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  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 25–31 July 2015
    Elan Morgan
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    This The Smiths/informercial mashup is everything:"The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood" at The New York Times:A hidden-camera video released last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. It shows nothing of the sort. But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood, which offers health care services to millions of people every year. The politicians howling to defund Planned Parenthood care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women’s reproductive rights…
  • Take a stunning video tour of Iran [video]

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    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Since the '70s, Iran has been pretty much out of most Americans' living memory––except Iranian immigrants, of course! For the rest of us, we can take a look at this wonderful tour of Iran. The post Take a stunning video tour of Iran [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Do You Need California Auto Insurance?

    Megan Fowler Insurance
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    California auto insurance is mandatory in the Golden State. If you’re interested in purchasing this form of insurance, you need to know that it’s readily available on and offline. However, shopping online is probably the smartest way to proceed, as doing so will give you access to some impressive comparison-shopping tools, such as fast, free quote generators. To help you find the right policy, we’ve created a practical quick guide, which will empower you as you hunt for affordable auto insurance which is comprehensive enough to make you feel protected. Look for Affordable Policies You…
  • Blogging will be light for a while.

    Simply Jews
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:17 am
    During the two coming months. A few interruptions of silence possible, but otherwise it will be quiet.Meanwhile - behave, people.
  • A New Elder Playground in My Town

    Ronni Bennett
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    About two-and-a-half-years ago, I told you about elder playgrounds and that I was heading a small committee of the 50-plus Advisory Board of the City of Lake Oswego, to look into details of building one in Lake Oswego, Oregon. They have been popular in Europe and Japan for years but were then, and still are, just getting started in the United States. One such playground has existed since 2010 on the grounds of the senior center in Rockville, Maryland: A fairly large elder playground opened in Galveston County, Texas, last year: So as I reported here in 2013, my little committee and I…
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  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 25–31 July 2015

    Elan Morgan
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    This The Smiths/informercial mashup is everything:"The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood" at The New York Times:A hidden-camera video released last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. It shows nothing of the sort. But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood, which offers health care services to millions of people every year. The politicians howling to defund Planned Parenthood care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women’s reproductive rights…
  • #DrivingWhileBrown and #DrivingWhileBlack and the Comfort and Safety In Being White

    Elan Morgan
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:29 pm
    click image to enlarge I woke up on the weekend and read pieces about Sandra Bland, the well-founded fear friends have about something as simple as driving, because driving while black changes everything, and the anger raised in many white people who are having a difficult time with the concept of white privilege.I may be a Canadian living in Canada ruminating on American news, but the United States is not the only place where people are stopped for being the wrong colour. Canada is not so different as we pretend it is from the United States, as though we are some…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 940

    Elan Morgan
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things, a community for acknowledging and growing gratitude.John Klein and I hosted #YQRtweetupX last Wednesday, and, while I neglected to take any pictures of the actual event, I did manage to turn around and take the above photo of the amazing, post-rain sky.#YQRtweetupX felt like it went really well. I love putting faces and voices to the avatars on Twitter.Aidan and I figured out that it cost the same to rent a car for the weekend as it does to take the bus to a city three hours away, so we did just that, and it…
  • 10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 11–24 July 2015

    Elan Morgan
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Naxuu's "Here’s a giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90's playlist in chronological order" at Medium:…the playlist is split into three parts: 1990–1994, 1995–1996, and 1997–1999. They’re respectively around 300 tracks, 200 tracks, and 300 tracks, for a total of 800 tracks. The total running time is around 55 hours. I want to stress that it’s chronological on a micro level, with few exceptions.I love this very much. Zip's "My name is only real enough to work at Facebook, not to use on the site" at Medium:I always knew this day would come. The day that Facebook decided my name was…
  • The Flow of Conversation

    Elan Morgan
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:29 pm
    click image to enlarge I was out at a pub — drinking non-alcoholic beverages, for those who may be concerned — and I liked the way their arms moved over the table as they talked. They created patterns and lines together in a secondary, unconscious exchange I watched through the lens for a long time.
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Take a stunning video tour of Iran [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Since the '70s, Iran has been pretty much out of most Americans' living memory––except Iranian immigrants, of course! For the rest of us, we can take a look at this wonderful tour of Iran. The post Take a stunning video tour of Iran [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Take a tour through a hoarder’s house [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This is a landlord's worst nightmare: a hoarder. It's not like a renter puts "hoarder" on their application. The only way you know is when they leave, and the landlord investigates. The post Take a tour through a hoarder’s house [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The most incredible surfing wave ride of 2015 [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Teahupoo is famous for its dangerously large waves. This ride is probably the best of 2015. Watch as the surfer catches an impossibly big wave, and manages to ride it even through a first break. The post The most incredible surfing wave ride of 2015 [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Working towards the new American dream [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    The American dream was always about working hard and being able to achieve your goals no matter who you were or where you came from, but what that work looks like is a far cry from a commute to the city and a corner office. The post Working towards the new American dream [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Phil Hartman’s SNL audition is comedic gold [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Alas! Phil Hartman was taken to soon. Take a look at this reminder of how incredible the man was: his SNL audition tape. The post Phil Hartman’s SNL audition is comedic gold [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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    Megan Fowler Insurance

  • Do You Need California Auto Insurance?

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    California auto insurance is mandatory in the Golden State. If you’re interested in purchasing this form of insurance, you need to know that it’s readily available on and offline. However, shopping online is probably the smartest way to proceed, as doing so will give you access to some impressive comparison-shopping tools, such as fast, free quote generators. To help you find the right policy, we’ve created a practical quick guide, which will empower you as you hunt for affordable auto insurance which is comprehensive enough to make you feel protected. Look for Affordable Policies You…
  • Arizona Home Insurance Quotes

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Getting home insurance is one of the most important things to do before you move into a home and researching your options is necessary before you decide on a certain piece of property.  Arizona home insurance quotes are available through independent insurance companies and your bank.  Depending on the amount of money that you are willing to pay on a monthly premium and the amount of coverage that you want, you will be able to choose the right policy. Where Can I Get Home Insurance Quotes? In the past, people would have to visit brick-and-mortar locations for local insurance agents or even…
  • How to Get Illinois Car Insurance Quotes

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    When you get Illinois car insurance quotes, you may use these quotes in order to compare the prices of car insurance policies. Some people get just a few quotes, while others gather a lot more in order to figure out which insurance company and policy offers the best deal.   However you decide to comparison-shop for auto insurance, you should know that using these quotes on a website like this will be your best defense against being overcharged for a policy.   So, we do recommend collecting at least a trio of quotations before you finalize a deal for a new auto insurance policy.
  • New Jersey home insurance

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    What are the Different Types of Home Insurance?   Many people are not aware that there are several different types of insurance coverage for home dwellers. Each one addresses a different area of protection so it would be wise to go over them with your insurance agent to make sure you choose the right plan for you. Each state experiences different weather patterns so if, for example, you are looking for New Jersey home insurance on a website, your needs will be different than homeowners who reside in other states. Here are some different plans to look over.   Basic This plan covers…
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    Simply Jews

  • Blogging will be light for a while.

    1 Aug 2015 | 12:17 am
    During the two coming months. A few interruptions of silence possible, but otherwise it will be quiet.Meanwhile - behave, people.
  • A Double-Barreled Misunderstanding in Amherst, Massachusetts

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Sinister goings on in one of the centers of learning: double umbrellas, suspicious vests and whatnot.From Wig and Pen, with thanks.
  • John Kerry: the man who signs your treaties, US of A!

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This exchange, if true*, is phenomenal and will put even a language manipulator like Juan Cole off his feed for a while:“Is it the policy of the ayatollah, if you can answer for him, that Iran wants to destroy the United States?” Texas Republican Lloyd “Ted” Poe asked Kerry during the latter’s Tuesday appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Is that still their policy, as far as you know?” Kerry responded: “I don’t believe they’ve said that. I think they’ve said ‘Death to America,’ in their chants, but I have not seen this specific.”It is not that we…
  • Cowpat throwing competition in Russia - I shit you not

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Believe it or not, as you prefer, but here it is:An extraordinary competition was held in the framework of the regional festival "Merry Bovine" in the Russian village of Krylovo, Perm region. Besides racing cultivators and garden wheelbarrows, guests of the festival were invited to participate in the cow patties throwing competition. The event was supported by the regional Ministry of Culture. The Minister Igor Gladnev personally led a delegation to the event. The organizers of the festival "Merry Bovine" set themselves the following objectives: to promote the revival of the Russian village,…
  • Irony has been here but it left early

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    And anyway, the author of this filth wouldn't know irony if it bit him on his arse. Click "Read more..." only if you are of appropriate (in your country of residence) age. You have been warned:Source.
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  • A New Elder Playground in My Town

    Ronni Bennett
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    About two-and-a-half-years ago, I told you about elder playgrounds and that I was heading a small committee of the 50-plus Advisory Board of the City of Lake Oswego, to look into details of building one in Lake Oswego, Oregon. They have been popular in Europe and Japan for years but were then, and still are, just getting started in the United States. One such playground has existed since 2010 on the grounds of the senior center in Rockville, Maryland: A fairly large elder playground opened in Galveston County, Texas, last year: So as I reported here in 2013, my little committee and I…
  • Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Rejoice in our good fortune, my friends. Tomorrow, 30 July 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law. Take a look: Until I was poking around the internet to prepare this post, I didn't know that President Harry Truman had anything to do with Medicare and actually, universal health care was first proposed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 but then it got benched for many years. ”...the idea for a national health plan didn’t gain steam until it was pushed by U.S. President Harry S. Truman,” reports Medicare Resources:…
  • The Misguided Lure of Anti-Ageing Products and Medicine

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    First off, it's that name - “anti-ageing” (or “anti-aging” if you prefer). Who hates themself so much that they would buy anything labeled “anti-ageing”? The phrase is slapped on thousands of products but goes further than that. There is even The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (jauntily referring to themselves as A4M for short). Yes, it is an organization that “certifies” physicians (and corporations) in the medical specialty of anti-aging. One problem with that, however, is that there is no known medical specialty of anti-aging. ”...the field of anti-aging medicine…
  • ELDER MUSIC: Run to Paradise

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here. Recently Norma, the Assistant Musicologist, and I saw Coldplay perform a song called Paradise on TV. Both of us mentioned that we could…
  • INTERESTING STUFF: 25 July 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORMAN LEAR Monday will be TV producer Norman Lear's 93rd birthday. Here is what he told Huffington Post on Friday: "The top of my bucket list always included a desire to sing. My friend, actor, singer-guitarist and composer, Paul Hipp, wrote the happy birthday song when he turned fifty. I loved it and asked if I could lip-synch it as I turn ninety-three. This was the result and I don't care what you say, I love it." I love it too. See if you do and thank Esther Harriot for sending it to us: FDA NSAID WARNING ”Patients taking NSAIDs should seek medical attention immediately…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • Enter This Essay Contest and You Could Win a Free Trip to Boston from MarketingProfs

    Ann Handley
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    You can be a good writer without being a good marketer. But I don’t think you can be a good marketer without also being a good writer. Which is why we’re excited to announce the First-Ever MarketingProfs Essay Contest in connection with this fall’s premier B2B marketing event, MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum. This year’s B2B Forum is our 9th, and it’s the largest, most inspired, must-attend event for anyone who works in business-to-business marketing, in any capacity. (See the full program and keynotes here. Or read more background on the event here. Or here’s a…
  • How Not to Ruin Instagram (Now That the Ad Floodgates Are Open)

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

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

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

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

  • An Apartment Is More Than Four Walls

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    An apartment is more than just a cost-effective housing option. It is more than what people who cannot afford to purchase a home rely on. It is more than just a place to call home during college or an extended business relocation. An apartment is a reflection of you – it is your home. It […] The post An Apartment Is More Than Four Walls appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • 4 Apps That Make Moving Day Manageable

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We’ve all heard relocation horror stories and, sometimes, we’re even subject to moving maladies of our own. Nevertheless, there’s nothing more satisfying than a successful move. To avoid the moving madness all together, consider a few (or all) of these free apps, and let your smart phone become your moving day command center. The next […] The post 4 Apps That Make Moving Day Manageable appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Top Apartment-Finding Tips for College Students

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    As you enter your final years of college or are returning for your post-graduate degree, the things you seek in an apartment have changed. The trappings of quad-style student housing living, overflowing with excited freshmen and sophomores – along with the parties and noise they produce – have been replaced with the desire to lead […] The post Top Apartment-Finding Tips for College Students appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Milwaukee’s Finest: From Hops To Cheese Curds

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Located in the heart of the Midwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin offers a lot of things besides the cold. Although Milwaukee is considered one of the chilliest metropolitan areas in the country, it has many different ways to keep you warm and comfortable. In fact, Milwaukee features a number of amazing bars, breweries, up-and-coming restaurants, and even […] The post Milwaukee’s Finest: From Hops To Cheese Curds appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Love Your Modern Living Room For Less

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Redecorating your living room shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg! If you are looking to overhaul your living space or recently moved into an entirely new space, keep these modern interior design tips in mind. Play With Patterns If you’re looking to add something more colorful to your living space, patterns offer a fun […] The post Love Your Modern Living Room For Less appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • And he’s off to camp

    Doug McCaughan
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:42 pm
    I dropped Evan off at Camp today. Last year I had the pleasure of being a campsite host. I passed on being part of the staff this year. I had the pleasure of seeing several adults and scouts who were part of campsite #8 last year. Really enjoyed speaking with them again. Some were staying at camp and for half a moment I thought how fun it would be to simply hang out with the other adults (the parents are being kept away from the children); however, duty calls. It was bittersweet dropping Evan off and just leaving. I didn’t even wait for them to hike away from the check-in. He was…
  • Guided meditation

    Doug McCaughan
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    Been trying to learn to meditate most of my life. Think I finally get it!
  • One minute time machine

    Doug McCaughan
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
  • The long weekend has ended

    Doug McCaughan
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Why are holidays and vacations always exactly one day too short?! This weekend entailed yard work including progress on what will be the foundation to the storage shed. The grandparents bought fireworks for the children and we took an evening to dine with them then have an explosive show. And computer work of course. I don’t take vacation from my clients so there was computer programming.
  • Today’s magic trick

    Doug McCaughan
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Today, I make Caldera Forms export to Excel.
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  • Refreshment

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Psst, don't let the foreman down in the comma mines know that I've slipped away from my post, but I wanted to take a minute to share this fun summery recipe with you. Watermelon Jell-o 2 (¼-ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin½ cup sugarPinch salt1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice3½-pound piece seedless watermelon   1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over ¼ cup cold water. Set aside to soften, about 5 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, salt, and another ¼ cup water. Heat over high, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3…
  • This Summer's Beach Read

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    If you are in need of a summertime can't-put-it-down book, have I got a suggestion for you: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. It's long (416 pages) but flies by, in part because the chapters are very short and always seem to end with some sort of cliff-hanger—it becomes all too easy to keep saying, "OK, one more chapter...!" The main character, Mabel Dagmar (one of my only complaints about the book was the ridiculous names!), is a shy, overweight, working-class college freshman who finds herself roommates with the beautiful, wealthy, glamorous Genevra Winslow.
  • What I've Been Eating

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    As usual, we spent the long July 4th weekend up in the White Mountains, and the main reason is this: Sometimes we just like to veg. But, we are never too lazy to eat up there, and this trip was no exception. There were all the usual suspects, like Polly's Pancake Parlor and Chutter's, but this time we also tried out the Schilling Beer Company, which was excellent. Check out their website for info on all the many wonderful beers they brew there; the website, however, barely hints at the wonderful food they serve. We all split an appetizer called "The Slate," which is in…
  • What I've Been Reading

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    For this month's book group, we met to discuss The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The subtitle is "Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics," and that pretty much tells you what you're getting. It's a partially fictionalized account of the 1936 USA crew team; I say "partially fictionalized" because although the story is historically true, the author took some liberties by filling in dialogue and other details that no one could possibly know now. But he did extensive research, and did a good job painting a picture of a…
  • DIY Queen

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    When I mentioned Julie's love of DIY the other day, it occurred to me that it warrants an entire post of its own.  Julie makes everything. I'm not even talking about in the kitchen, where no challenge is too daunting. (We made cheese this week! More on that later.) She also makes all her own skincare products, like facial scrub and lotion bars and bath bombs and lip gloss. She never met a craft she didn't want to try. I think the next frontier for her will likely be sewing. In the meantime, one of her favorite Hanukkah gifts from this past December was a subscription for a…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • MacroBars are better than kale!

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Earlier this summer, I was talked into buying and trying a raspberry-chocolate kale bar from the local grocery store’s “natural” section. It was NOT delicious. I’d sum up the flavor and texture as dirty grass. After that experience, I was somewhat less excited about trying a new nutrition bar, but I took a chance on […]
  • I Hate Auto-Flushing Toilets

    15 Jul 2015 | 7:11 pm
    I don’t think I’d ever used a public toilet at Wal-Mart until today. Generally, I avoid using public restrooms anywhere, but sometimes, you just have to go. So, I parked my cart and went into the ladies’ room at my local Wal-Mart. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the new bidet! I’ve never used a […]
  • Tips to Help Teens Find Jobs

    8 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The book is “A Teen’s Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a Job” My oldest kid is a 16 year old boy, who has recently decided he needs to get a job. When I was offered a chance to review “A Teen’s Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a […]
  • Stop calling things “Artisan”

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:05 pm
    On a recent trip through the McDonald’s drive-thru, I was in the mood for a cheeseburger, but convinced myself to go with a slightly less guilt-inducing “Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich.” On my way through Window One, the polite girl at the register confirmed my order, made change for the ten, and waved me forward to […]
  • Silk Interactive Art Generator

    31 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    What is Silk? Since I can’t draw anything besides stick figures, I’m always excited about tools that help me create interesting and beautiful things. Silk is a very colorful and simple click-and-create artwork generator. The resulting artwork is pleasantly geeky, with a colorful, computer-generated sort of beauty. I love it! How to use Silk To […]
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    Magpie Musing

  • PSA: Scope Update

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    You probably don't remember this, but back in 2009, I had two colonoscopies in one summer. And because the pricing was radically weird, because one of them happened in the hospital and the other in the doctor's office, I had to write about it. Go on, read about it. Come back when you're done.A couple of years later, Elisabeth Rosenthal (a writer for the Times) started a series of investigative articles about medical care pricing, called Paying Till It Hurts. Her first piece was about ... colonoscopies, and my expensive hospital based scope made it into the second paragraph. It is probably the…
  • There Is No Horse But Polo

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The girl is off in the woods with a bunch of other girls, and I am amusing myself by mailing things to her. It might be my favorite part of having her gone; as we all know, I love mailing oddments and notes.So far, this is what's been sent. I wrote her a card, on Tuesday, the day before we dropped her off. I rambled on about the weirdness of writing to her during the day on Tuesday, when I was going to see her that night, and knowing that she wouldn't get the note until Thursday or Friday. Yesterday, I mailed a little game from the crazy Danish store near my office. Next week, I'll get Amazon…
  • What The Parents Do When The Kid Is Away

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:51 pm
    We dropped the child off at camp today. It took an hour and half to get there, because she was not interested in dawdling. It took us three and a half hours to get home because it was a beautiful day and we stopped for lunch in one little town and stopped for ice cream in another little town and detoured to Goshen, NY to bear witness to the impending dismantling and "renovation" of the Orange County Government Center.I'd never seen it before. Yes, it's stark. But it's set back off the road, behind a scrim of carefully placed trees, in a lush lawn. It's got movement about it, in the…
  • Nostalgia in the Target Shampoo Department, and a Digression about Toothpaste

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    I think I have turned into my mother. I took my daughter to Target the other day to buy some things that she needs for camp. Included on the list that she made (Uggs = NO, iPod = NO) were shampoo and conditioner (can't argue against cleanliness) but what she picked out off the shelf is called Not Your Mother's Shampoo.[Truth be told, I think she'd seen an ad for it, because she was looking for it.]I had to laugh. When I was a tween/teen, all I wanted was the toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner that my mother wouldn't buy. She was deep into Pathmark's No Frills brand. Price was definitely a…
  • Horrified Fascination

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    On the one hand, this wasps' nest is about a yard away from the railing of our back deck.On the other hand, it's endlessly enthralling. The nest gets incrementally larger and larger, day by day. If you fling a cherry pit towards it and rattle the branch, the wasps fly about, agitatedly. [No one, yet, has hit the nest itself - I don't want to be around when that happens.] The wasps have figured out that the hummingbird feeder - about 15 feet away - seeps just enough sugar water for them to use it as a food source. Sadly, they've been playing chicken with the resident hummingbird. She is bigger…
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    Life Candy

  • Nenette 2.0: Out of the Ashes.

    Nenette AM
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Thanks, Billy IdolIsn't that title dramatic?  I know.  But it's the one that comes the closest to describing what I've been going through for a while...It's been a tough couple of months.  It started when I came back from Vancouver in late March. It felt like, the moment I landed, I was suddenly beaten by commitment sticks.  And they weren't stopping!Every second of my life revolved around my daughter's ballet exam, both kids' extra rehearsals to compete in the MB Dance Festival, the Life Without Limits event in April, the Canadian 10th Anniversary Tour in May, a Parent…
  • 8th Annual Life Candy Top 5: Who's on YOUR list?

    Nenette AM
    18 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Okay, you can stop wondering "OMG, where's the Top 5 list post?!  Did I miss it?!!!"  You didn't miss it, because it's here.  Don't panic.  It's all going to be okay.  So, do what I'm doing -- relax, take off your bra, pour yourself a glass of Drambuie, and settle in for the post you've been waiting ALL. YEAR. FOR.Okay, my sweeties, what does my Top 5 List look like for 2015?  Well, it looks... different.  You gotta mix it up once in a while.  Keep these hotties on their toes. Now, I know my readers are not only drop-dead gorgeous but also incredibly…
  • 15 Movies in 15 Minutes.

    Nenette AM
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Here are the rules:Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you’ve seen that will always stick with you.They don’t have to be the greatest movies you’ve ever seen, just the ones that stick with you.First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy these instructions and tag 15 (or more) friends, including me – because I'm interested in seeing what movies are in your head.Okay, here's mine...1:   Pride and Prejudice (2005)  -  Matthew Macfadyen striding purposefully across the field in his long coat and boots or Colin Firth as he comes dripping…
  • 2015 To-Do List.

    Nenette AM
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    By Frank Vincentz (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons2015 is MY year!It really is!  And I'm so freakin' excited!  I love pressing that "Reset" button, and becoming a New Me.  You know -- Better... Stronger... Faster.  (Cue theme song!)  Yup, it's the 6 Million Dollar Me but without the electronic implants.  Maybe.Anyway, I have big plans for 2015!  Plans within plans.  But if you don't write these plans down, they don't exist.  Seriously, one of my coaches, mentors, and business partners, Susan Sly says that.
  • 45 and 9 days.

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

  • Tipps zur Anwendung von Pheromonen

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    Pheromone sind ausschließlich zur externen Anwendung bestimmt. Schon mit einigen wenigen Tropfen lässt sich ein Effekt erzielen. Es empfiehlt sich, die Pheromone eher sparsam einzusetzen und dort aufzutragen, wo der Partner sie am besten wahrnehmen kann. Wo wendet man Pheromone an? In der Regel trägt man die Pheromone direkt auf die Haut auf, wo sie genau wie auch ein Parfum durch die Körperwärme schnell entfaltet werden und sich auf der Haut verteilen. Auf der Haut dauern die Pheromone zwischen 4 und 6 Stunden an, bevor sie entweder vom Schweiß fort gespült oder von Bakterien zersetzt…
  • Dank der neuen Wimpernverlängerungsmethode klappt’s auch mit dem Augenaufschlag (Teil 2) – Behandlung

    13 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Im Letzten Teil haben wir uns angeschaut, was False Lashes sind und was es daüber zu wissen gibt. Jetzt wollen wir uns darauf konzentrieren wie man die Augen Behandelt und die Wimpern aufbringt. Vorsichtig ist hier geboten, da einige Fehler zum Sehverlust führen können, deshalb muss unbedingt darauf geachtet werden, dass die Vorgaben des Herstellers eingehalten werden. Vor der Behandlung gilt es einiges zu beachten Ich werde darauf hingewiesen, dass ich zur Behandlung mit den Envy Lashes selbst, komplett ungeschminkt und am besten ohne Kontaktlinsen kommen sollte. Am besten ist, ich trage…
  • Unschöne Gürtelrose auf der Bikinifigur loswerden!

    2 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Die Ansteckung von Gürtelrose beginnt bereits in jungen Jahren, durch die Windpocken, welche wie der Name bereits aussagt, sowohl mit dem Wind, als auch durch die Tröpfcheninfektion erfolgen kann. Je älter man wird, desto anfälliger ist man an Gürtelrose zu erkranken. Da das Imunsystem
eindeutig schwächer wird.   Für die Gürtelrose ist der Varizella Zoster Virus verantwortlich, die Viren können durch das
Niesen oder Husten, sowie durch Handkontakt verbreitet werden. Vor allem durch den Speichel der bereits infizierten Person. Zunächst kommt es zur Erkrankung mit Windpocken,…
  • Dank der neuen Wimpernverlängerungsmethode klappt’s auch mit dem Augenaufschlag (Teil 1) – Die Envy Lashes Methode

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Lange, geschwungene und noch dazu dichte Wimpern – das war schon immer mein Traum. Ich gehöre zu den Frauen, die meist geschminkt und immer mit Wimperntusche das Haus verlassen. Denn hier liegt eindeutig meine Problemzone – die Wimpern sind fein, hell und meine Augen wirken auch wenn ich ausgeschlafen bin, eher klein. Als Beautyredakteurin habe ich schon viel versucht um hier Fülle und Länge rund um meinen Blick zu schaffen, bin aber meist kläglich gescheitert. Denn ich muss ehrlich sagen, ich habe zwei linke Hände und Wimpern ankleben ist da nicht so einfach. Entweder der…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • Blow It Out Your Barracks Bag! WWII Slang From the Front

    Brett and Kate McKay
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    “Our fighting men are makers of slang because they are adventurous individuals and they are not restricted by decorum and their taste is unlimited. Their hunting ground for new terms is in their native tongue as well as foreign. They adopt traditional devices of similitude, making attributes work for the whole. They use hidden resemblances, they know no limitations and have no boundaries. They have substituted far-fetched figures for a hundred literary descriptions, using abbreviations most freely, compositions, formations of words to resemble the sound and picturesque synonyms. Their…
  • Podcast #125: Why The Great Gatsby Endures With Maureen Corrigan

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I know it’s cliche, but my all-time favorite novel is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. To me it offers prescient warnings on the perils of a consumer society and perfectly captures the American drive to strive for the unattainable, even if it results in tragedy. NPR’s literary critic, Maureen Corrigan, is also a huge Gatsby fan. A far bigger one than I am, in fact! She’s read the book 67 times and has even sat through a seven-hour reading/performance of its text. In her latest book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, Maureen…
  • So You Want My Job: App Developer

    Jeremy Anderberg
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. A lot of computer and software-related gigs get lumped into the same bundle of careers, with no real differentiation. The reality, though, is that there are a number of vocations that include programming, development, computer security, etc. Last year, we covered the ins and outs of being an IT professional. Today, we’re looking at the world of app developers. We talked with…
  • How to Avoid Getting Pickpocketed

    Brett and Kate McKay
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    A couple centuries ago, pickpocketing was the scourge of cities around the world. From Dickens’ London to New York City’s famous Five Points, skilled thieves practiced their craft, filching the valuables of passersby without the victim noticing a thing. In fact, that’s how pockets in clothing got their start: Prior to the 17th century, men and women alike carried their valuables in purses outside the body; they then started tying pouches inside their clothes in an attempt to thwart would-be “cutpurses” and thieves. But pickpockets soon adapted and learned how to deftly extract the…
  • How to Hang a Picture

    Jeremy Anderberg
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    If you’re trying to make a good first impression with your place, know that nothing says sterile and boring like blank walls. A few pieces of manly art or virile photos hung and displayed tastefully will liven things up and give you a chance to show some of that stellar personality of yours. And even if you don’t much care for wall art yourself, your significant other likely does; being asked to hang something up may be perhaps the world’s most common “honey-do.” Can you, ahem, nail this task? While not necessarily an exact science, knowing some basics…
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    Going The Wong Way

  • The Grass Is Greener (Even Though It Probably Shouldn't Be)

    Derek Wong
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I live in California. It’s a state with plenty of fantastic attributes, but it has its drawbacks. There are the earthquakes. It’s really crowded. Housing is unpleasantly expensive. And we get droughts. In fact we’ve going through one for the past few years. At this point, there are starting to be more fines and publicity about what we should do to help. My neighbor is not really having any part of it. He waters his lawn at least 8 times each week (from what I can tell). I know because I’m up early in the morning feeding the baby so I hear both his first and his second…
  • Getting Out

    Derek Wong
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    We’re getting out of the house more now that the little girl has gotten her vaccinations, and it almost feels like we’re normal people again!
  • No 4 AM?!

    Derek Wong
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    What a joy it is that the little girl can sleep longer, and I can wake up later than 4 AM!
  • I Only Nap

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

    Derek Wong
    23 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    First week back to work after having a baby, and I was knocked out by the end of it!
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Regensburg, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Old Town Hall in Regensburg Germany (Altes Rathaus) was home to the Perpetual Imperial Assembly from 1663 to 1806, bringing great wealth to the city. One of the many spectacular sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. No visits yetThe post PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Regensburg, Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg Germany occupies the square in front of Church of Our Lady. The market is famous for its gingerbread cookies. One of the many magnificent sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. (Visited 48 times, 48 visits today)The post PHOTO: Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built in the middle of the Regnitz River, the 14th century Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Germany features a facade decorated with trompe d’oeil frescoes. One of the many magnificent sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. (Visited 557 times, 557 visits today)The post PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • A Cultural Moment in Regensburg, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Cruises are not a great way to get to know places in any depth. At most, guests have a few hours in each destination. But they are a good way to sample a variety of destinations, in order to know which places might be worth a return visit, and this is exactly what happened in Germany during my Grand European Tour with Viking River. I liked Miltenberg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Passau, but I loved Regensburg. It’s hard to say exactly why Regensburg made such an impression on me. The woman who conducted our walking tour was an impressive guide – among the best so far on our…
  • PHOTO: Pretty Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Siebers Tower is one of many entrances to the medieval city walls in pretty Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. One of the many magnificent sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. (Visited 83 times, 83 visits today)The post PHOTO: Pretty Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Walking with Your Spouse through Uncertainty

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    I got the honor of writing over on today about walking with your spouse in uncertain times. We are in that season now. I hope you are blessed by the words and how God is always, always, always working (even when it seems quiet).   Our relationship started wrapped in mystery; I was doing a research paper debunking the science behind online dating and came across his profile. He lived five hours away, but he was cute and his picture was clearly of him on a mission trip. That’s the Western Christian Girl’s aphrodisiac. A quick message sent, followed by emails and…
  • Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    After taking most of the year off from traveling and speaking, I’m starting to book events for 2016. If you’re interested in having me speak at your church, retreat, conference, or living room, submit an inquiry here.     The post Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016 appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Jesus’ Hidden Years…And Yours

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I just finished a book called anonymous, which talks about Jesus’ “hidden” years — the first 30 years of his life where we really don’t know much of what happened. The author, Alicia Britt Chole, makes a great point that reminds me that God is always working, building, planning, designing, going before us for good. Often times as mere humans we get frustrated in the waiting times, in the quiet seasons…where we are filled with so much passion and we know our calling and our skills and our gifts but for some reason, it doesn’t seem as if we can…
  • Why the Supreme Court’s Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage is Not the Issue

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today at (in)courage, I share a slice of Lean on Me.  Here’s a sample for you. To read the full article, click here. I’m so grateful these women were so generous to share a little bit of this book that was many years in the making. And, oh yeah. I punched a wall in it. Over a year had passed since my divorce, and God’s silence was still too much for me. I was out of town, and in my hotel room one evening. I wept. For hours. Why? Why? Why? Where are you? I don’t understand. Still nothing. Still silence. The numbness morphed into anger. I drew myself up on to my knees and faced…
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  • London on a Budget – Day Two – 36 Hours to Explore

    Alex Berger
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    36 hours in London, a budget of 150 GBP and a mission to re-discover the best parts of the city. This is part two in my two part look at London. Learn more about the challenge behind this trip, issued by Tune Hotels, in part one as well as a brief overview of my long-standing mixed relationship with the flagship of the British Empire. My second day in London got a late start. As a general rule of thumb, I’m a B person. This means I prefer late nights and late mornings to early evenings and early starts. So, Tune’s late-checkout was perfect.  My flight back to Copenhagen departed…
  • London on a Budget – 36 Hours to Explore

    Alex Berger
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    There are cities you love the moment you step foot in them.  Then there are other cities that take you a while to warm up to.  Of course, the flip-side of this is that there are also cities you hate instantly or fall out of love with. My relationship with London has been a complicated one.  It’s not a city that I can say I love, but at the same time it’s also not a city I can say I hate. I’ve now visited London a number of times and each visit seems to launch me to-and-fro from loving the city to mildly disliking it and then somehow winning me back once again. Of the many…
  • Nordic Eats – Digesting Uformel, BROR, Marv and Ben

    Alex Berger
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    There are foods that our eyes tell us must certainly be mouth-wateringly delicious. They are beautiful, they are aromatic, and the ingredients are a collection of meats, vegetables, and spices that are familiar and nonthreatening.  Then, there are other dishes assembled with ingredients or in a fashion that leaves even the most stalwart culinary adventurer skeptical. My favorite is the Icelandic dish, Hákarl. It is fermented shark that has been buried to slowly rot for at least six months before being dug up for preparation and consumption. I always chuckle thinking about the long road of…
  • Dark Matter Theory and the Rate of Technological Evolution

    Alex Berger
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Today’s post is a change of pace from my usual travel material.  While on the road and commuting I often enjoy musing and listening to various podcasts. I’m also voraciously curious which leads to soaking up a wealth of different science news. There have been two ideas that hit me while out and about a few months back and which have been nagging at me ever since. Today during dinner I found myself listening to Priyamvada Natarajan‘s talk about “The Exquisite Role of Dark Matter” which reminded me of my hair-brained Dark Matter theory (see below) and…
  • Nyhavn Transported Through Time

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

  • Hiking with Marlboro Man

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Marlboro Man and I went on a hike up the mountain when we were in Vail last week. I took this same hike last summer, only it was with my sister-in-law Missy and our kids. You can read about it here. I pretty much thought I would die on the mountain. Hiking up the mountain with Marlboro Man this summer was much, much different. Here’s why: 1. Last summer, while hiking with Missy and the kids, we did not have enough water. We planned badly, and were out of water with a good hour to spare. I was gravely traumatized by this, so this year, I wasn’t going to make that same mistake. As…
  • Back from the Mountains

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    We’re back on the ranch after our family trip to Colorado, and I feel renewed, refreshed, regenerated, reacquainted, reawakened, rebuilt, renovated, and remarkably rested. Part of that is due to the mountain air, part of it is due to the altitude sending my body into high-efficiency mode, part of it is due to the moments of quiet reflection I had on the mountain (in between my gasping breaths)…but most of it is because it was so blessedly wonderful to have concentrated family time after the busy summer we’ve all had, and before Alex leaves for college in three weeks, three…
  • Crazy Dog Lady

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    It’s official. If there was any lingering doubt at all, this trip to Colorado has sealed it. I am a dog person. Of course, I knew I loved my own dogs. I knew I loved them and held them and squeezed them and called them George a little more than the other members of my family do. But being away from my dogs this week, I have found myself stopping and staring at other dogs here in Vail—and there are so many dogs here in Vail—to the point that I have made my family late for dinner. Yesterday I saw two Golden Retrievers, a Boston Terrier, a mutt, a German Shepherd, a St.
  • Family Trip

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Last Friday I posted this photo on Instagram. Marlboro Man and the kids were just finishing up the last cattle shipping, which had to be done…       Before we left at 2:30 Saturday morning to embark on our last trip as a family before Alex goes to college in…gulp…one month. And yes, I said 2:30. This was part of the package deal when I married Marlboro Man—this leaving-in-the-middle-of-the-night-to-take-road-trips thing. I knew it before we got married, so there’s no complaining about it now. And really, as much as I want to kvetch about the…
  • Birthday (Cow)Boy

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    It’s Tim’s 48th birthday today, which is utterly crazy to me considering I remember posting this photo of Tim back when he turned forty…which means I was still in my thirties! I was blogging here when I was still in my thirties, by the way. Ahem. I will likely be blogging here when I’m in my fifties, by the way. AHEM! Anyway, Tim was forty when I posted the above photo! And now all of a sudden he’s 48. In honor of my favorite brother-in-law’s birthday today, I just wanted to share a few pics of him through the years. Hope you enjoy them and get a sense of…
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    Boss Sanders

  • Why Is Music So Important?

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Please welcome our guest poster, Amy Allen!  Amy Allen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a certified Harmony Road Music teacher and opened her own authorized Harmony Road Music Education Center in Western KY.  Amy has spent many years serving others through her gift of music. In the last 30 years that I have been teaching music to children, I have seen the ebb and flow of school funding for music programs and instruction nationally. Early on, music programs in our schools were seen as fluff and considered to be extracurricular activities. As a result, when communities saw…
  • A Day In The Life (Homeschooling 2015-2016 edition)

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    I’ve had a lot of requests lately to post our schedule or “routine,” if you will.  I cringe at the word schedule, because with 5 littles ages 1 – 8 spanned over 4 teaching levels, keeping an EXACT schedule is near impossible!  But, we DO have a general routine that we follow most days.  This routine solves the confusion, and helps me address the many things I need to do day in and day out (bills, menu planning, starting supper, homeschooling, keeping our home, writing, studying my bible, etc.) 6:40 AM – My alarm clock goes off.  I check my phone for important…
  • Adoption At School: When Your Older Adopted Child Begins Public School

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    You are most likely reading this post because you are either a parent of an older-adopted child, a teacher or administrator in the school system, someone who supports an adoptive family and wants to understand, or someone who got lost trying to find my awesome recipes.  If you are the latter, I’m sorry (check the links on the side).  :)  But, no matter how you got here…THANK YOU.  THANK YOU for stepping up and out and being WILLING to learn more about these beautiful children. As July slowly slips away, I know for many of us (parents of older-adopted children), anxiety sets…
  • Adoption At Home: Attachment And Bonding In Families

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Whether a child comes into a family in infancy or as an older child, the journey of attachment and bonding can be a long and arduous road. The Difference Between Attachment And Bonding While attachment and bonding are often used interchangeably, they actually ARE NOT the same. If you need a quick refresher of the difference between the two, consider this (it’s one of the simplest ways I’ve seen it put): BOTH refer to the feelings and emotions you and child feel toward each other. Bonding refers to the surge of love and tenderness YOU feel toward said child. Attachment is about a…
  • Mid-July Updates

    15 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Outside my window… It’s STEAMY hot with ninja mosquitoes. Going outside equals 39,934,387 mosquito bites.  SERIOUSLY?! Thank goodness for this mosquito soap (more about it at the bottom of the post)! I am thinking… I never updated about my weightloss/health journey!  ACK! Several months ago, I began a journey to better health. I was at one of the lowest points of my health and I had become uncomfortable in my own skin. Daily nausea, bleeding for 45 days straight, light-headed, and extreme fatigue… It’s hard to be the mom you want to be when you struggle to just get out…
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    the slack daily

  • An Origin Story. Maybe.

    the slackmistress
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    [View the story "Where Do Writers Come From?" on Storify]
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    the slackmistress
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
  • Enough People in the World Want to Make You Feel Like Shit. Don’t Help Them.

    the slackmistress
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    By the time I turned 30, I had written seventeen episodes of an iconic television show (Lizzie McGuire), been nominated for two Emmys, had an Agent, a Manager, and a size 6 body that I could cram into all sorts of fun outfits. By the time I turned 35, I was near-broke, hadn’t had a writing job in 18 months and was working the front desk of the spinning gym that I had formerly been a customer at. Drugs? one of the clients asked me. Had I been inhaling too much of the shoe disinfectant? Excuse me? Someone told me you used to be a TV writer. And now you work here. Was it cocaine? I handed her…
  • 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…
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    Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine

  • Spend a day like the Royals: Visit the Drottningholm Palace in Sweden

    Katja Presnal
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    Drottningholm PalaceThe Drottningholm Palace is about a twenty-minute-drive from downtown Stockholm, and makes a perfect day trip from the city. To make it an unique experience, you can also take a boat from downtown Stockholm to Drottningholm.The Drottningholm Palace is the home residence of the King and Queen of Sweden, and they reside in the southern wing of the palace. The rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year round. The Royal Guard is guarding the palace, and it’s quite impressive to think – the King and Queen truly have this incredible place still as one…
  • Take a Boat to this Modern Art Museum in Stockholm’s Archipelago

    Katja Presnal
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Take a trip to Stockholm’s ArtipelagIt is not often you visit an European capital and one of it’s most interesting modern art museum’s requires a road trip or a boat cruise and a hike in the woods to reach it. Artipelag in Stockholm’s archipelago is one of them. It’s not situated in the gorgeous downtown Stockholm, but in town of Värmdö, about 25-minute-drive from Stockholm by car, or better yet: you can take a boat! You can take a boat from Nybroplan to Artipelag and it takes one hour 35 minutes to get there with a classic archipelago ship M/S Gustafsberg VII.
  • Authentic Swedish Smörgåsbord on a Brunch Cruise in Stockholm’s Archipelago with S/S Stockholm

    Katja Presnal
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Cruise the Stockholm ArchipelagoI am currently working on my “Road Trip through Nordic Countries” notemap on Findery, and you can read also my post “Road trip tips for Denmark and Southern Sweden” on Huffington Post. I am finally going through the massive amount of photos from our three years in Sweden. I still have so many stories, and so many places we discovered, which I want to share with you. Stockholm archipelago is one of them, and so is this lovely authentic Swedish brunch cruise!The Stockholm archipelago is gorgeous, and if I would get my dream vacation in…
  • Converse Redesigns 100-year old classic and Introduces the New Chuck Taylor All Star II

    Katja Presnal
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Chuck Taylor All Star IIDid you know that the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star was released already in 1917? The Chuck Taylor All Stars are an American design classic, and the design hasn’t really changed in almost 100 years. Sure, you can now get the Chucks in all the colors of the rainbow and design your own too, but the actual design of the shoe hasn’t changed even when the colors and prints of the shoes have. Well, not until this summer.Converse just announced their newly designed Chucks, titled simply Chuck Taylor All Star II, releasing in stores on July 28th. The Chuck Taylor…
  • Travel like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Kennedy: Experience the French Riviera at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

    Wes Holland
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Ultimate Luxury in Cap d’AntibesIt is no secret that the south of France is one of my favorite destinations in the world. I simply love the beach environment mixed with the slow-paced European lifestyle and beauty of the Mediterranean. There are so many things to see and do in the many picturesque seaside towns that dot the southern French coast; however, if you are looking for a quintessential riviera experience, I recommend a visit to Cap d’Antibes and the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has a rich history filled with stories and iconic people that spans…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Why I Didn’t Cry At Inside Out

    Britt Reints
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Join the conversation at Why I Didn’t Cry At Inside Out. Anyone who has spent more than five minutes with me would not be surprised to know that I was dying to see Inside Out, a movie proclaiming to be all about feelings and “the voices in your head”. I love feelings! I have lots of voices in my head! Then the Facebook reviews started coming in and I could barely contain my excitement. The practically unanimous report was “this movie will make you cry all the tears!” My daughter, who went like a traitor to see it with her Nana, assured me that I would cry…
  • 431 Words on Procrastination & Writer’s Block

    Britt Reints
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Join the conversation at 431 Words on Procrastination & Writer’s Block. This was a writing prompt given to me at a community writer’s workshop I attended this weekend. We were given 25 minutes to write. This is what I came up with: Strategy scares the hell out of me. Mostly because I’m not good at it. Myers-Briggs says I’m a feeler, not a thinker. I do think, sometimes, from the outside in – but mostly I act. I make, I do, I jump. I do not have the patience to plan. All around me is evidence of strategy working. Sure, there is talent and skill, but so too is…
  • Next Chapter

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

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

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

  • The TMI post where I apologize

    25 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The older I get, the more my body looks like it would benefit from Willy Wonka’s taffy puller. Putting it less vaguely, I’m getting shorter and fatter. I’m down to eating one meal a day and I still look like a weeble. I even spent several months attempting various old people exercises, but do you know how awful the body noises are when attempting squats naked? So, when we went to NYC for Starving Artist’s college graduation, I invested in several pairs of Spanx. Not jiggling like jello seemed like the least I could do to reduce the Ma and Pa Kettle impression that we…
  • I should/shouldn’t leave home.

    9 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Hairdresser: “Big plans today?” Me: “No.” Hairdresser: “Bigger plans tonight?” Me: “Nope.” Hairdresser: “Saving up for the weekend?” Me: “No plans. None. Zero. Zip.” < - I begin to wallow in self pity about my rapid descent to death when I sit home and do nothing. -> Guy in chair next door taking to his stylist: “Sooo, what’s your hair color on your license? Ya know?” < - Wishes I was home. ->
  • one decade

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Ten is such an interesting age. Every so often, a fleeting breeze of maturity takes possession and you are actually face to face with the adult that the child is going to be in the future. Then, mid-sentence, the spirit slips back into a different timeline and you are trying to have a conversation with a katamari ball as it bounces across the room.
  • stupid human tricks

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    “You’ve trained the cats to beg for food from your dinner plate.” “At least they aren’t raccoons.” “I accidentally cracked my phone screen, but there are not raccoon scratches on our door.” “There’s cat fur all over my clean shirts.” “There ISN’T raccoon fur on your laundry.” “I failed to get the Netflix dvd in today’s mail. I succeeded at not putting food out for raccoons.” I am excessively appreciative of the relative who taught a raccoon mom to scratch on the door for a plate of food for…
  • tech wary

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

  • On Travel and that Socialization thing

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today’s post is really only half a post – the other half can be found over at Travel Deep and Wide. Stacey-Jean Inion, the awesome mama of many who has been traveling for eight years with her tribe of nine children, has additional thoughts about the socialization issue. In short, I feel it’s something parents need to think about and consider; she feels it’s a non-issue that doesn’t even warrant a thought. Please read and comment here, then over to her post and read her thoughts. Our goal here is to start a dialogue – to get traveling parents to consider all aspects of their…
  • When solo travel isn’t the best teacher

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

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

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    11 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    Las Vegas is the top destination for serious gamers, but it also has some of the most fantastic family entertainment in the country. Las Vegas hotels cater to high-rollers and young children to make sure they all have a great time. Over the Top Hotels Las Vegas has some of the most elaborate hotels in the world with replicas of world icons such as the Eifel Tower and Great Pyramids. These hotels also offer free entertainment such as volcano eruptions, dancing fountains and many other things to attract and entertain guests. Some of the luxury hotels offer the most luxurious suites with…
  • Tips to save money on trips to Britain

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    6 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Travel, particularly overseas travel, can be a daunting proposition for many people. Some might be so worried about finding the time or scheduling the flights, the hotel rooms, and what you’ll do when you get there. And at that point, what should be an exciting experience can become stressful real quick, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are loads of great ways to save time and money while getting the most from your vacation. One great way to save time and money on your trip is to book both your flight and your hotel together. There’s nothing better than being able…
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  • Commit Me

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    davidjhinson:When you wholly commit – to a course of action, to a strategy, to a purpose – your decision making power, authority, and focus amplifies, by definition. That’s because all the mental energy and head space that you were formerly devoting to indecision, may now be brought to bear in actually doing. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: It’s mind-boggling, how much energy we spend on unanswered questions… pending decisions… the uncertain future. It’s the metaphorical equivalent of sitting in your driveway with the engine on, your foot stomped on the gas pedal,…
  • You Didn’t Respond… Are You Interested?

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    davidjhinson:Exercise your agency. Take ownership of your vendor conversations. Don’t let misplaced obligation rob you of the drive and focus your employer demands and deserves. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: One thing’s for certain, when you’re in charge of an IT department: If you don’t control your vendor relations, they will control you. We get dozens of cold calls and pitches, each and every week, from vendors of every stripe and walk of life. Most are professional. Many are not. The communiques that get most under my skin go something like this: “You Didn’t…
  • Being There

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    davidjhinson:Being there is often the difference between totally “getting it”, or missing understanding altogether. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: One of the major failings of learning geography or history, at least as experienced in classrooms, is the inability to get a genuine sense of place as an actor in the story. If you’ve never been to Washington, D.C., it’s hard to get a sense of the scale of the place, and why the city is situated where it is. Or, if you’ve never travelled through the swamps of South Carolina, it’s hard to imagine the difficulties the…
  • #PrimeDayFail

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Originally posted on Taking Aim: by Ashley Tinstman Everyone was talking about it.  There were ads on TV.  The buzz on social media was building.  Amazon Prime Day was coming, and it was going to be bigger than Black Friday—the sale to end all sales.  Consumers excitedly waited for July 15 to arrive, filling up their virtual shopping carts with all the items they expected to go on sale at midnight.  And then … The deals never came.  Shoppers searched through Amazon’s website looking for the sales they had anticipated.  But as they were looking for tablets, phones and fashion…
  • First Principles

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    davidjhinson:Feel free to disrupt and innovate, when you’ve proven that you’ve kept the main thing, the main thing. Originally posted on 300 Words, 2 Minutes: You have to crawl, before you walk… and walk, before you run. This is only one of many examples in life, where one must master the fundamentals, before moving onto something more advanced. But we are too often sidetracked by the new and the shiny, on our way to becoming disruptive innovators. We forget that in order to be successful, we first have to remain true to our First Principles, our core mission, our raison d’etre,…
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    Simple Marriage

  • The Way It’s Always Been

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    As you go through family and married life, it’s fairly common that you’ll fall victim to routine. As a couple you have your chores, they have theirs. You sit the same places in the living room, at the dinner table, and you even have “your side of the bed.” Have you ever stopped to wonder how routine and schedule take over so easily? Simple Marriage is all about simplifying things in order to create room for more relationship happiness, and sometimes simplifying things means looking at the hurdles we face in relationship in a whole new way. This is a story…
  • This Is Water

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Have you heard the commencement speech given several years ago by novelist David Foster Wallace to Kenyon College? There’s a great Youtube video that uses excerpts from it, called This is Water. It is a brilliant speech that encourages us all to stop presuming we know what everyone’s motives are, to stop putting ourselves and our own outrage in the middle of everything so that we can maybe understand someone else’s story. The post This Is Water appeared first on Simple Marriage.
  • A Guardian Of Your Spouse’s Solitude

    20 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    One of my clients sent me this quote. It’s a great way to frame what growing up in marriage can look like. The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is…
  • Above The Line Or Below It

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    This is a popular coaching tool to use when looking at your mindset. It also works with relationships. Above the line: Ownership, Accept and Responsibility. Taking ownership, accepting and taking responsibility for your attitude and actions. Below the line: Blame, Excuses and Denial. Not taking responsibility, not accepting your responsibilities and actions, and blaming others. Above the line is the mindset of champions – Row your boat where YOU want it to go. This is growing up in marriage! Below the line is the victim mentality – Make your bed and lie in it. Where are you? Above the…
  • The importance of laughter in marriage

    12 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. ~ Voltaire We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. ~ Agnes Repplier Have you and your spouse ever found something to be funny and you reach a point where you feed off each other? Most often this happens when you’re watching a somber play, or in the middle of church, or even during dinner at a quiet restaurant. But your giggles feed the other’s and off you go. Laughter is contagious. It’s also beneficial to life and marriage. Benefits of Laughter Reduction of stress and tension…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 10 Ways Taking MOOCs Can Improve Your Life

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    MOOCs–Massive Open Online Courses–allow anyone to become an independent learner. A little while ago I started a “Become Well-Read” project. I read quite a lot in high school–as well as at Georgetown–, but I decided I wanted to read certain books that were left out of my education, as well as re-read others which I [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 10 Practical Tips for Creating a Meditation Habit That Sticks

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Developing the habit of meditating is potentially life-changing. Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk; he’s been acknowledged as the UK’s foremost mindfulness meditation expert. In his book, Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day, Puddicombe explains that meditation can be used for all of the following: To [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 10 Things to Do When Life Throws You a Curveball

    14 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Sooner or later, life will throw you a curveball. And it will suck. “While I was in Double-A with the Cubs, my roommate got called into the office and was demoted to a Single-A club. He was leading our team in home runs and runs batted in and was the best offensive player we had, [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • How to Make Yourself Smarter in One-Hour-A-Day

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Smart people do better in life. Recently, there’s been a slew of books arguing that success in life isn’t really about how smart you are and how much talent you have. These books advance the theory that what really matters are things such as the following: Emotional intelligence; How hard you work; and Perseverance — [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 16 Ways to Become a Better Person

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Set the goal of being a little bit better today than you were yesterday. Make the commitment to be better each day by having better thoughts, making better choices, and taking better actions. The better person you are, the better people, life situations, and opportunities you will attract into your life. Below you’ll find 16 [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • Time for a Change

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    I love it when people have opinions, thoughts and beliefs that are different from mine. I enjoy being able to have healthy conversations that explore the world around us while exchanging views, ideas and beliefs. Unfortunately, so many people are not interested in the conversation, they are interested in being right, having the one right view, the one right belief and have no interest in
  • Mother's Day 2015

    11 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I spent days debating with myself whether or not I should call my mom. Each time I call or stop by, I always hope that maybe that time will be different, maybe something will have changed, maybe she’ll have some sort of break-through. It usually ends up the same way and even if all goes really well, it is as though the countdown to disaster has begun. It is only a
  • Detour Through My Mind...

    7 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    I recently realized something new about my brain and how it works. It is something that has led to me and other people being frustrated. I didn't figure it out until fairly recently and haven't written about it yet because, well, I forgot. And that is the issue.  I don't actually forget things. As far as I know, I haven’t actually forgotten anything at all. Just a few weeks ago a friend of
  • A Bit Further Down The Road

    1 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    I can’t believe we have past the halfway point of the foster and adoption classes. Only four left to go and it seems to be flying by. The classes have been quite heavy at times, talking about all sort of horrible things that children go through and trying to get at least something of an understanding as to what it must be like to have to leave everything behind, take only what you can fit into
  • Class Time

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    John and I had our first class on fostering and adopting a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a bit different than what I expected. As silly as it sounds, I kind of had the image of a small group of us all sitting around in a circle on comfy chairs, maybe on the floor cuddling over-sized pillows while drinking a flavored coffee. Typing this now, it seems I had imagined more of a Lamaze class.
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    But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness

  • Look Out World… I’m Back In The Saddle Again!

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:22 am
    A few years ago I got thrown from my horse. OK, who am I kidding? I am a Brooklyn girl at heart, no horses for me. But literally I felt like I had, if not been thrown from my horse, I was certainly thrown off my game. Life kept throwing me obstacles and I found […] The post Look Out World… I’m Back In The Saddle Again! appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • Wigs, Hats, and Make Up… Oh My! Trying to Look Better, When You Feel Bad.

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    We have all heard the dreaded saying “But you don’t look sick?” But the last thing we want to do is walk around looking like death 24/7. It is true that when you look better you feel better, but there is a fine balance between spending tons of hours putting on full face make up, […] The post Wigs, Hats, and Make Up… Oh My! Trying to Look Better, When You Feel Bad. appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • After saying hello to my guests, I say #hellokeurig and feel like the perfect host

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Don’t Be Afraid of the Paper Directions! So much paper packing In the box and such a thick instruction book. All those languages, I only speak English. I have to guess you are trying to hide the best secret in the world: that the new 550 is EASY to use. I have been using the […] The post After saying hello to my guests, I say #hellokeurig and feel like the perfect host appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • How do you describe your pain? Numbers on Pain Scale, Adjectives, Silly Weird Pain Faces.

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    I hear it all the time from doctors and nurses: “Tell me your pain on a scale from 1 to 10″. I always cringe at the thought of summarizing my pain and fatigue down to a number. I also get scared at the thought that I have never felt below a 4 or 5. How […] The post How do you describe your pain? Numbers on Pain Scale, Adjectives, Silly Weird Pain Faces. appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
  • I made a healthy little switch to Musselman’s Applesauce. Small diet changes can make a big difference.

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    How lucky is this? In the mail today, I received a free sample of Musselman’s Apple Sauce, just when I made a commitment to lose weight last week. The great god of internet says I can snack on ½ cup of unsweetened apple sauce for 2 points but with a little judgment I can even […] The post I made a healthy little switch to Musselman’s Applesauce. Small diet changes can make a big difference. appeared first on But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness.
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  • Keep pedalling

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein- In what areas are you actively engaged?(Dear Readers, I will return in September.  I hope to do some consolidating here over the next several months.)
  • What you spread

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It is not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived.  ~ unknown- What are you scattering?
  • The little moments

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Exhaust the little moment.  Soon it dies.  And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical guise.  ~ Gwendolyn Brooks- What little moments can you cherish today?
  • Pure freedom

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For Canadians and Americans (July 1, 4) happy Canada Day, Independence Day!I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.  ~ Simone de Beauvoir- What freedoms do you enjoy?- What freedoms are denied to millions around the world?
  • Special event

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Life is a festival to the wise.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson- What is so exciting and wondrous about life?
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    Steve's Free

  • The All-in One (or is it Three?)

    Steve Woodruff
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    When it comes to our salvation, one of the most comforting thoughts is that God is “all-in.” Some people imagine (much to their needless worry) that somehow Jesus is convincing a reluctant Father to do a big favor and be nice to sinners; or that the work of the Son and the Spirit are somehow disconnected and perhaps even at cross-purposes; but all such unworthy notions should be put away when we read the testimony of the Scriptures. The mystery of the Triune God of the Bible is great – and anyone who claims to have wrapped their head around the depths of the essence of the…
  • Being Double-Minded in America

    Steve Woodruff
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    (I don’t even know why I bother writing. This article by Rick Segal is far more eloqent – and more hopeful – on similar themes…) Why do so many of us have very conflicted reactions to social and political developments in our country? The turmoil we’ve been through as a nation over the past few weeks (racist shooting; flags; Supreme Court rulings) has brought it all to the surface in a new way for me. You see, I am one person; but, like every one of us, I view life, and live it out, through two lenses. One the one hand, _____________. On the other,…
  • Equality is Rooted in Eternity

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

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

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

  • Jeb Bush and Troubling Philanthropy

    Shane Vander Hart
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Jeb Bush at the Iowa GOP’s Lincoln Dinner.Photo credit: Dave Davidson – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was named as a founding director of the Bloomberg Family Foundation in 2010 and resigned at the end of 2014 shortly before launching his presidential campaign exploration committee.  The foundation was set up to expand the vision of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Stop the presses right there.  That in itself should present a problem for Jeb Bush considering Bloomberg’s advocacy for big government, climate change regulation and gun control, but…
  • WH Spokesperson Admits Parroting Planned Parenthood Talking Points

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:28 pm
    The Obama Administration came out in defense of Planned Parenthood.  White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that “extremists” have “selectively edited” the videos that show Planned Parenthood’s involvement in harvesting fetal tissue, allegedly for profit.  Earnest also said that wasn’t any evidence saying that Planned Parenthood have not lived up to their ethical standards. Where are they getting such information?  One reporter asked Earnest that very question during a press briefing on Thursday. A reporter asked, “Where are you getting your…
  • 4th Video Released Shows Planned Parenthood VP Discussing Price of Baby Parts

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is a wealthy, multi-state Planned Parenthood affiliate that does over 10,000 abortions per year. PPRM has a contract to supply aborted fetal tissue to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics…
  • California Court Bars New Planned Parenthood Videos to Be Released

    Shane Vander Hart
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:22 pm
    StemExpress won a temporary restraining order from the Los Angeles Superior Court barring the Center for Medical Progress from released a video that features three StemExpress executives. Associated Press reports: A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. The Los Angeles Superior Court order…
  • Clinton Says Planned Parenthood Videos Are Disturbing, But Not Enough to Defund

    Shane Vander Hart
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Photo credit: Dave Davidson ( Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked to the New Hampshire Union-Leader about videos that have been released showing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in harvesting baby body parts, allegedly for profit. They report: “I have seen pictures from them and I obviously find them disturbing,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said during a sit-down interview Tuesday with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions. I think there are two points to make,”…
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    Dominick Evans

  • Activists with Disabilities Say #NothingWithoutUs

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Nothing about us without us has long been the battle cry of the disability community, but frustrated yet empowered activists have started chanting #NothingWithoutUs – a more accurate depiction of how so many of us feel. We owe all the credit to longtime activist, Lawrence Carter-Long*, for starting the latest battle cry, which has echoed across the world, both online and off. I had the privilege of participating in two days of activism at the Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Think Tank held in New York City on July 13 and 14th. Monday’s summit was held at NYU, and I spoke on a panel about…
  • All People Need to Start Caring About Disability

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Dear People of the World, You need to start caring about disability. Not tomorrow. Not when it affects you or a loved one. Today. Right now. Disability is very important, and I’m not saying that because I’m a person with a disability. I’m saying that as someone who knows what it is like to go from having a virtually nonexistent or very mild disability to having a severe disability where my everyday life is affected due to the lack of accessibility in the world. I say it as someone who knows that it will affect you sooner or later, so why not do something today? I hear so…
  • I’m a Transgender Man, and I Played with Dolls

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Real men don’t cry. Women are sensitive flowers. Boys play with trucks. Girls play with dolls. In this world, we try to gender everyone. If we don’t fit into little boxes, then something is supposedly wrong with us. I hear all the time about stories of transgender people who are automatically gendered by how they acted as a child. This transgender person knew very young that they were a girl, because they loved the color pink. She hated trucks, and loved to play with Polly Pockets. This transgender person knew very young that they were a boy. They played with army men. They were…
  • Anita Cameron Discusses Race, Disability, Sexuality, and Being a Woman

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

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    I have been seeing some absolutely disgusting comments by people in the LGBT community towards people with disabilities who are LGBT, as well. There is a level of classism in the LGBT community that is heart-wrenching. For a community that was discriminated against so much, how quickly they forget. I have seen so many people telling people with disabilities to get a job, and to quit whining about needing services or disability benefits. It isn’t just the LGBT community. Society in general is very ugly to the disability community. No one understands until they have walked a mile in our…
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  • Top 10 Reasons Why I Have Recently Become a Crazy Cat Lady

    Bridget Hanahan
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Among those considered dog people and cat people, I’ve always found myself comfortably and firmly positioned in Camp Dog, waving that Greenie flag proudly and drinking from the fountain of eternal, unquestionable devotion. I’d roll my eyes at the contempt that cats seemed to carry for their very owners. Their sharp claws and ruthless hunting for sport.I once watched a friend’s cat carry a live, injured bird into the house, release it under the dining room table, and then toy with it – swatting it to watch it erupt into an attempt at broken-winged flight – only to pounce on it again.
  • So this is 30

    Bridget Hanahan
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    A few months into my 30s -- a mere toe dip into the collective pool of what 10 years ago I would have told you was "scary old" -- I'd like to say I've done some grand philosophical thinking and have come to you today rich with life lessons for all. Like one of those internet memes that crop up on Facebook like the Ebola in the news. "20 Things to Stop Doing in Your 30s," "30 Things Only 30-Somethings Will Understand," "10 Ways to Love Yourself More in Your 30s." All of which I think essentially boil down to one single life lesson for us all: Give less fucks. And stop posting those stupid…
  • Summer is Coming

    Bridget Hanahan
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Holy shit you guys THIS IS THE LAST DAY OF WINTER. And can I just say what the HELL did we just go through? At first the weather was barely worth mentioning on here, mostly because I talked about my deepening darkness-and-cold-induced depression ad-nauseum on twitter and also who the fuck cares? But after what feels like a year of sub-freezing temperatures day in and day out forever and ever during a winter that I’m not only trying to live, but to train for a marathon, is just plain hard.Also, apparently I’m not … how shall we say it? … The best version of myself in the winter.
  • One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble

    Bridget Hanahan
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Let's say one day, in a flurry of activity, you decide to rid yourself of anything and everything that still tied you to the person that done fucked your shit up real good. But speaking of good, that's you now. In the real, every day, walk home from work with a smile way (unless, it's like the 10th week in a row of sub zero temperatures in which case you pull your hat down and wonder if four winters in New England have made you hard enough to thrive somewhere like Mexico City). You know that to hold on to this stuff would just be a waste of space. And, you realize, resources. So you put them…
  • Boston Marathon 2014 - let's do this thing!

    Bridget Hanahan
    19 Dec 2013 | 5:40 pm
    Gratitude.That is the word that comes to mind when I hear the name Mass General Hospital. Gratitude for the world-class care I was given by the doctors there, exactly one year ago, when I was admitted for a third and final major surgery in my lifetime (and two in 11 months) due to complications from pediatric cancer. Six weeks after I was wheeled into the recovery room, I once again laced up on my running shoes, new scars and all. Because of the amazing care I received at MGH, I was running the 2013 Boston Marathon.Gratitude.That was the overwhelming emotion leading up to April 15. I had a…
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    Jordon Cooper's Weblog

  • Well this was disappointing…

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    The posts on The Players Tribune are not written by the players.  If I would have thought about this, I would have realized that they were too well written… Richard Sandomir of The New York Times provides that answer in an excellent feature on The Players’ Tribune that ran this weekend. Much of Sandomir’s piece looks at how The Players’ Tribune beat mainstream media to David Ortiz’s comments about drug testing, which is notable in its own right (and has even prompted a thoughtful response from Dan Shaughnessy, of all people), but the part that’s perhaps even more interesting,…
  • Olivia Chow’s Political Comeback

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Okay, this is about Olivia Chow but it can be about any politician. So Chow abandoned the federal NDP to run for the Mayor of Toronto.  After peaking early, she ran a horrible campaign and was easily defeated by John Tory. Now she wants to be an MP again, a position she resigned, caused a massive expense as a by-election, and now wants her seat back since her Toronto adventure didn’t work out. That stuff drives me crazy.  I know other politicians do it but if you lose interest in a job once, why go back to it?  Why should voters who were not compelling enough to serve the…
  • Some random urban design thoughts

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:50 pm
    I was at the Peace Bridge tonight.  A couple hundred people crossed it while I was there.  Lots of tourists and families taking photos of their “accomplishment” and documenting the bridge.  Name me one place in Saskatoon where that happens.  It’s infrastructure and a tourist attraction.   Even Mark and Oliver thought it was the greatest thing they had ever seen. There was an open air concert near there and yes, there were cars parking all over the place but there were hundreds of bikes down there.  a) Can you imagine the carnage that would happen if…
  • How the West Was Once

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    After two days of being up at 4:45 a.m., I feel like I am slacking and sleeping in today.  It’s almost 7 a.m.  Today we are heading to Heritage Park.  I haven’t been there since I was in Grade 4.  Much as stayed the same but a lot has changed.  That was so long ago that the school I attended for Grade 4 has closed. Before we go to Heritage Park, I need to take Mark to Chinook Centre so we can hit up the Apple Store and he can get a new iPod Nano.   His died and then I leant him my old iPod Touch which he then dropped.  So here we go again.  I…
  • The Rockies

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Another obscenely early morning around here.  Wendy posted late last night about the trip out here. I am waiting for the crew to get ready before we head downstairs to grab breakfast and then hit the road to Banff National Park today.  We are taking the old highway through Cochrane along a winding road to Canmore.   From there we will make a quick detour into Banff for some fresh bread and food before heading to Johnston Canyon where will hike the trail to the second large waterfall.  It isn’t so much of a hike then a stroll.  It’s also a great place to…
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  • Off Sonar 2015

    Joe Dawson
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    It was the first time that we met and I'll never forget the moment that you stepped into the room and took my breath away. Barcelona has been my guide and inspiration for a while and finally the dream had come true. Arriving at the airport I was greeted by my friend who I would be sharing a hotel room with for the duration of the stay near La Ramblas. She was holding a pint of Estrella and a cigarette, which quickly became the staple diet for the holiday. We travelled on the Aerobus Express to Plaça Universitat, checked into the City Park Pelayo Hotel and then headed towards Plaça Reil…
  • Parklife

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Farrand
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Dining seaside with the crew, including gracious hosts Mendouh and Mohamed, in Havana hats.Mendouh thinks big. An Algerian Berber raised in southern France, Mendouh now lives in Algiers, running in the same mixed crew of Algerians and expats with whom I spend my evenings and weekends. He was one of the ringleaders of last November's memorable Marseille odyssey—an experience that weighed heavily in my decision to accept his latest invitation.For his 31st birthday, Mendouh invited 120 friends—childhood buddies from France, drinking buddies from Algiers, plus his mother, brother, and seven…
  • In Taking Action for Syria, No Easy Answers

    Andrew Farrand
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Extending a hand: a Greco-Roman mosaic at the Syrian National Museum (Damascus, 2005)In response to my post last week ("In Syria, Humanity and Heritage Suffer War's Irreparable Devastation"), a regular reader back in the USA wrote me to express his dismay at the state of affairs in Syria: "Why all the killing and destruction? It's just evil... and it seems like it is all around us." He concluded, "[It] seems there is little hope."When you stop to reflect on the Syrian crisis, it can be easy to reach this conclusion. What hope exists for a place that seems to have generated nothing but bad…
  • In Syria, Humanity and Heritage Suffer War's Irreparable Devastation

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

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

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

  • How To Ignore Emails Without Alienating Everyone

    Sarah Von Bargen
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
      Do you fantasize about a distant, rose-tinted day when you won’t live in your inbox? Me, too. Four of my favorite internet people seem to have it down. Pop over to my small business blog if you want to see the polite, witty, on-brand autoresponders they’re using or learn a formula to create your own! The post How To Ignore Emails Without Alienating Everyone appeared first on Yes and Yes.
  • How To Feel + Look Awesome Even When It’s Ridiculously Hot

    Sarah Von Bargen
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    (I published a version of this post last summer, but I’m reviving it because hey! It’s hot again!) You’d think since I live in Minnesota (land of the six-month winter) I’d be poorly versed in sweat-soaked tank tops and underboob sweat. But you’d be wrong. Since Minnesota is so far inland, our summers are nearly as rough as our winters – 90% humidity, 100 degree days, opaque curtains of mosquitoes. This, coupled with a year and a half spent in tropical Taiwan, has taught me how to navigate three months of sweat and sun. And to supplement my knowledge? I asked the lovely…
  • Read // Eat: Lane Cake from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

    Sarah Von Bargen
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    My awesome food stylist friend Ben is taking over our Read // Eat column! You might remember the tour of his gorgeous, light-filled loft or his ‘True Story: I Converted To Judaism‘? If you happen to have found yourself living like a young Kimmy Schmidt the last few months you’ve missed the release of Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set A Watchman. With the flurry of excitement that comes with this release, there has been increased chit chat at the work lunch table about Ms. Lee and her classic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. Having not read the book since my youth (and not…
  • True Story: I’m A YA Author

    Sarah Von Bargen
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tell us a bit about yourself! Hi! I’m Maggie Hall, I’m 32 years old, and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my husband and our two cats. I grew up in Albuquerque, went to college in LA (Fight on, USC!), lived in New Orleans with stints elsewhere, and have traveled a lot in between. My husband and I just spent a year traveling around the world. I’m currently a full-time writer and part-time graphic designer. My first book, The Conspiracy of Us, is the first in a young adult international thriller trilogy (kind of like a teen DaVinci Code), and the second in the trilogy, Map of Fates,…
  • Web Time Wasters

    Sarah Von Bargen
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hi, guys! The July Network of Nice was pretty sparse, so I’m just tucking them in here! I’d love insights into the legalities of changing my first name I’m trying to plan out a more specific date for when I will legally change my first name, but to do that, I need to figure out what debts, if any, I owe (e.g. hospital, other things, etc.) to pay them back. I just don’t know where to look or start. I’m looking for someone experienced with figuring out what debt(s) they owe who knows how to start that process. lizlawson91@gmail (dot) com I would love to chat with…
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    Celebrate Love

  • Any Anniversary Year Married & Loving It! T Shirt

    Renee Michaels
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Any Anniversary Year Married & Loving It! T Shirt Celebrate your marriage & love with a Married & Loving It! wedding anniversary t-shirt for any year. Personalize with your names, years married or marriage date. Change the size, color... Read more...
  • Any Anniversary Year Married & Loving It! Tees

    Renee Michaels
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Any Anniversary Year Married & Loving It! Tees Celebrate your wedding anniversary with a Married & Loving It! t-shirt you can personalize for any marriage year. Choose any dark t-shirt for women and men, change the font style & size... Read more...
  • Any Anniversary Year Retro Heart Travel Bag Tags

    Renee Michaels
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    Any Anniversary Year Retro Heart Travel Bag Tags Celebrating your anniversary & traveling? Display your love on a retro heart luggage tag and easily find your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on a vacation or cruise to celebrate …... Read more...
  • Any Year Anniversary Married & Loving It! Coasters

    Renee Michaels
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    Any Year Anniversary Married & Loving It! Coasters Enjoy a fave beverage while celebrating your love & wedding anniversary with a personalized sandstone coaster. Change the font style, size and color of the names and date to your preference.... Read more...
  • Any Year Wedding Anniversary Red Luggage Tag

    Renee Michaels
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Any Year Wedding Anniversary Red Luggage Tag Celebrating your wedding or anniversary with a vacation? Display your love on a luggage tag and easily see your luggage. Perfect gift for a couple going on their honeymoon, vacation or cruise to …... Read more...
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  • Paul Weller - Illumination (2002)

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Chas Newkey-Burden warms up to the original ModfatherIllumination, the sixth studio album of celebrated English rocker, singer & songwriter Peter Weller released in 2002 can be described as Weller's boldest solo effort, bursting with soul, character and sentimentality. Weller's never been one to play the game in the music industry but you sense that this, more than ever, in this album. It as if he didn't give a hoot to the music industry or the critics or whether they like it or lump it. It opens, as did his last two studio albums Heavy Soul and…
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    16 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Bad food and bad sex go hand in hand!Eating Chinese take-aways and having casual sex are two things I don't do very often, but after having a Special Chow-Mien the other night I realized the similarities between the two are numerous.  The desire to indulge in either usually has something to do with alcohol intake and a night in the club. Being "under the influence" somehow heightens certain desires and the senses become slightly blurred. Instant gratification must be had. There are ways around this, but the rational part of our brains has long ceased to function. There's a good chance…
  • Beach Troubles in Bangkok

    8 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    A Van Ride to Nowhere (and then some adventures) We first met Günter and his family on a tour in Vietnam. Günter had been on the trail for about nine months and had been all over Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. His mother and younger sister traveled all the way from Germany to have a nice pleasant stay with him in SE Asia. We met them on a Saigon City tour. Saigon City Tours operates out of Saigon, Vietnam. Most of their stay was fun and quite uneventful. However, there is one humid Bangkok day they are unlikely to forget. Günter's mother and sister were…
  • Jurassic World (2015)

    5 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    JohnnyTwoToes from Movie Slackers loves this mildly cheesy but entertaining rebootBefore making Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow had only directed just one film - an indie flick titled “Safety Not Guaranteed” that released in 2012 and was screened at the Sundance Film festival. Other than that he has one TV film, one documentary and one short. So for him to take on a mammoth sized franchise and to do it well must have been a major undertaking. Jurassic World opened to a record breaking weekend raking in over five hundred million dollars worldwide making it the biggest box…
  • Vanilla Ice - Hard to Swallow (1998)

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

  • What Happened at WDS 2015? Unfiltered Attendee Reviews, Round I

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Every year after WDS we receive hundreds of blog posts, reviews, and writeups from attendees. Here’s the first round of unfiltered opinions on a variety of topics related to the whole event. Check them out and decide for yourself what WDS is all about! How WDS Changed My Life (by David Ryan) The Hit List – World Domination Summit 2015 (by Theresa Reed – The Tarot Lady) Finding My Voice at WDS 2015 and Part 2 (by Julie Spezia) World Domination Summit 2015 (by Melissa Feineman Suzuno) Thank You for WDS and My Favourite Notes from WDS (by Christine Westermark) Words of Wisdom from…
  • Sometimes It Doesn’t Work, But You Still Have to Try Anyway

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    You always hear about the people who took a chance that paid off. You always hear the try, try again stories—those case studies of overcoming what seems to be an insurmountable challenge. You know how the story goes: so-and-so encountered failure a dozen times, but on the thirteenth attempt, they made it! Then so-and-so says, “Thanks, everyone. I’m so glad I kept going. Victory was never guaranteed, but look at me now.” Sometimes, though, you head into a situation knowing that there’s a high likelihood of failure. I’m not talking about the possibility of failure, I’m…
  • “There’s Nothing You Could Have Done … But What If There Was?”

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Last week I wrote about the unexpected loss of my brother, Ken. I mentioned that when terrible things happen, people tend to say, “It will all be okay,” but unfortunately this isn’t always true. What’s okay about a premature death? There’s no way to bring back a loved one, and that’s just not okay. Another thing people say is “There’s nothing you could have done.” But just like saying, “It will be okay,” this isn’t necessarily true either. When you come to a situation you can’t change, it’s only natural to look back and think, “What if?” Maybe there really was…
  • Limited Time: New 80,000 Points Signup Bonus for Marriott Card

    Ashley Mudra
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Link: 80,000 Points for Marriott Card While I was on blog hiatus and then hosting WDS, a big new offer landed that I haven’t had a chance to write about. Fortunately, there’s still time! Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 30,000 additional points for a total of 80,000. 80,000 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide…
  • A Story of Friendship and Values

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Note: I found this in the wilds of the internet and don’t know the original source. I didn’t write it, but I liked the story. -cg Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE. They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Wake up and face reality

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Video rental stores - they still exist in North America. Earlier this summer, Heather and I drove down to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a short break. We decided to see a movie in the middle of the day, just because we could.  Nice. The movie theater was in a dying mall. And even more dying than the mall was a Hastings store, providing books,  music - and video rentals. I won’t launch into why CDs are dying, bookstores are dying, and streaming video is the way to see a movie. But I will talk about optimism. The owner of that mall — and even more so — the owner of Hastings — should cut…
  • Really shiny

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    I am embarrassed at my comments about the chain of stores called Michael’s that I made to Heather just after we got married. I said something about how it was for ladies who were bored and had crafty tendencies — but I probably used more negative and judgmental words. We went there recently and I just loved the shiny aisle. (Don’t worry — just seeing it for a few seconds and then three minutes later insisting that my daughter Rachel* see it was enough for me.) But how awesome that such a shiny aisle could exist in any store. * (Shown.)
  • An ode to some wonderful Simple Shoes

    14 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    I will miss these Simple Shoes. I bought them back in the mid-1990’s. They have lasted quite a long time. They’ve been comfortable and durable. They pushed the style of Converse All Stars in a new direction, back when they came out. (The Simple Shoes brand was launched in 1991.) My friend Gary Cowman introduced me to this quintessential Californian brand. (Gary is a quintessential Californian, though he has lived in Africa for more than 20 years.) So after we left Africa for the first time, back in 1994, I had to pick up a pair. I think I even bought them at a mall in California. I…
  • Creativity has its price

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    I saw these boots in a shop window in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They were not, shall we say, my style. But they sparked an idea. It would be fun to get some old cowboy boots from the Goodwill for next-to-nothing and paint them with an interesting design, to create some display-able artwork. I have a bunch of interesting (to me) items displayed in my office. I would enjoy doing this boot project, at some point, to add to my office collection of fun stuff. The price is simply time — and energy. At the moment, time is in short supply.
  • Go for a walk

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    Exercise. Walk. Stop and smell the roses — or at least look at the fallen twigs in your path.
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    Mental Floss

  • 14 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in August

    Hannah Keyser
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mark your calendars, people!
  • The Strange Tale of the Snail that 'Rose from the Dead'

    Matt Soniak
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This snail spent more than a night at the museum before someone realized it was still alive.
  • 11 Movies That Could Have Starred Tom Cruise

    Jennifer M Wood
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Before he was Ethan Hunt, Tom Cruise could have been Edward Scissorhands.
  • This Video of Sandwiches from Around the World Will Make You Hungry

    Hannah Keyser
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    You know the American classic PB&J, and you don't have to be all that worldly to associate Italy with the panini. But there are still some surprising combinations to be discovered in this cool video from Food, People, Places, which features 13 sandwiches from countries around the world (and is guaranteed to make your stomach growl). South Africa, in particular, seems to be on to something with that French Fry-topped Gatsby sandwich.
  • Watch a Computer Program Sing '90s Power Ballads

    Erin McCarthy
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to karaoke with a computer, Martin Backes has you covered. The self-described “artist, designer, creative technologist, hacker, DJ and composer” has created a digital installation called “What Do Machines Sing Of?” featuring a fully-automated computer that attempts to sing ‘90s ballads with emotion—giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “once more, with feeling.” You can see the machine’s take on “I Will Always Love You,” and its algorithm at work, in the video above. “As the computer program performs these emotionally…
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  • Types of Computer Viruses That Remote Services Can Work Wonders

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    There’s no denying that the subject of computer viruses is as enigmatic as it is frustrating. And with the advent of online/web-based virus removal service, it became even more confusing. However, to put things into perspective, remote virus removal service is an alternative to conventional virus removal tools and location-based solutions that are geared toward getting rid of malware, spyware and other computer bugs from a remote/offsite location. With that said, there are several situations that may arise to necessitate the need for a remote virus clean up as opposed to taking your…
  • Breast Augmentation Surgery: When Is It Too Early

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    There are two major reasons why women go for breast augmentation and breast implants. In most cases breast augmentation is sought for cosmetic purposes and to correct breast irregularities and deformities. For teens facing the latter in the formation of their breasts, breast augmentation, even before reaching the age of 18 might be the right decision. This might help them feel more confident concerning their bodies among other benefits. The two most common deformities teens may face in their breasts are: Poland’s Syndrome: This is a genetic disorder where chest muscles are…
  • How to Master Your Medical Billing Procedure for Maximized Revenue

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

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

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

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    A while back, I got a custom order for a large watercolor piece. My friend in California wanted hummingbirds. I wrote back saying that I’d love to do it! And I did enjoy painting all these little hummingbirds, as well as my favorite kind of tree, which has many names: silk tree, saman, and my favorite: raintree. I loved working in a large format. The hummingbirds are done and the prints are in my shop!  Detail.
  • The mundane beautiful.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Sunday was a lovely, lazy day. I did wake up early, because I’m trying to do a bit of writing every day these days, but it was a sleepy, gray morning with a second cup of coffee. The rain poured straight out of the sky, completely vertical, it was not fighting rain or blowing rain. It fell, it gave itself up to gravity. I tried to cease my striving as well. Kenya made a doll, hand sewing stuffing for the head into a piece of cloth she dyed at our homeschool co-op. I made a note to help her find some tutorials. The kids lay around and read, watched Ninja Go, played games on the…
  • Awash with kittens and books.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    (From Saturday)The rain is pouring steadily as I sit in my studio, and I can hear cats thumping around in the roof. Somehow all the cats on our street have pegged the empty space above the ceiling in our studio/kitchen as the ideal place to give birth to their kittens. They then raise them until they are big enough to get into trouble and move them to a safer, less gravity-vulnerable location. So there are a lot of little mews and squeaks, some claw scraping, some thuds. Today is Saturday, our busiest day at Shekina Garden. We eat community lunch together and later in the afternoon, have…
  • Summer Sale at my Etsy Shop!

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Hi friends, just a quick post to let you know that I'm having a summer sale at my shop. Everything is 25% off, (including originals) from now until July 20th, when you use coupon code SUMMER. So if you've been eyeing any of my prints or originals, now is the time to buy them! Here's the link: Journey Mama Creates. Much love,Rae
  • Home again.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    I’m finally back in my chair at my desk, writing in the early hours of the day. I wrote my morning page (like Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages, but mine is just one page because I make my own rules and I only have a little bit of time) and I worked on my hummingbird painting, and now here I am, showing up at the blog. Chinua’s brother and sister-in-law came to visit us in Thailand, along with his niece and nephew and a family friend. We met them in Bangkok, spent a couple days there, then traveled to Krabi, where the water is blue and the rocks look like they’re from another world, then…
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  • The Soapbox Novelist

    Mike Duran
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    For novelists, one of the more interesting opportunities/dilemmas created by social media is the ability to voice their opinion,  not just on writing, to more people. Now, not only can you follow an author to learn more about their writing habits and upcoming projects. Stick around and you’re liable to find out their feeling on politics, religion, and any number of controversial trending topics. Opinion seems split on whether this is a good or a bad thing. Several years ago, I began following an author on Facebook — an author I really liked. I’d read half a dozen of his…
  • Is Beowulf the First “Religious Horror” Story Ever Written?

    Mike Duran
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    In my recent book Christian Horror: On the Compatibility of a Biblical Worldview and the Horror Genre, I note that the epic poem Beowulf is often considered one of the earliest horror stories ever written. Coincidentally, the story is also filled with religious content, making Beowulf, perhaps, one of the earliest examples of the fusion between Christianity and the horror genre. In his seminal essay, Supernatural in Horror Literature, H.P. Lovecraft traced horror stories back to “the earliest folklore of all races.” As may naturally be expected of a form so closely connected with primal…
  • Bleeding Protons for the Glory of God

    Mike Duran
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    The lead character for The Ghost Box, Reagan Moon, experiences a bizarre phenomenon throughout the story which he struggles to comprehend, much less control — he bleeds protons from his fingertips. It’s not real magic, nor is it straight science. In fact, the source is rather vague. Is this a gifting from a higher source? Or is this purely a quantum reality released by 100 million volts of raw electricity to the sternum? Either way, the only real question left to the protag is… how to use this power. That intent alone may determine its nature. A while back I received this…
  • Best-Selling YA Author Rachel Marks on Being a Crossover Christian Novelist

    Mike Duran
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    When I first joined the writing group that Rachel Marks is a part of, she was just finishing chemotherapy. That was 5-6 years ago. Rachel has since survived cancer, grown her hair back (and turned it florescent pink), and went on to have her YA urban fantasy series contracted by Amazon Skyscape. The first novel in the trilogy, Darkness Brutal, reached number 1 in several categories and has become a surprise Amazon bestseller. Knowing that Rachel’s faith is a HUGE part of her life and writing, I invited her to talk a little bit about being a Christian author in the general market,…
  • Christian Fiction’s New Guard vs. Old Guard

    Mike Duran
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Last week, literary agent Chip MacGregor caused a bit of commotion in Christian fictionland by frankly commiserating the state of the industry. MacGregor wrote: “CBA [Christian Booksellers Association] fiction is in a world of hurt. When I started my literary agency nine years ago, Christian fiction was the fastest-growing segment in all of publishing, and continued to be a growth category for a couple more years. But, as I’ve said so often, publishing is a ‘tidal’ business — the tide comes in, the tide goes out. Seven, eight, nine years ago, it was in. Then the tide…
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  • Last of the Headhunters

    David Sly
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We sit with the last of the headhunters. Deep in the mountain jungles of Sarawak in north Borneo, one hour upstream from the nearest township, darkness has fallen and we have just witnessed a warrior dancing demonstration on grass mats inside the Iban tribe’s traditional longhouse which holds 20 families – about 200 people. Tuairumah, the wily 97-year-old chief of this house, beckons me closer, inviting me to look inside his private rooms. And what I see shocks me: an overstuffed vinyl lounge suite, modular wall unit filled with DVDs, and many framed pictures depicting the Sacred Heart of…
  • Jessica’s Head

    George Burden
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The oldest known human dissection in Europe is a surprisingly sophisticated specimen consisting of an upper torso and head, with the vasculature clearly delineated by an injected amalgam of beeswax, lime and cinnabar. Said specimen belongs to my good friend Jessica Phillips who decided to share her rather grotesque but fascinating discovery with a group of friends in Toronto the year before last, before her unique collectable ended up on display at the Parisian Museum of the History of Medicine. Jessica co-starred with her late partner, Billy Jamieson, in the History Channel series…
  • Mother Canada Could Die

    Darcy Rhyno
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Since the publication here on June 2 of “Mother of a Monument,” three things have happened that could signal the death of the private project to erect a giant war memorial at Green Cove in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia. Nicknamed “Mother Canada,” construction of the memorial, including an enormous statue of a draped female figure with arms outstretched toward the North Atlantic Ocean and supposedly Europe, is scheduled to begin this fall. The project is now in doubt, in part because of three developments in this story over the past two months. 1. Name Shame The NFNM…
  • The Wonders of Rose Hips

    Nathan Thompson
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Roses. When people think of love, the image of a red rose often comes to mind. In fact, artists and writers have gravitated to the image of the rose so much over the centuries that it has become a cliché. And yet, we still love them. We love to give them to show our love for another, and many of us still love the plants themselves for their beauty and seemingly endless variety. Over the past 2500 years, countless gardeners and horticulturalists have succeeded at breeding thousands of colorful and exotic-looking rose cultivars. With the commercialization of flowers as gifts, roses quickly…
  • The Mystery of the Plain of Jars, Laos

    Jan Wall
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    When I first saw Site 1 at the Plain of Jars, I was struck by how nonchalantly the 250 huge stone jars were scattered across the landscape. They all seemed to be planted about one-third below ground level and tossed at an angle, but not always the same angle nor in the same direction. The mystery is that no one knows what the purpose of the jars was. The jars have no lids The best-researched explanation comes from Madeleine Colani, a French archaeologist who spent three years studying the jars in the 1930s. Her research indicates that they were built by a civilization between 300 BC and 300…
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  • 5 Signs You’re Dating a Jerk

    4 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Dating a jerk? How to know? It may seem obvious when a guy you’re dating might be a jerk — a rude, selfish boor lacking in even the most basic of manners. However, some jerks are much more subtle, and only reveal their true selves when alone with you or in certain contexts.  It can be difficult to tell if you’re dealing with someone who is angry, honest, or just a garden variety jerk. That said, the jerk has a few tell-tales signs which are evident in much of his behavior. Over the years of dealing with a variety of jerks, I’ve found that these signs are common to…
  • Hypocrisy, Sexism, Racism…Kanye, Did I Miss Anything?

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

    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,…
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  • Seven of My Favorite Pasta Recipes

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    We love pasta.  Who doesn’t?  Over the years I’ve made lots and lots of pasta dishes and they’re so good, so satisfying, that I thought I’d revisit some of them here. Seven Of My Favorite Pasta Recipes Ravioli with a Quick Tomato Sauce, Spinach and Mushrooms   Linguine with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes Penne with Broccoli and Peppers in a Garlic Creme Sauce   Penne with Spicy Sausage, Roasted Peppers and Sun Dried Tomatoes in a Goat Cheese Balsamic Sauce Linguine with Broccoli, Asparagus and Pomegranate in Citrus Sauce Seared Scallops over Penne with…
  • Chopped Summer Salad

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Who doesn’t love a chopped salad? And with the surprising sweetness of watermelon thrown in, this was perfect!  Made a ton and it kept very well for a couple of days. Chopped Summer Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing 1 small seedless watermelon, peeled and chopped small 4 avocados, peeled, seeded, chopped small 1 2 lb. bag of frozen corn, thawed 2 english cucumbers, chopped 1 16 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped fine 1.5 hearts of Romaine Hearts, chopped Combine all the above in a large container. For the dressing: 2 cups yogurt 2 cloves…
  • Ten Great Summer Vegetable Recipes

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    What the heck  are you going to do with all that (insert summer vegetable abundant harvest here)? You know how it goes…   It’s the season of abundance – Summer Vegetables are all over the place and you are running out of ideas on what to do with them.  Well, I went through a bunch of my recipes and chose ten of my favorites for using up that Summer Vegetable Harvest!   Roasted Okra and Eggplant Something a little bit different.  Roasted Okra and Eggplant with Balsamic Tomato Sauce and Rice. It was kind of like a vegan, Italian, I don’t know… gumbo? Roasted…
  • Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Wow.  Yum.  Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Peas, Dill, and Feta in a Lemony Vinaigrette. So, Haley has really been coming into her own when it comes to cooking. We were discussing this dish and what we would do with it – and I was pretty set on blanching the broccoli.  She decided that she really wanted to roast the broccoli and since she was doing all the heavy lifting, I decided to let her make the decision.  I have to say – she was right.  The slightly crispy, brown broccoli really made this dish sing.  This is lick your bowl, delicious! 2 pounds corkscrew…
  • Nine Cole Slaw Recipes

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Nothing says summer like Slaw, right?  Here are some of my favorite summer dishes, nine of the best cole slaw recipes you’ve ever had! Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing Spicy Mango Slaw Mango Cabbage Slaw Tuna Sandwich, Coleslaw and Potato Salad with a Greek Twist Kohlrabi Apple Slaw   Simple Pleasures Slaw The Slaw for Fish Tacos without the Taco Sesame Crusted Tuna with a Soy Balsamic Reduction And the Original.  ColorMeColeSlaw  The post Nine Cole Slaw Recipes appeared first on ColorMePink!.
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  • Visit Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

    Annette White
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Myth has it that high above the valley of Romania, in the principality of Transylvania, lies a castle that was once occupied by count Dracula himself. Though you actually will find the gothic Bran Castle near the town of Brasov, which has long been linked to this ancient vampire, Dracula probably won't be there when you arrive. The post Visit Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland

    Annette White
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Millions have flocked to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of eloquence. It is said that by bending over backwards while holding on to an iron railing and giving this legendary stone a smooch, you'll never be at a loss for words. The post Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • 22 Epic Ideas for Your Dog Bucket List

    Annette White
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:50 am
    Canine friends can play a wide variety of roles in a person’s life. They can be the food allergen detector, the stress reliever, the security officer, the travel companion and even the wingman. However, it’s a fact that they won’t be around forever. This is why you should treasure every moment you have with them. The post 22 Epic Ideas for Your Dog Bucket List appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • Hike the Active Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala

    Annette White
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just like skiing and mountaineering is a part of the culture of the Swiss Alps, volcano hiking is huge chunk of the culture in Guatemala. The country has 37 officially named volcanoes, three of which that are still active. It is not uncommon to be driving by one of these and seeing a puff of smoke pop out from its peak. The post Hike the Active Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
  • A BULLET-PROOF STRATEGY for Systematically Knocking Any Item off Your Bucket List

    Guest Author
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    My wife and I are deep into planning our current quest—to spend a year traveling Europe, essentially LIVING our bucket list. With such a massive (and sometimes overwhelming!) goal, it’s easy to get caught up in the minor details. The post A BULLET-PROOF STRATEGY for Systematically Knocking Any Item off Your Bucket List appeared first on Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog.
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    arsène hodali
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
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    arsène hodali
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
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  • What It’s Like Growing Up Smart And Poor

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

    arsène hodali
    24 May 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Though it’s mostly for show, I technically have an elephant trainer’s/ caretaker’s license from Thailand. One could go so far as to call me a Mahout. The best I can say is that “training” elephants is a complex subject, but living and working with them is… holy. There are many methods to training elephants and I chose my mentors based on theirs. Most elephants in Thailand are trained with elephant hooks/ goads, which I found most places abused the use of, and breaking in a wild elephant is something I didn’t personally see but by most accounts…
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  • DC Dana Book: Arriving September 1!

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    I've spent the last few months in hibernation but I promise I'm still alive. I've just been working on --My. First. BOOK!Confessions of an Unlikely Runner Available on Amazon Sept. 1 - More details coming soon so stay tuned!
  • Taking a break

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

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

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    I still intend to eventually write a post on my adventures in the United Arab Emirates, but you guys -- life is trying to mow me down again and I just can't keep up with everything. On top of everything else, I've added physical therapy to the mix which involves daily activities like isolating butt muscles in order to keep my knees from going out of socket 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…
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  • Ways to Pay It Forward During Back to School Season

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    If the stores are stocked with pencils and backpacks, then it is probably not too early to talk about going back to school. (Sniffle.) Kids of all ages are getting their school supplies ready and their thinking caps on, while others (like my own) are going to leave the planning to me and avoid the thought of school until the very last possible moment. Sound familiar? As you get ready for back to school season this year, why not also think about ways to pay it forward? From elementary school through college, here are some random acts of kindness ideas that are perfect for back to school…
  • The Undeniable Health Benefits of Beets and Beet Juice

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    Love beets? Me too. However, beets aren’t just a colorful item to add to an otherwise bland-looking salad. The health benefits of beets and beet juice are plentiful too! First of all, beets are high in high in folate, betaine, and nitrates. Of course, we all know that folate is important for women who are pregnant. Betaine helps to maintain liver, heart, and kidney health. Nitrates increases blood flow throughout the body, which reduces oxygen intake and can make exercise less tiring. Yummy red beets are still one of my favorite items to add to a salad. My favorite beet salad recipe…
  • Clean the World: Recycling Soap Bars and Saving Lives

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    You might assume that recycling soap bar remnants is environmentally friendly, but would you have known that recycling soap from hotels could save a life? Me neither. Ever since last summer when I learned about Caesars Entertainment Group’s CodeGreen initiative, I’ve been reading more and more about hotels, resorts, and other hospitality venues that are utilizing sustainable practices. In the springtime our family stayed at a resort that wasted an enormous amount of food and other products. As much as we enjoyed our vacation, it was difficult to see so much being wasted, not recycled,…
  • Why You Should Be Wary of Super Foods

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    Are you ready for a supermarket filled with genetically edited produce? Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables (such as berries) that contain the most vitamins and antioxidants. All the time we see lists in the media of the best of the best, the healthiest of the healthy. Hence the added title of “super” for the overachieving produce, the ones at the very top of the nutrient dense heap. Soon you might even be seeing signs in your local supermarket for “super bananas” and other such “super” fruits and veggies. But…
  • What to Pack for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day

    14 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Whether you have already signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, or are still considering becoming a walker, you may be curious about what to pack for the event. Never fear, I’ve got you covered! It is, after all, a fairly big undertaking to walk over 60 miles in three days. Though I promise that it is one that you will never, ever, ever forget. Though I am an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, it should be noted that these items are solely based on my own personal experience. They are not specifically suggested, endorsed, or recommended by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, but rather by…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • How to Stand Out to Impress Employers

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Many career coaches, resume writers, and people who are helping you find jobs are telling you how important it is for you to stand out. Most advise becoming an expert and having a brand. You can google and find many success stories of how people won jobs and business using that strategy. Chandra Lee (@ChandraLee) of LeeIntergrations is my return guest to explain how her company helped a client make a living and thriving as a leadership consultant and thought leader. You can use the strategies that Chandra shares to apply to your job search or new business. How are you planning to stand out…
  • Job Tips for Job Seekers Over 50

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    This is the first episode featuring the “baby-boomer” theme. That doesn’t mean that none of the advice that we’ve offered so far doesn’t apply to those of us over 50. But, I thought it was time to feature a conversation with an author, coach, blogger and podcaster Eileen Williams (@FeistySideofFifty) who talks about it constantly. She will offer a perspective of the value over 50 job seekers possess. Are you over 50 and struggling with changing careers or finding a job? What are your unique struggles as an older job seeker? I would love to hear from you in one of three ways: 1)…
  • Job Interview Best Practices Advice with DeVay Campbell

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:26 pm
      How could you not be curious about the title of this interview book? It was released on June 30, and it’s #1 on Amazon’s internship book list. Listen to this episode, get the book, and reap the benefits of job interview best practices. DeVay Campbell is a career coach and human resource professional, author of The Best Interview Advice Book, craves the success of job seekers. She wanted to help job seekers interview better and understand the entire process. Another interview show? Yes, many of my clients over the years fail to interview well and often misguided in their approach…
  • The Most Challenging Job Interview Question

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

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

  • Expanding Your Prosperity Consciousness

    Randy Gage
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    When you were a baby, you had no fear of fitting in, public speaking, or failing at anything. Those were all fears you learned along the way. When you were a toddler nothing was off limits. You were the ultimate adventurer, eager to discover new worlds.   But along the way, you were taught the word ‘no.’ Probably a few hundred thousand times. As you moved into your teen years, you felt indestructible; willing to attempt bold, daring and audacious feats. But as you matured, you were programed with yet more limiting and constraining beliefs. You were taught not to hope for too much, so as…
  • When Life Sucks

    Randy Gage
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    Ran into a member of my tribe recently, who uses a wheelchair. He’s earnestly trying to approach life in a positive way, but like us all, he sometimes falters.  He wanted my advice of his situation, warily telling me, “sometimes I think it sucks.” I think he was shocked when I not only agreed with him, but also suggested it probably sucked most of the time.  I suppose it’s fun to roll downhill sometimes and cool to get on the airplane first.  But most of the time being in a wheelchair probably sucks. But here’s the thing about having situations in our lives that suck… We all…
  • Self-Mastery

    Randy Gage
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    One of the timeless universal truths is that you see the world not as it is, but as who you are.  Because of this, to improve any situation or your station in life – simply requires working on yourself.   Learning a foreign language expands your world.   Getting in better health improves your everyday experiences.  As you develop more wisdom, every facet of the world makes more sense to you.   Each and every step you take toward enlightenment makes your world better.  When you achieve self-mastery, you unlock the vast opportunities of the world and unleash your extraordinary…
  • Set Your Intention

    Randy Gage
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    I don’t believe in a bunch of supernatural stuff, but I believe this: When you set and intention for something, you bend the universe to your will. People who believe in you send you positive energy. People who support your efforts rally around you. Your haters reveal themselves.  And most importantly of all, you program your subconscious mind for what is to be. And you have no resource more powerful than your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind doesn’t doubt, argue, or analyze. It simply drives you to take daily actions that will achieve the outcome it is programmed with. So the…
  • Making the Movie of Your Dream Life

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

  • Scarecrow Festivals in the UK

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    Scarecrow festivals are held all over the world, but they are especially popular in the United Kingdom, where the use of scarecrows as a protector of crops date from time immemorial. Scarecrows are usually built from straw and wood, but in medieval Britain, scarecrows were young boys who were tasked with the responsibility of scarring away birds. Known as bird scarers or bird shooers, they patrolled wheat fields carrying bags of stones, and chased away any crow or starling that tried to land in the fields by waving their arms and throwing the stones. When the Great Plague of of 1348 wiped…
  • Auckland’s Utility Boxes Get Graffiti Makeover

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Auckland-born artist Paul Walsh has been painting telephone utility boxes around his home city since 2013 with animal characters inspired by Internet memes, and so far has painted fifteen. Earlier that year, Walsh painted a Grumpy Cat on a wall in a local dog park and quickly got famous, thanks to social media. Then someone from Chorus, the company that operates New Zealand's phone network, got in touch with him and asked if he would like to paint their utility boxes instead. Paul Walsh agreed. Initially, Walsh was not compensated for his efforts, so he launched an online fund raising…
  • Singapore’s Playgrounds From Above

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Malaysia-born and Singapore-raised renowned photographer Stefen Chow, in collaboration with a local company called Avetics, flew drones all over Singapore to capture these fascinating images of urban playgrounds across the city. Chow shot more than two hundred playgrounds out of which he selected one hundred for The Play Project, an interactive website where he showcases these photographs and locates them on a subway map of the city. “As an adventurer, playgrounds played a huge part in my development,” he says. “As you grow up you realize that playgrounds becomes more invisible, and the…
  • Half Animal, Half Plant: The Solar-Powered Sea Slugs

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Can eating lots of vegetables turn you into a vegetable? Not really, unless you are a sea slug. There are several species of sea slugs that have chlorophyll in their bodies which they utilize to make food from sunlight through the process of photosynthesis, just like plants do. But these sea slugs weren’t born with chlorophyll. They acquired them during their lifetime by eating too many veggies. They are known as sacoglossans or the "sap-sucking sea slugs” because they live by literally sucking out the cell contents from strands of algae, as if they are straws. But instead of…
  • Pencil Tip Sculptures by Salavat Fidai

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Russian artist Salavat Fidai carves miniature sculptures on the lead tip of pencils, an art form he was inspired by another well-known miniature master Dalton Ghetti. Using a delicate knife and a magnifying knife, Fidai creates popular figures, characters from pop culture, famous monuments and still life objects. It takes an enormous amount of patience to carve a single pencil, and Fidai isn’t always successful the first time. The Darth Vader sculpture did not come until the seventh try and several broken leads. The son of art teachers, Fidai was a lawyer near his home of Ufa, Russia, when…
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    Life With Boys

  • I’ll Be…

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    That song by Edwin McCain always makes me cry, and smile too.  Though I admit that I thought the line was, “The Greatest Event if Your life.”  However, looking up the lyrics today it reads, “The Greatest fan of your life.” Ok, let me rewind a bit.  Many years ago, probably 13 or 14, we […] Read more →
  • I Can’t Wait! I Can’t Wait!!

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    I’m pretty sure we were actually driving down to Port Canaveral for our Christmas cruise (we actually cruised in January, but it was a family Christmas present-rather than buying a bunch of little things) when I brought it up to Roy. “We should go to Disney this summer.” I said. “Really,” he sighed, “Honey, can’t […] Read more →
  • Better than a Boyfriend?

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    On Facebook I follow a number of lifestyle sites, and yesterday as I was browsing my feed I ran across and article entitled, “14 Reasons why Having a Best guy friend is better than having a boyfriend?” And though I am a VERY happily married woman, I was intrigued, so I clicked on it. What […] Read more →
  • Rabid Loyalty

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    The past few years has seen us (maybe me more specifically) bitten by the cruising bug.  It all started in July of 2011, or I should say it started in November 2010.  It had been a few years since we taken any kind of family vacation, and as I looked around I realized that the […] Read more →
  • How Could You Be So Heartless…

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    No this post is not about Kayne West-another post, another day-rather this is about me. I’ve been accused of being heartless, cold, demanding, sometimes even cruel. I don’t think I AM any of those things, rather I think I can be heartless, cold, demanding or cruel on occasion, but at my core I don’t see […] Read more →
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  • Triple Citrus Low-Fat Flan

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A tasty twist on traditional flan, this dessert is refreshing and low-fat! Continue Reading this Article » The post Triple Citrus Low-Fat Flan appeared first on .
  • Tenerife: A Destination For Everyone

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continue Reading this Article » The post Tenerife: A Destination For Everyone appeared first on .
  • Skirts, Style and Summer!

    Melanie Wagner
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continue Reading this Article » The post Skirts, Style and Summer! appeared first on .
  • Our Journey

    Christine Spencer
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Confessions: Sometimes I Bite Off More Than I Can Chew

    Beth Anderson
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continue Reading this Article » The post Confessions: Sometimes I Bite Off More Than I Can Chew appeared first on .
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Accidental Olympian
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Taking a little break from all the baby talk today to speak to my fellow garden folks. Or people who live vicariously through my garden (looking at you Mommy McD!) Basically, I just wanted to share a little update on how things are going here at Midwest Garden de’Casa Jones. Last year all I had was a little section of the yard for two tomato plants. I tried to grow some bush beans, but the local bunnies decided they’d rather eat them. This year I decided to go much bigger with three raised garden beds and a few well placed pots. Here’s how we’re standing so far,…

    Accidental Olympian
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Is it’s never ok to ask someone about the status of their family size or future growth of their family.   Before we started trying to get pregnant I wouldn’t think twice to ask a couple if they were thinking about kids, or to ask a parent of X amount of children if they were thinking of having more. I would encounter the questions in my own life after Adam and I got married and thought nothing of it. Shook it off as expected after getting married and never gave another thought to the question. But once we started actively trying to start our family, I realized how incorrectly placed…

    Accidental Olympian
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    [I found trying to get pregnant felt even more isolating and frustrating than the secrecy and fear that came with the first trimester of pregnancy. There is so little out there on trying to get pregnant. There are apps, and some forums, but there’s very little writing online from real people on how long or how hard it was for them to get pregnant. As much as the first trimester feels like a time of secrecy, trying for baby felt at times, even worse. Here are some of my thoughts and feelings during our journey in a series I’m calling, Trying for Baby.]…

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    [I found trying to get pregnant felt even more isolating and frustrating than the secrecy and fear that came with the first trimester of pregnancy. There is so little out there on trying to get pregnant. There are apps, and some forums, but there’s very little writing online from real people on how long or how hard it was for them to get pregnant. As much as the first trimester feels like a time of secrecy, trying for baby felt at times, even worse. Here are some of my thoughts and feelings during our journey in a series I’m calling, Trying for Baby.]…

    15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    [I found trying to get pregnant felt even more isolating and frustrating than the secrecy and fear that came with the first trimester of pregnancy. There is so little out there on trying to get pregnant. There are apps, and some forums, but there’s very little writing online from real people on how long or how hard it was for them to get pregnant. As much as the first trimester feels like a time of secrecy, trying for baby felt at times, even worse. Here are some of my thoughts and feelings during our journey in a series I’m calling, Trying for Baby.]…
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  • Metamotivation

    Pallav Gogoi
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    I felt lost among winners,I felt lonely in the crowd,I jumped from my bed,I tortured my loved ones.There was no one in my list,Everyone discarded my existence,I felt like a loser,I felt like an anonymous shadow.There's hate within me,There's no inspiration,The evil took over my brain,I couldn't cross the wooden bridgeThat appears in my dream.I felt like a poor man,I felt like a robber,I felt like I am cursed,to face the ruthless chaos.People I loved, went away for better luxury,People I hated criticised my destitute,Hatred is what I got,Smokes and dust surrounded my world.That night, I slept…
  • Bahubali Review: The Perfect Movie Hangover

    Pallav Gogoi
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:52 am
    Indian cinema is no more playing with half-baked VFX for sure. With Bahubali: The Beginning, filmmaking in India surely created a benchmark which will motivate and inspire other filmmakers to create cinematic marvel. I was thrilled to see its trailer on Youtube month ago. It created an inner urge to see what Bahubali has in store for me. I never expected a Troy, LOTR or a 300 from Indian film industry in near future but Bahubali proved me wrong. The whole movie was a work of art, the finest masterpiece and a huge epic drama. Larger than life imageries, fantastic war techniques and an…
  • What Attracts Women - Nice Guy or Bad Guy?

    Pallav Gogoi
    22 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    This is a million dollar question and guys around the world are confused. Woman known for their extremely unpredictable behavior seldom discloses their likes and dislikes and mostly they won't tell what they want. Most guys think that they like a good nice guy who is romantically active while women in their silent fantasies crave for something else. In most cases, a nice guy is often friendzoned while the bad guys who hardly knows how to speak to a girl takes all the pleasures home. Nice guys are always busy impressing girls by doing nice things like gifting, waiting for them long hours in…
  • A Writer's Silence...

    Pallav Gogoi
    14 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    There's nothing like a Writer's silence. This is the period, when he goes through various emotions but unfortunately he fails to scribble down his thoughts. He stumbles against stones, he feels dizzy and finally he goes through a period of extreme silence. The writing virtually takes a back seat and he goes into a thinking mode. During this stage he tries to do millions of other things like socializing, giving time to a new relationship, making friends, sharing, shopping etc. however things generally don't satiate his inner urge to discover his true self. The itch always follows him. The…
  • Working Women Vs Housewives

    Pallav Gogoi
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    India is a land of opportunities and here women are doing equally well in the job market. Unlike yester years women in India are becoming more independent. They are vocal about their rights, straightforward in dealing with problems and equally emotional about people they care about. Although, in this fast paced life, there’s no time, women in India are doing everything for keeping a balance between work and life.I was completely amazed to see some interesting women centric job profiles coming up however women in India are capable of giving a tough fight to its male counterpart in any given…
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  • Hiatus

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Just a quick head’s up that I am not going to be around much across the next while. I’m really busy with my PhD and as I move into doing research interviews, I am feeling like I need a clean space where I am not reading, writing and thinking about estrangement outside of my research. It’s a form of {{bracketing}} this part of my world, so I can better focus on that part. I’ll obviously be leaving the blog up and comments are currently active so you can talk amoungst yourselves. If I notice that comments are degenerating, I will close commenting off until I am able to…
  • Your Former Self has Something to Share

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Everything you do shows your hand. everything is a self portrait. Everything is a diary.” ― Chuck Palahniuk A couple of weeks ago I found a box that has been in my garage for ages. I opened it up and it had all manner of things inside, but of particular interest to me was an old journal from 1987. Reading the entries was sometimes amusing, sometimes intriguing and occasionally heart breaking. It was not so much the circumstances I was writing about that impacted me, I’ve long since come to terms with those – but more the way I wrote about managing those circumstances.
  • I Don’t Mind the Problem, It’s the Solution I can’t Handle

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

  • A quick update. I am overwhelmed so forgive any grammer issues.

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:06 pm
    The hospice nurse and the pulmo turned out to be 100% correct!!! I didn't mention it in my prior blog but when the nurse mentioned Jude was panicking like his COPD patients he said he thought Jude had mucus plugs. He believed Jude was panicking trying to expel the plugs so he could breathe and he was right. The day nurse had a hard morning with Jude but an okay afternoon. She mentioned she pulled out two large plugs from Jude's throat. Tonight during my shift Jude started becoming very toned out and upset so I treated his pain with medication.  Then Jude started coughing…
  • Jude's update.

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    Jude did fairly well between 1-4 last night. However at 4am it was consistent oxygen issues. The alarms went off so much that I just got up with the nurse and tried to help position Jude. When Charlotte got there at 8 Jude was still having issues. Mike called in and I called in late to work so we could try to get a little sleep and make sure Jude would be okay. Charlotte really worked with him and when I left at 10:30 he was sleeping soundly and his oxygen was finally holding. I am not sure what Jude's situation is except questionable. One day he seems like his normal self and then the…
  • Jude's new situation

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    When I got home tonight Jude was not well. He was very toned out and after Charlotte left he only continued to deteriorate. Soon Jude was red faced, arched back, and screaming in pain. This went on for hours until I called hospice. They couldn't even hear what I was saying but only heard Jude screaming in the background. They could barely make out what I was saying and just replied "We have someone on their way". It took a bit but a nice saint of a man showed up at our door and really helped Jude. After several medications Jude was more calm and lying comfortably in his bed. The nurse told me…
  • The house debacle

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    I have such a pretty house! I do. It's a two story home that we have done extensive remodeling too. It has beautiful flowers that bloom in the front and a gorgeous butterfly garden in the back. We now have laminate floors that make it easy to push Jude around on and we have converted our master bathroom into a shower that will accommodate Jude. A lot of people pitched in to help us make that shower possible. We are now in a much better position financially and have worked more on the house making it very nice inside. We have added floors, new appliances, painted the entire house,…
  • How we feel

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    In normal Jude style he is a fighter and after a long terrible weekend he is looking better. We were all a bit emotional and exhausted this weekend. At one point Mike just laid in Jude's room taking everything in and didn't emerge for awhile. He finally told me in the car that he was happy Jude was looking better and then at the same time he wasn't happy. He said he doesn't want to spend years watching Jude got through the torture of trying to breathe. That's exactly what that was in the early morning hours.........torture. Watching Jude try to take air in and watching his stats plummet was…
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    Happy Geek Media

  • Laidback Friday Nights with Parx Online™ Fun Free Slot #Games #life #relax

    Amberr Meadows
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Friday nights, the most loved and anticipated day of th […] The post Laidback Friday Nights with Parx Online™ Fun Free Slot #Games #life #relax appeared first on Happy Geek Media. Related posts: Udemy Offers Free and Paid Educational Online Courses and Monthly Competitions Thanksgiving, Tryptophan and Black Friday Stampedes Business Types Who Need Online Payment Processing Tools
  • How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When Traveling #travel #environment #tips

    Amberr Meadows
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Nurture Earth by reducing your carbon footprint For onc […] The post How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When Traveling #travel #environment #tips appeared first on Happy Geek Media. Related posts: 4 Tips to Ensure Hotel Safety When Traveling 4 Tips to Save Money at Home Tips to Prepare Your Home For Vacation Travel
  • 3 Way To Save Money on London’s Biggest Expenses #travel

    Amberr Meadows
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    London is amazing but expensive With its numerous attra […] The post 3 Way To Save Money on London’s Biggest Expenses #travel appeared first on Happy Geek Media. Related posts: 9 Ways to Save Money on Food While Traveling 4 Tips to Save Money at Home How To Travel Frugally
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    A.M.H.'s Blog

  • Top 10 Most Memorable Seasons by MLB Teams En Route to the Playoffs (Written in 2012)

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Abstract: Major League Baseball has a rich and storied history. Here are the top 10 most memorable regular season performances by baseball clubs en route to the playoffs.Major League Baseball can point to its rich and storied history, which dates to before the first World Series in 1903. Over the years, a number of baseball clubs have gained fame for their memorable regular-season performances en route to the playoffs. Some of these teams made history because they overcame long odds to reach the postseason. Other squads are remembered because they dominated the competition on their way to the…
  • NFL Stadium Guide: Carolina Panthers (Written in 2012/2013)

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Abstract: This stadium guide provides fans of the Carolina Panthers with pertinent information on Bank of America Stadium.The Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (1)The Carolina Panthers are my second most favorite team behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. I have visited Bank of America Stadium on several occasions to watch the Panthers play football. The stadium is only about a three and half hour drive from my current residence. I love the stadium's design. Regardless of where I sit, I always feel like I have a great view of the field. I have created a stadium guide for fans of the…
  • Top 25 Worst Looking Uniforms Worn by Pro Sports Teams in Years Past (Written in 2012)

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Abstract:This article provides a brief description of 25 of the worst looking uniforms that have been worn by professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. All of these outfits have been retired.I have had the chance to view countless sports uniforms in person, on television, and on news sites. Most of the time, I like what I see. However, I occasionally espy an outfit that should never have made it out of the drawing room. Here are 25 of the worst uniforms ever created for a professional sports team (in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey). Thankfully, many…
  • Top 25 Uniforms Worn by Professional Sports Teams of the Past (Written in 2012)

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Abstract: This article provides a brief description of 25 of the coolest looking uniforms that have been worn by professional sports teams in the United States and Canada. Teams no longer wear these outfits except on special occasions.Dolphins vs. Bills 11/11/07 (1)I have seen countless sporting events over the course of my lifetime. I love watching thrilling contests and exciting finishes. I also pay attention to the outfits that the teams wear. Squads can score some extra points in my book if their players don great looking uniforms. Here are 25 of the coolest uniforms that have been worn…
  • The Top 10 Headlines that Seem Out of Place at the 2012 Olympics

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Abstract:Here are 10 Olympic headlines that, for a variety of reasons, seem out of place at the Summer Games.The 2012 Summer Olympics have produced a number exciting headlines. Some of the athletes made the news by winning multiple medals. Other Olympians were media darlings because they overcame long odds just to make it to London. A few competitors became front page material when they failed to live up to pundits' expectations. We expect to see these types of stories appear in the news during the Olympic competitions.  However, there are other story-lines that, for a variety of…
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    All About Living With Life

  • 20 Now Quotes for You to Live This Moment and Every Moment

    Charles Chua C K
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. -Ralph Waldo Emerson 2. The future is always beginning now. -Mark Strand 3. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. -Og Mandino 4. I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. -Muhammad Ali 5. Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. -Napoleon Hill 6. What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your…
  • Be an Early Riser with these 20 Morning Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. -Marcus Aurelius 2. I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. -J. B. Priestley 3. If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first. -Mark Twain 4. It's always such a joy that you wake up in the morning and there's work to do. -Jerome…
  • Be Motivated to Work Hard with these 15 Labor Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Source: Without labor nothing prospers. –Sophocles 2. It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. -Theodore Roosevelt 3. The end of labor is to gain leisure. -Aristotle 4. Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy. -Ralph Ransom 5. All wealth is the product of labor. -John Locke 6. The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of all pleasures. -Luc De Clapiers  7. He who labors diligently…
  • Your Success and Happiness are in these 15 Key Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. -Albert Schweitzer 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 3. Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success. -Paul J. Meyer 4. The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. -Julius…
  • Build Your Career with these 20 Job Quotes

    Charles Chua C K
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. -Ralph Waldo Emerson 2. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.-Confucius 3. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. -Vince Lombardi 4. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -Aristotle 5. If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • A Contrarian Perspective on Cecil the Lion

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    With the platforms usual lack of balanced perspective, Social Media is awash with calls for the American dentist who shot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe to be killed, extradited, imprisoned, run out-of-town. Other self-appointed moral crusaders are calling for his dental practice to be boycotted, all forms of hunting to be banned and more. Male African Lioncourtesy Wikipedia Creative Commoms It’s the digital equivalent of calls for public lynching, burning at the stake, hanging, drawing and quartering of thieves, witches and highwaymen in medieval times. Both equally dangerous forms of mob…
  • Perseverance, Purpose and a Cause.

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Tomorrow will be the 182nd anniversary of William Wilberforce’s death. His crusade to abolish slavery is a remarkable example of the power of perseverance. WHM146809 Portrait of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), 1794 (oil on canvas) by Hickel, Anton (1745-98) oil on canvas © Wilberforce House, Hull City Museums and Art Galleries, UK German, out of copyright Wilberforce was born into a wealthy family. He did not have to work to support himself, he enjoyed a university education. In common with most wealthy young men of that era, he spent much of his time partying and gambling. First…
  • Adversity, Faith and Gratitude

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    When experiencing adversity of some sort, it’s often difficult to find things to have gratitude for. That’s when we need to have faith that “This too shall pass” and that there are things in motion, good things coming to us that we cannot imagine. They are off our radar. We don’t know what we don’t know. That’s a phrase that we can often read in inspirational books or hear from motivational speakers. It can be brushed off as a trite saying from the perpetually “glass-half-full” crowd, or it can be taken as a statement of faith, a reason to…
  • Adversity & the Presidential Contenders

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    As a non-American, I am always amazed at how much money, time and effort Presidential contenders of one party spend attacking one another and not the opposition party. Seems to me that each party creates more adversity for its own candidates than for those of the opposition. Will the Donald Trump the nomination? It does not seem to matter which party is in power, whether it’s a campaign to prevent the re-election of a sitting president for a second term or a new president. This year’s spectacle is a little different on three counts: The number of contenders for the Republicans.
  • Disneyland, Overcoming Adversity & Success.

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    60 Years ago today Disneyland opened in Anaheim California. That’s old news, but the story of Disney is a lesson in imagination and overcoming adversity. Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland –  Wikipedia Creative Commons One of the websites I use for researching topics to write and speak about is This Day In History. That’s how I know why today is the anniversary of Disneyland. It’s a useful and interesting site. The Walt Disney story is well covered in the This Day in History article, this post is not about Disneyland itself but something buried in the paragraph about…
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    author Carmen Amato


    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Brodie turned to look at the men on the stage.  One had a fabric horse head under his arm.  No, not a horse head, a donkey head.  “Is this A GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 5 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Brodie put her leather jacket and the expertly wrapped package containing the Campbell Mackay painting into the overhead bin of the flight to London.  She settled into her aisle seat GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 4 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In stunned silence, Brodie signed every piece of paper placed in front of her.  In addition to the other half of the house in Moray Place, Kay got money to GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 3 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    “You’re going to be a very wealthy woman, Dr. Macbeth,” the attorney said. He’d said his name was Smithfield.  Like the ham, Brodie thought ridiculously. She looked around the modern GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 2 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.

    17 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    “Right,” Brodie Macbeth said out loud to her empty office, trying to ignore a tension headache. She had to break up with Stanton tonight.  He was on sabbatical from the GO → The post AWAKENING MACBETH: Part 1 appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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    Love. Life.

  • “The PlatForm”

    Alex Ivanovs
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Journeying a lot these days, from one thing onto the next, all in the name of Love. Letting the heavy dissolve, and the light to make its way underneath my feet, so that every step feels light and bright. Wish I could do more writing, but is not the case right now.. I’m hopeful though! Building a platform upon which to stand One that carries the wisdom of my life To feel stable and self-supported at all times So that when the time of love comes All that’s in my way is naturally magnified Through the strength of energy you see me build It’s like an organized guild — You…
  • The Letting Go of Ego

    Alex Ivanovs
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    It’s not an easy battle, but once you get past the certain stages – you’re left with clear evidence just how weak the ego is, and how little it can do over emotions such as love, joy and happiness. Embrace the ego, give the ego all the Love you have got, for it needs to be loved! The ego, the man behind the wheel Comes a day, and he starts to dissolve It not be a riddle you need to solve It be the courage to live happy By the choice of the heart not need Plant the seed to be better, to be happy The ego, he will cry you a river Will come a day, when the sun will make it dry…
  • Learning to Love

    Alex Ivanovs
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The deepest of feelings, the release of love In all the directions of the path, the savior Tranquil in his mission, and in his ways Believes in what the preaches, so he teaches The consciousness of many he reaches He has no plan for he is a divine being On this plane to pay his respects To evolve alongside the beauty
  • Why did I move away from

    Alex Ivanovs
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Last month, I wrote a post that promised that I would open a new chapter for SkillCode, and while I wasn’t entirely prepared for it at the time, I think it helped to put things into motion, and now, a month later – I have published my first blog post on my new website: Why the move? Well, there are quite a few reasons, but I think one of the main reasons was that I’m also a webmaster by heart, and I love to tinker around with my websites and pages that I create, and unfortunately, even a premium account does not give me that freedom. I have been…
  • The Darkness is The Light

    Alex Ivanovs
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I’m not coming up with a lot of general ideas right now, working closely with some of the guidance that I am receiving, so here is a poem that reflects some of that guidance. I hope you like it. It’s a task of time, align with it You can put it aside, you cannot escape it You’re meant to feel it, here and now When you learn it, you know it for good When you feel it, you will keep it for life Just a heartfelt outlook on the warmth in the heart It will pass through you, it is unique and safe In this moment you realize that it already passed A new chapter has been activated,…
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    Yet Another Software Engineer

  • My take on #GiveItUp (LPG Vs Parliament Canteen Subsidy Debate)

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Government is asking citizens, those who can afford, to give up LPG subsidy voluntarily. Why? In 2013-2014, government spent nearly Rs. 40,000 Crores on LPG subsidy. Even if a small percentage of population gives up subsidy, it would result in considerable savings to the exchequer. And that would not only help reduce the fiscal deficit… The post My take on #GiveItUp (LPG Vs Parliament Canteen Subsidy Debate) appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • Work Life Balance? What?

    14 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    At some point of time, you must have come across the discussion about work-life balance. During initial few years of my career, I too participated in numerous such discussions which usually ended with thoughts like, Yes, it is very important. Need more time for myself. Wouldn’t take work too seriously now. Would leave office on time whatever it… The post Work Life Balance? What? appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • How to manually flash the OTA updates on OnePlus One

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:28 am
    Couple of months back I bought OnePlus One after my Nexus 4 screen was shattered to bits and pieces when it fell from my hand accidentally. So much for Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection Device came with CM11 and the first thing I did was to root the phone. Few days back, CM12 OTA was release for Lollipop… The post How to manually flash the OTA updates on OnePlus One appeared first on Yet Another Software Engineer.
  • The joy of completing five years …

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

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

  • Cat plays bagpipes at mouse wedding

    HJ Blenkinsop
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Cat playing a lute | from a French Book of Hours, 1480-1500 [Morgan Library]You’ve no doubt heard of the cat and the fiddle, but a cat playing bagpipes? And at a mouse wedding too! There are many examples in folklore and art of cats playing musical instruments. We’re all familiar with the popular nursery rhyme The Cat and the Fiddle, thought to date back to at least the sixteenth century:   Hey diddle, diddle, The cat and the fiddle The Cow jump’d over the Moon, The little dog laugh’d to see such Craft, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.      …
  • A witch-pricker, a demon cat & a good boiling. My day so far…

    HJ Blenkinsop
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    When I awoke this morning, I never imagined that I would find a Scottish witch-pricker, agree to a demon cat write-off, and debate the magical merits of cabin fever – all before lunch time! In amongst all of that, I went for a walk (breaking my four-day stretch of cabin fever) to pick up essential supplies. There’s a good reason for my cabin fever and subsequent flight. It’s hot outside… Muggy. My thinking went like this: if I don’t brave a good boiling, I’ll be on my fourth day of cabin fever… Boil or fever? This led to a conversation on Twitter…
  • How to cure a bewitched child

    HJ Blenkinsop
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Only a blacksmith who is the 7th son of a 7th son can lift a bewitchment from a child. The bewitched or ‘heart grown’ child is described by Mrs Balfour as sickly or puny – a child who does not grow. She describes the cure for such a bewitchment practiced in Northumberland as follows: Take the child to a 7th generation blacksmith. He will lie the child, naked, upon his anvil and then raise his hammer as if to strike the child. He brings the hammer down hard, but instead of striking the tiny naked chest, he lays the hammer gently on the child. He does this three times. Thereafter,…
  • Feed cats for free this Feline Friday

    HJ Blenkinsop
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    I love this idea! Click on the link and The Animal Rescue Site give bowls of food to animal shelters all over the country. Costs you (the clicker) nothing. Cats get free dinner. Win! I wondered why the clicks are free, or in other words, where does the money come from. On their site they say: “In just a few seconds each day, visitors can click on the large colored button on each home page and, at no cost to them, support causes they care about. Donations are paid for by the website’s sponsors and distributed by and its charity partners.  To learn more about…
  • Rocket Cat! Medieval Siege Cats

    HJ Blenkinsop
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Jetpack Ninja Kitty Attacks Castle? Perhaps… This illustration from 1584 forms part of a manual on artillery and siege warfare by Franz Helm, an artillery master from Cologne. The image, available from Wikipedia Commons, is described as an, “Illustration of a cat and a dove carrying incendiary devices towards a fortified town.” But why? The German manual suggests the rocket cat can be used to, “set fire to a castle or city which you can’t get at otherwise.” The theory being, if you capture a cat from within the enemy’s walls and attach an incendiary…
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    Giant leaps to Success

  • Hey Friday!!!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
  • Road to success... EP85!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Leigh's Road To Success:Name: Leigh HardingOccupation: Blogger, Marketer and EntrepreneurGoals: "The cliche's really... health, wealth and happiness, and a life well traveled."What is success? "Success implies achieving your goals. So for me, every overseas trip, or chance to travel is a success. Or saving up forr something beautiful. Or learning something new and furthering my knowledge - these things all amount to small successes in achieving my goals."What success have you achieved? "My degree, my marriage, my blog and my well-stamped passport are my most notable…
  • Road to success...EP84!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Xoli's Road To Success:Name: Xoli NzamaOccupation: Visual MerchandiserGoals: "To fully live and go through my life journey without missing anything. I think us, human beings just go through life without fully living in the present moment. That's important for me. Once I master that I know everything else will fall into place."What is success? "I do not believe success is this final destination that we will one day get to. You can be successful at the small things you set out to do daily. You can be successful at being a good mother, a good friend, a good cook, a good…
  • Road to success EP83!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Nadia's Road To Success:Name: Nadia Singh-SnydersOccupation: "Besides being a Mom, Wife and Part-time Accounts Student, I'm currently a Trainee in the field I am studying and Blogger in between at Shiny Sequins Blog."Goals: "To be successful and most importantly Happy at whatever I do. To complete my degree, to travel and long term wise to become an Entrepreneur someday."What is success? "To me it's really about being happy in whatever you do and not about the amount of money you make. Success also doesn't come easy in life, you need to work…
  • 30 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am

    Khanyi Ndebele
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.Oprah Winfrey  
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Knightstown Meats and Catering aka Knightstown Locker – My latest project just went live

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Over the last month, I have been working on a complete overhaul of the Knightstown Meats and Catering (aka Knightstown Locker) website. With the website overhaul, they have incorporated a Facebook page and an Instagram account too. Through Instagram, customers can use the #hashtag KtownLocker to share their own hunting, grilling and event photos that will display on the websites sidebar. You can sign up for their newsletter to receive details of special promotions and notices. Other features include – Printable cards for custom meat processing Special forms and links for avid hunters Weekly…
  • Jim Bob and Michelle Dugger Heartbroken Over Show Cancellation and Want to Return to Television – Really?

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The cancellation of the hit show 19 Kids and Counting came two months after a 2006 police report surfaced revealing that Josh Duggar had been accused at age 14 of molesting five underage girls – including two of his sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald. (He apologized and said he had “acted inexcusably” after the report became public.) According to sources, the evangelical Christian family is reportedly heartbroken that they’ve now lost their platform to discuss their religious faith. “The Duggars want to return to TV because they truly believe it was part of…
  • The Human Cost of Immigration

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    While legal immigrants and illegal aliens come to America in pursuit of “a better life,” there are millions of those same foreigners who are decidedly harming the quality of life for many American’s, from those who have been displaced in their jobs by low-cost immigrant workers to taxpayers paying for endless infrastructure and services; students suffering a deficiency in education in radically “diverse” classrooms, and crime victims who have suffered at the hands of law abusing aliens in this country. Immigrations Human Cost, a website that focused on the fact that illegal…
  • Toons Gone Wild

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    I found this while going through some old blog archives of mine on Way Back Machine. I couldn’t pass it up then, and can’t pass it up now. Back then, the hat tip went to Two Babes and a Brain. I’m sorry to see they no longer exist. It was one of my all-time favorite political blogs.
  • Three Things…

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    In March, 2006, when I was eyeball deep in political research and writing, I stumbled on Newsvine for the first time. As usual, I became consumed by the thoughts of others, on the topic of politics of course. Given that I am SO curious about politics and politicians, I find it very interesting what others have to say on a wide variety of political sub-topics. One, or two – postings captured my attention back then and shared them around on my blogs at the time. I’ve never forgotten those posts or comments and would like to bring it back. So here it is – Three Things… add your…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • Apparently Your Handwriting Can Show More Than 5,000 Personality Traits

    Regina Antony
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Apparently your handwriting can show more than 5,000 personality traits. The size and shape of your letters, spacing between words, and how hard you press your pen down makes a difference. Surprisingly it talks of your health and energy levels too!!! Check out this infographic.. Check out the infographic below from National Pen to start your own analysis.
  • DIY – Making Your Tape Dispenser Your Own!

    Regina Antony
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    So in my quests for making all things boring look interesting around me and recycle products, the tape dispenser is next on the list. So this is my first post in a series of DIY “works of art” I am posting. This one is all about making your tape dispenser your own! What do I mean read on… So I bought a regular 3M tape dispenser, and up until last week it was being used as usual. Then the tape finished. I thought oh no I will have to spend again to get a new one. Then I realised oh no, I can open the tape dispenser and replace the tape inside!! Which led me to the thought,…
  • 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…
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    Spending It All

  • The LEGO Architect
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin is a 192 page book that takes you through the history of architecture. It features different LEGO models in a variety of styles like Art Deco, Modernism and High Tech; and provides a step by step guide to build those structures while learning.   The post The LEGO Architect appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Don’t let a rough and uneven surface ruin your campsite. With the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock, any terrain becomes the perfect place to set a tent. The innovative design lets you use the trees around you to have a good night sleep. It is made of a nylon pack cloth bed, rip-stop nylon rain fly and a no-see-um netting. The Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is easy to set up and protects the campers from insects and the elements. Weighing only 4.25 lbs, this hammock/ tent hybrid lets you leave bulky ground tarps and sleeping pads at home. The post Blue Ridge Camping Hammock appeared first on…
  • Coleman Multi-Tool Lighter
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    If you spend lot of time in the outdoors, you will probably need a lighter and a bottle opener at some point. Coleman Multi-Tool Lighter offers exactly that and more, with its wind proof flame, file, saw, can/ bottle opener and a knife. This lighter simplifies all the different tools you would need when going into the wild.   The post Coleman Multi-Tool Lighter appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Bottle Breacher Bottle Opener
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Made in the USA by active duty service members and veterans, the Bottle Breacher Bottle Opener will surely help you get inside that cold beer in style. It is crafted from a 50 caliber dummy ammunition, making it completely safe to impress your friends when “breaching” into that bottle. It also comes with a gift box. The post Bottle Breacher Bottle Opener appeared first on Spending It All.
  • TUO Travel Undergarment Organizer
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Make the tedious task of packing and unpacking a little more efficient with the TUO Travel Undergarment Organizer by Origami Unicorn. It features three see-through mesh zipper compartments with six pockets to pack and organize all your undergarments; and two laundry bag pockets to separate your worn items. It also has a strap that lets you hang the TUO as you see convenient.  Once everything is packed, the TUO Travel Undergarment Organizer rolls up into a small tidy bag that fits in your luggage.   The post TUO Travel Undergarment Organizer appeared first on Spending It All.
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • 7 Reasons Why Jesus Was Chosen As the Lamb of God

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    It was not just because He was sinless; for, even the Father and the Holy Spirit are sinless.1. It was because all things were created through Him (Jn.1:3); therefore, only through Him could all things also be redeemed (Eph.3:9; Col.1:16; Heb.1:2).2. It was because He is the heir of all things (created for Him); therefore, He alone had the right to redeem all things (Heb.1:2,3).3. It was because the old creation was through Him; therefore, it's end could also be through Him (1Cor.15:45; Jn.5:22)4. It was because the old creation was through Him; therefore, the new creation could also be…
  • Does the Bible Encourage People-Group Church Planting?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Pentecost has a number of theological implications for missions that cannot be ignored. The ethno-linguistic-geographical division that resulted at Babel was obliterated at Pentecost; and the pouring of the Holy Spirit entailed not only the transcending of linguistic barriers but also the ingathering of both Jews and Gentiles into one. "If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?"(Acts 11:17). Of course, though this doesn't mean that barriers and divisions are no more, it does certainly mean that…
  • 118 Reasons Why the Doctrine of Eternal Security (or Unconditional Security) Is Biblically Untenable

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    The Doctrine of “Eternal Security” teaches that a person who has come to a salvific knowledge of Jesus Christ will never turn away from Christ and “lose” his salvation. The doctrine violates several scriptural assumptions and assumes, among many things, that God is ultimately responsible for evil in the world. Contrary to that position, we maintain that a person who has come to know Christ can depart away from faith in Him and lose the privilege of salvation. While the controversy is a large one (with roots dating back to the Augustinian-Pelagian controversy related to depravity…
  • Sources of Our Thoughts

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    "This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there." (Jas 3:15-16) The Bible talks about at least four sources of human thoughts:The World (books, images, media, friends, traditions, culture, belief-systems, etc)Our Nature or Soul (Gr. psuchikos; past experiences, inferences, memories, feelings, desires, lusts, undealt sin, immediate need, wickedness inside)The Devil (Evil spirits, occultic teachings)God (The Holy Spirit, The Word of God)Examples of Worldly Thoughts:You must not live…
  • Truth, Freedom, and Determinism

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    "Tell a lie, speak it loudly, repeat it often, and the majority of people will believe it." ~ Adolf HitlerSinister as this quote appears, deliberate lying is part of propaganda and advertisement all around. And, while people recognize much of it as false (for instance, an ad that shows women swarming on a man using a particular body spray), it is held that somehow the elevated picture one paints will have a psychologically deterministic noetic effect. But, are truth and determinism compatible? That is a vital question the answer to which will decide two things:1. Whether humans have epistemic…
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  • A Blessed and Joyful Eid to Muslims around the World!

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    A Blessed and Joyful Eid to Muslims around the World! Another year and another Ramadan comes to an end. Last year we were posting much more on our social networks during Ramadan, showing the prepared Iftar (food for breaking the … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post A Blessed and Joyful Eid to Muslims around the World! appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Change Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Changetheworld Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Eid Join the Conversation…
  • The small things...

    12 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    The small things… I just discovered that my husband put a heart on our wall. The empty snail is there since our honeymoon but there was never a heart around it. It put a huge smile on my face as … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post The small things… appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #cherishsmallthings Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #enjoyeverysecond Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #enjoylittlethings Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Happiness…
  • Calm

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    I couldn’t agree more – this is a wonderful written post and that’s why I reblog it (although I seldom reblog). Namaste Originally posted on Millfield School – The Untold Story: The word “Calm” is often used, but learning to … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post Calm appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Calm Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Yoga Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the…
  • If Life Gives You Lemons - Drink Lemon Water

    4 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    If Life Gives You Lemons – Drink Lemon Water I recently discovered lemon water while I was looking for something natural to add as a daily routine for a healthier life. I love green smoothies and try to make them … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post If Life Gives You Lemons – Drink Lemon Water appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #boostyourimmunesystem Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #detox Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #detoxyourbody Join the Conversation…
  • A moment of silence

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    A moment of silence throughout the day where you focus on everything you are thankful for at this very moment gives you new energy. In our daily hustle and bustle we need to stop ourselves from time to time and … Continue reading → Check out Awesome WordPress Tips and Resources at WPBeginner! The post A moment of silence appeared first on misssfaith. Tags:   #Blog Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Instagram Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #Life Join the Conversation TwitterGoogle+Facebook , #mindful Join the Conversation…
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • Meet those Neighbours when you stay on Ramsay Street for the night!

    Caroline F
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    Flaming Galahs – they’ve only gone and put Ramsay Street on Air BnB! That famous cul-de-sac in Melbourne’s fictional suburb of Erinsborough is being transformed into a very special hotel for one lucky couple, so if you’re a Neighbours fan, this has got to be one of the best overnight stays you could ever wish […]
  • The cooking countess is back – the welcome return of Enrica Rocca

    Caroline F
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Way back in 2004 when was just branching out from offering flying lessons into a more diverse range of experience gifts, we met Italian cookery genius Enrica Rocca – a formidable character whose flamboyant and fiery Latino style struck us like a tornado. After meeting Enrica in her Notting Hill kitchen where she regaled […]
  • A ‘National Day’ that literally takes the biscuit!

    Caroline F
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    What are you going to be doing on Tuesday 21st July 2015? We can categorically say we will wholeheartedly be celebrating National Junk Food Day! Yes, it’s time to forget the cholesterol levels for one day and treat yourself to some of that naughty but nice junk food fodder. Of course, it’d be irresponsible of […]
  • Football Transfers – How do they actually work?

    Tom Hale
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    For other people, summer means warm weather, trips to the beach or jetting off on holiday – but for football fans it can be the most frustrating time of all. For supporters everywhere, summer also marks the start of the transfer window. With speculation and gossip flying back and forth, and  deals going hot and […]
  • What is Geocaching – And How Can I Do It?

    Thomas Gibbons
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    Here at IntotheBlue HQ we love experiences. The more adventurous, the better. Although we provide all our experiences at a price, we do realise the need for free(ish) things to do. That’s why when we came across we were in awe.     What is Geocaching? The definition of geocaching is simple. It’s the […]
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  • Bubble Soccer Good Morning America

    John Anthony
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    In case you missed it this morning, bubble soccer (also known as knocker ball) and the National Association of Bubble Soccer was featured on Good Morning America. In case you've never heard of it before, bubble soccer | knocker ball has taken the nation by storm with the National Association of Bubble Soccer.   Check out the video from Good Morning America below!     If you're looking to play bubble soccer | knockerball, you find a provider in your city on the Find A Provider page!   If you're
  • Head Soccer Organization For Bubble Soccer

    John Anthony
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Head soccer organizations are all around the country, ranging from youth soccer to futsal. These head soccer administrations both regulate and organize the facilitation of both exhibitions and tournaments among member teams and divisions. Recently, FIFA the governing organization of the World Cup and deserving title of head soccer unblocked their private documents pertaining to the recent scandal surrounding the organization and submitted them to the FBI for review. While this is an extreme
  • Talking Soccer ? We re Talking Bubble Soccer!

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

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

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

    CE Kelly
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow CE Kelly ( 0 Followers ) X Follow CE Kelly E-mail : Follow CE Kelly Unfollow CE Kelly If you could mail a letter into the past, what would you say to your younger self? What wisdom that you have collected over the years would you instill upon your naïve adolescent mind? Looking back to my younger days, I can see past the anger and the self-destruction. I see through the uncertainty and fear, and I know what I would say. I’ll warn you that it touches on some pretty serious subjects. Dear Former Self, I am the Ghost of Christmas Past… Just kidding. Listen, though, I have a lot of…
  • How I Left My Abusive Marriage

    Teresa G. D'vall
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Teresa G. D'vall ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Teresa G. D'vall E-mail : Follow Teresa G. D'vall Unfollow Teresa G. D'vall Few women would be brave enough to leave an abusive marriage with six children and no source of income, but I did. There were some days that my husband was not a mean bully, but not many. I spent 15 years living with an enemy who threatened to take my children, have me arrested, ruin my credit, break my neck, set me on fire and, when I was pregnant, gut me like a fish. Once, when we were driving down a highway, he shut the car off in a fit of rage, leaving our children…
  • The Rains of July Bring Memories of Ammooma

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Anjana ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Anjana E-mail : Follow Anjana Unfollow Anjana In my hometown of Kerala, every July it rains, heavily. The roads turn slushy and the wind screams at my window panes. They call it monsoon. The evergreen tree in front of my home sways its head so that everyone wonders if it may fall and break someone’s head. Alas, never a time it has happened. The school-going kids loved the floods so that they could get a holiday. Alas, it happened very rarely. The flooded roads led the way to my home, in one of the narrowest lanes in the city. For me, July is a…
  • I Love Jesus but I Smoke Marijuana

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Abigail ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Abigail E-mail : Follow Abigail Unfollow Abigail I love Jesus, but I smoke marijuana. Anyone who has seen me over the last two years—at my house, in the store, at your house, on the street, in church, or at the hospital—you may not have noticed, but I was high. For some people it is a problem, and for others it is not. There is a lot of taboo about marijuana, and now there are a lot of studies concerning how it helps a lot of different people for different reasons. But this isn’t a story about the debate and all the info out there, this is a…
  • Defeating My Self-Doubt: I am a Good Mother

    Amber Rahim
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Follow Amber Rahim ( 1 Followers ) X Follow Amber Rahim E-mail : Follow Amber Rahim Unfollow Amber Rahim Inspired by a session with my coach on how we can shift out of (negative) emotional fields. We all have these thoughts of self doubt, that we are doing it wrong. But we don’t need to stay there. We can invite the feeling in, get to know it and then send it on its way. Come on in, my old friend Self Doubt. Come on in. You’ve been knocking on my door for so long. Whispering, and in turn shouting, through the letter box. No matter how tightly I hold my hands against my ears or…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Podcast Episode #11: How My Misery Made Me a Manifesting Machine

    Kelli Cooper
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:25 pm
    My biggest strides with law of attraction came during some really shitty times in my life…I am not free of the cliche that hard times really make us grow. The thing is, when the going gets really rough, operating in a more LOA-friendly way certainly becomes more challenging. Won’t put up a fight on that point. But, we always have a choice on how to feel and behave. Again, it’s hard, and we may not be perfect at it, at every turn. It’s all good. But at some point, we do need to shift our focus  Today’s podcast delves into some personal issues I faced, and how…
  • Law of Attraction: The Low Down on Visualizing

    Kelli Cooper
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    When it comes to the law of attraction, you hear a lot about visualizing. Often times, it is almost as if law of attraction and visualizing become synonymous. But it is important to remember that the law of attraction is not a tool; it is not something you can ‘use.’ Harnessing its power is all about what you are ‘being.’ Not what you are doing. It is a way of explaining how reality is created, and why what happens happens, both in an individual’s life, and our collective experience as a whole. It is kind of like gravity—you aren’t ‘using’ it,…
  • Working with Law of Attraction When You’re Still Wondering If It’s Complete Bullsh*t

    Kelli Cooper
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The law of attraction is not some new concept that was invented by the people who wrote The Secret. The idea our inner world influences our external experience was discussed long before this. There were many books that discussed the law of attraction (thought it wasn’t always referred to by this name) that date back to the early 1900’s. There are probably some that are even older…don’t feel like Googling that right now to confirm. The reason it is so much more well-known now, is because our overall consciousness is expanding, and more and more people are starting to…
  • Podcast Episode #10: Law of Attraction: How Do I Know If My Stuff Is Coming?

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Ah, the most asked question regarding the law of attraction. We are dying to know the signs which indicate what we want, is in fact, coming to us. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question or course of exact events that unfold as your manifestation nears. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t indicators your energy is indeed changing, and you are aligning more closely with what you want. Today I am going to chat you up about a few of those signs, and this information will without a doubt give you a much better understanding of how the manifesting process tends to…
  • Law of Attraction and Money: Are You Making This Devastating Mistake?

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    I am happy to bring you some law of attraction wisdom from my husband Ryan, who is quite the manifesting machine himself. Even though I know so few people are interested in attracting more of that sweet cash, I figured I would publish it anyway. (Heavy sarcasm alert just in case you didn’t know ) I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to pick up his new ebook all about the law of attraction and money…link is below at the end of the post. It is free for the next few days.  Enjoy!    Alert: Before you read this post stop by Kelli’s Amazon library and buy a book or 3. (Thanks…
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    The Random Reflections of Little Red Riding Hood

  • Picking up the Pen: A Little Slice of Honesty

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Sometimes I look around at the world and I wonder if everyone would find life much simpler if they just said exactly how they felt or spoke out honestly. Would more arguments be avoided or would more be created? I can't help but think that the world would be a better place if people just spoke their mind—because most of the time it is possible to speak honestly whilst still being kind. Maybe if we were truthful always then there would be less of a need to involve third parties, too, because we would have said our piece straight away and could then move on. For the last few weeks, I've tried…
  • An Overdue Update: How Do You Achieve What You Want In Life?

    10 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    It's been a long time since I've written and I'm going to keep this relatively short. A lot has been going on in my life recently and I've been working very hard on my fiction writing! The novel I've been writing is nearing completion and I'm feeling more than a little excited about the fact that my characters are coming alive on the pageand are finally getting their stories told. Sometimes it's really nice to escape into that fantasy world and delve into scenarios that you almost wish you could see happen in real life. The fact that I'm almost finished with this novel has led me to…
  • 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…
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  • Friends With Benefits – All About Friendship

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    What is Friendship & Friends with benefits mean? As humans, we are a species of animal that fares well in a society, with a group, among others. We begin our lives depending on family in order to survive. Our families give us food and drink; they keep us healthy; and they protect us from danger. When we get older and come of age, we branch away from our families and rely more on friendships and trust friends with benefits. Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images When we are no longer dependent on our family members for survival sake, we can choose to remain connected to them in what…
  • Causes of Sleeplessness – Top Tips Revealed

    28 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Causes of Sleeplessness – Top Tips Revealed Use The Very Best Natural Sleep Aids To Help You Sleep In the event you are already amongst the various individuals who find it hard reach sleep and to wind down after a hectic day, then you need to be Mindful that not having adequate sleep frequently, called Insomnia, could trigger problems to both your psychological and physical well being. Body as well as your head should be refreshed on a regular basis that enables you to attain a good quality of life. Many people are against taking other medications and sleeping tablets but you will find…
  • Mushroom Spores – How To Recognize Syringes & Prints

    6 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Mushroom Spores – How To Recognize Syringes & Prints Think the only method to make a pork slice is sticking it in a frying pan and browning it for a couple of minutes? Well, reconsider. Mushroom Spores The reality is that there are dozens of means to make a basic pork chop right into a stand out dish. The most effective part is that all of these recipes are easy and rather fast to make. So, get out your pork chops and begin cooking! 2 of the most intriguing aspects of fly-agaric are that it retains its efficiency virtually completely, which its effects are conveniently sent to…
  • Online Photography Courses Manual Mode

    2 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Online Photography Courses Manual Mode If you should make larger prints, surely you will get great details and for that reason, better image quality. If there is a digital SLR camera then you’ll definitely want to place on a fast lens just for this kind of photos. 1: Lock yourself away somewhere that you will never be interrupted to have an hour, and start jotting down whatever you can think of that’s unique and special with regards to you and your online photography business. First the photographer has a cost of sales for your end products these are delivering for the client.
  • Fat Loss Factor – Evaluating Core Variables

    1 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Fat Loss Factor – Evaluating Core Variables Moving on, you may have to be prompt in avoiding certain matters. We get these habits from your family, friends and the people around us. Fat loss factors tips and tricks for you. Keeping positive is the vital thing and making sure that it is possible to track your progress in small yet important micro-goals can be a secret that numerous who have dropped excess weight can attest to. Once the participants reach this stage, they can move on to the next stage. It’s just a matter of either getting the books or just going online to locate…
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    Suitable Shares

  • What Her Dad Does When He Finds Her ‘Crashed’ Into A Snowbank Made Me Laugh Out Loud!

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    We all make some good decisions, and we all make some bad decisions. What matters is how we respond to those bad decisions, and how we learn from them. Unfortunately for this little girl, she’s a repeat offender. On a sunny, snow-covered morning, she was taking her car out for a spin when she apparently lost control and crashed into a snowbank. Luckily, no one else was around at the time and no one was seriously hurt. When her dad arrived on scene, he was easily able to determine the cause of the mistake. His response to the situation was The post What Her Dad Does When He Finds Her…
  • What This Man Does To Fix His Car Will Leave You Speechless…And With A Lot More Money!

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Cars and car repair; the first you love, the second you hate. Unfortunately, you can’t have a car without having to eventually do something in the form of maintenance or repairs. Plenty of parts on a car are designed to wear out and, if not maintained or replaced appropriately, can cost you a ton of money. So with that in mind, the last thing you want to worry about is the actual appearance of your car. She should always look perfect and spotless and never cost you a dollar. No scratches, dings or dents, right? Well, wouldn’t that be ideal! The post What This Man Does To Fix His…
  • Adopted Dog Alerts Police Officer, Saves Owner’s Life!

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    On a cold and seemingly normal Wisconsin morning, a dog could be seen trekking the streets of a quiet neighborhood. Before long, a local police offer caught up with the dog, named John Boy, and could sense that something was not right. The dog was nervous and timid, and quickly took off in the other direction. The local officer gave chase, and the dog ended up leading Officer Jeff Gonzalez to the dog’s owner, Krystal. Krystal suffers from a heart condition, and was found unconscious on her front porch when John Boy and Officer Gonzalez arrived back on the scene. The post Adopted Dog…
  • Australian Boyfriend Makes An Epic Proposal Video!

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

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

  • It is Not About Trust it is About Safe Sex

    Mike Russay
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    I took a long time away and now I’m back. Strange how not all of us can live off our writing. But why stop ….and that’s because I love it. However, crazier is the things you see when you don’t have time to comment on it. And that’s exactly what happened to me. Something I… Continue reading → The post It is Not About Trust it is About Safe Sex appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • Click Bait Titles Should Die. The Reason Why Will Blow Your Mind, in One Perfect Tweet.

    Maggie Paretta
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I’m starting to think journalism might be dying. And I don’t mean newspapers; even if newspapers go away, the internet hosts its own news”papers” by the thousands, so journalists and reporters will always have a place in our society. They’re starting to fall out of my favor, however, because of the birth of clickbait titles. “Clickbait”,… Continue reading → The post Click Bait Titles Should Die. The Reason Why Will Blow Your Mind, in One Perfect Tweet. appeared first on Alternative Commentary.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Who?

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

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

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

  • 5 Weird Things Couples in Long-Term Relationships Do

    Brittany G.
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Being in a long-term relationship with someone, you start to notice small but subtle changes in your actions, and more shockingly, the things you are comfortable with. While some of may take some time to warm up to our partner, being with them for an extended period, you may not notice these few things once […]
  • 5 Natural Methods to Help you Quit Smoking

    Charlotte H.
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Like every other drug, smoking is addictive. And is extremely hard to give up. You know it’s bad for you, there’s enough press about that, but it doesn’t mean you can give up “just like that”. There are a number of methods out there to help you quit, you may have tried patches, e-cigarettes, or […]
  • 10 Amazing Hotels Across the World That Will Blow You Away

    Sofia P.
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Hotels are curious establishments. They have a certain creepiness, all these uniform rooms and too neatly made beds, that you know have been used time and time before, by hundreds of people with their own stories. At the same time, they provide a sort of anonymity that we all seek sometimes. Most of all, they […]
  • Why You Need to Stop Dreaming For More and Better Get Moving to Fulfill Your Dreams‏‏

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell When I was still a child I have my first weird dream. I want to be a wind shield cleaner. I have no idea how weird it is back then but I am very fascinated by how the […]
  • 5 Benefits That Will Inspire You to Spend More Time in Nature

    Sherrie H.
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    There is no contest between spending time indoors as opposed to spending time outdoors, at least not to me. Spending time in nature can be one of the most fulfilling and healthy activities. The Japanese practice that’s called Shinrin-Yoku, which is the art of “forest bathing”, is one way to immerse yourself in nature. To […]
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  • Tips on How to Be An Attractive Man in Girls’ Eyes

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    7 Tips: How to be an Attractive Man? Before you can be considered as an attractive person, does it mean you need to have a body chiseled to perfection plus a handsome face? The truth is, there are several men out there who are regarded as attractive, yet they are not exactly the kind of people... Read Article → The post Tips on How to Be An Attractive Man in Girls’ Eyes appeared first on
  • 10 Tips on How to Persuade A Friend

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Tips on How to Persuade a Friend If you are looking to persuade a friend regardless of your purpose, it helps to apply the following tips that are proven to work in helping you achieve your goal. 1. Be encouraging by being optimistic abut future outcomes. Perhaps your friend is having some hesitations or reservations... Read Article → The post 10 Tips on How to Persuade A Friend appeared first on
  • Reviews to Choose A Washer and Dryer 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Factors to Consider When Choosing A Home Washer and Dryer Size: A great washer and dryer firstly must fit your available space properly. That is why many customers choose a washer-dryer combo or a laundry center. Both of them are compact in size. So a washer and dryer with compact size are more likely to... Read Article → The post Reviews to Choose A Washer and Dryer 2015 appeared first on
  • Best Pressure Cooker Consumer Report 2015

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

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

  • Making Money, Making Friends

    8 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Some people find that when making money, making friends never seems to accompany it, but this is not my experience! It has long been thought that you need to drive your friends away to be successful in business, especially in an MLM business, but these days that is simply not true. In online business, you ... The post Making Money, Making Friends appeared first on Life of Real Abundance.
  • Keeping a Positive Mindset

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Stages of Summer Vacation

    Michelle Matthews
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Moms, I have a confession to make, I’ve hit the wall. In the beginning of the summer I was full of piss and vinegar. Summer vacation could not start soon enough for me, I had our bucket list planned and thanks to Pinterest a bucket load of rainy day activities. Then, somewhere around Mid-July, I hit the wall. I did not want to do another activity with those “wonderful” children. The fussing, fighting, all day right there in my face has worn me down, I am in the 5 stages of summer vacation. Stage 1 – Shock and Denial This occurs Memorial Day weekend when you realize the kids have about…
  • Lazy Parents

    Michelle Matthews
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    It’s becoming more and more apparent to me that parents in this country are having an issue and that issue is parenting. My social media feeds are clogged with complaints of why are parents letting their children wail in movie theaters, restaurants (like Marcy’s Diner), the mall or any other place where the shrieking wail of a child is going to disrupt someone else’s good time. I don’t understand why it’s so hard, having three of my own, to parent your child. It is rare that I ever have a problem when I go out with my kids. I don’t think it’s because they’re angels because…
  • A Birthday Gift To My Readers

    Michelle Matthews
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Today, I am 36 years old (young). Those that know me, would tell you that I’m still a 12-year-old boy trapped in a grown woman’s body, at least as far as my sense of humor is concerned. I feel like I am approaching a stage in my life where everything seems to be falling into place. I’m doing what I love, I’m surrounded by people who love and encourage me and I have great kids. I also have the best fans on the Internet! I rolled around today’s post in my head for a while, trying to figure out just what to write. Funny, poignant or serious? Nothing seemed right,…
  • Hard Choices

    Michelle Matthews
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    It seemed to happen overnight. Just like that, a tidal wave swept through our lives and all the light drained from his eyes, that little boy was gone, a soulless being was left in its wake. I’ll never know when or how it happened, just that it did and we’ll forever deal with the fallout.I first met Travis when he was 8 years old. He was slightly sullen but happy, eager to make his parents proud. He immediately took to me and me to him. We had shared interests, video games, a good story, music and food. His blue eyes sparkled whenever we did something he enjoyed. He wanted to be so…
  • Parental Lessons or Shit I Learned The Hard Way

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

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    Are We The Stiff-Necked People of Our Time?The Golden Calf Exodus 32 New International Version (NIV) When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what…
  • The Apology

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    THE APOLOGY "They beat me and I called you to save me, but you couldn't.. so I secretly resented you.They took our babies and sold them, I begged you to save us.. but you couldn't .. so I secretly blamed you.. They raped me, and I cried out for you to protect me, but you couldn't.....So I stopped trusting you... You were supposed to be my man.. my provider.. my protector but when I needed you.. you couldn't be there... so I hated you...How could I let you tell me what to do.When massa could protect me more than you..How could I submit to you when you are forced to submit to massa? So to…
  • Dr. H. Rich Milner IV Appears on The Reading Circle with Marc Medley

    25 Jul 2015 | 8:06 pm
  • My Thoughts As An African American Male After Viewing Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER

    22 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Ever since viewing Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER, I’ve been trying to determine what angle I was going to take when writing this post, as I knew from the opening scene that I would be giving my commentary on the parallelisms between the obvious system of that time and now. For many, I am sure you may be amused by the fact that I am just seeing this much acclaimed film that was released in 2013, but that only speaks to how much time I personally give to movie and television watching. It is rare that I invest my time in movie or television watching because most of what is offered to us is garbage…
  • We’ve Been “Huxtabled!”

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Bill Cosby has admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, newly released documents show. (CNN)Cosby titled a book COME ON PEOPLE and since I love a play on words, I would have to say Come on Bill! As strange as this may seem, this post is not about bashing Bill Cosby even though he may deserve bashing, but more about, what goes on in the mind of someone who sex is so important that he or she feels that he/she must take it from someone against his/her will or knowledge. It's also about self esteem and how we must stop all of this celebrity worship…
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  • A Little Something About Self-Improvement

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    Self-Improvement Self-improvement is a goal of almost all people all over the world. Every person need to improve himself to become better. Every individual came to realize the meaning of life when they become matured and part of this is realizing that there’s nothing more eloquent than to follow a life and a path towards betterment and ultimate development. Spirituality … Continue reading The post A Little Something About Self-Improvement appeared first on The Passi.
  • 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By Lao Tzu

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Lao Tzu, Author of the second most translated book in the world called “Tao Te Ching” is just like an old contemporary of Confucius. He was one of the best archive keeper in his time. All the information and knowledge that we get from his book called “Tao Te Ching” is just beyond respect. “Lao Tzu” is not any name, … Continue reading The post 101 Well Said Inspirational Quotes By Lao Tzu appeared first on The Passi.
  • Top 7 Best Ways To Get The Most Out Of Any Situation

    8 Jul 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Let’s admit it, alright. No one wants to just argue with anyone without any reason and still if there’s any reason, nobody still wants to be in it for long. Everyone wants to live a satisfactory lifestyle full of happiness and amazing relations. Its just like the saying that, “What you think about the most, you bring it in your … Continue reading The post Top 7 Best Ways To Get The Most Out Of Any Situation appeared first on The Passi.
  • Top 7 Things That People Who Follow Law Of Attraction Do

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Its nothing like people who live a better lifestyle are born with special qualities, special talents or better luck. There’s nothing like that which plays any role in the luxurious lifestyle that they live. They just knew something that other people don’t know. They know their capabilities and their mind powers which can help them achieve the life of their … Continue reading The post Top 7 Things That People Who Follow Law Of Attraction Do appeared first on The Passi.
  • Does SIZE Matter In Your Manifestation Process ?

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Most of the people who are aware of the “Law Of Attraction” process have a question deep inside their mind which distract or make them unable to manifest big things in life is this, “Does SIZE matter in the manifestation process.” They keep on thinking like if they want to manifest $100, they can easily manifest it in a day … Continue reading The post Does SIZE Matter In Your Manifestation Process ? appeared first on The Passi.
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  • Overcoming Public Speaking Fears: Lessons learned from starring as a tree

    Josh Martin
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    My public speaking career spans 30 years, going all the way back to my breakout role as Ant #2 in our Kindergarten concert “The Ants Go Marching In.” My job was to stop to tie my shoe as I sang and strode across the stage like a boss. I killed it. Fast-forward to Grade 8 […] The post Overcoming Public Speaking Fears: Lessons learned from starring as a tree appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • Time Management Tips: Lessons learned from a thumb-crushing sledgehammer

    Josh Martin
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    When it comes to effective time management, choosing the right tools and doing things properly the first time can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. Question: Is there anything more infuriating than trying to find an elusive lid for a Tupperware container? Answer: No. No, there is not. Rooting around a […] The post Time Management Tips: Lessons learned from a thumb-crushing sledgehammer appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • Productivity tips: Lessons learned from my rascally rabbit

    Josh Martin
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Between creeping friends on Facebook and watching the latest Star Wars trailer on YouTube for the thirteenth time, working from home comes with its share of distractions. Add an adorable and adventurous pet bunny into the mix, and just watch productivity grind to a halt. Meet Amigo. We decided very early on that we didn’t […] The post Productivity tips: Lessons learned from my rascally rabbit appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • How to cope and keep going when times get tough (my guest blog on Tiny Buddha)

    Josh Martin
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Life is full of difficult moments. Sometimes we can find ways around them. A lot of times though, we just need to power through them. I’ve had the good fortune once again to guest blog for the uber-awesome advice website Tiny Buddha, where I share five ways to help you weather the storms life throws […] The post How to cope and keep going when times get tough (my guest blog on Tiny Buddha) appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
  • How an optimistic attitude can help you succeed

    Josh Martin
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Since my bone marrow transplant in 2008, my blood type has changed from A-Negative to O-Positive. That change has become a metaphor in my life about the importance of turning negative situations into something positive. In this guest blog on the website Wealthy Gorilla, I explore the benefits of a positive attitude in life and […] The post How an optimistic attitude can help you succeed appeared first on Badge of Awesome.
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