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  • An ‘Emotional Burden’ Rarely Discussed

    The New Old Age
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Tens of millions of adults suffer with a form of incontinence, a new report finds.
  • Stealing a Page From the Boomers’ Playbook

    The New Old Age
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    A member of the “aging industrial complex” starts a campaign against ageism.
  • Susan Goldberg's Mama Non Grata Blog Has Found a New Home
    Elan Morgan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Susan Goldberg's professional and creative writing has matured over the last several years of her online life, and it was time for her website to do more heavy lifting. She hired me to take her original weblog, Mama Non Grata, migrate it to Squarespace from WordPress, and create a new home for it within the more comprehensive, where she can both blog and better share her mad professional and creative writing skills: Susan photographed ceramic sculptures from one of her favourite artists, Sarah Link, and, with Sarah's permission, we used the photos throughout the site, which…
  • 8 places for free ebooks

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you’re a big reader, books costs can start to add up. Don’t let that stop you from reading though, because there are eight places you can get ebooks online absolutely free. For starters, Google’s eBookstore has a huge selection of free books for your enjoyment. The Internet Archive has a huge selection of out-of-print or rare books, stuff that you’d otherwise spend hundreds of dollars on. If you’re more of an audiobook person, you’ll enjoy LibriVox, which has thousands of audiobooks, some of which are rare and out-of-print. Full story at Mashable. More…
  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

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

    Elan Morgan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Susan Goldberg's professional and creative writing has matured over the last several years of her online life, and it was time for her website to do more heavy lifting. She hired me to take her original weblog, Mama Non Grata, migrate it to Squarespace from WordPress, and create a new home for it within the more comprehensive, where she can both blog and better share her mad professional and creative writing skills: Susan photographed ceramic sculptures from one of her favourite artists, Sarah Link, and, with Sarah's permission, we used the photos throughout the site, which…
  • Guess Who's Speaking at BlissDom Canada?

    Elan Morgan
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Guess who's speaking at BlissDom Canada in October? Shannon McKarney, Karen Green, Natasha Chiam, and I are speaking on a panel together!From the BlissDom speaker announcement about our panel:When we’re considering panels and speakers at BlissDom Canada, we’re always looking for ways to share necessary and important knowledge with our attendees. BlissDom Canada is all about the good times, the thought provoking conversations and the education gained from those with experience and expertise. One of the things that we all have to consider in our writing or marketing career is the matter of…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 537

    Elan Morgan
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    We made a short trip with friends to Winnipeg and got to stay at The Mere Hotel, which is lit up a little like Las Vegas at night (see the video above). We felt very fancy.Ford gave me a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium to test drive, which made this trip not only possible but also so much more fun.The prairie sky in summer as it stretches far and away to the horizon is incredible to behold. My eyes try to measure for distance but get lost in the sheer magnitude of it all.A fluffy hotel bathrobe soothes in a way that no bathrobe at home ever manages to.Orange pop!Wage a battle against…
  • Listen to My Interview At the Empower Yourself Summit

    Elan Morgan
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I was recently interviewed by Pamela McAlexander of Tri-Holistic Healthy Healing for the Empower Yourself Summit. She came to me through my TEDxRegina talk, "Self-Doubt and the Power of Personal Narrative", and so our conversation wound itself through self-doubt, blogging, how my life landed here after some pretty difficult experiences, and the importance of rolling up your sleeves and getting messy. I love having these kinds of conversations, because I feel as though I find a new lens each time, view my experiences and what I've learned through different eyes, and it's so humbling to…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 536

    Elan Morgan
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It is a rare bit of decadence to sleep in really late on a Saturday, but both Aidan and I managed to do that over the weekend.I found another pair of my favourite shoes to replace the ones my cat destroyed, and my feet are happy.We share a balcony with the apartment next door, and my neighbour grows a lovely container garden there, which I have the pleasure of sitting in while I work in the afternoon.I'm gearing up to speak at the BlogHer '14 conference, and I feel so blessed to be able to go and hang out with friends I rarely get to see in person.The Regina Fringe Festival starts on…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 8 places for free ebooks

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you’re a big reader, books costs can start to add up. Don’t let that stop you from reading though, because there are eight places you can get ebooks online absolutely free. For starters, Google’s eBookstore has a huge selection of free books for your enjoyment. The Internet Archive has a huge selection of out-of-print or rare books, stuff that you’d otherwise spend hundreds of dollars on. If you’re more of an audiobook person, you’ll enjoy LibriVox, which has thousands of audiobooks, some of which are rare and out-of-print. Full story at Mashable. More…
  • 10 extremely rare animals

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Have you ever seen an Amur Leopard? Of course not. They only live in remote parts of Russia and China, and there were only a maximum of twenty-six as of 2007. Plus they can run really fast, up to 37 m.p.h., so even if you were in their territory they’d probably just look like a spotted blur. The Right Whale is another rare species. So rare, in fact, that its only been spotted twice in the last sixty years. Take a look this mysterious fifty-six foot whale: See the other rare animals at the full article. Full story Green Buzz. More great wildlife facts. Photo credit: Canva
  • 10 things men shouldn’t do when they’re past 30

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When a man turns thirty, things change. Not necessarily physically, but socially. He’s expected to behave certain ways, and if he doesn’t, he’s labeled immature. While some guys might not care about that, others don’t want to be seen as no good slobs. So if you’re past thirty, maybe you should stop doing these ten things, such as eating fast food on a regular basis. Your living situation should also reflect your age. That means no more beer or bikini posters, no more ratty old furniture, and no more empty fridge. Tattoos are also off limits––otherwise…
  • 9 incredible inventions from 2014

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Some incredible things were invented this year. There was a soccer ball invention, for example, that actually generates power when its kicked. It has an attachable LED light that gets about three hours of power from just thirty minutes of soccer play. Another great use of kinetic energy is Corky, the computer mouse made from 100% recycled materials. It generates its own power (no more dead batteries!) by storing the kinetic energy generated by its normal usage. See the rest at the full article. Full story at Mother Nature Network. More great technology. Photo credit: Canva
  • 20 facts about Nintendo [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    5facts’ Annie Colbert and Matt Silverman go for broke by blowing their previous high score of five facts on an given subject and doin’ somethin’ a little special in honor the time-suckage of choice in days of yore, Nintendo. Full story at YouTube. More video game trivia.
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  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

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

    Liza Donnelly
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Liza Donnelly, noted cartoonist for The New Yorker, is also the editor, with her husband, Michael Maslin, of the book Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s
  • Smartphones: The New Health and Fitness Tool

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Smartphones Rising in Fitness Unless your television has been turned off, it’s been difficult to avoid Apple’s latest commercial with a retro marching tune and lyrics “Go, you chicken fat, go.”  The catchy tune was written to kick-off President Kennedy’s debut of the Presidential Fitness Program in 1961. Fast forward to 2014 where fitness is still a challenge and smartphones have replaced tracking calories and weight by paper.  A look at the App Store shows thousands of apps in the Health & Fitness category.  From tracking your weight, counting calories,…
  • Meet the woman who made flying sexy

    2 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    Mary Wells Lawrence, wowOwow’s co-founder, and ‘Gypsy’, is featured in this fabulous article by Michael Kane in the New York Post.  What a genius! She was the real-life Peggy of “Mad Men,” the Queen of Madison Avenue, the woman who turned staid, safe airline advertising into “Coffee, tea or me?” Before Mary Wells Lawrence, typical ads for Pan Am or Continental simply displayed a 707. At the outset of commercial air travel, circa 1958, the jet itself was the exciting and exotic hook. Read More at NY Post
  • Bring Back Our Girls

    9 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    #BringBackOurGirls We stand with those who say #BringBackOurGirls. Bring Back Our Girls movement Weeks after the April 14 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls, worried families and supporters have blamed the government for not doing enough to find them. Their cries have spread worldwide on social media under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. From regular people to celebrities, here are some of … Read More at CNN #BringBackOurGirls Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg)…
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    Simply Jews

  • More certainty, please, Hon David Ward, MP!

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    I believe that a high flying politician should be assertive - above all. Unlike in this hesitant uttering:Especially on Twitter that enforces assertiveness by the 140 limitation. Here is an example of how it should be done, gratis, too:If I had me a spare rocket, I would definitely stick it up MP David Ward's arse and light the fuse.See what I mean?P.S. There wasn't room enough for "Hon", apologies extended to all my British friends.
  • Now about these harmless rockets

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    So far the best response to the foreign airlines quitting Ben Gurion airport:I really don't understand the international community... Why not let your airplanes fly to Israel? You have been telling us all this time the rockets that Hamas fire are harmless and not to get so worked up... Oh... They're firing them at you now so they are dangerous... Oh, oh I see.Jason Pearlman.
  • About these Gaza tunnels and other humanitarian and financial enterprises by Hamas

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    While IDF is rooting out the Hamas tunnels, it might be worth your time to check some tunnel - related facts. First of all, watch this Al Jaz clip:Post by The Israel Project.Now that you know where the building materials Gaza is pining for really go, think about the other angle of the relentless hate - inspired "creative" activity: the finances. It is estimated that every such tunnel costs about half a million dollars to construct. Keeping in mind the unending wailing of the Western bleeding hearts about the dire economic situation in Gaza, this may provide some food for thought, you have to…
  • The proper name for things

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Maybe this graphical presentation will learn my American friends? Who knows...
  • UNRWA " Demands Full Respect for the Sanctity of Its Premises in Gaza"

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
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  • Meditation Simplification

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

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:48 am
    I have used lentils to make Dahl Soup and lentils in salads for years, but then I ate a great Lentil Lemon Soup my friend made and asked for the recipe, and now I’m in love with lentils. Did you know that Canada is the world’s leading exporter of lentils? I didn’t know that until…
  • Benefiting from Meditation at Any Age

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    The benefits of becoming a mediator include better focus, less anxiety, more compassion, better memory, less stress, and more gray matter. And, one can learn how to meditate and benefit from doing so at any age. © Copyright All Rights Reserved I learned to meditate in college and I’m becoming a senior now.  I was…
  • In Praise of Urban Farming

    1 Jun 2014 | 6:16 pm
    After World War II urban planning separated farming and city living. Cities became food deserts overshadowed by high rises; family farms were replaced by factory farms. As time passed awareness about what we eat, how it’s produced, and concerns about health and environment issues led to a resurgence of backyard gardening, and the emergence of…
  • Celebrating Strawberries

    26 May 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Fresh, flavorful locally harvested foods are available at the Farmer’s Market in May and June. A variety of crops harvested in fall (squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs, mushrooms) and winter (kale, radishes, turnips, leeks), complimented by tender spring vegetables and berries grace the stalls and tables. Any content reblogged from this time – this…
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  • Are Elders REALLY More Susceptible to Scams and Fraud?

    Ronni Bennett
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Every year or two, I write a blog post about scams, swindles and frauds that are likely to be perpetrated upon elders, along with some information on how to avoid them. Conventional wisdom in the reporting about elders and fraud, supported by the FBI, Nolo, NCOA, AARP and other organizations one would expect to be knowledgeable, is that many more old people are cheated out of their money than younger people: ”The U.S. Department of Justice,” writes Nolo in an undated piece on the website, “estimates that dishonest telemarketers take in an estimated $40 billion each year, bilking one in…
  • Welsh Declaration of Rights for Old People

    Ronni Bennett
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last week, Wales became the first country in the world to adopt a Declaration of Rights for Older People. Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas said, “The number of older people in Wales is growing and there is no dedicated set of rights for older people in the UK. Age discrimination and ageism are widely tolerated across the world. "We must dispel old-fashioned stereotypes of people based on their age, and recognise and value the enormous contributions that older people make in all of our communities across Wales. “I’m therefore delighted that Wales is once again leading…
  • Old Age Incontinence

    Ronni Bennett
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    According to a June 2014 report [pdf] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half the U.S. population age 65 and older (50.9%) report urinary and/or bowel leakage. That's just the group of us who live independently; there are different numbers, higher and lower, for those in care homes of various kinds. Because it's not a subject anyone likes to talk about much, we giggle and make jokes. Although it is hard to openly discuss incontinence, it is important health issue that can have serious effects on people's lives. When WebMD reported on the CDC study, it noted,…
  • ELDER MUSIC: 1956 Again

    Ronni Bennett
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. What happened in 1956? Archie Roach was born Melbourne staged the Olympics Games Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show My Fair Lady opened…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 19 July 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    84 YEAR OLD STUNS AMERICA'S GOT TALENT PANEL The judges on AGT were pretty sure they weren't going to like Mr. Jessel. See what happened. MARY PHILLIPS UPDATE In last week's Interesting Stuff, 98-year-old Mary Phillips explained how she was fighting an eviction notice from the apartment she has lived in for 50 years. TGB reader Chrissoup sent in a followup report which includes a statement from the company that wants to evict Phillips. ”Today Urban Green CEO David McCloskey released a statement saying that Phillips would be allowed to remain in her Mission neighborhood apartment for the…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • Two Things to Love About Weird Al’s ‘Word Crimes’

    Ann Handley
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    There are two things to love about poor-grammar-shaming Word Crimes, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s spoof of Robin Thicke’s rapey Blurred Lines. If you haven’t seen it, it’s here: Here’s the back story: To promote the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, Al is releasing eight videos over eight days. Monday was a Happy parody called Tacky. Yesterday, Al delivered Word Crimes. The way that Weird Al has completely embraced social media and our online sharing culture in his album’s marketing is brilliant, but that’s a post for someone else to…
  • Why I Built a Tiny House

    Ann Handley
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’m writing this now from a cramped second-floor office in my house. I’m sweating just from the exertion of typing this sentence… because despite air conditioning, it’s about 450 degrees up here. I could mix a tin of muffins and set them to bake on the shelf behind me, and in 20 minutes breakfast would be ready. The heat up here normally makes me grumpy. But today I’m giddy, because from my window I can see two electricians fishing wire to a brand-new office in the backyard. It’s the almost-final step to completing my tiny house before I can move my entire operation there…
  • Breaking Out of Boring: Tell Unexpected Stories

    Ann Handley
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    What does a brand known as buttoned up and boring do to broaden its appeal? I get this question a lot. One great model for inspiration is LinkedIn, which has become the poster child for a staid brand evolving its brand by telling unexpected stories. In the early 2000s, UK musician Matt Henshaw was living the dream as the lead guitarist for Censored, a British rock band he had established with a few friends. Censored became an integral part of the music scene of the East Midlands (a region located roughly between London and Liverpool), releasing some independent singles, opening for some of…
  • Make Your Customer the Hero of Your Story: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Video

    Ann Handley
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Fault in Our Stars opened this past weekend to become number-one at the box office. Which thrills me – because I’m a fan of the young adult novel the movie is based on and of its author (and video blogger) John Green. But more importantly: It thrills me because good writing deserves to find a wide audience. But that’s not why I’m writing about it. Instead, I’m writing about it because the movie’s soundtrack video trailer is a great content marketing example of what I talk about all the time: Make your customer the hero of your story. In this case, the “customer” is (of…
  • 14 Stages of Writing a Book (or Finishing Any Big Project)

    Ann Handley
    31 May 2014 | 11:59 am
    It’s been a little quiet around here, hasn’t it? That’s because I’ve had to be quite stern with myself, putting myself in a kind of content solitary confinement that made me ignore everything—including this site, my job, my family, and (occasionally!) my hygiene—while I sprinted toward the finish line of my new book. Part of the proceeds for the new book sales will go toward buying lavish gifts for everyone in an attempt to make up for it. It got a little rough toward the end. If you’ve ever worked on an overwhelmingly huge project, you might glimpse yourself in…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • Fictional Characters of New York — #27

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It was eight months ago, on the way to work, during a unseasonably December morning in Soho, that Gretchen told me that she was pregnant. “Pregnant.  But we’re gay,” I said. “No, you’re a lesbian.  I’m bi-sexual.” “Are we going to argue semantics again? I wish you never took that course at NYU.” “I’m not talking about language. I’m talking about reality.” “I know, I know.  Language is reality.” “Laura, I’m pregnant.” “How can you be pregnant?” “It’s what…
  • Three Months Later

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I was not surprised when she blocked me on Facebook and Twitter.   She TOLD me that she was going to do it.   But I figured it would be for a few days, and then she would be back.   It wasn’t the first time we went through this charade. Juli and I met online.  We became immediate friends.  We were both going through a divorce, but as bloggers, we chatted mostly about writing.    Gradually this platonic friendship grew into something more — a long distance romance. And it was definitely a LONG distance romance.  I lived in New York.  She lived in New Zealand. When we…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #26

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Like many children growing up in the 1960s, Ben learned his life skills by watching Sesame Street. By kindergarten, Ben could recite the alphabet and count to ten.  The moral philosophy of the PBS became Ben’s guiding principle of life — he believed that people of all races and backgrounds could live together in harmony, even if his own family couldn’t do the same. In later life, Sesame Street never prepared Ben for unemployment at age 50, or for his divorce with Angela, his wife of 20 years. But through a set of circumstances that could only be described as ironic, Ben…
  • Glass Half-Full

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Here is a video of the piece I read at the “Listen to Your Mother” show at Symphony Space in NYC in May.   I met so many wonderful people because of that experience.    You can also see the other videos from the show on the same YouTube page.
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #25

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    In her old life, Michelle used to walk past Cynthia, the mousy neighbor in apartment 3D, never uttering a word. Michelle had nothing in common with this shy librarian. But six months after her accident, Michelle’s friends stopped calling, as did her boyfriend. She didn’t blame them; she knew the life of a high pressure career, having been a news director at CBS News. New York City is a race and there is no waiting for the fallen. But when loneliness and deep depression became Michelle’s only visitors to her Manhattan apartment, it was Cynthia who brought books to read, food…
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  • When You’re Feeling Down, Remember This

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on How Long Does Fresh Produce Last? How to Keep Things in Moderation 8 Exercises to Tone Your ShouldersFiled under: Daily Thought
  • 80+ Instagram-Worthy Travel Destinations

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Our friends at have pulled together 83 unreal places you thought only existed in your imagination. They say, “We’re not kidding you — these travel destinations actually exist and aren’t a figment of your imagination. Be prepared to have your mind blown as you browse through these amazing photos.” To see the full list, click here. More on […]
  • 1 Small Reminder to Boost Your Happiness

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on Five-Minute Beauty Tips 20 Fast Dinner Recipes 9 Ways to Cut Your Gas CostsFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Difference Between Men and Women, a.k.a. The “Lice Epidemic”

    Kristin van Ogtrop
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    The scene: home office in my house The characters: me, my husband Time: last night, 9:45 p.m. Husband is lying on floor of home office, “stretching his back,” which I think is 80% watching TV and 20% actual stretching. An hour earlier we returned from taking our 16-year-old middle son back to the camp where he is working as a […]
  • The Top Jobs for Work-Life Balance Are…

    Rachel Stein-Christensen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    What do a social media manager, a firefighter, and a law clerk have in common? Turns out, they might be some of the very best jobs for a healthy work-life balance. While a positive attitude always helps in achieving happiness at work, measured the work-life balance ratings that were shared on their site between July 2013 and July 2014. […]
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    turnings :: daniel berlinger

  • Microsoft, IBM, & Docker jump on Google’s Kubernetes project for managing app containers anywhere

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

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

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

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

    29 May 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The Internet With A Human Face: Public and private surveillance are in a curious symbiosis with each other. A few weeks ago, the sociologist Janet Vertesi gave a talk about her efforts to keep Facebook from learning she was pregnant. Pregnant women have to buy all kinds of things for the baby, so they are ten times more valuable to Facebook’s advertisers. At one point, Vertesi’s husband bought a number of Amazon gift cards with cash, and the large purchase triggered a police warning. This fits a pattern where privacy-seeking behavior has become grounds for suspicion. Try to avoid…
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    Apartment Life

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Driving a Moving Truck

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    To those who have spent their lives driving compact cars and sedans, driving a moving truck looks about as easy as flying the Space Shuttle. If you’ve got enough stuff to move, however, finding a moving truck and hitting the road will definitely be on your apartment moving checklist. But don’t worry! Check out our […] The post A Beginner’s Guide to Driving a Moving Truck appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • What You Need to Know About Rent Control

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Rent controlled apartments are the four-leaf clovers of apartment life. Hiding among thousands of their fellows, they’re very hard to spot, and the finder of one is considered incredibly lucky. That’s because rent controlled apartments offer rent rate benefits to tenants that other apartments lack. Though the city best known for its rent controlled apartments […] The post What You Need to Know About Rent Control appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Tips for Kids Sharing a Room in an Apartment

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s an equation many parents are all too familiar with: siblings + hot tempers + small spaces = timeouts. Sibling squabbles are bound to happen even when kids don’t share a bedroom; but add a small, shared apartment room to the equation, and there is enormous potential for chaos. Whether you are moving into an […] The post Tips for Kids Sharing a Room in an Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Life’s a Beach When You’re Living in an Apartment

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When you live in an apartment, you can choose to live anywhere you want. While more millennials and other generations are choosing to live downtown in urban cities, many Americans are choosing to live the coastal life. As a result, they are enjoying the best of what summer has to offer: sun, sand, cool water, […] The post Life’s a Beach When You’re Living in an Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Moving for Cheap: 4 Tips for Students Moving Apartments on a Budget

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Moving into a new college apartment? Time to buy sheets upon sheets of bubble wrap, box up the dishes, get a dogsitter, and contact a moving company…right? Slow down! Ideally that list sounds great on paper, but for a college student, moving apartments can get expensive pretty quickly. Here are some tips for moving apartments […] The post Moving for Cheap: 4 Tips for Students Moving Apartments on a Budget appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • State of me

    Doug McCaughan
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    My brain hurts.
  • As the vacation ends

    Doug McCaughan
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    As these last few hours of vacation come to a close, I have to take pause and assess the success and failures of the vacation. I succeeded in having an adventure with Evan and 23 other scouts as well as 12 other parents. I succeeded in not thinking about work. I succeeded in massive cleaning efforts. I failed to find Noah’s sash and merit badges for his Eagle Board of Review. I succeeded in fixing the motor on the telescope. Looking forward to seeing it track objects in the sky now. Succeeded in improving a client website but failed to complete it enough for deployment (which means…
  • Nerd Cleaning

    Doug McCaughan
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    When we bought our 55 inch flat screen I used the box it came it to horde all my power cables, wall warts, network cables, pci cards, memory, etc. I’ve just gone through the box and separated out the components. I am quite sure that power cords breed while we are sleeping. I have never owned so many power cables. Has anyone ever caught the mating process on film? I get it has a male and female end but locomotion? And where do the babies come from? Has anyone ever seen a baby powercord?! Also, does anyone need a rubber maid contain full of ide cables? Hayes 28.8 baud modem? Bueller?
  • I blinked

    Doug McCaughan
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Where did the day (and my vacation) go?
  • I opened the front door

    Doug McCaughan
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Dear Neighbor, You left your steamroom on outside. Sincerely, Sweaty
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    This Eclectic Life

  • Murder and Mystery on the Austin Steam Train

    Shelly Tucker
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    When I stumbled across the website for the Austin Steam Train Association, the first thing I noticed was a murder mystery tour! I squealed to my husband, “I wanna go!” Bless his heart, he bought me tickets that very day — five months in advance so we would be sure to get good seats. From what we could tell by looking at the website, he had bought some of the best seats on the train. For the next five months, I bragged to everybody and their dog, “I get to take a train ride. Ninny, ninny boo boo.” I canceled my Ghosts of Denton tour for that night, willingly…
  • Paying Respect To The Lawman, Not The Outlaw

    Shelly Tucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The family of Alijah W. Grimes was reportedly infuriated that the outlaw, part of the gang who had murdered their loved one, would be buried in the same cemetery with his victim. They insisted that the outlaw be “planted” at the outskirts of the cemetery next to where the slaves had been buried before the Civil War, because in 1878 they considered that an insult for a white man. So, the outlaw Sam Bass is buried on the western edge of Round Rock Cemetery. There is a historical marker beside Sam’s grave. A.W. Grimes, a former Texas Ranger, is buried across the way on the east…
  • Exploring The Denton County Courthouse

    Shelly Tucker
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    Looking at our beautiful courthouse on the square, it’s almost impossible not to want to investigate every nook and cranny of it. How exciting it would be to climb all the way up to that clock tower! I want to have a picnic on that balcony at the top. Unfortunately, that activity is not allowed. There are no tours that explore the upper floors of the courthouse and take tourists to the tower. Let me repeat that, just in case you didn’t get it the first go-round: the county does not give tours of the upper floors of the building. Visitors may wander somewhat freely in the basement,…
  • Interesting Cemeteries in North Texas, a guest post by Tui Snider

    Tui Snider
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:31 am
    I’ve asked my friend Tui Snider to guest post for me today. She is a travel writer specializing in offbeat sites, overlooked history, cultural traditions, and quirky travel destinations. Tui will be coming to Denton to the Emily Fowler Central Library on Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 to talk about fun things to do in North Texas (some of them are included in her Amazon bestseller called Unexpected Texas). I’d love for you to meet Tui, so come on down! Interesting Cemeteries in North Texas Hello! And thanks, Shelly, for letting me be a guest on your blog today. Shelly and I share an…
  • It’s Always 9:11

    Shelly 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,”…
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    sex and the beach

  • Sex, Cooking and Libations

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

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

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

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

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

    Maria de los Angeles
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    Today is the first day of spring: the equinox, transitions on the earth's axis. Mother nature giving us a respite from winter.It's also my mom's birthday.  I've had no choice but to put her in hospice care at home, which is sad, but also a relief for her sake -- all, everything and anything for her pleasure and comfort.  I am fully committed to making each and every breath she has left in her as joyful as possible.It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to help someone die -- to make a graceful, dignified and happy transition to light.Recently, a friend of mine…
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  • Big Book

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Somehow, years ago, when everyone was reading Donna Tartt's debut novel, The Secret History, I did not. I don't recall making a conscious decision not to read it, I guess somehow it just slipped through the cracks. Eventually I put it on The List, but I still haven't gotten around to it. Part of me wonders if I missed my opportunity, that it won't be as meaningful to me now as it was to everyone else then (in terms of both the era and my age).  Anyhooo, what I did do was read Tartt's latest novel (yeah, the one that won the Pulitzer), The Goldfinch. And it's…
  • More Old/New Movies

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Pete had been dying to see "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," so Andy and I went with him on Saturday (after dropping the girls at the Dreaded Mall, 'natch). The reviews were almost exclusively raves, and it was good, but it wasn't that good. I think the first one in this modern series, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," was a lot better, because the story was so fascinating and believable (my review of that one is here). This sequel pits ape against man, and guess what? There are good and bad apes just as there are good and bad men! Really! So, yeah, the story is…
  • Sunday Night Steak

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    Darn, just realized I forgot to take a photo of last night's dinner. Well, just imagine thin slices of perfectly grilled flank steak, accompanied by roasted cauliflower. I got one head each of white and orange, cut them into florets, and tossed them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then roasted at 400° for a half hour or so, until brown and caramelized around the edges—they're as sweet as candy, I promise! Here's the flank steak recipe, which doesn't require a long marination time. Note that my flank steak was closer to 1.75 pounds and was just barely enough for the 5…
  • Tingalicious

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Last week instead of carnitas for our burrito/taco filling, I tried a recipe for “tinga,” another yummy variation on spicy shredded pork. The recipe was supposed to serve 4 to 6, but it just barely served 4 of us (Steph was out). It said that a 2-pound pork butt trimmed of fat should yield 1½ pounds of meat, but I didn’t weigh mine after trimming. I think 1½ pounds of meat would’ve been plenty, so I guess mine was just extra fatty (it did take a helluva lot longer to trim than I’d expected). Next time maybe I will get closer to 2¼ pounds and see if that does the trick—leftovers…
  • Another World Cup Post

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    The World Cup is finally over, and I have a few more thoughts. (See my earlier post here.) We were rooting for Argentina yesterday, mostly because of Lionel Messi, who is Pete's favorite player by far and who is really amazing to watch. Another reason, I'm sorry to admit, is that when you grow up in a Jewish home in the post-WWII years, you just can't cheer for Germans. It's been decades, I know, but that's just how it goes. (And I'm fully aware that Argentina isn't exactly innocent on that front either.) But Germany played beautifully and Messi did not, and…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • Is “Like a Girl” an Insult?

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

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

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

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

  • Trip Planning

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    We are working on plans for our summer adventure, making lists and buying new hiking boots.I, however, have my priorities.One needs coffee for breakfast, so I am eyeing this cunning thermal stainless-steel French press:And one needs wine with dinner, so I impulse bought one of these plastic wine glasses with an unscrewable stem:Of course, we're going to Utah, where caffeine and alcohol are verboten, so I'm not sure how practical either of these will turn out to be.
  • Perfect, in a fruits and vegetables kind of way

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I think it was the perfect weekend.The weather was glorious.There were strawberries and raspberries to be picked.And some of them got sidetracked into a jar of brandy, for brandied fruits for Christmas, because one likes to think ahead.The girl splashed around in the stream, horsing around on a Sno-Tube because we don't have any water floaties. She enlisted me: I tied a length of rope on with a bowline because I still know some knots and then she'd float through the rapids so I could haul her back upstream. On the way home, we detoured past a farm stand that was rumored to have corn, first of…
  • Our Under Lobby

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I have been walking by this sign for a week or so, and I find it oddly and head-scratchingly charming.Pardon ourAppearance the lobbyIn under renovation.It's like some disjointed found poetry, or an ID test where you have to rearrange the words to make a coherent sentence.Pardon our appearance in the lobby under renovation?  No.Pardon our appearance under renovation in the lobby? No.Aha!!Pardon the appearance in our under renovation lobby.
  • "Eggs are very beautiful cells"

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
    My father-in-law enjoys "collecting" names, wherein the name of the person is somehow indicative of their profession.I found a doozy today, one Dieter Egli. Dr. Egli is a research scientist, at the New York Stem Cell Foundation, and he appeared in today's New York Times article on "three parent IVF", wherein bits are taken out of one egg and transferred to another.Egli - doing research on eggs. Perfect, no?And, in a fabulous coincidence, a colleague of Dr. Egli's at the New York Stem Cell Foundation is one Kevin Eggan, PhD.Egli and Eggan, doing research on eggs. Could it get better? I don't…
  • Nineteen

    24 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    Because we are complicated, our wedding invitation was idiosyncratic. Letterpress, with hand applied watercolor to pick out the green in the intertwined letters. And a dictionary definition of marriage: "the combination of the king and queen of the same suit, as in pinochle".Needless to say, we did not include a preprinted RSVP card, because I believe that everyone ought to know how to respond, properly, to an invitation (and, furthermore, that thank you notes are to be hand-written and put in the mail).My absolute favorite response was from a dear, crusty, across-the-street neighbor. If…
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    Life Candy

  • 5 Reasons Why Hula is Fabulous for Fitness

    Nenette AM
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    [Repost from March 2008]"I've lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, and the only thing I've done is taken hula classes!", "The waistband of my jeans is getting looser!", and "Yeah, one more tahitian ote'a! I can take it! Woohoo!"Okay, maybe that last one was a bit of an exaggeration - most of my students considered the ote'a a form of torture - but hula fitness stories really are quite common, and as a hula instructor & dancer, I've heard and witnessed many of them. In fact, I credit my hula & tahitian practice with my own weight loss in 2006.Even Flare Magazine considered hula dance enough of a…
  • Recipe: Crispy Kale

    Nenette AM
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Image: Nenette's KaleNow, something you should know about me is that I love chips... potato, veggie, etc. If it's crispy, salty, and deep-fried, I'll want to eat a ton of it. So, I've been on the hunt for a healthier alternative, and no, the baked stuff I've tried doesn't come close... until I found these! Enjoy!INGREDIENTS* kale - preferably the curly kind (yes, that's it... see? easy!)DIRECTIONSPreheat oven to 350F. Cut kale leaves off of the stiff spine, and spread on a cookie sheet in more or less one layer. A little bit of overlapping won't hurt. Bake until edges are a little dry, for…
  • Summer Body Shaker...

    Nenette AM
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Okay, I admit it.  I'm not perfect.  No, really.  I know, you're shocked.I skip workouts, I eat chips, I freakin' self-sabotage ALL. THE. TIME.But you know the saying "Fall down 7 times -- get up 8."And my sweet peeps, this is my #8.And I know this is going to do it for me because of the gorgeous lady on this poster.  That's my friend Erin.  From February to June, she was dedicated and disciplined.  And that "after" picture is her reward.I want to be just like her!  And thanks to the upcoming challenge, I WILL BE.And you are welcome to join me!  Just…
  • How do you want to look and feel on July 1?

    Nenette AM
    28 May 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Okay, beautiful hotties, it's time.  I need to shake off all the winter ick and get ready for the beach.Yes, I was totally bad this winter.  Thanks to my nutritional program, it's not as bad as it could've been.But still... it's time for the bloating to go!That's why I'm doing another cleanse -- and this time, a bunch of us are doing it! Yes, this is the same program that changed my life, and made me even hotter than I thought possible.  Seriously.The 30-Days Until Summer Challenge starts next Monday, and I'm super excited to get my summer body back.  I'd love to have some…
  • 7th Annual Life Candy Top 5: Who's on YOUR list?

    Nenette AM
    5 May 2014 | 10:03 am
    It's that time of the year again, my beautiful sweeties!  It's time once again for the Life Candy Top 5 List!Every year, on the 5th day of the 5th month, we take on that very, very serious project of selecting the 5 hottest celebrities we have permission to fool around with.This is strictly physical, people.  No longterm relationships.  Just a fun one night stand.  Or an afternoon.  Or even an hour.  Don't go thinking this is going to go anywhere serious.  I will not bail you out of jail if you suddenly get it in your head to do a Glenn Close/Fatal…
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    Joshua Bryce Newman

  • Todoist

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    For years and years, I managed all of my tasks, projects, goals and ideas using a handful of text files that I wrangled in the text editor BBEdit. It was nerdy and time-consuming, but also completely bespoke; the approach fit my workflow, and evolved over time as my working style did, too. Along the way, I briefly tried out pretty much every task management software that existed. Some, like The Hit List or Omnifocus, I even stuck with for a couple of weeks. But, inevitably, I’d end up chafing under a program’s structure, or run into problems with its stability and data security,…
  • Time Machine

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Courtesy of my parents, a birthday look back at where it all began: As Jess points out, while I don’t yet look like myself at a day old, I do by a year; by a year and a half, I’m apparently already more or the less the guy I am today.
  • Countdown

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Last day of 34. As a birthday gift to myself, I’m dropping my worst habit: bullshitting / lying / ‘selling’ / whatever. It’s gotten me into trouble in the past, and I’m sick of it. I’m calling a do-over, quitting it cold turkey, and starting 35 fresh. Wish me luck. As Samuel Butler once observed, “life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.”
  • Haiku

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    “Barn’s burnt down - Now I can see the moon.” – Masahide
  • Homeward Bound

    29 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I remember, when I was younger, watching the movie Homeward Bound, and wondering how good a dog’s sense of direction was in real life. At least in the case of Gemelli, I can now say: problematically good. Gem not only remembers where things are, he also has strong ideas about when we should visit them. When he comes with me to work, for example, he always drags me to the pet store, many blocks away, even if it’s been months since his last visit. He knows where all the pet stores are in our home neighborhood, too, as well as all the TD Banks (where he can find water and free…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • The Anatomy of Etiquette: How to Be an Old School Gentleman From Head to Toe

    Brett & Kate McKay
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Editor’s note: There are a lot of ways to categorize the rules of etiquette: business, dinner, conversational, and so on. One of my favorite old etiquette books included another, most clever method: by your anatomy. In Esquire Etiquette, which was published in 1954 in Great Britain, there’s a section that breaks down a man’s essential manners by body part. It’s a little long, but a cheeky and very enjoyable read. And while some of the advice is quite old fashioned (not many men today wear a hat they can alternately tip and lift), much of it still remains relevant for…
  • The AoM 500,000 Facebook Fans Saddleback Leather Giveaway

    Brett & Kate McKay
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    A few days ago, we reached 500,000 Facebook fans on the Art of Manliness Facebook page. To say thank you to all our loyal fans for helping us reach this milestone, we’ve teamed up with the good folks at Saddleback Leather Company for a giveaway of epic proportions. If you aren’t familiar with Saddleback products, visit their site and take a look around. Their stuff is ruggedly handsome and built to last. Here’s what is up for grabs in this giveaway: Grand Prize: Thin Briefcase, Notepad Holder, and Bifold Wallet The first name we draw will win this amazing prize package worth…
  • A Man’s Guide to Swimwear

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For most of human history, recreational swimming was done naked. Our 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt himself, often took nude plunges into the Potomac. And men’s high school and college swim teams would even train in the nude well into the 20th century. Men’s swimsuits of the past were modest, full-body deals, that could be knitted for you by Aunt Myrtle. Outside of all-male groups, men were expected to cover up. Clothing that one wore specifically for swimming was firstly a modesty garment, and a practical garment second. Swimsuit regulations were the strictest in the U.S. in…
  • The Challenge Response: How Stress Can Be Good for You

    Brett & Kate McKay
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    this story is brought to you by vapor-distilled smartwater, who found unique inspiration for their water by looking up to the sky. we hope the change in perspective this piece offers will help inspire you. Pick up any health magazine or visit any wellness website and you’re bound to see headlines like: “10 Ways to Eliminate Stress!” “How Stress Is Killing You (and Your Sex Drive!)” “25 Secrets for a Stress Free Work Day!” And if you were to catalog modern consumer goods, you’d find that many are designed to reduce stress and increase comfort: central heating and air…
  • The Health Benefits of Cold Showers [VIDEO]

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    If you enjoyed today’s post on the surprising benefits of stress, and want to start intentionally adding some healthy stress to your life, a regular cold shower is a great place to start. Here’s a video that covers the many benefits of this mind-steeling, body-rejuvenating habit. For more on cold showers, check out this post on showering like James Bond. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Edited by Jordan Crowder
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  • Faroe Islands, Waterfalls

    Jon Armstrong
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The Faroe Islands have waterfalls. Just in case you didn't know that information. The post Faroe Islands, Waterfalls appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands: Fuglafjørður, Vidareidi and Klaksvík

    Jon Armstrong
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed On Friday, we spent time driving to Fuglafjørður for a […] The post Faroe Islands: Fuglafjørður, Vidareidi and Klaksvík appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Sea of Fog

    Jon Armstrong
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed This was shot heading back to Tórshavn from Gjógv. Watc […] The post Faroe Islands, Sea of Fog appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Kirkjugøta

    Jon Armstrong
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Unedited iphone shot near Kirkjugøta. Between jet lag a […] The post Faroe Islands, Kirkjugøta appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Sandavágur, Witch’s Finger

    Jon Armstrong
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Getting out to see this formation was an audible called […] The post Faroe Islands, Sandavágur, Witch’s Finger appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Going The Wong Way

  • Florida 2014

    Derek Wong
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Pictures from a recent trip to Florida. Check out the full Florida 2014 Gallery for more!
  • Europe 2013

    Derek Wong
    26 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Check out the full Europe 2013 gallery
  • Do You Believe In Luck?

    Derek Wong
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Luck is a strange thing. People believe that it’s out there helping or hurting them. They believe that it is a force to be reckoned with. With countless other things in the world people take to rationalism. They deny spirituality, mysticism, and definitely things like Christianity. But all around us people have ideas ingrained in their minds about luck. Some examples: You dare not shave your playoff beard Saying “good luck” to someone before they go on stage for a performance Don’t do anything to annoy or bother evil spirits If you win a game doing a certain routine,…
  • When Selfishness Surpasses Logic

    Derek Wong
    7 Dec 2013 | 11:10 am
    I was out for lunch on a Sunday afternoon in Chinatown. The restaurant that my group went to was mostly full, but we were able to get a table in a back room. It wasn’t ideally placed since it was awkwardly positioned relative to another large table, but it was definitely better than having to wait. I sat near the large table with my back to it and at some point later on in the meal my lunch mates indicated for me to look behind me. Lo and behold there was an elderly Chinese woman sitting with her chair positioned so that I could not move back any further. This wouldn’t be a…
  • Surprising Things My Coworkers Never Learned

    Derek Wong
    31 Aug 2013 | 9:17 pm
    After a few years on the job, I have seen a number of things that I find rather peculiar. While I wouldn’t say that I meet people from all walks of life, I have met quite an assortment of people. I have realized that people are different from me. Some of them are very different from me. Take these examples: Cutting other people off while they’re talking. It seems that people need to get a word in edgewise, and they find that the best time is when someone else is talking. Food service help. Some people are very helpful when it comes to preparing food for company events (e.g., BBQ,…
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Shops of Positano, Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Cobblestone streets, grapevine draped buildings, and adorable shops of Positano, a charming town located on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. (Visited 22 times, 22 visits today)The post PHOTO: Shops of Positano, Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Sunset in Positano Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: In Positano Italy, sunset drenches houses that cascade down the cliff toward the Tyrrhenian Sea in golden light. If you plan a visit to this lovely little town along the Amalfi Coast, bring comfortable shoes, as it is all up and down. (Visited 118 times, 118 visits today)The post PHOTO: Sunset in Positano Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Cobblestone Streets and Shops of Amalfi Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Window shopping along cobblestone streets of Amalfi Italy, where overhead bridges span the narrow lanes and limestone cliffs tower in the background. (Visited 64 times, 64 visits today)The post PHOTO: Cobblestone Streets and Shops of Amalfi Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • The Siren Call of Italy’s Amalfi Coast

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The song of the Sirens was too much for even Odysseus, so how could I be expected to resist? Some years ago I was raving about the beauty of Cinque Terre, five cliffside villages on the Italian Riviera in northwest Italy. Calmly, my companion turned to me and remarked, “If you think Cinque Terre is beautiful, you should see the Amalfi Coast.” That was all it took. One simple mention and the Amalfi Coast was permanently branded on my brain. Villages cascade down rugged cliffs on the Amalfi Coast I had only a vague idea where the Amalfi Coast was (somewhere in southern Italy) so…
  • PHOTO: Piazza Duomo in Amalfi, Italy

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Piazza Duomo in Amalfi, Italy, here seen from the balcony of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, is the the heart and soul of the town. (Visited 69 times, 69 visits today)The post PHOTO: Piazza Duomo in Amalfi, Italy appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Redefining Friendship

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

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

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last summer, the feeds in my various social media channels blew up with articles on modesty. How low is too low when it comes to necklines? One piece or two piece swimsuits (or, the generally-church-camp-approved tankini?) Spaghetti straps, tanks, or sleeveless? AND THE PLIGHT OF THE YOGA PANTS (oh, but it’s okay if your butt is covered!) And then articles followed on what Paul meant when he spoke of modesty (more of a financial context), how men (and women) are responsible for their thoughts and actions (pluck out your eye, sinner! it’s not my fault you can’t look at me…
  • Surrender and Self-Sufficiency in the Church

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    When I was nineteen years old, my grandfather was in his final hours of life after a long fight with cancer. He called each of his grandchildren into his room one at a time. I leaned over his fragile frame in order to hear the last words he would ever speak to me. He didn’t have the strength to open his eyes and could barely whisper the six words he spoke. “Never give up on church.” I told him I wouldn’t. But in order to keep my promise, I’d need to start making some significant changes in my life…like, actually going to church again. I had been out for a good three years,…
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  • Tavarnelle – Tuscany’s Hidden Secret

    Alex Berger
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    For those with a sense of adventure and a lust for discovery there are bountiful wonders to be enjoyed beyond Florence’s historic old city.  It starts with a southerly trip down Via del Serragli to the massive wooden gates of the Porta Romana.  This, the old gate to Rome, serves as a modern day portal
  • Ponte Vecchio At Night – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    When I close my eyes and dream of Florence there is one image that always comes to mind.  It is the sight of the Ponte Vecchio at night, lit by the soft golden hues of street lamps as their mild light warms and illuminates the yellow, amber, and orange paint that covers Florence’s buildings like a
  • My First Time At The Roskilde Music Festival

    Alex Berger
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    I was deep in thought, a conversation about something that seemed relevant at the time raging as my friend and I lugged our heavily-laden backpacks down the road toward our campsite in the B section of Roskilde’s sprawling camping area. So, it was with some surprise that I looked up and realized that the chain
  • 18 Of Denmark’s Best Instagrammers

    Alex Berger
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    With just three hours of darkness during Denmark’s summer nights, the pre-dusk twilight known to photographers as “the golden hour” finds itself morphed from an elusive 60 minutes at the end of the day to a luxurious window that lasts much, much, longer during the summer months.  In winter, when the role of night and
  • The Copenhagen Color Run – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    What is the old saying? Boys will be boys? In June Copenhagen hosted the Color Run, a very laid back (don’t let my friends in this photo fool you) social marathon that focuses more on crazy outfits and colored powder than times or athletic dominance.  Inspired heavily by the Holi Festival which is a Hindu religious
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Photos for the Office

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times over the past week or two, Marlboro Man and I have been poring through my old hard drives to find photos that we can print and hang in the new office (it’ll be ready next week!) We want to include a mix of family and livestock, scenery and fun, and I’m so glad we’ve spent the time pulling out some of our favorites. I won’t caption these; I just wanted to share a handful of the shots we’re printing. These are more recent; later today I’ll be working on some from several years ago when the kids were tiny. I’ll…
  • American Gothic

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Marlboro Man and I have just about finished combing through the 4,564,499,243,487,776 (give or take a dozen) photos in my various hard drives from the past eight years, and we’re whittling down the ones we want to print for the office. Naturally, we’ve had to flip through a lot of bad, out-of-focus, repetitive shots in order to find a few we really like, but fortunately, we’ve got a nice folder full of jewels.     I shared one of these back when I snapped it (in 2009, I believe.) There are so many things about it that make me cry, not the least of which is the fact…
  • The Engagement Party

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    This is Haley. She’s from our small town and used to babysit my kids when she was in high school, then again when she came home from college every summer. Haley and her family have gone to church with us for years, and to say they’re important to us is the understatement of the day/week/month/year/decade/century/millennium. I’ve watched Haley grow up from a young girl with a beautiful heart to a grown woman…with an even more beautiful heart. I love her more’n my luggage. So when she became engaged some time ago, my sister-in-law Missy and I knew we wanted to host…
  • Charlie in Slow Motion

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Oh, Charlie. Ohhhh, Charlie. So night before last, I’m on my walk/run/walk with the dogs and I decide to shoot a video of Charlie in all his Alpha Dog glory, barking at the horses in a feeble attempt to get them to respond at all, which they never do, because if you were a horse, would you even bat an eyelash at a Basset Hound? I didn’t think so. For some reason, I inadvertently flipped my phone setting to its slow motion feature rather than the regular video setting… And here were there results. Note: Please turn up the volume on your computer. You need to be able to hear…
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    As I’ve been documenting on PW Home and Garden, our office in the new/old building we’re renovating is just about finished. When we move in (in about two weeks, and I really mean it this time), it’ll be a much-needed ranch office for Marlboro Man, Tim, and their dad, as well as a little office space for me and all my Pioneer Woman stuff for the times (every nine years or so) I come to town, as well as a nice spot for all the kids to do their schoolwork outside of our homestead. We’re all getting really excited, as it’s been a long time since we’ve had a…
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    Boss Sanders

  • As of today, July 14, 2014

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I am thinking… So, last post, I wrote that I was curious about what my hubby had planned for date night.  He definitely delivered. He created an AWESOME “getaway” with sheets and blankets and pillows.  He made an elaborate tent with candlelight (it was safe, I promise) and we had a movie night.  We needed an at-home FREE date, so this was PERFECT. For my turn, I had one of the kids deliver this to hubby: But then, in a duck and fire move, I accidentally hit him in the eye.  Almost blinding your husband puts a bit of a damper on the evening.  So, in an effort to be a little…
  • For Today, July 3, 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Say “Hello” to Super Little Red Princess No-Eyes! Outside my window… It’s a sun-shiney day! I am thinking… about date ideas! Last week, we did this: We headed to a studio to paint… We both chose “Parisian” themes…  and set to work… It was hubby’s first time EVER to paint.  He did a great job!  –And, we both had a lot of fun! Last night, we had an impromptu date night… created a new recipe that ended like this: It was… YUMMY!  No idea what I’m going to call it in my recipe journal… but, it’s…
  • My Husband Doesn’t Complete Me.

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As a girl, I remember scribbling my initials, dreaming up who my version of “Prince Charming” would be.  As I got older, I began to pray for the man who would know me, love me, and fill in the broken places of my heart.  -My soul mate.  He would “get me” and I, him.  We’d be perfect, together, you see.  We’d complete each other and be whole again. Turns out, that’s a bunch of crap. When my husband didn’t turn out to be the perfect prince I had expected, I thought I’d made a mistake.  That, perhaps, I’d misheard God’s…
  • FAQ – The Homeschooling Edition, PART 2!

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    If you missed PART ONE, you can find it HERE!  Go on over and read the first part and I’ll wait here. Okay, are you ready? Here we go! How do you weed through curriculum to decide? I weigh several factors when choosing curriculum: 1.  The cost.  Also, what is the value of everything I’m getting?  If it’s a curriculum, is it priced in a way that is cheaper than if I bought it separately, and if the curriculum publisher wrote their own books, are they priced and of the same value as others I can get?  (Some families also choose materials with high re-sell value. …
  • FAQ – The Homeschooling Edition

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I was recently asked to write a FAQ about homeschooling – and, so …here it is!  This isn’t a “I have everything PERFECT – LOOK AT ME!” post.  This is also not a “Homeschooling is better than Private or Public Schooling.”  I have many friends who are educators in many different arenas and we have friends with children who are coming from all sorts of educational backgrounds.  It’s more of a … “This is how we do it and are mostly sane.” Is homeschooling “hard”? I struggle with answering this one. …
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Back Into The Woods

    Britt Reints
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Join the conversation at Back Into The Woods. When you live in an RV for a year, you learn how to make a really good s’mores. You also learn how to pick a good campsite, how to waterproof everything you own, and how to cook a complete meal over an open flame. You learn what it feels like and sounds like to walk on real ground. You learn you can be comfortable even if your feet are dirty or your clothes don’t match, but also that you can get perfectly clean and presentable with surprisingly few supplies. You learn that it’s easy to forget what you look like in beautiful…
  • Why It’s Good to Have a Comfort Zone

    Britt Reints
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join the conversation at Why It’s Good to Have a Comfort Zone. We hear a lot about comfort zones. Mostly how they’re bad. But is comfort really such a bad thing? Not always. I was chatting with my friend Shannon the other day about a talk she’s preparing and she shared a really cool metaphor with me: “When I went to Jamaica on my honeymoon, we walked along the beach right up to where the resort property ended. At the boundary there was a man with a huge machine gun, and he told us we could leave the resort if we wanted – if we wanted to stroll past the guy…
  • Stop Saying You Should Be Happy

    Britt Reints
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Join the conversation at Stop Saying You Should Be Happy. This week’s video is about giving up on the idea that you SHOULD be happy. I met a man recently who told me that he had the perfect job: good pay, lots of freedom, great boss – he said he knew that any sensible person would look at his life and say he was lucky and he should be happy. But, he confessed to me, he has an overwhelming sense that something is missing, that he’s not really as happy as he could be. When I heard that, I immediately flashed back to my own past when I also tried to tell myself I SHOULD be…
  • Happiness Interview: Pet Photographer Jenny Karlsson

    Britt Reints
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview: Pet Photographer Jenny Karlsson. I met Jenny through a woman’s entrepreneur group here in Pittsburgh, and this year I got to know her a lot better when we were in a mastermind together. Two things amaze me about Jenny: her hustle and her job description. First of all, no one hustles as hard as Jenny. She started her business while working a full-time job and she never seems to slow down or complain, constantly showing up and doing her very best work every time. I admire the hell out of that. And then there’s her business: pet…
  • How Feminism (And Other Isms) Should On Us

    Britt Reints
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:20 am
    Join the conversation at How Feminism (And Other Isms) Should On Us. A few weeks ago I got an email from a 23-year-old woman, Liberty, who had watched my TEDx talk. After reading her email, I asked if I could share it with you because I was struck by the nature and source of her shoulds. From her email (emphasis mine): Listening to what you had to say made me realize that I have, up until now, been living my life based on “shoulds”. … I refused to go into any career that is dominated by females (like the fashion industry) because intelligent women “should” use…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • Evan’s DC Adventure – Day Three

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    While day one’s theme was walk until everyone drops and day two’s theme was fireworks, day three’s theme was family. Evan and his cousin played with their food together at breakfast where I heard, “It’s chicken o’clock” TWICE in the same restaurant. That saying sounded so southern that I’m disappointed I haven’t heard it all my life. The cousins tolerated my need to photograph the National Cathedral before they played on one of the best school playgrounds I have ever visited at Beauvoir Elementary. We snacked at Dolcezza, where someone…
  • We speak “married”

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    She: “We should go to that place near the lamp store where you didn’t buy shades.” He: “The Professor from War Games moved to that spot. The place you’re thinking of is by the yoga bakery that you like.” She: “Oh, good. I’m ready to leave now.” He: “Lemme get my pocket stuff.”
  • window into their souls

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    This is probably my favorite picture from the entire DC adventure. As I took it, I implored the two of them to stop leaning over the edge. My requests transformed them into Dickinson and Poe. They had a detailed, matter-of-fact conversation about falling and death that seemed perfectly appropriate in the gothic setting. It continued until they remembered that they were thirsty. While the twenty minute “dying of thirst” whines were less poetic than the gazebo chat, they were infinitely funnier.
  • restless mind

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    You twist and flip on your left And then your flop on your right One hand’s under pillows You pull your blanket tight But it’s the kicking legs You really fear going insane You can’t stay asleep again You can’t stay asleep again *Apologies to Rocky Horror
  • Evan’s DC Adventure – Day Two

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Evan’s first day in DC was humid and exhausting. For day two, we slowed things down and focused on settling in somewhere to wait for fireworks. The only fault in our plan was the absence of a cooler full of drinks and a post-fireworks exit plan. Before settling in for the fireworks, we visited the MLK Memorial. It was my first visit there and it is the perfect neighbor for the FDR Memorial. How the naysayers can’t see the in-your-face symbolism of moving mountains is odd. This memorial does seem less complete than the FDR Memorial and that may be by design to symbolize the…
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  • 29 Jun 2014 | 9:24 pm

    Simply Stork
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:24 pm
                                 Happy little daisies, that’s what these flowers are.  They always bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.  May you find something today that brings you a little grin.  Because that is where the hope begins. ~simply~
  • Summer bits and bobs

    Simply Stork
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:15 pm
      I have had the most wonderful days.  Hope you are enjoying your summer. ~simply~
  • Afternoon delights

    Simply Stork
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:59 pm
      Enjoying all my afternoon delights.  Receiving flowers from boys is always nice :o)  Summer snow dancing on the wind. Scouting out all salmon berries to be found.  Walks in the woods.  And watching the littlest one dig for buried treasures by the shore of a rushing river.  So much enjoyment. Now go and find some afternoon delights of your own…it will be worth it. ~simply~
  • Birds on The Wires

    Simply Stork
    29 May 2014 | 6:21 am
     I am aware that there are many moments in each day when there is a song playing.  Sometimes it’s In the songs birds sing, or the sound of children laughing, or even the sound of the city in all it’s hustle and bustle…but this artist takes it to a whole new level.  Take a look at how a song is made from the way these birds are sitting on a wire.                Now go and find some music of your own.~simply~
  • Outings

    Simply Stork
    25 May 2014 | 10:31 pm
                With the beautiful weather as of late, we have been taking more and more outings.  It is so nice to pack up a lunch and hit the road.  We live in a beautiful area with many parks and trails to spend days like these.  I find myself planning the next trip on the eve of visiting each one.  May there be many more to follow in the future.   Enjoy your outings friends. ~simply~
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    Mo's Marketplace

  • With All Due Respect…

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

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

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

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Though relatively unheralded in baseball lore, the unassisted triple play (UTP) is a far more rare occurrence than the perfect game. There have been 23-perfect games in the history of professional baseball – and as anyone who was paying attention to the 2010 baseball season, we know Armando Gallaraga of the Detroit Tigers was hosed of a perfect game on an umpires’ untimely gaff. There have actually been several more games that could in theory be perfect games, but by a 1991 rules redefinition they were written out of the records books. A 12-inning perfect game was wiped out…
  • NHL’s Original Six

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Anyone familiar with the National Hockey League (NHL) knows the “Original Six:” The Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. These 6-franchises are the legacy of the “original” NHL teams before the league doubled in size in 1967 to 12-teams. Growing up, I had the opportunity to watch the last two active players from the “Original Six” era play -Wayne Cashman and Rogie Vachon - but I missed watching the last player in the NHL until 1967 who played for an NHL team that was not part…
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • Reliable Reach

    David J. Hinson
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Last week in Orlando, Social Fresh held the Social Fresh EAST conference, a single-track social media event with no panels, and all speakers given 25 minutes to bring their best social mojo to the stage. And they did. I won’t attempt to do justice by recapping the awesome content presented over a two day period. But I will try and relate how one concept, Reliable Reach (expounded upon by social marketer extraordinare Jay Baer) is not just a problem in Social Media, but is a more general problem in even extremely localized marketing and communications. Imagine you are a person of…
  • #College_CIO – What Are the Challenges of the Higher Ed CIO?

    David J. Hinson
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    What are the challenges facing today’s Higher Ed CIOs? Some of these you’ll immediately recognize; others will soon demand your undivided attention.
  • Thank You, Purple Cow!

    David J. Hinson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    A very special thank you goes out to the Conway Purple Cow for hosting an Ice Cream Social for residents of Hendrix Village last evening. They are a great addition to the Village neighborhood, and have added vitality to an already vibrant corner of the Conway business community.   You can check out the Purple Cow online, here.
  • Drop the Digital – Please.

    David J. Hinson
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s time to drop Digital from everything. Digital Humanities. Digital Marketing. Digital Branding. Digital Agencies. Just stop. Now. Because Humanities are Humanities, not Digital Humanities. Marketing is Marketing, not Digital Marketing. Agencies are Agencies, not Digital Agencies. You get my drift. Several long-standing local agencies have recently “rebranded”, in order to emphasize digital as (somehow) something now key to their DNA (as opposed to whatever they were made of for all the years prior). I saw a similar phenomena happen fifteen years ago, when companies…
  • Village Sunset

    David J. Hinson
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
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    Simple Marriage

  • Comfort Sex

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    One thing that separates humans from all other species is our ability to make meaning out of things. The meaning we place on the things in our life are often more important than the things themselves. It’s not money, it’s safety from poverty or a way to get what you want. It’s not just a job, it’s a calling or it’s a means to an end. There is one area where meaning runs rampant … sex. It’s how you express love, experience pleasure, demonstrate power, connect, bond, play, submit, manage anxiety, confirm your sexiness, and on and on. So is it possible…
  • I wish you would stop …

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Every marriage, every relationship, is fraught with perpetual problems and issues. It’s common that I will counsel a couple for several sessions, they reach their desired goals, and leave with renewed hope and energy for the marriage – then come back several years later still arguing about the same issues. While each person has changed and gained (or lost) a few pounds and wrinkles, they’re still having the same argument. Perhaps you’ve even seen this in your parent’s marriage, or in your grandparent’s. They fought about the same thing their entire life. One of the leaders in the…
  • Marriage Help, When Your Spouse Isn’t Interested

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    I regularly receive emails from readers looking for help with a struggle in their marriage. They disclose the issues they are having as well as their desire to work on making things better. The biggest reason many people in this type of situation fail to go to counseling is their spouse is uninterested in joining the process. Perhaps they have tried counseling before and not seen any results. Or they may have no interest in counseling since it’s only for “crazy” people. At least that’s what they think. You want to work on the marriage, but your spouse isn’t…
  • Enjoy life

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    I had this story sent to me recently. It’s worth sharing. A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the Mexican. “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?” “I sleep late, fish a little,…
  • Commit to a path

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Over the last several years I’ve invested a lot of effort in the area located between professional therapy in an office with a trained therapist and the information you would learn if you were to buy a book. The picture in my mind is like creating the Legal Zoom of the mental health/marriage therapy world. This path has involved many failures, but also several successes. Simple Marriage definitely is among the successes, as is Blow Up My Marriage, SCORE, and He Said She Said to name a few more. This summer I’m putting together all the successes in to one resource that takes all…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • Forbes Epigrams – 105 Thoughts on Life

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The following 105 epigrams–or wise, pithy statements–on life by B.C. Forbes were taken from the book “Forbes Epigrams: 1000 Thoughts on Life and Business” which is now in the public domain. 1. The most profitless thing to manufacture is excuses. 2. To fill your job, fill your mind. 3. Sturdy trees grow slowly. 4. The [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Keys to Success – B.C. Forbes

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    This is from an essay which B.C. Forbes, a Scottish financial journalist and author who founded Forbes Magazine, wrote in 1917 called “Keys to Success”: Your success depends upon you. Your happiness depends upon you. You have to steer your own course. You have to shape your own fortune. You have to educate yourself. You have [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Increase Your Willpower and Self-Control with Reward Substitution

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    The amount of willpower or self-control that you have is one of the best predictors of how successful you’ll be. If you have poor self-control you probably overspend, overeat, and procrastinate. On the other hand, if you have high levels of self-control you probably follow a healthy diet, exercise, save, and are good at getting [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 20 Questions to Ask Yourself

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The 20 questions below were taken from the book “How to Turn Your Ability Into Cash”, by Earl Prevette. They’re worth pondering. 1. What is my attitude toward myself, toward other people, toward God, toward my neighbor, and toward my job? 2. Do I think and act positively? 3. Am I tolerant and considerate of [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 14 Ways to Be Uber Creative

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Here are 14 ways to be uber creative: 1.Look to Nature for Inspiration. Velcro was inspired by nature. The Swiss Georges de Mestral–the inventor of Velcro– noticed how the sticky seed heads of burdock plants attached themselves to his pants and to his dog’s fur after they went for walks in the woods. Under a [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Handy Man Fix Home Repair

  • Taking Care of Stained Wooden Floors

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    Whether you live in an old house that has original wooden floors, or if you have a pet problem with staining, taking care of stained wooden floors doesn’t have to be difficult. Before you think about replacing expensive wooden floors, there are a few options that you can try that are much more cost effective. These simple solutions may help you save quite a bit of money. The first step to take is to determine what the stain is, if at all possible. If you are dealing with pet stains, then the cause should be obvious. This can be a problem, especially if urine or feces have soaked through the…
  • Review of Basements Step by Step Projects

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Creative Homeowner's series on home improvements includes this title and it is well worth the read. It's a short read, coming in at around 80 pages, but don't let the size fool you. Basements Step by Step Projects is packed with information and projects that will have you turning your basement into a paradise during your weekends. It's intended audience is beginners or those with at least some DIY experience. It probably won't have enough information for a professional, but for the right audience, this is an invaluable book. It starts with how to plan out your basement changes in a logical…
  • The Complete Home Improvement Perspective

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    There are lots of people these days that consider themselves good handy people.  These people are fond of bragging about their complete home improvement skills and all of the projects they have managed to put together.  If you are listening to some of these people, you may just be tempted to follow in their footsteps and start putting together some of your own home improvement projects so that you can start feeling good about yourself and save some money in the process.  Well, before you do that, here are some things that you are going to need to do in order to get the full perspective.
  • Common Air-Conditioning Issues

    How To Fix
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    In hot weather air-conditioning can be something of a life-saver. Whether it is air conditioning hire or you are buying an air conditioning, we often don't realise just how much we rely on good air-conditioning until it's taken away from us. Our first instincts may be to call an engineer to take a look at what's wrong, but common issues are often easily fixed with a simple bit of air-conditioning maintenance. Noise Few air-conditioners are completely silent, but this doesn't mean we should put up with noisy air-conditioning. You might find at first that the noise from your air-conditioner…
  • Review of CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner claims to be fast and easy. Supposedly you only need to wipe and rinse, as seen on TV. What it is: CLR is an instant cleaner for plastic or resin, rattan, wicker, wood, wrought iron, vinyl, PVC, and canvas furniture. On top of that it is biodegradable and will not harm grass. Other pluses: It supposedly helps protect from fading and discoloration. It is supposed to inhibit mildew. It is also supposed to absorb ultraviolet light. And it is supposed to protect metal. Before you start: The directions say to test the product on an inconspicuous spot for color safety.
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • So Long...

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
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  • Less traveled

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.  ~Jane GoodallOne person can make a difference, and everyone should try.   ~ John F. KennedyWe all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.   ~Bill ClintonIt's amazing the differenceA bit of sky can make.   ~Shel SilversteinTwo roads diverged in the wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.  ~ Robert FrostAct as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~…
  • Our Ultimate Freedom

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.  ~ Henry David ThoreauEnergy is contagious: either you affect people or you infect people.  ~ T. Harv EkerThe greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.  ~Bob MarleyIt is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.   ~William JamesOur ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.  ~…
  • Different, yet the Same

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Diversity is the most basic principle of creation.  No two snowflakes, blades of grass or people are alike.  ~ Lynn Maria LaitalaYour significance is not in your similarity to others. It is in your differences.  ~ Mike MurdockWe all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.  ~ Anne Frank Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.  ~ Malcolm S. ForbesIt is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.  ~ Maya AngelouIf we cannot end our differences at…
  • The Fairest Blossom

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.  ~Ma Jaya SatiRather than turning over a new leaf, prune your tree so that new leaves continue to blossom.    ~Feroz BhamLet us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls happy.  ~ Marcel ProustGratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.  ~ Henry Ward BeecherThought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.  ~ Ralph Waldo EmersonQuotes about blossom
  • With Each Step

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.   ~David Lloyd GeorgeBut you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time.   ~Lauren OliverA journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.   ~ Lao TzuIt is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones as merely steps on the path and to proceed.  ~ Ram DassThe mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Bruce Braley Skipped VA’s FY2013 Budget Hearing

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Congressman Skipped 78 Percent Of His VA HearingsDES MOINES – While 18 of his colleagues of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee convened to discuss the FY2013 budget for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Washington liberal Bruce Braley was once again nowhere to be found.Braley has missed 78 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings, including an important oversight hearing and another regarding the nationwide problems within the VA.“Whether it’s skipping a VA hearing on performance and accountability or the annual budget hearing of the Department of…
  • Senator Rand Paul Headlines Fundraiser for Dr. Miller-Meeks

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    OTTUMWA, IOWA – Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is excited to announce that fellow ophthalmolgist Senator Rand Paul (R – Kentucky) will be headlining a fundraiser for her campaign on Tuesday, August 5th in Iowa City.“It is an honor to have Senator Rand Paul join our campaign for an event during his visit to Iowa,” said Dr. Miller-Meeks. “We both know that the dysfunction in Washington is unsustainable and, as eye doctors, we understand it will take vision to get America back on track. Iowans need better health care reforms, higher take-home pay, and accountability in…
  • Persecuted Movie Review: Thanksgiving Turkey Comes Early

    Tom Thurlow
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Back when my wife and I would often go to movies with other couples, I would tell a joke that “if I were a movie producer, what I would do is read Variety and keep track of the next blockbuster movie being made.  Then I would make a similar movie, with a similar name, but extremely low budget.  That way, when the blockbuster movie comes out and the ticket-buyers circle the block for it, maybe some of them will settle for my movie instead of waiting in line for the blockbuster.  Or maybe some people will just get confused and go to my movie instead of the blockbuster.  Either way,…
  • Federal Discrimination Against Religion?

    Mark Tooley
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Religious groups will not receive an exemption from an executive order signed this morning by President Barack Obama banning “discrimination” based on sexual orientation or “gender identity” by federal contractors.The order adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of specially protected categories that apply to federal contractors, and it adds gender identity to sexual orientation as a protected category for federal employees. The order could institutionalize federal discrimination against all religious groups and persons affirming natural marriage,…
  • Iowa GOP Announces Experienced Communications Team

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    DES MOINES—The Republican Party of Iowa (RPI) has hired a team of top-flight communicators to promote the party’s message to Iowa citizens and journalists as the Iowa GOP strengthens its operations in advance of the 2014 general election.“The Iowa GOP will be laser-focused over the next two-and-a-half months on informing Iowans about Republican candidates up and down the ticket. The slate of GOP candidates this year is perhaps the best in my lifetime.” said Jeff Kaufmann, RPI’s chairman and a former leader in the Iowa House of Representatives.“RPI’s…
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  • The Balance Between Disability Pride and Being Realistic about a Severe Disability

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Disability pride is something every person with a disability deserves to have. We should all be proud of who we are. At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that living with a disability can be hard. People with disabilities face many barriers, and some of those barriers may be health related. I am proud that I have friends who believe they are perfect the way they are. They do not seek cures, or treatments, because they see their disability as an extension of who they are. One of the biggest divides in our community is between those who are happy as they are, and those who are desperate…
  • People with Disabilities Deserve to be Independent

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unless you know someone with a disability, you probably aren’t aware of all of the barriers we face, when trying to become independent, self-sufficient citizens. We are about to see a great boom in the elderly population. While elderly individuals face many of the same issues those of us with disabilities face, there are significant differences, as well. So, while the elderly will be taking up some of the resources that those of us with disabilities need, many of them have already contributed in the workforce. They are retiring. There are many people with disabilities who want to work.
  • One of the Biggest Issues Facing LGBT Individuals with Severe Physical Disabilities

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:35 pm
    I had the honor of going to the White House for the first forum on LGBT and Disability Issues. It was one of the most inspiring, empowering events I’ve attended. I did wish there was more time to discuss issues pertinent to our communities, but the great thing about this forum is that it’s opened up the channels of discussion. One of my questions was for Dr. Matt Heinz, Director of Patient and LGBT Outreach at the Department of Health and Human Services. His work deals with encouraging independence and self-sustainability. I wanted to know what was being done to address a very…
  • When the Government Affects our Rights

    11 Jun 2014 | 11:50 pm
    I am trying really hard to express my thoughts without offending anyone. I have had the thought to write this post so many times before here on this website. However, I have struggled with the right way to express what I’m thinking in a way that is not disparaging to certain people’s beliefs. I also have some family and friends who just don’t understand why I feel the way I do, so I’m going to try to explain it here. I remember when I was a kid, in the 1980s. Growing up in the 80s was a lot different than what kids go through today. Politically speaking, most kids…
  • Yes, I am your Token Trans Friend

    5 Jun 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Let’s face it. I am probably your token trans friend. I am probably the first person you go to when you have questions about transgender topics. I’m fine with that. I fully believe that education is the way to achieve acceptance. I am the best person to educate you on transgender issues. However, with any friendship comes a sense of responsibility. It is a responsibility to recognize that just because I am your token transgender friend does not mean that I need to see every single piece of transgender literature that comes across your computer. Recently, the parents of a young boy…
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  • The Best Lens Options for Your Pentax DSLR

    Jordon Cooper
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    So if you are like me, you own a Pentax DSLR. You love your camera but the lens selection is paltry compared to Canon or Nikon and of course you hear photographers tells you that there isn’t the good glass to go with Pentax.  Even many local camera shops don’t have a great section despite them selling a lot of Pentax K-3 and K-5 IIs cameras in the last year.   So what do you do?  First of all you take a look around online and see what is there.  If you are reading this page, there is a good chance that you are doing just that.  To help you with your search, I have listed around 25…
  • Where the Wild Things Die

    Jordon Cooper
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    From Foreign Policy South Africa is home to roughly 80 percent of the world’s remaining rhinos, which number about 20,405 white rhinos and 5,055 black rhinos, according to conservation group Save the Rhino. But that population is in danger of imminent collapse due to a recent, dramatic increase in poaching. This is fueled by Asia’s reinvigorated appetite for the animal’s horn, prized for its alleged curative properties and mark of wealth; rampant corruption in South Africa; and soaring international prices on the black market. As a result, there is a multimillion-dollar…
  • Flickr: Oliver

    Jordon Cooper
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    As I mentioned before, I gave Oliver my old Fujifilm J10 for his birthday.  The camera has served me well but it is obsolete and has been replaced.  That being said, it is perfect for a six year old who loves taking photos. To show off those photos, Oliver is now on Flickr at  His perspective is a little lower to the ground than most of us but he manages to get some fun shots.  Since your first 10,000 photos are going to be your worst, he is well ahead of many of us in that regard. Of course the bad news is that he still can barely read and doesn’t have a…
  • Japan earthquake has raised pressure below Mount Fuji, says new study

    Jordon Cooper
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Geological disturbances caused by 2011 tremors mean active volcano is in a ‘critical state’, say scientific researchers So should Japan be on red alert? “We cannot establish a direct relation of cause and effect between quakes and volcanic eruptions, even if statistically the former lead to an increase in the latter,” Brenguier says. “All we can say is that Mount Fuji is now in a state of pressure, which means it displays a high potential for eruption. The risk is clearly higher.” Science, however, has no way of predicting when this might happen. But there…
  • I Died Today

    Jordon Cooper
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Heart breaking photo essay about a family dog’s last day on earth.
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    Ibn Ibn Battuta

  • After Epic World Cup, Gavin Reflects on Brazil

    Andrew Farrand
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    Festive street decorations in Salvador da BahiaIn ten great posts over the past few weeks, guest blogger Gavin Lippman has shared his experiences at the 2014 World Cup with all of us back home. Today, Gavin offers his final reflections on the trip.The World Cup has ended and it will be another four years before 32 teams restart the chase for glory, this time in Russia. So as the summer rolls on, talk of the Cup fades away, and I depart my role as a guest blogger for Ibn Ibn Battutta, I wanted to share my thoughts on the World Cup and Brazil.* * *The World Cup is an event truly unlike any…
  • In Germany, Cautious Optimism Finally Pays Off

    Andrew Farrand
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Gavin personally hoisted the (replica) World Cup trophy amid the celebrations in downtown Stuttgart.For the past few weeks, guest blogger Gavin Lippman has been writing about his experiences at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out his tenth entry below, and follow all his posts here. After almost two days of travel, I arrived back in Stuttgart safe and sound.It took a few days to recover from my jetlag and reacquaint myself with the German language and wildly unpredictable weather, but after three weeks on the road in Brazil I was happy to be back in my house. Best of all, I didn’t miss…
  • Following the Cup from Iguazu Falls, a South American Crossroads

    Andrew Farrand
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Guest author Gavin at Iguazu Falls: Living dangerously, or just trying to dry off in the sun?For the past few weeks, guest blogger Gavin Lippman has been writing about his experiences at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out his ninth entry below, and follow all his posts here.It was so tough to leave Rio de Janeiro, I almost didn't make it to Iguazu Falls. I wanted to explore more of the city, lounge on the beaches, and keep relaxing. After the USA qualified for the World Cup's Round of 16, however, I briefly considered returning to Salvador to see the match with my Naval Academy friends,…
  • Six Days in Rio de Janeiro, No Stone Unturned

    Andrew Farrand
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Guest author and converted Brazil enthusiast Gavin posed on the Selarón Steps in Rio.For the past few weeks, guest blogger Gavin Lippman has been writing about his experiences at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out his eighth entry below, and follow all his posts here.I finally reached my guest house in Rio after a long, hectic day of travel that included a missed flight, a run-in with ESPN's Ian Darke, and a trip to Rio's second airport to retrieve my bag. After a week in the smaller, more isolated cities of Natal and Manaus I was happy to be back in a large city with plenty to do.The…
  • Ibn Ibn Battuta, 10 Years On

    Andrew Farrand
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Andrew in downtown Algiers, September 2013.Amid the Algerian cultural musings, the occasional gelato-infused vacation update, and the recent World Cup guest blogging, I wanted to pause briefly to mark a milestone and to thank everyone who reads, reflects on, and sometimes even responds to the stories I share here on Ibn Ibn Battuta.Hard as it is to believe, this month marks 10 years since I first started writing this travel blog.Over the past decade, Ibn Ibn Battuta has known multiple platforms and designs, from its humble beginnings in a ratty notebook to the site you see today, but I have…
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  • The Top 20 Albums of 2000 - No.20 to No.16

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Compiling the best Albums of the year 2000 - Lets starts with the bottom 5Here's a rather ambitious attempt at listing the year 2000's best Albums! Why 2000 you may ask? I feel it was a momentous year with ground-breaking new music, brand new bands and brand new genres. The Y2K millennium bug doomsday clock made it even more enticing!Anyway, lets say I have a love/hate relationship with these "best of the year" lists. I love reading other people's lists to see if there are any potentially great albums I might have missed, but I hate making my own "best of" lists. Part of the reason for this…
  • Non-Stop (2014)

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes reviews this tense airborne thrillerAfter seeing a string of rather disappointing films, FINALLY Non-Stop lifted my spirits. It is cliched but enjoyable garbage in a good way in all the ways Pompeii and I, Frankenstein were not. Liam Neeson plays a US air marshall named Bill Marks and he has seen better days. A borderline alcoholic, a failed marriage and all of the necessary disappointments that are required of this character. Neeson wears it well, too. While on a transatlantic non-stop flight from New York to London, Marks receives texts to his phone that…
  • The Israeli Way to Divide and Conquer

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Third Class Citizens in their own country!The Palestinian people may aspire for a single national identity but sadly Israel even controls that!! Websnacker
  • Elastica - The Menace (2000)

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The second album from the abrasive brit alt punk rockers!In 1995, the female fronted Britpop Alternative Rock Band Elastica headed by ex-Suede members  Justine Frischmann and Justin Welch appeared out of nowhere to score a hit with irresistible "Connection." That song, which borrowed heavily from an older track by Wire, propelled Elastica’s self-titled debut album to the top of the British charts and earned the band a spot on that year’s Lollapalooza tour. Elastica then seemed to disappear almost as quickly as they burst onto the scene – their only new songs in the next…
  • The Counselor (2013)

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes finds this slowburning thriller a sedate but good watch!When Ridley Scott is in great form, he can be simply awesome as evident in Prometheus, Gladiator, Black Rain and perhaps his best Alien. Then he does, what I would call 'smaller' offbeat films like The Counselor that flop but are decent in their own right. The Counselor is just such a film. You have to be in the mood for it, and I happened to be in the mood for a loquacious drama about a Counselor (Michael Fassbender) who decides he wants to do a one time drug deal to make some quick cash. Only once he is in too deep,…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Holding Pattern: Airport Runway Art

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    It’s no secret that I love airports and airplanes. I get to the airport several hours before any given flight… and I fly a lot. That’s why it was easy for me to also love this project that compiles photos of active runways from Google Earth. Copenhagen Atlanta Barcelona Boston JFK Madrid Link + Images: Holding Pattern
  • The Feeling of Being Unsettled Won’t Just Go Away

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    From my inbox: “I have a sneaking suspicion this feeling of being unsettled won’t go away until I control my freedom.” A common theme in the emails I receive is one of readers feeling unsettled. People are frustrated with one or more parts of their current life, yet they sense that change is possible—somehow, somewhere—if they can only find their way through the confusion. As this person noted, the sense of feeling unsettled won’t just disappear. Finding true resolution requires genuine action. The required action may vary, but the requirement for action is…
  • Thoughts on Working from the Drugstore

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The drugstore in my neighborhood has a deliberate policy of wasting every customer’s time. If you arrive to pick up a prescription, you’ll wait a minimum of 20 minutes, guaranteed. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting a refill. It doesn’t matter if your doctor’s office has called in your prescription. It doesn’t matter if you’ve called ahead to say, “Hey drugstore, I’m on the way—please have this ready for me.” No matter what, you’ll show up and they’ll say something like, “When do you want to come back to pick this up? Is 30 minutes okay?”…
  • A Free-Range Life: On the Road with Pam Mandel

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I met Pam Mandel at an event in Seattle. I was interested in how she’d made travel not just part of her life, but also part of her lifestyle. Here’s her story. Tell us about yourself. I’m a free range human. I’ve done all kinds of things to pay my bills—farm work, selling art supplies, writing photo captions, making sandwiches, stuffing envelopes, designing websites—but I’ve almost always been freelance or temp because I need space for creative things (music, my own writing, art) and travel. What was…
  • “It’s nice to get to a point in life where you can be comfortable with yourself”

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
      Thoughts on unexpectedly becoming blind after surgery. “Shit happens … nobody said life would be fair, so I just try to move on and be happy. Do you ever see those people who sit around and bitch about something that happened 20, 30 years ago? I could have sued, but I didn’t want to bother with that … I’m going to concentrate on getting back to nirvana.”
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • TL-DNR

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    TL-DNR = “Too Long; Did Not Read.” This is a phrase that I wish more people would grasp. Few are able to write a good blog post that is fewer than 100 words. Even more critical than brevity is the ability to capture the reader’s attention. Our world is so fractured into special interests that very few blogs can capture the interest of wide audiences. Faithful readers of this humble blog are few, because I knowingly write about almost anything and everything. If I wanted to focus, I could grab more readers, but making money from this blog is not my goal. I only desire to connect with a…
  • Memories of pizza

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Mario’s served my favorite pizza. High school was a long time ago, but that restaurant in Lexington, Massachusetts still lingers in my memory. Their thin crust had a light dusting of flour. The tomato sauce was the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. The cheese must have been real mozzarella. I am not sure if I ever met Mario — he may have even been Greek.  But the large Italian population of Boston definitely had their influence on that venue’s offerings. What restaurant stands out in your memory?
  • When fantasy does not work

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    When I was a teenage boy, my peers had posters of the Lamborghini Countach on their bedroom walls. I had a poster of Eddy Merckx winning the Tour de France on a Gitane bicycle. Lamborghinis and Ferraris have long been the desire of countless men (and fewer women) worldwide. If you want to buy a new Ferrari, there is an 18-month waiting list, even if you have the money! But such cars are not the objects of my fantasy. They don’t appeal to me as much as the new Honda Fit. Why? The Fit is attainable. In my wildest dreams, I will never have enough funds to own or lease an Italian supercar. Even…
  • I’m just glad it exists

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Vertu Signature Touch smartphone costs $14,100. It’s incredible that such a thing even exists. But I’m glad. It’s comforting to know that a few people in the world can experience Vertu’s largest ever ruby button. (I am not sure what it controls — maybe the ejector seat?) And it’s reassuring that one craftsman carries each object d’art from start to finish. (Their signature is on the inside of the battery cover.) However, vegans would not be happy with the seaspray lizard skin and black alligator skin cases. Vertu’s “focus on performance extends to the range of stunning…
  • Secret combination

    24 Jun 2014 | 1:01 am
    Almost twenty years ago, Heather and I lived with a very gracious family in rural Kenya, for two weeks. Learning how real people lived was part of a training program to orient us to life there. (We went on to live in East Africa for five years.) Peter, our main host, was on break from college. He served as our translator and cultural broker, fluently speaking English, Kikamba and Swahili. He loved to listen to Kenyan radio, powered by a large car battery. I will never forget the Rexona commercials. We heard them every morning, whether we wanted to or not — the walls weren’t very thick.
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    Mental Floss

  • 11 Essentials to Pack for a Smarter Road Trip

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    If you’re hitting the road for summer vacation, make sure you’re toting the right gear for a smooth, smart journey.
  • 5 Man-Made Things You Can See from Space (Plus One You Really Can’t)

    Mark Mancini
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Which of mankind’s marvels can we actually spot from the final frontier? This question calls for a little perspective. Space is big.
  • Isolated Amazonian Tribe Contracts the Flu From Outsiders

    Jessica Hullinger
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There are an estimated 77 Indian tribes living in isolation in the Amazon rainforest. These groups choose to steer clear of outsiders, but thanks to illegal loggers, drug traffickers, and oil workers, they are being pushed out of their land and threatened with disease. Recently, one such group emerged from the rainforest near the Brazil-Peruvian border and made contact with another indigenous community, marking the first time in recent history that such an isolated tribe set out to visit a settled population. But as a result of their expedition, at least seven of the tribe members have…
  • Do Dogs Get Jealous? New Study Says Yes

    Hannah Keyser
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Just like how an older sibling might act out when a new baby joins the family, a new study from PLOS ONE suggests dogs get jealous when they perceive there is a rival for their owners' attention.
  • The Quotable Andrew Jackson: 12 of Old Hickory's Best Lines

    Stacy Conradt
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Andrew Jackson was many things: Stubborn. Brilliant. Ruthless. Romantic. And insanely quotable. From his hatred of the bank to his hatred of proper spelling, Jackson had a lot to say about a lot of topics. Here are some of his greatest hits.
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    Journey Mama

  • The girl, the potatoes, and the thief.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Yesterday Chinua returned from playing a music festival in Sweden and I breathed a huge sigh of happiness, mostly, but also relief, because of the antics the world gets up to while he’s away. There was that time I accidentally adopted a dog, or the the time Kenya ended up in the hospital getting an X-ray of her hand (only a sprain), and this time I had to wonder, What will happen while Chinua is away? (I’m not actually very superstitious--in the daytime--and I’m sure I only notice the crazy things that happen because they are more noticeable when I’m on my own … but still.)We…
  • On the town with the Leafy boy.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A couple of weeks back we had a community dinner at the Shekina Garden. A family joined us, and I was very inspired by their practice of making one minute videos of their days while they traveled. I'm always a bit daunted by all the video I take and never use, but my new friend showed me what he had done, and he made it look easy. So, when my Leafy boy and I went to Chiang Mai together to visit the dentist, I made a short video. This is what it feels like to be out with Leafy for the day.  (I'm still learning about Youtube and copyright, so if you can't see the video, please let me…
  • Seasons.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I love to know a place and its seasons. We're in the rainy season now, and I love it even though my kitchen floods every time there is a heavy rain, because the farmers are planting the rice and when the sun comes out all the world seems to be a reflection of blue sky and white clouds and the purest, infant green. Lush is too mild a word. Today Chinua left to play music at a festival in Sweden. His good friend asked him to come play and flew him out there, so off he goes to the far north, to play music late at night when the sun is still up and after it sets. When he gets back we'll have…
  • The week ahead.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    My weekend was lovely and relaxing, with a little bit of sewing, a little bit of painting, some cooking, some eating, some singing, and some board game playing. Now I'm diving into a verybusyweek head first. Sometimes it's not the number of things that I have to do in a week, but the diversity of things that messes with my head. From caring for a toddler, to homeschooling, to preparing for guiding meditation, to preparing for our upcoming trip (car insurance and registration, plane tickets) to writing, to painting, to spending time with friends, to cooking for a community dinner. I am…
  • Welcoming, creating, editing.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Our dear friends have arrived and the last few days have been a mishmash of talking, meals, and driving around on scooters to look at houses. There are kids who are happy to see each other. They run in and out of the house, climb into and out of the white flower tree. I did find two boys sitting on the roof of the studio/kitchen the other day. My own boy seemed shocked when I said he wasn’t supposed to be up there. I’m pretty sure his shock was due to his talent for acting, but I also know that these boys who have lived in India for so long see nothing wrong with sitting on rooftops. I…
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  • How Much “Failure” Can We Tolerate in a Pastor?

    Mike Duran
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    I’m an ex-pastor. Ugh. I hate that term. No, I didn’t have an affair with the church secretary or get caught pilfering funds from the ice cream social. I was a young, untrained, inexperienced Christian who was launched, probably prematurely, into the ministry. As a five year-old Christian, father of four, with zero trade skills, I started my own church. I was forced to learn theology on the fly, as well as preaching, counseling, administration, accounting, property management, vision casting, leadership training, community outreach, missions, and officiating funerals. After eleven…
  • How Autobiographical Is Your Fiction?

    Mike Duran
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    “All fiction is largely autobiographical…”                                             — P.D. James I suppose the question facing a lot of novelists is not IF your story should be autobiographical, but HOW autobiographical your story should be? It’s no secret that novelists assemble their stories from the stuff of experience, drawing from the places they’ve lived, the people they’ve met, and the lessons they’ve learned. Of course, this could be a tad unnerving when a relative discovers themselves…
  • How Important Is a Good Cover to Novel Sales?

    Mike Duran
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I spoke with a writer friend who recently returned from a book festival. He had his own booth to sell his books and commented on the different ways people decide if a book is for them. There are five types of book buyers from his observation. The “back of the book” readers who consider the story synopsis The cover-art-sold-me-readers The endorsement page inspectors The read-the-first-page-readers (this includes those who opened to a random page in the middle of the book) The combo form of the above 4 methods I’m definitely a First page Cover art person. If the writing looks solid…
  • Staying Out of the “Ideological Silo”

    Mike Duran
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    I found Pew Research Center’s most recent study Political Polarization in the American Public quite fascinating. It’s a lengthy, graphic-laden piece about “How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life.” There’s much to think about regarding the findings. The overall gist is that, politically speaking, America has grown even more polarized. Not a surprise. Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in…
  • Some Thoughts on Annihilationism

    Mike Duran
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    I have been leaning towards “Annihilationism” for a while now. (As if I needed one more thing to tweak my Evangelical friends.) This is the belief that souls do not suffer eternally in hell but are extinguished or destroyed. Annihalationism is not so much counter to the traditional evangelical view of everlasting torment (that would be Universalism), as it is the reinterpretation of Scriptural themes and verses traditionally used to defend conscious eternal torment. But while I’m leaning toward annihalationism, there’s three things that keep me from embracing the…
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  • 包茎を治すのは簡単なのです

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    男性のプライドを傷つけてしまうコンプレックスは早く治した方が良いと言えます。あなたの調べていることはここ→包茎手術 横浜に是非アクセスしてください。そのコンプレックスと言えるのが包茎なのです。色々詳しく教えます包茎治療 横浜がおすすめ。包茎は男性の陰茎に皮がかぶさってしまい、陰茎が露出しない状態を言います。私もここを参考にしました包茎…
  • 印刷において空調は命

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
  • ここでしかできない脱毛

    22 May 2014 | 10:49 pm
  • ほうけいだと言うことは人に知られたくないです

    22 May 2014 | 10:48 pm
  • 歯の調子が最近は良い

    7 May 2014 | 9:17 pm
    ここ一年で歯ブラシの他にもデンタルフロスとを使い始めたのですが、その効果たるや私の場合はかなりはっきりと出たので、とても驚いています。ここ駒込 歯科はすごく参考になりますよ。私の歯は感覚がかなり狭いために、歯並びは良いと言われるのですが歯垢がどうしても歯と歯の間に挟まりやすいのです。これは歯ブラシでも取ることが難しいのですが、今まではこれを放置していました。このサイト駒込…
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  • Product Manager HQ

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Started writing again at Trying to help people break into product management and teach the general community more about the role of a product manager.
  • Back to Cali

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:16 pm
    It’s been a crazy ride these past 11 months. Moving to San Francisco has been a lifelong dream and now that I’m here, I’m still grateful for the opportunity to be situated in this wondrous place. As to what’s happened recently, I was deployed as part of a product manager strike team from October – […]
  • Moving to a City is Necessary

    4 Sep 2013 | 10:44 pm
    I’ve been around the Bay Area my entire life. I grew up in suburban San Jose (Berryessa), moved to Milpitas, attended high school in Fremont, and finally college at Berkeley. 1 year ago, I graduated, found a full time job in Palo Alto and moved yet again thinking that I was destined to always live […]
  • Learning MySQL

    7 May 2013 | 11:24 pm
    While prepping for my new role, I’ve been watching a few MySQL classes on Udemy recently and am fortunate enough to find that it’s fairly intuitive. My dev buddies always laugh and say how easy it is due to the simple syntax and as I progress through the classes, I’m starting to see why. For […]
  • Interview with Fred Wilson

    11 Jul 2011 | 4:30 pm
    A great hour long interview with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures. Skip to 6:30 to begin the interview.
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex


    22 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    New Answer - I am Mrs ANDERSON ANN from USA, i want to share a testimony of my life to every one. i was married to my husband Barry Morgan, i love him so much we have been married for 5 years now with two kids. when he went for a vacation to France he meant a lady called Clara who en charm him with his beauty, he told me that he is no longer interested in the marriage any more. i was so confuse and seeking for help, i don't know what to do until I met my friend Miss Rose and told her about my problem. she told me not to worry about it that she had a similar problem before and introduce me to…

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    New Answer - I am Mrs ANDERSON ANN from USA, i want to share a testimony of my life to every one. i was married to my husband Barry Morgan, i love him so much we have been married for 5 years now with two kids. when he went for a vacation to France he meant a lady called Clara who en charm him with his beauty, he told me that he is no longer interested in the marriage any more. i was so confuse and seeking for help, i don't know what to do until I met my friend Miss Rose and told her about my problem. she told me not to worry about it that she had a similar problem before and introduce me to…

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:52 am
    New Answer - Without DR DAHIRU a lot of people would have been dead through heart break. My case is not different from heart break, I am married woman with 3 kids and there was a time when i was having problem with my husband because he was having an affair outside our marriage and this was making me feel bad. So i tried finding solution to my problem by reading a lot of relationship tips on the internet and that was how i came in contact with DR DAHIRU contact details and through the help of DR DAHIRU my husband left the girl he was having affair with and he came back to me and our kids.

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:49 am
    New Answer - Without DR DAHIRU a lot of people would have been dead through heart break. My case is not different from heart break, I am married woman with 3 kids and there was a time when i was having problem with my husband because he was having an affair outside our marriage and this was making me feel bad. So i tried finding solution to my problem by reading a lot of relationship tips on the internet and that was how i came in contact with DR DAHIRU contact details and through the help of DR DAHIRU my husband left the girl he was having affair with and he came back to me and our kids.

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:48 am
    New Answer - Without DR DAHIRU a lot of people would have been dead through heart break. My case is not different from heart break, I am married woman with 3 kids and there was a time when i was having problem with my husband because he was having an affair outside our marriage and this was making me feel bad. So i tried finding solution to my problem by reading a lot of relationship tips on the internet and that was how i came in contact with DR DAHIRU contact details and through the help of DR DAHIRU my husband left the girl he was having affair with and he came back to me and our kids.
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  • The Truth About Maps

    Nathan Thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The great lie that maps cure us of is that you can separate imagination from reality. People claim maps are built with mathematics, statistics, and outlines of the real, actual landscape. However, in my view, maps are like love. They take things in, rearrange it all, and then present to the world an image part truth, and part imagination. The painter Vermeer seemed to know this well. He repeatedly included a map of the United Netherlands in his paintings, even though the republic ceased to exist long before his last brushstroke. The map itself takes many forms. In A Girl Asleep, there is only…
  • Autism is a Whole Body Condition

    Guest Author
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Autism spectrum disorders, or ASDs, were once considered an uncommon problem in children. Now, many people either have a child with an ASD, or know someone who has a child who lives with this disorder. Current research indicates that about 1 in 150 children has an ASD, although there are recent studies that put the number as high as 1 in 80. ASDs are much more common in boys for reasons researchers are still trying to understand. Classically, autism spectrum disorders are characterized by deficits in three main areas: social interactions, speech delays (or lack of speech), and unique or…
  • Satirical Comedy Music Video Overload

    Guest Author
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    July 15th was the 2 year anniversary of the first appearance of Psy’s Gangnam Style on YouTube. It took the world by storm and today with 2 billion+ views it is the most viewed YouTube video by more than a billion views (eat it, Justin Bieber) – and it’s probably safe to say it is the most viewed video ever. In fact, Gangnam Style has nearly as many views as there are internet users on Earth.   Gangnam Style – the world’s most viewed video sensationClick here to view the embedded video. What was the magic formula that made this K-pop video so irresistible around the world –…
  • Bold Visual Impact

    Guest Artist
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Inspiration arises from anything colourful, striking & natural. (Sharp light on a field of yellow; brightly coloured wildflowers in a sea of green, thunderclouds over a glistening glacier.) Many ideas spring from one of my passions, extensive travel, . Every continent has felt my footstep – some on several occasions.  Not only do we (my wife & I) enjoy exotic locations, e.g. Costa Rican rain forests, Machu Picchu etc., but also many galleries such as the outstanding Louisiana Museum near Copenhagen & the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.  Art I admire & reference includes…
  • In Search of the Sublime: From the Inside

    Guest Photographer
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    In the touristic quarter of Old Montreal, in an area coveted by artists, a dark gallery covered with jarring colors seduces the eye. It’s a Fine Art photography gallery where flora and fauna are delivered in all their raw, stunning colorful beauty. The following is an encounter with the artist MALTESTE, who captures these colors at source. Coulée Embrasée © MALTESTE During your thirty years practicing photography, what stages of personal growth have you passed through in order to arrive at such a beautiful gallery? Thank you for your appreciation. I have always been driven to find…
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    Then Life Happens

  • Be Committed When it’s Temporary

    Angela Davis Schaefers
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    How To Be Committed When It’s Only Temporary Sometimes it is challenging to be focused and truly committed to someone or something that you know is only temporary. Often you do not know it’s temporary, whether it’s a personal/professional relationship, a situation or circumstance. But many things in life can be temporary. Things (and sometimes people!) always seems to change, and sometimes when you least expect it. I used to have a mindset that if I did not have 100% assurance that something or someone in my life was permanent I did not have to be fully committed. I would be present,…
  • To Be Just as Enthusiastic About the Success of Others as I am About My Own

    Darren Sproat
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Can you demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for the success of others? I immediately think of young celebrities like Justin Bieber or others who have been elevated to great success in their field of work. Haters always seem to be close and are quick to express their distaste for the success of some of these individuals. Frankly, most have stories of their own and most of these stories are fascinating to discover. Sure, many have blemishes on their character or run-ins with the law. Most of us do to some extent. The difference, of course, is most of us can pack our blemishes neatly in the back of…
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

    Darren Sproat
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I Promise Myself to… Think the Best Work the Best Expect the Best These are some interesting words to live by and, in my mind, they form the basis for visualization in your life. We have often heard about the best athletes in the world visualizing their entire performances before even getting to the event. In Clear Your Limitations, I wrote, “Focus on, visualize, and expect the best, most positive outcomes as you take the actions necessary to achieve your goals.” This fits here in my interpretation of this statement of the Optimist’s Creed and forms part of the…
  • To look at the Sunny-side of Everything and Make my Optimism Come True

    Darren Sproat
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    When are you able to stop for a moment and consume the beauty of everything around you? We all have responsibilities… some of which are routine daily tasks, some of which are inspiring and empowering, and some that can be irratating or down right depressing. There are a great many things in our lives (economy, disaster, finances, failed relationships, career woes, poor health, etc.) that serve to make us feel down and, should we choose to let them, lead us into a rut or depression. There are ways to overcome uncertainties or adversity in life that serve to put us into a down state.
  • To Make All My Friends Feel That There is Something Worthwhile In Them

    Darren Sproat
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is something worthwhile in everyone we encounter. This is true certainly true of friends and family. It is also true of those we choose to connect with in social media, blog communities here and at other blogs, and literally, everywhere. But, do we choose to actively reveal to acquaintances, friends and loved ones the worth that is in every one of them? “A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the…
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  • Facebook launches Save – the read-it-later style bookmarking feature

    Jayakrishnan Nair
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Facebook launches Save – the read-it-later style bookmarking feature Over the years, Facebook has been trying really hard to become the ultimate news source. From multiple News Feeds to a standalone Paper app and trending topics, we have seen a whole lot of features being added to the social networking platform. Now, almost two years after they took over the ‘read-it-later’ startup Spool, Facebook is ready to show off their own version of it, called Save. Quite like ‘read-it-later, ‘Save’ allows users to bookmark content from their news feeds to view them later. The feature…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 22

    Pixel Posts
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
     India vs Aus Amul We are back again, as always, with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. By now you already might know what Design Inspiration Dose is all about, but for our new visitors, in this new segment at pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to…
  • Mi band- the highly affordable, no nonsense fitness band

    Jayakrishnan Nair
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Mi band- the highly affordable, no nonsense fitness band Jumping into the wearable tech bandwagon, Chinese smart-phone manufacturer Xiaomi recently unveiled its first fitness band called the Mi Band. What makes it stand out is the fact that the device has been priced ridiculously low at just $13, which, in Indian currency translates to roughly Rs 780! Now that is insanely cheap! Even an entry level fitness band such as the Fitbit Zip will cost you almost $60! Chinese smart-phone manufacturer Xiaomi Speaking at the launch event, CEO Lei Jun explains that he had tried a lot of competing…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 21

    Pixel Posts
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Pasta La Vista We are back again, as always, with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. By now you already might know what Design Inspiration Dose is all about, but for our new visitors, in this new segment at pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to…
  • May the Font be with you 12 – Vanity, Exo 2, Loew, Quire Sans

    Pixel Posts
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    May the Font be with you 12 – Vanity, Exo 2, Loew, Quire Sans We are back with free fonts for you, as always! May the Font Be With You!! It’s Tuesday again and as always we bring you another set of typefaces. The MTFBWY for this week are Vanity, Exo 2, Loew and Quire Sans. Feel free to use these fonts into your designs and make it more amazing. Most of these fonts are free. A few might be paid but then every type deserves a value more than we can ever offer. So read on and download the fonts that you think will make your design stand out! View all MTFBWY posts Here are the fonts for…
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  • Summer Harvest Warm Pasta Salad

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Down here in Florida, it’s really hot.  This room temperature, or slightly warm pasta “salad” is a great way to use up all those summer veggies!  This warm pasta salad is unexpected and marvelous! My version makes enough to feed an army, feel free to scale it down – don’t worry about measurements, it will be awesome, I promise. 2 Zucchini sliced thin 2 Yellow Squash sliced thin 3 Sweet onions sliced thin 2 large cloves garlic minced 3 medium tomatoes rough chopped 3 yellow nectarines rough chopped 1 yellow bell papper julienne 1 orange bell pepper julienne…
  • Linguine with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Decadent.  Did you ever feel like you just need carbohydrates?  Rough day?  Week? Month?  Yeah.  I had one of those days and I could not get the idea of pasta and potatoes out of my brain.  So?  I went with it.  This was so very good – comforting, very satisfying.  Feel free to halve the recipe if you’re rather not have leftovers for three days. I’m not complaining, but the leftovers could not be ignored and it turned into three days of eating lots of carbs.  Let me know if you try this, I’m very interested in hearing what everyone else things about Linguine…
  • Zoodle (Zucchini Noodle) Salad

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    These things are awesome!  I’ve been hearing about Zoodles (zucchini noodles) for years, but I’d never tried them.  This week I changed that.  I was really dying for some pasta, we all were and in our ongoing effort to stay off the processed carbs, I bought zucchini. I don’t have a spiralizer and I was really dreading the thought of trying to cut that much zucchini by hand -  but then I remembered that I have a mandoline and I thought that one of the blades, had to be able to get me close… It did. Honestly?  This is one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment…
  • Caponata Rice

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Sometimes a good idea just comes to you when you’re looking through the fridge for what to put together.  I love the taste of caponata, but we were hungry – so I needed something a bit substantial.  Caponata Rice fit the bill, quite nicely. 2 large eggplant, cut into cubes 5 large red tomatoes (I only had 3, 5 would have been better! 4 large cloves of garlic, mined 1 large sweet onion, chopped a big handful of kalamata olives, chopped olive oil salt brown rice   Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil. Add all the vegetables and the olives –…
  • Last Hurrah Pasta Salad

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    We’re just starting a raw, vegan cleanse here at our house, so of course the night before – well the weekend before – we went a bit crazy.  This was our delicious, Last Hurrah Pasta Salad! The measurements here really don’t matter. We did use quite a  bit of garlic and you might want to tone that down if you’re not crazy for garlic like we are. 2 packages penne pasta (or whatever you have) 1 pint each, red and yellow grape tomatoes, halved 2 packages mozzarella “pearls”, drained and rinsed. 3 elephant cloves garlic, peeled and minced 3/4 cup…
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    Zara Stone

  • Meet The Man Who Want People To See Pit Bull Dogs as “Cuddly”

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Pit Bull dogs tend to have a public image problem. They’re consistently viewed as “dangerous dogs”, and regularly vilified by the media. Other breeds get a bad rep as well; rottweilers, and boxers also fall into the perceived danger dog category. Yes, some of these dogs have done the things they’re accused of; – one of the most recent high profile incidents being that of Mickey, an Arizonan pit bull who mauled a 4 year old child. If this had happened a few years ago it’s pretty likely that Mickey would have been put down, but instead he was given a prison sentence. Yes, a…
  • Stupid Technology That You Don’t Want or Need: Instagram sunglasses and a GIF taking camera

    20 May 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The world is full of great and amazing inventions, things that wow the mind and blow the senses. And then come the not so amazing, those that give pause, make one think ‘eh, and simply seem like a wonderful way to blow a lot of resources. That’s what I’m celebrating now, the many odd and surreal parts of technology that we really *might* have been better off without. The Ten Lens What is it: Think of these as Instagram sunglasses, shades that let you see the world through a variety of rose colored filters. Why: Why let real life get you down? Why not view it all through…
  • These Chicas Poderosas 2014 Projects Might Change The World

    7 May 2014 | 12:17 pm
    “Fail Fast, Succeed Soon.” Sounds like a strange thing to say, but the more you think about the phrase, the more you realize that it’s a pretty productive mantra. Don’t get stuck working on an idea that doesn’t make sense if you can change it. This was the catchphrase of the Chicas Podersosas 2014 Miami event, a four day workshop that brought together smart men and women from across the globe. They gathered to explore ways that technology can be used to create interactive storytelling – and to empower women. Led by visual storyteller Mariana Santos, a Knight International…
  • 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…
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  • American Church Epidemic…

    John Wallace
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 NIV (emphasis mine) As a Christian, hearing the term “praising God” is nothing new. And hopefully all of us participate in this act. As a worship leader, this is something that resonates with me on my many levels. But I have been noticing a trend that I would like to speak to… Disengaged worshippers. I’m sure many of you have seen the ARTICLE that spread around Facebook about this issue in our churches. Now,…
  • its the little things…

    John Wallace
    7 May 2014 | 4:29 am
     “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”       Luke 16:10 I’ve been circling back to this verse a lot lately. I can get in a trap so often where I just want to fast forward to the big. I’ll be working on my day to day and have thoughts like, “when’s my big break?” “When will my time come?” “I wish I was here by now.” I wish I made…” etc. I’m sure we have all had those thoughts.
  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Worship Leading…

    John Wallace
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:00 am
    1. Make sure you are worshipping as well. If you aren’t into the song, it’s going to be really hard for the people you are leading to be into it as well. They take their cue from you…so lead them. 2. Silence doesn’t have to be awkward. Scripture asks us sometimes to just be still. When we talk, we can’t hear God speak. Sometimes we need to not talk and let the music speak louder than our words. 3. Be just as good if not a better musician as you are a singer. There may be some disagreement with this point, however, you don’t want to be a distraction when you…
  • It’s a boy!

    John Wallace
    6 Feb 2014 | 8:39 am
    There have been so many recent changes to my life, it’s hard to know where to start. It has been months since I’ve even touched this blog. But I can assure you that change is coming. Both to my life and to the site. Change is good though. It shakes us out of our normal routines and causes us, again, to full embrace the world around us. By the name of the post, I’m sure you guessed what some of my recent change is, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyways…Abby and I are having a little boy! We are thrilled. I honestly felt like I knew it would be a boy ever since we…
  • Love

    John Wallace
    13 Nov 2013 | 5:42 am
    Sometimes we need a reminder of even the obvious. Here a reminder of what binds us all. Love. If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and…
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    Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists

  • Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy.

    Annette White
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In my many years of traveling around the world, it was not until embarrassingly recently that I had ever spent the night in a hostel. This popular and economical lodging option was never on my agenda mostly because I don’t feel comfortable sleeping in the same room or sharing a restroom with strangers. When needing to pee […] The post Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

    Annette White
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Call me crazy, but seeing Notre Dame Cathedral was not on my Paris bucket list prior to arriving in France. What was I thinking? Peter and I actually passed by it the first time without even stopping and accidentally stumbled upon it the second time, only drawn in by the crowds and bleachers out front. Though many times while traveling, large crowds […] The post Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • See Hugging Zebras in Africa. Snapshot.

    Annette White
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    See Hugging Zebras in Africa While on safari in Tanzania, with Shadows of Africa, there was a wild vision that that never grew dull, the sight of zebras hugging. This sweet sight won’t be terribly difficult to spot, I got a glimpse of them in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarengire National Parks. Though this moment may be interpreted by humans as being nothing but tender, […] The post See Hugging Zebras in Africa. Snapshot. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece

    Annette White
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    99.8% of the time I am overly content with being a woman. But, while traveling through Halkidiki, Greece I encountered that .2%. Due to my genetic femininity I would only be able to witness the breathtaking Mount Athos Byzantine monasteries from a minimum of 500 meters away. That’s a whopping 1640 feet to us Americans, 140 meters longer […] The post See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Paddle Board in the Oxnard Channel Islands Harbor in California

    Annette White
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    I am clumsy. Tripping over mysterious bumps in the road and dropping seemingly slippery wine glasses is nothing new. So, when I decided to learn how to paddle board in the Channel Islands Harbor of Oxnard, California my first concern was how cold would the water be. My second? Would there be sharks? A road trip […] The post Paddle Board in the Oxnard Channel Islands Harbor in California appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • 12 Most Basic Speaking Mistakes That Crumble A Seasoned Presenter

    J. P. Reynolds
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By J. P. Reynolds When not giving seminars on interpersonal communication skills, I’m officiating non-denominational wedding ceremonies. (Long story for another kind of post!) Recently, I attended a networking event for wedding professionals. Jack (name changed), the keynote speaker, was introducing a new website aimed at the Millennial bridal market.   Within minutes of Jack’s […]
  • 12 Most Gumptious Ways to Display Grit in Your Writing

    Daphne Gray-Grant
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Daphne Gray-Grant There’s one talent more useful to writers than the ability to dream up sensational story ideas, write quickly and fluently, and sit at a computer for hours without losing their minds. It’s called grit. Do you have it? Take this very quick quiz  to find out. The website doesn’t say it, but I’m […]
  • 12 Most Tranquil Reasons to Take a Social Media Vacation

    Susan Silver
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Susan Silver   Have you felt that 24 hour drive to post and share your life on social media? Sometimes I think our media consumption fills a void in our lives. What if we stared into that void instead of ignoring it? What would we discover? Are there benefits to going off the grid? […]
  • 12 Most Hard Truths You Need to Know When Taking the Road Less Traveled

    Alden Tan
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Alden Tan   When we hear about taking the road less traveled, people tend to think it’s a passionate path to glory or your dream. That is true, but what a lot of us don’t see are the hardships that come along with it, hardships which can scare anyone off. Hence the lonely road it […]
  • 12 Most Profound Life Lessons I Learned From Stephen Covey

    Bushra Azhar
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Bushra Azhar   Although Stephen Covey has moved on from this world, his words have inspired many and remain a beacon of light for those searching for truth and inspiration in personal and professional life. I am a huge fan of his teachings — his lessons of empathy and the importance of listening have not only […]
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  • A Year Later and Life is Still Gunning for Me

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    I'm feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed at the moment adjusting to a brand project at work while simultaneously adjusting to my brand new part-time life in the Navy Reserve, so I apologize but I couldn't pull myself together to write a new post this week. Instead, I'm reposting what I posted exactly one year ago -- since it's pretty fitting for how run-over I'm feeling by Life these days. (also, the "part-time thing" I cryptically mentioned below -- was about me joining the Navy. And I did say yes to the crazy cross-country relay. And I did get that new work project I was trying to find....
  • Punctuation Problems

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    I was hanging out with friends the other day and one of the male members of the group had spent part of the weekend making out with  flirting with a random girl who I'm sure he'll never see again. When she left, I watched him get her number -- even though I'm sure he'll never see her again.I, being the no-filter, verbal diarrhea, overly honest-er that I am, was immediately like "why bother exchanging numbers?"To which half my friends practically clutched their chests and were all "you have to do that. It's the norm."Here's where I again feel the need to compare dating rules to everything…
  • A Gearhead Trapped in a Skirt Suit

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    I'm posting a throw-back this week since I've been discussing cars with my friends lately. I drive a retro-looking Mustang and I love it. It's fast, it's cute, and part of me just has to buck convention and everyone else in D.C. seems to drive BMWs or Audis, so dang it - I'm sticking to the Ford muscle car in protest.Sure, it doesn't look as "mature," or "professional" as something that blends in, but I've never been good at trying to blend in - as evidenced by my choice of a first car: A 1967 Camaro.Below is from a post I originally wrote in 2011 about that car. Let your inner teenage boy…
  • Whichever Way's The Fastest

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    So, I'm currently obsessed with author Sloane Crosley and I was reading How Did You Get This Number and came across an excellent description for how I've learned to occasionally deal with life. She described how liberating it can be to get into a cab and let the driver decide the best way to a destination:"The moment you shut the cab door, you can be who you want to be...If you spend your day making decisions, you can stop, releasing yourself with those magic words: Whichever way's the fastest. Repeat it again when your driver attempts to brainstorm with you. He could…
  • DC Dating: Back to Gut Instincts. Again.

    23 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    My friend Matt was talking about my blog and mentioned one post in particular about my dating life that was his favorite. It was about a guy I met years ago online who I've now nicknamed the Ninja Turtle (I'll explain more in a bit). Online dating may still seem strange to some, but it's the norm in urban areas. We are a fast-paced people, living in homogenized worlds where you quickly make out with become friends with everyone you ever see and in order to get variety, you need to look outside your circles. I also like it because it's like shoe shopping. Pick the make and model of the…
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  • The Next Big Buzzword in Health and Wellness

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you eat oysters, beef, Alaskan king crab, lobster, or pork chop, you may be embarking on the next big buzzword in health and wellness. Care to take a guess? I am talking about Zinc. It’s not just for colds anymore. The more Zinc gets researched, the more we are going to learn about its importance and its impact on the body. Not long ago I wrote a post for Babble about zinc’s role in fighting off breast cancer. Then just this week, researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals, a vital element in various bodily processes and in the prevention of…
  • Organic, Allergen-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Delicious Recipes? Yes, Please!

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Living healthy is super important to me. I’m not a saint by any means, but I try to value exercise, healthy organic eating and natural living as much as possible. The more health research I have read, the more I believe that we have just as much power to harm our bodies as we do to heal them. You may also know that my older son has lived with severe food allergies for many years. After researching gluten and reading Gluten Freedom, I am thoroughly convinced that gluten is just not meant to be digested, at least the way it is currently cropped and curated in this country. So I stay on the…
  • 15 Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to Live by

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    July 18th is the birthdate of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Prize winner, and former President of South Africa. Mandela spoke throughout his life about addressing the world’s social injustices. He called for peace. He called for education. He called for kindness towards others. In his honor, July 18th is now known as Nelson Mandela International Day. It was inspired by his call for all of us to do our part to change the world for the better. As he said, we all have the ability to lead others forward simply by standing behind them. One blog post can hardly to justice to the…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: The Hope and Grace Initiative

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    All the time I talk about putting our consumer dollars towards brands that give back or do good in some way. This week beauty company philosophy announced the launch of its new hope & grace initiative. In a show of support for positive mental health and wellbeing, 1% of the company’s sales across all products, retailers and online channels will be donated to community-based organizations working to empower women through the prevention and treatment of mental health related issues. Though I have used their “falling in love” fragrance since the company was founded in 1996, the words…
  • Wellness Wednesday: How to Prepare for the Breast Cancer 3 Day

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    The breast cancer 3 day event is around the corner, so it’s time to start preparing. Admittedly, I am starting to get a little nervous. Yet I know that with each step I take I will be thinking of my friends Amanda, Susie, and others who have come face-to-face with this awful disease. With that said, here is what I am doing now to get ready for the breast cancer 3 day. Step up the fundraising. Now that summer is in full swing and the kids are off to camp, this is the time to kick the fundraising into high gear. Speaking of fundraising, if you would like to support me on this adventure as we…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Got Job Gaps? How to be a College to Pro Parent

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    College students and their parents, with some exceptions, do not talk about long-range career plans. Job gaps after long periods of unemployment are frequent problems of re-engaging job seekers who take off of their career paths after 3 years or more. If either of these career-defining issues are yours, this is a must listen to episode. Your brand. Your voice. Employers are waiting to hear from you! Please sign up for my updates (What word is better than a newsletter? Suggestions please?). If you have a job search question, or a show suggestion contact me: Web:…
  • This is the Future of Work (as an Independent Contractor)

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board along with MBO partners produced a survey this month entitled, “The Successful Independent Contractor: A Workforce Trend for the Future.”  This survey revealed the attributes of successful the independent contractor worker. By 2020, it is projected that one of two professionals will be either full or part-time contract workers (also known as 1099 employees). The intent of the survey was published to capture traits of successful professionals who thrive as 1099 workers. What does it take to work as an independent contractor employee? Alexandra…
  • How to Use Pinterest and LinkedIn Groups for Your Job Search

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Your job search can use any bit of leverage as possible. Job seekers using Pinterest could glean a little about companies, but they can benefit greatly through the connections made in LinkedIn groups. Although the creative professional in the job search mode will find value in displaying their boards, and following company boards, everyone is sure to be noticed through LinkedIn groups. Today’s episode will clarify how you can maximize both tools potential. Welcome to the show. Hopefully, you will enjoy and learn how to improve your job search from our show today. You can participate in an…
  • Your Job Search and My 32 Pound Loss

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    A lean job search is what everyone wants, but are not willing to pay the price. It is similar to what people expect out of losing weight. Both have simple solutions. It’s the drive to achieve is complicated. Managing the many components is difficult. Tell someone who asks what did you do to lose weight, and you say cut out sugar and processed food, eat more vegetables, protein, and healthy fats and they will likely ask, “What’s your secret?” I want to tell the world that I lost 32 pounds since August 2013. I rather tell you that it is fat loss that I’m after, but a tangible…
  • Words That Empower Your Job Search

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Your job search is ignited by the use of power words, or extinguished by the lack of the right words. What you say and how you say it what an employer has from a resume or cover letter to decide if  they want to talk to you. On the infographic “word choice” section, adjectives that are frequently use are not the descriptive. The dictionary and thesaurus are great tools to help you with meaning and finding words that are more discriptive. Or you can use Grammarly, a spell checker that can help you find words that give your job search a competitive advantage. The extreme…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Shrek, The Sheep Who Escaped Shearing for 6 Years

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Shrek was a Merino sheep, a castrated male, belonging to South Island, New Zealand, who gained international fame in 2004 owing to his gigantic coat of fleece. Shrek became famous after escaping his enclosure and evading the shearers for six years by hiding in caves. Merino sheep are usually shorn annually but Shrek managed to escape the blade for six years straight. When he was finally caught, the sheep was unrecognizable. “He looked like some biblical creature,” said John Perriam, Shrek’s owner. Read more » © Amusing Planet, 2014.
  • The Medieval Skyscrapers of San Gimignano

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    San Gimignano is a small medieval hill town in Italy’s famous Tuscany region, 56 km south of Florence. Located on top of a hill, and fortified with walls and towers, the town has the most unforgettable skyline resembling a mini Manhattan of the medieval age. Originally an Etruscan village, San Gimignano was under the jurisdiction of the bishops of Volterra, when it became independent in 1199 and acquired its first podestà. The town immediately set about enriching the commune, with churches and public buildings entering into a long period of prosperity that lasted until 1353, when it fell…
  • Dutch Artist Recreates His Childhood Drawings 20 Years Later

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    When Dutch artist Telmo Pieper came across a big box of his childhood drawings, which his parents had carefully put in storage, he was fascinated by how simple and linear his doodles were. Like all kids’ drawings, Pieper’s earliest creations had a surrealistic feel to it, whose style was “impossible to copy but possible to work it out further”. Pieper decided to recreate the drawings he made as a child, some twenty years later, taking the doodles of a 4-year old and working on it produce a more mature and realistic interpretation of them. The result became a series called "Kiddie…
  • The Tangalooma Wrecks of Moreton Island

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    The ship wrecks of Tangalooma are located on the western side of Moreton Island near the township of Tangalooma, a former whaling station. Moreton Island is a large sand island - the third largest in the world - located on the coast of south-east Queensland, Australia, which together with Fraser Island, forms the largest sand structure in the world. The wrecks comprises of fifteen vessels that have been deliberately sunk near the coast to form a breakwall for small boats, also creating an amazing wreck dive and snorkel site in the process. The Tangalooma Wrecks provide good diving in depths…
  • The Monastery of Wadi Qelt

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Wadi Qelt is a rocky canyon located in the Judaean Desert in the West Bank, originating near Jerusalem and terminating near Jericho, near the Dead Sea. In this isolated and barren valley a 4th-century monastery clings precariously to the rock walls. Originally built around a cave, the monastery grew in the 5th century under Greek Orthodox when its most famous monk and namesake Gorgias of Koziba inhabited the place. St. George's Monastery began in the 4th century when a few monks seeking the desert experiences of the prophets settled around a cave where they believed Elijah was fed by…
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    Chic Galleria

  • Wellness Wednesday: The Hand Smoother

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    Blendtec Whole Food Skincare Recipe: The Hand Smoother By Nina Curtis Ever notice how people ask your age and then look at your hands? Well you don’t have to give it away. Gentle hand exfoliation is great to do on a regular basis to improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. Follow with your favorite hand cream. Ingredients~ 4oz. ground almonds or almond meal 4 tsp almond oil 4tsp lemon juice 1 ½-2 oz organic goat milk yogurt Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel, and blend until smooth, to a thick consistency. Use about the size of a walnut and rub over both hands as…
  • Travel Tuesday: California Love!

    Mariah March
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    “California knows how to party!” Tupac couldn’t have said it any better! The sunshine state is filled with so many different things to do from the cozy northern part of the state to the sizzling southern part of the state. Whether you would rather visit historical buildings, go to music festivals or try new foods, there’s always a place for your desire. There isn’t a better place to catch some waves or climb mountains. In California, it’s almost impossible to get bored! Hot style advice from students from University of California- Sand Diego, University of…
  • Our Weekly Pick: Floral-Designed Watches

    Beth Anderson
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    We’re so happy to share that May28th has once again partnered with Anthropologie to feature three gorgeous floral-designed watches. Each water-resistant watch features playful perennial faces, with a Japanese quartz movement and an adjustable buckle on plastic bands. May28th designer Agni Tilla combines vivid patterns and playful motifs with unexpected shapes and textures to create watches that add a graphic pop to everyday style. This water-resistant floral watch is perfect for warm-weather outfitting. We Love It on Instagram: Pairing a @may28th perennial watch from @anthropologie…
  • Our Weekly Pick: Top Beauty Picks From Bella Miranda

    Beth Anderson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    With summer here, what better way to get started than by storing up on the best beauty products for summer skin! Parenting guru and mother of two, creator and founder of ELM Baby, Bella Miranda shares her top BEAUTY PICKS. ELM Baby ( is a convenient, stress-free way to purchase safe and natural products that are the best of the best. Everything on the site is researched and hand-chosen by Bella. [Bumble&Co.] Brown Sugar Scrub ($22.00) Rich, natural ingredients make up this opulent sugar body scrub. Made with pure, organic sugars, ground oats, blueberry seeds, macadamia…
  • Healthy Eating: Fruity Desserts

    Beth Anderson
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    With berries ripe and in season, it’s easy to throw together a quick dessert during a busy day.  No need to spend hours in the kitchen putting together something fancy, when fruit and a few other ingredients can bring any meal to the perfect end. Strawberry and Yogurt Parfait Using plain Greek yogurt (or another yogurt of your choice), layer starting with strawberries on the bottom cut into fourths.  You can add granola, honey, banana, oats or whatever your heart desires.  It’s simple… but oh, so good! Watermelon Granita We found a recipe over at Whole Living that brought…
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Adam's mother was kind enough to give us her DSLR camera she no longer used, so we've been playing around with it and realizing how very little we know. I've found some online DSLR camera classes but I'm hesitant to pull the trigger, so if anyone has any recommendations of one you've done, I'd love to hear! Below are some crappy shots from a morning in the garden. I'm still loving how this summer each new plant is a surprise as I watch my yard take shape. I can't wait to continue to mold it into the garden of my dreams over the years.  When you shop at Amazon using this link you're helping…

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    [Today, July 6th, marks Adam and my 1 year wedding anniversary. In honor of this lovely day I'm sharing the story of our engagement. Hope you enjoy!] Adam and I had been together for nearly five years by the time he finally asked me to marry him. I mean, come on kid, put a ring on it! I joke. Honestly, I only really got the engagement itch after I’d followed his ass to Alaska. The first three years of our relationship were so busy with relocations and buying houses and getting dogs and trying not to go completely broke and have a mental breakdown, that getting hitched was the last thing on…
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    Transforming Seminarian

  • The Perseverance of Weird Al Yankovic

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

    Mark Baker-Wright
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    As many of you know, I have made it a bit of a hobby for the past few years to collect information regarding the various convention and club exclusives toys, dating back to the first BotCon in 1994, and collect them on what I have called "The Unofficial Transformers Club and Convention Data Pages" (at least, that's what I've called them since expanding from one to three pages sometime in late 2011/early 2012). When I started the project, I had some free web hosting space through my internet access provider, but when I changed providers several years ago, I lost that privilege, and had to find…
  • Countdown to BotCon 2014 - Pounce and Wingspan

    Mark Baker-Wright
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week, I mentioned that there is a rumor running around about what toys will be at-convention exclusives at BotCon 2014. We'll find out for sure if these rumors are true by the end of the week, but in the meantime, these rumors give me a chance to feature a pair I've been looking for an excuse to do for over four years now: Pounce and Wingspan.Read more »
  • Countdown to BotCon 2014 - Thundertron

    Mark Baker-Wright
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    When fans were speculating about what characters might be one of the "pirates" in this year's "Pirates vs. Knights" set at BotCon, Cannonball wasn't the only name to consistently come up. Although there aren't a huge number of pirate-themed Transformers through the 30-year history of the franchise, at least one other has been used fairly recently: Thundertron.Read more »
  • Countdown to BotCon 2014 - Cybertron Cannonball

    Mark Baker-Wright
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    As mentioned before, BotCon 2014 is featuring exclusive toys centered around a "Pirates vs. Knights" theme. Some fans may be surprised to know that there are, in fact, a few pre-existing "Pirate" characters in the Transformers franchise. One of these was introduced in the Cybertron toyline in 2006: Cannonball, and even when the convention theme was first revealed to fans several months ago, it was pretty obvious that one of the figures in the box set would be a new version of this character. But let's focus on the original for now....Read more »
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    Spy Travelogue

  • The Morning of the Ascend

    charlie grosso
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    It’s 4am. Darkness, fog and cold linger at High Camp. I barely slept the night before despite having gone to bed at 8pm. Prem (my trekking guide) knocks on my door. This is the first morning in ten days of trekking where he’s come looking for me instead of waiting for me in the dinning room. I’m still packing up. He insistently takes over the sleeping bag even though I am half way through stuffing it. We pick up our packs, do a quick dummy check, making sure I didn’t leave anything behind and head for the dining room. Most of the trekkers are already here and are half way…
  • Adventure in Putao, Myanmar’s most northern outpost.

    charlie grosso
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    “What are you thinking for the next 10 days?” ” Google Putao and see what you find.” I knew that is where he would want to go even before his text came through. How did I know? We don’t know each other, and yet here we are, rendezvousing in Myanmar. The only measure of you are not an ax-murder is a few overlapping Facebook friends, a couple of hours spent in person, and sharing the same adventure resume highlights of The Mongol Rally and The Rickshaw Run. That was all I had to go on before I committed to spending 10 days with him in a not well-traveled country…
  • “Do you eat Shan noodles?”

    charlie grosso
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    How do you know if you like a place or if that place is the one you want to return to time and again? What made you choose to eat at the second stall at the night market, run by the beautiful lady with Indian features, very pregnant and a crisp English instead of the first stall or the third? Finding that place, that very peculiar spot where you like to hang out — the first step in lifting the tourism veil and getting to know a place — has an alchemy of its own. Choosing The French Touch was a no brainer. The bright orange cafe is created for travelers and foreigners; wifi,…
  • Life on the Streets

    charlie grosso
    29 May 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yangon wakes early. I imagine its citizens lie awake in the last remaining night, silently still with ears perked and eyes squinting, waiting for the tiniest sounds of birds and the faintest spot of light. At the first signal of day, they bounce out of bed and head into the streets. It is not even 6am, and the street vendors are out with steaming pots and bubbling vats of oil. You can start your day by earning “merits” or “good karma,” an act of charity, which is all it takes to influence the fortune of your next incarnation. Here in Yangon, earning merit is translated…
  • When I am good and ready…

    charlie grosso
    20 May 2014 | 8:34 am
    A single fluorescent tube illuminates this 11 feet by 8 feet room. I stretch across the bed. I wanted to see if I could touch one wall with my feet and the opposite with my hands. Yes, just barely. The AC is good and strong except in a room this small, you are either freezing cold or just a bit damp and icky. This is not the smallest room I’ve stayed in but it ranks in the top 5. I stare up at the ceiling at the tube of light; I have no desire to move. It’s barely 6am, I leave this tiny room for the first time and watch Yangon unfold. A bowl of noodles, two cups of creamy sugary…
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  • I See The Light In You

    Fiona McColl
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
  • Feelings Are Powerful, Feel Them Anyway

    Fiona McColl
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
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  • Re-Connect

    Fiona McColl
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Reconnecting is really very simple. We feel. Nothing fancy, or difficult. We just start inviting and feeling, allowing feelings and paying attention to them. You can practice anywhere, as much and as often as you like. You can feel right now. Just stop, close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and feel. Start by feeling physical sensation – my back feels a bit sore from being hunched over the keyboard, my arms are chilly, my chest feels a bit tight. Then, take another breath or two, and tune in to what you feel inside – that tightness in my chest, it doesn’t release when I breathe, it…
  • The Many Faces of Estrangement Trauma

    Fiona McColl
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    “I have been pushed and shoved and have fallen out and away, so very, very, many, many times! And others around me have not! But then, the others haven’t seen what I have seen or felt what I have felt or been who I have been, they can’t become what I have become. I am me.” ― C. JoyBell C. I’ve been writing of late about the relationship between family estrangement and trauma; Estrangement as Trauma, Making Connections: Trauma and Estrangement, as well as numerous posts about estrangement and attachment {that’s related, but more on that another day!} I’d…
  • Limitations

    Fiona McColl
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • The good and the bad

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    The bad news's spinal fluid. The good news is that they are comfortable letting him stay home for now to try to resolve this (yay). We got specific instructions. 1. Jude has to stay flat either on his side or his back, but flat. 2. Limit all activities3. Any type of actual leaking from the site requires immediate transport. 4. a fever of 102 or higher requires us to take him in right away. 5. If the site gets larger we go in.So we are all going to be very vigilant about this and hopefully get Jude healed at home. It's always a waiting game with him. I am very…

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Well I am currently sitting in my office crying. It seems the golfball lump on Jude's back may be something serious. I was really hoping it wasn't. Maybe just a collection of fluid? I am still holding out hope. The neurosurgeon is waiting on the pictures I took to come via email and then they are going to make a decision. They currently have Jude flat on his back at the house. The nurse/doctor know I am frustrated and I can hear in their voices how concerned they are about us and Jude. They believe it's probably one of two things. Either a cerebral spinal fluid leak which will require a…
  • Is this normal??? UGH!!!!! Anyone had the Baclofen pump,

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    We are twenty days post op. Tonight I was getting Jude ready for bed and I turned him over to check his incision. Jude has been super happy but laughing a WHOLE lot and sleeping a bit more than normal. Since laughs can be an indication that Jude may be in a bit of pain I started to look him over. I discovered the incision on his back looks pretty swollen. I sent the picture of it to a very nice nurse friend of mine and she admitted it looks a bit concerning this far post op. We have a scheduled appointment on Thursday and I really think that will be okay.
  • A quick update on Jude's progress

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Jude seems to be healing very well! His incision sites look great and are healing nicely. He is sleeping much better and is tolerating his feeds better. We are still not running his food at full capacity, but he is getting there. He is also smiling a lot and he is really looking me in the eyes more. In addition the medication for his arms and legs seems to be working. I notice more movement in his arms than the bottom portion of his body, but at least it's progress. Do I think the pump was worth all this.......I am still undecided. The rest of us are falling back into place as well and life…
  • The Boppy is a fabulous invention!!!

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Today Emily received a sweet email from a young man on her charity's facebook (Emily's Smile Box Inc). He said he wanted to start something like she did, but wasn't sure what to do. So we asked him if he had any ideas, but he was a bit lost. So I wanted to share something we learned from this past hospital visit. There is one invention we brought with us to both hospitals that literally EVERY nurse commented on. Drum roll................The infamous.........Boppy  Throughout Jude's life we have used many boppy's! I have learned that you can find them at resale shops for about…
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  • Enter to #win an iPad Mini! (RV $399) #Giveaway

    Amberr Meadows
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Welcome to the iPad Mini Giveaway! We’ve joined f […] The post Enter to #win an iPad Mini! (RV $399) #Giveaway appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: Domeo Loft Folio iPad Case Review and #Giveaway #Giveaway Seven 75 Dollar Amazon Vouchers for 7 Lucky Readers-Enter NOW!–CLOSED $500 May Flowers Cash Giveaway $500 Warm Up The New Year Cash Giveaway–ENDED
  • Pure Raspberry Ketones Fat Burning Supplement Review and Giveaway (RV $30)

    Amberr Meadows
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’ve been taking Pure Raspberry Ketones (1000mg p […] The post Pure Raspberry Ketones Fat Burning Supplement Review and Giveaway (RV $30) appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: NuShape For Your New Body Shape Review and Giveaway (RV $45) @trynushape PURE SAFE-SHELL Explorer Clear Coated Reusable Glass Bottle #SponsoredReview StriMedix-K Spider Veins Treatment Review and #Giveaway (RV $60) Creative Bioscience Weight Loss Supplement #SponsoredReview
  • Why Yoga is the Future of Exercise

    Amberr Meadows
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:33 pm
    The human body encounters wear and tear much like a car […] The post Why Yoga is the Future of Exercise appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: Pinterest, Yoga and Aerobic Exercise Create a Better Blogging Experience Hiking For Exercise and Adventure The Future of Energy Consumption and Production 4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Posture
  • New Release: ‘Rout of the Dem-Shyr’ & $15 GC and 3 Signed Books Giveaway

    Amberr Meadows
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    NEW RELEASE! Title: Rout of the Dem-Shyr Series: Ascend […] The post New Release: ‘Rout of the Dem-Shyr’ & $15 GC and 3 Signed Books Giveaway appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: EXCITING Double Cover Reveal From Ascendant Series Books to Movies Celebration: Raine Thomas’ Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy Sale & Giveaway Book Review: ‘Return of the Ascendant’ is Intergalactically Superb ‘The Challenge’ Official Book Blast and $25 Amazon GC and Books #Giveaway
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    A.M.H.'s Blog

  • A Note from Anthony - A Flood of Articles

    Anthony Hopper
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    I just wanted to let all of my readers know that I will be placing a large number of articles onto this blog in a relatively short amount of time.  I am taking this step because I have to transition all of my Y!CN articles over to the blog before Y!CN shuts down for good on July 31.  I apologize in advance if that causes anyone any inconvenience (eg. your new blog postings list grows exponentially in the span of a few hours).  Once I have transferred all of the Y!CN articles to this blog, I plan to place them into categories.  As such, you should be able to quickly find…
  • Haiku about Memories and Disturbed Ponds

    Anthony Hopper
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Bittersweet MemoriesA gentle wind movesA tear down a wrinkled cheekAn old man recallsTears (1)A Pond Disturbed by a PebbleQuiet, tranquil pondA pebble pierces the blueA maelstrom, short livedMemories - Good and BadMemories are chainsThat bind--Yet also strong meadThat can set us freeCredit: Ray NataTitle: Miedo-AjenoDate: November 28, 2008The author has released the work into the public domain, per his/her note on Wikimedia (see link in title).-- Anthony Hopper#haiku #poetry #nature #mind
  • Haiku about Baseball, Beads of Water, and Butterflies

    Anthony Hopper
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    I have written a number of haiku over the last few years.  Here are three of these poems.Haiku #1: A Baseball MomentThe crowd goes silentThe ball flies into the sunHeliconius Charithonius (1)A fielder preparesHaiku #2: Beads of Water on a LeafSmall beads of waterTense! Waiting to trickle downA pink leaf holds themHaiku #3: Butterflies Take flightTranquil-no windSun's warmth, the only caressButterflies take flight-- Anthony Hopper#poetry #poems #haiku #nature #butterflies #baseball #sports #weather(1) Credit: Adrian Pingstone      Title: Heliconius…
  • Haiku about Clouds, Cairns, Seasons, and Birds

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I penned these three haiku in December 2012.  I hope you enjoy perusing these poems.Haiku #1: Clouds and CairnsA soft wind moves cloudsRed-winged blackbirds flying into the sunset (1)An ancient cairn lay untouchedYoung mice scurry pastHaiku #2: Of Time and SeasonsFields of brilliant greenA moment's passing of timeShades of brown surroundHaiku #3: Birds in Flight near SunsetThe quiet broken!A mad dash as birds take flightInto the sunset-- Anthony Hopper#poetry #haiku #poems #poem #seasons #nature #birds(1) Credit: Jerry Segraves      Title: Blackbirds -…
  • Three Haiku

    Anthony Hopper
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    I have written a number of haiku over the last few years.  Here are three of these poems.Haiku #1: An Unexpectedly Cold Summer's DayThe sun's cheery lightNorth view from Riansares Mountain, Clinton County (1)Cannot seem to warm the windA cold rain portendsHaiku #2: The Bird WaitsStanding, not movingPlumage - a swirl of colorsThe bird is readyHaiku #3: A Storm in the OceanAn eerie silenceA scent of ozone portendsDark skies and large waves-- Anthony Hopper#poetry #poems #haiku #nature #weather(1) Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli      Title: Rainstorm     …
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    Navigating Cyberloss

  • Today I remember…

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

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

    Casey B
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I came back here today, and I’ve just realised it’s been nearly two months since my last post. During that time, I have finished my degree (pending results on Wednesday) and … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    All About Living With Life

  • Free Cloud Storage that I Use Productively

    Charles Chua C K
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    According to an article, What Is Cloud Computing, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.Who are the free storage providers that I take advantage of cloud computing productively?They are Google Drive, Apple iCloud and pocket.Google Drive  I get 15 GB of free storage form Google Drive to keep pictures, files, designs, drawings, recordings, videos and anything at all and view them anywhere anytime.In addition, I use spreadsheet to keep track of my monthly expensesand I do content audit as suggested by Neil…
  • 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Career Unintentionally

    Charles Chua C K
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    You want to get ahead at work and you think you are doing fine and in control of your career. Deadlines are met and work is carried out smoothly. However, there are things that you have overlooked or because it is your daily habits  you do not notice that are obstructing you to grow your career. Find out if the following bad habits are sabotaging your career:  1.      Confine to your own department: You run your own department in tip-top condition and you don’t care about what’s happening in other departments. If you aim to play a bigger role in an…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Happy

    Charles Chua C K
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it. - Willie NelsonUnhappiness is about negativity. Instead of looking at the bright side of things your outlook is groom and doom, you response to things with a negative mindset. Here are the ten sins of your unhappiness:1.    Focuson your regrets and fears: You can’t undo your wrong doings in the past and your fears about the future are not happening now and may not happen at all. Treasure the present moment, it is the only time you can do your best to create a…
  • What is Your Purpose in Life?

    Charles Chua C K
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.According to an articleTop five regrets of the dying, "This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."What do you do to avoid not living the life you want? Find…
  • 10 Daily Habits of Productive People

    Charles Chua C K
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Efficiency is doing a thing right; effectiveness is doing the right thing. Productivity is doing the right thing the right way.Productive people are successful in their own field of expertise. They work hard and they also work smart by getting important things done without hurrying by or under undue stress because they adopt similar daily productive habits. 1.      To-do list and daily routine: A to-do list works hand in hand with their daily routine. They have already established their productive routine and they will just slot in the daily tasks as stated in their…
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    Ish Ism

  • Foster Care Day 380: They’re Just Kids… They Can’t be Diagnosed with psychological Issues!

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    It has been nearly a year since my wife and I received our first foster child into our home. Since that day, we have had a total of six foster children come into our care. Currently we have a three-year-old … Continue reading →
  • Marathon Training Day: Victory and the 2014 Eugene Marathon

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Today I ran nearly five miles. Yes… I ran five miles, walked two miles… and felt pretty good. I cannot run the full marathon on July 27th in Eugene. That is a fact I have reluctantly accepted. But the half … Continue reading →
  • Yes, No, Maybe So

    18 Jun 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Originally posted on Ranting About Rectangles:It has been a long time since I posted, and with good reason. The boys are gone. We almost quit foster parenting. Some types of trauma can not be healed in a family foster…
  • Crash

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Emotions. Physical pain. Frustration. I am probably not running in the Eugene Marathon at the end of July. If I do run, it is unlikely I will run the full marathon. Most likely I will run the half marathon and … Continue reading →
  • Marathon Training Day 601: Should I give up on the Eugene Marathon?

    10 May 2014 | 8:18 pm
    July 27th, 2014 is when the Eugene Marathon happens. That’s just over two months away. I was once excited about running this marathon, which would have been my second marathon. But 2014 has been a year of weird challenges. At … Continue reading →
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Independent thinking and creativity.

    Peter Wright
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    The last post ended with questions about creativity. Media and public opinion Lets start with more questions that at first glance do not appear related but in reality have a lot to do with our thinking processes, our values and our view of the world and creativity. Do the media direct or reflect public opinion? Or do public opinion, vested interests or some shadowy group of conspirators influence the content and bias of the media? Has the elevation of social media into the role of primary information channel (s) for millions of people improved or worsened, the accuracy of reporting on major…
  • Why Passion Fuels Creativity.

    Peter Wright
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Did you watch any of the Soccer World Cup matches in Brazil?   soccer player I am not a rabid soccer fan, I only watched the grinding final and snippets of a few other matches. The whole World Cup charade like the Olympics seems to me more about promoting the prestige of the officials and building empires to control sport, than it does to benefit players or participants. However, watching and listening to those who are rabid fans both in person and in the media, shines an interesting light on human behaviour and on the link between passion and creativity. I wrote in this post on 10…
  • Unconstrained Creativity – 3 steers in a Honda Civic

    Peter Wright
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Thinking “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”  - Henry Ford That quotation sums up why many of us struggle with creativity. We find it hard to concentrate our minds on the type of thinking we need to do. We think of the process instead of the outcome we are trying to create. That creates a wall, it stops the flow of creative juices as effectively as the Kariba dam does the Zambezi river. We try to stimulate our minds to create something entirely new, forgetting that some of the most dazzling creations or successful…
  • Why designing your own website is a Creative Distraction.

    Peter Wright
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    When is it likely that your desire to express your creativity might not be in your best interests? I can think of several possibilities with creative accounting right at the top of the list, however the one that gets many entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals into trouble is building their own websites, getting hooked on the creative side of it and taking hours away from running their businesses. I have been guilty of that myself. A similar time waster is to choose the cheapest quote for website design only to regret it later because it does not do what you expected. There is a…
  • Why Contrarian Thinking and Cognitive Dissonance Create Opportunity.

    Peter Wright
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    The previous two posts loosely followed Canada Day and the 4th of July Independence day themes to suggest that real individual, personal, independence is internal, not dependent on the way our countries came to be independent nations. Cognitive Dissonance                     It was a useful peg to transition from writing about perseverance and commitment to this weeks topic which is looking at life from a different perspective.. I have written about Chris Brogan`s series of OMFG daily emails before. They are great reminders to think…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • The Right Fork

    Carmen Amato
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    A number of years ago, when my children were younger and we were living in Mexico, my family was invited to the residence of a NATO ambassador and his family for a New Year’s Eve dinner.  Our children were all the same age and the wife and I were close friends, both of us dealing with the challenges of setting up house in a new country, helping our children adjust, and learning a new language. I’d been told that dinner would be casual but it was in the formal dining room with a table that could easily seat 30. Placesettings were as elaborate as if this was a diplomatic affair, with…
  • What Happens When All the People Are Mexican

    Carmen Amato
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    “But the novel is set in Mexico,” she said. “All the characters are Mexican.” “That’s right,” I replied. “Lives of the people fighting the drug cartels. And Mexico’s class structure.” A fateful phone call This was about 5 years ago. I was speaking on the phone to a well-known American author about potential agents and publishers for  THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY. She was enthusiastic about the quality of my writing but we kept circling around an undefined problem. “New York will never touch it,” she said finally. “And a New York agent is the only kind worth…
  • Reshaping the Acapulco Skyline

    Carmen Amato
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Acapulco has alot to offer: beautiful beaches, water sports, cliff divers, iconic skyscrapers, swimming with the dolphins. Get off the beaten path and you can add gun violence, murder, cops, and drug seizures. All that’s missing is a skycraper that looks like a corkscrew. Ahem. Let me clarify. In DIABLO NIGHTS, the third Emilia Cruz novel, Acapulco itself is as mch of a character as Emilia, her partner Franco Silvio, or her lover, Kurt Rucker. The action moves from Kurt’s hotel on Punta Diamante on the city’s far eastern edge, to the cruise ship docks near the old fort of…
  • DIABLO NIGHTS Cover Reveal and Kindle Release

    Carmen Amato
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    The third installment of the Emilia Cruz mystery series, featuring the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, is out on Kindle!  The paperback version will be available in August. And finally–the Cover Reveal! The final cover, shown here, is a slight variation of the winning cover which was one of four offered in a reader poll three weeks ago. DIABLO NIGHTS is more of a psychological thriller than the previous two Emilia Cruz mysteries, CLIFF DIVER and HAT DANCE. Emilia’s is pulling threads and following leads and reacting to the news she gets at every turn. The…
  • The Lure of the Open Notebook

    Carmen Amato
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Maybe it’s a sickness. Yesterday, as I was cleaning out my den (also known as the writer’s cave, Mom’s office, and a total mess) I found a COMPLETELY VIRGIN hardcover spiral notebook from Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. The rush of excitement was intense. Paper Snob I love the notebooks from Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, a Spanish designer whose paper products I first found in Greece. The notebooks have bright colors and the pages have color coded edges. But the important thing is that both front and back are hard laminated cardboard, which makes it very easy to scribble notes. But why…
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  • nomad vs. traveler

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    that thing, shows up nightly down the street from my place.  what is it?   busses, plane tickets, visa rules, hotel addresses, finding places to eat, making friends, meeting girls. travel is all sorts of exciting to some.  to me it’s quite the pain in the ass though, all that.  i’m not in it for the sights or the organized tours.  i don’t love hotels all that much.  my motivation is mainly to just be living somewhere awesome, and a balance between routines and novelty. i’ve never been much of a traveler.  travelers go explore.  i’d pick more of a nomad…
  • life is business: overhead

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    the new ride.  fuel-injected but kick start only, split personalities in keeping with jakebits. been a bit quiet this week.  migrating and taking care of stuff, also less motivated by less comments (though taking that as just as lower quality / entertainment value posts on my end). i’m in the business of quantifying.  it’s my brain’s preferred states of being – finding rules in apparent chaos, looking at the past up to the present, and from there predicting the future.  looking at all of your last moves, to determine your next one. everything follows an invisible…
  • a moving target

    5 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    two home bases.  sometimes it’s a bit of maintenance.  your girls are getting anxious to see you. you’ve been gone from the big city for almost two months, and by now the beach town is getting to be a bit too much routine.  whatever you wanted to get sorted is done, and there’s really no pressing reason to still be here.  knowing yourself well enough, you already booked a plane ticket back to the mad city, weeks ago.  40 bucks.  the price had settled it, you are set to head out. to get to the pickup you’ll have to grab a small separate flight, or a ten hour…
  • unwritten: the best stories

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    billboard in hong kong.  in case there’s any doubt how to engage the mind of the future .. the most interesting people leave the least trails. there’s no facebook or instragram of the dude who had his west coast house disassembled and shipped off to the dominican republic, who created himself a ludicrous local paradise of girl things.  larger than life, amazing character.  and there’s the kid who contract writes code for the military and gets access to all sorts of hair raising vessels and locales, doesn’t keep a blog of his trips down the rabbit hole.  he’ll…
  • wild foxeses

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    a borrowed motorbike helmet, an unplanned trip up the coast .. a while back the russians experimented with domesticating wild foxes.  if you’re not ADD about science bits, here’s one version of the story. it was all about taking the most mellow of the little foxlets, and breeding them.  spending lots of time socializing them with humans.  it’s sort of fascinating, since obviously it leaves lots of room for philosophizing about humanity and society and predetermination and free will and also whatnot. all this is particularly interesting, if you look at your own…
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    Anirudh Thakur

  • Go but don't leave me.........

    Anirudh Thakur
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:31 pm
    I don't know how this all happened,all I know if I lost too muchI don't care about no money, no cars,all I wanted was to keep you near meI was living a life careless and free,and I loved it when you were a part of itI know I made mistakes, I made you cry,but all I wanted was some happinessI know I wanted my to live the way I want,but I also wanted for you to be a part of itI don't care about the world or what they think about me,coz all I want is to be happy and live my wayI know I could never understand what you wanted,but I always asked you to tell me on my facegood or bad I cant even…
  • I've got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one........:)

    Anirudh Thakur
    12 Jan 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I have always been so amazed by this song coz this someway or the other connects with most of the guys and even girls all over the world. The issues with the opposite sex will never vanish and thus time to time this song would find it's place in our lives.....Well for all of you that haven't checked it out yet.....just check it out below:-----Lyrics-----If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you sonI got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one[Verse One]I got the rap patrol on the gat patrolFoes that wanna make sure my casket's closedRap critics that say he's "Money Cash Hoes"I'm from the…
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    Anirudh Thakur
    12 Dec 2013 | 11:38 am
  • Live on the edge...

    Anirudh Thakur
    10 Dec 2013 | 12:22 pm
    I told you not to fall for me,I told you not to cry.I'm a sole rider in this crazy world,And I prefer to go that way.My life is full of ups and downs,there is no way you can survive this.Its an adventure full of risks,an adventure in the unknown.So stay far and don't commit,because with me its not safe.I live on the edge all the time,Its the way I choose to live,no matter what happens, its for me to bear, not you.So please go and live your life,Coz with me its all a crazy ride.....
  • Make you smile.....:)

    Anirudh Thakur
    10 Oct 2013 | 10:54 pm
    I don't know where to go, don't know who to call,you were the only one who could save me from my fall.So many things to say, so much to do,I'm wandering on the streets and asking myself "where are you?"How did this happen and who is to blame,It was so beautiful and it's gone, what a shame.we were something special, something out of this world,but now all is left is this broken little world.I had a house with, had a life and a dream,now that you are gone, it's all gone down the stream.I look at myself in the mirror and watch myself cry,and wait for you come and hold me in your arms.I get out…
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    GDM 's Down the Rabbit Hole/A day in the Life.

  • Blog in Full Order

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Hey! You! Get Out of My Way! Part 1I love New York. Don’t get me wrong, I honestly love New York. I think that I liked it better when it was scary and full of crime though. It kept you on your toes. Not to mention all the day to day drama. The looking over your shoulder to see who or what might be lurking in the shadows. This was the 80’s, the fabulous 80’s. Back when I had a Flock of Seagulls hairdo and people knew what Kajagoogoo meant. Back then when someone was running towards you it was usually a sign that they were going to snatch your bag or stick a knife in you or…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 24

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    As George and Bill drag Chris into the kitchen he is now fully awake and in all out “rage mode.” His fingertips grasp the doorframe as George and Bill try to clear the stairs out of the basement. Bill bangs on Chris hands to make him let go.George and Bill have moved into new carrying positions. George has Chris under the arms and Bill has his legs. Chris is bucking like a horse trying to throw its rider. “He’s a kicker!” screams Bill just trying to hang on.“Smash!” go the bottles on the counter as Chris swings an arm, connecting with them and a coffee maker. Chris connects with…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 23

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    26 May 2014 | 12:56 pm
    George takes his boot and places it on Chris’ forehead. He rocks Chris’ head back and forth.“Dead, I’m tellin you.” Bill says leaning over the body. A half an inch of ash clings to his cigarette.Bill raises his face back up to George and yells. “This is your mess!” “How the fuck is this my mess?” George hisses back at Bill through clenched teeth.Taking a step forward Bill flicks the ash of his cigarette on the floor. Then he places both hands on his hips.“Girl, if you didn’t hire these hooker boys at the Water Works Pub, then we wouldn’t be in this mess were…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 22

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    18 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    Chris just lies there. George is speaking quickly into the receiver. He is still on the phone with the police dispatcher.Hmmmmmmmm? I think to myself.And, the police are going to do what, when they arrive and find Chris dead, with George and me standing over him?I look around the room. It reminds me of a bunker. One you would see on the movie of the week. The one where the mad scientist takes boys to his room to eat, watch films and to torture them? Remember that movie?Looking around, I can see that the room is stacked from floor to ceiling with books, food, clothing and has a full wall…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 21

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    11 May 2014 | 5:14 am
    I walk through the kitchen; everything is just where I left it.  There is a white plastic bag on the counter. I peek inside. I can see two Styrofoam containers and I can smell breakfast.“How Sweet,” I think again. It looks like George has brought home breakfast for Chris. I quietly bet two bucks that someone will end up throwing it.I stand at the top of the stairs. I can hear things crashing, things being thrown and Chris sobbing and pleading.I slide down the basement stairs, keeping my back to the wall. From the second landing I can see that Georges bedroom door is open.
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    Lone Prairie

  • Liveblogging a real, live Monday.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    In honor of a post that I wrote at work today about live blogging, I thought I might live blog. I arrived at work at 6:40, the office silent and dark. It is now just before 8 and I am finally coherent enough to write a live blog. Because it would have been mainly things like “asdflaksjdfshf” and the ever popular “qwpoeriungdou” had I live blogged right when I arrived.
  • The peripheral winners of the North Dakota oil boom.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    The biggest winners of the North Dakota oil boom, besides the big oil companies not located anywhere in North Dakota, are: Stripper bars Anyone who sells alcohol Landlords / property owners Sign makers That last one, sign makers, I just added to my list. Driving through Bismarck on Sunday, running errands, my friend and I noticed that Highway 83 is loaded with signs that are all but begging about “Now Hiring!” These black ground-set signs with their interchangeable fluorescent letters are ubiquitous in this town. We grabbed photos of about 40 of these signs on a quick pass through…
  • When the HR guy tells you you’re confusing.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    “I don’t know how else to tell you this,” he says to me, “but I find you confusing.” I look at my resume and cover letter — the required documents — in his hand and I realize attempt #14 did not land a job for me and think I am not a human resource. I leave the HR office wondering how I had become a list of what I was not, wondering when Photoshop had become a skill, wondering why being a teacher, a designer, an artist, an entrepreneur, a pastry chef, a get-off-my-ass-work-hard self-starter — how a jack-of-all trades was really a hack-of-all trades.
  • It was an introvert’s rebellion.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    And it was a curmudgeon’s anguish. A loud world. Lots of people. Proper handshaking and such. Then the internet turned social, officially. My god. There is no real recourse, beyond breaking off pencil points in a journal with too many exclamation points and the silent fury trapped on paper on a bookshelf. You can’t rant too much online anymore. Because the internet is social. And people will correct your spelling. Your tribe votes you off the blog island and no bona fide influencer will ever cough in your direction and send you 10,000 random uninterested new followers who might read…
  • Why It’s Good For You To Clean Toilets

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Kill your pride as soon as you can. Don’t ever be too good for any job. An acquaintance of mine left a job over the feeling that she wasn’t given the proper respect that her education deserved. She would tell me that she was certain the management was jealous and felt threatened, and so she left on very bad terms only to discover she couldn’t find another job. The idea that she was above certain kinds of jobs made it difficult to find employment. She continues to take college classes and spends money after money on more education, believing that she will, at some point, be guaranteed a…
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  • Singapore Cars are Expensive, So What Else Could You Buy

    Paul Cypert
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Singapore Cars are Expensive, So What Else Could You Buy By Paul CypertWhat would you buy a car or a condo? Ok, I’m sorry; today’s post is going to hurt a little to read. We all know cars are crazy expensive in Singapore, but when an Aston Martin almost took off my knee caps the other speeding to get to the next red light I started thinking about just how silly it was to have that car. Don’t get me wrong. If I was living anywhere but a jam packed island and had the funds I’d gladly take the new Bond car for a few months. Mostly so I could enjoy the open throated growl of…
  • Hiroyuki Ogawa Stuntshow Live @ ECP Bigsplash Singapore

    Paul Cypert
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Hiroyuki Ogawa Stuntshow Live @ ECP Bigsplash Singapore By Paul Cypert Hey all, We just received word on an exciting event to be held this weekend and thought many of you might enjoy as well, motorcycle rider or no. On the 26th & 27th July (this weekend) at ECP Bigsplash Playground, there will be a live stunt show event. Official ICON rider Hiroyuki Ogawa, will be on hand performing stunts. We’re not encouraging motorcycle stunt riding on the roads Motorcycle stunts are best performed only by trained riders who have built up to them over years of riding and practice with…
  • It’s so Hot Out, Do I Really Have to Wear Motorcycle Gloves

    Paul Cypert
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8It’s so Hot Out, Do I Really Have to Wear Motorcycle Gloves By Paul Cypert Trust us, we understand. The heat and humidity in Singapore right now sucks. There’s just no other way to say it. To be honest the heat never really goes away, it’s just part of the ride here. Why on earth would someone recommend wearing leather gloves in this kind of heat? Gloves are already often too warm even in the dead of winter, much less when it’s near 40 on the pavement. But hands are exposed, delicate and fingers scrape way too easily. That kind of damage is visible for the rest of your…
  • Can You Tip Too Much? A Singapore City Slicker Causes Chaos in Cambodia

    Felix Chong
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Can You Tip Too Much? A Singapore City Slicker Causes Chaos in Cambodia By Felix Chong My good friend Andy Yang has always been accustomed to the finer things in life. The best hotels, the trendiest restaurants and the comfiest travel options. If there is a more expensive way of doing anything, then my friend Mr Yang will find it. He can sniff out a first class ticket at a hundred paces. He’ll quickly finger the costliest French wine on any menu. He doesn’t do things ‘on the cheap’. And so I was astonished when he agreed to explore the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia…
  • Take Up Our Challenge and Stand to Win $8,888

    Paul Cypert
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Take Up Our Challenge and Stand to Win $8,888 By Paul Cypert Today we’d like to announce the launch of a new challenge. We’re always looking for ways to give back to our customers and this is another exciting opportunity for people to get to know us, enjoy some extra savings and even stand a chance to win $8,888! Can you beat our price on car or motorcycle insurance? We don’t think you can. Our rates are low. Why? We don’t ask you to pay for unsafe drivers or pointless agent fees. That means we can usually beat most prices. When we can’t beat those prices we have our…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • I’m some kind of crazy

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

    Rey Lo
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Originally posted on The Barefoot Pastor:MAYBE IT’S TIME TO GET A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE… One of the greatest tragedies, (in my opinion), is people blindly following what society tells us is right, or popular, or trendy, or Ke$ha! Interestingly, the people that we admire are the few who say, “who cares what is popular?? I’m doing…
  • What’s Best about the Team

    Rey Lo
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:47 am
    Being a native San Antonian, I’m pretty excited to see our San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title in fifteen years. Among the multiple accolades and records broken by the core members of this team – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich – what impresses me most has less to do […]
  • Imagine

    Rey Lo
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Over the last year since my kids started their band I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with a ton of people in the local music community. Bands, managers, promoters, bartenders, venue owners…and they’re all pretty amazing people. Each of them is pursuing a dream at one level or another. Some are artists looking to […]
  • These Days

    Rey Lo
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:26 am
    On December 6, 1991, Jennifer and I met with our friends Marshall, Kathy and Tina to catch the opening night of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Each of us being Trekkies, we couldn’t wait for the latest installment of the saga. While I don’t remember many details of the film I do remember who we […]
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    Shots Of Insight

  • I Threw Away All My Clothes

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

    Shots Of Insight
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:38 am
    Steroids are not bad. They won’t kill you. They’re not unhealthy. They work like magic if you use them properly. I decided to be and remain natural for a different reason. It has nothing to do with my health. I did it for a mentality. Being Natural Is Who I Am My life is built upon the things I’ve done with my body. I think about the gym every time I face an obstacle in life. The gym reminds me who I am. Nothing worth having comes easy. Nothing great in this life is built overnight. The gym is my source of confidence. Going to the gym without using drugs has meaning to me. It…
  • It’s Been Six Long Months

    Shots Of Insight
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
    I started my YouTube channel back in November. Yesterday, one of my videos started going viral. This is what I have to say about it. God Gifted Me Balls Compare my first YouTube video with the one I did yesterday. Compare how comfortable I look in front of the camera. I don’t have a talent for videos. I’m not the funniest guy or the most extroverted person either. My only attribute is a very strong will. I kept getting better with each video. I kept learning something new. I kept pushing forward. The Nutella Video I do my best to help people when it comes to bodybuilding. It’s…
  • Horny People Get The Furthest

    Shots Of Insight
    30 May 2014 | 10:06 am
    Do you know why men invented the wheel? Do you know why men flew all the way to the moon? Do you know why men built the pyramids? They were trying to get laid. They were trying to get girls. They wanted sex. The World Revolves Around Sex Why do men go to work all day? Why do women buy make up? Why do men strive to have the nicest cars? Why do women spend hours getting dressed? Everyone’s trying to impress one another. Everyone’s trying to find someone they can mate with. This is just like the Discovery Channel. Use This To Your Advantage Sexual frustration is a powerful force.
  • Questions And Answers # 2

    Shots Of Insight
    23 May 2014 | 8:38 am
    I can’t describe how tired I am. I’ve been working on The Pancakes Diet non-stop since January. I got sick twice in the past two weeks because I wasn’t sleeping enough. What Is The Pancakes Diet? This is my life’s work. I’ve cracked the code to being able to manipulate my body at will. Go to the website here. Watch my latest video about it here. Pancakes? Every Day? Is That Unhealthy? You can eat a salad. You can eat a burger. You can eat super healthy. You can eat your favorite foods. You can drink skim milk. You can drink whole milk. Eat whatever you want. This book is not…
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    Princess Burlap

  • To Rage Against Fraudulent Mangos

    Princss Burlap
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    There are so many things that are trying in a Florida summer. It’s hot. It’s humid. The air holds so much water that your lungs contest its suitability for life-maintenance. Opening the front door invites a wall of heat that slaps you between the eyes, sort of like opening your oven to give your Toll House cookies a sniff. Going outside kind of necessitates another shower. Even Dixie Chicken gets lazy and homebody-ish in the hot, wet, pit of summer. It’s too steamy even for the noble pursuit of lizards. But mangos. Oh mangos. I dare to say that they make a Florida summer…
  • Dear California: A Love Letter

    Princss Burlap
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Lately I’ve been thinking of our next trip. 2014 has been a strange one for all of the time off we took due first to our wedding and then our honeymoon, so now, as we enter the later part of the year, we’re rather limited to long weekends. This gets me daydreaming of our next timezone crossing. We are eternal runaways, he and I, and we try to do at least one “big” trip in a year, supported by a chorus of smaller and more frequent three-and-four-day wanderings. We are given four and five weeks of vacation (he gets five), and we make certain to take the very last of…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • Modern Teenagers and How to Be Friends with Them. A Story of One Age.

    Gill Andrews
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Photo credit: erin leigh mcconnell via photopin cc Are you a teenager? Worse, do you have a teenager living in your house? My sympathy! Good news: I hear it will pass. Bad news: I also hear when it passes, you might not recognize your precious baby in that distant and suddenly strange to you person. My precious baby is barely 5 months old, but I’m already terrified of the teenager phase. Will he become an uncontrollable monster who hates hugs and talks back to me? Will he spend all his time in his room slamming the door behind him the moment he comes home from school? Will he get into…
  • How to Keep Your Mind Healthy. A Story of One Calling.

    Gill Andrews
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    If I could interview anybody I want, my top three choices of the interviewees would be a spy, a nun, and a psychotherapist. A spy, because he dedicates his life to his country and all of its people he has never met in person. I could never do that. A nun, because she dedicates her life to somebody modern science can’t even prove exists. I could never do that either. And a psychotherapist, because from 9 to 5 her life belongs to very real people with very real problems, which (both people and problems) she has to leave behind the office door on her way out. I cannot even imagine how this is…
  • Copywriting Explained. A Story of One Skill.

    Gill Andrews
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    What’s your passion? If you are lucky, it’s what you do for a living. If you are less fortunate, it’s just a hobby. Is it painting? Running marathons? Breeding penguins? Not the penguins? Then I give up. But IF you have a passion, I know one thing for sure: you are constantly trying to get better. You want your paintings to be displayed in the galleries they bring school kids to for an excursion. You want to be the next winner of the Iron Man. You want those penguins to be the shiniest and the most black-and-white penguins the world has ever seen. (Oh right, not the penguins. But I…
  • Parenting Level “Baby”: Things you wanted to know, but were too shy to ask

    Gill Andrews
    9 May 2014 | 6:12 am
    I heard babies are a great source of inspiration when it comes to writing. I was lacking ideas for my blog posts lately, so I got myself one. It has been three months already, but I have to report that my expectations in this regard were unfortunately not met. My baby is boring. Where do I leave a customer review? The hope for it to change is still there though, as he laughs a lot, either about me or about something that is going on in his small hairless head. I’d like to think it’s the latter, and he is making up jokes I will be able to borrow for my posts when he starts talking. So,…
  • 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…
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    a glimmer of light

  • How winning is done

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Who doesn’t like the adrenaline of a boxing movie? When in the final fight, the courage and resilience of a man, set everything straight in the story and bring back justice to the characters’ life? Well, I do… I guess the the maximum exponent of these boxing films is “Rocky”, back from 1976. However, Rocky is much more than that. It’s a beautiful movie which portrayed the living of the Philadelphia poor working class and a stage for several profound characters, their ambitions and frustrations, and a tangle of relationships soaked in drama. The movie won 3…
  • Do not give up

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    When you’re disappointed and down, remember: Disappointments are God’s way of saying ”I’ve got something better for you”. You see, when you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. And the moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. Be patient. Have faith. Trust God. Do not give up. Ever.   *this is a compilation from several quotes whose authors are unknown The post Do not give up is originally from the blog a glimmer of light.
  • Divine Art

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    After talking about art and its highest form in the last post, I cannot skip mentioning the one art piece which is for me the best and most astonishing I ever saw and the best example of an artist’s transcendence: Michelangelo’s Pietà. I’ve always loved this sculpture named Mercy and the delicacy and tenderness it conveyed, but when I saw it live at the Vatican I was completely swept away. In this representation of the Virgin Mary holding her son Jesus after His crucifixion, every curve, every expression, every finger, every inch of the characters are absolutely perfect and could not…
  • A force of beauty, love…pure Art

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    There are certain moments in which artists can transcend the rules and the boundaries of their art, the mastering of techniques and concepts, and just express pure feelings; some moments that are usually indescribable in words, in which we get the chills, we are moved and carried away somewhere…higher. It’s as if they were animated by a force of beauty that guides their movements, gestures, voice, words. I guess that’s when you are in the presence of Art in its most pure and full expression. And you feel Love was involved in the process… This is a performance of the…
  • One day at a time

    5 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. -Jean-Paul Sartre It’s one day at a time, they say… The post One day at a time is originally from the blog a glimmer of light.
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    Chicken Road Diaries

  • The Rat Bargain

    HJ Blenkinsop
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The house was old with a pointy roof like a witch's cottage. Inside, the house was cluttered with ancient furniture while hand painted murals peeled off the walls. The walls were most interesting to me as they were wide and hollow and riddled with secret passageways. The doorway to one if them looked like bit of wood paneling, only it had a catch and if you went inside on hands and knees, the tunnel wound around to the other side of the house only to pop out inside a bedroom cupboard. I lived in the attic and my room was all pointy angles and odd shaped…
  • Impostor!

    HJ Blenkinsop
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
     I'm drowning in the eternal bog of procrastination... I’ve written only a few hundred of the 5k words I aimed for this week. I think I’ve moved beyond the ‘afraid to write’ stage - thanks to the support and good advice I received last month - and into writer's block.I’ve got a good beginning and the first three chapters done. And now I’ve stalled. I don’t know how to start chapter 4. I know what happens in chapter 4, I know there is a big disaster coming in chapter 5. There’s plenty of foreshadowing, our cast of characters are introduced and our world is…
  • Freyja and her cats

    HJ Blenkinsop
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Norse goddess Freyja is associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, and gold, but like the cat with whom she is closely connected, she could flex her claws as the goddess of war, and death. By Ludwig Pietsch (1824-1911) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The latter two interests she shared with Odin. They also shared the souls who died in battle, half going to Valhalla to drink the blood of their enemies from their own skulls with Odin, the other half were scooped up from the battlefield by the Valkyries and brought to Freja’s heavenly meadow of the afterlife, Fólkvangr,…
  • Feline Friday with Flossy

    HJ Blenkinsop
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:04 am
  • Can kissing a cat make you fat?

    HJ Blenkinsop
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:55 am
    Kiss the black cat An' 'twill make ye fat:Kiss the white ane,An' 'twill make ye lean.This little rhyme was quoted in The Denham Notebooks by Henderson (2), along with a convoluted discussion as to whether a black cat is lucky or not and where. Like most folklore, there is not one simple 'truth' however, in most instances, black cats are lucky and white cats are unlucky. I think Miracle, pictured above, knows this... However, for those aiming to lose weight, a white cat could be lucky for weightloss. As long as you kiss it. But how can you negate a white cat's bad luck? Get a black cat…
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    Life's Due Diligence

  • In The Woods

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

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Plasti dip is becoming more and more popular. It started out with tools. People would coat the handles on a pair of pliers with this stuff to provide a better grip for themselves. The industry standard is slowly moving from tools to automobiles. A lot of people do their emblems (badges) in a different color to set a nice contrast. Coming from personal experience, this stuff works extremely well and looks amazing. Before we go over the benefits, you can purchase plasti dip here. I went all in on my car. I went from orange to matte black on my entire mustang. It was risky, but I definitely…
  • Good Life Advice

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:07 am
    “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.” -Johnny Depp The post Good Life Advice appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
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    Isobel Adams

  • European Evening

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    People in North America are kind of obsessed with Europe. Probably partially because many of us have roots there and partially because it’s so old and beautiful. We don’t have old here…well, our old is several hundred years. European OLD is several thousand or at least a thousand years. Although I think many of us […]
  • Over the last few days…

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    A few photos. I’ve been working very hard on my front garden over the last few weeks. It’s had a terrible weed problem in the past but I’m hoping to keep it in the past. For all my hard work I’ve bought myself a little wind chime to hang in the apple tree. It makes […]
  • The Demolition of the Sir John Carling Building

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Anywhere you look in the local Ottawa news and social media you’ll see this story. Everyone who witnessed it has their own story and I thought I’d jot down mine and share it with you here. First, a little history. The Sir John Carling building which was located on Carling Avenue near Dow’s Lake in […]
  • Loss of Bees Means the Loss of So Much More

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    This is something to think about as we move into the weekend. For quite a few years now we’ve been hearing and reading stories about the loss of honey bees. It has become a critical situation and I’m pretty sure the governments here in North America aren’t moving quickly enough to find a solution. Not […]
  • Mystery Fluff

    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    Every June in Ottawa (and probably most of Ontario) you will see areas of sidewalks and lawns covered in white, fluffy puffballs. I’ve always wondered where they came from but wasn’t curious enough or in too much of a hurry to find out. Today, while spending time at the park with one of the little […]
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    Pushing Your Passion

  • Just Get The Ball Rolling…

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Our biggest enemy when pursuing our passions and dreams is procrastination. We use every reason imaginable to not get started on our passion. What we must understand is that behind procrastination is fear. We fear that if we actually begin to pursue our passion we will realize that we are not good at it. We fear that people who are close to us will think that we are wasting our time. We sometimes fear that pursuing our passion will be a waste of time. We fear we will make some huge mistake that we will not be able to recover from. These are valid fears, wouldn’t you say? However, are these…
  • Be A Lion

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
        Have you ever watched the movie, The Wiz? If not, this movie is a version of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, was played by the young Diana Ross and the role of the scarecrow was played by the late Michael Jackson. However I would like to hone in on one character in particular. The late Mr. Theodore “Ted” Ross Roberts played the Lion. Diana Ross sang a very inspirational song titled “ Be a Lion”. Sometimes we have to face and take on our fears. We have to be lions. I can give you several reasons as to why I can’t do this or why I can’t do that. I can pretty much use those…
  • Stop Tripping Over Guilt

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Now that you have found your passion and begin to work on it, don’t forget your place in life. I bet you are wondering what exactly do I mean, let me explain. You have to find the best way to fit your passion in your life. Once you discover your passion and make a conscious decision to pursue it, you have to look at your life’s structure and ensure that your passion fits. Some people have a tremendous amount of support in their life and are able to focus 100% of their time, money and energy on their passion. Others have jobs, families and other obligations to take care of, along with…
  • Protect Your Passion

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:08 pm
    It is a great feeling when you have discovered your passion. It’s an even better feeling when you begin to take steps towards fulfilling it. In the beginning it’s kind of like a private joke that you share between you and yourself. You are thinking of ideas, jotting down plans and dreams about the results. Sometimes you get so full of excitement that you want to share your plans with others. I beseech you to take heed to which person you share your plans with. Some people are just not capable of understanding and appreciating where you are in your life. When you are high on your passion…
  • The Remedy for Staying Motivated

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:04 pm
      Often times we begin working on something and our energy is thru the roof. Our energy and excitement for what we are working on carries us for a great deal of the way. Then all of a sudden the fire lowers beneath us, and  eventually goes out. This can even occur when we are working on our passion, the thing we love dearly. To progress forward we must find ways to stay encouraged. The first way to remain encouraged is by Visualization. It’s important to constantly remember what your goal is and think of it often. You may come to a stalemate at times however by keeping your goal on…
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • 22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
  • Forgive others so you can get peace.

    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • How to have a Good Day.

    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    I know some days are such a drag and others are like world war 3. You look around you and people are all smiles. Happy and enjoying life and you wonder why. Well if there is one thing I've learnt first hand is that YOU MAKE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS! So here are a few things I do to not only survive my day but to have a Good day sometimes even super Great :)Step 1Wake up grateful.Wake up knowing your purpose for the day.Wake up and recall all your goals and dreams that you are trying to achieve.Wake up thankful that you are blessed with a new day and a new chance to start over and do better than…
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
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    The Spectator

  • The Open Road

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

    Rodney Onyango
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We've all seen these little devils at one point or or another, they scamper through the house with bolt like speed and ill intent and eat our food while we're deep asleep. They seem to always appear out of no where like a ghost come to haunt you but when it comes, best believe they will make their presence known and you better be prepared to counter them. The first memory of rats was when me
  • Gut Feeling

    Rodney Onyango
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Of late I've been thinking about what guides our subconscious, whether or not we take heed to it and what repercussions our final actions have. I'm sure every one of us has made a decision that when asked they can't trace it back to any logic and so your natural response becomes "It was a gut feeling".  I stumbled on some article that referred to a gut feeling as that quirky urge. A funny
  • #MasenoDays: It was the Principal

    Rodney Onyango
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    If you've ever been in boarding school then you will understand that sleep is a basic need , more basic than food, shelter or clothing. You will struggle continuously to stay awake, balancing your head between your hands on your desk. There will be snoring intermissions between you and your desk-mate,  heck you might even experience the elusive head pendulum swing as you attempt to
  • #MasenoDays: The Dark Pits

    Rodney Onyango
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Sometimes we forget how good we have it until life so diligently decides to remind us. This was a lesson the great school reminded me of on more than one occasion. But the one that I will never forget was the pit latrines, before joining Maseno my perception of pit latrines was associated with ancestral homes so during my first week as a mono imagine my surprise when I asked for the
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    Not Before Coffee

  • How I Save $180 a Year on Razors – DIY Sharpening Technique

    Gayla Baer
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Razor blades can be very expensive. Most people use their blade for a week or two, then change it. This simple ‘Blue Jean Sharpening Method’ will extend your blade and deliver a sharp, smooth shave for months and months. When you finish shaving, grab one leg of a pair of blue jeans, hold the end with one hand and with the other simply stoke the razor along the entire length of the blue jean for roughly 20 strokes, then switch directions. The threads of the jeans run diagonal so switching directions provides balance to sharpening the blade’s edge. Doing this, takes the fine…
  • Weird Al sings the praises of foil in this Lorde parody

    Gayla Baer
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    As part of his project to release eight music videos in eight days, he’s released this incredibly parody of Lorde’s “Royals,” entitled “Foil.” The man is still capturing attention after all these years!
  • U.S. Breweries are Booming According to Census Bureau

    Gayla Baer
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    The number of U.S. breweries more than doubled — from 398 to 869 — between 2007 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released today from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series. The breweries industry reported $28.3 billion in shipments in 2012, an increase of nearly 33.6 percent since 2007. Employment in the breweries industry (NAICS 312120) also climbed over the five-year span — rising to 26,077 employees in 2012, up by 3,825 or 17.2 percent, from 22,252 in 2007. While overall employment grew, the average number of employees per establishment was nearly halved, from 56 in…
  • Most Recommended Brands According to Women

    Gayla Baer
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    Women across America have identified the brands that they would highly recommend.  As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc. honors these outstanding brands with the 2014 Women’s Choice Award.  This designation is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women across America and serves as a symbol of empowerment, simplifying a woman’s decision when choosing a brand or service to purchase for herself or her family. “The Women’s Choice Award mission is to raise awareness among consumers about which brands are most recommended and trusted…
  • Scary Stories Won’t Stop Kids From Lying or Will They?

    Gayla Baer
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:40 am
    Reading cautionary tales like The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Pinocchio to little kids might not be the best way to teach them to tell the truth. New research suggests stories that praise, rather than punish, characters for being honest are more effective. “As parents of young children, we wanted to know how effective the stories actually are in promoting honesty,” says Victoria Talwar of McGill University’s educational psychology department. “Is it ‘in one ear, out the other,’ or do children listen and take the messages to heart?” “We should not take it for granted that classic…
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    The Great Life Swindle

  • My life is meaningful – Alternative Affirmation for the Common Man no.1

    Laura Tong
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    We’re taught from the earliest memory that to live a meaningless life is a squalid, uncontributing approach and that such behavior deserves the full might of society’s contempt… Hmm.. I have another theory! You see, parents and early education are just one of many stinky layers in this swindleous onion. At the core, is a never ending smorgasbord of deception screaming you need to forget going after some dumb little dream you’ve got stuck in your head and do some worthwhile endeavor, some ‘meaningful’ bollocks in your life instead. Like hell you do! Because…
  • Your pitiful present is your future – if you let it be!

    Laura Tong
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    How has it all come down to the fact that your pitiful present is your future unfolding while you watch? It may only be half time but state of play at the final whistle isn’t going to look that different unless you radically change your game plan. Instead, hit the pause button and stop watching instant replays of other people’s successes when you could be playing out your own. Think about it, how many people do you personally know that have broken through the swindle and are living a truly Great Life on their terms? Not many, if any perhaps? Ouch! We’re not going to pussy…
  • Today’s Newspaper Headlines Fact or Fiction?

    Laura Tong
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Today’s Newspaper Headlines: ‘Miracle immortality drug discovered that guarantees end to sickness and disease:  3000 undertakers jobs under threat’ Today’s newspaper headlines may have been all but superseded in being the harbingers of news in this 24 hour digital age, but they still hold true to certain values so answer our world exclusive question and see how current your affair with the media is… Q: On the whole are today’s newspaper headlines (and most associated media’s for that matter): a) Complete fiction b) Hysterical, scaremongering…
  • Balls of Steel-What’s your Audacity Capacity?

    Laura Tong
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
    Re-published due to  banana fingers  hitting ‘publish’ instead of ‘draft’ – way to go! Your audacity capacity is key to being successful in chasing down the Great Life that’s out there for everyone who has the motivation to hunt it down. Because anyone successful has balls of steel, whether they’ve achieved public or personal success, building companies or charities, scaling peaks or personal bests. And the exciting thing is, so have you! It’s just as likely when you stride out there, settle into your oh so groovy groove and really get…
  • Money is hard to come by… and other bollocks people tell you!

    Laura Tong
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees’ we’ve been told ad nauseam, ‘money is hard to come by’! This universally swindleous maxim is directly responsible for the financial illiteracy you suffer from every day and is a monumental hurdle in you chasing down your Great Life. Understand just how monkeyed you are and where it’s got you. To be fair, you’re in strong company, being a member of one of the world’s most over-subscribed clubs. Like the majority , there’s every chance that you’re trapped in firmly, fervently believing that money is…
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