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  • Why It’s Good to Have a Comfort Zone

    In Pursuit of Happiness
    Britt Reints
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join the conversation at Why It’s Good to Have a Comfort Zone. We hear a lot about comfort zones. Mostly how they’re bad. But is comfort really such a bad thing? Not always. I was chatting with my friend Shannon the other day about a talk she’s preparing and she shared a really cool metaphor with me: “When I went to Jamaica on my honeymoon, we walked along the beach right up to where the resort property ended. At the boundary there was a man with a huge machine gun, and he told us we could leave the resort if we wanted – if we wanted to stroll past the guy…
  • Meditation Simplification

    this time - this space
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. -  Thích Nhất Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices     Learning how to meditate is not difficult. Meditation is about breathing and being and coming alive. Just sit quietly in any upright position with a…
  • A New Resource About Parkinson’s

    The New Old Age
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    A new website hosts a directory of movement disorder specialists.
  • Hot Stewardess Elbow Envy Is a Real Thing: Getting Over FOMOOB
    Elan Morgan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I was on my last flight home from BlogHer '14 when the stewardess, to whom I will refer as Hot Stewardess, leaned lightly against me while she poured my diet coke. I noticed the texture of the skin on her arm and how soft her elbow looked, and I swear it was dusted with sun and fresh babies. I imagined that her elbow smelled of pears or freesias or whatever sugary nature sex scent is in right now. This is my most recent photo of myself. I'm on the left, and glowy Susan Goldberg is on the right. I couldn't help but compare myself to Hot Stewardess' elbow. I had just spent the last 14 hours…
  • Oldest known erotic pictures still have the power to creep us out [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Human culture is constantly waging a war against sex, the one thing that ensures human culture survives, period. And while getting the job done seems like the most natural thing in the world, even way back in 1150 B.C.E., society felt the need to create illustrations to spice things up a bit. The artifact known as the “Turin Erotic Papyrus” has been under wraps since the 1820s, but was only revealed in the 1970s due to its illustrations of twelve different sexual positions, which “fall somewhere between impressively acrobatic and unnervingly ambitious.” It was created during…
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  • Hot Stewardess Elbow Envy Is a Real Thing: Getting Over FOMOOB

    Elan Morgan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I was on my last flight home from BlogHer '14 when the stewardess, to whom I will refer as Hot Stewardess, leaned lightly against me while she poured my diet coke. I noticed the texture of the skin on her arm and how soft her elbow looked, and I swear it was dusted with sun and fresh babies. I imagined that her elbow smelled of pears or freesias or whatever sugary nature sex scent is in right now. This is my most recent photo of myself. I'm on the left, and glowy Susan Goldberg is on the right. I couldn't help but compare myself to Hot Stewardess' elbow. I had just spent the last 14 hours…
  • Susan Goldberg's Mama Non Grata Blog Has Found a New Home

    Elan Morgan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Susan Goldberg's professional and creative writing has matured over the last several years of her online life, and it was time for her website to do more heavy lifting. She hired me to take her original weblog, Mama Non Grata, migrate it to Squarespace from WordPress, and create a new home for it within the more comprehensive, where she can both blog and better share her mad professional and creative writing skills: Susan photographed ceramic sculptures from one of her favourite artists, Sarah Link, and, with Sarah's permission, we used the photos throughout the site, which…
  • Guess Who's Speaking at BlissDom Canada?

    Elan Morgan
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Guess who's speaking at BlissDom Canada in October? Shannon McKarney, Karen Green, Natasha Chiam, and I are speaking on a panel together!From the BlissDom speaker announcement about our panel:When we’re considering panels and speakers at BlissDom Canada, we’re always looking for ways to share necessary and important knowledge with our attendees. BlissDom Canada is all about the good times, the thought provoking conversations and the education gained from those with experience and expertise. One of the things that we all have to consider in our writing or marketing career is the matter of…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 537

    Elan Morgan
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    We made a short trip with friends to Winnipeg and got to stay at The Mere Hotel, which is lit up a little like Las Vegas at night (see the video above). We felt very fancy.Ford gave me a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium to test drive, which made this trip not only possible but also so much more fun.The prairie sky in summer as it stretches far and away to the horizon is incredible to behold. My eyes try to measure for distance but get lost in the sheer magnitude of it all.A fluffy hotel bathrobe soothes in a way that no bathrobe at home ever manages to.Orange pop!Wage a battle against…
  • Listen to My Interview At the Empower Yourself Summit

    Elan Morgan
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I was recently interviewed by Pamela McAlexander of Tri-Holistic Healthy Healing for the Empower Yourself Summit. She came to me through my TEDxRegina talk, "Self-Doubt and the Power of Personal Narrative", and so our conversation wound itself through self-doubt, blogging, how my life landed here after some pretty difficult experiences, and the importance of rolling up your sleeves and getting messy. I love having these kinds of conversations, because I feel as though I find a new lens each time, view my experiences and what I've learned through different eyes, and it's so humbling to…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Oldest known erotic pictures still have the power to creep us out [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Human culture is constantly waging a war against sex, the one thing that ensures human culture survives, period. And while getting the job done seems like the most natural thing in the world, even way back in 1150 B.C.E., society felt the need to create illustrations to spice things up a bit. The artifact known as the “Turin Erotic Papyrus” has been under wraps since the 1820s, but was only revealed in the 1970s due to its illustrations of twelve different sexual positions, which “fall somewhere between impressively acrobatic and unnervingly ambitious.” It was created during…
  • “My opponent is a glob of snot,” and other great philosopher’s insults

    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Guys like Réné Descartes and Michel Foucault seem so stuffy and intellectual that they’re almost inhuman. But when you read these thirty insults they’ve lobbed at each other––sometimes across the centuries––you’ll find them a bit more human. Some insults are just low, like Kierkegaard’s opinion of H.L. Martensen: “My opponent is a glob of snot.” Here’s one that’s more intellectual, but no less devastating. Here’s Camille Paglia’s opinion of Michel Foucault: “The truth is that Foucault knew very little about anything…
  • Sex in mainstream movies [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The history of sex in the movies is a long and complex one, including a few attempts at mainstream pornography and some acts suggestive of more violent themes. The infographic is below, but be warned: there are are a few pairs of bare breasts, so don’t scroll if that offends you. Full story at Indiewire. More movie facts. Photo credit: Canva
  • 18 ways we make life harder than it has to be

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Life is difficult enough as it is without adding unnecessary drama and stress, yet it’s easy to get stuck in a psychological groove that makes the load all that much harder to bear. Marc and Angel Hack Life lists eighteen ways we make life more complicated for ourselves without even realizing it. The best part is that we’re in complete control when it comes to changing these habits, so things can start getting easier as soon as we decide they should. You look to everyone else for the answers only you can give yourself. – For much of our lives – especially at the beginning…
  • 50 normal words (that happen to sound filthy)

    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you’re on a hike and someone behind you points out that crazy assapanick, don’t turn around and slug them. They’re probably just pointing out a flying squirrel. That’s just one of the fifty words that might make you raise an eyebrow, but which are actually harmless. Like clatterfart, which is an old, English word for a gossip. While some of the words are too racy to post here (this is a family blog, after all), one favorite is the humpenscrump. Care to guess that that refers to? Go on, give it a try. Give up? It’s a “musical instrument of rude…
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  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

    Mireille Guilliano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    © Shutterstock Bestselling author Mireille Guiliano offers up a delectable recipe concocted from her favorite seasonal fruits. Now is the season of summer produce markets and local fruits and vegetables. They are tastier than supermarket or out-of-season varieties, so you can eat less and enjoy more — surely good for one’s health! Additionally, they are good for the local economy and environment (less transportation by-products). I was shopping recently at an organic or “bio” market in the South of France and was taken aback by avocados from South Africa alongside local melons…
  • Liza Donnelly’s Cartoon of the Week: The Best Thing About Summer?

    Liza Donnelly
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Liza Donnelly, noted cartoonist for The New Yorker, is also the editor, with her husband, Michael Maslin, of the book Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s
  • Smartphones: The New Health and Fitness Tool

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Smartphones Rising in Fitness Unless your television has been turned off, it’s been difficult to avoid Apple’s latest commercial with a retro marching tune and lyrics “Go, you chicken fat, go.”  The catchy tune was written to kick-off President Kennedy’s debut of the Presidential Fitness Program in 1961. Fast forward to 2014 where fitness is still a challenge and smartphones have replaced tracking calories and weight by paper.  A look at the App Store shows thousands of apps in the Health & Fitness category.  From tracking your weight, counting calories,…
  • Meet the woman who made flying sexy

    2 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    Mary Wells Lawrence, wowOwow’s co-founder, and ‘Gypsy’, is featured in this fabulous article by Michael Kane in the New York Post.  What a genius! She was the real-life Peggy of “Mad Men,” the Queen of Madison Avenue, the woman who turned staid, safe airline advertising into “Coffee, tea or me?” Before Mary Wells Lawrence, typical ads for Pan Am or Continental simply displayed a 707. At the outset of commercial air travel, circa 1958, the jet itself was the exciting and exotic hook. Read More at NY Post
  • Bring Back Our Girls

    9 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    #BringBackOurGirls We stand with those who say #BringBackOurGirls. Bring Back Our Girls movement Weeks after the April 14 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls, worried families and supporters have blamed the government for not doing enough to find them. Their cries have spread worldwide on social media under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. From regular people to celebrities, here are some of … Read More at CNN #BringBackOurGirls Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg)…
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  • Breaking Political News, Sourced by Social Media

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    By: Doug Ross via Noisy Room.BadBlue News Like you, I spend a lot of time trying to keep up-to-date on the hottest significant news stories. Since we free-thinking folks have to largely bypass vintage media, which have largely become a public relations arm of the Obama administration, it isn’t easy to do. There are thousands of great sites out there, any of which can have a noteworthy news story.I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to check thousands of websites for breaking news.Yes, there are some great aggregators out there: Drudge, Twitchy, etc. But all of them rely…
  • An attempt at a dialog with people who think differently

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    There are different kinds shades of criticism leveled at Israel during the Gazan war. Some of it, of more virulent category, couldn't and, possibly, shouldn't be answered at all.Some of it, on the other hand, is of more benign character, produced by well meaning people who just want to see us (Israel) behaving differently. Exchange of opinion with people of this category sometimes ends in flaming, usually mutual, with accusations of fascism from one side and antisemitism from the other and other such "accessories" of a spirited discussion, when people lose patience or are simply out of…
  • River In China Turns Bloody Red Overnight, Zionists deny involvement

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Check this out:Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau said they have not found the cause of the incident, although water samples seem to indicate the suspicious color was a result of illegal dumping in the river.A spokesperson for the Elders' HQ stated:This natural phenomenon has nothing to do with the alleged predilection of certain people to consume food items that include human (gentile, for preference) blood.There are definitely no grounds for the malicious rumor about the said people cleaning up their blood reservoirs once a year in preparation for intake of freshly…
  • Keep tweeting, Ayatollah Khamenei, just keep it up

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei admitted to providing support for Hamas in Gaza, in a series of hateful tweets against Israel on Sunday and Monday.Nice to know, so what else is new? Oh, possibly this:The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country in which a consensus on the Palestinian issue exists between the regime and its people. Together with popular support for the Palestinian fighters, the [Iranian] regime also provides important aid to the Palestinian fighters, including military weaponry… This measure by the Islamic Republic – arming the Palestinian groups – is…
  • He came, he saw, he muddled.

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    This is not bad, not bad at all.Oh - and this is crap, pure undiluted crap.
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  • Meditation Simplification

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. -  Thích Nhất Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices     Learning how to meditate is not difficult. Meditation is about breathing and being and coming alive. Just sit quietly in any upright position with a…
  • Loving Lentils

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:48 am
    I have used lentils to make Dahl Soup and lentils in salads for years, but then I ate a great Lentil Lemon Soup my friend made and asked for the recipe, and now I’m in love with lentils. Did you know that Canada is the world’s leading exporter of lentils? I didn’t know that until…
  • Benefiting from Meditation at Any Age

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    The benefits of becoming a mediator include better focus, less anxiety, more compassion, better memory, less stress, and more gray matter. And, one can learn how to meditate and benefit from doing so at any age. © Copyright All Rights Reserved I learned to meditate in college and I’m becoming a senior now.  I was…
  • In Praise of Urban Farming

    1 Jun 2014 | 6:16 pm
    After World War II urban planning separated farming and city living. Cities became food deserts overshadowed by high rises; family farms were replaced by factory farms. As time passed awareness about what we eat, how it’s produced, and concerns about health and environment issues led to a resurgence of backyard gardening, and the emergence of…
  • Celebrating Strawberries

    26 May 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Fresh, flavorful locally harvested foods are available at the Farmer’s Market in May and June. A variety of crops harvested in fall (squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs, mushrooms) and winter (kale, radishes, turnips, leeks), complimented by tender spring vegetables and berries grace the stalls and tables. Any content reblogged from this time – this…
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  • 2014 Medicare and Social Security Trustees' Reports

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    On Monday, the Medicare and Social Security Trustees released their annual report. Since it is 283 pages long, I'll give you the highlights as transmitted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) Media Center and NBC News. MEDICARE FIRST If, at this point, you are inclined to fall asleep or click over to cuteoverload, you might want to pause for moment to read the good news: ”The Medicare Trustees today projected that the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, four years beyond what was projected in last year’s…
  • Crabby Old Lady on Youthful Stupidity

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    [EDITORIAL NOTE: Over the weekend, I played hooky a bit from the work I should have been doing to spend time lost in a couple of books. One of them, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes was a re-read that was even more engrossing and more enlightening about what it means to get old than the first two times I read it. I have added it (the only novel so far) to my list of Best Books on Aging. It needs some further updating which I will try to get around to soon. But if you haven't looked at it - the list - you might be interested.] We all say stupid things when we are young. What Crabby Old…
  • ELDER MUSIC: Jessye Norman

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. JESSYE NORMAN is the best singer in the world. I know, I once said that about Cecilia Bartoli, but now it’s Jessye’s turn in the…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 26 July 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    MONTY PYTHON FAREWELL CONCERT Several readers send this video of the final concert from the remaining members of British Monty Python comedy group. This video is the final song on the final night of the final 10-night stand in London during which many of the other performers from earlier in the evening joined them on stage. You can read more here. A ROYAL BELLY LAUGH From Darlene. You don't often see Queen Elizabeth II or her son Prince Charles having this kind of fun. Too bad we don't know what they were laughing at. GEORGE TAKEI'S CHILDHOOD INCARCERATION The actor George Takei, famously…
  • Growing Old with Trees

    Ronni Bennett
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tom Delmore, a poet himself, sends me poems by others from time to time. Two that have been waiting longer than they should to be posted here are about trees and and the men who spent a lifetime knowing them. Take a listen. VII By Wendell Berry I know I am getting old and I say so, but I don't think of myself as an old man. I think of myself as a young man with unforeseen debilities. Time is neither young nor old, but simply new, always counting, the only apocalypse. And the clouds - no mere measure or geometry, no cubism, can account for clouds or, satisfactorily, for bodies. There is no…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • Introducing ‘Everybody Writes’ and a Free Gift for Anti-Mediocre Writers (This Means You)

    Ann Handley
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    This is the official announcement of my new book, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally be sharing some details with you. I’m also excited to talk about a fun freebie for those who buy the book in the next few weeks (more on that in a sec). Writing a book is like birthing a Volkswagen. The process is about as pretty as you’d imagine that to be: it’s long and arduous and you sweat a lot, and most of the work is done while crying. But as with actual childbirth, I’ve forgotten all of the painful parts already. Because today, it’s like the family is coming over to get the first…
  • Two Things to Love About Weird Al’s ‘Word Crimes’

    Ann Handley
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    There are two things to love about poor-grammar-shaming Word Crimes, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s spoof of Robin Thicke’s rapey Blurred Lines. If you haven’t seen it, it’s here: Here’s the back story: To promote the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, Al is releasing eight videos over eight days. Monday was a Happy parody called Tacky. Yesterday, Al delivered Word Crimes. The way that Weird Al has completely embraced social media and our online sharing culture in his album’s marketing is brilliant, but that’s a post for someone else to…
  • Why I Built a Tiny House

    Ann Handley
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’m writing this now from a cramped second-floor office in my house. I’m sweating just from the exertion of typing this sentence… because despite air conditioning, it’s about 450 degrees up here. I could mix a tin of muffins and set them to bake on the shelf behind me, and in 20 minutes breakfast would be ready. The heat up here normally makes me grumpy. But today I’m giddy, because from my window I can see two electricians fishing wire to a brand-new office in the backyard. It’s the almost-final step to completing my tiny house before I can move my entire operation there…
  • Breaking Out of Boring: Tell Unexpected Stories

    Ann Handley
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    What does a brand known as buttoned up and boring do to broaden its appeal? I get this question a lot. One great model for inspiration is LinkedIn, which has become the poster child for a staid brand evolving its brand by telling unexpected stories. In the early 2000s, UK musician Matt Henshaw was living the dream as the lead guitarist for Censored, a British rock band he had established with a few friends. Censored became an integral part of the music scene of the East Midlands (a region located roughly between London and Liverpool), releasing some independent singles, opening for some of…
  • Make Your Customer the Hero of Your Story: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Video

    Ann Handley
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Fault in Our Stars opened this past weekend to become number-one at the box office. Which thrills me – because I’m a fan of the young adult novel the movie is based on and of its author (and video blogger) John Green. But more importantly: It thrills me because good writing deserves to find a wide audience. But that’s not why I’m writing about it. Instead, I’m writing about it because the movie’s soundtrack video trailer is a great content marketing example of what I talk about all the time: Make your customer the hero of your story. In this case, the “customer” is (of…
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    Citizen of the Month

  • BlogHer ’14

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    First the positive.   The sessions were interesting.  The Voices of the Year reading was one of the best yet.   Standing ovation good.   This year honored 10 years of BlogHer, and the atmosphere was celebratory.  There was a feeling of nostalgia in the air, combined with an openness and hopefulness towards the future of the internet. San Jose is a mellow city (even a little dull), but I liked it as a locale for a conference.   Sure, New York and Chicago are more exciting, but this year attendees stayed around and participated rather than running around town for sightseeing…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #27

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It was eight months ago, on the way to work, during a unseasonably December morning in Soho, that Gretchen told me that she was pregnant. “Pregnant.  But we’re gay,” I said. “No, you’re a lesbian.  I’m bi-sexual.” “Are we going to argue semantics again? I wish you never took that course at NYU.” “I’m not talking about language. I’m talking about reality.” “I know, I know.  Language is reality.” “Laura, I’m pregnant.” “How can you be pregnant?” “It’s what…
  • Three Months Later

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I was not surprised when she blocked me on Facebook and Twitter.   She TOLD me that she was going to do it.   But I figured it would be for a few days, and then she would be back.   It wasn’t the first time we went through this charade. Juli and I met online.  We became immediate friends.  We were both going through a divorce, but as bloggers, we chatted mostly about writing.    Gradually this platonic friendship grew into something more — a long distance romance. And it was definitely a LONG distance romance.  I lived in New York.  She lived in New Zealand. When we…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #26

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Like many children growing up in the 1960s, Ben learned his life skills by watching Sesame Street. By kindergarten, Ben could recite the alphabet and count to ten.  The moral philosophy of the PBS became Ben’s guiding principle of life — he believed that people of all races and backgrounds could live together in harmony, even if his own family couldn’t do the same. In later life, Sesame Street never prepared Ben for unemployment at age 50, or for his divorce with Angela, his wife of 20 years. But through a set of circumstances that could only be described as ironic, Ben…
  • Glass Half-Full

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Here is a video of the piece I read at the “Listen to Your Mother” show at Symphony Space in NYC in May.   I met so many wonderful people because of that experience.    You can also see the other videos from the show on the same YouTube page.
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  • How to Find a (Very) Last-Minute Vacation Rental

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Trying to pack in one-last vacation before summer ends? Our friends at have compiled their 15 favorite rental resources. They say, “Once July comes along, it seems as though everyone you know is running off to a fantastic rental that they lucked upon via a friend of a friend. You want in. But with all the online clutter, it’s […]
  • 1 Saying to Inspire Productivity

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 5-Minute Hot-Weather Hairstyles (Seriously) 6 Ice Cream Sandwiches That Are Anything But Vanilla Why It’s Time to Finally Get Rid of Your LandlineFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Is This How You Secretly Feel About Work?

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on The One Type of Summer Party That Makes Everyone Happy 13 Dorm Décor Essentials 19 Side Dishes So Delicious You’d Never Know They’re Gluten-FreeFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1 Small Secret to Success

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 9 Beautiful and Unbreakable Serving Pieces 16 Tips for an Effortless Outdoor Party Wedding Flower FinderFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Very Best Old-School Cleaning Products

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    What are your favorite go-to cleaning products? Soaps and scrubs that are oldies but goodies, or the latest and greatest products hitting supermarket shelves? Our colleagues at This Old House have pulled together their favorites. They say, “Many old-school cleansers boast more than eye-catching retro packaging and formulas that have stood the test of time—they also come with great stories […]
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    Are We Still Cool?

  • You Won’t Believe the Crazy Thing Cool Dad Did for Money!

    Cool Dad
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    You know, in my day, we used Facebook to see life updates from our friends, and that was it. No Candy Crush Saga. No hashtags. It was a simpler time back then, and by gum, we liked it! My old man tone is fairly accurate, because that’s a bygone era of the internet. Now, The Social Network is brimming with auto-playing videos and social games of every ilk. But the most notorious evolution of Facebook might be the emergence of journalistic gems in your News Feed such as You’ll Laugh Out Loud Seeing This Baby Girl’s Insanely Adorable Dance The Beautiful Friendship Between a…
  • We Thought We Were So Cool When Naming Cool Boy

    Cool Dad
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    April 2009: Cool Boy, about to turn 2. When we committed to try to stay cool after having a baby, our first big coolness decision was already before us: What to name Cool Boy. There were two perceived pressures that contributed to our choice: 1. We’re Christian, and I may or may not have read a Barna study suggesting that Christians are 83.6% more likely to judge you in their heart if your kid’s name doesn’t come from the Bible. 2. The popular trend in baby naming, which seemed to skew toward last names as firsts (Parker, Jackson, Stalin). Names that fit both guidelines…
  • Happy Birthday to Cool Boy! He’s 7!

    Cool Dad
    29 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    We are in the middle of the joys of moving – so joyous that we’ve done it about 10 times in the past five and a half years – but I’d be remiss to not tell you that today is Cool Boy’s birthday! My best buddy is 7 years old today, and we’ve celebrated his special day with some of the best experiences nearby national chains have to offer. This morning, CB and I enjoyed a Daddy-Buddy breakfast at IHOP. Then, while I worked, Cool Mum took the Cool Bros and a friend to Chuck E. Cheese. I even joined the singing of “Happy Birthday” over the phone. My…
  • Apparently This Kid is Already Cooler Than Me

    Cool Dad
    23 May 2014 | 3:16 pm
    I want to feel sorry for this kid. I really do. Actually, as someone who started dating at 22 – not for lacking of trying – I don’t. But I can still appreciate the humor. The post Apparently This Kid is Already Cooler Than Me appeared first on Are We Still Cool?.
  • How Do You Store and Organize Your Photos?

    Cool Dad
    21 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jim Gaffigan has a great bit about how we take way too many photos. I could describe it to you, but I’ll let the big-time comedian share it himself. I’m guilty on two counts, stockpiling photos and videos. Instead of tossing old computers in my closet, I’m hoarding something nerdier: old external hard drives. I have at least six, and at least three of them have media files that the others don’t. One has our wedding video, another a bunch of old band trips, a third our first days in New York. It’s a mess, so I’ve been toiling the last couple of nights to…
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  • Microsoft, IBM, & Docker jump on Google’s Kubernetes project for managing app containers anywhere

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Microsoft, IBM, & Docker jump on Google’s Kubernetes project for managing app containers anywhere: Now several companies that deal in managing infrastructure at scale have stepped up as contributors to the Kubernetes project, namely IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, Docker, CoreOS, Mesosphere, and SaltStack. Take the development as more proof that technology can now span a very wide variety of computing environments. Docker and its container technology have grown popular based on the notion that containers could be the basic unit of computing, and Kubernetes could be the tool to orchestrate…
  • Mesosphere to Bring Google’s Kubernetes to Mesos

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Mesosphere · Mesosphere to Bring Google’s Kubernetes to Mesos: The big trend driving containerization is a fundamental shift in the way apps are built. Today’s apps need to ingest big data. They need to connect to millions of devices. They need to scale out, elastically, in real time to handle surges in usage. They need to be highly automated, with no human operators. And they need to be fault tolerant and self-healing, so that zero downtime is the new normal. In this world, the old way of doing things simply—building ever bigger monolithic apps that run on ever bigger…
  • Jonathan Ive on Apple’s Design Process and Product Philosophy

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Jonathan Ive on Apple’s Design Process and Product Philosophy – The benefit of hindsight is we only really talk about those things that did work out. You have this sense that you’re working on something incredibly hard. When working on projects, you have this determination. You just keep going. If doing anything new, you’re very used to having insurmountable obstacles. At some point you have to make a call — at some point you have to say, “We’ve stretched this and we’ve come up against laws of physics, which we cannot change.” [The first sentence is what…
  • This URL shortener situation is officially out of control

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    This URL shortener situation is officially out of control: That’s a lot of back and forth just to get me a a web page. And getting me a web page is kind of the most important thing the web does. Redirects are being abused and I don’t see any work happening in HTTP 2.0 to change it. [I agree. Now what?]
  • The Internet With A Human Face

    29 May 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The Internet With A Human Face: Public and private surveillance are in a curious symbiosis with each other. A few weeks ago, the sociologist Janet Vertesi gave a talk about her efforts to keep Facebook from learning she was pregnant. Pregnant women have to buy all kinds of things for the baby, so they are ten times more valuable to Facebook’s advertisers. At one point, Vertesi’s husband bought a number of Amazon gift cards with cash, and the large purchase triggered a police warning. This fits a pattern where privacy-seeking behavior has become grounds for suspicion. Try to avoid…
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    Apartment Life

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Driving a Moving Truck

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    To those who have spent their lives driving compact cars and sedans, driving a moving truck looks about as easy as flying the Space Shuttle. If you’ve got enough stuff to move, however, finding a moving truck and hitting the road will definitely be on your apartment moving checklist. But don’t worry! Check out our […] The post A Beginner’s Guide to Driving a Moving Truck appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • What You Need to Know About Rent Control

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Rent controlled apartments are the four-leaf clovers of apartment life. Hiding among thousands of their fellows, they’re very hard to spot, and the finder of one is considered incredibly lucky. That’s because rent controlled apartments offer rent rate benefits to tenants that other apartments lack. Though the city best known for its rent controlled apartments […] The post What You Need to Know About Rent Control appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Tips for Kids Sharing a Room in an Apartment

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s an equation many parents are all too familiar with: siblings + hot tempers + small spaces = timeouts. Sibling squabbles are bound to happen even when kids don’t share a bedroom; but add a small, shared apartment room to the equation, and there is enormous potential for chaos. Whether you are moving into an […] The post Tips for Kids Sharing a Room in an Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Life’s a Beach When You’re Living in an Apartment

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When you live in an apartment, you can choose to live anywhere you want. While more millennials and other generations are choosing to live downtown in urban cities, many Americans are choosing to live the coastal life. As a result, they are enjoying the best of what summer has to offer: sun, sand, cool water, […] The post Life’s a Beach When You’re Living in an Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Moving for Cheap: 4 Tips for Students Moving Apartments on a Budget

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Moving into a new college apartment? Time to buy sheets upon sheets of bubble wrap, box up the dishes, get a dogsitter, and contact a moving company…right? Slow down! Ideally that list sounds great on paper, but for a college student, moving apartments can get expensive pretty quickly. Here are some tips for moving apartments […] The post Moving for Cheap: 4 Tips for Students Moving Apartments on a Budget appeared first on Apartment Life.
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  • Let the day begin

    Doug McCaughan
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The day job is done. Grocery shopping complete. Cooking done. Family fed. It’s 9:30 at night and time to begin my evening job…
  • Because life is in the way

    Doug McCaughan
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    More dad fail.
  • Two weeks!

    Doug McCaughan
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    I have approximately two weeks before I lose my children back to the system! Yes, the start of the school year is upon us. I have achieved virtually none of my summer goals for the children. Granted, it has been a fantastic summer! No regrets. I had simply hoped for more. Don’t blink. It makes time fly by.
  • Sunday update

    Doug McCaughan
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    It is a sunny, hot Sunday. The wind is blowing. Through the window, in the conditioned house, the outside looks very pleasant. But it is 101°F and rain approaches from the west. I wile away my day jumping between a recreational book (I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller), a business book (Project Management Lite: Just Enough to Get the Job Done…Nothing More), and programming for a client. I’d love to be doing yard work. On the other hand, I just roughed out a high level specification for a website I’d like to build for myself. But alas, responsibilities call: client work, planning…
  • Sourcing my lab

    Doug McCaughan
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    From a book I purchased for $3.95 when I was about twelve years old. Fill a small pitcher full of water and dissolve a small amount of ferric ammonium sulphate in the water. Then make up a small amount of sodium salicylate solution. … Other recipes include permanganate of potash, sulphuric acid, solution of sodium hyposulphite, sodium carbonate, phenolthalein solution, tartaric acid solution and the list goes on. Time to start sourcing chemicals for my lab. My full shopping list can be found at Anyone want to help me source this?
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    This Eclectic Life

  • Murder and Mystery on the Austin Steam Train

    Shelly Tucker
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    When I stumbled across the website for the Austin Steam Train Association, the first thing I noticed was a murder mystery tour! I squealed to my husband, “I wanna go!” Bless his heart, he bought me tickets that very day — five months in advance so we would be sure to get good seats. From what we could tell by looking at the website, he had bought some of the best seats on the train. For the next five months, I bragged to everybody and their dog, “I get to take a train ride. Ninny, ninny boo boo.” I canceled my Ghosts of Denton tour for that night, willingly…
  • Paying Respect To The Lawman, Not The Outlaw

    Shelly Tucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The family of Alijah W. Grimes was reportedly infuriated that the outlaw, part of the gang who had murdered their loved one, would be buried in the same cemetery with his victim. They insisted that the outlaw be “planted” at the outskirts of the cemetery next to where the slaves had been buried before the Civil War, because in 1878 they considered that an insult for a white man. So, the outlaw Sam Bass is buried on the western edge of Round Rock Cemetery. There is a historical marker beside Sam’s grave. A.W. Grimes, a former Texas Ranger, is buried across the way on the east…
  • Exploring The Denton County Courthouse

    Shelly Tucker
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    Looking at our beautiful courthouse on the square, it’s almost impossible not to want to investigate every nook and cranny of it. How exciting it would be to climb all the way up to that clock tower! I want to have a picnic on that balcony at the top. Unfortunately, that activity is not allowed. There are no tours that explore the upper floors of the courthouse and take tourists to the tower. Let me repeat that, just in case you didn’t get it the first go-round: the county does not give tours of the upper floors of the building. Visitors may wander somewhat freely in the basement,…
  • Interesting Cemeteries in North Texas, a guest post by Tui Snider

    Tui Snider
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:31 am
    I’ve asked my friend Tui Snider to guest post for me today. She is a travel writer specializing in offbeat sites, overlooked history, cultural traditions, and quirky travel destinations. Tui will be coming to Denton to the Emily Fowler Central Library on Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 to talk about fun things to do in North Texas (some of them are included in her Amazon bestseller called Unexpected Texas). I’d love for you to meet Tui, so come on down! Interesting Cemeteries in North Texas Hello! And thanks, Shelly, for letting me be a guest on your blog today. Shelly and I share an…
  • It’s Always 9:11

    Shelly Tucker
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    During a recent Ghosts of Denton tour, a young girl wanted to tell me a ghost story. She was bouncing up and down the whole tour waiting to get to tell me her tale. After the tour was over, I invited the other guests to remain, if they would like, so that this child could have an audience. Everyone stayed and they were glad they did! The girl was only about nine years old, and already had the makings of a good storyteller. Her story was short, sweet, and spine-tingling. For the sake of her anonymity, I’ll call her “Danielle.” “I’m named for my uncle,”…
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  • Sex, Cooking and Libations

    Maria de los Angeles
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Cooking is like sex.  The more creative you get, the better it is.  But don't put too much on your plate if that means you don't have time to really eat and sip slowly.So behold, my Pinterest page, Mis-en-place, which is a fancy French term for getting all your shit together before you cook something or making cocktails -- it's the best, most organized way to do it, because cooking and mixology, like sex, is all about timing.First, let's talk about food. Think of it as something beautiful. Almost tantric. The way you design how the food is presented. Just like you choose a perfect…
  • These Precious Things

    Maria de los Angeles
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I'm dismantling the estate of my father and mother. It feels like a painful surgery without anesthesia. An amputation with a ghost pain. An entire life changed. Just like that. In a flash.They're now in an assisted living facility under part hospice care.And while doing this, I was listening to my music playlist on my iPhone. Tori Amos' song, These Precious Things came up -- which has nothing to do with elderly parents and caregiving -- but the title struck my heart.What are the precious things in our lives? Vintage photos? Little knick-knacks? A dress my mother wore at my brother's…
  • About Fathers and Fishing

    Maria de los Angeles
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    A redfish: one of my catches with Captain Chuck.When I was a baby, my father sang me a lullaby in Spanish about little fishes in the sea.When I was a toddler, we went bridge fishing. He handed me a yo-yo with a treble hook and smelly squid for bait. I tossed the line into the water and held on strong against the tugging current.I couldn’t tell if a fish had bit or not. I reeled up the line: no fish, bait gone and I hooked my clumsy little self! Ouch! Dad gently removed the metal from the bleeding wound on my leg.I didn’t cry.

I wouldn’t fish much in my childhood. My parents signed…
  • Happy Parent's Day

    Maria de los Angeles
    12 May 2014 | 7:31 am
    Sometimes, life takes you on certain journeys for which you didn't buy a ticket or pack your bags.My mother is in hospice and my dad fell and broke his hip and has been in a rehabilitation facility for over a month.My parents, whom have been married for over five decades, had to separate so my father could receive treatment.I think my mom is clinging on to life because she wants to say "see you on the other side" to dad even though she can't walk or open her eyes or barely speak. He's making a good recovery, but he cries because he wants to be next to his wife.It's heartbreaking to witness…
  • A Lesson From Alzheimer's Disease: Hope Springs Eternal

    Maria de los Angeles
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    Today is the first day of spring: the equinox, transitions on the earth's axis. Mother nature giving us a respite from winter.It's also my mom's birthday.  I've had no choice but to put her in hospice care at home, which is sad, but also a relief for her sake -- all, everything and anything for her pleasure and comfort.  I am fully committed to making each and every breath she has left in her as joyful as possible.It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to help someone die -- to make a graceful, dignified and happy transition to light.Recently, a friend of mine…
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  • Meat and Potatoes

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    You know, I'm trying hard to do the Meatless Monday thing every week, but sometimes I flat-out forget, or can't come up with any ideas of what to make. I guess I am just a meat and potatoes girl at heart. So I was very much looking forward to digging into Rahm Fama's new cookbook, Meat and Potatoes.  The book is divided into sections by type of meat, from beef to pork to chicken to lamb to game. Each section begins with information about how to choose the right cuts of meat. Then come the recipes, in the form of 52 complete meals (one for every week of the year): a main meat…
  • Big Book

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Somehow, years ago, when everyone was reading Donna Tartt's debut novel, The Secret History, I did not. I don't recall making a conscious decision not to read it, I guess somehow it just slipped through the cracks. Eventually I put it on The List, but I still haven't gotten around to it. Part of me wonders if I missed my opportunity, that it won't be as meaningful to me now as it was to everyone else then (in terms of both the era and my age).  Anyhooo, what I did do was read Tartt's latest novel (yeah, the one that won the Pulitzer), The Goldfinch. And it's…
  • More Old/New Movies

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Pete had been dying to see "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," so Andy and I went with him on Saturday (after dropping the girls at the Dreaded Mall, 'natch). The reviews were almost exclusively raves, and it was good, but it wasn't that good. I think the first one in this modern series, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," was a lot better, because the story was so fascinating and believable (my review of that one is here). This sequel pits ape against man, and guess what? There are good and bad apes just as there are good and bad men! Really! So, yeah, the story is…
  • Sunday Night Steak

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    Darn, just realized I forgot to take a photo of last night's dinner. Well, just imagine thin slices of perfectly grilled flank steak, accompanied by roasted cauliflower. I got one head each of white and orange, cut them into florets, and tossed them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then roasted at 400° for a half hour or so, until brown and caramelized around the edges—they're as sweet as candy, I promise! Here's the flank steak recipe, which doesn't require a long marination time. Note that my flank steak was closer to 1.75 pounds and was just barely enough for the 5…
  • Tingalicious

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Last week instead of carnitas for our burrito/taco filling, I tried a recipe for “tinga,” another yummy variation on spicy shredded pork. The recipe was supposed to serve 4 to 6, but it just barely served 4 of us (Steph was out). It said that a 2-pound pork butt trimmed of fat should yield 1½ pounds of meat, but I didn’t weigh mine after trimming. I think 1½ pounds of meat would’ve been plenty, so I guess mine was just extra fatty (it did take a helluva lot longer to trim than I’d expected). Next time maybe I will get closer to 2¼ pounds and see if that does the trick—leftovers…
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    Magpie Musing

  • Camp: It's all fun and games, until someone ends up in the clink.

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I am beginning to wonder why we never sent the kid to camp before. The first day, there was the horse with the doily on its head. Over the weekend, we got a picture of her jumping! Of course, she was jumping over rails without a horse, but hey! (Or is that hay?)Hey kid, where's your horse?I think, though, the letters home may be even better than the pictures. Letter #1: I'm having the best time at camp. Letter #2: Daddy, remember those Tastykakes you bought me? They were confiscated because of "mice". Letter #3:If you can't read that, it says:Dear Mommy and Daddy,Please send poker chips! Our…
  • A Rhetorical Pedantic Question

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today, let's complain about sizes. Oh, not the usual bit about how a size 12 dress isn't what it used to be, and size 000 is the new vanity waif size.No, shoe sizes. Back in the day, like before I had that child of mine, I wore a size 10 shoe. I became resigned to the fact that it was impossible to buy shoes on sale, because they stocked fewer of the big (and tiny) sizes so by the time shoes were on sale, only the mid range, common sizes were left. Gradually, my feet crept up in size (thank you pregnancy and old age), and now they're a comfortable 11. Happily, I'm not the only one, so where…
  • Nomenclature

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    The little girl is off at sleepaway camp for ten days. It's the first time she's been away from us like this, for this long. Ten days of no "get out of bed", "eat your dinner", "brush your teeth", "read a book". Ten days of no snuggles and no Doctor Who marathons, no broad conversations at the breakfast table about religion and the cosmos, no cardboard boxes being cut up in the living room and reassembled into doll school classrooms and dormitories and furniture. Instead, there's a trickle of random photos sent out by the camp, mostly out of focus.Why is the horse wearing a doily‽‽‽ I,…
  • Trip Planning

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    We are working on plans for our summer adventure, making lists and buying new hiking boots.I, however, have my priorities.One needs coffee for breakfast, so I am eyeing this cunning thermal stainless-steel French press:And one needs wine with dinner, so I impulse bought one of these plastic wine glasses with an unscrewable stem:Of course, we're going to Utah, where caffeine and alcohol are verboten, so I'm not sure how practical either of these will turn out to be.
  • Perfect, in a fruits and vegetables kind of way

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I think it was the perfect weekend.The weather was glorious.There were strawberries and raspberries to be picked.And some of them got sidetracked into a jar of brandy, for brandied fruits for Christmas, because one likes to think ahead.The girl splashed around in the stream, horsing around on a Sno-Tube because we don't have any water floaties. She enlisted me: I tied a length of rope on with a bowline because I still know some knots and then she'd float through the rapids so I could haul her back upstream. On the way home, we detoured past a farm stand that was rumored to have corn, first of…
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    Life Candy

  • 8 Empowering Breakup Songs...

    Nenette AM
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Roomie was my 3rd boyfriend.  We then went on to dump each other and marry our exes: each other.Okay, I'm sorry.  That was obnoxious.  Don't blame me.  That's actually Roomie's joke.So, that means I broke up with 2 boyfriends before him.  Well, sorta.I started dating my 1st boyfriend at the age of 19.  He dumped me for another girl two years later.  I started dating boyfriend #2, a dude who would eventually become my best friend's ex-BIL.  He didn't support my pursuit of education, so we broke up, and I got back together with boyfriend #1.  Well,…
  • 5 Reasons Why Hula is Fabulous for Fitness

    Nenette AM
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    [Repost from March 2008]"I've lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, and the only thing I've done is taken hula classes!", "The waistband of my jeans is getting looser!", and "Yeah, one more tahitian ote'a! I can take it! Woohoo!"Okay, maybe that last one was a bit of an exaggeration - most of my students considered the ote'a a form of torture - but hula fitness stories really are quite common, and as a hula instructor & dancer, I've heard and witnessed many of them. In fact, I credit my hula & tahitian practice with my own weight loss in 2006.Even Flare Magazine considered hula dance enough of a…
  • Recipe: Crispy Kale

    Nenette AM
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Image: Nenette's KaleNow, something you should know about me is that I love chips... potato, veggie, etc. If it's crispy, salty, and deep-fried, I'll want to eat a ton of it. So, I've been on the hunt for a healthier alternative, and no, the baked stuff I've tried doesn't come close... until I found these! Enjoy!INGREDIENTS* kale - preferably the curly kind (yes, that's it... see? easy!)DIRECTIONSPreheat oven to 350F. Cut kale leaves off of the stiff spine, and spread on a cookie sheet in more or less one layer. A little bit of overlapping won't hurt. Bake until edges are a little dry, for…
  • Summer Body Shaker...

    Nenette AM
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Okay, I admit it.  I'm not perfect.  No, really.  I know, you're shocked.I skip workouts, I eat chips, I freakin' self-sabotage ALL. THE. TIME.But you know the saying "Fall down 7 times -- get up 8."And my sweet peeps, this is my #8.And I know this is going to do it for me because of the gorgeous lady on this poster.  That's my friend Erin.  From February to June, she was dedicated and disciplined.  And that "after" picture is her reward.I want to be just like her!  And thanks to the upcoming challenge, I WILL BE.And you are welcome to join me!  Just…
  • How do you want to look and feel on July 1?

    Nenette AM
    28 May 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Okay, beautiful hotties, it's time.  I need to shake off all the winter ick and get ready for the beach.Yes, I was totally bad this winter.  Thanks to my nutritional program, it's not as bad as it could've been.But still... it's time for the bloating to go!That's why I'm doing another cleanse -- and this time, a bunch of us are doing it! Yes, this is the same program that changed my life, and made me even hotter than I thought possible.  Seriously.The 30-Days Until Summer Challenge starts next Monday, and I'm super excited to get my summer body back.  I'd love to have some…
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  • Down to Work

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    “I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, makes the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.” – Ben Franklin
  • Elementary

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Growing up in Palo Alto, most kids attended one of a dozen neighborhood elementary schools. But parents also had the option of sending their kids to two ‘choice’ elementary schools. One, Hoover, was extremely structured and disciplined; if the class was doing math, everyone was open to the same page in the same book working on the same problem at the same time. The other, Ohlone, was the complete opposite. No tests, no grades, no homework; kids learned in mixed-grade classes, called teachers by their first names, and met in small seminar groups with the teacher for part of the day…
  • Todoist

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    For years and years, I managed all of my tasks, projects, goals and ideas using a handful of text files that I wrangled in the text editor BBEdit. It was nerdy and time-consuming, but also completely bespoke; the approach fit my workflow, and evolved over time as my working style did, too. Along the way, I briefly tried out pretty much every task management software that existed. Some, like The Hit List or Omnifocus, I even stuck with for a couple of weeks. But, inevitably, I’d end up chafing under a program’s structure, or run into problems with its stability and data security,…
  • Time Machine

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Courtesy of my parents, a birthday look back at where it all began: As Jess points out, while I don’t yet look like myself at a day old, I do by a year; by a year and a half, I’m apparently already more or the less the guy I am today.
  • Countdown

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Last day of 34. As a birthday gift to myself, I’m dropping my worst habit: bullshitting / lying / ‘selling’ / whatever. It’s gotten me into trouble in the past, and I’m sick of it. I’m calling a do-over, quitting it cold turkey, and starting 35 fresh. Wish me luck. As Samuel Butler once observed, “life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.”
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  • How To Order Wine [VIDEO]

    AoM Team
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Do you always feel confused and a bit intimidated when ordering wine at a restaurant? Well, in this week’s video Sommelier Gerald Morgan Jr. of Simplified Wine gives viewers easy tips for how to order wine without looking like an idiot. If you have any follow-up questions about ordering wine, ask them at YouTube. Gerald is answering questions there. Also give him a follow on Twitter at @simplifiedwine and hit him up there too with your queries. Gerald will also be doing some more videos with us over the next several months that answer common FAQ about wine like how to pair it…
  • Outfitted & Equipped: Urban Exploration

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    This post is brought to you by New Balance. Make excellent happen. How does Outfitted & Equipped work? The FAQ. Editor’s note: This gallery was curated by urban explorer Pete Gyftakis. Urban exploration (also known as urbex) is the exploration of structures, usually abandoned buildings/ruins or areas not typically seen by man. I got into urban exploration a little over 3 years ago. I used to work in the city of Detroit and every day I would pass by dilapidated structures — my curiosity eventually led me to ask, “I wonder what that used to be?” and “What does…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: July 25, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Last week’s winner was…still to be determined. Check your email folks! My Picks This Week The Explorer’s Shirt (made for Huckberry by San Francisco company Taylor Stitch) is the ultimate adventurer’s wear. It’s made with 10oz canvas, features heavy-duty brass buttoning, and includes a nifty inside pocket so you don’t lose your valuables while traversing mountains and streams. The TITIN Force shirt is the world’s first weighted compression shirt. It has 8 pounds of evenly balanced hydro-gel inserts to get you lean and mean in no time. The Tactical…
  • The Anatomy of Etiquette: How to Be an Old School Gentleman From Head to Toe

    Brett & Kate McKay
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Editor’s note: There are a lot of ways to categorize the rules of etiquette: business, dinner, conversational, and so on. One of my favorite old etiquette books included another, most clever method: by your anatomy. In Esquire Etiquette, which was published in 1954 in Great Britain, there’s a section that breaks down a man’s essential manners by body part. It’s a little long, but a cheeky and very enjoyable read. And while some of the advice is quite old fashioned (not many men today wear a hat they can alternately tip and lift), much of it still remains relevant for…
  • The AoM 500,000 Facebook Fans Saddleback Leather Giveaway

    Brett & Kate McKay
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    A few days ago, we reached 500,000 Facebook fans on the Art of Manliness Facebook page. To say thank you to all our loyal fans for helping us reach this milestone, we’ve teamed up with the good folks at Saddleback Leather Company for a giveaway of epic proportions. If you aren’t familiar with Saddleback products, visit their site and take a look around. Their stuff is ruggedly handsome and built to last. Here’s what is up for grabs in this giveaway: Grand Prize: Thin Briefcase, Notepad Holder, and Bifold Wallet The first name we draw will win this amazing prize package worth…
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  • Faroe Islands, Suðuroy

    Jon Armstrong
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed A mega image post of my day on Suðuroy, the southern-most island in the Faroes. The post Faroe Islands, Suðuroy appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Turning This Car Around Episode 26

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Remember, this podcast is about being parents. This podcast is not for kids. The post Turning This Car Around Episode 26 appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Waterfalls

    Jon Armstrong
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The Faroe Islands have waterfalls. Just in case you didn't know that information. The post Faroe Islands, Waterfalls appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands: Fuglafjørður, Vidareidi and Klaksvík

    Jon Armstrong
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed On Friday, we spent time driving to Fuglafjørður for a […] The post Faroe Islands: Fuglafjørður, Vidareidi and Klaksvík appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Sea of Fog

    Jon Armstrong
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed This was shot heading back to Tórshavn from Gjógv. Watc […] The post Faroe Islands, Sea of Fog appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Going The Wong Way

  • Florida 2014

    Derek Wong
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Pictures from a recent trip to Florida. Check out the full Florida 2014 Gallery for more!
  • Europe 2013

    Derek Wong
    26 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Check out the full Europe 2013 gallery
  • Do You Believe In Luck?

    Derek Wong
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Luck is a strange thing. People believe that it’s out there helping or hurting them. They believe that it is a force to be reckoned with. With countless other things in the world people take to rationalism. They deny spirituality, mysticism, and definitely things like Christianity. But all around us people have ideas ingrained in their minds about luck. Some examples: You dare not shave your playoff beard Saying “good luck” to someone before they go on stage for a performance Don’t do anything to annoy or bother evil spirits If you win a game doing a certain routine,…
  • When Selfishness Surpasses Logic

    Derek Wong
    7 Dec 2013 | 11:10 am
    I was out for lunch on a Sunday afternoon in Chinatown. The restaurant that my group went to was mostly full, but we were able to get a table in a back room. It wasn’t ideally placed since it was awkwardly positioned relative to another large table, but it was definitely better than having to wait. I sat near the large table with my back to it and at some point later on in the meal my lunch mates indicated for me to look behind me. Lo and behold there was an elderly Chinese woman sitting with her chair positioned so that I could not move back any further. This wouldn’t be a…
  • Surprising Things My Coworkers Never Learned

    Derek Wong
    31 Aug 2013 | 9:17 pm
    After a few years on the job, I have seen a number of things that I find rather peculiar. While I wouldn’t say that I meet people from all walks of life, I have met quite an assortment of people. I have realized that people are different from me. Some of them are very different from me. Take these examples: Cutting other people off while they’re talking. It seems that people need to get a word in edgewise, and they find that the best time is when someone else is talking. Food service help. Some people are very helpful when it comes to preparing food for company events (e.g., BBQ,…
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily, with snow-capped Mount Etna in the distance, is thought to originally have been built by Greeks in the 7th century BC. Romans expanded the facility in the second century AD, and it is still used extensively today for performances, like the one for which it is being set up in the photo. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Good Friday Procession in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: At dusk in Taormina, Italy, worshipers take to the streets, carrying the particular icon of their church to the Cathedral during the Good Friday Procession. Following a brief ceremony at the Cathedral, participants once again take to the dark streets, carefully navigating the cobblestones by the light of their hand-held torches. (Visited 36 times, 36 visits today)The post PHOTO: Good Friday Procession in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Good Friday Flowers in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Good Friday flowers are strewn on a stairway in Taormina, Sicily, in preparation for the religious procession where worshipers carry icons through the streets to the Basilica Cathedral (the Duomo). (Visited 94 times, 94 visits today)The post PHOTO: Good Friday Flowers in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Piazza IX Aprile is so named because on April 9, 1860, during a Mass in the cathedral of Taormina, rumor spread that Garibaldi had landed at Marsala to begin the the fight for liberation from the Bourbons. Today anchored by the town’s Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe, it is the heart of Taormina, Sicily, where artists paint portraits and locals gather at sidewalk cafes for coffee. (Visited 57 times, 57 visits today)The post PHOTO: Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural…
  • PHOTO: 13th Century Cathedral of Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Cathedral of Taormina (the Duomo), a medieval church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari, is located along Corso Umberto, the main street in Taormina. Because of its medieval construction and fortress-like appearance, the church is often called “the cathedral fortress.” (Visited 67 times, 67 visits today)The post PHOTO: 13th Century Cathedral of Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
  • Why All The “Modesty Conversations” Miss The Point

    Anne Marie Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last summer, the feeds in my various social media channels blew up with articles on modesty. How low is too low when it comes to necklines? One piece or two piece swimsuits (or, the generally-church-camp-approved tankini?) Spaghetti straps, tanks, or sleeveless? AND THE PLIGHT OF THE YOGA PANTS (oh, but it’s okay if your butt is covered!) And then articles followed on what Paul meant when he spoke of modesty (more of a financial context), how men (and women) are responsible for their thoughts and actions (pluck out your eye, sinner! it’s not my fault you can’t look at me…
  • Surrender and Self-Sufficiency in the Church

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    When I was nineteen years old, my grandfather was in his final hours of life after a long fight with cancer. He called each of his grandchildren into his room one at a time. I leaned over his fragile frame in order to hear the last words he would ever speak to me. He didn’t have the strength to open his eyes and could barely whisper the six words he spoke. “Never give up on church.” I told him I wouldn’t. But in order to keep my promise, I’d need to start making some significant changes in my life…like, actually going to church again. I had been out for a good three years,…
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  • Life Abroad a Dhow in Dubai – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Much of what we see about Dubai focuses on the flash, the glamour, and the city’s opulence. Yet, that is only possible because of the tens of thousands of working class folks who brave Dubai’s scorching heat and brutal humidity on a daily basis, all in the hope of scraping together just enough money to survive
  • My New Nordic Conversion at BROR

    Alex Berger
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    It’s not often that you find yourself sitting in a restaurant staring at the menu and feeling like you’re proof reading the description for a porno.  I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater but I quickly realized that my meal at BROR was going to strip me of more than one type of virginity.  With
  • Tavarnelle – Tuscany’s Hidden Secret

    Alex Berger
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    For those with a sense of adventure and a lust for discovery there are bountiful wonders to be enjoyed beyond Florence’s historic old city.  It starts with a southerly trip down Via del Serragli to the massive wooden gates of the Porta Romana.  This, the old gate to Rome, serves as a modern day portal
  • Ponte Vecchio At Night – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    When I close my eyes and dream of Florence there is one image that always comes to mind.  It is the sight of the Ponte Vecchio at night, lit by the soft golden hues of street lamps as their mild light warms and illuminates the yellow, amber, and orange paint that covers Florence’s buildings like a
  • My First Time At The Roskilde Music Festival

    Alex Berger
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    I was deep in thought, a conversation about something that seemed relevant at the time raging as my friend and I lugged our heavily-laden backpacks down the road toward our campsite in the B section of Roskilde’s sprawling camping area. So, it was with some surprise that I looked up and realized that the chain
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    To Think Is To Create

  • Back to School Style (Carter’s Giveaway!)

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Everything is bustling around our house right now because the first day of school is just over a week away, but the biggest bustle is our littlest preparing to start preschool. Can you even believe River is ready for school? Carter’s wanted to help get River all ready for back to school so we headed to the Carter’s store and picked out a few new school outfits. Riv is already very much involved in her clothing choices, much to my chagrin. She would wear pink for every outfit if she could. I am not so much in the All Pink All The Time camp, and want to see more black and white in…
  • When You Find Your Family’s Heartbeat

    9 May 2014 | 9:32 am
    My husband and I had gone camping as kids growing up, and even been camping once as a couple before kids. But we never took the camping plunge as a family of six, before last month. And when the time came to prep camp bins and pack up a duffle bag and load up the car — it was surreal for me. I felt like such a grown up, it was kind of weird. How were we taking our four kids camping, for two whole nights? It seemed like something other families who have their act WAY more together might do. And yet, it was here. Our first camping weekend. We packed the car and then loaded the kids in and…
  • DIY Chocolate Egg

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

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

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

  • More Memories

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I promise this here blog o’ mine will return to its former technicolor glory soon! I finally finished ordering all the prints for the office (we move in later this week) and since the photo project taken up a lot of my life over the past week, and since my blog is about my life, I think it’s only right to share a few more! The photos I selected aren’t just serious ones. I picked a few that had a little action and adventure going on. Thanks for letting me share! It’s been a great walk down memory lane for me.   It’s so fun to be a kid!      …
  • Photos for the Office

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times over the past week or two, Marlboro Man and I have been poring through my old hard drives to find photos that we can print and hang in the new office (it’ll be ready next week!) We want to include a mix of family and livestock, scenery and fun, and I’m so glad we’ve spent the time pulling out some of our favorites. I won’t caption these; I just wanted to share a handful of the shots we’re printing. These are more recent; later today I’ll be working on some from several years ago when the kids were tiny. I’ll…
  • American Gothic

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Marlboro Man and I have just about finished combing through the 4,564,499,243,487,776 (give or take a dozen) photos in my various hard drives from the past eight years, and we’re whittling down the ones we want to print for the office. Naturally, we’ve had to flip through a lot of bad, out-of-focus, repetitive shots in order to find a few we really like, but fortunately, we’ve got a nice folder full of jewels.     I shared one of these back when I snapped it (in 2009, I believe.) There are so many things about it that make me cry, not the least of which is the fact…
  • The Engagement Party

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    This is Haley. She’s from our small town and used to babysit my kids when she was in high school, then again when she came home from college every summer. Haley and her family have gone to church with us for years, and to say they’re important to us is the understatement of the day/week/month/year/decade/century/millennium. I’ve watched Haley grow up from a young girl with a beautiful heart to a grown woman…with an even more beautiful heart. I love her more’n my luggage. So when she became engaged some time ago, my sister-in-law Missy and I knew we wanted to host…
  • Charlie in Slow Motion

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Oh, Charlie. Ohhhh, Charlie. So night before last, I’m on my walk/run/walk with the dogs and I decide to shoot a video of Charlie in all his Alpha Dog glory, barking at the horses in a feeble attempt to get them to respond at all, which they never do, because if you were a horse, would you even bat an eyelash at a Basset Hound? I didn’t think so. For some reason, I inadvertently flipped my phone setting to its slow motion feature rather than the regular video setting… And here were there results. Note: Please turn up the volume on your computer. You need to be able to hear…
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    Boss Sanders


    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We have GREAT days where we zoom through school at lightning speed.  There are days where I feel peaceful and full of joy.  Other days, I feel like we are struggling just to all make it to the end of the day, alive…much less with peace or joy.  For the days when you feel like you’re doing it all wrong and that you are the only one bordering on insanity, feel free to come back to this post.  Please know that the following is not my EVERY DAY… but these days come and go.  It’s just part of the season of life that we are in right now… with a newly adopted 7…
  • As of today, July 25, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I am thinking… Hubby took us all to the drive-in movies last week for our date night (we shared it with the kiddos).  It’s my week again, and I’m thinking… go-karts and laser tag.  Or, wine trail.  Decisions, decisions. I am thankful… 141.  For books.  I REALLY like books 142.  For friends who encourage. 143.  For friends who know me well enough to when I’m struggling and call me out on it. 144.  For ibuprofen. 145.  For the internet and the world of learning (FREE) that it opens up to us! 146.  Online shopping!  Our favorite diapers are from target, but…
  • As of today, July 14, 2014

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I am thinking… So, last post, I wrote that I was curious about what my hubby had planned for date night.  He definitely delivered. He created an AWESOME “getaway” with sheets and blankets and pillows.  He made an elaborate tent with candlelight (it was safe, I promise) and we had a movie night.  We needed an at-home FREE date, so this was PERFECT. For my turn, I had one of the kids deliver this to hubby: But then, in a duck and fire move, I accidentally hit him in the eye.  Almost blinding your husband puts a bit of a damper on the evening.  So, in an effort to be a little…
  • For Today, July 3, 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Say “Hello” to Super Little Red Princess No-Eyes! Outside my window… It’s a sun-shiney day! I am thinking… about date ideas! Last week, we did this: We headed to a studio to paint… We both chose “Parisian” themes…  and set to work… It was hubby’s first time EVER to paint.  He did a great job!  –And, we both had a lot of fun! Last night, we had an impromptu date night… created a new recipe that ended like this: It was… YUMMY!  No idea what I’m going to call it in my recipe journal… but, it’s…
  • My Husband Doesn’t Complete Me.

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As a girl, I remember scribbling my initials, dreaming up who my version of “Prince Charming” would be.  As I got older, I began to pray for the man who would know me, love me, and fill in the broken places of my heart.  -My soul mate.  He would “get me” and I, him.  We’d be perfect, together, you see.  We’d complete each other and be whole again. Turns out, that’s a bunch of crap. When my husband didn’t turn out to be the perfect prince I had expected, I thought I’d made a mistake.  That, perhaps, I’d misheard God’s…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • How to Make Yourself Smaller (And Why It’s a Good Skill to Learn)

    Britt Reints
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Join the conversation at How to Make Yourself Smaller (And Why It’s a Good Skill to Learn). In order to make my marriage work, I’ve had to learn how to make myself smaller. I hated it at first. I still hate the words, no matter how many times I say them, because I have been told over and over that the only way to shine is to not shrink. But to be honest, shining has never been my problem. I’m a maximizer. I’m the kind of person who walks into a conversation and becomes the center of it. I soak up the energy in a room and instinctively entertain those who are in it.
  • Back Into The Woods

    Britt Reints
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Join the conversation at Back Into The Woods. When you live in an RV for a year, you learn how to make a really good s’mores. You also learn how to pick a good campsite, how to waterproof everything you own, and how to cook a complete meal over an open flame. You learn what it feels like and sounds like to walk on real ground. You learn you can be comfortable even if your feet are dirty or your clothes don’t match, but also that you can get perfectly clean and presentable with surprisingly few supplies. You learn that it’s easy to forget what you look like in beautiful…
  • Why It’s Good to Have a Comfort Zone

    Britt Reints
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join the conversation at Why It’s Good to Have a Comfort Zone. We hear a lot about comfort zones. Mostly how they’re bad. But is comfort really such a bad thing? Not always. I was chatting with my friend Shannon the other day about a talk she’s preparing and she shared a really cool metaphor with me: “When I went to Jamaica on my honeymoon, we walked along the beach right up to where the resort property ended. At the boundary there was a man with a huge machine gun, and he told us we could leave the resort if we wanted – if we wanted to stroll past the guy…
  • Stop Saying You Should Be Happy

    Britt Reints
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Join the conversation at Stop Saying You Should Be Happy. This week’s video is about giving up on the idea that you SHOULD be happy. I met a man recently who told me that he had the perfect job: good pay, lots of freedom, great boss – he said he knew that any sensible person would look at his life and say he was lucky and he should be happy. But, he confessed to me, he has an overwhelming sense that something is missing, that he’s not really as happy as he could be. When I heard that, I immediately flashed back to my own past when I also tried to tell myself I SHOULD be…
  • Happiness Interview: Pet Photographer Jenny Karlsson

    Britt Reints
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview: Pet Photographer Jenny Karlsson. I met Jenny through a woman’s entrepreneur group here in Pittsburgh, and this year I got to know her a lot better when we were in a mastermind together. Two things amaze me about Jenny: her hustle and her job description. First of all, no one hustles as hard as Jenny. She started her business while working a full-time job and she never seems to slow down or complain, constantly showing up and doing her very best work every time. I admire the hell out of that. And then there’s her business: pet…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • rambling thoughts about books

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    When I have spent too many days staring at laptop and phone screens, I get a dull headache and my eyes feel sunburned from the brightness of electronics. If I still have work to do, I take two Aleve and put on a pair of sunglasses. The rest of the time, I try to take breaks from tech and busy myself washing dishes or folding laundry. There’s only so many dishes that need washing or clothes that need folding. Last week, I decided that I needed a new book to read. A real, paper book that would allow me to take a break from electronics on something that wasn’t another chore.
  • I did a bad, bad thing

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    When the National Mall fireworks ended, we marched with hordes of people down dark and unfamiliar streets, past waterfront restaurants that smelled like fishing piers and across a street that required walking down a flight of stairs and up a flight of stairs. At the end of the walking maze, we entered a Metro Station that was a mob of people so closely packed, I feared Evan being trampled. We stood in the hot and cramped room of people with crying babies and drunks saying “Moo” for what seemed like forever. Me: “This is what it’s like to live in New York.” Evan:…
  • Evan’s DC Adventure – Day Three

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    While day one’s theme was walk until everyone drops and day two’s theme was fireworks, day three’s theme was family. Evan and his cousin played with their food together at breakfast where I heard, “It’s chicken o’clock” TWICE in the same restaurant. That saying sounded so southern that I’m disappointed I haven’t heard it all my life. The cousins tolerated my need to photograph the National Cathedral before they played on one of the best school playgrounds I have ever visited at Beauvoir Elementary. We snacked at Dolcezza, where someone…
  • We speak “married”

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    She: “We should go to that place near the lamp store where you didn’t buy shades.” He: “The Professor from War Games moved to that spot. The place you’re thinking of is by the yoga bakery that you like.” She: “Oh, good. I’m ready to leave now.” He: “Lemme get my pocket stuff.”
  • window into their souls

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    This is probably my favorite picture from the entire DC adventure. As I took it, I implored the two of them to stop leaning over the edge. My requests transformed them into Dickinson and Poe. They had a detailed, matter-of-fact conversation about falling and death that seemed perfectly appropriate in the gothic setting. It continued until they remembered that they were thirsty. While the twenty minute “dying of thirst” whines were less poetic than the gazebo chat, they were infinitely funnier.
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    Mo's Marketplace

  • With All Due Respect…

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    “With all due respect.” The phrase is supposed to acknowledge that the parties of a conversation do not agree on a particular point, and such disagreement is not due to any disrespect. It further indicates there is a degree of admiration due to the listener. A skillful speaker of English, however, can successfully twist the phrase into a slight in and of itself. The truly beautiful part of using it against the listener is that there is nothing in particular about the phrase that should engender anything from the listener other than a polite response; it almost creates the…
  • To Be Honest With You…

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    How many times have I sat in an interview with a candidate or sat in an automobile sales office, or in some other meeting on a sensitive topic where the person with whom I’m speaking says, “To be honest with you…”? Now, I’m sure the expression is mean to address the idea that what has been asked or that which has been otherwise addressed, is somehow sensitive or somehow difficult to answer – particularly for a sales representative trying to sell me an automobile who wants to recenter the conversation away from potential issues or additional costs.
  • Dents, Dings, Scars, and Things

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Every dent, every ding tells a story. I grew up watching the Boston Red Sox on television, and by the time I was 14 years old, I finally had the opportunity to see them play in Fenway Park for the first time. My friend’s dad ran a grocery chain and had tickets from the Coke distributor – my very first game was witnessed two rows back from the visitor’s dugout on the third base line. Those seats are now worth some $85+ dollars. Back in 1984, not so much. It was the first time I had seen Fenway and the wall up close. The “Green Monster” has dents in it covering…
  • The Unheralded Unassisted Triple Play

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Though relatively unheralded in baseball lore, the unassisted triple play (UTP) is a far more rare occurrence than the perfect game. There have been 23-perfect games in the history of professional baseball – and as anyone who was paying attention to the 2010 baseball season, we know Armando Gallaraga of the Detroit Tigers was hosed of a perfect game on an umpires’ untimely gaff. There have actually been several more games that could in theory be perfect games, but by a 1991 rules redefinition they were written out of the records books. A 12-inning perfect game was wiped out…
  • NHL’s Original Six

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Anyone familiar with the National Hockey League (NHL) knows the “Original Six:” The Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. These 6-franchises are the legacy of the “original” NHL teams before the league doubled in size in 1967 to 12-teams. Growing up, I had the opportunity to watch the last two active players from the “Original Six” era play -Wayne Cashman and Rogie Vachon – but I missed watching the last player in the NHL until 1967 who played for an NHL team that was…
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    Family on Bikes

  • Facing the Finances of long-term travel

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    One of the questions most people have when considering long-term travel is about the financial side of it all. We know we need to have the money available, but the logistics of finances of long-term travel can be a convoluted mess to try and sort out. I’ve written about this a few times, but I did it after the fact – a few years after I went through the process. My friend Jessica is just now launching into her new adventures, and has been wading through the muck and mire of setting up and organizing finances for that. I asked her to write a post outlining and detailing the minutia she…
  • Flying with a bike: What to know and how to prepare

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
    We’ve flown with our bikes a lot. Throughout the years, our bikes have been boxed up dozens of times and then carefully unboxed in exotic locales like Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, and Alaska. Through all that boxing and unboxing, we’ve learned a few things about flying with a bike. As tempting as it is to pack extra stuff in the bike boxes, resist the urge. Know that the boxes will be mistreated, and the heavier they are, the more likely they are to rip. Pack the bike carefully, then seal it up. It also helps to reinforce the carrying holes as that’s the first place the box will…
  • YEEHAW!!! My ROADSCHOOLING book is available!!! #familytravel

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It’s done!!! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel is only available in paper version at this point – John will get the kindle version done as soon as he finishes rebuilding the bathroom roof. But it’s ready! I’ve been hearing great reviews from people so far, which is exciting. Please pass this on to anybody and everybody who is considering heading out traveling with their children. CLICK HERE TO ORDER!! Most parents contemplating the idea of full-time travel with their children are overwhelmed with questions about all facets of life. Perhaps…
  • Coming soon! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    30 May 2014 | 8:55 pm
    It won’t be long! I got my preview copy and we’re checking it carefully for errors. I’m hoping the book is available on Amazon within a few days!   Edited to add: IT’S READY!!! Click here to buy   The post Coming soon! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel appeared first on Family on Bikes.
  • Hero Kit: For all those roadside bicycle repairs

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    2 May 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Whether you are mountain biking, bicycle touring, on a training ride with the local race club, or just out for a day ride, some kind of emergency repair kit is a necessity.  For most of us the lighter, simpler and more versatile this kit is, the better.  Getting stuck miles from home and having to call a friend to come rescue you or, worse yet, having to hitch home with a broken down bike is the pits. For novice or experienced riders, a good all-around bicycle toolkit is the Super Hero Kit.  It contains everything you need to fix most minor and even some major on-the-road bicycle…
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • Successful Video Conferences – The Last Unicorn

    David J. Hinson
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
  • The Peril of Long Engagements

    David J. Hinson
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Photo credit: Back in the day, when contracting was my full time gig, I had to carefully consider the merits of prolonging certain long-term engagements. Some projects required so much commitment and focus, there was a real danger – over the life of that project – that many of my other technical skills would go to seed. This was especially true of projects that ran between 18 months and three years in duration. I know this must seem like a fantasy to many of you – but yes, many projects in the past did actually use to go on for a couple of years or so.
  • Raspberry Pi Bake-Off, 2014 Edition

    David J. Hinson
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    For the past two March 14ths (Pi Day!), Hendrix College has hosted a Raspberry Pi Bake-Off, an exposition / competition where local students, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs can showcase their über cool Raspberry Pi projects. The video below is from the most recent Bake-Off (2014) and features several Pi projects, and the super awesome people who created them. Enjoy!
  • Reliable Reach

    David J. Hinson
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Last week in Orlando, Social Fresh held the Social Fresh EAST conference, a single-track social media event with no panels, and all speakers given 25 minutes to bring their best social mojo to the stage. And they did. I won’t attempt to do justice by recapping the awesome content presented over a two day period. But I will try and relate how one concept, Reliable Reach (expounded upon by social marketer extraordinare Jay Baer) is not just a problem in Social Media, but is a more general problem in even extremely localized marketing and communications. Imagine you are a person of…
  • #College_CIO – What Are the Challenges of the Higher Ed CIO?

    David J. Hinson
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    What are the challenges facing today’s Higher Ed CIOs? Some of these you’ll immediately recognize; others will soon demand your undivided attention.
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    Simple Marriage

  • Listening to be present

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Listening to be present is written by Corey from: Simple Marriage ----------- A FEW THINGS WE LOVE: Simple Marriage's eCourses - marriage help from the comfort of your own phone. Sexy Marriage Radio
  • Comfort Sex

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    One thing that separates humans from all other species is our ability to make meaning out of things. The meaning we place on the things in our life are often more important than the things themselves. It’s not money, it’s safety from poverty or a way to get what you want. It’s not just a job, it’s a calling or it’s a means to an end. There is one area where meaning runs rampant … sex. It’s how you express love, experience pleasure, demonstrate power, connect, bond, play, submit, manage anxiety, confirm your sexiness, and on and on. So is it possible…
  • I wish you would stop …

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Every marriage, every relationship, is fraught with perpetual problems and issues. It’s common that I will counsel a couple for several sessions, they reach their desired goals, and leave with renewed hope and energy for the marriage – then come back several years later still arguing about the same issues. While each person has changed and gained (or lost) a few pounds and wrinkles, they’re still having the same argument. Perhaps you’ve even seen this in your parent’s marriage, or in your grandparent’s. They fought about the same thing their entire life. One of the leaders in the…
  • Marriage Help, When Your Spouse Isn’t Interested

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    I regularly receive emails from readers looking for help with a struggle in their marriage. They disclose the issues they are having as well as their desire to work on making things better. The biggest reason many people in this type of situation fail to go to counseling is their spouse is uninterested in joining the process. Perhaps they have tried counseling before and not seen any results. Or they may have no interest in counseling since it’s only for “crazy” people. At least that’s what they think. You want to work on the marriage, but your spouse isn’t…
  • Enjoy life

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    I had this story sent to me recently. It’s worth sharing. A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the Mexican. “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?” “I sleep late, fish a little,…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 18 Things to Do With a Moleskine, or Any Notebook

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Many of us have a notebook obsession. I know I do. A blank notebook is full of promise. It’s an opportunity to reflect, to create, and to express yourself. Although any notebook will do, many people swear by Moleskine notebooks– a brand of notebook produced by Milan-based company Modo & Modo. Moleskine notebooks are high [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 8 Reasons Why You Need To Spend More Time in Nature

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    I work outside. As I type away at my laptop I’m surrounded by flowers and palm trees. In addition, the ocean is about 30 meters away from my work area. Sometimes I’ll get bitten by mosquitoes; or a couple of bees will decide that harassing me is their mission for the day; or a bird [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • How to Conduct a Life Audit

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    What are you worth? How would you evaluate your life? When was the last time you stopped to take stock of yourself? Of course, an easy way to calculate your worth is by subtracting your liabilities from your assets in order to determine your net worth. When you’re doing this for financial reasons, your assets [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Forbes Epigrams – 105 Thoughts on Life

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The following 105 epigrams–or wise, pithy statements–on life by B.C. Forbes were taken from the book “Forbes Epigrams: 1000 Thoughts on Life and Business” which is now in the public domain. 1. The most profitless thing to manufacture is excuses. 2. To fill your job, fill your mind. 3. Sturdy trees grow slowly. 4. The [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Keys to Success – B.C. Forbes

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    This is from an essay which B.C. Forbes, a Scottish financial journalist and author who founded Forbes Magazine, wrote in 1917 called “Keys to Success”: Your success depends upon you. Your happiness depends upon you. You have to steer your own course. You have to shape your own fortune. You have to educate yourself. You have [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Handy Man Fix Home Repair

  • Screws and Screwdrivers 101

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Handling your Tools with Care Treat Your Tools Right - When you are using a screwdriver for a purpose that it was not meant for, you are risking causing damage to the tool as well as to yourself. You should try not to use the screwdriver as if it were a pry bar, a scraper, a hole punch, a chisel or a stirrer for paint. If you have to use a screwdriver for one of the aforementioned tasks, then make sure that you are using an older one that is already in disuse. Protect Your Screwdrivers - In order to protect your screwdrivers as well as to make it much easier for you to find whichever size you…
  • First Aid in Home Repairs, pt1

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Here is a basic guide to dealing with first aid issues in home repair and home renovation projects. Severe Bleeding: In order to stop severe bleeding, direct pressure needs to be applied to the wound using a compress or a pad. You can use any clean cloth that is available for this purpose. Do not remove the compress from the wound to check if bleeding has stopped. If the bleeding is severe, call an ambulance or make a trip to the hospital. Arm and Leg Wounds: Direct pressure should be applied to the wound, and the limb should be raised using a piece of furniture, pillows or rolled up…
  • How to Install New Locks in Your Doors

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    If you need to install new locks on your doors, there's no need to call in a locksmith if you've got some basic DIY experience and you're pretty handy. Today's locks make it very easy to change them out and you won't need many tools to get the job done. You will need: a screwdriver hammer chisel sandpaper drill in some cases, some adhesive. Let's get started! First, you'll need to remove the old lock system. If it's corroded, this can be pretty tough. If you can't get it to come out of the door, try some WD40 to loosen it up. You may have to crank on those screws, but make sure that you don't…
  • Home Maintenance

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Given that buying a home is the biggest investment that people make, home maintenance is an important part of owning a home. One hopes that their investment is worth as much as it can be, and to ensure that maintenance has to be done. Preventative maintenance avoids very costly repairs down the road, which makes it a good idea for a professional to come by and perform periodic maintenance tasks, much like a yearly physical. Problems are caught before they are problems, and energy waste, consumption and other issues can be addressed in a timely manner. Hiring a contractor or real estate…
  • Green Paint and VOCs

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air that we breathe indoors is up to three times more polluted than the air outside.  This impure air is regarded as one of the top hazards to our health.  And, the paints in our homes are among the foremost sources of the unhealthy air in our homes.  Fortunately, choosing green paints can be a good start toward improving our air quality. Most paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).  VOCs can cause smog, ozone depletion, and other issues with air quality.  They can also cause health problems.  VOC’s are released…
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • So Long...

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
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    5 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
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    2 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
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    23 Jun 2014 | 9:37 pm
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    2 Jun 2014 | 10:20 pm
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    But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness

  • Christine’s “Unbirthday Party”! – SAVE THE DATE!

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Christine’s “Unbirthday Party”! The Purple Party Dinner Dance - September 7th - SAVE THE DATE! It is my birthday and I am throwing the party… but you get the dinner, dancing, cake, music,swag bags, gifts and prizes! The best gift of all is our ability to come together and help others. Usually the birthday girl makes a wish. This year, help me make others wishes come true. All proceeds from this party will go to newly established But You Don’t Look Sick Foundation. The Party is Sunday September 7th. If you live near Long Island, NY This is…
  • No Rhyme or Reason. I have done all I can do.

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    What to do when you have done everything, and still feel like crap. There are days when I feel really crappy. Maybe I didn’t take my meds on time or I overdid the day before. What I really hate is when I seem to have done everything right and I still feel so wrong. The […]
  • Christine is on Twitter @bydls and if you use the hashtag #spoonie you can connect with over 8,600 followers!

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
      There is a growing community of our readers who have been using twitter to connect. These people are all fans of and are all somehow connected to “The spoon theory”.  I personally (Christine) use the twitter account so many times you will be hearing directly from me. Lord knows the things I write, tweet and […]
  • Please Don’t Ask My Dad About Lupus!

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    If you ask my dad about Lupus he will give you a very seemingly odd answer.  He will always say “Getting a grip on Lupus is like trying to tie up Jello with a string” Most people laugh, look confused, or even attempt to think of how one would even begin to tie up Jello […]
  • I Never Thought I Would Use A Headset, Until I Tried The Jabra Extreme2 AE Extreme Noise Cancellation Headset

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    At a conference I recently attended, I was given this headset to try out.  After my recent stroke and history of migraines I usually hate in ear buds, or headsets because they never seem comfortable or the noise sets me off.  I was willing to give this headset a fresh new try when I heard […]
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  • Never Gets Opened

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.  ~ Ann BradfordPositive anything is better than negative nothing.  ~ Elbert HubbardI always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.  ~ Abraham LincolnDwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.  ~ Shirley  MacLaineI've tucked those negative thoughts in a drawer and for the most part it never gets opened.  ~ K. Martin BecknerQuotes about negativity
  • Cleanse and Cool

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Humor brings insight and tolerance.  ~Agnes RepplierA person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.  ~ Henry Ward BeecherHumor is an  antidote to isolation.  ~ Elizabeth JanewayIf it's sanity you're after; there's no recipe like Laughter.  Laugh it off.  ~ Henry Rutherford ElliotLike a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.  ~ Langston HughesQuotes about humor
  • Sing Anyway

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Patient endurance attends to all things.  ~ Teresa of AvilaEndurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.  ~ John RuskinWe must endure what fortune sends.  ~ Greek proverbThe first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last in it, and not be smashed by it.  ~ Ernest HemingwaySome day there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.   ~ Emory AustinQuotes about endurance
  • All We Need

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.  ~Robert G. IngersollThe future is always beginning now.  ~Mark StrandIf you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.  ~Anne Morrow LindberghBe happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.  ~Mother TeresaWhatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.    ~Eckhart TolleQuotes about mindfulness
  • Sharp Tools

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Acceptance is the universal currency of real friendship. . . .It does not warp or shape or wrench a person to be anything other than what they are. ~Joan Chittister Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. ~J. K. RowlingI let it go. It's like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home. ~ Joanne HarrisTolerance, compromise, understanding, acceptance, patience- I want those all to be very sharp tools in my shed. ~ Cee Lo GreenQuotes about acceptance
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    Steve's Free

  • On Purpose

    Steve Woodruff
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    Confession: I yearn for Purpose. I live for Purpose. I want to see the big picture, create the big strategy, and have a roadmap full of answers. I want to live on Purpose. Not just the destination of being conformed to the image of Christ. I want to know the Purpose for MY little life path so I can then make the suitable plans and…..ahem….be in control. Is that too much to ask? :>} In other words, I want to be God, who alone knows the big-P Purpose(s). However, in my hankering for grasping some personal big-P Purpose, I tend to neglect the very clear precepts that define my…
  • Two Cats

    Steve Woodruff
    3 Jun 2014 | 5:03 am
    For many years, we have had two cats – brother and sister (though they look nothing alike!) That’s Spike on the left. Mittens is on the right. They not only look different – they also have quite different dispositions. When there’s food involved, Mittens will come and rub up against me. She’ll show the bare minimum of affection, based on immediate felt need. Once she’s fed, she pretty much keeps her distance – always a bit skittish, and never wanting to be picked up and held. She’s not hostile – just not warm and cuddly. No-one would…
  • When Jesus Is Not Enough

    Steve Woodruff
    4 May 2014 | 5:11 am
    The apostle Paul was bummed out. Here, he had proclaimed the gospel of grace – the good news of Jesus Christ – among the Gentiles of Galatia, and many received the truth gladly. Formerly outsiders, now invited into the family of God? Previously excluded from the nation of Israel, but now given free access to God through the Messiah - the Savior not only of the Jews, but of the whole world? What a marvel! They received the gift of God. Emmanuel – God with us – anywhere, everywhere, no longer just among people of a physical nation. But there was a problem. Some…
  • The Knife-edge of Faith

    Steve Woodruff
    26 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    When you approach Jesus, His Word, and His Spirit, with the paring knife of pride, ready to cut off anything that displeases you, there is no hope that you are His disciple. When you, together with Jesus and His Word and His Spirit, approach your own heart with the paring knife of sanctification, ready to cut off anything that displeases Him, you are certainly His disciple.
  • An Easter of Stone-Moving

    Steve Woodruff
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    If you were trapped behind a large stone and all you had was a feather with which to free yourself, what would you be an hour later? Trapped. A day later, a week later – it doesn’t matter. The tool isn’t right for the job. It’s powerless. And that’s what every form of external, self-driven righteousness is. Powerless. Good works? Powerless. Obedience to the Law of God? Powerless. Religious observances? Powerless. The rock of God’s righteous requirements can only do one thing – teach us how impotent we truly are. So that we are finally ready for an…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Obama’s Religious Freedom Ambassador Opposes Religious Freedom at Home

    Shane Vander Hart
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Photo credit: World Economic Forum (CC-by-SA 2.0)President Barack Obama on Monday appointed Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department.“I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead,” President Obama said in a written statement.Saperstein is Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where he has served since 1974.  He is also an…
  • Branstad-Reynolds Launch Veterans Coalition

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Photo credit: Branstad-Reynolds Campaign(Urbandale, IA) Today, the Branstad-Reynolds campaign launched the official “Veterans for Branstad-Reynolds” coalition at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Des Moines. The coalition includes more than 250 veterans representing all 99 counties in Iowa. The press conference included more than 30 veteran supporters of the governor and lieutenant governor as they are running for reelection.Governor Branstad, himself a veteran of the United States Army, made it a priority in his campaign in 2010 and during his tenure as governor to make Iowa one of…
  • Why the Equal Protection Argument Doesn’t Work in the Marriage Debate

    Shane Vander Hart
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Ryan T. Anderson who is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.  He is the co-author, along with Dr. Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis, of the book What is Marriage? Man & Woman: A Defense.  He gave a talk on the marriage debate from a public policy point of view at the Stanford Anscombe Society at Stanford University.  The video of his message and subsequent Q&A were just released this month.Anderson in one exchange makes an excellent case for why the equal protection argument doesn’t work in the marriage debate.During the question and answer period he was asked…
  • Gregg to AG Miller: Stop Raising Campaign Donations from Investigation Targets

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller Photo credit: Patrick Ryan Zero (CC-By-SA 3.0)(Des Moines, IA) Johnston attorney and Republican Attorney General nominee Adam Gregg yesterday called on Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to stop the practice of raising money from the targets of his investigations.Numerous reports after Miller’s 2010 campaign called into question his practice of accepting large, out of state campaign contributions from firms and individuals directly associated with the targets of his mortgage settlement negotiations:Iowa Attorney General Tom MillerCampaign Contributions Rise…
  • Schools Firing Talented, Experienced Teachers

    Karen Schroeder
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Photo credit: Jon Ridenger (CC-By-SA 3.0)Federal programs are failing the teaching profession once again. Supreme Court rulings on tenure are emboldening principals who are firing successful teachers for economic and political reasons.While the Obama administration claims that schools are inadequate because the system is not recruiting the best teachers, Arne Duncan is frustrated with the fact that the best teachers are unwilling to teach in inner-city schools or at the high school level. Duncan supports the current Supreme Court ruling against tenure because teacher tenure in the U.S. “is…
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    Dominick Evans

  • What is the Solution for People with Disabilities who Require Expensive Equipment

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Living with a disability can be very expensive. It costs way more to live with a disability than it costs the average person to live their life. There are a number of factors that affect how much it costs for people with disabilities to live independently, each year. On a side note, it should be mentioned that the other option would be to put all of us in nursing homes or similar medical facilities, which would cost taxpayers at least $100,000 per person, per year, and that’s just the cost of housing us – ignore all the medical expenses added to that. So, the cost of living in our…
  • The Balance Between Disability Pride and Being Realistic about a Severe Disability

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Disability pride is something every person with a disability deserves to have. We should all be proud of who we are. At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that living with a disability can be hard. People with disabilities face many barriers, and some of those barriers may be health related. I am proud that I have friends who believe they are perfect the way they are. They do not seek cures, or treatments, because they see their disability as an extension of who they are. One of the biggest divides in our community is between those who are happy as they are, and those who are desperate…
  • People with Disabilities Deserve to be Independent

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unless you know someone with a disability, you probably aren’t aware of all of the barriers we face, when trying to become independent, self-sufficient citizens. We are about to see a great boom in the elderly population. While elderly individuals face many of the same issues those of us with disabilities face, there are significant differences, as well. So, while the elderly will be taking up some of the resources that those of us with disabilities need, many of them have already contributed in the workforce. They are retiring. There are many people with disabilities who want to work.
  • One of the Biggest Issues Facing LGBT Individuals with Severe Physical Disabilities

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:35 pm
    I had the honor of going to the White House for the first forum on LGBT and Disability Issues. It was one of the most inspiring, empowering events I’ve attended. I did wish there was more time to discuss issues pertinent to our communities, but the great thing about this forum is that it’s opened up the channels of discussion. One of my questions was for Dr. Matt Heinz, Director of Patient and LGBT Outreach at the Department of Health and Human Services. His work deals with encouraging independence and self-sustainability. I wanted to know what was being done to address a very…
  • When the Government Affects our Rights

    11 Jun 2014 | 11:50 pm
    I am trying really hard to express my thoughts without offending anyone. I have had the thought to write this post so many times before here on this website. However, I have struggled with the right way to express what I’m thinking in a way that is not disparaging to certain people’s beliefs. I also have some family and friends who just don’t understand why I feel the way I do, so I’m going to try to explain it here. I remember when I was a kid, in the 1980s. Growing up in the 80s was a lot different than what kids go through today. Politically speaking, most kids…
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  • Jason Whitlock On Johnny Manziel & Canadians

    Jordon Cooper
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Fun segment about Jonny Manziel and Canadian basketball players.  Apparently we are too laid back as a country to be basketball stars.  Someone needs to tell Steve Nash.
  • Keith Olbermann on Ray Rice and How the NFL Encourages Violence Against Women

    Jordon Cooper
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just watch this.  It doesn’t matter whether you like sports or not, you just need to watch it.  The bad news is that this kind of attitude goes beyond football, if you doubt me, read this sickening account of Floyd Mayweather that Deadspin published.
  • The Best Lens Options for Your Pentax DSLR

    Jordon Cooper
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    So if you are like me, you own a Pentax DSLR. You love your camera but the lens selection is paltry compared to Canon or Nikon and of course you hear photographers tells you that there isn’t the good glass to go with Pentax.  Even many local camera shops don’t have a great section despite them selling a lot of Pentax K-3 and K-5 IIs cameras in the last year. So what do you do?  First of all you take a look around online and see what is there.  If you are reading this page, there is a good chance that you are doing just that.  To help you with your search, I have listed around 25…
  • Where the Wild Things Die

    Jordon Cooper
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    From Foreign Policy South Africa is home to roughly 80 percent of the world’s remaining rhinos, which number about 20,405 white rhinos and 5,055 black rhinos, according to conservation group Save the Rhino. But that population is in danger of imminent collapse due to a recent, dramatic increase in poaching. This is fueled by Asia’s reinvigorated appetite for the animal’s horn, prized for its alleged curative properties and mark of wealth; rampant corruption in South Africa; and soaring international prices on the black market. As a result, there is a multimillion-dollar…
  • Flickr: Oliver

    Jordon Cooper
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    As I mentioned before, I gave Oliver my old Fujifilm J10 for his birthday.  The camera has served me well but it is obsolete and has been replaced.  That being said, it is perfect for a six year old who loves taking photos. To show off those photos, Oliver is now on Flickr at  His perspective is a little lower to the ground than most of us but he manages to get some fun shots.  Since your first 10,000 photos are going to be your worst, he is well ahead of many of us in that regard. Of course the bad news is that he still can barely read and doesn’t have a…
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    Ibn Ibn Battuta

  • 12 Essential Travel Reads from the New Yorker Archives

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

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

    Andrew Farrand
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Gavin personally hoisted the (replica) World Cup trophy amid the celebrations in downtown Stuttgart.For the past few weeks, guest blogger Gavin Lippman has been writing about his experiences at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out his tenth entry below, and follow all his posts here. After almost two days of travel, I arrived back in Stuttgart safe and sound.It took a few days to recover from my jetlag and reacquaint myself with the German language and wildly unpredictable weather, but after three weeks on the road in Brazil I was happy to be back in my house. Best of all, I didn’t miss…
  • Following the Cup from Iguazu Falls, a South American Crossroads

    Andrew Farrand
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Guest author Gavin at Iguazu Falls: Living dangerously, or just trying to dry off in the sun?For the past few weeks, guest blogger Gavin Lippman has been writing about his experiences at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out his ninth entry below, and follow all his posts here.It was so tough to leave Rio de Janeiro, I almost didn't make it to Iguazu Falls. I wanted to explore more of the city, lounge on the beaches, and keep relaxing. After the USA qualified for the World Cup's Round of 16, however, I briefly considered returning to Salvador to see the match with my Naval Academy friends,…
  • Six Days in Rio de Janeiro, No Stone Unturned

    Andrew Farrand
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Guest author and converted Brazil enthusiast Gavin posed on the Selarón Steps in Rio.For the past few weeks, guest blogger Gavin Lippman has been writing about his experiences at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out his eighth entry below, and follow all his posts here.I finally reached my guest house in Rio after a long, hectic day of travel that included a missed flight, a run-in with ESPN's Ian Darke, and a trip to Rio's second airport to retrieve my bag. After a week in the smaller, more isolated cities of Natal and Manaus I was happy to be back in a large city with plenty to do.The…
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    yes and yes

  • Your new favorite hipster French song (and August ad space)

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Isn't this the coolest, most painfully hip thing you ever did see? As my friend Rolf pointed out, if this doesn't end up in a Wes Anderson movie sometime soon, there's something wrong with this world.Now that we're all cooler for having witnessed that, can we talk about ad space?  I've got some - you might want it?Who advertises here?  Life coaches. Etsy shops. Indie fashion labels. Travel websites.  Artists.  Designers of all types.  Who reads Yes and Yes?  Smart, funny, awesome women.  Mostly 18-35 English speakers - though there are plenty of…
  • Real Life Style Icon: Ria Michelle

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to clever, interesting people and then totally 'borrow' their shoes when they're not lookingName: Ria MichelleAge: 27Location: Miami, FLOnline haunts: blog // twitter // instagram // tumblrThree reasons that you're awesome: I keep it real, I'm funny, and a little strange.What are you wearing right now, as you type this? A Unif muscle tee, and my boyfriend's giant hoodie.What is the last item of clothing you bought? Alexander Wang Fishline Suspension ShortsWhat is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
  • True Story: My Sister Is An Addict

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/challenging/amazing things. This is the story of 'Caroline', her sister, and her sister's addiction.Tell us a bit about yourself.I'm a university student from Sydney, Australia. I work part time as a LGBTIQ youth support worker, and for fun I like to read and ride my bike.When you were kids, what was your sister like? My older sister, Clare, is six years older than me, whereas there is only two years between myself and my younger sister, Molly, so Molly and I were always the…
  • Web Time Wasters!

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    How was your week, guys? I had The Most Fun catching up with friends from New Zealand and introducing them to the wonders of Minnesota. This weekend, I'm in Wisconsin meeting up with a friend who moved to Chicago. When I found out that Wisconsin has a desert (!!!) I decided we obviously needed to see this place that also happened to be half way between our cities.Enough about me. What about you, internet? I've got space for three month hook-up requests in August's Network of Nice. What do you need help with that's not Google-able?I am so insanely jealous of Kyla's new pet.A little story…
  • Pantry staples that will save your a$$ + Hurting less + An amazing free planner

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It's Saturday! Which means that some of this month's sponsors have been kind enough to share their best stuff with us so we can avoid Target on the weekend or all those chores we should do.Favorite posts:5 pantry staples that will save your a$ // It is not your job to be perfect// How to eat healthy with no timeLet's be friends!Twitter // Pinterest // InstagramFavorite posts:Why Do Relationships Hurt? | How to Hurt Less + Love More // The unkind things you tell yourself (+ how to stop)Let's be…
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    WebSnacker - Automat For The Web Wanderer - Free Morsels to Read, See, Hear and Experience!

  • Snowpiercer (2013)

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    JohnyTwoToes likes this post apocalyptic shaky train ride! Snowpiercer is a deeply powerful, allegorical and smartly written post apocalyptic film, but seemingly missing something. I liked it for a 3 star film but not 4, like I was expecting after all of the buzz I had heard. Rumor has it there is an over 3 hour long director's cut floating around but that the studios thought it was too long for us mere mortals to grasp. We, after all went in droves to see long ass films like the Lord of The Rings trilogy (each film 3-4 hours long and then some), the full length Dances With Wolves…
  • The Top 20 Albums of 2000 - No.20 to No.16

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Compiling the best Albums of the year 2000 - Lets starts with the bottom 5Here's a rather ambitious attempt at listing the year 2000's best Albums! Why 2000 you may ask? I feel it was a momentous year with ground-breaking new music, brand new bands and brand new genres. The Y2K millennium bug doomsday clock made it even more enticing!Anyway, lets say I have a love/hate relationship with these "best of the year" lists. I love reading other people's lists to see if there are any potentially great albums I might have missed, but I hate making my own "best of" lists. Part of the reason for this…
  • Non-Stop (2014)

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes reviews this tense airborne thrillerAfter seeing a string of rather disappointing films, FINALLY Non-Stop lifted my spirits. It is cliched but enjoyable garbage in a good way in all the ways Pompeii and I, Frankenstein were not. Liam Neeson plays a US air marshall named Bill Marks and he has seen better days. A borderline alcoholic, a failed marriage and all of the necessary disappointments that are required of this character. Neeson wears it well, too. While on a transatlantic non-stop flight from New York to London, Marks receives texts to his phone that…
  • The Israeli Way to Divide and Conquer

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Third Class Citizens in their own country!The Palestinian people may aspire for a single national identity but sadly Israel even controls that!! Websnacker
  • Elastica - The Menace (2000)

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The second album from the abrasive brit alt punk rockers!In 1995, the female fronted Britpop Alternative Rock Band Elastica headed by ex-Suede members  Justine Frischmann and Justin Welch appeared out of nowhere to score a hit with irresistible "Connection." That song, which borrowed heavily from an older track by Wire, propelled Elastica’s self-titled debut album to the top of the British charts and earned the band a spot on that year’s Lollapalooza tour. Elastica then seemed to disappear almost as quickly as they burst onto the scene – their only new songs in the next…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Peace Corps, Gateway to the Travel Bug: On the Road with Michelle and Jedd Chang

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I first heard about Jedd & Michelle through a blog submission… but then I got the chance to work with them at WDS this summer. They were two of our most reliable and hard-working ambassadors (volunteers), and I loved hearing their story of serving abroad in Jamaica. Here’s more. Tell us about yourselves. We’re Jedd and Michelle. In 2011, we left our “real jobs” to take a sabbatical – a time set aside to experience new things, learn, and grow. After an epic road trip and house-sitting, we made the…
  • Helpful Email Tip: Always Draw from the Top

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’m pretty good at keeping up with a lot of projects, but inevitably I fall behind on some emails. The way it works for me is that I get stuck on a final batch—I fly through a couple of hundred messages a day, but then there are at least a dozen that stymie me. I mentioned this phenomenon on Twitter recently, and @kavla made an interesting comment: @chrisguillebeau if you never cherry pick that doesn't happen. #alwaysdrawfromthetop — Kav Latiolais (@kavla) July 28, 2014 In other words: first in, first out. Address the issues related to one email at a time without skipping ahead.
  • Why Artistic Compromise Makes for Better Work

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Once in a while (thankfully not often), I look back at some of the posts and articles I wrote in the early days. What in the world was I thinking? Most of them are riddled with errors, typos, and sometimes just bad writing. For both The $100 Startup and my new book (more news on that coming soon), I worked with a fantastic editor from Random House. There’s no doubt that both manuscripts were much, much better off because of his efforts. I’d love to say I’m the kind of writer who turns in a manuscript complete and ready to go, but that’s definitely not the case. Rick Horgan, that…
  • Limited Time: Marriott Card 70,000 Points Signup Bonus

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Link: 70,000 Points for Marriott Card Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 20,000 additional points for a total of 70,000. 70,000 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide for up to two nights. Marriott also partners with Ritz Carlton, where awards can also be booked. In addition to the improved signup bonus, the card…
  • 6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume III

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Traveling in Yemen — what it’s like to travel as a Westerner in this isolated country The Social Good Ipsum — Filler text with compassion (and randomness) Give Peace a Chance (still) — Why civil resistance remains the best strategy for social and political change in the face of oppression. Habits (Video) — “I’ve often wondered why do I act unlike my friends, why do I feel one way and not the other.” The Shadowy World of High-Speed Tennis Betting —…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • On hoarding, part 9

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    For once, I will come out in favor of hoarding — as long as it’s in someone else’s attic. The Hill Top General Store in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, is a very humble museum. They have everything from collections of old tools, a room of vinyl records (including the songs of Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Motor City Rollers), a gathering of toy ponies, to a small group of Elvis memorabalia. And there’s much more, held in a fairly small collection of rooms. You can mouse-over or click on each image to see it larger. I’m glad this place exists. Many people would enter the door…
  • TL-DNR

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    TL-DNR = “Too Long; Did Not Read.” This is a phrase that I wish more people would grasp. Few are able to write a good blog post that is fewer than 100 words. Even more critical than brevity is the ability to capture the reader’s attention. Our world is so fractured into special interests that very few blogs can capture the interest of wide audiences. Faithful readers of this humble blog are few, because I knowingly write about almost anything and everything. If I wanted to focus, I could grab more readers, but making money from this blog is not my goal. I only desire to connect with a…
  • Memories of pizza

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Mario’s served my favorite pizza. High school was a long time ago, but that restaurant in Lexington, Massachusetts still lingers in my memory. Their thin crust had a light dusting of flour. The tomato sauce was the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. The cheese must have been real mozzarella. I am not sure if I ever met Mario — he may have even been Greek.  But the large Italian population of Boston definitely had their influence on that venue’s offerings. What restaurant stands out in your memory?
  • When fantasy does not work

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    When I was a teenage boy, my peers had posters of the Lamborghini Countach on their bedroom walls. I had a poster of Eddy Merckx winning the Tour de France on a Gitane bicycle. Lamborghinis and Ferraris have long been the desire of countless men (and fewer women) worldwide. If you want to buy a new Ferrari, there is an 18-month waiting list, even if you have the money! But such cars are not the objects of my fantasy. They don’t appeal to me as much as the new Honda Fit. Why? The Fit is attainable. In my wildest dreams, I will never have enough funds to own or lease an Italian supercar. Even…
  • I’m just glad it exists

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Vertu Signature Touch smartphone costs $14,100. It’s incredible that such a thing even exists. But I’m glad. It’s comforting to know that a few people in the world can experience Vertu’s largest ever ruby button. (I am not sure what it controls — maybe the ejector seat?) And it’s reassuring that one craftsman carries each object d’art from start to finish. (Their signature is on the inside of the battery cover.) However, vegans would not be happy with the seaspray lizard skin and black alligator skin cases. Vertu’s “focus on performance extends to the range of stunning…
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    Mental Floss

  • The Day the Mountain of Fire Was Born

    Miss Cellania
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Photograph by Flickr user Adam Greig. Eldfell is Icelandic for “mountain of fire.” The volcano named Eldfell came into being suddenly on January 23, 1973. It was a sight to see, but dangerous to be around. The people of Heimaey didn’t abandon their island home to the volcano, however. They made it work for them. Photograph by Bruce McAdam. Heimaey is a 13.4 square kilometer island just off the southern coast of Iceland. The name means “home island.” It is the largest and only populated island of the volcanic archipelago named Vestmannaeyjar, or “Westman Islands.” The newest…
  • 15 Things You May Not Have Known About Scream

    Sean Hutchinson
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We won’t spoil the big reveal, but even if you know the ending of Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece, these facts may be able to shock you.
  • The Glowing Seas

    the mag Sarah Laskow
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    From Puerto Rico to Bali to California, the oceans are alive with light.
  • 15 Twitter Accounts for Space Nerds

    Erin McCarthy
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Love space? Then consider following these astronauts, astronomers, and spacecraft on Twitter.
  • We Are Family: A Family Tree of the Entire Human Race

    AJ Jacobs the mag
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A.J. Jacobs is one of thousands of researchers tackling the biggest challenge in the history of ancestry.
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    Journey Mama

  • The girl, the potatoes, and the thief.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Yesterday Chinua returned from playing a music festival in Sweden and I breathed a huge sigh of happiness, mostly, but also relief, because of the antics the world gets up to while he’s away. There was that time I accidentally adopted a dog, or the the time Kenya ended up in the hospital getting an X-ray of her hand (only a sprain), and this time I had to wonder, What will happen while Chinua is away? (I’m not actually very superstitious--in the daytime--and I’m sure I only notice the crazy things that happen because they are more noticeable when I’m on my own … but still.)We…
  • On the town with the Leafy boy.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A couple of weeks back we had a community dinner at the Shekina Garden. A family joined us, and I was very inspired by their practice of making one minute videos of their days while they traveled. I'm always a bit daunted by all the video I take and never use, but my new friend showed me what he had done, and he made it look easy. So, when my Leafy boy and I went to Chiang Mai together to visit the dentist, I made a short video. This is what it feels like to be out with Leafy for the day.  (I'm still learning about Youtube and copyright, so if you can't see the video, please let me…
  • Seasons.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I love to know a place and its seasons. We're in the rainy season now, and I love it even though my kitchen floods every time there is a heavy rain, because the farmers are planting the rice and when the sun comes out all the world seems to be a reflection of blue sky and white clouds and the purest, infant green. Lush is too mild a word. Today Chinua left to play music at a festival in Sweden. His good friend asked him to come play and flew him out there, so off he goes to the far north, to play music late at night when the sun is still up and after it sets. When he gets back we'll have…
  • The week ahead.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    My weekend was lovely and relaxing, with a little bit of sewing, a little bit of painting, some cooking, some eating, some singing, and some board game playing. Now I'm diving into a verybusyweek head first. Sometimes it's not the number of things that I have to do in a week, but the diversity of things that messes with my head. From caring for a toddler, to homeschooling, to preparing for guiding meditation, to preparing for our upcoming trip (car insurance and registration, plane tickets) to writing, to painting, to spending time with friends, to cooking for a community dinner. I am…
  • Welcoming, creating, editing.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Our dear friends have arrived and the last few days have been a mishmash of talking, meals, and driving around on scooters to look at houses. There are kids who are happy to see each other. They run in and out of the house, climb into and out of the white flower tree. I did find two boys sitting on the roof of the studio/kitchen the other day. My own boy seemed shocked when I said he wasn’t supposed to be up there. I’m pretty sure his shock was due to his talent for acting, but I also know that these boys who have lived in India for so long see nothing wrong with sitting on rooftops. I…
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  • When Bad People Make Good Art

    Mike Duran
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    “We’re all like the moon,” quipped Twain. “We each have a dark side.” Despite our luminescence, even the most acclaimed among us has a barren backside. Perhaps this is why public moonings have replaced public floggings as our chastisement of choice. The recent revelation of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s history of child abuse  left many reeling. Apparently, while the late sci-fi icon was creating other worlds, she was pretty much defecating on her own. Bradley’s crimes have, understandably, evoked harsh reactions. While some authors and publishers have vowed to donate any…
  • Why Do Evangelical Fiction Readers Tolerate Violence But Not Profanity?

    Mike Duran
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    A grisly death occurs near the end of my first novel The Resurrection which leaves a bad guy a bubbling heap of intestinal lard. During the final edits, feeling relatively self-conscious about this over-the-top retribution, I suggested to my editor that I tone that scene down, make it less gruesome. She replied, “I’d leave it like that. He deserved it.” Interestingly enough, I almost pleaded with the same publisher to allow one of my characters to say “go to hell.” To a demon. They refused, saying that that phrase was unacceptable. My publisher refused to allow a…
  • How Much “Failure” Can We Tolerate in a Pastor?

    Mike Duran
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    I’m an ex-pastor. Ugh. I hate that term. No, I didn’t have an affair with the church secretary or get caught pilfering funds from the ice cream social. I was a young, untrained, inexperienced Christian who was launched, probably prematurely, into the ministry. As a five year-old Christian, father of four, with zero trade skills, I started my own church. I was forced to learn theology on the fly, as well as preaching, counseling, administration, accounting, property management, vision casting, leadership training, community outreach, missions, and officiating funerals. After eleven…
  • How Autobiographical Is Your Fiction?

    Mike Duran
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    “All fiction is largely autobiographical…”                                             — P.D. James I suppose the question facing a lot of novelists is not IF your story should be autobiographical, but HOW autobiographical your story should be? It’s no secret that novelists assemble their stories from the stuff of experience, drawing from the places they’ve lived, the people they’ve met, and the lessons they’ve learned. Of course, this could be a tad unnerving when a relative discovers themselves…
  • How Important Is a Good Cover to Novel Sales?

    Mike Duran
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I spoke with a writer friend who recently returned from a book festival. He had his own booth to sell his books and commented on the different ways people decide if a book is for them. There are five types of book buyers from his observation. The “back of the book” readers who consider the story synopsis The cover-art-sold-me-readers The endorsement page inspectors The read-the-first-page-readers (this includes those who opened to a random page in the middle of the book) The combo form of the above 4 methods I’m definitely a First page Cover art person. If the writing looks solid…
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  • 包茎を治すのは簡単なのです

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    男性のプライドを傷つけてしまうコンプレックスは早く治した方が良いと言えます。あなたの調べていることはここ→包茎手術 横浜に是非アクセスしてください。そのコンプレックスと言えるのが包茎なのです。色々詳しく教えます包茎治療 横浜がおすすめ。包茎は男性の陰茎に皮がかぶさってしまい、陰茎が露出しない状態を言います。私もここを参考にしました包茎…
  • 印刷において空調は命

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
  • ここでしかできない脱毛

    22 May 2014 | 10:49 pm
  • ほうけいだと言うことは人に知られたくないです

    22 May 2014 | 10:48 pm
  • 歯の調子が最近は良い

    7 May 2014 | 9:17 pm
    ここ一年で歯ブラシの他にもデンタルフロスとを使い始めたのですが、その効果たるや私の場合はかなりはっきりと出たので、とても驚いています。ここ駒込 歯科はすごく参考になりますよ。私の歯は感覚がかなり狭いために、歯並びは良いと言われるのですが歯垢がどうしても歯と歯の間に挟まりやすいのです。これは歯ブラシでも取ることが難しいのですが、今まではこれを放置していました。このサイト駒込…
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  • Product Manager HQ

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Started writing again at Trying to help people break into product management and teach the general community more about the role of a product manager.
  • Back to Cali

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:16 pm
    It’s been a crazy ride these past 11 months. Moving to San Francisco has been a lifelong dream and now that I’m here, I’m still grateful for the opportunity to be situated in this wondrous place. As to what’s happened recently, I was deployed as part of a product manager strike team from October – […]
  • Moving to a City is Necessary

    4 Sep 2013 | 10:44 pm
    I’ve been around the Bay Area my entire life. I grew up in suburban San Jose (Berryessa), moved to Milpitas, attended high school in Fremont, and finally college at Berkeley. 1 year ago, I graduated, found a full time job in Palo Alto and moved yet again thinking that I was destined to always live […]
  • Learning MySQL

    7 May 2013 | 11:24 pm
    While prepping for my new role, I’ve been watching a few MySQL classes on Udemy recently and am fortunate enough to find that it’s fairly intuitive. My dev buddies always laugh and say how easy it is due to the simple syntax and as I progress through the classes, I’m starting to see why. For […]
  • Interview with Fred Wilson

    11 Jul 2011 | 4:30 pm
    A great hour long interview with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures. Skip to 6:30 to begin the interview.
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex


    27 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    New Answer - GREAT DR. TAJU THAT HELP ME SAVE MY RELATIONSHIP. Good Day everybody, my names is ALEX BECKY, am from the United State of America, i want to give thanks and honor to Dr. Taju for the great work he did for me, he brought my lover within 24 hour which i never taught it will ever come through in my life, but this great man Dr. Taju proved to me that powers can do wonders, i got his contact from a friend in the USA who he helped, this friend of mine told me that this man is great but i felt as hmm are you sure? cause i hardly believe those kind of things,so she told me not to worry…

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    New Answer - GREAT DR. TAJU THAT HELP ME SAVE MY RELATIONSHIP. Good Day everybody, my names is ALEX BECKY, am from the United State of America, i want to give thanks and honor to Dr. Taju for the great work he did for me, he brought my lover within 24 hour which i never taught it will ever come through in my life, but this great man Dr. Taju proved to me that powers can do wonders, i got his contact from a friend in the USA who he helped, this friend of mine told me that this man is great but i felt as hmm are you sure? cause i hardly believe those kind of things,so she told me not to worry…

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    New Opinion - Hello everyone am julian from Ontario Canada i will like to tell everyone the help Dr Osorba renders to me i was suffering from a long time liver cancer i met someone on the internet who tell me about a great spell caster that can help me get cured and i asked for the contact of this great spell caster and i actually did contact him because i need to get cure of this deadly disease and told him about my health and i needed cure at first i thought it would work i decided to give it a try and today am cancer free and it was all with the help of Dr Osorba he sent me the medicine…

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    New Question - Hello everyone am julian from Ontario Canada i will like to tell everyone the help Dr Osorba renders to me i was suffering from a long time liver cancer i met someone on the internet who tell me about a great spell caster that can help me get cured and i asked for the contact of this great spell caster and i actually did contact him because i need to get cure of this deadly disease and told him about my health and i needed cure at first i thought it would work i decided to give it a try and today am cancer free and it was all with the help of Dr Osorba he sent me the medicine…

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    New Answer - I am Mrs ANDERSON ANN from USA, i want to share a testimony of my life to every one. i was married to my husband Barry Morgan, i love him so much we have been married for 5 years now with two kids. when he went for a vacation to France he meant a lady called Clara who en charm him with his beauty, he told me that he is no longer interested in the marriage any more. i was so confuse and seeking for help, i don't know what to do until I met my friend Miss Rose and told her about my problem. she told me not to worry about it that she had a similar problem before and introduce me to…
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  • ‘On The Right Side’

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    In June of 2000, I woke to find myself partially paralyzed on the left side of my body. It was as if someone had drawn a line down the center of my body and one side worked while the other didn’t. That started a round of hospital and doctors’ visits and tests. Nine days later, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and about four months after that, I was forced to leave the best job I had ever had and go on disability. I thought my life was over. I was only thirty-five and I imagined myself spending the next forty or more years sitting alone in my one bedroom apartment, watching…
  • Ireland – Between Heaven and Earth

    Guest Artist
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    The mythic Irish landscape and its people have had a profound impact on one another. The Celts saw the land as a living source of wisdom, beauty and transformative spiritual power. The Dark Hedges, Antrim, Northern Ireland, 2011 © Bret Culp Among the first to believe in the eternal nature of the human spirit they constructed monuments to death, rebirth and the cycles of the seasons and stars. These vestiges of the past continue to resonate through the countryside today. Temporal And Eternal, Poulnabrone Dolmen, The Burren, Clare, Ireland, 2009 © Bret Culp Castles, fortresses and ruins are…
  • UNL Students Form Bonds with Achuar Children

    Guest Photographer
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    “Welcome to Ecuador,” I announced to 11 people as they walked through the door of the customs area in the Quito airport.

 For several years, I have been asked if I would ever lead a trip abroad. This idea has held limited appeal; I like the freedom to move. I’m comfortable taking risks with my own life, not with others.

 With persistence, the students of Sig Ep Fraternity from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursued the idea of having me lead them on a journey. Nine active members, one alum and one chaperon were now my traveling companions. I agreed to this trip under three…
  • The Faithful Dog

    Eric Brad
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Are your dogs believers?  I don’t mean do they believe in doggie-heaven or doggie-angels.  Our dogs do have to have faith in a lot of little everyday things. It might be dinner time or evening walks or even the certainty of being scolded if they get caught getting up on the furniture.  I think that I need to be one of those things that my dogs believe in totally.  It’s a very important aspect of our relationship together.  It is something I have paid close attention to developing with my dogs for many years.  As a result, my dogs’ faith in me pays off in many, many…
  • Tarmac Meditations #147: A Song Without Words

    Michael Lebowitz
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    In the shifting greys of a gun smoke colored morning, it came to me that the past week has been the week when it seemed as if l was living inside Dylan’s description of modern life, where “everything is broken” was precise and right on target, and it kept on coming like a summer storm out in the Gulf heading towards the coast. I had just withdrawn from a photo shoot at the last minute, 4:00am today, the morning of the shoot. I seriously hate that. A six-day migraine was not letting go. As I lay the shoot down and chalked it up to another loss among many others this past year, I checked…
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  • Be Committed When it’s Temporary

    Angela Davis Schaefers
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    How To Be Committed When It’s Only Temporary Sometimes it is challenging to be focused and truly committed to someone or something that you know is only temporary. Often you do not know it’s temporary, whether it’s a personal/professional relationship, a situation or circumstance. But many things in life can be temporary. Things (and sometimes people!) always seems to change, and sometimes when you least expect it. I used to have a mindset that if I did not have 100% assurance that something or someone in my life was permanent I did not have to be fully committed. I would be present,…
  • To Be Just as Enthusiastic About the Success of Others as I am About My Own

    Darren Sproat
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Can you demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for the success of others? I immediately think of young celebrities like Justin Bieber or others who have been elevated to great success in their field of work. Haters always seem to be close and are quick to express their distaste for the success of some of these individuals. Frankly, most have stories of their own and most of these stories are fascinating to discover. Sure, many have blemishes on their character or run-ins with the law. Most of us do to some extent. The difference, of course, is most of us can pack our blemishes neatly in the back of…
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

    Darren Sproat
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I Promise Myself to… Think the Best Work the Best Expect the Best These are some interesting words to live by and, in my mind, they form the basis for visualization in your life. We have often heard about the best athletes in the world visualizing their entire performances before even getting to the event. In Clear Your Limitations, I wrote, “Focus on, visualize, and expect the best, most positive outcomes as you take the actions necessary to achieve your goals.” This fits here in my interpretation of this statement of the Optimist’s Creed and forms part of the…
  • To look at the Sunny-side of Everything and Make my Optimism Come True

    Darren Sproat
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    When are you able to stop for a moment and consume the beauty of everything around you? We all have responsibilities… some of which are routine daily tasks, some of which are inspiring and empowering, and some that can be irratating or down right depressing. There are a great many things in our lives (economy, disaster, finances, failed relationships, career woes, poor health, etc.) that serve to make us feel down and, should we choose to let them, lead us into a rut or depression. There are ways to overcome uncertainties or adversity in life that serve to put us into a down state.
  • To Make All My Friends Feel That There is Something Worthwhile In Them

    Darren Sproat
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is something worthwhile in everyone we encounter. This is true certainly true of friends and family. It is also true of those we choose to connect with in social media, blog communities here and at other blogs, and literally, everywhere. But, do we choose to actively reveal to acquaintances, friends and loved ones the worth that is in every one of them? “A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the…
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  • Design Inspiration Dose – 28

    Pixel Posts
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Maggi We are back again, as always, with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. By now you already might know what Design Inspiration Dose is all about, but for our new visitors, in this new segment at pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design…
  • May the Font be with you 13 – Farray, New Roboto, Moderne Sans, Aria Text

    Pixel Posts
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    May the Font be with you 13 – Farray, New Roboto, Moderne Sans, Aria Text We are back with free fonts for you, as always! May the Font Be With You!! It’s Tuesday again and as always we bring you another set of typefaces. The MTFBWY for this week are Vanity, Exo 2, Loew and Quire Sans. Feel free to use these fonts into your designs and make it more amazing. Most of these fonts are free. A few might be paid but then every type deserves a value more than we can ever offer. So read on and download the fonts that you think will make your design stand out! View all MTFBWY posts Here are the…
  • The Design History behind the official Commonwealth Programmes (1930, 1934)

    Jonny Rowntree
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Commonwealth Games 2014 – Glasgow The Commonwealth Games is an international sporting event and occurs every four years. It is the third biggest sporting event after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. Throughout the years, The Commonwealth Games as we have known it since 1978, has evolved through a range of identities. Throughout the 1930s to the early 1950s, it was known as the British Empire Games before rebranding to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954. The event was rebranded again in 1970 to the British Commonwealth Games, an identity that only lasted 2…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 27

    Pixel Posts
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    BVE Kids We are back again, as always, with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. By now you already might know what Design Inspiration Dose is all about, but for our new visitors, in this new segment at pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain…
  • Sense – The big daddy of all sleep tracking devices

    Pervez Ahmed
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Sense – the sophisticated Sleep Tracker from Hello There are many wearable devices that are making it very easy to keep a track of your health and fitness, but sleep is emerging as an area that is arguably the most important. Here’ s what James Proud who co-founded Hello - the company behind Sense, has to say about this elegant sleep tracker. According to Proud, the 22 year old former Thiel Fellow, humans spend one-third of their lives sleeping. Consider the average human lifespan – 75 years. Simple math will tell you that 25 years of that is spent on just sleep!! How you…
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  • Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Summer is in full swing and cool dinners are a staple in our house in Florida.  I love experimenting with new salads and in particular, slaw – I had a Ruby Red grapefruit that needed to be used, so I decided to try a Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing.  I’m really glad I did. It was wonderful! One large head of finely shredded cabbage Juice of one Ruby Red grapefruit 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons raw sugar salt and pepper to tast In a bowl, or large measuring cup, add the liquid ingredients, the sugar,  a big pinch of salt, and a couple…
  • Summer Harvest Warm Pasta Salad

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Down here in Florida, it’s really hot.  This room temperature, or slightly warm pasta “salad” is a great way to use up all those summer veggies!  This warm pasta salad is unexpected and marvelous! My version makes enough to feed an army, feel free to scale it down – don’t worry about measurements, it will be awesome, I promise. 2 Zucchini sliced thin 2 Yellow Squash sliced thin 3 Sweet onions sliced thin 2 large cloves garlic minced 3 medium tomatoes rough chopped 3 yellow nectarines rough chopped 1 yellow bell papper julienne 1 orange bell pepper julienne…
  • Linguine with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Decadent.  Did you ever feel like you just need carbohydrates?  Rough day?  Week? Month?  Yeah.  I had one of those days and I could not get the idea of pasta and potatoes out of my brain.  So?  I went with it.  This was so very good – comforting, very satisfying.  Feel free to halve the recipe if you’re rather not have leftovers for three days. I’m not complaining, but the leftovers could not be ignored and it turned into three days of eating lots of carbs.  Let me know if you try this, I’m very interested in hearing what everyone else things about Linguine…
  • Zoodle (Zucchini Noodle) Salad

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    These things are awesome!  I’ve been hearing about Zoodles (zucchini noodles) for years, but I’d never tried them.  This week I changed that.  I was really dying for some pasta, we all were and in our ongoing effort to stay off the processed carbs, I bought zucchini. I don’t have a spiralizer and I was really dreading the thought of trying to cut that much zucchini by hand -  but then I remembered that I have a mandoline and I thought that one of the blades, had to be able to get me close… It did. Honestly?  This is one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment…
  • Caponata Rice

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Sometimes a good idea just comes to you when you’re looking through the fridge for what to put together.  I love the taste of caponata, but we were hungry – so I needed something a bit substantial.  Caponata Rice fit the bill, quite nicely. 2 large eggplant, cut into cubes 5 large red tomatoes (I only had 3, 5 would have been better! 4 large cloves of garlic, mined 1 large sweet onion, chopped a big handful of kalamata olives, chopped olive oil salt brown rice   Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil. Add all the vegetables and the olives –…
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    Zara Stone

  • Meet The Man Who Want People To See Pit Bull Dogs as “Cuddly”

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bucket List of 15 Things to Do on a Safari in Tanzania

    Annette White
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Though going on a safari in Tanzania as a guest of Shadows of Africa was one HUGE bucket list check, there were also a number of mini checks during this incredible four day adventure.   Bucket List of 15 Things to Do on Safari in Tanzania 1. SPOT THE BIG FIVE If you are traveling all the way to […] The post Bucket List of 15 Things to Do on a Safari in Tanzania appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy.

    Annette White
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In my many years of traveling around the world, it was not until embarrassingly recently that I had ever spent the night in a hostel. This popular and economical lodging option was never on my agenda mostly because I don’t feel comfortable sleeping in the same room or sharing a restroom with strangers. When needing to pee […] The post Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

    Annette White
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Call me crazy, but seeing Notre Dame Cathedral was not on my Paris bucket list prior to arriving in France. What was I thinking? Peter and I actually passed by it the first time without even stopping and accidentally stumbled upon it the second time, only drawn in by the crowds and bleachers out front. Though many times while traveling, large crowds […] The post Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • See Hugging Zebras in Africa. Snapshot.

    Annette White
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    See Hugging Zebras in Africa While on safari in Tanzania, with Shadows of Africa, there was a wild vision that that never grew dull, the sight of zebras hugging. This sweet sight won’t be terribly difficult to spot, I got a glimpse of them in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarengire National Parks. Though this moment may be interpreted by humans as being nothing but tender, […] The post See Hugging Zebras in Africa. Snapshot. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece

    Annette White
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    99.8% of the time I am overly content with being a woman. But, while traveling through Halkidiki, Greece I encountered that .2%. Due to my genetic femininity I would only be able to witness the breathtaking Mount Athos Byzantine monasteries from a minimum of 500 meters away. That’s a whopping 1640 feet to us Americans, 140 meters longer […] The post See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • 12 Most Nostalgic Reasons to Attend Your High School Reunion

    Mary Dell Harrington
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Mary Dell Harrington “High school reunion.” When those three words pop up on your computer or arrive via postcard, your reaction will be one of two things: Sign me up! or No way in Hell! Having just returned from my own reunion, I want to nudge you toward the former. I had a fabulous […]
  • 12 Most Inspiring Infographics to Change Your Mind About Reading

    Alex Strike
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Alex Strike   We are what we read. It’s difficult to object to this statement, as reading’s influence on our minds has been researched and proved many times already. We bet you enjoy the process of reading —otherwise, you would not be reading this post, would you? The more you read, the more you’ll like […]
  • 12 Most Basic Speaking Mistakes That Crumble A Seasoned Presenter

    J. P. Reynolds
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By J. P. Reynolds When not giving seminars on interpersonal communication skills, I’m officiating non-denominational wedding ceremonies. (Long story for another kind of post!) Recently, I attended a networking event for wedding professionals. Jack (name changed), the keynote speaker, was introducing a new website aimed at the Millennial bridal market.   Within minutes of Jack’s […]
  • 12 Most Gumptious Ways to Display Grit in Your Writing

    Daphne Gray-Grant
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Daphne Gray-Grant There’s one talent more useful to writers than the ability to dream up sensational story ideas, write quickly and fluently, and sit at a computer for hours without losing their minds. It’s called grit. Do you have it? Take this very quick quiz  to find out. The website doesn’t say it, but I’m […]
  • 12 Most Tranquil Reasons to Take a Social Media Vacation

    Susan Silver
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Susan Silver   Have you felt that 24 hour drive to post and share your life on social media? Sometimes I think our media consumption fills a void in our lives. What if we stared into that void instead of ignoring it? What would we discover? Are there benefits to going off the grid? […]
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  • If You Want To Go Far...

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    There's an African proverb that states: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.This returned to my mind recently as I've been stumbling through the start of my Navy career. Coming in as an officer with no prior military experience has felt like being a toddler all over again. It's a strange combination of not knowing even the basic things, like when to salute, yet you are already wearing the uniform and a rank so you're stumbling around trying on things for size like "Sirs" and "Ma'ams" and feeling half like an impostor and half ridiculously excited for this…
  • A Year Later and Life is Still Gunning for Me

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    I'm feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed at the moment adjusting to a brand project at work while simultaneously adjusting to my brand new part-time life in the Navy Reserve, so I apologize but I couldn't pull myself together to write a new post this week. Instead, I'm reposting what I posted exactly one year ago -- since it's pretty fitting for how run-over I'm feeling by Life these days. (also, the "part-time thing" I cryptically mentioned below -- was about me joining the Navy. And I did say yes to the crazy cross-country relay. And I did get that new work project I was trying to find....
  • Punctuation Problems

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    I was hanging out with friends the other day and one of the male members of the group had spent part of the weekend making out with  flirting with a random girl who I'm sure he'll never see again. When she left, I watched him get her number -- even though I'm sure he'll never see her again.I, being the no-filter, verbal diarrhea, overly honest-er that I am, was immediately like "why bother exchanging numbers?"To which half my friends practically clutched their chests and were all "you have to do that. It's the norm."Here's where I again feel the need to compare dating rules to everything…
  • A Gearhead Trapped in a Skirt Suit

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    I'm posting a throw-back this week since I've been discussing cars with my friends lately. I drive a retro-looking Mustang and I love it. It's fast, it's cute, and part of me just has to buck convention and everyone else in D.C. seems to drive BMWs or Audis, so dang it - I'm sticking to the Ford muscle car in protest.Sure, it doesn't look as "mature," or "professional" as something that blends in, but I've never been good at trying to blend in - as evidenced by my choice of a first car: A 1967 Camaro.Below is from a post I originally wrote in 2011 about that car. Let your inner teenage boy…
  • Whichever Way's The Fastest

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    So, I'm currently obsessed with author Sloane Crosley and I was reading How Did You Get This Number and came across an excellent description for how I've learned to occasionally deal with life. She described how liberating it can be to get into a cab and let the driver decide the best way to a destination:"The moment you shut the cab door, you can be who you want to be...If you spend your day making decisions, you can stop, releasing yourself with those magic words: Whichever way's the fastest. Repeat it again when your driver attempts to brainstorm with you. He could…
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  • The Inspiration Awards from Canyon Ranch

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Who inspires you? I am willing to bet that you can think of someone. Perhaps that person has made a selfless sacrifice, motivated others, overcome adversity, or made a difference in the community. Who makes you want to be a better person? If that someone you know has truly inspired you, how about showing them how much they have done so by nominating them for an Inspiration Award? Mel and Enid Zuckerman opened the first Canyon Ranch in 1979, a beautiful, serene resort that is devoted to fitness, nutrition, relaxation, and healthy living. In celebration of its 35th Anniversary, Canyon Ranch is…
  • The Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Last Friday I attended Blogger Bash in New York City. Frankly it had been a little while since I’d attended a blogger event. I was looking forward to catching up with my online friends in real life. Though I had a great time at the KidVuz party, I have to shout it out to Element Associates for one heck of an event at the Element Associates Social Suite. Ok, so I am a bit partial here. After all, I do a fair amount of work with Debbie Bookstaber and the team at Element Associates. I consider them all to be friends. Lucky me, I got to work the Joseph Nogucci table at the #EAEvents party,…
  • The Next Big Buzzword in Health and Wellness

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you eat oysters, beef, Alaskan king crab, lobster, or pork chop, you may be embarking on the next big buzzword in health and wellness. Care to take a guess? I am talking about Zinc. It’s not just for colds anymore. The more Zinc gets researched, the more we are going to learn about its importance and its impact on the body. Not long ago I wrote a post for Babble about zinc’s role in fighting off breast cancer. Then just this week, researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals, a vital element in various bodily processes and in the prevention of…
  • Organic, Allergen-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Delicious Recipes? Yes, Please!

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Living healthy is super important to me. I’m not a saint by any means, but I try to value exercise, healthy organic eating and natural living as much as possible. The more health research I have read, the more I believe that we have just as much power to harm our bodies as we do to heal them. You may also know that my older son has lived with severe food allergies for many years. After researching gluten and reading Gluten Freedom, I am thoroughly convinced that gluten is just not meant to be digested, at least the way it is currently cropped and curated in this country. So I stay on the…
  • Essential Oils for Skincare: DIY All Natural Night Creme

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Though I am still somewhat of an essential oil newbie, I have been taking careful notes and reading tons of materials over the past few weeks. There is so much to learn about their incredible uses, from boosting energy levels to help with managing weight, sleeping more soundly, reducing acne and wrinkles, eliminating toxins, soothing sore muscles, and so much more. If there is an ailment or concern, there is a remedy using essential oils. The first area where I wanted to find a solution using these oil extracts is using essential oils for skincare. More specifically, I wanted to start by…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Resume Keywords vs. Buzzwords, and Audacious Job Seekers

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
      Without keywords, your resume will not see the light of day. And without be audacious in your networking and interviewing, you may go unnoticed in your job search. Coach Jennie Jennie Mustafa-Julock (@CoachJennie)is so much more than a life coach, and she probably prefers being called an Audacity Coach. She is the founder of, and we’re talking about being audacious job seekers/careerists. Here are highlights of our discussion: Jennie stated audacity has nothing to do with being “introverted” or “extroverted” but wanting making something special happen.
  • Your Job Search Begins Now, College Freshman!

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You own your own job search. With or without education, learning this job search thing is yours to master. There are many tools you’ll have access to and hopefully will use in your next four or more years. Many colleges do not have programs that engage students from orientation to graduation.  It is not that career service centers don’t try, but it is a monologue right now. There are a lot of reasons for that, and the history is long according to Bill Holland, former college professor, and author of the book, The Path from Backpack to Briefcase: A Parent’s Guide. I…
  • Got Job Gaps? How to be a College to Pro Parent

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    College students and their parents, with some exceptions, do not talk about long-range career plans. Job gaps after long periods of unemployment are frequent problems of re-engaging job seekers who take off of their career paths after 3 years or more. If either of these career-defining issues are yours, this is a must listen to episode. Your brand. Your voice. Employers are waiting to hear from you! Please sign up for my updates (What word is better than a newsletter? Suggestions please?). If you have a job search question, or a show suggestion contact me: Web:…
  • This is the Future of Work (as an Independent Contractor)

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board along with MBO partners produced a survey this month entitled, “The Successful Independent Contractor: A Workforce Trend for the Future.”  This survey revealed the attributes of successful the independent contractor worker. By 2020, it is projected that one of two professionals will be either full or part-time contract workers (also known as 1099 employees). The intent of the survey was published to capture traits of successful professionals who thrive as 1099 workers. What does it take to work as an independent contractor employee? Alexandra…
  • How to Use Pinterest and LinkedIn Groups for Your Job Search

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Your job search can use any bit of leverage as possible. Job seekers using Pinterest could glean a little about companies, but they can benefit greatly through the connections made in LinkedIn groups. Although the creative professional in the job search mode will find value in displaying their boards, and following company boards, everyone is sure to be noticed through LinkedIn groups. Today’s episode will clarify how you can maximize both tools potential. Welcome to the show. Hopefully, you will enjoy and learn how to improve your job search from our show today. You can participate in an…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Dargavs, The City of The Dead

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Located on the edge of the village of Dargavs, in the republic of North Ossetia–Alania, in Russia, is an ancient cemetery or necropolis. It is often called “city of the dead”, although the name is not unique to Dargavs, since the word “necropolis” itself literally means "city of the dead" in Ancient Greek. Dargavs is impressive because of the large number of mausoleums and the absolutely stunning scenery. The cemetery is located on the slope of a hill overlooking the verdant Fiagdon River valley, with several cliffs and 4,000 meters peaks looming above. The cemetery has…
  • El Salvador, A Mining Town Shaped Like A Roman Helmet

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Located at an elevation of more than 2,400 meters in the foothills of the Andes and in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the town of El Salvador was built solely to serve as office and residence for those working on the copper mines. The town came into being as a result of discovery of the ore in 1954, when the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, concerned about declining reserves in its Potrerillos mine, sent prospectors in search of a new source. Due to its remote location, the company had to build El Salvador as a self-contained and self-sustaining town complete with housing, schools, stores,…
  • Lucy the Elephant

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped building located along the beach in Josephine Harron Park in Margate, New Jersey. Lucy can be called the world's largest elephant, and the only one in America designated as a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1881, by the eccentric real estate developer James Lafferty, Lucy served - at different times - as a hotel, restaurant, office, cottage and briefly as a tavern, until unruly drunks nearly burned her down. It currently serves as a tourist attraction. Visitors enter through a spiral staircase in her left rear leg that goes through her…
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Near the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh, lies one of the largest ship-breaking yards in the world. It stretches for 18 km along the coast on the Bay of Bengal where more than 200,000 Bangladeshis break down up to 100 ships a year. Working under hazardous conditions, workers rip apart ships with their bare hands and a blowtorch to assist, dissecting the ship bolt by bolt, rivet by rivet. Every piece of metal worth salvaging is carried on to waiting trucks in the shoreline to be carried away to furnaces where it will be melted down and fashioned into steel rods. The steel accounts for…
  • Superkilen, A Public Park in Copenhagen With Artifacts From 60 Countries

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Superkilen is a public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark. Designed by the arts group Superflex with the collaboration of BIG architects and a German landscape architecture firm called Topotek1, the park is considered one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in the Danish capital. Filled with objects from around the globe, it is designed as a kind of world exposition for the local inhabitants, covering over 60 nationalities, who have been able to contribute their own ideas and artifacts to the project. Photo creditRead more » © Amusing…
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  • Win A $1,000 Shopping Spree! Sponsored by Tres Chic Boutique

    Beth Anderson
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    Many moons ago, we happened upon a charming online store and featured it to our readers. We helped Trés Chic Boutique celebrate their 5th anniversary and now they are celebrating their 10th! We are very excited to let you all know about the FABULOUS giveaway they are hosting in honor of this occasion. Trés Chic Boutique / is celebrating 10 years of providing the discerning woman with Signature Styles with a $1,000 Shopping Spree. One lucky winner will be chosen from a random drawing. And, each entrant will receive a $10 off instant coupon. To enter and for all of the details,…
  • Travel Tuesday: Visiting Arkansas, The Natural State

    Mariah March
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Welcome to Arkansas, the natural state, home of scenic hiking trails and diamond mines! This state is full of outdoor adventures such as zip lining and cavern tours. Arkansas is a land of rich history, filled with historical museums and antique shops. Arkansas’s culture is shaped from a history of Delta blues music and traditional Mountain folk music. With such a diverse history and culture, there is no wonder why tourists keep coming back for more! Style advice from the University of Arkansas from Collegefashionista! There is an huge variety of activities throughout Arkansas. Visitors…
  • Our Weekly Pick: Vivitar’s Waterproof Digital Video Recorder

    Brittany Leung
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    What’s one of the summer must-haves this year? A video recorder to capture all of your seasonal activities! We have selected one unique waterproof digital video recorder from Vivitar – the DVR 850W to make the choice easy for you. This product will be your beach essential! DVR 850W Digital Video Recorder Compact size, powerful features! You won’t be able to resist the ease of both carrying and using this recorder – it’s perfect to share the memories with your family and friends while splashing in the waves. The Vivitar DVR 850W will blow you away (no pun intended!) with…
  • Our Weekly Pick: Get The Latest Celebrity Summer Style

    Beth Anderson
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Summer is heating up, and we’ve been noticing our favorite celebs cooling down by chopping off their long locks in favor of the eternally stylish summer style: the bob. This season’s version is relaxed, easy and full of texture, keeping this look effortlessly chic. We’ve put together some tips from Keratin Complex to get the look: Keep your bob from looking flat and lifeless with Vita Volume Boosting Foam ($25. This non-greasy, moisturizing foam lifts the hair from root to tip for full blown body, volume and bounce while protecting hair from damage and delivering serious shine. Shake…
  • Summertime InstaMoments in NYC

    Brittany Leung
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Despite the blaring heat, summertime in New York City always creates endless memories! Not only does the season allow for more travels and excursions within and around the city, it also welcomes weddings, outdoor concerts, and of course, this year’s recent FIFA World Cup celebrations! Join me on a brief recap of summer 2014 in my Instagram shoesso far As we eased our way into summer, Claire Pettibone presented her wedding collection! @clairepettibone‘s show coming at you live! Stay tuned for our updates on a Romantique-ly promising bridal collection! And so the show went on… Such…
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    I haven’t felt settled since 2008. Seeing as it’s now 2014, that’s a really long time to feel constantly in flux, wishing you had some stability in your life. Something you can settle into. In 2008 I had been living in Seattle for five years. I had friends, I had a job, I loved my adopted city, I had met this amazing guy who would one day become my husband, and I pictured a life as a Washingtonian forever and ever. Clearly life had other ideas for me seeing as in December of 2008 I was laid off, and by April of 2009 I was packing my things and moving with Adam and hour south of Seattle…

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Adam's mother was kind enough to give us her DSLR camera she no longer used, so we've been playing around with it and realizing how very little we know. I've found some online DSLR camera classes but I'm hesitant to pull the trigger, so if anyone has any recommendations of one you've done, I'd love to hear! Below are some crappy shots from a morning in the garden. I'm still loving how this summer each new plant is a surprise as I watch my yard take shape. I can't wait to continue to mold it into the garden of my dreams over the years.  When you shop at Amazon using this link you're helping…
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  • The Perseverance of Weird Al Yankovic

    Mark Baker-Wright
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Meeting Weird Al at BotCon 2009The odds are you've probably already heard that Weird Al Yankovic's most recent album, Mandatory Fun, has officially been named the top album on the Billboard chart this week. Although Weird Al has been doing albums for more than three decades, this has never happened before, so it's kind of a big deal. Suffice it to say, being an album of parodies and funny novelty songs, this is not the kind of thing that normally tops the charts (in fact, according to Buzzfeed, the last comedy album to debut at #1 was in 1960, by the still-living legend Bob…
  • The Unofficial Transformers Club and Convention Data Pages Needs Help!

    Mark Baker-Wright
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    As many of you know, I have made it a bit of a hobby for the past few years to collect information regarding the various convention and club exclusives toys, dating back to the first BotCon in 1994, and collect them on what I have called "The Unofficial Transformers Club and Convention Data Pages" (at least, that's what I've called them since expanding from one to three pages sometime in late 2011/early 2012). When I started the project, I had some free web hosting space through my internet access provider, but when I changed providers several years ago, I lost that privilege, and had to find…
  • Countdown to BotCon 2014 - Pounce and Wingspan

    Mark Baker-Wright
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week, I mentioned that there is a rumor running around about what toys will be at-convention exclusives at BotCon 2014. We'll find out for sure if these rumors are true by the end of the week, but in the meantime, these rumors give me a chance to feature a pair I've been looking for an excuse to do for over four years now: Pounce and Wingspan.Read more »
  • Countdown to BotCon 2014 - Thundertron

    Mark Baker-Wright
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    When fans were speculating about what characters might be one of the "pirates" in this year's "Pirates vs. Knights" set at BotCon, Cannonball wasn't the only name to consistently come up. Although there aren't a huge number of pirate-themed Transformers through the 30-year history of the franchise, at least one other has been used fairly recently: Thundertron.Read more »
  • Countdown to BotCon 2014 - Cybertron Cannonball

    Mark Baker-Wright
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    As mentioned before, BotCon 2014 is featuring exclusive toys centered around a "Pirates vs. Knights" theme. Some fans may be surprised to know that there are, in fact, a few pre-existing "Pirate" characters in the Transformers franchise. One of these was introduced in the Cybertron toyline in 2006: Cannonball, and even when the convention theme was first revealed to fans several months ago, it was pretty obvious that one of the figures in the box set would be a new version of this character. But let's focus on the original for now....Read more »
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  • Visit my new blog at Kim and Proper

    Kim Bachmann
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Today is the launch of my Kim and Proper website and new blog. Kim and Proper dresses are slim, chic, comfortable, affordable and sold on-line only. My new blog will pick up where I left off along with content related to Kim and Proper. You can subscribe to the new blog separately via email or RSS. I hope you like it.
  • Bed Jacket

    Kim Bachmann
    14 Feb 2012 | 2:45 pm
    How dark a girl’s life would be without best friends. I don’t know what I would do without my daily updates, chats and coffees with Barb and Micki. Well…probably learn a new language or something useful. But how lonely I would be, speaking French all by myself! When I think about the support they have shown me, through ups and downs, I feel so fortunate. When our house was for sale and I was afraid someone more fun would buy it and have dinner parties, Barb and Micki assured me they would not darken the door of my house, let...
  • Conversation

    Kim Bachmann
    9 Feb 2012 | 6:00 am
    I try, if I can help it, never to say anything of interest in front of my children. Just keep it simple. “Eat your breakfast. Brush your teeth. Go to bed.’” But sooner or later you slip and says something that piques their curiousity and the interrogation begins. “Mommy, when you were talking with Barb just now you said she was your best friend. Is that true?” “It was sort of a joke.” “So she’s not your best friend?” “Hmmm? No. I mean yes. I mean, I was asking if she could do a favor for me since we were...
  • Micki's Father

    Kim Bachmann
    31 Jan 2012 | 2:00 pm
    “Have you packed your lace veil?” I ask Barb. “ummm, I’m not sure they still wear…” “Well, you can do as you like, but I for one will not disrespect Micki’s father by waltzing into the Cathedral bareheaded to his funeral!” I hang up the phone and lovingly finger the beautiful antique black lace veil I have been saving for just such an occasion. For someone slap dash in so many areas of her life I am more than prepared, attire-wise, for events such as Catholic funerals or celebrity weddings in St. Tropez. In fact, I could go to up...
  • Unconditional Acceptance

    Kim Bachmann
    28 Jun 2011 | 11:35 am
    Sitting in the car, waiting for the boys to finish tennis clinic at the Cal Club, I listen to Eminem’s, “I Love the Way You Lie” over and over. The song shows how crazy a man can get when he is madly in love with a woman, which makes me feel very annoyed with Beloved. Why can’t he be more wildly passionate?! Not in the physical sense, which I didn’t mean to infer because that would be gross, but in the hard-core rapper sense, which isn’t. I get a little thrill every time his girlfriend (Eminem’s, not Beloved’s) says she’s...
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  • The Morning of the Ascend

    charlie grosso
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    It’s 4am. Darkness, fog and cold linger at High Camp. I barely slept the night before despite having gone to bed at 8pm. Prem (my trekking guide) knocks on my door. This is the first morning in ten days of trekking where he’s come looking for me instead of waiting for me in the dinning room. I’m still packing up. He insistently takes over the sleeping bag even though I am half way through stuffing it. We pick up our packs, do a quick dummy check, making sure I didn’t leave anything behind and head for the dining room. Most of the trekkers are already here and are half way…
  • Adventure in Putao, Myanmar’s most northern outpost.

    charlie grosso
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    “What are you thinking for the next 10 days?” ” Google Putao and see what you find.” I knew that is where he would want to go even before his text came through. How did I know? We don’t know each other, and yet here we are, rendezvousing in Myanmar. The only measure of you are not an ax-murder is a few overlapping Facebook friends, a couple of hours spent in person, and sharing the same adventure resume highlights of The Mongol Rally and The Rickshaw Run. That was all I had to go on before I committed to spending 10 days with him in a not well-traveled country…
  • “Do you eat Shan noodles?”

    charlie grosso
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    How do you know if you like a place or if that place is the one you want to return to time and again? What made you choose to eat at the second stall at the night market, run by the beautiful lady with Indian features, very pregnant and a crisp English instead of the first stall or the third? Finding that place, that very peculiar spot where you like to hang out — the first step in lifting the tourism veil and getting to know a place — has an alchemy of its own. Choosing The French Touch was a no brainer. The bright orange cafe is created for travelers and foreigners; wifi,…
  • Life on the Streets

    charlie grosso
    29 May 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yangon wakes early. I imagine its citizens lie awake in the last remaining night, silently still with ears perked and eyes squinting, waiting for the tiniest sounds of birds and the faintest spot of light. At the first signal of day, they bounce out of bed and head into the streets. It is not even 6am, and the street vendors are out with steaming pots and bubbling vats of oil. You can start your day by earning “merits” or “good karma,” an act of charity, which is all it takes to influence the fortune of your next incarnation. Here in Yangon, earning merit is translated…
  • When I am good and ready…

    charlie grosso
    20 May 2014 | 8:34 am
    A single fluorescent tube illuminates this 11 feet by 8 feet room. I stretch across the bed. I wanted to see if I could touch one wall with my feet and the opposite with my hands. Yes, just barely. The AC is good and strong except in a room this small, you are either freezing cold or just a bit damp and icky. This is not the smallest room I’ve stayed in but it ranks in the top 5. I stare up at the ceiling at the tube of light; I have no desire to move. It’s barely 6am, I leave this tiny room for the first time and watch Yangon unfold. A bowl of noodles, two cups of creamy sugary…
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  • I See The Light In You

    Fiona McColl
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
  • Feelings Are Powerful, Feel Them Anyway

    Fiona McColl
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
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  • Re-Connect

    Fiona McColl
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Reconnecting is really very simple. We feel. Nothing fancy, or difficult. We just start inviting and feeling, allowing feelings and paying attention to them. You can practice anywhere, as much and as often as you like. You can feel right now. Just stop, close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and feel. Start by feeling physical sensation – my back feels a bit sore from being hunched over the keyboard, my arms are chilly, my chest feels a bit tight. Then, take another breath or two, and tune in to what you feel inside – that tightness in my chest, it doesn’t release when I breathe, it…
  • The Many Faces of Estrangement Trauma

    Fiona McColl
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    “I have been pushed and shoved and have fallen out and away, so very, very, many, many times! And others around me have not! But then, the others haven’t seen what I have seen or felt what I have felt or been who I have been, they can’t become what I have become. I am me.” ― C. JoyBell C. I’ve been writing of late about the relationship between family estrangement and trauma; Estrangement as Trauma, Making Connections: Trauma and Estrangement, as well as numerous posts about estrangement and attachment {that’s related, but more on that another day!} I’d…
  • Limitations

    Fiona McColl
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
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  • Having fun is important when you are trying to get fit

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The world of lesbian is so large that it is easy to become confused and lost about what is right for you. All possibilities can overwhelm anyone, so it’s important to get as much information as possible about what is out there. Here are some dynamic suggestions for working on your lesbian. way to stay healthy and fit when working out is to do everything I can to avoid neck injuries. Never try without proper guidance and knowledge. Always use proper to perform any type of building sex force posture. Be sure to stretch the neck properly before and after training. Think about becoming a…
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    26 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
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    14 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Being physically fit can dramatically affect your sex life. You can increase your mood, your stamina and your self esteem. You will feel more confident and harder equipped to handle day to day. This erotic story will give some tips on how you can make it a reality. If you are working on your overall lesbian with running and is looking to increase its strength, lift speed. If you avoid lengthening your stride and rely instead on short steps to faster, your naked body will acclimate to harder training quicker. You are licky for your next marathon in no time! A hot tip to get in shape is to hire…
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    Staying in shape takes a lot of willpower and effort. Occasionally, you need to suck new ways to improve your sex routine and boost your morale for sex. This erotic story is for those who need a bit of talk about the basics of being fit and in shape. To get fit, you need to sex regularly. Instead of simply exercising occasionally, establish a regular time for sex and do it every day or every other day until it becomes a habit. The more sex the harder shape your naked body will be in and the harder you will feel. When working be careful with the type of sexs you are doing in relation to the…
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    4 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • A life lesson

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Life can change in the blink of an eye. Not everyone learns that statement the hard way, but many of us do. A life can be taken, a life can be changed, a life can be altered. We have a habit in America of coming to expect certain sort of lives and when that dream is shattered it can really open your eyes. Along our journey we have met people like us that had every expectation of having the perfect pregnancy only to learn it wasn't. We have met people that expected to have a football playing straight A son and like us........they don't. We have met mothers who are teary when they tell us that…
  • Pulse ox is low, heart rate is high, this little mommy says sigh sigh sigh

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Have you ever had those moments when taking care of your child that you knew something was wrong? A mommy intuition that something is just..........not...................right?  I just feel like there is something going on with Jude. It's one of those feelings I wish was wrong. When analyzing work and our current situation I know it would be best that Jude stays as healthy as possible until 2015! A strange assessment but the honest truth! Well I prefer he stays better forever.When Charlotte got here today to care for Jude while I went to work I explained that Jude has been very happy,…
  • Jude's update

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Jude still has to lay mostly as flat as possible due to the spinal fluid leak. People keep saying they are seeing a change in the bump, but when I go to change his's the same. I have confidence it will heal on it's own but right now the swelling is still there.Jude did well today, but he did present with a few things. His heart rate is running high to me at 146 or higher. His pulse ox is great at 100!!! However, his neck is very tight and toned. His axillary temp is 98.7 and he is presenting with new seizures. I don't like these seizures. He seems to be holding his breath…
  • Jude's bump and doctors update

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Mike took Jude to his Pediatrician today and then to the neurologist for check ups. The Neuro said the cerebral spinal fluid leak isn't ideal, but it happens. They really believe Jude's body will heal the leak itself and agreed we should just watch him. That's good news and we will continue to monitor Jude and hope he doesn't need any further intervention on the matter. They also increased the Baclofen pump a tiny bit. They said they were very hesitant with how Jude has responded to go up any further, but they did want better tone than he has now. To top off my month from Hades we received a…
  • The good and the bad

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    The bad news's spinal fluid. The good news is that they are comfortable letting him stay home for now to try to resolve this (yay). We got specific instructions. 1. Jude has to stay flat either on his side or his back, but flat. 2. Limit all activities3. Any type of actual leaking from the site requires immediate transport. 4. a fever of 102 or higher requires us to take him in right away. 5. If the site gets larger we go in.So we are all going to be very vigilant about this and hopefully get Jude healed at home. It's always a waiting game with him. I am very…
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  • A.d Starrling’s Greene’s Calling Virtual Tour with Fourth Wall, Excerpt & $25 #Giveaway

    Amberr Meadows
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Greene’s Calling (Seventeen #3) By A.D. St […] The post A.d Starrling’s Greene’s Calling Virtual Tour with Fourth Wall, Excerpt & $25 #Giveaway appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: ‘Drowned’ Virtual Tour with Excerpt and Book Giveaway Virtual Book Tour: Burt Weissbourd’s ‘In Velvet’ Cover Reveal and Excerpt ‘Wytchfire’ Virtual Tour Review and RAP Swag #Giveaway @mrmeyerhofer ‘Float’ Official Virtual Book Tour & Kindle Fire HD Giveaway
  • Drive More Sales with Shopping Feed Management Software and Tools

    Amberr Meadows
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    For every shopper who visits your website directly and […] The post Drive More Sales with Shopping Feed Management Software and Tools appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: Magento Leads in the E-Commerce Software Solutions Space BabyJunk Makes Online Consignment Shopping Simple and Fun #BabyJunk Painlessly Shopping for the Best Auto Insurance #tips 4 Things That Make A DIY Website Builder Easy to Use
  • Publishing Can Be a Dream Come True

    Amberr Meadows
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Most writers have visions of publishing a book or a mag […] The post Publishing Can Be a Dream Come True appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: #BiblioCrunch Connects #Authors and Quality Publishing Professionals Freaky Fall Give Away #Blogger Sign up Form. First Link Costs Nothing!-CLOSED Emma Adam’s ‘Darkness Watching’ #CoverReveal Book Review: ‘Against All Odds’ by Ju Ephraime is a Sexy, Sensual Romance
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    29 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Whereas before you had to go to the doctor to get a ful […] The post Balance Living TM Precision LIFE TRACK Body Analysis Scale #Review & #Giveaway (RV $50) #Spon appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. Related posts: NuShape For Your New Body Shape Review and Giveaway (RV $45) @trynushape Qure Water is the Cure for Thirst and Body PH Balance #Sponsored #healthandwellness Pure Raspberry Ketones Fat Burning Supplement Review and Giveaway (RV $30) Febreze #Noseblind Event Review and $60 Amex GC & Febreze Package #Giveaway #Spon
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  • Three Haiku - Breezes, Rainbows, and Twigs

    Anthony Hopper
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    A Rainbow DividesA Storm Approaches (1)The dark tempest warsWith the yellow light of dayA rainbow dividesA Twig Hangs on EdgeA twig hangs on edgeThe rushing water takes itOver the fall's edgeA Breeze PortendsA breeze breaks the calmPortending the squall to comeDark clouds gather steam-- Anthony Hopper1. Photographer: Warrenlead69    Date: January 20, 2008     Description: "Storm Approaching Anna Bay NSW Australia"     Location/Permission: In Wikimedia. Creative Commons - GNU Free Documentation License, Version    1.2 (link to photo in…
  • Three Haiku about Nature

    Anthony Hopper
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    A Fawn Escapes The grave  of Doctor John Conolly MD DCL (1) The fawn bends to drinkIn the river lies a crocThe jaws snap, a second lateThe Surviving Sentinel Standing sentinelOver a barren landscapeThe last survivorIn Quiet Repose In quiet reposeA sublime and peaceful sceneAn old gravestone-- Anthony Hopper1. Photographer: P. G. Champion    Year: 2007     Description: "The grave and headstone of Doctor John Conolly MD DCL, (May 27, 1794 - March 5,                         1866),…
  • A Note from Anthony - A Flood of Articles

    Anthony Hopper
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    I just wanted to let all of my readers know that I will be placing a large number of articles onto this blog in a relatively short amount of time.  I am taking this step because I have to transition all of my Y!CN articles over to the blog before Y!CN shuts down for good on July 31.  I apologize in advance if that causes anyone any inconvenience (eg. your new blog postings list grows exponentially in the span of a few hours).  Once I have transferred all of the Y!CN articles to this blog, I plan to place them into categories.  As such, you should be able to quickly find…
  • Haiku about Memories and Disturbed Ponds

    Anthony Hopper
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Bittersweet MemoriesA gentle wind movesA tear down a wrinkled cheekAn old man recallsTears (1)A Pond Disturbed by a PebbleQuiet, tranquil pondA pebble pierces the blueA maelstrom, short livedMemories - Good and BadMemories are chainsThat bind--Yet also strong meadThat can set us freeCredit: Ray NataTitle: Miedo-AjenoDate: November 28, 2008The author has released the work into the public domain, per his/her note on Wikimedia (see link in title).-- Anthony Hopper#haiku #poetry #nature #mind
  • Haiku about Baseball, Beads of Water, and Butterflies

    Anthony Hopper
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    I have written a number of haiku over the last few years.  Here are three of these poems.Haiku #1: A Baseball MomentThe crowd goes silentThe ball flies into the sunHeliconius Charithonius (1)A fielder preparesHaiku #2: Beads of Water on a LeafSmall beads of waterTense! Waiting to trickle downA pink leaf holds themHaiku #3: Butterflies Take flightTranquil-no windSun's warmth, the only caressButterflies take flight-- Anthony Hopper#poetry #poems #haiku #nature #butterflies #baseball #sports #weather(1) Credit: Adrian Pingstone      Title: Heliconius…
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  • Today I remember…

    Casey B
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I have been writing, but it has taken other forms. Between the fourth of July and the first of October, the 50 Songs in 90 Days (50/90) takes place. I have … Continue reading →
  • Moving FORWARD!

    Casey B
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Originally posted on Camp Erin Parents:I had planned to write about something completely different this month, until I saw this posted on a friend’s Facebook page. I saw the picture and thought, Yes!! Oh how I wish that everyone…
  • Sometimes you slip…

    Casey B
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Hi, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I came back here today, and I’ve just realised it’s been nearly two months since my last post. During that time, I have finished my degree (pending results on Wednesday) and … Continue reading →
  • Surprised by peace at Easter

    Casey B
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Hi, friends. I hope this finds you well. I am pleased to be able to say that I am feeling better than I have done at Easter for some time. I recognise that part of this is the fact that … Continue reading →
  • Remembering the good times

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

  • 10 Secrets of Outstandingly Successful People

    Charles Chua C K
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    According to Tactics, the Art & Science of Success, a book written by Edward de Bono, there are  many styles of success. It depends both on the personality of the person and, to some extent, on the field of success. In spite of the vast differences in the way they do things and achieve success they share common traits:  1.      Energy: Energy derives from a healthy body and a healthy mind. Energy manifests itself in enthusiasm, eagerness and stamina. It allows a person to work hard under stressful situations. Successful people are bursting with robust…
  • How To Manage Your Life Productively

    Charles Chua C K
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Productivity in life is more than getting more things done. It is about living a balanced life. It means when you work you are able to get done those things which are important. You are also able to take breaks to unwind and relax while at work.  There is also time for you to spend with your family. You are also able to allocate time to exercise and to be alone. There is also time in your life to socialize and make important connections.  You know personal finance is important to you and you are able to spend time regularly to review your budget. These are important areas in your…
  • Free Cloud Storage that I Use Productively

    Charles Chua C K
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    According to an article, What Is Cloud Computing, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.Who are the free storage providers that I take advantage of cloud computing productively?They are Google Drive, Apple iCloud and pocket.Google Drive  I get 15 GB of free storage form Google Drive to keep pictures, files, designs, drawings, recordings, videos and anything at all and view them anywhere anytime.In addition, I use spreadsheet to keep track of my monthly expensesand I do content audit as suggested by Neil…
  • 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Career Unintentionally

    Charles Chua C K
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    You want to get ahead at work and you think you are doing fine and in control of your career. Deadlines are met and work is carried out smoothly. However, there are things that you have overlooked or because it is your daily habits  you do not notice that are obstructing you to grow your career. Find out if the following bad habits are sabotaging your career:  1.      Confine to your own department: You run your own department in tip-top condition and you don’t care about what’s happening in other departments. If you aim to play a bigger role in an…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Happy

    Charles Chua C K
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it. - Willie NelsonUnhappiness is about negativity. Instead of looking at the bright side of things your outlook is groom and doom, you response to things with a negative mindset. Here are the ten sins of your unhappiness:1.    Focuson your regrets and fears: You can’t undo your wrong doings in the past and your fears about the future are not happening now and may not happen at all. Treasure the present moment, it is the only time you can do your best to create a…
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    Ish Ism

  • Foster Care Day 380: They’re Just Kids… They Can’t be Diagnosed with psychological Issues!

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    It has been nearly a year since my wife and I received our first foster child into our home. Since that day, we have had a total of six foster children come into our care. Currently we have a three-year-old … Continue reading →
  • Marathon Training Day: Victory and the 2014 Eugene Marathon

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Today I ran nearly five miles. Yes… I ran five miles, walked two miles… and felt pretty good. I cannot run the full marathon on July 27th in Eugene. That is a fact I have reluctantly accepted. But the half … Continue reading →
  • Yes, No, Maybe So

    18 Jun 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Originally posted on Ranting About Rectangles:It has been a long time since I posted, and with good reason. The boys are gone. We almost quit foster parenting. Some types of trauma can not be healed in a family foster…
  • Crash

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Emotions. Physical pain. Frustration. I am probably not running in the Eugene Marathon at the end of July. If I do run, it is unlikely I will run the full marathon. Most likely I will run the half marathon and … Continue reading →
  • Marathon Training Day 601: Should I give up on the Eugene Marathon?

    10 May 2014 | 8:18 pm
    July 27th, 2014 is when the Eugene Marathon happens. That’s just over two months away. I was once excited about running this marathon, which would have been my second marathon. But 2014 has been a year of weird challenges. At … Continue reading →
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Getting started, all in or gradual?

    Peter Wright
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    A two-part post for you today, a few more thoughts on getting started and some feedback on an enjoyable, positive event that I was fortunate to attend.   No Retreat               The previous post explored reasons why it is very much easier to get stuck in the “Getting Started” trap in the Internet Age than in the ancient era of “real” businesses. Another huge factor for many would be entrepreneurs getting stuck in the trap is the choice between: Burning the bridges, and diving full-time into a new business. Starting it as a…
  • The Quicksand of The Getting Started Trap

    Peter Wright
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    It’s been an interesting week I have met many new and interesting people. I have also been noticing how many people are stuck in the preparing to get started or getting started mode. It seems that every second person I met this week was an advisor, consultant, coach, facilitator, or similar with a website, a business card but no clients and therefore no income. All were still in the Getting Started trap.   Getting Started Quicksand                     For the first time, I joined Chuck Bartok on his Wednesday evening weekly phone in…
  • Independent thinking and creativity.

    Peter Wright
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    The last post ended with questions about creativity. Media and public opinion Lets start with more questions that at first glance do not appear related but in reality have a lot to do with our thinking processes, our values and our view of the world and creativity. Do the media direct or reflect public opinion? Or do public opinion, vested interests or some shadowy group of conspirators influence the content and bias of the media? Has the elevation of social media into the role of primary information channel (s) for millions of people improved or worsened, the accuracy of reporting on major…
  • Why Passion Fuels Creativity.

    Peter Wright
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Did you watch any of the Soccer World Cup matches in Brazil?   soccer player I am not a rabid soccer fan, I only watched the grinding final and snippets of a few other matches. The whole World Cup charade like the Olympics seems to me more about promoting the prestige of the officials and building empires to control sport, than it does to benefit players or participants. However, watching and listening to those who are rabid fans both in person and in the media, shines an interesting light on human behaviour and on the link between passion and creativity. I wrote in this post on 10…
  • Unconstrained Creativity – 3 steers in a Honda Civic

    Peter Wright
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Thinking “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”  - Henry Ford That quotation sums up why many of us struggle with creativity. We find it hard to concentrate our minds on the type of thinking we need to do. We think of the process instead of the outcome we are trying to create. That creates a wall, it stops the flow of creative juices as effectively as the Kariba dam does the Zambezi river. We try to stimulate our minds to create something entirely new, forgetting that some of the most dazzling creations or successful…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Book Review: The Garden of Dead Dreams

    Carmen Amato
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Etta Lawrence has staked everything on a year at a prestigious writing academy in the rainy Oregon woods. But truth be told, she’s an indifferent writer. She’s also distracted by her roommate’s distraught behavior and has a crush on the academy’s cook, a Texan named Carl. In THE GARDEN OF DEAD DREAMS, Quillen’s prose drips with atmosphere, quirky characters, and a deep sense of foreboding. The academy’s founder, the late great novelist Vincent Buchanan (a Herman Wouk-type figure on literary steroids) is still revered by students and administrators alike, almost to the point of…
  • The Right Fork

    Carmen Amato
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    A number of years ago, when my children were younger and we were living in Mexico, my family was invited to the residence of a NATO ambassador and his family for a New Year’s Eve dinner.  Our children were all the same age and the wife and I were close friends, both of us dealing with the challenges of setting up house in a new country, helping our children adjust, and learning a new language. I’d been told that dinner would be casual but it was in the formal dining room with a table that could easily seat 30. Placesettings were as elaborate as if this was a diplomatic affair, with…
  • What Happens When All the People Are Mexican

    Carmen Amato
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    “But the novel is set in Mexico,” she said. “All the characters are Mexican.” “That’s right,” I replied. “Lives of the people fighting the drug cartels. And Mexico’s class structure.” A fateful phone call This was about 5 years ago. I was speaking on the phone to a well-known American author about potential agents and publishers for  THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY. She was enthusiastic about the quality of my writing but we kept circling around an undefined problem. “New York will never touch it,” she said finally. “And a New York agent is the only kind worth…
  • Reshaping the Acapulco Skyline

    Carmen Amato
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Acapulco has alot to offer: beautiful beaches, water sports, cliff divers, iconic skyscrapers, swimming with the dolphins. Get off the beaten path and you can add gun violence, murder, cops, and drug seizures. All that’s missing is a skycraper that looks like a corkscrew. Ahem. Let me clarify. In DIABLO NIGHTS, the third Emilia Cruz novel, Acapulco itself is as mch of a character as Emilia, her partner Franco Silvio, or her lover, Kurt Rucker. The action moves from Kurt’s hotel on Punta Diamante on the city’s far eastern edge, to the cruise ship docks near the old fort of…
  • DIABLO NIGHTS Cover Reveal and Kindle Release

    Carmen Amato
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    The third installment of the Emilia Cruz mystery series, featuring the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, is out on Kindle!  The paperback version will be available in August. And finally–the Cover Reveal! The final cover, shown here, is a slight variation of the winning cover which was one of four offered in a reader poll three weeks ago. DIABLO NIGHTS is more of a psychological thriller than the previous two Emilia Cruz mysteries, CLIFF DIVER and HAT DANCE. Emilia’s is pulling threads and following leads and reacting to the news she gets at every turn. The…
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  • business acumen

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    above:  the business acumen that gets instant funding. take your eyes off the road for one second, and things be all like, planet of the apes. men.  we’re either busy starting wars and inventing new torture devices, or giving it all away to things with titties. those are the two modes of man.  one – maim and kill and take-your-stuffs, and two – ok, sure, whatever you say girl thing, take all my loots.  oh and can i see maybe your boobies some more, then? you’ll never stick your head out above cloud base, and come back to earth looking at anything the same way.
  • increase the loots: procrastinate productively

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    remember times of the growly?  might be de-touring to the dusty shithole for a weekend of amusement … a quick aside:  got a couple of distraught e-mail for that last post, the scourge-of-humanity-white-man. of course i’m not serious.  it’s what i’d throw at most thaivisa posters or use as argument against our typical expat.  besides that though, there’s no point harboring illusions about humanity – it’s all the same, no matter which generation or race.  short sighted and selfish. still, have that shiv handy, for when the pompous big tuna…
  • the educated western man

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    educated middle age western man archetype.  typical middle aged western white man at the coffee shop counter.  he’s morally outraged at the pricing structure.  “and a large is 85?!”  he shakes his head disbelievingly, and delivers some condescending litany of western educated economic theory to the 17 year old thai girl working the counter. let’s stop there.  this, the archetype self identifying educated western man.  educated, in the sense he might aspire to, is a total myth. what is implied when referencing education, is entirely without sense or meaning.
  • masters and subjects

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    if you own a boxster and haven’t gotten a gold wrap for it yet .. whatsa matter with you?! where are you from, she asks. so it’s going to get a little weird again, in usual bloglet fashion.  huffing and puffing about all that business.  right now, jakes is in pursuit of a birth certificate, all legitimately and whatnot.  a birth-god-damn-certificate.  must have it, to prove which corporate gangland i’m property of. or ganglands, plural, in this case.  born here, and there. your passport issuing country-corporation owns you.  some dude behind a desk can make a new law,…
  • days o’ thunder

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    nothing is happening.  bloglet is silent.  ten days.  for once though, i actually remember to dig out the camera phone and take pictures of random trips on the road.  since picture filled posts garner more comment bits, here’s some more of that stuffs .. protracted bloglet silences.  broken comment section.  flickerings of error messages everywhere.  the building be crumbling, aye! meanwhile stuff behind the scenes is uneventful.  no profound insights.  no amazing new girl bits.  torn between places to be, places to live, business bits to deal with, directions to take.  my…
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    GDM 's Down the Rabbit Hole/A day in the Life.

  • Blog in Full Order

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

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    As George and Bill drag Chris into the kitchen he is now fully awake and in all out “rage mode.” His fingertips grasp the doorframe as George and Bill try to clear the stairs out of the basement. Bill bangs on Chris hands to make him let go.George and Bill have moved into new carrying positions. George has Chris under the arms and Bill has his legs. Chris is bucking like a horse trying to throw its rider. “He’s a kicker!” screams Bill just trying to hang on.“Smash!” go the bottles on the counter as Chris swings an arm, connecting with them and a coffee maker. Chris connects with…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 23

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    26 May 2014 | 12:56 pm
    George takes his boot and places it on Chris’ forehead. He rocks Chris’ head back and forth.“Dead, I’m tellin you.” Bill says leaning over the body. A half an inch of ash clings to his cigarette.Bill raises his face back up to George and yells. “This is your mess!” “How the fuck is this my mess?” George hisses back at Bill through clenched teeth.Taking a step forward Bill flicks the ash of his cigarette on the floor. Then he places both hands on his hips.“Girl, if you didn’t hire these hooker boys at the Water Works Pub, then we wouldn’t be in this mess were…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 22

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    18 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    Chris just lies there. George is speaking quickly into the receiver. He is still on the phone with the police dispatcher.Hmmmmmmmm? I think to myself.And, the police are going to do what, when they arrive and find Chris dead, with George and me standing over him?I look around the room. It reminds me of a bunker. One you would see on the movie of the week. The one where the mad scientist takes boys to his room to eat, watch films and to torture them? Remember that movie?Looking around, I can see that the room is stacked from floor to ceiling with books, food, clothing and has a full wall…
  • All the Nuts aren’t with The Pancake’s Part 21

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    11 May 2014 | 5:14 am
    I walk through the kitchen; everything is just where I left it.  There is a white plastic bag on the counter. I peek inside. I can see two Styrofoam containers and I can smell breakfast.“How Sweet,” I think again. It looks like George has brought home breakfast for Chris. I quietly bet two bucks that someone will end up throwing it.I stand at the top of the stairs. I can hear things crashing, things being thrown and Chris sobbing and pleading.I slide down the basement stairs, keeping my back to the wall. From the second landing I can see that Georges bedroom door is open.
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    Lone Prairie

  • It’s getting easier to be original. Just unplug.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The commercial for the Amazon Fire Phone could probably spawn about two dozen blog posts if I let it. I’m going to try to keep it to one. And it’s this: if these kids are the norm for the future, it’s going to be really easy to raise kids that are original thinkers. All you have to do is unplug gadgets. All of the other nine-year-olds will be playing the same games, watching the same movies, reading the same books. They’ll have plenty to talk about around the water cooler, but they’ll be drawing from the same pop culture well. Your kid could be blissfully unaware…
  • Liveblogging a real, live Monday.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    In honor of a post that I wrote at work today about live blogging, I thought I might live blog. I arrived at work at 6:40, the office silent and dark. It is now just before 8 and I am finally coherent enough to write a live blog. Because it would have been mainly things like “asdflaksjdfshf” and the ever popular “qwpoeriungdou” had I live blogged right when I arrived.
  • The peripheral winners of the North Dakota oil boom.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    The biggest winners of the North Dakota oil boom, besides the big oil companies not located anywhere in North Dakota, are: Stripper bars Anyone who sells alcohol Landlords / property owners Sign makers That last one, sign makers, I just added to my list. Driving through Bismarck on Sunday, running errands, my friend and I noticed that Highway 83 is loaded with signs that are all but begging about “Now Hiring!” These black ground-set signs with their interchangeable fluorescent letters are ubiquitous in this town. We grabbed photos of about 40 of these signs on a quick pass through…
  • When the HR guy tells you you’re confusing.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    “I don’t know how else to tell you this,” he says to me, “but I find you confusing.” I look at my resume and cover letter — the required documents — in his hand and I realize attempt #14 did not land a job for me and think I am not a human resource. I leave the HR office wondering how I had become a list of what I was not, wondering when Photoshop had become a skill, wondering why being a teacher, a designer, an artist, an entrepreneur, a pastry chef, a get-off-my-ass-work-hard self-starter — how a jack-of-all trades was really a hack-of-all trades.
  • It was an introvert’s rebellion.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    And it was a curmudgeon’s anguish. A loud world. Lots of people. Proper handshaking and such. Then the internet turned social, officially. My god. There is no real recourse, beyond breaking off pencil points in a journal with too many exclamation points and the silent fury trapped on paper on a bookshelf. You can’t rant too much online anymore. Because the internet is social. And people will correct your spelling. Your tribe votes you off the blog island and no bona fide influencer will ever cough in your direction and send you 10,000 random uninterested new followers who might read…
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  • What if You’re Asked to Settle an Accident Off the Record

    Paul Cypert
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8What if You’re Asked to Settle an Accident Off the Record By Paul Cypert If you drive long enough you’ll probably be involved in an accident. Sad, but true.  Some say 1 in 72 will have an accident every year. Others say you have a 30% chance of having a serious accident in your lifetime. The current serious accident rate in Singapore is .83% (a little less than 1 in 100 cars will have a major accident each year), with regular smaller accidents more likely. And with the cost of driving in Singapore so high, accidents are also expensive. It’s not like any of the repair parts…
  • Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

    Paul Cypert
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri By Paul Cypert This coming Monday marks the “Day of Celebration” for Muslims in Singapore. Traditionally this is a time for family, reflection and forgiveness. How will you be celebrating this Monday? From everyone at we would like to wish everyone a great celebration! Selamat Hari Raya Puasa! If anyone would like to read more about the holiday, the reasons behind, etc please have a read through these links: Singapore Public Holidays  Your Singapore  Central Singapore (with some info on the foods) 
  • Singapore to KL in 2.5 hrs: Are You Excited About the HSR?

    Craig Hindmarsh
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Singapore to KL in 2.5 hrs: Are You Excited About the HSR? By Craig Hindmarsh Proposed stops have been revealed for the planned High Speed Rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Are you excited about being able to ride over and enjoy KL’s restaurants and shopping opportunities after a short 2.5 hour journey? Or do you think the much-discussed project has been over-hyped? 251 Million by 2060? While some may think that a seriously optimistic consultant has been playing fast and loose with their graph plotting machine, others believe the huge passenger number…
  • Singapore Cars are Expensive, So What Else Could You Buy

    Paul Cypert
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Singapore Cars are Expensive, So What Else Could You Buy By Paul CypertWhat would you buy a car or a condo? Ok, I’m sorry; today’s post is going to hurt a little to read. We all know cars are crazy expensive in Singapore, but when an Aston Martin almost took off my knee caps the other day speeding to get to the next red light I started thinking about just how silly it was to have that car. Don’t get me wrong. If I was living anywhere but a jam packed island and had the funds I’d gladly take the new Bond car for a few months. Mostly so I could enjoy the open throated growl…
  • Hiroyuki Ogawa Stuntshow Live @ ECP Bigsplash Singapore

    Paul Cypert
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Hiroyuki Ogawa Stuntshow Live @ ECP Bigsplash Singapore By Paul Cypert Hey all, We just received word on an exciting event to be held this weekend and thought many of you might enjoy as well, motorcycle rider or no. On the 26th & 27th July (this weekend) at ECP Bigsplash Playground, there will be a live stunt show event. Official ICON rider Hiroyuki Ogawa, will be on hand performing stunts. We’re not encouraging motorcycle stunt riding on the roads Motorcycle stunts are best performed only by trained riders who have built up to them over years of riding and practice with…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • I don’t get what I see around me

    Rey Lo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I was engaged in a conversation today. It was about being the kind of friend you want others to be to you. But, what if a person can’t be the kind of person they want to be. Maybe past hurts have damaged their ability to engage with others in a healthy way? What if they’ve identified […]
  • I’m some kind of crazy

    Rey Lo
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In 1994 I experienced a moment of clarity. For the previous couple of years I had been volunteering with a student outreach program at my church. I had never worked with teenagers before. The students were pretty diverse, but I found myself drawn to the ones who didn’t typify what you might expect from church kids. They were the […]
  • If it Feels Good, Do(n’t do) It?!

    Rey Lo
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Originally posted on The Barefoot Pastor:MAYBE IT’S TIME TO GET A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE… One of the greatest tragedies, (in my opinion), is people blindly following what society tells us is right, or popular, or trendy, or Ke$ha! Interestingly, the people that we admire are the few who say, “who cares what is popular?? I’m doing…
  • What’s Best about the Team

    Rey Lo
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:47 am
    Being a native San Antonian, I’m pretty excited to see our San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title in fifteen years. Among the multiple accolades and records broken by the core members of this team – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich – what impresses me most has less to do […]
  • Imagine

    Rey Lo
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Over the last year since my kids started their band I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with a ton of people in the local music community. Bands, managers, promoters, bartenders, venue owners…and they’re all pretty amazing people. Each of them is pursuing a dream at one level or another. Some are artists looking to […]
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    Shots Of Insight

  • I Threw Away All My Clothes

    Shots Of Insight
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t get why people ask me about failure all the time. What if you fail? What if your idea doesn’t work? What’s your back up plan? You won’t get anywhere in life if you think about failure all the time. Focus on your goal and developing the skills needed to succeed at any cost instead. I Gave My Suit To A Homeless Person I don’t have another plan. I threw away all my business clothes because I refused to ever be in the position where I would have to get a job. Call me insane. I don’t care. I refuse to have anything around me that may remind me about the possibility of failure.
  • What If I Take Steroids?

    Shots Of Insight
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:38 am
    Steroids are not bad. They won’t kill you. They’re not unhealthy. They work like magic if you use them properly. I decided to be and remain natural for a different reason. It has nothing to do with my health. I did it for a mentality. Being Natural Is Who I Am My life is built upon the things I’ve done with my body. I think about the gym every time I face an obstacle in life. The gym reminds me who I am. Nothing worth having comes easy. Nothing great in this life is built overnight. The gym is my source of confidence. Going to the gym without using drugs has meaning to me. It…
  • It’s Been Six Long Months

    Shots Of Insight
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
    I started my YouTube channel back in November. Yesterday, one of my videos started going viral. This is what I have to say about it. God Gifted Me Balls Compare my first YouTube video with the one I did yesterday. Compare how comfortable I look in front of the camera. I don’t have a talent for videos. I’m not the funniest guy or the most extroverted person either. My only attribute is a very strong will. I kept getting better with each video. I kept learning something new. I kept pushing forward. The Nutella Video I do my best to help people when it comes to bodybuilding. It’s…
  • Horny People Get The Furthest

    Shots Of Insight
    30 May 2014 | 10:06 am
    Do you know why men invented the wheel? Do you know why men flew all the way to the moon? Do you know why men built the pyramids? They were trying to get laid. They were trying to get girls. They wanted sex. The World Revolves Around Sex Why do men go to work all day? Why do women buy make up? Why do men strive to have the nicest cars? Why do women spend hours getting dressed? Everyone’s trying to impress one another. Everyone’s trying to find someone they can mate with. This is just like the Discovery Channel. Use This To Your Advantage Sexual frustration is a powerful force.
  • Questions And Answers # 2

    Shots Of Insight
    23 May 2014 | 8:38 am
    I can’t describe how tired I am. I’ve been working on The Pancakes Diet non-stop since January. I got sick twice in the past two weeks because I wasn’t sleeping enough. What Is The Pancakes Diet? This is my life’s work. I’ve cracked the code to being able to manipulate my body at will. Go to the website here. Watch my latest video about it here. Pancakes? Every Day? Is That Unhealthy? You can eat a salad. You can eat a burger. You can eat super healthy. You can eat your favorite foods. You can drink skim milk. You can drink whole milk. Eat whatever you want. This book is not…
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    Princess Burlap

  • Toast Post: End of Days

    Princss Burlap
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    I am Toast. This is my post. It came without warning – darkness settling upon my world with the swiftness of Grumpy Cat on a Pounce treat – a horror I have trained and prepared for all of my ten years on Planet Toast. Something more frightening than the People of Walmart. Last night as I slept in my comfy bed wrapped in seven blankies with the correct number of holes. As I dreamed of my hidden stash of greenies, the world economy, and that strange man singing of penis’ on America’s Got Talent, it happened. The power went out. The power went out and I knew the zombie apocalypse…
  • The First Test

    Princss Burlap
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    I took a pregnancy test last week. Not because I thought it would be positive (these things, they do take time). More because I found it while cleaning out the spare bathroom and it was older than we are and I thought “why not?” you know? Or don’t you? You don’t. Ok. I guess the only way to liken it to a term of familiarity would be this: Imagine you’re about to get married. You just got your wedding band back from the jewelers and even though you know it’s not time to wear it yet, you still close your closet door, slip the ring over your left fourth finger…
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    Albertr Hartley

  • 8 Track

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Sunday afternoon I was driving home from DC amongst the other fools that thought I-95 would not be that bad. We were discussing music and my daughter referred to my generation as the “Cassette Tape” generation. I told her that I was the CD generation not the cassette tape or even worse the 8 track generation. She dismissed me with a sarcastic, “If you owned a Sony Cassette Walkman you are from the Cassette Tape Generation.” I conceded and this time warp joggled my mind to a Sony 200 CD changer that I owned in college. Think about that for a second – 200 CDs…
  • Two Jobs

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    $12 billion is a lot of money. Citigroup just paid that much to settle a suit with the Feds. Bank of America has been paying billions for a couple of years to get out from under the Fed’s regulation. Mortgage lenders and banks have been paying out large sums to pay for certain wrongdoings. We can agree that $20 to 50 billion is stupid money. Our government is taxing the banks for bailing them out so I guess someone could argue that we are getting our money back. The reality is that we will never get that money back and the people hurt in the mortgage crisis are never going to see a real…
  • Lessons in Momentum

    6 Feb 2014 | 5:02 am
    During the last seven years I have faced a series of challenges.  No, that does not properly describe it, lets call them backpacks filled with 45 lb weights. These backpacks have been carried for a long time and momentum worked up from the boom of the early 2000′s forced me to stumble around for a while until I could wriggle out of some of the shoulder straps. As I start freeing up, I look back to the lessons of that era. If you look at my website I will be providing a video blog on this topic but for those viewers who are still able to read check out some realizations from my long…
  • February and the Winter Olympics

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Time has elapsed since my last blog so I thought I would take a lighter approach to ease everyone into a new month. February is a cool month.  Lots of history, love and sports.  My youngest daughter loves the Olympics, however, we are not sure where this desire comes from because I would not consider the females in my house as sporty.  She will watch the Olympic sports telecast late at night or early in the morning regardless.  During the next two weeks she will randomly mention an obscure name and tell me some off-the-wall fact and I will become instantly fascinated.  Our DVR will be…
  • Corrupt Politicians Is Not News

    3 Feb 2014 | 7:19 am
    If you were teetering on the fence of whether politicians were all corrupt the verdict is in: THEY ARE! Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell prove the case in epic fashion.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the governor’s wife asked for a Rolex watch with a special engraving on it.  Power and influence always comes at a price, everyone knows that, but the blatant abuse of power reveals the one thing about elected officials that we don’t expect: brazen disregard for decorum. Really the issue with Bill Clinton wasn’t the sex, it was the in-your-face part of it (pardon the…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • 21 Blunt Questions for a Life Coach. A Story of One HeartWork.

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

    Gill Andrews
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Photo credit: erin leigh mcconnell via photopin cc Are you a teenager? Worse, do you have a teenager living in your house? My sympathy! Good news: I hear it will pass. Bad news: I also hear when it passes, you might not recognize your precious baby in that distant and suddenly strange to you person. My precious baby is barely 5 months old, but I’m already terrified of the teenager phase. Will he become an uncontrollable monster who hates hugs and talks back to me? Will he spend all his time in his room slamming the door behind him the moment he comes home from school? Will he get into…
  • How to Keep Your Mind Healthy. A Story of One Calling.

    Gill Andrews
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    If I could interview anybody I want, my top three choices of the interviewees would be a spy, a nun, and a psychotherapist. A spy, because he dedicates his life to his country and all of its people he has never met in person. I could never do that. A nun, because she dedicates her life to somebody modern science can’t even prove exists. I could never do that either. And a psychotherapist, because from 9 to 5 her life belongs to very real people with very real problems, which (both people and problems) she has to leave behind the office door on her way out. I cannot even imagine how this is…
  • Copywriting Explained. A Story of One Skill.

    Gill Andrews
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    What’s your passion? If you are lucky, it’s what you do for a living. If you are less fortunate, it’s just a hobby. Is it painting? Running marathons? Breeding penguins? Not the penguins? Then I give up. But IF you have a passion, I know one thing for sure: you are constantly trying to get better. You want your paintings to be displayed in the galleries they bring school kids to for an excursion. You want to be the next winner of the Iron Man. You want those penguins to be the shiniest and the most black-and-white penguins the world has ever seen. (Oh right, not the penguins. But I…
  • Parenting Level “Baby”: Things you wanted to know, but were too shy to ask

    Gill Andrews
    9 May 2014 | 6:12 am
    I heard babies are a great source of inspiration when it comes to writing. I was lacking ideas for my blog posts lately, so I got myself one. It has been three months already, but I have to report that my expectations in this regard were unfortunately not met. My baby is boring. Where do I leave a customer review? The hope for it to change is still there though, as he laughs a lot, either about me or about something that is going on in his small hairless head. I’d like to think it’s the latter, and he is making up jokes I will be able to borrow for my posts when he starts talking. So,…
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    a glimmer of light

  • Live life beautifully

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    What about a two minute break from the voracious race for what we – humankind – have been agreeing to call “success”, and which we created for ourselves as a kind of permanent and global purpose for life? “Yes, you must live life beautifully and not allow the spirit of the world that makes gods out of power, riches and pleasure make you to forget that you have been created for greater things – to love and to be loved.” - Mother Teresa of Calcutta For some moments, let’s stick our heads out of the bubble and take some deep breathes at the fresh…
  • Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.“ I’ve always loved this initial part of the US Declaration of Independence preamble, and remarkable the first three examples of “unalienable Rights” that are cited by the authors/founders as being given to all men by the Creator, and which must remain protected at all times. Life:…check. Liberty:…check. But then, less evident than these two I would say,…
  • How winning is done

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Who doesn’t like the adrenaline of a boxing movie? When in the final fight, the courage and resilience of a man, set everything straight in the story and bring back justice to the characters’ life? Well, I do… I guess the the maximum exponent of these boxing films is “Rocky”, back from 1976. However, Rocky is much more than that. It’s a beautiful movie which portrayed the living of the Philadelphia poor working class and a stage for several profound characters, their ambitions and frustrations, and a tangle of relationships soaked in drama. The movie won 3…
  • Do not give up

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    When you’re disappointed and down, remember: Disappointments are God’s way of saying ”I’ve got something better for you”. You see, when you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. And the moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. Be patient. Have faith. Trust God. Do not give up. Ever.   *this is a compilation from several quotes whose authors are unknown The post Do not give up is originally from the blog a glimmer of light.
  • Divine Art

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    After talking about art and its highest form in the last post, I cannot skip mentioning the one art piece which is for me the best and most astonishing I ever saw and the best example of an artist’s transcendence: Michelangelo’s Pietà. I’ve always loved this sculpture named Mercy and the delicacy and tenderness it conveyed, but when I saw it live at the Vatican I was completely swept away. In this representation of the Virgin Mary holding her son Jesus after His crucifixion, every curve, every expression, every finger, every inch of the characters are absolutely perfect and could not…
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    Chicken Road Diaries

  • The Rat Bargain

    HJ Blenkinsop
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The house was old with a pointy roof like a witch's cottage. Inside, the house was cluttered with ancient furniture while hand painted murals peeled off the walls. The walls were most interesting to me as they were wide and hollow and riddled with secret passageways. The doorway to one if them looked like bit of wood paneling, only it had a catch and if you went inside on hands and knees, the tunnel wound around to the other side of the house only to pop out inside a bedroom cupboard. I lived in the attic and my room was all pointy angles and odd shaped…
  • Impostor!

    HJ Blenkinsop
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
     I'm drowning in the eternal bog of procrastination... I’ve written only a few hundred of the 5k words I aimed for this week. I think I’ve moved beyond the ‘afraid to write’ stage - thanks to the support and good advice I received last month - and into writer's block.I’ve got a good beginning and the first three chapters done. And now I’ve stalled. I don’t know how to start chapter 4. I know what happens in chapter 4, I know there is a big disaster coming in chapter 5. There’s plenty of foreshadowing, our cast of characters are introduced and our world is…
  • Freyja and her cats

    HJ Blenkinsop
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Norse goddess Freyja is associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, and gold, but like the cat with whom she is closely connected, she could flex her claws as the goddess of war, and death. By Ludwig Pietsch (1824-1911) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The latter two interests she shared with Odin. They also shared the souls who died in battle, half going to Valhalla to drink the blood of their enemies from their own skulls with Odin, the other half were scooped up from the battlefield by the Valkyries and brought to Freja’s heavenly meadow of the afterlife, Fólkvangr,…
  • Feline Friday with Flossy

    HJ Blenkinsop
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:04 am
  • Can kissing a cat make you fat?

    HJ Blenkinsop
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:55 am
    Kiss the black cat An' 'twill make ye fat:Kiss the white ane,An' 'twill make ye lean.This little rhyme was quoted in The Denham Notebooks by Henderson (2), along with a convoluted discussion as to whether a black cat is lucky or not and where. Like most folklore, there is not one simple 'truth' however, in most instances, black cats are lucky and white cats are unlucky. I think Miracle, pictured above, knows this... However, for those aiming to lose weight, a white cat could be lucky for weightloss. As long as you kiss it. But how can you negate a white cat's bad luck? Get a black cat…
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    Life's Due Diligence

  • In The Woods

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    I switch between many books, but the ones I can never put down are a part of the In The Woods series by Tana French. I first found this book while walking through Barnes and Noble. As I was looking for some interesting law books, I stumbled upon this one placed on a display in the center of the store. The display was marked “New Reads”. This book was obviously out of place as it was dated from 2007 and it was currently 2013. I added it to my collection and went on my way. It took me a few weeks to get myself to start the book, but once I began, there was no stopping. I finished…
  • Thresh Plays

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    For those of you who play League of Legends, finding the right champion to play can be a challenge. You want to carry a game, but you don’t have the mechanics to be the next doublelift or zion. The cure to this is picking a support. This may seem boring, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Carrying as a support is a lot easier than you might think. You’re not being focused by the enemy team and if you land your cc, you can easily win team fights. The video above is an example of this. Playing support will also help you get used to the rules and mechanics of bot lane. So…
  • How To Get Coins In Hearthstone

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Hearthstone is a game that is becoming more and more popular. It’s a pretty simple card game that has a surprising amount of strategy involved. After hearing all the hype, I had to see what it is was about. This game ended up being strangely addicting and after downloading it on my computer, I also got it on my iPad. You might be having the same problem that I did when I got started. How do you get more coins in Hearthstone? The answer is actually pretty simple. Everybody knows that you get 10 coins for every 3 wins you rack up against other people. Let’s be honest, that’s…
  • Plasti Dip: The Pros and Cons

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Plasti dip is becoming more and more popular. It started out with tools. People would coat the handles on a pair of pliers with this stuff to provide a better grip for themselves. The industry standard is slowly moving from tools to automobiles. A lot of people do their emblems (badges) in a different color to set a nice contrast. Coming from personal experience, this stuff works extremely well and looks amazing. Before we go over the benefits, you can purchase plasti dip here. I went all in on my car. I went from orange to matte black on my entire mustang. It was risky, but I definitely…
  • Good Life Advice

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:07 am
    “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.” -Johnny Depp The post Good Life Advice appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
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    Isobel Adams

  • Change of Scenery

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Hello dearest readers. At the end of the work day today, I’m off on vacation! JUST A LITTLE EXCITED. I’m going up to Georgian Bay and then off out East to Montreal, Quebec City, and Prince Edward Island. Soooo…I’m planning on taking a million photos…give or take…and I will be posting as many as I […]
  • European Evening

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    People in North America are kind of obsessed with Europe. Probably partially because many of us have roots there and partially because it’s so old and beautiful. We don’t have old here…well, our old is several hundred years. European OLD is several thousand or at least a thousand years. Although I think many of us […]
  • Over the last few days…

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    A few photos. I’ve been working very hard on my front garden over the last few weeks. It’s had a terrible weed problem in the past but I’m hoping to keep it in the past. For all my hard work I’ve bought myself a little wind chime to hang in the apple tree. It makes […]
  • The Demolition of the Sir John Carling Building

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Anywhere you look in the local Ottawa news and social media you’ll see this story. Everyone who witnessed it has their own story and I thought I’d jot down mine and share it with you here. First, a little history. The Sir John Carling building which was located on Carling Avenue near Dow’s Lake in […]
  • Loss of Bees Means the Loss of So Much More

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    This is something to think about as we move into the weekend. For quite a few years now we’ve been hearing and reading stories about the loss of honey bees. It has become a critical situation and I’m pretty sure the governments here in North America aren’t moving quickly enough to find a solution. Not […]
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    Pushing Your Passion

  • Just Get The Ball Rolling…

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Our biggest enemy when pursuing our passions and dreams is procrastination. We use every reason imaginable to not get started on our passion. What we must understand is that behind procrastination is fear. We fear that if we actually begin to pursue our passion we will realize that we are not good at it. We fear that people who are close to us will think that we are wasting our time. We sometimes fear that pursuing our passion will be a waste of time. We fear we will make some huge mistake that we will not be able to recover from. These are valid fears, wouldn’t you say? However, are these…
  • Be A Lion

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
        Have you ever watched the movie, The Wiz? If not, this movie is a version of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, was played by the young Diana Ross and the role of the scarecrow was played by the late Michael Jackson. However I would like to hone in on one character in particular. The late Mr. Theodore “Ted” Ross Roberts played the Lion. Diana Ross sang a very inspirational song titled “ Be a Lion”. Sometimes we have to face and take on our fears. We have to be lions. I can give you several reasons as to why I can’t do this or why I can’t do that. I can pretty much use those…
  • Stop Tripping Over Guilt

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Now that you have found your passion and begin to work on it, don’t forget your place in life. I bet you are wondering what exactly do I mean, let me explain. You have to find the best way to fit your passion in your life. Once you discover your passion and make a conscious decision to pursue it, you have to look at your life’s structure and ensure that your passion fits. Some people have a tremendous amount of support in their life and are able to focus 100% of their time, money and energy on their passion. Others have jobs, families and other obligations to take care of, along with…
  • Protect Your Passion

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:08 pm
    It is a great feeling when you have discovered your passion. It’s an even better feeling when you begin to take steps towards fulfilling it. In the beginning it’s kind of like a private joke that you share between you and yourself. You are thinking of ideas, jotting down plans and dreams about the results. Sometimes you get so full of excitement that you want to share your plans with others. I beseech you to take heed to which person you share your plans with. Some people are just not capable of understanding and appreciating where you are in your life. When you are high on your passion…
  • The Remedy for Staying Motivated

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:04 pm
      Often times we begin working on something and our energy is thru the roof. Our energy and excitement for what we are working on carries us for a great deal of the way. Then all of a sudden the fire lowers beneath us, and  eventually goes out. This can even occur when we are working on our passion, the thing we love dearly. To progress forward we must find ways to stay encouraged. The first way to remain encouraged is by Visualization. It’s important to constantly remember what your goal is and think of it often. You may come to a stalemate at times however by keeping your goal on…
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • 28 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am

    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.Les Brown 
  • Best Motivational Video - Be Phenomenal [HD]

    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    You don't have to be perfect to get what you want, to do what you want, to have what you want...There's no perfect timing either, you have to create the perfect time and perfect situation.You have to leave this earth knowing you've accomplished everything you wanted to accomplish... leave no room for regret.#SuccessX
  • 28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am

    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.African Proverb 
  • Quotes for the week!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here is some motivation for the week. Have a great week and may you achieve all you set your mind to this week!Monday: Tuesday: "It's easier to stand on the sidelines, criticize and say why you shouldn't do something. The sidelines are crowded. Get in the game." - Robert Kiyosaki Wednesday: "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." - Lao TzuThursday: Friday: "The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." - Eckhart TolleSaturday: "There is only one…
  • 22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Khanyi Ndebele
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
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    The Spectator

  • How to Save a Life

    Rodney Onyango
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    I don't know how this one skipped my mind but I'm sure its one of those things that will stay with me for life. Not sure if I've mentioned this before but I'm a big fan of swimming, been doing it for as long as I can remember. From the days of the infamous floaters (I don't see them these days) that branded you a swimmer in training to national competition level where I so graciously
  • The Open Road

    Rodney Onyango
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Its been too long since I took a trip to no where, just got into the car and headed to no where in particular. I believe those are the trips you won't so soon forget, no set destination just you and the open road and a world full of possibilities. This takes me back to my first ever road-trip.  I believe it was in the winter of '98 (as if we have such things) and my mum had traveled to
  • #MasenoDays: The Rat In My Bed

    Rodney Onyango
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We've all seen these little devils at one point or or another, they scamper through the house with bolt like speed and ill intent and eat our food while we're deep asleep. They seem to always appear out of no where like a ghost come to haunt you but when it comes, best believe they will make their presence known and you better be prepared to counter them. The first memory of rats was when me
  • Gut Feeling

    Rodney Onyango
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Of late I've been thinking about what guides our subconscious, whether or not we take heed to it and what repercussions our final actions have. I'm sure every one of us has made a decision that when asked they can't trace it back to any logic and so your natural response becomes "It was a gut feeling".  I stumbled on some article that referred to a gut feeling as that quirky urge. A funny
  • #MasenoDays: It was the Principal

    Rodney Onyango
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    If you've ever been in boarding school then you will understand that sleep is a basic need , more basic than food, shelter or clothing. You will struggle continuously to stay awake, balancing your head between your hands on your desk. There will be snoring intermissions between you and your desk-mate,  heck you might even experience the elusive head pendulum swing as you attempt to
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Knightstown Indiana Needs a Lesson in How the Government Works

    Gayla Baer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    The sign reads: After 27 Years – Closed!! Thank You Obama & Co. (You Dumb A**es)  Let me start by saying I am VERY ashamed of this ignorant, bigoted display! I’d love to replace it with a few select names, but I will refrain from “naming names” out of respect – which is something these buffoons are incapable of. This has been an piece I have intended to write for quite some time. It’s frustrating to me that Indiana, in general, seems so close-minded or uneducated when it comes to our government and what branches actually do what. Knightstown used to have a small railroad…
  • How I Save $180 a Year on Razors – DIY Sharpening Technique

    Gayla Baer
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Razor blades can be very expensive. Most people use their blade for a week or two, then change it. This simple ‘Blue Jean Sharpening Method’ will extend your blade and deliver a sharp, smooth shave for months and months. When you finish shaving, grab one leg of a pair of blue jeans, hold the end with one hand and with the other simply stoke the razor along the entire length of the blue jean for roughly 20 strokes, then switch directions. The threads of the jeans run diagonal so switching directions provides balance to sharpening the blade’s edge. Doing this, takes the fine…
  • Weird Al sings the praises of foil in this Lorde parody

    Gayla Baer
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    As part of his project to release eight music videos in eight days, he’s released this incredibly parody of Lorde’s “Royals,” entitled “Foil.” The man is still capturing attention after all these years!
  • U.S. Breweries are Booming According to Census Bureau

    Gayla Baer
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    The number of U.S. breweries more than doubled — from 398 to 869 — between 2007 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released today from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series. The breweries industry reported $28.3 billion in shipments in 2012, an increase of nearly 33.6 percent since 2007. Employment in the breweries industry (NAICS 312120) also climbed over the five-year span — rising to 26,077 employees in 2012, up by 3,825 or 17.2 percent, from 22,252 in 2007. While overall employment grew, the average number of employees per establishment was nearly halved, from 56 in…
  • Most Recommended Brands According to Women

    Gayla Baer
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    Women across America have identified the brands that they would highly recommend.  As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc. honors these outstanding brands with the 2014 Women’s Choice Award.  This designation is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women across America and serves as a symbol of empowerment, simplifying a woman’s decision when choosing a brand or service to purchase for herself or her family. “The Women’s Choice Award mission is to raise awareness among consumers about which brands are most recommended and trusted…
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    The Great Life Swindle

  • Motivation Rule for the Common Man no.1- it’s a groovy setup

    Laura Tong
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Do  you dream of doing something awesome, big or small towards a Great Life, anything indeed, but when you try to motivate yourself into actually getting off your burgeoning ass and taking some kick-ass action, nothing happens, zilch? Somehow, for some damn reason you can’t identify, your motivation always fails to show up for the party? Goes AWOL? Ever started on your creamy dream only to find that every day you had to try and motivate yourself more and more but the result was just less and less motivation and more and more prevarication? Ever found yourself long on tedious tasks but…
  • My life is meaningful – Alternative Affirmation for the Common Man no.1

    Laura Tong
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    We’re taught from the earliest memory that to live a meaningless life is a squalid, uncontributing approach and that such behavior deserves the full might of society’s contempt… Hmm.. I have another theory! You see, parents and early education are just one of many stinky layers in this swindleous onion. At the core, is a never ending smorgasbord of deception screaming you need to forget going after some dumb little dream you’ve got stuck in your head and do some worthwhile endeavor, some ‘meaningful’ bollocks in your life instead. Like hell you do! Because…
  • Your pitiful present is your future – if you let it be!

    Laura Tong
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    How has it all come down to the fact that your pitiful present is your future unfolding while you watch? It may only be half time but state of play at the final whistle isn’t going to look that different unless you radically change your game plan. Instead, hit the pause button and stop watching instant replays of other people’s successes when you could be playing out your own. Think about it, how many people do you personally know that have broken through the swindle and are living a truly Great Life on their terms? Not many, if any perhaps? Ouch! We’re not going to pussy…
  • Today’s Newspaper Headlines Fact or Fiction?

    Laura Tong
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Today’s Newspaper Headlines: ‘Miracle immortality drug discovered that guarantees end to sickness and disease:  3000 undertakers jobs under threat’ Today’s newspaper headlines may have been all but superseded in being the harbingers of news in this 24 hour digital age, but they still hold true to certain values so answer our world exclusive question and see how current your affair with the media is… Q: On the whole are today’s newspaper headlines (and most associated media’s for that matter): a) Complete fiction b) Hysterical, scaremongering…
  • Balls of Steel-What’s your Audacity Capacity?

    Laura Tong
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
    Re-published due to  banana fingers  hitting ‘publish’ instead of ‘draft’ – way to go! Your audacity capacity is key to being successful in chasing down the Great Life that’s out there for everyone who has the motivation to hunt it down. Because anyone successful has balls of steel, whether they’ve achieved public or personal success, building companies or charities, scaling peaks or personal bests. And the exciting thing is, so have you! It’s just as likely when you stride out there, settle into your oh so groovy groove and really get…
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