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  • Grace in Small Things No. 560
    Elan Morgan
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I'm sitting on the couch trying to work despite this brand new cold I contracted, and I'm feeling hopeless about the weather, so it's time for a gratitude list, stat.It's technically spring, even if it doesn't look like it yet, so it's going to happen. I'm keeping the faith.Sipping hot tea under my comforter is just so comforting.I am still amazed that I live in a reality where I can call someone up on the phone, tell them to make me food, and then another person will drive it to my house. It's incredible that I can do this when I'm too sniffly to grocery shop. Nutella smeared on bananas…
  • Blogging is not dead

    Reality Me
    Doug McCaughan
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Blogging is not dead. It’s just hard work. I’d explain, but that would take some effort.
  • Are You Depressed? The Symptoms of Male Melancholy

    The Art of Manliness
    Brett and Kate McKay
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    So far we’ve discussed the history of depression, and explored its possible causes. Before we conclude this series next week with a guidebook on managing your melancholy, we of course need to stop to examine what depression actually looks like. How is it different from run-of-the-mill sadness, and how does it manifest itself, especially in men? Today we’ll tackle those two questions. What’s the difference between being sad and being depressed? That’s the million-dollar question and the source of a lot of debate. It’s also a relatively modern query. As we discussed in our post on the…
  • Countdown - 7 Days

    Peterman's Eye
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
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  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 21–27 March 2015
    Elan Morgan
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Paul Canetti's "Apple Watch Doesn’t Have Safari And You Didn’t Even Notice"The death of the browser has been a slow and steady process, but I believe Apple Watch will now be the nail in the coffin. Not only is there no Safari, but no one seems to notice or care! Imagine if Apple Watch had no Messages or no Weather or no… Uber!!! People would riot. But no Safari? No problem.I love that not only does Ted Cruz not own his own domain name, but also that the person who does did this with it:  tedcruz.comI've become a fan of This Is the Kit this week: Cheryl Strayed is back with Dear…
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  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 21–27 March 2015

    Elan Morgan
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Paul Canetti's "Apple Watch Doesn’t Have Safari And You Didn’t Even Notice"The death of the browser has been a slow and steady process, but I believe Apple Watch will now be the nail in the coffin. Not only is there no Safari, but no one seems to notice or care! Imagine if Apple Watch had no Messages or no Weather or no… Uber!!! People would riot. But no Safari? No problem.I love that not only does Ted Cruz not own his own domain name, but also that the person who does did this with it:  tedcruz.comI've become a fan of This Is the Kit this week: Cheryl Strayed is back with Dear…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 560

    Elan Morgan
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I'm sitting on the couch trying to work despite this brand new cold I contracted, and I'm feeling hopeless about the weather, so it's time for a gratitude list, stat.It's technically spring, even if it doesn't look like it yet, so it's going to happen. I'm keeping the faith.Sipping hot tea under my comforter is just so comforting.I am still amazed that I live in a reality where I can call someone up on the phone, tell them to make me food, and then another person will drive it to my house. It's incredible that I can do this when I'm too sniffly to grocery shop. Nutella smeared on bananas…
  • The Papier-Mâché Buddha: A Meditation on Love, Creation, and Shame

    Elan Morgan
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    part of Joe Fafard's "oskana ka-asasteki", a layered sculpture of a buffalo in downtown Regina There was this weird time in my late teens I don’t think I’ve ever written about.Over the course of a couple of weeks, I stole some found chicken wire, piles of old newspapers, flour and a large mixing bowl, and I crawled up into the garage rafters for some of my dad’s old hockey sticks and a saw. I hid all of it in the back of my deep closet and only took them out at night so I could measure them against each other and decide what to make. I knew…
  • Mannequin Butt

    Elan Morgan
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    click image to enlarge I felt really weird taking photos of a naked mannequin's butt at The Bay. Lord knows why.
  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 14–20 March 2015

    Elan Morgan
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    John Bois' "The Worst Internet Things bracket":I thought I was the only one who messed up a sync and ended up wiping an entire music library that I had spent years building, but multiple friends have told me that they did the exact same thing. iTunes is like having your hand held by a robot who wants to walk into the ocean and die.This nearly 11-minute Polaroid SX-70 ad from 1972 (via Charlie Loyd's TinyLetter, 6) is a brilliant blend of history, lifestyle, design, forward thinking about human creativity, and the move of photography into the social element. They did…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 10 surprising facts about women’s clothes [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The miniskirt was not meant to be sexy. High heels were meant for men. Corsets were diet aids. What is going on? The world isn't as it seems! Learn more crazy trivia about women's clothes below. The post 10 surprising facts about women’s clothes [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Groupon rises to occasion by responding to all Banana Bunker Facebook posts

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    The only thing better than the comments on an item like a Banana Bunker is when the company that posts it gets in on the action. The post Groupon rises to occasion by responding to all Banana Bunker Facebook posts appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Epic basketball dunk turns into epic basketball fail [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The stage was set for the perfect dunk. People lined the player's path, there was a car for him to jump over, and the pyrotechnics were set to go off. The only problem was, the dunk failed, the car got in the way, and the pyrotechnics went off in celebration of nothing. The post Epic basketball dunk turns into epic basketball fail [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The ultimate checklist for productive meetings

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Tired of wasting your working days in meetings that go nowhere? Dread being the person who plans them? No worries with this planning checklist from Harvard Business Review that will keep things on track and make sure all your bases are covered. Full story at Harvard Business Review via Lifehacker. Better business practices. Photo credit: … The post The ultimate checklist for productive meetings appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Congresswoman is the worst parker ever [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    To be fair, this seventy-seven year old congresswoman was in a big hurry. She was late for an address by the Afghani president. But, even taking that into consideration, it's hard to imagine someone being so very bad at parking. This does explain something about the state of Congress, though. The post Congresswoman is the worst parker ever [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Spring Recipes to Delight Every Table

    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

    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

    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 — MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) November 26, 2014   Marlo serves as national outreach director…
  • Joan Larsen Celebrates: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

    Joan Larsen
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . . A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!! The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house As the children became teens, it became not only a challenge but fun to outdo themselves We could see the pride in their eyes over their original creations and how could we not “ohh” and “ahh” over this? We deemed it strictly stunning ! Apple cider seemed a unique touch for toasting before the big meal and below the…
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    Simply Jews

  • King Bibi - the one-eyed man in the land of the blind?

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Since this post isn't going to be complimentary to our new/old PM, let's start with a disclaimer: Benjamin Netanyahu is absolutely right in his fight against the Iranian quest for nuclear weapons. Even without the nukes Iran is the hub of destructive overt and covert terrorist and expansionist activities in the Middle East and all over the world, pulling strings and sowing seeds of dissent. Nuclear Iran will become a major nightmare, and those who tend to reduce the problem to Israel only are due for a rude awakening. So yes, everything Bibi says about Iran is true. And this more or less…
  • In Latest Column, NYT’s Friedman Mirrors Administration’s Shift on Iran

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    This The Tower article summarizes aptly the Friedman's about-turn:Three years ago, Friedman touted Obama’s toughness in confronting Iran. Now he’s justifying the president’s retreat.Enough said.Only one detail: is it my eyes or the TF's nose in the picture is somewhat brown-tinged?
  • The most striking aspect of the Israeli spying leak: stupidity

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    I have allowed myself a slight modification of the Business Insider's article headline. Because Business Insider's Armin Rosen put his finger at the aspect of the matter previously not discussed. To start with, the original WSJ article that caused the whole brouhaha doesn't contain a shred of proof of Israel divulging secret information of any kind to US lawmakers. On the other hand, as Rosen noticed, it provides proof that American intelligence services continuously spy after the Israeli VIPs:In fact, the only confirmed spying between allies in the entire piece comes in the course of…
  • The rage and loathing in Washington D.C.

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    The latest WSJ article Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S. is a triumph of intention over substance, as anyone who read it can testify. The intention in question being that of White House and State Dept: to inflict another painful blow on Bibi.Let's try to deconstruct the story. First of all, complaints about spying coming from US, whose spying activities were in the last few years discovered everywhere, save (probably) the Antarctic - which is to be still checked with the penguin population - do sound somewhat ridiculous. The people who can't live with understanding that everyone…
  • Just a good story

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    In 1921, one of the blackest years in Russian history, painter Boris Kustodiev, who was working on a Portrait of Chaliapin at the time, was visited by two penniless youngsters who asked him to draw their portrait. One of the pair was 27 years old, the other - 25. They promised the painter two things: that they will become famous and that they will pay by a sack of flour. The wise guys got the flour by repairing something at a mill. Kustodiev just couldn't refuse the rare at the time merchandise. And the two heroes of our story had to keep to their other promise. Nikolay Semenov (on the right)…
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    this time - this space

  • No Broken Links

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    I apologize for the waffling and inconvenience of broken links that visitors experienced these last few days but when I got bad news about my health I over-reacted. Right now, I’m well and… Continue reading →
  • Reconsideration

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    After some deep thinking and discussion with those close to me I have decided to renew the domain mapping upgrade and the no-ads upgrade on this blog. Removing domain mapping would break all… Continue reading →
  • Gratitude and Abundance

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Stephen Covey’s self help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was a life changing read for me. Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality or abundance mindset. It is a concept… Continue reading →
  • Back to the drawing board

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    I’m busy reviewing 7 years of published posts in this blog post by post and link by link. My aim is to complete a major blog renovation before my working life comes to… Continue reading →
  • Parting is sweet sorrow

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Due to some serious health issues that you can read about in my blogging tips blog I have not been posting to this blog. I am leaving regular blogging behind and there will… Continue reading →
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  • Old People and Weather

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    [PERSONAL NOTE: I've not been feeling well for a couple of days – a bad cold or mild flu (this year's vaccine missed a strain or two) – so when I take a few minutes off from napping, I'm writing easy stuff. Translation: no thinking involved.] When I was young – I'm pretty sure that means when I was a kid and young adult but you never can tell at my age with how time passes – it irritated me that all the old people I knew were overly interested in the weather. Not “old” like my parents, more like grandparents' ages, retired people or those getting close to it. They discussed a…
  • Can You Trust Online Health Information?

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Or, for that matter, any other kind of information? There are some general rules of thumb that anyone with even minimal critical thinking skills probably uses: • Who is doing the writing? What are his/her credentials? (If there is no author name AND link to the author's bio, reject it.) • Who sponsors or owns the website? That is, who pays the bills to keep it running and updated? (For health information, a commercial enterprise or an individual is a yellow alert. Check further.) • How is the information sourced? (These could be links to research material or not. At good health…
  • Driving While Old

    Ronni Bennett
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Whenever there is an auto accident involving an elder driver, there are hysterical calls to snatch licenses from people when they turn 65. What makes me laugh (ruefully) is that U.S. elected officials are eager to raise retirement age for Social Security and eligibility for Medicare because, they say, we are healthier in old age than past generations so we should work longer. But apparently, for some of them, that doesn't mean we are healthy enough to drive. Not necessarily, say the people who track driving statistics for a living at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),…
  • Yes, Another Elder Online Dating Post – Part 3 (Unplanned)

    Ronni Bennett
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Yesterday's post, Part 2 of this series, was supposed to be the end of it. But two pertinent things happened that make it worth extending for a day – especially because I think the topic of elder dating deserves a bit more depth and humor than my experience gave it. Over several years, I have accumulated a modest collection of DVDs about old age. A few are documentaries but what I am more interested in are dramas, in how filmmakers approach the subject and how well they carry through either in interpretation of what I already know or enlightening me anew. Sunday I rewatched a Peter O'Toole…
  • I Flunked Elder Online Dating – Part 2

    Ronni Bennett
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    As I reported at the end of Part 1, I was flattered to receive the first response to my profile and photo within about five minutes of posting them to and OurTime: “Great profile,” it read. “I'd love to hear from you.” In less than another five minutes, three or four more arrived with, word for word, the same message. So much for preening over my scintillating prose and gorgeous photo. Obviously, there are canned responses users can choose by checking a box. Hey, fellas. I made a reasonably good attempt to write a profile that would give you a small idea of what interests me.
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • 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…
  • 50 Shades of Mediocrity: Does Content Have to Be Good, or Just Good Enough?

    Ann Handley
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    When a franchise like 50 Shades of Grey enjoys crazy success, is it a signal that content doesn’t have to be good to be crazy-successful? Popularity is only one measure of success, of course. And for most of us in the content marketing world, it’s not a very good one. Yet popularity is still very often the thing that persistently defines value. (Witness the popularity of popularity lists.) On the one hand I get it, and on the other, I think it’s weird. Is it the goal for your business to have the most followers on Twitter? Or is it to attract more customers than your competitor?
  • The One Thing All Creative People Do

    Ann Handley
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The one thing all creative people tend to do is reject the notion that “creative” and “artistic” are the same. In other words, creative people know that creativity finds expression in many ways. Because you can be a creative team leader or a creative scientist or a creative TSA agent or a creative marketer—which means only that you look for new ways of doing things. So you, too, are creative—or you have the capacity to be. “A myth is that you’re either creative or you’re not,” said Sir Ken Robinson in a 90-minute video talk and Q&A at…
  • 10 Ways to Deal with the Stupid Amount of Email You Get

    Ann Handley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pop quiz: Do you wish you received more email? Answer: That’s a ridiculous question. I’ve been thinking about email a lot lately, because for the past few weeks I’ve been tracking how much time I spend managing, writing, reading, forwarding, filing, responding to, and (sometimes) cursing it. The verdict: Whatever the number is that’s bigger than “crap-ton.” (Octillion? Vigintillion? Googol?) It turns out I spend about four precious hours a day. Yet, ironically, there are probably people reading this now who are wondering why I never responded to their last inquiry. (Is this you?
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    Citizen of the Month

  • The “Like Generation” in Dating

    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

    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…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #41

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    It was not a good third date. Sheryl had high hopes about him; he was a perfect gentleman on the first two outings. But he changed tonight, as if he had gotten some bad advice from an ex-fraternity friend on becoming a “player.” He bragged too much about his new job as a securities analyst, and pushed her to order the most expensive cocktail at this trendy restaurant that was “impossible to get a reservation except if you know someone.” After dinner, she turned down his offer for him to come to her apartment, saying that she was old-fashioned, certainly not expecting…
  • Fictional Characters of New York #40

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    The year was 1972.  Eddie was working at his father’s hardware store in Chinatown when the People’s Republic of China Peking Circus came to town as a cultural exchange arranged by President Nixon. It was a busy in his father’s hardware store, named Yang’s Do-it-Yourself.  It was the first day of Spring, and all the hibernating weekend warriors suddenly awoken to the maintenance jobs left undone during the cold winter month, their wives pushing them to fix the broken doorknobs and misfitting window shades. But Eddie’s mind was elsewhere.  The NYPD closed off…
  • The Ghetto United Nations of Queens

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    My bedroom window looks out over an unpretentious supermarket that has been in the same location next to my apartment building for over fifty years, under various owners. You won’t find fancy stuff in this store, like organic kale, but you will find more brands of ethnic rice and beans than any other supermarket in the city. And they also have good pickles. The supermarket is an ugly box-like structure built in the 1960s, so the last owner decided to pretty the place up in celebration of the neighborhood’s ethnic diversity.  He placed fifty national flags around the perimeter of…
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    Are We Still Cool?

  • This Photo Lit Up Cool Dad’s Facebook

    Cool Dad
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    We got family portraits taken this past weekend. I haven’t shared any of those photos, but I posted this shot of us taking the subway to Brooklyn after the shoot. Apparently, walking through the rain didn’t put a damper on Cool Mum and Boy’s photogenic star power. I shared this photo on Facebook, and it may be my most liked post ever, pulling in 88 likes. That’s probably small potatoes for most, but it’s a lot for an infrequent Facebooker like myself. If you look closely, you can even see a Cool Newbie photobomb! M’lady, m’boy. A photo posted by…
  • Happy Anniversary: Here’s Cool Mum and Dad on Their Wedding Day 13 Years Ago

    Cool Dad
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Yesterday marked 13 years of the Cool Marriage! Here’s a snapshot from the wedding video, which we watched with the Cool Bros last night. On the blessed day, Cool Mum was about to turn 22, and I was 25. I wonder what the 2002 editions of ourselves would think if they knew what they were really getting into, including: Cross-country band trips in an un-air-conditioned truck Unfairly cheap trips to Europe Buying a house and its requisite yard work Having a baby Leaving everything to try NYC Staying here Living in tiny apartments Living with roommates Losing my job Having another baby…
  • Here’s What Happened When We Asked Each Other the ’36 Questions That Lead to Love’

    Cool Dad
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    photo: Lachlan Donald/Flickr I recently filmed our friends’ wedding, and I thought it would be cool to interview them beforehand for sound bites. They’re quite young, but they displayed a wisdom at an age when my mental energies were squarely focused on mastering WWF War Zone. To paraphrase the bride: “We’re young and we’re both going to change a lot, but we’re going to change together.” Change has been a hot topic between Cool Mum and me for the last year. Our thoughts on life and faith reached a point of dissonance, and trying to resolve that…
  • What Can I Say?

    Cool Dad
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    photo: halfrain/Flickr You know what’s ironic about the low frequency of posting recently? The last few months have seen the most game-changing, paradigm-shifting, dynamic-corporate-jargoning events in the Cool Fam’s life since Cool Newbie was born. And we’ve shared none of it with you. Oof. I don’t know if it’s disillusionment with blogging or it’s that the changes are so significant and sudden that I don’t know how to begin encapsulating them into a post. It might be better to email the news to the friends who still track this blog. But as I sit…
  • Should Cool Dad Eat a Craaazy Burger Every Day for a Year?

    Cool Dad
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:16 pm
    (photo: PYT Burgers) I have a friend named Morgan. When we worked in the same office, she was the first to strike up a conversation with me. When I took an involuntary break in employment, she came to the Bronx and delivered my last check. Even though she moved to Chicago, we keep in touch. She’s a cool friend, which is why it’s odd that she may directly contribute to my early death. Today she sent me this Groupon for one burger and fries every day for a year at PYT, the self-proclaimed home to “America’s craaaziest burgers.” Some of PYT’s craaazy creations…
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    turnings :: daniel berlinger

  • The Ruby aws-sdk gem v2 forces SSL everywhere

    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

    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

    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

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Open source license usage on 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…
  • David Carr’s sad story

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Scripting News: The end of David Carr’s current column in the NY Times is, I think, meant to outrage us. Reporters are being asked to deliver papers. I’m trying to think of what the analog would be in programming. We have to do a lot of menial tasks. Without a pulpit like Carr’s on which to tell our tale of woe. But I agree. Having a professional reporter deliver papers is ridiculous. [snip -ed] Summary: You have to let more of the world in. Or eventually the world will invent what you have with a different name. That’s always been the option. The Times should have…
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    Apartment Life

  • Top Five U.S. Seafood Cities

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, we all want to spend more time outdoors. We envision walking through meadows filled with wildflowers, hiking up mountains and biking around our city. We also are enjoying foods that remind us of spring and summer, such as seafood. There is nothing like visiting the great markets […] The post Top Five U.S. Seafood Cities appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Moving to the Motor City: A Guide to Detroit, MI  

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Detroit is a city full of rough-around-the-edges charm with a unique history. Anyone with a love of cars knows that Detroit is the absolute hub for American automobile innovation, and though motor engineering is no longer the primary economic driver for Detroit, the city’s longstanding relationship with cars has earned it the nickname the Motor […] The post Moving to the Motor City: A Guide to Detroit, MI   appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space For Spring  

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    As the spring season quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about giving your outdoor space a little attention. Whether it’s relaxing out on the patio or hosting an outside dinner party, a beautiful outside space can be a nice retreat from life’s hustle-and-bustle. We’ve put together a few ideas for sprucing up your balcony, […] The post Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space For Spring   appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • The Best U.S. Cities for Springtime Fun

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Spring is officially here and Americans couldn’t be happier. The blizzards and cold temperatures in the Northeast, Midwest, and even the South have made everyone stir crazy. We all can’t wait to get out and enjoy the outdoors. We have found that certain U.S. cities offer more for those who like to get out and […] The post The Best U.S. Cities for Springtime Fun appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • The Most Walkable Cities in the U.S.

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Spring has sprung – at least it has in some areas of the country. The birds are returning, green grass is popping up through the snow, and we are all itching to get out more and explore our cities. So does your city make the list of the Most Walkable Cities in the country? Walkable […] The post The Most Walkable Cities in the U.S. appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • Protected: Confessions of a programmer

    Doug McCaughan
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
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  • Of Grasshoppers

    Doug McCaughan
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Student: Am I tired or weak?Master: Does it have to be one or another?
  • Blogging is not dead

    Doug McCaughan
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Blogging is not dead. It’s just hard work. I’d explain, but that would take some effort.
  • Baked

    Doug McCaughan
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Sometimes I smell cake for no apparent reason. I think it means my mind is cooked.
  • Confessions of a programmer

    Doug McCaughan
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    My job does not pay me enough to afford the quantity of alcohol required to do my job. #coap
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  • Active Kids

    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

    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

    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…
  • Dinner at Grandma's

    9 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    It's been a while since I've done any blogging, let alone reviewed a cookbook, but here I am to take care of both matters in one swell foop. Here's a terrific idea for a cookbook, right there in its title:  (In case you can't read it, it's In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World.) Photographer Gabriele Galimberti set out on a trip around the world (60 countries!) to visit grandmothers in their own kitchens and see what they're cooking. Each photo essay includes a photo of the woman, along with a brief bio, a photo of her signature…
  • Amazonian

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    I know we are all supposed to hate Amazon, but I don't. I love Amazon. Granted, I wasn't too happy last year when they were screwing over some of my Hachette authors, but I couldn't boycott. I just couldn't. Let me first say that I also love my neighborhood indie bookstores, particularly the New England Mobile Book Fair and Newtonville Books. My first choice is always to buy my books at one of those stores. If they don't have what I need and I have time, I order it from them. But if I don't have time, and I need it tomorrow, I get it from Amazon. But I get so…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • World Water Day Giveaway

    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!

    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 […]
  • WOOT! Pi Day Shirts and Stuff

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Geeks and number fans all over the world are getting excited for 2015′s epic Pi Day! That’s because the date and time on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 will coincide with the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant, pi: 3.141592653 … To celebrate this fun and fantastic event, you might want to gear up with some […]
  • LEGO Minecraft Food and Potions

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Minecraft has been compared to playing with virtual LEGO pieces. Both games are based on cubes and block shapes. It is fun to see physical objects from the Minecraft world, built from LEGO bricks. I’m not talking about the official Minecraft LEGO sets, although those are wonderful, too. These are Minecraft food objects and potion […]
  • Printable Minecraft Diamond Invitations

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Here’s a new free printable Minecraft-inspired birthday invitation! I made two variations of this invitation so you can choose the design that fits your needs. Both invitations have a diamond ore patterned border with a white space in the middle for your party details. This invitation design says “You’re Invited” in a Minecraft-style font, and […]
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    Magpie Musing

  • On Whales and Submarines

    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

    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

    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.
  • In Which California Avocados Meet Moroccan Clementines

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    In two of the excellent meals we had in San Francisco last week, I ordered an avocado/citrus salad.At Gialina, it was "blood orange & avocado salad with farro, fennel & goat gouda". [Gialina is low key and serves phenomenally fabulous pizza with a magical perfect crust.] A few days later, it was "california avocado salad with fennel, celery, citrus vinaigrette", at the Presidio Social Club. [PSC is a nostalgic throwback, like an upscale yacht club with great food and a daily Manhattan.] I loved both salads. The avocado provided lushness, the citrus made them sparkle.Then, driving down…
  • The non-ski, non-beach February break vacation

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    We just spent the winter break in San Francisco. My sister-in-law lives there, and we hadn't been to visit in a long time - and the girl child had never been. Between the three of us, we took about 1500 pictures - though that includes about 300 that my husband took accidentally while standing still with the shutter going off at his hip, like some kind of weird performance art. Here are the highlights - I think it's 22 photos.We had lunch at Bacon Bacon. They have a mechanical ride-on pig. Everything has bacon in or on it.The child went in the sea. Air temperature was great; ocean only good…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: March 27, 2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Last week’s winner…has not gotten back to me yet. Check your email if you enter, people! My Picks This Week The Rambler Jacket from Iron & Resin is about as rugged as it gets while still looking dang good. It’s made with a heavy duty waxed canvas, nickel buttons, and a corduroy-lined collar; “this jacket wears like armor and is built to last for life.” The Spirit of St. Louis watch was inspired by the Lindbergh-piloted aircraft of the same name, and is my go-to timepiece for nicer get-ups. The Gratius Ring is the perfect memento mori piece, a wearable…
  • How to Contact a Busy Person

    John Corcoran
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Let’s get straight to the point, shall we? Busy people can be incredibly difficult to connect with. You know the drill. You send an email, then you wait. And wait. And wait some more. You get no reply, so you try again. More of the same. Eventually, you give up. If this sounds familiar, well, you’re not alone. Most men have struggled, at some point in their career, to try to connect with someone who is incredibly busy. Whether it’s a potential employer, a possible mentor, a dream client, or even just to connect with a girl so you can ask her out on a date, contacting a busy person can…
  • You Are Not a Zoo Animal: How to Escape Human Captivity and Reclaim Your Primal Health

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jonathan Mead. The average man’s life in modern times is not that different from a wild animal in a zoo. Sure, comparing modern living to captivity might seem dramatic, but it’s not far-fetched when you consider the average American is sedentary for 21 hours a day. Sitting is the new smoking is in the headlines everywhere these days. And death by sitting doesn’t seem so incredulous when you hear stories like this: “I work 11 hours a day, seven days a week selling insurance. I don’t really care about it, I don’t think…
  • Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Bounce a Dinner Roll

    Brett and Kate McKay
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a tutorial on some gags that’ll have them thinking you’re the coolest dude in the world. In our first installment of “Cool Uncle Tricks,” we taught you how to levitate. This time around, we’re offering a tutorial for a great mealtime gag: how to “bounce” a dinner roll on the floor. You can also bounce a donut at breakfast, or any…
  • Are You Depressed? The Symptoms of Male Melancholy

    Brett and Kate McKay
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    So far we’ve discussed the history of depression, and explored its possible causes. Before we conclude this series next week with a guidebook on managing your melancholy, we of course need to stop to examine what depression actually looks like. How is it different from run-of-the-mill sadness, and how does it manifest itself, especially in men? Today we’ll tackle those two questions. What’s the difference between being sad and being depressed? That’s the million-dollar question and the source of a lot of debate. It’s also a relatively modern query. As we discussed in our post on the…
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  • Link: 55: Lexless

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
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  • Winter blues

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
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  • Spring in Brooklyn, 2015

    Jon Armstrong
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
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  • Chambers Street

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
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  • Short Mark Knopfler film by Henrik Hansen

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: James R. Thompson Center in Downtown Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago houses offices of the Illinois state government. The sculpture in front of it is titled “Monument With Standing Beast.” (Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)The post PHOTO: James R. Thompson Center in Downtown Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Museum of Contemporary Art, on Chicago’s downtown Gold Coast (Visited 31 times, 31 visits today)The post PHOTO: Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Sculpture on Northerly Island, Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One of a series of metal sculptures on Northerly Island, located on the south side of the Loop in downtown Chicago (Visited 66 times, 66 visits today)The post PHOTO: Sculpture on Northerly Island, Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • VIDEO: Centennial Olympic Park Fountain in Atlanta, Georgia

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
        The Centennial Olympic Park fountain in downtown Atlanta, Georgia was constructed in preparation for the 1996 Summer Olympics. At its centerpiece are five Olympic circles embedded in the pavement, from which waters spout in syncopation with songs such as Chariots of Fire and Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon. The Olympics are long gone, but the Centennial Olympic Park fountain remains, entertaining millions of visitors each year with the free show four times a day, 365 days a year, at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Visited 29 times, 29 visits today)The post…
  • The Ebb and Flow of Life

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The tide is ebbing. I had hoped my father would live to see another spring and summer. To enjoy his final pontoon boat rides on the river. To see the trees bud out and watch the deer sneak surreptitiously into the yard under the cover of darkness. But the pull of the moon is strong and the tide is receding a bit more each day. My heart aches with each little thing he can no longer do. He says he is suffering from “Daddy Syndrome” – he’s taken care of his children for more than 62 years and suddenly we are taking care of him. This role reversal has been more painful for…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • 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…
  • Why the American Church is Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

    Anne Marie Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    I know what the statistics say about the future of the evangelical American church. Our buildings are bigger, our lights are brighter, our programs are sleeker, our preachers are teaching, our pastors are shepherding and yet people are leaving out of the church in droves–especially my age (almost 35) and younger. Some are leaving for good. God, the Church, religion…it’s just not part of our core anymore. Some leave and plant other churches. We’re more entrepreneurial than ever so when we see something, in our opinion, that needs to be improved on, we know how to run a…
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  • 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
  • Copenhagen Under Siege

    Alex Berger
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It’s just after 2:30A.M and I’m freshly returned to my apartment.  As I write this quick update the majority of the Copenhagen Police department is mobilized with what looks like military backup.  An active shooter remains on the loose in the heart of Copenhagen.  Trains are bypassing Norreport station and all vehicles entering and exiting
  • Discover Your True Self – #Studyabroadbecause

    Alex Berger
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    From time to time I’m asked to do interviews about my travel or study abroad experiences.  In the past I’ve been bad about sharing those here on VirtualWayfarer.  These interviews surface a different side of my travel experience and offer me a chance to offer advice through a slightly different lens.  As a result, I’ll
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • If Charlie Had a Wife

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    If Charlie had a wife, this is what she’d wake up to every morning. (Whether you’d envy her or pity her is the best indication of how much you appreciate Basset Hounds.)     All I know is, whoever this imaginary wife is, she’d have to be okay with morning breath. (And “morning breath” is probably a generous way to put it.) We love you, Charles! Morning breath, Basset lips, floppy jowls and all.
  • Charlie Plays Ball!

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    Yesterday was National Puppy Day! But it’s perfectly acceptable to post photos of Basset Hound puppies the day after National Puppy Day since they are notoriously slow.       Oh, Charlie!       How very…little he’s changed through the years.       He’s made us laugh…       He’s made us…laugh.       I could go on and on and on and on and on…but I’ll just sum it up by saying…       Life wouldn’t have been the same without the lethargic…
  • A Beautiful Weekend to Burn

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Marlboro Man burned over the weekend.       It’s that time of year. In case you are wondering what would compel a rancher to set the world on fire, here is a post Marlboro Man wrote a couple of years ago. It explains the craziness!       Whenever a person burns their ranch around here, they usually go out that evening and make sure all is well.       And to the untrained eye, this sight doesn’t really look like all is well!       But it is. I promise. The wind was low that day, no crazy gusts to worry about, and the guys…
  • Motivation

    18 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    First of all, I can’t handle John Burroughs: “I am in love with this world. I have nestled lovingly in it. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.” I have loved that quote forever.     And how about this one? “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” You’re killing me, John Burroughs.
  • The First Walk of the Season

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    In recent months, I have remained committed to my near-daily walking routine, holding steady at the same level (almost 30 jiggly pounds) of weight loss. I’d like to eventually lose a little more, but I’m happy where I am for now, and the truth is, I like food and am unwilling to deny myself anything delicious at this time in my life. Not that I have a will power problem or anything! of COURSE, I could TOTALLY deny myself certain foods if I WANTED to. I just vehemently and violently choose not to. Ha. Beginning last May, I began taking evening walks on the ranch and loved communing…
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    the slack daily

  • I'll Give You Something to Complain About

    the slackmistress
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Last night, Will​ & I watched Aziz Ansari​'s new Netflix special Live at Madison Square Garden and he talked about what it was it was like to be the child of immigrant parents. At the end, he brought his parents onstage and they watched as the crowd gave their son a standing ovation.  My mother was born in a refugee camp in Germany on the other side of World War 2. Her parents and her sister and her grandmother had left Russia on foot, but made a slight detour into a concentration camp thanks to the Nazis. It's part of the reason why I'm convinced I never went to summer camp. We…
  • Morning Routine

    the slackmistress
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Daisy J Dog gets give pills every morning (3 anti-dementia pills, 1 Cushing's med, and a chewable antibiotic that she refuses to chew so I have to split it in two.) We start with salami. Wrap delicious, delicious pork around a pill. She gets one down that way, then wises up. She spits out all salami. She won't even look at it. She runs away if I say the word "pig." We move to cheese. To ground beef. To peanut butter. To peanut butter with honey. She is on a full-borne hunger strike. I finally put the pills in her mouth and rub her throat so she'll swallow. She slumps onto the ground in…
  • The One Where I Almost End Up on TMZ (and Discover I am a Jerk.)

    the slackmistress
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    Last year on Oscar day, I made a joke on Twitter that "I picked the wrong day to have a last-minute colonic." Because poop is funny. I don't make the rules. Ten minutes later, I had a text, a voicemail, and an email from a Producer at TMZ. They wanted to talk to me about my tweet. I don't make it a point of feeding the gossip machine, but I emailed her back because she wouldn't stop calling. WHO DID YOU SEE? she wrote. A Producer from TMZ saw my tweet and assumed that I had strolled down to my local Bob's Colonic Shack for a walk-in appointment and was turned away by the legions of stars who…
  • NotAllWomen

    the slackmistress
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I am SUPER delighted to be on notallwomenpodcast with callieandcats and Sarah.  We talk feminism, Hollywood, and I rave about roxanegay's An Untamed State and Lena Waithe/ hillmangrads. Added bonus: THIS EPISODE IS CURSED. notallwomenpodcast: Nina’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and website. There are many ways to listen! iTunes Stitcher Copy and paste the following RSS link into your preferred podcast player! We’re social too! Follow us on Twitter! Like our Facebook page! Callie’s Twitter Sarah’s Twitter XO
  • We Live the Future

    the slackmistress
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    We do not have jetpacks or a cure for cancer. We can not live on the moon or teleport to Berlin. But we have carved out a space where we live, sometimes by choice and sometimes by circumstance. I am not making specific resolutions this year. Not even to floss daily, which is the one resolution I always make ---  because it is the one that I always keep. But a list of arbitrary things no longer works for me. Is it age? Is it laziness? Is it acceptance? Is it something else I haven't contemplated because there is something that I have yet to navel-gaze? Sorry Rust Cohle, but my time is not a…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • 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…
  • The Time I Accidentally Got a Job

    Britt Reints
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    Join the conversation at The Time I Accidentally Got a Job. I wasn’t planning on getting a job. In fact, I was just trying to relax with a hot stone massage. And yet here I am, all of a sudden and mostly on accident, employed for the first time in more than four years. Let me back up. A few weeks ago I stopped into my local massage clinic to schedule a massage. I had a gift certificate to use and time to kill. I noticed a Help Wanted sign in the window on my in, and I briefly wondered what kind of benefits you get for working at a massage clinic. There was no opening for that day but a…
  • Uncertainty Sucks, And This Is What It Looks Like to Choose It Anyway

    Britt Reints
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    Join the conversation at Uncertainty Sucks, And This Is What It Looks Like to Choose It Anyway. A heartbeat. A need for food and water. A total disdain for the unknown. These are just a few of the things that make me human. (Incidentally yes, I did love the $25,000 Pyramid.) It is completely normal that I hate living under a cloud of uncertainty. I’m having to remind myself of that about every five minutes right now in order to avoid making any stupid or rash decisions. My family has decided to move this August. We’re staying in Pittsburgh – and hopefully right in our…
  • How to Get a Good Haircut (and Better Loving)

    Britt Reints
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    Join the conversation at How to Get a Good Haircut (and Better Loving). My hair is absolutely my favorite thing about the way I look. It is, in many ways, the physical embodiment of my personality. The blonde ringlets are a bit unruly and unpredictable, they’re unique, and they have the potential to be absolutely beautiful when cared for properly. That’s why I take my haircuts very, very seriously. A good haircut makes it possible for my hair to look its best, which makes me feel my best. A bad haircut? Ugh. It’s like stealing my superpower. With so much at stake, I have…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • late night conversations

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    “Are those tampons in his nose?” “That’s a real first aid thing.” “I know that. I packed them for ReadingNoah on one of our camping trips.” “Must not have been the desert camping trip. I’ve seen the pictures.” “No. That was the Packtowl nosebleeds trip.”
  • skip the extra steps

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    I opened the velcro strip on the small catnip toy. I carefully filled the empty space with catnip, gently crushing the catnip just before it left my fingers. I thoughtfully spread the lightly broken catnip into the tiny areas of the animal shaped toy. I sealed the velcro strip thoroughly and repeatedly. I put the catnip toy in front of sweet, gentle Buttercup. Buttercup snatched the toy and violently flipped it in the air. On the second toss, the entire catnip filling erupted with volcanic force. Catnip sprinkles decorated the bed, the floor and the cat. The next day, I poured the catnip in a…
  • cat parenting

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Buttercup and Westley are the first cats I’ve bottle raised. Consequently, they were nurtured like puppies. Either mother cats do something to teach litterbox behavior or my cats are brain damaged from their time in a ziploc bag. After using the litterbox, both of our cats scratch all the surfaces around their output, but never scratch the litter over the output. In case that sentence is too long, I will be less vague. Our cats don’t bury their poop and pee. Since the cats like to use their litterbox when I am in the bathroom, I have watched the pointless routine repeatedly.
  • annotation bots

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I like diagramming sentences. My teachers revisited diagramming year after year. That was during the dark ages when the information in textbooks wasn’t obsolete by the time the books made it to a classroom. My two youngest children have no idea how or why to diagram a sentence. There probably isn’t time for diagramming. I like annotating. Well, I thought I liked annotating. Annotating, to me, is highlighting the sentences that stand out from the page. It is making a mark above words that you aren’t sure of, but which don’t matter enough to stop reading and look up the…
  • Winter in the South

    21 Feb 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Day One: Businesses started closing before the precipitation began to fall. Naysayers mock the fortitude of our collective character. Children play. Crockpots hum. Happiness and calm rule. One day of bad weather and then the Southern normalcy of sweater and a jacket weather will return. That’s what always happens. Day Two: The entirety of the outdoors is glazed in ice. It is beautiful. Children’s attempts at snow angels and snowballs are met with frustrated confusion. Attempts to replicate the fun of snow on slippery ice results in bruises and scrapes. Whining and squabbling…
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  • Black and white

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

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

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

    Simply Stork
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
            Snow is so much fun…no matter what season it is.   ~simply~
  • Spring

    Simply Stork
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Spring is in the air.  It can sometimes be a bit deceiving.  With the bright and shining sun and new beginnings all around,summer (one of my favorite seasons) is closer than it may appear.  It’s right around the corner.  With the discussions of all the “finals” at the home-school centerand the yard work staring me down lately, I can feel how close summer is…if I can just hang on.   Spring will do for now, Unfortunately, I still need a jacket when going outside.  It’s pretty chilly. Not that I mind…I love my jackets.I have decided that I will wait…
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  • The Arkansas Entrepreneurial Startup Desert

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    I really shouldn’t call Arkansas an entrepreneurial desert – though it did get you to read this. Arkansas is, after all, the home of Walmart, arguably the world’s most successful family business in the history of mankind. And, it is home to 18 publicly traded companies, in a state with only two million souls. Arkansas is also a state with a long and storied entrepreneurial history, that seems to have forgotten what it is that entrepreneurs actually need to succeed. Namely: what do neophyte entrepreneurs actually need to know in order to run a going concern? What we…
  • Save the Date – Conway Geek Breakfast

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Conway Geek Breakfast is Thursday, March 26, starting at 7 am at Bob’s Grill in Conway, AR. We’ll see you there! Parenthetically, Conway Geek Breakfast turned THREE YEARS OLD in February! Thanks to the creatives, developers, and all around interesting people who have (and continue to) supported the local Central Arkansas tech community!
  • So – You Want to Hold an Event…

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    We just completed an amazing event at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub – the Raspberry Pi Bake Off. Though I’m ecstatic over how successful everything turned out, I’m also now wading through the debris of everything left undone on my other projects, in the wake of this past weekend. Plus, there’s this whole “job” situation I’m working on. So, there’s that. This was our third year for the Bake Off. While I would like to say that every year gets easier, that wouldn’t be entirely true. Every year is different is probably the most…
  • The 2015 Raspberry Pi Bake-Off

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    The Third Annual Raspberry Pi Bake-Off will be held Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. The annual event (held each Pi Day, March 14th) is designed to showcase amazing projects created using the the affordable and versatile Raspberry Pi, a small $35 credit card-size teaching computer designed for students and hobbyists. Students, makers, and creatives are invited to bring their Raspberry Pi creations to compete for prizes, prestige, and – most importantly – bragging rights! In addition to the project competition, workshops and labs…
  • Pigeonholing

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    This was originally posted in 2008, therefore many personal references mentioned here are dated; however, this topic has been on my mind a great deal recently, and so I am reposting on a cold wintry Arkansas morning. I do hope that you’ll find at least a few good take-aways from my thoughts of seven years ago (!!!). – Ed. Pigeonholing is, according to Wikipedia, a term used to describe processes that attempt to classify disparate entities into a small number of categories (usually, mutually exclusive ones). It is almost always pejorative in the sense that the pigeonhole-ee –…
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    Simple Marriage

  • Every Day, Take Action

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Marriage isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. But what do you do when married life hands you a load of junk? Start with a deep breath … own your own junk, then find a suitable sized box to pack up the rest. Married life isn’t always sunny Last year, within a few short days, my married life went from rocking along to complete upheaval. Turns out, lying to your wife can lead to great distress for all involved (another big duh statement). During the same timeframe, a couple of clients canceled early and the plug was pulled on a big project. Translation: The sky is falling.
  • Be Real

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    “Man, I can’t stand when she does that. Should I speak up and tell her?” “Absolutely not! You speak up, she’ll get mad. And if she gets mad, you can kiss the chance for sex tonight goodbye dude.” This is a snippet of a conversation that often took place in my head. It was between myself and the Nice Guy (also known as the Pleaser). For many years, the Nice Guy won out. I avoided conflict like the plague. I feared that my life or desires would rock the boat and create problems for others … namely my wife. And if I did something that people around…
  • Are you guilty of these marriage mistakes?

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Almost 22 years of my life has been spent in marriage. Overall, these years have been good, if not great at times. There are other times however, when marriage has been anything but good. Sadly, a majority of these times where brought on by my own stupidity. I’ve made many of the following mistakes throughout the course of my marriage. Thankfully I have a loving and forgiving wife. As a rule, remember that everyone makes mistakes. Every marriage has arguments. Every marriage also has highs and lows. The important thing: how the ebb and flow of marriage is addressed. I’ve written…
  • What’s wrong and how do I fix it?

    14 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    The dominant question for humans isn’t what’s my purpose or why am I here, it’s what’s wrong and how do I fix it. This question shapes our worldview, our parenting, even our relationships. We live in a fix it society. As if everything going wrong in the world can be “fixed.” This idea is largely responsible for the consumerism in society. If you believe there is something wrong or missing in your life, then some company or industry has a product that will correct what’s wrong, or at least make you feel better about it. Watch any amount of TV and…
  • How To Keep Arguments From Escalating

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Remember what it was like as a teenager dreaming about driving? How much you looked forward to the day you’d have your own wheels and could head out whenever you wanted? While learning to drive, one important lesson you must learn is how to stop the car. It’s the first thing you’re taught. Remember the driver’s ed cars that have an extra brake pedal on the passenger’s side? The reason – learning to apply the brakes is vitally important to all those in the car, and around the car. Putting on the brakes is an important skill in marriage and relationships as…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 18 Invaluable Pieces of Writing Advice From Mario Vargas Llosa

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Mario Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America’s most celebrated writers. Born in Peru in 1936, Llosa has been on the literary scene for decades. Here’s a short list of his accomplishments: He’s written over 30 novels, plays, and essays– his work explores politics, culture, and everyday life in Latin America. “Aunt Julia and the [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 21 Ways to Create and Maintain a Positive Attitude

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Your attitude determines how you live your life. Even if –at any given time–your choices of action are limited, your choices regarding your attitude are not. Always choose a positive attitude. A positive attitude makes you happier and more resilient, it improves your relationships, and it even increases your chances of success in any endeavor. [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Eight Ways to Follow Through and Finish What You Start

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    In order to achieve your goals you have to master the art of follow through. We’re nearing the end of the first quarter of the year. If you’re like most people, you started the year with a long list of goals and projects that you wanted to get done in 2015. Your list probably looks [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • How to Get to The Root of Any Problem – The 5 Whys

    8 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The best way to solve a problem is to eliminate, or resolve, its root cause. There’s a huge difference between hacking away at the branches of a problem, and striking at the root. When most people have a problem, they limit themselves to addressing the immediate and obvious causes of the problem, which leads to [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 14 Awesome Things You Can Do With Just $25

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    You can change your life, and the life of others, with just $25. I’m a big fan of thinking small. I’ve written about making huge gains in productivity by thinking small; I’ve written about achieving your dreams in just one-hour-a-day; and I’ve written about creating life-changing habits by starting tiny. In addition, you can think [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • 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
  • Relationships… Revisited

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    In November 2013, I wrote about relationships. I never showed this to anyone before now. I have been spending a lot of time thinking about relationships. Well, my relationships at least. I am enjoying being single at the moment. It gives me the opportunity to focus on my family and spend a lot of time with my niece and nephews. A friend of mine pointed out that being single right now lets me
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  • Enriching opportunity

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Seek opportunities to be remarkable.  ~ Seth Godin- What enriching opportunity awaits you?
  • The most of each day

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed. ~ Mel Brooks- What helps you to prepare for each day?
  • Taking responsibility

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We've gotten to the point where everybody's got a right and nobody's got a responsibility.  ~ Newton Minow- What are some of your important responsibilities?
  • Positive marks on the day

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts.  ~ Henry David Thoreau-  What positive contributions can you make to your day?
  • Branching out

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Dear Readers,Greetings to all who have stumbled upon this blog in one way or another over the last five years.Most regular readers know that maintaining this site has been an enriching hobby for me, and I appreciate any interest that you have shown.To be honest, this blog has flatlined over the last several years with occasional new readers.  Would you consider spreading the word about this site to others through sharing an occasional blog post or recommending this site to others? If you enjoy this blog or find it meaningful in any way, thanks for sharing.Help quoteflections branch…
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    Steve's Free

  • 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…
  • The Great Transfer

    Steve Woodruff
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    (a meditation on the book of Colossians, chapter 1:13-14) The claims contained in this couple of verses are absolutely mind-boggling. If anyone thinks Christianity is just another of many “religious systems,” this passage puts a stake through the heart any such notion: 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – You mean, He hasn’t given us a new set of rules to follow? Not the point. – Jesus isn’t all about high ideals and a great…
  • Emmanuel: God With Us

    Steve Woodruff
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    For every person who has ever lived, there are truths that surround us like the sky above – God is above all, and in all, and we owe our every moment of life to Him. “I have created you – carefully designed you from the smallest cell all the way to the color of your eyes.” Wonder-filled thought, that God Himself knit us together in our mother’s womb. “I know you – your every thought and desire; your every hope and pain; your every deed and disappointment.” How often we feel alone and unknown in this life – yet God knows us far more…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • David Young Questions DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:38 pm
    (Washington, DC) Congressman David Young (R-Iowa) questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson yesterday as he appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. The Congressman’s questioning centered on the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) independent report of the EB5 program which revealed DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas took improper action related to three immigration visa cases. The report showed that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Sen. Harry Reid, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Anthony Rodham, Hillary…
  • Texan Cruz Missle

    Rich Hilgemann
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ted Cruz at the 2015 Iowa Freedom SummitPhoto credit: David Davidson – Ted Cruz is an amazing constitutional conservative voice in the Senate. He has a natural talent for absolutely demolishing his opponents in debates. Like a laser guided missile he always lands his argument squarely on target. But “Cruz” missiles alone won’t win the war so to speak. He needs to fund and organize a massive ground game that other undeclared candidates already have in place. So how will he fund this war machine? His top donors are right wing groups, energy/oil companies, and…
  • Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner to Feature Prospective Presidential Candidates

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Scott Walker at the 2015 Iowa Ag Summit Photo credit: Dave Davidson – The Republican Party of Iowa will host many of the prospective presidential candidates at 2015 Lincoln Dinner this May. The confirmed guest speakers include: Governor Scott Walker Governor Jeb Bush Senator Rick Santorum Carly Fiorina Governor Rick Perry Governor Bobby Jindal Dr. Ben Carson Senator Lindsey Graham Donald Trump Invited guests include: Senator Marco Rubio Governor Chris Christie Senator Ted Cruz Senator Rand Paul Governor Mike Huckabee “There’s always the chance for a candidate to have…
  • Old, Stale News Drudged Up Against Governor Mike Huckabee

    David Shedlock
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Mike Huckabee speaking at Northwestern College in Orange City, IAPhoto credit: Dave Davidson – Buzzfeed is recycling a 13-year old story about a lawsuit Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) threatened to file against the one-time owner of The site was at once used as a sham to draw in searches for Mike Huckabee and then “lower the boom”with half-baked stories about the then Arkansas Governor. Cyber-squatting was not allowed then, nor is it allowed now,  The matter must have been settled because that site is now used to support for Huckabee. Rick…
  • John Kasich: I’m Unorthodox Because I’m Normal

    Shane Vander Hart
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    The Washington Times reported that Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) told a group of reporters while on a 2-day, five-stop trip to New Hampshire that he’s a normal guy. “I’m John Kasich. I’m an unorthodox politician because I’m normal. I’m a normal guy that has big job. I don’t think of myself as anything particularly special. I’m a happy person. I like myself. I’m comfortable with myself. And I’m pretty normal in an abnormal profession,” Kasich stated. So in order to be normal you have to be unorthodox?  What exactly is unorthodox about Kasich?  He seems right in…
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    Dominick Evans

  • Film Review: Into the Woods is a Decadent Delight

    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

    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

    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…
  • Book Review: The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    If ever a book required a Trigger Warning, this book would be it! I chose to read and review The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin merely because I found the description of the book intriguing. The story is set in New York, a place very close to my heart, and it involves the kind of depravity we rarely see in the horror genre anymore. It takes a lot to shock me and make me uncomfortable. While nothing really shocks me, because I truly understand there is immense evil in this world, I was completely uncomfortable throughout a lot of this book. While necessary, Florentin takes the…
  • Film Critique Girl Interrupted and A Beautiful Mind Depicting Mental Illness to Society through Film

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Films dealing with disabilities walk a fine line. Since society, as a whole, knows little about individual disabilities and their differences, it is often left to film, and other social mediums, to portray disabilities to the masses. These portrayals help to shape the perceptions those within the human race have towards those who are differently-abled. Mental illness is no different. Mental disabilities or deficiencies come in a variety of forms with a plethora of symptoms. However, Hollywood’s portrayal of mental illness tends to follow a narrow, stereotypical path when offering a glimpse…
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    Jordon Cooper's Weblog

  • The Law of Induced Demand

    Jordon Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The long term impact of Saskatoon’s planning and development path I GREW UP in Los Angeles, the city by the freeway by the sea. And if there’s one thing I’ve known ever since I could sit up in my car seat, it’s that you should expect to run into traffic at any point of the day. Yes, commute hours are the worst, but I’ve run into dead-stop bumper-to-bumper cars on the 405 at 2 a.m. As a kid, I used to ask my parents why they couldn’t just build more lanes on the freeway. Maybe transform them all into double-decker highways with cars zooming on the upper and lower levels. Except, as…
  • Visions Electronics

    Jordon Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Mark lost his cell phone on the weekend.  He is pretty careful with it but he was out with Wendy running some errands and it went missing.  He was devastated.  I wasn’t convinced the dog didn’t eat it and hid it somewhere but whatever the case, he needs a new phone. He is with Virgin Mobile and we are pretty happy with it.  I have always bought his phone outright and then we only pay $25/prepaid for texting and minutes.  That was my plan for this time. I looked at The Source and Best Buy and was unimpressed with what they had for $100 – $150.  Really unimpressed.  We then…
  • Tendinitus

    Jordon Cooper
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    So you remember earlier this winter when I was super sick for a couple of months?  Yeah that was fun.   The doctor gave me a powerful antibiotic to kill what it was that was killing me.  It was so powerful they were worried about the side effects as it could actually induce some severe intestinal issues from killing too much bacteria in my stomach.  It could basically bring on Crohn’s disease.   Since I had lost the ability to breath, it seemed like a not bad risk to take.  The antibiotics worked, no Crohn’s disease.  It seems like I survived. Shortly afterwords, I was out walking…
  • Welcome to your new police state

    Jordon Cooper
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    I can’t tell you what we are doing because I signed a non-disclosure agreement The issue led to a public dispute three weeks ago in Silicon Valley, where a sheriff asked county officials to spend $502,000 on the technology. The Santa Clara County sheriff, Laurie Smith, said the technology allowed for locating cellphones — belonging to, say, terrorists or a missing person. But when asked for details, she offered no technical specifications and acknowledged she had not seen a product demonstration.Buying the technology, she said, required the signing of a nondisclosure agreement.“So, just…
  • The Enemy of New York’s Sewers? The Wet Wipe

    Jordon Cooper
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Maybe we shouldn’t be flushing these things With its sewer system under siege, tallying millions of dollars in equipment damage across its underground maze, New York City is confronting a menace that has gummed the gears of plumbing networks around the world: the common wet wipe. In recent years, the intersection of evolving hygienic sensibilities and aggressive industry marketing has fueled the product’s rise. Wet wipes, long used for baby care, have grown popular with adults.Some of the products are branded as “flushable” — a characterization contested by wastewater officials and…
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  • 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…
  • Walking the Hillsides of Algiers

    Andrew Farrand
    7 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    A narrow chute off Boulevard Mohamed V.For many people, Chutes and Ladders is merely a board game. By contrast, here in Algiers it is the daily experience of navigating the city.Almost a year ago, in "Around Algiers: Navigating the Invisible City", I wrote about the Algerian capital's circuitous roads and about the hidden staircases that crisscross its punishingly steep hillsides. Since then, I have continued to explore the city on foot, discovering yet more stairs connecting seemingly distant points, and offering the ambitious pedestrian a multitude of serene, jasmine- and bouganvillea-lined…
  • Photo Expo: "The Casbah of Algiers, from Yesterday to Today"

    Andrew Farrand
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Coin de la mémoire: One of my photos of the Casbah of Algiers featured in the exposition.A few months ago, a Facebook group that I follow, called "Friends of Algiers: History, Arts, and Culture", announced plans to organize an exposition celebrating the Casbah, the ancient quarter of Algiers, and issued an open call for artistic submissions.As a longtime fan of the Casbah, I was excited to participate, and sent the organizers a selection of the many photos I have snapped there with my Rolleicord. A few weeks later, I was happy to hear that five of my shots would be featured in the…
  • In Berlin, Encounters with Hipsters Beyond the Wall

    Andrew Farrand
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    Berlin blur: exploring Kreuzberg last weekend.Germany was never high on my list of potential destinations, but something about dating a German girl managed to change my perspective. Nina and I are now back in Algiers after a long weekend in Berlin that was admittedly far more fascinating than I had expected.We stayed in hipster central: the neighborhood of Kreuzberg (in an Airbnb apartment of course—wait, do people still stay in hotels?) Outside of Brooklyn, you would be hard pressed to find a higher concentration of organic brunch spots, screen printing workshops, vintage shops, graffiti…
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  • 8 blogger approved + endorsed articles just for you

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When I searched Etsy for internet-related items, the above print showed up, which I think is apropos.Guys! I rounded up the best, most helpful posts about writing/blogging/social media/business for you. They're all over here. 
  • Kitchen Globetrotter: German Haselnusstorte (Hazelnut Torte)

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Claire Suellentrop believes eating well + having a really good time need not be mutually exclusive, and helps creative people juggle both at Eat Well. Party Hard. Say hello on Instagram & Twitter!“When are you going to make that cake again?”This question has been asked of me approximately six times since arriving at a party last night with this German torte in tow.I knew before I’d even finished decorating it that this was going to be something incredible. Light, spongy hazelnut cake, layered with creamy vanilla filling, then wrapped in a luxurious layer of…
  • A mullet-y, fanny-pack-y song video I love + April ad space

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Yes x 1,000.My new go-to dance move is going to be "rubbing the sides of my thighs in time to the beat."But we're not just here to talk about Euro-pop. We're hear to talk about growing your readership, selling more products, and generally getting more eyeballs pointed in your direction.Last month, Jess advertised on Yes & Yes.My traffic more than doubled the weekend my blog mention appeared on Yes & Yes, as compared to a normal weekend. Those who visited my blog from Yes & Yes spent 2 minutes and 10 seconds on my site, as compared to 1 minute with traffic from Twitter. From…
  • Forget Reducing Stress - Just Add More Joy

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you were to rank the humans of the world by their stress levels, I'd probably rank somewhere in the bottom third.I'd be well, well below pilots or event planners and well below mothers. I'm more stressed than a house cat or yoga instructor, but stressed out enough that I've completely given up caffeine and I keep trying (and failing) to meditate. I just sit with my legs crossed and mentally compile lists of all the things I need to do.I'm stressed out enough that I've spent more time than I care to admit Googling "stress reduction tips" and "how to stress less" and "shouldn't I be more…
  • True Story: I Have Narcolepsy

    23 Mar 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 my friend Katie and her Narcolepsy diagnosis.Tell us a bit about yourself!My name is Katie G. Nelson and I’m a 28-year-old journalist, photographer and adventurer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before finding my purpose in storytelling, I worked as a humanitarian aid coordinator in Kenya while also dabbling in human rights activism in the United States. I also have a master’s degree in public health, which I promptly abandoned for a career…
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    Celebrate Love

  • 1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Yellow Hearts Business Cards

    Renee Michaels
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Yellow Hearts Business Cards Celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary all year long with these whimsical Mr. and Mrs. love note cards with cheery yellow hearts. Personalize with your names plus add a romantic message... Read more...
  • 1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Teal Hearts Bicycle Card Deck

    Renee Michaels
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Teal Hearts Bicycle Card Deck Celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary with a whimsical Mr. and Mrs. deck of playing cards with teal hearts. Personalize with your names. You can change the name type style, size …... Read more...
  • 1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Teal Hearts Room Decal

    Renee Michaels
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Teal Hearts Room Decal Decorate a room and celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary with a Mr. and Mrs. wall decal with whimsical teal hearts. Personalize with your names. You can change the name type style, …... Read more...
  • 1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Teal Hearts Business Card

    Renee Michaels
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    1st Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Teal Hearts Business Card Celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary all year long with these whimsical Mr. and Mrs. love note cards with cheery teal hearts. Personalize with your names plus add a romantic message header... Read more...
  • 20th Anniversary Having Holding Love Poker Cards

    Renee Michaels
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    20th Anniversary Having Holding Love Poker Cards Celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary with an elegant Having & Holding deck of playing cards with whimsical red hearts. Personalize with your names. You can change the name type style, size and... Read more...
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  • 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…
  • Film Score of the Month - Less Than Zero (1987) by Thomas Newman

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes shares his second most favorite Film Score and its good as gold! This is a bit of an soundtrack oddity. The film score for the late 80's crime drama Less Than Zero is not available for purchase except in an ultra rare cd 'promotional' disc. If you are lucky enough to find one, it will probably be very expensive. So why do I recommend it? It IS available for your listening pleasure on YouTube in its entirety (and on this blog too). Simply type in 'Thomas Newman Less Than Zero Score' and you will see the various listings of the tracks from the 'promotional' score cd. It has been…
  • Calvary (2014)

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    JohnnyTwoToes feels this Irish Drama is a missed opportunity!This is the plot synopsis for Calvary, John Michael McDonagh's latest film on IMDB. Their words not mine.."After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him." Okay, I'll buy that. Interesting as it sounds, sadly this is not a supernatural horror movie. It is a talky Irish drama with Brendan Gleeson as the Priest who is threatened. He has one week to get his affairs in order before he is killed by one of his flock for past sins committed by other…
  • Pulp - Different Class (1995)

    10 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    A superlative album for lovers of authentic Britpop !Even though the English alternative Britpop band Pulp was around for over fifteen years when this hit album was released (in 1995 in England and 1996 in the United States and beyond), they never made much of a ripple outside of the United Kingdom, their home base. This Mercury prize winning, platinum ranked, fifth studio album Different Class, however, changed it all making them popular all over Europe, the US, Australia and even Japan marking a revival of sorts in the Britpop genre. NME magazine went as far as to rank…
  • Lucy (2014)

    8 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    JohnnyTwoToes considers this french made scifi/action thriller a wasted potential!Luc Besson is probably France's best known film director and he has done some truly great films like Le Femme Nikita, Subway, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, The Fifth Element and perhaps his very best Léon: The Professional. These are different films but all terrific. They are deep and well written and directed with style which baffles me as to why his most recent Lucy  with all the pre-release hype and excitement is such a disappointment. Lucy opens up to a world of…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • 40 Years Later, I Set Out to Walk the Camino de Santiago: Nancy Liddle’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Nancy wasn’t sure she could complete an 850-kilometer walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But she did, and discovered something about age in the process. Here’s how it happened. Introduce yourself and your quest. My name is Nancy and last year I fulfilled my 40-year-old dream to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Being 56, relatively unfit, single, and never having walked more than 10 kilometers in my life was intimidating, but I did it. Was there a reason you delayed your quest for so long? A few reasons. For…
  • Non-Conformity and Adventure in Europe: The “Alive in Berlin” Conference

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Last year I spoke at a number of worldwide events, but only one was in Europe. The organizers are bringing it back for another round, and a limited number of tickets are now available. I like events of this size: not too small, and not too big. If you’re in the neighborhood, broadly speaking, or if you’re up for an overseas adventure, Alive in Berlin is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and learn more personal development. Oh, also: Berlin is an awesome city! I don’t think I’d ever spent much time there before (I’d been to Germany dozens of times, but…
  • “If you have to ‘give back,’ maybe you took too much in the first place.”

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    I heard someone say that recently. I don’t remember the context but I really liked the sentiment. This whole concept of “giving back”—it kind of implies a certain arrogance. It suggests that everything we’ve received comes from our own hard work, and that we are deserving of whatever wealth or status we hold. I don’t wish to overstate this critique or go on some sort of campaign against people who use those words. I’ve used them before too, and I think they’re in the biographical section for some of my books: “Chris Guillebeau blah blah blah also ‘gives back’ through…
  • Taking a Travel Break Mid-Career: On the Road with John Fiddler and Kathleen Egan

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself John and Kathleen opted to take a mid-career break and travel the world under three tenets: sightseeing, athletics (trail running, climbing, and long distance hiking), and volunteering. Introduce yourselves.  We’re two 40-somethings on a multi-year career break traveling the planet. Along with adventuring through the wild landscapes of the world to see the sights and cultures of the planet, we’re trying to give back to communities as we travel. From kayaking the length of the Baja peninsula, trail running around Europe,…
  • Fuel Dumping: A Little-Understood Trick to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Airfare

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    There’s a fun trick that can help you save hundreds of dollars on your next long flight—but it’s a little complicated and requires a bit of work. Bloggers get hate mail over sharing this tip (I’m not kidding), presumably because some people feel entitled to keep secrets to themselves. In my opinion, the only reason this loophole hasn’t been closed has nothing to do with its public knowledge but rather that it takes effort and attention to benefit from it. Basically, “fuel dumping” is a ticketing strategy to help you strip the fuel surcharges from certain international…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Apple Watch and intended sales

    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…
  • Review: Better by Nature Coffee

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:11 am
    If you like smooth, non-bitter coffee, I have found your java nirvana. Better by Nature produces coffee through a unique process that results in a very smooth cup of coffee. In non-scientific terms, the process uses mushrooms to remove the bitter agents and impurities, while leaving behind what coffee-lovers thrive on — great taste. The variety I tried was created from Costa Rican beans. I am not a wine-snobbery-terminology kind of person, so I can’t describe the floral notes with undertones of oak. Suffice it to say that if normal coffee is too bitter for you unless you load it down with…
  • Sad to see them go

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:09 am
    Another local business died. After 31 years, Arapahoe Cyclery closed their doors. Mike and Greg were amazing mechanics, nice guys, and a pleasure to do business with. What’s sad is that I didn’t get the opportunity to say goodbye. Since we’re in the depths of snowy weather, I hadn’t been through their doors in a few months. I’m hoping I’ll run into one of them at some point, so I can share my pain at the loss. Rather than go into a long rant about why it’s good to give business to your local independent shops, I’ll just ask you to try to do that when you can. By the way, the…
  • Slow Down

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:07 am
    I’ve discovered the joys of using a fountain pen. It gives me a unique sense of pleasure to feel the pen tip moving across the paper. The paper’s texture enters my brain in a way it never could if I was using my super-smooth ball-point pen. My sister and her family raise chickens. Sure, it takes a lot more work to keep those birds happy compared to simply buying eggs at their local supermarket. I am sure that the eggs taste better — and that their kids are learning responsibility in a way that schoolwork alone could never do. The book Words Onscreen (by Naomi Baron) advocates…
  • Tension

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:11 am
    Tension can make or break us. Too much tension can ruin a relationship. Too little tension can bring on depression. We are naturally drawn to seek tension, because it’s healthy. But we are also repelled by situations that  cause too much tension. We all fall in a spectrum of desire too much or too little tension. Benoît Lecomte plans to swim across the Pacific Ocean.  (He has already crossed the Atlantic.) Mr. Lecomte is seeking a huge amount of personal tension. I am not sure why he is seeking such levels of pain. He will either receive the fame that comes with being the…
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    Mental Floss

  • 10 Elegant Facts About Compsognathus

    Mark Mancini
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Zach Tirrell, Wikimedia Commons// CC BY-SA 2.0 The svelte Compsognathus could have squeezed inside a typical shopping cart—but for sensitivity’s sake, you’d probably want to avoid steering it through the poultry aisle… 1. Paleontologists Only Have Two Compsognathus Skeletons to Work With. These came from Germany and France in 1859 and 1971, respectively. Since then, some possible Compsognathus teeth have been found in Portugal as well. 2. This Dinosaur Was a Consummate Lizard-Eater. Remember those two skeletons we mentioned in our last bullet point? Both came with lizard bones…
  • Ollie the Baby Otter Robot

    Rebecca OConnell
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Can't get your hands on a real otter? The next best thing might be Ollie, a baby-sized robotic otter with plush fur that responds to your touch with purrs and pleasant sounds. Ollie's true purpose isn't to delight otter lovers (that's just an added benefit) but to help patients suffering from ailments like cancer or depression. Petting an animal has been shown to have a variety of benefits, including improving a patient's mood or decreasing loneliness. Unfortunately, a live animal is not always the right choice for every patient, so there needs to be an alternative. And that's where Ollie…
  • A Brief History Of The Tonic Water In Your Gin And Tonic

    Clair McLafferty
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Tonic water is everywhere. You can order it in a bar in Spain or buy it in a grocery store in the rural American South. But knowing its vibrant, thoroughly British history may earn you more cred than just drinking it. Fizzing the time away Centuries before scientists figured out how to force carbon dioxide into water, naturally carbonated spring water was drunk for its unique properties. Then, around 1767, Joseph Priestly suspended a bucket of water above a local brewery’s fermentation vat. He found that doing so resulted in a bubbly, refreshing, and pleasant water. Five years later,…
  • 110 Years Ago, Fingerprints Pointed to Murder in London

    Jennifer M Wood
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In 1905, brothers Alfred and Albert Stratton became the first people in England to be convicted of murder based on fingerprint evidence. The rest of the law enforcement world took notice.
  • Pod City: 'Mortified,' 'Radiolab,' BuzzFeed’s New Podcast and More Stuff to Hear

    Whitney Matheson
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    1. CAROUSELS ARE OLDER THAN YOU THINK. Stuff You Missed in History Class, March 23 episode Before I heard this podcast, I assumed carousels had been around for maybe a couple centuries, but they have a much more colorful history. Hosts Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey share how carousels developed from a jousting game to an amusement park attraction and tell us the differences between, say, a Coney Island-style carousel and a Philadelphia-style one.  2. AS A FORM OF PROTEST IN THE ‘80S, SOME YOUNG CUBANS INJECTED THEMSELVES WITH HIV. Radiolab, March 24 episode In a powerful episode made in…
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    The Life Thing

  • Summer Fashion Trends for Women in 2015

    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.
  • The Best of Befco: Mowers, Tillers, Seeders, & More

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Befco is one of the best lawn care companies around. This is thanks to how Befco offers an extensive variety of fine products that are dedicated to giving your lawn that great look that you have always been trying to attain. Today, Befco has a number of great items that you can use in your lawn to really help you get more out of your space. You can use flail mowers, tillers and seeders from Befco and get all your general preparation needs handled with care. Befco Flail Mowers The H40, H70 and H80 Hurricane flail mowers from Befco are popular products that Befco has to offer right now. These…
  • The Future in Remote Computer Repair & Virus Removal

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Remote computer maintenance, repair, and support services have been made available online since a few years back (if you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years.) This kind of remote services provides you with a team of dedicated professional computer technicians to help repair your computer and resolve your problems quickly and efficiently. A wide range of remote computer repair services are already available, from data and hard-drive recovery, complete computer tune-ups, remote virus removal, printer troubleshooting, wireless network setup, system upgrades and system setup,…
  • Best Types of Natural Toys for Growing Toddlers

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Playing is a toddlers most important job and it is the job of parents to provide them with appropriate toys for play. Through play, toddlers develop essential developmental skills and allows them to stretch their pliable little minds. The best toys for toddlers are toys that are safe, educational, durable and fun. With these guidelines in mind, what follows is a list of some of the best natural toys for growing toddlers. Wooden Blocks Wooden blocks are perhaps the most simple of natural toys, yet one of the most versatile and beloved by both children and adults. They have stood the test of…
  • Pinpoint the Perfect Truck Scale for Your Payload Operations

    3 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Looking for a truck scale that will suit your payload weighing operation while providing years of reliable performance? Determining payload weight is vital for to accurately calculate load values, improve the longevity of equipment, and in some cases avoiding overload fines. Operators can determine payload weight by using different types of truck scales, including on-board truck scales, portable truck scales, and weighbridge truck scales. There are advantages to each, as well as a few drawbacks. Having a detailed understanding of the features and benefits of each type of truck scale will…
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    Journey Mama

  • The Long Labor

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The Long Labor- Oil on Canvas Board- See it on Etsy My fourth child was born in a monsoon after a long labor. Somewhere after the 35th hour of walking, I rested and my husband took a photo of me. I felt that I would be walking forever, waiting forever. Not knowing when it would end, I somehow had to get up and keep walking.It reminds me of the long endurance of life with God- When I don't feel like I'm changing. When I am lost in my own tricksy mind. When I cannot love myself, from my heart comes a prayer for endurance, for the ability to get up and keep walking. In birthing Solomon,…
  • Grandma

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Leafy and his Great-Grandma, just before he turned two.  It was nearly a month ago that my grandmother died at the age of ninety. I wrote this poem for her. GrandmotherI remember water.A lake, to be precise, a clear one, large, but not so large that we couldn’t see the other shore.I was twelve years old.My grandmother was thigh deep,wearing her bathing suit, a one piece,the kind of old woman who swamin the cold, clear water of a Canadian lake. The cousins and my sister and brother and I rowed a canoe out.We found a small rocky island, and it was like we were…
  • Transplanted.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:04 am
    Pothos on Red. Click to bid.I used to admire my friend Leaf’s plants in India (that could be a confusing sentence- the name Leaf closely connected to the word plant, but that is the real way of it) and she told me they were called money plants, and that they grow and grow.You can cut them and stick them in water and they grow some more. There’s nothing you can do to stop it, they just grow, and perhaps in a desert they would die, but perhaps not, perhaps they would find the perfect bowl of water. I would like to be like a money plant, or a pothos plant, as they are also called. Maybe I…
  • A long loop.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    I drove a long loop on the motorbike tonight. The moon was ripe and waxing. There were ropes of fire on the mountains; the ones nearby, and the ones in the distance as well, at the very tops. When the moon hangs like that, like a gold piece of fruit ready to fall, it seems to be calling to be seen. So I stopped and looked. Can I actually be loved? This is my eternal question. Some days I dive into the question with joy, with the promises of God spooling out behind me; all the days of sunshine and love. But other days, with the weight of my peculiar anxiety curving my spine, I…
  • Fire and earth.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:36 pm
    1. The burning season has begun. Last night a line of fire glowed off a nearby mountain as local villages began their yearly burning of the forest undergrowth. It looked volcanic, or ancient. It looked like something out of the ordinary, a dragon maybe, or a fire flood. It looked like a burning wave, cresting on the mountains. I drove up and watched and could nearly hear it crackle. This morning the sunrise is very smoky.2. Chinua and I are running together now, aiming for three times a week. We ran together for the first time on Sunday, up to the Buddha statue because of its amazing…
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  • 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…
  • Flannery O’Connor’s Unsafe Audience

    Mike Duran
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Finding and connecting with your audience is a theme that’s hammered into writers from the get-go. Discovering the right audience and delivering the goods is up there with “show don’t tell” and “write what you know” in the canon of writerly rules. Which makes Flannery O’Connor such an anomaly. O’Connor is routinely considered as one of the greatest Christian writers ever. Her books were included in Christianity Today’s Books of the Century. She won national awards and her books have remained in print since her death in 1964. She was an…
  • Can We Be “Good” While Reading & Writing About “Evil”?

    Mike Duran
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    Yesterday popular Christian writer Tim Challies made A Plea for Innocence: I want to be good at good. In fact, I want to be an expert in good. At least, I do when I’m at my best. But in moments of introspection I see a real interest in evil as well. These desires battle within me, the desire to fill my mind with good and the desire to fill my mind with evil. It’s an important plea, one that each of us should take seriously. But as someone who writes and reads in the horror, supernatural, and dark fantasy genres, the plea for innocence can also be a potential indictment. I mean, is it…
  • Interview w/ Jason Wisdom, Former Frontman for Becoming the Archetype

    Mike Duran
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Stories about Christian musicians defecting and losing their faith have become all too common. Jason Wisdom can testify. Not that Jason has gone MIA, but having been in the belly of the beast, recording albums and touring with a popular Christian death metal band, Jason has firsthand experience of the toll that touring and celebrity can have on ones faith. Which is one reason why Jason recently joined RYFO, a non-profit outreach to musicians. After learning a bit about this unique ministry and Jason’s story, I invited him to discuss a bit about his background and experience, the…
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex


    27 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    New Answer - My name is joyne harvey from United State . i want to share to the whole world on how Dr Suru help me to got my ex lover back and saved my marriage.because i really love him so much that i can not even do without,and him left me 3year ago and he was leaving with another woman who is 8 years older than him,i feel like my life is completely over. I read over the internet how a spell caster have help several people to get there love back. I have been depress for the past one month and what i need is to get him back and live with him happily. so i decided to give it a try so i…

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    New Answer - My name is joyne harvey from United State . i want to share to the whole world on how Dr Suru help me to got my ex lover back and saved my marriage.because i really love him so much that i can not even do without,and him left me 3year ago and he was leaving with another woman who is 8 years older than him,i feel like my life is completely over. I read over the internet how a spell caster have help several people to get there love back. I have been depress for the past one month and what i need is to get him back and live with him happily. so i decided to give it a try so i…

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    New Question - Ever since my Husband Reggie Silva Wills left me, my Love life have been a mess. And I always thought and wish that we were together and that he would come back to my life and our Love could stay Endlessly..I wanted to fight this war of Love without weapons, but then i realized that he has fully made up his mind against me.. He no longer calls nor texts me. And I wanted him so bad..I will stay up through the whole night, won't close my eyes and couldn't survive it anymore, and I was ready to walk through fire just to save my Marriage. I did everything I can cos It was really…

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    New Opinion - Ever since my Husband Reggie Silva Wills left me, my Love life have been a mess. And I always thought and wish that we were together and that he would come back to my life and our Love could stay Endlessly..I wanted to fight this war of Love without weapons, but then i realized that he has fully made up his mind against me.. He no longer calls nor texts me. And I wanted him so bad..I will stay up through the whole night, won't close my eyes and couldn't survive it anymore, and I was ready to walk through fire just to save my Marriage. I did everything I can cos It was really…

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    New Answer - Ever since my Husband Reggie Silva Wills left me, my Love life have been a mess. And I always thought and wish that we were together and that he would come back to my life and our Love could stay Endlessly..I wanted to fight this war of Love without weapons, but then i realized that he has fully made up his mind against me.. He no longer calls nor texts me. And I wanted him so bad..I will stay up through the whole night, won't close my eyes and couldn't survive it anymore, and I was ready to walk through fire just to save my Marriage. I did everything I can cos It was really hard…
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  • The Zen of Spring

    Nathan Thompson
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The world before my eyes is wan and wasted, just like me. The earth is decrepit, the sky stormy, all the grass withered. No spring breeze even at this late date, Just winter clouds swallowing up my tiny reed hut. Zen Master Ikkyu, 1394-1481 Many years, we here in Minnesota are still being swallowed up by winter clouds. This year, not so much. All around, the trees are budding. The lingering snow and ice is melting. And the air is filling with the songs of returning birds. The same might be said of how people experience the Great Love. Most of the time, it seems to be some thing distant,…
  • Why Bother to Lead When You Can Just Follow

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The world would not have known about boxing great Manny Pacquio, had he chosen to buy into the “I can’t go far in life because my family has no money to feed or educate me” mentality. Instead, this small town boy moved to the big city of Manila to become a boxer and get out of a poor existence. Not only did Pacquiao become good at boxing, he would dominate the sport and become world champion several times. This week, I’ve gone past the half-way mark of my Why Mavericks & Outsiders Rule And Hipsters Follow Them book and written nearly 60,000 words. Sitting down to write a book day…
  • Why A Wolf?

    Guest Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Why a wolf?”, some people ask.“How can you say he was your best friend?”Because he was.“But surely this is a strange thing to say” For you that may be true.For me it is not.My wolf was my best friend.It is as simple as that. “But friends are those you can trust”“Those that will never let you down”“But this was a wolf”“You cannot trust a wolf”“It may eat you”“Could it not eat you?” Yes and no.You see we shared meals together.And laughs too. We ran together in the fieldsAnd rested our bodies together as one.We did that day and night.He was my friend.
  • Pen and Paper Optional

    Guest Author
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Pen and paper I relish information and the process of obtaining it. For me, the important aspect about collecting information is the way I acquire it. A recent conversation with my tech-savvy son has me reassessing my process. The astute observation he shared was simply stated: If I used a computer all the time to retrieve information, I would not need to go to the library, travel across the country to learn about different cultures, or use a pen and paper to jot down my thoughts and observations. If I want to find material on my current topic and finish faster with my writing projects, I…
  • The Republican Senators’ Letter to Iran: Treason or Realism?

    Martha Sherwood
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tom “Benedict Arnold” Cotton The pages of my local newspaper, and the feeds of social network sites in which I am participating, are full of denunciations of the March 9 Letter from Senate Republicans to the Leaders of Iran. Supporters of the Obama administration are labeling this communication as treason, implying that for our elected representatives to publicly state that they will not in the future vote to support our president’s actions, should the matter come up for a Congressional vote, is somehow unconstitutional. This stance, it seems to me, displays a basic…
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  • Dog Frustration

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • A Lofty Existence is Three Years Old

    15 Nov 2013 | 2:02 pm
    This week the blog reached its third year in existence. A long time coming, for a tiny blog at the corner of the Internet. Now that A Lofty Existence has reached true blog seniority, it is time to make a decision. Should the blog remain active and reach its fourth year and beyond, or has it served its purpose? When I began this blog I had few plans as to how long it would remain open, I just knew that I wanted to write and have a place to share my thoughts, as well as connect with online acquaintances. And when I began this blog I was at a totally different point in my life than I am now.
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    Four Leaf Clover

  • 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…
  • Pops of color and fun in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Back to Lake Como! Our last stop by boat was to Bellagio. I sure am glad we decided to go on one last adventure even though our feet were already killing us (me!). These are just a small handful of all the Bellagio photos I took. I’ve got a whole other handful to show you of a villa we visited while there, as well. If you ever find yourself in Lake Como, I hiiighly recommend a hop over to Bellagio. In the meantime, take a little walk around with me and enjoy! The first thing we did when we got there was eat a late lunch followed by gelato, of course! They had some vegan options and they…
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    Zara Stone

  • Behold the Awesome Underground Bike Cave

    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

    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

    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

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

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Pit Bull dogs tend to have a public image problem. They’re consistently viewed as “dangerous dogs”, and regularly vilified by the media. Other breeds get a bad rep as well; rottweilers, and boxers also fall into the perceived danger dog category. Yes, some of these dogs have done the things they’re accused of; – one of the most recent high profile incidents being that of Mickey, an Arizonan pit bull who mauled a 4 year old child. If this had happened a few years ago it’s pretty likely that Mickey would have been put down, but instead he was given a prison sentence. Yes, a…
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    Amy Mac

  • A Change ... Will Do You Good

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    I had a rather interesting conversation with my teenage daughter recently. We were playing corn hole, and while my little bean bag's corner was tilting wildly close to the edge of the board's circular hole, it wasn't tipping in -- or scoring me points. Unacceptable. I expressed my frustration eloquently, I think something along the lines of "ARGGGHhhhhhhh," to which my daughter replied:"Change something.""But it's so close!" I said. "Every single time it is almost hitting the mark!""Almost, but it's not going in," she said. "So you need to change something."This advice, while wise and useful,…
  • The Last of the Winter Weekends

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Say what you will about winter (and I snarl many a contemptuous remark about the chilly days spanning from January to March-ish), but it does perform sunsets with flourish, tantalizing us to see so much more of its glorious colors with its trees standing strong but bare, a game of peek-a-boo with nature. Winter ... you naughty minx.This weekend I'm:~reading this book.~planning for spring.~cooking this, though I think I'll grill chicken breasts in lieu of what they've got going on here.~procrastinating this.~watching this on this (which we love, by the way. Love, love, and fight over it…
  • Mazel Tov!

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I can, with confidence, say we will not be taking any pre-Bat Mitzvah party photos at the lake this weekend. Because it will be 40 degrees. Sigh.What are you doing this weekend?Enough about you, let's talk about me ... I'm going to my very first Bat Mitzvah of my entire life this weekend! I am extremely excited. So excited you'd think this Bat Mitzvah was at a synagogue in Italy, or Israel, but it isn't. It's like a 5 mile drive from my house.Let me give you a little Bar Mitzvah background. Between my two daughters, they've been to like like 40. Well, not quite that many ... more along the…
  • Please Note the New Blog Header for 2015

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Hello, and Happy New Year! Please note the new blog header for 2015 (subscribers, you'll have to click through to the actual website to see such.)I want you to note the new header because it's the reason today is the first post of the new year.It's the first post because I disciplined myself to design and post the new header prior to writing any new posts.(Anyone who's thinking "well, how disciplined are you really if it took 14 full days to design and post a new header?" is clearly a cynic, and should probably work on that as a resolution.)The picture above, while delightful, is from the…
  • Even My Dogs Smell Like Christmas (but for all the wrong reasons)

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    I've compiled a list I've found vaguely interesting and very personally informative as I've been preparing for the holiday season. Perhaps you, too, will be intrigued. (Perhaps instead you will be alarmed. I understand completely. If you find you are more disturbed than amused, you should totally find a more relaxing blog with a more sensible writer.)We have 8 bins for Halloween decorations, but only 3 for Christmas decorations.One of those Halloween bins is labeled "GRAVEYARD" and is an enormous bin on a high shelf so I can't really access it. I'm just saying there may be an actual graveyard…
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    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.
  • Learn to Surf. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

    Annette White
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The first time I was traveling in Costa Rica I rented a surf board on the beach of Tamarindo determined to learn to surf, with absolutely no prior experience. There was no knowledgeable instructor in sight, just me, my board and a bucket list goal that needed to be conquered. The reality of what happened that […] The post Learn to Surf. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Take a Boat Ride in the Peruvian Amazon

    Guest Author
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    I had the hot and long opportunity to take a five day boat ride from Pucallpa to Iquitos, a small island in the Peruvian Amazon. There are no roads that go to Iquitos, so I had to choose between a $100 plane ticket or a 100 sole boat ticket. There was no guarantee that the […] The post Take a Boat Ride in the Peruvian Amazon appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Eat Chankonabe in Tokyo. Sumo Wrestlers Stew.

    Annette White
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    After watching wrestler’s practice at Hakkaku Sumo Stable in Tokyo, I was hungry. Seeing them huff, puff and sweat actually made my stomach growl and what better thing to eat for lunch than Chankonabe, the nutritious stew that the wrestlers dine on as part of their strict diet. Maybe this meal would give me some muscle. It […] The post Eat Chankonabe in Tokyo. Sumo Wrestlers Stew. appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
  • Zip Line into a Cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico

    Annette White
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Even for me, it is rare that a one-day adventure will include rappelling, cliff jumping, kayaking, snorkeling and zip lining. Very rare. But, all the aforementioned happened on the Xenotes Oasis Maya cenote tour leaving from Cancun and traveling through the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. 5 Adventures. 4 Cenotes. 1 Day. Holler. Cenotes are natural water-filled […] The post Zip Line into a Cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico appeared first on Bucket List Journey | New Experience & Travel Blog.
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    arsène hodali

  • What It’s Like Working With Elephants

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

    arsène hodali
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Of course I’m sane, when trees start talking to me, I don’t talk back. // Terry Pratchett People are sane when they’re of sound mind, this’s best defined as having the capacity to think, reason, and understand for oneself. Strong emotions are probably the number one hindrance towards sanity. And contrary to popular belief someone can be both sane and mentally ill, it’s just much harder.
  • The Difference Between Cheap And Expensive Bottled Water

    arsène hodali
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The difference between cheap and expensive bottled water is taste (and texture). The reason most people don’t taste a difference between tap, cheap, and expensive bottled water is that people, especially in the West, drink water cold and mainly after eating, both which largely cancel out differences of taste. If you were to regularly drink water at room temperature, as I do, you’d realize that (except for the sense that it seems to always be more aerated than most bottled waters) tap water isn’t that amazing; it leaves a chemical aftertaste because tap water sources are…
  • “The More Corrupt The State, The More Numerous The Laws.” What This Implies And Why It Holds True In This Age

    arsène hodali
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    This statement’s playing with three evergreen ideas: That if a state is made of a majority of moral people then they won’t need precise governing. That if a state is made of a majority of amoral people then they’ll need ever more precise governing. And that if a state, as an entity itself, becomes too precise in its governing, it will beget more amoral than moral peoples for it’s covered the entire floor with laws and has thus made it impossible to walk without stepping on one. The statement’s saying that someone’s actions are a simple means of surmising…
  • The Strangest Foods That I Love

    arsène hodali
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I like fried insects, with a carbonated soft drink or beer to wash them down. Not all fried insects are synonymous in taste though. I can still smell the yellowing fried grasshoppers of my very young summers in Kigali, Rwanda thanks to a neighbour who couldn’t get enough of his own outdoor fried particulars, and though he’d offer me a bite on numerous occasions I’d remind him, once again, I didn’t like the stuff (too much work, not enough crunch). But, if he’d cooked up some Maeng Kee Noon beetles or Jing Leed crickets the Thailand way (fried in a wok briefly,…
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    DC Dana

  • 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 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…
  • Nepal 4: The post with all the photos of spectacular mountains (...and one of me wearing a Scrunchie)

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    The terrain changed on Day 2, and we moved away from the outer edges of the mountains lined with terraced fields and moved into more wooded areas dense with fog. It was here that I felt like I was wandering around some Lord of the Rings set, all mysterious and forbidden.But don't be silly, we still had those darn stone stairs.This day was longer than the first, and we ended in Ghorepani village about 1000 feet below our final climbing point. The plan was to wake up on the third day and summit Poon Hill before dawn to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna range.Arriving in GhorepaniWe hung out…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Energy Efficient Living Tips from the Kitchen Cousins

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    People are moving in droves to smarter, more energy-efficient living, such as upgrading home appliances and décor. Even small improvements can lead to a big difference in your home’s energy-use. Some of these upgrades are incredibly easy and low cost investments, such as replacing old light bulbs for LED bulbs. Additionally, an increasing number of appliances can be controlled wirelessly, saving homeowners on their electric bills. Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are the popular co-hosts of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, and the upcoming new show, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens. These New…
  • Gluten-Free “Fried” Rice Stir Recipe

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
      Several weeks ago I shared with you a recipe for a healthy, gluten-free Tex-Mex Rice Stir recipe that, by the way, my older son has been bugging me all week to make again. A Stir is a dinner recipe that begins with a base of Della rice. Toppings can include a variety of proteins, vegetables, and sauces. You pick. You decide. You create your own stir and dinner is served! These rice bowl creations are made with ingredients that you already have on hand and enjoy eating. It also allows you to get really creative! Over the past couple of months, myself and all of the Della…
  • Stop Getting Slumberjacked! Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    With the advent of fitness trackers and all sorts of sleep apps, we are slowly becoming obsessed with monitoring our sleep, and getting a better quality rest at night. The reality is that we are still letting ourselves be slumberjacked by skipping the easy things that promote good sleep. Here are five things that may be impacting your sleep, according to the sleep experts at AllerEase: 1. Sleeping with your pet. Dander, flees, hair and pet slobber, just don’t do it! 2. Using an old mattress. Does your mattress need to be retired? About 70% of Americans report their mattress is at least…
  • What All Women Need to Know About the BRCA Gene

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
      Over the past few years, breast cancer has become a part of everyday conversation. I have close friends who have battled the disease at various levels, those who have had serious scares, and those who have a family history that leaves them apprehensive about a potential diagnosis. After participating in the Komen 3 Day walk for breast cancer last year, I thought I had learned quite a bit more about this dreaded disease that affects so many women every single day. In that overwhelming sea of pink, there were also stories to be heard, and people walking in honor of lives lost and lives…
  • 8 Easy Ways to Walk More During the Day

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
      Spring is one of my favorite times of year. Not just because it is finally getting warmer, and because that warm weather means that I can get outside and take long walks once again. Sometimes I walk on my own, sometimes with a friend or two in the neighborhood. Getting out for a long walk outside is one of the most gratifying activities I can do for myself. It allows me to breathe feely, to soak up the sun, to do some of my best thinking, and to get exercise at the same time. Actually, studies even show that people have more creative thoughts when they are walking than when they are…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Stress Less, Achieve More in the Workplace and Job Search

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Pressure is good. Stress should be avoided  according to Aimee Bernstein, author of Stress Less Achieve More: Simple Ways to Turn Pressure into a Positive Force in Your Life. She states that, “…all us feel we’re always under pressure because of our constant accessibility.” What makes you the most stressful about the job search process? I would love to hear what you think. There are three ways you can tell me: 1) Leave a voice mail or text message at 708-365-9822. Let me know if I can share it on future shows 2) Email me 3) Go to…
  • 2014 Global Career Brainstorming Day Report with Marie Zimenoff

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    For the last five years, the Career Thought Leaders Consortium (CTL) has published a “Global Career Brainstorming Day” through hosting a worldwide brain dump of career trends current and anticipated. MarieZimenoff (@workwithpurpose), the new President of CTL, and I discuss a small part of the whitepaper produced as a result of the meeting. The whitepaper is a useful tool for job seekers and career professionals. The report is free and downloadable for anyone to access as well as other material produced by CTL members. Marie is a former president of the National Resume Writing…
  • 4 Ways to Quickly Succeed in Your New Workplace

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    How you perform and manage your personal discipline of the first 90 days of a new workplace often sets the tone for your overall performance, right? The first 90 days is the primary window for many employers to decide to keep you or let you go. I like coming back to this subject again because it is a real struggle for many job seekers. Dr. Deb Bright is back to discuss in-depth her recent article on her blog, A New Position? Some Tips for Getting a Head Start Toward Success. Dr. Deb Bright (@DrDebBright) is the author of the book, The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt: How to Use Criticism to…
  • 10 Ways Your Spouse Can Boost Your Career

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Marriage is a powerful relationship. Yes, I see and hear the eye-rolling, head-shaking, and let-me-check-my-Facebook-page-on-my-phone people sigh in the “I’m sick of hearing this myth” attitude. I must warn you that this post is a positive marriage post so if you need to stop reading, go ahead. But please, allow me to pontificate, because the evidence below is from personal experience and the relationships of many of my friends, and as a career practitioner. Your spouse will boost your career aspirations, goals, and accomplishments if you let him or her. I will spare you the…
  • How to Find Telecommuting Jobs with FlexJobs

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
      This special edition of the podcast features, a service providing legitimate and closely screened telecommuting jobs. There will be segments in the weeks to come where we will highlight relevant content for job seekers interesting in working remotely in a full or part-time capacity. You will hear Brie Reynolds (@briewreynolds), online content director for FlexJobs in most of the segments sharing what is featured on their blog, and studies highlighting the benefits of remote jobs and careers. If you are interested in telecommuting jobs and never knew how to find one, then…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • Pander or Deliver?

    Randy Gage
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    This morning I was in a breakout session at a large conference. The breakouts are for specific content, with actionable results. For some unknown reason, the person in charge of introducing the speaker felt necessary to spend two minutes to, “give you a little background about me and what I do.” Why would any person asked to introduce a speaker think that was appropriate? Then the main presenter, who is a “name” in that space, spent the next 18 of his remaining 43 minutes pandering to the audience, trying to build rapport by telling us what an average Joe he is. You can open your…
  • Judging Other People

    Randy Gage
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Did you roll your eyes at that 350-pound man in front of you in the all-you-can-eat buffet line? Would you judge him a little differently if you learned that he has an inoperable brain tumor and needs to take steroids that blow up his size?   Remember the way you screamed and glared at that lady who started to drift into your lane? Would you have reacted any different if you knew that she was driving home from the hospital after her daughter just passed away? Did you judge that guy who stood helplessly by, while the lady in front of him struggled to lift her heavy carry-on bag from the…
  • The Real Message You Are Sending

    Randy Gage
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    A new gourmet ice cream shop opened up on the ground floor of my condo. That was two months ago, and I still haven’t gone in. Today as I was walking past it for at least the 20th time, it dawned on my why…   My willpower is good, but it ain’t that good. Today I noticed the signage in the front. The big picture window on the left says, SORRY PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE STORE. The big picture window on the right says, RESTROOM ARE FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY!   It might be simpler if they just wrote, STAY THE FUCK OUT!   We all have two messages: One, the message we think and hope…
  • A Message for Fear

    Randy Gage
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Dear Fear, I know exactly who and what you are. You’re the secret killer. You’re the little voice in my head that tries to make me quit too soon, be afraid to take a chance, or stay the course to achieve my dreams. I know exactly what you’re trying to do, and it won’t work… I know that if I listen to you, then you win. And when you win, you come back again and gain. So I’m putting an end to this right now. I will stare you down, accept you and even embrace you, because I’m moving forward anyway. Because I recognize that there is really no such thing as a fearless leader. We all…
  • Dance with the Dark Side

    Randy Gage
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    You know the dangers of the dark side of the force. That is the path that leads to the emperor. But what you may not know, are the dangers of the light side…   Because that path can lead to mediocrity.   Sometimes we’re so worried about meeting the expectations of society, not offending anyone, or following the norm that what we create is pabulum. Making something amazing isn’t done taking the safe, predictable or easy route.   I will never forget the moment at 1 am in 1988 when I was watching Headbangers Ball and this video came on. I knew rock’n roll would…
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    Amusing Planet

  • Felicity, California: The Center of The World

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Does the word “world” represent the earth in its spherical sense, or the surface of the sphere where all living and non-living entities live on? If you chose the former, than the center lies in an incredibly dense, hot core thousands of kilometres below the planet’s surface. If you chose the later, than any place on the surface can logically be the center. At least, this is what many towns, especially around North America, believe in. One of the serious contender to the title of the “Center of the World” is Felicity, a small town in Imperial County, in California. It’s hard to…
  • Laerdal Tunnel: The World’s Longest Road Tunnel

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    In Norway, it’s practically impossible to drive from one place to another without making a mountain crossing or riding on a ferry across a fjord. It’s a beautiful country but its intricate geography created by a maze of fjords, glaciers, and mountains meant that many Norwegian communities remain isolated from one each other during the long winter months. Neighbors may live less than a mile from one another, but on opposite sides of the fjord or mountain, and that’s a world apart. That was before Norway started building an extensive network of tunnels. If a mountain stands on the way,…
  • A Town Named ‘Zzyzx’ in California

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    About half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as you drive along Interstate 15 through the lonely Mojave Desert, you’ll come across an unusual exit sign directing you towards a rather oddly-spelled “Zzyzx Road” (pronounced “Zye-Zex” and rhymes with “Isaacs”). The 4.5 mile-long, part paved and part dirt road leads you to an old health resort, now abandoned, called Zzyzx Springs, started by a self-proclaimed minister and quack named Curtis Howe Springer in the 1940s. Today, it’s home to the Desert Studies Center, and the artificial Lake Tuendae that the pseudo-doctor built…
  • The Boy And His Leaking Boot

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:11 am
    The Boy with the Leaking Boot is a recurring theme of statues that appear throughout the United States. The life-sized statue, often about 4 feet tall, depicts a young boy with a bare right foot, holding up and inspecting the leaks on his right boot. The statue isn’t complete with an actual leaky boot, hence the statue is almost always a fountain with water emerging from numerous holes on the toe of the boot. There are at least 25 documented examples, and probably hundreds more. Yet, nobody knows who the boy is, and why does he hold aloft his leaking boot. Some believed that the boy was a…
  • Ancient Tsunami Warnings Carved in Stones in Japan

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:09 pm
    "High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point," reads a four-foot high stone slab in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, in the Iwate Prefecture, in Japan. Residents who heeded the advice from their ancestors kept their tiny village of 11 households safely out of reach of the deadly tsunami that stuck Japanese coast in 2011. The waves stopped just 300 feet below the stone. All over the coast of Japan, there are hundreds of so called Tsunami Stones with warning messages and advice, some more than…
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    Spy Travelogue

  • 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…
  • After a long stint traveling, the problem with re-entry (part 1)

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

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    “Sometimes people hurt more than they can handle… And sometimes they don’t know how to ask for help. They’re so caught up in their own pain, they end up hurting everyone around them.” ― Rebecca Donovan I don’t often talk of my own experiences of being estranged but I am going to share a little bit about what eventually made me “seek support” to illustrate some of the things I have been talking about across my last set of posts. There are two main themes to this post: 1- sustaining emotional or psychological injury is not a character flaw and we…
  • Estrangement: It’s Complex, Remember?

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
  • Estrangement : Shopping for a Therapist

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    “I stopped going to therapy because I knew my therapist was right and I wanted to keep being wrong. I wanted to keep my bad habits like charms on a bracelet. I did not want to be brave. I think I like my brain best in a bar fight with my heart. I think I like myself a little broken. I’m ok if that makes me less loved. I like poetry better than therapy anyway. The poems never judge me for healing wrong.” ― Clementine von Radics It’s okay to be not okay and it’s okay to ask for help Just because we’re estranged doesn’t mean all of us necessarily need to seek out a…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • A good day turned very worrisome

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Yesterday coach Jason Garrett came to see Jude at our house. He was so kind and brought Jude an official helmet that he signed personally, a Jersey that Jason Witten signed, and a football from the team. It was a great day.  Jude even had really big smiles for the coach! It was a great day until mid afternoon. Jude began coughing uncontrollably and Charlotte had issues getting him under control. From the time I walked in from work I had the same issues. Suddenly Jude spiked a high fever and his color turned ashy grey so I called hospice. When they got here they said two things.
  • It's Wednesday!

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Jude had a rough afternoon yesterday and a rough over night. I could hear his alarms going off as I drifted in and out of sleep last night. I would come into the living room to check to see how Jude was doing and the nurse would explain he was just having a rough time. He finally went to sleep around 4am and the last I talked to Charlotte he was still sleeping. Looking back I wonder how we made it to work after being up with Jude until those wee morning hours for so many years. We are dealing with mixed emotions around my house regarding Jude, work, and life in general. I have little…
  • Laugh of the day

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    So it's perfectly fine but I had someone that seemed shocked I have been having headaches and now have developed borderline high blood pressure. Funniest comment of the day award in response: "Really because I am shocked you haven't developed a tick, freaked out, and grown two heads". Cracked me up! Hospice is coming to see Jude today. He is a happy camper but we are still having to keep him on pretty high oxygen levels. I will report tomorrow when I hear the hospice assessment. 
  • Blood pressure and Jude

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Well it seems everything has finally caught up with me. I have high blood pressure. I'm upset about it because I used to be so fit. I have had heart palpitations but that is nothing new as I have always had benign palpitations. I walk each day, I take fish oil, and I drink my grape juice. All I can figure is the lack of sleep and constant stress have both finally found me. Short of quitting my job and staying home I don't see a solution but I will drag myself to the doctor anyway. I am thankful for doctors but I despise going. I think this means I may have to slow down..... So not my…
  • Jude's Sunday

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Jude still had intermittent fever and I'm not sure why. I have two guesses.... Bacterial walking pneumonia (again ) or he is cutting his back molars. I noticed they are coming in but Judes teeth never seemed to bother him before.  Some hours he is great and some hours he struggles. He is very pale with circles under his eyes but he fell asleep tonight in my arms and slept very well. Mikes mom is here to tonight bless her heart. She is very elderly and has pretty much given her entire life to servicing her children and making others happy. Tonight while I was holding Jude she just…
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    Like a Bump on a Blog

  • RumbleTalk Dynamic, Interactive Chat Rooms for Websites #tech #ad

    Amberr Meadows
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A phenomenal way to increase engagement and popularity […] The post RumbleTalk Dynamic, Interactive Chat Rooms for Websites #tech #ad appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Kobert Waterproof Case For Phones and Cameras #tech #review #ad Simple Tricks to Turn Your TV Into an Entertainment Center Cogito Watches Combine Tech and Fashion for the Ideal Father’s Day Gift
  • Please Help Deena after Her Attempted Murder #Crowdfunding #Charity #Help

    Amberr Meadows
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    At 4:45am on November 17, 2014, Deena Rae experienced&n […] The post Please Help Deena after Her Attempted Murder #Crowdfunding #Charity #Help appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Please Help a New Mom Cover $300 in Bills #crowdfunding #charity #Atlanta & Globally Master Lock: Safety for #Life and Charity for the American Red Cross #MasterLockProtects #ad ‘Alphie The Squid’ Vibrant Marine Exploration and App Downloads to Charity
  • ‘Craving Caine’ Will Leave #Romance and Suspense Lovers Craving More

    Amberr Meadows
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Synopsis Emily Chambray wants a divorce. Unfortunately, […] The post ‘Craving Caine’ Will Leave #Romance and Suspense Lovers Craving More appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: ‘Suddenly Sorceress': A Sexy, Saucy Read Book Review: ‘Against All Odds’ by Ju Ephraime is a Sexy, Sensual Romance Top 10 Tips on How to Write Romance
  • Blogging Basics: Links are Love for Your Blog #blogging #tips

    Amberr Meadows
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’m sharing blogging tips and insights from A-Z based o […] The post Blogging Basics: Links are Love for Your Blog #blogging #tips appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Blogging Basics: Making the Most of Social Media for Your Blog Blogging Basics: Building a Successful Blog Community Blogging Basics: Search Engine Over-Optimization Can Kill Your Blog
  • ‘A Sh!t Storm’ #Book Tour + $25 PayPal and Guitar Picks #Giveaway #romance @Ligillis

    Amberr Meadows
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Title: A Shit Storm Series: Six Silver Strings E String […] The post ‘A Sh!t Storm’ #Book Tour + $25 PayPal and Guitar Picks #Giveaway #romance @Ligillis appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: Love #Rockstar #Romance? Join ‘A Sh!t Storm’ Tour + Blogger Perks #MondayBlogs @ligillis ‘Come, the Dark’ Book Tour Kick-Off + $40 PP Cash Giveaway @inkmuse #Book Tour Blogger Gratitude $50 PayPal Cash #Giveaway (open to all)
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    Inconsequential Logic

  • Beignets or Bust - Life List #23

    Roschelle Nelson
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Back in 2010 I decided to sit down and compile a life list. Some may refer to them as bucket lists but the sound of that diminishes the importance of what this list truly means to me.Many of the "things to do while I still have a chance" range from simple day to day goals to doing what some might view as unreasonable, improbable or maybe even impossible. Well you see that's the beauty of it. It's my list...and the only thing that will ever prevent me from achieving any of them is ME.This past weekend, 5 years after starting this list, I was finally able to scratch of item #23. Eating beignets…
  • Why Is Religion So Divisive

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

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

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

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

  • 20 Knowledge Quotes to Empower You

    Charles Chua C K
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. -Confucius 2. Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement. -Peter Drucker 3. A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. -Plato 4. There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. -Denis Diderot 5. Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
  • 15 Journey Quotes to Bring You Joy All The Way

    Charles Chua C K
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. -Earl Nightingale2. Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. -Matsuo Basho3. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. -Greg Anderson4. Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. -Arthur Ashe5. You…
  • 10 Initiative Quotes to Excite You

    Charles Chua C K
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. -Victor Hugo 2. Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life? -Tony Robbins 3. Genius is initiative on fire. -Holbrook Jackson 4. Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative - don't wait for someone else to ask you to act. -Sylvia Earle 5. The key is taking responsibility…
  • 20 Enlightening Happiness Quotes to Live By

    Charles Chua C K
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. -Thomas Merton 2. It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.-Thomas Jefferson 3. Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. -Dale Carnegie 4. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.-Eleanor Roosevelt 5. Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. -Joseph Wood Krutch 6. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. -Franklin D. Roosevelt 7. Three grand…
  • 20 Goal Quotes For Your Success and Happiness

    Charles Chua C K
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. -Earl Nightingale 2. Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek. -Mario Andretti 3. A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something…
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    The Lonely Mechanic

  • 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: 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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    30 by Thirty

  • Lip Sync Success

    Kiki G
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Anything involving Mr. Hanks sure does bring me right back to The Soi ;)This song has become a new addition to my workout routine, 'cause Tommy won me over.Ode to the memories.Hanks and Jepsen for the win!
  • And... We're Back!

    Kiki G
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    We figure it's worth another shot ;)The video tells the tale.Here we go again, Amazing Race Canada!
  • Celebrity Status

    Kiki G
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    I know I know, I'm more than behind! Whoops! Lots has happened in the past.... umm... six months I guess. I shall surely update the stories soon, as some good 'ol roomie tales have popped in the last while.I saw this video, just now, and thought of 22a. We have attempted this feat, to quite a smaller scale, but with success. People crave celebrity-isms and this guy makes us all look oh-so-silly. Regardless, I was entertained ;)Audition ideas for Amazing Race Canada are now looming... hmm...
  • The Power of Words

    Kiki G
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here's a Sunday heart-warmer.Change your words.Change your world.Choose your words well.Enjoy!
  • Lessons Learned… Endearing Ones at That

    Kiki G
    20 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    25 has been my longest running roommate. She definitely deserves a prize… or maybe I do?!? We officially became roomies in August of 2010 and will officially terminate the roomie status as of June 2014. Do the math my friends… That’s a LONG time! Most of my roomies run the gamut of a year, so quadrupling that odd has to stand for something. During those four years, we lived in the same rooms, yet had five (point five) people shift between our walls. We endured the stalkings of Mango Man, the frozen doorways, parking issues, the backyard festivities and even a mouse or two… and some…
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  • 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…
  • It almost feels as if nothings changed at all

    10 Oct 2013 | 8:13 pm
    It has been a really weird semester so far. I am actually enjoying all of my classes which is really different for me. I've been thinking a lot about my future and what that entails for me. It is really hard to look into the future when you really have no sense of vision. I used to know exactly what I wanted to do with my life and now I've come to the end...of my college career. Not my life...I'm still kick'n.When you are a (double) senior in college everyone expects you to have it figured out. They think you should know exactly what you are going to do because you have been learning how to…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Goals, Commitment and Aspirations

    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.

    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.

    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…
  • Perseverance, Success and The Domino Effect.

    13 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    This post will look at perseverance, success and the domino effect, but first an explanation. The Domino Effect Last year my strategy was to publish two posts a week. I did that from May to November only missing a handful of scheduled posting dates. Comments on those posts, shares, retweets and mentions in social media tell me that most of them had some value for readers. I am not convinced they all did. I know that a few were not up to standard because at times, I was more committed to the schedule than creating valuable content. I originally started blogging back in 2010 after my heart…
  • A lesson in Perseverance and Persistence

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
      Michael Waltrip 2008 Toyota Camry A recent reference in the OMFG forum on Google + to a persistent NASCAR driver interested me so much that I decided to move away from stoicism as the topic for this post. I have never been a great fan of NASCAR racing. because I was influenced in my formative years by British themed TV coverage of motor sport. Formula 1, rallying and Le Mans 24 hour endurance races were standard weekend entertainment, not oval track or drag racing. Despite the lack of coverage, we were aware of the names of the major races in the USA,  the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • The Elusive Charms of Productivity

    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

    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

    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

    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 this week. George asked GO → The post All the Best Fiction Books Deserve a Podcast appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Giving Thanks to God on Rusted Steel

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    After a few bites of the cake Raul seemed to realize that she was waiting. “He read about the United States and wanted to go. He tried to cross the GO → The post Giving Thanks to God on Rusted Steel appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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  • how to conclusively beat any and all body image issues

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
    to any girl who doesn’t look like that, yes.  yes, you are fat. — so … there’s this gym.  and of course no, i’m not a member. it’s a gym run by two british dudes.  it’s all professional and multi story and air conditioned and with proper weights and racks and the typical excessive amount […] The post how to conclusively beat any and all body image issues appeared first on cedonulli.
  • how rich do you wanna be?

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm
    jake, these kids, they’re just so spoiled.  they don’t want to learn.  and meanwhile, you know, the administration is totally dicking me around on salary.  and you, jake, you’re just another one of these tourists who come here to exploit the girls and have it easy.  you don’t understand the culture and you’re contributing nothing […] The post how rich do you wanna be? appeared first on cedonulli.
  • foodie blogging ftw

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    10 grand would buy you this whole place.  unrelated to this tory. — i think what kyle is saying in his post about something something making money …. is that this bloglet, and my own contribution, needs to be more about food. and somalia and general exploitation of the locals.  added flavor.  foods taste better when you […] The post foodie blogging ftw appeared first on cedonulli.
  • what to do when you’re broke

    un kyle
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Yo guys. There’s always lots of q’s on here about money and non-rat race wealth building. Since Jake sucks and would rather this be a foodie blog where he posts daily photos of the delicious glass of beet and quinoa juice a Somalian widow just freshly squeezed with her toes for $0.0008, I’ll be pitching in […] The post what to do when you’re broke appeared first on cedonulli.
  • what if …

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am
    from the archive of things meant to be deleted. —- i’m standing at the edge of the cliff.  literally, not figuratively.  I’m deathly afraid of heights.   and this is a very tall cliff, and i’m freaking out.  behind me the guy, yelling, go, go, jake, now!  GO! i take a step forward, my arms […] The post what if … appeared first on cedonulli.
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    Anirudh Thakur

  • Love-The killer emotion

    Anirudh Thakur
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:17 pm
    No matter how strong, no matter how smart,love is a drug that tears you apart.No matter how tough, no matter how rough.emotions and feelings are never enough.Time after time, people have fought,this feeling inside that leads to a drought.The strength of the body has always lost,when fighting this devil, this evil ghost.Sometimes it takes years, sometimes a month,sometimes it's a smile, sometimes its a touch.The love and the care, is always addictive,this fragile heart of ours is never resistive.Our hearts yearn for it, our bodies urge,and it never ends, its always on the verge.How dangerous…
  • Go but don't leave me.........

    Anirudh Thakur
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:31 pm
    I don't know how this all happened,all I know if I lost too muchI don't care about no money, no cars,all I wanted was to keep you near meI was living a life careless and free,and I loved it when you were a part of itI know I made mistakes, I made you cry,but all I wanted was some happinessI know I wanted my to live the way I want,but I also wanted for you to be a part of itI don't care about the world or what they think about me,coz all I want is to be happy and live my wayI know I could never understand what you wanted,but I always asked you to tell me on my facegood or bad I cant even…
  • I've got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one........:)

    Anirudh Thakur
    12 Jan 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I have always been so amazed by this song coz this someway or the other connects with most of the guys and even girls all over the world. The issues with the opposite sex will never vanish and thus time to time this song would find it's place in our lives.....Well for all of you that haven't checked it out yet.....just check it out below:-----Lyrics-----If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you sonI got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one[Verse One]I got the rap patrol on the gat patrolFoes that wanna make sure my casket's closedRap critics that say he's "Money Cash Hoes"I'm from the…
  • nice...:)

    Anirudh Thakur
    12 Dec 2013 | 11:38 am
  • Live on the edge...

    Anirudh Thakur
    10 Dec 2013 | 12:22 pm
    I told you not to fall for me,I told you not to cry.I'm a sole rider in this crazy world,And I prefer to go that way.My life is full of ups and downs,there is no way you can survive this.Its an adventure full of risks,an adventure in the unknown.So stay far and don't commit,because with me its not safe.I live on the edge all the time,Its the way I choose to live,no matter what happens, its for me to bear, not you.So please go and live your life,Coz with me its all a crazy ride.....
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • How to change your WordPress website’s Permalink (URL)

    Rambo Ruiz
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    The post How to change your WordPress website’s Permalink (URL) is written by Rambo Ruiz The web address (URL) of the pages and posts you publish on your WordPress website are called as permalinks. It is important to structure your website’s permalinks in a way that people can easily remember it. On this video I shared how you can change your WordPress website’s Permalink. The post How to change your WordPress website’s Permalink (URL) appeared first on Rambo Ruiz.
  • How to change your WordPress website’s Title and Tagline

    Rambo Ruiz
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    The post How to change your WordPress website’s Title and Tagline is written by Rambo Ruiz Changing your WordPress website’s title and tagline is as easy as literally one, two and three. Enjoy! The post How to change your WordPress website’s Title and Tagline appeared first on Rambo Ruiz.
  • How to Create a Subcategory Using the cPanel

    Rambo Ruiz
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:19 pm
    The post How to Create a Subcategory Using the cPanel is written by Rambo Ruiz When designing a website I make sure that I don’t do the “dirty” works on my client’s website itself. I do it all in a subcategory or subfolder.  Why do I want to do that? For a very simple reason, I don’t want to mess around my client’s website if ever I did something wrong along the development process. Watch this video tutorial I made for you to learn how to create a subcategory using your hosting‘s cPanel. The post How to Create a Subcategory Using the cPanel appeared…
  • My First Hostgator Affiliate Payout

    Rambo Ruiz
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    The post My First Hostgator Affiliate Payout is written by Rambo Ruiz Who’s not excited whenever Paypal sends you an email right? Well this morning I was checking my emails, a normal morning routine for a Virtual Assistant, and was surprised to have received one from Paypal notifying me that Hostgator has sent me my affiliate payout. See video below: In a nutshell, Affiliate Marketing is promoting other people’s products or services and receiving certain percentage from the sales you made as your commission. And Hostgator, a hosting company that I highly recommend, have an…
  • Finally: Now You Can Edit Captions on Instagram

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

  • 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 […]
  • I see.

    Rey Lo
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    “What you don’t see with your eyes don’t invent with your mouth.” My friend Marcella posted the words of Judge Judy on a meme as a status update. They made me chuckle at first then I started letting them sink in. What an intriguing concept. What if all of us spent one day only speaking that […]
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  • Hello world!

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Princess Burlap

  • Coconut Bread and the Bliss in Olfaction

    Princess Burlap
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Our dear friends came to our house this weekend. Isn’t it nice when your house is filled with your favorite people and your favorite smells? Yes, that’s right. I said smells. I can smell again. For the first time in nearly two years, I’ve got my full ability to take olfactory inventory of the pungent world around me. I’d tried everything, from mega doses of vitamin C and every topical steroidal nose spray on the open market, allergy pillow and bed covers, standing on my head, and a complete array of spells I found in an old dusty black magic tome from a junk shop in…
  • Jungs in Belize

    Princess Burlap
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Belize. It was the friendliest of places. Everyone was happy to see you, happy to help, happy to be alive and breathing the tropical air. I thought it a comfort that everyone in the village seemed to know one another. On our first evening, as we were leaving the villa to find dinner, I tested my key and couldn’t convince it to turn in the lock. So we took seats at the Pickled Parrot, a thatch roof, open-air pavilion which is the Belizean idea of a restaurant, and we asked Eugene – the owner – after supplying our drink orders, if he knew the number for the caretaker at our…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • Following Your Dreams Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated. A Personal Conversation with a Graphic Designer.

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

    Gill Andrews
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    This post is for subscribers-only. To get access to it, subscribe or check your emails if you are a subscriber already. Password: The post What’ve You Always Wanted to Ask… a Graphic Designer? appeared first on True Stories with Gill.
  • How to Become a Freelance Writer. A Story of One Career.

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

    Gill Andrews
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I’m really bad at remembering anniversaries. If I was a guy, I’m pretty sure I would be in serious trouble. But since I’m not a guy with the cooking skills that can make up for pretty much everything, I’m safe for now. Anyhow. A couple of weeks ago I casually remembered that True Stories turned one year this January. So I decided to break the tradition of “noneversaries” and make a post to honor this remarkable event. Is this a place where I’m supposed to say how quickly this year has passed by? Well, it seems like my long-term memory is also not the…
  • Abusive Relationship: Why Doesn’t She Just Leave Him? A Story of One Battered Wife.

    Gill Andrews
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    What are the first signs of an abusive relationship? Who is at a greater risk to marry an abuser? What can you do if you see your friend or family member stuck in a cycle of abuse? An interview with Trudy Grossman, a former battered wife. The ringing of the phone on the nightstand finally pulled her out of her sleep. She automatically reached for the receiver. It was Brad, her husband’s boss, inquiring whether Lionel was planing to show up at work today. She looked at the clock. 5:30 in the morning. Strange. She distinctly remembered seeing her husband in his milk delivery uniform…
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    Isobel's Creative Spaces

  • Procrastination and Pushing Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone

    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

    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

    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

    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 […]
  • Sunday Check-in: Friends Who Publish II

    8 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    It’s Sunday AGAIN! Seems to me it was just Wednesday! It’s been an exciting week…not so much for anything related to my accomplishments but rather those of friends. And I’m very happy for them. Whenever friends publish books I like to announce it here. So, without further ado, these are the latest and greatest (that […]
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • 26 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm

    Khanyi Ndebele
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
  • Living with Passion: Top 10 Dr.Seuss Quotes on Life

    Khanyi Ndebele
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    May we all live with passion. May we live each day to the fullest. May we be the best versions of ourselves we can possibly be. May we Achieve, Succeed, Love, Be Happy, Stay Humble and Forever Grateful!Peace. Happiness. Success.X
  • The truth about life!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
  • Road to success EP62!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Zareef's Road To Success:Name: Zareef MintyOccupation: Law Student, Politician and EntrepreneurGoal: "I have about 50 goals every single year but two of the most important goals in life are: to become extremely influential and improve the lives of millions of people positively with that influence."What is success? "Obviously success means different things to different people, for me success is not just achieving the goals you set for yourself but also impacting the lives of the people you get into contact with to achieve those very goals. For me, success is when my achievements and work ethic…
  • Don't Create Limitations!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
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    The Spectator

  • A New Way to Call

    Rodney Onyango
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    It's been a minute, I know but honestly I've been a little out of it for the last couple months given that I have been working hard to finish up with this never ending 8-4-4 system. (working hard being a relative term here). Funny enough I should be reading for an exam right now but then again, I love to live dangerously lol. As you may or may not know, I'm a big fan of tech and all the
  • Selfishness is Life Saving

    Rodney Onyango
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    For the most part I would argue against this title, especially given how selfishness has led our country to the dogs. Starting from the endless spats of insecurity to the recent rise and fall of less than standard building in mid to low income areas and the never ending menace that is corruption. And for most of that argument I would be right, this has nothing to do with the fact that I'm
  • Big Egos and Small Titles

    Rodney Onyango
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    A title is a very interesting thing to have, especially when you feel that the one you are given is not befitting of your grandeur stance in society and only serves to discredit your name. People are not designed to instinctively belittle themselves, it is our duty, nay, calling that we must bloat our ego where possible lest we are thought to be lesser than we believe we are. I will start
  • Affairs

    Rodney Onyango
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    This one has been rattling in the recess of my minds for a while, how do we define our relationships either to ourselves or to the people around us? Does it matter what the world has to say about the one we term as our significant other? Where does us begin and them stop? A lot of questions, I know but at some point we must accept that our own little world has been invaded by people who made
  • The Missing Minute

    Rodney Onyango
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    As a kid there were certain experiences you had to go through, whether it was being chased by a dog, hence my never ending phobia for the four legged canines or playing football which honestly wasn't my best sport, I was always the keeper cause it required less effort. There are numerous small happenings that make up our childhood each in a different way. As a kid I used to love riding
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Religious Freedom Law – Why Indiana Is So Different from 18 Other States

    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

    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…
  • Love Compassionately and Passionately

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Treat others the way you would want to be treated, love compassionately and passionately, forgive easily, refuse to be the victim of other people’s oppression and live as if you are on borrowed time. ~ Peter Monn
  • A Day Later – Why I Now Think the Indiana Religious Freedom Bill is All Smoke and Mirrors for a Hidden Agenda

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    When it comes to political actions, I am just curious and skeptical enough to dig deeper and see who benefits most from the most drastic measures. Such is the case of Senate Bill 101 or Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). You see, some politicians that pander to the religious right know exactly how to play people on the fears and emotions of Christians. My first inclination is that this bill is nothing more than lip service. Actually, they could change the name from Senate Bill 101 to Politics 101 – it’s becoming quite obvious that there is a real AGENDA here. Anyway, we all…
  • It is a sad day to be a Hoosier

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Today I am exceptionally sad and angry to be a Hoosier because Indiana House OKs controversial religious freedom bill. Controversial religious freedom legislation that could protect business owners who don’t want to provide services for same-sex couples is poised to become law in Indiana. The Republican-controlled Indiana House approved the measure this afternoon on a 63-31 vote, largely along party lines. Five Republicans joined 26 Democrats in opposing the bill. The vote likely clears a path for the hot-button legislation to become law. The Senate already approved a slightly different…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • A Riddle : You can drink it and eat it too

    Regina Antony
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    So what is that great thing that you can first drink and once finished, you can eat it too? Well this sounds a queer one doesn’t it now. Well it aint that weird! This is not a riddle, it is a promotional gimmick from KFC come this summer. In an experiment they plan to do a limited edition of coffee cups serving coffee (but of course, what is new) – what is new is that the cups are made of cookie!! Yes that is right, as FastCo. reports “In an experiment this summer, KFC will be offering coffee served in edible cookie cups that look sort of like the standard paper version; the…
  • Writing a will for your FB account

    Regina Antony
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Regina Antony:Neat now I can auction of my social media network to get some cash!! Originally posted on Regina Antony: So up until now when I have been thinking of what all I need to put down in my will, my social media accounts never made it there. However after reading this article from Mashable, I just might have to!! View original 234 more words
  • The Tampon Run – Damn yes!

    Regina Antony
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    I think this is one game they should actively be providing free to kids in school!! In sex ed classes let them play with this game. I wish for a time when tampons and periods and menstrual activity is not such a bloody hush hush activity. In my friends house they do not even speak about it, if men are around. Like seriously what is the big deal. Alright but this is not what bothers me more, what bothers me is how it is considered dirty! I mean seriously, WHAT IS THE BLOODY BIG DEAL!! Ok so what am i talking about – well these two lovely lasses (17-year-old Sophie…
  • Adult Cereals

    Regina Antony
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  • Forthcoming Marriages & Deaths!! :-)

    Regina Antony
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    Benedict Cumberbatch Is Getting Married and it has obviously hit a lot of the members of the CumberFandom quite hard! You can see how much!! Forthcoming Marriages & Deaths!!
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    Spending It All

  • Twelve South Baselift
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Baselift by Twelve South is a thin pad that resembles the magnetic cover of the iPad that attaches to your MacBook.  It adds comfort when typing and insulates the bottom of your laptop from any heat coming from it. Simply place it in the bottom of your computer and carry it everywhere. Baselift is easy to remove leaving no residue behind and fits 11, 13 and 15 inch MacBooks. [via] The post Twelve South Baselift appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Sriracha Popcorn
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm
    The Sriracha Popcorn is the result of a collaboration of POP! Gourment Popcorn and Huy Fong Foods, the makers of the well known Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. Thanks to a unique process, the distinct flavor of the hot sauce is infused into POP’s golden popcorn, making every kernel taste amazing; and most importantly, there is no artificial flavoring or coloring. Only the highest quality ingredients. The post Sriracha Popcorn appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Orbitwheel
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    The Orbitwheel is a modern twist of the traditional skateboard. It features two wheels 10 inch in diameter with a platform to place your feet on. Simply lean side by side to move forward. It also comes with a connecting rod to keep the 2 wheels together so you can practice and get the hang of it.   The post Orbitwheel appeared first on Spending It All.
  • InfiniteUSB
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Don’t stress anymore for not having enough USB ports for all your devices with the ingenious InfiniteUSB, a new solution for unlimited chain of USB ports. Once it is plugged in, a new USB port is “created” on the back side with its own cable ( female USB, Lightning or MicroUSB). InfiniteUSB also features a powerful magnet that makes it easy to store without the need to deal with messy cables.   The post InfiniteUSB appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Canary Home Security Device
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Canary Home Security Device is an all-in-one device that is designed to protect your home from your smartphone. It features a 147 degree wide-angle lens, real-time 1080p HD video streaming, night vision, high quality audio and motion activated recording. The Canary Home Security Device also offers HomeHealth Technology that tracks air quality, temperature and humidity of your home and identifies possible conditions that might affect your health. This entire security system will help reduce false alarm by learning and adapting to your patterns over time; whenever it detects something, it…
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    Icarus Green

  • Pandora’s Box

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The greek myth of Pandora and her seemingly innocuous opening of the jar that would unleash all the evils of the world unto humanity is meant to be a fable along the lines of ‘curiosity killed the cat’. It is meant to warn us that sometimes when we change something, the consequences of our actions are enormous and cannot be undone. The myth has many parallels with Christian mythology of Eve in the Garden of Eden being tempted by the serpent into eating the forbidden fruit. Once the forbidden fruit of knowledge was consumed, man was expelled from the garden of Eden to wander the…
  • Why are they Dumbing Down School?

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Picture in your mind the average or ideal Western school classroom. 15 students, of which: 12.6 students will be adequate or exceed the existing educational requirements and 2.4 students will not be able to cope (according to a normal bell curve distribution of IQ and its documented relation to academic capability). How will we design an education system knowing this? The answer it seems to be from policy makers in the education area around the Western world – the people that train teachers, design the curriculum and moderate the examination results – is to drag the 2.4 students…
  • The Open Society and its Enemies

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Immigration. My Achilles heel. Its been a subject I’ve been avoiding for a while but at this point it is necessary to explore the issue and come to a rough stance on this topic. Liberals often get mischaracterised as supporting unlimited quantities of immigration (the qualities of immigration I will speak to below), conservatives of a certain class hate it perhaps even more than taxes.   Background Migration in the world has risen 66% since 1990. Since then, the world population has grown roughly 20%. Migration is rising faster than world population growth. Of course, the…
  • The Truth About Success

    6 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Many years ago I read a book called ‘The Science of Getting Rich‘ by Wallace D. Wattles. This book was extremely obscure back in the halcyon days of the early internet (in Europe) in 2001 for those that stumbled upon it. Proper Alternet stuff. It was later to gain some notoriety as the inspiration for the much more commercially successful and well known book ‘The Secret’. Let me distil the mantra of these cornerstones of the self-help movement into 2 words – positive thinking. Taking a literal interpretation of these two books is of course, stupid. Putting…
  • Political Correctness and Sedition

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    “Political Correctness”…it is almost laughably Orwellian. The term itself reflects the deep slide of modern liberalism into the muddy depths of identity politics. It always seems that the small screeching minority who give a shit seem to consist of far more people not from the racial, religious or gender group concerned. I’m irritated by what some modern liberals equate “liberalism” to – helping minorities. I’m not against this to an extent (speaking as a minority) but let’s be clear – gay marriage, affirmative action, allowing the…
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • Family

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    No formality, no pretence,No fear of hurt or offence,Where love nestles in trust,And hope will not fall to dust,Where in both sunshine and rain,Joy and peace remain the same,Where walls are for protection,Not for obstruction...We know it's a family not just because they say,We know it's a family for as a family they forever stay.
  • Should I Give Tithe?

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Forthcoming in Christian TrendsThe first place to start is by asking the Christian, “Do you want to give at least a tithe of your income to the Lord?” The question is not “Are you able to give?” but “Do you want to give?” To those who are searching for reasons not give, because tithing is a burden to them and not a joy, the recommendation of Jesus would be, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." (Mat 19:21) But to those who wish to give to the Lord anything that they have that can be…
  • The LORD will perfect that which concerns me (Psa 138:8)

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    The LORD will perfect that which concerns me (Psa 138:8)The LORD always finishes what He starts. Men may start works that they leave unfinished; but, God always finishes what He starts. However, when it comes to His work in our lives, He can't perfect it without our cooperation. There are three essential things:1. Absolute Trust and Confidence in God's Working"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Phi 1:6)Trust implies: (a) Faith in God's goodness and His work,tTo believe in Him even when…
  • Blessings of Sonship in Christ (Galatians 4)

    15 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    God sent forth His Son...that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Gal 4:4-5 NKJ)The poets asserted that we are offspring of God (Acts 17:28). But, like the prodigal son, we were lost, groping like the blind, in bondage to the elements of the world (Gal.4:1,2). Yet, when His Grace appeared, we saw light, we received the right to be called the children of God (Jn.1:12). He received us in loving embrace (Lk.15:20). He put His ring on our hand (Lk.15:22).He placed and positioned us as sons (Gk. huiothesia, "to place as son"). And with this placement as sons, this sonship, we…
  • Is God the Author of Sin?

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Forthcoming in ChristianTrends The answer, obviously, is “No!” God is not the author of sin. However, it is not an answer as easily agreed upon as stated.Answering the CalvinistThe extreme Calvinists that are committed to the once-saved-forever-saved doctrine of eternal security, for instance, maintain that it was God Himself who ordained the sin and fall of Adam. In his The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (1932), Loraine Boettner wrote: “Even the fall of Adam, and through him the fall of the race, was not by chance or accident, but was so ordained in the secret counsels of God.”…
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  • Not a Word About Love By Hana Goldberg - Book Review

    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

    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…
  • Sri Krishnamacharya - Life Saving Yoga Sequence

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Sri Krishnamacharya – Life Saving Yoga Sequence Past weekend I finally found the time to watch the movie “Breath of the gods – a journey to the origins of modern yoga”. Here’s the link for all who haven’t heard about … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Sri Krishnamacharya – Life Saving Yoga Sequence appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #AshtangaYoga Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #BKSIyengar Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Breathofthegods Join the…
  • Beverley Blass – Just be centered

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:18 am
    Beverley Blass – Just be centered Today I want to introduce you to Beverley Blass – her new website has gone live and her page as well as her work needs some exposure. Who is Beverley Blass? If you haven’t … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Beverley Blass – Just be centered appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Awareness Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Balance Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #be Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #becentered Join the…
  • Happy International Women's Day 2015

    8 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    Happy International Women’s Day 2015 Today is the international women’s day and although we should be who we are every second of our life I want to remind you of exactly this today. However small we may feel on some … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Happy International Women’s Day 2015 appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #achievementofwomen Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #appreciatewomen Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #beingawoman Join the Conversation…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • A Chat With Charlie Butler-Henderson

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
      Picture the scene. The sun has set, and night begins to seep through the city. From behind the steering wheel of your car you feel your worries drifting away. You come to a red light. As you pull up, you notice the driver across from you is staring into your car; luring you into […]
  • Drifting – the sport of losing traction explained

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Here at IntotheBlue we’ve been offering high thrills driving experiences since the year dot. Loads of you have rallied, raced and skidded all over the track, but now there’s a new kid on the block who’s caught the attention of petrolheads all over the world as it is becoming a motorsport in its own right. […]
  • Chocks away for the very first Intotheblue Spitfire co-pilot!

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    A very proud moment for us all here this week, as the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s two seater Spitfire took to the skies with the first ever Intotheblue co-pilot onboard. We’re not afraid to admit we all got a little bit emotional watching Clive, an aviation archaeologist from Whatlington in East Sussex, realise his ultimate […]
  • Madonna at The Brits breaks the internet!

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:51 am
    The Twittersphere was in meltdown last night as we all watched aghast as Madonna suffered a classic wardrobe function and the whole nation let out a collective ‘OMG!’ as she fell with a thud whilst performing as the closing act for the 2015 Brit Awards – yes, at 56 years old Madonna is still capable […]
  • The inaugural two seater Spitfire flight has now departed!

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    If our funky new video all about iconic vintage aircraft has whet your appetite for all things classic aviation, the news we’re about to tell you will have you chomping at the proverbial bit… it was chocks away for the inaugural flight of the two seater Spitfire out of Biggin Hill yesterday! Yes, that’s right, […]
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  • 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!!Runners-High-Definition-How-To-Achieve-Endorphin-Release/c1ork/550e55f60cf272cb92ad319a
  • Bubble Soccer Is The Safest, Most Brutal Sport You'll Ever See - Playboy Magazine

    John Anthony
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Special Thank You to Playboy for the great article they did on National Bubble Soccer! #nationalbubblesoccer #nabs #bubblesoccer #bubblefootball
  • Madison Bubble Soccer Is Live!

    John Anthony
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
      The National Association of Bubble Soccer is happy to announce that bubble soccer madison wi is now rolling and bumping along with Isthmus Bubble Soccer!  Christie Lowe, our local affiliate for Wisconsin will be your hostess-with-the-mostess for all things bouncey. Wisconsin is in some killer bubbe football action for sure! For the areas of Madison, Fitchburg, Verona, Stoughton, Oregon, Burke, Middleton,Waunakee, Burke, and Cottage Grove, Christie's your gal! If you're looking to rent
  • Huffington Post & Sporting News: What Is The Origin of Bubble Soccer

    John Anthony
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
      Check out this article that our commissioner, John Anthony was interviewed in. Pretty cool stuff! Who ever knew that the sport would become so big! Henrik & Johan must be beaming with pride!     ​​
  • Get In The Bubble If You Want To Live: Bubble Soccer's Improbable Rise | VICE Sports

    John Anthony
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Bubble soccer is exactly what it sounds like: soccer played while inside a bubble. It may have started as a joke, but the sport is seemingly on its way to legitimacy.
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    Gracie Guru

  • Sniffing Out Mr. Right In A Sea of Mr. Wrongs

    gracie guru
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    The post Sniffing Out Mr. Right In A Sea of Mr. Wrongs appeared first on Gracie Guru. “Let go of what you have so you can have what you want.” Fresh off a breakup, a new but fast friend found herself in a sea of potential new Mr.’s in the often shallow pool of online dating. And while there certainly are plenty of fish in the sea, most of them are juveniles, ... The post Sniffing Out Mr. Right In A Sea of Mr. Wrongs appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Make plans with someone who makes you happy this week.

    gracie guru
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The post Make plans with someone who makes you happy this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Make plans with someone who makes you happy this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Why Being Our ‘Authentic Self’ Is Harder Than It Sounds

    gracie guru
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The post Why Being Our ‘Authentic Self’ Is Harder Than It Sounds appeared first on Gracie Guru. “Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical, person that you are!” -Mandy Hale Just be yourself. Simple enough. Right? I beg to differ. Being our self is actually much easier said than done – and I think it’s about time we recognized this.  Ironically enough, being authentic to ... The post Why Being Our ‘Authentic Self’ Is Harder Than It Sounds appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • I’m lonely…

    gracie guru
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    The post I’m lonely… appeared first on Gracie Guru. Q. I feel so lonely all the time. It’s not that I don’t have friends or a caring family but I just feel sad and I don’t know how to fix it. A. First of all I just want to let you in on a little secret, everyone feels lonely from time to time (even ... The post I’m lonely… appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • For every negative thought that arises in your mind – replace it with two positive ones.

    gracie guru
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:27 pm
    The post For every negative thought that arises in your mind – replace it with two positive ones. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post For every negative thought that arises in your mind – replace it with two positive ones. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
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  • Old Faithful

    Vina Mogg
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Follow Vina Mogg ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Vina Mogg E-mail : Follow Vina Mogg Unfollow Vina Mogg She sleeps at my feet, her paws splayed in front of her greying nose. Her breathing is labored, yet comforting and familiar, as she always has been. She came into our lives over 14 years ago, a friendly 1-year-old puppy on her way to the pound. Her owners couldn’t keep her anymore. The look on her sweet face captured my son’s heart, leading to the look on his then 10-year-old face that pleaded, “Mom, we have to keep her!” So we did. She joined our already topsy-turvy…
  • Riding Waves: The Highs and Lows of Bipolar Disorder

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Arizona ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Arizona E-mail : Follow Arizona Unfollow Arizona Have you ever watched the patterns of emotion in a toddler on a day they haven’t taken a nap…It’s like waves bashing against a confused shore. Well that was pretty much me this whole week. I hate using my bipolar tag as an excuse. It’s something I manage, not something I want to struggle with. I do not medicate, by choice. A healthy diet and semi-regular yoga or running help to balance my ups and downs. I cling to the things that make me happiest: my kids and my job(s). But that is…
  • South Korea: Land Of The Morning Calm

    Chan Lee
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Chan Lee ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Chan Lee E-mail : Follow Chan Lee Unfollow Chan Lee Of all the wonderful countries I’ve had the luck to experience, South Korea is my favourite. I may be biased because it’s my second home, but it’s so wonderfully dynamic that one could never get bored here. Prior to meeting my lovely moon face husband (Korean – he was on a working holiday visa in Australia, it expired, he had to leave, I followed) my knowledge of “The Land of the Morning Calm” was more than limited, it was borderline non-existent. Of two things I…
  • My Dear Aunt Rita, You Taught My Heart to Love

    Audrey Walsh
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Audrey Walsh ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Audrey Walsh E-mail : Follow Audrey Walsh Unfollow Audrey Walsh Long live the Queen. Queen of the fairies, that is. I’ve been missing from here, I know. We recently received the devastating news that my beloved Aunt Rita had ovarian cancer. The word “aunt” is so incomplete,  because this woman was so much more than my father’s sister, and I’m not sure I can adequately describe what a powerhouse of love, happiness, caring, and adventurousness she was. And then she had the audacity to die three weeks after her diagnosis. My sister and I…
  • Suffering in Silence: A Story of Domestic Abuse

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Mindy ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Mindy E-mail : Follow Mindy Unfollow Mindy Domestic violence is a silent suffering among many people today – men, women, and children. So many people are afraid to talk about it. I was a victim of domestic violence myself, and was afraid to speak up. I was beaten almost every day and was verbally degraded. I was made to feel worthless and unloved. The abuse made me feel like the shell of the woman I once was. I was very afraid of him and how the littlest things would make him explode. There were a lot of visible signs: I was less talkative and…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Mini-Blogging Break and Wisdom Nugget

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
       I am very happy to have a good friend from New Jersey visiting me here in Bali, and I have been pretty busy these last couple of days. My normal schedule is thrown a bit out of whack and I am going to take a mini blogging vacation and will be back with a post on March 31st. I was attempting to put together my Monday post, but my brain was just not cooperating. And I never want to publish something I don’t feel is as good as it could be because then my audience probably wouldn’t like it very much, and I don’t want that to happen.  This experience is a great lesson…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Snafus Keeping Your Manifestations in Limbo

    Kelli Cooper
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    Frustration is a common feeling when it comes to working consciously with law of attraction. We have our sights set on certain things, and we just want them so badly. It is supposed to be so easy, and at the core, it is, but over the years, we haven’t exactly been groomed to become the all-powerful creators we truly are. In fact, we are led to believe we are not very powerful at all. Sure, there is a lot of lip service about being able to achieve anything, blah,blah,blah, but on the whole, we are not very positive, nor do we expect much. We are taught to get anywhere, we have to suffer,…
  • How Did I Get Here? Reining in Your Runaway Life

    Kelli Cooper
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Are you looking at your life wondering how things went so wrong? Are you at a loss as to when things got so off track? When did your life totally get away from you? Do you feel like you don’t even recognize yourself? At what point did you give up on the hopes and dreams you harbored? Are you worried it’s too late to do anything now? Do you want to change, but don’t know where to start? If you have asked yourself any of those questions, then this post is for you….enjoy Be Prepared for Some Uncomfortable Feelings, But Know It Gets Better When we finally realize what has…
  • Law of Attraction: Acting ‘As If” Regardless of Your Current Reality

    Kelli Cooper
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Law of attraction isn’t about thinking certain things and then making those exact thing is about attracting experiences that feel the same as we are feeling now, that match our current predominant beliefs. Whether we are fully aware of certain beliefs and feelings…that’s another story, but I digress…. Though we often line up with the exact thing we are thinking about because it is a good representation of what we actually want. But, again, it’s really not about the thoughts, though they certainly play a role. And with that little nugget of wisdom, it…
  • You Vs Brain: 4 Tips for Defeating Calamitous Racing Thoughts Syndrome

    Kelli Cooper
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Today I am happy to bring you an awesome guest post by my husband Ryan Biddulph. He is one of the wisest people I know, and highly committed to this whole ‘being the best person you can be’ thing. I don’t know anyone who has a better grip on all the ‘stuff’ that can derail us, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my man. I learn from him everyday, and am so appreciative of the fact I have access to someone like him anytime I want. Enjoy! I want to write this blog post for my wife. But I also need to finish proofreading my next eBook in the…
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    The Random Reflections of Little Red Riding Hood

  • Turning the Tables: A Stage Review

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Origins Theatre Company’s production of Turning The Tables. In a one night only sell-out show, six fifteen-minute plays were performed to an eager audience inside The Sail Loft of the Bargeman’s Rest pub in Newport. The plays performed showcased the top six winning and highly commended entries of Origins Theatre Company’s “From Page to Stage” play-writing competition—and the quality of writing was clearly very high. The audience were treated to a unique format and setting, which saw the action taking place down a central aisle in a…
  • Funny and Happy Quotes to Raise a Smile

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.―Frieda Norris The conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.―Arthur Bloc Why do people say "no offense" when they're about to offend someone?―Author UnknownI laugh at myself. I don't take myself completely seriously. I think that's another quality that people have to hold on to... you have to laugh, especially at yourself. ―MadonnaThe best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones.
  • How to Become Emotionally Independent in a Relationship - Part 2

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Last time, I started to explain how to become emotionally independent in a relationship. I really want to help anyone struggling with this so today we're going to go through a few simple exercises that will help keep you grounded in the present time. By living in the moment, you should feel more relaxed and less worried about what might happen in the future with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Your thoughts will be absorbed in what is happening in the present moment, rather than on concerns about what might happen in the future.So, how do you live in the "now" and stop worrying about the…
  • How to Become Emotionally Independent in a Relationship - Part 1

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    Alright, so Valentine's Day is coming up and I've decided to tackle something a little bit delicate today. The fact is that it is very easy to become overly reliant on a partner and depend upon them a little too much. You enjoy their company, you love them a lot, and you want to spend every minute of your time with them. Great. What happens when you overdo it though? You might find that your partner is pulling away, paying less interest to you, and showering you with less affection than you used to get. In desperation, you inundate them with more loving words and make the effort to spend more…
  • Dilemma: A Stage Review

    4 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    On Saturday evening, I had the delightful experience of attending Origins Theatre Company's production of Dilemmaat the Trinity Theatre, Cowes.Dilemma is a one-act play revolving around a couple who have decided to take part in a reality TV show in the hopes that they can save their marriage. The reality show, Dilemma, claims to offer marital guidance to struggling couples by sending them away to St. Lucia for a week-long all expenses paid holiday. By the end of the holiday, the lucky couple must return to the TV studio and come to a life-altering decision—whether to stay together or…
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    The People Pleaser

  • 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…
  • Dissecting the Determinants of Self-Destructive Desires

    The People Pleaser
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today I'm considering the phenomenon of craving certain self-destructive behaviours and whether this is driven by an urge to indirectly harm one's self, or is driven by other urges that promote behaviours which happen to be self-destructive. In my last post, I commented briefly on masochistic behaviour and its relation to unnecessary suffering. Once again, here I'm talking about lesser forms of suffering. I'm not talking about real suffering, but first world issues that we create in lieu of real problems. This post is not meant to be a generalisation, but an analysis of a part of…
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    To seek a Great Perhaps

  • 12 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    What’s not left behind is what you have.
  • “Stop Vandalism!”

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

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    A guy who doesn’t get women, doesn’t get women because he doesn’t get women.
  • Ecstasy

    28 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    “You wanna try the music?”, She grabbed my hand and led me to the next room. I could feel the lights on my face and bass in my ears. There was a lot of blue and I liked it. We sat down. I could feel it running through my nerves. I felt the tranquility  regardless how loud the music was. It was good to have a hand to hold, and I liked the blue light. I could feel nothing but happiness. No African kids died from starvation and ISIS wasn’t killing anyone, no airplanes went missing, It was a perfect world. It was extremely peaceful, everybody took care of each other. There was…
  • Alteration

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:55 pm
    “Is she your girlfriend?”, The barista asked me, pouring the milk foam on the cappuccino,  resembling a heart shape. “Yeah” I said, “But In a perfect parallel universe where everything happens as we wish.” He smirked and turned the heart in to a mickey mouse.
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  • Husband Has Brutally Honest Reaction To Baby Announcement

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    We live in a life where we have to fake excitement and put on faces and shows all the time; whether it be pretending to care about a new project or task for your boss, pretending to care about something for a friend, or generally toning down your over-the-top personality for your profession, people fake a lot of things on a daily basis. With that said, there are some things in life you simply can’t fake. A prime is example is your honest reaction to finding out you’re going to be a dad! Watch how this husband reacts to his The post Husband Has Brutally Honest Reaction To Baby…
  • Tom Hanks Recreates Every Tom Hanks Movie in 6 Minutes

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    If you’re a Tom Hanks fan, prepare for more awesomeness from Tom Hanks. If you aren’t a Tom Hanks fan, you’re about to become one! Hanks has a lot of films, too many for most to have watched all of them. As such, he felt it was necessary to give everyone a brief taste of all of his career work. Alongside Late Late Show host James Corden, Tom Hanks briefly acts out a scene from summary from each of his hit movies. From Sleepless In Seattle to Toy Story to Big to Castaway, this video is worth every second you The post Tom Hanks Recreates Every Tom Hanks Movie in 6 Minutes…
  • Harry Potter Themed Uptown Funk Cover Is Hilarious!

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars is the latest hit single to reach the top of the charts and the top of the internet parody list. We’ve seen an Old Town Funk cover by a group of really talented old folks, and now we’ve got one that no one saw coming. The dark lord has returned, as they say. Lord Voldemort of the Harry Potter saga has returned yet again to release his latest music video, Dark Lord Funk. If you think you’ve seen it all, guess again. From cobras to hair rollers, Lord Voldemort will have you laughing hysterically in The post Harry Potter Themed Uptown Funk Cover Is…
  • Antelope Makes Desperate Life-Saving Jump To Escape From A Cheetah. You Won’t Believe Where He Jumped!

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Put yourself right in the middle of this situation: you’re driving through the middle of your safari adventure when you spot a herd of antelope headed right for the small roadway that you’re on. It almost seems as if these antelope are running for their lives. Then it hits you – they ARE running for their lives, because two cheetahs are hungry and in hot pursuit. You stop the car and watch as this herd of antelope leap and run for safety. As the cheetahs close in, one of them decides to change course, and heads right for the highway The post Antelope Makes Desperate…
  • They Recorded An Owl Flying. What They Found Is Insane!

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Owls are mysterious creatures. Being nocturnal, Owls are harder to observe in their natural habitat, and that makes them pretty deadly to their prey. As a predator species, the Owl relies on it’s ability to be stealthy and undetected when closing in on their next meal. One of the biggest aspects of that is sound. Owls are known for being quite fliers, but just how quite are they? Lloyd and Rose, owners of an 11-year-old barn Owl, noticed that when their Owl, Kensa, flew across the meadow by their barn, they could not even hear her. Find out what they The post They Recorded An Owl…
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  • 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.
  • The Unicorn and the Loser: A Tale of Two Virgins

    Maggie Paretta
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Last year, MTV premiered the reality show Virgin Territory. It featured both males and females, all heterosexual but one, between the age of about 17 and 27.  There were many reasons why each of the featured persons had not yet had sex- religious beliefs, physical limitations, social difficulties, waiting for the right person, or just being busy dealing with something more important to think about sex. One example of the latter case was Kyle, whose father died during his early teen years; while his peers were obsessing over girls, he was grieving the way no teen should have to. He’s…
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    Life Advancer

  • 4 Thought Patterns That Hinder Your Relationship

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    As we try to build relationships to be the best they can be, we often let ourselves dwell on negative thoughts that will ruin a relationship over time. While many think that these fears are just passing thoughts, for some they are only just moments of doubt. However, for many more, there is a fear that is always gnawing in the back of their mind. Are you a victim of … Continue reading
  • Humans Why Do We Have To Work?

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The attitude that is conditioned into our psyche from a young age is that we have to learn a skill and use that to get a job in order to earn money which in term feeds the growth of the economy. One question I think almost everyday but I find many other people don’t give it a second thought is why do we have to work?. “Normal is getting dressed … Continue reading
  • Why Dehydration is Making You Fat And Sick – Infographic

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    This infographic is about the importance of water for human body. The dehydration and the implications for the body of the people. Digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue and headache are just some of the adverse effects from not drinking enough water. We need it as much as air we breathe in! It’s not a joke. Did you know that when you start feeling thristy your body is already … Continue reading
  • This Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Is Both Tasty And a Powerful Tool In Your Weight Loss Arsenal

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Smoothies are a great way to start your day – perfect for breakfast or a midday snack, they’re often loaded with antioxidants and other great vitamins and nutrients, and with the right ingredients they can taste great, too. This smoothie is designed to be both a tasty treat and a powerful tool in your weight loss arsenal. No one food automatically burns fat since fat loss only happens when a … Continue reading
  • 5 Simple Tricks to Improve Your Day

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    We all have those days where nothing goes right and a quick pick-me-up is needed, but there are also days where everything is fine. On those days, there are 5 simple tricks you can practice to improve your day, every day. 1. Tidy your space: Whether it’s your work space, living space or just your car, cleaning out one of the places you spend a lot of time and ensuring … Continue reading
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    Life and Insights

  • Nirbhaya, India’s Daughter & Women’s Day

    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?

    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

    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

    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. […]
  • What do we really Love?

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:09 am
    We all have an affection for something ( And I Really Do Mean Things, Not People ) which we really really love but rarely do we get a chance to display any emotion, perhaps fearing that others may mock us. But, my younger brother who I can safely describe as a bit cold hearted loves […]
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  • Vitamins – How Do Vitamins Work?

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:59 pm
    To perform the best way that you can, it is important to supplement your body with vitamins each day. By doing so, you can achieve excellent health, boost your immune system and fight off diseases naturally. Vitamins – How They Work Generally, the body is not capable of synthesizing vitamins. So, the most efficient way […] The post Vitamins – How Do Vitamins Work? appeared first on
  • 9 Dating Tips for Girls

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Tips for Dating A Man Dating tips for girls do not have to be boring or redundant. If you want to captivate your man, there are some important things to take into consideration. The following top 9 tips can transform your relationship from simple friends to enchanting couple. 1. Smell Divine Bad breath or halitosis is […] The post 9 Dating Tips for Girls appeared first on
  • LifeStyle: 10 Dating Tips That Work for You

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    10 Easy Tips to Help You on Dating Thinking of going back into the dating game? Or perhaps, it is your first time to date someone, and you are completely clueless on how it goes? Well, whether you are new to dating, or you have done it a lot of times before, these fool-proof dating tips […] The post LifeStyle: 10 Dating Tips That Work for You appeared first on
  • LifeHacks: 9 Tips to Have A Good First Impression

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    9 Easy Tips to Have A Good First Impression 5. Show off those pearly whites. Another simple and quick way to make a good impression is by smiling. People are naturally drawn to those who appear confident, and the easiest way to exude that aura is by giving that warm and pleasant smile. However, be […] The post LifeHacks: 9 Tips to Have A Good First Impression appeared first on
  • LifeHacks: How to Build A Good First Impression Quickly

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Quick Tips on How to Have A Good First Impression The moment someone sees you for the first time, it should not take too long before they form an opinion of you – even without you knowing it. Just by looking at the way you move, your physical appearance, or the way you dress can give people […] The post LifeHacks: How to Build A Good First Impression Quickly appeared first on
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