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  • Bedtime Math Stories

    Geek Mom Mashup
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    “Bedtime Math 2″ cover As a nerdy mom, I’m always looking for fun ways to help my kids develop their math skills. When I received an offer to review “Bedtime Math” and “Bedtime Math 2,” I was excited to see what the books were all about. The “Bedtime Math” books are written by Laura Overdeck […]
  • Dear Blogger: You Are Doing It Wrong
    Elan Morgan
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Dear Blogger:You are doing it wrong.Our aim here is to make the internet a better place. We only come to you out of our interest in elevating public discourse and its guiding ethics so that you do not continue to jeopardize your reputation, the lives of your children, and good taste as we know it.Here are some simple equations to illustrate our concerns:You update your blog daily. = You must be desperate for attention.You update your blog only now and again when the mood strikes you. = Your half-hearted attempt at keeping your blog alive makes you look like a failure.You don't…
  • The Documents You Need, When You Need Them

    The New Old Age
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    The American Bar Association has developed a smartphone app intended to make health care directives quickly and easily accessible.
  • The Great Piltdown Hoax.

    Peterman's Eye
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    History has presented us with some major discoveries of early hominids: Australopithecus africanus in 1924, "Lucy" in 1974, and Paranthropus boisei, found by Louis and Mary Leakey, in 1935. However, in the canons of paleoanthropological discoveries, from the major ones right down to he C-listers, you'll never see "Eoanthropus dawsoni ", otherwise known as "Piltdown Man." The reason being that Piltdown Man is to Paleoanthropology what Nessie is to Paleontology. A big fat fake, in other words.The story begins in Edwardian England. Charles Dawson (pictured…
  • Picturing 200 calories of different foods

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    When the daily calorie recommendation for adults is only 2000, 200 calorie portions can add up fast, especially when we’re is trying to cut calories but still get all the nutrients we need to survive another day. To get a better idea of what this sized portion looks like, the staff at wiseGEEK raided their pantry and grabbed a scale  to take pictures, not worth a thousand words, just a couple hundred calories. Mini Peppers, 740 grams = 200 Calories Sliced Smoked Turkey, 204 grams = 200 Calories Jack in the Box Cheeseburger, 75 grams = 200 Calories Apples, 385 grams = 200 Calories…
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  • The Great Piltdown Hoax.

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    History has presented us with some major discoveries of early hominids: Australopithecus africanus in 1924, "Lucy" in 1974, and Paranthropus boisei, found by Louis and Mary Leakey, in 1935. However, in the canons of paleoanthropological discoveries, from the major ones right down to he C-listers, you'll never see "Eoanthropus dawsoni ", otherwise known as "Piltdown Man." The reason being that Piltdown Man is to Paleoanthropology what Nessie is to Paleontology. A big fat fake, in other words.The story begins in Edwardian England. Charles Dawson (pictured…
  • Ancient Dining Down Under.

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Australia is comprised of approximately 3 million square miles. Of that, approximately 90% is uninhabited. So, if you don't live in a place like Sydney, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga, Humpybong, Yackandandah or any other place that has a restaurant or a grocery store, how on earth are you going to get some good tucker? Have no fear, because I have some dinner ideas for you. Before I get to the menu, it's worth pointing out that the Australia many people have come to know is but a blink in her anthropological history. If you compress the 50,000 years Australia has been home to humans into one…
  • Mr. Butcher, Mrs. Baker and the Candlestick Makers.

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What do the following people have in common? Bud Abbott, Karen Carpenter, Elizabeth Taylor, George Washington Carver, Wilt Chamberlain, Clark Kent, Dennis Weaver, Principal Skinner, Spencer Tracy and Perry Mason.Here's a hint: the two people pictured above are ancestors of the Baker family. The answer is they all have "occupational names". As the term suggests, an occupational name is how people were once identified by their line of work. To say that the names stuck over time is a vast understatement. Tell me you don't know anyone called Smith, Wright, Carter, Cooper or Painter. All…
  • The Camera Obscura.

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Could it be that the world's biggest art swindle was perpetrated by the artists themselves? Depends who you ask. Some art experts claim that the near perfect realism and perspective achieved by many of the West's great artists came by way of a little help from their lens.A groundswell of opinion indicates the likes of Caravaggio, Durer, Hals, Holbein, Raphael, Rembrandt, van Eyck, Velazquez, and particularly Vermeer used an optical aid called a "camera obscura" to project their subject matter on a screen prior to painting. Although camera obscuras were known in Aristotle's…
  • The Most Maligned Mammal?

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world.If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.In the meantime, have we gotten it all wrong about hyenas?See you on Monday. From: Slate Continue reading this post
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  • Dear Blogger: You Are Doing It Wrong

    Elan Morgan
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Dear Blogger:You are doing it wrong.Our aim here is to make the internet a better place. We only come to you out of our interest in elevating public discourse and its guiding ethics so that you do not continue to jeopardize your reputation, the lives of your children, and good taste as we know it.Here are some simple equations to illustrate our concerns:You update your blog daily. = You must be desperate for attention.You update your blog only now and again when the mood strikes you. = Your half-hearted attempt at keeping your blog alive makes you look like a failure.You don't…
  • The Interrobang: What It Is (Awesome) and How to Get It On Your iPhone (Also Awesome)

    Elan Morgan
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    What is an interrobang?See that punctuation mark to the left there? That, my friends, is an interrobang, and an interrobang is "…a nonstandard punctuation mark used in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question mark… and the exclamation mark…" (Wikipedia) It was invented in 1962, achieving minor popularity into the 1970s, but it never became a regular feature of the typewriter keyboard, and so we are left nearly bereft of interrobangs today. So true, so sad.The interrobang is still the gorgeous baby of the ? and !, though,…
  • Things I Am Struggling With Today, Because Neuroses

    Elan Morgan
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    click to enlarge I generally cut my hair very short — I keep it about an inch long all over my head — but I don't mind growing it out up to two inches sometimes. Now I am torn between cutting it now or waiting until after I speak at Mom 2.0 Summit at the beginning of May. Do I go with super short hair, which I prefer? Or do I go with slightly less short hair, which I feel is more socially acceptable? I feel entirely too neurotic about what amounts to half an inch of difference. Maybe I should buy a wig and be done with it. Do wigs come in leopard print? Maybe I should just go all out.I…
  • Take a Little Trip, Take a Little Trip, Take a Little Trip With Me

    Elan Morgan
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    On March 31st, I travelled to Saskatoon to start the first leg of my trip to Manitoba with my parents to take care of my nephews, a two-year-old and a ten-month-old, while my brother and sister-in-law went on a short trip together. This is what I look like in a jiggly, blurry, and quite accidental bus selfie on the way to Saskatoon. Drew, one of my old crew with whom I had lunch in Saskatoon, wears good t-shirts. This is an insomniac's contemplation of her bedside table at her mother-in-law's at 3 a.m. I like to take my sleeplessness on the road with me. Geof, an ex-boyfriend and…
  • 9 Chrome Browser Extensions and 1 App I Use Every Day

    Elan Morgan
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
     Chrome is my browser of choice, because it lets me customize my online experience and, if I log into the Chrome browser on whatever computer or mobile device is at hand, I have access to my browser's history as I last left it. For someone who works for the most part online and uses the Chrome browser on a laptop, an iPhone, and an iPad mini, this is extremely useful. The following 9 Chrome extensions and one app have become core parts of how I experience the internet and get my work done. Enjoy!AddThis AddThis lets you share to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and over…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Picturing 200 calories of different foods

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    When the daily calorie recommendation for adults is only 2000, 200 calorie portions can add up fast, especially when we’re is trying to cut calories but still get all the nutrients we need to survive another day. To get a better idea of what this sized portion looks like, the staff at wiseGEEK raided their pantry and grabbed a scale  to take pictures, not worth a thousand words, just a couple hundred calories. Mini Peppers, 740 grams = 200 Calories Sliced Smoked Turkey, 204 grams = 200 Calories Jack in the Box Cheeseburger, 75 grams = 200 Calories Apples, 385 grams = 200 Calories…
  • New airline seat design solves shared armrest problem

    Deanne Mayall
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    This is very cool. A designer’s take on airline seats of the future (I hope). All sorts of nooks and crannies and well-thought out and well-placed holders for cups, earphones, plugs and best of all, a two-tiered arm rest where someone can get the top level and the seat mate gets the bottom. Addresses one of my perennial peeves, that of the seat-recliner-in-your-face issue, also. Check out the site, it’s great, link below. Full story here: PaperClipDesign. More stories about Design. Photo credit:
  • The humble pea finally gets its place in the sun…and everything you eat

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    With demand for non-animal protein booming, peas have suddenly become the “It” girl of the vegetable world, so much so that global demand for all things pea is causing shortages. “Why peas?” you might ask, wondering why Mom’s favorite go-to vegetable is now popping up in foods everywhere. The answer is the demand for protein that doesn’t come with the baggage animal protein brings, and it isn’t just peas; the category of food known as “pulses” also includes beans, chickpeas, and lentils, but it’s the relatively innocuous taste of…
  • 6 ways to clean up your online image when job-hunting

    Deanne Mayall
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Forbes has a great article by Ken Sundheim, who runs his own consulting business. He offers 6 great ways to repair, build, and control your online image so that when prospective employers Google you they see a brand that you have developed. First, Sundheim suggests getting a professional photograph that you will use across all platforms essentially, he says, creating a logo for your brand (you). An iPhone selfie won’t cut it. The maximum you should pay is $350. In order to get great visibility, Sundheim then suggests starting a WordPress blog and gives samples of information that you…
  • 5 epic management mistakes

    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Being a manager isn’t easy. But it sure doesn’t have to be hard. If you can avoid these five management mistakes, your job as a leader will be a heck of a lot easier. One of the key things to avoid: overly high expectations. This problem is especially bad in entrepreneurs, who are so invested in their companies that they’d work twenty-three hours a day. When employees don’t show that kind of investment, which they never do, it’s a let down. Another killer mistake is hire people without properly training them or without continually following up on that training.
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  • Spring Recipes to Delight Every Table

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Entrees, salads and desserts to please a crowd. Spring always holds a special place in the year.  The last of the snow, sleet and storms have stopped making way for longer days and the desire to shed heavy winter clothes and meals.  Plates and recipes become lighter and brighter with the hues of colorful vegetables not weighed down by the heavy gravies and sauces of winter dishes. The first vegetables of spring are tender and green with a crisp bite making them perfect for a family gathering, lunch with friends or a change-up to the weekly dinner routine. Spring abounds and so should our…
  • Lily Tomlin Teams with Jane Fonda for Netflix Comedy

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Unstoppable Lily Tomlin wowOwow’s Lily Tomlin is having a busy year.  First, the surprise announcement that she and her long-time partner (wowOwow’s Jane Wagner) were married on New Year’s Eve. Now, the unexpected and wonderful news that she and Jane Fonda have teamed up to do an original 13-episode series for Netflix next year. Unstoppable Lily! Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to reunite for Netflix sitcom Veteran Hollywood stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will reunite for a new comedy created by Netflix. Tomlin, 74, and Fonda, 76, will play long-time rivals who are brought…
  • Happy Spring – Flowers, Recipes and Spring Cleaning

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    Spring has Sprung! Growing up, spring held the promise of warmer days, melting snow, daffodils poking through the soil, lighter dishes and of course… spring cleaning! Happy Spring! First Day Of Spring 2014 Arrives On Thursday, March 20 The first day of spring, which falls on March 20, hints that higher temperatures are not far off. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox (or spring equinox) takes place in March when the sun passes over the celestial equator. This year, the sun will move across the invisible … Read More at Huffington Post How to ensure a boundless…
  • What Makes the Oscars?

    27 Feb 2014 | 2:59 pm
    And the Oscar goes to… What makes the Oscars, well, The Oscars?  It’s the talk of the morning shows and all over the office.  From the list of nominations and predicting who should or will win to the red carpet and Master (or Mistress) of Ceremonies, it is our cultural routine.  A night of glamour, cinematic reflection of the past year and yes, the speeches. Oscars 2014: Complete List of Nominations The surprise of the day came from “Nebraska,” a film that nabbed six Oscar nods. For Best Picture, all the big names made it in as well, including “American…
  • 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

    28 Jan 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Get Ready for Gold The Olympians have been selected by their countries. Travel is being arranged and final practices take place for what has been, for many, a lifetime of preparation. The 2014 Winter Olympics will bring us new faces, 12 new sporting events, and a new view of Russia (formerly the Soviet Union).  At the same time it brings back memories of Peggy Fleming’s performance in 1968, Dorothy Hamill free skate in 1976, speed skater’s Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair in 1994, and of course The Miracle on Ice in 1980 with the underdog U.S. men’s hockey team beating the…
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    Simply Jews

  • The wheel of time: Lev Tolstoy on Russo-Japanese war

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A Russian blogger Alexander Shamarin posted on FB an article Writer and the State about a long forgotten, but very relevant these days episode. First a reminder: the subject of the post is a letter written by Lev (Leo) Tolstoy on the ongoing Russo-Japanese war. A short enough excerpt on the cause of war:The Russo-Japanese War (8 February 1904 – 5 September 1905) was "the first great war of the 20th century." It grew out of rival imperial ambitions of the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan over Manchuria and Korea. The major theatres of operations were Southern Manchuria, specifically…
  • Having your cake and eating it as well

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    This article is a rather repetitive one by Khaled Abu Toameh from Gatestone Institute* which spells out, once more, the hypocrisy of the Palestinian Authority(PA) in calling on the Israelis to release yet more terrorists, as a precondition for continuing the "peace talks" (which might, to the cynical, be better labelled as the "you give us everything we want and then you can go to hell" talks). As it does every year, the PA is holding a "prisoners day" in which it celebrates the sacrifices made by those noble terrorists arrested, tried and imprisoned (under a very familiar and recognisable…
  • My quick patch proposal for good people of Castrillo Matajudios

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The brouhaha with the name of that Spanish town, which name means Castrillo Kill Jews, is really getting to me. It is probably the tenth article on the subject I stumble upon. Apparently the solution is going to be voted on soon, by all 56 citizens of that place. And what it is? If they agree to the change, locals will be able to choose between the rather less offensive Mota Judios and Mota de Judios, which both mean Mound of the Jews.And what is "mound", if you look at it closer? Let's see, avoiding baseball, of course:A small natural hillA collection of objects laid on top of…
  • Registration of Russian bloggers as an anti-terrorist measure

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    According to Russian RIA Novosti:The State Duma on Friday will consider (in second reading) a package of "anti-terrorism" laws, which, in particular, limit the transfer of anonymous payments and equate popular bloggers to the mass media, told the first deputy speaker of the lower house of the "United Russia" Alexander Zhukov.The package also expands the powers of the Federal Security Service and toughens punishment for organizing terrorist attacks and riots. Three papers (on the FSB, the duty to keep the data on the Internet for six months, an anonymous payments) were produced by deputies…
  • He who is unhappy is an enemy of the people

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I don't know if all of the readers remember this old Soviet term, "enemy of the people". To hear it pronounced during Stalin's time usually meant a death sentence. Who knows, we may be facing a "renaissance" of this dark era. Here comes an important human document that describes the goings-on in the Russian Federation, now a bit larger with "reunification" of Crimea.The headline of this post is the one chosen by Frankfurter Allgemeine for an interview of Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich. It German it reads Wer nicht jubelt, ist ein Volksfeind. Volksfeind... sounds good too, doesn't it?
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  • Creamy Dungeness Crab, Spinach and Pepper Spread

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The sun is shining and I’m feeling fabulous. Tonight I’ll be with friends at our Friday finger food night where I’ll share my famous creamy crab spread and rye bread. But now I’m struggling as my monkey mind is generating conflicting ‘clean the house’ and ‘let’s suntan on the deck’ thoughts. Dungeness crab are the…
  • Too Many Choices

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Each person’s well being is a result of how they view the outcomes of the major decisions they have made in their life to date. Our happiness is affected by success or failure in goal achievement and our ability to set realistic goals and achieve them is confounded by too many choices. Any content reblogged…
  • Nuclear Power: When will we ever learn?

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:30 pm
    March 11th was the anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region, which was triggered by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. That tsunami wiped out Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and in doing so, washed away the people’s confidence in nuclear power. Any content reblogged…
  • A Beautiful Life

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Maslow believed that beauty is a value that guides one’s growth toward self-actualization, and that peak experiences in self-actualized individuals often include perceiving the world as beautiful. – How To Appreciate Beauty – Even When It Doesn’t Smack You In The Face   Any content reblogged from this time – this space must adhere to…
  • Springing Forward

    22 Mar 2014 | 8:21 pm
    March came in like a Snow Lion but the snow and cold didn’t last for long. A few days after the power was restored we replaced our parkas and toques with raincoats and umbrellas. Today is Spring (Vernal) Equinox and the Sakura (cherry blossoms) are heralding the change of season. Any content reblogged from this…
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  • Dementia Fear

    Ronni Bennett
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Back in the stone age when we were little kids, it was called senility. Probably, like me, you knew an elder or two – perhaps family or maybe a neighbor – who fit that bill. Mostly, in my memory, they were just a little “off.” In one case, a neighbor was sometimes, but not always, confused about who he was or who I was. In another case, a friend's grandfather often lost his way while out walking and didn't recall where he lived. Whoever found him – everyone in the neighborhood knew and understood his difficulty – walked him home and he seemed grateful for the help. Without any…
  • Blog Blackout

    Ronni Bennett
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Since Thursday 17 April, Time Goes By and The Elder Storytelling Place have been offline. For the first day or two, the outages were intermittent and the two blogs were sometimes available. By Saturday or Sunday, nothing appeared when anyone visited the blogs except a notice of “unknown domain.” This is due to a criminal and malicious DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on Typepad, the blog host I use. All Typepad blogs have been affected. It is odd for a blog hosting business to be targeted for such a vicious take-down. Usually they are aimed at banks, credit card companies,…
  • Mental Health Day 5

    Ronni Bennett
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tom Delmore of crowsperch sent this little image. I think that for almost everyone it takes a lifetime to not only understand that what others think of us doesn't matter but to learn the greater truth, how you see yourself is everything. Or, it is entirely possible that I am speaking only for myself and the rest of you are way ahead on this issue. At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Steve Kemp: Vladberry Pie
  • Mental Health Day No. 4 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Ronni Bennett
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    [EDITORIAL NOTE: For the past two days, this blog and The Elder Storytelling Place have been unavailable for long periods of time due to a denial of service attack at the host. It is being worked on. Such is the way of internet these days. Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died last week at age 87. More important than his Nobel and other prizes, I believe, is that he was beloved by uncounted numbers of readers. For good reasons. I was amazed to find out that One Hundred Years of Solitude has sold more than 30 million copies. A long-time friend emailed about the master storyteller and…
  • ELDER MUSIC: Triskaidekaphilia

    Ronni Bennett
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. Or Triskaidekaphobia, take your pick. I'm always amused by the number of buildings in the United States that lack a 13th floor (although the…
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  • How can you make a guy comfortable around you? GUYS what makes you comfortable around a girl?

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Guys always seem to act so uncomfortable around me, and they tell me they are. I don't like the awkward setting, I need help.
  • Should I be strait forward with how confusing she is to me?

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    She's been paying me much attention, and then ignoring me, but I don't think on purpose. She hasn't really been answering my texts lately and I asked her a question about track which took her almost 4 hours to respond to. I than asked her if she was okay, and seemed sad. She responded in 10 seconds with a, "yea". Should I let her know she can talk to me when she needs to? I mean, would that be weird, because I don't even know if she still likes me. Speak of the devil, should I let her know how confused she's making me, and ask her strait up if she still has feelings? I'm afraid I'll get an…
  • Told me to text him, is he interested in me?

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    So I've never had a bf, so I don't want to jump to conclusions, but this guy at work caught my eye and we talked at work a couple of times so I decided to message him on fb and after and couple of days talking he gave me his number and told me to text him. We chatted for a while asking each other questions, and talking about some similar interests. There were also a few winky faces too haha. So I was just looking for advice if maybe he was interested in me.
  • Why don't I attract these types not the cuties? Is there something wrong with me like appearance?

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    I always get asked out by nerdy boys or jerks. I've been told by a couple of cute guys that I'm pretty.
  • Ex looking for a spring fling? Seriously what does she want?

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Broke up a yr ago this month mayb n was kinda break up where just want to hate each other ! Started talking again After maybe 7 months and out of no where she is engaged ! contact slows for some time , all of a sudden it's I miss u n will always love you n the contact and topic of it all is on her part ! Wants the "sex" life in mean time husband on business trip? Thoughts of this and if maybe it just a fling which I don't mind by the way or maybe she hopes for more and is easing into things?
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • Content Marketing In 15 Minutes a Day: 3 Content Hacks

    Ann Handley
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Part of me is allergic to the headline I just wrote—or, at least, the “15 minutes a day” part. Because starting out with a stingy marketing mindset runs counter to the spirit of the rich content marketing opportunity. It reminds of me of punching a clock at a job you hate: How little do I have to work? How much responsibility can I shirk? But, still, businesses—especially very small ones—have certain constraints and often-ungenerous realities. What if you really have only mere minutes a day to focus specifically on marketing? What if you run, say, a restaurant or a pizza shop—and…
  • Honey Maid Takes On Haters, and Now I Want Graham Crackers

    Ann Handley
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A month ago, the graham cracker brand Honey Maid launched a new program that aimed to redefine “wholesome” by telling the stories of interracial, single-parent and gay families. The idea was to align the 90-year-old Honey Maid with a modern yet steadfast narrative on what makes for wholesome. Families might’ve have changed, Honey Maid suggests. But “wholesome” — with both its moral and health connotations — never will. Here’s the original video produced by Honey Maid (which is owned by Mondelez International) and created by Droga5, New York:…
  • How Do You Balance Your Personal and Professional Social Media Presence?

    Ann Handley
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:31 am
    I started on Twitter 6 1/2 years ago as @MarketingProfs, sharing headlines from the site and representing the brand there. Then about a year ago I resuscitated @AnnHandley on Twitter as a personal ID—a handle I’d been squatting on for years but never used. Why now? I guess the easiest answer is that it seemed a fitting time to do so, because I had started to feel that Twitter itself had shifted. In 2007, when I started on Twitter, things felt a bit under the radar. It was quieter. I started and assumed the ‘Profs Twitter account almost by default, because it made sense at the…
  • The Problem with Banning ‘Bossy’

    Ann Handley
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Yesterday, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, and the Girl Scouts of America announced their joint war on the word “bossy” in an impressive social media campaign, media blitz and content program. The idea is inspired by a line from Sandberg’s book, Lean In: “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” Backing her are many familiar and accomplished women, including Michelle Obama, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Garner, Condoleeza Rice and Beyonce. Some of them appear in this PSA here: It’s an…
  • How to Innovate in Your Marketing: Ask a Teenager

    Ann Handley
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you’re a company looking to use social media and content in innovative ways, ask a teenager. And not because you want to market to teens (although you might), but because teenage behavior online draws a kind of road map to where marketing is going. Here’s what I mean: My 17-year-old daughter bought a prom dress online this week. Before it even shipped from the warehouse, she had already posted a photo of it in a private Facebook group that the girls in her school set up weeks ago expressly to showcase what dress they were wearing to the prom, which is in May. The girls are…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • 50th Anniversary of the 1964 NYC World’s Fair

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:50 pm
    As someone who grew up in Flushing, it was very exciting to go yesterday to the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the 1964 NYC World’s Fair. I went with my friend Barry, who I know since grade school. The event at the park was overcrowded (we thought we were going to be the only ones!) and corny (the new york state pavilion is mostly a shell of a building with nothing inside), but the real fun of the day was getting there. Barry’s car stalled by the expressway, which unleashed a whole series of little adventures which reminded us of our high school days, except now we had iPhones…
  • What is Blogging?

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I had no idea anyone would watch this video outside of my Facebook friends, so I didn’t put it on my blog,  which means, of course, that YouTube and Facebook got all the traffic instead.  If there is one thing I’m not, it’s a marketing genius. I also never bothered to credit the fine cast, so I blew it for them, too.   So, thank you, wonderful actresses.  You played pretentious bloggers so well you’d think that it wasn’t acting at all. Suzan from The Suniverse Tracy from Sellabit Mum Jenny from Oh, Jenny Mae Wendi from They’re Not all Gems Marinka from…
  • Doorbell at 3AM

    6 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    This is a 100% true story that happened two days before my mother returned from Florida. The door bell rang at 3AM, and I wasn’t sure whether it was a dream or reality. I staggered out of bed, my eyes half closed, fumbling in the dark for my glasses. I banged my foot against three enormous piles of laundry, a reminder to myself to do a major wash in the morning. I was naked, with nothing clean to wear to bed. I live on the first floor of an eight-story apartment building in Queens, and except for the infrequent rumblings of the early morning delivery truck to the Red Apple supermarket,…
  • The Story of the Birthday Selfie

    7 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am
    This morning, someone asked me how I took this “birthday” photo of myself that I posted on Facebook — not the baby one, but the one where I am on my bed, stretched out like a sexy male model in some underwear ad. Here’s the story: I woke up with the idea of taking a photo of myself “in my birthday suit,” in honor of my upcoming birthday. But how to do it? My arm is just not long enough to capture myself in full glory. But like they say, “necessity is the mother of invention.” I found a roll of scotch tape and used it to tape my iPhone to the…
  • Writing About the Virtual Life

    5 Mar 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Imagine that I had a disagreement with a real-life friend this afternoon. It became heated, and we cursed each other out.  Later, my friend apologized, explaining that he was going through some tough times.   We hugged.  That night, I wrote a post about it, detailing my emotional state about the experience, and published it on my blog. The next day, you read the post. What is your reaction? Well, it depends on how well it was written.  But you will probably understand it in the context of the age-old narrative tradition.  Incident. Conflict. Drama. Resolution. Now imagine, this same…
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    Simply Stated Blogs

  • What to Do With Your Old Cell Phones

    Benice Atufunwa
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you’ve purchased a new phone and are wondering what to do with your old one, turn it into an “emergencies only” cell phone. Even though there’s no subscription plan associated with the phone, because of government mandates, wireless carries are still required to transmit emergency calls made to 911. Just one important note: In the event that you do […]
  • Smoothies Under 250 Calories from

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Looking for yummy low-calorie smoothie recipes? Or, a way to sneak veggies in to your little ones? Search no further. Our colleagues at have compiled a list of smoothie recipes all under 250 calories. Dust off your blender and mix up one of these delicious and healthy treats for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. To see the full list, click […]
  • How to Cover a Popped Pimple

    Rachel Stein
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite definitely knowing better, you popped a pimple and it erupted. Rather than lecturing you on how bad it is to pick at your skin—because it is a bad idea­­­­—here’s how to cover it up: A combination of acne-fighting gel, concealer, and translucent loose powder. First, go ahead and apply an acne-fighting gel (like Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion, $17, […]
  • Today’s Thought

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 12 Flattering Plus-Size Bathing Suits How to Compost 13 Unique Wedding Rings  Filed under: Daily Thought
  • Wednesday Trivia: Jobs That Make You Gain Weight

    Rachel Stein
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A new study from CareerBuilder and reported by Huffington Post found that the very worst job for waistlines just may in information technology and government—not surprisingly, two jobs that require a whole lot of sitting. And if you feel you may have put on a few pounds since starting your job, take solace in the fact that you’re in good […]
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  • TV Done Right: Still A Dream

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    TV Done Right: Still A Dream: As a sharp-witted Be engineer liked to remark: “It costs more… But it does less.” Carriers take too much money for a user-hostile experience simply because they can. In most locations, cable companies have little or no competition, so there’s no reason for them to do anything more than milk the most profit from a cheap infrastructure. As Apple Insider’s Neil Hughes reminds us, the user experience isn’t a priority for cable providers. Indeed, as I write this from Paris, I have to juggle set-top box restarts and malfunctioning secondary content…
  • Telecom Giants Drag Their Feet on Broadband for the Whole Country

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Telecom Giants Drag Their Feet on Broadband for the Whole Country – Newsweek: For almost 20 years, AT&T, Verizon and the other big players have collected hundreds of billions of dollars through rate increases and surcharges to finance that ambitious plan, but after wiring the high-density big cities, they now say it’s too expensive to connect the rest of the country. But they’d like to keep all that money they banked for the project. In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission announced the National Broadband Plan, which promised to provide 100 million American…
  • Haunted Empire review – great title, shame about the contents

    11 Mar 2014 | 9:39 am
    Haunted Empire review – great title, shame about the contents | Technology | I found the bizarre attribution of meaning to events which didn’t seem to have meaning more and more intrusive. I also found it incongruous to have an American journalist from the WSJ offering her own interpretations; I thought it was an article of faith in that trade to get someone else to express your opinions – just choose carefully so they’re the ones you wanted to express anyway. But hardly any experts are quoted in the whole book; a pity, as they could have provided a narrative…
  • Surveillance by Algorithm

    5 Mar 2014 | 5:09 am
    Surveillance by Algorithm: Indeed, ever since Snowden provided reporters with a trove of top secret documents, we’ve been subjected to all sorts of NSA word games. And the word “collect” has a very special definition, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). A 1982 procedures manual (pdf; page 15) says: “information shall be considered as ‘collected’ only when it has been received for use by an employee of a DoD intelligence component in the course of his official duties.” And “data acquired by electronic means is ‘collected’…
  • ē The Cost of Bitcoin

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:42 am
    ē The Cost of Bitcoin: Putting aside the particulars of Bitcoin, the potential it represents is absolutely a very big deal. Bitcoin and the breakthrough it represents, broadly speaking, changes all that. For the first time something can be both digital and unique, without any real world representation. The particulars of Bitcoin and its hotly-debated value as a currency I think cloud this fact for many observers; the breakthrough I’m talking about in fact has nothing to do with currency, and could in theory be applied to all kinds of objects that can’t be duplicated, from stock…
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    Apartment Life

  • The Best National Parks Close to Your Apartment

    Pete Regules
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    After the record cold, snowy winter, Americans are emerging from their apartments. After months of being stuck indoors, they are reveling in springtime’s pleasant temperatures and escaping the confines of their homes. Walks, hikes, bike rides, and all types of sporting activities are being enjoyed by most of us. And there is no better place […] The post The Best National Parks Close to Your Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How to Beat the Blank Wall Blues: A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Apartment Décor

    Pete Regules
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Look around your apartment and ask yourself these questions: Did the 60s call and ask for your shag carpeting back? Are your walls so white your living room looks like an artless gallery? Are you sitting on the oldest couch known to man, courtesy of a college dumpster diving mission? Is your furniture collection so […] The post How to Beat the Blank Wall Blues: A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Apartment Décor appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Go Green – Earn Green in your Apartment this Earth Day

    Jeff Rowe
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22, we are reminded of how important it is to do our part to help the planet. Apartment residents are some of the most conscious individuals, reducing their waste, buying environmentally-friendly products, and getting involved with earth-friendly initiatives in their communities. However, residents are also extremely […] The post Go Green – Earn Green in your Apartment this Earth Day appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Renting an Apartment vs. Buying a House

    Pete Regules
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Choosing between renting and buying is a tough decision, made even more difficult by comparing rent rates, the housing market, lease lengths, neighborhoods, and property taxes, just to name a few.  If you’ve been debating whether to rent or buy, you’ve definitely got a lot on your mind.  To ease your woes, here are just […] The post Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Renting an Apartment vs. Buying a House appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Arbor Day Inspired Décor

    Pete Regules
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    As both Earth Day and Arbor Day approach, so too does warmer spring weather and the inspiration to get a little closer to nature. There’s no better time than this to act on your dream of bringing more nature and greenery into your home. Here are a few creative ideas to kick-start your homegrown green […] The post Arbor Day Inspired Décor appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • New goal: Survive until May 15

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar. [link]
  • Anxiety Drugs and Addiction

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    They say Xanax is addictive but I’ve found that once you hit 10mg you can stave off the desire to make the dosage higher by simply taking more frequent 10mg dosages throughout the day. Addiction averted!
  • Dream world

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Dreams last night were very vivid and bizarre…transparent…obviously anxiety induced…but interesting.
  • Aaaand plans changed

    Doug McCaughan
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Evening derailed.
  • Yesterday and today

    Doug McCaughan
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Yesterday I launched rockets with the cub scouts. We had a blast! This morning I awoke at 2:30 but could not get myself out of bed. I tossed and turned for 3.5 hours. I received neither rest nor got work done.
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    This Eclectic Life

  • It’s Always 9:11

    Shelly Kneupper Tucker
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    During a recent Ghosts of Denton tour, a young girl wanted to tell me a ghost story. She was bouncing up and down the whole tour waiting to get to tell me her tale. After the tour was over, I invited the other guests to remain, if they would like, so that this child could have an audience. Everyone stayed and they were glad they did! The girl was only about nine years old, and already had the makings of a good storyteller. Her story was short, sweet, and spine-tingling. For the sake of her anonymity, I’ll call her “Danielle.” “I’m named for my uncle,”…
  • Survivor of Goliad Came to Denton, Texas

    Shelly Kneupper Tucker
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:48 am
    I woke up this morning thinking of Andrew Jackson Hitchcock (I fell in love with that name the moment I saw it). Although he is just a footnote in the history of Denton, Texas, he was a hero of the Texas War of Independence. Few people think of him these days, and he lies forgotten under the sod of the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, beneath a towering monument. Today, March 27th, would have been a day etched into his memory; it was a day the horrors of which A.J. Hitchcock would have liked to forget. Hitchcock came to Texas in 1836, with a battle regiment from Georgia, to fight with the Texians in their…
  • Captured By Comanches

    Shelly Kneupper Tucker
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:33 pm
    “Look up the name ‘Banc Babb,’” Frank murmured, as we sat on “Murderer’s Row” at the coffee house. “I think you will like her story. She died here in Denton in 1950,” he said, “and she was the last surviving person who had been captured by Comanches.” I love sipping coffee with the locals down at Jupiter House! They always have historical tidbits for me. That one was all it took to send me digging into history. With Google and at my fingertips, I have spent the last two days unearthing what I could of the tale of…
  • The Case of The Missing Co-Ed

    Shelly Kneupper Tucker
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    She stepped off the train in Denton, Texas on Tuesday, June 1, 1948, after a six hour trip from her home in Texarkana, wearing a striped chambray dress, red platform shoes (with a matching red bag), and a white hat perched on her head. Virginia Carpenter was twenty-one years old. The 5’3 young lady had long brown hair, brown eyes, and a lovely smile. She took a cab from the train station to Brackenridge Hall, which would be her dormitory, at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University). She planned to take summer classes for her future career as either a nurse or a…
  • Harry Houdini — The Most Sensational Entertainment Ever Offered in Denton.

    Shelly Kneupper Tucker
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I knew that the great magician, Harry Houdini (born in 1874 as Erik Weisz, in Hungary), had been featured at the State Fair of Texas in 1924. According to Bartee Haile, Texas was a regular stop in Houdini’s travels. However, I was delightfully surprised to find, when I opened my very own copy of C. A. Bridges’ History of Denton, Texas, from Its Beginning to 1960, that Houdini was a prominent visitor to Denton in the 1920s. Who would have thought that this tiny town could attract “The Master Wizard of Magic?” The population back then was less than 8,000 and probably…
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  • Spring Break!

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    We are back from vacation in Washington, DC! Apparently while we were gone, Typepad got hacked and my blog was down for a few days. I appreciate those of you who emailed and tweeted me to make sure I hadn't given up blogging for good—not a chance!  A couple of weeks before we left, I woke up with lower back pain. The next day I woke up having a very realistic dream that someone was testing out a super-powered cattle prod on my left leg. You guessed it: sciatica. At this point I'd like to apologize to anyone who ever told me they were suffering from sciatica and I just kind of…
  • Feed 'em, Feed 'em, Feed 'em

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Oh, I forgot to tell you about another wonderful event I took part in through my temple group to fight hunger. Remember last month when I helped out at the Greater Boston Food Bank, sorting through donated canned and boxed goods? Well, this was also a GBFB event, but it was their "Mobile Market," which is set up like a farmers' market to give fresh produce to needy families. A bunch of us arrived early Saturday morning at the cafe of an elementary school in South Boston and began bagging up the many crates full of cabbages, collard greens, carrots, potatoes, onions, and apples.
  • Passover Baking

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    I am suffering from my first-ever (and, here's hoping, my last) bout of sciatica, and now I know why people describe it as the most painful thing ever. 'Cause it is. But today I will be making six batches of matzoh meal rolls, as usual. In truth, standing up is preferable to sitting, so I might as well be doing something.  And luckily Julie is becoming a master baker, so she did the rest of the baking yesterday—I just supervised and did a little bowl scraping. First she made a batch of these luscious chocolate cookies. Then she made coconut macaroons, which I'd never even…
  • Sob Story

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    'Dja ever read a book and feel as though it should have come shrink-wrapped with a jumbo box of Kleenex? That's how I felt about Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I cried my eyes out, and although my description of the story will make it sound like just a typical weeper, it really was a worthwhile read. Will is in his early thirties and has everything going for him. He's rich and handsome, runs a successful company, goes skiing and bungee jumping and mountain climbing every chance he gets, and pretty much just lives life to the fullest. Until he's hit by a motorcycle and…
  • Someone

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Don't you love it when you discover a wonderful author and then learn that she has already written other books! Then you don't have to wait for her to write another one. That's what happened to me with Alice McDermott. I received Someone as a gift (thanks, Michael!) and only then learned that not only was this book on pretty much every Best Books of 2013 list (Publishers Weekly, New York Times, NPR, etc.), but that McDermott has plenty of other novels in her back list, and is a three-time Pulitzer nominee! Where have I been? Anyhow, this slim volume isn't a typical novel…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • Black Widow in my Garage!

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I live in a small town in the high and dry southwest corner of Colorado. We have lots of critters here, including deer, elk, black bears, and black widow spiders. I did know that it was possible for black widows to live in my neighborhood, but until a couple of days ago, I didn’t know […]
  • Don’t Minecraft While Sedated

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The cartoon xkcd is one of my favorite nerdy comics. For your Friday fun, here is a strip about Minecraft. The moral of the story: don’t let your noob friends into your Minecraft world while they’re recovering from wisdom teeth extraction. Happy Friday!
  • Bedtime Math Stories

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    “Bedtime Math 2″ cover As a nerdy mom, I’m always looking for fun ways to help my kids develop their math skills. When I received an offer to review “Bedtime Math” and “Bedtime Math 2,” I was excited to see what the books were all about. The “Bedtime Math” books are written by Laura Overdeck […]
  • Don’t Fear the Storm (Quote)

    7 Mar 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I’ve been on a quest to find and share great quotes this week, and here is another keeper! Enjoy and share!
  • Courage (T.S. Eliot quote)

    6 Mar 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Since I’m reading this book and loving the great quotes it contains, I’ll share another one here. It’s by T.S. Eliot: “Only those who risk going far can possibly find out how far one can go.” Share and enjoy.
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    Magpie Musing

  • Creepy

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Because school break and my vacation don't always coincide, I took my 10yo to work one day last week. It was a lovely day, until someone stepped between us as we were getting off a crowded subway, and she got separated from me for an instant. She looked unsettled, and I asked her what was wrong. "Someone blew on my neck. That was creepy." And indeed it was - truly creepy. In that moment, it hit me hard that I won't always be able to protect her, and that my job as her mother is to help her learn to be as resilient as possible.
  • In Which I Start In One Place, And End In Another

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    You know how you meet people from time to time who are like siblings? I used to work with someone who could have been my brother. He and I got on famously, bickering all the time. I invited him to a party at my apartment, which both of my real siblings attended. They were both smitten; they too saw that he was clearly our brother-from-another-mother. He came for Christmas every year and he performed the ceremony at my sister's mock wedding (she'd eloped and this was the party for the masses, it needed a theatrical gesture).More recently, not long after I started this blog, I found a…
  • Words to Live By

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    The reason that you go to the Bronx Zoo is so that you can see tigers. But the bug carousel might be the most whimsical thing ever.Especially because it has signs that tell you only one rider per bug.Because honestly? Two people cannot one bug ride.
  • Black Dirt All Around

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It was a long horrible winter, but finally, FINALLY, it seems like spring. Sunday, one of the daffodils bloomed.And yesterday, when I got home from work, there were enough open that I cut a handful for the dinner table. I am very thrilled to be getting my gardening on FINALLY. We had to sit out all of last year, due to the construction project on our house. Not only could I not do anything, there were beds near the house that just got trashed, and there's a whole area where we took down some gigantic threatening trees - all of this needs work. Let me tell you, there is nothing as much fun as…
  • Eccentric?

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Things get stuck in my craw sometimes. Like this sentence:One of the strange, wonderful facts about many atheists is their eccentricity and intellectual omnivorousness.It was in a basically interesting column in the New York Times, called "Spreading the Word on the Power of Atheism", about an atheist writer named S.T. Joshi.But let's unpack that sentence. Is it strange to be intellectually omnivorous? Are atheists alone in being eccentric and/or intellectually omnivorous? Are atheists so peculiar, so unusual that they get to be pigeonholed, damning with faint praise? Oh, an atheist, how…
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    Joshua Bryce Newman

  • Precisely

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Marc Andreessen: “Do you know the best thing about startups?” Ben Horowitz: “What?” Marc Andreessen: “You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.”
  • Pooped

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    For the most part, having a dog is wonderful. As I told my brother David, who just got an adorable cockapoo named Brooklyn, having a small dog is like having a stuffed animal that climbs onto you. Observe the two of them, passed out on their couch: Of course, there are downsides to them, too. One of which is trying to get your dog to poop. And then scooping up that poop in a little plastic bag. Gem doesn’t really like to poop, so even if he needs to go badly, he’ll walk a good way before finally squeezing it out. Cold weather be damned, he’ll drag me block after block after…
  • Neck Deep

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Sorry for the radio silence. Helping launch the NPFL has eaten waaay more of my time than expected. In parallel, Dobbin’s counting down to the launch of the Spring ’14 line, and CrossFit NYC is taking over two more floors of our 28th St location. Plus I’m neck-deep in a bunch of structural / fund management stuff at Outlier, which should help us better keep up with and support our portfolio companies, and am trying to help my brother wrangle a brand new puppy (his first dog, as Gem is mine). In short, not much time for blogging. Though I am strongly considering stopping…
  • Sporting Life

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:21 pm
    One year in high school, I worked as a little league umpire. The kids were great; the parents, terrible. At least every other game, we had to throw a parent out of the park. Swear at me all you want, but swear at a ten year old and you’re gone. At CFNYC, I get to see grown-up versions of those kids. Some had great experiences, come in the door as competent athletes. But many more show up convinced that they’re just not good at sports at all. Which, invariably, isn’t really the case. After a few weeks of coaching, they start to realize they’re capable of things they…
  • Roc-a-fella

    24 Feb 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Late in his life, the writer and social critic Edmund Wilson admitted in an interview that he no longer read history books. Asked why not, he explained, “I already know more or less the kind of things that happen.” I feel similarly about business books. Having read too many in the early days of my startup career, I now very rarely find one that actually says something new, or that warrants reading past the first chapter. There is, however, one big exception: The Rockeller Habits, by Verne Harnish. I recommend the book to all of our portfolio company CEOs, and would recommend it…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • 4 Marine Corps Combat Leadership Lessons Every Man Should Learn

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jeff Clement. I did two deployments to Afghanistan as a US Marine Corps logistics officer, and led hundreds of Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen (and dogs) on dangerous resupply convoys, facing insurgent IEDs and ambushes. This isn’t something that anybody knows how to do instinctively. Leadership, whether in the most intense combat situations or everyday business here in the States, is a learned skill. In fact, I titled my book The Lieutenant Don’t Know, making light of everything that I had to be educated about. I was fortunate to have…
  • How to Survive a Lightning Strike: An Illustrated Guide

    Brett and Kate McKay
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The best way to survive a lightning strike is to avoid being outdoors in the first place. Use the 30/30 Rule: If, after seeing lightning, you can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder, get inside a building or car. Don’t go outside until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. If you’re caught outdoors and can’t take cover during a lightning storm, seek shelter in a low area under a dense growth of small trees (don’t stand too close to them, though). Avoid tall, isolated objects like tall trees and flagpoles, since lightning often (but not always) tends to strike the…
  • Why Are We So Conflicted About Manhood in the Modern Age?

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    In the last post, we explored the origins of manhood – how it consists of an energy born of the innate biological and psychological characteristics of males that is then channeled by cultures towards service that benefits the collective good. We also discussed the way an emphasis on the code of manhood fluctuates according to the abundance of resources in a given society. The scarcer the resources, the more the code of manhood is emphasized – the more men need to be good at being men. Men’s greater expendability, physical strength, and predisposition towards risk-taking, competition,…
  • Your Grandpa’s Jeans: A Primer on Raw and Selvedge Denim

    Brett & Kate McKay
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    While denim jeans have been a clothing staple for men since the 19th century, the jeans you’re probably wearing right now are a lot different from the denim jeans that your grandpa or even your dad wore. Before the 1950s, most denim jeans were crafted from raw and selvedge denim that was made in the United States. But in the subsequent decades, as denim went from workwear to an everyday style staple, the way jeans were produced changed dramatically. With the implementation of cost cutting technologies and the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs to developing countries, the quality of your…
  • Where Does Manhood Come From?

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Where does manhood come from? Is it innate or culturally constructed? Why has an emphasis on manhood receded in the modern day? Throughout this series, we have indirectly been touching on these questions. Today we’ll tackle them head on. (We explored this subject a few years ago, but I had only skimmed Manhood in the Making at that point, and it deserves a much more thorough and critical treatment. We’ve now laid down enough context to really dig into it!). This post is long. Like chapter-of-a-book long. (It was originally even longer, but I decided to break it into two back-to-back…
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  • Kind of Bleached

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed More from my trip earlier this year to New Orleans. More Second Line here. Really loving the Analog Efex Pro plugin in the Nik Collection. I can get where I want very quickly. In some ways, it’s faster than the flagship Color Efex Pro. The post Kind of Bleached appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
  • Parents: You’re all doing it wrong.

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed Especially for bloggers. Pitch perfect post on Mom 101 about parenting in the internet age. The post Parents: You’re all doing it wrong. appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
  • Numbers

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed The post Numbers appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
  • Spring is here

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed Loving the QX100, despite shortcomings of battery life, speed while composing, time to boot and occasional hiccups while composing. Still can’t beat the portability to image size ratio, though. The post Spring is here appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
  • Cold, somewhat tight and yet still hopeful

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed The post Cold, somewhat tight and yet still hopeful appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Sex and Pornography Are Not the Enemies

    Anne Marie Miller
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Sex and pornography are not the enemies, but we are in a fight. A quick timeline, for those of you who might be new here. 1996: A youth pastor I trust sexually violates me. Also my first introduction to online pornography, which later becomes a compulsive behavior. (Compulsive sexual behaviors are not classified by the DSM as addictions – at best, they’re hypersexual disorders, which still doesn’t define what I would consider pornography addiction to be. Anyway, carry on.) 2001: A friend opens up to me about her pornography habits, masturbation, and lust. Her choosing to…
  • For When You Feel Far From God

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    I know I’ve probably said these things a million times before. I feel so far away from God. Those were the years where I went far from God. My friend, he’s just so far from God right now. Maybe it’s you. Maybe you’re in a season where God feels separate, distant, unreachable. Maybe your son or your daughter, your sister or you mother or you uncle or your best friend or your spouse has gone off track. By Holly Marlin It dawned on me recently that we can’t be far from God. I’ve seen it on bumper stickers and t-shirts and heard it in sermons: “If you…
  • For When You Want to Feel Like Everyone Else But You Can’t No Matter How Hard You Try

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You try. You try and you try and you try to fit in. Everywhere you look, something or someone is telling you what you should be doing (so that you fit in). I say “(so that you fit in)” because it’s not overtly said… Especially in the church, Christian, faith-based world. Nobody would ever come right out and say:   “You should decorate your house like this.” “You should do your hair this way.” “You should use this phone.” “You should wear this style of jewelry.” “You should read these authors.”…
  • We Saw Them Become Orphans

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    It was our fourth time to Africa, but our first time to go as a pair. Tim was hired by The Alliance for Children Everywhere to write some scripts, shoot some video, and edit it for a curriculum churches and schools will use back in the states that will help raise awareness and funds for their work in Zambia. What does ACE do? Rescue children who would otherwise die. That’s what their website says, point-blank. They do a lot more than that, but that’s a pretty big first step. About a week before the trip, I learned we’d be staying in The House of Moses, the rescue center…
  • Praying for Peace this Lenten Season

    Anne Marie Miller
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Prayers this Lenten season especially for peace. [A Ukrainian woman stands with a white flag and an icon in front of the riot police line during a temporary truce. Photo Credit: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA.] The post Praying for Peace this Lenten Season appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
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  • A 7 Day Road Trip Through Rural Scotland Day III

    Alex Berger
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    The route, color coded by day, I took during my road trip through the Highlands. In Part I of this series I shared with you the adventures and experiences of my first two days on the road. This included the trip from Edinburgh through Glen Coe to Ratagan before outlining my second day which was dedicated completely to the Isle of Skye.  In this post we pick up where I left off as I leave Skye and the most famous part of the highlands behind in favor of delving into Scotland’s far less known northwestern coast. Day 3 – Ullapool Bound The folks at the front desk of the Ratagan…
  • An Instagram Tour of Chianti in 15 Photos

    Alex Berger
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:09 am
    I recently had the pleasure of spending a week wandering through Tuscany.  As part of the trip, the local tourism boards invited me on a three day blog trip in the Chianti hills focusing on the area around Tarvarnelle.  While the high quality photos from my dSLR will follow soon, here is a cross section of my 15 favorite instagram photos from the trip.  All were shot on an iphone 4s and edited in either the VSCOCAM app or Snapseed. This is the lion of Florence. Found in Florence’s Archaeology museum is is roughly the size of a real lion and one of the most beautiful pieces of bronze…
  • Aged Paint – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Just around the corner from Kastellet, Copenhagen’s historic star-shaped fortress, are a series of old buildings dating to the 1600s which served as the fortress’ military barracks and naval dorms. Painted a vibrant military orange, these ancient buildings are awash in charm and character. Their brick walls and windows are all uniquely shaped having gradually sagged over the centuries as the ground shifted and changed beneath them. Today some still serve as military accommodation, though others are general residential or have been converted to small shops or restaurants.  …
  • Moonrise Over Ouray – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Situated in the heart of southwestern Colorado the small town of Ouray rests at the foot of spectacular mountains.  Made famous by its hot springs the sleepy little town also serves as a nexus from which ribbon-like roads snake out into the nearby mountain passes as they attempt to wind through the San Juan Mountain Range.  The town itself has a distinctly western feel to it with old-western architecture and the occasional semi-tame wild deer roaming the streets.  Thus, it was the perfect spot to enjoy this spectacular moonrise.  We were freshly arrived and had just checked into our…
  • A 7 Day Road Trip Through Rural Scotland

    Alex Berger
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The route, color coded by day, I took during my road trip through the Highlands. Scotland. The land of primal music, men in kilts, Braveheart, and scotch. It is easily my favorite country in Europe.  There’s just something about the naked beauty of the Scottish Highlands that captivates my imagination and draws me back time and time again.  It’s a place that is perpetually kissed by rain that serves as the lifeblood through which Scotland’s ethereal essence persists.  Part of Scotland’s magic is its lush greenery, the prolific waterfalls, the small streams crashing…
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    No Pasa Nada

  • Hello world!

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    To Think Is To Create

  • DIY Chocolate Egg

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

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

    15 Feb 2014 | 4:21 pm
    As so many of you are stuck inside, bundled up and maybe even having your millionth snow day in a row — I wanted to send you a little love and encouragement today from the desert. Because even though it doesn’t seem like we desert folk understand your pain, we do, and I will need you to send these same encouragements to me in about 6 months, around August. Deal? By August we are no where near temps getting below 100 degrees, and yet they’ve been above 100 degrees for 4 months already. The long days are truly so long when the climate is being a tyrant like it is in extreme…
  • Turning your hobby into a business

    13 Feb 2014 | 12:45 pm
    When I started blogging almost 10 years ago, I never thought I would have taken my writing and blogging all the places I have in this past decade. I probably would have said you were off your rocker if you told me what I’d be doing with my blog in 2014.  I thought it was a fun hobby, and a weird one at that. Imagine blogging 10 years ago — it was an entirely different landscape. Today looks very different, and one of the best ways it is different is that the opportunity to take what you love and turn it into a business is greater than ever. What has endured over the past decade…
  • I’m scared of being mediocre

    5 Feb 2014 | 1:13 pm
      I had this realization recently. I’m terrified of being mediocre. How that plays out in my life is that I don’t shoot for the moon, I don’t go big or go home, I’m not balls to the wall. None of that. I just slink back, try to disappear and be “less” so that at least I didn’t try and then turn out to just be mediocre at something. Apparently my subconscious would rather do NOTHING than be mediocre. There are plenty of problems with this line of thinking, but the one that stands out to me the most is the fear. Did you know that fear is the…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Baby Alex

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Yesterday I woke up, fed my kids breakfast, got them started on their schoolwork, then took my older boy with me to to a well-known home improvement store in the city, where we loaded up with all manner of grass seed, vegetable seed, bird seed, and tomato plants before driving back to the ranch, where we immediately unloaded everything so that we could then load all the dogs into the vehicle and drive back to town to take them to their veterinary checkups, which I had scheduled the day before. All dogs were pronounced healthy (and stinky; you know you live in the country when your…
  • My Kids

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    All of these photos OF my kids were taken BY my kids. Those are always the fun ones.   They cleaned up nice yesterday! Except for my boys’ boots. Here’s what I’ve learned: As much as you try to have a pair of work boots and a pair of dress boots, the dress boots always wind up being another pair of work boots. We chipped the mud off before we left for church, though! Oh, and speaking of before we left for church: Guess what happened in the country and all over town yesterday morning? The power went out. My hair was 82% dry when it went out, so I let it air dry from…
  • Easter 1975

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Seeing that we’re in the middle of Holy Week, I thought I’d share this photo of me on Easter morning 19 years ago. I was six years old. Gosh, it seems like it was only yesterday! Oh. I’m sorry. I mean 29 years ago. Wow. I can’t believe how fast time has flown! What’s that? This photo was taken 39 years ago? Nah, that’s impossible. If this photo were taken 39 years ago, that would mean I’m now well into my forties, and we all know that isn’t the case! Also, I clearly remember this particular Easter morning—my white dress with light blue…
  • Totally Normal

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Everyone’s teenage daughter plops down on the dog bed and takes selfies with her Basset Hound, right?       They do?       Oh, good. I thought for a second that our family was weird. So happy to know that we’re not!       “Yep. Totally normal down here, thanks!” Charlie, man. You’re freaking me out right now.       I think I should change the title of this post to “The Goblin and the Girl.” Look…at his…face.       “GOBLIN? Who you callin’ goblin?”…
  • Beard or No Beard: The Result!

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Thank you so much for voting in my “Beard or No Beard” poll the other day, wherein we all took the liberty of deciding what my brother-in-law Tim should do with his facial hair. The results have been tallied. It’s an absolute landslide!     You voted for Tim to keep the beard. By an overwhelming margin, I might add.     Here are the numbers. Wow. I’d better go call Tim before it’s too late!
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    Boss Sanders

  • When Adoption Isn’t Easy – The Things Nobody Wants To Say Outloud

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Sometimes, I just want to be a “plain ‘ol” mom.  I want to be able to sit around a table and talk about my rough days without being looked at with wide eyed horror or like I’m a three-eyed monster.  Sometimes, I just want to be so honest about my thoughts and not judged.  Sometimes, I just need to be seen as a mom, wife, woman… just trying to love Jesus and her family and doing her best to do what’s right.  I’m just like every other mama… I teeter on the line between being a “Trauma Mama” (as my friend, CS calls them……
  • Homeschooling and Adoption

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    “Z” has been home in the US with us for 21 weeks and 2 days. I remember searching the internet for clues on how to school a child who does not speak your language, how to catch them up quickly.  I remember the search for materials that could help us, help him, and help us help him!  I remember finding next to nothing.  I remember calling schools, frantic, asking what they could do for my son (turns out, beyond Spanish students, there’s not much for older children from different languages when it comes to integrating them into school.  Their solution?  Stick him in a…
  • Around the world – MEXICO

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    We’ve had so much fun studying about Mexico! OUR STUDY OF MEXICO - We found Mexico on the map and learned some fun facts about Mexico (We used online resources, Children’s Atlas of God’s World, Classroom Atlas, Window On The World, A Trip Around the World, Children Just Like Me, Material World, A Life Like Mine) - We learned about and colored their flag - We learned about deserts and the plants/animals there - We painted sombreros and tunics - We learned some Spanish words - We listened to fun Spanish music from Wee Sing and Boca Beth - We watched some traditional folk…
  • Today, April 1, 2014

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Outside my window… The wind chimes are softly singing, the sun is shining, and the weather is… PERFECT! I am thinking… About how HARD it can be to move past hurts. How HARD it can be to love specific people when they’ve BURNT you in REALLY big ways… CONSISTENTLY… and may never change. And what it means to LOVE them anyhow. I’m thinking about… 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such…
  • Today, March 12, 2014

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Outside my window… And…it’s cold again!  But, I’m so thankful for the nicer temps this week, that I don’t care!  And hey, maybe it’ll kill off the mosquitoes!  (Actually, probably not, since apparently our region is home to approximately SIXTY different species of mosquitoes!  And… some of those species’ eggs can lay dormant in ice and then hatch as soon as the weather is okay!  Are you SERIOUS?  Yesterday…day 2 of consistent nice weather… and mosquitoes already had begun to flog us!  Crazy!  (This is where I now beg for you to…
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    the slack daily

  • Go. Far.

    the slackmistress
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    9:34pm, last night: Me: I DVR'd the new Fargo. Do you want to watch it? Will: We can watch bed. Me: Okay. Will: You know....IN BED. Me: ... Will: We can do it...Fargo-style. Me: You want to have sex with me in a woodchipper? Will: ... Me: ... Will: I didn't really think that one through.   Related articles What I'm Saying is that I'm a Catch I Don't Think Hallmark Makes a Card for This Til Death Do Us Part
  • Have You Ever Chased a Pit Bull in the Pale Moonlight?

    the slackmistress
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    My bedtime routine is like a game of Clue: -It was Nina, at 9:30pm, in bed, on her phone, with  The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Sometimes it varies (Rhoda! Taxi! A Mets game in extra innings!) but 9:30 is a hard-and-fast rule. Daisy J. Dog went through a period (of three years) where sleeping at night was more of a suggestion than a promise. Between allergies and sundowner syndrome and just plain being an asshole (her or me, you choose), the earlier we got to bed, the more chance there was of getting some unbroken sleep. We've tried Melatonin (does nothing), Xanax (she's relaxed while she runs…
  • It Ain't Ozzie n Harriet

    the slackmistress
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    A love story between two people...and their laptops. Related articlesThe Rhoda Coda I'm Not a Monster 'Til Death Do Us Part
  • How Did You Get That Job, Anyway?

    the slackmistress
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    People always ask me how to get a job writing for television. People only ask me this question when I am not currently writing for television.  People are weird. Almost everyone's path is different. I went from finding a dog on the streets of Santa Barbara (where I was staying with relatives) to volunteering at the animal shelter where I brought the dog to living with rescue's founders at their house and getting a job with their daughter's agent and then being their daughter's assistant and then getting my first writing job when their daughter had a show on the air. So my advice? Rescue…
  • State of the Bunion

    the slackmistress
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    I open this window, this compose window on a daily basis and I stare at it. I'm used to being confronted by the blank page/blank screen/blank brain but here there's pressure. I have to say something profound and deep and literary but shareable and relatable and SEOizble and viral and not really that last one but blogs are about commodity and monetization and branding or something like that because I don't attend blogging conferences and I'm not a part of blogging networks because I am like Groucho Marx that way. If I had a kid when I started blogging (1997) it would be GETTING READY TO GO TO…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Another Unexpected Gift from My Gratitude Practice

    Britt Reints
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I never shut up about gratitude practices. A gratitude practice – or whatever you want to call it when you keep a record of what makes you happy – is the very best way I’ve found to figure out what actually makes you happy instead of what you think should make you happy. And figuring out what makes you happy is the very best way to find your purpose. But it never looks like that at first. At first it looks like a trivial list of relatively nice things. Today I’m grateful for dinner at the kitchen table, a walk through the park, and that early-morning phone call with my…
  • VIDEO: 4 Great Things You Don’t Need to Be Happy

    Britt Reints
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you can’t see this video, click here to watch it on YouTube. What Will Make You Happy? Everyone has an answer. In fact, a quick Google search reveals 1.7 billion answers. But, for every single thing some expert says you HAVE to have in order to be happy, there’s at least one person out there living a perfectly happy life without it. 4 great things that could make you happy: Marriage Money Kids Travel and Adventure All four of these things are fantastic, and each one has personally made my life happier at one time or another. They are also unnecessary. I know lots of people who…
  • Happiness Interview: Erin Szymanski of glitteR & gRit

    Britt Reints
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Erin Szymanski and I met through a local mastermind group just before she opened her bridal shop in Pittsburgh. You’d never guess by looking at Erin that she owns a bridal shop. She’s more likely to be wearing black leather pants than white lace, but that’s exactly why she created glitteR & gRit: she wanted a place for people like her. It turns out there are a lot of people like her. Her shop has been wildly successful, in no small part because of Erin’s unwavering ability to listen to her gut. I’ve never met anyone so in tune with and willing to listen to…
  • The Unexpected Gifts of Depression

    Britt Reints
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I feel like I’m always one wrong move from falling into the abyss.” She described it perfectly. My friend was talking about the delicate balance between making progress and falling into self doubt, and she put precisely into words how I feel about living with depression. I walk a constant tightrope. One misstep and I may wobble a little, have to flail my arms about to regain balance and keep going. Or I may fall off completely. I may fall all the way to the net and have to start completely over back at platform one. And there is a part of me that hates that. There is a part…
  • VIDEO: Before You Listen to a Happiness Expert…

    Britt Reints
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This story about how a nurse treated my 9-year-old daughter reminded me that not even the expertise of professionals can trump what we already know about ourselves. Always remember that you are the expert on your own happiness. No one knows better than you what's going on with you.Click To Tweet Your opinion and insights on how YOU feel and what YOU need are at least as valuable as anyone else’s. Trust what you know. Join the conversation at VIDEO: Before You Listen to a Happiness Expert….
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    Domestic Psychology

  • Inaugural Commencement

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
  • The rules: Southerners must plant things

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    It doesn’t matter if it’s an apartment balcony of coffee can planters or a carefully rototilled and trellised garden, southerners are compelled to plant things in the spring. It can be a windowsill of Scarborough Fair herbs. It can be a wine barrel of peppers. In the spring, southerners are required to garden. In the summer, there may only be one vegetable harvested. There might be grocery bags of produce left on the neighbors’ doorsteps. Southerners smile wryly at both results. That’s in the rules, too.
  • Doctor Google

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    My foot hurts. I’m not certain why it hurts, but it’s possible that it’s related to beginning the spring cleaning. Spring cleaning involves standing on kitchen counters to scrub the tops of cabinets, emptying the shelves from the fridge to crawl inside for scrubbing the walls and all the other stuff that is so unpleasant, it only gets done in the spring and right before Christmas. I digress. My foot has started hurting. Like any irrational and ridiculous person, my reaction to mystery pain is to type my symptoms in a search bar. I used my zero years of medical training to…
  • karma in action

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    No matter how carefully you scour clearance racks and sales for school Bingo night prizes, the one prize that you feel a wee bit squeamish about is the one that your 8-y-o will choose. “I got glitter glue! Glitter glue! Isn’t it cool? I love glitter glue. I can’t wait to use it on everything.”
  • We don’t need no stinking printers

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    As I was trying to think of something optimistic to say to all of the Senior parents questioning why behemoth Balfour shows no signs of delivering the mass printed invitations for an event that is less than five weeks away, the world’s cutest handcrafted graduation announcement arrived in my mailbox. Now, I’m considering anarchy. Everyone should demand refunds and meet at the high school with their sizzix machines! Maybe I didn’t need that extra cup of coffee today.
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  • Leiebil i USA

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    USA, landet som har gitt oss fast food og rock’n’roll. Planlegger du den neste ferieturen din hit og kanskje har lyst til å kjøre «coast-to-coast» på Route 66? Da bør du lese videre, for skal du leie bil i USA er det nemlig flere ting du bør ta hensyn til. Tips Det vil ikke være noe problem å leie bil i USA, og utleieselskaper finner du nærmest overalt. Det som kanskje derimot er lurt å tenke på er trafikkreglene, de kan nemlig vike litt fra de vi er vant med her i Norge. For å kunne kjøre bil i USA som utenlandsk statsborger vil det være mulig fra du er 18 år. For å…
  • Bilutleie i Portugal

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Portugal er ikke bare hjemlandet til verdens beste fotballspiller, men også en fantastisk destinasjon å reise til dersom du er interessert i å leie bil i Europa. Å leie bil i Portugal er en relativ enkel affære, men det er et par ting som kan være lurt å bite seg merke i. Bilkjøring i Portugal er nemlig ikke for alle. Trafikken er mer aggressiv enn det vi er vant med her i Norge og det er ikke uten grunn at landet har høyest dødelighet på veiene i Europa. Veistandarden Veistandarden er noe varierende, men i det store og det hele har hele veinettet blitt bedre de siste årene. Siden…
  • Leiebil i Spania

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Spania er et vakkert land og planlegger du å legge bilferien din hit har Spania mange fantastiske plasser du kan besøke. Er planen å leie bil og kjøre landet på langs eller på tvers skal ikke det være noe problem, enten du er på chartertur eller fotballferie. Det er likevel et par ting man bør bite seg merke i når det gjelder å leie bil her. Trafikkregler Trafikkreglene i Spania er ikke veldig forskjellig fra de som finnes i resten av Europa, men noen små forskjeller må man likevel regne med. I tettbygde strøk er fartsgrensen på 50 km/t, mens på landsbygda er den 90 km/t, på…
  • Bilutleie i Faro

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Faro er den sørligste byen i Portugal, og ligger helt på spissen av den sørlige kysten. Det er kanskje ikke den mest besøkte byen blant charterelskende nordmenn, og med sine knappe 50 000 innbyggere er det ikke noen storby. Med andre ord er den perfekt for historieelskende reisende som ønsker en unik ferie – og den blir enda bedre med leiebil! Capela dos Ossos – Chapel of Bones Du skjønner kanskje hva det dreier seg om, når du ser det engelske navnet på stedet ovenfor. Capela dos Osso er nemlig et «must see» når du befinner deg i den sørlige delen av Portugal. Dette er nemlig…
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  • Selfies

    Simply Stork
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
           With all the cell phones these days, it’s all the rage to take “selfies.”  selfie. A slang term used to describe a photo that is taken of oneself for the purpose of uploading it to social networking sites and image sharing websites, such as Facebook, Instagram or Imgur. I find them to be quite enjoyable to look at.   In the past I was the one who always had my camera and was known to whip it out and take shots of what was happening all around me.  Now, It is my teenagers.  It would seem that it is there goal to grab shots of me…
  • Sometimes

    Simply Stork
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
      Sometimes something quite beautiful is right in your own back yard.  Although this is not my back yard (I wish) this beautiful sea of flowers is right off the freeway and just down the street.  A small and quaint church has decided to do a new but old style outreach.  They have begun to plant these daffodils and have covered the grounds in flowers.  They have also spent some time relocating some old antique cabins along the property and have set up a historical type place to tour.  It is just in it’s beginning stages but is open to the public while in…
  • Rainy days

    Simply Stork
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:09 pm
           Sometimes rainy days can be quite wonderful.  As I told you before, Max and I have decided to go on outings each week and this does mean…rain or shine.  On this day, again with Grandpa, it looked quiet dark and gloomy.  Afraid that it would not be a good time we trudged forward anyway and wouldn’t you know it…It cleared just enough for us to have a quite lovely day.  By the end our shadows had appeared and we ended up eating huge ice-cream cones from a little walk up “pit stop” type food shack.  I do believe I will be…
  • Outings

    Simply Stork
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:22 pm
      Spring has sprung here in the Northwest.  Maxie and I have decided to spend more time this year doing small outings.  Grandpa joined us at our neighborhood park for a picnic. We had so much fun.  Thank you Grandpa for a great day. ~simply~
  • A boy and his fort.

    Simply Stork
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:45 pm
        It is not unusual, when raising boys, to come across a newly built fort.  This one was very elaborate.  I am sure this fort was built by an older sibling.  It came equipped with a dvd player and twinkly lights.  I am often surprised by the toys that live in the doll house though.  Just because Max is a boy it does not mean this doll’s house will ever house dolls.  Halo guys have now “taken over.”  This fort is complete. (for now.) Enjoy your adventure Max. ~simply~
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  • Ten Word Tuesday: The Dream Analysis Edition

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Bossy is going to tell you about her dream because people love when you do that. Okay. It took place last night. In the dream, Bossy got a puppy. But not just any puppy, it was a cross between a daddy longlegs spider and a stick figure drawn by an embryo: Bossy soon realized that although her puppy seemed to have the constitution of a blouse fiber, it did in fact need the typical puppy things, such as food and water and relieving itself out of doors: At first Bossy seemed to be meeting the challenges of her new docile puppy, who Bossy flanked during its daily routines, hoping the wind…
  • A Very Bossy Tutorial: April Fools’ Day

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Hello, and welcome to four-one-one-four! But you can call it Sister Mercy April is finally here. Unlike the first of every other month, April 1st marks the day we tell children the world is canceling summer. This is known as April Fools’ Day! April Fools’ Day goes back to the ancient Romans, who celebrated the Spring equinox with a religious festival they named Hilaria. Marking the end of winter’s gloom, the Hilaria festival featured the usual ancient Roman amusements, such as walking the length of the village crumbling under the weight of the Goddess statue you’re…
  • Bossy’s Ban On Ban Bossy

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As some of you may have heard because a Ban Bossy avalanche fell on your Monday morning, Sheryl Sandberg launched a campaign to murder a word. If you don’t know Sheryl Sandberg because you’re buried under an avalanche, here’s a brief tutorial: she was always at the top of her class, graduating from college with the highest distinction. She served as Chief of Staff for the Treasury and then Vice President of Operations at Google where she initiated the site’s philanthropic arm. Now she serves as the Chief Operating Officer of a little online project that rhymes with…
  • Valentine’s Day Alternatives

    14 Feb 2014 | 7:03 am
    Oh good, it’s Valentine’s Day again, because you know how much the Undivorced enjoy celebrating the holidays of romance. Except the truth is Bossy never saw the appeal. While it’s true Valentine’s Day affords a chocolate-eating opportunity, it’s also the day we celebrate Cupid’s arrow through the heart and — is it Bossy — that’s just ow. Bossy never understood why Valentine’s Day gained in popularity given all of the other widely-known events worthy of celebration that took place on February 14th. Shall we? Happy Apple Parer Patent…
  • The Girl’s Guide To Super Bowl XLVIII

    2 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    Hello and welcome to The Girl’s Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII. The first thing you should know is the X means 10 and the L means 50 and the V means 5 and III means 3 and put them all together and it EQUALS 68! Which is not the number associated with this Super Bowl, but rather 48! See how easy this is so far? The two teams competing are the Seattle Ospreys Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. The Seattle Ospreys Seahawks are named for fish-eating birds of prey while the Denver Broncos are named for Ford’s Sport Utility vehicle. You will be able to keep track of which team is which…
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    Family on Bikes

  • That slow motion bicycle crash your child just had? It might be worse than you think.

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    A few weeks ago I received an email from Dave and Judith, briefly recounting their son’s experience with what appeared to be a minor bicycle accident but turned out to be a bigger deal. I was stunned; for many years I thought we were alone in what happened to Davy. When our sons were 7, John took them bicycling along the green belt next to the Boise River. Davy, watching something other than where he was going, rammed into Daryl and tumbled down. It was, by all accounts, one of those slow motion falls that couldn’t possibly cause any harm – Daryl didn’t even fall down. Even so, Davy…
  • 10 Ways to stay on the road longer than you can imagine

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Today I would like to introduce you to the Polish duo Agness and Cez, travel companions and founders of, a blog focusing on cheap travels under 25 bucks a day. They have been enjoying their lives on the road since 2011 trying to inspire another to follow their steps. Here are their best tips for traveling on the cheap. Many people dream of long-term travel and being on the road forever. Some sell all their possessions, some save up money for years in order to afford it. A year, two, or five years of travels can sound expensive at first. However, when you consider that you do not…
  • Life is a gamble – and it doesn’t always go your way

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    You may or may not be aware of a rescue happening now on the high seas, but I’ve been gripped with this story since I heard of it. A family of four, with two small children, set out in their boat to cross the ocean. One thousand miles from the Mexican coast, their boat was damaged by a storm, and then their tiny baby got sick. Very sick. They called for help, and boats and helicopters made their way through the ocean toward them. At this point, it looks like the little girl is stable, but still critical, and the fate of the boat is unknown. They have been blogging about their journey at…
  • Have you chosen your life? Or has your life chosen you?

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sorry guys,” I apologized as I handed my sons a bag of potato chips and a can of ranch dip.  “This is all I have for breakfast.”  Their eyes lit up, not quite believing that their mother, the one who worships all things good and natural and organic, would hand them a bag of chips for their morning meal.  They hungrily dove in before I could change my mind.  Changing my mind, however, was not an option.  I had no other food to give them. Eastern Oregon has a special charm all its own, but an abundance of stores is not one of them.  We learned that the hard way – by eating…
  • Avoiding burnout: Finding your pace during long term travel

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:42 pm
    “I’m tired, Mom,” Daryl mumbled as we pedaled a remote Oregonian highway. “I want to sleep.” “I’m sleepy too,” Davy added. John and I figured the boys were just whining – they were eight years old, after all. We figured once we arrived at a town park the boys would be off and running, because… well, that’s what kids do. An hour later, we pedaled into town, and shortly thereafter arrived at the park with a fabulous playground teeming with kids. We parked our bikes, and John and I found a nice bench to sit on where we could watch our kids play. The boys took one look at…
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • Celebration, Florida

    David J. Hinson
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Ah, Celebration, FL.Quite the polarizing place.  We lived there from 2003-2005 (see photo), 740 Mulberry Avenue on Savannah Square, in a 3-story townhouse. And by and large, we loved it. I survived three category 3 hurricanes in six weeks while living there in 2004, with Charley, Frances, and Jeanne. Marked that off my bucket list. It isn’t for everyone. Being in the heart of tourist land (US 192 abuts the North Village, and Disney is right across I-4), it is anything but convenient to shop for groceries, hardware, or any “basics” outside “the bubble.” But there…
  • The Idiot’s Guide to Bearable Computing – Video Edition

    David J. Hinson
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Facetime. Skype. Google Hangouts. WebRTC. Telepresence. Teleconference. Whatevs. Real-time video communication is – literally – in our faces at every turn. Well then – why is so much of it so horrifically terrible to participate in? You know what I’m talking about. You schedule an interview with a prospective employee, who dials in from a crowded Starbucks (check). You connect with an important and hard-to-get guest lecturer, who has the camera pointed at the top of his head the entire lecture (check). You can’t hear other participants because of the horrible…
  • Hendrix College Raspberry Pi Bake-Off

    David J. Hinson
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
  • Creative Collaboration at Hendrix: 3D Printing & Makerspaces

    David J. Hinson
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Hendrix College embraces creative collaboration, through technology, with a dedicated Makerspace and two MakerBot 3D printers. In the presentation below, David J, Hinson discusses the thinking behind their Makerspace, and how Hendrix is integrating new technology into a liberal arts curriculum.
  • Upcoming Pi Day… The Raspberry Pi Bake-Off

    David J. Hinson
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    David J. Hinson and Tony Bates talk about the upcoming Raspberry Pi Bake-Off to be held "Pi Day" (March 14th) at Hendrix College in Conway, AR.
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    Simple Marriage

  • 3 Ways to Simplify Money When She Makes More

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    This is a guest post from Farnoosh Torabi. If you earn more than your husband, you’re more likely to be the primary decision-maker on money matters and take charge of things like paying bills, budgeting, saving, and planning for retirement. That’s all according to my academic survey of over 1,000 women conducted with Dr. Brad Klontz, a financial psychologist. While that is something to be proud of, such an arrangement could be asking for trouble. After all, a sense of equity between two committed people is important, even if there’s an income disparity. I can relate to this in my own…
  • SMR: Second Marriages

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    The divorce rate remains around the 50% mark. Yet, marriage continues to be important to society. And the fact is, second marriages have a greater chance of not lasting than first marriages. One of the goals of Simple Marriage is to lower the divorce rate. Our hope is that your current marriage lasts your entire life. Recently, Shannon and I did an episode of Sexy Marriage Radio on this subject. SMR: Second Marriages is written by Corey from: Simple Marriage ----------- A FEW THINGS WE LOVE: Simple Marriage's eCourses - marriage help from the comfort of your own phone. Sexy Marriage Radio
  • The Art of Contentment

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    A majority of struggle in married life is in our head. We wonder why we can’t find time to connect with loved ones because we’re caught up in our to do lists, or struggling with an inadequacy, or striving to create a life like we see other’s living in their Facebook feed. This struggle is normal … as it is part of the process of becoming. It’s the path to creating a more solid, flexible self. Someone who knows who they are and is comfortable in their own skin. A great step forward in this process is to learn the art of contentment. Contentment is not easy –…
  • 5 Ways to Help Ensure a Happy Marriage

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is a guest post from Ken Myers. In today’s world, people get married for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a couple really doesn’t put into perspective just how much work could go into developing a happy marriage. Getting married for the wrong reasons could make the experience much more difficult to obtain happiness. However, this isn’t saying that it’s impossible. Being a couple is about unity.You’re no longer separated by complete individuality but are together as something special and unique. What can you do to help ensure the marriage is a happy one that…
  • Ask Me Anything … Answers

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Last week was an open mic format – I partnered with a Harvard-MIT start-up called Six Questions. Now the answers to the top six questions are available. So if you asked a question, or voted for some, or are simply interested in several 1 minute clips that will help your relationship – watch them below. Ask Me Anything … Answers is written by Corey from: Simple Marriage ----------- A FEW THINGS WE LOVE: Simple Marriage's eCourses - marriage help from the comfort of your own phone. Sexy Marriage Radio
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • My Financial Bucket List Workbook

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Although it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, you need money–and you need to have your financial life in order–to be able to achieve your bucket list. Use “My Financial Bucket List Workbook” to create a financial bucket list that will allow you to achieve every item on your bucket list. This workbook–which is a [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 17 Things You Can Do to Be Happier Now

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Happiness is less elusive than a lot of people seem to think. Researchers and positive psychologists have discovered that there are concrete steps you can take in order to be happier. Below you’ll find 17 things you can do to be happier now. 1. Get more sleep. A study done at the University of Michigan [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 70 Money Quotes that Will Make You Rich

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Quotes manage to pack a lot of wisdom into just a few words. The 70 money quotes below–taken to heart–will make you rich. 1. “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”
 – Donald Trump 2. “I don’t do it for [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Four Strategies for Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A few years back I watched a movie called “The Village”. It was a psychological thriller about an end-of-the-19th-century village whose inhabitants never ventured beyond the village limits for fear of the creatures that inhabited the surrounding woods.  They referred to the creatures as “Those We Do Not Speak Of”. Later in the movie it [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • My Fitness and Health Bucket List Workbook

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The first step in getting what you want is deciding what you want. And when you’re deciding what you want from life, the area of fitness and health cannot be left out. Fitness and health are the foundations upon which you build the rest of your life. Use my eBook–“My Fitness and Health Bucket List [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Handy Man Fix Home Repair

  • The Amazing Versatility of the Black & Decker Flex360

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    When it comes to guys, there are few things which are more impressive than a good tool. Whenever a new tool hits the market, there are some guys who are sure to want it right away. There are others who will wait until there is something which is highly useful and a great value. The recently released Black & Decker Flex360 seems to have everything no matter what kind of guy you are. This is more than just a light when it comes to completing projects around the house and in the workshop. There are a few different things which make the Black & Decker Flex360 such an important addition to…
  • How to Remove Toilet Stains

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Toilet stains are unattractive and can strike any toilet, especially in a hard water area. Just the water sitting in the bowl can cause these rust-like toilet stains that may make you want to replace your toilet. Fortunately, there are ways to clean those stains and avoid having to replace an old bowl. The temptation may be to buy the most industrial bathroom cleaning product you can find, and scrub like mad with the toilet brush. You can use all these products and scrub all you like, and hard water stains are going to hang on. Bleach, Comet, ammonia, scrubbing foaming sprays, tablets and any…
  • Simple Ways to Unclog a Drain

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    When a drain gets clogged, it can be frustrating to have to deal with. You don’t want to call a plumber because that can get expensive, and sometimes the problem seems like it should be simple enough for you to deal with. You can unclog the drain yourself with a number of different methods that are easy to do and won’t cost you a lot of money. The type of clog that you have might determine which kind of cleaners you should use in your drain. There are lots of “home remedies” you can use to unclog a drain and they are made with products you probably already have sitting around your…
  • 7 Ways to Make Your New Rental Feel Like Home

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    If you're a renter, then you know that sometime it takes a while to feel at home in a new place, especially if you've had to move frequently in recent years. There's more to making a house or apartment feel like home than just moving your stuff in and setting it up. These 7 things can help you feel more at ease and at home right away. Clean thoroughly. Any good landlord will make sure that the apartment or house you're renting is thoroughly clean before you move in. But if you clean it yourself you remove that lingering doubt that maybe it wasn't cleaned thoroughly. And it will smell like…
  • Rookie and Beginner Woodwork Projects

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Just like with many other types of jobs, when it comes to woodwork projects, planning is of the utmost level of importance. Cutting wood and working with wood is always going to demand that you utilize careful planning and a step by step approach toward reaching the ultimate goal for your woodwork projects. Even when you are a beginner to the art of woodwork projects, setting up a plan is absolutely essential as it is going to guide you through the entire intriguing process, saving you quite a bit of time and energy in the process. Never the less, the quality of your final pieces is also…
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    Dicintai Kata Puisi Cinta

  • Unit Link Terbaik di Indonesia Commonwealth Life Investra Link

    Nurul Cahya
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Unit Link Terbaik di Indonesia Commonwealth Life Investra Link Pada hari ini yang sangat cerah, ditemani dengan segelas kopi dan temannya, admin blog dicintai akan sedikit mengulas mengenai sebuah asuransi yang ada di Indonesia. Pasti dari para pembaca sudah tahu dan kenal dengan perusahaan yang satu ini, sebab telah kita tahu bahwa perusahaan Commonwealth Life sangatlah besar dan memilihi cabang
  • Kata Kata Mutiara Cinta Terbaru

    Nurul Cahya
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    Kata Kata Mutiara Cinta Terbaru - Masih berbicara tentang kata mutiara cinta. Jika sebelumnya saya pernah berikan artikel tentang kata-kata cinta, sekarang aku kembali bersama-sama Kata Kata Mutiara cinta romantis. Khusus untuk Anda, sekarang dipukul mundur atau romantis cinta lagi n berbicara tentang roh-roh kasih. Nah, posting ini tentu sangat berguna untuk Anda tentang pentingnya cinta untuk
  • Hotel Murah di Jakarta Terlengkap 2014

    Nurul Cahya
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Hotel Murah di Jakarta - Ada banyak sekali hotel yang ada di Jakarta, tidak terkecuali dengan hotel yang sangat bagus dan mempunyai bintang yang tinggi. Dengan berbagai macam kelengkapan itulah maka akan kami berikan informasi lebih dalam dan mendalam tentang info hotel yang murah untuk siap anda jelajahi. Hotel Murah di Jakarta Terlengkap Jakarta kita tahu adalah kota yang begitu padat serta
  • ASUS Notebook Terbaik dan Favoritku

    Nurul Cahya
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    Asus Notebook Terbaik dan Favoritku - Sebuah review tentang notebook yang telah saya gunakan dari tahun 2013 lalu. Notebook dengan jerih payah saya ini telah membuat sebuah perubahan besar dalam kehidupan saya. Betapa tidak, dengan notebook ini mampu meringankan beban dalam aktifitas ngeblog dan juga untuk browsing mencari informasi terkini. Hal itu akan saya ceritakan pada ASUS Notebook Terbaik
  • Aku Ingin Jogja

    Nurul Cahya
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Aku Ingin Jogja Pada artikel saya tentang Aku Ingin Jogja ini akan sedikit mengulas keinginan saya tentang bagaimana yang terjadi di Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta atau yang biasa disebut Jogja. Sebuah angan dan harapan pada Aku Ingin Jogja sangatlah perlu diungkapkan dalam bentuk apapun. Tidak terkecuali dengan blog yang telah saya buat ini. Silahkan baca Aku Ingin Jogja sampai selesai
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • The Weekend

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
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    9 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
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  • The Haunting

    8 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
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  • The Move

    7 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
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  • What a Difference a Word Makes

    8 Feb 2014 | 9:34 am
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  • Nurtures and Builds

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.  ~ Benjamin Disraeli Find out what your gift is and nurture it.  ~ Katy PerryOur young people are assets to be cultivated and nurtured.  ~ Jane FondaWe've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant...You've got to really look after it and nurture it.  ~ John LennonBe the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people.  ~ Marvin J. AshtonQuotes about nurture
  • Tomorrow is another one

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The body, she says, is subject to the force of gravity. But the soul is ruled by levity, pure.   ~Saul BellowI try to conduct my life with a little levity.  ~ Sheryl CrowMy method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say with the utmost levity.  ~ George Bernard ShawToday was good.  Today was fun.  Tomorrow is another one.  ~ Dr. Seuss If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.  ~Robert FulghumQuotes about levity, fun
  • The Deepest Capacities

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We all have a choice in every difficult situation in our life. We can become either bitter or better. ~ Corina Zalace Pain comes like the weather, but joy is a choice.  ~ Rodney Crowell You are where you are today because you have chosen to be there.   ~ Harry BrowneThe strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.   ~ George EliotBeing oppressed means the absence of choices.   ~ Bell Hooks We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.  ~ Thomas MertonQuotes about choice
  • The Best Portion

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.  ~ Charles KuraltKindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.  ~ Goethe The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.   ~ William Wordsworth Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.   ~ Eric Hoffer What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?   ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes about kindness
  • A Warmth and Richness

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being, as a tree comes into full blossom, or a bird into spring beauty, or a tiger into lustre.   ~ D.H. LawrenceThe whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.   ~ Oprah Winfrey Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, an integrated wholeness.  ~ Stephen R. CoveyKeep…
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    Steve's Free

  • An Easter of Stone-Moving

    Steve Woodruff
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    If you were trapped behind a large stone and all you had was a feather with which to free yourself, what would you be an hour later? Trapped. A day later, a week later – it doesn’t matter. The tool isn’t right for the job. It’s powerless. And that’s what every form of external, self-driven righteousness is. Powerless. Good works? Powerless. Obedience to the Law of God? Powerless. Religious observances? Powerless. The rock of God’s righteous requirements can only do one thing – teach us how impotent we truly are. So that we are finally ready for an…
  • The Stupidity of Switching Horses

    Steve Woodruff
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” – Galatians 3:3 Paul doesn’t quite say it this way, but it is certainly implied: “ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY???” Rewind a bit into the historical setting: Paul had preached the gospel of free, forgiving grace through Jesus Christ to these Gentiles – they did not need to become Jews; they could not “work” their way to a reconciled relationship with God; they believed the good news and received the fulness of God’s pardon and adoption by faith alone, without any other…
  • Gospel Crazy Talk

    Steve Woodruff
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Really – the gospel of Jesus Christ is crazy talk. God becoming man and dwelling among men for a season? Dying (in shame and ignominy) and rising again? Awakening of dead and corrupt hearts to newness of life? What is God thinking here? Even the apostle Paul calls the gospel “foolishness” to those who have not been supernaturally enlightened. And that it is. Crazy talk. Then there’s this whole overturning of everything we would expect about how a person gains a righteous standing before God. It’s not “do.” It’s “believe.” Consult any…
  • Money and the Liberated Heart

    Steve Woodruff
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:40 am
    Practicing Stewardship: Walking in Freedom  If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. - John 8:36 Spiritual bondage darkens our eyes, so that we do not see God for who He is. Jesus liberates us by removing those cataracts. Spiritual bondage deadens our hearts, so that we do not believe what God says. Jesus rejuvenates our cold, lifeless hearts by giving His Spirit. Salvation is freedom. Freedom from bondage, and freedom to heartfelt obedience. What is financial freedom? It is not having a million-dollar retirement portfolio. It is not a six-figure job with a gold-plated benefits…
  • The Giving that Glorifies God

    Steve Woodruff
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Practicing Stewardship: Giving Money  For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. - 2 Corinthians 9:12 Grace comes down to us, liberating our hearts. We give, graciously, to our fellows here on earth. And glory rebounds to God in heaven. Any questions? :>}
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Iowa U.S. Republican Senate Debate Liveblog

    Shane Vander Hart
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Final brief thoughts… nobody did poorly.  Schaben had some sketchy answers, but re. entitlements sounded strong.  Jacobs dodged some questions, but answered others well.  Whitaker and Ernst had a solid debate.  If I were to declare a winner I’d have to say Sam Clovis.  He gave solid answers, provided good push back on some questions and assumptions made with some questions and the most detail.  All did well, but Clovis did the best, in my humble opinion.  The following rankings I would give… 2. Whitaker 3. Ernst 4. Jacobs and 5. Schaben.  Good night!And we are…
  • New Christian School in Des Moines to Launch Next Fall

    Shane Vander Hart
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Grand View Christian School held their first prayer meeting at Norwoodville Elementary where they will hold classes this fall.A group of Grandview Park Baptist School alumni and parents organized because of concern that the decline in enrollment at the preK-12 Christian school run by Grandview Park Baptist Church could lead to the school being unable to maintain a high level of excellence, proper management, and the future sustainability of the school. They met to pray and to consider what they might be able to do to extend the school’s ministry and mission into the future.  The school…
  • Monte Shaw’s First TV Ad Highlights Him as a Father, Fiscal Conservative

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
     Iowa agriculture advocate Monte Shaw, candidate for the Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, has released his first television ad of his campaign for Congress, titled, “Eden”. The ad features his 7 year old daughter, Eden, discussing her $55,000 share of the national debt and asking Shaw for an increase in her allowance to help pay for it. The ad will air on broadcast and cable TV across the district.“I am running for Congress because this debt isn’t fair to our kids,” Shaw said. “My daughter Eden’s share of the national debt, at age 7, is already $55,000 because of…
  • Study Finds Common Core State Standards Not Properly Validated

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    (Boston, MA) Five of the 29 members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign a report attesting that the standards are research-based, rigorous and internationally benchmarked.  The report was released with 24 signatures and included no mention that five committee members refused to sign it, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.No member of the Validation Committee had a doctorate in English literature or language and only one held a doctorate in math.  He was one of only three members with extensive experience writing standards.  Two of the three refused…
  • Wisconsin Grassroots Blast Gov. Walker, Legislators on Common Core

    Shane Vander Hart
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore45 grassroots leaders representing 42 organizations signed an open letter blasting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and State Legislators for not acting to repeal the Common Core State Standards during the 2014 legislative session.  The letter delivered to Governor Walker and every member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate today warned the elected officials that they now “own it” as a result of not acting.Here is the text of the letter:At the beginning of April, the Wisconsin State Legislature concluded its 2014 floor sessions.
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    Blogs Are Stupid

  • Backward Yet Forward

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    In September 2009, I posted on Facebook that "I have decided that I want to become a MILF and shall henceforth commit myself fully to that end." Or something to that effect. I was being flip, but there was sincere sentiment behind my words. I was very unhappy with how I looked and felt. The following week I found out that some weird symptoms I had been experiencing were due to three small
  • No Pithy Title, Just An Age Old Debate

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    I am currently engaged in a debate with a Christian gentleman that arose over the current World Vision flap. (Yes, I knew better, but I couldn't help myself this time.)  In a nutshell, World Vision, a Christian organization that does humanitarian work all over the world, announced that it would now permit gay Christians who were in legal same sex marriages to be employed by their organization.
  • How To Not Suck At Getting Skinny

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I want to share some tips about weight loss today, for two reasons. First, I need to recommit myself to some of my healthy habits. I've maintained many, but a few I've let slip. And second, a sweet friend is beginning her journey and though I can't take the steps for her, I'd like to help her along in any small way I can. I won't tag her, she knows who she is. C., I wish you all the very best
  • An Unfortunate Harvest

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    I'm working at ladies' retail clothing store these days. It was just to earn a little extra cash and give me something to do while I figure out what I want to do. I was dreading it, truth be told. I've worked retail many times off and on throughout my life. I always found it absolutely torturous; long hours, low pay, and mindless work. To my surprise, I actually enjoy this job. Yes, my feet
  • FAT

    14 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    Nothing profound or heavy in this post, but what I have to say today is too long for Facebook and the collective ADD that reigns there. And I do think what I have to say is important, because obesity in our country has become epidemic and so many people are at a loss as to how to fix it. So I'm putting it here. Before: 232.4 lbs. Some of you know I became a Weight Watchers leader in 2011. I
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    Dominick Evans

  • Why Medical Marijuana Needs to Be Legal in Ohio and Other States

    6 Apr 2014 | 11:57 pm
    In 2002, I fell out of my shower chair and fractured my tibial plateau. I already have Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I had decent strength and could do a lot for myself, minus walking, dressing and bathing. I could sit up, move my arms, feed myself. Fast forward to today and I need help with nearly every physical thing. I cannot sit up on my hip due to pain. I have trouble staying in my wheelchair for long because I hurt so much. While I have a progressive muscle disease, I have one of the milder forms. The lack of movement I faced as the result of my fracture led to immobility, which has sent me…
  • I Feel Like I’m Drowning…

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:25 am
    …in a sea of grief. I have had a lot on my mind since my grandfather passed away, last year. Every day I wake up with the realization I can never pick up the phone and hear his voice. Willie had such a significant impact on my life I feel this loss. I’m not an emotional person, on the outside, so I find myself alone a lot shutting down and shutting everything out. I’ve begun to re-evaluate my stance on a cure. God. I hate that term. Cure. As if to imply there is something broken that needs to be fixed. I hate the perpetuation that disability makes us not normal. What is…
  • It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

    24 Feb 2014 | 1:03 am
    Long before marriage was a thing, back when humanity followed a hunter-gatherer type existence and even before then, we as human beings trusted our instincts. Instinctually, heterosexuality ensured that we kept our race going and homosexual relationships were had for pleasure. Some people partook in both, because there were no societal stigmatizations saying this was bad or good. There was nothing trying to dictate what is natural or unnatural. Some days I do not understand the world, because we want to compartmentalize every aspect of our lives. We want to classify ourselves by how we look,…
  • Guest Post: Community Building for Screenwriters

    9 Feb 2014 | 11:19 am
    The following is a guest post by Ashtyn Law. You can find more about her on her Personal Blog, Entertainment Blog, Facebook, and Twitter. A discussion was recently had about how a writer can build their community. I quickly learned that as a screenwriter, my goals are similar, but they are most definitely different. Writing a book and writing a movie are completely different beasts. People have mentioned that for demographics, I should consider people who read screenplays. My initial thought is that it matters not who reads screenplays, because if people do not watch the films that are made…
  • Why Language Matters….Bound and Determined to End the Media’s Archaic Stereotypes

    12 Jan 2014 | 11:03 am
    The only thing were bound by is archaic stereotypes about disability. It was Maysoon Zayid, one of my generation’s greatest voices on equality for the disability community, who came up with the hashtag #FreeChuckClose. It was in response to Linda Yablonsky’s writing that artist Chuck Close has been “bound to a wheelchair since 1988″. Out came the battlecry of the crip community, as we were all “bound and determined” to find out how such archaic language could be used in 2014. I have spent my whole life hearing “sticks and stones may break my bones,…
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  • Oliver with his skateboard

    Jordon Cooper
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
  • Busting the Mattress Racket

    Jordon Cooper
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    I have been emailing and texting this post to everyone that I know is buying a new mattress or bed so I thought I should post it here. Is there a more maddening industry? They confuse us with silly product names (the Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel Fletcher Ultra Plush Pillowtop or the Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel Brookmere Plush?). They flummox us with bogus science (“pocketed coils”? “Microtek foundations”? “Fiberlux”?). And they weigh us down with useless features (silk damask ticking?). It’s like buying a used car, and almost as expensive —…
  • Canadian rhetoric makes no difference

    Jordon Cooper
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The tough talk that has been coming out of Ottawa towards Moscow; it makes no difference at all. The Conservative government’s tough rhetoric over Russia’s actions in Ukraine may play well to some voters domestically, but analysts doubt it will have any impact on curtailing Moscow’s policies in the region. “I think the only people Putin’s going to pay any attention to, if he pays any attention at all, are going to be the United States and the European Union, above all Germany,” said Randall Hansen, director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for European,…
  • Are Harper’s Allies Fleeing

    Jordon Cooper
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    There is this feeling that he will be defeated in 2015. After nearly a decade as prime minister, Harper’s capacity to reward loyalty is no longer what it used to be; nor is his latitude to punish those who cross him.The prime minister can technically still appoint senators but a lingering scandal makes that politically suicidal. And on the heels of a string of bad appointments his judgment has widely been called into question.Meanwhile, the more ambitious Conservatives are looking beyond Harper’s reign. The more timorous are afraid he might take them down with him.Harper’s approval…
  • What went right (or wrong) during the Quebec election

    Jordon Cooper
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    This is how Maclean’s saw it. The smart political strategist would do the following: put Péladeau on a stage and make him talk strictly about how he transformed Videotron from a Podunk cable company beset by labour troubles into the province’s leading cable and wireless concern. In the vacuum of a month-long election campaign, Péladeau the businessman could easily hide the red-ink-stained legacy of the PQ’s 18 months in power.Instead, we got Péladeau the Quebec separatist. On a chilly Monday morning three days into the campaign, Péladeau took the stage with Pauline Marois and, after…
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  • Do I Wanna Know?

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

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

    Joe Dawson
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:40 am
    “Harry'll do it. I know it. He doesn't know how to fail.” I wasn't looking for anything but then I found myself and lost something that I couldn't replace. I was holding onto three years but all I found was cigarettes and alcohol. Human sympathy has its limits, and we weren't content to let arguments fade with the city lights behind. It's true that store fronts rarely change and it's time to learn how to manage on my own again. Thirty — the promise of a decade of loneliness, but I wasn't alone and we're still going down in an earlier round!Last weekend provided plenty of drama,…
  • Too Good To Be True

    Joe Dawson
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:59 am
     “I'm the king of the world!”I've been polishing the brass on the Titanic. It's all going down, man. Those close enough to the iceberg will understand my frustration. Only know you've been high when you're feeling low. Only hate the road when you're missing home. Only know you love her when you let her go, and in the Titanic (1997) he let her go. The film portrays the struggle Jack Dawson, a penniless artist, and Rose DeWitt Bukater have to fight to be together. After braving several obstacles, he dies of hypothermia and she is saved. The closest I have been to developing hypothermia…
  • Don't Believe in Yesterday

    Joe Dawson
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:38 pm
    “Been on another level, since you came...”He waits; that's what he does. But sometimes that isn't enough. I have recently finished reading The Great Gatsby, and in the book there's a phrase stating that 'there are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.' I'm tired. I'm tired of pursuing. I'm tired of the lies and I'm tired of waiting for opportunities because recently it's felt like I'm in 50 First Dates (2000). The mistake I made was to believe there was a chance. Don't blame it on me because you wanted to have fun. Who can you trust? Ladies and gentlemen, this is me…
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  • March 2014 Reading List: Big Thinking Edition

    Andrew Farrand
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    It's been a good month for thinking outside the box. (Photo source: Forbes)Who wasn't writing about Crimea this month? No surprise that it was the talk of the town, of course, but I can only read so much about Russia before depression sets in. I'll save you the trouble. Ninety percent of the ink spilled in March boils down to this: Putin is a thug, and when nobody was able or willing to defend it, he snatched a vulnerable region with nice beaches off his southern borders. At least I can sleep well knowing my country would never do the same.Luckily, I also read some great pieces on big…
  • Around Algiers: Navigating the Invisible City

    Andrew Farrand
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Exploring beneath the surface of the Algerian capital is a slow task of relationship building.Outside of its famed casbah, Algiers is hardly the warren of tunnels that some other North African cities are (I'm thinking of Fes here), but it does have its secret passageways.The capital's narrow roads zigzag circuitously along steep hillsides, flanked by apartments or walled-off villas that make many streets feel like narrow concrete chutes. Occasionally, as you crest a hill or pass a gap in a wall, you get a fleeting glimpse, between the bougainvilleas, of the sea stretched out below like a…
  • Traduction : Fêter le Haïk, et Débattre une Icône Algérienne

    Andrew Farrand
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:29 am
    La défilé sur le chemin au centre-ville en haïk et 'ajjar. (Une photo numérique que j'ai pris ; les photos Rolleicord viendront.)La traduction française de mon dernier post, "Celebrating the Haik, and Debating an Algerian Icon":Hier j'ai eu la chance d'être parmi une petite armée de photographes officiels pour un événement culturel unique ici à Alger : la deuxième fête annuelle du haïk, la tenue traditionnelle des femmes algériennes qui aujourd'hui ne paraît que rarement dans les rues de la capitale.Des participantes de l’adolescence jusqu’au troisième…
  • Celebrating the Haik, and Debating an Algerian Icon

    Andrew Farrand
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The procession winds downtown in traditional haik and 'ajjar. (A digital photo I snapped; Rolleicord pics forthcoming.)Cet article est maintenant disponible en français : "Fêter le Haïk, et Débattre une Icône Algérienne"Yesterday I had the good fortune to be among a small army of official photographers for a unique cultural event here in Algiers: the second annual celebration of the haik, the traditional garment of Algerian women that today is only seen rarely on the capital's streets.Women as young as teenagers and some old enough to remember when the haik (pronounced "hay-yek") was…
  • Roma!

    Andrew Farrand
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    This bella donna looks to have been cruising Rome's streets for quite a few years.Recently I joined Rebecca in Rome for a long weekend, which we spent walking from restaurant to gelateria to restaurant to gelateria. I ate in sufficient quantity to bring eternal shame (or pride, depending on your point of view) upon all my ancestors before me and descendants hereafter. But this was, at long last, my first trip to Italy, so I don't feel particularly regretful about my gastronomic excesses.In the rare moments between mouthfuls of succulent gnocchi, chianti, or gelato, Rebecca and I had…
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  • A Sicilian Nun Singing Alicia Keys + May Ad Space

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Why does this make me so weepy?!  Her enthusiasm! Those shoes!  I can't.Now that we're all emotionally fragile from that, I'd like to talk to you about affordable, insanely effective advertising packages. I've got some. You might want it.Who advertises here?  Life coaches. Etsy shops. Indie fashion labels. Travel websites.  Artists.  Designers of all types.  Who reads Yes and Yes?  Smart, funny, awesome women.  Mostly 18-35 English speakers - though there are plenty of teenagers and above-35s who stop by as well.  If you're a Big Deal…
  • A four word phrase that might change your life

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few months ago, over an enormous bowl of guac and a big bottle of Malbec, my best friend inadvertently introduced me to a phrase that's been slowly transforming my life. It began (as most good stories do) with trying to cancel a gym membership. You know how this story goes: you call them to cancel the gym membership. They give you a guilt trip the size of a city blog and insist you come to the gym in person, look them in the face and tell them you'd rather not sweat on their lat press anymore. You sign paperwork. They glare. You glare. It's awkward at best, demoralizing…
  • An Insanely Mercenary Breakdown Of Why I Post What I Post

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Things are about to get steely-eyed and strategic, y'all. If you ever wondered why the same blog covers fashion, cats, and career advice, I'm breaking it down on my small business blog today. 
  • Traveling The World Via Instagram - My 10 Favorite International Instragrammers

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A million years after everyone else, I've jumped on the Instagram bandwagon like the curmudgeonly, late-adopter I am. (You can follow me here).But now that I'm there? I'm there, satisfying my never-ending wanderlust by following photographers from all over the world, gorging myself on back alley peeks into other countries and photos of food I don't recognize. Here are 10 of my favorite fascinating, colorful, I-want-to-go-there-now international Instagram accounts.London // @aladyinlondonLet's all live vicariously through this California expat who's relocated to London (via Brussels,…
  • Kitchen Globetrotter: Tanzania // Pineapple Salad

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Claire Suellentrop believes eating well + having a really good time need not be mutually exclusive. Learn to achieve both on Eat Well. Party Hard. Say hello on Instagram + Twitter.There’s something about coconut that makes whatever it touches just…irresistible. I first made this discovery several years ago, when I used coconut milk (rather than plain ol’ water) to cook up a pot of rice. I remember my main squeeze remarking during dinner that it seemed like some kind of magic—that he couldn’t stop sneaking bite after bite, that the coconut just made him “want to get to know” that…
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  • Finding the Enemy of Rock and Roll

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Johnny Rotten was right after all!A recent review post on the 70s Band - America attracted an unusually high negative response from readers of this blog's mailing list. While some questioned my authority to judge America, others have complained that I was doing die hard fans of America a big disservice (and possibly lose out a few readers too)! Some even called me the enemy of good rock and roll!Well, one of my favorite quotes from Johnny Rotten (John Joseph Lydon), the lead singer of the Sex Pistols comes to mind. Rotten once told an interviewer that he wanted to "kill the…
  • Wishing you a Blessed Easter

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Happy Easter Greetings from the Websnacker CrewNot exactly the religious kind but Easter is fun; full of hope, dollops of happiness (even if some of it is rather forced) and a great time to unwind with friends and family! Have a happy Easter!  Websnacker
  • Highway: 30 Years Of America (2000)

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Supposedly the Very Best of this Classic Country/Folk Rock DuoThe compilation box set Highway: 30 Years of America is allegedly considered the "best" of this folk rock band’s output. To be honest, a more appropriate "best of" collection for America would be a vinyl single with "Horse With No Name" on one side and "Tin Man" on the other. Even those two songs aren't all that interesting, but they do have at least a little camp-humor value. The other 62 tracks on this three-disc box set include typical odes to "Woman Power" such as "I Need You," "Baby It’s Up to…
  • Score of the Month - Limitless (2011) by Paul Leonard-Morgan

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes revisits what was one of 2011's best film scores2011 and 2012 brought two great scores from the BAFTA winning newcomer Scottish film score composer Paul Leonard-Morgan;2011's Limitless and Dredd in 2012. Both feature Morgan with a mostly synthesized score and both films were inherently terrific films, as well, enhanced by his brilliant scores. Limitless with its sci-fi overtones was by far one of the best new scores by a new composer I have ever heard. For those who haven't seen it yet, Limitless tells the story of a writer (Bradley Cooper) with a bad…
  • Human Traffic (1999)

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    A Vivid Slice of 90s UK Club CultureMade in the vein of Acid House (1998) and Go (1999) Human Traffic garnered a fair load of both critical and negative reviews and media hype when it was released. Considered a Cult movie now, some say it is the only british film that truly captures the nineties, the clubbing era of the UK 90s in particular, others will object to it's easy attitude to drugs and its frank depiction of youth lifestyle.Human Traffic is not set in Manchester or London, but rather unglamourous Cardiff representing Anytown, UK. Towards the end, we see shots of the city that look…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity » 3×5

  • Meaning Beyond Metrics

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Even in a commercial launch, where the goal is to sell a product, you can find meaning beyond the traditional sales metrics of units sold, revenue, and so on. Being paid to make things is nice—but it feels good to make them regardless of the outcome. On Tuesday we launched Get Rich Slowly, a new Unconventional Guide by author J.D. Roth. When I said in the sales copy that it was a year-long process, I wasn’t kidding. He really has worked Here’s what J.D. said about it: After a year of work, I'm proud to share the year-long "Get Rich Slowly" course:…
  • Introducing Get Rich Slowly: A 52-Week Guide to Building Wealth

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Pop the champagne and brew the espresso… it’s finally here! After six months nearly a year’s worth of work, we’re now ready to unveil Get Rich Slowly: the 52-week, action-packed course. *A 120-page Field Manual to Freedom *18 Interviews (audio + transcripts) with Personal Finance Experts *A Suite of Resources to Help You Budget, Save, and Invest *A New Lesson Every Week for a Year (52 detailed lessons) *Featuring a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (it will help you, or you don’t pay) –>Check it out over here A year in the making, the Get Rich Slowly course is a…
  • Tomorrow: How to Leave Debt Behind and Master Your Money

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Six years ago I had the idea to start a blog. At the time I had no clue what I was doing—a status that hasn’t changed much over the years. But despite being clueless, I knew that I could look to others who had done it and see what worked for them. Then, in an attempt to steal adapt their strategies, I’d try to make a go of it myself. In the early days, the person I adapted from more than anyone else was J.D. Roth. J.D. was my blogging role model. I loved what he had done with a popular site called Get Rich Slowly. He wrote well, sharing stories and providing practical tips. He…
  • The Worst Thing That Can Happen Rarely Does

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Somewhere in my journey I learned an important lesson: whatever your location, you can choose to be at peace or you can choose to be anxious. I remember shivering in a tent in Zimbabwe, feeling miserable yet still excited about the adventure. I was on my own in a new part of the world, and I felt like a conquering (though cold) warrior. Taking the subway in Cairo during the hottest time of the year was disorienting and slightly scary, but I felt a surge of pride as I successfully navigated myself to the Pyramids. Small victories! Other times, I remember getting upset about inconsequential…
  • Consider the Dominoes

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s not that you’re too busy, or that you’re doing too much. You’re known for taking on challenges and doing the impossible. You know your metrics. You take pride in your deadlines. You’ve built your name on striving, and you don’t like to let people down. You rise with the dawn, fortified by coffee and Greek yogurt. You work until mid-evening, looking forward to the occasional Knob Creek manhattan before returning to make just a little more progress on your goals. No, “getting shit done” isn’t your problem. You are the master of GSD.
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Save some energy

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    You should switch bulbs. If you are using incandescent light bulbs in your house, it’s worth your time and energy to switch them over to LED bulbs. IKEA has a basic bulb that costs just $4.49.* It puts out a little less light than a 60 watt bulb, so it’s not the solution to all your lighting needs. But it will work in many applications. Some complain that the color temperature of LED bulbs is not as warm or natural as that of incandescent bulbs. In reality, LED bulbs are available with outputs across the color spectrum. You may have to pay more — the IKEA bulb I’m trying to get you to…
  • Car fun

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Two of my kids recently joined me for a fun day at the Denver Auto Show. Even though Rachel may not be considered a typical car fan, she loved our time together. Part of the appeal for her was free promotional stuff. Car2Go gave her lip balm, Scion provided headphones, and we shared the Visa gift card I got for test driving a new Lincoln crossover. (I was surprised at how much I liked the small SUV.) We enjoyed pushing buttons and seeing and feeling the design of cars I had only experienced through magazines and websites. There is a lot to be said for real life compared to photos. Even though…
  • Sketches from Church

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    This is a guest post by Chris Thomas, for your enjoy­ment. (Thanks Chris!) I was not planning on going to church today. I was instead going to do my taxes. You know, “Give to Caeser...” and all that business, so skipping seemed biblically justified. But I needed to get a DVD from church, so I texted my friend, Arturo, to ask if he could pick it up for me. He texted back, “Sure,” and then proceeded to send me photos “live” from the first service. I thought it was funny that he was not only texting in church, but also taking candid photos. Just as I was thinking that this was a new…
  • One-time treasure

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    This truck was once someone’s dream vehicle. They had a huge amount of pride driving it off the dealer’s lot for the first time. Washing the dirt away to keep it shiny clean was a joy. Showing the amazing new features to the next-door neighbors was a delight. No more. Why did I feel compelled to remind you — and me — of how short pleasure lasts? I dunno. Maybe just to say we should enjoy it while we can! We were designed for pleasure, and if it lasted forever there would be no contrast.
  • Old cars vs. new cars

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:01 am
    I snapped this old beauty on the way to work a week or so ago. I love the blocky style of the mid-1960s Ford Galaxy 500. It weighs enough to stop a tank, should the driver encounter one on his way to work. It has no airbags or shoulder belts, so his safety was in his own hands. I do love the style of old cars. But they pollute. The gas coming out of the tailpipe is significantly more polluting than what a modern car produces. Paris, Santa Barbara, California and Texas all have programs to take old cars off the road. But it’s not necessarily an easy equation. Sometimes keeping your…
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    Mental Floss

  • How to Host an Incredible Clambake

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    When settlers came to North America, Native Americans taught them one of the continent’s tastiest culinary tricks—steaming clams, corn, and potatoes in a hole in the ground. The time-tested method has turned the clambake into a New England tradition. Here’s how to go further the next time you throw a classy beach party.
  • 10 Great Scientists Who Were Also Jocks

    Mark Mancini
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Brain and brawn have never been enemies; in fact, some of the most gifted scientists of all time were also dedicated athletes.
  • 20 Things You Might Not Know About 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'

    Sean Hutchinson
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Fun facts about Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic.
  • 11 Images from the American Museum of Natural History's Archives

    Erin McCarthy
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    New York City's American Museum of Natural History recently launched an online image database, Digital Special Collections, which features more than 7000 images from the institution's history—many of them never before seen by the public—including archival photographs, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, art, and Museum memorabilia.
  • The Missing Links: Frozen + Thriller

    Colin Patrick
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It Was Only A Matter of Time The characters from Frozen have finally been edited into a video where they perform the "Thriller" dance. It’s about time, internet. Skyscraper Squatters There are 3000 homeless people living in an abandoned skyscraper in Venezuela. Check out this series of photographs of the homes they’ve built there. Poetry That Counts The audience at a local poetry reading is way too nice to let this prank poet go on this long. School is Cool These amusing teachers make learning much more entertaining. Awesomegraphics These infographics don’t deliver any hardcore data,…
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    Journey Mama

  • Driving, Flying

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Number of days that we had to stay in the capital city of Laos, a neighboring country to Thailand, because we needed extra pages put in Solo’s passport, which didn’t have any more room for visas: 1Number of days since someone has asked me if I am pregnant: -1Number of times I’ve asked Chinua to break out his iPad because I don’t understand the conversion between kip and baht: 5Amount of kip I pulled out of the ATM two days ago (to pay for the visas): 4,000,000Number of times one of the kids has made a “We’re millionaires!” joke: 6Degrees Celcius in Vientiane: 40, real feel 49,…
  • On goal posts and the real order of things.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    I have goals. As an example, I have fitness goals. My fitness goals can probably be boiled down to Please to not have any more people touch my belly and ask me if this is child number six. I realize that I could accomplish this by moving to a place where people wouldn’t ever do that, like Sweden, for example, or New York City. But in Sweden I would probably have to live in a large city also because I bet you anything that in a Swedish village a grandmother would find me and touch my belly and ask me if it is child number six. I do have other fitness goals, like less back/neck/leg pain and…
  • Still life with ants and dog hair.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    We’re home, after a red eye flight and a night bus and a couple of leaky pocket days in Bangkok. (Leaky pocket? Bangkok seems to turn our wallets into funnels.) The night bus and red eye flights confirmed what I already know—the only part of traveling I really dislike is sitting in any sort of upright position while I try to sleep. On the night bus (which was luxurious for a night bus) my legs rebelled from being in a weird position and flooded me with sneaky aches and pains. I’m eighty. I also travel on night buses with a huge teddy bear named Isaac who has to sleep on my chest the way…
  • Now, Part 3.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    I wrote the following post while I was still in India, and though I landed in Thailand at 3:00 this morning (hello red-eye flight with five children!), I'm posting it now. I also want to say thank you for your generous and loving comments and emails in response to my last post. I am glad you understand, and even resonate with the crazy things I write sometimes. The people in my Goan village like to practice tooth hygiene in public. Each morning I say hello to people who are brushing their teeth outside. One of my neighbors has a toothbrush in his mouth for what seems like much of the day, and…
  • Now, Part 2.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Kingfisher in flight. There are two things I can do with writing. I can tell stories, and I can be honest about the broken down machinations of my mind. Of the two, telling stories is easiest and the most fun. I like to write fiction and I like to write about the small things I see around me. The problem is that if I don’t continue to be honest, my writing stutters to a stop, a car with a giant rat’s nest in the engine. How can I write honest fiction if I can’t write honestly about my insides? It may work for others, but somehow it doesn’t work for me.It gets harder and harder to be…
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  • On Inclusivism — #1

    Mike Duran
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    I mentioned in an online discussion a few weeks back that I am beginning to consider myself an “Inclusivist.” The context of the discussion was Evangelicalism, what are its main tenets, and how do you know when someone’s in or out. (That discussion was mainly in response to Rachel Held Evans’ announcement that she was leaving Evangelicalism because of the World Vision gay marriage controversy.) In that context, I admitted that I’m not towing the line for any particular Christian group or denmoination and that holding to a position of Inclusivism possibly…
  • Writer Types

    Mike Duran
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    You know that Greek guy who famously said, “Know  thyself”? I’m guessing he was NOT a writer. At any given time, the writer’s head could be occupied by a plethora of personalities — psychopaths, parasol-twirling mademoiselles, mad scientists, country priests, zombies, or Navy Seals. Which turns “knowing thyself” into an exercise in psychotherapy. I got a late start on this writing gig, and as a result, still feel like I’m on the front end of the learning curve. That curve does not just involve understanding procedure but recognizing…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Become Heretics

    Mike Duran
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    I might be a heretic. At least that’s what some inferred after I mentioned I was leaning toward Inclusivism. Sure, some of the charges came in the form of finger-wagging. But for the most part, it was friends cautioning me to be careful, to be faithful to Scripture, and to not be deceived by the spirit of the age. You know what? I totally appreciate that. It’s kind of like the dinner conversation I had with two Christian author / editors. One was finishing up a project with an outspoken religious progressive and championing ideas of questionable veracity. The passion escalated…
  • Review: “Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals”

    Mike Duran
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    I took up William Webb’s Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis as part of a challenge.That challenge was issued by a pastor friend after I made some comments on Facebook critical of Christian feminists and egalitarians. He suggested that rather than base my opinion on the popular treatments of the subject in books like A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Jesus Feminist, I read a more scholarly treatment of the subject. Bottom line: I’m really glad I did. Much ink (and probably blood) has been spilled over the topic of gender roles and…
  • Why You Should Stop Inviting Your Non-Christian Friends to Church

    Mike Duran
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    A new movement was started entitled National Back to Church Sunday (NBCS). In September 2013, more than 21,200 churches participated in the event. The massive outreach attempt has continued to grow each year. It’s based on Thom Rainer’s research that “82 percent of the unchurched are likely to attend church if invited by a trusted friend or relative,” while “only 2 percent of church-going people invite someone to church in a given year.” I’m lukewarm about efforts like this. This might surprise you coming from a former pastor. During my tenure as a staff pastor, I would…
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  • 広告業界も安泰ではない?

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    広告代理店といえば、一時期は隆盛を極めた業界です。就職人気ランキングでも常に上位に食い込んでいましたね。詳細はリスティング広告 正規代理店に書いてあります。もちろん今でも人気がある業界ではありますが、以前ほど状況は楽観視できるわけではないようです。詳しく知りたい方はグーグルアドワーズ…
  • 洗面所で使うタイルについて

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    マイホームを建てる時、雑多な生活観を感じさせないような可愛い洗面台にしたいという希望がありました。ご相談する際には静岡 注文住宅へ行ってみましょう。小さなモザイクタイルを天板に使用して、真中に陶器で出来た洗面ボウルを取り付けてもらいたいと思っていたのです。よく知らない点がある場合は新築…
  • 幼児教室を選ぶ際に夫婦で対立

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
  • 美容皮膚科に通って綺麗になりました

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    美容皮膚科ですっかり綺麗になりました。年齢と共に増える悩みには銀座 皮膚科ここに書いてます。私が美容皮膚科に行って治療をしてもらう理由、それは将来のためなのです。あなたに合った東京…
  • 私が毎日パズドラを続けている理由

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

  • Testimony about my life Hello my name is Lewis Cheney from USA

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    New Opinion - Hello my name is Lewis Cheney from USA, My life is back!!! After 6 years of marriage, my husband left me and left me with our 2 kids. I felt like my life was about to end, and was falling apart. I contacted Dr ONIHA I explained my problem to him. In just 2 day, my husband came back to us and show me and my kids much love and apologize for all the pain he have bring to the family. We solved our issues, and we are even happier than before you are the best spell caster Dr ONIHA i really appreciate the love spell you castes for me to get the man back to my life i will keep sharing…
  • The federal exchange platform is a means to attain cheaper health insurance

    14 Mar 2014 | 2:46 am
    New Answer - In a single word – subsidies. The federal exchange platform is a means to attain cheaper health insurance for people falling in the low income group. It does not matter if you are self-employed or not, these subsidies are available to people falling in 400% of the poverty level, and if you are eligible for those, you will receive major discounts on health insurance purchase.
  • What is the impact of federal exchange platform for low-income, self-employed groups?

    14 Mar 2014 | 12:35 am
    New Question - What is the impact of federal exchange platform for low-income, self-employed groups?
  • How to date after being hurt?

    7 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
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  • private healthcare exchanges is definitely one way to reduce the load and take some pressure off the federal marketplace, i

    6 Mar 2014 | 2:23 am
    New Answer - While direct enrollment capability for private healthcare exchanges is definitely one way to reduce the load and take some pressure off the federal marketplace, it isn’t a lasting solution for the problem. The best solution at this moment is to make the federal site capable enough to handle the load of signups.
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  • Rob Roy Meets James Burden

    George Burden
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Burden family used to reside in Feddal Castle, Perthshire, one of the richest estates in its part of Scotland, dwelling there from the mid-1600’s until the mid-1800’s. At that time the family disposed of the estate for the tidy sum of 32,500 pounds sterling and emigrated to the colonies. The castle still stands, however, though now in a state of abandonment and disrepair. Feddal Castle, the Burden seat, near Braco, Perthshire Scotland Traditionally the pater familias of the Burden clan was known as the Laird of Feddal. At the time of the reign of famous Scottish outlaw Rob Roy, in and…
  • The Quest

    Martha Farley
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I was on a quest: Like a knight from the Round Table, I was determined to get to the place that had been haunting me for years. I thought I would never see this place except in photos. Yet here I am in San Francisco on my way to the City Lights Bookstore. My heart is racing; my palms are sweaty – I can hardly contain my joy. A smile widens as my husband and I get closer to the shrine, to this historic spot where magic and artistry came together to form “The Word.” The poet’s haven, as mystical as San Francisco itself. City Lights Bookstore may be just a bookstore to some…
  • Vibrant Works of Art Bring Reflection and Renewal

    Guest Artist
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Nature’s gifts experienced by a small humble human heart . . . what I see, more importantly, what I experience while in nature deeply impacts me and I hope to convey that through my paintings. Currently, I am working on a piece — inspired by last year’s visit to the Ashnola River in the interior of British Columbia. The incubation period came to fruition this last month . . . and the thought “it runs through us” has visited itself upon me and taken up residence. Nature does run through us — it courses through our veins — our every cell.  It is such a deep…
  • My Journey continues…The “Buss Stop”

    Guest Author
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every summer when I was a child was spent with my grandparents in Qualicum Beach, a small, quaint town on the East Coast of Vancouver Island in Canada. Their magical log home, missing square corners and fancy furnishings, was named ‘The Buss Stop’ …by me. This is why. His name was Bill Buss, Billy or Boo.  After many games of Peek-a-Boo as a young child I guess I was the one credited with nicknaming him Boo.  And it stuck.  Boo, my mother’s father was half Squamish Native who was born in the Kincaid farming house at the mouth of the Qualicum River in 1898, or at least that’s the…
  • A Beer Museum in Munich: Who knew

    Joseph Frey
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    One of the best kept secrets in the English-speaking world is that the German city of Munich has a museum dedicated to beer and the Oktoberfest. Who knew? Why a city that hosts the world’s largest annual festival dedicated to everything beer (and Bavarian) would harbour such an institution is incomprehensible, or at least it would seem so due to the small number of foreign visitors to the museum. Or maybe the locals just want to keep it to themselves while the tourists go to the Hofbrauhaus. Entrance to the first beer hall in the Hofbrauhaus. Flying into Munich from Toronto we check into…
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    Then Life Happens

  • 5 Easy Steps to Confidence

    Angela Schaefers
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I used to think of confidence as someone being confident in a particular skill – like a sport, a job or some other situation where confidence is recognized as being a natural part of being good at something, being successful. While I realize confidence is needed to do a good job, be good at sports and so on, I have found that self-confidence in who you are as a person is very important too. Interestingly some of the very people who have confidence in something they do, do not necessarily feel confident overall. They often feel lacking in some areas or simply not good enough outside of…
  • Love YOU during the Month of Love

    Angela Schaefers
    18 Feb 2014 | 5:39 pm
    February is often deemed the month of ‘love’ due to the Valentine’s Day holiday. Though I think that every month should be the month to celebrate ‘love’, I realize that the Valentine’s Day enthusiasm is often limited to kids in grade school and couples. What about all the other people? Don’t they need love too? Love YOU during the Month of Love! I have talked before about the importance of self care and self love. I mentioned the need to truly love ourselves and care for ourselves first and that in itself allows us to be our best at everything we do, including caring for and…
  • Why People Become Fat

    Angela Schaefers
    19 Jan 2014 | 5:04 pm
    There are many discussions about weight loss and all kinds of options to try to lose weight. But, why do people become fat? I think if we began to discover why we become overweight in the first place, it would help not only in losing the unwanted pounds, but also in keeping them off.  Here are some reasons I’ve found to be true about why people put on unwanted weight; Feelings of unworthiness Lack of self-esteem Feeling judged and criticized by others Feeling unwanted and unloved Feeling like you will never be good enough Comparing yourself to others Being depressed Being anxious…
  • Finding Jill

    Angela Schaefers
    14 Dec 2013 | 4:40 pm
    Finding Jill: How I Rebuilt My Life After Losing The Five People I Loved Most What would you do if you lost five of the people closest to you in an instant? It is hard to fathom such a tragedy or how anyone could go on in life after. Jill Kraft Thompson shares in her book ‘Finding Jill – How I Rebuilt My Life after Losing the Five People I Loved Most’ how she endured the biggest tragedy and challenge she could never have imagined. Thompson shares her heart with complete honesty and raw pain. That pain is experienced when reading the heartfelt thoughts of a grieving wife, daughter,…
  • Gratitude as a Daily Habit

    Angela Schaefers
    1 Dec 2013 | 7:19 am
    I learned some time ago that whenever I was feeling worried, sad or hopeless I could change my attitude my pausing and counting my blessings. Prior to that I felt I was grateful and always told myself and others that I was. Looking back, that feels like an easy and complacent way out of truly being grateful and understanding just how much I have to appreciate. Sometimes life can be daunting and it requires that I go beyond the basic gratitude; I’m grateful for a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food to eat. Though those things are pretty standard to most of us (even if we struggle…
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  • What’s better than having cupcakes? Having cupcakes at 4 in the morning!

    Ankur Bhalla
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery is setting up 24×7 cupcake ATMs throughout New York City ‘Can I have a hit of that sweet ass cupcake bro’, you must have heard this before, right? I mean there must have been moments in your life when you were consuming the nectar of God, reimagined for us mortals in the form of red velvet cupcakes and your friend/Arjun Rampal looks at you and mutters those dreaded words. Then you sulk, cuss every living cat possible, breathe fire, ask for mercy, repeat and then finally cave in and share that cupcake you thought was your actual true love. Now there are people…
  • Little tweaks (to help you move forward in various facets of life)

    Arun Srini
    10 Oct 2013 | 5:19 am
    It has been a long and tiresome day. Dark in the evening right before you leave the office . “I am very worried the client might reject this version”. “Hold on – you cannot do a project like Google and aren’t getting paid for one. Don’t stress yourself for something you can’t change now. Their decision is for them to make”. “No Ana, I’ve read other contractors experience with that client. They are nitpicky.” “Your application is alright. The graphs are excellent to look at. They are going to love it”. “You don’t know Ana. I feel I am going to lose here”.
  • Thomas Cook gets a new Sunny Heart Logo

    Himanshu Khanna
    5 Oct 2013 | 1:05 pm
    Thomas Cook gets a new Sunny Heart Logo Thomas Cook, Britain’s oldest tour operator has gifted itself a fresh ‘Sunny Heart’ logo. The popular TC tagline “Don’t just book it Thomas Cook it” is no more. It’s been replaced by a shorter phrase “Let’s go”. This is the first time in Thomas Cook’s 172-year history that all its companies have a unifying identity. Neckermann in Europe, Ving in Sweden, Condor in Germany and Airtours in the UK, part of the Thomas Cook Group, will carry the heart in some form in their logo. The last…
  • A smart-phone, camera, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-FI, USB: Just in one Watch – Androidly

    Siddharth Vishwakarma
    30 Aug 2013 | 3:22 am
    Androidly – A smart-phone, camera, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-FI, USB: just in one Watch Android just got closer, from your pockets to getting as closer as to your wrist. Considering the amount of advancements in such a short span, possible prognosis can be done in the field of technology. While detail-obsessed tech companies are focusing on tiny features and are trying to sell them on their ease of usability, meet the guys from New Delhi who have taken up a paradigm shift. Androidly is a beautifully designed android smartphone and watch, designed by the startup run by four younsters - Ankit…
  • Game of Thrones starring Indian Stars – Infographic

    Sreeja Chatterjee
    27 Aug 2013 | 4:53 am
    GOT infographic A few days ago, we stumbled upon this Quora thread about Game of Thrones starring Indian stars. Most of us at Sparklin are fan of the series. Soon enough two plus two added to four and here it was, a quick assignment in my deck – to create an infographic on this thread. I’d appreciate your feedback in the comments below. Game of Thrones starring Indian Stars – Infographic Pixelonomics
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  • Hummus Revisted

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I love hummus! I’ve made it before many, many times, I’ve even shared some recipes here. Today, I was in the mood for some, I’ve been eating a lot of it lately, it’s an easy vegetarian protein – and although I’m not exactly a vegetarian, I’m leaning more that way all the time.  Anyway – the famous name brand hummus is full of GMO soy (and why is there soy in my hummus, anyway?!) and it’s easy enough to make yourself, so I made a couple of batches today. The first was Roasted Sweet Potato and Garlic Hummus and the second, Basil and Roasted…
  • Vegetarian Tuna Salad

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I love tuna salad. No, really.  It’s one of my favorite things to eat – but I’m also very concerned about our environment, so I was always sure to buy dolphin safe brands.  Guess what.  Dolphin safe probably doesn’t mean what you think it does.  When I was done with my research there were two brands I felt comfortable buying,  but they’re not available in the supermarket, so you have to order them online or get them from a specialty store.  They’re more expensive, but in the end I think it’s worth it, don’t you?  Please go Google it if…
  • Chickpea Curry

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I am beyond determined to get super comfortable with Indian inspired dishes.  The flavors and the ingredients are so perfect for us, as I’ve mentioned many times over the last few years.  I found a recipe for Chickpea Curry and I started there, but of course I changed it to suit what I had and what I was in the mood for. Here’s my own version of Chickpea Curry Chick Pea Curry Ingredients: Three large cans of Chickpeas (1 lb. 16 oz. cans), drained and rinsed 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 red pepper, fruity – but whatever heat you’d like diced 2 inch piece of…
  • Roasted Corn and Cauliflower Sweet Potato Soup

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Looking for vegetarian meal ideas that aren’t “salad”, I came across this recipe on Pinterest.  Of course I had to make it my own and on the day I planned to make it, my friend dropped of some non-GMO corn that she bought at the farmer’s market.  What? You don’t have friends that bring you non-GMO corn and other awesome produce?  Anyway – I started thinking and, well – we came up with Roasted Corn and Cauliflower Sweet Potato Soup.  Yeah. Here’s what we did: 2 heads cauliflower cut into small pieces 2 ears of corn shucked a couple of pinches…
  • Ranch Potatoes with Omelette

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Last weekend we had our monthly potluck/jam and I decided to make Southwest Ranch Pasta Salad, which is so good you can’t believe it.  I made a double batch of the Ranch Dressing because, yum. I filled 1 l large Ball jar and one medium jar to capacity and there was a little bit left over in the bowl. Too much to throw away, but not really enough to start another jar.  The plan for dinner that night was roasted potatoes and eggs, and I had the brilliant idea to toss the potatoes in the dressing before roasting.  So good!  Here’s what I did. One bag of fingerling potatoes cut…
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    Four Leaf Clover

  • You can find beauty in the smallest of places

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

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

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

    15 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    Over three years ago, I wrote about two Girl Scouts challenging Kellogg’s to drop palm oil from their Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in order to protect endangered animals such as the orangutans and tigers, rainforests and tribes in Borneo and Sumatra. It may have seemed like a long time coming, but we finally have a victory! Yesterday, I had a nice Valentine’s Day surprise when I saw an announcement that Kellogg announced a global commitment to fully traceable sourcing of palm oil with the requirement for suppliers to have palm oil “produced in a manner that’s…
  • Have you seen Blackfish, the movie that’s making waves?

    9 Jan 2014 | 11:37 am
    I hope this movie makes history. Right now, it’s looking like it’s on its way to doing just that. I haven’t posted in a while, but I recently watched Blackfish and remembered why I started Four Leaf Clover in the first place. This documentary shows a little background history as to how killer whales got mixed up in the entertainment industry and focuses on one orca in particular: Tilikum. Tilikum, at the time of writing this post, is 32 years old and has been captive for 30 of those years. In 2010, Tilikum killed one of his trainers at SeaWorld. There is no evidence that…
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    Zara Stone

  • A Look At Creative Cat Grooming a.k.a Feline Fantasy at Intergroom

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I knew that when I moved to America I would be privy to all sorts of things that had previously existed in fiction . I’d heard of creative grooming for dogs, but creative cat styling, a.k.a feline fantasy competitions were a whole new arena. It’s not easy turning a cat into a flowerbed. Or a devil. Or the pink panther. But for extreme cat groomers — a growing community of pet stylists who compete on a national circuit — the transformation of felines with clippers and dye is worth the long hours of painstaking effort. In the past twenty years, extreme pet styling has gained…
  • Bodyvertising strangeness includes Beardvertising, Thighvertising and Mohwaking

    6 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    There is nothing today that we don’t commercialize in some way. We name children after cities and wine (seriously,  people use London and Champagne as names for girls), watch movies full of product placement and have our school classes sponsored by Sprint and Coca Cola. The body is the last bastion of all this consumerism overload, and for some time now advertisers have been coming up with creative ways to let us brand ourselves here. Forget the ordinariness of tattooing brand names on your forehead (creepy, but soo last year) and meet some of the strange but temporary ways to get…
  • Lessons learned From Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean in: An illustrated guide

    21 Feb 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I recently read Sheryls Sandberg’s Lean In and have a few thoughts I wanted to share about it. First, the book is not half as intimidating as it looks from the outside.  The intimidation wasn’t the title,  the cover photo or the feminist message you knew it contained, but the actual size. The hardback size. Bound, big and heavy. The publishers went for the “serious” cash rather than the mass return, and published a book that looked very big and weighty. It looked long. It felt like it would be worthy. It turned me off. Fast forward a few months and I downloaded it…
  • Eating Pizza and Pasta at The Biggest McDonald’s In The World

    15 Feb 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Amurica. Home of the weird, the wild, the oversized. Nothing is more American than the golden arches of McDonald’s, a company that has been going since 1940 and was originally a BBQ restaurant. Today the golden arches stand for fast food, consumerist America and excess in so many ways. But let’s forget the gluttony and saturated fat for a moment and celebrate some pure American excess, with a trip to the world’s largest McDonalds’s… Yes, the BIGGEST McDonald’s in the world. Seriously. Based in Orlando, Florida, home of Disney World, SeaWorld (or picketing…
  • Smart T-Pai Dog Home looks like British bus (but cleaner)

    3 Feb 2014 | 7:30 pm
    People love their dogs a LOT . We know this to such an extent that we don’t even need to qualify the statement anymore. But when does dog love turn into needing to let your pet live in a replica of a British double decker Red Bus? Chinese company, Hong Kong Tesla Technology Limited (HKTTL) thinks this is just where your pooch wants to stay, and it’s not a simple red bus, it’s a smartbus codenamed the T-Pai that we’re talking about. Not only does your BFF get to live a’la Queen Liz (on her day off when she’s slumming it) but every single need your dog might have is automated. An…
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    Lightening Up and Letting Go

  • Becoming More Flexible

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
      Some of your thoughts are like movie stars. Others never see the light of attention. Movie credits reveal that there are few stars, and lots of people behind the scenes. This is the case with thoughts too. Grips, gaffers, costume designers, set designers, props, production, hair, engineers abound. Famous actors stand in the spotlight. [...]
  • Finding Buried Treasure

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:13 pm
    All day long thoughts move in and out of your attention. They are visible and then they disappear, becoming invisible. When a thought disappears it is gone: right? It isn’t, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Freud knew that your unconscious, what is outside of your attention, often has a much greater [...]
  • Lightening Up Thoughts

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When interviewed, most people will say that they are happy. But if you watch them at their desks or walking down the street or at the malls they don’t look so happy. But they don’t look sad either. In fact, they look a little absent, like they aren’t there, waiting for something to happen or [...]
  • Better Off Dead?

    18 Mar 2014 | 7:22 pm
      I suspect that a pretty good answer to why you are alive today is because you didn’t hang yourself yesterday. Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren did, so she is missing this blog and so much more. Though, if she was here now, since her death is partially the subject of this blog it might not [...]
  • How to Find Inner Peace When Everything Goes Wrong

    23 Feb 2014 | 6:33 am
    As dawn approaches there is new snow on the ground. This is Georgia so schools will shut down, drivers will panic, snow boots and unused sleds will be pulled out of the deepest recesses of closets. I wanted to swim today but one call to the pool results in the discovery that “There ain’t no [...]
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    Amy Mac

  • If You've Hot-Glued Anything in the Name of Easter, Please Don't Read This Post

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    This morning, while taking a break from catching up on the 976 things I didn't do while I was on Spring Break, I hopped (getting the Easter reference there?) onto Feedly to peruse some of my favorite blogs. I have an important takeaway to share:In the blogosphere there is significant pressure to do a bunch of crafty, awesome stuff and then photograph it in soft lighting before posting with 18 simple steps so you, too, can do something crafty-awesome. Are these people for real?Y'all, there are people right now making moss-covered eggs and attaching them to floral sprigs so their Sunday…
  • If the Saying Were "The Early Bird Gets the Tory Burch Sandals," More People Would Actually Want to Wake Up Early

    18 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    So I started one of those awful group texts this morning about getting kids hither-and-to, and it pinged around until finally someone said "this is an awful lot of planning before 8 a.m." and someone replied "the early bird catches the worm!" (For the record, I only started a text that early because I knew all parties involved were already awake. Unless, of course, they were sick or sleeping in, in which case I feel terrible and apologize.)You would think the entire situation would have sent me back on my tangent about the evils of group texts and reply alls, but in fact it sent me down a…
  • Five Percent

    24 Feb 2014 | 10:35 am
    I'm 100 percent certain that though this tree is only 5 percent of my yard, the blooms and the blue sky are excellent indicators spring is around the corner ... and that makes me 1000 percent happy.You know how you have conversations that impart wisdom that sticks with you over time? A couple of years ago, one of my youngsters wanted to be moved down a level in one of her classes. She maintained the coursework was too difficult, I maintained she was capable and looking for a way to decrease homework time in order to increase social time. So I called in her teacher to act as a referee.We…
  • Back to Work Blog Series: The Secrets to an Attention-Grabbing Resume

    20 Feb 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Welcome back to the Amy Mac Blog Series Back to Work: Everything You Need to Know to Get Back in Business — a playbook of strategies to dust off your skills, your resume and your moxie as you change careers, launch a business, or head from the mom force to the work force. Catch up on previous posts here.In the last post we talked about becoming a social media powerhouse -- how to use social media to stay in the conversation in your industry, find job leads and establish yourself as a competitive, knowledgeable professional in any field.Today, we're talking about how to craft…
  • To Every Thing There is a Season

    17 Feb 2014 | 7:40 am
    For having the fewest days, and short ones at that, February seems to me to be the longest month of the year. In general, my attitude toward winter is poor. I get cold in December and don't warm properly again until April. If we're going to get sick, it's in February when we're cooped up like chickens in a pen. Throw in a little (lots for Atlanta really) ice and snow and then an earthquake (what?) and I'm looking for spring like a kid in a smocked dress hunting up Easter eggs ... that is, with nearly maniacle abandon.As a reminder to "habit yourself to the dazzle of the light, and of every…
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    Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists

  • Take a Photo Standing Under the Las Vegas Sign. Snapshot.

    Annette White
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    Take a Photo Standing Under the Las Vegas Sign The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is as representative of Sin City as the Bellagio fountain waterworks or a leggy burlesque show. It’s about a twenty minute walk from Mandalay Bay, but tourists, myself included, stand in line a dozen people deep for the opportunity to […] The post Take a Photo Standing Under the Las Vegas Sign. Snapshot. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Explore a Temple inside the City Walls of Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Annette White
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Temples in Chiang Mai are like Duomos in Italy or sea lions on the Galápagos Islands, they are everywhere. You will spot them next to convenience stores, tucked in between souvenir shops and smack dab in the middle of bustling business sections of town. Even though there was not a Chiang Mai temple that quite compared to the […] The post Explore a Temple inside the City Walls of Chiang Mai, Thailand appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • 15 Travelers Share Their Favorite Bucket List Adventure

    Annette White
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    It is extremely difficult for me to pinpoint my absolute favorite bucket list adventure, but a couple high on the list are swimming in Jellyfish Lake in Palau and going on safari in Tanzania. Though, thinking about it got me wondering if other travelers had a life list check that stood out amongst the rest. So, I asked the question “What has been […] The post 15 Travelers Share Their Favorite Bucket List Adventure appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Learn the Art of Making French Macarons in Paris

    Annette White
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    It was embarrassingly recent that I learned the difference between macaroons and macarons. The first being the chewy, coconut mound of deliciousness and the latter being the colorful sandwich style cookie known predominantly as a French confection. I am a fan of both. I never discriminate when it comes to cookies. But, we were traveling through in Paris which […] The post Learn the Art of Making French Macarons in Paris appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Vineyards of Northern California

    Annette White
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Recently, the Sonoma County Tourism Board in California chose me to be one of the next faces of Sonoma County and I was beyond thrilled to be representing the beautiful county that I call home. And that was way before knowing that one of the perks to being a representative (aka: a Sonomad) was a hot air balloon ride […] The post Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Vineyards of Northern California appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • departure

    arsène hodali
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    at the night parade dancing flames electric insects bodies keeping beat
  • forever making poems in the lap of death

    arsène hodali
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Humanity i love you because you would rather grieve and rage than enquire whose hands these are which would be embarrassing for all
  • sightseeing

    arsène hodali
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    To know prison is to know a world too small to hold love’s absence. // Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, For T prison is a stillborn two small grey hands, fists that’ll never move nor open i have known many hands too small to hold love’s absence     and there is a difference between the absence that makes the child reach out and cry and the absence that is long accepted     wail and be moved all you want i know a great many places filled with a great many men still and some walk the halls taking pride in this thirty-four men per box built for two all of them…
  • the jungle does not know i am here and i am beatific

    arsène hodali
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    my temple, my temple how filled you are, how holy and uncaring you are of me as it should be if as i slept you were ever to stop and wait for me i would not forgive you the moment you realize me you will shrink and when these bugs stop biting i will hate you please do everything while i’m not looking as it should be as it is i am not here
  • rejoice, rejoice

    arsène hodali
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    the air cannot tell what form it has, that nor this mirror the colour
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  • 12 Most Remarkable Words You Should Include in Your Daily Vocabulary

    Kirsten Wright
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Kirsten Wright     The words we write and speak make us who we are. So, given the opportunity, shouldn’t you use remarkable words? Of course you should. In order to help you become a more eloquent individual, we’re sharing 12 words with the definition, what word it can replace, and how you can […]
  • 12 Most Powerhouse Habits of Social Media Pros

    Becky Gaylord
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Becky Gaylord     What’s the secret sauce of social media? Well, it’s not just one recipe. After all, far too many apps, sites and tools exist for there to be a definitive source of success on social media. But it seems the pros share some common habits. They all do these 12 things: […]
  • 12 Most Strategic Ways to Use Pinterest for Marketing

    Peg Fitzpatrick
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Peg Fitzpatrick   Pinterest is fun and boosts creativity but at it’s social media heart, Pinterest is marketing. Very smart marketing! Are you wondering how you can use Pinterest to market your small business, company, blog, or to promote your next book or product? Visual marketing on Pinterest is a low-key, self-paced way to […]
  • 12 Most Earth-Shattering Realizations That Every Writer Needs to Come To

    Kathleen Krueger
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Kathleen Krueger   Whether it’s starting your blog or publishing your first book, every writer has mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation when it comes to releasing their words to the world. You put your heart and soul into your writing. When you finally have the opportunity and courage to make the big leap, […]
  • 12 Most Debilitating Hiring Mistakes Small Businesses Make

    Brad Farris
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Brad Farris     Hiring is hard. When you are a business owner and you don’t have an HR department to help you or a boss to train you, you can make a lot of terrible hiring mistakes. Here are 12 that we’ve seen over and over… 1. Hiring friends This is actually two […]
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  • Run Now

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I mentioned before that I'm about to embark with a relay team running from TN to Boston to raise hope and $$ for Boston marathon bombing victims. I'm crazed trying to get ready to leave TOMORROW (!), but I wanted to leave you with the article I wrote for the Cleveland Daily Banner on why I joined this effort. See below. You can donate and follow our journey live, here: http://runnowrelaylive.comBoston Strong!Ayers: ‘I  can keep running’by DANA AYERS Run Now Relay…
  • Happy Laurel Resting

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I was hanging out with old friends this weekend, including the Goldfish Poodle, and we were talking about our jobs, and lives, and goals, and at some point - someone candidly admitted that they just "didn't have much of a work ethic right now."To which I immediately jumped in with a "Right? I want to rest on my laurels. Laurel resting. That’s what I want."My friend Gina had never heard the expression, so she asked what a laurel was. "Like the Laurel tree?"Me and Goldfish Poodle: "No! That's stupid."Him: "..It's like resting on your accomplishments..."Me: "...It's like resting on…
  • Finishing the Ragnar

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:37 pm
    I didn't want to leave you all hanging if you wanted to know how my Ragnar ended.Again, these are the memories I have as I'm heading into a relay of epic proportions compared to the Ragnar...But we are doing this new relay to raise money for Boston Marathon victims, so a little craziness won't hold us back. You can support us by contributing to our efforts at 100% of the donations will go directly to Boston charities. We simply hope to run the check to them personally (literally).Ragnar: Hours 16-20 something....(originally posted October 2012)I forgot to tell you…
  • That Time I Joined a 1,000 Mile Relay Team

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    As I've mentioned, one of my recent terrible decisions exciting developments was joining a team of 25 other people running a 1,000 mile relay from Tennessee to Boston. The group is doing this in solidarity with the running community after last year's Boston Marathon bombing, and to raise $50,000 for Boston charities, one of which is providing prosthesis to the victims of the bombings.To explain a little of how this might go, I thought I'd re-post the only other relay I've been a part of- Ragnar. Several members of my Ragnar just happen to also be on this new endeavor (details of the new…
  • "Why Can't You Just Sit Still?"

    17 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I was asked that question a lot, as a child. I came out of the womb looking for something to get into, always bouncing between six different activities, my biggest fear in life being boredom. I was a little entrepreneur: selling friendship bracelet to kids too lazy to make their own; and hosting a cookie/lemonade boutique at my mother's yard sales. I was a pint-size time-share program seminar: "Why would you buy a refrigerator magnet when I will make you one to your specifications and sell it to you cheaper?"I took dance lessons, piano lessons, played softball and…
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  • Thoughtful Thursday: Stress Alert for Pregnant Women

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    We have all heard that stress can get us sick, but have you ever heard how, or why, that happens? Is it from the mental exhaustion? Is it from our adrenal glands? What happens that makes us go from stressed out to seriously sick? That certainly was a lot of questions. Here is just one more. If you were ever pregnant, did you hear over and over again how you should not let yourself get too stressed out? I sure did. So many times. They said it might make me go into early labor. They said it might harm the baby. Of course, it did not help that I had a crazy stressful pregnancy and everyone…
  • 30 Ways You Can Help the Planet

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
      Today is the day every year when we talk about respecting our planet, the only one we have. Yet every day should be Earth Day. If we were to make every day Earth Day, we may be able to reverse the damage done to our planet to date. Climate change is no joke. We have seen it with our own eyes as we watch one “weather event” after the next. If we all make just a few small, easy changes to our daily habits, we can change the world. Here are 30 ways you can help the planet: Buy locally made items and locally grown foods. Shop at markets that source locally or join a CSA. Plant trees.
  • How to Not Let the Bullies Win

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    We talk a lot about bullying these days, on blogs, on television, in schools and in our homes. While it makes for important conversation and brings a serious issue to the forefront, bullying still happens across the country every single day. And bullying can affect someone for years afterwards. It is evident that bullying is an issue that is going to be around for a while despite efforts towards the contrary. With texts and social media, it has also become more difficult to define who should get involved and whose jurisdiction covers those actions. When is it the school’s responsibility?
  • 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Earth Day is coming around again. Though I love the fact that there is a day each year to celebrate the planet we live on, it concerns me that there are people who only pay attention on one day each year. The truth is that every day it becomes more and more important that we start taking better care of our environment. So let’s start now and keep the momentum going. Here 10 easy ways to celebrate Earth Day, and every day, with your children: 1. The next time it pours, go out and wash your hair in the rain.  Get them in their bathing suits and head outside with the shampoo. Kids LOVE…
  • The Power of a Smile

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    When I was a kid, the girls in the neighborhood would hang out in our friend’s backyard, acting out scenes from the Broadway show, Annie. To this day over 30 years later, I can still hear my friend Stacey singing the words, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” A smile is a very powerful thing. During stressful situations, smiling can actually improve our mood. Quite literally, turning that frown upside down can be enough to lighten the mood. Merely seeing a smile on someone else has the power to activate the muscles in our face that make us smile. Think about…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Cover Letter Strategies, and Don’t Trash Talk Your Employer

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
      Cover letters are an essential part of your job search arsenal. Without them, your story would be incomplete. Despite whether many recruiters and hiring managers don’t read them, if they are asked for or not, many expect cover letters to accompany the resume. Debra Ann Matthews (@LetMeWriteIt4U), is the founder of Let Me Write it 4 U at She is affliliated member of the National Resume Writers Association and Career Thought Leaders Consortium. Her features in CareerBuilder, Monster, and the Chicago Tribune, displays her depth of knowledge of the career space,…
  • 7 Ways to Sharpen Your Mind During Unemployment

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If your mind is not sharp for job interviews, and meeting important people, then you’re dull. No excuse. Many people go the job interview unprepared, and others just not ready to respond directly to areas of competency. I’ve seen it happen too often. Here are suggestions to keep your mind active and engaged: 1. Read articles, blogs, and tweets related to your industry If you do not target a career, and are just looking for a job, you are missing an opportunity to expand your perspective, know the latest technology, and engage industry related hot  topics. 2. Read books, I mean…
  • Job Search Salary Tools, and Do You Need a Degree?

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Editor’s note: There is silence between 23:25 and 24:49. You can fast forward easily using your mouse. I hope to fix that in the next day. Thanks. Negotiation is more than just money and perks, it is important to know what tools to use. What value does a college degree have? Well, no one person can tell you that because it is a personal decision, but we can say is that each individual must bring value.  Today’s first segment features Jacob Share of JobMob, an internationally recognized career site. Recently he published an article with more than 100 salary tools, guides, and…
  • The More Job Interviews the Better? Wrong! Job Networking Advice

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Today, you’ll probably get two vivid pictures: College degrees, Bachelors’ or Master’s, are not the home run of education. Some will say that the value of a Master’s has significantly depreciated, but there is a compelling case on both sides of the argument. We do know that job networking is essential, and the right connections will build your career for now and the future.   John Muscarello (@jmmuscarello) coaches professionals of all ages to build strong and powerful connections including employers. He is the founder of Start Networking Today, and his day job…
  • 5 Job Search Strategies You’ll Hate, But Results You’ll Love

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
      The job search in 2014 requires you to be an expert at being you. Therefore, your job search will require you to encompass skill critical to landing a career that will lead to other future opportunities. This includes things that you hate to do, but there are benefits once you sort through the emotions. 1. Informational interviews To achieve the best results from writing your resume, plan on doing a few informational interviews, then complete your resume. You’ll hate: The cold calling (which doesn’t have to be if you are using networking contacts), and not begging for a…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Lead the Way

    Randy Gage
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    As most of you know, I’m passionate about leaders and leadership.  The business arena and the world in general desperately need more leaders.  That’s why I’m dropping you another postcard: Because a new book is being released today that you need to know about.. It’s titled, “A Leader’s Gift,” and it is from Barry Banther.  Barry is someone I’ve been masterminding with for the last couple years.  He’s a true leader in his own right and we’re fortunate he wrote this book crystallizing his own journey, learning how to lead with absolute integrity.  He sent me a galley…
  • Your Moment

    Randy Gage
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    In the comments section of one of my last postcards, Hazir Awan posed an intriguing question.  He wrote, “I am working on my weekend challenge which is to “Ask someone who has achieved a great success in life that what was the turning point in his life when he made a resolute decision after which his life had never been the same.” Great question… Because we all face seminal moments, when the choice we make (or don’t), changes our life forever.  Here’s one of mine: I was 15-years-old, in a jail cell for armed robbery.  Baxter Richardson, a schoolteacher who was the…
  • Imagine…

    Randy Gage
    7 Feb 2014 | 10:04 am
    Imagine… Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today…   Imagine there is no God.  Please don’t argue or try to convince me there is.  That’s not the point.  I realize for most people on earth, they believe there is a supernatural entity of some kind, watching over us. The truth is, we have no evidence to support these beliefs.   Because you were programmed to believe something when you were a child doesn’t mean it’s true.  The fact that you read a holy book you believe to be…
  • Your Lessons…

    Randy Gage
    12 Jan 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Allow me to share a couple stories from the gym, and let’s see how many lessons for yourself you can pick up in the thread. It starts with me paying more than $1,000 to buy a membership at the gym across the street, even though there’s a huge gym in my condo.  So why am I shelling out all that dosh? Because my homeowners association uses the following system:  When a piece of equipment breaks down, they call the repair company.  That company shows up about a week to ten days later.  Once they’re there, they inevitably quote a repair price.  Unless it’s a negligible expense, this…
  • New Year – New You

    Randy Gage
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:11 pm
    There are a four things I do every New Year’s to set myself up for success the following year.  Please allow me to share them with you, so you can adopt or adapt what may work for you.  The first thing is to conduct a Burning Bowl Ceremony.  This allows me to let go of the limiting beliefs, poor choices, and wrong turns of the past year – and let them fade back into the nothingness from which they came.  You release things that no longer serve you and replace them with things that do. The burning bowl ceremony allows you let go of the things in yourself that are holding you back.  I…
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  • Guelta d’Archei, a Surprising Oasis in Chad

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Guelta d'Archei is an oasis, or rather a guelta, in the heart of the Sahara desert. A guelta is a peculiar type of wetland, typical of desert regions, formed when underground water in lowland depressions spills to the surface and creates permanent pools and reservoirs. Guelta d'Archei is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, hidden behind a canyon. Its waters sheltered by the towering sandstone cliffs typical of this region. Everyday, hundreds of camels are herded into the knee deep water of the guelta by passing caravans for them to drink and rest. Dung from thousands…
  • Presidio Modelo, The Abandoned Panopticon Prison of Cuba

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Presidio Modelo was a former “model prison" of Panopticon design, located on the Isla de la Juventud in Cuba, built between 1926 and 1931, during the repressive regime of Gerardo Machado. The Panopticon is a type of prison building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in 1785. The concept of the design is to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the prisoners being able to tell whether they are being watched. Modeled after the notorious penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois, Presidio Modelo was considered the definitive example of…
  • The Rock Churches of Lalibela

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    In the remote town of Lalibela, perched on the mountains in the heart of Ethiopia, some 645 km from Addis Ababa, are eleven medieval monolithic churches carved out of rock. The churches were commissioned by King Lalibela who sought to recreate a new Jerusalem in the 12th century, after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the holy Land. The churches at Lalibela are clustered in two major groups, one representing the earthly Jerusalem, and the other representing the heavenly Jerusalem. Located directly between them is a trench representing the River Jordan. The dimensions of the…
  • Long Distance Conveyor Belts

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Employed in nearly all kinds of industries, conveyor belts provide an excellent mean for moving cargo and materials from one place to another. In the mining industry, they are particularly useful because they allow mineral ores to be transported over rough terrain or difficult-to-access areas, and offer a cost-effective and reliable way of moving a constant stream of material that would otherwise have to be trucked from one location to the next. The high levels of productivity and low operating costs involved have led to a widespread adoption of belt conveyor systems. And because mines are…
  • High Speed Photos of Bullets Through Water Drops

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Shooting pictures of bullets through targets like water balloon and fruits is hard enough. What if the target itself is moving or instantaneous? Dutch photographer Alexander Augusteijn does precisely that. Using a device he built himself, Augusteijn takes pictures of bullets slicing through drops of water. “I use a normal flash to achieve very short illuminations,” said Alexander Augusteijn. “The most critical parameter in this kind of photography is timing, which is achieved by computer control of shutter, flash, valve, gun or whatever other device is used.” “These kind of images…
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  • HairMax for den•si•ty Thinning Hair and Scalp Treatments

    Beth Anderson
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    HairMax, an established leader in Hair Growth, Hair Care and Hair Science, is a pioneer in the development of advanced hair loss treatments and hair growth products. Introducing their latest innovation; HairMax for den·si·ty thinning hair and scalp treatments. Grounded in science, these high performance formulas deliver unparalleled results. Designed to cleanse, restore, revitalize and fortify your follicles for denser, thicker, fuller looking hair. HairMax for den•si•ty ($89): Four sulfate free products to cleanse, condition and revitalize your hair and scalp. Their powerful yet gentle…
  • 4 Reasons Why Buying an Engagement Ring Online is Right For You

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Let’s face it – today’s world is busy. With so much hustle and bustle, it’s tough getting the simplest of tasks done, let alone picking out an engagement ring. That’s why many have turned to buying engagement rings online. Buying online takes a lot of the hassle out of shopping for that once in a lifetime purchase, and here are 4 reasons why. Time These days, you’re lucky if you can carve out a 5-minute coffee break, so it’s no surprise that shopping for your impending nuptials can fall by the wayside. Saying “I do” to the one you love is not a…
  • Wear It Wednesday: Hot Yoga Accessories

    Sausha Knott
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:21 am
    Wear It Wednesday: Hot Yoga Series  Accessories While accessories are usually comprised of hats, necklaces, sunglasses, shoes, and more, to a chic fitness-goer it holds a different meaning. Although they are still items that can support, make, or break a girl’s style, they are also incredibly essential. If you come to a hot yoga class without these accessories, you may be outed or labeled as a “newbie” (although many yoga studios have the supplies to help you out). Yet, if you choose these five must-have items wisely, you’ll come across as not only prepared, but…
  • Neat Feet

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Most women love sexy shoes, but “sexy” isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing, and just like beauty, it too is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, my kind of shoe may not be your cup of tea and vice versa. Maybe that’s why they invented flip-flops? Sexy can be anything from a sleek and slim stiletto, to a thick and chunky fat sole, or even a platform or ballet slipper. Some women like straps, while others prefer a slip-on. Whatever you do, don’t get me started on how much I adore peep-toe pumps any time of year or… how I absolutely abhor those who…
  • Spring Fashion with Gen Bell

    Jara Montez
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Confused about trends for Spring and Summer? You’re not alone! Keeping track of everything is indeed overwhelming, and most of us don’t have time to flip through magazines on a daily basis. Gen Bell, wardrobe stylist is here to assist! What’s in and out for Spring in terms of silhouettes and colors? White, pastels, floral prints, and bright bold colors are definitely in this Spring.   Are there any items that can be transitioned from Winter to Spring?   No! Pack up those winter clothes, and get ready for Spring. You want lightweight and free-flowing pieces for this…
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Ashley, The Accidental Olympian
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    So remember the other week when I declared I was over being flabby and out of shape, blaming my knee, and was committed to getting back on the fitness wagon? Well by golly I’ve done it! Ok, one week worth, but whatever. One small step at a time, right? image credit As I mentioned last week, one of the things I was going to do was get myself a fancy pedometer. I originally bought the Fitbit Flex, and then wouldn’t you know it, my friend Naomi was like, “Um, I have an extra Jawbone UP (long story!) if you want it for free.” Why yes I DO want one for free. So the Fitbit was…

    Ashley, The Accidental Olympian
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    After a long, long, long cold winter suddenly April came out of nowhere and tossed a whole lot of awesome into our lives. In the span of two weeks there was hardly a moment to sit still. Family plus two groomsmen came to town the first weekend of April to celebrate opening day for the Cubs which we of course stretched to include an unhealthy consumption of deep dish pizza, museums visited, zoo animals ogled at, games played, and fires burnt in our new backyard fire pit.  Then after only a two day break from guests visiting I boarded a flight and headed to Seattle for a little reunion with…
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    Transforming Seminarian

  • Jeopardy! Turns 50

    Mark Baker-Wright
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Yesterday came and went without much fanfare, but Jeopardy! reached a milestone. Fifty years have passed since the airing of the first episode.Now, if you've been watching the current version with Alex Trebek recently, you might think I've made a bit of a typo. The Trebek version has been celebrating the show's thirtieth anniversary this year. But that's just the amount of time that's passed for the current version. Before Trebek took the reigns of America's preeminent quiz show, the show had a previous life — several lives, actually — starring Art Fleming.Read…
  • Looking (Out) for the Helpers

    Mark Baker-Wright
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.— From The World According to Mister Rogers, p. 187.I've been thinking about this quote a lot lately. It's not that there's been any recent "disaster" in the conventional sense. At least, I haven't…
  • Reflections on Gallifrey One 2015's Pre-registration. What Might BotCon Be Able to Learn?

    Mark Baker-Wright
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    So, apparently, this past Friday was the day to be online if you wanted to go to the 2015 edition of Gallifrey One, a major Doctor Who convention that takes place here in the Los Angeles area every year.I will not be going to Gallifrey One in 2015. Or ever, very probably.Before I get into the "why," I should mention that, being a fan of Doctor Who, I've had a passing awareness of Gallifrey One for many years now. But whenever I've looked into the page (only once in a blue moon) to see whether it might be worth my putting the money into attending, I invariably soon learn that…
  • Requiem for a Misguided Effort - Transformers: ReGeneration One

    Mark Baker-Wright
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    I've made no secret of the fact that, among the many versions of the Transformers franchise to come and go over the past 30 years, the 1980s Marvel Comic holds the most value for me, personally. To me, it remains the definitive version. The standard that other re-tellings of the struggle between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons continue to be measured against. This is, no doubt, why I was so excited when I learned that IDW Publishing was continuing that continuity with the book that eventually become known as ReGeneration One, which ended its run with issue #100 earlier this…
  • The Transformers Thunderous Thirty #30 - Megatron

    Mark Baker-Wright
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you were to ask pretty much anyone who the leader of the "bad guy" Transformers is, they'd probably be able to tell you: Megatron. However, if they're not able to tell you very much else about the Decepticon leader, they can probably be forgiven. It can be hard for those of us who are known for being Transformers fans, too!Read more »
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    Spy Travelogue

  • Why travel? Lost and found simultaneously

    charlie grosso
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    It’s 1pm here and most likely 36ºC with 90% humidity. The power cuts in and out. There is no way to escape the heat, be able to work and get fresh light all at the same time. So I sit on our little private balcony and suffer through the heat. I figure, everything goes right through me already so why not sweat the rest out in the heat. Anything is preferable to the fetal position inducing sharp cramps of yesterday. Questions. I have lots and lots of questions. It feels like I am always in search of answers. I would find an answer, it would satisfy for a short while, and then I would be on…
  • A Day of Dubious Eating in 5 Parts

    charlie grosso
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    After a long travel day and starving I shoved a spoon full of lemon rice in my mouth and immediately scrunch up my nose. Sherry follows and her displeasure is just as immediate. “Maybe we should consider doing that food tour in the next few days instead of later on.” I suggest. “That is a good idea. We need to know where to eat.” This is how we ended up on at a toddy bar in the Backwaters in the middle of nowhere and me laying down under the high noon sun drunk on coconut moonshine. A lucky set of circumstances A food tour of Kochi through Urban Adventures to get a…
  • What can 32 kids do in 30 minutes?

    charlie grosso
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    This note arrived in our inbox today. It is rare that we ever get something so lovely and inspiring, I wanted to share with you… Two 7th grade classes at Iolani School in Honolulu did a swim-a-thon to fundraiser on our behalf, with parents and friends pledging $0.50 – $1.00 per lap, and this is a note we got from Kimi their teacher…. … one class did a total of 308 laps in 30 minutes (total of 16 kids in the class), and the other class did a total of 362 laps in 30 minutes (16 kids in this class too).  One 7th grade boy swam 43 laps in 30 minutes!!! His goal was to swim 30 laps…
  • Taking the bait, fish market in Vaikam

    charlie grosso
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
      “That’s the fish market.” Our driver points to an empty concrete lot as we drive past. I immediately perk up. Shooting for Wok the Dog is technically complete. After shooting markets around the world for 17 years, one would think I would never want to see another pile of dead fish or table full of fresh carcass again. The Hasselblad was left at home in my conviction. Except the man uttered the words, f i s h   m a r k e t, and I intently wished for my Hasselblad and the super wide 40mm lens. The next morning, I packed the Nikon and about to head out for the market…
  • Before We Get in the Rickshaw…

    charlie grosso
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    I’m asking you to help us reach our goal and bring clean water to people in need around the globe – BUT this time I have something for you in return. We have partnered with Intrepid Travel and Urban Adventures, Telecom Square Mobile Internet Solutions, AFAR Magazine, and Small Car Big City to provide you a chance to win some great travel prizes while we are out driving a rickshaw the length of India. Donate & You Can Win Travel Prizes: Win Travel Prizes The raffle runs through the timeframe of our Rickshaw Run April 1st through April 22nd . We will choose 4 winners from the entries…
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    I Really Lived!

  • Shining the Light in Dark Places

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Today is a day I never want to experience again. I realized something today that has completely upset me.  I am the heaviest I have ever been in my life. The last few months have been terrible and I keep on packing on the pounds.  The crappy thing is that those pounds are sneaky little buggers and I didn't realize how many had began to invade this body of mine.Yesterday I got back from a twelve day road trip with my sister and her family.  It was a great trip and we visited so many amazing places.  I was on vacation. I ate like I was on vacation. I sat a lot in the car. I…
  • 2014 New Year's we go

    4 Jan 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I really did put a lot of thought into what I want to focus on this year.  I must say that 2013 was a good year, but it was also really tough.  I'm kind of glad to see it go.  I'll take what I've learned, cherish the memories I've made with people I love and move forward into 2014.  I feel like 2014 is going to be my year! Good things are coming and I'm ready.  I'll be writing a bit about these resolutions I've listed above. I've missed writing and I'm glad to be back. Happy 2014 Everyone!
  • Beginning a journey, facing a demon

    4 Jan 2014 | 9:08 pm
    I'm going to share a journal entry I wrote back in May.  I wrote it with the intention to face one of my demons, but have done nothing about it.  I decided that NOW is the time to face it and to CONQUER it. What you are about to read is raw and straight from the heart. It may reveal a lot about me, but I also think that perhaps there are many out there that struggle with a similar demon and do not know what to do about it. I'll just say it right now, I'm ADDICTED to food. I'm OBSESSED with eating.  If you do too, maybe we can fight this demon TOGETHER. Here's my journal…
  • The Ultimate Connector

    8 May 2013 | 9:38 pm
    I love to connect with people. In fact, I had an old boss that told me that I should be called "the Connector" because I was so good at connecting with people and helping them to connect with other people or with resources that they needed. It wasn't until she said that that I realized that this is perhaps a gift I've been given. I'm not sure where it comes from, or even how I developed it, but it's a huge part of who I am.Whenever I first meet someone new I find myself trying to figure out, "Who is this person? How can I best help them with what they are wanting to accomplish? Who would be a…
  • I Saw a Kindness Angel

    10 Feb 2013 | 8:15 pm
    Yesterday I witnessed something extraordinary.  It was one of those simple, unplanned moments that touched my heart.  Let me tell you what happened.  I was at work.  Currently I help manage a small distribution center at the Dallas LDS Temple.  It was an incredibly busy day and it seemed that we had an endless flow of customers coming in and there were only two of us working. So needless to say I was helping one customer after the next, doing my best to give good customer service, but also to do it quickly so that we could get everyone served in a timely…
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  • The Impact of Social Media on Estranged Families

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    “You are what you share.” ― C.W. Leadbeater I want to talk a little bit today about the influence of social media on the family and on family estrangement in particular. Unlike some people who believe that social media is the root of all things evil, leading to break downs in ‘real’ relationships, crippling people socially, rather than fostering communication – I have a generally positive view of the capacity of social media to build and maintain relationship. At a time where more of the people we care about are separated by physical distance and lack of time, social…
  • Family Estrangement: Mind The Gap

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
      “Being estranged from your family is like having a missing tooth. Remember when you were a kid and your tooth fell out and your tongue couldn’t leave the gap alone? Well, estrangement is just like that. We may get used to having a space there, but our tongue always registers something is missing. We may wonder if we will ever get past the missing bits, the empty space, or the gap.“ - Enduring Bonds: Estrangement proofing our kids  
  • Enduring Bonds: Estrangement proofing our kids

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
      I am really excited to announce that I have finished my e-book, Enduring Bonds: Estrangement proofing our kids. What’s it about? This e-book will include readers in a personal journey of understanding and learning about how to navigate family estrangement in their family, with their children. The book is organized into sections, which were topics that have been identified over and again by the people who have shared their stories and concerns about parenting and family estrangement with me. The book is focused on parenting children from birth through to 17 – and discusses…
  • Family of Choice

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    It as then that I discovered we all belong to two families: our family of choice and our family of origin. My family of choice is a colorful assortment of surrogate grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who infuse me with love, belonging, and acceptance. My family of origin, the one into which I was born, was also brimming with love but was not a healthy family system. - Ashley Judd Today is Easter and we’re all hopefully enjoying a lovely long weekend with people we love and care about. Sometimes on days like today we can get really caught up comparing our situation to those of…
  • Our Family Of Choice

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Richard Buckminster Fuller We can make a decision on days like “sibling day”, “mother’s day”, “father’s day”, birthdays – holidays like Christmas, or Thanksgiving to direct our attention to the relationships that we have in our lives that sustain and nurture us. These relationships aren’t “substitutes” or “second bests” or even “instead of’s”,…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • Jude's procedure, Easter fun, and the pageant

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Jude has to be at Cook's at 6am for his procedure tomorrow. I am less than thrilled that I didn't find out until after 2pm what time he had to be there. I am nervous but I think he will do fine during the procedure. I will be sure to post updates on Facebook throughout the day. I will also post a finally recap on here letting everyone that he is okay. He has been very happy lately, but not sleeping well. I am hoping the Botox helps his tone and helps him sleep a little better. However, I will take his smiles any time day and night because they are precious and I am very thankful for them.
  • A quick little update

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Jude was so cute last night. He was just talking up a storm to me and was loving me holding him. We have been fairly busy lately and I haven't been able to complete my normal holding routine every night. I think he was really missing that. Overall I think Jude is doing well. He is still pretty toned out and I am still seeing more increased startles and a few seizures. However, he seems happy and is healthy. Next week we go for his injections and I will be sure to keep everyone updated. I don't have the exact time of the procedure but I will post updates from the hospital. I was reflecting on…
  • Go to sleep little Juders!

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Jude didn't sleep well again last night AT ALL. I didn't either, but still. Whew, he was up and down. It is normal for Jude to wake up several times a night, but eight or more just does me in. I know we all have our remedies for sleep, but like Dr Riela said this is just something we will do for Jude throughout his life. When we go to sleep at night our bodies know to reposition itself as the hours pass on. Think about the last time you slept really hard and slept in one position. You probably woke up with the blood flow constricted to your arm, wrinkles on your face, or achy muscles. Jude's…
  • Speaking in the counts voice........1 sick TWO sicks kid.....

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have one sick kid at home and one kid I think is sick. Emily is in bed this morning with a fever, is pale, and just doesn't feel well. Jude has been very toned out the past few days with Charlotte, but seems happy when I am at home holding him. However, last night he was up and down the ENTIRE night! I am exhausted! I got up 5 times and I counted three times Mike got up. We probably got up more than that because sometimes I find Jude turned and neither of us remember doing it. Jude was congested last night and having the worst sleep apnea. It was really scaring me. Before I rush to…
  • Jude's procedure

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    So as I mentioned at the end of April Jude will be getting an injection of Baclofen into his spine. Here is the definition. "Lioresal-Intrathecal (baclofen) Injection is a muscle relaxant and antispastic used to treat stiff or rigid muscles (spasticity). "They will be putting him to sleep for this procedure. He will get Botox again and then the injection. If it goes well they talked about putting in a Baclofen pump but I am NOT for this idea. They will have to do some serious convincing. It's a very large pump that goes under the skin. I don't want Jude to be in pain, but I feel like this is…
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    Like a Bump on a Blog

  • What Have I Done with my Life?

    Amberr Meadows
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Life can be tough, whether you consider yourself lucky or unlucky in life, and it really doesn’t help if you suffer from a lack of self-esteem. Having confidence in yourself massively affects how you handle day-to-day challenges, and having too little or even too much confidence can also begin to affect you negatively when it comes […] The post What Have I Done with my Life? appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • Udemy Offers Free and Paid Educational Online Courses and Monthly Competitions

    Amberr Meadows
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Disclosure: Udemy invited me to review their website and course offerings to share with my readers. Opinions are 100% mine, and I received compensation for my time.  It’s never too late to enroll in online courses in topics of interest for fun or to learn the necessary skills to help foster the career of your dreams. Udemy, […] The post Udemy Offers Free and Paid Educational Online Courses and Monthly Competitions appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • Alexa’s Angels Positivity Bracelets Inspire and Help Support Women #Sponsoredreview

    Amberr Meadows
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Alexa’s Angels Positivity bracelets are rather brilliant in their simplicity. I’m prone to taking my ponytail holder and sliding it onto my wrist for convenience, and the bracelet looks just like one and feels natural. There’s one sweet detail to distinguish them from the boring ponytail […] The post Alexa’s Angels Positivity Bracelets Inspire and Help Support Women #Sponsoredreview appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • ‘These Gentle Wounds’ #CoverReveal and #BookGiveaway

    Amberr Meadows
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar Release Date: May 8, 2014 Paperback, 312 pages Publisher: Flux Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Tough Issues / PTSD Sometimes I wish I’d lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what’s been broken is inside your head. Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that […] The post ‘These Gentle Wounds’ #CoverReveal and #BookGiveaway appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • ‘Summoned’: A Dark, Twisted Spin on Traditional Genie (Djinn) Folklore & $100 Amazon GC #Giveaway

    Amberr Meadows
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Get more info on Summoned by visiting the tour page and grab your copy here!  Excerpt I’ve never burned down a building before. Hell, I haven’t even started a campfire. Maybe I should have asked Counselor Robert to teach me. Luckily, Internet access is available everywhere. I have no idea how the other suckers stuck in this […] The post ‘Summoned’: A Dark, Twisted Spin on Traditional Genie (Djinn) Folklore & $100 Amazon GC #Giveaway appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
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    Ray's Blog

  • Take a Beat

    Ray Colon
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Unlike horror movies, which I love, reality crime dramas leave me feeling anxious and horrified. What these stories seem to have in common are the limited problem solving skills of the principals. Sometimes, those skills appear to be non-existent. Imagining the taking of a life, the loss of freedom, and the familial and financial devastation that results from a single rash decision leads most of us to think, “Not me,” as we watch the dramas unfold. But for the participants, it doesn’t appear that these ramifications were considered at all during those moments when such…
  • Disconnected

    Ray Colon
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:56 am
    Glowing testimonials are nice, I suppose, but really, who believes them anyway. If you’re like me, your assumption when you see one is that it’s fake, bought, or coerced by the dangling of some prize in the eyes of would-be reviewers. These days, affirmation is not difficult to come by, if you’re willing to relentlessly solicit, annoy, and beg your friends and followers for hollow accolades. People who want you to “Like” something just because they asked you to are silly. Whether you actually like whatever it is that they are directing you to approve of is irrelevant to them. It’s…
  • Demons Get a Bad Rap

    Ray Colon
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    There wasn’t any hint of the demons that plagued him. His nondescript manner caused him to blend in with everyone else. Unremarkable would be a suitable description of him, as it would be for most of us, if our neighbors were polled. When word spread of that horrible thing that he did, no one could believe it. He must have gone crazy or been possessed by demons, many would conclude. Demons get a bad rap. They’re easy to blame. Some say that demons are real – paranormal beings that love to meddle in our business. I don’t believe that for a second. If I were a supernatural being,…
  • Strike a Pose

    Ray Colon
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    I recently synced my iPhone photos to DropBox. I’ve had this phone since 2011, but there were only 300 or so photos on it. That’s not a lot. Worse, many of them were not very good. Blurred photos, it seems, is my specialty. But there were a few that I like, so I’ll share them. Citi Field In April 2012, I went to two games at Citi Field in a week. The Mets beat the Braves on Sunday, but lost to Nationals when Stephen Strasburg bested Johan Santana 4-0 on Wednesday. What was memorable about these games for me is that I got to experience the newly created Party Deck at the base of the…
  • Hope and Change Takes Time

    Ray Colon
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:12 am
    Yesterday, I finally went through the enrollment process at Last year, I was among those who were frustrated with the broken website, and I experienced some of that same frustration yesterday too, but once I was able to log on, the application process was pretty simple. Back when the Affordable Care Act was being debated, I was an advocate of the legislation. (Yes, I know that it’s still being debated, but I’m referring to the debate that occurred before its passage). President Obama signed the legislation into law almost four years ago, on March 23, 2010. At the time, I…
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    Navigating Cyberloss

  • Surprised by peace at Easter

    Casey B
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Hi, friends. I hope this finds you well. I am pleased to be able to say that I am feeling better than I have done at Easter for some time. I recognise that part of this is the fact that … Continue reading →
  • Remembering the good times

    Casey B
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I’m sorry I didn’t post a round-up of the Remembering Our Online Friends event – not that there was much to round up – but I just wasn’t in the right … Continue reading →
  • The Evolution of Easter

    Casey B
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope you are well. I have realised today that it is the little things that show me how far I’ve come in this journey. Past experiences with garden centre card displays were admittedly less than positive, but … Continue reading →
  • Immersed in the moment

    Casey B
    8 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I can hardly believe it’s been almost two months since I last posted here. I have spent much of that time reflecting on the early stages of this journey as part … Continue reading →
  • Remembering…three years later

    Casey B
    14 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. As ever (since 2011) at this time of year, I feel reflective and a little sad. Three years have now passed since Kim was physically on the planet. On some level, … Continue reading →
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    Claire Bahn Los Angeles Actress » Blog

  • What to Wear to Coachella and Other Tips

    Claire Bahn
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I wanted to do a blog/vlog for you about what to wear to Coachella and other tips. Last year I found there wasn’t enough online to give me a realistic idea of what it was really like at Coachella.  I only found  blogs about the most stylish things to wear, nothing about what you should wear and bring for the conditions.  So here are some more realistic tips for you. Here’s the video version or you can scroll down for the blog Tip #1 Bring Rain Gear One of the key things to remember is that the weather can very wildly. There have been years when it’s been rainy and most of…
  • Making Gluten Free Pao de Queijo with Claire

    Claire Bahn
    21 Jan 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I’m gluten-free, I’ve decided to do a special segment of my blog all about being gluten-free. I’ve been gluten-free for about five years now. I have an allergy to wheat and gluten intolerance. If you don’t know what gluten is, it’s basically anything that has wheat, rye or barley in it…like bread, breaded items or anything with soy sauce (which has wheat in it). My family and friends have learned to deal with my gluten intolerance but many people still think that there’s nothing available for me to eat. That is not the case. There are lots of great things that I’m…
  • English Version of Target Commercial!

    Claire Bahn
    3 Dec 2013 | 12:50 am
    In my last post, I linked to the Spanish version of my Target Commercial.  On Sunday my niece texted me to tell me that she saw my commercial on ABC….in English.   Here is the English version, but I have to admit the song is a bit more catchy in Spanish.   The post English Version of Target Commercial! appeared first on Claire Bahn Los Angeles Actress.
  • National Commercial for Target!

    Claire Bahn
    20 Nov 2013 | 1:07 am
    In last week’s post I gave you a few vague details (I had to sign another non-disclosure agreement) about my recent commercial and posted some photos.  Now it’s been released and I can give you the full scoop.  It is a national Holiday commercial for Target, the first one to be released is the Spanish version.  So, here’s the commercial, I hope you like it! The post National Commercial for Target! appeared first on Claire Bahn Los Angeles Actress.
  • Sorry I’ve been MIA!

    Claire Bahn
    14 Nov 2013 | 2:44 pm
    I had a really busy past few weeks, which included a move (in LA), so was not able to fit in a blog. I’m definitely a believer of the saying “When it rains it pours.” Aside from moving, here’s what I’ve been up to: I recently shot a national commercial!!!  Yay!  It’s a holiday commercial for a BIG retailer.  I’m not sure if the commercial has been released yet, so I can’t disclose many details.  It should be released soon and as soon as I have it, I will post it on my site for you to check out.  It was a ton of fun to shoot on the Universal Studios lot…
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    All About Living With Life

  • 11 Reasons You Should Leave Your Desk Immediately And Go Outside

    Charles Chua C K
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    With spring finally here after a long and brutal winter, we highly recommend spending some time outside.Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being.  Here are just a few potential benefits:1. Improved short-term memoryIn one study, University of Michigan students were given a brief memory test, then divided into two groups.One group took a walk around an arboretum, and the other half took a walk down a city street. When the participants returned and did the test again, those who had walked among trees did almost 20% percent betterthan…
  • 11 Habits Of People Who Never Worry

    Charles Chua C K
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Worry is, sadly, an inevitability of life. Bad things are bound to happen, and the natural human reaction is to think about the negative consequences that could potentially arise.However, worry is rarely productive -- "it's something we do over and over again, without much resolution, and it's typically of the worst-case scenario of the future," explains Jason Moser, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University, who has conducted studies on worry."There’s always an element of uncertainty, always an element of catastrophe," he tells HuffPost.
  • 21 Ways to Perk Up Your Productivity

    Charles Chua C K
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Sometimes your productivity needs a boost.Like those days when you can’t seem to make any progress on your list.Or when, no matter what you do, you can’t get your energy level up.How do you get going when you just don’t feel like, well, going?Perk Up Your ProductivitySome days, getting your productivity jump started can be a challenge.Maybe your energy level is down. Or perhaps, you are just overwhelmed with what you should be doing right now.You need something to boost your motivation and quick.“To perk up your productivity, get yourself in motion and the momentum will…
  • How to Be More Grateful and Why It Will Make You Happier – Definition

    Charles Chua C K
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    No matter your background, it’s likely that you’ve experienced a mixture of triumph and hardship in your life. Life is sprinkled with joyous occasions such as weddings and births, as well as heartaches like divorces and deaths. In between the highs and lows, much of the human daily experience is full of the mundane: commuting to and from work, doing the dishes, and shopping for groceries. All of these experiences elicit emotions that range from joy to sorrow to boredom.However, regardless of the emotions that accompany your life experiences, you’re more likely to live fully and…
  • 6 Things Shy People Can Teach Us About Success

    Charles Chua C K
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Chances are we’ve all experienced a bout of shyness in our lives, whether it’s when we've walked into a party full of strangers or tried to shine in a job interview. And if you identify as a shy person, you’re definitely not the only one -- approximately 40 percent of American adults feel the same way.And yes, shyness has been associated with negative outcomes -- characteristics like difficulty maintaining eye contact, feelings of humiliation and sometimes even detachment are all known to be part of a shy person's M.O. It's these traits that tend to affect some shy individuals'…
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    A Lonely Tale

  • I Have Been Feeling Lonely

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Hello all,I have been having a tough time lately. It seems that at this time of my life I have found myself with very few people I can socialize with and rather than talk my mom's ear off with tales of what I did today I'd rather talk the Internet's ear off about life and etc. In short, this is therapy for me. I think I just need someone to talk to.I found myself crying in a bathroom stall at my work today to save myself the embarrassment of having to explain to a bunch of grown men why I was crying. You would not be surprised to know that I work in the mechanical engineering field. Normally,…
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    Ish Ism

  • So What’s on your Bucket List? — My 2014 Bucket List

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    As a person I like to live life to its fullest… like running my first marathon in 2013. As a college student my resources are limited. However I do not let my financial limitations limit my life dreams… it just means … Continue reading →
  • The Top Ten Favorite Posts From My Second Year of Blogging

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Well, it has been a second year of blogging for Ish Ism. Yes, my first blog post was April 1st, 2012. This second year was clearly harder for me than the first year. They say life has seasons… and this … Continue reading →
  • I miss my backyard

    29 Mar 2014 | 11:35 am
    Originally posted on Ranting About Rectangles:I realized today just how long it has been since I have spent any time in my backyard – two months. Yep. That’s WAY TOO LONG. But what’s a mother to do? My priorities…
  • Foster Parenting and “Grace”

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:28 pm
    How do you define grace? For my wife and I, grace is an act of unwarranted favor or mercy toward our foster children. By the definition of foster parenting itself some might consider my wife and I to be showing grace. But … Continue reading →
  • Curing the Pathological Talker

    9 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    One of our kids rambles. If there is a moment of silence then he must break it. He is almost six. The ramblings are very similar to this: “The sky is blue…” “Hey… why is the sky blue?” “Did you know … Continue reading →
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  • Humans are like Fruits

    mish berries
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Yep, you heard me right.I was skinning off my apple and then it simply occur to me what other words that we could use to describe a human being other than the normal materialistic, kind, pretty, hot, bitchy, pretty on the outside, rotten on the inside or vice versa, we could simply say that they are like fruits!You could buy a basket full of apples, bring it home and leave it in your fridge or anywhere you normally put your fruits and until the day you want to eat it, you walk over and start picking them up one by one, selecting from either the best looking one to eat or the worst looking one…
  • Singing Is Not My Forte

    mish berries
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:14 am
    But it is something that I like and enjoy doing.I used to tell those around me that one of the things to do in my life is to record a song and put it on YouTube one fine day and like everything else, days passes in the blinks of eyes and there's still no song, no YouTube.One night, I decided to pick up my 10 bucks microphone from years back and just started singing and recording in really bad quality and bad singing.  After that I decided to send it to my Godbrother for some laughs and what a turn of events.  Instead of laughing at me, he actually encouraged me to post it on…
  • Aftermath (Nightmare) of Valentines 2014

    mish berries
    21 Feb 2014 | 6:50 am
    For some, Valentines Day is all about loving one another more on that special day, dressing and spending candle light dinner together and wrapped in each other's arms.For some, its about spending that day alone and hating the world and the chocolates while refusing to step out of one's home just so they would not be caught for murdering lovely couples on the street.For me, its making a fool out of myself, once again. The story is, you obviously dress up and try to look appropriate for valentines so here I am, decent looking enough =3 *Smiles*Then when its time for food, of all the things…
  • One of the Toughest Question: Describe Yourself

    mish berries
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Despite the amount of time some of us spend in front of the mirrors scrutinizing each inch of the mirror reflection of ourselves, when this question pops out, we would always do a double take, ponder and then try to answer this question seriously but we could never truly accurate describe ourself.  Its like forever trying to grasp which shade of colour we are but we always miss the mark:  we either describe ourself as too pale a shade or too bright a shade.Lets not go all deep and describe or measure our intelligence by the score of our IQ or type of Myers Bridge test.  I shall…

    mish berries
    6 Feb 2014 | 12:42 am
    My Godbrother's friend decided to give her additional Netflix account to us because she wouldn't be using it for this year anyways and thus, we celebrate because1. Its Netflix;2. It's free!!That IS a valid reason to celebrate!20 seconds later........"We are sorry but Netflix is not supported in your country." in their freaking default font.What. Thank you awesome country, for blocking out Netflix. -bow-URGH, dem rage.That was 5 months ago and yesterday while talking to this Murican friend of mine, he said he's watching Attack on Titans on Netflix and I casually popped in saying we do not have…
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    Peter Wright - Alchemist

  • Why imperfect solutions are important

    Peter Wright
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
      Electric car – imperfect solution                     Humans seem to have a built-in tendency to focus on imperfect solutions, ignoring mounting evidence of those imperfections and refusing to pay sufficient attention to newer or counter intuitive alternatives. This plays out in entrepreneurs and small business owners as individuals by the belief that new skills, tools, programmes, will solve pressing problems, when what is really required is new thinking and more action. It is evident in society in, for example, the belief that…
  • How well can you detach emotionally from your biases?

    Peter Wright
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
      How balanced are your views                   How balanced is your outlook on contentious subjects? It took me a big part of my 63 years on this earth to understand that people with completely opposite opinions to mine could be just as “right” in their minds as I was in mine. Before that I thought they were uneducated, misguided or plain stupid. This week, I responded to a question posed in a Linked In group about North – South development. My response was to use the cases of rapid development of agriculture and…
  • 10 mood raisers that are better than chocolate

    Peter Wright
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
      Chocolate as a mood raiser                   On 11 March, I published a post about a simple but effective mood raiser, how I was able to raise my mood by going for a walk. I have been for several walks since then, planned to go again today but a late cold snap and snow after a few warm days has made a walk less attractive. Sometimes raising our mood is more of a challenge, requiring more tactics to transform our mood. A few days ago, I read a post on Moodraiser by Adam Khan – The Top Ten Ways to Raise your Mood. All simple, none will…
  • Why you should worry about Bernard Eich’s persecution

    Peter Wright
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
      Burned At the stake of Social Media Intolerance   James Hill via Compfight On 5 April, I published this post, The Tail Wagging the Dog, on my other blog. The post is about the lynching-by-social-media of Bernard Eich, CEO of Mozilla and his subsequent resignation. He was pressured into leaving his post and the company he co-founded because he had made a donation to an anti same-sex marriage cause 8 years previously. A cause that was, at the time, supported by a majority of voters in California. It is not my intention to reprint the whole post here, nor to debate the rights and…
  • Getting the Right Work Life Balance for an Extraordinary Life

    Peter Wright
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
      Work Life Balance for an Extraordinary Life               Why do most of us humans need a huge shock to get our priorities right? After my heart attack in 2010, I spent five days in critical care feeling good but reminded how lucky I was by all the tubes and wires attached to me. Remembering people I had known, many younger than I, who had not survived their first heart attacks, concentrated my mind incredibly well.  As those five days progressed, I realised that I was going to survive in reasonable condition.I vowed to spend less time working and…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • From Book to Beach: 3 Favorite Hotels in Mexico

    Carmen Amato
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Planning a trip to Mexico? Wondering where to stay? Readers often ask if the Palacio Réal, the hotel in Acapulco that Kurt Rucker manages in the Emilia Cruz mystery novels, is real. The answer is well, sort of. The luxurious Palacio Réal  a composite of my three favorite hotels in Mexico.  Yes, I have stayed at all three and combined the best of each into the hotel in the books. This way, I get to re-enjoy my visits to each place with authentic descriptions each time the action in the books shifts to the hotel. So if you are planning a trip to Mexico, these hotels are worth checking out!
  • Book Review: The Lighthouse by P.D. James

    Carmen Amato
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    THE LIGHTHOUSE is a later book in the mystery series featuring Inspector Adam Dagliesh of Scotland Yard. If you haven’t read the earlier Dagliesh novels, you might feel as if you’d been invited to a party without knowing any of the other guests. But everyone else at the party does. The book starts off with Dagliesh getting briefed in London about a remote island off the coast of Cornwall where a dead body has turned up. Combe Island is run by a private foundation with the express purpose of being a secluded respite for the world’s powerful men. No security needed. The British government…
  • Writing About Counterfeit Money Without Getting Arrested

    Carmen Amato
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Have you seen the new US 100 dollar bill? Compared it to the old bill of the same denomination? Money and Mystery The changes in the $100 bill drive the plot of “The Cliff,” a short story from MADE IN ACAPULCO: The Emilia Cruz Stories. “The Cliff” later became the beginning of the full length Emilia Cruz novel, CLIFF DIVER. In the story, Emilia meets Kurt Rucker and together they discover that a vehicle seized by the Acapulco police for a traffic infraction is loaded to the hubcaps with counterfeit money.     Three hours later they were staring at six million green…
  • Friday Fiesta: Focus, Book Discoverability, and a Discount

    Carmen Amato
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    The Friday Fiesta is stuff worth celebrating from the past week. This week it’s how to focus on a goal, the quest for discoverability, and a book sale in defiance of the trolls. The margaritas are on me. Focus What with one thing and another, I’m having some trouble finishing the last big scene in the next Emilia Cruz mystery, DIABLO NIGHTS. Stuff that is less hard keeps getting in the way, like designing the new Mexico Mystery Writers Cartel blog. (more on this in a few weeks) My writing buddy has been missing his deadlines as well, so it is easy to laugh it off. But books…
  • Book Review: In the Woods by Tana French

    Carmen Amato
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This week’s book review is a 5 star read. I love writing mysteries and I love reading them, too. The ones that send me to new places around the world are some of my favorites and The Dublin Murder Squad is quickly becomes a fascination. IN THE WOODS is the first in the series. French, who is from Dublin and has a background in theater, writes as if she is narrating a play as the character of her main protagonist. In this case it is Adam Ryan, who now goes by Rob and is a detective on the fictional but fabled Dublin police Murder Squad. The reason for the name change is complicated: when…
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  • what is facebook doing to your love life?

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    dammit, kittehs. modern life is a pain in the ass.  you […] The post what is facebook doing to your love life? appeared first on cedonulli.
  • girl things will be girl things

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    for some obscure reasons, a jakes fell in with a group […] The post girl things will be girl things appeared first on cedonulli.
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    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    *** when a jakes was 19, or 21, or so, he moved to the […] The post home appeared first on cedonulli.
  • So I Went To The Mall

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    Been a while again. I guess I’ve gone native, jus […] The post So I Went To The Mall appeared first on cedonulli.
  • flakings

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    let’s start this post, filled with obviousness an […] The post flakings appeared first on cedonulli.
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    The Unwords

  • The Torn Apart: First chapter becomes available to subscribers

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:25 am
    Subscribers to my newsletter can now read the first chapter of The Torn Apart: Genesis. An email has been sent to all my subscribers with the download link and the password needed to open the document.This is the first time in over three years since I began creating The Torn that someone other than myself will have access to the material. The first chapter doesn't reveal much about the actual plot of The Torn but it does show the change in direction from The Unwords, the new visual style of the whole project, the landscape in which the story will take place, as well as introducing some of the…
  • Victoria's secret revealed

    4 Feb 2014 | 11:04 am
    What's up with all these girls (and some boys) posing with their underwear and taking pictures of themselves in the damn mirror? Jesus Christ, they've given the word "self-awareness" a whole new meaning! Here's an idea, if you wanna see yourself... look in the mirror! And if you want other people to see you, ask someone else to take a picture of you. Yeah, apparently this is why we have these devices. What's the matter, no one around to take that pic for you? Too scared that if you ask daddy he will smash your face in? Or that your best friend will tell everyone at school? You show me a…
  • rope rhymes with soap

    12 Jan 2014 | 11:40 am
    Oh my god, it's all over the news! People get raped and commit suicide in prison! Does that mean that when you place a few thousand men in a confined, secluded and oppressive place for 15-20 years of their lives and force them to shower together, these men might actually develop homosexual behavior and suicidal tendencies?!! Damn, didn't see that coming! I guess we missed all the signs. Now the government is going to bring together a search committee for this. Good! Finally we can get to the bottom of this!
  • The living fiction

    9 Jan 2014 | 6:07 am
    People will forget your words. They will discard what you said. People will forget all that you did. How successful you have become, how passionate you were about your work, your art. Your greatest masterpiece will eventually become a thing of the past, a reference in lectures, a cute story, mere decoration on the wall of history. If all that you are is words and deeds, motives and expectations, then what is the real difference between you and any fictional character found in any cheap coffee-table book? He speaks, he acts, he feels, he succeeds and at the end of the final page... he dies.
  • The Torn Apart - Thou shalt not read this

    24 Dec 2013 | 8:39 am
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    GDM 's (Down the Rabbit Hole) A day in the life

  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 18

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    The car wheezes to a stop directly in front of the house. The fan belt spins a couple of extra times, causing the car to cough and sputter. I am now starting to have problems with my car. It registers hot the minute I turn it on. I have had to pull over twice last week, shut it down on the side of the road and open the windows. It allegedly cools the car down. A customer told me that.I know that I am supposed to now park my car around the corner. It’s a Chris/George rule but I am worried that this may be as far as the car gets this morning. Sitting in front of the house, I take this as a…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 17

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    My shift at Denny’s brings with it all the human misery that can blow in the door. You want to see a side of the world you only need to see once? Work the graveyard shift at a Denny’s.I am amazed. I have seen it all in the booths and counter seating at America’s favorite place. I have witnessed pregnant teens, (12 years old) smoking cigarettes show up at Denny’s after boozing it up at a party. Not just once but several times. We joked that it was rampant and must be something in the water.“I guess it’s just what a pregnant teen mother smoking cigarettes craves in the middle of the…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 16

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Through Chris’ influence, George starts to create additional rules for the house. These rules include but are not limited to pool time, shower time, don’t be in the house at a certain time, don’t park in front of the house and no television in the living room after a certain hour.Chris could care less about any rules; he just wants to see what he can get George to do on his behalf. George has taken to creating signs with the new rules on them. Heading to the pool? There is a hand written sign on the door that list’s the pools new hours. Didn’t see it before? Probably wasn’t there…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 15

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:42 am
    “What the fuck is wrong with you?” I scream jumping three feet in the air. I quickly rap my knuckles on the glass. His face doesn’t move his grin just gets bigger.“It’s a free country and I can do what I want to do.” Chris yells back at me.“Even watch me in the shower?” “Yup.” he says absent-mindedly as he rubs his moustache. I turn around to face the wall.“Especially when I got the keys to the castle.”I turn back to him, he doesn’t move, he just starts to giggle. This I heard perfectly clear and my brain decides immediately what this means.I turn away from him…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 14

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:01 am
    The next day the house phone rings and rings. The machine picks up and my manager from Denny’s is on the line. He started leaving messages for me earlier in the day. At first the messages were of concern but the message get more and more angry and violent the longer I don’t pick up or call back.“Geoff, pick up this goddamned phone!” He screams into the answering machine“Hello?” “Hello!” “So you got thrown up on?” “So what?” “It happens!” “Hello?” “Are you coming back in?” “Why did you leave the floor without telling anyone that you were leaving?”…
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  • What Service(s) to offer as a Virtual Assistant

    Rambo Ruiz
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:58 am
    The post What Service(s) to offer as a Virtual Assistant is written by Rambo Ruiz The number of Virtual Assistants from the Philippines (or Overseas Employees as Dave Crenshaw put it) has skyrocketed for the first quarter of this year. Thanks to the local news they have been helpful in bringing this subject to the public. If in case you haven’t seen some of these local news, simply click here. With the number of online freelancers adding everyday how can you – a Newbie, who thinks have what it takes to make money online will be able to land on your first project? The key is to…
  • Making Money Online – Freelance Work

    Rambo Ruiz
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:57 pm
    The post Making Money Online – Freelance Work is written by Rambo Ruiz A common question I get from my kababayans “making money online, is this for real?”  Yes it is real!  Watch this video and send your questions by leaving your comments below it.   Related post: Can you really make money online? The post Making Money Online – Freelance Work appeared first on THIS'S A BLOG.
  • 4 Mistakes to Avoid when Working with a Virtual Assistant

    Rambo Ruiz
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:28 pm
    The post 4 Mistakes to Avoid when Working with a Virtual Assistant is written by Rambo Ruiz Having a good relationship with your Virtual Assistant might be the only thing you need to be one step closer to the success of your business. Make sure to avoid these four common mistakes some business owners commit to keep your relationship with your VA healthy. Not having a careful plan. If you want to get the most out of your Virtual Assistant then you need to pause a little and start thinking what kind of person you are looking for. Ask your self how he or she will be best engaged with your…
  • What makes a Good Logo for Business

    Rambo Ruiz
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:41 am
    The post What makes a Good Logo for Business is written by Rambo Ruiz Logo is the name, trademark or symbol of a brand. It’s the very first thing that customers remember as a sign of a particular business. Say for example I mention the word “coffee”, a Star Bucks logo immediately appears in some people’s minds, that’s how powerful logos are! What makes a good logo then? Summarized below are four fundamental principles that businesses can refer to when it comes to designing a logo. Make an Analysis: Don’t rush into creating a business logo. Make an analysis…
  • 4 Tips on How to Lessen your Website Bounce Rate

    Rambo Ruiz
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:53 pm
    The post 4 Tips on How to Lessen your Website Bounce Rate is written by Rambo Ruiz Bounce rate is defined as the average of your website visitors that navigate away after viewing a post or page. Lessening bounce rate is an important factor to improve your website’s positioning on search engine result as well as visitor satisfaction. Google is known for being highly sensitive with website bounce rate. Though you spend much money and effort in building links by commenting on blogs, social bookmarking, submitting to article directories, etc, NEVER forget this very important ranking and…
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    The IMPAQ Zone Posts & Pages

  • Waves of Amazing Grace … Fighting the Current of the River (
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The past couple of weeks, God has been speaking to me about the river of life and specifically the river of life that we are in when we are in Christ. Steven Curtis Chapman in his song “Dive” spoke about just jumping into this river and throwing all caution to the wind in the name of Jesus. While that is great and what we should all strive to be like, most of us are not so daring. Most of us have slowly waded into the river. Not because we are scared or God has not proven himself but because our flesh coupled with life (including bad religious experiences) have made us skittish to just…
  • Gospel the Game – You Need to Play Games to Make Games (
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Suppose you have the most amazing idea for a board/card game based on doing the dishes. Why dishes? Because the creative freak of nature you are you happen to love doing the dishes and figure that everyone would just absolutely love a game based on this chore. You think about the game and how the board will essentially be a giant dishwasher and players will draw cards that represent things that can go into a dishwasher and attempt to lay them out on the board to get washed. You can see how opponents will also be attempting to use this valuable space for their dishes. You can see cards with…
  • God’s Not Dead … A Movie That Impacted Me (
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Today I saw the new movie “God’s Not Dead” and loved it. That would make it a good movie but not necessarily a great one. What do I mean? The test of a good movie is if it entertained the audience which I would say this movie easily achieved as people were enthralled enough to laugh at the right points and even clap where appropriate. The test for a great movie is whether or not it impacted the audience. Did they leave changed or wanting to change? Christian movies come to the playing field usually at a disadvantage in that if they do not deliver on impacting people’s…
  • My Shoes are too Tight But it Doesn’t Matter Because I have Forgotten How to Dance … I Just Want to go Home (
    26 Feb 2014 | 11:42 am
    I love church. I really really do. I love God. I love worshiping. I love hearing a message and maybe giving a message or two. I love teaching the children and finding ways to get them excited about God. And I love how the church is my second family. Or at least I did before I moved to the south and into the Bible Belt. Wait!? What?! WHy?! What do I mean? Allow me to explain. It was not until I accepted Jesus into my life that I really understood church. Prior to then, it was a choir, something I checked off that I did for the week. But once Jesus became the center of my life things looked…
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    25 Feb 2014 | 9:56 pm
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  • Luxury Car Sales Plummet in 2013 as All Car Sales Fall 13%

    Craig Hindmarsh
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:48 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Luxury Car Sales Plummet in 2013 as All Car Sales Fall 13% By Craig HindmarshAs Singapore’s 2013 car sales figures came in, many supercar CEOs over in Europe were shedding a tear. Despite having more millionaires per square inch than you can shake pair of diamond-studded driving gloves at, wealthy Singaporeans were largely put off buying supercars last year, thanks to increases in, well, pretty much every cost associated with owning a luxury car. Ferrari sales in Singapore fell dramatically over 2013 According to an unverified Reuters report, some of the sales drop-offs were as…
  • Discovering the Secrets of Thailand’s Death Railway

    Craig Hindmarsh
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Discovering the Secrets of Thailand’s Death Railway By Craig HindmarshSingaporeans worked on the Death Railway, alongside thousands of other labourers and POWs. Just three hours west of Bangkok lies the River Kwai, a beautiful stretch of water that attracts thousands of foreigners and Thais each year. But most tourists don’t come for the pretty scenery – they’re here to view the remnants of a particularly grim wartime infrastructure project: the Burma Railway, or, as the men who built it called it, the Death Railway. Under the Japanese, who had by 1943 swept through a…
  • Spoilt For Choice – Which Car Insurance Suits me?

    Zhihong Oon
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Spoilt For Choice – Which Car Insurance Suits me? By Zhihong OonWhen it comes to the world of car insurance, it can be a maze to navigate around. Furthermore, with all the options out there, which one is best suited to your needs? offers 3 different kinds of car insurance policies that are customizable to your driving needs and lifestyle. Need I say spoilt for choice? Here is the lowdown on what has to offer. With so many options, which car insurance suits me? 1. Standard Car Insurance Choose between Third-Party Only, Third-Party Fire and Theft…
  • Cycling in Asia Is Great, but Be Prepared

    Jeff Paine
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Cycling in Asia Is Great, but Be Prepared By Jeff PaineThe cycling scene is Singapore is great. There are a large number of cyclists in different groups at varying skill levels. The roads are some of the best in the world and finding a pothole here can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Despite all the wonders of cycling in Singapore, it becomes an inevitable desire to see other great cycling destinations around Asia. There are so many good choices that you could keep yourself busy for years choosing new destinations. Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Hong…
  • Keeping Singapore Hydrated: Embrace Your Grubby Car?

    Felix Chong
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Keeping Singapore Hydrated: Embrace Your Grubby Car? By Felix ChongSingapore’s politicians have waded deep into the dry-spell debate recently, with a number of different suggestions to help us curtail our water use. World Water Day took place on Saturday the 16th of March, kicking off a month of Public Utility Board events aimed at raising water use awareness across Singapore, under the banner ‘Going Big on Saving Water’. Turn the shower off while soaping yourself, suggested deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at Jurong Lake; fill a mug of water for…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • 10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

    Rey Lo
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Originally posted on Ellen and I were first married ministry was not our 20-year plan, the Navy was. We had it all planned out; we were to spend the next 20 years with me being gone for 15. The Navy explained to my sweet new bride how grueling it would be, that…
  • Guest blog: Why I love musicians

    Rey Lo
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’m very excited to introduce you to guest blogger Lynnwood King. He is the front man for the rock bands, The Heroine and The Revival. He’s a high energy, fully-charged vocalist with a heart for artists that is unmatched.  I have had the privilege of working with some amazing talent from our city over the years. In […]
  • Guest post: Faith and Science

    Rey Lo
    8 Feb 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I’d like you to meet my friend and today’s guest blogger, Jackie Williams. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, where she was born and raised. She is happily married with four great kids. I LOVE science. Always have and always will. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut. Still do. Bill Nye […]
  • What I’ve taught my kids (I hope)

    Rey Lo
    1 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    We’re not a perfect family by any stretch. We’re not the most organized, we disagree, we spend too much time in front of our private screens and eat more meals apart from one another than I’d like. We also laugh a lot, have been to hell and back, take great vacations and do some pretty […]
  • Guest post: “Dear Teenage Punk…”

    Rey Lo
    28 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Shad Purcell, whose voice I hope we get to hear from time to time on this site. Shad is married to April and they have two sons, Samuel and Cooper. He is an avid runner, fantastic communicator and former teenage punk.       Dear Teenage Punk, […]
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    Shots of Insight

  • I Don’t Kiss And Tell

    Shots of Insight
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Why do you keep telling your friends everything you do with girls? Who are you trying to impress? Are you that insecure? Try keeping your mouth shut for once. You will realize that you will triple the amount of girls you sleep with. Would you like to have a lot of sex? Don’t ever tell anyone your experiences with girls. Girls Crave Sex Girls are a lot hornier than guys. You have to realize that. They fantasize about getting tied up in bed. They want you to spank them all night long. They would do anything to have a man who would fuck them really hard right before the day starts. Keep…
  • Eating Pancakes Makes Me Smarter

    Shots of Insight
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    I’ve always seen the gym as my own battleground for life. This is where I forge my character. This is where I create the base of what my life is going to be. This is the real reason why I go to the gym. The gym is my biggest teacher. I will give you a concrete example by connecting making money with going to the gym. How do millionaires become rich? They build a system that creates money for them. Do millionaires work for money? No. Normal people work for money. Millionaires make money work for them. Do millionaires work hard? No. Normal people work hard. Normal people waste eight hours of…
  • Having Bad Genetics Is The Shit

    Shots of Insight
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    It sucks not being the popular guy in high school. It sucks not being the most admired athlete. It sucks not having the best clothes. It sucks being ugly. That all fucking sucks. Feel free to curse God and cry in your sleep. That’s what I did several years ago. I grew up hating myself. You have nothing in your life? You have no idea how lucky you are. My dad worked his ass off throughout my entire life and I never received any money from him. I was never spoiled. I grew up being pretty chubby and I sucked at sports. That’s all good. I never thought I was better than anyone and that taught…
  • How Do Rock Stars Avoid Hair Loss?

    Shots of Insight
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    Rock Stars spend most of their time doing drugs and the most degenerate things you can think of. They should be the first ones to suffer the repercussions of damaging their bodies. Why are they still alive? Your outer appearance is a state of mind. Your body is a physical representation of what’s happening inside your head. Have you seen the guys from the Rolling Stones? They’re in their 70’s and they look healthier and more vibrant than most people in their 30′s. It’s as simple as this. Being unhappy with yourself will result in your body deteriorating a lot faster than…
  • How To Become A Sex God

    Shots of Insight
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    Would you like to be so good at sex that girls start clearing their entire schedule just to spend a night with you? This is not a trick. There’s no game involved in this. This is the brutal truth. Girls will start fighting for you. Girls will buy you gifts. Girls will even clean your house just to have a chance to be with you. The answer is simple. Start taking risks. Becoming a sex god requires you to become a high testosterone male. Your testosterone must be so high and potent that you ooze manliness from a block away. I’m about to tell you something revolutionary. Acting in a way…
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    Princess Burlap

  • On Sweetness and Linkups

    Princss Burlap
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    A little smattering of randomosity for our Thursday, if we all please. I was talking to Melyssa about many things upon the table of late, and we got to talking about linkups. I’ve been thinking a lot about linkups. Well, a linkup. And the potentiality of the starting of a possible linkup. Confused yet? Yes, me too. Only no, really, hear me out. Sweetness. The linkup would will be involving sweetness. Sweetness in all of its darling forms, a weekly (?) gathering spot where all linking up would post anything sweet. “Like Easter Peeps?!” No, not like Easter Peeps. Think lower…
  • Toast Post: The Expansion of Toast, LLC

    Princss Burlap
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am Toast. This is my post. I asked Mommy for a computer of my very own and she has denied my request. She feels that I must prove I am a responsible Toast before she will trust me with such an expensive piece of equipment. I do not understand, it is not like I would use this PC to hack into a government installation, steal a list of undercover CIA operatives and sell it to North Korea. I do not like Kim Jong-un; he is a scary little man. That’s why I sent Dennis Rodman to visit. I would never risk the lives of Jason Bourne, James Bond, Tom Cruise or any of our other super top secret…
  • A Button Lost, a Smile Found

    Princss Burlap
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Quick Europe intermission? Everybody ok with that? I don’t know how you guys haven’t unfollowed me yet for all of this incessant honeymoon picture posting, but each post garners more views and comments than the last, so I’m surmising that you wish for MOREMOREMORE Europe upon pixel and post? I really need y’all to say when. A safe word? Shall we make a safe word? How about “crumpet”? Yeah I don’t know. It just whacked me upside the nose. It’s a funny word… Annnnnnyway… Once upon a time I worked in the service industry. It was a dark…
  • To Cultivate Memories

    Princss Burlap
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    There’s this lovely little patch of green spears poking their heads up through the dirt. Our family has seen a slow disintegration of the traditions that once held us together. Family trees sometimes grow many outward branches and there is left a bare spot at the center – empty silence in the places we once gathered for holidays and celebratory merriment. Sometimes, just as the bare spot began to form, a rogue branch will shoot its soft green hope right to the center, and just like that ,we all find that footing once again, a new place upon which to assemble, and be together, and…
  • Springtime in Paris

    Princss Burlap
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Can you guys please tell me when you’re simply sick to death of Paris pictures? I learned a great many things across the pond, including this little bit: Beggars take all forms, and some are downright aggressive. Smack underneath the center of Tour Eiffel, a gentleman did walk slowly, amble even, holding an armful of red rosebuds. This gentleman turned out to be anything but gentle, this I swiftly learned as he marched up to oblivious me, poked two long stems between my left palm and my camera in front of my face, and proceeded to veer away at a run, waving me off as I protested. Count…
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  • 5 Reasons Why Universe is a Man (Part 3)

    Gill Andrews
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    A Personal Perspective I bet you haven’t expected this one. Yes, men also have mothers-in-law. And no, it’s not the same thing. If you haven’t heard about Russian humor by now, let me tell you about this subculture of its own. There are jokes about everything and everybody, divided in genres. Jokes about Jews (political correctness? what is it?), Africans, Russians. Drinking, not drinking, way too much drinking. Husbands, wives, blond women, women in general. Animals (seriously), particular fictional characters from novels and fairy tales (absolutely not for kids). One of the…
  • Hippopotamus Me or Two Months Of My Life As A Fat Person

    Gill Andrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    When I was pregnant I gained 12 kilos, which makes 24 pounds. Although in kilos it sounds much less. (And if you calculate it in centners it will sound even better, just a quarter of a centner, so let’s go with centners.) I was never skinny, more of a person who gets called “healthy”, because they still don’t qualify to be considered fat, whereas the skinny ship has sailed long ago, too. But if you take a quarter of a centner and attach it to a person like this you’ll get somebody really fat[1]. You know how you go through your life busy with your own stuff or the…
  • 5 Reasons Why Universe is a Man (Part 2)

    Gill Andrews
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:07 am
    A Personal Perspective As I was saying, I was about to go out for groceries when it occurred to me that I needed at least 15 minutes to get ready, whereas my husband could have just changed his pants (if at all) to reach the shape presentable to the people outside. So here we have the second reason why I think Universe must be a man: Reason Nr. 2: Looks If you think I wear a lot of make-up or don’t go out without my high heels you can’t be more wrong. If you are a man and you were to meet me you won’t even notice I’m wearing make-up. Why do I wear it then? Because you would notice if…
  • Crafting Your Own Dream. A Story Of One “Shaak”.

    Gill Andrews
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:47 am
    Let me ask you an unexpected question: How do you feel about Mondays? Do you wake up before the alarm goes off, excited to start a new week? Or do you share the memes about how terrible Mondays are on Facebook as soon as you manage to drag your resisting body out of bed? Well, it might come as a shocker to you, but it’s not Mondays that suck, but your job, or whatever you do on Mondays. Don’t worry, you are not alone. According to the latest global survey, only 13% of people like their jobs. Thirteen. Percent. Ok, it’s a bit better in USA and Canada, the whole 29%, but still, isn’t it…
  • Happy International Women’s Day

    Gill Andrews
    8 Mar 2014 | 11:43 am
    or Why 8th Of March Is Different From 14th of February On Saint Valentine’s Day, I wrote a post about why I don’t participate in it considering it to be a complete nonsense. To summarize, love is not flowers and candy on one day of the year, and whoever has love in their lives doesn’t need a particular day to celebrate it. Today is International Women’s Day. Would it be hypocritical of me to congratulate women today? After all, women are still women the other 360+ days of the year, and treating them nicer than usual on one particular day doesn’t make a difference.
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