:    -Love, Steve That’s it. Just…
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  • Dear Soccer Mom (and Baseball Dad), Please Don’t Hate Me

    Shawn Barr
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:09 am
    A new spring kid’s sports season is almost here.  Soon the local sports fields will be filled with beehives of red-cheeked kids chasing soccer balls.  Players will be rounding bases. The sound of aluminum bats will be pinging the air. And there will be the welcome smell of fresh cut, dewy grass on Saturday mornings at sporting complexes across America. And I, for one, love it. Well, most of the time. Over the last 30 years, kid’s sports have changed from having 12 games in the summer for little league (who thought of soccer back then?); to having kids play 50 to 70 and up to 90 games a…
  • Marco Rubio: I Was Wrong on Immigration

    Shane Vander Hart
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    Marco Rubio at CPAC 2014 Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (National Harbor, MD) “The question before us in 2016 is what kind of nation we will be,” U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told those gathered at CPAC 2015.  “Sometimes you wouldn’t know we are an exceptional nation if you listen to the President,” he added. Rubio painted a vision of America’s exceptionalism during his 5th speech at CPAC.  He said Americans know they are exceptional. He even noted the world knows that America is exceptional.  “When is the last time you’ve seen American…
  • Carly Fiorina at CPAC 2015: We Must Restore Our Leadership in the World

    Shane Vander Hart
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    Photo credit: Dave Davidson – Carly Fiorina, former CEO at Hewitt Packard and chair of the American Conservative Union Foundation, spoke at CPAC yesterday and gave a speech that was well received by those in attendance.  It was similar to the the speech she gave at the Iowa Freedom Summit as it was biographical in nature.  She addressed several topics, but the aspect of her speech that stood out to me were her comments on President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s failed leadership in the world, that part of the speech also drew the strongest response from the…
  • Chris Christie Pressed on Common Core at CPAC

    Shane Vander Hart
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Chris Christie at CPAC 2014 in National Harbor, MD.Photo credit: Dave Davidson – (National Harbor, MD) Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) did not give a traditional speech while speaking at CPAC today.  Instead he was interviewed by conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.  Ingraham put Common Core front and center by asking about his previous support of Common Core. She noted that it was his signature on the state’s Race to the Top application.  She said, “I know you’ve had some hesitations, but why did you sign it?” “In New Jersey we’ve always been…
  • CPAC 2015 Day One Live Blog

    Shane Vander Hart
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    Attendance was light in the morning. Welcome to my CPAC 2015 live blog of day one.  There is so much going on here and last year I found it best to journal throughout the day. Updates will be on top, refresh your browser to view updates (updates will be in EST). 12:53p – Going to abandon the live blog… speakers are too spread out and the internet has been spotty.  Check back to for additional CPAC posts.  I’ll be tweeting additional updates as well.   The schedule this year just doesn’t lend itself to a day-long live blog. 11:23a –…
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  • Her Name was Melonie – Another Trans WOC has Committed Suicide

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Another transgender woman of color has taken her own life. Melonie Rose was a beautiful 19-year-old trans woman from Laurel, Maryland. From the start, Melonie had a hard life, having been shuffled from foster home to foster home. She dealt with emotional problems, as a result. No doubt, the discrimination Melonie endured did not help the young woman, who attended a therapeutic, alternative high school, Pathways, where she graduated in 2014. I learned about Melonie from her close friend, Hunter. Like me, Hunter is a transman. He attended Pathways, with Melonie, and they graduated together,…
  • Film Review: Birdman is Self-Indulgent yet Somewhat Satisfying

    2 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I seldom struggle to find the words, to express my thoughts about a film. However, after watching Birdman, I felt nothing but a sense of perplexity. How can one describe what they have just seen, after watching this abstract film? I knew that there were moments I enjoyed, but overall, I struggle to see how this film can contend with some of the other, Oscar nominated flicks, at least as a best picture nomination. There are things that are impressive about this film, known in its full title as, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). For instance, the cinematography, while it often…
  • Book Review: Cold Hillside by Nancy Baker

    1 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    It is seldom that I find a book to be both predictable yet entertaining. I enjoy reading, immensely. As a kid, I was a bookworm. I did all of my library’s summer book-reading challenges. I spent nights huddled under my blanket with a flashlight and a good book, ignoring my parents’ warning it’d ruin my eyesight. I’d tear through classics, popular fiction, fantasy…if there was a story to tell, I’d read it. Being a person with a disability…a progressive muscle disease, I had thought that I had lost the ability to read when I lost the ability to hold most books (they’re often too…
  • An Interview with the Team Behind the Gamer Accessibility Guidelines – Part I

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Sometime last fall, I had the opportunity to interview some of the team members behind the Gamer Accessibility Guidelines. The website for the guidelines describes them as: A collaborative effort between a group of studios, specialists and academics, to produce a straightforward developer friendly reference for ways to avoid unnecessarily excluding players, and ensure that games are just as fun for as wide a range of people as possible. When I first revamped Gamerrazzi, to make it completely about inclusion for all gamers, and we started posting a lot more about gamer accessibility, the…
  • What MyCare Ohio is Doing to PCA Care

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    This is the writing of my PCA, Kristy, who has worked for me for the last 12 years. Since I have been switched from Caresource through Medicaid, to MyCare Ohio’s Buckeye Health System, Governor Kasich’s plan to privatize healthcare for dual eligible Ohioans (those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid), Ohioans across the state have had their payments denied for doctors, durable medical equipment, nursing, PCA home healthcare, and medication. This is just the tip of the iceberg. For the first time, here our story in Kristy’s own words below: On or about July 7, 2014 I was…
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  • The 33rd Street Bridge

    Jordon Cooper
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    Ward 1 Councillor Darren Hill sent this out last night Hello City Park, North Park Richmond Heights, Kelsey Woodlawn, Mayfair, and Hudson Bay Park, Please note the PSA below for the next round of future growth public consultations.  I am getting the impression that members of the administration have already determined that there will be a new river crossing at 33rd Street.  They believe that this was supported by the majority of the citizens at the last round of consultations.  However, the attendance numbers were very low at those meetings and no one has provided me with accurate data on…
  • Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl?

    Jordon Cooper
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Boomers and Millennials say they want to live in compact, walkable developments, but builders are putting their money into suburban McMansions There are communities that have successfully made the shift to building more compact, walkable developments, even in the most unlikely places. Some of the most excessive sprawl during the housing boom, for instance, occurred in the inland areas of Northern California, places like Brentwood, Antioch, Vacaville. But those areas are now rethinking what kind of building they want to allow, and what kind they don’t. “There was, up until 2008, a…
  • Saskatoon City Council Meeting in Review

    Jordon Cooper
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    I haven’t done one of these in a long while but here are the highlights from today’s City Council meeting. Both Pat Lorje and Zach Jeffries brought up the missing reports on the city council website.  Administration just kind of made up a reply and suggested they don’t have enough space to host all of them.  They are preparing a report on it and will present that to Council in April.  So yeah, administration was passive aggressive on the issue. Now to be fair to administration, they scan stuff in the most inefficient way possible.  It is basically JPGs of paper reports converted to…
  • Even as Many Eyes Watch, Brutality at Rikers Island Persists

    Jordon Cooper
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    From the New York Times On Sept. 2, four correction officers pulled Jose Guadalupe, an inmate classified in medical records as seriously mentally ill, into his solitary-confinement cell at Rikers Island and beat him unconscious. A little over two months later, three guards wrestled another inmate, Tracy Johnson, to the floor, pepper-sprayed him in the face and broke a bone in his eye socket. Then, on Dec. 9, yet another group of officers beat Ambiorix Celedonio, an inmate with an I.Q. of 65, so badly that, as surveillance footage later showed, he had bruises and scratches on his face and…
  • A new attack ad from your Saskatchewan NDP

    Jordon Cooper
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Hey there is a new ad by the Saskatchewan New Democrats out.   I’ll leave my comments at this.  As an attack ad, it tries to do too much.  It should have been two ads.   The discussion as to where the money went, can be left for another day. Disclaimer: I generally hate all political ads. I liked the Daisy ad but that’s it.  I like long policy discussions with nuance.  I don’t think that has ever happened in a political ad so I am always disappointed in them.
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    Joe Blogs

  • Two Times

    Joe Dawson
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Maybe the illusion didn't change into something real, but I'm wide awake thinking about everything that's happened. Her hand in mine, and we went to places; and as the morning became the evening I was in other spaces. Another one bites the dust but why can I not conquer trust? Anyone that's chased two rabbits will know that you risk losing them both. Too many metaphors and not enough substance. I can't do that. Take a second and think about the children.
  • Back To Basics: New Years Eve

    Joe Dawson
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Now that the curtain has come down on 2014, before the dust begins to settle and the events calendar begins to take shape for the next few months. Following more influential venue closures; Plastic People and Trouw being the latest venerable institutions to bring the curtain down, there’s time to reflect on another roller coaster year for Back to Basics. The UK’s longest running club night being no stranger to venue closure, having seen the Garage close without warning last November. The search for another building continues, which we're told will consist of a music academy for emerging…
  • She's Electric

    Joe Dawson
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Well the morning was complete. There was tears as the music fade ― I tried to change the beat. She was the soundtrack to my summer and back then I didn't need any competition because I had everything. This blog should be overflowing with stories about our shared experiences but a dream you dream alone is only a dream. In the beginning there were complications but regardless of what had gone before this should have been a different outcome. So often we ended up talking over each other, not allowing ourselves to let down our guard and see things from the others’ perspective.A few mistakes…
  • Basics All Stars

    Joe Dawson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Back to Basics, the UK’s longest running club night, celebrated its 23rd birthday at the weekend. Reading commentary in the build up to the night, it’s clear that there’s a real sense of loyalty and respect with what the Leeds based institution has achieved. Basics remains a pioneer and continues to push boundaries to achieve the best clubbing experience with audio-visual entertainment. This year’s birthday celebration was held at Beaver Works, featuring a plethora of talent and the 3D visual installation from Haydn Robinson, Simon Fong Wah and Zeon Sam on the production that was…
  • Bugged Out 20th Birthday

    Joe Dawson
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Carling British Cider is the official Cider of the Warehouse Project this season. The award winning Cider view the Warehouse Project as being at the cutting edge of clubbing and electronic music. Regarded as the 'spiritual home' by both fans and organisers - tickets to the return to Store Street have been like gold dust. It's refreshing then, that Carling are offering fans the chance of winning two guestlist places to every night at the iconic venue. I was announced as one of the winners, here's what happened when I travelled to Manchester ―Located underneath Manchester's Piccadilly…
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  • In Berlin, Encounters with Hipsters Beyond the Wall

    Andrew Farrand
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    Berlin blur: exploring Kreuzberg last weekend.Germany was never high on my list of potential destinations, but something about dating a German girl managed to change my perspective. Nina and I are now back in Algiers after a long weekend in Berlin that was admittedly far more fascinating than I had expected.We stayed in hipster central: the neighborhood of Kreuzberg (in an Airbnb apartment of course—wait, do people still stay in hotels?) Outside of Brooklyn, you would be hard pressed to find a higher concentration of organic brunch spots, screen printing workshops, vintage shops, graffiti…
  • A St. Paul's School Alumni Profile

    Andrew Farrand
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Yours truly in Marrakech, 2012.In the latest issue of its quarterly alumni magazine, my high school back in Baltimore featured me in its "Voices from the Hill" alumni profile, reprinted below. Many thanks to Alumni director Charley Mitchell for this nice recognition.Algiers, Algeria is home to Andrew Farrand '03. He's lived there since 2013, after almost a decade in Washington, D.C., punctuated by frequent travels and over a year living in Morocco. His love of languages has led to fluency in French and intensive study of Arabic, with stints in Damascus and Amman—and even a summer in…
  • Christmas Rendez-Vous: Exploring the Underground and Other Sides of Paris

    Andrew Farrand
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Winter wedding in Paris, a city of old world charm.Winter just isn't the time to go to Paris.That was my first conclusion from the Christmas season, when I rendez-voused with my mom and sister for a week in the French capital, followed by a few days there on my own. Paris, so verdant and effervescent when I last visited in the spring, is a chilly, rainy drag of a city in late December. Sure, it's still Paris, but with short and dreary days, it's hardly at its best.Good weather or bad, our little family had a nice time catching up, as we had the year before in Lisbon. (At least I did, though I…
  • Places to Go: Constantine, Algeria

    Andrew Farrand
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    A 1920s footbridge spans the Rhumel River gorge, connecting Constantine's two halves.In addition to publishing their annual "52 Places to Go" list every January, each month the New York Times Travel section solicits and publishes readers' "Places to Go" recommendations.This month I decided to toss my hat in the ring with what I hoped was a unique and timely suggestion: Constantine, the unique and timeless capital of Algeria's east, which I've been lucky enough to visit several times. In my writeup, I packed as much color as I could within the strict 100-word limit, and also submitted three…
  • Arrows from the Bow of Exile

    Andrew Farrand
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Background photo by author, in Casbah of Algiers.Life in North Africa can feel far from home and its many comforts. On the tough days—of which there are many—I sometimes recall this quote I came across last year from Paradiso, the third volume of Dante's Divine Comedy. Somehow, I draw strength from the words, perhaps because they are a reminder that the daily difficulties of life abroad are inevitable, and have always been so.
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  • What If you actually enjoyed running? (Is that even possible?)

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post is brought to you by those cute pink sneakers you bought with the best of intentions, the letter U, and Up & Running.I really, really wish I was the type of person who enjoyed running. What if I was one of the people who ran first thing in the morning - watching the sun rise over the city as they logged their daily 5k? What if I wore my running tights to actually run, rather than wearing them to walk to the co-op? What if running was something other than THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE EVER? Maybe it's time for me (and you if you'd like to like running) to check out Up &…
  • What to do when you feel ‘should-y’ about your business

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    If I'm the only one who's ever felt like they should be doing something different in their business (even though they were pretty sure they'd hate it) .. well, if I'm the only one who's ever felt that way, I just wrote a blog post for myself. If you've ever felt that way, my friend Laura cured me of my Shoulds. I'm sharing her wisdom over on my small business blog today. 
  • Do you really, actually hate that thing?

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    My name is Sarah and I hate salads.Why would I hate something so innocuous? Why waste time and energy thinking unkind thoughts about a pile of vegetables? Let me count the ways, guys.1. I hate that I have to prepare a salad from scratch every time I want to eat one. Sure, salad, I'd just loooove to spend 10 minutes cutting things into small pieces. That'd be a super fun use of my time.2. I hate that each forkful of food is an endeavor. I want each bite to include all the bits of the salad (spinach AND tomato AND feta AND carrot. Oh, and that sliver of almond, too.)3. I hate that all the…
  • New Thing: Watch 'An American In Paris'

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Each year I make a list of new things I want to try; it's part of how I live my life on purpose. Some of these new things are exciting, many are terribly mundane.My 14-year-old self loooooved musicals. Like, sing-into-my-hairbrush, audition-for-everything loved. RENTI saw it live.GypsyI can still sing the Caroline The Cow song from memory. I had big ol' roles in my high school's productions of The Wizard of Oz and The Secret Garden and recreated that fork-as-a-comb scene from The Little Mermaid, oh, always. But as I got older - and a bit more cynical - all that singing and…
  • 4 Ways To Get Around Your Landlord's 'No Nails' Policy

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is guest post come from our DIY/design contributor Thalita of The Learner Observer! Thalita writes about easy, cheap ways we can all make our small, rental spaces even cuter. Follow along with her on Twitter or Instagram!Do you want to live in a cozy, interesting space that feels like your own? Of course you do!But it's pretty hard to do that when your landlord won't let you put nails in the wall to hang things. Well, fret no more because I'm sharing the internet's bestest with you today to help you hang artwork without causing any kind of damage to your walls!Washi TapeYes, it's a…
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    Celebrate Love

  • 25th Anniversary Barbecue Up Love Aprons

    Renee Michaels
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    25th Anniversary Barbecue Up Love Aprons Your love still sizzles hot! Celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary this summer with a Barbecuing Up Love apron, available in milestone years + one that you can enter any year. Just click on my …... Read more...
  • 30th Anniversary Mr. Mrs. Celebrating Love Polo T-shirt

    Renee Michaels
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    30th Anniversary Mr. Mrs. Celebrating Love Polo T-shirt Celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary with a Mr. and Mrs. Celebrating Love polo shirt that proclaims your love! Personalize with your names, which you can change the type style, size and... Read more...
  • Mr. & Mr. Gay 1st Anniversary Shirts

    Renee Michaels
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    Mr. & Mr. Gay 1st Anniversary Shirts Celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary with a Mr. and Mr. Celebrating Love t-shirt. Personalize with your names, which you can change the type style, size and color to your preference. Also available for... Read more...
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary Having Holding Love Aprons

    Renee Michaels
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    50th Wedding Anniversary Having Holding Love Aprons Celebrate your 50th golden wedding anniversary by cookin’ up your love with an elegant Having & Holding apron personalized with your names. You can change the name type style, size and... Read more...
  • 40th Wedding Anniversary Wow Married Loving It 45 Piece Box Of Chocolates

    Renee Michaels
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    40th Wedding Anniversary Wow Married Loving It 45 Piece Box Of Chocolates Surprise your wife, parents or grandparents for their 40th ruby wedding anniversary with a wildly enthusiastic Wow! Married and Loving It box of Belgian dark and milk... Read more...
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  • Film Score of the Month - Less Than Zero (1987) by Thomas Newman

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes shares his second most favorite Film Score and its good as gold! This is a bit of an soundtrack oddity. The film score for the late 80's crime drama Less Than Zero is not available for purchase except in an ultra rare cd 'promotional' disc. If you are lucky enough to find one, it will probably be very expensive. So why do I recommend it? It IS available for your listening pleasure on YouTube in its entirety (and on this blog too). Simply type in 'Thomas Newman Less Than Zero Score' and you will see the various listings of the tracks from the 'promotional' score cd. It has been…
  • Calvary (2014)

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    JohnnyTwoToes feels this Irish Drama is a missed opportunity!This is the plot synopsis for Calvary, John Michael McDonagh's latest film on IMDB. Their words not mine.."After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him." Okay, I'll buy that. Interesting as it sounds, sadly this is not a supernatural horror movie. It is a talky Irish drama with Brendan Gleeson as the Priest who is threatened. He has one week to get his affairs in order before he is killed by one of his flock for past sins committed by other…
  • Pulp - Different Class (1995)

    10 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    A superlative album for lovers of authentic Britpop !Even though the English alternative Britpop band Pulp was around for over fifteen years when this hit album was released (in 1995 in England and 1996 in the United States and beyond), they never made much of a ripple outside of the United Kingdom, their home base. This Mercury prize winning, platinum ranked, fifth studio album Different Class, however, changed it all making them popular all over Europe, the US, Australia and even Japan marking a revival of sorts in the Britpop genre. NME magazine went as far as to rank…
  • Lucy (2014)

    8 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    JohnnyTwoToes considers this french made scifi/action thriller a wasted potential!Luc Besson is probably France's best known film director and he has done some truly great films like Le Femme Nikita, Subway, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, The Fifth Element and perhaps his very best Léon: The Professional. These are different films but all terrific. They are deep and well written and directed with style which baffles me as to why his most recent Lucy  with all the pre-release hype and excitement is such a disappointment. Lucy opens up to a world of…
  • The Equalizer (2014)

    2 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    A viscerally entertaining film that ranks as one of 2014's very best, JohnnyTwoToes tells you why?As a fan of the original late 1980's TV show, The Equalizer, I was curious how they were going to approach the feature film. Casting Denzel Washington was a smart move to start. The original role was played by Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a former CIA operative who has retired and taken an out an ad in the paper, "Odds against you? Need help? Call The Equalizer." Each week was a new person who needed help. In the film, McCall has become an associate at a Home Depot store called…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Earn Ultimate Rewards Points By Educating Your Friends on Miles & Points

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Here’s a fun thing: many of you already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. It’s a great card for a lot of reasons, and is usually my #1 recommendation when people are just starting to get into the world of miles and points. If you have the card, you can now earn extra miles for referring your friends. Here’s how it works: You’ll earn 5,000 points for every successful referral Your friends will receive the best offer currently available (the same one we have through our partner, Cards for Travel) You can refer up to 10 friends for 50,000 points in total The deadline is May 31,…
  • Awesome In-Flight Videos from the KLM Cockpit

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Ever wonder how dozens of flights can safely cross the Atlantic at the same time, despite the fact that much of the journey includes no radar coverage? How do the pilots communicate with Air Traffic Control, and what kind of instructions are they given? Oh, and what’s the deal with autopilot—does it mean the pilots aren’t really in control? I really enjoyed watching these in-flight cockpit videos from recent KLM flights from Amsterdam to London and Amsterdam to New York. Even if you’re not an airline geek like me, you may like them, too.     I fly a lot (understatement)…
  • Giveaway: Qatar Airways First Class Amenity Kit

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! This week we’re giving away a luxurious amenity kit from my one of my favorite airlines. What you need to know: This kit comes with Armani moisturizer, lip balm, sleep mask (good for napping on the road AND at home), fancy floss, and cozy black socks Okay, technically this is a men’s kit—but ladies, you can win too! It’s a super snazzy kit for anyone The Giorgio Armani travel case is handy This giveaway is available to readers worldwide. Anyone can win! Our cats and biased judges will pick someone on Sunday night at 6pm PST…
  • “Normal Guy” Pizza Manager Stays Overnight in 48 States

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Currently a manager at Sbarro, Chris Strub is a self-described “normal guy” who wanted to spend at least one night in the lower 48 states. Here’s how he made it happen: Introduce yourself and your quest. I’m a 29-year-old native New Yorker currently living in Greenville, South Carolina. As I grew up, I was constantly told I could “be whatever I wanted to be.” I sat at my college graduation listening to successful people offering vague advice, rife with buzzwords. But I’d never pigeonholed my career…
  • The New World of Passport Tattoo Art: Possibly Illegal, Definitely Awesome

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’m proud of my stamps and visas, and I often get a double-take from immigration officers around the world when presenting my passport—but this guy has gone much further. French illustrator Léonard Combier sent pictures of his work to Doodlers Anonymous, where he offered anyone to send him their passport to “tattoo.” Is this legal? Well, apparently it’s an open question, since technically the work involves “defacing” a government document, and some countries have more of a sense of humor than others. Fortunately, people report that most immigration…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Slow Down

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:07 am
    I’ve discovered the joys of using a fountain pen. It gives me a unique sense of pleasure to feel the pen tip moving across the paper. The paper’s texture enters my brain in a way it never could if I was using my super-smooth ball-point pen. My sister and her family raise chickens. Sure, it takes a lot more work to keep those birds happy compared to simply buying eggs at their local supermarket. I am sure that the eggs taste better — and that their kids are learning responsibility in a way that schoolwork alone could never do. The book Words Onscreen (by Naomi Baron) advocates…
  • Tension

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:11 am
    Tension can make or break us. Too much tension can ruin a relationship. Too little tension can bring on depression. We are naturally drawn to seek tension, because it’s healthy. But we are also repelled by situations that  cause too much tension. We all fall in a spectrum of desire too much or too little tension. Benoît Lecomte plans to swim across the Pacific Ocean.  (He has already crossed the Atlantic.) Mr. Lecomte is seeking a huge amount of personal tension. I am not sure why he is seeking such levels of pain. He will either receive the fame that comes with being the…
  • Dreams

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:04 am
    “Dreams” often mean “desires” or “hopes” — or if we are serious with our intentions, “plans.” Today I’ll refer to “dreams” in terms of what happens when we’re asleep. I love dreams — at least most of the time. It’s fascinating to see how our brains mash up random bits of our past experiences with what’s going on in our lives. My wife, daughter and I often ask each other first thing in the morning, “Did you dream anything?” It’s a fun way to start the day. Lately I’ve been having a lot of dreams related to my job — the projects I’m spending my days…
  • How the other half lives

    3 Feb 2015 | 1:09 am
    I love the looney tunes 1% of the upper 1% lifestyle stuff in The Wall Street Journal. You know — articles comparing camel hair coats — the cheapest being $1,195 and the most expensive being $3,550. I was quite amused recently to see “price upon request.” I know that phrase. It means, “If you don’t know the price range in which this object is priced, you shouldn’t ask.” Or better, “Unless you drove to the store in a new Bentley, don’t ask.” I know, I know, there are some good people in the top 1% of the upper 1%. And some of them keep the wheels of society moving…
  • Yearning for human connection

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:07 am
    I love blogs. I’ve been blogging since 2005. (You can visit my first month of blogging if you like.) I still put up a blog post almost every week. And I enjoy reading blogs by other people. But there are few real blogs left. By “real,” I mean where someone shares what’s on their heart. One friend who used to blog about life rarely blogs that way anymore. His blog has evolved into thoughtful reflections in his area of work. Several friends just stopped altogether. Other friends only blog occasionally. Don’t think I’m saying I am a “from the heart” blogger — most of my…
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    Mental Floss

  • Syrian Golden Hamsters: The Drunken Uncles of the Rodent World

    Ethan Trex
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    When given the choice between booze and water, these hard-partying hamsters choose the hard stuff every time.
  • 5 Weird Conspiracy Theories Surrounding the Denver International Airport

    Kate Erbland
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    On February 28, 1995, the Denver International Airport opened its doors and its runways to the general public after falling over a year behind schedule and spending a reported $2 billion more than its original budget had dictated.  The massive new airport didn’t just take up lots of time and money—it also took up a lot of space: 20 years later, it’s still the largest airport in the United States by area (53 square miles) with the longest public use runway available in the country (runway 16R/34L is 16,000 feet long—approximately three miles). DIA replaced Denver’s old Stapleton…
  • The 10 Most-Watched Series Finales Ever

    Stacy Conradt
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    What were the most-watched series finales in TV history? Let's take a look.
  • Adam Savage Built The Shining's Overlook Hotel Maze Model

    Chris Higgins
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    All work and no play makes Adam a dull boy.
  • Weekend Links: Spock’s Photography

    Roma Panganiban
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Late actor Leonard Nimoy's most public face was that of Spock, the half-Vulcan who won the hearts of human viewers. When not in front of the camera, however, Nimoy could often be found behind one, amassing an impressive portfolio of artistic photography over his long and prosperous life. In a global cleanliness survey on which country's citizens shower the most/least often, the US falls respectably down the middle (but why so soapy, Brazil?). Cats: trying to oust dogs as man's best friend? Once upon a time, America's roadside rest stops were more than a collection of bathrooms and fast food…
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    The Life Thing

  • Best Types of Natural Toys for Growing Toddlers

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Playing is a toddlers most important job and it is the job of parents to provide them with appropriate toys for play. Through play, toddlers develop essential developmental skills and allows them to stretch their pliable little minds. The best toys for toddlers are toys that are safe, educational, durable and fun. With these guidelines in mind, what follows is a list of some of the best natural toys for growing toddlers. Wooden Blocks Wooden blocks are perhaps the most simple of natural toys, yet one of the most versatile and beloved by both children and adults. They have stood the test of…
  • Pinpoint the Perfect Truck Scale for Your Payload Operations

    3 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Looking for a truck scale that will suit your payload weighing operation while providing years of reliable performance? Determining payload weight is vital for to accurately calculate load values, improve the longevity of equipment, and in some cases avoiding overload fines. Operators can determine payload weight by using different types of truck scales, including on-board truck scales, portable truck scales, and weighbridge truck scales. There are advantages to each, as well as a few drawbacks. Having a detailed understanding of the features and benefits of each type of truck scale will…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Chiropractors Before Getting on the Table

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The quality of chiropractic care that you can receive from a chiropractor is based on several factors, such as their level of competence, overall experience, and attitude toward the profession as a whole. By asking the right questions, before you choose to invest time and money, you can save the misery of wasting those invaluable resources on an incompetent chiropractor. Here are 5 revealing questions that you should ask a chiropractor before you choose to invest in their chiropractic care. What Can I Expect From a Chiropractic Session? One of the things that you need to do before you begin…
  • How to Design Custom Tank Tops, Digitally

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    Designing your own custom tank top is now easier than ever. There are tons of online stores and resources that will allow you to pick from a variety of tank top styles and colors, in addition to guiding you or helping you create awesome custom tank tops. Whether you have sketched a tank top design by hand, compiled one from templates made available online, or you choose to use a file you created from photoshop; your custom tank top can truly be one of a kind. Below are some ideas and tips to help you create the ultimate custom tanks that resonate with your true personality. Determine How Many…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Massage Therapists Before Getting on the Table

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    In the last few years, massage has become extremely popular in almost every part of the world. In many cities, you can easily find a day spa or massage center. It’s worth mentioning that massages have also become more affordable. Massage schools have also been popping almost everywhere. Though this can be quite exciting, you need to know how a massage affects you. Thus, you need to ask your massage therapist some questions before you get on the table. What Kind of Massage Does The Therapist Specialize In? It’s important to know the kind of massage your therapist specializes in, and the…
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    Journey Mama

  • Fire and earth.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:36 pm
    1. The burning season has begun. Last night a line of fire glowed off a nearby mountain as local villages began their yearly burning of the forest undergrowth. It looked volcanic, or ancient. It looked like something out of the ordinary, a dragon maybe, or a fire flood. It looked like a burning wave, cresting on the mountains. I drove up and watched and could nearly hear it crackle. This morning the sunrise is very smoky.2. Chinua and I are running together now, aiming for three times a week. We ran together for the first time on Sunday, up to the Buddha statue because of its amazing…
  • A poem for my daughter

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    how could I have knownwhen i pulled you to me--shaky as i was with that last effort--that i had given birth to such a friend.we were strangers,but immediatelyyour heart caught at all of me. and i was have this wayof gazing off toward the skyand the look on your face has the very same wedge of longing and joyi often feel in my own heart,when the evening blue slips over the skyor a flock of birds risesor the branches of a tree shudder with happiness.i am growing older as we speakmy face surprising to me in the mirrorand you surprise me in a different way,no more roundness to…
  • Building walls together.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    8 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Everyone gets into it, from big to small.  I finally borrowed some photos from a new friend who is visiting for a few weeks, so all but this first one are Josh’s photos- thank you so much Josh! When I went to look at what Chinua had taken of wall-building, I found, egad, that it was all video. On the unedited video I watched I saw myself make this statement: “I’ve never been happier than I am building these walls.” What can I say? It has been a lot of work for a lot of days, and I have made mistakes and floundered a little, but sitting there in the afternoon at our…
  • Barn owls and muddy feet.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Friends I am eating, sleeping, and living earth walls right now, mud, basically. There is mud everywhere and I am loving it, with barely a minute to spare for anything else.  Happiness. I will share as soon as I can get photos from Chinua's camera (such bad timing to lose my ipod, I had planned to Instagram the whole thing).For now here is another print- available in my Etsy shop. For Kai's twelfth birthday this summer/fall, we went to a birds of prey center outside of Victoria and the barn owl stole my heart, so I played around and made an illustration to keep a tamer version…
  • The Cow and the Egret

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    They are one of my favorite sights in the world: the egrets that flock around cows and buffalos. Graceful and beautiful. This painting is up in my Etsy shop. Enjoy! 
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  • Can We Be “Good” While Reading & Writing About “Evil”?

    Mike Duran
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    Yesterday popular Christian writer Tim Challies made A Plea for Innocence: I want to be good at good. In fact, I want to be an expert in good. At least, I do when I’m at my best. But in moments of introspection I see a real interest in evil as well. These desires battle within me, the desire to fill my mind with good and the desire to fill my mind with evil. It’s an important plea, one that each of us should take seriously. But as someone who writes and reads in the horror, supernatural, and dark fantasy genres, the plea for innocence can also be a potential indictment. I mean, is it…
  • Interview w/ Jason Wisdom, Former Frontman for Becoming the Archetype

    Mike Duran
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Stories about Christian musicians defecting and losing their faith have become all too common. Jason Wisdom can testify. Not that Jason has gone MIA, but having been in the belly of the beast, recording albums and touring with a popular Christian death metal band, Jason has firsthand experience of the toll that touring and celebrity can have on ones faith. Which is one reason why Jason recently joined RYFO, a non-profit outreach to musicians. After learning a bit about this unique ministry and Jason’s story, I invited him to discuss a bit about his background and experience, the…
  • Ghosts and Quantum Theory

    Mike Duran
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    I didn’t expect to be talking about ghosts as much as I have lately. But thanks to the release of The Ghost Box, that’s exactly what has happened. One reader was surprised to learn that ghost boxes are real things. At least, they purport to be real things. In fact, you can even purchase ghost boxes, spirit scanners, and ghost hunting kits online. Course, the one in my novel is 20 stories high and sitting in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. I’ve also conducted two different radio interviews, both in which I was asked about ghosts, especially from an evangelical…
  • A Pro-Life Odyssey

    Mike Duran
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Several weekends ago, one of my sons was visiting and said he needed to talk to me. The topic of discussion was near and dear to my heart. He and his wife had recently attended a fund raising event for a local crisis pregnancy center. One of the speakers was a former nurse at an abortion clinic. She did not show any grisly slides, none of the familiar, yet shocking, pictures of unborn aborted children. She simply described performing the procedures that eventually led her to denounce abortion. The descriptions disturbed my son so badly that he could not sleep that night. I was delighted.
  • Heavenly Tourism Fad Doesn’t Disprove OBEs or Life After Death

    Mike Duran
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    The recent scandal regarding the boy who didn’t go to heaven is just one more reason to be skeptical of the “heavenly tourism” fad. Thankfully, many discerning believers have seen through this long ago, not only criticizing the publishing trend, but the unorthodox biblical messages such experiences often send. However, in our haste to distance ourselves from the fads and fraudulent claims of “heavenly tourists,” there is the possibility of swinging too far in the opposite direction, becoming dismissive of all spiritual phenomenon, and reinforcing a materialistic…
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

  • Something special about Dr. Wakina Love Spell

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    New Opinion - It was on Val’s Day that I got the highest shock of my life, I was expecting an engagement ring from my fiancée but I go a break up. My fiancée of three and half years broke up with me because he doesn’t want to be tied up by one woman and he is scared of taking full responsibility of raising a family. He then traveled without my notice to Colorado for a new job on February 16th just to avoid me before he suddenly stopped communicating with me through all medium. It annoyed me a lot because we had bad times together and we survived before he promised to marry me and be the…
  • Somthing about Dr. Wakina Love Spell

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    New Opinion - It was on Val’s Day that I got the highest shock of my life, I was expecting an engagement ring from my fiancée but I go a break up. My fiancée of three and half years broke up with me because he doesn’t want to be tied up by one woman and he is scared of taking full responsibility of raising a family. He then traveled without my notice to Colorado for a new job on February 16th just to avoid me before he suddenly stopped communicating with me through all medium. It annoyed me a lot because we had bad times together and we survived before he promised to marry me and be the…
  • Something Special about Dr. Wakina Love Spell

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    New Question - It was on Val’s Day that I got the highest shock of my life, I was expecting an engagement ring from my fiancée but I go a break up. My fiancée of three and half years broke up with me because he doesn’t want to be tied up by one woman and he is scared of taking full responsibility of raising a family. He then traveled without my notice to Colorado for a new job on February 16th just to avoid me before he suddenly stopped communicating with me through all medium. It annoyed me a lot because we had bad times together and we survived before he promised to marry me and be…
  • Something special about Dr. Wakina Love Spell

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    New Answer - It was on Val’s Day that I got the highest shock of my life, I was expecting an engagement ring from my fiancée but I go a break up. My fiancée of three and half years broke up with me because he doesn’t want to be tied up by one woman and he is scared of taking full responsibility of raising a family. He then traveled without my notice to Colorado for a new job on February 16th just to avoid me before he suddenly stopped communicating with me through all medium. It annoyed me a lot because we had bad times together and we survived before he promised to marry me and be the…
  • Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:03 pm
    New Answer - Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony.My Names is Sharon.I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address , have help a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 2 days that i will have my husband back. i believed…
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  • Veterans Day 2014 – Part One

    Michael Lebowitz
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A Gentle Face Three weeks later Charlie removed the bandages. There was a scar and a couple of bumps along the incision but basically the bullet hadn’t done much damage. Not much unless you take into account the lost time, the ongoing pain, the feeling of being taken for a fool and the return to the always iron-grey drift of hard-core narcotics, this time in the form of prescription painkillers. Medicine, Charlie reminded himself, not for the first time. Yeah, medicine. But for what? The pain from the wound was minor. The pain from having been caught out in the open, between the Bridge and…
  • Seductive Quality of Light and Paint

    Guest Artist
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:22 am
    Tay Valley Pass, oil on panel, 18 x 20” Julie has recently turned her attention to landscape painting. Her landscapes explore the relationship of the viewer to the perceived solitude and evocative absence or trace of human activity within. An implied narrative is created as the images are painted with the gesture of movement, as though the viewer is passing by the scene. To the Wedding, 36 x 48”, oil on canvas This painting describes togetherness while the characters in the scene absent and only represented by their place settings. The viewer is left wondering what is about to take place,…
  • In Praise Of The Blend

    Carol Good
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been noticing a trend in my wine choices as of late and it got me thinking as to why I’m gravitating towards this particular style of wine.  It also got me thinking about perception, which I find to be an interesting and powerful thing.  Sometimes we get notions in our head about a particular topic and our brains instantly want to make it law.  It can be very difficult to move beyond what we believe to be true.  Because I’ve done this myself (most recently with wine), I wanted to share some newly-acquired knowledge that now has me considering options I may not have been open…
  • What are they talking about?

    Gil Namur
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you have ever started your own business, you will most likely have had to deal with various agreements and documents that are difficult to read, much less fully understand on a first go through. I am referring here to things like shareholder’s agreements, incorporation documents and the various legal and financial contracts that may be necessary for you to run your business. Until recently, I thought that the most difficult language to understand was legalese. Apparently, legalese is allowed to break all grammatical rules. Some of these documents have sentences that ramble on for an…
  • On Track To Color Television

    Guest Author
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:42 am
    “Television Pioneer’s Notebook” On Track To Color Television The excited anticipation on the train was palpable. It was June 1951, and RCA is transporting a group of journalists from New York to Washington, DC. Gen. David Sarnoff, Chairman of RCA and founder of NBC, has scheduled a press conference to unveil and demonstrate his new color television system. But why the excitement? Most of us covering TV have already seen the CBS system which displays brilliant color, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized it for use. The problem, in a word, is…
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    The Homesteading Housewife

  • 40 (re-do)

    Dana Clover
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    I am 40 years old.For the first 39 years of my life, I have been known as many things...The Mischievous DaughterThe Annoying SisterThe Sub-Par StudentThe Dependable EmployeeThe Fat GirlThe Mother-Hen Friend.The Gullible GirlfriendThe House-is-Too-Messy WifeThe Worry-Wart MomThe Self-Depreciating BloggerThe Good CookThe Wanna-Be HomesteaderThe Optimistic Business OwnerI played each of these "Life-Rolls" with varying degrees of success.As the 40 year old me looks back on my first 39 years, I find myself confused and also a little ashamed.When I was very young, I was the…
  • Mom Wisdom.

    Dana Clover
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    Logic - "Because I said so! Thats why!"Farm-Life  -  "Your room looks like a Pig Pen!"Envy  -  "There are million's of less fortunate children in this world who would LOVE to have broccoli for dinner  like you do!"Anticipation  -  "Just you wait till your father gets home!"Value of Education  -  "If you don't do well in school, you'll end up living under a bridge!"Medical Science  -  "If you keep making that face, it will stick like that!"Time Travel  -  "I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"Foresight  -…
  • Redneck Wine!!

    Dana Clover
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    I have never claimed to be a very sophisticated kinda gal....Gourmet, I am not.....When it comes to food I like good ole homemade stick-to-your-ribs comfort food.When it comes to drink I like good old fashioned sweet tea, coffee, Chai Tea and Diet Coke.(whenever I can make it into the city of course its Starbucks, Mocha Frappuccino, caramel macchiato, pumpkin spice Latte, sooo many yummy fattening drinks from there!)And wine? well .. lets just say I'm a cheap wino. Now, don't get me wrong, I drink alcohol occasionally, like maybe once a month or so. I don't like beer, Mixed drinks are ok, but…
  • BEST Christmas Cookie in the World EVER!!

    Dana Clover
    21 Dec 2012 | 2:07 pm
    I've had my share of cookies in my lifetime.And Ding DING DING!!!I think we have a WINNER!!!These may possibly be the BEST cookie I have ever had!!The picture says it all...Rich, Decadent, Soft chocolate cookie.Topped with a cherry and smooth-as-silk frosting.Whats not to love??Chocolate Covered Cherry CookiesIngredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2  cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4  teaspoon salt 1/4  teaspoon baking soda 1/4  teaspoon baking powder 1/2  cup butter, room temperature 1  cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla 1  (10…
  • Fix Tangled Doll Hair (several options)

    Dana Clover
    25 Sep 2012 | 5:41 am
    Does your daughter have a beloved doll who has hair that looks something like this?Mine did!Several of them as a matter of fact!I just knew there HAD to be a way to tame those frizzy-tangled locks on her friends.So I began to search...I found several techniques online and collected tips from friends.Here are my not-so-scientific results.First...  I gently washed the doll hair with Baby Shampoo or a mild liquid dish-washing soap.Then I tried each technique.Here is how they each worked out.1.)  Olive Oil...I gently worked the olive oil into the tangled mess of doll…
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  • A Lofty Existence Returns

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    You knew I couldn’t stay away: beginning next week, A Lofty Existence will be regularly updated at least twice a month. I can’t believe over a year has passed. So much has changed, both personally and in the intricate web that is the Internet. I’ve always meant to get back to blogging, but never had the time. However, a few things have pushed me out into the blogosphere, again. Events that have compelled me to add my voice into the sea of many, events that I will address in future posts. So, if anyone is still out there, I’m back! But even if no one…
  • A Lofty Existence Closing…For Now

    12 Jan 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have come to a decision: as much as I would like to, I will no longer be adding new posts to this blog on a regular basis. In other words, A Lofty Existence is closed. However, not completely. I will likely be adding new posts on an infrequent basis, so if you are a new reader or an old one and really enjoy the blog, you may want to keep your subscription or subscribe if you have not. The blog will stay up, complete with all posts and comments, and I will be approving new comments. After three years of blogging on a regular basis, this was not an easy decision. I learned a lot in that time,…
  • Nope, Not Buying It Lululemon

    4 Dec 2013 | 8:45 am
    Okay, okay, Lululemon — you win! I will never even think of buying one piece of your overpriced clothing. Athletic apparel brand Lululemon has, once again, turned off their consumer base by making insensitive, belittling comments about women’s bodies. Not too long ago the brand was forced to recall some of its yoga pants after customers complained that the pants became see-through when worn. In response, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson blamed women for the recall, claiming that “Quite frankly, some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” with the pants; it’s because…
  • A Lofty Existence is Three Years Old

    15 Nov 2013 | 2:02 pm
    This week the blog reached its third year in existence. A long time coming, for a tiny blog at the corner of the Internet. Now that A Lofty Existence has reached true blog seniority, it is time to make a decision. Should the blog remain active and reach its fourth year and beyond, or has it served its purpose? When I began this blog I had few plans as to how long it would remain open, I just knew that I wanted to write and have a place to share my thoughts, as well as connect with online acquaintances. And when I began this blog I was at a totally different point in my life than I am now.
  • Attractive Personality Traits in Men

    3 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am
    A previous post, Attractive Features in Men covered the physical features I find most attractive in men. But what about a man’s mental and emotional traits? Which personality characteristics increase a man’s appeal? Here is my personal list of the most attractive personality traits in men. 1. Intellectually Curious Intellectual curiosity adds tremendously to a man’s attractiveness. The eagerness and willingness to learn new things and increase one’s knowledge makes a person that much more interesting. There is more to discuss, share, and do. 2. Open Related to…
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    Four Leaf Clover

  • Optimism is the key

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    “In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley There are times in life that it’s really easy to get discouraged and find yourself in a funk that’s hard to get out of. Lately, I’ve been finding myself in this funk off-and-on quite a bit with a variety…
  • Finding gratitude in this new year

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Today I am thankful for… New Years/new beginnings, snow, good food, my comfy bed, my past adventures, the sun, my cats, reading, meditation, etc. These are a few of the entries from my gratitude journal that I started at the beginning of this year (funky drawings included!). I’ve been wanting to start a gratitude journal for years and I have, but stopped, and started again, but stopped again. Until this year. I decided that since I spend quite a lot of my time on my iPad, especially in the evenings, that maybe it’d be easier, and I’d be more likely to keep a gratitude…
  • Snowfalls lead to magical forests and beautiful walks

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    For the last week, I’ve been blessed with a winter wonderland and what seemed like non-stop snow falls for days! Now if you don’t know this already, let me tell you… I looooove snow! It makes me feel like a little kid from the moment I see my first snowflake in the very first snow fall. When I was younger, I’d open my window and just watch the snow fall until my fingertips got too cold to keep the window open. I’d make full use of snow days by building snowmen and igloos, admiring snowflakes’ intricate designs and I’d even pretend I was a wolf in the…
  • Pops of color and fun in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Back to Lake Como! Our last stop by boat was to Bellagio. I sure am glad we decided to go on one last adventure even though our feet were already killing us (me!). These are just a small handful of all the Bellagio photos I took. I’ve got a whole other handful to show you of a villa we visited while there, as well. If you ever find yourself in Lake Como, I hiiighly recommend a hop over to Bellagio. In the meantime, take a little walk around with me and enjoy! The first thing we did when we got there was eat a late lunch followed by gelato, of course! They had some vegan options and they…
  • How wolves change rivers (aka how nature works it’s magic)

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Time for a little break from Lake Como. I watched this video by Sustainable Human when it first came out and I have no idea why I didn’t post it before (actually, now that I think about it, must have been exams and assignments…). I posted it on my Facebook page, but now that I’ve seen it again, I realized that I needed to post it here, too. I wish information like that presented in this video was taught in school. It wasn’t until my time in Kenya for my Ecology & Wildlife Conservation degree course that I realized just how important every single species is to an…
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    Amy Mac

  • The Last of the Winter Weekends

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Say what you will about winter (and I snarl many a contemptuous remark about the chilly days spanning from January to March-ish), but it does perform sunsets with flourish, tantalizing us to see so much more of its glorious colors with its trees standing strong but bare, a game of peek-a-boo with nature. Winter ... you naughty minx.This weekend I'm:~reading this book.~planning for spring.~cooking this, though I think I'll grill chicken breasts in lieu of what they've got going on here.~procrastinating this.~watching this on this (which we love, by the way. Love, love, and fight over it…
  • Mazel Tov!

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I can, with confidence, say we will not be taking any pre-Bat Mitzvah party photos at the lake this weekend. Because it will be 40 degrees. Sigh.What are you doing this weekend?Enough about you, let's talk about me ... I'm going to my very first Bat Mitzvah of my entire life this weekend! I am extremely excited. So excited you'd think this Bat Mitzvah was at a synagogue in Italy, or Israel, but it isn't. It's like a 5 mile drive from my house.Let me give you a little Bar Mitzvah background. Between my two daughters, they've been to like like 40. Well, not quite that many ... more along the…
  • Please Note the New Blog Header for 2015

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Hello, and Happy New Year! Please note the new blog header for 2015 (subscribers, you'll have to click through to the actual website to see such.)I want you to note the new header because it's the reason today is the first post of the new year.It's the first post because I disciplined myself to design and post the new header prior to writing any new posts.(Anyone who's thinking "well, how disciplined are you really if it took 14 full days to design and post a new header?" is clearly a cynic, and should probably work on that as a resolution.)The picture above, while delightful, is from the…
  • Even My Dogs Smell Like Christmas (but for all the wrong reasons)

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    I've compiled a list I've found vaguely interesting and very personally informative as I've been preparing for the holiday season. Perhaps you, too, will be intrigued. (Perhaps instead you will be alarmed. I understand completely. If you find you are more disturbed than amused, you should totally find a more relaxing blog with a more sensible writer.)We have 8 bins for Halloween decorations, but only 3 for Christmas decorations.One of those Halloween bins is labeled "GRAVEYARD" and is an enormous bin on a high shelf so I can't really access it. I'm just saying there may be an actual graveyard…
  • The Best Cookbook for Thanksgiving Recipes ... or Any Recipe, Really

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Last Friday, AKA Halloween, I was full of faux-pity for my fellow parents who were Trick-or-Treating with their youngsters. Why? Because the temps went from long-sleeve-but-no-jacket-necessary weather to freaking freezing cold in a matter of two hours. I was smug in my "my teenage children are at various Halloween parties, thus I remain indoors and toasty warm" stance.So when karma came back to bite me Saturday morning while spectating at my daughter's cross country race via 40-degree temps and 25-mile-per-hour winds, I really couldn't complain (though I did regularly threaten to set myself…
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  • We Reflect…

    John Wallace
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    “God has made humans to reflect Him, but if they do not commit themselves to Him, they will not reflect Him but something else in creation. At the core of our being we are imaging creatures. It is not possible to be neutral on this issue: we either reflect the Creator or something in creation.” Greg Beale We are God’s masterpieces! We are created in His image and are designed to reflect Him and bring glory and honor to His name. It is so easy, however, to let other things in life hold a higher value than God. If God is not constantly magnified in our lives, we can begin…
  • Church: Good? Bad?

    John Wallace
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s funny how divisive church can be even amongst christians. But we need to learn and grow from each other…we need to be able to have productive conversations about our differences with the goal of pointing people towards Christ. Soooo…I have two simple questions to ask that probably aren’t too easy to answer. What is your favorite thing about church? And on the flip side, what is your least favorite thing about church? (these can be answered either from a local sense or globally, the church at large.)   || Let’s get this conversation started. ||
  • Embracing The Storm

    John Wallace
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    “Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” Matthew 26:50 How often do we embrace the storm we may know is coming or one we are already in? Probably not too often. It’s counterintuitive. A storm is something to avoid so, therefore, we do everything we can to avoid the storm. It’s amazing, when we look at Jesus’ life, the response he had when the storm came. He embraced it. Seems a little crazy, right? But let’s look at how he got to that point. A few verses early in Matthew 26,…
  • The quote that changed your life…

    John Wallace
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of my goals for this blog is that it is a place where a community of people can come and journey this life together. A place where we can help inspire and encourage one another. So, with that in mind, what words of wisdom or quote has greatly impacted your life? It doesn’t have to pertain to any certain topic and you may have more than one…that’s all great. Leave them in the comments below so that we can all be inspired and be better together.
  • What it’s really only about…

    John Wallace
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Sunday morning is here. Everyone takes their seat. The countdown reaches zero and the service takes off! The house lights go dim and the LEDs come on. The band plays, the music is loud and people clap. The pastor preaches and we nod our heads. Everyone prays and leaves…the service ends. Sound familiar? If we aren’t careful, even something as important as what happens on a Sunday morning, can become empty; just a program to accomplish. We can so easily make it about everything else instead of making Sunday what it’s designed to be about. It’s only about Jesus. It…
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  • Send a Care Package to a Soldier

    Annette White
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    I woke up the morning of my birthday and my first thought was “Holy Sh*tballs I’m 45″. Let the midlife crisis begin. Then, after rubbing my eyes and realizing that being my age was way better than the alternative, it was time for the celebrating to begin. For those who know me, they completely understand […] The post Send a Care Package to a Soldier appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Take a Junk Boat Through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

    Annette White
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:28 pm
    A three and a half hour drive from the bustle of the city of Hanoi lies a peaceful set of 1,600 islands and islets, Ha Long Bay. This bay has been the backdrop to many movies, including the Oscar winning Indochine, and has also been featured on many “Things to Do Before You Die” lists, including my own. So, […] The post Take a Junk Boat Through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Drink Kölsch Beer at a Brauhaus in Cologne, Germany

    Annette White
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I had been thoroughly enjoying my free wine every evening, and occasionally during the day, on my Viking River Cruise along the European Rhine. But, when the Tor ship hit Germany and ported in Cologne (Köln), it was time to put a cork in the wine bottle and venture inland for a Kölsch beer. I can […] The post Drink Kölsch Beer at a Brauhaus in Cologne, Germany appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • 45 Amazing Things To Do Before You Die

    Annette White
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    In honor of my 45th (YIKES!) birthday today, I wanted to create a list of my favorite forty-five bucket list checks from around the world. Hopefully, you will find bucket list ideas and inspiration from these… 45 Amazing Things to Do Before You Die. 1. Bathe Elephants at a Rescue in Thailand In Northern Thailand, an […] The post 45 Amazing Things To Do Before You Die appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Have Lunch at a Hawker Center in Singapore

    Annette White
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Dining in Singapore can get really expensive, really quick. A modest dinner for two on Club Street could easily run you a hundred bucks. And after doing that for a couple of nights, you will be beyond grateful to discover the Hawker Centers, food markets that house a variety of food stalls featuring inexpensive Southeast Asian […] The post Have Lunch at a Hawker Center in Singapore appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • “The More Corrupt The State, The More Numerous The Laws.” What This Implies And Why It Holds True In This Age

    arsène hodali
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    This statement’s playing with three evergreen ideas: That if a state is made of a majority of moral people then they won’t need precise governing. That if a state is made of a majority of amoral people then they’ll need ever more precise governing. And that if a state, as an entity itself, becomes too precise in its governing, it will beget more amoral than moral peoples for it’s covered the entire floor with laws and has thus made it impossible to walk without stepping on one. The statement’s saying that someone’s actions are a simple means of surmising…
  • The Strangest Foods That I Love

    arsène hodali
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I like fried insects, with a carbonated soft drink or beer to wash them down. Not all fried insects are synonymous in taste though. I can still smell the yellowing fried grasshoppers of my very young summers in Kigali, Rwanda thanks to a neighbour who couldn’t get enough of his own outdoor fried particulars, and though he’d offer me a bite on numerous occasions I’d remind him, once again, I didn’t like the stuff (too much work, not enough crunch). But, if he’d cooked up some Maeng Kee Noon beetles or Jing Leed crickets the Thailand way (fried in a wok briefly,…
  • a gradual process

    arsène hodali
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:20 am
    i read somewhere that the great roman empire fell mainly from exhaustion it was just simply tired… of being i suppose that’s what happened to us
  • Speaking The Truth Is Hard

    arsène hodali
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:19 am
    Speaking the truth with a capital T is difficult. Because The truth is both our magnum opus and an earthquake. By this I mean that most of us have only one truth to clearly speak of and it will take years of flapping our gums and therapy before we ever stumble upon it correctly, if we ever do at all. When we do, when we’re lucky enough to do, skilled enough to fall gracefully (enough to accept pain as process), and healed enough to pay close attention, we will recognize it both instantly and after the fact because our pupils will dilate so quickly we will feel them and because for some…
  • An Obvious Truth That’s Rarely Acknowledged

    arsène hodali
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:18 am
    We’re all mostly driven by hatred, detachment, and longing; because at one point in time we loved or needed someone so intensely it hurt and they never even noticed.
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  • 12 Most Powerful Tips for Visual Dominance

    Ashley Faulkes
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Ashley Faulkes As the internet and technology take on bigger roles in our lives, what people love to read, watch, share and promote changes. People have far less time and are expecting, or should we say demanding, more visual ways of digesting information and sharing it online, mostly in the form of social media. Images […]
  • 12 Most Obvious Signs You Are Watching Too Much Toddler Television

    Susan Maccarelli
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Susan Maccarelli   Do you announce bath time using the following song “Let’s take a bath. A lovely bubbly bath,” a la the Disney Channel? Then this 12 Most post is for you! You’ll know it’s time to put away the remote and head for nap time if you relate to these signs that […]
  • 12 Most Irritating Things to Say to a Single Person

    Sophie Fox
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Sophie Fox   It’s official: there are more single people than ever before, 124.6 million single Americans in August 2014. This is more than half of the adult population. The figures are similar here in the UK. In spite of this, there are still a few of you happy couples who have yet to […]
  • 12 Most Timely Questions to Ask When You Have a New Job

    Kelly Belmonte
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Kelly Belmonte   It used to be the case that you had about 90 days to get “up to speed” and begin adding value at a new job. The expectations were relatively low that you would or could be able to competently do your job before that point. Times have changed. The need to […]
  • 12 Most Honest Reasons to Lie When Interviewers Ask Your Current Salary

    Eric Butts
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Eric Butts   What’s the key to a successful salary negotiation? If your answer isn’t “lying,” then you’re doing it wrong. It sounds harsh, but it’s a cold world out there in the business world. One of my mentors made a general comment to me about working for a company you don’t own: “If […]
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  • Nepal 6: Namaste, Nepal

    22 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    In the end our trek was about 28 miles total. 'I hiked stairs for four days and all I got was this ID card'After we unloaded our gear at Kim's, we went out for more Kathmandu tourism.We learned more about the country, and passed vehicles with interesting spellings like "pik up" or "pawared by [fill in the blank]" Kim's family car was a motorbike called a "Unicorn." I thoroughly enjoyed the Unicorn.It was on the Unicorn that I had the exhilarating experience of riding on the back of a motorbike through the streets of Kathmandu, literally so close to…
  • Nepal 5: Tea and Rabies

    8 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    I told you that my feet overheated on day 3, but I didn't tell you that I went to bed -at 7:30pm.By day four, I was full on head-coldy and exhausted but I wasn't the only one struggling:Those were Christin's feet. There's so much going on here, I don't even know where to start.  At one point along the way, both she and I had the humbling experience of having someone else put bandaids on our trekker's feet after we realized our boots were giving us blisters. She had already lost a toe nail from her previous hike before this so she was definitely faring the worst.But we had now reached our…
  • Nepal 4: The post with all the photos of spectacular mountains (...and one of me wearing a Scrunchie)

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    The terrain changed on Day 2, and we moved away from the outer edges of the mountains lined with terraced fields and moved into more wooded areas dense with fog. It was here that I felt like I was wandering around some Lord of the Rings set, all mysterious and forbidden.But don't be silly, we still had those darn stone stairs.This day was longer than the first, and we ended in Ghorepani village about 1000 feet below our final climbing point. The plan was to wake up on the third day and summit Poon Hill before dawn to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna range.Arriving in GhorepaniWe hung out…
  • The “I did it my way” Award (New Year's Reflections)

    30 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    I'm interrupting my Nepal chronicles to reflect on the closing of 2014. This year was absolutely full for me, from having major surgery, to officially graduating with my Master's, to commissioning into the U.S. Navy, to side-stepping animal dung all around the Himalayas. I was musing about my "plan" for 2015 and couldn't help but remember a post I wrote last year which describes the way I've always "planned" my life. Not to discount the merits of writing down goals and going after things tenaciously and all, but I still feel like this approach works pretty well too. Thoughts?  The "I Did…
  • Nepal 3: Stone stairs and animal poo: My Himalayan journey

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Monday was Trek day. Kim's husband helped us pack most of our things into one giant pack the night before:Here Kim is wearing our packAnd here is a comparison to a normal backpack on ChristinWe hired a guide and a porter (A "sherpa," if you will, though Sherpas are actually a specific people group that live at a very high elevation and they are the ones who take folks up to Everest. We were definitely not going that far so our porter was of the non-Sherpa variety but most people call all porters Sherpas, so I digress...). Our porter would be carrying our pack throughout the trek so we kept…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Thai Coconut Pumpkin Shrimp Soup

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Last week I played with some ingredients I had on hand and ended up making the creamiest, most delicious soup ever. It was such a lovely surprise that I just had to post the recipe for you all. This soup is gluten free, dairy free, low calorie, low fat, low sugar, and can be made using mostly organic and GMO-free ingredients. Not too shabby, right? And the best part is that it was easy to make too! So without further adieu, here is my super healthy, super easy Thai Coconut Pumpkin Shrimp Soup. Thai Coconut Pumpkin Shrimp Soup Per Serving (Approximate): 160 Calories 7 Grams of Fat 5 Grams of…
  • 10 Marathon Training Tips from a Running Coach

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    Runners are an enthusiastic bunch. It seems to me that once someone starts running, it gets into their blood and becomes their lifeline. They live, eat, and breathe running. However, that was not what happened to me. I enjoyed running. I still enjoy running. However, I wasn’t getting any better at running, and then I stopped pushing myself. I’d still love to be a runner. To be among that enthusiastic bunch who just need to run. So how could I make that happen? Well, one way is to read up on tips for becoming a better runner. Another way is to get a running buddy or even a running…
  • 1,000 Voices for Compassion

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    Today is a special day in the blogosphere, as bloggers around the world are uniting for a day of compassion, kindness, support, and caring. Today, we are flooding the blogosphere with voices for the greater good. The timing is just perfect, since today is also United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice. Social justice is so incredibly vital for a peaceful coexistence among people (and nations). It goes hand-in-hand with the concept of compassion and respect towards others. It is vital to peaceful coexistence among people (and nations). Social justice goes hand-in-hand with the concept of…
  • 15 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Berries

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, oh my! It has long been known that berries contain powerful antioxidants. With a one-two punch, the health benefits of berries includes being rich in vitamins too. So you already know that berries are healthy, but do you know just how much they can help your body? Here are 15 reasons why you should consider making berries a part of your regular diet: – It is highly believed that blueberries could play a role in reducing body fat and even obesity. – Eating a cup of blueberries daily could aid in reducing blood pressure and arterial…
  • The Best Essential Oils for Meditation and Yoga

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    Stretching, posing, breathing and mediation pave the way for body and mind to relax. The proven health benefits of yoga and meditation are undeniable. Yoga can help all of us, regardless of our age, gender or athletic ability. I know that I would benefit from practicing yoga. Yet every time I vow to practice regularly, it does not happen. The same goes for meditating. I’ve tried to meditate, but my mind does not quite ever get to that place. So this year, I am planning to do more meditating, and more yoga. Since the two often go hand-in-hand, I researched which essential oils would…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Strategic Connections in Networking with Anne Baber

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:31 pm
    We talk a lot about job networking here on the podcast, but it is a job search impediment for so many job seekers. It is an essential tool in the 21st century to find business connections and job opportunities. Anne Baber is one of four authors of the new book, Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World is my guest offers a different approach to networking. This conversation will provide pragmatic and proactive strategies to discover and deepen your career networking and your ability to increasing performance production. Many thanks to the publicists at AMACOM…
  • Tell Stories Get Hired with Daisy Wright

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
      Tell Stories, Get Hired is a book written by Daisy Wright and  other contributing writers such as Kimberly Robb Baker and Audrey Prenzel, who are my guests on this episode. Storytelling is not only art, but also essential and strategic! You’ll learn today how to position your story based on the employer’s needs and how to show the relevance. You will hear examples of how job seekers would hear a need of an employer and used storytelling to show that they were the solution. Do you use storytelling in your resume or social profiles? Was it strategic? Please share. I can…
  • Would Your Personal Brand Compel You to Quit Google?

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Before you leave your job this time, have you considered the quality of your personal brand? Have you invested time in building your brand? Are you making efforts in learning more to hone your craft/skill and add value to your current or future coworkers? This show will help you get started. Fearful? Yep, this show is for you. How are you building your personal brand? We would love to hear from you! Here are three ways to provide feedback: Call and leave a voicemail at 708.365.9822 Email: Go to, press the Send Voicemail button on the…
  • Resume Trends for 2015 with Jacqui Barrett Poindexter

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In this episode, we discuss trends of resume writing helping you write more purposeful and tell a story moving employers to call you. More resume writers and career professionals including myself and my guest, Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter advises your resume along with your Linkedin profile tell a complete story. We discuss storytelling everywhere, the importance of focus, and social media. Does your resume and social profiles tell a story that helps your knowledge, skills, and abilities stand out? Here are three ways to provide feedback: Call and leave a voicemail at 708.365.9822 Email:…
  • 2014 Job Preparedness Indicator Survey with Alexandra Levit

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    For the second year (the third year on the blog), we are featuring the results of the Job Preparedness Indicator Survey done by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board. A large part of the survey studies the job skill gaps and provides job strategies and recommendation mainly for college students and Millenials. Alexandra Levit is one of the workplace/career experts and executives on the career board. She provides an overview of the survey findings and job strategies for young job seekers. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about the survey. What do you think about the…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Break the Rules

    Randy Gage
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    If you want to write a song, there are certain structures to follow. Unless you decide to break them all and create something brilliant like Ed Sheeran does…   If you want to produce a popular television show, be mindful of scale, number of characters, and the limitations of the small screen. Unless you want to produce Game of Thrones, the most successful television show in the world   If you want to sell books, do it the way it’s been working for at least 200 years. Unless you want to create something like   If you’re going to compose an opera, you have…
  • How to Get More Social Media Followers

    Randy Gage
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Today everybody seems to want to know how they can get more followers on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. So let me share what I believe are the most important things you can do to create a large and loyal following. First, know your objectives: You don’t really want more followers. That’s an aftereffect. What you really want is to make an impact: to have more influence, develop relationships, and/or be seen as a valuable resource. That way when you do have a new product or service to announce, people will view you as someone who can help them achieve their…
  • A Shocking Confession…

    Randy Gage
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    I have a shocking confession for you. But of course long-term members of the community here will know this isn’t really shocking or a confession. But here it is:   I don’t write this blog for you.   Like most teachers, I teach what I most need to learn. The posts here are a chance to marshal my thoughts, debate the merits, and practice the discernment and critical thinking necessary to reach breakthroughs in any area of life.   If you haven’t see the latest Prosperity TV episode on the subject, I’ll embed it here.   I believe this is where the real breakthroughs…
  • How You Win

    Randy Gage
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    There’s a reason for practice. During my sabbatical I wasn’t accepting new speeches, but of course honored the ones that had been already booked.  And I discovered that speaking is like anything else: If you don’t practice, your skills slip. The last speech I did was a Risky Is the New Safe keynote at the C-Suite conference presented by Jeffrey Hayzlett.  Nice event, nice crowd, I got a nice response. But the next day, I told Jeffrey I couldn’t accept my check. I was pretty sure the evaluations would come in good and no one seemed unhappy. But I was unhappy. Because I knew the…
  • The Threat to Your Business

    Randy Gage
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    You want to know what the real threat is to your or anyone else’s business? It’s not that your competitor has a cooler website, a celebrity spokeperson, or even more money. It’s not that they hired a famous branding agency, have an edgier logo, or even that they sell for lower price than you do.   As Joe Calloway says, those are just table stakes.  At some point, if you’re in a robust market, EVERYBODY has a good website, competitive prices, hot branding and all the sexy stuff.   The only real threat is when you have a competitor that knows exactly what they do, believes in…
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    Amusing Planet

  • The Million Dollar McGuire's Irish Pub

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:07 am
    McGuire's Irish Pub and Brewery is a popular restaurant and local landmark in Pensacola, Florida. The pub is located in a 1927 building which was originally the Pensacola Fire Department's firehouse. It later became a drive-in style restaurant called the Old Firehouse Drive-In. When the restaurant closed, the building became the home of McGuire's Irish Pub in 1982. The 20,000 square foot building has 400 seats in various themed rooms such as the Pipers Den, Notre Dame Room, The Irish Links Room and the Ruprecht O'Tolf Wine Cellar. On the inside, every square inch of wall space…
  • The Colorful Cemeteries of Guatemala

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    In Guatemala culture, afterlife is highly celebrated, and this cultural aspect is readily visible in their cemeteries. Scattered throughout the countryside of Guatemala are cemeteries that feature tombstones painted as colorfully as possible. Friends and family members paint them using the favorite color of the departed as a way of honoring and remembering the dead. Some of these cemeteries, especially those in the departments of Solóla, Chichicastenango and Xela (Quetzaltenango), have became tourist attractions. During the All Saints Day on November 1, also celebrated as the Day of the…
  • The Sinkholes of Cerro Sarisarinama

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:41 am
    Cerro Sarisarinama is a table-topped mountain called a tepui, in Jaua-Sarisariñama National Park at the far south-west of Bolívar State, in Venezuela, near the border with Brazil. The name of the mountain originates from a legend of the indigenous Ye'kuana Indians that speaks of an evil spirit living in caves up in the mountain. Sometimes the evil spirit is heard devouring human flesh and then a terrible sound "Sari... sari..." is heard. The tepui is located in one of the most remote areas in the country, with the closest road being hundreds of miles away. Unlike other tepuis,…
  • A Customer Service Complaint From 1750 B.C

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:35 pm
    A letter inscribed in an ancient clay tablet, dating from 1750 BC corresponding to the period of Old Babylon, and currently at the British Museum, could be one of the oldest customer service complaint letter found. The complaint was made by a certain Nanni to Ea-nasir regarding the delivery of the wrong grade of copper ore after a gulf voyage and about misdirection and delay of a further delivery. The full translation, reportedly from the book Letters from Mesopotamia by Assyriologist A. Leo Oppenheim, is reproduced below. Nanni appears to be quite angry. Read more » © Amusing Planet,…
  • Semuc Champey

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Hidden in the jungle in the department of Alta Verapaz, in Guatemala, about 11 km south of the Q’eqchi’ Maya town of Lanquín, is a stunning natural wonder. Semuc Champey, which means "sacred water" in the Mayan Kekchi language, is a natural limestone bridge about 300 meters wide under which passes the Cahabon River. Atop the bridge is a series of stepped pools filled with runoff from the Río Cahabon, and many are connected to one another by small waterfalls. The water is brilliant turquoise. Surrounded by lush green forest, Semuc Champey is a perfect spot to swim and relax.
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    Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker

  • Social Strategics – Followers into Customers Part 2

    10 Feb 2015 | 3:21 pm
    “What kinds of posts can I use on my business pag […] The post Social Strategics – Followers into Customers Part 2 appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • Social Strategics – Followers into Customers Part 1

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    You are getting loads of ‘Likes’ and Retweets, perhaps […] The post Social Strategics – Followers into Customers Part 1 appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • The Dis-ease Created by Trying to Be Normal

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I remember the feeling of being torn apart as a child, […] The post The Dis-ease Created by Trying to Be Normal appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • G.O.O.S. ing it! Getting Out of Stuck

    13 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I once had a teacher write on my report card, “An […] The post G.O.O.S. ing it! Getting Out of Stuck appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • Are You Casting Spells by Default

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Just lately it has been brought home to me once again t […] The post Are You Casting Spells by Default appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    This is a test post to make sure my move from Feedburner to Feedblitz is working.  (websites are so weird sometimes) Please ignore.        

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Something a friend said the other day has stuck with me. The other day she said, "I realize that I thrive in chaos. It's the monotony of life that I struggle the most with."  As I sit here on a Saturday morning, drinking coffee and reading, content with a weekend stretching before me with a to-do list containing things like, drop off items at Goodwill, vacuum, take dogs to the dog park, I realize that I am 150% opposite my friend in every way possible.  I thrive in the absolute drudge of nothingness. In a weekend without plans, or goals, or disturbances. I live for a work week…
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  • If You’re Looking for Universal Truths, You Won’t Find Them Here

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:35 pm
    “We’re all travelling heavy with illusions.” Sherman Alexie Yesterday I posted an article, Not All Grandparents Should Have the Legal Right to a Relationship With Their Grandchildren, written by Becca Bland from Stand Alone. I’m very supportive of Becca and her work and I think her article is on point: not all grandparents should have a legal right to a relationship with their grandchildren. I will go so far as to say I wrote my own post, back in 2012, about this very subject, What Does It Mean? in response to some information that was shared by Joshua Coleman about the…
  • New e-Book: Estrangement and Grief

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Would it surprise you to know that one of the topics I am most often asked to write about or address is estrangement and grief and loss? This really shouldn’t be a surprise when you consider there really aren’t any resources explicitly dealing with grieving after estrangement. Well no more! I’ve written a comprehensive e-book, which discusses estrangement and grief in detail. There are six chapters, each with their own Action Sheets to assist readers to incorporate some of the latest, cutting edge research on grieving from an estrangement perspective. This makes for a resource that…
  • Stop That

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    “A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” ― Douglas Adams What if feeling better was just as much about choosing what we don’t want, as it is choosing what we do want? Think about that for a moment because it’s actually pretty important. Learning to do something new or different takes a good deal of energy and effort. We have to work hard to overwrite old scripts and ways of being, to teach ourselves to do something different. Most of us who are estranged have a pretty good store of data or…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • Jude's poor little toe.

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Jude has a burn on his big toe from his pulse oximeter. It also looks like he may have a small pressure sore on the toe. On Monday when the nurses were gone I gave Jude a shower and I unhooked all of his machines. I noticed when I unwrapped his toe it seemed a little tight and looked a little skinny. I am assuming all of this was starting then. Everyone is pretty diligent about changing the pulse ox out each day just like they do with Jude at the hospital. However, today we read it should be changed out every 2-4 hours. Again, when Jude's in the hospital I WITNESS them change…
  • Jude's not so great day

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Jude had a hard day today while I was gone. I can tell he is getting sick again and Charlotte mentioned she noticed a change in his behavior on Friday. Luckily he isn't running a significant fever yet, but we are closely watching him. He had Morphine twice today, benadryl, and more to help him breathe and help him relax. When I got home he smelled sweet from his bath that Charlotte gave him and he was snuggled into his pillow fast asleep. Charlotte explained he had several gasping episodes and she had to use the re breather or reposition him throughout the day. I walked away from…
  • Jude's ice day

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    We had an ice storm here in the great state of Texas so I am at home with Jude today. His nurse couldn't make it because the roads were so bad. Jude is super happy I am home and I have been talking to him a lot today. I was able to snap a quick picture without his oxygen. I quickly had to put the oxygen back on and then I caught T Rex Jude. Earlier I wanted to give Jude a quick shower so I unhooked him from everything and quickly took him to his roll in shower. It wasn't long that Jude got very choked up and started turning blue. I yelled for Mike to bring me the suction and once I…
  • I asked him if I was an awful person and Jude's rough night

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    Jude had a pretty rough night. I could hear the nurse suctioning him and his oxygen level dipping on a pretty consistent basis. I would get up to check on him but there wasn't much more that could be done. When Charlotte got there she said she worked until about 11am to get him comfortable but he finally quit coughing. She said he is resting in his wheelchair now and seems pretty happy. I asked her how his lungs sound and she said "Like they always do". I replied "so terrible but you have heard them worse" and she agreed. I want to cry at night when I hear Jude's alarms go off and sometimes I…
  • Being healthy

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Jude has had some respiratory issues today but I am going to steer in another direction on today's blog. My friend Stacy whom I have met via Facebook through our children's similar situation shared this story today and I was touched. I met Mike I was in the best shape of my life. I worked out several times a week and I would generally eat pretty healthy. I didn't count every calorie and I did have my wine but I was very active and I knew I looked great. I…
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    Like a Bump on a Blog

  • Hiking to Hemlock Falls in the North Georgia Mountains #travel #photos

    Amberr Meadows
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    **Originally posted on July 8, 2011. Time seems to pass […] The post Hiking to Hemlock Falls in the North Georgia Mountains #travel #photos appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Travel: North Georgia Mountain Digital Photo Miscellany Hiking at Helton Creek Falls Hiking Amicalola Falls and Fort Mountain State Park
  • ‘These Gentle Wounds’ by #Author Helene Dunbar #book #ptsd @Helene_Dunbar

    Amberr Meadows
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Accolades and feedback on These Gentle Wounds  Named on […] The post ‘These Gentle Wounds’ by #Author Helene Dunbar #book #ptsd @Helene_Dunbar appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: #Book: ‘Little Things Long Remembered” by #Author @SusanNewmanPhD Author Hans Hirschi Book Excerpt ‘The Fallen Angels of Karnataka’ ‘Princess Nevaeh’ is a Valuable Childrens Book on Essential Teachings + $25 Giveaway
  • Double #Book Cover Reveal: The Good Samaritan Series by #Author @JolieMaeMiller

    Amberr Meadows
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:50 am
    The Good Samaritan Series Including: The Good Samaritan […] The post Double #Book Cover Reveal: The Good Samaritan Series by #Author @JolieMaeMiller appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: EXCITING Double Cover Reveal From Ascendant Series ‘Blood Line’ Cover Reveal and Book Pre-Order @JJDavisOfficial ‘Renovating a Heart’ Cover Reveal and Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway
  • Boring Made Fun with Startwrite Handwriting Software #education #kids #ad

    Amberr Meadows
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Nobody will ever charge me with having beautiful handwr […] The post Boring Made Fun with Startwrite Handwriting Software #education #kids #ad appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: TheO SmartBall Combines Exercise and Education #Learningmadefun #apps #ad CWIST Provides Learning Fun for Kids and Toys for Needy Kids Makes Typing Lessons for Kids Fun and Easy #sponsored
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    Amberr Meadows
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:38 am
    The Unleashed book tour for Author Rachel Mclellan was […] The post #Book Tour Blogger Gratitude $50 PayPal Cash #Giveaway (open to all) appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: ‘Unleashed’ Virtual Tour Special: 99¢ #Books + $25 GC #Giveaway #Author @rachelmcclellan 50 PayPal Cash Giveaway Open Worldwide via Simple Form $25 PayPal Cash Giveaway Open Worldwide
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    All About Living With Life

  • 15 Career Quotes to Motivate You

    Charles Chua C K
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career. -Carlton Fisk2. The best career advice given to the young is: Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it. -Katherine Whitehorn3. To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all. -Mark…
  • 20 Book Quotes to Encourage You to Read More

    Charles Chua C K
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty. -Pablo Neruda 2. You cannot open a book without learning something. -Confucius 3. I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book. -Groucho Marx 4. If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. -Ralph Waldo Emerson 5. There are many…
  • 15 Attitude Quotes for You to Stay Positive

    Charles Chua C K
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Image source: is the way you think and feel about something or somebody and the way you behave towards them because of your thinking and feeling.  1. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson 2. Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz3. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction…
  • Surprising Ways to Be Happier Without Really Trying

    Charles Chua C K
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The simplicity of these science-backed happiness habits—and how easy they are to incorporate in your life—may surprise you.Give money away.Donating $500 has the same effect on how wealthy you feel as earning an extra $10,000 in income, a Harvard Business School study found last year. Other studies have found that donating much smaller amounts of money makes people feel pleasure. Whether it's spare change or a higher-than-expected tax return, consider giving to a favorite charity to be happier.Think of buying an "experience."Earlier studies had found that spending money on experiences(ie,…
  • 30 Best Quotes about Life and Happiness You Like

    Charles Chua C K
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Live-decently, fearlessly, joyously- and don't forget that in the long run it is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts! -Adlai Stevenson  2. Happiness isn’t about what happens to us — it’s about how we perceive what happens to us. It’s the knack of finding a positive for every negative, and viewing a setback as a challenge. If we can just stop wishing for what we don’t have, and start enjoying what we do have, our lives can be richer; more fulfilled — and happier. The time to be happy is now. -Lynn Peters. 3. One thing I learn about…
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    Ish Ism

  • Copy Editing, and Marinating the Novel … A Writer’s Journey

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    I am copy editing my novel.  Copy editing is not as fun as voice editing. In fact, copy editing is tedious and somewhat boring. For indie authors, I generally forgive some grammar/typos because I know they could not afford a copy editor. But I do not expect that same level of grace from someone who […]
  • How to write 10,000 words a day

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day by…
  • I Married Mr. Miyagi

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Originally posted on Waiting on a Word:This year for Christmas, JC got a Chia pet. Technically, it’s a “Chia Gnome,” but I like to call it a Chia Hobbit. Unlike Eugene the Elf, Chia Hobbit is not creepy and does not freak me out. He’s a happy Hobbit who sits pleasantly in our kitchen,…
  • Character Editing: Creating A Complex Main Character … A Writer’s Journey

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    No, I’m not done yet!! I am still editing characters for my novel.  But… all the ultraminor, minor, and most of the major characters have been edited. Today I am editing the main character. The main character interacts with many of the other characters, in different settings, and in different situations. This is why I […]
  • Husband of the Year – 2015

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Wife: Ouch… my tailbone feels out of whack. Me: Oh, that’s not good. I can go to Walmart to pick up some whack of you’d like. Is there a particular brand of whack you prefer? *wife did not answer* But, to my credit, I proved I was a good husband because I listened to my […]
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    Living Our Story

  • Today Makes 13 Years of Sandy & I Knowing Each Other

    2 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    WOW as I sit here thinking, today and around 11 AM makes 13 years since the day Sandy and I met online. What an awesome thing we had no idea the ripple effect of that meeting. It was 2-2-2002 I met her on a singles Christian website and it was back at the beginning of online dating as it was taboo back then. LOL I still remember going through profiles trying to find someone to chat with and couldn’t find anyone that day. I almost never reached out to women who didn’t have a profile picture on their profile but I saw Sandy’s profile and sometime nudged me to make the contact.
  • Lil Chris Recently Turned 3

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    WOW how time flies. Jan 11, 2015, Lil Chris turned 3. I can remember somewhere around 10 AM Jan 11th, Sandy said I think my water broke. She wasn’t sure because the doctor just told us a few days before that 50% of women get that wrong when it happens and she was not having any contractions so we weren’t sure what we should do because he told us before we go to the ER to come by his office first but again no contractions. Well we decided to just relax and see and 2 hours later around 12PM she was walking in the living room and said do you think our lil boy could come today so jokingly I…
  • Welcome Message

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We wanted to welcome you to our new site. Sandy and I are glad you came by and hope that through our story we can inspire you to live yours because we all have a story to tell. Our mission is t o help you see that your story does matter and the world needs to hear it. We believe every person on this earth has a story and that story can make a difference. We believe that God created you to use your story in order to touch thousands of lives in your lifetime. You may think your story doesn’t matter much because you haven’t done much but whatever it is that you have done, you can…
  • Vision / Mission

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Living Our Story will help people see that their story does matter through Blogs, Books, CD’s, Music, Podcasts, Seminars etc… Everything we do will be helping people grow mentally, emotionally & spiritually and by doing this people will see the value they have to offer this world through their own unique powerful story. We all have a story to tell! The post Vision / Mission appeared first on Living Our Story.
  • About Us

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Welcome to our blog. This is an insight to some of the things that we love and believe in life. You will over time see our story shared with you as we post some of our thoughts about life, God and family and everything in between. We do not expect you to agree with everything you read on our blog but know that everything we write from how we see life to just basic things that are going on, we are writing from the bottom of our hearts. We are just a family who absolutely loves living life. We started this blog several years ago but then decided to shut it down and here we are relaunching this…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Failure – Personal Development Flavour of the Month.

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
      Flavour of the month Three years ago when I started writing about the values and strengths that are required to lead productive and successful lives, the importance of goals was the most well covered topic. There were a clutch of new books on the subject. It was a favourite with many bloggers and article writers. It was followed by purpose and mission, sometimes individually, at others as two parts of a whole. Now, failure seems to be a popular topic, sometimes combined with overcoming adversity or conquering obstacles, often on its own. The treatment of failure in the media takes…
  • Perseverance, Success and The Domino Effect.

    13 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    This post will look at perseverance, success and the domino effect, but first an explanation. The Domino Effect Last year my strategy was to publish two posts a week. I did that from May to November only missing a handful of scheduled posting dates. Comments on those posts, shares, retweets and mentions in social media tell me that most of them had some value for readers. I am not convinced they all did. I know that a few were not up to standard because at times, I was more committed to the schedule than creating valuable content. I originally started blogging back in 2010 after my heart…
  • A lesson in Perseverance and Persistence

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
      Michael Waltrip 2008 Toyota Camry A recent reference in the OMFG forum on Google + to a persistent NASCAR driver interested me so much that I decided to move away from stoicism as the topic for this post. I have never been a great fan of NASCAR racing. because I was influenced in my formative years by British themed TV coverage of motor sport. Formula 1, rallying and Le Mans 24 hour endurance races were standard weekend entertainment, not oval track or drag racing. Despite the lack of coverage, we were aware of the names of the major races in the USA,  the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis…
  • Elephants, Ants and lessons from Stoic Philosophy

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Elephants feature in many folk tales and metaphors. African Elephant               Two that are relevant: The modern one “The Elephant in The Room” And an old one from Africa: “Worrying about the ants when the elephants are stampeding.” In the previous post, I wrote about the book “The Obstacle is the Way”. It was an easy book to read and one I read in a couple of days. (affiliate link) I know that by reading it quickly I missed many important lessons, last week I started re-reading it, slowly, with an orange highlighter…
  • How Stoicism can Change Adversity to Opportunity

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    I bought myself a Christmas present on Amazon, the book “The Obstacle is The Way” by Ryan Holiday. It arrived on Friday, I finished it yesterday. It is a small book 5″ x 7″, only 200 pages. Easy to read. (affiliate link) The author includes many quotes from ancient Stoic philosophers, including Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca. He includes many references to more recent examples of Stoicism and enduring great hardship, overcoming huge adversity and becoming successful. Examples from more recent times, from the lives of John D Rockefeller, Ulysses Grant, Amelia…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Little Silver Miracles

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    I’ve been thinking about visual inspiration lately, as I tackle KING PESO, the 4th Emilia Cruz mystery. Thankfully, Mexico is replete with visual cues to creativity, from large (the Basilica GO → The post Little Silver Miracles appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Boxing Up a Mystery Series

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    She came back a moment later with a box decorated in the traditional rayada carved lacquer technique. It was the size of a loaf of bread and the bottom was GO → The post Boxing Up a Mystery Series appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • How Selling Books is like Choosing Wine

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Walking through the grocery store the other day, I had an epiphany: books and wine have a lot in common. Besides the obvious benefits of having both, of course. Too GO → The post How Selling Books is like Choosing Wine appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Book Review: The Orphan Uprising

    7 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Orphan Uprising is the riveting last book in the Orphan Trilogy by the father-and-son writing duo of Lance and James Morcan from New Zealand. I hear they are making GO → The post Book Review: The Orphan Uprising appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Inspiration for a Thriller

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    One of the most often-asked questions for a mystery and thriller author is “Where does your inspiration come from?” Funny you should ask . . . We were invited to a GO → The post Inspiration for a Thriller appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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  • mr. * moves to yangon

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:08 am
    here’s a post by mr * (i’m told to reveal nothing).  mr. * recently took a flight to a location of the jake, for a little visit with the guru.  expertly hiding his disappointment in ensuing realities of jake being just another dude, mr * spent a few days before setting sail to the previously and […] The post mr. * moves to yangon appeared first on cedonulli.
  • i’ve got 99 problems but my thyroid ain’t one

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:19 am
    doctors.  general practitioners, in particular.  the singing, dancing, trained monkeys of the pharmaceutical industry. you think i’m understating their abilities? it’s true.  yes, med school.  it’s a serious feat.  big commitment.  how much do you remember from college?  5% gets thrown around as a number.  i’d say it’s high. so where does doctor ongoing education […] The post i’ve got 99 problems but my thyroid ain’t one appeared first on cedonulli.
  • frankie goes to hollywood

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    don’t.  just .. don’t. — not frankie.  and not to hollywood. recently met up though with ‘Gulliver’ from ze comments, aka Mr. M.  dude man passing through, from the U.S., with lots of crazy stories.  making a zillion dollars picking fruit or constructing tunnel things in australia.  driving a hundred dollar wreck of a motorbike […] The post frankie goes to hollywood appeared first on cedonulli.
  • procre … what?!

    22 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    remember this? yea.  so the girl got pregnant despite perfectly well executed pullings of the outings.  and then this happened, by which the girl took the flush-its pill without consulting your empirical highness of genetic lottery winnings. and that should have been the end of it. but then it turns out that not only is […] The post procre … what?! appeared first on cedonulli.
  • compare yourself to others

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:17 pm
    lest not be deceived, those aren’t actually cows.  they’re backpacker dude’s gender equalized girlfriends, out for a mid day snack. — 7am.  the coffee shop is finally open.  two hours ago, 5am, bus arrived after the usual 8 hours of torture.  6am a pho place was open for an early snack.  no luck with hotels for a […] The post compare yourself to others appeared first on cedonulli.
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • My First Hostgator Affiliate Payout

    Rambo Ruiz
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    The post My First Hostgator Affiliate Payout is written by Rambo Ruiz Who’s not excited whenever Paypal sends you an email right? Well this morning I was checking my emails, a normal morning routine for a Virtual Assistant, and was surprised to have received one from Paypal notifying me that Hostgator has sent me my affiliate payout. See video below: In a nutshell, Affiliate Marketing is promoting other people’s products or services and receiving certain percentage from the sales you made as your commission. And Hostgator, a hosting company that I highly recommend, have an…
  • Finally: Now You Can Edit Captions on Instagram

    Rambo Ruiz
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    The post Finally: Now You Can Edit Captions on Instagram is written by Rambo Ruiz It happens to the best of us. You’ve crafted the perfect Instagram caption along with carefully selected hashtags. And then you spot it: You used “your” instead of “you’re.” You have two options: Delete and repost, or let it slide? Thankfully that conundrum is a thing of the past. With its latest update, Instagram is giving users the ability to edit captions after they’ve been posted. Whether you make a typo or come up with a better caption, you are now free to edit. Instagram is also making…
  • Social Media Tricks for Networking and Marketing

    Rambo Ruiz
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    The post Social Media Tricks for Networking and Marketing is written by Rambo Ruiz If you ask a business owner what’s his highest converting marketing effort, or by simply conducting a careful observation on how you end up purchasing a product, you can conclude that it’s mostly through referrals. On this post I will share ideas on how to use social media in marketing your business. I will only be sharing the ones that I personally tried for my Web Design service. “Social media is the new word of mouth“   1. Join in active groups or communities and Add Value Look…
  • Hangout with Rochefel – Running a Virtual Assistant Business

    Rambo Ruiz
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The post Hangout with Rochefel – Running a Virtual Assistant Business is written by Rambo Ruiz I have had the opportunity to be interviewed by Rochefel of Professional VA. In our hangout we discussed important points on how we started as Virtual Assistants ourselves and how we eventually turned it into a business. On specifics we answered the following questions: How did you started your Virtual Assistant business? How do I manage my team members? What do I think about people calling Filipino VAs as “cheap” VAs? How do I market my Virtual Assistant service? How important is…
  • Five Web Design Ideas for Startups

    Rambo Ruiz
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    The post Five Web Design Ideas for Startups is written by Rambo Ruiz Online advertising and the use of social media for marketing are now essential for a startup, and in fact for any businesses. As a business owner this means having an outstanding website is an integral piece in establishing your brand. As a website designer for over four years let me share with you five web design ideas for startups. 1. Keep it simple and direct As a new business you are poking your customers for the first time so keep your website simple, direct and user-friendly. You don’t want to intimidate your…
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    Lone Prairie

  • Why American Airlines sucks.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Some of us started to cry. Not because the journey was never ending, but because you can be told that you are not a human being only so many times. — Gary Shtenyngart, writing about American Airlines: “A Trans-Atlantic Trip Turns Kafkaesque“ When you are traveling, the last thing you want is for your flight to be cancelled. Do you remember the scene from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where he and his father think they have made their escape on a blimp only to have it turn around and head back towards the Nazis? Yes, I dropped the Nazi reference that early…
  • The modern hired gun really does use the mightier pen.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    The pen is mightier than the sword, particularly when activated during a small-town city council meeting. It was several years ago when some friends had asked me to come and take notes at a public meeting. This might seem an odd request, since I lived nowhere near this town, but I had been a newspaper reporter, was familiar with taking notes at city meetings, and they had been in conflict with the city representatives for quite some time. “Sure,” I said. This, mind you, happened back in November, 2005, but I recently found my completed nine-page summary of notes and research in…
  • What a $5 airport security clearance looks like.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:23 pm
    It is unlikely I will ever understand or get over the security badge procedure at the Bismarck Airport by which employees, pilots, and anyone who needs to have access to the general aviation and public airport, a.k.a. Airport Operations Area (AOA), are given permission to do so. First, let me give you my naive assumptions on security: You want to know who is on your property. You want to keep records that are accurate and easily accessible. You want to encourage the “boots on the ground” public to participate. Your ultimate goal is to make sure people don’t harm people and…
  • Everything I need to know about people I learned from The Black Stallion.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    From The Black Stallion series I learned, as a child, about furlongs and weighted saddles and Alec Ramsey. And I learned about the different kinds of horses. There are cold bloods, warm bloods, and hot bloods. The cold bloods get the job done, steady and faithful, without the flash. They take up a lot of space; they’re bulky and slow. They plod along in fields, pulling plows and wagons. If they’re lucky, they get to pull a beer wagon and make people feel nostalgic when watching the commercial. These are the horses that pulled weapons of war before the combustion engine, the…
  • Everyone is building a database on you. Here’s how to hack it.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    There are two problems to discuss when it comes to hacking the databases businesses are building with your information. The first problem begins with the word “hack” which is starting to become this generation’s “it was a dark and stormy night.” It is used instead of more accurate words and phrases like “work-around” or “alternative” or “method” or “use” because it is cacophonous, made of one syllable, makes people think you’re ingenious, and whatever other reason you might come up with for hacking the word…
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    Somewhere Out There

  • Blog Entry #1: Korea Livin'

    Elbert Kim
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    Greetings from Seoul!Quick update to anyone who once followed this blog before I stopped making any real updates- I got really busy out of nowhere.  I do plan on updating my blog frequently now that I've made the goal to write 2-3 posts per week for you all to enjoy.  Mainly so that I can get back into my creative groove, and partially because I know how much you miss my writing (just kidding).So, what have I been up to for the past year?Well, I stopped and stayed in India for way longer than I thought that I would.  I lived in New Delhi for about 5 months or so helping my…
  • Traveling to Amritsar

    Elbert Kim
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:44 am
    I usually recount my travels in video format, but since my GoPro was dead for the entire 7 hours that I was in Amritsar, I decided to make a blog post highlighting the places that I visited. I hopped on a night bus from Delhi that I booked off of, which is like the Indian version of Tripadvisor, and I left in the evening in order to arrive in Amritsar in the early morning.  The bus ride was about 7 to 8 hours and it went by as fast as closing and opening my eyes because I was passed out for the entire ride.  The next thing I knew a dark figure with a…
  • A Word From a Budget Traveler: Money Hurts

    Elbert Kim
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    A huge concern for a lot of travelers is whether a trip abroad is feasible to someone that lives on a budget.  Luckily, because a lot of developing countries have a cheaper standard of living, it's totally possible to plan out a trip overseas without having to be a cha-millionaire.  There are a lot of beautiful regions to visit as a budget traveler that'll have you experiencing a lot without emptying your pockets.  Regions like:Southeast Asiawow, they put your face on stuffLatin AmericaJesus waiting for a hugAfricalive action Lion KingAs a budget traveler myself, I've been…
  • What's In My Pack?: India

    Elbert Kim
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I'm in the midst of packing for my trip to India and I decided to create a short video about what I'm bringing along with me.  I'm still stressing out and I'm pretty sure that I'll be packing late into the night. Here's what I got so far, check out what is in my pack for India:
  • What's In My Backpack?: Southeast Asia

    Elbert Kim
    2 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    I was messaging with a friend about travel logistics and I realized that a common concern for a lot of beginning travelers is what to bring along with them for their trip.  Well, luckily, I got some experience with this so I put together a comprehensive list of everything that you will possibly need to survive in Southeast Asia. Please note that I used the word "survive" because I'll be listing the necessities for travel, everything else is just extra that you'll have to decide on for yourself. Now that that's cleared up, here's my list of the necessary supplies:Hiking Backpack: You'll…
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  • 7 Great Reasons To Love Thailand

    Claire Vorster
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:10 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF87 Great Reasons To Love Thailand By Claire Vorster What’s so great about Thailand?  For a start, it’s smack dab in the center of everything – a quick hop from Singapore, Hong Kong or Bali and half way between Europe and Australia. The kingdom of Thailand has a fascinating history and is the only Southeast Asian nation never to have been colonized by European powers. Located just 15 degrees north of the equator, Thailand has a tropical climate, with temperatures varying between 19 to 38 degrees. If you are a first time traveller or a veteran, this wonderful country…
  • Travel Tips to Help you Enjoy the New Premium Economy Flights to Sydney

    Claire Vorster
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:08 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Travel Tips to Help you Enjoy the New Premium Economy Flights to Sydney By Claire Vorster From 9 August 2015, customers travelling on select flights from Singapore to Sydney will be the first to experience the new Premium Economy Class.  “Many of our customers’ suggestions have been incorporated into the new product, and we are confident it will be well received by travellers who are looking for more features – in the seat design, in-flight offerings and exclusive privileges – all underpinned by the exceptional service that SIA is well known for, both on the ground and in…
  • Singapore Road Traffic Act Starting Feb 1

    Paul Cypert
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Singapore Road Traffic Act Starting Feb 1 By Paul Cypert A notice to all drivers.  Updated laws which passed on Sept 82014 will begin enforcement this February. What does that mean for drivers? Well hopefully all drivers are already safe and these won’t affect at all But here’s a breakdown of the main points anyway: If you’re holding a mobile device (phone or tablet) for any reason you will be found guilty of committing an offence.  This doesn’t just mean talking on phones. Any kind of interaction on any portable, digital device will be seen as impairing…
  • 7 Tips for Those Thinking of Taking a Career Break

    Claire Vorster
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF87 Tips for Those Thinking of Taking a Career Break By Claire Vorster Feeling like your life is on hold or stuck in your job? Maybe it’s time to plan a career break.  If the thought of leaving your desk fills you with a mix of happiness and dread, you are not alone. We like normal. But far from stalling your career, a career break can take your working life to a new, improved level. Sure, there are practical things to think about: should you leave your job or agree to take a sabbatical? Should you rent or sell your house? What about the dog? None of these are intractable…
  • Are Electric Motorcycles the Future of Riding in Singapore

    Paul Cypert
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Are Electric Motorcycles the Future of Riding in Singapore By Paul Cypert Almost every major manufacturer, and quite a few upstarts, are beginning to reveal their bikes of the future.  It makes sense. The cost of Petrol will only continue to rise over the years. In crowded, growing cities traffic is already bordering on miserable. And studies have shown that having 25% of road traffic switch to bikes can eliminate congestion altogether! So in the future we need to have more bikes and as many of them as possible running on alternative fuel. Harley has its new Project Livewire…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • The Prodigal Us

    Rey Lo
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    By now you may have heard about Katy Perry tweeting a Bible verse before her Super Bowl performance a couple of Sundays ago. Before anyone in Christendom starts to stake a claim on Perry, I’ll be the first to say that this probably doesn’t mean much more than, before a pretty big career moment, she […]
  • I see.

    Rey Lo
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    “What you don’t see with your eyes don’t invent with your mouth.” My friend Marcella posted the words of Judge Judy on a meme as a status update. They made me chuckle at first then I started letting them sink in. What an intriguing concept. What if all of us spent one day only speaking that […]
  • Through a lens

    Rey Lo
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein Sometimes I judge someone else by their ability to be like me and that’s just wrong. It’s not that I cannot see people in a certain […]
  • Guest Post: Are we done?

    Rey Lo
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In recent weeks a lot of digital ink has been spent discussing an emerging demographic in Christianity.  A growing number of believers are walking away from their local churches. But these are not people only nominally involved with their local church. These aren’t “pew warmers”. They aren’t people abandoning their faith. They are the people who are often the most involved attendees and […]
  • Why being the smartest person in the room doesn’t matter

    Rey Lo
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    We’ve heard it before. Perception is everything. It’s true in politics, news reporting, relationships, religion…there is nothing observable that is not tainted by how we perceive it. This was never more apparent to me than in the time surrounding last year’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. Individual biases from both sides, media commentary, social […]
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    Princess Burlap

  • Leavin’, On a (Belize-Bound) Jetplane

    Princess Burlap
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    Firstly, thank you for all of the emails and comments and messages and support for the exciting news about his book. If you missed those two, he was first named an official nominee for an award which is not unlike the Academy Award for horror writers. Then, his book was placed on the Amazon Bestseller List, next to some legends of the craft. He read each and every one and they were all so loved and appreciated.   Now, to market. It’s that time again, where my love for sights unseen and lands unwandered outmaneuvers (if only by inches) my paralyzing fear of flying. You know how much…
  • Bestseller List: When Your Husband Sits Next to Stephen King

    Princess Burlap
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    This post, needs no words. Save for these. We just learned that Blue Eyes made the Amazon Bestseller List in three categories. #10 Thriller/Suspense > Occult, #31 in Horror > Occult, and #49 in Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult. And in that one, he’s one slot behind Stephen King’s Full Dark No Stars. And two slots behind Anne Rice. Dear dreams, you do sometimes come true.   The post Bestseller List: When Your Husband Sits Next to Stephen King appeared first on Princess Burlap.
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  • How to get rid of dark spots

    22 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Be it male or female, no one likes rough, patchy or tired-looking skin. Many people suffer from various skin problems such as acne, pimples and dark spots. Also, with age people’s skin begins to develop open or enlarged pores making the skin look tired and old. Although there are numerous skin care products on the market that promise to give you smooth and flawless skin, they can be expensive and some even have harsh ingredients that can damage your skin. Luckily, your skin can become smooth and clear with the help of some readily available natural ingredients. Here are the top 10 ways to…
  • Worry over physical beauty

    Nigel Ogbuchi
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    It marvels me when I see some girls complain that they are not beautiful or that they don’t look good. It is very funny to say the least because if you really know what ‘beautiful’ is, you will understand that everyone is beautiful in one way or the other. Why will a living human being created in the image and likeness God almighty say that he/she is not attractive or presentable? This is very irritating to me. It means you don’t know yourself. You don’t understand yourself. Often times, this self-condemnation makes some girls desist from grasping opportunities…
  • Support

    Cynthia Ohanwe
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    I used to think that all giant trees have very deep root system, not until I embarked on a journey that brought me at the foot of Sequoia Trees. The Giant Sequoia tree grows about 200ft-300ft high, but guess what… Its root is only 3ft below the ground. Now this question goes on my mind; how do these trees withstand windstorm and other related causes? I went further to make research on how these Giant trees could stand so strong, having only a root system of 3ft supporting about 300ft growth. After my research, I observed that the root system extended extensively in horizontal…
  • Focus

    Cynthia Ohanwe
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    In a particular kingdom, a man was commanded by the king to carry a bucket of water which was filled to the brim and was asked to go round the kingdom seven times with the bucket of water on his head. He was warned that if any water drops to the ground it will attract great punishment. So many crowds in the kingdom gathered to watch him, as he carried the water on his head. He went the first round, no water poured out. He went the second round, nothing dropped to the ground. He went the third round, the fourth round, the fifth round, and the sixth round, nothing dropped to the ground. Now the…
  • Skin Beauty- How to Make Your Skin Glow

    Raphael Nweke
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    Do you feel bad about your skin? Do you long for a naturally gorgeous complexion? Do you want to see your skin complexion come aglow again? Try these tips for a perfect skin beauty. Wash your face at night: Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil build up on your face. Make cleansing your skin part of your bedtime routine. Use makeup remover. Not only does this prevent it from clogging up your pores and causing breakouts while you sleep, it also stops you from smearing bacteria on your pillow. Exfoliate once a week: Clear out dead skin cells. Find an exfoliant that has a super fine…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… a Graphic Designer?

    Gill Andrews
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    This post is for subscribers-only. To get access to it, subscribe or check your emails if you are a subscriber already. Password: The post What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… a Graphic Designer? appeared first on True Stories with Gill.
  • How to Become a Freelance Writer. A Story of One Career.

    Gill Andrews
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    How to become a freelance writer online? Is a degree important? Where to find jobs? How to pitch an idea? An interview with a freelance writer and editor Angela Alcorn. Do you also sometimes think that being an adult sucks? That all this unlimited access to candy and late night shows is not worth it? All these responsibilities and decision making! There isn’t a day where you don’t have to decide about things. Whether to move to another city. Which insurance to buy. What apartment to take. Groceries, babies, pets. And most importantly, what to have for dinner. But it all starts…
  • True Stories Has Turned One. Let’s Celebrate… YOU!

    Gill Andrews
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I’m really bad at remembering anniversaries. If I was a guy, I’m pretty sure I would be in serious trouble. But since I’m not a guy with the cooking skills that can make up for pretty much everything, I’m safe for now. Anyhow. A couple of weeks ago I casually remembered that True Stories turned one year this January. So I decided to break the tradition of “noneversaries” and make a post to honor this remarkable event. Is this a place where I’m supposed to say how quickly this year has passed by? Well, it seems like my long-term memory is also not the…
  • Abusive Relationship: Why Doesn’t She Just Leave Him? A Story of One Battered Wife.

    Gill Andrews
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    What are the first signs of an abusive relationship? Who is at a greater risk to marry an abuser? What can you do if you see your friend or family member stuck in a cycle of abuse? An interview with Trudy Grossman, a former battered wife. The ringing of the phone on the nightstand finally pulled her out of her sleep. She automatically reached for the receiver. It was Brad, her husband’s boss, inquiring whether Lionel was planing to show up at work today. She looked at the clock. 5:30 in the morning. Strange. She distinctly remembered seeing her husband in his milk delivery uniform…
  • Leading You Out of the Darkness. A Story of One Blind Blogger.

    Gill Andrews
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    How do blind people surf online, prepare their meals, go for shopping? Can being blind be an advantage? Do blind people have different attitude to life? How can a blind person start a blog and an online business? An interview with Maxwell Ivey, a blind blogger, entrepreneur and life coach. Max Ivey is blind. Born with perfect vision, he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease when he was 4 years old. He lost his vision completely by the age of 13. He was never a skinny child, which earned him a lot of nasty names shouted by the other kids: “Max Factor”, “Maxwell house”, “Big…
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    Chicken Road Diaries

  • Feed cats for free this Feline Friday

    HJ Blenkinsop
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    I love this idea! Click on the link and The Animal Rescue Site give bowls of food to animal shelters all over the country.Costs you (the clicker) nothing. Cats get free dinner. Win! I wondered why the clicks are free, or in other words, where does the money come from. On their site they say: "In just a few seconds each day, visitors can click on the large colored button on each home page and, at no cost to them, support causes they care about. Donations are paid for by the website's sponsors and distributed by and its charity partners.  To learn more about current…
  • Rocket Cat! Medieval Siege Cats

    HJ Blenkinsop
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Jetpack Ninja Kitty Attacks Castle?Perhaps...This illustration from 1584 forms part of a manual on artillery and siege warfare by Franz Helm, an artillery master from Cologne.The image, available from Wikipedia Commons, is described as an, "Illustration of a cat and a dove carrying incendiary devices towards a fortified town."But why?The German manual suggests the rocket cat can be used to, "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise."The theory being, if you capture a cat from within the enemy's walls and attach an incendiary device to it, the cat will run home, setting…
  • Morning Bites!

    HJ Blenkinsop
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Miracle - hiding her head in shame? Probably not.I woke about 8.30am with Miracle snuggled next to me, her whiskers tickling my face... I got up and still in my long nightdress, went to check my email. She jumped into my lap for more snuggles as usual. Sadly (for me as it would turn out), I had to move her as coffee beaconed... I knew it was wrong, sinful even to move a seated cat and said this to Miracle as I ousted her from my lap. She dropped on the floor like a loosed bowling ball. I had walked only a couple of steps when, in one ninja movement, she screamed, ducked her head…
  • Review: Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth

    HJ Blenkinsop
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living, By Steve BivansFrustrated with the way corporations are destroying our Earth for a profit? Dismayed at a political system that fails to do anything about it? Feeling a lack of community, connectedness or even humour in the face of these challenges? If you’re feeling powerless to affect positive change on the planet, you’re not alone.In Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living, Steve Bivans takes the reader on a journey and lays out, step by step, how you can save the Earth from exactly…
  • Krampus: Anti-Santa or St. Nick’s Sidekick?

    HJ Blenkinsop
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Coal in your stocking? Potatoes in your shoes? Well, if you’re naughty this Christmas, the Krampus might stuff you into a sack and carry off for dinner - his, not yours!Who is this Krampus and where does he come from?Old card, Greetings from KrampusThe Krampus, Grampus or Bartel is a shaggy, demonic figure with pagan roots in Austria, Germany and the surrounding countries.  Instead of giving gifts to good little girls and boys like Santa, he bags the naughty ones and carries them off.Devil-like with goat horns, cloven hooves, and a tongue any Kiss fan would envy, he erupts onto…
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    Life's Due Diligence

  • 10 Jobs You Won’t Believe Exist

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    We all seek that dream career, but most of us don’t find the perfect one. If you’re looking to move into an odd line of work that still pays the bills, this list is for you! 10. People Pusher Ever wanted to push people around all day and get paid for it? We’re not talking about becoming a power-hungry manager, but instead, a people pusher. If you’ve ever been to Tokyo, you’ll know that their subway system is swamped with people. So many people that any person with even a mild case of claustrophobia will freak out. This became a career in the 50’s and has…
  • 10 Facts You Never Knew About Your Favorite Celebrities

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    We all have celebrities that we think we know everything about. Their lives are all over tabloids and websites, but you’d be surprised about what you haven’t heard. Hear are ten mind-blowing facts about celebrities.   10. David Copperfield Magician David Copperfield had just finished a show and was walking with two of his female assistants when a car full of teenagers pulled up next to them. Two armed people jumped out of the car with weapons and demanded money. While his assistants immediately handed over their money and purses,  Mr. Copperfield refused and did something…
  • 10 Facts You Definitely Haven’t Heard Before

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    We have ten more facts for you that we bet you haven’t heard before. Check them out and be sure to share them with friends! 1. The first president of Zimbabwe was President Banana. 2. 8.2% of Norwegians eat tacos every single Friday. 3. Dolly Parton thinks it is so important that every child has books to read that she started a foundation that will mail children a free age-appropriate book every month from birth to their 5th birthday. 4. The last two speakers of a dying Mexican language, Ayapaneco, refused to speak to each other because they didn’t like each other. 5. Plastic…
  • 5 Cheap Ways To Make Your House Look Expensive

    6 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    In this day and age, we’re all looking to make upgrades to our house without paying an arm and a leg. If you like them, be sure to share! 1. Change the outlet covers. A simple way to upgrade any room in the house is to change the coverson the outlets. It hardly costs anything and can brighten up any room and even make them more modern. The following picture is a product at Lowe’s and by a company named Legrand. They’re very nice and they have matching sets for lights and outlets that come in almost every color you can think of. 2. Swap out door handles. Doing this is easy…
  • 10 Mouth-Watering Drink Recipes

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    Here are 10 drink recipes that will have you drooling and wanting more. Be sure to share them with friends and family! And remember these drinks contain alcohol so drink responsibly. 1. All-Purpose Eggnog 8 Large eggs, separated 1 cup Powdered sugar 16 oz Dark rum (can substitute bourbon or brandy, or a mix) 1.5 pints Whole milk 1 pint Heavy cream 2 teaspoons Freshly grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon Almond extract (optional) Garnish: Freshly grated nutmeg Glass: Punch or tea cups In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat egg yolks at medium-high speed until thick and pale yellow. Slowly…
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    Isobel's Creative Spaces

  • Mid-week Check in: Attending a Reading

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Last night I attended a reading for the first time in my life (as far as I can remember). It was the through what is called the ChiSeries (Chiaroscuro Reading and Workshop Series) Ottawa. The ChiSeries organisers brought in three highly acclaimed Canadian Horror writers who are currently doing a tour across Canada known as The […]
  • Candle Light After a Tragic Week

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Normally, I like to focus on positive things on my blog but I feel I need to write this post as a small remembrance. This week has been a terribly tragic one in Canada for children. From what I’ve heard in the news we’ve lost at least 6 children in various parts of the country in […]
  • Sunday Check-in: Reading and War

    22 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    I missed the last check-in…accidentally on purpose. I really didn’t have anything to report so I figured I’d just leave it. Today, although I don’t have any update on my WIP (work in progress), I do have a book I need to tell you about. Now, don’t get all excited that this is a newly […]
  • Fantasy Homes: Treehouses

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:51 pm
    I’m tired tonight so I’ll leave this post to your imagination. I think we’ve all dreamed of our ultimate treehouse. The company, BlueForest, in England (of course) actually builds really cool ones in real life! A tree house, a free house, A secret you and me house, A high up in the leafy branches Cozy […]
  • ROW80 Sunday Check-in and PiP Update

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Oops! I missed the check-in yesterday. I don’t have any updates on my WIP. This was my last weekend before starting work again. I got all of my freezer meals done, saw my friends, and just generally got organised. I also managed to find some time to relax and I felt that writing could wait […]
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • Tuesday Motivation!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:31 pm
  • Friday Motivation!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
  • Road to success EP59!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:32 am
    Eduarda's Road To Success:Name: Eduarda Loureiro Occupation: Blogger and Graphic DesignerGoals: We all have different goals in life depending on what stages we are in. As of now, one of my main goals is to find a job as a Graphic Designer in New York City. Secondly, take my blog as high up as I can and work on it the best way I can - I consider it my full time job! Thirdly, I want to be able to transform this into my career because it's one of the things I really love doing and feel very strongly about.  What is success? "Success, Success can be defined many ways. I don't feel…
  • Thursday Motivation!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Join Me for Coffee – Phone or Skype

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Beginning on February 26, I am going to devote Thursday’s to connecting and reconnecting with people. Every single Thursday I will be engaging in 20 minute phone or Skype calls (gayla.baer) that can be about business, blogging, the weather, or just about anything you care to discuss. I love meeting and helping people! Working from home gives me little opportunity to get out and socialize much, so I’m taking a tip from a friend who has organized something very similar. Here’s a link to set up a time for us to chat. This is NOT about sales pitches of any kind, from you or me. That…
  • Never EVER Open Emails from Your Bank – Here’s Why!

    9 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      I Just received this email that really looks like it’s from my bank. When I looked at the title, I thought maybe there had been updates and I had to authorize something for my online payment options. That didn’t last long. As I ALWAYS do – I placed my mouse over the link to reveal what is shown in the lower left corner. Obviously that is NOT from my bank. The next thing I noticed was the email address – again, obviously NOT from my bank. When you get a notice that LOOKS like it’s from your bank, go to the website and log in – if you have messages from your bank – they…
  • Fight the Winter Blues with These Helpful Hints

    8 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The cold and stormy weather, the cabin fever and the early darkness make winter a miserable time for many people. The winter blues are known to affect many people, and if you don’t know how to overcome them, it could cause you to suffer from severe depression. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can fight the winter blues. If you are known to become moody and miserable during the winter, use the following three tips to help you combat the winter blues and get back to your normal happy self. 1. Watch what you eat. During the holidays, you’re surrounded by parties that contain…
  • Christmas Party Animals – Hilarious Video

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Freshpet says all the animals in the video are rescue pets at the Humane Society of Utah. The two teams were brought together by ShareAbility, a Utah-based brand agency that created the video for FreshPet. While it’s obviously an advertisement for pet food, the company says it created the video to highlight how amazing rescue dogs and cats can be when you add them to your family. What’s more, the company promises to pay the adoption fees for any of the animals seen in the video if someone adopts them. Watch the video – share it – enjoy the laughs and get inspired to bring a…
  • Counting Blessings and Reflecting on Valued Friends

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    God has a funny way of making people realize what’s most important! Over the last few days, I have been so consumed with Christmas gifts, work, wrapping, cleaning and furnace repairs – I found myself getting stressed, trying to figure out how I was going to pull off so many items on my To-Do List, that I lost track of what is most important in life, around me. A couple of weeks ago, I received message from a dear friend, letting me know that a mutual friend was battling advanced stage cancer. I reflected on memories and felt bad for a bit, but as normal humans do, we tend to…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • Writing a will for your FB account

    Regina Antony
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Regina Antony:Neat now I can auction of my social media network to get some cash!! Originally posted on Regina Antony: So up until now when I have been thinking of what all I need to put down in my will, my social media accounts never made it there. However after reading this article from Mashable, I just might have to!! View original 234 more words
  • The Tampon Run – Damn yes!

    Regina Antony
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    I think this is one game they should actively be providing free to kids in school!! In sex ed classes let them play with this game. I wish for a time when tampons and periods and menstrual activity is not such a bloody hush hush activity. In my friends house they do not even speak about it, if men are around. Like seriously what is the big deal. Alright but this is not what bothers me more, what bothers me is how it is considered dirty! I mean seriously, WHAT IS THE BLOODY BIG DEAL!! Ok so what am i talking about – well these two lovely lasses (17-year-old Sophie…
  • Adult Cereals

    Regina Antony
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
  • Forthcoming Marriages & Deaths!! :-)

    Regina Antony
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    Benedict Cumberbatch Is Getting Married and it has obviously hit a lot of the members of the CumberFandom quite hard! You can see how much!! Forthcoming Marriages & Deaths!!
  • Eat Like Death Row Inmates?? Would you?

    Regina Antony
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    News of a London pop-up restaurant called Death Row Dinners (tagline: “Eat like it’s your last meal on earth”) went viral. The dinners were presented by anonymous organizers who identified only as Dirty Dishes. A flashy Web site displayed black-and-white mug shots of inmates wearing letter boards around their necks. Instead of booking information, the boards displayed historical last-meal menus: “Wild rabbit, biscuits with rabbit gravy, blackberry pie”; “burger, 2 hard boiled eggs, baked potato, 3 shots Jack Daniels, coffee.” A mission statement read: “If you love food, then…
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    Spending It All

  • Spacelife Jacket
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Inspired from a classic spacesuit, Spacelife Jacket is an excellent choice for keeping yourself warm. It is made out of trilobal fiber that is both water proof and light reflecting. It also features built-in speakers in the hood that you can control via Bluetooth or via the built-in remote on the sleeve that also, enables you to control your phone. This jacket is perfect for any space lover.     The post Spacelife Jacket appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Solar Charger Backpack
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Take your Solar Charger Backpack with you the next time you go to the outdoors. It features a high efficient 7-watt solar panel that ensures unlimited power for all your devices. It also boasts an 1.8L hydration pack with a spill-proof bite guard to keep you hydrated on your adventures. The backpack has multiple pockets so you can carry all your essentials like maps, documents and other necessary gear.     The post Solar Charger Backpack appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Tao Gym Chair
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Wouldn’t it be great if you could exercise while just lounging in your living room? Tao Gym Chair tries to make that happen by allowing you to work out while sitting down. It allows you to do a variety of core exercises like presses, leg lifts, curls, depending on the position of your body. It also features built in sensors that help monitor how many calories your burn through the screen located on the right armrest. It also comes with a smartphone app that coaches you through a variety of different workouts while enjoying the comfort of your own chair. This is definitely the dream…
  • Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Regular flash drives are convenient but risky when lost. The Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive offers secure access through its built-in keypad by inputting a passcode. This device supports admin and user independent pins and it features a military grade hardware encryption. The drive automatically locks when removed from the USB 2.0 port and it’s dust and water resistant due to its aluminum housing. The post Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Whiskey Bullets
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Shaped like bullets, these Whiskey Bullets not only look cool, but they are also used to chill your favorite drink without diluting the flavor. From whiskey to wine, these bullets have rounded cube edges preventing scratches, they are easy to clean and they stay at the bottom of your glass chilling your whiskey.   The post Whiskey Bullets appeared first on Spending It All.
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    Icarus Green

  • Why are they Dumbing Down School?

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Picture in your mind the average or ideal Western school classroom. 15 students, of which: 12.6 students will be adequate or exceed the existing educational requirements and 2.4 students will not be able to cope (according to a normal bell curve distribution of IQ and its documented relation to academic capability). How will we design an education system knowing this? The answer it seems to be from policy makers in the education area around the Western world – the people that train teachers, design the curriculum and moderate the examination results – is to drag the 2.4 students…
  • The Open Society and its Enemies

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Immigration. My Achilles heel. Its been a subject I’ve been avoiding for a while but at this point it is necessary to explore the issue and come to a rough stance on this topic. Liberals often get mischaracterised as supporting unlimited quantities of immigration (the qualities of immigration I will speak to below), conservatives of a certain class hate it perhaps even more than taxes.   Background Migration in the world has risen 66% since 1990. Since then, the world population has grown roughly 20%. Migration is rising faster than world population growth. Of course, the…
  • The Truth About Success

    6 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Many years ago I read a book called ‘The Science of Getting Rich‘ by Wallace D. Wattles. This book was extremely obscure back in the halcyon days of the early internet (in Europe) in 2001 for those that stumbled upon it. Proper Alternet stuff. It was later to gain some notoriety as the inspiration for the much more commercially successful and well known book ‘The Secret’. Let me distil the mantra of these cornerstones of the self-help movement into 2 words – positive thinking. Taking a literal interpretation of these two books is of course, stupid. Putting…
  • Political Correctness and Sedition

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    “Political Correctness”…it is almost laughably Orwellian. The term itself reflects the deep slide of modern liberalism into the muddy depths of identity politics. It always seems that the small screeching minority who give a shit seem to consist of far more people not from the racial, religious or gender group concerned. I’m irritated by what some modern liberals equate “liberalism” to – helping minorities. I’m not against this to an extent (speaking as a minority) but let’s be clear – gay marriage, affirmative action, allowing the…
  • The Way of the Psychopath

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Psychopathy is an enduring phenomenon throughout human history. It is both the pinnacle of individuality and often success, yet lies in the pit of our fears about human nature. While we are ostensibly terrified by it, we maintain a morbid fascination in these creatures (as seen in recent movies like Gone Girl). Many women have sexual fascinations with male psychopaths (which I will explain). And some men harbour wishful thoughts of being them. The truth is that we may never know a psychopath personally (they are only about 4% of the population), will never know what it’s like to be one,…
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • He Stills the Storm to A Whisper: An Unforgettable Boat Ride (Story with A Lesson)

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:49 pm
    From the forthcoming He Stills the Storm to A Whisper. For age group 4-17.An Unforgettable Boat RideHe stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psa 107:29 NIV)One day, the Bible tells us in Luke 8:22, Jesus got into a boat with His disciples. There were many times that Jesus chose to have a boat ride along with His disciples. If you have been on a boat sometime, you may remember it as a very pleasurable experience. But, for those who have travelled in a boat many times, almost everyday, the ride is as common as going to school in a school van, car, or an…
  • Is God the Author of Sin?

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:02 am
    Forthcoming in ChristianTrends The answer, obviously, is “No!” God is not the author of sin. However, it is not an answer as easily agreed upon as stated.Answering the CalvinistThe extreme Calvinists that are committed to the once-saved-forever-saved doctrine of eternal security, for instance, maintain that it was God Himself who ordained the sin and fall of Adam. In his The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (1932), Loraine Boettner wrote: “Even the fall of Adam, and through him the fall of the race, was not by chance or accident, but was so ordained in the secret counsels of God.”…
  • He Sees Me, I See Light! - Poem

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Why do the stones disappear when I try to place my foot on them and walk?Why when I raise my sails, the winds suddenly, unhesitatingly stop?Why do I find out I am late, when I am excited that time hasn't been lost?Why is there such painful silence, when all I want to hear is a voice?Why is the heaven above so stony cold when I want to feel its heart?Why is the fire of hell so bold as a fiery, piercing dart?Why can't the Savior be seen anywhere when the going seems so hard?Why, O why, I ask while doubts assail my solitary thoughts.But, dark as it seems the coldest hour of the night,I know He…
  • The Testimony of Christ About Himself

    14 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Jesus didn’t just make claims like “I am the Bread of Life” (Jn.6:48), “I am the Light of the world”(Jn.8:12), “I am the Gate” (Jn.10:9), “I am the Good Shepherd” (Jn.10:11), “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (Jn.11:25), and “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn.14:6); Jesus also invited examination of His claims. He called upon men to examine the logic of His teaching and to evaluate what He said by what He did (Jn.10:38). There are a few characteristics of the testimony of Christ that we need to note:1. The Testimony of Christ is Not Dependent upon the…
  • How Do We Know the Bible is True? - Illustration

    13 Feb 2015 | 1:22 am
    We usually judge things when we choose to buy or buy again. We look at reviews of products before we buy and have an opinion about products after we have used them. Suppose someone asked me the question, "How do you know that this dictionary is better than the other?" I would not reply that I don't consider any dictionary authoritative or true because it is compiled by humans; I would not question, "Why should any human tell me what is the meaning of a word?" I know the quality and the veracity of a dictionary by using it. If a dictionary is a standard and reliable one, i.e. it is…
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  • There are So Many Ways to Feel Happy – Try Them Now

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    There are So Many Ways to Feel Happy – Try Them Now “Be happy…not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything.” I assume many of you have read this already and what do we … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post There are So Many Ways to Feel Happy – Try Them Now appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Blessed Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #blessedlife Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #blessings Join the Conversation…
  • Slow Down - Good Reasons Why You Should Take Your Time

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Slow Down – Good Reasons Why You Should Take Your Time “The most important gifts you can give are your love, time and attention. Slow down, take time to smile and enjoy loved ones. Life goes by way too fast.” … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Slow Down – Good Reasons Why You Should Take Your Time appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #be Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #begrateful Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #benow Join the Conversation…
  • Do You Know the Yoga Philosophies – Part II “Niyamas”

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:48 am
    Do You Know the Yoga Philosophies – Part II “Niyamas” As promised here follows part II – Niyamas Niyama means “rules” or “laws”. These are the rules prescribed for personal fulfillment. As for the yamas, the five niyamas are not … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Do You Know the Yoga Philosophies – Part II “Niyamas” appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #acceptance Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Awareness Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Brahman Join…
  • Do You Know the Yoga Philosophies – Part I "Yamas"

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Do You Know the Yoga Philosophies – Part I “Yamas” There is a whole science around Yoga and the main aim is to achieve a union between body, mind and spirit. So we know the main objective and as soon … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Do You Know the Yoga Philosophies – Part I “Yamas” appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Awareness Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Brahman Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #celibacy Join the Conversation…
  • The Libyan Revolution Anniversary

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    The Libyan Revolution Anniversary The picture says “Libya free” – that was exactly 4 years ago on the 17th of February 2011. Today we face a situation where we have to shout out loud “Free Libya“. Free Libya from all … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post The Libyan Revolution Anniversary appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #freelibya Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #helpforlibya Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #humanitylibya Join the Conversation…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • Madonna at The Brits breaks the internet!

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:51 am
    The Twittersphere was in meltdown last night as we all watched aghast as Madonna suffered a classic wardrobe function and the whole nation let out a collective ‘OMG!’ as she fell with a thud whilst performing as the closing act for the 2015 Brit Awards – yes, at 56 years old Madonna is still capable […]
  • The inaugural two seater Spitfire flight has now departed!

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    If our funky new video all about iconic vintage aircraft has whet your appetite for all things classic aviation, the news we’re about to tell you will have you chomping at the proverbial bit… it was chocks away for the inaugural flight of the two seater Spitfire out of Biggin Hill yesterday! Yes, that’s right, […]
  • Check out our new video about Iconic British War Planes

    17 Feb 2015 | 2:34 am
    We love planes, in fact our company started out providing flight experience gift vouchers nearly 20 year ago. We offer a wide range of flying experiences including flying lessons, Vintage Biplane experiences and our unique flight in a two seater Spitfire. As a homage to our love of planes our designers have been busy creating […]
  • It’s #snow time in London!

    3 Feb 2015 | 1:20 am
    Hold the front page – it’s snowing in London! Oh yes, after several bouts of snowy weather in the whole of the rest of the UK, the capital has so far escaped, therefore the white stuff hasn’t really been news…until now! Look at this picture. Call that snow? That’s more like a teeniest dusting of […]
  • Taking a year off work to travel tops Britons bucket lists

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    As part of our ongoing research into the aspirations and dreams of us Brits, our researchers have found that taking a year off work and travelling comes top of most people’s bucket list. We asked 1,000 Brits what was top of their bucket list, and the majority of respondents answered travel as their number one […]
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  • The Two Ways of Approaching Business

    John Anthony
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    [This is what I've learned so far as an entrepreneur. Don't ask why I made it rhyme...]The Two Ways of Approaching BusinessThe market wants a product, so you open up shop and provide it, Others follow in kind, sell for cheaper and thus divide it.The market may still grow in timebut to all, a smaller chunk,Profit margins shrink for all "til nothing's left but junk.Or...Reimagine a problem so small the market must have missed it,Build a product, make it better,so the people can't resist it.The first of its kind, unique, they'll pay whatever you charge, The extra work was worth it as…
  • AquaArm Hydration Pack For Runners Now Available On Amazon!

    John Anthony
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Great news from Advanced Sports Technology, the AquaArm hydration pack for running is now available on Aqua Arm truly is the best hydration system for runners out there and is now available with one of the best online retailers out there.When I invented Aqua-Arm, the two major things I was focused on were comfort and style. I didn't want to go running with a backpack or a fanny pack, but I wanted to be able to stay hydrated so I could perform at my best. At the time, I wasn't looking to invent or create anything, I was just looking to buy something. I looked online everywhere, but…
  • How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day? - Daily Recommended Water Intake

    John Anthony
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Recommendations run the gamut from the standard 8 x 8 dictum, to over a gallon, which is right for you? Check out How Much Water Should I Drink for a full breakdown to determine what's right for you.
  • Great Fitness Tips From An NPC Competitor!

    John Anthony
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    My girlfriend Danee is doing some great writing work and fitness tips. Check out her guest blogpost on MMaxout that she did on Aqua Arm.Ps. That ab routine is a killer, make sure you stay hydrated with a comfortable hydration pack! :o)
  • Advanced Sports Technology Launches AquaArm: Hands-Free Hydration System

    John Anthony
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    SOURCE: Advanced Sports Technology, Inc.Advanced Sports Technology, parent corporation of National Bubble Soccer has launched its second product division within the sporting goods industry. AquaArm, the world's first hydration system engineered specifically for comfort-in-motion, has become available for pre-order just in time for the holiday season.FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 1, 2014 -- Advanced Sports Technology (AST), the parent corporation of the National Association of Bubble Soccer has announced its second product launch within the sporting goods industry, a…
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    Gracie Guru

  • 4 Signs You’re Holding Yourself Back

    gracie guru
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The post 4 Signs You’re Holding Yourself Back appeared first on Gracie Guru. Do you have unrealized dreams? Do you know what you want accomplish in your fleeting life but haven’t taken the necessary steps to get there? Do you feel like you aren’t living up to your greatest potential? If you are putting your dreams of today on hold for a better tomorrow, you just might be ... The post 4 Signs You’re Holding Yourself Back appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Send a ‘thank you for being you’ card to someone you care about this week.

    gracie guru
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    The post Send a ‘thank you for being you’ card to someone you care about this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Send a ‘thank you for being you’ card to someone you care about this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • My First Love, My First Heartbreak

    gracie guru
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    The post My First Love, My First Heartbreak appeared first on Gracie Guru. Tyler was my first love; he was also my first heartbreak. Tyler came into my life when I needed him least. I wasn’t looking for love; in fact I was hoping to avoid it. I was leaving for my freshman year of college, which I had hoped to be a wild adventure. I imagined myself ... The post My First Love, My First Heartbreak appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Make a my top ’10 things I like/love about you’ list for someone special.

    gracie guru
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    The post Make a my top ’10 things I like/love about you’ list for someone special. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Make a my top ’10 things I like/love about you’ list for someone special. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Happy When?

    gracie guru
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The post Happy When? appeared first on Gracie Guru. I will be happy when… I have it all figured out. That’s what I thought for many years. But along my wild journey I have realized that as life changes, so do we. Each day we create a new version of ourselves that is more complicated than the person we were the day before. Each ... The post Happy When? appeared first on Gracie Guru.
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  • A Mother’s Life-Changing Trip to South Africa

    Audrey Walsh
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Follow Audrey Walsh ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Audrey Walsh E-mail : Follow Audrey Walsh Unfollow Audrey Walsh Right after Christmas, I was fortunate enough to be offered the trip of a lifetime by my wonderful brother and his husband for a 10-day break in South Africa to celebrate my birthday. This trip was just for me and the boys. No hubby or kids in sight. I had a very hard time being excited about the trip, because I was so stressed out. I was leaving the day after Christmas, so there was the Christmas mayhem to get through. Would the kids be okay when I was gone? Would I pay dearly for…
  • Why We Don’t Own a Sledgehammer

    Laura Eberhart Goodman
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Laura Eberhart Goodman ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Laura Eberhart Goodman E-mail : Follow Laura Eberhart Goodman Unfollow Laura Eberhart Goodman We have a garage full of tools of every kind. Screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, nail guns. We even have a hacksaw. There is one notable exception.  We do not own a sledgehammer. My husband loves to tell a story about a time when our children were very young. He came home from work and called out his customary, “Hello, is anyone home?” He walked into the kitchen to find the baby and the two year old playing on the floor. I had a…
  • Schizophrenia in Damascus

    Diana Darke
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Diana Darke ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Diana Darke E-mail : Follow Diana Darke Unfollow Diana Darke Bzouriye Spice Market, Old Damascus Nothing in Damascus was as expected. Convinced there would be food shortages, I had vowed to eat very little during my stay. Yet while the besieged suburbs are starving, the central food markets are overflowing. The fruit stalls of Shari’ al-Amin boast bananas from Somalia, the Bzouriye spice markets are buoyant with top-quality saffron from Iran and walnuts from Afghanistan. Lebanese wine and beer are freely available. Prices are higher than before,…
  • Responding to Adversity: From a Father of Disabled Children

    Erik Voigt
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Follow Erik Voigt ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Erik Voigt E-mail : Follow Erik Voigt Unfollow Erik Voigt It has been said many times that what happens in your life helps define you as a person, and I believe this to be very true. People in this world do in fact change, and these changes are most often brought about by life-altering choices that one has to make during the process of life. Don’t get me wrong, the way in which a person is raised plays a big role in who they become as a person, but it is often other factors that also contribute to the overall core value system a person will…
  • It’s Not Our Skin That Sets Us Apart; It’s the Narrowness of Our Minds

    Kuda Jinya
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Kuda Jinya ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Kuda Jinya E-mail : Follow Kuda Jinya Unfollow Kuda Jinya I wondered then whether to continue to fan the flames of my anger and be consumed, or seek warmth from the friction those harsh words perpetuated in mind. I paused. A moment to restrain my first impulses lead me to consult the experiences of my past to guide the understanding of my chosen immediate future, hence this very story. I’m not an activist, I’m not a politician, I’m not a philanthropist, a psychologist, or even a sociologist….I am a person, and of all things I am certain about…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction: How to Combat Issues of Worthiness and Deserving

    Kelli Cooper
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    If you were to ask most people if they believed they they were worthy and deserved good things, I imagine the large majority of people would answer yes. What a stupid question they may think..of course I believe I am entitled to happiness. But, I’ll let you in on a little secret…we often don’t feel that way. The degree to which we don’t can vary significantly between people, but issues of worthiness and deserving are something most grapple with. And working consciously with law of attraction can really trigger all of that big time. You may begin thinking back to all…
  • Law of Attraction: What to Do When You’re Ready to Throw in the Towel

    Kelli Cooper
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:47 am
    Getting a bit frustrated with your efforts to manifest something? Do things not seem to be working? Is this whole law of attraction thing turning out to be a lot harder than you expected? Are you super-pissed at yourself for not being able to let in what you want? Are you filled with a sense of despair that you will never get what you want? Do you feel like you have failed? Are you convinced there is some vibrational defect that is apparently beyond repair and you might as well just accept your lot as it is in this moment? This is a sucky place to be, and many people who begin working…
  • Law of Attraction and Resistance: 3 Tips for Sending It On Its Merry Way

    Kelli Cooper
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    I have studied law of attraction quite a bit, and have been applying what I have learned for several years now. I have gained a deeper understanding of how to practically apply the principles, and it is my favorite topic to cover on my blog. Why? Because I know how frustrating it can be to try and work with a process that is supposed to be so damn simple, but feels really hard, especially when we first start out, or have set our sights on something big and important to us. The essence of LOA is pretty basic. Ask and it is given. Believe you can have what you want. Act as if you already have…
  • Staying True to Your Path When Others Keep Trying to Pull You Off It

    Kelli Cooper
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    In a perfect world, we would just be able to do what makes us happy, without others putting in their unnecessary two cents. It would truly be to each his own. We would all just focus on own happiness, and making our little corner of existence as awesome as possible. The need to judge, criticize or try to impose our will onto others would be absent. But, alas, that really isn’t how it goes much of the time, and pushback from others, and caring a bit too much about what other people think, is probably one of the biggest barriers to living as we truly please. I would rank this problem…
  • Challenges as a Springboard to Positive Change: 3 Lessons from My Own Transformation

    Kelli Cooper
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    We all know how that story goes..hard times make us grow, present opportunities, and all that jazz. But, when we are actually in the thick of it, this wisdom can easily be lost. We don’t feel much like growing, and all the crap we are going through, certainly doesn’t feel like the gift we are told it is. We would happily return it to sender if we could. But, cliches are such for a reason..they are true through and through. I have seen this truth play out in my own life countless times. Where I am today is a direct result of myriad shitty things happening to me. My father dying…
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    The Random Reflections of Little Red Riding Hood

  • How to Become Emotionally Independent in a Relationship - Part 1

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    Alright, so Valentine's Day is coming up and I've decided to tackle something a little bit delicate today. The fact is that it is very easy to become overly reliant on a partner and depend upon them a little too much. You enjoy their company, you love them a lot, and you want to spend every minute of your time with them. Great. What happens when you overdo it though? You might find that your partner is pulling away, paying less interest to you, and showering you with less affection than you used to get. In desperation, you inundate them with more loving words and make the effort to spend more…
  • Dilemma: A Stage Review

    4 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    On Saturday evening, I had the delightful experience of attending Origins Theatre Company's production of Dilemmaat the Trinity Theatre, Cowes.Dilemma is a one-act play revolving around a couple who have decided to take part in a reality TV show in the hopes that they can save their marriage. The reality show, Dilemma, claims to offer marital guidance to struggling couples by sending them away to St. Lucia for a week-long all expenses paid holiday. By the end of the holiday, the lucky couple must return to the TV studio and come to a life-altering decision—whether to stay together or…
  • Top Ten Quotes on Hope

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    1. “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” ―Emily Dickinson2. “There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers   3.“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.4. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ―Pablo Neruda5. “Once you choose hope, anything's possible.”  ―Christopher Reeve6. “All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden.”  Terri…
  • Is it Possible to do a 1 Year Bucket List?

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    The other day, I mentioned to a group of friends that I had written a "bucket list" for 2015. Immediately, one of my friends stated that a bucket list is usually filled with all of the things that people want to achieve before death. This is undoubtedly true...but I'm still going ahead with my 2015 bucket list anyway. Want to know why? Mostly because there's so many things that I want to do before I die that I'd rather set myself realistic goals to complete for each year. If I have a set list of things to do each year then I know I'm more likely to get them done. For me, personally,…
  • The Top Ten Worst Chat-Up Lines

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    I don't know whether there's something in the water over here that makes people dish out terrible chat-up lines but I've certainly listened to my fair share. I'm not really sure of the success rate of this style of flirting...but I can't say that I've ever been a fan of pick-up lines. Today, I'm going to share with you some of the worst chat-up lines that some of my female friends and I have experienced first-hand:1) "I've never slept with a midget before but I'd rate you 10/10. Let me buy you a drink."2) "My thing is ten inches long. Come home with me tonight and I'll show you what it's like…
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    Decentfriend - Fresh & Evergreen Blog For You

  • Hello world!

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
  • Be In LoVe InSane!!!

    Hadeer El-shishiny
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Love is care. Love is share. When you intend to go there. Either you are obtained. Or you may feel your pain. Or in love, you love that pain. ……………………Be in LOVE insane…………………. If you really have a lover…..Take, in love, a plane. Waste no time again…. Go !! no more time to stare. Try to fly to your beloved…. try to remove their pain. Give them hand to wipe your tears…. Please, in love, attain. Go, say : ” I LOVE YOU”…. Seize the chance…. make sure that you…
  • Wisdom Of Forgiveness For A Happy Life

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Forgiveness is certainly one of the most important areas in the way of our personal change and growth. Wisdom of Forgiveness is the greatest gift that we can give to ourselves. Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images I can’t believe what they have done to me! I can’t over it. I will never forgive you. It matters to me that I know, I’m right and they will eventually figure it out. Really don’t know by which I deserve all this. She does it on purpose. How could they do this to me? Everything would have been different if my parents supported me. You ruined my life. I can forgive…
  • For Happy Life – A Quick & Interesting Test For Female Teenagers

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    This is a quick test for female teenagers to recognize their characters and analyze their personalities. Just answer the questions and then have a look at the analysis. A QUICK TEST FOR FEMALE TEENAGERS FOR HAPPY LIFE Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images   1- You would like to spend your free time in…… A- Hanging out with friends B- Reading or drawing C- Watching TV with family   2- You would prefer to read about…… A- Romantic lovers stories B- Scientific or medical topics C- Weird and horrible stories   3- You are always in the mood for…
  • The Secret Of Young Smile – Part III

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    NUTRIMENT AS A MEDICAMENT In the creation or protection from caries an important role plays not only a kind of food, but also its form and composition of time during which the teeth are exposed to its consumption, as a combination of ingredients also. So, for example, it is better to eat a few cakes at once and brush your teeth after, than eating one repeatedly. Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images If the food, rich in sugar is often brought in the body, than it brings a longer exposure of the teeth to a low acid, so it fast comes to demineralization. Therefore it is recommended to…
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  • Contemplating the Conceded yet Contented Countenances of Commuting Citizens

    The People Pleaser
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I unfortunately spend a lot of time on public transport travelling to and from work. What I can't help but notice is the number of strange folk that occupy these moving sweat boxes every day. Don't get me wrong, not everyone is totally obscure. There are a few "normals" - students, people on their way to work, some travellers. But thrown into this mix are some really odd characters. I don't quite know what compels these strange people to populate every empty space in a train, tram, subway or bus. You would think they would just lock themselves up indoors - away from the cruel and…
  • Dissecting the Determinants of Self-Destructive Desires

    The People Pleaser
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today I'm considering the phenomenon of craving certain self-destructive behaviours and whether this is driven by an urge to indirectly harm one's self, or is driven by other urges that promote behaviours which happen to be self-destructive. In my last post, I commented briefly on masochistic behaviour and its relation to unnecessary suffering. Once again, here I'm talking about lesser forms of suffering. I'm not talking about real suffering, but first world issues that we create in lieu of real problems. This post is not meant to be a generalisation, but an analysis of a part of…
  • Searching for a Stance Somewhere between Selfish and Selfless

    The People Pleaser
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    A topic that plagues me often, especially as a people pleaser, is how far to push for my own interests before it becomes negatively selfish. In this post I'll use the two terms selfish and selfless to describe the opposing directions that one can take in any decision. They are merely used to describe the direction, and not to allude to any positive or negative connotations on their own. I tend to voluntarily put myself last in most situations, likely as a means of appearing kind and selfless. On the surface this may seem mildly noble, but it's really not. In reality it's done for…
  • Seething at a Summons to Screw Shelves onto Straight Structural Surfaces

    The People Pleaser
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Today I'm just going to rant a little bit. Putting up shelves is a pet hate. This is a preferable use of a power drill. I fucking hate putting up shelves. I have no idea why I hate it so much or why I feel like divorcing my wife every time she even glances at a blank space on the wall. I mean, it's really not that big a deal. All you do is measure and mark a couple of targets, ensuring that they're level, get the hammer drill out and make a couple of holes. Then it's just a quick IKEAesque assembly and you're done. No problem, right?Right. But I still fucking hate it. I don't mind…
  • Living a Layered Life, Lingering in Limbo

    The People Pleaser
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Without acknowledging the various people I pretend to be that I'm not, I currently live my life through the guise of multiple personalities. I'm a father of two, husband, recent graduate, manager, and an immature 25 year old. The mix of these different roles can be difficult to juggle at times. It's the story of my life - trying to be/do/achieve too many things at once. I try to mature in my family life and at work, and yet I also want to embrace my youth and act like an immature little prick at times. I'm finding more and more that these two major parts of life - the mature…
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  • “Stop Vandalism!”

    3 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    He sprayed on the clean white wall.  
  • 26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    A guy who doesn’t get women, doesn’t get women because he doesn’t get women.
  • Ecstasy

    28 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    “You wanna try the music?”, She grabbed my hand and led me to the next room. I could feel the lights on my face and bass in my ears. There was a lot of blue and I liked it. We sat down. I could feel it running through my nerves. I felt the tranquility  regardless how loud the music was. It was good to have a hand to hold, and I liked the blue light. I could feel nothing but happiness. No African kids died from starvation and ISIS wasn’t killing anyone, no airplanes went missing, It was a perfect world. It was extremely peaceful, everybody took care of each other. There was…
  • Alteration

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:55 pm
    “Is she your girlfriend?”, The barista asked me, pouring the milk foam on the cappuccino,  resembling a heart shape. “Yeah” I said, “But In a perfect parallel universe where everything happens as we wish.” He smirked and turned the heart in to a mickey mouse.
  • 7 Dec 2014 | 6:19 pm

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:19 pm
    If you were a degree, I’d still be a bachelor.
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  • Mascot At Baseball Game Gets Schooled By Security Guard

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    At a Houston Astro’s baseball game recently, the mascot, Orbit, wound up getting into a dance off (well, let’s face it – he pretty much picked the fight himself) with one of the event security guards at the game. Assuming he would show the security guard up, the mascot started taunting him by dancing right in front of him. Fed up with it, the security guard pushes the mascot aside and prepares to bust a move. We’ll let you be the judge, but we think the security guard definitely won this dance off! Click the button below to share this The post Mascot At Baseball Game…
  • Korean Girls React To Seeing Magic Mike For The First Time

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    In the U.S., we’ve become accustom to seeing provocative TV shows, websites and movies. It’s so much a part of daily life that we become immune to seeing things that other countries or cultures might find risque. In America, we don’t notice how immune we’ve become to what we see daily, until we watch people react to typical media and entertainment. Korean girls react to seeing Magic Mike for the first time, and judging by their reactions, they aren’t sure what they are watching. While some recognized Channing Tatum, most were clueless as to what they just…
  • Man Gives Hilarious UFO Interview, Claims Aliens Are Made Of Water

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Whether you believe in them or not, UFOs are always going to be debated; are they real, do they exist, or is everyone that believes in them just on drugs? Well, we’re thinking it might be the latter with this fellow, who was interviewed by WGN in Chicago a few years back. When asked during this UFO interview if he thought aliens existed, he claims to have seen alien graves and UFOs in Texas, and is currently planning a trip to (Air Force 1, Area-51 or Arizona, he was a little unclear on that one). Also, he claims in this The post Man Gives Hilarious UFO Interview, Claims Aliens Are Made…
  • Baby Goats Dancing Will Make Your Day

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    It’s come to the attention of the internet that baby goats are just adorable. They are cute when they try to play, they are cute when they make noises, and they are super cute when they dance! Take a look at these baby pygmy goats dancing and try to not smile! These little goats dancing are only a couple days old (two and three for the most part), but that doesn’t mean they don’t have reason to be happy. It’s as if they know the weekend is here, and it’s time to dance. Pass these baby goats dancing on if The post Baby Goats Dancing Will Make Your Day appeared…
  • What Color Is This Dress?!

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Some say white and gold, others say blue and black. There is a full on debate going on and we need your help to solve it! What color is this dress? Earlier today, tumblr user Swiked uploaded a picture of a dress that appears white and gold, but some say they see it as blue and black. Wait, what? Yep, that’s right – same dress, two totally different color combinations. The debate is in full swing and we need your help. What color is this dress? The debate has been brewing for a while now (see conversation below), and no The post What Color Is This Dress?! appeared first on Suitable…
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