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  • Guest on Indie Business Network: Women, Wealth and Wow Podcast

    Neenz Faleafine
    NEENZ
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    I had the wonderful opportunity to talk story with the founder of Indie Business Network, Donna Marie on her “Women, Wealth and Wow” podcast. I hope that you find value in our conversation. “Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh and final episode of our Women, Wealth and […]
  • 9 Things I Find to Be True

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    Elan Morgan
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    One.There will never be enough time for anything you love. There will never be enough time to love in all the myriad ways that are possible, to get all your work done, to live all the lives you can dream for yourself. Time runs on fast feet.Two.There will always be too much time for the hard things. There will be too much time when your broken heart leaves you staring into the night unable to sleep, when you are working 12-hour days to reach a goal, when you grieve the absence or loss of love.Three.You will likely always be thirsty in some way or another. We are born into bodies bound by…
  • 1960s Batman spotted at gas station [video]

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    Josh Urich
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Why was Batman at a random gas station in North Carolina? No one knows. Maybe he got lost from the 1960s. Whatever the case, this is one dedicated Batman impersonator. The post 1960s Batman spotted at gas station [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • At 92, Liz Smith Reveals How Rupert Murdoch Fired Her, What It Felt Like to Be Outed

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

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    SnoopyTheGoon
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Gideon Levy, the self-appointed Moral Compass of Israel and appointed by others Baron of deceit industry, is a topic that is guaranteed to get me some heartburn. More than enough has been written about this strange critter on these pages.The linked clip, however, offers the watcher/reader a hitherto undisclosed angle on the workings of Mr Levy's brain and the resulting tunnel vision of the world espoused by the gentleman. The clip in question is a part of a Israeli Hot TV Channel 3 Mehubarim series, recorded in 2012. The circumstances of the recording: Gideon Levy (driving) and his spouse,…
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    Neenz Faleafine

  • Guest on Indie Business Network: Women, Wealth and Wow Podcast

    NEENZ
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    I had the wonderful opportunity to talk story with the founder of Indie Business Network, Donna Marie on her “Women, Wealth and Wow” podcast. I hope that you find value in our conversation. “Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh and final episode of our Women, Wealth and […]
  • Speaking on ‘The Art of Empathetic Leadership’

    NEENZ
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Over the past ten-years I’ve focused my personal and professional studies and development on human behavior, relationships, social data mining and analysis, and how it all applies to leadership and entrepreneurial development. Across various curriculum, I learned that there are two key qualities required for leadership and entrepreneurial sustainability and success: integrity and empathy. in·teg·ri·ty /inˈteɡrədē/ noun The quality […]
  • Building a community for ‘Reaching Out’

    NEENZ
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:09 am
    Back in September 2013, I received an email from Jay Fidell the founder of ThinkTech Hawaii, a local nonprofit with a mission to raise awareness about the importance of technology, energy, diversification, and globalism to the future of Hawaii. His email was straight-forward, asking if I’d be interested in hosting a weekly live show called […]
  • Building a community for the David Ige for Governor 2014 campaign

    NEENZ
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Professional Successes One of the professional services my company Pono Media provides is data mining or extracting online content and filtering conversations relevant to projects and client needs. In other words, I listen. Based on the data combined with the analysis and intuition from my team and  advisors, I formulate an expert opinion on the sentiment […]
  • Building a community for #Ikaika2014

    NEENZ
    24 Aug 2013 | 7:56 pm
    The 2014 campaign season is upon us. Too early it seems? Actually, with the changes in the State of Hawaii Primary election and the options to walk-in or mail-in ballots well before the general election, strategically it’s perfect timing. My company Pono Media has been retained to provide community building strategies leveraging content publishing, content […]
 
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    Schmutzie.com

  • 9 Things I Find to Be True

    Elan Morgan
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    One.There will never be enough time for anything you love. There will never be enough time to love in all the myriad ways that are possible, to get all your work done, to live all the lives you can dream for yourself. Time runs on fast feet.Two.There will always be too much time for the hard things. There will be too much time when your broken heart leaves you staring into the night unable to sleep, when you are working 12-hour days to reach a goal, when you grieve the absence or loss of love.Three.You will likely always be thirsty in some way or another. We are born into bodies bound by…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 563

    Elan Morgan
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Aidan napping. Naps in the spring sun.Listening to the Dear Sugar podcast.Rolling up a piece of bread thick with jam and pretending it's cake.The bright flavour of crunchy cucumbers.Finding my favourite paint-splotched jeans at the bottom of a drawer and wearing them for the next three days. Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things, a community for acknowledging and growing gratitude.
  • I'm a Little In Love With Fafard's "Trudeau". If Only It Fit In My Pocket.

    Elan Morgan
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Aidan and I dropped by SLATE Fine Art Gallery this afternoon to see our friend Gina and revisit her latest show, Mes Amis — Joe Fafard. I am a huge fan of Fafard's bronze portraits. They're detailed, bright, and charismatic. I half expect them to speak or sigh while I look at them.The one I keep going back to, though, is "Trudeau". I don't have nearly the moola necessary to make him mine, but it's been nice to go stand next to him and imagine what he's thinking about when his mind wanders like that.Bye bye, Mr. Trudeau.
  • The Jerk Who Doesn't Stand Still Gets a Picture of His Feet

    Elan Morgan
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    click image to enlarge Eight years in, and Onion still can't follow directions.
  • Spring Break Travel Loves: Family, Executive Suites by Roseman, and Dutchmen Dairy

    Elan Morgan
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Over spring break, Aidan and took a trip to Calgary to see family and do very little of anything else.(1) We rarely go away on trips together, except for the occasional weekend in Saskatoon where all of our respective parents live, so this was kind of a big deal. This is Aidan waiting on hot turkey sandwiches with me at a Husky House, one of a chain of truck stops that dot western Canada. Husky Houses feel like home. Plus, Aidan and I like being on the road together. Neither of us is ever in a rush to get anywhere. We stop to eat, we get out of the car to look at sloughs and flocks…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 1960s Batman spotted at gas station [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Why was Batman at a random gas station in North Carolina? No one knows. Maybe he got lost from the 1960s. Whatever the case, this is one dedicated Batman impersonator. The post 1960s Batman spotted at gas station [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why never to let the Internet Photoshop your vacation pics

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    There's an old saying out there that goes, "If you want something done right, do it yourself," but it was not advice heeded by Dutch food blogger Sid Frisjes. The post Why never to let the Internet Photoshop your vacation pics appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • What each state has more of than any other [map]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Does your state love holiday music? Have a need for mental health facilities? Sell a lot of cigarettes to kids? The post What each state has more of than any other [map] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Mowing your lawn the old fashioned way: with a scythe [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    For those of us who complain about mowing the lawn with a push mower when we were kids, it's time for us to shut up. We forget that people used to use scythes to mow. Some people, like this guy, still do. The post Mowing your lawn the old fashioned way: with a scythe [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Crowd gathers to watch drunk man fall off bench [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    The good news: this guy was way too drunk to remember a crowd gathering around him and cheering when he fell of a bench into the mud. The bad news: it was caught on video. And he was covered in mud. The post Crowd gathers to watch drunk man fall off bench [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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  • At 92, Liz Smith Reveals How Rupert Murdoch Fired Her, What It Felt Like to Be Outed

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

    wowowow
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Entrees, salads and desserts to please a crowd. Spring always holds a special place in the year.  The last of the snow, sleet and storms have stopped making way for longer days and the desire to shed heavy winter clothes and meals.  Plates and recipes become lighter and brighter with the hues of colorful vegetables not weighed down by the heavy gravies and sauces of winter dishes. The first vegetables of spring are tender and green with a crisp bite making them perfect for a family gathering, lunch with friends or a change-up to the weekly dinner routine. Spring abounds and so should our…
  • The Day She Lost Her Jealousy at Barneys

    Sheila Nevins
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Originally published in January 2008… She had always been slightly envious of other girls. It started with doll clothes in third grade. MaryLou’s doll had high-heels and a bikini swimsuit. Hers did not. This competitive nature continued, with more serious manifestations, into high school. At the elegant Pierrepont High, she longed for Ginger’s blue eyes and Margaret Gullen’s knees. The fancy girl’s high school required dark blue knee socks with the dark blue uniform. Margaret’s knees, or so it appeared to her, were dimpled in all the right places — whereas hers appeared to…
  • Lily Tomlin receives Kennedy Center Honors

    wowowow
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Is it any surprise that Lily Tomlin, our wOw woman, would be honored by the Kennedy Center? The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to American culture though the performing arts. Lily, your wOw community salutes you!! Watch the 37th Kennedy Center Honors tonight, December 30, 2014
  • Marlo Thomas Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    wowowow
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Our very own Marlo Thomas was bestowed this nation’s highest civilian honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The honor is presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”     Congrats to MAKER @MarloThomas on winning the Medal of Freedom for her world-changing work! Watch her story here http://t.co/fUl65wlZLr — MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) November 26, 2014   Marlo serves as national outreach director…
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    Simply Jews

  • Gideon Levy and the Other Side

    SnoopyTheGoon
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Gideon Levy, the self-appointed Moral Compass of Israel and appointed by others Baron of deceit industry, is a topic that is guaranteed to get me some heartburn. More than enough has been written about this strange critter on these pages.The linked clip, however, offers the watcher/reader a hitherto undisclosed angle on the workings of Mr Levy's brain and the resulting tunnel vision of the world espoused by the gentleman. The clip in question is a part of a Israeli Hot TV Channel 3 Mehubarim series, recorded in 2012. The circumstances of the recording: Gideon Levy (driving) and his spouse,…
  • Mary Harf: so young and already in history. Did you harf today, my dear?

    SnoopyTheGoon
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    Even after a long disconnect from the virtual reality and an overwhelming amount of mess to be cleaned up after a long absence, one cannot pass such a monumental addition to the dictionary unnoticed. To say or assert something so patently stupid and preposterous as to generate widespread mockery. Named in honor of State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf.The State Department Spokesperson was harfing on about how Islamic State jihadists only needed job opportunities in order to give up their evil ways.So, if your wife (or husband or, to be politically correct, any other kind of partner) asks…
  • Blogging is going to be light for a while

    SnoopyTheGoon
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:32 pm
    For the next three weeks or so. Especially if some lazy people don't pick up the slack.And you all out there: behave!
  • Israel as a magnet for foreign journalists

    SnoopyTheGoon
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    I could source this text only to a Russian FB post. But it clinches nicely with what I know personally about the subject, so...Pilar Rahola i Martínez - a Spanish journalist, writer, and former politician and MP about her fellow journalists in Israel.Israel is a magnet for foreign journalists, not because there is more terror than in Mexico, and not because any of the journalists really care about the war of the Arabs vs the Jews. The real reason: Israel is the West. Foreign journalists live comfortably in Israel, they are looking for the slightest excuse for sensational stories with a…
  • Operation Charlie Foxtrot

    SnoopyTheGoon
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The man uses same noun twice in the quoted below sentence, but a fact is a fact:In fact, you can say what you want about the origins of the current mess in the Middle East, but the fact that America’s relations with every important country in the region are worse with the exception of Iran is telling.Or, in an even shorter but all-inclusive description:The technical foreign-policy term for this is giant cluster-fuck. (In the military’s shorthand, using its own phonetic alphabet, the expression is charlie foxtrot.)Now read the whole piece (subscription required, but easy with your e-mail…
 
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    TIME GOES BY

  • Generations: The Passing of the Baton

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the biggest changes in old age is how we are treated by other, mostly younger, people. We are ignored, dismissed and made invisible based solely on our appearance. Put the same words, thoughts and opinions we have in a younger body and the world pays attention. It is hard to accept, this disregard, and for good reason. It is not a fairy tale that after decades of education, experience, study, learning from our mistakes and successes that we have gained not only a great deal of knowledge, but judgment too, something that only age can bestow. ”When I was a boy of 14,” wrote Mark…
  • ELDER MUSIC: 1975

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. What happened in 1975? Natalie Imbruglia was born Bruce Springsteen released Born to Run Jimmy Hoffa disappeared Microsoft was founded The…
  • INTERESTING STUFF – 25 April 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    YOU'LL BE GETTING A NEW MEDICARE CARD People have long complained (correctly) that Social Security numbers displayed prominently on the U.S. Medicare card makes identity theft easy. It's right there in the middle labeled “Medicare Claim Number” with a letter following it and everyone knows that, including the bad guys. At last, that is changing. Last week, President Barack Obama signed a bill that removes the number from Medicare cards and Congress has provided $320 million to pay for the change. (Don't hold your breath – it's going to take four years to accomplish but it is still a…
  • Elder Fashion – Still an Oxymoron

    Ronni Bennett
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    We gave Wednesday over to a men's club this week. Let's make today, Friday, women's day although men are as welcome to chime in as women did on Wednesday. When I first wrote about “elder fashion” here in 2008, I labeled it an oxymoron. Here is a sampling from that post: "I see more transparent blouses and even pants than much of anything that actually covers a human body. "Designers just add fabric for larger sizes without considering differing proportions so that if a jacket fits at the shoulders, it is unlikely to button at the waist. "Shirts...are missing proportion in petite sizes…
  • It's About Retired Men Today

    Ronni Bennett
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you read this blog regularly, you know there are a lot more women who comment than men. That is likely due to the fact that there are more elder women than men – we (women) tend to live longer (sorry, guys). Or, it could be that women are chattier than men, although I doubt that explains it (I'm just throwing it out there). At the Adult Community Center (that's a euphemism in my area for senior center), I'm guessing there is a 9-10 to 1 ratio of women to men but I'm basing that only on early morning visits to the gym and occasional evening meetings. Nevertheless, I'm probably not far…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • Jargon: A Marketer’s How-Not-to Guide

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

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

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

    Ann Handley
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Just about a year ago, Basecamp, a project management software company, launched a quirky little lovely monthly online magazine called The Distance. The Chicago-based company hired a journalist to produce one long-form illustrated story per month, profiling a company that has been in business 25 years or longer and has thrived the old-fashioned way: through hard work, and without outside funding or partners. The site would not feature Basecamp customers or prospects. Nor would it feature technology businesses. And it would initially rely on in-depth, long-form storytelling (and, you know,…
  • The Secret to Marketing Event Success (Spoiler Alert: Muffin Tops)

    Ann Handley
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    “The past is always tense, the future perfect.”―Zadie Smith Registration just opened for the MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum. That’s a boring name for a conference, isn’t it? Which is why we affectionately nicknamed the B2B Marketing Forum, which takes place each October in Boston, the “Marketing Muffin Top.” Much like an actual muffin top in an actual muffin tin, it overflows in (mostly) appealing ways. Right now, we are elbow-deep in rolling and setting the program for the 2015 B2B Forum, and the Marketing Muffin Top moniker is on my mind again because there are so many…
 
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    Citizen of the Month

  • New Fulton Fish Market

    Neil
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    The New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx is second in size worldwide only to Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale seafood market. The market handles millions of pounds of seafood daily and annual sales exceed one billion dollars. Thank you Open House New York for the opportunity to see this vibrant market up close. The post New Fulton Fish Market appeared first on Citizen of the Month.
  • Flushing, the Song

    Neil
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Justin Giarrusso, a composer, recently wrote a choral piece about the five boroughs of New York City titled “Five Boroughs, One City.”   For the Queens section of the piece, he used a poem I wrote on Citizen of the Month in 2008 as his inspiration. Yay, Queens! The piece can be heard here Flushing Poem “Last stop! Last stop!” Flushing, what a name! Tiny women talking Mandarin in the rain Alone, I walk by A mural, Chinese art A cafe, a hooker A rusty shopping cart The downpour, the rushing The garbage in the street The yearning, the craving The summer New York heat. The post…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #42

    Neil
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    “What makes a woman happy?” thought Victor, as he waited for his wife in the shoe section of Macy’s, where they were having a sale. They were attending a matinee of “On the Town” that afternoon, but Cindy wanted to drive in early from New Jersey and park near Herald Square to go shopping.  Macy’s was decorated with a “spring bloom” theme, even though it was snowing outside in late March. In August, Victor will be married to Cindy for ten years, but did he really know her?  Did he know her likes and loves?  He worked long hours on Wall Street…
  • The “Like Generation” in Dating

    Neil
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I sometimes forget that I met my ex-wife Sophia online, not on a dating site, but on a long-vanished forum on LA Freenet, an experiment in free internet service in Los Angeles. Our first conversation was about children’s books. I said my favorite was Curious George Goes to the Zoo.  She liked The Little Prince. Neither of us had read the other’s fave, so we agreed to go to the library to check out the competition. A few days we emailed each other with the results.  She found Curious George “childish.” I found the Little Prince “pretentious and boring.” It…
  • Admit One

    Neil
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Well, I got through my first three months of online dating using two apps, Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel.  I had eleven first dates, three second dates, and one third date.  It was fun and I met a lot of great women.  But it was exhausting.  On one week, I arranged three dates on three consecutive nights.   I hated this overbooked schedule but everyone in New York City seems so busy with their lives,  that you come away feeling that if you don’t meet immediately, you will lose your chance to meet anyone, especially with a hundred other potential matches close to their swiping…
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    Truer Words - A Journal

  • Swift Spirals

    11 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Yesterday on Quora a particular Math question caught my attention and fired up my imagination. I've already linked to it, but here's how the question was worded: Four persons K, L, M, and N are initially at the four corners of a square of side 'd'. Each person now moves with a uniform speed of 'v' in such a way that K always moves directly towards L, L directly towards M, M directly towards N and N directly towards K. At what time will the four persons meet? (Why say they are people and then not give them real names? I thought that was funny.) Let me rephrase the question. Four people (or…
  • More Tragedy, Status Update

    26 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    A lot of Corinne's friends have heard by now that Shane's cousin (same age) was killed on Christmas Eve, down in the Lancaster, PA, area. A very good friend just called me to see how we were handling things, considering our history with Shane; so it seems like this would be a good time to clear things up as best I can. Stephanie Kilhefner was Shane's cousin on his Dad's side (his father's brother's daughter). She had two kids. Her husband turned himself in and confessed to everything yesterday. I'm not going to offer any details, or even links to the story, but I've already given enough info…
  • Primary Colors

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:01 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 | 5:41 pm
    My brother Jed came back East from BC for two weeks with his new family in tow, two weeks ago. We stayed at Steve Davis's house Tuesday night so I could drive them all to the airport before sunrise, Wednesday morning. Stop-and-go traffic all the way to the airport, starting at 6am?! That's just wrong. It was very hard to say goodbye to them all. Alycia is Jed's perfect counterpart, 4yo Michael is nearly his perfect clone (but cuter than he ever was), 4yo Rachel (M's twin) is quiet and sweet and very smart, and Gracie is curious, cuddly and learns to say new things faster than the parrots do.
  • Grampa's Memorial (Art Dillingham)

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

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

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

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

    Daniel
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Rivers Run Free… Nation’s Biggest Dam Removal Is Done | Gear Junkie: Last year, 72 dams were removed across the country, including the final portion of the Glines Canyon Dam along the Elwha River in Washington, the largest dam ever removed. American Rivers keeps track of all the dams removed across the country. In 2014, those 72 removed dams were found in 19 states. [According to American Rivers, 15O,618 acres of riverside land was protected and 4.2 million pounds of trash were removed through their National River Cleanup program. Progress!]
  • Open source license usage on GitHub.com

    Daniel
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Open source license usage on GitHub.com: Open source simply isn’t open source without a proper license. Unless you’ve explicitly told others that they can modify and reuse your work, you’ve only showed others your code; you haven’t shared it. Here at GitHub, we’re big fans of open source, so we set out to better understand how our users approached licensing their code by looking at license usage across public, non-forked repositories, in hopes of encouraging more users to share their work with others. [snip -ed] Share your code If you haven’t already, we…
 
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    Apartment Life

  • Should You Rent or Buy Appliances?

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    When you’re looking through the amenities for apartments to rent, you may notice that a unit includes “washer/dryer hook ups” or connections, rather than a shared laundry room. Now you have to make a tough decision: rent a washer and dryer, buy them, or go to the laundromat. If you’re not sure how to approach […] The post Should You Rent or Buy Appliances? appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How to Not Be Scared Living Alone

    admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ah, the joys of living alone. Want pancakes and bacon at 2 AM? Get cookin’—you won’t wake anybody up! No need to call “dibs” on the remote—it’s always yours! Get the pet that you want, entertain guests when you want, and sing your favorite show tunes at the top of your lungs. But once the […] The post How to Not Be Scared Living Alone appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Celebrate Earth Day: Go Green in Your Apartment

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    On Earth Day, people around the world celebrate all the different ways they are taking care of this planet. Some are grand plans to conserve our natural resources. Other initiatives aim to help entire cities use less electricity and water. But we know that taking care of the earth starts in our homes. There are […] The post Celebrate Earth Day: Go Green in Your Apartment appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • How to Find the Right Apartment For You

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Q & A: Virginia Miner, senior area manager of Destination Services for ApartmentSearch Whether you are moving to a new area because you graduated, are taking a new job, are newly retired, or for any other reason, there is so much to learn about your new destination. In the midst of all that is involved […] The post How to Find the Right Apartment For You appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Top 4 Favorite Attractions in Knoxville, TN

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    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
      Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville has a rich history dating back to the 1780s. With a newly developed downtown area and increased interest in the arts, Knoxville has found success in revitalizing the area. Not only is the cost of living lower than other southern cities, but also there are a wide […] The post Top 4 Favorite Attractions in Knoxville, TN appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • Making a website look good on all devices

    Doug McCaughan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    N.b. Be sure to read this. Responsive design is actually pretty straight forward. Use standard practices and don’t overcomplicate your html. But when we start to tweak something here or there, you quickly find yourself having to make sure that the code has adjustments for various devices. What does this mean to your programmer? Basically having to make changes to all of these: /*********** Phones and handhelds ***********/ /*********** iPhones ***********/ /* ----------- iPhone 4 and 4S ----------- */ /* Portrait and Landscape */ @media only screen and (min-device-width: 320px) and…
  • Of Grasshoppers

    Doug McCaughan
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    Student: I overcomplicated it.Master: You couldn’t have phrased that more simply.
  • FaarrrakkkkK!

    Doug McCaughan
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    It’s a joke. It’s all a joke.
  • Smashing Morning

    Doug McCaughan
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    I woke up this morning feeling very groggy. Not hung over. I didn’t drink that much. Just that ache of exhaustion punishment on the body after giving in to a decent night’s sleep. I approach the coffee maker and there is plenty of water but I think it would be nice to fill it up so Cathy has enough for her coffee. In the process, the cup that I use to transfer water into the reservoir slips from my hand landing perfectly on a vase with the correct angle and velocity to shatter the vase into a million pieces. Cathy’s response? "Oh, that’s just from way back when…
  • In the end, I will be happy

    Doug McCaughan
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    In the end, I will breathe my last breath knowing I will never have to touch another %^&# lawnmower again.
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  • Non-Passover Fare

    Karen
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    I am sick sick sick, but I thought of a pasta recipe I meant to post a couple of weeks ago, pre-Passover, so I thought I'd do it now, while I still have the strength to type. (Just barely.) And then let this pestilence begone! Fine Cooking has many wonderful recipes on their website, but they also have a bunch of "templates" for creating your own take on classic recipes, like muffins or quiche (the full list is here). Julie mentioned to me that she had never made a proper béchamel, so I figured it was a good opportunity to make mac & cheese from scratch. The main recipe…
  • This Trip Was ACES

    Karen
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    You know how I'm always jetting about to professional conferences? Oh, wait—that's not me! I've never done that even once! Well, up until last week, that is.  I tend to sit in my little editorial lair, doing my thing, without really thinking about all of the other stuff going on around me. But I have a lot of friends and colleagues on Twitter and Facebook who are always crowing about this amazing workshop they attended or that awesome convention they went to, so I started to take notice.  Last year at this time I was so jealous because everyone was having such a great time…
  • Active Kids

    Karen
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It occurred to me that I haven't updated you on Steph's progress recently—and on anything to do with Pete or Julie in an even longer time! So if you haven't seen any of this on Facebook, read on. (And feel free to friend me there, those of you who've been around these parts for all these years!) Steph is really coming along. She's down to one crutch but can go without even that a little bit in the house. Today was the first day she went to school without the boot. She is also back to driving, as of last week, which is a big deal. She has resumed babysitting and…
  • Book and Dip

    Karen
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    We met last week to discuss The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, which I had been dying to read based on rave reviews from pretty much everyone everywhere. (Go look at the Amazon page and you'll see what I mean.) We all really enjoyed it, but most of us felt that it was too long, and that the first half in particular was too slow. (I seemed to have minded this less than some others in the group.)  This is the story of Frances Wray and her widowed mother, upperclass women in a post-WWI London suburb. They've come upon hard times and have had to take in lodgers, a young couple from…
  • Eleven Years of Blogging Finally Pays Off

    Karen
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Whoops, I guess I missed my own blogiversary! Last Sunday marked ELEVEN years that I've been blogging chez Verbatim. I'm obviously no longer doing the every-day thing, but I do my best to check in now and again. I want to again say thanks to those of you who still show up here to see what I have to say, and especially to those who occasionally comment below or via email, Facebook, or Twitter so that I know I'm not just hollering into a void. Meanwhile, something funny happened last week. I got an email from a woman in Florida: So 10 years ago, on Oct 31, 2005 you posted about a…
 
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • Bedtime Math 3 – Add some math fun to your bedtime stories!

    GeekMom
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    My family has enjoyed the first two volumes of Bedtime Math, by Laura Overdeck. When I was offered a chance to review Bedtime Math 3: The Truth Comes Out, we were very excited! If you aren’t familiar with the Bedtime Math series, here’s a quick introduction. Author Laura Overdeck says, “We want kids to feel […]
  • R2D2 Finds Love

    GeekMom
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    This short film is adorable! It’s a story about our favorite little droid, R2-D2, looking for love in San Francisco and Berkeley. He falls hard for a quiet mailbox and tries to woo her… Watch to find out how the story ends. If you’re curious about how “Artoo In Love” was made, check out the […]
  • International Tabletop Day is April 11

    GeekMom
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Do you need a reason to play more games? Break out your favorite tabletop games and celebrate on April 11, 2015! It’s International Tabletop Day! International Tabletop Day was created three years ago, as a way to celebrate and encourage tabletop (board games, card games, etc.) gaming with friends and family. It’s a perfect opportunity […]
  • World Water Day Giveaway

    GeekMom
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The UN first designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, and fifteen years later, it’s still important to spread the word about clean water access! To help share World Water Day, leave a comment on this post and you’ll have a chance to win a beautiful scarf and umbrella from World Vision! First, […]
  • Today is World Book Day!

    GeekMom
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Happy “World Book Day,” my fellow geeks, nerds, and bookworms! To observe the 18th annual World Book Day (March 5, 2015), you might choose to read a book, tell a story, make a donation to a library, or even try writing a book of your own. If you want more ideas, visit the official World […]
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    Magpie Musing

  • #Write-On

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

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

    Magpie
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Sometimes it's the simple things.I was seated on the subway this morning, gazing between the standees, and what to my wondering eyes did I spy but a whale?And the little wheels in my head turned, and I thought "it reminds me of the Peter Sis whale that I have".And it was! Well, it's Peter Sis, not a whale, it's a submarine, but it has a familial resonance.The MTA has this program, Arts for Transit, where they do installations in subway stations, and commission posters that get slapped up in unsold ad spaces. I don't know about you, but I'd far rather look at art and read poetry than have to…
  • Capitalism

    Magpie
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    After a period of quiescence, the 11 year old has rediscovered her American Girl dolls. She has been hell bent on building furniture for them, and making bedding, and slavishly following instructions found on YouTube for the creation of eerily realistic doll-sized chocolate chip cookies, and chattering incessantly about wanting a fourth doll.I, thinking three of them was already too many, said no, absolutely not, I will not buy you a fourth doll.She, drawing on some hardwired capitalistic tendencies, I know not from where, decided that she wanted to sell two of the dolls. We talked about…
  • Photo Caption

    Magpie
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Standing on the platform on a fiercely cold and brilliantly sunny February daywith his back to the track, not watchingfor the next train,the commuter tilts his chin up to the sky, eyes closed, dreaming of the summer that will come,someday.
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    The Art of Manliness

  • The Surprising Benefits of Giving Money Away

    Marcus Brotherton
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    At the turn of the nineteenth century, a Scottish-born steel tycoon named Andrew Carnegie became the world’s second richest man. He was 66 years old in 1901 when he retired, and he believed people with means were morally obligated to do good with their money. Over the next ten years, Carnegie focused on large-scale philanthropy. He funded scientific and medical research. He established pension funds for teachers and professors. He built more than 3,000 public libraries and gave vast sums of money to universities. He loved music and funded music conservatories and donated money to build…
  • Manvotional: The Joy of Doing

    Brett & Kate McKay
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:15 pm
    “The Joy of Doing” From Undiscovered Country, 1946 By Raymond John Baughan The secret of happiness is in knowing this: that we live by the law of expenditure. We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are. There are tides in the ocean of life, and what comes in depends on what goes out. The currents flow inward only where there is an outlet. Nature does not give to those who will not spend; her gifts are loaned to those who will use them. Empty your lungs and breathe. Run, climb, work, and laugh; the more you give out, the more you shall receive. Be…
  • How to Roll Up Your Sleeves [VIDEO]

    Brett
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    If you’re reading this in an email, please click here to watch.  You’d think something as simple as rolling up your sleeves wouldn’t require a video explanation. But there are actually different ways to do it and each way has its pros and cons. In this short video I show you three ways to roll up your sleeves and when you’d want to use each roll. For a more in-depth explanation (hey, sleeve rolls are surprisingly fascinating) check out this post. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. Filmed and Edited by Jordan…
  • Podcast #111: Why Men Fight & Why We Like to Watch With Jonathan Gottschall

    Brett
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Jonathan Gottschall was an associate professor of English whose career had stalled in mid-life. Then one day he looked out his office window, saw a MMA gym across the street, and decided he was going to train to become a fighter. He wanted both to prove something to himself and to gain firsthand experiences to draw from in writing a book about the biology, anthropology, and sociology of male violence. The result was The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. In this episode I talk to Gottschall about violence and masculinity and why getting in a fight may be the…
  • Weekend Movie Recommendation: Labor Day

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nate Pedersen. The 2013 film Labor Day is a sentimental nod to the values and virtues of another era. Accordingly, it was slammed by critics for being too open-hearted for our cynical age. While the story is set over the course of Labor Day weekend in 1987, it screens more like a 1950s melodrama. Narrated from the present day by an absent Tobey Maguire reflecting back on a memorable weekend from his childhood, the film’s action unfolds over the course of three hot, summery days. Thirteen-year-old Henry (Gattlin Griffith) lives with his depressed…
 
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    Blurbomat

  • Link: My rocky first 24hrs with the Apple Watch — Technology Musings — Medium

    Jon Armstrong
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Matt Haughey reviews the Apple Watch in a spectacularly self-effacing and honest way: Via: http://ift.tt/1Orfetq I’m an insufferable asshole, and I’m here to complain about my brand new $350 luxury watch that so far hasn’t lived up to my insanely high expectations, which I am publishing here on Medium using my 5k iMac. Setup wasn’t […]   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Link: My rocky first 24hrs with the Apple Watch — Technology Musings — Medium appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • iPhone 6 Plus & Photos App

    Jon Armstrong
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed I talk about the Mac OS version of the new Photos app and spring tentatively arrives in Brooklyn. Fingers crossed.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post iPhone 6 Plus & Photos App appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Link: The Bot Bubble : Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency

    Jon Armstrong
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Via: http://ift.tt/1HptLjI Every morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework in Lapu-Lapu City.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Link: The Bot Bubble : Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Link: Workers Busted for Allegedly Stealing Barrels of Bourbon

    Jon Armstrong
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Via: http://ift.tt/1DyL7VM FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Nine people were indicted Tuesday on charges of spiriting away what Kentucky authorities say was more bourbon whiskey than one person could drink in a lifetime.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Link: Workers Busted for Allegedly Stealing Barrels of Bourbon appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Marks the Spot

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    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed Sometimes the light hits the clichés right in the gut.   Read more... ©  1999-2015 Blurbomat.com & Jon Armstrong. All rights reserved. The post Marks the Spot appeared first on Blurbomat.
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  • REI sells trekking, camping, climbing, cycling, fitness and travel gear for men, women and kids. There is no reason to pay more than when you’ve got these printable coupons available for April you have to at REI. Official REI Coupons, Online Coupons, Rebates & Discounts.

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    24 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    REI is a retailer of sporting equipment and recreational outdoor. REI customers of camping apparel and gear lines enjoy the variety together with the option of generous discounts. In the event you are an associate of their benefits program ($20/yr), you may be given a discount on each purchase you make, enjoy free shipping and earn points on each dollar that you simply spend that could be redeemed later for vouchers. Additionally, you will be given a yearly results around 10% back of most buys you have made throughout the year. Shop REI’s outlet for the biggest remember that they…
  • Get the most recent online coupons and offers offers for Carbonite.com and the most recent online coupons daily that is updated

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    21 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    carbonite offer codes is an online backup service providing you with unlimited space that is copy. D0 you recognize that over fifteen thousand computer hard-drives crash every day? Think of all of the significant, irreplaceable files and hard coded info that means. Larceny, fire, power surges, and flooding are only a few of the common threats to your files. Sleep better knowing that your files are safely backed up on their cloud. (What’s cloud storage?) Use our unique 10-18% for Carbonite Copy off promotion Named after that offertory things that Han Solo was frozen in, (In The Kingdom…
  • What is Verizon FIOS for Small Business

    admin
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The world works online now. If you intend to start a business or plan on expanding your current one, you will need to make sure that you can communicate and do business reliably and quickly. Verizon offers a cost effective and fast way of making sure you stay connected to the fast paced world of business. Welcome to Verizon FiOS. Verizon FiOS is a service that offers small businesses high speed reliable internet service for all of your communication needs including phone. Verizon makes this possible through their network of fiber optic internet cables which are capable of handling much higher…
  • ATT Uverse vs Verizon FIOS

    admin
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    When you think you have bought the latest, along comes something new and exciting. The new drives you back on the market, to compare with the old and then update. It takes a while to learn all the new features, which allows you to take complete advantage of what you have. You are a knowledgeable buyer. You take the time to update yourself, on television, internet and telephone that have your interest. Verizon ventures into the Texas marketplace, with a new technology in the year of 2005. The new technology is called Verizon FIOS. This fiber optic solution (FIOS) provides more bandwidth of…
  • Fiber Broadband vs DSL Pros and Cons

    admin
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:36 pm
    If you’re looking for Internet access, you may have noticed that in addition to DSL, fiber broadband Internet service is now becoming available in many areas. Before you make a choice, you should carefully consider the pros and cons of both options, so that you can make the best possible decision. DSL Pros 1. Available Almost Everywhere DSL Internet access has been around for over two decades now and uses standard copper telephone wires to transmit information. The infrastructure to support DSL is thus widely present around the nation, so unless you are located in a rural area, chances…
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    Going The Wong Way

  • Shopping and San Diego

    Derek Wong
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Caution: large amounts of shopping or driving result in extereme exhaustion!
  • Bathtub Plumbing Valve

    Derek Wong
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    I fell into the trap of letting something urgent (i.e., a friend’s wedding) make me rush and forget to apply flux to the copper before soldering the joint.
  • Maui Destination Wedding/Vacation

    Derek Wong
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    We traveled with Emily’s family, stayed in the same condo, and it’s probably never going to happen again.
  • Florida 2014

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

    Derek Wong
    26 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Check out the full Europe 2013 gallery
 
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Wrigley Building Skyscraper in Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Skyscrapers along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile include the Wrigley Building (center with clock tower), built to house the headquarters of the Wrigley Company (Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)The post PHOTO: Wrigley Building Skyscraper in Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Chicago Skyline in the South Loop

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Chicago Skyline in the south Loop, seen from Lurie Gardens in Millennium Park just as the sun sets (Visited 42 times, 42 visits today)The post PHOTO: Chicago Skyline in the South Loop appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Eight Free Flights to Cuba – Register by April 30th

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m back in the U.S. following my Discover Corps tour of Cuba, and my head is spinning from everything I saw and learned. The name of their tour – Building Bridges – says it all. Travel to Cuba is not yet legal for all Americans, but since January of this year, restrictions have been substantially eased. Discover Corps seized that opportunity and designed a State Department approved, people-to-people tour that focuses on cultural interaction. This is a new program for the company, so they have eight openings on their June 27 to July 4 tour, and they’ve provided me with…
  • PHOTO: Adler Planetarium, at Chicago’s Museum Campus

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The mission of the Adler Planetarium, located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakeshore, is to inspire exploration and understanding of the Universe (Visited 22 times, 22 visits today)The post PHOTO: Adler Planetarium, at Chicago’s Museum Campus appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: John G. Shedd Aquarium, Part of Chicago’s Museum Campus

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: John G. Shedd Aquarium is located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, is the largest indoor aquarium in the world (Visited 71 times, 71 visits today)The post PHOTO: John G. Shedd Aquarium, Part of Chicago’s Museum Campus appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • How Should Christians Respond to Bruce Jenner’s Interview?

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted something about the book I have releasing next May (2016). It was first titled “10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” and it’s now “5 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” – We didn’t take out five things; we just condensed a few similar topics to make it more cohesive for our conversation starters and resources. [Side note: If you want information about ordering this book when it’s available, just sign up here.] My friend Crystal helped me research apps and websites of…
  • Trusting God’s Design

    Anne Marie Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    I didn’t know much about personality profiles growing up. What I did know is after about 2 hours at church, 2 hours at a party, 2 hours on a school trip, 2 hours at a sleepover…I was done. I wasn’t angry. I didn’t dislike people. I wasn’t bored. I didn’t want to check out. But something inside me hit a threshold of sorts and I knew I needed to spend at least a few minutes by myself and recharge. Otherwise, my mind would get spacey, I’d become easily distracted, my speech would begin to falter, I’d even become more clumsy. Over time, I learned…
  • Breaking Up with Nashville?

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s kinda crazy. After a year in Nashville, we weren’t sure if it was the place for us to start a family and raise kids…so we began exploring a few ideas. One of these ideas was a casting call for young couples who were thinking of “breaking up” with their city. We applied as a joke, not realizing it was a real reality show on FYI, a station under A&E. After a ton of Skype calls, cameras showed up to our house in Nashville and we began the process of finding our next home. We filmed for a few weeks, really…long…days. How they managed to make this…
  • Look What God Did

    Anne Marie Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Dear 25 year old Anne, It’s me. Anne. Today you…me…we…? turn 35. Holy Moses, has it been a decade? I wanted to tell you four words: “Look what God did.” 25 year old Anne, 2005 was the year you landed in the hospital so stressed out and so hurt from working at a church. You were 40 pounds overweight, working 90 hours a week, and glued to people-pleasing. You thought doing things for God was the same thing as being with Him. But it wasn’t. And over the next two years, as you resigned from that church and healed, you wrote about your journey. You helped…
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    VirtualWayfarer

  • A Video Guide To Exploring (and Learning) Danish Culture

    Alex Berger
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:51 am
    The Danes are a famously quirky bunch.  They’re much beloved, generally liked the world over, and a bit of an enigma.  These are the people that gave us Vikings, Lego, and Danish design. They are a people and country famed for their work-life balance, straight to-the-point style of communicating, odd blend of extreme homogeneity and
  • Use Exciting History Podcasts To Revolutionize Your Travel

    Alex Berger
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:38 am
    Exciting history podcasts. That’s right. I used those three words in one sentence without a hint of sarcasm or satire. They’re few and far between, but they do exist and holy smokes will they surprise you and revolutionize how you understand world history and the destinations you’re visiting. Unless you were a history major (and even
  • Turning 30 – Birthday Reflections On Life, Achievement and Travel

    Alex Berger
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Prolific travelers often joke that we have commitment issues.  It’s a joke I’ve often made – after all, when folks asked how on earth I could pick up everything and re-locate to Europe for a 2-year Master’s or how I seemed to perpetually be traveling I would flash a smile, shrug, and explain, “No mortgage,
  • I Decided Against Travel Blogging As A Career – Here’s Why

    Alex Berger
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    I recently accepted a full time job. With that acceptance I concretely closed a chapter of my life during which I came very close to pursuing full time travel blogging as my career. Make no mistake, VirtualWayfarer isn’t changing, it just isn’t going to be a platform for my full-time career either.  Over the last
  • A Grand New Adventure – Working in Denmark

    Alex Berger
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    July 21st, 2011 found me tearfully saying goodbye to my Parents.  I’d just sent three hulking bags through security and had a knot in my stomach that left me sympathizing with Atlas – at that moment we both felt as though we held the world upon our shoulders.  I was about to launch a grand
 
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Clunk

    Ree
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    I’m sorry to do this to you on a Monday, but this is the most recent photo on my iPhone and the most appropriate photo for me to use to update you on what’s happening around here these days: Charlie on the sofa in the mud room. Charlie on the sofa in the living room. Charlie on the floor by our bed. Charlie on the floor by the sofa. Charlie on the floor in the kitchen. That’s what’s happening around here these days! Well, that and the whole graduation thing. And the whole ranch work thing. And the whole cooking thing. And all that other stuff I mentioned in my previous…
  • April 23: A Retrospective

    Ree
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Until I get my first child graduated from high school in two weeks, I’m going to have to ask for your continued patience with my complete lack of brain cells, friends. Until May 9, my productivity is in a state of suspension, particularly since my younger daughter has a big research paper to complete, I have guests on the ranch next week, my older daughter is gearing up to play her last soccer game as a high schooler, and my boys have recently inexplicably started taking boxing lessons. Oh, and we have even more dogs at our house these days, if that’s even possible. And I’m…
  • The Big Kids Now

    Ree
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    It’s been a warm-cold-warm-cold-warm-cold month so far, and last week Marlboro Man and the kids—along with Josh and his kids—worked calves on one of the cold days.       It’s tricky this time of year! You never know when you wake up and go to saddle your horse whether you’ll need to wear no jacket, a light jacket, or (you truly never know) a heavy coat. It isn’t unusual in April for our door to open and close ten different times before Marlboro Man and the kids finally head out in the morning: One of them steps outside, takes a few steps…
  • April: Osage County

    Ree
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    What a beautiful time for Oklahoma skies! I had to stop and take photos of a brewing storm last Friday morning as the kids and I were headed to our co-op day in the city.       It was eerie + beautiful + chilling + awesome + scary + powerful. Yep, that’s an Oklahoma sky for ya.       Friday night, the rain had passed and we went to Tim and Missy’s house for a family get-together. We were sitting on the east side of the house enjoying an outdoor fire when Marlboro Man motioned to Missy and me to come look at the sunset. Oh, were we glad he told us. We…
  • Here He Is

    Ree
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    As part of the “Throwback Thursday” tradition on the World Wide Web, I posted this photo on my Facebook and Instagram pages this morning. I’ve always, always loved this photo. Little did I know the beast that would be awakened. I have now spent the last hour of my life looking back at photos of Marlboro Man holding Todd when he was little. I’m in a tailspin!     Here he is, holding tiny Todd.       “Ouch!” Here he is, making it all better.       Ditto.       Here he is, wrestling all the kids. I think…
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  • Customers aren’t born. They’re created.

    larry
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    I was reading about corporate profit margins and tax cuts today when I came upon this misguided idea in a comment: What business, and “trickle down” economists, have not yet realized is that business does not create jobs. If you have ever owned a business you know that you don’t go out and hire people just because you have money in the bank. You hire people because you have work that needs to be done and the money to pay people to do it. You have work that needs to be done because you have customers. Customers create jobs. Nope. Nobody is born wanting to be a customer. They don’t…
  • Misplaced concern?

    larry
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In today’s The Globe and Mail, Elizabeth Renzetti laments Toronto songwriter Diana Williamson: Toronto songwriter Diana Williamson, who recently moved back from L.A., told me about a song she’d co-written that had reached 260,000 downloads and made it to No. 3 on the Billboard dance chart. She hadn’t seen a penny in royalties. To complain about rip-off downloading, she said in an interview, is to invite “abuse from the mob. But if those fans were bakers, they wouldn’t be giving away their croissants for free.” Ms. Renzetti’s concern might be a bit misplaced. The…
  • Won’t somebody please think of the environment?

    larry
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    It looks as if Ontario is going to have a carbon tax: Premier Kathleen Wynne is pledging to unveil a carbon-pricing plan this spring as Ontario looks to ramp up its fight against global warming. “We have climate change … we are facing a global situation and it’s only responsible that Ontario do its part,” Ms. Wynne said. “I don’t think we can just throw up our hands and say ‘Well, we’re only 13.5 million people, and we don’t have to do our part.’ That’s not responsible. We need to be leaders.” I know what you’re saying. But she said she wouldn’t do that:…
  • Target says goodbye to Canada.

    larry
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Last September 14th I noticed empty store shelves at Target and posted this on Twitter: Is #Target winding down Canadian operations? This is typical in the store near me. pic.twitter.com/E6jEc0v4wJ — Larry Borsato (@lborsato) September 10, 2014 Today I saw this on MarketWatch: Target to exit Canada By Andria Cheng Published: Jan 15, 2015 8:30 a.m. ET NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Target Corp. TGT, +2.89% said on Thursday it’s exiting its money-losing Canada business as it doesn’t see the region getting to profitability until at least 2021. The company, which opened its…
  • Your comments are important to us.

    larry
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I noticed this article in the Toronto Star today: Mostly a typical Star piece, but the funny thing that caught my eye was the comments section: We value respectful and thoughtful discussion. But just to be safe, before you decide to comment we’ll just proactively stop you from doing so.
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    Indexed

  • New math, every spring.

    Jessica Hagy
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Share and Enjoy:The post New math, every spring. appeared first on Indexed.
  • You’re not who I thought you were!

    Jessica Hagy
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
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  • Bedside manners.

    Jessica Hagy
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
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  • Warning: Jenga blocks can be used as weapons.

    Jessica Hagy
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
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  • Hello? Hello?

    Jessica Hagy
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Share and Enjoy:The post Hello? Hello? appeared first on Indexed.
 
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • I’m Planning a Retreat and You’re Invited

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

    Britt Reints
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Join the conversation at How to Be Wild. Last week, I attended a women’s wellness retreat in Palm Springs to celebrate the release of the movie Wild on DVD and Blu-Ray. I was hired as the guest speaker and asked to “tie my inspirational message in with the film.” In preparation for the job, I watched the movie with my husband and a girlfriend. Five minutes in, Jared started laughing. “Oh yeah, I can totally see you doing this.” Reese Witherspoon – as Cheryl Strayed – was struggling to lift a monstrous hiking pack onto her back moments before…
  • “What do I know about happiness?” A #PghGBE Post

    Britt Reints
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    Join the conversation at “What do I know about happiness?” A #PghGBE Post. When local blogger Alex reached out and asked if I wanted to be part of this year’s Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Because… 1) I’ve met Alex in person exactly once and have already decided that someday we will be super good friends and I’m working on a plan to ingratiate myself to him. Step one: say yes to all requests! 2) I love Pittsburgh. My adopted city is brimming with creative, interesting people and I make a point to take advantage of…
  • Like an Egg About to Crack

    Britt Reints
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Join the conversation at Like an Egg About to Crack. The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and birds are singing again. There’s no doubt winter is coming to an end and something new is coming around the corner. My hibernation is also ending. The couch and the bed, the sweaters and blankets, the digital streaming: all have suddenly lost their appeal. Instead I’m craving color, light, and sound. I want to write and read instead of watch and rest. I’m ready to make and do. My friend Debbie Harding expressed this stirring perfectly on Facebook: “I feel like an egg…
  • Happiness is Accepting Your Season

    Britt Reints
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness is Accepting Your Season. We are cyclical creatures. Women especially. Me in particular. Since reading a book about hormone balance, I’ve been using a hormone tracker app and have realized I am SUPER affected by the rise and fall of my estrogen and progesterone levels. (I’ve also learned that women have about 8 days out of every month when we can expect to not be being jerked around my our hormones in some way.) It’s a relief to discover this sensitivity because I’m fairly certain now that I’m not bipolar. That’s not a…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • Autism Awareness Month – Day 22, 23, 24

    cathy
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    He woke up, showered and went to work. Everyone will be asleep when he comes home. He will game until people start waking up for the day. Then, he’ll go to bed. Except tonight might be different. He has plans for tomorrow that he has been excitedly anticipating all week. He will either skip sleep entirely or go to sleep and wake fifteen minutes before his ride arrives in the morning. It’s silly to point out his options, even though I did. Repeatedly. He won’t sleep tonight.
  • Autism Awareness Month – Day Twenty-one

    cathy
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    I had to be somewhere today, so I left the house while he was still in bed. I don’t know if he showered and walked to work on time or if he was late. Without me here announcing the time every five minute, I have my suspicions. I know for certain that he hated having to walk to work. He doesn’t dislike walking. He hates the feeling of sweat trickling down his skin. It’s too creepy crawly for his comfort.
  • Autism Awareness Month – Day Twenty

    cathy
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    He doesn’t work today, so he slept until four in the afternoon. Now he’s gaming and his smack talk is decidedly cheerful. Nobody rocks his boat when he’s this happy.
  • Autism Awareness Month – Day Nineteen

    cathy
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Spring storms in the South are poetic in their beauty and potential for destruction. When he is home on his computer, his headphones and screen act as barriers that prevent him from noticing anything outside his bubble, like the weather. If his connection isn’t interrupted and the power doesn’t blink, he doesn’t know when there is rain, thunder and lightning. Tonight, we had a nasty wave of storms. Because he was at work, he saw the light show in the sky. He felt the wind in his hair and the rain on his skin. He heard the slow rolling and sudden crackling of thunder. The…
  • Autism Awareness Month – Day Eighteen

    cathy
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:15 pm
    We are in the process of cutting cable television and relying on the Internet for our entertainment programming. The cable part of the move means nothing to him. He does not watch television. The Internet part of the move is having some bumps. Today began with a note taped to a chalkboard door that Dad promptly answered. I have no idea why he didn’t write on the chalkboard door. Omen of a difficult day A photo posted by Cathy McCaughan (@cathymccaughan) on Apr 18, 2015 at 7:11am PDT
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    Family on Bikes

  • What is FIRST Robotics and how does it work?

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

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

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

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Justin Carmack, a travel blogger, divemaster and overall lover of freedom and adventure on the road. In 2010 Justin sold all his things and left home; traded his possessions for dreams – dreams of traveling the world, getting lost, and living life free and to the fullest. He writes about his adventures on the road at True Nomads. Here he’ll give you some ideas on how find free accommodation when you travel throughout the world.  ——- Friends gained while traveling are friends beyond the initial stay. This group of friends…
  • Merry Christmas 2014

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    It’s Christmas morning. A fire is roaring in our wood stove, Christmas music is playing in the background, and Davy and Daryl are getting their presents set up. John took the pups to the foothills to run and play in the snow. It’s the best kind of morning. As I look back over 2014, I see a good year – much better than 2013 for me. Mostly what I see is that my ongoing health struggles are slowly improving. I started this year having identified several issues ranging from adrenal fatigue to vitamin D deficiency to torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders. After spending many, MANY hours in…
 
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    Logorrhea

  • Technical Debt

    davidjhinson
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: If you’ve been a developer for any significant amount of time, you’ve run across the concept of “Technical Debt.” Technical Debt is nothing more than the eventual consequence of every design decision you’ve put into a codebase. At the end of the day, we all have to ship our projects; we all have to deliver a product. Technical debt represents the amount of work, at any given point in the project plan, to finish your project, and make it deliverable. If we’ve made poor refactoring practices part of our design process, if we have paid too…
  • Residential Liberal Arts Colleges: Something’s Gotta Give

    davidjhinson
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    davidjhinson:If real change is to occur in the small residential college educational model, significant structural change will have to occur. If your institution has a billion dollar endowment, odds are you’re perfectly happy with the status quo. For the vast majority of everyone else, “change or die” is not merely a hypothetical question. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: Plenty of people will gladly tell you that higher education is broken. That a college degree is unnecessary. And, that college is not preparing students for the job market, nor for life. Perhaps…
  • The Residential Liberal Arts Elephant in the Room

    davidjhinson
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    davidjhinson:The closing of Sweet Briar College – is it a harbinger of things to come, for other residential colleges? Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: This Spring, Administrative Officers across the country got to speak to their nervous boards and alumni, to allay fears that their schools wouldn’t be the next Sweet Briar College (which indicated it would be closing at the end of the Summer 2015 term, after precipitously deciding – over a single weekend – to shutter the 114 year old women’s college). What little is known of the decision to close Sweet Briar is…
  • Pitching? Start Here.

    davidjhinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    davidjhinson:It’s the little things that set the Pros apart from the wannabes. Preparation and Professionalism are the hallmarks of those that understand effective relationship management, and public relations. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: I work with PR people and reporters all the time. They are an essential part of messaging, for my own personal “brand”, and for communicating what I do on the job. In the past, I have worked with extremely talented PR folks. And, I have also worked with firms that barely qualify as professionals. Last year, I endured one of the worst…
  • Another Webinar? No Thanks.

    davidjhinson
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    davidjhinson:It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of Webinars (or infographics – different post, different day). Here are my nuggets of wisdom, for you fool hardy souls who insist this is something you must do. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: I’ve never been a huge fan of webinars. Probably, because most of them are colossal wastes of time. But – if you insist on producing your own webinar, the following tips could help the next person feel like they at least got something of value from your efforts: Prepare. This is my number one complaint about terrible…
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    Simple Marriage

  • Peaceful Simplicity

    Corey
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    Whatever the tasks, do them slowly with ease, in mindfulness, so not do any tasks with the goal of getting them over with. Resolve to each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. – Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master In our daily lives, we often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as we can each day, speeding along in our cars to our next destination, rushing to do what we need to do there, and then leaving so that we can speed to our next destination. Unfortunately, it’s often not until we get to our final destination that we realize what madness…
  • 5% More Happiness

    Corey
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Sometimes one question can dramatically improve your life and relationships. It usually boils down to what you focus on. Far too often we only see and ruminate on what’s missing or what’s wrong. This question comes at it from the other direction. The format is easy, simply complete this sentence. To bring 5% more happiness to my relationships… If you’d like to get even more from this exercise, journal on this as well, or discuss this with your spouse, family, and friends. (photo source) 5% More Happiness is written by Corey from: Simple Marriage ----------- A FEW…
  • Expectations

    Corey
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    Whatever you focus on, grows. So how much time and energy do you spend focused on your expectations? A good working definition of expectations is planned disappointments. And expectations are directly correlated with happiness, or more aptly, unhappiness. When what we expect to happen does not happen, we are disappointed and we suffer pain at some level. The greater the expectation, the greater the pain. Ironically, we are also likely to be unhappy even when our expectations ARE met! I shall explain. We are most grateful for the good things that come our way that we did not expect to happen.
  • Announcing the Sexy Marriage Radio Getaway

    Corey
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    If you’ve been around Simple Marriage for a while hopefully you already know about Sexy Marriage Radio. A weekly show that airs every Wednesday. Over the past three years I’ve been blown away at the positive emails and feedback we regularly receive about our show. I’m grateful that we are invited into your lives and marriage on a weekly basis. Now we are offering up something a little more in-depth, and off-line. The Sexy Marriage Radio Getaway! September 17-20, 2015, at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Marriott Solana – consider this your personal invitation to join Shannon and…
  • Enjoy The Strawberry

    Corey
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    The meaning of living fully in the present moment, neither retreating to the past nor anticipating the future, is wonderfully illustrated by a Zen parable about a monk being pursued by a ferocious tiger. The monk raced to the edge of a cliff, glanced back, and saw the growling tiger about to spring. The monk spotted a vine dangling over the edge of the cliff. He grabbed it and began shinnying down the side of the cliff out of the clutches of the tiger. Whew! Narrow escape. The monk then looked down and saw a quarry of jagged rocks five hundred feet below. He looked up and saw the tiger poised…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 14 Brilliant Uses for Mind Maps – Engage Your Whole Brain

    Marelisa
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Mind maps engage your whole brain and allow you to see the big picture. A mind map is a whole-brain method for generating and organizing ideas which is largely inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s approach to note-taking. The concept was brought into the mainstream by Tony Buzan and is based on patterns found in nature, [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 10 Ways to Be Happier At Home

    Marelisa
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Happiness begins at home. Here’s a great quote which I found on Gretchen Rubin’s blog, The Happiness Project: “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends.” – Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No.68 What makes a home? Here are some definitions: Home is [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • The One-Hour-A-Day Fast Track to Goal Achievement

    Marelisa
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    You can achieve all of your goals in just one-hour-a-day. John Updike—the American novelist, poet, short story writer, and literary critic—, when asked what advice he had for writers just starting out, had the following to say: “Reserve an hour a day”. Here’s Updike in his own words: “To the young writers, I would merely [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 10 Ways to Tame Your Monkey Mind and Stop Mental Chatter

    Marelisa
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Zen Buddhists refer to the constant chatter of the mind as monkey mind. The Buddha held that the human mind is filled with drunken monkeys flinging themselves from tree branches, jumping around, and chattering nonstop. He meant that our minds are in constant motion. Typical mind chatter sounds like the following: Your mind reading off [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • How to Be Well Read

    Marelisa
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Everyone who is serious about self-improvement wishes to be well read. A while ago I pondered the question of what it means to be well educated. Now I’ve asked myself the following: “What does it mean to be well read?” According to Google, 129,864,880 books have been published in modern history. Needless to say, that’s [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
 
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • Class Time

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    John and I had our first class on fostering and adopting a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a bit different than what I expected. As silly as it sounds, I kind of had the image of a small group of us all sitting around in a circle on comfy chairs, maybe on the floor cuddling over-sized pillows while drinking a flavored coffee. Typing this now, it seems I had imagined more of a Lamaze class.
  • The Next Big Step

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I have wanted to be a dad since I was in my mid-twenties. It was something I pretty much kept to myself as that was time when gay men weren’t fathers. It was something I wanted and knew I would never have. Like living on the Starship Enterprise or traveling through time. When I was married to Ulco, we talked about adopting someday and as happens, life gets in the way. I also liked being
  • Getting Shaved

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Just over a week ago, I had my head shaved. I had done it many times before, but this time, things felt very different. I shaved my head for the St. Baldricks Foundation, to raise money for childhood cancer research. I heard about the organization and the event just a couple of weeks before it would all take place. I knew I didn’t have much time and I also knew that I had to be involved. I
  • My So-Called Lifestyle

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    There has been quite a bit of talk about the gay agenda and the gay lifestyle lately and so, always being one to jump on a bandwagon, I decided to chime in. As I have a lot of friends who do not live a gay lifestyle, I am going to take a few minutes to describe mine, so they too can live one if they so choose. Since a lifestyle is a choice, I think it only fair that my straight friends have all
  • Freedom of Speech

    18 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    “With great power comes great responsibility” – Voltaire Like so many people, I have been watching the news, horrified at the events in Paris. I watched the news reports, read the articles and opinion pieces while wondering what kind of world we live in in which these types of things seem to happen with frightening regularity. After the initial shock wore off, I started thinking about it a
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    quoteflections

  • Sides of the mountain

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    To live for some future goal is shallow.  It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.  ~ Robert M. Pirsig- To what extent are you actively engaging with your daily life?
  • Who are you?

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We are what we believe we are.  ~ C. S. Lewis- What understanding do you have about yourself?
  • A little weakness

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's a hard life if you don't weaken.  ~ Stephen King- Where could you show some vulnerability?
  • Turn of the tide

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- In what area of your life could you restore hope?
  • Going forward

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We are asleep with compasses in our hands.  ~ W. S. Mervin- What helps you to chart your course?
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    Steve's Free

  • Welcome!

    Steve Woodruff
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    What is God’s disposition RIGHT NOW, to you who are reading this, whether you are a Christian or not? Oddly enough, we can find the answer by looking back 2,000 years or so ago. Welcome!  I confess that it is taking me many years to get this through my thick skull. Like Adam and Eve, my sense of uncleanness and distance from God make me want to go hide in the bushes. A messed-up man like me, welcome in God’s presence? Yes. When Christ died on the cross, a mighty symbol was demonstrated to the world, in the tearing apart of the veil in Jerusalem’s temple. As Charles Spurgeon…
  • Can You Make Jesus a Verb?

    Steve Woodruff
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:56 am
    I have to confess that, by nature, I am more of a transactional than touchy-feely-relational guy. Not uncommon for those of my gender (for a good laugh, see this video, which “nails” it ;>) What I often find, however, is that I end up with a transactional view of God. The gospel can become a series of transactions. Repent and believe, and you will be saved (transaction). Become a believer and you’ll get a ticket to heaven (transaction). Pray and God will answer (transaction). Now, in fact, the Bible is full of these statements, but we’re not meant to view God and…
  • Sonship, Theology, and God-in-my-Image

    Steve Woodruff
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    I’ve been spending time in recent mornings poring over the apostle Paul’s remarkable letter to the Galatians – specifically, meditating on the theme of sonship. The thread of the idea of sonship runs throughout the New Testament – maybe it’s not one of the most prominent themes by volume of word usage, but I can’t help concluding that it is, in fact, a dominant theme of the entire gospel. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to redeem and re-create fallen people, and make them God’s sons (and daughters). So why has this amazing truth been so hard for…
  • A Spring of Grace

    Steve Woodruff
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    I love springs. You’re going along, hiking in the woods, and all of a sudden you see water seeping – or flowing – out of the ground. It’s fascinating – how does that happen? In simplest terms, when a (perched) underground water table meets the surface of the ground (almost always there’s a slope involved – see image below), the water has no choice but to flow out. Spring water then flows downslope until it joins with a valley stream. When the water table is pure, springs are a wonderful place to drink – especially during a long walk. If…
  • Jesus = All

    Steve Woodruff
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    (a meditation on the book of Colossians, chapter 1:15-20) As we noted in the prior 2 verses, the salvation promised in the Christian gospel involves being transferred into a new kingdom – we are delivered out of the dominion of darkness, and brought into the grace-filled realm of God’s beloved Son, Jesus Christ. But is this Jesus really such a big deal? Aren’t there lots of prophets and religious leaders trotting out various schemes of religious “salvation”? Why Jesus and not, say, Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or my own efforts? Or why bother with any of this business…
 
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • (Video) Marco Rubio Appeals to Republicans in Ankeny

    Shane Vander Hart
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio spoke at a meet-and-greet in Ankeny, IA hosted by State Senator Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) on Saturday prior to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kickoff.  Rubio spoke to approximately 15o people who were packed into the living room, dining room and kitchen of the house.  You can watch the video here or below.
  • Live Blog: Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kickoff

    Shane Vander Hart
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Pre-event snapshot (Waukee, IA) Welcome to the live blog for the 2015 Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring kickoff at Point of Grace Church.  This is the 3rd large event leading up to the Iowa Caucus in February.  Many prospective candidates will be here: U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). The event kicks off…
  • Why I Am A Nationalist

    John Gustavsson
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    Photo credit: Florian Prischi (CC-By-2.0) I am a nationalist. More specifically, when people ask about my ideology I tell them I’m a national conservative – as the name implies, a combination of nationalism and conservatism. I’ve written several articles on immigration, on the failures of free movement in the EU, and on the threat of federalization. However recently it occurred to me that I’ve never written an article outlining exactly why I am a nationalist. That’s what I intend to do in this article. Hence, without further ado: This is why I am a nationalist. Because…
  • Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 4-25-15

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers talk to Matthew Lee Anderson, the founder and lead writer for MereOrthodoxy.com and author of Earthen Vessels, about gay weddings and the culture shift that has taken place with young evangelicals. Then the guys take advantage of the low-hanging fruit that Hillary Clinton provides and discussed some things she said about small businesses while in New Hampshire.  They also discuss the New York Times’ preview of a soon-to-be released book entitled Clinton Cash. Plus, Ted Cruz is hosted by two gay businessmen… minds being blown on all ideological…
  • Vetting Ted Cruz

    Cary Gordon
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Ted Cruz at the 2015 Iowa Freedom SummitPhoto credit: David Davidson – Prezography.com Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Caffeinated Thoughts, it’s editor or other contributors. I personally respect Senator Ted Cruz for many reasons, not the least of which was his firm and valiant refusal to surrender (along with most of the feckless U. S. Senate Republicans) on the great Constitutional usurpation of Obamacare. At this hour, Senator Cruz is one of only a few men in an ever-shrinking list of possibilities that I am…
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  • My Wheelchair is not Limiting – It is My Freedom

    Dominick
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I went into a wheelchair full time when I was 16 years old. I am 34 now, so I’ve been using a wheelchair for over half my life. I could have started using a wheelchair around the age of 12 or 13, when I started losing mobility, but fear kept my family and myself from taking the steps to get me the wheelchair I needed. I used a scooter, until I could no longer walk, and I needed more support for my back. Because it takes so long for wheelchairs to be ordered and processed, I was not able to get a wheelchair when I truly needed it, and had to use a wheelchair I got from the hospital. It…
  • TV Show Review: Wentworth – Seasons 1 & 2

    Dominick
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I have to be one of the biggest fans of the show Xena: Warrior Princess. I was coming of age when the show premiered. I cannot tell you how much this show changed my life. Coming into my own, as an LGBT teen, was rough in the 90s. I didn’t have a very supportive family, and I was in the closet to everyone else in my everyday life (minus my dear friend, Tiffany). What I did have was Xena. Stumbling across the show one Saturday, when it aired in syndication, on Fox (in my area), was one of the greatest discoveries of my life. Xena, Gabrielle, and their trusty and loyal group of friends made…
  • Film Review: Into the Woods is a Decadent Delight

    Dominick
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:28 pm
    There seems to be a resurgence in the movie musical genre, though seldom does it seem like any of these films are any good. In the heyday of the movie musical, there were films like The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, and Singin’ in the Rain. Gone are the days where the actors in a movie musical are expected to be as good at singing as they are acting. We see this a lot in recent films emerging, in the last few years. Just look at the hot mess that is Annie, with horrific singing all around (excluding Jamie Foxx – Quvenzhané Wallis, while cute, did not have the vocal chops to…
  • Her Name was Melonie – Another Trans WOC has Committed Suicide

    Dominick
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Another transgender woman of color has taken her own life. Melonie Rose was a beautiful 19-year-old trans woman from Laurel, Maryland. From the start, Melonie had a hard life, having been shuffled from foster home to foster home. She dealt with emotional problems, as a result. No doubt, the discrimination Melonie endured did not help the young woman, who attended a therapeutic, alternative high school, Pathways, where she graduated in 2014. I learned about Melonie from her close friend, Hunter. Like me, Hunter is a transman. He attended Pathways, with Melonie, and they graduated together,…
  • Comic Books Bring on the Crips

    Dominick
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:44 pm
    If you’ve read any of my work previously, you know that I’m a person with a disability. I’m also a major geek. While I’ve had a fondness for superheroes and comics in the visual media, it was not until I got into adulthood that I started to appreciate comic books, and the diversity that the comic book industry has taken on, in recent years. While many believe Marvel is leading the way, and DC is resistant to change, it’s hard to ignore comic book writers like Gail Simone (a DC writer), who has offered us more women, more LGBT people, and even some diversity of abilities (Vengeance…
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    Jordon Cooper's Weblog

  • A brief, misguided phase in city culture

    Jordon
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    How New York City is changing from a car driven city to one where the focus is the pedestrian Walking in New York is one of the great empowering privileges of living here — without money, gear or skill, a New Yorker can still get somewhere, autonomous and unencumbered. But along with that freedom comes inevitable risk. Longo was one of around 12,000 New York City pedestrians who were injured in traffic accidents in 2013, a statistic that has stayed fairly constant over the last five years. In 2014, the first year in which Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented Vision Zero, a plan to reduce…
  • What is the perfect size for a city?

    Jordon
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Well it’s bigger than Saskatoon is but it really comes down to how effective your regional governance system is. Municipal fragmentation has been criticised for decades. In Cities Without Suburbs, his influential 1993 book, former Albuquerque mayor David Rusk argued that Rust Belt cities in the US failed to succeed in part because they were unable to expand, and found themselves hemmed in by a jigsaw puzzle of independent suburbs. But with cities having become central to national governance in the 21st century, institutions like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development…
  • Calgary beats Vancouver

    Jordon
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    So Calgary beat Vancouver in six games.  I predicted they would and it’s always nice to be right.  I’ll leave this up to the Canucks fans to decide but I think this was a case of Vancouver lacking a killer instinct and grit rather than it was Calgary being a better team.  It happens sometimes in a series and this was one of them. This is what I liked about this Calgary team.  For me it starts with them not firing Bob Hartley.  Either your coach can or can’t coach and if you have one that can, you don’t fire him because he misses the playoffs with a bad roster.  Instead Calgary…
  • Minneapolis is dramatically increasing it’s bike lane network

    Jordon
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    This is an interesting read.  Minneapolis (another cold weather city) is drastically increasing it’s bike lane network to over 200 miles in the near future and over 403 as a long term plan. Minneapolis is a great city for bicycling. The bicycle network has been expanded significantly in recent years, and a lot of people are biking. However, not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street, even with a bike lane. There are some parts of the city where potential bicycling demand is high, but where low-stress bikeway facilities such as trails, bike boulevards, and…
  • Are Cities for People or Cars?

    Jordon
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    The American Conservative wrestles with question over how our cities should be designed The early results seemed to confirm our theories. Not only did the economy grow rapidly but prosperity was widely shared. Every time we built a highway, bridge, or interchange and every time we ran a pipe out to a cornfield on the edge of town, we saw positive results. What my fellow Minnesotan Thomas Friedman would later call “the American recipe for success” was established: government financing of infrastructure plus incentives for homeownership equals sustained growth and prosperity. The American…
 
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  • Algiers Photos Featured in L'Eclectique

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

    Andrew Farrand
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    A Portuguese Touareg: Jorge disguised in a chèche, the blue scarves favored in the Sahara.Last month's trip to Taghit, a striking Saharan oasis in western Algeria, was a highlight of my experience here so far. (If you haven't yet, read my write-up of the weekend: "Two Days in the Dunes: The Oasis of Taghit".)I passed a good portion of the trip snapping shots on my Rolleicord, assuring my travel companions that one day they would indeed get to see the resulting photos. After several weeks of waiting impatiently—and nobody more impatiently than me—that day has arrived. This weekend I was…
  • Where Are You From?

    Andrew Farrand
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    "Where are you from?" It's the first question asked of anyone, anywhere, who seems foreign there. Having often been the random white guy in an east African village or the random anglophone in a Middle Eastern souq, I have fielded the question thousands of times in my own travels, and asked it just as often. As central as it is to the pastime that I love—travel—it is a question with which I have a complicated relationship."Where are you from?" An innocent enough question, right? Sort of. I once read that, in a survey, New York City cab drivers listed it as far and away their least favorite…
  • The Casbah of Algiers: an Imperiled Heritage

    Andrew Farrand
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    The Casbah's homes, shops, and other structures, built over centuries with traditional methods and materials, require constant maintenance. Above, braces support a wall in the lower Casbah.Almost every first-time visitor to the Casbah, the walled historic quarter of Algiers, has the same reaction upon entering: "Wow, this place is amazing." And in almost every case, a second reaction follows right after: "But it sure is in bad shape."Those were my own reactions on my first visit, during one of my early trips to Algiers. Since moving here two years ago, I've found many more opportunities to…
  • Two Days in the Dunes: The Oasis of Taghit

    Andrew Farrand
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:32 am
    "Swim Taghit": No, we didn't actually swim with the tadpoles. But while waiting to develop my film in a few months, I've gotten creative with some of my camera phone shots. Any buyers?Just how huge is Algeria? Fly an hour north from the capital, Algiers, and you're scarfing jamón and sipping sangria in southern Spain. But fly two hours southwest to the desert outpost of Béchar and you're still in Algeria, not yet even halfway to the country's most southern reaches. Living in the comfortable Mediterranean bubble of Algiers, it's easy to forget that there's a whole country out there to…
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  • True Story: I Earn Significantly More Than My Husband

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/challenging/amazing things. This is the story of Shannon and her insight as the breadwinner with a stay-at-home dad/husband and how they make it work.Tell us a bit about yourself!I'm Shannon. I currently live in the suburbs of Washington D.C., but I'm originally from upstate New York, as is my husband. Professionally, I work in science and environmental communication for the federal government. When I'm not at my paid job, I spend time with my toddler and husband, bike, write,…
  • Web Time Wasters

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Summer in Minnesota Time-Lapse from Chad Halvorson on Vimeo.How was your week guys? I'm mostly buried under a pile of moving boxes and work, but I found time for pizza and beer with friends and Saturday night bowling.Links! We've got plenty of space in next month's Network of Nice! If you need a (non-Google-able, non-promotional) hookup, send me 100-ish words! If you could provide a hookup, send me 100ish words! I'm sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org.What do 480 days of paternity leave look like? Heartwarming.Last month, we started a Facebook thread about the cheap, life changing products we're…
  • My mom doesn't want a scented candle (and I bet yours doesn't either)

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post is brought to you by interesting, thoughtful gifts, pampered moms, the letter U, and Uncommon Goods. My mom rides her bike everywhere in the summer and insists we use cloth napkins at every meal.My mom's not really one for scented candles. I mean, she'll make all the socially appropriate, appreciative sounds if you give her one, but I'm not sure she's down-to-her-bones thrilled about it.And I don't think she's particularly interested in mass-produced, available-at-CVS gifts either. (I remember she has strong feelings about chocolate-covered cherries, but for the life of me, I…
  • How To Write 2,732 Blog Posts Without Losing Your Damn Mind

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    As I type this, there are 2,732 posts in my archive. Two thousand seven hundred thirty two! Since the summer of 2008 I’ve been posting between five and seven times a week. I posted while I was working full time, I posted while I was working full time and tutoring on the side, I posted while I was backpacking around India, Asia, and the Antipodes for 10 months.You don't need to post that frequently. Like, at all. With that being said, I know that many people struggle to post regularly or to develop an editorial calendar that works for them. If you’ve been blogging for a long time and…
  • Kitchen Globetrotter: East Timor // Batar Daan

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many internationally flavored recipes that make up our Kitchen Globetrotter series. But this recipe comes from our new contributor, Heidi Larson of Foodie Crush fame. You're going to want to check out her amazing recipes on her blog or follow along on Twitter or Instagram. I fancy myself to be somewhat knowledgeable about world geography and international cuisine. I’m not an expert by any means, but I can at least hold my own at cocktail parties with a glass of something bubbly in my hand while in conversations about ethnic eats, and foods that sound best said with an…
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    Celebrate Love

  • 30th Anniversary Having Holding Love Poker Chips

    Renee Michaels
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    30th Anniversary Having Holding Love Poker Chips Celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary with elegant Having & Holding poker chips with whimsical red hearts. Personalize with your names. You can change the name type style, size and color to your... Read more...
  • 30th Anniversary Having Holding Love Dry Erase Boards

    Renee Michaels
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    30th Anniversary Having Holding Love Dry Erase Boards Celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary all year around with an elegant Having & Holding dry erase board. Perfect for love notes! Personalize with your names. You can change the name type... Read more...
  • 30th Anniversary Having Holding Love Plates

    Renee Michaels
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    30th Anniversary Having Holding Love Plates Serve up your love and celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary all year long with an elegant Having & Holding melamine plate. Perfect to serve appetizers or desserts for those special romantic dinners.... Read more...
  • 20th Anniversary Having Holding Love Cutting Board

    Renee Michaels
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    20th Anniversary Having Holding Love Cutting Board Celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary with an elegant Having & Holding glass cutting board personalized with your names. You can change the name type style, size and color to your preference.... Read more...
  • 20th Anniversary Having Holding Love Jewelry Boxes

    Renee Michaels
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    20th Anniversary Having Holding Love Jewelry Boxes Celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary with an elegant Having & Holding keepsake / jewelry box to proclaim your love! Personalize with your names. Change the name type style, size and color to... Read more...
 
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  • Life Itself (2014)

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    A deeply enthralling documentary on Roger Ebert that's essential watching for every Ebert fan!Having finally been able to watch this  universally acclaimed and documentary Life Itself created by master craftsman Steve James (Stevie/Hoop Dreams), I now seem to have developed a new renewed appreciation for the Pulitzer prize winning film critic & commentator Roger Ebert, one of the very best film critics the world has ever seen. Throughout most of his life (and his former colleague Gene Siskel's life, as well)…
  • The Homesman (2014)

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes finds this western mildly comic but still quite entertaining! A Palme d'Or nominee in the main competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Tommy Lee Jones' newest film,The Homesman, is an interesting western themed mix (set in the 1850s) of a love story, action and dark comedy with a heartbreaking twist three quarters of the way into it. One I did not see coming and it threw me for a loop. The film stars Hillary Swank as Mary Lee Cudy, a single lady who is desperate for a husband and as the film opens she is conversing with a farmhand whom she wants to marry. He…
  • Onegin (1999)

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    An opulent tragic romantic drama with splendid visuals and costumes!   Onegin is a Fiennes family affair. It was the directorial debut of Martha Fiennes, stars her brother Ralph Fiennes, and is scored by her other brother Magnus Fiennes. The famous epic narrative poem "Evgeny Onegin" by Alexander Pushkin provides the basis for this British-American 19th century period piece. It may be considered a risky exercise for a non-Russian to adapt a famous Russian work; however, Martha Fiennes doesn’t seem to do a bad job in bringing the period to…
  • Black Hawk Down (2001)

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Watch it for the Combat Scenes, Ignore the actual history!I went to a war last night, and for two and a half hours had my adrenaline pumped and my patriotic heart strings tugged by US soldiers in battle, bravely tracking down and trying to capture the enemy. No it wasn't Osama (he is dead, you see), because the movie which felt like it might have taken place in the rubble of Kabul or Baghdad was actually a replay of the battlefield disaster of Mogadishu in l993. The film is Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, an account of elite Ranger and Delta force soldiers…
  • Horror Flashback - The Fun Side of Fear

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Reminiscing Comic Horror Cinema, from the Laughable to the Humorous When I was a youngster, and by this I mean much younger than today, for I am by no means entirely beyond the folly of youth, that is idealism -- I overheard someone, probably even a someone I knew well and respected, comment about how fun it is to go to a scary movie. Well, needless to say, that seemed a bit odd, even perverse. But as hope I have made perfectly clear in my opening sentence, I was quite young. Probably still an infant. Probably. Hardly matters these days, for I've heard the expression far…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • “Dream Trip” Course Starts Tomorrow: Join Us Live Online at 9am Pacific!

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Hey everyone, just a quick reminder: tomorrow morning we kick off our new “Make Your Dream Trip a Reality” course on Creative Live. You can watch for free starting at 9am Pacific time. Link: RSVP (It’s Free) and Join In Here Yesterday we went to the studio for a production meeting with the whole team. This is a big undertaking, and a bunch of people have been working on it for weeks (okay, months). Oh, and we even got a sneak-peek of our awesome set featuring a “travel hacking hot seat” with First Class seats borrowed from the Seattle Museum of Flight. Seriously, isn’t this pretty…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLII

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. 10 Travel Hacks The Tourism Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know — Featuring comments from me and several other experts Be a More Productive Writer While Also Achieving Balance — Lots of contrarian advice here. I still like my to-do lists, but I appreciate this perspective Traveling to Cuba? Book one of the 1,000 listings available on Airbnb — While you’re waiting for the Park Hyatt Havana to open, here are some alternatives How to Be Funnier — A new…
  • Writing a Three-Line Poem Every Day for a Year: Yvonne Whitelaw’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself As I wrote in The Happiness of Pursuit, a quest need not be an athletic struggle or travel adventure. I loved this story of how this former medical resident wrote a haiku every day for a year. Introduce yourself. I’m Yvonne Whitelaw. I was born in Britain, but raised in Nigeria and the United States. I’m a stay at home mom and former physician. I decided to tweet a haiku a day for 365 days, even though I barely knew what a haiku was and had never actually written one. Interestingly, the practice of daily haiku writing has…
  • “Most Ambitions Belong to the Past”: Reflections on A Neurosurgeon’s Final Year of Life

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    I recently stumbled upon an essay from Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who died earlier this year at the age of 37. I read the whole thing several times and was struck by several passages, including this one: “Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a…
  • “Happiness Depends on You”: On the Road with Scott Bold and Michelle Eshleman

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Dreams can change, as was the case of Scott Bold’s childhood dream. The younger Scott wanted a good job and decent salary, but his adult self wanted something else. So along with his girlfriend Michelle Eshleman, they set out on a different course. Introduce yourselves. I’m Scott, and my girlfriend is Michelle. We were both working successful but stressful jobs (engineering for me, counseling for her) in Washington, DC. I had worked my whole life to have a job I liked, and was disappointed to instead feel like I was…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Buy a pen now, to help others

    Paul
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    I love Schneider pens — the very best in the world. They’re made in Germany. Stride is the company that distributes Schneider pens in the USA. Stride employs people with intellectual and physical challenges – allowing these individuals to learn and grow in a working environment that is full of love and acceptance. You can read the stories of Peter, Victor and Vaden to see what a difference Stride has made in each of their lives. Stride distributes pens and doesn’t sell them directly to consumers. But you can buy them at Office Depot or Office Max. Until May 9th, Schneider pens are…
  • Pickups, Cuba and freedom

    Paul
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    As I was driving a big pickup, I reflected on freedom. In America, we have the freedom to buy as large a vehicle as our budgets (or willingness to take on credit) will allow. Very few people in Europe drive large vehicles, due to fuel costs, the narrowness of roads and the difficulty of parking something so long. But it goes deeper than that. Many Europeans would consider owning such a vehicle wasteful. Fuel costs are high in Europe because governments (elected by people, in most cases) have added substantial taxes to push people to smaller vehicles. It works. Wired recently had an…
  • Thoughtless

    Paul
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    A few weeks back, my car was in the shop for some body work. (An unfortunate accident had occurred that meant some repairs were due.) I took advantage of my insurance company’s connection with Enterprise Rentals to get a quirky car to drive during the repairs — the Fiat 500L. Overall, I enjoyed the car’s quirkiness. (It had a few quality issues, but that’s another story.) The manual was completely worthless — a CD. When inserted into the car’s CD drive, it would not do anything except display an error message. The only way to view the contents was to bring it home and put it…
  • Creativity vs. Practicality

    Paul
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    Fort Collins is full of creative people. I’d bet that your town is too. My son Jay took this photo on one of the residential side streets of Fort Collins. I’m guessing that the owner of this Toyota uses his (or her) cabin-camper as daily transportation. Obviously, it’s not as practical as a boring sedan for daily use. But it has a huge amount of character. The artist who made this dwelling/vehicle chose to favor creativity instead of practicality. That’s what art is all about. The beautiful painting that graces your wall is not practical. But it is, in a way — beauty feeds the…
  • Apple Watch and intended sales

    Paul
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    I wonder how many people will walk into an Apple Store after April 24th and then find out that they need an iPhone for their desired new timepiece to function. Yes, Apple will be selling a fair number of iPhones to Android people who must have the latest toy. This is very clever on their part. Apple’s share of the smartphone market has been slipping a little over the last few years. This strategy will maybe change that trend. It’s the only product I know that has the same internal mechanism but varies in price from $349 to $17,000 — depending on the shell. (My UK friends who are so…
 
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    Mental Floss

  • 8 Extinct Animals That Really Weren't

    Stacy Conradt
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Mickey Samuni-Blank, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0 Most of the time, when a species has been declared extinct, it's truly gone. Occasionally, however, a species that has been declared kaput, sometimes for hundreds of years, can appear in the most unexpected places. These creatures are known as “Lazarus species” since they seem to have made a miraculous return from the dead, much like the biblical story of Jesus resurrecting Lazarus. Here are some of the species we’ve declared gone a little too soon. 1. Hula Painted Frog (Latonia nigriventer) Believed to have died out 60 years ago,…
  • 9 Shocking Video Game Twists

    Chris Higgins
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The cake wasn't a lie; not every Jedi is good; and many more.
  • The Missing Links: Stephen Hawking's Advice to One Direction Fans

    Colin Patrick
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Intriguing Headline of the Day: Stephen Hawking Perfectly Answers A Question About Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction. This article examines whether snakes can really come up toilet pipes—and the answer determines whether or not my worst nightmares can come true. Welcome to … a place with a really unusual welcome sign. Check out these photos from a James Bond audition back in the '60s. How does a gardener make his or her way out of elaborate hedge labyrinths? This car was designed by college students and gets more than 3000mpg—plus, it looks crazy. Do you have a 2 year old child? It’s…
  • Second Ever Pocket Shark Specimen Found

    Hannah Keyser
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Michael Doosey, Tulane University via Science Daily In 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration caught and froze a collection of fish off the coast of Louisiana to study the feeding habits of sperm whales. Over the past five years, researchers have been sorting through the specimens and recently found what is essentially a diamond in the frozen fish rough: A five and a half inch long juvenile pocket shark, young enough to still have an unhealed umbilical scar. "Discovering him has us thinking about where mom and dad may be, and how they got to the Gulf," said Mark Grace of…
  • 11 Short Facts About Corgis

    Rebecca OConnell
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    You already know they’re cute, compact, and smart. But there’s a lot more to these beloved little dogs.
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  • How to Master Your Medical Billing Procedure for Maximized Revenue

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    The main purpose of a medical billing process is to ensure that all the parties, patients, doctors and the insurance company get paid and properly credited. The medical billing process basically ensures that the doctors are paid either by the patients or the insurance companies.  Therefore, these parties should carry out their responsibilities in order for the medical practitioners to be paid and credited for their services. Poor medical billing process can cause the collapse of a medical institution. This is why you should put in place a billing process that is conducive and one that heed…
  • Industry-Leading Lawn Mower Manufacturers for 2015

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The purchase of a good quality lawn mower is an important long-term investment for both homeowners and landscapers alike. One must be aware of several factors, including the price of each of the lawn mowers, and the type of lawn mowers needed for the job. Someone with a smaller yard, for example, may choose a push mower, unless he or she is unable to use one. In that case, there are a large variety of riding lawn mowers available for smaller lawns. Those consumers with bigger lawns might opt for larger riding lawn mowers. But which brands are the best? In this article, we will compare some of…
  • Load Scanner Lightens the Cost of Payload Management

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    7 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The latest volumetric load scanner technology has spawned a whole new dimension to the process of payload management. This load scanner technology is one of the best and most practical solutions for those who need to calculate the volume and/or weight of large loads (often haul truck loads, rail car loads, or conveyor belt loads.) Volumetric load scanning technology allows users to determine the optimal and accurate load volumes by quickly generating 3D volume images of the vehicle bed. This load scanning system uses latest laser scanning technology and can be put to use in variety of…
  • Business Financial Strategies to Increase Cash Flow

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Whether you operate your own professional practice or help run an enterprise-level organization, finances are never easy to dial-in. So in this post, we share some business financial strategies to help increase cash flow and maximize revenue. Let’s jump right in. Invest in Capital Equipment Wisely Equipment are the things a business uses during the course of business, such as a computer to manage inventory and cash flow, or the ball point pens used by the secretary to write phone messages. This equipment adds up quickly and it can destroy a cash flow with ease. Capital equipment should…
  • Summer Fashion Trends for Women in 2015

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    20 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The warm Summer season will be here soon, which means there are fashionable trends out there waiting for you to give them a try. There are lots of chic options for 2015 that are perfect for helping you feel casual, glamorous and even a little professional. Here are some summer fashion trends for women in 2015 that you’ll want to try. Shirt Dresses Dresses that resemble a button-down shirt are completely on-trend for this summer. The dresses can be short and flirty or stop at your ankles. Shirt dresses that have slits in the front or on the side are a fun way to show off your toned legs.
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  • A Woman in Pink from Karnataka.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Woman in Pink- Click here to see it in my Etsy Shop. Pink and I have an interesting history together. I hated pink when I was younger, because it represented a kind of femininity that I didn’t want. My grandmother used to sew my sister and I matching dresses. Mine was always pink, while my sister’s was always blue (though once there was a wild peach and green diversion from the norm). Pink was fluff and curls. Pink was not trekking through the ravine in search of rusting old cars. Until India. India changed my mind about the glorious color that is pink. From bougainvillea to every…
  • The River

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The River, 5"x7" oil on canvas board- Click here to see it in my Etsy Shop I was on a Nepali river once, with my family and some friends, in a dugout canoe that was so low to the water, we were alarmed by the crocodiles we saw in the water, level with our elbows. The guides were not alarmed. The guide at the back of the boat dipped an oar into the water and smiled. When he pulled the oar out, tiny silver droplets flew across the water.I sat back and opened my eyes as wide as they would go, as kingfishers and monkeys played around us and the day broke my heart with its beauty. At the time, my…
  • This and that.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The weather has done that strange thing it does here, where one day we are still cold, and the next dragging ourselves around in the very hot heat. It's reaching the forties, and we occasionally take refuge at the pool. The pool we love has little bamboo salas (the huts in the photo), perfect for sitting, eating watermelon, and watching the river. Chinua work on yo-yo tricks and we take turns in the cold pool and the hot spring pool.  Sometimes at the same pool, the elephants from the nearby elephant camp come down for a bit of grazing. The elephants come down for a bit of…
  • Dear Kenya,

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    We went out for dessert on your birthday, at a restaurant where your dad was playing music. The two of us sat in the resplendent wing-backed chairs (perhaps the only two wing-backed chairs in this part of Thailand) and chatted while we listened to Chinua play. You broke into applause after every song, causing the other diners to also stop what they were doing and applaud. At the end of the evening your dad playing "Isn't She Lovely," by Stevie Wonder, dedicating it to you. You sighed and wiggled and grinned. "He always plays this when I come here," you said, perfecting content in a…
  • The Smallest Bird

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The smallest bird- 5" x 7" oil on canvas - click to see it on etsy The sound of birds wakes me in the morning. Their songs and calls are what pull me out of bed. I lie there for a while, listening, and then think, "You are making something so beautiful; I should join you." And I do. Or I try, anyway. They are effortless in beauty.Living with an anxiety disorder is hard, sometimes harder than others. I've been climbing back out of a long, dark pit. I'm very nearly out, but in the moments when I'm still on the bottom, gazing wistfully at the top, my head loops along strange pathways. One of…
 
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  • Writing Update

    Mike Duran
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Things have been busy on the writing front. Glynn Young reviewed my short story anthology Subterranea at his Faith, Fiction, Friends blog saying, “What Duran plumbs here is the ‘subterranea’ of the human mind and heart. ” Reviews are slowly coming in for The Ghost Box. Austin Gunderson wrote a nice piece over at the Speculative Faith website. From The Ghost Box and the Spirit Sea: The Ghost Box is a paranormal thriller in the vein of That Hideous Strength and The Apocalypse Door. Like those novels, it starts out small — a rumor here, an industrial accident there —…
  • The Dangers of Micromanaging Your Teenager

    Mike Duran
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Perhaps the hardest thing about raising children is letting them go. I don’t mean this to sound ominous or indifferent. Regarding marriage, Scripture says in several places that “a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Eph. 5:31). This idea of an individual “leaving” the shelter of Mom and Dad is what I’m talking about. In this case, it concerns leaving in order to establish a new bond, a new life. But in reality, growing up is a series of “leavings” (on the child’s end) and…
  • Just Because My Characters Cuss Doesn’t Mean I Do

    Mike Duran
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael Hyatt, recently wrote a popular article that made the social media rounds. In How Much Business is Your Profanity Costing You, Hyatt argues that though profanity has become trendy in some circles, it can ultimately cost content providers a wider audience. A majority of people swear from time to time, but it’s recently become far more prevalent in public. Why? One of the main reasons in the business world is creating an edge. “Uttering a taboo word in public is a great hierarchy-buster,” says Lee Siegel. “It also gives you an…
  • How “Christian” Is Amish Fiction?

    Mike Duran
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Theology is a defining characteristic of much Christian fiction. Which is why the proliferation of Amish fiction has always puzzled me. In The Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels, Valerie Weaver-Zercher notes that “The triumvirate of top Amish romance novelists–Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Cindy Woodsmall–have sold a combined total of 24 million books. At least seven of Lewis’s Amish novels have sold more than 500,000 copies each, and one of those, The Shunning, has sold more than 1 million copies. Brunstetter’s fifty books, almost…
  • The Grotesque and Horrific in Religious Art

    Mike Duran
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Many Christians object to the horror genre on religious grounds. Horror is incompatible with faith, hope, and love, they say. Why focus on hell, the devilish, and the unredeemed when the Bible tells us to think about the good, true, pure, and noble (Phil. 4:8)? In his essay An Apologetic of Horror , novelist and screenwriter Brian Godawa quotes from former Vision Forum president Doug Phillips, “Horror is an example of a genre which was conceived in rebellion. It is based on a fascination with ungodly fear. It should not be imitated, propagated, or encouraged. It cannot be redeemed because…
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  • i am grateful

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    New Answer - I am by name Keyser Marie from United states, i want to use this opportunity to thank the Great DR ADODO for helping in getting my Ex husband back to me, i have been in great pains until the day i contacted DR ADODO he cast a love spell for me and told me to wait for just 12 hours that my Ex husband will call me and i did according to the instructions given to me by him and surprisingly, in 12 hours, my Ex husband really called me and started apologizing for all he had caused me. I am the happiest Woman on earth today because DR ADODO has done a wonderful deeds in my life and i…
  • the powerful spell caster that helped me get my ex lover

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:43 pm
    New Answer - I want to share a testimony on how a spell caster helped me in getting my EX lover back, I was married to him in 2005, ever since then I was living happily with him, but everything changed when I was unable bare him a child, so last year January I was sent out packing from his home, I went out from his house, I was in great pain, I looked worried, I loved him so much, I told my friend about whats going on, she introduced me to the great spell caster , she gave me his email, I emailed him, he asked me to buy some items faithfully I did all he asked of me. He told me not to bother,…
  • The Great Spell Caster That Help Me Bring Back My Ex Lover

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    New Answer - I never know that spell caster is real, I thought they are fake until I met with professor adam ajayi. my name is Jessica i want to testify about a great spell caster that help me cast a spell that bring my ex boyfriend back to me without any delay. I broke up with my ex with just little misunderstanding hoping we will get back shortly,but things was growing worse until i contacted Professor adam who help me with his historical powers to bring him back, without charging me any money for his work, i have never believed in a spell caster until i come across Professor adam it will…
  • GREAT ODIN IS THE BEST SPELL CASTER

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    New Answer - My Name is BULLY JANE, From USA I wish to share my testimonies with the World about what Dr Keke has just done for me ,This great man brought my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell within 24 hours. I was married to my husband JACK BULLY, we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email (greatkekespelltemple@gmail.com) then you won’t…
  • DR KEKE ODIN IS THE BEST SPELL CASTER

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    New Answer - My Name is BULLY JANE, From USA I wish to share my testimonies with the World about what Dr Keke has just done for me ,This great man brought my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell within 24 hours. I was married to my husband JACK BULLY, we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email (greatkekespelltemple@gmail.com) then you won’t…
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  • Marketing Ourselves

    Nathan Thompson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Marketing of the self. Aren’t we taught to do that pretty early on in life? You gotta stand out or you’ll be forgotten, right? You better promote or you will never be successful, right? I believe there is a double bind around all of this in modern societies. The human tendency to self cherish is the main dish of our existence. Humans have been eating it up, probably since the beginning of our species. In addition to the main dish is a set of side dishes called consumerism, capitalism, and commodification. Ever seductive, they add endless flavors and textures onto the main dish. I…
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam: Two Days And A Night

    Jan Wall
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My visit to Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam was one of those few visits where reality lived up to my expectations. All the pictures and stories from the travel promotions were dead accurate. UNESCO named Halong Bay a World Heritage Site – not once, but twice. I booked a trip to Halong Bay while I was in Hanoi and paid $79 US for the trip. I realized later I could have booked essentially the same trip for $49 US – I moved too quickly when I saw a ‘promo’ that was no promo at all! The whole trip went like clockwork (at least by Vietnamese clocks). The bus picked me…
  • All Hope Is Not Lost…!

    Guest Author
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Tears rolled down his innocent face as he tried explaining himself to the people around him. He worked in a nearby garage where his master had given him a 100 rupee note to get some stuff for the shop but out of ill fortune, he dropped that 100 rupee note somewhere and now it was nowhere to be found. So, now he was going to lose his job only after his master was done beating him for the loss. It was a hot summer day. I was at the bus stop, cursing everything and everyone around me as I waited impatiently for the bus which was late as usual, “oh God, nothing’s going to change, things are…
  • Tarmac Meditations #156: Where the White Wind Blows

    Michael Lebowitz
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Where the wind blows I came across this piece of writing on Facebook. I copied it because it resonated with me. Foolishly, I clicked away after that and could not find it again to give proper credit to the writer. My apologies. It struck me as a familiar and well written thought about living with age and infirmity. My own journey has become a crooked highway littered with seemingly small diagnoses that over time began to coalesce into some pretty big deals for me to confront. Strokes, three in number in six months, atrial fibrillation and its consequent care, during which I sustained a…
  • New Frontiers – Getting Behaviour in Dog Training Part 2

    Eric Brad
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    World famous animal trainer Bob Bailey has said that an animal can be trained to do anything of which they are physically capable.  It’s a bold claim but one made by a man who has trained thousands of individual animals in hundreds of different species.  I’m inclined to believe Mr. Bailey is absolutely correct based on the incredible variety of “tricks” I have seen dogs trained to perform.  It seems that the limitations most trainers run into have more to do with their abilities to get their dogs to do the desired behaviour in order to train it properly.   As I…
 
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  • Hypocrisy, Sexism, Racism…Kanye, Did I Miss Anything?

    Alee
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Amber Rose, Kanye West If you keep up with celebrity news, to any extent, by now you’ve heard of the back and forth interview-Twitter wars between socialite Amber Rose, her former boyfriend and my former favorite rapper Kanye West, and the Kardashian family. Tensions have always run high between Amber Rose and the Kardashians as Amber’s relationship with Kanye West ended in part due to Kanye’s involvement with the eldest sibling, Kim Kardashian. Most recently the situation came to a boiling point when, in a mid-February interview with NY radio station Power 105.1’s…
  • Dog Frustration

    Alee
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Cute, but frustrating   Since I last updated over a year ago, several things have changed. One major change is that I now have a dog, technically a 9 month old puppy. She is a Golden Retriever and one of the most lovable dogs in the world. Except to me. I think I hate my puppy. I know, I know: how can you hate a harmless, cute little puppy who loves you unconditionally? Let me explain. My puppy and I, let’s call her Mandy, have a tense relationship, which started from the day I got her in late July of 2014. She was the most adorable thing in the world and I was so excited to have…
  • A Lofty Existence Returns

    Alee
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    You knew I couldn’t stay away: beginning next week, A Lofty Existence will be regularly updated at least twice a month. I can’t believe over a year has passed. So much has changed, both personally and in the intricate web that is the Internet. I’ve always meant to get back to blogging, but never had the time. However, a few things have pushed me out into the blogosphere, again. Events that have compelled me to add my voice into the sea of many, events that I will address in future posts. So, if anyone is still out there, I’m back! But even if no one…
  • A Lofty Existence Closing…For Now

    Alee
    12 Jan 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have come to a decision: as much as I would like to, I will no longer be adding new posts to this blog on a regular basis. In other words, A Lofty Existence is closed. However, not completely. I will likely be adding new posts on an infrequent basis, so if you are a new reader or an old one and really enjoy the blog, you may want to keep your subscription or subscribe if you have not. The blog will stay up, complete with all posts and comments, and I will be approving new comments. After three years of blogging on a regular basis, this was not an easy decision. I learned a lot in that time,…
  • Nope, Not Buying It Lululemon

    Alee
    4 Dec 2013 | 8:45 am
    Okay, okay, Lululemon — you win! I will never even think of buying one piece of your overpriced clothing. Athletic apparel brand Lululemon has, once again, turned off their consumer base by making insensitive, belittling comments about women’s bodies. Not too long ago the brand was forced to recall some of its yoga pants after customers complained that the pants became see-through when worn. In response, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson blamed women for the recall, claiming that “Quite frankly, some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” with the pants; it’s because…
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  • Random dreams, beautiful blooms & entwining them into daily life

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

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

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

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Today I am thankful for… New Years/new beginnings, snow, good food, my comfy bed, my past adventures, the sun, my cats, reading, meditation, etc. These are a few of the entries from my gratitude journal that I started at the beginning of this year (funky drawings included!). I’ve been wanting to start a gratitude journal for years and I have, but stopped, and started again, but stopped again. Until this year. I decided that since I spend quite a lot of my time on my iPad, especially in the evenings, that maybe it’d be easier, and I’d be more likely to keep a gratitude…
  • Snowfalls lead to magical forests and beautiful walks

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    For the last week, I’ve been blessed with a winter wonderland and what seemed like non-stop snow falls for days! Now if you don’t know this already, let me tell you… I looooove snow! It makes me feel like a little kid from the moment I see my first snowflake in the very first snow fall. When I was younger, I’d open my window and just watch the snow fall until my fingertips got too cold to keep the window open. I’d make full use of snow days by building snowmen and igloos, admiring snowflakes’ intricate designs and I’d even pretend I was a wolf in the…
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  • The Dazzling World of High Tech Hula Hooping

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

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

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    When most people see Jillian Scott’s horses they do a double-take. Is that really a zebra in North Lanarkshire, Scotland? Nope, it’s part of Scott’s art — but the canvas she uses isn’t paper or linen; it’s the bodies of horses. From shaving giraffes to dragons to Batman, this is the realm of creative clipping. And some of the designs are crazy. For customers Scott has shaved everything from a skeleton to the Minion from Despicable Me on a horse’s rear — a type of clip called a “bum patch” that’s increasingly popular wIth people who don’t want to commit to a…
  • The Eat Like Sh*t Foodie Trend

    admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Red Velvet Corn Dogs . Loaded Chili Cheese Carrot F**k Fries. Ice Cream Cookie Tacos. Poutine Sushi. Whiskey Pickled Eggs. Yes, this is actually food. These odd concoctions are the work of Kyle Marcoux, 28, who runs the Vulgar Chef blog. He operates on shock value, and his recipes are stuffed with profanities. Seriously. The instructions for his mac ’n’ cheese say: “Start tossing in cheese and spices and cook the tits off. Cook on low/med until that shit is creamy as fuck.”  He’s crude, but strangely appealing at the same time, an antidote to the ultra sanitized,…
  • Explaining Ebola for Children

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

    Annette White
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    As we were driving up to Stejarii Country Club in Bucharest, I sat up a little straighter and properly crossed my legs, practicing my sophistication prior to arrival as I had never been to a country club before. Aren't they meant for classy women who sip fruity flavored iced tea, wear designer tennis outfits and reek of poise and refinement? The post Spend the Day at a Country Club. Bucharest, Romania. appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • 18 Bucket List Things To Do in Santorini

    Annette White
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The Greek island of Santorini (Thira) is in the southern Aegean Sea and actually consists of a group of islands. Though the complex is still an active volcano, it is most commonly known for it's brilliant blue roofs, but there are so many more things to do in Santorini than marvel at the blue roofs. The post 18 Bucket List Things To Do in Santorini appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Visit the UNESCO Kinderdijk Windmills in Netherlands

    Annette White
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Stepping off the Viking River Cruise boat, a chill went down my spine. It was cold and drizzly outside, basically what you would expect for a December Christmas market cruise along the European Rhine. The difference with today was that we would be trading in the festive holiday markets for windmills. Lots of them. Our boat […] The post Visit the UNESCO Kinderdijk Windmills in Netherlands appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Six Amazing Bucket List Ways to Experience the Open Water

    Guest Author
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    There are countless ways to enjoy the open water all year round. Whether you’re after a relaxing day out in the sun or a thrilling winter adventure, keep your eyes peeled for exciting opportunities. Here are six adventurous ways to experience the joys of Earth’s waters. 1. Wakeboarding in the Med This extremely trendy sport was […] The post Six Amazing Bucket List Ways to Experience the Open Water appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Volunteer Abroad for a Month. Go Experteering Overseas.

    Guest Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Make a real difference, live for free, and experience local culture in a remarkable way by giving your greatest assets: your time, brain, and heart. Here is the story of Deana who did just that. She’s a UX designer who volunteered her skills – “Experteered” – on her vacation to support Maya Traditions, a social […] The post Volunteer Abroad for a Month. Go Experteering Overseas. appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
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  • 12 Most Strategic Reasons to Brand First, Produce Visual Content Later

    Paul Biedermann
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Paul Biedermann   Today’s media landscape is full of noise — bits and beeps — everything vying for attention. Time is short and we’re all rushed and distracted. Enter: the shift to the visual. Nothing communicates more powerfully. Visuals get our attention — we are visually wired, it’s in our DNA. What’s more, well-designed […]
  • 12 Most Powerful Tips for Visual Dominance

    Ashley Faulkes
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Ashley Faulkes As the internet and technology take on bigger roles in our lives, what people love to read, watch, share and promote changes. People have far less time and are expecting, or should we say demanding, more visual ways of digesting information and sharing it online, mostly in the form of social media. Images […]
  • 12 Most Obvious Signs You Are Watching Too Much Toddler Television

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

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

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

  • Taking a break

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Hi Internet,I'm taking a break from blogging to work on some other projects (big news hopefully coming soon) but in the meantime, feel free to read some of my most popular posts below and feel free to share in the comments any similar ridiculous stories you might have. See you soon!Event Planning for the PresidentThat One Time I Tried CrossFitFamily Fun DayDC Dating Part Three: "Breakfast Date"Wild. Wonderful.I Hope You Fail (The post wherein I quote Ashton Kutcher)Because I hadn't done it beforeSticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Thoughts Tear ACLs….If You Want To Go Far......And…
  • Give One Picture That Describes Your Story...

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    I attended a team offsite event for work this week and to help us all get to know each other better, we were asked to bring in one photo that describes our "story." I ended up bringing in this:Big Wheel bike Because around the time I was 3 or 4 years old, I made my parents amused and proud when I was riding my Big Wheel down the street in my original home state of Washington and I chose to turn around in the driveway in front of a retirement home. Well, one elderly woman was sitting outside and did not like that I was doing that so she kept trying to make me stop. But I didn't stop,…
  • New Walls

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    I still intend to eventually write a post on my adventures in the United Arab Emirates, but you guys -- life is trying to mow me down again and I just can't keep up with everything. On top of everything else, I've added physical therapy to the mix which involves daily activities like isolating butt muscles in order to keep my knees from going out of socket ...you know, the usual life stuff (more on that in another post...). So I haven't had the time or energy to write so I'm leaving you with an old post. And since I'm in a season lately where I feel like I might be coming up on some new…
  • Nepal 6: Namaste, Nepal

    22 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    In the end our trek was about 28 miles total. 'I hiked stairs for four days and all I got was this ID card'After we unloaded our gear at Kim's, we went out for more Kathmandu tourism.We learned more about the country, and passed vehicles with interesting spellings like "pik up" or "pawared by [fill in the blank]" Kim's family car was a motorbike called a "Unicorn." I thoroughly enjoyed the Unicorn.It was on the Unicorn that I had the exhilarating experience of riding on the back of a motorbike through the streets of Kathmandu, literally so close to…
  • Nepal 5: Tea and Rabies

    8 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    I told you that my feet overheated on day 3, but I didn't tell you that I went to bed -at 7:30pm.By day four, I was full on head-coldy and exhausted but I wasn't the only one struggling:Those were Christin's feet. There's so much going on here, I don't even know where to start.  At one point along the way, both she and I had the humbling experience of having someone else put bandaids on our trekker's feet after we realized our boots were giving us blisters. She had already lost a toe nail from her previous hike before this so she was definitely faring the worst.But we had now reached our…
 
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Chemical vs. Natural Sunscreen: What You Need to Know

    Jessica
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
      Knowing what we do about skin cancer, it is so incredibly important to stay protected. We spend a lot of time outdoors, from the playing fields to playing in the backyard. During the summer time, my kids reapply their sunscreen at camp, and it is important to me to know that they are well protected from the sun, without chemicals or toxins. For years I have been on the hunt for an effective, natural sunscreen that my entire family can use. We are fortunate to not have had experience with skin cancer yet, and I am doing my best to keep it that way if at all possible. Sunscreen may…
  • My Must-Have Essential Oil Products for Summer Camp

    Jessica
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Parents across the country are getting their kids ready for summer camp. Whether your child will be at day camp or overnight camp, you can consider making their summer a bit more enjoyable by packing a few essential oil related products in their bags and trunks. My kids are heading to camp this summer, and I am doing my part to help them stay out of the infirmary and on the playing fields during the daytime, as well as enjoying the long, relaxing evenings. Here are the Young Living essential oil products that I will be sending along with them: Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier is an…
  • Why Community Gardens are the Perfect Next Health Trend

    Jessica
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
      Did you know that your zip code is a greater indicator of your health and longevity than your genetic code? According to the CDC, more than anything else, where you live matters in terms of your health outcomes. That is exactly why we need to change the discussion about healthcare and food. As an overall society, we need to take charge of our health before we get sick, but we also need to look at health and wellness as a regional issue. We need to consider our communities as a major player in our overall health. Fortunately, no matter where you live, community gardens can improve…
  • 12 Healthy Shelf-Stable Items to Always Have in Your Pantry

    Jessica
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Over the past few years, I have been focusing on stocking our home with more shelf stable foods. After losing a refrigerator full of food (more than once) after a power outage, and simply getting tired of watching too-quick expiration dates, it seems to make sense to me to keep more shelf-stable items on hand. It is all too easy to load up the pantry with junk food, when, in fact, there many healthy pantry foods to keep on hand. So if you too are looking to have a healthy pantry full of shelf-stable foods, here are some items to put on your shopping list: Note: All of the following should…
  • Support the March of Dimes #imbornto Campaign for Premature Babies

    Jessica
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
      Did you know that every year, nearly half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States? That is equal to one baby born prematurely every single minute. One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States each year. Both of my children were among them. Unlike most pregnant women, I was in a position where I knew beforehand that my babies would be born prematurely. The days and weeks leading up to their births were terrifying, not knowing just how early they would be born or if they would suffer long term consequences from coming into the world before their little…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Grammarly is Useful for Your Job Search and Career Management

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Note: I have an affiliate account with Grammarly and benefit when you click on the ads on the right panel of TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com. This is a small way for you to support the show if you wish to do so. Grammarly is the best grammar checker software on the planet. There are more than 250 grammar rule checks it makes in its search for errors. It’s hard for those of us who write for a living to create an edit to perfection. I receive help from editors from time to time for client documents and blog posts. I also find the software from Grammarly helpful and useful on a regular basis (I…
  • CEO for One Month with Adecco (Internship)

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Rich Thompson, Chief Human Resource Officer of Adecco Group North American joins me to discuss Adecco’s Way to Work™ program, which highlights issues and challenges facing millions of young job seekers, the CEO for a Month initiative is a competition for an internship alongside Bob Crouch, CEO of Adecco Group North America, this summer. The selected intern will have the opportunity to shadow Bob along with other Adecco Group North America leaders through a paid ($10,000) month-long summer internship in which the candidate will be able to travel across the country. I would love your…
  • Recruiter Real Talk for Your Career with Mark Jaffe

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I am excited to have Mark Jaffe as my guest to talk about his new book, Let Me Give it to You Straight: An Outspoken Guide to Working with Headhunters, Advancing Your Career and Reaching Enlightenment…Without the Sugarcoating. Mark drops some valuable gems about executive recruiting. But listen to his advice on how anyone can successfully interview near the end of our conversation. Mark drops some valuable gems about executive recruiting. But listen to his advice on how anyone can successfully interview near the end of our conversation. Have you ever worked with a recruiter?  What has your…
  • The Signature Look for Your Career Brand with Aaja Corinne

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Over the years, I have written and spoke about the importance first impressions at job interviews and the opportunities that come through providing a great presentation. Dressing, looking, and becoming the part is a necessity to compete in any job market. That is why I wanted to have Aaja Corrine, an image branding strategist, on the show to explain how important for a job seeker’s image and brand to be complete. For this episode, Aaja Corinne and I talk about how to impact your audience by the way you dress. Aaja is an image consultant whose client list includes Babyface (yes, the…
  • Here’s Why Your Linkedin Profile Should Be Like John Urschel’s

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    In watching ESPN, I found out about John Urschel’s expertise is not only an offensive guard but a mathematician. What I didn’t know is that news outlets everywhere such as NPR talks with him about football and math. Well, later that day I went  to see if he had Twitter and Linkedin profiles. His Twitter handle…perfect as @MathMeetsFBall. He even displays some humor that makes you smile: So, @BillPrady , when is my @BigBang_CBS cameo going down? The team needs a mathlete! #ready pic.twitter.com/CjiHsmkIV1 — John Urschel (@MathMeetsFball) March 24, 2015 But his Linkedin…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Live Rich

    Randy Gage
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    I was working on the elliptical machine when the BBC began flashing their BREAKING NEWS headline. Turns out it was a jewel heist, replete with photos of a shattered vault, and bored tunnels through concrete. It was the kind of romantic headline we had when I was a kid. A basic jewel theft, probably by a cat burglar, a simple enough crime, soon to be solved by Batman, Spider-man or Remington Steele. Our headlines today are Ebola pandemics, ISIS throwing homosexuals off rooftops, flesh-eating bacteria, Boko Haram kidnapping schoolgirls to be sex slaves, and possible nuclear annihilation.   So…
  • Beware the Snarkologist

    Randy Gage
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    There’s a new occupation in the world, and it’s not a good one. I’m not even sure what to label this “profession,” but the closest I come up with is professional snarkologist. These are the talking heads on radio and TV, magazine writers and bloggers, whose job consists of finding pop culture phenomenon and tearing them down with snarky comments and droll insults. They will suggest the top ten on American Idol, X Factor or The Voice couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. They’re quick to find the plot flaws in the latest worldwide blockbuster. They are the first to alert you that…
  • The Power in the Harmony

    Randy Gage
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Watch shows like The Voice when a coach is singing with their team. Usually it’s a solid performance, but pretty predictable… The coach sings the first verse, then a team member sings the next one, the next team member sing the next one, and so on. Most boy band or girl groups are the same, with each guy or gal taking turns. It’s “fair,” and everyone gets their equal chance to shine in the spotlight. But that isn’t what creates beautiful, breakthrough music… The power is in the harmony. The Beatles created music history because of their brilliant harmonies. All the great…
  • How Prosperous Are Your Beliefs?

    Randy Gage
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Here in the United States, there’s been a lot of controversy and debate about legislation that many considered protecting religious freedom, while others felt it would legalize discrimination.   The most frequent question I’ve been receiving lately is about the prosperity consciousness effects of this issue. So I’d like to leave aside the legal debate for others, but discuss how your beliefs on this issue affect your prosperity.   One of the most important steps you ever take to live a life of prosperity and harmony is to live by a congruent philosophy. Meaning you have…
  • How to Save the World

    Randy Gage
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    There is a lot of talk today about how to monetize things.   If you create a new app, business model, or venture – partners, employees and investors will all want to know how you’re going to monetize it.  But what about monetizing a tribe?     Recently I was chatting with a friend about the TRIBAL event I’m launching later this year and the subject of monetizing your tribe came up.   My friend asked if I had seen a post on Facebook from a mutual colleague of ours railing against monetization, and suggested it might be directed at me. Who knows, probably was.   The…
 
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    Amusing Planet

  • Creux du Van: A Natural Rocky Arena in Switzerland

    Kaushik
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    Located on the border of the Swiss cantons of Neuchâtel and Vaud is "Creux du Van", a scenic, horseshoe-shaped limestone cliff of enormous proportions. The vertical rock face is 160 meters high and surrounds a valley that is 4 km long and 1.4 km wide. From the top of the plateau, about 1,126 meters above sea level, one can have a commanding view of the surrounding over the midland of Switzerland to the alps on the east, and towards France on the west. It’s a popular hiking and climbing destination in the Jura Mountains in western Switzerland. This giant cirque of cliff gets its…
  • The Unusual Salt Industry of Teguidda-n-Tessoumt

    Kaushik
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    Roughly 200 km northwest of the city of Agadez, in northern Niger, lies a tiny village of around 50 families called Teguidda-n-Tessoumt. The population here is largely seasonal, based in the nearby town of Ingall who oversee a historic and quite unusual salt producing industry. The principal source of salt here is, not water, for this is the Sahara and there is no sea around for thousands of kilometers. The precious salt is, hence, extracted from clay. The entire village is pockmarked with hundreds of salt ponds filled with pastel colored brine water, attended to by men, women, and children…
  • The Geometry of Plants

    Kaushik
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Looking around, you might imagine that branches, leaves and flowers grow at random, haphazardly. The truth is, however, that the points at which every branch, leaf, stem, bud or petal emerge, have all been set out according to fixed laws and miraculously precise measures. There are patterns everywhere you look in the natural world, the most persistent of which is the Fibonacci sequence. The sequence was first described by ancient Indian mathematicians hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, even though it’s named after the Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, who was more famously…
  • Fabian Oefner’s Fascinating Photos of Paint and Motion

    Kaushik
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Swiss artist Fabian Oefner creates colorful art by harnessing scientific properties in an effort to bring our attention to the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us. Using high speed photography, Fabian Oefner captures vibrantly colored paint as they are disturbed or manipulated by forces of nature such as sound, wind, centripetal forces and magnetism. “What I’m trying to do as a photographer, as an artist, is to bring the world of art and science together," Oefner said during a TED Talk. "Whether there’s an image of a soap bubble..a universe made of tiny little beads…
  • Chan Chan: World’s Largest Adobe City

    Kaushik
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    Located near the Pacific coast in the Peruvian region of La Libertad, 5 km west of Trujillo, Chan Chan was the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America and the largest earthen architecture city in the world. It was the capital of the Chimú civilization, that stretched along the northern coast for a thousand kilometers from just south of Ecuador down to central Peru. The city itself was built around 850 CE and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in 1470. At the height of the Chimú empire, Chan Chan spread over 20 square km with a monumental zone of around 6 square km in the…
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    The Accidental Olympian

  • MYRTLE BEACH - A VACATION 7 YEARS IN THE MAKING

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Adam and I have been together for over seven years, and in those seven years we've seen and done some amazing things. The trips and explorations we took during our two years in Alaska alone are more than most will ever do. But in all our travels, trips and adventures, there's something we'd never done together. We'd never boarded a plane and flown somewhere to vacation just the two of us. Just because we wanted to go there. Even our honeymoon was four nights in downtown Chicago, a cool 45 minute drive from our front door. Believe me, I realize this 'problem of mine' is a super luxury,…
  • MONOTONY

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Something a friend said the other day has stuck with me. The other day she said, "I realize that I thrive in chaos. It's the monotony of life that I struggle the most with."  As I sit here on a Saturday morning, drinking coffee and reading, content with a weekend stretching before me with a to-do list containing things like, drop off items at Goodwill, vacuum, take dogs to the dog park, I realize that I am 150% opposite my friend in every way possible.  I thrive in the absolute drudge of nothingness. In a weekend without plans, or goals, or disturbances. I live for a work week…
 
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    Transforming Seminarian

  • Retirement and Rebranding

    Mark Baker-Wright
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today is the 10th anniversary of the start of "Transforming Seminarian," and I am celebrating this occasion by officially retiring it. If you've read my most recent post back in February, this probably comes as no surprise (indeed, that's really what that post was all about. The only difference between then and now is that "a rest" now has become "retirement").The surprise is that, after a period of reflection, and some behind-the-scenes work, I'll definitely not be giving up blogging. Instead, I'm rebranding and moving to a new URL. Welcome to…
  • Why I'm Walking Away From Blogging and Facebook... At Least For Now

    Mark Baker-Wright
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    I started this blog almost exactly 10 years ago. By almost any measure, I've been at it longer, and have kept posting more consistently (at least for most of that time) than most others who have taken up blogging, either as a hobby or as a means of income. After a lengthy period of introspection, I believe that the time has come for me to officially give the blog a rest. This entry is my attempt to explain why.Read more »
  • 2014 Transformers Advent Calendar - Day 24: BotCon 2014 Primal Prime

    Mark Baker-Wright
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today's the last day! Most non-religious advent calendars I've seen fit an image of Santa Claus in the last window. I don't know who the most appropriate "Santa-like" Transformer would be, but the thought of Primal Prime delivering Christmas toys on that hoverboard was too funny to pass up.Merry Christmas!
  • 2014 Transformers Advent Calendar - Day 23: United Artfire with Nightstick and Sparks

    Mark Baker-Wright
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
  • 2014 Transformers Advent Calendar - Day 22: Darkmount (Straxus) with BMOG Mantax

    Mark Baker-Wright
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
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    Spy Travelogue

  • A storm, a selfie and kite-surfing in Mona Vale

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

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

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

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

  • The Umwelt of Family Estrangement

    Fiona
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” ― George Eliot Sometimes, perhaps not as often as I would like, I find my research reading / thinking / writing dovetails nicely with something I have been wanting to write about here. Today happens to be one of those days. Yay! Firstly, I want to confess my sort of fascination and repulsion with snowglobes – well the sort that have people in them. I have always thought of them as little “microcosms” of life … you know, maybe really good little “realities” if the scene…
  • The Price of Authenticity

    Fiona
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
    So here we are, at the heart of authenticity, decisions and consequences. We’re all busy with this dynamic tension of wanting to be authentic and congruent with our thoughts, feelings and actions, and at the same time, also wanting to be loved, valued, respected and connected. I was speaking about this tension in my post Competing Interests and have had some interesting feedback. It seems most of us will agree that if we aren’t able to be authentic and congruent with ourselves, the cost of relationship is untenable. We seem a little less able to see that everyone else has the…
  • Shades of Relationship

    Fiona
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:18 pm
    “Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus, or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.” ― C. JoyBell C. Outside of our family we experience many “shades of relationship”. We have close intimate relationships, and close connected relationships around a particular interest or time in our lives, we have…
 
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    Coming to Grips

  • Moving

    Polly Scott
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Coming to Grips has moved to www.comingtogrips.net
  • Coming to Grips with The Residential Particle Accelerator

    Polly Scott
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Jake and I ran into Costco one night, 10 minutes before close.  A salesman for a blender (which will remain nameless) stood lonely, with a large containment vessel full of fresh fruits and veggies awaiting obliteration.Jake said, “Why waste your fruit?  We’ll drink your smoothie.”And so, the salesman threw himself into his peer-reviewed dissertation, with too much excitement for the small audience of our humble family.I kicked Jake for selling his soul for a free, 33ml smoothie.And tuned out, making faces at my sons.  Until I heard this:  “ . . . breaking it…
  • Coming to Grips with Feng Shui

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

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

    Polly Scott
    29 Jan 2014 | 10:40 am
    I'll be on the panel at this event.  So excited to help spread the word:).
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • Mom down! Mom down!

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    For your second and you freaking kidding me moment I have pneumonia. Not even kidding. Guess they weren't joking when they said this particular strain of highly infectious. I left work today and went by the doctor where I got an x Ray and a prescription for drugs that will fix me quickly. I decided to spare my co workers and head home for the day.  Note to friends and family if you start coughing and feeling poorly just go in! Don't try to remedy it on your own like me. No worries I'll be back to myself soon!Jude on the other hand doesn't look well at all. His antibiotics have been going…
  • Kid down! Kid down!

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Ever have one of those moments where you think "you have got to be shitting me" (forgive my language). I was all about that sentence last night as I realized my daughters sickness was just not getting any better. 6-8 weeks ago she went to Care Now and received an antibiotic shot due to what they thought was a sinus infection. Emily is rarely ill so we figured she would quickly recover but she didn't. So then we saw the Doctor on Demand........twice. They originally diagnosed a continued sinus infection and ordered antibiotics and a steroid.  She got better for awhile but then she started…
  • Is okay to let go

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Something has become very apparent to me this week and that's the fact I am not as strong as I used to be. I have always been extremely resilient and I tend to take the lead in stressful situations. However we had a nursing situation come up today and my husband recognized that my stress level has officially overflowed. My guess is that he may have recognized it months ago. Regardless when I mentioned the situation to him he took over without hesitation and even told the agency that they should no longer call me. Then tonight Emily was watching a funny you tube about a mom who could not…
  • Emily's big win and Jude's fever

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    I am exhausted but happy. It was an amazing weekend with friends and watching Emily compete. I was able to sip some wine and enjoy great conversation with really good people. Emily and her friends did very well at the pageant. They seemed to truly enjoy their time together and I think it helped relax them all. Emily looked the best she ever has this weekend and radiated with confidence when she was on stage. Emily has struggled a bit in the past with interview so this weekend she said she was just going to have fun and be herself. I am so glad she finally registered that she should just be…
  • A hard watch.

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    I always tell Emily that everyone has a story it's just that some stories are harder than others so be sure to make yours count! This is hard to watch but a reminder that when you feel you cannot go on anymore you really can. What courage he has. I question sometimes why children have to suffer and I honestly don't know the answer. However I do know that recognizing courage and bravery in others brings out the positive in yourself. I know Jude cannot speak like Jonathan but I hope people find  inspiration in Jude as I have found in this little boy. 
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  • #Free #Book: Calasade: Blood Isle (A Greco-Roman #fantasy) @calasade

    Amberr Meadows
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
      GET A FREE EARLY COPY OF CALASADE: BLOOD ISLE &n […] The post #Free #Book: Calasade: Blood Isle (A Greco-Roman #fantasy) @calasade appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Why I am Now an Avid Fantasy Book Genre Fan I’ve Coveted the ‘Come, the Dark’ #Book by @InkMuse FOREVER and Now it’s HERE for 99¢! #Fantasy, Paranormal,+ #Romance ‘Without Bloodshed’ Sci-Fi #Fantasy Book + $25 #Cash #Giveaway MGraybosch
  • I’m Honored to Share #Author, Poet, & #Art Photo Creative Helle Gade + $35 #Giveaway @Helle_Gade

    Amberr Meadows
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s rare I come across someone who is talented i […] The post I’m Honored to Share #Author, Poet, & #Art Photo Creative Helle Gade + $35 #Giveaway @Helle_Gade appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: ‘Unleashed’ Virtual Tour Special: 99¢ #Books + $25 GC #Giveaway #Author @rachelmcclellan Author Krystal Wade and Wilde’s Fire ‘The Daring Assignment’ Excerpt, Playlist + 2 Winner $25 #Amazon GC + #Books #Giveaway
  • ‘Dollars for Deena’ #Author #Charity Auction April 20th-24th, 2015 Save the #Date

    Amberr Meadows
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    HUGE thanks to Kellie Montgomery of EyeCandy Bookstore […] The post ‘Dollars for Deena’ #Author #Charity Auction April 20th-24th, 2015 Save the #Date appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: $500 Cash April Showers #Giveaway to One Lucky Winner! Happy Spring! Please Help Deena after Her Attempted Murder #Crowdfunding #Charity #Help ‘How to Date Dead Guys’ Author Ann Noser Shares Write Tips & Book Giveaway
  • ‘The Daring Assignment’ Excerpt, Playlist + 2 Winner $25 #Amazon GC + #Books #Giveaway

    Amberr Meadows
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    The Daring Assignment Music Playlist Excerpt from The D […] The post ‘The Daring Assignment’ Excerpt, Playlist + 2 Winner $25 #Amazon GC + #Books #Giveaway appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: ‘The Schwarzschild Radius’ Tour + #thriller Books #Giveaway @gflorentin6 @​​Nouveauwriter​ ‘Unleashed’ Virtual Tour Special: 99¢ #Books + $25 GC #Giveaway #Author @rachelmcclellan ‘Trial Run’ #Book Tour Kick-Off + 1st $40 Amazon GC #Giveaway #romance
  • Sports Franchises Proven as the Ultimate Return on Investment #marketing #education #sports

    Amberr Meadows
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    When considering educational routes, sports management […] The post Sports Franchises Proven as the Ultimate Return on Investment #marketing #education #sports appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Home Renovation Tips to Maximize Your Return on Investment The Fundamentals of an Internet Marketing MBA Ultimate Garcinia Weight Loss Supplement #SponsoredReview
 
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    All About Living With Life

  • Live Your Life with 15 Acceptance Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation, then deciding what you're going to do about it. -Kathleen Casey Theisen  2. Happiness can exist only in acceptance. -George Orwell 3. Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it. -Michael J. Fox 4. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. -William James 5. Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be…
  • 20 GREAT QUOTES ON WORK

    Charles Chua C K
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. -Steve Jobs 2. The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. -Pearl S. Buck 3. The law of work seems unfair, but nothing can change it; the more enjoyment you get out of your work, the more money you will make. -Mark Twain 4. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. -Confucius 5.
  • 15 Time Quotes to Treasure Every Moment of Your Life

    Charles Chua C K
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. -Steve Jobs 2. Time and tide wait for no man. -Geoffrey Chaucer 3. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. -Barbara Bush 4. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. -Bertrand Russell 5. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
  • 15 Self-Esteem Quotes to Boost Your Confidence

    Charles Chua C K
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Image Credit: donskarpo / Shutterstock1. Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.-Louise Hart 2. Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. -Thomas Carlyle 3. There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. -Nathaniel Branden 4. Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable. -Jack Canfield 5. If we get our…
  • 15 Reading Quotes to Encourage You to Read More

    Charles Chua C K
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. -Joseph Addison 2. The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. -Rene Descartes 3. Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. -Maya Angelou 4. Whether I'm at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I'm looking forward to reading. -Bill Gates 5. Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. -Joseph Addison 6. Reading - the best state yet to keep…
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    The Lonely Mechanic

  • LEGO EV3 Mindstorms GRIPP3R

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    And we're back!I built the GRIPP3R robot a couple weeks ago and have finally got around to documenting the final product and etc. I had followed the instructions LEGO provided with the set, but realized that the length of the "arms" for GRIPP3R are too long and interfere with the gripping mechanism so I ended up removing the last link of the arms.Part of the arms that I ended up having to remove from the robotGRIPP3R fully assembled with the length of the arms adjustedI think what I like most about this design is how quickly GRIPP3R grabs the stack of tires. It's also a lot of fun to just…
  • LEGO EV3 Mindstorms TRACK3R

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The other day I built the LEGO EV3 Mindstorms Robot Track3r. I believe that the coolest thing about this robot is that it can be modified to shoot balls in Mission 2. Best investment ever. Below, is a video of me controlling the robot to shoot balls at some LEGO tires with an IR remote. I know the video is rather anti-climactic, but I've never built a robot on my own in my life and I thought that accomplishing this much was a success.If you're interested in what these robots are all about:http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/products/31313-mindstorms-ev3This post is in no way sponsored. Just…
  • Premise for this Blog

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    This is a place to share some of the at home projects I've been working on because my current internship is a desk job (doing CAD all day) that makes me miss doing things with my hands and building things.-The Lonely Mechanic
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    ish ism

  • Batman Vs Superman – Trailer ??

    drishism
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
  • 4 Date Night Ideas to Replace Boring Old Movie Night

    drishism
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Originally posted on TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperMan!:Turn your weekly date night into a romantic rekindling of love or do something silly and new together. Choose new activities that go beyond Red Box to something more unique and thrilling. Studies show that when you tailor your date to something of more substance, you stimulate your brain’s reward system…
  • 5 white-collar jobs robots already have taken

    drishism
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Originally posted on Fortune:For years now, some researchers have been anticipating that robots would take away jobs from humans. In the UK, Deloitte and the University of Oxford predicted that 10 million unskilled jobs could be taken over by robots. University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne estimated in 2013 that…
  • Copy Editing, and Marinating the Novel … A Writer’s Journey

    drishism
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    I am copy editing my novel.  Copy editing is not as fun as voice editing. In fact, copy editing is tedious and somewhat boring. For indie authors, I generally forgive some grammar/typos because I know they could not afford a copy editor. But I do not expect that same level of grace from someone who … Continue reading Copy Editing, and Marinating the Novel … A Writer’s Journey →
  • How to write 10,000 words a day

    drishism
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day by…
 
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    Sarah Cunningham

  • An Update: When Less Is More

    Sarah
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Instead of writing a blog post for you, I’m hunched over the kitchen counter drawing icing eyes on a fruit shishkabob caterpillar. Welcome to the this-writer-has-toddlers stage. Today, I bring you a blog update from the top of the block tower however. Picture me at a lego podium surrounded by news crew mics, while toting a diaper clad toddler with … Click here to read more.
  • 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.
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    BrandonBlogs

  • I Just Am

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    I was reading a book the other day and I realized something. There was an interesting theory. This theory stated that when we look into the future we only see the positive things. We only see the how great things are going to be. For example, when we think about our birthdays we think that they are going to be amazing. We think this with no basis of what is actually going to happen on our birthday. We do not consider that no one could show up, or that we could be sick, or that something really awful could happen. We just see how amazing things are going to be.This prompted me to ask my friend…
  • Feeling-Scared? Feeling-Content.

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    I am at a point in my life where I am scared. If you are wondering why I am scared, you should just hold your freakin' horses because I am getting ready to tell you. I am content where I am right now.You may be wondering why my contentedness (which is a word I looked it up) would be scary. The reason it is scary, my curious friend, is because this isn't where I thought I would be right now.The reason I went to college was so that I wouldn't have to work in a factory for the rest of my life. I wish someone would have told me that factories pay so well. I wish they would have told me that in…
  • Forgettable

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I haven't wrote a blog post since last year and that feels wrong somehow. The problem is that I have lost my willingness to write about anything. The reason I started this blog is because I wanted to put the thoughts in my mind out there. I wanted to share what was going on inside of my brain. Now it seems like there is nothing going on inside of my brain. I'm not saying I feel stupid, I just feel...stuck.There was a time not too long ago, when I thought everyone had something important to say. I thought that everyone was capable of amazing things and that we could all make the world an…
  • A letter: Graduation

    2 May 2014 | 3:41 am
    Dear you,I am not the same person I was when I walked into Studebaker East all of the years ago. I used to have something to prove. I lost that somewhere along the way. Somewhere along the way I became complacent with putting in minimal effort. My ambition died and was replaced with a sense of...well I don't really know. I hit a wall of uncertainty that culminated in me settling for a future that I never wanted.I'm lucky that I had a group of friends who were willing to drag me through the mud. Without them, I honestly probably wouldn't be here anymore. They helped me in ways that I cannot…
  • Has it really been a year?

    18 Dec 2013 | 11:17 pm
    Well friends it has officially been a year since the big announcement. One year ago today I took what seemed like the biggest leap that I would ever take. I came out of the closet. I crafted what I though was the perfect message. I hit the submit button around four in the morning. I turned off my phone. I went to bed and I tried to mentally prepare myself for what was to come. The response was overwhelmingly positive and that was that.Has it really been that long? Have 365 days really passed? Am I different?Some would definitely say I am. I have heard that I seem more happy. Sometimes I feel…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Reflections on Spring

    Peter
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Suddenly it is spring. Spring Blossoms After a few false starts, snow on the Easter weekend, frozen puddles and ice on the windscreen the previous week, we had a week of warm days. Although I am learning to survive winter, the warmer weather and sunshine are like a tonic to my body, spoilt by a half century in a warm, tropical climate and even after 11 years, not yet accustomed to the cold of a Northern Hemisphere winter. Being able to go for a walk in shorts without a heavy coat and work on the never-ending task of wood cutting, splitting and stacking without being weighed down by winter…
  • Cold, Mud and Stoicism

    Peter
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    It’s been three weeks since my last post. A year ago I would have worried about such a long gap between posts. Now with my decision not to publish a post just to meet a self-imposed schedule, I don’t let it worry me. The Alexa rating for this blog has slipped above 1 million, the worst it has been since it briefly dipped under the 300 000 mark 18 months ago. I am not worrying about the gap in posts or the Alexa rating. They are neither good nor bad, they just are. I have not lost any subscribers, I gained another today.Visitors to this site have remained constant and in fact…
  • Goals, Commitment and Aspirations

    Peter
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    I have been striving for, reading and writing about goals for many years. I have long harboured the suspicion that few experts and even fewer ordinary people like me get it right. Goals need commitment Why should that be? Various thoughts had been in my mind for many of those years without any clear conclusions until I read the Monday Morning Memo by Roy Williams on 9 March. That helped crystallise my thoughts. The more I look at my experience and the more I read and see the success and failures of others, the more I believe that setting goals should be the second step in the achievement…
  • The Clarkson Effect and Political Correctness.

    Peter
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The furore over a BBC TV Show presenter’s alleged argument with a producer of the show has had some interesting repercussions. Jeremy Clarkson (Wikipedia creative commons) Jeremy Clarkson, arguably the most well-known of the team of 3 presenters of the popular BBC TV motoring show Top Gear is alleged to have shouted at, sworn at and by some accounts, attempted to punch, one of the show’s producers. That this happened in public at a hotel and over a relatively minor issue about a meal has inflamed the controversy. Jeremy Clarkson is no stranger to controversy, his Wikipedia page…
  • Failure – Personal Development Flavour of the Month.

    Peter
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
      Flavour of the month Three years ago when I started writing about the values and strengths that are required to lead productive and successful lives, the importance of goals was the most well covered topic. There were a clutch of new books on the subject. It was a favourite with many bloggers and article writers. It was followed by purpose and mission, sometimes individually, at others as two parts of a whole. Now, failure seems to be a popular topic, sometimes combined with overcoming adversity or conquering obstacles, often on its own. The treatment of failure in the media takes…
 
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Intention versus Reaction

    Carmen
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Persistence is the master virtue.” The quote is attributed to the great thinker Anonymous. As I plug away at the 4th Detective Emilia Cruz mystery, KING PESO, it really resonates. But GO → The post Intention versus Reaction appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • The Elusive Charms of Productivity

    Carmen
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    I’ve been reading the blog of James Clear, a life coach and productivity expert. While I mostly agree that productivity is all about Me, I also think it’s all about GO → The post The Elusive Charms of Productivity appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Visiting Norway, Mystery Author Style

    Carmen
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Can a mystery author who writes about sunny Mexico really love cold places? Yep. Besides Mexico, where my mystery series is set, my favorite country (except for home) is Norway. GO → The post Visiting Norway, Mystery Author Style appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Thrillers are Tastier on Talavera Pottery

    Carmen
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    If you read this blog with any regularity you know the following; I am a mystery author I’m knee-deep into the 4th Emilia Cruz mystery, KING PESO I drink too GO → The post Thrillers are Tastier on Talavera Pottery appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • All the Best Fiction Books Deserve a Podcast

    Carmen
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Finally, the Emilia Cruz series is not the exception and the podcast has landed. I had the honor of being interviewed by George Plunkett of ChoseMexicotoRetire.com this week. George asked GO → The post All the Best Fiction Books Deserve a Podcast appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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    cedonulli

  • the inner-inner(-inner) circle

    jakey
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:50 pm
    be prepared:  the best money you’ll ever spend on anything. do you want to pay fifty bucks a month to be part of a forum full of internet marketers?  do you want to talk about your lifestyle independent lifestyle, and go to meet-ups full of preppy fucking fuckers, and answer so-what-do-you-do questions all night long? […]
  • why you might HATE living in vietnam

    jakey
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    riff baff island.  don’t make me buy the domain .. — so yesterday we talked about what there is to love about vietnam. based on some of the comments, caveat:  it is porcupine country.  if you just show up for a week or two, stay in a hotel in saigon, go to restaurants with english […]
  • why you might love living in vietnam

    jakey
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    the view from everywhere. — vietnam is the hidden-in-plain-sight gem of south east asia.  hidden, because … it’s the country with a quoted tourist return rate of about 5%.  compare that to thailand which is said to see about 50% of tourists returning, and you have to realize that there’s something off about vietnam.  but […]
  • riff raff island

    jakey
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    trink? — now she’s in the shower.  jake, busy again doing the stupidest things you could possibly think of. like the tiny, tight bodied philippine girl bit i swore i wouldn’t invite back to my room.  worked all day the good intentions, but eventually they wore off around 2am.  unprotected sex, girl not on the […]
  • blog with friends

    jakey
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    mulling life in a place that has decent cordon bleu. — it’s that time of the time again.  not in the mood for spouting private life into the internets. but this time instead of the usual blog deleting, going to go for a more private format instead.  too many interesting guys here, helpful insights, comments, […]
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    Lone Prairie

  • Why my blogging has stopped.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    I’ve received several emails over the past months wondering if I was done blogging and (heart be still!) sad if that were the case. I explained my plans in an email to those on my list, which you can read here. Essentially, no. I haven’t stopped blogging. But I am looking to make a move. I’m moving away from WordPress to a new platform. I’m moving away from the standard blogging/marketing approach that has, in my opinion, ruined a blogosphere I used to love. I’m moving away from how I created blog posts in lieu of more tangible content (books, ebooks, comics,…
  • Why American Airlines sucks.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Some of us started to cry. Not because the journey was never ending, but because you can be told that you are not a human being only so many times. — Gary Shtenyngart, writing about American Airlines: “A Trans-Atlantic Trip Turns Kafkaesque“ When you are traveling, the last thing you want is for your flight to be cancelled. Do you remember the scene from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where he and his father think they have made their escape on a blimp only to have it turn around and head back towards the Nazis? Yes, I dropped the Nazi reference that early…
  • The modern hired gun really does use the mightier pen.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    The pen is mightier than the sword, particularly when activated during a small-town city council meeting. It was several years ago when some friends had asked me to come and take notes at a public meeting. This might seem an odd request, since I lived nowhere near this town, but I had been a newspaper reporter, was familiar with taking notes at city meetings, and they had been in conflict with the city representatives for quite some time. “Sure,” I said. This, mind you, happened back in November, 2005, but I recently found my completed nine-page summary of notes and research in…
  • What a $5 airport security clearance looks like.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:23 pm
    It is unlikely I will ever understand or get over the security badge procedure at the Bismarck Airport by which employees, pilots, and anyone who needs to have access to the general aviation and public airport, a.k.a. Airport Operations Area (AOA), are given permission to do so. First, let me give you my naive assumptions on security: You want to know who is on your property. You want to keep records that are accurate and easily accessible. You want to encourage the “boots on the ground” public to participate. Your ultimate goal is to make sure people don’t harm people and…
  • Everything I need to know about people I learned from The Black Stallion.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    From The Black Stallion series I learned, as a child, about furlongs and weighted saddles and Alec Ramsey. And I learned about the different kinds of horses. There are cold bloods, warm bloods, and hot bloods. The cold bloods get the job done, steady and faithful, without the flash. They take up a lot of space; they’re bulky and slow. They plod along in fields, pulling plows and wagons. If they’re lucky, they get to pull a beer wagon and make people feel nostalgic when watching the commercial. These are the horses that pulled weapons of war before the combustion engine, the…
 
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    directasia.com

  • 5 Easy Ways To Save Money Travelling

    Claire Vorster
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF85 Easy Ways To Save Money Travelling By Claire Vorster Travel, can enrich the soul and, just as easily, derail the bank account.  We all want to go further for less, and finding simple ways to save money is more important than ever in Singapore. Here are five great ways to save: 1. Go Off-Peak Timing is everything, Travelling in the shoulder season means less crowds and more in your wallet. How about the Galápagos Islands in May or an African safari in the rainy season when there are many new-born animals? You can save up to 40% on peak rates and, in the case of the Galápagos,…
  • 7 Great Reasons To Love Thailand

    Claire Vorster
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:10 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF87 Great Reasons To Love Thailand By Claire Vorster What’s so great about Thailand?  For a start, it’s smack dab in the center of everything – a quick hop from Singapore, Hong Kong or Bali and half way between Europe and Australia. The kingdom of Thailand has a fascinating history and is the only Southeast Asian nation never to have been colonized by European powers. Located just 15 degrees north of the equator, Thailand has a tropical climate, with temperatures varying between 19 to 38 degrees. If you are a first time traveller or a veteran, this wonderful country…
  • Travel Tips to Help you Enjoy the New Premium Economy Flights to Sydney

    Claire Vorster
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:08 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Travel Tips to Help you Enjoy the New Premium Economy Flights to Sydney By Claire Vorster From 9 August 2015, customers travelling on select flights from Singapore to Sydney will be the first to experience the new Premium Economy Class.  “Many of our customers’ suggestions have been incorporated into the new product, and we are confident it will be well received by travellers who are looking for more features – in the seat design, in-flight offerings and exclusive privileges – all underpinned by the exceptional service that SIA is well known for, both on the ground and in…
  • Singapore Road Traffic Act Starting Feb 1

    Paul Cypert
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Singapore Road Traffic Act Starting Feb 1 By Paul Cypert A notice to all drivers.  Updated laws which passed on Sept 82014 will begin enforcement this February. What does that mean for drivers? Well hopefully all DirectAsia.com drivers are already safe and these won’t affect at all But here’s a breakdown of the main points anyway: If you’re holding a mobile device (phone or tablet) for any reason you will be found guilty of committing an offence.  This doesn’t just mean talking on phones. Any kind of interaction on any portable, digital device will be seen as impairing…
  • 7 Tips for Those Thinking of Taking a Career Break

    Claire Vorster
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF87 Tips for Those Thinking of Taking a Career Break By Claire Vorster Feeling like your life is on hold or stuck in your job? Maybe it’s time to plan a career break.  If the thought of leaving your desk fills you with a mix of happiness and dread, you are not alone. We like normal. But far from stalling your career, a career break can take your working life to a new, improved level. Sure, there are practical things to think about: should you leave your job or agree to take a sabbatical? Should you rent or sell your house? What about the dog? None of these are intractable…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • Don’t hate

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

    Rey Lo
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I was having a conversation with my daughter Elena this week. She was sharing some of her thoughts about the relationship she’s in right now. It was one of those moments that every dad hopes for as their child moves into young adulthood. Against what I normally do I listened before speaking. I asked questions and […]
  • All is (not) lost

    Rey Lo
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    In 2013, Robert Redford starred as the only cast member in the film “All is Lost.” In this brilliantly made and highly acclaimed movie, Redford plays an unnamed man, navigating a boat in the ocean on a solo voyage. As the story begins, a man is lost at sea. He says, “I’m sorry. I know that means little […]
  • The problem with other people’s problems

    Rey Lo
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    There was a season in my life during which I worked as an auto claims adjuster. Anyone that knows me well knows that is an odd job for me to have had, but when you’re in need of work and no one else is calling you on the phone, you take what you can get. […]
  • The Prodigal Us

    Rey Lo
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    By now you may have heard about Katy Perry tweeting a Bible verse before her Super Bowl performance a couple of Sundays ago. Before anyone in Christendom starts to stake a claim on Perry, I’ll be the first to say that this probably doesn’t mean much more than, before a pretty big career moment, she […]
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    Princess Burlap

  • Curb Appeal, We Got It

    Princess Burlap
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Back in October we decided to sell this house. We thought we’d have it on the market by January. Well, that month came and that month went and here it is, smucky darn the middle of April and we just had our realtor come over to price the house and get the disclosures and agreements signed. It will still be two weeks before the photographer comes and then likely the week after that when broker open houses begin. All I can think is “what in the world am I going to do with my three dogs and my parrot during all of this?” May will be one of those months that begins with skid…
  • Thoughts on Little Friday

    Princess Burlap
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    It’s Thursday, what Blue Eyes likes to call “Little Friday”, a hint of mischief playing over his face as he kisses me goodbye in the morning , me in my fluffy towel and he in his button down, “Hey! It’s Little Friday, Have a great day.” We went to visit his sister and brother and mom and assorted nieces, nephews, and family appertaining this past Sunday for Easter. They live a little less than 3 hours away from us so we loaded up an audio book – Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, stellar book if you’re looking for a little bit…
 
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    Yet Another Software Engineer

  • The joy of completing five years …

    yetanotherse
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    A couple of days back, LinkedIn posted an update on my wall saying I completed 5 years at Sopan Technologies. Just for the context, I happen to be the co-founder of Sopan Technologies. At first I couldn’t believe … has it really been that long? The next thing which came to my mind was a stat I read… The post The joy of completing five years … appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • Post Uber Ban in Delhi

    yetanotherse
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    Despite the ban on Uber, I was easily able to avail the service (twice) today. While booking I wasn’t sure if I should do that given the headlines in all major newspapers about banning Uber but then I couldn’t think of any other service and since app was working and showing availability of vehicles, I went ahead… The post Post Uber Ban in Delhi appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • Active Menu Highlighting for External Link Type in Joomla

    yetanotherse
    27 May 2014 | 2:33 am
    While working on a Joomla website, I realized that if you have an external URL type menu item in your Joomla site then most likely active menu highlighting won’t work for it. Active menu highlighting basically means that the current menu selection is highlighted as a visual clue to show the website user which menu is currently selected. In… The post Active Menu Highlighting for External Link Type in Joomla appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • 5 steps to enhance your chances of getting first job on Elance and oDesk

    yetanotherse
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:24 am
    Lot of people I meet ask how did I get started with freelancing. Was it easy to get jobs initially? How long did it take to get the first project? What works and what doesn’t and so on. I keep getting requests to answer similar questions on Quora. So I thought of creating this post… The post 5 steps to enhance your chances of getting first job on Elance and oDesk appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • Tentative delivery date calculation in PHP

    yetanotherse
    16 Jan 2014 | 4:05 am
    Here is a simple function you can use if you need your PHP application to display a tentative delivery/completion date to your customer. It excludes the weekends in calculation so only business days are considered. For example, if your e-commerce site ships a product in three business days and customer orders on Thursday then this… The post Tentative delivery date calculation in PHP appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
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    Isobel's Creative Spaces

  • I See Spring

    Isobel
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Ottawa today. After work I sat on the back deck, sipped a beer, and soaked up the sun. It was so wonderful after such a horrible winter. Sadly, the weekend will be a bit nippy but I got some photos today that will remind me that, despite the […]
  • Procrastination and Pushing Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone

    Isobel
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Hell ya. I do both. A lot…and not in any particular order. And they are, theoretically, diametrically opposed. I’m better at procrastinating but I’m working on the other. Actually, right now I’m eating a bag of chips. Actually, right now I’m procrastinating. I’m supposed to be doing work for…work… This whole going back to work […]
  • Sliding into the Wild World of Business Travel

    Isobel
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I know I haven’t been “around” lately and I do apologize for that. My new life as a career person has created the need for re-prioritization of my activities…especially this week. The company I work for is, simply put, a train the trainer company. We train people how to be efficient and effective trainers. My […]
  • Sublime Photography

    Isobel
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:46 pm
    I appreciate the art of digital photography very much. I also enjoy taking pictures for which I think I have a good eye but I don’t have the greatest equipment. I do what I can with what I have but I really admire those who can create gorgeous imagery. There are a lot of photos online […]
  • Pictures from a Year Ago

    Isobel
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    We Canadians here in Ottawa were celebrating joyfully these past few days as the temperatures rose above 0C (32F) for the first time in a long time. It has been years (20, to be precise) since we’ve had such cold temperatures and for such a length of time. In Ottawa, February was the coldest ever […]
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • Here you go...

    Khanyi Ndebele
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
  • Movie Review - The Secret: Law of Attraction

    Khanyi Ndebele
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    I know I'm way behind and that 'The Secret' is 'out of fashion' or not as cool as it was but trust me you'll want to read this. The first time I heard about the secret I was 18 years old - that's 6 years ago. I found it to be very intriguing and I really learnt from it. Over the years I forgot about it until just a few months ago on Youtube when I stumbled upon the movie. So after watching it, with excitement I decided to write a review about it for you guys to read. It's all of a sudden but I guarantee if you can just give it a read, you too will enjoy it. In the review I will basically…
  • Let go...

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
  • Road to success EP71!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    Tayla's Road To Success:Name: Tayla CalcottOccupation: "2nd year BCom Business Management student at Tuks."Goals: "I plan to complete my BCom as well as a bridging year and honours in publishing at Tuks. I would then like to go on to work in marketing for the publishing houses that create publications I enjoy reading today."What is success? "Success is consistently making the best of what we have and the satisfaction one recieves from small or big improvements made in any facet of one's life."What success have you achieved? "Success is such an ongoing, long term process that it's…
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
 
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    Not Before Coffee

  • DIY – How to Clean Microfiber Furniture – Pinterest Inspired

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

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

    Gayla
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    In the case of RFRA, many people are calling those who oppose the law hypocrites, claiming they are picking and choosing what Bible passages fit their need or further their cause. That disturbed me. I gave very careful thought to that – wondering, could I be hypocritical in my position? I prayed about it and I sought my own answers from the Bible. I didn’t rely on other men and their interpretation of the holy law – I asked God to reveal to me, what position I should take. My answer came from James 2: 2-12 ———————————- 2…
  • Religious Freedom Law – Why Indiana Is So Different from 18 Other States

    Gayla
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    If you haven’t heard or read all the ruckus surrounding the Indiana Religious Freedom Law – you must be hiding under a rock. Being a Hoosier, I have watched the chatter from both sides of this event. I do get very frustrated at the number of people who are ill-informed but it’s those who ARE ill-informed that are at the very base of the chaos and that’s precisely what makes Indiana SO different from 18 other states. What The Religious Freedom Law Is… Under this law, people, regardless of their religion (this isn’t just supporting Christians, just so you…
  • Taxpayers Should Not Have to Fund Sports Stadiums

    Gayla
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    I’ve always wondered why taxpayers had to carry the burden of funding sports stadiums. When the new stadium was built for the Colts, the taxes in the surrounding counties went up considerably. Why should they? Professional athletes make oodles of money to play their game. Many of them receive even more money from endorsements, speaking engagements, etc. USA Today is reporting that a proposal by President Obama would put an end to taxpayers carrying those heavy burdens. I for one welcome this proposal. Team owners and players are worth millions. They should be able to find a way to fund…
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    Spending It All

  • Endure Survival Pen

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:29 pm
    If you ever get lost in the wild, The Endure Survival Pen is an essential tool that is going to get you out of there to safety. It is a precision machined solid titanium ballpoint pen that offers many features in emergency situations like: fire launcher ( able to shoot flares, bear bangers, comet flares, and whistlers), a multi-use spike for digging/snare post/breaking glass, and a 3.5 Ft para-cord with inner core that can be used as a fire starter. The post Endure Survival Pen appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Now you can enjoy all six Star Wars movies in Digital HD at the comfort of your own couch or bed on all your digital devices. Scheduled to be released on April 10th, each of the films include never-before-seen bonus materials that range from mini documentaries and interviews to deleted scenes. This collection is going to be available through Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Xbox Video.   The post Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Philips Two-In-One Monitor

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Philips Two-In-One Monitor not only is aesthetically pleasing but also helps increase productivity by combining two displays that works seamlessly as a large monitor or two separate ones. It features edge to edge glass and an ultra thin border, a 130 mm tall stand that you can adjust to your preference, flicker free technology and a 4 port USB hub so you can connect all your devices. This monitor’s design provides a clean, clutter free work area.   The post Philips Two-In-One Monitor appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Porsche Boxster Spyder

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder is the newest addition to the Porsche’s world; with one thing in mind, high performance. Powered by a 3.8L six-cylinder engine, able to output 375hp, this roadster reaches top speed of 180 mph and a 0-62 in 4.5 seconds. It also features six piston aluminum monobloc breaks at the front and four piston units at the rear. The interior boasts a very sporty and clear design in order to increase performance by getting rid of unnecessary things that weigh this roadster down.   The post Porsche Boxster Spyder appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Poppy Pour-Over Coffee Machine

    tonykpo@hotmail.com
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Artisanal coffee is great but the process of making it doesn’t have to be hard with the Poppy Pour-Over Coffee Machine. The device has a built-in hopper that holds 1.25 lbs of beans, a burr grinder to ensure maximum freshness. A 50 oz water reservoir allows you to not only make one cup of coffee for yourself, but four more servings for your friends and family without refilling it. A charcoal filter cleans the water and a mobile app (Wink) helps you adjust the coffee machine’s settings. Once you are about to run out of coffee beans and filters, the machine takes care of it.  …
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • Baptismal Regeneration, Constitutional Regeneration, or Decisional Regeneration?

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    THE THEOLOGY OF NEW BIRTH OR REGENERATIONDomenic MarbaniangThe term “born again” has been a central term among Evangelicals and the Pentecostal/Charismatics. However, it has also generated a number of controversies among Christians who desire to understand the nature of their salvation in Christ. In this paper, we will try to highlight and evaluate some of the various teachings on the new birth and attempt at an examination of the same in the light of scriptures. The ControversiesBaptismal RegenerationThe doctrine of baptismal regeneration teaches that a person is “born-again” or is…
  • Origin of the Names of the Months

    9 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
    January is named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.February is named after the Roman god Februus, the god of purification and the underworld.March is named after the Roman god Mars, the god of war and also the agricultural guardian.April seems to be derived from aperire, which means “to open”, probably since the buds opened in this month. However, it may also have come from the name of the goddess Aphrodite (Aphrusor Apru as in Etruscan),the Greek equivalent of Venus.May is named after Maiesta, the Roman goddess of honor and reverence.June is named after…
  • Essence of Atonement

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:13 pm
    I wonder what made humans hate the Son of God so much that they wanted Him to die the most agonizing and excruciating death of all--the death of the cross. In fact, the word "excruciating" itself comes from the word "crux" (cross) depicting the intensity and indescribability of the agony. But, the essence of atonement doesn't lie in humans crucifying the Son of God; it lies in the Son of God allowing humans to crucify Him. He allowed humans to do it to Him and in that moment of self-giving, He became our Sacrifice, our Peace. They killed Him not; but, He gave Himself for us. Therefore, He…
  • Jesus Went Into The Temple (Matthew 21:12)

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    When Jesus came into the Temple there was:1. Cleansing of Activities: He drove the ones who were turning God's temple into business center2. Correction of Attitudes: He reminded that the House of God is a House of Prayer3. Comfort to the Ailing: He healed the lame and the blind.
  • Why Is It Triumphant Sunday?

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    It is "triumphant" because the King has entered in.3 Distinctives of Christ's Triumphant EntryHis entry shows His-Conviction of Mission-Control over Self-Commitment to Righteousness1. He moved towards the Cross, not away from the Cross.The Cross defined His mission on earth. He knew where He was going.2. He was indifferent to both Criticism and Praise.Some praised and some criticized but He committed Himself to no man. It didn't matter what humans thought or said about Him; He knew who He was and what He was supposed to do.3. He did not Compromise with Truth, with Meaning--He Cleansed the…
 
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    misssfaithmisssfaith

  • A Source Within - Are You in Touch?

    misssfaith
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:28 am
    A Source Within – Are You in Touch? “Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.” ― Amit Ray Your infinite nature is the source of your whole being within yourself. If you start a meditation … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post A Source Within – Are You in Touch? appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Awakening Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Life Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Lifestyle Join the Conversation…
  • Blood Moon on 4th April 2015

    misssfaith
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Blood Moon on 4th April 2015 The Blood Moon is early tomorrow morning and it will glow pink in the sky during the total lunar eclipse. Unfortunately it will only be visible to residents in the western half of the … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Blood Moon on 4th April 2015 appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #bloodmoon Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Cleaning Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Ending Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #lifechange Join the…
  • Yoga Sunday

    misssfaith
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Yoga Sunday Yoga is not only the practice itself but your way of living in general – a whole way for your body, mind and soul. Today I spent my Sunday being present, I did a few asanas and ate … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Yoga Sunday appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Asana Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #dowhatfeelsgood Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #eatclean Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #feel Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook…
  • Not a Word About Love By Hana Goldberg - Book Review

    misssfaith
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Not a Word About Love By Hana Goldberg – Book Review About the Author Hana Goldberg is a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Israel’s Association of Authors and Composers (ACUM), a bestselling and critically acclaimed Israeli novelist and poet and an A-list … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Not a Word About Love By Hana Goldberg – Book Review appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Author Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Bangkok Join the Conversation…
  • New Moon, A Solar Eclipse and The Beginning of Spring

    misssfaith
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    New Moon, A Solar Eclipse and The Beginning of Spring Tomorrow is a Day full of new beginnings! It’s not only the day of new moon which is a great symbol of beginnings, it’s also the start of spring time. … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post New Moon, A Solar Eclipse and The Beginning of Spring appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #BeginningofSpring Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Cleaning Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #daylight Join the Conversation…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • Get your running shoes on – it’s the London Marathon 2015!

    Caroline F
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    This Sunday 26th April 2015 tens of thousands of runner will be donning the lycra to run the 26.2 miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon. Over 36,000 are expected to make it up The Mall and over the finish line right in front of Buckingham Palace, so in celebration of this great sporting event, […]
  • The Essential Guide to Where to Drive a Tank, and Who Can Drive One

    Caroline F
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    We could tell you that we have an impressive line-up of tank driving experiences at locations around the UK, but we’re not talking about which private off-road centres you can go to for a one-off experience. We want to know if we could get ourselves a fully tracked vehicle and drive the tank ourselves into […]
  • #BGT2015 Kicks off in style and twitter goes mad!

    Caroline F
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Oooh how we love the new Spring TV schedules and this weekend was no exception with the new, ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent kicking off on Saturday night. No change to the magic formula, we welcomed hosts Ant and Dec and judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden back into our […]
  • A Beginners Day Drifting

    Tom Hale
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    Drifting is a motorsport that’s going from strength to strength. From a relatively niche following that started in Japan, the sport now commands thousands of spectators and competitors world-wide. With the British Drift Championships starting this weekend, we sent our content guru Tom to experience this rising phenomenon for the first time with a half […]
  • What makes Prince Harry whoop with delight?

    Caroline F
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:16 am
    Everyone knows that Prince Harry is rather partial to having fun, but what really makes him howl with delight? Is it skiing steep powder in ‘Verbs’ (that’s Verbier to you and us!)? Is it partying in Las Vegas? Is it doing a tour of duty flying an Apache helicopter? Well, we’d hazard a guess that […]
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    Tru-Wealth

  • Bumper Balls in Long Island Are A Bumping Good Time! Long Island Bubble Soccer Is Here!

    John Anthony
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The National Association of Bubble Soccer (NABS) is happy to announce a fair share of bumper balls are now bumping around in the Long Island area with Long Island Bubble Soccer, the official affiliate of NABS for the area.   League Administrator and NABS affiliate Gregg Sarra & son are your official bumper ball boys for the areas in Long Island, specifically Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Commack, Smithtown, Hauppauge, Bohemia, Stony brook, Lindenhurst, Hampton, South Hampton, East Hampton, Riverhead,http://bit.ly/1aEgeI2
  • Made In Sport: Bubble Soccer On Telemundo

    John Anthony
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Wepa! Wepa! Que salio el evento del ano! Y que coraje tiene la mujer que estuvo hecho en deporte! A few weeks ago we threw a spectacular event for Telemundo & Ritmo Deportivo, and boy did we get the ball rolling. Leti Coo, host of Ritmo Deportivo, even made in sport and had the courage to step inside the bubble, going up against guys twice her size!  The great think about bubble soccer is that no matter how big or how small a player, they don't feel muscle when they get blasted. Leti mentionedhttp://bit.ly/1JEoTqx
  • Sport And Health Blog Update

    John Anthony
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Take a look at this cool infographic from the sport and health blog over at Aqua Arm, truly awesome stuff. I knew a couple of these names were different names for sugar, however some of them such as galactose and xylose I sincerely had no clue. Some snack-makers can be truly subtle about the stuff they put in their products and the entire low-carb rage is truly making them adjust in the middle of taste and well being. A lot of sugar is unquestionably a terrible thing, whether you're discussing sugar substitute or simply the plain old brown stuff. Sincerely the best substitute for sugar is…
  • Bubble Soccer - The Craziest Sport You've Yet To Play!

    John Anthony
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Bubble Soccer is probably the wildest sport you've never played. You have to give it a try, such an incredible workout, you're guaranteed to be sweating and laughing harder than you ever have before.Right now National Bubble Soccer has about 33 leagues operating across the United States and Canada, this sport won't stop growing it seems. I wouldn't be surprised if this became a professional sport someday (kidding).But in all seriousness, this knockerball stuff it really is unlike anything you've tried before, most of the operators offer pickup games, but if you want to rent equipment for a…
  • Runners High Definition, How To Achieve, & Endorphin Release

    John Anthony
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    There are many quotes by runners about the famed runners high, and its a sensation that every seasoned runner knows well. But what is runners high? How do we achieve it? What makes it so special that people consistently put their bodies through strain just to feel it? Here's a great article on the science behind the runners high and why its so important so our overall well being!http://www.aqua-arm.com/#!Runners-High-Definition-How-To-Achieve-Endorphin-Release/c1ork/550e55f60cf272cb92ad319a
 
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    Gracie Guru

  • Practice your conversational skills this week by being an extra active listener.

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

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

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

    gracie guru
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:46 am
    The post Controlling Boyfriend: He doesn’t want me to see my friends or family appeared first on Gracie Guru. Q. My boyfriend of six years doesn’t want me to have friends or he wants to choose my friends… And he doesn’t want me around my family… Why is this? Age 30-39 A. This is a major red flag and not normal or healthy relationship behavior. Your boyfriend is trying to control and isolate you ... The post Controlling Boyfriend: He doesn’t want me to see my friends or family appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Remember, it’s never too often to say ‘I love you’ or ‘you’re important to me’.

    gracie guru
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    The post Remember, it’s never too often to say ‘I love you’ or ‘you’re important to me’. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Remember, it’s never too often to say ‘I love you’ or ‘you’re important to me’. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
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  • Remembering My Brother, and Our Last Goodbye

    Nina
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Nina ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Nina E-mail : Follow Nina Unfollow Nina My brother would have turned 35 this year. He passed away two years ago, a month before his 33rd birthday. I’m turning 33 this year. From now on, I am older than my big brother. Like a Zen koan, this truth is beyond me. For the past two years, I’ve mourned his death. But now, for his birthday, I want to celebrate his life. Tam and I were very close as kids. My parents worked day and night, and my sister was too busy being a teenager to play with us. Unencumbered by adult supervision, we’d raid the kitchen to…
  • Sex Trafficking: A Survival Story (Part 1)

    Melissa
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    Follow Melissa ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Melissa E-mail : Follow Melissa Unfollow Melissa I don’t know anyone who grows up planning to become a call girl. I fell into it due to my vulnerable life circumstances being exploited by someone I trusted. I gave birth to my daughter just one month shy of my nineteenth birthday. I wanted very much to give her up for adoption, so she would have a better life than I could provide. Honestly, I never wanted to be a mother. I was always afraid I would turn out like my mother, who raised me by herself. She was the only family consistently in my life. She…
  • Sex Trafficking: A Survival Story (Part 2)

    Melissa
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Melissa ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Melissa E-mail : Follow Melissa Unfollow Melissa To read Part 1 of Melissa’s story, click here.  As a person with a life that taught me I should only rely upon myself, because others would just disappoint and/or exploit me, I decided to pick up the pieces of my shattered identity and survive the only way I knew how. After Frank left for good, I continued my work as a call girl. I didn’t feel like I was worth anything else. I thought I was empowering myself and taking control of my femininity and my sexuality by making men pay to have sex with…
  • Life After Divorce: I Still Cry Sometimes

    Erika
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Erika ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Erika E-mail : Follow Erika Unfollow Erika When my husband left, I had a 6-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a newborn baby. To fill the emptiness during that phase of shock, when time felt like it was standing still, I would pack up plenty of snacks and entertainment and pile everyone into my gas-guzzling SUV and just drive. I’d drive for hours. Sometimes venturing into unexplored areas nearby, and other times following comforting, well-worn routes. I put 30,000 miles on my car that year. I used to cry a lot during those drives. The girls would be…
  • Nigeria: Reality Unfolded

    Omolola Adesina
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Omolola Adesina ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Omolola Adesina E-mail : Follow Omolola Adesina Unfollow Omolola Adesina It was spring break 2012, and I just landed in Nmamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja. The weather was beautiful and breezy. From my desperate zeal to depart from this country as a young girl, Nigeria had suddenly become my new haven. After my short stay, I returned back home to the States and henceforth, things began to change.  It was this year I changed my major to Philosophy, which consequently changed my perception on much of life and its purpose. Over the next couple of years,…
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  • Law of Attraction and Money: From Broke to ‘Ballin’ in Bali

    Kelli Cooper
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:43 am
    Looking for ways to become a better match to that sweet, sweet cash? Listen to the husband Ryan and I chat about all things manifesting money. This was supposed to be me interviewing him but I had plenty to say as well, so I don’t know what to call it..just two people having an awesome conversation about attracting money I guess. We are not just talking theory here..we have been in the trenches when it comes to money problems and applying principles of attraction to turn things around. And we managed to dramatically increase our income, and attract all other forms of abundance, like a…
  • Law of Attraction: Clearing Up Some of Your ‘Action Anxiety’ Part 1

    Kelli Cooper
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:46 am
     If our reality is created by our vibration, which is comprised of our thoughts, beliefs and feelings, then what is the role of action? How much ‘work’ do we have to do to get what we want? This is something that can really trip us up at times, and it can take a bit to work through it. It is one area that can really get our mind all in a tizzy. We have been been brought up to believe success is borne of hard work, that really toiling and going through all sorts of unpleasantness, is what makes us deserving of the end result. Taking action makes us feel like we are in control.
  • I Was Interviewed on Blogging from Paradise: LOA, Clarity and Other Tidbits to Create Awesomeness

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Today I did an audio interview with my husband Ryan, who owns the awesome site Blogging from Paradise. There he helps people  build successful blogs and retire to a life of island hopping or whatever type of life they most want to live.  He does so much more than offer  practical blogging tips, and loves talking about the mental aspects of success and creating our most desired lives. He wants to inspire people. and he does a hell of a job at it.  As a personal development blogger, he thought I could share some great advice with his audience, and I know this crowd would love it too. LOTS…
  • Law of Attraction: Shifting Energy When You’re Freaking Miserable

    Kelli Cooper
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    While not always the case, many people often start working with law of attraction when the shit has really hit the fan. There may be a bit of desperation. Things really suck and they are willing to try anything to bring some relief. The idea we can control our reality through our thoughts, feelings and beliefs gives a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, life can get better if we can adopt some more empowering and positive ones. Maybe, just maybe, we don’t have to keep suffering and letting our life be dictated by outside forces. The concept seems simple enough, but as anyone who…
  • Law of Attraction: Signs What You Want is On Its Way

    Kelli Cooper
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    It would be great if there were these set, ummistakable signs, like a notification from the Cosmic FedEx your manifestation has left the facility and is now in transit, or your right pinky finger beginning to tingle from 8 to noon daily in the three days preceding the arrival of your stuff. This post is courtesy of a question one of my very regular readers asked me in one of her comments. She wanted to know about signs that what we want to manifest is on its way. Lots of good questions lately that were juicy enough to turn into a full-fledged blog post, so thanks for that question-askers! The…
 
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  • Eurozone Debt Crisis – Definitive steps motivated situation

    ManuelaGwendolen
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Eurozone Debt Crisis – Definitive steps motivated situation In fact the final time he realized he had to acquire new ones was as he was walking on the snow and first his felt cold, then his feet felt wet and both of those feelings were horrible. In many quarters payday or same day loans have proven to get hugely controversial. This amount might be useful for paying from the medical bills, schools fees, energy bills, car bills along with other utility bills. The borrowed amount should be repaid by the due date to stop the penalty as extra interest. The invoice factoring company’s…
  • Personal Loan – How To Get It Without A Job Or Credit

    AlfonzoMorrill
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Personal Loan – How To Get It Without A Job Or Credit However, if you see it’s an excellent option for you personally then you may spend less within the long run because you’ve paid off those other bills and can stop facing their interest charges any more. These unsecured personal loan, also called a bad credit score cash loan, help consumers to bridge the gap between paydays through providing emergency financial aid. It isn’t tough to get approved for unsecured micro loans for blacklisted people at all, but you need to check around how you’ll be able to be…
  • Kinder Morgan Stock – 8 Signs You Made A Great Impact On Yahoo

    MurielMmn6883736
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Kinder Morgan Stock – 8 Signs You Made A Great Impact On Yahoo Stock investing is a popular tool that numerous use for creating wealth. Kinder Morgan Stock – 8 Signs You Made A Great Impact On Yahoo is for anyone from teenagers to retirees can own stock and many of them do. You can never be too previous or as well younger to be an investor but the faster you begin the much better off you will most most likely be. The leading brokers in my opinion are TD-Ameritrade, E*Trade, and Scottrade Application. These are businesses that you will have no problems with. They have been around…
  • Surrogate Mother Cost – Top Tips In 2015

    AstridSpaull
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Surrogate Mother Cost – Top Tips In 2015 Listed below are 5 strategies for lovers that want to get a surrogate mother: 1. Look for specialist: There is a huge quantity of facts on the net, this can only help you turn into informed being an planned father or mother. Teaching your self from the Net will not likely make you an authority inside surrogacy field nevertheless will assist you to link, as well as bring up together with other folks who are going through related struggling. Empowering oneself using knowing your surrogacy selections will assist inside your decision-making…
  • Love Poems – Be In LoVe InSane

    Hadeer El-shishiny
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images Love Poems – Be In LoVe InSane Love is care. Love is share. When you intend to go there. Either you are obtained. Or you may feel your pain. Or in love, you love that pain. ……………………Be in LOVE insane…………………. If you really have a lover…..Take, in love, a plane. Waste no time again…. Go !! no more time to stare. Try to fly to your beloved…. try to remove their pain. Give them hand to wipe your tears…. Please, in love, attain. Go, say :…
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  • A Laudable Lust for Learning or a Longing to be Lauded?

    The People Pleaser
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I've got a bit of an obsession with learning new things. This leads me to wonder whether this is a genuine, healthy curiosity or an attempt to gain approval of others, or some sort or external validation. There are a few reasons that I'm even asking this question. First of all, most of the things I want to learn about are not very practical in (my) everyday life. Learning to write chinese characters, learning to backflip, philosophy, abstract scientific concepts that I don't really understand. These might be useful to diplomats, ninjas, academics and scientists, but they don't help me…
  • Vicariously Vivifying Violence through Victims of Vice and Vehemence

    The People Pleaser
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I often feel a strange sense of excitement when reading about catastrophic events and always feel a sense of disappointment when they're over. An abhorrent thing, I know. But the feeling is there. If I read about a tsunami, plane crash, or some potential escalation in North Korea, I find that I'm hoping for it to blow out of proportion. It's not that I don't realise the reality of the situation, or the devastation it would cause to so many people. It's not that I think I will actually get any sort of enjoyment or happiness from it. I won't. There's just this ingrained desire for…
  • Money Money Money..... Money

    The People Pleaser
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Money. It's a broad and sensitive topic. There are devoted lovers and haters of money and only a small number of those who are indifferent. The relative importance of money is something I continue to struggle with in my life. Balancing the pursuit of wealth with family life is a massive effort. This seems to have resulted in me living in the future more than the present. My wife accuses me of this frequently and although I vehemently deny it to her - it's true. The problem is that the future is uncertain, and with my pessimistic attitude, I tend to focus on the potential…
  • Hardly Homeless, However a Home Has not been Had

    The People Pleaser
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    How important is it to have a place to call home? Is a home more than just the people that occupy it? How much importance and real value can a physical location hold?These are questions I ask myself after speaking to people who have a place to call home - whether it be the house they grew up in, or just the town or city. They have one place that holds the vast majority of their memories, friends and family. Consequently, it also holds a great deal of importance to them and always offers a comforting feeling of familiarity and safety. I personally don't have this and this leads me to the…
  • Contemplating the Conceded yet Contented Countenances of Commuting Citizens

    The People Pleaser
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I unfortunately spend a lot of time on public transport travelling to and from work. What I can't help but notice is the number of strange folk that occupy these moving sweat boxes every day. Don't get me wrong, not everyone is totally obscure. There are a few "normals" - students, people on their way to work, some travellers. But thrown into this mix are some really odd characters. I don't quite know what compels these strange people to populate every empty space in a train, tram, subway or bus. You would think they would just lock themselves up indoors - away from the cruel and…
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  • See your again: Wiz Khalifa (Short Cover) #paulwalkertribute

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

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

    Footsteps
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    He sprayed on the clean white wall.  
  • 26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am

    Footsteps
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    A guy who doesn’t get women, doesn’t get women because he doesn’t get women.
 
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  • Dave Coulier’s ‘Full House’ Rap That No One Knew Existed Now Has A Music Video

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

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

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

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

    suitableshares
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Two year old Josie is packing a mean punch for such a young girl. When Eric Palonen’s two year old daughter heard her aunt utter a bad word, she came unglued. Josie knows how important it is to be well-spoken and not use bad words, thanks to the advice of her parents. As such, she is not going to stand for her aunt having such a foul mouth around here. Just wait until you see the choice words two year old Josie has for her potty-mouthed aunt, and try not to smile. We think Josie is going to grow up The post Two Year Old Girl Gives Aunt A Piece of Her Mind After She Used A Bad Word. It…
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  • I Love Myselfie

    Maggie Paretta
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    With the way people talk about them, you’d think selfies were a new thing. But the truth is, people have been taking selfies since there were portable cameras. In fact, last year The Daily Mail published an article about Joseph Byron Clayton, a photographer in 1909 who may not have used the word “selfie”, but probably took one of the first, if not the first, arms-out self-portrait. No duck face though, for which I am grateful. Selfie Numero Uno Another fun fact: the word “selfie” has actually been around since before Ye Olde MySpace. It started out on Flikr, but…
  • Giving Meaning to Sex

    Mike Russay
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    It was the actor Shirley MacLaine who once said, “Sex is hardly ever just about sex.” And I want to say I agree with her. Today sex is everywhere. On the news, in magazines, on the television, and just about anywhere we can squeeze it. We use sex to sell products and we use sex to find our escapes. However, with all this sex being thrown around do you ever wonder if we’re watering down it’s meaning? I know I do. But first before I dive any deeper let’s explore a bit of sexual history. In the 1960s thanks to feminist challenging the social norms on sex. The…
  • Response to Marci Robin’s ‘Why “Dear Future Husband Sucks”‘

    Maggie Paretta
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past eight months or so, you’re probably aware of the waves newcomer Meghan Trainor’s music has made. With her first single, All About That Bass, many people accused her of being not only anti-feminist but a thin-shamer… while dancing to the song, because damn, is it catchy. And while I do enjoy the song myself, I see their point; with lines like “go on and tell them skinny bitches that” and “My momma, she told me ‘Don’t worry about your size.’ She said boys like a little more booty to…
  • Side Effects May Include…

    Maggie Paretta
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:15 pm
    “Side effects may include headaches, night terrors, day-long paralysis, stroke, aneurysm, suicidal thoughts, or death.” Today, I had a splitting headache and bad nausea. Or was it a migraine, brought on by my stressful day, or my period? Or perhaps it was a side effect of having my anxiety meds bumped up, which my psychiatrist, psychologist, and I all agreed was a good idea. In addition to my headache, my psychiatrist warned me I might re-experience the side effects I had when I started my anxiety meds: lack of appetite, dizziness, nausea, and the lovely sexual side effects. And…
  • Vulnerability as Men

    Mike Russay
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:33 pm
    I remember the last time I had a good cry for a beautiful reason. It was my brother’s wedding, after doing my toast…. The sight of him on his special day. I had written a speech and did away with  it. I spoke from my heart. The whole time I kept thinking. I’m going to cry. I’m going to sob my freaking eyes out. And I did. The tears couldn’t stop coming and even now I can feel them sitting behind my eyes. I cried because I was overwhelmed with good emotions. Things that felt good. I had opened up my heart in front of a room of friends, family, and loved ones.
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    Life Advancer

  • This Robot Chef That Can Cook 2,000 Meals Will Be Available In 2017

    panos
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    Now, it wouldn’t be a surprise for a person who hear that in about two years, they’d have a robot chef cooking for them, to picture a droid-looking machine with a little chef hat on its head. That’s not quite what Moley Robotics, the company who is developing this new technological leap, has accomplished. Moley Robotics has developed a pair of high tech robotic arms (destined to be built into … Continue reading
  • 26 Scientifically Proven Superhuman Benefits of Meditation

    georgeqses
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I have a confession to make… I know meditation is meant to be good for you but I don’t meditate every day. I go through cycles of meditating 20 minutes a day and then slowly ‘forget’ and slide into not meditating until I feel I need to — until I feel like crap. Sound familiar? But recently things have been different. For the last 30 days I’ve meditated for 25 minutes in the morning, 25 … Continue reading
  • Is Your Tea Loaded With Toxic Fluoride?

    georgeqses
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    An increasing percentage of the population has been getting smart about the dangers of drinking cola and other kinds of soda pop, and they’re abandoning it in droves. So as an alternative to soda, individuals are choosing boxed and bottled tea as a primary substitute beverage. This is no surprise because tea has a list of health benefits that can’t be ignored. But unless you know which teas to choose, … Continue reading
  • Mind Control Researchers Create Fake Link Between Unrelated Memories

    georgeqses
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Advancements in genetics and neuroscience are undoubtedly leading toward direct methods of mind control, albeit only with good intentions … if government and establishment science can be believed. However, an array of hi-tech methods have been announced which show clear potential for negative manipulation. Bold claims have been made by scientists that they now can use “neural dust,” high-powered lasers, and light beamed from outside the skull to alter brain … Continue reading
  • The Laws of Attraction: Your Names Can Help, Hinder or Halt Your Progress

    panos
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Our Names Influence Our Lives For Better Or Worse? Yes, incredible as it may seem, your names influence your life, your character, personality, virtues, vices and health. More amazing, the second part of this system reveals how letters from each of your names rotate at predetermined years, influencing events and the way you live your life. This is not numerology and it is not a newfangled theory. This knowledge has … Continue reading
 
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  • Project Impact Miyar

    Akash
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Miyar Valley needs your contribution! Read about the cause here. The Cause Impact Miyar is an initiative to spread awareness about and empower the people of Miyar Valley, a remote Himalayan Valley in Lahaul & Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh State, India. You can contribute monetarily or simply share the cause with your network. I urge […]
  • Nirbhaya, India’s Daughter & Women’s Day

    Akash
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Nirbhaya, India’s Daughter & Women’s Day On Women’s Day while it is a must that I congratulate all the women who have achieved a lot in their personal and professional lives, with numerous sacrifices along the way. But I need to get this out of my system once and for all! I really dream of […]
  • Main Sikh aur Aap?

    Akash
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Main Sikh aur Aap? As far as I can remember, I have always visited a Gurudwara ( the sikh temple) and I guess I am a Sikh by default. That is how I have been identified, religion wise. As a kid I would visit the Gurudwara and wish for all sorts of silly things. Surprisingly, […]
  • In a country full of cry babies, democracy gets ‘roasted’, Again

    Akash
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Sitting on the pot today (Oops am I allowed to write out that loud?, Ain’t a lady got be sophisticated and all? Do girls even shit? You know what, I don’t care), I realized that I began blogging with a vision to vehemently express my views on things and subjects which I find disturbing, disturbing […]
  • The Humanist Manifesto

    Akash
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:16 am
    I was surprised to get an e-mail from my brother, Karan, last night. He has a few opinions on humanity in general, which I felt I should share since he is too lazy or busy to start a blog of his own. I admire his opinions and I want people to read what he writes. […]
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    HealthyArea.org

  • Reviews to Choose A Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floor 2015

    Steven
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Guides On Choosing Vacuums for Hardwood Floors In your quest to finding the best vacuum cleaner for your hardwood floors, you ought to look for one that can effectively and efficiently do the work. Hardwood floors are easy to get scratched, and the normal vacuums used on carpet may harm them. So, you need to pay... Read Article → The post Reviews to Choose A Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floor 2015 appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • How to Choose A Best Air Purifier for Home?

    Steven
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    5 Factors to Consider When Buying a Room Air Purifier Different air purifiers exist on the market today, with a big chunk of them having been made for purifying only one room at a time. Many aspects of a one-room air purifier are considered when one wants to settle on the best one for their... Read Article → The post How to Choose A Best Air Purifier for Home? appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • Top 10 Best Air Purifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Steven
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The Guide to Buying The Best Air Purifiers What is An Air Purifier? How Does An Air Purifier Work? An air purifier is a specially designed device whose key purpose is to remove contaminants that may present in air. These air purifier devices are effective in removing the airbore contaminants, and very effect useful to... Read Article → The post Top 10 Best Air Purifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015 appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • Top 10 Best Coffee Maker and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Steven
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Coffee Maker Reviews and Buying Guide If you need A right kitchen appliance to brew your coffee in an instant, then you should invest on a best home coffee maker. These machines have numerous features, but the main thing about this unit is coffee makers comes with a metal filter where you put coffee grounds.... Read Article → The post Top 10 Best Coffee Maker and Reviews 2014 – 2015 appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
  • Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Ultimate Guides for Fat Soluble Vitamins

    Steven
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Benefits,Use, Side Effects… The different types of fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins E, K, D and A. These are incapable of dissipating fat, and they are not necessary to be replenished frequently. Additionally, these vitamins tend to accumulate in fatty issues and liver as they absorb dietary fat located in small intestines. Unlike water-soluble... Read Article → The post Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Ultimate Guides for Fat Soluble Vitamins appeared first on HealthyArea.org.
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  • Choosing Your Destiny

    Darin
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:44 pm
    In life we face many choices, but did you ever realize that you are choosing your destiny when you make these decisions. In the world today we are taught that destiny is something that comes upon you, that fate holds your future in its hands, and this is absolutely not true. We live in an ... The post Choosing Your Destiny appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Striving for Excellence

    Darin
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:46 pm
    It has been well said that I would rather choke on excellence rather than nibble on mediocrity, and I view striving for excellence as an important part of business strategy. One of the great pressures on entrepreneurs is the tyranny of the urgent, which we call the shiny objects syndrome. What this means is that ... The post Striving for Excellence appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • 6 Ways You Can Kill Your Dreams

    Darin
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
    All of this have dreams, but in many ways it is easier to kill your dreams and make them a reality. While we do not set out to kill around dreams, we do so inadvertently because we have underlying beliefs and world views can severely affect whether our dreams will come to pass or not. ... The post 6 Ways You Can Kill Your Dreams appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Value Life and Live Life to the Full

    Darin
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    I want to value my life and live life to the full. I have always felt this way, but I particularly value life right now because I have had an experience that focuses my attention on the value of life. On a recent holiday in Fiji, I decided to do my long-awaited open water diving ... The post Value Life and Live Life to the Full appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • The Miracle of New Life

    Darin
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    New life is amazing thing to witness, that sometimes we grow accustomed to what is definitely a miracle. The miracle of new life Part of my life of real abundance is being able to share with and support young girls in trouble, via a charity that my wife Fiona and I have started called Lily ... The post The Miracle of New Life appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
 
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  • The Real Food Stamp Challenge

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

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

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

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

    Michelle Matthews
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Many, many times, I thought I was horrible. I was doing the worst job ever as a parent. I could see it all in my mind, the kids twenty years from now, unprepared totally not winning at life and me being to blame. It took me four years to get to a point where I realized all I could do was my best and cross my fingers. There was no manual. I thought it was going to be easy, this parenting thing. Babies are so easy. Feed, burp. Wash, clothe. Playtime, tummy time, nap time. Keep and ear out, keep an eye out. Sleep when they sleep. Laundry/bathe/cook when they nap. Go to bed and do it all again.
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    Possibly there is this kind of thing to be a eating plan that is certainly uncomplicated? Needless to say there are, however most of them never deliver great results. The top uncomplicated fat loss programs are usually simple, have got excellent food possibilities, include work out and therefore are easy to abide by.They're easy to abide by because they may not be excessive. The easiest way to visit an eating plan prepare would be to start off little by little. Exactly how might the body take care of running a convention the next day? Likely the identical it will take care of the excessive…
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    The primary problem for many individuals especially adults on the subject of shedding pounds may be the option of spare time. At this point the majority of us are usually constantly hectic with his frantic existence along with stuffed program along with being dedicated to eating better as well as regular work out just isn't uncomplicated. Even so usually do not give up completely however as listed here are just some tricks for low-cost along with uncomplicated eating plans that you should combine in the hectic existence along with successfully shed those people unwanted weight without…
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  • Read A Framework For Understanding Poverty By Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

    19 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    About three weeks ago I was in a meeting with my assistant superintendents and the deputy superintendent of my school district and we were discussing the school of which I serve as principal. I was explaining to them the various challenges we face as the school is seated in what is probably the lowest economic area of the city. As we were chatting, one of the assistant superintendents asked me if I had ever read the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Dr. Ruby K. Payne?, in fact, because she knows that I am a voracious reader, she erroneously assumed that I had read it. I told her I…
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    The Critical Thinker is now a part of the Alltop umbrella. According to Alltop, it's purpose is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.We do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs such as The…
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    21 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    My wife and I were talking at breakfast this morning and she said to our youngest daughter to finish breakfast and to get ready to do her chores before she had to leave the house for a scheduled appointment. I said to my wife, the word "chores" sounds strange in 2015 and most children today probably do not even know what "chores" are. Certainly those of us born fifty or more years ago or who grew up in the south, or maybe even southern or mid western children today may know what chores are; but I am willing to bet that the average urban or suburban child for that matter, does not know what a…
  • You Go Girl!

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    An Indian bride has walked out of her wedding ceremony after her groom-to-be failed to solve a simple math problem, police said Friday.The bride tested the groom on his math skills and when he got the sum wrong, she walked out.The question she asked: How much is 15 plus 6?His reply: 17.The incident took place late Wednesday in Rasoolabad village near the industrial town of Kanpur in northern Uttar Pradesh state, local police officer Rakesh Kumar said Friday.The groom’s family tried persuading the bride to return, but she refused. She said the groom had misled them about his education.“The…
 
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  • 69 Well Said Quotes About Sex

    Jack
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Here listed are 69 well said quotes about sex you might have never heard before. Keep igniting your fantasies and keep sharing our articles … Loving is sharing …   Thank You The post 69 Well Said Quotes About Sex appeared first on The Passi.
  • 12 Universal Laws You Should Definitely Read

    Jack
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everything in this universe is based on certain laws and principles which help each and every atom, proton and electron to work as precisely as they are made to be. There are many laws in this universe which we term as universal laws which not only affect how we think, act and react, but also the whole working of universe. … Continue reading The post 12 Universal Laws You Should Definitely Read appeared first on The Passi.
  • 49 Well Said Classic Quotes About Sex

    Jack
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Maybe you would have ever heard of quotes about sex as its one of the most rarely topic. But, don’t worry, if you won’t have, this article is just for you. This list has 49 ever well said classical quotes about sex ever said by the great legends of all times. All of these quotes are as interesting as they … Continue reading The post 49 Well Said Classic Quotes About Sex appeared first on The Passi.
  • 30 Well Said Quotes To Inspire You To Move On

    Jack
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    Inspiration and motivation is all one need to move ahead in life. No matter where you are, how bad or worse your conditions are, you still holds the ability to change your life and make it better than your imagination. Where you are in not where you are going to stay. It all depends on how you think and what … Continue reading The post 30 Well Said Quotes To Inspire You To Move On appeared first on The Passi.
  • 20 Well Said Motivational Quotes About Creativity

    Jack
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Below listed are 20 well said motivational quotes everyone should read about creativity. As we all know what creativity is and how it can help us in better thinking and changing our life. This post is another valuable addition in category of quotes and i’m sure you all would love reading them. Keep sharing and keep reading. Thank You The post 20 Well Said Motivational Quotes About Creativity appeared first on The Passi.
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  • Your One-Week Relationship Challenge

    Robert White
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    REPETITION IS GREAT when you’re learning the piano or polishing your forehand. But for relationships it can spell slow ruin. The mannerisms and habits we loved in each other can lose charm and chafe, and little gestures of affection fall away. When work stress and child chores chew into us, even everyday politeness can slide and we start snapping at or even ignoring those we love most. “I’m nicer to the pool man than to Paul,” confides a Durban photographer and mother of two. “I love Rajen, but I off-load on him and it gets ugly,” sighs a pressured Pietermaritzburg sales manager…
  • How well do you read guys’ signals?

    Robert White
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    1 The guy you’ve been dating for a month asks you to his parents’ house for his family-reunion weekend. You’re thinking: A ‘Time to start a wedding Pinterest board!’ B ‘Does he rush into things with every girl he dates?’ C ‘I’m excited to see his old bedroom and sneaker collection.’ 2 You’re out to dinner with the girls, and the hot waiter who’s been flirting with you all night writes his number on your bill. You: A Assume he’s into you. Nice! You just might call. B Figure he’s just looking for a big tip. C Drum your fingers at the bar until he finishes his shift.
  • On Goals and Happiness

    Robert White
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    Fezeka Mabuya, 29, advertising consultant, Durban ‘I used to believe I had to be successful to be happy. When I joined the ad industry at 19, I pressured myself to achieve so much that I neglected my needs. I had an anxiety attack and spiralled into depression. Therapy taught me how to empower myself to put happiness first. I wish I’d done it earlier! I no longer stress about personal achievements that’ll be appraised by others; I just work at living life as positively as I can each day. My happiness ignites my ability to learn and grow in my career, and to attract and engage with…
  • A One-Night Affair with good food

    Robert White
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:17 am
    From home-cooked meals with strangers to gourmet extravaganzas at secret locations, pop-up dining is an experience you simply try ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED AS a way for artists to upcycle empty urban spaces, these days, temporary shops, restaurants, bakeries and even art galleries are giving their traditional, fixed counterparts a run for their money. Pop-up dining offers its own brand of adventure that makes eating out about much more than just savouring flavours. Try these before they disappear: 1 BEIJING OPERA Cape Town-based creative Yang Zhao knew she was on to something great when she began…
  • Six Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat – Yet!

    Robert White
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:50 pm
    RIDDING YOUR BELLY of its excess load isn’t just important for vanity’s sake: Abdominal fat – specifically, dangerous visceral fat, which forms in between your organs – could put you at risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. The good news? Losing abdominal fat is easier than throwing off lower-body fat or “bingo wings” flab. Here’s how to conquer the battle of the bulge. 1. YOU’RE NOT COMBINING WORKOUTS Have you been religiously clocking up the kilometres on your pedometer and hitting the spinning classes hard? That’s great for your fitness and cardio…
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