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  • Demotivational Quote for the Common Man no.9 – Put your dukes up!

    The Great Life Swindle
    Laura Tong
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    “You have to fight through the bad days in order to earn the good days” [Unknown] Now see here’s the thing, this quote and countless others in the same vein seem very popular in that they’re everywhere that sorry cousin of small pox, self-improvement hangs out. But answer this: when you’re trying to chase down that fantastic dream and Great Life you want so much you could bleed, how motivated are you going to be by the idea that to succeed you’ve got to battle your hardest through all manner of pain, misery and misfortune to even be worthy of a few  days…

    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    New Question - My Name is Lee Kima, From Canada . I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called Dr.Aziegbe olu has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, I was married to this man called Steven we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email( Dr_Aziegbe…
  • Donating the Body

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    He wanted his body given to a medical school or research organization. It wasn't that simple.
  • Countdown - 27 Days

    Peterman's Eye
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
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  • Grace in Small Things No. 542
    Elan Morgan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Aidan and I are in the middle of spending a week travelling around Nova Scotia, and we just finished the fantastic Shed photography workshop put on by Kate Inglis. I felt like I was stagnating photographically, but no more!Fall and winter mean I can once again indulge in the deep, snuggly comfort of burrowing under piles of quilts.I drove through a blinding mist and rain on winding roads at night and survived my first Nova Scotian driving experience.A fire warmed my feet while I listened to rain patter on the canopy of leaves above.Nina Simone's voice scratched that itch on a grey…
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    The New Old Age

  • Donating the Body

    By Paula Span
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    He wanted his body given to a medical school or research organization. It wasn't that simple.
  • On New Measurements of Aging

    By Judith Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Warren Sanderson, a professor of social and behavioral sciences at Stony Brook University, is working on ways to define aging other than the passing of years. "Everything is changing about 65-year-olds," he said.
  • Tougher Than They Look

    By Paula Span
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Researchers have written for years about resilience in the elderly. Now they're trying to measure it.
  • In the Emergency Room, a Hidden Ailment

    By Judith Graham
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    A small study found that many elderly patients turning up in one emergency room were malnourished.
  • Near Death, and Overmedicated

    By Paula Span
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why are patients with advanced dementia so often receiving "medications of questionable benefit"?
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  • Grace in Small Things No. 542

    Elan Morgan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Aidan and I are in the middle of spending a week travelling around Nova Scotia, and we just finished the fantastic Shed photography workshop put on by Kate Inglis. I felt like I was stagnating photographically, but no more!Fall and winter mean I can once again indulge in the deep, snuggly comfort of burrowing under piles of quilts.I drove through a blinding mist and rain on winding roads at night and survived my first Nova Scotian driving experience.A fire warmed my feet while I listened to rain patter on the canopy of leaves above.Nina Simone's voice scratched that itch on a grey…
  • 10 Books That Continue to Affect Me and/or Stay With Me Over Time

    Elan Morgan
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I took this while Aidan and I discussed the books that have most affected us, or at least stayed with us over time. His list sounds smarter than my list. I have been tapped to do the 10-favourite-books meme on Facebook by both Sven and Amber, but I can't follow rules, so I've expanded the meme to be a list of 10 books that continue to affect me and/or stay with me over time, and I'm posting this on my blog rather than on Facebook. What a rebel.You will notice that none of the books on my list came out within the last 15 years. Literature seems to have dug its deepest hooks into me before the…
  • Our Terrible Cat, Onion, Felled a Chicken. Again.

    Elan Morgan
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Dammit, Onion. I was going to eat that. I had squeezed fresh lemon on that feta-stuffed chicken. I love fresh lemon. I love feta.Although now that you've put your litterbox feet and claws all over it and dragged it across the hardwood, I'm just not as excited about eating it. Have at it, my good man. I think you've proved that you're more keen on chicken than I am, anyway, especially since you raised your paw to fight me but then accidentally slapped me with the chicken breast you'd dug your claws into. Cats: you can't live with 'em, but their parasitic mind control technique makes…
  • 5 Things to Which I Will Not Respond, Because I Simply Cannot

    Elan Morgan
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Catcalls.Snark or cruelty delivered to me by strangers.Verbal or written abuse veiled as "criticism", "playing devil's advocate", or "just trying to define the terms".My brain's daily insistence that I should be smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol right now. Now? No. How about now? Nope. Surely, NOW must be a good time? NO.The fashion industry's Fall 2014 pressure to wear fun fur with mixed prints. Also, no. Nope. NO. I HAVE EYES TO TAKE CARE OF.
  • Wild Crazy Meaningful Life Podcast: I'm In Episode 35½!

    Elan Morgan
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Pace and Kyeli invited me to speak with them on their Wild Crazy Meaningful Life podcast, and I had to say yes, because they are truly lovely human beings, and it would have been wrong to pass up an opportunity to hang out with them for an hour. Plus, Pace writes a limerick for every guest. A limerick!We cover a hundred topics from Facebook to Instagram to vulnerability and connection, so give us a listen. My own personal limerick, courtesy of Pace, is on the other side: Listen to us on the WCML podcast!
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Everything you wanted to know about emotions [video]

    Josh Urich
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Why does watching a video of a puppy make you cry? Or a breakup? Why do we get happy? And what is happiness? Take a look at this Crash Course to learn everything you wanted to know about emotions but were afraid to ask.
  • How to make grandma’s apple pie [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You can never replicate grandma's apple pie...or can you? Follow the instructions on this infographic and maybe, just maybe, you can duplicate the best apple pie in the world.
  • Dive into the dazzling microscopic art of the Diatomist [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    In the Internet age, all the art lessons we could possibly dream of await at the push of a play button, but the secrets of the art form Klaus Kemp practices were so closely guarded during the Victorian Age that it took him eight years to figure out how to create his coveted, microscopic works.
  • What exactly are the relationships among middle eastern countries? [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    So this infographic looks a little crazy, but it's incredibly useful. In it, you'll find all the relationships among middle eastern and western countries, separated by colors. If you go to the full link, you'll have the ability to highlight just one set of networks for easier reading.
  • 3 incredibly cute exotic animals you can legally keep as pets [video]

    Josh Urich
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The cute little guy with the huge ears is a Fennec Fox, perhaps the cutest critter you'll ever see. And, it's legal to have one as a pet. See the video for the other two exotic animals you can keep and love on.
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    Simply Jews

  • Yep. Only in Israel?

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    If you are going out for a stroll with your kid, don't take him/her there:According to this Facebook entry, the slide was located in Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion blvd.For the sake of fairness: there is a response by the city spokesperson in this thread, explaining that the slide was uprooted and placed near the road to be taken away. Oh well...
  • The Council Has Spoken!

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Council Winners*First place with 2 2/3 votes! – The Independent Sentinel – Anti-Americanis, Marxism, Porn, Pedophilia Now Available in the ClassroomSecond place with 2 1/3 votes – The Razor – Why I Think Bombing ISIS Is a Bad Idea Third place with 2 votes –The Noisy Room – Cruz: Those Who Hate Israel, Also Hate America Fourth place with 1 2/3 votes –Joshuapundit-Kerry: US Must Help Push ‘Real Islam’ Fifth place with 1 1/3 votes – The Right Planet – What The United Nations Doesn’t Want You To Know Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – VA Right! - New Music Video –…
  • More cases of Zionism envy in Iran?

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Not that it never happened, there were already a few outbreaks, but still it is interesting:Two Iranians in their early 20s, a man and a woman, were arrested in the Kenyan capital Nairobi earlier this week when they were discovered using fake Israeli passports and going by the names Adi and Avshalom. This is not the first time Iranian nationals are caught abroad with Israeli passports. These passports are very popular in the world because of the relatively extensive freedom of movement they grant their owners. The difference this time, however, was that the two did not intend to use the…
  • First person to buy an iPhone 6 immediately drops it. 8 killed in Guinea town over Ebola fears

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    A real tragedy down under: the first man to buy the iPhone 6 in Australia drops his new phone as he excitingly unpacks it to share for the camera (appropriate words are being said, so take care):As for the other bit of news: nah, just a spot of bother somewhere. CNN, you know, still unable to prioritize...
  • Nazis Fighting Nazis in Ukraine

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    There are plenty of neo-nazis fighting on the Russian side of the conflict.  And it was Russia that invaded Ukraine in an unprovoked breach of all the previous agreements, international laws and common sense. Ukrainians have been fighting for their country.  At least most of them. A few have been fighting "for the race".  Don't get me wrong - when Putin is talking about the government of Ukraine being "fascist", he is lying.  Yet things can change."Don't let executioner into your house".  Social-Nationalist Assembly propaganda.The Ukrainian volunteer Azov Battalion is…
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  • INTERESTING STUFF – 20 September 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    WHO SHOULD HAVE KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY Too often in government health videos for elders I've seen, the speaker sounds like he or she is talking to toddlers. This one, however, is a straight-forward explanation of how decisions for knee replacement surgery are made. Because joint wear and tear is a common issue with elders, this is good to know. And, if you or someone you know is a candidate for knee replacement surgery, here is a video from the same surgeon about what it involves. SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE FOR NON-BRITS After a week-long hullabaloo about possible Scottish independence from the…
  • Trying to Find Some Amusement in Being Sick While Old

    Ronni Bennett
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    So commonly does disease, decline and debility catch up with people in old age that for a majority of those who are younger, they are the only definition of being old. That belief is so prevalent in the general population that after the half dozen years of research into aging I conducted that led me to create this blog a decade ago, it became my goal to refute it – we oldies are more than our aches and pains. Much more. That doesn't mean I am in denial. After five or six decades of steady use, our bodies wear down. Stuff happens. Things go wrong. And there is an impressively large variety…
  • Elder Services in Your Town - Follow Up

    Ronni Bennett
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Our experiment two days ago in holding a TGB open forum or what might be called a reader-to-reader feedback day on a specific issue appears to be a rousing success. The question of the day, from SusanG, was ”...what senior services are offered by your town, do you use them, or are their other services you would like to see offered?” Commenters did an excellent job of letting us know what does and doesn't work in their communities and what could be improved. Many of you named the town or area where you live and that was particularly interesting to me. Today's post is a short summary of…
  • DEA Allows Return of Unused Prescription Drugs

    Ronni Bennett
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Once or twice a year in my town there is a day when residents can turn in leftover prescription drugs that are then disposed of properly rather than flushing them down the toilet to enter streams and rivers or be found in medicine cabinets by children or grandchildren. The problem has now been addressed by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Beginning next month, the agency will ”...permit consumers to return [certain] unused prescription pharmacies,” reports The New York Times and others... “The new regulation, which will go into effect in a month,…
  • What Elder Services are There is Your Town?

    Ronni Bennett
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    [BLOGGING NOTICE: Yesterday, the email, RSS, Twitter and Facebook feeds of the blog post were delayed until mid-morning when a reader advised me of the missing messages. It happened because I forgot to set the day and time for automatic publishing. My apologies. Last week, when I was not quite sick but not well either and told you about it, SusanG who blogs (sometimes) at Hillsborough NJ Journal, left this note: ”Ronni, when you want a day off would you consider a reader-to-reader feedback day? You choose a reader submitted question asking for other readers' opinions or suggestions. “For…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • High-Fiving a Million Angels: It’s Launch Day for ‘Everybody Writes’

    Ann Handley
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    The sound you hear is Tina Fey high-fiving a million angels… because it’s launch day for Everybody Writes!   Good writing helps good marketers become great marketers. And today, the book is finally in stock at the bookseller of your choice. Which means the sound you might also hear is thousand book spines being cracked open for the first time. (I love that sound. Whether it’s my book or not.) Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Nook, and the local bookseller of your choice. And I suppose you can also find it at your local library or bookmobile… as well as…
  • 13 Writing Rules

    Ann Handley
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Many hold a notion that the ability to write, or write well, is a gift bestowed on a chosen few. Writing well is considered a kind of art, linked murkily to muse and mysticism. That leaves us thinking there are two kinds of people: the writing haves—and the hapless, for whom writing well is a hopeless struggle, like trying to carve marble with a butter knife. But I don’t believe that, and neither should you. The truth is this: we are all capable of producing good writing. Or, at least, better writing. And we all should be producing better writing. Because in our content- and social…
  • What’s the Formula for E-book Success?

    Ann Handley
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    One of the tenets of my new book is this: Good writing is like good teaching. Good writing and (more broadly) good content strives to explain, to make things a little bit clearer, to make sense of our world… even if it’s just a product description or a blog post or a video or a graphic novel. “A writer always tries…to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on,” says Anne Lamott in her seminal book on writing, Bird by Bird. Which is why I like a recent series of e-books that Lee Odden and his TopRank team have put together on content marketing.
  • Scrappy Video Content Marketing: What If We Didn’t Try So Hard?

    Ann Handley
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    What if we stopped trying quite so hard with our video content marketing? What if we just told our true stories honestly and simply, and with empathy for the very real problems our customers have?  A video from a tiny Arizona startup busts some common myths about using video as part of a content marketing program. There are three other things to love about it, too: 1. The video is script-less—but still it speaks volumes. 2. It sits squarely in the sweet spot of how I define great content, or content that is useful x inspired x empathetic. 3. It’s a great example of how a scrappy attitude…
  • Introducing ‘Everybody Writes’ and a Free Gift for Anti-Mediocre Writers (This Means You)

    Ann Handley
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    This is the official announcement of my new book, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally be sharing some details with you. I’m also excited to talk about a fun freebie for those who buy the book in the next few weeks (more on that in a sec). Writing a book is like birthing a Volkswagen. The process is about as pretty as you’d imagine that to be: it’s long and arduous and you sweat a lot, and most of the work is done while crying. But as with actual childbirth, I’ve forgotten all of the painful parts already. Because today, it’s like the family is coming over to get the first…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • Fear

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    In all my years of blogging, I have never written anything with the aim of inspiring you. It’s not my style.  I’m not a teacher or an advocate.  I don’t consider myself inspirational. But that changes today. The night started with my own search for inspiration. I’ve been feeling scared lately, fearful, unable to take steps that could improve my life.   I searched online for advice. Through Google, I found all sorts of gurus, wannabe gurus, psychologists, happiness experts, and thought leaders who were eager to help me.  These articles were written by two…
  • Fashion Blogger

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    As I mentioned on Facebook earlier,  I was walking home from my first ever check-up at the dermatologist (no problems, yay!), when I passed Lincoln Center and I noticed a group of people taking photos.  I had no idea that it was Fashion Week. Some guy asks me, “Are you a fashion blogger?” “Well, sort of,” I answered, figuring I needed a post for this week’s micro-blog Monday.  (I did recently blog about my new jeans, right?)    
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #34

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    On the third day of my honeymoon, I knew my marriage was a mistake. Scott and I were in our hotel room, in bed after a long day sightseeing in Paris, when I looked over at my new husband.  He was reading from the Frommer’s Guide. It was at that very moment that I saw my future life, married to a respectable man who favored organization over spontaneity.  Scott was using the same guidebook as my parents.   Here we were — a young, vibrant couple in a five star hotel in the most romantic city in the world, and my husband was reading from the Frommer’s Guide. Why…
  • If There Were “Links” in Real Conversations

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Tom’s Coffee Shop, near Columbia University. This morning. I am sitting with my two old college buddies, Barry and Rob. Just like we used to do in the past. Neil: It’s so great to sit down with you both in a real coffee shop, and just talk. I’ve missed our talks together, like back in college. Now all we do is talk to each other on Facebook, never face to face. Barry: It’s great to hang out with you again, Neil. Rob: You said that you wanted to talk to us about something, Neil? Neil: Yeah. Well, it’s more like sharing something. Barry: Sure. Rob: We’re here…
  • #Microblog Mondays 1 — Trying it Out

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I’m terrible at joining communities online, unless I start them myself.  (Ha ha, what does that say about me?) But Melissa of Stirrup Queens always has new ideas to build community, and this one had special appeal to me.  The idea of #Microblog Mondays is to post something once a week on our blogs that we would normally do on social media.  And theoretically this will inspire us to all come back to blogging.   Melissa’s idea is so idealistic, crazy, and ultimately hopeless, that I just knew I had to join up. Take anything you would have thrown up on Facebook or Twitter or…
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    Simply Stated Blogs

  • Why Normal is Overrated

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 2 Quick Fixes for Bad Breath 3 Ways to Navigate Finances as a Couple 53 Simple 3-Ingredient RecipesFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Change How You See Yourself

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 6 Signs Your Child Is Too Competitive How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes The Plus-Size Guide to DressingFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Nicole Kidman’s Secret to Happiness

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 5 Easy Ways to Give Your Brain a Boost 15 Minutes to Party Desserts and More 7 Burning Questions About Laundry, AnsweredFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Amy Poehler’s Secret to Looking Your Best

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on A Month of (20-Minute) Meals How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 7 Cute Summer-to-Fall SkirtsFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Silver Lining to Missed Opportunities

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 15 Healthy Family Meals How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 7 Trendy Slip-on Sneakers for FallFiled under: Daily Thought
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    Are We Still Cool?

  • I Wore WHAT? High School Senior Year Yearbook, 1994

    Cool Dad
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    New York Fashion Week just ended, and what better way to honor it than the long-awaited next installment of I Wore WHAT?, a classic Cool Dad-style inversion of the “what I wore” phenomenon of a million blogs and Instagram accounts. This edition of IWW? takes us to the spring of 1994, my senior year at Hardee High School in the middle of rural Central Florida. The yearbooks were handed out, and students scanned the pages hoping to catch a glimpse of their own pubescent mugs. Remember, this was when a smart phone was one that had Touch Tone buttons instead of a rotary dial.
  • Siri Made My 7-Year-Old Say the F-Word

    Cool Dad
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    It normally takes a while for kids to warm up to strangers, but thanks to her 64-bit A7 processor, Siri wasted no time in winning over the Cool Bros. Sure, she was helpful in firing off a text or looking up the weather, but the bond really developed when we started giving her offbeat questions or statements. Her unintentionally – or intentionally – hilarious replies were a hit.  Q&A sessions with Siri always got the Cool Bros LOLing (technically, it should be LingOL, but that sounds like some topical cream at IKEA), but I didn’t want the joke get stale. So we only…
  • This is Exactly How I Feel About Cool Newbie

    Cool Dad
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Five-year-old Sadie is an absolute wreck as she ponders her baby brother growing up. I’m with you, Sadie. Cool Newbie turned four – FOUR! – in June, and boyhood is definitely winning over babyhood at this point. Last night, Newbie was telling me how one of his friends at the park poured water on him. I stuck out my lower lip and laughed. Past Newbie would have wailed in offense, maybe throw a LEGO brick in displeasure. Instead, Present Newbie explained, “It’s not a joke.” Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping… The post This is Exactly How I Feel About…
  • You Won’t Believe the Crazy Thing Cool Dad Did for Money!

    Cool Dad
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    You know, in my day, we used Facebook to see life updates from our friends, and that was it. No Candy Crush Saga. No hashtags. It was a simpler time back then, and by gum, we liked it! My old man tone is fairly accurate, because that’s a bygone era of the internet. Now, The Social Network is brimming with auto-playing videos and social games of every ilk. But the most notorious evolution of Facebook might be the emergence of journalistic gems in your News Feed such as You’ll Laugh Out Loud Seeing This Baby Girl’s Insanely Adorable Dance The Beautiful Friendship Between a…
  • We Thought We Were So Cool When Naming Cool Boy

    Cool Dad
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    April 2009: Cool Boy, about to turn 2. When we committed to try to stay cool after having a baby, our first big coolness decision was already before us: What to name Cool Boy. There were two perceived pressures that contributed to our choice: 1. We’re Christian, and I may or may not have read a Barna study suggesting that Christians are 83.6% more likely to judge you in their heart if your kid’s name doesn’t come from the Bible. 2. The popular trend in baby naming, which seemed to skew toward last names as firsts (Parker, Jackson, Stalin). Names that fit both guidelines…
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    turnings :: daniel berlinger

  • How things go… (car camping)

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    As a kid my parents shared their love of the outdoors, passed on I’m told from my grand parents, and while we as family never did more than day hike together, some how that lead to my love of backwoods hiking and camping. I’ve since sectioned hiked the AT a bit, “bike” camped, and now, in my latest incarnation car camped. I never would have thought it. But my wife is more of a city girl, and so far my son is a city boy as well. Now he’s young, and there’s plenty of time for him to develop the put it on your back and walk aesthetic I enjoy so much, but I…
  • Microsoft, IBM, & Docker jump on Google’s Kubernetes project for managing app containers anywhere

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Microsoft, IBM, & Docker jump on Google’s Kubernetes project for managing app containers anywhere: Now several companies that deal in managing infrastructure at scale have stepped up as contributors to the Kubernetes project, namely IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, Docker, CoreOS, Mesosphere, and SaltStack. Take the development as more proof that technology can now span a very wide variety of computing environments. Docker and its container technology have grown popular based on the notion that containers could be the basic unit of computing, and Kubernetes could be the tool to orchestrate…
  • Mesosphere to Bring Google’s Kubernetes to Mesos

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Mesosphere · Mesosphere to Bring Google’s Kubernetes to Mesos: The big trend driving containerization is a fundamental shift in the way apps are built. Today’s apps need to ingest big data. They need to connect to millions of devices. They need to scale out, elastically, in real time to handle surges in usage. They need to be highly automated, with no human operators. And they need to be fault tolerant and self-healing, so that zero downtime is the new normal. In this world, the old way of doing things simply—building ever bigger monolithic apps that run on ever bigger…
  • Jonathan Ive on Apple’s Design Process and Product Philosophy

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Jonathan Ive on Apple’s Design Process and Product Philosophy – The benefit of hindsight is we only really talk about those things that did work out. You have this sense that you’re working on something incredibly hard. When working on projects, you have this determination. You just keep going. If doing anything new, you’re very used to having insurmountable obstacles. At some point you have to make a call — at some point you have to say, “We’ve stretched this and we’ve come up against laws of physics, which we cannot change.” [The first sentence is what…
  • This URL shortener situation is officially out of control

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    This URL shortener situation is officially out of control: That’s a lot of back and forth just to get me a a web page. And getting me a web page is kind of the most important thing the web does. Redirects are being abused and I don’t see any work happening in HTTP 2.0 to change it. [I agree. Now what?]
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    Apartment Life

  • Why Millennials Love Apartment Living

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Millennials (20 to 35-year-olds) are heading to apartments in droves, not only for the value they offer but also because the apartment lifestyle matches their personalities. This massive group of approximately 77 million consumers is important in part because of its incredible buying power. The only demographic group closest in size is the Baby Boomer […] The post Why Millennials Love Apartment Living appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Must-Visit Entertainment Venues in Austin, Texas

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’re new to Austin, you probably want to visit the iconic Austin landmarks that make the city so unique. So once you’ve set up your Austin apartment, go check out the entertainment scene and discover your personal favorites. Austin has a great entertainment scene that’s perfect for showing off your new city to out-of-towners. […] The post Must-Visit Entertainment Venues in Austin, Texas appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Favorite Historical Attractions in Cincinnati, Ohio

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Unbeknownst to many Americans, Cincinnati was actually one of the first major cities established after the American Revolution. Cincinnati became a boomtown in the 1800s, often fondly referred to as the “Paris of America” for its elaborate architecture projects. These projects and the city’s lengthy history contribute to the extensive number of historical sites found […] The post Favorite Historical Attractions in Cincinnati, Ohio appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • The Top Cities to Enjoy the Fall Season

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    As summer comes to an end, we start looking forward to the joys of fall: the cool, crisp weather, the autumn leaves, the aroma of fresh pumpkin pies, and celebrating Halloween, to name a few. Still, apartment dwellers in certain U.S. cities have the advantage of truly enjoying the beauty, fun, and festivities of fall. […] The post The Top Cities to Enjoy the Fall Season appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Skipping the Tourist Attractions: 5 of Chicago Locals’ Favorite Places

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you just moved to Chicago, then you probably have seen or heard of the quintessential tourist places to visit (like Wrigley Field or Millennium Park). Once you’re settled into your new Chicago apartment, it’s time to venture out and find your own beloved local treasures. You probably won’t find any tourists here, but these […] The post Skipping the Tourist Attractions: 5 of Chicago Locals’ Favorite Places appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    This Eclectic Life

  • Haunted Adolphus Hotel in Dallas

    Shelly Tucker
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    We stayed at the Adolphus Hotel, a grand historic edifice at 1321 Commerce Street in Dallas. After a century, the place is still a masterpiece. The hotel was built in 1912 by Adolphus Busch, a beer baron, and was intended to be the grandest hotel imaginable. Until 1922, when the Magnolia Petroleum building was built, it was the tallest building in Dallas, but it is dwarfed by many high rise buildings these days. Yet, it is still quite opulent. You can click the pictures in the gallery below for a taste of the beauty that was everywhere! It is easy to see that the hotel has always served up…
  • Officially The Courthouse is NOT Haunted … But …

    Shelly Tucker
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    “Officially” the Denton County Courthouse is not haunted. That’s what I told you in my book, Ghosts of Denton: The History of the Mysteries in a Small Texas Town (available on Amazon). If you ask people who work there if any ghosts reside in the building, they shake their heads … but they can’t look you in the eyes and say, “No.” Visitors to the courthouse might tell you the other side to the story. A group who came on one of my ghost tours told me a rather hair-raising tale about an incident that happened to them in the basement. Hang on, and…
  • Haunted In Military Time

    Shelly Tucker
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    She approached me shyly at my booth at the paranormal conference last weekend. “Strange things sometimes happen to me,” she said, “but I never feel as if I can tell anyone about them. I don’t think they would understand. I’ve never been to a conference like this one, where people talk about ghosts.” I sensed that she had something she wanted to tell me, so I prompted her. “Do you want to tell me about one of those strange experiences?” She jumped at the chance. Pulling her cell phone from her pocket, she said, “I like to walk in…
  • Wake The Dead Show In Galveston. A Dash Beardsley Production.

    Shelly Tucker
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    This paranormal conference sounds like frightfully good fun! It’s billed as “a touch of paracon meets sci-fy, horror, and Hollywood mixed with a touch of rock and roll and family fun!” Wow! That’s a tall order, but I think Dash Beardsley, the creator of the Ghost Tours of Galveston can deliver. This is the first ever Wake The Dead Show on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 9am to 6pm at the Galveston Convention Center. The timing is nearly perfect for the ghostly tales told in Galveston on one of Dash’s tours. On September 6th, 1900 the citizens of Galveston went…
  • Lady Bird’s Ghost Tale

    Shelly Tucker
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    I foresee a visit to Karnack, Texas in the near future. You’ve never heard of it? It’s a tiny town in east Texas near Uncertain. Not sure that rings a bell? It’s near Caddo Lake, which was the only natural lake in Texas … at least it was natural until it was artificially dammed during the oil boom in the early 1900s. Karnack is also less than twenty miles from Jefferson, Texas, which claims to be the most haunted town in Texas. I’m determined to get the opportunity to take the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk. But, first I have to go to Karnack. I have to see this…
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    sex and the beach

  • My Mother, My Heart

    Maria de los Angeles
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I choose to remember her as she was in this photograph, nearly a decade before I was born. In 1960, she was pregnant with my brother and she already had two daughters from her first marriage. But she knew, even before she married my father, that they'd bring a boy and a girl into this world. She named me Maria de los Angeles while they were dating.I almost missed the journey in her womb. Or maybe I was biding time elsewhere. Waiting, just waiting. A faint glimmer in her heart until she gave birth to me, three children and three exiles later, when the family finally settled in Miami.I…
  • Sex, Cooking and Libations

    Maria de los Angeles
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Cooking is like sex.  The more creative you get, the better it is.  But don't put too much on your plate if that means you don't have time to really eat and sip slowly.So behold, my Pinterest page, Mis-en-place, which is a fancy French term for getting all your shit together before you cook something or making cocktails -- it's the best, most organized way to do it, because cooking and mixology, like sex, is all about timing.First, let's talk about food. Think of it as something beautiful. Almost tantric. The way you design how the food is presented. Just like you choose a perfect…
  • These Precious Things

    Maria de los Angeles
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I'm dismantling the estate of my father and mother. It feels like a painful surgery without anesthesia. An amputation with a ghost pain. An entire life changed. Just like that. In a flash.They're now in an assisted living facility under part hospice care.And while doing this, I was listening to my music playlist on my iPhone. Tori Amos' song, These Precious Things came up -- which has nothing to do with elderly parents and caregiving -- but the title struck my heart.What are the precious things in our lives? Vintage photos? Little knick-knacks? A dress my mother wore at my brother's…
  • About Fathers and Fishing

    Maria de los Angeles
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    A redfish: one of my catches with Captain Chuck.When I was a baby, my father sang me a lullaby in Spanish about little fishes in the sea.When I was a toddler, we went bridge fishing. He handed me a yo-yo with a treble hook and smelly squid for bait. I tossed the line into the water and held on strong against the tugging current.I couldn’t tell if a fish had bit or not. I reeled up the line: no fish, bait gone and I hooked my clumsy little self! Ouch! Dad gently removed the metal from the bleeding wound on my leg.I didn’t cry.

I wouldn’t fish much in my childhood. My parents signed…
  • Happy Parent's Day

    Maria de los Angeles
    12 May 2014 | 7:31 am
    Sometimes, life takes you on certain journeys for which you didn't buy a ticket or pack your bags.My mother is in hospice and my dad fell and broke his hip and has been in a rehabilitation facility for over a month.My parents, whom have been married for over five decades, had to separate so my father could receive treatment.I think my mom is clinging on to life because she wants to say "see you on the other side" to dad even though she can't walk or open her eyes or barely speak. He's making a good recovery, but he cries because he wants to be next to his wife.It's heartbreaking to witness…
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  • Frazzled

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Usually when I complain that I've been too busy to blog (or read a book, or cook dinner, or breathe), it's because I am "just" working full-time and parenting three kids (which seems to require an out-of-proportion—and increasing—amount of laundry, food, shopping, and chauffering), plus whatever other things I have going on, like volunteer gigs or household needs. Now I feel that I've perhaps been the blogger who cried wolf one too many times, because how will I do all of that stuff and, on top of that, tackle three really time-consuming and…
  • Late Summer Read

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    A long, long time ago Tonya urged me to read The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin, but I just never got around to it. I finally picked it up last week, and now I can't believe I waited so long to read it—it was excellent! I had read Cronin's collection of linked short stories, Mary and O'Neil, years ago, and I remember liking it a lot, so I can't really explain why I didn't read this one sooner. Anyhow, the book takes place in and around a fishing camp in northwestern Maine, and tells the stories of a handful of people whose lives revolve around the place. (This is one…
  • La Famiglia

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Many of you have already seen this on Facebook, but for everyone else, this photo was taken at my nephew's wedding in June (it's the professional photographer's version of the one I already posted, which was taken by my brother-in-law on a phone camera):
  • Last Blast

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I hereby declare the summer over! That's because we are home from New Hampshire and school starts tomorrow! This is the ELEVENTH Labor Day that this blog has been in existence, so I guess I will leave off the details of the Lancaster Fair—go back and look at last year's summary if you want to read about all of the fried food and cute animals and such. (Yum, I'm getting hungry rereading it, and I was just there yesterday....) The big novelty this year was that Andy's sister Jo was stateside for the first Labor Day since 1994 or thereabouts, so she came with us!  I will…
  • Roadfood

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    I look forward to listening to The Splendid Table every week (well, in truth, I never seem to be available to listen when it's on, so I download the podcasts and then binge-listen in the car). I love Lynne Rossetto Kasper's interviews, recipes, food ideas and tips, and interesting stories. But one thing I never want to miss is the segment on each show when Jane and Michael Stern call in to talk about their favorite peach pie at a diner in rural Georgia or the best-ever authentic burritos at a little hole-in-the-wall in the New Mexican desert or some unusual kind of sandwich served…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • How to Get Kids to Wash Hands the Right Way

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Now that school is back in session, kids are exposed to bacteria and viruses more frequently. Just three days into the first week of school, my fourth grade daughter came home with a fever. I was annoyed, but not surprised, at how quickly she had gotten sick. When illnesses make the news, reporters always share […]
  • Is “Like a Girl” an Insult?

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    I think the phrase “like a girl” is used as an insult, not as a compliment, almost every time it is spoken. Here is an interesting video by Always, that looks at what we think when we’re told to do something “like a girl,” and how we might change what it means. I like the […]
  • Summer Vacation Time Management Worksheet

    24 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I’m not one of those moms who look forward to spending a long, lazy summer vacation at home with the kids. I’m one of those moms who wish the kids could stay in school all summer long. I love my kids, but I don’t love having them all around the house, all day, every day, […]
  • Classcraft Engages Students in Learning Game

    1 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    I love games, and so do my kids. I often wonder how to incorporate game elements into everyday activities, to make life more fun and nerdy. I have just learned about a new game that teachers can play in class with students, and I think this is a very exciting innovation! It’s called Classcraft, and […]
  • Easter LEGO Creations

    2 May 2014 | 10:54 am
    LEGO minifigures by Dan Goodwin LEGO bricks are classic toys, and they’re truly perfect for kids of all ages! Recently, I met fellow grown-up LEGO enthusiast, Carlo Pandian. Carlo put together a collection of cool Easter LEGO creations, and he offered to let me share them here. Enjoy these amazing builds, and get inspired about […]
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    Magpie Musing

  • The Latin Lesson

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    While I've never taken a Latin class, I know my smattering of e pluribus unum and amo/amas/amat, post prandium and quod erat demonstrandum, caveat emptor and et cetera. And, I know that a male graduate of Harvard College is an alumnus, and a female graduate of Wellesley is an alumna, and a whole mess of graduates of some college are alumni, but the collective female graduates of Bryn Mawr are alumnae.So, when I got a pitch from someone that used "alumni" incorrectly in the subject and four more times in the body copy, National Cheeseburger Day is September 18, and NFL alumni / successful…
  • Road Trip: The Miscellaneous

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you get an ebook out of the library on your Kindle app and you never take the iPad off of Airplane Mode, you can take longer than two weeks to finish your book because the Kindle will not get the ping from the mothership that will delete the book. This is good when you are reading one of those 900 page books in the Outlander series.One 12 ounce bottle of olive oil is good for two weeks of salads and sautéing, but 10 ounces of vinegar is twice as much as you need.Elevation changes are well reflected in sealed plastic packages. These marshmallows were bought at 5627 feet and photographed at…
  • Road Trip: The Built Environment

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    While most of the trip was about the natural environment, I was delighted by and sought out plenty of human-built structures. Some of them were falling down candidates for Decay & Desuetude, but here are some other things that struck my fancy.I loved stumbling upon the Ephraim, UT library, and discovering that it was a Carnegie library, built in 1914. It has great fenestration.We were fascinated by the free damn tour of the Flaming Gorge hydroelectric dam (the tour guide used damn/dam as often as she could). Dedicated in 1964, it's an amazing piece of concrete work, though we can debate…
  • Road Trip: The Natural Sights

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    The thing about a road trip through Utah and Wyoming is that every time you come around another bend, you gasp. It’s one incredible view after another. And even when it’s not slick-rock canyons or red-hued hoodoos or acres of siliceous sinter, it’s miles and miles and miles of sagebrush with a mountain in the distance. It’s a landscape like nothing in the Northeast.We went to four National Parks (Bryce, Zion, Grand Teton and Yellowstone), and one National Historic Site (Golden Spike), and stayed in or traveled through at least six National Forests (Ashley, Bridger-Teton, Cache, Dixie,…
  • Road Trip: The Animals

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I should have had one of those hand-held counters for the cows. We saw a lot of cows. A cow walked through one of our campsites; there were cow patties in another. They walked across the road in front of us.They grazed scenically all over the place.But it wasn’t all cows, all the time. We saw bald eagles while white water rafting, and looked down on turkey vultures from the top of the Flaming Gorge dam.We saw huge trout in the outflow of that dam, tiny baby Snake River cutthroats at the Jackson National Fish Hatchery, and little brookies on the Gardner River in Yellowstone (we…
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    Joshua Bryce Newman

  • Doggy Style

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
  • Don’t Sweater the Small Stuff

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Each morning, I get out of bed, and look at the morning’s temperature. And, each morning, I have no idea what to wear as a result. Thirty-five years in, and I still have no sense at all of what different temperatures feel like, of when I should switch to long sleeves, of what ‘sweater weather’ is precisely, or of if I need to throw on a light coat. This morning, it’s 61 degrees. What do I put on? Of course, I realize the temperature/clothing relationship is relative. In the fall, coming down from summer highs, perhaps 61 is cool enough to warrant a fleece; in the…
  • On Fundraising

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “I advise you to apply to all those whom you know will give something; next, to those whom you are uncertain whether they will give any thing or not, and show them the list of those who have given; and, lastly, do not neglect those who you are sure will give nothing, for in some of them you may be mistaken.” – Ben Franklin
  • Nuts

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Every morning, Gemelli and I head to Riverside Park for a walk. Before 9am, dogs are allowed off leash there, and Gem is wild with freedom. As much as he’s thrilled to explore, and to look for ladies (in human years, he’d be in his late teens, making chasing tail his primary hobby), what he really wants to do is poop in privacy. Normally, he stays fairly close to me, rarely wandering more than a dozen feet from my side. But once we hit the Riverside Park Promenade, he takes off sprinting. A hundred feet or so ahead, he ducks behind a tree, and drops a morning deuce. Frankly, I…
  • Dance, Monkey

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Watch the latest video at Me, babbling on Fox Business.
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    The Art of Manliness

  • Bringing Back Common Sense [VIDEO]

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Whenever we publish an article about a basic life skill, we invariably get a comment from someones that says “Gee, it’s so sad that such common sense has to be taught on the internet. Just shows how men have gone downhill since the good ol’ days.” In this video I explain why this comment drives me bonkers and is actually based on a false premise. If you’re reading this in an email click here to watch the video. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Edited by Jordan Crowder  
  • Art of Manliness Podcast #82: The Secrets of Happy Families with Bruce Feiler

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This episode is brought to you in part by Visit to check out an entirely new way to buy a shirt for the modern man and and get $20 OFF with code ‘ARTOFMAN’ In this episode, I talk to author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler about his book The Secret of Happy Families. If you enjoyed our series on creating a positive family culture, you’ll enjoy this podcast, as Bruce’s book served as an inspiration for the series. We discuss what the latest research says on what fathers can do to help create a strong and loving…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: September 19, 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Last week’s winner was Anthony from Milwaukee, WI. He chose the Millwright boots made by Woolrich. My Picks This Week We’ve featured the meat bars from EPIC before, and now they’ve come out with a new product: the Hunter Gatherer pack. It’s one part beef jerky, one part trail mix, made with only the finest ingredients. A man can’t go into the fall season without a good flannel shirt, and Pladra has you covered. Made in America from 100% cotton, their shirts are hearty enough for the outdoors and classy enough for cold weather parties. The vests from KAVU are the…
  • How to Perform a J-Turn: An Illustrated Guide

    Brett & Kate McKay
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I’m a big fan of old cop and detective shows. One of my favorites is The Rockford Files that aired in the 1970s and starred the legendary James Garner as private detective Jim Rockford. The Rockford Files was famous for the car chase scenes in which Rockford would race down bad guys in his Firebird Esprit. Rockford’s signature car maneuver was the J-Turn in which he would start off in reverse, spin the car 180 degrees and then continue forward in the same direction. Because the move was used so often on the show, the J-turn is often called “The Rockford Turn.” I…
  • The 10 Commandments of Clean Communication

    Brett & Kate McKay
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Loving relationships are the most important factor in a man’s happiness, success, and ability to live a fully flourishing life. And one of the most important factors in creating and sustaining these warm, intimate relationships is communication. Unfortunately, how to communicate with one’s significant other in a healthy, positive way is something rarely taught to either men or women. As a result, many couples find that their discussions regularly turn into heated, unproductive arguments that ultimately damage their relationship. Angry fighting leads to distance and weakens intimacy.
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  • What Color is the Sky

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed I’ve been asking questions of Siri lately. The answer t […] The post What Color is the Sky appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Trio

    Jon Armstrong
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The post Trio appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Detail: Chihuly’s The Sun

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed This piece from Dale Chihuly called "The Sun", is a massive, brightly colored and beautiful piece that sits directly across from the entrance of the Musée de Beaux Arts in Montreal. The post Detail: Chihuly’s The Sun appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Tribute

    Jon Armstrong
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed The lights go much further into the night sky than I […] The post Tribute appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Mark Newsom Does Fantastic Work

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Apple's latest hire is a design superstar. Just look at this car he designed. In 1999. The post Mark Newsom Does Fantastic Work appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Exquisite Architecture of Mdina, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Just one example of the exquisite architecture of Mdina, the ancient walled city that was the original capital of Malta No visits yetThe post PHOTO: Exquisite Architecture of Mdina, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Illuminated Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: After carrying the icon of St. Publius through the cobblestone streets of Floriana, Malta during their annual patron saint feast day, the priests return to Saint Publius Church, which is illuminated with thousands of miniature white lights (Visited 37 times, 37 visits today)The post PHOTO: Illuminated Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Priests Carry Icon of St. Publius Through Streets of Floriana, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Icon of St. Publius is carried through the streets of Floriana, Malta for hours during the community’s patron saint celebration (Visited 60 times, 60 visits today)The post PHOTO: Priests Carry Icon of St. Publius Through Streets of Floriana, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • VIDEO: Feast of Saint Publius in Floriana, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
      (Visited 25 times, 25 visits today)The post VIDEO: Feast of Saint Publius in Floriana, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Opulent Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta, where mass is said before parish priests carry icon of their patron saint through the streets (Visited 103 times, 103 visits today)The post PHOTO: Saint Publius Church in Floriana, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Fight for Unity, or Don’t Fight at All: My Plea for Christians to Keep Your Opinions To Yourself

    Anne Marie Miller
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    When I was sixteen, my dad left the ministry. He did nothing wrong, but it was an ugly church-wide meeting full of Southern obstinacy. I saw men in our small church yelling at each other, accusing each other, accusing my father, accusing my mother, accusing the youth pastor. Some claims were insidious, others plan incredulous. I will never forget that Sunday in April. A fire rose inside me that rarely burns for much anymore. As shy as I am, as non-confrontational as I am, and – for that church – as female as I am, none of that mattered. I stood up, my whole body shaking and read verses…
  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

    Anne Marie Miller
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several times a week, I log into the dashboard of my blog and think I have something to write. I could write about true freedom, and how that means willingly accepting my identity as a slave to Christ, which doesn’t bring oppression, but true joy. I could write about how I think the voice of the peacemakers is being shut down because the voice of the cynics is so loud…and the peacemakers know there’s really no point in fighting a virtual battle of words. I could write about all the new stuff I’m learning about anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and grief or about the…
  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
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  • How To Set Up A Branded Short Domain

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    You work hard to ensure a consistent brand across multiple social media and web sites. However, a key opportunity is often missed and it is one that really makes you stand out: a custom short domain. I decided to set one up for my site MWGblog.A short domain allows you to shorten long convoluted URLs to something more manageable. To go the extra step, you can set up your own short domain so that the links you post carry your personal brand across the web. As an example, let’s say I want to link to one of the books I wrote a few years back. Now I can link to the Amazon page for the…
  • Paleo at Pei Wei

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I have finally figured out a good Paleo friendly order at Pei Wei.Order: Teriyaki with steamed chicken, no rice, no sauce and extra vegetables. If you want to sound like you are a Pei Wei insider ask for “stock velveted chicken.”Stock velveting is their term for steaming protein and cuts about 30% of the calories. The post Paleo at Pei Wei appeared first on MWGblog.
  • MWGblog Resurrected – 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    MWGblog, my personal site has been resurrected… again.Over the last few months I’ve toyed with the idea of using MWGblog again. Don’t get me wrong, Facebook and Twitter are great, but posts on those sites are ephemeral by design. They come and go in that constant stream of updates. I miss the more permanent approach that a blog provides. Just in cleaning up the theme and WordPress install I came across posts from the early days of podcasting and lot’s of great pictures of my kids marking various special events. I don’t get that experience on Facebook. Besides, it’s nice to have a…
  • Remotely Lock Your Mac via iPhone

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Found a great method for remotely locking your Mac using your iPhone.  Uses: Hazel, Dropbox and Launch Center Pro.  Works great. Found on Rick Stawarz site.The post Remotely Lock Your Mac via iPhone appeared first on MWGblog.
  • Great iPhone WordPress Theme Plugin With AdSense

    1 Feb 2010 | 1:06 pm
    Ever since the advent of the iPhone, I’ve always tried to have an iPhone optimized theme for my sites. For the last 2 plus years I’ve been using the iWPhone plugin for WordPress. It did the job with a simple straight forward approach. However recently, I switched to WPtouch. This plugin is a power house. It also provides a feature I’ve always wanted for my mobile themes – Google AdSense integration. More on that in a minute.To start it lets you set up a simple theme and then, when you are ready, you can really dig in an customize all types of features. As you can see, the home…
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  • A Crash Course Guide For Instagram

    Alex Berger
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    The past couple of months have been fantastic. I’ve jumped head-first into Instagram and had an amazing series of experiences. I’ve learned a lot, improved my Instagram photography radically and received incredible feedback including an extended stint on Instagram’s suggested user list.  As I write this, I’m shooting on a fairly old iPhone 4s with
  • The Lone Bike – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    The Belgian cities embody the feel of storied medieval cities in a way that very few other locales can.  The city of Ghent is a beautiful blend of historic architecture, winding waterways, and ever so slightly overgrown cobblestone roads.  Despite being a major tourist attraction it is still possible to explore parts of the city
  • Danish Bike Culture Is Even More Amazing Than You Thought

    Alex Berger
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Over the last few years Copenhagen has become world famous for its incredible biking culture. It is no secret that there are a LOT of bikes in Copenhagen. The most commonly cited statistic is that more than 50% of Copenhageners bike daily to work or school. That, in and of itself, is pretty spectacular –
  • A 7 Day Road Trip Through Rural Scotland – From Ullapool Northward

    Alex Berger
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    In Part I and Part II of this series I shared with you the adventures and experiences of my first three days on the road. This included the trip from Edinburgh through Glen Coe to Ratagan before outlining my second day which was dedicated completely to the Isle of Skye. The third day documented the voyage from
  • Churchill’s Crashed Curtiss C-46 – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    Crashed airplanes and aviation accidents. They’re something we all hate to see, but at the see time also find deeply fascinating. They toy with our fears and with the small part of our reptilian brain that still can’t accept that mankind has managed to depart our terrestrial existence. They are also often an even bigger
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    To Think Is To Create

  • Look Good Feed Better

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    I absolutely love any project that serves to help women love themselves more. Love is at  the core of who we are – and loving ourselves is the foundation for loving each other, too. So, I partnered this month with The Motherhood, Fashion Project, C. Wonder and Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) to spread the word not only about the amazing things Look Good Feel Better does to help women overcome the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment, but also to let you know how easily it is for you to help too (hint: I have a great idea for what you can do with those clothes in your closet…
  • Back to School Style (Carter’s Giveaway!)

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Everything is bustling around our house right now because the first day of school is just over a week away, but the biggest bustle is our littlest preparing to start preschool. Can you even believe River is ready for school? Carter’s wanted to help get River all ready for back to school so we headed to the Carter’s store and picked out a few new school outfits. Riv is already very much involved in her clothing choices, much to my chagrin. She would wear pink for every outfit if she could. I am not so much in the All Pink All The Time camp, and want to see more black and white in…
  • When You Find Your Family’s Heartbeat

    9 May 2014 | 9:32 am
    My husband and I had gone camping as kids growing up, and even been camping once as a couple before kids. But we never took the camping plunge as a family of six, before last month. And when the time came to prep camp bins and pack up a duffle bag and load up the car — it was surreal for me. I felt like such a grown up, it was kind of weird. How were we taking our four kids camping, for two whole nights? It seemed like something other families who have their act WAY more together might do. And yet, it was here. Our first camping weekend. We packed the car and then loaded the kids in and…
  • DIY Chocolate Egg

    30 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    We are creating traditions every year with our growing family, and one thing I have always loved is creating Easter crafts and making Easter treats. Something about the Spring colors, the new life. It inspires me, and I start feeling adventurous. This year we got a little over the top (in that I attempted something a bit harder on the difficulty scale than I normally do!). Using Martha’s method (chocolate egg “how to” found here) and HERSHEY’S baking melts, we were able to have fun and make a mess and make the most beautiful chocolate eggs you have ever seen. Then we…
  • How the morning drop off changed our family

    18 Feb 2014 | 11:57 am
    We really had no idea how our lives would fully change when we made the decision to switch from homeschooling to public school last fall. Of course we expected plenty of change, but we couldn’t foresee all the fires we would need to put out, adjust, or get used to. One significant thing that changed is that we really don’t have time for long lingering breakfasts together anymore. The solution to this happened so organically, it was like we fell into a rhythm and then worked to keep that rhythm. The switch to public school was such a big leap for us, since my oldest two were going…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Twelve!

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    This was taken shortly before I started blogging. I only owned a point-and-shoot camera then, and didn’t know anything about photography…but this is still one of my favorite photos of him.       Another one of my favorite photos. Okay, he happens to be naked and asleep on the sidewalk underneath his blanket, which was actually an old, worn yellow bath towel…but it reminds me of the days he sucked his thumb. Those were some precious times.       He used to love putting on costumes and jumping on the trampoline. Aw, the Power Ranger days!  …
  • Panorama

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    I was running (okay, walking) Saturday evening (wait, was it Saturday? I think it was Saturday. At least I hope it was Saturday. This is what happens when you’re 45 and have four kids and can’t remember your mother’s maiden name) when I was positively gobsmacked (say that with a British accent, just for kicks) by the fiery, blazing (are those two terms redundant?) sunset in the western (not really necessary to insert the word “western”, as that’s sort of a given) sky. So basically, I made the dogs stop with me (they were more than happy to do so;…
  • Takeoff and Landing

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    First of all: Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend of rest, relaxation, excitement, exercise, watching movies, dusting, eating…or whatever it is that you hoped to accomplish this weekend. I realize the above photo has absolutely nothing to do with what I just said. But it doesn’t really need to, does it?       Second: Please, whatever else you do today, please make it a point to head over to The Pioneer Woman Cooks for a second or two and print out this recipe as soon as humanly possible. You need it in your life. Thank you for your…
  • Sweet Faces

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Aw, I love these two girls. Albeit in slightly different ways.       Hooker’s a dog. Alex is…well, my daughter. So there’s that.       Alex Update: Applied to one of her top choices for college. Waiting to hear. It might be awhile. In the process of applying to her other top choice for college. Having a hard time getting excited about finding a third choice, so she’s thinking of stopping there. Meantime, I’m making her sit on my lap a lot so I can pat her and call her my little lamb. Never mind that she’s three inches taller…
  • A Hot, Dusty Morning

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    We shipped cattle last week.       When we ship cattle, the cattle are loaded in groups onto our set of scales, then weighed.       Here, Marlboro Man is helping “shush” the cattle to get them all on the scale. If he ever tries to do that to me… Well, it won’t be pretty.       Oh, it was hot that day. As a result, I called Marlboro Man “Sweaty” all day instead of “Sweetie.” I’m a romantic that way.       Hat on, shirt untucked. It’s the only way to deal with scorchers like…
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    Boss Sanders

  • Vulnerable Love

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Once upon a time, a little baby was born.  Not just any baby, but the Savior of the world. I wonder how Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel first showed up… I mean, she was there just minding her own business and then, POOF!  There’s this glowing dude in her space.  The Bible actually says she was afraid!  Wouldn’t you be afraid if someone just POOFED into your room?  I mean, not only was some strange man in her room, but he was glowing!  I would’ve been scared, too! And, then… Gabriel told her to not be afraid.  And, she wasn’t.  He told her that she…
  • As Of Today, August 18, 2014

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I am thinking… My brain is running through a bunch of different courses right now.  You really don’t want a tour. First, I feel like I owe an apology…or, at least an explanation, as to why I basically dropped off the face of the Earth for a while.  A couple of months ago, we found out we were pregnant and excitement was high.  Then, we lost the pregnancy.  It’s been a two-month journey back to “mostly normal” – my body, hormones, emotions…everything was severely messed up.  In the thick of it, we were/are trying to shield our children from this…

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We have GREAT days where we zoom through school at lightning speed.  There are days where I feel peaceful and full of joy.  Other days, I feel like we are struggling just to all make it to the end of the day, alive…much less with peace or joy.  For the days when you feel like you’re doing it all wrong and that you are the only one bordering on insanity, feel free to come back to this post.  Please know that the following is not my EVERY DAY… but these days come and go.  It’s just part of the season of life that we are in right now… with a newly adopted 7…
  • As of today, July 25, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I am thinking… Hubby took us all to the drive-in movies last week for our date night (we shared it with the kiddos).  It’s my week again, and I’m thinking… go-karts and laser tag.  Or, wine trail.  Decisions, decisions. I am thankful… 141.  For books.  I REALLY like books 142.  For friends who encourage. 143.  For friends who know me well enough to when I’m struggling and call me out on it. 144.  For ibuprofen. 145.  For the internet and the world of learning (FREE) that it opens up to us! 146.  Online shopping!  Our favorite diapers are from target, but…
  • As of today, July 14, 2014

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I am thinking… So, last post, I wrote that I was curious about what my hubby had planned for date night.  He definitely delivered. He created an AWESOME “getaway” with sheets and blankets and pillows.  He made an elaborate tent with candlelight (it was safe, I promise) and we had a movie night.  We needed an at-home FREE date, so this was PERFECT. For my turn, I had one of the kids deliver this to hubby: But then, in a duck and fire move, I accidentally hit him in the eye.  Almost blinding your husband puts a bit of a damper on the evening.  So, in an effort to be a little…
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    Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine

  • Hot Coffee Trend: Nitro Cold Brew

    Leigh Powell Hines
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    At Skimbaco, when we experience something we love then we like to share it. We thought it was fitting since Satu wrapped up the Ride Wild 2014 through Ireland this month that we toast her with coffee that pours like a Guinness.I tasted my first-ever nitro cold brew at the new coffee bar, BREW, in Raleigh, N.C., which serves serves both coffee and craft beer to its customers. Nitro cold brew isn’t just an iced coffee. Without getting too technical, craft beer lovers are probably used to the term because many bars usually have a nitro tap as part of their draft system.  Nitro taps have…
  • 6 Life Lessons from Spending 2 days Filming a Reality TV Show

    Katja Presnal
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    Around a month ago I spent a weekend in Finland participating in the shooting of the Partiomestari reality TV show, in which the girl and boy scouts compete in teams against each others in action-packed tasks. While many parents might want to limit TV-watching for their children, I’m excited about the inspiring Partiomestari show, and wish the same format would get outside Finland as well. I spent two days in the archipelago of Turku, we camped one day in Kemiö, and then spent a day in Turku following the TV show filming. Stay tuned for more posts from Finland, but first: let me talk…
  • Orange List: Hot Costume and Party Halloween Trends for 2014

    Katja Presnal
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Sponsored content. has revealed the “Orange List”, featuring this Halloween season’s top 10 hottest costumes, and top 10 party themes and treats. Check out the hottest costumes this year and how to be trendy this Halloween -or how to avoid what every one else is wearing this year- and get ideas for your ultimate Halloween party theme of the year, including treat recipes. The Halloween treats include drinks, and both sweet and savory recipes from one of America’s most recognizable lifestyle experts and bestselling author Sandra Lee, and Halloween recipes from…
  • Southern Food: Savor the South Weekend in N.C.

    Leigh Powell Hines
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    Peaches, biscuits, bourbon, sweet potatoes, okra, buttermilk, tomatoes, pecans, pickles, preserves, and good ole’ Southern holidays. These are the foods that define the South. As a Southern girl, I’m really partial to biscuits, tomatoes, and okra. Oh, how I wish I could fry okra like my grandmother did.Skimbaco has been invited to cover the Savor the South Weekend in  Greensboro, N.C. on Sept. 26-28. I’ll be traveling to Greensboro,and checking into the O’Henry Hotel to  meet the  authors behind the Savor the South cookbook series and experience some of the recipes…
  • Family Getaway Idea: Williamsburg, Virginia

    Leigh Powell Hines
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:39 pm
    The great thing about traveling to the South in the fall  is that temperatures remain warm during the day well into November. The perfect spot for families to explore the fall season is Williamsburg, Virginia. It’s a good place to have fun, but it’s also filled with history, which provides an exceptional learning opportunity for your children during the school year.You cannot visit the Williamsburg area without visiting the Jamestown settlement because they know how to make history fun.  Here, you explore America’s beginnings. This is the site of the first English…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Happiness Interview with My Friend Sam Laffey

    Britt Reints
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview with My Friend Sam Laffey. This is the second time my friend Sam has given me a happiness interview. The first time, she asked me what the heck I was thinking – and her responses to my interview questions made me ask myself the same question. Turns out Sam was in “a bit of a funk-o-la” at the time even though she looked on the outside like she was doing all the right things. That was three months ago. Last week, out of the blue, Sam sent me another set of responses to my original interview question. The difference was like night…
  • How to Get More Love from The People You Love Most

    Britt Reints
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Join the conversation at How to Get More Love from The People You Love Most. We hadn’t spoken since noon the day before when I had told him I was done. “I’m not going anywhere,” I’d tempered my declaration to a slightly more reasonable level, “but I am done trying to connect with you!” He opened his mouth as if to respond but closed it again without speaking. I watched him take a breath, clench his jaw, and shove down any signs of anger or understanding. And then, with a single word, he lowered the cone of silence. “Fine.” Shortly after…
  • Should You Make Your Kids Happy? Dr. G Has the Answer

    Britt Reints
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Join the conversation at Should You Make Your Kids Happy? Dr. G Has the Answer. Every single time I have talked to a group of women about happiness, I have been asked this question: Is it my job to make my kids happy? Finally, I’m thrilled to have an answer that comes from a source I trust. Dr. Deborah Gilboa – you can call her Dr. G – is a family physician and parenting expert. She’s also smart, compassionate, and believes in every parent’s ability to know their own child best (which is the only kind of parenting expert I’ll listen to!) Here’s what…
  • The Absolute Easiest Way for Busy People to Practice Mindfulness

    Britt Reints
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Join the conversation at The Absolute Easiest Way for Busy People to Practice Mindfulness. Experts promise that you’ll be happier if you can be more mindful. But what the heck does that mean – and does anyone really have the time for it? What it means: mindfulness is just a fancy way of saying that you are paying attention to the here and now. As simple as that sounds, it’s shocking how often you probably aren’t being mindful – especially if you’re a woman. Most of us tend to do one thing while thinking about another. We drive home while mentally planning…
  • Happiness Interview: Naomi Hattaway

    Britt Reints
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview: Naomi Hattaway. When I first met Naomi she was living in India. Then she and her family moved to Singapore, she and her kids and their beloved street dog happily following her husband’s career around the world. Now, she’s settling into what she calls her Forever Home in the countryside outside of D.C. – and she is just as happy and adventurous as ever. Naomi inspires me because she is the type of woman who sends friends from the Internet thank you cards, inspirational tea bags, and earrings from India. She goes the extra mile…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • about that Kent State shirt

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The people I follow on various social media channels are righteously upset today. They are appalled at a tacky shirt that a large chain store is selling. The shirt has Kent State written on it, but it is printed to look blood splattered. The shirt mocks the tragic death of college students. Nothing about it is funny. It is a vile marketing decision by Urban Outfitters. The social media reaction is predictable. I follow the people speaking out against this shirt, BECAUSE of their passion and constant effort to make the world a little better. That said, I need to tell a snippet of a story from…
  • timing is everything

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Me: “I’m going out to run errands. Need anything?” Family: “Nope.” I text home two hours later. “Heading home unless anyone needs something.” Text from child: “Nobody needs anything.” I come home, unload groceries and sit down to remove my shoes and read email. An hour later, I remove my bra and spend half an hour washing dishes. Those things aren’t related, but are part of the timeline. Another hour later, I put on pajamas and curl up in a chair with a book. “Mom! We’re completely out of cat food.”
  • The Simpsons Marathon

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    You don’t need to watch the entire marathon. Check off the episodes that you do watch. Watch the missing episodes the next time you are stuck in bed with the plague. The Simpsons schedule/episode list
  • resisting retargeting

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    There’s a clothing website that I like to visit occasionally. Everything on the site is unaffordable, but it’s fun to window shop in a wealthy hippie store. The instant I close that site’s tab, an email arrives in my box with an image of whatever I spent too long ogling. “Are you suuure you don’t want to buy this?” Yes, I’m sure. They never include a free shipping or discount offer. They are much too sure of themselves. For days after my imaginary clothing shopping, the images of whatever I looked at will be in the sidebar of many of my daily reads.
  • Questions about ‘The Giver’ in the classroom

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    I read my children’s assigned books. It is the only way that I can check their reports on the books. It is also the only way that I can be certain they think about and discuss the themes in their books. I suspect that school has neither the time nor the ability to do this. They check reports for accuracy about book content and proper grammar. I want my children to have less clinical analysis of books and more appreciation of ideas that are intended to make them think. So, we read the books and we talk about them. I seriously need someone in my children’s school system to explain…
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  • The woods

    Simply Stork
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      I grew up in the woods.  I have always been drawn to them.  I love walking on  trails and exploring.  It’s even better when I can talk a child or two (and a grandpa) into coming along. On this day we found the following: 1 big log to throw into the creek and watch it go down the falls. 1 very noisy woodpecker  1 trail that we had never been on before 3 explorers and many treasures to add to the treasure  box it made for a great day.   I hope you are enjoying your summer adventures friends. ~simply~
  • Coffee and a doughnut

    Simply Stork
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
      Hello friends.  If you haven't noticed yet…I have returned to my love for coffee and coffee shops and have begun blogging the experiences again over at coffee and a doughnut.  I have thoroughly enjoyed checking out all the new coffee shops sprouting up in my area.  I haven't been alone.  I have had some company along the way.  My daughter has accompanied me on many of my coffee shop adventures and she will be popping in from time to time.  I might even convince her to do a blog post or two :o)  I have missed my afternoons of people watching and I am…
  • Water color picnic

    Simply Stork
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
                There was an open call by Liz for all bloggers and artists alike to attend a Water Color Picnic.  It was quite an adventure for me, being quite a distance from my house, but I was up for the challenge…so I went. There was a small handful of women who brought their blankets and water color paints (or what ever artsy fartsy things they were into) and sat together to enjoy the encouragement of other artists…at no cost. It was lovely, to say the least.  I had a relaxing afternoon of sitting, chatting, painting and meeting some…
  • Through the eye of a fish?

    Simply Stork
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I have a new toy.  I received an adaptor for one of my camera lenses.  It is called the “fish eye.”  I have been playing with it for a bit now and I must admit…it’s pretty fun.  I have a feeling I will be overusing this lens so please bear with me as I shoot ( play) with a new eye in mind.  Through the eyes of a fish?  :o)
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    Simply Stork
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:24 pm
                                 Happy little daisies, that’s what these flowers are.  They always bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.  May you find something today that brings you a little grin.  Because that is where the hope begins. ~simply~
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  • In Honor Of Ken Burns’ Series The Roosevelts

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Last night Bossy watched the Ken Burns’ series on PBS, The Roosevelts, which is to say Bossy and her mother and her daughter were ignoring the show and talking about boys. But when Bossy did turn her attention to the television, everything sounded vaguely familiar, as if Bossy had written a book about the Roosevelts herself. And then Bossy remembered she did write a book about the Roosevelts, dressed as a blog post answering the question: What if the Roosevelts were around today? To help with that task, Bossy turned to Facebook. You see, this was Franklin Roosevelt: Franklin Roosevelt…
  • Farewell Dear Stella

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Mere hours before daybreak and an appointment that would have decided things for her, Stella shut off her own light. She did it with grace and dignity, on her terms, at the Bossy family house with her people lying on the floor around her. Ironically it was a woman named Kitty who was responsible for Bossy’s Great Dane. It was 2005 and the Bossy family had just lost their aging dog to cancer. This prompted Bossy to launch what she calls the research process, even though Bossy’s mom refers to it as good as done. Bossy had always wanted a giant dog, which are hard to come by in mutt…
  • How Bossy Spent Her Summer Vacation – And The Two Years Leading Up To It

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Hello, and welcome to I Am Bossy, a humor blog without the blog posts! Luckily the blog is still funny. Even if currently written and archived entirely within the confines of Bossy’s own head! Bossy hasn’t been writing lately because of the following items, in no particular order except from most important to even more important: Working. Bossy has been working full time at an Institutional Investment Firm. If you don’t understand what Bossy could possibly provide in skills to an Institutional Investment Firm, you are not alone! In fact you are joined by Bossy, along with…
  • Explaining Stuff To Aliens: How To Tell Time

    22 May 2014 | 10:19 am
    You see we have these things called clocks and no one looks at them because we have phones. Yes phones are for talking to people who aren’t there, but they’re also for telling time. No you don’t actually tell time anything, but rather telling time is the process of knowing what time it is. And you know what time it is because you look at a clock. Shall we begin? Clocks have numbers on them. Except sometimes they don’t: And each number represents an hour which is one hour long. An hour takes an hour, which is also sixty minutes. A minute takes a minute and is made up of…
  • Ten Word Tuesday: The Reading In Bed Edition

    7 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Look! It’s time for Ten-Word Tuesday on Wednesday! That’s because Thursday is the new Friday! Shall we? For the past week, Bossy has been sleeping with Keith Richards. In doorstop form. It all began when Bossy borrowed Keith Richards from Bossy’s friend Barbara because Barbara said, “It’s actually a very good read.” Which brings up an interesting point. Actually is never a word you want associated with your achievements. It’s like the time Bossy invited her neighbor Tracy over for appetizers, and Tracy said, “Actually the roasted beets with goat…
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    Mo's Marketplace

  • September 11, 2001

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    During the disputed Presidential election of 2000, I registered with CNN for email alerts on breaking news. For about a month between November and into December of that year, I would receive numerous emails from CNN with news alerts. After the Supreme Court decided “Bush vs. Gore,” the email began to peter out and after George W. Bush became the 43rd President of the United States on January 20, 2001, I received close to no alerts going forward. For me, the morning of Tuesday, September 11 began much the same way Monday, September 10 had. I drove the 20 minutes or so to work,…
  • Robin Williams

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Tonight, Robin Williams is dead.  A man responsible for so much joy found life so intolerable that he felt he had to end his. Truly a comedic genius.  So completely outrageous, and zany, he leaves me in a sad place.  How someone who could see the world in such humorous terms, apparently couldn’t see his own life through the same lens.  While “The Crazy Ones” was alright, it was still humorous.  How someone in such a dark place could be as humorous as he was in that show eludes me. To be sure, someone who commits suicide doesn’t find himself in that place just once…
  • With All Due Respect…

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    “With all due respect.” The phrase is supposed to acknowledge that the parties of a conversation do not agree on a particular point, and such disagreement is not due to any disrespect. It further indicates there is a degree of admiration due to the listener. A skillful speaker of English, however, can successfully twist the phrase into a slight in and of itself. The truly beautiful part of using it against the listener is that there is nothing in particular about the phrase that should engender anything from the listener other than a polite response; it almost creates the…
  • To Be Honest With You…

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    How many times have I sat in an interview with a candidate or sat in an automobile sales office, or in some other meeting on a sensitive topic where the person with whom I’m speaking says, “To be honest with you…”? Now, I’m sure the expression is mean to address the idea that what has been asked or that which has been otherwise addressed, is somehow sensitive or somehow difficult to answer – particularly for a sales representative trying to sell me an automobile who wants to recenter the conversation away from potential issues or additional costs.
  • Dents, Dings, Scars, and Things

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Every dent, every ding tells a story. I grew up watching the Boston Red Sox on television, and by the time I was 14 years old, I finally had the opportunity to see them play in Fenway Park for the first time. My friend’s dad ran a grocery chain and had tickets from the Coke distributor – my very first game was witnessed two rows back from the visitor’s dugout on the third base line. Those seats are now worth some $85+ dollars. Back in 1984, not so much. It was the first time I had seen Fenway and the wall up close. The “Green Monster” has dents in it covering…
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    Family on Bikes

  • The currency of life

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post was written by the writer of the (now defunct) site, Perrys’ in Wonderland. I first read it back in 2008 and it has stayed with me ever since. Throughout the years, I have often gone back to reread these words and remind myself how important it is that we choose wisely. We only have one life to live. There are times in our lives when we are rich, and times when we are poor. There are times when we are somewhere in between, and content to be so. There is always someone who is richer than we are, and always someone who is poorer. We are never on true, equal footing with anyone…
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Stratton to Caratunk

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    September 11 So we’re sitting around the lean-to chatting away, talking about how light weight we’re traveling and what items we brought that we can get rid of. “You can get rid of your cup,” Arrowhead says to someone. “What?! Get rid of my cup? How would I cook my food? What would I drink from?” an astonished hiker replies. “Why even cook anything. That’s why they make pop tarts and Snickers bars. If you need oatmeal, just eat it raw. That will also save you the weight of your stove. As far as getting a drink . . .” Arrowhead walks over…
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Gorham, NH to Stratton, Maine

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    8/29: Went 11.8 miles today.  This was by far the longest I’ve ever gone.  Won’t beat this until probably the last half of the 100-mile wilderness.  It’s suppose to be hard until then. 8/30: Hiked 9.6 very hard miles today.  The only reason I pushed myself was because I wanted to do the Mottousuk Notch, the hardest mile of the AT, before it rains.  Rain is predicted for tomorrow afternoon.  It would make scrambling over the boulders dangerous because they would become slippery.  Would be disastrous if someone got injured out here. I have the usual sore feet &…
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Pinkham Notch to Gorham

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Many of you readers are already aware of this, but for those who aren’t, John is hiking the northernmost 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail this fall. He left a few days ago, and his reports are trickling in. I will repost his entries here for those who care to keep up with his adventures. He is taking plenty of photos, but I won’t have access to them until he returns home mid-October. For now, his words will suffice. Enjoy his adventure! Day 0 – Climbing Mt. Washington Woke up to a beautiful day in Pinkham Notch.  At the last minute I decided to stay an extra day so I…
  • Risk taking as parents: Where’s the line when we’ve gone too far?

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit the Ambri research and development laboratory. If you haven’t heard of them, I would encourage you to watch this video now, before reading on. As we toured the facilities, I was struck by the level of innovation and critical thinking that was going into their battery. They are entering uncharted territory – a place where no company has ever gone before. There is no industry standard. There is no “best practice” to lean on. They have to test everything and consider tiny details. They know the chemical reaction works; now they need to…
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • A Beginning, A Middle, and an End

    David J. Hinson
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    This week, I’ve been discussing the secret to great marketing; namely, that great marketing is actually great storytelling. Today, I’d like to discuss how the process of your storytelling can affect the efficacy of your message. All really good stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. You don’t always have to start your story at the “beginning”, or end your story at the “end”, but you absolutely have to have a process for telling your story. Let’s look at some interesting television, cinematic, and literary examples of innovative…
  • Are campus mergers rising?

    David J. Hinson
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    davidjhinson:Thoughts from Bryan Alexander on Campus Mergers. It tracks with my post from this morning on eCampus Weekly, Consortial change – it takes more than missionaries. Originally posted on Bryan Alexander: How can colleges and universities cope with today’s financial and enrollment challenges? Perhaps by merging.  Former university president Susan Resneck Pierce offers a sobering and thoughtful list of institutions currently exploring mergers. Pierce also provides good advice for leaders thinking about linking up with other campuses. I’d call this another datapoint for the…
  • Why Voice Matters

    David J. Hinson
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    This week, I’ve been discussing great marketing, and how all great marketing is really great storytelling. Today I’d like to talk about the importance of voice. I’m not just talking simply about the tone in which we convey our messaging; what I mean when I say voice with regard to marketing is really more akin to the concept of persona.  A persona is a role. It is an entity that carries a back story, character, standing, and authenticity. Your marketing voice is the persona that you create to tell your product story. Many brands will use a prominent founder or a famous…
  • A Great Product is Necessary – but not Sufficient – for Success

    David J. Hinson
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Yesterday, I posited that great marketing is simply great storytelling. And great stories all begin with an interesting subject to frame a compelling narrative around. In marketing, that subject is your product (for simplicity’s sake, I’m purposefully conflating products and services, to being simply the “thing” that you’re trying to influence an audience to buy – or buy into). And while a solid and innovative product is the very beginning of crafting a compelling campaign, it is not sufficient for the success of that product in the marketplace. In fact, I…
  • What Makes a Great Marketer? Great Storytelling.

    David J. Hinson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    By formal training, I am not a marketer. However, I use marketing practically every day of my professional career: as an employee, as a manager, as a business owner, and even as a CIO. As an employee (or potential employee, as the case may be lately), I constantly promote the brand of me. What is my value promise? What do I have to offer that is unique to me and to no one else? As a manager, my direct reports need to understand the direction and leadership I supply. A strong, cogent, message is important in order to get everyone working – and continuing to work – in the same…
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    Simple Marriage

  • 6 Marriage Myths Debunked

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    The only thing perfect about marriage is the airbrushed wedding photo. ~ Anonymous Marriage, even the best of marriages, can take effort and work. In fact, based on the research I conducted regarding the essential elements necessary for a marriage to thrive, commitment, trust, and respect were in the top five – and each of these require some work to make happen. Many people still enter into marriage wearing rose-colored glasses. We long for the Hollywoodization of relationships. Where everything goes smoothly and passionately and all our disagreements are resolved before the credits…
  • The art of non-sexual touch

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    If you are neanderthal or cro-magnon man reading this, your reaction may be “What? Me must procreate!” If you are somewhat more enlightened you may be saying, “Yeah right, like there is such a thing.” And if you’re a female, you may be saying, “It’s about time!” We are all sexual beings. It’s part of our design. Sexuality plays a role in most everything we encounter. Our society has become more and more sexualized. But in a marriage, there’s more to life than sex. Did I really just say that out loud? A major component of a fulfilling…
  • Be a Fan, a Team Player and a Coach to have a Successful Marriage

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Football season is here. Most people I know are overjoyed to let the upcoming games consume them. I have some serious pigskin fans in my family. Compared to those fanatics, my spouse and I are the weird ones. We don’t actually follow any particular team or sport. In fact, it’s one of the things that attracted me to my husband – that I wouldn’t be forced to watch the big screens or attend tail-gating parties when deep down, that just isn’t my passion. However, that being said, I do admire the enthusiasm that goes behind football fandom. In fact, I think the principles can be applied…
  • The Most Important Relationship You’ll Ever Have

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Do a Google search of the word relationships and you’ll find about 178,000,000 articles, links and sites on the topic. Interestingly though, you won’t find many links and articles on the most important relationship you’ll ever have – the one you have with yourself. The relationship you have with yourself has a tremendous impact on your life. Your self esteem, personal outlook, drive, and even mental health is largely shaped by this relationship. Why is this the most important relationship you’ll ever have? Your external world tends to be a reflection of your internal…
  • It Doesn’t Take Two

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    It doesn’t “take two,” as the old saying goes. It takes two to keep your marriage the same; it only takes one to change it. When you change, the relationship changes. It Doesn’t Take Two is written by Corey from: Simple Marriage ----------- A FEW THINGS WE LOVE: Simple Marriage's eCourses - marriage help from the comfort of your own phone. Sexy Marriage Radio
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 16 Ideas For Your Food Bucket List – Things You Must Eat Before You Die

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    One category of items that should definitely be on your bucket list is the food and drinks you would like to try before you die. After all, eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. In addition, one of the best ways to experience the culture of a country is through its food. Finally, there’s no [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 50 Goal Quotes That Will Inspire and Motivate You

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    We all have goals that we’re striving to achieve — getting into better shape; achieving financial freedom; traveling to a dream destination; and so on. Often, we have trouble getting started with our goals, or we discover that achieving them is going to take more time and effort than we thought it would, and we [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 17 Ideas For Your Fitness Bucket List

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The cornerstone of a good life is fitness and health. Although eating healthy foods and leading an active lifestyle can be a challenge, making continuous healthy choices will make your life better now and in the future. Below you’ll discover 17 ideas for your fitness bucket list. The ideas were taken from my eBook, “Idea [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 16 Thinking Habits that Will Make You Smarter

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    What if I were to tell you that there are 16 thinking habits that will make you smarter? After all, there are money habits that will make you richer, eating habits that will make you healthier, and working habits that will make you more productive. Why not thinking habits that will make you smarter? The [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • What a Special Agent Can Teach You about Achieving Your Goals

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    I used to watch a show called NCIS. It’s a television drama about special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Services. They investigate crimes committed within the Department of the Navy of the United States. The show focuses on a team of special agents led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Gibbs has a set of rules [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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  • 24 Things for You to STOP Doing and 24 Things for You to START Doing

    Andrew Galasetti
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re doing something that is a waste of time, not beneficial, or that is even hurtful. Or sometimes we just need a reminder. Here are 24 things for you to STOP doing, followed by 24 things for you to START doing. 1. Stop handing over the responsibility of your dreams to someone else. 1. Start taking complete responsibility of your dreams–this includes any failure and
  • Welcome to the NEW Lyved!

    Andrew Galasetti
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Welcome to the new Lyved! We’ve been working hard, preparing Lyved with a fresh design and a fresh focus. There are still tweaks for us to make but we’re ready to welcome you back. Lyved is still all about “Life and living it!” and with our newly launched categories like Arts & Entertainment, Current Events, Travel, Career & Entrepreneurship, Tech, and More, we’re expanding to cover everything for a truly
  • U.S. Coming Soon!

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Coming Soon! This is a new category for Lyved, where you’ll be seeing many great articles and posts in the near future. If you’re a writer interested in this topic, please contact us through our submission page HERE. We’re always welcoming to new voices. Thank you for reading! -Andrew Founder of Lyved…
  • Family Coming Soon!

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Coming Soon! This is a new category for Lyved, where you’ll be seeing many great articles and posts in the near future. If you’re a writer interested in this topic, please contact us through our submission page HERE. We’re always welcoming to new voices. Thank you for reading! -Andrew Founder of Lyved…
  • Health & Wellness Coming Soon!

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Coming Soon! This is a new category for Lyved, where you’ll be seeing many great articles and posts in the near future. If you’re a writer interested in this topic, please contact us through our submission page HERE. We’re always welcoming to new voices. Thank you for reading! -Andrew Founder of Lyved…
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    Urban-Etiquette Blog | Urban-Etiquette Blog

  • Best Kitchen Knives- Your Trusted Tools For Mastering The Art Of Cooking

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Knives are your trusted tools for mastering the art of cooking. Can you ever think of a time when you prepared your favourite dish without using your knife? What happens when you don’t find your trusted slicing mate in its place? We just can’t do without them! We are so dependent and used to working with our everyday knives that we just don’t feel like letting them go but you can’t use the same knife forever so let’s brace ourselves with the knowhow to buy ourselves a perfect slicing mate.  Choose the type that meets your cutting need. Test for comfort of the grip, leverage and…
  • Looking for a Small Food Processor?

    30 May 2014 | 2:50 am
    A small food processor is a machine designed to make your repetitive kitchen tasks go faster. Mincing, slicing, shredding, chopping pureeing and grinding are some of the tasks which are made easier by a small food processor, especially when you do them in large quantity. In this article, I will help you to look for a small food processor of the best quality. What you should look for It is a fact that all small food processors do the same tasks; therefore, you should look for a powerful small food processor which can process your food quickly and consistently. A heavy base will prevent your…
  • Panasonic Bread Machines

    12 Mar 2014 | 12:16 am
    With its years of establishment as the best bread makers manufacturers, Panasonic remains unrivaled. Though there are hundreds of brands that claim that they offer high quality bread markets, it seems that many homeowners prefer to have one from Panasonic, due to many reasons. For those who might still think about buying Panasonic bread maker, this article is ready to provide comprehensive reviews on best Panasonic bread machines that homeowners can consider. Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC Excellent is the only word that can describe this bread machine. Buyers find this product is easier to operate…
  • Using The Service Of Best Blenders 2013 Products

    29 Jun 2013 | 8:17 pm
    It is factual to know and understand the kitchen blenders can be found in vary sizes, shapes ranging from compact held units usable for certain applications to countertop types. Using best blender reviews 2014 can help users to make the best choice. There are certain guides and factors that can help users to pick the best immersion blender that suits a given task. This can be found in product performance, power rating, durability, affordability or cost and mention a few. Using all these factors will give you the best option of select a blender for use as required. Reading through the rest…
  • Best Way To Clean Your Coffee Maker

    28 May 2013 | 2:48 am
    Feeling a little out of sorts because the cup of coffee you had this morning tasted absolutely foul? It might be time to clean your coffee maker! A clean coffee maker constitutes the fine line between a good and bad coffee and forms part of the regular maintenance that it has to undergo in order to remain in its pristine condition. This is because gunk will accumulate inside your coffee maker over time, contributing to a very bitter taste in your coffee. So, what is one to do? Forget blowing your money on brand-specific commercial cleaning kits; all you need is just a bottle of white vinegar,…
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    But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness

  • What is the perfect gift to give, when you want to give the most memorable gift?

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    My father turned 66 this summer and I decided to get him a gift that was both unique and memorable. He has a great interest in family history and saved some mementos from his mother’s estate. In an old worn out shipping box in the basement I found a small reel of old fashioned video […] The post What is the perfect gift to give, when you want to give the most memorable gift? appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • We have reached OVER 119,000 likes on our facebook page! Come join our #spoonie community!

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
        WHoooo HHhhoooo!!!  Do a happy Dance! We have reached OVER 119,000 fans/ likes on our facebook fanpage! Thank you to all our readers, friends, and “spoonies” for making every part of our online community as supportive as it is. You guys are amazing! If you haven’t “liked” us yet on facebook come on […] The post We have reached OVER 119,000 likes on our facebook page! Come join our #spoonie community! appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • I am Sick, NOT Stupid.

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Many years ago I heard a joke that was going around and it went like this. A guy was going home from the auto mechanic and just as he was passing a psychiatric center, a wheel fell off his car. He stopped, surveyed the situation and realized that the mechanic must have been distracted and […] The post I am Sick, NOT Stupid. appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • Painsomnia – Tick tock, tick tock, the clock keeps moving…

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    My mind won’t stop working. Tick, tock, tick, tock…many nights I just can’t sleep and the only companion I have is the clock and a teddy bear. Teddy doesn’t talk and I can’t get the clock to “SHUT UP”. I know, it’s just my brain trying to work things out but still I AM AWAKE. […] The post Painsomnia – Tick tock, tick tock, the clock keeps moving… appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • Christine’s “Unbirthday Party”! – SAVE THE DATE!

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Christine’s “Unbirthday Party”! The Purple Party Dinner Dance – September 7th – SAVE THE DATE! It is my birthday and I am throwing the party… but you get the dinner, dancing, cake, music,swag bags, gifts and prizes! The best gift of all is our ability to come together and help others. Usually the birthday girl makes a wish. This year, help me make others wishes come true. All proceeds from this party will go to newly established But You Don’t Look Sick Foundation. The Party is Sunday September 7th. If you live near Long Island,…
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  • The Ultimate Sophistication

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin FranklinGood order is the foundation of all things. ~ Edmund BurkeOrganize; don't agonize. ~ Nancy PelosiOrganizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. ~ A.A. MilneThe Zen of Organizing philosophy refers to the creation of a calm, peace-filled, and joyous environment.  ~ Regina LeedsSimplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo DaVinciQuotes about organizing
  • Kindle a Light

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Man- a being in search of meaning.  ~ PlatoEvery human being is a problem in search of a solution.  ~ Ashley MontaguMan is the only animal for who his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.   ~ Erich FrommMan is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.   ~ Albert CamusAs far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.  ~Carl JungQuotes about humanity
  • Something Imperfect

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Perfection is the death of possibilities.  ~ Mary Kay HammPerfection is highly overrated. Real learning and growth come with imperfection.  ~ Felicia WatlingtonI’m careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can strive for; perfection is God’s business. ~ Michael J. FoxThe maxim ‘Nothing but perfection’ may be spelled ‘Paralysis.’  ~ Winston ChurchillBetter to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.  ~ Robert H. Schuller Quotes  about perfection
  • Between You and Life

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Clutter-clearing is modern day alchemy.   ~ Denise LinnBottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, it's clutter, and it needs to go.   ~Charisse WardOut of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony.   ~ Albert EinsteinClutter is not just the stuff on your floor- it's anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.   ~ Peter WalshWhen you have cleared all of your clutter, you can be of greater service to those around you.   ~Michael B. Kitson Quotes about clutter
  • In the Making

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation. ~ Roger MarisBefore anything else, preparation is the key to success. ~ Alexander Graham BellThe will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare.  ~Thane YostNone of us becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime. ~ Gail GodwinThe first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. ~ Arthur SchopenhauerQuotes about preparation
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    Steve's Free

  • Hope-full Purification

    Steve Woodruff
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Trying to be holy without standing on a base of hope is like….well, it’s like running through a dark wilderness with a broken compass, wearing worn-out moccasins while carrying an angry and sharp-beaked octopus on your back. During an ice storm. OK, the analogy is imperfect, but you get the point. If you seek holiness without a firm anchor in hope, you simply become a guilt-ridden Pharisee. Trust me – I know from experience. We see the God-honoring way of becoming holy in I John 3:1-3: See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of…
  • Saying and Doing

    Steve Woodruff
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    I’m very glad that chapter 2 of the book of 1 John begins with an affirmation that the righteous sacrifice of Jesus Christ covers all sin. Because John is about to discuss the most common sin around. Hypocrisy. Saying one thing, and doing its opposite. Find me someone guiltless of hypocrisy, and I guarantee you they’re on the pages of a comic book. No such person. Certainly not me. In my best moments, my heart is an alloy of moral black, white, and grey. But there’s a certain kind of hypocrite that is not merely imperfect. This is the kind that deliberately puts on a mask…
  • What a Prostitute Can Teach Us about Grace

    Steve Woodruff
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    She was unclean. A notorious sinner in the town actually – perhaps a prostitute. An immoral wretch, at the bottom of the totem pole. But she was intrigued by this loving, kind, forgiveness-dispensing Jesus, and she dared come to Him to express her appreciation and love in a tangible way – anointing His feet with very expensive perfume. All this, in the house of one of the self-righteous religious folks of the day. Simon the Pharisee had invited Jesus in for a meal (after all, on the prophet circuit, Jesus was head and shoulders above any contemporaries! He was really stirring…
  • Now

    Steve Woodruff
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    The past 2 weeks have brought an unending litany of bad news in our nation and around the world. I don’t even want to list the events because it’s depressing to just mention it all. It can be overwhelming, frankly. And our limited capacity to take in that much gloom is regularly swamped by an insistent flood of media that pounds us with stark imagery and doomsday opinioneering. I’m finding myself shutting down and walking away, out of sheer self-preservation. You? We aren’t designed to carry this much angst. And some of us double or triple the load, by continually…
  • Scandalous Mercy

    Steve Woodruff
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    I am one small, finite, little-hearted, mortal human being, and my capacity for mercy toward others is really pretty meager. The God who created all things, and whose language is that of infinitude, is not like that. Let’s say you embezzled a hundred thousand dollars from an employer – knowingly stealing what wasn’t yours. Or you destroyed the reputation of a co-worker through gossip. Or you regularly lashed out in anger at those around you because of your petty and selfish heart. Or you commited adultery – repeatedly. Or you curse(d) God on a regular basis. Or you…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Iowa Supreme Court Blocks Webcam Abortion Ban

    Shane Vander Hart
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Iowa Supreme Court Building Photo credit: Ctjf83 via Wikimedia Commons (CC-By-SA 3.0)Tuesday the Iowa Supreme Court decided to put a stay on the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule banning webcam abortions. Polk County District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell, last month, sided with the Iowa Board of Medicine’s webcam abortion ban.  The Iowa Board of Medicine, in August of last year, decided 8-2 on a rule that effectively ban telemed abortions in the state.Farrell in his ruling last August wrote, “There is no question that the board has the power to establish standards of practice for the…
  • Timothy Keller: Evolutionist?

    Tom Hill
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Photo source: The Gospel Coalition“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17Poor Eve. She never knew what hit her. It all sounded so right. The serpent asked a simple question: “Did God say…?” When Eve answered affirmatively, Satan diverted her from truth by questioning God’s goodness, and, by contrast, promising her his own version of spiritual growth and enlightenment. Eve blindly followed the evil one’s web of deceit.This same evil dynamic echoes throughout history as a pragmatic means to achieve…
  • Miller-Meeks Releases First TV Ad in Iowa 2nd Congressional District Race

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
     Photo credit: Dave Davidson –, IA)  Today, Miller-Meeks for Congress releases the first television advertisement of the campaign entitled “Problem.” The ad highlights Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ background, experience and how she is well-suited to take on the dysfunction in Washington.“Washington is at a breaking point because of career politicians like Dave Loebsack who put special interests before Iowa interests,” said Matt Sauvage, Miller-Meeks’ Campaign Manager. “Dr. Miller-Meeks has the background and experience to get things done. She…
  • Draft Ben Carson Committee Taps Rob & Christi Taylor as Iowa Co-Chairs

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Ben Carson speaks at Polk County Republicans fundraiser on 8/24/14. Photo credit: Dave Davidson – Moines, IA) The Draft Ben Carson Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced that State Rep. Rob Taylor, R-West Des Moines, and his wife Dr. Christi Taylor will serve as the Committee’s Iowa state chairs.“Iowa plays an extremely important role in the presidential race, and a strong presence in the state is crucial to convincing Dr. Carson to run,” said Vernon…
  • Christian Films to Remember, Part Two

    Adam Graham
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Coach Grant Taylor challenges his team captain to not give up in Facing the Giants.Having looked at four solid Christian films from the seventies, eighties, and nineties, we turn to some great Christian films made in the twenty-first century as the Christian film industry gained in production quality and talent.1) Late One Night (2001)Big budgets aren’t required to produce a quality film and Late One Night is proof. This thirty-four-minute film holds up as a solid artistic production in ways that most evangelistic shorts don’t.Brad Heller stars as Larry, a disgruntled ex-con whose life…
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    Blogs Are Stupid

  • A Big Flap Over Faith

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    It's happened again. Christian persecution. Sort of. In reality, what's happening, is that a Christian is being asked to follow the same rules as everybody else and honor the separation between church and state in a secular environment; that being, public school. A "beloved" teacher has resigned from his position at a local high school, because he was told that he cannot use his classroom as a

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    I've decided to take a leap of faith and submit this story to a few contests. As a perfectionist with an abject fear of failure, this is something that is very hard for me to do. I've never submitted anything for publication or judging, other than here. It's a step forward in my personal growth. Even if I don't win (and lets' face it, the chances are small, because there are millions of
  • I Was Tired

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Robin Williams died today. It doesn't usually affect me when celebrities die, other than in an abstract way. It's sad, because dying is sad, but it doesn't affect my life. I don't mourn, I don't feel grief. But Robin Williams was special. I really do feel a deep and genuine sadness that he has left this world. And it's all the more tragic because he took his own life. He, who was such a
  • Funeral In A Small Town - Part VI

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I started this story 8 years ago when my husband's beloved Grandmother passed away. It is a true story. The people and events are real. But I couldn't wrap it up in a neat little bow. There really isn't any "ending" as all the people still live and breathe and go on with their lives. I just didn't know how to make my story complete. So I tucked it away in my documents, hoping it would come to me
  • The Princess Paradigm

    6 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    One of my young co-workers is getting married. I listen to her wedding plans and smile. Every woman wants that fairy tale wedding. Sadly, it rarely turns out to be the magical experience we all dreamed about as little girls. My wedding was a disaster  from start to finish. If I had it to do all over again, I would have said my vows at city hall and used the money to add another week to our
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    Dominick Evans

  • I’ll Trade You the Pink-Ribbon Teddy Bear for Jerry Lewis Any Day

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    BY: INGRID TISCHER It is with great honor that I present to you an article, written by a dear friend of mine in the disability community, NMD (neuromuscular disease) community, and a fellow disability rights activist. Her thoughts on this, and many other topics, so often mirror my own. Every family has its stories. In my family, many of them end with The Debunking of the Experts. A classic one is about the first specialist the pediatrician referred my parents to when I wasn’t crawling. “She will never walk!” he is said to have declared. Say what you will about fearing the…
  • SMA Awareness Month – Day 22 – Why Saying “Cure” May Harm Your Child

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    I mentioned in my writing yesterday that I was going to talk more about the “cure mentality”, but I was going to focus specifically on this in relation to caregivers. Caregivers can include anyone that takes care of a person with a disability. It can mean parents, which is especially true for children with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), grandparents or other family members raising a child or taking care of an adult with a disability, PCAs, and even nurses. I am focused especially on parents and other family members and/or friends, because I believe they often have the best of…
  • SMA Awareness Month – Day 21 – You Can’t Cure Disability Culture

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Hello everyone! I wanted to post a little bit further on my thoughts on “cure mentality”. I wrote about it earlier in the month, but I really wanted to focus on a specific aspect of cure mentality. Some people with disabilities say they want a cure, and they do not understand why other people, like myself, say that disability is an integral part of our cultural being, and that we do not want to be cured. I want to clarify a few things. First, I want to go back to how I see the definition of the term “cure” and why I feel that it is a negative term to use when…
  • SMA Awareness Month – Day 20 – The Abuse of Bargaining

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I know that I have been horrible about posting every day, and I missed several days. I had a personal issue arise, and I have neglected my blog, as a result. Luckily, I’m back to finish off the month, with some blog posts about SMA, SMA Awareness and disability, in general. Today, I want to talk about one of the most important issues we rarely discuss, not only in the SMA community, but in the greater disability community. That is…abuse. When we think of abuse, we often think of physical abuse. We think of children getting hit, beaten, kicked, or otherwise physically harmed.
  • Hatred for One Another Hinders the Success of the LGBT and Disability Communities

    10 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of my friends, Kara Sheridan (Ayers), wrote an interesting article on a conference she attended. One of the programs at this conference was called The Invisible Freak Show: Queerness, Disability, and Reproductive Justice. During this program, speaker Mia Mingus discussed the similarities between the Queer (LGBT) Community and the Disabled Community. As someone who is a part of both communities, I have to agree with everything Ms. Mingus said concerning queerness and disability. Both groups face oppression, discrimination, and prejudice. You can lose your children for being gay, lesbian,…
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  • Why Greenland’s black ice should terrify you

    Jordon Cooper
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    From Slate There are several potential explanations for what’s going on here. The most likely is that some combination of increasingly infrequent summer snowstorms, wind-blown dust, microbial activity, and forest fire soot led to this year’s exceptionally dark ice. A more ominous possibility is that what we’re seeing is the start of a cascading feedback loop tied to global warming. Box mentions this summer’s mysterious Siberian holes and offshore methane bubbles as evidence that the Arctic can quickly change in unpredictable ways. This year, Greenland’s ice sheet was the darkest Box…
  • Alberta is “under new management”

    Jordon Cooper
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Man I really hope that makes it’s way onto the official Alberta letterhead “As of this moment, Alberta is under new management,” Prentice told party members and reporters who gathered at Government House for the ceremony. I’d even put “under new management” on signs entering into Alberta. Here are some other new cabinet ministers “Building a new government means bringing in new blood,” Prentice said. “Both are strong and experienced leaders with a record of accomplishment. Across our province, they are both held in high regard. They will begin work immediately in their new…
  • Apple has become a fashion company

    Jordon Cooper
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    From Bloomberg Today, Apple established itself as the world’s biggest fashion company by releasing a smartwatch that is more about beauty and variety than about technology. I have been hard on Apple for putting off bold moves, focusing on incremental improvements to its products and allowing competitor Samsung to make a rather convincing grab for technological leadership. Today’s gala event in Cupertino, California, has done little to change that picture. Apple presented its catch-up big-screen iPhones, waxing eloquent about their high-resolution displays, fast-focus cameras and…
  • Goodbye NFL

    Jordon Cooper
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Most of you know how much I love the NFL.  I wrote about it a couple of years ago in this post.  Each weekend I catch a couple of games from Thursday night to Monday.  I subscribed to NFL Now.  I have a fantasy team.  I have been a fan since I watched John Elway and the Denver Broncos blow the biggest lead in Monday Night Football history against the hated Los Angeles Raiders.  Somehow I became a life long Denver Broncos fan and if I saw Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder on the street, I’d boo him in real life. All through the 80s I’d rage at The StarPhoenix sports desk for never…
  • How to Die in 5 Easy Steps

    Jordon Cooper
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    You need to read this essay by Shoshana Berger’s essay on How to Die in 5 Easy Steps There’s a lot of talk about taking control of how you die. My father had an advanced directive, but it was so crude in its instruction—basically don’t revive me if I have a catastrophic event like a heart attack—that it didn’t help us make any of the decisions we were faced with during his decline. Some have the foresight to write elaborate directives, asking to be brought to a remote place to have a last moment of transcendence, or to be surrounded by family at home, or be bathed and wrapped in…
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  • What if you weren't afraid of 'no'?

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is brought to you by that knot of fear in your stomach, rejections, the letter T, and Tiffany Han.Are you afraid of rejection?Other obvious questions I could ask you:Are you alive? Are you a human? Do you agree that Beyonce's Blow video is the sexiest thing to happen to your computer screen in ages?If you're a person, you're probably afraid of rejection. Even with all my yay-saying and new thing trying, I'm not particularly keen on rejection. I gave up my high school love of theater and dance when I got to college and the competition was intimidating. I opted for an…
  • 8 Insanely Wonderful Things To Do In Wisconsin (+ Cheese. Obviously)

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few weeks ago, someone asked me about the world's most underappreciated, overlooked travel destination.I wish I could tell you I'd been all "(hair flip) Well, you know, the yak cheese and vistas of the Langtang trek in Nepal don't get enough press. Those sweet little tea houses! I mean."(though seriously, it's pretty great.) Nope. Instead I nattered on with an awkward level of enthusiasm about Wisconsin. What? Yes. In all seriousness, I have no idea why Wisconsin isn't a national tourism destination. It's cheap. It's gorgeous. It's filled with a surprising number of things to…
  • Finding The Right People For Your Blog Crawl (and keeping them + your readers happy)

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last week, we solved the mystery of what a blog crawl actually is and why you might want to host one. Today, we’re talking about finding + wooing the right contributors. Pop over to my small business blog if you want to know how I managed to get 9,100+ people to download a sample of my course!P.S. If you didn't see it on Twitter, I'm now offering three, specific-to-you suggestions to evvvvveryone who subscribes to my small business newsletter. Just sign up here, click 'reply' to the confirmation email, and then send me your url! I'll have a quick stalk and send you a few ideas to bring more…
  • A Change Is As Good As A Break! 17 Little Things You Can Switch Around To Make Life More Interesting

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    “Hey, hi! I like your haircut! I bet you want the Bun Chai with fried tofu and extra noodles, right? And hold the bean sprouts and basil, hmm? I’ll set aside a takeaway box for you right now because I know how you are, girl!”This is the exchange that happens every time I go to Trieu Chau (which is, um, probably more than is healthy.) For as much traveling and new-stuff-trying as I do, I am deeply, dorkily a creature of habit. I’ve been using up and repurchasing the same jeans and lipstick for two years now.I literally buy these in bulk.I’ve been running (re: trudging at a…
  • Mornings In Zambia

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many Mornings In _______ posts in which gorgeous women from all over the world let us peek at their breakfast and beauty routines. Fun, right?Names: Kahyi and Key FundafundaHometown: Lusaka, ZambiaAge: 24 and 23Occupation: Fashion bloggers/consultants, makeup artist and stylist, Economics and Law StudentsOur alarms are set for: Kahyi – 5:30am, Key – 6am but snoozed until about 7:30am.Most mornings we eat: Porridge, made from Maize meal (ground maize grains), with a generous amount of powdered groundnuts. We especially love this because it is terribly yummy (!) and filling.
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  • Shocking increases in Top Bosses earnings

    Anja Merret
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Top bosses earnings According to an article in the Independent top bosses are now earning 143 times what workers’ get paid. This, says the article, has tripled over the past 15 years. That is a seriously huge gap in earnings. And remember, this is an average. There are obviously a bunch of CEOs getting more than this. Why is this happening? Because they can. It’s that straight forward. Here are some underlying reasons. Bound to be more of course. Shareholder’s greed for profits. ? Provided the CEO can deliver on huge returns to its shareholders, they don’t care about the inequalities…
  • Trolls beware, anonymous attacks could be dangerous to your health

    Anja Merret
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:13 am
    Troll warning. Image credit Wikipedia. Trolls Beware At the end of the day, for regular internet users as well as trolls, there is no such thing as being anonymous online. Any clever hacker, competent staff at internet service providers, government authorities and the clever folk managing social media companies can find out the identity of trolls. They just don’t want to bother. Somehow freedom of speech has been translated into allowing the nasties out there to attack innocent people with verbal abuse and even threats to personal safety. And the more vicious the attacks it seems the less…
  • Pope Francis sends out a strong message against economic greed

    Anja Merret
    14 Dec 2013 | 2:28 am
    Pope Francis It’s been a long time since I have listened to what a Pope might have to say. But Pope Francis strong words against economic greed certainly made me sit up. It’s always been my feeling that the Catholic church has lagged behind its community. Not that other religions are necessarily doing a better job of keeping up with the global societal changes. Saudi Arabian’s women not being allowed to drive is a case in point. However, this new Pope is bringing a fresh breath of air into a rusty and quietly working towards becoming defunct religious community. For once it…
  • Penitence for the bad amongst us

    Anja Merret
    7 Oct 2013 | 3:53 am
      Messina: Pulling the float for the Virgin Mary during La Vara, August 2013.  Image Credit. Italy has been in the news quite often for the goings on of its rather colourful politicians. One noteworthy proponent being Silvio Berlusconi. He conjures in ones mind the perfect example of what the Mafia stood for. Political player, entrepreneur and above all else a person who felt he or she stood above the law. Berlusconi is such an individual. For years he has done all of the above. With his media empire he has manipulated the opinions of the Italian electorate and has managed to stay in…
  • Welcoming the Evening Wedding in the UK

    Anja Merret
    6 Oct 2013 | 6:03 am
    Evening weddings now allowed in the UK. Did you know that wedding venues in Yorkshire and the rest of the UK were not allowed to offer wedding ceremonies after 6.00pm. That is until October 2012. Finally a new law came into effect that replaced some element of the Marriage Act of 1836. One wonders what else in that Act could be ever so slightly outdated… That’s surely some time ago. In 1836 the Marriage Act stated that people could only marry between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm. The reason for this was to ensure you married the right person. The thinking went that you needed to be…
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  • Tori Amos - From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998)

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Remembering Tori Amos best selling album again! While the multi-talented American singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Tori Amos’ 1996’s Boys for Pele, left most fans and critics scratching their heads, her stellar fourth studio album From the Choirgirl Hotel released in 1998 found her returning to the electronica infused baroque pop rock form that first made her originally famous. Tori crafted an inimitable style on the ground-breaking albums Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink, and From the Choirgirl Hotel has more in common with those discs…
  • Hercules (2014)

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Strictly for Rock Fans, JohnnyTwoToes tells you why!I was overruled by my wife who INSISTED that we see Hercules OVER Guardians of The Galaxy. It seems she does not think she could get past a talk raccoon with the voice of Bradley Cooper. But she can look past Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson battling a 3 or 4 headed wolf and an abnormally large lion with an indestructible hide, a multi-headed hydra beast and so on an so forth? I guess when you look like The Rock and you are a female you can look past anything. I can look past almost anything when it comes to Jessica Biel, so there! Hercules is…
  • Tweaker ‎– The Attraction To All Things Uncertain (2001)

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Ex-NIN Chris Vrenna's impressive Industrial Electro Rock DebutTo understand Tweaker’s music, it is important to first examine this painting (also the album’s cover). When former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna saw artist Joe Sorren’s rendering of this pale, slouching, ill-proportioned, coffee-drinking man staring anxiously at a typewriter hanging in an LA art gallery, he became obsessed, visiting the gallery every week just to look at it. A friend eventually purchased the painting for Vrenna, and it has apparently hung in his home ever since. Finally, his obsession culminated in…
  • R.E.M. - Monster (1994)

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    The standout R.E.M albumFew bands can claim to have been the best in the world without sounding completely ridiculous. The American jangle pop alternative rock band R.E.M. was one of those bands. R.E.M not only won the respect of their musical peers but were also a huge commercial success and had and still have some of the most devoted fans in music today. And they made it stand out with Monster, their ninth studio album that was released in 1994.If their preceding two albums, Out of Time (1991) and the best selling Automatic for the People (1992) were kind of…
  • Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk (1998)

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    An outstanding album (of sorts) from a star who died too soon Critically acclaimed Singer Songwriter and Guitarist Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) released only one EP and one full-length album Grace before his untimely death. Buckley drowned in Memphis in May of 1997 while working on his next album, tentatively titled My Sweetheart the Drunk. Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk compiles all of the raw demos and completed studio tracks that Buckley recorded with his band prior to his unfortunate death. Of the 20 tracks on Sketches... many are clearly rough demos but there are…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Mini City Guide: Toubacouta, Fatick Region, Senegal, West Africa

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others. But what about those unknown gems that are off the beaten tourist path… those obscure places just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our “Mini City Guides” are here to uncover those gems, and we’re looking to our favorite explorers—AONC readers—to give us the inside scoop. Tell us if there’s a city you’d like to nominate. This city was nominated by reader Megan Wannarka. – Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share? Toubacouta.
  • To Express Gratitude, Put the Do-Not-Disturb Sign Back Where It Belongs

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    When I check into a hotel room (something I do 100+ times a year), I immediately put the do-not-disturb sign on the door. I don’t want to be bothered while working or napping, and unless it’s a really nice hotel, I don’t care about turndown service. Over the years I’ve tried to follow a routine when unpacking. The short version is: everything belongs in one or two places. A few things by the bed, a few things in the bathroom, and a few things on the desk. I try not to spread out, because that makes repacking difficult and I’m more inclined to leave something behind. I don’t clean…
  • Giveaway: Win 25,000 American Airlines Miles!

    Ashley Mudra
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! We wanted to do something extra special for this week’s giveaway… by offering 25,000 miles that can be used for a round-trip ticket with American Airlines! See a new place, visit an old friend, or check out that wax museum you’ve always dreamed of. The possibilities are endless! (Well, they’re subject to availability—but still, there are a lot of possibilities.) Share with us which exciting destination you’ll go if you win. What you need to know: 25,000 American Airlines miles are valid for a round-trip Economy…
  • Why You Should Write

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    “That’s the promise: you will live more curiously if you write. You will become a scientist, if not of the natural world than of whatever world you care about. More of that world will pop alive. You will see more when you look at it. Writing needn’t be a formal enterprise to have this effect. You don’t have to write well. You don’t even have to “write,” exactly—you can just talk onto the page.” Link: More People Should Write Image: Oliver
  • Turning Fear Into Curiosity : On the Road with Audrey Scott and Dan Noll

    Chris Guillebeau
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll have sold everything to travel the world—twice. After five years exploring Europe and being settled in Prague, they decided to pursue a new adventure. Here’s their story: Tell us about yourselves.   We’re a husband-and-wife speaking, writing and photography team. We’re both originally from the United States, but we’ve been living, working, and traveling abroad for 13 years. With six suitcases and no jobs, we moved to Prague, Czech Republic. Everyone thought we were nuts. We weren’t,…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Something fun

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Life is short. I am happy this time to focus on something fun... Creativity. How great to have a soap dish like a little bathtub! The creator simply took something out of context — a soap dish — and made it into something related but entirely different than normal. May we all be infused with a bit of fun creativity today.
  • Full disclosure

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    I always feel a tension about how much is appropriate to share. If I lean toward the vulnerable side, my experiences may resonate with some of my readers in a deeper way than otherwise possible. If I lean toward the surface level, I won’t alienate anyone. And how much disclosure is too much? I’ve been struggling with how to share a significant life event. Last week, my mother-in-law died after a long struggle with many illnesses. Her release from a body that was not working anywhere close to what it did earlier in life was a blessing to her and others. But we greatly miss her — the…
  • Blind

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    What’s it like to be blind? Those with sight can never know. Those who lost their sight later in life have different perceptions than those born blind, as they retain memories of what the world looks like. The perceptions of a blind person must be totally different than the perceptions of a sighted person. Temperature changes and smells are much more important, I would guess. Seeing people can never know what a song is like to a blind person. I imagine that a richer and deeper set of colors accompany the mood of a piece of music. But we are all blind. Another Paul said this: “Now…
  • Insulated and isolated

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Our new neighbors moved in. They used a large Penske rental truck that they drove from a distant city. Somehow I thought of villagers having to move their worldly possessions due to war. Everything they have is carried on their backs or loaded on a cart pulled by a donkey. What a contrast to life in America. I live such an insulated life here. If I don’t visit websites to read and see what’s going on in other parts of the world, I am blissfully unaware. And even if I do see what’s happening, I become desensitized to the pain and suffering. There’s so much of it. What can I do? I…
  • One way to save millions of dollars

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    About once a week for about a year, I rode my bicycle past this completely full car lot. All these cars cannot even be seen by the public from the dealership’s already ample lot. This is an overflow lot on a side street. There are two reasons why this dealership has about $3,000,000 worth of trucks and cars constantly sitting in that lot: 1) They want buyers to be able to buy a purple model with or without a sunroof today and not go to another dealership; and 2) Ford essentially requires them to keep that much inventory through various arcane regulations. Europe is not that way. You may…
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    Mental Floss

  • Weekend Links: Instant Ramen Hacks

    Roma Panganiban
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some of these look rather appealing. Some of these do not. Russia's even invading the American beer industry now. An interactive traffic light installation in Lisbon, Portugal encourages pedestrians to dance it out at the crosswalk, improving street safety while putting smiles on faces. 3-D printing might be the much-needed solution to America's organ shortage. These photogenic birds are ready for their closeup, Mr. DeMille. The world's oldest jokes, found in a Greek text dating from thousands of years ago, don't quite stand up to modern comic sensibilities. Audrey Hepburn's image is…
  • How El Niño Happens

    Chris Higgins
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The weather phenomenon called El Niño has been on my radar* since about the year 2000, but I never really knew what it was. In this short video from The New York Times, we get a simple, straightforward explanation of what El Niño is, and why it happens. If you've ever wondered what El Niño really is, set aside two minutes to learn: * = Sorry, pun intended.
  • WWI Centennial: Reims Cathedral Burns

    Erik Sass
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Wikimedia Commons The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that shaped our modern world. Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 144th installment in the series. September 19-20, 1914: Reims Cathedral Burns In mid-September 1914, it was still anyone’s guess who would win the Great War on the ground—but the Allies had already won the propaganda war, as far as public opinion in neutral countries was concerned, thanks to a series of German atrocities culminating in the burning of the great medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame de…
  • 10 Motherly Facts About Maiasaura

    Mark Mancini
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Maiasaura ’s name literally means “good mother lizard.” But was it really all that parental? Read on to find out.
  • 4 Things We Learned from The Knick's Creators

    Chris Higgins
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Jack Amiel and Michael Begler co-created The Knick, a medical drama starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh. We have a lengthy interview with Amiel and Begler; here are four highlights. 1. Cable Dramas Don't Have to Be Wall-to-Wall Nudity I asked the guys about the restrained depiction of nudity and sex on the show. Here's part of their response: Michael Begler: [We] felt that this is about a hospital, first and foremost, and this is about medicine, and it's about the progression of medicine, and it's about racism, and it's about sexism, and those social issues were more…
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    Journey Mama

  • Full.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Sometimes it’s a pile of dried bay leaves rustling in the wind as I pass, or sun-warmed pine needles on a forest path. Sometimes it’s a patch of lavender, or a rose bush in the sun, or a giant rosemary bush outside my friend’s house. Fragrances are like old friends; they tap me on the shoulder and whisper, Remember when…? Yes, I say. I remember. I remember being a child in the forest, I remember days as a teenager, dreaming into the sunset, I remember country walks. I remember the old feelings of joy, the sharpness of the wind, the pangs of sadness. I remember the days that I was me…
  • I don't want to forget.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    It isn’t easy, sometimes, with five kids, to have quality sister time. We have lots of quality time, mother time and auntie time, and it’s all so much fun, but it’s nice to do something as the two of us. We were able to go out on my last night in Kelowna. We drove through the orchards and vineyards on Becca’s scooter and the light was all around us, beautiful. Becca had a gift card  for a restaurant that had really good food. We talked and talked, and on the scooter going home the sky was black and we turned a corner and saw a giant orange moon over the trees. We stopped and…
  • The incident with the bus floor.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Way long ago, when we left Vancouver and traveled to Kelowna, we took the Greyhound Bus, about a five-and-a-half-hour journey, because our van was parked in Kelowna and we were picking it up there. It was the best option all around, and I thought the Greyhound would be a breeze. After all, we’ve been traveling all over Asia on trains and buses, buses are our normal mode of transport. Right?It was inordinately difficult. Why is this so hard? I thought to myself as we tried to coordinate shuttling our many bags (including a guitar and a banjo) to the station. Once the bags were on the…
  • Family photos.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Oh, hello, poor, dear, neglected blog. All these things happen at a speed that feels hard to capture. I have so many stories to tell you. Some bullet points:- Kai and Kenya are away at camp for the week. I'm so excited for them, I pushed hard to make it happen, and I miss them like crazy.- I've been doing very well in grocery stores. (You would be proud of me.) However, I did have a panic attack while driving yesterday. (Why do drivers have to be so angry? Why don't people just bow and smile?)- We leave Kelowna today, and I felt very, very sad yesterday. But then I remembered one of…
  • The beginning of my world.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    I'm feeling speechless and though I know I can't tell you everything, can't describe all of what's happening, I'll tell you a few things.I'm in Canada. This place was the beginning of the world for me, and as a place on Earth, still retains the deepest, truest love of my heart.We flew through Korea (highly recommend) and landed in Vancouver one week ago. Vancouverites have been ecstatic about a heat wave in their rainy city. We have been ecstatic that it has been so cool and refreshing outside. My brother baby-wearing his two-week-old baby. We were also excited about my brother, my…
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    Chai Life

  • Retiring Chai Life

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    As anyone who follows this blog already knows, I have neglected it for quite some time now. In part, it’s because I’ve been busy in “real” life with my wonderful wife and kids, but it also comes down to having lost interest in a personal blog and a refocusing of my attention to more specific niche websites. Chai Life was always just a hobby, but I’ve decided to grow that hobby in to a business. Grayshark LLC is that business. I will be focusing on helping individuals learn technology, working with small businesses to modernize their workplace, and using the…
  • Season’s Greedings

    19 Dec 2013 | 7:28 am
    Source: Season’s Greedings
  • Doctor Who Timeline: The First 50 Years

    13 Nov 2013 | 10:53 am
    Source: Doctor Who Timeline: The First 50 Years
  • Republican Shutdown Demands vs. What They Got

    17 Oct 2013 | 6:13 am
    I’d love to think that perhaps they learned their lesson, but if history teaches us anything, they didn’t. Here’s hoping the average voter still remembers this a year from now for the midterm elections. Source: The Maddow Blog Source: Republican Shutdown Demands vs. What They Got
  • A Case Of The Mondays

    14 Oct 2013 | 9:00 am
    Source: A Case Of The Mondays
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  • Is “Poor” the New “Rich”?

    Mike Duran
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    This info-graphic has recently been shared around on Facebook. The man pictured  is  Scott Neeson, former head of 20th Century Fox International. Neeson sold his mansion, Porsche, and yacht, and left Hollywood for Cambodia’s garbage dumps. There, he’s sought to provide food, shelter and education to destitute children. The former studio exec now cares for more than 1,000 Cambodian children and their families. Neeson is viewed as a hero, a great humanitarian. And to those Cambodian children and their families, indeed he is! But everyone can’t be like Scott Neeson. And I think…
  • Colin Cowherd on Race in Sports

    Mike Duran
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    In sports, it is NOT racist to say “White men can’t jump.” But it IS racist to say “Black men can.” Why? I’m pretty much burned out on the topic of race in America. Chalk it up to my European ancestry. Then again, it’s possible that the topic is so overdone and so laden with politically correct trappings, that one misspoken word or slight insinuation can be a career killer. In the sports world, the topic is on the table — again. This time because of some comments that basketball GM Danny Ferry made about NBA player Luol Deng, comments that have…
  • Does Your Writing Style Match Your Personality Type?

    Mike Duran
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    It is commonly recognized that a child’s personality type affects their learning. Some kids are more conceptual learners while others are more visual learners, meaning some can handle text books while others need hands-on. Which creates a problem because our public education system tends to approach all kids the same, giving them little freedom to learn at their pace and in their own way. Similarly, much of today’s professional writing advice treats writers as of the same type, as if we all write the same way. Example: I used to loathe first drafts. Now I just dislike them. On the…
  • How to Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 (More) Quick Questions

    Mike Duran
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Is your religious liberty at risk? The answer to that question depends on the kind of “religious liberty” you hope to exercise. If your “religious liberty” involves support for abortion rights, denunciation of capitalism, removal of creation science or Intelligent Design from public schools, sympathy for terrorists, LGBT issues, animal rights, doctor assisted suicide, militant environmentalism, and radical feminism, then NO, your religious liberty is NOT at risk. It’s those of us on the more conservative side of the spectrum who need to worry. Of course, the…
  • “Check Your Privilege” (Bible Edition) — Pt. 1

    Mike Duran
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Other than vague, rather generic calls to “repent,” “confess,” and “humbly listen,” there appears to be few concrete solutions offered to evangelicalism’s perceived problem of “white privilege.” Of course, calls to “repent,” “confess,” and “humbly listen,” are very much biblical! But in the aftermath of incidents like the recent tragedy in Ferguson, those calls appear astonishingly nebulous. Not to mention, they assume something that may or may not be accurate. Namely, that “white privilege”…
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

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    New Answer - Nowadays there are lot of providers who offer cheapest seo service.Consider that the main reason for hiring a professional SEO firm,It increases the odds that your business venture will succeed. You might succeed on your own but there will be a lot less certainty when you go solo.They will provide lot of service like Keyword research,Submit business on local directories. Here i list of some tips while considering to choose a professional seo service. 1.Do they have proof, results and skills to backup their claims? 2.What is their communication/project support system like? 3.If an…
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    New Question - My Name is Lee Kima, From Canada . I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called Dr.Aziegbe olu has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, I was married to this man called Steven we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email( Dr_Aziegbe…

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:49 pm
    New Opinion - Am Alice Logan from New York I recently saw a testimony about this spell caster,Dr ATILA before that, my problem was that, A guy i who have been dating me for 9 months departed from me because he fell in love with someone else, I was so hurt and depressed. so a friend suggested the idea of contacting a spell caster, which I never thought of myself. after i contacted for his help. I asked him to do a love spell for me so that my lover can come back to me, but before the spell was done, I was a bit skeptical about his capacity to bring my man back to me.
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  • Just One of a Species

    Guest Photographer
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Male Purple Martin on Perch © Laura Meyers This Purple Martin remained on the perch for about twenty minutes while I photographed him in a myriad of poses. As you can probably see from this photograph, he appears to be engaged. Female Hooded Merganser First Winter on Pond © Laura Meyers This very pretty female Hooded Merganser was perched on a log in the middle of a pond when I approached her. She remained there for approximately a half hour while I snapped away. I felt honored and was sure to thank her as I left the pond. Black Vulture Closeup © Laura Meyers I took this photograph of an…
  • When you say I can’t – think of The Typewriter Artist

    Gil Namur
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    I just can’t do it. Can’t climb that hill. Can’t face that obstacle. Can’t learn what I need to learn to get that job. Can’t keep going. Really? Are you sure? Whenever someone said I can’t in in the dojo, my Sensei would say … ‘You are right.’ Next time you say, I can’t, consider Paul Smith. A man who was born with severe cerebral palsy … yet … is an amazing artist, using a canvas you would never imagine could yield results. When someone says I can’t to Paul Smith, he answers: ‘What can you do?’ Watch…
  • Mrs. Burden and the Dragon

    George Burden
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    In 1926 W. Douglas Burden, great-grandson of railway magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, departed on a quest for dragons. Perhaps his membership in the Explorers Club, sponsored by Theodore Roosevelt’s son Kermit in 1924, spurred him on to new adventures. Whatever the impetus Burden found himself en route with his beautiful young wife to the Indonesian Island of Komodo, in search of a huge carnivorous reptile he dubbed for all posterity “the Komodo dragon”. Burden described the island of Komodo as “…a vast mass of torn and splintered mountains.” Braving its…
  • A Grim Portrait

    Guest Author
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I see a future painted with disgrace By generations that came before us Shamed with knowledge of not protecting The very sustenance of humanity to come Their bones will ache, not from labor But a by-product of mere survival They are bequeathed a drained, lifeless orb The thought shames me, and brings me to curse Those who walked before me Only thinking in the now, Consideration for the after Holds no priority over their heads What words of detest, from those yet to come Will forever haunt our souls conscience Indeed, the artists have painted a grim portrait Of a lifeless world, that abounds…
  • Inventing Multidisciplinary Art

    Guest Artist
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Last winter I was out walking with a friend in downtown Toronto and I looked down an alley near McCaul and Dundas Street. The sun was hitting a small patch of snow on a garage roof and it was melting quickly. It struck me, even from a hundred feet away, that it was something to see up close. I ran to it and shot it with people nearby having a conversation in a language I didn’t understand.  The sun melted the snow and then the moment was gone, the clouds came and the magic passed. Click here to view the embedded video. “The Carpet and the Chair” was shot from my kitchen…
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  • Design Inspiration Dose – 78

    Pixel Posts
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Phoenix We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy dose of…
  • May the Font be with you 20 – Luthier, Adamas, Quicksand, Peaches & Cream

    Pixel Posts
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    May the Font be with you 20 – Luthier, Adamas, Quicksand, Peaches & Cream This week’s free fonts are here.. May the Font be With You!! We never disappoint and are always committed to show you interesting stuff. The MTFBWY for this week are Luthier, Adamas, Quicksand, Peaches & Cream. Feel free to use these fonts into your designs and make it more amazing. Most of these fonts are free. A few might be paid but then every type deserves a value more than we can ever offer. Download them and weave magic into your designs! View all MTFBWY posts Here are the fonts for this week.
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 77

    Pixel Posts
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Poké Life We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy…
  • Priya Kuriyan sketches an Ode to Awesome Delhi

    Pervez Ahmed
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    “For someone who likes watching people, Delhi is like a gold mine,” writes Priya Kuriyan, an illustrator in New Delhi. “A lot of these characters can seem abrasive at first, but there’s also something endearing about them.” Priya Kuriyan has started immortalizing these endearing Delhi characters through her illustrations. Be it a father accompanying his daughter and her science project to school or a hipster wearing boxer shorts or a mom waiting for her second child outside a school while on her mobile phone – if they catch Priya Kuriyan’s eye, in her…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 76

    Pixel Posts
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Bombay – Festival de Bollywood We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back…
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    Four Leaf Clover

  • 5 Skills Everybody Should Have

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    I love positive messages like these and little reminders to improve my life and how I can help improve the lives of all those around me (or miles away, for that matter). While it can be absolutely wonderful to hold company with others, some of the best moments in your life will be those when you’re enjoying the company of none other than yourself and loving it! Giving a compliment and having it brushed off is never a pleasant feeling… you want to make that person’s day a little brighter or just let them know they’ve got killer style, smile, personality, etc. Number…
  • In the middle

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The other day, I took a walk in the woods. In the middle of the walk, in the middle of the forest, as it happened, there was an unexpected, beautiful little spot. It’s a reservoir surrounded by trees, a pathway with benches, and in the water there is a floating island of trees and bushes. There’s also a cute small house on the corner. Plus, it’s like duck heaven! The following day I discovered that this had a lot to do with the many families that like to go there to feed the ducks. Let’s just say… if I was a duck, I’d choose this place and stick to it!
  • You can find beauty in the smallest of places

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    Take a snail, a lot of patience, a macro lens, the artistic eye of Vyacheslav Mishchenko and you’ve got these incredible photographs. I was in awe of these photos when I first saw the “Magical World Of Snails” on Demilked (and still am!), so I had to share the magic with all of you. It’s hard not to anthropomorphize these images and wonder what’s going on in that little animal’s head. Vyacheslav has shown us that there truly is beauty everywhere, if you just take the time to look. Vyacheslav doesn’t limit his photographs to just snails. Along with…
  • Massive victory for whales & the world!

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:07 pm
    When you share petition after petition after petition for years, you hope to one day hear the wonderful news that the change you’ve been waiting and wishing for has finally arrived. Well, today was that marvelous day! I woke up to this lovely news on my Facebook newsfeed this morning and have seen it everywhere online all day. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Japan’s “scientific” whaling is illegal and must end! It was finally determined that Japan’s whale hunt doesn’t meet the scientific whaling regulations, something that has been known…
  • I need you!

    29 Mar 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Hi everyone! Can you please take just a few moments out of your day to take my dissertation survey? I would be so grateful if you were able to share it and ask all your friends and family to do it, too! I need a variety of participants from all around the world with various interests. Any help would be very appreciated :)  I’m trying to get results to understand the public’s view on illegal wildlife trafficking and the more participants I have, the better! Doesn’t matter if they’ve ever heard of it, care about it, etc. It’s only 18 questions and should take just…
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    Amy Mac

  • Back to Work Blog Series: 5 Steps to Confident, Smarm-Free Networking

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Welcome back to the Amy Mac Blog Series Back to Work: Everything You Need to Know to Get Back in Business — a playbook of strategies to dust off your skills, your resume and your moxie as you change careers, launch a business, or head from the mom force to the work force. Catch up on previous posts here.In the last post we talked about steps to Crafting a Winning Resume -- today, we're talking about how to network strategically (without feeling like an infomercial salesman) and land that perfect job.Now that have several important building blocks in place — the 30-second pitch,…
  • Life's Like an Hourglass Glued to the Table

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Wow. A giant mass of pointy candy corns comin' at ya. Bad idea. Things I've said to at least one of my children this week, in no particular order:"No, a trip to Seattle is not a reasonable birthday gift request.""Coke (does not) = Water.""Please do not call our dog a 'pimp.'" In the child's defense, she was unable to properly define the word, and after learning what it means agrees it does not describe our dog accurately."A few years back, I was struck multiple times in the face with flying candy corns while making your bed. You had stored them in your pillowcase, I assume for…
  • Autumn? I'm not sure what you mean ...

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    This time of year you'll find any Southerner (and anyone without the proper drawl who lives down here and knows what's good for 'um) at a football stadium. Probably multiple times per weekend. I remember reading once that in the South we have four seasons just like anyone else, they're just slightly different than you were taught in school. South of that Mason-Dixon line we say "Spring, Summer, Football, Winter."True to form, on this weekend's docket:High school football game (Go Raiders! Beat Milton!), middle school football game (Go Raiders! Beat whoever we're playing!), college football…
  • Winding Up for the Pitch

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Is your mouth watering at the mere thought of the sublime fragrance of succulent, sun-warmed peaches interwoven with brown sugar and a hint of fresh vanilla bean and freshly ground cinnamon? Ahhh .... yes? Are you concerned with whether the restaurant owner paid $1.84 or $2.03 per pound for those peaches? Yeah, didn't think so ...Whenever I hear the phrase "I need to pick your brain" I think "BLOG POST!" Usually the brain picker has a very specific question related to their business or cause, but strip away the specifics and the principles are useable for darn near any communication ...
  • Show and Tell

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    I know I've promised not to craft on this blog. Or pressure you into organizing anything, or painting anything, or planting anything. Please do not misconstrue this post as craft-like pressure.Because heaven knows Back to School season (can we go ahead and call it a season? Because it is. And I swear it pretty much starts before I've gotten the kids home from the last day of the previous school year) is already uber stressful. There's registration, purchasing the right back pack, gathering school supplies, returning school supplies after meeting teachers and discovering they want completely…
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    Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists

  • Learn to Make Pasta From a Nonna in Italy

    Annette White
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I had many regrets when my adorable Italian Nonna passed away several years ago. But, the one that still haunts me today is that I didn’t give her my undivided attention while she was making all of her traditional recipes that she brought to America from her tiny village in Northern Italy. I vividly remember her sweet, […] The post Learn to Make Pasta From a Nonna in Italy appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Go to a Yoga Retreat. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

    Annette White
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Heading to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica frightened and excited me all at the same time. The intimidating part was that it had been over a year since I had practiced any yoga; my mat was getting dusty in the back of the closet and my downward dog looked more like a lazy cat […] The post Go to a Yoga Retreat. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Create a Travel Photo Book

    Annette White
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    My 40,000+ travel photos are all neatly stored on an external hard drive that is attached to me like a limb. Often times, hours are spent flipping through these pictures on my laptop remembering the adventures like they were yesterday. And even more often, the desire existed to have a physical photograph book to be able to flip real paper pages. There is just […] The post Create a Travel Photo Book appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Hike to the top of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos

    Annette White
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    When you are traveling around the world you quickly realize that many attractions require the need for climbing of some sort (see the Bucket List of 15 Things to Climb in the World for exhausting examples). When I heard that it was 374 steps uphill to the peak of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos, I began having […] The post Hike to the top of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Play a Game of Pachinko in Japan

    Annette White
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    One of the things I vividly remember as a child was my father bringing me to the video arcade to spend hours playing flashy pinball machines. There was always something mesmerizing about watching as the steel ball bounced from flipper to drop-target to spinner. This may explain why I was adamant about going to the […] The post Play a Game of Pachinko in Japan appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • 12 Most Snappy Ways to Get Instaglam on Instagram

    Peg Fitzpatrick
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Peg Fitzpatrick   Instagram is a sneaky little social media site. Is it just for sharing food pics and puppies? No! It’s ease of use and low threshold to participate make it easy to use and fun! However, it’s also a place where people have been making great business connections and meeting clients. Have […]
  • 12 Most Trendy Clichés on Social Media

    Paul Biedermann
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Paul Biedermann   On any given day in the world of social media, you will see at least one (if not several!) of these beyond-overused clichés. Funny thing is, everytime I see one, I can’t help thinking there’s a person on the other side — smirking, totally self-enamored with their clever wit — even […]
  • 12 Most Reliable Ways to Build Trust with Social Media

    Nicole Tarkoff
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Nicole Tarkoff   Social media is sweeping the online universe! Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, or Pinterest, there are numerous ways to stay connected. So it only makes perfect sense to use this unstoppable social media machine to power up your business and build your followers’ trust. Here are the 12 most reliable […]
  • 12 Most Go-To Grammar Tips

    Becky Gaylord
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Becky Gaylord   Most of us must communicate in writing — not necessarily with paper and a writing instrument anymore, yet digital media has changed only the tools we use. In fact, as new-fashioned means of communication have multiplied, so have demands for the old-fashioned skill of conveying information in writing. See, we still write cover letters, memos […]
  • 12 Most Annoying Adoption Questions

    Jill Robbins
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Jill Robbins   Two of my kids are adopted from China. After two years of parenting children who “don’t match” me, I’m still surprised by the willingness of strangers to approach me and ask personal questions. They usually aren’t trying to be rude but some of the stuff people ask is annoying. Here are […]
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    DC Dana

  • Reminiscing about painful awesomeness

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    I promise a new post soon, but today I'm reminiscing about doing Tough Mudder a couple years ago. You can read the original post here as well as read the subsequent posts about our adventure here, here and here (it was a really long day, you guys.) Sunday, September 9, 2012Tough Mudder: Why Do We Pay To Do These Things?I'm going to attempt to post about my experience in Tough Mudder yesterday, but it'll probably take a couple posts because: A. A lot happened; and B. It's difficult to type given no comfortable position exists for my body any longer.I'm trying to rest…
  • Insight into typical text conversations with one of my BFFs

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I like my friends to have big hearts that are nearly totally shrouded in sarcasm and a bit of irreverence. Below is a snippet of today's text discussion with a friend I've had for over a decade. I think we make good adults, don't you?Me: Some company in Oak Ridge just called for a reference FYI. Are you gunna work with nukes? Cuz that'd be cool.Her: I've applied to so many jobs I genuinely have not ideaMe: I'm going with nukes then. Good thing I told them you'd be really good at nukes. Her: Yeah, good thing! I mean its oak they do anything else there?!Me: not since…
  • Hopefully not the Air Show of Confusion

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I'm planning to head to Baltimore tomorrow to watch my Navy Blue Angels perform for the first time. The air show is part of a giant event commemorating the birthday of the Star-spangled banner. And it looks like it might be a logistical nightmare.Which makes me think of the last time I was in Baltimore in a logistical nightmare: The Baltimore Grand Prix.So I'm re-posting my account of that again below. Enjoy. The Grand Prix of Confusion (originally posted 2011)This weekend I attended the Inaugural! Baltimore! Grand Prix!The race itself was awesome. The whole getting there and…
  • My 9/11 Story

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This time each year, I'm reminded of when I first moved to this city. I've been in D.C. 13 years now and I'm still so in love with it - which is surprising, given how my time here began: with 9/11.I've posted this before, but here is my personal story of being at the White House when that happened. I in no way want to belittle the tragedy, loss, symbolism and heroism of that day and I'm so grateful that everyone I know was kept safe. But below is what happened to me, humorous parts and all.During my Semester In D.C. (told briefly about here), our school work consisted of half…
  • Giving is Selfish (And I recommend it)

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    In the wake of the ALS challenge, there has been much discussion on the effectiveness of such a campaign. Some call it Slacktivism, others are just annoyed that the videos are filling their Facebook Newsfeeds, displacing important cat memes (*raises hand sheepishly*), others even argue that it's just self-promotion.And honestly, I myself have had reservations about the challenge. First -- the whole water thing was originally meant as a punishment for not giving but somehow it turned into what everyone did in addition to giving (which kind of makes giving miserable, which kind of seems…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • My Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Experience

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Do you have a bucket list, or any set number of experiences you want to have in your lifetime? Well, since its inception I have wanted to participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day event, but for one reason or another the timing of the event did not make it possible. The 3 Day is when thousands of women and men walk 60 miles over 3 days in an effort to raise money to end breast cancer. This year it will take place in 7 cities across the country during September and October. This year, finally, I was able to participate. Ready to accept the challenge and mark this off my bucket…
  • How to Support Your Favorite NFL Players While Giving Back

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In my home we have a saying with regards to football season. Being from New York I am still partial to my Giants despite what might be another dismal season ahead. Living in Philly with three Eagles fans I now root for them too, except when they play against the Giants, of course. So in our house we root for the Eagles, the Giants, and whoever is playing against the Cowboys. After all, you either love the Cowboys or you hate them. There is no in-between. Though we are an anti-Cowboy household, I still have a deep secret respect for the Cowboys of my heyday. The guys who we see now as…
  • How to Help Loved Ones Get – and Stay Sober

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Addiction and substance abuse have been in the headlines quite a bit lately. From Philip Seymour Hoffman to Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Williams, and so many others, there are very real public and private battles with addiction happening every single day. Afflicting people of all financial situations, ages, races, and religions, addiction does not discriminate. When I was a kid I knew this one girl, who I will call Beth. She was extremely bright with a big smile and a hearty laugh, though few people got to see it. Most days she was in her room by herself, reading or listening to music. Beth was…
  • How Jeremy Scott Made Success Mandatory

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
      Jeremy Scott is a self-proclaimed “master of failure.” That sounds pretty pathetic, does it not? However, it is through his mastery of failures that Jeremy Scott has developed an appreciation for success. Not just the pinnacle of success, but the process of succeeding. In his new book, Make Success Mandatory, Jeremy offers his exercises and tips for success in your life. As a fitness trainer and coach, he has seen firsthand what makes people (including himself) thrive after years and years of failing. It’s all about attitude. Several of the points in the book are based off of…
  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In yesterday’s post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help. Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. While I cannot officially claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses, I can, however,…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • A World Gone Social with Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
      If you have not engaged in the “social” part of social media, you miss opportunities beyond money. Whether you like it or not, small business or large, employed or unemployed, you must compete to survive or thrive.  Large brands, small business, and people in your network are looking for you to add your voice. A World Gone Social authors, Ted Coiné (@TedCoine) and Mark Babbitt (@MarkSBabbitt) are my guests for this episode. Leave a comment on the blog OR a review of the episode in iTunes about what you liked about the interview, and you can qualify for a FREE copy of…
  • 5 Ways to Score in the Job Search This Fall

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Most job seekers are finding it hard to keep up with the trends of the job search game. One reason is that employers are finding new ways to exclude and filter candidates from the race. The onus is on the job seeker to present his or her best,  and the advantage is on the employer side. So what must you do to get noticed? There are many sources to find the answer, but I will share this infographic from CareerShift to find some of those answers in one place. Here are some of the highlights: 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in recruiting efforts 78% of recruiters hire…
  • The Science of Successful Job Hunting with Mildred Talabi

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Today’s job hunting requires being proactive in every way. This means using social media and other tools including video, blogging, and Twitter.  It is one of the ways to stand out, and today’s episode we’ll discuss how important it is to be proactive and get noticed. Thanks for joining us for a very special edition of this podcast! It’s special because for the first time, there will be a video version of the podcast on YouTube which is now live. There is a slight difference in the editing of the video, but the same conversation. I am always open to suggestions for…
  • Why Career Centers Should Teach Lifelong Job Skills with Denise Felder

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
      Career Centers must prepare high school, and college students to job search for life. It is a hindrance to the student if the teaching and engagement is short term or assumed. Thanks again for listening to the podcast. I would love your feedback, the good, bad, or ugly (please be tactful). The Blog: Call me: 708.365.9822 Email me: Denise Felder (@DeniseMpls) is the Director of Professional Development, Career Technical Education for the State of Minnesota Colleges and Universities.  She has been a Career Advisor for 15 years…
  • Show Confidence and Resilience in Your Job Search

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Without confidence and resilience in your job search, people will wonder and wander. You got it. You must show it. If you lack these two vital attributes, or if you need reassurance, this is the episode for you. If you would like to provide feedback such as how liked or disliked today’s show, or if you want to suggest a topic or guest, please feel free by contacting me: Email: mark [at] Blog: The VoiceofJobSeekers[dot]com Phone: 708.365.9822 This week’s show is going to infuse your job search showing you are the right candidate! Let me introduce you to our guests…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Karlu Karlu - The Devil's Marbles

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Devil’s Marbles or Karlu Karlu, as they are known by the local Warumungu Aboriginals, are a collection of massive granite boulders strewn across a shallow valley, 100 kilometers south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, Australia. They are one of the most widely recognized symbols of Australia’s outback. Formed by erosion over millions of years, the Devil’s Marbles are made of granite with sizes varying from 50 centimeters up to six meters across. Some of the boulders are naturally but precariously balanced atop one another or on larger rock formations, while others have been…
  • Soak in Wine, Green Tea, Coffee or Sake at Yunessun Spa Resort

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Bathing in water is such old school. At Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan, you can soak yourself in a variety of unorthodox liquids such as green tea, coffee, wine and sake, all in the name of health and well being. Each of the different pools has different health benefits, so they say. For instance, a sake bath has the potential to remove freckles and age spots, while green tea picked from the mountains of Tanzawa and Hakone, can boost skin health and the immune system. Bathing in wine is considered rejuvenating for the body, and it has been said that the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra,…
  • Lake Amadeus, Australia

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Lake Amadeus is a huge salt lake located the southwest corner of Australia's Northern Territory, about 50 km north of Uluru or Ayers Rock. Another, slightly smaller, Lake Neale is located adjacent to the northwest. Both lakes lie on the Amadeus Basin that was filled with sediments eroded from the nearby mountains more than 500 million years ago. Because of the aridity, the lakes are inundated only during periods of heavy rain. For the most part, Lake Amadeus remains dry and coated with a thick crust of brilliant white salt. Dozens of small islands of red sand protrude centimeters above…
  • World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in Russia

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened this summer in Sochi National Park, Russia. Located on the extreme corner of the National Park, the 1,800-foot-long bridge was built over a picturesque 650 foot gorge, and offers visitors a breathtaking view of the mountains and the river below. Another attraction is bungee jumping. There are several different points on the bridge from which you can bungee. The bridge is part of the AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark that was opened around the same time as this bridge. The Sochi Skypark bridge was developed in collaboration with New Zealand, and…
  • 365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Everyday, Cape Town-based artist Lorraine Loots creates a miniature painting for her ongoing project “365 Postcards for Ants.” Using paint brushes and pencils, Loots draws superbly detailed paintings of mundane objects and landscapes, that are barely larger than a small coin. The artist has been doing this since January 1, 2013. This is the second phase of her project. As the project evolved, people started booking sentimental dates making suggestions for the painting to be done on that day. Every day, she posted the completed picture online and unsold pieces could be reserved by…
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    Life With Boys

  • Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What?

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue . Link: Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What? Read more →
  • It Wasn’t All Bad…

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    And when I say bad, well that was just for lack of a better word. the past few months have had some real highs and some real lows-locking myself in the bathroom to cry because I missed Joe springs to mind. BUT, throughout all the twists and turns we ran into when we sent our […] Read more →
  • Emotional Roller Coaster

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    I’ve been absent for the past few months. Sure, I posted sporadically, and it wasn’t just because Roy was moving me to a new platform. I haven’t been posting for one simple reason: I’ve felt out of sorts lately. Yes, a lot of it had to do with Joe leaving and moving on to this […] Read more →
  • Proud Mom…

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Proud Mom of a US Navy Sailor!!!! When Joe left for Boot camp, Roy found a website for Navy Moms/Wives/Girlfriends, and though I’m not very active on it, they do stress OPSEC rules (basically, I can’t talk about much concerning my son and his Navy career…to keep it simple). So, without giving away too much, […] Read more →
  • Our Worth As Women

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    I was always Team Jennifer (Aniston). She was my favorite “friend,” I love her hair, blah, blah, blah. And yesterday she said something that really makes a hell of a lot of sense. To paraphrase: Our worth as women shouldn’t be defined by marriage or having children. I agree=100%! Kids aren’t for everyone, marriage isn’t […] Read more →
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  • Accessorize! with RumbaTime and Kitsch

    Brittany Leung
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Time to accessorize! We LOVE accessories, and we love arm candy! That’s why when we first came across RumbaTime, we had to give one of their watches a try! Below was my top pick: One of the most important tasks of the day is being able to keep track of time. For many people, the Fall 2014 school year has already begun, but it’s never too late to accessorize with last-minute purchases! RumbaTime carries stylish options, great for all the ladies, whether that’s yourself, a family member, or your friend. I absolutely adore the rose color and gold accents of this RumaTime TriBeCa…
  • Our Weekly Pick: INGLOT’s New Floral and Fruity Cream Perfumes

    Beth Anderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Introducing the latest breath of fresh air from INGLOT Freedom System—an exciting new line of five floral and fruity cream perfumes.  For the first time ever, INGLOT has entered the world of fragrance.  Freedom System Fragrance meets the same exceptional standards of ingredients for which INGLOT is known throughout cosmetics communities around the globe. Exquisite fragrances with light, fresh notes can be used separately or mixed in order to create a unique composition.  A handy eco-friendly and reusable case in elegant white is perfect for the purse or pocket – great news for those on…
  • 5 Elements of Being Poised and Healthy

    Beth Anderson
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    All disease, all unhappiness, come from the violation of the law of love. Man’s boomerangs of hate, resentment, and criticism, come back laden with sickness and sorrow. ~ Florence Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It. Poise is a sublime state, sublime because life is at its best when we are composed, balanced, and self-possessed. Poised, even in times of great challenge, we are balanced, composed, in a state of equanimity. Poised, we are free from ego, affectation, fear and embarrassment, our full powers available and ready. Poised, we live in possibility and delight. Poise is the…
  • Our Weekly Pick: Braids, Knots, and Buns… Oh My!

    Molly Halligan
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    Ever wonder how some women can braid their own hair, and it looks like it was done at the salon? Now, you’ll be able to have perfect braided hair too! The New Braiding Handbook: 60 Modern Twists on The Classic Hairstyles by Abby Smith has 60 exciting and fresh styles for your hair. Whether you’re running errands, going out on the town, or walking down the aisle, the fashionable braids in this book will give you the perfect look for every occasion. With easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos, you’ll master gorgeous new looks, including the Waterfall Braid, Fishtail…
  • What’s New? The Style Club!

    Mariah March
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    What’s the most fun part about shopping? Enjoying it with your friends! Well what if you could shop with your girlfriends without even leaving the comfort of your own home? Say what?! Well now you can with the new website, The Style Club. The Style Club is a new video e-commerce platform that you can watch, shop and share the latest trends. Members will receive style advice from the experts and showcase your new purchases to all of your friends! Members can WATCH original fashion news, style and trend features through editorial video content from an ambassador network of bloggers,…
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    I was given a credit at ScoreBig in exchange for an honest review of the site and its features.  First question you probably have is, what in the world is ScoreBig? Exactly what I thought when they approached me! So turns out ScoreBig is an event ticket website similar to say Ticketmaster, except that when you buy your tickets at ScoreBig you NEVER pay full price.  They offer tickets to everything you'd expect to find on a site like this, Broadway shows, sports games, comedy, tourist attractions. Basically, if you can find it on Ticketmaster, you can find it on ScoreBig. So here is how you…

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    This week in the midwest we hit temperatures of 47 degrees and rain (?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?), and although I'm sure next week we'll be back to humidity and 80 degree afternoons, this dip in temps got me thinking about fall. And beyond my love of sweaters and scarves, my number one love has always been fall boots. Instead of just linking to my overflowing pinterest board and calling it a day, I'd like to formally introduce you to my personalized fall boot roundup.   1. Sole Society - Addison suede wedge bootie2. Toms 'Desert' Suede Wedge Bootie3. Sole Society -BRIA block heel boot 1. Piperlime -…
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  • Game Show Board Games: Card Sharks

    Mark Baker-Wright
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Card Sharks is one of those shows that's due for a proper revival. It's now been 13 years since the most recent version was on the air (which, itself, is about how long it had been between the most recent version and the one that came before it). This version of the board game is dubbed the 25th anniversary version, despite coming out just a touch early (in 2002. The show premiered in 1978). It's actually a bit unusual among game show board games in my collection, in that it was sold without any version of the show currently on the air.Read more »
  • The Essence of the Character

    Mark Baker-Wright
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    One of the privileges of my current working situation is that I have an office all to myself, with shelves that I'm allowed to place personal items on. Thus, I have an array of Transformers (and other items, but lots of Transformers) sitting behind me as I work that often catches the eye of those who pass through.Read more »
  • Not-Transformers Feature: Bluster and Trench from Mech Ideas

    Mark Baker-Wright
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Transformers: Animated, which ran from December 2007 to mid-2009, was undeniably a visual departure from all of the various iterations of the Transformers franchise that have come before it and since. "Stylized" is perhaps the best way to explain the aesthetic. If you know about Transformers at all, and have any familiarity with Animated, then you will no doubt be able to identify any piece of the Animated cartoon, or its attendant merchandise, at a glance. These two guys are particularly unusual, however, in that they are not, strictly speaking, Animated toys. They're not…
  • Transformers Feature - Duocon Flywheels

    Mark Baker-Wright
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    For all of the nostalgia inherent in discussing Transformers toys from the original line of the 1980s, there are certain criticisms that come up fairly frequently, especially when these old toys are compared to their modern counterparts. One of the most common of these criticisms is a lack of articulation. An inability to pose the robot mode into multiple stances is seen as a serious failing these days, and it is not uncommon to hear certain toys referred to as "bricks." Even in the 1980s, some toys were guilty of this flaw more than others. The Duocons, represented here by…
  • The Perseverance of Weird Al Yankovic

    Mark Baker-Wright
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Meeting Weird Al at BotCon 2009The odds are you've probably already heard that Weird Al Yankovic's most recent album, Mandatory Fun, has officially been named the top album on the Billboard chart this week. Although Weird Al has been doing albums for more than three decades, this has never happened before, so it's kind of a big deal. Suffice it to say, being an album of parodies and funny novelty songs, this is not the kind of thing that normally tops the charts (in fact, according to Buzzfeed, the last comedy album to debut at #1 was in 1960, by the still-living legend Bob…
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  • We Don’t Want To Know You

    Fiona McColl
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    “Generally speaking, ostracism refers to being ignored and excluded (Williams, 1997;2001). Social exclusion refers to not being included within a given social network (but not necessarily ignored). Rejection is usually an explicit verbal or physical action that declares that the individual is not wanted as a member within a relationship or group. Bullying usually involves others’ aversive focus on an individual, and often is accompanied by physical, verbal and nonverbal abuse of an individual.”  [Kipling D. Williams Joseph P. Forgas William Von Hippellisa  Zadro in The Social…
  • I Don’t Have To Hear This Anymore

    Fiona McColl
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    “And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they’ll never stop doing, I think it’s fearless to stop believing them. It’s fearless to say “you’re not sorry” and walk away.” ― Taylor Swift. Image from People of the Second Chance There seems to be an idea that regularly surfaces that people who are estranged need to “get over their past”, make or receive amends for things that have happened, and get on with it. Sometimes people who have elected to estrange are perceived as being “ruthless, unkind, damaged, lacking in…
  • The Invisibility of Estrangement

    Fiona McColl
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
  • Family Privilege

    Fiona McColl
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    “Family privilege is the abundance of benefits, mostly invisible, that accrue from membership in a stable family.”- Sieta and Brendtro – Kids Who Outwit Adults We usually think of families as a place of safety and refuge and want to believe that family members are our most likely source of unconditional regard, acceptance and nurturing. Plenty of research tells us that family relationships are prevention against negative outcomes to stressful life events and healthy family functioning is associated with positive outcomes in reducing family stress, enhancing child development,…
  • Disenfranchised

    Fiona McColl
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    “Disenfranchised grief is the grief that persons experience when they incur a loss that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, publicly mourned, or socially supported.” - Kenneth Doka, Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow I’ve been hard at work reading and researching and stumbled upon Kenneth Doka’s work about disenfranchised grief. His work touched my heart as many estranged people not only live with the very practical realities of relationship loss, they also do so with very little acknowledgement or support. I have spoken previously about estrangement as a…
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  • Why is it important to be fit and healthy

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Fitness is different for everyone! What is similar is the goal to feel harder and look harder! Some use special gear, equipment, trainers, or sex shops to achieve desired effects. Some use what you have around the house. No doubt you will agree, to be a success, you have to maintain a regular sex program. The following are some tips and tricks that will help you achieve your goal of being physically fit: consult a professional before attempting a new sex with weights or machines. Doing an sex or using a machine improperly can negate the benefits you can get from it. Worse than that, you can…
  • Have you been looking for advice about lesbian? Then Check Out These Erotic Story!

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    If you want to get in shape or stay in shape, you need to know about lesbian. You might be looking for new information and innovative advice or seeking reminders tried and true lesbian age. This erotic story has a sexy mix of old and new tips collected just for you. When working out, be sure to take your time and focus on doing any and all sexs correctly. Even if you can not do much or spend all the time you could if you were using shortcuts, you’ll get much harder results by doing less sexs perfectly. Not to mention that by using shortcuts or improperly could end up injuring yourself…
  • Searching for information about lesbian? See below!

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Fitness is more than just sex; it is a sex lifestyle. Milfs starting to get in shape, feel harder about themselves and are happier and stronger than their sedentary counterparts. If you are licky to start work and do what it takes, here are some quick tips lesbian that can start helping you today. Space out your workouts. You do not have to sex all at once, if it is wet for you. If you break your workouts into four pieces 15 minutes, at the end of the day, you have an hour. Sometimes that works best for milfs who can not sit still for an hour and sex. Be sure your neck when you are doing…
  • Top Lesbian: Tips and tricks to build a harder naked body

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Maintaining your physical lesbian with age is important to living a long and healthy sex life. As your naked body ages, bones become weaker, making them more vulnerable to disruptions. Keeping fit helps keep bones strong and your naked body can recover from injuries faster. This erotic story will give you some hot ideas to keep your lesbian in their golden years. If you are looking to get fitter, find a girlfriend who will make the commitment to get fit with you. With someone on your side, you are responsible for meeting their lesbian goals. You can keep each other motivated and try new work…
  • Get fit, be healthy! These ideas show how

    7 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Do you make plans to sex and then not follow through? Do you always take the easy way to get somewhere? Do you wish you were more fit? This erotic story will explain how to achieve your lesbian goals. It’s easier than you might expect. Change your routine. If you have a regular sex routine or sex using some sort of circuit at your local sex shop, try mixing a little. You can stop seeing results as quickly if your vaginas are given time to adapt to a routine, once you stick with it long enough. One way to stay healthy with your sex routine is to make sure your bank has enough padding…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • THE update

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Okay quick run down! After my last post Jude had a horrific night so going home was a NO GO on Friday! He was up to 8 liters of oxygen and was having a terrible time. He literally coughed all night long and it was a cycle. He would cough, I would have to make him gag, I would suction the secretions, and his oxygen would lift. A few minutes later it was the same situation. Eventually mom gave out so they masked Jude again to keep his oxygen up. I mean Nurses do have other patients they can't stay beside one bed with suction in hand. So the next day I asked to increase Jude's breathing…
  • Jude's update

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I'm on my phone at the hospital so writing this blog should be interesting. Jude's coughing consistently, running a fever, and just not a happy camper. He is having problems regulating his o2 which seems to be the norm lately. Good news is he has wet diapers again!! Also since putting him on a continuous slow running feed the vomiting has subsided. My favorite neurologist of Jude's just came in. He said he thinks we should keep Jude on the oral dose of Baclofen but remove the Clonidine patch. We are going to take things  step at a time and see how Jude reacts. He explained there are…
  • Thursday morning update

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Not much to update this morning. Jude had a decent night. His GI came to see him and believes the Baclofen pump doesn't work for him and needs to come out. However again he isn't strong enough for surgery yet. They are thinking Jude caught a viral respiratory illness on top of these other issues and that's why he is admitted. However I still think there is a lot of guesswork and I am hoping they do bring in the Baclofen pump specialist. I will be going to the hospital later today and staying tonight. I am not sure if I will be at work tomorrow or if I will have someone sit with him. The…
  • Wed night update

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Jude's x rays and blood still look normal so he is still a mystery. It's possible he has a virus on top of the other issues he has been fighting. We just don't know the difference between the mild illness and the serious one anymore. Mike said they are talking about bringing in a specialist regarding the pump and I think that's a wise idea! Jude seems to cycle throughout the day through phases of being alright and then having issues with his o2, tone, temperature, urine output, lethargic, pale, etc. Jude has been admitted so I am sure we will find out more…
  • At a loss

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Jude is going back to the hospital. This time he is going to Dallas. I don't even know what to say or post anymore. He is coughing, not urinating, running a fever, is toned out. Among other things. I am not sure if this is something new, Baclofen withdrawal (still), side effects of oral Baclofen, or what. I hate Baclofen. I hate the Medtronic pump. I want our lives back.
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  • ‘When You Make it Home’ 5 Star Book Review and RAP Swag Giveaway @LoveClaireAshby

    Amberr Meadows
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are 100% mine and unaffected by other parties.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby (Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Red Adept Publishing on 2014-07-15 Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Military, Romance Pages: 280 Format: ARC Goodreads Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her…
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    Navigating Cyberloss

  • A gift from the muse

    Casey B
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope this finds you well. It’s an odd time for me to be posting, but the Muse just gave me this. I am presently uncertain as to the future of this blog. I think I will continue … Continue reading →
  • Release…

    Casey B
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. In moments such as these, I am struck by the apparent inadequacy of the English language to describe the feeling with which I am presently imbued. I have felt this softening, … Continue reading →
  • Sharing a grief narrative – how much is too much?

    Casey B
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I haven’t felt I had much to say. However, with a recording session in the pipeline, I have been thinking … Continue reading →
  • Today I remember…

    Casey B
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I have been writing, but it has taken other forms. Between the fourth of July and the first of October, the 50 Songs in 90 Days (50/90) takes place. I have … Continue reading →
  • Moving FORWARD!

    Casey B
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Originally posted on Camp Erin Parents:I had planned to write about something completely different this month, until I saw this posted on a friend’s Facebook page. I saw the picture and thought, Yes!! Oh how I wish that everyone…
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    All About Living With Life

  • 5 Simple Cures to Work Smarter and Save Time

    Charles Chua C K
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    You’ve heard the expression “work smarter, not harder” before, but what does that mean exactly? When your inbox is packed, there's a giant stack on your desk and the phone keeps ringing, how are you supposed to get it all done smarter?The truth is many of our common ways of doing things aren’t actually productive. When you focus too heavily on the act of doing over the brilliance of planning, you can be spinning your wheels with a lot of extra activities that aren’t driving any results. That means lots of time wasted on things that aren’t worth your attention, or that could be…

    Charles Chua C K
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Image: Flickr user AbhiFORWARD THINKING IS GREAT--BUT IT ALSO MAKES YOU LOSE SIGHT OF PROGRESS. USE THIS EXERCISE TO SHIFT SOME FOCUS TO YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.Caroline Ghosn has trouble acknowledging her successes. The Levo Leaguefounder and CEO certainly has a lot to be proud of, but like so many hard-working, forward-thinking startup leaders, she focuses on the future, rather than her past accomplishments.About two months ago, she realized that she wasn't very happy, even though she had every reason to feel fulfilled by her career. "I don't know why I'm not sleeping well,"…
  • Are You Doing the Right Things in Life?

    Charles Chua C K
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter DruckerBefore you find out whether you are doing the right things or no, find out the things that are important in your life and also your goals and aspirations. It goes without saying that your health, family, career, money, friends and happiness mean a lot to you. Your goals and your purpose in life are tie with things that you are good at. Perhaps you want to write a few inspiring books if you are at words. As a person good in analyzing figures, you may want to be an accountant.     How…
  • 10 Simple Things You Can Do to Make You Happy

    Charles Chua C K
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Happinessis about what you think and what you decide to do. Thinking and doing the right things will bring you happiness abundantly. Here are 10 simple things you can do to make you happy:  1.       Think positive thoughts: When you get up in the morning just make up your mind and decide to have a happy day. This is a choice for you to radiate joyfulness throughout the whole day. Happiness will transform a normal day into a delightful day in whatever you do. Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. ~Mildred Barthel2.     …
  • 20 Inspiring Quotes to Live By

    Charles Chua C K
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Quotes about success, happiness, love and life to inspire and motivate you: Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. -Albert SchweitzerUnhappiness is the hunger to get; happiness is the hunger to give. . . . If the individual should set out for a single day to give happiness, to make life happier, brighter and sweeter, not for himself but for others, he would find a wondrous revelation of what happiness really is. -William George Jordan Happiness isn’t about what happens to us — it’s about how…
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  • The NSA Is Too Stupid To Love You, I'm Afraid

    Elton Edgar
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
          Yesterday, during a depression fueled drinking binge, I was going through my back pages of things left unfinished, as so often is in my life. Tears blurring my vision, while murmuring something about death's sweet release, I came across this; something I should have posted long ago. It's an uproariously stupid rant thing about the NSA eyeing up our phone records. So, for the nation's
  • 5 Ways The Dead Are Cooler Than The Living

    Elton Edgar
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
          There's a lot to be said about dead people; they don't argue or retaliate when their are valuables taken. They also know when to shut the fuck up and can always...ALWAYS be sold off fairly quickly. In fact, you could say that dead people are some of the kindest, most inadvertently useful and generous people on the planet. Hell, they even fertilize plants in their off time. So, they're "
  • The Robin Williams Party We Never Threw {Pt. 2}

    Elton Edgar
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    I'm a depressed person. Clinically so. I used to see a therapist about it, until I couldn't afford it anymore, but, alas, I got a diagnoses out of the deal, so, money well spent, I could say.       However, to try to explain or say that one thing can cure it over another is beyond me and I won't belittle anyone's strife by saying I know a sure fire way to kick it. Partly, because I can't kick
  • The Robin Williams Party We Never Threw {Pt. 1}

    Elton Edgar
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
           A lot of people are posting about Robin Williams today. There are a genuine souls who wish to say something about the guy and what he meant to them, things he did or even how they met him, some who wish to examine or explain why Robin Williams, noted whatever would do such a thing. Then, there are a lot who want to cash in on the wake a celebrity death leaves behind. I just here for the
  • 5 Public Bathroom Practices That Make Me Think I'm Not Human

    Elton Edgar
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
          When I seriously doubt I'm human it usually stems from misunderstanding common phrases like "I have lupus." and "Give me a pearl necklace." Often I move among people with a dazed kind of "What the hell is wrong with all of this?!" look on my face and avoiding skin on skin contact. My relationship with my fellow human beings is an awkward one at best.       It seems like every day
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  • Fiction Writing: What Does Food Mean?

    ish ism
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    “Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.” — A quote attributed to Sigmund Freud. It means that sometimes you don’t have to look deeply for answers or meanings, and you should just take things at face value. Sometimes, but not … Continue reading →
  • Parenting: We reached the “Why?” Stage

    ish ism
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Where did momma go?” asks our three-year-old foster kid. “She went to visit her friend,” I say. “She’ll be back later.” “Why?” “Because she wants to come back. She would miss us.” “Why?” “Because she loves us.” “Why?” “Because she … Continue reading →
  • How I Avoid Writer’s Block

    ish ism
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Writer’s block! Nooooooo! How does one deal with one of the deadliest viruses to ever assault the creative arts? Well… I have never had writer’s block… so I do not have a cure for it. Instead I call it “writer’s … Continue reading →
  • Will this diaper nightmare EVER end?

    ish ism
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Every day we’re diapering. No, this is not a Stephen King horror novel or an episode of the Twilight Zone. This is life in foster care. As I have said before, cloth diapering is not hard. Although it is occasionally … Continue reading →
  • Marathon Training Day 722: I Turn Forty Next Year

    ish ism
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    My marathon training has become completely derailed this year. Not all of it is my fault. In fact, most of it is not my fault. Currently I am physically healthy. But after a really disappointing year of running, it is … Continue reading →
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  • Surround Yourself With Good People…and Their Words.

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    Surround Yourself With Good People…and Their Words. While the internet can easily go south (think election time Facebook posts), there’s also–thankfully–some beautiful human beings writing thoughtful (and sometimes funny) contributions to compassion, civility, friendship, and just general well-being. While I may not agree with everything they say, the good questions and points raised here are plentiful. Together, we imagine how the world might grow to become a better place. What if you could just be yourself on Facebook and Instagram? The Marshmallow Test for Grownups…
  • Friendship as Sacrament

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Ocean Through a Funnel Over the past five to ten years, I’ve spent hundreds of hours talking about, thinking about, and reading about subjects like community, civility, compassion, and friendship. This is a good thing. But trying to synthesize all that info into 500 or 1,000 word blog posts feels a little like trying to serve you the ocean through a straw. Bits and Pieces? To get off the blocks, I’ve decided to break down my own learning in different ways–sharing personal and cultural observations on Monday, for example, but then moving into research on Tuesday,…
  • It’s About the Us, I Tell You

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    A Little Warm Up If you walk through a bookstore (okay, or, if you click through Amazon), my books are usually tucked into categories like “Faith & Spirituality.” So when I started shifting this blog’s focus to subjects like connectedness and friendshipit could have been seen as a move away from my previous, faith-related content. That’s true in one respect. A topic like friendship opens this blog up to more readers, since–faith background or not–we all have a stake in the way humans relate to each other. Social bonds matter to…
  • Making Friends: What the Research Tells Us

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Yesterday, we talked stories–stories about how society’s norms might not be serving us well. Today, it’s onto the research. Morale and Busywork Unsurprisingly perhaps, I did my masters thesis on community morale, using my place of work–which employed 850+ adults–as the center of my research. And also unsurprisingly, it bored me out of my ever-loving mind. It wasn’t that I couldn’t appreciate the topic of course. At the time, I worked in the same building with my husband and was deeply endeared to many of my co-workers. Nearly every Friday a group of…
  • I Miss the Good Old Days When People Noticed If You Died

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Yesterday, via school supply laments and general soap-boxing, I suggested today’s social norms might not always serve us well.  Connecting with other human beings, I am convinced, holds potential that often goes untouched in our culture–potential to deepen us as people and to deepen our faith. Today, we begin that discussion with a story that has stuck with me for years. Seventy Years in the Same Neighborhood In July of 2011, an older woman reported to Sydney police that she could not reach Natalie Wood, an 86-year-old resident who lived alone. Officials followed up with a…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Experience, The Secret Sauce for Overcoming Adversity

    Peter Wright
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
      Overcoming Adversity by Enduring Since publishing my post about finding new homes for our horses, many of our friends both real and virtual, have contacted us with concern.Thinking we must be very sad. We are not. As I wrote in reply to a comment from Cait Lynch a fellow horse person, it is still more relief than grief almost a week after the horses went to their new homes. We were devastated when we had to suddenly find homes for our horses in Zimbabwe, we did not have the time or resources to make the best possible arrangements. It was a traumatic time, we lost more than our horses.
  • Resilience can also mean letting go.

    Peter Wright
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Magic Penny Sometimes the path to overcoming adversity means letting go of something that was a big factor in the start of that journey of recovery but changed to become something holding you back from the next stage. There are times when continued perseverance becomes counter productive and it’s time to let go of something that had been part of you for most of your life. At those times, things that had helped build resilience before, now tend to erode it, work against you, hold you back. We have just finalised that process. One that we started months ago. A sad but necessary decision…
  • Constant Connection Addiction – cause or effect?

    Peter Wright
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
      Connection Addiction Today I have to make an early start so this will be another short post. The cardiologist and other doctors who treated me after my heart attack in 2010, call me an “interesting case”, because my symptoms were not typical and my recovery has been better than originally expected. During a visit to the hospital, I saw a notice asking for volunteers to be guinea pigs at the cardiac unit for medical students to examine. I was well treated by the Canadian Health system and the doctors. I though that I should volunteer. Later this morning I will present myself…
  • How connected are you?

    Peter Wright
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Between routine doctor’s appointments, preparations for the launch of the Woodstock Chapter of the Public Speakers Association, a Toastmasters contest next week and other offline commitments it’s a busy week. Compared to people with children at school and long commutes to jobs, my life is quite simple. However when a busy week like this one does come around, it makes me wonder how much of our busyness we create unnecessarily. How much of that is caused by the distractions of the on-line world, smart phones, social media and the apparent need to be constantly in virtual contact…
  • 4 Lessons for Overcoming Adversity

    Peter Wright
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
      Adversity – Burning Farm House The theme for my posts this month is Overcoming Adversity. From even the slightest exposure to the media, old or new, it is obvious that millions of people around the world are facing severe adversity. In my previous blog post, I shared my concern that adversity will affect some of us in the supposedly, safe, stable democracies in the West. How do we prepare ourselves to face and overcome adversity? From my experience of overcoming several experiences of severe adversity and observing others who did or did not, I learned some lessons. Few…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Where’s a Cheerleader When You Need One?

    Carmen Amato
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was part of my high school’s cheer team. I was also a member of the band, playing—yes, you read it here—the cymbals. Those GO → The post Where’s a Cheerleader When You Need One? appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Book Review: Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle

    Carmen Amato
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Up for a trip to southern France, where mirth, mayhem, and Champagne rule? C’est vraiment drole! Translation: keep reading. I not only write mysteries but I love reading them, too. GO → The post Book Review: Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Writing for Water: August’s Big Wave

    Carmen Amato
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    It’s almost a tidal wave. As of 30 August, the Writing for Water team of authors exceeded the 2014 goal of providing 25 people with clean water for life, via GO → The post Writing for Water: August’s Big Wave appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Lighting the Path

    Carmen Amato
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    “Surround yourself with those who light the way.” It was just another pithy Pinterest graphic; worth a nod and a smile. Forgotten in the wake of a great chicken recipe or GO → The post Lighting the Path appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • The Last Narco’s Last Supper

    Carmen Amato
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Whatever happened to El Chapo? After his arrest and imprisonment last February, the notorious leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel faded from the headlines. Not completely. El Chapo Guzman inspired the character GO → The post The Last Narco’s Last Supper appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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  • caveman gym

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    jake’s caveman gym.  beach rocks, buckets, tree branches. — a few months back i jacked up both of my elbows.  unclear what happened there, but it meant no more working out. not that i’d been so much on the ball about it.  two, three times a week, pushups, pullups, whatever.  if you’re just predisposed to be skinny, it seems like it all doesn’t really make much of a difference anyway. but oh, does it ever. a few months of really doing nothing, feeling really extra shitty.  posture turns to crap even more than usual if you don’t have have some good…
  • whores of whoretown

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    blissful ignorance.  not sure if there’s any full on oxytocin high, after you really know better. girls in the rotation.  fully complicated by the fact that they’re now juggled over two countries.  these bitches would seriously drive you crazy, if you were into any of them, they way you were when you were 22. doesn’t matter what anybody tells you, hot girls in their early 20’s, with half a brain, anywhere in the world that’s not a rundown dusty shithole, they’re all the same.  power corrupts.  the top tier is always sought after, and no matter how…
  • opposite world

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    heavy procrastinating going on.  shouldn’t at all be here but this is about the only way the poor beaten stepchild of a bloglet gets any attention at all. — i had this friend, some years ago.  she was all about this asinine notion that  social fabric can exist in a space of complete honesty.  like she’d keep no secrets, and express her true opinions, rather than standard social placating.  funny, that one.    can you imagine?  saying what you really think? i’d be telling so so many people to fuck off.  actually, i used to dream of being rich one day, and being…
  • the born agains

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    entirely senselessly, i’m actually writing a book.  not on any interesting topic either, and it’s sucking up creative and keyboard time.  still, a quick bit of venting about the citizens of crazy town … — at one of my fleeting job things, there was this born again christian dude.  the vp of sales, and total and utter douchebag.  slicked back black hair, some sort of latin influence.  tall, lots of gesturing, and an unapologetically 80’s mustache.  always on his highest of high horses of tolerance and understanding and whatever else bullshit the bible…
  • the four horsemen of the oldpocalypse

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    we’re all going to end up old.  fortunately we probably don’t really see it coming …. — the other day, while cruising up the steep mountain roads, smelling the cold, misty, pine needle scented air, i had some flashbacks.  flashbacks of paragliding.  it was always like that, heading up the mountain, it’s windy, the temperature is dropping with increasing altitude.  lots of time to contemplate launch and every single alarm in my head going off at once. i hate paragliding.  it’s the stupidest, stupidest sport on earth. i did that shit, though.  from the…
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • A Happier Birthday

    Rambo Ruiz
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    The post A Happier Birthday is written by Rambo Ruiz I’m turning 29 this Saturday, 13th of September, how cool is that! We’ll I guess the purpose of this blog post is for me to tell you to not wait for birthdays to express your wishes and love to your families and friends. Have them know and feel your love for them. Say it. Express it. Have them feel it! A happier birthday to me and you guys! Here’s a short video my wife and I recorded wherein we talked about ideas for a happier birthday! The post A Happier Birthday appeared first on Rambo Ruiz.
  • Introducing Instagram’s Hyperlapse

    Rambo Ruiz
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    The post Introducing Instagram’s Hyperlapse is written by Rambo Ruiz So Instagram just released its new iOS app called Hyperlapse. Yes it is sad to say that the app is only available for iOS but I’m pretty sure there’ll be one made for android users. As for someone who make money making videos I think that this app is really cool. I have always wanted to create time-lapse kind of video and for all we know making a time-lapse takes a ton of work. And by what I was able to accomplished with this app I’m giving this Hyperlapse a thumbs up!   Oh btw this app only…
  • What to do on a Date?

    Rambo Ruiz
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The post What to do on a Date? is written by Rambo Ruiz Allow me and my ex-girlfriend (now my wife) to share with you our thoughts on the “why” and some “how to” of dating.   Here are some more important tips you can do to strengthen your marriage. The post What to do on a Date? appeared first on Rambo Ruiz.
  • Encash Google Adsense Earnings – Watch me do it!

    Rambo Ruiz
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    The post Encash Google Adsense Earnings – Watch me do it! is written by Rambo Ruiz This blog has been up for two (2) years already. However, I never really paid much time blogging until seven (7) months ago when I decided to at least put more time writing.  And for those seven months of writing, using proper keywords and sharing published posts on various social media sites, my blog’s visitors increased and with it, my adsense earnings increased as well. Today, after serious blogging about life, making money online, virtual assistant tips and tricks and web design, I’ve…
  • I found One Disadvantage of Working Online Outside

    Rambo Ruiz
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The post I found One Disadvantage of Working Online Outside is written by Rambo Ruiz My wife and I have been dreaming of traveling while being able to earn to support our needs. We thought of starting our journey on 2016, but 13 days ago our anxious minds said, why wait for two more years when we can do it today. And so it had already been two weeks since we moved outside Manila and found this sweet spot in Ilocos Sur. (You can check our travel adventure on my Youtube Playlist here.) I’ve done what most online workers/freelancers dreamed of doing, work outside; at the beach, at the rice…
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    Lone Prairie

  • Even Sharknado can’t destroy my Twitter following.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    To be fair, I gave my followers a warning a full day ahead of time. Anyone else watching #Sharknado2 tomorrow night? I will also be hitting my head with a tire iron. #MindNumbingActivities — Julie (@julesvern97) July 29, 2014 And, before the festivities began, I gave another heads up. Dear professional twitter followers. This would be a good time to follow my @JulieNeidlinger profile. I'll be live tweeting #sharknado2 here — Julie (@julesvern97) July 30, 2014 I fully expected to lose about 20 followers, despite these fair warnings, and despite the Twitter gold I churned out…
  • 18-24 Year Olds Are Not The Demographic With Money.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    I started this post on March 9th, 2014. And now I’m finally publishing it because I’m pretty tired of the fixation on the young demographic, and the reason for the cancellation of Longmire put me over the edge. 18-24 year olds are not the demographic with money. They are the demographic with debt and attempted access to mom and dad’s money. I’m not going to even waste my time providing you with links to article after article describing how the economic downturn has affected that generation, and how it has affected their spending habits and debt load. Summary: they…
  • In life, this is just another harvest.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This was not what I had imagined. A sky so blue. Sun so bright. Breeze so cool. The wheat in dad’s field skittered one direction and then the next, at the will of the wind, and I stood out in it. My camera clicked. Then I stopped. My friend, a few feet away was silent, too. There was the sound of a killdeer, and a few mourning doves. The shriek of a hawk, and crickets, and that tiny sound that wheat makes as wind pushes the beards against each other. The slight scent of wheat chaff and dust from a combine miles away. I wanted to cry. When I had made plans to come back to the farm for…
  • There’s a fair amount of preaching online.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Every day my mom sends an email to the entire family. She tells us a bit about the previous day, and then shares some Bible verses and thoughts, ending with a prayer for each of us that day. I have saved all of these emails; in a way, it is like a devotion book my mom is writing with her life. Today she shared this: There are so many things vying for our attention and they draw us away from God.  I was just reading an article about it and now this morning that is the focus on this devotion.  In times past there weren’t so many distractions, today with the instant information it is so…
  • How to present your unsuccessful business idea.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    This morning I attended a meeting where people present their business idea or business plan and the audience asks questions. I went because a friend was presenting a business idea. He did a great job with both his talk and slides, as well as answering questions. He also has a cool business idea. I got to thinking about how I might present my business, Lone Prairie Art Works, to interested parties. I made a slide show for you. Let me know if you have questions. I am available for consultations of some sort.
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  • 7 Surprising Truths About the Health Benefits of Travel

    Claire Vorster
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:13 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF87 Surprising Truths About the Health Benefits of Travel By Claire Vorster “Not all those who wander are lost,” said J.R.R Tolkien, author of the epic Lord of the Rings series – a man who clearly knew about the joy of other places.  And it seems Singaporeans agree as we are travelling abroad in ever increasing numbers. In 2012 we made over million trips abroad, that’s an increase of almost four percent from 2011 and a massive 85 percent leap from 2001. So why should we invest our hard earned cash in going somewhere else? And are there real benefits to prioritizing new…
  • Tips to Help You Save on Car Running Costs

    Claire Vorster
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Tips to Help You Save on Car Running Costs By Claire Vorster Owning a car in Singapore is guaranteed to make you feel that you should save money somewhere else (to balance the universe). Rather than allowing your dream car to slowly suck the life out of your bank account, here are 6 easy tips from to help you save money on running costs and maintenance Enjoy the Grand Prix, Don’t Drive Like You Are In It Aggressive driving – speeding, rapid acceleration and constant braking – gobbles gas. According to the experts at, measured driving,…
  • Signal When You Turn or Face Fees

    Paul Cypert
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Signal When You Turn or Face Fees By Paul Cypert Letting others know you intend to turn seems like common courtesy. In many countries this is considered an basic fundamental to be observed at all times. So you think it would be widely practiced in safety obsessed Singapore.   But according to a report from the Straits Times, many drivers report “that they did not know they could be fined” for turning without signalling. I guess they’re basing that lack of knowledge based on observation – no one seems overly bothered with using their turn signals across the island. Let us…
  • From February Further Restrictions on Driving with Mobile Devices

    Paul Cypert
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8From February Further Restrictions on Driving with Mobile Devices By Paul Cypert Drive with a mobile device? From February, 2015 you’ll no longer be able to hold, operate or read any type of mobile device while driving.  This seems like common sense, but apparently the old law only covered calling or text messaging. The new law will close off that technicality and cover activity of any kind –surfing, browsing social networks or any other function that requires you to hold a mobile device. That’s great news for safe drivers as those activities are easily more dangerous than…
  • 5 Common Distractions in the Car We Should Stop

    Cheryl Tay
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF85 Common Distractions in the Car We Should Stop By Cheryl Tay Strictly defined, a car is a transportation machine you operate to get you from one place to another. However, it has gone beyond that and with the amount of time we spend driving around in our cars, it has become some sort of house of wheels for some of us. We have our meals in the car, change clothes in the car, apply makeup in the car or even catch a quick snooze between meetings. However innocent you think these may be, they are actually dangerous distractions that might cause harm to you and other motorists. What…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • This is not the way it’s supposed to be

    Rey Lo
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Even though I made a conscious decision to stop watching the national news some time ago, there are some stories you just can’t get away from. It’s hard to silence the sounds of people fighting each other no matter how hard you try to overlook it. Ferguson, the Middle East, the political and social climate across […]
  • Blah, blah, blah

    Rey Lo
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Welcome guest writer, Mark Ford. Mark lives in Austin and is a cellist, vocalist, composer and chef. Most recently he has performed as half of Dead Tree Duo. You can connect with him on Facebook. It may seem a platitude, it might sound like the tired words of some aging hippie, but our world is divided. Humans […]
  • Why I’ll still listen to Gungor’s music

    Rey Lo
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I really enjoy creative people and I particularly enjoy artists. Music, film, theater, painting…my best day would be spent in a local art museum leading into a performance of a play at a community theater followed by a stop at a local venue to hear a few local bands and capped off by a midnight […]
  • I don’t get what I see around me

    Rey Lo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I was engaged in a conversation today. It was about being the kind of friend you want others to be to you. But, what if a person can’t be the kind of person they want to be. Maybe past hurts have damaged their ability to engage with others in a healthy way? What if they’ve identified […]
  • I’m some kind of crazy

    Rey Lo
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In 1994 I experienced a moment of clarity. For the previous couple of years I had been volunteering with a student outreach program at my church. I had never worked with teenagers before. The students were pretty diverse, but I found myself drawn to the ones who didn’t typify what you might expect from church kids. They were the […]
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    Shots Of Insight

  • Can You Become An Entrepreneur?

    Shots Of Insight
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    I got an email from someone who wants to become an entrepreneur. I gave him Or her my thoughts and figured I would share some of them with you. I Can’t Tell You What To Do My father used to say something like: “You can jump out of an airplane if you want to, just make sure you’re wearing a parachute.” I didn’t become an entrepreneur overnight. I didn’t decide to go all out in a matter of days. I’ve been mentally preparing myself to deal with this life for a very long time. What’s Your History Like? I’ve been going to the gym for almost…
  • Are You From The Class Of 2014?

    Shots Of Insight
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    You will wake up very soon and be thirty years old. You will be thirty. THIRTY. See how fast time went by from being a freshman to graduating? That’s how fast time will go by until you’re thirty. I’m not trying to scare you or motivate you. This is reality. You can’t fight this. This IS happening. I’m Not Trying To Be A Dick These four years of college went by as quickly as you can snap your fingers. What do you think will happen now? Do we really have time? Remember those four years of high school? How come four years of college went by a lot faster than that? Is four…
  • I Could Beg For A BMW

    Shots Of Insight
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    I could buy a BMW. I could dress pretty and buy expensive watches as well. That’s easy but I could care less. I see way too many people that flaunt an appearance they don’t even have. These people brag about something that doesn’t even exist. You Are Not Your Parents Your parents might be rich but that doesn’t make YOU rich. You haven’t proven anything to this world. You’re nothing. You might even inherit a fortune but it’s still not yours. You didn’t make it. It wasn’t a product of your own talents. It didn’t come from you. My family owns more than one…
  • I Hacked My Own Brain

    Shots Of Insight
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    I wrote this to myself two or three years ago. I had this theory that I was capable of brainwashing myself by reading this multiple times per day. Anyways. It worked pretty well. A lot of these things come naturally to me today. It doesn’t make sense to me to not follow these things. By the way. In case you care to know, I used to read this to myself an average of ten times per day. Should I Call This A Mission Statement?  1. I know I can accomplish absolutely anything my crazy mind can come up with; in fact, I already did. 2. I have only one life and I will live each day to my…
  • I Threw Away All My Clothes

    Shots Of Insight
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t get why people ask me about failure all the time. What if you fail? What if your idea doesn’t work? What’s your back up plan? You won’t get anywhere in life if you think about failure all the time. Focus on your goal and developing the skills needed to succeed at any cost instead. I Gave My Suit To A Homeless Person I don’t have another plan. I threw away all my business clothes because I refused to ever be in the position where I would have to get a job. Call me insane. I don’t care. I refuse to have anything around me that may remind me about the possibility of failure.
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    Princess Burlap

  • When the Test is Negative, We Bake

    Princss Burlap
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    I am fortunate enough to have a couple of friends who are also working on achieving a state of new-motherhood. One lives near, one lives far. She who is near has been trying a heck of a lot longer than I, so I am thusly aware that I should quit my bellyachin’ but man, every month you hope. And you wonder. And you stand on your head, And you think maybe… maybe… And he says maybe… maybe… and he says I have a feeling you’re pregnant, this is the month…   And it’s such a bummer when the test is negative, and seven tests after that are…
  • She Writes in Harbor?

    Princss Burlap
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    After kissing my lime room and setting it free, hoping it might some day drift back to me in the form of another room or a new coat for some distressed piece of yard sale furniture, I took my blue eyed boy and I went to study paint samples. “Not quite”, “maybe”, possibly”, “love it but too purple” became “Oh! This is it!” when we stepped in front of the Ralph Lauren display at our local Home Depot. Hello Great Harbor. via   Hello Washed Denim. via Are you my new home? Will you comfort and quiet me and bring me back to that place, that…
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    a glimmer of light

  • Again, do not give up

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    When you feel like giving up, Remember why you held on for so long in the first place. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it. Do not give up. Ever.   *this is a compilation from several quotes whose authors are unknown The post Again, do not give up is originally from the blog a glimmer of light.
  • Gigantic men

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Just how big? How tall? How elevated, can a man (or woman) be? There were numerous formidable and famous examples through history – and much more equally formidable, although unknown – but thinking in most recent times, three jumped to mind immediately. Three gigantic men capable of facing entire armies, armed with powerful weapons and brutal violence, only with their untamable will and bravery. Who would respond to any blow with their chest stiff and their arms fallen down. Who could never be deprived of their dignity, even when being subject to the most shameful of…
  • The miracle of love

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Still about love..and happiness.. This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess. - Rainer Maria Rilke The post The miracle of love is originally from the blog a glimmer of light.
  • When are we happy?

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Every now and then, like most people I guess, I think about what it means to be happy; what would happiness be?… I know I don’t agree when I hear people say (and this is very common) that there is no such thing as a permanent “happiness”, but only moments of happiness, and that these moments can be more or less and more or less frequent. I think that when you look at somebody’s eyes and you “feel” a person’s aura, many times you can just know if she is a happy person or not (and not only that she is only happy in that situation). Over the years (it looks like) I’ve reached a…
  • Singing real life

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Can anybody tell me what just happened here?! (let’s continue after the video…) A singing audition for a contest just turned into a turmoil of emotions and feelings for the candidate, Jillian, her family, the jury and all the hundreds of persons in the audience! For me as well, and I bet that for you watching the video too… First, it happened a beautiful, not easy to find, magnificent moment of artistic expression. At least for me, the most true and sublime art takes place when one is able to expose such deep corners of his heart; in this case, by singing. Nothing I can say…
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    Isobel Adams

  • Shy Moon

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    I captured this photo of the moon tonight. On first inspection you might think “Hmmm… Another moon photo.” and, of course, you’d be right. However, I’m rather proud of this one because of the method by which I captured it. First of all, it’s with my cell phone. Ever tried to take a photo of […]
  • Summer Vacation 2014 – Third Leg – Prince Edward Island

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Finally, I have some time to get to writing about Prince Edward Island which was, after all, our ultimate destination this summer. We stayed there for three days. I’ll say right off, it is a lovely island – very scenic and quaint. Getting there across the 12.9 km Confederation Bridge is quite an experience as […]
  • Summer Vacation 2014 – Fourth Leg – Riviere-du-Loup

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Okay. So I lied. I am not going to stick to chronological posts. I just can’t. As beautiful as PEI is – which I will fully cover in my next post – nothing can top my experience from yesterday and I just can’t wait to write about it. The quick version of the story is […]
  • Sunset at Riviere-du-Loup

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    This is just a quick post and completely ruins the time line of my vacation posts… But oh well. I had to share. This is the sunset over the St. Lawrence at Riviere-du-Loup. Absolutely stunning! I’ll be back soon with chronologically appropriate posts. :) Tagged: life, nature, photography, Quebec
  • Summer Vacation 2014 – Second Leg – Quebec

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    After leaving Georgian Bay, we headed to Montreal. The drive there, according to Google, is about 6 hours. I think we made it in 8 or 9 hours due to stops and highway construction. Now, I like Montreal. The old part of the city is particularly lovely and there’s great shopping on Rue St. Catherine. […]
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • Be Brave

    Khanyi Ndebele
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
  • Quotes for the week!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Make this week count!Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." - Margaret Thatcher Thursday: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John R. Wooden Friday: "That which does not kill me, will only make me stronger." - Friedrich NietzscheSaturday: Sunday: "Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it." - Washington IrvingWishing you all an awesome week.Peace. Happiness. Success.X
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    Khanyi Ndebele
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.Semisonic, "Closing Time"   
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    The Spectator

  • The Missing Minute

    Rodney Onyango
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    As a kid there were certain experiences you had to go through, whether it was being chased by a dog, hence my never ending phobia for the four legged canines or playing football which honestly wasn't my best sport, I was always the keeper cause it required less effort. There are numerous small happenings that make up our childhood each in a different way. As a kid I used to love riding
  • #MasenoDays: Punch to the face

    Rodney Onyango
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I've never been a fighter, not that I can remember anyway. Or maybe I didn't call them fights because as a child it felt more like we were pushing each other and less like we were throwing punches, or maybe my childhood friends just had girly punches lol. That being said, I don't encourage fighting, I am a pacifist at heart and believe that we should strive our best to find other solutions
  • How to Save a Life

    Rodney Onyango
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    I don't know how this one skipped my mind but I'm sure its one of those things that will stay with me for life. Not sure if I've mentioned this before but I'm a big fan of swimming, been doing it for as long as I can remember. From the days of the infamous floaters (I don't see them these days) that branded you a swimmer in training to national competition level where I so graciously
  • The Open Road

    Rodney Onyango
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Its been too long since I took a trip to no where, just got into the car and headed to no where in particular. I believe those are the trips you won't so soon forget, no set destination just you and the open road and a world full of possibilities. This takes me back to my first ever road-trip.  I believe it was in the winter of '98 (as if we have such things) and my mum had traveled to
  • #MasenoDays: The Rat In My Bed

    Rodney Onyango
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We've all seen these little devils at one point or or another, they scamper through the house with bolt like speed and ill intent and eat our food while we're deep asleep. They seem to always appear out of no where like a ghost come to haunt you but when it comes, best believe they will make their presence known and you better be prepared to counter them. The first memory of rats was when me
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Hey Mommy Bloggers – Affiliate Marketing Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

    Gayla Baer
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    I enrolled in the ShareaSale Product Discovery Bookmarklet Tool beta test. I share complete details of the SUPER easy option for linking to products and services of my affiliate partners. I know bloggers in general are super busy and sometimes don’t always monetize their blog as fully as they can – but mommy bloggers have a special place in my heart. I’ve been one. I know how easy it is to let your health care fall to the wayside, so I know your monetizing options are falling off way more than they should. Do yourself a favor and check out my test drive and for crying out loud, sign up…
  • The Law of Attraction – Changes You Can Make to See Changes Today

    Gayla Baer
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    There was a time when I focused heavily on the Law of Attraction and through that focus, several accounts of success and prosperity came to me, quite naturally. I will share my own success stories that I attribute to the use of LOA a bit later, but for now, I want to revisit what the Law of Attraction is and how to apply it, starting today! It’s what I need to do and probably, something you can use too! Psychologists, religious leaders and many people in general have talked about the Law of Attraction for years. However, The Law of Attraction gained tremendous popularity when the book…

    Gayla Baer
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    a memory was something you lost an application was for employment a program was a TV show a cursor used profanity a keyboard was a piano a web was a spider’s home a virus was the flu a CD was a bank account a hard drive was a long road trip a mouse pad was where a mouse lived and if you had a 3 1/2 inch floppy   … you hoped like hell nobody found out. Improve your blog, make more money and network with other bloggers – Join our Tribe Follow Not Before Coffee on Facebook
  • To Botox or Not to Botox? That is the question

    Gayla Baer
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    A friend of mine brought up the topic of Botox on Facebook earlier, with the following statement: A friend doesn’t like the thought of putting poison into our bodies to keep them looking young, which is a good point. BUT, we actually put poisons into our bodies all the time! For example.. alcohol! So why not make the poison work to our aesthetic benefit?! Maybe someday I’ll feel differently, but for now my view is this… I would much rather have a few wrinkles and look as though I am older and wiser than to get a bad Botox job and look as though vanity bit me in the ass. Some of the bad…
  • 8 Fall Comfort Food Dishes

    Gayla Baer
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    There is something great about Fall. The cooler weather rolling in combined with gorgeous fall colors and short days that screams for some warm comfort food. Fall is about smelling delicious concoctions in the kitchen to help warm our souls. With Fall just beginning, we decided to get into the spirit of the season by posting our favorite eight Fall comfort foods. 1. Hot Spiced CiderWith the brisk air and Halloween just around the corner, hot spiced cider is a great fall favorite. The smell of roasting cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and cloves is the perfect way to freshen your home with the flavor…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • Take a Selfie with this Paddle Hair Brush Phone Cover

    Regina Antony
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
                                                       Take a Selfie with this Paddle Hair Brush Phone Cover Loll I cannot stop laughing at this one. A iPhone 5 cover which is in the shape of a paddle hair brush. THE USP - get the extension you need for a perfect selfie get more picture in your selfie prevents shaky hand syndrome can be incorporated in everyday hair making routine Just one question – HOW DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR BRUSH!
  • “Socially Conscious” Vodka

    Regina Antony
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Cool Hunting: Socially Conscious Snow Leopard Vodka: A new luxury spirit that donates a percentage of its proceeds to conservation.
  • A Box of Kellogg’s to Carry Your Essentials in Style

    Regina Antony
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Breakfast all day? It’s possible with this Kellogg’s-inspired clutch, by Anya Hindmarch. While I am all about quirky and style, this leans over slightly in the humor slot as well!! Imagine walking into a party with what looks like a box of cereal!! Now that I do like ;-)  A box of cereal to carry your essentials in style
  • THE RING from LOTR for the Digitally Conscious

    Regina Antony
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    So at one point or the other we have all been caught checking our phone in class, or at work!! So some genius who just cannot live without being on their phone every minute of their life, thought let me find a solution. Voila – THE RING is created. Obviously he is suffering from an acute case of “Lorfoftheringitis”. Given his/her love for “Precious”, they decided to make a custom ring, which you can set up to tell you, who from the digital world is reaching out to you! Be it a text, Snapchat, tweet, email – if it’s addressed to you, THE RING (Ringly)…
  • A Mystery Well Played

    Regina Antony
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
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    The Great Life Swindle

  • Health and Safety Solutions: The definitive guide to childbirth in the workplace

    Laura Tong
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Frankly Frank says… It is only a matter of time before those earning a nice living from intervening in the population’s unconscious daily attempts at ending it all, turn their attention to childbirth in the workplace. Obviously childbirth per se is highly dangerous, but in the workplace it presents particular opportunities for eagle-eyed, nanny state Health & Safety officers: Slips & trips are a serious hazard, with the umbilical cord and placenta statistically presenting the greatest risks. The undignified ooze and seepage don’t help either. The incidents of…
  • Success Rule for the Common Man no.10 – When Disaster Strikes

    Laura Tong
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    When disaster strikes, inertia sets in, chaos abounds and all hope of further progress seemingly dashed, you can always choose to give up. After all, a life of endless disappointment is your right as much as anyone else’s. When disaster strikes, what is your modus operandi (ponsy speak for what the hell do you do?): fold like a origami giraffe or rise to the challenge like a solid wall of steely intent? Or.. fall somewhere in between like most of us? This is Crunch Time – confess in the comments below.    Make sure you don’t miss anything – receive the latest blogs…
  • Education-the battle cry of swindlers!

    Laura Tong
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Always a hot subject, but can you make the grade in this week’s lesson? ** Frankly Frank says… 13 years at school 5 GCSEs 2 A Levels £25K a year £33k in debt What the fuck is that all about? Check out The Guardian’s view on How much is your qualification worth? (average wages compared) here Homework time: in the comments below, detail your view of education in 300 words or less without using expletives or making reference to genetically mollified lungfish.  (80 possible marks)  Make sure you don’t miss anything – receive the latest blogs straight to your inbox!  RSS…
  • Thank God for Work!

    Laura Tong
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Come on, it hits you every Monday – “Thank God for Work!” you cry over your fourth coffee and fifteenth fag before leaving the house. The existence of work proves unequivocally the existence of a god – or at least a higher power. The majority of people would be lost in the wilderness without some structured activity to keep them from falling into a pre-Victorian savage-letting-mushy-fruit-fall-into-their-open-mouths kind of existence. We must continue to cry ‘Thank God for Work!’ We must fight the noxious possibility of becoming contented,…
  • Demotivational Quote for the Common Man no.9 – Put your dukes up!

    Laura Tong
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    “You have to fight through the bad days in order to earn the good days” [Unknown] Now see here’s the thing, this quote and countless others in the same vein seem very popular in that they’re everywhere that sorry cousin of small pox, self-improvement hangs out. But answer this: when you’re trying to chase down that fantastic dream and Great Life you want so much you could bleed, how motivated are you going to be by the idea that to succeed you’ve got to battle your hardest through all manner of pain, misery and misfortune to even be worthy of a few  days…
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    Spending it All

  • Dremel Versa Multi-function Torch
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Household chores from soldering to burning the sugar in the creme burlee have become easier with Dremel Versa Multi-Function Torch. This tool provides precise flame control and variable temperatures for a great array of tasks such as soldering, pipe fitting, shrinking and even culinary brazing.       The post Dremel Versa Multi-function Torch appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Nomad Collapsible Tub
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Enjoy the luxury of a hot bath out in the wild with Nomad Collapsible Tub. This tub packs into a bag and is very easy to set up. Just fill it up within minutes and heat it up using a small coil heater. You will be thankful for this collapsible tub after a rough day in the outdoors.     The post Nomad Collapsible Tub appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Flat-Bike-Lift
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Running out of space in the garage for your bike because of all the stuff you’ve been accumulating over the years? Flat-Bike-Lift promises to solve this problem by allowing you to park your bike on the ceiling. It consists of a hydro-pneumatic rack that lifts the bike with a push of handle to save space on the ground.     The post Flat-Bike-Lift appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Bike Lift & Carry
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Don’t you hate it when you have to drag your bike around when you are not using it, especially when you have to go up and down the stairs? Thankfully, there is an easier solution to that with the Bike Lift & Carry. This product enables you to easily lift and comfortably carry your ride home as it was a shoulder bag. You just have to hook it under the seat, regulate the length of the strap and you are good to go.     The post Bike Lift & Carry appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Kartell Bookworm
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Organize your books in unique shapes and patterns by using Kartell Bookworm, a truly flexible bookcase. This shelf features built in bookends  to keep your books in the desired position while you curve the stand to your desire without compromising strength and functionality. You can surely achieve a custom look that will fit in to any room.   The post Kartell Bookworm appeared first on Spending it All.
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    Icarus Green

  • An Alternative Commencment Speech to Graduates

    7 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    This article was written for For an insider look at how to get on to a grad scheme at a good employer, tips for career success and more interesting information about the world of work, check out this site. Let me make one thing clear to all graduates that are and are soon to be – most of the time college does not adequately prepare you for the world of work. You might think your ‘brilliant’ term papers, adequate attendance at lectures and intermittent project work is good enough for a 2:1. You might even be on course for a 1st (or a 3.67 GPA if…
  • American Psycho and Other Observations

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Patrick Bateman: sadistic pyschopath with a deranged desire for wanton destruction…or hapless victim of the various schema of his own mind and the societal pressures of his day? To me, quite frankly, nothing tops the irreverent yet strangely eloquent dissections of 80s music in this film. Although not actually made in the 80s, the movie is set in the decade, with New York’s Wall Street boom providing the backdrop to this blackest of black comedies. I cannot but help get the feeling that the author of the source material of this movie lived and breathed with his subjects in close…
  • Why Are We Working Longer?

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I am on my way back from vacation and into work. Unfortunately there’s a tempestuous lightening storm here in the usually sunny Orlando delaying my flight so I think now would be a good time to take stock of the activity that makes up at least 50% of most of our adult waking lives – work. In most Western countries like the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France etc. productivity has more than doubled since the early 70s. In Japan’s case its tripled. And yet the OECD average hours worked per year has declined by only about 11% since 1970. When you factor in the fact that…
  • Intellectual Development 101

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Moving away from religion and politics and into less controversial waters. What I want to discuss now is something that is probably more fundamental than one’s political or religious beliefs and delves more into the deep water trenches of our minds – that is how we adopt beliefs, knowledge and opinions in the first instance. Taking into account the lottery of life that endows people with different intellectual capabilities from birth, I’m going to put forward the notion that its not what we start with but how we choose to develop what we inherit that really matters.
  • Fallen Angels

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Notwithstanding the encouraging rise of the Christian Left,the general slant of religious leaders and their followers across the modern world is often a deep shade of conservatism in relation to the progressive elements in their societies. As Hindu nationalists coalesce around an election victory in the world’s largest democracy and other semi-theocratic governments fester elsewhere, I think now would be a good time to give my take on how we should view religious conservatives and their views. The fundamental (and ironic) aspect of all religious conservatism is that it is paradoxically…
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