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  • Grace in Small Things No. 944
    Elan Morgan
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Our far-too-hot weather has given way to an unseasonably cool week, but I've decided that I'm happy about it. It's a relief not to be slick with sweat 24/7.Because of the colder weather, we hauled out our duvet, and there is nothing like snuggling down under the weight of duvet with cool air coming in through the window.I got this Apple wireless keyboard a little while ago, and I love it. I use it when I elevate my laptop on a box so I am not always hunched over to look down at the screen. It's identical to my MacBook Pro keyboard, so I don't have to alter my typing habits to work on it.I am…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 945
    Elan Morgan
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:48 pm
    photo credit: Adam Wilson Aidan and I hosted our internet friend Adam Wilson overnight when he came through town, and now he's our we-met-in-regular-life friend, too. It's fantastic.I found new pillows to replace the old new pillows that turned out to be awful. Here's to the hope in new pillows!Paying off a large chunk of a credit card bill that crept up is deeply satisfying and fills me with deep feelings of adultness.I got to hang out with some old friends this weekend. I really needed it, and I'm so glad they were there with me.I heard the crunch of the first fallen leaves under my…
  • All the feels when loved ones rate success [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:11 pm
    In your own mind, there are a thousand things you could have done better: worked more nights, taken that chance, moved, stayed, walked away, held on. The possibilities are endless, the success, not so much, at least in our own minds. The post All the feels when loved ones rate success [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Pennsylvania Insurance types and why you need it

    Megan Fowler Insurance
    9 Aug 2015 | 2:46 am
    Whether it is home, auto, or health insurance, it is generally a good idea to ensure that you have Pennsylvania insurance to keep you covered no matter what has occurred. While there are many different options to choose from, ensuring you are covered is extremely important. Some forms of insurance are required by either the state or federal government such as automotive insurance or health insurance, however since many companies allow the bundling of insurance you can generally purchase home and auto insurance together here on their website. Auto Insurance As required by state law, you must…
  • Jean Chatzky: Your Job Is Your Most Important Investment (VIDEO)

    Jean Chatzky
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    What’s the biggest investment in your portfolio? No, not your house. Not your retirement accounts, either. If we learned anything from the Great Recession, it’s Money Rule No. 1: Your job is your most important investment. Join Jean for #MoneyRuleMonday and improve your financial future. Read More at Bankrate
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  • Grace in Small Things No. 945

    Elan Morgan
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:48 pm
    photo credit: Adam Wilson Aidan and I hosted our internet friend Adam Wilson overnight when he came through town, and now he's our we-met-in-regular-life friend, too. It's fantastic.I found new pillows to replace the old new pillows that turned out to be awful. Here's to the hope in new pillows!Paying off a large chunk of a credit card bill that crept up is deeply satisfying and fills me with deep feelings of adultness.I got to hang out with some old friends this weekend. I really needed it, and I'm so glad they were there with me.I heard the crunch of the first fallen leaves under my…
  • Me and Onion Sitting On the Couch, C-U-D-D-L-I-N-G.

    Elan Morgan
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:36 pm
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  • A Very Happy 12 Years of Blogging to Me, In Which I Answer Your Questions

    Elan Morgan
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    As of yesterday, which was August 25th, I have been at this blogging thing on this very blog for TWELVE YEARS. 12 years! I started back in ye olden tymes of 2003. That seems impossible, but my automatically generated archives page doesn't lie. This is me in a cab looking at the wrong part of my phone, which gives me that distant, but pleasantly clueless look. For my 12th blogging anniversary, I decided to let you guys tell me what you want to know, so here are a few of your questions and my (hopefully coherent) answers (because I wrote this at three in the morning).They had blogs 12…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 944

    Elan Morgan
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Our far-too-hot weather has given way to an unseasonably cool week, but I've decided that I'm happy about it. It's a relief not to be slick with sweat 24/7.Because of the colder weather, we hauled out our duvet, and there is nothing like snuggling down under the weight of duvet with cool air coming in through the window.I got this Apple wireless keyboard a little while ago, and I love it. I use it when I elevate my laptop on a box so I am not always hunched over to look down at the screen. It's identical to my MacBook Pro keyboard, so I don't have to alter my typing habits to work on it.I am…
  • Please Tell Me It's Not Morning Yet

    Elan Morgan
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    click image to enlarge Neither of us could believe that morning arrived so early. Onion actually tried to grab me by my shirt when I got up, as if to say "Don't go". If he had his way, we'd lounge around in bed as our main occupation.
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    Holy Kaw!

  • All the feels when loved ones rate success [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:11 pm
    In your own mind, there are a thousand things you could have done better: worked more nights, taken that chance, moved, stayed, walked away, held on. The possibilities are endless, the success, not so much, at least in our own minds. The post All the feels when loved ones rate success [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • “I hope this isn’t another f***ing bait car,” said the thieves driving a bait car [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 pm
    File this under "famous last words." These dopey thieves (one of whom is clearly personally acquainted with bait cars) get busted in a bait car, all whilst wondering if they were stealing a bait car. The post “I hope this isn’t another f***ing bait car,” said the thieves driving a bait car [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Great-granddaughter delights Nana with dementia singing “You Are My Sunshine” [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Just grab the whole box of tissue now, right now, because you'll need it. The post Great-granddaughter delights Nana with dementia singing “You Are My Sunshine” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • What it looks like to skydive into a stadium [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    You know those guys who skydive into stadiums? Ever wonder what it looks like to do that? Here's a POV video of someone doing just that––not for the feint of heart for sure. The post What it looks like to skydive into a stadium [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Pranksters try to clip balloons on shoppers without their knowledge [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The game is simple: whoever clips the most balloons on shoppers without getting caught wins. The outcome is surprisingly hilarious. The post Pranksters try to clip balloons on shoppers without their knowledge [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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    Megan Fowler Insurance

  • Pennsylvania Insurance types and why you need it

    9 Aug 2015 | 2:46 am
    Whether it is home, auto, or health insurance, it is generally a good idea to ensure that you have Pennsylvania insurance to keep you covered no matter what has occurred. While there are many different options to choose from, ensuring you are covered is extremely important. Some forms of insurance are required by either the state or federal government such as automotive insurance or health insurance, however since many companies allow the bundling of insurance you can generally purchase home and auto insurance together here on their website. Auto Insurance As required by state law, you must…
  • Different types of Michigan Insurance

    9 Aug 2015 | 2:34 am
    Michigan is a unique state.  The only state consisting of two peninsulas, you can never get more than 85 miles from a great lake or 6 miles from a fresh water source in the entire state.  While population centers help to bring people together into communities across this large state, many others live in the rural and forested areas of the state.  Regardless of where Michigan residents live however, the vast majority of citizens have some form of insurance.   Michigan insurance can take on many forms and is directly reflected by the needs of its citizens.  With nearly 10 million…
  • How to Get Carolina car insurance quotes the easy way

    9 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    A couple of counterintuitive tips to help you get the best Carolina car insurance available There are a couple of different things you can do to save a considerable amount of money on car insurance in Carolina, and some of the best tips and tricks are little bit counterintuitive. Sure, you are going to want to get Carolina car insurance quotes from as many different companies as possible from a site like this, in advance of choosing one company to move forward with – but there are a bunch of other not so obvious tips and tricks that can help you save hundreds on car insurance every single…
  • Top 5 things to keep in mind while buying New York Home Insurance

    8 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Buying a home insurance is always a critical and crucial decision, moreover so, when your home is located in one of the world’s prime location New York.  Hence, there are few recommended precautionary steps which are to be taken by the homeowners before zeroing in on New York Home Insurance. In this article we will look into some essential aspects which one should take into account and keep in mind while shopping for home insurance in New York. Shopping around (includes window shopping): Yes! You hear it right. Home insurance depends on several critical, crucial and sensitive factors and…

    8 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    It can be tough hailing from the Buckeye state.  The Cavaliers just lost to the Warriors after LeBron finally came back, the Bengals were bounced once again from the playoffs, the Blue Jackets struggled this year, the Browns…well, they’re the Browns… And then there’s the matter of financial solvency.  It’s harder to get ahead now than at any other point since the Great Depression.  As a result, the last thing you want or need is a financial setback, which is where the matter of homeowners insurance comes in.  You need home insurance, but it can be costly, and you might not feel…
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  • Jean Chatzky: Your Job Is Your Most Important Investment (VIDEO)

    Jean Chatzky
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    What’s the biggest investment in your portfolio? No, not your house. Not your retirement accounts, either. If we learned anything from the Great Recession, it’s Money Rule No. 1: Your job is your most important investment. Join Jean for #MoneyRuleMonday and improve your financial future. Read More at Bankrate
  • United States Shows Surge In Businesses Run By Minority Women

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The 2007-2012 census shows the number of businesses owned by minority women in the United States has grown by a healthy rate. Overall, women-led companies increased by nearly 28 percent. Businesses owned by Hispanic women increased by 87 percent, and businesses owbed by black women saw a 68 percent increase. The number of businesses owned by Asian women jumped by 44 percent. While this is good news, it isn’t all positive.  The years covered by the census included the economic downturn.  The total number of companies in the U.S. remained stagnant at 27.6 million between 2007 and 2012.
  • 6 Money Moves To Make By The End Of Summer

    12 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Track your spending. Summer can get expensive . By the time it is all over you bank account may need a vacation of its own. First,check your bank account and credit card balances. Then use a digital spending tracker such as Level, Mint or LearnVest to get a handle on where your money is going and if you are spending more than you can afford. Looking for more tips to help you save money?  PureWow Money to the rescue! Read More at Forbes
  • #Love Wins – Supreme Court Ends Ban on Gay Marriage

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Tears of Joy! On Friday June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to ban gay marriage.  Same-sex couples across the land are free to marry.  With Pride Week being celebrated from New York City to San Francisco, what better than the SCOTUS decision? Below are some reactions from around the web including our own Whoopi Goldberg and Marlo Thomas. BRAVO Supreme Court!!! We knew you had it in you. . . looking out for equality and looking out for healthcare. It’s a good day in America!!! — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg) 2015-06-28T22:29:47Z Supreme Court…
  • PureWow at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    PureWow is enjoying the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this week.  Here are a few snapshots of the fun! PureWow on Deck! PureWow – All that Glitters is Gold PureWow – Ready to Enjoy! PureWow – Welcome Aboard!
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    Simply Jews

  • Crimeans Enthusiastic About Mass Murder

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    The crowd in Sevastopol seems to be genuinely enthusiastic about this "Stalin's return" song.  The lyrics about squashing enemies and the victory in the forthcoming war is clearly touching the nerve.The whole thing seems vaguely reminiscent of that other song, albeit the quality isn't as good.  Especially when people stand up from their sits one by one and join in the romanticized mass-muder-worshipping hatefest.
  • Another question for Jeremy Corbyn to answer.

    23 Aug 2015 | 3:40 am
    So, the future leader of Her Majesty's opposition regularly goes on the Russian propaganda TV to support Russia, castigate America and to compare it to ISIS (unfavorably).  In the mean time, I have not heard him condemn Putin's Russia even once.  Here is my question to Jeremy:1. Why is this Russian man not only free but also rewarded with a new BMW?2. At the same time Russia  put in a cage, and tortured, this man.
  • Fucking Commies

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    So, it turns out that there hasn't been an anti-Semite or a terrorist who isn't the best friend of the next leader of the British Labour Party. I am starting to wonder whether this is why he is so popular, but that's not the subject of this post.A leading British Jewish newspaper asked Jeremy Corbyn a few questions.  In response they received a letter from "prominent anti-Israeli activists" castigating journalists for the cheek of asking questions. A quick check against several arbitrarily picked names of the signatories showed that ALL of them had two things in common:1. Of Jewish…
  • Russian Orthodox Activists Imitate ISIS

    16 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Vadim Sidur...  Remember visiting a tiny museum on the outskirts of Moscow.  It was in the early 90s, about 5 years after Vadim's death.  Sidur's art had been banned until USSR started to fall apart and the exhibition I visited must have been the first chance to see his work.The visit was a major shock.  Never before or after have I been so impacted by art.  I am saying this, having had the luck to enjoy some fairly decent museums - from Louvre to  Prado, from Tate Modern to Metropolitan... Sidur's face was disfigured by a war wound and some of the works…
  • Feminism - Islam Style

    13 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
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  • “How to Age Gracefully”

    Ronni Bennett
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Last month, a long-running Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio program, Wiretap, came to an end. The show and its host, Jonathan Goldstein, had been charming listeners on the CBC, SiriusXM radio and Public Radio International (PRI) radio for 11 years. Somehow through all that time, I missed it entirely. It is described at Wikipedia as "...a weekly half-hour of conversation, storytelling and introspection, culled from equal parts real-world experience and the warp of Goldstein's imagination.' Each show tends to have followed a particular investigative theme; past show titles include:…
  • Elder Sex at the Movies

    Ronni Bennett
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    At the BBC website last week, Emma Jones spent some time surveying what may be the last film taboo, sex scenes with old people. As Jones relates, there has been in recent years an uptick in the number of romantic movies about people 60 and older but the sex is only hinted at: ”...there were crowd-pleasers like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet. However, though love might blossom among septuagenarians, the cameras never intruded on any consummation – the message seeming to be that none was possible. "...comedy is often the way Hollywood deals with older lovers. 2003’s…
  • ELDER MUSIC: Bob Covers

    Ronni Bennett
    30 Aug 2015 | 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. Some say, and I include Norma, the Assistant Musicologist amongst these, that although Bob Dylan was the finest songwriter in the second…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 29 August 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    NEW LIFE EXPECTANCY CALCULATOR The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has released what it says is a science-based online life expectancy calculator derived from research that followed 78,000 people ”... for up to 10 years. We basically looked at who died. Then we created predictive models based on whether they were a current, former or 'never' smoker, plus the amount they smoked, leisure time physical activity, alcohol (number of drinks per week) and diet. “We included age, sex, body mass index and ethnicity, and neighbourhood for socioeconomic status – all things shown to be…
  • Sleeping – or Not - While Old

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    After several years of trying to fight a hugely irritating sleep difficulty, I've given up and just go with it. It's called ASPD or Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder which I've written about here in the past. The short version is that can't stay awake much past early evening and then I wake in the middle of the night. In the past year or so, the malady has morphed into my not being able to sleep more than four hours straight. Then I wake, can't go back to sleep so now I get up for a couple of hours in the middle of night and mostly read until sleep returns. Well, sometimes. Most often, although…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • Love Rolls Downhill

    Ann Handley
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    “Are you going to write about this, Mom?” my daughter Caroline asks me. (She knows I’ve written about her brother.) The question is half tease, half challenge. I can’t tell whether she wants me to write, or not. Maybe she doesn’t know, either. Caroline is 18, and she’s about to begin her freshman year at college. She’s moving across the Atlantic Ocean to spend her fall semester on another continent and another time zone from me. She left Tuesday night, on a red-eye flight. London is five hours ahead of Boston. She’ll be living in my future (literally) instead of in my…
  • This Wonderfully Old-School Business Storytelling Tool Helps You Tell Powerful Stories

    Ann Handley
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    “We need stories so much that we’re even willing to read bad books to get them, if the good books won’t supply them.” —Philip Pullman Just under a year ago, my friend Ron Ploof sat in my kitchen and told me his idea for a simple tool that would help businesses become better storytellers. Only… it wasn’t really an idea, it was—to describe it more accurately—an obsession. As he talked, I felt that stirring I get when I hear a good idea: part quickening (Whoa! Now THAT is cool!); part jealousy (Damn! Why didn’t I think of that?); which promptly morphs me into…
  • Enter This Essay Contest and You Could Win a Free Trip to Boston from MarketingProfs

    Ann Handley
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    You can be a good writer without being a good marketer. But I don’t think you can be a good marketer without also being a good writer. Which is why we’re excited to announce the First-Ever MarketingProfs Essay Contest in connection with this fall’s premier B2B marketing event, MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum. This year’s B2B Forum is our 9th, and it’s the largest, most inspired, must-attend event for anyone who works in business-to-business marketing, in any capacity. (See the full program and keynotes here. Or read more background on the event here. Or here’s a…
  • How Not to Ruin Instagram (Now That the Ad Floodgates Are Open)

    Ann Handley
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” —Steve Jobs The news broke last week that Instagram will expand its advertising service to all marketers, not just a chosen few (Disney, The Gap, Ben & Jerry’s) it’s been working with since first rolling out ads in the fall of 2013. That means the popular photo-sharing app is opening up to zillions of advertisers, who’ll be flocking there to take advantage of more ad styles and sophisticated targeting tools developed by Instagram’s Facebook sugar daddy. The marketer in me is psyched: The in-app purchasing…
  • 8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

    Ann Handley
    6 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    What writing tools will help you produce your best work? Last week, two interviewers asked me about the tools I’d recommend for writing. One of them asked about writerly things I might covet the way some people do—like first editions of favorite books, or fountain pens, or antique Underwoods. (Not to be confused with other kinds of Underwoods.) I’m sentimental about a lot of things, but not about writing tools I use. Instead, I look for frictionless tools that ease the process, not complicate it. Part 6 of Everybody Writes is stuffed full of a bajillion tools that can help a content…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • The Hand

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:14 am
    Befriend the man who gives a hand, not shows his hand. OK, I made that up. But it’s not terrible. Welcome to my new blog template. At least for now. I suppose if enough people hate it, I will change it. I’m not married to it yet. This is my third blog template in eleven years. Now for the bigger question — what to do with this blog? I’m human. I crave attention and validation. And I can get more interaction from most of you by posting on Facebook or Instagram. What makes this site special? A person might read one of my posts about kitchen sponges on Facebook because it…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #47

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    It’s a decent gig playing guitar on Rector Street. Although the Wall Street guys downtown are born assholes, programmed to crush their competition, they tip well, especially when the NASDAQ is up. Music is universal, no matter your income. During two years of standing on this corner, music has covered my rent and helped me pay back some debt I incurred at Julliard. The street has also been good for my soul. The constant chaos of lower Manhattan has softened the pain of losing Gina’s soft skin next to another man at night. A year later, there was still a hole in my heart. I had…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #46

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    “Help me to the window,” said the old man to his aide. “I want to show you something.” The old man put his face to the window, like a kid looking into a candy store. “You see those two buildings on Fifth Avenue. I own them. I own forty-seven properties in Manhattan, twenty properties in Brooklyn, and twelve properties in Queens. I practically own the city.” “Your legacy is clear, sir.    We will remember you as one of the greatest men the city has ever produced.” The old man laughed. “What do you know about Boss Tweed?”…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #45

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    The hardest job in this motherhood gig is watching your son in pain, and knowing that only time will heal, not your motherly touch. Brett was a boy on the cusp of being a man, and hugs from his mother were verboten. He had a hard year – problems in school, bad grades, bullying, his own romantic heartbreak, and, of course, my divorce with his father, which hit our family like a hurricane wave. “Let’s go to Coney Island,” I said, trying to be cheery. “My grandmother used to take me there very summer. We can go to Nathan’s and have hot dogs.”…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #44

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    “Be careful with the wheelchair,” said Ruthie. “I’ve been doing this for 25 years.  I know what I’m doing.” said Beth as she wheeled her older sister through the tiny kitchen and into the dinette, avoiding the tear in the faded yellow linoleum. For breakfast, Beth made Ruthie scrambled eggs and an English muffin. Same as usual. “After breakfast, I’ll go pick up your meds from Walgreen’s,” said Beth. “Have you said hello to the new neighbors yet?” asked Ruthie. “Why would I do that?  They have no interest in…
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    Apartment Life

  • 4 Simple Summer Parties To Host Before It’s Too Late

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve been battling the August heat, it may be hard to believe that summer’s almost over. But before you gear up for sweater season and get ready for the taste of pumpkin flavored – well everything – squeeze one last drop of fun out of your summer by throwing the perfect party for friends […] The post 4 Simple Summer Parties To Host Before It’s Too Late appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Apartment Life Rules in College Towns

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    College towns are some of the most sought-after markets for people searching for an apartment. This is not limited to just students. In fact, in most college towns, the majority of people living there don’t have direct ties to the local university. There is something for everyone. These towns quickly become centers for cultural diversity, […] The post Apartment Life Rules in College Towns appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • 5 Tips To Make The Most Of A Small Closet

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Apartment living can come with a lot of perks: a great local community to interact with, paid amenities, and free maintenance. But when looking at studio apartments, closet space can often leave something to be desired. Here are the top 5 easy tips for making the most out of a smaller closet. 1. Add an […] The post 5 Tips To Make The Most Of A Small Closet appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Design Your Layout Before You Payout

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Starting with a clean slate in your new apartment? Before you buy or rent furniture, take advantage of some savvy smartphone apps that can help you plan your furniture’s layout. MagicPlan With just a few snaps of your iPhone or iPad camera, the MagicPlan app can provide an estimated measurement of a room. MagicPlan’s ability […] The post Design Your Layout Before You Payout appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Is Your Apartment in One Of America’s Top 10 Food Cities?

    13 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    America is home to some of the best food in the world. Our country’s cuisines have so many influences from around the globe – and some that are truly our own creation – that we can enjoy the best French food, Asian food, Indian food, hamburgers, barbecue and other national dishes whenever we want. It […] The post Is Your Apartment in One Of America’s Top 10 Food Cities? appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • Pro Life Tip

    Doug McCaughan
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Jeans split in the crotch? Wear blue underwear!
  • Inside the life of a programmer

    Doug McCaughan
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Some days require the environment be just right for productivity. Today, I need a darkened room, incense burning, attire that doesn’t include button down anything, bare feet, herbal tea, and very, very loud cyberpunk music. Instead, I am in Cubeville. Florescent lights burn through my eyes searing my brain. The glare is so harsh. A din of conversations float over cube walls as ambient noise but not soothing as white noise, oceans, or rain. Interruptions are imminent. Such is the live of a programmer.
  • Deep Thoughts

    Doug McCaughan
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Agony is needing to win the lottery and not being able to afford the ticket.
  • Happy Anniversary Cathy!

    Doug McCaughan
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    Fourteen years ago today, and after nearly two years of dating, Cathy and I were married at Gatlinburg’s Ye Ol’ Tyme Photo Boothe and its been one grand adventure since then! Thank you Cathy for making my life incredible!
  • Thank you Internet!

    Doug McCaughan
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    This one is obviously staged but very good:
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    This Eclectic Life

  • Snooky, The Fire Dog

    Shelly Tucker
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    “I saw a white dog walking down Elm Street near the Square,” she said. “I think it was a bulldog, but I didn’t get a very good look, however it looked pretty well-fed, so I knew it had an owner somewhere.” She fidgeted as she told me the story of her strange encounter. “You are going to think I’m crazy,” she whispered, “but I’m not!” I assured her that I wouldn’t think her crazy, at least no crazier than I am, and encouraged her to finish the tale. “The dog wasn’t on a leash,” she told me, “and I…
  • Trouble in 1862. The Great Hanging in Gainesville, Texas

    Shelly Tucker
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:49 pm
    It was the place I had been seeking. After visiting his grave, I was searching for the site where Nathaniel Miles Clark had died on October 13, 1862. His life ended as he swung from a massive elm tree that once stood on this unprepossessing spot. During a span of several days of mass hysteria in 1862, at least forty men were hung from the same tree — hung by their neighbors. Their crime? Simply put, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were Union sympathizers living on Confederate lands while the Civil War was raging. It was called The Great Hanging, and men were being…
  • Pilgrimage To Clark Cemetery

    Shelly Tucker
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:36 pm
    It was a pilgrimage of sorts. There was a grave that I needed to see again, and it had been on my mind for awhile. I drove slowly along the country back roads in Cooke County, breathing clouds of white caliche dust through the open window, as I searched for road markers. The GPS on my smart phone had gone stupid on me when I plugged in the name of a century-old cemetery, so I had to go “old school” and use a paper map. Oh, who am I kidding? I have no navigational skills, so I stopped and asked a farmer for directions. After a few more twists and turns, I found myself at the gates…
  • A Gem Of A Depot in Gainesville, Texas

    Shelly Tucker
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    At this sleepy little Santa Fe Depot, I squinted my eyes and tried to imagine it as the bustling hub of Gainesville, Texas. That was hard to do when there wasn’t another person on the street with me. However, in 1944, passenger tickets sales for the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway in Gainesville were the 8th largest in the nation! Soldiers from nearby Camp Howze (an infantry replacement training camp), families with fidgety children, and businessmen would have crowded the sidewalks, sweating in the midday sun. Built in 1902, the brick train station served passengers until…

    Shelly Tucker
    6 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    I’m so glad you found me on the Interweb! Do you remember lazy days sitting on the front porch, spinning yarns with friends, and talking about everything under the sun? Then, kick off your shoes, grab a glass of sweet tea, and sit a spell with me. What are you going to find? Everything under the sun, and it’s always a surprise for both you and for me. You’ll find tips on traveling in Texas, because it’s My Neck Of The Woods. I tell you shivery ghost tales, sometimes. Well, at least they are Ghostly-Mostly. Sometimes I talk about History. I’m a fool for Bacon And,…
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    sex and the beach

  • Find Me at The New Tropic

    Maria de los Angeles
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    It may sound like The New Tropic is a snazzy hotel in South Beach but it's actually a breath of fresh air in the local digital publishing scene, dished up by talented locals. "Live like you live here" is the slogan, which may sound ironic  -- how can you not live like you live here? -- but that irony rings true for many old school Miamians who know there's more to the city than what you find in a tourism brochure.Some Miamians may be old enough to remember the Miami Herald's Sunday magazine Tropic, which ceased publication in 1998. Like Tropic, which created a popular scavenger…
  • Ditch the Beach and Grab a Brush in Islamorada

    Maria de los Angeles
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A lion fish in watercolor. Photo courtesy of artist Michelle Nicole Lowe.Inclement weather in the Sunshine State couldn’t keep us from enjoying ourselves in Islamorada.In winter, Floridians get more than snow birds. Cold fronts from the jet stream sometimes assault our sunny days with chilly, squally weather, interrupting what water babies love to do -- in our case it was a day of snorkeling and sailing. But no matter, in the Florida Keys, you can still enjoy the area's marine life even if you're like a fish out of water.I was traveling with a group of bloggers and although I really…
  • First Day of School

    Maria de los Angeles
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Every day is first day of school. When I was a kid, I was so eager to grow up because I felt it would "mean something" to be a grown up, as if being a child wasn't enough, as if life was postponed, a recursive symphony.If I could talk to my inner child as that impatient imp she was then, I would tell her to exist fully in the present moment. And she was, for the most part, when playing with her toys, but always, always she played with a gut feeling that something else -- something better, something luminous and exciting that would "change everything" -- was lingering around the corner. She…
  • Tropical Caribbean Delights Along Miami's Public Transportation Routes

    Maria de los Angeles
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    There are several advantages to using Miami's public transportation and one of them has to do with your tummy. I'll be the first to tell you that living in Miami without a car is inconvenient. But if you schlep around in a car, you'll whiz by great little mom-and-pop places with humble storefronts.B & M Market, now in business for over 3 decades, has nothing but. You can't miss its eye-popping facade on an otherwise drab urban street.The tiny market and restaurant boasts bright colors on its exterior, bearing resemblance to the red, black, green and yellow colors of the Guyanese flag…
  • A Peach is a Peach is a Peach

    Maria de los Angeles
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    She sat in a bookstore, surrounded by millions of words that were suffocating her in the coffin of writer-for-hire, someone else’s word monkey. She thought to herself, the true value of writing lies not in words, but in the intention of the writer.She reminded herself that some people wanted to burn books. She wanted to burn words. She could already see the flames of those words rise to the sky and disappear into the dark ether. She wanted to feel the heat of that cleansing fire and spread the ashes over the cloth of the universe.

 She longed for a world of fewer words, of short…
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  • And Away She Goes!

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    Those of you who have been reading this blog since I started in March 2004 might remember being introduced to my 7-year-old daughter, Steph. Fast-forward to this past Saturday when I dropped my now 18½-year-old daughter Steph at college! No, really. Last winter she joined a Facebook group for all admitted students, and she became friendly with two of the girls there. They met in person at various events during the winter and spring and decided to room together. I had drilled into her that you don't have to be best pals with your roommate(s), but you do have to have compatible…
  • Voracious

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Whenever I get a package and I'm not expecting anything, it's almost always a book I worked on that the publisher has been kind enough to send me. This time it was one of my favorite books I ever edited: Voracious by Cara Nicoletti.  Nicoletti, a butcher and former pastry chef as well as an English/Latin major in college, offers 50 recipes that are featured in (or inspired by) some of her favorite books from childhood all the way through adulthood. For instance, there are the Buttermilk Pancakes from Pippi Longstocking, Biscuits with Molasses Butter from To Kill a Mockingbird,…
  • More Zukes

    14 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Here's a non-zoodle recipe for those of you with an unmanageable zucchini crop. I made this twice already, once as hors d'oeuvres for a party and once just because. You can even eat it for lunch, like quiche. (I can't remember where I found this recipe, but when I Google it, I get tons of hits from all over, so I don't think it's a terribly proprietary formula.) Zucchini Cheese Squares 3 cups shredded zucchini2 teaspoons salt1½ cups flour1 tablespoon baking powder1 medium onion, diced2 cups grated Cheddar cheese2 teaspoons thyme leaves1 teaspoon freshly ground black…
  • Two Days, Two Books

    12 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Over the weekend I read two short novels: The first was The Photograph by Penelope Lively. Interestingly enough, I recall that this was the first book I'd ever heard of by Lively, but somehow I only just now got around to reading it. Here's the synopsis from Amazon: "Penelope Lively’s latest masterpiece opens with a snapshot: Kath, before her death, at an unknown gathering, holding hands with a man who is not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked DON’T OPEN—DESTROY. But Kath’s husband does not heed the warning, embarking on a journey of discovery that…
  • Can't Say I Liked It

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    I had high hopes for Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman; it was touted as a novel that would appeal to fans of Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, and Jeffrey Eugenides. However, I ultimately found it to be a disappointment. It starts off promising enough: We are introduced to three Harvard students and one professor, all or some of whom may or may not have been involved in another student's murder. The interrelationships are complicated, but in most cases unbelievable. The author has to go out of her way in several cases to tell us that So-and-So finds himself/herself drawn to Such-and-Such…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • Five Cute Star Wars Fan Art Panels

    22 Aug 2015 | 5:53 pm
    I’m getting quite excited about the upcoming premier of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII THE FORCE AWAKENS. From the video clips, news releases, production photos, and general buzz, it sounds like it will be amazing! The movie will be in US theaters December 18, 2015. Until then, I’m reading all about it, and looking for other […]
  • MacroBars are better than kale!

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Earlier this summer, I was talked into buying and trying a raspberry-chocolate kale bar from the local grocery store’s “natural” section. It was NOT delicious. I’d sum up the flavor and texture as dirty grass. After that experience, I was somewhat less excited about trying a new nutrition bar, but I took a chance on […]
  • I Hate Auto-Flushing Toilets

    15 Jul 2015 | 7:11 pm
    I don’t think I’d ever used a public toilet at Wal-Mart until today. Generally, I avoid using public restrooms anywhere, but sometimes, you just have to go. So, I parked my cart and went into the ladies’ room at my local Wal-Mart. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the new bidet! I’ve never used a […]
  • Tips to Help Teens Find Jobs

    8 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The book is “A Teen’s Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a Job” My oldest kid is a 16 year old boy, who has recently decided he needs to get a job. When I was offered a chance to review “A Teen’s Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a […]
  • Stop calling things “Artisan”

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:05 pm
    On a recent trip through the McDonald’s drive-thru, I was in the mood for a cheeseburger, but convinced myself to go with a slightly less guilt-inducing “Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich.” On my way through Window One, the polite girl at the register confirmed my order, made change for the ten, and waved me forward to […]
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    Magpie Musing

  • Four Score

    17 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    When I turn 80, throw me a party. Invite my friends, invite my family. Invite the neighbors from down the street, invite the painter and the real estate agent. Invite my step-daughter, and convince her to fly in from California for the weekend. Invite my secretary and tell the theater director that it's fine to bring the playwright along.Hire a square dance caller, get a band. Don't be surprised when the fiddle player knows some of the guests. Convince everyone that they really can do the Virginia reel, even if they don't know left from right.Find a BBQ joint that caters, but make extra…
  • Pie, Pie!

    15 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    What you're going to say is that you don't bake. Or you don't know how to make pie crust. But it's easy! It just needs force of will. You want it, you make it.The plums and the raspberries cried out "Pie, pie" this weekend at the farmer's market. We bought a bunch of little yellow and little red plums and a half pint of raspberries, and I came home and made some pie crust. Instead of a pie pie, it seemed to me that a galette would be better. And, it's easier! And it doesn't need a pie pan. Just do it. Use the recipe I posted on this day in 2008. Use 2 cups of flour; you'll have extra dough…
  • The Travels of Boo Boo Bunny

    7 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The day we dropped the girl off at camp, I helped her unpack and made her bed and together we realized that she'd forgotten her stuffed bunny. She was noncommittal about it, I'll be okay, but the next day I brought the bunny into my office thinking I'd mail it. Then I had second thoughts and chose not to mail it, not wanting her to feel embarrassed at the receipt of a babyish object.Camp was going swimmingly. We got chatty funny letters to Mom and Dad - one of which probably caused a postal employee to dig out the high intensity lamp because she wrote the address in orange ink on orange…
  • My Blue Plate Special

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    When I first heard about Blue Apron, I was intrigued - partly because back in the carefree days when we had no kid there was a company called Impromptu Gourmet that sold dinner kits, chef-designed do-it-yourself dinner kits, in the refrigerated case of upscale grocery stores. I'd bought one one day, and locked my husband out of the kitchen, and presented him with a really stellar meal a half hour later. A little internet sleuthing reveals that I served up Charlie Palmer's Crisp Duck Breast with Pomegranate Molasses Glaze, Duck Leg Confit, Cipollini Onions & Toasted Couscous.That company…
  • PSA: Scope Update

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    You probably don't remember this, but back in 2009, I had two colonoscopies in one summer. And because the pricing was radically weird, because one of them happened in the hospital and the other in the doctor's office, I had to write about it. Go on, read about it. Come back when you're done.A couple of years later, Elisabeth Rosenthal (a writer for the Times) started a series of investigative articles about medical care pricing, called Paying Till It Hurts. Her first piece was about ... colonoscopies, and my expensive hospital based scope made it into the second paragraph. It is probably the…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • 9 Ways to Open a Bottle Without an Opener

    Jeremy Anderberg
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:28 pm
    You’ve arrived at the campsite with your friends and some cold beer in the cooler, only to realize you left the bottle opener at home. Lucky for you, that’s no problem — you’re a master of improvisation. Use any of these 9 MacGyver-esque tricks to open a bottle whenever you find yourself without an opener. Want to share your thoughts on this article? Send us a tweet or join the discussion on Facebook! Illustrations by Ted Slampyak
  • Podcast #135: Keep It Fake — On Inventing an Authentic Life

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:48 pm
    The need to “discover your authentic self” has become an article of faith in the United States. There are thousands of blogs, books, and seminars that supposedly teach people how to discover who they really are. But what if our obsession with uncovering an authentic self is getting in the way of living a truly flourishing life? What if instead of trying to discover an authentic life, we should be focused on inventing one instead? Well, that’s the argument Eric Wilson makes in his book Keep it Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life. Today on the podcast, Eric and I discuss…
  • What Men Complained About Women 50 and 100 Years Ago

    Brett & Kate McKay
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    It often seems that men and women have never before held such a low opinion of the opposite sex. Women complain that there are no more real men out there, that today’s generation of males are akin to a tribe of rude, crude, lost little boys, who won’t commit and are drifting through life. Men lament that modern women are the worst crop of females the world has ever seen — that on a whole they’re flighty, crass, and prickly, and come in two equally unpalatable flavors: angry social justice warrior and entitled princess. Have women and men really devolved from a past golden age,…
  • Outfitted & Equipped: Car Camping

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:53 am
    Editor’s note: We got the lowdown on car camping gear from the camping experts at Huckberry. Managing Editor Zach Pina has provided a list of his essentials for this season. Let’s face it — we weren’t all cut out to be champions of the Appalachian Trail. Furthermore, a love for the wilderness shouldn’t have to mean stripping one’s existence to the bare essentials for a weekend in the woods. Translation? You’re not less of a man for bringing along the car on your next camping trip. You’re less of a man for forgetting to bring the essentials. Thankfully, since…
  • How to Disappear in the Wilderness: A Natural Camouflage Tutorial

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Editor’s Note: This guest post by Creek Stewart first appeared at You never know when you might need natural camouflage. Whether to escape and evade or to hunt and stalk, blending into the wilderness around you might be a necessary part of your survival scenario one day, and it’s important that you understand the basics. Luckily, the process is fool-proof, and perhaps surprisingly, fast. The Base Layer It all starts with muddin’ up! It goes without saying that this method of natural camo lends itself to warm weather scenarios. This process also works much better…
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    Going The Wong Way

  • The Baby Is Killing Me

    Derek Wong
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Lately we have been trying to keep 1 bottle feeding for the baby each day, but lately it’s been disastrous. Both of these feel about right, but they’re different so I don’t understand how they can both be true: The baby is sucking the life out of me The baby is killing me by beating me down emotionally
  • San Diego - the Bear's First Trip

    Derek Wong
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:27 pm
    So we took our first trip with The Bear, and we didn’t get out of the house any of the days until after 12 noon.
  • The Grass Is Greener (Even Though It Probably Shouldn't Be)

    Derek Wong
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I live in California. It’s a state with plenty of fantastic attributes, but it has its drawbacks. There are the earthquakes. It’s really crowded. Housing is unpleasantly expensive. And we get droughts. In fact we’ve going through one for the past few years. At this point, there are starting to be more fines and publicity about what we should do to help. My neighbor is not really having any part of it. He waters his lawn at least 8 times each week (from what I can tell). I know because I’m up early in the morning feeding the baby so I hear both his first and his second…
  • Getting Out

    Derek Wong
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    We’re getting out of the house more now that the little girl has gotten her vaccinations, and it almost feels like we’re normal people again!
  • No 4 AM?!

    Derek Wong
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    What a joy it is that the little girl can sleep longer, and I can wake up later than 4 AM!
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Vineyards in Tokaj Wine Region of Hungary

    Barbara Weibel
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Vineyards cover the hillsides in the Tokaj Wine Region of northern Hungary, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site (Visited 27 times, 27 visits today)The post PHOTO: Vineyards in Tokaj Wine Region of Hungary appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Untouched Hungary – The Zemplen Protected Landscape

    Barbara Weibel
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Most visitors to Hungary focus on the popular tourist destinations like Budapest and Lake Balaton, but with the help of my Hungarian friend, Zsuzsa Mehesz, I’ve had the great good fortune to see untouched parts of the country. On my most recent visit, she packed me into the car and headed for the Zemplen Protected Landscape in the northeast corner of Hungary. We began with lunch in the Tokaj Wine Region, a small plateau of volcanic soils near the Carpathian Mountains, so famous for its sweet wines that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even under dingy skies, the view of…
  • PHOTO: Jewish Shoes Sculpture in Budapest, Hungary

    Barbara Weibel
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Jewish Shoes sculpture on the banks of the Danube memorializes Jews in Budapest, Hungary who were shot and dumped in the river by Nazis during World War II (Visited 114 times, 114 visits today)The post PHOTO: Jewish Shoes Sculpture in Budapest, Hungary appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • For Eastern Hungary, the European Union May Be A Broken Promise

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    My friend, Ambrus, pointed out the black flag hanging just outside the church door. Someone has died in Panyola. Later, I mentioned this to his wife, Zsuzsa. “Yes, I know, they rang the bells,” she said. Curious, I asked if the bells had been rung once for each year of age of the deceased, as they used to do in some smaller parishes in England. “No, here the bells tell us if it was a man, woman, or child.” This tiny village in Hungary’s far eastern Szatmar County has changed little since I last visited, nearly two years ago. It’s half-dozen streets are home to about 500…
  • PHOTO: Interior of the Vigado Palace in Budapest, Hungary

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Interior of the newly restored, gorgeous Vigado Palace in Budapest, Hungary. The venue is used for government meetings, conferences, and cultural events. (Visited 51 times, 51 visits today)The post PHOTO: Interior of the Vigado Palace in Budapest, Hungary appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Living Life with Hands Open

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:07 am
    It’s been a whirlwind year… We bought a house in Nashville, not knowing we’d be moving to Lubbock six weeks later. We moved to Lubbock, where Tim took the job of Student Pastor at Turning Point Community Church. We found ourselves on a reality show on FYI, “My City’s Just Not That Into Me” which ended up being really ironic in hindsight. We met a million lovely people in West Texas and got our fix of Friday Night Lights. We got to be parents, if only for a short time. We had two miscarriages. I had surgery. My next book is turned in and I’m excited…
  • What Your Kids are Learning (or not learning) in Sex Ed

    Anne Marie Miller
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Sex Ed in school varies. Your kids are going to learn about sex from MANY places, including Facebook videos and media. It is SO important to have these conversations in your home. Will it be awkward? Yes. But the more you’re open about it, the less shame will be carried. Here’s a video (it’s 20 minutes, but watch the whole thing) that will give you a teeny-tiny peek into the myriad of things being taught through schools, culture, and media. A little warning: there are some language and…illustrations…but nothing too graphic. If you’re at work, put the…
  • Walking with Your Spouse through Uncertainty

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    I got the honor of writing over on today about walking with your spouse in uncertain times. We are in that season now. I hope you are blessed by the words and how God is always, always, always working (even when it seems quiet).   Our relationship started wrapped in mystery; I was doing a research paper debunking the science behind online dating and came across his profile. He lived five hours away, but he was cute and his picture was clearly of him on a mission trip. That’s the Western Christian Girl’s aphrodisiac. A quick message sent, followed by emails and…
  • Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    After taking most of the year off from traveling and speaking, I’m starting to book events for 2016. If you’re interested in having me speak at your church, retreat, conference, or living room, submit an inquiry here.     The post Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016 appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Jesus’ Hidden Years…And Yours

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I just finished a book called anonymous, which talks about Jesus’ “hidden” years — the first 30 years of his life where we really don’t know much of what happened. The author, Alicia Britt Chole, makes a great point that reminds me that God is always working, building, planning, designing, going before us for good. Often times as mere humans we get frustrated in the waiting times, in the quiet seasons…where we are filled with so much passion and we know our calling and our skills and our gifts but for some reason, it doesn’t seem as if we can…
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  • We Discovered The World Together – RTW Family Travel 20 Years Later

    Alex Berger
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    I was 11, tall for my age, lanky, a bit shy, and perpetually curious.  I wasn’t a huge fan of school and found the whole thing awkward but, I had my core group of friends and powerful interests.  I was introduced to travel before I could walk – carving long furrows in the golden sands of Puerto Penasco’s pristine beaches while joining Dad in our inflatable Sea Eagles for light boating.  That relationship to travel persisted as I grew up first in Colorado, and then moved at the age of six to Sedona, Arizona. We’d camp, we’d hike, and when not making trips to…
  • London on a Budget – Day Two – 36 Hours to Explore

    Alex Berger
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    36 hours in London, a budget of 150 GBP and a mission to re-discover the best parts of the city. This is part two in my two part look at London. Learn more about the challenge behind this trip, issued by Tune Hotels, in part one as well as a brief overview of my long-standing mixed relationship with the flagship of the British Empire. My second day in London got a late start. As a general rule of thumb, I’m a B person. This means I prefer late nights and late mornings to early evenings and early starts. So, Tune’s late-checkout was perfect.  My flight back to Copenhagen departed…
  • London on a Budget – 36 Hours to Explore

    Alex Berger
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    There are cities you love the moment you step foot in them.  Then there are other cities that take you a while to warm up to.  Of course, the flip-side of this is that there are also cities you hate instantly or fall out of love with. My relationship with London has been a complicated one.  It’s not a city that I can say I love, but at the same time it’s also not a city I can say I hate. I’ve now visited London a number of times and each visit seems to launch me to-and-fro from loving the city to mildly disliking it and then somehow winning me back once again. Of the many…
  • Nordic Eats – Digesting Uformel, BROR, Marv and Ben

    Alex Berger
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    There are foods that our eyes tell us must certainly be mouth-wateringly delicious. They are beautiful, they are aromatic, and the ingredients are a collection of meats, vegetables, and spices that are familiar and nonthreatening.  Then, there are other dishes assembled with ingredients or in a fashion that leaves even the most stalwart culinary adventurer skeptical. My favorite is the Icelandic dish, Hákarl. It is fermented shark that has been buried to slowly rot for at least six months before being dug up for preparation and consumption. I always chuckle thinking about the long road of…
  • Dark Matter Theory and the Rate of Technological Evolution

    Alex Berger
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Today’s post is a change of pace from my usual travel material.  While on the road and commuting I often enjoy musing and listening to various podcasts. I’m also voraciously curious which leads to soaking up a wealth of different science news. There have been two ideas that hit me while out and about a few months back and which have been nagging at me ever since. Today during dinner I found myself listening to Priyamvada Natarajan‘s talk about “The Exquisite Role of Dark Matter” which reminded me of my hair-brained Dark Matter theory (see below) and…
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    The Pioneer Woman

  • Maggie Comes to Visit

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    Maggie is Josh’s dog, and one can’t look at her in these rural surroundings and not laugh. She’s tiny—absolutely tiny—and is the most unlikely ranch dog there is. This, of course, is part of her charm.   She is very different from the Basset Hounds in that she always acts like she’s really glad to see you! It’s “Hi! Hi! Pick me up! Pick me up! I love you! You’re great! Life is fun!” Versus…     “I guess I’ll mosey over there, but let the record reflect that I really don’t care.”  …
  • Big Day!

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:03 am
    Pssst. Before I begin, just wanted to let you know that my new product line launches today! I’m so excited, so happy I can finally show you everything, so happy with how it turned out! Here are all the details and where you can find it! Now, onto the business at hand! Yesterday started with birthday room service for Paige: a cheese omelet and a stack of pancakes, both of which we split…   And then a trip to the set of Home & Family! They invited me to come visit and I readily accepted because I love the show, and because I’ve been a fan of Cristina Ferrare’s…
  • Pure Happiness

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Well, Paige and I lasted all of six days before we had to go visit Alex at college again. I’m super strong emotionally; that’s something you should definitely know about me! Ahem. But we had a really, really good reason this time, I promise: It was sorority bid day at her school, and we wanted to be there for her and share in her excitement. Now, Marlboro Man and the boys? They totally opted out. They’re going down this weekend for the first football game of the year (more on this later), which is much more their speed than standing on sorority row watching girls hug and…
  • The New Normal

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    It’s been a week since Alex pulled away from our homestead, and approximately 4.7 days since I hugged her in her dorm room and said goodbye. I knew the ensuing days would be tough, and guess what? I was right! The first couple of days back at home were pretty tear-streaked and weepy, and thank you for being understanding about my light posting schedule. I was no good to anyone!   But things are easing into a new normal, now, and we’re settling in to doing the same things we did when Alex was at home. The only difference is that there are now five of us instead of six.  …
  • Settled

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    Alex is all moved into her new dorm room at her college 7.42 hours away (if I only stop twice) and Marlboro Man, Paige and I driving back to the ranch. Our hearts are heavy but full, and speaking of full, so are our bellies. We’ve never eaten so much queso in our lives. I can’t write too much right now about the ins and outs of leaving Alex at college, because I’ve sort of leveled out this morning and I don’t want to get myself all worked up and hectic again. I promise, however, to jot down my reflections throughout the week. And come Wednesday or Thursday, my new…
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    Boss Sanders

  • August Updates

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Outside my window… It’s LOVELY outside.  Warm but with a cool breeze.  I can smell FALL coming!  I love it!  I feel like I need a yummy coffee in hand.  Ahhh… I am thinking… School has been in full swing for Z for a couple of weeks, now.  He seems to really like it!  I’m still a little anxious as I know he has some learning issues…and those just don’t disappear.  But, having a great teacher who is super sweet and awesome at communicating is SO HELPFUL! Also, this… (nap time…they adore each other SO much!) I am thankful… 76.  A great…
  • AREN’T YOU DONE YET? – Life With 5 Kids (What It’s Like)

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Gosh, aren’t you done yet?”   or “Your hands must be SO full,” or “There’s just no way that I could EVER do that,” said with an eyeroll and as if “THAT” was akin to licking pond scum. Sometimes, it’s from family or friends…and even, strangers.  And, while I’ve got some pretty awesome witty one-liners ready to go, it pierces my heart even so.  And, I wonder if my children feel like they are something that should just be “tolerated,” rather than…
  • Movement as Readiness for Music Lessons – a guest post by Amy Allen

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Please welcome our guest poster, Amy Allen!  Amy Allen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a certified Harmony Road Music teacher and opened her own authorized Harmony Road Music Education Center in Western KY.  Amy has spent many years serving others through her gift of music. Years ago, as a college graduate with a degree in music education, I began a private piano studio with about 20 students. Within the first year, I began to notice that not all beginning music students were alike. It’s not that I expected that they would be, for we are all individuals with our own…
  • Money Saving Tips: Part 1

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    If you don’t follow us on Facebook, you should definitely take a moment to do so (just click the pink icon below)!  You are missing out on some great info and some FUN!  (It’s also a great place to get ideas and share yours!) Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about SAVING MONEY!  Each week, there are MORE tips, so be sure to like us on FB! Here’s what we’ve covered so far: Money Saving Tips 1.  Develop a budget. Here is a great post to get you started! 2.  Buy cheaper brands. Occasionally the store brand is actually more expensive than another…
  • WRITING DOWN MEMORIES: The beginnings

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Over the past …well, always…I’ve collected so many thoughts and memories, that they swirl like a violent hurricane when I put pen to paper, to write.  A mentor suggested that I write down all of the memories.  Here’s a tiny piece… I was born in the mid-80′s and was a cute little kid – if, by cute, you mean a baby Richard Simmons girl-child.  Although, to be fair, I didn’t begin that way.  My mother, either out of contempt or affection (I’m still not sure which) gave us matching afros for a few years.  I remember sitting (squirming) in…
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  • 6 Top Fall Trends for Home Decor from Vallila Interior in Finland

    Katja Presnal
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Fall Inspiration from FinlandThe weather still might feel like it’s summer, but September is a nice time to start welcoming fall into our lives. Kids are back in school, routines are back in the groove. It’s time to think about our fall home and how to enjoy life at home this fall. Changing your home’s look can be as simple as upgrading some textiles at home, and that’s why I wanted to share some fall home decoration trends from Scandinavia by Finnish Vallila Interior.Scandinavian design is all about function, high quality and often minimal but bold design. One of the…
  • 18 Reasons to Start Wellness Lifestyle Today with Young Living

    Katja Presnal
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    We joined Young Living as wholesale members in January, and have been using our favorites, and testing new products ever since. We attended the Young Living convention in Grapevine, Texas, three weeks ago, and I can not speak highly enough not just about the products, but the company.We have several reasons why we use the products daily, how could Young Living products be part of your life? Here are our 18 reasons why we recommend Young Living for other families who want to live life to the fullest too, subscribe to Enjoy Life with Oils newsletter to hear more.1. The Young Living Convention…
  • 10 Questions to Ask Yourself after Your Family Travels this Summer

    Katja Presnal
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    What does #TravelforReal mean to you?Summer vacations are winding down, and school start is already here for some. We are still going on one more trip to Orlando, to attend the Family Forward conference at Pacific Royal at Universal Studios before our schools start. The Loews hotel property is asking their guests to share what #TravelforReal means for them, and I thought it would be a great time to ask you the same question and reflect on that.A while ago I wrote a post for Huffington Post how to give your kids the world, urging parents to travel with their children. With so many different…
  • Global Kitchen: Flex Mussels à la Blanche de Chambly Beer Recipe

    Katja Presnal
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Sponsored content. As seen on SAVEUR Summer CookoutSAVEUR’s 6th Annual SAVEUR Summer Cookout was hosted earlier this summer at the Boat Basin Café in New York City. Guests celebrated summer with the ultimate outdoor dining experience—over twenty of the country’s hottest chefs and mixologists prepared their favorite summertime fare and specialty cocktails, plus beer and wine. It’s not too late to celebrate summer at home! Host your own cookout and create this incredible mussel dish at home.Watch the video of how this mussel dish was created in New York with two Canadian…
  • My Husband Asked if I Wanted to Go on a Road Trip.. and We Ended Up Reliving our Past

    Katja Presnal
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    When is the last time you felt like going on a little trip, and then just… left?We went for a vacation to Texas a few weeks ago. It was a mixed business trip with a family visit, as Matt and I attended the Young Living convention, and then visited family. It was a great trip, but it didn’t feel any easier to wake up last Monday morning to go to work.In fact, we both felt like we needed a vacation after the vacation! The week back to work felt longer than ever, and Matt’s work days stretched late, but he surprised us on Friday by coming home earlier. I was still in a haze…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • Undercaffeinated – The sequel

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:40 am
    The cashier looked blankly at the six real sugar bottles of coke in my shopping cart. Her: “Want these in a bag?” Me: “No. I’ll juggle all six glass bottles from the counter to my car.” Her: “Really?”
  • Undercaffeinated

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    “We don’t have the salt until Labor Day.” Buried deep under the tiny *coffee shop, there is a time release vault. It is filled with minerals, or as some call it, spice. The vault is only opened once a year and care is taken to remove far less than is needed to make the mineral available all winter. When the bottle of clear crystals is empty, the vault is not re-opened. Yoga panted victims must suffer withdrawals and hope they survive until the next annual vault opening. The spice will flow again… someday. *The Keurig wouldn’t work this morning. The Melange Shop…
  • plumbing woes

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    A: “Is the upstairs toilet fixed yet?” Dad: “Yes. If you pee, push the inner handle. If you poo, push the outer handle.” A: “Whaaat?” Dad: “One flush uses half the water of the other flush.” A: Walks downstairs to use basement toilet.
  • Core Memory

    23 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Our garage door doesn’t always work correctly. I could ask the husband to explain exactly what is wrong with the door, but then I would get a lengthy diatribe on the history of garage doors, theoretical mechanics, how we should be using invisible force fields instead of doors and blah, blah, blah. Let’s just say that the door is slightly broken. So, when one child announced that the door was open Friday night, we immediately went into pet inventory mode. The dogs never leave our cove, but the cats aren’t allowed outside. Westley couldn’t be found. The house and yard…
  • ode to orphaned socks

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Where is your partner? I don’t need more dusting rags. Gah! Stupid house elves.
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    Family on Bikes

  • A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 5

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains last week. When we left off after Day 4, Davy was exhausted after carrying Kiara all day, but they still had 14 miles to go before reaching the car. If you missed them, here are the entries from Day One, Day Two, and Day 3. Davy: When we woke up this morning, the plan was to camp at a spring 9 miles away. Because we might have had to carry Kiara, which would slow us down, we got up early and didn’t have breakfast. Before we left, we taped a sock onto Kiara’s hurt paw to protect it. The first part…
  • A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 4

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed them, here are the entries from Day One, Day Two, and Day Three. Yesterday, Kiara managed to cut or otherwise injure her paw. The boys bandaged it up in the hope that she could walk on it. Davy:Last night was terrible. There were things chewing on our bags so we decided to move them inside the tent. That made sleeping difficult and uncomfortable for everyone but Daryl because he shoved his backpack over to my mat. That forced me over to Dad’s…
  • A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 3

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:47 pm
    John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed them, here are the entries from Day One and Day Two. It was cold in the morning, so Davy carried Moe to keep him warm. Davy: Today started very difficultly. We got up at around 7:00, when it was still very cold out. We didn’t eat breakfast and just packed up and left. The reason why is because there was a very long and steep hill that we had to climb and we wanted to do it before the heat of the day. So, when we left it was so cold I had…
  • A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 2

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:39 pm
    John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed it, here is Day One. The first two days, we hiked along the Salmon River, then headed up into the mountains. Davy: Today we had a good day. We slept in late and when I got up, Dad had a fire going. Breakfast was great because Daryl couldn’t eat all of his so it got split between me and Dad. After leaving there wasn’t any rain. There were hardly any clouds anywhere. Most of the rest of the day was uneventful and not worth mentioning. Our…
  • A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 1

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. All packed up and ready to jump in the car for the 3-hour journey to the Sawtooth Mountains. Davy: Today started poorly. After we left home, Daryl and I both fell asleep and we ended up missing the turn down to the trail head. That was because the sign was in very bad condition. We got directions in town and came back out. The directions turned out to be wrong but we found the trailhead without too much trouble. A boy scout troop was leaving just as we got there. We…
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  • The “L” Word

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Originally posted on Taking Aim: by Roger Pynn People in our profession ought to see it as job security that so many articles on success in business are dedicated to communication.  For instance, my inbox today brought one from Forbes and another from Fortune. On, SnappConner PR founder Cheryl Conner’s item headlined “3 Steps to a Billion Dollar Company” had a parenthetical subhead:  “A Hint: Communication is Key.”  One of those steps was “Tell the authentic story only your brand can tell.” Fortune published a piece by Halogen Software VP of HR Dominique Jones…
  • Being data-driven is great. Customer Service Theatre is not.

    8 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Is it just me, or has every interaction with every customer service entity devolved into a funnel for customer service surveys? In fact, on at least two customer service calls I’ve made in the last two weeks, I’ve been proffered a survey, before I even get to contact a rep. Something’s wrong here. In fact, I suggest that the overuse of customer service surveys is akin to the misuse of antibiotics in fighting infections – after awhile, a certain immunity builds up, and before you know, surveys are totally ineffective. Don’t believe me? Go to a dealership, and buy…
  • The queen sacrifice in education fiction

    7 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Originally posted on Bryan Alexander: Photo from IHE article. Not sure where this is. Inside Higher Ed ran a column yesterday on a plan to overhaul a hypothetical small college.  In “The State of St. Bridget’s, July 2017” Aden Hayes describes this plan in detail, including a queen sacrifice move. These are putatively “fundamental changes”, also known as “streamlining”.  They include a variety of practical steps to save and/or generate money: outsourcing some operations; selling a campus building; entering a purchasing co-op with other campuses; going after adult learners;…
  • TMI

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Originally posted on Taking Aim: by Kim Stangle There’s information and then there’s too much information, or TMI as it’s commonly referred. In a news release announcing the appointment of its new chief marketing officer, HubSpot, an inbound marketing company, surely crossed into TMI territory with its diatribe disguised as news.  The release –which delves into reasons for the new appointment (ethical violations) – sounds more like a police report than a progressions release for an incoming executive. Given their industry prowess, it’s hard to believe that HubSpot’s leadership…
  • Commit Me

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    davidjhinson:When you wholly commit – to a course of action, to a strategy, to a purpose – your decision making power, authority, and focus amplifies, by definition. That’s because all the mental energy and head space that you were formerly devoting to indecision, may now be brought to bear in actually doing. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: It’s mind-boggling, how much energy we spend on unanswered questions… pending decisions… the uncertain future. It’s the metaphorical equivalent of sitting in your driveway with the engine on, your foot stomped on the gas pedal,…
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    Simple Marriage

  • 5 Keys to an Intentional Marriage

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Re’ Schlitt of I Heart my Marriage. If I had to pick one word to describe how I want to approach my marriage, it would be intentional. In fact, it’s probably the best word I can find to describe the attitude with which we should all approach our marriages. On a whim, I decided to look up the definition of the word. It’s an action word that means to do something deliberately, consciously, or on purpose. If it was intentional, it didn’t happen accidentally. Someone planned for it to happen and stuck with it until it did. In the…
  • The Biggest Marriage Killer

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Wanna know the biggest marriage killer? Fusion. fusion: (noun) The process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. In a fused system there is no “I”, only “we”. There is an expectation that everyone should think alike, behave the same, have the same opinions, and want the same things. It’s assumed that each member of the system will be there to meet the needs of the other member. And, in this type of system, the neediest and/or most anxious members of the system will dictate how much pressure there is to conform and sacrifice self in a…
  • Is Your Business Ruining Your Relationships?

    17 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Let’s say you escaped the corporate world and the 9 to 5 grind that goes with it and you’ve charted your own course for life. You’re free. You have your own little business. The world is now your oyster (how exactly did this phrase get started, and what does this really mean? I hate oysters. But I digress). While your new business may bring with it the freedom to move about the world, be your own boss, create and spend your time doing the things you love – there also may be a fallout in your personal life. Your hours used to be set in stone. You knew how long it took…
  • Will We Ever See Eye To Eye?

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Every marriage has conflict. Every relationship has conflict as well. John Gottman, one of the leaders in the field of marriage research, has discovered that the majority of marital conflicts areperpetual in nature. They’re continual and repeated. In fact, 69% of all marital problems fall into this category. Now before throw up your hands in frustration, hear me out. There are many areas in marriage where you’re simply not going to agree. Here’s a few: One of you wants to have children (or X number of kids), while the other says they’re not ready, or are happy with the current number…
  • 5 Reasons Why Marriage Is Awesome

    6 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Malini Bhatia of Although there are various news stories and articles citing the fact that marriage is on the decline, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t people who find the institution to be sweet, relevant and highly-beneficial. The reason why they feel this way is because it is. Aside from the fact that there is something very special about meeting someone, falling in love and then making the commitment to join your life to theirs, there are also some practical and proven reasons why being married is especially…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 10 Habits that Will Make You a Stronger, Happier, Better Person

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:15 pm
    At the beginning of 2015 I asked myself what habits I wanted to create this year. In the first nine months–or 2/3– of 2015, I’ve created 10 new habits. I honestly believe that adopting these habits has made me a stronger, happier, and better person. That is, I’m now better than I was when the [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 35 Pieces of Life Changing Wisdom that Will Make You More Powerful and Successful

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
    The Art of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of strategies for making ones way in the world. Early 16th century Florence had Niccoló Machiavelli, and 17th century Spain had the Jesuit scholar Baltasar Gracian. Gracian’s The Art of Worldly Wisdom is comprised of 300 precepts which teach us to temper the innocence of the dove [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    George Washington’s rules of civility are more than just etiquette. When George Washington–the first president of the United States of America–was about 16 years old, he copied out by hand a list of 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation”. The rules are based on a set of rules composed by [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Five Things To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Sometimes you just don’t know what to do. You’re a grown-up. So, you’re always supposed to know what to do, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Look at the following situations: You have a problem at work, and you don’t know what to do. Everything is going as it should. Then, something unexpected happens [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 25 Ways to Bring More Peace Into Your Life

    14 Aug 2015 | 12:52 am
    Peace comes from within. I did a Google search on the term “inner peace”, and I found a passage which identifies the 12 symptoms of inner peace (the passage is attributed to Saskia Davis). These are the symptoms of inner peace: A tendency to think and act deliberately, rather than from fears based on past [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • A New Old Journey

    11 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Several years ago, I stumbled into the world of leadership development and coaching, thanks to my friend Sytske. A mutual friend of ours suggested we have a cup of coffee as Sytske wanted a bit of advice on her business and thought I might be able to help her a little. What was supposed to be just a cup of coffee, ended up changing my life and that change is still happening today. We ended up
  • Time for a Change

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    I love it when people have opinions, thoughts and beliefs that are different from mine. I enjoy being able to have healthy conversations that explore the world around us while exchanging views, ideas and beliefs. Unfortunately, so many people are not interested in the conversation, they are interested in being right, having the one right view, the one right belief and have no interest in
  • Mother's Day 2015

    11 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I spent days debating with myself whether or not I should call my mom. Each time I call or stop by, I always hope that maybe that time will be different, maybe something will have changed, maybe she’ll have some sort of break-through. It usually ends up the same way and even if all goes really well, it is as though the countdown to disaster has begun. It is only a
  • Detour Through My Mind...

    7 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    I recently realized something new about my brain and how it works. It is something that has led to me and other people being frustrated. I didn't figure it out until fairly recently and haven't written about it yet because, well, I forgot. And that is the issue.  I don't actually forget things. As far as I know, I haven’t actually forgotten anything at all. Just a few weeks ago a friend of
  • A Bit Further Down The Road

    1 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    I can’t believe we have past the halfway point of the foster and adoption classes. Only four left to go and it seems to be flying by. The classes have been quite heavy at times, talking about all sort of horrible things that children go through and trying to get at least something of an understanding as to what it must be like to have to leave everything behind, take only what you can fit into
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    Steve's Free

  • Labels

    Steve Woodruff
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Broken, blind, defiled, and in denial. These are the labels we wear outside of Christ. And, as long as we remain in denial, we vehemently deny it. Doesn’t change a thing. We’re broken. Blind. Defiled. And trying to cover it all up with denial-fig-leaves. Until God puts a spiritual mirror in front of us and gives us a glimpse of reality. Yes, God makes us miserable – or, to put a finer point on it, God exposes our awful misery while shaking us out of our senselessness. Ironically, it is the recognition of our hopeless moral sickness that leads us to the Savior.
  • Breaking the Rules

    Steve Woodruff
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    Jesus was well known for many things. His compassion. His healing power. His wisdom. But He was also a rule-breaker. Not just those man-made rules, mind you. He purposefully violated natural laws. Again and again. You just don’t heal a virulent disease like leprosy with a touch. But, Jesus did. Giving sight to someone born blind? Not possible. Jesus did that, too. Raising the dead? Definitely against the rules. Of course, that didn’t stop Jesus. Or, as I was reading this morning in the gospel of John (chapter 2), taking six large waterpots full of water and transforming them…
  • The All-in One (or is it Three?)

    Steve Woodruff
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    When it comes to our salvation, one of the most comforting thoughts is that God is “all-in.” Some people imagine (much to their needless worry) that somehow Jesus is convincing a reluctant Father to do a big favor and be nice to sinners; or that the work of the Son and the Spirit are somehow disconnected and perhaps even at cross-purposes; but all such unworthy notions should be put away when we read the testimony of the Scriptures. The mystery of the Triune God of the Bible is great – and anyone who claims to have wrapped their head around the depths of the essence of the…
  • Being Double-Minded in America

    Steve Woodruff
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    (I don’t even know why I bother writing. This article by Rick Segal is far more eloqent – and more hopeful – on similar themes…) Why do so many of us have very conflicted reactions to social and political developments in our country? The turmoil we’ve been through as a nation over the past few weeks (racist shooting; flags; Supreme Court rulings) has brought it all to the surface in a new way for me. You see, I am one person; but, like every one of us, I view life, and live it out, through two lenses. One the one hand, _____________. On the other,…
  • Equality is Rooted in Eternity

    Steve Woodruff
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    We’ve been surrounded all week by talk about equality. The hateful shooting in a Charleston S.C. church has brought to the surface the enduring existence of racist thinking in the minds of some; though it has also brought to the fore the remarkable response of forgiveness from many of the families impacted. This was a hate event that turned into a grace event. In light of that, what does the Christian gospel have to say about race relations? Actually, a lot – but I want to focus on one foundational passage that should forever settle in our minds how we think about others that are…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Marriage Doesn’t Belong to Caesar and a Court Ruling Isn’t Law

    Shane Vander Hart
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:16 am
    Rowan County Courthouse, Morehead, KY The Des Moines Register pipes up with yet another mindless liberal screed.  They opine about Kim Davis, a Christian county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because she believed it would offend her religious conscience after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear ordered county clerks to issue said licenses regardless of sexual orientation. The editorial says in part: The First Amendment does not require that public officials abandon their…
  • Keeping Gender-Confused Boys Out of Girls Locker Rooms is Bigotry?

    Shane Vander Hart
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:21 pm
    This week over 150 high school students walked out of class in Missouri because of their high school’s policy to allow a transgender boy use the the girls’ bathrooms and locker room.  Let me restate this… they didn’t walk out in support as some would assume high school students would do these days to support “diversity.”  No most walked out in protest of the policy. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In the middle of last school year, Lila Perry came out as transgender. Before that, she had been living as a gay male. But that’s not who she really was. No…
  • The Rise of the Anti-Politician in Iowa

    Shane Vander Hart
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Iowa frontrunners: #1 Donald Trump & #2 Ben CarsonPhoto credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0) Both nationally and in Iowa we are seeing a rise of candidates who not only have not run for President before, but have not held any elected office.  Four polls tell the story… the top two candidates according to the four polls taken in August in Iowa are real estate tycoon and celebrity Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.  Here are the poll results: CNN/ORC poll (8/7-8/11) Donald Trump – 22% Ben Carson – 14% Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – 9% U.S. Senator…
  • Carly Fiorina: KY Clerk Refusing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Is Inappropriate

    Shane Vander Hart
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Fiorina at Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kick-OffPhoto credit: Dave Davidson – Carly Fiorina during an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday said that the denial by Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky, of marriage licenses to same-sex couples is “inappropriate.” “First, I think that we must protect religious liberties with great passion and be willing to expend a lot of political capital to do so now because it’s clear religious liberty is under assault in many, many ways.  Having said that, when you are a government employee, I…
  • Jim DeMint: America’s Monetary System Is Our Achilles Heel

    Shane Vander Hart
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    U.S. Senator Jim DeMint at CPAC 2015Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0) (Jackson Hole, WY) Last Friday former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who is currently the President of the Heritage Foundation, was the keynote speaker during the banquet following the general session of the Jackson Hole Summit. The Jackson Hole Summit was billed as the counter conference to the annual symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City also being held in Jackson Hole as a protest to the failed monetary policy implemented by the Federal Reserve. “I believe that America’s monetary…
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    Dominick Evans

  • Target Shows it is Easy to Include People with Disabilities

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:43 am
    It’s time to go back to school, and that means retailers like Target are rolling out their back-to-school videos. I happened to catch one of their new commercials when it aired before another video on a local news station’s website. I was delighted to discover that one of the children in the video uses a wheelchair. The youngster, who looks to be elementary school age, is running/racing around, shooting baskets, and having fun with the other children in the video. With just a simple video, Target has been able to not only acknowledge that people with disabilities are part of…
  • What Saying you Don’t Approve of Being LGBT Really Means

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I have spent most of my life disappointing someone within it, and it has taken me many years to realize that is on them. I am a disappointment because I am transgender. I’m not attracted to the people I’m supposed to be attracted to. I have a disability that is progressive, and my loss of function is disappointing to someone. All of these things are things that are out of my control. Essentially, I’m considered a disappointment because of who I am as a person. I have had a lot of people tell me they love me as a person, but do not agree with me being transgender. They do not…
  • The Dangers of Outing People Who are Transgender

    22 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    Right now, I live somewhere between people knowing me and obscurity. This means that while thousands of people online know I am a mostly out trans man, in my everyday life where I am living in a greater metro NYC area full of millions of people when combined with the city, I still manage to remain in obscurity. If you look at me physically, rarely do people question my gender identity. Part of this is because I’m in a wheelchair. People see my chair, and some barely distinguish details beyond said wheelchair. I could be a purple unicorn and they would not notice. When people do notice…
  • Is it Ever Okay to be an Inspiration?

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    What is an inspiration? I’ve been told my entire life that I’m an inspiration. When I am frequently out and about, strangers come up to me to tell me they find me inspiring. Frankly, it can be a bit exhausting to try to live up to the ideal of being an inspiration. Being told you are an inspiration is often considered one of the worst things to be told by many disability advocates, and in most cases, I agree. It is the implication that we are somehow special angel baby snowflakes that angers most activists. The idea we are inspiring just by getting out of bed can be irksome. For…
  • Activists with Disabilities Say #NothingWithoutUs

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Nothing about us without us has long been the battle cry of the disability community, but frustrated yet empowered activists have started chanting #NothingWithoutUs – a more accurate depiction of how so many of us feel. We owe all the credit to longtime activist, Lawrence Carter-Long*, for starting the latest battle cry, which has echoed across the world, both online and off. I had the privilege of participating in two days of activism at the Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Think Tank held in New York City on July 13 and 14th. Monday’s summit was held at NYU, and I spoke on a panel about…
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    Jordon Cooper's Weblog

  • Quiet night on the South Saskatchewan River

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:01 pm
  • Two views of Saskatoon (Edited)

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:15 am
    I posted this photo this morning and was surprised by the feedback.  After writing over 25,000 words on homelessness here, for the The StarPhoenix, and other publications, I had long ago thought that very few cared enough about homelessness to care enough to respond one way or the other. The background of the photo is pretty boring.  Wendy and I were simply taking the 6 p.m. cruise on The Prairie Lily.   It was smoky last Friday and I debated bringing my Pentax K-3 with me at all.  I did and I took some photos of the downtown and River Landing.  As we approached…
  • Mud Creek Trail

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Despite my ankle and foot getting way worse, I decided to take the family on one last hike of the year.  So I hopped up on pain killers, put on an ankle brace, grabbed a trekking pole and hoped for the best. Mud Creek Trail is about a 10 minute drive outside of Waskesiu along the Narrows Road. Here is Mark and Oliver getting ready with Marley in the parking lot.  Oliver has already found a walking stick. And we are on the trail with Oliver and Mark taking the lead. I gave Wendy the camera because I was about to throw Marley in the lake. Safety first. The smoke never seems to go away…
  • Some thoughts of the Saskatchewan Roughriders

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    I missed the game today.  We were out hiking the Mud Creek Trail in Prince Albert National Park.  I did hear the train wreck that was the postgame show. This is a pattern of Brendan Taman.  He takes over a team that makes it to the Grey Cup, won’t challenge or change the roster and within a couple of years the team is old and horrible.  It is what happened in Winnipeg and is what is happening in Regina.  There is a reason why Hugh Campbell turned over 30% of his Edmonton Eskimos roster during his dynasty years.  Time is undefeated and the message that no one is…
  • A couple of random late night thoughts on Saskatoon

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    While on the Prairie Lily cruise I over heard a couple of visiting business travellers who were stunned that Saskatoon would spend some much money on rehabilitating the University Bridge and then not get the graffiti that is all over the underneath of it at the same time.  Also they were stunned at what looks to be a smaller sign warning about the weir placed on a larger sign.  As one of them said, “It looks so bush league”.  I have to agree on them. Then Wendy and I listened to the shock over the fact that the Traffic Bridge had just fallen apart.  “Who let’s a…
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  • Mouth Open, You're High!

    Joe Dawson
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Relationships aren't complicated. In most instances it's about figuring out what the other person wants from the affinity. Unfortunately, there are people that aren't looking for anything logical and they don't follow a particular path. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with because they just want to watch the world burn. These people are used to getting hurt and end up pushing everyone away!!!! I have heard some stories over the years, but to criticise my parenting to advance a version of events is an act of desperation. Apparently to enjoy music you have to be a certain…
  • Off Sonar 2015

    Joe Dawson
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    It was the first time that we met and I'll never forget the moment that you stepped into the room and took my breath away. Barcelona has been my guide and inspiration for a while and finally the dream had come true. Arriving at the airport I was greeted by my friend who I would be sharing a hotel room with for the duration of the stay near La Ramblas. She was holding a pint of Estrella and a cigarette, which quickly became the staple diet for the holiday. We travelled on the Aerobus Express to Plaça Universitat, checked into the City Park Pelayo Hotel and then headed towards Plaça Reil…
  • Parklife

    Joe Dawson
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    I get up when I want except on Saturdays when I'm usually travelling around the country. This time last year I put my trousers on, had a cup of tea and made my way to Manchester. I was staying with my then partner and her sister last year but she's cut me off and made out it never happened and that we were nothing. It's nothing less than I deserve because I woke up with her sister lying in my bed. This was a while later, things had changed by that point, sharing a bed with her sister was accepted in the early days but towards the end there were clowns to the left, jokers to the right and…
  • Back To Basics: New Years Eve

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

    Joe Dawson
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Well the morning was complete. There was tears as the music fade ― I tried to change the beat. She was the soundtrack to my summer and back then I didn't need any competition because I had everything. This blog should be overflowing with stories about our shared experiences but a dream you dream alone is only a dream. In the beginning there were complications but regardless of what had gone before this should have been a different outcome. So often we ended up talking over each other, not allowing ourselves to let down our guard and see things from the others’ perspective.A few mistakes…
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  • Jordan 2005: Looking Back A Decade Later

    Andrew Farrand
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:51 pm
    "I cannot put it simply enough: Jordan shaped me into the man I am today. Those few months would later lead to me finding my religion, my profession, my wife, and personal happiness. A semester well spent."Taylor, a Chicago-born journalist living in Amman, Jordan, wrote those words last week in response to a survey I sent to 26 fellow Americans.Exactly ten years earlier, almost to the very day, Taylor, I, and the rest of that same group—then just skittish college students—had been sitting awkwardly in the continental breakfast bar of an Amman hotel, sizing each other up out the corners of…
  • Bourek Meets World

    Andrew Farrand
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Lucky dog: Several days after his adoption, Bourek has put on weight and gained confidence.My sister, Maggie, was 8 and I was 11 when our family dog, Ilex, died.The loss of our childhood companion and protector left an instant void in the house. So the next Christmas, I didn't hesitate in listing "puppy" at the top of my holiday wish list. I wanted a dog of my own so badly that it ached. My mother, mercilessly practical, tried to talk sense into me, pointing out how little time our increasingly busy work, school, and sports schedules permitted us to be home.Today I can see that she was…
  • The Good Life, à la Marseillaise

    Andrew Farrand
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Dining seaside with the crew, including gracious hosts Mendouh and Mohamed, in Havana hats.Mendouh thinks big. An Algerian Berber raised in southern France, Mendouh now lives in Algiers, running in the same mixed crew of Algerians and expats with whom I spend my evenings and weekends. He was one of the ringleaders of last November's memorable Marseille odyssey—an experience that weighed heavily in my decision to accept his latest invitation.For his 31st birthday, Mendouh invited 120 friends—childhood buddies from France, drinking buddies from Algiers, plus his mother, brother, and seven…
  • In Taking Action for Syria, No Easy Answers

    Andrew Farrand
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Extending a hand: a Greco-Roman mosaic at the Syrian National Museum (Damascus, 2005)In response to my post last week ("In Syria, Humanity and Heritage Suffer War's Irreparable Devastation"), a regular reader back in the USA wrote me to express his dismay at the state of affairs in Syria: "Why all the killing and destruction? It's just evil... and it seems like it is all around us." He concluded, "[It] seems there is little hope."When you stop to reflect on the Syrian crisis, it can be easy to reach this conclusion. What hope exists for a place that seems to have generated nothing but bad…
  • In Syria, Humanity and Heritage Suffer War's Irreparable Devastation

    Andrew Farrand
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    This church in Quneitra, the largest Syrian city in the Golan Heights, was damaged during the 1967 war with Israel. When I visited in 2005, the devastation visible in the Golan was the exception in Syria.Ten years ago this month, I quit my summer construction job early and, buoyed by the single year of Arabic studies I then had under my belt, left my friends back at Georgetown and my family back in Baltimore to fly off to Damascus, Syria.Looking back a decade later, the two brief months I spent in Syria—which I wrote about extensively on this blog—stand out in my mind as some of the…
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    Yes and Yes

  • How To DIY Cheap, Classy Looking Window Treatments

    Sarah Von Bargen
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    This guest post comes to us from Liz at Bolster Studio. She’s an ASID professional designer who helps everyone (apartment dwellers! people on budgets!) make their home gorgeous. Check out her awesome Pinterest boards or her pretty Instagram.  Hello, friends! I’m back this month to talk about an aspect of design that often makes me a little batty… window treatments. Exquisitely detailed custom silk draperies make my heart swell when they’re done right, but the cost associated makes my eye twitch. Most of my clients aren’t in their “forever homes,” so I feel like it’s a…
  • Surprising Marriage Advice … From Divorced People

    Sarah Von Bargen
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Friends, prepare yourself. I am about to make a bold statement. I think you should consider dating someone who’s been through a divorce. Wait. Wait. I FULL ON RECOMMEND IT. Here are my completely subjective and anecdote-based reasons that you should go out with that divorced cutie from OkCupid. 1. Divorced people are more likely to take relationships seriously When you tell your 24-year-old boyfriend that you feel disrespected when he flirts with other girls, he might think you’re an uptight nag. But a divorced dude know that flirting/trust/fidelity issues can crack the foundation…
  • True Story: I Don’t Have A Cell Phone

    Sarah Von Bargen
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tell us a bit about yourself! My name is Lindsay and I’m an herbalist, wellness guide, yoga teacher, poet, and small business owner with a former life (I suppose I’m old enough to have a former life now) in non-profit management and social services.  I geek out on plants every day.  I have a permanent reversed manicure of rich, black soil under my nails. I don’t wear make-up but sometimes like to paint my face.  I sing whenever I want to and like the fact that “work” takes me out into the wilds, weeds, and hollers…  I seek out hot springs and count my…
  • Web Time Wasters

    Sarah Von Bargen
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    You guys! It’s been a crazy week! Eight days ago my guy and I tied the knot in front of our parents and his boys. Yesterday, I invited over a pile of friends for a) Adult Snow Cones b) my 36th birthday.  Somewhere in there, I met friends for coffee and lunch, read lots of magazines on blankets, played hooky at the beach, and watched my husband (?!!?) record a podcast about climate change with two professional comics. But enough about all that. Let’s talk about the internet. I’m officially a stepmom now and this book comes highly recommended. If you have any other…
  • Bringing Summer Inside + Not being a failure + Travel purses

    Sarah Von Bargen
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    You know the deal, dudes. I round up some of this month’s sponsors’ best posts, you get to avoid errands and laundry for another hour. Yes? Yes. Favorite posts: Regal, oil paint cat portraits // Bringing summer inside // Art Wine & Design Let’s be friends! instagram // twitter // pinterest // houzz Favorite things: Virtual book club // You’re not a failure, and I can prove it // Why I scrapped my bucket list Let’s be friends! facebook // twitter // instagram Favorite things: Crossbody anti-theft bag // 3 oz travel bottles // Travel etools organizer…
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    Celebrate Love

  • 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary Custom Glitter Look Gifts

    Renee Michaels
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Tie 25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Tie $35.95 USD Tweet Give your husband or dad a fleur-de-lis, glitter-look tie for an elegant 25th silver wedding anniversary gift. Personalize with your names and a short message... Read more...
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Two-Tone Coffee Mug

    Renee Michaels
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Two-Tone Coffee Mug Celebrate a wedding or any year anniversary with an whimsical yet elegant Mr. & Mrs. mug with red roses background. Personalize it with your names and wedding date. Change the …... Read more...
  • Any Year Wedding Anniversary Blue Travel Bag Tags

    Renee Michaels
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    Any Year Wedding Anniversary Blue Travel Bag Tags Celebrating your wedding or anniversary with a vacation? Display your love on a luggage tag and easily see your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on their honeymoon, vacation or cruise …... Read more...
  • Any Year Wedding Anniversary Violet Luggage Tag

    Renee Michaels
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Any Year Wedding Anniversary Violet Luggage Tag Celebrating your wedding or anniversary with a vacation? Display your love on a luggage tag and easily see your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on their honeymoon, vacation or cruise to... Read more...
  • Any Year Wedding Anniversary Green Bag Tags

    Renee Michaels
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Any Year Wedding Anniversary Green Bag Tags Celebrating your wedding or anniversary with a vacation? Display your love on a luggage tag and easily see your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on their honeymoon, vacation or cruise to …... Read more...
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  • The Love Captive (1969)

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Bewildering soft-core weirdness from the 60s"This painting is a bit obscure in meaning; it was painted by a madman a week before he died." so say Sybil, the fugitive on the run.. A conscious evocation of Virginia Woolf's To The LighthouseThe Love Captive, is a 60s pioneering stream-of-consciousness sexual horror narrative in which a painting figures prominently as a metonymic representation of the text's overarching structure. This insightful comparison (if I do say so myself) only collapses once you realize that Virginia Woolf was one of the great writers of the twentieth century,…
  • Jake and the Giants (2015)

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    You're indeed never too small !My friends at Boat Angel family films have made a genuinely pleasant and kid friendly fantasy adventure for children of all ages or lets say anyone young at heart. Jake and the Giants directed by Kent Butterworth may not have the big budget of your typical Hollywood animated blockbuster but it has all it takes to appeal to young kids. Watch the trailer below or hop on IMDB and learn more! Support independent cinema! Watch out for Jake and the Giants at the American Film Market between November 4 - 11 at Santa Monica and help spread the word! …
  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

    23 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Great stupid fun.. B & B super style!This movie didn’t suck. It ruled! When I went to see Beavis and Butt-head Do America, it didn’t immediately occur to me how long it had been since I’d seen a film I could call truly remarkable. The dream sequence which opens the movie has the world’s most famous dilholes as modern-day King Kongs, stomping through a city and wreaking king-size havoc. They swat planes, crush cars, and reach at girls through broken skyscrapers, and it was hard not to read this gleeful gigantism as a metaphor for their own success. Who would have thought, five…
  • Runaway (1984)

    17 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    Evil robotic spiders from the future  versus an acrophobic super cop!This tacky sci-fi thriller from the 80s was written and directed by Michael Crichton. Yes, before he took off with big-budget projects like Jurassic Park, E.R or Disclosure. Crichton made tacky movies like Looker and this one. But there's one constant in his work - Conservative Technophobia! And even though this was pre-marketed with great fanfare, James Cameron's Terminator completely nailed it. Tom Selleck plays Jack Ramsey, a cocksure cop on the Runaway squad. A few years earlier, Selleck passed on the lead…
  • Radiohead - Kid A (2000)

    13 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    The weirdest Alt rock album to ever sell a million copies The English rock band Radiohead’s fourth studio album, the radically different Kid A severely divided critics when it was released, some ruing that it probably would not sell many copies. Cant blame them too much because this is indeed a challenging, often downright confusing piece of music that will leave even ardent Radiohead fans scratching their heads. The trademark guitar bits are few and far between, there are large chunks of experimental avantgarde orchestration, the vocals are often ambient & distorted, and…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • What to Do When You Have No Idea What to Do

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:05 am
    Great new book out! Tess Vigeland’s Leap is a brave new book about leaving a job you love (or one you don’t really love) to find something better. *** What’s it like to quit your job with no backup plan—and not just any job, but a nationally-known, prestigious position as the host for NPR’s Marketplace show? That’s what Tess Vigeland did recently, and two years ago she spoke at WDS 2013 to give us the first version of the story. “What everybody wanted to know was… what are you going to do next?! And I had the lamest answer of them all: I don’t…
  • “My Car Is My Home, the Planet Is My Backyard”: On the Road with Bruno Caumette

    Chris Guillebeau
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself For almost two decades, Bruno Caumette has made his home in a Toyota Land Cruiser. He’s been around the world once and is currently working on his second voyage. His stories are touching—and his photos are incredible. Introduce yourself! I was born in France, but by now I’ve spent as much time outside of my birth country than in it. In 1998, after working for fifteen years, I bought myself an old Toyota Land Cruiser, converted it into a home on wheels, and set off on the road. I was heading for Africa, but beyond that…
  • How to Change When Change Is Hard: Lessons from a Timid Mouse

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    I was coming back from a run up and down Mount Tabor in Southeast Portland. I know the route well. It’s about a 5-6 mile loop from my house, depending on which path I take. More often than not, when I’m home for a while I run it at least once a week. As I neared my neighborhood toward the end of the run, I noticed a cat in a driveway. Being a cat person, I often say hi to felines when I see them out and about on my run. Cats being cats, sometimes they follow me for blocks, intent on being my friend for life, and other times they can’t be bothered to acknowledge my presence. This cat, I…
  • 100 Days Without Fear: A Daily Video Experiment

    Ashley Mudra
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few months ago, Michelle Poler moved from Venezuela to New York to pursue a Master’s Degree. While she was there, she started a project called 100 Days Without Fear to systematically combat the things that she was afraid of. This fun project recently wrapped up with daily videos of her teaching a Zumba class, crowd surfing, posing nude for a drawing class, interviewing strangers, and attempting dozens of other interesting tasks. Check out a few of them below or directly on the project page.       Hat Tip: Booooooom
  • The Emotional Balance Sheet

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Link: Emotional Balance Sheet I often enjoy the personal finance columns by Carl Richards. In a recent one, he explains how to create an “emotional balance sheet” to quantify (or at least tally) your non-financial assets. Carl tells the story of how he and his wife Cori made the choice for her to become a full-time mom, despite the fact that the family would lose more than $1 million in earnings over the next twenty years. He’s quick to point out that the moral of the story isn’t “all mothers should stay home with their children”—which is good, since presumably many readers…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • The Ferrari Paradox

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:07 am
    I’ve always been a car guy. When I was a younger man, I reflected on the injustice of old men driving super-fast cars while no longer possessing the quick reflexes to fully exploit their machines’ potential. Young men generally can’t afford supercars. Old men no longer have the responsibilities of paying for their kids’ soccer team fees, college tuitions, braces, etc. So if they have a substantial income, that lifelong dream of owning a drivable work of art may come true. But they can’t drive them as fast as those fire-breathing dragons deserve. I propose that older male Ferrari…
  • 10th Anniversary

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Today marks the 10th anniversary of blogging for yours truly. I’ve enjoyed the journey and hope that you have too. Celebrate with me by reading a few posts from those years... 1. Here’s a post from that first month: The bouquet that can never be. 2. Here’s a post from my second blog: Fun watching. 3. Here’s a post from my toothpaste blog: Bamboo Charcoal Mouthguard Toothpaste. 4. And here’s a post from this blog, a few years back: People are different And I’d urge you to create your own blog, to join in the fun. My recommendation of the best free way to do that is WordPress.
  • What once held value

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:07 am
    I love visiting thrift shops. It’s hereditary — my dad did, my sister does, and now my daughter joined the club as well. Any visit to a thrift shop is a lesson in value. What once held value no longer does. Or in some cases, what’s there never held value for anyone. Take this little mug, dating back to 1967. It commemorates the participation in an “Advertising Decision Seminar.” There’s no first place — you got a mug just for showing up. It’s the size of a shot glass but shaped like a beer stein — and not good for either use. Today’s tiny shiny conclusion is that people…
  • Don’t wait

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    I waited. For more than a year, I heard Taylor Swift — and her friends - singing the same songs over and over and over. The company that runs the building I work in hires Muzak to pipe tunes into our halls and bathrooms. My brain has a problem with repetition — when I hear the same song over and over, it starts burrowing into the deep crevices of my consciousness until I feel like I’m about to die. Well, not really, but you get the point. My daughter heard me complain, over and over, about the music in my office building. She finally asked, “Dad, why don’t you ask the company…
  • Wake up and face reality

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Video rental stores - they still exist in North America. Earlier this summer, Heather and I drove down to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a short break. We decided to see a movie in the middle of the day, just because we could.  Nice. The movie theater was in a dying mall. And even more dying than the mall was a Hastings store, providing books,  music - and video rentals. I won’t launch into why CDs are dying, bookstores are dying, and streaming video is the way to see a movie. But I will talk about optimism. The owner of that mall — and even more so — the owner of Hastings — should cut…
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    Mental Floss

  • Beetle Tricks Ants by Speaking their Language(s)

    Matt Soniak
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    An ant colony is great place to live, even if—or maybe especially if—you’re not an ant. It is, Italian zoologist Andrea Di Giulio says, “a heavily guarded, nearly impenetrable fortress rich with bountiful resources.” It provides shelter, food free for the taking, and its own highly-motivated, round-the-clock security force. And there’s the rub: If you’re not an ant, you’re likely not going to get past the bouncers and into the nest—and even if you do, chances are you’ll soon be discovered, attacked, and, Di Giulio says, “dismantled.” Yet, the aptly-named ant nest…
  • Which is Better: Coffee or a Nap?

    the mag
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When you’re prepping for an all-nighter, which works best?
  • 10 Things You Might Not Know About Hunting Pirate Ships

    David W Brown
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    According to the book Pirate Hunters, a pirate ship is the "single hardest and rarest thing a person could discover underwater."
  • Art Exhibit in NYC Puts Strangers' Journal Entries on Display

    Anna Green
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 pm
    "The Strangers Project" has been collecting journal entries and letters from strangers across the country since 2009.
  • According to Study, People Feel Adulthood Starts at 29

    Anna Green
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    A new study shows that age is just a number
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    The Life Thing

  • The Pettibon System: The Evolution of Comprehensive Chiropractic Care

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    For a more in-depth and comprehensive approach to spinal correction, many chiropractors and chiropractic wellness centers utilize a revolutionary treatment called the Pettibon System which helps them to quickly and effectively help their patients while also imbuing them with the required knowledge to help themselves. This system was devised by Burl R. Pettibon in 1981 and is now a comprehensive rehabilitation program for the spine’s soft and hard tissues. Not everybody wants, or is ready for this type of specialized chiropractic care, which may involve up to 20 minutes a day of home care,…
  • What To Look For In Ironman Triathlon Coaches

    5 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Competing in or even just completing an Ironman triathlon is a task that involves more than you the triathlete running on the track from the start line to the finish line. You need a coach and not any coach but the right coach who will give you motivation, constructive criticism and expert knowledge on how to go about an Ironman triathlon triathlon race. So, how do you choose one? When searching for Ironman triathlon coaches, there are several qualities that should come into play which will dictate whether your coach will be a success or disaster on your side. Generally, you need to look at…
  • Types of Computer Viruses That Remote Services Can Work Wonders

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    There’s no denying that the subject of computer viruses is as enigmatic as it is frustrating. And with the advent of online/web-based virus removal service, it became even more confusing. However, to put things into perspective, remote virus removal service is an alternative to conventional virus removal tools and location-based solutions that are geared toward getting rid of malware, spyware and other computer bugs from a remote/offsite location. With that said, there are several situations that may arise to necessitate the need for a remote virus clean up as opposed to taking your…
  • Breast Augmentation Surgery: When Is It Too Early

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    There are two major reasons why women go for breast augmentation and breast implants. In most cases breast augmentation is sought for cosmetic purposes and to correct breast irregularities and deformities. For teens facing the latter in the formation of their breasts, breast augmentation, even before reaching the age of 18 might be the right decision. This might help them feel more confident concerning their bodies among other benefits. The two most common deformities teens may face in their breasts are: Poland’s Syndrome: This is a genetic disorder where chest muscles are…
  • How to Master Your Medical Billing Procedure for Maximized Revenue

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    The main purpose of a medical billing process is to ensure that all the parties, patients, doctors and the insurance company get paid and properly credited. The medical billing process basically ensures that the doctors are paid either by the patients or the insurance companies.  Therefore, these parties should carry out their responsibilities in order for the medical practitioners to be paid and credited for their services. Poor medical billing process can cause the collapse of a medical institution. This is why you should put in place a billing process that is conducive and one that heed…
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    Journey Mama

  • Driving with a two-year-old.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Sometimes when I drive to Shekina Garden by myself, I notice the cows that graze at the bottom of the hill that leads there. I almost always notice if the baby blue-eyed buffalo is there, but sometimes I’m in a hurry, or I’m sad, or I’m thinking of other things I need to do and I don’t really see the cows. If Isaac is with me, on the other hand, the issue is settled. I will notice the cows, or I will notice the fact that there are no cows, like the other day. We drove down while the three oldest kids were in Thai class. Isaac was on his kid’s seat on the Pegasus, (our motorbike that…
  • Snap out of it!

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:11 pm
    (From a couple weeks ago...)I’ve been having a bit of a rough time with the crazy that is my mind. Dreaming of cabins far away from the entire world, places where no children will look at me or talk to me. Trying to snap out of it, going to bed early, asking for help. I’m doing all the things, but all the things don’t always add up to equal normalness. Sometimes all the things add up to equal more crazy. But anyway, yesterday I had a day so chaotic that it sort of did snap me out of it. Maybe when all the rhythms and plans fall apart in a dose of Asian chaotic life, I can’t keep track…
  • Even if a lot of people stare.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:26 pm
    When I wake up in the mornings to write, the couple across the street are awake also. They make jok, breakfast rice porridge, and sell it on the side of another street, from a cart. So every morning they put all the tables and stools, pots and food, in their sidecar, drive them over, and then push the cart down the street to park it and sell their food. I make my coffee (these days it’s in my stovetop espresso maker) in my kitchen which is outside and open to the street, remember, and all the while I see them preparing for their morning. The couple has one other worker, a young man, and…
  • The Leafy Boy.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    The other day, Leafy was sitting with me at the table. This boy. Do you have someone in your life who finds you at any time of the day to tell you seemingly random bits of information about anything under the sun? I do. Artificial intelligence, dinosaurs, superheroes, video games, scientific facts about cells and atoms. Requests for use of the kitchen so he can make food like eggnog (in July) or fried bananas. I never know what’s coming, or how fantastic it will be. So the other day, at the table, I was working on something or other and he sat down beside me. “I’m not…
  • A quick trip (with creatures).

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:53 pm
    This is not a snake, but it is a creature! I got back a couple nights ago from a mini writing retreat of my own making. I needed to go to the nearby big city for routine tasks at immigration and thought, well, while I’m there, why don’t I stay an extra day, huddle in a hotel room, and write. So I did. It’s a luxury of living here, since hotel rooms only cost $10 if you know how to scavenge for the deals. They cost less if you don’t mind cockroaches or sharing bathrooms, things I have worked into my hotel-staying life countless times in the past, but I find I’m pickier these days. I…
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  • Don’t Wake the ‘Watchful Dragons’

    Mike Duran
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:27 am
    Sleeping Dragon, Pedro Lopes’ speed painting In his essay, “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to be Said,” C.S. Lewis famously explained why he wrote fairy tales: I wrote fairy tales because the Fairy Tale seemed the ideal Form for the stuff I had to say. Then, of course, the Man in me began to have his turn. I thought I saw how stories of this kind could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralysed [sic] much of my own religion in childhood. Why did one find it so hard to feel as one was told one ought to feel about God or about the sufferings of Christ? I…
  • The Christian Crossover Novelist: Is Writing for the General Market Compromise?

    Mike Duran
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    Phyllis Wheeler, co-founder of Castle Gate Press, recently cited me in her article Could You Write for the General Market? at the New Authors Fellowship. Phyllis attended my workshop at Realm Makers 2015 on The Crossover Christian Novelist. She writes, Christian horror author Mike Duran wants to reach Christian readers… who read primarily in the general marketplace. This is an “untapped demographic,” he argues. It’s not small. And these readers are willing to read edgy books and books with fictional ambiguities. Mike thinks that what market you aim for depends on your genre. If…
  • Does Christian Fiction Have a Race Problem?

    Mike Duran
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    After returning from the Realm Makers (RM) 2015 conference last weekend, I posted several random observations. One was about the refreshingly even ratio of men to women (which I’m guessing was about 50/50). I say this was “refreshing” because one of my complaints about the ACFW conferences has always been the large disparity of women to men (usually about an 80/20 split). Why that disparity was not evident at RM, even though the group was culled from ACFW, is another story. However, during the ensuing conversation on that post, another glaring inequality was pointed out…
  • Realm Makers 2015 Debriefing

    Mike Duran
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    I arrived home from Saint Louis and the Realm Makers (RM) 2015 conference yesterday and promptly took a two-hour nap. Writers conferences are not the best place to catch up on rest, nor should they be! Better to burn the candle at both ends, meet people, grill industry insiders, hob-nob with “celebrities,” and take advantage of the numerous opportunities such events afford, than arrive home and wish you’d mingled more. Anyway, I’ve had a little time to ruminate on the conference and wanted to offer some brief, random observations. The Realm Makers team put on a very…
  • Writers Conference 101 — Don’t Over-Prepare!

    Mike Duran
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    This week I’m flying to Saint Louis for the Realm Makers Writer’s Conference. This is my sixth writers conference, but only the second in which I’m part of the faculty. Nine years ago I attended my first conference ever. And man, was I nervous. Exhibit A: My editor appointment. At conferences, much of the interaction with editors occurs apart from appointments. The protocol is, have a pitch ready, stalk the victim (good timing and location are optional), and share your book idea. While most of these professionals are very accessible, I must say, I scored a big fat zero in this…
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

  • Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:10 am
    New Answer - Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address , have help a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 2 days that i will have my husband back. i believed him and today i am…
  • Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:05 am
    New Answer - Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address , have help a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 2 days that i will have my husband back. i believed him and today i am…
  • The Most Wonderful and Marvelous spell caster on Earth

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    New Answer - When your spouse is having an affair, your world becomes a confusing, scary place full of hurt, shame, and anger. You will wonder why this has happened and what action(s) to take. The question of what to do when you learn your spouse is having an affair will have a different answer at different times and under different circumstances. What you should do in your specific situation might be a lot different from what someone else should consider doing, but in most cases, it starts by deciding what you really want to take place, and why you want the answer. If you have decided to…
  • How i got my spouse back with the help of the only real spell caster

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:09 pm
    New Opinion - When your spouse is having an affair, your world becomes a confusing, scary place full of hurt, shame, and anger. You will wonder why this has happened and what action(s) to take. The question of what to do when you learn your spouse is having an affair will have a different answer at different times and under different circumstances. What you should do in your specific situation might be a lot different from what someone else should consider doing, but in most cases, it starts by deciding what you really want to take place, and why you want the answer. If you have decided to…
  • Your spell casting are real and powerful

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    New Question - I have seen a lot of testimony about his work on the the internet on blog pages and so on. I literally took a lip of faith to contact him and it turn out that it paid off. In my own case i didn't ask that him to make anyone fall in love with me or ask that my cheating wife comes back.This time i was at fault i messed up. I wasn't so surprise when she asked that we go our separate ways. It was right about that time i asked Akpe Osilama help me get my wife to love as she did before. I was able to provide the items he asked that i get for the spell and send then down to him.The…
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  • There is no DOG in HUMAN

    Eric Brad
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:03 pm
    There was a time, not so long ago, when I knew everything I needed to know about dogs. I had taken all of the common sense conventional wisdom passed down to me from generations of dog “experts” and folded into a neat little package in my brain labelled “Dog-Smarts.” I knew that it wasn’t everything that there was to know about dogs but it was all of the stuff that a dog owner like me needed to live a happy and successful life with my dogs. In hindsight, I can still say that it was all I needed to live as happy and successful a life with my dogs as I knew how to…
  • The Black House: An Artist Having Fun

    Jan Wall
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Imagine you were a very talented artist who enjoyed having very large sums of money to indulge your unique fantasies.  And then you did.  Let’s imagine that you had a taste for the macabre, the sombre and the surreal all at the same time. Now you’re beginning to get a sense of what the Black House is like. The Black House is called Baan Dam in Thai. The artist/creator is Thawan Duchanee, born in Chiang Rai. His style brings out the darkness in humanity. His work uses lots of reds and blacks and he’s not shy about using skins, skulls and animal parts. His artwork is a…
  • Finding Love and Peace: Jake Roberts’ Story of Alcohol Recovery

    Guest Author
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jake Roberts is an alcoholic. He began drinking at the age of 16 and loved it from the start. For him it was the first time he felt like he fit in. Alcohol gave him the ability to be himself without having to worry about what others were thinking and he loved the feeling of being numb to his emotions. From the beginning, Jake’s drinking was dangerous, as it always resulted in vomiting or blacking out. But for him it was fun, free, liberating, and even gave him a sense of purpose in life. At the age of 19, Jake thought he was sober for a time; however, looking back he realizes he may not…
  • Street Food Tuesdays

    Martha Farley
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Chef Ryan Page I just read an astounding statistic: According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly 2.5 billion people eat street food every day! Granted this is worldwide but that is a lot of finger food.  Street food’s origins go back to Greece. Evidence of street food vendors was discovered during the excavation of Pompeii. From Togo to Vietnam, street food constitutes up to 40% of the daily diet of consumers in the world. Simple yet exotic flavours make up these increasingly popular dishes, like the ones served right here in Montreal in a pub off the island. Welcome to…
  • Five Places You Haven’t Visited But Should

    Guest Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you keen to begin or resume travelling the world, but unsure where to start or venture to next? There are, indeed, thousands of beautiful places, and this beauty comes in various forms. From the eternal glow of New York City to cloud-defying mountain peaks, deciding on a trip can be tough. Today, however, I am going to share with you five amazing places situated in Europe. You probably haven’t visited them, but you definitely should. Don’t be alarmed if, half way down, you feel an urge to begin booking your plane tickets! Lake Bled, Slovenia Adjoining the town of Bled, this serene…
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  • Five of My Favorite Zucchini Recipes

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:12 am
    Zoodle (Zucchini Noodle) Salad Zucchini Chips Squash, Sausage, and Bean “Chili”?   Triggerfish with Roasted Vegetables Zucchini and Goat Cheese Lasagna This has been included in some of my other compilation posts, lately, but it bears repeating.  So freaking yummy!     The post Five of My Favorite Zucchini Recipes appeared first on ColorMePink!.
  • Mr. D’s Cafe (Deluca Toyota)

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    No.  Really. Bear with me for a moment. Y’all know how I love my car, right?  Her name is Lola and she’s a lipstick red, convertible Solara.  There was a problem with the dashboard cracking and peeling and about a year and a half ago, I got a notification that it was being recalled and to register with Toyota.  I was thrilled that they would repair it at no cost to me and I proceeded to wait. Last week, I got the call and made an appointment to bring the car in – they told me it would take about 2.5 hours. I brought books, my iPad, my phone, and showed up at the…
  • Six of My Favorite Fish Recipes

    17 Aug 2015 | 2:32 pm
    We all try to eat better and fish is a super easy way to do that.  Sometimes it can be a little intimidating, so here are six of my favorite fish recipes to get you motivated.  I hope you enjoy them! Marinated Grilled Fish with Fruit Salsa Full Disclosure: The fruit salsa was incredibly delicious.  I didn’t love the orange roughy, I found it a bit fishy, but this is a great dish.  I would do it again with a different fish… maybe mahi, or tuna, or any fish that you know you love.   Herbed Steelhead Trout with Tomatoes and Asparagus This fish is so delicious.  Do not miss it.
  • CoSchedule

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    This is such a great resource – I’ve been using it for about a year and I just love it. Recently they made some changes and upgrades and now it’s even better! It really frees me up to create content and not spend all my time promoting it. There’s a free 14 day trial, so there’s absolutely no risk.  I thought I’d share with you, my CoSchedule review. Really simple to use, set up your account, install the plug in and get started. In your dashboard sidebar, you’ll see a link for “Calendar”. Hover over it and you have a few choices, Calendar,…
  • Hudson at Waterway East

    10 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    Last week I took a trip to Delray to see my mother. I was road tripping with my son who is going to stay with his grandmother for a while and we were looking forward to the trip.  Google maps said it was 257 miles and I was a little apprehensive about driving so far, through areas I’d never been.  I abhor traffic.  Like, road rage abhor and I was a little worried.  Turns out I was worried for nothing, the ride was a breeze and we made it in about 3.5 hours with one pit stop. When we got there, we were starving, a little road weary and very, very thirsty.  My mother had planned to…
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    Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

  • Go Sailfishing in Guatemala

    Annette White
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Traveling to Guatemala was turning out to be quite the adventure. First, there was a painfully steep hike up the active Pacaya volcano where we roasted marshmallows on the fiery lava rock and now we were about to spend a sunny afternoon Sailfishing on a boat in the Pacific Ocean. The post Go Sailfishing in Guatemala appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • Magnificent Seven – Bucket List Wonders of Latin America

    Guest Author
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Latin America has long been a favorite place for travelers seeking some adventure. There are heaps of ancient treasures and natural wonders. Here are seven of the best in this part of the world that you simply have to visit. The post Magnificent Seven – Bucket List Wonders of Latin America appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • Walk on Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach in Northern California

    Annette White
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    This roadtrip through the winding coastal roads of Mendocino county was a special treat. Peter and I were taking a spontaneous travel adventure three hours away from our Northern California home to see something first hand, something that I had only witnessed in pretty pictures on Pinterest, Instagram and such. I was on a mission to ogle it, touch it, walk on it and of course take my own dazzling photographs. The post Walk on Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach in Northern California appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • See a Vietnamese Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

    Annette White
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Prior to having a travel blog or traveling to Vietnam, when the term 'puppet show' was mentioned, it would usually bring back memories of the tiny finger puppets I made in my childhood using permanent markers. Funny faces were painted on the pads of my ten digits and then an impromptu show was performed for my imaginary friends. I was the cast and the only one in attendance, but it surely was a fabulous show. The post See a Vietnamese Water Puppet Show in Hanoi appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • The Perfect Travel Backpack Giveaway

    Annette White
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I was eternally on the hunt for the perfect backpack, one that will take me from hiking an active volcano to going on an African safari to comfortably carrying all my technology while traveling by plane. Something that wasn't too petite, nor one that would make me topple over. The post The Perfect Travel Backpack Giveaway appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
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    The Good Life? | dancePROOF

  • night after next

    arsène hodali
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
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    arsène hodali
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  • What It’s Like Growing Up Smart And Poor

    arsène hodali
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    You feel like an X-Man. From a minority’s point-of-view, you don’t actually realize that you’re smart (different) until later on, and when you do you see that the smartest choice to make is to not be smart (different). Let me explain. First off, I don’t consider myself particularly developed in one area of intelligence, I consider myself to be naturally above average in most forms of intelligence. I’m black and I grew up poor. Very poor, and thus I grew up in the worst of neighbourhoods and the worst of intelligence enhancing environments. Though we were…
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    DC Dana

  • DC Dana Moving to new website:

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Find my blog and my book at! See you there!
  • DC Dana Book: Arriving September 1!

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    I've spent the last few months in hibernation but I promise I'm still alive. I've just been working on --My. First. BOOK!Confessions of an Unlikely Runner Available on Amazon Sept. 1 - More details coming soon!This site will also be folding into a brand new website -- stay tuned for more details!In the meantime, enjoy some of the most popular DC Dana posts below.Event Planning for the PresidentDC Dating Part Three: "Breakfast Date"Family Fun DayWild. Wonderful.I Hope You Fail (The post wherein I quote Ashton Kutcher)Because I hadn't done it beforeSticks and Stones May Break Your Bones,…
  • Taking a break

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Hi Internet,I'm taking a break from blogging to work on some other projects (big news hopefully coming soon) but in the meantime, feel free to read some of my most popular posts below and feel free to share in the comments any similar ridiculous stories you might have. See you soon!Event Planning for the PresidentThat One Time I Tried CrossFitFamily Fun DayDC Dating Part Three: "Breakfast Date"Wild. Wonderful.I Hope You Fail (The post wherein I quote Ashton Kutcher)Because I hadn't done it beforeSticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Thoughts Tear ACLs….If You Want To Go Far......And…
  • Give One Picture That Describes Your Story...

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    I attended a team offsite event for work this week and to help us all get to know each other better, we were asked to bring in one photo that describes our "story." I ended up bringing in this:Big Wheel bike Because around the time I was 3 or 4 years old, I made my parents amused and proud when I was riding my Big Wheel down the street in my original home state of Washington and I chose to turn around in the driveway in front of a retirement home. Well, one elderly woman was sitting outside and did not like that I was doing that so she kept trying to make me stop. But I didn't stop,…
  • New Walls

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    I still intend to eventually write a post on my adventures in the United Arab Emirates, but you guys -- life is trying to mow me down again and I just can't keep up with everything. On top of everything else, I've added physical therapy to the mix which involves daily activities like isolating butt muscles in order to keep my knees from going out of socket know, the usual life stuff (more on that in another post...). So I haven't had the time or energy to write so I'm leaving you with an old post. And since I'm in a season lately where I feel like I might be coming up on some new…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Stop Romancing Poverty and Suffering

    Randy Gage
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    It’s time to stop this craziness about romanticizing poverty and suffering. From starving artist to poor as a church mouse, and thousands more in between, it’s simply shocking how many memes are circulating the world that would have you belief it is inherently noble, honorable, or spiritual to be poor or endure suffering. These are beliefs that don’t serve you. In fact, they are insidious, causing millions of people to experience lack and limitation. Let’s be clear. Sometimes being poor can help you develop character, cause you to change your approach, spurn you to learn new skills……
  • Take Your Dreams Back!

    Randy Gage
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    Last post we explored the process of how your environment can tear down your self-esteem, trigger worthiness issues, and cause you to narrow down the window you view the world through. But once you become aware of this negative and destructive process, you can stop it – and begin reversing the trend, building up your self-esteem and expanding your window of prosperity consciousness. This is when you fight to take your dreams back… To maintain your confidence and persevere through the challenges this will entail, there are five insights you need to know. Because once you do, you’ll…
  • Expanding Your Prosperity Consciousness

    Randy Gage
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    When you were a baby, you had no fear of fitting in, public speaking, or failing at anything. Those were all fears you learned along the way. When you were a toddler nothing was off limits. You were the ultimate adventurer, eager to discover new worlds.   But along the way, you were taught the word ‘no.’ Probably a few hundred thousand times. As you moved into your teen years, you felt indestructible; willing to attempt bold, daring and audacious feats. But as you matured, you were programed with yet more limiting and constraining beliefs. You were taught not to hope for too much, so as…
  • When Life Sucks

    Randy Gage
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    Ran into a member of my tribe recently, who uses a wheelchair. He’s earnestly trying to approach life in a positive way, but like us all, he sometimes falters.  He wanted my advice of his situation, warily telling me, “sometimes I think it sucks.” I think he was shocked when I not only agreed with him, but also suggested it probably sucked most of the time.  I suppose it’s fun to roll downhill sometimes and cool to get on the airplane first.  But most of the time being in a wheelchair probably sucks. But here’s the thing about having situations in our lives that suck… We all…
  • Self-Mastery

    Randy Gage
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    One of the timeless universal truths is that you see the world not as it is, but as who you are.  Because of this, to improve any situation or your station in life – simply requires working on yourself.   Learning a foreign language expands your world.   Getting in better health improves your everyday experiences.  As you develop more wisdom, every facet of the world makes more sense to you.   Each and every step you take toward enlightenment makes your world better.  When you achieve self-mastery, you unlock the vast opportunities of the world and unleash your extraordinary…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Dasht-e Kavir, The Great Salt Desert

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    Dasht-e Kavir, also known the Great Salt Desert, is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau, about 300 kilometers east-southeast of Tehran. The desert is about 800 kilometers long and 320 kilometers wide, and composed of mud and salt marshes (kavirs). Tens of millions of years ago, this region was occupied by a salt-rich ocean that surround a small piece of continent in what is now central Iran. As the ocean dried up, it left behind a layer of salt as much as 6 to 7 kilometers thick. Over time, the layer of salt was buried under a thick layer of mud. But salt has a fairly…
  • The Strange Beauty of Soviet Bus Stops

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig travelled through the length and breadth of the former Soviet Union to document a curious phenomenon that he had stumbled upon more than a decade ago while on a cycling trip across Europe — bus stops. These strange little shelters are brimming with architectural styles that’s unlike anything you have ever seen anywhere else. There are pyramids and arches, domes and vaults and other improbable structures. The remarkable diversity and creativity displayed in these bus stops is even more strange when you consider the fact that they belong to a regime…
  • The Newspaper Rock in Utah

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Newspaper Rock is a 200 square foot rock surface in San Juan County, Utah, that is covered by hundreds of ancient Indian petroglyphs — rock art chiseled and pecked into stone — that records nearly 2,000 years of human activity in the area, like a newspaper. Although they are typical of many sites throughout the U.S., these petroglyphs are one of the largest, best preserved and easily accessed groups in the Southwest. The petroglyphs feature a mixture of human, animal, material and abstract forms representing the Fremont, Anasazi, Navajo and Anglo cultures. Newspaper Rock is located right…
  • The Trestles of Myra Canyon

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:58 am
    The Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railway in southern British Columbia, Canada, is a 9.6 km section of railway tracks along the famed Myra Canyon located south of Kelowna on Okanagan Mountain. The track traverses the extremely mountainous terrain by means of sixteen timber framed trestles, two steel bridges and two tunnels, all of which are abandoned now, providing mountain bikers endless opportunities at exploration. The Kettle Valley Railway was built at the turn of the 20th century to meet the growing demands of silver mining in the Southern Interior region of British Columbia.
  • Gas Works Park in Seattle

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, is an unusual public park located on the site of a former coal gasification plant, on the shores of Lake Union opposite downtown Seattle. The 19-acre site was acquired by the city in 1962, seven years after the plant shut down, and opened to the public as a park in 1975. The park incorporates much of what was left of the gasification plant — the boiler house was converted to a picnic shelter complete with tables and fire grills, while the exhauster-compressor building was transformed into an open-air play barn, housing a maze of brightly painted…
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    Life With Boys

  • To the Close Minded Mom in Walmart

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    To Whom It May Concern, I don’t know your name, and if I’m being honest I’ll tell you I just heard this second hand from my son, Addison. But, because his story was simple without any dramatic monologues (he’s like me-a storyteller, and sometimes we both embellish), I’m tempted to believe him wholeheartedly on this. […] Read more →
  • Disney World-We Love You!

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    One thing Roy has always accused me of when it comes to vacations is over planning.  And I admit, I’m a planner.  I enjoy the research, the planning, etc.  That’s me.  And I will CONTINUE to point out the one vacation I did nothing (granted it was a vacation with extended family, so it wasn’t […] Read more →
  • What’s a Yeti?

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    I LOVE Animal Kingdom.  The Tree of Life is GORGEOUS! Simply amazing, and while I wish I had pictures of the tree that I took myself, I was having too much fun pointing out the different animals with the boys to even think of taking my phone out.  Isn’t it beautiful?   Below the tree […] Read more →
  • Try the Grey Stuff It’s Delicious!

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Thursday, August 6, was a special day. We were headed back to the Magic Kingdom on Thursday, and I was looking for something special for breakfast when I ran across The Crystal Palace.  This is another character meal-with our friends from the Hundred Acre Woods (Winnie the Pooh and friends!).  Not only do I love […] Read more →
  • We’re Going to Walk to Japan!!

    13 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Wednesday was Epcot Day!  Roy’s favorite park. The last time we went to Disney, we actually paid for babysitting so that Roy and I could have a night out. For whatever reason, Roy didn’t seem interested in partaking of The Mickey Mouse Club’s services (that isn’t what it’s called anymore, but that’s what I always […] Read more →
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  • Product Showcase: September 2015 #1

    Beth Anderson
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • FEAR

    Christine Spencer
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Moroccan Mint Tea – What Makes it So Healthy?

    Melanie Wagner
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Simple Outfits to Transition Into Fall

    Melanie Wagner
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Be Good to Your BODY

    Christine Spencer
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Accidental Olympian
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Before I got pregnant with baby girl I already had an idea that our first little one would have some kind of outdoors theme in their nursery. Girl or boy, I wanted their nursery to have a little piece of the outdoors that their parents love so much. Early on while our little was just a bundle of cells I began a nursery inspiration Pinterest board that was a mostly modern look with a touch of the outdoors throughout, and early on in my Pinterest love affair I began gravitating to an idea of an accent wall. I liked modern walls, interesting walls, outdoorsy themed walls, basically all nursery…

    Accidental Olympian
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Remember a while back when I said I was bored and confused with the Midwest and I needed to get out in the wilderness and explore? Well sometime after that I put my money where my mouth was and I booked us a cabin rental in the middle of nowhere in the Upper Michigan Peninsula so we could be in the woods, fish, swim, light fires, and generally be the hillbillies we are. I picked this rustic cabin on Thunder Lake, nestled in the Hiawatha National Forest. I did exactly zero research in picking this location other than finding that it met my requirements by being A. cheap, B. had lake access,…

    Accidental Olympian
    8 Aug 2015 | 11:55 pm
    If you’re anything like me this summer and grew zucchini at home, or you just enjoy the zucchini abundance each summer you might be finding yourself scouring the internet looking for new ways to cook with zukes. Each summer I plant a zucchini there’s a point in the summer where I’ve frozen batch after batch of the stuff and I still have fresh zukes coming out my ears. I’ve turned it into muffins, fried it, grilled it, made savory pancakes, added it to soup, to pasta, to salad, and now I’ve also made it the main ingredient in a simple but tasty casserole. If you…

    Accidental Olympian
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Missed a previous bump photo roundup and just need to see my midsection? Check out my Bump Photos HERE.  For those who read my first bump photo post, moving forward there will be a slight change. I’ve decided after all not to refer to our daughter as “Hawk” on the blog. Through my first trimester I was sure I was having a boy, and thinking of the baby as Hawk was funny, masculine, and just fit in my head. But after finding out her gender, it just didn’t work anymore. From now on, she’ll be Baby, Baby Jones, Baby Girl Jones, or whatever weird thing I come up with…

    Accidental Olympian
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Taking a little break from all the baby talk today to speak to my fellow garden folks. Or people who live vicariously through my garden (looking at you Mommy McD!) Basically, I just wanted to share a little update on how things are going here at Midwest Garden de’Casa Jones. Last year all I had was a little section of the yard for two tomato plants. I tried to grow some bush beans, but the local bunnies decided they’d rather eat them. This year I decided to go much bigger with three raised garden beds and a few well placed pots. Here’s how we’re standing so far,…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • Stupid first world problems

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:58 am
    Yesterday was Jude's 7th birthday. He yet again defied that odds and has made it two years past what the original neurologist predicted. We celebrated the day in a bitter sweet manner. I was very grateful Jude was with us and I held him close to me for a long time last night. He would give me cute smiles and I would snuggle and kiss him taking in the smell of his sweet hair like I always do. However I have to admit I did have a bit of mourning time yesterday too. While at lunch I witnessed several little boys running and playing and I felt a twinge of sadness for Jude and for our family. See…
  • Keep marching forward

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Jude continues to have oxygen issues and bouts where he is crying out in pain. The nurses tell me his lungs "sound good for Jude" but that the lower lobes have little air movement. His witching hour seems to be from 4-11pm and we have to keep medications in him to relieve the pain. Ativan is the saving grace of medications. He is running at about 8 liters of oxygen tonight which is pretty high. Despite all his pain and agitation Jude manages small smiles when he can/Emily had a few friends over tonight and they went to the movies. She is then having her cousin spend the night. This made me…
  • A quick update

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    I have been super busy at work so I don't have long to update. Jude has been crying the last few nights and not feeling well. He has also ran an intermittent fever but last night it was 100.4. He then woke up with a fever again this morning but seemed to be resting comfortably. He has a new night nurse and she is a really good nurse. So his mornings have been a bit easier lately but I could tell he didn't feel well today. I called and left a message for hospice to check him out if possible. Tonight we meet with the people who own the house we like. They requested to meet us in person and…
  • Follow up to the heart post

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I wasn't going to post this but I have had so many emails and contacts from nice people regarding what could be causing the heart dips that I thought I needed to. Thank you for reaching out with possible solutions but I believe the news was not the best.  I took it upon myself to call and talk to Jude's prior cardiologist. They were nice but very honest. They pointed out that this is probably a weakening of the heart due to the lung disease. She explained that they see this in their pediatric lung patients and over time we will start seeing longer dips and that eventually this will…
  • Jude's heart and Emily's heart

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Well after my major meltdown on Sunday I went back to work on Monday and I wasn't feeling that great. I attributed it to the meltdown and good cry. However yesterday morning I got up and felt like a semi had smacked me..........I was sick. ARGH! I had no time for it and I was just irritated. So I worked as hard as I could in the morning and went home around 1pm and slept as long as I could. I had some antibiotics on hand which I know is terrible but they are helping. So the family had to fend for themselves last night as I laid in bed recovering watching my favorite movie "Gone With The…
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    Happy Geek Media

  • Final Wish after Danny’s Passing: Tay-Sachs Cure & Help @kwhit99 #Crowdfunding #Charity #Kids #BaBB

    Amberr Meadows
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:57 am
    What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.~Albert Pike From Danny Kenny’s Family: Danny Kenny was born on December 31, 2012, diagnosed with Tay Sachs in 2013 (a fatal genetic disorder) and passed away on May 16, 2015.  It is […] The post Final Wish after Danny’s Passing: Tay-Sachs Cure & Help @kwhit99 #Crowdfunding #Charity #Kids #BaBB appeared first on Happy Geek Media.
  • Peace, Love and Mocha Minus Hackers with F-Secure Freedome VPN #tech #PrivacyIsNoGame #ad

    Amberr Meadows
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:25 pm
    It’s Saturday morning in a crowded Starbucks, and I’m sipping on a venti white Mocha (a rare treat I allow myself) while on the internet purchasing products on Amazon, accessing my PayPal account, and checking emails online through an unsecured WI-FI hotspot. It’s a stupid idea, of course, because anyone could access my personal information, […] The post Peace, Love and Mocha Minus Hackers with F-Secure Freedome VPN #tech #PrivacyIsNoGame #ad appeared first on Happy Geek Media.
  • Why You Need F-Secure Freedome VPN to Protect Online Privacy Publicly #tech #PrivacyIsNoGame #ad

    Amberr Meadows
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    This is the follow-up to the F-Secure Freedome VPN iPad and Apple Watch giveaway, but I didn’t stress the importance of why you need a VPN. Here’s more insight on why it’s critical to protecting your online privacy, so you’ll be safe and secure wherever you are when online. Most of you will and do use public […] The post Why You Need F-Secure Freedome VPN to Protect Online Privacy Publicly #tech #PrivacyIsNoGame #ad appeared first on Happy Geek Media.
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    A.M.H.'s Blog

  • Rosie the Riveter on the $10 Bill: Adding to the Discussion

    Anthony Hopper
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:54 pm
    In January, the U.S. Mint announced that it would “feature a notable woman” on a newly designed $10 bill (set for release in 2020).  As a part of the vetting process, Jacob Lew, the U.S. treasury secretary, has asked the public to chime in with suggested candidates for this honor.  In an Asbury Park Press article, Gerald Thomas argues that the U.S. Mint should place an image of Rosie the Riveter on the $10 bill. Thomas makes a number of good points in advocating that the U.S. Mint replace Alexander Hamilton with this World War II era image.  He is spot on when he states…
  • Top 10 Most Memorable Seasons by MLB Teams En Route to the Playoffs (Written in 2012)

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Abstract: Major League Baseball has a rich and storied history. Here are the top 10 most memorable regular season performances by baseball clubs en route to the playoffs.Major League Baseball can point to its rich and storied history, which dates to before the first World Series in 1903. Over the years, a number of baseball clubs have gained fame for their memorable regular-season performances en route to the playoffs. Some of these teams made history because they overcame long odds to reach the postseason. Other squads are remembered because they dominated the competition on their way to the…
  • NFL Stadium Guide: Carolina Panthers (Written in 2012/2013)

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Abstract: This stadium guide provides fans of the Carolina Panthers with pertinent information on Bank of America Stadium.The Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (1)The Carolina Panthers are my second most favorite team behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. I have visited Bank of America Stadium on several occasions to watch the Panthers play football. The stadium is only about a three and half hour drive from my current residence. I love the stadium's design. Regardless of where I sit, I always feel like I have a great view of the field. I have created a stadium guide for fans of the…
  • Top 25 Worst Looking Uniforms Worn by Pro Sports Teams in Years Past (Written in 2012)

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Abstract:This article provides a brief description of 25 of the worst looking uniforms that have been worn by professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. All of these outfits have been retired.I have had the chance to view countless sports uniforms in person, on television, and on news sites. Most of the time, I like what I see. However, I occasionally espy an outfit that should never have made it out of the drawing room. Here are 25 of the worst uniforms ever created for a professional sports team (in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey). Thankfully, many…
  • Top 25 Uniforms Worn by Professional Sports Teams of the Past (Written in 2012)

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Abstract: This article provides a brief description of 25 of the coolest looking uniforms that have been worn by professional sports teams in the United States and Canada. Teams no longer wear these outfits except on special occasions.Dolphins vs. Bills 11/11/07 (1)I have seen countless sporting events over the course of my lifetime. I love watching thrilling contests and exciting finishes. I also pay attention to the outfits that the teams wear. Squads can score some extra points in my book if their players don great looking uniforms. Here are 25 of the coolest uniforms that have been worn…
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    All About Living With Life

  • 20 Enemy Qutoes to Identify Your Foes

    Charles Chua C K
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction. -AESOP 2. Our worst enemies are those we least suspect--ourselves. -IVAN PANIN 3. Your worst and most dangerous enemy is the person that injures you under the pretensions of friendship. -NORMAN MACDONALD 4. The only enemy to fear is the enemy within, the demon that speaks in your own voice, the assassin in the mirror. -BOB LONSBERRY 5. Enemies were teachers in disguise. -EIJI YOSHIKAWA 6. Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. -Martin Luther King, Jr. 7. The best way to…
  • 21 Direction Quotes to Show You the Right Way

    Charles Chua C K
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Happiness is a direction, not a place. – Sydney J. Harris  2. Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. – John F. Kennedy  3. It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. – Thomas Paine  4. You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. – Alvin Toffler  5. Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. – Denis…
  • 20 Commitment Quotes to Get You Committed

    Charles Chua C K
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.-Peter F. Drucker 2. Commitment is an act, not a word. -Jean-Paul Sartre 3. We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. -Cornel West 4. Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 5. When you make a commitment to a relationship, you invest your attention and energy in it more profoundly because you now experience ownership of that…
  • 20 Body Quotes to Look After Yourself

    Charles Chua C K
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. -Jim Rohn 2. To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. –Buddha 3. The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. -B.K.S. Iyengar 4. The body never lies. -Martha Graham 5. If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong. -Thomas Jefferson 6. Attention to the human body brings healing and regeneration. Through awareness of the body we remember who we really are. -Jack Kornfield 7. Keeping your body…
  • 25 Adversity Quotes to Strengthen Your Resolve

    Charles Chua C K
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. -Arthur Golden 2. There is no education like adversity.-Disraeli 3. Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. –Horace 4. Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. -William Hazlitt 5. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. -Francis Bacon 6. Adversity enhances this tale we call life. -Terri…
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    Elton Says Things

  • Why There Will Never Be A Good Fantastic Four Movie

    Elton Edgar
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Recently, the people in charge of movies decided to make another Fantastic Four movie. Unfortunately, it fucking sucks. It has, according to those in charge of criticizing movies, failed. They're trying to blame it's suck assedness on everything from the crew not getting along to black Human Torch which is not the problem at all. The real problem is the material. You can't and will never be able
  • The Bullshit Of Christmas ~ Vol. 2 ~ The Aftermath

    Elton Edgar
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
          Having survived the Mayan apocalypse, Hale-Bopp and a slew of Kid's Choice Awards, I know a thing or two about aftermaths. For one, there are no spontaneous orgies. Believe me, I've tried. Two; you don't win at "finder's keepers" when one of you brings a loaded shot gun and three, everything is...and will be completely fucked up. Everything.  That's why it's called "aftermath" heh, he...
  • Why Stopping The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (#stoptheparade) Ultimately Failed.

    Elton Edgar
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
          Today is Thanksgiving. A yearly excuse to over eat and loaf around watching athletic people bump into each other in search of a football. It's also the day that Macy's holds it's annual celebration of balloons too big to be tamed and lip syncing, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Normally, this kind of thing goes off without a hitch. Well, with the exception of a few balloons have
  • The NSA Is Too Stupid To Love You, I'm Afraid

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

    Elton Edgar
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
          There's a lot to be said about dead people; they don't argue or retaliate when their are valuables taken. They also know when to shut the fuck up and can always...ALWAYS be sold off fairly quickly. In fact, you could say that dead people are some of the kindest, most inadvertently useful and generous people on the planet. Hell, they even fertilize plants in their off time. So, they're "
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    ish ism

  • Is your dog’s health at risk? Read my surprising NYT story

    13 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Originally posted on Broadside:By Caitlin Kelly Dogs! Let’s keep them safe Sometimes, as a journalist, I get to write a story I know is going to help a lot of people. This is one. I discovered the story when I recently read a friend’s status update on Facebook; their beloved terrier had almost died…
  • Working on Two novels at the Same Time … A Writer’s Journey

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    I am in the unfortunate position of working on two novels at the same time. I say unfortunate because this presents some risks. The first risk is becoming a hack, meaning that I am writing two novels that have the same feeling… pace… plot twists, dialogue… characters, etc. This is similar to observations about Adam Sandler. … Continue reading Working on Two novels at the Same Time … A Writer’s Journey →
  • Top 5 Female Action-Heroes (movies)

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    With Terminator Genisys (2015) coming out soon, my first thought was “why” are we getting another Terminator movie? It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the first two movies, but I am somewhat critical of all timeline story angles. Stories that involve altering timelines are always problematic because of temporal paradoxes. However, the release of Terminator … Continue reading Top 5 Female Action-Heroes (movies) →
  • The Words Every Adoptive Mom Longs to Hear…

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Originally posted on Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog:Like most other adoptive parents, I adopted children because I, selfishly, wanted children. (My theory was if I had children to care for, I really didn’t have a lot of extra time to clean the house. I would rather care for a child than…
  • Aging Is Not For Sissies

    7 Jun 2015 | 12:20 am
    Originally posted on livenowandzen:? Celebrating 47 years ?I recently had the good fortune of marking 47 years off the calendar. After so many journeys around the sun, I’ve become much more adept at celebrating in a way that suits me. This year that included a hot, uninterrupted shower, a venti latte accompanied by a…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Political Correctness, Dooring and Cyclists

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Political correctness rears its head again. On the local radio station this morning, there was an announcement of a range of increased fines for existing and newly created traffic “offences”. It is no longer just police cars stopped on the side of the road with lights flashing that must be given a wide berth. Now any emergency vehicles stopped with lights flashing, including tow trucks must be treated the same. The mind boggles at how many accidents this might cause as nervous motorists, desperate to avoid the $300 fine, cut into busy centre and fast lanes. The linguistic wizards…
  • Choices, success, addiction and disease

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Choices are what we face every day of our lives. Choices over time create habits. Over a lifetime, habits determine success or failure, happiness or misery. Choices I am not a doctor or scientist, just an observer of a wide range of human behaviour among many different types of people in a range of situations and locations. However, I have never been convinced that addiction is a disease. I believe it is a choice. A huge problem causing misery, poverty and often death to addicts, family members and others. A huge cost to society, but not a disease. Labelling it a disease as has been popular…
  • Conflict, Adversity and Success

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    Two triggers for today’s post. At first poles apart, one about history from an article in a newspaper. The other about sport from an on-line article. Royla Castle Warsaw Burning 1939.Wikipedia Creative Commons. Both reinforcing my contention that conflict and adversity are necessary for growth, advancement and success. One offering clues for the current problems in the European Community and possibly the USA. Problems that may lead to major changes in both regions in the years ahead. The other perhaps, reflecting a growing disenchantment with the politically correct, damaging attitude…
  • Paying Attention for a Good Memory

    21 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    Paying attention, being aware of what is going on around you is one of the best skills for overcoming adversity. It is also the foundation for building an incredible memory. I was struggling to find a good topic to write about this morning. After 30 minutes I gave up. I had  a soil sampling project to do for a neighbour. I decided to do that first, so I spent two and a half enjoyable hours walking around fields of wheat stubble. It was cooler than it has been the last few days, just right for a vigorous walk. The first leaves on the maple trees are starting to turn orange. A sharp reminder…
  • Perspective on Globalization & Change.

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Perspective is everything. Perspective on Globalization Living in Southern Africa in the late 1980s and early 90s, before the internet became the source of information it is today, my main sources of international news were Newsweek magazine and CNN. I remember “Globalization” being the main topic in political and economic news reports. It was promoted from the perspective that it would be the solution to all mankind’s problems. It would create better education and living standards in developing countries. Prevent wars, end child labour, sexual discrimination, income…
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    author Carmen Amato


    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Brodie felt herself blush a little.  “Your card surprised me,” she said. “Why is that?” Joe asked. “Two reasons really.”  Brodie ate a bite of fruit as she considered how GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 14 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The clubhouse décor was devoted to golf, not surprisingly, with antique clubs and old prints of golfers in plus fours adorning the wall.  The lights were low but not dim; GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 13 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The taxi passed a small church off to the side.  It was sheltered by a break in the soaring, leafy trees that lined the private road leading to the Dingerhoy. GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 12 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Betty, Kay’s housekeeper, met them at the door as they walked in with their shopping bags.  “There’s a call for Miss Brodie,” she said knowingly.  “An American.” Stanton, Brodie thought GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 11 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Now, Brodie.”  Kay pulled her chair closer to the table as the rattle of the tambourine neared.  “It would really help if you saw someone.” “I told you,” Brodie said, GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 10 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • From Being Inspired to Actually Doing It

    Rambo Ruiz
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:29 am
    The post From Being Inspired to Actually Doing It is written by Rambo Ruiz With my enthusiasm for the principle of personal growth plus this artist within me, I came to love the process of making inspirational quotes coupled with good graphics, colors and fonts. What made it more exciting is as a Virtual Assistant I offer this service to my clients who are into social media marketing and so I make a some money from doing it. Here are some of my early works, they may not be the best around but hey I enjoyed making them Please feel free to pin, tweet or share them. You’ve seen a lot (or…
  • How to Remove Extra Number on WordPress URL

    Rambo Ruiz
    5 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    The post How to Remove Extra Number on WordPress URL is written by Rambo Ruiz   I have a Virtual Assistant friend who asked me how she could get rid of the extra number at the end of her client’s WordPress URL. And so I came up of with this blog post and produced a video tutorial on how to solve this issue. WordPress by default uses post ID numbers instead of texts in the URL that is very bad as far as SEO is a concern. What’s even worst is sometimes WordPress automatically add a -2 at the end of the URL which is very ugly to look at. There are two possible reasons why this is…
  • How to change your WordPress website’s Permalink (URL)

    Rambo Ruiz
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    The post How to change your WordPress website’s Permalink (URL) is written by Rambo Ruiz The web address (URL) of the pages and posts you publish on your WordPress website are called as permalinks. It is important to structure your website’s permalinks in a way that people can easily remember it. On this video I shared how you can change your WordPress website’s Permalink. The post How to change your WordPress website’s Permalink (URL) appeared first on Rambo Ruiz.
  • How to change your WordPress website’s Title and Tagline

    Rambo Ruiz
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    The post How to change your WordPress website’s Title and Tagline is written by Rambo Ruiz Changing your WordPress website’s title and tagline is as easy as literally one, two and three. Enjoy! The post How to change your WordPress website’s Title and Tagline appeared first on Rambo Ruiz.
  • How to Create a Subcategory Using the cPanel

    Rambo Ruiz
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:19 pm
    The post How to Create a Subcategory Using the cPanel is written by Rambo Ruiz When designing a website I make sure that I don’t do the “dirty” works on my client’s website itself. I do it all in a subcategory or subfolder.  Why do I want to do that? For a very simple reason, I don’t want to mess around my client’s website if ever I did something wrong along the development process. Watch this video tutorial I made for you to learn how to create a subcategory using your hosting‘s cPanel. The post How to Create a Subcategory Using the cPanel appeared…
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    Princess Burlap

  • A Farewell to a Home

    Princess Burlap
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Mr. JD Barker and I are officially and technically homeless. Happily, Casa de Padre looks kindly upon stray kinfolk, and we’re sheltered and fed and pumped full of garlic while we assemble our packs and canteens for our new adventure in a few weeks. I waited for him to be sad, to come apart, to break down, but he seemed ready, this home he chose from a builder model and a computer rendering in 1999 having been finite. I think we were both a little sad, for different reasons and in different ways, neither able to stand in the other’s shoes. On Thursday I ate The Last Breakfast with…
  • The Last Night of Life As We Know It

    Princess Burlap
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    This is it. The last day. The last night. I drove to work this morning from here for the last time. I drove here from work for the last time. I ran around Oak Grove Circle, past the sky blue house that has been vacant and foreclosed since I moved here 3.5 years ago yet somehow always has a shower and a haircut, its flowers all a’bloom. I jumped over the crack in the sidewalk where I have fallen twice and skinned my knees. I made a left and ran straight down Ashley Oaks Way, Dakota the Fluffer Wolf at my side, as he has been for the past 3 years. As I passed underneath the tall palms…
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    Write Travel Live

  • Protect Your Child from Dry Drowning

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I am a first time mom. This means, I often overreact to things. It also means I am hyper-vigilant about anything that may threaten my son’s health or safety. That being said, when I came across an article about dry-drowning, I was shocked that I had never heard of this before. While this condition is […]
  • Goldfish Swim School

    17 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    If you are looking for quality swim lessons for your kids, Goldfish Swim School has exactly what you need! With year round swim lessons for children 4 months and up, there are locations all over the Midwest and more locations opening. Started in Michigan in 2006, the husband and wife owners have created a special […]
  • Beach Vacation in Oscoda, MI

    12 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
      Michigan is full of beautiful beaches, lush forests, and a history built upon the backs of self-made men. Growing up, it was in the wide open spaces of Michigan that I found my oasis. I was the fifth child out of six which meant our vacations had to be frugal. Each summer, we would […]
  • A New Vineyard in Oakland County

    12 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
        Oakland County now has its own Winery! The Seven Lakes Vineyard has been an ongoing project for owner Robert Diez. He has spent years honing his wine making skills to create a delicious product as well as building a beautiful wine tasting room for visitors to come and enjoy. Open on Fridays and […]
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    True Stories

  • Great Job That Comes at a Cost. A Story of One Intelligence Consultant.

    Gill Andrews
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    What does an intelligence consultant do and how to become one? What can be the most dangerous assignments? How will this job change you? An interview with Stian Fossheim. Have you seen the new “Mission Impossible”? I’m very much looking forward to it. I quit watching James Bond, as Daniel Craig’s resemblance of Vladimir Putin won’t let me enjoy it. But otherwise, I would watch any movie about secret agents. All the stunts and action aside, I really enjoy the story itself, especially when attention to detail becomes the key to uncovering the evil plot. Yet, as…
  • 7 Simple Ways to Spot a Liar. Intelligence Consultant Reveals His Secrets.

    Gill Andrews
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Can you easily tell when someone is lying to you? I honestly can’t. My trustfulness can be sometimes confused with the naivety of a five year old. Turns out, I’m not alone. According to this article, not many people can tell they are being lied to simply because they are not expecting a lie, and thus are not looking for clues to spot a liar. For some people, however, spotting liars is a profession and a second nature. Full Name: Stian Fossheim Occupation: Private Intelligence Consultant Website: Follow Stian on: Facebook, Twitter My next guest on True Stories with Gill…
  • What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… James Bond?

    Gill Andrews
    20 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    True Stories with Gill return after a break with an intriguing story of, well, not the James Bond, but someone whose occupation is often close to one of a spy. My next interviewee goes by a rather vague title: Private Intelligence Consultant. When people ask him what kind of consultant he is exactly, he tells them, the one that solves problems. Any problems. You can think of him as of a private detective on a larger scale. Although he also takes assignments from private persons, he is more often dealing not with the interests of an ordinary man, but of organizations, corporations and…
  • Following Your Dreams Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated. A Personal Conversation with a Graphic Designer.

    Gill Andrews
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Can you become a graphic designer if you can’t draw? What are the main mistakes of a bad design? How to make your design stand out? How to come up with great color combinations? An interview with a graphic designer Carmia Cronjé. Special: How to create a unique design for an inspirational quote in 5 easy steps (tutorial). Today, I’m going to tell you a different kind of a story about following your dreams, which will give hope to many of you who are struggling to do the same. Ready? Here it goes. Carmia Cronjé studied web and graphic design in college. And although she…
  • What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… a Graphic Designer?

    Gill Andrews
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    My next interviewee is a young web and graphic designer who started her own business right after she graduated from college. She is a living proof that a messy disorganized designer who works mainly at nights is nothing more than a cliché. Despite of her young age, she has already achieved a lot and has no plans of slowing down. If you are curious about what graphic designers do, and, most importantly, how they do it… If you are a blogger seeking advice on creating appealing visuals… Or if you are simply curious about how to come up with nice color combinations……
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    HJ Blenkinsop

  • The Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle

    HJ Blenkinsop
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Welcome to the poison garden. The warning on the gates, ‘These Plants Can Kill’ should not be taken lightly. Don’t touch anything. Don’t smell anything. These plants can kill. Said our guide before unlocking the gate. So begins a killer tour where we discover: Does the Devil like to garden? How do witches fly? Is there poison in my garden? How did Socrates die? But first:   Why a Poison Garden? When Jane Percy became Duchess of Northumberland in 1995 following the unexpected death of her husband’s brother, she decided to do something deadly with the gardens at Alnwick…
  • Cat plays bagpipes at mouse wedding

    HJ Blenkinsop
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Cat playing a lute | from a French Book of Hours, 1480-1500 [Morgan Library]You’ve no doubt heard of the cat and the fiddle, but a cat playing bagpipes? And at a mouse wedding too! There are many examples in folklore and art of cats playing musical instruments. We’re all familiar with the popular nursery rhyme The Cat and the Fiddle, thought to date back to at least the sixteenth century:   Hey diddle, diddle, The cat and the fiddle The Cow jump’d over the Moon, The little dog laugh’d to see such Craft, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.      …
  • A witch-pricker, a demon cat & a good boiling. My day so far…

    HJ Blenkinsop
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    When I awoke this morning, I never imagined that I would find a Scottish witch-pricker, agree to a demon cat write-off, and debate the magical merits of cabin fever – all before lunch time! In amongst all of that, I went for a walk (breaking my four-day stretch of cabin fever) to pick up essential supplies. There’s a good reason for my cabin fever and subsequent flight. It’s hot outside… Muggy. My thinking went like this: if I don’t brave a good boiling, I’ll be on my fourth day of cabin fever… Boil or fever? This led to a conversation on Twitter…
  • How to cure a bewitched child

    HJ Blenkinsop
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Only a blacksmith who is the 7th son of a 7th son can lift a bewitchment from a child. The bewitched or ‘heart grown’ child is described by Mrs Balfour as sickly or puny – a child who does not grow. She describes the cure for such a bewitchment practiced in Northumberland as follows: Take the child to a 7th generation blacksmith. He will lie the child, naked, upon his anvil and then raise his hammer as if to strike the child. He brings the hammer down hard, but instead of striking the tiny naked chest, he lays the hammer gently on the child. He does this three times. Thereafter,…
  • Feed cats for free this Feline Friday

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

  • Happiness is a Cloud Word

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Have you noticed over the past few years, particularly through social media, that the idea of attaining a state of happiness is being pushed really hard? And you think, oh yes, it would be great to be happy. What do I have to do to be happy? And there’s all sorts of solutions; my favourite […]
  • Blossoms

    6 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Every year I can’t resist taking photos of my plum tree in bloom. This year it seemed to go from just budding to full blossoms in one day. It’s in full glory right now. The problem for me was trying to find a new and unique way to capture the blossoms. I mean, how many […]
  • 10+ Years

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Today would have marked my mother’s 75th birthday had she lived. It seems strange to me that it’s already been just over 10 years since she passed away. Recently I read a quote which really resonated with me. It simply read “Grief changes shape but never ends.” (Keanu Reeves) When someone dies you wonder how […]
  • I See Spring

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Ottawa today. After work I sat on the back deck, sipped a beer, and soaked up the sun. It was so wonderful after such a horrible winter. Sadly, the weekend will be a bit nippy but I got some photos today that will remind me that, despite the […]
  • Procrastination and Pushing Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Hell ya. I do both. A lot…and not in any particular order. And they are, theoretically, diametrically opposed. I’m better at procrastinating but I’m working on the other. Actually, right now I’m eating a bag of chips. Actually, right now I’m procrastinating. I’m supposed to be doing work for…work… This whole going back to work […]
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    Giant leaps to Success

  • Fear of The Unknown!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:29 am
    Do you ever just sit and think about life? Do you think about the possibilities that are out there? We live in a world where it has become a norm to have limits and just accept whatever life throws at us. We have put restrictions on our lives, our goals and our dreams. More and more people are becoming complacent in their circumstances that they are willing to adapt instead of removing those restrictions and achieving all they want. There is a fear of the unknown. There are some people who are scared to fail, then there are also people who are scared of the success. We would rather…
  • Road to success EP94!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Candice's Road To Success:Name: Candice PetersenOccupation: Receptionist and Beauty BloggerGoals: "Where do I start? I have so many hopes and dreams in life and only wish that someday I will be able to accomplish them all. Right now I think my goal plans are to be able to make my blog one of the most read blogs in South Africa. I hope to reach a lot of young women. I just want to make a difference with the kind of posts I create and hope that others appreciate the hard work I put in. Also I would love to travel with my boyfriend, there is just so much to see out there and different…
  • Road to success EP93!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Cara Fay's Road To Success:Name: Cara Fay GlaserOccupation: e-Commerce ManagerGoals: "My true goal is to be happy and have enough. I don't dream of being stinking rich I just want to have enough."What is success? "I personally think success is when you feel you have achieved something to be proud of."What success have you achieved? "I think my blog is somewhat a success for myself as it has really pushed me out of my comfort zone and this to me is a success."What success do you want to achieve? "Definitely financial success, this goes back to my goals - I want to…
  • Hello Wednesday!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
  • Hello Friday!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Follow Iowa’s Lead – Here’s One Reason You Should Say NO to Politicians

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    The latest poll to come out of Iowa is showing a clear indication that American’s are sick of politics and politicians. Donald Trump and Ben Carson are tied at 23 percent with Carly Fiorina holding her own in third. I would think that should send a clear message to politicians who are serving up more of the same. Politicians are bought, paid for and will do exactly what their donors want them to. Something I have started looking at VERY closely is privatized prisons. They are big money people! The Petit case in Connecticut is a PRIME example. The Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion…
  • Mighty Mug – The Unspillable Coffee Mug Makes a Great Gift Idea

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    A few weeks ago, I met with a client in their office. Those who know me know that I don’t go anywhere without a coffee. On that particular day, I had my favorite Starbucks mug with me. I have had that mug for about 10 years and still love it! Unfortunately, while getting my computer set up for our meeting, I managed to knock over my coffee. I didn’t realize the cup had spilled until it was empty and all over their desk and floor. The business happened to be a meat packing facility that had floors that were easily hosed down – but still, I was mortified. When I was presented with the…
  • Ashley Madison Did Not Create Cheaters

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    First of all, I’d like to point out that as MUCH as I despise the website Ashley Madison and ALL that it stands for – I have to point out that the website alone did NOT create cheaters. Ashley Madison simply served as a platform that made it easy for cheaters to cheat. If a person is flawed enough to cheat – they’re going to do it, one way or another. If you want proof – take a quick stroll through Craigslist and the Casual Encounters section. Just don’t eat before you do – you might throw up. In the news today… A California man is suing the infidelity website Ashley Madison…
  • Huntington Park City Council in California Appoints Illegal Immigrants to City Commissions

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    THIS is the very reason Donald Trump is SO popular! No other politician will acknowledge there is a serious problem! Francisco Rivera is a legal immigrant who delivered an impassioned speech to the Huntington Park City Council on Monday night, joining other residents in protest against their decision to appoint two illegal aliens to city commissions. Rivera, who is originally from Jalisco, Mexico, told Breitbart News that he is opposed to honoring those who have broken the laws of the country. “You shouldn’t get special treatment or get rewarded if you break federal laws by coming…
  • Join the Women Bloggers Network on Blogads – Blog Advertising That Works!

    19 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    I recently took over as the Hive Manager for Women Bloggers Network on Blogads is an online ad network based in Durham, North Carolina that provides advertising services to both bloggers and advertisers. Blogads was founded in August 2002 by parent company Pressflex LLC and its CEO Henry Copeland. BLOGADS MODEL:Blogads administers a network of bloggers that elect to make advertising space available on their sites. These blogs are placed into categories based on their content. Blogads points advertisers towards these targeted networks, while also providing detailed market analysis…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • The Rebellion Against The Homeless Spikers!

    Regina Antony
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    Almost an year ago, i had posted pictures of how spikes were being installed on buildings, road sides, and benches to prevent the homeless from sleeping there, by spiking them away. Few weeks back I came across this lovely article where someone seems to have figured a trick to fight them!! This hostile architecture is being countered by a art collective “Space, Not Spikes“. Their resolution to the spiky issue is to put up a mattress on top of the spikes, a few pillows, and a bookshelf with a few books!! Ellie Goulding thought it was pretty cool! Here are few pictures to tell you…
  • Apparently Your Handwriting Can Show More Than 5,000 Personality Traits

    Regina Antony
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Apparently your handwriting can show more than 5,000 personality traits. The size and shape of your letters, spacing between words, and how hard you press your pen down makes a difference. Surprisingly it talks of your health and energy levels too!!! Check out this infographic.. Check out the infographic below from National Pen to start your own analysis.
  • DIY – Making Your Tape Dispenser Your Own!

    Regina Antony
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    So in my quests for making all things boring look interesting around me and recycle products, the tape dispenser is next on the list. So this is my first post in a series of DIY “works of art” I am posting. This one is all about making your tape dispenser your own! What do I mean read on… So I bought a regular 3M tape dispenser, and up until last week it was being used as usual. Then the tape finished. I thought oh no I will have to spend again to get a new one. Then I realised oh no, I can open the tape dispenser and replace the tape inside!! Which led me to the thought,…
  • A Riddle : You can drink it and eat it too

    Regina Antony
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    So what is that great thing that you can first drink and once finished, you can eat it too? Well this sounds a queer one doesn’t it now. Well it aint that weird! This is not a riddle, it is a promotional gimmick from KFC come this summer. In an experiment they plan to do a limited edition of coffee cups serving coffee (but of course, what is new) – what is new is that the cups are made of cookie!! Yes that is right, as FastCo. reports “In an experiment this summer, KFC will be offering coffee served in edible cookie cups that look sort of like the standard paper version; the…
  • Writing a will for your FB account

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

  • Batteriser
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:58 pm
    If you hate how quickly your batteries die (devices only tap 20% of your battery’s energy), Batteriser might be just for you. Featuring a proprietary circuitry to maintain an optimal output voltage of your batteries, and a micro-thin stainless steel sleeve that slips over your batteries, Batteriser is able to extend their lifetime by up to 8 times. It is available for AA, AAA, C and D batteries and fits neatly in the back of your device’s battery compartment.   The post Batteriser appeared first on Spending It All.
  • TarDisk
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:26 pm
    TarDisk is a small device that helps increase your precious MacBook’s onboard capacity with blazing fast flash storage. Cut from a solid block of aluminum allow that seamlessly integrates into your MacBook’s finish, the TarDisk slides right into your computer’s SD card slot adding anywhere from 64GB to 256GB of extra storage. It is also shock proof and water proof making your information safe in case of an accident.   The post TarDisk appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Ion IT34 USB Turntable & Cassette Player
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:52 am
    Now you can listen to your old school cassettes and vinyls with the Ion IT34 USB Turntable & Cassette Player. This compact and portable rig uses four AA batteries, and features built-in speakers, a 3.5mm aux output for your headphones and external speakers; and a software that lets you convert those old mixtapes and vinyls into MP3s for your convenience.   The post Ion IT34 USB Turntable & Cassette Player appeared first on Spending It All.
  • No.5065 Scooter
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Designer Wang Yixing has presented a new way of getting around specifically for the “last mile” transportation in the city. The No. 5065 Scooter folds down into a very portable and compact tube measuring 50 cm by 6.5 cm which makes it the perfect size to be dispensed from a vending machine. It can easily be carried in a backpack and can be used to bridge the different forms of transportation where a bicycle is too large and inconvenient. Unfortunately, this product is not available yet. The post No.5065 Scooter appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Scosche boomBottle+
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    BoomBottle+ by Scosche is a cylindrical rugged Bluetooth speaker designed for cyclists in mind who prefer keeping the sound of good music in their water bottle cage rather than a bottle of water. It delivers 360 degree immersive sound via its large 55mm drivers and two passive radiators. It is also waterproof , dustproof and has a 6000mAh battery with up to 15 hrs of continuous playback while charging your device; making it a great choice for any outdoor setting. The boomBottle+ also allows for pairing with another unit in order to deliver true stereo sound. The post Scosche boomBottle+…
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • Critics

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:42 pm
    There is an Indian proverb that says that the more fruitful a tree is the more stones are cast at it. There is also another that says that the more fruitful a tree is the lower are its branches bowed down. There are two kinds of critics:(1) The Slanderers, whose goal is destruction, division, and dissension; these "speak evil of whatever they do not know", they go in the way of Cain, run greedily in the way of Balaam for profit, and perish in the rebellion of Korah (Jude 1:10,11). (2) The Sharpeners, whose goal is construction, correction, and communion; they don't speak behind the back, they…
  • Emotions

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Understanding emotions and controlling them is very important for young people, because more than anything, emotions can become a weak spot for the devil by which he can destroy young lives. That’s why the Bible cautions:“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Prov.4:23).In other words, God wants every young man to make it a priority to guard his/her heart above anything else. “Heart”, in the Bible, is the seat of thoughts, emotions, and decisions, and is the most vulnerable part of the human soul. Therefore, God wants us to protect it. We cannot…
  • Hating in Order to Truly Love (Lk 14:26)

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:26)~The chasm between what is of Adam and what is of Christ is abysmal. It is only through hating them apart from Christ that we can truly love them through Christ. Isn't it obvious that no matter how much we love our own present Adamic life, we can't protect it from death when it comes? The same extends to all human relationships. The grave shuts the door on all. There is no hope apart from the Resurrected Christ. He who…
  • 7 Reasons Why Jesus Was Chosen As the Lamb of God

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    It was not just because He was sinless; for, even the Father and the Holy Spirit are sinless.1. It was because all things were created through Him (Jn.1:3); therefore, only through Him could all things also be redeemed (Eph.3:9; Col.1:16; Heb.1:2).2. It was because He is the heir of all things (created for Him); therefore, He alone had the right to redeem all things (Heb.1:2,3).3. It was because the old creation was through Him; therefore, it's end could also be through Him (1Cor.15:45; Jn.5:22)4. It was because the old creation was through Him; therefore, the new creation could also be…
  • Does the Bible Encourage People-Group Church Planting?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Pentecost has a number of theological implications for missions that cannot be ignored. The ethno-linguistic-geographical division that resulted at Babel was obliterated at Pentecost; and the pouring of the Holy Spirit entailed not only the transcending of linguistic barriers but also the ingathering of both Jews and Gentiles into one. "If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?"(Acts 11:17). Of course, though this doesn't mean that barriers and divisions are no more, it does certainly mean that…
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  • Munich at night...

    7 Aug 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Munich at night… Sitting here at the open window, soaking in the sounds of a night in the city. I love these nights when you hear sounds from far away and see windows lighted up, wondering what the people behind … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Munich at night… appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #enjoyeverysecondlovelifebebeingiamblissblissfulnightmunichatnightlostinthoughtsbreathejustbreathejustbelifeisonelifeisgoodloveit Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #be Join the…
  • A Blessed and Joyful Eid to Muslims around the World!

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    A Blessed and Joyful Eid to Muslims around the World! Another year and another Ramadan comes to an end. Last year we were posting much more on our social networks during Ramadan, showing the prepared Iftar (food for breaking the … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post A Blessed and Joyful Eid to Muslims around the World! appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Change Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Changetheworld Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Eid Join the Conversation…
  • The small things...

    12 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    The small things… I just discovered that my husband put a heart on our wall. The empty snail is there since our honeymoon but there was never a heart around it. It put a huge smile on my face as … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post The small things… appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #cherishsmallthings Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #enjoyeverysecond Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #enjoylittlethings Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Happiness…
  • Calm

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    I couldn’t agree more – this is a wonderful written post and that’s why I reblog it (although I seldom reblog). Namaste Originally posted on Millfield School – The Untold Story: The word “Calm” is often used, but learning to … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Calm appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Calm Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Yoga Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the…
  • If Life Gives You Lemons - Drink Lemon Water

    4 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    If Life Gives You Lemons – Drink Lemon Water I recently discovered lemon water while I was looking for something natural to add as a daily routine for a healthier life. I love green smoothies and try to make them … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post If Life Gives You Lemons – Drink Lemon Water appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #boostyourimmunesystem Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #detox Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #detoxyourbody Join the Conversation…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • The autumn telly starts – but is it an X Factor hit or a flop?

    Caroline F
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Soooo it’s your first day back at work after the long Bank Hols weekend and what’s everyone talking about in the kitchen over the morning cup of tea ritual? X Factor, that’s what. However, if it’s anything like our office where you work, the chatter wasn’t entirely complimentary about the launch of the 12th series… […]
  • Dismaland Weston Super Mare – Banksy’s best day out by the sea ever?

    Caroline F
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:19 am
    You’ve probably never contemplated going to Weston Super Mare and in fact, you may never have heard of the place. But that’s all now changed with off (and on) the wall street artist Banksy opening the doors to his new exhibition right on the beach front in sleepy old Weston, not far from his alleged […]
  • World’s Most Dangerous Stunts Performed by Stars

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Here at Into the Blue we’re massive fans of action movies, and to celebrate the release of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation we’ve pulled together our top five dangerous stunts performed by the stars themselves. We have put together some of the most iconic stunts from movie history performed by the stars themselves including Tom Cruise, […]
  • Travel bag troubles, packing panic and how you can deal with it!

    Caroline F
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    You know what it’s like when you’ve got to pack your travel bag to go on a plane. It’s stress. Of course, hundreds of thousands of travellers pack their bags and head off to the airport every minute of the hour, every hour of the day, all year round, but to many of us, it […]
  • Get ready, get set for round of the Great British Bake Off 2015!

    Caroline F
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    We were so beside ourselves with excitement about the return of the Great British Bake Off on BBC 1 last week that we couldn’t bring ourselves to write about it, but now we’ve been introduced to the dozen contestants for the 2015 shows and we’ve let the biscuit crumbs settle, here’s our take on what […]
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  • Bubble Soccer | National Association of Bubble Soccer | Bubble Soccer Milwaukee Is Rocking Wisconsin!

    John Anthony
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Bubble Soccer Milwaukee Is Rocking Wisconsin!
  • Bubble Soccer Good Morning America

    John Anthony
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    In case you missed it this morning, bubble soccer (also known as knocker ball) and the National Association of Bubble Soccer was featured on Good Morning America. In case you've never heard of it before, bubble soccer | knocker ball has taken the nation by storm with the National Association of Bubble Soccer.   Check out the video from Good Morning America below!     If you're looking to play bubble soccer | knockerball, you find a provider in your city on the Find A Provider page!   If you're
  • Head Soccer Organization For Bubble Soccer

    John Anthony
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Head soccer organizations are all around the country, ranging from youth soccer to futsal. These head soccer administrations both regulate and organize the facilitation of both exhibitions and tournaments among member teams and divisions. Recently, FIFA the governing organization of the World Cup and deserving title of head soccer unblocked their private documents pertaining to the recent scandal surrounding the organization and submitted them to the FBI for review. While this is an extreme
  • Talking Soccer ? We re Talking Bubble Soccer!

    John Anthony
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Talking soccer ? We're talking bubble soccer! Bubble ball soccer has got the world and the United States talking and bumping into a frenzy, and in case you've never seen it before, check it out!   Bubble ball soccer is the newest form of soccer and is growing exponentially, especially in the talking soccer forum. Seems like the news and media just can't seem to get enough of the latest story about how concussions in soccer are at an all time high. In fact, bubble ball soccer has gotten an
  • New sport “Bubble Soccer” bursts onto the scene. | Trending Now - Yahoo News

    John Anthony
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    National Association of Bubble Soccer on Yahoo! News. Great article and summary of the sport...
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  • To Tell or Not to Tell: Coming Out to My Mom as a Nonbeliever

    Anne Marie
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Anne Marie ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Anne Marie E-mail : Follow Anne Marie Unfollow Anne Marie For anyone who has seen the Broadway Musical, The Book of Mormon, you may be familiar with the phrase “Mormons just believe.” It’s a catchy line from one of the songs from the show, but more than that, it is so true of Mormons, in general. And I would know. Because I am a Mormon who “just believed” for thirty years. I have all the “Mormon cred” to back myself up. I was born in Utah, the land that my not-so-distant ancestors followed Brigham Young to…
  • Reflections From Russia: “Why are you smiling?”

    Zoë Beckett
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Zoë Beckett ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Zoë Beckett E-mail : Follow Zoë Beckett Unfollow Zoë Beckett Whenever I ask people back home in the U.S. for the first thing that pops into their head when they think of Russians, I get a wide variety of answers. Mostly it’s “vodka” or “fur hats” or the occasional “crazy,” mostly in reference to the infamous dash-cam videos that are popular on YouTube and other video sharing websites. Another word I get a lot is “unsmiling.” This simple facial feature and how it is received in Russia is another thing that I find quite different…
  • My First Year as House Husband and Caretaker

    Tony Wilkins
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Tony Wilkins ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Tony Wilkins E-mail : Follow Tony Wilkins Unfollow Tony Wilkins For a year now I have been looking after my wife as her caretaker, ever since she was diagnosed with EDS and Hyperadrenergic PoTS Syndrome. Put into non-medical jargon, these conditions mean that my wife’s heart rate and blood pressure can rise exponentially causing her to become extremely unwell. She has also developed severe problems with her upper body and hips, which in recent months has meant I have had to start helping her get dressed and brush her hair. Put simply, I am…
  • A Different Degree of Elder Abuse

    Kay H. Bransford
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Kay H. Bransford ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Kay H. Bransford E-mail : Follow Kay H. Bransford Unfollow Kay H. Bransford A few years ago, when we didn’t yet have a diagnosis but knew something was wrong with Mom and Dad, we were concerned that our parents would be victims of elder-abuse scams. We had a major incident when my mom hired two contractors for the same work, one of which charged five times a reasonable rate for the work that needed to be done. Thankfully, we were able to get the contract cancelled in time. While we wanted our parents to hand over the checkbook and let us help…
  • Adjusting to Life With Car Bombs

    Jennifer Robinson
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Jennifer Robinson ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Jennifer Robinson E-mail : Follow Jennifer Robinson Unfollow Jennifer Robinson I don’t always believe I work in hard places. South Sudan wasn’t exactly easy, but it was still doable. You would be surprised how long you can live out of a tent and think it’s normal. As long as you have a fan and a bed you’re good to go. Pack a hammock and a mister or spray bottle and you’re practically in paradise. Who needs R&R when you can float down the river behind the airstrip in an inner tube you borrowed from the neighboring NGO’s Range…
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  • Law of Attraction: When You’re Not Really Sure What the Hell You Want

    Kelli Cooper
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    One of the misconceptions about the law of attraction is that you always have to be thinking about what you want, and have to figure out every last detail, lest you might not get exactly what you want; and oh God, how awful would that be? And as such, feeling like you don’t know what you want can be quite anxiety-inducing. How can things get better if I am not sure what ‘better’ looks like? How can I get stuff that will make me happy if I am not quite sure what would produce this much desired state? How can I focus when I am not sure what to focus on? This whole process can…
  • Podcast Episode #13: Law of Attraction: 5 Fears Messing with Your Energy

    Kelli Cooper
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Successfully applying the principles of the law of attraction means clearing out any energies that contradict what you want. And one of the most problematic energies is fear. And said fear comes in a variety of forms. Today’s podcast talks about five common ones that I think a lot of people will resonate with, and how to release these fears. I hope you enjoy it!  I also wanted to let you know about my new post on the Huffington Post all about the role of action in the attraction process. Check it out here. If you want to learn more about law of attraction, you can also find my Making…
  • Law of Attraction: Lessons Learned from Building My Blog and Business (That Apply to Anything) Pt. 2

    Kelli Cooper
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    Welcome to part two of my musings on how I applied the principles of the law of attraction to my blogging and business endeavors. Like I mentioned in the first post, these lessons are applicable to any type of manifestation, not just business. So no matter what you have your sights set on, you’ll walk away with something to chew on for sure. But first I did want to address something in regards to what I wrote in part one. The examples I gave about how I went about things, such as not checking stats, or not feeling compelled to read up on various aspects of how to blog,etc…are not…
  • Law of Attraction: Lessons Learned from Building My Blog and Business (That Apply To Anything)

    Kelli Cooper
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    I am so passionate about educating people about the law of attraction because learning about it changed my life dramatically. My experience has shown me over and over and over again, that by directing our focus on what we want, and away from what we don’t, we can let in more of the former and less of the latter. By engaging in some self-reflection, teasing out the beliefs that weren’t serving me, and shifting them, I created a whole new reality. Like anybody else, I am on the proverbial journey and I’ll never be done. And for the most part I have made peace with…
  • Podcast Episode #12: Law of Attraction: Are We Having Fun Yet?

    Kelli Cooper
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Are you a serious student of the law of attraction? Are you still buying into the idea that getting what you want is supposed to be difficult, and the ‘effort’ is what makes you worthy of receiving it? Us personal development people often fall into the trap of thinking this work is supposed to be serious all the time. After all, we are tackling some pretty big issues, and trying to create some really big things that are important to us. We are doing all this work so we can have fun and be happier. That can’t happen if fun and happiness and absent from the equation now. If…
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    To seek a Great Perhaps

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    10 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    You want cold water. I fan the cup a million times, then somebody else walks by with ice.  
  • Roller coaster

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    The theme park was deserted. Her phone started ringing.  “I gotta take this.” she took her phone out. “It’s my boyfriend.” She walked away. Mumbled some words to the phone and came back fixing her hair. “Sorry, he can be a real jerk at times.” “But hey,  let’s take a ride in the roller-coaster.”,  She said. “No, I’ll pass”, I told her.  I wasn’t in the mood. “You’re such a baby. Stop being scared of Roller-coasters.” she smirked and patted my shoulder. “I’m not scared”,…
  • The longest walk

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    I regret my choice ;  It hurts letting go, You heard it in my voice ; I’m sure you know. Passing the gate; looking back at you, I put my trust in faith, I hope you do too.   I am walking the longest walk, Waiting for your heart to talk.   (I do not own this poem. I happened to see it somewhere ages back and I did really like it.)
  • See your again: Wiz Khalifa (Short Cover) #paulwalkertribute

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    Since everyone is doing things remembering Paul Walker I thought of doing a short cover too. Remember to check it out and tell me what you think of it RIP Paul, you are indeed missed.
  • Matt Taylor, Feminism and Strippers

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Matt Taylor, the scientist who landed Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko by the Rosetta mission?  No. The sexist guy wore a shirt with a design of bikini-clad women and disgraced himself. So for a start off,  Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. But just like everything else (religion, politics etc.) this is coming to its extremes. The whole idea of feminism…
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  • 5 Signs You Should Be Taking a Probiotic

    Holly W.
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    We are probably all familiar with Actimel and Yakult, which are marketed towards keeping our gut healthy. Whilst they are useful, they aren’t as effective as taking a tablet with a concentrated probiotic. If you don’t take one of these already you should, read below to see the signs that you should regularly be taking […]
  • With These Pop-up Modular Pods You Can Live Anywhere in the World Off-Grid

    Sofia P.
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:23 am
  • Europe Is Talking about Decriminalization of Drug Use, Encouraged by Portugal’s Example

    Sherrie H.
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:06 pm
    What we have been doing. Those in Ireland and other European countries have been treating drug use as a criminal justice issue. This has not changed much, unless, of course, the change is in a negative light. Increased reports of connections between drug use and HIV/Aids or drug overdosing has shown us there is a huge […]
  • This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Raw Aloe Vera Juice

    Holly W.
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The Aloe Vera plant is nature’s little gift to us. Despite all that we do to the environment, Aloe Vera is still there, soothing our sunburn and mosquito bites. Aloe Vera is not just good for our external body but also it can be ingested and does wonders for our internal organs. The juice itself […]
  • The Best Kept Secrets for Naturally Healthy Skin

    Guest Author
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    When it comes to attaining a youthful, glowing complexion, beauty really is skin deep. A healthy diet and lifestyle can delay the natural ageing process and alleviate common skin conditions. It can repair the skin’s internal structure, enhancing the effects of beauty products and dermatology treatments. Achieve a flawless complexion by making a positive change […]
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  • The Door Must Be Opened And We Must Be Prepared To Walk Through It

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    "I don't want nobodyTo give me nothingOpen up the doorI'll get it myself"James Brown - I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself) Lyrics | MetroLyrics I awoke this morning to the news that long-time civil rights activist, Julian Bond, died Saturday night at the age of 75. According to CNN, Bond passed away after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. As I learned of this news, I thought to myself that we are losing our civil rights leaders and activists one by one and rightfully so as many of them were in their teens and early twenties,…
  • Some Things Just Don't Make Sense - Customers Ought To Be Priority One

    14 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Bank Teller Stations I don't know about you,  but it never ceases to amaze me how in business, the very positions that are needed for great customer service are now always the least filled. I say this because it has been my experience in these past years to walk into a bank and find two tellers working with a line of customers standing outside of the door. What really makes this scenario all the more ridiculous is that you have one person standing at the door acting as a greeter and another just walking around aimlessly with a clipboard or tablet device. Then you see a flurry of…
  • In a Crazy World, the Sane Person Is the Idiot (From the book DESTINATION SUCCESS)

    13 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    One of the books I am currently reading is DESTINATION SUCCESS by Dwight Bain, and as I was reading I came across this story Mr. Bain shares that speaks to our plight today. I am going to share the story verbatim with the hopes that it will give you something to critically think about.      There once was a king of a small country who seemed to have it all. He was greatly loved by his family and all the citizens in his kingdom. He was wealthy , powerful, and wise. Everyone respected and admired  this king. Because of the partnership he had built with his countrymen,…
  • Where I Stand on Whose Lives Matter

    8 Aug 2015 | 5:13 pm
     For the past months we have been hearing about how “Black Lives Matter,” “Police Lives Matter,” Gay and Lesbian Lives Matter,” “Fetus’ Lives Matter,” “Women’s Lives Matter,” and so forth and so on. The truth of the matter is, ALL LIVES MATTER; however, I am not naive enough to believe that all lives have mattered in the past or for that matter ALL lives matter now. In fact, the reason each group began segmenting themselves and crying out that their particular group’s lives mattered is because each group is feeling ignored or as if their lives do not matter…
  • Super Bowl Champion Burgess Owens Appears on The Reading Circle with Mar...

    8 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
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    The Passi

  • Why You Should Spend Some Time Alone With Yourself ?

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Have you ever taken any break from the busy schedule of your life and decided to spend some time alone with yourself sitting in silence ? Maybe you would have never done that. You are not the only one. Everyone faces the same problem and that’s one of the best reason why i have decided to write something about it. … Continue reading The post Why You Should Spend Some Time Alone With Yourself ? appeared first on The Passi.
  • Why People Keep On Feeling Lost In Their Life ?

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Everyone in their life felt broke sometimes. For me, it was a short while ago. When we feel lost, nothing goes according to our plans, nothing falls on its place, we do everything and everything gone wrong and we keep on blaming our self and our luck for all those mysteries that we’re facing. But have you ever thought why … Continue reading The post Why People Keep On Feeling Lost In Their Life ? appeared first on The Passi.
  • 8 Important Factors You Should Know About Yourself

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:26 am
    Recently i watched a movie named “Fight Club“. It was an amazing movie and one dialogue that i loved in this movie was, You are not your work. You are not the amount of money you have in your bank accounts. You are not the car you drive. You are not the mansion you live in. YOU ARE SOMETHING MUCH MORE … Continue reading The post 8 Important Factors You Should Know About Yourself appeared first on The Passi.
  • 75 Well Said Inspirational Quotes About Stupidity

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    This article list out 75 well said inspirational quotes about stupidity to help you get inspired and move towards success in your life. Keep reading and keep sharing … Thank You The post 75 Well Said Inspirational Quotes About Stupidity appeared first on The Passi.
  • 43 Well Said Inspirational Quotes About Silence

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    This article list out 43 well said inspirational quotes about Silence to help you get inspired and move toward a better life. As a famous saying, “Well done is better than Well said”. These quotes are sure shot to help you get inspired and feel motivated. Keep reading and keep sharing … Thank You The post 43 Well Said Inspirational Quotes About Silence appeared first on The Passi.
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  • The Importance of Community: Lessons learned from chasing a Killer at 2 a.m.

    Josh Martin
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Community plays a big role in our health and happiness -- something I was reminded of the night I chased a Killer at 2 a.m. (ok, there's a bit more to the story) The post The Importance of Community: Lessons learned from chasing a Killer at 2 a.m. appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • Free ebook on overcoming obstacles

    Josh Martin
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    Obstacles come in many shapes and sizes. Ironically, the biggest one I ever faced was so tiny you needed a microscope to see it. But whether it’s a break-up, a challenging time at work or going through cancer like I did, we all face obstacles. I’ve added my ebook Going on a Bear Hunt: Five things […] The post Free ebook on overcoming obstacles appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • Overcoming Public Speaking Fears: Lessons learned from starring as a tree

    Josh Martin
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    My public speaking career spans 30 years, going all the way back to my breakout role as Ant #2 in our Kindergarten concert “The Ants Go Marching In.” My job was to stop to tie my shoe as I sang and strode across the stage like a boss. I killed it. Fast-forward to Grade 8 […] The post Overcoming Public Speaking Fears: Lessons learned from starring as a tree appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • Time Management Tips: Lessons learned from a thumb-crushing sledgehammer

    Josh Martin
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    When it comes to effective time management, choosing the right tools and doing things properly the first time can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. Question: Is there anything more infuriating than trying to find an elusive lid for a Tupperware container? Answer: No. No, there is not. Rooting around a […] The post Time Management Tips: Lessons learned from a thumb-crushing sledgehammer appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • Productivity tips: Lessons learned from my rascally rabbit

    Josh Martin
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Between creeping friends on Facebook and watching the latest Star Wars trailer on YouTube for the thirteenth time, working from home comes with its share of distractions. Add an adorable and adventurous pet bunny into the mix, and just watch productivity grind to a halt. Meet Amigo. We decided very early on that we didn’t […] The post Productivity tips: Lessons learned from my rascally rabbit appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
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