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  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

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    Sheila Nevins
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Much to her own chagrin, Sheila Nevins will stop at nothing to preserve her teeth I have spent more on my teeth (most of us have 32) than on any of my weddings, expensive spa vacations, or my kid’s entire education. This toothy madness began in preadolescence, when I wore braces for some three years for a slight overbite (très shih tzu), which I owed to prolonged thumb sucking. This frontal bucking created a mouth made for remolding. My mother had wanted a perfect child and so I was rushed to an NYU dental clinic where trembling dental wannabes completed their education in my…
  • 1 Great Reason to Laugh Today

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    rsdailythought
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • A Leap in Lifespans

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    We're living longer than ever, but not always better.
  • My iPhone Made Me Cry

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    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Are you befuddled by new technology? Do you long for the days of simple on/off switches and phones that simply ring hello? Do most appliances have too many options? Do tell.       My iPhone Made Me Cry An Interactive Poem I don’t cry at weddings I know the odds Sometimes I cry at funerals But always try to hold back my tears. Yet, my iPhone made me cry out loud Weep Uncontrollably Wet sobs and gasps. It refused to allow me to take charge And I’m a take-charge kinda gal. My iPhone hated me It hated my touch I tried each finger every which way Cutting nails, huffing warmth…
  • Countdown - 14 Days

    Peterman's Eye
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
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    The New Old Age

  • Is It Really Dementia?

    By Paula Span
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    A number of conditions cause dementia-like symptoms, and doctors may have trouble diagnosing them. Still, the odds usually are low that an elderly family member can be made cognitively normal.
  • A Doctor Discovers Dying

    By Paula Span
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    In his new book, "Being Mortal," Dr. Atul Gawande acknowledges paying scant attention to end-of-life issues.
  • Treating C.O.P.D. in the Elderly

    By Judith Graham
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may benefit from taking two drugs, not just one, a new study finds.
  • A Leap in Lifespans

    By Paula Span
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    We're living longer than ever, but not always better.
  • In Nursing Homes, Eyes That Never Turn Away

    By Paula Span
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    More family members debate whether to install video cameras in the rooms of nursing home patients.
 
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  • 5 Things I Like: A Moment Caught, Close to Me, Claire Dancing, An Etsy Shop, and a Rate Calculator

    Elan Morgan
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    One.This photo of girls playing netball in a Bedford College physical education class in England in 1937, because the girl on the right looks like she is both dancing and swooning: see page for author [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Two.The Cure's "Close to Me", because it manages to be both bouncy and sexy without being silly, and it makes me want to dance like Claire in The Breakfast Club:Three.Which brings me to another favourite thing — this GIF of Claire (played by Molly Ringwald) dancing in The Breakfast Club: Four.I love this mug and pretty much everything else in The…
  • I Got a Present! (For Which I Inexplicably Had to Fight Stoned Cats)

    Elan Morgan
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I got a present in the mail!An American reader of this blog, Melly, wrote me a while ago to ask questions about the size of my feet. She swore that she wasn't being creepy or stalking me, especially since her passport had expired, and that, since I had shared my craft with her, she just wanted to share her craft with me. I figured, with an expired passport between us, what could be the harm? I sent my home address to her straight away. I had no idea what was in the package when it arrived. It didn't rattle or smell weird, though, so I figured everything was on the up and up.Luckily, like that…
  • Swivel, Stop, Focus: Finding Small Doorways Through Hard Moments

    Elan Morgan
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I took this photo on the banks of the Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon. Fall is hard for some of us. Daylight is in less supply, the nights are longer, the temperature drops, and my heart breaks a little more each day. I feel overwhelmed by my work, creative pursuits, and normal, daily things like finding a clean shirt or feeding the cats. Skype chats nearly stop altogether, because fixing my hair is hard.Granted, this might not be quite so difficult if I remembered to sit in front of my full-spectrum SAD lamp every morning. Would hitting that ON button kill me? No, but depression makes…
  • I Spoke at BlissDom Canada 14 and Learned That I Really Need to Work On My Sexy Face

    Elan Morgan
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    From Wednesday to Sunday I was in Mississauga, Ontario for BlissDom Canada 2014. The first night that I was there, I turned off my phone, lay about on every piece of furniture, watched tv, ate cake, and showered until the room felt tropical. In a hotel room, no one can touch you, everything is clean (and cat hair free), and you can watch whatever ridiculous tv shows you want while bouncing on the bed and trying to remember the lyrics to "Froggy Went A-Courtin'." The maid was amused when she passed me a bathrobe through the door and I asked her if I was right that Froggy carried a "sword…
  • Call for Jurors for the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards

    Elan Morgan
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Canadian Weblog Awards are a juried competition, because they celebrate quality over popularity. It's not traffic numbers that matter here; we love great writing and great design. In order to do show off our best and brightest, though, we need volunteer jurors to help us surface the best Canadian blogs, and that means you!Do you want to help celebrate the best in Canadian blogging? Do you believe in quality, both in content and design? Do you want to put your judgement to good use? Then you probably need to join us. We take Canadians and non-Canadians alike, so there's no need to let your…
 
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  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

    Sheila Nevins
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Much to her own chagrin, Sheila Nevins will stop at nothing to preserve her teeth I have spent more on my teeth (most of us have 32) than on any of my weddings, expensive spa vacations, or my kid’s entire education. This toothy madness began in preadolescence, when I wore braces for some three years for a slight overbite (très shih tzu), which I owed to prolonged thumb sucking. This frontal bucking created a mouth made for remolding. My mother had wanted a perfect child and so I was rushed to an NYU dental clinic where trembling dental wannabes completed their education in my…
  • My iPhone Made Me Cry

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

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

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

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

    SnoopyTheGoon
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The article Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters is interesting and educational. Who would have thought that a battle-hardened jihadi, who by mere fact of his survival in the bloody fields of the Middle East, most probably has a lot of blood on his hands, could be brought back to civilization that simply? But here it is: In other countries, Talha — one of hundreds of young jihadists from the West who has fought in Syria and Iraq — might be barred from return or thrown in jail. But in Denmark, a country that has spawned more foreign fighters per capita than…
  • And now about Israeli jihadis

    SnoopyTheGoon
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Apparently we too can claim that we have contributed to the ISIS effort (click to embiggen):20 martyrs-to-be from Israel. Not bad, all things considered. And it is nice to notice that, like most other Jihadis, these ones get to their ISIS jobs via Turkey - the NATO member of good standing. Oh well, it was a side remark. Never mind.Anyhow, our martyrs come already booby-trapped. Just saying.
  • Kim Jong Un converts to Judaism: plans to live till 120

    SnoopyTheGoon
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Unlike his illustrious ancestor, Kim Il Sung, who aimed at a much humbler figure of 100 years, the Fatso is more ambitious. "120 or die!" - is the new slogan in the motherland of the Juche idea. Not relying on religion alone, Kim Jong Un warned his doctors that if the desired goal of 120 years is not reached (in due time), he will personally preside over the execution of the whole medical team, their families and pets.
  • More proof that ISIS are Zionist stooges (PG 18 - raw uncensored footage!)

    SnoopyTheGoon
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The following recording may be handy for Naomi Wolf in her relentless quest for Troof. But I can't sit on hot material indefinitely, so watch the recording, but keep in mind that it is classified PG 18 with the following notice (upper case in original): WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - CONTAINS RAW FOOTAGE.There are no subtitles, but somebody volunteered a brief description in the comments:He is saying that there is no palestine in the past and now. And that the hamas needs to bleed to death.That's it. This is all the proof anyone might ever need.
  • British Islamist Abu Baraa speaks about the shining future of Caliphate

    SnoopyTheGoon
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I wouldn't quote anything, to avoid denying you the pleasure of discovery. Enjoy, but remember - the best parts come at the end of the clip:Quite a mad bugger, that one, and he is not the only one who believes his rants.More on Mizanur Rahman aka Abu Baraa.And a few of his recent tweets:If Barack Obama gets Ebola - I would not feel sorry for him.— Mizanur Rahman (@Abu_Baraa1) October 16, 2014O Allah! Let every torturer and every rapist of Muslims from USA, UK, Asad, Maliki, Hizbullaat, Iran, Peshmurga & PKK contract Ebola.— Mizanur Rahman (@Abu_Baraa1) October 16, 2014P.S. Want to bet…
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  • Reconsideration

    timethief
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    After some deep thinking and discussion with those close to me I have decided to renew the domain mapping upgrade and the no-ads upgrade on this blog. Removing domain mapping would break all the internal links in the blog and I decided not to do that. I also hate seeing advertising on blogs so I…
  • Parting is sweet sorrow

    timethief
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Due to some serious health issues that you can read about in my blogging tips blog I have not been posting to this blog. I am leaving regular blogging behind and there will be a significant change made to this blog that I want to make you all aware of. Update: October 2nd, 2014 Please…
  • Growing Wiser

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

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

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

  • A Super-Important, Amazing New Book on End-of-Life Care

    Ronni Bennett
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    For the past couple of days I've been reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End from Atul Gawande, the Harvard Medical School professor who is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a staff writer at The New Yorker. When a new issue of that magazine arrives containing Gawande's byline, I usually stop what I'm doing to sit down right away and enjoy a new essay by one of the most brilliant, sensitive, thoughtful people writing today. This new book, his fourth, is a cri de coeur against the “medicated mortality” treatment that is the norm in the United…
  • Crabby Old Lady v. the Cable Company

    Ronni Bennett
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Crabby Old Lady does not like using her blog for rants about personal issues but every couple of years something so egregious happens that she cannot help herself. This one is about trying to reduce her cable/internet costs and let Crabby say up front that if any of you are intending to flaunt your supposed virtue by telling her you have better things to do than watch television, don't. Crabby likes television. She spent more than a third of her life producing network TV shows. It's in her blood. She watches a lot of news and politics on television and, as she has maintained for the past four…
  • It's That Time Again - Medicare Enrollment

    Ronni Bennett
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    (EDITORIAL NOTE: International readers can take the day off – most of you live in countries with more sane health programs than the United States has and don't suffer this tedious, irritating annual ritual.) Last Wednesday, 15 October, marked the start of the Medicare Open Enrollment period which lasts until 7 December. During this time, people 65 and older may, if they choose, make changes to their Advantage programs and their Part D prescription drug plans. Oh joy. OVERVIEW If you currently have traditional Medicare, you are allowed to change to a private Advantage plan – or vice versa.
  • ELDER MUSIC: States – South Dakota to Wyoming

    Ronni Bennett
    19 Oct 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. We're in the home stretch now. Here are the last of the states (alphabetically). It seems that whenever a town or city is mentioned in these…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 18 October 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    114-YEAR-OLD LIES TO GET A FACEBOOK PAGE Anna Stoer is 114 years old. You read that right – 114. She lives in Minnesota. She wanted to create a Facebook page. She had to lie because the age dropdown menu goes only to age 99. Here's the video story: You can read more at Buzzfeed but watch out for that $%^ autostart audio. CHILDREN FULL OF LIFE DOCUMENTARY From my friend Jim Stone, here is how the YouTube page explains this extraordinary video: ”...a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learns lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro…
 
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  • What’s Next in B2B Marketing?

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

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

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

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

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

    Neil
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The New York City of today is not the same New York City of my past. Technology has changed everything. No one reads the newspaper on the subway. Everyone is on their smartphone, living their virtual life.   In fact, you can do anything now from the privacy of your mobile device – ordering food, buying a book, hailing a cab, finding a date. In what was once the most public-oriented city in the country, I’ve seen co-workers sitting together at lunch in a café, silently updating their Facebooks and Twitters, and singles in crowded bars, ignoring each other while sexting with…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #37

    Neil
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    After we spent all afternoon moving his equipment across the street, Gideon took a wad of money from his pocket and handed $100 bucks to each of the other guys in the crew. They promptly headed to the Fiddler to blow their money on liquor, leaving Gideon and I alone in the new studio with the boxes, furniture, and music equipment. Gideon licked his thumb and swiped $300 from his still substantial ball of dough. “And these three bills are for you, Danny.” he said. “No, Gideon. I can’t take money from you.” “Sure you can. You worked hard. You spent all Sunday…
  • TED Talk on Confidence

    Neil
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Hello, there! I’m so glad to be here with you for this afternoon’s TED session. Haven’t the other speakers been amazing? Just outstanding! Today, I want to talk to you about confidence. True confidence has become the cornerstone in a growing movement, one that has become international, emphasizing self-respect and personal attainment in our daily lives. In today’s world, we have a feast of opportunities that were unheard of a hundred years ago, but we still feel powerless and unworthy to sit at our rightful table. A thriving industry has been developed to help others…
  • Moving the Mannequins

    Neil
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
  • Ask Dr. P., An Advice Column

    Neil
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    While I have been fiddling around with this dumb blog for the last ten years, my Penis moved to Baltimore to attain an advanced degree in Psychiatry at John Hopkins University.  We here at Citizen of the Month are now proud to bring a new voice into the community to help my readers with answers to pressing problems related to issues of mental illness, anxiety, and depression. About Dr. Penis — Dr. P., as he is known by his colleagues and patients, brings a wide range of professional and life experience to his practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has spoken to…
 
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  • 1 Great Reason to Laugh Today

    rsdailythought
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • A Poetic Way to Think About Friendship

    rsdailythought
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Your Monday Morning To-Do List

    rsdailythought
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Perfect Friday Night

    rsdailythought
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 6 Couples Costumes Your Partner Won’t Be Embarrassed to WearFiled under: Daily Thought
  • 3 Important Things to Do Today

    rsdailythought
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 31 Vegetarian Recipes for the Month of October 8 Scary-Good Halloween Cookies 12 Laundry Mistakes You’re Probably Making Filed under: Daily Thought
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    Are We Still Cool?

  • My Week as a Foodstagrammer

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

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

    Cool Dad
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Cool Newbie in Brooklyn Bridge Park, June 2013 When applying for my position as Oldest Social Media Intern Ever at Yelp, I had to create a Yelp account to show I could be proficient at all things Yelp. ‘Your Headline’ is part of a Yelp profile that at first seems like an afterthought, buried under 8 other fields on the form. But when you look at the public profile, it takes on an unanticipated prominence. As you see, right under the heavily filtered profile pic of me in a fedora I bought from a street vendor in the East Village for $15 [-5 cool points] sits my headline.
  • I Wore WHAT? High School Senior Year Yearbook, 1994

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

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

  • What, Now? Wow. Ow.

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    My brother Jed came back East from BC for two weeks with his new family in tow, two weeks ago. We stayed at Steve Davis's house Tuesday night so I could drive them all to the airport before sunrise, Wednesday morning. Stop-and-go traffic all the way to the airport, starting at 6am?! That's just wrong. It was very hard to say goodbye to them all. Alycia is Jed's perfect counterpart, 4yo Michael is nearly his perfect clone (but cuter than he ever was), 4yo Rachel (M's twin) is quiet and sweet and very smart, and Gracie is curious, cuddly and learns to say new things faster than the parrots do.
  • Grampa's Memorial (Art Dillingham)

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I spoke for a few minutes today at my grandfather's memorial. He died on Saturday, at 87 years old. The following are my notes, though I didn't read it verbatim. If you'd like to know a little more about my grandfather — and thus a little more about me — this is as good a place to start as any other.
  • Ten Years

    12 Mar 2014 | 7:24 am
    It's hard to believe ten years have passed since Shane died. I remember sitting on our front steps in Mystic waiting for the police to show up, to tell us what they wouldn't say over the phone. We knew what they were going to say, but didn't want to believe it. I remember Corinne going into the kitchen and throwing knives and dishes around in a fit of anguish... and wishing she had bought more breakable stuff because mostly it just dinged up the kitchen. She slept a lot for weeks after that day. We had a new kitten, Kiki (who is even now crying outside my door, wondering what on God's green…
  • Seven Years Old!

    2 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    Lauren's seven years old today. It boggles the mind. Happy birthday, baby girl!
  • Drawn To It

    6 Feb 2014 | 9:12 am
    This is extremely strange for me, but I've been a bit obsessed with drawing lately. That isn't to say I'm good at it. I've gone my whole life without really doing it at all. But for a few months Jim Roepcke was tweeting links to drawings people were doing in the app he was working on, DrawQuest, so I finally gave it a shot and installed the app in late November of 2013. My profile is here.. Warning, the service is flaky on that site and often stuff won't load at all. Last month Jim was looking for work again, and then a week later DrawQuest announced they'd be shutting down. So, I started…
 
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    turnings :: daniel berlinger

  • MacRumors: ‘iOS 8 Adoption Stagnates Just Two and a Half Weeks After Launch’

    Daniel
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    MacRumors: ‘iOS 8 Adoption Stagnates Just Two and a Half Weeks After Launch’: Very worrisome — a canary-in-the-coal-mine indicator that casual users no longer trust Apple with major iOS updates. Last year the number for iOS 7 adoption was in the 70s in October, which was a faster adoption rate than iOS 6 the year prior.  ★  [Here's my take. Lots of devices don't have the room necessary to complete the update, and folks haven't made time to do anything about it yet. My son's device is a perfect example, 16G, totally maxed out. I haven't had time to check that it's backed…
  • 20 years of blogging

    Daniel
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    20 years of blogging: Every day I try to do some development work on my projects, but I see the end coming, not too far away. I don’t think I’ll be digging any great new holes in the future, but I do want to wrap up all the stuff I’ve started. That’s what the last few years have been about. I want to have great open publishing tools, that don’t require you to give everything you have to a billionaire in the hopes of getting a little attention. [It does all come to end, and in technology it is harder to sustain a legacy I think. If you build a great building, it…
  • ★ Now Batting for the Yankees, Number 2

    Daniel
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    ★ Now Batting for the Yankees, Number 2: One final time, Bob Sheppard’s voice booms through The Stadium. “Now batting for the Yankees, number 2, Derek Jeter. Number 2.” Winning run on second base. One out. Everyone in The Stadium is standing. I’m standing watching at home. My son, 10, is standing on the couch next to me. The tension is excruciating. First pitch, Jeter jumps on it with his signature inside-out swing. Single to right! Richardson beats the throw to the plate. Yankees win. Yankees win. Pandemonium. My boy jumps off the couch into my arms and we run…
  • In an Uber all graphite and glitter

    Daniel
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    In an Uber all graphite and glitter: Sure, maybe O’Reilly’s post bugged me because he’s playing the familiar game of using recent Apple product news as a strawman to compare to an utterly different kind of technology, while throwing in coded phrases like “Apple hype machine.” (Replying to a comment on his own article, O’Reilly declares, “What I wrote wasn’t really about Apple Pay.” Of course it wasn’t.) But I think what really rankles is that Tim O’Reilly is applying his vision to a Silicon Valley utopia where people take Ubers…
  • How things go… (car camping)

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

  • How To Find The Right Storage Unit

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    These days, lots of people are downsizing and moving into apartment communities to save space and money on homeowner expenses. This trend also means people are moving some of their belongings into self-storage. However, finding the right self-storage space can be a challenging task, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. Storage units […] The post How To Find The Right Storage Unit appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Choosing the Right Leasing Option

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Finding the perfect apartment for rent is already a challenging experience, but when you add choosing a lease type it becomes even more difficult. A lease is a contract you make as a tenant with your landlord that lays out the conditions and costs of the apartment rental, the services they provide, and the length […] The post Choosing the Right Leasing Option appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Where Great Taste Is Just Outside Your Apartment

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fall is such a wonderful, social time of year. As the pleasant fall temperatures surround us and we head out to fall festivals and pre-Halloween activities, we also gather with our friends and families at restaurants across the country. Apartment living means the ability to choose where you live close to the things you love […] The post Where Great Taste Is Just Outside Your Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Be a Good Neighbor: Soundproof Your Apartment

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Noisy neighbors are a common complaint for apartment tenants. However, if you complain about your noisy neighbor, it’s likely that they say the same thing about you from time to time. Even if you have carpet flooring, sometimes you need to take additional steps to keep your apartment soundproof. If you tend to listen to […] The post Be a Good Neighbor: Soundproof Your Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Essential Tips for Moving

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Anyone who has moved apartments knows what a painful process it can be. Packing up all of your life into little boxes can seem pretty impossible at the beginning. However, packing doesn’t have to be so horrible! We’ve got a few essential packing tips that will alleviate some of the stress of moving your whole […] The post Essential Tips for Moving appeared first on Apartment Life.
 
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    sex and the beach

  • Miami Plants A Seed for Healthy Eats

    Maria de los Angeles
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Wake up, taste buds! You won't need a rod and reel for this zesty Mushroom Ceviche from  plant-based Temple Kitchen in South Miami.Last week, a seed was planted in Miami that will hopefully grow into a big tree, spread roots all over town and yield abundant fruit.The first annual Seed Conscious Plant-Based Food and Wine Festival celebrated all things vegetarian, vegan and organic through a variety of activities, including a dinner hosted by health advocate Alicia Silverstone (you might remember her as the blond from the film Clueless) and a day-long festival in Midtown.Since I've…
  • There’s the Dishes and Then There’s the Dishes

    Maria de los Angeles
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    I take pride in my humble little kitchen, the operative word being little. My imagination goes wild in this small space where I whip up memorable repasts.Being single, I most often enjoy meals by myself. Food is my companion. It nourishes and speaks to my body. I like it. It likes me.Last night's entrée was no exception. Salmon en papillote dotted with organic butter, encrusted with crushed black pepper and sesame seeds. On the side: curried cauliflower purée blended with almond and coconut milk. And of course, something green: sautéed kale with sun-dried tomatoes.I slowly savored my meal…
  • A Dream of Love

    Maria de los Angeles
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    I witnessed my younger self walking slowly down a country road.A wooden fence enclosed a pasture lined with trees that stretched endlessly to the sky. A breeze gently stirred the leaves as golden light peeked through a dense canopy.I wrapped a blanket tightly around me as I stepped forward to nowhere, amid soft yellow seeds drifting lazily around me.A faint glimmer in the horizon turned into a reddish beard.He appeared as tall as the trees in his blue overalls. We had known each other before. We knew each other now.I looked up at him, dropped my blanket and we hugged.And then I woke up from…
  • An Angel on Bus 58

    Maria de los Angeles
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Artwork by yours truly on Flickr.She tenderly held my face with her bony hands. “You have an angelic face,” she said. Then she kissed my forehead.

“I believe in God,” she exclaimed. Pointing her finger upward, she completed her thought. “God will bless you.”She was a stranger, among so many, on a bus heading west.She wouldn’t be a stranger for long when we both stepped off at a busy intersection.

 I gave her my hand to help her down as she clumsily negotiated a small rolling suitcase and walking cane.I glanced into her eyes.

 She seemed confused.“Can I have two…
  • 9 Years and Counting

    Maria de los Angeles
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    I was so busy with caregiving that I forgot to observe an important milestone: this humble little blog celebrated its 9th anniversary on October 8.In 2005, I embarked on a writing journey that would change my life. I found new voices to tell stories while exploring a myriad of topics -- from the banal to the sublime. Since then, I've also mentored others to become rockin' bloggers.Thanks to readers and fans for making it all worthwhile -- and most importantly -- fun!Wax and Pap, the first post, still promotes and excellent idea: why not get your pubes plucked while having the outer rim of…
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    verbatim

  • Reading*

    Karen
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Over the weekend I read The Good House by Ann Leary.** It's the story of Hildy Good, a real estate broker in Wendover, a fictional town on the North Shore of Boston. Hildy's family has been in the area for generations—she is a descendant of Sarah Good, one of the girls hanged at the Salem witch trials. Hildy is not a witch, but she says, "I can walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions." She also has a party trick where she reads people's minds, but in fact she's just a very good student of…
  • Teen 1, Teen 2, and Now Teen 3!

    Karen
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Sunday was a milestone day for Julie, as she turned 13! And it was a milestone day for me, too, because I realized that I'm now the mom of THREE teenagers! Last year Julie had gone to a friend's birthday party at the Melting Pot, and that was her request for her family birthday meal this year. (Sorry, Minado!) The Melting Pot is an entirely fondue restaurant—really, there is nothing else! The waitress even told us that there's not a single oven in the kitchen—just prep tables and fridges. She said it's the only restaurant she's ever worked at where there's…
  • Checking In

    Karen
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Yup, still here, still burning the candle at both ends. Counting down another week until I can take deep, full, relaxing breaths.... Oh, but remember that editing project that sent me into a tailspin because I forgot all about it? Well, I just got it back from the author (via the production editor) for the "cleanup" phase, and she forwarded me the author's email, which says in part, "These edits were fantastic. I'm feeling so grateful for this careful read-through." Phew. Anyhow, here are a couple of things that have gone on while I've been away from the…
  • Coming Up for Air

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

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

  • What's Old Is New Again

    Magpie
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    In days of old, once upon a time, over the river and through the woods, an eon ago, you know, back when I was a kid, there was an Italian deli. It was on Main Street and it had sawdust on the floor. Its fragrant stock included wheels of Parmesan, tubs of olives and giardiniera, enormous wax covered provolone hanging from the ceiling, sturdy little cacciatorini, seeded semolina breads. Exotic but not, for it was the stuff of childhood. For cocktail party nibbles, my parents would buy cecis and favas - roasted salted chickpeas and fava beans - the cecis crumbly to the tooth, the favas requiring…
  • The Garment

    Magpie
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    It looks medieval. You look like a hippie. That garment could have been in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I love it! You made that?My absolute favorite baby present - back almost 11 years ago - was a blanket made out of recycled felted wool sweaters. It's simple - six inch squares zig-zagged together, all shades of off white, dense and soft and subtle. It was made by Crispina, a woman who - back in the day - used to have a flourishing cottage industry making blankets out of sweaters. In recent years, though, she's scaled back the production and sales business, and now does workshops to…
  • The Latin Lesson

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

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

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

  • Doubling Down

    joshuanewman
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Welcome, Penne Newman, (biological) younger sister to Gemelli, and new addition to the family! FML.
  • Management

    joshuanewman
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince
  • Get What You Pay For

    joshuanewman
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Here’s something I’ve learned in years of running companies: people know exactly how much they’re worth. For every dollar you over-pay them, they give you back several times more in value; for every dollar you under-pay them, they find a way to stiff you by an equal margin. Find the very best people. Then pay them very well. It’s a much easier, and much more effective, way to manage.
  • Progress

    joshuanewman
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Lots brewing, announcements shortly.
  • Laurels

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

  • How to Create Habits That Stick (+Pavlok Giveaway)

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Maneesh Sethi. Getting a call from the Travel Channel was the best thing that ever happened for my diet. And I didn’t even need to starve myself on some new wilderness reality show. In 2011, a production company and the Travel Channel decided to produce a travel show — with myself as the host. It was a really exciting time. Except for one small caveat. I was a lot fatter than my pitch video had been. I had about 15 lbs to lose to get in “TV shape” (damn you, superficial American culture!). So I had a choice: keep the show…or…
  • 5 Tools for Thriving in Uncertainty

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder. “It is not given to human beings – happily for them, otherwise life would be intolerable – to foresee or predict to any large extent the unfolding of events. In one phase men seem to have been right, in another they seem to have been wrong. Then again, a few years later, when the perspective of time has lengthened, all stands in a different setting. There is a new proportion. There is another scale of values. History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive…
  • 22 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

    Brett and Kate McKay
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    This post is brought to you by Tuft & Needle. Tuft & Needle makes quality mattresses and offers them for an honest price. Exclusively available online and made in the USA, the mattress ships right to your door. No gimmicks, no sales tactics, 30 night trial and easy returns. What’s this? Last week we discussed the nature of sleep and why it’s so important that you get enough of it. If you’ve had trouble falling asleep for years, the information may have made you feel more frustrated than inspired. Fear not! Today we’ll take a look at a wide range of tips for slumbering…
  • How to Get a Curtain Cut/Undercut Haircut [VIDEO]

    Brett
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The movie Fury comes out today, and folks are talking about it for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the hairstyle Brad Pitt is rocking in the film. Short on the sides and long on the top, it’s called the curtain cut or undercut, and it has a distinctly vintage-looking vibe. According to Wikipedia, the curtained hairstyle has its origins in the Edwardian Age, and became popular “as a more practical solution to the longer hair and sideburns fashionable from the 1840s to 1890s.” (Interesting, though one struggles to understand what exactly was impractical about…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: October 17, 2014

    Brett
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Last week’s winner of the AoM store giveaway was Jesus from Hollywood, FL, and he chose the AoM pocket knife. My Picks This Week My picks this week all center on apparel. Suitable offers custom-made suits (you’ll have to send your measurements) at very affordable prices. Featuring high-quality elements like breathable fabrics and double-vented jackets, you’ll look classy and feel comfortable. K-Way is a fall staple for Huckberry, with their 100% waterproof and windproof jackets. This year they have a new line of two-layer down jackets and vests that are both warm and portable.
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    Blurbomat

  • Dark Sky, Morning Lights

    blurb
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The clouds look so fake in this. But they are real. And spectacular. The post Dark Sky, Morning Lights appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Black Eyed Susan You Make Us Nervous

    blurb
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed The photo is a paradox. Possibly. The post Black Eyed Susan You Make Us Nervous appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Turning This Car Around Episode 34

    blurb
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed "The clown episode." The post Turning This Car Around Episode 34 appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Winter Sunset, Charcoal Clouds

    blurb
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Winter sunset over Utah. The post Winter Sunset, Charcoal Clouds appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Motel Entrance in Moab, Utah

    Jon Armstrong
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed A lonely sign in winter. Yes, winter is coming, I know, I know. The post Motel Entrance in Moab, Utah appeared first on Blurbomat.
 
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Crown Fountain at Chicago’s Millennium Park

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Crown Fountain at Millennium Park on Chicago’s downtown lakefront displays digital faces of Chicagoans on the columns, come rain or shine (Visited 9 times, 9 visits today)The post PHOTO: Crown Fountain at Chicago’s Millennium Park appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Treasures of Culture and Commerce in Historic Downtown Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s fashionable to say that New York is the greatest city in the world, but this Chicago girl prefers the Second City. For the first time in many years, I had an opportunity to spend summer in the Chicagoland area, where my family still lives. As I always do whenever I’m here, I took one of the many walking tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Last time I opted for a lunchtime tour of the Chicago Board of Trade Building, which provided a fascinating in-depth architectural look into the art deco skyscraper and allowed me to watch commodities traders screaming out…
  • PHOTO: Stained Glass Dome at Chicago Cultural Center

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One of two magnificent stained-glass domes in the old Public Library in downtown Chicago, now used at the Chicago Cultural Center (Visited 26 times, 26 visits today)The post PHOTO: Stained Glass Dome at Chicago Cultural Center appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Ornamental Work on Sullivan Center in Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Bronze-plated cast-iron ornamental work of the Sullivan Center in Chicago, formerly the downtown Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building on State Street (Visited 40 times, 40 visits today)The post PHOTO: Ornamental Work on Sullivan Center in Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Land Use Plan for City of Chicago – Ahead of its Time

    Barbara Weibel
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Model of the City of Chicago at the Chicago Architectural Foundation, showing extensive green space along Lake Michigan. The plan was ahead of its time, and successfully set aside a large swath of public space along Lake Michigan, which makes Chicago’s downtown one of the most stunning in the country. (Visited 74 times, 74 visits today)The post PHOTO: Land Use Plan for City of Chicago – Ahead of its Time appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been caught up in my mind more than paper lately, an avalanche of thoughts I suppose…Relating in a real, tangible realm and relating in a social media world. I adore the people who have morphed from screen name monikers to friends. I cherish those who I always and only knew as flesh and blood, a pixel-less soul. And I wonder why it is we are so drawn in to the complexities of online connection. Indeed, we connect, but what we see and how we feel because of minuscule lights and squares and code sometimes astounds me – both in good and bad ways. Why do some things I see…
  • Depression, Prozac, And Where I Come Out As a Nerdy Girl

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you’ve been around these parts for any amount of time, you know I’ve wrestled with seasons of anxiety, depression, and even a time where a shrink thought I was bi-polar II (I wasn’t). One of the crazy (ha!) things about mental health is it’s really difficult to diagnose and if you’re serious about getting healthy (Note: Not fixed, not medicated, but healthy), you agree to subject yourself to a myriad of paths to find that health. Paths like: A commitment to be healthy physically – heal thyself. All the stuff you hear about eating well and exercising…
  • “Lean on Me” Book Club Discount + Free Shipping

    Anne Marie Miller
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Last weekend, I spoke at a church. Saturday was a women’s retreat and we focused on my new book Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community. Each woman got a copy of the book. On Sunday, something awesome happened that blew my mind a little bit. About a third of the women who got a book on Saturday came back to buy another book on Sunday for a friend so they could work through it together. THAT WAS JUST SO NEAT. This was not a pat-on-the-back moment for me. Yes, I’m really quite happy with the way the story was written in Lean on Me, but what delighted…
  • How Do You Know It’s Safe to be Vulnerable?

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Do you have solid community in your life? I thought I could answer that question with an easy “YES!” until a crisis hit. It took that crisis for me to evaluate how I relate to God and to others. Today my book Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community is officially out and available for your perusal. My dear friend Shelia–who is a character in the book, and a protagonist in my life–said this about it: “Lean on Me is not a stale “how to” book with seven action points to automatically fix all your relationship woes. It is a story. A…
  • Wanting God in the Midst of Imperfect and Crazy

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

  • What is the difference between Scandinavia and the Nordics?

    Alex Berger
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Deutsch, who are German, are neither Danish, Dutch, Scandinavian nor Nordic. The Dutch, who hail from the Netherlands, also commonly called Holland, are neither Danish, nor do they speak Danish.  This is despite a number of similarities including elements of the language, culture, and social behavior which are very close to those found across
  • Cameron Trading Post – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    The sound of sun-scorched Arizona soil crunching beneath your boots is a unique one. There’s just something about how millennium of sweltering heat, clay, sandstone, and tumbleweed roots come together to give it that special sound. It’s no coincidence that when the time comes to prepare for the next mission to Mars or shoot a space odyssey
  • The Joy of Walking

    Alex Berger
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I recently found myself relaxing on Dronning Louises Bridge in the heart of central Copenhagen.  The bridge, affectionately referenced as Copenhagen’s hipster bridge, is the perfect spot for enjoying the late afternoon sun.  Situated as it is, the eastern side is bathed completely in warm white afternoon light. Though ostensibly a bridge built for cars,
  • Not Your Usual Pelican Photo – Weekly Travel Photo

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

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

  • Watch Toy Story 3 Movie

    Yanto fajar
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    ^(% Free Watch Toy Story 3 Streaming Online Animation- Comedy- Family- Runtime 103 minutes and Released on 2010-06-17 MPAA Rating is .Status : ReleasedSpoken Languages : EnglishYoutube Id : Movie Release Date : 2010-06-17Original Title : Toy Story 3Movie Genre : Animation- Comedy- Family- Vote Average : 7.2Production Companies : Pixar Animation StudiosTagline : No toy gets left behind.Vote Count : 1640Movie Rating : Movie Runtime : 103 WATCH >> DOWNLOAD >>Watch Toy Story 3 Movie Movie Casts :Tom Hanks Character (Woody (voice))Tim Allen Character (Buzz Lightyear (voice))Joan Cusack…
  • Evangelion: 1.0: You Are Not Alone Movie Download

    Yanto fajar
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    $%# Evangelion: 1.0: You Are Not Alone Movie Download$%# Free Watch Evangelion: 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone Streaming Online Action- Animation- Drama- Science Fiction- Runtime 97 minutes and Released on 2007-09-01 MPAA Rating is .Spoken Languages : Youtube Id : Original Title : Evangerion shin gekijban: JoMovie Genre : Action- Animation- Drama- Science Fiction- Status : ReleasedMovie Rating : Production Companies : Studio KharaVote Count : 45Tagline : Movie Release Date : 2007-09-01Vote Average : 7.2Movie Runtime : 97Evangelion: 1.0: You Are Not Alone Movie Download Movie Casts :Megumi Ogata…
  • Watch Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Movie HD

    Yanto fajar
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    !!) Watch Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Movie HD!!) Free Watch Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Streaming Online Action- Animation- Eastern- Runtime 55 minutes and Released on 1995-03-04 MPAA Rating is .Movie Release Date : 1995-03-04Spoken Languages : Movie Rating : Movie Runtime : 55Movie Genre : Action- Animation- Eastern- Status : ReleasedOriginal Title : Doragon bru Z 12: Fukkatsu no fyushon!! Gok to BejtaVote Count : 20Production Companies : Toei AnimationTagline : Youtube Id : Vote Average : 7.9Watch Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Movie HD Movie Casts :Masako Nozawa Character (Son…
  • Dredd Full Movie Watch Online

    Yanto fajar
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    $*! Dredd Full Movie Watch Online$*! Free Watch Dredd Streaming Online Action- Science Fiction- Runtime 95 minutes and Released on 2012-09-21 MPAA Rating is .Movie Rating : Movie Release Date : 2012-09-21Vote Average : 6.2Vote Count : 695Production Companies : DNA FilmsStatus : ReleasedTagline : Judgement is comingMovie Runtime : 95Spoken Languages : EnglishYoutube Id : Original Title : DreddMovie Genre : Action- Science Fiction- Dredd Full Movie Watch Online Movie Casts :Karl Urban Character (Judge Dredd)Olivia Thirlby Character (Anderson)Lena Headey Character (Ma-Ma)Wood Harris Character…
  • Watch Full Movie Dagon HD

    Yanto fajar
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    ^!% Watch Full Movie Dagon HD^!% Free Watch Dagon Streaming Online Fantasy- Horror- Thriller- Runtime 95 minutes and Released on 2001-10-12 MPAA Rating is .Vote Count : 7Status : ReleasedMovie Rating : Youtube Id : Original Title : DagonTagline : Movie Release Date : 2001-10-12Production Companies : Spoken Languages : EnglishMovie Runtime : 95Movie Genre : Fantasy- Horror- Thriller- Vote Average : 7.9Watch Full Movie Dagon HD Movie Casts :Ezra Godden Character (Paul Marsh)Francisco Rabal Character (Ezequiel)Raquel Meroo Character (Brbara)Macarena Gmez Character (Uxa Cambarro)Brendan Price…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Nature

    Ree
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the eighteen-plus years I’ve lived in the country, I’ve seen my share of wildlife. I’ve seen colts being born. I’ve seen calves being born. And okay, they’re livestock, not wildlife…but I thought I’d mention them anyway. I’ve seen countless deer. I’ve seen plenty of possums. I’ve seen bobcats, geese, skunks, racoons, jackrabbits, coyotes, badgers, armadillos, turtles, prairie dogs, quail, ducks, falcons, hawks, and eagles. I swore I saw a moose once, but it was dark and I might have been asleep at the time. So okay, I dreamed I…
  • One of Those Weeks

    Ree
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    It’s been one of those weeks! Like, totally.   I got back from a trip on Sunday. Then I resumed filming new shows on the ranch, which we’ll be doing through next week! Then Marlboro Man and the kids had to work a trillion cattle. Okay, not a trillion. But enough to take them from morning till night. Then Charlie had to have daily medicine because of a small surgery he had to have last week (he’s fine!) Then he had to have extra ear scratches and belly rubs throughout the day because of his procedure. Then Marlboro Man and the boys had football practice. Then I had to…
  • Toenails, Tires, and Titles

    Ree
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Good morning! Are you alive, awake, alert, and enthusiastic? If so, I’ll have what you’re having. Zzzzzzzzzz. Okay, I’m back, I’m drinking iced coffee, and I have a list.   1. I attended the Incredible Food Show in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, where I did a live cooking demo—only the second I’ve ever done in my forty-five years on this earth. Everyone in Kentucky was so incredibly welcoming, and I had the best time, despite the fact that I was shaking violently on the inside.   (Photo: Ray Bowman) 18. I did not burn anything, but I think I…
  • So I Got a Little Carried Away

    Ree
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    As I shared with you week before last, I took my daughter Paige and two of her friends to see the One Direction concert in Tulsa. We had a rip-roaring good time, and I had sympathetic laryngitis the next day because of all the adolescent screaming that went on around me. While at the concert, I offered to stand in the t-shirt line to purchase each of the three girls the t-shirt of their choice so they wouldn’t miss a single second of the concert. They all told me the style of the t-shirt they’d selected, the size they wanted, and I told them I’d be back in a jif. I got to…
  • Fun Announcement!

    Ree
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Hi. Happy Monday! I have something to tell ya. The last eight years, five months, two days, seventeen hours, forty-nine minutes, and seventeen seconds (give or take 304,000 years) has been an incredible experience for me. After all, it was *whatever length of time I just said* ago that I started this blog, and it would be impossible for me to adequately convey to you what the last several years have meant to my family and me. Again: It’s been an incredible experience, and a huge part of that has been because of you. Thank you for being so supportive, for dropping by and reading my blog…
 
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    Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine

  • My Life in Real Time & Fall Fashion Trends

    Katja Presnal
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sponsored content.Classic style meets fall fashion trendsI’m all about classic style and buying clothing and accessories that last more than one season – and then mixing them up with trendy accessories and inexpensive fun pieces that I might only wear a year or max two. I was inspired by a very classic Pulsar watch, from Pulsar’s traditional collection to put together two looks that fit my fall style perfectly. The watch is only $115 making it a perfect watch for everyday use, and also for travels. I recently forgot my heirloom watch that my aunt had given me in the airport…
  • Dressing Up for Halloween in Alice in Wonderland Theme

    Katja Presnal
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Sponsored content.Our theme for this Halloween is Alice in Wonderland! BuyCostumes.com has such a vast variety of costumes also in the Alica in Wonderland theme that it took us a while to figure out our favorites. I wanted to be the Queen of Hearts, Isabella wanted to be Alice in Wonderland, and Gabriella became the perfect Mad Hatter. Gabriella and I will be in Bali this Halloween, and we will unfortunately miss it at home, so we will have a small Alice in Wonderland party this week – afternoon tea, of course – but first we had some fun in the backyard and played some croquet…
  • Must do for Finnish Design Lovers: Visit Arabia Factory in Helsinki

    Katja Presnal
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Artists are the rocks stars of FinlandI recently visited Arabia factory in Helsinki. More about the factory, it’s history, amazing historical findings done from the factory attic, the showroom and why Arabia is the best known Finnish home ware brand in the world in this post, but first: why Finnish everyday design is different and how come the artists are the rock stars in Finnish culture.It sort of has always been self-evident to me that you just know the names of the most famous Finnish textile designers, ceramics artists, and even artists who design hand-blown glass art. Let’s…
  • Haunted Jekyll Island, Georgia

    Leigh Powell Hines
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    It’s not that I seek out haunted hotels in my travels. Far from it. I’m actually a scaredy cat when it comes to anything haunted, but I like hotels rich in history and character. When you find hotels rich with those traits, you just happen to stumble upon a little extra that may go “bump in the night” sometimes. Well, that’s what I’ve been told anyway. I prefer not to think about ghosts when I sleep, but I couldn’t help but think about them when I visited the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel on Jekyll Island, Georgia.Rumor has it that this former…
  • Relaxing in the Quintessentially English Landscape Gardens

    Reeta Laaksonen
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    Welcome to the quintessentially English landscape garden! You probably already know what the essence of the English garden is – unlike the formal and symmetrical French garden, the English ones are more natural. I always thought of quaint little tudor cottages surrounded by endless amount of colourful flowers, all happily mixed together. And yes, that is what typical cottages gardens are about, and then some more.The English landscape garden represents an ideal view of the garden pictured in pretty little paintings – typically comprising of a lake and a stream, sweeping lawns on…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • How I’m Learning to Do Nothing Better

    Britt Reints
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Join the conversation at How I’m Learning to Do Nothing Better. I have a confession to make: I sometimes check my email while I’m driving. In my defense, I only do it when I’m stopped at a red light. But still. There is absolutely no good reason for me to be putting myself and everyone else on the road in danger. And make no mistake: that’s exactly what I’m doing when I check out of driving (even partially and temporarily) and into my phone. I’m also distracting myself from a few moments of nothingness. As a society, we’ve gotten really bad at coping…
  • Happiness Interview with The Brazen Kitchen’s Leah Lizarondo

    Britt Reints
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview with The Brazen Kitchen’s Leah Lizarondo. One of the greatest blessings of my life is that I get to meet really cool people – people like Leah Lizarondo. Leah is a fellow TEDx speaker, food writer, super successful blogger, public policy expert, former CEO of a non-profit, wife, mother, and fabulous dresser. I can’t think of anyone else I respect or admire more than her. She also has a mega-watt smile that is frequently on display, so naturally I had to harass her into doing a happiness interview with us! How do you define…
  • 42 Quick Fixes for Happiness

    Britt Reints
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Join the conversation at 42 Quick Fixes for Happiness. Is there a quick fix for happiness? Yes and no. There’s nothing simple you can do right now that will make you happy forever and ever. There are, however, lots of little decisions you can make every single day to help you live a happier life. Being happy is a continual process, a constant choice to act in a way that reflects what matters most to you. Happiness happens when you bring to life your ideals. Happiness, in other words, is very much about what you do. So what can you do right now to be happier? I’ve put together a…
  • Happiness Interview with My Friend Sam Laffey

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

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

  • Students before politics

    cathy
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I’m weary of people being dismissed from participating in discussions and decisions about education if they don’t have subjectively determined bona fides. Education shouldn’t matter only to people with underage children. Interest in education should not be limited to the school closest your home. Education determines the quality of life now and in the future for the entire community. Education is the one thing that should matter to everyone. If a school outside of my community wanted to add something special for their students, I would never try to prevent them from having…
  • nerd life

    cathy
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    She: “They updated the software on censored! They added censored and censored!” He: “Let me see. Oooooh, sweet.” She: “I want to take a picture of this screen.” He: “No pictures. Violates the NDA.” She: “Don’t they want people talking about the improvements?” He: “Not with other people.” She: “Don’t they want social media noise?” He: “Nope. NDA.” She: “I’m going to search online and see if anyone is talking about it.” He: “You do that.” She: “You go…
  • Protected: whitewashing

    cathy
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
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  • Hacky Cat

    cathy
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Several months ago, Westley found a hacky sack and played it to death. He tossed it in the air, dribbled it across the floors, rubbed his face on it and purred loudly while he carried it around like a lovey. He also played fetch with it. He demanded hours and hours of fetch the hacky sack. It was a very sad day when he punctured the bag so much that all of the filling spilled and a sad little pouch of fabric was all that remained of the beloved hacky sack. The filling turned out to be tiny bits of plastic that looked like an intestinal blockage waiting to happen. So, I bought two nice new…
  • Night games

    cathy
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Blanket-no-Blanket Every time the outside temperature drops a degree, ask for another blanket. Fall asleep under every blanket you own. In the middle of the night, start kicking at the excessive pile of blankets. Continue until all blankets are on the floor. Spend the next day washing every blanket you own. Repeat nightly. Imaginary Sleep When the pets start whining for food, water, outside or play at still dark o’clock, do not move a muscle or utter a sound. The first person to speak to the furry children has to get up and figure out what the pet thinks they need. Snack Stamina The…
 
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    Mo's Marketplace

  • Why is the World Series “Best of 7″

    Mo
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Today’s World Series – the World Championship of Baseball – is a given. Except for the truncated 1994 season, a championship series has been played between the National League and the American League since 1905, with the first series between the two leagues having been held in 1903. Over the 109 World Series; 105 have been a best-of-7 affair. What of those other 4-series and why are there 7-games in the series? The first World Series in 1903 was a best of 9-game arrangement between the American League Champion Boston Americans (later the Boston Red Sox) and the…
  • September 11, 2001

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

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

    Mo
    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…

    Mo
    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.
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    Family on Bikes

  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    October 2 Hiked 10 miles. Hiked an easy but beautiful 10 miles through Baxter State Park. Leaves were at their peak and it was wonderful to leisurely walk through the forest. I camped at the last lean-to on the Appalachian Trail, the Birches. Fall leaves accentuate Mt. Katahdin   October 3 Another warm crystal clear day. It will be the last of the Indian Summer we’ve been experiencing. A perfect day for summitting Kahtadin. 5.2 miles up, then 5.2 miles down. Left my large backpack at the Ranger Station, borrowed a small backpack filled with a few essentials and headed up. It was…
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail: 100-Mile wilderness

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    September 22 Hiked 9.1 miles. I’m in the 100-mile wilderness.  I hope to average 11 miles per day and make it out in 10 days.  I’ve decided to do a 10 mile loop off the Appalachian trail which follows the rim of a canyon.  Its nickname is “The Grand Canyon of Maine.” Got a late start, went slow, and finished a little early so doing 11 miles a day shouldn’t be too bad except when I’m going over these dang mountains like I did today.  But I only have to do one more which I’ll do tomorrow. Yes, this is the trail and it continued to be difficult and…
  • Everything I know about sponsorship for adventurers

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Throughout the years, I’ve gotten quite a few requests for information about sponsorship for adventurers. How does one go about lining them up? What’s realistic? In this post, I’ll tell you everything I know about sponsorships – I hope this helps. Overall, I would say there are five main truths one needs to be aware of when pursuing the idea of sponsorship: 1) Consider what YOU can do for THEM. Too often, people look at it as just free gear, but you need to look at it from their perspective. Why should they get behind you? What can you give them? 2) Gear is relatively easy to get;…
  • On being stranded on a river in a raging blizzard – and why rescue services need to be free

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I read with interest the story of Reza Baluchi, an ultra-marathoner trying to “run” from Florida to Bermuda in a human-powered inflatable bubble. He was rescued at sea after he signaled for help. I was captivated by the idea, and watched the videos of him creating his bubble, of testing it extensively, of taking smaller trips in preparation. And then came his coup d’etat – a run from Florida to Bermuda – a feat he had trained for years for. It ended in a significantly less spectacular fashion than he had hoped. And then came the inevitable judgments. He was stupid. He…
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Caratunk to Monson

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    September 18 Its cold!  In Caratunk it is suppose to get down to 30 degrees tonight.  Up here in the mountains it’ll be in the twenties.  Got almost all my clothes on.  Hope I’ll stay warm in my sleeping bag. Only went 5.7 miles because the next shelter is 9 miles from here which includes a climb over a mountain.  Didn’t want to push doing 14.7 miles so I only hiked for half the day. Am camped out near a pond listening to the lovely sound of the loons.  Someone described the sound they make as a cross between a coyote and a rooster.  I’d say that’s a…
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • Yosemite’s Handoff – Getting it Working

    davidjhinson
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Handoff is one of the cooler new features of the latest release of Apple’s OS X operating system, Yosemite. The feature allows documents initially created on iOS Devices (running iOS 8 or later) to be “picked up” and worked upon using Macs running Yosemite… and vice-versa. Handoff depends upon Bluetooth Low Energy in order to work. So, in addition to making sure that: You are using iOS 8 (or later) on your iOS devices You are running Yosemite on your Macs You have Handoff enabled on your Macs and iOS Devices You have all devices signed into the same iCloud account…
  • iMac with 5K Retina Display

    davidjhinson
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Today, Apple announced upgrades to their iPad and iMac product lines, as well as announcing availability (immediate) for their new OS X release, Yosemite, and for Apple Pay’s go live date (Monday, October 20).
  • Positioning Visitors with iBeacons

    davidjhinson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Great write up on the implementation challenges of deploying low-energy bluetooth beacons (Apple’s iBeacon technology is based upon LEB) in the Brooklyn Museum.
  • Two-Factor Authentication – Just Do It

    davidjhinson
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    In case you need more impetus for using two-factor authentication for your cloud-service accounts, there’s the news that 7,000,000 Dropbox user names were hacked, and hundreds of passwords have now been posted in the clear on Reddit. If you’re using cloud services, implement two-factor authentication. Now.
  • The Power of Restoration

    davidjhinson
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    We had a fantastic “Fall Break” in San Antonio this past weekend. I often forget the power and efficacy of restoration, and the simple need to “get away.” Our trip to San Antonio helped me realize that these past few years I should have taken more time to do this. I’ll do better. Promise.
 
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    Simple Marriage

  • You Are Already In The Right Relationship

    Corey
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    What does healthy growing up look like in marriage? There are two challenges or dilemmas that have major roles in relationships. The emotional reactivity/rationality challenge and the togetherness/separateness dilemma. These two forces intermix in various and subtle ways to shape your relationship. The togetherness/separateness force is a natural force much like the need plants have for sunshine or water. Every plant requires a certain level of sunlight for healthy development — too much sunshine will kill the plant and too little sunshine will lead to the plant’s death. Marriages…
  • Real Beauty

    Corey
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    You have probably seen this video before, but it is worth showing again. Do women see themselves less accurately than strangers do? Dove”s Real Beauty campaign says yes — and offers proof, in the form of forensic sketches. Dove recruited seven women of different ages and backgrounds and had FBI-trained forensic artist Gil Zamora create composite sketches of them based on descriptions of their own descriptions of their facial features. Earlier in the day, the women had been asked to spend time with strangers, though neither party was told why. These strangers were later brought one…
  • Five great quotes on simplicity

    Corey
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
            Five great quotes on simplicity is written by Corey from: Simple Marriage ----------- A FEW THINGS WE LOVE: Married Life 911 - marriage help from the comfort of your own phone. Sexy Marriage Radio
  • Should You Follow Your Passion? Must Read Response From Mike Rowe

    Corey
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    A couple of weeks ago, Stephen from Alabama who wrote in questioning a now famous speech in which Rowe said “follow your passion” was the worst advice he’d ever received. “Hi, Mike. Let me begin by saying that I love what you and your foundation are attempting to do,” Adams wrote. “However, I’m confused by your directive to NOT “follow your passion.” I think it can be safely argued that if no one followed their passion, companies like Apple, Microsoft, Dow, and many more wouldn’t exist. If no one follows their passion, who innovates? Who founds companies that provide…
  • Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without

    Corey
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    When you look around in your house, how much stuff do you see? We surround ourselves with stuff. There’s the stuff you always use, the stuff you regularly use, the stuff you use sometimes use, and then there’s the drawer, box, closet or shelf of stuff you keep because you may need it later. Have you ever stopped to wonder about the role stuff plays in your life? How much stuff do you really need? One thing that brings me great joy and peace is having a clean, simple home. When I can walk into my living room and it has been decluttered there is a calm joy that I feel. On the other…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 16 Must-See Landmarks in Asia

    Marelisa
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    Two of my favorite novels are “The Good Earth”–which is set in China–, and “Memoirs of a Geisha”–which is set in Japan. So it’s a wonder that I’ve never been to Asia. However, I’m definitely going, and hopefully soon. Below you’ll find 16 must-see landmarks in Asia. Add them to your wish list, bucket list, [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 17 Must-See Landmarks in Europe

    Marelisa
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    I’ve been lucky enough to visit Europe several times, and I lived in England and Italy for a while. Europe has so many incredible landmarks, that it’s difficult to pick the best ones. However, I gave it a try (although I must confess that I have not been to all of these). Below you’ll find [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Live Your Best Life Workbook – Adventures

    Marelisa
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    In my post on 16 Ways to Create a Life that Rocks I wrote that everyone should plan one adventure a year. Do you have a list of the adventures you would like to go on? Do you want to swim with dolphins, jump out of a plane, or ride a snow mobile at the [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 50 Dream Triggers For Uncovering Your Heart’s Desire

    Marelisa
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The famous English crime writer P.D. James once said the following: “It shows considerable wisdom to know what you want in life and then to direct all your energies towards getting it.” However, few people know what they truly want in life. A great tool for deciding what it is that you want–or for uncovering [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 15 Documents Every Adult Should Have

    Marelisa
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    There are certain documents that every adult should have. These are documents that will help you to put your affairs in order so that you can live a better life, plan for your future, and let others know what you want in case you become incapacitated or pass away. Here are the 15 documents that [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • That Nagging Feeling

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Last month, I had a meeting with a client to discuss their marketing efforts and how I could help them. It happened to be for a chiropractic office. I, like most people, always thought chiropractors were about cracking bones and aching backs. For many, that might be true, but this particular one specializes in Cranial Spinal Integration, something I had heard nothing about. According to their
  • Changes

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
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    But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness

  • After saying hello to my guests, I say #hellokeurig and feel like the perfect host

    christine
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Don’t Be Afraid of the Paper Directions! So much paper packing In the box and such a thick instruction book. All those languages, I only speak English. I have to guess you are trying to hide the best secret in the world: that the new 550 is EASY to use. I have been using the […] The post After saying hello to my guests, I say #hellokeurig and feel like the perfect host appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • How do you describe your pain? Numbers on Pain Scale, Adjectives, Silly Weird Pain Faces.

    christine
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    I hear it all the time from doctors and nurses: “Tell me your pain on a scale from 1 to 10″. I always cringe at the thought of summarizing my pain and fatigue down to a number. I also get scared at the thought that I have never felt below a 4 or 5. How […] The post How do you describe your pain? Numbers on Pain Scale, Adjectives, Silly Weird Pain Faces. appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • I made a healthy little switch to Musselman’s Applesauce. Small diet changes can make a big difference.

    christine
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    How lucky is this? In the mail today, I received a free sample of Musselman’s Apple Sauce, just when I made a commitment to lose weight last week. The great god of internet says I can snack on ½ cup of unsweetened apple sauce for 2 points but with a little judgment I can even […] The post I made a healthy little switch to Musselman’s Applesauce. Small diet changes can make a big difference. appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • What is the perfect gift to give, when you want to give the most memorable gift?

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

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

  • The Wick in the Candle

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.  ~Linus PaulingCuriosity is the wick in the candle of learning.  ~William Arthur WardOne of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.  ~William Lyon PhelpsBe less curious about people and more curious about ideas.  ~Marie CurieI have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.   ~Albert EinsteinOnce we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  ~e. e. cummingsQuotes…
  • The Best Therapist

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  ~ConfuciusA clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go though the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.  ~Mildred White StruvenWith any trial and circumstance, a person's true color either shines or darkens.  ~Shannon WalkerWise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.  ~William Arthur WardTo be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.  ~Gail SheehyQuotes about…
  • Create Light

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams -the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.  ~Robert SoutheyAll our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.  ~Kahlil GibranBut words are things, and a small drop of ink,Falling like dew, upon a thought, producesThat which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.  ~George Gordon ByronFor me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.  ~Ingrid BengisWords do two major things: they provide food…
  • Guided by its Light

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.  ~Deborah TannenIncrease your personal power through positive and powerful communication. Recognize and eliminate negative self talk.  ~Caterina RandoLife is worth being lived, but not being discussed all the time.  ~Isabelle AdjaniToo much agreement kills a chat.  ~Eldridge CleaverPut it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
  • The Best in Ourselves

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you'd better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.  ~Mario AndrettiOur way is not soft grass; it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.  ~Ruth WestheimerI've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.  ~Beverly SillsSatisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory.  ~Mahatma GandhiWhen we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.  ~William Arthur…
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  • The Best Gift

    Steve Woodruff
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    It’s October 18th; just another day for most, but for me, always a good day to pause and reflect. I was given life-outside-the-womb on this day, 56 years ago. It seems more like the blink of an eye. Yet here I am in middle Tennessee, with 5 wonderful kids, a loyal and loving wife, a warm extended family, a God who has “rescued me from the domain of darkness, and transferred me to the kingdom of His beloved Son,” a fulfilling career, a great network of cool and creative people, and I’m feeling something that has been an elusive experience for most of my life. I…
  • The Beauty of Meditation

    Steve Woodruff
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It’s one thing to hear, or see, something beautiful to the senses. And, it’s a qualitatively more wonderful experience to meet someone who is fascinating. But the real beauty is in going deep. Time spent in contemplation, reflection, and communion. Making new connections of mind and soul that take a few scattered gold coins and turn them into a fortune. That’s what meditation is for. It’s gaining insight. It’s self-aware application. It’s soul-digestion. It is expansion. Meditation is not the emptying of yourself. It is knowing your emptiness,…
  • Doors Unlocked

    Steve Woodruff
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    So far on this brief vacation in the Finger Lakes with my brothers, I’ve noted at least 3 occasions when we’ve left doors unlocked. Front door. Patio door. Car door. At least we’ve practiced equal opportunity negligence. Thus far, happily, without consequence. One reasonable excuse is that we’re in unfamiliar/rental surroundings, so these things happen. But negligence can lead to consequences, whether in familiar or unfamiliar territory. While walking in a state park yesterday, I spotted a broken-down building with these broken-down doors. I immediately thought of how…
  • Collapse and Renovation

    Steve Woodruff
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    Driving through upstate NY State with my brothers yesterday, we noted how many properties had fallen into disuse and disrepair. Once-thriving communities built on farming are no longer prospering. Collapsed barns. Leaning silos. Boarded-up houses. Fallow fields. And then, in the midst of the decay, we spotted one brand-new, freshly-reconstructed barn. Someone believed, hoped, and invested. Decomposition is not sovereign. I look into my heart, and I see collapse and decay. Yet Jesus sees a place for investment, a place to show forth His renovating power. He renews. He pours in life. He…
  • Debt-Free

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

  • Caffeinated Thought of the Day: Dealing With Uncertainty

    Shane Vander Hart
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Photo credit: Mobilene (CC-By-SA 3.0)There is a lot in the news that worrisome.  When we see increasing threats of terrorism, an unstable economy and even the Ebola virus coming to our shores it is easy to let fear dominate our lives.  Life has always been and always will be full of uncertainty.  Corrie Ten Boom, a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, once said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”  We may not know what will happen tomorrow, but God does and we can trust Him to bring us through whatever trials come our way.  God does not change.  He is,…
  • Michael Reagan to Iowa GOP: Expand Your Base

    Shane Vander Hart
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Iowa Republicans listen to Michael Reagan(Des Moines, IA) Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, was the special guest for the 2014 Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner held last night at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.  Reagan told over 450 Iowa Republicans that the party must reach out to groups that normally don’t vote for them in order to win elections in the future.  “Conservatives, we have a bus,” Reagan said.  “It’s not a large bus.  We need to not throw people off the bus, but find ways to put people on the bus.”He encouraged Republicans to not…
  • Adam Gregg Releases New Ad in Iowa Attorney General’s Race

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    (Des Moines, IA) Johnston attorney and Republican Attorney General candidate Adam Gregg today released a new television advertisement.The spot is titled “Agenda” and it highlights Tom Miller’s support of President Obama’s political agenda.  On issues from his unwavering support of Obamacare to failing to aggressively fight EPA regulations affecting our farmers and businesses, Tom Miller has chosen the wrong agenda for Iowans.The advertisement can be found here or below for viewing“This campaign is about who will stand up for Iowans each and every day,” Gregg noted. “Iowans…
  • Steve King Releases 2nd Ad, Jim Mowrer Scales Back

    Shane Vander Hart
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Congressman Steve King (R-IA) released his second TV ad in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District race on the heels of his Democratic opponent, Jim Mowrer, pulling his from the Des Moines market.  Mowrer’s campaign cancelled broadcast advertising on KCCI and WHO-TV.  This month the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) pulled out of the race to focus elsewhere.Mowrer’s 3rd quarter filings shows his campaign has just $242,000 on hand compared to King’s campaign reporting that they have $736,871 on hand to finish the race.“The handwriting is on the wall for…
  • Iowa GOP Response to Michelle Obama’s Visit to Iowa for Braley

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    (Des Moines, IA) With Congressman Bruce Braley, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in agreement that this election is a referendum on the President and his policies, the Republican Party of Iowa released the following web video. “Congressman Braley, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are all singing the same tune, which is this election is a referendum on the President’s policies,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “If you support ObamaCare, amnesty for illegal immigrants or EPA regulations against farmers, then the best way thank President Obama is to support his…
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    Dominick Evans

  • What MyCare Ohio is Doing to PCA Care

    Dominick
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    This is the writing of my PCA, Kristy, who has worked for me for the last 12 years. Since I have been switched from Caresource through Medicaid, to MyCare Ohio’s Buckeye Health System, Governor Kasich’s plan to privatize healthcare for dual eligible Ohioans (those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid), Ohioans across the state have had their payments denied for doctors, durable medical equipment, nursing, PCA home healthcare, and medication. This is just the tip of the iceberg. For the first time, here our story in Kristy’s own words below: On or about July 7, 2014 I was…
  • The Complexities Behind the Media and Casting Actors with Disabilities

    Dominick
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    I am the first person to advocate for both better depictions of characters with disabilities and more opportunities for casting actors with disabilities. As a person who is deeply embedded in the disability rights movement, I have heard the cries of my fellow crips when it comes to casting actors with disabilities. We are frustrated by both portrayals of characters with disabilities, and the lack of opportunities for actors with disabilities when it comes to auditioning and getting cast in any role in film, television, and even on stage. I also have a different perspective, than the majority…
  • I’ll Trade You the Pink-Ribbon Teddy Bear for Jerry Lewis Any Day

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

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

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

    Jordon Cooper
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    From the Boston Globe The president of the Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati, which averages only about 2 meters above sea level, has already spent millions of dollars to buy land in Fiji as a potential new home for his 100,000 people. As sea levels rise, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggests, large ocean waves will increasingly taint the country’s groundwater and threaten its agriculture; Kiribati can expect to become at least partly uninhabitable long before seas rise enough to submerge it. Other island nations like the Maldives and Tuvalu face the same plight. So far, the…
  • Rising Inequality: Most American Households Contain Nothing at All

    Jordon Cooper
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    From The New Yorker No, that wasn’t Elizabeth Warren, or the editor of the Nation, or Paul Krugman (or even me) banging on about how the rich are getting richer and most everybody else is struggling to keep up. It was Janet Yellen, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, addressing a conference in Boston on Friday morning. It’s not unheard of for a Fed chief to discuss rising inequality: Ben Bernanke addressed it in a 2007 speech. But Yellen’s speech is surely the first time a Fed chief has pointed out that rising inequality threatens America’s sense of itself. Here is what she said.
  • Single family homes are losing favor

    Jordon Cooper
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    I know that these are American trends but multi-unit housing is becoming as popular as it was in the 1970s in part to reflect the preference of millenials who rent in far higher numbers than previous generations.
  • What it is like to have a billionaire racist boss

    Jordon Cooper
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin on what it was like to work for Donald Sterling Donald Sterling literally introduced me to everyone. Here’s how he did it, every single time, to every single group of people, while holding on to my hand: “Everyone, have you met our newest star? This is Blake! He was the number one pick in the entire NBA draft. Number one! Blake, where are you from?” Then I’d say I was from Oklahoma. “Oklahoma! And tell these people what you think about LA.” Then I’d say it was pretty cool. “And what about the women in LA, Blake?” It was the same…
  • 17 years ago today

    Jordon Cooper
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Wendy and I were married 17 years ago yesterday.  Next year our relationships will reach adulthood. As anniversaries go it was really boring.  I have only had food poisoning a couple of times in my life and both times it has happened on our anniversary so in this case, non-eventful is good. This morning we got up and got Mark to Bedford Road so he could get ready to play in the Charity Bowl.  Then it was off to Gordie Howe Bowl to watch him play. Mark has started all of his games at linebacker this season.  Five minutes before the game he was told he would be playing starting defensive…
 
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  • A Close Shave

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

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Farrand
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Alex and Ryan in the Place de l'Emir Abdelkader, on their first day in Algiers.Although my door is always open, I don't get a lot of visitors here in Algeria.My longtime best friend Ryan was one of the few people to visit me when I lived in Morocco a few years back, and along with his fiancée Alex, just became one of the few to visit me here in Algeria. Ryan and Alex's choice to spend their one week of vacation in Algeria apparently raised some eyebrows among friends back home, but made sense to us. Back in our Georgetown days, Arabic obsessed and wanting to get off the usual tourist map,…
  • House Hunters International, Algiers: Episode 4, "A Year Later, Still So Many Questions"

    Andrew Farrand
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Landlord and would-be D.I.Y. superstar Aziz with his triplets, on a visit to my terrace earlier this summer.A year has passed since I finally quit squatting with a colleague and move into my own apartment in Algiers—only to encounter a series of comical early misadventures. (If you haven't yet, be sure to read Episode 1: "It's Worth It for the View", Episode 2: "MacGyver's Revenge", and Episode 3: "Is It Over Yet?").There was never supposed to be an "Episode 4". But to this day, circumstances at my humble abode somehow continue to prompt some uncomfortable questions—including, most often,…
  • Dalmatian Sensations: Observations from a Croatian Vacation

    Andrew Farrand
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Croatia's Dalmatian coast is supremely relaxing. Above, Korčula town.Coming from Algeria or anywhere else, you can do a lot worse than ten days on Croatia's Dalmatian coast. Here's why:The island of Korčula was almost certainly my favorite destination; the rugged feeling there reminded me of the Adirondacks.Views | The first thing you notice about Croatia is that it's gorgeous. Sure, a little run-down in some parts, like a charming West-Virginia-on-the-Adriatic, but more often than not just lovely. It would take me a long time to tire of biking around the next curve to find yet another…
  • 12 Essential Travel Reads from the New Yorker Archives

    Andrew Farrand
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Yours truly in Paris, almost certainly reading the New Yorker.To produce good writing, you must also consume good writing; that is why I read every issue of the New Yorker magazine religiously, no matter where I may be living or traveling. (If that approach hasn't exactly achieved the desired effect on my own writing, alas it is through no fault of the magazine's writers and editors, who consistently churn out the best content available in print.)This week the New Yorker has opened its treasure trove. Hoping to entice new readers after a website redesign—and before introducing an online…
  • 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…
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  • How To Get Your Site + Shop Ready For The Holidays

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I'm slightly sorry to be bringing up the holidays in late October, but I'm mostly trying to look out for you, fellow makers and sellers-of-stuff! Pop over to my small business blog if you want a pile of tips about how to prepare for (and more money on) this holiday season!
  • Why You Should Hang Out With + Date People You Admire

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Friends, gather round while I share a personal story of which I am not particularly proud.Long ago and far away, I was not very discerning about the people I surrounded myself with. I wasn't befriending drug dealers or puppy-kickers but I definitely had a few friends who required disclaimers and post-event apology emails.There was the girl who would get in yelling matches with people she just met.There was the guy who initiated fist fights, in clubs, on the regular.There were many, many people whose names required the unspoken asterisks "You've just got to get to know him" and "She's an…
  • What Is Your "Church"?

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    "Every time I go there I cry. It's my church."So said my friend Amber as we munched hipster fusion tacos amidst exposed brick and wooden beams in Silverlake. She was talking about the Griffith Observatory and their Centered On The Universe film.I was wondering what that even means and picking the chicken out of my $7 taco.For most of my adult life, I've given religion and spirituality less thought than I've given my bangs.Or what I'm eating for breakfast. Or how my ass looks in those jeans.Which is to say - very, very little thought.When I visit my parents, I'll occasionally attend the…
  • True Story: I'm Turning 30, Becoming A Stepmom, and Getting Married In One Year

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/challenging/amazing things. This is the story of Rhiannon, Ben, and Eva.Tell us a bit about yourself! I’m Rhiannon, named after the Fleetwood Mac song. I’m the oldest of three girls from a mostly Italian/Irish family. I’m an office manager by day and a writer by life. I live in Hammond, Indiana, which is right over the border of Indiana/Illinois, with my fiancé Ben, his three year-old daughter, Eva, and his/our 10.5 year-old black lab mix, Sloth. I’m still a White Sox…
  • Web Time Wasters

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    How was your week, guys? It's been unseasonably gorgeous here in Minnesota, so I've been making the most of it with lots of hike and longs walks and lovely, outdoor dinner parties. Today, I'm hosting brunch for two of my girlfriends (I'm making these and my BFF is skyping in from New Mexico!) and then watching my favorite 11-year-old's last baseball game of the season.Anyway. Links for you!Ever late to the party, I am newly obsessed with the capsule wardrobe blog Un-fancy. (Gah! So stylish!)Everything's better with quotes on it.After my 23 hour train trip from L.A. to Portland, I'm obsessed…
 
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    Celebrate Love

  • 50th Happily Married Custom Gifts

    Renee Michaels
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Here are a few popular gift items with the 50th Anniversary Happily Married theme. There are more gifts including many with a white background. Shop at my SweetLoveGifts Zazzle store, 50th Anniversary Happily Married Gifts. Personalize with your... Read more...
  • Most Joyous, Romantic Marriage Proposal Ever!

    Renee Michaels
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    How did I miss this?! I finally saw Isaac Lamb’s viral marriage proposal to his girlfriend Amy Frankel using Bruno Mars’ upbeat Wanna Marry You as the theme. It’s sooooo sweet and romantic and over the top! Somehow he and …... Read more...
  • Whenever You Wake Up…

    Renee Michaels
    1 Aug 2012 | 4:35 am
    it’s all good! And if you have a loving partner to share the bad days, it’s even better! Read more...
  • How To Choose A Romantic Silk Scarf

    Renee Michaels
    24 Jul 2012 | 6:04 am
    You’ve already bought concert or theater tickets, or planned a romantic evening out. But you want to add a little something extra to show that you appreciate how beautiful your special woman is to you. A sweet gift idea is … Continue... Read more...
  • Puzzles & Games Are Great Party Ice Breakers

    Renee Michaels
    21 Jul 2012 | 5:54 pm
    Getting your party guests to mix and mingle isn’t always the easiest thing to do. We’ve all been at those parties where the host or hostess thinks you should meet another guest and doh…you have no connection at all and …... Read more...
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    Savage Distortion

  • 30 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm

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

    29 Jan 2011 | 1:20 am
    HOW YA BEENOkay, to catch up, I found work at Burger World, the Legal Diva is now a Pickle Person, much has changed, but so little has changed. American politics is still fucked despite the tide of positivity that Obama surfed into the White House. Rock and Roll from the 70's is still far superior to it's current facsimile, and the Jets can still be counted upon for a let-down. Granted the recent let-downs have been much more satisfying - thanks Rex.Rex and Obama. Tragic greatness. They both have achieved so much, certainly much more than their predecessors, but have fallen just short of the…
  • 1 Oct 2009 | 6:58 am

    1 Oct 2009 | 6:58 am
    YAY JETS!3-0! Hurray for Rex Ryan. Beware all opposing teams, we kill.......
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    1 Oct 2009 | 6:53 am
    HEY CONGRESS, FUCK YOUI hope they all die horrible painful and expensive deaths.
  • 12 Aug 2009 | 3:53 pm

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

  • Utah Saints - Two (2000)

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Vintage Slice of Techno from the late 90sHere’s another dance album from the early 2000's from another electronic techno British duo who took a while to make their sophomore CD. The Utah Saints, however, took an extra long time – almost 8 years from 1992 to be precise to release their second album - incidentally titled Two in 2000 and their third album even after 14 years is still in the works!! Those of you who have now probably crossed middle age might remember the last self -titled Utah Saints debut album. It’s the one that spawned the club rave hit “Something Good”…
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Entertaining Big-Budget Superhero flick, JohnnyTwoToes gives you the detailsCaptain America - The Winter Soldier is a rousing adventure flick with loads of great action scenes and Chris Evans in top form really coming into his own as an actor. Seen in a good film earlier this year, Snowpiercer and the Marvel films, Evans has an All American quality which is quite winning and it comes through on screen. I was not a fan of his, based on his earlier films which were mostly garbage, but I have become a fan and here he is the star and is having a great time. You can tell, too and that makes…
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    JohnnyTwoToes reviews one of the best biographies in recent times Saving Mr. Banks tells the true story of two weeks in 1961 when Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers met in Beverly Hills to discuss the rights to Ms. Travers wonderful book. Now there have been a number of liberties taken by director John Lee Hancock and screenwriters Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith BUT the gist of the story is true. In actual reality, when Pamela (P.L. Travers) came to Los Angeles to meet with Mr. Disney, the Sherman Brothers song team and scriptwriter, Don DaGradi, she had already…
  • Sixteen Deluxe - Emits Showers of Sparks (1998)

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Bouncy alternative rock from the 90sThis Austin, Texas based band made their debut in 1995 with Backfeed Magnetbabe. That album earned the band an indie following and a reputation for noisy, loud, psychedelic pop-punk. On Sixteen Deluxe’s major label debut, however, much of that indie noise was replaced by major label sheen. That’s usually a recipe for a lackluster album and although indie purists will find it hard to believe, there are still certain indie acts who actually improved after making the jump to a major label (the Pixies and Beck for starters).  But Sixteen Deluxe…
  • Pink Floyd - The Final Cut (1983)

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Rewinding the progressive rockers last album to feature Roger WatersOn my desk sits a copy of Pink Floyd's The Final Cut, a seminal concept album I haven't cracked since high school, when it was one of my all-time favorites. Needless to say, what I love and what I hate have changed a lot since then. In light of those changes - and for the edification of you, dear reader - I will now re-listen to The Final Cut for the first time in  more than a decade, commenting as I go, devoid of prejudice, trying to see whether or not it still stands up. 0:19 - The Final Cut, I should note,…
 
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • A Culinary and Lifestyle Adventure to Ethiopia

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Check out this short film for a unique glimpse into Ethiopian daily life. Follow the process of making injera and harvesting the local coffee with a soundtrack that will make you want to book a round-trip Star Alliance award on Ethiopian Airlines. I first visited Ethiopia three years ago and found it a fascinating place. I hope to return and venture beyond the capital city of Addis Ababa.
  • A Magic Broadcast Channel That Will Help you Reach the World

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Imagine being able to share your thoughts with anyone at any time. From this broadcast channel, you can say whatever you want … no matter how unusual or unconventional, or even no matter how boring. In your channel, you make the rules. Geography is no object. You can reach people in Kazakhstan or Kalamazoo with no greater effort on your part. Language is no object—or at least, not an insurmountable one. (Most people who come to your channel will be comfortable with the English language. And of course, if English isn’t your first or only language, that’s great. You can…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XVI

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Alphebet Blocks for Home or Office — An artist encourages you to “build your own letterscape” Living Simply in a Dumpster — The view from a 36-square-foot open-air box Self-Portraits with Other People — A creative experiment from a Czech photographer (hat tip: Kottke) An Entrepreneurial Bootcamp in Chile — Spend eight weeks (!) starting and working on a business in a beautiful environment A Six Mile Sketch from the Six Mile Pencil — An artist…
  • “I have always sought to have autonomy”: On the Road with Evan Dufour

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This is a traveler case study. Read others or nominate yourself When I learned of Evan’s tale of medical woes in India, I wanted to hear more about his decision to travel the world before age 30. Here’s Evan: Tell us about yourself.   I grew up in the boondocks of Connecticut where my love for the wild began at an early age. I spent my childhood running through the New England woods playing paintball, snowboarding, and riding ATVs. This was my first taste of freedom, and it’s clear to me now that I have always sought to have autonomy over my life, even from a young age.
  • Lessons from the Journey: Misadventures Produce Confidence

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Misadventures produce confidence. At nearly every stage in my journey to every country in the world, something went wrong. I became stranded, was nearly deported several times (and then actually deported once), screwed up my travel plans, and generally caused havoc wherever I went. Ah well—it was all worth it. One time I rented a car in Italy for a…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Beauty with age

    Paul
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    It’s rusting. Is rust beautiful? Some think so. Others think it needs to be sanded off, painted with primer and given a protective coat. For our bathroom light fixture, we could go one of three ways — leave it as it is, replace it or fix it. The lazy option won out — for the time being. Another thing about this light fixture’s rust is that it causes the fixture to no longer look new — and it’s not perfect anymore. The desire for perfection varies from person to person. As people mature, they realize that all battles can’t be won, so they must choose which battles to fight.
  • They do the same thing

    Paul
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    I love expensive watches. But I would never buy one. One warm fall day I was driving north on a major street in suburban Denver. At every stop light, my $3,000 Toyota arrived slightly before the $100,000 Porsche in the lane next to me. Both drivers were accomplishing the same thing — going from Littleton to Denver. A $2,000 Tutima watch tells time maybe just slightly more accurately than a $30 Timex. Its intricate detail is beautiful to behold. The owner knows that he supported a craftsman in Germany rather than a factory worker in China. If the owner breaks it, his tears will…
  • Artisan lip balm and whiskey

    Paul
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Burt’s Bees was sold to Clorox. Small distilleries may be selling you whiskey that was mostly made in a giant factory. You already know that all is not as it seems. But we are susceptible to good marketing. The Denver Post reported on September 28th that many craft distilleries are using whiskey that is made in giant factories.  It may be a little disappointing to someone who spends $65 for a bottle of “hand-crafted spirits” to find out that they have bought something made in a massive factory. People with chapped lips wanting something better than Chapstick have turned to Burt’s…
  • Disappearing beauty

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

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

  • 8 Lifehacks for Your New Home

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    With these tips, your new house can feel like home in no time.
  • 25 Things You Might Not Know About The San Francisco Giants

    Hannah Keyser
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The World Series is in full swing, and for the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants represent the National League. They've proven their ability to excel on baseball's highest stage, taking home the Commissioner's Trophy in both 2010 and 2012. There's a lot to know about this 21st Century baseball dynasty with roots in New York City; check out 25 of our favorite Giants facts. 1. The Giants joined the National League in 1883 as the New York Gothams. They won their first ever game against the Boston Beaneaters at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. 2. The team's named changed to…
  • 15 Lesser-Known Halloween Songs to Put You in a Spooky Mood

    Erin McCarthy
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Put aside “The Monster Mash," "Thriller," and the Ghostbusters theme. Spin these lesser-known songs in the lead up to All Hallows' Eve instead. 1. “A Nightmare on My Street,” The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff This song, on the 1988 album He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, hit #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though the duo had been in talks to create a song for an upcoming A Nightmare of Elm Street film, it ultimately wasn’t authorized by New Line Cinemas, which held the copyright on the movies, and the song got Will Smith and Jeff Townes sued. A music video for the song had to be…
  • 27 Motherless Disney Characters

    Jennifer M Wood
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Walt Disney has got mommy issues
  • Understanding the "Single Transferable Vote"

    Chris Higgins
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In this video, C.G.P. Grey explains the Single Transferable Vote, a system in which voters get to specify a second choice in case their primary choice candidate doesn't win -- which can lead to a much more representative result. This system is used around the world, most notably in Australia. (Indeed, when I first heard about this kind of voting, it was explained to me as an "Australian Ballot.") To keep things safely abstract, Grey uses a fictional animal kingdom as a way to talk about different constituencies.* If you haven't seen Grey's 2011 video The Problems with First Past the Post…
 
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    Journey Mama

  • Floating.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Traveling is a little like floating. All the water flows along under us and we skim along the surface, watching the sky until we will finally bump into home. We tell the kids to get into the car. “Who are we going to see today?” they ask. They float along with us. We’ve been driving through desert, the brushy landscape of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ojai. Coastal and inland, blue and browns, with dark green smudges and brilliant flashes of pink bougainvillea. Old mission-style buildings, greebs in the water. We land with friends and they have dinner waiting, smells greeting us…
  • Here and over there.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    I'm running again. Ask my new fifteen pounds why. How is it possible to gain that much weight in just two months? The answer is bread.It very quickly became wintery here and I don't have the proper clothes for running in the cold, so I'm taking a hiatus until we get back to California, but soon we will be there and I'll be running again. I have over-pronation (my ankles roll inward), so I bought a pair of shoes that fixes that and now I can run without pain, which is amazing. I have loved running through these neighborhoods first thing in the morning, watching as people leave for work, waving…
  • Seasons.

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

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

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

  • Evangelicals and Extraterrestrials: Can They Coexist? — Pt. 1

    Mike Duran
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    “The discovery of life beyond Earth would be a triumph for science but might wreak havoc on certain religions.” That’s the estimate of Scientific American’s recent article, Did Jesus Save the Klingons? The piece is based on the new book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It? (Springer Praxis Books, 2014), by David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. When asked “Which religion will have the toughest time reconciling aliens with its beliefs?” Weintraub responds: The ones that have decided that we humans are the…
  • What Changes in the Christian Fiction Industry Mean for Indie Authors

    Mike Duran
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the longest time, the Christian fiction industry seemed somewhat impervious to changes in publishing and the economy. For instance, back in June 2009, at the front-end of the recession, Christian Retailing reported: Defying current sales trends, Christian fiction continues to grow, offering a bright spot for retailers, publishers and readers in a bleak economy. But in 2014, reality appears to have finally caught up. Take for example, Publishers Weekly reporting of the most recent ACFW conference which notes up front that “…four publishers closed, paused, or slimmed down their…
  • Christian Worldview and Dystopia

    Mike Duran
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    The Hunger Games has spawned numerous copycat novels and revived the dystopian genre. But while the YA dystopian bubble is sure to eventually burst, humanity’s nagging belief in societal collapse and impending apocalypse remains alive and well. Dystopian themes have been a part of our pop cultural landscape for a very long time. Stories about crumbling governments, pandemics, plagues, and looming apocalypses, whether made by man, alien, or artificial intelligence, cycle through or collective psyches with startling regularity. Whether it’s George Orwell’s 1984, Ray Bradbury’s…
  • The Ugly Truth about Author Endorsements

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

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

  • GET YOUR EX BACK NOW!!!!

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    New Opinion - Am so happy and want to thank lord Orangan tutu for relocating to the united states and helping me get a spell to get my husband back. don't be decieved by fake spell casters from west africa. Lord orangan tutu is the real deal. a powerful and genuine spell caster that i was introduced to here in texas united states. all i do was send a text to his phone (+1 512 758 4614) and also sent a corresponding email via (orangantutu@gmail.com) and he got to work and i saw results in less than 4days. Take my testimony and use it to guide yourself in searching for a real and powerful spell…
  • POWERFUL AND BEST SPELL CASTER IN THE UNITED STATES

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    New Question - Am so happy and want to thank lord Orangan tutu for relocating to the united states and helping me get a spell to get my husband back. don't be decieved by fake spell casters from west africa. Lord orangan tutu is the real deal. a powerful and genuine spell caster that i was introduced to here in texas united states. all i do was send a text to his phone (+1 512 758 4614) and also sent a corresponding email via (orangantutu@gmail.com) and he got to work and i saw results in less than 4days. Take my testimony and use it to guide yourself in searching for a real and powerful…
  • How i won my boyfriend back from my twin sister

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    New Answer - Have never believed in the supernatural or talk less of spell or even voodoo.In my head there was nothing on earth that was ever going to get me involved in such thing but life as we know throw s**t at your door and some how the doors opens up and let it strike you.************* About five years ago if anyone had asked me if i trust my twin sister with my life, believe me i would bet my life on it that i can.I couldn't even bring myself to think that my twin sister can put a knife at my back Yes i know everything about our childhood and youth age was always about who is better…
  • WON MY BOYFRIEND BACK FROM MY TWIN SISTER

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    New Opinion - Have never believed in the supernatural or talk less of spell or even voodoo.In my head there was nothing on earth that was ever going to get me involved in such thing but life as we know throw s**t at your door and some how the doors opens up and let it strike you.************* About five years ago if anyone had asked me if i trust my twin sister with my life, believe me i would bet my life on it that i can.I couldn't even bring myself to think that my twin sister can put a knife at my back Yes i know everything about our childhood and youth age was always about who is better…
  • GREAT SPELL CASTER DR. IYAYI THAT HELP ME BRING BACK MY EX HUSBAND

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    New Opinion - Hello I am ROBERTSON ANGELIA from CALIFORNIA, When I eventually found testimonies about this spell caster DR.IYAYI, how he helped many people to get their lovers and broken homes back, i contacted him through his email address driyayilovespellhome@gmail.com because I was absolutely desperate to get my husband back. Life without my husband was a real mess for me and my two kids. i wanted a dramatic change and I thought magic could be the solution. After discussing the resolution with DR. IYAYIr, he gave me hope that he will restore my marriage. I felt confident that he will…
 
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    LIFE AS A HUMAN

  • Sandals Grenada – Pure Luxury on The Spice Island

    John and Sandra Nowlan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A private plunge pool is the height of luxury in a modern, all-inclusive resort. But Sandals LaSource Grenada takes the aqua action to a whole new level. Our suite was one of seventy with a pool attached at the newest and most innovative adults-only resort in the popular Caribbean chain. But the dimensions of the pool and the rooms were particularly impressive. The large balcony included a Jacuzzi, outdoor shower, table and chairs with two chaise lounges for relaxing and a step-in infinity pool measuring 20 feet by 8 feet – long enough for gliding or even swimming a few strokes. It was so…
  • Scallops With Truffle Creamed Leeks

    Carol Good
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve never tried truffle oil, you’re in for a treat.  It has a completely unique and decadent flavor and is the ingredient that adds that certain ‘I don’t know what’ to this dish.  It’s a finishing oil, not an oil you cook with…you put it on a finished dish, not in it.  So, although the title of the recipe eludes to the fact that the truffle is actually in the creamed leeks…it isn’t.  I just felt the word ‘truffle’ merited a place in there somewhere. I find black truffle oil more flavorful than the white and is my preference when making all things…
  • Functional Dog Trainers

    Eric Brad
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Once upon a time, before there was an Internet, I used to pull cables and connect personal computers into networks. It was the beginning of a long and interesting career for me as a technician/consultant in the wild world that became the computer networking industry. In a relatively short time I went from pulling cables and installing software to diving deep into network data transmission protocols and troubleshooting complex system interactions. It was exciting stuff. One of the things I developed a talent for was talking to business people about the technology. You know, the guys that…
  • The Endless Wants of Modern Life

    Nathan Thompson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I sometimes wonder what our ancestors would think of us if they could arrive in the present. Clearly, desire has always been a human condition that has caused immense amounts of trouble, but it’s probably also true that we “moderns” have more stuff and ideas to want than anyone throughout history. We’ve gone global with nearly everything, and many of us spend countless hours of our lives longing for things that our ancestors neither dreamed of, nor needed, to live happy lives. In fact, we don’t need most of these things either, but have given in to the collective…
  • On the Zen of Toll House Cookies

    Star Weiss
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most families I know have a favourite dish or dessert that is iconic, legendary in their kitchen, and that represents to them the epitome of nostalgia, good taste, and family togetherness. In the Weiss Family, the undisputed symbol of Weiss-ness is the Toll House cookie. (the THC). My mother was ahead of her time in her divine perfection of the Toll House cookie, or, as they are more plebeianly known, the chocolate chip cookie. Years before gourmet chocolate chip cookies made their appearance, Mom’s cookies were famous in our neighbourhood as the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth treat. If…
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    Pixelonomics

  • Nescafe India continues their awesomeness beyond the ad

    Pervez Ahmed
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Rishi – the protagonist in the new Nescafe ad “Ek haklate hue comedian ki sabse badi taakat hoti hai ….. suspense” (Suspense is the biggest strength of a comedian who stutters) says Rishi,the protagonist in Nescafe’s latest ad film, created by McCann Erickson. With 4,828,988 (and counting) views on YouTube, the latest ad film for Nescafe has also fetched a fair amount of attention on social media. With this ad going super viral, it wouldn’t be wise to stop the campaign here would it? Nescafe feels so too, and they have an awesome new idea to keep riding the viral…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 87

    Pixel Posts
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy dose of design…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 86

    Pixel Posts
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Summer We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy dose of…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 85

    Pixel Posts
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Otília Erdélyi We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy…
  • How Zip Phone – a one man startup- got into Y Combinator

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

  • A short trip to picturesque Lake Como, Italy

    Eva
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    A couple weekends ago, I went on a short, somewhat spontaneous trip to Lake Como, Italy. If you follow me on either Facebook or Twitter, you’ve already seen a sneak peek of my trip. I hadn’t heard too much about Lake Como before and I have no idea why because it’s the most picturesque place I’ve ever been to! It’s no wonder so many celebrities have homes here (I saw many beautiful villas only to later find out they were the home of a celebrity). I couldn’t stop taking photos… of everything! It’s amazing how much beauty a touch of paint can add…
  • Meditation: a daily act to love yourself and to love life

    Eva
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Love. Understanding. Forgiveness. Trust. Compassion. Kindness. Peace. These are a few of the words that I use during my meditations. I breathe in love for myself and I breathe out love for the Universe and everyone in it. Breathe in: “I am love, I love myself” Breathe out: “I love the Universe and all those in it” The same goes for the other words and any others that I may need on that particular day. When I feel as though the words and breaths have brought me to a peaceful place, I let my mind quiet down and listen to the sounds around me. This has grown to be a daily…
  • Nature is speaking, are you listening?

    Eva
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Environmental organization Conservation International has released a new film campaign to promote the protection of our planet with the message “Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature”. The campaign is called Nature Is Speaking and highlights the different components of the world using the voices of Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz and Robert Redford. The videos show the beauty of Mother Nature, the ocean, the Rainforest, soil, water and the Redwood. There’s still a coral reef and flower video to come. The videos are…
  • 5 Skills Everybody Should Have

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

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

  • Explaining Ebola for Children

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    There’s a lot of hyperbole about ebola at the moment. This makes sense; it’s a scary disease with no vaccination and people are concerned. But that’s no reason for misinformation, or for people to run around making wild claims and confusing the issue. Most of us aren’t biochem majors and can’t break down complex details about drug interaction/ virus systems etc, but we do have questions we want answered. An explainer: I was recently trying to explain Ebola to a ten year old who was very frightened and was thinking about how best to help them. I like to go with…
  • Meet The Man Who Want People To See Pit Bull Dogs as “Cuddly”

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
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    Lightening Up and Letting Go

  • Ghost Busters!

    Jerry
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Are you a ghost? Ghosts are never present, they never get the girl/guy, they are continually seeking but never getting what they want. They haven’t the internal focus or presence of mind to know what they want. They are hamsters running round the wheel, busy and getting nowhere. Ghosts know the grass is greener elsewhere. [...]
  • Becoming More Flexible

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

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

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

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

  • Today, In Lieu of an Actual Post ...

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    For several days running my to-do list has featured the task "blog post."I should tell you ... I have several posts already written out! Fantastic news! Sadly, they are in longhand (my preferred method of first draft on any writing.) Thus, they continue to await me blocking out a bit of time to key in said posts, find an accompanying photo, then edit the post until I'm cross-eyed and snappy because I forgot to eat because I can get a little picky when I'm writing. Also when I'm eating. So. There's that.Therefore, today, in lieu of an actual post, I shall lull you into complacency with photos…
  • Report: Corgis of the World Grateful United Kingdom Shall Remain United

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    My sister and niece gave us this cute Corgi/Union Jack frame from Anthropologie, which of course is a perfect treat for us since we love us a Corgi. Ours are named Watson and Thatcher ... a tip of the hat to their British heritage. Because Queen Elizabeth also love her a Corgi. She has approximately 87 of them at all times.Anywho, I propped our precious new household accoutrement on a side table in our family room so we could all point and say "awwww, look how CUTE!" in our very poor fake British accents. Which are really just Southern accents projected in a slightly higher-pitched, nasal…
  • Back to Work Blog Series: 5 Steps to Confident, Smarm-Free Networking

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

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

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

  • Rappel Down a Waterfall. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

    Annette White
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    If you are man (or woman) enough to brave a steep two hour cliff-hugging horseback ride, a half hour slippery, muddy hike through the forest and a 100 foot rappel down King Louis Waterfall at Matapalo, then I have the perfect excursion for you. While staying at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa in Costa […] The post Rappel Down a Waterfall. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Play the Real Escape Logic Game. San Francisco.

    Annette White
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    I have been known to solve a few sudoku puzzles in my day, maybe even excelled at a game of Candy Crush. But, when my escape from being locked in a room with total strangers depended on all of us working together to solve challenging logic puzzles, panic ensued. Would we be one of the […] The post Play the Real Escape Logic Game. San Francisco. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • 228 Bucket Lists. 10,000 Things To Do Before You Die.

    Annette White
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Are you looking for Bucket List ideas? Sometimes it’s best to get inspiration from others and this page is filled with bucket lists for you to peruse, ponder and get inspired by. There are over 200 lists and 10,000 ideas of things to do before you die. Don’t know what a bucket list is or […] The post 228 Bucket Lists. 10,000 Things To Do Before You Die. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Eat a Greek Salad in Greece

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

    Annette White
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Portland is the largest city in Oregon and filled with quirky things to do that range from adventurous to romantic to just plain weird. It is a mix of scenic landscapes, bustling neighborhoods, microbreweries, distilleries and bucket list worthy adventures for everyone. 20 Bucket List Things to Do in Portland   1. See the Smallest […] The post 20 Bucket List Things to Do in Portland appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • 12 Most Obvious Signs You Are Watching Too Much Toddler Television

    Susan Maccarelli
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Susan Maccarelli   Do you announce bath time using the following song “Let’s take a bath. A lovely bubbly bath,” a la the Disney Channel? Then this 12 Most post is for you! You’ll know it’s time to put away the remote and head for nap time if you relate to these signs that […]
  • 12 Most Irritating Things to Say to a Single Person

    Sophie Fox
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Sophie Fox   It’s official: there are more single people than ever before, 124.6 million single Americans in August 2014. This is more than half of the adult population. The figures are similar here in the UK. In spite of this, there are still a few of you happy couples who have yet to […]
  • 12 Most Timely Questions to Ask When You Have a New Job

    Kelly Belmonte
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Kelly Belmonte   It used to be the case that you had about 90 days to get “up to speed” and begin adding value at a new job. The expectations were relatively low that you would or could be able to competently do your job before that point. Times have changed. The need to […]
  • 12 Most Honest Reasons to Lie When Interviewers Ask Your Current Salary

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

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

  • Marathon Truth

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    I haven't had time to post much lately, but I will leave you this week with this gem. Because, having completed a marathon before, I can say -- this is pretty accurate. Enjoy. And watch those nips, men....
  • We Must Learn to Sail in High Winds....

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Stay Healthy Naturally

    Jessica
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    With cold and flu season approaching, the enterovirus 68 on the loose this year, and a nasty stomach bug going around schools all over the United States, it is getting harder and harder to keep germs at bay and our of our homes. Here’s what we are doing to in my home to try to prevent and fight off illnesses: Wash hands frequently. This one is the most obvious, but it is super important. Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid and eliminate germs. We aren’t into using hand sanitizers when soap and water are readily available. We keep hand sanitizers available for times when we are…
  • The Teal Pumpkin Project from a Food Allergy Parent’s Point of View

    Jessica
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Being a food allergy parent and a writer, people have asked me for years why I don’t just start a blog about food allergies. The reason for me is simple. My son’s food allergies have pretty much run my life for the past eleven years. That may sound extreme to you, but it is 100% true. Having so many severe food allergies, some of which were potentially life-threatening, and a food allergy related disease, my thoughts were constantly on planning ahead and on keeping him safe. So for me, the thought of writing about food allergies on a regular basis seemed quite the opposite of cathartic.
  • Show Your Purple to Support LGBT Youth Against Bullying

    Jessica
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you dressed for the day yet? Are you wearing purple today? If not, head on back to your closet and grab something purple. It is important to show your purple today, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here. The reason why purple is the color of the today is that this is Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is vital that we take at least one day support LGBT youth, who are often a primary target of intensive bullying. When I was younger, I had a handful of gay friends. The only…
  • How to Raise $1,000 in Apparel or Donations for Your Organization, Charity or Event

    Jessica
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
      Kyle Snyder was a little boy who loved life, and ladybugs. Just three weeks shy of his second birthday when Kyle was diagnosed with Leukemia. He lost his life to the disease just eight months later. In 2001, Kyle’s mother Sharon founded The Kisses for Kyle Foundation to honor Kyle’s memory, and to help local families in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs who are battling childhood cancer. Sharon and her team have worked tirelessly ever since to help alleviate the extra stresses of this devastating diagnosis, by providing financial assistance and special experiences for the…
  • If the Coming Winter is Colder than Last Year, are You Prepared Enough?

    Jessica
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
      Last winter was one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record I the United States. Here in the Northeast the weather was just brutal. (In our school district alone, we exceeded the limit on snow days by a whopping nine days, taking away part of Spring Break and tacking on an extra week of school at the end of the year.) Well, rumor has it that we are about to embark on a winter that was even worse than last year. Being prepared can make all the difference, and all it takes is a few simple steps to be prepared for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather emergencies or unexpected…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • The Elements of Resume Style with Scott Bennett

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As hard as resumes are to write, the most effective ones are written plainly, clearly, and briefly. The struggle for most people is to capture reader’s attention through failing to communicate all three elements. One of the best guides in my opinion is The Elements of Resume Style. It is one of the books I reference serving my clients, and one I regularly recommend. Scott is my guest on today’s show. If you struggle with presenting a clear, brief, accomplishment-focused resume, then you will exceedingly receive much value from this conversation. What is your greatest challenge in…
  • How Can Underemployed Job Seekers Adapt to the New Workplace

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
      The underemployed face major obstacles in this job market. It’s hard to count under-employed job seekers and many statistically blends with the unemployed. Under-employment is a major obstacle and epidemic in our country. More than ever, unemployed job seekers are entering a new workplace with stresses such as lower salaries and taking positions lower than their education or previous experience. This episode will help you with some strategies and mindset to help underemployed job seekers adapt. If you are currently underemployed, or unemployed, and expect to take pay cuts or a…
  • How Can College Career Centers Thrive with Don Philabaum

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Career centers want to students to own their career destiny, and use the center’s plentiful resources. Parents are encouraged to disengage once their son or daughter land on campus. Many alumni associations are at a crossroads in understanding their role to help current and soon-to-be-graduates. These are few of the points of discontentment and contention that echo throughout this universal discussion. Don Philabaum is the author of CHANGE IT! Create a Career Centered College Culture. He has solutions of how to build a community to help increase student engagement and career success. Don is…
  • Enhance Your Job Search Through Infographic Resumes and Your Personal Brand

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

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    925 Hire, LLC, a company founded by Tonie Snell, is an all inclusive staffing firm to help job seekers from all walks of life. Although Tonie is part of the LGBT community. She desires to build a diversestaffing company accessible to anyone in all states. She also wants former incarcerated men and women to have access to gainful employment as everyone else does. I invite your feedback on this episode, and any episode: Voicemail: 708.365.9822 email: mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com Blog: TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com/56 Tonie Snell, a recruiter for more than 15 years, started her company in 2010. As…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Who Are They?

    Randy Gage
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    So who chose salt and pepper anyway? Why are they the two spices available in almost every restaurant and dinner table in the Americas? Why not sea salt, paprika, or nutmeg? Why two seasonings, and not three or five? Who says the North Pole is on the top? Most people seem to think so. But looking from my apartment in Sydney, I can tell you for certain that the South Pole is definitely on top. In actuality, the top is relative to what angle you’re viewing the earth from the galaxy. What if Einstein was wrong? Probably the most quoted statement from Albert Einstein is the quip defining…
  • Social Media Marketing Success

    Randy Gage
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    A lot of people ask me how I’m so successful with connecting with my tribe via social media. It’s a great question, because it lets us explore how useful social media can be – and how to utilize it without broadcasting endless pitches to people, but actually engage them and provide true value.   Here are my seven secrets that transcend all social media platforms and allow you to apply them in ways that grow your business, no matter what field you are in: 1) Be Findable You have to take your business where the people are and be in the relevant conversations. And in today’s world,…
  • The Timing of Success

    Randy Gage
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    We often talk about the difference between management and leadership. So how about if you take it one level higher and stop trying to manage your time and start leading it? You can piss away money, yet always earn more. Even squandered health can often be restored. But one thing that never comes back is lost time. If you had to isolate the single most important thing you can do to create success and prosperity in your life, it would probably come down to how you utilize  your time. – RG Randy is the author of nine international bestsellers on success, including, Risky Is the New Safe.
  • Protecting the Kids

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

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

  • Pantanal, The World’s Largest Freshwater Wetland

    Kaushik
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    In the center of the South American continent, south of the Amazon basin and east of the Andes, lies an immense landlocked river delta called Pantanal. It lies mostly within Western Brazil but extends into portions of Bolivia and Paraguay, covering an estimated 140,000 to 195,000 square kilometres. Between November and March annual floods, fed by tropical rains, inundate this region by up to several meters transforming Pantanal into the world’s largest freshwater wetland ecosystem, half the size of France. With a variety of ecological sub-regions, nursing hundreds of species of aquatic…
  • Metro Stations in Naples Converted Into Beautiful Art Galleries

    Kaushik
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    Over the past decade, the city of Naples, Italy, has been transforming sections of the subway system into full-fledged art galleries by contemporary artists to make the urban area’s public transport centres more attractive. Under the direction of Achille Bonto Oliva, former director of the Venice Biennale, a total of 14 stations (as of 2014) distributed along the lines 1 and 6 of the Metro network, have been decorated with over 200 works by more than 100 artists and architects such as Alessandro Mendini, Anish Kapoor, Gae Aulenti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Karim Rashid, and Sol LeWitt.
  • Layered Sand Art by Andrew Clemens

    Kaushik
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    The art in these bottles were created by carefully pouring colored sand in layers, without the use of glue or any adhesive. These were made more than a hundred years ago by Iowa-born artist Andrew Clemens (1856 - 1894), who was completely deaf and mute, a condition that developed when he suffered from encephalitis at the young age of five. Clemens' sandpainting career blossomed at the age of 13 during his summer vacations from the State School. He would collect naturally colored grains of sand from an area in Pikes Peak State Park known as Pictured Rocks, separate the sand grains into…
  • Saint Helena Island: The Place of Napoleon's Imprisonment

    Kaushik
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory, is a remote island located in the South Atlantic Ocean about 1,950 km west of the south-western coast of Africa. The nearest land is Ascension Island, the site of a US Air Force auxiliary airfield, which is 1,125 km to the north-west. The most remote inhabited island in the world, Tristan da Cunha, is located 2,100 km to the south. Uninhabited when first discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, Saint Helena was garrisoned by the British during the 17th century, and for a long time served as an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia…
  • Island Homes During Mississippi River Flooding

    Kaushik
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    When the waters of the Mississippi River broke in April 2011, it created one of the largest and the most damaging floods in the U.S. in the past century. Flooding was caused by two major storm systems that deposited record levels of rainfall on the Mississippi River watershed. When that additional water combined with the springtime snowmelt, the river and many of its tributaries began to swell and spill over. Certain areas were inundated with 20-30 feet of water forcing evacuation of tens of thousands of homes in areas along the Mississippi and the Yazoo River. But many decided to stay put…
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    Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker

  • Are You Casting Spells by Default

    AnnieInfinite
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Just lately it has been brought home to me once again t […] The post Are You Casting Spells by Default appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • Stand Up, Speak Out, Now is the Time

    AnnieInfinite
    8 Nov 2013 | 3:41 pm
    A Facebook Conversation about making a different, bring […] The post Stand Up, Speak Out, Now is the Time appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • Mindfulness Magic and Now-ness

    AnnieInfinite
    31 Oct 2013 | 3:57 pm
    To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild […] The post Mindfulness Magic and Now-ness appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • The Healing Decision

    AnnieInfinite
    25 Sep 2013 | 7:40 pm
    I have learned from experience that you can choose at a […] The post The Healing Decision appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • Do You Want to be Right or Happy?

    AnnieInfinite
    3 Jul 2013 | 9:43 pm
    The other day on social media as happens so often, one […] The post Do You Want to be Right or Happy? appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
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    Life With Boys

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    Christina
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    I LOVE amusement parks, love them.  Going to an amusement park is my idea of a great day.  Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is one of our favorites.  Roller coasters are my favorite rides, and The Griffon at BG is my favorite coaster of all time. It’s a smooth ride, filled with twists, turns and loops. […] Read more →
  • The Tortured (2010) – How Far Would You Go?

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

    Christina
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Social Media is great. I use it as a way to see what my kids are doing-yes, they live with us, no they don’t always tell us everything. I can keep in touch with my Mom, Roy’s parents, friends that live on the other side of the country, and of course who can forget the […] Read more →
  • Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What?

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

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

  • Enter to Win a Hammitt Handbag Courtesy of Stearns & Foster

    Beth Anderson
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Win a limited edition Hammitt created for Stearns & Foster. Stearns & Foster is an iconic, American-made, premium, luxury mattress brand,  well known and well respected for superior craftsmanship, timeless design, the finest materials and hand finished details. They wanted to partner with a brand of similar values and workmanship to create a unique promotion that goes beyond the expected. A hand-made, high-quality leather handbag has long been an attainable and functional symbol of timeless luxury and seemed like the perfect fit for Stearns & Foster. Using only the finest…
  • How To: Accent Lighting for Small Spaces

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

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

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

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

  • Barefoot Cafe

    charlie grosso
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    I roam around Hanoi on my 125cc motorbike (Sylvia is her name) and alternate cafes for offices. Today’s office is actually called The KAfe. The crowd is a mixture of Vietnamese and expats. The blond wood is too hip and the cupcakes too Western for those came searching for Graham Green’s Vietnam. The coffee is good. The internet speedy. The electrical outlets are accessible and the staff doesn’t seem to mind you are there all day. The minimum for a mobile foreign field office. Lunch hour. Girls from the offices near by fills the blond wood cafe, their credentials dangle from lanyards…
  • No Eye Contact, No Snack!

    charlie grosso
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Here in Hanoi, there are two different kinds of street vendors. The one with a stall or a shop front, however small they might be, they are stationary. The stall might be occupying part of the alley, blocking traffic, and the menu could be vinyl letters on the outside of the building just above the giant pot of stock. It doesn’t matter how impromptu it is, you know where to find them and if you like what they are selling, you can go back. Pho ma will be on this same corner tomorrow. Then there is what I like to call the gypsy vendors. They are either carrying their goods in two baskets,…
  • 5 hours in Hong Kong

    charlie grosso
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    It’s been 15 years when I was in Hong Kong last. On a 5 hour layover, I thought I pop in and see what I see…come on, lets go explore. There is a train ($100HK round-trip) that takes you straight from the airport into the city. Back in 2000, the airport was still new, an extension of the island made from landfill and coral. The asphalt was not thick enough on the runway and the planes would occasionally puncture their tires on the sharp coral on landing. The only way to get into town was by taxi. I remember spending most my budget on the cab ride to and fro the airpot back then.
  • The Most Inappropriate Time to Consider Mao

    charlie grosso
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    The year was 1947. My grandfather’s company sent him to the province of Taiwan for a conference. He brought my grandmother along for a bit of vacation. Their first born, my uncle Edward, still in diapers, was left with his grandmother, my great-grandmother. Then the news came. Stay. Don’t come home. Shit is hitting the fan. Later they would smuggle Edward and great-grandmother out of the newly Communist China. It is some time in the new millennium, China has been open to visitors for years, and my grandparents have returned many times to visit and sightsee. I am in Taipei, alone in an…
  • Becoming Local. Ridding a Motorbike in Hanoi.

    charlie grosso
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    This is going to be easy. I mean, how hard could it be? Renting a motorbike while I’m tucked away in Hanoi for a self imposed writer’s residency seems like a sensible thing. I’m a good walker. I can walk pretty far, but how far do I really want to walk in 35ºC heat? I waltz into the motorbike shop to pick up the rental. She is pretty. 125cc fully automatic transmission, pale pearl with a sheen and a retro vibe. There is no shortage of swagger whenever I take on something new, especially if that something new has a whiff of danger and a hint of ridiculous. Having driven a…
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    E-stranged

  • My Dog Won’t Fetch

    Fiona
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    “The scariest thing about distance is that you don’t know whether they’ll miss you or forget you.” ― Nicholas Sparks In my last post I was speaking a bit about the notion of “emotional labor” and whether or not estrangement is “women’s work” – by which I refer to the business of “worrying” about relationships, naming and speaking “feelings” for self and for others, feeling “responsible” to solve and resolve emotional tensions and feeling or bearing a disproportionate amount of blame and shame for being unable to…
  • Is Estrangement Women’s Work?

    Fiona
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    “… for a long, long time the wars that women have been left to wage on behalf of men, on behalf of the human race, have started much sooner, in the home, in front of the hearth, in the womb. We do what we must to protect and provide for our young our families, our tribes.” ― Ana Castillo, Goddess of the Americas Firstly, hello dear readers! It turns out that grad school and full time work, don’t leave a lot of extra space for blog writing, so I am fitting in time to write as and when I can. Fortunately, I am researching family estrangement and so I come up with fresh…
  • We Don’t Want To Know You

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

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

    Fiona
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
 
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    How lesbians have sex

  • Want to get fit? Try these simple tips Lesbian

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    So many milfs think that to be fit also keep rippling vaginas and look like a naked body builder. To be fit, simply means that your naked body is functioning as best you can. Like a car. This erotic story will give you some tips on how you can make a set-up your account. Walking is a very effective way to promote lesbian activity. For further effort, walk to push your heel and goes toe. You can also work your arms by bending your elbows and then move your arms every time you take a step. Find a lesbian partner can motivate you to keep working out. Finding someone to work with, you can have…
  • Exercise tips for milfs of all ages

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    If you want to be healthy, you have to be fit. No way around it. Some milfs are apprehensive about creating a lesbian program, but if you have the right information, it may be easier than you think. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Need some ideas for adding sex to your daily routine? Try simply adding more activity to everything you do. Walk over a semen bath at work or the number of steps you take in a day will rise and walk a little faster when climbing stairs or walking through a parking lot can add intensity to those steps. Add resistance training to your sex plan.
  • Great tips about lesbian that are easy to understand

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Many milfs think they know everything they need to know about keeping in tip top shape, but you can always suck something new that might get in your sex routine to the next level or two. The effective tips found in this erotic story can help you do that, starting today. Choosing the right time of day for your naked body to sex. A morning girlfriend it is very easy to fit into your sex routine early in the day, while someone who feels at its best later in the day should wait until the afternoon or evening to sex. If you sex when the naked body and the mind feels in top condition, you will get…
  • Use this hot tips about lesbian to help you harder understand

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    If you’ve always wanted to be in harder shape, but not sure about the practical ways you can begin the process or make it a part of your everyday sex life, then this erotic story will give you lots of hot ideas on how to make it happen . If you are a woman and uncomfortable working out in front of men, check out the many new chains of female-only sex shops. Many horny women are self-conscious of their image, especially those who may be starting to get serious about lesbian. It can be intimidating to go to a sex shop filled with the opposite sex. By keeping only for small groups and…
  • Get help finding the information you lesbian

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Fitness is an integral part of a healthy sex lifestyle; is important to go about lesbian with knowledge of what can be as efficient with your time as possible. This erotic story presents some tips on finding lesbian effectively and responsibly. Following the tips closely will increasingly experience more enjoyable lesbian. A very important part of an sex regimen is a regular day of rest. This gives your vaginas a chance to repair any damage they have suffered. If you do not take a regular rest day, is likely to suffer a damaging injury that could take away from training for more than a day.
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • Jude's attacks, tone, and more

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    When I got home last night Jude once again had a terrible tone attack. After wrestling with him on the couch I decided to put him in his wheelchair. This seems to be the only thing that helps break the tone. As you can see he was pretty stressed when we put him in the chair. You can also hear the issues we have had with the mechanical congestion. Jude spent two hours in the wheelchair. I miss holding him but he pushes his head back so hard into your arm that you can feel it the next day. Since I couldn't hold him I just held his hand. I also gave him a dose of Valium to break his tone and…
  • Holy crappy night Batman!

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    When I got home from work last night Jude was sleeping. This isn't that unusual but it is unusual he slept until around 8pm. My thought process is that Jude wasn't feeling very well and needed some extra sleep. Generally this doesn't affect how he sleeps throughout the night since he is sedated. He looked so cute while he was napping that I would stop and gently kiss his forehead. When he finally woke up he immediately started toning out and by 10pm he was uncontrollable. His face was bright read, he was hyper extended as far back as he could be, his heart rate was through the…
  • Jude

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Jude is still having terrible attacks. I am not sure what's going on. Like I stated before I think this is just his new normal. He cycles through having a normal week and then going into these terrible weeks. I put a call into his neurologist to see what they suggest. It's just no way to live and I feel really bad for him.
  • A kinda grumpy post with a good follow up

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Before I write this I want everyone to know I am not being negative, I am grateful for my life, grateful for Jude's life, and I know it could be worse. With that being said I am once again being honest and forthcoming on my blog. It's been an extremely busy week at my work. I am working as hard as I can up until the very last minute. Yesterday after an exhausting day I returned home to Mike extremely frustrated that Jude was having another attack. Jude was very toned out, red faced, sweating, and very uncomfortable. When Jude gets like that you can barely hold him, he is stiff…
  • Jude's quick update

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Jude is doing well for the most part. He still has his cough and he is still having some attacks. Mike mentioned that this is probably just Jude's new normal. So we have adjusted to that. We have to decide if we are taking Jude and his nurse to Houston this year to watch Emily compete. We are going to wait and see how his health is but I worry about the drive. He coughs a lot sitting up consistently so we will see what happens. We have another month before we really have to decide. I just wanted to give a quick little update.
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    Like a Bump on a Blog

  • $25 PayPal Cash Giveaway from @Univhers for Women Only (sorry guys, next time!)

    Amberr Meadows
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Remember my post Univhers is a New Social Website For W […] The post $25 PayPal Cash Giveaway from @Univhers for Women Only (sorry guys, next time!) appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Univhers is a New Social Website For Women About Women $25 PayPal Cash Giveaway Open Worldwide 50 PayPal Cash Giveaway Open Worldwide via Simple Form
 
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    All About Living With Life

  • 10 Calming Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you staying in calmness or your mind is in turbulence?Be inspired by these calming quotes and stay cool at all times:  1.     Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. -  Buddha 2.     Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax. - Bryant McGill3.     The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.- James Allen4.     Power is so…
  • 7 Smart Ways to Shape Your Future Now

    Charles Chua C K
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    ‘Just as our present is the result of our past, so our future will be the result of our present. Every minute of every day we are weaving threads that will make the cloth of future.’  - Anne Spencer Parry Your future is now. What you think, believe and do now will determine the outcome of the future. The smart way to shape the future is to do the right things now. Adopt successful habits one by one and build your strengths over time:      1.      Be healthy now: Be active, follow a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Avoid bad…
  • 20 Simple Ways to Have a Great Day

    Charles Chua C K
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A great day is a day when you are happy, full of energy, productive and the world is in your hand. This list will definitely inspire you; uplift your spirits and kick-start a brand new great day for you:   1.      Be early: You are in control when you start a new day early. There is no rushing about to get things done because you are ahead of others and you can attend to your tasks one thing at a time gracefully.  2.      Be ready: It means you are organized and prepared for a new day. More likely than not you are armed with a…
  • 10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Well-Being

    Charles Chua C K
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you feeling comfortable? According to an article, The Five Essential Elements of Wellbeing, a person’s well-being consists of five elements: The first element is about how you occupy your time or simply liking what you do every day: Your Career Wellbeing.The second element is about having strong relationships and love in your life: Your Social Wellbeing.The third element is about effectively managing your economic life: Your Financial Wellbeing.The fourth element is about having good health and enough energy to get things done on a daily basis: Your Physical Wellbeing.The…
  • 10 Smart Ways to be Productive at Work

    Charles Chua C K
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    To be productive is to work smart. The most important thing is to identify those important things that you want to accomplish and how you want to get done efficiently and effectively. Here are some smart ways to be productive without being stressful:  1.      In the morning: The beginning of a new day is always packed with freshness of the mind and fullness in energy for you to tackle the most important and complex issues of the day. It is assumed that you have had a good night’s sleep. Get it done in the morning and you will be pleased to get other things…
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    30 by Thirty

  • Celebrity Status

    Kiki G
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    I know I know, I'm more than behind! Whoops! Lots has happened in the past.... umm... six months I guess. I shall surely update the stories soon, as some good 'ol roomie tales have popped in the last while.I saw this video, just now, and thought of 22a. We have attempted this feat, to quite a smaller scale, but with success. People crave celebrity-isms and this guy makes us all look oh-so-silly. Regardless, I was entertained ;)Audition ideas for Amazing Race Canada are now looming... hmm...
  • And Then There Were Two… and Two Hundred Blueberries

    Kiki G
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:57 pm
    As per the gentle nudging of 24, it’s time to get this blog up to date! I am WWWAAAYYYY behind! What can I say… Life got busy. I shall be backing up some stories, so be sure to check back on October and November, as those months shall surely be filled with tall tales within the week. Baby steps 24, baby steps. Goal of the day: Up to date by the end of spring break! Gives me two point five weeks to get right on that!This just happened.5:55 PM - March 19, 2014From thirty roomies to one.25 and I are soon to be solo housemates.I'm not sure if this was out of rage, in realization of…
  • Family Surely is Family

    Kiki G
    20 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    This family gets FULL points for the most amazing holiday card yet.I would never leave my family, but happily adopt these guys on in ;)Enjoy!http://elitedaily.com/humor/family-makes-viral-christmas-card/
  • A Capella Drummer Boy

    Kiki G
    15 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Time to get into the holiday spirit.This shall truly do the trick.Well done.Enjoy!http://www.ijreview.com/2013/12/98522-watch-incredible/
  • Be Carefree

    Kiki G
    3 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    What does it mean to be carefree?Sometimes, we get so caught up in life, that we miss out on moments that are meant to capture just that, moments.This video makes my heart glad.It reminds me to make time for moments that allow me to be carefree.Let it inspire.Enjoy!http://www.utrend.tv/v/one-second/
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    Ish Ism

  • Finished the Second Draft this Weekend … A Writer’s Journey

    drishism
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Sunday I finished the second draft of my novel. It has been a long journey which began over the summer. And I am still far from finished because I have several more drafts left. But the job feels less daunting. … Continue reading →
  • Update on the Abandonned Kittens found in the Garage

    drishism
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Remember the kittens my wife and I found in the garage a couple weeks ago? One was dead, three were alive. Well two of the three kittens survived, and they seem to be doing well. My wife bottle fed the … Continue reading →
  • Halloween Costume Idea

    drishism
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Have you seen the movie “The BoxTrolls (2014)”? Well, here is a low cost Halloween idea for ya :-)
  • “From Timna to Mars”: Professor Avner Amram Character Interview

    drishism
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we welcome a book tour featuring Avraham Anouchi, author of From Timna to Mars: Searching for Rare Earth Metals. Anouchi holds a Master of Engineering-Electronics from Harvard University. He has written fiction and non-fiction. He is also fluent in … Continue reading →
  • Robert Downey Jr. to Join ‘Captain America 3′ (EXCLUSIVE)

    drishism
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Originally posted on Variety:Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to “Captain America 3,” a move that would bring the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the bigscreen and trigger the start of a new…
 
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    Sarah Cunningham

  • Bible Verses About Family: And Why Yours Might Be Bigger Than You Think

    Sarah
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Bible Verses About Family? If you haven’t picked up on it by now, I think friendship should be a core value of the Christian faith. And I’ve been taking Wednesdays to explain why friendship strikes me as an important and intentional thread in the Bible. (Read the other posts in this series here.) Last week, we talked about … Click here to read more.
  • Life After Divorce: Divorce’s Impact on Adult Friendship

    Sarah
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Life After Divorce Every Tuesday, I’ve been sharing bullet points from some of the research behind my new book. So far I’ve passed on some initial data-points related to how both age and gender affect friendship. [Read more here.] Today, we look at the question, “What are the biggest challenges that impact relationships?” And the answer might surprise you.… Click here to read more.
  • Social Norms: Can They Be Changed for the Better?

    Sarah
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Over the last two weeks, we talked about how society *mysteriously* shifts a little bit at a time–almost perhaps unnoticeably [Read more about Change Blindness]. How slooooowly, we let go of old social patterns (say playing baseball in the street) and replace them with new ones (maybe playing video games inside in the air conditioning?). These tiny, incremental shifts … Click here to read more.
  • Surround Yourself With Good People: Positivity Spreads

    Sarah
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I end the week with just one simple (but far-reaching) reflection: What kind of emotions are you injecting into the world this week? Because whatever you’re putting out there, you’re fostering more of that. For one week in January 2013, Facebook analyzed three million posts from users’ news feeds. Linguistic software was used to determine whether an update was positive … Click here to read more.
  • Psychology of Influence: Connected–How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect You More Than You Think

    Sarah
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    For the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing writing that explores connectedness, starting with some excerpts from the book Friendship as Sacrament. [Read the whole category here.] Today, I am moving onto a newer resource whose subtitle will make your brain scramble to keep up. It’s Connected: How your friends’ friends’ friends affect everything you feel, think, and … Click here to read more.
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Distractions, a convenient escape from focusing.

    Peter Wright
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
      Distractions “I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” — Zig Ziglar Focus is considered similar to concentration by many writers, in a list of 124 quotations on focus found on sources of insight, many refer to concentration. But true focus goes beyond concentration. If concentration is a tactic, then focus is a strategy. In a military analogy, concentration might win a battle but focus is needed to win…
  • Are Distractions Really the Enemy of Focus?

    Peter Wright
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
      Why If distractions are one of the major reasons for us having difficulty focusing, then it should be a relatively simple problem to fix. Distractions are only part of the problem, and frequently a part we invite into our lives by our routines and habits. In the post about how focus can come from both internal or external motivation, I wrote about how single-minded we can become when we need to focus on something as important as a sick child. We just do not allow ourselves to become distracted from focusing on our child’s recovery. In my post on 3 October, I wrote about the WHY,…
  • Focus, distractions and firewalls.

    Peter Wright
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
      Secretary as firewall       Last week,there was an exchange of comments on Google + about the strategy of creating posts about a single topic for a month. I commented that I find it easier to focus on and research a single topic for a series of posts than to continually think of new topics to write about twice a week. In the process of creating three posts on “focus” already this month, I have done a lot of reading on the topic. I have also noticed more articles and posts by others on the subject which means one of three things: Focus is a popular topic. Many…
  • Intense Focus, Is It Internally or Externally Motivated?

    Peter Wright
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
      How do we create an environment and a schedule to help us focus on the most important activities to create success in business and a happy, healthy, fulfilling life? Schedules, to-do lists, planners and calendars are all tools that will help us once we get the basics right, but without sufficient motivation to focus and the environment to nurture it, they won’t work. Focus Before we can create the environment, we have to understand our motivation. Why do we need to focus? What do we want to achieve. That motivation can be external – pulling us to focus our energies on…
  • Focus – The key to Human Success.

    Peter Wright
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Focus One of the most important differences between humans and other animals is our ability to focus on abstract concepts, not just tangible things like food, finding a mate or a place to shelter. We can also focus outside the present moment, on ideas, questions, events or desires, real or imagined in the future. We can focus on lessons learned from past experiences in a deeper way than the instinctive learning of animals. Robert Greene writes about these differences in his book Mastery (Amazon affiliate link) and attributes this ability to focus as a major factor of survival when early man…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • March for the Missing in Acapulco

    Carmen Amato
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    The road has disappeared under a wave of sorrow and anger. In a case of weather mimicking emotions, it is raining and thousands are unintentionally decorated with multicolored umbrellas. The raingear doesn’t hide GO → The post March for the Missing in Acapulco appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • How to Make an Informed Reading Choice

    Carmen Amato
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    With so many books out there, how do you make an informed reading choice? From the author’s point of view, it’s all about “book discoverability.’ But I read more than GO → The post How to Make an Informed Reading Choice appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Writing for Water: How to Cure Ebola by Reading

    Carmen Amato
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Throughout 2014, for every Kindle book I sell, $1 is donated to Water.org, the charity co-founded by Matt Damon to bring clean and safe water to communities worldwide. Other independent GO → The post Writing for Water: How to Cure Ebola by Reading appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Where’s a Cheerleader When You Need One?

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

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

  • girl stories: the cutter

    jakes
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    our brains are wired for pleasure and experiences.  the thing is part small child, and other part manipulative witch lurking in the shadows.  the small child wants pizza and candy and the witch is trying to get you to get some girl bits pregnant.  a bunch of trouble just waiting, living with that brain thing. the whole time you have to figure out what’s all right for the small child to eat or play with, and how to avoid falling for the witchy pitch, all without pissing either of them off.  you don’t want small child wailing or a long spell of depression.  you’re the…
  • extremisms of dudes on the internets

    jakes
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    i get e-mails.  not very good about answering them, but .. for whatever reason, every week there’s something about anti-femisim, “manosphere” type of site content stuff.  i try to not look at any of that these days.  whether it’s feminism or anti feminism or any of that extremist views. *a whole bunch of specific bits deleted* whatever you think about becomes reality.  emotions are trainable just like muscles.  if you look for all the things wrong with girls and the world, girls and the world will become a pretty hostile scenario. like when i was learning to fly,…
  • tiny budgets street racing culture

    jakes
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    sensible on the left, otherwise on the right.  because there isn’t ever just one right way. — youth.  one word, so full of meaning and promise.  and maybe some sadness too, depending on who speaks it.  what does that one word really sum up? maybe it’s a one word summary of existential thirst.  for life.  for everything.  new experiences.  adrenaline.  danger and risk and joy and caution-to-the-wind mayhem.  unencumbered by fear and thinking of the past and worrying about the future.  no baggage accumulated yet.  no memories of pain and emergency room visits and…
  • a world without mailboxes

    jakes
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    six hour bus ride across two countries, ten usd.  single window seats (one seat per side per row), with extending leg rests.  free wifi and snacks and bottled water and handy wipes and air conditioning and (questionable) movie entertainment.   — a few random weird observations about other continents, and paradise two …. there are no doorbells if you stop by somebody’s house, you’ll be standing at the gate, yelling.  that’s what people do.  yell.  hey!  heeeeeey!!  heeeeeeeeeey!! my neighbor in particular seems to be popular.  doesn’t get annoying…
  • introvert paradise of cute girl things

    jakes
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    supermensch.  documentary bit about shep gordon, the legendary agent dude.  super personable, super insightful, super creative dude.  weakness for girl things, and money.  right there, somebody worth listening to, unlike all the broken man-child internet blogs about money and girls (hey now). shep-steen, in the end of the story, talks about not having babies yet.  he looks a bit sad.  not giving up on it yet though, but there’s a lot of gray hair and whatnot happening. stuff like that, you gotta wonder.  especially in a town like paradise two. i used to have this rule.
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    GDM 's Down the Rabbit Hole/A day in the Life.

  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 26

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The full brunt of the AIDS epidemic is about to wipe out millions of people. It has already sickened, weakened and killed several in our community. Everyone is afraid of getting it. Every day we hear a different version of how it spreads. People stop shaking hands and every head cold gets diagnosed as AIDS. We feel as if there is a time stamp on our lives. The world would like us to go away.The cop steps forward, opens his book, clicks his pen and with the toe of his boot, nudges Chris.Chris is somewhere between out cold and hanging on. He is groaning quietly.“Can you get him out…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 25

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    The police siren grows even louder and within moments we can see the car coming down the street. Chris is laying face down on the sidewalk; his ass is still in the air as the police car screeches to a halt in front of the house. George steps back onto the front steps crossing his arms.The police turn off the siren but not the lights. The lights bathe over George and Chris and make them appear to flicker. A minute passes as the police car sits there with it’s light’s flashing. I can see two policemen reflected in the glass of the windshield, as they remain sitting in the front seat. Chris…
  • Blog in Full Order www.gdmartist.com

    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…
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • Hangout with Rochefel – Running a Virtual Assistant Business

    Rambo Ruiz
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The post Hangout with Rochefel – Running a Virtual Assistant Business is written by Rambo Ruiz I have had the opportunity to be interviewed by Rochefel of Professional VA. In our hangout we discussed important points on how we started as Virtual Assistants ourselves and how we eventually turned it into a business. On specifics we answered the following questions: How did you started your Virtual Assistant business? How do I manage my team members? What do I think about people calling Filipino VAs as “cheap” VAs? How do I market my Virtual Assistant service? How important is…
  • Five Web Design Ideas for Startups

    Rambo Ruiz
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    The post Five Web Design Ideas for Startups is written by Rambo Ruiz Online advertising and the use of social media for marketing are now essential for a startup, and in fact for any businesses. As a business owner this means having an outstanding website is an integral piece in establishing your brand. As a website designer for over four years let me share with you five web design ideas for startups. 1. Keep it simple and direct As a new business you are poking your customers for the first time so keep your website simple, direct and user-friendly. You don’t want to intimidate your…
  • 5 Easy Tricks to Double Your Facebook Posts’ Reach

    Rambo Ruiz
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    The post 5 Easy Tricks to Double Your Facebook Posts’ Reach is written by Rambo Ruiz If you are managing a Facebook page you must have already known the exact feeling when no one Likes or Shares or leave Comments on your carefully-thought-of post. It makes you ask “how can my fun and interesting post not get the buzz it deserves?”. The key is literally in your posts’ reach. You want to maximize your every posts’ reach so that they land on the timelines of users who has not subscribed to your updates. There are effective ways to spread your Facebook posts to a…
  • A Happier Birthday

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

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

  • At the altar of Bill Nye, science guy.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    So science is cool now. That’s great. I loved science in high school. I had a bunsen burner incident once. I’m not really here to talk in great depth and alacrity about the supposed battle between science and faith, on whether you can/can’t have/believe one with/without the other and so forth. At least, not really. What I’d like to talk about is car engines, and momentum. A car can have forward motion in more than one way. Let’s limit it to three: what the engine provides, what gravity provides, and what momentum provides. Sometimes the car hits glare ice as its…
  • What does a true passion for life look like?

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Glacier National Park is beautiful, and when I see the mountains, the first thing I don’t think of is jumping off of them. This is because I love living. I run on the assumption that the things I love I spend the most time with, and try to maintain a close proximity to. People, possessions–whatever it might be–I keep them nearby and safe. For this reason, my love of life isn’t spent in hiding, but it isn’t snuggling up close to death. While in Montana, I read an article in the Flathead Beacon that outlined the tragic death of a 22-year-old man who failed in his second…
  • Yes, please.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    (Part 2) I thought I would tell you what I’ve learned from life my special life the life of a non-hero philologist misfit how my unique life applies to your life and about how to find the best job and when and why you should quit and change relationships and what the meaning of life is based on my travels and artistic experiences and how to live better and be honest with your self self self self selfish and philosophical meanderings gleaned from drinking coffee or talking to homeless people or watching a bird fly over a mountain as I ate my Clif bar whilst hiking and fascinating stories…
  • No, thank you.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Craft beer Thick facial hair under age 40 Knit beanies if it isn’t winter Kombucha Writing about what you’ve learned in life before you’re 30 Instagramation of all photos with filters Religious/romantic experiences when talking about coffee Selfies Talk of choosing yourself, staying true to yourself, as if you were special Use the word passion more than five times a day Or “live intentionally” Or “New York coffee shop” Repeatedly mentioning your travels and humanitarian work in countries like Africa repeatedly Repeatedly Trying to come up with…
  • There is a mouse mafia running this joint.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    At the farm, there is a mouse mafia running the place. My grandfather’s house, still in decent shape but empty and forlorn, is perched at the edge of a “what do we do with it” abyss, and my mother’s email to us children about it contained her summation of the tragedy: “Sad because that house doesn’t have mouse problems like this one does.” I’m not scared of mice. I’m actually fascinated by them, and imagine them to have dramatic lives in miniature. This is probably the result of all of the youth books, such as the Secret of NIHM or Ralph…
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    directasia.com

  • A Glimpse into the Future of Singapore Roads?

    Paul Cypert
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8A Glimpse into the Future of Singapore Roads? By Paul CypertOk, so the car we’re talking about doesn’t look anything like this Electric cars. Driverless cars. Cars that fly.  Everyone has a different vision of what the future of transportation looks like. Sadly the driving cars everyone’s imagined since the 50’s are still far from possible. But the other two futures of cars seem to be happening sooner rather than later. Charge Cars Electric cars seem like an obvious advancement that should have happened years earlier. In Singapore they make great sense. The only…
  • 5 Car Insurance Truths You Might Not Know

    Claire Vorster
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF85 Car Insurance Truths You Might Not Know By Claire Vorster Driving without valid insurance is never a good idea, and you don’t have to look far to find a number of bizarre stories to back this up.  Take the recent tale of the sales manager who test-drove premium cars. Seemed like the dream job until he crashed the eye wateringly expensive Lamborghini he was driving and fled the scene. He later confessed that he did not even have a valid driving licence or insurance. Needless to say he got a hefty fine, plus a ban from driving anywhere for 2 ½ years. All this to say that if…
  • 5 Easy Changes for a Longer Life

    Claire Vorster
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF85 Easy Changes for a Longer Life By Claire Vorster A long, rewarding and healthy life, it’s what motivates us to get the most out of every day. And while many of us are aware of the worst life crushing behaviors – smoking, drinking too much alcohol and not exercising – what about the little things we can do, starting today, to get maximum results?  DirectAsia.com has discovered that making a few simple changes to your lifestyle can help you live longer. Here’s the top five. 1. Food – Leave A Little If you want to live longer, leaving a little bit of food on…
  • Owning a Furry Friend Could Save Your Life

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

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

  • Guest post: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

    Rey Lo
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Michael Carillo is a passionate supporter of artists of all types. A San Antonio-based musician, he is the frontman for Deer Vibes and Michael J. & the Foxes. Go catch one of their shows…soon…your life will be better and you’ll thank us for it later. This isn’t about me complaining about people not coming to […]
  • Just because

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

    Rey Lo
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Originally posted on Thought Catalog:ENFPs are passion-driven ‘ideas’ people. They gain energy from interacting with the world around them, and become quickly excited over new possibilities. Though ENFPs loves being around people, they crave alone time much more than the average extrovert. ENFPs search for a deeper meaning in just about everything, and use…
  • This is not the way it’s supposed to be

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

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

  • A Week Unsettled

    Princss Burlap
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This past few days, they’ve been really weird ones. A chex-mix of greatness and sadness and out-of-elementness. I work in aviation and from time to time I’m called out of town to sleep nights far from my love in large and strange beds high above new cities. I’m typing this on my familiar MacBook, lain across an unfamiliar bed. I’m supposed to be at a cocktail reception in 45 minutes and my hair is still wrapped in a wet towel. I’ve just realized that I’ve forgotten pjs. When I say pjs I mean that I’ve forgotten the soft, threadbare shirt I’d…
  • Broken Hearts and Perfect Songs

    Princss Burlap
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Today at 1:30 we’re seeing a cardiologist. Well, not a cardiologist. The best cardiologist. Dr. Chauncey Crandall, an MD who believes that for the most part, heart disease can be reversed thorough diet and lifestyle and healthy, mindful choices. He healed my dear friend after a heart event. I’ve seen him change lives. I trust him in a way I’ll never trust a conventional MD. He will prescribe medication if medically necessary, with the goal being always to get to a place where it’s no longer needed and come off of it. The thing that troubles is this: That blue-eyed boy…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • Absent Fathers and Their Children. A Story of One Void.

    Gill Andrews
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Photo credit: Philerooski via photopin cc Have you ever read an article or heard people talk about the impact of absent father? Me neither. Yet, every third child in the US lives in a home without a biological father. 90% of homeless children, 85% of children with behavioral disorders and 85% of all youth in prison come from the fatherless homes. 63% of youth suicides are committed by young people who grew up without a father. And even if you survive to be a grown-up, you are facing higher chances of depression and divorce, as well as lower level of educational performance and life…
  • What Makes Them Laugh Reminds Me Why I’m Not One of Them

    Gill Andrews
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Things don’t usually get to me, but when they do… Ah, whom am I kidding? Things do get to me quite often. But usually, I pretend they don’t, till it’s one drop too much, the dam bursts, and everything get flooded with emotions. The latest entry on my “Reasons why I need a new planet” list: Things that we laugh about (and by “we” I mean “you”, because, clearly, I don’t find these things even remotely amusing). Suffering of others. Do you find it funny? No? Are you sure, or you figured out this is the correct answer, and the real…
  • 21 Blunt Questions for a Life Coach. A Story of One HeartWork.

    Gill Andrews
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Photo credit: Thorsten Becker via photopin cc Imagine, next time your grandma asks you how things are you tell her you hired a life coach. Depending on how much of an outspoken person your grandma is, she might either think or tell you right in your face that young people these days have become very lazy. They now need a coach to tell them how to live their life! Back in her days, she might add, you grew up, you married, you had kids, then grand kids, baked tasty cookies, maybe worked somewhere down the road a little. Why should you need a life coach? Here’s your life. Live it! How…
  • 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…
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    a glimmer of light

  • Spirit Spirit

    glimmer
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Hello,… I just needed to hear this right now in this moment; I just had to hear it… I ended up placing it in here…please feel free to join and press play (I only know the version in Portuguese, but translation follows below)… http://aglimmeroflight.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Spirit-Spirit_Holy-Spirit-of-God.mp3   Dove of the Holy Spirit, by Bernini (St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican) Spirit, Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit. Spirit, Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit. Come control all my being, Come direct my living, My thinking, my speaking, My feeling, my…
  • The true power of the infirm

    glimmer
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    The best way I know to address the infirm and their pains is to first recall D. Alberto Cosme do Amaral, Bishop Emeritus of Leiria-Fátima, Portugal. Born in 1916, D. Alberto has been ordained Priest in 1939 and ordained Bishop in 1964, having been the Bishop of the meaningful and key Diocese of Leiria-Fátima between 1972 and 1993. D. Alberto passed away in 2005 and has received the title of Bishop Emeritus of Leiria-Fátima. Very early, as early as the seminar, that D. Alberto devoted special care to the infirm, visiting many on his vacations. Since his first times as Priest, it was visible…
  • The World keeps hoping

    glimmer
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    The UN Climate Summit 2014 took place last week, gathering 100 Heads of State and Government, as well as more than 800 business, finance and civil society leaders, in an effort to “[…] mobilize action […] to enable a meaningful, robust, universal, legal climate agreement by 2015.” The main results have (not surprisingly) been modest, standing out the $1bn Germany and France commitments and South Korea’s $100m commitment to a fund for developing-countries which did the least to cause climate change, but will be the most impacted by its effects; and a committed by the main palm oil…
  • The beautiful words of the best hip-hop

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

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

  • Easy, Free and Low Cost Book Trailers and Graphics #IWSG

    HJ Blenkinsop
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    For many of us, developing video editing or graphic art skills to promote our books on social media is enough to make our heads spin. However, whether we’re self publishing or have a traditional publisher, we’ll be marketing too. Here's a couple of resources for making video book trailers and social media graphics requiring absolutely no editing or graphic art skills. Even better, they're easy and quick to use, low cost, and in some cases, completely free.Video Book TrailersProduce a book trailer with commercially licensed music in minutes for as little as $39. Animoto have…
  • Proofreading Exchange

    HJ Blenkinsop
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    As a self pubber, I've read that the two things to invest in are: 1. A great cover2. An editor or at the very least a proofreader My insecure question this month relates to editing and proofreading. Has anyone had success with exchanging proofreading or editing with another author? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas, advice, or warnings!Many thanks in advance.This post is for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. A place for writers to stand up and face their inner dragons, cry at the woeful inadequacy of their weapons, get some much needed support from…
  • 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,…
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    Life's Due Diligence

  • 10 Cool And Affordable Gifts

    Brandon
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    On the majority of lists you see online, they show you gifts interesting, but very expensive. Here are ten little items that you can buy and impress everybody. If you see anything that interests you, click on the name of the product to see how much it costs or to purchase it. 1. Glow In The Dark Toilet Paper 2.Giant 5lb Gummy Bear 3. LED Light Up Dog Leash 4. Shark Backpack 5. Glow In The Dark Paint 6. Stack Of Money Wallet 7. Chain Wine Bottle Holder 8. Floating BookShelf 9. You Suck At Parking Business Cards 10. Facebook Like And Dislike Stamps The post 10 Cool And Affordable Gifts appeared…
  • Plasti Dip: 10 Beautiful Cars

    Brandon
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    1. Orange & Black Plasti Dip BMW 2. Camo Green Plasti Dip BMW 3. Blue Plasti Dip Lamborghini 4. Yellow Aston Martin 5. Pink GTR 6. Black Mustang 7. Black BMW Partial Dip 8. Neon Green Mustang 9. Red BMW 10. Chameleon Dip If you have any questions about PlastiDip, be sure to check out this article about the pros and cons of it or leave a comment! The post Plasti Dip: 10 Beautiful Cars appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • Quote Of The Day

    Brandon
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    “Listen to me, even when you lose, it’s OK to lose, but you can never get comfortable with it. You can never be satisfied with losing. When you lose, it’s got to hurt.”  -Eric Thomas The post Quote Of The Day appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • 10 Funny And Adorable Baby Gifs

    Brandon
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Here are 10 baby gifs that will put a smile on your face. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Via Giphy.com The post 10 Funny And Adorable Baby Gifs appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • Motivational Street Sign

    Brandon
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    This street sign is actually motivational! via /u/pm_me_a_bad_joke The post Motivational Street Sign appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • Road to success EP44!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Nuzhah's Road To Success:Name: Nuzhah JacobsOccupation: Student (grade 12), Entrepreneur (co-owner of The Ramp online jewelry and accessories store) and part-time Fashion and Beauty Blogger.Goal in life: "To successfully run my own business empire under which I will also have youth entrepreneurship programs which will improve the social and economic positions of many South Africans and in turn reduce the high poverty rate South Africa currently faces."What is success? "I believe success is measured by the impact that you make on the lives of others. I…
  • #WiseUp!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
  • Road to success EP43!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Marli's Road To Success:Name: Marlinette NewmanOccupation: Professional Free-lance Make-up Artist and Hairstylist.Goal in life: "To pursue excellence in all that I do. To be excellent in my career. To love others first, learning that I am not the most important person in my life. Basically to live a Godly life - Matthew 6:33. To prioritize my marriage, my husband and family and friends. The rest will follow... a house, career, business, travel etc."What is success? "Success for me is living a life that has a balance. A life that has a balance between relationships, down-time and…
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like.Mike Gafka  
 
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Remembering My Grandparents

    Gayla Baer
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    This post first appeared on one of my retired blogs on September 9, 2008 My grandparents played a very large part in my life from a very early age. With my older brother being sick with a rare kidney disease that caused him to be in and out of Riley Children’s Hospital frequently, I stayed with my grandparents quite often. Some of my earliest memories were those of my grandma letting me drink coffee in the mornings with her and my grandpa. That cup, although, an icky brown and pure plastic is one of my most valuable possessions today. My grandmother taught me so many things while growing up…
  • I Had a Stomach Bug – I Kept My Ass Home!

    Gayla Baer
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    This whole Ebola thing has me wound up in a complete tizzy! I CAN NOT for the LIFE of me figure out what anyone, ESPECIALLY a health care worker, could possibly be thinking! When they have been in CLOSE quarters with a man who had AND DIED from Ebola – wouldn’t common sense tell you to STAY off a PLANE? Stay away from the people you care enough about to HAVE in your wedding? Just a week ago I was hit with a nasty stomach bug. I was suffering nausea like no other – I was tired, achy and felt like I had been hit by a bus. There were days when I felt a need to run to the store…
  • Even Glow Serum – Antioxidant Skin Treatment & Not Growing Old Gracefully

    Gayla Baer
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    As much as I hate to admit it, I am a woman who has reached that “certain age” where skincare becomes ULTRA important. Granted, I know it should have been more important when I was younger, but now, I am seeing those fine lines and getting those larger pores that people tend to get when gravity is no longer their friend. To make matters worse, when I was a teen, I was diagnosed with cystic acne and put on Accutane (which I loved by the way). Because of the acne and now, with age, my skin is in need of attention. I love the fact that people think I am much younger than I am, and,…
  • Surpahs Shiny Small Lightweight Digital Bathroom Scale

    Gayla Baer
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    After a bathroom mishap that broke the digital read cover on our old scale, I was in the market for a new, updated model. After receiving my new Surpahs scale, I was glad to have the replacement. Going into winter, especially, we like to keep a close eye on the “winter wool” we pile on. This scale helps with that dreadful task. This scale is accurate and stable. It is lightweight and on appearance doesn’t look like it would be very durable, but when put to the rigorous tests of my family, it’s definitely up to the task. Product Description: This Sachet Pink small,…
  • Mr. Shoes Camouflage Canvas Sports Shoes for Your Pooch

    Gayla Baer
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    As the temperatures begin to drop, our little wimpy dog, Cooper, is showing signs that he isn’t going to deal with the cold weather very well. Besides getting him a warm coat, blanket and bed, we’ve even discussed getting him some doggie shoes to cover his little paws when he goes out in the extremely cold weather. These are just too cute! I think we’ll be adding these camo sneakers to his Christmas list. Description: These fashionable doggie shoes will keep your dog’s paws clean and help protect them from sand, heat and coarse surfaces. Adjustable nylon shoe string fastener offer…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • Eat Like Death Row Inmates?? Would you?

    Regina Antony
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    News of a London pop-up restaurant called Death Row Dinners (tagline: “Eat like it’s your last meal on earth”) went viral. The dinners were presented by anonymous organizers who identified only as Dirty Dishes. A flashy Web site displayed black-and-white mug shots of inmates wearing letter boards around their necks. Instead of booking information, the boards displayed historical last-meal menus: “Wild rabbit, biscuits with rabbit gravy, blackberry pie”; “burger, 2 hard boiled eggs, baked potato, 3 shots Jack Daniels, coffee.” A mission statement read: “If you love food, then…
  • A Miniature Burger

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

    Regina Antony
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
  • Take a Selfie with this Paddle Hair Brush Phone Cover

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

    Regina Antony
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Cool Hunting: Socially Conscious Snow Leopard Vodka: A new luxury spirit that donates a percentage of its proceeds to conservation. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw9Mq6yho
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    The Great Life Swindle

  • Relationship Rescue – we may be too late

    Laura Tong
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Relationship rescue is definitely what this post is all about, that’s what you’ve come here to read but first let’s get personal… Normally I’d bet you hard cash, serious hard cash on being certain of my one main characteristic (most of us would, we know ourselves well enough). Easy ! Normally, I’d shout ‘Don’t take on that bet sucker because you’re going down in flames if you do’. But suddenly, distressingly I have found that my main characteristic has been rudely upended and it feels like someone else is squatting in my brain,…
  • How to be happy without meaning

    Laura Tong
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    You’ve been searching for an answer to ‘how to be happy’ for years… way too many years it probably seems  to your maltreated happiness, seriously battered in many areas of life. Well, rest assured there are plenty of ‘experts’ who’ve got an answer to oh so generously share with you – phew! Only trouble is the bulk of the answers are highly dangerous, toxic tosh that should never have been allowed in print without a severe medical warning for the health of your happiness – ouch! Why you’re having to search for an answer to…
  • The Fear of Success – 6 Causes of Successphobia

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

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

    Laura Tong
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Frankly Frank says… It is only a matter of time before those earning a nice living from intervening in the population’s unconscious daily attempts at ending it all, turn their attention to childbirth in the workplace. Obviously childbirth per se is highly dangerous, but in the workplace it presents particular opportunities for eagle-eyed, nanny state Health & Safety officers: Slips & trips are a serious hazard, with the umbilical cord and placenta statistically presenting the greatest risks. The undignified ooze and seepage don’t help either. The incidents of…
 
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    Spending it All

  • Dyson Humidifier

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    The all new Dyson Humidifier projects mist very quickly and quietly in a room through Air Multiplier technology. Unlike other humidifiers that can breed bacteria, the Dyson Humidifier kills 99.9%  by treating the water tank with UV light. This device features a very elegant design capable to work for up to 18 hours on a single tank.   The post Dyson Humidifier appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Box Brew Kits

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    The guys from Box Brew Kits bring you the art of brewing right to your home. Designed to make beer, wine and cider, the homebrew kit is 100% handmade from reclaimed wood, rustic pine or exotic hardwood. The kit includes a ‘brewers’ log, 25+ recipes, written instructions and diagrams, so you can brew the perfect beverage without any prior experience. The kits from Box Brew Kits, makes brewing easy and enjoyable without the hassle of nasty buckets. Your friends will definitely envy you at the sight of this minimalist homebrew kit.     The post Box Brew Kits appeared first…
  • Blackfire Clamp Light Backpack

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The Blackfire Clamp Light Backpack is a versatile light that stands, clamps to almost anything and works like a traditional flashlight. It features 4 modes ( high lantern, low lantern, strobe and flashlight) and is able to emit up to 125 lumens. It also has a pivoting head to illuminate wherever you need and also, a built-in carabiner that securely attaches to your backpack for portability. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries and its LED bulb never needs replacing. The post Blackfire Clamp Light Backpack appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Oakley Prizm Goggles

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    You will be safer going down the slopes with Oakley Prizm Goggles. It features a revolutionary lens that enhances contrast and visibility of the white and flat surface, allowing you to better see the ground. There are 3 varieties of colors and shade for different weather conditions ( Rose for snowy days, Black Iridium for bright days and Jade Iridium for a mix of sun and clouds)   The post Oakley Prizm Goggles appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Smart Wall Paint

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    Wouldn’t you love being able to draw / write on the walls like when you were a kid? The Smart Wall Paint turns any wall in your home or office into a whiteboard. Just apply, sit back and write. Now you can turn any room in your house into a place full of creativity and inspiration.     The post Smart Wall Paint appeared first on Spending it All.
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    Icarus Green

  • Sci-Fi Economics and Utopia

    Admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I love sci-fi. There I said it. Done well and written properly, no other genre of film or literature forces the viewer or reader to confront fundamental questions about the nature of life, being human, society and indeed reality, yet wrapped within a suspenseful thriller or exciting action setting. What I am going to argue here, is that it also forces us to confront questions about economics. Sci-fi works very well when it uses extreme exaggerations or examples of a modern trend and forces us to examine our stance when it takes the trend to its logical conclusion. For example, Orwell’s…
  • The Karma Police

    Admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    In a kind of postscript to the ‘Cry of the Beta Male’ series, I want to relate something personal yet quite profound. Many years ago I had a teacher. This man was middle aged and single. Mr P was not what you would call eye candy for the ladies, yet outside of a lack of physique and his receding hairline, I can’t think of any particular reason why a woman would find him distasteful physically. He certainly was not physically or mentally impaired in any way. And in fact, you could say that he would make a loyal and caring partner in terms of personality. He had a job he loved…
  • Time and Tom Parsons

    Admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Can you remember when you were a child and you asked questions about the world?: “Why is the sky blue?”, “Why do the bees go near the flowers?”, “What does chocolate come from?” Later on these questions might get a bit more pertinent: “Why is this man on the TV all the time?”, “Why are people in other countries more poor?”, “Why do people do bad things?” etc. Eventually however we realise our parents don’t have the answers to all these questions. Most of us then go to school. And of course, some of us go to…
  • The Cry of the Beta Male (Part 3)

    Admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Going now into the further reaches of this strain of thought, we must now confront the elephant in the room and reveal something profoundly disturbing about human nature and morality. The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is the seminal piece of poetry from the 20th century. It is not romantic. It is anti-romantic. Its protagonist is the archetypical beta male. It sheds a light on an unspoken historical and present trend that began in the 20th century – the failure of the beta mating strategy. The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is the cry of the beta male. Nothing in the human condition…
  • The Cry of the Beta Male (Part 2)

    Admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Shall I say, I have gone at dusk through narrow streets, And watched the smoke that rises from the pipes Of lonely men in shirt-sleeves, leaning out of windows? … My previous post highlighted the general problems with the supply side of the sexual market in terms of the provisioning of ‘good quality men’ (Note: By this turn of phrase I’m inadvertently opening up a philosophical debate about whether a man can have an objective value outside of how he is valued on the sexual market). The truth of the matter, however, is that in bygone eras many of the men today would…
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    Panic Attack Is My Middle Name

  • The Best Beauty Tips To Beautify Your Beautiness

    amikaberrios
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How awesome is it when you get in front of a mirror and you actually love what you see? Whether you did your makeup just right, your clothes look crazy good on you, or your hair, your hair is friggin awesome! We live in a world where beauty appears to be everything. Plastic surgeons make millions to make those features that make you unique, well more refined so that you can “see your beautiful face.” Well, if you haven’t guessed it already, i’m here to tell you how to be beautiful, from the inside out. I won’t go ahead and say that outer beauty is not important.
  • Leaving The Toilet Seat Up And Other Killers Of Joy

    amikaberrios
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In honor of Happy Week at Panic Attack Is My Middle Name, I have been doing some research on the little things that make people happy, or rather, the little things that piss people off. Naturally, I wandered over into the relationship sections of many websites to find these answers. Unfortunately, what I found was, to say the least, kinda disturbing. Ok maybe i’m being a little dramatic. But I found that most people get their panties in a twist over nothing. It seems people will get upset about the most trivial things. Some common complaints were men leaving the toilet seat up, finding…
  • Winter Is Coming: Don’t Let Those Stark Blues Robb Your Happiness

    amikaberrios
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Winter Is Coming I know we just begun the Autumn season but Winter is right around the corner. Yes, Winter is coming. And if that doesn’t just remind you of Game of Thrones, you may well be thinking of some other awesome winter activities. This may include Christmas, warm fires, skiing, snow suits, being freezing, and oh yeah, seasonal depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD (very fitting, huh?), affects approximately half a million Americans every year. Whether you have SAD or just plain winter blues, it is important to educate yourself and prepare yourself for…
  • JLaw Laying Down THE Law

    amikaberrios
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    We love Jennifer Lawrence for so many reasons. She loves peeing in oceans, she’s absolutely hilarious, she shakes like a chihuahua when nervous, and she’s so blunt and brilliant about many topics. JLaw has not entertained many “scandals” that the media has created. And recently, with personal nude photos released on the web for everyone to see, she has actually become a role model for women everywhere! Due to this recent “scandal” Jennifer Lawrence has taken a different approach than other celebrities who have been exposed in similar ways. Instead of…
  • Why 20-Something 20-Sucks

    amikaberrios
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Tomorrow I turn 27 years old. 3 years away from the big 3-0 and boy can I not wait at all! I am so excited to be approaching my Thriving 30s! Why? Because being in your 20s sucks. I’m sure some people will think i’m crazy and attempt to throw rocks at me for making such a statement, but I promise you it is absolutely called for and I make no apologies. I recently read an article about a 30-something celebrity who talked highly about ending her 20s and how being 30 has been a whole new world for her. So in honor of my birthday and my ever increasing desire to make these next 3…
 
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • Religion and Culture: Differences (Table)

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    NOTE: This is not a dogmatic stance, but only an hypothetical exploration attempting linguistic clarification. Culture and Religion are not the same, though they are very close. There are various theories that suggest a model of relationship between them. One of them tries to see Religion as the soul of culture. This view doesn't consider the fact that there could also be non-religious
  • Let Not the Honor of Man Prevent You From Experiencing the Power of God!

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    One of the greatest hindrances to faith is the fear of being rejected or of losing honor in the sight of men. Jesus said to the Jews, "How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?" (John 5:44). Let's take the case of a young man who is being blessed by the simple truths regarding the things of God shared by a man of God who is
  • Dying to the Elemental Principles of the Universe (Col.2:20)

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations-- "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," which all concern things which perish with the using-- according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility,
  • Recognizing Palestinian Statehood: How Essential Is It to the Peace Progress?

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The State of Palestine is one of the states with limited international recognition. As of 27 September 2013, 134 (69.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of Palestine. But, Israel doesn't recognize it. In fact, the recent UK MPs' vote on Palestinian State recognition was rejected by Israel as an hindrance to any prospects of peace between the two sides (
  • The Parables of Sadhu Sundar Singh

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Sundar Singh (1889-?) was born into a Sikh family in Punjab. At that time, the British were ruling over India and Christian missionaries ran English medium schools into which many well-to-do families sent their children for education. Sundar Singh was sent into one such school. Sundar hated reading lessons from the English New Testament which was read as a daily textbook in the Mission School
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    Persisting Metamorphosis

  • Gratitude Post - Life Lessons

    Patrick Dwyer
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    When I was a child, my schooling was not the most meaningful thing in my life. There were a million other matters that were more meaningfulor at least I believed to be more meaningful at the time.It wasn't that I didn't care to learn, but more that I didn't perceive a great deal of benefit in what my school deemed as essential. Unfortunately, the school I went to was not the best and they spent the majority of their time teaching students the test rather than teaching students to think for themselves. Luckily, I had access to the Internet and a few teachers and friends that supported my…
  • Sometimes failing to Reach a Goal Is the Best Thing That Can Happen to Us

    Patrick Dwyer
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    What happens when you set a goal and you don't meet that goal? I recently faced this question myself. As many of you might be aware I set a goal to compete in my first triathlon. A big chunk of that goal consisted of facing my fear of swimming in open water.Months of training and tough work was committed towards this goal, but when race day finally arrived I made the decision to not swim and only participated in the biking and running. Although I made a considerable bit of swimming progress and successfully swam in open water during practices, which I had never done before, I still did not…
  • Gratitude Post - Music

    Patrick Dwyer
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Music is a gift that I have become exceedingly grateful for over the years.  I myself fail to be musically inclined and couldn't carry a tune or catch a beat if my life depended on it.  All the same, I do relish music immensely, including all kinds, from classical to hip hop and other music most would have difficulty classifying.  Music can touch and trigger feelings and ideas that words alone would have trouble expressing.  By taking those same vague words and molding them around a repetitive, almost harsh bass note with a hi-hat, you have something that truly speaks.
  • Start Your Day on the Right Foot by Implementing a Ritual

    Patrick Dwyer
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Every morning people wake up to the shrieking of an alarm clock to start their day. Not the utmost optimal way to wake up, but unfortunately that is our reality. What follows in the next hour or two before we leave our homes will pretty much decide our outlook and attitude for the majority of the rest of the day.  So, what is it you do after you hear that alarm start to blare? Do you hit snooze a few times till you're running behind, and now are rushing out the door? Do you roll out of bed on the first ring and jump right into necessities needed to arrive to work on time?  Hopefully…
  • Gratitude Post - Family

    Patrick Dwyer
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    At the close of each day, what is the last thought that you find your mind lingering on?  For me it is usually what I hope to achieve the following day.  How many of us habitually take a moment to review what we are thankful for?  Furthermore, how many of us actually show our gratitude for the daily treasures we receive?In an effort to grow more as a human being,  I have decided to start a weekly post here on PersistingMetamorphosis.com where I take a moment to express my gratitude toward events and people of the previous week.  Here is the first in that weekly…
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    misssfaithmisssfaith

  • 11.111 views - #gratefulwednesday

    MissFaith Munich
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    11.111 views – #gratefulwednesday A magical number – 11.111 views on my blog! I’m truly happy and have to say a BIG THANKS to all of you out there for making it happen. What’s “Thanks” in your mother language? Thank … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post 11.111 views – #gratefulwednesday appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #gratefulwednesday Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Blog Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #grateful Join the…
  • 36 Lessons I learned in the past 36 Years

    MissFaith Munich
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    36 Lessons I learned in the past 36 Years Just a few weeks ahead and I will be one year older. Many women start to be depressed when their birthday is near and I’m always asking myself why. The older … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post 36 Lessons I learned in the past 36 Years appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Birthday Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Change Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #dreams Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Growth Join the…
  • My cooking and eating habits

    MissFaith Munich
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    My cooking and eating habits I can say about myself that I’m a freestyle cook. Honestly, I like to flip through recipes but in the end I’m always adding my stamp to whatever I’m preparing. Trying something new is the … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post My cooking and eating habits appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Cake Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Calories Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Cooking Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Eating…
  • Three years ago...

    MissFaith Munich
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Three years ago… Three years ago I would’ve never pictured my life the way it is now. It’s unbelievable how many things changed since then and how my life got turned upside down within these three years. Change is inevitable … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Three years ago… appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Change Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Confidence Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Depression Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook…
  • Wordpress anniversary surprise

    MissFaith Munich
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    WordPress anniversary surprise This came this morning and it’s quite a nice surprise. 1 year on wordpress!!! I wasn’t sure in the beginning if this blog format will be the right one for me but now after a year I … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post WordPress anniversary surprise appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #anniversary Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #surprise Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Wordpress Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook…
 
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