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  • I Showed Up In the Quick Sprout Infographic, "Why We Like, Comment, and Share on Facebook"

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    Elan Morgan
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    I was referenced in this Quick Sprout infographic, which was then used in this Hubspot article, much to my surprise. It's always odd to find myself quoted or referenced without having been notified that it's out there, but I'm not complaining. "Why We Like, Comment, and Share on Facebook", courtesy of: Quick Sprout Thanks goes out to Donna Schwartz Mills for pointing this mention out to me on Facebook, and also to Neil Patel for including me!
  • 360 degree video shows you the night sky if near-earth astroids were visible [video]

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    Josh Urich
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here's your daily dose of perspective. This video shows you what the night sky would look like if you could see all the astroids near earth. It's 360 degrees, so be sure to use Chrome or a smartphone so you can explore. The post 360 degree video shows you the night sky if near-earth astroids were visible [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • #Love Wins – Supreme Court Ends Ban on Gay Marriage

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    wowowow
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Tears of Joy! On Friday June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to ban gay marriage.  Same-sex couples across the land are free to marry.  With Pride Week being celebrated from New York City to San Francisco, what better than the SCOTUS decision? Below are some reactions from around the web including our own Whoopi Goldberg and Marlo Thomas. BRAVO Supreme Court!!! We knew you had it in you. . . looking out for equality and looking out for healthcare. It’s a good day in America!!! — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg) 2015-06-28T22:29:47Z Supreme Court…
  • Rule 5 out! FEMEN: Sextremism in Canada

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    SnoopyTheGoon
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    This in-depth study of one of my favorite groups of people will not leave you indifferent, and it is a promise.Go, Canada!
  • 60 is Not the New 40

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    Ronni Bennett
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Nor 70 the new 50 but people are still trying to sell that to us. If you pay too much attention to media chatter, you can easily be convinced that old age is a nice, smooth continuation of midlife. If you do it right – that is. Drink gallons of protein liquid, spend three hours a day at the gym, drop hundreds of dollars on brain games, stand on one leg while washing dishes and you too can climb Mt. Everest. More: if that 91-year-old can finish a marathon, so can you. Or start a business; everyone's an entrepreneur these days even if they don't know what Six Sigma is. Oh, and if you pump…
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  • I Showed Up In the Quick Sprout Infographic, "Why We Like, Comment, and Share on Facebook"

    Elan Morgan
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    I was referenced in this Quick Sprout infographic, which was then used in this Hubspot article, much to my surprise. It's always odd to find myself quoted or referenced without having been notified that it's out there, but I'm not complaining. "Why We Like, Comment, and Share on Facebook", courtesy of: Quick Sprout Thanks goes out to Donna Schwartz Mills for pointing this mention out to me on Facebook, and also to Neil Patel for including me!
  • Grace in Small Things No. 571

    Elan Morgan
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things, a community for acknowledging and growing gratitude.There is a haze from the 121 northern forest fires that are burning in Saskatchewan right now. It's a little hard to breathe, but the quality of light filtered through the smoke is kind of magical.Roasted yam, walnut, and cranberry salad is brilliant.A kitty cat bounded out from under a car to head-butt my leg and then ran back into his shade.A man on a motorbike rumbled up to a stop light next to me, and he was blasting 1940s Big Band music. I gave him a…
  • Blackout Poem #7

    Elan Morgan
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:18 pm
    The following blackout poem was created using a randomly chosen page out of Stephen King's Joyland. In this case, I used page 122. She was preoccupied,distracted.I looked at my fingers,embarrassed.I blinked, angry,full of gas.I never owned it.
  • Onion and I Are Busy Being Hot

    Elan Morgan
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
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  • A Simple Orange

    Elan Morgan
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    click image to enlarge I am trying to eat more simply these days by regularly saying no to anything that comes in a package it didn't grow itself. This is me truly appreciating this orange. It's a marvel on a plate, really.
 
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  • 360 degree video shows you the night sky if near-earth astroids were visible [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here's your daily dose of perspective. This video shows you what the night sky would look like if you could see all the astroids near earth. It's 360 degrees, so be sure to use Chrome or a smartphone so you can explore. The post 360 degree video shows you the night sky if near-earth astroids were visible [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Distracted driver jumps opening drawbridge in Florida [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Here's a lesson in why not to stay too focused on your GPS device. The post Distracted driver jumps opening drawbridge in Florida [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Vocal impression master can do everything from Morgan Freeman to Batman [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Aside from having a pleasing speaking voice, this guy is a mater impersonator. Watch as he impersonates Family Guy characters, Batman, Morgan Freeman, even Optimus Prime! The post Vocal impression master can do everything from Morgan Freeman to Batman [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Car recalls: all you need to know [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Nothing quite like the feeling of spending thousands of dollars on a car only to find out there's a possibly fatal flaw that needs to be addressed ASAP. The post Car recalls: all you need to know [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Rare footage of a jaguar attacking a croc [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a video the likes of which you probably won't see again. A hungry jaguar attacks a crocodile and wins. The post Rare footage of a jaguar attacking a croc [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • #Love Wins – Supreme Court Ends Ban on Gay Marriage

    wowowow
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Tears of Joy! On Friday June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to ban gay marriage.  Same-sex couples across the land are free to marry.  With Pride Week being celebrated from New York City to San Francisco, what better than the SCOTUS decision? Below are some reactions from around the web including our own Whoopi Goldberg and Marlo Thomas. BRAVO Supreme Court!!! We knew you had it in you. . . looking out for equality and looking out for healthcare. It’s a good day in America!!! — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg) 2015-06-28T22:29:47Z Supreme Court…
  • PureWow at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

    wowowow
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    PureWow is enjoying the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this week.  Here are a few snapshots of the fun! PureWow on Deck! PureWow – All that Glitters is Gold PureWow – Ready to Enjoy! PureWow – Welcome Aboard!
  • Irene Bergman, 99-Year-Old Wall Street Veteran Reveals The Secrets Of Her Success

    wowowow
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    As she nears 100, Irene Bergman has some advice for enjoying a long career on Wall Street: Don’t do anything stupid. Consider investment returns, the financial adviser at Stralem & Co. said in an interview at her New York apartment, where, surrounded by paintings from Dutch masters, she telephones her clients. Read More at Bloomberg
  • Russia In Color, A Century Ago

    wowowow
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. View the spectacular color slideshow at The Boston Globe.
  • At 92, Liz Smith Reveals How Rupert Murdoch Fired Her, What It Felt Like to Be Outed

    wowowow
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    “I’m too old for gossip,” insists 92-year-old Liz Smith, delicately settling into a banquette at her favorite Tex Mex watering hole in Murray Hill. But a few hours with the legendary columnist proves that’s far from the truth. Read More at Hollywood Reporter
 
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  • Rule 5 out! FEMEN: Sextremism in Canada

    SnoopyTheGoon
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    This in-depth study of one of my favorite groups of people will not leave you indifferent, and it is a promise.Go, Canada!
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send 18,000 troops to Syria

    SnoopyTheGoon
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    While the Western world is watching from the sidelines the Kurds fighting Daesh practically alone, and applauding limp-wristedly, as usual, one man in the whole world intends to do something about it. The Turkish Caliph wannabe, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, really intends to send his soldiers to Syria - to fight... the Kurds. The bravery and the self-sacrifice of this long oppressed by all the Middle Eastern countries minority doesn't leave Mr Erdogan apathetic. Far from it: he hates the Kurds even a bit more than he hates the Zionists. So much so that, after years of impotently threatening the…
  • Yes, really, what exactly did Bibi have in mind?

    SnoopyTheGoon
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    To quote myself, from a recent post: But to assign a politician, who publicly and proudly declares her anti-judiciary stance for a long time, to serve as minister of justice - what exactly did Bibi have in mind?Well, call me a misogynist or male chauvinist pig or whatever (just don't forget to call me to dinner) - but in fact it is only one question of the three I would like to ask Bibi. If an opportunity presents itself. So this was a question re Eng. Ayelet Shaked.Eng. Ayelet ShakedTo the next question: To assign an ex-IDF censor and a failure of an IDF spokesperson to serve as minister of…
  • Che - simply revolting

    SnoopyTheGoon
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This version of Che (#24) might require the viewer to take a dose of antiemetic:You have been warned!
  • Why Doesn't Israel Just Withdraw to the 1948 Borders?

    SnoopyTheGoon
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A great visualization of the military challenges facing Israel by The Jewish Standard.
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    TIME GOES BY

  • 60 is Not the New 40

    Ronni Bennett
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Nor 70 the new 50 but people are still trying to sell that to us. If you pay too much attention to media chatter, you can easily be convinced that old age is a nice, smooth continuation of midlife. If you do it right – that is. Drink gallons of protein liquid, spend three hours a day at the gym, drop hundreds of dollars on brain games, stand on one leg while washing dishes and you too can climb Mt. Everest. More: if that 91-year-old can finish a marathon, so can you. Or start a business; everyone's an entrepreneur these days even if they don't know what Six Sigma is. Oh, and if you pump…
  • Does Hollywood Ageism Have Anything To Do with You and Me?

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    In recent weeks there has been a minor flurry of media information – tidbits, mostly – about age and work in relation to female movie stars. I had been sitting on a quotation from actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, wondering what I might do with it until TGB reader Jim Hood mentioned it in an email: “I’m 37,” Gyllenhaal said in an interview with The Wrap, “and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made feel angry, and then it made me laugh.” A couple of weeks later, the same website asked…
  • ELDER MUSIC: They Wrote the Songs

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. Today I'm devoting a whole column to a topic I occasionally rabbit on about, and that is the original writer of songs made famous by others.
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 27 June 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    ELDERS BENEFIT FROM SUPREME COURT DECISION TOO It was an important win for the American people on Thursday when, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare subsidies. A loss could have meant the destruction of the entire law. And it's not just people under age 65 who benefit, you know. There are Medicare provisions in the law too. Here is what Max Richtman, the president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), emailed right after the Thursday Court decision was announced: ”Seniors in Medicare...will save, on average, about $5,000 over…
  • House Calls, Telemedicine and Medicare

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Medicare is in the third year of testing its Independent at Home demonstration project to see if it can improve care and cut costs for some of its more frail patients with house calls. The idea is to test ”...how well a house call approach really works and how to pay for it. About 8,400 frail seniors with multiple chronic conditions — Medicare's most expensive type of patient — are receiving customized home-based primary care from 17 programs around the country,” according to a story at Yahoo! News. The study was created by The Affordable Care Act and legislation is pending in…
 
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  • How Not to Ruin Instagram (Now That the Ad Floodgates Are Open)

    Ann Handley
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” —Steve Jobs The news broke last week that Instagram will expand its advertising service to all marketers, not just a chosen few (Disney, The Gap, Ben & Jerry’s) it’s been working with since first rolling out ads in the fall of 2013. That means the popular photo-sharing app is opening up to zillions of advertisers, who’ll be flocking there to take advantage of more ad styles and sophisticated targeting tools developed by Instagram’s Facebook sugar daddy. The marketer in me is psyched: The in-app purchasing…
  • 8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

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

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

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

    Ann Handley
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Only a third of the world’s largest companies have quality site content based on human factors like style and clarity and tone of voice (in addition to basics like grammar and spelling.) The study from linguistic analysis company Acrolinx is the first of its kind to try to quantify something that’s hard to pinpoint: What’s the value of writing to a business? (It’s the first as far as I know. And I’m happy to be wrong. So let me know in the comments.) At the very least, it underscores the need to pay attention to not just what you say, but how you say it. Some…
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  • Fictional Characters of New York #46

    Neil
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    “Help me to the window,” said the old man to his aide. “I want to show you something.” The old man put his face to the window, like a kid looking into a candy store. “You see those two buildings on Fifth Avenue. I own them. I own forty-seven properties in Manhattan, twenty properties in Brooklyn, and twelve properties in Queens. I practically own the city.” “Your legacy is clear, sir.    We will remember you as one of the greatest men the city has ever produced.” The old man laughed. “What do you know about Boss Tweed?”…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #45

    Neil
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    The hardest job in this motherhood gig is watching your son in pain, and knowing that only time will heal, not your motherly touch. Brett was a boy on the cusp of being a man, and hugs from his mother were verboten. He had a hard year – problems in school, bad grades, bullying, his own romantic heartbreak, and, of course, my divorce with his father, which hit our family like a hurricane wave. “Let’s go to Coney Island,” I said, trying to be cheery. “My grandmother used to take me there very summer. We can go to Nathan’s and have hot dogs.”…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #44

    Neil
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    “Be careful with the wheelchair,” said Ruthie. “I’ve been doing this for 25 years.  I know what I’m doing.” said Beth as she wheeled her older sister through the tiny kitchen and into the dinette, avoiding the tear in the faded yellow linoleum. For breakfast, Beth made Ruthie scrambled eggs and an English muffin. Same as usual. “After breakfast, I’ll go pick up your meds from Walgreen’s,” said Beth. “Have you said hello to the new neighbors yet?” asked Ruthie. “Why would I do that?  They have no interest in…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #43

    Neil
    28 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    I’m a third generation New Yorker, but  I’ll be the last in my family to live here. My son has other plans. “Lift me up so I can see the stars,” he said to me on Second Avenue at night, and I put him atop my shoulders like an Indian prince. “It’s hard to see the stars here,” I told him. “Too many lights, too many tall buildings.” He never took an interest in the Art Deco Chrysler Building or the majestic Brooklyn Bridge like I did at his age.  He is intrigued by loftier heights — space, the final frontier. “One day,…
  • Tinderitis

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

  • Here’s How the Cool Bros Dressed Cool Dad for Father’s Day

    Cool Dad
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    I won’t make you wait any longer lest you explode. Here’s the Father’s Day outfit the Cool Bros picked out for me at JCPenney! As you can see, they combined several approaches to ‘cool’ in this ensemble. Starting from the ground up: The sandals keep my toes cool, freeing them from the heat-trapping confines of closed-toe shoes. The khaki shorts provide a populist cool in that everyone’s wearing them. The Star Wars shirt plays on the new paradigm that geek culture is cool. (And of course, is there any cooler spacecraft than the one that made the Kessel Run…
  • Father’s Day by JCPenney: Cool Bros Style Cool Dad, Part 2

    Cool Dad
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:07 am
    First of all, don’t leave here without entering to win a $50 JCPenney gift card! Check the widget at the end. As promised, here’s Part Deux of our Father’s Day extravaganza at JCPenney. Last time, the Cool Bros scoured the store for the coolest possible Father’s Day outfit. Now, we jump right into the essential trope of any ugly duckling-type comedy: the rapid-fire montage of wardrobe changes. Two things you should know: 1. All clothing choices were strictly made by the Cool Bros. I did not try to sway their decisions. I hope that’s obvious. 2. Although…
  • Father’s Day by JCPenney: The Cool Bros Style Cool Dad, Part 1

    Cool Dad
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    This unforgettable moment in internet history is brought to you by JCPenney! With Father’s Day coming up, I wondered what the Cool Bros had in store for me. Given their limited budget (Cool Newbie celebrates his current horde of pennies in an old yogurt carton), I was expecting some beautiful handcrafted goods. However, JCPenney reached out to us with a fun Father’s Day project, so in addition to some thoughtful crayon artwork, I’m getting me a fancy new outfit! And the Cool Bros are going to choose it! This should be interesting! There was so much to choose from, we…
  • The 12 Places We’ve Lived Over 13 Years of Marriage

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

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

    Daniel
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    Knockoffs: The knockoffs can be alluring.  They can look virtually the same, especially in a catalog or on a web site.  A customer of mine called awhile back and said “I have two of your hammers, and they are both broken.”  I immediately said that he should send them to me so that I could repair them and do a quality-control analysis.  When I got them I was relieved to see that they were not made by me.  It turns out that he had purchased Chinese-made versions of my tools from a store that was part of a national chain (you know the one), and, according to my customer, he was told…
  • Knowledge beats recipes

    Daniel
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Bear with me, this will take a bit of doing… Quoting the Wikipedia: The size of an interval between two notes may be measured by the ratio of their frequencies. When a musical instrument is tuned using a just intonation tuning system, the size of the main intervals can be expressed by small-integer ratios, such as 1:1 (unison), 2:1 (octave), 3:2 (perfect fifth), 4:3 (perfect fourth), 5:4 (major third), 6:5 (minor third). Intervals with small-integer ratios are often called just intervals, or pure intervals. Most commonly, however, musical instruments are nowadays tuned using a different…
  • This is why people make stuff…

    Daniel
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Whether it’s music or software or chopsticks or whatever… I think the faces of the people in this video says it all. There is a deep connection between creation and human beings. Even when we don’t practice making things for years and years it is never lost. It’s as much a part of who we are as humans as anything I’ve ever come across. I find it impossible not to enjoy this. I hope you see what I see when you watch it. And if you care to, read about John Economaki’s experience.
  • The Ruby aws-sdk gem v2 forces SSL everywhere

    Daniel
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    It came up at work, we checked with the author to ensure what we saw in the code and by experiment. Documenting here in case anyone else has the question. “It forces SSL everywhere by default. The only mechanism to disable SSL is to provide a url as :endpoint that uses the http scheme instead of https.”
  • Here’s why your farmed salmon has color added to it

    Daniel
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Here’s why your farmed salmon has color added to it: The fact that consumers will shell out more for salmon that looks wild—even if it got that way by eating pellets in its pen—hints that people want to be eating wild salmon, but not quite badly enough to buy the real deal. If it’s price that’s keeping consumers from buying wild-caught salmon, they might want to consider saving a few bucks more and start demanding farmers cut out those expensive pigments—and sell them salmon that’s gray. [Interesting. But I’d be surprised if it happened. Maybe if a company wanted…
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  • Loving Louisville, Kentucky

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Louisville, KY is a magical city that possesses a distinctive culture. With a slower, Southern charm and a rich history, Louisville is an awesome city to consider for your next move. Let’s take a look at what stops and sites make this city so special; along the way, we might even discover what neighborhoods are […] The post Loving Louisville, Kentucky appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How to Successfully Decorate the Guest Bedroom

    admin
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Whether you’re just moving in to a 2 bedroom apartment or you’ve finally decided to tackle the task of decorating, getting a guest bedroom in order is no small feat. But don’t worry, apartment-dweller! Clear out the clutter, give the space a good scrub, and you’re ready to get started. Here are some practical tips […] The post How to Successfully Decorate the Guest Bedroom appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How To Decorate With A New Roommate

    admin
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    With new roommates come new furniture, decorations, and usually, a different idea of how they want to decorate your new 2 bedroom apartment. Whether it’s your best friend or strictly a roommate relationship, everyone has different taste. Having trouble syncing up your feng shui? Here are some tips to get your shared space looking and […] The post How To Decorate With A New Roommate appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How To Beat The Summer Heat

    admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    We were all ready for winter to be over, but now that summer is here, thermometer temperatures are climbing in many areas of the U.S. Heat and humidity definitely take their toll on residents who live in cities with higher temperatures. And the kids want to cool off as much as you do. Fortunately, ApartmentSearch […] The post How To Beat The Summer Heat appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Tips on Making A Roommate Chore Chart

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    It seems like no matter how hard you try, you just can’t keep your apartment clean. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! And of course, your lazy busy roommates don’t make the process any easier. You’ve thought about making a roommate chore chart, but isn’t that a new chore all of its […] The post Tips on Making A Roommate Chore Chart appeared first on Apartment Life.
 
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  • PSA: Bras make your breasts sag

    Doug McCaughan
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Jean-Denis Rouillon has been studying breasts for 18 years (I’ve been studying them my whole life! *wink wink*). His technique? I slide ruler, a caliper, and 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35. Holy Hell I’ve lived my life wrong! Why didn’t someone tell me this field of research existed?! I would have gotten my PhDD! "Medically, physiologically, anatomically — breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity," Rouillon said, as quoted on TheLocal.fr. "On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra." [Source, Livescience.com, Bras Make Breasts…
  • Next life challenge 

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    To learn how to cook oatmeal on the stovetop without it boiling over.
  • I hate open office spaces

    Doug McCaughan
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I swear if I ever run a company again, everyone will have their own enclosed office space.
  • Programmers lament

    Doug McCaughan
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    I use a standing desk but I have never completely lifted my keyboard to the ideal height. I think I’m beginning to pay the price. After extensive typing, my right elbow (my mousing hand) is so sore that I am not sure I’ll be able to type today. ugh.
  • How to switch to metric?

    Doug McCaughan
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    How do you begin using the metric system? You just start using it! I use Waze as my navigation aid. Been using it since the very early days. Cathy and I were the original #wazedate people. Today, as I drove to work, Waze announced a turn in "1.6 miles" and I commented to myself that I didn’t realize that section of road was that long. Then it occurred to me that if Waze was going to speak distances and I was going to learn them that I might as well do it in metric…and now Waze speaks to me in kilometers and meters.
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    This Eclectic Life

  • WELCOME

    Shelly Tucker
    6 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    I’m so glad you found me on the Interweb! Do you remember lazy days sitting on the front porch, spinning yarns with friends, and talking about everything under the sun? Then, kick off your shoes, grab a glass of sweet tea, and sit a spell with me. What are you going to find? Everything under the sun, and it’s always a surprise for both you and for me. You’ll find tips on traveling in Texas, because it’s My Neck Of The Woods. I tell you shivery ghost tales, sometimes. Well, at least they are Ghostly-Mostly. Sometimes I talk about History. I’m a fool for Bacon And,…
  • Haunted Adolphus Hotel in Dallas

    Shelly Tucker
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    We stayed at the Adolphus Hotel, a grand historic edifice at 1321 Commerce Street in Dallas. After a century, the place is still a masterpiece. The hotel was built in 1912 by Adolphus Busch, a beer baron, and was intended to be the grandest hotel imaginable. Until 1922, when the Magnolia Petroleum building was built, it was the tallest building in Dallas, but it is dwarfed by many high rise buildings these days. Yet, it is still quite opulent. You can click the pictures in the gallery below for a taste of the beauty that was everywhere! It is easy to see that the hotel has always served up…
  • Officially The Courthouse is NOT Haunted … But …

    Shelly Tucker
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    “Officially” the Denton County Courthouse is not haunted. That’s what I told you in my book, Ghosts of Denton: The History of the Mysteries in a Small Texas Town (available on Amazon). If you ask people who work there if any ghosts reside in the building, they shake their heads … but they can’t look you in the eyes and say, “No.” Visitors to the courthouse might tell you the other side to the story. A group who came on one of my ghost tours told me a rather hair-raising tale about an incident that happened to them in the basement. Hang on, and…
  • Haunted In Military Time

    Shelly Tucker
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    She approached me shyly at my booth at the paranormal conference last weekend. “Strange things sometimes happen to me,” she said, “but I never feel as if I can tell anyone about them. I don’t think they would understand. I’ve never been to a conference like this one, where people talk about ghosts.” I sensed that she had something she wanted to tell me, so I prompted her. “Do you want to tell me about one of those strange experiences?” She jumped at the chance. Pulling her cell phone from her pocket, she said, “I like to walk in…
  • Wake The Dead Show In Galveston. A Dash Beardsley Production.

    Shelly Tucker
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    This paranormal conference sounds like frightfully good fun! It’s billed as “a touch of paracon meets sci-fy, horror, and Hollywood mixed with a touch of rock and roll and family fun!” Wow! That’s a tall order, but I think Dash Beardsley, the creator of the Ghost Tours of Galveston can deliver. This is the first ever Wake The Dead Show on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 9am to 6pm at the Galveston Convention Center. The timing is nearly perfect for the ghostly tales told in Galveston on one of Dash’s tours. On September 6th, 1900 the citizens of Galveston went…
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    verbatim

  • Herbal Goodness

    Karen
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:07 am
    Every winter I get dreamy about having a vegetable and herb garden in the summer. I enthusiastically buy books and equipment, and then when spring rolls around, I forget all about it. I spend the summer at the farmers' market and Whole Foods, and that's the end of that. But now I have Julie, who has never met a DIY project she didn't embrace whole-heartedly. She found an EarthBox I had bought many years ago that allows you to plant a small garden and move it around—into or out of the sun, for instance—and keeps the plants up high enough to thwart all those cute bunnies in…
  • What's Your Sign?

    Karen
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Yesterday it was Julie's turn to experience the wonders of orthopedic surgery. Yes, that broken toe turned out to need a couple of screws to hold on a piece of bone that snapped off. (Yowch!) I would like to officially state here that I am done waiting for my loved ones to wake up from anesthesia. It's a horrible, scary state of non-reality and I refuse to do it anymore. So: No more surgeries, guys, OK?! If you are an editor and you are waiting for your kid to wake up from anesthesia, you look around and notice signs. You see this one: and realize that someone got there with a…
  • Falling Apart, Sort of Literally

    Karen
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    Here's our family, listed from best to worst, orthopedically: 1. I am fine. Moms can't have anything wrong with them. 2. Steph needs only two more physical therapy sessions and she will have "graduated"! She has only a slight limp now. What a long haul, and what a trouper.  3. A few weeks into track season, Pete developed shin splints in both legs, which turned out to be stress fractures, so that quickly put an end to that. He is mostly just supposed to not run, and let them heal themselves, and then he'll go in for a gait assessment in a couple of weeks. 4. Julie…
  • Pairs

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

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

  • The Registry Conundrum, or, Should I Really Buy Them A Place Setting of Sterling Silver?

    Magpie
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:04 pm
    A couple of months ago, in a sidebar chat in Words With Friends, a friend I’ve known since graduate school mentioned that she’d just put a bunch of flowers in the vase I’d given her as a wedding gift. I remember her wedding well – it was lovely and it happened in New York during the 1986 National League playoffs, and because the Mets were playing there were people hunkered in the corners with little radios, checking on the game. And although I remember what I wore – a soft grey wool damask dress – I couldn’t have told you what I’d given them as a gift. But that she remembers?
  • Observations, N.Y.C.

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

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

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

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

  • Become a Summer Grillmaster: How to Blend Your Own Spices

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tim Ziegler. Man has been cooking outdoors since the beginning of time. By ancient practice it was just one of the requirements of life in order to survive. Today, cooking outside is one of those manly arts that separate us from the animals. Cooking inside is more elaborate, more complicated, hotter (especially in summer!), and makes one’s entire domicile uncomfortably warm. AoM has previously covered this topic quite well in everything from foods you can cook on a stick to every manner of cooking and grilling outdoors. What we’re talking…
  • How to Organize Your Garage

    Brett
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I moved into my house almost four years ago, and last month I finally got around to organizing my garage. Until about a week ago, I’d pretty much just find an empty place on the floor in the garage and put stuff there; if I ran out of empty space on the floor, I’d start stacking items. There’s a closet in the garage where I kept a lot of stuff — luggage, sports equipment, camping gear — but whenever I needed something, I’d have to pull everything out and then shove everything back into a chaotic pile. It was annoying. The garage does have this little workshop area in the back…
  • WWII Watermanship Week: How to Climb Down a Ship’s Ropes and Cargo Nets

    Brett and Kate McKay
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Editor’s note: In 1944, the US War Department published FM 21-22, a manual on military watermanship. The manual covers everything a man needs to know to survive at sea, from how to properly abandon a sinking ship to how to stay alive in a lifeboat. This week we’ll be highlighting several of the manual’s sections; the information is both fascinating from a historical standpoint and useful for worst case scenarios.  FM 21-22 War Department Watermanship Manual, 1944 LIFE NETS. a. General. Life nets or cargo nets are normally hung over the side of a ship and are used as…
  • You’ve Got to Be a Man, Before You Can Be a Gentleman

    Brett
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    “Over-sentimentality, over-softness, in fact washiness and mushiness are the great dangers of this age and of this people. Unless we keep the barbarian virtues, gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail.” –Theodore Roosevelt Sometimes when young men begin their journey into manhood, they start in on the gentlemanly side of things. They dress in stylish, classic attire, don a fedora, and focus really hard on manners and etiquette. They hope that by doing so, others will recognize them as grown men, good men. Take this well-meaning goofball, for example… Yet oftentimes…
  • WWII Watermanship Week: Survival Swimming

    Brett and Kate McKay
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    Editor’s note: In 1944, the US War Department published FM 21-22, a manual on military watermanship. The manual covers everything a man needs to know to survive at sea, from how to properly abandon a sinking ship to how to stay alive in a lifeboat. This week we’ll be highlighting several of the manual’s sections; the information is both fascinating from a historical standpoint and useful for worst case scenarios.  FM 21-22 War Department Watermanship Manual, 1944 GENERAL WATERMANSHIP Military watermanship means taking care of yourself on or in the water in any military…
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    Blurbomat

  • Link: Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts | EE Times

    blurb
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    As a person who has vision issues and wears contact lenses, naturally, developments like this pique my interest. However, I’m more interested in these advancements for my daughters. Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus. Source: […]   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Link: Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts | EE Times appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Perfectly Fine

    blurb
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Graffiti detail, 190 Bowery.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Perfectly Fine appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Link: Facebook’s facial recognition means privacy loss in social media age – Fortune

    blurb
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    What a bad week for privacy. Consumer watchdogs gave up on government talks over facial recognition software after industry groups appeared to reject even basic restrictions on face-scanning. Meanwhile, Facebook rolled out a new service called “Moments” that expands the use of the company’s powerful “faceprint” technology. Source: Facebook’s facial recognition means privacy loss in […]   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Link: Facebook’s facial recognition means privacy loss in social media age…
  • Blue Fingers

    blurb
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    It's blue and made of glass. Also: cool.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Blue Fingers appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Peppered Blossoms

    blurb
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Spring, 2015   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Peppered Blossoms appeared first on Blurbomat.
 
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    Going The Wong Way

  • I Only Nap

    Derek Wong
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The problem with this code is there are too many break statements! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 def sleepperson baby start_time getTime while personisAsleep time getTime if start_timeaddMINUTES 180 >= time break else if babyisCrying break def __main__ while derekisAlive if not areThingsToDo sleepderek derekgetChild
  • Only Work for the Weary

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

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

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

    Derek Wong
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Caution: large amounts of shopping or driving result in extereme exhaustion!
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Barbara Weibel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built in the 17th century, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is one of three palaces used by the Dutch monarchy. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: KAWS cartoon character sculpture in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam presents an interesting juxtaposition for a museum that focuses on old masters (Visited 33 times, 33 visits today)The post PHOTO: KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Amsterdam – 881,000 Bicycles and Counting

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Not two minutes after I stepped off the bus from the airport, my girlfriend yanked me back up onto a curb. Before I had time to be startled, a bike whizzed past in a blur, missing me by less than an inch. “You have to be careful of the bicycles in Amsterdam. We cycle everywhere.” She pointed out dedicated lanes paved with red brick in the streets and on the sidewalks, cautioning me to look both ways for bikes, even before considering motor vehicle traffic. Bicycles in Amsterdam coming out of the tunnel at the Rijksmuseum nearly run me over Indeed, everywhere I went for the next ten days I…
  • PHOTO: Red Light District in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Of all the museums in Amsterdam, you might want to give this one in the Red Light District a pass. (Visited 184 times, 184 visits today)The post PHOTO: Red Light District in Amsterdam, The Netherlands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Boats on the Binnen Amstel in Amsterdam

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Boats on the Binnen Amstel (Inner Amstel) River provide a picture perfect scene in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Visited 78 times, 78 visits today)The post PHOTO: Boats on the Binnen Amstel in Amsterdam appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Why the Supreme Court’s Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage is Not the Issue

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    An historical decision was made through our Supreme Court in the USA yesterday. Gay marriage in America is officially recognized as receiving the same legal and civil rights as heterosexual marriage. This is an important day in history. I do not want to diminish it. I came across this tweet from a man who I do not know named John McGowan. He said, “Don’t write off America or put your hope in her. Anchor your life in the eternal Word and Kingdom of Christ.” And I could not agree more. Regardless of your views on this decision, Mr. McGowan cuts straight to the core of what is…
  • Get Mad Church Disease for FREE

    Anne Marie Miller
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    A friend of mine asked “Does serving in the church interfere with your relationship with Christ?” At the time, the answer was yes. I was super burned out on church. Fast forward a few years and I got to write a book about how God heals and how He – not the church – is the object of our worship. Last year, I re-released Mad Church Disease with more resources and wrote an accompanying 30 Day devotional. So, if you’re feeling burned out…with church, work, life…I pray these can help you. Normally, they’re $20 for the lot, but since, well, I’ve been…
  • We Cannot Remove God’s Love From Us

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

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

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

  • Nyhavn Transported Through Time

    Alex Berger
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    Copenhagen’s picture-perfect old harbor is an enchanting sight to see even on the gloomiest of days.  Nyhavn (the New Harbor) as the old 17th century waterfront is called, is lined by popular cafes, a vibrant mixture of multi-hued historic buildings, and a floating of museum with historic sailing vessels moored along the harbor’s stone docks.  It’s a favorite spot among both tourists and locals alike for food, sightseeing, and a six pack of beer or bottle of wine to be enjoyed in the sun with friends. However, this past spring Nyhavn was transformed. The metamorphosis…
  • Copenhagen – Embracing Technology, Exploiting Tourists

    Alex Berger
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Recently we saw the phase-out of Denmark’s klippekort (Clip Cards).  These klippekort allowed commuters to get significantly discounted public transit tickets by purchasing bulk trips 10 at a time.  Like many systems around the world, on-site pricing for buses is higher than tickets purchased in advance.  This discourages people slowing down the loading/boarding process and encourages people to participate in transit programs. All of which is great. However, unlike other programs where the increased pricing is only applied to time-sensitive transit situations (eg: buses) – the Danish…
  • A Black and White Photo Tour of Copenhagen in Spring

    Alex Berger
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Spring in Denmark is amazing.  The seemingly endless  dark depths of winter are quickly replaced by brilliantly long days that seem to stretch on forever bathed in the amber hues of golden evenings and freshly invigorated mornings.  The parks blossom and bloom in an explosion of color while Copenhagen’s population revels in every ounce of warm spring sun. While I’m constantly taking photos of Copenhagen and uploading them to flickr and Instagram I’ve realized I’m not posting those photos here on the blog nearly often enough. So, without further adieu,  are 45…
  • A Spring Photo Tour of Copenhagen

    Alex Berger
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Spring in Denmark is amazing.  The seemingly endless  dark depths of winter are quickly replaced by brilliantly long days that seem to stretch on forever bathed in the amber hues of golden evenings and freshly invigorated mornings.  The parks blossom and bloom in an explosion of color while Copenhagen’s population revels in every ounce of warm spring sun. While I’m constantly taking photos of Copenhagen and uploading them to flickr and Instagram I’ve realized I’m not posting those photos here on the blog nearly often enough. So, without further adieu,  are 45…
  • A Disturbing Travel E-Mail Scam and the Western Union Problem

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

  • Teaching Todd to Drive a Stick

    Ree
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    Marlboro Man used a day of hay hauling last week to teach Todd how to drive a stick. His Dodge is the only vehicle with manual transmission on our homestead, and all members of the household need to know how to drive it.       Every now and then, MM had to get out of his tractor to go give Todd a pointer or two, but for the most part, Todd caught on quickly.       So here’s how hauling hay goes: First, the hay is cut. After that, it’s raked into lines. Then, the baler drives over the lines and the hay gets rolled and baled. Once the hay is all baled,…
  • Alternate Use for a Tractor

    Ree
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    On the ranch this time of year, a tractor is used for lifting and loading massive bales of hay.       But it has another use, too.       I’ll just go ahead and let these photos speak for themselves.       Not that I’d be able to speak anyway.       Sigh. I just love a good tractor.   On another note, I have a pop quiz for you! Just vote below, click submit, and you’ll immediately see the answer!  
  • Eighteen

    Ree
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    She’s an angel.       She has fun! Wheeeeee!       She’s pensive.       She’s sweet.       She’s a guitar hero!       She’s…goofy?       Yes. Definitely goofy.       She loves Charles!       She dresses up in her mom’s old dresses from high school. Her mom can’t so much do that anymore.       She’s a cat. Wait. No she’s not.       She’s Alex!       And I’m so…
  • Smiles for Miles

    Ree
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    Cute kid alert. (I’m just warning you.)       This is Patrick, Cowboy Josh’s stepson. And it’s impossible to look at the little fella and not smile. Go ahead! Try it!       Smiling is his default expression. And it reminds me of that old greeting card saying, which, it turns out, was right on the money.       “Smile! It’s contagious!”       Man. Is it ever!
  • Growing Old with Marlboro Man

    Ree
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    1. I made 48 of these suckers last night at 10:30. Marlboro Man, the kids, and the cowboys had to go work cattle in Kansas this morning, and I wanted to send them with a portable breakfast treat. My cuticles were nice and moisturized this morning after being submerged in melted butter for an hour last night.       IV. They’re going to Kansas again tomorrow, so I’m going to make these to send with them, minus the tomatoes, because I don’t think they’ll hold up very well. So when they work here on the ranch, I usually just deliver the burritos right after…
 
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    Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine

  • Cocktails & Dreams: Caribbean Dream on St. Croix

    Katja Presnal
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Dreaming of St. CroixToday I am dreaming of a tropical vacation to St. Croix, and sipping a Caribbean Dream cocktail made with local Cruzan Rum right by the beach at the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa.St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and you don’t even need a passport to travel there. St. Croix has a rich history with cultural diversity, native to Arawak and Carib peoples, and influenced by people from Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Malta, Denmark and the United States. The cultural mix fascinates me, and I hope to experience…
  • Get the Outer Banks Lux Coastal Style

    Leigh Powell Hines
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    Stylish Beach LuxuryLuxury doesn’t have to be grand and opulent. Luxury is sometimes best when its understated. Simple.You are not going to find a lot of glitz and glam in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but you will find a laid-back coastal style that will enable you to put your sand in the toes, and experience North Carolina’s natural beauty.The Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C. has been on my list to visit for a long time. It’s the Outer Banks only full-service, luxury resort.The beach style here is simple and classic.With a brand new Executive Chef, 24 new rooms, a…
  • 6 Ways to Add a Tropical Touch for Your Home

    Katja Presnal
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    Tropical Beach Vacation on PinterestThis week’s theme in our Global Mappin Pinning event is Tropical Vacations! We will be pinning about tropical vacations, what to pack and where to go all week long in the Global Mappin board. We partnered with Great.ly this week to highlight some of the products from the makers of Great.ly. Have you heard of Great.ly yet? They connect individual makers with tastemakers who can curate their own shop. Check out the Skimbaco Shop for my favorite finds. I decided to highlight some of my favorite products to get the tropical beach vacation feel for your…
  • Discovering Irish Design

    VIP Guest Blogger
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Year of Irish DesignWhat imagery does your mind conjure up when asked to describe Ireland? Bucolic scenes of deep emerald dotted with fleecy poufs of sheep wandering the countryside? This seems to be where the mindseye of most tends to wander. While the Emerald Isle certainly earns its moniker with settings like that, there is so much more to Éire – including a rich tradition of design and craftsmanship.Dublin is a perfect example of Irish convention melding seamlessly with the contemporary. A stroll down Grafton Street promises a plethora of storied pubs serving up traditional…
  • Master & Dynamic Headphones: Style meets Superior Sound

    Wes Holland
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:38 am
    I would not claim to be an audiophile, but I do have an ear that can discern between quality sound and mediocre sound. For me, music is a very important element of travel- It entertains me on the road, drowns out the hum of an airplane engine, and inspires. This is the reason why the Master & Dynamic MH30 headphones are being designated as my “g0-to” travel accessory.When I was turned on to Master & Dynamic, I immediately identified with their brand philosophy: “We believe mastery is a never-ending exploration requiring a dynamic approach. Sound is a catalyst and a…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Next Chapter

    Britt Reints
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Join the conversation at Next Chapter. Life is a process of constant change, so much so that we usually don’t notice the transformations happening in real time. We look up one day and notice change in hindsight: the kids are bigger, our spouses are older, our bodies are different than we remember. Change wears on us like ocean tides on a beach, relentless and imperceptible. Usually. And then there are changes we see coming, when we can almost fool ourselves into thinking we are braced and prepared for what comes next because this time we have foresight on our side. Weddings. Births.
  • I’m Tired of Depression. Again.

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

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

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

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

  • tech wary

    cathy
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:41 pm
    My husband calls himself a gadget junkie. He somehow manages to get new tech in our house on a regular basis. I greet most of it with a suspicious side eye. It isn’t because things that don’t matter to him, like the children’s Cartoon Network, get the budget axe while things you operate with a phone app do make the budget. It is because where he sees all new tech as shiny and wonderful, I question if it is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. He is enthusiastic and optimistic about new tech. I put my hands on my hips and ask it to prove itself. I like…
  • “You can join social media when you are 13.”

    cathy
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Now, you are 13. You’ve been the “only person in the world not on facebook” for at least three years. As promised, you can venture forward into the hyperbolic world of social media if you follow a few simple rules. 1. You will friend/follow your father and I on every social media platform you join. 2. Problems with anything posted online will be addressed IRL. 3. Do not allow others to harm you on social media. 4. Do no harm to others via social media. 5. Even though your friends are awesome, I won’t friend/follow them until they are 18. 6. Do not friend/follow your…
  • horrors

    cathy
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:56 pm
    “It’s asking if we want regular commercial breaks or a single four minute ad at the beginning.” “What? When did it start asking this? Why do we have to make decisions that don’t matter?” “It started doing that now. This is a no-brainer. Let’s get the commercial out of the way. It’s a no-lose scenario.” It was an Entourage trailer. He made me watch four minutes of Entourage. I want my four minutes back.
  • parenting mistakes

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

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

  • Hope…

    Simply Stork
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:58 pm
  • Love…

    Simply Stork
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
      True love never fails.
  • Black and white

    Simply Stork
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Do you ever get the feeling your living in a world of black and white?I used to feel decisions were easily made.  I used to believe I had a choice in things. Black or white.  But sometimes you just don't.  Sometimes "choices" are made for you and there isn't really a "choice" at all.  This leaves a world full of all sorts of shades of grey.If you are experiencing this kind of world, dear friends,  please know... you are not alone.  Friends, if you are the praying type, if you would just take a moment to lift up those who are living in the world of grey I know It…
  • Left waiting...

    Simply Stork
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When one of my son's was 5 years old he got very sick.  So sick that we took him to the emergency room.  While there, he continued to get worse and worse.  They couldn't figure out what was wrong with him.  The doctors decided to do exploratory surgery to find out.  The surgery was supposed to be done by a certain time.  That time came and went.  Those moments, the ones when your just left waiting are some of the hardest.  Finally the Dr. came and told us that his appendix had burst.  Due to this he had quite a long recovery...but he would be…
  • 16 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm

    Simply Stork
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Question # 9Who do you turn to when bad things happen?~simply~
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    Family on Bikes

  • When solo travel isn’t the best teacher

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    When everybody is raving on the benefits of traveling solo, can I say that traveling with someone taught me a much stronger lesson. It seems that lately, all travel related sites and blogs have been raving on the greatness of solo travel, publishing seemingly inspiring posts highlighting the benefits of traveling solo for just about anybody. I am bored of these, and when I see a title with the words “traveling solo” I dismiss it and move on to something else. I wonder when this trending subject will stop being trending and I can finally read something else. Surely by now we have all…
  • From human rights lawyer to travel blogger: How Cuba changed my life

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

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

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

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

  • Is Editing Dead?

    davidjhinson
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Originally posted on Taking Aim: by Ashley Tinstman This morning, I was reading a news article online, when I noticed that the writer had missed a very big error:  the exact same sentence was written in the story twice.  As I continued reading, I came across a few other sentences that had typos as well—missing words, grammatical errors, misspellings, you name it.  By the time I got halfway through the article, I had grown so annoyed that I quit reading it and thought, “How did nobody catch this?” Then, as I thought about it for another minute, I realized just how often I had been…
  • Smartphone Survival Kit

    davidjhinson
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    davidjhinson:What are the essentials for your “survival kit?” Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: There are many, many realizations that arise, as one moves from a city of 50,000, to a city of 10,000,000. One is that having a smartphone is not merely optional. It’s a requirement. Directions. Train schedules. Nearby restaurants. Subway routes. Cabs. Your smartphone is your modern day survival kit for living in the big city. Here are the most commonly used “tools” in my mobile survival toolkit: Google Maps– the most used app on my phone. Invaluable for locating…
  • Road Trip

    davidjhinson
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:35 pm
    davidjhinson:Man Plans, and G-d Laughs Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: Man Plans, G-d Laughs I began my road trip today – a drive across half the country, from Arkansas to New York City. I don’t have to tell ya’ – Flatbush ain’t Conway. This is the third – or perhaps the fourth? – time, that my family and I have loaded a truck, and criss-crossed hundreds of miles to a new home, a new job, and a new set of friends. You know – it isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s challenging. It’s scary. It’s – literally – life changing. Five years ago, I didn’t…
  • Decisions, Decisions

    davidjhinson
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    davidjhinson:Decision making is the very DNA of your leadership style and character. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: Decision making is the key trait, by which your leadership and management style will be judged. Are you consistent in your decision making approach? Are you thoughtful and considerate? Are you rash? Do you put off decisions, until the matter is settled for you, by outside forces? Vital to being a good decision maker, regardless of your style of deliberation, is your ability to process data and information from many disparate sources, some contradicting each other…
  • O stands for Oops

    davidjhinson
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Originally posted on Taking Aim: Guest Post by John Marini Let’s face it, no one likes to have their mistakes pointed out.  But, if you want your message to be received, it’s critical you turn to someone who can spot your faults.  I’m not talking about brown shoes with black pants; I’m talking about the value of proofreading. Grammatical mistakes and typos in the communications industry are an easy way to lose credibility very fast. Although my children have outgrown it, I keep a book that serves as a reminder of the importance of proofreading.  “Rhyming ABC,” by Fisher Price,…
 
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    Simple Marriage

  • How much money makes you happy?

    Corey
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Do you earn enough money to be happy? According to a study from Gallup, earning $75,000 a year is a magic income level in America. As salaries increased for the 450,000 people surveyed, the day-to-day level of happiness rose as well – until it reached a plateau at $75,000. Does this mean a person earning $150,000 isn’t any happier than a person earning $75,000? In both cases, the general day-to-day happiness or contentment was similar – but those who made more than $75,000 were more satisfied with their general position or status in the world. “Giving people more income beyond…
  • 10 Ways To Be More Attractive

    Corey
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:07 am
    Attraction is a funny thing. Many people believe physical appearance is the driving force behind attractiveness. If you hold that belief, you’d be wrong. While physical appearance plays a role, your thoughts and how you carry yourself are the dominant power behind attractiveness. You don’t have to be dressed in the latest trends or wear the right label to be attractive. You also don’t have to lose the pounds to attain your ideal body weight. Or spend enough time at the gym to get the right definition. With the right mindset you can unveil your natural beauty. How? Be Real A…
  • I Was Wrong

    Guest
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Michael d’Esterre of Monastic Man. “Honey, you are right and I was wrong.” How often do we hear those words come out of the mouth of our spouse? It hardly comes out of my own. But its one of the things I am personally trying to incorporate into my marital vocabulary. Boy is it hard! “I was wrong.” Seems like a simple enough sentence, but the ability to utter that sentence in an emotionally weighted conversation makes it more akin to pulling a tooth. “A shot of novocaine please! Anything to kill the pain of this process!” Why is…
  • The Art of Listening

    Corey
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    It’s safe to say that most of us are interested in the quality of our lives. But what we may not remember are the following two ideas: The quality of our lives depends largely on the quality of our relationships. To a large extent, the quality of our relationships depend on the quality of our communication. I’ve stated my belief on communication before – in a committed relationship, you can not not communicate. The real issue is — how do you handle the messages sent between you? Especially the ones involving messages you don’t like, or ones with which you disagree. While I still…
  • Why You Should Treat Every Relationship Like Your Marriage

    Corey
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    Many of you regularly read Simple Marriage because of the great information and ideas about creating better marriages, for which I’m very grateful. But what if these ideas were applied to even more relationships in your life? Even your business relationships? Relationships are the cornerstone of every successful venture, including start-ups, one-man shops, online businesses, offline businesses, and even Fortune 500s. Whether the relationships are with co-workers, customers, clients, readers, affiliates, partners, or even competitors, the quality of those relationships impacts your…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 16 Ways to Become a Better Person

    Marelisa
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Set the goal of being a little bit better today than you were yesterday. Make the commitment to be better each day by having better thoughts, making better choices, and taking better actions. The better person you are, the better people, life situations, and opportunities you will attract into your life. Below you’ll find 16 [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • How to Sharpen the Saw – Adopting Habits of Renewal (Part 1)

    Marelisa
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Sharpening the saw is about self-renewal and self-care. Stephen Covey’s magnum opus, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, was first published over 25 years ago. However, its teachings remain as important today as they were then. This post deals with the seventh of these habits, which is sharpening the saw, or setting aside some [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 10 Smart Things To Do Every Night

    Marelisa
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you want to have a great tomorrow, do these ten things tonight. You can end your day by vegging out in front of the TV, staying up late, and taking all of your daytime stresses to bed with you. However, doing this is almost guaranteed to set you up for failure the next day. [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • A 12-Step Process for Overcoming Procrastination Once and For All

    Marelisa
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Does procrastination have a stranglehold on your dreams? If so, use this 12-step process to free yourself, once and for all. Look at the following: If you had started taking piano lessons three years ago, today you’d be able to play Debussy’s “Claire de Lune”. If you had taken that online start-up course when your [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 21 Fantastic Tips and Hacks For Learning a Foreign Language

    Marelisa
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    “To have another language is to possess a second soul.”  – Charlemagne I speak three languages: My native language is Spanish—since I’m from Panama, which is a Spanish speaking country. Then, when I was seven years old my family moved to Stamford, Connecticut, USA, for a two-year period. Since learning a new language at a [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Food Etiquette | Food Etiquette

  • I Need A New Knife Set!

    Den
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    I recently moved and just realized that I had misplaced my knife set and needed to buy a new one. I set out to become a little more knowledgeable in the kitchen knife world, the last set had been a gift and I had no idea what to get. I went searching for online reviews all in one place. When buying a knife set or anything for that matter I have one rule. I first and for most quality rules over all. Its best to get a high quality product. Price doesn’t always represent quality. So where to start? My first question was now, what is quality in kitchen knifes? Quality to me is high…
  • Facts on Blenders

    Den
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    It is factual to know and understand the kitchen blenders can be found in vary sizes, shapes ranging from compact held units usable for certain applications to countertop types. Using best blender reviews 2015 can help users to make the best choice. There are certain guides and factors that can help users to pick the best immersion blender that suits a given task. This can be found in product performance, power rating, durability, affordability or cost and mention a few. Using all these factors will give you the best option of select a blender for use as required. Reading through the rest…
  • Let’s Do Some Stuffing

    Den
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    The post Let’s Do Some Stuffing appeared first on Food Etiquette.
  • Best Way To Clean Your Coffee Maker

    Den
    30 May 2013 | 2:48 am
    Feeling a little out of sorts because the cup of coffee you had this morning tasted absolutely foul? It might be time to clean your coffee maker! A clean coffee maker constitutes the fine line between a good and bad coffee and forms part of the regular maintenance that it has to undergo in order to remain in its pristine condition. This is because gunk will accumulate inside your coffee maker over time, contributing to a very bitter taste in your coffee. So, what is one to do? Forget blowing your money on brand-specific commercial cleaning kits; all you need is just a bottle of white vinegar,…
  • What Are The Best Sanyo Rice Cookers Today?

    Den
    30 May 2013 | 12:54 am
    For most families nowadays, rice is a crucial ingredient of almost every meal. It is also considered by many as their main source of carbohydrates which keeps them energized throughout each day. However, majority of rice enthusiasts simply don’t have enough time to prepare it using the old-fashioned method. Although a number of rice cookers are sold in the market today, choosing one among the many available options won’t be easy particularly for casual and inexperienced homeowners. Browse through this website, Info On Ms  and know more about two of the best Sanyo rice cookers…
 
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    quoteflections

  • Within you to give

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men.  ~ Rollo May- What is your center of strength?
  • Living messages

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
     Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.  ~ Neil Postman- What messages are you sending?
  • Shades of gray

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
     Nothing is always absolutely so.  ~ Theodore Sturgeon- How should one deal with most issues?
  • What you are

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.  ~ Thomas A. Edison- What aspects of character are worth a lot?
  • Striving for knowledge

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We're drowning in information and starving for knowledge.  ~Rutherford Rogers- How do you enrich and expand your knowledge?
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    Carrie and Danielle Law Group

  • Vaginal Mesh Attorney Can Help You Fight for the Compensation by Filing a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

    Patricia Baker
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:50 am
    When we are subjected into the accidental mishap of being a victim of vaginal mesh, we can seek the help of a vaginal mesh attorney. It happens after a woman undergoes pelvic surgery and faces complications out of it. Most of the cases, a patient suffers injuries on his internal organs and undergoes excessive bleeding. When a patient falls prey to this kind of complications they can always sue the medical team that operated the patient. This kind of complications emerges on account of lack expertise from the doctor or the medical team. The complications have become so severe as to completely…
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    Steve's Free

  • Equality is Rooted in Eternity

    Steve Woodruff
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    We’ve been surrounded all week by talk about equality. The hateful shooting in a Charleston S.C. church has brought to the surface the enduring existence of racist thinking in the minds of some; though it has also brought to the fore the remarkable response of forgiveness from many of the families impacted. This was a hate event that turned into a grace event. In light of that, what does the Christian gospel have to say about race relations? Actually, a lot – but I want to focus on one foundational passage that should forever settle in our minds how we think about others that are…
  • Fading…and Faith

    Steve Woodruff
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    I love Southern magnolias. I was first introduced to these magnificent trees with their large, waxy leaves way back when I first went to college at Vanderbilt (in Nashville, TN). But since I was on campus only from Sept-May each year, I missed the best part – until I spent my first summer in Nashville after graduation. The gorgeous, fragrant white flowers that bloom in the late spring. I can’t begin to describe the scent of these things – it is so sweet and powerful that you must experience it to believe it. And, happily, our current home here in Franklin, TN has a lovely…
  • “All” Means All!

    Steve Woodruff
    31 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    Is it really true that Christ heals all of our diseases (Psalm 103:3)? We do well to pay heed to the encouraging words of the gifted English preacher from years past, Charles Spurgeon: There is no relapse where Christ heals; no fear that His patients should be merely patched up for a season, He makes new men of them: a new heart also does He give them, and a right spirit does He put within them. He is well skilled in all diseases. Physicians generally have some specialty…but Jesus Christ is thoroughly acquainted with the whole of human nature. He is as much at home with one sinner as…
  • Clean-up on Aisle 7

    Steve Woodruff
    30 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    If you’ve ever worked in a grocery store (I have; many, many moons ago!) you know what that dreaded overhead announcement means. “Clean up on Aisle 7!” Bring the mop and bucket, because someone just dropped a jar of pickles all over the floor. Glass shards and smelly juice everywhere. Embarassment. Inconvenienced customers. And someone has to go out of their way to fix the mess. Most days, I feel like my life is a continual cascade of pickle jars – and bread crumbs, and coffee grounds, and detergent, and milk – spilling all over every aisle imaginable. The volume…
  • Nothing To See Here

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

  • Chris Christie Announces 2016 Campaign (Video)

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:27 pm
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie became the 14th major candidate to announce a run for the White House.  Christie joins Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal in a crowded Republican field. Christie, age 52, made his announcement at his high school alma mater, Livingston High School in Livingston, NJ.  He promoted himself as a candidate who will “tell it like it is,” as someone who will be a fighter for the American people. “I am now ready to…
  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Appoints Ryan Wise as Education Director

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Ryan Wise (left) will replace Brad Buck (right) as director of the Iowa Dept. of Education (Des Moines, IA) Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced that he has named Iowa Department of Education deputy director Ryan Wise as the new director of the department. Wise, 39, will take the position on July 1, 2015, as current director Brad Buck transitions to a new position as the superintendent of Cedar Rapids schools. “World-class education begins in the classrooms across Iowa, but having a leader as the state department’s director is critically important as we work to again make Iowa the…
  • Mike Huckabee Dings Obama, Clinton on Marriage Hypocrisy

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    2016 GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee released a web ad slamming President Obama and Hillary Clinton for their complete hypocrisy on same-sex marriage. Watch here or below: The video opens with a slow zoom on a live shot of the White House illuminated with rainbow colored floodlights. [Hillary Clinton voiceover] “I believe that marriage is, not just a bond, but a sacred bond between a man and a woman.” [President Obama voiceover] “I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. For me as a Christian it’s also a…
  • Jindal-Friendly SuperPAC Makes Iowa TV Ad Buy

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is on the air.  Not his campaign, but a SuperPAC, called Believe Again, that supports Jindal’s presidential campaign made an ad buy of  $501,625. The ad (launched yesterday) will run for two weeks in the Des Moines, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids markets on broadcast and cable and in Mason City, Ottumwa, Quad Cities and Southwest Iowa on cable. Believe Again’s first ad “All Americans” focuses on the idea of America’s historical “melting pot” being driven by the successful assimilation of every American into the fabric…
  • Repentance and Rules for the Righteous

    Adam Graham
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    There are two types of Christian movements and organizations. The first type prays so they can discern God’s will and God’s plan, and then get in step with that. The second type makes their own plans and asks God to bless them. In one case, God is at the center of their decisions and his direction and guidance is vital. In the other, God is incidental. He’s important and they really hope he likes their plans, but they’re going ahead with this in the name of God whether He comes along or not. My experience with Christian political movements is we tend to be this second type. We seek…
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  • Anita Cameron Discusses Race, Disability, Sexuality, and Being a Woman

    Dominick
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
    I thought a lot about the ways I could present this interview. I really wanted to capture the words of a person of color in the wake of all of the tragedies we’ve recently seen happening to the black community. I wanted to post an article about what has been going on, but I did not feel my words were the words that anyone needed to hear. I am white, and I will never understand what people of color go through. I wanted this to be a time for me to listen. How can I be a better ally as a privileged white person? I also recall how upset I feel when able-bodied people do not listen to me…
  • Life with a Disability is Seriously Expensive

    Dominick
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    I have been seeing some absolutely disgusting comments by people in the LGBT community towards people with disabilities who are LGBT, as well. There is a level of classism in the LGBT community that is heart-wrenching. For a community that was discriminated against so much, how quickly they forget. I have seen so many people telling people with disabilities to get a job, and to quit whining about needing services or disability benefits. It isn’t just the LGBT community. Society in general is very ugly to the disability community. No one understands until they have walked a mile in our…
  • When my PCA Started Abusing Me for Being LGBT

    Dominick
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    For those of us with physical disabilities, if we need help doing activities of daily living (ADLs), we must rely on others to help us be independent and self-sufficient. Some of us have nurses. Others rely on PCAs (personal-care attendants) or even family members to help us with things like getting out of bed, washing our hair, brushing our teeth, and cooking our meals. While it may seem daunting to some to be reliant on another human being in order to function each day, for many of us it’s just another part of our daily routine. One thing I think many of us do not consider is what we…
  • Some People with Disabilities ARE Prevented from Getting Married and Here’s Why

    Dominick
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Today was a historic day for LGBT people as SCOTUS ruled to extend marriage to same-sex couples, and several transgender people born in states like Tennessee and Ohio, unable to marry because of their states refusing to change their gender marker on their birth certificates. I am celebrating for all my friends who now have the right to marry, but I cannot celebrate for myself, because I still cannot get married. I shared the work I have been doing over the past two years, to spread marriage equality to people with disabilities on Facebook, reminding people that our work is not done if we want…
  • Trans People are Angry About Sophia’s Portrayal on OITNB

    Dominick
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    The trans community has had so little representation in film and television, and even less have been played by actual trans actors. I think that’s why when Orange is the New Black debuted on Netflix two summers ago, the transgender community praised the inclusion of Laverne Cox as Sophia, an inmate in Litchfield prison. Not only is Cox a trans woman, she is a trans women of color, which makes her a part of an even more misrepresented community within the greater transgender umbrella. As a trans person, I was excited that she was a part of the show, and her back story was both…
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  • Changes

    Jordon
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Over two years ago I found myself at a crossroads in my life.  I had just quit my job after being almost 8 years on 24 call of some sort or another.  It got to the point where I cringed and flinched every time a phone would ring. I was working on some other projects that hadn’t come to fruition and I needed a job.  So I took one at Don’s Photo for a couple of reasons.  I have always loved photography, I always liked going into Don’s Photo, and I needed some time away from being in a high stress environment all of the time. I didn’t think I would stay long but…
  • Is Saskatoon making a dangerous mistake relying on Field Turf?

    Jordon
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    When I criticized Field Turf going into SMF Field, I was ridiculed when I pointed to research that showed that the heat and things like ACL and MCLs would be on the rise.  The argument was that it was better then the old Gordie Howe field was often mentioned.  It never occured to anyone that we could put down good turf like the Hilltops play on each and every day at Ron Atchison Field.  It also never occurred to people that maybe high schools don’t need to bus down to Howe Bowl all of the time and instead they could play on their home field like other cities do.  Now…
  • Want to cut crime? Start making smaller jails

    Jordon
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    When you build smaller jails and stop treating jail as a business, you start to have to come up with more creative solutions to keep non-dangerous people out of jail. This is partially why residents balked at Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s proposal in 2010 to build an even larger jail to house 5,832 inmates. Not only could Gusman’s staff not control the population they had, but the city’s increasing incarceration rate was not correlating with a decline in crime. Crime had, in fact, been increasing. Gusman’s proposal was squashed by a coalition of community organizations that…
  • The Rise of the Soviet Navy

    Jordon
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    A 1970 documentary about the rising power of the Soviet Navy by of all people, the U.S. Navy. I assume the target audience was U.S. Senators just before budget time.
  • Knife Fight

    Jordon
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    I use a knife at work and for months, I have used a Strider folding knife.  Strider makes knives for Seal Team 6 and they are really, really nice knives.  This one is smaller but still looks intimidating which isn’t the look I was going for.  I found a Gerber Rip Stop knife and I decided to get it but Wendy said that the boys would want to get it for Father’s Day.  So instead of letting me have it, she got me a $3 knife from Wal-Mart. I had it with me and never really used it until one day it wouldn’t even cut through tape.  It was that bad.  Mark found out…
 
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  • Parklife

    Joe Dawson
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    I get up when I want except on Saturdays when I'm usually travelling around the country. This time last year I put my trousers on, had a cup of tea and made my way to Manchester. I was staying with my then partner and her sister last year but she's cut me off and made out it never happened and that we were nothing. It's nothing less than I deserve because I woke up with her sister lying in my bed. This was a while later, things had changed by that point, sharing a bed with her sister was accepted in the early days but towards the end there were clowns to the left, jokers to the right and…
  • Back To Basics: New Years Eve

    Joe Dawson
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Now that the curtain has come down on 2014, before the dust begins to settle and the events calendar begins to take shape for the next few months. Following more influential venue closures; Plastic People and Trouw being the latest venerable institutions to bring the curtain down, there’s time to reflect on another roller coaster year for Back to Basics. The UK’s longest running club night being no stranger to venue closure, having seen the Garage close without warning last November. The search for another building continues, which we're told will consist of a music academy for emerging…
  • She's Electric

    Joe Dawson
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Well the morning was complete. There was tears as the music fade ― I tried to change the beat. She was the soundtrack to my summer and back then I didn't need any competition because I had everything. This blog should be overflowing with stories about our shared experiences but a dream you dream alone is only a dream. In the beginning there were complications but regardless of what had gone before this should have been a different outcome. So often we ended up talking over each other, not allowing ourselves to let down our guard and see things from the others’ perspective.A few mistakes…
  • Basics All Stars

    Joe Dawson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Back to Basics, the UK’s longest running club night, celebrated its 23rd birthday at the weekend. Reading commentary in the build up to the night, it’s clear that there’s a real sense of loyalty and respect with what the Leeds based institution has achieved. Basics remains a pioneer and continues to push boundaries to achieve the best clubbing experience with audio-visual entertainment. This year’s birthday celebration was held at Beaver Works, featuring a plethora of talent and the 3D visual installation from Haydn Robinson, Simon Fong Wah and Zeon Sam on the production that was…
  • Bugged Out 20th Birthday

    Joe Dawson
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Carling British Cider is the official Cider of the Warehouse Project this season. The award winning Cider view the Warehouse Project as being at the cutting edge of clubbing and electronic music. Regarded as the 'spiritual home' by both fans and organisers - tickets to the return to Store Street have been like gold dust. It's refreshing then, that Carling are offering fans the chance of winning two guestlist places to every night at the iconic venue. I was announced as one of the winners, here's what happened when I travelled to Manchester ―Located underneath Manchester's Piccadilly…
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  • In Syria, Humanity and Heritage Suffer War's Irreparable Devastation

    Andrew Farrand
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    This church in Quneitra, the largest Syrian city in the Golan Heights, was damaged during the 1967 war with Israel. When I visited in 2005, the devastation visible in the Golan was the exception in Syria.Ten years ago this month, I quit my summer construction job early and, buoyed by the single year of Arabic studies I then had under my belt, left my friends back at Georgetown and my family back in Baltimore to fly off to Damascus, Syria.Looking back a decade later, the two brief months I spent in Syria—which I wrote about extensively on this blog—stand out in my mind as some of the…
  • Onward

    Andrew Farrand
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Today was a big day.On three continents, we saw a series of yet more brutal terror attacks—this time leaving dozens dead and wounded in France, in Kuwait, and at a beach just next door in Tunisia.Back home in the US today, a nation still in mourning after last week's similar killing of nine black worshipers in a South Carolina church finally got some good news. The Supreme Court announced a narrow 5-4 decision extending the right to marry to gay couples. These seemingly unrelated events coincided today amid the broader era of transition in which we live. The attacks serve as a reminder…
  • 16 Essential Algiers Experiences

    Andrew Farrand
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Why 16? Each of Algeria's 48 wilayas, or regions, has an assigned number for its license plates. Because plates on every car registered in Algiers end in 16, the number has become synonymous with the city.After over two years of living and working in Algiers, I have spent considerable time exploring the city and its surroundings, as well as entertaining a handful of adventurous visitors. In the process, I've gotten to know this city well—even if I'm still discovering more each day.One thing I've learned: there is lots to do here! (Not a surprise in a Mediterranean port of 4 million people…
  • The Haïk's Enduring Allure

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

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

  • You don’t owe anyone your pretty (or your intrigue or your ambition, for that matter)

    Sarah Von Bargen
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When my friend Amy* was in her twenties, she was competition-level Maneater. If you could medal in OkCupid and making out with dudes in bar bathrooms, she would have made it to the podium. Every time we’d meet for drinks or dinner, we’d all wait with baited breath to hear about her latest hijinks – how were things going with The Handsome Dumb Dentist? Was she going to see Shy Professor again? On some level, those of us who were partnered up (or less romantically aggressive) were living vicariously through her dating and smooching choices. About a year ago, Amy found her Person…
  • Yes Spaces: Ben’s Airy Southern Loft

    Sarah Von Bargen
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    After a bit of a sabbatical, we’re back with house tours of real homes (aka: furniture that doesn’t cost $2,000) belonging to real people (aka: not celebrities). We’re starting with my friend Ben’s loft; when I stopped by on my road trip I fell all over myself asking him to photograph it for us! Internet homes: blog // instagram Length of time in home: 6 Months I share my home with: I’m 99% sure I share it with a ghost from when the building was a tobacco factory What are the three things you love most about your space? 1. The history of the building 2. The…
  • True Story: I Accidentally, Unexpectedly Gave Birth At Home

    Sarah Von Bargen
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting, challenging, amazing things. This is the story of Aya and her unexpected home birth.  Tell us a bit about yourself! I am an almost-thirty year old mom of three living in Toronto. I work in administration at an NGO I am passionate about. I love cooking for my family, stalking ASOS for new arrivals, refreshing my Feedly reader, and watching movies with the subtitles turned on. I speak three languages and there is a 90% chance I am taller than you. I blog, too! What was your pregnancy…
  • Web Time Wasters

    Sarah Von Bargen
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
     I’m on a six-week road trip around the U.S. and Canada (you can follow along on Instagram) so I’ve asked some of my favorite internet friends to fill in while I’m out and about! Hi, I’m Julie.  Doctor, mom, and blogger. I spend part of my day teaching big people about health (my clients) and the rest of the day teaching little people about life (my four children).  Through all this, I’ve learned couple of things: One, neither life nor health are destinations. They are journeys.  And wherever you are on your particular journey is just fine, as long as you keep moving forward. …
  • 9 Wonderful Posts About Blogging + Creativity + Business-ing

    Sarah Von Bargen
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I rounded up the best of the net for you over on my small business blog! (I also found this adorable print from Saskia Keultjes.)   The post 9 Wonderful Posts About Blogging + Creativity + Business-ing appeared first on Yes and Yes.
 
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  • Sustainability: How Saving the Oceans can Feed People

    Anja Merret
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Watch this great TED talk on Sustainability. Efforts to promote and persuade countries to have a national save the ocean policy and framework in place to that Oceans can continue to to feed people.    
  • Happy Holidays with some Funnies

    Anja Merret
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    Laughter is the best medicine. Here are some Funnies,  Kick off the Happy Holidays with a chuckle. John Glenn… As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder. Desmond Tutu… When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. David Letterman… America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional…
  • The CIA Torture Report and who Takes Responsibility

    Anja Merret
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    US Flag at Guantanamo Bay – Image credit Paul J Richards AFP/Getty Images The CIA torture report, as discussed on Independent Online, on CIA torture practices is out and it’s a shocker. I suppose if it were a report about the Al Qaeda or the IS we wouldn’t be that shocked. After all you would expect this sort of action from the Muslim extremist groups. But from a Government Agency of the USA? And it’s pointless for the US citizens to ignore this and to wash their hands off it. The CIA is government which means the people of the USA voted for the politicians who appointed the CIA…
  • Hypocrisy at its best – Pope Francis speaks to the EU

    Anja Merret
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Pope Francis addressing EU Parliament. Image Credit Patrick Hertzog via Getty Images Pope Francis and the EU There is a lovely saying that goes: People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Makes sense doesn’t it. It’s a saying that could resonate with one when considering the speech Pope Francis delivered to the EU on November 25, 2014. Here are some points he made in his speech. EU has lost its way Pope Francis spoke about Europe having lost its way. Of letting economic crises and bureaucracy beat the energy out of people and countries and that it was increasingly becoming a…
  • Shocking increases in Top Bosses earnings

    Anja Merret
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Top bosses earnings According to an article in the Independent top bosses are now earning 143 times what workers’ get paid. This, says the article, has tripled over the past 15 years. That is a seriously huge gap in earnings. And remember, this is an average. There are obviously a bunch of CEOs getting more than this. Why is this happening? Because they can. It’s that straight forward. Here are some underlying reasons. Bound to be more of course. Shareholder’s greed for profits. ? Provided the CEO can deliver on huge returns to its shareholders, they don’t care about the inequalities…
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    Celebrate Love

  • Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Ringer Coffee Mug

    Renee Michaels
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Ringer Coffee Mug Celebrate your marriage or wedding anniversary, or that of friends with a whimsical Mr. & Mrs. mug. Perfect for a wedding or anniversary gift. Personalize it with a message that …... Read more...
  • Any Year Wedding Anniversary Blue Travel Bag Tag

    Renee Michaels
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    Any Year Wedding Anniversary Blue Travel Bag Tag Celebrating your wedding or anniversary with a vacation? Display your love on a luggage tag and easily see your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on their honeymoon, vacation or cruise …... Read more...
  • 25th Anniversary Plates

    Renee Michaels
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    A selection of 25th Wedding Anniversary melamine and porcelain plates with whimsical to elegant themes. 25th Anniversary Barbecue Up Love Plates 25th Anniversary Barbecue Up Love Plates $28.95 USD Tweet Your love still sizzles hot! Celebrate your... Read more...
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Two-Tone Coffee Mug

    Renee Michaels
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:56 am
    Mr. and Mrs. Wedding or Any Anniversary Two-Tone Coffee Mug Celebrate a wedding or any year anniversary with an whimsical yet elegant Mr. & Mrs. mug with red roses background. Personalize it with your names and wedding date. Change the …... Read more...
  • Any Year Wedding Anniversary Red Luggage Tags

    Renee Michaels
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    Any Year Wedding Anniversary Red Luggage Tags Celebrating your wedding or anniversary with a vacation? Display your love on a luggage tag and easily see your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on their honeymoon, vacation or cruise to …... Read more...
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    WebSnacker - Automat For The Web Wanderer - Free Morsels to Read, See, Hear and Experience!

  • Vanilla Ice - Hard to Swallow (1998)

    28 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    A colossal misfire from the rasputin of RapListening to his third studio album, you start to wonder if the american rapper Vanilla Ice aka Robert Van Winkle should have stayed an obscurity after his initial super duper reign of success. His long absence from the music scene was hardly noticed, until this ill conceived mishmash of an album with rap core and nu-metal elements reminds us of why rap and hiphop fans are glad he's been gone. In his heyday, he tried to pull the wool over our eyes and have us think he was a gangsta rapper from Miami, and legit. This…
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Your typical big budget 90s sports movie, Oliver Stone StyleSeeing this ensemble casted, sports drama makes you wonder if the egomaniac tendencies of Oliver Stone are clearly evident here as he pulls a few tricks in providing an intriguing story set around the American football scene, and with an excessive running time. He gives us a dose of slow-motion sequences, black and white fading, quick cuts, and other gimmicks. It does take a while before the viewer is able to settle down to living the plot."Any Given Sunday" tells of the working conditions both on and off the football field. The film…
  • In the Light of the Moon (2000)

    7 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    A fairly okay movie on Ed Gein, the famed Serial Killer of the 50sBefore serial killing became a fashionable hobby, Ed Gein was doing terrible things to women in Wisconsin in the Fifties. Usually they were dead and he stole their bodies from the grave, but occasionally, when his mother told him, "It's time for you to do the Lord's work," they were alive. By then, his mother was also dead, which made it doubly weird.The producers are eager to point out that Gein was the inspiration for Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence Of The Lambs. It's true that Ed adored his mother and she…
  • Bangkok Rain

    31 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    White man, Thai woman and a wet afternoonAs I sit in this nondescript cafe here in downtown Bangkok a typical scene is occurring, let me describe it to you. A middle aged, bald-headed, Western business man. Black designer shirt. White jeans. Cell phone in baby-blue case. Black and grey tennis shoes. He is standing in the street with his Thai sex-toy next to him. Her face is sharply chiseled with a wide nose erupting like a bull's across her nut brown skin. Shoulder-length hair bleached earth brown. She is in black today - black patent leather pumps, black silk pants, black T-shirt…
  • Ginger Snaps (2000)

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

  • A Short Note to My Amazing Readers

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Hey everyone, First, if you read the blog, and especially if you’ve been around for a while: you really are amazing. Thank you. Second, I’ve written here for more than seven years without a break—and I’m not anywhere close to being burned out. Why put a pause on something you love and find meaningful? Breaks are boring. This week, though, my family experienced an unexpected loss that has left us all shaken. While I would like to keep publishing posts without missing a beat, the reality is that I need to step away from the blog for a bit. How long is a bit? I’m not entirely…
  • The Five-Year Road Trip: Two Adults and Two Teenagers Live Full-Time in an RV

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Dissatisfied with the typical suburban lifestyle, the Boyinks packed up their teenagers and hit the road. For the past five years, they’ve lived together in an RV, traveling America, meeting like-minded families and having adventures. Introduce yourselves! We are Michael, Crissa, Harrison, and Miranda – parents and two teens originally from West Michigan. Five years ago, we packed an RV for a one-year road trip and ended up with a new life. Beyond seeing amazing places, we have more friends and better friendships…
  • Creative Ways to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Reading: How One Woman Makes $1 Million a Year on Etsy How to Make $225/hr Writing Poetry The Uber Driver Who Makes $250,000 a Year I enjoyed each of these stories that have been floating around. If you want to be negative, there’s at least one major point you could critique about each of them. The woman making tons of money on Etsy isn’t actually handcrafting most of her items, which is the guiding value of Etsy. The Rideshare Guy is essentially trading time for money. The poets, well, I guess you could say it’s more of a party trick than real poetry. All of these criticisms ignore one…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLVII

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Courage, Happiness, and Gratitude — What if you took the stage with no idea of what to say? Jordan from the Air — An aerial tour of one of my favorite countries The Modern Nuns — From a Star Trek enthusiast to a former trade union worker, women share their stories about why they chose the religious life Working with Amazon Publishing — Behind-the-scenes with an author who’s tried a few different approached All Our Sons — A real-time map of…
  • Join Us for Sunset Yoga in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday, July 11

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Link: Sunset Yoga in PCS In less than two short weeks, we’ll welcome many people from all over the world for the fifth annual WDS. WDS itself is long sold out, but as mentioned previously, you can still sign up for a few events that bookend the main weekend: Worldwide Waffles: Make History by Eating Breakfast WDS Academies: 11 Half-Day Workshops on Specific Topics Note: These activities will also sell out. Worldwide Waffles currently has about 150 spots left (out of 600), and several Academies are already fully booked. If you want to participate, don’t wait until the last minute to…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Go for a walk

    Paul
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    Exercise. Walk. Stop and smell the roses — or at least look at the fallen twigs in your path.
  • How to ride a bicycle

    Paul
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    Three simple things can make your bike riding much safer and easier: Take the palm of your hand and hit the front of your bicycle helmet. If it goes up more than one inch, you need to tighten the strap. Otherwise, if you wreck and land on the front of your helmet, you won’t land on the front of your hemet — you’ll land on the front of your head. Spin your pedals between 60–90 revolutions per minute. If you are not pedaling that fast, you are hurting your knees and reducing your efficiency. All you need to do is select a lower gear. If you don’t want to time yourself, here’s a…
  • Slower than Anything

    Paul
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    This is a guest post by my brother, Bill Merrill. Thanks Bill! For most of my life, when I wanted to say how slow something was, I’d use one of the standard phrase “slower than molasses in January.” In recent years, I’ve switched over to “slower than highway construction.” According to our friend the internet, the US federal government currently spends about $40 billion on our roadways each year, an amount that has steadily increased throughout the years, even in current-year dollars. In my own experience, it hardly seems I can drive anywhere in any big city without encountering…
  • It is OK to just look

    Paul
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:06 am
    Nordstrom Rack is a great place to get quality clothes for sometimes way less than list price. Even better than buying stuff from there is to just enjoy it — at least in the case of shoes. I love shoes but don’t need any. So as we were shopping for some dreadfully-needed running shoes for Rachel (our daughter), I enjoyed just looking at other shoes. I loved this particular Converse model — clear rubber with the logo embedded underneath. Way cool. And even better than just looking was capturing it digitally — for my grandkids someday.
  • Treat your body like...

    Paul
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:07 am
    ...it belongs to someone you love. Self-destructive behaviors abound. (And I’m far from perfect.) But I love this saying — how often do we treat our bodies like we love ourselves? Even more important, how often do we treat others better than ourselves? (See here.) If we truly followed that saying, would we shop at Whole Foods to pick up food for that homeless person we see on the corner on our way to the office? (Thanks to Whole Foods for their store-window poster.)
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    Mental Floss

  • July 1, 1979: Sony's Walkman Changes Recorded History

    Jake Rossen
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    How Superman, summer vacation, and classical music created a phenomenon.
  • 15 Fun Facts About 'Hackers'

    Joy Lanzendorfer
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hackers is turning 20. The movie, which stars Angelina Jolie, is about a group of hackers framed for a conspiracy involving embezzlement and a red herring computer virus. While not exactly Oscar-winning material, Hackers is still beloved by many for its dramatic—and sometimes silly—portrayal of hacking and hacker subculture. Here are 15 things you might not know about the film. 1. It was Angelina Jolie’s first leading role in a major film. Jolie plays Kate Libby, a.k.a. Acid Burn, a hardcore hacker who also happens to be gorgeous and wear tight-fitting clothes. And thus a thousand…
  • How Do Animals Laugh?

    Shaunacy Ferro
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Your dog is laughing, you just couldn't tell.
  • 11 Interesting Facts About Being on the Service Staff at the White House

    David W Brown
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    'The Residence' is a mesmerizing history of America from the service staff’s heretofore untold point of view.
  • Draw Your Own Aquarium

    Rebecca OConnell
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Doodle whatever creatures you like, then watch them swim around.
 
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  • Gardener's paradise.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:55 pm
    It was our own form of shopping spree and we were in heaven. “It’s gorgeous… I’ll take four,” is a phrase that doesn’t come out of my mouth very often. Nor do I exult in shopping sprees. Except, unless… I am in the Kamthieng Market, a blocks long garden market in Chiang Mai. Basically, shop after shop has the most gorgeous plants and trees and flowers for sale. It is a hippie’s paradise. We could have spent days there, but we limited ourselves to a few hours, roasting in the hot sun, (Leaf and I bought sombreros to keep our heads cool) while Brendan kept the kids in…
  • A letter might work. Maybe.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    I was messaging with Leaf last night, and I wrote, "The poo soup was not even the worst part of my day." I haven't written about poo for a while. Nearly thirteen years into my mothering career, I have mastered poo. Poo doesn't get to me anymore. Potty-training-outtakes-poo on the floor, the dog eating poo, poo explosions. Until, that is, the poo soup. And it wasn't even the worst part of my day. It begins with toddlers who love to put things in toilets. It continues with two blocked toilets that I have been plunging for weeks. We have a third toilet, all the poo is supposed to go in…
  • Do you know how beautiful you are?

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:34 pm
    When my friend Leaf pops into my house with her baby, they fill my eyes with beauty. The two of them together are so stunning, such a picture of love and sweetness and the beauty of a mother with a small baby. When I told Leaf this the other day she laughed and said, “I know I used to tell you and Winnie that all the time, but it’s strange how you don’t really feel it when you're in it.”It’s true. When you are in the midst of mothering that small baby, you feel tired and worn out, sleepless and like your body is permanently curled into a ‘C’ shape from the weight in your arms.
  • Original chickens.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:43 pm
    It was evening and the heaviness of the sky kept teasing us with rain, but none came. The kids were cranky, the little ones not sharing, my two-year-old falling apart over the smallest of insults, injuries, or perceived threats. The tweens were embroiled in a crisis concerning whether they could stand to live with one another any more. The six-year-old was frustrated and whiny. There were beautiful extras around, little ones who call me “Auntie Rae,” little ones whom I love. But all of them were ganging up on me, a big writhing, sweaty, cute mess. I sat on the porch with them, resigned to…
  • Prayer.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:02 am
    Today I want to point you to this post written by my beautiful friend Christy. You will remember Christy and Ian, her husband, who battled leukemia and overcame with the help of a bone marrow transplant from his brother. They were in the middle of plans of moving to Thailand by the fall, and Christy was even here, looking at houses, when she caught an early plane back because of warning signs Ian was experiencing. He has relapsed and is in need of our prayers. They are back in the swamps of chemo and hospitals, but if there are two people more full of faith and beauty, I don't know them.
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  • Kim’s Faith

    Mike Duran
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:57 am
    Faith is not a delicate thing like a porcelain figurine or a dandelion. Though it starts small and gestates unseen, it often does so in harsh, inhospitable conditions, where the terrain forces it to take root in something deep and hidden. Faith does not own a summer dress and rarely lets its hair down. Its wardrobe consists of aprons, gardening gloves, and overalls; earth and grime collect under its nails. You could say that faith is blue collar. It has scabs and skinned knuckles. Faith is often missing a digit or two. But the remaining stubs are in nowise useless. Faith can be agile, when…
  • Writing for the “Country Club”

    Mike Duran
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    I’m currently reading a book by a popular NY Times best-selling author and am not surprised to find numerous violations of “the writing rules” — head-hopping, passives, and lots of telling rather than showing. This doesn’t distract me like it used to. My first few years as a writer were spent being “indoctrinated” about the writing rules. The standard line was, If you want to increase your chances of publication, you should follow these ______ (fill in approprite number) rules. I’m really rule-oriented, so I clung to these like a good Jewish…
  • On Baptizing Space Aliens

    Mike Duran
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    When asking Which Religions Would Have the Hardest Time Accepting Alien Life, it’s always Evangelicals who hedge at ETs. Of course, Catholics have their share of extraterrestrial problems too. Believing that a Mind and Morals are behind the cosmos, rather than little green men (or tall silver anemones), will inevitably ruffle some secular feathers. This didn’t stop the Pope who, last Spring, made headlines when he said, if given the chance, the Church should baptize space aliens: Pope Francis has said that he would be willing to baptise aliens if they came to the Vatican, asking…
  • Is “Playing it Safe” Killing Christian Fiction?

    Mike Duran
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    This morning, I read with interest an article entitled Who killed the contemporary Christian music industry? over at The Week. I’m usually pretty skeptical of such pieces. The Christian music biz is an easy target for haters of the evangelical brand. Which often guarantees that articles like the one above will be little more than hit pieces. Surprisingly, I didn’t get that vibe from Tyler Huckabee’s post. In fact, it touched on a dynamic that, I believe, is very much at work in the Christian publishing industry. Huckabee’s thesis is fleshed out in dcTalk,…
  • The Crossover Christian Novelist Q & A

    Mike Duran
    25 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    This Summer, I’ll be teaching a workshop at Realm Makers entitled The Crossover Christian Novelist (you can find their Session Descriptions HERE). As part of my preparation, I asked a number of “crossover” Christian novelists several questions about writing for a general audience rather than a Christian audience. I’ll be sharing many of their responses during my workshop. Here’s a sampling of how some of the authors answered this question: How do you navigate being a Christian, having a “biblical” worldview, and obeying the call to “let your light shine,”…
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  • i am so grateful and happy for what DR ADODO has done in my life

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    New Answer - Things can only work out in your relationship only if you give chance to the right person to assist you. My love life turned out to be something great after i contacted Dr.Adodo through these details +2348156784928 or via email Adodospelltemple@gmail.com I still can't really say what Dr.Adodo did actually but i can boldly say that Dr.Adodo gave my relationship that perfect fixing that my relationship was lacking and through this my lover is seeking for me to marry him without wasting no more time..you can also visit him on his website…
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    30 Jun 2015 | 10:37 pm
    New Answer - greetings to all,i dont really think my name is necessary out here because there are lots of fake spell casters out here andd i just cant believe the level of scam going on here,i lost my greg few weeks ago and did everything possible to get him back but to no avail until a close friend of mine spoke to me about spell casting and gave me the email add of dr ocliff and i decided to give him a try and unbelievably it actually worked and i can cheerfully announce to all out here that there are real spell casters but just outnumbered by the fake ones,please try dr ocliff and i tell…
  • GREAT SPELL CASTER DR. SAM THAT HELPED ME GET PREGNANT

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    New Answer - I am MOORE JULIET from Australia, I have been trying for 5years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. The doctor said that me and my husband are fine and I don't know where else to turn, until one day my friend introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr.Sam on his email after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i should have sex with the my husband or any man I love in this…
  • GREAT SPELL CASTER DR. SAM THAT HELPED ME GET PREGNANT

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    New Answer - I am MOORE JULIET from Australia, I have been trying for 5years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. The doctor said that me and my husband are fine and I don't know where else to turn, until one day my friend introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr.Sam on his email after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i should have sex with the my husband or any man I love in this…
  • THANK YOU DR. SAM

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
    New Answer - I am MOORE JULIET from Australia, I have been trying for 5years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. The doctor said that me and my husband are fine and I don't know where else to turn, until one day my friend introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr.Sam on his email after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i should have sex with the my husband or any man I love in this…
 
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  • The Grand Palace: The Best of the Best of Thailand

    Jan Wall
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Never before have I seen such a compact collection of outstanding religious, historical and ceremonial buildings sited literally side-by-side as I have at the Grand Palace. Each of the 12 buildings is built to a different architectural standard – some of the buildings are painted gold, others are covered with mirrors painstakingly set in place. Some buildings have spires while others do not. High walls surround the complex, creating a clear separation from the pedestrian world outside. They were all built with meticulous attention to detail. Everything is spotlessly clean. The…
  • How to Top Yourself: What To Do After Reaching Your Goal

    Guest Author
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s say that you’ve aimed for something incredibly difficult and then you’ve finally achieved it after exerting a lot of time and effort. What do you do next? How do you sustain the high of winning throughout your life once you’ve attained the unattainable? That’s what I asked Roger Killen after he sold out 400 seats several weeks before the highly acclaimed TEDxStanleyPark event last May 23, 2015. Aim for something even higher It’s been said that Buzz Aldrin had severe depression when he returned to Earth after having gone to the moon. After all, once you’ve been to the…
  • My Nickname: A Cautionary Tale

    Guest Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    We have seen the devastation that racism can perpetrate when the ignorance and hate embedded within it are allowed to fester in silence at the margins of our society. But where does this sort of racism come from? I don’t know that I have the answer, but I do have a particular, firsthand experience that may give some insight into the question. Because, I know exactly when racism, as a concept, began for me: during dinner at home on a bright, fall day in September, 1970. I was introduced to the awfulness of the concept and its racialized words and their effect at our family dinner table.
  • Edge of Reality: In Reverie on Steven Van

    Guest Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:32 am
    Vestiges repetition the modern clashing even resisting the next, inevitable stage. Language for the eyes but what is that language conveying? What if anything does it speak to in our present culture? There is a sensation of standing on the ledge of a great cliff when viewing one of the pieces. There’s little in the way of texture-of a sort that one could say is beyond the paint. It’s more than that though, it is truly, a window into another world and if one is standing before the window, one feels the rush of blood to the gut because there is a very real edge of reality. Revival 2015. Ink…
  • Uncle Eddie’s Faerie Tale Gardens

    Guest Author
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    “At the end of my life, I will have judged my success by how much I have been on my knees in the garden tending to my beliefs.” That is but one of the many framed sayings interspersed throughout the gardens and workshops of Eddie Foisy or as he is fondly known, Uncle Eddie. Tacked on one wall is a torn piece of paper that says ‘Question Reality’. A sign on his blacksmith shop states ‘J. Gargary’, the blacksmith in one of his favorite books, Dicken’s, ‘Great Expectations’. And the sign over the outside entrance into to his workshop says, ‘Windlewisp’,…
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  • Eight of My Favorite Summer Salads

    Christine
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    It’s hot outside! In an effort to keep my temperature down, I’m looking for salads for dinner.  It occurred to me, that I’ve created quite a few, so I thought I’d revisit some of them myself and then I had the idea to share them with you – I mean, I can’t expect everyone to root through my recipes, over and over again, right? So here are eight of my favorite summer salads.   Roasted Stone Fruit and Arugula Summer Salad I created this for a contest and guess what!  It won Judges Choice!  It’s delicious and tangy sweet, using in season stone…
  • Roasted Potato, Cucumber and Parsley Pasta Salad

    Christine
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Bear with me folks. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one.  Until you try it for yourself, that is. I opened the fridge today to see what was available and surprise!  There wasn’t much.  We had cucumbers, potatoes, and celery that needed to be used – so here’s what we did. Two pounds of rotini a huge bag of potatoes five cloves of garlic two cucumbers quite a bit of celery a bunch of parsley extra virgin olive oil white balsamic vinegar one large shallot salt and pepper Line a baking sheet with foil and set the oven for 400*. Wash and dry the potatoes…
  • Applebee’s In Ocala

    Christine
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    My daughter has been obsessed with the commercial for Applebee’s and the free french fry refills (we love fries). So last Sunday, we were looking for someplace to go for dinner when we remembered the commercial that had us longing for crispy fries. We drove over to Applebee’s and were surprised when we walked in – the entire place had been remodeled.  It still has the same areas, but there were lovely banquettes in the bar area as well as the hightops that I love.  We got a table and started to look over the completely redesigned menu and I have to say, we were overwhelmed…
  • Roasted Potatoes with Spicy Rice, Peas and Corn

    Christine
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    It’s been cold and dreary here, I think I’ve mentioned it recently.   A hearty meal of roasted potatoes with spicy rice, peas and corn is very welcome – the heat from some serranos make this a great meal to end this horrible cold with.  Satisfying, spicy, crunchy and delicious! 1 5 lb. bag of potatoes, washed and chopped into small pieces 5 cloves of garlic, minced 5 serranos chiles chopped (I left the ribs and seeds in for maximum heat – you decide what’s best for you) 5 small which onions peeled and quartered 2 cups uncooked rice of your choosing one bag…
  • Spicy Cabbage and Potato Soup

    Christine
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    It’s that time of year… You know, when everyone you know has some sort of ailment or another.  Well, I got hit with a bug and I knew just what I needed.  Fortunately a friend has some surplus garden bounty that she brought over and I made an incredible, satisfying, spicy, soup.  It’s the kind of soup that helps you breathe better.  You really don’t need to measure much here – just taste and adjust until you’re happy with it. Excuse the quality of some of the pictures, and keep in mind that I was not feeling well. Here’s what I did. Two heads green…
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  • So much to see in Lake Como, Italy

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Surprise! I’m not done with my Lake Como series. I haven’t posted a travel post in a while and I know they’re one of your favorites so I hope you really enjoy this one… I made sure to pick a lot of photos to share. In my last Lake Como post, I mentioned that we visited a villa on the island of Bellagio. That villa was Villa Melzi. While the villa itself was lovely, it was the area surrounding the villa that really stood out to me. Take a look! P.S. I went ahead and took the plunge into Instagram Land. I’m thinking of posting “outtakes” from some of my…
  • Music with heart: an interview with Emaline Delapaix & free downloads!

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

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

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

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

    admin
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    At first glance, the pastel colors, monochrome prints and street-style photographs might make you think you’re reading Vogue. This online shop is flirty, friendly and doesn’t take itself too seriously — its Living Doll collection shows a Bambi-eyed model wearing clownish shoes and eyeing cupcakes. The overall aesthetic is clean and modern, with boring solids like black at a minimum. But this isn’t Madewell or Anthropologie. It’s HijUp, and the wearables on offer here are hijabs. We know the hijab as a religious or cultural clothing choice, but it’s also a serious fashion…
  • Inside my first Cannabis Convention: Hempcon 2015

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

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

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

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

    Annette White
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    In the Southern part of Maine you will find the charming coastal town of Kennebunkport. It is the place most commonly known as being the summer home of former president George H. W. Bush. But, there is so much more to Kennebunkport besides ogling Walker's Point, the location of the Bush compound. The post 12 Bucket List Things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • Create a Masterpiece at a Paint Party

    Annette White
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
    When I am not traveling, one day a week my husband and I try to spend quality time together doing something close to our Northern California home. This date day, affectionately referred to as Wednesday Funday, typically includes a new experience and a check off my bucket list. What a big surprise. The post Create a Masterpiece at a Paint Party appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • 9 Bucket List Things To Do in Cape Town

    Guest Author
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    Cape Town is the legislative capital (one of three capitals) of South Africa. It is the second most populous area of South Africa and the 10th most populous city in all of Africa. In 2014 The New York Times named it the best place in the world to visit, and we're going to give you 9 reasons why we just crossed it off our bucket list and you should too. The post 9 Bucket List Things To Do in Cape Town appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • Take a 4×4 Jeep Adventure Through Central Greece

    Annette White
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    When the country of Greece is mentioned many of us immediately think of the pure white buildings with brilliant blue rooftops of Santorini. And that area truly is beautiful. But, there is another side of this intriguing country that is equally as picturesque with its crystal clear rivers, dazzling turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks and quaint villages. The post Take a 4×4 Jeep Adventure Through Central Greece appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • 24 Bucket List Things to Do in San Francisco

    Annette White
    20 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
    It's the city of Dungeness crab, sourdough bread and, of course, the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge. Some people have even left their hearts here. San Francisco is on most travelers "Things to do" list and for very good reason. Whether your a first-time visitor or local, The City in Northern California has something to offer for everyone and here's just a little taste. The post 24 Bucket List Things to Do in San Francisco appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
 
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    arsène hodali
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
  • What It’s Like Growing Up Smart And Poor

    arsène hodali
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    You feel like an X-Man. From a minority’s point-of-view, you don’t actually realize that you’re smart (different) until later on, and when you do you see that the smartest choice to make is to not be smart (different). Let me explain. First off, I don’t consider myself particularly developed in one area of intelligence, I consider myself to be naturally above average in most forms of intelligence. I’m black and I grew up poor. Very poor, and thus I grew up in the worst of neighbourhoods and the worst of intelligence enhancing environments. Though we were…
  • What It’s Like Working With Elephants

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

    arsène hodali
    22 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    After your body gets a handle on the extreme military-like conditions your stupidity is forcing onto it, it’s amazing and then unbearably boring. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.* Above all, you learn how to nap wherever possible no matter how. You make sure to secretly always be in possession of a sleeping-mask, you sneak out of parties to nap before returning, you learn how to catch naps in bathroom stalls, all cars start resembling portable beds, &c.. Your sense of time is nonexistent. Although you only sleep two hours a day (via six 20-minute naps), each nap feels…
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    arsène hodali
    20 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    Madonna said, “Don’t treat me like I’m special, I wouldn’t know what to do with it.” but you loved her. and she loved you and the whole world knew it
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  • My Healthy, Tasty, Easy Mango Chip Dip Recipe

    Jessica
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    As an ambassador for Stonyfield Organic, we are sometimes called upon to participate in really fun recipe challenges, and this one is no exception. The folks at Late July Snacks sent us a bag of their multigrain tortilla chips and our job was to create a yogurt recipe for dipping those delicious chips. As they say, it’s a tough job, but someone had to do it. Well, okay, it wasn’t really a tough job after all. If you know me, I need easy recipes to both follow and to create. So I came up with a super easy mango, avocado, yogurt chip dip recipe that is perfect for summer…
  • That’s Caring: Gifts That Give Back

    Jessica
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you need to purchase a gift for a friend, colleague, or loved one, look no further. Because there are few gifts more truly special than gifts that give back. Recently I learned about ThatsCaring.com, and couldn’t wait to share it with my readers! That’s Caring is a high-end online gifting company offering gourmet bakery products, confections, and wine and cheese gifts perfect for any recipient. Better yet, each gift purchased from That’s Caring gives twice – once to your intended recipient and once to a hungry child somewhere in the U.S.  They’re fighting childhood…
  • The Healthy Habits of the Lassy Project’s Laura Ownbey

    Jessica
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Laura Ownbey is one of the founders of the Lassy Project, a website and safety app that provides child abduction alerts, giving parents the ability to notify their community about a  missing child within seconds. The project was started after the Colorado community was rocked by the abduction and murder of a 10 year-old girl. The Lassy Project is a combination of GPS, crowd-sourcing, and SMS technology that works together to ensure that when a child is not where they’re supposed to be, you’re notified immediately, giving you the chance to send an alert and create an…
  • 20 Ways to Boost Your Workout Performance

    Jessica
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Lately when I’ve been exercising, I’ve been feeling a little sluggish. It may just be the weather change, or the need to change things up a bit, but for whatever reason I’m just not feeling it these last couple of weeks. So I started to look at my own habits, and do a little research. What I came up with is this list of 20 ways to boost workout performance, and now I am sharing them with you. Are you ready? Drink plenty of water. This is a big one for me. I’m learning that my body requires more hydration to sustain energy than I thought it did. Water lubricates your muscles and…
  • The Legislation Intended to Keep Consumers in the Dark

    Jessica
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    You know what I am really tired of? I’m tired of the government and government agencies trying to tell us what foods to eat and what products to buy. I have a right to purchase homeopathic remedies, and to know what is in my food. I have a right to know how food is made. I have a right to know whether or not the food on my plate has been genetically modified. And so do you. Whether or not you choose to purchase conventional or genetically modified/edited food is completely your choice. Or is it? Let me rephrase that for a moment. Whether or not you choose to purchase conventional or…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • The Most Challenging Job Interview Question

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    There are many articles you can find about answer the job interview question, “What is your greatest weakness?” There are few that will break it down like we have in this episode. Answering this question could make a difference in how you’re perceived, and whether an employer likes you enough to hire you. My guest today offers a unique view of how to answer this job interview question. Chris Fields (@new_resource) is the founder of Resume Crusade and Cost of Work. He owns a Masters in Labor Human Resources (MLHR) and writes for several other sites. He has been quoted in Mashable,…
  • How to Budget With Your Career in Mind

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this episode, we focus on finances, keys to a sound budget, and how it can impact your career. Job seekers who survive the best during unemployment and underemployment understand the importance of controlling your expenses. If you need help in getting a better money perspective and motivation to getting your finances under control, this episode is for you. Controlling your budget will help your career. Tiffany Aliche  (TheBudgetnista) aka, “The Budgetnista” is a popular financial adviser and money management expert. Tiffany is the bestselling author of the book, The One Week…
  • Creating Career and Family Balance as a Dad

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This Sunday is Father’s Day! We will discuss how working Dads can make progress in creating  career and family balance allowing more time to be with his children.  My guest, Scott Behson, is The author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home. He is a work-life balance advocate and zealous forging discussions about Dads having work flexibility options for more face time with their families. I comment on the show that I wish this book were around ten years ago when my sons were younger. But more now than ever it is needed discussion as this book is…
  • Why Trashing a Current Employer on Facebook Makes Your Personal Brand Unhirable

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Chandra Lee has loads of hiring nightmares, and she will share a few with me this summer. This episode is intended to help you intentionally build a strong online personal brand despite any past lapses in judgment. One of the easier things you can apply right now is to stop sharing negative stories about your employer, coworkers, or work products. Chandra Lee (@ChandraLee) is the founder and managing partner of Lee Integrations, LLC. She has worked with many companies, brands, and clients including celebrities. She works to assist others to extend his or her personal brand and relationships…
  • 20 Questions to Inspire Close Career Management

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Career management is that second job you’ll always have. It’s laborious like doing laundry for a family of four. It takes diligence like checking your closet and basement for a useful book you read ten years ago. If you want to prepare for the next bottom to fall out of the economy, you’ll need to manage your career as closely as your health (and many of us even closer). So I would like you to entertain the below 20 questions to stimulate and inspire thoughts about things you can do now. Today. After reading this article go do something that will ready you for your next…
 
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Making the Movie of Your Dream Life

    Randy Gage
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:50 pm
    All great achievements are created twice: First in your mind, and only then in the physical plane. When you run a movie through your brain of a future event you desire to take place, it creates an emotional impression on your subconscious mind. Do this enough and it eventually programs your mind toward that outcome, causing you to take the necessary steps to achieving that goal. One of the best things you can do every day is to take a few moments and envision the good you want to manifest. -RG The post Making the Movie of Your Dream Life appeared first on Randy Gage.
  • Scoping with Your Tribe

    Randy Gage
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:51 pm
    For those of you that aren’t familiar with Periscope, it’s a mobile app that allows you to broadcast live to your Twitter followers (who are also on Periscope) and also share the URL, so anyone else can watch you online.  (It’s actually owned by Twitter now and runs on their API.)   For people or brands who are tribe builders as most of us are, I believe this will be THE SINGLE MOST POWERFUL tool we will have to use for the next year or two. For people who want to connect with their tribe, Periscope will be bigger and better than blogs, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.  Nothing else…
  • Prosperity Awareness

    Randy Gage
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    There is one essential element in the transformation from poor to wealthy, sick to healthy, and/or unhappy to happy.  And that element is awareness.  In any breakthrough development you want to create, it is preceded by awareness.  Because you can’t change something you’re not aware of. A friend recently emailed me for advice about a business venture she is thinking about launching.  The business solved a problem and created value, so it meets the most important criteria of a successful venture.  I felt it was doomed to fail however, because of the foundational beliefs she expressed…
  • Servant or Master?

    Randy Gage
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    You should strive to be the thinker of the thought. Doing so makes you the master of your mind, controlling what you think about.  Much more common however is when people become servants to their mind. They let thoughts, memes, and beliefs drift in or be placed there by others.  They become prisoners of a negative mindset, and live lives of diminished expectation and unfulfilled potential. Your mind makes a cruel master, but a generous servant. -RG The post Servant or Master? appeared first on Randy Gage.
  • Leaving a Legacy

    Randy Gage
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    The greatest thing you can start is something that will continue after you. That is the path from success to significance. Yes life is about becoming more; growing into the best person you can be. That is what gives it meaning. But ultimately it’s about transcending yourself, which means you have lived the most meaningful life possible. -RG The post Leaving a Legacy appeared first on Randy Gage.
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    Amusing Planet

  • Ferropolis: The City of Iron

    Kaushik
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:46 am
    Near the city of Gräfenhainichen, in Germany, in a former open-cast mine, lie five enormous decommissioned industrial machines. There are bucket wheel excavators, continuous bucket dredgers as well as stackers, each measuring up to 130 meters long and 30 meters high. These big machines once helped excavate millions of tons of brown coal in the open mine of Golpa-Nord. When the coal ran out in the 1990s, Golpa-Nord was shut down and these machines were left behind to form an open air museum called Ferropolis: The city of iron. The unusual backdrop formed by these gigantic relics of industrial…
  • Rouketopolemos: The Easter Rocket War of Vrontados

    Kaushik
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    The Greeks like to celebrate Easter with fireworks, but the townsfolk of Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios aren’t satisfied with simple fireworks. So on the midnight before Easter Sunday, supporters of two rival church congregations – Angios Marcos and Panaghia Ereithiani, gather near their respective churches located on two different hilltops about 400 meters away, and fire tens of thousands of home-made rockets across the valley towards each other. The objective is to hit the bell tower of the church of the other side. Direct hits on each belfry are counted and the parish with the…
  • The Comic Book Route in Brussels

    Kaushik
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    The Comic Book Route in Brussels is a path that takes you along several walls and buildings throughout the inner city of Brussels as well as the neighborhoods of Laeken and Auderghem, where large murals of some of the most popular characters of Franco-Belgian comics are painted – Tintin, Smurf, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Gaston, Gil Jourdan and more. The project, which began in 1991, was initiated by the local authorities in collaboration with the Belgian Comic Strip Center to celebrate Belgium’s long history and association with comic strips. Comic strips are the pride of Belgium. It is the…
  • Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store

    Kaushik
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Being a superhero in New York City is easy. Just walk into the Brooklyn Superhero Supply in Park Slope, 5th Avenue between 5th and 6th street, and walk away with a new cape, a grappling hook, a tin of antimatter, or even a new identity. And if you need a partner, Brooklyn Superhero Supply also runs a sidekick placement service. And like any good superhero, the store itself has a secret second identity. Brooklyn Superhero Supply is the brainchild of acclaimed novelist Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari who founded 826, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced…
  • A Fictional Space Exploration Society Made Using Paper

    Kaushik
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Discoverer's Alliance is a whimsical series by paper artist Owen Gildersleeve and photographer Benedict Morgan. Disguised as a documentary, the duo provides a unique insight into the inner workings of one of the country's most accomplished but lesser known exploration societies, through a series of delightfully detailed dioramas created out of paper, food and household items. The fictional society, which exist only in the imagination of the two artists, is a supposedly 100-year-old society devoted to the exploration of the furthest depths of sea and space. Although little is known…
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    Life With Boys

  • Customer Service with a… nasty attitude?

    Christina
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Roy and I are lucky enough to be able to do some traveling.  We’ve gotten away for romantic weekends a few times in the past couple of years-now that Corey is old enough to watch the little boys.  We’ve gone on cruises alone and with all the boys. We do amusement parks, camping, etc. In […] Read more →
  • Graduation is Not an “I” Event

    Christina
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    I woke up this morning and when I had a moment checked out my Facebook feed on my phone.  All over it was a story about a young man that wanted to use his valedictorian speech as a means to come out. Apparently, the school was not on board. Now, I’m of two minds about […] Read more →
  • Return To Camp Crystal Lake

    Christina
    28 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue.com. Link: Return To Camp Crystal Lake Read more →
  • Redefining Beauty

    Christina
    28 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Tess Holliday is all over the news lately.  The plus size model-she says she wears a size 22-is breaking down walls and barriers. She is the first plus sized model to be signed to a mainstream agency, but it’s her attitude that seems to be causing the most uproar. “eff your beauty standards.” That seems […] Read more →
  • Round Two in the Mommy Wars

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

  • Finding the Business Casual Look

    Melanie Wagner
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continue Reading this Article » The post Finding the Business Casual Look appeared first on .
  • SOMETIMES…

    Christine Spencer
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continue Reading this Article » The post SOMETIMES… appeared first on .
  • Fashionably Frugal

    Beth Newman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continue Reading this Article » The post Fashionably Frugal appeared first on .
  • 5 of the Best Summer Attractions Ibiza Has to Offer

    Editor
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Continue Reading this Article » The post 5 of the Best Summer Attractions Ibiza Has to Offer appeared first on .
  • How to Become Mind FULL

    Michelle Cohen
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continue Reading this Article » The post How to Become Mind FULL appeared first on .
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    The Accidental Olympian

  • THE FIRST TRIMESTER – A ROLLER COASTER BY WEEK

    Accidental Olympian
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    [I began keeping track of my thoughts and feelings on a weekly basis throughout my first trimester. As a week would end I’d open my post and record my thoughts. Sometimes they were good, sometimes they were dark. And that my friends, is the first trimester in a nutshell.]  3 weeks 6 days – HOLY SHIT I CAN’T BELIEVE IT FINALLY WORKED! Is this real? It has to be real. How can this finally be real? How am I supposed to keep this to myself?!?!?!?!?!?! 4 weeks – This is so exciting. This is so terrifying. Everything will be fine! Everything will end in disaster. Tell everyone! Tell no…
  • GUESS WHAT WE DID?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Accidental Olympian
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
      Adam and I are so excited to announce that we’ll be adding a little GIRL into our family January, 2016. The first trimester has been a weird one (keeping secrets! so many changes! the scary ass world of the unknown!) so I’ve got an interesting backlog of posts that I’ll be sending live into the world here over the next couple weeks. I found the whole process of trying for a baby as well as the first trimester to be extremely isolating, frustrating, and downright lonely, so I will start from the beginning, and we’ll work our way up to current. Yeah babies!  …
  • HELP! I’M BORED & I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE MIDWEST

    Accidental Olympian
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    I’m bored. Bored with the rain that wont end and the summer that refuses to arrive. I’m bored with the midwest and its never ending flat nothingness and prairie bullshit. I’m bored with moving into year three in our Chicagoland adventure. I’m just flat out bored. I realized in May, when the boredom was creeping into every fiber of my being and making me feel like I wanted to throw myself on the ground and throw a temper tantrum that this May felt different. If we had followed our previous cycles from years previous, the first week in May would have been our first week…
  • I SPEND ALL WINTER DREAMING OF THESE EARLY SUMMER DAYS

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

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

  • Traveling With A Fake Husband Through Pakistan

    charlie grosso
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Shandura Pass, Matt and I. I am traveling in Pakistan with a stranger I met on a layover in Hong Kong. Within minutes of meeting each other, we knew we could travel together. We hatched a plan over lukewarm Tiger Beer while sitting on Smurf size chairs in Hanoi. Out of respect for Islamic values and as precaution, we will pretend to be husband and wife, from elsewhere, anywhere but America. We rendezvoused in Guangzhou and enter Pakistan from Western China, down the Karakoram Highway. As I stood at the airport waiting, I thought: Do I know what he looks like? I wondered for the briefest…
  • A storm, a selfie and kite-surfing in Mona Vale

    charlie grosso
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:26 pm
    We rented a beach house but we didn’t consider the weather or check the surf condition. It’s been overcast and chilly. The current is too strong and too rough for beginning surfers on long boards. Our surf house dream is punctured by tiny shards of irony, or lack of planning. None of us seemed to mind, at least not yet. Every day, I take a walk on the beach, up to the bluff, down to the pool at the edge of shore. I dance on the beach at dusk, headphones in, in complete privacy of the dreary weather. I wake up to rain. A steady downpour. To stay dry, you need an umbrella. And a…
  • That BOLD Declaration to the Universe

    charlie grosso
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    This is a strange new territory. I’ve been writing but unable to post. I’ve been actively pitching publication and major sites and awkward side effect is I have to hold back a lot of what I’ve been writing. Everyone wants something new. Which means I spend a lot of time writing, re-writing and of course procrastinating before I get to the writing. When you are prepping a piece to pitch to The New York Times Magazine, you are a lot worried. I would never want to burden you with second hand stories and less than the best. Which is why I’ve not been posting. I’m sorry! There are…
  • Fantasies. 50 Guys in 50 States. Naked Happy Hours.

    charlie grosso
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Fantasies. I have lots and lots of them; I hope you do too. Most of mine has to do with time, space and impossibly cute animals. I’ve been thinking a lot about time, commitment, how to make it all (an encompassing A L L) happen in the days we have, what could wait and what needs ME. NOW. I wrote a book. Two actually, almost. Which is part of the reason for the long absence and intermittent posts. I finished the first draft of on one of them on New Years Day. 90,000 words. Incredulous was my first reaction, not relief nor pride. What is the book about? It’s about travel which is…
  • Undercover in NYC. Re-entry. Part 3

    charlie grosso
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    Undercover in NYC…(Where the author finally, at last, accepts the obvious. Lets not talk about why it took her so long. She feels plenty dumb)…Part 3 I went on a poorly conceived 3-day camping trip in the Catskills with a friend. Wilderness, campfire and star filled sky were what I had in mind. Except my trek mate’s ODC got the better of him and a simple weekend unraveled. We called it quits after two days and came back into the city. I stayed with another friend for the extra night; I had rented my apt to Aussies touring the US for the long weekend. I walk across Madison Square…
 
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    E-stranged

  • I Don’t Mind the Problem, It’s the Solution I can’t Handle

    Fiona
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    “Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot.” ― Sarah Dessen I’ve been busy reading research again and thought I might share something that has been rattling around in my head across the last week or so. There’s some interesting, recent research (2014) about why it is that people deny problems {sometimes very big problems}. Researchers Troy Campbell and Aaron Kay of Duke University wrote an article, Solution Aversion: On the Relation Between Ideology and Motivated Disbelief, to address…
  • Father’s Day: If Estranged Men Talked

    Fiona
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:25 pm
    “When we share those stories we’ve been scared to share, voicelessness loses it’s wicked grasp.” ― Jo Ann Fore There is much discussion of motherhood and the experience of estrangement. Maybe women are more tuned into relationship and the break of relationship. Maybe we think about it and write about it more. Maybe as women, we tend to focus our discontent on our same sex parent … and everyone knows that everything that goes wrong is a mother’s fault. But what of fathers? What about men’s experience of estrangement? What about children’s experience of…
  • About Genograms

    Fiona
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
    “I was thinking how complicated life is and how there are no simple roads or paths. We are a fabric of mistakes and hurts; a family tree of fumbled attempts, successes and failures.” ― Belinda Jeffrey There’s been some discussion and comments about the use of genograms and I thought I would make some time to look at the use of genograms generally. There’s a great deal that can be said about genograms and I should be clear that not every person, whether clinician or lay person, uses them in the same way or for the same purposes. So this post then, is a general discussion of…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • Jude is sick

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    Jude is sick. He was on a great streak but it was inevitable that he would have to fight again. However this is presenting a bit different this time so I am a bit confused if it's pneumonia or a natural further breakdown of his lungs or both. Maybe he aspirated on secretions and it created a domino effect? I am not sure. I guess it's like the pulmo says........it doesn't really matter how it happened it's how do we treat it. On Friday we started noticing that Jude's heart rate was running pretty high which is generally a sign of a fever with him. However at that time he was not…
  • Jude's update

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Jude isn't feeling well again. He is very congested and is having oxygen issues. He is sleeping a lot more and he just doesn't seem himself to me. He still smiles at me but he is struggling. I plan on going home and holding him tonight and hopefully that will make him feel better. We are all doing well but I am wishing we could take a vacation. I will gladly give up any extra luxury for Jude but getting away with my husband for awhile sounds very nice. I will update more as Jude progresses or changes in anyway. 
  • Emily is growing up and a quick update on Jude

    19 Jun 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Jude is doing as expected. He is a happy little boy who has severe respiratory issues that require frequent suctioning and supplemental oxygen interventions. The recent storms that have ravaged Texas have affected Jude's well being. I am assuming this is because of pressure changes within the atmosphere. I made note of a seizure last night that lasted a few minutes. Luckily Jude has cluster seizures so he can catch a breath and offset the loss of oxygen. We have made the decision to sell our house if the timing permits. We think that being more financially secure will help our entire…
  • A memory

    12 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    I found this picture today and it made me smile and then it made me think of a very chaotic time in our lives. This was Jude's second birthday cake. We had an entire Hungry Caterpillar theme for his party complete with this incredible cake and great decorations. Unfortunately the party never happened because the night before we rushed Jude to the hospital. It was his first round of aspiration pneumonia and we learned that weekend that Jude would never eat by mouth again. We took his cake to the hospital and let the nurses, doctors, and guests enjoy it in his room. Jude was to sick…
  • Jude's update

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    I promise I am not turning into an anti blogger. I am just overwhelmingly busy at work these days and life continues to march on. Jude is doing pretty well for the most part and continues to prove the statistics wrong. He has had a lot of thick secretions that always needed to be suctioned but overall he seems to be handling this situation a lot better than anyone anticipated. He is very smiley and pretty interactive. He is still having issues with some pain but we seem to be able to control that with medication. We are still contemplating the move and have not made any lasting…
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    Happy Geek Media Services

  • ‘Secret Worlds’ 21 Full-Length Paranormal #Romance Books: 99¢ #Discount #SecretWorlds

    Amberr Meadows
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Secret Worlds – A Steamy Paranormal Romance Boxed […] The post ‘Secret Worlds’ 21 Full-Length Paranormal #Romance Books: 99¢ #Discount #SecretWorlds appeared first on Happy Geek Media Services. You'll love these, too! ‘Sarai’s Fortune’ Tour with Excerpt + $50 Amazon GC + #Book #Giveaway Paranormal #Romance @AOwenBooks ‘Caller 107′ Paranormal Book Feature @mscox_fiction ‘The Iron Golem’ #Book Tour + $25 GC @cpagewriter #Giveaway #paranormal
  • Top Websites to Buy Beauty Products Online in Singapore

    Amberr Meadows
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    There aren’t too many people in the world who don […] The post Top Websites to Buy Beauty Products Online in Singapore appeared first on Happy Geek Media Services. You'll love these, too! Review and #Giveaway of Affordable NeoCell #Beauty Products (RV $65) Review and Giveaway of NeoCell Beauty Bursts Collagen Soft Chews Raising Your Family in Singapore
  • Historical Romance: ‘Gambling on the Outlaw’ & Excerpt @mmadiganauthor

    Amberr Meadows
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Excerpt from Gambling on the Outlaw I had my hand on th […] The post Historical Romance: ‘Gambling on the Outlaw’ & Excerpt @mmadiganauthor appeared first on Happy Geek Media Services. You'll love these, too! ‘Sarai’s Fortune’ Tour with Excerpt + $50 Amazon GC + #Book #Giveaway Paranormal #Romance @AOwenBooks ‘The Forever Girl’ Book Review, Excerpt & Video Trailer Playlist @inkmuse ‘Craving Caine’ Will Leave Romance and Suspense Lovers Craving More
  • #TBT Music Makes Housework Tolerable #music #art

    Amberr Meadows
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Welcome back for another installment of music! Today is […] The post #TBT Music Makes Housework Tolerable #music #art appeared first on Happy Geek Media Services. You'll love these, too! Radically Random Music Feeling Angsty? Here’s a Music Monday Just for you (and me!) #TBT #Photos of Oglethorpe University, Music Playlist, and #Education Review
  • ‘Darkhaven’ #Book Tour + Excerpt, #Giveaway, Scavenger Hunt, & 7 Facts @afesmith

    Amberr Meadows
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Welcome to the Darkhaven book tour and scavenger hunt. […] The post ‘Darkhaven’ #Book Tour + Excerpt, #Giveaway, Scavenger Hunt, & 7 Facts @afesmith appeared first on Happy Geek Media Services. You'll love these, too! ‘Sarai’s Fortune’ Tour with Excerpt + $50 Amazon GC + #Book #Giveaway Paranormal #Romance @AOwenBooks ‘Prophet of the Badlands’ Book Tour Kick-off + 25 Amazon GC Giveaway ‘For Everly’ Excerpt, Book Tour, and Gift Card Give Away
 
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    A.M.H.'s Blog

  • First Book to Be Published Soon

    Anthony Hopper
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:50 pm
    I apologize to all of my readers for my long absence from the blogosphere.  In recent months, I have had to eschew blogging and other freelance writing activities in order to focus more intently on my teaching career and to devote additional time to completing my first book. I am happy to announce that I have now finished that project.  The book, which is called Using Data Management Techniques to Modernize Healthcare, will be released by CRC Press on August 6 of this year.  The link is below.Using Data Management Techniques to Modernize HealthcareNow that I have completed this…
  • An All-Time Team Composed of Baseball Players from the 1940s

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Abstract:Major League Baseball's All-Star game is fast approaching. In honor of that event, I have compiled an All-Star team composed of some of the best players from the 1940s.St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and HOF, Stan Musial (1)Baseball was the most popular professional sport in the United States during the 1940s, per USA Today. Like many other things, it was negatively impacted by the onset of World War II, when, according to the American Veterans Center, hundreds of major league players (and around 2,000 athletes from the minor leagues) left their baseball careers behind to join the…
  • Ten Things this Major League Baseball Fan is Thankful For - 2012

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Abstract:As I prepare for Thanksgiving, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for as a MLB fan. Here are the top 10 things I am thankful for in Major League Baseball.I have been a fan of Major League Baseball for many years. I usually take the sport for granted. However, the holiday season has put me in a reflective mood. As I prepare for Thanksgiving, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for as a MLB fan. Courtesy of Microsoft OfficeHere are the top 10 things I am thankful for in Major League Baseball: 1. Labor Peace: I am thankful that Major League Baseball has not suffered a…
  • Summer Olympics Swimming: 10 Rules Every Fan Should Know

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Abstract:The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games will feature 34 men’s and women’s swimming events, which will take place between Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, August 4. Here are 10 swimming rules that fans need to know.2012 Summer Olympics, Men's 200 m Breaststroke - Heat 5Per its official website, the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games will feature 34 men's and women's swimming events, which will take place between Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, August 4. Thirty-two of the races will be held in a 50-meter (54.68 yard) long by 25 meter (27.34 yard) wide swimming pool in the Aquatics…
  • 2012 Summer Olympics: TV Schedule for Sunday, August 12

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Abstract:Here is a comprehensive guide to the Olympic events that will be airing on American television on Sunday, Aug. 12. All times are in EDT. Times and events are subject to change.Courtesy of Microsoft OfficeThe 2012 Summer Olympics conclude on Sunday, Aug. 12, but not before giving fans a full day's worth of Games to watch. On Sunday, the men's basketball, volleyball, handball, and water polo tournaments will crown their champions. Individuals will compete for gold medals in track and field, boxing, wrestling, and other sports. Fans of the Olympics will not want to miss the London…
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    All About Living With Life

  • Build Self-Confidence with these 25 Ability Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source:http://refe99.com/quotes/ability/page/28/1. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. -Norman Vincent Peale 2. Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz 3. Our ability to handle life's challenges is a measure of our strength of character. -Les Brown 4. With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. -Dalai Lama 5. If…
  • Stay Young with these 15 Youth Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    http://www.quoteswave.com/picture-quotes/1156711. Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. -Samuel Ullman 2. There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. -Sophia Loren 3. To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
  • Be Wise with these 21 Wisdom Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source:http://www.inspirationboost.com/confucius-wisdom-quotes1. Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. -ECKHART TOLLE 2. Knowledge is flour, but wisdom is bread. -AUSTIN O'MALLEY 3. Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot…
  • Go Away With These 16 Vacation Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source:http://pinitgallery.com/photo/n/need-vacation-quotes/4/1. A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking. -Earl Wilson 2. Laughter is an instant vacation. -Milton Berle 3. A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. -Robert Orben 4. Vacations mean a change of pace, a gentleness with ourselves, a time of rest and renewal, and a time to stretch ourselves and encounter new people, new lands, new ways, and new options. -Anne Wilson Schaef 5. A vacation is like love: anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort,…
  • 25 Thinking Quotes for You to Think About

    Charles Chua C K
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source:http://www.thequotepedia.com/quotes/thinking/page/33/1. Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. -Henry Ford 2. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. -Bruce Lee 3. No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. –Voltaire 4. The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -Albert Einstein 5. Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers. -Bruce Calvert 6. The key to…
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    30 by Thirty

  • What are Valuables?

    Kiki G
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    We were just about to enter our seventeenth day in Australia. Exhausted, sick and desperate for a full night’s sleep, we craved more hours than the days were willing to provide. We had spent evenings sleeping on tiled floors with ants and motorcycles, sneaking into hotel rooms, fearing massive spiders that were only feet away and tempting magic carpets. The adventures were definitely worth the fatigue, but it was beginning to affect our actual ability to fully enjoy the sites, as our bodies simply could not keep up. We broke our couch surfing streak and booked a three person dorm, downtown…
  • The Spider that Gave me Herpes

    Kiki G
    7 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Holidays in Bali. Yes, that was my reality. Rather than head straight home to Canada, after the first year of teaching in Thailand, 22b and I decided to take a few weeks to explore the beauty of South East Asia. We went to Cambodia, spent a day wandering through the streets of Kuala Lumpur and then jetted off to Indonesia, to spend some prime sunshine time on the beaches of Bali. We stuck to our $6 hotel rooms for the first part of the trip, only to splurge on a resort in Bali. When in Indonesia... may as well. We wandered around terraced rice fields, participated in traditional Indonesian…
  • Eddie

    Kiki G
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    30 roommates and never an "Eddie". Phewf! Here are some epic Eddie clips.
  • Water vs Whip Cream

    Kiki G
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    While at the house of The Bodies, I had the grand pleasure of sharing space with 20. He was an interesting soul. My first introduction to this gent was brilliant. He had just moved to the city, to study some sort of scientific, brainy thing at University, from France. He was used to thick, heavy, scrumptious foods, so needless to say, Safeway was not making the transition easy on him. One morning, I walked into the kitchen as he was preparing yet another tasty non-variation of hotdogs and onions. He asked me about the milk. I wasn’t quite sure what he was asking. Apart from the accent, what…
  • Midnight Snack

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

    drishism
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    With Terminator Genisys (2015) coming out soon, my first thought was “why” are we getting another Terminator movie? It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the first two movies, but I am somewhat critical of all timeline story angles. Stories that involve altering timelines are always problematic because of temporal paradoxes. However, the release of Terminator … Continue reading Top 5 Female Action-Heroes (movies) →
  • The Words Every Adoptive Mom Longs to Hear…

    drishism
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Originally posted on Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog:Like most other adoptive parents, I adopted children because I, selfishly, wanted children. (My theory was if I had children to care for, I really didn’t have a lot of extra time to clean the house. I would rather care for a child than…
  • Aging Is Not For Sissies

    drishism
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:20 am
    Originally posted on livenowandzen:? Celebrating 47 years ?I recently had the good fortune of marking 47 years off the calendar. After so many journeys around the sun, I’ve become much more adept at celebrating in a way that suits me. This year that included a hot, uninterrupted shower, a venti latte accompanied by a…
  • If my words are worth nothing, why are you stealing them?

    drishism
    6 Jun 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Originally posted on days like crazy paving:A few days ago, I noticed that people were sharing around my blog post “Muslim, queer, feminist: it’s as complicated as it sounds” without including my Twitter username. Not a huge deal – they were linking back to my blog, so I was still getting clicks and page views…
  • On Writing… and Critics

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

  • How was the first half of your year?

    Peter
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    It’s the 30th of June, end of the sixth month of the year. Half the year gone, 9 days past the Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, days gradually getting shorter, getting longer by the same few minutes South of the equator. Half way through the year Time for a quick recap of what we have accomplished. Are we half way to achieving the goals we set at the beginning of the year? Are we satisfied with what we have done? Or are we frustrated because we have been busier than ever but not made the progress we should have? For me the answer is between the two, good progress in some…
  • Experience, Adversity, Stories, The Threads of Our Lives

    Peter
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    I spoke to a group of financial consultants and advisers at a private consulting firm yesterday. Not a big group, men and women, young to middle-aged. Nice people. Great energy. Public Speaking Nothing very surprising in that you might think. Speakers speak to audiences all the time. Motivational speakers, leadership trainers, life coaches, facilitators, workshop, seminar and webinar leaders. Audiences in commerce and industry, educational and religious institutions, service and community organisations, sports teams. However there were a few observations which are worth thinking about. The…
  • Distraction by Attraction in Science Labs.

    Peter
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    In a comment on my earlier post, Holly Jahangiri wisely wrote that we have a limited ability to focus, which means we cannot be outraged all the time over everything. Thank goodness she is right otherwise we would all go mad. Distraction In the Laboratory? She also made the point that comments about female professionals in the Western World may be more relevant than African political matters to women in the West. The reason for drawing the comparison between the two in my post was twofold (is that word still used?) Firstly the hypocrisy shown by the indifference from Western liberals to the…
  • Values, Hypocrisy, Genocidal Presidents and Disgraced Scientists

    Peter
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    Last weekend,Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir was briefly prevented from leaving South Africa when a judge bravely issued a court order restricting his movements at the request of a human rights organisation. Sudanese Refugee camp in Chad The International Criminal Court (ICC) wants the arrest of the Sudanese president for crimes against humanity. On Monday 15 June, he flew out of the country. There was no apparent attempt to stop him leaving or to detain him as requested by the ICC. With my experience of living in Africa for most of my life, I am not surprised at the South African…
  • Values, Property Rights and Mink Farms

    Peter
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    Two weeks ago “Animal Rights” activists broke into buildings on a mink farm in South West Ontario, destroyed property and released 1600 animals. American Mink The security fence around the buildings was cut, hundreds of cages opened and the small animals deliberately let out on a cold, wet night. Nursing mothers with litters were targeted. The young mink were not old enough to survive without their mother’s milk and warmth. Most of the animals were recovered but over 100 died of exposure or were run over on an adjacent road. Further details can be found in this news article…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Art and the Greek Economic Crisis

    Carmen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    Although many of my books are set in Mexico, and I write frequently about current events there, the years I spent in Greece also live in my heart. So I can’t GO → The post Art and the Greek Economic Crisis appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • 5 Book Marketing Tips for Authors

    Carmen
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    In the past few months, in addition to working on the 4th Detective Emilia Cruz novel, I’ve written a series of marketing tips for fellow authors for  bookmarketingtools.com. I am a GO → The post 5 Book Marketing Tips for Authors appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • 5 Ways to Defy Low Productivity

    Carmen
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:56 pm
    I found my 2014 calendar the other day. Leafing through the pages, I got a little nostalgic. Not about places or people. About how damn productive I was last year. GO → The post 5 Ways to Defy Low Productivity appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • 10 Ways to Get a Clue

    Carmen
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    How many moving parts does it take to build a mystery novel? Do you want the short answer? (lots) Or the long answer? (lots and lots) Building Blocks Now, I’m not whining GO → The post 10 Ways to Get a Clue appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Leighton Gage’s Legacy

    Carmen
    26 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    On Wednesday, 13 May, Facebook reminded me that it was Leighton Gage’s birthday. I found the reminder somewhat disturbing. Salute to a Pioneer Disturbing, because fellow mystery author Leighton Gage GO → The post Leighton Gage’s Legacy appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
 
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  • He who is without sin can change the channel

    Rey Lo
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Last Friday, Brian Williams gave an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show following his suspension as the anchor of NBC Nightly News. If you don’t know the story, Brian Williams was exposed as having lied about his involvement with several news stories. If you haven’t seen the interview you can watch it here. We watched the … Continue reading →
  • I’m going to get picky here

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

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

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

    Rey Lo
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I was having a conversation with my daughter Elena this week. She was sharing some of her thoughts about the relationship she’s in right now. It was one of those moments that every dad hopes for as their child moves into young adulthood. Against what I normally do I listened before speaking. I asked questions and … Continue reading →
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    Princess Burlap

  • Guess Who is Writing With the Family of Bram Stoker?

    Princess Burlap
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Remember those huge things that were happening that I wasn’t allowed to write about yet? Yeah, I hate when that happens but writing on the internet is weird and touchy and sometimes, you can’t holler to the world quite as soon as your fluttering heart would have it. In Atlanta, we took many beautiful photos. We learned many things that make the ATL a place I’d be happy to call home. What a gem of a city. But all of those nibs are for another post. This post, is to share some pretty astounding news. Also in Atlanta, we met with Dacre Stoker, the great grand-nephew of Bram…
  • Europe? Who Can Tell Us About Airbnb?

    Princess Burlap
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    photo credit: Church of St. Nicolas, Amsterdam via photopin (license) photo credit: Dawn at Westminster via photopin (license) This is one of those posts where I give you pictures of pretty places across the Atlantic that we might be visiting in July, and in return I ask for your input on Airbnb. The kind where you rent a room in someone’s London flat and share a loo and breakfast with them. I know. Sounds very backpacking-after-college, right? But apparently this is a thing. I really do need some wisdom and who better to ask? You all always have the best stories and advice. So, we may…
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    True Stories

  • 7 Simple Ways to Spot a Liar. Intelligence Consultant Reveals His Secrets.

    Gill Andrews
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Can you easily tell when someone is lying to you? I honestly can’t. My trustfulness can be sometimes confused with the naivety of a five year old. Turns out, I’m not alone. According to this article, not many people can tell they are being lied to simply because they are not expecting a lie, and thus are not looking for clues to spot a liar. For some people, however, spotting liars is a profession and a second nature. Full Name: Stian Fossheim Occupation: Private Intelligence Consultant Website: Fosscorp.us Follow Stian on: Facebook, Twitter My next guest on True Stories with Gill…
  • What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… James Bond?

    Gill Andrews
    20 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    True Stories with Gill return after a break with an intriguing story of, well, not the James Bond, but someone whose occupation is often close to one of a spy. My next interviewee goes by a rather vague title: Private Intelligence Consultant. When people ask him what kind of consultant he is exactly, he tells them, the one that solves problems. Any problems. You can think of him as of a private detective on a larger scale. Although he also takes assignments from private persons, he is more often dealing not with the interests of an ordinary man, but of organizations, corporations and…
  • Following Your Dreams Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated. A Personal Conversation with a Graphic Designer.

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

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

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

  • 28 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am

    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Everyone faces challenges in life. It's a matter of how you learn to overcome them and using them to your advantage.Celestine Chua 
  • Road to success EP81!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    Austin's Road To Success:Name: Austin Mpho MalemaOccupation: "I am a Film Editor, Video Editor and Photographer."Goals: "Man I have many goals, my son was born recently and one of my main goals is to raise him in the right way and that he learns to turn his hobbies into a job. I also want to own my own post production company where we can cater to anyone's post production needs."What is success? "My definition of success is when one has a family around them who support them in what they do, when you walk into a room and people who do not know you personally acknowledge your work (your work is…
  • Road to success EP80!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    Tessa's Road To Success:Name: Tessa GabrielOccupation: "Going to School and starting to be a Social Influencer." Goals: "I would really like to graduate. The main goal is to just be proud of myself, at the end of time that's the only thing that really matters. You could run a huge multinational business and people will say you're successful. I personally think that everyone who is happy with their life is successful. Acceptance is a huge part of success."What is success? "Success is not only about money. Your goal could be money and I would totally understand that. But I will tell you…
  • The present moment is all you ever have.

    Khanyi Ndebele
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:15 am
  • Road to success EP79!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:08 am
    Twala's Road To Success:Name: Twala Tawela Ng'ambiOccupation: "Radio host on KFM, Model, Founder of 'the house of Twala', Architecture Student, Illustrator, Creative, and more recently 'Natural Hair Blogger' yes I'm a blogger now :) @iamAFROYALTY ."Goals: "To challenge myself everyday, to challenge and inspire others to be great. I don't have conventional goals, my biggest goal is just to live a life of passion."What is success? "True success is contribution, knowing that you've made a difference, that you contributed to something greater than yourself."What success have you achieved?
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    Not Before Coffee

  • The Ghost of Many Father’s Day’s Past from a Mom in The Only Parent Club

    Gayla
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Yesterday was Father’s Day. A day, that for the last 22 years, has taken on a very different meaning for me, and one I tend to struggle with. It is a day reserved to recognize those men who are actually active participants in the lives of their children. Men who know the value of the little lives they helped create. One young mother, who is in a very similar position to the one I was in for many years – made a post on her Facebook about being a mother who has taken on the role of the mother and father. She used a term that struck a chord with me. Only Parent! (thanks Hannah) That…
  • Chemo Care Package – When You Don’t Know What Else to Do

    Gayla
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    When my cousin called me to tell me she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, I was at a complete loss for words. Under most circumstances, I know a little bit about any given topic – cancer is not one of them. Once the initial shock wore off a bit, I began doing as much research as I possibly could. I wanted to know what she was going to be going through, every step of the way. When someone you love receives such a diagnosis, there’s very little you can do to comfort, and even less you can do to carry any amount of the challenge they are going to endure. Still, I wanted to do…
  • When Cancer Strikes Close to Home

    Gayla
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    On April 30, 2015, my cousin, Kim (we’ve always called her Kimmie), went for a routine mammogram, not thinking much about the “changes” she had noticed recently, since she had been diagnosed with fibrocystic breast disease ten years ago. The mammogram, sonogram and biopsy revealed 5 tumors. Pathology revealed two were stage 3 and three were stage 2. Since her diagnosis, she has gone through a series of steps and tests to determine the best course of action. Today, June 1, Kim is undergoing a PET scan to determine the extent of the cancer to be followed by an echo-cardiogram.
  • DIY – How to Clean Microfiber Furniture – Pinterest Inspired

    Gayla
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    My husband and I have matching recliners – matching in the sense that they were the same when they were purchased. With time and his ability to spoil the dogs by letting them in the chair with him – his chair has taken on a lot more wear than mine. If you know anything about microfiber furniture – it is beautiful, it does wear, very well, but over time, it gets matted, and develops this nasty, dirty looking shine. Before                          After…
  • Enough is Enough – Haters Stop Hating Already – The Memories Pizza Fundraiser Has Reached the Point of Being Gross

    Gayla
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    The firestorm that surrounded the Memories Pizzaria in Walkerton, Indiana has run it’s course already. The more haters hate, the more people are going to donate. STOP IT already! What people are doing to that business is WRONG – I was glad they were forthright with their belief. It gave people the CHOICE to conduct business with them or not. Fine, donate to help offset the loss they would experience from closing for a week or two – but let it go already. This country is SERIOUSLY misplacing their support. Just look at the fundraisers that are being conducted on GoFundMe and…
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • 7 Keys to Multiplication

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    Acts 1:8 – Power of Holy SpiritActs 3.6 – Authority. Not Silver and Gold… Jesus didn’t leave them with monetary assets, but gave them authority in His Name.Acts 4:30,31 – Not to flee the field, but to boldly proclaim despite oppositionActs 5: 11,12 – Purity of ChurchActs 6:7 – Administrative WisdomActs 9:31 – Divine Breakthrough. The Big FishActs 12:24 – National Changes. The church prayed.
  • Classification of Miracles

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:20 am
    Miracles of Creation – e.g Blind eyes openedMiracles of Multiplication – e.g. Multiplication of Bread and fishMiracles of Resurrection Miracles of Power over Nature – e.g Stilling Storm, Walking on WaterMiracles of Destruction – e.g. Withering of the Fig Tree
  • The Basket and the Rope (Acts 9:25)

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    "Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket." (Acts 9:25)Christians having access to the wall are responsible to help save lives of other Christians threatened by enemies of the Gospel; if unable to physically help, then at least fervently pray and send relief by any means possible. (Matt.10:23; 2Cor.11:23; 1Sam.19:12; Rom.15:30-32; Acts 12:5; 2Thes.3:1,2; Matt.25:37-40; Phil.4:15-18).When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
  • Love God With All Your Strength (Mark 12:30)

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
    "Love the LORD your God with all your ...strength." (Mk.12:30)There is a reason why Solomon tells young people to remember God when they are still young (Ecc12:1); it's because youth is the time when one has great opportunities to love God truly with all one's strength. It's the time when one can choose to use his strength for the Master. To know God at an old age is fine; however, then strength is weak, the keepers tremble, and the grasshopper is a burden (Eccl.12:3-5). But, in the robust vigor of youth, one can truly speak of loving God with all one's strength. In his youth, David could…
  • Is Yoga Just About Exercises?

    21 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Contrary to popular assumptions that yoga is just about exercises, the Hindu scriptural text, Yoga Sutras declares yoga as the path to self-realization or union with God. The doctrines of karma, reincarnation, and spiritual powers are integral to the philosophy. If this aspect of philosophy is removed from yoga, then it becomes just a set of exercises and is no longer worthy of being called yoga. It would do injustice to call a set of exercises as "yoga" after subtracting from them the ground on which they are based. Therefore, the government of India website has tried to make it clear to the…
 
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  • Mindfulnessjewelry by misssfaith is launched

    misssfaith
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:15 am
    Mindfulnessjewelry by misssfaith is launched Today I want to introduce one of my latest projects to you which is now at the stage of needing more attention. Many know that I run an Etsy Shop “Misssfaith – Yoga, Lifestyle & … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Mindfulnessjewelry by misssfaith is launched appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #artjewelry Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #artofyourlife Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #bohobracelet Join the Conversation…
  • Om

    misssfaith
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    Om Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel. Moreover, it is all that is within our perception and all that … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Om appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #AmitRay Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #enjoyeverysecond Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Etsy Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #etsyshoplove Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook ,…
  • Happy International Yoga Day!!!

    misssfaith
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Happy International Yoga Day!!! I wish all Yogis out there a wonderful International Yoga Day 2015. Here’s a small collection of my favorite Yoga pictures – mainly google finds which I saved as an inspiration and motivation for myself. Some … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Happy International Yoga Day!!! appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #InternationalYogaDay Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #liveyoga Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Loveyoga Join the…
  • Happy Ramadan!

    misssfaith
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:49 am
    May the Spirit of Ramadan stay in our Heart and illuminate our Soul from within. The holy month for Muslims around the world is about to start and I wish everyone that this month will be blessed for you and … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Happy Ramadan! appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #celebrateramadan Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #enjoyramadan Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #foodinramadan Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #HappyRamadan Join the…
  • Love people...

    misssfaith
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Love people… Just think about yourself – would you change who you are to fit into the vision somebody else has about you or would you rather stay alone? Nobody is perfect and it’s not the aim of life to … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Love people… appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #loveloveitlovelifelessonslearnedlivenowlifeisonelifeisgoodconnectweareoneacceptnothingisperfectnobodyisperfectloveandlight Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #accept Join the…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • Game, Set and Match – it’s Wimbledon 2015!

    Caroline F
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    You know summer has definitely arrived when we start talking about Wimbledon. In the past, the pre-Championship chatter has always been along the lines of whether Britain’s 77 year wait for a Men’s Singles Champion will be over – but Murray already had that one covered in 2013, so in the build-up to Wimbledon 2015 […]
  • Enter the starting gates – it’s time for Royal Ascot 2015

    Caroline F
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:21 am
    A flurry of bets, flutes of Champagne for all and a menagerie of over the top head gear – that’s horse racing at Royal Ascot! The 2015 meet got underway yesterday (Tuesday) and as usual, it was the inevitable mix of Royalty, tradition, teeny weeny jockeys and some fine thoroughbreds both on and off the […]
  • Eighteen years old, two crashes, 41,000 miles on the clock and sold for £8 million – that’s Rowan’s Atkinson’s McLaren F1!

    Caroline F
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    Usually when you buy a new car, the minute you drive it out of the showroom it starts to depreciate. Not so for the McLaren F1 – one of the few road-going so-called ‘exotic’ supercars, this amazing car is only going up in value. Add to that the fact that it was owned by an […]
  • Bring on the 2015 festival season!

    Caroline F
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Finally we are starting to see some proper summer weather in the UK and with it comes the start of festival season. Kicking off with the Radio 1 Big Weekend that took place in Norwich over the May Bank Holiday weekend, it’s now full steam ahead for a succession of live music, DJs, art and […]
  • Bonkers Bank Holiday Bonanza!

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

  • Talking Soccer ? We re Talking Bubble Soccer!

    John Anthony
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Talking soccer ? We're talking bubble soccer! Bubble ball soccer has got the world and the United States talking and bumping into a frenzy, and in case you've never seen it before, check it out!   Bubble ball soccer is the newest form of soccer and is growing exponentially, especially in the talking soccer forum. Seems like the news and media just can't seem to get enough of the latest story about how concussions in soccer are at an all time high. In fact, bubble ball soccer has gotten anhttp://bit.ly/1eZ7Ohw
  • New sport “Bubble Soccer” bursts onto the scene. | Trending Now - Yahoo News

    John Anthony
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    National Association of Bubble Soccer on Yahoo! News. Great article and summary of the sport...http://yhoo.it/1R26w6t
  • Bubble Ball Soccer Success - From The Commissioner

    John Anthony
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Whether we're talking about bubble ball soccer or any other business, I wanted to take some time to do a quick post for all our future league administrators and rental providers out there on the potential within this sport and on what it takes to be great at running a succesful bubble soccer operation. As an organization we're now approaching our 40th North American affiliate launch next week and over the course of the last year, we have grown as an organization and learned I would say equallyhttp://bit.ly/1QUJ0In
  • New activity is 'bubbling' with popularity in Boise

    John Anthony
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:52 pm
    NABS administrator Ryan Kaufman, showing the kids a great time in Boise. Register to play or rent today at http://www.nationalbubblesoccer.com/#!boise/c1oochttp://bit.ly/1NmcIR4
  • Bubble Soccer - The Daily Brew - YouTube

    John Anthony
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Bubble Sports, LLC, Pensacola's authorized affiliate of the National Association of Bubble Soccer appearance on the Daily Brew. To Register or Request A Rent...http://bit.ly/1KmIwFS
 
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  • 6 Traits of Truly Confident People

    gracie guru
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    The post 6 Traits of Truly Confident People appeared first on Gracie Guru. Confidence is a journey that begins from within. There is no quick route to achieving it; it cannot be obtained by wearing shinier jewelry or buying designer labels. That is because confidence is a feeling. You might be able fake confidence for a little while, but unless you truly feel that you are worthy, your old ... The post 6 Traits of Truly Confident People appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Practice your conversational skills this week by being an extra active listener.

    gracie guru
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    The post Practice your conversational skills this week by being an extra active listener. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Practice your conversational skills this week by being an extra active listener. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Recognizing Codependency And How To Set Yourself Free

    gracie guru
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:36 pm
    The post Recognizing Codependency And How To Set Yourself Free appeared first on Gracie Guru.   Have you gone from being a caring and supportive lover to a weak and dependent companion? How did it happen? Can you get yourself back? The main reason people find themselves in a codependent relationship is because they struggle with a healthy sense of self-esteem before they enter the relationship and they are drawn ... The post Recognizing Codependency And How To Set Yourself Free appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Journal, journal, journal this week. Try to write something reflective each day!

    gracie guru
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    The post Journal, journal, journal this week. Try to write something reflective each day! appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Journal, journal, journal this week. Try to write something reflective each day! appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Controlling Boyfriend: He doesn’t want me to see my friends or family

    gracie guru
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:46 am
    The post Controlling Boyfriend: He doesn’t want me to see my friends or family appeared first on Gracie Guru. Q. My boyfriend of six years doesn’t want me to have friends or he wants to choose my friends… And he doesn’t want me around my family… Why is this? Age 30-39 A. This is a major red flag and not normal or healthy relationship behavior. Your boyfriend is trying to control and isolate you ... The post Controlling Boyfriend: He doesn’t want me to see my friends or family appeared first on Gracie Guru.
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  • Visiting My Motherland: An Encounter With Transphobia

    Miles Rutendo Tanhira
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Follow Miles Rutendo Tanhira ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Miles Rutendo Tanhira E-mail : Follow Miles Rutendo Tanhira Unfollow Miles Rutendo Tanhira The first night I stepped in Joburg I had my first homophobic encounter. I was gripped with fear, anger, and sadness when three rowdy random guys screamed profanities and homophobic slurs in Zulu at us as we passed through the  dark street. I thought of the xenophobic attacks rocking South Africa and I knew I dared not answer back, especially in English because that would just mean double trouble for me. It was not only their vile words but the…
  • Heartfelt: A Story of a Girl and Her Dog

    Stacey Cobb
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Stacey Cobb ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Stacey Cobb E-mail : Follow Stacey Cobb Unfollow Stacey Cobb My fiancé was at the house to say goodbye before I took our dog, Peter Barker (PB for short), to the vet. He knelt down next to him, whispering a stream of words in his ear while petting him. I caught, “It’s gonna be okay little buddy.” Then he gave the little pooch the tightest of hugs. I jokingly asked if I could get one too. He said, “Well I know you’re coming back.” Ah, there it was, the honest truth I had been trying so hard to avoid. If I had known that heartworms…
  • Standing on the Right Side of History

    Vanessa Leigh White
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Vanessa Leigh White ( 1 Followers ) X Follow Vanessa Leigh White E-mail : Follow Vanessa Leigh White Unfollow Vanessa Leigh White I have been out as a lesbian for 32 years now. My senior year of college, after three years of trying to figure out the confusion and feelings within me, I came out. At first, I only came out to a few select friends, and, in my family, I only came out to my brother. I wasn’t sure how my family would feel about my being a lesbian, so instead of risking it I decided to wait a bit to tell others. However, even before I came out, I always dreamed of…
  • Escape from Dragan’s Lair

    Lucy Witts
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Lucy Witts ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Lucy Witts E-mail : Follow Lucy Witts Unfollow Lucy Witts The last time I saw him, it was 1985 and I was 11. Just after the secret had emerged that he had been molesting me for 9 years. It was a conversation of goodbye, but I have no recollection of it. It must have been a very traumatic time for my then 11-year-old brain. I chatted to him recently for the first time in 30 years. My family elders and I were in Swakopmund, Namibia for a day in court. He was due to appear on charges of allegedly raping four young girls between the ages of 7 and 9.
  • Searching for Home

    Nina Lee
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Nina Lee ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Nina Lee E-mail : Follow Nina Lee Unfollow Nina Lee I first got hooked on traveling when I went to London and Paris as a teenager with my mother. That one-week trip led to a summer studying abroad in Granada, Spain, followed by a three-month bout working in the rain forests of Costa Rica (a big change for a native New Yorker!). But soon the short trips weren’t enough, and after years of dreaming about living abroad I finally decided to take the plunge. I’m now coming to the end of my second year living in my second city in Spain. The sheer…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction: How to Stop Hating All the Stuff You Hate in Your Current Reality

    Kelli Cooper
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    Since law of attraction is all about bringing you experiences that match the current predominant feelings you are throwing out there NOW, learning how to shift our focus off of what we don’t like, and makes us feel badly, towards what we would like instead, is of utmost importance. But as anyone who has started working consciously with their energy, and trying to develop a more LOA-friendly vibration knows, it ain’t always so easy to do that. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what law of attraction really is, and many take this to mean we are just supposed to ignore what is…
  • Law of Attraction: Is Your Energy Stuck in Suppressed Anger?

    Kelli Cooper
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:07 am
      One of the misconceptions about law of attraction is you must get all manically happy immediately or you are royally fucked when it comes to manifesting what you want. Sure, you want everything you want because you believe getting it will make you feel good, and since we can only attract into our experience that which we are a match to now energetically, we have to work on feeling good in the present moment, and not insist on maintaining our misery until what we want gets here. That was a mouthful wasn’t it? So, yeah, you have to allow yourself to start feeling better no matter…
  • Podcast Episode #6 Law of Attraction: 5 Forms of Resistance Messing with Your Manifesting

    Kelli Cooper
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:47 am
    This law of attraction thing would be a total cakewalk if we didn’t have all that damn resistance in the form of limiting beliefs, fears, doubts and all that other fun stuff that rises to the surface when we start trying to consciously create our reality. Today’s podcast talks about the various forms that will screw with you and how to work on shifting it so you can attract all sorts of awesomeness. I hope you enjoy it and please be sure to leave me a comment. I would also greatly appreciate if you could take a minute and leave a review of the show on Stitcher. If you scroll down…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Reasons ‘Nothing’ Is Changing

    Kelli Cooper
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:20 am
    I have been practicing law of attraction for X amount of time and NOTHING has changed! This whole concept is a bunch of bullshit. Sound familiar? If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Discovering how our reality is truly created and that we have this amazing ability to align with what we want simply by harmonizing our thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a way that supports getting it, is literally life-changing. This knowledge completely changes how you move through the world, and consciously working with your energy will impact every corner of your existence for the better. And we…
  • Insights from 10 Days of Silence and a Meditating Like a Mad Woman

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:09 am
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. There were moments of pure enlightenment and ones of wanting to rip my own face off rather than meditate for one more second. This was the third time I have done this particular meditation course and it isn’t easy. It’s not the type of thing you go to for relaxation or to rejuvenate yourself. You go there to work. No talking, no writing, no reading, no music, no nothing. Just meditating. Oh, and there was no dinner either….got used to that one pretty much straight away, but there were certainly times when I would have…
 
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    To seek a Great Perhaps

  • Roller coaster

    Footsteps
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    The theme park was deserted. Her phone started ringing.  “I gotta take this.” she took her phone out. “It’s my boyfriend.” She walked away. Mumbled some words to the phone and came back fixing her hair. “Sorry, he can be a real jerk at times.” “But hey,  let’s take a ride in the roller-coaster.”,  She said. “No, I’ll pass”, I told her.  I wasn’t in the mood. “You’re such a baby. Stop being scared of Roller-coasters.” she smirked and patted my shoulder. “I’m not scared”,…
  • The longest walk

    Footsteps
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    I regret my choice ;  It hurts letting go, You heard it in my voice ; I’m sure you know. Passing the gate; looking back at you, I put my trust in faith, I hope you do too.   I am walking the longest walk, Waiting for your heart to talk.   (I do not own this poem. I happened to see it somewhere ages back and I did really like it.)
  • See your again: Wiz Khalifa (Short Cover) #paulwalkertribute

    Footsteps
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    Since everyone is doing things remembering Paul Walker I thought of doing a short cover too. Remember to check it out and tell me what you think of it RIP Paul, you are indeed missed.
  • Matt Taylor, Feminism and Strippers

    Footsteps
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Matt Taylor, the scientist who landed Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko by the Rosetta mission?  No. The sexist guy wore a shirt with a design of bikini-clad women and disgraced himself. So for a start off,  Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. But just like everything else (religion, politics etc.) this is coming to its extremes. The whole idea of feminism…
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    Footsteps
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    What’s not left behind is what you have.
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    Suitable Shares

  • Australian Boyfriend Makes An Epic Proposal Video!

    suitableshares
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    The internet is making it more tough by the day for dudes everywhere to have a solid, memorable proposal. From sandy beach montages to fake selfies, men everywhere are really stepping up their game when it comes to asking for their woman’s hand. Unfortunately for the rest of us, that makes the increasing expectation of a home run proposal all the more stressful. But I digress, sit back and watch this epic proposal video where this thoughtful boyfriend convinced his then-girlfriend Amy that they were on a normal date to the movies. After the trailers stopped though, their feature…
  • Dave Coulier’s ‘Full House’ Rap That No One Knew Existed Now Has A Music Video

    suitableshares
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    With the recent announcement of “Fuller House” coming to NetFlix in 2016, Full House has been in the news quite a bit over the last week. Full House ran from 1987 to 1995 and was adored and loved by fans everywhere. A show that has not been off the air since it stopped filming (thanks Nickelodeon!), the stories, characters and lessons that made the show what it is have not stopped being relevant in today’s society. Which is probably exactly why NetFlix gave the green light to reprise the series with a new twist. Enough of that though, let’s focus The post Dave…
  • This 1991 Sizzler Commercial Is Simply Amazing.

    suitableshares
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    The 90s. A magical time filled with a lot of hair, colorful pallets and a whole lot of bad choices. One choice that was the right choice, the choice of America, was Sizzler. At one time, Sizzler was one of the leading buffet-style restaurants in the United States. While their presence has dropped off, we’ll never forget this stellar Sizzler commercial from 1991. “Sizzler is the choice of America, Sizzler gives the choices everyday. That’s the Sizzler way. Get a little freedom in your life.” If that jingle doesn’t make you proud to be an overweight, buffet-eating…
  • Female Comedy Group SketchShe Is Back With Another Hilarious Video!

    suitableshares
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Aptly named “Mime Through Time” by SketchShe, the latest release from the hilarious australian-based female comedy group, SketchShe, has already amassed some 5 million+ views on YouTube and only further escalates this hilarious trio’s quick rise to fame. In SketchShe’s latest video, they take us through the decades of different music in laugh-out-loud fashion, based in their now very familiar car. From The Beatles To Elvis Presley to Nirvana, Dr. Dre and Britney Spears, this video helps us relive the last 70 years of awesome music. The bombshell trio of Aussie females…
  • They Thought They Were Going To Teach Her How To Drive. Then THIS Happened!

    suitableshares
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    A driving school decided it would be a great idea to prank their new drive instructors. Imagine that, first day on the job and you’re already getting picked on. Just think about the daily grind for a driving instructor; you’re constantly getting into cars with a driver who is certainly inexperienced, likely not great, and potentially an awful driver. To drive a two-thousand pound machine at 45 miles per hour isn’t any joke, and accidents happen on a daily basis. When these driving instructors got in the car with Leona Chin, they figured it would be like any other training…
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    Alternative Commentary

  • Mr. and Mrs. Who?

    Maggie Paretta
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:18 pm
    The internet exploded two weeks ago when people found out that when actress Zoe Saldana and her Italian artist fiance married, he- gasp! – took her last name instead of her taking his. While Mrs. Saldana initially tried to talk Mr. Saldana out of becoming so (“You’re going to be emasculated […] by the world,”… Continue reading → The post Mr. and Mrs. Who? appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • It’s Okay to be Gay. It’s Also Okay to be Straight.

    Maggie Paretta
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:58 pm
    “Oh, God. Is this that ‘straight’ stuff again?” That was a regular complaint of my now-ex girlfriend when we were together. For a bit of backstory, I’ve never questioned my sexuality. But when the boy I was in love with turned out to be trans, I decided to give the relationship a shot anyway. The… Continue reading → The post It’s Okay to be Gay. It’s Also Okay to be Straight. appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • Do You Have to Be Disabled to Play Disabled?

    Maggie Paretta
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Just now, I discovered a once-heated debate that I completely missed when it was going on in January. Obviously, it’s not January anymore, but the subject itself will be valid for a very long time. In the movie The Theory of Everything, actor Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking, the latter of whom is famous for… Continue reading → The post Do You Have to Be Disabled to Play Disabled? appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • Lessons from Gone Girl

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

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

  • Tiny House Dweller Shares Her Inspiring Story and the Secrets to Tiny-House Living

    Guest Author
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Spend Time in Nature

    Egline J.
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    We all know what the tech evolution has done to our children in terms of physical activity. Long gone are the days when children took their play out of the house given that these days it is common to find many watching TV and playing video games in laptops, gaming machines among others. Now, while tech […]
  • A Complete Guide to Energy Efficient Home Lighting – Infographic

    Lifeadvancer
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:26 am
    This amazing infographic by WellHome will help us save energy by illustrating the differences between the many choices in home lighting. We can reduce our environmental impact and also lower our energy bills with the use of efficient lighting options. Home lighting is an underrated part of home energy efficiency that can be easily overlooked by […]
  • Ingredient Found in Ayahuasca May Be a Potential Treatment for Diabetes

    Egline J.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    Diabetes is a disease that causes a malfunction in production of insulin from the pancreas which is a very important hormone for balancing blood sugar in your body. It is a well-known fact that diabetes affects millions of patients around the world. In America alone, the numbers are estimated around 20 million-according to Centers for […]
  • How To Find Relationship Happiness

    Guest Author
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    While a relationship and marriage may not be what everyone looks for in a happy life, for many people that is the ideal outcome. These things are part of the major steps in life. Your first major steps came when you took your first steps. Then you graduated high school, maybe even graduated college, and […]
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  • Best Pressure Cooker Consumer Report 2015

    Steven
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Guides on Choosing An Electric Pressure Cooker In today’s post, we will talk about pressure cookers. Firstly, we will introduce the working principle of pressure cookers, and then we will move to tips to choose a great home pressure cooker, and at last, we will introduce some best pressure cookers and reviews of them. What... Read Article → The post Best Pressure Cooker Consumer Report 2015 appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • Guides to Choose A Best Ergonomic Office Chair for Back Pain

    Steven
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Importance of Having a Most Comfortable Office Chair Due to the prolonged amount of time one spends sitting while in the office, the likelihood of them developing back and spine problems are very high. It is for this reason that people are advised to adopt comfortable ergonomic office chairs that can help compound or... Read Article → The post Guides to Choose A Best Ergonomic Office Chair for Back Pain appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • Guides to Choose A Best Juicer for Home

    Steven
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports for Juicers 2014 – 2015 Looking for info like top ten juicers? Here today we would like to talk about guides and tips to choose a right home juicer. Firstly We will talk about the working methods of juicer machines and main classifications of them:Centrifugal Juicers, masticating juicers, triturating juicers and citrus... Read Article → The post Guides to Choose A Best Juicer for Home appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • 10 Tips to Keep Romance in Your Relationship

    Steven
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:29 pm
    How to Keep Romance in Your Relationship In a romantic relationship, it is very important to keep the love and passion alive. After all, that helps strengthen the bond between you and your partner. With so much stress and activity going on in your life, you may end up setting aside the other person even without... Read Article → The post 10 Tips to Keep Romance in Your Relationship appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • Guides to Choose A Best Slow Cooker 2014 – 2015

    Steven
    30 May 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Slow Cooking 101: Guides to Choose A Best Slow Cooker What is Slow Cooking? How Do Slow Cookers Work? Slow cooking is a cooking method that uses a slow cooker, or crock pot, which is a countertop electrical appliance that is used for simmering food at a relatively low temperature, allowing unattended cooking for 4... Read Article → The post Guides to Choose A Best Slow Cooker 2014 – 2015 appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
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    Life of Real Abundance

  • Keeping a Positive Mindset

    Darin
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    Our minds of strange and wonderful things, and while we know we should keep a positive mindset, this is often one of the most difficult things to do! So what does it mean to have a positive mindset, and how can we maintain this in the day today ups and downs of modern, 21st century ... The post Keeping a Positive Mindset appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur?

    Darin
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Are you an entrepreneur or a wantrepreneur when it comes to online business? So many people actually fall into the second category rather than the first, because for all their expressed desires to become a successful entrepreneur and actually make money online, most people either do nothing (or very little ) about it, or they ... The post Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur? appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Your Life, Your Choices in Internet Business

    Darin
    31 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    When it comes to an Internet business, you need to make sure that you are making the right choices, because you are the one holding the remote! There are so many people claiming so many things out there, but it is very easy to make what you think is the right choice, only to find ... The post Your Life, Your Choices in Internet Business appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • How to Start in Online Business

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

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

  • Parental Lessons or Shit I Learned The Hard Way

    Michelle Matthews
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    I never had a father and what I never learned by missing out on that relationship could fill a warehouse. My mother left this world far too soon, we never had the chance to have those conversations that would have endowed me with (hopefully) better decision-making ability. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame my bad decisions in life on a lack of a parental sounding board, the fault lies totally with me. Looking back now, there are a lot of things I wish my mother would have told me. Instead, I’ll tell you and my children if they happen to stumble upon this blog sometime in the far…
  • The Real Food Stamp Challenge

    Michelle Matthews
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I was a tad irritated when I saw the Gwyneth Paltrow Food Stamp Challenge tweet but I think she’s a douche anyway so it really didn’t matter to me. Then I read this Huffington Post article that pretty much defended her in a roundabout way. Honestly, the whole “challenge” doesn’t raise awareness; it ridicules people who are already feeling low to begin with. How do I know this? I was once one of those people. It wasn’t that long ago, my daughter was about six months old and my husband lost his job. Being a stay at home mother at that the time, we had no other income to rely on.
  • To Slap Or Not To Slap

    Michelle Matthews
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    What would you do if another parent slapped your child?This is the theme of a new series called The Slap. I was instantly curious after seeing the commercials for it because not only does it have a top notch cast but it explores a topic that usually leads to very heated discussions. There have been many times, in my own life, where I have witnessed other children acting out, horrendously acting out and wondered where in the world their adult is. This show explores that and many other issues besides the obvious one. Here’s a quick rundown of what happens in the first episode (spoiler alert).
  • #Mommittment and Music, A Few of My Favorite Things

    Michelle Matthews
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    There are only two people who could make me come of out of my writing hidey hole, one is Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and the other is Julie at Next Life No Kids. You all know that I love not only Jen’s blog but her Twisted Mix Tape link up. Whenever she says she’s up for doing one, I’ll be there with bells on. This one in particular had me hello. I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about Julie. This lady is my inspiration. She’s a take no shit lady even when the shit is coming from other mom bloggers. She stands her ground and says bring it. She inspires me to be…
  • Pretentious Bitch

    Michelle Matthews
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Have you ever had one of those conversations that end with, “I wish you would have told me that because I would have spit in his food”? Yeah, that’s where I am right now.The other day, D (who now wants to be called Jack on my blog) and I were having a conversation about the bust up of his friendship with he who will be known as Zombie because he’s the walking dead to me now. I expressed that I was sad to see the friendship come to an end because I thought Jack was a good influence for Zombie and overall wasn’t Zombie a nice guy? Jack then goes on to tell me that Zombie thought I was…
 
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  • That’s The Reason Why You’re Still In Debt

    Jack
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Debt … The only word that comes into our mind when we think about money. Anyone and everyone can come out of debt if he/she understand the basic tactics that one can implement in their life to get out of debt. We’ve seen millions of millionaires becoming HERO from ZERO and then ZERO from HERO in no time. All this … Continue reading The post That’s The Reason Why You’re Still In Debt appeared first on The Passi.
  • 80 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Earl Nightingale”

    Jack
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:34 pm
    “Earl Nightingale”, born 2 March 1921 is one of the best writer, speaker, author with having his focus mainly on self improvement, motivation and inspiration. In his lifetime, he wrote many bestsellers books which are worth giving a read. In this article, i am going to share 80 well said inspirational quotes said by “Earl Nightingale” to help you get … Continue reading The post 80 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Earl Nightingale” appeared first on The Passi.
  • Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Napoleon Hill”

    Jack
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    “Napoleon Hill” is the world’s best known man for his bestseller and record breaking book of all time, “Think and Grow Rich”. Born October 26, 1883 “Napoleon Hill” is and was one of the best motivational and inspirational speaker whose ideas and philosophy shake the world and show a new perspective towards achieving goals and success in life. If you … Continue reading The post Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Napoleon Hill” appeared first on The Passi.
  • 30 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Andrew Carnegie”

    Jack
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    “Andrew Carnegie”, born November 25, 1835 and died August 11,1919 was one of the best industrialist of steel industries in his times. At that times, Mr Carnegie was so abundantly rich that he donated about $350 Million (90 % of his fortune) to charity and organisations, and that’s almost about $4.8 Billion in today’s date. Not only this, he told … Continue reading The post 30 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Andrew Carnegie” appeared first on The Passi.
  • 80 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Dale Carnegie”

    Jack
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    “Dale Harbison Carnegie” born on 24 November 1888 and died 1 November 1955 was one of the best and most inspirational writer, lecturer, public speaker and the author of world famous bestsellers of all time like How To Win Friends And Influence People How To Stop Worrying And Start Living The Quick & Easy Way To Effective Speaking And many … Continue reading The post 80 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By “Dale Carnegie” appeared first on The Passi.
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  • It’s All Mishegoss – Podcast #9

    Mark-John Clifford (Mark-John Clifford)
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
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  • Mishegoss News for June 8th, 2015

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    8 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
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  • Sunday Mishegoss Wrap

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    7 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
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  • Mishegoss News for June 5th, 2015

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    5 Jun 2015 | 11:34 am
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    4 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
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  • Is It Time To Be a Dad Yet?

    Jonny G
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    Patience is not my strong suit. Never has been and never will be. Not only do I feel terrible for my wife, who has been in the early stages of labor and having on again and off again contractions for 4 days now, but I also feel horrible because there isn’t much I can do for her except be here for her. My wife is in the middle of “prodromal labor”. Yeah, we never heard of it either, but supposedly its a very common thing (mostly when you are going to have a larger child not in perfect position) where, out of the blue you start to have close contractions, they taper off and you are just…
  • Review: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is a Hit!

    Jonny G
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    Are you a fan of the television show Seinfeld? Are you a fan of comedians, classic cars and coffee? If you said yes to the prior questions, then you will love Jerry Seinfeld’s new show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” on Crackle. Thanks to a story on CBS Sunday Morning News about Jerry Seinfeld, I was able to hear about “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. I instantly thought to myself, well I have Crackle on my television as well as my Roku box, so why not give it a whirl and watch it. I love Jerry Seinfeld, I love stand-up comics and I love interviews. Sounded like I couldn’t…
  • Journey Into Your Family’s Past with Genealogy

    Jonny G
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I started to dig around into the past of my family a few years ago but it really only hit hard-core, and made me extremely addicted to find out more and more information, around a year and a half ago. Let me tell you, it’s been quite a journey since. Think to yourself if the movie “Back to the Future” was real and you could hop into a DeLorean, hit 88 MPH and see some serious sh… well you know what Doc Brown says. But if you could do that it would be quite an adventure, wouldn’t it? That’s what genealogy is. It’s an amazing adventure into the past, to uncover things you have…
  • Reduce, Reuse, Rekettle

    Allie D
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    I don’t know if any of you remember the episode of Sesame Street where cartoon droplets of water dance on the edge of a sink about wasting water and asking “are you a wasteroo?” If not, I will suggest if you’d like an earworm and an ever-present soundtrack to sing when turning off your faucet while brushing your teeth or doing anything remotely non-wasteful, that you check it out  here. ANYWAY…along with having that bouncy banjo tune in my head since childhood, I was thankfully raised in a pro-recycling, non-littering, environmentally aware household. All of this, plus some…
  • Book Review: The Little Book for Dads

    Jonny G
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:23 pm
    My wife is just a few days out now from giving birth to our first child and it’s a very exciting time. It can also be a nervous time as well. You have to wonder, as a man, are you prepared to be a father like yours or even a better father than the one you had. My father is a good man, but I strive to be a better father than he was to me (not saying he was a bad father, just want to be better for my little boy). Not long ago, my wife had her baby shower and a good friend of ours gave me a present at the shower and it was a book called “The Little Book for Dads: Stories, Jokes, Games and…
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