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  • Whenever You Wake Up…

    Celebrate Love
    Renee Michaels
    1 Aug 2012 | 4:35 am
    it’s all good! And if you have a loving partner to share the bad days, it’s even better! Read more...
  • A Painful Reminder that Life is Short

    Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists
    Annette White
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    This past weekend I was home from traveling and it had […] The post A Painful Reminder that Life is Short appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Own Your Dreams!

    Giant leaps to Success...
    Khanyi Ndebele
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
  • Happiness Interview with Life Coach Tim Brownson

    In Pursuit of Happiness
    Britt Reints
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview with Life Coach Tim Brownson. When I hear the phrase life coach I picture a middle-aged woman backlit by the afternoon sun and wearing a peasant top. She uses words like manifest and Universe. And then there’s Tim Brownson. Tim is so not that life coach. Tim is a balding Brit who’s more likely to drop an f-bomb during a session than the M word. He is a rabid critic of the Law of Attraction. He is not afraid to use controversy as a marketing tool. And he is a really good life coach. I’ve worked with Tim before. He was excellent at…
  • Life wasn’t made to be lived with fear

    a glimmer of light
    glimmer
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Fear. That unpleasant companion who keeps visiting us regularly. From a physiological perspective, I guess that fear is a kind of conservation mechanism which evolved within us, in order to make us avoid any situation perceived as threatening to our survival or well being. You see a guy much bigger than you with a menacing look coming your way, you may get afraid, and a myriad of other example situations… However, we humans, as thinking beings, have the capability to overcome fear and move along through menacing situations, when we perceive we can reach a better, more rewarding outcome…
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    The New Old Age

  • A Workout for the Mind

    By Paula Span
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Improved perceptions of aging can lead to increases in physical strength, an unusual study finds.
  • Insomniac, but Not Sleep-Deprived

    By Paula Span
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Some older people with insomnia may be getting more sleep than they think, a new study has found.
  • When Death Approaches Again

    By Jane Gross
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Survivors of the Holocaust pose special challenges for caregivers at the end of life.
  • Is It Really Dementia?

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

    By Paula Span
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    In his new book, "Being Mortal," Dr. Atul Gawande acknowledges paying scant attention to end-of-life issues.
 
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    Schmutzie.com

  • How To Make A Cereal Box Puppet (even if you have no craft supplies!) + an Ethel Merman Impression

    Elan Morgan
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    I was gifted with 32 miniature boxes of cereal, which immediately threw me back into the summer vacations of my childhood. My mother used to pick up packs of miniature cereal boxes as a treat when we were at the lake. I didn't love it because of the cereal, though. I loved it because it meant I could make puppets out of the cereal boxes.I have no idea if I made this up or if someone taught me how, but it turns out that it’s still a lot of fun 30 years later, even if you find out that you’re completely out of glue, construction paper, or any other serviceable craft supplies. How To Make A…
  • I Went to My First Corn Maze, and It Was A-maize-ing.

    Elan Morgan
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I have a now-secret life list, and one of the items on that list is to visit a corn maze. I grew up primarily in cities, but both sides of my family, before my parents moved to the city, were farmers, and my family travelled north to Prince Albert National Park every summer, where I would pack sandwiches and disappear for hours by myself into the tamer edges of the woods. My heart and mind marry when I am surrounded by plant life and soil. I can't keep a houseplant alive for more than a couple of months, but drop me into a field, even one so manicured as a corn maze, and I become one. I had…
  • 5 Random Facts About Me

    Elan Morgan
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    My friend Rilla tapped me in a meme to share 5 random facts about myself, and I say yes when Rilla asks me to do stuff, so here goes: my forehead and night hair One.I had a near death experience at the age of nine that wrecked my ability to hold onto religious belief but confirmed for me that we do have some form of continued existence after death. This is not a spiritual idea, it's just what happens in the same way that we have all been born to get here. Belief changes nothing. This can make my atheism a complicated creature to discuss.And that's about all I will say about that for now,…
  • 5 Things I Like: A Moment Caught, Close to Me, Claire Dancing, An Etsy Shop, and a Rate Calculator

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

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

    Joni Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Recently, Mary Wells Lawrence and I joined the organization FIND ME. We learned about it from Peggy Rometo, once wowOwow’s astrologist/intuitive. Its mission is to find missing persons…in order to bring peace to their families and friends. The organization is different from any others I’ve known of. It utilizes forensic technology AND vetted psychics to create a unique force of diligent and dedicated professionals working alongside of the police. Their success rate has been astounding. I know there are many news stories (NPR, NBC News, etc.) in the works…but just…
  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

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

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

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

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

  • More on ISIS and pan-Islamism: the correct form of Islam

    SnoopyTheGoon
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    From a Facebook status of George Szirtes:Yesterday a meeting with a dear friend, Islamic scholar and historian who gives a very bleak picture of jihadist activity in his part of the world and others. Many joining ISIS. Not just young men but women, senior professors (generally of science). It is the dream of the caliphate that matters. It is not a moral crusade, it is not directly linked to specific religious texts. It is not Islam as such. It is not rational nor has it a focused sense of grievance, he says. It is a climate or current that sweeps people up. It would not be satisfied with…
  • Peppa Pig as an expression of British racism

    SnoopyTheGoon
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Of course the story is stupid, disturbing and so unbelievable that Snopes devoted a special entry to it alone.A young South Yorkshire couple were kicked off a bus and accused of racism – for singing the Peppa Pig theme to their baby daughter.Read the whole story, I shall just mention that the baby in question is autistic, the father is epileptic and that the driver forced them to leave the bus - with two miles to their house remaining. The driver also made sure the family wouldn't be picked up by other bus drivers. Nothing to add but this melody - for the baby:Hat tip: Terresa.
  • Watcher’s Council Nominations – Job Creation Edition

    SnoopyTheGoon
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Council Submissions The Independent Sentinel – Drudge Beware: FEC Joins Attacks on Free Speech of ConservativesSimply Jews – Why we must talk to ISIS: please do tell…The Noisy Room – The Ties That Bind Michael Bloomberg, Qatar and Radical IslamThe Razor – Ebola in America: How to Fund ResearchGrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Ashura AttackThe Right Planet – No Gaslighting for OttawaThe Glittering Eye – The Big PictureRhymes With Right – More Proof That Wendy Davis Has No ShameNice Deb – Why Does CNN host Carol Costello Still Have A Job?Joshuapundit – Chickensh*tBookworm Room…
  • Netanyahu: recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery” chickenshit?

    SnoopyTheGoon
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Surely the list is limited and unimaginative, and surely I can add a few choice adjectives to it. However, I always considered that this business of sticking adjectives to my PM is strictly my prerogative. And I want to state it quite clearly that in no circumstances have I resorted to foreign assistance of any kind.Especially not from a government that seems to have been totally derailed on most matters of its foreign policy. Starting with its mumbling and stumbling on the gradual dismembering of Ukraine by Putin, via gradual surrender to Iranian nuclear ambitions, to its half-hearted…
  • Azerbaijan and Israel: a match made in... where, exactly?

    SnoopyTheGoon
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Algemeiner article Israel’s Emerging Muslim-Majority Ally left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, to have a good relationship with a Muslim country, especially one that sits in the middle of the region of high interest to Israel for may compelling reasons, is a boon.On the other hand, Algemeiner crowing about this achievement leaves one with some bitter aftertaste. Azerbaijan is one of the ex-Soviet republics that didn't make any gains on the road to democracy since leaving the embrace of USSR. The opposite could be said - it became one of the worst dictatorships on this planet. The…
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    TIME GOES BY

  • Email Bankruptcy

    Ronni Bennett
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    [EDITORIAL NOTE: It tells you something about Crabby's week, if not life, that you are getting missives (read: complaints) from her two days in a row. Aren't you lucky. Every day, Crabby Old Lady struggles to keep up with email. It's been a losing battle for years. She slips behind several days then schedules a few hours to catch up and the most common result is that her tush turns to stone in the desk chair as the hours creep by and she still hasn't finished. Of course, Crabby is not alone. Not infrequently she reads of busy people who have 20,000 or 30,000 unread emails in their inboxes.
  • By the Hair on Crabby Old Lady's Chinny Chin Chin

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Before she even gets started, let Crabby Old Lady be clear: she is deeply grateful that so far – at age 73 – she has escaped the common conditions and diseases of old age. No arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. and no recurrence of the one little basal cell carcinoma from five or six years ago. Crabby knows how lucky she is but that doesn't mean she's sanguine about the minor afflictions of age. Floaters anyone? Not a day goes by that Crabby isn't trying to brush little black bugs off her food. The only time of day Crabby can escape her tinnitus is in the shower…
  • A Mother's Stroke

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    ”This has to be one of the modern circles of hell, stroke. Or should we call it our plague? One day my mother is walking two miles on the beach and doing crossword puzzles in ink. The next day her brain explodes and she is talking about a new way to do CT scans, with a cat on her chest, hahaha.” That's Joyce Wadler writing in her I Was Misinformed column at The New York Times last Sunday about her 87-year-old mother, Milli. She tells us that Milli's left arm and leg don't move now and that her mind shifts frequently between clarity and confusion. ”Which is not to say the basic…
  • My Visitors From Oz

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you read Peter Tibbles' Elder Music column yesterday, you know that he and Norma Gates, the Assistant Musicologist, traveled all the way from Melbourne to visit me in Oregon. Oh, okay. The journey wasn't just to see me. They stopped for two or three weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area to visit Peter's sister before traveling north to my home. In his post, Peter told the story of their visit with music to match the circumstance. I'm not that clever so you'll just get some photos that all of us took at various times. For many years, there was a trolley with a regularly scheduled route…
  • ELDER MUSIC: Here and There 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. Regular readers of TGB will know by now that Norma, the Assistant Musicologist, and I have recently visited Ronni, the Web Mistress. Before…
 
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • Twitter Helps Me Get My Lost Book Back, and What You Can Learn from It

    Ann Handley
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last Wednesday I flew from Boston to Philly on a midday JetBlue flight. I’m a nervous flyer, even when the weather is cooperating. Last Wednesday, it was not. It was stormy and rainy, and so the flight bounced around aggressively in those 59 hellish (for me) minutes; by the time we landed at PHL airport, I felt how an ice cube might feel inside a cocktail tumbler shaken by a jacked bartender. So, as soon as we got the OK, I bolted out of my seat and out of that plane to thank baby jeebus and kiss the ground my feet were happily back on. In my haste, I left behind the book I was reading. It…
  • Mercedes-Benz and Instagram: A Clever Way to Build Your Own Car

    Ann Handley
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I talk a lot about using social media for storytelling (rather than simply sharing), and I also talk a lot about creating content that’s useful, inspired and empathic to the needs and wants of the people you want to reach. Inherent in all that is the idea that you should reach people where they are – which might not be on your own website. Which is why I love this Instagram program from Mercedes-Benz, created as part of a larger program to promote its new 2015 GLA. (I’m particularly grateful to my friend Dave Cutler, who generously shared it with me.) Mercedes is looking to reach…
  • What’s Next in B2B Marketing?

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

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

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

  • “M” or “N”

    Neil
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    We talked about goals today in therapy. “But how do you know which is the right path to take to reach your goals?” I asked my therapist towards the end of the session. The therapist looked at his watch, indicating that time was up. I took a long walk to 34th and 6th to take the E train back to Queens. The E train was jammed with every Human of New York as we screeched from the station. It was not rush hour.  Something was wrong for it to be so crowded. The conductor spoke over the loudspeakers. “Because of construction,” he said, “The “E” train will…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #38

    Neil
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    The statues stood silent, dusty and broken in a lonely storage room. “I told you this was the wrong place,” she said. “Robert’s gallery is on the fourth floor.” I never liked Robert Altbrook, her pretentious artist friend, the type of guy who talked about books he never read.  But Andrea didn’t want to be late for his opening, so we got here early, but apparently on the wrong floor. She had planned on this outing for a week, buying a new dress at Bloomingdale’s and making sure the kids were staying with friends.   I even cancelled my tennis game.
  • The Selfie Stick: The Final Curtain

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

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

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

  • How to Let Go of Stress

    rsdailythought
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains 11 Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes That Almost Beat The Real Thing 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • A New Perspective on Being Unique

    rsdailythought
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains 11 Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes That Almost Beat The Real Thing 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Happy Birthday, Bill Gates!

    rsdailythought
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains 11 Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes That Almost Beat The Real Thing 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • How to Make the Best of Your Mistakes

    rsdailythought
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains 11 Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes That Almost Beat The Real Thing 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • How To Approach the Unknown

    rsdailythought
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains 11 Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes That Almost Beat The Real Thing 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
 
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    Truer Words - A Journal

  • What, Now? Wow. Ow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Finding Your Next Apartment and Helping a Good Cause Go Hand-In-Hand

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Many renters know of ApartmentSearch.com because of how easy it makes finding the perfect apartment, but did you know that finding your next home through the site can also help a good cause? Now you can opt to make a $100 donation to Volunteers of America (VOA), a nonprofit devoted to supporting and empowering America’s […] The post Finding Your Next Apartment and Helping a Good Cause Go Hand-In-Hand appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Top 3 Renting Myths Debunked

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    There are many myths surrounding the renting vs. buying situation. If you’re considering moving into an apartment for rent or purchasing a house, you’ll find lots of conflicting arguments about which one is better. Either way, deciding between renting or buying takes a lot of time and resources. But don’t worry! We’re going to debunk […] The post Top 3 Renting Myths Debunked appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Why Your Pet Loves The Apartment Life

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sam, a sweet, joyful cocker spaniel, is waiting anxiously to see his owners, John and Marley. His nose has been pressed up against the window for the past hour, even though they won’t be home from work for two more hours. Sam, of course, doesn’t have the same human concept of time. Still, while he […] The post Why Your Pet Loves The Apartment Life appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How To Find The Right Storage Unit

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

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Finding the perfect apartment for rent is already a challenging experience, but when you add choosing a lease type it becomes even more difficult. A lease is a contract you make as a tenant with your landlord that lays out the conditions and costs of the apartment rental, the services they provide, and the length […] The post Choosing the Right Leasing Option appeared first on Apartment Life.
 
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  • NASA was not responsible for the Antares rocket explosion

    Doug McCaughan
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    For everyone about to declare that NASA needs to hand space launches over to private industry like Space X because of the Antares rocket explosion, please make yourself aware that the Antares rocket was built by a private corporation and the launch was staffed by that same private corporation. “NASA didn’t build it, or launch it. The entire thing was handled by the commercial company Orbital Sciences Corporation.” https://www.orbital.com/ See also: http://www.nasa.gov/mission…/…/structure/launch/orbital.html and http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
  • Vegan Wrong

    Doug McCaughan
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    For lunch today, I had vegan Thai dumplings…and a hard boiled egg.
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  • Photographer Mac Stone Launches Everglades Book in Miami

    Maria de los Angeles
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    A snail kite hunting for food. Photo by Mac Stone.I hope Marjory Stoneman Douglas was looking down from heaven recently because she’d have been very pleased. The author of River of Grass -- a book that changed the world's perception of the Everglades in the 1940s -- would’ve loved to meet conservation photographer Mac Stone.Stone grew up in North Central Florida, where he cultivated a love of swamps and practiced the craft of photography. As a teenager, he'd wake up before dawn to capture the perfect light, even if it meant being tardy to school.His dogged determination didn't end there.
  • The Fledgling

    Maria de los Angeles
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Photo via Teddy Llovet's Flickr.A falcon is fledgling on the edge of a dizzying precipice, clumsily flapping its wings. Winds blow hard on the mountaintops, dropping and swirling through the valley below. As my talons grip the nest, all I see is the infinite sky.

 I'm afraid. Mom’s shrill call echoes in the distance.And then I woke up.This morning’s sunrise greeted me with the thought that in two weeks I would celebrate my first birthday without my mother’s living presence on this earth. And although I’ll be 47 years young, it’s perhaps fitting to call it a first birthday.Every…
  • Miami Plants A Seed for Healthy Eats

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

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

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

    Karen
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    One night last week we had something-or-other for dinner (pork tenderloins, maybe?), and I made this quick pan-roasted root veg side dish that turned out splendid. The only problem was that I doubled everything—except the size of the pan!—so the veggies did not quite reach optimal browning and caramelization. We preferred the carrots and parsnips to the turnips, so next time there will be no turnips. And a larger pan. Ten-Minute Root Vegetables½ cup water2 medium carrots, cut into ½ x ½ x 2" sticks (about 2 cups)1 tablespoon unsalted butter1 teaspoon sugar½ teaspoon table…
  • Puzzling

    Karen
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    If you know me even a little bit—in real life or online—then you know that I love puzzles. Whether it's sudoku or crossword, kenken or acrostic, I'm game. (Get it?) So I was delighted to receive a review copy of Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind, which comes from the folks behind Marbles: The Brain Store. The book is filled with a wide variety of puzzles divided into five "brain categories": visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory. Within each category, the puzzles go from…
  • What Was for Dinner

    Karen
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Here's an interesting variation on the usual pasta-and-cheese casserole or pizza—there's no pasta or pizza crust! So I guess that makes it gluten-free, for those who are looking for that kind of recipe. The base of this casserole is made from zucchini, egg, and cheese. Then on top of that goes tomato sauce with sausage, but you could do just about anything here you want—think of your favorite pizza toppings! (Which makes me realize this would be a good Meatless Monday option, with soysage or just lots of veg.) Then more cheese, of course.  I served this with salad and (gluteny)…
  • Reading*

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

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

  • Class of '94....1894, that is.

    Magpie
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I was perusing the archives of my alma mater, as one does, looking for an image that had been used in a presentation that I'd been to over the weekend. The speaker had said it was from the 1894 yearbook, and happily, all of the yearbooks exist as pdfs on the college library's web page. I love the intertubes.That 1894 yearbook turned out to be 317 pages long what with covers and endpapers and advertisements, and it is completely wonderful in an unexpectedly whimsical way. Oh sure, there are pages and pages of lists of names, but there was a banjo club! Complete with banjeurines and a factotum!
  • What's Old Is New Again

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

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

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

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

  • Doubling Down

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Potential Benefits of Bloodletting. Yes, Bloodletting.

    Brett & Kate McKay
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Bloodletting is one of the oldest medical practices in history. The earliest records of it for health purposes come from 3,000-year-old Egyptian texts. We also have texts indicating that Ancient Hindus bled sick individuals in the hopes of healing them. Ancient Syrians were known to use leeches for bloodletting as well. The practice was in fact common all over the world, right up until the late 19th century. Despite three-millennia of global popularity, these days bloodletting is commonly considered one of the world’s most assuredly outdated medical practices. It’s become the go-to…
  • How to Install a New Thermostat

    Brett
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    This post is sponsored by Honeywell. I received a Lyric thermostat and compensation in exchange for coverage. All opinions and thoughts about this product are my own.What’s this? I’ve been slowly turning my home into a “smart home.” I want to be able to control my heating/cooling/lighting/electrical systems from anywhere in the world with my tablet or smartphone, just like some space-aged-homeowner-as-imagined-by-1950s-futurists would. Today I’m replacing my old thermostat with a Honeywell Lyric thermostat that connects to the web. With the new device, I can change the temp in my…
  • 9 Secrets for Dressing Well: A Roadmap for the Style Rookie

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Robert van Tongeren. Some men make it look so easy, don’t they? They seem to have a natural sense of what looks good on them and what doesn’t. But for you, the learning curve seems ever so steep. You want to look your best, but you feel clueless about fashion and style, and nothing you try seems to fall together right. Well, it’s not all your fault. You were taught how to dress yourself when you were young, but I bet you were never taught how to dress well. Nobody ever taught you what makes an outfit work and what doesn’t. And now…
  • Art of Manliness Book Club November ’14: The Call of the Wild

    Jeremy Anderberg
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Jack London is one of AoM’s guiding spirits. Brett and Kate read almost everything both by and about Jack London in researching an epic 11-part series on his thumos-filled life. This month, we thought we’d dive into one of his seminal works firsthand: The Call of the Wild. Set in the 1890s during the Klondike Gold Rush, the story is unusual in that its central character, Buck, is a dog. Buck starts out living in domesticated California, but is soon stolen from his home and sold into life as a sled dog. Follow his transformation from domestication to leadership by finding his…
  • The 15 Spookiest Episodes of Old Time Horror Radio

    Jeremy Anderberg
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Before folks sat around the TV watching American Horror Story or classic movies like The Shining and Friday the 13th, they gathered around the radio to listen to their favorite weekly programs. Many of them were comedies or dramas, just like today’s television programs, but there were also shows dedicated to the creepy crawly — that made goosebumps rise and sent shivers down the spine. It’s often said that what you can’t see is scarier than what you can, and radio programs can sweep you up and create a whole spooky world in your imagination. With Halloween coming…
 
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Courthouse in Pontiac, Illinois, A Prime Stop on Route 66

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Courthouse in Pontiac, Illinois, one of the best towns for learning about the history of U.S. Route 66 (Visited 14 times, 14 visits today)The post PHOTO: Courthouse in Pontiac, Illinois, A Prime Stop on Route 66 appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Touring Pontiac, Illinois on Historic Route 66

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One of the main stops on Route 66 in Illinois is Pontiac, where mini cars are scattered around town and memorials honor Abraham Lincoln, who represented clients at the county courthouse (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today)The post PHOTO: Touring Pontiac, Illinois on Historic Route 66 appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Getting My Kicks on Route 66

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Route 66. Just hearing the name makes me nostalgic for the days when I threw my tent and sleeping bag in the back of my 1969 Dodge Dart and headed west in search of adventure. I came by my romantic notions of travel quite naturally. Not only had I spent long hours poring over photos of exotic lands in the National Geographic Magazines piled up in our front hall, the television series Route 66 debuted in 1960 and quickly became a smash hit. I didn’t know it at the time but the name of the show was hugely misleading, as many of the episodes were set in states through which Route 66 did…
  • PHOTO: Old Service Station on Route 66 in Odell, Illinois

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Old Mobile Gas Station on U.S. Route 66 in Odell, Illinois, complete with rusting pumps and old car (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post PHOTO: Old Service Station on Route 66 in Odell, Illinois appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Polk-A-Dot Drive-In on Route 66 in Braidwood, Illinois

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Polk-A-Dot Drive-In on old Route 66 in Braidwood, Illinois is chock full of Rt. 66 Memorabilia, including Blue Brothers statues at the drive-up window (Visited 68 times, 68 visits today)The post PHOTO: Polk-A-Dot Drive-In on Route 66 in Braidwood, Illinois appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

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

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

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

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

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

  • What is the difference between Scandinavia and the Nordics?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch Toy Story 3 Movie

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

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

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

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

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

  • Paige

    Ree
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Here’s something Paige, my 15-year-old daughter, does:   Sends me photos she takes with her cell phone. This one was taken at sunrise on top of her horse Monday morning.     And this one was taken after her sister picked her up from soccer practice last night.   I love Paige’s photos. She has an eye.     I also love Paige’s cupcakes. She has a knack.     I also love Paige’s enthusiasm. She has a lot.     I also love Paige’s sense of style. She has a flair.     I also love Paige’s spirit. She has a…
  • Play Misty for Me

    Ree
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Just a brief post this morning, because I’m scurrying around tying up the loose ends of my Food Network shoot here on the ranch (a good thing, because I’m plum out of clothes), knocking out some schoolwork with the kids (if we can find the pencil sharpener; who would run off with a pencil sharpener?), getting the house back in order (order being a relative term), trying to find my second tennis shoe, not running shoe, because I don’t run (but I also don’t play tennis, so never mind), catering to Charlie’s emotional needs (they are never-ending), putting off…
  • Thank You, Marlboro Man

    Ree
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Thank you, Marlboro Man.       It’s nice for normal people of average strength (i.e. me) to see that someone who can wrestle steers to the ground without even blinking…       Who can ride across the pasture on a horse at lightning speed…       And who can lift a locomotive with his pinkie finger…       Is still capable of tripping over a rock the size of a quarter. That just makes me love you all the more! Lotsa Love, Your Girlfriend
  • Nature

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

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

  • On Squirrels

    the slackmistress
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    The park across the street from my house is filled with impossibly tall palm trees. They stand in stark relief to the playground equipment and the low-slung library, soldiers watching over new moms feeding their kids yogurt and homeless people looking for a moment of peace and quiet in the chaos of their day. I was walking Daisy through the park this morning when I heard the familiar sound of squirrels playing the the treetops, running round and round in round, causing the palm fronds to sway. Daisy used to watch this game with laser-like focus, as if wishing one of the fuzzy creatures would…
  • Calling All Comic Book Types!

    the slackmistress
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    So here's the thing: I have a project that in the back of my mind, was always a graphic novel project for tweens (specially tween girls.). But I write  tween TV, not tween graphic novels. So I tried to make it a TV show, but it didn't work. So I thought, maybe a movie. But it didn't work. Because it's a graphic novel.  It's not just some nebulous idea in my head: a treatment exists, along with a mini-bible. I have my people ("people?" PEOPLE? I don't know how to write that without sounding like an asshole) looking into Some Things and I am doing research of my own (which is mostly just…
  • Teach Your Children Well. Like How to #*$@* Attribute.

    the slackmistress
    30 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    When a good part of your career involves making total strangers think you're funny, it's super shitty when people don't attribute. (h/t noirbettie) Everyone SAYS they want a fairytale wedding but when I show up and curse their firstborn suddenly I'm the jerk. — Nina Bargiel (@slackmistress) April 27, 2012
  • Top 10 Movie Tie-ins

    the slackmistress
    29 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Today I discovered one of the oddest movie tie-ins I've ever seen: The Hunger Games chocolate. Which made me wonder about other possible  movie tie-ins... Eyes Wide Shut Kids' Halloween Costumes Finding Nemo All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Passion of the Christ Crown of Thorns Chia Pet Hostel  Stay-Two-Nights-Get-the-Third Free Hotel Groupon Soylent Green "Beef" Jerky The Wolf of Wall StreetI.R.A. Human Centipede Build-a-Bear The Aviator Hand Sanitizer P. S. I Love You eHarmony Free Communication Weekend Silver Linings Playbook Anti-Depressants
  • Go. Far.

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

  • Herbs, Spices and Sri Lankan Delicatessen Wattalappan

    Reeta Laaksonen
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    On this post to a family adventure in Sri Lanka I want to talk a bit about the local food. I shared all the different things our family manage to explore and try in Sri Lanka from elephant safaris and beaches to tea plantation visits and learning to carve cinnamon sticks., and in the second post I reviewed the lovely east coast boutique resort Maalu Maalu.  What I found astonishing was the fact that Sri Lanka seems to be a sort of paradise when it comes to the ability to grow a variety of local food – everything grows from rice and coffee to exotic fruits and spices here –…
  • Tove Jansson’s 100th Anniversary and Moomin Exhibition at the Arabia Gallery in Helsinki

    Katja Presnal
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    We recently visited the Arabia Factory in Finland. Arabia has been manufacturing Moomin mugs for decades, and held a Moomin Exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, one of the most beloved and well-known authors and illustrators of Finland. The exhibition was part of the “Tove 100” portraying Tove Jansson’s art and life from different perspectives. We caught the last days of a Moomin exhibition in the Arabia Gallery during our factory tour and saw so many Moomin mugs we wanted to add to our own collection.Collecting coffee mugs runs in our family.
  • Follow my Trip to Bali as I Discover the SPG Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts

    Katja Presnal
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    Private pool at the St. Regis Bali ResortMy Dream Destination: BaliOur expat living time here in Sweden is coming close to the end. Ever since I went to Bali last year I told my husband I would only move back to the USA from Europe if I could fly back “around the world,” and stop in Bali on the way. I fell in love with the island on the short trip when I went to the opening of Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran, a Starwood Preferred Guest hotel, last year, and I have been wanting to go back to Bali with my family ever since. Life doesn’t always go as planned, and we haven’t…
  • For Men: Packing for a Fall Trip to Paris

    Wes Holland
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Fresh Croissants, Vespas, cafés, crepes- quintessentially Parisian. For me, all these things and the many other marvels of Paris are just around the corner. The only thing standing before me is packing, often a daunting task for many. While the seasons begin to change in the City of Lights after the Indian Summer, below are my suggestions for a fall getaway in the French capital.First and foremost- pack light! You will find many souvenirs, including wines and champagnes, which will add weight to your checked bag on the return trip. Parisians love to dress in all black. As a New Yorker, my…
  • My Life in Real Time & Fall Fashion Trends

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

  • Happiness Interview with Life Coach Tim Brownson

    Britt Reints
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview with Life Coach Tim Brownson. When I hear the phrase life coach I picture a middle-aged woman backlit by the afternoon sun and wearing a peasant top. She uses words like manifest and Universe. And then there’s Tim Brownson. Tim is so not that life coach. Tim is a balding Brit who’s more likely to drop an f-bomb during a session than the M word. He is a rabid critic of the Law of Attraction. He is not afraid to use controversy as a marketing tool. And he is a really good life coach. I’ve worked with Tim before. He was excellent at…
  • How I’m Learning to Do Nothing Better

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

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

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

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

  • Knoxville Interstate vs Knoxville streets

    cathy
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Q: “Why do you try so hard to avoid the Interstate? There are no traffic lights to slow you down and it’s more direct than zig-zagging all over neighborhoods.” A: Knoxville Interstate drivers take it as a personal affront if someone merges in front of them and they aggressively try to avoid allowing anyone to switch lanes. Knoxville Interstates are dominated by the selfish and rude drivers. Knoxville drivers on the streets will sit at a four way stop for a million years while they wave for the other drivers to go first. Knoxville drivers on he streets will cause a traffic…
  • I think the font shrank

    cathy
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Staring at the cable guide, trying to choose a program to watch and “Go? Got? Got ham? What’s that about? Oh, #%!* it says Gotham. Why is the guide so tiny?”
  • Students before politics

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

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

    cathy
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
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    Family on Bikes

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Being a Social CIO at a Liberal Arts College

    davidjhinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Perhaps the most important role that a Chief Information Officer has, is to be an advocate for the role of technology at the senior leadership level. We live in a world of ubiquitous connectivity, knowledge, and entertainment. How do we incorporate that “new normal” into the residential college experience? A significant component of what I do is focus a lens on what technology means for today’s students, and to insert that perspective into the priorities of the College. There is a perception that technology is antithetical to a traditional liberal arts education. And that’s simply…
  • SlideShare Professional Journey Tool

    davidjhinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    SlideShare has a new Professional Journey Tool, that will create a slick slide show of your professional life – using data pulled directly from your LinkedIn Profile. Like a lot of automated tools of its kind, it’s great at simplifying the task of creating engaging infographics, while erring on the ability to edit the content once it’s created. Also, the finished product can only be viewed on SlideShare – but I’m betting a paid feature will soon follow, to allow you to download to PowerPoint or Keynote. Definitely worth a look.
  • One traditional undergraduate university to close

    davidjhinson
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    davidjhinson:Wow. Originally posted on Bryan Alexander: Benedictine University of Springfield will close its undergraduate program next year.  To start off that sad process, it’s laying off 75 of its 100 full-time staff. Why is that BU ending?  Because of money, of course, but in an unusual way.  They can’t afford to keep up with the non-academic, student life demands of today’s undergraduate marketplace: “We would need to have an athletic facility, a student center, and we would need to grow out residence hall population,” [Michael Bromberg, president] said. “We would need to…
  • PhotoMath

    davidjhinson
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    I’m usually underwhelmed by most mobile apps. Many are entirely derivative, or are of the “X of Y” variety (e.g., “The Uber of Cleaning Ladies”, “The Amazon of Bubble Gum Dispensers”, the “Paypal of Bitcoin”). However, one app I’ve seen lately stands out, not only as innovative, but practically useful and beneficial – PhotoMath. PhotoMath claims to be the “world’s first camera calculator.” I don’t know about that. I do know, it is very cool. The way the app works is this: you point your phone’s…
  • Another Lesson Learned at the Feet of Apple

    davidjhinson
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Some Days. Amirite? First, our Enterprise Developer Account expired. Joyful. So, I spent the morning creating new certificates and provisioning profiles, downloading them, and installing them on my developer machine. After reprovisioning and recompiling, I load up new .ipa files… and while two out of the three of my .ipa files install as advertised, when deployed over the air – the third one did not. Now, the Apple ecosystem isn’t known to always give the most direct error messages. “Could not install application” didn’t really inspire me with a…
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    Simple Marriage

  • How to Date Every Week… Guaranteed!

    Sean
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    How to date every week guaranteed. Really? It sounds like something that you would see on a singles dating website or in your spam filter, right? Not necessarily something that you would see on a website for old married folks like us. But we all know that dating in marriage is just as important, if not more important, than dating in the single life. The Challenge with Dating Every Week The big problem with dating every week is that life gets in the way! The week starts off with a busy Monday and doesn’t usually let up until sometime towards the end of the week. Then the weekend hits. If…
  • Break free from monotony

    Corey
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    The alarm goes off, you get ready for the day. Get the rest of the house up, kids out the door to school, head off to work. Get your job done. Battle traffic. Eat dinner. Go to the kids practice. Get them in bed. Watch a little TV. Go to sleep. Repeat … Repeat … Repeat … It’s no wonder that months pass and you look back and wonder where all the time went. This also is what contributes to many marriages becoming more like a relationship between roommates than lovers. So how does this happen so easily? Largely I think it comes down to expectations and story. Modern…
  • Married Life 911 is now available!

    Corey
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Right now, our newest online relationship course is available, Married Life 911. I want to personally invite you to take advantage of this course, especially since it’s being offered this time only for $150 (which covers both you and your spouse). Let’s put this into perspective … How much you’d spend: Working with a counselor for a couple of months = $1,200ish Taking a different marriage course online or DVD = $477 Attending a marriage workshop or retreat = $250 OR you can Join Married Life 911 = $150 (this time only) Married Life 911 PLUS three private coaching…
  • How Do You Get In Your Own Way?

    Corey
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    How many times do you find yourself doing something you’ve told yourself you were going to stop doing? Eating that dessert, smoking, turning to porn, gossiping, or whatever it is that brings you struggle. One thing we often say to ourselves when it comes to our vices, “I feel guilty about ________, but it is just so hard to quit.” If we keep telling ourselves it’s hard to quit, it will be. Let me explain. The mind always believes what the mind tells itself is true. Therefore, if our mind tells us that quitting is hard, it will be hard. And since our mind strives…
  • You Are Already In The Right Relationship

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

  • How to Become a Superhero

    Marelisa
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    There’s been a slew of superhero movies out recently, and there are many more to come. In fact, there are forty superhero flicks due to be released before 2020. Why do we love superheroes so much? Because they speak to something deep inside of us. We all want to become superheroes. And it turns out [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 16 Personal Development Goals That Will Make You Happier and Sexier

    Marelisa
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    We all want to enhance the quality of our lives, become better people, achieve more, and overall be better rounded individuals. That’s why we set personal development goals. Below you’ll discover 16 personal development goals that will make you happier and sexier. Reminder: A life list–or bucket list–is a great tool for creating a life [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 16 Must-See Landmarks in Asia

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

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

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

  • That Nagging Feeling

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

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    But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness

  • Wigs, Hats, and Make Up… Oh My! Trying to Look Better, When You Feel Bad.

    christine
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    We have all heard the dreaded saying “But you don’t look sick?” But the last thing we want to do is walk around looking like death 24/7. It is true that when you look better you feel better, but there is a fine balance between spending tons of hours putting on full face make up, […] The post Wigs, Hats, and Make Up… Oh My! Trying to Look Better, When You Feel Bad. appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • After saying hello to my guests, I say #hellokeurig and feel like the perfect host

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

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.  ~May SartonWe are the hero of our own story.  ~Mary McCarthyWe can all be heroes in our virtues, in our homes, in our lives.  ~James EllisWho is a hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend.  ~The TalmudWithout heroes, we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go.  ~Bernard MalamudHeroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.  ~Carol PearsonQuotes about heroes
  • Where is the Wisdom?

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Applicants for wisdom, do what I have done: Inquire within.  ~HeraclitusI hold those wise who know how to be happy.  ~Ninon de LenclosA loving heart is the truest wisdom.  ~Charles DickensThere is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment.  ~Malcolm HeinWisdom is nothing more than healed pain.  ~Robert Gary LeeNine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find someone's hand and squeeze it, while there's still time.  ~Dale DautenThe invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  ~Ralph Waldo EmersonWhere is the Life we have…
  • If We Only Knew

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.  ~Isak DinesenEvery life comes with a story ... and a possibility for a great adventure.  ~Kobi YamadaIn the book of life we are chapters in one another's stories.   ~unknownThe stories that you tell about your past shape your future.  ~Eric Ransdell The best teachers are the best storytellers. ~Frank SmithIs there anyone we wouldn't love if we only knew their story?  ~Mary Lou KownackiQuotes about story telling
  • Even if You Lose

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The difference in winning and losing is most often, not quitting.  ~Walt DisneyThe next best thing to winning is losing! At least you've been in the race.  ~Nellie Hershey TullisRemember, nobody wins unless everybody wins.  ~Bruce SpringsteenVictory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.  ~Louis L'AmourThere are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.  ~Elie WieselQuotes about winning
  • Completes the Circle

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    He that does good to another does good also to himself.~SenecaThe best portion of a good person's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  ~William WordsworthNo longer forward nor behindI look in hope or fear;But, grateful, take the good I find,The best of now and here.  ~John Greenleaf WhittierThe greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.  ~Charles LambIn helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.  ~Flora EdwardsQuotes…
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  • Having It All

    Steve Woodruff
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    People write often about the mythical goal of “having it all” in this life. Not. Going. To. Happen. But if we take the Scriptures seriously, there is a powerfully comforting truth about “having it all.” While we’ll never have 100% of everything in day-to-day earthly experience, we are given ALL in Christ. I was strolling around the house reading these verses aloud to myself this morning: For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. (Colossians 1:13-14) In…
  • The Best Gift

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

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

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

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

    Brian Myers
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    William Jennings Bryan, 1896 Presidential CampaignWilliam Jennings Bryan is a figure from American history that isn’t easy to figure out. On the one hand, he was politically a Liberal’s Liberal: A populist that fought against big corporations, big banks, and imperialism, while advocating a larger Federal government, Federal income taxes, and inheritance taxes. On the other hand, he was a staunch Fundamentalist where Christianity was concerned. Bryan understood two things very clearly: First, that Darwinism threatened to undermine the foundations of Christianity, and second, that Social…
  • The Effects of the Iowa Legislature

    Jennifer Crull
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    As most Iowans remember from our high school government class, the role of the Iowa Legislature is to make laws at the state level.   But did you know that the Iowa Legislature also passes legislation that affects our City Councils, Boards of Supervisors, Community College Boards of Trustees, and School Boards?  If you have ever wondered about the decisions that they make or how certain money is spent, it is usually due to a piece of legislation that the General Assembly passed versus the choices of local entities.If we look at the most current legislative session, an example of state…
  • A Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Mailing for Michael Fitzgerald

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    To follow-up on my article the other day about how Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is campaigning with taxpayer money here is some more evidence.  The mailer pictured before came to a friend of mine six days before the election.  No other state executive officer sends mailings like these with a picture of themselves and a quote touting programs – especially this close to election day.  This is just not misusing taxpayer money it is unethical if not illegal.
  • Caffeinated Thought of the Day: The Cost of Freedom and Prosperity

    Brian Myers
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rev. James CaldwellReverend James Caldwell was pastor of a colonial church in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. When the Revolutionary War broke out, he became a chaplain in the Continental Army. They called him the “soldier parson”. His house was burned by a mob of British loyalists in 1780, and that same year his wife was tragically shot and killed by British soldiers. The following year, Caldwell himself was shot and killed, leaving nine orphaned children. For the Caldwell family, the Revolution and the new nation born out of it was something for which they paid a heavy price indeed. Our…
  • The NEA Must Be Scared About Iowa U.S. Senate Race

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The National Education Association Advocacy fund just dropped $550, 000 for a last pitch in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race.  The NEA describes it as “a significant, six-figure, tough new television ad.”  They must be extremely concerned about the race if they are dropping that much coin.  Ernst leads by 2.1% according to Real Clear Politics average of the latest polls.  Four polls taken in October have Ernst up by 3 or 4 points.  Loras College has Braley up by 1 point, and CBS News/New York Times/You Gov poll had the race tied.  This race is as tight as a tick and a toss-up.
 
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  • Launching something new

    Jordon Cooper
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A couple of months ago I relaunched my photoblog at BridgeCity.ca.  My photos have always been popular on Flickr (more than a couple million views) but I wanted some place to pull out and highlight certain ones about Saskatoon.  When I saw www.bridgecity.ca was available, I bought it, found a template, and started to upload a photo or two a day to it. This site averages 1000 visitors a day who view on average about 5 posts each time they stop by.  The site has a large archive and benefits from a decade of people linking to it.  I didn’t expect 1000 hits a day but I was really…
  • And now the FBI…

    Jordon Cooper
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Now it is the FBI that is forging websites to catch high school criminals The FBI in Seattle created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Lacey’s Timberline High School in 2007, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in San Francisco. The deception was publicized Monday when Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, D.C., revealed it on Twitter. In an interview, Soghoian called the incident…
  • 3 IDF soldiers from the same unit kill themselves within weeks of the Gaza ceasefire

    Jordon Cooper
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is messed up In the weeks after Israel and Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire, three Israeli soldiers decided to end their lives with their own weapons. And what was especially striking about their suicides was that all served in the same unit, the Givati Brigade, which had a reputation for its ruthless ferocity, considerable bravery, and the use of Old Testament religiosity to justify the merciless operations of its commander, Colonel Ofer Winter. So why did it happen? A contributing factor, according to Staff Sergeant J., who served in the Givati Brigade in the middle of the last…
  • Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns because of being linked to Prostitution

    Jordon Cooper
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    And the reputation of U.S. law enforcement takes another body blow The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to current and former department officials. Sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Fla., saw David Nieland, the investigator, entering and leaving a building they had under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation, according to officials briefed on the investigation. They later…
  • 2014 Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide for Your Brother-in-Law

    Wendy
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    It is Wendy again with my second Christmas gift guide of 2014. So you may have heard of Jordon’s brother Lee.  Lee is a great brother to Jordon, great brother-in-law to me, and an even better uncle to Mark and Oliver.  If you have a brother-in-law like Lee, here is some Christmas and holiday gift ideas for him. Generation Kill Generation Kill is a television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marine Corps’ 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It was…
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  • Engagement Shoot: Algeria

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Claire Suellentrop believes eating well + having a really good time need not be mutually exclusive, and helps creative people juggle both at Eat Well. Party Hard. Say hello on Instagram & Twitter!If there’s any kind of food the Swiss know, it’s mountain food. And I imagine if I were trekking through the Alps, I’d be craving a stomach-ful of warming, rejuvenating carbs and fats, too.Being in the balmy Southeastern US, though, this fare was better enjoyed in small doses.Don’t get me wrong; the nationally-loved Swiss version of hash browns (read: potatoes fried in butter) is…
  • An I-can't-believe-I-haven't-been-doing-this Trick To Get More Out Of Your Guest Posts

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This post could also be titled "How I Effed Up When 18,000+ People Liked My Post On Facebook." To figure out how you can be smarter than me when your guest post blows up, pop over to my small business blog.
  • Give Self-Deprecation A Break Today. Add Your Honest, Unvarnished Proud Moments Here.

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you guys familiar with the art of the humble brag?Our good friends at Urban Dictionary define it at "Subtly letting others now about how fantastic your life is while undercutting it with a bit of self-effacing humor or "woe is me" gloss." If we're friends on Twitter or Instagram I'm sorry to say you've probably seen me do it, oh, all the time.Tweet:Oh, you know. Just busy inventing knee injuries so all the cool old ladies in water aerobics class will accept me as one of their own.What I really wanted you know:I went to a water aerobics class! It was really fun! I'm pretty proud of myself…
  • 2 Cellos Covering Nirvana + November Ad Space

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Haunting, no? My eighth grade self (and honestly, my current self) are so, so into this.In addition to classical covers of grunge, let's talk about how it's getting close to holiday season. Which means you miiiiiight want to point the internet towards your vintage shop, jewelry, art prints, perfume, or hand-knit hats. And if you really, really want to get your online space in shape for the holidays, you might want to check out my Secret Weapon package.Secret Weapon is a built-just-for-you checklist of 15-20 suggestions for your online space paired with traffic-rocketing ad…
  • 22 Free (or cheap!) Things To Do When Payday is Far Away

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you guys have Switzerland-sized bank accounts?Are you always complaining about the extra money that's stuffed in your pockets, creating unflattering bulges?Do you think "Where can I go that serves $17 cocktails? I can't think of enough places that overcharge for their drinks!"No? Weird. Me neither.Regardless of your income, it's always fun to enjoy the cheaper things in life, isn't it?Here are 22 things I love to do when my bank account is looking a bit leaner than I'd like:1. Ride a bike/scooter/motorcycleAutumn was made for bike rides along the river, filling your basket with goodies…
 
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  • 50th Happily Married Custom Gifts

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

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

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

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

    Renee Michaels
    21 Jul 2012 | 5:54 pm
    Getting your party guests to mix and mingle isn’t always the easiest thing to do. We’ve all been at those parties where the host or hostess thinks you should meet another guest and doh…you have no connection at all and …... Read more...
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  • Beck - Midnite Vultures (1999)

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    A memorable mix of funk rock, R&B with an alt rock twangIn spite of a Grammy award for the Best Alternative Music Album, Bek David Campbell aka Beck's 1998 release Mutations, was little more than a side project, apparently finished in 14 days – an album to keep the fans content while he was busy working on the proper follow-up to the critically adored Odelay (1996). So, on his 1999 seventh album effort, Midnite Vultures, Beck took his musical playfulness and experimentation to a whole new realm. Midnite Vultures is a cut-and-paste alt rock blend of 70s…
  • Utah Saints - Two (2000)

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

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

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

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

  • Moving Your Family to Central America for 18 Months : On the Road with Annabel Candy

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself A popular travel blogger, Annabel Candy’s talents extend far beyond putting text to screen. When I heard about some of her adventures with her family, I wanted to share some of her tales of living abroad with three kids. Tell us about yourself.   I sometimes describe myself a slow nomad because I’ve lived and worked in eight different countries. When you speak with me you can tell I’m from the UK because I still have a British accent. However for the last few decades, I’ve lived in England, France, Laos, Zimbabwe,…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XVII

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize Through Security — Apparently it’s very heavy, and also made of gold Is This the Greatest eBay Listing Ever? — A highly comprehensive video game collection for only $164,000 “No Words, No Breakfast” — How James wrote 1,000 words a day for a month Northern Lights in the Sky Above Norway — It turns out that Norway is a great vantage point to see the Aurora Borealis The Mass Mob — A religious…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Some Adventures Should Be Shared

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Some adventures should be shared. In studying quests, I heard from people who chose to pursue a big goal as a couple, a family, or just as a group of friends. These joint attempts had mixed results. In some cases, like John and Nancy Vogel, tackling a dream together was a great success. John and Nancy took their two sons on an epic 17,000 mile bicycle…
  • A Better Organizational Strategy: Throw Away Everything That Doesn’t Make You Happy

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    I love the principle presented by Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo in her new book. The short version is: discard everything that doesn’t “spark joy.” For all the clothes you don’t wear, pass them on. At minimum, never keep anything you haven’t worn in the past year. Go around your house and get rid of all unnecessary papers. Papers are the worst—they rarely bring joy. Don’t worry about organizational accoutrements or professional storage products. Forget about being super minimalist. Instead, focus on holding on to things you like while getting…
  • Robert Genn’s Last Year to Live

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    They considered how to spend the time they had left together. There were thoughts of trips to Hawaii or the Galapagos, but Genn wanted to end his life as he had lived it: in his studio, making art, with his family close by. James fashioned a reclining chair so his father could continue to paint, lying down, as his illness took a physical toll. “He made it his mission to go as long and as far as he could with a paintbrush in his hand, and he was painting small canvases right up until the last few weeks,” James said. “There’s a thing in the culture that says, if you’re given a year to…
 
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Beauty with age

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason English
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Hand these out to trick-or-treaters this year.
  • 7 Lifehacks to Boost Your Productivity

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Who knew that sleeping, reading and even walking can be made more efficient with the help of these convenient lifehacks? 1. Walk Faster If you want to get places quicker, you can get a little spring in your step by adjusting your arms. According to race-walking coaches, keeping your arms bent at a right angle (90 degrees) forces you to quicken your gait and move faster. Race walkers also thrust off their toes at the back of their step to get extra oomph in their gait. 2. Keep Your Naps Short Power napping is an easy way for busy people to reclaim their midday energy. But you don’t want to…
  • 20 Stores That Refuse to Open on Thanksgiving

    Alvin Ward
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    While the Black Friday craze has inched more and more into Thanksgiving, there are still stores that allow workers to stay home and enjoy the holiday.
  • Explore this Creepy But Awesome "Grave Atlas"

    Erin McCarthy
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Just in time for Halloween, Smithsonian has put together a "Grave Atlas," a virtual tour of the final resting places of 50 famous—and infamous—historical figures. Scroll down to explore, or type in a name, and find out all about the life and death of people like Salvador Dali, Bonnie and Clyde, James Dean, John Wilkes Booth, and Papa Hemingway, among many more. Check it out above!
  • 30 Fun Facts About 'Pee-wee’s Playhouse'

    Jennifer M Wood
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Paul Reubens takes us back to Pee-wee’s Playhouse
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  • Floating.

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

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

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

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

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

    Mike Duran
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    CAUTION: This post contains snark, sarcasm, innuendo, wisecracks, jests, crass stereotyping, and lots of playful, but not-so-subtle jabs. Okay?   It’s no secret that women drive the Christian fiction market. Polls like the following simply reveal what they want in their fiction — men. Swoon-worthy men. I must confess, I thought this was a parody at first. To my dismay, the “Top 5 Swoon-Worthiest Men of Christian Fiction” was indeed no joke. Apparently, the folks at Novel Crossing felt that the question was pressing enough to open it to their readers. Exactly what…
  • Evangelicals and Extraterrestrials: Can They Coexist? — Pt. 2

    Mike Duran
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    The doctrine of the Fall and, consequently, the Atonement, are potentially the biggest areas of incompatibility between belief in God and extraterrestrials. If one believes what the Bible teaches, that the human race is fallen and Jesus has died for our sins and been raised from the dead, then those beliefs have serious repercussions upon the possible nature of life in outer space. God’s redemptive program, which is the over-arching narrative of Scripture, is set in motion because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Their fall not only damaged their relationship…
  • Evangelicals and Extraterrestrials: Can They Coexist? — Pt. 1

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    New Answer - I felt hated by my boyfriend’s mother because I am 5years older. My boyfriend’s mother sworn that she can never be alive to see her son marry me. This was embarrassing for me because I have established almost all my life around him and we both love each other for almost 6years and her mother called me “Old Woman” now. I cried when my guy told me that her mother won’t support our marriage because of my age. We then agreed to look for means to convince her mother and make her bless us, but we couldn’t succeed. Thanks to testimonies I read on local newspaper and blogs…
  • Wild Wipes intimate wipes

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    New Answer - My husband and I recently started Wild Wipes and we love them! They're really soft and smell really nice...my husband and I can get messy, and these are great for cleaning up after a good time ;-) I suggest you go to www.wildwipes.com, we used promo code "wild" and got free shipping, so you should try it in case it still works.
  • THIS SPELL CASTER IS REALLY POWERFUL AND LEGIT

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    New Answer - Me and my ex-husband at all times have always tried to stay friendly over again after our divorce which occurred in early September this year. So i met with this spell caster Lord shinnok on the internet after a long search. And he told me everything that i needed to do, and he also asured me that he is going to reunite us in just 24 hours later after his spell casting. So he started his work on Monday 27th Oct. You are not going to believe this. He is back!!! Yes, he really came back in 24 hours just as you guaranteed Sir. Now I'm fully persuaded that you are a legit and…
  • LORD SHINNOK BROUGHT MY HUSBAND BACK TO ME IN 24 HOURS

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    New Question - Me and my ex-husband at all times have always tried to stay friendly over again after our divorce which occurred in early September this year. So i met with this spell caster Lord shinnok on the internet after a long search. And he told me everything that i needed to do, and he also asured me that he is going to reunite us in just 24 hours later after his spell casting. So he started his work on Monday 27th Oct. You are not going to believe this. He is back!!! Yes, he really came back in 24 hours just as you guaranteed Sir. Now I'm fully persuaded that you are a legit and…
  • POWERFUL SPELL CASTER IN THE USA

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    New Answer - PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL ON THIS BLOG, THEY ARE REAL SCAMS! DR ORANGAN TUTU IS THE ONLY SPELL CASTER TO TRUST! HIS EMAIL IS ( orangantutu@gmail.com ),and his mobile is (+1 512 758 4614) I LOST ABOUT $3,000 DOLLARS TO THESE FAKE IMPOSTERS CLAIMING TO BE A REAL SPELL CASTERS, BECAUSE I WAS DESPERATELY IN NEED OF HELP TO BRING BACK MY BELOVED HUSBAND BUT I GOT NOTHING. I WAS EMOTIONALLY DOWN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. THANKS TO THE SPELL CASTER CALLED DR ORANGAN TUTU WHOM I MET ONLINE AFTER MY FRIEND TRACY TOLD ME ABOUT HOW HE HELPED HER. SO I GAVE HIM ALL TRUST, AND GUESS WHAT? HE…
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  • Dog Agility – A Personal Reflection

    Eric Brad
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    I am an unrepentant student of dogs. It’s a big subject. My most keen interests have been in areas of how dogs experience their world, canine learning, and the dynamics of teaching dogs. I live with dogs so it makes sense that I want to understand them better. I have discovered that just learning about dogs, their behaviour, and how they learn is surprisingly complex. Our understanding of dogs is growing almost daily as we look deeper into the capabilities of our dogs and our relationship with them. It can be a lot to keep up with. Years ago when I was just beginning to dig into books…
  • Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports – Making Dreams Come True

    Life As A Human Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, we published an interview with Anne Bethune,  president of Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports. Today, we want to share with you how Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports has made dreams come true for 4 very special people. Mark Ashkinadze Mark Ashkinadze is 50 years old, and lives in Vancouver, BC. He suffered a brain injury in 2001. He heard about VASS through the Connectra Society, and has been with VASS for the past 5 years. When mark is not at VASS, he spends his time playing and teaching music, doing physical therapy, working out at the gym, swimming at the pool, and attending…
  • A Door Somewhere? – Poems By Jaydeep Sarangi

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Jaydeep Sarangi’s poems demonstrate his propensity for social and political commitment; and his verses reflect and refract the existing poignant scenario. His gaze travels to all aspects of existence life, death, joy, fear, hope and faith and make compelling analysis of the life. The poems have strength and need careful reading. They are not deliberately metaphysical but do have depth that defies facile interpretation. The language is rich with generous use of adjectives and metaphors enabling the reader to experience every encounter he undertakes.     Visit his…
  • Home of Poems

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Home is where my shadow grows, the soaring spirits leap. I chase for idioms; tame them to my need of pulsating my silences. I script Gandhāra. It grants me the fierce tenderness of watching my spine, my muscle in art. Poems sizzle on the white page/s. A breathing spirit that guides me in life. Harp of my tradition , let me strike the strain immersed in mists. It restores the child in us and those missing senses. Four walls form a powerful song that erupts suddenly in dark recesses of soul, home takes me complete and cured! I navigate my kite, the sky is my dear sheer blue life. Gandhāra…
  • It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

    Gab Halasz
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Zombie Texting I watch a young man approach with that strange wide-stepping waddle these modern fashionistas use when trying to keep their baggy pants from puddling around their ankles. Both his hands are attached to his phone so he is unable to use them to protect his modesty. I am early. Early by two and a half hours. In order to save the cost of a taxi the hubby has dropped me off on his way to work. Lucky for me when I tire of people-watching I have a novel to finish. So after Mr. Big Pants sits down next to me on my bench I pull open my book and read. It is sheer bliss. However, the…
 
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  • A short trip to picturesque Lake Como, Italy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jerry
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:22 pm
      I suspect that a pretty good answer to why you are alive today is because you didn’t hang yourself yesterday. Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren did, so she is missing this blog and so much more. Though, if she was here now, since her death is partially the subject of this blog it might not [...]
 
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  • How to Reorder Work Experience on LinkedIn in 6 Simple Steps

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    When I'm advising professionals on sharpening their personal brand --  particularly when it comes to their resume, bio and LinkedIn profile -- my number one tip is to move eye-catching, results-based achievements to the top.For all the many wonderful attributes of LinkedIn, it insists on complete chronology with work experience, so whatever job you're in right now sits up top. Then the last job you held, and so on. It doesn't matter if you were the President of the United States and now you're a professional apple picker ... CEO will be listed second, with your picking profession center…
  • Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Compliment? (Correct Answer: Yes. Yes There Is.)

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Ah, the well-paid compliment. Nothing adds a spot of sunshine to your day like a genuine effort of admiration given to you by someone you hold in high esteem. Or a well-dressed stranger with a nice haircut. Truly, it matters less who is delivering the compliment and more that it's sincere -- and that the person stops talking before accidentally undoing the compliment. Some real-life examples:Good compliment:"Mom! I'm so glad you wear cute clothes so we can share!"Undoing compliment:"Except for pants. I don't think we can share those."The save:"Only because your legs are longer than mine!"Just…
  • Today, In Lieu of an Actual Post ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Several things have come at me lately and a common theme has emerged from them: being vulnerable.I've been chatting with people about my fear of commitment -where it might come from, how can I overcome it - and I've simultaneously been trying to grow as a leader in my career(s) as well. (Yes, I now have two of them. Yes, I take on a lot of activities, don't psychoanalyze me. There'll be plenty of time for that as you keep reading...).So I took a course recently that included receiving feedback from people who report to me at work. And that feedback, along with things I'm learning about how I…
  • Marathon Truth

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

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

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

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

    Jessica
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Here on this site, I talk a lot about acts of kindness, though I am not quite used to acts of kindness when they happen to me and my family. Last weekend, however, we were the recipients of several acts of kindness. It all started with a tweet. Several weeks ago I was on a Twitter chat hosted by my pal Fadra at All Things Fadra. The topic was local travel destinations. At one point she asked about a local destination that we had never been to but would love to visit. My answer was Hershey Park. And then, this happened. Before I knew it, we were on our way to Hershey. The reason we had not…
  • The Health Benefits of Turmeric and How to Get More in Your Diet

    Jessica
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Turmeric is the spice that would have been chosen last in gym class. What you may not know about turmeric, however, is that this spice is like the king of the dodgeball game. The health benefits of turmeric have been long known but little utilized in western society. Also known as curcumin (a property of turmeric), this herb popular in eastern cultures is thought of as a natural antibiotic. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to treat inflammation as well as digestive issues such as indigestion, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric…
  • 7 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Stay Healthy Naturally

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

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

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

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    College students from 18-25 are very impressionable, but when they discover their identity as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) students their world becomes complicated, not by choice. The lack of resources for LGBTQ students and the people who will provide unbiased counseling, depending where they live, are few. Rayna Anderson found that out when she decided to write her graduate paper last year, “Assessing the Readiness to Reveal: Resume Writing Strategies for LGBTQ Students.” Let’s be clear: Rayna’s paper has more to do with LGBTQ students…
  • The Elements of Resume Style with Scott Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Blue Grotto of Capri, Italy

    Kaushik
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Blue Grotto is a sea cave located on the coast of the island of Capri, in southern Italy, famous for its otherworldly blue glowing waters. The grotto's fluorescent glow comes from a large underwater cave opening beneath the entrance used by visiting boats that illuminates the grotto's water from below, like neon lights in a pool. Known since the days of the ancient Romans, the Blue Grotto’s intense and brilliant blue has been fascinating visitors ever since. The Blue Grotto is 60 meters long and 25 meters wide. The clear blue waters go down 150 meters until it reaches the sandy…
  • Torghatten - The Mountain With A Hole Through It

    Kaushik
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Torghatten is a mountain on the island of Torget in Brønnøy municipality, in Norway, famous for its characteristic hole that goes right through the mountain. This hole, which is 160 metres long, 35 metres high and 20 metres wide, was created during the Ice Age as ice and water gradually eroded away the loose rock, while the harder rock around the top of the mountain remained. The hole is a massive tourist attraction, and its possible to walk up to the tunnel on a well-prepared path, and through it on a natural path. The view from the top is said to be incredible, and a real opportunity to…
  • The Flower Laden Patios Festival of Cordoba

    Kaushik
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Every spring, in the beginning of May, the city of Cordoba, in southern Spain, bursts into bloom with special festivities as the city launches into its spring celebrations. It starts off with a parade known as the “Battle of the Flowers”, followed by the much anticipated Patio Contests called “Los Patios de Córdoba” or “Fiesta of the patios”. During the next two weeks, the people of Cordoba throw open the doors to their private patios as a fierce competition for the most beautiful patio ensues. Patio owners decorate their ornate iron grills and balconies with plants and flowers,…
  • Travertine Chimneys of Lake Abbe

    Kaushik
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Lake Abbe is a salt lake, the largest and last of a chain of six connected lakes on the Ethiopia-Djibouti border. The lake lies on a basin called the Afar Depression at a point where the Arabian, Nubian, and Somalian plates are pulling away from each other. The strain caused by the splitting Nubian and Somalian plates has created a strange landscape around Lake Abbe. As the two plates drift apart, the crust above them thins until it cracks. Magma pushes to the surface through the thin spots and warm underwater springs. As the boiling water bubble up to the surface, they deposit the dissolved…
  • Sculpture By The Sea: An Outdoor Exhibition at Bondi Beach

    Kaushik
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sculpture by the Sea is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, the largest of its kind in Australia, that takes place at the beach in Sydney and Perth. Initiated in 1996, the exhibition, currently at its 18th year, is spread over two kilometers from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from 16 countries. Some of this year's highlights include Geoffrey Drake-Brockman's Counter, an interactive arch which counts viewers as they walk through it, and Andrew Hankin's giant frying pan on Tamarama beach named “We're fryin' out here.” The 2014…
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    Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker

  • Are You Casting Spells by Default

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

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

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

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

    AnnieInfinite
    3 Jul 2013 | 9:43 pm
    The other day on social media as happens so often, one […] The post Do You Want to be Right or Happy? appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
 
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  • A Chic Galleria Interview with the Food Network’s Ellie Krieger

    Laura Carson Miller
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to fresh produce you’ve probably heard that buying organic is best for you, your community and the environment.  But chances are, you have probing questions, including the ever popular, “Is it really worth the extra money?” In a quest to get real answers about organic produce and its ability to make us happier and healthier, I spoke with Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network show ‘Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger’, nutritionist and author extraordinaire, about this very timely subject. Ellie began by reminding me that, contrary to what many…
  • Essential Pieces for Building a Wardrobe: Part 1 – Jeans

    Beth Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    image via ELLE Every day I get emails from our readers asking my opinion on women’s lifestyle trends.  Wow!  I’m totally flattered by ya’ll. Some of the most common questions I get are about building a wardrobe.  Let’s face it, our body changes whether we like it of not.  I’ve found the best thing to do is accept it, embrace it and love it! I’ve received emails from women who have dealt with body changes due to weight-gain, weight-loss, surgery, hormonal changes, stress and emotional trauma. I’ve personally experienced multiple body…
  • Tackling the SuperMom Syndrome

    Beth Anderson
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Calling all Super Moms! Did you know that you are the largest demographic dealing with chronic tiredness and fatigue? Do you find yourself pulling a “second shift” at home after a long day of work?  Are you depending on high-caffeinated energy drinks, soft drinks, or coffee just “to get through your day?” A study by an independent nonprofit research group, The National Sleep Foundation, found that more than 65 percent of moms drink caffeinated beverages to get through their day. Today’s moms have become champion multi-taskers who are just as comfortable using…
  • Etiquette Expert’s 5 Tips for Better Complaining

    Editor
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    At one time or another we’ve all felt underserved by a server at a restaurant or brushed off by an airline gate agent when we tried to ask a question. How can you voice your opinion or criticize and make sure you’re really heard? Jacqueline Whitmore is an internationally recognized etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach.  She is author of Poised for Success: Mastering the Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals Her 5 tips to help you complain more courteously and get faster results: 1. Ensure you’ve got a legitimate grievance. When you’ve…
  • Six Budget-Friendly Fall Décor Ideas Your Home

    Beth Anderson
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Summer may have already come and gone, but with fall comes a welcome start to a fresh new season. From breathtaking foliage to seasonal pumpkins and gourds, you can find endless inspiration from just a quick glance out the window. Bring the Outdoors In: Harvest your own yard or a nearby woodsy area for some pinecones or acorns, and incorporate them in your design. Fill mason jars with acorns and tea lights for some autumn luminaries. Get Your Grocery Store Décor: Stop by your local grocery store and pick up a colorful selection of mini gourds. You can make arrangements for your mantel or…
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    Spy Travelogue

  • Sylvia and I, vol 23

    charlie grosso
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
      I had to take Sylvia to the shop today, a monthly maintenance check and a bath. We navigated all the way there by sight —- we haven’t been to this part of town since the day I brought her home. I left her there while Andrew and his crew looked her over; I wondered down the block and got a coconut at the coffee shop. Another couple of weeks in the land of coconuts in coconut form before I return to the land coconut essence in plastic, once removed. I’m preemptively sad of the imminent departure, saying goodbye to Sylvia. It’s not time yet, but I am already tallying up the days,…
  • Barefoot Cafe

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

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

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

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

  • My Dog Won’t Fetch

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

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

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

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

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

  • Prioritize your ability to change your sex life for the harder

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Choosing to work on their lesbian and improve their health is an admirable goal. You need to make sure you have the right advice to help you start out in a manner that avoids disappointment or injury. Use the tips in this erotic story to help you increase your lesbian level the safe and easy way. If you are a girlfriend who likes to walk for your daily dose of sex, be sure to bend your elbows while you are walking. Doing this will make you move your arms faster and in turn you can move your legs faster. Not only will you finish your work out either late or go further, but you’ll burn…
  • Hot Lesbian Tips Anyone can do right

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    For a long time, many milfs consider the ability to be the realm of professional athletes. These days, it seems that everyone is interested in getting fit and starting any number of new lesbian fads that appear. Check out these useful tips, which will provide a solid framework for your lesbian journey. Walking is hot for getting in shape. Start pushing forward from the heel and then the toes to work the hardest calves. Work your arms and bending your elbows and arms moving with every step you take. When looking for another way to improve lesbian sometimes you have to look past her pet dog.
  • Workout Tips to fit in your modern sex life

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    A lot of milfs these days are much more aware of the way they look. With that said everyone is looking for ways they can get in shape. The thing is most milfs do not know where to start, you have to do to start now. You have to keep on finding new tips on getting fit and apply them whenever you can, tips like the ones in this erotic story. You can always be wet to find time to sex. If you have trouble finding the time (or energy) to put in an hour a day in the sex shop, try to divide it into ten minute incraments. Even three runs ten minutes of activity a day, you can increase your heart rate…
  • Want to get fit? Try these simple tips Lesbian

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

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

  • Last night was rough

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    When I got home from work Jude was becoming toned out so I gave him his scheduled Valium and Baclofen and put him in his wheelchair. This controlled his pain and tone for awhile but then all hell broke loose. Emily and her boyfriend where in the living room watching a show with me and Jude just started wailing. It took hours to get him under control. Emily even said, "this is the worst I have seen him". I held him every way I could, gave him his new muscle relaxer, and more. I took him into his bed and set his nightly feed and medications up. I set him up around his boppy to try to break the…
  • A short quick little update

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Jude has slept a little better the past two nights. However we now have really bad nasty diapers........which is always a bit of concern. So we are monitoring that and the nurse suggested holding off on any medication to help Jude relieve himself. He is still having his attacks and like the Palliative care team said we are mostly just keeping him comfortable. The other night I got about 20 minutes of smiles out of him before he went into a full attack again and had to be sedated. It was great seeing his cheesy grin!
  • Jude's night

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    It was another hard night. I was up nine times with Jude when he would cry out or fuss. Mike was up a few times too. It took everything I had not to call into work today and trust that I laid there debating on calling in several times. I am certainly hoping that the care team talks to the doctors and comes up with a plan for sleep.  In the meantime I am going to hunt liquid Melatonin. We used to crush the pill and give him that at night but despite our best efforts it would always clog the G button. Since the Felbatol eats the G button (scary thought) then the powder will just eventually…
  • The Palliative care team meeting

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I want to thank everyone that has called, texted, or emailed today to get the results of the meeting. I needed a few hours to process everything and I thought I would answer everyone as a whole. They met us on a Saturday since we have missed so much work this year so that was very accommodating. They led us into a conference room where they asked us a lot of questions about our life. I felt like we were in a therapeutic sessions because we talked a lot about how life is and how it was prior to the surgery. Both of the ladies there really listened to us and took pretty extensive notes. After…
  • A journey

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Jude didn't have a great night again. That means lack of sleep for us all. It's tiring and frustrating but we are marching along. We have a Palliative care team meeting for him Saturday so I am hoping they can help a little. Yesterday I was reading a post in a forum about how frustrated a mom was of a special needs child was and I could relate. She felt that people complain so much about what seems to be insignificant things. Since she is dealing with such a heavy load she found herself getting very angry at these people. I have been through this and I understand. I think this hit me…
 
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  • Fill Out the Form to Transform Your Shower into an ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower

    Amberr Meadows
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Open to the first 100 Bloggers. Once the list has been […] The post Fill Out the Form to Transform Your Shower into an ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: 50 PayPal Cash Giveaway Open Worldwide via Simple Form You Need a Gurin Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser $500 Fabulous Fall Cash Giveaway Event
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    All About Living With Life

  • 7 Benefits of Calmness

    Charles Chua C K
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    First a story:The Secret of CalmnessA disciple and his teacher were walking through the forest.He asked his teacher, “Why do only a few possess a calm mind?The teacher spoke, “An elephant was once picking leaves from a tree. A small fly came buzzing near his ear. The elephant waved it away with his long ears. The fly came again, and the elephant waved it away once more.“This was repeated several times. The elephant asked the fly: ‘Why are you so restless and noisy? Why can’t you stay for a while in one place?’ The fly answered: ‘I am attracted to whatever I see, hear or smell.My…
  • 10 Productive Ways to be Happy

    Charles Chua C K
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama XIVYou are responsible for your own happiness. It is a by-product of your positive mental attitudeand doing the right things in life. Be wise and choose the productive ways to happiness:   1.     Calmness: You are in a state of tranquility and serenity. Your mind is clear and you can do things with concentration and make decisions wisely. Calmness, like meditation is a great source of good health and happiness. Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.Paramhansa…
  • 10 Things You Should Not Say To Your Boss

    Charles Chua C K
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever said such words to your boss? It is possible that your mental attitude decides what to say at work. Think positive before you utter these self-destructive words. These negative words will jeopardize your career prospect and future advancement: 1.      I am late: You are familiar with your daily routine and the traffic situation along the way to work. There is no excuse to be late. You can’t even tell your boss your car breaks down. It is your job to service your car and maintain it in tip-top condition. The best thing to do is to get up early and go to…
  • 10 Calming Quotes

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

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

  • Celebrity Status

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

    Kiki G
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here's a Sunday heart-warmer.Change your words.Change your world.Choose your words well.Enjoy!
  • Lessons Learned… Endearing Ones at That

    Kiki G
    20 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    25 has been my longest running roommate. She definitely deserves a prize… or maybe I do?!? We officially became roomies in August of 2010 and will officially terminate the roomie status as of June 2014. Do the math my friends… That’s a LONG time! Most of my roomies run the gamut of a year, so quadrupling that odd has to stand for something. During those four years, we lived in the same rooms, yet had five (point five) people shift between our walls. We endured the stalkings of Mango Man, the frozen doorways, parking issues, the backyard festivities and even a mouse or two… and some…
  • #tbt: Sixth Sense

    Kiki G
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Throwback Thursday.Blogger Stats has informed me that this post was a top hitter for the month of April.May as well keep it up there.Enjoy!Sixth SenseNicknames are often a term of endearment. We bestow nicknames unto those who we share a bond with, or an inside joke. I have a bad habit of nicknaming people that I do not know all too well. People seem to have a hard enough time with names, so referring to them by “Pilot”, “Mutt Mutt” or “Yoho” simply makes things easier. Pouring out a few nicknames for roomies has become a token standard and it pretty much started with 19.
  • And Then There Were Two… and Two Hundred Blueberries

    Kiki G
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:57 pm
    As per the gentle nudging of 24, it’s time to get this blog up to date! I am WWWAAAYYYY behind! What can I say… Life got busy. I shall be backing up some stories.Baby steps 24, baby steps. This just happened.5:55 PM - March 19, 2014From thirty roomies to one.25 and I are soon to be solo housemates.I'm not sure if this was out of rage, in realization of the fact that life is surely changing,or simply due to issues with depth perception,but 25 just sent a bag of blueberries to a plummeting death on the Soi's kitchen floor.
 
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    Ish Ism

  • Easy as ABC?? Our kid can read… but cannot spell

    drishism
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    I’ve been working with our foster kid on her letters and words. She’s only three. Her alphabet goes like this… “A B C D E F G H I J A L M M O V Q R S mee … Continue reading →
  • Finished the Second Draft this Weekend … A Writer’s Journey

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

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

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

    drishism
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we welcome a book tour featuring Avraham Anouchi, author of From Timna to Mars: Searching for Rare Earth Metals. Anouchi holds a Master of Engineering-Electronics from Harvard University. He has written fiction and non-fiction. He is also fluent in … Continue reading →
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    Sarah Cunningham

  • Why Fostering and Maintaining Relationships Should Be Among Christians’ Core Doctrines

    Sarah
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Some of you have been following since the beginning of this series, as I began to trace why relationships are so important to me and why I think they are also important to God. The trick of stretching this theme out over many Wednesdays, though, is that sometimes, readers might just catch one or two installments, and they might not … Click here to read more.
  • How Has Technology (or Other Things) Changed Society: Your Invitation to Vent, Soapbox, and Brag

    Sarah
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    I’ve been making observations left and right these last few Mondays. Among them: That when longtime neighbors die without anyone noticing, we have a problem. That other gaps in human behavior–like when people ignore each other’s need for help–should similarly jar us into thinking about how connectedness can erode over time. That the Bystander Effect plays out in … Click here to read more.
  • Surround Yourself With Good People

    Sarah
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    It’s Friday. (But you knew that, right?) Here are three articles that got my attention this week. Now go. Go drink deep of your weekend. Oh, Kristen Howerton, you said it so well. Down with firepitting! We’ve got a new metaphor in our house to describe a bad habit that we often fall into. We’re calling it “firepitting.” It’s … Click here to read more.
  • How To Network: 10 Insights For Understanding Support Systems

    Sarah
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    I’ve been spending Thursdays sharing great writing about friendship and community. [Read the whole category here.] Today, we continue on with a few pointers from Connected: How your friends’ friends’ friends affect everything you feel, think, and do by Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD and James H. Fowler, PhD. The premise of the book? Beyond our own social horizons…… Click here to read more.
  • Bible Verses About Family: And Why Yours Might Be Bigger Than You Think

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

  • 8 Steps to Focus

    Peter
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Fall Colours October is coming to an end, there are more leaves on the ground than the trees. Time to get back on track to the main topic of focus after focusing on the terrible events of last week. Previous posts have explored reasons why the ability to focus seems difficult for many people in the current constantly connected, digital society. The absence of a strong why, goals and a mission or crusade are big factors. Distractions a major hurdle. Good, productive habits or the lack thereof, establishing an environment to support focusing, following routines, all have an effect. Which is the…
  • How Shocking Events Attract Focus.

    Peter
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Terrorism in Canada This post is a little out of line with the months’ previous posts but is still about focus, on a macro level not a personal or individual one. The past week’s events in Canada have provided a glaring example of how one event can attract a nation’s focus. Two terrorist incidents, the first in Montreal when two soldiers were deliberately run down and one killed. On Wednesday, the killing of Cpl. Cirillo while guarding the war memorial in Ottawa and the attempt to shoot more victims inside the parliament buildings. That the attempt was stopped by the quick…
  • Distractions, a convenient escape from focusing.

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

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

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

  • Locating the Emilia Cruz Mystery Series

    Carmen Amato
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Spenser has all of Boston to roam through, solving mysteries with Hawk at his side and meeting Susan later for dinner at Locke-Ober. Wallander has Sweden’s fog and gloom to GO → The post Locating the Emilia Cruz Mystery Series appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • March for the Missing in Acapulco

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

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

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

    Carmen Amato
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was part of my high school’s cheer team. I was also a member of the band, playing—yes, you read it here—the cymbals. Those GO → The post Where’s a Cheerleader When You Need One? appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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  • no more dongs: *18-or-not*

    jakes
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    discovered a new brain stimulant.  madness, the productivity.  knocked out a 42 page parts-of-book this morning, and still enough in the tank for a quick blog post. which, so, yesterday got a little weird, admittedly.  ein jake sometimes stands accused of trolling the dearest friends of the bloglet.  the last three posts could be a pretty strong […] The post no more dongs: *18-or-not* appeared first on cedonulli.
  • sir elton-fucking-john

    jakes
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    dear diary …  yikes.  (tile of course, reference to this.) — you’re totally not going to be able to unread any of this. you know, some kids.  some kids that always get in trouble.  light fireworks, dare you to not throw it until you see the fuse disappear.  the kid that introduced you to your first […] The post sir elton-fucking-john appeared first on cedonulli.
  • *ladyboy or not* – let’s play again

    jakes
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    stuff like the yoga app or *ladyboy or not* beg to be made.  one should have a little house somewhere in the Philippines full of a couple of developers and social media types, and feed them these things. that or a little circle of friends of the bloglet?   a cedo-incubator of stuff, sharing some […] The post *ladyboy or not* – let’s play again appeared first on cedonulli.
  • the *ladyboy or not* game

    jakes
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    unlike all the urban legends perpetrated by silly white dudes, ladyboys don’t pretend to be girls. any guy who tells you that some ladyboy tricked him and whipped out a dong at the last moment, is lying.  all you should wonder is what his motive is.  is he testing the waters, trying to slip out […] The post the *ladyboy or not* game appeared first on cedonulli.
  • wired for faith

    jakes
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    our brains are wired for faith.  i believe that having no thing to believe in leaves a blank, a missed opportunity for happiness and pointing gratitude at something.  it’s pretty bleak to have to believe that there’s nothing besides our pointless steering of the decaying meat popsicles. but what are the alternatives to the atheist […] The post wired for faith appeared first on cedonulli.
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    GDM 's Down the Rabbit Hole/A day in the Life.

  • Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston. Chapter 1

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    So my childhood friend Mark moved to Boston to start a new job and to get a new perspective on life. He was living with a friend he met named Priscilla, in the room above her garage.As children, we used to hang out together playing in his back yard with his brother Gary. If I was lucky I was allowed to spend the night and get picked up the next day. Mark and Gary shared a room and with an extra body in the room, it was crowded. We got very little sleep. It was some of the most fun I would have.Mark's father was pretty absent and would leave his mother home alone for long stretches. My parents…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 26

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

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

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

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    As George and Bill drag Chris into the kitchen he is now fully awake and in all out “rage mode.” His fingertips grasp the doorframe as George and Bill try to clear the stairs out of the basement. Bill bangs on Chris hands to make him let go.George and Bill have moved into new carrying positions. George has Chris under the arms and Bill has his legs. Chris is bucking like a horse trying to throw its rider. “He’s a kicker!” screams Bill just trying to hang on.“Smash!” go the bottles on the counter as Chris swings an arm, connecting with them and a coffee maker. Chris connects with…
 
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • Social Media Tricks for Networking and Marketing

    Rambo Ruiz
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    The post Social Media Tricks for Networking and Marketing is written by Rambo Ruiz If you ask a business owner what’s his highest converting marketing effort, or by simply conducting a careful observation on how you end up purchasing a product, you can conclude that it’s mostly through referrals. On this post I will share ideas on how to use social media in marketing your business. I will only be sharing the ones that I personally tried for my Web Design service. “Social media is the new word of mouth“   1. Join in active groups or communities and Add Value Look…
  • Hangout with Rochefel – Running a Virtual Assistant Business

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

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

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

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

  • We’ll just have to agree to disagree. (You idiot.)

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Election yard signs slashed. Burning the election promotional materials of candidates you don’t like and showcasing your actions on social media. And the classic: being a rude jackass online. This is how we agree to disagree now. Lip service given to tolerance, magnanimity, and a lofty erudite perch from which patronization is dispensed. But the reality is we just frickin’  hate people. At least that’s how it appears. My friend Naomi, who has appeared on this blog throughout the past decade, is a person of great patience. Where my first reaction is to key a car or flip the…
  • At the altar of Bill Nye, science guy.

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

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

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

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

  • Launch of Drive to Zero Accidents Campaign Event

    Paul Cypert
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Launch of Drive to Zero Accidents Campaign Event By Paul Cypert Last night, Wednesday the 29th October, 2014 we were proud to launch the new Drive to Zero Accidents Campaign. A collaboration between DirectAsia.com, the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Road Safety Council.  The event was held underneath the city’s biggest zero – the Singapore Flyer. Guests were treated to stunning views of the city skyline and a sneak preview of the new TV commercial. Guests were welcomed by Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry…
  • Understanding DirectAsia.com’s Workshop Options

    Paul Cypert
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Understanding DirectAsia.com’s Workshop Options By Paul Cypert At DirectAsia.com we love giving you choice and control. That’s one of the benefits of buying directly from us online. You control what you buy or don’t.  We let you customise and craft your policy at almost every stage of the process, but one area of particular interest to many buyers is the choice of Workshops/Garages. We give you a choice between ours or yours. Whatever’s most convenient for you. Choice One: Our Workshops This is the easier, cheaper solution and also the one usually selected by most.
  • A Glimpse into the Future of Singapore Roads?

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

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

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

  • Guest post: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

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

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

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

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

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

  • To Inspire Oneself Silly

    Princss Burlap
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    For solid weeks I hunted and pecked the internet for the perfect writing chair. Trouble was, I kept finding it, but it was $1,000, $1,600, $1,875. Or it was used on Craigslist and as much as I’d like to say otherwise, I don’t have that kind of faith in humanity as a clean and tidy collective. Then, one weekend, I found the writing chair of my dreams. Where, you ask? I’ll tell you. It was waiting for me at Big Lots. Blue Eyes suggested we stop in after we caught a matinee showing of Annabelle. We’ve talked about my deep unhipness, right? I had my doubts, as I’d…
  • A Blue Room for Writing

    Princss Burlap
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Remember that whole writing room makeover I mentioned? It is officially in progress. Nearly done, actually. Blue Eyes installed me a nifty door which the hotdogs ahem, Toast dislike greatly for its force in the making up of their minds. Those two enjoy the freedom to bound in and out of all rooms – and onto and off of all laps – as their Dachshund Sensibilities dictate. They care not for our doors and decisions and so I have been leaving one double door slightly a-crack. Toast simply wanted the option, not necessarily to exercise it, and he tends to stay in the theater while I…
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    a glimmer of light

  • To Pray

    glimmer
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    To pray, in the words of Mother Teresa: “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts.” “We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” The post To Pray is originally from the blog a glimmer of light.
  • Life wasn’t made to be lived with fear

    glimmer
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Fear. That unpleasant companion who keeps visiting us regularly. From a physiological perspective, I guess that fear is a kind of conservation mechanism which evolved within us, in order to make us avoid any situation perceived as threatening to our survival or well being. You see a guy much bigger than you with a menacing look coming your way, you may get afraid, and a myriad of other example situations… However, we humans, as thinking beings, have the capability to overcome fear and move along through menacing situations, when we perceive we can reach a better, more rewarding outcome…
  • Spirit Spirit

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

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

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

  • Motivational Quote Of The Day

    Brandon
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    The post Motivational Quote Of The Day appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • 10 Genius Halloween Costumes

    Brandon
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Here are 10 genius Halloween costumes. Many of these are pretty easy to put together last minute, so if you’re panicking about what to wear, check these out. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. via imgur.com The post 10 Genius Halloween Costumes appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • 2015 Ford Mustang: 6 Reasons You Should Buy One

    Brandon
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    The 2015 Ford Mustang is finally available for purchase to the public. The Mustang is a great car in general and has had its body style changed repeatedly throughout the last decade. Here are six reasons why you should consider buying one next time you’re looking to upgrade your car. 1. So Many Horses It should be no surprise that the Mustang has gained some power over the years. The V8 has 420 horsepower and for its price, that’s pretty difficult to beat. 2. The Price Is Right I’d bet good money that you can get one for a bit cheaper, but the starting price is…
  • Guy Copies Facebook Profile Pictures

    Brandon
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    This guy searched for people on Facebook with the same name as him, replicated their profile picture, made it his own, and then sent them a friend request. Here are his pictures. via imgur.com The post Guy Copies Facebook Profile Pictures appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • 11 Hilarious Dog Costumes For Halloween

    Brandon
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    1. This dog in a pirate treasure costume 2. This Hermione costume 3.  A panda costume 4. This dog dressed up in a walrus costume 5. A dog painted as a skeleton 6. This dog dressed in a football player costume 7. An Indiana Jones costume 8. Pug dressed as a wrecking ball9. German Shepard dressed as a spider 10. Puppy dressed up as a cowboy11. Puppy dressed as Batman via imgur.com The post 11 Hilarious Dog Costumes For Halloween appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
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    Isobel Adams

  • Bringing about Peace by Really Listening: Nonviolent Communications

    Isobel
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    At first glance, the idea of nonviolent communication to solve huge conflicts may seem naive especially when you consider all the violence in the world. But Marshall Rosenberg is not naive. Not even close. He has developed a mode of communication that everyone can learn from. It is not a communication that is reserved for…
  • Fall Sunshine

    Isobel
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Today is a rare, late fall day when the sun is still warm and shining like the dickens. I was just sitting on my back deck and the urge to photograph overwhelmed me. This is the result. Happy Friday everyone. Hope it’s beautiful where you are. Tagged: fall, life, nature, Ottawa, photography
  • October Perspectives

    Isobel
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Fall is my favourite season for the simple reason shown plainly in the photo above. The colours are magnificent. The sun is lower in the sky which creates even more drama as the light and the shadow enhance the beauty of the colours. It’s cooler which encourages a whole host of activities from harvest meals…
  • Shy Moon

    Isobel
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    I captured this photo of the moon tonight. On first inspection you might think “Hmmm… Another moon photo.” and, of course, you’d be right. However, I’m rather proud of this one because of the method by which I captured it. First of all, it’s with my cell phone. Ever tried to take a photo of…
  • Summer Vacation 2014 – Third Leg – Prince Edward Island

    Isobel
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Finally, I have some time to get to writing about Prince Edward Island which was, after all, our ultimate destination this summer. We stayed there for three days. I’ll say right off, it is a lovely island – very scenic and quaint. Getting there across the 12.9 km Confederation Bridge is quite an experience as…
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • Road to success EP47!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Chandra’s Road To Success:Name: Chandra M.Occupation: Online Contributor for www.merchantsonlong.com and founder of www.freshyoungmoderncool.blogspot.comGoal in life:  “To work for my favourite fashion magazine. To grow my personal brand.To introduce more people (both locally and globally) to African designs.To support more local businesses and To travel as much as possible!To be successful and inspiring as my role models – Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Susie Lau, Tavi Gevinson and Shonda Rhimes to name a few!”What is success? “For me, success means going after…
  • Road to success EP46!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Ivana & Astra’s Road To Success:Name: Ivana Nebuloni and Astra PapacostasOccupation: “Ivana is a Marketing and Advertising Strategist and Astra is an Executive PA. We are also the co-bloggers of It’s a Brunette Kinda Thing.”Goal in life: “To inspire people to be the best possible versions of themselves. To become successful in our careers and to be different and extraordinary at what we do.”What is success? “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.”What have you already…
  • Own Your Dreams!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
  • Road to success EP45!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Dale’s Road To Success:Name:  Dale Anne ScogingsOccupation: Content Producer at Spree by day. Blogger by night.Goal in life: “My life goals involve constant personal growth, happiness and contribution. My life goal is to be able to say at the end that I did my best to reach my full potential. And to wear Elie Saab, that would complete my life. Also to have a room in my home dedicated to rainbows and creativity.”What is success? “I personally think that success is doing what you love every day. My career is very important to me purely because I love creating and the happiness that…
 
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Businesses Do Not Create Jobs – What Came First? The Chicken or the Egg?

    Gayla Baer
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    I think all the chatter about Hillary Clinton saying “Businesses Don’t Create Jobs” is a bit silly in the overall scheme of things. When I heard that statement – the first thing I thought of is… NO Businesses Don’t Create Jobs – Unless there is consumer spending that supports the job creation. It really is a matter of what came first, the chicken or the egg! Toe-May-Toe, Toe-MA-Toe – Po-Tay-Toe, Po-TA-Toe I think the whole statement was taken out of context and taken a little TOO literal. You can sure tell a heavy political season is heating up! Now in other news – Chris…
  • Ten Must Have Tools for Outdoor Fall Chores

    Gayla Baer
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    If you love watching Do It Yourself television and have decided that this is your year to take hold of your home and yard, then this article is for you. We can all fall into a trance when we watch the professionals show everyday people how to transform their yard and home, but taking it into our own hands is another story, a somewhat overwhelming task at times. Well, we are here to help lead you down the road for what you will need to begin the process of beautifying your landscape – even in the Fall. That is right, even though the growing season is on its last leg, there are many…
  • 6 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season

    Gayla Baer
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    The holidays are supposed to be a time for joy and giving, not eating your weight in holiday cookies. Every year during the holidays, many people struggle with trying to keep the weight off. Some people are successful while others fail miserably. If you truly want to avoid gaining weight during the holidays, the following are six techniques to help you. 1. Start working out. If you take in 2000 calories a day and only burn off 100 of them, you’re going to gain weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is about balance, which is why it’s very important for you to create a workout regimen. Use…
  • Ambi Climate: The Smart Upgrade for Your Air Conditioner

    Gayla Baer
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    October 10, 2014 – Sacramento, CA – Ambi Labs, the consumer electronics startup, today announced that it had exceeded its funding goal of $25,000 in just 9 hours from its official launch on crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. To date, it has now raised over $68,000, or 272% of its goal. With funding already secured, Ambi Climate will now go into full production. Early bird backers can expect to receive their unit by November and new stretch goals will be announced before the end of the week. Ambi Climate makes any remote-controlled air conditioner – window, split, freestanding or…
  • Easy to Make Halloween Decorations on the Cheap

    Gayla Baer
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Start saving up those jars and cans. Don’t even think of tossing those old sheets or leftover craft supplies. Get ready to repurpose and recycle these items and more into easy to-create Halloween decorations that are both spooky and cheap! Milk Jug Lanterns The carved pumpkins are the must-have glow, but you can add a few ghosts to your yard too by using milk jugs painted with a spooky ghost face. Line these up in a row above white Christmas lights and you have a spooky recycling project. Kleenex ghosts AAAaaaahhh Boo! Start with a lollipop (blow pops and tootsie pops work great), then…
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    The Great Life Swindle

  • Relationship Rescue – we may be too late

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hexo+ Aerial Drone

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Now you can film awesome footage of yourself from a totally new angle with Hexo+ Aerial drone. This device follows you automatically with no need of an operator; just utilize the smartphone app to set the frames and the Hexo+ will adjust its position to satisfy the selected criteria. Simply attach your camera, set parameters and the drone will do its job.   The post Hexo+ Aerial Drone appeared first on Spending it All.
  • HP Sprout

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Blend the real world with the digital world with HP Sprout, an innovative all-in-one PC. It includes a touch-sensitive mat and a DLP projector that extends your PC screen onto your desk and vice versa. HP Sprout also features a scanner, depth sensor, a 14.6 megapixel camera and a 3D camera in order take real physical objects into the digital world.     The post HP Sprout appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Keys-To-Go: Ultra Portable Spill-proof Keyboard

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Enjoy the portability and durability of Keys-To-Go, a Bluetooth keyboard for your iOS devices, including Apple TV. This keyboard is covered with Fabricskin that protects it from crumbs and accidental spills. This device is perfect for anyone that needs to get some work done on the go.     The post Keys-To-Go: Ultra Portable Spill-proof Keyboard appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Wearable Scooter

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    The Wearable Scooter is a very cool invention that you can both wear and ride it. Weighing only 1.7 kg, this scooter is strong enough to get you to your destination with no problem. Once there, you can just fold and wrap it around your waist like a belt without the hassle of using your arms to carry it.     The post Wearable Scooter appeared first on Spending it All.
  • SeatyLock

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    A simple solution to urban cyclists’ worries, the SeatyLock is a saddle that transforms into a one meter solid lock. Simply pull out the seat and wrap it around your bicycle frame like any other lock. You will never have to worry about carrying a bike lock again.   The post SeatyLock appeared first on Spending it All.
 
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    Icarus Green

  • People that Live in La La Land

    Admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I’d like to tell you about a special place. A place as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. A land of shadow and superstition. It lies at the pit of man’s fears. This is the dimension of fevered imagination and wild speculation. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone La La Land. The people of La La Land are special people. In their world the sky is purple and the rivers flow upwards. Right is wrong and wrong is right. Instead of facts leading to a logical argument, illogical argument leads to “facts”. The people there are an eclectic bunch. Their beliefs…
  • The Enlargened Heart of Capitalism

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    In a somewhat seminal paper in the Harvard Business Review, Gautam Mukunda, makes a point that I think many people, even laymen outside the industry, are becoming all to aware of – finance is too big. Not too big to fail, nor too big to jail, just plain too big. What makes this paper seminal is that it shows how even members of the non-finance business community are getting uncomfortable. All across the Anglo-Saxon world, from Wall Street to the City, but also Ireland and even Australia, finance has been ascendant or dominant over the past 2 decades owing largely to deregulation started…
  • Sci-Fi Economics and Utopia

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

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

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

  • Why Real Love Is Better Than The Notebook

    amikaberrios
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I used to believe that The Notebook was the most romantic movie i’ve ever seen in my life. I remember aspiring to have a love like Allie and Noah. I believed it was entirely possible. My love and I would be so crazy for each other we would abandon everything and kiss in the rain or find ourselves on a boat in the middle of friggin swan lake. I thought this was the epitome of what a happy relationship would look like. However, I was absolutely wrong. Love Is Quiet Love does not look like two people screaming and throwing things. Love is quiet. Love has nothing to prove because love is…
  • The Best Beauty Tips To Beautify Your Beautiness

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

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

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

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

  • Should Christians Celebrate Jewish Feasts?

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The New Testament doesn't prescribe the celebration of the Jewish Feasts for the Church. The statement in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 actually intends to say that since the Passover is over and we are the Unleavened Bread (1Cor.5:7), we must celebrate sincerity and truth in our daily life (a leaven-free life). With regard to the Old, the Book of Hebrews states that it was ready to disappear before
  • Educating Your Church for Biblical Literacy

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    Forthcoming in ChristianTrends Magazine ONE must be careful before making any blanket statement about the state of teaching ministry in the church;for certainly there are churches that emphasize on teaching and there are churches that emphasize other things such as evangelism, worship, holiness, or social service. So, let me take a more general approach and leave it to the reader to
  • Religion and Culture: Differences (Table)

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    NOTE: This is not a dogmatic stance, but only an hypothetical exploration attempting linguistic clarification. Culture and Religion are not the same, though they are very close. There are various theories that suggest a model of relationship between them. One of them tries to see Religion as the soul of culture. This view doesn't consider the fact that there could also be non-religious
  • The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus - Video Teaching

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    NOTES Rom 6-8 talkng about a root human problem that psychology alone cannot solve. The solution is the Law of the Spirit of Lifw Rom. 7: One explanation: It is the state of the unredeemed. Another (Keswick Theology): It is the state of the Carnal Christian. ++++The Mind Loves the Law - I know that the Law is spiritual (Rom.7:14) - I agree that the Law is good (Rom.7:16) - I delight in the
  • The Purpose of the Lamp: To Help See Even If Noticed Never

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    It's not good if people keep gazing at a lamp rather than use its light to do the work they are supposed to do. A candle is not meant to be seen as much as it is meant to be in a place from which it helps things to be seen. A man of God is not placed on the stand for people to applaud and fawn over him; he is placed there by God in order to give light to the world that they be able to see the
 
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  • Gratitude Post - Life Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

    misssfaith
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Do you miss the bliss in your life? There are some quite simple rules to make your entire life more blissful and it’s not that complicated. When do we feel blissful? It’s the moments where we feel totally energized, alive … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Do you miss the bliss in your life? appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #bliss Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Emotions Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Feelings Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook ,…
  • Are you in a healthy and happy relationship?

    misssfaith
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Are you in a healthy and happy relationship? Being in a relationship should mainly bring lots of joy and comfort into your life. Nothing is more important than keeping your relationship happy, healthy and filled with love. We can watch … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Are you in a healthy and happy relationship? appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Happiness Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Honesty Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Life Join the Conversation…
  • Some Questions You should ask yourself once in a while

    misssfaith
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Some Questions You should ask yourself once in a while When we are in the middle of our daily and often stressful day-to-day life we often forget to reflect and suddenly weeks, months and sometimes years flew by without us … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Some Questions You should ask yourself once in a while appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Awareness Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Change Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Life Join the Conversation…
  • Look for the OMs in your life - Yoga is everywhere

    misssfaith
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Look for the OMs in your life – Yoga is everywhere Since I started Yoga I am more and more addicted. To be honest, it’s the best that could have happened as I finally found something I like and where … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Look for the OMs in your life – Yoga is everywhere appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Awareness Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Life Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Lifestyle Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook ,…
  • Minimalism as a sanity keeper

    misssfaith
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Minimalism as a sanity keeper Are you a minimalist or do you need everything double or more and if possible in five different colors? I recently started to de-clutter our home and what I found is quite scary. We definitely … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Minimalism as a sanity keeper appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Experience Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Family Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Love Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Mindfulness Join…
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