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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…
  • An End-of-Life Nightmare

    The New Old Age
    By The New York Times
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Joseph Andrey, 91, wanted to die at home. As is often the case, he died in a hospital instead.
  • Countdown - 18 Days

    Peterman's Eye
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
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  • My Body as a Symbol
    Elan Morgan
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    I looked at my body and frowned this morning. I do this on a lot of mornings.It's not what I expect, anymore, although I can't pin down a time in my life when I did expect it.And then it hit me, as it often does, that this isn't about whether I find my body attractive, so I asked myself:"Do I unconsciously elevate what I expect to experience over accepting a more objective and less familiar perspective?"We do this all the time.I pick up a glass expecting to drink soda, and then when it is water that hits my tongue, I find it horrifying.Water is not horrifying except when I expect it to be…
  • Behold the glory that is pepperoni pizza cake

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    If there are two things Americans don't need more of, it's pizza and cake, so why not take the best of both worlds and combine them into pepperoni pizza cake?
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    The New Old Age

  • An End-of-Life Nightmare

    By The New York Times
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Joseph Andrey, 91, wanted to die at home. As is often the case, he died in a hospital instead.
  • Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease

    By Paula Span
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Alzheimer's occurs more often among older people who have used benzodiazepines for long periods, researchers report.
  • 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.
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  • My Body as a Symbol

    Elan Morgan
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    I looked at my body and frowned this morning. I do this on a lot of mornings.It's not what I expect, anymore, although I can't pin down a time in my life when I did expect it.And then it hit me, as it often does, that this isn't about whether I find my body attractive, so I asked myself:"Do I unconsciously elevate what I expect to experience over accepting a more objective and less familiar perspective?"We do this all the time.I pick up a glass expecting to drink soda, and then when it is water that hits my tongue, I find it horrifying.Water is not horrifying except when I expect it to be…
  • These Pickles? I Love Them 9 Different Ways.

    Elan Morgan
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    These pickles are a lovely shade of green.Their flavour is bright and tart, a surprisingly satisfying experience when I am peckish but shouldn't be eating potato chips.I am eating these pickles right now while I write this list, and they don't make my keyboard greasy or sticky.I almost never become suspicious of pickles. Sour cream, old jam, leaky bottles of mustard: these all raise questions for me, make me wonder about their integrity.  Pickles feel safe and clean held in a seeming stasis in their brine.Their name, pickles, is also a description of how they are made. It is what…
  • Miracles Can Show Up On the Heads of Little Brothers in Suburban Basements. It's True. It Happened in 1983.

    Elan Morgan
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    When I was about ten and my brother was about four, we were supposed to go stay on my cousins' farm for a week during the summer. I was thrilled to go, because the farm meant freedom to a city kid who always had to respect the boundaries of lawns and fences and busy streets and other people's parents. Out there, we could dig and run and climb and hide out and not see an adult for hours on end. It felt savage and powerful to even imagine it. There was one problem, though, and that was my little brother. He was four and it was summer vacation, which meant that he trailed after me from breakfast…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 543

    Elan Morgan
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I have rediscovered the pleasure of good tea in the mid-afternoon. I almost prefer it to a good nap.This beautiful stretch of heat and sun that almost feels like mid-summer in September and has just a touch of coolness around the edges should be how the weather is always.There is this crow sitting in a tree near my window, and I've actually learned to recognize his voice over the last few months. I feel like he needs a name.I have lost my fear of butter, thanks to Kate, and my life is now literally richer for it.I gave myself a fresh haircut, and I feel so much brighter. It's incredible what…
  • I Nearly (Accidentally) Killed My Cat, But Then I Saved Him With Cat Stinky Stew (recipe inside)

    Elan Morgan
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    See this cat here? The one for whom I once made a human ear hat? His name is Oskar, and, yes, he always looks exactly this serious. Two days ago, it was a glorious fall the day. It was the kind of fall day that is warm and sunny, the kind where you can wander around without a coat and a gentle coolness sits at the edges of things. I spent most of the day pretending that I could turn a three-hour stretch of its afternoon into every day for the rest of my life.I wanted to live inside it always. I was so energized by that great fall day that I decided to clean out and rearrange all of my kitchen…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Behold the glory that is pepperoni pizza cake

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    If there are two things Americans don't need more of, it's pizza and cake, so why not take the best of both worlds and combine them into pepperoni pizza cake?
  • 5 fun facts about squirrels to gnaw on

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Once upon a time, you could depend on bees being Mother Nature's faithful little buddy, but in light of the impending doom that is Colony Collapse Disorder we must take comfort in the ever presence of other creatures, such as the lowly squirrel.
  • Hypothesis: all Pixar movies are connected [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There's been a theory circulating around the internet for some time now that essentially argues that all Pixar movies take place within the same universe, but at different times. This video uses footage from the films and voiceover to make the argument, which is easier to digest and more entertaining than reading nerdy stuff on forums, right?
  • Grow your own undead with zombie Chias!

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Why wait for the zombie apocalypse when you can grow one right in the comfort of your own home?
  • Turning the tables on cat-callers [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What if women catcalled men? This video turns the tables on cat-callers and the results...are not pretty.
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  • My iPhone Made Me Cry

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Are you befuddled by new technology? Do you long for the days of simple on/off switches and phones that simply ring hello? Do most appliances have too many options? Do tell.       My iPhone Made Me Cry An Interactive Poem I don’t cry at weddings I know the odds Sometimes I cry at funerals But always try to hold back my tears. Yet, my iPhone made me cry out loud Weep Uncontrollably Wet sobs and gasps. It refused to allow me to take charge And I’m a take-charge kinda gal. My iPhone hated me It hated my touch I tried each finger every which way Cutting nails, huffing warmth…
  • A Dog’s Dying

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today our dog received a death sentence. I thought he had some tick disease and went to the gym. When I came back, I learned by telephone that he had a few weeks to live. The vet said his platelets were 500 times below normal. This son of a bitch, and he was one; this cancer had cornered the mutt of my dreams. It was a leukemia – lymphoma, blastoma, gastlioma, whatever – and there was no cure. All we could do was keep him out of pain. Cornwallis* is a dog, not a human being. I know that, and yet my human-heart is broken. So is my son’s. So is my husband’s. He’s family. My eyes are…
  • ‘Mrs. Bogart’ was a ‘straight-ahead lady’ and a ‘good broad’

    Dana Cook
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Remembering Betty Lauren Baby Bacall Bogartwith Kirk Douglas, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Rich, Larry Hagman, Bo Derek, Barbara Walters and others as collected and compiled by Dana Cook.  Cook’s collections of encounters with the famous have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals.  (cooks.encounters[at]   Schoolgirl crush? Kirk Douglas, actor …I went out occasionally with Betty Bacall, who later became Lauren Bacall. She was a junior at the Academy [of Dramatic Arts], not more than fifteen or sixteen years old. I was a senior, and had been…
  • 6 Tips For Coping When You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

    Gretchen Rubin
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin on creating your own personal happiness If you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble remembering people’s names, or even how you know them. A few years ago, while at a chaotic birthday party for a three-year-old, I was on the brink of going over to some little kid’s father to say, “I think we went to college together.” Turns out it was Dylan McDermott! In ancient Rome, the job of the “nomenclator” was to whisper or announce the names of people as they approached a politician. My husband serves this function for me; he has an uncanny…
  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

    Mireille Guilliano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    © Shutterstock Bestselling author Mireille Guiliano offers up a delectable recipe concocted from her favorite seasonal fruits. Now is the season of summer produce markets and local fruits and vegetables. They are tastier than supermarket or out-of-season varieties, so you can eat less and enjoy more — surely good for one’s health! Additionally, they are good for the local economy and environment (less transportation by-products). I was shopping recently at an organic or “bio” market in the South of France and was taken aback by avocados from South Africa alongside local melons…
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    Simply Jews

  • Do you want something spicy in your taco?

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    No comments.Via Mandatory.
  • Can we find a spine somewhere? The U.S. State Department needs one urgently.

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    The headline is borrowed from a Facebook post by Fred Maroon, responding to a State Department "review" of yesterday's speech in the UN by Bibi. In that review, according to Toi, "State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Monday distanced Washington from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s characterization of a UN body as a terror-supporting organization Monday." She said, among other things:Although Psaki noted that the US had also voiced criticism of the United Nations Human Rights Council for its frequent criticism of Israel, she also said that the US “would not agree” with…
  • Beheading Suspect Alton 'Jah'Keem Yisrael' Nolen's Mother - Video Response

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    As any criminal's mother goes, the response is pretty much standard. The only startling point made by the mom is "that, so far only one side is being heard, presumably that of the police and the woman who was beheaded".Yeah, well, I am not up to the latest in US police techniques, the progress is definitely doing its thing in all aspects of police activity. However, they didn't yet release the testimony of the beheaded woman. Must be mighty interesting, that.Just mentioning.
  • Idle thoughts on Scottish independence and whether it's good for the Jews (of course)

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    This post is an attempt to answer a good pen-friend and a great friend of Israel, Alan Johnson, an editor of Fathom and many other things he succeeds to find the time for somehow. Alan asked an interesting question (on Facebook), a few days before the Scottish referendum:Am I the only person raising just a little bit of an eyebrow at the sight of all their Zionist friends being outraged by the 'petty nationalism' of the Scots and their outrageous bid for self-determination as a people?Since the dust from the whole brouhaha has settled down, the leader of the Scottish separatism fell on his…
  • Deputy of the Duma Elena Mizulina: now you are talking!

    27 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Finally a capital idea from a Russian lawmaker:Today, State Duma Deputy Yelena Mizulina* of "United Russia" faction stated that in modern Russia people are not excited to see the representatives of this nation. "I offer to help Russian Jews to move to Israel. Give them a moving bonus and a medal "For the liberation of Russia!" We have to say to the Jews: you have your own country, go there and leave us be. We'll manage on our own somehow." Such anti-Semitic position this odious politician explained by the following considerations: "Today Russian Jews occupy excessively large role in the…
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  • Parting is sweet sorrow

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Due to some serious health issues that you can read about in my blogging tips blog I have not been posting to this blog. I am leaving blogging and there will be three significant changes made to this blog that I want to make you all aware of. At present this blog is being domain…
  • Growing Wiser

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Emotional awareness is a sign of growing maturity. We all need to learn to control impulses to act before we examine facts and issues. And, the earlier we learn how to control our thoughts rather than having them control us the better. Emotional maturity is defined as how well you are able to respond to…
  • Happiness Doesn’t Come with a Dollar Sign

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Did you know that one of the many downsides of pursuing happiness is that people who think it is rooted in financial success may end up worse off than when they started? Can money buy happiness? Consider this:  Happiness in the United States has been stable for the past 50 years, although at the same…
  • Affirmations and Neuroplasticity

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Have you tried benefiting from applying neuroplasticity through practicing the power of reciting affirmations? Reciting affirmations ie. positive statements to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through life has a long history of efficacy rooted in neuroplasticity. Our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age, and that’s…
  • Meditation Simplification

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. –  Thích Nhất Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices     Learning how to meditate is not difficult. Meditation is about breathing and being and coming alive. Just sit quietly in any upright position with a…
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  • TGB FORUM: Readers Write the Blog – Day 2

    Ronni Bennett
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    As I explained on Monday, while Peter Tibbles and Norma Gates are visiting from Melbourne, I am taking a mini-vacation and letting you, dear readers, write the blog based on your own topics. Today's comes from Tamsin. It may, in some instances, be difficult to talk about but I believe it is important to consider, think about and get out into the open. ”Do those who have experienced losing a spouse have any advice for those of us who will be facing that unhappy event in the future? How does life change for a widow or widower?” At The Elder Storytelling Place today, June Calendar: Things…
  • TGB FORUM: Readers Write the Blog – Day 1

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    As I repeat ad nauseum, individuals age at different rates and in different ways so that what shows up in one person at 50 may not affect another until 70 or maybe not at all. As a friend says the same thing: if you've seen one old person, you've seen one old person. One of my self-assigned tasks since I began this blog more than a decade ago is, in a casual way – I don't keep notes or a chart, to track my own aging. Sometimes that is as simple as noticing new wrinkles on my body or it can be as complex as trying to figure out if my most comfortable walking speed is slower than it was a…
  • ELDER MUSIC: 1961 Again

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. What happened in 1961? Boy George (George O'Dowd) was born Parkes radio telescope opened for business Amnesty International created Four…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 27 September 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    BACKSTAGE AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA The New York Times posted a lovely little montage video of what it's like at the Met a week before the season premier. JOHN OLIVER ON THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT This is a funny and masterful take-down of the Miss America Pageant and, in passing, Donald Trump. But it is also something that no comedian I recall has ever done: investigative journalism. Don't miss it. FROGSICLES I wish I had made up that headline but credit must be given to the accuweather website which tells us: ”Alaskan wood frogs freeze solid each year in order to survive the harsh,…
  • TGB FORUM: Finding New Friends in Old Age

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Let me thank you all for the terrific forum topics you suggested a few days ago. My intention was/is to use them only occasionally but with my teeth, preparing for friends who have now arrived and time for writing (not even counting time for research or thinking before writing) has disappeared. So I'm going to make greater use of those topics in shorter succession. Today, let's consider friendship which several readers mentioned. As I have frequently mentioned here, if we live long enough, old friends – and relatives too – die. Others move away, or we do. And when we retire, we also lose…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • What’s Next in B2B Marketing?

    Ann Handley
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Next month, 750 business-to-business marketers will gather in Boston to learn and bond at the MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum in Boston, the theme of which is “Marketing for What Comes Next.” Side note from the Good Problem to Have Files: The B2B Forum is now sold out, but you can still attend On Demand. More on that below. (Second side note: I just realized with some measure of freak-out that the event “next month” is actually next week. Now practicing deep-breathing relaxation techniques…. It’s all good. We’ve got this. Breathe.) So what is next…
  • 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…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • Roosevelt Island Tram

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    I posted this little video on Facebook, and no one seemed very interested in it, but then again, I enjoy experimenting with different ways to tell a narrative.   I’m using a very old technique here — patching together still photographs into a sequence,  and then using a voiceover to give it some meaning.  It’s a little pretentious, but it’s my first try playing with this idea.
  • Rosh Hashanah 5775

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    It was a rainy Rosh Hashanah in New York City. It was the second year I was attending a progressive service in Manhattan, one in which God’s name was rarely spoken and there was discussion about getting a vegan shofar made of plastic for next year, instead of the one used by Jews for thousands of years, made from a ram’s horn. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is a time of reflection. Jews look back on the past year, and prepare themselves for being “inscribed into the book of life” on  Yom Kippur, when the “book is closed.”  Jews — they are…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #36

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    My name is Joseph. I’m a novelist living in Manhattan. My latest novel, “Upper West Side” was skewered in this month’s New York magazine by a young, feminist book critic. She called my female characters “cardboard cutouts” and “male fantasies” who only spoke about love, sex, and romance. “Has this male author ever listened to real New York women talking with each other?” she wrote.   “I suggest that he leave his apartment one day and stop wanking off onto his page.  When I am with my BFFs we rarely talk about love, sex, and…
  • Kate’s Shed Photography Workshop

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    I’m sitting in McDonald’s with my free morning coffee (some promotion for the last two weeks of September). Across from me is a sixty year old woman wearing a fall jacket. She has red hair that is too bright, and full lips. She is an attractive woman. Years ago, back in high school,  she was probably the girl everyone wanted to ask to the prom. She leans against the window and the morning sun is shining in, coloring the left side of her face with golden light. It’s a scene out of Renoir, if Renoir lived in Queens rather than the French Riviera. I have an urge to take a…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #35

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    “What’s that ring tone?” asked the customer, a young black man with dreadlocks. “It’s an old song. From the 60’s. When I was young.” Milt sold shady, refurbished, jail-broken cell phones from a corner in Astoria, Queens. Everyone from the local high school knew where they could find him — the strange old man slumped over in his torn windbreaker, and kept his “merchandise” in the back of a broken down Ford van.   Today was a busy day for Milt.   With the introduction of the iPhone 6 the day earlier, students of Benjamin Franklin…
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    Simply Stated Blogs

  • How Traditions Are Formed

    30 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 Super-Creative Mason Jar Crafts for Halloween 5 Gourd DIYs to Make You Excited for Fall How to Save Money on Dry-Cleaning Filed under: Daily Thought
  • How to Enjoy Every Moment

    29 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 Super-Creative Mason Jar Crafts for Halloween How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 8 Cozy Cashmere Clothing and Accessory Picks Filed under: Daily Thought
  • The Difference Between Being Nice and Being Smart

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on Laundry Room Organizing Ideas How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes The Plus-Size Guide to DressingFiled under: Daily Thought
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    25 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on Fun Fall Activities Checklist 16 Ways to Cut Your Energy Costs The Plus-Size Guide to DressingFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Power of One Person

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes The Plus-Size Guide to Dressing How to Find Comfortable Shoes  Filed under: Daily Thought
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    Are We Still Cool?

  • My Week as a Foodstagrammer

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

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

    Cool Dad
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Cool Newbie in Brooklyn Bridge Park, June 2013 When applying for my position as Oldest Social Media Intern Ever at Yelp, I had to create a Yelp account to show I could be proficient at all things Yelp. ‘Your Headline’ is part of a Yelp profile that at first seems like an afterthought, buried under 8 other fields on the form. But when you look at the public profile, it takes on an unanticipated prominence. As you see, right under the heavily filtered profile pic of me in a fedora I bought from a street vendor in the East Village for $15 [-5 cool points] sits my headline.
  • 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…
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    Apartment Life

  • Top 3 Roommate Arguments

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Living with another human being isn’t always easy, but as rents continue to rise in many urban areas, roommates become a financial necessity. Whether your roommate is your childhood best friend or a stranger you were placed with, combining two different lives is bound to result in a few conflicts. Once you find an apartment, […] The post Top 3 Roommate Arguments appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Why Generation X Loves Apartments

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The children of Baby Boomers are very practical, self-reliant, and independent. That is why this group – Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1980) – are choosing to live in apartment communities all over the U.S. The independence and practicality of this group of 51 million Americans are fueled by the fact that many […] The post Why Generation X Loves Apartments appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Tips on Prepping Your Apartment for Fall

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    As September 23rd approaches, the signs of autumn are beginning to pop up everywhere: the cooler temperatures, shorter days, and infiltration of pumpkin-flavored products. Like spring, fall offers up a chance to freshen up your apartment life for the coming months. Here are a few tips to prepping your apartment for the fall season. Cleaning […] The post Tips on Prepping Your Apartment for Fall appeared first on 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.
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    Reality Me

  • Knoxville sunset

    ifthis thenthat
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
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  • Typical Monday

    Doug McCaughan
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Philips HUE lights fade on at 5:30 am. I curse the day Turn off Philips HUE lighting and reset light alarm for 5:55 am. 5:55am curse the day Let the dog(s) out Wake the kids Feed the cats Feed the kids Tell the kids, "Dad is going to get dressed" which they know means "Dad is going to sleep another 20 minutes." Wake up and curse the day Take one child to the bus stop Return home and make sure the other child goes to the bus stop Curse the day Drive to work Pass the elementary school and bemoan it’s transition from academic institution to penitentiary due to 9/11…
  • Dogs and cats cohabitation (and I own no couch)

    ifthis thenthat
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    via Flickr
  • From the mouths of jobs

    Doug McCaughan
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Evan, bemoaning tomorrow being a school day. Dad: "I’ll switch with you. You go to work for me and I’ll go to school for you." Evan: "Ok. I’ll go and ask them to fire me. Then I’ll get a fun job like Chuck E Cheese or Sonic!"
  • Have you ever felt despair?

    Doug McCaughan
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    So I’m feeling a little down. Well, a lot down. Something uplifting for me is reading. So, I’m reading the Dresden Files. Jim Butcher’s first book in the series is Storm Front. I open to chapter 18 and read: Have you ever felt despair? Absolute hopelessness? Have you ever stood in the darkness and known, deep in your heart, in your spirit, that it was never, ever going to get better?… [Source, Storm Front (Dresden Files), Chapter 18]
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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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  • Coming Up for Air

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    About two hours after I posted that cry for help about being completely overwhelmed by everything I have going on, I got an email that threw me into a real tizzy. It was Friday afternoon at about 3:00, and the email mentioned my deadline the following Monday. And I nearly threw up on my keyboard, because I was like, "WHAT DEADLINE?!" Um, the one set back in July.... Can you say major professional blunder? I have never—and I mean NOT ONCE—missed a deadline by even one day, and I've been doing this for nearly 30 years. But I totally blew it this time—and I'm just lucky…
  • 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…
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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

  • Laurels

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    “A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.” — Andrew Grove, Chairman and former CEO, Intel Corporation I met Jess on Friendster. Which, for those of you too young to remember the web ten years ago, was at that time a successful predecessor to Facebook. Famously, Friendster turned down a sizable Google acquisition offer, as the social network market seemed wide open in those early days, and Friendster’s CEO didn’t see any…
  • 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…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • How to Recover From a Bad First Impression

    John Corcoran
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Have you ever met someone new, and almost immediately realized you had made a bad first impression? Maybe you made an off-color joke, were obviously inebriated, or came on too strong. Or maybe you put off an impression that you were not all that interested, even if perhaps you were. If any of these things have happened to you, then you’ve probably realized that you have to decide very quickly what you should do about it. Bad first impressions are nothing to scoff at. They are a big deal. A bad first impression can set a tone for an entire relationship. I’m sure you can think of people…
  • 6 Ways to Level-Up Your Morning Routine [VIDEO]

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This video is brought to you by LunchBox. Enter for a chance to win a college football bowl game trip today! Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day, so make the most of it. Here are six ways to level-up your morning routine so you can hit the ground running.
  • Why I Like When Other Men Make Me Feel Bad About Myself

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    When I’m reading about the life of Theodore Roosevelt – writer, soldier, president, explorer – I’m amazed at how much more manly he was than I am, and how much more he did with his life than I’ll ever do with mine. There are also modern men that knock my manliness down a peg. Take a guy like Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart and The Fighter’s Mind Here’s how the “About” page on his website reads: “I grew up in Western Massachusetts, the son of educators. My mother is an artist, a writer and a teacher, and my father is an ex-Navy Seal and the business manager of a…
  • Art of Manliness Podcast #83: Learning to Breathe Fire With J. C. Herz

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    This episode is brought to you in part by Visit OriginalStitch.comto 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 writer J. C. Herz about her book, Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about CrossFit. I’ll admit that before I read Learning to Breathe Fire, I had just a vague idea of how CrossFit worked, and was honestly pretty skeptical of it. My only…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: September 26, 2014

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last week’s winner was Travis C. from Durham, NC. He chose the Apolis Wool Chore Jacket — an excellent choice for the coming fall and winter. My Picks This Week A couple weeks ago we featured Woolrich’s new line of shoes; this week we’re highlighting their iconic wool blankets. Their mill has been in operation for 183 years, and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon on cranking out high-quality blankets. The blazers from Hugh & Crye come with the fit and quality material of being individually tailored, but with off-the-rack prices by utilizing a unique sizing…
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  • Link: Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet – Yahoo News

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed Link: Tim Berners-Lee suggests an internet version of the "Magna Carta". The 13th century English charter credited with guaranteeing basic rights and freedoms. The post Link: Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet – Yahoo News appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Google, Facebook and Ello

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed So Ello. A new social network! Yay! Or not. Whatever. The post Google, Facebook and Ello appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • I hate Thunderbolt

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Seriously. Do not like Thunderbolt at all. The post I hate Thunderbolt appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Notre-Dame Basilica Pipe Organ

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Will it rococo? (Answer: yes.) The post Notre-Dame Basilica Pipe Organ appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Stanley Samuelsen in Haldarsvík, Faroe Islands

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed A video I shot of Faroese guitarist, Stanley Samuelsen on my last full day in the Faroe Islands. The post Stanley Samuelsen in Haldarsvík, Faroe Islands appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • The Disappointing Blue Hole of Comino in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Another day, another tour. This time I have come to the Blue Hole on the tiny island of Comino, famous for its clear turquoise waters. Frankly, I am bored out of my mind. Though others are swimming amongst clumps of jellyfish that are fading from royal blue to blue-gray as they die and wash up on the postage stamp beach, the water is too cold for me. View of the Blue Hole from the cliff -top trail An hour after completing an hour hike along the cliff tops, I have commandeered the only patch of shade in sight, to sit and write while I await the return of my boat back to Malta. Trash is…
  • PHOTO: Historic Architecture on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Historic architecture on Gozo features decorative wooden balconies, a feature from the days of the Arab occupation of the Maltese Islands (Visited 10 times, 10 visits today)The post PHOTO: Historic Architecture on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Azure Window on Gozo in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Azure Window, a wind and wave-carved arch in a limestone promontory on Gozo in the Maltese Islands (Visited 19 times, 19 visits today)The post PHOTO: Azure Window on Gozo in the Maltese Islands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Patchwork Farm Fields on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: View over patchwork farm fields from the Citadella in Victoria, the capital of Gozo, which produces the majority of the produce consumed in the Maltese Islands (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post PHOTO: Patchwork Farm Fields on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Stone Bridge Between Buildings in Mdina, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: St. Paul’s Cathedral is framed by the aerial stone bridge between buildings in Mdina, the ancient walled that was Malta’s original capital city (Visited 598 times, 598 visits today)The post PHOTO: Stone Bridge Between Buildings in Mdina, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Wanting God in the Midst of Imperfect and Crazy

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Today I’ve asked my sweet friend Lisa to share on my blog. Because she has good things to say. Good things that resonate with my heart and soul and challenge me and beat me up in the best way. My life is usually crazy and always imperfect and I can choose to either embrace it with a bitter heart and want it all to be easy or I can want God. Lisa talks about this in her new book I Want God  and gives us a little glimpse of how deep this message goes in today’s blog post. I hope you love it! I will never forget the day in college when my friend asks me to describe God, the way I…
  • Because Free Books are Good and Because Friends are Better

    Anne Marie Miller
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    In a couple of weeks (October 7 to be exact) my latest book, Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community, will ship and be placed on book shelves and will hopefully, hopefully, hopefully help people think about and relate in community in very Jesus-like ways. What’s the book about? Well, when I started doing the writing/speaking/blogging thing, life was pretty great. I got to do what I dreamed of for a living, I met fascinating people, I traveled the world, I spoke at conferences…I felt known.  I know many people who strive to live that life thinking a…
  • 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…
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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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  • Not Your Usual Pelican Photo – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    I find that there are a lot of subjects out there that are beautiful, but so overly photographed or seemingly every-day that getting a photo that stands out is almost impossible. Pelicans are a great example of this.  Photos of Pelicans are prolific, though usually taken of them in flight or as full body shots. They’re
  • 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
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    Watching streaming movies

  • The Three Musketeers Movie

    Yanto fajar
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    #%) Free Watch The Three Musketeers Streaming Online Action- Adventure- Comedy- Drama- Runtime 105 minutes and Released on 1973-12-11 MPAA Rating is .Status : ReleasedMovie Genre : Action- Adventure- Comedy- Drama- Youtube Id : Movie Runtime : 105Vote Count : 11Movie Rating : Vote Average : 8.2Original Title : The Three MusketeersSpoken Languages : EnglishProduction Companies : Film Trust S.A.Tagline : . . . One for All and All for Fun!Movie Release Date : 1973-12-11The Three Musketeers Movie Movie Casts :Michael York Character (D'Artagnan)Oliver Reed Character (Athos)Richard Chamberlain…
  • Watch Breakfast at Tiffany's Movie

    Yanto fajar
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    )^^ Free Watch Breakfast at Tiffany's Streaming Online Comedy- Drama- Romance- Runtime 110 minutes and Released on 1961-10-05 MPAA Rating is .Vote Count : 168Status : ReleasedMovie Rating : Youtube Id : Original Title : Breakfast at Tiffany'sTagline : Audrey Hepburn plays that daring, darling Holly Golightly to a new high in entertainment delight!Movie Release Date : 1961-10-05Production Companies : Jurow-ShepherdSpoken Languages : EnglishMovie Runtime : 110Movie Genre : Comedy- Drama- Romance- Vote Average : 6.9Watch Breakfast at Tiffany's Movie Movie Casts :Audrey Hepburn Character (Holly…
  • Oldboy Movie Online

    Yanto fajar
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    (() Oldboy Movie Online(() Free Watch Oldboy Streaming Online Action- Drama- Mystery- Thriller- Runtime 104 minutes and Released on 2013-11-27 MPAA Rating is .Movie Runtime : 104Production Companies : 40 Acres & A Mule FilmworksTagline : Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.Movie Genre : Action- Drama- Mystery- Thriller- Movie Rating : Original Title : OldboyMovie Release Date : 2013-11-27Status : ReleasedYoutube Id : Vote Average : 5.9Spoken Languages : EnglishVote Count : 91Oldboy Movie Online Movie Casts :Josh Brolin Character (Joe Doucett)Elizabeth Olsen Character…
  • Watch Online The Paperboy Movie HD

    Yanto fajar
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    #@@ Watch Online The Paperboy Movie HD#@@ Free Watch The Paperboy Streaming Online Thriller- Runtime 107 minutes and Released on 2012-10-05 MPAA Rating is .Vote Count : 38Status : ReleasedMovie Rating : Youtube Id : Original Title : The PaperboyTagline : Movie Release Date : 2012-10-05Production Companies : Benaroya PicturesSpoken Languages : EnglishMovie Runtime : 107Movie Genre : Thriller- Vote Average : 5Watch Online The Paperboy Movie HD Movie Casts :Zac Efron Character (Jack Jansen)Matthew McConaughey Character (Ward Jansen)Nicole Kidman Character (Charlotte Bless)John Cusack Character…
  • Watching streaming movies

    Yanto fajar
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Watching streaming movies
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Senior Pictures

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    As I said on Instagram the other day, I have been encouraging Alex to use a professional photographer to have her senior pictures taken. They always say a surgeon should never operate on his own family, and that was the angle I was coming from. Not that I would liken my photographic skills to that of a surgeon—I’m simply saying that I didn’t want to muck up such an important milestone in a seventeen-year-old girl’s life. But then she made me take them anyway. Ha.       We had some fun mother-daughter time as we walked around the ranch and found various…
  • The Next Era in My Life

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Well, we had a blast at the One Direction concert! It was the loudest experience I think I’ve ever had—short of that time I experienced natural childbirth—but I wasn’t ashamed to rock the bright orange earplugs to make it more otologically tolerable.   Paige, her friends, and I decided to spend the night in Tulsa so we wouldn’t have to drive home in the middle of the night, and our hotel was a block away from the BOK Center, where the concert was held. Extra steps for my FitBit: Score!       I wore this necklace, which I got in Colorado last…
  • The Calm Before the Earplugs

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Thank you all for your support yesterday. I feel much more buoyed and equipped to face the challenge before me tonight. I was in a deep struggle in my life, and you helped pull me out of it. (In case you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post, the challenge before me is attending a One Direction concert with my daughter and her two friends. It triggered an existential crisis involving what to wear and whether to stand, sit, or dance.) Anyway, thank you. You gave me great advice and reminded me that I needed to leave a little early so I could stop and get a pair of earplugs!
  • What Do Moms Do at Concerts?

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Back in February, I wrote a long post about my older daughter’s experience with attending a concert with her best friend. I chaperoned, but did not accompany them to the concert, and at the end of the post I mentioned that come September, I would be accompanying my younger daughter and two of her friends to a One Direction concert and that I needed to start researching earplugs. Look at your calendar for a moment. Would you mind telling me what month it says it is right now? Go ahead. I’ll wait. It’s September? Fantastic. Oh, Lord. So it appears that tomorrow night, I will…
  • 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!  …
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    Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine

  • Combination travel: Train from London to Paris, then Cruising French Country Side

    Reeta Laaksonen
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    I have written before about combination travel – combining different destinations on the same trip – and often also combining different transportation methods, either as means of getting from one place to another, or as a unique experience. Combination travel also makes a lot of sense if you are travelling to another continent: the incremental cost on terms of time and money is smaller since you are already there.Combination travel with rail, river cruising and flyinglast Spring I did a combination travel to France, but instead of flying like I normally do I finally took the…
  • Interview with Instagram-sensation Konsta Punkka, the Squirrel Whisperer from Finland

    Katja Presnal
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    Konsta Punkka feeding a squirrel in Helsinki, Finland.It was a sunny September morning in Helsinki, Finland, and my two girls and I were desperately trying to find the correct bus stop, where to take the bus outside the city to meet with photographer Konsta Punkka, the “squirrel whisperer” KPunkka of Instagram. Konsta is an Instagram sensation, who has over 115,000 followers admiring his daily nature photos, mainly of squirrels, birds, and other wild animals. Instagram fame is a big deal for anyone, but for a Finn, this is a huge deal – he already reaches one third of the…
  • Roccafiore: Winelover’s Destination in Umbria Italy

    Wes Holland
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Located in the heart of the Umbria region of Italy, Roccafiore offers a unique experience with nature ranging from its winery to its spa and halls filled with art. The Roccafiore project was founded by Leonardo Baccarelli when he fell in love with the location in the 90′s, which then began to serve as a place for him to reconnect to nature. Roccafiore, managed mostly by staff under 30, is located near Todi and combines a winery, resort, restaurant, and spa. It is truly a place to immerse yourself in the countryside while tasting strictly organic wines.  Leonardo realized that…
  • Something Sweet and Luxe at The Langham Chicago

    Leigh Powell Hines
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    The Langham in Chicago is known for its signature afternoon tea on Wedgewood china, which debuted at its sister hotel The Langham, London in 1865. Now, it may also become known for its sweeter, luxury side. The Langhham, Chicago has opened the Parlour at Pavilion, so you can enjoy some more decandence following afternoon tea. The Parlour at Pavilion, a retro-ice cream parlour featuring adult ice-cream treats from pastry chef Scott Green, has a crown jewel on the menu.The Victoria: Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Guittard Complexité 70% Chocolate Ice Cream, 24k Gold Leaf and Gold Dust, Hennessy…
  • 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…
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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

  • moving my cheese

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I had to drive StacheMan to the Grands so that he could housesit for them. Driving to the Grands is something that I do on auto pilot. The same goes for the children’s schools, the grocery and the bullseye store. Routine routes are stressless. I sang to the songs on the radio while StacheMan monologued about the condition of his computer cable. Spoiler: It’s frayed. We pulled up to the four way stop where I usually start giving the children their marching orders. Instead of quizzing StacheMan on the feeding rules for the Grands’ cat, I sat at the stop sign and stared ahead.
  • 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.
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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

  • What kind of handlebars do you need for bike touring?

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    I remember the day I finally accepted that something had to change. We had arrived into a campground after a long day of touring. While John set up our tent, I stood quietly watching. My arms were curled up, nestling my hands in front of my chest as I tenderly guarded my right hand with left. My precious children – rambunctious 8-year-old twin boys – were running and playing happily. As my boys ran and tumbled around our campsite, I watched carefully, protectively. When one of them ran toward me to show me a flower, I turned my back on him. I wanted to welcome my baby boy. I wanted to…
  • 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…
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  • It’s the little things.

    David J. Hinson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Each Tuesday night, I spend 4 or 5 hours playing with a group of local musicians in a small, concrete block room. We’re not particularly adept. Our music isn’t all that fresh. And many of us play the same songs every week. Over. And over. And over, again. One of the songs that is played with great regularity is an old John Denver classic, “Back Home Again.” For me, the line that always strikes true in the song is the verse: “it’s the little things, that make a house, a home.“ Last week, I took a snapshot, while working at my kitchen table. In the…
  • ‘Share a Coke’ Credited With a Pop in Sales

    David J. Hinson
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    From The Wall Street Journal: How do you get Americans to drink soda again? Put their names on bottles and cans. Coca-Cola Co. KO +1.01% ‘s carbonated soft-drink sales in the U.S. have risen more than 2% after the world’s most-famous beverage brand began labeling Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero this summer with names of individuals, from Aaron to Sarah to Zach. The labels—which also included warm-and-fuzzy terms like “Friends,” “BFF,” and “Family”—were launched in the U.S. in June. After falling 11 years in a row, Coke’s U.S. soft-drink…
  • Why mobile web apps are slow

    David J. Hinson
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Why mobile web apps are slow. A great fact-driven discussion, on the challenges facing mobile application developers, with regard to speed and memory management.
  • If You Cant Measure It…

    David J. Hinson
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    This is the last post in a series I started last week, on how great marketing is actually just great storytelling; more specifically, I’d like to write today on the importance of assessment and measurement in your marketing efforts, and how measurement ascertains the success  – or failure – of your product storytelling efforts. The saying “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” is (perhaps erroneously) attributed to management consultant Peter Drucker. The idea being, of course, that if you can’t properly assess an activity…
  • Engage!

    David J. Hinson
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Last week, I started a series of posts (here, here, and here), on great marketing, with the proposition that a great marketer is essentially a great storyteller. Today I want to discuss engagement; how to do it, and how not to do it. You share photos with friends. You ask colleagues for professional help. You seek recommendations from trusted sources for a product you’re interested in. We all seek validation, support, help, guidance from people we know, love, and trust. Engagement is the feedback loop, that will either reinforce these trusted connections – or will amplify all…
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    Simple Marriage

  • Why You Should Never Say the “D-word” in Your Marriage

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    The other night, my wife and I were visiting with some friends. At one point, a funny but hypothetical situation was brought up and my wife said, “I don’t know, I’d…” She couldn’t finish her sentence. After some coaxing, we finally got her to say what she couldn’t before. She said, “I don’t know, I’d probably divorce him”. Even joking with friends it was hard to say. The reason it was so hard for her was because early on in our marriage, we both decided that we would never even mention the “D-word”, not even in joking. We’ve both conditioned ourselves to avoid the…
  • The secret to a lasting marriage

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Divorce is an all too common thing. There is even a belief among some that if marriage becomes too much work or is too difficult or if you are not happy enough, get a divorce. My opinion of this idea: why take the easy way out? Marriage is work. Marriage is struggle. But then again, any close relationship is. And for that matter, so is anything of value in life. There are times I have been asked, “What makes a marriage last?” “What’s the secret to a lasting marriage?” The answer is actually simple (simple is not to be confused with easy). Before I divulge the…
  • 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…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • The Art of Conflict Resolution – How to Resolve Conflicts at Home And at Work

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Conflict is a natural and inevitable part of life–your co-worker takes credit for your work; your spouse is habitually late;  your neighbor’s dog keeps doing his business in your yard; and so on. The good news is that conflict doesn’t have to lead to fighting and to broken relationships. There are ways of dealing with [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 9 Things that Are Making You Dumber

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    In today’s knowledge economy your ability to think clearly and rationally is vitally important. You need to be able to analyze data and make quick decisions, be able to spot faulty arguments, and make good judgment calls. However, there are choices that many of us make on a regular basis that are interfering with our [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 15 Ways to Salvage Your 2014 Resolutions in the Last 100 Days of the Year

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    There are 100 days left of 2014. How are you doing on your goals for this year? Did you fall off the wagon in February, or are you well on your way toward achieving your 2014 resolutions? If you’re in the first group, don’t despair. You can put the last 100 days of 2014 to [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 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 . . .
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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!” but we have our goal set on being more than just a website. Lyved will be a media and a lifestyle brand. That means we’re aiming to
  • 7 Ways to Change Your Life in the Next 7 Days

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Aug 2009 | 8:54 am
    Life change may seem to take years to achieve but there are steps you can walk today, and in the next week, that perhaps can change your life forever. Most are little steps, but when combined together, they can create significant and lasting change. Here are 7 ways to change your life in the next 7 days: 1. Change your words and phrases One of the most effective ways to
  • The Vengeance of Unfulfilled Dreams

    Andrew Galasetti
    7 Aug 2009 | 7:16 am
    Criticism, lack of money, lack of “know-how,” and the onset of “reality” after high school and college are all often the most common excuses people give for leaving their dreams to be unfulfilled. Some let naysayers and non-doers tell them to “get real” or call their dreams and desire to pursue them “crazy” and “stupid.” Others make up a boundary between them and their dreams because they think they don’t
  • Popping the Procrastination Bubble You’re Stuck In

    Andrew Galasetti
    24 Feb 2009 | 6:07 am
    When was the last time you procrastinated? I’m sure you did it in the past 24 hours, or you’re probably doing it right now. But wait! If you are procrastinating, before you start feeling guilty, stick with me for a few minutes. Procrastination can last for days, weeks, even months at a time, or even a whole lifetime (which probably requires professional help). If you feel like you are or
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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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  • A Fire from Within

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    May every sunrise hold more promise, and every sunset hold more peace.  ~ blessingSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.  ~ Winston ChurchillThe greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen. ~Roy E. MoodyThe simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. ~Keanu ReevesLive your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering. ~ Steve MaraboliQuotes about motivation
  • Building Us

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.  ~ Swedish proverbGood things happen to those who hustle.  ~ Anais NinGood order is the foundation of all good things.  ~ Edmund BurkeThe best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.  ~ Barack ObamaWhatever good things we build, end up building us.  ~ Jim…
  • Swerve from your Path

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Always meet petulance with gentleness and perverseness with kindness. A gentle hand can lead even an elephant by a hair. Reply to thine enemy with gentleness.  ~ZoroasterAs perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech. ~Katherine FranckeThe best portion of a good person's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. ~William WordsworthA gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. ~William HazlittIf you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path. ~Mary WebbQuotes about kindness
  • Go Along

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you want to get along, go along. ~ Sam RayburnThe most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. ~ Theodore RooseveltWe rise by lifting others.  ~ Robert IngersollA peron's a person no matter how small. ~ Dr. SeussPeople fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other. ~ Martin Luther KingQuotes about getting along
  • Sprinkled around Us

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.  ~Walt StreightiffBe aware of wonder. Live a balanced life; learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.  ~Robert FulghumThe grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.  ~John MuirEverything has its wonders, even darkness…
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    Steve's Free

  • Debt-Free

    Steve Woodruff
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    During a well-crafted “State of the Church” sermon this past Sunday at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Pastor David Cassidy mentioned the encouraging fact that the assembly is debt-free – its facility and land are all paid for. Of course, it is a biblical principle that we seek to owe no man anything, and being debt-free gives the church much greater flexibility in making forward-looking investments. We recently sold our house in New Jersey and moved to a rental here in Tennessee, and for the first time in a long-time, we have no mortgage. And you know what? When we got…
  • Entering into Rest

    Steve Woodruff
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    There is undoubted value in entering into regular periods of physical rest. We sleep for a reason. We take vacations for a reason. And, if the book of Genesis (and common sense) are any guide, a weekly day of detachment from labor is a very good thing. We are not machines. Rest, however, is not only outward. That part is relatively easy – pull the sheets over your head; schedule a trip to some quiet lake; tell the demands of work to take a hike on weekends. Where I’ve always failed miserably is inward rest. I have a striving heart, often driven more by fear than confidence. Figure…
  • 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…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Jack Hatch Pulls State Wide TV Ads

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Jack Hatch (center left) stands next to Bruce Braley at the Harkin Steak Fry Photo credit: Dave Davidson –, Iowa) – In an unprecedented move, the Hatch-Vernon campaign today pulled the plug on TV advertisements statewide. Jack Hatch’s campaign is broke with 35 days remaining in the contest as a new poll shows Branstad leading by 14 percent.“If Senator Jack Hatch can’t manage his own campaign’s checkbook, we certainly can’t afford him as the state’s chief executive,” said Branstad-Reynolds campaign manager Jake Ketzner. “Hatch has already…
  • Pate Increases Lead in Iowa Secretary of State Race

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Brad Anderson and Paul Pate(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has increased his lead in the race to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning research firm released their latest poll showing Paul Pate expanding his lead in the race for Iowa Secretary of State, 36-33% over the Democrat candidate Brad Anderson.  A month ago, the same poll showed Pate leading by 1 point.  Among registered Independents the margin is even greater with 31-21% in favor of Pate.  Additionally, 56% of…
  • Steve King Receives Support From All Major Ag Groups

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)(Wall Lake, IA) Congressman Steve King has received the support of all major ag groups as he seeks re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. This includes the American Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC, National Corn Growers, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council Pork PAC, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, United Egg Association, Growth Energy, and Wind PAC.King has also received the support of the American Association of Crop Insurers,…
  • Why Small Nations Don’t Need The EU (To Change The World)

    John Gustavsson
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Do small European nations need to be members of the European Union (EU) to be able to influence the world? As a euroskeptic, this is one of the arguments that I encounter most frequently from EU proponents: That without the EU, Sweden would cease to have any influence internationally.That’s not true. In fact, Sweden – and probably most small countries really – had a lot more international influence before we joined the EU.Let’s have a look at how Sweden has changed the world, shall we? Yes, I understand that this is going to sound like patriotic boasting, and I really…
  • Tighter Scrutiny of Homeschoolers Will Stop School Shootings?

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    A commission set up by Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT determined that more scrutiny of homeschoolers is needed.  Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who murdered 20 children and six adults in December of 2012, was homeschooled by his mother Nancy Lanza starting in 10th Grade.  Adam Lanza shot his mother to death the morning of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission (SHAC) is made up of 16 educators, local and state officials, and behavioral experts. reports:Under the…
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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

  • The Complexities Behind the Media and Casting Actors with Disabilities

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    I am the first person to advocate for both better depictions of characters with disabilities and more opportunities for casting actors with disabilities. As a person who is deeply embedded in the disability rights movement, I have heard the cries of my fellow crips when it comes to casting actors with disabilities. We are frustrated by both portrayals of characters with disabilities, and the lack of opportunities for actors with disabilities when it comes to auditioning and getting cast in any role in film, television, and even on stage. I also have a different perspective, than the majority…
  • 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.
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  • For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Deadly Consequences

    Jordon Cooper
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This is so sad But dreams rarely pay the rent. So Ms. Fernandes worked three jobs, at three Dunkin’ Donuts stores in northern New Jersey, shuttling from Newark to Linden to Harrison and back. She often slept in her car — two hours here, three hours there — and usually kept the engine running, ready in an instant to start all over again. The last day of her life was no different. She got off work at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, and climbed into her 2001 Kia Sportage, officials from the Elizabeth Police Department said. She was dreaming again, this time about taking a break to celebrate a…
  • Nuit Blanche

    Jordon Cooper
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I posted some of my photos of Nuit Blanche over at Bridge City this evening.  It was great night for the entire family (we took the boys home over their protests at around 10:00 p.m. before returning) and I can’t wait until it happens again in 2015.
  • Contextless Thoughts

    Jordon Cooper
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    After the Saskatoon Transit lockout is done, I can’t see Ann Iwanchuk winning a second full term.  Especially with Mike San Miguel quietly running again.  Her campaign was largely financed by labour and with the city attacking the ATU like it did, her slim margin of victory, her constituents relying on Transit heavily, and a lack of a signature issue so far, it could be really tough to win re-election. It could hurt Clark and Loewen with their base and could mobilize the non voting parts of Ward 2 to really hurt Lorje.  I am not saying councillors will lose their seats but rather could…
  • City of Saskatoon’s Response to the Transit Lockout

    Jordon Cooper
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    I can’t claim credit for this artwork or the quote but that is Saskatoon City Council’s response to the great Transit Lockout of 2014.  The mayor is hoping for increased car pooling.   Well high school attendance is down.  In one high school it is down by 50% today.  Think about that.  Half of the kids can’t get to school and the only solution the mayor has is “We are hoping people will carpool more”.  That’s it. They aren’t even negotiating.  There is no plan b.  No way to even get high school kids to school, even those that are high risk.  Everyone is left to their…
  • Our Family Adventure with the 2014 Ford Escape

    Jordon Cooper
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    It’s been a long summer but one of the highlights was spending some time with the 2014 Ford Escape.  I reviewed in 2013 and the SUV is essentially the same.  Instead of just driving it around Saskatoon (done that before), I decided to take it on the road.  This is after all where a crossover is supposed to come in useful isn’t it (that and as a hockey kid taxi).  So the four of us got up really early one Sunday and took a long one day drive from Saskatoon to Drumheller and back.   It’s around 1000km in a day if you are keeping track.  At the end of the trip we were going to…
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    Joe Blogs

  • A Close Shave

    Joe Dawson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    I have experienced so many grand days out this summer and on several occasions I have worn the wrong trousers. On 18th September, I completed the hat-trick of Wallace and Gromit short stories when I opted for a close shave at the #ShaveMeSir Barber Shop. Facial hair has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. November has become synonymous with growing a moustache and I have grown several in an attempt to raise awareness of men's health issues. Last year I chose to grow a goatee for Halloween, the inspiration being Walter White from the drama series Breaking Bad.Beards, dodgy moustaches…
  • Mischief. Mayhem. Wardrobe.

    Joe Dawson
    28 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    “Simple thing where have you gone?” If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? I once wrote that I woke up in a tree. That wasn't exactly the truth, but this weekend I woke up in a forest! Snow White found refuge with the dwarfs in an enchanted forest. In Grimm's Fairy Tales, the hero goes into an enchanted forest and finds a place of transformation. My problem isn't transformation, it's when I look in the wardrobe and find towels instead of Narnia! I'm new in the city, and I'm down for a few nights! The halls are not a home,…
  • Come On ― It's My Birthday!

    Joe Dawson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    “Euston, we have a problem...” I have seen further by standing on the shoulders of giants; but in those symbolic shadows we stand today. Stepped off the train all alone at dawn, back into the hole where I was born. Oasis defined the nineties and became the inspiration for an entire generation. Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 - 1997 is an exhibition featuring rare and iconic photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from the early years. We had planned to attend the event at the beginning of the weekend but became distracted by the street art, murals and bars in Shoreditch, gateway to…
  • Do I Wanna Know?

    Joe Dawson
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    “It's a small world...” When one door closes, another door opens; but what happens when the closed door opens on another floor? The concept behind Inception (2010) is the placement of an idea into a character's subconscious. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a professional extractor who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconsciousness of his targets. Cobb has been consumed with regret and in his subconscious he has built an elevator containing various memories, with each floor being defined by a moment that he regrets. These are moments that you can't shift? The type…
  • Silence is Golden

    Joe Dawson
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    “The nights were mainly made for saying things that you can't say tomorrow day.”I go crazy 'cause here isn't where I want to be, and that distraction feels like a constant boundary. I can't help myself and all I want to hear is “Are you fine?” I have assumed the attitude of the true connoisseur in being within and without. The way I write on my blog is open to interpretation but only I know the true meaning. That includes throwing shapes, throwing drinks or communicating with gremlins! Recently the-one-that-broke-the-curse has drifted away, the situation comparable to Cast Away (2000)…
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    yes and yes

  • Are you a 'taker'? How to tell if you take too much + what to do about it

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here are some things I've needed help with during the last 10 years of my life: early morning drop offs/late night airport pick ups (about a million of 'em)some heart-rending breakupslots of Craigslist runs that necessitated borrowed pickups/hatchbacks/another pair of strong armsMany of my nearest-and-dearest buy furniture from, like, stores and have the nerve maintain happy, healthy marriages so I haven't been able to return all those favors. Slowly but surely I've developed a (tiny) complex about the give and take in my friendships. Was I asking too much of my friends? Were…
  • True Story: I'm a Supertaster

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/challenging/amazing things. This is the story of Mel and her amazing tasting abilities. Mel with a steamed bunTell us a bit about yourself! My name is Melissa, and I was born in Hong Kong before moving to San Francisco at the age of 7. I lived in San Francisco most of my life and in Seattle and New York for a bit before coming full circle by moving back to Hong Kong 3 years ago. I work in planning and strategy for a Fortune 500 company and I am a food blogger and…
  • Web Time Wasters

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    How was your week, guys? I made fried green tomatoes with friends, caught up with a buddy from college and I'm afraid I put some decorative guards on my dining room table. 'Tis the season.Also! I just brought on a new columnist to revive the 'Dear Dude' Column! And (biased opinion alert) he's probably the handsomest, smartest, funniest man EVER. If you want advice about dating/relationships/the hairier sex, send 'em to sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org and I'll pass 'em along.Links! For you!a cute folk song.Co-signed. 9 things you need to stop apologizing for immediately.It’s your money, you…
  • Fun links! Social drinking + A mantra + Stop comparing

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Who needs Target runs and meal planning when you can spend your Saturday looking at links from this month's sponsors?Favorite posts:My Social Drinking Has Led to Weight Gain. How do I Cut Back? //My Significant Other Hates Veggies. How do I Eat Healthy at Home? //The (free!) Guide to Killer Confidence: Anywhere, at any WeightLet's be friends!pinterest // twitter // instagramFavorite stuff:Saaaales! // Fall of the Wild // This week's mantraLet's be friends!facebook // twitter // instagram // pinterestFavorite posts:Start an Online Business // Why I Stopped Comparing Myself to Others…
  • How To Host A Blog Crawl (spreadsheets! @mentions! organization!)

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you’re just tuning in, dear reader, yesterday I posted the last in a three-part series about hosting and coordinating your very own blog crawl. We’ve already covered why you’d want to do such a thing and how to find + woo people to take part in your adventures.Today? Today, we discussing how one coordinates a jillion contributors, tweets, and guest posts without losing one’s mind. Here are five logistical things to consider while you’re making magic. Pop over to my small business blog if you're curious! 
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    Savage Distortion

  • 30 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    MARCAt some point in '83 or '84 Pat Wilson came home with a copy of The Slider.  It pretty much changed everything.  Within a short amount of time I owned the trilogy that marked the zenith of T. Rex/Marc Bolan: Electric Warrior, The Slider, Tanx.Electric Warrior is probably the more well known, containing the hits 'Get It On (Bang A Gong)', and 'Jeepster', and it is well worth owning.  As with most great records, the hits drag you in, but it is other songs that keep you coming back, and Electric Warrior is no exception containing such timeless tracks as 'Girl', 'Cosmic…
  • 29 Jan 2011 | 1:20 am

    29 Jan 2011 | 1:20 am
    HOW YA BEENOkay, to catch up, I found work at Burger World, the Legal Diva is now a Pickle Person, much has changed, but so little has changed. American politics is still fucked despite the tide of positivity that Obama surfed into the White House. Rock and Roll from the 70's is still far superior to it's current facsimile, and the Jets can still be counted upon for a let-down. Granted the recent let-downs have been much more satisfying - thanks Rex.Rex and Obama. Tragic greatness. They both have achieved so much, certainly much more than their predecessors, but have fallen just short of the…
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    1 Oct 2009 | 6:58 am
    YAY JETS!3-0! Hurray for Rex Ryan. Beware all opposing teams, we kill.......
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    1 Oct 2009 | 6:53 am
    HEY CONGRESS, FUCK YOUI hope they all die horrible painful and expensive deaths.
  • 12 Aug 2009 | 3:53 pm

    12 Aug 2009 | 3:53 pm
    105 Concerts01: Atlanta Rhythm Section (Steppenwolf was on the bill, but they bailed and we got The Mushroom Band as the opening act. Early 79? Ike Hall, West Point, NY. First exposure to the smell of weed.02: Nazareth/Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, summer 79, Capitol Center, Md.03: Kiss, summer 79? Dynasty Tour, MSG, NYC.04: Kansas, 79? Ike Hall, West Point, NY.05: Boston, fall 79, Schwetzingen Sports Arena, West Germany.06: Rainbow, fall 79, Schwetzingen Sports Arena, West Germany. Gram Bonnet line-up.07: Van Halen, summer 80, Boston Gardens, Boston, Mass. Dave had multiple injuries, arm…
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    WebSnacker - Automat For The Web Wanderer - Free Morsels to Read, See, Hear and Experience!

  • Blue Ruin (2013)

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes discovers what maybe perhaps one of the best films of the yearBlue Ruin is a masterful piece of work from Jeremy Saulnier, He is a cinematographer whose only credit as a director is from an other film called Murder Party from 2007. I have never seen it but now that I have seen Blue Ruin, I will be seeking it out. Saulnier has shot 14 films and counting. Some short films and documentaries but this film will surely get him the recognition he deserves. It reminds me of the Coen brothers classic film noir, Blood Simple from 1984 about a hit on a bar owners cheating wife that…
  • Under the Skin (2013)

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Richly original but not for everyone, JohnnyTwoToes explains As a huge fan of Jonathan Glazer's mob masterpiece Sexy Beast, I did not wait to catch his latest sci-fi film Under The Skin from Comcast. I purchased it on DVD and eagerly ripped open the disc from its confining encasement. I honestly think people would benefit from knowing what the plot is before they watch this leisurely paced, but beautifully shot art house film. This is DEFINITELY considered art house, too.Scarlett Johansson is a mysterious drifter who seduces men in the Scottish countryside. She is an alien who has…
  • 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…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Finding Comfort in Non-Home Surroundings : On the Road with Andres Zuleta

    Chris Guillebeau
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself When I discovered the happy accident that was Andres Zuleta’s company, Boutique Japan Travel Company, which allows him to travel and work on the road (without a smartphone!) I had to hear more. Introduce yourself! My name is Andres and I am a 34-year-old traveler-entrepreneur who started Boutique Japan Travel Company last year. I travel the world with my lovely partner, Christina, and together we’re launching The Cancer GamePlan in October. Over the past year we’ve lived and/or worked in San Diego, Tokyo,…
  • Don’t Just Build a Business; Start a Revolution

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Short version: there’s a new manifesto you should read. It’s by my longtime friend Jonathan Fields, and is all about a new way of thinking about entrepreneurship. Go download it! The Art of Revolution (free PDF download) Last year Jonathan started a revolution by talking about revolutions. After he unleashed a series of powerful new ideas at a small conference, thousands of people wanted to know more. He filled up 1,000 seat webinars (over and over) and taught executives how to restructure their entire operation. The program was hugely successful, to say the least. After a year-long…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Before Beginning, Count the Cost

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Before Beginning, Count the Cost. In the early days of my journey to every country, someone criticized it by saying all it required was a certain amount of time and money. I later realized that this perspective could actually be helpful. If I clearly understood exactly what was involved in “going everywhere,” and if I then began working on each part…
  • How Do We Make Ourselves Alert Again?

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    From a reader’s discussion to a book I’ve been reading on tour, Orfeo by Richard Powers: Interviewer: “You mention close listening and focused attention. I found the study that you referenced about our loss of focus to be fascinating and disturbing.” “When all of us can listen to every piece of music that was ever written, at any time, from anywhere that we want, how can we hear anything? What happens is we cease becoming adventurers and participants in this grand experiment of art, and we simply become consumers and really good commodity experts. When we have…
  • Mini City Guide: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:56 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 that are just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our new “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. Nominate your favorite unsung city. This city was nominated by reader Claudia Gonella. – Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share? San Juan del Sur, a…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Disappearing beauty

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    After Heather’s mom died, we had a lovely memorial service. A handful of very kind people gave loads of beautiful flowers. There were so many that her dad couldn’t keep them all in his condo. So we inherited several bouquets. (I took this photo of my favorite arrangement.) As the days after the service passed, the flowers slowly died. I continually mourned the loss of all that beauty. Part of my brain lives so much in the present that I feel like the flowers will last forever. The same feelings about those flowers have been true for the apples on our backyard tree. This year, our tree…
  • It takes a special person

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    How fun that there are completely impractical shoes! My wife would not wear them. I might buy them for her, if she would. It’s just great that things like this exist. (I took the photo in Los Angeles. Denver is home to fewer such stores.)
  • 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…
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    Mental Floss

  • 7 Superhero Tricks for the Novice Parent

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Here’s how to lifehack past the troublesome bits, so you can concentrate on the cute.
  • 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

    Sean Hutchinson
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Even if you already have most of Fast Times at Ridgemont High memorized, get to know the teen sex comedy on a deeper level with these behind-the-scenes facts. 1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High began as a non-fiction book. While a freelance writer for Rolling Stone, screenwriter Cameron Crowe spent a year secretly embedded at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California under an assumed name (and in cooperation with the school’s administration) to gather stories for a non-fiction book with the same title. Crowe’s book was published in 1981; a year later, it was adapted for the screen. 2.
  • The 2014 Platypus Awards

    the mag
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Platties honor ideas that are interdisciplinary: a bit duck, a bit beaver, a bit otter. These are the new ideas and innovations that made us do a double take.
  • 16 of Truman Capote's Fiercest Insults

    Stacy Conradt
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Truman Capote would have been 90 today, and besides being a wonderful writer, he was also a master of the take-down. Since he's not here to give us his opinions on current-day celebrities, here are some of the most cutting things he had to say about the rich and famous of his day. 1. On Mick Jagger: "He moves like a parody between a majorette girl and Fred Astaire." 2. On Joyce Carol Oates: “To me, she's the most loathsome creature in America." 3. On Princess Margaret: "She's a very high-strung girl who wants to be royalty on one hand and on the other a hippie." 4. On Liz Taylor: "She has…
  • The Pixar Theory, Illustrated

    Chris Higgins
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last year, Pixar superfan Jon Negroni blew the Internet's collective mind by detailing what he calls "The Pixar Theory": that every Pixar movie, starting with Toy Story, takes place in the same world, but at different times. The meta-narrative is pleasantly crazy, involving an escalating conflict between humans, animals, and machines. There are holes in this theory big enough to drive a Cars-sized truck through, but part of the fun is spotting them. You can read Negroni's super-complex article or sit back and let this eight-minute video summary wash over you. Enjoy: See also: 8 Creative Toy…
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    Journey Mama

  • Seasons.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    I want to tell all the stories but find that my voice is quiet because of all the talking and listening and child-rearing I’ve been doing. We’re in Detroit, swimming in family. It’s amazing; all the aunties and uncles and cousins and sisters and brothers. Everyone picks out all the people that our kids look like. He looks exactly like you when you were a kid. He’s got his uncle’s head. It’s that upper lip. I’m at a coffee shop right now to try to get some brain power back. I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to keep Isaac from eating my stepmother-in-law’s fake…
  • 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…
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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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  • The Ugly Truth about Author Endorsements

    Mike Duran
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    I recently spent twelve bucks on a book that I discarded about 50 pages in. In my opinion, I felt the book was poorly written. Frankly, I suspected this going in. So why did I spend twelve dollars on a book I knew was probably poorly written? CONFESSION: Because it was enthusiastically endorsed by a well-known author. Yes, the premise sounded interesting. Yes, it’s in the genre I write in. But the primary reason I bought this poorly-written book was because it was endorsed by someone I respect. I hate when that happens. Unless you can get Stephen King or J.K. Rowling to blurb your book,…
  • Review: “Renaissance” by Os Guinness

    Mike Duran
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Subtitled “The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times,” the prolific author, speaker, and social critic Os Guinness pulls no punches about the bleakness of the times we live in. In his latest book entitled Renaissance, writes that “…all civilizations, whatever their momentary grandeur, have an ultimate flimsiness that is paper thin and cannot hold back the barbarism.” The “barbarism” Guinness refers to is not just the temptation to raw power or animalistic lust, but the underlying “spirit of the age” and our susceptibility to its…
  • Arthur Machen’s “Holy Terror”

    Mike Duran
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    “Of living creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few if any can hope to equal the versatile Arthur Machen.” — -H.P. Lovecraft Props from H.P. Lovecraft, the icon of horror lit, definitely doesn’t suck. But only  recently has Arthur Machen begun receiving the acclaim he deserves. In 2011, Penguin Classics released an anthology of Machen’s short stories edited by horror scholar S.T. Joshi with a preface by the acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro. Yet even though Machen and Lovecraft are often compared favorably for their brand of…
  • 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…
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

  • Spell casting is real, Only when you contact the real spell caster and not fake.

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    New Opinion - Thanks to Dr.Ajayi Ololo the great spell caster who brought back my lover and restore to me my Job. I want to tell everyone about my meeting with Dr.Ajayi Ololo who has brought peace, happiness and joy into my home and now i can hit hand on my chest to say i have my own child. Am the most happiest person on earth now, Because what this great spell caster did for me in getting the love of my life back to me and restoring back to me my Job is so amazing that i cant keep the testimony to my self alone, Because deep inside i know there are so many people in the world today that are…
  • are you ready

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    New Question - inbox me ill let you know

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    New Answer - Seriously i was flattened when my Husband of 8 years left to be with another woman in Texas. I cried and sobbed every day, until it got so bad that I couldn't bear it anymore. and i reached out to the Internet for help, until i hit on the real thing, and that is you Lord Lugard. I almost gave up trying to get my Ex Husband back and having a contented family again.. I had tried the whole lot I knew, and with your spells, blessings and extraordinary magical powers, you did all the work, and immediately after 24 hours, my Ex Husband came back to me and he was penitent for everything…

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    New Opinion - Seriously i was flattened when my Husband of 8 years left to be with another woman in Texas. I cried and sobbed every day, until it got so bad that I couldn't bear it anymore. and i reached out to the Internet for help, until i hit on the real thing, and that is you Lord Lugard. I almost gave up trying to get my Ex Husband back and having a contented family again.. I had tried the whole lot I knew, and with your spells, blessings and extraordinary magical powers, you did all the work, and immediately after 24 hours, my Ex Husband came back to me and he was penitent for…
  • Did you mean you want to do seo for your...

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    New Answer - Did you mean you want to do seo for your site? Yes means,You can do seo with a help of any one of the online service provider.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…
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  • Anthropomorphism Makes for Great Wildlife Photography…

    Guest Photographer
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Whether it’s a picture of a polar bear either waving or praying; people, myself included, often enjoy seeing pictures of wildlife that are photographed while displaying some kind of human-like characteristic.  Scientists call this “anthropomorphism”.  While an animal behaviour may look similar to something that a human might do, the thought processes of that animal are not the same as that of a human. The talk of anthropomorphic behaviour is a big no-no in the scientific community. From my perspective as a wildlife photographer, I am always looking for anthropomorphic behaviour so…
  • PCVR-01

    Guest Artist
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    The Perceiver Collection depicts wave-particle duality in Quantum physics. This is the first in the collection. Image Credits  Image © Cameron Liam Isaacs Cameron Liam Isaacs Artist Bio My work as an abstract artist explores a diverse set of subjects such as Science, Philosophy, Technology, and Fiction Theory. Using an experimental, open-minded approach to creating collections of images and sound based around a specific concept, it’s my aim to move viewers into spaces with minimal recognizable form. Despite a lack of qualifications in art I have spent the last ten years educating…
  • Pole Walking – More Than Simply A Safer Way To Hike

    Moira Gardener
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    After taking an introductory group class in Nordic Pole Walking I decided it was for me. So I booked a private lesson to find out more. I was in luck, my physiotherapist knew someone in the area who’d come to my home. This saved a trip to town. It may sound crazy to pay for a lesson on how to walk, but for those who struggle they’ll understand. So with my thrift store purchased poles in hand I awaited my private lesson. The experience turned out to be a positive one. The individual attention and the fact my husband joined in encouraged me. I learned there is more than one way to use these…
  • Don’t Break the Dog!

    Eric Brad
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    When we got our youngest dog, Rizzo, my wife commented to me on how he was a “perfect” puppy. I agreed with her and suggested that he was ours to mess up. While that may sound a little callous, we both understood each other. Our 8 week-old Rizzo came to us pretty much as a blank slate. He was ready, willing, and able to learn whatever we were prepared to teach him. We could just as easily teach him, through poor techniques or just bad execution, all of the things he would need to make him a “bad” dog – a problem for us or even a danger to the public. But all we…
  • The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition: Searching for Sir John Franklin’s Ships

    Joseph Frey
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    On September 9th the world learned of the discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s two ships from his ill-fated 1845 British Arctic Expedition. For John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and I (Chair of the RCGS’s College of Fellows), the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition in search of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror began two years earlier during a luncheon with Dr Robert Ballard at the University of Toronto’s Massey College. During the meeting Dr Ballard, who had found Titanic, stated that “Franklin’s lost ship’s Erebus and Terror are currently the world’s…
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  • Design Inspiration Dose – 87

    Pixel Posts
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    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 design…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 86

    Pixel Posts
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Summer 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…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 85

    Pixel Posts
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Otília Erdélyi 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…
  • How Zip Phone – a one man startup- got into Y Combinator

    Pervez Ahmed
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Zip Phone – How it got into Y Combinator Most of you might not know about Aawaz, an amazing app that can make the cellular network redundant, and roaming charges a thing of the past. Anuj Jain, the sole brain behind Aawaz developed the app with just a $50 investment. The app has come a long way since it was first released in December last year. The foremost of its achievements are that it has re-branded itself to Zip Phone and has made it to the Y Combinator list Summer Batch 2014. The Zip Phone app allows you to make calls using the regular phone dialer. What’s amazing about…
  • Nutella Maniacs – Start stocking up!

    Pervez Ahmed
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Nutella Lovers! Start stocking up!! Nutella Lovers – brace yourselves! There’s bad news coming your way. It seems like hazelnuts – the main ingredient in Nutella, is running out all across the world. At the rate people are consuming Nutella, soon, there might be no hazelnuts left to make this lip-smacking, spoon-licking sugary spread. Ferrero, the company behind Nutella uses up a quarter of the worlds hazelnuts supply to feed all the Nutella crazy people in the world. If you didn’t know it already its very very difficult to grow and harvest hazelnuts. 70% of this…
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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

  • Eat a Greek Salad in Greece

    Annette White
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    I have eaten plenty of versions on an Americanized Greek Salad where the ingredients were mixed in, or layer on top of, an assortment of leafy greens. And they were pretty delicious.  But, it wasn’t until actually traveling to Greece that I was introduced to the traditional rendition of this dish. And there has been no turning back ever […] The post Eat a Greek Salad in Greece appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • 20 Bucket List Things to Do in Portland

    Annette White
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Portland is the largest city in Oregon and filled with quirky things to do that range from adventurous to romantic to just plain weird. It is a mix of scenic landscapes, bustling neighborhoods, microbreweries, distilleries and bucket list worthy adventures for everyone. 20 Bucket List Things to Do in Portland   1. See the Smallest […] The post 20 Bucket List Things to Do in Portland appeared first on 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.
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  • 12 Most Honest Reasons to Lie When Interviewers Ask Your Current Salary

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

    Mani Canaday
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Mani Canaday   When I was a brand new entrepreneur, I had the good fortune of receiving a lot of great advice from people with more experience. I also learned a lot through trial and error. In the spirit of sharing and camaraderie, these are the lessons I’ve found to be the most helpful: […]
  • 12 Most Imperative Steps to Changing Your Career

    Heather Rees
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Heather Rees   Changing your career isn’t easy — but when it’s time, no other solution is sufficient replacement. There are a few signs and guideposts along the way that let you know in not-so-subtle form that you’re due. For instance, have you been nursing a bored, slightly resentful dread in the pit of your stomach […]
  • 12 Most Unexpected Ways International Adoption Made Me a Better Person

    Emily Suzanne Sims
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Emily Suzanne Sims   I have five children — three by biological birth and two by adoption from Haiti. When my husband and I began the process of adoption, we expected that it would change our lives, but the scope of the transformation was something we never anticipated. Adopting internationally has enriched me as a […]
  • 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 […]
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    DC Dana

  • We Must Learn to Sail in High Winds....

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    One of my favorite quotes is from Aristotle Onassis: "We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds."I think of this often when I'm trying to get something done and things just aren't going well. Like how most of my days go, which is why I have my tagline, and why I so frequently question if I really exist, or if I'm just actually a real life Truman Show...My life has gotten exceptionally out of control yet again (my chronic case of FOMO insists that I say yes to all the things....) so I'm in a place where I have so much I…
  • 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…
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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. I cannot and do not claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses. I can, however, present you…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Enhance Your Job Search Through Infographic Resumes and Your Personal Brand

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    My colleagues and I advise you (in most cases) to stay at your current job until you find a desired career. Well, my friend and sometimes co-host Keith Townsend (@VirtualizedGeek) broke the social rules. He announced his departure from his job at a Big four company for an unknown destiny. Hannah Morgan (@careersherpa) is back to talk about her new book, “The Infographic Resume: How to Create a Visual Portfolio that Showcases Your Skills and Lands the Job.” Welcome back to the podcast. I’d love to hear what you think about leaving a job before having another. Is that too big…
  • This Staffing Firm Includes the LGBT Community with Tonie Snell

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    925 Hire, LLC, a company founded by Tonie Snell, is an all inclusive staffing firm to help job seekers from all walks of life. Although Tonie is part of the LGBT community. She desires to build a diversestaffing company accessible to anyone in all states. She also wants former incarcerated men and women to have access to gainful employment as everyone else does. I invite your feedback on this episode, and any episode: Voicemail: 708.365.9822 email: Blog: Tonie Snell, a recruiter for more than 15 years, started her company in 2010. As…
  • 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…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Protecting the Kids

    Randy Gage
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Hard to believe I’m writing another post about an abusive professional athlete, but if you believe in living by the principles of prosperity, there are more serious issues to be talked about here. Namely our responsibility as an enlightened society, to protect those who are not able to protect themselves.   Regarding the Adrian Peterson situation, I’m not here to pile on him. He’ll get enough condemnation from the datasphere I’m sure, and I’m content to let the justice system do its job. But like the column I wrote on the Ray Rice situation, I try to view the situation through…
  • The Real Lessons from Ray Rice

    Randy Gage
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Every situation, no matter how negative or horrific, offers us learning lessons and teachable moments. The latest scandal about the Ray Rice elevator video is a case in point. As always, I try to view the situation through the perspective of prosperity consciousness and what we can take away to live in accordance with the principles of prosperity. But what I see from most of the media, public officials, and social media is missing the mark. People are talking about the length of the suspension, if and when the NFL saw the tape, and whether Roger Goodell should keep his job. I believe in all…
  • Be Charitable

    Randy Gage
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    Someone posts an ice bucket challenge video on their Facebook page to raise funds and awareness to fight ALS and you rebuke them because water is precious in Africa, question whether they spent two dollars buying the ice, or tell them they will rot and burn in hell because some research involves stem cells…   A volunteer doctor and nurse travel to Africa to treat people infected with the Ebola virus and become infected with the virus, and you question why they got the test vaccine or whether they should be allowed back in the U.S. for treatment…   Someone posts support for a…
  • Stop Playing Safe…

    Randy Gage
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    You see a competitor has a strong market share, so you decide to just cede the space to them.   No one’s ever done it before, so you decide it’s better not to attempt it.   You launch your cutting edge, innovative product, but market it with boring, conventional advertising because that seems “normal.”   You build a cookie-cutter website because all the other companies in your industry do it that way.   You think about rescuing a puppy or kitten from the shelter, but decide against it because in ten or 15 years they’ll die and you’ll be so sad.   WTF! Is…
  • Rules for Writers

    Randy Gage
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Let’s grab a few ordinary words, throw them in some incomplete sentences, mix in some bad grammar, and see what we come up with: In a couple of days they come and Take me away But the press let the story leak And when the radical priest Come to get me released We was all on the cover of Newsweek So how does Paul Simon do that – in such a disarmingly simple, but breathtakingly brilliant way? What makes a novel gripping, a blog post empowering, or puts the poetic in poetry? I get a lot of letters and emails from aspiring writers, asking for my insights on the craft of writing. Usually I…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the largest building in the world dedicated to the containment and preservation of rare books, manuscripts, and documents. Completed in 1963 and situated on Yale University's campus, in New Haven, Connecticut, the library has room for approximately 780,000 volumes. Currently, it holds about 500,000 volumes and several million manuscripts including the original Gutenberg Bible and the mysterious Voynich manuscript, among several others. Before the construction of the library, rare and valuable books of the Library of Yale…
  • Plimoth Plantation: A Living Museum of a 17th Century English Colony in America

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    In the early 17th century a group of separatists, who came to be known as the Pilgrim Fathers, fled the volatile political environment in England and came to North America in order to seek religious separation from the Church of England. They settled at a place, which today is the modern town of Plymouth, in Massachusetts, United States. The colony, established in 1620, is one of earliest successful colonies to be founded by the English and the oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in what was to become the United States of America. Today, Plymouth holds a special role in American…
  • The Pier of Old Orchard Beach, Maine

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    Old Orchard Beach is a seven-mile stretch of beach located on the inner side of Saco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, in Maine, the US. It is a popular beach destination known for its sandy beaches and carnival like atmosphere. The town takes it’s name from an old apple orchard which had been planted by it’s first settler, Thomas Rogers, who had come from Salem, Massachusetts in 1653. Rogers had named his orchard "The Garden By The Sea". In 1675, Rogers’ family fled to Kittery after Indians attacked and burned his home, but his orchard survived for over 150 years, and was used as a…
  • Serbia’s Dry Bridge: A Bridge Without a River

    27 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    The Bega River runs for about 250 km from the Poiana Rusca Mountains in Romania and into Serbia where it flows into the Tisa river near Titel. In the city of Zrenjanin, the river branches into a secondary stream that strays away from the main watercourse, makes a short loop and then rejoins the Bega, a little more than 200 meters downstream. While doing so, the wandering watercourse forms a moat-like ring around a small section of the city called “Mala Amerika” (or “Little America”). In 1962, the city built a suspension foot bridge over this moat to connect residents of the otherwise…
  • Devil's Kettle: A Mysterious Waterfalls

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    The Devil's Kettle is a puzzling geological phenomenon located inside Judge C. R. Magney State Park in Minnesota, in USA, just off the North Shore of Lake Superior. As the Brule River makes it way through the park, it drops 800 feet in elevation and creates numerous waterfalls in the process. One of these waterfalls is quite special. About 2.4 km before the river empties into Lake Superior, it gets split in two by a rocky outcrop. The eastern part drops 50 feet below and continues towards Lake Superior. The western part falls 10 feet into a giant pothole - the Devil's Kettle - and…
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    Life With Boys

  • The Tortured (2010) – How Far Would You Go?

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue . Link: The Tortured (2010) – How Far Would You Go? Read more →
  • The Curse of Social Media

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Social Media is great. I use it as a way to see what my kids are doing-yes, they live with us, no they don’t always tell us everything. I can keep in touch with my Mom, Roy’s parents, friends that live on the other side of the country, and of course who can forget the […] Read more →
  • 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 →
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    Chic Galleria

  • How To: Accent Lighting for Small Spaces

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The worst part about living in a small abode is the lack of space. The second worst part (at least to us) is trying to find lighting that is both functional, pretty to look at, and fits in the room. Sure, most rooms have the obligatory utility lamp (usually in an unflattering style with sub-optimal light tones) – not something you want to use every day. The only other real solution is to purchase accent lamps: a catch-22 if you live in a small space. Accent lighting is great because there are many styles to choose from and they’ll highlight things or areas you’d like to draw attention…
  • Our Weekly Pick: Swiss Chocolate Skincare

    Beth Anderson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Indulge in delicious Swiss chocolate, without the calories, while nourishing skin from the outside in. We sure couldn’t resist the chance to try these delicious and decadent skincare products. Who doesn’t love Swiss chocolate?  It was such a treat to smear it all over our faces.  The Chic Galleria staff got their chocolate fix without any waistline expansion! Choco2 – A rich, intensive and indulgent treatment, Choco2 boosts moisture and evens skin tone, while pampering the senses with the luxurious scent of Swiss chocolate. The combined power of 2% active oxygen and Swiss…
  • 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…
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    It all started when I noticed my coworker had added a fake potted plant to her cube. It was a tiny knit cactus, and I died. It was simply too cute. Before I knew it I had fallen down the felt/knit potted plant rabbit hole. And so now, I bring you down with me.  Behold, the "plant" that started it all below, followed by the garden I hope to decorate my cube with. DeerdeerAbby FeltSewGood OrdinaryMommy yeffKnits KnotLife And for the finale, I bring you the works of OnceAgainSam. I can't even begin to decide which of these pieces I want more... 

    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…
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    Transforming Seminarian

  • Transformers Feature - Wal-Mart Exclusive Bumblebee and Strafe

    Mark Baker-Wright
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    For several years now, I've tried to include packaging art with features of Transformers toys. In the case of Generation One toys, this hits a certain "nostalgia factor" for me, while in the case of later generations of Transformers, this is intended to help supply a source of such artwork where no archive has been known to have been created. While I certainly do not have the resources to create such an archive, myself, I hope that I'm making the job that much easier for someone else. That said, Transformers packaging artwork doesn't always match the toy that it's…
  • 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…
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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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    How lesbians have sex

  • You can use the ability to reduce stress in your sex life

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    So you want to try your hand at lesbian? Do you know something about this activity? Do you know about all the different types of routines that can be used? You know what that involves a routine? If these questions raise more questions than it can answer, try looking at the tips below. Take the time to discover sexs that are enjoyable and sustainable. Choose something that you have fun with what you will not be afraid of your workouts. Sex makes a tool of incredible weight loss. This is one of the sexs-work as more exciting and the least you can do. Healthy Sex will help you get in shape and…
  • Fantastic Lesbian Ideas can put to sexy use

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    If you are looking for the key to a longer glowing naked body, more energy, harder sleep, and a sex life, lesbian is the answer. To help you find ways to reap the benefits of a sexy sex routine, take a look at the following suggestions. These tips are full of tips you can start using today For best results from your sex routine, measure your progress -. Literally. When you need motivation for a goal, pick something related to the purpose for which you can track statistics like the fat from your naked body, your waist size or distance can run comfortably. Take measurements regularly and write…
  • 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…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • The bruises and the highway

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    So both of Jude's doctors I wrote contacted me after seeing the pictures and seemed fairly concerned. His neuro ordered a whole host of labs. I explained I didn't get off work today until after the lab closed. However I could take Jude to the pediatric urgent care center and I knew they had a lab there. They had done blood tests on Jude before. They acknowledged that was a good idea and sent me over a request for specific labs. Skip to when I got home and loaded Jude in the car. It started with Jude throwing up on me prior to leaving. Once I got him cleaned up he coughed and choked the…
  • The bruises and the girl

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week I blogged about a bruise Jude had on his arm that we attributed to his wheelchair. The nurse put pads on his chair so there wouldn't be any issues. This weekend Jude was kept only in his bed or on his futon. So he didn't have any hard surfaces. However yesterday these popped up on BOTH arms.  His left arm is the worst. So I started running through scenario's in my head and I know his nurse did too. 1. Just a fluke ~ Maybe but Jude has never bruised like this before for any reason except for the incident last week. 2. Anemia - Possibly. His Pediasure contains the right amount of…
  • Reflecting back on my teen years. Not a Jude update.

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    I had recorded several new shows tonight but I decided to watch one of my favorite movies "The Help". It's one of those movies that makes me sad but I think it's so important to watch. It also makes me reflect on my life with my grandparents because of all the props and scenery throughout the movie. I grew up with my grandparents from ages 14 -19. My grandmother was born in 1916 only two years after the Titanic sank (I used to give her a hard time about that ;) ). Have you ever seen the movie "Blast From The Past?" that was ME! It was like living in the modern era in a 1950's setting. When…
  • A quick update

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Jude seems to be doing better! He is such a little fighter. He is still coughing but not as bad as he was. He is also still having some issues holding his oxygen level at night. We have submitted everything through that Jude is now on a 24/7 continous feed in addition to all his new orders but we still haven't gotten a letter in the mail approving the nursing. So I am guessing we will have to go forward with the full hearing. Rather ridiculous in my eyes but we will follow through the steps. I sometimes picture how a personal care attendant would react if you brought them in to care for…
  • A big bruise and a great weekend

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    The Emily's Smile Box Day featuring the Pediatric stroke walk/run went amazing. I was so impressed with the amount of small children that came out to participate in the event. All the little kids put on their little white T shirt and on the back it read "I did it for Jude". They all set off on the 3.1 mile journey and their parents encouraged them the whole way. Their moms told them about a little boy who cannot walk and how they were doing this for him. Every single person crossed the finish line. It was a very emotional moment. The little kids were so proud of their medals and they seemed…
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    Like a Bump on a Blog

  • Financing the Holiday Season with Online Funds

    Amberr Meadows
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Financing with online funds is a short-term solution for holiday spending With the holidays approaching, many families who already operate on tight budgets worry that they will not have enough money for gifts during this time of year. They may be unable to glean money out of their paychecks and unable to take out a loan at a bank. Rather than forgo the festivities altogether, people can utilize other resources that are available to them online, such as a California cash advance. This financing option will let them enjoy the holidays without worrying about not paying their mortgage or rent or…
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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

  • 10 Delightful Words to Inspire You

    Charles Chua C K
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    These simple words will transform your outlook and bring meaning to your life. Every day study these words and be inspired.   1.     Happiness: Choose happiness when you wake up in the morning. It is the best way to cheer you up for the whole day. Find joy and happiness in things you enjoy doing. Go slow and live in the moment to enjoy the process of working with focus. Join the company of positive people to bring more happiness in your life, Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. ~Mildred Barthel2.     Gratitude: Make it…
  • A Dozen Ways to Stay Calm

    Charles Chua C K
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you in control of your life? Getting frantic in your daily activities by rushing about from one task to another is a sure way to drain your energy and get stressful. Here are some effective ways to stay calm and collected: 1.      Breathe:  Breathe slowly and concentrate on your breathing is one sure way to bring calmness. Sit still and breathe in at a count of 5 and hold your breath at a count of 20 and breathe out at a count of 10. It is also an effective way to cleanse your lymphatic system.    2.      Exercise: Jogging…
  • What Can Buffer Do For Your Blog

    Charles Chua C K
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a blog owner, you can post articles from your blog to social media such as Facebook and Twitter during the day. Can you do it while you are sleeping at night?  This is where Buffer comes in. In fact it can schedule your postings at any time on any day.What is Buffer? It is a social media management tool to post your articles to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ at predetermined time and day. You can do it up to 10 posts in three social networking sites for free.  When you upgrade to Awesome by paying $10 per month or $102 per year, you can connect to your Profile, Page and…
  • 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,"…
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    Sarah Cunningham

  • How Teens Make Friends: What the Research Says

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As I mentioned last week, I’ve been pouring through research on connectivity and friendship. Literally, some days I am feeling my way to the refrigerator (to refill a sippy cup, no doubt) while glued to some article that delves into human attachment. This collection of research provides an overview of the existing knowledge base about community and friendship. I am hoping it will serve as inspiration for the questions I’ll ask in my upcoming interviews. [Willing to let me interview you? Leave a comment on the first post in the research series.] Last week, I offered a summary of…
  • The Bystander Effect: Why People Don’t Help In a Crisis

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bystander Effect Examples An obese woman gets heckled. A man openly abuses his girlfriend. A restaurant owner mistreats a person without a home. You may have seen the ABC show, What Would You Do, which recreates these scenarios inspired by real life to test the reactions of passerbys who don’t know they’re being filmed. The actions–or inactions–that they catch on camera quickly open up a strange window into the human condition. Consider, for example, an 8 minute clip from an episode where a group of teenage boys assault a Latino man, targeting him with racial…
  • Surround Yourself With Good People…and Their Words.

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Sometimes the internet and social media and even ordinary household items (like makeup) contribute to a shared fake reality. One that doesn’t really connect us despite appearances. But, in the midst of the web’s inauthentic parts, there are people like these who are smart and wise enough to pause this machine called life and reflect well. I hope their words bring a smile and breath of fresh air to the beginning of your weekend. Happy Friday. Seth Haines, well done, on your post about Inner Sobriety Though it may seem counterintuitive at first, I have not centered my reflection…
  • Friendship as Sacrament – More Quotes About Friendship

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Last week, I offered up Thursdays as a day to share some of the best musings on friendship I’ve encountered. For the first few weeks, I’m sharing stand out quotes about friendship from Sacrament as Friendship. If you enjoy these, I hope you’ll also check out what’s going on here the other days of the week: cultural observations about community and connectedness (Mondays), research about friendship (Tuesdays), a look at how relationship is woven through the Bible (Wednesday), and things people are currently writing that prompt a more compassionate and connected world…
  • What Does Be Fruitful and Multiply Say About Friendship?

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    “The Garden of Eden” by Lucas Cranach der Ältere, a 16th-century German depiction of Eden. Last week, I delved into why I consider friendship and community to be an essential part of the Christian belief system. This discussion began with the mysterious “Us” mentioned in Genesis 1:26. Be Fruitful and Multiply In Genesis Today, I’m pausing in the same chapter with another Creation-anchored phrase: Be fruitful and multiply. This is a phrase the writer of Genesis 1 attributed to God several times. “Be fruitful and increase in number…” God says to…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Overcoming Adversity in small steps

    Peter Wright
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
      Fall morning The last day of September 2014. Here in South West Ontario, we have had almost two weeks of magnificent weather. Blue skies, cool mornings with temperatures rising to comfortably warm levels in the mid 20s Celsius ( 75F). Very similar to most winter mornings in Southern Africa. The trees transformed into brilliant, colourful masterpieces reminding me that I am in the Northern Hemisphere. An added bonus yesterday, we were visiting a neighbour when the hot air balloon in the picture above landed in the field right in front of us.   The last post for this year on the…
  • Why new media is much more distracting than old.

    Peter Wright
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Old Media Chuck Bartok hosted a good call on Talk Shoe radio on Wednesday evening which prompted me to go off this month’s topic of Overcoming Adversity for this post. Among the issues discussed were distractions, systems or tactics to keep them to a minimum and methods of using time effectively. One of the reasons that the internet in general and social media in particular, provide such a rich source of distracting material is that electronic media are endless. With the possible exception of blog posts or articles, there is no clear cut off to indicate the end of that sample of media…
  • Prepare for Adversity by Getting out of Your Comfortable Groove.

    Peter Wright
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Out of the Groove of Comfort   Yesterday evening, I was a judge at a Toastmasters speaking contest in another city. It was an interesting experience. I have been involved in that club’s contests for three years.This year there were a number of new faces. New contestants, new club members and new office holders on the club executive. Great enthusiasm. Some speeches were better than others, all contestants had put time and effort into creating and practicing their speeches. One speaker delivered a hilarious speech about the difficulties of having TVG – “The Vertical…
  • 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…
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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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  • the most less fortunate

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    bobble head.  we’ll get to her in a moment .. — they’re crowding around him, gesturing and bickering.  him, an old western man, wrinkled and gray.  if you find yourself traveling around asia for a while, you recognize the type.  at first they all just look like old western men, out of place in their pleated shorts and golf shirts and sandals-with-socks sense of pre-funeral fashion.   after a while of being in various of these countries though, you recognize the subtle differences between different westerner types. in thailand, just as decrepit, they look just a little…
  • Protected: hell & the single mom

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: hell & the single mom appeared first on cedonulli.
  • big city vs. small city

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:37 am
    despite some of the polarized and occasionally troll-ish opinions on the bloglet, in real life i usually struggle to choose between any two opposite options.   dirt bike or street racer?  apple or android?  europe or asia?  white girls or black girls?  fancy travel or backpacking? i don’t know.  it’s all awesome, in it’s own ways.  i don’t know how people pick any one favorite. which led to the paradise one, paradise two experiment.  live in a big city full of mayhem and options, and a mellow little beach town.  originally figured it’d help me pick an…
  • on the road: the traveling circus

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    taken earlier today, a little roaming excursion.  call it, home.  after a while you don’t even notice how fucking amazing places really can be. — most of my trips starts with some external nudge. without any of them i’d probably be living at my parents house still, in my childhood hometown.  the only credit i could take is that i’m trying to be as much in nudgeable territory as possible.  somebody might say that they need their favorite pants, halfway across the world, and don’t have room in their bag.  that i could grab them and bring them by sometime.
  • money, girls, guru-ness: a glorious project

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    winning is all about productive rituals and wee little challenges. wake up in the morning, grab the iphone 8 running ios 12, from the charger.  6.33″ screen, quad core processor, notification led, 6.5 hours screen-on time on a single charge.  6.5mm thin.  waterproof.  magnetic dock charging.  sd card slot.  apple finally got the hardware together for real.  software too, file system and torrent apps and tasker available in the app store.  use it stock or load your own rom.  amazing, all that for 300 bucks. or wait.  maybe it’s last year’s sony xperia z ultra.  so…
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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

  • The Flathead River Writers Conference and my gray wardrobe.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    We didn’t hike Logan Pass at Glacier National Park because it was in the clouds. Much like my head after this conference. The last writers conference I attended was at UND, several years ago, where Larry Woiwode fell off the wagon publicly, made a scene in a coffee shop, and apologized the next day. But he seemed like a decent guy. That writers conference, though, wasn’t my thing. I had fun with the friends I went with, and bought piles of books of poetry and poetry, and a few more on poetry, plus an obscure fiction book I choked on about page 20, but it was more a conference on…
  • Finding where you get your identity, all by your lonesome.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Identity theft is a funny phrase if you aren’t applying it to your credit score. We pick–usually by default–stupid identities with which to understand ourselves by. We get our identities from the work we do, where we work, the things we own, where we live, the hobbies we enjoy, the habits we have, who we’re attracted to, our reputation, how we look, our intelligence, our health and ability–all of these things can change or be gone in a moment. Lose your job, lose your identity. Move to a new place, lose your identity. Lose your stuff, lose your identity. Get hurt…
  • 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…
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  • Owning a Furry Friend Could Save Your Life

    Paul Cypert
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Owning a Furry Friend Could Save Your Life By Paul Cypert Turns out having a pet gives you more than just something cute to post on social media.  Long-time pet owners share the joys of animal companionship with a zeal usually seen in religious converts. The responsibilities, interactions, joys and silliness add an extra richness to their daily lives they can’t help sharing. Turns out their enthusiasm may have been justified. Studies show the benefits of owning a pet exceed what we previously knew. Maybe you bought a puppy to add some cuteness to your life or teach a bit of…
  • 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…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • Just because

    Rey Lo
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Russia in the last couple of years. While the Soviet Union as a formal organization is long gone, there are still remnants of Soviet-era culture scattered here and there. Many of the stations in the Moscow Metro are still decorated with the hammer and sickle and images of Lenin […]
  • 25 Struggles Only ENFPs Will Understand

    Rey Lo
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Originally posted on Thought Catalog:ENFPs are passion-driven ‘ideas’ people. They gain energy from interacting with the world around them, and become quickly excited over new possibilities. Though ENFPs loves being around people, they crave alone time much more than the average extrovert. ENFPs search for a deeper meaning in just about everything, and use…
  • 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 […]
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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

  • Toast Post: Fleas in the Mist

    Princss Burlap
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    I am Toast. This is my post. Yesterday as I rounded everyone up in the home theater for movie-time promptly at 8pm, something appeared afoot with Dakota the Fluffer Wolf. He rolled onto his back and began to wiggle around like a breakdancer on America’s Got Talent. Then a guttural noise escaped from his throat which sounded like Michael Bolton after slamming his hand in a car door. Normally I would dismiss such behavior, but then Dixie Chicken began rolling around in a similar fashion. “Oh no,” I heard Mommy mutter. She got up and began picking through Dakota’s fluffer. “I think he…
  • To Be Audacious

    Princss Burlap
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Happy Monday everyone. Hoping your weekends were soft and downy. Mine was such, and inspiring to boot, though I’ve managed to procure a leaky, runny, eye-watering, high-pressure cold from my husband. I’m currently sitting at my desk with a handful of tissues. Happily, we take very good care of one another when sick, and he follows me around with the Emergen-C packets we swear by. We sat at breakfast yesterday (yes, even sick I attend our dearly beloved Sunday breakfast; I mean, this waffle)  talking of listing our house for sale, of where to raise our kids – here or up…
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    a glimmer of light

  • The beautiful words of the best hip-hop

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I find these song lyrics one of the best ever written: virtuous and beautiful words by those hip-hop masters that go by the name of The Black Eyed Peas. And not one more word from me… “Where Is The Love?“ What’s wrong with the world, mama People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas I think the whole world addicted to the drama Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism But we still got terrorists here livin’ In the USA, the big CIA The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK But if you only have love for…
  • 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…
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    Life's Due Diligence

  • Great Vacation Spot

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    I travel quite a bit and I’m always looking for different places to visit. My normal vacation spot for the summer used to be Ocean City, Maryland. I’d stay at a resort that was a five minute bus ride from the beach. That may seem pretty close, but it actually tends to be a pain in the butt when you’re covered in sand and have to sit there waiting for a bus with all of the gear you bring to the beach with you. The last year I went, I actually ended up shelling out the extra money for a room that was on the boardwalk. Although it was nice, it was not worth the money. The…
  • One of the Most Difficult Decisions of My Life

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    It all started on a lunch break at my old job. I had an hour to kill and my girlfriend was in the area. She suggested we get together and do something out of the ordinary. We ended up going to a fast food place and then to a local puppy store. Now, we have a dog at home already, but a friend of ours had just gotten a new puppy and it was the same type of dog we had ourselves. He brought it over so they could play with each other and our dog, Ace, got extremely defensive when our friend when to grab his puppy to take him home. We took this as a clue that our dog might want a friend. So on…
  • In The Woods

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    I switch between many books, but the ones I can never put down are a part of the In The Woods series by Tana French. I first found this book while walking through Barnes and Noble. As I was looking for some interesting law books, I stumbled upon this one placed on a display in the center of the store. The display was marked “New Reads”. This book was obviously out of place as it was dated from 2007 and it was currently 2013. I added it to my collection and went on my way. It took me a few weeks to get myself to start the book, but once I began, there was no stopping. I finished…
  • Thresh Plays

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    For those of you who play League of Legends, finding the right champion to play can be a challenge. You want to carry a game, but you don’t have the mechanics to be the next doublelift or zion. The cure to this is picking a support. This may seem boring, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Carrying as a support is a lot easier than you might think. You’re not being focused by the enemy team and if you land your cc, you can easily win team fights. The video above is an example of this. Playing support will also help you get used to the rules and mechanics of bot lane. So…
  • How To Get Coins In Hearthstone

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Hearthstone is a game that is becoming more and more popular. It’s a pretty simple card game that has a surprising amount of strategy involved. After hearing all the hype, I had to see what it is was about. This game ended up being strangely addicting and after downloading it on my computer, I also got it on my iPad. You might be having the same problem that I did when I got started. How do you get more coins in Hearthstone? The answer is actually pretty simple. Everybody knows that you get 10 coins for every 3 wins you rack up against other people. Let’s be honest, that’s…
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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...

  • 7 Quotes that will motivate you today.

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
  • Essential step for Growth

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
  • 13 Mistakes You Don't Want To Make On Your Road To Success

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    We all want to succeed that's fairly obvious, as long as we also know how we want to succeed. Here are some essential 'Do not Do' tips on your road to success.Do Not:Be a copy cat.Be an unpleasant person.Give up.Belittle other people.Lose Hope.Stop working your butt off.Forget to enjoy the little things.Listen to criticism unless it is constructive.Think it's impossible.Fear failure.Forget to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.Forget to remain positive through it all.Forget to Thank God, Allah, the universe or high power. 
  • The Inevitables Of Success!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
  • Poetic Leaps

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Success My WorldWhen I think successI see it comesWhen I dream successI see it comesWhen I touch successIt fades awaySuccess successMy hopeI'll find successEmbrace successWhen I hold successI'll keep it safeWhen I have successI'll share itSuccess success My worldI'll ruleYes, I'll influenceThought, Oh thoughtMy Success SuccessI'll keep, I see Success a lifeSuccess my hopeSuccess my world By Fiefa Bruce
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    The Spectator

  • Big Egos and Small Titles

    Rodney Onyango
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    A title is a very interesting thing to have, especially when you feel that the one you are given is not befitting of your grandeur stance in society and only serves to discredit your name. People are not designed to instinctively belittle themselves, it is our duty, nay, calling that we must bloat our ego where possible lest we are thought to be lesser than we believe we are. I will start
  • Affairs

    Rodney Onyango
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    This one has been rattling in the recess of my minds for a while, how do we define our relationships either to ourselves or to the people around us? Does it matter what the world has to say about the one we term as our significant other? Where does us begin and them stop? A lot of questions, I know but at some point we must accept that our own little world has been invaded by people who made
  • 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
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Spook Up Your Pictures for Halloween

    Gayla Baer
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    I have been a fan of PicMonkey since they first started. I used to use another free photo editing program, but when they closed, everyone scrambled, not sure what to do. The guys behind PicMonkey came to the rescue, delivering a MUCH better program. So, change is good. As we approach the Halloween, I tend to get in the mood to spook up my pictures a little bit. There’s tons of offerings available for the seasons, holidays and much more. There are options that are available to premium members, but at $10 per month, it’s hard to say no. Especially if you take lots of pictures. Try PicMonkey…
  • 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…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • A Miniature Burger

    Regina Antony
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Postcards for Ants a project by Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots who works with paint, brushes, pencils & bare eyes to render detailed miniature paintings a bit larger than a pound coin! I feel hungry!!
  • A Climbing Wall Without a Harness?

    Regina Antony
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
  • 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
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    The Great Life Swindle

  • The Fear of Success – 6 Causes of Successphobia

    Laura Tong
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    It’s unlikely that we’ve met, really, that would be quite random but even so I’m willing to bet my dubious reputation that your fear of success, your successphobia is entirely down to a whole bunch of ideas that have been ‘thoughtfully’ dumped on you without so much as a ‘by your leave’. And they damn well cover everything in life, not just success. Really there isn’t a single subject some success swindling mongrel hasn’t stuck their damaging, dickwit opinions on – and infected you with. Particularly, I’ll bet there isn’t any…
  • The Road to Success and Endeavor – unhappy bedfellows?

    Laura Tong
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Frankly Frank says… Oh brother,  there’s a hideous amount of bollocks spouted about the Road to Success in ‘expert’ success manuals, programs, lectures and other outlets of  success-strangling  blatherings. Tread carefully for they make no apologies for their dangerous toxic advice which, disastrously for your success, invariably includes the stock 101:  ‘Your success will be in direct proportion to your level of fight, endeavor, total tenacity, persistent perseverance, relentless resolution, endurance and do-or-die determination’ – bullshit! Get…
  • 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…
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    Spending it All

  • Haven Smartlock
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Smart deadbolts are the new thing over the traditional ones. However, they are still susceptible to break-ins and lock bumping. The people from Heaven promise that their innovation will revolutionize home security. Introducing Haven Smartlock; the device that offers an extra layer of protection to prevent outside intrusion.  Just install this smartlock at the base of the door. When locked, it pushes up a solid wedge that keeps your door securely shut. Haven Smartlock features Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, and packs two batteries in case of power failure.   The post Haven Smartlock…
  • Bluelounge Soba
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to organize all your cables under your desk or behind your TV? Now there is an easy way thanks to Bluelounge Soba, the cable organizer. Utilizing Vortex technology, Soba will zip all your loose and messy cables into one single tube that can be positioned along the walls or under the desks. It will accommodate both large and small cables, up to three cables at once.   The post Bluelounge Soba appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Ultra Low Profile Screwdrivers
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    The Ultra Low Profile Screwdrivers come very handy for those hard to reach places. Featuring bit heights of just 10mm, these screwdrivers will fit where no other screwdrivers have been before.     The post Ultra Low Profile Screwdrivers appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    The Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder will make your fishing trips worthwhile. This devices is a sonar and detects the location and size of  the fish, depth, water temperature, up to date weather report, etc. It works in conjunction with your cellphone or tablet via Bluetooth and it will make sure you will never have to go home empty handed.     The post Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Beartooth
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Beartooth radio allows your Android / iOS smartphone to communicate even when there is no cellphone towers or wifi signals around. It equips your phone with a software define radio that enables it to communicate with other Beartooth devices and traditional 2 way devices. In other words, it turns your cell phone into a two-way radio enabling calls,encrypted text messaging and geo-location from off grid places. It also features a built-in 2000 mAh battery that doubles the life of your phone whenever you need it the most.     The post Beartooth appeared first on Spending it All.
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    Icarus Green

  • The Cry of the Beta Male (Part 1)

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Since in or around about the mid-2000s a verifiable cottage industry has sprouted up on the web to advise men on how to game women. And its not just men who are providing these services – even women are getting in on the act. Over time, this part of the internet, known as the manosphere, has transformed into something bigger: advice how on how to become a man, various critiques of feminism, a bastion of paleo-conservatism and at its most darkest, an insight into the darwinian female psyche. I’m not here to run the ringer on all the various topics and points of discussion of the…
  • 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.
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    Panic Attack Is My Middle Name

  • Regardless Of The Scoreboard

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
      If you haven’t seen Apollos Hester’s amazing motivational interview stop everything you’re doing and watch this right now! I was completely put to shame by this high-schooler’s amazing attitude which he called the ‘attitude of success.’ How had he learned something in his teens that I was still trying to learn in my late 20’s. Um, how had he learned something in his teens that some people don’t learn in their entire lives! He talked about having vision regardless of what the circumstances looked like. He starts by talking about how…
  • Feminism Is The New Black

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    I am a feminist. There I said it. It feels wonderful to finally come out. So many years I had to pretend like it didn’t bother me that women are considered weak. So often I tried not to let it bother me when I found out that my male co-worker with the same education and experience earned 22% more than me. I was blind to the fact that women are told to suppress sexuality in order to avoid being called a thot? As a Miss America viewer, it never dawned on me that the idea of women walking around in a bikini for a scholarship is borderline prostitution? Ok that last one was a little…
  • Being Human Project

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The other night I kept my husband up until 3am while I ranted about why people are not kind to each other. This was an intense rant that started about how the words we use towards each other in joking manners have seriously un-funny definitions behind them. This then went on to people not understanding how their words are incredibly effective in changing someone’s mood. After this I began my rant on “why can’t we just all get along, man?” Then finally at about 2:30am, I decided that I wanted to change the world. And hence my revolution is born! I am a big Pinterest…
  • How Oprah Blows Minds And Makes You Question Your Life Choices

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    It’s no secret that Oprah is basically my hero. During an interview regarding her upcoming tour, The Life You Want, Oprah discussed how she continues to strive for success. She went on to quote a line from the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley. This poem blew my mind and here I am today to share it with you! Yay! Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.   In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.  …
  • Doggy Paddle Your Way To Success

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Today I share all my secrets with you. For those of you who don’t know my awesome life story, I am a poser-preneur. What’s that you ask? Well, a poser-preneur is someone who wants to be an entrepreneur but has no idea what they’re doing so they watch countless youtube videos on business and spend endless hours googling “how to” topics. And although I still basically have no idea what i’m doing, I have successfully set up shop! Yay me! I have spent hours researching profitable SEO keywords, synching to ebay, and trying my best to start up a twitter…
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