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  • Grace in Small Things No. 566
    Elan Morgan
    25 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The green is all over the place. Spring sprung a while ago, but after a Saskatchewan winter, it takes me some time to adjust.The high today is 28°C/82°F. I feel alive again.When the winter sadness lifts enough, I can feel my breath enter my lungs as though I have not breathed in months. Although, maybe I can feel my breath again today because my antihistamines are working again. Whatever the reason, I'll take it.I've been bingeing on 3rd Rock from the Sun. The Solomons are my temporary extra family.There is a hint of the possibility of rain in the clouds, and even the anticipation of rain…
  • 8th Annual Life Candy Top 5: Who's on YOUR list?

    Life Candy
    Nenette AM
    18 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Okay, you can stop wondering "OMG, where's the Top 5 list post?!  Did I miss it?!!!"  You didn't miss it, because it's here.  Don't panic.  It's all going to be okay.  So, do what I'm doing -- relax, take off your bra, pour yourself a glass of Drambuie, and settle in for the post you've been waiting ALL. YEAR. FOR.Okay, my sweeties, what does my Top 5 List look like for 2015?  Well, it looks... different.  You gotta mix it up once in a while.  Keep these hotties on their toes. Now, I know my readers are not only drop-dead gorgeous but also incredibly…
  • This Photo Lit Up Cool Dad’s Facebook

    Are We Still Cool?
    Cool Dad
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    We got family portraits taken this past weekend. I haven’t shared any of those photos, but I posted this shot of us taking the subway to Brooklyn after the shoot. Apparently, walking through the rain didn’t put a damper on Cool Mum and Boy’s photogenic star power. I shared this photo on Facebook, and it may be my most liked post ever, pulling in 88 likes. That’s probably small potatoes for most, but it’s a lot for an infrequent Facebooker like myself. If you look closely, you can even see a Cool Newbie photobomb! M’lady, m’boy. A photo posted by…
  • Blunt PSAs re-educate the rude on the CTA

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Riding the bus or L in Chicago just got a little more refreshing -- at least for those tired of blatant rudeness on their rides -- thanks a new public service announcement campaign aimed at stating the obvious. The post Blunt PSAs re-educate the rude on the CTA appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • On some peculiarities of Russian political discourse

    Simply Jews
    20 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Not much is said in Western media about some excesses of Russian new wave of ultra-patriotism. This wave seems to be drowning any sign of protest about the Russian piecemeal absorption of Ukrainian territory. It also reached some hitherto unseen heights of unbridled profanity, as it could be seen in the picture below.The text on the rear window says: Will buy the skin off Obama's arse. Dearly [meaning the author is ready to pay a lot].This "ad" appeared on a Hummer that was seen circling the streets of Pyatigorsk on May 9 (the Soviet/Russian Victory day) among many other cars carrying all…
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  • Grace in Small Things No. 566

    Elan Morgan
    25 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The green is all over the place. Spring sprung a while ago, but after a Saskatchewan winter, it takes me some time to adjust.The high today is 28°C/82°F. I feel alive again.When the winter sadness lifts enough, I can feel my breath enter my lungs as though I have not breathed in months. Although, maybe I can feel my breath again today because my antihistamines are working again. Whatever the reason, I'll take it.I've been bingeing on 3rd Rock from the Sun. The Solomons are my temporary extra family.There is a hint of the possibility of rain in the clouds, and even the anticipation of rain…
  • Cat Naps In the Sun With Kisses

    Elan Morgan
    24 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    click image to enlarge click image to enlarge Onion is living the life we all dream about, except for the part where he spends a lot of it sleeping on my kitchen floor. None of us probably want to do that.
  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 16–22 May 2015

    Elan Morgan
    22 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Fik-Shun's dance moves at World of Dance Las Vegas 2014 continue to surprise me right to the end of this video. His creativity and humour are immense: Rebecca Onion's "Against Generations" at Aeon:…in real life, I find generational arguments infuriating. Overly schematised and ridiculously reductive, generation theory is a simplistic way of thinking about the relationship between individuals, society, and history. It encourages us to focus on vague ‘generational personalities’, rather than looking at the confusing diversity of social life.Slap a man with an eel. You know it's…
  • Three Faces of Onion

    Elan Morgan
    18 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Derp. click to enlarge Work the camera angle, baby. Work it. click to enlarge That's the hand what gets me food, stupid. click to enlarge
  • Grace in Small Things No. 565

    Elan Morgan
    18 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Sometimes, it's hard to feel gratitude. Over the years of my gratitude practice with Grace in Small Things, I've found that the times when I lack gratitude are a gauge of how out of alignment my priorities have become with my true values and goals. It's right when it is hardest to find gratitude that it's most important to dig into it, because, although making a practice of gratefulness might not send you the easy and distinct solutions you want, it will correct and guide your natural path.This is not woo-woo, controlling-your-destiny stuff I'm blowing up your skirt. A regular…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Blunt PSAs re-educate the rude on the CTA

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Riding the bus or L in Chicago just got a little more refreshing -- at least for those tired of blatant rudeness on their rides -- thanks a new public service announcement campaign aimed at stating the obvious. The post Blunt PSAs re-educate the rude on the CTA appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Greased Lightning: NASA’s helicopter-plane prototype takes flight [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    What has the power to land and take off like a helicopter, but zooms through the sky like a plane? In the immortal words of Grease, "Why it's Greased Lightning!" The post Greased Lightning: NASA’s helicopter-plane prototype takes flight [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Bill Nye losing it on Amy Schumer [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Ever wanted to see Bill Nye the Science Guy and all-around Internet favorite lose his cool over not quite scientific statements? The post Bill Nye losing it on Amy Schumer [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Can’t a guy get a drink?! Blown away in Iceland [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Before you head out on a hike sure to work up a thirst in Iceland, check the wind speed. The post Can’t a guy get a drink?! Blown away in Iceland [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 inspiring pieces of commencement advice from writers

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Even if you're not going into this summer with a brand-spanking new diploma in hand, you can take some excellent inspiration from the words of great writers given to graduates. The post 10 inspiring pieces of commencement advice from writers appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • On some peculiarities of Russian political discourse

    20 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Not much is said in Western media about some excesses of Russian new wave of ultra-patriotism. This wave seems to be drowning any sign of protest about the Russian piecemeal absorption of Ukrainian territory. It also reached some hitherto unseen heights of unbridled profanity, as it could be seen in the picture below.The text on the rear window says: Will buy the skin off Obama's arse. Dearly [meaning the author is ready to pay a lot].This "ad" appeared on a Hummer that was seen circling the streets of Pyatigorsk on May 9 (the Soviet/Russian Victory day) among many other cars carrying all…
  • Diego Armando Maradona's two Rolex watches finally explained!

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Once a ball player - forever a ball player, as this picture of the corpulent Hand of God conclusively proves. But really, I shouldn't be small minded here and pour my personal (Brazilian fan's) bile on the man. Besides, this post is not about balls at all. What you can see in this picture besides the rather awkward gesture is the two watches our protagonist is carrying. Why is it important? Because these watches are definitely not Rolex.And why are they not Rolex? Because at the time when this picture was taken, Maradona was already Rolex-less, for a simple enough reason: Diego Maradona had…
  • Putin's immaculate conception or in search for parents

    18 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    Russian PR isn't known for its subtlety. Beatification process of Valdimir Vladimirovich Putin is another example of the negative impact inflicted by the chronic state of hangover. Here is what one of the Russian media outfits MKRU reported re the above picture:Here is what the text above says (more or less): Unexpectedly, the President appeared during the demo "Undying brigade". Like other citizens, he was carrying a portrait of his father, who fell in the war.Just for the hell of it, the reader is invited to do some simple arithmetic: the war in question ended in 1945; Putin V.V. was…
  • Obama’s 67 degrees of separation from Israel

    17 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    A great article by David Horovitz. Mandatory read that.
  • Another book to skip

    17 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    Well, if that part of the blurb is to be an indication:The Klassekians are a gifted race, with an ability which could help the Empire in its war against the Ca'cadasans.Ca'cadasans... yeah, I don't know yet who they are, but I suspect they deserve a thorough beating. So no need to dig deeper.
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  • The In-Person Internet: Bill Thomas, Kavan Peterson and Me

    Ronni Bennett
    27 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    When I started studying ageing 20 years ago, the popular press was concerned with advising readers how to hide indications of age like wrinkles and sags. Almost all the more useful information was written by and for academics and little of that could be classified under the subtitle of this blog, “What it's really like to get old.” Nevertheless I persevered, digging through the impenetrable jargon of the ageing industry professionals, making notes of what mainstream media ignored. Not long after I started sorting those notes into the beginnngs of this blog, a breakthrough book on ageing…
  • Long Weekend Potpourri

    Ronni Bennett
    25 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    MEMORIAL DAY That's the title of a poem for today from Marc Leavitt who blogs at Marc Leavitt's Blog. On this day we praise the fallen, who fought and died in war; The men who gave their all to guard the freedoms we adore. Some watch parades that celebrate their sacrifice for peace, Recalling ancient battles in the wars that never cease; And others make this solemn day an opportunity To pass the day relaxing, scorning all solemnity. No use to scold the shoppers who descend upon the mall; Or try to shame the picnickers at gatherings great or small; Or rail against the worker drones who pass…
  • ELDER MUSIC: Australia's Favorite Baroque Pieces (No. 20 – 11)

    Ronni Bennett
    24 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. Recently, Australia's ABC Classical station had a listeners' poll on their favorite Baroque (and earlier) pieces of music. That gives me an…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 23 May 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    23 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    ROCKING OUT IN THE KITCHEN The song is Ice Ice Baby from Vanilla Ice. That's all we know but she sure inspired me to get out of this desk chair and join her. KIDS WHO OUTSMARTED THEIR TEACHERS Buzzfeed does a lot – a lot – of stupid listicles not worth anyone's time but everyone wins occasionally and this one had me going back to re-read and laugh again for a whole day. Here is a sampling: These aren't even the funniest - I chose the ones that fit best on the TGB page size. There are a lot more of them to laugh over at Buzzfeed. JOHN OLIVER ON THE CHICKEN INDUSTRY Hardly anyone doesn't…
  • Are You an Elder Orphan?

    Ronni Bennett
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    I am. And it's not a comfortable thing to be. In case the phrase is new to you: An elder orphan is an old person who is single, lives alone, has no children or family member or friend who can act on his or her behalf in handling health, legal and financial issues. An elder orphan has no one, or is uncertain of who, to list on that “next of kin” line in forms, no one deisgnated to carry out end-of-life wishes, and see to the funeral and burial. Some of the media reported on this growing phenomenon following the presentation last weekend of findings on the situation at the meeting of the…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • 8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

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

    Ann Handley
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    My daughter and I were at a college’s Accepted Students Day, which is basically where school administrators wine and dine prospective incoming freshmen in the hopes they’ll choose that institution out of all those a student might’ve been accepted to. The “wine and dine” bit would be metaphorical—because there is no actual wine involved. But we did get a nice chicken sandwich and quinoa salad at lunch. I could’ve done without the red onions in the quinoa, though. I piled them at the edge of my plate. Anyway, at one point we were all gathered in an…
  • A Writing GPS: The Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Next Piece of Content [Infographic]

    Ann Handley
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    The writer Andre Dubus (House of Sand and Fog) has described writing as inching your way along a very dark, very long tunnel: you can make out the next few feet in front of you, but you’re not quite certain where you’ll end up or when you’ll get there. What helps with the uncertainty and enormity of the task is to start with some kind of process to guide the way. Process? Ew. I know. Process is one of those things that in many parts of life I consider hopelessly boring and mind-numbing. Like alphabetizing canned goods. Or peeling beets. But in writing, process is necessary,…
  • The Science Behind Quality Content: A New Study

    Ann Handley
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Only a third of the world’s largest companies have quality site content based on human factors like style and clarity and tone of voice (in addition to basics like grammar and spelling.) The study from linguistic analysis company Acrolinx is the first of its kind to try to quantify something that’s hard to pinpoint: What’s the value of writing to a business? (It’s the first as far as I know. And I’m happy to be wrong. So let me know in the comments.) At the very least, it underscores the need to pay attention to not just what you say, but how you say it. Some…
  • Basecamp Is Barking Up the Long Tree with ‘The Distance’

    Ann Handley
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Just about a year ago, Basecamp, a project management software company, launched a quirky little lovely monthly online magazine called The Distance. The Chicago-based company hired a journalist to produce one long-form illustrated story per month, profiling a company that has been in business 25 years or longer and has thrived the old-fashioned way: through hard work, and without outside funding or partners. The site would not feature Basecamp customers or prospects. Nor would it feature technology businesses. And it would initially rely on in-depth, long-form storytelling (and, you know,…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • Tinderitis

    19 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    I was watching Murder She Wrote with my mother. Jessica Fletcher was helping an old friend, a golf professional, who was falsely accused of murder. The local police thought it an open and closed case, but Jessica Fletcher steadily poked holes into the evidence. After all, the victim was shot by a bullet that entered the right side of the body, which means the shooter would have to have been left-handed, and the main suspect, her dear friend, the golf pro, was right-handed, and unable to be the killer. The only other suspect capable of the crime was the owner of the pro-shop, who WAS…
  • New Fulton Fish Market

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    The New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx is second in size worldwide only to Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale seafood market. The market handles millions of pounds of seafood daily and annual sales exceed one billion dollars. Thank you Open House New York for the opportunity to see this vibrant market up close. The post New Fulton Fish Market appeared first on Citizen of the Month.
  • Flushing, the Song

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Justin Giarrusso, a composer, recently wrote a choral piece about the five boroughs of New York City titled “Five Boroughs, One City.”   For the Queens section of the piece, he used a poem I wrote on Citizen of the Month in 2008 as his inspiration. Yay, Queens! The piece can be heard here Flushing Poem “Last stop! Last stop!” Flushing, what a name! Tiny women talking Mandarin in the rain Alone, I walk by A mural, Chinese art A cafe, a hooker A rusty shopping cart The downpour, the rushing The garbage in the street The yearning, the craving The summer New York heat. The post…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #42

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    “What makes a woman happy?” thought Victor, as he waited for his wife in the shoe section of Macy’s, where they were having a sale. They were attending a matinee of “On the Town” that afternoon, but Cindy wanted to drive in early from New Jersey and park near Herald Square to go shopping.  Macy’s was decorated with a “spring bloom” theme, even though it was snowing outside in late March. In August, Victor will be married to Cindy for ten years, but did he really know her?  Did he know her likes and loves?  He worked long hours on Wall Street…
  • The “Like Generation” in Dating

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I sometimes forget that I met my ex-wife Sophia online, not on a dating site, but on a long-vanished forum on LA Freenet, an experiment in free internet service in Los Angeles. Our first conversation was about children’s books. I said my favorite was Curious George Goes to the Zoo.  She liked The Little Prince. Neither of us had read the other’s fave, so we agreed to go to the library to check out the competition. A few days we emailed each other with the results.  She found Curious George “childish.” I found the Little Prince “pretentious and boring.” It…
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    Are We Still Cool?

  • The 12 Places We’ve Lived Over 13 Years of Marriage

    Cool Dad
    3 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    During our recent anniversary lunch, Cool Mum and I reminisced about all of the homes we’ve had during our marriage. It took most of our lunch date to reconstruct the timeline. In all, we’ve lived in 12 places over the 13 years of the Cool Marriage. And that doesn’t include the 12 or so places we stayed for anywhere from one night to a month when we had no place to call our own. In chronological order with a rough estimate of size, we’ve lived in: 1. A 400 sq ft one bedroom, Gainesville, FL A cozy starter place across the street from the UF campus. A family member…
  • This Photo Lit Up Cool Dad’s Facebook

    Cool Dad
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    We got family portraits taken this past weekend. I haven’t shared any of those photos, but I posted this shot of us taking the subway to Brooklyn after the shoot. Apparently, walking through the rain didn’t put a damper on Cool Mum and Boy’s photogenic star power. I shared this photo on Facebook, and it may be my most liked post ever, pulling in 88 likes. That’s probably small potatoes for most, but it’s a lot for an infrequent Facebooker like myself. If you look closely, you can even see a Cool Newbie photobomb! M’lady, m’boy. A photo posted by…
  • Happy Anniversary: Here’s Cool Mum and Dad on Their Wedding Day 13 Years Ago

    Cool Dad
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Yesterday marked 13 years of the Cool Marriage! Here’s a snapshot from the wedding video, which we watched with the Cool Bros last night. On the blessed day, Cool Mum was about to turn 22, and I was 25. I wonder what the 2002 editions of ourselves would think if they knew what they were really getting into, including: Cross-country band trips in an un-air-conditioned truck Unfairly cheap trips to Europe Buying a house and its requisite yard work Having a baby Leaving everything to try NYC Staying here Living in tiny apartments Living with roommates Losing my job Having another baby…
  • Here’s What Happened When We Asked Each Other the ’36 Questions That Lead to Love’

    Cool Dad
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    photo: Lachlan Donald/Flickr I recently filmed our friends’ wedding, and I thought it would be cool to interview them beforehand for sound bites. They’re quite young, but they displayed a wisdom at an age when my mental energies were squarely focused on mastering WWF War Zone. To paraphrase the bride: “We’re young and we’re both going to change a lot, but we’re going to change together.” Change has been a hot topic between Cool Mum and me for the last year. Our thoughts on life and faith reached a point of dissonance, and trying to resolve that…
  • What Can I Say?

    Cool Dad
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    photo: halfrain/Flickr You know what’s ironic about the low frequency of posting recently? The last few months have seen the most game-changing, paradigm-shifting, dynamic-corporate-jargoning events in the Cool Fam’s life since Cool Newbie was born. And we’ve shared none of it with you. Oof. I don’t know if it’s disillusionment with blogging or it’s that the changes are so significant and sudden that I don’t know how to begin encapsulating them into a post. It might be better to email the news to the friends who still track this blog. But as I sit…
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    Truer Words - A Journal

  • Creating Great Mobile Apps! (snark)

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    The following is a re-post of something I said on Facebook just over a year ago. The topic came up today in a conversation on Twitter so I figured it was time to move it to here where others can see it. Written after Twist went under. How to create a great mobile (iPhone/Android) app in the current business climate: Go to school, fail math. HARD. Have an idea for a cool product. Get your programming buddies together, create a demo. Optional: Show it to a venture capitalist. Get lots of money to grease the skids for the first release. Finish the app. Release the app. Make it free for…
  • Swift Spirals

    11 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Yesterday on Quora a particular Math question caught my attention and fired up my imagination. I've already linked to it, but here's how the question was worded: Four persons K, L, M, and N are initially at the four corners of a square of side 'd'. Each person now moves with a uniform speed of 'v' in such a way that K always moves directly towards L, L directly towards M, M directly towards N and N directly towards K. At what time will the four persons meet? (Why say they are people and then not give them real names? I thought that was funny.) Let me rephrase the question. Four people (or…
  • More Tragedy, Status Update

    26 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    A lot of Corinne's friends have heard by now that Shane's cousin (same age) was killed on Christmas Eve, down in the Lancaster, PA, area. A very good friend just called me to see how we were handling things, considering our history with Shane; so it seems like this would be a good time to clear things up as best I can. Stephanie Kilhefner was Shane's cousin on his Dad's side (his father's brother's daughter). She had two kids. Her husband turned himself in and confessed to everything yesterday. I'm not going to offer any details, or even links to the story, but I've already given enough info…
  • Primary Colors

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    We had Lauren Monday night. That's wonderful! Her parents have been really generous lately about letting us spend time with her. She's in second grade now, and what was not so wonderful was her homework. It was a reading-timing test. (As in, time her for a minute to determine how much of this essay she can read.) The essay was the problem. It was all about how Red, Yellow and Blue are the primary colors. "They're called the primary colors because you can make any color with them." It's simply not true. It's not even close to true. The primary colors are Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. Mixing…
  • 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.
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    Apartment Life

  • Las Vegas Locals’ Favorite Attractions

    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    In the middle of the Mojave Desert, the world-renowned City of Las Vegas offers residents a unique living experience. From the 24-hour casinos to spectacular shows to exquisite dining, this buzzing city has no short supply famous attractions. Even if the Strip doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of amazing things to do in […] The post Las Vegas Locals’ Favorite Attractions appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • 5 Ways to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

    22 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Looking for things to do in DC this Memorial Day weekend? For many in the area of our nation’s capital, Memorial Day weekend means venturing into the District to honor the servicemen and servicewomen of our country. Here are 5 of the top ways you can celebrate Memorial Day weekend 2015 in the Washington, DC […] The post 5 Ways to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Landing in Lansing, Michigan

    8 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Lansing, Michigan is a hotbed of politics, culture, higher education, and the arts. No matter if you’re just looking to visit or hoping to settle down with a new apartment in Lansing, there’s a lot to explore and experience. Here are some of our favorite Lansing landmarks to check out on your next visit to […] The post Landing in Lansing, Michigan appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How to Do Your Own Apartment Maintenance

    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    One of the perks and benefits of living in an apartment is maintenance service. However, sometimes it’s easier to fix a problem yourself than wait for maintenance to arrive. If you’re looking to save time and frustration, follow these simple DIY tips for apartment maintenance. Plumbing Problems Having the right tools can solve many plumbing […] The post How to Do Your Own Apartment Maintenance appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Where are Best U.S. Cities to Retire?

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    After putting in too many hours of hard work during the first half of your life, you certainly deserve to live in a city and state that has the type of surroundings and lifestyle you are looking for in retirement. But the lifestyle and amenities that are important to one person are drastically different from […] The post Where are Best U.S. Cities to Retire? appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • Of Grasshoppers

    Doug McCaughan
    14 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Student: I don’t understand.Master: FO
  • Now this is a Monday

    Doug McCaughan
    11 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    How shall Monday begin? Late on two client projects, late on one skills assessment, did not accomplishment a single planned personal task over the weekend, and the kitchen sink is clogged. And my calf locked up. Nothing makes a Monday like trying to get he kids ready for school while removing pipes and snaking the plumbing.
  • Of Grasshoppers

    Doug McCaughan
    6 May 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Student: Every time I think I’ve become a better person, I have a setback.Master: Two steps forward, one step back is still better than no movement at all.
  • DARPA now has steerable smart bullets

    Doug McCaughan
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    For people not paying attention, DARPA now has smart bullets. Hollywood inspired:
  • Making a website look good on all devices

    Doug McCaughan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    N.b. Be sure to read this. Responsive design is actually pretty straight forward. Use standard practices and don’t overcomplicate your html. But when we start to tweak something here or there, you quickly find yourself having to make sure that the code has adjustments for various devices. What does this mean to your programmer? Basically having to make changes to all of these: /*********** Phones and handhelds ***********/ /*********** iPhones ***********/ /* ----------- iPhone 4 and 4S ----------- */ /* Portrait and Landscape */ @media only screen and (min-device-width: 320px) and…
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  • Pairs

    25 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Two books that I worked on last year came out in the last week or so. The first is Sally Mann's glorious memoir, Hold Still, which I proofread. Having read every single word of it, I can assure you that Mann's words are just as compelling as her images. I highly recommend this book if you like a good story, regardless of whether you consider yourself a photography aficionado. As Publishers Weekly put it, "The vivid descriptive energy and arresting images in this impressive book will leave readers breathless." The other book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a…
  • In the DR

    3 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Last time I wrote I was sick sick sick, but then I got mostly better, and then I got sick sick sick again, as did we all. But ... in the meantime we went on a wonderful vacation!  This was Steph's last April spring break* ever (!), and she was finally off crutches, so we decided to treat the whole family to a real vacation in honor of both of these milestones. No sight-seeing, just relaxing. We decided to go to a tropical island and take advantage of one of those all-inclusive resorts we've heard about. But a really nice one, not the kind with dozens of drunk college kids jammed…
  • Non-Passover Fare

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    I am sick sick sick, but I thought of a pasta recipe I meant to post a couple of weeks ago, pre-Passover, so I thought I'd do it now, while I still have the strength to type. (Just barely.) And then let this pestilence begone! Fine Cooking has many wonderful recipes on their website, but they also have a bunch of "templates" for creating your own take on classic recipes, like muffins or quiche (the full list is here). Julie mentioned to me that she had never made a proper béchamel, so I figured it was a good opportunity to make mac & cheese from scratch. The main recipe…
  • This Trip Was ACES

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    You know how I'm always jetting about to professional conferences? Oh, wait—that's not me! I've never done that even once! Well, up until last week, that is.  I tend to sit in my little editorial lair, doing my thing, without really thinking about all of the other stuff going on around me. But I have a lot of friends and colleagues on Twitter and Facebook who are always crowing about this amazing workshop they attended or that awesome convention they went to, so I started to take notice.  Last year at this time I was so jealous because everyone was having such a great time…
  • Active Kids

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It occurred to me that I haven't updated you on Steph's progress recently—and on anything to do with Pete or Julie in an even longer time! So if you haven't seen any of this on Facebook, read on. (And feel free to friend me there, those of you who've been around these parts for all these years!) Steph is really coming along. She's down to one crutch but can go without even that a little bit in the house. Today was the first day she went to school without the boot. She is also back to driving, as of last week, which is a big deal. She has resumed babysitting and…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • Memorial Day Thoughts – 7 photos

    23 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Memorial Day is an annual holiday in the USA, observed on the last Monday in May. It’s designated as the day we remember those men and women who died while serving in the military. Sometimes, we forget the original purpose of Memorial Day. I’ve put together a little collection of images from our war memorials, […]
  • How to unsend a message in Gmail

    15 May 2015 | 9:09 pm
    If you’re a Gmail user, here’s a tip that could be useful. Have you ever sent an e-mail that you wish you could recall? There’s a way to do that in Gmail. You can enable the feature that gives you a few seconds to unsend a message by: Clicking on the gear, then Settings then […]
  • Free Phone Case Giveaway for Mother’s Day

    2 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Geek Mom’s Review Looking for an affordable accessory for Mother’s Day? I have three new Tech21 gadget cases to give away! I’ve just slipped a new Tech21 FlexShock™ case onto my iPhone 6, and here are my first impressions: It’s hard, but flexible. Easy to slip onto the phone, because it bends a little bit. Shiny […]
  • Create Mandala Art with Your Words

    2 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Create your own mandala-style word art I’m a big fan of words, letters, and interesting patterns, so I was excited to find this cool mandala word art generator! You can type in some letters, use the sliders to adjust the size and overlap of the characters, and view, share, or save your creation in seconds! […]
  • FIRST Robotics Competition 2015

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Sport for the Mind™ The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 2015 world robotics competition was held April 22-25 in St. Louis, where more than 17,000 students from around the globe competed in the in world’s largest robotics celebration. The exciting conclusion had a crowd of more than 40,000 fans cheering the […]
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    Magpie Musing

  • Observations, N.Y.C.

    22 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    I followed him down the street for a half block. Tall, upright, striding, he wore a kilt, tone on tone charcoal black plaid. A black and white sweater peeped out beneath a black leather jacket, and iridescent black Doc Martens gleamed at the end of his slender naked legs. His head was buzz cut all around, but for a top patch of longer hair. Stylish, sure and lovely....but for the cheap white plastic bag swinging from his right hand, through which I could read WHEY. The gallon tub of supplement really spoiled the look.Down Park he pedaled, on a white bike without a cross bar, hands crammed…
  • Landscapes

    17 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
    What I have realized is that I really only like taking pictures of things. Like this beautiful ruin, the Temple of Love:I also really like pattern. Like this lovely decrepit tile work in a pergola:And more decrepit tile work in a defunct reflecting pool:And shape - like this detail of a staircase:These winged creatures near an amphitheater are the closest to figures that I got:The gardens were full of people, and yet, they aren't there
  • #Write-On

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    It is Veronica's fault that I committed myself to writing 30 letters in 30 days, one for each day in April.It is wholly my fault that I wrote all 30 letters/cards/postcards on Sunday. I will drop them in the mailbox one by one, and the recipients will receive them in a nicely attenuated fashion, but the point is probably to get in the habit of writing a note a day, and there is where I fell down.Birthday cards were first. I figured out all of the April birthdays and located cards. Then, so they'd arrive on time, I stuck a post-it on each one with the mailing date. Then one thing led to…
  • The Suitcase and the Sink

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Sometimes I don't know where to begin the tale. Is it with the book I just finished? Is it with the MoMA exhibit I saw in January, the catalog for which is the aforementioned last book I read? Or should I start on a spring day in 1998, at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, where I first encountered Robert Gober?I think I'll start there. I can't remember why we drove up to Ridgefield from NYC. The Aldrich isn't much of a destination, but maybe we decided to stop there on the way to visit my cousin? In any case, the Aldrich had a Robert Gober exhibit open, and it was…
  • On Whales and Submarines

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Sometimes it's the simple things.I was seated on the subway this morning, gazing between the standees, and what to my wondering eyes did I spy but a whale?And the little wheels in my head turned, and I thought "it reminds me of the Peter Sis whale that I have".And it was! Well, it's Peter Sis, not a whale, it's a submarine, but it has a familial resonance.The MTA has this program, Arts for Transit, where they do installations in subway stations, and commission posters that get slapped up in unsold ad spaces. I don't know about you, but I'd far rather look at art and read poetry than have to…
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    Life Candy

  • 8th Annual Life Candy Top 5: Who's on YOUR list?

    Nenette AM
    18 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Okay, you can stop wondering "OMG, where's the Top 5 list post?!  Did I miss it?!!!"  You didn't miss it, because it's here.  Don't panic.  It's all going to be okay.  So, do what I'm doing -- relax, take off your bra, pour yourself a glass of Drambuie, and settle in for the post you've been waiting ALL. YEAR. FOR.Okay, my sweeties, what does my Top 5 List look like for 2015?  Well, it looks... different.  You gotta mix it up once in a while.  Keep these hotties on their toes. Now, I know my readers are not only drop-dead gorgeous but also incredibly…
  • 15 Movies in 15 Minutes.

    Nenette AM
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Here are the rules:Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you’ve seen that will always stick with you.They don’t have to be the greatest movies you’ve ever seen, just the ones that stick with you.First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy these instructions and tag 15 (or more) friends, including me – because I'm interested in seeing what movies are in your head.Okay, here's mine...1:   Pride and Prejudice (2005)  -  Matthew Macfadyen striding purposefully across the field in his long coat and boots or Colin Firth as he comes dripping…
  • 2015 To-Do List.

    Nenette AM
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    By Frank Vincentz (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons2015 is MY year!It really is!  And I'm so freakin' excited!  I love pressing that "Reset" button, and becoming a New Me.  You know -- Better... Stronger... Faster.  (Cue theme song!)  Yup, it's the 6 Million Dollar Me but without the electronic implants.  Maybe.Anyway, I have big plans for 2015!  Plans within plans.  But if you don't write these plans down, they don't exist.  Seriously, one of my coaches, mentors, and business partners, Susan Sly says that.
  • 45 and 9 days.

    Nenette AM
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    In case you're wondering, no, I haven't done the photoshoot... YET. I came down with a 24hr flu on the Sunday before my birthday, then spent the rest of the week resting.  One of my 2014 commandments is to care for myself better, so I did.  I rescheduled the shoot to February -- Khammy's booked solid and can't take me until then!Meanwhile, I'll be doing my "after" pics for this round of the Isabody Challenge this weekend, so you'll still get an idea of my progress when I post those here. Putting on and holding on to muscle has always been an issue for me, so I was afraid that the…
  • 90 to 45: The Journey

    Nenette AM
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    In 90 days, on November 5, I turn 45 years old. And on that day, I will be IN A LITTLE BIKINI posing my hopefully-shapely ass off at a photo shoot with the lovely and talented Khammy.  I will then post these pics.  THERE, I said it!  OMG, I feel like throwing up now.  This is BIG, my friends.  I've never done anything like this before.  I am extremely modest.  I have NEVER worn a bikini in public.  Even when I rocked the body for it many... many... MANY years ago.So, why am I doing this?  Why so extreme?Because I am the Queen of Self-Sabotage!
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    Self Aggrandizement

  • Dank der neuen Wimpernverlängerungsmethode klappt’s auch mit dem Augenaufschlag (Teil 2) – Behandlung

    13 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Im Letzten Teil haben wir uns angeschaut, was False Lashes sind und was es daüber zu wissen gibt. Jetzt wollen wir uns darauf konzentrieren wie man die Augen Behandelt und die Wimpern aufbringt. Vorsichtig ist hier geboten, da einige Fehler zum Sehverlust führen können, deshalb muss unbedingt darauf geachtet werden, dass die Vorgaben des Herstellers eingehalten werden. Vor der Behandlung gilt es einiges zu beachten Ich werde darauf hingewiesen, dass ich zur Behandlung mit den Envy Lashes selbst, komplett ungeschminkt und am besten ohne Kontaktlinsen kommen sollte. Am besten ist, ich trage…
  • Unschöne Gürtelrose auf der Bikinifigur loswerden!

    2 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Die Ansteckung von Gürtelrose beginnt bereits in jungen Jahren, durch die Windpocken, welche wie der Name bereits aussagt, sowohl mit dem Wind, als auch durch die Tröpfcheninfektion erfolgen kann. Je älter man wird, desto anfälliger ist man an Gürtelrose zu erkranken. Da das Imunsystem
eindeutig schwächer wird.   Für die Gürtelrose ist der Varizella Zoster Virus verantwortlich, die Viren können durch das
Niesen oder Husten, sowie durch Handkontakt verbreitet werden. Vor allem durch den Speichel der bereits infizierten Person. Zunächst kommt es zur Erkrankung mit Windpocken,…
  • Dank der neuen Wimpernverlängerungsmethode klappt’s auch mit dem Augenaufschlag (Teil 1) – Die Envy Lashes Methode

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Lange, geschwungene und noch dazu dichte Wimpern – das war schon immer mein Traum. Ich gehöre zu den Frauen, die meist geschminkt und immer mit Wimperntusche das Haus verlassen. Denn hier liegt eindeutig meine Problemzone – die Wimpern sind fein, hell und meine Augen wirken auch wenn ich ausgeschlafen bin, eher klein. Als Beautyredakteurin habe ich schon viel versucht um hier Fülle und Länge rund um meinen Blick zu schaffen, bin aber meist kläglich gescheitert. Denn ich muss ehrlich sagen, ich habe zwei linke Hände und Wimpern ankleben ist da nicht so einfach. Entweder der…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Pyrography, aka Woodburning

    Jeremy Anderberg
    27 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Pyrography — derived from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing) — has been around since fire itself. While there isn’t hard evidence, it’s quite likely that cavemen etched the walls of their caves with fire sticks. While today it’s primarily done on wood with a heated pen, it’s been done (and continues to be done) on leather, clay, and even gourds. Historically, it was used to decorate and brand various tools and musical instruments. Kitchenware or folk guitars were marked with a little bit of art both to convey the owner’s personality, and to…
  • 11 Personal Finance Goals for Your 20s

    Brett and Kate McKay
    26 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    You’ll sometimes hear these days that 30 is the new 20, and the importance of moving towards career, relationship, and finance goals in your twenties gets overlooked. When it comes to the latter category, it may seem like getting your financial house in order is something you can work on once you settle down and start your “real life.” After all, it may not seem like you have many assets to manage; you may be just out of college, still in debt, and not making much money at your first job. But even so, there are steps you can start taking now that will lay a good foundation for building…
  • Memorial Day Manvotional: The Eternal Remembrance of the Brave

    Brett & Kate McKay
    24 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Editor’s note: The ancient Greeks held a public funeral each year to honor all those who had fallen in war. After the first year of the Peloponnesian War, the renowned statesman and general Pericles was chosen to give the annual funeral oration. These were some of the words, as recorded by Thucydides in his History of the Peloponnesian War, which Pericles spoke. “The Eternal Remembrance of the Brave” From Pericles’ Funeral Oration Most of those who have spoken here before me have commended the lawgiver who added this oration to our other funeral customs. It…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: May 22, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    The winner of last week’s AoM store giveaway…hasn’t gotten back to us yet. Check your inbox–it could be you! My Picks This Week It’s graduation season, which means you should be on the lookout for gifts for the people in your life who’ve earned a diploma or degree. Nothing chintzy either — something unique and meaningful is the way to go. That’s where Huckberry’s graduate shop comes in. It’s chock-full of high-quality items that any young man heading out on his own will appreciate. One option is the Seiko Dive Watch; as a young…
  • Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Casual Summer Style [VIDEO]

    22 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    A lot of times when guys think of upgrading their style, they think about wearing more formal clothes like a sport coat and tie. But there are easy ways to upgrade your casual style just a notch, so that you look a little sharper, but don’t look out of place in everyday situations. It’s as effortless as trading one item for another. Today I’ll show you a few easy summertime style upgrades. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. If you’re viewing this in your email, click this link to watch the video. Editing by Jordan Crowder
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  • Historical

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed American grill.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Historical appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Headlights

    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Passenger side.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Headlights appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Link: Hard Drive Icons Through the Ages

    19 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Icons! Hard Drives!   Read more... ©  1999-2015 & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Link: Hard Drive Icons Through the Ages appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Chevelle Tail

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed This may be the best part of the 1968 Chevrolet Malibu Chevelle, right here.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Chevelle Tail appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Link: Turning This Car Around – 61: Learning and Some Hugging

    17 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed This one is all about making the right educational choices for our kids. And dad guilt.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Link: Turning This Car Around – 61: Learning and Some Hugging appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Going The Wong Way

  • Only Work for the Weary

    Derek Wong
    23 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    First week back to work after having a baby, and I was knocked out by the end of it!
  • From Husband to Father

    Derek Wong
    13 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    It’s been a whirlwind of two weeks from water breaking to post partum to NICU to home, but all of a sudden there’s a little pooping girl who’s taking over my life!
  • Unwelcome Do-Over

    Derek Wong
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    There’s nothing quite like that feeling you get when you do something over to fix your mistake, only to realize that you didn’t do anthing wrong to begin with!
  • Shopping and San Diego

    Derek Wong
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Caution: large amounts of shopping or driving result in extereme exhaustion!
  • Bathtub Plumbing Valve

    Derek Wong
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    I fell into the trap of letting something urgent (i.e., a friend’s wedding) make me rush and forget to apply flux to the copper before soldering the joint.
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Girl Celebrates Quinceanera (15th Birthday) in Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Girl poses for photos in the Central square of Trinidad, Cuba, as part of her Quinceanera (15th birthday) celebration. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)The post PHOTO: Girl Celebrates Quinceanera (15th Birthday) in Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Garlic Sellers in Trinidad Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Men in Trinidad Cuba, sell strings of fresh garlic to local businesses. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 50 times, 50 visits today)The post PHOTO: Garlic Sellers in Trinidad Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • The Art of Cuban Culture

    Barbara Weibel
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    His real name is José Fuster, but in the hood he’s known as the “Picasso del Caribe.” It was easy to see how he got the nickname Picasso of the Caribbean. From the top floor of Proyecto Fuster, I gaped at acre upon acre of art that Fuster had created, using millions of multi-colored ceramic shards. Giant campesino surveys the compound at Proyecto Fuster As a young man, Fuster had studied the work of Picasso, Gaudí, and other contemporary artists in Europe. Upon returning to Cuba he bought a small wooden house on the outskirts of Havana to use as his studio, and began…
  • PHOTO: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba is surrounded by exquisitely restored colonial homes that are hundreds of years old. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 44 times, 44 visits today)The post PHOTO: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Ernest Hemingway House in Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Room at the Ernest Hemingway House in Cuba, where the famous author wrote Old Man and the Sea and other novels. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 81 times, 81 visits today)The post PHOTO: Ernest Hemingway House in Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • We Cannot Remove God’s Love From Us

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today at (in)courage, I share a slice of Lean on Me.  Here’s a sample for you. To read the full article, click here. I’m so grateful these women were so generous to share a little bit of this book that was many years in the making. And, oh yeah. I punched a wall in it. Over a year had passed since my divorce, and God’s silence was still too much for me. I was out of town, and in my hotel room one evening. I wept. For hours. Why? Why? Why? Where are you? I don’t understand. Still nothing. Still silence. The numbness morphed into anger. I drew myself up on to my knees and faced…
  • To All The Mothers Who Will Never Hold Their Babies on Mother’s Day

    Anne Marie Miller
    5 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s really quite odd and blessed, the duality of joy and grief. A few weeks ago, Tim and I experienced a new type of happiness for us…a new kind of joy. I woke up early on a Wednesday morning with the strong urge to take a pregnancy test, even though I wasn’t late for my cycle. Five pregnancy tests later (I may be a little compulsive), we learned we were going to be parents. Everything seemed complete and right. We fell in love with the poppy-seed-sized clump of baby whose DNA was being written with each passing day. We celebrated with our friends, our family, our students. We…
  • How Should Christians Respond to Bruce Jenner’s Interview?

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Tonight, I sat and watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner. If you’re not familiar with him, he was named the “world’s greatest athlete” after the 1976 Olympics. He’s the step-father of the Kardashian girls. And he’s transitioning into a woman. I found the interview thoughtful and compassionate, heart wrenching and curious. How does the church respond? Fortunately, Dr. Russell Moore penned a gracious and loving response. How do we, as the church, respond? How do we love? And how do we talk to our kids about this (and many other hot topics…
  • Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About The Website “Omegle” NOW.

    Anne Marie Miller
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted something about the book I have releasing next May (2016). It was first titled “10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” and it’s now “5 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” – We didn’t take out five things; we just condensed a few similar topics to make it more cohesive for our conversation starters and resources. [Side note: If you want information about ordering this book when it’s available, just sign up here.] My friend Crystal helped me research apps and websites of…
  • Trusting God’s Design

    Anne Marie Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    I didn’t know much about personality profiles growing up. What I did know is after about 2 hours at church, 2 hours at a party, 2 hours on a school trip, 2 hours at a sleepover…I was done. I wasn’t angry. I didn’t dislike people. I wasn’t bored. I didn’t want to check out. But something inside me hit a threshold of sorts and I knew I needed to spend at least a few minutes by myself and recharge. Otherwise, my mind would get spacey, I’d become easily distracted, my speech would begin to falter, I’d even become more clumsy. Over time, I learned…
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  • A Disturbing Travel E-Mail Scam and the Western Union Problem

    Alex Berger
    13 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    There’s probably not a week that goes by that you don’t find at least one e-mail scam in your inbox.  Most play on the desire to win the lottery, greed, or a less-than-selfless desire to help strangers out.  The most famous of these are the classic Nigerian e-mail scams. You know the drill – some prince/king/billionaire/princess has died or needs your help and has a ton of money waiting for you. All that’s needed are your contact details/bank account details/ or a small down-payment to help get the money out. These mostly prey on the profoundly gullible,…
  • Christiania Has Lost Its Charm

    Alex Berger
    9 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    During my initial visit to Copenhagen in July of 2009 my host made sure that Christiania was part of the two-day whirlwind tour.  The small freetown of Christiania is a fascinating place.  With a history that dates back to the 70s, the town considers itself an autonomous kommune completely independent of the Danish Government. This, despite being situated on what was in the early 70s, an abandoned Danish military base, in the very heart of Denmark’s capital. The freetown, which has become most famous for its green light district called Pusher’s Street and the open sale of…
  • A Video Guide To Exploring (and Learning) Danish Culture

    Alex Berger
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:51 am
    The Danes are a famously quirky bunch.  They’re much beloved, generally liked the world over, and a bit of an enigma.  These are the people that gave us Vikings, Lego, and Danish design. They are a people and country famed for their work-life balance, straight to-the-point style of communicating, odd blend of extreme homogeneity and their contrasting sharp brand of Danish individuality. They have been hailed as both the most shameless people in the world (in a mostly good way) and as some of the most humble people in the world. Talk to anyone who has spent time in Denmark (and yes,…
  • Use Exciting History Podcasts To Revolutionize Your Travel

    Alex Berger
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:38 am
    Exciting history podcasts. That’s right. I used those three words in one sentence without a hint of sarcasm or satire. They’re few and far between, but they do exist and holy smokes will they surprise you and revolutionize how you understand world history and the destinations you’re visiting. Unless you were a history major (and even then), chances are good that you haven’t done a deep dive into a specific region or civilization’s history since you were a kid.  The history you got as a kid was useful, but also likely full of holes and deeply biased. Upon…
  • Turning 30 – Birthday Reflections On Life, Achievement and Travel

    Alex Berger
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Prolific travelers often joke that we have commitment issues.  It’s a joke I’ve often made – after all, when folks asked how on earth I could pick up everything and re-locate to Europe for a 2-year Master’s or how I seemed to perpetually be traveling I would flash a smile, shrug, and explain, “No mortgage, no dog, no girlfriend”.   There is, undoubtedly, some truth to this somewhat cavalier statement…but it’s simultaneously an equal part bullshit. I don’t have issues committing and I’m most certainly not running from things.
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Reminiscing

    26 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    I had to look through my Instagram photos over the past year because I was in search of a few specific ones…but I got sidetracked and started reminiscing. Here are some highlights.   Ahhh, my sunflower garden from last year. I’m not sure if this is going to be a reality this year or not since I haven’t had a chance to plant much because of the rain. On the other hand, our ponds are full. Life is interesting!       Charlie and me at the pet parade. This was exactly one year ago, I think, and was a mere three weeks after I got my bottom in gear and started…
  • Remembering

    25 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    (Note: In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to repost this from one year ago. The photos help remind us all to stop and reflect today.) Many of you may remember that a few years ago, I held a photo “Coming Home” contest on Pioneer Woman Photography and received a huge amount of submissions. The photos were beautiful and emotional (and heartbreaking), and I wanted to share some of them again today as I have a few times since then. The photos mostly depict soldiers returning home from deployment, but are a reminder to all of us to remember those who lost their lives and were never…
  • Unsaddling

    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Marlboro Man and the kids had a busy two days of work Monday and Tuesday. Because the recent rain (about which you’ll never catch us complaining, by the way) has thwarted many a cattle working, Marlboro Man’s approach right now is “whenever we can work cattle, we’ve got to work cattle.” Because it’s summer, that means pretty early mornings and working straight through until they get things done.       You’d think the first thing they’d want to do when they got back to the homestead is head straight into the house…but they…
  • Sunday Walk

    18 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    I took a walk with the dogs yesterday evening. All 900 of them. And oh, was it gorgeous outside!       Quite the contrast from the night before, when Marlboro Man and I went to dinner with friends on a neighboring ranch and got caught in the storm on the way home. It wasn’t tornadic, but it came down so hard and fast that we could barely see and we almost got swept away by the water that was flooding the road. All the while, I’m convinced we’re goners and I’m crossing myself and hanging onto the handles near my seat. Marlboro Man, meantime, is yawning…
  • Lifelong Friends

    15 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    School is done for the summer, and that means Pat and Phil, Hyacinth’s boys, will be coming over to our house more and more. These boys have known one another since birth. Before, actually. Pat was conceived while Hyacinth was on a pilgrimage to Rome (TMI?), Hyacinth was in the delivery room taking photos and praying the Rosary when I gave birth to Bryce (you should see those shots!), I was in Hyacinth’s bedroom at home when she gave birth to Phil (oh, the stories…), and Hyacinth came and patted my head and prayed for Todd when he was born five weeks early. What I’m…
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    larry borsato

  • Keurig’s Failed Attempt at Proprietary Coffee

    7 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    With their Keurig 2.0 single-cup coffee brewers, Keurig tried to make coffee proprietary, just like Gillette does successfully with razor blades. Unfortunately, customers just didn’t buy it – literally: Clever competitors moved quickly to fill the void, with ways to, in effect, hack into the Keurig technology. The Rogers Family Company’s “Freedom Clip“, was sold patriotically as “Our Gift To You and Everyone …. Freedom Of Choice!” Worse for Keurig, as executives acknowledged Wednesday during its quarterly earnings briefing, sales of Keurig machines tanked and they…
  • Customers aren’t born. They’re created.

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    I was reading about corporate profit margins and tax cuts today when I came upon this misguided idea in a comment: What business, and “trickle down” economists, have not yet realized is that business does not create jobs. If you have ever owned a business you know that you don’t go out and hire people just because you have money in the bank. You hire people because you have work that needs to be done and the money to pay people to do it. You have work that needs to be done because you have customers. Customers create jobs. Nope. Nobody is born wanting to be a customer. They don’t…
  • Misplaced concern?

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In today’s The Globe and Mail, Elizabeth Renzetti laments Toronto songwriter Diana Williamson: Toronto songwriter Diana Williamson, who recently moved back from L.A., told me about a song she’d co-written that had reached 260,000 downloads and made it to No. 3 on the Billboard dance chart. She hadn’t seen a penny in royalties. To complain about rip-off downloading, she said in an interview, is to invite “abuse from the mob. But if those fans were bakers, they wouldn’t be giving away their croissants for free.” Ms. Renzetti’s concern might be a bit misplaced. The…
  • Won’t somebody please think of the environment?

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    It looks as if Ontario is going to have a carbon tax: Premier Kathleen Wynne is pledging to unveil a carbon-pricing plan this spring as Ontario looks to ramp up its fight against global warming. “We have climate change … we are facing a global situation and it’s only responsible that Ontario do its part,” Ms. Wynne said. “I don’t think we can just throw up our hands and say ‘Well, we’re only 13.5 million people, and we don’t have to do our part.’ That’s not responsible. We need to be leaders.” I know what you’re saying. But she said she wouldn’t do that:…
  • Target says goodbye to Canada.

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Last September 14th I noticed empty store shelves at Target and posted this on Twitter: Is #Target winding down Canadian operations? This is typical in the store near me. — Larry Borsato (@lborsato) September 10, 2014 Today I saw this on MarketWatch: Target to exit Canada By Andria Cheng Published: Jan 15, 2015 8:30 a.m. ET NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Target Corp. TGT, +2.89% said on Thursday it’s exiting its money-losing Canada business as it doesn’t see the region getting to profitability until at least 2021. The company, which opened its…
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    Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine

  • Recipes from Travels: Strawberry Chrysanthemum Elixir

    Katja Presnal
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    May is National Strawberry MonthOur luxury hotel expert Leigh loves her local spa resort The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina, for day getaways in the spa or for luxurious overnights that take her away – even when it is only just around the corner from her. The Umstead is on my travel wish list, but thankfully I can get the taste of Umstead already this weekend in the form of this yummy sounding cocktail.During May National Strawberry Month, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is offering their spa-goers a cooler, healthier alternative to sip on: a Strawberry Chrysanthemum Elixir.
  • Home Design Trend: Stikwood Paneling

    Katja Presnal
    21 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Easy and inexpensive wood paneling product!I love wood paneling! And I am not talking about lodge style here, I am talking about sleek modern wood paneling, on walls and also on the ceilings. If you like the wood paneling idea, but not the high price tag and amount of work that comes with it, there is a trending wall covering product out you will love: Stikwood.Stikwood is an easy new approach to modern wood wall decor, it is the world’s first Peel & Stick solid wood planking. Stikwood makes it easy to transform any room with real wood quickly and cost-effectively. I personally…
  • I Want To Go Here (with Findery)

    Katja Presnal
    21 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Looking for travel magic?It’s Memorial Day weekend! Where are you heading?If you are like me… and let the spring go by so fast that you forgot to make travel plans for the Memorial Day weekend, hurry up, and get some ideas where to travel close to home. Download the Findery app and tap the “Near” tab on the app to discover places close to home. Traveling is a state of mind, and doesn’t have to do anything with the distance you travel!Findery is better with friends though – join me and other great travel bloggers on Findery to discover plenty of notemaps and…
  • More than just a Spring Clean – Declutter your Life and Support Goodwill

    Katja Presnal
    19 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Declutter your lifeIt is a great time for a “spring clean,” but I would like to think of it from a larger point of view. Spring clean can significantly help you to live life to fullest better, but did you know that when you donate your stuff to Goodwill, the revenue from the sale of your donations also helps fund job training and placement opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages directly in your community? That’s cleaning with a purpose.I admit. It is tough sometimes to get rid of things. Because “things” are not always just things, they are…
  • 4 All Natural Summer Beauty Tips

    Katja Presnal
    18 May 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Enjoy summer… skin deep!Here are four of my easy summer beauty tips to keep your skin and hair beautiful this summer. I love using all natural beauty products and also love making my own DIY scrubs and lotions.1. Beauty starts inside out!Beauty truly starts from inside out, and what you eat and drink matters. One of the easiest beauty tricks is to drink 8 glasses of water a day – and limit the amount of sugary drinks or drinks containing caffeine. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, and drinking plenty of water will help your skin look at its best.2. Remember…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • I’m Tired of Depression. Again.

    Britt Reints
    21 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Join the conversation at I’m Tired of Depression. Again.. I am so tired of writing about depression. I think technically it’s been a very long time since I’ve written about it – but every time feels like here we go again. Every time feels like it makes liars out of the days since the last time, the days when I thought I was “managing my depression”. I’ve been really angry this time around, angry at my body mostly and the unfairness of having to live inside of it. Why can’t I just be normal? Because I’m certain everyone around me is…
  • My Unpretty Daughter

    Britt Reints
    12 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Join the conversation at My Unpretty Daughter. “Hey little man!” “Does he want to go in the dressing room with you?” “Your son’s face just lit up!” “She’s actually a girl.” “No, she’s fine out here.” “That was my daughter.” “I’m so sorry!!” “Oh, it’s fine,” I assure them. Emma doesn’t notice most of the time. And if she does, she’s unlikely to say anything. Sometimes she’ll look at me with a mischievous smile and put one finger in front of her lips.
  • Burn it down

    Britt Reints
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Join the conversation at Burn it down. I suspect I was an arsonist in a past life and that I’d carried those smash and burn tendencies with me into this one. When life wasn’t going the way I wanted it to, or it was and i was still inexplicably unhappy, my instinct was to set  match to the familiar and do my best to burn the whole damn thing down. –me, An Amateur’s Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness I’m feeling the old itch again, the need to burn it down. A jug of kerosene and one struck match seems like the easiest and best solution. Solution to what? you ask.
  • I’m Planning a Retreat and You’re Invited

    Britt Reints
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    Join the conversation at I’m Planning a Retreat and You’re Invited. It’s been two years since I made the connection between creativity and happiness. That’s one of the great things about blogging: you can accurately date your ideas. And so I know for certain that it was in March of 2013 that I had the realization that we are all creators in some way. I also know that it was in April of that same year – almost two years ago exactly – that I first wrote about consciously making space for happiness + creativity. My passion for making stuff has grown…
  • How to Be Wild

    Britt Reints
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Join the conversation at How to Be Wild. Last week, I attended a women’s wellness retreat in Palm Springs to celebrate the release of the movie Wild on DVD and Blu-Ray. I was hired as the guest speaker and asked to “tie my inspirational message in with the film.” In preparation for the job, I watched the movie with my husband and a girlfriend. Five minutes in, Jared started laughing. “Oh yeah, I can totally see you doing this.” Reese Witherspoon – as Cheryl Strayed – was struggling to lift a monstrous hiking pack onto her back moments before…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • parenting mistakes

    15 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    “Go empty your bladder. You’ve had way too much apple juice.” “Bladder?” “The balloon full of pee that’s inside of you.” < - Child looks at balloon floating on ceiling and a slow motion smile creeps across his face. ->
  • things forgotten

    10 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    After a year in the dorm, ReadingNoah went to church with the Grands. They sent him home to choose a “more appropriate outfit” than his jeans and flannel shirt, but he made it there eventually. When he came home after church, he and the two youngest had raided the church’s Mother’s Day decor to give me flowers and balloons. Except for the imaginary dress code, my parents have chosen a much more pleasant church than the one they attended when I was a teen. I’m sure it was a deliberate choice on my part to forget until today that we used to attend a church that…
  • grocery fail

    7 May 2015 | 6:16 pm
    He: “Don’t forget mustard. We’ve been out since the fridge died.” She: “We’re out of all canned vegetables except peas.” We bought peas. We didn’t buy mustard.
  • Thoughts while watching tv

    5 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    How does Alfred have time to play detective with “Master Bruce” when Alfred is the only person maintaining that giant estate? When stomping about a sewer with Grodd graffiti on the walls, doesn’t it occur to any of the team that they are walking in Grodd’s toilet?
  • Blech

    4 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Starving Artist graduates college in less than three weeks. Graduation is at the Lincoln Center. My entire summer wardrobe is jeans, loose shirts and flip flops. After an hour and a half in the consignment store, I’ve decided I’m too fat and old to go to NYC or to be seen in public anywhere.
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    Family on Bikes

  • From human rights lawyer to travel blogger: How Cuba changed my life

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    20 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I frequently talk about living your life on your own terms in this blog. I am a firm believer that we have one life to live, and it’s up to us to make it good. I also understand the pull of society – all those societal expectations can be difficult to buck, and it’s rarely a quick painless process.  Today, I would like to introduce you to Claudia, an Italian recovering lawyer, who make the tough decision to leave that world behind to live a live she’s passionate about. Although her journey isn’t the same as mine or any other person, I think there is something…
  • What is FIRST Robotics and how does it work?

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    A popular pastime at all FIRST events is to gather buttons from each team. Davy now has about 500 buttons, and has them all proudly displayed on a (very heavy) shirt. As you know, my sons are involved with FIRST Robotics. In fact, I would go so far as to say that our lives are nearly consumed with robotics. Robotics this, robotics that. Robotics here, there, and everywhere.  Over the past few years, I’ve gotten several questions from people about how this works – what do the kids do? What do the robots do? How does it all work? Here, I will attempt to answer those questions. What is…
  • How to get paid to build YOUR online business

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Today I’d like to introduce you to Rachel Denning. Again. She’s written articles for my blog before. Here’s one she wrote about education.  Here’s another about the importance of getting kids out in nature. Rachel and her family are (supposedly) driving a veggie-powered truck from Alaska to Argentina, but they keep getting waylaid here and asunder. Now, I’ve heard rumors that they’ll be heading to Europe soon. Or was it Africa? In any case, I think it’s fair to say that Rachel and her husband Greg are the adventurous sort. Traveling the world with…
  • When the dream doesn’t work out

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, I want to introduce you to an incredible woman. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with a number of ladies striving to make their dreams happen. It’s a lot of work and requires tremendous amounts of tenacity, but I’ve seen people reach for the stars and make it. That’s always exciting, and I’m their number one cheerleader. But sometimes, it doesn’t work out. Sometimes, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and the dream comes crashing down around you. Then, all you can do is pick up the pieces and move forward – which is precisely…
  • 6 Ways to find free accommodation when you travel

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Justin Carmack, a travel blogger, divemaster and overall lover of freedom and adventure on the road. In 2010 Justin sold all his things and left home; traded his possessions for dreams – dreams of traveling the world, getting lost, and living life free and to the fullest. He writes about his adventures on the road at True Nomads. Here he’ll give you some ideas on how find free accommodation when you travel throughout the world.  ——- Friends gained while traveling are friends beyond the initial stay. This group of friends…
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  • Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends

    27 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    From Re/Code: The tech industry makes a yearly tradition of turning to the fast-talking and data-synthesizing Meeker, a former Wall Street analyst turned late-stage venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who publishes an influential annual assessment of the Internet economy. As has been her custom in recent years, Meeker introduced her Internet Trends report at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes on Wednesday.
  • Conway Geek Breakfast

    26 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    A reminder… Conway Geek Breakfast is THIS THURSDAY! Geek Breakfast is The Community-Driven Breakfast for Technology-Minded People. Each month attendees congregate over bacon, eggs and plenty of coffee to discuss topics like social media, digital marketing, design, programming, and ways to better their communities. We’ll see you Thursday at Bob’s Grill!
  • When the Only News is Bad News

    26 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    davidjhinson:How you convey bad news is a true test of your mettle as a leader, and your dependability in a crisis. Don’t shirk your responsibility when adversity inevitably arrives – step up, and show why they gave you the job in the first place. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: Bad news is hard to give, and even harder to receive. When you’re communicating bad news, you might try and soften the blow, to deflect some of the pain you know the receiver will experience. Let’s face it – rarely do these attempts to “ease into” troubling news ever work the way we…
  • Forging Leadership

    22 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    davidjhinson:Great organizations enable, and encourage, great leaders to develop. And they do so with purpose. By design. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: Are leaders made, or born? The answer is: Yes. Truthfully, some people are born to lead. They are seemingly gifted with all the charisma, comeliness, talent, wisdom one can possible have – everything they need to inspire others to follow them to the ends of the earth. Right out of the box. And – some leaders are definitely made, driven into leadership through necessity, experience, and sheer force of will. We don’t choose…
  • How the Sausage is Made – The Guts of a Podcast

    21 May 2015 | 5:47 pm
    You’ve listened to Serial and Startup. You’ve had a great idea for a podcast, bouncing around in your head for some time now, that has remained – as yet – unrealized. Perhaps it’s a lack of free time, or the lack of access to good equipment holding you back; or possibly, it’s just a lack of talent (no! not that!). Putting together a decent podcast isn’t exactly a moonshot. But it does require some planning, patience, and execution to do well. Where to Start The obvious place to start is to have something interesting to say. This should be…
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    Simple Marriage

  • The resent-repeat syndrome

    25 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    If you grew up in a family where you experienced injustice, abuse, or a sense of hurt, you’re at a high risk of developing a resent-repeat syndrome in your adult life. You may end up repeating a familiar pattern from your past or you may go 180 degrees to an opposite pattern. These actions result in your own children being deprived in a way that carries your emotional scars forward into the next generation. The rule is this: The more we resent something our parents did, the more likely we are either to unknowingly repeat it, or to try so diligently NOT to repeat it that we go to the…
  • Entitlement in Marriage

    21 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    My main belief is that marriage is designed to grow us up. If you look at married life this way, you’ll see that growth comes from the pressure a relationship with a spouse creates. Pressure to chart your own course in life and be your own person while at the same time pressure to connect with your spouse and enjoy the benefits marriage has to offer. Many people fall victim to believing marriage is about happiness. That you will meet your soul mate, fall madly in love, have a romantic wedding then be swept off into a rose petal covered existence together for the rest of your…
  • Marriage Made Easy With The 6 C’s

    18 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Remember when you first met your spouse? It may have been one of those fairy-tale moments. Everything around you faded into the background and the only thing that existed was them. You mustered up the courage to introduce yourself and your relationship was born. Or it may have been a friendship that eventually transitioned into a romance. Regardless how it began, married life is different than dating. And nothing can really prepare you for marriage, but marriage. Marriage may be the most difficult thing in your life – it can also be the best thing in your life – likely both.
  • Create More Intimacy In Your Marriage

    15 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    One of the major things marriage provides is it’s the best chance to create an intimate connection with another person. It’s part of marriage’s elegant design. You and your spouse can create an entire part of life that only the two of you know about. Yet, this intimate connection is also a source of major frustration. Why? Because the marriage of your dreams is very likely not the marriage of your spouse’s dreams! One of the hurdles to creating a close intimate connection with your spouse is an unrealistic togetherness expectation. Stated another way, this is idealized or…
  • Two Are Becoming One

    13 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Over the past three years I’ve had two main home-bases in the online world, Simple Marriage and Sexy Marriage Radio. While each of these resources has a goal of helping to improve the married lives of all those who frequent the sites, it also means quite a bit of time is necessary to keep multiple sites up to date and running smoothly. As each site has grown and expanded its reach it has become clear to me that there is quite a bit of overlap between the two. Simple Marriage seeks to offer help for the main areas where couples often find difficulty: communication, money, sex,…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 10 Choices You’ll Regret In 10 Years

    26 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The choices you make today will determine where you find yourself 10 years from now. Are you making choices that you’ll regret? Regret is a negative emotional state that involves feeling sad over a choice made in the past. It’s often accompanied by a sense of loss and leads to self-blame. When we regret having [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 12 Ways to Make Your Confidence Soar

    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Confidence is the key to happiness and success. What would your life be like if you were more confident? For starters, the following would probably be true: You would feel better about yourself. You would be happier. You would have healthier relationships. You would take action in order to live up to your full potential. [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 8 Ways Lifting Weights Will Transform Your Life

    18 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Men and women of all ages should strength train, for more reasons than you think. Although I strength trained for several years, I stopped about six years ago (for reasons that are not relevant to the subject matter of this blog post). For the past six years my exercise has consisted solely of running four [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 16 Hobbies That Will Improve Your Quality of Life

    12 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Having a hobby is not just a way to pass the time; it can also improve the quality of your life. A hobby is something that you do for fun or pleasure. You do it during your free time, and you don’t get paid to do it. Since hobbies are leisure activities, a lot of [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Birthday Bucket List: 25 Things to Do Before Your Next Birthday

    3 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Birthdays—like the New Year– are a fresh start, which means that they’re a great time to create a bucket list. Experts at Wharton found that “fresh starts” throughout the year cause people to evaluate their lives in a wider context and be more effective at setting goals. In addition, tackling a goal during a “fresh [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • Mother's Day 2015

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

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

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

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    John and I had our first class on fostering and adopting a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a bit different than what I expected. As silly as it sounds, I kind of had the image of a small group of us all sitting around in a circle on comfy chairs, maybe on the floor cuddling over-sized pillows while drinking a flavored coffee. Typing this now, it seems I had imagined more of a Lamaze class.
  • The Next Big Step

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I have wanted to be a dad since I was in my mid-twenties. It was something I pretty much kept to myself as that was time when gay men weren’t fathers. It was something I wanted and knew I would never have. Like living on the Starship Enterprise or traveling through time. When I was married to Ulco, we talked about adopting someday and as happens, life gets in the way. I also liked being
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  • A little whimsy

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Fairy dust is very useful.  I use it to turn oatmeal into cake.  ~ David Shannon- How could you cultivate a little more whimsy in your life?
  • Who you are

    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The most common form of despair is not being who you are. ~ Soren Kierkegaard- How would you describe your authentic nature?
  • New frontiers

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's better to burn out than to fade away.  ~ Neil Young- In what areas are you actively engaged?
  • On the way

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
     I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.  ~ Carl Sandburg- Why is the destination not the primary consideration?
  • Kindling some joy

    22 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    Pain comes like the weather, but joy is a choice.  ~ Rodney Crowell- In what areas could you kindle some joy?
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    Steve's Free

  • Nothing To See Here

    Steve Woodruff
    24 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    American town reports another day of harmony and peace. There’s a headline you won’t see anytime soon, right? And why is that? Because it doesn’t sell. Turmoil, unrest, conflict – that sells. Citizens happily living together? Not so much. The pockets of violence, of racial unrest, of social-fabric-tearing protest, are really pretty limited in the overall landscape of life. But you’d never know that from watching the news. Most of us just go about our business, showing kindness and respect to our neighbors, regardless of creed, color, or socioeconomic background.
  • The Secret to a Long and Happy Marriage

    Steve Woodruff
    23 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    First of all, there IS no “secret” to a long and happy marriage. What I’m gong to tell you here is no secret at all. – Compatibility is hugely important. But it’s not enough. – Communication is absolutely critical. But it doesn’t necessarily lead to an enduring marriage. – Caring is crucial. People flourish when cared for – but that’s not the whole story. Put aside the Hallmark cards with all the gushy romantic sentiments (I’m not against romance, by the way). When undesirable items are hitting the fan, here’s what it…
  • When A Nurse Taught Me About the Heart of God

    Steve Woodruff
    19 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Three weeks ago, as I got off an airplane in Newark NJ, I unexpectedly suffered a minor stroke. I recovered quickly but there were definitely some lessons learned – not only for me, but for all of us (here’s the story: A Scary Moment in Terminal A). However, there was another lesson learned which I’d like to share on this personal blog. And it has to do with what God showed me about Himself through the kind ministrations of one very special nurse. The first two days (Tues. and Wed.) in Morristown Medical Center were somewhat confusing, as the initial testing was…
  • Welcome!

    Steve Woodruff
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    What is God’s disposition RIGHT NOW, to you who are reading this, whether you are a Christian or not? Oddly enough, we can find the answer by looking back 2,000 years or so ago. Welcome!  I confess that it is taking me many years to get this through my thick skull. Like Adam and Eve, my sense of uncleanness and distance from God make me want to go hide in the bushes. A messed-up man like me, welcome in God’s presence? Yes. When Christ died on the cross, a mighty symbol was demonstrated to the world, in the tearing apart of the veil in Jerusalem’s temple. As Charles Spurgeon…
  • Can You Make Jesus a Verb?

    Steve Woodruff
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:56 am
    I have to confess that, by nature, I am more of a transactional than touchy-feely-relational guy. Not uncommon for those of my gender (for a good laugh, see this video, which “nails” it ;>) What I often find, however, is that I end up with a transactional view of God. The gospel can become a series of transactions. Repent and believe, and you will be saved (transaction). Become a believer and you’ll get a ticket to heaven (transaction). Pray and God will answer (transaction). Now, in fact, the Bible is full of these statements, but we’re not meant to view God and…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Marco Rubio Discusses Christianity’s Real and Present Danger

    Shane Vander Hart
    27 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Rubio at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 2015 Spring event. Photo credit: Dave Davidson – Yesterday the Christian Broadcasting Network released an interview U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had with CBN chief political correspondent David Brody.  They addressed the issue of religious liberty and Rubio pointed out what he saw as a real and present danger for Christianity. “If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” Rubio told Brody. “Because today we’ve reached the point…
  • UMC Official Calling for Boycott of Holocaust Museum to Visit Iowa

    Shane Vander Hart
    27 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DCPhoto credit: Agnostic Preacher’s Kids (CC-By-SA 3.0) A United Methodist Official who called for the boycott of holocaust museums plans to visit Iowa for an event with the Iowa United Methodists on Saturday, June 6th. Janet Lahr Leiws, the Advocacy Coordinator for the Middle East at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries and a Peace with Justice Associate with the UMC’s General Board of Church and Society wrote in a denomination newsletter on May 22nd that United Methodists should boycott…
  • American Military Heroes to Join Rick Perry for “Ride with Rick” in Iowa

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    27 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    RickPAC announced the line-up of special guests who will join former Texas Governor Rick Perry in Perry, Iowa, on June 6 for Ride with Rick, an event benefiting the Puppy Jake Foundation. Following the event, Gov. Perry is inviting attendees to hit the road with him and his special guests to Boone to participate in Sen. Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride. Special guests include: Retired U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Paul Craig Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor Melanie Luttrell, wife of Marcus Luttrell Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell Retired U.S. Marine…
  • Bobby Jindal Blasts Rand Paul for Blaming the Rise of ISIS on GOP Hawks

    Shane Vander Hart
    27 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photo credit: Dave Davidson – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) this morning blamed the rise of ISIS on the GOP Hawks.  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal fired back saying he is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief. “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS,” said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The hawks wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’s job easier.  They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because of the hawks in my…
  • I Won’t Applaud or Condemn Josh Duggar

    Shane Vander Hart
    26 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    I’ve seen a lot of different social media posts and articles about the revelation that Josh Duggar sexually molested several girls when he was 14-years-old.  If you are not aware, Josh Duggar is the oldest sibling of the Duggar Family who are the focus of the TLC show 19 and Counting whose fate is uncertain because of this recent news.  The Duggars have also been prevalent in numerous political campaigns. Josh Duggar last week resigned his position as executive director of the Family Research Council Action as a result of this news coming to light. I debated whether I should write…
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    Dominick Evans

  • Celebrating Mother’s Day When Your Mother Hates You

    9 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I find holidays to be the most difficult time for me. When you are separated from your family, especially because they do not accept you, holidays take on a new meaning. They can be lonely, especially if the holiday is specific to celebrating a family member who does not like you or does not want you in their life. I have not had a meaningful conversation with my mother since 2003. In fact, our only communication has been her screaming at me over the telephone, calling me a liar and other horrible names or her answering the phone, at my grandfather’s house when he was still alive, and…
  • When Parents Emotionally Blackmail their LGBT Children

    5 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    It was 2003 when I had the last meaningful conversation with my mother. Our relationship was antagonistic since my birth. In her journal about my early development, she wrote about how disappointed she was that I was not the child she wanted. Unlike my brother, I wasn’t super cuddly with her. I preferred to be held by my grandfather and father. I was too independent. I didn’t need her enough, and when I was diagnosed with my disability, it was devastating to her that I would not be “normal. My mother was diagnosed with manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, when I…
  • Director, Jonny Campbell, Discusses The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling, and Adaptation

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Director, Jonny Campbell, has been injecting his realistic sensibility into British television, with work such as the Doctor Who episodes, “Vincent and the Doctor” and ‘The Vampires of Venice,” the British version of Shameless, and Ashes to Ashes. His last endeavor, the three-part miniseries, In the Flesh, a new take on zombies, won 2 BAFTA Awards and was nominated for a 2014 GLAAD Media award. Now, Campbell brings us The Casual Vacancy, based on the novel of the same name by Harry Potter scribe, J.K. Rowling. There are a lot of challenges that come from adapting…
  • My Disability Isn’t What “Disables” Me…

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    I know that the initial title might seem a little controversial. First off, I definitely do not wish to invalidate anyone else’s experiences. I just would like to give you all a different way of thinking about disability. I hope that you’ll read this and really think about what I have to say. That being said, I’m also not discounting disabilities that lead to hospitalization and illness. I spent a lot of time at the doctors, and at the hospital as a kid, with respiratory problems, which may have been a result of my neuromuscular disease, or may have been the result of…
  • My Wheelchair is not Limiting – It is My Freedom

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I went into a wheelchair full time when I was 16 years old. I am 34 now, so I’ve been using a wheelchair for over half my life. I could have started using a wheelchair around the age of 12 or 13, when I started losing mobility, but fear kept my family and myself from taking the steps to get me the wheelchair I needed. I used a scooter, until I could no longer walk, and I needed more support for my back. Because it takes so long for wheelchairs to be ordered and processed, I was not able to get a wheelchair when I truly needed it, and had to use a wheelchair I got from the hospital. It…
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    Jordon Cooper's Weblog

  • Contextless Saskatoon City Council Thoughts

    24 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    1.  I have been asked many times lately if I am running for public office.  The answer is never.  Seriously, I am never running for office so stop asking.  I don’t take politicians seriously and I find myself laughing at many of their first world politician problems.  I could never do it.  Well I could but it would in the same way The Onion covers the world news.  Then again can you do a Ralph Klein and not drink?  I don’t think you can and I don’t drink. 2.  There will be a interesting races for Saskatoon City Council.  If Randy Donauer…
  • Defense Secretary Carter: Iraq’s forces showed ‘no will to fight’ Islamic State

    24 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    From the Washington Post Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces "showed no will to fight" as the Islamic State militant group captured the city of Ramadi, and he rejected calls by Republican lawmakers to commit ground troops to the conflict. "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday. "They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight. They withdrew from the site, and that says to me, and I think to most of us,…
  • Why Iraq is America’s new Vietnam

    24 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    From the Star “If you break it, you own it,” warned U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George W. Bush just before the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. Powell knew that the president had no clue what unpredictable forces he was about to unleash. Bush now knows. We all do. As we witness the inexorable, slow-motion collapse of Iraq in the face of viciousIslamic State extremists, let’s remember Powell’s private caution to Bush: “You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people. You will own all their hopes, aspirations and problems. You’ll own it all.” This has…
  • My Day Bag

    22 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Outside Magazine had their list of essentials that should be in everyone’s day bag.  You know the bag you have if you are off for a day trip and you don’t know where or the day will end. Here is mine. 15 litre backpack.  You know it’s the same size of bag that you use for carrying your laptop or your bags to school.  It’s big enough to take everything with you but small enough to casually carry over your shoulder or toss in the back of a car.  Wendy, Mark and I all have something similar.  They are always ready and packed for use at a moments notice.  You…
  • America’s Bias Against the Common Good

    20 May 2015 | 9:06 pm
    From the New Yorker There is a popular notion at large, part of a sort of phantom “bi-partisan” centrist conviction, that the degradation of American infrastructure, exemplified by the backwardness of our trains and airports, too, is a failure of the American political system. We all should know that it is bad to have our trains crowded and wildly inefficient—as Michael Tomasky points out, fifty years ago, the train from New York to Washington was much faster than it is now—but we lack the political means or will to cure the problem. In fact, this is a triumph of our political system,…
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    Ibn Ibn Battuta

  • The Haïk's Enduring Allure

    Andrew Farrand
    20 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Many Algerians consider the haïk to be just as much a symbol of the nation as its physical monuments.How much power can a few square meters of white silk wield? A lot more than you might think.That was my conclusion after the latest outing, one sunny Saturday in late March, by the "Belaredj" collective, the cultural group behind the haïk events I tagged along for twice last year. (To learn more, see "Celebrating the Haïk, and Debating an Algerian Icon" and "The Haïk: A Symbol of Algeria's Revolution".)The unique allure of the haik—the traditional women's dress of Algeria, now rare on…
  • Algiers Photos Featured in L'Eclectique

    Andrew Farrand
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Une touche de couleur à Alger centreL'Eclectique Magazine, an online magazine of culture and arts "from Tangier to Baku", has just published a series of my Rolleicord photos of Algiers accompanied by a brief French text on how I came to live here and what the experience is like. It is my honor and pleasure to share the text and photos here, accompanied by a rough English translation. Enjoy:Andrew Farrand, Place de l'Emir Abdelkader, central AlgiersEscale Algéroise d'Andrew FarrandL'Eclectique vous propose de découvrir Alger, capitale de l'Algérie, une ville si peu connue, à travers les…
  • Taghit: Photos from the Algerian Sahara

    Andrew Farrand
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    A Portuguese Touareg: Jorge disguised in a chèche, the blue scarves favored in the Sahara.Last month's trip to Taghit, a striking Saharan oasis in western Algeria, was a highlight of my experience here so far. (If you haven't yet, read my write-up of the weekend: "Two Days in the Dunes: The Oasis of Taghit".)I passed a good portion of the trip snapping shots on my Rolleicord, assuring my travel companions that one day they would indeed get to see the resulting photos. After several weeks of waiting impatiently—and nobody more impatiently than me—that day has arrived. This weekend I was…
  • Where Are You From?

    Andrew Farrand
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    "Where are you from?" It's the first question asked of anyone, anywhere, who seems foreign there. Having often been the random white guy in an east African village or the random anglophone in a Middle Eastern souq, I have fielded the question thousands of times in my own travels, and asked it just as often. As central as it is to the pastime that I love—travel—it is a question with which I have a complicated relationship."Where are you from?" An innocent enough question, right? Sort of. I once read that, in a survey, New York City cab drivers listed it as far and away their least favorite…
  • The Casbah of Algiers: an Imperiled Heritage

    Andrew Farrand
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    The Casbah's homes, shops, and other structures, built over centuries with traditional methods and materials, require constant maintenance. Above, braces support a wall in the lower Casbah.Almost every first-time visitor to the Casbah, the walled historic quarter of Algiers, has the same reaction upon entering: "Wow, this place is amazing." And in almost every case, a second reaction follows right after: "But it sure is in bad shape."Those were my own reactions on my first visit, during one of my early trips to Algiers. Since moving here two years ago, I've found many more opportunities to…
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    Yes and Yes

  • The Oddly Obvious Thing I Need To Be Reminded Of

    Sarah Von Bargen
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The recipe said ‘hands-on time: 7 minutes, total time: 25 minutes’ and like a sucker, I believed them. I started on the waffles 30 minutes before my friends were due for brunch. “I’ll serve you waffles fresh off the griddle!” I said. “I can’t wait to show you this new recipe!” I said. My friends arrived to find me flustered and flour-covered, yelling about Waffles These Days and OMG did you know that waffles think they deserve whipped egg whites? Who do these waffles think they are?! In more experienced hands, maybe these fancy-ass waffles would have only required seven…
  • Kitchen Globetrotter: Suriname Vegetable Salad with Coconut Dressing

    Sarah Von Bargen
    25 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This is one of many internationally flavored recipes that make up our Kitchen Globetrotter series. But this recipe comes from our new contributor, Heidi Larson of Foodie Crush fame. You’re going to want to check out her amazing recipes on her blog or follow along on Twitter or Instagram. While many of us in the good old U S of A experience the exoticism of the tropics through the straw of an umbrella-adorned fruity drink while visiting the Florida Keys or at a lei-studded luau, well-heeled travelers know that tropical flavors need not be only fruity, nor solely sippable. The South American…
  • True Story: My 8-Year-Old Daughter Dresses Exclusively Like A Boy

    Sarah Von Bargen
    25 May 2015 | 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 Stasia and her daughter Raisa who only wears ‘boy’ clothes. Tell us a bit about yourself! I’m a 40-year-old momma with two wildly beautiful kids (2 and 8) and a wicked handsome social worker husband, living the good life in Vermont. Last year, I threw caution and pragmatism to the wind, quit my job, and started a biz as a Personal Stylist, and have never looked back. I had no choice… my daughter made me do it Tell us…
  • Web Time Wasters

    Sarah Von Bargen
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m on a six-week road trip around the U.S. and Canada (you can follow along on Instagram) so I’ve asked some of my favorite internet friends to fill in while I’m out and about! Hey yo! I’m Elizabeth and I work with business owners who hate marketing + promoting their business over at I’m all about real world spirituality (in a totally unwanky way), savouring champagne + celebrity gossip, have my latest pop obsession as the soundtrack to my life (helloooo, T Swizzle + 1989 = perfection), and creating programs that eff with the traditional marketing plan so…
  • Office makeovers + Morning in Paris + Skinny pasta

    Sarah Von Bargen
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You guys, I’m sorry if you had big plans for this morning, but those errands are going to have to wait. We’ve got some particularly awesome links from this month’s sponsors and you’re going to want to pour an extra cup of coffee for these. Sorry/you’re welcome. Favorite posts: Office makeover // What to pack for a spring trip // How to style a coffee table Let’s be friends! instagram // pinterest // twitter // facebook Favorite stuff: One-pot skinny pasta primavera // Puff pastry with sabayon custard and strawberries // Beet avacado and goat cheese salad…
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    Celebrate Love

  • Any Year Wedding Anniversary Violet Luggage Tag Travel Bag Tags

    Renee Michaels
    27 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Any Year Wedding Anniversary Violet Luggage Tag Travel Bag Tags Celebrating your wedding or anniversary with a vacation? Display your love on a luggage tag and easily see your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on their honeymoon, vacation... Read more...
  • 40th Wedding Anniversary Funtastic Love Ringer Coffee Mug

    Renee Michaels
    26 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    40th Wedding Anniversary Funtastic Love Ringer Coffee Mug Still madly in love on your 40th ruby anniversary? Display your joy with a whimsical Celebrating Amazing, Funtastic Love mug & celebrate every day! Choose any style mug: coffee, travel or... Read more...
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Tshirt

    Renee Michaels
    25 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Tshirt Celebrate your wedding or anniversary with a sweet t-shirt you can personalize for the loving years you’ve shared together. Choose any light t-shirt for women and men, change the font style &... Read more...
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Card Deck

    Renee Michaels
    24 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Card Deck You love each other & you love playing cards, so celebrate your newlywed or married status with a custom deck of cards! Shop for matching + more any anniversary year gifts … Continue... Read more...
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Flexible Magnets

    Renee Michaels
    23 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Flexible Magnets A sweet magnet personalized with your names and wedding date. Makes a lovely wedding or anniversary favor, available in 2 sizes. For an anniversary gift, change the wedding date to “Est.... Read more...
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    WebSnacker - Automat For The Web Wanderer - Free Morsels to Read, See, Hear and Experience!

  • Ginger Snaps (2000)

    1 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Raging Hormones, Werewolves and everything brutally beautifulWes Craven's Scream started with the premise that every kid in high school knew the teenage slasher flick genre by heart and, therefore, why pretend? This low-budget but immensely popular Canadian film (it spawned 2 sequels) follows the same route, but from a different perspective. It's no joke, for one thing. Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) are sisters. They live in a suburban home with a groomed dad and hands-on mom (Mimi Rogers) who talks to them like china dolls. Ginger is…
  • Life Itself (2014)

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    A deeply enthralling documentary on Roger Ebert that's essential watching for every Ebert fan!Having finally been able to watch this  universally acclaimed and documentary Life Itself created by master craftsman Steve James (Stevie/Hoop Dreams), I now seem to have developed a new renewed appreciation for the Pulitzer prize winning film critic & commentator Roger Ebert, one of the very best film critics the world has ever seen. Throughout most of his life (and his former colleague Gene Siskel's life, as well)…
  • The Homesman (2014)

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes finds this western mildly comic but still quite entertaining! A Palme d'Or nominee in the main competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Tommy Lee Jones' newest film,The Homesman, is an interesting western themed mix (set in the 1850s) of a love story, action and dark comedy with a heartbreaking twist three quarters of the way into it. One I did not see coming and it threw me for a loop. The film stars Hillary Swank as Mary Lee Cudy, a single lady who is desperate for a husband and as the film opens she is conversing with a farmhand whom she wants to marry. He…
  • Onegin (1999)

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    An opulent tragic romantic drama with splendid visuals and costumes!   Onegin is a Fiennes family affair. It was the directorial debut of Martha Fiennes, stars her brother Ralph Fiennes, and is scored by her other brother Magnus Fiennes. The famous epic narrative poem "Evgeny Onegin" by Alexander Pushkin provides the basis for this British-American 19th century period piece. It may be considered a risky exercise for a non-Russian to adapt a famous Russian work; however, Martha Fiennes doesn’t seem to do a bad job in bringing the period to…
  • Black Hawk Down (2001)

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Watch it for the Combat Scenes, Ignore the actual history!I went to a war last night, and for two and a half hours had my adrenaline pumped and my patriotic heart strings tugged by US soldiers in battle, bravely tracking down and trying to capture the enemy. No it wasn't Osama (he is dead, you see), because the movie which felt like it might have taken place in the rubble of Kabul or Baghdad was actually a replay of the battlefield disaster of Mogadishu in l993. The film is Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, an account of elite Ranger and Delta force soldiers…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • “I am capable of more than I imagined”: On the Road with Elizabeth Glanzer

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself After experiencing many travel misadventures around the world, I love hearing other people’s “silver linings” stories. This one (and other stories, too) comes from Elizabeth Glanzer in Los Angeles. Introduce yourself! I’m a therapist and work with teens and young adults who feel misunderstood and out of place. I study psychoanalysis and neuroscience every chance I get. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. For me, it pulls everything together and shatters blind spots. People, culture, art, and…
  • The Habit of Giving

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Happy Memorial Day to all in the U.S., and happy Monday to everyone else. Today I made a small donation to a cause that inspired me. It wasn’t really because of the holiday, it didn’t cost me much, and I won’t miss the money. Yet, I still felt good after I pushed the button that finalized the commitment. Notice how selfish this sounds: It felt good to give! I was the one with the benefit. But this is how it works. The more you give, the better you feel. Giving is a habit. You cultivate it the way you would for any habit—you simply do it, repeatedly. Give it a try. See also:…
  • “Make Your Dream Trip a Reality”: Week 4 Recap (Book Your Hotel)

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Every day for six weeks, we’re teaching people how to “Make Their Dream Trip a Reality.” You can watch each lesson for free on the day it’s broadcast, or you can purchase the whole course and have access anytime. This was our fourth week (whoa!) with the in-studio audience and the thousands of people who participated online. Everyone made lots of progress, and we’ll be back again after the weekend with much more. Here are a few photos from the week: Goals for Week 4: “Book Your Hotel” For the five daily lessons this week, we focused on helping people strategically use the…
  • Creative Street Posters Show Another Side to Youth Homelessness

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    I liked this project that highlights the stereotypes many of us have about homeless youth. If you look at the poster from only one side of the street corner, you see this message: But if you stand from a different angle and see the other side of the corner, the message becomes something very different: “There’s another side to the story” is the point of the campaign, which is a great philosophy for life in general. Hat tip: Creative Review
  • Three Things I Know Are True: Taking Risks

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been attempting to find “true north” in a lot of things lately. This series explores what I’ve found to be true in my own life. Your answers will probably differ; the point is to find what’s true for you. Today’s topic is taking risks. Here are three things I know are true. 1. Most risk is perceived. For example, it’s not any riskier to work for yourself than it is to work for a company, and it may actually be less risky. Why would you trust someone else with your well-being? Self-employment is actually a very safe and conservative choice for many of us. Therefore, it’s…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • The problem of where they should live

    26 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    Places like Aspen and Breckenridge have a problem: people who work there can’t live anywhere close. Jonathan Thompson wrote an article about this in The Denver Post (link). He outlines the problem far better than I can — and backs it up with good research. But Jonathan did not propose any solutions. I will. Part-time residents in such places should pay a tax to build affordable housing in close proximity. That tax should be based on the amount of time they don’t live there. In other words, if someone lives in their vacation home just three weekends a year, their tax would be higher than…
  • Shift it yourself

    19 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    A shift has been under way for years in automotive culture — the move from manual transmissions to automatics. At the Denver Auto Show, Jaguar was so proud of offering a car with a manual transmission that they plastered that fact on the door. I made the shift myself about five years ago. I used to love manual transmissions. The old story was that you could squeeze more performance and fuel economy out of your vehicle with a manual transmission. Now it’s the opposite for many newer vehicles. And there’s the drawback of the pain of shifting in stop-and-go traffic. My last two years in…
  • What kind of light are you letting into your life?

    12 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    The tiles in our bathroom change in color and shadow depth during the course of every day. In the same way, my mood changes, depending on what is happening outside of me. My mood sometimes changes due to inside forces. I let my response to events drag me down. Other times, I am in a strong place and am almost immune to difficult situations. But inside is affected by outside. The voices I allow myself to hear affect the way I deal with life. If I’m always listening to negativity, I will tend to be negative. Positivity leads to being positive. But false messages of either type never have a…
  • Apple Watch review

    2 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    No, I don’t have one. Yes, that’s my wrist that the Watch is sitting on. So this is not a super-deep review, since I do not own one. But I will give you some first impressions, having spent about 90 minutes in an introductory workshop at my local Apple Store, playing with one and trying several on. Here are my initial thoughts: They’re nice. The feel and workmanship is as you might expect: top-notch. The vibrations that tell you things are not annoying. If you had your settings at a level where you were getting taps more than once an hour, you might start to go crazy. The interface…
  • Buy a pen now, to help others

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    I love Schneider pens — the very best in the world. They’re made in Germany. Stride is the company that distributes Schneider pens in the USA. Stride employs people with intellectual and physical challenges – allowing these individuals to learn and grow in a working environment that is full of love and acceptance. You can read the stories of Peter, Victor and Vaden to see what a difference Stride has made in each of their lives. Stride distributes pens and doesn’t sell them directly to consumers. But you can buy them at Office Depot or Office Max. Until May 9th, Schneider pens are…
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    Mental Floss

  • How 15 Scotch Whiskies Got Their Names

    Christopher Osburn
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Ever wonder how some of Scotland's most famous distilleries got their names? Pour yourself a dram and learn about the origins of your favorite whisky.
  • The Evolution of "That [Noun] Though"

    Gretchen McCulloch
    27 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    How is language evolving on the Internet? In this series on internet linguistics, Gretchen McCulloch breaks down the latest innovations in online communication. You may have seen comments like this online: dat pic tho that look though that backflip doe that face tho What's going on here? First of all, let's establish what we're looking at. We've got several parts: "dat" or "that" at the beginning, a noun like "pic" or "face" in the middle, and a variously-spelled "tho/doe/though" at the end. And the overall effect is positive: to say "dat hair tho" means that you approve of someone's hair.
  • Watch the Best Intermission Entertainment Ever

    Caitlin Schneider
    27 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    In the 1950s and '60s, drive-in movie theaters would play intermission reels between shows to keep the crowd entertained and, more importantly, sell a few items from the concessions. A collection of these five to 10-minute videos still exists online over at and offers a delightful taste of summer nostalgia. There’s dancing corn dogs and ice cream bars, ads for things like the “Drizzle Guard” (which keeps your windshield dry without draining your car battery), reminders to go to church, and even a cautionary message to young lovers to keep their public displays of affection…
  • 7 Bookstores Too Beautiful For Words

    Jake Rossen
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    For voracious readers, a beautiful bookstore ranks up there with ocean views and new-baby-smell in the relaxation department. Take a look at these seven examples of paginated paradise.
  • The Missing Links: Tina and Amy Back In Action

    Colin Patrick
    27 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Girl power! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are getting their own Weekend Update action figures. Speaking of action figures, here's a brief history of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Here is what Einstein told his son about the key to learning and happiness. Chuck Palahniuk shares some information about the forthcoming Fight Club 2. The trailer for the latest season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is out, and it looks as bold and flavorful as ever. Intriguing Headline of the Day: Scientists Just Made A Brand New Ancient Human Mummy Leg
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    Journey Mama

  • All the days that made you.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    26 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    We never know how another person's heart looks. No one can know all the patches or stitches, the place where it got stretched out of recognition, the time it was run over in the street.You are made of your days and weeks and no one can know how meaningful they were to you, how you grew up from a seed and you tried to do some things over when you failed, and you tried to believe the truth that God was always speaking in your ear, though you often couldn't hear him. No one can know the nights of insomnia that put lines under your eyes or the pure euphoric love of a newborn you have…
  • The jungle.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    25 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    New print- see it in my shop! Thank you for your comments on my last post. They made me think a lot, especially about what Tj said. She commented:"As for 'stay'. It would be meaningless if not for 'go'. There is a duality in all of life. Sometimes we stay, other times we go. I think the peace comes when we accept each moment before us. Our roots are not grounded in the here or there but in the Spirit of God, so it really matters not, if only we can get our hearts and minds around it." And somehow that right there is what I mean by Stay. It's not about not journeying, but about the…
  • Stay

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    19 May 2015 | 5:41 pm
    It’s a quiet morning and I’m drinking my coffee out of my new owl mug that my friend Christy gave me the other day when she was visiting from California. She was unsure of whether I would like it, because her husband, our friend Ian, had declared it hideous. What he didn’t know about was my tendency to become obsessed with objects (especially ones that I can call “he” or “she”) that are given to me with love. He will always be my coffee mug now, as long as he remains in one piece. (Time is ticking, our family is long-limbed and our tiles are unforgiving, but I will protect him…
  • Traveling while sleeping.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    9 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Things I love:Watching people take selfies. This brings me endless delight and entertainment, especially if he or she or they have a selfie stick. So oblivious to what people around them might think! So unabashed in cuteness and adorable pouty faces! I could watch for hours because he or she or they will never look up and see me staring. I walked out to a waterfall with my sister and we watched as a tourist, a girl from China, paused every few steps or so to take another selfie. Waking up on a train. I remember Solo waking up on a train once when he was two or three, and saying, as soon…
  • Facing it.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:59 pm
    The world this week is heartbreaking. The small and oppressed suffer, those in power abuse their power, the condemned and the innocent die without fair trial, the very earth shakes and and buildings fall on the people who live in them or are walking beside them. I can’t look. I can’t look away. I have spent years looking away. Waking up in the morning has been hard enough for my fragile mind sometimes without adding the sorrow of the world. But today I’m staring sorrow and suffering in the face, trying not to turn away. And the truth is that we get the whole of the world’s…
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  • The Crossover Christian Novelist Q & A

    Mike Duran
    25 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    This Summer, I’ll be teaching a workshop at Realm Makers entitled The Crossover Christian Novelist (you can find their Session Descriptions HERE). As part of my preparation, I asked a number of “crossover” Christian novelists several questions about writing for a general audience rather than a Christian audience. I’ll be sharing many of their responses during my workshop. Here’s a sampling of how some of the authors answered this question: How do you navigate being a Christian, having a “biblical” worldview, and obeying the call to “let your light shine,”…
  • “Showing” vs. “Telling” — Should Christian Novelists Not SHOW Evil?

    Mike Duran
    22 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    David with the head of Goliath, by Caravaggio I’ve encountered many Christians who argue that certain depictions of evil, violence, sex, or the occult should not be fleshed out in fiction. So while writers are commonly taught to “SHOW not TELL,” Christian writers are sometimes taught to “TELL not SHOW.” This advice is based on a uniquely Fundamentalist view of culture, one that attaches a sort of magical power to images and words, thus prescribing a “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” (Col. 2:21 NIV) approach to art. In this way, certain…
  • If You’re Not Offending Someone, You’re Not Preaching the Gospel

    Mike Duran
    18 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    “Christ and the Rich Young Ruler” by Heinrich Hofmann It’s been said, “The problem with Christians nowadays is that nobody wants to stone them anymore.” There’s much truth to that. I engaged in an online discussion this weekend about the Church’s treatment of outsiders, namely those in the LGBT community. There’s an assumption in such conversations that if the Gospel was REALLY preached and if Christians were REALLY loving, then outsiders just couldn’t help but be wooed to Christ and embrace the Gospel. Translation: If Christians were more…
  • Why the Closing of The Museum of Biblical Art Should Concern Christian Artists

    Mike Duran
    13 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    The Museum of Biblical Art recently announced that it would be closing. MoBA’s mission was to examine Western art through the lens of the Bible and its influence in Christian and Jewish tradition. Many have noted the cultural significance of the museum’s closing, as well as what it may signal for Christianity and the arts in Western culture. In Has the Bible gone from hot to not in the art world? The Guardian laments, The reasons for the closure include a need to move to a new building, which the short-lived institution has discovered it cannot afford. But clearly, there’s…
  • “Christian Horror” is Now Available!

    Mike Duran
    8 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    “Christian Horror: On the Compatibility of a Biblical Worldview and the Horror Genre” released this week. This is my first official non-fiction release. It’s a subject that’s been stewing for a while. My first two novels were released in the Christian market. One of the objections or concerns I repeatedly ran into among readers was, what they assumed, the antithetical nature of horror to the Christian message. Those concerns usually fell into one of three categories: Depictions of and references to Satanic and occult elements can be an outlet for the demonic.
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex


    27 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    New Answer - WOW!! This is the most wonderful thing i have ever experience and i need to share this great testimony..I visited a forum here on the internet on the 8TH MATCH 2015, And i saw a marvellous testimony of this powerful and great spell caster called DR MARVEL on the forum..I never believed it, because i never heard nor learnt anything about magic before.. No body would have been able to convince me about magical spells, not until DR MARVEL did a marvellous work for me and restored my marriage of 6 years back to me and brought my spouse back to me in the same 24 hours just as i read…

    27 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    New Question - My Ex-husband dumped me for a new woman 3 years after our marriage. And i was totally devastated and cried all day and night for aid. My Love life completely turned out to be a mess, because i couldn't just carry on with it anymore.. I was at the point of doing whatever thing that will save my Marriage and make him mine again, because i knew he was my soul mate and i fell deeply in love with him. We were both head over heels and over the moon for one another, and his feelings for me was so strong and he promised me love eternal. Life and pressure got in the way about two weeks…
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    27 May 2015 | 12:32 am
    New Answer - AN Amazing Testimony On A Spell Caster Who help me to get pregnant, So me and my partner have been trying for a baby for the last 5 years now and we have had no luck. I don't have a regular cycle so it is hard for me to tell when I'm ovulating or not, but we always have sex at least 2 times a week, sometimes more. I know it can take up to a year to conceive but everyone i know who have had a baby have conceived within 2-3months of trying and it is really getting to me. my partner had a fertility test about a year ago and his sperm were fine. I'm thinking it could be a problem…
  • ok

    27 May 2015 | 12:32 am
    New Answer - AN Amazing Testimony On A Spell Caster Who help me to get pregnant, So me and my partner have been trying for a baby for the last 5 years now and we have had no luck. I don't have a regular cycle so it is hard for me to tell when I'm ovulating or not, but we always have sex at least 2 times a week, sometimes more. I know it can take up to a year to conceive but everyone i know who have had a baby have conceived within 2-3months of trying and it is really getting to me. my partner had a fertility test about a year ago and his sperm were fine. I'm thinking it could be a problem…
  • pregnancy spell

    27 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    New Opinion - AN Amazing Testimony On A Spell Caster Who help me to get pregnant, So me and my partner have been trying for a baby for the last 5 years now and we have had no luck. I don't have a regular cycle so it is hard for me to tell when I'm ovulating or not, but we always have sex at least 2 times a week, sometimes more. I know it can take up to a year to conceive but everyone i know who have had a baby have conceived within 2-3months of trying and it is really getting to me. my partner had a fertility test about a year ago and his sperm were fine. I'm thinking it could be a problem…
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  • How Amsterdam Became The Bicycle Capital Of The World

    Guest Author
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve ever set foot in Amsterdam you’ll already know that the city has embraced the bicycle as a form of transportation to an extent that is unparalleled anywhere on Earth. The ubiquity of bicycles in this, the land of giants, can be a lot to take in for many Canadians visiting the Netherlands, and for some of us is not without its dangers either. Don’t believe me? Try stepping on to an Amsterdam bike path without looking both ways sometime and see how long you last before being plowed under by a swarm of oncoming bike traffic. Trust me, you might last five seconds, and…
  • Nigerian Scam: A Masterful Performance Over Six Years

    Jan Wall
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone and his brother is well aware that Nigeria is the scam capital of the world. In fact, it is the only country in the world that actually has federal legislation in place to protect its citizens from foreign charges of scamming! Scamming is a significant source of foreign capital for Nigeria and is protected much like a natural resource. Western Union all but prohibits its clients from sending money to that country. In spite of knowing all of that, I fell victim to a Nigerian scam. I was well aware of the very real possibility of it, even as I participated in it. It took more than…
  • The Beauty and Benefits of Red Clovers

    Nathan Thompson
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Imagine it’s late spring or early summer (just a few weeks from now). You are hiking out in the countryside, and come across a wide, open field of blossoms. Maybe an old farm field, one where the earth was disturbed a fair amount, and now is being slowly repaired by “invasives” and cover crops. The yellow heads of the Dandelions. Spikes of Nettles shooting skyward. The tiny, blue blossoms of Creeping Charlie. Clusters of white Garlic Mustard flowers. Here is one place you might come across a bounty of Red Clover (Trifolium pratense). Loaded with calcium, potassium,…
  • Is Kindness Enough for Effective Dog Training?

    Eric Brad
    24 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    One of the ideas that is rapidly gaining popularity in dog training, particularly in progressive dog training circles, is the LIMA approach to working with dogs. As defined on the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) web site, LIMA or Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive training seeks to preserve the dog’s power of choice and their ability to have some control over the learning process. It also seeks to avoid unnecessarily subjecting the dog to things that they may find unpleasant or threatening. While I think this is an excellent framework for training with our dogs, much of…
  • The Real Magic

    Guest Author
    24 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    BB King is gone, but his legacy lives on in a little girl’s heart… 18 years. Performing with his famous guitar, Lucille For decades, acknowledged as one of the greatest electric guitarists ever, is the legendary American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter B.B. King – winner of everything the music industry and governments can bestow on an artist – including 15 Grammy Awards, the ‘President American Medal of Freedom’ … and my youngest daughter’s enduring adulation. Now this legend had come to town and was soon to be on stage, with me anxiously sitting in the…
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  • Music with heart: an interview with Emaline Delapaix & free downloads!

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    14 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
    If you’ve not yet been introduced, I would love to introduce you to Emaline Delapaix. She is a Berlin based, Australian, singer-songwriter with a soothing, beautiful voice and an equally beautiful conscience. Emaline suffered with depression until she became a full-time musician and vegan a few years ago. She loves animals and promotes veganism through her work. She even gives a small percentage of her CD sales to local animal charities! Emaline is a completely independent artist who books her own shows and she’s taught herself to play piano, acoustic guitar and the baby celtic…
  • Random dreams, beautiful blooms & entwining them into daily life

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    When I was a little girl, I went to visit my grandparents in Poland and one of my grandma’s had a house in the countryside. Past the house, the farm and the stables, she had an amazing, huge wild flower garden. It made a lasting impression on me and I’m sure it’s had a huge impact on my desire to one day have a similar garden of my own. I love flowers so much. There’s just something about them. I’m fascinated by them. I have so many possible careers that I would be happy with. Some follow the line and are obvious based on my degree choice or my writing…
  • Help put an end to the Cove’s dolphin slaughter

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    When I first heard about the Cove a few years ago, I could hardly believe it. Dolphins are one of the most loved animals in the world, how are so many of them (around 20,000) getting captured and brutally killed every year?! For those of you who have been visiting FLC for some time now, you know I don’t support the harm of any animal and oftentimes find myself wondering how we brought our world to this point. Having said that, we can make a difference. I hear people say that “petitions don’t make a difference”, but having been signing petitions for so many years, I…
  • Optimism is the key

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    “In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley There are times in life that it’s really easy to get discouraged and find yourself in a funk that’s hard to get out of. Lately, I’ve been finding myself in this funk off-and-on quite a bit with a variety…
  • Finding gratitude in this new year

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Today I am thankful for… New Years/new beginnings, snow, good food, my comfy bed, my past adventures, the sun, my cats, reading, meditation, etc. These are a few of the entries from my gratitude journal that I started at the beginning of this year (funky drawings included!). I’ve been wanting to start a gratitude journal for years and I have, but stopped, and started again, but stopped again. Until this year. I decided that since I spend quite a lot of my time on my iPad, especially in the evenings, that maybe it’d be easier, and I’d be more likely to keep a gratitude…
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    Zara Stone

  • Inside my first Cannabis Convention: Hempcon 2015

    22 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The cannabis “medible” industry  is gaining more traction every day (for people who  eat their weed) and I was curious to see what creators in the space were up to. A convention is the perfect place to see  industry connoisseurs, and 420 tends to have gatherings forming across the states. I chose to go to Hempcon 2015, a large cannabis exhibition event held at Cow Palace in San Jose, six miles south of San Francisco. The three-day event took place from the 17th-19th April 2015, the dedicated 4/20 weekend (naturally) and I attended on the Sunday. California was the first state to…
  • 21st century jousting for millennials

    18 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    It is a scene ideally suited for Medieval times. A dark knight adjusts his visor, raises his lance and focuses, laserlike, on his opponent, the “white” knight, sitting astride his mount. The flag goes down and they charge, lances straight, bodies tensing against the weight of their custom-fit armor — often 200 pounds of solid steel. The bout, though, isn’t old; it’s happening at the Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival in Mississippi in November. And lest anyone forget that we are in modern commercial times, Guinness (one of the festivals sponsors) has its logo on…
  • The Dazzling World of High Tech Hula Hooping

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    When Lauren Shaw starts hula-hooping, jaws drop. But it’s not her sinuous motions capturing attention, it’s the flashing light show created by her spins. Dazzling lightscapes and hip-swirling rainbows transform her movements into art performance. This is the next generation of high-tech hoopery: LED “smart” hoops. Five years ago, then-real estate agent Shaw was bored and decided to try hooping as a hobby, and she soon tapped into the online communities — 20,000-plus people in the Unity of Hula Hoopers Facebook group and a big YouTube hoop scene. With their encouragement, she kept…
  • Behold the Awesome Underground Bike Cave

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    When you enter the Louisville Mega Cavern in Kentucky, it’s hard not to gape at your surroundings. At 100 feet below the ground, the thick limestone walls are imposing, and the enormous space seems to go on forever — 17 miles, to be exact. Back in the 1930s, this was the Louisville Crushed Stone Mine, which was quarried for rock. Now it’s an underground adult playground, equipped with a zip-line course over glowing rocks, a rope course and a tram that takes visitors on a historical ride through the cavern. But the latest addition, which opened last month, is a massive bike park —…
  • Equine artists turn horses into works of art

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    When most people see Jillian Scott’s horses they do a double-take. Is that really a zebra in North Lanarkshire, Scotland? Nope, it’s part of Scott’s art — but the canvas she uses isn’t paper or linen; it’s the bodies of horses. From shaving giraffes to dragons to Batman, this is the realm of creative clipping. And some of the designs are crazy. For customers Scott has shaved everything from a skeleton to the Minion from Despicable Me on a horse’s rear — a type of clip called a “bum patch” that’s increasingly popular wIth people who don’t want to commit to a…
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  • What Are You Thankful For?

    John Wallace
    8 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1 Being thankful is underrated! It way too easy to fall into the trap of just focusing on the negatives in life and not giving any mention or thanks to the positives…The truth is, for the most part, we have it so good.  It’s vitally important to recognize the incredible blessings we have in our lives and be thankful for them. So today, I want us all to share a few things that we are thankful and grateful for despite what may be happening in our lives. I am thankful for: A…
  • To Choose Joy

    John Wallace
    6 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Recently, I’ve been in a season of life where I’ve had to choose joy. In these more trying seasons, I often forget that joy is a choice. Since joy is not based on circumstance, it becomes our choice whether or not we are going to experience it. The verse above says to give thank in all circumstances. It doesn’t say for all circumstances but in. So even in tough, unexpected, and bad circumstances, we can choose to…
  • We Reflect…

    John Wallace
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    “God has made humans to reflect Him, but if they do not commit themselves to Him, they will not reflect Him but something else in creation. At the core of our being we are imaging creatures. It is not possible to be neutral on this issue: we either reflect the Creator or something in creation.” Greg Beale We are God’s masterpieces! We are created in His image and are designed to reflect Him and bring glory and honor to His name. It is so easy, however, to let other things in life hold a higher value than God. If God is not constantly magnified in our lives, we can begin…
  • Church: Good? Bad?

    John Wallace
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s funny how divisive church can be even amongst christians. But we need to learn and grow from each other…we need to be able to have productive conversations about our differences with the goal of pointing people towards Christ. Soooo…I have two simple questions to ask that probably aren’t too easy to answer. What is your favorite thing about church? And on the flip side, what is your least favorite thing about church? (these can be answered either from a local sense or globally, the church at large.)   || Let’s get this conversation started. ||
  • Embracing The Storm

    John Wallace
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    “Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” Matthew 26:50 How often do we embrace the storm we may know is coming or one we are already in? Probably not too often. It’s counterintuitive. A storm is something to avoid so, therefore, we do everything we can to avoid the storm. It’s amazing, when we look at Jesus’ life, the response he had when the storm came. He embraced it. Seems a little crazy, right? But let’s look at how he got to that point. A few verses early in Matthew 26,…
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    Lee Stacey
    23 May 2015 | 10:11 am
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    20 May 2015 | 6:32 am
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  • New Single – Sk4li – Out Now

    Lee Stacey
    18 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    After a dry spell of over five years, I’ve only gone and released a drum and bass single! It’s called “Sk4li” and it’s available now for download on iTunes and Amazon. iTunes: Amazon: Spotify: Coming soon: Deezer, Beats, Rdio, Google Play & more. The awesome cover art and inspiration for the tune come from a Brighton artist, also called “Sk4li”. You can find her on Instagram here: @Sk4li
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    Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog

  • 24 Bucket List Things to Do in San Francisco

    Annette White
    20 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
    It's the city of Dungeness crab, sourdough bread and, of course, the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge. Some people have even left their hearts here. San Francisco is on most travelers "Things to do" list and for very good reason. Whether your a first-time visitor or local, The City in Northern California has something to offer for everyone and here's just a little taste. The post 24 Bucket List Things to Do in San Francisco appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Sleep in a Castle in Ireland

    Annette White
    11 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    What little, or big, girl doesn’t dream of being a princess at some point in their life? Images of wearing a spectacular puffy pink gown, expertly dancing at a ball with the most handsome man and being the center of everyone’s attention. Even though I was not born into royalty I was going to get my chance to wear the glass slipper, so to speak. Tonight, I would be spending the night in a Irish castle with my prince (aka: husband Peter). The post Sleep in a Castle in Ireland appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Take a Maasai Walking Expedition in Tanzania, Africa

    Annette White
    7 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    While on safari in Tanzania, there were many special experiences; hearing a lions powerful roar, spending an afternoon at an orphanage and glamping (luxury camping) in Serengeti. But, one of the most interesting parts of my trip to this African country was visiting a Maasai tribe. The post Take a Maasai Walking Expedition in Tanzania, Africa appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Spend the Day at a Country Club. Bucharest, Romania.

    Annette White
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    As we were driving up to Stejarii Country Club in Bucharest, I sat up a little straighter and properly crossed my legs, practicing my sophistication prior to arrival as I had never been to a country club before. Aren't they meant for classy women who sip fruity flavored iced tea, wear designer tennis outfits and reek of poise and refinement? The post Spend the Day at a Country Club. Bucharest, Romania. appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • 18 Bucket List Things To Do in Santorini

    Annette White
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The Greek island of Santorini (Thira) is in the southern Aegean Sea and actually consists of a group of islands. Though the complex is still an active volcano, it is most commonly known for it's brilliant blue roofs, but there are so many more things to do in Santorini than marvel at the blue roofs. The post 18 Bucket List Things To Do in Santorini appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
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    arsène hodali
    21 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    Madonna said, “Don’t treat me like I’m special, I wouldn’t know what to do with it.” but you loved her. and she loved you and the whole world knew it
  • What It’s Like Growing Up With A Schizophrenic Mother

    arsène hodali
    8 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    My mother got diagnosed as a bi-polar, then as a schizophrenic while I was in my last high school years. The best way I can explain it is that it’s comparable to running through a unending and self-repeating gauntlet of emotions every day of your life: confusion, fear, sadness, disgust, shame, pity and self-pity, anger, envy, indignation, tolerance, patience, surprise, appreciation, hope, and then back to fear again. Confusion: How would you feel if you and your younger sister came home in 2008 to your mom telling you she’s on Obama’s head team, and that since she’s been on…
  • like a chevy in quicksand

    arsène hodali
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Momma never said, “I’m sorry, I’m the parent, but I’m just being baggage.” But her shame was always heavy, always had her head down. Momma said, “You’re the boy that resembled your features, Bo Bo you need a prayer… Come back home.”
  • What It’s Like Working With Elephants

    arsène hodali
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Though it’s mostly for show, I technically have an elephant trainer’s/ caretaker’s license from Thailand. One could go so far as to call me a Mahout. The best I can say is that “training” elephants is a complex subject, but living and working with them is… holy. There are many methods to training elephants and I chose my mentors based on theirs. Most elephants in Thailand are trained with elephant hooks/ goads, which I found most places abused the use of, and breaking in a wild elephant is something I didn’t personally see but by most accounts…
  • What Makes Someone Sane

    arsène hodali
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Of course I’m sane, when trees start talking to me, I don’t talk back. // Terry Pratchett People are sane when they’re of sound mind, this’s best defined as having the capacity to think, reason, and understand for oneself. Strong emotions are probably the number one hindrance towards sanity. And contrary to popular belief someone can be both sane and mentally ill, it’s just much harder.
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  • Time to Call a Truce on the War on Women

    27 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Susan Bodiker is dedicated to raising stronger women one girl at a time. She helps girls and women overcome negative self-images, helping them learn to retrain the mind and body to identify and overcome the behaviors that sabotage health and self-esteem. In the following post, Susan is sharing her thoughts about the War on Women in her own powerful words: We talk a lot about the war on women. At work (wage inequality). On the playing field (domestic violence). On campus (date rape). In the legislature and judiciary (restricted reproductive choice). It’s become a meme, a memorable turn of…
  • Comfortable, Eco-Friendly Clothing for Active Women

    26 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    If you follow this site regularly, you may already know that I am incredibly proud to be an ambassador for Aventura clothing for the second year in a row. This socially responsible eco-friendly clothing brand stands for everything that is important to me. Plus, they make real clothes for real people with real bodies. A family owned lifestyle apparel brand based in Nevada, Aventura clothing designs are sustainable and comfortable with an active focus while being thoughtful to both people and the environment. Made with a low environmental impact, the stylish, eco-friendly clothing styles show…
  • 14 Ways to Help Conserve Sea Turtles

    22 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Every year the second graders at our elementary school get to pick a sea animal to study. This year, my second grader chose the sea turtle. He spent a great deal of time learning about sea turtles, and was eager to find his newly beloved animal on a recent vacation and when we visited the aquarium. This Saturday, May 23rd, is Turtle Day, meant to encourage people around the world to discover turtles and tortoises, and learn how to help protect and conserve these very important creatures. Believe it or not, sea turtles have existed on Earth and in our seas for 100 million years. They have…
  • 21 Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

    15 May 2015 | 4:20 am
      After two very long and cold winters, it’s time to get outside again. Well, it’s time for people like me who hibernate inside during the cold months to get outside and enjoy the happier weather. Cue the Beatles: “Sun, Sun, Sun… Here it comes.” Of course, this also means it is time to think about sun exposure. As you probably know, people who get a lot of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays are at a higher risk for skin cancer, which is on the rise in the United States. But did you know that more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each…
  • That Girl in the Chorus

    14 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    The tween and teen years are such an awkward time for some kids. Well, for most kids, if we are being realistic. When my son found out earlier this year that chorus is mandatory for all students, he all but had a panic attack. “But Mom, you KNOW that singing is just not my thing.” Before I even had a chance to reach out and warn her, the music teacher emailed to say that she heard my son was apprehensive and would not give him a solo (or do anything that made him uncomfortable), as she wanted this to be a pleasurable experience for all the kids. Recently I attended said school chorus…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Why are Green Accounting Careers so Hot?

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    26 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    If you’re interested in having an impact on the environment, and you like accounting, maybe green accounting careers are interesting enough for some of you. The show today is another collaboration with DeVry University (@devryuniv) to broaden your future career options. My guest is Professor Joyce Barden, CPA, who teaches at DeVry University and the Keller Graduate School of Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks again to DeVry University for choose this podcast to promote green accounting careers! I  would love to know if green accounting would be a major you would seriously consider?
  • Wants to Send Job Leads to Your Phone

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    One of the latest trends that will dominate the job hunt/recruiting industry is mobile technology. Job boards are looking to innovate in a number of ways such as engaging users through mobile and putting job leads in the hands of top talent. is one of the top job boards in the employment space. This year, partnered with TextRecruit, a platform that integrates text messaging directly into the recruitment process. They want to put job leads through to your phone right now. My guest, Joe Stubblebine, Vice President of Talent Solutions with, is the Technology…
  • Managing Your Career and Life Through Flexible Work with Kristin Thomas

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    12 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    More choices for flexible work are available for anyone in a situation where working full-time at an office is not an option. Most people want a flexible work schedule and to work remotely for many reasons. I want you to meet Kristin Thomas (@KristinVThomas), who opted to raise four kids (including a set of twins), and faced and survived breast cancer. Her story will affect the way you look at work, re-examine your priorities, and change the way you manage your career. Despite having four kids and breast cancer, Kristen stayed connected and engaged in managing her career. Do you see a…
  • Get the Job You Were Called to Do with Kathleen Brady

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    5 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I am happy to have Kathleen Brady, author of “Get a Job” back on the show. She was on episode 4 back in October 2013. She is the founder of Brady & Associates Career Planners, LLC and Career Services Director at Georgian Court University. Her advice has been nationally shared on news outlets such as CNN, CBS, NPR, FoxNews. Her book, advice and this conversation will get down to it with you finding the job you were called to do, and not what you “should” do. Do you look for jobs that you “should” take or are you looking for the job you are called to do?
  • Choose a Career Path Not a Job with Ryan Porter

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I found a site in the last year that exclusively promotes career paths for those who decide not to pursue post-secondary education. The site was eye-catching, attractive, and hyper-functional for the users as an energetic experience. The founder, Ryan Porter, epitomizes energy and synergy when I talked to him. Any time that a site, an idea, technology or person can positively engage a job seeker to clarity and simplicity, I’m interested in featuring it on the podcast. Has a lack of a college degree hindered you from career choices? Would a site that had more compatible choices for you…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Fighting Dangerous Ideas

    Randy Gage
    20 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    My recent post on living by a congruent philosophy (and some other ones) raised some inadvertent side issues. Some readers felt I was suggesting religious people don’t think rationally, some felt I was too hard on religion, and others have accused me of being on a crusade to destroy all religions. (In fact, my friend Alan Weiss says I have such a deep-seated need to make a case against organized religion that I require therapy.)   Far be it from me to deny I need therapy, but let’s clear up what we can, and focus on what I think are the real issues that we have to address to live in a…
  • Honor the Magic

    Randy Gage
    15 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    In any creative endeavor, magic sometimes happens. But you can’t mass-produce it. You see this demonstrated often on television. If producers have a hot television series, they think of a spinoff. Then another, and another. But by the time they get to CSI: Dubuque, the idea is burned out and the magic is gone. American Idol had magic. Then FOX made it two hours for the boys on Monday, two hours for the girls on Tuesday, one hour for the results on Wednesday, and one hour for failed auditions on Thursday. It got overexposed. At some point, a contestant on The Voice lost a loved one during…
  • Be a Skeptical Optimist

    Randy Gage
    6 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    I honestly believe that one of the most important things you can do for success – is to wake up each morning as a skeptical optimist. Here’s what I mean by that… You need skepticism, because that’s the critical thinker part of it all. You must question premises and not follow the herd blindly. When people tell you that something can’t be done, you don’t accept that at face value. When people tell you that you “should” be doing something, you’ll weigh the input rationally and ponder questions like these: Is the premise correct? Do they have a conflicting agenda here? Do they…
  • No Guarantees

    Randy Gage
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    “Are you sure about this?” “Has anyone ever done this before?” “Do you think it will work?” Those are the kind of questions you ask.  But that’s not what you really want to know.  What you’re really asking – even though you may not realize it – is, “Can you guarantee I won’t fail?’ And I can’t guarantee you that.  No one can.  But I can guarantee you this… The biggest failures you ever have are the things you don’t attempt. -RG P.S.  Need that little extra boost to go after your dream? Grab my Prosperity album The post No Guarantees appeared first on Randy…
  • Live Rich

    Randy Gage
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    I was working on the elliptical machine when the BBC began flashing their BREAKING NEWS headline. Turns out it was a jewel heist, replete with photos of a shattered vault, and bored tunnels through concrete. It was the kind of romantic headline we had when I was a kid. A basic jewel theft, probably by a cat burglar, a simple enough crime, soon to be solved by Batman, Spider-man or Remington Steele. Our headlines today are Ebola pandemics, ISIS throwing homosexuals off rooftops, flesh-eating bacteria, Boko Haram kidnapping schoolgirls to be sex slaves, and possible nuclear annihilation.   So…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Potash Evaporation Ponds in Utah

    27 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    These electric blue shapes in the brown desert are potash evaporation ponds managed by Intrepid Potash, Inc., the United States’ largest producer of potassium chloride, and are located along the Colorado River, about 30 km west of Moab, Utah. These ponds measure 1.5 square kilometers, and are lined with rubber to keep the salts in. Unlike other salt evaporation ponds that get a naturally reddish tinge due to the presence of certain algae, the bright blue color of these potash evaporation ponds come from an artificially added dye that aids the absorption of sunlight and evaporation. Once the…
  • Nilometer: Ancient Structures Used to Measure the Level of River Nile

    26 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    Every year the river Nile begins to rise in the summer, the water overflows its banks and deposits slit on the surrounding floodplain. It is this annual flood that makes the land fertile allowing it to be cultivated and civilization to exist. Since the ancient times, the Egyptians depended on the Nile’s flood and its regular return for their sustenance. But the flood was unpredictable. While a moderate inundation was a vital part of the agricultural cycle, too much flood water was disastrous as it washed away crops and much of the infrastructure built on the flood plain. If the river failed…
  • The Cardrona Bra Fence

    25 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    The Cardrona Bra Fence of Central Otago, New Zealand, began in 1999 some time between Christmas and New Year, when four women's bras were found attached to the wire fence alongside the road. It's not known who did it and why, but rumor is that a group of women were celebrating the new year at the Cardrona Hotel, and after leaving the pub late at night, they decided to take off their bras and hang them on the fence. The sight of female lingerie fluttering in the wind inspired more women to leave their undergarments, and by the end of February 2000, the original four were joined by…
  • Clootie Wells: The Celtic Wishing Trees

    25 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    The tradition of making offerings at wishing trees and wells dates back hundreds of years, and can be found all over the world in different forms. In Scotland, Ireland and England, where old Celtic tradition persists, they are known as Clootie wells. A clootie well is a well or spring, almost always with a tree growing beside it, where strips of cloth or rags are tied to the branches, usually in the hope of having an illness cured. "Clootie" is a Scottish word that means cloth. To make an offering, pieces of cloth or cloot are generally dipped in the water of the holy well and then…
  • The Beautiful Uummannaq Island, Greenland

    24 May 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Uummannaq is a picturesque island and town in the Qaasuitsup municipality, in northwestern Greenland, located 590 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, and home to the most prominent mountain on the Arctic coast of western Greenland. The entire landscape of the island is dominated by the twin peaks of the 1,170-meters high granite mountain, also named Uummannaq, that occupies almost the entire northern half of the island. The word Uummannaq means “hear-shaped” in Greenlandic, and refers to the twin-peaked mountain that is shaped like a heart. The mountain is a landmark of Greenland and a…
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    Life With Boys

  • Round Two in the Mommy Wars

    26 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you follow my blog you know I despise the whole mommy war thing-most parents simply try to do their best with their kids. Personally, I think that’s about all we can ask for. There will always be someone more organized than you, a better cook than you are, someone with more money, etc, etc. […] Read more →
  • Welcome To Camp Crystal Lake

    21 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
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  • I am Woman…

    7 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Hear me roar!  Or whatever the saying is.  Ok, I know that’s the saying, but bear with me a minute here. There is a video circulating on the internet-I’ve seen it pop up on my FB feed a few times-of a young, female Medic (I am not sure of the branch) struggling to cross the […] Read more →
  • Kinda, Sorta Sick of It

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    And by that I mean the snap judgments I hear from people about the situation in Baltimore. If you watch the news, hell if you live in the US, there’s no doubt you heard about what’s going on.  Now, we don’t live too far from Baltimore, and I can say it’s a wonderful city, with […] Read more →
  • Resilience

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Kids have it!  And I wish I had more. As I mentioned yesterday, when Dean was bit by my sister’s dog, it was the only time in my life I remember being truly terrified.  And the true fear set in later that night. While we were at the hospital, it was all about making sure […] Read more →
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  • Summer Cookout Outfit

    Melanie Wagner
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Power Of Choice

    Christine Spencer
    26 May 2015 | 5:15 am
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  • Confessions: Makeup Bugs Me

    Beth Anderson
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Toners: An Important Step in your Skin Care Routine

    Laura Carson Miller
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    With all the products I am already putting on my face on a daily basis, things to treat this and that, and things to prevent this and that, and things to moisturize, firm, soften and exfoliate this or that, the last thing in the world I want is to add to the list. Continue Reading this Article » The post Toners: An Important Step in your Skin Care Routine appeared first on .
  • Product Showcase: May #1

    Beth Anderson
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Accidental Olympian
    22 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    With summer kinda in full swing around here (one day I’m using our new fireplace, the next we’re having dinner on the patio) it’s all been about the backyard. A couple weekends ago while I was knocked on my ass with a serious cold Adam built me three raised garden beds to add to the backyard. Last year I had a small section of dirt I carved out for two tomato plants, but beyond that I didn’t get to dive into my green thumb like I would have liked. This summer I swore it would be different. As you can see I’m going much bigger this year. Beyond all the lovely…

    Accidental Olympian
    11 May 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Before launching my blog in 2009 I did a quick Google search of blogging platforms, and for some reason (oh how I wish I had a time machine and could reverse this decision!), I decided to launch The Accidental Olympian’s first post from a Typepad site. It was simple to use, had a cheap monthly fee, and my theme was horrible. Over the years I grew to HATE having a Typepad blog. As I learned more about blogging and realized what other services were offered elsewhere (integrated commenting systems, plugins, SEO optimizations, themes that didn’t look like a 12 year old made them,…

    Accidental Olympian
    8 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    [Note: This post is not sponsored, I just happen to be interested in these delivery food services and purchased the service from Blue Apron. I’ve also posted a review of] Back in January I posted my review of, a delivery service for meals you complete at home. A nutritionist and personal shopper, minus the personal chef. After my trial with I decided that although I liked trying new meals I wouldn’t normally make at home, and I enjoyed the smaller portions, paying $58 for two meals seemed too rich for my blood, and I canceled my account. Around the…

    Accidental Olympian
    3 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Having a blog, and using things like the timehop app mean that I always know what was happening a year ago today, or two years, or four, or sometimes 9+ years in the past (those posts are the best btw. Ohhhhhh college). This daily feature can make me smile or laugh, or sometimes, as is the case this week, take a long look at where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. For a while there Adam and I were nomads. From Seattle where we met to Olympia, WA where The Accidental Olympian was born. Then two years of roots and life and friendships and jobs later, we were throwing our world in a…

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Adam and I have been together for over seven years, and in those seven years we've seen and done some amazing things. The trips and explorations we took during our two years in Alaska alone are more than most will ever do. But in all our travels, trips and adventures, there's something we'd never done together. We'd never boarded a plane and flown somewhere to vacation just the two of us. Just because we wanted to go there. Even our honeymoon was four nights in downtown Chicago, a cool 45 minute drive from our front door. Believe me, I realize this 'problem of…
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  • What Attracts Women - Nice Guy or Bad Guy?

    Pallav Gogoi
    22 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    This is a million dollar question and guys around the world are confused. Woman known for their extremely unpredictable behavior seldom discloses their likes and dislikes and mostly they won't tell what they want. Most guys think that they like a good nice guy who is romantically active while women in their silent fantasies crave for something else. In most cases, a nice guy is often friendzoned while the bad guys who hardly knows how to speak to a girl takes all the pleasures home. Nice guys are always busy impressing girls by doing nice things like gifting, waiting for them long hours in…
  • A Writer's Silence...

    Pallav Gogoi
    14 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    There's nothing like a Writer's silence. This is the period, when he goes through various emotions but unfortunately he fails to scribble down his thoughts. He stumbles against stones, he feels dizzy and finally he goes through a period of extreme silence. The writing virtually takes a back seat and he goes into a thinking mode. During this stage he tries to do millions of other things like socializing, giving time to a new relationship, making friends, sharing, shopping etc. however things generally don't satiate his inner urge to discover his true self. The itch always follows him. The…
  • Working Women Vs Housewives

    Pallav Gogoi
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    India is a land of opportunities and here women are doing equally well in the job market. Unlike yester years women in India are becoming more independent. They are vocal about their rights, straightforward in dealing with problems and equally emotional about people they care about. Although, in this fast paced life, there’s no time, women in India are doing everything for keeping a balance between work and life.I was completely amazed to see some interesting women centric job profiles coming up however women in India are capable of giving a tough fight to its male counterpart in any given…
  • 2014 - Definitely A Year Of Selfies!

    Pallav Gogoi
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:21 am
    2014 saw a meteoric rise of use of selfies. Frankly, I am doing this since 2004. Clicking selfies was my pastime affair, I thoroughly enjoyed it. From Oscars to wedding celebrations, couples to big time politicians, selfies from Mars to extreme clicks from Burj Khalifa, everyone is so very addicted to this now. Narcissism at its best but nobody is complaining. Taking selfies is one of the best thing one could do to preserve a moment especially it’s applicable for couples in honeymoon, they can now flaunt their moments of joy with this wonderful thing.One of my friends, who regularly post…
  • Letter to my lost friend

    Pallav Gogoi
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    This is a letter to my lost friend with whom I have lost touch; I sincerely want you to come back as you are very important to me. If you are one of them reading, please send me an email or inbox me your number on FB. I will be waiting for you. I have not updated nor written anything interesting however I would like to write as soon as I get your response. If you are reading my blog secretly, please feel free to contact me soon as I have something interesting to tell. I am sure, you will.
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  • Maybe We Could Rethink Letting Go

    25 May 2015 | 10:47 pm
  • Three Ways To Be

    18 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Flawed people, having flawed relationships, with flawed people. Estrangement is a life altering, long-haul sort of experience. It’s not something we can solve or resolve by force of will or running away. We can try {and probably will} both of these things, but at the end of each day, we look ourselves in the mirror and we are confronted by ourselves, in all of our perfectly, imperfect glory and we are still estranged. Being estranged gets easier when we realize we have choices and are in fact making choices, every day about how we want to engage with the reality of being estranged.
  • Mother’s As “Real” People

    9 May 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Photographer Tom Hussey from his series, Reflections “But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day One of the great tragedies of perspective is that very often we see our family members as functions of their roles in our lives. Today, on Mother’s Day, I want to remind us all that our mothers were people, complex…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • A quick little stormy update

    27 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    I am sorry I haven't blogged in the last few days. I have been fairly busy at work and home. I am also considering building an ark because it will NOT quit storming in TX. It seems mother nature is having some serious mood swings. I am now officially over hearing that we needed the rain because we have far exceeded that and people are losing their property and lives. The positive side of things is that Jude has been doing really well lately. He had a rough day and night over the weekend but besides that he has been very alert and happy. His congestion seems to be controlled with the…
  • Follow up

    18 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Mike and Jude made it to the hospital and back! They decided to change Jude's AMT GJ feeding tube out with the MIC Key brand and increased the size. Mike said there was a small complication and that they had issues with the guide wire. However they got it fixed and Jude was okay. Jude has been throwing up brown residue at home for about the last week and half. I did call once the boys left and asked the doctor what he thinks it could be. Radiology stated they didn't see anything and the GI doctor told me to call hospice. You know the old you call her no you call him situation. So I put a…
  • Frustrating end to the weekend.

    18 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    So this weekend was good but the end wasn't so great. Friday night I guess I got bit by something in my sleep. I woke up on Saturday with this large welt under my skin on my cheek. I thought it was just acne and didn't pay much attention to it until it started swelling terribly. By Saturday night it was up near my eye and my pupil was almost fully dilated. Since I love to panic I had convinced myself I was having a stroke or something. I finally calmed myself down and realized it had to be from the bite and it probably had an infection with it. I had some bacterial antibiotics that had been…
  • Dr happy heart and the funky bunch

    15 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    I went back to the cardiologist yesterday and reluctantly had the echocardiogram. The doctor told me that for what I have been through my heart looks amazingly beautiful. He said there is a little damage but it's nothing he cannot reverse with the medication. YAY! So I am in the clear. I was very fascinated with the sonography portion of the test and went so far to look up what type of schooling it requires. They actually make pretty good money and it's just fascinating! Jude is still running an intermittent fever but he is still very smiley. He is also so vocal with me lately and I just…
  • Nervous mommy!!

    13 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    I have had an overwhelming sense of dread all day today. At one point I felt like I wanted to rush home to Jude because I just felt something was wrong. Rather than running out of the office in some crazy mommy panic I texted Charlotte and not so patiently waited on her reply. She assured me Jude was smiling and happy but he was running a fever again. She gave him some Motrin and this brought his fever back down. I have no idea what the temperature issues are. It's a guessing game with everyone when it comes to Jude and deciphering if he has an infection or if this is a new ongoing symptom.
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    Like a Bump on a Blog

  • 5 STARs for ‘Prophet of the Badlands’ + Made My Top 5 for 2015 #Scifi #Dystopian @Mscox_Fiction

    Amberr Meadows
    27 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Prophet of the Badlands , The Awakened (#1) by Matthew […] The post 5 STARs for ‘Prophet of the Badlands’ + Made My Top 5 for 2015 #Scifi #Dystopian @Mscox_Fiction appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You'll love these, too! ‘Prophet of the Badlands’ Book Tour Kick-off + 25 Amazon GC Giveaway Join ‘Willem of the Tafel’ Tour: Reviewer + Spotlight Prizes #SciFi #Fantasy #Inspiration Join the ‘Calasade: Blood Isle’ Tour: #Bookreviewer & Spotlight Perks #fantasy #romance
  • ‘Elementals’ Anthology #paranormal #fantasy #romance @drcpromo

    Amberr Meadows
    25 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Elementals A Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Anthology By An […] The post ‘Elementals’ Anthology #paranormal #fantasy #romance @drcpromo appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You'll love these, too! Join the ‘Calasade: Blood Isle’ Tour: #Bookreviewer & Spotlight Perks #fantasy #romance Out Now: ‘Bad Apple’ Naughty Fairy Tale Romance ‘Craving Caine’ Will Leave Romance and Suspense Lovers Craving More
  • Join ‘Willem of the Tafel’ Tour: Reviewer + Spotlight Prizes #SciFi #Fantasy #Inspiration

    Amberr Meadows
    24 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Hans M. Hirschi is an outstanding author and person, an […] The post Join ‘Willem of the Tafel’ Tour: Reviewer + Spotlight Prizes #SciFi #Fantasy #Inspiration appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You'll love these, too! Join the ‘Calasade: Blood Isle’ Tour: #Bookreviewer & Spotlight Perks #fantasy #romance Purchase ‘Willem of the Tafel’ at the Author’s Webstore The Fallen Angels of Karnataka Tour + $75 Amazon GC Giveaway @Hans_Hirschi
  • 7 Linkedin Tips You Should Consider Utilizing

    Amberr Meadows
    20 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Wondering what job recruiters are looking for? Trying t […] The post 7 Linkedin Tips You Should Consider Utilizing appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You'll love these, too! Choosing Proper Workers Compensation Lawyers How to Make Yourself Shine in a Group Job Interview #jobs #tips 5 Top Tips to Prosper as an Online Content Writer
  • Blogger Thank You Tour Giveaway: $50 Cash, Guitar Picks, + Silver Earringsx2

    Amberr Meadows
    19 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Title: A Shit Storm Series: Six Silver String […] The post Blogger Thank You Tour Giveaway: $50 Cash, Guitar Picks, + Silver Earringsx2 appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You'll love these, too! ‘A Shit Storm’ Virtual Book Tour Recap @Ligillis ‘Prophet of the Badlands’ Book Tour Kick-off + 25 Amazon GC Giveaway ‘Come, the Dark’ Book Tour Re-Cap @inkmuse
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    All About Living With Life

  • 20 Idea Quotes to Inspire More Ideas from You

    Charles Chua C K
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. -Swami Vivekananda 2. Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. -Napoleon Hill 3. If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have…
  • 15 Give Quote to Enrich Your Life

    Charles Chua C K
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source: It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. - Mother Teresa 2. We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. - Winston S. Churchill 3. Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give. - Ben Carson 4. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. - Amy Wilson-Carmichael 5. Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just…
  • Be at Peace with Yourself with these 15 Foregive Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source: The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -Mahatma Gandhi 2. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. -Maya Angelou 3. When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive. -Alan Paton 4. Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. -Phillips Brooks 5. I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will…
  • 20 Powerful Quotes about Education

    Charles Chua C K
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -Herbert Spencer 2. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela 3. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education -Martin Luther King, Jr. 4. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. -John Dewey 5. Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. -George Washington Carver 6. The aim of education should be to teach us rather…
  • Be Resilient with 20 Defeat Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source: The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat. -Sam Snead 2. Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus. -Robert South 3. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. -George Edward Woodberry 4. If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost. -Zig Ziglar 5. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your…
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    The Lonely Mechanic


    25 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    I built the R3PTAR robot a couple weeks ago, but finally got around to testing out the programs from the "mission"s that LEGO has.In the first mission you get the robot to slither. In the second, you get the robot to snap its jaws. In the third, the robot slithers back and forth and if you wave a hand or some object in front of its eyes "infrared sensor" its jaws will snap. Then, finally in the fourth mission you learn how to program the robot so you can control the "slither" motor, "forward/backward" motor, and the "snapping motor".The first three missions were rather straightforward, but…
  • LEGO EV3 Mindstorms GRIPP3R

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    And we're back!I built the GRIPP3R robot a couple weeks ago and have finally got around to documenting the final product and etc. I had followed the instructions LEGO provided with the set, but realized that the length of the "arms" for GRIPP3R are too long and interfere with the gripping mechanism so I ended up removing the last link of the arms.Part of the arms that I ended up having to remove from the robotGRIPP3R fully assembled with the length of the arms adjustedI think what I like most about this design is how quickly GRIPP3R grabs the stack of tires. It's also a lot of fun to just…
  • LEGO EV3 Mindstorms TRACK3R

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The other day I built the LEGO EV3 Mindstorms Robot Track3r. I believe that the coolest thing about this robot is that it can be modified to shoot balls in Mission 2. Best investment ever. Below, is a video of me controlling the robot to shoot balls at some LEGO tires with an IR remote. I know the video is rather anti-climactic, but I've never built a robot on my own in my life and I thought that accomplishing this much was a success.If you're interested in what these robots are all about: post is in no way sponsored. Just…
  • Premise for this Blog

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    This is a place to share some of the at home projects I've been working on because my current internship is a desk job (doing CAD all day) that makes me miss doing things with my hands and building things.-The Lonely Mechanic
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    30 by Thirty

  • Midnight Snack

    Kiki G
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    * As per the request of my McFlurried-Circle-The-Town friend ;)Two o’clock in the morning, on a school night. I had worked on a final essay all evening, as it was crunch time, and 6, who was in the same boat, was no where to be seen. She had gone out early in the evening with her new boyfriend and vanished. She was the only one on the hall who was not sitting behind a computer screen, but I suppose everyone has differing priorities. Love over books... maybe I should take notes? I finally finished my first draft and was anxious to fall asleep so that I could do it all over again the…
  • Shark Bite

    Kiki G
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I remember moments more than names, faces or dates. I often remember meeting someone for the first time and that definitely holds true to the day I met 7. I walked into the dorm room as she was busy putting together some sort of contraption for outside. She was adorable, with fun, short hair and a huge smile. Our room included a very small living space and mini kitchen, a vanity area with two sinks, a bathroom and two bedrooms, each with two beds and two desks. This type of room was referred to as a “quad” and was meant for four ladies. 6 and I shared a room, while 7 and 8 had the other.
  • Yellow Toothbrush

    Kiki G
    8 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I moved back to Canada, after teaching in Thailand for two years, and was sure that applying for teaching jobs in the city would land me a position. I was surprised at how difficult the hunt became and found myself quite discouraged after a few months of waiting it out. I ended up on a few sub-lists and was able to step in for 24 a few times. 24 had an adorable class of grade ones and twos. They were very sweet and easily excited about new songs or stories that I had to share.One day, while subbing in 24’s class, a dental hygienist came to visit, demonstrating proper brushing techniques and…
  • Surfing Down Under

    Kiki G
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Did you know that Australia’s maps are “upside” down?We picked up our shiny red rental car and made our way to Dundee Street in Melbourne (Dundee... seriously!). Driving on the other side of the car, on other side of the road... adventure began immediately. 21, 24 and I had jetted off for a few weeks to chill with the Aussies, jumping islands to then spend a few more weeks with the Kiwis. We were arriving from Thailand, so the flight was only 7 hours from Bangkok. As we had spent two years traveling teaching in Thailand, we were on a tight budget. (This tight budget business…
  • Shopping in Pajamas

    Kiki G
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    11 and I lived right downtown. New city girls, taking full advantage of the city views. (The views had a few slightly creepy moments as 12 had given me a pair of binoculars, apparently necessary for apartment living). It was a thirty second walk to the University and, conveniently, we were attached to our new world by indoor walkways that floated above the street, far away from the freeze of the winter season below. One evening, 11 decided that she had to mail a letter, right then and there. It was December, it was below forty below and it was just after midnight. I tried to convince her to…
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    ish ism

  • On Writing… and Critics

    2 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    It is May 2nd, 2015… and I have seen the Avengers: Age of Ultron twice. I did not go to a Thursday night showing, but a friend and I went to see it twice on Friday. We purchased our tickets a few weeks ago. We watched Age of Ultron first at noon in IMAX 3D, … Continue reading On Writing… and Critics →
  • Batman Vs Superman – Trailer ??

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
  • 4 Date Night Ideas to Replace Boring Old Movie Night

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Originally posted on TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperMan!:Turn your weekly date night into a romantic rekindling of love or do something silly and new together. Choose new activities that go beyond Red Box to something more unique and thrilling. Studies show that when you tailor your date to something of more substance, you stimulate your brain’s reward system…
  • 5 white-collar jobs robots already have taken

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Originally posted on Fortune:For years now, some researchers have been anticipating that robots would take away jobs from humans. In the UK, Deloitte and the University of Oxford predicted that 10 million unskilled jobs could be taken over by robots. University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne estimated in 2013 that…
  • Copy Editing, and Marinating the Novel … A Writer’s Journey

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    I am copy editing my novel.  Copy editing is not as fun as voice editing. In fact, copy editing is tedious and somewhat boring. For indie authors, I generally forgive some grammar/typos because I know they could not afford a copy editor. But I do not expect that same level of grace from someone who … Continue reading Copy Editing, and Marinating the Novel … A Writer’s Journey →
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    Welcometo Aimeekath Blog

  • Bowflex SelectTech 552 vs Power-Pak 445 Flexible Dumbbells (Comparison Guide)

    22 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    One thing you should be aware of, is that dumbbell sets for sale can help you save space and lots o it. An adjustable dumbbell set enables you to improve and reduce the weights in a jiffy, from one exercise to another, without the need of removing one dumbbell weight set plate and adding them back together.With an easy turn of a knob or the slide of a pin, you're place. The compactness of flexible dumbbells are appealing too, since it does not take up just as much space as standard weights, some even have elaborate stands contained to keep things awesome. Here are our top…
  • Types of Dumbbell Sets

    30 Sep 2013 | 4:44 am
    There are various types of sets of dumbbells set to select from.Your decision on which kind of place to buy ought to be based on a number of components including what you want to achieve together, which kind of handle you are most comfortable using, how much space you've got available for storage and, probably the most evident factor, cost.Fixed sets are a poor option for an individual who'll want a big assortment of various weights for their exercise regimen or a person who does not have a big amount of space for their home gym.A stand for a considerable variety of weights takes up a very…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Content revision and unmet needs.

    22 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Do you have a website? A business page on social media? A business twitter profile? Or even a long running print ad? Is it still relevant? When did you last check that the content was still relevant, in line with your business strategy? The last major change to this blog’s design was in May 2013 when a static front page was created. There have been several tweaks since then, changes to the header design, content changes, a new photo. But I had not looked at the front page closely since that major design change. I did not realise from my quick glances every few weeks, that one of the…
  • Understanding Life Backwards

    12 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    Yesterday, my younger son, his wife and my youngest, previously unseen granddaughter arrived from Zimbabwe.   Conditions in Zimbabwe continue to deteriorate. Political pressure on the few remaining commercial farmers, crime, corruption and deterioration of the infrastructure are all increasing. Unemployment and poverty are huge problems. They are becoming  concerned that for their safety and the education of their daughter they will have to leave Zimbabwe soon. They have come to Canada for a short holiday and to consider whether a move to this country would be the right decision for…
  • A Milestone, Perseverance, Poetry and Stories

    2 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Post # 500 This post is an important milestone, the 500th on this blog.The first post was published on 19 April 2009, just over 6 years ago. That is an average of 1.6 posts a week averaging around 600 words amounting to over 300 000 words, enough for almost 3 books. It started as a marketing tool for a network marketing system I was involved in at the time. I did not have a goal to publish 500 posts or to continue publishing more than a post a week for years. At times, I would have loved to abandon it. There have been periods when I have neglected it for a week or two. Early this year I…
  • Reflections on Spring

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Suddenly it is spring. Spring Blossoms After a few false starts, snow on the Easter weekend, frozen puddles and ice on the windscreen the previous week, we had a week of warm days. Although I am learning to survive winter, the warmer weather and sunshine are like a tonic to my body, spoilt by a half century in a warm, tropical climate and even after 11 years, not yet accustomed to the cold of a Northern Hemisphere winter. Being able to go for a walk in shorts without a heavy coat and work on the never-ending task of wood cutting, splitting and stacking without being weighed down by winter…
  • Cold, Mud and Stoicism

    7 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    It’s been three weeks since my last post. A year ago I would have worried about such a long gap between posts. Now with my decision not to publish a post just to meet a self-imposed schedule, I don’t let it worry me. The Alexa rating for this blog has slipped above 1 million, the worst it has been since it briefly dipped under the 300 000 mark 18 months ago. I am not worrying about the gap in posts or the Alexa rating. They are neither good nor bad, they just are. I have not lost any subscribers, I gained another today.Visitors to this site have remained constant and in fact…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Leighton Gage’s Legacy

    26 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    On Wednesday, 13 May, Facebook reminded me that it was Leighton Gage’s birthday. I found the reminder somewhat disturbing. Salute to a Pioneer Disturbing, because fellow mystery author Leighton Gage GO → The post Leighton Gage’s Legacy appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Film Rights to Acapulco Mystery Series Acquired by Screenwriter

    19 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    I am thrilled to announce, after weeks of negotiations between lawyers, that a contract for the film rights to the Emilia Cruz mystery series has been inked. Screenwriter and director Emily GO → The post Film Rights to Acapulco Mystery Series Acquired by Screenwriter appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Entice and Enlighten

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Did you hear the recent radio ad from McDonald’s touting their fish sandwich with “homemade” tartar sauce? Just whose home was it made in? And given the millions of fish GO → The post Entice and Enlighten appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Intention versus Reaction

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Persistence is the master virtue.” The quote is attributed to the great thinker Anonymous. As I plug away at the 4th Detective Emilia Cruz mystery, KING PESO, it really resonates. But GO → The post Intention versus Reaction appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • The Elusive Charms of Productivity

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    I’ve been reading the blog of James Clear, a life coach and productivity expert. While I mostly agree that productivity is all about Me, I also think it’s all about GO → The post The Elusive Charms of Productivity appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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  • jake, the village people

    25 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    that’s three little critters, count them.  daddy driving.  i wanna be that guy. — here’s how it goes. fly to saigon.  take the night bus to the beach town.  take a week of lounging around in flip flops, ride the motorbike to the coffee shop, do work things. rake some leaves, pet the cat, whatever. […]
  • gritty vietnam

    18 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    quick note, chilling in the coffee shop waiting for the 10 hour night bus ride. love having two of somethings.  two motorbikes.  different ones.  ride one for a week or two and then switch to the other.  appreciate anew things that would otherwise slip below the conscious experience.  two phones.  two everythings. vietnam, the second of […]
  • conscious process or fail

    17 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    how long since i promised the limo book? years.  years, kittehs. lately i’ve been comparing where i’m succeeding in life, and where i’m failing.  comparing the meta of both (hey too, fuck meta).  interesting things come out of this bit of analysis.  interesting though not new or earth shattering.  but damn, anyway.  hopefully this won’t […]
  • the talking journal

    16 May 2015 | 9:47 pm
    finally figured it out.  the bloglet. it’s actually a journal.  the thing you vent to with stuff you’re not going to annoy your friends with, or just idle musings, or whatever. that’ exactly what the blog is, nothing more, or less. it started out as keeping track of interesting trips and things, like ten years […]
  • nepal aka nobody cares: mud huts & earthquakes

    16 May 2015 | 2:39 am
    wait, no.  that’s not earthquake.  that’s just shopping day. — one of my facebooks, the one suspiciously full of drug abusing, responsibility skirting hippie dirtbags, has recently blown up with … ugh, “help nepal”. they say, nepal has been devastated by two giant earthquakes. and true, there were two giant earthquakes.  but devastated?  how do […]
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • How to Remove Extra Number on WordPress URL

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

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

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

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

    Rambo Ruiz
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    The post My First Hostgator Affiliate Payout is written by Rambo Ruiz Who’s not excited whenever Paypal sends you an email right? Well, this morning I was checking my emails, a normal morning routine for a Virtual Assistant and was surprised to have received one from Paypal notifying me that Hostgator has sent me my affiliate payout. See video below: In a nutshell, Affiliate Marketing is promoting other people’s products or services and receiving a certain percentage of the sales you made as your commission. And Hostgator, a hosting company that I highly recommend, have an affiliate…
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  • I’m going to get picky here

    Rey Lo
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    One of the things I really like about reading Donald Miller’s books is I sort of feel as though I’ve experienced him growing up. In his latest work “Scary Close” I’m struck by how he talks about how messed up he was when he wrote his previous books. His writing has always connected with me in a … Continue reading →
  • What My Past is Teaching Me About My Future

    Rey Lo
    13 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    As a third grader at St. Benedict’s Catholic School on the east side of San Antonio, I was short, pudgy, and not particularly athletic. I was the kid that was always picked last in PE. I don’t have a lot of clear memories from that time of my life. Mostly brief images, faces, passings moments … Continue reading →
  • Don’t hate

    Rey Lo
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Bobby Rivas is a San Antonio-based musician and writer. He is the frontman for Islands & Tigers, currently on a tour in the Western U.S. You can check out their tour dates here. A lot of musicians, particularly from my generation, have lost sight of the purpose of music. It’s supposed to serve us. It seems, though, that a … Continue reading →
  • Because you didn’t hang the moon

    Rey Lo
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I was having a conversation with my daughter Elena this week. She was sharing some of her thoughts about the relationship she’s in right now. It was one of those moments that every dad hopes for as their child moves into young adulthood. Against what I normally do I listened before speaking. I asked questions and … Continue reading →
  • All is (not) lost

    Rey Lo
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    In 2013, Robert Redford starred as the only cast member in the film “All is Lost.” In this brilliantly made and highly acclaimed movie, Redford plays an unnamed man, navigating a boat in the ocean on a solo voyage. As the story begins, a man is lost at sea. He says, “I’m sorry. I know that means little … Continue reading →
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    Princess Burlap

  • Spring (Un)Cleaning

    Princess Burlap
    18 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    I found myself digging around some old photos and found this one from our engagement trip to Costa Rica. It was taken up here, at Villa Caletas, on a summer afternoon while the rain misted our skin. I’ve seen the Grand Canyon and only that matched this where breathtaking is concerned. This has always been one of my favorite photos of us. There’s an unafraid joy in it. And a comfort. Something about the way his hands cover so much of me. I sleep with one of those hands draped over me, or with my foot tucked into one of them. I’ve never slept better knowing that’s the…
  • Our Home Tour

    Princess Burlap
    13 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    The alternate title of this post was “The Extravagant Time Suck.” We put our house on the market exactly two weeks ago (the story of why is here for those who are curious) and since then our lives have been an uproar of obsessive tidiness and mini road trips, 30 to 45 minutes of regularly driven circles around our gated community while Toast whimpers, Dixie sleeps, Oat peers out the windows, and Dakota lets fly those incessant puffs of husky fuzz that softly litter our butterscotch oak floors. Last night we emerged from our SUV after having navigated our streets for nearly an…
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    Yet Another Software Engineer

  • Work Life Balance? What?

    14 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    At some point of time, you must have come across the discussion about work-life balance. During initial few years of my career, I too participated in numerous such discussions which usually ended with thoughts like, Yes, it is very important. Need more time for myself. Wouldn’t take work too seriously now. Would leave office on time whatever it… The post Work Life Balance? What? appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • How to manually flash the OTA updates on OnePlus One

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:28 am
    Couple of months back I bought OnePlus One after my Nexus 4 screen was shattered to bits and pieces when it fell from my hand accidentally. So much for Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection Device came with CM11 and the first thing I did was to root the phone. Few days back, CM12 OTA was release for Lollipop… The post How to manually flash the OTA updates on OnePlus One appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • The joy of completing five years …

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    A couple of days back, LinkedIn posted an update on my wall saying I completed 5 years at Sopan Technologies. Just for the context, I happen to be the co-founder of Sopan Technologies. At first I couldn’t believe … has it really been that long? The next thing which came to my mind was a stat I read… The post The joy of completing five years … appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • Post Uber Ban in Delhi

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    Despite the ban on Uber, I was easily able to avail the service (twice) today. While booking I wasn’t sure if I should do that given the headlines in all major newspapers about banning Uber but then I couldn’t think of any other service and since app was working and showing availability of vehicles, I went ahead… The post Post Uber Ban in Delhi appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • Active Menu Highlighting for External Link Type in Joomla

    27 May 2014 | 2:33 am
    While working on a Joomla website, I realized that if you have an external URL type menu item in your Joomla site then most likely active menu highlighting won’t work for it. Active menu highlighting basically means that the current menu selection is highlighted as a visual clue to show the website user which menu is currently selected. In… The post Active Menu Highlighting for External Link Type in Joomla appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
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    True Stories

  • What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… James Bond?

    Gill Andrews
    20 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    This post is for subscribers-only. To get access to it, subscribe or check your emails if you are a subscriber already. Password: The post What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… James Bond? appeared first on True Stories.
  • Following Your Dreams Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated. A Personal Conversation with a Graphic Designer.

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

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

    Gill Andrews
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    How to become a freelance writer online? Is a degree important? Where to find jobs? How to pitch an idea? An interview with a freelance writer and editor Angela Alcorn. Do you also sometimes think that being an adult sucks? That all this unlimited access to candy and late night shows is not worth it? All these responsibilities and decision making! There isn’t a day where you don’t have to decide about things. Whether to move to another city. Which insurance to buy. What apartment to take. Groceries, babies, pets. And most importantly, what to have for dinner. But it all starts…
  • True Stories Has Turned One. Let’s Celebrate… YOU!

    Gill Andrews
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I’m really bad at remembering anniversaries. If I was a guy, I’m pretty sure I would be in serious trouble. But since I’m not a guy with the cooking skills that can make up for pretty much everything, I’m safe for now. Anyhow. A couple of weeks ago I casually remembered that True Stories turned one year this January. So I decided to break the tradition of “noneversaries” and make a post to honor this remarkable event. Is this a place where I’m supposed to say how quickly this year has passed by? Well, it seems like my long-term memory is also not the…
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    Isobel's Creative Spaces

  • Blossoms

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

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

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

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

    22 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I know I haven’t been “around” lately and I do apologize for that. My new life as a career person has created the need for re-prioritization of my activities…especially this week. The company I work for is, simply put, a train the trainer company. We train people how to be efficient and effective trainers. My […]
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • Hi Thursday!!!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
  • Competition Time!!!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    It's COMPETITION time!!!!!!So excited to be having a competition for the first time on the blog! As you all know the blog is a year and a month old and in honour of the blog and it's success so far, I would like to give away 10 tickets to Brian Tracy and Friends Live!!!Brian Tracy and FriendsDate: 29 May 2015Time: 08:00 till 18:00Venue: Gallagher Convention Center (19 Richard Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg)Speakers: Brian Tracy - Best Selling Author, Professional Speaker, EntrepreneurAzim Jamal - Global Leadership Guru and CEOAndrew Barsa - Leading authority on wealth and money psychology,…
  • Road to success EP75!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Taryn's Road To Success:Name: Taryn BesterOccupation: Academic Literacies Assistant at the University of South Africa (UNISA), BCOM - Financial Accounting Student and Founder of Miss2Beesy Style blog.Goals: "Spiritually: To live in such a manner to be found worthy of God's Kingdom.Naturally: My number one goal is and has always been to Qualify as a CA.SA which is what I am currently still studying and striving towards. To have my own style empire and still be able to remain loving towards others and be loved."What is success? "Success to me is working hard, sacrificing on what you want…
  • ...My Life...

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 May 2015 | 11:29 am
  • 12 May 2015 | 6:47 am

    Khanyi Ndebele
    12 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    If you want to be happy, be.Leo Tolstoy 
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    The Spectator

  • 3D , Why bother

    Rodney Onyango
    4 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I still remember my first experience with a 3D movie and honestly, it was horrible. The Pirates of the Caribbean 3 had just come out and I think at the time only Sarit Center was showing the movie in 3D. It was all the fad and not wanting to be left behind being techno-savvy and what not I of course showed up on the premier weekend to soak in the awesomeness of Johnny Depp (No homo) wait , do
  • My Little Addiction

    Rodney Onyango
    3 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Its almost 3am , I reach over for my phone eager to see if the troops and ready for battle. It seems I have become an addict to this fad of clash of clans. Its been about two weeks and I honestly think I've spent over 120hrs of my precious life trying to gain victories that hold no true value but then again not everything in life can hold value, right? I had dismissed the game for long
  • A New Way to Call

    Rodney Onyango
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    It's been a minute, I know but honestly I've been a little out of it for the last couple months given that I have been working hard to finish up with this never ending 8-4-4 system. (working hard being a relative term here). Funny enough I should be reading for an exam right now but then again, I love to live dangerously lol. As you may or may not know, I'm a big fan of tech and all the
  • Selfishness is Life Saving

    Rodney Onyango
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    For the most part I would argue against this title, especially given how selfishness has led our country to the dogs. Starting from the endless spats of insecurity to the recent rise and fall of less than standard building in mid to low income areas and the never ending menace that is corruption. And for most of that argument I would be right, this has nothing to do with the fact that I'm
  • Big Egos and Small Titles

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

  • The Obsessive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board
    19 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    The Obsesive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board lets you make precision cuts thanks to its multitude of guide lines that are  burnished, instead of being printed on the sustainable bamboo board. It contains guides for medium dice, small dice, brunoise, fine brunoise, batonnet, allumette, julienne and fine julienne.   The post The Obsessive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board appeared first on Spending It All.
  • G-Technology G-DRIVE ATC
    19 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Hard drives contain delicate information, which is useless if the device is damaged. The G-Technology G-Drive ATC solves this issue by providing protection to the hard drive, even in tough conditions. It is shock and water resistant and features a 1TB hard drive in it. It also has USB 3.0 and thunderbolt connectivity for fast data transfers. This device is ideal for people looking to protect their data at home or on the go. [via] The post G-Technology G-DRIVE ATC appeared first on Spending It All.
  • GoKnuckles for GoPro
    18 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    GoKnuckles for GoPro is an incredible handheld mount for your GoPro Hero camera. Inspired from the iconic Brass Knuckles, this mount gives you a strong grip for any situation. Constructed with premium rubberized plastic, the GoKnuckles is waterproof and comfortable to hold.     The post GoKnuckles for GoPro appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Buckshot Pro
    18 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The Buckshot Pro is an outdoor device that brings wireless speaker, power bank and a flashlight, together into one rugged shock and water resistant design. The Buckshot Pro features a 10 hour battery, a USB output to charge your devices and a 3 mode light that screws on when you most need it and off when you don’t.   The post Buckshot Pro appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Endure Survival Pen
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:29 pm
    If you ever get lost in the wild, The Endure Survival Pen is an essential tool that is going to get you out of there to safety. It is a precision machined solid titanium ballpoint pen that offers many features in emergency situations like: fire launcher ( able to shoot flares, bear bangers, comet flares, and whistlers), a multi-use spike for digging/snare post/breaking glass, and a 3.5 Ft para-cord with inner core that can be used as a fire starter. The post Endure Survival Pen appeared first on Spending It All.
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  • 5 Facts About the Resurrection

    25 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    1. Christ is the ground and basis of our resurrection - The Firstfruits (Lev.23:10,11; 1Cor.15:20). - No longer "dust to dust" but "out of dust" (Dan.12:2).2. There cannot be a physical resurrection unless there has been a spiritual resurrection first (1Cor.15:36; Rom.6:3ff; Rom.8:9-11; Eph.2:1-6; Col.3:1,2)3. Resurrection is not a restoration of the same body. It is the creation of a new body (1Cor.15:42; Rom.8:19-23; Phil.3:20)4. Resurrection of the just will be at the time of Christ's second coming (1Thess.4:16)5. The wicked will also be resurrected (Acts 24:15; Rev.20:11-13), but for…
  • Guarding the Vulnerable Points Against Satanic Advantage

    25 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    BODYHunger (Matt.4:1-4; Phil.3:19; 1Cor.6:19)Sleep (Matt.26:41)Incontinence/Sex (1Cor.7:5; 1Tim.5:14,15; 1Cor.6:19; 1Thess.4:7)Infirmity (2Cor.12:7)etc...Solution: Assert that the physical need is not primary; God's will is (Matt.4:5).Assert that the Grace of Christ is sufficient (2Cor.12:8)Be wise about your weakness (1Cor.7:1-5)Abstain/flee from fleshly lusts (1Pet.2:11; 2Tim.2:22)SOULAnger (Eph.4:26,27)Pride (1Tim.3:6)Sorrow (2Cor.2:7-11)Fear (Lk.22:31)Worry (1Pet.5:7,8)etc...Solution:Pray for each other (Lk.22:31,32; Jas.5:16)Encourage each other (Eph.5:19; Jas 5:13)Build each other up…
  • Power of the Blood of Jesus

    25 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    It is the blood of the new covenant (Heb.10:29)It is the blood that raised Jesus from the dead, because His life cannot end (Heb.13:20; 7:16)It is the blood that is all-sufficient forever (Heb.9:25-28)The Power of the Blood of Jesus1. To cleanse us of all sin (1Jn.1:7; Rev.1:5)2. To cleanse our conscience of dead works (Heb.9:14; 1Jn.3:19)3. To justify (Rom.5:9; 8:1)4. To redeem (Eph.1:7; Heb.9:12; Rev.5:9; 1Pet.1:18,19; 1Cor.1:20)5. To sanctify, set apart, as holy for the Master's use (Heb.13:12; 10:29)6. To make peace (Col.1:20; Eph.2:13)7. To give eternal life (Jn.6:53,54,63)8. Boldness to…
  • Hindrances to Fruitfulness

    25 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    1. Lack of Repentance (Luke 3:8-9)2. Lack of Spiritual Wisdom and Understanding (Col.1:9-10; Psa.19:7)3. Lack of Right Fellowship--Walking in the Light (Eph.5:11-16)4. Lack of Godliness with Contentment (Matt.13:22; 1Tim.6:6-10)5. Lack of Partaking in the Divine Nature (2Pet.1:3-11)
  • Softening Hardened Hearts

    25 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Hardening brings calamity (Pro 28:14; Pro 29:1)Hardening is rebellion (Heb.3:7,8)Causes of Hardening1. Loftiness, Pride (Dan 5:20)2. Licentiousness; or taking God's grace and mercy for granted (Ex 8:15; Rom.2:1-4)3. Lawlessness (Mat 24:12)4. Lusts (2Pet 2:18)5. Lies (1Tim.4:1-3), Demonic deception.6. Last days (2Tim.3, 2Pet 3:3, Jude 18)7. Lord hardens those who love lies (2Thess 2:11,12; Exo 4:21)Heb 3:7,8  Harden not your heartsWhat kind of heart needed:1. A heart broken over sins in repentance (Psa 51:17). Depth of sorrow over sin reflects depth of repentance (Matt.26:75).2. A heart…
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  • Always something new: Premium Transfer Paper from Angel Direct

    19 May 2015 | 5:51 am
      Always something new: Premium Transfer Paper from Angel Direct I was allowed to review the PREMIUM Transfer Paper Tape for free and as I believe in creativity I was keen to work with something although I have no experience at … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Always something new: Premium Transfer Paper from Angel Direct appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #AdhesiveVinyl Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #AngelDirect Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Craft Join the…
  • Lord Byron 1788 - 1824

    14 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    Lord Byron 1788 – 1824 “There is no instinct like that of the heart.” Trust your heart as it will guide you! Instead of listening to what others want us to be or a society expect us to be we … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Lord Byron 1788 – 1824 appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #being Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #heart Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Life Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #lifequote Join the Conversation…
  • Vegan Beauty Products? [re]fresh Eye Recovery Serum

    11 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    Vegan Beauty Products? [re]fresh Eye Recovery Serum The more I read about mindfulness, yoga and lots of other topics the more I become suspicious and look for products that are made in a fair way. I was truly happy when … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Vegan Beauty Products? [re]fresh Eye Recovery Serum appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #antiwrinkle Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #beautyproducts Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #beautyreview Join the Conversation…
  • Today I’m grateful!

    8 May 2015 | 8:59 am
       Today I’m grateful!  Yesterday we buried my grandmother and many would start now to express their condolences but this is not the reason why I’m mentioning it. Every death is a sad story but also a story of the … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Today I’m grateful! appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #bitterness Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Change Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #compassion Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook…
  • Doors

    6 May 2015 | 6:29 am
       Doors  I haven’t written for quite some time as the past weeks were a emotional roller coaster.  We have been beyond happy and then sadness and disappointment entered our life.   The interesting part of it is that we … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Doors appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #disappointment Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #doors Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Faith Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Future…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • Bonkers Bank Holiday Bonanza!

    Caroline F
    26 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    There’s nothing like a Bank Holiday weekend is there? Now we’re back at work after our long weekend, we can take a look at back on the past few days. Some of us go away for the weekend, whilst others stay at home and crack on with some DIY. Maybe you caught up with friends […]
  • Brits most likely to try new things when on holiday

    26 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    British holidaymakers are more likely to try new things on their travels Our researchers have once again been busy, finding out what types of things the British get up to on their holidays. 51% of our participants agreed that a holiday is the perfect time to try something new, whether it be trying new cuisine, […]
  • Calling all Superhero Super Dads to win prizes!

    Caroline F
    21 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    Dad, Daddy, Papa, Pops, Grumpy…whatever you call him, he’s your Father and it’s his day on Sunday 21st June 2015! And of course, every Dad is a superhero in the eyes of their children, which is what inspired us to launch our totally out-of-this-world Superhero Father’s Day competition. We have rustled up a rather fine […]
  • Our fly2help Announcement

    Thomas Gibbons
    19 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Here at we are delighted to announce a new exciting partnership with fly2help. For years, we have been one of the largest suppliers of aviation experiences in the industry. And we’ve been long time admirers of this particular charity.   On a daily basis fly2help brings joy to friends and families alike. They have […]
  • Bread, Bladerunner and Gladiators

    Caroline F
    14 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    So there we were just adding a new promo deal for our London bread making classes to our website (down from £99 to £39 – bargain!), when we started getting all nostalgic about that famous Hovis advert. You know, the one with the young boy who trudges up the steep hill with his bicycle to […]
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  • Austin Bubble Soccer Comes To Texas!

    John Anthony
    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The National Association of Bubble Soccer is proud to launch yet another affiliate in the great state of Texas, ATX Bubble Ball Texas!      Bubble soccer in Austin will be headed up by Mr. Terry Burwell, and he'll be the bubble soccer provider for both leagues and private event rental for Austin and its surrounding areas, including Pflugerville, Round Rock, Manchaca, Buda, Kyle, Cedar Creek, Hutto, Taylor, Georgetown, Lakeway, Lago Vista, Lockhart, and Dripping Springs.       If you're
  • Bumper Balls in Long Island Are A Bumping Good Time! Long Island Bubble Soccer Is Here!

    John Anthony
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The National Association of Bubble Soccer (NABS) is happy to announce a fair share of bumper balls are now bumping around in the Long Island area with Long Island Bubble Soccer, the official affiliate of NABS for the area.   League Administrator and NABS affiliate Gregg Sarra & son are your official bumper ball boys for the areas in Long Island, specifically Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Commack, Smithtown, Hauppauge, Bohemia, Stony brook, Lindenhurst, Hampton, South Hampton, East Hampton, Riverhead,
  • Made In Sport: Bubble Soccer On Telemundo

    John Anthony
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Wepa! Wepa! Que salio el evento del ano! Y que coraje tiene la mujer que estuvo hecho en deporte! A few weeks ago we threw a spectacular event for Telemundo & Ritmo Deportivo, and boy did we get the ball rolling. Leti Coo, host of Ritmo Deportivo, even made in sport and had the courage to step inside the bubble, going up against guys twice her size!  The great think about bubble soccer is that no matter how big or how small a player, they don't feel muscle when they get blasted. Leti mentioned
  • Sport And Health Blog Update

    John Anthony
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Take a look at this cool infographic from the sport and health blog over at Aqua Arm, truly awesome stuff. I knew a couple of these names were different names for sugar, however some of them such as galactose and xylose I sincerely had no clue. Some snack-makers can be truly subtle about the stuff they put in their products and the entire low-carb rage is truly making them adjust in the middle of taste and well being. A lot of sugar is unquestionably a terrible thing, whether you're discussing sugar substitute or simply the plain old brown stuff. Sincerely the best substitute for sugar is…
  • Bubble Soccer - The Craziest Sport You've Yet To Play!

    John Anthony
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Bubble Soccer is probably the wildest sport you've never played. You have to give it a try, such an incredible workout, you're guaranteed to be sweating and laughing harder than you ever have before.Right now National Bubble Soccer has about 33 leagues operating across the United States and Canada, this sport won't stop growing it seems. I wouldn't be surprised if this became a professional sport someday (kidding).But in all seriousness, this knockerball stuff it really is unlike anything you've tried before, most of the operators offer pickup games, but if you want to rent equipment for a…
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  • The Sex Talk Was Easy: Trying to Raise a Socially Conscious Child

    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow sunflower-punk ( 0 Followers ) X Follow sunflower-punk E-mail : Follow sunflower-punk Unfollow sunflower-punk The sex talk is not the hardest talk I’ve had so far with my kid. That conversation has been the easiest, actually. Everything was straight forward and easily explained. Explaining poverty, racism, and sexism, along with other types of oppression, is way tougher. How do you explain to your child, who is five years old and falls on several axes of oppression, about the oppression they will face? Oppression they are most likely facing right now? Recently, my kid and I were…
  • Running for Life: Earthquake in Nepal

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Anandeeta ( 1 Followers ) X Follow Anandeeta E-mail : Follow Anandeeta Unfollow Anandeeta It was an ordinary Saturday where I had just finished my work and was watching Friends. Suddenly, my chair started vibrating. Living in an area prone to earthquakes (I have been dreading about it ever since we were taught about earthquakes in class 9), me and my bhai (brother)were alert at once. As bhai screamed at the top of his lungs, I remembered the “Duck, Cover, Hold” mantra taught by Red Cross at my office a few months back. My senses told me I should do the same, and I reached…
  • A Navy Wife’s September 11, 2001 Story

    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Andrae ( 2 Followers ) X Follow Andrae E-mail : Follow Andrae Unfollow Andrae A few months after I married my Navy husband, Jeff, the worst day of my life happened. If you ask any military spouse, or anyone affected by this day, they will tell you it was the worst day of their lives, too. I am talking about September 11, 2001; the day the world stood still. 9/11 is my generation’s “I know where I was when it happened” day. The generations before us have Kennedy’s assassination, the Challenger explosion, and too many others. When I woke up that morning, I thought it was going to…
  • My HIV Story

    Daniel Dyviniak
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Daniel Dyviniak ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Daniel Dyviniak E-mail : Follow Daniel Dyviniak Unfollow Daniel Dyviniak The longer it’s been since I was diagnosed with HIV, the more I realize that I don’t actually take the time to tell people my story. It’s not really special or extreme, it’s just my life. However, I feel like if I share my story with people, it might bring me closer to them, let them see more of me, and understand me better, maybe. There are only a few people who were there with me when I was diagnosed. To those of you who were there and lived it with me, I just…
  • Dementia and a New Normal

    Eric Schneider
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Eric Schneider ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Eric Schneider E-mail : Follow Eric Schneider Unfollow Eric Schneider I can’t precisely circle a date on a calendar, but my family had been drifting away from what we considered “normal” for many years. My father and his brother were the first generation in an immigrant family to attend college. My mother went to college and was a newspaper reporter until I came along followed by my brother. They did well for themselves over the years as my dad progressed at his job. They built a strong network of friends, put the kids through college,…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Is Your Pursuit of Happiness Making You Miserable?

    Kelli Cooper
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    In theory, becoming a happier person is easy. Just follow your heart. Appreciate the little things. Be kinder to yourself. Blah, blah blah. Don’t mean to sound cynical there…I write a personal development blog after all and coach people on how to create their most awesome life. So, you know I’m staunchly in favor of this whole getting happy thing. But, as anyone who has dipped their toe in the lake of personal growth may have come to realize…this whole pursuit of happiness thing is often easier said than done. All sorts of things have f$cked us up in various ways, from…
  • Law of Attraction: Raising Your Vibration When It’s Being Attacked at Every Turn

    Kelli Cooper
    25 May 2015 | 1:12 am
    For such a simple concept, actually applying the law of attraction in everyday life often seems anything but. You’re trying to feel good about money but your husband can’t stop moaning about the bills. You’re trying to develop a better perspective on your job, but your co-workers are constantly complaining about everything all the time. You’re trying to reduce your myriad fears that are holding you back in countless ways, but you can’t seem to get away from all the doom and gloom that is being reported from around the globe. You’re trying to become more…
  • Podcast Episode #2: Law of Attraction and What It Really Means to Act ‘As If’

    Kelli Cooper
    21 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    Many people misunderstand what law of attraction really is, and believe it encourages people to be delusional…far from it. The things we want represent certain feelings to us, and in order to get them with the most ease and joy, we have to basically be feelings those feelings now. We have to believe we can have what we want, and proceed accordingly regardless of the current nature of our experience. Today’s podcast delves into this topic quite nicely. Enjoy guys and please leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts, challenges and tips regarding acting ‘as if.’…
  • Law of Attraction: Shifting Energy When What You Want Seems Light Years Away from Your Current Reality Part 1

    Kelli Cooper
    20 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    You get law of attraction in theory, and believe things can be different. But then your mind is like…um, no. It implores you to take a good hard look at your life now and asks how in the hell can you get from here to where you would actually rather be? It doesn’t mean to shit all over your dreams, and thinks it is helping protect you from disappointment and the big, black void of the unknown that we have been conditioned to be absolutely terrified of. But, your mind ,as much good it does in countless ways, can really be the proverbial wet blanket, when it comes to consciously…
  • Law of Attraction: 4 Ways You Block that Delightful Space of Allowing

    Kelli Cooper
    18 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    You would think learning about this whole law of attraction thing would make for an easier time getting into a emotional and mental state that is conducive to attracting what we want. But, the process of understanding law of attraction in theory to actually thinking, feeling and behaving in an LOA-friendly fashion is a process, a process that never really ends actually. This is because there will always be something new we want to create, and we’ll probably have to do a bit of inner work to become a match. New forms of resistance may pop up that may have not been triggered…
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    The Random Reflections of Little Red Riding Hood

  • An Overdue Update: How Do You Achieve What You Want In Life?

    10 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    It's been a long time since I've written and I'm going to keep this relatively short. A lot has been going on in my life recently and I've been working very hard on my fiction writing! The novel I've been writing is nearing completion and I'm feeling more than a little excited about the fact that my characters are coming alive on the pageand are finally getting their stories told. Sometimes it's really nice to escape into that fantasy world and delve into scenarios that you almost wish you could see happen in real life. The fact that I'm almost finished with this novel has led me to…
  • Turning the Tables: A Stage Review

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Origins Theatre Company’s production of Turning The Tables. In a one night only sell-out show, six fifteen-minute plays were performed to an eager audience inside The Sail Loft of the Bargeman’s Rest pub in Newport. The plays performed showcased the top six winning and highly commended entries of Origins Theatre Company’s “From Page to Stage” play-writing competition—and the quality of writing was clearly very high. The audience were treated to a unique format and setting, which saw the action taking place down a central aisle in a…
  • Funny and Happy Quotes to Raise a Smile

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.―Frieda Norris The conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.―Arthur Bloc Why do people say "no offense" when they're about to offend someone?―Author UnknownI laugh at myself. I don't take myself completely seriously. I think that's another quality that people have to hold on to... you have to laugh, especially at yourself. ―MadonnaThe best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones.
  • How to Become Emotionally Independent in a Relationship - Part 2

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Last time, I started to explain how to become emotionally independent in a relationship. I really want to help anyone struggling with this so today we're going to go through a few simple exercises that will help keep you grounded in the present time. By living in the moment, you should feel more relaxed and less worried about what might happen in the future with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Your thoughts will be absorbed in what is happening in the present moment, rather than on concerns about what might happen in the future.So, how do you live in the "now" and stop worrying about the…
  • How to Become Emotionally Independent in a Relationship - Part 1

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    Alright, so Valentine's Day is coming up and I've decided to tackle something a little bit delicate today. The fact is that it is very easy to become overly reliant on a partner and depend upon them a little too much. You enjoy their company, you love them a lot, and you want to spend every minute of your time with them. Great. What happens when you overdo it though? You might find that your partner is pulling away, paying less interest to you, and showering you with less affection than you used to get. In desperation, you inundate them with more loving words and make the effort to spend more…
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    Decentfriend » Decentfriend

  • The Options For Rapid Programs In learning to drive a car

    10 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Just like anything currently, there’s not much that isn’t online in our day, so just why really should driver’s schooling classes be any different. Now days, in the event you get a rushing ticket you don’t must spend any moment in those boring courses to hold the points off your license. There are plenty of drivers’ education courses on-line at the moment, many on-line driving sessions are under $100. You may get your learners permit and hang together for your written DMV test in your state. All you might want to do is continue with the steps there you decide to go! You’ve got…
  • No Fuss – News, Video Games, Music, Video Programs – The Facts

    10 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    No Fuss – News, Video Games, Music, Video Programs – The Facts The same strategy is being used by Russia’s propaganda machine to shift the blame for the Mariupol massacre to the Ukrainian military. If you’re a poker fanatic, then you may be looking for your own set of poker chips to impress your friends when it’s your turn to host the weekly poker game. Another metaphorical concept, as described by Lakoff & Johnson, (1980:7) is that of ‘time is money’, this is one of those previously mentioned metaphors that are so common that it has almost ceased to…
  • Mushroom Spores – Distinguishing Morel Mushrooms From The Deadly False Morels

    10 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Mushroom Spores – Distinguishing Morel Mushrooms From The Deadly False Morels Sauteed mushrooms are an usual addition to meats, chicken and also noodles meals in dining establishment meals, as well as several home-cooked meals. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans shows that a 1-cup serving of cooked or raw vegetables, such as sauteed mushrooms spores, counts as one offering. If you consume between 1,800 and 2,100 calories, you require 2 1/2 cups of vegetables each day. In Alaska, a license is not needed to hunt for mushrooms on public lands, although laws in state parks could…
  • Mushroom Spores – How To Recognize Syringes & Prints

    6 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Mushroom Spores – How To Recognize Syringes & Prints Think the only method to make a pork slice is sticking it in a frying pan and browning it for a couple of minutes? Well, reconsider. Mushroom Spores The reality is that there are dozens of means to make a basic pork chop right into a stand out dish. The most effective part is that all of these recipes are easy and rather fast to make. So, get out your pork chops and begin cooking! 2 of the most intriguing aspects of fly-agaric are that it retains its efficiency virtually completely, which its effects are conveniently sent to…
  • Drag Racing Hack – Short Article Reveals The Undeniable Facts

    4 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Short Article Reveals The Undeniable Facts About Drag Racing Hack And How It Can Affect You It is a quite simple sport with no touch display steering. This hack device will unlock all the locked options of this software for pc. Drag Racing is a web based sport for iOS and Android cell OS. Drag Racing Hack Membership is being obtain by thousands and thousands of people world wide so you too can obtain this hack device free of value. Downloading Drag Racing hack methods likewise entails loads of cash and cash. You may also run this free hack software in your laptop computer. You may take…
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    The People Pleaser

  • Sharing is Caring

    The People Pleaser
    2 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Give me some of your endless joy,And I'll share with you some pain,Impart on me some wisdom old boy,And I'll demonstrate ignorance ingrained. Be generous with your cumbersome wealth,And I'll divide my expansive debt,Let me enjoy a taste of fitness and health,And you can experience an obesity sweat. Let me bathe in the warmth of your spotlight,And I'll teach you to survive in the dark,Let me view the world as an optimist might,And you can see it through the eyes of a shark. Explain to me your righteous, ethical way,And that morals are not for the weak only,Let me enjoy the…
  • A Laudable Lust for Learning or a Longing to be Lauded?

    The People Pleaser
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I've got a bit of an obsession with learning new things. This leads me to wonder whether this is a genuine, healthy curiosity or an attempt to gain approval of others, or some sort or external validation. There are a few reasons that I'm even asking this question. First of all, most of the things I want to learn about are not very practical in (my) everyday life. Learning to write chinese characters, learning to backflip, philosophy, abstract scientific concepts that I don't really understand. These might be useful to diplomats, ninjas, academics and scientists, but they don't help me…
  • Vicariously Vivifying Violence through Victims of Vice and Vehemence

    The People Pleaser
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I often feel a strange sense of excitement when reading about catastrophic events and always feel a sense of disappointment when they're over. An abhorrent thing, I know. But the feeling is there. If I read about a tsunami, plane crash, or some potential escalation in North Korea, I find that I'm hoping for it to blow out of proportion. It's not that I don't realise the reality of the situation, or the devastation it would cause to so many people. It's not that I think I will actually get any sort of enjoyment or happiness from it. I won't. There's just this ingrained desire for…
  • Money Money Money..... Money

    The People Pleaser
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Money. It's a broad and sensitive topic. There are devoted lovers and haters of money and only a small number of those who are indifferent. The relative importance of money is something I continue to struggle with in my life. Balancing the pursuit of wealth with family life is a massive effort. This seems to have resulted in me living in the future more than the present. My wife accuses me of this frequently and although I vehemently deny it to her - it's true. The problem is that the future is uncertain, and with my pessimistic attitude, I tend to focus on the potential…
  • Hardly Homeless, However a Home Has not been Had

    The People Pleaser
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    How important is it to have a place to call home? Is a home more than just the people that occupy it? How much importance and real value can a physical location hold?These are questions I ask myself after speaking to people who have a place to call home - whether it be the house they grew up in, or just the town or city. They have one place that holds the vast majority of their memories, friends and family. Consequently, it also holds a great deal of importance to them and always offers a comforting feeling of familiarity and safety. I personally don't have this and this leads me to the…
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    Alternative Commentary

  • Lessons from Gone Girl

    Mike Russay
    11 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Before you begin reading. Set apart whatever the hell you think this post will be about. Leave it at the side of your computer or your tablet. And then come back and start reading again. Okay, are you ready? Warning there are spoilers.    If you haven’t had the chance to read Gillian Flynn’s Gone… Continue reading → The post Lessons from Gone Girl appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • Women have it easy. A tale of fallacy.

    Mike Russay
    11 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The other day I went out with a friend and the discussion came up about how women have it easier. That when it comes to dating the idea is men have to work harder. I should preface this, it was actually my significant other I went out with. And we came upon the topic when… Continue reading → The post Women have it easy. A tale of fallacy. appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • Childfree and Chided

    Maggie Paretta
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Throughout history, there have been women who have chosen to be childfree: that is, to not have children. This is different than not being able to have children- it’s the active choice to forego one’s ability to produce them. And even though there have always been women who have made this choice, it’s recently been… Continue reading → The post Childfree and Chided appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • I Love Myselfie

    Maggie Paretta
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    With the way people talk about them, you’d think selfies were a new thing. But the truth is, people have been taking selfies since there were portable cameras. In fact, last year The Daily Mail published an article about Joseph Byron Clayton, a photographer in 1909 who may not have used the word “selfie”, but probably… Continue reading → The post I Love Myselfie appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • Giving Meaning to Sex

    Mike Russay
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    It was the actor Shirley MacLaine who once said, “Sex is hardly ever just about sex.” And I want to say I agree with her. Today sex is everywhere. On the news, in magazines, on the television, and just about anywhere we can squeeze it. We use sex to sell products and we use sex… Continue reading → The post Giving Meaning to Sex appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
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    Life Advancer

  • Top 5 Natural Ways to Handle Stress

    Nithya S.
    27 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Stress is an epidemic that everyone succumbs to in life at least once. When you come under stress, your body sets off an alarm as if it is in danger, triggering a flight or fight response. Handling stress is very essential to enjoy your life in a smooth way, without physical, physiological, and psychological obstacles. There are easy to do things which when incorporated into your daily life will help … Continue reading
  • New Research Finds a Chinese Plant That Kills Cancer in 40 Days!

    Egline J.
    27 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    There is some great news for cancer patients as a little-known Chinese plant has been now found to be a potential cancer killer. The plant has been discovered to harbor a chemical compound that effectively destroys tumors in mice suffering from pancreatic cancer. It might have a bizarre name – thunder god vine or lei gong teng – but the plant should not be underestimated given that it has been used in Chinese medicine … Continue reading
  • 12 Bread Machine Hacks: What to do When Complex Recipes Fail

    Guest Author
    26 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Bread machines can do amazing things, but some recipes like sourdough and gluten-free need some adjustments. Many bread machine owners are consistently surprised by the range and types of breads they can bake in their bread machine.  However, there are times when even the best of us fail with recipes ranging from the simple to the complex.  Here are some tips or “bread machine hacks” that can improve your chances … Continue reading
  • How to Use Yoga to Get Better Sleep

    Nithya S.
    25 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The emphasis on getting a good night’s sleep is gaining more and more momentum. However, this is one thing we all tend to forgo, given our hectic lifestyle. Keeping your mind and body calm and relaxed will allow you to sleep well. And, yoga is one of the best body-mind relaxing mechanism that you could try. So, how exactly does yoga help in getting you the right sleep? Here is the … Continue reading
  • 9 Amazing Benefits of Being a Morning Person

    Nithya S.
    23 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” goes the words of Ben Franklin. Along with learning the art of making coffee and savoring it every morning, waking up early has countless benefits spread across various aspects of your life. According to various studies done on this topic, it has been proven beyond doubt that a human body has been designed to be a … Continue reading
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  • Which is Right? : Hearing Aids Vs Personal Sound Amplifiers

    21 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Comparisons Between Personal Sound Amplifiers and Hearing Aids The older we get, the more susceptible we become to hearing loss. Being a quite complex and common condition, it’s important that one understands everything about it, from the basics to how it’s bound to end up impacting the rest of your life. The very first step that... Read Article → The post Which is Right? : Hearing Aids Vs Personal Sound Amplifiers appeared first on
  • Guides to Choose A Best Reverse Osmosis System 2014 -2015

    12 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This post is about Reverse Osmosis System reviews, we will firstly introduce the working methods of reverse osmosis systems, then we come to the application and usages of it. And then we will talk about the tips to choose a right reverse osmosis system for home or office. After that, we will introduce some top... Read Article → The post Guides to Choose A Best Reverse Osmosis System 2014 -2015 appeared first on
  • How Does Personal Sound Amplifier Work?

    8 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    An Intensive Look at Personal Sound Amplifiers With old age come many things, like partial memory loss, vision impairment and hearing loss. Though inevitable, there exist a couple of ways through which you can manage these conditions. In the case of hearing loss, you can adopt hearing enhancement medical gadgets such as hearing aids or personal... Read Article → The post How Does Personal Sound Amplifier Work? appeared first on
  • Espresso Machine Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015

    5 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Guide to Purchasing the Best Espresso Machine 2014 – 2015 Espresso Machine – Why You Should Buy One? Everyone loves espresso – with its light creamy texture, rich aroma and the slightly bitter taste that is simply irresistible. In fact, a cup of espresso provides a perfect way to start your day or to have... Read Article → The post Espresso Machine Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015 appeared first on
  • Ultimate Guides to Buying the Best Hearing Aid

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Guides to Choose A Hearing Aid With the increasing population of baby boomers all over the world, the demand for tools that assists their overall comfort and convenience in performing day-to-day tasks has also gone up since the past decade. In fact, survey says that at least 79 million people just celebrated their 65th birthday,... Read Article → The post Ultimate Guides to Buying the Best Hearing Aid appeared first on
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    Life of Real Abundance

  • How to Start in Online Business

    25 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    With so many available in the world today, how can you find a way to start in your online business that doesn’t involve blood, sweat and/or tears? Starting an Online Business Online business starts with an idea, and I can tell you there is no shortage if these!  Online business ideas abound all over the ... The post How to Start in Online Business appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Find Magic in Tragic Circumstances

    19 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Tragedy is something that happens to everyone at some stage, but you can find magic in tragic circumstances if you look hard enough… Tragic Circumstances Tragic circumstances are a part of life, and something that you cannot control.  At some point, tragedy is going to come your way, and while sometimes it is self inflicted ... The post Find Magic in Tragic Circumstances appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Are Your Dreams a Mirage?

    12 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    If you have ever been out on a hot, sunny day you will have seen a mirage on the horizon, but are your dreams a mirage? Mirages happen when the ground is very hot and the air is very cool, because the hot ground warms layers of ear just above it. When the light moves ... The post Are Your Dreams a Mirage? appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • When Your Dreams of Online Success Die

    4 May 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Why do so many people see their dreams of online success die? For every success story that you read on the Internet concerning online marketing, there are dozens of sad stories where people see their dreams of online success die. Are you are one of these? I have to confess, but I was definitely one ... The post When Your Dreams of Online Success Die appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Choosing Your Destiny

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:44 pm
    In life we face many choices, but did you ever realize that you are choosing your destiny when you make these decisions. In the world today we are taught that destiny is something that comes upon you, that fate holds your future in its hands, and this is absolutely not true. We live in an ... The post Choosing Your Destiny appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
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  • On This Memorial Day, I Agree With The Veteran Who Said "I'm a veteran, and I hate 'Happy Memorial Day'"

    25 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJI open this post in concurrence with the following quotes from Jennie Haskamp, a Marine Corps veteran who continued to work for the Corps as a civilian after leaving active duty in 2006. They are taken from a recent Commentary in the Chicago Tribune."That's when it hit me. I'm angry. I've come to realize people think Memorial Day is the official start of summer. It's grilled meat, super-duper discounts, a day (or two) off work, beer, potato salad and porches draped in bunting." "I'm frustrated by people all over the country who view the…
  • What Is This Thing Called "Fair?"

    9 May 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Not everyone receiving the same thing, but what each needs"That's not fair!" "He's/she's not fair!"  As an educator, I hear this lament a lot and I am sure if you are like me, you have heard it as well and perhaps even have thought it yourself. In fact, what prompted this post was a student who came to me complaining that his being admonished for playing around in class was unfair, since some of his classmates were also playing around. He felt it was unfair of his teacher to correct him and was more concerned about the others who did not get caught doing the wrong thing, which was…
  • Is Integrity a Thing of the Past?

    7 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Educators were convicted April 1 of racketeering and other lesser crimes related to inflating test scores of children from struggling schools. One teacher was acquitted.  CNNPacquiao faces possible sanctions for shoulder injury. Boxer, who lost to Mayweather, failed to disclose an 'old' shoulder injury. AljazeeraTom Brady likely knew of 'inappropriate activities,' Deflategate report says  CNNThese are just three recent examples that caused me to ask the question, Is integrity a thing of the past? I ask that because it seems that in no arena do we find anything to be what it's…
  • The Tape Is Never Rolled Back Far Enough

    3 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    For those of you who are old enough to remember Warner Wolf with his tag line phrase of "Let's go to the videotape," you'll appreciate my metaphor in the title of this post. In 2015, we have more video tape than ever before to take a look at because of the presence of cameras installed everywhere you can possibly imagine, yet our crime rates and botched arrests are not decreasing. In just about every case that comes to mind, there is video evidence, and in some instances even what we see in the video is not enough to get a conviction of the wrong doing. But this post is not about getting a…
  • Read A Framework For Understanding Poverty By Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

    19 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    About three weeks ago I was in a meeting with my assistant superintendents and the deputy superintendent of my school district and we were discussing the school of which I serve as principal. I was explaining to them the various challenges we face as the school is seated in what is probably the lowest economic area of the city. As we were chatting, one of the assistant superintendents asked me if I had ever read the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Dr. Ruby K. Payne?, in fact, because she knows that I am a voracious reader, she erroneously assumed that I had read it. I told her I…
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    The Passi

  • Is It Your EGO Or Your Intuition Talking To You ?

    24 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    Today in this article, i am going to discuss about the difference between ego and the true self and how to recognize the voice of ego versus the voice of true self. When you are talking about the ego, you are talking about the identity. Your true self is the eternal part of you. It is the source energy which … Continue reading The post Is It Your EGO Or Your Intuition Talking To You ? appeared first on The Passi.
  • 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Stephen Richards” – 2

    23 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Click here for Part 1 of this article.   The post 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Stephen Richards” – 2 appeared first on The Passi.
  • 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Stephen Richards” – 3

    23 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Click Here For Part 1 & Part 2. The post 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Stephen Richards” – 3 appeared first on The Passi.
  • 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Stephen Richards”

    23 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    STEPHEN RICHARDS, author, film director & producer, self help expert, also known as the Golden Pen, has had numerous books serialized in the national press and magazines, having authored well over 90 titles to date. As well as heading his own publishing house, Mirage Publishing, he has authored and co-authored numerous titles for other well-respected publishers as a sole author, … Continue reading The post 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Stephen Richards” appeared first on The Passi.
  • 35 Memorable Quotes From “The Alchemist”

    23 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    If you haven’t read my previous post about “The Alchemist“, you can read it HERE. The post 35 Memorable Quotes From “The Alchemist” appeared first on The Passi.
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    The Box of Glass

  • Take 2

    11 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    In the early stages of my high school days I was introduced to someone through mutual friends. I was a freshman and he was a senior, we talked back and forth, & I honestly thought highly of him but to make this long story short lets just say there were some memories made in the backseat of his car…. well and the frontseat too! Pretty sure in that one moment his car took on more RPMs then ever before! Buttttt time went by he moved on and so did I! Through out the years we would randomly catch up but never more then casual conversation via social media! Then one day, 9 years later, we…
  • Stabbed Myself

    11 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    I’m a law professor, and for an auction at our law school’s big fundraiser I donated dinner for eight students at my house. While they were standing around sipping wine, I went to see if my beef tenderloin was done. As I pulled the oven door open, it knocked into my other hand and propelled the pointy meat thermometer I was holding into my left foot. I yelped—it hurt like hell. The students watched in horror as I pulled it out of my foot. I brushed the incident off and said I was fine. My husband got me a bandage, antibiotic ointment and my slippers, and I served the four-course…
  • Never knew my Dad

    8 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    One of the hardest things for me growing up is not having my father in my life. I’ve never met him but was told multiple stories about him from my mom and grandma. For those who are able to grow up with 2 parents in a household don’t take that for granite. Growing up I saw my mother date and began relationships with numerous men and none ever stayed. I watched her struggle working multiple jobs. Yes I would have loved to have my father in my life but at that point I just wanted my mom to be happy with someone, to have a male figure in the house to show me the things my mom…
  • Bad Ass Kids

    7 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    So I’m at work one day and this lady comes in and just lets her kids take over the entire store. I mean running around and hitting everything he is tall enough to hit. So as I sat there with a customer, it took everything in me not to grab this little turd and throw him across the room. So I got lucky and had to walk to a drawer that he was running by……I nicely timed my arrival with his and stuck my foot out as if I didn’t see home and he went tumbling. He cried but I felt no remorse! I would do it all over again. Control your damn kids people!!!
  • Do it in the butt!

    7 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Haven’t really told anyone this story but this should be fun. My friend and I were out one night in a club having a good time and I ran across a girl I knew. I didn’t really know her well but we’ve spoken multiple times on a professional level. I sat next to her and we were conversing about all kind of random stuff. She kept constantly complimenting me and telling me how nice I looked tonight. She looked sexy as well. She asked what my plans were after the club and asked if I wanted to come to her place. Hell yea I want to come by. Never have I had a one night stand so this was very…
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    It's All Mishegoss

  • Thursday Mishegoss News Links

    21 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    I received an email last night that asked me to post more articles about health issues that I find to be good and or bad … Continue reading Thursday Mishegoss News Links → The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Life in a Mishegoss World

    20 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Life sucks then you die! How many times have you said it or heard it in your lifetime? Be honest now. Shoot I just used … Continue reading Life in a Mishegoss World → The post Life in a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Mishegoss Links

    20 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Wednesday, hump day or maybe the middle of the week? How about closer to the weekend than Tuesday, but still not as close as Friday? Either … Continue reading Wednesday Mishegoss Links... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Mishegoss News Links

    19 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    So it’s a Tuesday and I would like to say things are looking better, but alas they are not. Here is your daily dose of … Continue reading Tuesday Mishegoss News Links → The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Mishegoss News Links

    18 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Welcome to the official start of the Mishegoss Daily Suggested News Links page. Finally, I know. It took some time and thinking about this to … Continue reading Monday Mishegoss News Links... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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