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  • For Stone Phillips, a Focus on the Home Front

    The New Old Age
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    A broadcaster turns the camera on his parents.
  • The Most Maligned Mammal?

    Peterman's Eye
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world.If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.In the meantime, have we gotten it all wrong about hyenas?See you on Monday. From: Slate Continue reading this post
  • The Interrobang: What It Is (Awesome) and How to Get It On Your iPhone (Also Awesome)
    Elan Morgan
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    What is an interrobang?See that punctuation mark to the left there? That, my friends, is an interrobang, and an interrobang is "…a nonstandard punctuation mark used in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question mark… and the exclamation mark…" (Wikipedia) It was invented in 1962, achieving minor popularity into the 1970s, but it never became a regular feature of the typewriter keyboard, and so we are left nearly bereft of interrobangs today. So true, so sad.The interrobang is still the gorgeous baby of the ? and !, though,…
  • 12 directors who couldn’t stand their own films [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It’s hard to imagine the kind of time and effort that goes into making a film. That’s what this Mental Floss article is so surprising. These twelve directors hated their own films, some of them so much that they tried to have their names taken off it. Tony Kaye, for example, hated American History X so much that he’s denounced the film and tried to have his name removed from it. Similarly, David Lynch knew Dune was a train wreck throughout its prolonged production. He’s distanced himself from the film, and some copies of the film don’t even have Lynch’s…
  • Spring Recipes to Delight Every Table

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

  • The Most Maligned Mammal?

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world.If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.In the meantime, a new study says it might be time to shave off our beards. Are mustaches next?See you on Monday. From: SalonContinue reading this post
  • Peterman's Choice* Cognac, Cigars and Suez.

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Don't let the title throw you: We're not going to discuss the Suez Canal.(Although it's a fascinating subject.)Lady Clarissa Eden, wife of Sir Anthony Eden, said in the mid 50s, during the crisis, "I felt sometimes that the Suez Canal was flowing through my drawing room."  Rather, I thought I'd pay homage to this distinctive digestif and the ritual it helped inspire. Namely, men with their cognacs and cigars being left to their manly discussions, (tablecloth usually removed), women repairing to the drawing room to discuss how wonderful it was that they've finally got rid…
  • Bigger Than a Breadbox.

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In case you're unfamiliar with the question, comedian Steve Allen asked it constantly on the 50s TV game show "What's My Line?" in order to determine the nature of a product the guest's occupation might be identified with.If it were yes, that would eliminate all items smaller than a breadbox.Unless, it was actually a breadbox. So how big is a breadbox?Usually can fit at least two average size loaves of bread.No 1950s kitchen was complete without one.(On the far left - see how easily it fits in.)Another question:Do we need them today?Well, yes and no.Not especially for most store…
  • Is It Kisstomary to Cuss the Bride?

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Was he famous, or infamous?I'll let you decide. But one man was so well known for a particular verbal salmagundi that it was named after him. Reverend William Spooner (1844 - 1930) was a scholar, Anglican priest and a lecturer at Oxford University. During his six decades there he became the poster gentleman for mixing up well-intentioned sayings to amusing effect. Well before the ever-present appendages of digital media, the verbal train wrecks he was apt to cause were surprisingly well documented. Some of them were categorically apocryphal, but others were accurate. To wit, in an attempt to…
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  • The Interrobang: What It Is (Awesome) and How to Get It On Your iPhone (Also Awesome)

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

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

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

    Elan Morgan
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
     Chrome is my browser of choice, because it lets me customize my online experience and, if I log into the Chrome browser on whatever computer or mobile device is at hand, I have access to my browser's history as I last left it. For someone who works for the most part online and uses the Chrome browser on a laptop, an iPhone, and an iPad mini, this is extremely useful. The following 9 Chrome extensions and one app have become core parts of how I experience the internet and get my work done. Enjoy!AddThis AddThis lets you share to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and over…
  • Daily Doodle Nos. 12 – 15

    Elan Morgan
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    It's a four-doodle day!Daily Doodle No. 12 Daily Doodle No. 13 Daily Doodle No. 14 Daily Doodle No. 15
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 12 directors who couldn’t stand their own films [video]

    Josh Urich
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It’s hard to imagine the kind of time and effort that goes into making a film. That’s what this Mental Floss article is so surprising. These twelve directors hated their own films, some of them so much that they tried to have their names taken off it. Tony Kaye, for example, hated American History X so much that he’s denounced the film and tried to have his name removed from it. Similarly, David Lynch knew Dune was a train wreck throughout its prolonged production. He’s distanced himself from the film, and some copies of the film don’t even have Lynch’s…
  • 11 alternatives to a traditional 4-year college

    Josh Urich
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    College isn’t for everyone. As a former educator, I feel very, very comfortable saying that. Some of my students weren’t ready for college straight out of high school––I sure wasn’t. Others don’t need college at all. But we’re getting to a point as a society in which college is simply expected. For everyone. This daring Art of Manliness post questions that assumption, and takes a look at eleven alternatives for a traditional four year eduction. Some aren’t as risky––like community college or a professional school––others are a bit more…
  • 5 tips for handling workplace stress

    Josh Urich
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Workplace stress is a lot different from other kinds of stress––things like traffic, family, health. The frustrating thing about workplace stress is that it doesn’t have to be that way. This article helps you put work into perspective, and thus reduce your workplace stress by a lot. It starts with recognizing that you’re stressed, and that work is at the root of it. Then, you have to ask yourself, is the stress worth it? Go through these questions with yourself: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being death!) how important is this issue? How important will it be in 6 months time? Is my…
  • Artist creates an amazing illustration of internet cat videos [video]

    Josh Urich
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We’re at some kind of a weird intersection in society when weird internet crap becomes legitimate art. Filmmaker and artist Richard Swarbrick made this video compiling illustrated versions of the internet’s most famous cat videos, all set to music. The results are actually stunning. Full story at Uproxx. I can haz more cat videos? Photo credit: Canva
  • Amazing HD footage of world’s tallest building from space [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Not long ago, we brought you the story of Skybox, a startup intent on bringing HD video from space to the masses. Here’s some pretty amazing footage of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, with an airplane flying past, and traffic whizzing by on a nearby highway. That’s not all, as the Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer noted: The Burj Khalifa astonishes, too, and there are other major features in the video worth noticing. The darkest shapes you see are shadows. The vast and flatter building to the Burj’s right is the Dubai Mall, the largest mall by land area in the…
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  • Spring Recipes to Delight Every Table

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

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

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

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

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

  • So, "Jews brought Holocaust on themselves". What else is new in Moscow?

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    UPI, followed by Haaretz and Jerusalem Post, published an interesting clip from the Russian TV 24:The transcript of the short conversation, as it appears on America Blog (by John Aravosis):PROKHANOV: It is strange that Jewish organizations – European and Russian – support Maidan. They do that? They do not realize that they are, with their own hands, closer to the second Holocaust? HOST EVELYN ZAKAMSKAYA: They also advanced the first [Holocaust]. PROKHANOV: It’s dreadful, it is astonishing blindness — which, apparently, is repeated, because until 1933 in Europe many liberal…
  • Rule 5 corollary: never lose control of the wheel

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Because Ernie is waiting:
  • Happy Easter

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    To all our Christian friends. And a set of visual greetings for every taste. Starting with a generic one:Now a political one:And one for cat lovers:Of course, one with some violence (verbal and physical):And, not to forget, something for old goats (like I):And for a good measure, an unforgettable Jelly Bean Pooping Easter Bunny - read the comments! Merry and happy Easter, you all out there!
  • Rabbi Lau vs Nazis on who is a Jew

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    That thorny question about who is a Jew is again raising its ugly head. This time the initiator of the squabble is:Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David LauFrom his recent interview:Lau says he wants to work with Jewish Agency aliyah emissaries to “get to every corner of the world, to cemeteries, community records, asking non-Jewish neighbors, and you can help people” who wish to convert. However, he says the Law of Return is “problematic,” adding that former religious affairs minister Yossi Beilin “called for its cancellation,” and that “the state of Israel has to decide if it wants to…
  • Now you see it and now you don't: does IDF use Photoshop to impress the public?

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Well, it comes from a Lebanese paper, they say, but still:Lebanese paper publishes photos of reported arms depot in Hezbollah-controlled area and images taken 10 days after alleged strike of scorched earth.I mean it looks like a regiment of grunts with a very tough sergeant did a thorough clean-up job there for a few days...And that image didn't fail to remind me something I've seen recently:Oh well, too many questions...
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  • Creamy Dungeness Crab, Spinach and Pepper Spread

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

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

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

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

    22 Mar 2014 | 8:21 pm
    March came in like a Snow Lion but the snow and cold didn’t last for long. A few days after the power was restored we replaced our parkas and toques with raincoats and umbrellas. Today is Spring (Vernal) Equinox and the Sakura (cherry blossoms) are heralding the change of season. Any content reblogged from this…
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  • INTERESTING STUFF - 19 April 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    TWO GRANDMOTHERS FIRST AIRPLANE FLIGHT Just about every TGB reader has sent this or shorter versions of it. Here's the whole thing. ELDERS VOLUNTEER WITH FOSTER KIDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING Tom Delmore of crowsperch sent this story from PBS about a special housing project for foster children and low-income elders that is working out nicely for both groups. You can read a transcript of the video here. SOUNDS OF SILENCE/GROUNDS FOR VIOLENCE There are parts of North America (and the rest of the northern hemisphere for all I know) where winter, this year, refuses to end. Bev Carney sent his parody…
  • Mental Health Day No. 3 – Hand Wave

    Ronni Bennett
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Remember two days ago when I said a minimal post might be just a handwave? Here's a high five for you. At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Nancy Leitz: Oh, No! Not Grandmom
  • Mental Health Day No. 2

    Ronni Bennett
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    What an interesting and fruitful discussion we had on Tuesday on the post about retirement living preferences. If you haven't read the comments, you should. You will be enlightened. Elizabeth left a comment that may or may not have been in jest: ”Rather than an eventual move to a nursing home or other type of care facility, I am thinking of a cruise ship where care is apparently available. When I die, just throw me overboard!” A lighthearted discourse on cruise ship retirement has been published here twice in the past, most recently here. Go read it, you'll enjoy. The cruise ship…
  • Mental Health Day No. 1

    Ronni Bennett
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Do you ever just feel like throwing it all in for awhile? Don't get me wrong. I like doing this blog. A lot. Although at minimum it gives me a reason to get out of bed every day, that is the least of it. Until 17 or 18 years ago, I never much thought about my age. Then came that day I realized I was old enough to be most of my colleagues' grandmother. Not even mother; grandmother. And then I got fascinated with what aging is all about. It still interests me. We – scientists, the medical world, sociologists, psychologists, writers, thinkers, poets, etc. - don't know anywhere near as much…
  • What is Your Retirement Housing Preference?

    Ronni Bennett
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    UPDATE AT ABOUT 10AM PACIFIC TIME: This is the most interesting thread I've read here in a long time. I'm fascinated by all the different choices, reasons and the thoughtfulness you are putting into this. Please keep the comments coming. We all can learn a lot from one another on this topic. Last week we discussed location choices and the finances of retirement living. It was interesting to read how many who commented left an impression that elders and boomers coming up on retirement soon are all doing fine financially. Today, let's talk about the type of housing we are interested in for our…
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  • Is it possible & how can I tell if a guy likes both my looks and personality? ?

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    So far it's been one or the other and the guy only wants sex or I'm in the friendzone I've never been called hot or sexy so maybe it's not always just sex but guys that compliment my looks never compliment my personality. And guys that compliment my personality never say I look good. Then again I'm not sure if the compliments are normal ones they say to everyone or it's special to only me because my female friends and family give me the same looks. Here are some of the compliments I've gotten in the past few years: Pretty, beautiful Nice, cool, laid back, smart
  • he says he likes me then ignores me?

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    So recently it has come to my attention that a guy I know has a thing for me. We were out with friends and talked and he seemed nice. It came as a surprise that next time I saw him out he just passed right by me and didn't even say hello. My friend tells me he's shy but still, say hello. Last night we were out together again (friends) and this time we didn't even speak. He used to like and follow everything on my Facebook and that also stopped. So whats with all that ignoring?
  • Do I never get called pretty because I don't look pretty?

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'm 14 years old, and my height is about 156 cm and I weight about 50 kg. I've never been told that I look pretty as my normal self. I mean, I've been called pretty at parties and concerts and stuff when I'm wearing make-up and nice clothes, but I don't wear make-up to school and I never get called pretty. Most of my friends do get called pretty, eventhough they don't wear make-up either and I feel really bad about myself because I don't get called that. Does that mean people see me as ugly, or they just don't want to share their feelings about me or something? I get called lots of other…
  • I think i am in love with my best friend/co-worker. Do you think he likes me back?

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    Over the past three years he has popped up in my mind. but he has always been thought of someone for my future. i never thought about the idea of dating him, because we work together and that is just inappropriate. I came to the conclusion recently that this whole time i have been in love with him, it has been a huge wake up cool and explains my actions. We are both single at the moment. We hang out all the time, he messages me lots, mostly funny pictures. I have met all his friends (others at our work do not get messages from him or meet his friends) his friends have asked me sometimes what…
  • The first thing a man says to a woman is stupid?

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    blah blah blah just filling space. The title says it all. The first thing a man says when he is flirting with a woman is always stupid. Do you agree with that?
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What is Blogging?

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

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

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

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

    4 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    I don’t think I’m enough. You don’t think I’m enough. But you constantly say that I am enough.  Enough for what? Sure, I can photoshop myself into that Ellen’s selfie from the Oscars, but does that make me enough. 99% of us will never win an Oscar. Meryl Streep will never follow us on Twitter. How can we be enough? But I’ll try it on for size. I am enough. Right now. I am worthy. It’s not going to change anyone’s opinion of me. So why bother? I am enough. Will it change me? My own perception of who I am? Don’t I first have to accomplish…
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    Simply Stated Blogs

  • Spring Espadrilles

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s possible that espadrilles are the ultimate spring shoe. They unmistakably welcome warmer weather, but they provide enough protection (and warmth) for those days that just didn’t quite get the message that it’s no longer winter. On top of that, they’re super cute—and super comfortable. Here are three great pairs to help start spring off on the right foot:   Check out more cute […]
  • What to Do If You Cut Your Bangs Too Short

    Rachel Stein
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Thought you’d be able to snip your own bangs juuust a tiny bit to clean them up, only to take too much length off? Tempting as it may be to kick yourself for not going to a pro, consider it a lesson learned for next time and be proactive now by getting the most out of the length you have […]
  • How to Ask For Cash as a Wedding Gift

    Brigitt Hauck
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    These days, plenty of engaged couples already have bedding, kitchen appliances, and other items you'd need to furnish a home and begin a life together. So, what's an engaged couple to do if they'd rather receive a cash gift?
  • Today’s Thought

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on How to Dye Easter Eggs How to Plan an Easter Egg Hunt No-Dye Easter Egg Decorating IdeasFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Dry Shampoo Your Hair Like a Pro

    Benice Atufunwa
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Dry shampoo is probably one of the most amazing, stupendous, fantastic beauty items to ever grace the earth… but that dusty look you get after using it (I call it Dusty Head Syndrome) and the time you spend waiting for your hair to absorb the product can definitely put a damper in things. The good news: All you have to do […]
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  • TV Done Right: Still A Dream

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

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

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

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

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

  • Go Green – Earn Green in your Apartment this Earth Day

    Jeff Rowe
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22, we are reminded of how important it is to do our part to help the planet. Apartment residents are some of the most conscious individuals, reducing their waste, buying environmentally-friendly products, and getting involved with earth-friendly initiatives in their communities. However, residents are also extremely busy, juggling their professional and personal lives. Fortunately, we have found five quick and easy ways that you can help keep our planet the beautiful place that it is now. Recycle your receipts. The number one paper item that…
  • Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Renting an Apartment vs. Buying a House

    Pete Regules
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Choosing between renting and buying is a tough decision, made even more difficult by comparing rent rates, the housing market, lease lengths, neighborhoods, and property taxes, just to name a few.  If you’ve been debating whether to rent or buy, you’ve definitely got a lot on your mind.  To ease your woes, here are just a few of the pros and cons of renting an apartment vs. buying a home. Pros and Cons of Renting an Apartment Apartments offer lots of options to renters, with drawbacks and positive parts alike.  If you are wondering if you should continue to rent apartments, start by…
  • Arbor Day Inspired Décor

    Pete Regules
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    As both Earth Day and Arbor Day approach, so too does warmer spring weather and the inspiration to get a little closer to nature. There’s no better time than this to act on your dream of bringing more nature and greenery into your home. Here are a few creative ideas to kick-start your homegrown green revolution: The most obvious place to start is with live plants and trees. Whether indoors or outdoors, take the time to visit a local florist or nursery and pick out some fresh spring florals. Plants like desert succulents are great for adding a pop of color to décor without breaking the bank…
  • Top 6 Places the Locals Love in Austin, Texas

    Pete Regules
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Moving to Austin?  The search isn’t just about finding the best Austin apartments.  Once you’ve settled on your new digs, you’ll want to know where to explore.  Fear not, future Austinite— is here to help with a list of top hangouts in Austin.  These places aren’t just for the tourists.  Long-time residents regularly pay these haunts a visit too. 1. Zilker Park Zilker Park is a treat for grownups, kids, and canine companions alike.  This 351-acre park is home to, among other events, Austin City Limits Music Festival in the fall and the Zilker Kite Festival…
  • 5 Tricks to Save Money as a College Renter

    Pete Regules
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Ever feel like college is sucking the life out of your bank account?  You’re not alone.  Books, board, tuition, food, gas, phone bills—even having a decent social life can put a dent in your savings.  But fear not, young padawan.  From finding an apartment to finding entertainment on the weekends, you can have a great college experience and graduate with your bank account intact.  Start by using these five tricks to save money in college. 1. Make a Budget to Find an Apartment Part of college is learning how to balance all areas of your life, from your classes to your weekends to your…
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    Reality Me

  • Doug’s Mantras

    Doug McCaughan
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    What the hell are you doing?
  • Today was a good day

    Doug McCaughan
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Today I played with Evan. He enjoys being pushed on the tire swing. Amy and I worked together to install a tic-tac-toe board in the ground outside by burying bricks. I worked on hole two of the minigolf we are installing in the side yard (which will be ready by the time the kids hit college). Cathy and I did Easter shopping for tomorrow’s meal and Easter stuff. There were laughs and stress. There was some cleaning. The evening ended with a delightful dinner.
  • Spring Wars Have Begun

    Doug McCaughan
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    The carpenter bees have made the first offensive and gained ground. I suspect the mosquitoes are warming up their war machine.
  • It’s not OCD

    Doug McCaughan
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    It’s not OCD. Waffles just taste better if every square has butter in it.
  • Food for the first time!

    Doug McCaughan
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Why is that every morning the cats act like they’ve never experienced our feeding routine before?
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    This Eclectic Life

  • Survivor of Goliad Came to Denton, Texas

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

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

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

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

    Shelly Kneupper Tucker
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    As I drove my friend around Denton, she turned to me and said, “Shelly, I have to ask … what are ‘Corn Kits‘?” She was reading the large sign that dominates the south east side of the downtown area atop the Morrison Milling Plant. If y’all have been to Denton, you couldn’t miss it. The big red letters scream against the sky line, “MORRISON’S CORN-KITS.” I screeched the car to a halt, as my jaw dropped and hit the steering wheel. “Do whut?” I asked incredulously. Then, I remembered that this poor gal was from Alaska and…
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  • Feed 'em, Feed 'em, Feed 'em

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

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

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

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

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:14 am
    I have to start keeping track of what induces me to move a particular movie to the top of my Netflix queue. This time it was "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which someone must have persuaded me was a must-see. It's not. This story of a man (Casey Affleck) who goes to prison for a crime his pregnant girlfriend (Rooney Mara) committed just didn't quite do it for me. I honestly don't know what the point of the movie was; it was so slow that I thought I must have missed something. I like Affleck well enough (although Andy had a terrible time understanding his quiet…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • Black Widow in my Garage!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Words to Live By

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

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

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

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    It so happens that I don't spend a lot of time in the car. I take the train to the city every day, but I'm walking distance from the train station, so even if I do get a ride, it's not long enough to even bother turning on the radio. And because I'd rather read on the train, I don't listen to podcasts - it's not possible to read one text and listen to another. I kind of like the idea of podcasts, but they just don't fit into my life.Not so long ago, I went away for the weekend, alone. Alone in the car for two hours there and two hours back! And so, I loaded up the iPod with "my" music, along…
  • Subway. Value added.

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Sometimes there are musicians on the train. Not on the platform, but actually in the subway car. The usual suspects include a mariachi band, a blind accordion player, and the a capella doo-wop guys who only know Under the Boardwalk.Not so long ago, two drummers showed up on the uptown #6, complete with folding stools: they meant business. The drums were djembes, I think – black, thigh high. They unfurled their stools and settled into the wide spot by the doors. Somehow, their beat beat, da dum dum entwined itself in and with the clackity clack of the wheels on the tracks. Together, it was…
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  • Precisely

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

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

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

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

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

  • Art of Manliness Podcast #64: Survivorman With Les Stroud

    Brett & Kate McKay
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    In this episode I talk to survival expert and TV star Les Stroud, better known as Survivorman. Show Highlights: How Les ended up as a wilderness survival TV star Why Les thinks all the other wilderness survival shows are fakes The most important wilderness survival tip every man should know How the wild has affected Les’ music And much more! Listen to the Podcast! Listen to the episode on a separate page. Follow us on SoundCloud Subscribe via iTunes Follow us on Stitcher Subscribe to the podcast in the media player of your choice.
  • Just in Time for Easter: How to Make Fried Rabbit and Sage Buttermilk Waffles

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Editor’s note: After we posted Creek’s article this week on how to field dress and butcher a rabbit, several of you said you’d like to know a good recipe for cooking the rabbit after you’ve sliced and diced it. Well, just as there are numerous ways to skin a cat, there are tons of great ways to cook a rabbit. But it’s hard to beat this down-home delicious recipe from Stacy Harris. In the spring, watch for fried rabbit to appear on the menus at many high-end restaurants. It’s a real delicacy – there is a certain fineness of texture, quality, and flavor in…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: April 18, 2014

    Brett & Kate McKay
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last week’s winner was Clay from Auburn, AL. He picked the Freestyle Navigator watch. My Picks This Week By now, we all know that every man should carry a pocket knife. The knives from Great Eastern Cutlery are a great choice, and are made with carbon steel, which is known for its ability to hold an edge. Can You Handlebar puts out facial hair grooming products that simply can’t be beat, and has long been one of my personal favorites. The LifeStraw is an essential survival tool; even if you already have water rations for the apocalypse, you should have one of these on hand as…
  • Is College for Everyone? 11 Alternatives to the Traditional 4-Year College

    Jeremy Anderberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    So far in this series on whether or not college is truly for everyone, we’ve covered both the history of higher ed, and the pros and cons of attending a 4-year university. Today, we’re going to look at alternatives to the traditional 4-year degree. One-quarter of college grads are in jobs that don’t require a degree. And of the 30 jobs projected to grow the fastest in the next decade, only 7 require a standard 4-year degree. Although it may not seem like it based on what you hear in the media and from the general public, there are a number of very legitimate opportunities other than the…
  • Outfitted & Equipped: Spring Office Casual

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    This post is brought to you by JackThreads. Sign Up & Save More Than 50% On Premium Menswear. How does Outfitted & Equipped work? The FAQ. Editor’s note: This gallery was curated by Barron Cuadro of The Effortless Gent. Come spring and summer — and the warm weather that they bring — the office dress code tends to loosen a little bit. Dressing in light layers will ensure you’re ready for both a warm lunch on the patio and a brisk happy-hour at a rooftop bar after work. You won’t go wrong with our selections below. 1. The Sport Coat. Gagliardi Navy Linen…
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  • Numbers

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

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

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed The post Cold, somewhat tight and yet still hopeful appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
  • Lantern Under Clouds

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed The post Lantern Under Clouds appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
  • Fighting the Cold

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    This is the BLURBOMAT feed The post Fighting the Cold appeared first on BLURBOMAT.
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  • An Instagram Tour of Chianti in 15 Photos

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

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

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

    Alex Berger
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The route, color coded by day, I took during my road trip through the Highlands. Scotland. The land of primal music, men in kilts, Braveheart, and scotch. It is easily my favorite country in Europe.  There’s just something about the naked beauty of the Scottish Highlands that captivates my imagination and draws me back time and time again.  It’s a place that is perpetually kissed by rain that serves as the lifeblood through which Scotland’s ethereal essence persists.  Part of Scotland’s magic is its lush greenery, the prolific waterfalls, the small streams crashing…
  • The Night Rider’s Lament

    Alex Berger
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    (Family Photo, Europe, 1995) There’s an old country classic that has always resonated with me.  It’s one of my favorites and always touches my soul in a way few songs are able to.  The song, Night Rider’s Lament, is an old cowboy song about a cow hand reading a letter from a friend late at night. The song talks of the things he’s given up or delayed to pursue the lifestyle he’s chosen.  It talks about a wonderful woman passed over, life choices, opting for a road less-traveled, and forgoing many of the things we’re culturally told we should love and…
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    To Think Is To Create

  • DIY Chocolate Egg

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

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

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

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

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

  • Easter 1975

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

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

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I snapped this photo with my cell phone a couple of evenings ago, and when I had a chance to look at it yesterday, I had to chuckle. This is partly why I decided to discontinue the Photography portion of my website a little over a year ago (thought note: all the old posts are still there if you need to refer to them!)—you can study and agonize about aperture and ISO and shutter speed and exposure compensation and camera model and memory cards and post-processing and all the stuff we photography enthusiasts worry about… But then you snap the photo of the sky with your cell phone…
  • Calves, Beards, Kids, and Smiles

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Yesterday started early. Around dark-thirty, I think. *Yawwwwwwwwwn*   By the time everyone arrived with their horses, the sun had popped up! Look at my niece. No matter what time it is, no matter how early, no matter how hot or cold or windy, no matter how tired she is, she always shows up with a smile. It’s contagious!       Once everyone was on their horse…       Marlboro Man and his brother Tim discussed the gameplan while the kids listened in.       They don’t ever just show up and take off on their horses. There needs…
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    Boss Sanders

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Have You Ever Chased a Pit Bull in the Pale Moonlight?

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

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

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

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

    the slackmistress
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    There's a new documentary called American Blogger. One would think that American Blogger would be about a cross-section of people and a cross-section of life and a cross-section of blogs. "I imagine that a lot of these girls will send this movie to their dads, like 'Hey dad, you wonder what I do, you never really understand what I do, or why I love doing it but watch this movie, you're gonna see by the end of the movie why I love blogging,'" Wiegand speculates. "I kinda wanted it to be a mouthpiece for them. A documentary called ‘American Blogger’ is really only about white lady bloggers…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Happiness Interview: Erin Szymanski of glitteR & gRit

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

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

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

    Britt Reints
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rachel Naud is the co-founder and editor of inBetween, an online magazine for parents of teens and young adults. I was thrilled when she reached out to me last year to tell me about this venture, because parenting a teen can feel lonely. But this post isn’t about raising teens. In fact, Rachel doesn’t even have a teenager yet. This post is about a woman who works at home, building a business while parenting a son and nurturing a marriage. This is what happiness looks like for Rachel. What makes you happy? Having conversations with my seven-year-old son, Tristan. When you look at…
  • What I Learned From Yoga About Making Massive Changes (Or Not)

    Britt Reints
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I love yoga. I love it because it feels easy to me – or at least, I think it feels easy. I’m never scared to go to class. I’m never nervous about failing or taking on too much. I don’t fear hurting myself. A couple weeks ago I fell on my face in yoga. Literally. I was trying to get into crow and I got too much forward momentum. My head slammed into the ass of the poor girl in front of me and my face smacked into the wood floor. It hurt – my pride and my head. But the next week I still had no apprehension about going to class. I have never fallen on my face…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • The rules: Southerners must plant things

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

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

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

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

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    What do you call an extended family reunion of people who didn’t know each other existed until recently? It’s certainly not a “re”-union. I’m still working on the correct word for the occasion, but it is happening next month. People, pictures, slides, old movies and a mix of happy and anxious feelings are going to collide in a gathering that took more than 70 years to happen.
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  • Leiebil i USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Simply Stork
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:15 pm
    World Photo Awards contendersI am often taken to another demention while looking at some amazing photographs.  These are some of the most moving photos.  Take a moment and let them wash over you. The monkey and the lion ones  particularly, I enjoyed them very much.(Click on the above link to view)~simply~
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  • Ten Word Tuesday: The Dream Analysis Edition

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Ways to stay on the road longer than you can imagine

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

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

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

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:42 pm
    “I’m tired, Mom,” Daryl mumbled as we pedaled a remote Oregonian highway. “I want to sleep.” “I’m sleepy too,” Davy added. John and I figured the boys were just whining – they were eight years old, after all. We figured once we arrived at a town park the boys would be off and running, because… well, that’s what kids do. An hour later, we pedaled into town, and shortly thereafter arrived at the park with a fabulous playground teeming with kids. We parked our bikes, and John and I found a nice bench to sit on where we could watch our kids play. The boys took one look at…
  • Please don’t accept the status quo. We can do better.

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    14 Feb 2014 | 7:03 am
    I am seriously shaking my head over this one. I try hard to understand where people are coming from, but in this case, I just can’t. 90% of cyclists in his community are eventually hit by cars, and he thinks that’s acceptable?   After his mother was seriously injured while riding her bike, Matthew Cutrone wrote a letter to one of his county legislators asking for his help in making safer roads. His legislator, Thomas Barraga, wrote back with what I consider to be one of the most absurd responses of all time: We can’t change because people don’t expect to see bikes…
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • The Idiot’s Guide to Bearable Computing – Video Edition

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

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

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

    David J. Hinson
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    David J. Hinson and Tony Bates talk about the upcoming Raspberry Pi Bake-Off to be held "Pi Day" (March 14th) at Hendrix College in Conway, AR.
  • Associated Colleges of the South CIO Hangout – BYOD

    David J. Hinson
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:02 pm
    A panel of technologists and CIOs from the Associated Colleges of the South, discussing Technology, Tools, and Tactics. David J. Hinson, EVP & CIO of Hendrix College, and Todd Watson, Senior Director of Information Technology ar Southwestern University, discuss the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomena on campus, and what impact it is having on College and University infrastructures.
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    Simple Marriage

  • The Art of Contentment

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

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

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

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    What do we know today about happy relationships? A lot actually. This infographic from the happiness training app Happify sums up several important findings from studies on what makes couples happy. For example, happy couples have 5 positive interactions for every negative one, versus the 0.8 positive interactions for every negative one that divorced couples go through. And how about this tidbit: When it comes to strengthening your relationship, studies show the most crucial factor is how you celebrate your partner’s good news. In one study, people who did this 3x a day for 1 week…
  • How To Choose A Shrink: Part 2

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    If you happened to miss the initial guide, be sure to check it out. One reader asked a few very good follow up questions based on part one. Here is an excerpt: Finding a therapist, especially when there isn’t anything catastrophic wrong, is a challenging thing. There just seems no good way to find someone without a referral from a friend, which most people (including myself) are too uncomfortable asking for. How do you do a phone screen? How do you know if the counseling is “working”? How long is a fair trial? Allow me to attempt to tackle the stigma of going to counseling.
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • My Financial Bucket List Workbook

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling: Refinish or Reface?

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinetry when you redo your kitchen, you can save money and hassle by cabinet remodeling instead. Rather than the need to remove the old cabinets and install new ones (or pay someone to do it) you can opt to either refinish or reface your cabinets. What's the difference between refinishing and refacing? Refinishing involves keeping your original cabinets and changing the finish, either through staining or painting. If your cabinets are any material other than wood, you can't refinish. Laminate cabinets, for instance, are a poor choice for cabinet remodeling.
  • Joe the Plumber

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    If your home, apartment or some other building is suddenly experiencing a water leak, then repairing the fixtures, the faucets and the pipes can become extremely urgent in no time at all. You may be able to do some of the repair work yourself, but in most cases it is much more wise a decision simply to bring in Joe the Plumber. Joe the Plumber is your average home plumber, willing to come right to your home or business to tackle a plumbing problem that is deemed to be beyond your capabilities as a home handyman or woman. If you discover that there is a leak, the first thing that you should do…
  • Timing Home Improvement Service Properly

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    With the economy in the shape it currently is in, any money that you can save through the completion of handyman projects at home is definitely going to be welcome money at this point in time.  That having been said, one way in which you can save money on different handyman projects is by making sure that they never have to be done in the first place.  One of the best ways to make sure that home improvement projects are not needed is through the proper timing of home improvement service in order to cut down the amount of deleterious wear and tear that can take place on different parts of…
  • Why You Need a Good Home Security System

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    There are many unexpected things which can happen these days. The world can seem pretty cruel at times. This is when you want to be able to come home and feel safe. After all, your home is a place where you want to be able to feel your best at all times. This is why it is important that you have a great home security system in your home. There are many different ways that you can get the protection you will need so that you can have the comfortable feeling you need whenever you walk in the door. To get what you need from the home security system you are setting up in your home, there are a…
  • How to Build Antler Chandeliers

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Making a deer antler chandelier is not a difficult task. Most people assume that furniture constructed from deer antlers is unethical, because they assume that the antler has to be forcefully removed from the dear. The truth is, with the exception of one species of deer, all male deer grow and shed their antlers every single year, meaning that the deer antlers you need to build an antler chandelier can be harvested without harming the deer. Every year following mating season, male deer from most species will shed their antlers. This is done usually by striking their antlers against tree…
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    Dicintai Kata Puisi Cinta

  • Kata Kata Mutiara Cinta Terbaru

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

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

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

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

    Nurul Cahya
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Ramalan Jodoh Berdasar Wajah memang agak terasa bagaimana, namun untuk menjadikan hal ini benar atau tidak admin sendiri belum bisa seratus persen percaya akan hal ini. Sebab belum ada ilmu pasti dan memang benar terjadi. Kalaupun ini bisa terjadi, mungkin itu hanya sebagai kebetulan dan berpapasan saja. Sebenarnya cara ini ternyata sebelumnya telah dipergunakan untuk para orang tua mencari
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • The Weekend

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
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  • The Move - Part Two

    9 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
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  • The Haunting

    8 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
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  • The Move

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

    8 Feb 2014 | 9:34 am
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  • A Warmth and Richness

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

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If not now, when?  ~ HillelChoices are the hinges of destiny.  ~ Pythagorus If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.  ~unknownDecisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world.  ~ Anso Coetzer The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.  ~ Flora Whittemore Quotes about decision making
  • The Art of Living

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When the waves close over me, I dive down to fish for pearls.   ~Masha KalekoTo be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  ~ Bertrand RussellI have woven a parachute out of everything broken.  ~ William StaffordIt's a hard life if you don't weaken.  ~ Stephen King The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~ Bernard M. Baruch Quotes about hardship, adversity, difficulty
  • Doors Yet to Open

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.   ~Goethe To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.  ~Gail Sheehy A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.   ~Ray DavisDifficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.  ~Seneca Bless those who challenge us for they remind us of doors we have closed and doors we have yet to open.   ~Native American PrayerQuotes about challenges, new beginnings
  • The Only Sure Road

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An egotist is a person more interested in himself than in me!  ~ Ambrose BierceEgotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.  ~ Thomas CarlyleOur own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.  ~ Philip ChesterfieldEgotism is the art of seeing in yourself what others cannot see.  ~ George V. Higgins Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser.  ~ Donald TrumpLoving is the only sure road out of darkness, the only serum known that cures self-centeredness.  ~ Roger McKuenQuotes about ego
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    Steve's Free

  • The Stupidity of Switching Horses

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

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

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

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

    Steve Woodruff
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:08 am
    Practicing Stewardship: Giving Money  Each one must (give) just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. - 2 Corinthians 9:7 “I don’t wanna share!!!”  “That’s MINE!” How many times have you who are parents heard those exclamations? We have to constantly train our kids about selfish hoarding and unwillingness to part with things. Sin shows up awfully early in the hearts of our little ones, doesn’t it? And, sin leaves very slowly – even in adults. And, yes, even in Christians. What is…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • How A Tea Party Movement Defeated Socialism… in Sweden

    John Gustavsson
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:36 pm
    This post is in many ways a sequel to my last post, “Why Socialism Needs Christianity”, in which I discussed how Christianity helped make the welfare state function in Sweden.I mentioned in my last post that the Social Democrats have dominated Swedish politics – they held power from 1932 to 1976! That is, to my knowledge, a world record in a democracy.This article, however, won’t focus on the 44-year reign itself. Rather, what I would like to discuss are the events that led up to the end of the Social Democrat time in government: The election of 1976.First, let me…
  • Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 4-19-14

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    Brian Myers and Bart Munson at the KTIA 99.3 FM Studio.Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers, joined by Bart Munson, talked with Iowa Secretary State Matt Schultz about his congressional race.  Also did you hear what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said about supporters of Cliven Bundy?  The guys discuss.Remember you can listen live at 7:00a (CDT) on Saturdays on KTIA 99.3 FM if you live in the Des Moines/Ames Metro area.  You can also listen online live here.  Also we are now on iTunes!The post Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 4-19-14 appeared first on Caffeinated Thoughts.
  • Seven Last Words of Christ

    Shane Vander Hart
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    With it being Good Friday today I thought I’d share the seven last “words” (sayings) of Jesus on the Cross.  This is from a series I first posted back in 2009.The first of the seven last “words” of Christ.Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do, (Luke 23:34, ESV).Even while on the cross in terrible agony Jesus prayed not only for those who were present, but for us as well.  Some may blame the Romans or the leading Jewish authorities for Jesus’ crucifixion, but our sin placed Him on the cross.Mark Driscoll writes in Death By Love: Letters from the Cross:Jesus’…
  • Christ’s Resurrection Power Yet Prevails

    Mark Tooley
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Early in the last century much of then-official Mainline Protestantism succumbed to theological liberalism, rejecting biblical events like Christ’s resurrection as history. Easter was merely a metaphor, the spiritual Springtime equivalent of blooming daffodils, they insisted.Today, such theological ‘modernism’ is archaic and in tatters, touted by elderly Protestant clergy and the sparsely attended roadshow of the Jesus Seminar. Surging global Christianity, including America’s growing churches, embraces the Easter of the bodily risen Savior.Old Protestant liberalism affirmed Christian…
  • Why Socialism Needs Christianity

    John Gustavsson
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The logo of the Social Democratic Party in Sweden.Yes, I know that statement may seem contradictory at first. First of all, for those who don’t know me – perhaps you found this post through Google – I need to clarify that I am not in any way a socialist (though I am a Christian). I feel the need to clarify that because I know that a lot of people will scroll down to write angry comments after they’ve read the first one or two paragraphs, and I don’t really feel like participating in a flamewar today.I can already sense what you must all be thinking: “If…
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    Blogs Are Stupid

  • Backward Yet Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jordon Cooper
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Silence is Golden

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

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

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

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

    Joe Dawson
    25 Feb 2014 | 3:11 pm
    “I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes...”I met her in London, she's new in the city and she was down for the night. When travelling to the city people tend to just aim for the bushes. I hadn't read the script but London beckoned, songs about misogyny written by American rap artists. I took a leap of faith, waited for the train and headed for Leicester Square! I would have liked to have prepared something symbolic, instead I ended up at that American…
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  • March 2014 Reading List: Big Thinking Edition

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is brought to you by free-range eggs, anthropomorphism, the letter P, and The Parsnippety.I would like, very much, to be the sort of person who understands the difference between free range and organic, who buys only local, organic produce and knows that Monsanto is a multinational chemical, and agricultural biotechnology corporation (not an evil cartoon count). And while I would like to be that sort of person - I'm also really drawn to funny cat videos.Since I care about hormone-free milk but I also have a short attention span (and an appreciation for memes) The Parsnippety is…
  • 10 Things To Do In Florida If You (Like Me) Don't Like Amusement Parks

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'd like to start this blog post by acknowledging that I don't like amusement parks.Fried food, spew-inducing roller coasters, long lines, direct sunlight, other people's poorly behaved children? ABSOLUTELY NOT.You'd quite literally have to pay me $200 to go to Disneyland.So when my guy invited me to tag along to a conference in Tampa my thought process went something like this:"Ohhhhh! Beaches and warmth! (But what I am going to do on day three when I've read all my books and I've reached that sweet spot of slightly-less-pale-but-not-sunburned?)"Friends, be ye not so stupid as me. There are…
  • How To Take Gorgeous, Sale-Making Product Photos

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you sell physical products you know you need great photos, right? Pop over to my small business blog for some insight on how to do just that!
  • Real Talk: Do you want to be happy or do you want to be right? Because you can't always be both.

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    For the last five months, I've been engaged in a (quiet, polite) battle of wills. It's been me vs. parking lot ice, me vs. the building manager, me vs. sand + salt almost every day since the mercury dipped below 32 degrees.I live in an adorable apartment, in an neighborhood worthy of a Nora Ephron movie; I'm extremely lucky that the rent on said apartment is $300 below market value. Why? Because the management is spotty. At best.For much of the winter the back entrance to my apartment building and our parking lot have been caked with glare ice and packed snow. The path to my car was…
  • Mini Travel Guide: America's Pacific Northwest

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many Mini Travel Guides in which we ask locals about their favorite things and insider tips. You can find previous guides (both international and domestic) here. Hi! I’m Sam from The Philosophy of Kindness. Five years ago I flew to Seattle on a whim. It was love at first sight. One month later my bags were packed and I never looked back.When I think of the Pacific Northwest I think of it’s the green forests, cities that incorporate nature at every turn, mountains, farms, harbors, coffee shops on every corner, thrift shops and half off bookstores everywhere, and the…
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  • Wishing you a Blessed Easter

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

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

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    A Vivid Slice of 90s UK Club CultureMade in the vein of Acid House (1998) and Go (1999) Human Traffic garnered a fair load of both critical and negative reviews and media hype when it was released. Considered a Cult movie now, some say it is the only british film that truly captures the nineties, the clubbing era of the UK 90s in particular, others will object to it's easy attitude to drugs and its frank depiction of youth lifestyle.Human Traffic is not set in Manchester or London, but rather unglamourous Cardiff representing Anytown, UK. Towards the end, we see shots of the city that look…
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes finds the charisma missing in this second installmentThor : The Dark World picks up several months (maybe even years) after the last film ended. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has gone back to Asgard to try and salvage peace among the Nine Realms that are seemingly always at war with SOMEONE. Jane (Natalie Portman) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) have gone to England to do further research on the unknowns of space and time with their teacher Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard). When Darcy and her new intern, Ian find some kind of wormhole in an abandon warehouse in England that is…
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  • The Worst Thing That Can Happen Rarely Does

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

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

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times! This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good. Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge. I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36. (Those posts are easier to write when you’re 25, I think—though I did try one a couple years ago.) But even without the 36 lessons, I’m excited about the future. Pioneer Nation was great. As much work as it is to put on a big event, once it begins I’m…
  • The Magic Happens Backstage

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Ten days ago we produced Pioneer Nation, our new event for independent entrepreneurs. I was worn out afterwards, as is usually the case after such an endeavor, and headed to Southeast Asia for a few days of alone time. As I said in the short recap, it was a fantastic experience. I was tremendously proud of our team. In fact, that was my overriding thought as I boarded the Cathay flight to Hong Kong and beyond: Look at all these great people! They give so much. The backstage work supports the front-and-center work. Anyone who works backstage will tell you that much. They’re not there to be…
  • Pioneer Nation: We Did It!

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    One week ago we kicked off our inaugural event for solopreneurs, Pioneer Nation. Here’s a very short recap of how it went. You can see hundreds of other photos on my Flickr stream, and also check out a number of blog posts written by attendees (linked at the bottom of this post). We did it! It was a grand success, in large part because of the team who put it together and the attendees who traveled far and wide to come. We spent months planning everything about this event: designing mugs, planning workshops, recruiting speakers that we knew could bring it. And inviting you. As people…
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  • Car fun

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

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

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

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

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:06 am
    You go barefoot. There are rocky, muddy, sandy and grassy sections. A nature preserve in Belgium allows you to experience a wide variety of textures as you explore footpaths in the slightly hilly park. As their website says, you can feel the extremes of “hot and cold, moist and dry, pleasant, exciting and stimulating.” In western life, our feet are not used to feeling much beyond the insides of our socks, the floor, grassy lawns or sandy beaches. The Lieteberg Park allowed my vulnerable feet to experience something different. The pain of rocky sections made me appreciate the squishy mud.
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  • WWI Centennial: Serbian Government Fears Military Coup

    Erik Sass
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    We're covering the events that led to World War I exactly 100 years after they happened.
  • 5 Theories About Why We Dye Eggs for Easter

    Kaitlyn Boettcher
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Every year at Easter, people hardboil eggs and dye them brilliant colors. Where did this tradition come from?
  • How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read

    the mag
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Half a century before e-books turned publishing upside down, a different format threatened to destroy the industry.
  • Weekend Links: Happy 75th Birthday, Batman!

    Roma Panganiban
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bruce Wayne’s superhero alter ego Batman made his debut in May 1939. 75 years later, some of the most notable figures associated with the Caped Crusader—actor Adam West, writer Len Wein, and illustrator Neil Adams, among others—reminisce. MRI scans of fruit look surprisingly sinister. What’s really in that spaghetti squash…? Scientists have discovered, in a distant solar system, a planet roughly the size of Earth with a climate that could conceivably support human (or alien) life. Fire up the spaceships! Almost anyone can be a more informed wine connoisseur in as little as five…
  • 9 Ways to Enjoy Cadbury Creme Eggs

    Miss Cellania
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    From the sublime to the ridiculous—you decide which is which.
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    Reading, Writing, and Reflecting

  • Would we want this future Internet of Things Linkedin use case?

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Terms like Wearable Technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) have forced itself into the mainstream.    In this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, IoT was all the rage.   Connected toothbrushes, home audio systems and thermostats were showcased.     Early adopters have embraced products like Google Glass, and there is even now a  backlash  in some places against the use of Google Glass. As I think about uses for such devices, particularly a product like Google Glass or a Samsung smart watch, it makes me think of a possible use case from my own experience, and…
  • A School in the Cloud among the mangrove trees: Sugata Mitra opens his first independent learning lab in India

    16 Mar 2014 | 11:35 pm
    apurvadesai:I’ve been fascinated by Sugata Mitra’s self-direct learning methods, which I wrote about here and here Now, he’s opened his first learning lab in India. More below Originally posted on TED Blog: Students at the School in the Cloud in Korakati, India, investigate the questions that matter to them online, with the assistance of a teacher via the Granny Cloud. By Natasha Scripture “Early one morning last February, a man turned up on my doorstep who had travelled through the night to get there,” said Sugata Mitra, the…
  • The Indian Head Wiggle Explained?

    1 Mar 2014 | 6:59 pm
      One of the most popular posts I’ve written for this blog was about my experience with the Indian Head Wiggle, (or Shake, or Bobble- many names for that most Indian of Indian gestures)  inspired by an analysis of the wiggle in the fantastic book Shantaram.  That post for many years was a cited reference in Wikipedia for the Indian Head Wiggle.   I even was interviewed on Canadian radio for my so called expert perspective on the Indian Head Wiggle.    Needless, to say, this gesture and topic has become important to me and something that I’ll pay attention to as I hear about in…
  • How to Discover, Read, and Organize Web Content on the Wild, Wild Internet

    30 Nov 2013 | 6:13 pm
    As we all know, the Internet is a treasure trove of information- some useful, often useless; frequently educational, unfortunately, repeatedly ignorant.   Pick your favorite pair of opposite meaning adjectives, you can apply it to the information on the Internet. But the good, educational, information is indeed abundant.  It’s overflowing and the trick is how to filter it, find it, and make time to read it and avoid the useless information.   My approach has evolved, with a current go to model consisting of multiple web and mobile social media and news applications coupled with…
  • Aziz Ansari and the evolution of Indian Americans in American society

    7 Oct 2013 | 7:00 am
    The other night, I was walking in downtown San Francisco after a work event near two other pedestrians, two men probably in their mid twenty’s.   I could overhear parts of their conversation when one of them said, “I hate technology.  I forwarded the email to her, and then she posted it on …….”.   It seemed to be a discussion about singles, dating, and technology and the first thing I thought about was, of course, Aziz Ansari! On September 7, 2013, I attended a comedy show of acclaimed comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari at the Victoria Theater…
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  • On goal posts and the real order of things.

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

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

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

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

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    I don’t want to let a single thing go.When Isaac wakes up, he smiles and starts talking immediately. Sometimes he starts talking before his eyes are open, or sometimes even while he is asleep at night. “Badababadajajamaja?” we hear from the bedroom, and we wait for more, but he goes back to sleep. He wanders around grabbing things and trying to put them into other things, a piece of bread into someone’s water glass, a baby book into a bucket of water. Yesterday I went to pay my bill at a café and found a half-eaten piece of watermelon in my purse. He is extremely good natured and…
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  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Become Heretics

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

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

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

    Mike Duran
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    If Christian Speculative fiction is on the rise, it’s not showing. At least in the mainstream Christian market. Several weeks ago, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association announced the finalists for its annual Christian Book Awards in seven categories.The five finalists in the Fiction category contain NO speculative novels. The closest would be Tosca Lee’s Iscariot, which is labeled as an “historical.” Question: If Christian spec-fic is on the rise, why aren’t we seeing it edge its way into the mainstream houses? Fantasy novelist Kat Heckenbach went…
  • How Religion Makes “The Exorcist”

    Mike Duran
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    I have postulated elsewhere why a Judeo-Christian worldview and moral absolutes are essential to good storytelling. I was reminded of that idea while reading this interview with William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, who ventures a similar  idea by suggesting that the film worked because he was a believer. Via The Hollywood Reporter: 1973′s The Exorcist, the first horror film nominated for best picture, earned $441 million because its creator believed in God, said director William Friedkin. “I made that film as a believer,” he said March 26, speaking to students at Loyola…
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  • 広告業界も安泰ではない?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Guest Photographer
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    With his eyes boring into mine, MALTESTE the artist-photographer, affirmed he’s in a creative period, where it seems to me he has little control over the number of hours he spends working. This man, in his early fifties, gives off an intensity that looks to be the result of a long period of gestation. He confirms my suspicions, “My artistic statements of today are the result of thirty years in the making. It’s a dam that’s finally broken…do you know what I mean?” All this is said in a calm, reflective manner. This passionate figure who sits in front of me,…
  • What is Open-Impressionism?

    Guest Artist
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Impressionism includes a long history of painters that push the boundaries of artistic techniques. The original Impressionists used small, thin brush strokes laid side by side to capture the light and movement of a transient scene. Following in their footsteps, many styles of painting have since been developed by pioneers of the Art. Autumn BluesOil on Canvas – 48″ x 36″ Open-Impressionism catches the attention at once as being a new style of painting. The colors are vibrant, pre-mixed, and un-muddied.  The thick brush strokes are left to exist as they are placed, which…
  • The Letter

    Guest Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Courtyard arranged with pots of mauve and purple asters. Geraniums surround a stone trough, thickly planted with lavender, marguerite, and shrub rose. A gift of pressed flowers. “Too bulky!” the postmaster says. “It will cost double. One dollar and tax.” “It’s a geranium in there,” I say. Sister Eva will not be reading my note: hand-scripted in black letters. Wilted scarlet blossom. When mother died six months ago, sister offered me her home. Snow-covered yard. Bare catalpa: seed pods rattling in the wind. Wide-plank armoire, stained with linseed oil. Unbarked cedar chest. Faded…
  • Lights, Camera, Natural Beauty: Appreciating Los Angeles’ Finer Things

    Guest Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you think of Los Angeles, you probably picture something along the lines of a film set, with rich locals experiencing the glitz and glamour of a celebrity lifestyle. Lights, camera, action! There are swanky restaurants, bustling bars, and celebrities on every corner, right? Well, although this might ring true for certain parts of L.A., there’s also another side to the second largest city in the United States. Here are some suggestions of where to find the natural beauty Los Angeles has to offer: The BeachHead to one of the nation’s busiest airports on your Los Angeles flights, and…
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  • Chickpea Curry

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, healthy… oh.  And easy.  Quick dinner of roasted broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, garlic, with rice noodles. This is so delicious and it tastes so good you won’t realize how good it is for you. Three heads broccoli, trim the florets, then peel the stems and cut into coins Two pounds asparagus, cleaned and trimmed Five tomatoes, chopped Lots of crushed garlic – we used about six cloves olive oil sea salt One box of pad thai noodles (or any really, but these feel like linguini and that’s what I wanted) Preheat the oven to 350, toss the…
  • Pesto Pasta Salad

    24 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    Every month, we have a pot luck at our house, and usually I make some sort of grain salad – they’re delicious, not too expensive, super easy and a real crowd pleaser!  This month, I decided to go with a pesto pasta salad and boy was it’s delicious!  Here’s what I did. 4 boxes bow tie pasta 3 packages mozzarella pearls 3 pints grape tomatoes, sliced in half 1 large English cucumber 2 jars Classico pesto sauce (basil is not in season and Classico brand is quite delicious) salt and pepper to taste Olive oil Prepare the pasta, cool and set aside (we cook two boxes per…
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    Four Leaf Clover

  • You can find beauty in the smallest of places

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Becoming More Flexible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Explore a Temple inside the City Walls of Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

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

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

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

    Annette White
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Peter was excited when I told him we would be traveling to Ecuador and going on a cruise with Ecoventura to the Galápagos Islands, even more enthusiastic when I informed him that he would be seeing hundreds of boobies. What I failed to mention was that these Boobies weren’t of the well-endowed female sort, they were the […] The post See the Blue-Footed Booby Mating Dance in the Galápagos Islands appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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    arsène hodali

  • departure

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

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

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

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

    arsène hodali
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    the air cannot tell what form it has, that nor this mirror the colour
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  • 12 Most Debilitating Hiring Mistakes Small Businesses Make

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

    David M. Dye
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By David M. Dye Leadership is a journey where the first steps are often the most difficult. Throughout that journey you learn through your own experiences and the lessons of others. However, those early lessons are often the most critical. These 12 most inescapable leadership teachings are a combination of both types of learning: wisdom […]
  • 12 Most Critical Reasons Students Need a Clean Online Presence

    Monica Matthews
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Monica Matthews   Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and more. So many social media sites, so little time! Actually, in this crazy-busy world that we live in, people are finding time to spend on these sites and as a result, are creating an online presence for themselves. What many students don’t realize is […]
  • 12 Most Disastrous Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs When Dating After Divorce

    Bernice McDonald
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Bernice McDonald   “Go out and find someone new,” they tell you. Sure. Sounds simple — to someone who has never been through it. Your marriage came to a disastrous end and that hurt. Being alone for the rest of your life doesn’t appeal to you. But that means you are about to be plunged […]
  • 12 Most Unnecessary Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make

    John Pilmer
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By John Pilmer     Starting your own business can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in your life. It can also be stressful, frustrating, and at times feel like a terrible decision. Luckily, you can learn from those who have gone before you, and avoid making these 12 common mistakes. 1. Waiting too […]
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  • Run Now

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thoughtful Thursday: 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

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

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

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When someone strikes you from the very first moment as an individual with grace, class and style, she is the type of person you want to get to know better. She is someone who draws you in. She connects with you. That is how I felt from the very first moment I heard from Ryane Murnane. Ryane is one of the founders of the Connected in Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grew out of a “deep love and respect for the people of Ethiopia and a compelling desire to give back to the beautiful land and its people.” After taking several trips to Ethiopia, she saw firsthand how women fuel…
  • Pass Along Hope

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Every 9 seconds in this country a woman is assaulted or beaten. In the state of Pennsylvania alone, more than 140 residents lost their lives to domestic violence in 2012. That is 140 too many from just one state. If we multiply that by 50 states there are 7000 lives gone too soon from domestic violence. Verizon Wireless and the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering to raise awareness through a campaign called Pass Along Hope. You can help by simply tweeting a message of hope for victims and survivors of domestic violence using the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope. Every time the hashtag is used during the…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Green tea is one of those superfoods people have been talking about for years. The health benefits of green tea are often talked about and hard to ignore. But why is it healthy and how exactly can we benefit from drinking it? Green tea is loaded with polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants that protect the cells in your body from free radical damage. Need more persuading to go grab a glass? The health benefits of green tea listed here may be just what you need: - For your skin: Green tea inhibits inflammatory pathways to reduce skin inflammation. Tea extracts are even effective in treating…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Job Search Salary Tools, and Do You Need a Degree?

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

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

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

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Lea McLeod (@LeaMcLeod) is the founder of Degrees of Transition, and a contributor to The Daily Muse who recently published a resume help book, The Resume Coloring Book. Lea has been featured on many major career sites such as, The Daily Muse, SmartBrief, and LifeHacker, and ABC News. Lea and her blog have been named, 80 Must Follow Twitter Accounts for 2014 (Career Sherpa), Top 50 Blogs for Young Careerists 2013 (, and  Top People to Follow on Twitter March 2014 (The Guardian, UK). In this episode, Lea and discuss: Her book and how easy it is for anyone to write their resume…
  • Why Has Your Spouse Lost Her Mind When You Lost Your Job

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When you get down to it, companies hire the spouse/partner/girlfriend/fiancee when they hire the individual. There  is no question that the two for one deal is what companies get. There are two people making the decision, not just one. How about when companies fire the employee? Don’t they fire the spouse, too? I think so. But one action will likely cause two actions, thus the problem that strains the relationship. Here are the points I discuss: Your spouse thinks you should have seen this job loss coming You minimize the impact on the family Either laid-off or fired, you dishonestly…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Your Moment

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

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

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

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

    Randy Gage
    24 Dec 2013 | 9:47 am
    Every day the universe poses a very profound question to you.  It wants to know: Exactly how much abundance are you willing to accept today? And how you answer that question each and every day determines the amount of health, happiness and success you will achieve for your life. Have you seen the WestJet Christmas video yet.  If not, you can see it here.  They set up a video Santa who asked everyone boarding a flight what they wanted for Christmas.  Then while the flight was in the air, they ran out, bought and wrapped all the presents!  The passengers landed and instead of luggage,…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Organic Farming in the Deserts of Wadi Rum

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    The valley of Wadi Rum in southern Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia, has a landscape so alien it is nicknamed "Valley of the Moon." Mountains of granite and sandstone rise next to valleys filled with red sand. A range of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns lie scattered across an area 720 square kilometers. The area is naturally arid, receiving little annual precipitation and supporting only sparse vegetation. Its surprising that anything at all can grow on the sun baked earth, yet the desert regions of Israel and Jordan…
  • The Netherland’s Impressive Storm Surge Barriers

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 20% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level. As much as 50% of its land lie less than one meter above sea level. With two thirds of its area vulnerable to flooding, flood control is an important issue for the Netherlands. The country utilizes a system of embankments, dikes and sluice gates along the seafront and on the mouths of the rivers to prevent storm water from surging in from the sea. In 1953, after a massive flood in the North Sea that killed 1,835 people, displaced 70,000 more and caused damages…
  • New Zealand’s Hot Water Beach

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Hot Water Beach is a popular beach and geothermal attraction located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, approximately 12 kilometers southeast of Whitianga. Between low and high tides, warm water from two underground hot springs rises up through the sand, and by scooping a shallow hole in the sand, you can create a small pool of warm water to lie on. The phenomenon occurs only at low to mid-tide when the water is low to expose the area of sand with hot water underneath. Two hours before and after low tide is the best time to go. During peak season, hundreds of people…
  • The Pseudocraters of Iceland

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    A pseudocrater looks like a true volcanic crater, but is not. These distinctive landforms are created when flowing hot lava crosses over a wet surface, such as a swamp, a lake, or a pond causing an explosion of steam through the lava. The explosive gases break through the lava surface in a manner similar to a phreatic eruption, and flying debris builds up crater-like feature which can appear very similar to real volcanic craters. Pseudocraters are also known as rootless cones, since they are characterized by the absence of any magma conduit which connects below the surface of the earth. A…
  • Makoko, a Floating Slum in Nigeria

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    The shanty town of Makoko is located on a lagoon on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a stone’s throw from the modern buildings that make up Lagos, the biggest town in Nigeria and the main commercial and industrial center. In this sprawling slum on the waterfront, adjacent to the 10 km long Third Mainland Bridge, tens of thousands of people live in rickety wood houses raised on slits. There are no official census records, but estimates suggest some 150,000 to 250,000 people live here. Makoko used to be a small fishing village built by fishermen who came from Benin to make money more than a…
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    Life with Boys

  • What the Hell, Glee?

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Yeah, I said it. What the hell? In your third season you knocked it out of the proverbial ball park...
  • Dean and his Music

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Dean is very much like me in that he loves his music. All types of music. He’ll snap his...
  • Look It's a Pit Bull!

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    I won’t talk too much about the physicality of the breed itself. I don’t know much about...
  • That Look

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I think for the most part I’m a practical kinda gal. I’d rather have a nice chat with...
  • My Husband Explains It Better

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Ok, I admit it..I’m annoyed as all get out with this Xbox One issue. Roy explains it MUCH...
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    Chic Galleria

  • Fashion Friday: Wrist Critters

    Molly Halligan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    Love new trends? Love jewelry? And love animals? Then Wrist Critters are for you! Get on board with the up and coming trend of these fashionable bracelets. The initial collection of Wrist Critters contains 6 animal characters: Asian + African Elephants, Black Cat, Chameleon, Goldfish, Skulls, and White Mouse. Each animal has been chosen for its individual story, which comes on back of the collecting case. Wrist Critters™ are designed by Mark Dornan, who, along with his wife Rita, have been operating a sculpture-based design / manufacturing business since 1979 located at the New Jersey…
  • 6 Special Treats To Welcome Spring

    Beth Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    I CRaZy love Spring!  It comes with such hope and renewal after this horrible winter we all experienced across the country.  Here in Oklahoma, we went from 70 degrees to snow in a 24-hour period just last week.  When ushering in a season change, I also like to make some personal changes. This spring, I’ve decided to purge old makeup and try something new.  I’m growing out my pixie haircut and needed some new hair products.  PLUS, I’m never without a good book in my hand.  One Simple Change by Winnie Abramson is my book of choice right now.  So I listed below each of…
  • Wellness Wednesday: LUSH Takes Care of You

    Chealsia Smedley
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    LUSH, the company that brings us soothing bath products, organic face washes and handmade smell goods that replenish our bodies, recently took things one step further. Now, not only do we get to experience the products, but at their LUSH Spa and store in New York, you can get a full body experience, both in the store and at home. The company also has plans to open 20 new stores this year, including openings in New Jersey, North Carolina and Tennessee this spring. If you’re unfamiliar with LUSH, your body is missing out. In the chaos of everyday life, our bodies are often neglected.
  • Travel Tuesday: Springtime in San Francisco

    Jara Montez
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    While the weather is always pleasant in the Bay Area, springtime is the best time to get out and experience the City by the Bay. Here’s a list of places to visit and things to do! San Francisco Giants Game By now, the season is in full swing. With two National Championships under their belt, the Giants are a must-see team. Aim to go to a weekend afternoon game (night games can be a bit chilly). Not a fan of baseball? You can still dress up and admire the view! If all else fails, you can always walk down Embarcadero! Mission Dolores Park Right in the heart of the Mission District,…
  • Makeup Monday: Hydrate, Plump and Color Your Lips

    Erin Vander Weele
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Do you want your lips to stay hydrated and stand out? The SkinMedica TNS Lip Plump System and Colorescience Lip Shine do the trick. SkinMedica TNS Lip Plump System is a two-step lip treatment that works to decrease fine lines and increase lip volume. I live in Wisconsin, where it’s cold and dry for months. Today the windchill was -15, which is definitely not good for skin or lips. My lips tend to dry out quickly. After just one try of this product, I noticed a difference in how my lips look and feel. They are instantly softer and fuller. With chapstick, lipstick or lipgloss, it seems…
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    The Accidental Olympian


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

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

  • Jeopardy! Turns 50

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Day of Dubious Eating in 5 Parts

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

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

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

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

    charlie grosso
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
      The fairground gradually fills with foreigners in cheap white kunis and souvenir t-shirts. There are cameras covered in plastic bags everywhere. The foreigners out number the locals and everyone is waiting. The sight of all the cameras and white faces immediately repulse me. This is not what I am looking for. In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and other Gopikas (girls) will like him because of his skin color. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and color her face in any color he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a…
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    I Really Lived!

  • Shining the Light in Dark Places

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    It as then that I discovered we all belong to two families: our family of choice and our family of origin. My family of choice is a colorful assortment of surrogate grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who infuse me with love, belonging, and acceptance. My family of origin, the one into which I was born, was also brimming with love but was not a healthy family system. - Ashley Judd Today is Easter and we’re all hopefully enjoying a lovely long weekend with people we love and care about. Sometimes on days like today we can get really caught up comparing our situation to those of…
  • No I Won’t Let Go!

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:48 pm
    “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” Steve Maraboli Sometimes the way the grief process is commonly seen just doesn’t seem to fit for estrangement. How can resolution to grief mean “forgetting” or “getting over” or “moving on” – when those are bonds we share with our parents, or children or anyone that we love, and wish more than anything to be connected to, but for whatever reasons can’t? What if Mr…
  • Our Family Of Choice

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

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    “There is a bias that runs through so much of the older literature on how human beings respond to loss … there is a tendency to under-estimate how intensely distressing and disabling loss usually is and for how long the distress and often the disablement commonly lasts.” - John Bowlby Sometimes when we talk about estrangement there is an idea that we should just “get over it.” People may not understand why months, or even years later, estranged people are still grief-triggered, still holding on, still not over it. Ours is not a culture that permits extended…
  • All Else Is Madness

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    “When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”  - Eckhart Tolle Those of us who are struggling with estrangement sometimes forget that we have choices, that we don’t actually have to remain locked into cycles of self-destruction, that we are not without power. We know we can’t change other people, no matter how much we’d like to, no matter how hard we try. We also know that…
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    Coming to Grips

  • Coming to Grips with Feng Shui

    Polly Scott
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    My chi has never been right.  My mom birthed me naturally, no drugs – but something happened that fateful day to ruin my chi. Perhaps the fluorescent hospital lights?  Had crystals not been invented in 1977?When something is wrong with your chi, you won’t know.  Deep down inside, in your subconscious, you might.  But you can’t even realize how terrible your situation is unless someone points it out to you. Thank goodness, I stumbled upon a book about Feng Shui in the library display window.“Fung what?” said Jake, my husband.“Feng schway,” I said.  “Our…
  • Coming to Grips with Trials

    Polly Scott
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:44 pm
    This is an excerpt a friend wrote about an experience we shared together. While serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I was transferred to an area with Polly Oveson Scott, back then I called her Sister Oveson.  We were really having a great time. Our area bordered the Indian Reservation, which was not located on the "Mesa". There was a beautiful cemetery in our new area and one of my favorite things to do was to ride our bikes through it every day. The downside to this area was that it had a VERY steep hill coming in and out of it. So,…
  • Coming to Grips with LifeStar

    Polly Scott
    29 Jan 2014 | 10:40 am
    I'll be on the panel at this event.  So excited to help spread the word:).
  • Coming to Grips with Gracie

    Polly Scott
    27 Jan 2014 | 11:44 am
    Just met Gracie at ALT SLC.  Wow.  Has my mom been lying to me all these years?  Is this my twin, separated at birth?  Albeit, my more talented, much better looking, twin who doesn't look or sound anything like me? How did I not know about Pretty Darn Funny before?  I can't believe I've be missing out on this until now!
  • Coming to Grips with Thank You Cards

    Polly Scott
    6 Jan 2014 | 7:51 am
    Dear Mom and Dad,Thank you for (yet another) wonderful Christmas.I adore the luggage and think of Audrey Hepburn every time I look at it - which is too often.Ford is now emotionally and physically attached to the stuffed wolf you gave him. It should have been labeled, "Toddler Chew Toy". It is disgusting - the amount of slobber deposited in just a short ten days. Ford goes to sleep gnawing on it. He wakes up gnawing on it. And he eats his breakfast gnawing on it.As for Ove, the car carrier has been adopted into the Toy family. It was a smooth transition - with the exception of Lego…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • A quick little update

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

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

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

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

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    Yesterday was Cerebral Palsy awareness day. Today is Epilepsy awareness day. May 1st is Pediatric Stroke awareness day. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the awareness of it all. Laced with ribbons, colors, media, and bumper stickers. It seems there is a color and an awareness for everyday of the year and Jude fits in a lot of them. I get it though.........I really do. The need to create awareness and education for the rest of the masses that have no clue how hard our child's daily struggles are. To help prevent this from happening in the future and maybe finding a cure at some point.
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    Like a Bump on a Blog

  • ‘Summoned’: A Dark, Twisted Spin on Traditional Genie (Djinn) Folklore & $100 Amazon GC #Giveaway

    Amberr Meadows
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Get more info on Summoned by visiting the tour page.  Excerpt I’ve never burned down a building before. Hell, I haven’t even started a campfire. Maybe I should have asked Counselor Robert to teach me. Luckily, Internet access is available everywhere. I have no idea how the other suckers stuck in this role managed without Google. […] The post ‘Summoned’: A Dark, Twisted Spin on Traditional Genie (Djinn) Folklore & $100 Amazon GC #Giveaway appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • 5 Ideas For an Awesome Weekend in Budapest

    Amberr Meadows
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Enjoy gorgeous architecture, lovely waterways and a plenty of amazing attractions! Budapest is the most long-expected destination for everyone! You’ll find a lot of places to see and things to do. Of course, we don’t want you to get lost in this great diversity, so we’ve carefully prepared only such activities which are worth your […] The post 5 Ideas For an Awesome Weekend in Budapest appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • Academic Advice for College Freshmen

    Amberr Meadows
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Coming out of high school your student has learned all of the academic knowledge they need to know in order to achieve success in the college classroom. With that said, there is non-academic information that every college freshmen needs to know in order to make the successful transition from high school to college. From personal […] The post Academic Advice for College Freshmen appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • The Mira Digital Luggage Scale is a Handy Tool for Frequent Travelers #Sponsoredreview

    Amberr Meadows
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I like my Mira Digital Luggage Scale, and feel like the small, lightweight device is a handy tool for frequent travelers. With rising costs on checked baggage and strict weight limits, it’s important to have something to weigh your luggage in advance to avoid hassle […] The post The Mira Digital Luggage Scale is a Handy Tool for Frequent Travelers #Sponsoredreview appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
  • Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner Makes Wood Floors Shine #Giveaway #Sponsoredreview

    Amberr Meadows
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. As a former cleaning technician trainer for residential home cleaning services, I know great cleaning products, and Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preserver is simply fantastic. Simply vacuum/sweep your hardwood floors, mop with a organic solution, and apply Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner to […] The post Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner Makes Wood Floors Shine #Giveaway #Sponsoredreview appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog.
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    Ray's Blog

  • Take a Beat

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

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

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

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

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

  • Remembering the good times

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

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

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

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

    Casey B
    2 Jan 2014 | 6:56 am
    Hello, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I apologise for the lack of a New Year’s Resolutions post this year, but I didn’t feel I had much to add to the topic. The further I move away chronologically from … Continue reading →
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    Claire Bahn Los Angeles Actress » Blog

  • What to Wear to Coachella and Other Tips

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

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

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

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

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

  • 25 Inspirational Quotes From Great Personal Development Authors

    Charles Chua C K
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    There are a number of amazing personal development books out there, and among the 100′s of classics there are some great gems of wisdom. So we have researched some of the top personal development books and extractedthe top personal development quotes that we found to be the most inspirational.We hope you enjoy these amazing personal development quotes. Make sure you share them with your friends and family to spread a little inspiration into their lives also.25 Inspirational Personal Development Quotes1“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change…
  • Attitude Determines Your Approach to Life

    Charles Chua C K
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One’s approach to life is all about attitude. Attitude is defined as “A mental position; the feeling one has for oneself.” This pertains to all aspects of life as well as our daily living.There are two types of attitudes, positive and negative. These are the choices we have. Our inner selves do not really allow us to be fence-sitters in the attitude area.Attitude towards how you think of yourself and the kind of person you want to be is key relative to the other aspects of living. You must always think positive thoughts about yourself. You are a human being with a purpose in life. This…
  • 9 Common Pursuits That Rob Us of Happiness

    Charles Chua C K
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    “Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life.”Happiness. We look for it in different places. Some of us hope to buy it. Some think we can earn it. Others look for it in a new job, a new relationship, or a new accomplishment.But one thing remains: happiness is something we all desire. We were designed to experience it.Why then, does it appear at times to be so elusive? How can a society search so desperately for something, but still struggle to find it?Maybe it is because the pursuits we have set before us as a means to find it are actually keeping us from it.Consider these 9…
  • 7 Secrets Of Wise People (And How To Become One ... Now)

    Charles Chua C K
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Quick -- who are the wisest people you know? Chances are they have at least a few things in common: They're experienced, kind and of a certain age. Wisdom, the thinking generally goes, is hard-earned by putting in your time and piecing together scraps of knowledge along the way.But maybe a younger person also sprang to mind -- someone who, despite his or her relative youth, you regard as genuinely wise. That's because wisdom -- which University of Florida, Gainesville sociology professor Monika Ardelt, defines as a combination of cognitive, reflective and compassionate qualities --…
  • 11 Things We Do That Make Us Miserable

    Charles Chua C K
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Oftentimes we read about what we can do to increase our happiness through valuable tips, tricks and techniques. I love reading this stuff and noticing the impact it has on my day and my life. Sometimes equally important is identifying what habits we have that negate all of the positive mindset gearing we do.Here are 11 things many of us are guilty of that sabotage our peace, joy and calm:1. Hold a grudgeForgiveness is the key to freedom. As Marianne Williamson says, "Forgiveness is actually out of self-interest." When we hate, feel anger or resentment towards another, the intended…
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    A Lonely Tale

  • I Have Been Feeling Lonely

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

  • And Then There Were Two… and Two Hundred Blueberries

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

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

    Kiki G
    15 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Time to get into the holiday spirit.This shall truly do the trick.Well done.Enjoy!
  • Be Carefree

    Kiki G
    3 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    What does it mean to be carefree?Sometimes, we get so caught up in life, that we miss out on moments that are meant to capture just that, moments.This video makes my heart glad.It reminds me to make time for moments that allow me to be carefree.Let it inspire.Enjoy!
  • Conspiracies Indeed

    Kiki G
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:00 pm
    Time for a controversial film with a controversial story. We were excited to re-live this Hanks hit, but, erm… well I’m sorry Mr. Hanks, but it was really long! The Da Vinci Code was just as “great” as the book? Two of the four fell asleep. Four of the four commented on the hair (more than once). Four of the four did not remember it being what it was… whatever that means. We are in for a sure hit next go around, so we have that to look forward to ;)
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    Ish Ism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How well can you detach emotionally from your biases?

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

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

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

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

    Peter Wright
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Finishing an ultra marathon – True Grit In a comment on my previous post about doing work we love, Roberta of MoreThymeThanDough suggested that much of life is about attitude and grit. Attitude, how we think about and respond to events, situations, people, adversity, how we make the best of less than ideal situations. Grit is a recipe for survival and success, its ingredients include: perseverance, resilience, determination, commitment, without grit it is difficult or impossible to overcome adversity, create a better life or achieve much of anything. Grit according to psychologist…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Book Review: The Lighthouse by P.D. James

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

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

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

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

    Carmen Amato
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Can a couple of indie authors make a global impact? Yes,  and we are doing it.  In March 4 authors were part of the Writing for Water team: Jerry Last, Norm Hamilton and Sharon Lee Johnson joined me in pledging a portion of our book sales to, the charity co-founded by Matt Damon to bring clean and safe water and decent sanitation to communities worldwide.  The composition of the team changes monthly. If you are an author and want to pledge a month, please let me know: This month’s progress In 2014 the goal is to provide 25 people with clean and safe…
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  • home

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    *** when a jakes was 19, or 21, or so, he moved to the […] The post home appeared first on cedonulli.
  • So I Went To The Mall

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

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

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    ticket acquired to home planet.  fina-fucking-lee. so a […] The post kick sanity to the curb appeared first on cedonulli.
  • sexually induced meditative states

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    “jake what’s up why no new posts?!!!??##$%! […] The post sexually induced meditative states appeared first on cedonulli.
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    The Unwords

  • The Torn Apart: First chapter becomes available to subscribers

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

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

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

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

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

  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 17

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

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

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

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:01 am
    The next day the house phone rings and rings. The machine picks up and my manager from Denny’s is on the line. He started leaving messages for me earlier in the day. At first the messages were of concern but the message get more and more angry and violent the longer I don’t pick up or call back.“Geoff, pick up this goddamned phone!” He screams into the answering machine“Hello?” “Hello!” “So you got thrown up on?” “So what?” “It happens!” “Hello?” “Are you coming back in?” “Why did you leave the floor without telling anyone that you were leaving?”…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 13

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:14 am
    I pull up in front of the house and park on the street. I don’t initially turn off the engine but sit there with it running. I have just finished chain smoking a full pack of cigarettes on my ride home. Thank god I bought two packs. The smell of vomit is still in my nose and clings to my clothes. It has enveloped the car.I shut off the engine, light another cigarette, roll my window all the way down and slump low in my seat. I glance towards the house, there is a light blazing in the living room window. I can’t tell you whom I’m going to find when I walk in tonight because…
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  • What Service(s) to offer as a Virtual Assistant

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

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

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

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

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

  • Liveblogging The Second Half Of “Big Ass Spider!”

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    All Rights Reserved. Copyright (C) Julie R. Neidlinger
  • The Heartbleed bug increases the number of off-the-grid hermits worldwide by 10%.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    That’s a fake headline, of course, but it maybe ought to be true. I started writing this post in a library, wary of doing anything on that public internet connection. Yet I’m on a Chrome book, so everything is done in the cloud. I wander about the reference section and think maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, despite the severe inconvenience, of having to actually look up information and turn pages and do reading rather than type in a search query in an online search engine. Here we have the Heartbleed bug, a simple accident by a German developer, that means I have to go through…
  • Colgan Air Flight 3407, and why victims are not lawmakers.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I wrote this post on November 21, 2013. I’m telling you this because it was scheduled to run the day after the Malaysian Air crash. I pushed it back and waited several weeks. My apologies if it offends you that I am running it now. — There is a severe pilot shortage going on, particularly for regional airlines. You may have felt it, if you live in less populated areas, as the availability of flights is reduced. There are many reasons this is happening. Low wages, high cost of education, and debt. And also, Colgan Air Flight 3407. Flight 3407 crashed on February 12, 2009 in New…
  • The problem with the internet is that posts like this exist.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    I recently wrote a blog post on another blog wondering if there was too much content marketing. The irony is that I’m now writing about the topic of too much content by creating more content, meaning I’ve done it twice fold, leaving me to think the answer might be a hearty yes. But anyway. Purposeful reductions of exposure to social media, blog reading, and all kinds of opinions continues to make my mind calm and a peacefulness prevail. Disconnection from online is actual connection to reality. I realized, at one point, that all the helpful diet, exercise, life hacking,…
  • I’m considering typing my blog posts.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:38 am
    My mother’s vintage Olympia Deluxe manual typewriter. I’m considering typing blog posts with a typewriter, scanning them in, and posting them. My only fear is that this is too ironic, and therefore, trendy. Ridiculous, I know, but there is already precedent on this blog. What was standing in my way? A worn-out typewriter ribbon. Need a new ribbon for my mom's typewriter. Where do I get one? — Julie R. Neidlinger (@julesvern97) March 29, 2014 But after much searching and measuring, I ordered two ribbons that I believe will fit the typewriter.
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    The IMPAQ Zone Posts & Pages

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

  • Traveling to Amritsar

    Elbert Kim
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:44 am
    I usually recount my travels in video format, but since my GoPro was dead for the entire 7 hours that I was in Amritsar, I decided to make a blog post highlighting the places that I visited. I hopped on a night bus from Delhi that I booked off of, which is like the Indian version of Tripadvisor, and I left in the evening in order to arrive in Amritsar in the early morning.  The bus ride was about 7 to 8 hours and it went by as fast as closing and opening my eyes because I was passed out for the entire ride.  The next thing I knew a dark figure with a…
  • A Word From a Budget Traveler: Money Hurts

    Elbert Kim
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    A huge concern for a lot of travelers is whether a trip abroad is feasible to someone that lives on a budget.  Luckily, because a lot of developing countries have a cheaper standard of living, it's totally possible to plan out a trip overseas without having to be a cha-millionaire.  There are a lot of beautiful regions to visit as a budget traveler that'll have you experiencing a lot without emptying your pockets.  Regions like:Southeast Asiawow, they put your face on stuffLatin AmericaJesus waiting for a hugAfricalive action Lion KingAs a budget traveler myself, I've been…
  • What's In My Pack?: India

    Elbert Kim
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I'm in the midst of packing for my trip to India and I decided to create a short video about what I'm bringing along with me.  I'm still stressing out and I'm pretty sure that I'll be packing late into the night. Here's what I got so far, check out what is in my pack for India:
  • What's In My Backpack?: Southeast Asia

    Elbert Kim
    2 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    I was messaging with a friend about travel logistics and I realized that a common concern for a lot of beginning travelers is what to bring along with them for their trip.  Well, luckily, I got some experience with this so I put together a comprehensive list of everything that you will possibly need to survive in Southeast Asia. Please note that I used the word "survive" because I'll be listing the necessities for travel, everything else is just extra that you'll have to decide on for yourself. Now that that's cleared up, here's my list of the necessary supplies:Hiking Backpack: You'll…
  • Vlog 6: Kickin' It In Philly

    Elbert Kim
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:46 pm
    This past weekend, I was lucky enough to visit some friends who live in Philadelphia before I make my grand departure off to India with an undeclared date of return.My friend Thierry so graciously hosted me and a couple of friends for the weekend, and for three days we explored the city, ate tons of great food, and experienced the unique Philly culture.  I didn't know what to expect for the weekend, but what I got was a lot of laughs with some good friends and a good collection of videos filled with dick jokes. What better use of this footage than making yet another Vlog filled with some…
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  • Cycling in Asia Is Great, but Be Prepared

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

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

    Felix Chong
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Term Life vs Whole Life: Do Insurance Agents & Advisors Give You the Big Picture? By Felix ChongOne of the reasons came into being is to provide insurance that meets very clear needs in a way people can understand. As a consumer, if you understand the financial implications of a product, you will be better able to choose cover that genuinely reflects your needs – and those of your family. Choosing between Term and Whole Life insurance requires research and thought. Unfortunately, consumers don’t always get the whole picture on life insurance. The complexity…
  • How effective is priority seating in Singapore?

    Zhihong Oon
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:24 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8How effective is priority seating in Singapore? By Zhihong Oon A majority of Singaporeans have responded favourably towards giving up their seats to those in need.  Source: LTA The Land Transport Authority (LTA) launched its ‘Graciousness Campaign’ a couple of months ago – posters and stickers illustrating positive social norms are being put up on bus shelters, inside buses and in the trains. In addition, with the Downtown Line being opened recently, there will now be brightly coloured ‘reserved’ seats for the disabled, elderly, pregnant or whoever…
  • Driving Right: Rules of the Road for South East Asia Self-Drive Holidays

    Craig Hindmarsh
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:43 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Driving Right: Rules of the Road for South East Asia Self-Drive Holidays By Craig HindmarshSometimes called ‘the rule of the road’, knowing which side of the highway to drive on is a crucial piece of information for any motorist. Here in Singapore we drive on the left, of course, in common with our neighbours and owing to a shared colonial history under the British. But while sticking to the correct side of the road keeps us all safe, with more and more Singaporeans taking driving holidays in South East Asia and further afield, it’s important to be aware of what’s involved…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • 10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

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

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

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

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

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

  • I Don’t Kiss And Tell

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

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

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

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

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

  • Springtime in Paris

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

    Princss Burlap
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I would like to welcome thee back to European Honeymoon Hour. Where were we…? Ah yes. We left our tale upon a sleepless false night, the Parisian clock’s lies fooling us not. That first fall of eve in the city of lights was a sleepless one, and I found myself grateful that Blue Eyes had finally, laboriously I might add, convinced me of the merits of the Kindle, for I found much comfort in the glowing electronic pages of Dr. Sleep while the rest of Rue de Berne did just that. I did so mercifully find some of that book’s title for myself, but not before 3:30am. I’m not…
  • Toast Post: Wolf Break

    Princss Burlap
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am Toast. This is my post. After weeks of searching for the mystical “Honey Fund”, I have given up my search. While I love honey, I can no longer allocate precious Toast resources to the hunt. Besides, I think Mommy and Daddy may have sold all the honey in the honey fund in order to take a trip in the big outside. Last week, I heard them talking about visiting Paris and Rome, then they dropped me and Dixie Chicken off at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. I do not like Paris Hilton and I have no idea why anyone would want to visit her. I did not know Mommy and Daddy even knew her. As a…
  • To Another Day, Fare Thee Well

    Princss Burlap
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    It was a day much as another before it or after, no color or texture tottering above or below ordinary. The digital clock struck 4, in as much as the loss of analog can allow for a strike. Ones and zeros aren’t very adept at striking. Sorry fellas, but you’re anticlimactic that way, we can’t all be good at everything. I texted Blue Eyes some more ones and zeros forming the iMessage “I’m headed home”. He replied “Oh shit. It’s 4 already? The day flew by.” “Well that’s always good” was my texted reply as I pressed my…
  • Paris With a Side of Patriotism

    Princss Burlap
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    A piece of history. A welcoming kind of exotic bliss. There were so many things of beauty across the Ocean Atlantic. Before we jump into the first Paris photos, however, a word for my Mother Land: There is no place like home and I’m proud to be an American girl. I came to this strange and unknown place feeling kind of… apologetic(?) about being an American. I found myself thinking “Gee whizz, I hope these chic Parisians don’t spot me for an American and write me off, a poorly accessorized bad debt”. I’m leaving feeling differently. Not better than, not…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • 5 Reasons Why Universe is a Man (Part 3)

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

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

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

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

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