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  • This Simple Strategy Will Stuff Your Business so Full of Content That It Will Have to Wear Its Fat Pants

    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author
    Ann Handley
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Creating ridiculously good content is hard. Which is why you have to squeeze every drop of juice out of whatever content you create—as C.C. Chapman and I wrote in the fifth “rule” in Content Rules: “Reimagine; don’t recycle.” “Recycling is an afterthought; good content is intentionally reimagined, as its inception, for various platforms and formats,” we wrote. “[C]reate content that comes to life in various formats, across many different platforms, and that can address multiple audiences.” In other words, instead of using a “one and done” approach,…
  • Gratitude and Abundance

    this time - this space
    timethief
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Stephen Covey’s self help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was a life changing read for me. Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality or abundance mindset. It is a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People…
  • Founding Fathers + Facial Hair

    The Art of Manliness
    Brett and Kate McKay
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    This post is brought to you by Citi. Got an idea for an epic combo? Check out the Citi® Double Cash Card #incredouble contest to find out how to enter and win big! What’s this? It’s the time of year where normally clean-shaven men grow out their facial hair for good causes – not the least of which is seeing how one might look with a mustache or beard. Many of you have probably been participating this month in either Movember or No Shave November, and fuzzy ‘staches and nascent beards have been popping up on the faces of men around the country – to their friends’ laughter and…
  • This New Book Will Make You a Content Marketing Rock Star

    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author
    Ann Handley
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Too many business books feel like cover bands. They might be entertaining enough, but ultimately what they deliver feels a little lacking—a substitute for the real deal. Which is why I love this new digital book launching this week from my friend Jason Miller, Welcome to the Funnel – or, WTTF, as I affectionately call it. Jason self-published it, and he asked me to write the foreword. I’m allergic to books that deliver the why but not the how. So I love the practical, specific, how-to of WTTF. This isn’t a book of inexplicit generalities, amorphous marketing platitudes, and vague…
  • 10 Ways to Create a Culture of Writing

    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author
    Ann Handley
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many organizations have hired a content manager or director, or chief storyteller, or chief content officer. But how can content leaders champion a more content-oriented company culture so that everybody on their team writes? I got this question recently. Let me paraphrase what that question-asker was really asking: How can you get busy coworkers (or lazy slackers—ha!) to write for the company blog? But I think the question could be broader than that—or should be. Because creating a culture of writing doesn’t mean simply producing more blog fodder. It also means creating a culture of…
 
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  • Grace in Small Things No. 548

    Elan Morgan
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    My stress reaction to flying on a prop plane has shifted from cold sweats and hyperventilation to passing out into a deep sleep. I like this kind of panic.I took a weekend-ish trip (Saturday to Tuesday) to Edmonton to visit with Jen and her family, and they fed and housed me so well that my pants don't fit.Onion threw himself into a tub full of water, and then managed to drip all over my laptop keyboard as he streaked around the house. The water destroyed the touch pad, which I probably use more than the keyboard, but I found a wifi keyboard with a touch pad that I can connect to my…
  • I've Started Colouring to Help Me Breathe and Not Die of a Heart Attack

    Elan Morgan
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Jen and I took a trip to Michael's — on this, the last day of my stay in Edmonton (sniffle) — and I saw this fabulous collection of colouring books by Valentina Harper. I have been wanting a decent colouring book for a while, so I splurged and bought both Creative Coloring Mandalas and Creative Coloring Animals, along with a set of markers. After not having coloured with any regularity for almost thirty years, I think I'm not doing too badly. I found that I picked up where I left off at about eleven: my tongue stuck out, I held my marker with an iron grip, and I…
  • Pointless, Gassy, and Happy

    Elan Morgan
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:59 pm
    I normally try to have a point when I sit down to write. Tonight, though, I do not have a point. I am literally sitting here in bed and farting contentedly while my lovely hosts during this trip to Edmonton — Jen, her spouse, and their daughter — sleep upstairs.Today, I became the proud owner of my first pair of Trippens after three years of private slavering thanks to Gravity Pope, I ate brilliant food at Woodwork, and I got to spend several hours talking with Natasha Chiam, whom I would have fawned over, but I don't think she appreciates the fawning so much. Now, I…
  • I Wrote This Poem, You See, And I'd Like You to Read It

    Elan Morgan
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I wrote this poem, you see, and I'd like you to read it:Where I Am From When I Am Tired I'm taking part in NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month, during which I am publishing a blog post every single day during the month of November.Check out the NaBloPoMo blogroll.
  • Now You Know Why I Married This Person

    Elan Morgan
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I was looking through an old folder of images from last spring, and I came across this screenshot of Aidan from a Google Hangout he had with our nephews: If this doesn't illustrate his basic goodness, I don't know what does. I'm taking part in NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month, during which I am publishing a blog post every single day during the month of November.Check out the NaBloPoMo blogroll.
 
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  • Catcalling prank leaves everyone laughing [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The first step to overcoming a social problem like catcalling is outrage. Realizing the injustice of something, getting angry, and speaking out are all part of the process. The next, and most crucial stage, is humor. Laughing at a social problem is the best way to get rid of it forever, and this prank totally nails it. You know you've got a good prank when it leaves even the victims cracking up. The post Catcalling prank leaves everyone laughing [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 7 entrepreneurial lessons from Walt Disney

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    There are those for whom the magic of Disney never dies, but even if you left your love of the Tiki Room and the Haunted Mansion somewhere in your preteens, there's still plenty of value for entrepreneurs in the work of Walt Disney. The post 7 entrepreneurial lessons from Walt Disney appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Behold the world’s largest solar power plant [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's getting harder and harder to deny that climate change is, in fact, an actual thing. Instead of panicking about our impending doom, let's take a minute to celebrate people who are working hard to save the planet (and a little money) with Topaz Solar Farms, the largest solar power plant in the world. The post Behold the world’s largest solar power plant [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • What Japanese people think about Americans [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Americans have pretty set ideas about Japanese people, but how often do we think about the reverse? Not very often, we'd guess. So take a minutes to watch this video and see what Japanese people think about you. It's both endearing and a little sad. The post What Japanese people think about Americans [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here’s what ate your Turducken

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    If Captain Nemo served up a Thanksgiving feast aboard the Nautilus, we're pretty sure it would look something like this. The post Here’s what ate your Turducken appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Evil spirit taking over Middle Eastern studies?

    SnoopyTheGoon
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:27 am
    I am not exactly a believer in all kinds of spirits, save one (that which could be attained from a bottle). The problems of cheapening the higher learning by fashionable political endeavors, like in the case of MESA, where characters like professors Juan Cole, Hisham Sharabi and their supporters pave their way to fame and/or notoriety by bleating (and frequently cheating) about the all-powerful Zionists, are not the problems of ghosts/spooks/spirits. Rather of malicious little men poisoning the wells of academy in general and higher education in particular. And not only in US of A, I haste to…
  • Pushing out Hagel not shake-up Obama needs

    SnoopyTheGoon
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Remember that "Change" slogan? Here are some thoughts on that, between other things:Removing him will be unsettling to those in the Pentagon who realize he is being let go for advocating their views as well as to those throughout the administration who will worry whether getting rid of him will be seen as enough. The real changes needed are at a high level in the White House, in the team immediately around the President advising him on national security.Unless those changes happen, view the Hagel move as a distraction, as an effort to create the illusion of change where a shake-up is needed.
  • Weasel Of The Week Nominees

    SnoopyTheGoon
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hello and welcome to the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we award the famed golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame! Here are this weeks' nominees... Democrat Congressman And Illegal Alien Grievance Monger Luis Gutierrez! The Noisy Room : For his telling GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…
  • חוק הלאום - "אני אראה לכם מה זה"!!!

    SimplySabra
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    , אשר עדיין לא אושר, מעורר מחשבות נוגות בפנים ותרעומות רבות בחוץ.הרשת גועשת מדיונים בעד ונגד, כלאמר כל מי שכותב משהו נגד ישר זוכה לקיטונות של "הסברים" גזעניים בצירוף נאצות וגידופים.הצורך הזה של הימין להגדיר בחוק את היותנו מדינה יהודית מזכיר לי את הביריון הזה, שכולו שרירים נפוחים, שעומד מול איש צנום ורועד מפחד, וצועק עליו ש"הוא יראה…
  • Forum: What was your reaction to the President’s New Executive Order On Immigration?

    SnoopyTheGoon
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What was your reaction to the President's New Executive Order On Immigration?GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD : Kinda shocked at the lawlessness. I mean, if a GOP pres decided to Executive Order a Berlin Wall type barrier along the South 40 - ppl would totally freak. Methinks the GOP will NOT fall into an over reaction trap - instead they'll use the Cruz Maneuver:“Step number one that I have called for is the…
 
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  • Gratitude and Abundance

    timethief
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Stephen Covey’s self help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was a life changing read for me. Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality or abundance mindset. It is a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People…
  • Back to the drawing board

    timethief
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    I’m busy reviewing 7 years of published posts in this blog post by post and link by link. My aim is to complete a major blog renovation before my working life comes to an end when I will have more time to blog.   During this autumn clean up I’ve noticed some posts I published…
  • Reconsideration

    timethief
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    After some deep thinking and discussion with those close to me I have decided to renew the domain mapping upgrade and the no-ads upgrade on this blog. Removing domain mapping would break all the internal links in the blog and I decided not to do that. I also hate seeing advertising on blogs so I…
  • Parting is sweet sorrow

    timethief
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Due to some serious health issues that you can read about in my blogging tips blog I have not been posting to this blog. I am leaving regular blogging behind and there will be a significant change made to this blog that I want to make you all aware of. Update: October 2nd, 2014 Please…
  • Growing Wiser

    timethief
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Emotional awareness is a sign of growing maturity. We all need to learn to control impulses to act before we examine facts and issues. And, the earlier we learn how to control our thoughts rather than having them control us the better. Emotional maturity is defined as how well you are able to respond to…
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  • Unlock the Car Door With Your Mind

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's amazing what you can find on the internet. Sometimes I need to closely monitor myself so not to fall down a rabbit hole only to awaken as from a dream two hours later, my mind full of way too much useless information. Here's one I found on Monday that fits with this week's holiday theme of publishing short amusements in place of any substance. If University of Nottingham physicist Roger Bowley is not pulling our collective leg (I don't believe he is), car doors can be unlocked with our minds. Certain ones, anyway. Here he is with a show and tell: If my car were not too old to have this…
  • An Antidote for JOWS

    Ronni Bennett
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    End-of-year holidays now last for four months, 120 days from September through December. There is no escaping them and each reaches its peak of frenzy during the week in which it falls – this week, for one example. Potential blog readers are traveling to grandma's house or, in this case, more likely preparing the house to receive such travelers. Or, they are cooking ahead, baking pies and sundry special dishes for the Thursday feast. Or making their list and checking it twice in preparation of Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday. Maybe all of those things. Because the attention of so many…
  • Elder Surveillance For Their Own Good

    Ronni Bennett
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Okay, they usually call it “monitoring” instead of surveillance to sound less Orwellian but don't be fooled - it is surveillance. It's not quite here yet but the groundswell is increasing as commercial development and science research projects in Japan, Europe and the United States proliferate: As The New York Times reported in July: ”A consortium of European companies, universities and research institutions collaborated on Mobiserv, a project that developed a touch-screen-toting, humanoid-looking 'social companion' robot that offers reminders about appointments and medications and…
  • ELDER MUSIC: Classical Gas

    Ronni Bennett
    23 Nov 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. This column has nothing to do with the piece of music by Mason Williams with the same name. The title was suggested by Norma, the Assistant…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 22 November 2014

    Ronni Bennett
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    “DEAD” WOMAN WAKES IN MORGUE REFRIGERATOR Back in the 1950s, there was a chilling and deservedly famous Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode about a man, played by Joseph Cotton, so paralyzed in an accident that the coroner believes he is dead. Recently, that really happened to a woman in Poland: ”Officials say Janina Kolkiewicz, 91, was declared dead after an examination by the family doctor. However, mortuary staff were astonished to notice movement in her body bag while it was in storage. “The police have launched an investigation. Back home, Ms Kolkiewicz warmed up with a bowl of…
 
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  • This Simple Strategy Will Stuff Your Business so Full of Content That It Will Have to Wear Its Fat Pants

    Ann Handley
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Creating ridiculously good content is hard. Which is why you have to squeeze every drop of juice out of whatever content you create—as C.C. Chapman and I wrote in the fifth “rule” in Content Rules: “Reimagine; don’t recycle.” “Recycling is an afterthought; good content is intentionally reimagined, as its inception, for various platforms and formats,” we wrote. “[C]reate content that comes to life in various formats, across many different platforms, and that can address multiple audiences.” In other words, instead of using a “one and done” approach,…
  • 10 Ways to Create a Culture of Writing

    Ann Handley
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many organizations have hired a content manager or director, or chief storyteller, or chief content officer. But how can content leaders champion a more content-oriented company culture so that everybody on their team writes? I got this question recently. Let me paraphrase what that question-asker was really asking: How can you get busy coworkers (or lazy slackers—ha!) to write for the company blog? But I think the question could be broader than that—or should be. Because creating a culture of writing doesn’t mean simply producing more blog fodder. It also means creating a culture of…
  • This New Book Will Make You a Content Marketing Rock Star

    Ann Handley
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Too many business books feel like cover bands. They might be entertaining enough, but ultimately what they deliver feels a little lacking—a substitute for the real deal. Which is why I love this new digital book launching this week from my friend Jason Miller, Welcome to the Funnel – or, WTTF, as I affectionately call it. Jason self-published it, and he asked me to write the foreword. I’m allergic to books that deliver the why but not the how. So I love the practical, specific, how-to of WTTF. This isn’t a book of inexplicit generalities, amorphous marketing platitudes, and vague…
  • The Airbnb Berlin Wall Anniversary Film: A Q&A with Its Creator

    Ann Handley
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Airbnb yesterday launched a short animated film aligned with two things: the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and a traveler-inspired story of “belonging anywhere.” “Wall and Chain” tells the story of a woman named Cathrine who in 2012 brought her father back to Berlin for the first time since he’d left decades prior, before the fall of the Wall. Cathrine’s father, Jörg, had been a guard in West Germany. In Berlin, through Airbnb, Cathrine and her father booked a place with a friend of Kai, once a guard on the opposite side of the wall, in East Germany.
  • Twitter Helps Me Get My Lost Book Back, and What You Can Learn from It

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

    Neil
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I’m eating some chicken soup my mother made (yes, true!) while reading an article online, when I decide to ask my mother the big question that will finally decide the course of Western history. Me:  Mom, are you a feminist? Mom:  Uh, what do you mean? Me:   Do you consider yourself a feminist? Mom:    Well, I always worked as a woman. Me:   That doesn’t mean you are a feminist. Do you believe in equal pay for men and women? Mom:    Yes. Me:   And do you believe that both a man and a woman can be the boss? Mom:    Of course. I was an office manager. Me:   Will you vote…
  • The Ninth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert

    Neil
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    It is time for the announcement of the Ninth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, all new, all exciting for 2014! Nine years!  Can you believe it? Here are the past blockbuster concerts — 2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012 2013 This year’s concert will take place on December 18, 2014 right here on this blog. It is time to hear YOU PERFORM!   YOU are the CONCERT.  That gives you about a month to work your magic. Sign up in the comments today. Concert FAQ: 1.  Create a video (or audio) file of you performing a holiday song.  If you…
  • Waiting and Acting

    Neil
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    In therapy this week, I felt something deep,like a voice from childhood.  Someone telling me to wait.   Study and prepare.   Or risk the humiliation.   And all of a sudden I wasn’t there for humorous fodder for Facebook but because I needed it.   Two years since my divorce, my going to New Zealand, and my coming back to New York, and I’m still in retreat, waiting, studying and preparing. I put on some 70s funk music on  Spotify.   And the music tells me, in this funkiest way possible, that there is no humiliation in acting. There is no humiliation.  There is no…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #39

    Neil
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    My name is Eduardo Ruzman.   I am a professional wedding photographer, with a studio in Chelsea.  I shoot weddings of the most prominent members of New York society.   I make a very good living. But my real vocation is that of fortune-teller. When I perform my duties at the church, temple, restaurant, or private mansion, I do not simply look through the viewfinder, and shoot images. I observe, and I listen. And based on the way a marrying couple interacts, their choice of words and gestures, the roll of an eye, a rise of tension in the voice, I can predict, to the exact month, how long…
  • Gluten-Free Halloween

    Neil
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Andy opens the door to greet a little boy and girl, both dressed as superheros. Little Boy/Girl: Trick or Treat! Andy: Hello, there! Ooh, what cool costumes. I recognize you, Batman. I mean Batgirl. Little Girl: I’m not Batman or Batgirl. Why is it so important for you to identify me when gender is a societal construct? I consider myself a gender neural Bat Individual. Andy: OK. And how about you, young man. I don’t recognize your superhero costume. Little Boy: That’s because I’m an anti-hero, Alexander Petterssen. Andy: I don’t know him. Little Boy: Jesus.
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  • If You Don’t Have a Great View, Remember This

    rsdailythought
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Take Real Simple’s Gratitude Challenge The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes 100 Things to Be Thankful For This Year Filed under: Daily Thought
  • 2 Ways Women Can Change the World

    rsdailythought
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Take Real Simple’s Gratitude Challenge The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes 100 Things to Be Thankful For This Year Filed under: Daily Thought
  • Two Things Everyone Needs

    rsdailythought
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Take Real Simple’s Gratitude Challenge The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes 100 Things to Be Thankful For This Year Filed under: Daily Thought
  • Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Criticism

    rsdailythought
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
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  • Make This Your Traffic Jam Mantra

    rsdailythought
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Take Real Simple’s Gratitude Challenge The Surprising History of Thanksgiving Foods 100 Things to Be Thankful For This Year Filed under: Daily Thought
 
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    Truer Words - A Journal

  • Primary Colors

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    We had Lauren Monday night. That's wonderful! Her parents have been really generous lately about letting us spend time with her. She's in second grade now, and what was not so wonderful was her homework. It was a reading-timing test. (As in, time her for a minute to determine how much of this essay she can read.) The essay was the problem. It was all about how Red, Yellow and Blue are the primary colors. "They're called the primary colors because you can make any color with them." It's simply not true. It's not even close to true. The primary colors are Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. Mixing…
  • What, Now? Wow. Ow.

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I spoke for a few minutes today at my grandfather's memorial. He died on Saturday, at 87 years old. The following are my notes, though I didn't read it verbatim. If you'd like to know a little more about my grandfather — and thus a little more about me — this is as good a place to start as any other.
  • Ten Years

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    It's hard to believe ten years have passed since Shane died. I remember sitting on our front steps in Mystic waiting for the police to show up, to tell us what they wouldn't say over the phone. We knew what they were going to say, but didn't want to believe it. I remember Corinne going into the kitchen and throwing knives and dishes around in a fit of anguish... and wishing she had bought more breakable stuff because mostly it just dinged up the kitchen. She slept a lot for weeks after that day. We had a new kitten, Kiki (who is even now crying outside my door, wondering what on God's green…
  • Seven Years Old!

    2 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Lauren's seven years old today. It boggles the mind. Happy birthday, baby girl!
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  • → President Obama’s statement pushing for net neutrality

    Daniel
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    → President Obama’s statement pushing for net neutrality: And isn’t it sad that a U.S. president can have such a strong opinion on a regulatory decision that’s such obvious common sense, so obviously beneficial to consumers (and the lack of which is so obviously harmful), so well-supported by the citizens, and falling on the shoulders of someone he appointed, yet it still has such a low chance of actually getting done? ∞ Permalink [More than sad, it's everything that's wrong with government in the US today.]
  • MacRumors: ‘iOS 8 Adoption Stagnates Just Two and a Half Weeks After Launch’

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

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

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

    Daniel
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    In an Uber all graphite and glitter: Sure, maybe O’Reilly’s post bugged me because he’s playing the familiar game of using recent Apple product news as a strawman to compare to an utterly different kind of technology, while throwing in coded phrases like “Apple hype machine.” (Replying to a comment on his own article, O’Reilly declares, “What I wrote wasn’t really about Apple Pay.” Of course it wasn’t.) But I think what really rankles is that Tim O’Reilly is applying his vision to a Silicon Valley utopia where people take Ubers…
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  • The 5 C’s of Hosting Friendsgiving

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    With Thanksgiving swiftly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday plans. Whether you can’t travel home or you just want two Thanksgiving dinners, hosting a “Friendsgiving” is a great way to bring your friends together for a delicious meal. But there are a few things to consider first. Here are 5 tips for […] The post The 5 C’s of Hosting Friendsgiving appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Your Future Favorite Neighborhoods in Chicago (Outside of Downtown, That Is)

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chicagoans know that there’s much more to the Windy City than just Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Chicago reaches miles and miles beyond the historic downtown – there are an estimated 200 neighborhoods in the area, with 77 “community areas” defined by the University of Chicago Social Science Research Committee, all with a distinctive culture […] The post Your Future Favorite Neighborhoods in Chicago (Outside of Downtown, That Is) appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • An Apartment Thanksgiving to Remember

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Anita was thrilled beyond belief. For three months, she had been talking to her mom and sister in San Juan, Puerto Rico, planning the Great Gutierrez Reunion, known to most everyone else as Thanksgiving, 2014. It was not only her mom and sister, but her sister’s three children, along with Anita’s two aunts and uncle […] The post An Apartment Thanksgiving to Remember appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • 5 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Winter is swiftly approaching, which means as the temperatures drop, heating bills rise. Considering last year’s extreme winter weather (known as the Polar Vortex), it’s likely you want to cut down heating costs while still staying warm this year. By changing a few habits and utilizing tools you already have in your apartment, you can […] The post 5 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Moving in with Your Significant Other: 1 Bedroom or 2?

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s been a while since you and your partner have been together, and things are going well. Your apartment leases are nearing an end, and you aren’t renewing your current roommate either. You spend a significant amount of time together anyway…why not just move in? Remember, this is a bold move, but can be the […] The post Moving in with Your Significant Other: 1 Bedroom or 2? appeared first on Apartment Life.
 
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  • Vacation Day 5 – status

    Doug McCaughan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Kitchen cabinet removed. Long chat with an old friend. That was extremely pleasant. Caught up on The Walking Dead…new more! Watching wife stress over packing and cursing me under her breath for not using magic to install the cabinet/microwave and clean the house kitchen and pack.
  • 9:15 Breakfast done

    Doug McCaughan
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Cooked breakfast with precision. Now catching up on The Walking Dead over coffee.
  • Vacation Day 5

    Doug McCaughan
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    I awoke at 4am to do some programming. For the first time in my life, I felt that urgency to leave a perfect bed. The weight of the covers was just right. The warmth exact. The pillow could not have been more comfortable. Usually when you experience this, you have to leave the bed. I should have left the bed and met my responsibility. But I accepted the perfection, and slept in until 8am. No regrets despite the nagging voice in my head wanting to berate me for the loss of productivity. Today: Client work Hang a cabinet in the kitchen Pack for a trip to visit my 96 year old grandmother in a…
  • Beautiful day! Think I’ll watch it through the window.

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    So beautiful outside! A bit windy. Would love to take the kids to the park to fly kites. But duties call, and despite being a vacation day, I find myself glued to the computer.
  • Good day!

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    I took a few days vacation to try to bring order to my life. So far today, I have run a new electrical circuit to the drive way to charge the car, been notified that I am receiving my first tax refund in 15 years, and programmed the Nissan Leaf to open the garage door! Next on the list: plan a scout meeting, work on client web sites, and do some demolition in the kitchen.
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  • Words Made Flesh

    Maria de los Angeles
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    "Candelita de ojos azules," wrote my mother when I turned 2 years old 45 years ago.Candelita literally means "little candle" or "little flame on the candle," but in Cuban Spanish it can also mean "a little girl with fiery curiosity and mischief to spare."My love of cooking must have started then. My mom noted that I cracked eggs on the sofa and grabbed olives from the refrigerator. I also remember opening and emptying out every single jar in the spice cupboard onto the countertop in neat little piles -- my first mis-en-place.Forty-seven years ago my mother gave birth to me in San Juan. Every…
  • To Know Such Love

    Maria de los Angeles
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    They would have been married 55 years this Thursday. Havana, Cuba 1959.I don't know if my father remembers the date but today was especially quiet, as if a premonition of the anniversary. I mourned my mom in a different way. I mourned her for him, for his sadness. A tether keeps him attached to his body, knowing full well his soul wants to be next to hers, that his life is meaningless without her. Time stands still, stuck in the past of all he has ever known, the one constant in his life, the woman he most loved, my mother.Would we all be so lucky to know such love.You won't see me on the…
  • Local Foodies Travel the World Without Leaving Miami

    Maria de los Angeles
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Maude Eaton beckons with a "come eat" look and her Persian Polo (steamed basmati rice with golden saffron crust).I'm American but you can keep your turkeys, cranberry relish, green bean casseroles, bread stuffing and mashed potatoes for another day.This is what I'm talking about: a great afternoon savoring delicious food and wine in the company of friends without having to rush through a meal that took an entire day to cook just to stand in line at some megastore. Forget about Black Friday. How about Sunshine Sunday?Because that's what happened last week in Miami."This is better than…
  • Photographer Mac Stone Launches Everglades Book in Miami

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

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

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

    Karen
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Every job has its perks, and my favorite perk is getting a free copy of (most of) the books I work on! Especially because I edit so many cookbooks, and I do love cookbooks. My latest cookbook to arrive in the mail was Michael Ruhlman's How to Roast, which is the first in a series of short books devoted to specific culinary techniques. (How to Braise will be out in the winter.) It's awesome—recipes for roasted chicken (of course), root veggies, rack of lamb, shellfish, whole head of cauliflower, and more. And all accompanied by Michael's wife Donna's luscious photos,…
  • On the Side

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

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

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

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

    GeekMom
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I don’t know how I haven’t seen this before, but this Waterfall Swing is amazing! The video is from the World Maker Faire in 2011, and it is beautiful and mesmerizing. Take a look and see how this programmed waterfall “prints” shapes of water in the air. What a great demonstration of science and art! […]
  • How to Get Kids to Wash Hands the Right Way

    GeekMom
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Now that school is back in session, kids are exposed to bacteria and viruses more frequently. Just three days into the first week of school, my fourth grade daughter came home with a fever. I was annoyed, but not surprised, at how quickly she had gotten sick. When illnesses make the news, reporters always share […]
  • Is “Like a Girl” an Insult?

    GeekMom
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    I think the phrase “like a girl” is used as an insult, not as a compliment, almost every time it is spoken. Here is an interesting video by Always, that looks at what we think when we’re told to do something “like a girl,” and how we might change what it means. I like the […]
  • Summer Vacation Time Management Worksheet

    GeekMom
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I’m not one of those moms who look forward to spending a long, lazy summer vacation at home with the kids. I’m one of those moms who wish the kids could stay in school all summer long. I love my kids, but I don’t love having them all around the house, all day, every day, […]
  • Classcraft Engages Students in Learning Game

    GeekMom
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    I love games, and so do my kids. I often wonder how to incorporate game elements into everyday activities, to make life more fun and nerdy. I have just learned about a new game that teachers can play in class with students, and I think this is a very exciting innovation! It’s called Classcraft, and […]
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  • Alice Shook Her Head

    Magpie
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    It wasn't until I got to work this morning that I remembered about the tattoo. "Is that a real tattoo?" "What does it say?" No, it's a temporary, and it's because months ago I signed onto a goofy Kickstarter where for a bit of pocket change, I got a temporary tattoo with a line out of Through The Looking Glass. The company doing this carved up both Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass into around 5000 unique sentences/phrases, and issued them as one-offs. My job was to apply the tattoo, and upload a picture to their website.So I did.Of course it's on my neck. It says "Alice shook…
  • Squash Bread #2

    Magpie
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I love this bread. It's lovely toasted, it smells a little like Zwieback (which, unhappily, Nabisco discontinued), and it makes me feel virtuous because it's laced with puréed squash. The original recipe includes walnuts, raisins and cranberries and has a long rise in the fridge. I wanted a more versatile loaf, so I leave out all of the nuts & berries, and I start it in the bread machine, but I bake it in the oven. Yeasted Squash Bread (adapted from Baking With Julia)Wet stuff1 egg1 cup squash purée2 T. warm water5 T. butter (at room temperature)Dry stuff2 2/3 cups bread flour1/3 cup sugar1…
  • Squash Bread #1

    Magpie
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    There are hundreds of dozens of recipes for pumpkin bread on the web. I'm posting this mostly because I finally tweaked one just so, and I want to remember it, damn it. It's good.Squash Bread (adapted from Simply Recipes)Dry stuff1 cup all purpose flour1/2 cup spelt1/2 teaspoon of salt1/2 cup white sugar1/2 cup brown sugar1 t. baking soda1/2 t. ground ginger1/2 t. cinnamon1/2 t. freshly ground nutmeg1/2 t. allspiceWet stuff2 eggs1 cup squash purée*1/4 cup water1/2 cup melted coconut oilOther stuff1/2 cup chopped walnuts1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a normal sized loaf pan.2) Mix all the…
  • The Eleventh Whale

    Magpie
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The other day, I sent a text to my daughter:Ask and ye shall receive:Happy birthday, little goose.
  • Weekend Update

    Magpie
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    You know, it was kind of a nice weekend. I puttered around the house, and I caught up with an old friend while my kid was getting her hair cut. I passed along some Playmobil and Calico Critters, and I put my too-small hiking boots on eBay.I took a picture of the Cimicifuga racemosa - which started opening its little flowers a week ago. It doesn't know that it's November?I finished building the Lego Mini Cooper. The girl and I had started it a while ago, and then it got put away in a frantic house cleaning for something or another. I pulled it out this afternoon and had a delightful time…
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    Life Candy

  • 45 and 9 days.

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

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

    joshuanewman
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Here’s the thing about blogging: at times, it feels enough like writing in a journal that you can forget there are real people reading what you write. Thus, in thinking about Northstar’s plans, I’ve described my former colleagues in ways that weren’t fair.  We may have different ideas about what makes for a successful CrossFit affiliate, but they certainly don’t deserve ridicule or rudeness on that account.   So, while it may not mean much to them, my apologies.  The CrossFit community is small, the NYC market is large and underserved, and I’ll try to be a…
  • Comedy before Competence

    joshuanewman
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    I was discussing the previously-cited Netflix Culture Deck with a few new colleagues, one of whom pointed out that the word ‘failure’ is conspicuously absent from the presentation. That highlights a key difference between big companies and startups. In a large, publicly traded company, there’s a lot to lose. While not all new initiatives can be successes, it’s at least as important that few are damaging failures. Whereas, in a small company, chasing the upside of continually swinging for the fences is the only way to grow substantially. Focusing primarily on not…
  • Capital

    joshuanewman
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’m down in DC for the weekend with Jess and her business partner Catherine, working as their intern at a Dobbin holiday show. In the past, we’d have left Gemelli behind for this kind of trip, but Penne is young enough – and terrible enough at walking on leash – that we didn’t want to dump them both on my brother (as he’s already regularly out walking Brooklyn, his cockapoo, he’s an excellent first line of doggy daycare defense), so they’re both in tow. Traveling with two dogs has been an adventure. Penne, it turns out, gets carsick, and tossed…
  • Decked

    joshuanewman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Still on the theme of hiring: if you run a business, and haven’t read Netflix CEO Reed Hasting’s ‘culture deck’, go read it now. It’s a cogent philosophy for hiring great people, running a company and scaling up an ‘A player’ team. A few gems: “We’re a team, not a family. We’re like a pro sports team, not a kid’s recreational team. Netflix leaders hire, develop and cut smartly, so we have stars in every position.” “The Keeper Test: Which of my people, if they told me they were leaving, for a similar job at a peer company, would…
  • Technical Hires

    joshuanewman
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    Back in the 1990’s, during the first internet bubble, there was a real divide in the startup world between the ‘tech people’ and the ‘business people’. Sure, you needed the tech people to actually build the products you were selling; but everyone knew that tech people couldn’t run companies. (The old joke: how can you tell the engineer you’re talking to is an extrovert? He’s looking at your shoes.) That’s why you needed to hire a recent b-school grad, with marketing experience and good hair, to lead the charge. As early 2000’s stock…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • Outfitted and Equipped: Cozy Night by the Fire

    Brett and Kate McKay
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Brought to you by Levi’s®. Visit the Levi’s® Holiday Gift Guide. What’s this? Sitting in front of a warm, glowing fireplace is truly one of the best parts of the season. The heat from the flames and the crackling of the logs seem to tap into the primordial part of one’s spirit, conjuring a sense of comfort and safety that was felt by our ancestors for millennia. This feeling is only heightened around the holidays, as it mixes with the good cheer and nostalgia in the air. The aura of relaxing comfort that emanates from one’s fireplace lends itself particularly well to…
  • A Man’s Reflections On Putting His Dog Down

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from James “Uncle Buzz” Surwilo. We had to have our dog Buddy euthanized this past summer. This is euphemistically known as “putting a pet down” or “putting a pet to sleep,” which sanitizes and softens the deed, as if the dog or cat will wake or rise up again. If only. To be clear, I’m not one of those persons who maintain that humans can love animals as they love other humans, or that losing a pet is as grievous as the death of a close friend or family member. I’m old enough to have lost both parents – having been present…
  • Founding Fathers + Facial Hair

    Brett and Kate McKay
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    This post is brought to you by Citi. Got an idea for an epic combo? Check out the Citi® Double Cash Card #incredouble contest to find out how to enter and win big! What’s this? It’s the time of year where normally clean-shaven men grow out their facial hair for good causes – not the least of which is seeing how one might look with a mustache or beard. Many of you have probably been participating this month in either Movember or No Shave November, and fuzzy ‘staches and nascent beards have been popping up on the faces of men around the country – to their friends’ laughter and…
  • Reviving Blue Collar Work: 5 Benefits of Working in the Skilled Trades

    Jeremy Anderberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    A couple weeks ago, I outlined and (hopefully) debunked four common myths about skilled labor. While these stereotypes about blue collar work may have been true 50 years ago, they simply aren’t the case in today’s world. In the 90s and early 00s, everything was about the business world. Wall Street was going gangbusters, this new fangled thing called the internet was taking off, and dream jobs were those in which you sat in an office with a computer and made millions. Those jobs were not terribly difficult to come by. Today’s youth have those same notions of where the good jobs are, but…
  • Art of Manliness x Huckberry Holiday Gift Shops for Men and Women (+ Giveaway)

    Brett and Kate McKay
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It’s time once again for the AoM x Huckberry Holiday Gift Shops. For the past three years, we’ve teamed up with the fine folks at Huckberry to create a curated online store full of gifts we think an AoM man would enjoy finding under the Christmas tree. And as with past years, we’ve added a gift shop for women, as a service to our fellow men who have a hard time finding unique and cool gifts for the ladies in their lives. The AoM x Huckberry Holiday Gift Shop is your one-stop Christmas resource for the fellow manly men in your life and the cool women who love them. Ready to…
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  • Turning This Car Around 41

    Jon Armstrong
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed It starts serious and then goes straight to hell. The post Turning This Car Around 41 appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Another Autumn Great Salt Lake Sunset

    Jon Armstrong
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The sunsets are turning into a thing. The post Another Autumn Great Salt Lake Sunset appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Quip

    Jon Armstrong
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed It's always about the dishes. The post Quip appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Autumn Sunset, Cue Fanfare

    Jon Armstrong
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed Sunset with Antelope Island in the distance. The post Autumn Sunset, Cue Fanfare appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Turning This Car Around: 38: Judgment & Blow

    blurb
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed What every parent hates, but does anyway: judge every other parent. The post Turning This Car Around: 38: Judgment & Blow appeared first on Blurbomat.
 
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, today serves as a museum. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible, and it’s full name is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. No visits yetThe post PHOTO: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Red Square in Moscow

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One end of Moscow’s famous Red Square: The Kremlin and Lenin’s Tomb (left); State Historical Museum (center); and the enormous GUM Department Store (right). (Visited 35 times, 35 visits today)The post PHOTO: Red Square in Moscow appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Aktion T4 Memorial in Berlin

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Memorial at Philharmonie in Berlin, former site of the headquarters of Aktion T4, the agency that ordered “euthanasia” of people with mental disabilities or illnesses during the Third Reich, on the the National Socialist government. During my visit, dozens of Berliners filed past the photos and documentation in utter silence. (Visited 32 times, 32 visits today)The post PHOTO: Aktion T4 Memorial in Berlin appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Konzerthaus Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Konzerthaus Berlin, located on Gendarmenmarkt square near the historic center of the city, is considered to be one of the five best concert venues in the world due to its excellent acoustics. During the Christmas holidays, the Gendarmenmarkt hosts one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets. (Visited 51 times, 51 visits today)The post PHOTO: Konzerthaus Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Interior of the Protestant Cathedral in Berlin

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Berliner Dom (Protestant Cathedral in Berlin) features a dome decorated with mosaics, stained glass windows by Anton von Werner, massive pipe organ, Neo-Baroque pulpit, and crypt with more than 80 sarcophagi of Prussian royals. It is well worth the 270-step climb to the top of the dome to take in the views over Berlin. (Visited 83 times, 83 visits today)The post PHOTO: Interior of the Protestant Cathedral in Berlin appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Free Devotional: Surviving Christmas: Advent Devotions for the Hard and Holy Holidays

    Anne Marie Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Growing up, I didn’t know much about Advent. Christmas cantatas, yes. Live nativity scenes, yes. Stolen baby Jesus dolls, yes. Advent…not so much. It was a few years ago after I began attending St. Bartholomew’s in Nashville where Advent really took a hold on my heart: a time to prepare and reflect upon the coming Christ, his birth, death and resurrection, the narrative of Mary and Joseph, angels, dirt, mundane, pain, rejoicing. Over time, I’ve written a few blog posts inspired by the season or on Christmas in general. Because as mystical and ponderous Advent is, the…
  • Enjoy A Free Chapter of “Lean on Me” from the Folks at FaithGateway

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
      The fine folks at FaithGateway posted a free chapter of Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community today. Here’s a little tease; you can click over to their website for the rest! They’re also offering 20% off the book, too! (Insert your own verbiage about stocking stuffers or Christmas shopping here…I’ll save you the grief.) Much love, Anne Marie Sometimes the only way to return is to go. — Josh Garrels Leaving behind four years of friendships in Nashville, I moved to California, confidently running, fearless in my decision to…
  • Having a Plan for Coping with Anxiety

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    It was 3:12 am and it felt like what I imagine a heart attack feels like. If I hadn’t felt this tightness hundreds of times before in the last 20 years, I probably would have been concerned, but it was a familiar foe. Rarely does it visit while I’m sleeping, but last night it did. I took some deep breaths, told my brain what was happening (because brains are only wired to know evidence – my racing heart and shallow breathing – not reason.) “You are starting to have a panic attack. There is no reason you should be this afraid. You are healthy, you are safe. This feeling…
  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

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

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

  • Autumn In Jutland – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    There is a special window each year. A window of time ever so fleeting and hard to track. It is never the same day, week, or month. Ever in flux it varies from valley to glen, coast to fjord. In places like Arizona it is nearly non-existent except in the high country and yet in
  • See My Photo in National Geographic Nordics This Month

    Alex Berger
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    As an aspiring photographer and lifelong traveler there is one organization that, above all others, has fueled my imagination since I was a young boy. The images of majestic animals, exotic peoples, and grand cultural undertakings are part of the foundation which crafted the traveler I am today. Even in the modern digital age where
  • The Elephant Crossing – Weekly Travel Photo & Product Review

    Alex Berger
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    The choice to cross obviously rested in the tusks of a powerful matriarch.  As she deliberated, surveying the water carefully for threats, her familial herd clustered around her with eyes open and surveying in every direction.  From time to time they would move ever so slightly closer to the water’s edge.  When they did, we
  • What is the difference between Scandinavia and the Nordics?

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

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

  • Like Clockwork

    Ree
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    I rode in the feed truck with Marlboro Man last week when the family was gathering cattle, and unfortunately for Marlboro Man (hahahaha. Ha?) I had no voice so we couldn’t talk. But it was still nice to spend time together. I like that fella.       It’s fun to watch the cattle. This one was ready to eat!       Actually, they were all ready to eat. And that’s the fun thing about riding in a feed truck this time of year: You drive out into a pasture in any sort of truck and you feel like the most popular person on the planet. You can’t keep…
  • Happy to be Horseback

    Ree
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    The snow is gone and while it’s still nice and cool outside, it isn’t miserably frigid as it was earlier this week. And for my girls this morning, that was reason enough to smile!       You know that thing that happens after you’ve had a terrible bug and felt awful for a few days, and then, once you do start to feel better, you actually feel better than better? It’s sort of a giddy stage that sets in once you realize you’re out of the woods.       My girls were definitely in the giddy stage this morning. Only instead of a terrible…
  • My Love for Winter

    Ree
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    I was supposed to take a quick trip yesterday morning, but it started snowing soon after I woke up and didn’t stop snowing until afternoon. So I put off my trip for the following reasons: * Visibility was low. * Driving to the airport might have been more of an adventure than I was up for on a Sunday. * Even if I made it to the airport in one piece, there was a high likelihood my flight would be canceled or delayed. * Charlie needed me to keep a fire going in the fireplace. * Charlie needed me to rub his ears. * Charlie needed me to scratch his tummy. * Charlie needed me to cover him…
  • Cowboy Compassion

    Ree
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    I can’t remember exactly what they were laughing at.       But I’m pretty sure it was their dad falling down. Or someone falling down. I’ve mentioned this before, but there is a common trait among cowboys that causes them to laugh when one of them falls down, gets run over by a steer, gets kicked by a calf, or gets run up onto a fence by a charging cow. Here are some old examples I’ve come across.       Tim getting charged by a cow. He was fine. Everyone laughed.       Josh jumping over a fence to escape a cow. He was fine.
  • Gathering and Sorting

    Ree
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Thursday morning, Marlboro Man needed to sort the dry cows off of the pairs, so he, the kids, his brother, and the cowboys (oh…and Charlie!) saddled up and headed out around 8:00 am. Well, Charlie didn’t exactly saddle up. I guess he saddled up in a figurative sense.     Know why my girls are so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?       Because the weather is getting cooler and because the sorting was only slated to take a couple of hours…and because of the aforementioned reasons, they got to sleep till 7:30. When they go to college, they’re either…
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    Boss Sanders

  • Thoughts on Ferguson

    bosssanders
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’ve not said much at all regarding what’s going on in Ferguson.  I don’t want to hurt or dishonor my friends and family of all colors, my law-enforcement friends/family, or any hurting hearts.  And, the truth is… I don’t feel like I have a complete picture. You see, I don’t know what was going through the heads of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson (the cop).  I don’t know their motives or thoughts as they acted and then, reacted.  Sitting here, in the safety of my home, I can’t even imagine the fear or surprise or even, anger.  I can imagine…
  • Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans – A Review

    bosssanders
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    When we have children, it’s easy to get caught up in the checklist of all of the things we “ought” to do.  We can feel overwhelmed by the barrage of academic, recreational, and spiritual activities flying at us that we miss the MOST important thing – raising Kingdom Kids.  We begin to rely on Awana and Sunday School and teachers and pastors to develop our children’s spirituality, and forget that raising children who love Jesus isn’t based on any PROGRAM (while those are good in their own ways).  And, before we know it, we feel like we are trekking…
  • Vulnerable Love

    bosssanders
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Once upon a time, a little baby was born.  Not just any baby, but the Savior of the world. I wonder how Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel first showed up… I mean, she was there just minding her own business and then, POOF!  There’s this glowing dude in her space.  The Bible actually says she was afraid!  Wouldn’t you be afraid if someone just POOFED into your room?  I mean, not only was some strange man in her room, but he was glowing!  I would’ve been scared, too! And, then… Gabriel told her to not be afraid.  And, she wasn’t.  He told her that she…
  • As Of Today, August 18, 2014

    bosssanders
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I am thinking… My brain is running through a bunch of different courses right now.  You really don’t want a tour. First, I feel like I owe an apology…or, at least an explanation, as to why I basically dropped off the face of the Earth for a while.  A couple of months ago, we found out we were pregnant and excitement was high.  Then, we lost the pregnancy.  It’s been a two-month journey back to “mostly normal” – my body, hormones, emotions…everything was severely messed up.  In the thick of it, we were/are trying to shield our children from this…
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE

    bosssanders
    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…
 
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • What do you do if you hate feelings?

    Britt Reints
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join the conversation at What do you do if you hate feelings?. I give talks on happiness and lead workshops on gratitude. I’m into feelings. Big time. But some people – lots of people – are not. That doesn’t mean they don’t want to be happy; we’re all hardwired for that from the word go. It does, however, mean that many of the tools touted for achieving happiness can feel grossly out of reach to them. I’ve run into this dichotomy in my own home: neither my daughter nor my husband are big fans of feelings. They don’t like to talk about them,…
  • On Meeting Elizabeth Gilbert

    Britt Reints
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Join the conversation at On Meeting Elizabeth Gilbert. I have long suspected that, if given a chance, Elizabeth Gilbert and I could be very good friends. Elizabeth – or Liz, as I imagine I’d call her – has been inspiring me for years. Her book Eat, Pray, Love gave me permission to value my own happiness at a time when I desperately needed the validation. Her TED talk on creative genius transformed how I saw myself as a writer and creator. She makes me laugh on Twitter. We also have a ton in common. She’s a writer; I’m a writer. She has blonde, curly hair; I have…
  • Happiness Interview with Life Coach Tim Brownson

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

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

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

  • late night tv

    cathy
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I try to set the timer on the tv so that it turns off at the same time that I fall asleep. Sometimes, I nod off too quickly and the tv drips into my dreams. Last night, I dreamed about some show called ‘Grams & Glum.’ It’s a crime solving show with Angela Lansbury and her emo granddaughter. I should probably pay more attention to which channel the tv is on when I am sleepy.
  • Housesitter Instructions – Utilities

    cathy
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    If you need to adjust the temperature in the house, click the thermostat and rotate to the menu screen. It might be easier if you download the app. I will need to create a profile for you. text me and I will change the thermostat settings for you. If the smoke alarm goes off, I will call you.
  • Housesitter Instructions – Pets

    cathy
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Each dog gets a scoop of food twice a day. The scoop is inside the dog food bucket. The old dog likes to have company when she eats. Make sure she doesn’t steal the cat food when she is done with her food. The neurotic dog has to eat in private. If she hears a loud noise during her meal, she won’t eat. The boy cats get three scoops of food twice a day. The girl cat gets two scoops. The scoop is a coffee spoon inside the cat food bucket. Don’t look away from the bucket of cat food when the lid is open or the orange boy cat will eat all of the food. Make sure the lid is locked…
  • no onions

    cathy
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Every extended family gathering: “You won’t die from an allergic reaction if you eat an onion, will you?” “No. I will vomit though.” “Great! You can eat around them.” Followed by: “Hey Cathy, want more onions? Ha-Ha!” And: “I put extra onions it, just for Cathy. Hee-Hee!” Making me physically ill is great and hilarious… if you’re a jerk.
  • He vs She – books

    cathy
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    He: “What do you think of the book I gave you to read?” She: “I’m enjoying it except for the distractingly misogynist attitudes of the author.” Wrong answer – He: “What misogyny?” Right answer – He: “I’m glad you like it.”
 
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    SIMPLY STORK

  • Latte anyone?

    Simply Stork
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
      I love it when the season changes and the pumpkin spice latté makes it’s appearance.  I love them….LOVE! The cost this year was wrong…all wrong.  I am a firm believer in “anything you can buy…you can probably make” so I got to work. Now of course, one can just get on line and find a recipe.  Which I did. But I soon realized that there were many  ingredients that I didn’t already have… I decided to do a mock version, and you know what?, I think I like it even better. It’s simple ingredients make it a lovely alternative.   1 1/2cups water 1 1/2…
  • Handmade

    Simply Stork
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    There comes a moment when one makes a decision.  Do we buy it?  Or do we take the time to "make" it.  Both have it's perks.  Store bought, although beautiful, sometimes comes with a cost attached. "Hand made" also comes with a cost...but the cost usually consists of time, which can be part of the gift if the receiver is the type who would notice.  The gift of time is a gift many take lightly.With this thought, I have stumbled onto something.  One can not buy certain things, at any cost, and everyone knows that...but did you ever stop to think about it?  One…
  • The nature of things…

    Simply Stork
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:38 pm
          I am often distracted by the beautiful flowers and plants that seem to find their way through fences.   I am pleasantly surprised by the collections of colors people use when putting pots of flowers together.  Beautiful. To say the least. I am often distracted how lovely something as simple as a stick can be. I have found more than one in my photo files.  I am often amazed by how beautiful the colors of fall are. May you take the time to be distracted by the nature of things today friends. ~simply~
  • Day trip

    Simply Stork
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
             I have found a new boldness.  I have been just jumping into the car and hitting the road.  This is new for me.  I am a scardy cat. I do much better with a trusted companion. Sometimes a trusted companion is engaged elsewhere so one must learn to venture out alone. So I am. On this trip I traveled over the mountains to a quaint little place called Leavenworth.  Leavenworth is a little German town located just outside one of the mountain passes in our area. It’s beautiful. I am very thankful my camera and I were able to make the trip.
  • Harvest

    Simply Stork
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Hello friends.Hope your harvest was as delightful as mine.~simply~
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    iambossy.com

  • Bossy Explains Seasonal Depression

    BOSSY
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Seasonal Depression — otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder — is a depressive disorder occurring only specific times of year, such as winter. Typical symptoms of Seasonal Depression include lack of energy, tiredness, sleepiness, and oversleeping with a side order of naps. Other symptoms include decreased focus, difficulty concentrating, and what was Bossy saying? Oh yes, Seasonal Depression. People who suffer from Seasonal Depression often withdraw. Most often that withdrawal is from an ATM machine to pay for the wine that will combat the shift in mood because we all know…
  • In Honor Of Ken Burns’ Series The Roosevelts

    BOSSY
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Last night Bossy watched the Ken Burns’ series on PBS, The Roosevelts, which is to say Bossy and her mother and her daughter were ignoring the show and talking about boys. But when Bossy did turn her attention to the television, everything sounded vaguely familiar, as if Bossy had written a book about the Roosevelts herself. And then Bossy remembered she did write a book about the Roosevelts, dressed as a blog post answering the question: What if the Roosevelts were around today? To help with that task, Bossy turned to Facebook. You see, this was Franklin Roosevelt: Franklin Roosevelt…
  • Farewell Dear Stella

    BOSSY
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Mere hours before daybreak and an appointment that would have decided things for her, Stella shut off her own light. She did it with grace and dignity, on her terms, at the Bossy family house with her people lying on the floor around her. Ironically it was a woman named Kitty who was responsible for Bossy’s Great Dane. It was 2005 and the Bossy family had just lost their aging dog to cancer. This prompted Bossy to launch what she calls the research process, even though Bossy’s mom refers to it as good as done. Bossy had always wanted a giant dog, which are hard to come by in mutt…
  • How Bossy Spent Her Summer Vacation – And The Two Years Leading Up To It

    BOSSY
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Hello, and welcome to I Am Bossy, a humor blog without the blog posts! Luckily the blog is still funny. Even if currently written and archived entirely within the confines of Bossy’s own head! Bossy hasn’t been writing lately because of the following items, in no particular order except from most important to even more important: Working. Bossy has been working full time at an Institutional Investment Firm. If you don’t understand what Bossy could possibly provide in skills to an Institutional Investment Firm, you are not alone! In fact you are joined by Bossy, along with…
  • Explaining Stuff To Aliens: How To Tell Time

    Lauren
    22 May 2014 | 10:19 am
    You see we have these things called clocks and no one looks at them because we have phones. Yes phones are for talking to people who aren’t there, but they’re also for telling time. No you don’t actually tell time anything, but rather telling time is the process of knowing what time it is. And you know what time it is because you look at a clock. Shall we begin? Clocks have numbers on them. Except sometimes they don’t: And each number represents an hour which is one hour long. An hour takes an hour, which is also sixty minutes. A minute takes a minute and is made up of…
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    Family on Bikes

  • Roadschooling Reading

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    This is a sample chapter from my book Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~Emilie Buchwald Reading. It’s essential. It’s basic to our ability to navigate our world. If our kids aren’t reading, then we, as parents, worry. Way back in 1995 when I was about to teach first grade for the very first time, I was terrified. I knew how to teach kids to read better, but had no clue how to teach them to read in the first place. A friend of mine gave me the best advice ever: “Don’t worry,” he said. “The kids…
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin

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

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

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

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

  • To Be, or Not to Be Social: Is participating in social media good for your career?

    davidjhinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    “Create your presence on social media to be found, heard and respected; otherwise, you won’t be.” - Susan Beebe, Chief Listener at Dell.
  • Inchoate Agency: Technology, and the Liberal Arts

    davidjhinson
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    A few weeks back, I shared a few thoughts on being a Social CIO at a Liberal Arts College. The post had its genesis in a magazine article that I had been working on, and generated many subsequent conversations, offline and on… like the one below: Which begs the question – why is it that at liberal arts colleges, those who have the biggest stake in the role of technology – faculty and students – are disengaged in the decision processes that govern institutional technology decision making? Naturally, each school’s unique situation will be fact dependent and…
  • Conway Geek Breakfast

    davidjhinson
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    November’s Conway Geek Breakfast comes early this month… it’s this Thursday, 11/20, at Bob’s Grill in Conway. Want to know what’s trending in Tech… catch up on what happened this weekend at Conway Comic-Con… or simply show off your latest bright and shiny tech object? Then come on down!
  • At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses Is Really About Outsourcing – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education

    davidjhinson
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses Is Really About Outsourcing – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education. I would say that this article’s title should probably more properly have been “At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses Is Really About The Fear Of Outsourcing.” Pedagogy should always drive the “wheres and whys” of how and when technology is used in higher ed. And that is especially true for liberal arts colleges. I am happy to see Hendrix College and Rollins College (as well as former Hendrix…
  • You Are What You Speak

    davidjhinson
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Every time we open our mouths, or put pen to paper, we reveal something about our true selves – intentionally, or not. Even with full reflection of our biases, it’s nigh impossible to totally escape our ingrained idioms, our life-long learned mannerisms… our voice. It is the rare author who can write “anonymously”, without someone who knows them recognizing the patterns that identify an author, as readily as if their names were etched in stone within the text. Native speakers can cull out the non-native speakers by recognizing non-native modes of speech;…
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    Simple Marriage

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Corey
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Happy Thanksgiving is written by Corey from: Simple Marriage ----------- A FEW THINGS WE LOVE: Married Life 911 - marriage help from the comfort of your own phone. Sexy Marriage Radio
  • How to Get the Perfect Present for Your Spouse

    Sean
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    The holidays are here and the gift giving season is upon us. Finding the perfect present for your spouse can be a tricky thing. It’s easy to get caught up simply buying stuff and forgetting the real spirit of the season. So what’s the secret to getting your loved one the perfect present this year? It all starts with one word: intent The goal of gift giving is to show your intent – that you care. There’s the famous saying, “it’s the thought that counts”. And it’s true. But when it’s followed up with a genuinely cool present, it makes it the perfect gift. It All Comes Down…
  • The resent-repeat syndrome

    Corey
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    If you grew up in a family where you experienced injustice, abuse, or a sense of hurt, you’re at a high risk of developing a resent-repeat syndrome in your adult life. You may end up repeating a familiar pattern from your past or you may go 180 degrees to an opposite pattern. These actions result in your own children being deprived in a way that carries your emotional scars forward into the next generation. The rule is this: The more we resent something our parents did, the more likely we are either to unknowingly repeat it, or to try so diligently NOT to repeat it that we go to the…
  • Great Marriage Quotes

    Corey
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” — Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu “You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” — Sam Keen “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” — Joanne Woodward “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.” — Will Ferrell “I didn’t marry you because you were…
  • The Minimalist Marriage

    Corey
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    I’ve been married to Pam for 21 years. We’ve had our shares of ups and downs, but through it all, one thing remains very clear — when you can keep it simple, it allows the important to not get lost among the immediate. If you boil down marriage and role it plays in life, it is personal development bootcamp. Yes, it offers up happiness, pleasure, support and encouragement – but that’s not what it’s designed to do. At the end of the day, marriage is designed to help you grow up. When you can see what happens in your relationship through that lens,…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 36 Prompts to Help You Plan an Awesome 2015

    Marelisa
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The holiday season is here, which means the New Year is just around the corner. It’s never too early to start thinking of ways to make 2015 even better than 2014. Below you’ll find 36 prompts to help you plan an awesome 2015. 1. One habit I’m going to build. 2. One habit I’m going [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Eight Ways to Build New Habits and Make Them Stick

    Marelisa
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Good habits make all the difference in life. When you’ve created good habits you do the right things, without even having to think about it. That is, you put the behavior that will allow you to achieve your goals on automatic pilot. Choose the habits that you want to adopt, follow the eight tips below [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 60 Tips for Success in 140 Characters or Less

    Marelisa
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Let’s get right to it. Here are 60 tips for success in 140 characters or less: 1. Constantly plant seeds for your future success. 2. Prepare yourself for success by polishing your craft, strengthening your body, and sharpening your mind. 3. Know that success is about quality. 4. Have a vivid vision of what you [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 25 Small Ways to Change the World

    Marelisa
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
      Most people underestimate their ability to make a positive change in the world. They’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of things that need to be done, all the people that need help, and all the worthy causes that exist. However, lots of individuals making small efforts can change the world. “I am only one, [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Eight Life Changing Benefits of Gratitude

    Marelisa
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Having an attitude of gratitude is beneficial for every aspect of your life: being grateful improves your health, your mood, your relationships, your career satisfaction, and on, and on. If you’re looking for reasons why you should be grateful this Thanksgiving, and every other day of the year for that matter, here are eight life [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
 
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  • Two Lives

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:26 pm
    For the last few years, I’ve been thinking a lot about life, the things that happen in our lives and how we respond to them. This has really been ramped up in the past few weeks due to heated discussions with my mom and the subsequent letters she decided to write my sister and I. I have spent a lot of time wondering why my mom is the way she is and why I am not like that. We both had difficult
  • Toxic Matters

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    It’s just past five in the morning and I have been up since three and even before that, my night has been restless. So many things going through my head that I just can’t sleep. I can’t get the internal loop of dialogue to quiet down and so, after fighting the urge to write it all out for almost two hours, here I am, in a quiet house trying to purge myself of the screaming voices that are
  • That Nagging Feeling

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

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  • Not to Yield

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.~Franz KafkaI suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward.  ~Mary SartonIn my old age there is a coming into flower. My body wanes; my mind waxes.  ~Victor HugoThose who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.  ~Sir Arthur Wing PineroThough much is taken, much abides; and thoughWe are not now that strength which in old daysMoved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are--One equal temper of heroic hearts,Made weak by time and fate, but strong in willTo…
  • More Vivid

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.  ~Stephen JobsAdvice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves.  ~Henry Wheeler ShawChildren have more need of models than of critics.  ~Carolyn CoatsPeople seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. ~Oliver GoldsmithHuman models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.  ~Daniel J. BoorstinQuotes about example
  • Fire in our Hearts

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A goal properly set is halfway reached.  ~Zig ZiglarTo realize our goals, we must first imagine them fully.  ~Siew Hwa BehGoals are dreams with deadlines.  ~Diana Scharf HuntAct like you expect to get into the end zone.  ~Joe PaternoEach of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.  ~Mary Lou RettonIt is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.  ~Ursula K. LeGuinQuotes about goals
  • Given with Love

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There are two sides to every story and TRUTH lies somewhere in the middle.  ~Jean GatiIt takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.  ~Henry David ThoreauThe shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.  ~Anthony de Mello Truth is what stands the test of experience.  ~Albert EinsteinThe truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.  ~Pearl S. BuckWhenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.  ~Mahatma GandhiQuotes about truth
  • Write your Name

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The quality of mercy is not strained;It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath. It is twice blessed-It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.  ~William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)Teach me to feel another's woe,To hide the fault I see,That mercy I to others show,That mercy show to me.  ~Alexander PopeWrite your name in kindness, love and mercy on the hearts you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten.  ~Thomas ChalmersSweet mercy is nobility's true badge.  ~Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus)We all need the waters…
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  • Super Savior

    Steve Woodruff
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    If you’re focused on Christian dogma, Christian rituals, Christian practices, or even Christian examples (good or bad), you’re missing the point. All of those things are important, of course. But they are the spokes. Our focus – in our own hearts, in our church life, and in our dialogue with the world – needs to be on the hub. Christ is a super savior. No, He’s not wearing a cape and jumping over tall buildings. But just look at the language of Colossians 1:15-20, and note the incredible pile-up of superlatives used to describe Him: 15 He is the image of the…
  • The Great Escape

    Steve Woodruff
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    The essence of the Christian faith can be found in this amazing sentence: “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14) Genuine Christianity includes belief in Christ, joined to a personal and ongoing experience of Christ’s deliverance of us. It’s not an abstract set of dogmas. It’s an unfolding story of escape. I wrote about the in whom we have aspect in this prior post. But let’s back up and look at what this passage…
  • Having It All

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

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

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

    Brian Myers
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Thinker by Auguste RodinPhoto credit: Drflet (CC-By-SA 3.0) I’m often amazed at people who are utterly dogmatic about things like Climate Change or evolution, but yet also insist that absolute truth doesn’t exist or can’t be known. They elevate “science” to a ridiculously high level, enthusiastically and blindly accepting whatever science is said to have established. Two things occur to me here: First, absolute truth both exists and can be known. You’ll find it in the Scriptures. Second, everything man thinks he knows, everything he thinks he has learned, will be skewed if the…
  • A Tale of Two U.S. Senate Campaigns

    Tom Thurlow
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo credit: Dave Davidson – Prezography.com “What was your name again?” the woman on the other end of the phone asked me. “My name is Tom Thurlow.  I am a columnist writing about the Iowa Senate race, and I would like to talk with Ms. Ernst or someone involved in her campaign.” “And you said your prior work can be found … where?” “At my website, Napa Whine Country, dot com.  ‘Whine’ with an ‘h’.” “OK, thanks, Napa Whine Country, with an ‘h.’  I will pass along your message.” This is the routine I went through with the Joni Ernst For Senate Campaign…
  • Planned Parenthood Puts Profits Ahead of Women’s Health

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Alliance Defending Freedom submitted a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday to the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of pro-life advocates in support of an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “webcam” abortions. After a trial court upheld the ban on the practice, in which women are provided with abortion-inducing drugs without any in-person examination by a licensed physician, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland appealed the decision to Iowa’s high court. Sixteen other states have enacted similar bans. “Planned Parenthood and other abortionists must be held to basic medical standards of care, and…
  • What Does Women’s History Have to Do With Defense?

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee has learned that Congress is considering including the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The House National Resource Committee is currently working on adding the NWHM to a public lands package that would be included in the NDAA. Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, responded: CWA strongly supports the showcasing and promotion of the many achievements of American women. Unfortunately, as written, this provision will serve…
  • The Supreme Season for Gratitude for God’s Blessings

    Mark Tooley
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Many Americans, including church officials, grouse with complaint about our nation’s troubles, forgetting countless blessings meriting thanks, especially at this time of year. President George Washington’s famous Thanksgiving proclamation made Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” The Gospel ties joy and right living to ongoing gratitude, to God above all, and to all the persons…
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  • Big turkey is ruining everything

    Jordon Cooper
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    The White House only pardon’s “white turkeys” because of the influence of “big turkey” on the selection process After years of selective breeding, only one breed of turkey, the aptly named Broadbreasted White, remains in large-scale production in the United States. For about 30 years, it has been the breeding stock owned by the three major companies, Hybrid Turkeys of Ontario, Canada; British United Turkeys of America in Lewisburg, W. Va.; and Nicholas Turkey Breeding Farms, Sonoma, Calif. A blowzy specimen with short stubby legs, its disproportionate supply of white meat has come…
  • Environment changes food choices

    Jordon Cooper
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Interesting study on how kids eat show they make better food choices in a quiet cafeteria with a longer lunch time. The researchers also found a major influence on how much healthy food children ate: the cafeteria environment. Children were more likely to eat healthy foods when it was quieter in the cafeteria; when the food was cut up into smaller pieces like apple slices; when lunch periods were longer; and when teachers were eating lunch in the same cafeteria. “We saw a big jump in consumption if these factors were controlled, and they aren’t expensive things to control for,” Gross…
  • This is America: You’re supposed to play by the broken rules until you can fix them, even if they’re fixed beyond correction.

    Jordon Cooper
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Rolling Stone asks What Constitutes Appropriate Rebellion? Watching the preparations Ferguson, Missouri, made for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s announcement of the grand jury findings in the case of Officer Darren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown was deeply unsettling. A dismal air of inevitability hung over the event. The Ferguson police had negotiated some terms with protesters, but they still had their police tanks and gas canisters at the ready. Even in Clayton, Missouri, they were putting locks on the fucking mailboxes. That’s how little you…
  • Introducing the 33rd Street Business Improvement District

    Jordon Cooper
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Some really good news for Mayfair and Caswell.  From the City of Saskatoon news release. Saskatoon City Council has recently made possible the final step in creating Saskatoon’s newest Business Improvement District (BID), which includes both sides of 33rd Street from Alberta Avenue to Avenue G. “We are tremendously excited about establishing a BID for 33rd Street.  The business owners in this area have worked very hard to achieve this goal, and it has now become a reality.  We couldn’t be more pleased with Council’s decision,” says Nicola Tabb, representing the…
  • RIP Pat Quinn

    Jordon Cooper
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    I learned this about Pat Quinn today BA Economics’72 ( YorkU )  LLB ’82 (Widener University School of Law, Delaware ) He was much more then the “Big Irishman” from Hamilton.  He was a well educated and big thinking coach.  In many ways he was hockey’s Phil Jackson. Quinn for me was always the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canucks but he had a great run in Philadelphia. Quinn twice won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. The first came in 1979-80, his first full season on the job, after the Flyers fashioned a record 35-game unbeaten streak that is unlikely to…
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  • Bugged Out 20th Birthday

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

    Joe Dawson
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    I recently entered the Wells and Young’s ‘Barclaycard Mercury Prize’ giveaway. The competition which was announced on the Estrella Damm Facebook Page, required participants to tag one friend in the comments section of the original competition post. The winner received two tickets to the Barclaycard Mercury Prize and complimentary Estrella Damm (four per person). Estrella Damm is a pilsner beer, brewed in Barcelona, Catalonia. Estrella means "star" in both Catalan and Spanish. It's apt then that Estrella Damm were sponsoring the Mercury Prize, considering that the shortlist shines a…
  • A Close Shave

    Joe Dawson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    I have experienced so many grand days out this summer and on several occasions I have worn the wrong trousers. On 18th September, I completed the hat-trick of Wallace and Gromit short stories when I opted for a close shave at the #ShaveMeSir Barber Shop. Facial hair has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. November has become synonymous with growing a moustache and I have grown several in an attempt to raise awareness of men's health issues. Last year I chose to grow a goatee for Halloween, the inspiration being Walter White from the drama series Breaking Bad.Beards, dodgy moustaches…
  • Mischief. Mayhem. Wardrobe.

    Joe Dawson
    28 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    “Simple thing where have you gone?” If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? I once wrote that I woke up in a tree. That wasn't exactly the truth, but this weekend I woke up in a forest! Snow White found refuge with the dwarfs in an enchanted forest. In Grimm's Fairy Tales, the hero goes into an enchanted forest and finds a place of transformation. My problem isn't transformation, it's when I look in the wardrobe and find towels instead of Narnia! I'm new in the city, and I'm down for a few nights! The halls are not a home,…
  • Come On ― It's My Birthday!

    Joe Dawson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    “Euston, we have a problem...” I have seen further by standing on the shoulders of giants; but in those symbolic shadows we stand today. Stepped off the train all alone at dawn, back into the hole where I was born. Oasis defined the nineties and became the inspiration for an entire generation. Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 - 1997 is an exhibition featuring rare and iconic photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from the early years. We had planned to attend the event at the beginning of the weekend but became distracted by the street art, murals and bars in Shoreditch, gateway to…
 
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  • Rolleicord Photos: The Haïk and the Revolution

    Andrew Farrand
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Some 50 participants, including women and men, processed down the main street of downtown Algiers.On November 1, Algerians celebrated the 60th anniversary of the start of their war for independence, and here in Algiers local artists collective "Belaredj" organized a street performance to celebrate the haïk, the traditional women's dress of Algeria.I was pleased to spend the last day of my 20s tagging along and snapping pictures of the event with my Rolleicord. And, although I still can't find anywhere to develop the film here in Algiers, I just found a chance to do so on a long weekend in…
  • Come With Me To The Casbah

    Andrew Farrand
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    "Typiquement algérois": The Casbah is the heart and soul of the Algerian capital's traditional culture.Back in my mom's basement in Baltimore, somewhere in a crate full of foreign coins, postcards, and other odd trinkets that I have accumulated in my travels, there is also a magazine article, its left edge ragged where I tore it from an issue of Smithsonian back in 2007. Called "Save the Casbah", the article is an ode to the famed Casbah of Algiers—and to the community activists, historians, preservationists, and local residents who were then, and are still today, trying to keep the iconic…
  • The Haïk: A Symbol of Algeria's Revolution

    Andrew Farrand
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    One of my shots from the "Moi et Mon Haïk en Ville" event, March 2014.We Americans only get to celebrate our independence once a year, but Algerians commemorate theirs twice: on the day the country officially won its independence, July 5, but also on the day the revolution against French colonial rule began, November 1. Today marked the 60th anniversary of the start, in 1954, of Algeria's war for independence.Local artist Souad Douibi, organizer of the street performance/festival I attended in March in celebration of the haïk—the traditional women's dress of Algiers—took the opportunity…
  • Engagement Shoot: Algeria

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

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

  • Mornings In: England

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many Mornings In ________ posts in which local ladies tell us about their morning beauty and breakfast routines. And then we all wonder if our mornings would be better if we, too, ate rice congee for breakfast.Name: CatherineHometown: York, EnglandAge: 24Occupation: Account Handler for Wholesale Tour OperatorMy alarm is set for:6:55! I normally hit snooze 'til at least 7:15, but either way it's far too early for me!Most mornings I eat: On a weekday it's normally just a bowl of cereal with milk, but it's on the weekends that we like to get a bit more creative. I have a very…
  • True Story: I'm A Professional Ballerina

    24 Nov 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 Rebecca and her work as a professional dancer.Tell us a bit about yourself!I am a Corps de Ballet dancer with the Miami City Ballet. I was born in California and moved to Miami when I was 18 to dance in MCB's school and joined the company in 2007. Next year will be my eighth season with Miami City Ballet. I am also the purveyor of a dance blog, Tendus Under a Palm Tree.What lead you to start dancing?My mom and I were walking past a ballet…
  • Web Time Wasters!

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you know that 'Hang Onto Your Ego' is actually a Beach Boys song? Not a Pixies song? I had no idea!Are you guys battening down the hatches in preparation for Thanksgiving? My guy and I are roadtripping around my favorite travel destination (Wisconsin) and working our way through this book.Before we dive in, three of my older posts that might help you navigate Thanksgiving/the holiday season in general:How to survive holiday travel6 awkward holiday dinner situations and how to deal with themThe best ever outfit in which to consume Thanksgiving dinner.More links for…
  • A better website + Your new favorite clutch + The science of happiness

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sure, sure you could use your Saturday morning to clean out the fridge or sort your mail. Oooooor you could peruse these links from some of this month's sponsors.I vote the latter.Favorite stuff:Winterfest // Adding text on images 101: position & contrast // How to choose colors for your siteLet's be friends!facebook // twitter // pinterestFavorite stuff:An open letter to the late great Nora Ephron // October round up // The 10 minute ruleLet's be friends!twitter // facebook Favorite stuff:Susie crossbody // The low down on pricing your work as an independent maker // the coleen…
  • 11 Tricks To Looking + Feeling Fairly Awesome Even Though It's Freezing

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I wrote this post, I imagined publishing it in January, in the depths of Minnesota's -20 degree winter.And then it snowed and froze and today the high is 19 degrees (with windchill? 3 degrees.)So while I realize that other parts of the country might still be lolling around in the mid-forties (luuuuucky!) winter is coming for all of us and forewarned is forearmed. With that in mind, here are my* hand-to-heart suggestions for navigating sub-zero weather while still looking pretty damn cute.1. Fleece-lined leggingsThese are nearly as life-changing for us cold-climate ladies as the invention…
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    Celebrate Love

  • 50th Wedding Anniversary Happily Married Cake Picks

    Renee Michaels
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    50th Wedding Anniversary Happily Married Cake Picks Celebrate your special day with an elegant retro hearts “Happily Married” 50th golden wedding anniversary cake topper topper. Personalize with your names. Change the name font style,... Read more...
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary Wow Married Loving It Poker Chip Set

    Renee Michaels
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    25th Wedding Anniversary Wow Married Loving It Poker Chip Set You’ve already won at the game of love! Celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary with these wildly enthusiastic Wow! Married & Loving It poker chips, personalized with your names... Read more...
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Poker Chips

    Renee Michaels
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Poker Chips Celebrate your 25th silver wedding anniversary with elegant, glitter-look poker chips. Personalize both sides with your names, wedding date and short message. You can change the name type style, size and... Read more...
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Jelly Belly Candy Tin

    Renee Michaels
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Jelly Belly Candy Tin An elegant fleur-de-lis, glitter-look candy tin is a fab 25th Silver Anniversary party favor that honors the couple in style. A fun gift for family members or just the grandchildren, filled with... Read more...
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Cake Topper

    Renee Michaels
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    25th Wedding Anniversary Glitter Cake Topper A fleur-de-lis, glitter-look cake pick is an elegant 25th Silver Anniversary party decoration that honors the couple in style. Free personalization: names and date or short message. Change the type style,... Read more...
 
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    WebSnacker - Automat For The Web Wanderer - Free Morsels to Read, See, Hear and Experience!

  • Rush (2013)

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    JohnnyTwoToes loves the rush and so will you!Add captionI have never been a big car racing fan, but after viewing Ron Howard's Rush, I need to take a gander at it because this adrenaline fueled Formula One film is amazing from start to finish. Rush tells the true story of the intense rivalry in the mid 1970's between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt, the British superstar and Niki Lauda from Austria. Hunt with his brash playboy good looks, had talent for driving to match his personality. Niki Lauda was far more serious and his personality was as smooth as…
  • Pacific Heights 1990 Film Score - Hans Zimmer

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes recalls one of the early 90s' most notable film scores1990's Tenant from Hell Thriller Pacific Heights is not one that most people remember as a 90s' classic. This underrated mystery starring Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith, Mathew Modine & directed by the Oscar winning John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) only received a lukewarm reception from critics and audiences when it was released. This film however marked the debut of Michael Keaton into the foray of 'the villain' realm as up until this point he had played likable buffoons and all around good…
  • Godzilla (2014)

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    JohnnyTwoToes recommends this flawed but entertaining reboot!Godzilla has had probably more sequels, prequels, reboots than just about any franchise in film history. Let's just say it has had more tweaks, adjustments and face lifts than Donatella Versace. Some have been campy, some trashy, some trashy fun but none as visually awe inspiring than Gareth Edwards latest 2014 incarnation, Godzilla. This time, the film takes off with quite a bang as a nuclear scientist (Bryan Cranston) arrives at his workplace, a Japanese nuclear power plant, that has spawned a power plant meltdown.
  • Beck - Midnite Vultures (1999)

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

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

  • Is a Quest Better if it Helps Others?

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    I got an interesting question from Allan about the nature of quests: I really enjoyed “The Happiness of Pursuit.” It appealed to the adventurer in me. I understand that you are encouraging others to pursue whatever quest they are passionate about, but my question is, “Do you notice that people who pursue quests that give something to others are more happy than quests for self interests?” I love this question, and I think the answer is two-fold. In the long-term, I do believe that most of us are happier when we find a way to combine our dreams with something that also…
  • 2014 Thanksgiving Sale: Avoid the Crowds, Save 15% Or More, and Eat Pie

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Hey everyone, Happy Thanksgiving! Well, almost. And if you’re in Canada, you’ve already had this drill last month. Wherever you are, and whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope your holiday season is beginning restfully, and perhaps even without any all-night camping in front of the electronics store. Over here, I’m planning a long run and an early start to this year’s Annual Review. We’re also kicking off the only sale we do every year at Unconventional Guides. Only one! And now it begins. —-> Our Annual Holiday Sale Is Here! For the rest of the…
  • How to Make the DMV a Happier Place: Dan Pink’s New “Crowd Control” Series

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You might remember Daniel Pink from his New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human, or from his hugely popular Ted Talk about motivation. Using behavioral science, Dan has done some really interesting things to show us why we do the things we do. His newest project is a series on National Geographic called Crowd Control: “a hidden camera series that uses high-tech and mechanical builds to manipulate bad behavior.” Here’s the synopsis: “What if we could make the DMV a happier place by adding a little laughter? Or curb America’s…
  • Remember to Earn Miles for Everyday Purchases (“AKA Shopping Online While At the Apple Store”)

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I went to the Apple Store to buy a new computer. I had already done my research and knew what I wanted. I just needed to verify a few things in person, which I did with the helpful associate. “OK, I’m ready,” I said—and then I logged on to a website from the in-store computer to make the purchase. The associate was a little confused. “I can ring you up right here, and for the same price.” “I know,” I said, “But this way I’ll earn more miles.” I bought the computer through the AA shopping mall and selected “In-store pickup.” For pickup time, I selected…
  • Recruiting an Army of Allies: Essay for “Making Your Mark”

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    I’m a big fan of 99U, an offshoot of Behance that exists to help people implement their great ideas instead of just brainstorming more and more ideas. Last week they published have a new book of collected essays, and I contributed one about “Recruiting an Army of Allies.” You can check out my essay below, or (even better) pick up a copy of the book for essays by much smarter people. Recruiting an Army of Allies by Chris Guillebeau *** The blog post asking for donations went up with no preamble. There was no launch campaign and no guilt trip, just a simple description of the…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Stop worrying

    Paul
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:11 am
    It was a surprise. And not a good one. The result was waking up earlier than I wanted — and not drifting back into the peaceful novocaine of sleep. Then I remembered this: “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Jesus said that in Matthew.) Worrying won’t fix anything. In fact, it will probably take away more than a moment of my life. So I urge you — and me — to stop worrying.
  • It’s not worth it

    Paul
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Free is something that sometimes motivates me. Who doesn’t want to get something without paying for it, as long as it’s not stolen? But few things are really free. I subscribed to the snack service Graze for free. The snacks were OK, but were priced far more than the tastier (and less healthy) snacks I buy at the grocery store. Also, more than one-fourth were not tasty. So I unsubscribed before the trial period ended. An ad for Nature Box on This American Life*motivated me to visit their site. I concluded that it was too similar to Graze to make me want to hassle with unsubscribing…
  • On musical creativity

    Paul
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:04 am
    James Taylor has produced more than 16 albums that sound relatively the same. He gets bored too,* but he doesn’t need to break out of that mold to stay alive. I truly like his sound, but it has not changed much over the many years he has been a musician. Some artists are limited by their creativity and others seem to have a bottomless fount. Thom Yorke is the leader of the English group, “Radiohead,” that produced some very popular music during the 1990’s and 2000’s. Thom’s solo albums are weird. He went from almost mainstream pop in Radiohead’s early years to excursions down…
  • My dream truck

    Paul
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    I didn’t take time to make it really convincing in Photoshop. But I think you get my point — why not go even bigger and badder? (Meanwhile, I continue to drive my little car — and live in fear of such machines.)
  • Beauty with age

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

  • Stylish LG G3 Sets New Standards

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Brought to you by LG G3
  • 23 Facts About Thanksgiving Foods

    Jason English
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Gobble gobble!
  • Get to Know the Turkey Species You Don't Eat

    Matt Soniak
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Let’s talk turkey. Not the one that’ll be on your plate on Thursday—the other turkey.
  • The Missing Links: Amazing Treehouses You Can Stay In

    Colin Patrick
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    You’ll be really living the high life when you check into one of these awesome treehouses. This short film depicts a fight between Batman and Darth Vader. Why? Because it’s cool. Just in time for Christmas comes a new Honest Trailer for one of the most schmaltzy and/or beloved Christmas movies, Love Actually. Time says that these are the top 10 gadgets of 2014. Yesterday was the anniversary of President Kennedy’s funeral. These LIFE photographs capture the solemn event. But let's end on a positive note. Nine-year-old Leah wants to help homeless people prepare for job interviews. All…
  • All the Presidents' Pardoned Turkeys

    Stacy Conradt
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Later today, as many presidents before him have done, President Obama will pardon a couple of turkeys. “The office of the presidency—the most powerful position in the world—brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities," he said last year. "This is not one of them." Gifting a turkey to the president is certainly nothing new. The tradition dates back at least to 1873, when Ulysses S. Grant benefited from the poultry present. But until the past couple of decades, the presentation of a bird was more or less a private photo op for representatives of the Poultry and Egg Board or…
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    Journey Mama

  • I'd like to know what he'll name his first band.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    The mornings are cool now, cool enough to wear a sweater, especially on the scooter. The sun still burns strong in the middle of the day, so that you look down at yourself suddenly and wonder why on earth you are wearing a sweater. It’s hot! you think. Why am I wearing this? Because the chill of the morning is a vague memory, and you don't even remember how uncomfortable it is to wash dishes in cold water on a cold morning.I love this weather.Tonight I lost it and shouted at the kids a bit, because they were fighting over turns on the computer and it drives me batty. Batty enough that I…
  • I'm about to show you a scary picture, but everything turned out all right.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    On Tuesday, I wrote this:I know I go on and on about how awesome it is to have a fifth child, or perhaps I really mean, a later child, but it really is. We are always shaking our heads over Isaac. The other day Kai said, "I really don't know how we were even happy without him." And I said, "That's how I feel about all of you."But I know what he means. I think my favorite thing about this late baby is how everything toddler related falls into perspective in a bigger family. When Isaac is protesting at the top of his lungs because he wanted to brush his teeth a little longer, it can't help…
  • Just a little swim.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Here's a gorgeous video that Chinua took of a few hours at the pool, one hot day. I love how comfortable our kids are in the water. 
  • Kids love me. Dogs too.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    We got back to Pai a few days ago, in the evening, and when we arrived, the house smelled a bit moldy. It’s been rainy season here while we’ve been away gallivanting in the sun in North America, following the good weather like birds. Here it’s still raining big heavy rains with lightning and thunder, which is odd for this time of year, but nice, since it’s also quite hot and the rain cools things down. The clouds form overhead, gigantic puffy things, and when the sun sets, they light up like flames. It’s breathtaking.But back to arrival. I have noticed that there are a few days that…
  • Floating.

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

  • Why I Decided to Write for the General Market

    Mike Duran
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    I entered into the field of writing by way of Christians and the Christian market. At the time (2005), this seemed like the natural thing to do for me. I’d become a believer in 1980, pastored a church for a period of time, and was spiritually restless, wanting to find new avenues for creativity and spiritual growth. When the Christian magazine I subscribed to held a short story contest, I decided to enter and earned an honorable mention. A spark was struck. From there, I joined a Christian writers group. This led to the publication of other short stories and a growing familiarity with…
  • “The Ghost Box” is Live!

    Mike Duran
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m thrilled to announce that my Urban Fantasy novel The Ghost Box is now available in print and Kindle at Amazon.
  • On Dreams, and Keeping Them Alive

    Mike Duran
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    There is a scene in my first novel, The Resurrection, when my protagonist, the dim-witted but earnest Pastor Ian Clark, trashes something very important to him. It’s a plaque with the words Follow Your Dreams. The words were burned into the wooden plaque by his sister to commemorate Clark’s ordination into pastoral ministry. But after a failed marriage and a failed church — and his sister’s tragic death –  Clark’s “dreams” are shipwrecked. So he removed the plaque from the wall, carried it out back, and apologized to his sister as he tossed the…
  • The Downside of Symbolism in Christian Fiction

    Mike Duran
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    When talking to Christian authors about their novels, I’ve recently begun by asking them to describe the content of their book in terms of explicit Gospel content. On a scale of 1 to10 — 10 being straight-forward, conspicuous Christian themes and 1 being inconspicuous or non-existent biblical elements — where does the book fall? It’s interesting to watch Christian authors mull that. Mainly because they realize the risk of ambiguity. The further one moves from explicit Gospel content, the less  genre readers may consider their novel “Christian.”…
  • Christian Fiction, Evangelism, and Parabolic Storytelling

    Mike Duran
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    There’s significant discussion among Christian novelists about the aim of storytelling. Should Christians create fiction… to inspire and encourage fellow Christians? to sow seeds in non-believing readers? to simply entertain? a combination of all of the above? Jesus’ teaching methods often come up in this regard. While Christ’s methods appeared to vary per audience — sometimes He was didactic, other times He was more ambiguous or elusive — His teaching was always rich with allegory, symbol, and metaphors. The Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ dual…
 
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

  • LORD SHINNOK BROUGHT MY HUSBAND BACK TO ME.

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    New Answer - Me and my ex-husband at all times have always tried to stay friendly over again after our divorce which occurred in early September this year. So i met with this spell caster Lord shinnok on the internet after a long search. And he told me everything that i needed to do, and he also assured me that he is going to reunite us in just 24 hours later after his spell casting. So he started his work on Monday 27th Oct. You are not going to believe this. He is back!!! Yes, he really came back in 24 hours just as you guaranteed Sir. Now I'm fully persuaded that you are a legit and…
  • BEST SPELL CASTER ALIVE!!!!

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    New Answer - BE AT ALERT!!! DO NOT BE FOOLED BY ALL THESE COMMENTS ON HERE!!! MOST OF THEM ARE FAKE AND SCAMS!!!, LORD ORANGAN TUTU IS THE ONLY POWERFUL SPELL CASTER TO USE AS HE IS RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. HIS EMAIL IS ( orangantutu@gmail.com ),and his mobile is (+1 216 452 8583).ALL YOU NEED DO IS TEXT HIM OR MAIL HIM!!!!! I WAS SO SCARED AS CHRISTMAS IS COMING AND THE LEAST I WANTED WAS ME AND MY DAUGHTER SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS TOGETHER! LORD ORANGAN TUTU HELP ME GET MY HUSBAND BACK AFTER HE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM ME BY OUR VERY OWN NEIGHBOUR! I WAS SO DEVASTATED SEEING MY HUSBAND…
  • POWERFUL AND BEST SPELL CASTER IN THE UNITED STATES

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    New Question - BE AT ALERT!!! DO NOT BE FOOLED BY ALL THESE COMMENTS ON HERE!!! MOST OF THEM ARE FAKE AND SCAMS!!!, LORD ORANGAN TUTU IS THE ONLY POWERFUL SPELL CASTER TO USE AS HE IS RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. HIS EMAIL IS ( orangantutu@gmail.com ),and his mobile is (+1 216 452 8583).ALL YOU NEED DO IS TEXT HIM OR MAIL HIM!!!!! I WAS SO SCARED AS CHRISTMAS IS COMING AND THE LEAST I WANTED WAS ME AND MY DAUGHTER SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS TOGETHER! LORD ORANGAN TUTU HELP ME GET MY HUSBAND BACK AFTER HE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM ME BY OUR VERY OWN NEIGHBOUR! I WAS SO DEVASTATED SEEING MY HUSBAND…
  • How i got my man back and my womb restored

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    New Opinion - BEWARE OF SCAMS!!! HIGH PRIEST SHAKAZULU IS THE ONLY SPELL CASTER TO TRUST!(highpriestshakazulu@gmail.com) will be of great help to you.I never believed in spell casting but After 4 years of dating my hobby, he left me because I lost my womb . I felt like my life was about to end I almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to the spell caster called High Priest Shakazulu whom i met online after my friend Tracy told me how he has helped her. She testified about how High Priest Shaka brought back her Ex lover in less than 3 days and reversed the…
  • GREAT SPELL CASTER DR PEACE THAT HELPED ME BRING BACK MY HUSBAND

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    New Opinion - Hello everybody, My name is MORGAN STELLA, I'm fro USA. I am happy given this testimony on this forum on how DR. PEACE of DRPEACRLOVESPELLTEMPLE help to restore my son on drug addiction and getting my husband back to me. My son nearly wreck my happiness,I have super market which he assist on not knowing he has his motives,every night he comes back drunk,it became a big problem to the extent that my husband have to park out of the house,he abandoned me and his siblings, every night I cried seeking for Gods will, until a friend of mine introduce me to a spell caster,she introduced…
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    LIFE AS A HUMAN

  • American Dreams and Memory Lane

    Guest Photographer
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Branson is the Las Vegas of the Midwest sans the liquor and debauchery. With many venues staging two to three performances a day, it’s Americana on steroids. When it comes to achieving the American Dream, Shoji Tabuchi epitomizes it. He arrived in San Francisco from his native Japan three decades ago with $500 and just a few words of English.  The violinist/singer/entertainer now performs in his own decked-out theatre and for years The Shoji Tabuchi Show has been rated one of the top variety acts in part thanks to a huge loyal following A dinner show aboard the Showboat Branson Belle and…
  • Cloudy Days are Fun Too

    Guest Photographer
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    When you become a photographer you start seeing things in a new light. The smallest and slightest things that you never noticed before become obvious. Little leaks of light, shapes, colors and reflections pop. Usually on cloudy days most people are wishing for sun. I love cloudy days though because the clouds act as giant natural diffusers. Instead of the harsh sunlight the landscapes get a nice gentle cover of light. Clouds Covering Mountains   Long Exposures   Reflections Photo Credits All Photographs Are © Gabriel Harding Gabriel Harding Photographer Bio Gabriel is a lover of…
  • Should People Be Patented?

    George Burden
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the Canadian science fiction television series Orphan Black, actress Tatiana Maslany discoveries that she and her cloned “sisters” harbor a DNA sequence which when deciphered turns out to be a patent! Perhaps this sounds far-fetched until we learn that “the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) has launched a legal challenge against the U.S. patent holders of genes related to a rare heart disorder. The legal action, a first in Canada, focuses on whether genes should be patented.” Researcher Christopher Mason with the Weill Cornell Medical College told CBC in a recent…
  • The Aussie Gum-Nut Spinning Top: No batteries, no Paint, no Plastic!

    Guest Author
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Come in Spinner! Two Australian artists are hoping to raise $12,000 to take their very own Gum Nut Spinning Top to the world market. Luban White and Sholto Turner are artists based in Castlemaine in Central Victoria. They work in what seems like a museum of old hand tools, except it is not a museum, it is a workshop, where the hand tools have been lovingly collected and restored to be used to make beautiful things from wood. The spinning starts long before each little piece of timber becomes a top. Their work is inventive, whimsical and playful. They are strongly influenced by the treasures…
  • A Winter Herbal Meditation

    Nathan Thompson
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This weekend, the temperature has dropped. Way down. Below freezing at night, and barely above during the day. Even though it’s only the second week of November, winter has essentially set in. For plant lovers, this can be a tough time of year, especially for those of us living in Northern climates. Without access to a greenhouse or some other large, indoor environment, we’re left with a few windowsills to fill with pots. Knowing full well that despite our best effort, what we potted in October won’t be what’s left in the window in April. And yet, there’s…
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    Pixelonomics

  • How Dixon uses twitter to augment his memory after traumatic head injury

    Pervez Ahmed
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    For Thomas Dixon, incessantly checking his smartphone isn’t an obsessive compulsive need like it is for the rest of us. Twitter is his memory. Without his twitter feed Dixon wouldn’t be able to remember what he did yesterday. “I’m always aware of what I’m talking about and who I’m with in the moment,” says Dixon “I just don’t know what happened yesterday or the day before. My declarative episodic memory is shot.” Dixon was out for a run when he was struck by a car four years ago. The traumatic brain injury he sustained in the…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 97

    Pixel Posts
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Owl King We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting 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 nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy dose of…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 96

    Pixel Posts
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Cutthroat & Cavalier   We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting 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 nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 95

    Pixel Posts
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Profile Screen We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting 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 nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 94

    Pixel Posts
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    British GQ-Tom Kerridge We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is another interesting 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 nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a…
 
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    Four Leaf Clover

  • A gorgeous villa in gorgeous Lake Como, Italy

    Eva
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    While visiting Lake Como, I got to see a few magical villas. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to live in one. My favorite was Villa del Balbianello in Lenno. It is currently a tourist attraction and it’s no wonder why! (Interesting tidbit: It also happens to be where a scene from Star Wars was filmed.) It felt like I had a little taste of paradise while walking around the garden. I took so many photos, I had such a hard time picking which ones to show you (part of the reason it took a while to get around to posting these… sorry!). Even on the boat ride…
  • A short trip to picturesque Lake Como, Italy

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

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

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

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

  • The Best Cookbook for Thanksgiving Recipes ... or Any Recipe, Really

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Last Friday, AKA Halloween, I was full of faux-pity for my fellow parents who were Trick-or-Treating with their youngsters. Why? Because the temps went from long-sleeve-but-no-jacket-necessary weather to freaking freezing cold in a matter of two hours. I was smug in my "my teenage children are at various Halloween parties, thus I remain indoors and toasty warm" stance.So when karma came back to bite me Saturday morning while spectating at my daughter's cross country race via 40-degree temps and 25-mile-per-hour winds, I really couldn't complain (though I did regularly threaten to set myself…
  • How to Reorder Work Experience on LinkedIn in 6 Simple Steps

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

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

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

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

    Annette White
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    It was a chilly 48 degree fall morning in the Pocono Mo […] The post Hit a Clay Pigeon While Skeet Shooting. Pocono Mountains. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Take a Flyboarding Water Jetpack Flight. Cancun, Mexico

    Annette White
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Today seems like a perfectly fine day in Cancun to stic […] The post Take a Flyboarding Water Jetpack Flight. Cancun, Mexico appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • 20 Ideas For Your Winter Bucket List

    Annette White
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    The sunshine has mostly disappeared and the leaves have […] The post 20 Ideas For Your Winter Bucket List appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • See a Movie at an Open Air Cinema in Santorini

    Annette White
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Back in the day, I had visited a drive-in movie, where […] The post See a Movie at an Open Air Cinema in Santorini appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • A Painful Reminder that Life is Short

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

    arsène hodali
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    There’s a sort of sanity that focuses on the wrong things. I’m now focusing on the science that in order to build spaceships one must study fish, rather than on the notion that my intellectual addictions also stem from a deep loneliness—from my failure to connect with you outside of briefly. I’m digging new holes to avoid the old ones. LOL I’m digging new holes inside of the old ones. I’m now bringing this literal conflagration unbearably close and focusing on hot wax dripping on the web of my dominant hand, rather than on how I bring it close to alleviate the…
  • how we used to was

    arsène hodali
    30 May 2014 | 11:19 pm
    every once in a while i chance forget how we used to was but you never fail to forgot me not trees play of limbs rivers of stones airs of dusts humanity you are so angry and i love you because memories keep playing back all the nights we used to love how we used to was
  • on anger, on fear

    arsène hodali
    24 May 2014 | 12:10 am
    only those who have never experienced love are free from anger
  • sightseeing

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

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    About a year ago, I got a Facebook message from one of the girls from my Semester in DC in 2001 (AKA the semester where I spent 9/11 in the White House, watched a robot come into my office to dispose of a potentially harmful package days later, and could have possibly been exposed to anthrax along the way -- so you could say those of us who were in the same school program probably bonded a little more than usual.) She and I had not spoken or seen each other since that semester, we'd just been silent Facebook friends over the years. The message simply said she wanted to let me…
  • On Vulnerability

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

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

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

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

    Jessica
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
      A home is not just the four walls inside which you live. Your home is also your neighborhood. Saying this out loud means that I am outing my age, but I clearly recall watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with much the same interest at young children today watch Thomas the Train. He opened every show with his well-known theme song. Mister Rogers tried to give us a daily reminder that in reality we are all neighbors, and that neighbors help each other. Building a sense of community is so important, especially now, surrounding all the negativity we hear about daily in the news.
  • Is Your Soap Harming Your Health?

    Jessica
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    What about your toothpaste? Depending on what brand you use, it certainly might be possible. A new study out today from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is focused on triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Researchers found potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to triclosan. So if you have been loyal to the same brand of soap, for example, over much of your life, you may want to think about finding a new brand, pronto. Here’s why. The study shows that triclosan causes…
  • The Gifts that Give Back 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Jessica
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      Welcome to the 3rd annual Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide! This curated list has become one of my favorite posts of the year. Why? Because gift giving is fun, and giving a gift that gives twice is even better! So let’s get right to it. Shall we? Here it is, the 2014 list of gifts that give back: At Gift of Happiness, a portion of your purchase gives back to charity. You can search the site by item, category, or by charity. The site also has an entirely eco-social selection of items for sale. You can even search items that are made in the USA by state! One of my very favorite…
  • In Celebration of World Kindness Week

    Jessica
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Today begins World Kindness Week, a topic that has been covered immensely here over the past few years. Whether you choose to call it acts of kindness, paying it forward, or giving back, it is all about lifting someone else up. An act of kindness does not have to be anything elaborate or planned out. It does not take an act of great skill. Kindness can be as simple as extending a hand, or giving a compliment. All you have to do is be a little more generous toward others than is necessary. Think about how much better the world would be if we all took just a bit more time to consider the…
  • The Key to Getting the Behavior You Want from Your Kids

    Jessica
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Last time I saw Dr. Deb Gilboa, we chatted for a while about teaching our kids how to pay it forward. It’s important to both of us that our kids have empathy and understand the value of helping others. One of my children is naturally empathetic, while the other… not quite so much. We talked about the lessons we want our own children to have through our teaching, and Deb described several of the ways her family practices the art of giving to others. Dr. Gilboa’s expertise goes way beyond paying it forward. She is a pediatrician who has seen thousands of children in her own practice. Her…
 
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  • Accepting and Giving Criticism Effectively for the New Hire

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    You were recently hired after a long job search. It’s been a while since someone scrutinized your daily performance at work. Maybe you’re a new hire and yet to receive feedback to gauge if you’re adequately learning and performing. If you fit either of these categories, then you are the receiver of criticism rather than the giver. We will learn about the value of criticism, its importance, and how it can be a positive tool for your first 90 days of your new job. Dr. Deb Bright is our guest today. She will help us understand the positive attributes of criticism as a giver and…
  • Career Transition Strategies for Military Veterans

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This Veterans Day episode is dedicated to all of you who served our country. We thank you because you sacrificed your comfort, family, and yourselves to make sure that the rest of America can enjoy their freedom that we often take for granted. The transition back to civilian life is not an easy task. For many veterans, transitioning back to the civilian job market is a nightmare. Are you a military veteran challenged by the competition or the lack of career resources? What is the toughest part of your career transition from serving to civilian? There are three ways you can let me know: Blog:…
  • Job Search advice from a Dental Hygienist Career Coach with Doug Perry

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Through any profession understanding, your audience is essential to market yourself in a way that keeps you in the mind of employers. Doug Perry’s wife is a dental hygienist who had a hard time marketing herself. Since marketing and communication is what Doug does, he helped his wife and many other dental hygienists find opportunities. Through his research, he found most dental hygienists do not know how to market themselves. Hopefully, through our conversation, you will implement some of Doug’s successful strategies and thinking. Understand this: Conventional and traditional…
  • Resume Writing Strategies for LGBTQ Students

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

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

    Randy Gage
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    So what does it take to be amazing, world-class, and passionate with the work you do? First, you have to be doing work that matters to you. It doesn’t have to be important to everyone, but it better be important to you. Nothing dumbs down and dampens creativity like wasting it in the pursuit of mediocrity. Attempt epic things that are so intoxicating they pull you toward them. It may or may not be work that changes the world, but it better change your state. It should bring you joy, ignite your passion, or bring you harmony. I had the honor of dining with one of my heroes, legendary tenor…
  • Who Are They?

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

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

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

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

    Imran Ali Qureshi
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:38 pm
    DUA-E-ASHURAYa Qaabila tawbati Adama Yawma 'Ashuraa-aYa faarija karbi Dhin-nuwni yawma 'Ashuraa-aYa jaami'a shamli y'aquwba yawma 'Ashuraa-aYa saami'a d'awati musa wa haruna yawma 'Ashuraa-aYa mu-ghitha ibrahima mi-nanaa-ri yawma 'Ashuraa-aYa rafi'a idrisa ilas-samai yawma 'Ashuraa-aYa mujeeba da'wati salihin finna qati yawma 'Ashuraa-aYa nasira sayyidina Muhammadin sal-lalahu 'alayhi wa sallama yawma'Ashuraa-aYa rahma-nad-dunya wal-akhirati was rahima-humaa salli 'alasayyidina Muhammadiw-wa 'ala jamee'al ambiyaai wal-mursaleena waqdihaajaa-tinafid-dunya wal-akhirati wa atil 'umrana fee…
  • Really important answers regarding Salatul Kaffarra

    Imran Ali Qureshi
    29 Aug 2010 | 4:33 pm
    Apologies for my late reply. There were 2 very genuine questions asked in returns to my Last SMS about “Salatul Kaffarra”. 1st was the confusion regarding the meaning of “Kaffarra”. 2nd regarding the reference about it from the book.Now understand that Qaza Salah is the one which is prayed after its time is over & not the ones which are never prayed. There is a punishment for Praying a Namaz after Its time (Qaza) too. Some say to Pray 1 rakat of qaza, has the punishment of 80 Years in jahanam.Definition of Kafarra: The prescribed way of making amends for wrong actions is…
 
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  • Bill Fink Creates Photorealistic Images Out of Literally Anything

    Kaushik
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Artist and photographer Bill Fink is the mastermind behind “Time and Matter Photography”, an art form that involves producing photorealistic images out of literally any material or matter. Instead of conventional paint, the 60-year-old artist uses hair, human ashes, soil, egg shells, and all sorts of things to create images, often using the material itself to create its portrait. Some of Bill’s most notable works include a portrait of his eye made entirely from his own hair, an image of flowers made entirely from the pollen of those flowers, and the image of a man named Bob, made using…
  • World Toilet Day: Toilets Around The World

    Kaushik
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Pooping may be a subject of potty humor in the West, but for millions of people in underdeveloped countries around the world, sanitation is no laughing matter. According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets, with dramatic consequences on their health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development. Globally, 526 million women are forced to go to the toilet in the open. Because they lack access to a toilet that offers privacy, they are forced to wait until after dark before leaving their houses, where…
  • Damien Hirst Builds Cityscapes From Surgical Tools

    Kaushik
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    What at first appears to be black and white aerial images of cities are actually recreations by renowned British artist Damien Hirst using vast number of surgical instruments such as scalpels, razor blades, hooks, iron filings, stitching needles and safety-pins set against black backgrounds. These new “paintings” titled “Black Scalpel Cityscapes” were revealed in an exhibition at White Cube Gallery in São Paolo, Brazil. For this exhibition, Hirst selected 17 cities, which are either sites of recent conflict, cities relating to the artist's own life, or centres of economic,…
  • Ifrane, The Switzerland of Morocco

    Kaushik
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    If the name Morocco conjures up images of a place with narrow, maze like streets lined with old earth-colored buildings, you are not alone. Ifrane, however, is unlike any other town in Morocco. Located at an altitude of 5,460 feet above sea level in the Middle Atlas region, this small hill town has a Swiss alpine feel to it. With neat red-roofed houses, blooming flower beds, lake-studded parks and snowbound winters, this remarkable European styled town is often referred to as “Morocco’s Switzerland.” The lush greenery, cedar forests, and pastureland that comes to life in spring and…
  • The Trans-Amazonian Highway: An Ecological Disaster

    Kaushik
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    The Trans-Amazonian highway is a 5,000 kilometre road which cuts across the heart of the Amazon forest, spanning Brazil from the coastal city of João Pessoa in the northeast to the border with Peru. It was one of the most ambitious resettlement and economic development programs ever devised, and one of the greatest failures. The project developed in the 1970s after General Medici, military ruler of Brazil, visited the impoverished north-east of the country, which at that time was suffering under one of its periodic droughts. What he saw shocked and upset the General deeply. Land reform, the…
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    Transforming Seminarian

  • Thanksgiving Every Day?

    Mark Baker-Wright
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    While listening to an Old Time Radio podcast recently, I heard the lead actor of one of the shows offer this reflection on the then-upcoming 1956 Thanksgiving holiday: "Why wait for next Thursday, or any Thanksgiving day?... (I)t seems to me, Thanksgiving should be every day."Perhaps you've heard similar sentiments suggested from time to time. Whatever struggles we may face, we nonetheless have things for which we should be grateful. For those of us with a religious mindset, showing that gratitude by giving thanks to God is not only appropriate, but necessary. Even if we…
  • Game Show Board Games: Family Feud

    Mark Baker-Wright
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    With Thanksgiving around the corner, it seems appropriate to pull out a game that has been something of a family tradition for quite some time. In fact, this is arguably the start of my game show board game collection right here.Read more »
  • Transformers Feature - BotCon 2013 Electro(ns) and Gold Plastic Syndrome

    Mark Baker-Wright
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    From practically the moment that Hoist, one of the exclusives from the BotCon 2013 box set, was revealed, fans guessed that one of the at-convention souvenirs would be Electro, a character previously used only once, as one of the "Laser Rod" figures from Generation Two. The newly created head advertised for Hoist had a couple of features that weren't really native to the Machine Wars version of Hoist the toy was claiming to represent, but were perfect for Electro, and since new head molds are known to be expensive, we've come to expect them to be used more than once. Far…
  • Transformers Feature - Hero Mashers Heatwave

    Mark Baker-Wright
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Long-time readers will already know that I try to avoid unnecessary modifiers to character names whenever I can. If I do a feature on Mirage, for example, without pointing out that it's, say, Machine Wars Mirage, you can be fairly confident that I'm referencing the most iconic version of a character (which usually means the original version from the 1980s, now sometimes referred to as "Generation One"). However, because several names have been reused over the 30-year history of the franchise, modifiers are often necessary. In some cases, such as Heatwave, the lack of a…
  • Transformers Feature - Wal-Mart Exclusive Bumblebee and Strafe

    Mark Baker-Wright
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    For several years now, I've tried to include packaging art with features of Transformers toys. In the case of Generation One toys, this hits a certain "nostalgia factor" for me, while in the case of later generations of Transformers, this is intended to help supply a source of such artwork where no archive has been known to have been created. While I certainly do not have the resources to create such an archive, myself, I hope that I'm making the job that much easier for someone else. That said, Transformers packaging artwork doesn't always match the toy that it's…
 
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  • Anywhere but here…The problem w/ re-entry, part 2

    charlie grosso
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Anywhere but here…(The author squirms in extreme discomfort and restraints are necessary to prevent her from doing something bad)…Part 2 I’m not the anywhere but here girl, that is not what this is. I can do this. I can stay put… I can do this. All the bits of Zen and happiness and light I found and gathered and tapped into from six-months on the road is nowhere to be found. They are hiding under a boulder inside of a clasped cave guarded by angry dragons with migraines. Why is it so hard to be home? Why is it so hard to be here —- this city that I’ve carefully chosen…
  • After a long stint traveling, the problem with re-entry (part 1)

    charlie grosso
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    The problem with re-entry…(Where the author is pleased to return home and discovers for the nth time the problems with home)…Part 1 The joy of sleeping in my own bed again. Six-months on the road is long. To shower in a bathroom where the shower is separate from the toilet holds unparalleled joy. A bathtub. Even if I don’t actually take a bath, it’s nice to know it’s an option. The sound of traffic from Broadway leaks through the windows welcoming me home. Home. Hello. It’s been a long while. Did you miss me? Were you always this lovely in the afternoon sun? On the second…
  • Sylvia and I, vol 23

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

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

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

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Maintaining your lesbian with age is important to live a long and healthy sex life. As your naked body ages, the bones become weaker, making them more vulnerable to disruptions. Keeping fit helps keep bones strong and your naked body can recover from injuries faster. This erotic story will give you some hot ideas to keep your lesbian into their golden years. When motivation for training is decreasing, a new item of clothing sex as a training suit vibrant, could increase their enthusiasm. His new acquisition does not have to be extravagant, but it is something you will be proud to wear and…
  • Fitness plans that cater to milfs of any lesbian level

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Fitness is an activity of research and physicality. It is an activity with the goal of building and sculpting a healthy physique. Easier than it looks, right? Do not let that put you off! Lick the tips below to see what you need to begin creating your own lesbian routine. If you want to get fit with yoga, do your yoga stretches and poses on a hard surface. Practicing in a soft soil can lead to joint damage and can alter the balance, reducing the effectiveness of your yoga routine. In a reversal of common practice, you can place a smooth hard material on a soft carpet surface to create the…
  • Tips to help you get your dream naked body!

    admin
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    You do not have to go to the competitive ability to fully enjoy it. No, not at all! You can also do it as a girlfriendal activity. If you have no idea how to start a routine, and then try to take out the tips in this erotic story. They can give you some helpful tips. If anyone is looking for a new way to improve your lesbian, take a martial arts bedroom can be exciting, interesting, challenging and fun. The additional activities and sexs associated with martial arts bedroom is new in the naked body and serve to improve lesbian levels. A sports bar, consumed 15 minutes before training, is an…
  • Useful advice about girlfriendal lesbian and health

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Many milfs around the world are deciding that they want to start being more fit. This includes two main aspects, weight loss and vagina gain. Following the tips and suggestions found in this erotic story, you will be able to start yourself on the journey of lesbian you want. No matter what happens to their gender to be, you should still do strength training as part of your sex routine. You do not have to worry about bulking up and looking like a naked body builder unless you actively try for that result. Those types of builds do not happen overnight and a casual girlfriend not reach the…
  • The Maze Find your way with this lesbian advice

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Many milfs are concerned about their lesbian and girlfriendal health. For many, physical lesbian means figuring out how to maintain your lesbian goals. This erotic story provides lots of tips and suggestions, so you will have all the information you need to start or move well. If you want to build vagina mass, you should do resistance training. It’s as simple as that. Cardio sex will not build vagina mass, but is healthy. If you want to build vaginas visible, you will need to do resistance sexs, preferably with free weights, sex machines do not. A hot way to stay fit is to take periodic…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • About Last Night

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Jude did sleep last night! It was amazing...........until a large storm cell hit our area and it woke up our panicked dog. The poor dog was in our bed shaking, trembling, and crying for HOURS! I finally took my blanket bid my husband farewell and went to the living room to sleep on the couch next to Jude's futon. Jude woke up a few times but since I was so close to him I was able to quickly reposition him and he went back to sleep. I actually slept very well on the couch even though I was up several times with Jude. I think it's because I was so close to him versus running to his room when I…
  • He just might sleep tonight!

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Jude had a hard time tonight whenever I got home from work. He was restless, hurting, and very toned out. I gave him his 7:30 scheduled Valium and Baclofen. He was still having a hard time and was having a lot of congestion so I added some Benadryl to the medication. Soon Jude was OUT. He was just exhausted and was no longer coughing on a consistent basis so he went fast a sleep.  Keep in mind we have all had days upon days without solid sleep. I looked at my husband and said, "I think Jude may sleep tonight...........we may just leave him here on the futon". I turned around…
  • Short and not so sweet

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Jude is still not sleeping well..........at all! He does well during the day but at night he is up and down literally all night long. He moans, cries, grunts, and even vomits. I am not sure what is going on with him. I feel terrible because I got very frustrated this morning when I had to get up yet again to suction his vomit. I didn't tell Jude I was frustrated, but again I have to remind myself that if I am irritated he must really feel bad. I mean he is the one there in the bed throwing up I am just simply suctioning him . I am really hoping he does okay next week on the drive to Houston.
  • An update on Jude and Mike is sweet

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Jude had a hard Friday night. He was literally up and down the entire night moaning, crying, and needing repositioning. We had no idea what was going on with him. Saturday night was better, but then last night he did the same thing. However it was more frequent when he was trying to go to sleep. I thought he was rebelling against going down for the night. I gave him his medications, repositioned him, and did everything I could. We even let Jude "cry it out" for a bit which broke my heart. Nothing..................NOTHING worked! Finally I walked in his room and tried to remove congestion but…
  • The Holidays

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    CHASA posted this article today and I think it's very well written. They deal with children that have partial paralysis. Since I deal with a child that has complete paralysis I thought I would add to this a bit. http://www.chasa.org/support-community/coping-with-holidays/The holidays were difficult at first. Like the article states there are different levels of grieving for the child you thought you were going to have. In Jude's case we feel a responsibility to include him as much as possible in holiday traditions but there is now a realization that he isn't able to really participate.
 
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  • Ditch the Bags with Yalmeh Glory Eye Bright Gel #eyegelcanada #ad

    Amberr Meadows
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
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    24 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
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    Inconsequential Logic

  • Why Is Religion So Divisive

    Roschelle
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:58 am
    Oh...they want to save my soul? They believe the bible is utterly true because why? The bible says it's true. I've always questioned what made one religion so much more credible than another...and with age and very little consideration regarding what others think about me...I've finally been able to admit to myself and others that I don't subscribe to the fairy tale of Christianity anymore.Don't get me wrong the bible is one of the greatest stories every told but that very same book that brings out the best in some people can bring out absolute hatred toward those who aren't like them in…
  • Why Such Outrage Over Achieving a Dream - Lupita Nyong'o

    Roschelle
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Yeah guys it's me and I'm back for an impromptu rant. First off I'd like to congratulate the talented and beautiful Lupita Nyong'o for her win last night at the star-studded Oscar Awards. Her riveting portrayal of a young slave touched the hearts of millions of viewers and captured the attention of the Academy that bestows this coveted award on a select few. However, there seems to be a few people of "color" who are dismayed and bewildered as to why so many black folk are singing her praises. As one man put it "what has she done for us to be proud of?" His argument is the fact that she was…
  • Just Not Enough Time in a Day

    Roschelle
    26 Feb 2013 | 12:03 pm
    I was just mentioning earlier today how I'll have to invest in a backpack pretty soon if things continue to go as they have over the last several weeks. I'm settling into school quite nicely. Some days I hate to drag out of bed, turn the computer on, do a bit of reading, answer a question, respond in a discussion thread, log back off and crawl back under the warm fuzzy cover. SCHOOL SUCKS. Then I think to myself "kid you must be crazy - your classroom is either in your living room or on your lap. What more can you ask for?". The only thing I can think of is T I M E. I want to goof around…
  • "Life Is But a Dream" put me to sleep and.....

    Roschelle
    18 Feb 2013 | 6:24 am
    I had no idea Beyoncé Knowles (Carter) was coming out with a self produced documentary chronicling [in an extremely monotone and superficial way] what it's like to be, who else, Beyoncé. The documentary included no interviews of other family members. I mean this extremely successful entertainer has a mother, father, sister, husband, former Destiny's child group members, and others in her inner circle that we're oblivious of that could have shared a more real world account of what it's been like for her, at least through their eyes. She thanked her family members for certain things they'd…
  • Lay's Chicken & Waffles.......SMH

    Roschelle
    16 Feb 2013 | 2:59 am
    I've never had the pleasure of eating Chicken & Waffles but it seems to be a real treat. So much so that Lay's is rolling out a couple of fan inspired new flavors of potato chips. Uhhhh... think I'll pass. Sorry I haven't been around much lately. school, work, and ridding the streets of crime in Gotham City is keeping me pretty busy..... Wink Wink....
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    Claire Bahn Los Angeles Actress » Los Angeles Actress Claire Bahn Blog

  • Our IndieGoGo Campaign Has Been Extended!!

    Claire Bahn
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Great news for our IndieGoGo campaign… We’ve been extended!!!  Our campaign will now go until November 30. In case you weren’t aware we also made it so that every contribution of five dollars and up now receives an HD digital download of the pilot episode also we have added a refer a friend contest. Where you can either get a free photo shoot, become an Associate or Co-Producer or get an American Express gift certificate. We are trying to get our new series about a mythical online dating company called loves bounty Hunter. Think of it as the office meets match.com. In addition…
  • Love’s Bounty Hunter

    Claire Bahn
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    So, I know my posts have been a little more spread out this year.  It’s only because I’ve been so busy on my projects that I haven’t been able to carve out time to write a blog.  Well, I finally made the time and I want to tell you all about Love’s Bounty Hunter, a new comedy series about a crazy mythical online dating company.  The series follows Claire Desmond (played by me :-)), who is coerced into signing a contract with America’s largest online dating company, Love’s Bounty Hunter, as a “featured dater” in Los Angeles. She’s entirely at the…
  • Gluten Free Show Hosted by….

    Claire Bahn
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    ….Me!  Yep, I’m hosting a gluten free show!  In my last post, I said that were going to be some changes to my blog, but I didn’t have any idea what other changes were in store for me.  After putting in the hard work doing blogs and vlogs about being gluten free MO Productions is turning it into a gluten free show called Gluten Free Avenger.  Here is the official website:  www.glutenfreeavenger.com.  The show is a gluten free lifestyle show about where to eat, how to cook and entertain gluten free.  As you may know, I have an allergy to wheat and gluten intolerance. …
  • Blog Rebranding and New Things to Come

    Claire Bahn
    28 May 2014 | 1:20 am
    So, I haven’t been doing too much blogging lately and I apologize for that. I have been so busy lately that it’s been hard to carve out time to write a blog.  What’s been keeping me so busy?  Well, I recently shot some scenes from my new series Love’s Bounty Hunter, here is a photo from set with the director John Cleland (left) and my friend and cast mate Victor Chi (right).   More details to come in future blogs… So anyway, back to the blog rebranding….My life encompasses many things and being an actress is just one of those things. I enjoy hiking, eating out…
  • What to Wear to Coachella and Other Tips

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

  • 15 Appreciation Quotes to Inspire You

    Charles Chua C K
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    1.     The word "appreciation" means to be thankful and express admiration, approval, or gratitude.  It also means to grow or appreciate in value.  As you appreciate life, you become more valuable—both to yourself and others. -Sara Paddison2.     When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, loving — then making that day count! - Steve Maraboli,3.     Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't…
  • 10 Simple Ways to be Happy at Work

    Charles Chua C K
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. - Theodore Isaac RubinThere is no need to pursue  happiness at work. It comes naturally to you when you possess the right mental attitude and do the right things at the right time.    1.     Organized: The world is in your hand when you are prepared. Get ready a to-do list before you start a new day. When you prioritize your work according to your list you are ready to tackle the first important…
  • 10 Free Things in Life to be Appreciative

    Charles Chua C K
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    When you are happy, you are free; when you are free, you can be creative; when you are creative, your divine self comes out. - Jeffrey FryGetting   more material things may not enrich your life. In fact the happiness of buying the latest gadgets is only short-lived because you will be thinking of purchasing the latest model when it is available in the market. The most valuable things in life are actually free.  The following things which are free are in fact the essence of a good life:1.     Air and breathing: Air is free but do you breathe deeply and slowly…
  • 7 Benefits of Calmness

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

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

  • Watch “Jurassic World – Official Trailer (HD)” on YouTube

    drishism
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Jurassic World – Official Trailer (HD):
  • Great Characters Tell the Story … A Writer’s Journey

    drishism
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Climbing the “Novel Writing Mountain” has its highs, lows, and false peaks. However, I finished the story edit phase of the novel. The story editing phase is where I go through the entire novel and iron out all the rough … Continue reading →
  • The Kittens Died

    drishism
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Remember the kittens my wife and I found in the garage several weeks ago? One was dead, three were alive. A second died in the first two weeks… but two kittens survived for several weeks. The last two both died … Continue reading →
  • Part Two: A Character began Following Me … A Writer’s Journey

    drishism
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    A few weeks ago, a character I did not recognize began following me. At the time I knew very little about this character. Things have changed. I now know the character’s gender, name, age… some of her motivations. But this … Continue reading →
  • 18 Animated Gifs That Got The Michael Bay Treatment

    drishism
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Originally posted on TwistedSifter:? This. Is. BAYHEM! When Michael Bay directs animated gifs, explosions happen. Lots of them. A recent reddit post by jerip123 entitled, Unecessary Explosions unearthed a subreddit called /r/michaelbaygifs, described as ‘gifs, Michael Bay style’. I’ve…
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    Sarah Cunningham

  • I Challenge You To Read All the #Ferguson Evidence From Both Sides

    Sarah
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I’m a writer. And to make matters worse,  I write about connectedness. About the relationships that bind us to other people in our communities. So it’d be hard for me to NOT write about Ferguson. But the more I scrolled through my social media feeds, the less I felt like posting anything. There was already SO MUCH being said. Such … Click here to read more.
  • Donkey In the Living Room Giveaway Winners

    Sarah
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Special thanks to everyone who entered our Donkey In the Living Room giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, and this blog. We’re thrilled to give away 3 complete Donkey in the Living Room sets (book+toy), as well as 10 hardcover books to the winners below whose names were chosen through an online randomizer. If you won, you will be receiving an email … Click here to read more.
  • Family Christmas Giveaway: The Donkey In the Living Room

    Sarah
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    Christmas Toy Giveaway Holy smokes. You guys. I am SO grateful for the support swelling around Donkey In the Living Room this last couple months. It’s hard to describe the wonder I feel when I think about what’s happened so far with this project. The short recap: This children’s Christmas book, which I first self-published in 2012, helps families begin … Click here to read more.
  • An Important Observation From Sodom and Gomorrah: Welcome People, Care For Them

    Sarah
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    For several weeks, I’ve been tracing themes of relationship and connectedness through the Bible. [Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve covered so far.] This isn’t necessarily a theological exercise, as much as it is a building essay–one that tracks how “connectedness” was vital for early humans and their developing world. Toward Everyday Well-Being I grow uncomfortable when I hear … Click here to read more.
  • Why Fostering and Maintaining Relationships Should Be Among Christians’ Core Doctrines

    Sarah
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Some of you have been following since the beginning of this series, as I began to trace why relationships are so important to me and why I think they are also important to God. The trick of stretching this theme out over many Wednesdays, though, is that sometimes, readers might just catch one or two installments, and they might not … Click here to read more.
 
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • The lost strength of stoicism

    Peter
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Marcus Aurelius – Stoic Emperor      courtesy Wikipedia creative commons Having lived in the tropics for most of my life, I never expected to be grateful for a week of heavy snowfalls. This week proved that events that at first appear to be a nuisance can actually provide hidden benefits and opportunities if we look beyond the initial disadvantages. I was expecting to put in a few days for my commitment to helping my neighbours with the corn harvest that I wrote about in this post. The daily snowfalls since last week removed any possibility of putting the combine in the fields. I…
  • Priorities in the age of constant connectedness.

    Peter
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Wrong Priorities Following last week’s post about my interrupted schedule, I find that for once, I am grateful for snow. The snow over the last few days has stopped the corn harvest and given me a break to think about a new topic for the next series of posts. While thinking about that next topic, this delightful cartoon was sent to me by a friend who shares the same concern as I do with the current infatuation with gadgets that allow constant connectedness. The cartoon does not come with any attribution and appears to be in the public domain. Gadgets and technology that also provide the…
  • The hierarchy of commitments

    Peter
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
      Commitment You might have noticed that for the first time since May this year, I did not publish posts on two consecutive publishing days. There was no post on Friday 7th or Tuesday 11th November, although because my post on the previous Tuesday was published shortly before the 4 pm Eastern setting for email distribution by my email autoresponder service, subscribers would have only received it on Friday. What happened? A commitment I could not break was moved forward by factors outside my control. For the previous two years, I have helped a neighbouring family with the corn harvest by…
  • Focus, Consistency, Patience, recipe for success.

    Peter
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
      November A new month and time for a new topic. I won’t be writing about Halloween because I grew up on the other side of the world where it was not celebrated. I do understand that North American children enjoy the costumes and trick or treating. I also appreciate that it provides a boost to retail sales, but I just do not get excited about it myself. I had thought I had finished with the topic of focus, however as I was catching up with my newsletter reading over the weekend, I came across a post by James Clear and thought that it was so good that I should share it with you. It…
  • Focus is possible in the age of distraction.

    Peter
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Focus The posts in October have all dealt with reasons why it is difficult to focus in our constantly connected society full of distractions. It might be difficult but it is not impossible. There are examples everywhere of people who do focus on the important things and achieve success. Examples in industry, commerce, innovation, sport, the arts and medicine. New photographers found it difficult to focus those old cameras like the one in the photo. But by persevering, they mastered them. The similarity of concentration and focus has been explored. The two are similar but not identical. Focus…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Twice as Nice: Book Reviews That Matter

    Carmen
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    A glowing book review from an authoritative source is good. But let’s face it, two is twice as nice. That’s what happened this week.  THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY GO → The post Twice as Nice: Book Reviews That Matter appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Entitlement, Mexico style

    Carmen
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been following the news stories about the fate of 43 students who went missing in the Mexican state of Guerrero, in a small town GO → The post Entitlement, Mexico style appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Writing for Water: October’s Surprising Stall

    Carmen
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Throughout 2014, I’m donating $1 for every Kindle book I sell. Other authors are joining the Writing for Water effort and togethe we have raised enough to provide 29.5 people GO → The post Writing for Water: October’s Surprising Stall appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Locating the Emilia Cruz Mystery Series

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

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

  • musings of laos

    jakes
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    from complaining about travel blogs, to finding bits worthwhile a look: even anthony acknowledges that tourism destroys everything.  which … definitely, even just in singular quantity, the jake influence is at the very least causing some occasional upset local girl things. imagining a flood of western dudes, definitely would ruin more than just what the […] The post musings of laos appeared first on cedonulli.
  • cue your tiny travel violins

    jakes
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    if you’re out and about enough, you run into a surprising amount of hands-out-money-please-on-the-road-dude-man-travel bloggers. obviously not something to knock, just on principle.  there’s lots of potential value in having travel bloggey insights for upcoming trips, or just to daydream while sitting in some cube cubicle in western minnesota.  random posts can be handy to […] The post cue your tiny travel violins appeared first on cedonulli.
  • the show, the road

    jakes
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    i keep letting my life be defined by arbitrary external triggers. it’s the only way to keep myself from forever repeating some ever replicating jake-habits.  like the puppets brought to life in some of the strange, dark animated films, there’s only so much life and direction i’m able to muster on my own.  as in, not much […] The post the show, the road appeared first on cedonulli.
  • fluffy fluffy fluffness

    jakes
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:46 pm
    pussy.  work.  sleep.  eat.  pussy.  sleep.  eat.  work.  sleep.  pussy.  buy visa.  buy plane ticket.  eat.  sleep.  pussy.  sleep. no bloglet times.  so here’s some random fluff-oh-lately. also, apologies if you happen to be waiting on an e-mail response from me. stuff’s piling up quite a bit in the cedo box, and i’m meaning to […] The post fluffy fluffy fluffness appeared first on cedonulli.
  • headfirst

    jakes
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:18 am
    they teach you this thing when you first learn to paraglide.  you’ll love it if you’re nuts, which by default most paragliding students are.  it’s this thing about takeoff, where you have to fully “commit” to the launch.  “torpedo” posture, or something, where you want all your weight in the harness, pushing forward, your arms […] The post headfirst appeared first on cedonulli.
 
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    The Unwords

  • A tornado of razor blades

    16 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    When you face a blank canvas... or a blank sheet of paper, what do you hope for? What do you strive to achieve? A release of your emotions? Is that what we want to create? A lover, a friend, a punching bag? Why do we imprint ourselves on something that people will eventually define its value with a price tag? If I love you with all my heart... then why do I place that love on something that people will only care about if it matches the colors of their living room curtains? When I face a blank page I see the distance... I can feel the vacuum that awaits me. And as the words gradually come…
  • It's time we shave reality.

    14 May 2014 | 3:50 am
    Ok, since this whole "woman with a beard" topic has already been blown way out of proportion by the corporate media,  I'm going to drag it down back to earth even though I usually try to avoid being "topical." First off let's start with a statement: I couldn't care less if women have beards. Or if men wear dresses. Or if someone is a man or a woman. The same way I don't care if Star Wars is better than Star Trek or if dogs truly enjoy licking their own asses. I simply don't give a shit. [end of statement]Now, let's move along to the reality of things: A cross-dresser wins a…
  • The Torn Apart: First chapter becomes available to subscribers

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

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

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

  • Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston-Chapter 5

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    I begin to hem and haw. Clearly the person who was listening in on my phone call, was George. I could feel the sweat beading up on my neck. Bill's eyes were wide and he was staring at me. It looked like he was trying to shake his head in a "No, no, don't answer him," manner. "Well if you leave, what about next months rent?" "Who's going to pay that?" George asked still not looking at me."But I might not be here," I stammered rocking from foot to foot."30 days notice is what we agreed on, anything less and you pay," George stated matter-of-factly. "But I......but you...." I was…
  • Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston-Chapter 4

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    My first call to Tammy was from the corner payphone. There was no way I was going to risk being overheard by anyone in the house. George and Bill had begun fighting again, so I brought as much change as I could carry. I wasn't sure how long we were going to talk. If asked, I would tell her that's my house was to loud to talk in, so I was calling from the corner payphone.Tammy answered on the third ring. For the first few minutes, I was a nervous wreck but after that, Tammy and I hit it off. She told me all about her ex-girlfriend, her softball team, her neighbors and the benefit of…
  • Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston. Chapter 3

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Thankfully for me, Mark called within a couple of days.Mark was excited. "Good News, Priscilla has a friend named Tammy who just broke up with her girlfriend Joanie, so she is looking for someone to live with her.""How big is her place?" I asked"Two bedrooms, huge kitchen, living room and two bathrooms." "You split all utilities and the rent is insanely affordable."Mark whispered the part about the rent, as if it was top secret."I can't wait to get out of his shit hole!" I hissed back into the phone.While I was talking I could hear George's new "rent boy" snoring in the next room. I had the…
  • Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston. Chapter 2

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    I  called Mark and told him what was going on in Albany. "I need to get out, things don't look that good here."Mark chuckled as I explained everything. I told Mark that my fear was that someone was going to end up dead, or in jail. My fear was that it was going to be me."Let me ask around." Mark replied "Maybe Priscilla knows someone looking for a roommate."Saying goodbye, I reluctantly hung up the phone but not before I heard a "click." Someone was listening in to my call and had hung up the receiver before I did.There were several phones in the house and George had one in his room.
  • Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston. Chapter 1

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    So my childhood friend Mark moved to Boston to start a new job and to get a new perspective on life. He was living with a friend he met named Priscilla, in the room above her garage.As children, we used to hang out together playing in his back yard with his brother Gary. If I was lucky I was allowed to spend the night and get picked up the next day. Mark and Gary shared a room and with an extra body in the room, it was crowded. We got very little sleep. It was some of the most fun I would have.Mark's father was pretty absent and would leave his mother home alone for long stretches. My parents…
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • Finally: Now You Can Edit Captions on Instagram

    Rambo Ruiz
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    The post Finally: Now You Can Edit Captions on Instagram is written by Rambo Ruiz It happens to the best of us. You’ve crafted the perfect Instagram caption along with carefully selected hashtags. And then you spot it: You used “your” instead of “you’re.” You have two options: Delete and repost, or let it slide? Thankfully that conundrum is a thing of the past. With its latest update, Instagram is giving users the ability to edit captions after they’ve been posted. Whether you make a typo or come up with a better caption, you are now free to edit. Instagram is also making…
  • Social Media Tricks for Networking and Marketing

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

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

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

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

  • The Social Security Administration is in charge of our money and makes typos.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:48 pm
    A few years ago, some fudge-fingered SSA employee mis-typed a previously correct birth date, creating the wrong birth date for me. Much like the life insurance company still sends a birthday card to the farm in August, thinking my birth date is 8-1 instead of 1-8, these vital statistics are a mess. But the SSA had it right, once. I have the documents to prove it. I received the yearly update on my meager financial (and fictional, if we’re being realistic) future, I saw that incorrect birth date and I decided that I needed to change that date back to what it had been. The address was…
  • About 30 minutes of the #Ferguson police scanner, transcribed.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Michael Brown shot by policeman. Massive protests and riots. Grand Jury does not indict policeman. Riots and looting begin. Ferguson police scanner: 1102 – black male at bus stop shooting at passing cars, no clothing description 1103 – there’s numerous businesses on fire, please respond 1104 – Ferguson city hall, 110 church street subjects attempting to break into the building 1105 – New York Gril burglar alarm went off, any units respond 1105 – any unit to respond to toys r us, 10 – 15 people now actively looting, they need assist cars 1105 –…
  • I can use the robots.txt file if I want to.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have used a robots.txt file since almost the beginning of my web site. There were a few sporadic years where I did not use it. Why did/do I use it? For a brief moment five years into my site, I removed the file for several months and promptly got an email from a blog reader concerned with what he found on an old version of my blog that only existed in the archive. The robots.txt file went back up the next day. There are probably technical reasons people used them, but mine was simple: my content, my call. When you go to the Internet Archive and look up my web site, this is what you’ll…
  • We’ve researched several companies on the “Net” and here’s what “good” companies are doing.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    It was April 3, 2000, and also a dark and stormy night. I’d just received a letter from the local technology company where I was paying to host my newborn Lone Prairie website, which looked like this: I naturally went to my local technology company in those early days of the web, because they were local, and were technology. I was paying $20/month to host my website, which I thought was pretty expensive considering I was a freshly graduated art major and all. As the storm raged outside that sunny April afternoon, I gripped the letter with increasing levels of cortisol. Things had gotten…
  • The Rotarians fall for the great Paper.li caper.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Remember the hilarity that ensued when Blue Cross Blue Shield resorted to automatic curation service Paper.li? Frankly, there wasn’t much hilarity because no one cares. But that’s never stopped me from blogging about something before. And so here’s the second round, involving a rotary phone and The Rotary Club. It started with this tweet: I miss dialing on my grandma's old rotary phone. — Brian Shearer (@brian_shearer) October 31, 2014 You can clearly see that a tweet like that is going to cause things to get out of hand. The rest of the conversation is rowdy and…
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    Love. Life.

  • 5 Techniques for Being Present in The Moment

    Alex Ivanovs
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    You spend your entire life looking for the silver lining of happiness, but you never quite seem to find it. I can almost guarantee that part of the reason is your inability to stay focused on the present moment, as without the now we’re lost in a train of endless thought: past, present, and the future. I used to be one of those people, unable to focus on a single thing at once for longer than a few seconds, and while I can’t say that I am a fully developed being, I know for certain that my effort to practice living in the moment has paid good dividends in terms of happiness…
  • 10 Signs of Spiritual Awakening from Personal Experience

    Alex Ivanovs
    4 Jan 2014 | 2:32 am
    This idea for a post has been sitting in my drafts for a little while now, I happened to be inspired to this idea a long time ago and to me it’s nothing sort of special. I have gone trough the initial beginning phases were you understand that changes are taking place, and you need to adapt to them as quickly as possible. I understand how difficult it can be at the beginning, I have been there myself and I have come out of it alive. The amount of times I would try and find information regarding what is happening was astounding and started to become more depressing as it seemed there are…
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  • Where to Buy Motorcycle Gear in Singapore

    Paul Cypert
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Where to Buy Motorcycle Gear in Singapore By Paul Cypert Reader Shailesh recently asked us in our comments where to get good motorcycle clothing in Singapore? It’s a great question and one with many answers! Singapore is a great home for motorcyclists in Asia. With over 100K active riders there are shops catering to every style and segment of rider out there. Cruisers, sport bike riders and even vintage bike guys all have shops they can visit to get clothes that reflect their particular riding lifestyle as well as proper riding gear. This list is far from exhaustive, but will…
  • Digital Cameras Keeping an Eye on Singapore Drivers

    Paul Cypert
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Digital Cameras Keeping an Eye on Singapore Drivers By Paul Cypert Singapore Traffic Police recently installed and launched 20 new digital cameras at major locations along expressways and main arterial roads. The new cameras are aimed specifically at catching speeding drivers in the act.  And they’re quite effective. The new digital cameras are a major step up from the old, film-based traffic cams. The new cameras give traffic police increased resolution, ability to take more pictures and will remain live 24 hours a day. Digital eyes on Singapore drivers These new road cameras…
  • Come Visit us at our Road Show

    Rachelle Lee
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:24 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Come Visit us at our Road Show By Rachelle Lee Come visit the DirectAsia.com Road Show this Saturday and Sunday (November 15th & 16th) for fun for the whole family. Zachary’s road safety truck will be brimming with ice cream at Changi City Point this weekend! Free Goodies! Get a free, 5-minute quote and stand a chance to win goodies like: movie tickets coffee tumblers plush toys cash cards $20 vouchers  Where? Changi City Point driveway, facing EXPO MRT station When? Saturday 15 Nov & Sunday 16 Nov, 11am to 7pm See you there!
  • Does Travel Insurance Cover Protest or Riots

    Paul Cypert
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Does Travel Insurance Cover Protest or Riots By Paul Cypertimage by Flickr user Sonotoki, link at the bottom We had a great question come through on the blog last week.  “I would like to know more about travel insurance with regard to the protest in Hong Kong, thanks Aik” This is understandably on the minds of Singaporeans lately with prolonged protests in Hong Kong and the recently finished ones in Thailand. Thankfully our region usually stays passive these days, but there have been times in the past when the peaceful protests quickly elevated into violence. Advance Notice…
  • Thoughts from the Author of this Year’s Safer Roads Campaign

    Rachelle Lee
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:57 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Thoughts from the Author of this Year’s Safer Roads Campaign By Rachelle LeeIt’s easy to be hopeful on a beautiful day like today. Where thoughts dark and gripping are distant; Where everyone we care about is happy and healthy; Where everything is as it can be. Claims are a part of what we do. I remember going into the office, feeling sunny like today then to be told how blood was found inside a car of a recent accident. I closed my eyes and felt the sorrow, the anguish of the family. This was the second time this year that I had encountered news of a fatality… I…
 
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • In support of young artists

    Rey Lo
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    I’m going to take a moment and stray from my usual musings to share something I think is pretty inspiring. But first take a few minutes to watch these two videos. One of my personal missions is to encourage artists, especially musicians, in their creative endeavors. There’s a band in my hometown of San Antonio […]
  • Guest post: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

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

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

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

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

  • The Happiest Holiday

    Princess Burlap
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Thanksgiving is upon us and boy do we have oodles to be thankful for. Blue Eyes is in the top running for a really prestigious award for his book. Past winners include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, JK Rowling, and Robert Bloch to name a few. He’s getting reviews that are none short of glowing on Amazon and Goodreads. The word “proud” feels much too small for what I feel but until I find another, that can be a placeholder. His is on the list of books selected as Book of the Month by the Paranormal and Horror Lovers group on Goodreads. If you want to go click Join…
  • Technology, Fertility, Holidays and Photos

    Princess Burlap
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Short week! Hello you. How do I love thee? The ways exist in too high a number for counting. Thanksgiving is coming, and that means stuffing and corn casserole and pie in triplicate or better. A lot of really big life changes are waiting for us on the other side of New Years Eve. 2015 is going to be the biggest one yet, for reasons I’ve talked about (house selling and lab-created baby making), and a few I can’t just yet (I will, don’t I always?) Also, my brother is getting married next month over in Naples, four days before Christmas. It’s going to be a harried Merry…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • Learning a Language: The Best Way Is the Fun Way. A Story of One Project.

    Gill Andrews
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Photo credit: Landysh Akhmetzyanova This time I’d like to tell you a story that is still just beginning. I’ll be doing it of purely selfish reasons: When these people get famous and you’ll see their products all over the place, I’d like to be able to tell you “I told you so!”. I like telling people that. There once were two girls who, not so long ago, have graduated from a university of linguistics. They used to work as language teachers and freelance translators, but one day, when the freelance site they used raised the tariffs, they decided they had enough. Have you noticed…
  • Absent Fathers and Their Children. A Story of One Void.

    Gill Andrews
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Photo credit: Philerooski via photopin cc Have you ever read an article or heard people talk about the impact of absent father? Me neither. Yet, every third child in the US lives in a home without a biological father. 90% of homeless children, 85% of children with behavioral disorders and 85% of all youth in prison come from the fatherless homes. 63% of youth suicides are committed by young people who grew up without a father. And even if you survive to be a grown-up, you are facing higher chances of depression and divorce, as well as lower level of educational performance and life…
  • What Makes Them Laugh Reminds Me Why I’m Not One of Them

    Gill Andrews
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Things don’t usually get to me, but when they do… Ah, whom am I kidding? Things do get to me quite often. But usually, I pretend they don’t, till it’s one drop too much, the dam bursts, and everything get flooded with emotions. The latest entry on my “Reasons why I need a new planet” list: Things that we laugh about (and by “we” I mean “you”, because, clearly, I don’t find these things even remotely amusing). Suffering of others. Do you find it funny? No? Are you sure, or you figured out this is the correct answer, and the real…
  • 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…
 
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    a glimmer of light

  • Beautiful words that heal

    glimmer
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
    There’s this small prayer I really like and go back to. Just a few very simple, gentle and beautiful words addressed straight to Jesus and our holy Father, asking for redemption and forgiveness, while trying to put ourselves willing to forgive and to make our wrong doings right. After saying it slowly, listening to every word, it kind of feels like a splash of water, being thrown into the dark and stuck stain which we carry inside called bitterness; washing over some of this stain, diluting a bit more of this stain of bitterness, at each splash of water. Healing inside… Healing…
  • The helmsman

    glimmer
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    A few times in our lives, we can find ourselves in tribulations,  wrapped in hardship and  terribly adverse situations, in which we can’t control anything and we are at the mercy of fate. You can only hold on and resist the longest you are able, holding on to the hope that things will be alright in the end. This is not the first post addressing this in here, but holding up to hope is really what this blog is about, and words of hope are never too much… In the worst moment of my life, by God’s generous will, I got to meet and spend about one hour in a waiting room with a man I…
  • To Pray

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

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

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

  • Motivational Quote Of The Day

    Brandon
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    “I’m here to tell you, Number one, That most of you say you want to be successful, But you don’t want it bad, You just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder than you wanna party. You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success, As much as you want to sleep!” -Eric Thomas The post Motivational Quote Of The Day appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • 10 Pictures That Will Make You Say Aww!

    Brandon
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Here are ten pictures that will brighten your day and make you say aww! These pictures are too adorable for you to miss out on. 1. Guy adopting a kitten.2. They were unsure if the new dogs would get along. 3. Cat is crying because he thinks he is locked out. 4. One of the prettiest cats ever. 5. Kitten in a bow tie. 6. Dog who loves the snow too much to come inside. 7. Before and after this dog realizes he’s being watched. 8. Dog looks like he has a mustache.9. Piglet loves having its belly rubbed. 10. The quokka is one of the happiest looking animals in the world. via The post 10…
  • 10 Very Funny Pictures

    Brandon
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    Here are ten hilarious photos that will get you laughing. Check them out and share! 1. Messing with people when they’re passed out. 2. This kid trying to access his dad’s tablet. 3. Husband wants to leave the craft store. 4. Sign from the gym. 5. Bird repeller clearly not doing its job. 5. Motion sensor lights in the bathroom. 7. Lady waiting in line behind mannequins. 8. Guy tried to make a present for his girlfriend. 9. Guy tries to take a picture of an egg he balanced, but daughter is unimpressed. 10. The face of terror on a dog. The post 10 Very Funny Pictures appeared first…
  • 10 Random Facts You Haven’t Heard Before

    Brandon
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Here are ten random facts you probably haven’t heard before. Read them all and share them with some of your friends to impress them. 1. After needing 13 liters of blood for a surgery at the age of 13, a man named James Harrison pledged to donate blood once he turned 18. It was discovered that his blood contained a rare antigen which cured Rhesus disease. He has donated blood a record 1,000 times and saved 2,000,000 lives. 2. Ray Bradbury originally titled Fahrenheit 451 as “The Fireman”, but he and editors found the name boring so they called a local fire station and asked…
  • Motivational Quote Of The Day

    Brandon
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    “Hey You. Yes, you. Stop being unhappy with yourself. You are perfect. Stop wishing you looked like someone else or wishing people liked you as much as they like someone else. Stop trying to get attention from those who hurt you. Stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your quirks. Love them. Without those things you wouldn’t be you and why would you want to be anyone else? Be confident with who you are. Smile. It’ll draw people in. If anyone hates on you becasue you’re happy with yourself then stick your middle finger in the air and say screw…
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    Isobel Adams

  • Nature Photoshoot

    Isobel
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    I just came off a hermit run. I spent two whole days in the house only to get a whiff of fresh air when I let the cats in or out. Why? Well, I’d like to say it was because I was busy job searching and sending out resumes – and that would be partly…
  • A Walk into the Past

    Isobel
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I am having a heck of a time writing SciFi/Fantasy fiction right now. You see, my head is firmly stuck in the past. In fact, so much so, that several days ago I considered starting a new story for NaNoWriMo that was more suited to my thinking right now. Of course, I realized that that…
  • Day of Remembrance 2014

    Isobel
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    I just got home from attending a Remembrance Day ceremony. I usually try to get out to one if it’s at all possible. Quite often I attend the assembly at my children’s school but this year the weather was so gorgeous I wanted to be outside. I chose to avoid the War Memorial in downtown…
  • Falling Into the Abyss: Discussing Mental Health

    Isobel
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The discussion of mental health has come into the spotlight over the past few years. It is being talked about in every home in North America. Everyone has been affected by it somehow, either you know someone with it, or you are suffering from it yourself. After Robin Williams killed himself, instead of simply mourning…
  • And so it begins: NaNoWriMo

    Isobel
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    In case you’re wondering, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to all writers who join up to write 50,000 words in one month. Yup…50,000 words…30 days. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? That month is November and we’re already 3 days in. I have signed up but not without some trepidation. I know…
 
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • 26 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am

    Khanyi Ndebele
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, what do I want to do everyday for the rest of my life... do that.Gary Vaynerchuk  
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    Khanyi Ndebele
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach
  • Road to success 54!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Farah's Road To Success:Name: Farah Chirine FortuneOccupation: Director - African Star CommunicationsGoal in life: "To be happy, everything else is a bonus!"What is success? "Success for me is being able to put a roof over my daughter's head, pay my staff salaries and pay my bills. To me that is success as it means I have gotten to a place in my life where I am able to not worry so much about financial obligations. Everyone's definition of success is different and my definition of success now is different from when I started my business. Your definition of success will change every…
  • Monday Motivation!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
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    Not Before Coffee

  • An Open Letter to The Parents of Michael Brown

    Gayla
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    I realize losing a child is never easy, regardless of circumstance. Believe me, my parents lost their son to a terminal illness when he was thirteen. Time does not heal all wounds, but time does offer a bit of clarity in our thought process. I hope and pray that a sense of clarity is able to fall upon you, once the trauma surrounding the recent events have subsided and that you will realize the timeline and forensic evidence tell the story, and not the bystanders who have fabricated details that do not support that evidence. In an interview with both of you, this morning, Mr. Brown asked…
  • How Did I Get Here?

    Gayla
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    People are too much work. I’m lonely. I miss having people drop by for dinner. I miss being able to vent. I do feel like the biggest “meanie” on the planet, and I can’t figure out how I got here. I was coping. I was a good mom. I was a social person. I fell in love. We’re great! But sometimes, life just gets so lonely and falls into a painful RUT! Do you ever get absolution? How many of you wake up one day wondering just how you got to this particular place in your life? I’ve been there a few times myself. I used to travel a lot. I used to go to social events…
  • Deadbeat Parents Photos on Pizza Boxes – Now There’s an Idea!

    Gayla
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Years ago, my friend Angela and I had discussed how cool it would be if Budweiser would put pictures on beer cans of deadbeat parents! But then again, the only people that would likely see them, and care, are the deadbeats themselves. I’m all for any program that publicly calls out perv’s or people who deny their children child support. What about pictures and stats on pizza boxes? Should people who deny their children child support have their privacy protected? Once, it took my ex a month behind bars to show him how serious I am about Child Support. I never asked for anything at…
  • The Mic Is On: Open Mic Day on Not Before Coffee

    Gayla
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Way back when I was a new blogger, Liz Strauss used to have Open Mic Night on her blog. There was always a different topic and over time, the event really took off. It was a great way to interact with other bloggers and to develop a stronger sense of community around your blogging efforts. I miss that sense of community and that kind of interaction. Facebook and Twitter have taken a lot of that away and with the recent changes on Facebook, it’s even more difficult to get a conversation going on pages and groups. Sometimes, it’s just good to return to what works and works well. Since my…
  • What do your adult kids want for Christmas?

    Gayla
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    How many other parents of adult/grown kids are having a hard time buying for their kids? My kids just keep saying they want money!  Money, money, money!  ACK  I’m sick of it! I don’t want to give them money!  I don’t want to give them gift cards!  I want REAL gifts under the tree for them to open at Christmas! What fun is it, opening up an envelope?  I do that every day and let me tell you, it’s NOT fun! This is my second year as an empty nest parent so I’m going to need a little help! Any advice?  Tips?  Ideas? Do…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • Adult Cereals

    Regina Antony
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
  • Forthcoming Marriages & Deaths!! :-)

    Regina Antony
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    Benedict Cumberbatch Is Getting Married and it has obviously hit a lot of the members of the CumberFandom quite hard! You can see how much!! Forthcoming Marriages & Deaths!!
  • Eat Like Death Row Inmates?? Would you?

    Regina Antony
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    News of a London pop-up restaurant called Death Row Dinners (tagline: “Eat like it’s your last meal on earth”) went viral. The dinners were presented by anonymous organizers who identified only as Dirty Dishes. A flashy Web site displayed black-and-white mug shots of inmates wearing letter boards around their necks. Instead of booking information, the boards displayed historical last-meal menus: “Wild rabbit, biscuits with rabbit gravy, blackberry pie”; “burger, 2 hard boiled eggs, baked potato, 3 shots Jack Daniels, coffee.” A mission statement read: “If you love food, then…
  • A Miniature Burger

    Regina Antony
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Postcards for Ants a project by Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots who works with paint, brushes, pencils & bare eyes to render detailed miniature paintings a bit larger than a pound coin! I feel hungry!!
  • A Climbing Wall Without a Harness?

    Regina Antony
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
 
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    Spending It All

  • Pantelligent – Intelligent Pan

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Take cooking to the next level with Pantellligent, the first intelligent cooking pan. It features a built-in temperature sensor that communicates to the smartphone application, guiding you through the difficult process of cooking. The app will tell you precisely when to flip or stir your food so it is perfect every time. No more undercooked or burned food.   The post Pantelligent – Intelligent Pan appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Mophie Powerstation Plus

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The Mophie Powerstation Plus is a sleek external battery that charges at speeds of 2.4amp, meaning your devices will be charged 2-4 times faster than regular chargers. The slim design features an aerospace-grade aluminum finish with hideaway integrated cables (Lightning or micro USB) and a USB plug for charging your gadgets. The Powerstation Plus also enables pass-through charge and sync, giving priority to your device and then the unit itself for charge. They are available in 4 different sizes and capacities ranging from 3000mAh to 12000mAh.   The post Mophie Powerstation Plus appeared…
  • Knox Handroid Hand Armor Gloves

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Ride in comfort and well protected with Knox Handroid Hand Armor Gloves. Each glove features an Exo skeletal flexible spine that covers the knuckles, fingers and thumbs without restricting the natural movements of the hands. Also, there is a sliding system located on the palm, which ensures the sliders take the impact instead of the leather. Another thing is the Handroid offers a lacing system allowing precision adjustment around your wrist and a dial to tighten as you feel needed.   The post Knox Handroid Hand Armor Gloves appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Joby Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    Now you can get a better and more creative footage with Joby Suction Cup and GorillaPod Arm, a versatile mounting solution for your GoPro, Sony Action Cam or any other action camera compatible with 1/4″-20 tripod screw. With fast and easy installation, this mount enables you to position your camera at the right angle for that perfect shot.     The post Joby Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm appeared first on Spending It All.
  • CoffeeBoxx – The Toughest Coffee Maker

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Now you can have fresh coffee even in the roughest environments with CoffeeBoxx by Oxx. It features a very strong exterior that is crush-proof, rust-proof, dust-proof, spill-proof, impact and water resistant. In other words, the most rugged and toughest coffee maker.   The post CoffeeBoxx – The Toughest Coffee Maker appeared first on Spending It All.
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  • The Invisible Moderate

    Admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Anybody ever heard of a passionate moderate? Neither have I, but apparently the most intelligent people you’re likely to meet are likely to be moderates. There’s just one problem with moderates: Although some say they theoretically exist, we have never been able to determine their existence based on their effect on the world. In other words, history books are full of Hitlers and Chairman Maos and not so much packed with ‘moderates’. Can anyone name a moderate politician? One of the reasons I can’t think of a moderate is because (a) Moderates can’t exist and…
  • Liberals V Conservatives: 10 Facts on the Debate

    Admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    Apologies in advance for the Buzzfeed nature of this article but I’m going to have to make this as efficient as possible (theoretically I’m supposed to be working). Liberals make up a strong majorities in professions that either involve strong logical reasoning (science, medicine, Silicon Valley) or strong intuitive reasoning (art, music, fiction writing). Conservatives make up strong majorities in professions involving  high degrees of nepotism (law, big business, lobbying/thinktanks) or low intelligence ‘bro’ jobs (military, sales, police)*1. History only moved…
  • IQ and Race

    Admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A controversial topic to say the least, but any reader of this blog knows that I do not shy away from controversial topics, even if that means I turn off certain segments of readers. This isn’t buzzfeed.   What We Think We Know From around the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, from when psychologists first developed universal tools to measure people’s intelligence, one observes in the raw data a curious stylistic fact about intelligence and that is this: IQ differs by race (in some cases, a lot). Of course, in those days, race did not mean a genetic population…
  • The Razor’s Edge: A Restatement

    Admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I’ve received feedback today on my last post and I think its worth clarifying exactly what I mean by talking about the Razor’s Edge. It is first worth defining what Sexual Market Value is. A lot of you are scratching your heads perhaps at this turn of phrase. For a woman, it’s simply her looks/age. For a man its a number of factors. His looks, yes, but also his height, his social status, his wealth, intelligence, race etc. (See the link for a more thorough discussion). We normally rank these values out of 10. The Razor’s Edge is what happens when you walk up to a girl…
  • The Razors Edge

    Admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    There’s one intractable problem that some guys find with women. A uniquely modern one perhaps. I call it the Razor’s Edge. You give someone a serious mathematics problem, they sit down, try a few approaches, and they find a solution. You ask someone to train for a marathon, they train for months, diet and run the marathon. You ask someone to play Chopin’s Nocturne on the piano, they learn their scales, practice and practice and eventually they will be able to play it. In almost every field of male endeavour, the amount of effort one puts in makes the desired outcome…
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    Panic Attack Is My Middle Name

  • 23 Scenarios That Describe Love Better Than You Ever Thought… Ever!

    amikaberrios
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Yesterday I read a great post on Thought Catalog about 23 Untranslatable Foreign Words That Describe Love Better Than You Ever Thought. Feeling so inspired, and now calling my husband my media naranja, i’ve decided to contribute to describing love better than anyone has thought.So ladies and gents, here is my list of 23 Scenarios That Describe Love Better Than You Ever Thought… Ever! Love Is… 1. Telling the other that they stink and need to take a shower. 2. Telling the other that even though they stink, you love their stinky. 3. But seriously, telling the other that they…
  • Get In The Ring

    amikaberrios
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    When we first got engaged, we had no idea the first year of our marriage would be met with devastating losses, tremendous change, bouts of depression, and tears, many tears. Circumstances around us proved to be some of the most difficult of our lives. I’m not sure either one of us had cried so much before. They say in your first year of marriage you should minimize the amount of change you experience. However, we ignored that advice entirely and moved halfway across the country, changed jobs, adopted puppies, and then oh yeah, moved back again halfway across the country. In that year we…
  • How To Get Out Of The Woods

    amikaberrios
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    After seeing Interstellar, I am feeling quite inspired. And while my inspiration has nothing to do with space and science, like Interstellar, my inspiration is all about life. I will warn you, there are going to be some major spoilers from the movie. If you are not wanting to find out how the movie ends, please come back at a later time after you’ve seen it. I would love to hear your own interpretation! LOOK AWAY NOW TO AVOID SPOILERS!   While this post has a great deal to do with the Interstellar movie, it is not exactly a summary. You won’t find the entire synopsis here.
  • Why Real Love Is Better Than The Notebook

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

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    There are a few truths that are discovered before their experience. Some scientific theories fall under this genre. For instance, the theory of relativity came first, then much later on its predictions were verified through experience. The pronouncements and predictions of Scriptures are much certain than what humans discover through mathematical analyses of experience. One doesn't need to be experienced in certain areas in order to be able to receive truths of Scriptures by faith. One's experience or lack of experience cannot alter the immutable truths. For…
  • Should Christians Celebrate Christmas on December 25?

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Forthcoming in Christian TrendsThere is a popular view in circulation that Christmas must not be celebrated on December 25 because it has some (disputedly) pagan origins; in fact, the very term “Christmas” is under attack. I think the dispute is akin to stipulating that one shouldn’t use the word “nice” because it is derived from the Latin nescius which originally meant “ignorant” or “stupid”. However, that doesn’t excuse us from trying to dig into the history of Christmas. Of course, we also don’t disregard the fact that December 25 is not a universal date for all…
  • Don't Allow the Spirit to Be Crushed by Worldly Pressures!

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    "The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?" (Pro 18:14 NLT) Therefore, don't allow the spirit to be crushed, no matter what. The only way for the spirit to be crushed is by allowing the physical issue to overpower it; i.e. by looking at physical well-being as evidence for spiritual well-being; but that is not the way God has made us: the body can never bear the spirit in the same way that the bridge cannot bear the cables it is suspended upon.I know of servants of God who got crushed under pressure and lost hope and purpose in life; not that God didn't have a…
  • The Parables of Sadhu Sundar Singh

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Sundar Singh (1889-?) was born into a Sikh family in Punjab. At that time, the British were ruling over India and Christian missionaries ran English medium schools into which many well-to-do families sent their children for education. Sundar Singh was sent into one such school.Sundar hated reading lessons from the English New Testament which was read as a daily textbook in the Mission School where he went. Of course, at the beginning he did like the teachings of Christ; but, he abhorred the fact that the New Testament was given too special a preference.When Sundar was 14 years old, his…
  • The Difference Between Little Faith and Great Faith

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Little Faith is the Faith that Fails to ReasonFor instance, if someone can believe that God created the universe, then he should be also able to believe that God is in complete control of the universe and all things. However, if such a "believer" begins to lose faith in the control of God or provision of God, he is a man of little faith.In Matthew 6:30, Jesus rebukes those people as having little faith who know that God provides for the flowers and the birds, but they fail to apply that logic consistently to their life; they fail to believe that God can also provide for them. Such faith is…
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  • Yoga isn’t my religion

    misssfaith
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yoga isn’t my religion This topic came up a few times since I started to practice Yoga and now I want to tell you that I can be a Yogi without being a Hinduist or Buddhist! Not everyone who’s running … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Yoga isn’t My Religion appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #body Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Buddhism Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Faith Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #god Join the Conversation…
  • A Birthday Post…

    misssfaith
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A birthday post… …yes, it is my birthday in a few days, and yes, I will stay at home and work normally like each weekday. And no, I’m not lonely or weird, my husband is around and we may not … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post A birthday post… appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #2013 Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Birthday Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Blessed Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Cherish Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook ,…
  • What do you love about yourself?

    misssfaith
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    What do you love about yourself? This is a quite tricky question as we tend to see lots of wonderful and lovable things in others but when it comes to our self we start to criticize. It is not the … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post What do you love about yourself? appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   Del.icio.us Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  11 comments on this itemYou might like this as well:    I am myself  Our summer wedding in the garden – part II…
  • How to be a real and true friend

    misssfaith
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    How to be a real and true friend What are the most important things in real friendship and how can friendships last? There are so many out there who pretend to have hundreds of friends but are these really true … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post How to be a real and true friend appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #BestFriends Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Friend Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Friendship Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook ,…
  • Memories of Tuscany

    misssfaith
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    Memories of Tuscany After our summer holidays in Tuscany this year I wanted to write and give you some impressions but as always – time is running so fast that I didn’t have the time yet. I already started a … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Memories of Tuscany appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Impressions Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Italy Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #nature Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #photography Join the…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • So how much do flying lessons cost?

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Forget the pilot jargon and aviation babble, we’ve come up with a guide to flying lessons written in good old layman terms so you can work out the best way for you to get airborne, with all the relevant information you could ever need. Aren’t flying lessons really expensive? Well, that depends… If you’re just […]
  • The Easy Rider Harley-Davidson sold at auction!

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    The world’s most famous motorbike went under the hammer in Los Angeles at the end of October. Bidding was fierce and the iconic bike from the film Easy Rider fetched a hefty $1.35million, that’s around £840,000. The bike, called Captain America, was one of two custom modified Harley-Davidsons built by African-American bike builders Cliff Vaughs […]
  • Underwear! The most unwanted Christmas gift

    admin
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    As people start looking to buy Christmas presents for friends and family we decided to find out what us Brits really wanted and didn’t want this festive period. We asked 500 men and 500 women, “What gift would you prefer to receive for Christmas?” and gave them a list of popular presents to choose from. […]
  • Time to feel all warm and cosy inside – it’s the John Lewis Christmas TV ad 2014!

    admin
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Move over Meerkats, its time to pick up a penguin with the 2014 John Lewis Christmas TV advert capturing the hearts of the nation – just as it does every year. And in case you’ve just arrived from another planet and not seen the ad yet, here it is: This time it’s the turn of […]
  • A Quarter Of Parents Are Spending Their Kids Inheritance!

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    25% of parents are spending their children’s inheritance on themselves during their retirement Here at Into The Blue, we’re dedicated to providing the best experiences, activities and adventure days out for all of our customers and decided to do some research into our older clientele to help us provide the best service in the future. […]
 
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