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  • A Metaphor for our Times

    Peterman's Eye
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    You remember metaphors.Perhaps the most eloquent:"All the world's a stage." Shakespeare compared the world to a stage to make his point that we're all actors in a play. Apply an apt metaphor to the world today and you have a figure of speech that will live on.Or is expecting that perfect set of words to sum up our times, in our Friday Lite language series, too heavy a burden?Am I’m walking on thin ice?Metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way. The big difference between a metaphor and a simile, which…
  • Evidence That Flaws Are a Good Thing

    Simply Stated Blogs
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on Here’s How Stressed Americans Really Are (and How to Manage It) 21 Things to Know About Multivitamins 16 Dinners You Can Make in Just 15 MinutesFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Dizzying Times

    The New Old Age
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    I was unsympathetic when my mother complained of strange dizzy spells. Who’s sorry now?
  • These Shironekoshiro Cat Videos Make Me Think I Have a Mental Problem
    Elan Morgan
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:40 pm
    No, wait. We know I have a mental problem. In fact, it's problems with an S. They're well-documented.Anyway, I like these cat videos from shironekoshiro.The amusements are small and quiet. There is a tiny frog sitting on a cat's head. I am soothed.Everything is so calm. My cats are obviously monsters.I am pretty sure that my cats would eat these cats, and then they would demand that I run the taps for them and cover them with blankets for their naps and clean up their vomit trails while assuring them everything's okay.Watch a succession of these, and you start to feel like you've crawled…
  • What $1000 rent will get you around the U.S. [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Think you’re paying too much for rent? Take a look at what $1000 flat will get you across the country. In L.A., it’s a measly 460 sq. ft. Cleveland: 1470 sq. ft. Yikes, better leave L.A., suckers. See more here: Full story at Buzzfeed. More amazing trivia. Photo credit: Canva
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    The New Old Age

  • Dizzying Times

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    I was unsympathetic when my mother complained of strange dizzy spells. Who’s sorry now?
  • How to Complain to Medicare

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare.
  • Her Own Kind of Absence

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    What I'd thought was depression was really was something else.
  • Four-Star Disappointments

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Medicare's rating system for nursing homes is seriously flawed, The Times reports.
  • Part D Gains May Be Eroding

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    More Medicare beneficiaries are not taking prescribed medications or forgoing basic needs to pay for them, a new study finds.
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    Peterman's Eye

  • A Metaphor for our Times

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    You remember metaphors.Perhaps the most eloquent:"All the world's a stage." Shakespeare compared the world to a stage to make his point that we're all actors in a play. Apply an apt metaphor to the world today and you have a figure of speech that will live on.Or is expecting that perfect set of words to sum up our times, in our Friday Lite language series, too heavy a burden?Am I’m walking on thin ice?Metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way. The big difference between a metaphor and a simile, which…
  • 4th Annual Travel Photo Contest Winners.

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
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  • Psst.

    9 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    "Did you hear about...?"(Whatever it is, it's not good.) But now there's a whole slew of people with PhDs behind their name that say it's all good for you.Gossip, that is. "If people aren't talking about other people, it's a signal that we feel socially alienated or indifferent," says Ralph Rosnow, PhD, a professor of psychology at Temple University and co-author of "Rumor and Gossip: The Social Psychology of Hearsay."  "For a real understanding of our social environment, gossip is essential," agrees Jack Levin, PhD, professor of sociology and…
  • Peterman's Choice* The Father of Modern Barbecue.

    8 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Yes, it was the same sword wielding general who triumphed, in a contest organized by the National Army Museum, to determine the greatest enemy commander to face Britain.The very same future president that historian Stephen Brumwell said was responsible for "the worst defeat for the British Empire ever."He also, as Brumwell pointed out, had the skills to deal with his political counterparts in Congress and his French allies.All the more remarkable, since the man who defeated such notables as Irish independence hero Michael Collins, France's Napoleon Bonaparte, German Field Marshal…
  • A Wine Fraud Mystery.

    7 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world.If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.In the meantime, did you know that they're using forensics on wine now?See you on Monday. From: NPR Continue reading this post
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  • These Shironekoshiro Cat Videos Make Me Think I Have a Mental Problem

    Elan Morgan
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:40 pm
    No, wait. We know I have a mental problem. In fact, it's problems with an S. They're well-documented.Anyway, I like these cat videos from shironekoshiro.The amusements are small and quiet. There is a tiny frog sitting on a cat's head. I am soothed.Everything is so calm. My cats are obviously monsters.I am pretty sure that my cats would eat these cats, and then they would demand that I run the taps for them and cover them with blankets for their naps and clean up their vomit trails while assuring them everything's okay.Watch a succession of these, and you start to feel like you've crawled…
  • Find your #OneNewThing and Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

    Elan Morgan
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    You’ve seen the hashtags #cancersucks, #cancer, #fightcancer and so on. The battle against the disease has become more public than ever with a variety of charity events and online campaigns in its support. For many people, these campaigns are personal because they or someone they know has been affected by the disease.Chances are you know someone affected by cancer, too. Most likely breast cancer because it’s the most common cancer in Canadian women. You might be thinking that it won’t happen to you but the reality is that one in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 540 On the 11th Anniversary of This Blog

    Elan Morgan
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    An impromptu trip out of town is just what the doctor ordered,plus, I get to see my dear old friend Cheliand eat Mexican foodand see my lovely in-lawsand celebrate ELEVEN YEARS OF BLOGGING today. Go, me!Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things.
  • Dear Everyone Who Incorrectly Lists "Gender" As a Question On Forms

    Elan Morgan
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Now with handy educational links at the bottom!   This is a picture of me judging you, but very politely. Dear everyone who incorrectly lists "gender" as a question on forms:If the choices you give me to answer the gender question on your form are limited to "man/woman" or "male/female", you are not asking me about my gender, because "gender" and "sex" are not interchangeable terms. What you are actually asking me about is my sex. I know that politely inquiring about what kind of genitals I have in my pants is still considered acceptable in many circles, but it is actually not polite at…
  • Grace in Small Things No. 539

    Elan Morgan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Aidan and I ate at a new restaurant in Regina, 20Ten City Eatery, and I had the best short ribs of my life.The insanely hot weather finally broke, and my apartment is once again liveable.A few kind friends checked in on me after a potentially triggering situation they heard about, and it got me through a difficult day.I am grateful for my online community, which has largely stepped up to amplify information related to the protests going on in Ferguson, Missouri and share their own important stories about race and politics. They make the world a little better.Skype! What a wonder of the 21st…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • What $1000 rent will get you around the U.S. [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Think you’re paying too much for rent? Take a look at what $1000 flat will get you across the country. In L.A., it’s a measly 460 sq. ft. Cleveland: 1470 sq. ft. Yikes, better leave L.A., suckers. See more here: Full story at Buzzfeed. More amazing trivia. Photo credit: Canva
  • The ten best places to go to stargaze

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If your idea of a good night is reclining on the hood of your car with a hot mug of coco and watching the stars, then this article is for you. Starting with the Mauna Kea Observatory on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Stop at the tourist center at the bottom of the mountain, and then head up over 9,000 feet to the summit, where you can go on a star tour from 6-10pm. Did we mention it’s free? And you don’t need a reservation? Want to organize a whole vacation around stargazing? Head to the Canary Islands. Specifically, the island of Tenerife. There, you can visit the Teide…
  • Grab your babushka, and get ready to rock this cover of Kiesza’s “Hideaway” [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Just because things are a bit different in rural eastern Europe doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate Kiesza’s “Hideaway”…they just jam a little differently, babushkas, chickens, accordions and a little washing down by the river. And here’s the original, in case you haven’t seen it: Full story at YouTube. Rockin’ the rural way. Graphics credit: Canva
  • When it’s appropriate to catcall women [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The interesting thing about this infographic is that it was put out on For the sake of modesty, we’ve linked it from, so anyone who clicks the link will be taken to a safe for work site. Before anyone gets too upset, make sure you follow the flow chart to the end! Full story at Vox. More great infographics. Photo credit: Canva
  • 22 food hacks that will blow your tastebuds off (in a good way)

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One’s never to old to learn something new, especially if food is in involved. This article provides twenty-two new ways of looking at foods you’ve known and loved since you were a kid. Like this cupcake hack, which creates the perfect little sammy: In case you needed another reason to eat pasta, try this: stick a bunch of spaghetti noodles through slices of sausages and then cook. BAM! Pasta surprise. Here’s one that’s going to change everything for parents: See the rest at the full article. Full story at The Meta Picture. More great food hacks. Photo credit: Canva
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  • ‘Mrs. Bogart’ was a ‘straight-ahead lady’ and a ‘good broad’

    Dana Cook
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Remembering Betty Lauren Baby Bacall Bogartwith Kirk Douglas, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Rich, Larry Hagman, Bo Derek, Barbara Walters and others as collected and compiled by Dana Cook.  Cook’s collections of encounters with the famous have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals.  (cooks.encounters[at]   Schoolgirl crush? Kirk Douglas, actor …I went out occasionally with Betty Bacall, who later became Lauren Bacall. She was a junior at the Academy [of Dramatic Arts], not more than fifteen or sixteen years old. I was a senior, and had been…
  • 6 Tips For Coping When You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

    Gretchen Rubin
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin on creating your own personal happiness If you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble remembering people’s names, or even how you know them. A few years ago, while at a chaotic birthday party for a three-year-old, I was on the brink of going over to some little kid’s father to say, “I think we went to college together.” Turns out it was Dylan McDermott! In ancient Rome, the job of the “nomenclator” was to whisper or announce the names of people as they approached a politician. My husband serves this function for me; he has an uncanny…
  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

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

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

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

  • Russian genocide and the reasons thereof

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    This memorable note discloses the reasons (usually called "real truth" or similar) behind the ongoing genocide against Russian people. If you haven't noticed the latter, now is the time for you to sit up and listen (read). Here comes the translation, with apologies for possibly garbled scientific terms.I shall explain why the monstrous genocide of Russians is happening. Russia owns most advanced technologies that allow to cure incurable diseases, even at a distance, multiple the agriculture produce and manage the weather and the geophysical processes. These technologies provide an unlimited…
  • The Council Has Spoken!

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Council Winners*First place with 3 votes!Joshuapundit-Blackgammon: Eric Holder Plays the Game in Ferguson Second place with 2 votes – Bookworm Room – A very funny video about American blacks that highlights the horrible thing mainstream American culture has done to them Third place with 1 1/3 votes – The Noisy Room – China Conducts Provocative Aerial Buzz On American Military Aircraft Fourth place *t* with 1 vote –The Right Planet – Noose Tightening On Jihadi John Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Razor – Dawkins Advocates Abortion of Gays, Blondes and Brits Fourth place *t*…
  • Ukraine: A bumpy road to what?

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    The most inane headline of the week (if not of the year):For the sake of full disclosure it must be added that the headline above is almost certainly the work of an on-line editor, the real headline of the article is "After 8 months of conflict, what's next for Ukraine?". Which is somewhat myopic too, but at least not that outright stupid.If you look at another article on the same page of CNN, you shall see what I mean:Pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers, battled government forces on two fronts Thursday, a Ukrainian military…
  • FBI, DHS bulletin warns of retaliation for airstrikes against ISIS

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Methinks this warning should be added to the plethora of health warnings on cigarette packs, so deep and momentous is this discovery.US citizens could rest assured that the best thinkers of our generation are vigilantly... er... thinking about protection of the realm and no new development will escape their probing eyesight. If I may add a humble corollary to that warning: taking one's finger out while suffering a bout of diarrhea may cause severe unpleasantness...All else is confusion, so:
  • Coincidence?

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    1. According to the recent poll by the Palestinian Center of Public Opinion, 88% of Palestinians support the firing of rockets from Gaza at Israel. 2. In February 1941 ... 88 percent of the Palestinian Arabs favoured Nazi Germany. From Benny Morris, "1948" Yale University Press; New Haven and London 2008, p 21.
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  • Growing Wiser

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Emotional awareness is a sign of growing maturity. We all need to learn to control impulses to act before we examine facts and issues. And, the earlier we learn how to control our thoughts rather than having them control us the better. Emotional maturity is defined as how well you are able to respond to…
  • Happiness Doesn’t Come with a Dollar Sign

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Did you know that one of the many downsides of pursuing happiness is that people who think it is rooted in financial success may end up worse off than when they started? Can money buy happiness? Consider this:  Happiness in the United States has been stable for the past 50 years, although at the same…
  • Affirmations and Neuroplasticity

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Have you tried benefiting from applying neuroplasticity through practicing the power of reciting affirmations? Reciting affirmations ie. positive statements to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through life has a long history of efficacy rooted in neuroplasticity. Our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age, and that’s…
  • Meditation Simplification

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

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

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ever since Facebook launched in 2004, and even moreso following Twitter's online birth two years later, people who think they are in the know have been predicting the death of blogging – translation: long-form writing. The prognosticators often include the news and magazine media. The future of written communication, they have been telling us, is in 140 characters or thereabouts. If that turns out to be true, I'm glad I'm old and will die before long. Outside of “Fire, run,” “Dinner's ready” and “I love you,” there isn't much I care about that can be said in one sentence. In the…
  • Preparing for Grandparenthood

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    On Tuesday's post about not having borne children and therefore having an old age without grandchildren, Karen Swift mentioned this in her comment: ”My first grandchild will arrive in November...I have been thinking a lot about exactly what kind of grandmother I want to be. Did any of you think about that ahead of time? I don't think I want to leave it up to my instincts!” What an interesting question. Enough so that it was rolling around in my head when I woke way too early Wednesday morning (2:30AM) unable to go back to sleep. It has never occurred to me before that one might plan…
  • A Book Deal For You

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I discovered the English writer, Julian Barnes, in 1984 with the publication that year of Flaubert's Parrot, and I haven't stopped reading him since. In the past decade, Barnes seems to have become almost as consumed with growing old, old age in general and contemplation of death as I am and he has been writing about them in powerful ways so beyond my attempts that I may as well be living on a lesser planet. I recommend them all: The Lemon Table - short stories about growing old (2004) Nothing to be Frightened Of - essays about his ancestors, real and imagined, and their contemplation of…
  • Being Old Without Children

    Ronni Bennett
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    In February 2011, I posted a story about being old and childless titled, Having No Children – Regrets? It was popular. There were many more of comments than other days with a lot of thoughtful discussion. But I had forgotten it until last week when a reader named Kelly left this comment on the post: ”I turn 50 in 45 days and find myself unmarried, no kids and my career in shambles. I needed this article today. “Usually spend less than an 4 hours a year on facebook, but just spent two hours looking for pictures to put on a personal project. It was difficult to see all my family members…
  • Shakespeare's Old Age

    Ronni Bennett
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am the first to admit that my knowledge of Shakespeare is spotty and even that may be overstating it. Something like a hundred years ago, I read all 37 plays along with some learned commentary and have re-read or seen some of them performed since then but I am hardly conversant. Nevertheless, even I know Shakespeare took a dim view of old people, right? His assessment is familiar to most of us with the “All the world's a stage” monologue from As You Like It that includes the bard's seven ages of man, the last two being: The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • 13 Writing Rules

    Ann Handley
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Many hold a notion that the ability to write, or write well, is a gift bestowed on a chosen few. Writing well is considered a kind of art, linked murkily to muse and mysticism. That leaves us thinking there are two kinds of people: the writing haves—and the hapless, for whom writing well is a hopeless struggle, like trying to carve marble with a butter knife. But I don’t believe that, and neither should you. The truth is this: we are all capable of producing good writing. Or, at least, better writing. And we all should be producing better writing. Because in our content- and social…
  • What’s the Formula for E-book Success?

    Ann Handley
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    One of the tenets of my new book is this: Good writing is like good teaching. Good writing and (more broadly) good content strives to explain, to make things a little bit clearer, to make sense of our world… even if it’s just a product description or a blog post or a video or a graphic novel. “A writer always tries…to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on,” says Anne Lamott in her seminal book on writing, Bird by Bird. Which is why I like a recent series of e-books that Lee Odden and his TopRank team have put together on content marketing.
  • Scrappy Video Content Marketing: What If We Didn’t Try So Hard?

    Ann Handley
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    What if we stopped trying quite so hard with our video content marketing? What if we just told our true stories honestly and simply, and with empathy for the very real problems our customers have?  A video from a tiny Arizona startup busts some common myths about using video as part of a content marketing program. There are three other things to love about it, too: 1. The video is script-less—but still it speaks volumes. 2. It sits squarely in the sweet spot of how I define great content, or content that is useful x inspired x empathetic. 3. It’s a great example of how a scrappy attitude…
  • Introducing ‘Everybody Writes’ and a Free Gift for Anti-Mediocre Writers (This Means You)

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

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

  • Fictional Characters of New York — #32

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s common knowledge in the Bronx that you don’t remain friends with your ex, but Xavier ached to prove the others wrong.  His ideas always ran contrary to common wisdom.  During his childhood, he prided himself on doing the opposite –he smoked pot to diss his parents, but went to St. Nick’s for Sunday Mass, just to annoy his friends. “How’s your new guy?” Xavier asked Pammie. They were sitting across from each other  for their weekly early morning Wednesday breakfast at the Pop and Son Diner, where they always split the Pancake and Bacon Special.
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #31

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    It was a hot summer day, when lazy minds drift off into the humidity. A family sat on the bench, waiting for the bus, after a morning of shopping at the Chinese supermarket. “How come Jen won’t let me play poker tonight?” wondered the Dad. “I married a control freak.” “When is school starting?” wondered the first Son. “I hate my family.” “What’s wrong with playing Minecraft all day?” wondered the second Son. “I never get to do anything I want.” “Why did we stop using birth control?” wondered the…
  • Fictional Characters of New York — #30

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Lily felt depressed and didn’t know why. She avoided the news and the internet.  Her friends fought constantly on Facebook over the news of the day, and the tension made her body feel heavy, like a ship’s anchor falling deeper into the dark water. At 6PM on Friday, Lily was on the bus, coming home from a long day as a cashier at Walgreen’s.  Her eyes stared down at the dirty floor of the Q64 bus and she thought about the laundry to do this weekend; she had no other plans. The bus approached the stop directly across from Lily’s small house, the one she inherited…
  • Internet Thoughts #1 — How to Respond to Stupidity

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    We all are apt to say stupid or contentious things at some part of our internet lives. What should be the best policy for dealing with it? What makes the internet a better place? Let’s come up an example. I come home from a bad date, drunk and angry, and I write some insulting message on Facebook, “All women care about is money. Especially Canadian women. They’re the worst.” Don’t worry. I didn’t really say that. Whether I believe it or not about our friends to the North — you will never know. But pretend I DID write this on Facebook. And this pisses…
  • We Are the Camera

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    photo courtesy of Wikipedia When I was growing up in Queens, people were afraid of walking the streets at night, fearful of “muggings.”  It became a cliche to hear about an elderly neighbor pushed onto the ground to have her purse stolen, or some old man held up by gun point.  If you see old movies from the 1970s-1980s, you will see these events as a frequent story plot. Crime continues today, especially violent crime, but how often do you hear about muggings in the street? Very rarely.  Do we have a new respect for the weak and elderly? Has police enforcement become more…
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  • Simple Tricks for Healing Damaged Nails

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Weak, cracked, or stained fingernails? You’ve come to the right place. Our friends at PureWow have four tips to keeping those nails strong and healthy. To see all four simple tricks for healing damaged nails, click here. More from  6 Great Nail-Care Products Choosing the Best Nail Polish At-Home Manicure Must-Haves  Filed under: Where We're Clicking
  • The 2 T’s for Surviving Anything

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
      Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 8 Insanely Delicious Rum-Infused Desserts How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 6 Outdoor DIY Projects for Your HomeFiled under: Daily Thought
  • An Author’s Thought on Happiness

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 15 Organizing Tips for Your Drawers 6 Back-to-School Apps That’ll Make Your Life Easier The Scary Truth About How Much Americans Are SavingFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Evidence That Flaws Are a Good Thing

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on Here’s How Stressed Americans Really Are (and How to Manage It) 21 Things to Know About Multivitamins 16 Dinners You Can Make in Just 15 MinutesFiled under: Daily Thought
  • What Your Sandwich Says About You

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Ever wondered what your sandwich says about you? Our friends at Huffington Post Taste say it best: “If a cocktail glass is a window into the soul, then the blank slate between two pieces of bread is a screen door to the heart, or in some cases, a dead-bolted artery.” To see the full article, click here. More from […]
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    Apartment Life

  • Celebrate Your Apartment Community This Labor Day

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    On Monday, September 1, our Nation pauses for a moment to celebrate Labor Day. For most people, this is simply a day off of work. But in all actuality, it is a celebration of the American Worker. It is on this day that we honor the contributions that the U.S. work force has made to […] The post Celebrate Your Apartment Community This Labor Day appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Moving to Atlanta? Don’t Miss These 5 Local Spots

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    When you come visit Atlanta, there is a lot of fun to be had touring classic attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and Six Flags Over Georgia. But when you’re coming here to live, you’re going to want to get deeper into the local culture. Tourist attractions are fun, but they won’t always give you […] The post Moving to Atlanta? Don’t Miss These 5 Local Spots appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • The 5 Most Expensive U.S. Cities to Rent In

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Rent is one of the many expenses that can vary quite a bit depending on where you live. And the more expensive it gets, the more important it becomes to find the right place the first time. Here are some helpful tips to help you find an apartment in some of the more expensive cities […] The post The 5 Most Expensive U.S. Cities to Rent In appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Solution to the College Roommate Disaster

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The day has finally arrived. You just moved back to college and into your new student housing apartment. Summer is over and you are gearing up for an action-packed semester. However, the worst-case scenario has come true: you have discovered that one of your roommates is also your worst nightmare. You definitely cannot live like this […] The post Solution to the College Roommate Disaster appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Finding an Apartment Interior Designer: What You Need to Know

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are two kinds of renters who need an interior designer: those who want an apartment that looks stylish and put-together but don’t know the first thing about how to get there, and those who have a vision in mind and need help executing it. There are some relatively affordable options for either type of […] The post Finding an Apartment Interior Designer: What You Need to Know appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Reality Me

  • Weekend Project: Bunk bed v2.0

    Doug McCaughan
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Lumber – $175 Tools – $513 (woot!) Spending every last rebate and gift card in my wallet – priceless! (or $513 depending on your interpretation)
  • Saturday

    Doug McCaughan
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Who needs an alarm clock when you have pets! I awoke far earlier than I wanted this morning but eventually yielded to the obnoxious behaviors of the hungry animals. With such an early morning, I thought perhaps I could accomplish some technical stuff and work on a client’s website. However, my computer is running like a slug and I discovered one of my websites has been compromised so now I have to play security person on a machine that refuses to function. Things I have to do today: buy Tommy a cookie cake and celebrate his birthday. Yesterday he turned 24! Things I want to do today:…
  • Last day of summer

    Doug McCaughan
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    This is the last day of summer vacation for the children. It is raining (big deal). Instead of playing the kids and making this last day exciting, I am on my computer programming. #superdad (N.b. I do this _for_ them.)
  • Literally, I’m going to do this

    Doug McCaughan
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Years ago (2006 to be specific), as a fan of the show Boston Legal, I developed a form of anger management practice for myself by modeling my responses after James Spader’s character Alan Shore. Before speaking, I would ask myself, "What would Alan Shore do?" (WWASD) I did this for several weeks with much success before confiding my plan with my wife. Now she is aware and periodically calls out, “you’re doing it now!” with a grin. I tilt my chin up slightly, give a Mona Lisaesque smile, and reply, “of course I am.” [Source] WWASD do was fun and…
  • One man’s junk

    Doug McCaughan
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Today my daughter rides the world’s longest yard sale. The 27th annual “World’s Longest Yard Sale,” will go through six states and stretch 690 miles from Aug. 7-10 from 5 miles north of Addison, Mich., to Gadsden, Ala., on U.S. Highway 127. [Source, Knoxnews, ‘World's Largest Yard Sale' comes to area] This does not bode well for our house which has aggressively been trying to declutter.
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    This Eclectic Life

  • Wake The Dead Show In Galveston. A Dash Beardsley Production.

    Shelly Tucker
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    This paranormal conference sounds like frightfully good fun! It’s billed as “a touch of paracon meets sci-fy, horror, and Hollywood mixed with a touch of rock and roll and family fun!” Wow! That’s a tall order, but I think Dash Beardsley, the creator of the Ghost Tours of Galveston can deliver. This is the first ever Wake The Dead Show on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 9am to 6pm at the Galveston Convention Center. The timing is nearly perfect for the ghostly tales told in Galveston on one of Dash’s tours. On September 6th, 1900 the citizens of Galveston went…
  • Lady Bird’s Ghost Tale

    Shelly Tucker
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    I foresee a visit to Karnack, Texas in the near future. You’ve never heard of it? It’s a tiny town in east Texas near Uncertain. Not sure that rings a bell? It’s near Caddo Lake, which was the only natural lake in Texas … at least it was natural until it was artificially dammed during the oil boom in the early 1900s. Karnack is also less than twenty miles from Jefferson, Texas, which claims to be the most haunted town in Texas. I’m determined to get the opportunity to take the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk. But, first I have to go to Karnack. I have to see this…
  • Cure The Crazies in Mineral Wells

    Shelly Tucker
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    “Home of Crazy?” Mineral Wells is my kind of town! I got there as fast as I could. My original purpose of the visit was to investigate the history of a location that claims to be crazy haunted (not the Baker Hotel, but another house). However, when I got to town I was distracted by the “Crazy Water.” Supposedly, people once believed that water from certain wells in town could “cure the crazies,” and I felt I should probably know more about that … not that I really believe that there is hope for my kind of crazy. The legend, dating from the 1880s, is…
  • Murder and Mystery on the Austin Steam Train

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

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    I look forward to listening to The Splendid Table every week (well, in truth, I never seem to be available to listen when it's on, so I download the podcasts and then binge-listen in the car). I love Lynne Rossetto Kasper's interviews, recipes, food ideas and tips, and interesting stories. But one thing I never want to miss is the segment on each show when Jane and Michael Stern call in to talk about their favorite peach pie at a diner in rural Georgia or the best-ever authentic burritos at a little hole-in-the-wall in the New Mexican desert or some unusual kind of sandwich served…
  • When in Maine

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    While on vacation in Maine, I read a novel about Maine that was called—drumroll—Maine. Written by J. Courtney Sullivan, it's the story of a beach house and the various family members who go there: For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. As three generations of women arrive at the family's beach house, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is…
  • Ah—Maine!

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    We are back from a wonderful vacation in Ogunquit! It was much the same as last year, but we stayed an extra day this time.  We again stayed at the Juniper Hill Inn, relaxed on the beach, ate plenty of lobster (I had my first-ever lobster BLT, at the Lobster Shack in Perkin's Cove—splendid!), poked in and out of the little shops on Main Street and Shore Road, played mini golf (and won 1500 tickets at the arcade there, which we gave to some delighted little kids), did quite a bit of damage at the outlets (and Bob's Clam Hut) in Kittery, and sampled everything at Bread & Roses…
  • Rave Review

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Somehow I managed to have never even heard of a novel that was a New York Times notable book of the year, a Washington Post top 10 book of the year, an Amazon best book of the year, a Publisher's Weekly top 10 book of the year, a Kirkus Reviews best book of the year, a Library Journal top 10 book of the year, and so on and so on. And Ann Patchett declared it her favorite book of 2013. How did I miss this?! Well, luckily, I finally discovered this wondrous novel: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. And I loved it. I couldn't put it down. Here's the plot summary…
  • Belated and Overly Long Post about My Work

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    From time to time when I mention that I’m copyediting or proofreading a particular book, people ask me what the difference is. So I’m finally going to explain how it all works, at least in my experience. (This post started off at 2000 words, so I went back and deleted a lot of information about book publishing in general—including development editors, book designers, indexers, and so on. Maybe another day….) When a publisher has a manuscript ready to go into production, the in-house production editor sends it first to a copyeditor. They'll usually give me some guidelines about…
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    Magpie Musing

  • End of Summer Vacation Tomato Pasta

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    I'm still digging out from weeks old emails and putting away the hiking boots and sorting through the many many pictures we took (on one camera and three phones), so the vacation re-cap is yet to come. The day we got home, there was - predictably - nothing to eat. Except that the pantry had dry pasta, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and the fridge had a tired but serviceable lemon, and the garden had parsley and basil and tomatoes! And so, dinner was had: Jack Denton Scott's Spaghettini Estivi.This is a pasta dish that I grew up with - my mother had ripped it out of the New York Times and…
  • Portmanteau Publication

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I know I told the nice publicist who sent me the free book that I wasn't going to review the book because I thought it was lame and my ten year old thought it was for babies (even though the press release said it was for kids ages 8 and up) and so I'm not going to review the book but I can't let it go by that there's someone on the masthead whose job is Director of Bookazine Development and Marketing.Bookazine.Is it a book or is it a magazine?It reminds me that my grandmother would call magazines "books". And I've known other people to call catalogs "magazines". And since when do books have…
  • Insane Packing

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Meanwhile, at home, we have been packing packing packing. I have been setting aside the vacation underwear. My husband has been experimenting with the vacuum sealer; he thought it would help his long underwear take up less room in the duffle. Yeah, whatever. My theory of packing is that you use the long underwear to wrap around the oddly shaped and/or fragile things, instead of turning it into misshapen stiff blue boards.I was indulgent though, for a time, in the interests of marital harmony. However, I was forced to confiscate the Foodsaver when he vacuum packed some clothespins.Vacuum…
  • Full of Pique

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    It was one of those mornings. I had to get up at before the crack of dawn, in order to catch an early train, because I had to get to a dentist appointment at 8:00, because on Monday, I went to the same dentist (at 8 am, same early train, same dark arising) and was told that I had a tiny little cavity. I can't remember the last time I had a cavity. Ancient fillings falling apart, leading to root canals and crowns? Sure. Tiny little newborn cavities? Blech.On the train, the accursed early train, I discovered that I'd left my wallet home. My wallet, with my monthly train ticket, and my flex…
  • When The Fat Lady Sings, It's About Health Insurance

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you are a New Yorker, or an opera aficionado, or a follower of all things union, you probably know that the Metropolitan Opera is on the cusp of a possible lockout: "The contracts for 15 unions at the Met expire on Thursday night."But here's the little thing in this big sad story that gobsmacks me:The Met sent its workers a memo last week saying that in the event of a lockout, unionized workers covered by the Met would lose their health insurance, and that paying for insurance under the federal Cobra law would cost $1,255 a month for individuals and $2,793 a month for families. What the…
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    Life Candy

  • 90 to 45: The Journey

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

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

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

    Nenette AM
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Image: Nenette's KaleNow, something you should know about me is that I love chips... potato, veggie, etc. If it's crispy, salty, and deep-fried, I'll want to eat a ton of it. So, I've been on the hunt for a healthier alternative, and no, the baked stuff I've tried doesn't come close... until I found these! Enjoy!INGREDIENTS* kale - preferably the curly kind (yes, that's it... see? easy!)DIRECTIONSPreheat oven to 350F. Cut kale leaves off of the stiff spine, and spread on a cookie sheet in more or less one layer. A little bit of overlapping won't hurt. Bake until edges are a little dry, for…
  • 7th Annual Life Candy Top 5: Who's on YOUR list?

    Nenette AM
    5 May 2014 | 10:03 am
    It's that time of the year again, my beautiful sweeties!  It's time once again for the Life Candy Top 5 List!Every year, on the 5th day of the 5th month, we take on that very, very serious project of selecting the 5 hottest celebrities we have permission to fool around with.This is strictly physical, people.  No longterm relationships.  Just a fun one night stand.  Or an afternoon.  Or even an hour.  Don't go thinking this is going to go anywhere serious.  I will not bail you out of jail if you suddenly get it in your head to do a Glenn Close/Fatal…
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    Joshua Bryce Newman

  • To Have or to Hold

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Born in ’79, right on the divide between Gen X and Gen Y, I’ve spent a fair amount of time considering the differences between the two. One area I’ve noticed in which the two generations diverge is their desire to own stuff, rather than simply have access to it. Gen X’ers went from collecting tapes, to collecting DVDs, to collecting MP3s; like me, many I know have giant iTunes collections. Gen Y, instead, is on Rdio, Spotify and Pandora en masse, uninterested in owning any music given that they have access to all of it. Or consider car ownership – something many…
  • Mailbox

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    A bit more than a year ago, I recommend Mailbox as the best iPhone email app. But while many of my younger colleagues use their phones as their primary email devices, I send nearly all of my emails from my Mac. So I’ve used Mailbox mainly for triage, and less for actual communications. Last week, Mailbox started rolling out a beta of their OS X desktop app. Like the sadly defunct Sparrow, it’s minimalist in style, and blazingly fast. It also lines up well with how I use email – an emphasis on reaching ‘inbox zero’, and on archiving / searching rather than filing.
  • Auto-Ambulate

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    A few months ago, one of our upstairs neighbors told us a story about a dog who lived in our building thirty or forty years back; I didn’t believe it, until another of our upstairs neighbors told us the same thing, and told us that it was her dog. Apparently, when her Yorkshire Terrier needed to go for a walk, she’d call the elevator, press the first floor button once it arrived, and then let her dog ride down alone. From there, the dog would walk past the doorman, down the front steps, and over to Broadway, where he’d walk himself down to 79th street, over to West End…
  • Altum

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    A few years back, Jess was working as the CMO of a women’s shoes and accessories company that had a store on Elizabeth Street in Soho. Across the way was a store for Terra Plana, a minimalist shoe company that made Paleo-friendly, barefoot-mechanics-inspired footwear. Philosophically, I loved Terra Plana; I was certain that shoes with a zero-drop, ultra-thin, flexible sole and a toe box wide enough to allow toe splay, would have huge positive health effects on feet, ankles, knees and hips. But it took Jess just a quick glance through the window to form an even stronger counter-argument:…
  • Lucky Now

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Current earworm.
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    The Art of Manliness

  • The Best Way to Hold a Burger — According to Science!

    Brett & Kate McKay
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Burgers are on my mind this week. Wednesday was National Burger Day (what, did you miss it again?). And this Labor Day, I’ll be grilling up some juicy patties to enjoy with my family. When it comes to getting this delicious mix of meat and bun into one’s mouth, there’s really no wrong way to go about it. But we all know how, especially when one’s burger is piled high with tasty fixins’, those toppings can squirt out the sides and drop out the back. You end up trying to pick up those grilled onions and slices of bacon and shove them back into the bun. Could there…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: August 29, 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Last week’s winner was Brendan from Winterville, NC. He chose the Chavito Chukka boots from Nisolo. My Picks This Week The boots from Chippewa are the definition of tough and durable. Made in the USA since 1901, these bad boys will see you successfully through any obstacle, be it poor weather, rough topography, or hunting down Sasquatch. I’ve long extolled the polo shirts from Criquet (I wear one nearly every other day) and I now can’t wait to get my hands on one of their great-looking button-downs. Mountainsmith makes a variety of bags that could accompany you on your next…
  • How To Protect Your Legacy: A 3-Step Guide to Estate Planning

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Josh Tucker. Good Sir, You are going to die. This is a simple fact. No matter your religion or your philosophy, we all leave this world at some point and enter the great Hereafter. For most, this fact can be terrifying. But keeping a stiff upper lip in the face of an uncomfortable truth and, most importantly, confronting a hard truth with smart action are two of the great bedrocks of manliness. So, gents, we are all going to die. Now what are we going to do about it? Think of Aesop’s fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” Do you want…
  • Soundtrack for Your Thumos

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The ancient Greeks believed that a man’s soul or psyche was made up of three parts: Reason, Appetites, and Thumos. While an understanding of the first two parts of this tripartite model of the soul remains with us, the concept of thumos has been mostly lost in our modern day. We tellingly have no word that directly corresponds to it. The Greeks believed thumos was essential to andreia (manliness) and conceived of it as an incredibly rich and complex energy. Thumos is a man’s life force – the passion that gives spiritedness to the young, and lends freshness and vigor to the old. It is…
  • AoM Book Club September ’14: Jayber Crow

    Jeremy Anderberg
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The story of Jayber Crow could very well be the story of each and every one of us. It’s a character-driven book that follows the life of once-seminarian and now small-town barber Jayber Crow. He sits behind his chair and delves into big questions about the meaning of life and community while chatting with his customers. Isn’t that what we’re all trying to do? Ultimately, we do our best to figure out this life we lead from the midst of our sometimes-ordinary day-to-day circumstances. If you need further convincing, Wendell Berry is Nick Offerman’s favorite living…
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  • The Future is Hers

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    This is the Blurbomat feed Marlo, "practicing" bike riding. The post The Future is Hers appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Kirkjubøur

    Jon Armstrong
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The most important historical site in the Faroe Islands is Kirkjubøur. The churches in the village date from the 11th century and the farmhouse is the longest continually inhabited wooden structure in the world. The post Faroe Islands, Kirkjubøur appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Tjørnuvík

    Jon Armstrong
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The light turned crazy good as we were headed into the the village of Tjørnuvík in the Faroe Islands. These images should illustrate what I'm on about regarding the light. The post Faroe Islands, Tjørnuvík appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Faroe Islands, Suðuroy

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

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Remember, this podcast is about being parents. This podcast is not for kids. The post Turning This Car Around Episode 26 appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Church of San Domenico in Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Church of San Domenico and magnificent Fountain of Hercules are the centerpieces of Piazza XVI Maggio, located near the western end of Corso Umberto Vittorio, the main thoroughofare in the Baroque town of Noto, Sicily. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: Church of San Domenico in Noto, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Baroque Town Hall in Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Town Hall in Noto, Sicily, one of three Baroque towns that were entirely rebuilt on new sites after the earthquake of 1693. (Visited 28 times, 28 visits today)The post PHOTO: Baroque Town Hall in Noto, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Hall of Mirrors at Town Hall in Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hall of Mirrors at the Municipio (Town Hall) in the Baroque town of Noto, Sicily, was modeled after the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, France. (Visited 35 times, 35 visits today)The post PHOTO: Hall of Mirrors at Town Hall in Noto, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Basilica of St. Nicholas in Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Basilica of St. Nicholas in the town of Noto, Sicily, which was rebuilt in the Baroque fashion after an earthquake completely destroyed the original town in 1693. (Visited 47 times, 47 visits today)The post PHOTO: Basilica of St. Nicholas in Noto, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • VIDEO: Operating the Puppets at Teatro dei Pupi in Syracuse, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
      (Visited 27 times, 27 visits today)The post VIDEO: Operating the Puppets at Teatro dei Pupi in Syracuse, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

    Anne Marie Miller
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several times a week, I log into the dashboard of my blog and think I have something to write. I could write about true freedom, and how that means willingly accepting my identity as a slave to Christ, which doesn’t bring oppression, but true joy. I could write about how I think the voice of the peacemakers is being shut down because the voice of the cynics is so loud…and the peacemakers know there’s really no point in fighting a virtual battle of words. I could write about all the new stuff I’m learning about anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and grief or about the…
  • Redefining Friendship

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

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

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

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Found a great method for remotely locking your Mac using your iPhone.  Uses: Hazel, Dropbox and Launch Center Pro.  Works great. Found on Rick Stawarz site. The post Remotely Lock Your Mac via iPhone appeared first on MWGblog.
  • Great iPhone WordPress Theme Plugin With AdSense

    1 Feb 2010 | 1:06 pm
    Ever since the advent of the iPhone, I’ve always tried to have an iPhone optimized theme for my sites. For the last 2 plus years I’ve been using the iWPhone plugin for WordPress. It did the job with a simple straight forward approach. However recently, I switched to WPtouch. This plugin is a power house. It also provides a feature I’ve always wanted for my mobile themes – Google AdSense integration. More on that in a minute. To start it lets you set up a simple theme and then, when you are ready, you can really dig in an customize all types of features. As you can see, the home…
  • Top Chef Timer

    11 Dec 2009 | 11:29 am
    My wife wants the timer used on Top Chef for Christmas. I figured, easy enough, I’ll just go to Google and find it. Turns out it really takes some digging to get from “Top Chef Timer” or “Top Chef Red Clock” to the actual unit but if you are looking for one as well, here it is on Amazon. The post Top Chef Timer appeared first on MWGblog.
  • EFF Takes on VoloMedia Podcast Patent

    19 Nov 2009 | 11:35 am
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has added the VoloMedia podcast patent to it’s “Most Wanted” style list for its Patent-Busting Project. I wrote about this patent back when it was first announced. As expected, there is now some movement in challenging it. Specifically, the EFF is looking for examples of prior art: “evidence that the podcasting methods described in the patent were already in use before November 19, 2003.” You can read the whole story over at the EFF. (I was only half joking when I said I was “adding podcasting/episodic media expert witness…
  • New Beta Retweet Feature on Twitter

    18 Nov 2009 | 6:20 pm
    The new beta retweet feature showed up in my Twitter account today. Here is a quick rundown. Retweets using this function show up with a small square arrow icon and the profile picture from the person who originally posted the tweet. Nice feature, the original tweeter “gets credit.” The retweeter is listed along the bottom. When you want to retweet, the option is provided in the bottom right corner. Twitter asks you to confirm this action. For people who also have the beta retweet function enabled they will see the retweet in their timeline with icon display as shown above. In the…
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  • Five Danish Life Lessons For The Rest of Us

    Alex Berger
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    After three years living and working with the Danes, what insights and life lessons have I learned? Hygge is a very rich community oriented social concept which can roughly be translated as coziness and is at the heart of Danish culture. Embracing it, Danes take the negatives of winter and with a highly practical realism convert
  • Open Roads and Changing Aspen – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    With one arm resting half-in, half-out of the diver’s side window of  our white Chevy Crew Cab pickup truck the wind raced over my skin, cooling it, while tugging gently at my arm hairs. A periodic errant gust would collide with my skin before diverting inward to tickle my face and fill my ears with the
  • Nordic Conversations Are Different

    Alex Berger
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Silence. It is something Americans hate. In your typical American conversation you’ll rarely find such a thing as a comfortable silence, a reflective silence, or a natural silence.  For the average American in a normal conversation there’s really only one type of silence and that is awkward silence. A type of silence that we’re taught from
  • Absolute Control – Weekly Travel Photo

    Alex Berger
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Heads turned upwards towards the sky, we watched as three airplanes flew in formation above us. They cut across the airspace over Copenhagen before lazily looping back around for a second pass.  This time we looked on with baited breath as a small dot separated from the lead aircraft and plunged towards us. A few
  • Your First Two Months Will Define Your Study Abroad Experience

    Alex Berger
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    I remember the surreal exhilaration as I took that first step onto Danish soil.  Even as a veteran traveler I still couldn’t help but feel a bit like Neil Armstrong as he stepped out from the Lunar Lander into the unknown.  For me, it was the start of a two-year full degree program at the
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • A Hard-Working Todd

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    I’ve been looking through old photos and wanted to share a few of my baby.   Todd has always been a hard working cowboy.       Shoot, even when he was still a toddler, he was so committed to his job that he sometimes went to work in his pajamas. Now that’s dedication.       He’s never shied away from hard labor. If enormous boulders need to be moved, he won’t stop until it’s all done! And okay…they were rocks. But still.       And he totally volunteered to dig all the post holes on this day… And he…
  • His One True Passion

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a dedicated Charlie update, and because his life has been so monumentally busy and fulfilling lately, I thought I’d do it now! So what has Charlie been doing? Charlie’s been sleeping. A lot.       He’s also been sleeping quite a bit.       In addition, he’s been spending a great deal of time pursuing the art of sleep.       Occasionally, he takes a break from all the hectic pace of his sleeping…       To devote a little time to yawning.      …
  • Binders, Bras, and Bulls

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    1. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I thought I was busy when my kids were babies. I thought things would get a little less crazy once they got a little older. I thought that once they became teenagers, they’d be so much more self-sufficient and wouldn’t require as much time on my part. HA! Hahahaha hohohoho HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Ha? Ho. I thought wrong. It turns out that having teenagers makes life five million thousand trillion hundred times busier than having babies. And I just have two! What if all four of my kids were teenagers? I wouldn’t even have…
  • Not Necessarily in Any Order

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    My sister Betsy is going home today. She and Elliot have been here for a nice, long visit and we’ve cooked, eaten, cooked, eaten, laughed, cooked, laughed, eaten, eaten, and laughed, eaten, and cooked. Not necessarily in that order.       Oh my GOSH GARSH GOSH, we made this last night. It will be on The Pioneer Woman Cooks tomorrow. It was absolutely transcendent. And it tasted reeeeeeeeeal good, too.       In other news, I want to take you through my month so far, as seen through screenshots of my repeating numbers.       Hello.  …
  • What’s Been a-Happening

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Just a little update on how things are going around here!   Charles is every bit a Basset Hound these days. He’s warm, he sleeps all day, he refuses to do anything for himself, and he smells like Fritos. I absolutely adore him.       My daughter on the right up there has just finished submitting her first college application. The colors for the school are maroon and white. The colors for the next school she’ll apply to are orange and black. The colors for any other school she’s applying to are undecided as of yet, because she is still trying to determine…
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    Boss Sanders

  • As Of Today, August 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Say “Hello” to Super Little Red Princess No-Eyes! Outside my window… It’s a sun-shiney day! I am thinking… about date ideas! Last week, we did this: We headed to a studio to paint… We both chose “Parisian” themes…  and set to work… It was hubby’s first time EVER to paint.  He did a great job!  –And, we both had a lot of fun! Last night, we had an impromptu date night… created a new recipe that ended like this: It was… YUMMY!  No idea what I’m going to call it in my recipe journal… but, it’s…
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • Happiness Interview with Grandma & Triathlete Sharon Couto

    Britt Reints
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview with Grandma & Triathlete Sharon Couto. I want to be Sharon Couto when I grow up. Her effortless style, charm, and grace are rivaled only by starlets from the Golden Age of Hollywood – and she is so much more than a pretty face. Sharon is a mother, grandmother, wife, friend, writer, and retired teacher. But perhaps the label that impresses me the most is triathlete. At 61, Sharon swam, ran, and biked her way to the finish line of the Eagleman 70.3 Ironman. I’m thrilled to share her – and her happiness interview –…
  • How to Be Delighted and Impressed by Plain Old Life

    Britt Reints
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Join the conversation at How to Be Delighted and Impressed by Plain Old Life. I took my first solo plane ride when I was five years old. Under the watchful eye of two kind stewardesses, I flew aboard the now-defunct Britt Airways to go visit my father. I remember feeling very important, proud, and thrilled. Last week I flew from Pittsburgh to Greensboro, North Carolina for a speaking engagement, and as I scurried across the terminal in D.C. to make my connection I was struck by how much I still love navigating an airport. The people watching, the engineering, the reminder of my own…
  • Why I’m Still Talking About Happiness

    Britt Reints
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Join the conversation at Why I’m Still Talking About Happiness. With everything  happening in the world right now, I’m struggling to write about happiness. It seems silly to talk about pursuing personal happiness when important discussions are being had about race in my country. When people are being beheaded in other countries. When disease is spreading and grief, it seems, is everywhere. But this is the real world. This is the soil in which we must try to cultivate our own meaningful existence. I’ve often said that happiness matters because it ultimately leads us to our…
  • Happiness Interview: Reality TV Star Susie Meister

    Britt Reints
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview: Reality TV Star Susie Meister. If you were watching MTV reality shows during the late 90s, chances are you caught a glimpse of Susie Meister: the Pittsburgh native appeared on “Road Rules: Australia”, “Road Rules: Viewers Revenge” and six “Real World Road Rules Challenges”. She also has a PhD in Religious Studies. It’s impossible not to be fascinated by a doctor who has starred in more episodes of reality television than I’ve viewed. I met Susie last spring when we both spoke at a TEDx event. I was lucky enough to sit…
  • 5 Powerful Steps to a More Intentional Life

    Britt Reints
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Join the conversation at 5 Powerful Steps to a More Intentional Life. Most people I work with have a picture in their heads of what they want life to be like, but there is a disconnect somewhere between the wanting and the actual living. They get caught up in day-to-day minutiae, in habits, and in putting off in order to get by for a little longer. The key to breaking this cycle – to connecting the dots between ideals and reality – is to live intentionally. But how? What does that often tossed about word actually look like in actionable steps? Here are a few ideas to get you…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • timing is everything

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Me: “I’m going out to run errands. Need anything?” Family: “Nope.” I text home two hours later. “Heading home unless anyone needs something.” Text from child: “Nobody needs anything.” I come home, unload groceries and sit down to remove my shoes and read email. An hour later, I remove my bra and spend half an hour washing dishes. Those things aren’t related, but are part of the timeline. Another hour later, I put on pajamas and curl up in a chair with a book. “Mom! We’re completely out of cat food.”
  • The Simpsons Marathon

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    You don’t need to watch the entire marathon. Check off the episodes that you do watch. Watch the missing episodes the next time you are stuck in bed with the plague. The Simpsons schedule/episode list
  • resisting retargeting

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    There’s a clothing website that I like to visit occasionally. Everything on the site is unaffordable, but it’s fun to window shop in a wealthy hippie store. The instant I close that site’s tab, an email arrives in my box with an image of whatever I spent too long ogling. “Are you suuure you don’t want to buy this?” Yes, I’m sure. They never include a free shipping or discount offer. They are much too sure of themselves. For days after my imaginary clothing shopping, the images of whatever I looked at will be in the sidebar of many of my daily reads.
  • Questions about ‘The Giver’ in the classroom

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    I read my children’s assigned books. It is the only way that I can check their reports on the books. It is also the only way that I can be certain they think about and discuss the themes in their books. I suspect that school has neither the time nor the ability to do this. They check reports for accuracy about book content and proper grammar. I want my children to have less clinical analysis of books and more appreciation of ideas that are intended to make them think. So, we read the books and we talk about them. I seriously need someone in my children’s school system to explain…
  • about the Megabus

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I posted slideshows for every day of Evan’s DC adventure. I wrote about the things that we saw and did. I failed to write about the travel to and from DC on the Megabus. If you follow Doug or me on Twitter, you know that we tweeted the entire journey. It would have been easy to make a post consisting only of the tweets sent while on the bus. That would have been an incomplete picture of our journey. The ride from Knoxville to DC was completely packed. There were zero empty seats for stretching out to nap. Granted, that didn’t stop some passengers from spending the entire journey…
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  • Coffee and a doughnut

    Simply Stork
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
      Hello friends.  If you haven't noticed yet…I have returned to my love for coffee and coffee shops and have begun blogging the experiences again over at coffee and a doughnut.  I have thoroughly enjoyed checking out all the new coffee shops sprouting up in my area.  I haven't been alone.  I have had some company along the way.  My daughter has accompanied me on many of my coffee shop adventures and she will be popping in from time to time.  I might even convince her to do a blog post or two :o)  I have missed my afternoons of people watching and I am…
  • Water color picnic

    Simply Stork
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
                There was an open call by Liz for all bloggers and artists alike to attend a Water Color Picnic.  It was quite an adventure for me, being quite a distance from my house, but I was up for the challenge…so I went. There was a small handful of women who brought their blankets and water color paints (or what ever artsy fartsy things they were into) and sat together to enjoy the encouragement of other artists…at no cost. It was lovely, to say the least.  I had a relaxing afternoon of sitting, chatting, painting and meeting some…
  • Through the eye of a fish?

    Simply Stork
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I have a new toy.  I received an adaptor for one of my camera lenses.  It is called the “fish eye.”  I have been playing with it for a bit now and I must admit…it’s pretty fun.  I have a feeling I will be overusing this lens so please bear with me as I shoot ( play) with a new eye in mind.  Through the eyes of a fish?  :o)
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    Simply Stork
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:24 pm
                                 Happy little daisies, that’s what these flowers are.  They always bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.  May you find something today that brings you a little grin.  Because that is where the hope begins. ~simply~
  • Summer bits and bobs

    Simply Stork
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:15 pm
      I have had the most wonderful days.  Hope you are enjoying your summer. ~simply~
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  • How Bossy Spent Her Summer Vacation – And The Two Years Leading Up To It

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

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

    7 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Look! It’s time for Ten-Word Tuesday on Wednesday! That’s because Thursday is the new Friday! Shall we? For the past week, Bossy has been sleeping with Keith Richards. In doorstop form. It all began when Bossy borrowed Keith Richards from Bossy’s friend Barbara because Barbara said, “It’s actually a very good read.” Which brings up an interesting point. Actually is never a word you want associated with your achievements. It’s like the time Bossy invited her neighbor Tracy over for appetizers, and Tracy said, “Actually the roasted beets with goat…
  • Ten Word Tuesday: The Dream Analysis Edition

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Bossy is going to tell you about her dream because people love when you do that. Okay. It took place last night. In the dream, Bossy got a puppy. But not just any puppy, it was a cross between a daddy longlegs spider and a stick figure drawn by an embryo: Bossy soon realized that although her puppy seemed to have the constitution of a blouse fiber, it did in fact need the typical puppy things, such as food and water and relieving itself out of doors: At first Bossy seemed to be meeting the challenges of her new docile puppy, who Bossy flanked during its daily routines, hoping the wind…
  • A Very Bossy Tutorial: April Fools’ Day

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Hello, and welcome to four-one-one-four! But you can call it Sister Mercy April is finally here. Unlike the first of every other month, April 1st marks the day we tell children the world is canceling summer. This is known as April Fools’ Day! April Fools’ Day goes back to the ancient Romans, who celebrated the Spring equinox with a religious festival they named Hilaria. Marking the end of winter’s gloom, the Hilaria festival featured the usual ancient Roman amusements, such as walking the length of the village crumbling under the weight of the Goddess statue you’re…
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    Mo's Marketplace

  • Robin Williams

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Tonight, Robin Williams is dead.  A man responsible for so much joy found life so intolerable that he felt he had to end his. Truly a comedic genius.  So completely outrageous, and zany, he leaves me in a sad place.  How someone who could see the world in such humorous terms, apparently couldn’t see his own life through the same lens.  While “The Crazy Ones” was alright, it was still humorous.  How someone in such a dark place could be as humorous as he was in that show eludes me. To be sure, someone who commits suicide doesn’t find himself in that place just once…
  • With All Due Respect…

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

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

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

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

  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Pinkham Notch to Gorham

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Many of you readers are already aware of this, but for those who aren’t, John is hiking the northernmost 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail this fall. He left a few days ago, and his reports are trickling in. I will repost his entries here for those who care to keep up with his adventures. He is taking plenty of photos, but I won’t have access to them until he returns home mid-October. For now, his words will suffice. Enjoy his adventure! Day 0 – Climbing Mt. Washington Woke up to a beautiful day in Pinkham Notch.  At the last minute I decided to stay an extra day so I…
  • Risk taking as parents: Where’s the line when we’ve gone too far?

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit the Ambri research and development laboratory. If you haven’t heard of them, I would encourage you to watch this video now, before reading on. As we toured the facilities, I was struck by the level of innovation and critical thinking that was going into their battery. They are entering uncharted territory – a place where no company has ever gone before. There is no industry standard. There is no “best practice” to lean on. They have to test everything and consider tiny details. They know the chemical reaction works; now they need to…
  • Who benefits from our culture of fear? Not us, that’s for sure.

    Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    2 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    When and how did we Americans cross the line into crazy? Why do we continue to put up with this absurdity? This rant has been building for a while now. Every time I see an article about yet another mother who was arrested for allowing her child to play in the park alone or walk to a friend’s house a few blocks away, I cringe. New products come on the market continuously, proudly touted as the next best thing to keep our kids safe. CPS, it appears, is now regularly called in response to parents choosing an alternate, but very loving and safe, lifestyle for their kids. We Americans have…
  • Facing the Finances of long-term travel

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

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

  • We’re Closed

    David J. Hinson
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
  • Resume Play: The Story of Hendrix Football

    David J. Hinson
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    A great piece by Hendrix College, on the re-boot of Hendrix Football after a 51 year timeout.
  • So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish

    David J. Hinson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Friday, August 29th, 2014 is my last official day at Hendrix College. How does one recap what has been, perhaps, the most personally and professionally rewarding stretch of a career, in a few short words? Poorly, if this blog post is to be one’s guide. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of serving an academic community that is supportive, yet commands excellence. I have been blessed with colleagues and coworkers who have made me a better person, a better employee, and a better leader. I have learned new talents, and have rediscovered talents long forgotten. And, even after…
  • Lies, Damn Lies, and Frosh Move In Statistics

    David J. Hinson
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    At Hendrix College, on new student move in day, we have a number of stations in our Student Life and Technology Center setup for getting ID cards made, getting your post office box, and for configuring student devices to the Hendrix network.  And seemingly every year, I find myself banging my head against a desk, because I forgot to create a survey instrument to capture the devices that we were helping new students configure as they come to campus. But not this year. This year, I remembered, and created a simple Frosher Move In Survey. The instrument is pretty simple. Each survey page…
  • Associated Colleges of the South CIO Hangout – BYOD

    David J. Hinson
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    A panel of technologists and CIOs from the Associated Colleges of the South, discussing Technology, Tools, and Tactics. David J. Hinson, EVP & CIO of Hendrix College, and Todd Watson, Senior Director of Information Technology at Southwestern University, discuss the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomena on campus, and what impact it is having on College and University infrastructures.
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    Simple Marriage

  • An Alternative To Combat Distraction, Routine And Busyness

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Life is full of distraction. Everywhere you look something’s vying for your attention. Take your kids to school, ride the train to work, log onto the Internet and you’ll see things aimed at taking your money, focus, and time. One thing about a world full of attention clutter, our brain can become numb to it so we get to where we don’t even see it. But don’t kid yourself, there’s a drawback to this numbness. It also means we don’t really experience the other things in our life. Human nature seems to crave routine and structure. One way we can combat…
  • The Problem With Date Night

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This is a guest post from Emma Merkas of Couples Massage Courses. We all know we should go on regular dates with our spouse, right? The same way we know we should eat more Brussels sprouts and floss our teeth every day. It’s good for us. More than that, date night is actually enjoyable (for the record, so are Brussels sprouts if you pan fry them with some lemon juice and kosher salt!) but you wouldn’t know it the way some couples manage to avoid it. The problem with date night is that we humans love the comfort of routine. Stepping outside our little daily schedules takes a bit of effort.
  • The Fun of Going on “Dress Up” Dates

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Not too long after we were married, my wife and I met some friends for a double date. We were doing the normal thing – dinner and a movie. Before we left the house, for some reason, we decided it would be funny to dress up like nerds. I take that back. It wasn’t dressing as nerds as much as it was finding random, wild clothes in our closet that absolutely didn’t match. We walked to the restaurant where we were meeting our friends and giggled as we saw people staring strangely at us. After all, I was wearing big work boots, 80’s shorts, a dress up shirt, and a headband while my wife…
  • Several Great Marriage Quotes

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Came across some great quotes in the Simple Marriage Archives. Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. ~ Robert Browning (1812 – 1889) A man is seduced by what he sees, a woman by what she hears. ~ Anonymous Smile at each other; smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. ~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997) As the heart is warmed, so often too the body; as the spirit is loosed, so often and with laughter, the clothes fall away. ~ Anonymous This is what…
  • Add Spice By Opening Your Eyes

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    In case you’re new to our community, or even if you’ve been around for years, I’m part of a weekly show that airs new episodes each Wednesday called Sexy Marriage Radio. Each week Shannon Ethridge and I discuss various topics and ideas that will help you make your sex life better (or perhaps come back to life). To date, there are over two years worth of shows on Sexy Marriage Radio – many of them about how to spice things up, sort of like Spicing Things Up 101. Today, we talk about Spicing Things Up 301! I think you’ll like it. SMR#146: Spice Up Things By Opening…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 16 Thinking Habits that Will Make You Smarter

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    What if I were to tell you that there are 16 thinking habits that will make you smarter? After all, there are money habits that will make you richer, eating habits that will make you healthier, and working habits that will make you more productive. Why not thinking habits that will make you smarter? The [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • What a Special Agent Can Teach You about Achieving Your Goals

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    I used to watch a show called NCIS. It’s a television drama about special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Services. They investigate crimes committed within the Department of the Navy of the United States. The show focuses on a team of special agents led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Gibbs has a set of rules [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 50 Simple Ways to Celebrate and Enjoy Life

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Make it a goal to celebrate life in some way, however small, every day. Below you’ll find a list of 50 simple joys to help remind you to slow down, celebrate life, and enjoy the moment! The ideas were taken from my eBook, “500 Simple Ways to Celebrate and Enjoy Life“. 1. Have afternoon tea [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 30 Small Challenges to Jump-Start the Best Version of Your Life in the Next 30 Days

    11 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    I believe in the power of challenges to make changes in your life. In particular, I like challenges that can be taken in a short amount of time, such as 30 days. After all, we all want to see quick results. Below you’ll find 30 small challenges, covering several different life areas, to jump-start the [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 12 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Be Happy

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    We all want to be happy. Yet, at the same time, we’re constantly doing things that stand in the way of our own happiness. That is, in many ways, we’re our own happiness saboteurs. The good news is that once you become aware of the actions that you’re taking on a regular basis which get [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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    Handy Man Fix Home Repair

  • Wallpaper Tips for Installation

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    There are a lot of reasons to choose wallpaper over paint for the walls in your home. Wallpaper can add a real sense of class to a room with unique and eye-catching designs that a solid color of paint just can’t match. However, if you do opt for wallpaper you also have to consider that it’s more difficult to deal with. Most people have learned how to paint a room at some point in their lives, but fewer people understand how to hang wallpaper. If you want to go the do it yourself route then here are some wallpaper tips to help you with the tricky installation procedure. The good news is…
  • Using a Home Improvement Company for Best Results

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    The best thing that you can do with a home improvement company is actually use their expertise. This is something that many people are afraid of doing because they fear that they might get sucked into paying an extra amount of money for the services of a company. This would certainly be a terrible thing if it happened since the service payments would likely cancel out any gains that you made financially through doing the home improvement handyman work on your own. That having been said, there are ways to benefit from the experience of these companies without actually having to pay for that…
  • How to Remove Toilet Stains

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Toilet stains are unattractive and can strike any toilet, especially in a hard water area. Just the water sitting in the bowl can cause these rust-like toilet stains that may make you want to replace your toilet. Fortunately, there are ways to clean those stains and avoid having to replace an old bowl. The temptation may be to buy the most industrial bathroom cleaning product you can find, and scrub like mad with the toilet brush. You can use all these products and scrub all you like, and hard water stains are going to hang on. Bleach, Comet, ammonia, scrubbing foaming sprays, tablets and any…
  • Window Glazing Repairs

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    If you're not ready to sink money into replacement windows but your windows are drafty and in poor shape, you can make simple window glazing repairs yourself. Also known as reglazing, this is simply the removal of the old glazing (the putty around the panes of glass) and application of a fresh coat. The glazing makes a seal around the glass and holds it firmly in place. And when it starts to dry out and crack, you'll have drafty, unattractive windows that may even leak and rattle. Glazing repairs aren't difficult. The hardest part is taking care not to break the glass when removing old…
  • Solvent Based Stain Application

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Stain is something that is really easy to apply when you follow the direction and when you are using all of the right tools and equipment in the process. The instructions in this article pertain specifically to the application of a solvent based stain, rather than a water based stain or an aniline dye. You should always make sure that you test the process out using scrap wood before you use the stain on the real product. Materials: Stain Product White Cotton Cloth Brush Sand Paper Latex Gloves Step #1 - The first thing that you are going to want to do is to make sure to properly prepare the…
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  • Welcome to the NEW Lyved!

    Andrew Galasetti
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Welcome to the new Lyved! We’ve been working hard, preparing Lyved with a fresh design and a fresh focus. There are still tweaks for us to make but we’re ready to welcome you back. Lyved is still about “Life and living it!”, and with our newly launched categories like Arts & Entertainment, Current Events, Travel, Career & Entrepreneurship, Tech, and More, we’re expanding to cover everything for a truly well-“lyved”
  • U.S. Coming Soon!

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Coming Soon! This is a new category for Lyved, where you’ll be seeing many great articles and posts in the near future. If you’re a writer interested in this topic, please contact us through our submission page HERE. We’re always welcoming to new voices. Thank you for reading! -Andrew Founder of Lyved…
  • Family Coming Soon!

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Coming Soon! This is a new category for Lyved, where you’ll be seeing many great articles and posts in the near future. If you’re a writer interested in this topic, please contact us through our submission page HERE. We’re always welcoming to new voices. Thank you for reading! -Andrew Founder of Lyved…
  • Health & Wellness Coming Soon!

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Coming Soon! This is a new category for Lyved, where you’ll be seeing many great articles and posts in the near future. If you’re a writer interested in this topic, please contact us through our submission page HERE. We’re always welcoming to new voices. Thank you for reading! -Andrew Founder of Lyved…
  • Creativity & Ideas Coming Soon!

    Andrew Galasetti
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Coming Soon! This is a new category for Lyved, where you’ll be seeing many great articles and posts in the near future. If you’re a writer interested in this topic, please contact us through our submission page HERE. We’re always welcoming to new voices. Thank you for reading! -Andrew Founder of Lyved…
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

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    But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness

  • What is the perfect gift to give, when you want to give the most memorable gift?

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    My father turned 66 this summer and I decided to get him a gift that was both unique and memorable. He has a great interest in family history and saved some mementos from his mother’s estate. In an old worn out shipping box in the basement I found a small reel of old fashioned video […]
  • We have reached OVER 119,000 likes on our facebook page! Come join our #spoonie community!

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
        WHoooo HHhhoooo!!!  Do a happy Dance! We have reached OVER 119,000 fans/ likes on our facebook fanpage! Thank you to all our readers, friends, and “spoonies” for making every part of our online community as supportive as it is. You guys are amazing! If you haven’t “liked” us yet on facebook come on […]
  • I am Sick, NOT Stupid.

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Many years ago I heard a joke that was going around and it went like this. A guy was going home from the auto mechanic and just as he was passing a psychiatric center, a wheel fell off his car. He stopped, surveyed the situation and realized that the mechanic must have been distracted and […]
  • Painsomnia – Tick tock, tick tock, the clock keeps moving…

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    My mind won’t stop working. Tick, tock, tick, tock…many nights I just can’t sleep and the only companion I have is the clock and a teddy bear. Teddy doesn’t talk and I can’t get the clock to “SHUT UP”. I know, it’s just my brain trying to work things out but still I AM AWAKE. […]
  • Christine’s “Unbirthday Party”! – SAVE THE DATE!

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Christine’s “Unbirthday Party”! The Purple Party Dinner Dance - September 7th - SAVE THE DATE! It is my birthday and I am throwing the party… but you get the dinner, dancing, cake, music,swag bags, gifts and prizes! The best gift of all is our ability to come together and help others. Usually the birthday girl makes a wish. This year, help me make others wishes come true. All proceeds from this party will go to newly established But You Don’t Look Sick Foundation. The Party is Sunday September 7th. If you live near Long Island, NY This is…
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  • There's your Treasure

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other. ~ Vera NazarianRemember we all stumble, everyone of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand-in-hand. ~ Emily KimbroughI believe God lets us stumble along, slowly finding our way, and giving us chances to pick each other up. ~ Anna WhiteIn the end it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. ~ Amber FreyWhere you stumble, there your treasure lies.  ~Joseph CampbellQuotes about stumbling
  • A Little Voice

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~ Dan RatherCourage is the power to let go of the familiar.  ~ Raymond LindquistCourage is fear holding on a minute longer.  ~ George Smith PattonWe must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.  ~ Mary Anne RadmacherQuotes about courage
  • Made some Marmalade

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I am not  afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.  ~Louisa May AlcottThere are few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.  ~ Andre GideWhen there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.  ~ African proverbI got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade.  It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.  ~ D. H. LawrenceIf you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.  ~ Toni MorrisonQuotes about overcoming fears
  • A Stepping Stone

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Find a place where there is joy and the joy will burn out the pain.   ~ Joseph CampbellUse pain as a stepping stone, not a camp ground.  ~Alan CohenYour pain is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself.   ~ Gary ZukavBe patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.  ~ OvidBehind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.  ~ Bob DylanPain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.  ~ C. S. LewisQuotes about pain
  • Emotional Awareness

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities...   ~Daniel GolemanIt is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head — it is the unique intersection of both.  ~David CarusoEmotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection, and influence.  ~Robert K.
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    Steve's Free

  • What a Prostitute Can Teach Us about Grace

    Steve Woodruff
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    She was unclean. A notorious sinner in the town actually – perhaps a prostitute. An immoral wretch, at the bottom of the totem pole. But she was intrigued by this loving, kind, forgiveness-dispensing Jesus, and she dared come to Him to express her appreciation and love in a tangible way – anointing His feet with very expensive perfume. All this, in the house of one of the self-righteous religious folks of the day. Simon the Pharisee had invited Jesus in for a meal (after all, on the prophet circuit, Jesus was head and shoulders above any contemporaries! He was really stirring…
  • Now

    Steve Woodruff
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    The past 2 weeks have brought an unending litany of bad news in our nation and around the world. I don’t even want to list the events because it’s depressing to just mention it all. It can be overwhelming, frankly. And our limited capacity to take in that much gloom is regularly swamped by an insistent flood of media that pounds us with stark imagery and doomsday opinioneering. I’m finding myself shutting down and walking away, out of sheer self-preservation. You? We aren’t designed to carry this much angst. And some of us double or triple the load, by continually…
  • Scandalous Mercy

    Steve Woodruff
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    I am one small, finite, little-hearted, mortal human being, and my capacity for mercy toward others is really pretty meager. The God who created all things, and whose language is that of infinitude, is not like that. Let’s say you embezzled a hundred thousand dollars from an employer – knowingly stealing what wasn’t yours. Or you destroyed the reputation of a co-worker through gossip. Or you regularly lashed out in anger at those around you because of your petty and selfish heart. Or you commited adultery – repeatedly. Or you curse(d) God on a regular basis. Or you…
  • What If I Sink, Too?

    Steve Woodruff
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    Every once in a while, a dark and heavy thought floods my mind. I try to dismiss it because I know it’s not going anywhere healthy, but when things happen like the recent suicide of Robin Williams, I can’t avoid it. What if I sink, too? If you’ve had a history of depression, I suspect you know the train of thought I’m talking about. I remember feeling this profoundly the first time I watched the movie, “A Beautiful Mind.” Russell Crowe’s portrayal of mental illness in that movie rocked me to my core. It scared me. Despite the fact that my depression…
  • Ashes for Beauty

    Steve Woodruff
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    We’ve all heard of the phrase “beauty for ashes” – a lovely image of trading off a lowly and filthy state, for fresh, renewed beauty. It is the language of the gospel. It is the language of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 61 of his book. It is the hope and yearning of any honest person who looks into his/her soul and sees the ash heap of sin and selfishness that defiles every one of us. We mourn, and a symbol of that mourning in the days of Isaiah was to cover oneself with ashes in sorrow and humiliation. But that’s not the end of the story. Later, in chapter…
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Appeals Court Reinstates Fraud Case Against Planned Parenthood in Iowa

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    (Omaha, NE)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit Friday reinstated a former Planned Parenthood facility director’s lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Susan Thayer filed suit in 2011, alleging fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars. A district court judge had dismissed the lawsuit in 2012.“Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are abusing it,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “No matter what people believe about abortion itself, everyone can agree that…
  • 2016 Labor Day Presidential Preference Poll

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    2016 Prospective Republican Candidates Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Santorum, & Perry)2016 Prospective Democrat Candidates (minus Brian Schweitzer)Caffeinated Thoughts is launching its first 2016 Presidential Preference Poll.  This poll will be live until September 4, 2014 at midnight.  All are welcome to participate in this poll regardless of party or where you live.  We do ask Iowa voters to identify themselves so we can filter Iowa results.  Also you do have to decide which party you are likely to caucus or go vote in a primary for.  We recognize that the…
  • Ernst Blasts Obama on Expected Immigration Executive Action

    Shane Vander Hart
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    President Obama on Thursday, 8/28/14, promised executive action on immigration.President Barack Obama hinted Thursday during press conference about executive action he may take on immigration.  “It continues to be my belief that, if I can’t see the congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better,” Obama said. “But you know, some of these things do affect time lines and we’re just going to be working through as systematically as possible in order to get this done. But have no doubt: in the absence of congressional action, I’m…
  • Young for Iowa Releases Radio Ad in Iowa 3rd Congressional District Race

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    (DES MOINES) – The Young for Iowa campaign Wednesday announced the release of its second radio ad of the Iowa 3rd Congressional District campaign cycle entitled “Listen”.The ad will be aired throughout the Third Congressional District.  You can listen below: of the radio ad:“As Iowans, we expect our elected officials to listen more than they talk. This is David Young and I’m running for Congress. Traveling throughout central and southwest Iowa, I’ve visited with…
  • Miller-Meeks Gives Solid Peformance During Iowa 2nd District Debate

    Shane Vander Hart
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    (Iowa City, IA) I watched the Iowa Press hosted debate in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District tonight.  I Mariannette Miller-Meeks impressed me with her performance tonight.  In a word – solid.  She was knowledgable, articulate and aggressive.  She put Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) on the defensive, right off the bat by referring to The Des Moines Register referring to him as the least-effective member of Iowa’s Congressional delegation.The debate covered topics such as Obamacare, debt ceiling, Iraq and ISIS, Ukraine, the Farm bill, general dysfunction in Washington,…
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    Blogs Are Stupid


    22 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    I've decided to take a leap of faith and submit this story to a few contests. As a perfectionist with an abject fear of failure, this is something that is very hard for me to do. I've never submitted anything for publication or judging, other than here. It's a step forward in my personal growth. Even if I don't win (and lets' face it, the chances are small, because there are millions of
  • I Was Tired

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Robin Williams died today. It doesn't usually affect me when celebrities die, other than in an abstract way. It's sad, because dying is sad, but it doesn't affect my life. I don't mourn, I don't feel grief. But Robin Williams was special. I really do feel a deep and genuine sadness that he has left this world. And it's all the more tragic because he took his own life. He, who was such a
  • Funeral In A Small Town - Part VI

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I started this story 8 years ago when my husband's beloved Grandmother passed away. It is a true story. The people and events are real. But I couldn't wrap it up in a neat little bow. There really isn't any "ending" as all the people still live and breathe and go on with their lives. I just didn't know how to make my story complete. So I tucked it away in my documents, hoping it would come to me
  • The Princess Paradigm

    6 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    One of my young co-workers is getting married. I listen to her wedding plans and smile. Every woman wants that fairy tale wedding. Sadly, it rarely turns out to be the magical experience we all dreamed about as little girls. My wedding was a disaster  from start to finish. If I had it to do all over again, I would have said my vows at city hall and used the money to add another week to our
  • Perfect Is As Perfect Does.

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Perfectionism. This seems like a made up thing, doesn't it? A thing just for the sake of having a thing, in an age when every quirk and oddity is a diagnosed condition. We do like our diagnoses. And I think the reason we harbor such fondness for them, is that a diagnosis implies a treatment or a cure. It lends validity and legitimacy to things that would otherwise be shameful. Perfectionism...
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    Dominick Evans

  • I’ll Trade You the Pink-Ribbon Teddy Bear for Jerry Lewis Any Day

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    BY: INGRID TISCHER It is with great honor that I present to you an article, written by a dear friend of mine in the disability community, NMD (neuromuscular disease) community, and a fellow disability rights activist. Her thoughts on this, and many other topics, so often mirror my own. Every family has its stories. In my family, many of them end with The Debunking of the Experts. A classic one is about the first specialist the pediatrician referred my parents to when I wasn’t crawling. “She will never walk!” he is said to have declared. Say what you will about fearing the…
  • SMA Awareness Month – Day 22 – Why Saying “Cure” May Harm Your Child

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    I mentioned in my writing yesterday that I was going to talk more about the “cure mentality”, but I was going to focus specifically on this in relation to caregivers. Caregivers can include anyone that takes care of a person with a disability. It can mean parents, which is especially true for children with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), grandparents or other family members raising a child or taking care of an adult with a disability, PCAs, and even nurses. I am focused especially on parents and other family members and/or friends, because I believe they often have the best of…
  • SMA Awareness Month – Day 21 – You Can’t Cure Disability Culture

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Hello everyone! I wanted to post a little bit further on my thoughts on “cure mentality”. I wrote about it earlier in the month, but I really wanted to focus on a specific aspect of cure mentality. Some people with disabilities say they want a cure, and they do not understand why other people, like myself, say that disability is an integral part of our cultural being, and that we do not want to be cured. I want to clarify a few things. First, I want to go back to how I see the definition of the term “cure” and why I feel that it is a negative term to use when…
  • SMA Awareness Month – Day 20 – The Abuse of Bargaining

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I know that I have been horrible about posting every day, and I missed several days. I had a personal issue arise, and I have neglected my blog, as a result. Luckily, I’m back to finish off the month, with some blog posts about SMA, SMA Awareness and disability, in general. Today, I want to talk about one of the most important issues we rarely discuss, not only in the SMA community, but in the greater disability community. That is…abuse. When we think of abuse, we often think of physical abuse. We think of children getting hit, beaten, kicked, or otherwise physically harmed.
  • Hatred for One Another Hinders the Success of the LGBT and Disability Communities

    10 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of my friends, Kara Sheridan (Ayers), wrote an interesting article on a conference she attended. One of the programs at this conference was called The Invisible Freak Show: Queerness, Disability, and Reproductive Justice. During this program, speaker Mia Mingus discussed the similarities between the Queer (LGBT) Community and the Disabled Community. As someone who is a part of both communities, I have to agree with everything Ms. Mingus said concerning queerness and disability. Both groups face oppression, discrimination, and prejudice. You can lose your children for being gay, lesbian,…
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  • What happened to Motorola

    Jordon Cooper
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Interesting article on what happens when your corporate culture goes bad. Meanwhile, in arguably one of the worst decisions ever made by a major corporate CEO, Zander struck a deal with his Silicon Valley friend Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple. Together their companies created a Motorola iTunes phone, the first phone connected to Apple’s music store. “We can’t think of a more natural partnership than this one with Apple,” Zander said at the time. Named the Rokr, the phone launched in the fall of 2005. Jobs, who introduced it, called it “an iPod Shuffle right on your phone.” Zander…
  • Have modern stadiums taken the game away from the fans

    Jordon Cooper
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    I worry about the same thing happening with the new Rider stadium The first 49ers game I ever went to was against the Chicago Bears at Kezar Stadium. My dad took me. It was a December afternoon in 1967, and I was 14 years old. Kezar was a faded old bowl plunked down in the middle of the working-class Inner Sunset. Scary-looking brick Polytechnic High School was across from it, along with some houses whose roofs afforded a free view of the gridiron—a veritable West Coast Wrigley Field. Golden Gate Park, filled with still-mysterious creatures called hippies, lay just beyond the foliage of…
  • The ideological roots of Stephen Harper’s vendetta against sociology

    Jordon Cooper
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    From the Toronto Star by Jakeet Singh Stephen Harper really seems to have it out for sociology. In 2013, in response to an alleged plot against a VIA train, Harper remarked that we should not “commit sociology,” but pursue an anti-crime approach. And last week, in response to the death of Tina Fontaine, Harper argued that an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is not needed, because this is not a “ sociological phenomenon ” but simply a series of individual crimes. Of course, not only is all crime a sociological phenomenon , but also without a broader sociological…
  • Oliver & Wendy

    Jordon Cooper
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    This just cracked my 50 most interesting photos of all time on Flickr.  Oliver loved the Fringe but was overcome by a touch of the flu.  He was so sick that he actually turned down ice cream (his loss, my gain).  It was part of a larger group of photos I took at the 2014 Fringe Theatre Festival.
  • Mark’s Cell Phone

    Jordon Cooper
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    I gave Mark an Sony Xperia J last Christmas which he loved.  He thought it was the greatest phone ever, even if it wasn’t.  The Sony Xperia J has a memory problem that means that it doesn’t handle apps well.  I am not sure why this version of Android on this phone acts so poorly but according to the tech forums, it does. The phone broke this summer and all of a sudden Mark’s attitude changed for the better.  So much that we had some very long talks about it.  He told me he missed being able to talk to his friends and Wendy and I via text but he didn’t really miss his phone very…
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    Ibn Ibn Battuta

  • House Hunters International, Algiers: Episode 4, "A Year Later, Still So Many Questions"

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

    Andrew Farrand
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Croatia's Dalmatian coast is supremely relaxing. Above, Korčula town.Coming from Algeria or anywhere else, you can do a lot worse than ten days on Croatia's Dalmatian coast. Here's why:The island of Korčula was almost certainly my favorite destination; the rugged feeling there reminded me of the Adirondacks.Views | The first thing you notice about Croatia is that it's gorgeous. Sure, a little run-down in some parts, like a charming West-Virginia-on-the-Adriatic, but more often than not just lovely. It would take me a long time to tire of biking around the next curve to find yet another…
  • 12 Essential Travel Reads from the New Yorker Archives

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

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

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is the last week of The Post College Survival Kit blog crawl. The last week of being inspired by wiser bloggers' insights. It's particularly appropo because today is my birthday and lo, there are many things I'd tell me younger self. Ten years ago, I was celebrating my birthday in Taiwan. I'd just moved there with a boyfriend who wasn't right for me and the country had just been hit by a huge typhoon. The water mains in my huge, tropical city were damaged and we spent hours every day filling buckets with water and strategically planning when/where we'd go to the bathroom. Our new…
  • Real Life Style Icon: Carelia of 'My Small Wardrobe'

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to funny, interesting humans who also happen to be incredibly blazer with gold buttonsblue button upblue patterned skirtwhite quilted clutchsunglassesbeige pumpssheer socksName: Carelia BrownLocation: North CarolinaOnline haunts: blog // facebook // instagram // tumblr // pinterest Three reasons you're awesome:I am 43 and I am proud to say it.I am the mother of two wonderful grown up boysI never forget where I come from...Honduras.patterned blazer // t-shirt // ripped jeans // cross body bag //…
  • Read // Eat: Pink Penguin Cocktail from 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette?'

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This Read // Eat guest post comes to us via Alicia of Jaybird fame. When she's not making a mess in the kitchen, she tries her hand at home DIY projects and elaborate picnics. Go be friends! Twitter / Instagram.Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple is the story of a family: one proudly eccentric mom, one work-obsessed dad, and one precocious teenage girl named Bee.When Bee’s mom, Bernadette, disappears after some disastrous social encounters, there is no question that Bee will follow her. Putting together clues from emails, faxes and a mysterious package, Bee struggles to track down…
  • True Story: I Had 2 Miscarriages

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/challenging/amazing things. This is the story of my friend Kaitlin and her miscarriages. It's estimated that 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage.Kaitlin and her husbandTell us a bit about yourself.  I'm from Minnesota, currently living in San Francisco, but soon to be moving back to Minneapolis (yay!). I'm 34 and, although I have far too many degrees, my present job (in property management) is not really related to any of them.Growing up, how…
  • Web Time Wasters

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    How was your week, guys? I joyfully killed some brain cells watching Step Up - All In, attended a friend's baby shower (where I bought this amazing thing off her registry), and now I'm with seven friends at a cabin in western Minnesota attending Potato Days. There's mashed potato wrestling! And a Miss Tater Tot Pageant! And a potato cook off! Obviously, I'm in heaven.Anyway. Link for you!Well, this is adorable. A scented necklace THAT SMELLS LIKE CHURROS.A photo tour of an abandoned amusement park in Berlin? Into it.When you're a woman, what does it mean to be a boss?An ice cream recipe for…
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  • Shocking increases in Top Bosses earnings

    Anja Merret
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Top bosses earnings According to an article in the Independent top bosses are now earning 143 times what workers’ get paid. This, says the article, has tripled over the past 15 years. That is a seriously huge gap in earnings. And remember, this is an average. There are obviously a bunch of CEOs getting more than this. Why is this happening? Because they can. It’s that straight forward. Here are some underlying reasons. Bound to be more of course. Shareholder’s greed for profits. ? Provided the CEO can deliver on huge returns to its shareholders, they don’t care about the inequalities…
  • Trolls beware, anonymous attacks could be dangerous to your health

    Anja Merret
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:13 am
    Troll warning. Image credit Wikipedia. Trolls Beware At the end of the day, for regular internet users as well as trolls, there is no such thing as being anonymous online. Any clever hacker, competent staff at internet service providers, government authorities and the clever folk managing social media companies can find out the identity of trolls. They just don’t want to bother. Somehow freedom of speech has been translated into allowing the nasties out there to attack innocent people with verbal abuse and even threats to personal safety. And the more vicious the attacks it seems the less…
  • Pope Francis sends out a strong message against economic greed

    Anja Merret
    14 Dec 2013 | 2:28 am
    Pope Francis It’s been a long time since I have listened to what a Pope might have to say. But Pope Francis strong words against economic greed certainly made me sit up. It’s always been my feeling that the Catholic church has lagged behind its community. Not that other religions are necessarily doing a better job of keeping up with the global societal changes. Saudi Arabian’s women not being allowed to drive is a case in point. However, this new Pope is bringing a fresh breath of air into a rusty and quietly working towards becoming defunct religious community. For once it…
  • Penitence for the bad amongst us

    Anja Merret
    7 Oct 2013 | 3:53 am
      Messina: Pulling the float for the Virgin Mary during La Vara, August 2013.  Image Credit. Italy has been in the news quite often for the goings on of its rather colourful politicians. One noteworthy proponent being Silvio Berlusconi. He conjures in ones mind the perfect example of what the Mafia stood for. Political player, entrepreneur and above all else a person who felt he or she stood above the law. Berlusconi is such an individual. For years he has done all of the above. With his media empire he has manipulated the opinions of the Italian electorate and has managed to stay in…
  • Welcoming the Evening Wedding in the UK

    Anja Merret
    6 Oct 2013 | 6:03 am
    Evening weddings now allowed in the UK. Did you know that wedding venues in Yorkshire and the rest of the UK were not allowed to offer wedding ceremonies after 6.00pm. That is until October 2012. Finally a new law came into effect that replaced some element of the Marriage Act of 1836. One wonders what else in that Act could be ever so slightly outdated… That’s surely some time ago. In 1836 the Marriage Act stated that people could only marry between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm. The reason for this was to ensure you married the right person. The thinking went that you needed to be…
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    Celebrate Love

  • Most Joyous, Romantic Marriage Proposal Ever!

    Renee Michaels
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    How did I miss this?! I finally saw Isaac Lamb’s viral marriage proposal to his girlfriend Amy Frankel using Bruno Mars’ upbeat Wanna Marry You as the theme. It’s sooooo sweet and romantic and over the top! Somehow he and …... Read more...
  • Whenever You Wake Up…

    Renee Michaels
    1 Aug 2012 | 4:35 am
    it’s all good! And if you have a loving partner to share the bad days, it’s even better! Read more...
  • How To Choose A Romantic Silk Scarf

    Renee Michaels
    24 Jul 2012 | 6:04 am
    You’ve already bought concert or theater tickets, or planned a romantic evening out. But you want to add a little something extra to show that you appreciate how beautiful your special woman is to you. A sweet gift idea is … Continue... Read more...
  • Puzzles & Games Are Great Party Ice Breakers

    Renee Michaels
    21 Jul 2012 | 5:54 pm
    Getting your party guests to mix and mingle isn’t always the easiest thing to do. We’ve all been at those parties where the host or hostess thinks you should meet another guest and doh…you have no connection at all and …... Read more...
  • Plan a Fabulous Gay Wedding

    Renee Michaels
    15 May 2012 | 3:45 pm
    This is a guest post by a fellow blogger, Adam Reimer, who made me aware about the unique issues LGBT couples face when planning their wedding. Here are some gay wedding planning tips from him to make sure your wedding … Continue reading... Read more...
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    WebSnacker - Automat For The Web Wanderer - Free Morsels to Read, See, Hear and Experience!

  • R.E.M. - Monster (1994)

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    The standout R.E.M albumFew bands can claim to have been the best in the world without sounding completely ridiculous. The American jangle pop alternative rock band R.E.M. was one of those bands. R.E.M not only won the respect of their musical peers but were also a huge commercial success and had and still have some of the most devoted fans in music today. And they made it stand out with Monster, their ninth studio album that was released in 1994.If their preceding two albums, Out of Time (1991) and the best selling Automatic for the People (1992) were kind of…
  • Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk (1998)

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    An outstanding album (of sorts) from a star who died too soon Critically acclaimed Singer Songwriter and Guitarist Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) released only one EP and one full-length album Grace before his untimely death. Buckley drowned in Memphis in May of 1997 while working on his next album, tentatively titled My Sweetheart the Drunk. Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk compiles all of the raw demos and completed studio tracks that Buckley recorded with his band prior to his unfortunate death. Of the 20 tracks on Sketches... many are clearly rough demos but there are…
  • Meteorites! (1998)

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    A disaster TV Movie that's so bad its actually good!A blogger friend of mine tells me that Tom Wopat, the heroic family-man protagonist in this Sci-Fi Channel original movie, was once the hunky Bo Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard. This seems appropriate since Meteorites is an instance of what I call the The Dukes of Hazzard Phenomenon: to wit, a cultural event-be it a film fad, a television show, or a famous scandal-enjoys massive popular attention even though any particular person will tell you he or she has no interest in it whatsoever. In my experience, The Dukes of Hazzard was this curious…
  • The President's Analyst (1967)

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    A underrated lampoon that was ahead of its timeHas anyone else ever heard of this satirical cult gem? Long before Watergate shook Hollywood out of its government-is-your-friend fantasy-world, The President's Analyst directed by Theodore J. Flicker and starring James Coburn, entertained the preposterous notion that an American secret agent could assassinate one of his own countrymen, and this amusing movie is bold enough to play this cynical scenario for laughs. Move over The Parallax View and Capricorn One, here comes the real deal. Though positioned as a comic thriller, it's…
  • Ride the High Country / Guns in the Afternoon (1962)

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A tepid showdown in the high sierrasThis was American action director Sam Peckinpah's second film and it bears only a few traces of his 1969 masterpiece, The Wild Bunch. Even though Newsweek called it the Film of the year, you'll most likely yawn, roll your eyes, and fidget uncontrollably until the closing scenes. The film lacks the raw violence and debauchery that cements each scene of the later film. Ride the High Country (released in the UK as Guns in the Afternoon) is set in California's High Sierras, which is a welcome contrast to the Monument Valley backdrop that…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Giveaway: Color Cloud Hammock

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! **Note: Today is the last day to pre-order bundles for The Happiness of Pursuit** Several years ago, three nomadic adventurers started a small business making and selling hammocks. The hammocks have since gone global, with sightings in more than 40 countries and all 7 continents. I love these hammocks! We use them in the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) lounge at WDS every year, and they’re always a huge hit. Also, be sure to check out their hammocks around the world on Instagram via hashtag #inacolorcloud. What you need to know: Color Cloud…
  • 6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume VII

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. The Professional Career of Mini-Golf — A 19-year-old Czech superstar practices seven hours a day The World’s Hardest Geography Test — One that’s not taught in any classroom Joey Roth has a new poster — The original “hustler” one (featured in The $100 Startup) has sold more than 10,000 prints! “I was a digital bestseller” — An interesting story on the promise and perils of digital publishing The secret swimming pool in the Mojave desert — When next in…
  • Tyler Tervooren’s Strategy for Becoming Comfortable with Risk

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I work with Tyler on producing adventures for WDS, as well as several other projects. A couple months ago, I heard him give a great (and hilarious!) talk at TEDxConcordiaUPortland. In the talk he mentioned his three theses: a. Adventure can make you smarter b. Adventure can make you stronger c. Adventure can make you more attractive Check it out below and be sure to visit his site for more. &nbsp
  • Service Is Free to Offer But Incredibly Valuable: Lessons from an Airport Shuttle Driver

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    At the Hyatt Dulles, my shuttle driver was named Abdullai. He was extremely enthusiastic about welcoming his early-morning travelers on board for the ride to the terminal. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he said, “Welcome to my shuttle. I’ll be taking you to the Dulles airport this morning. The journey will take exactly 13 minutes.” Then he opened a cooler and handed us all a bottle of cold water. A bottle of water! Such things go a long way when jet-lagged at 5:30am. Midpoint through the 13-minute journey, we stopped off at an office. “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll be picking up a UPS…
  • A Free Offer to Help You Get Rich Slowly

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Most people who read this blog aren’t poor. Some are relatively poor, in the sense that other people around them have more money—but that’s different from being really poor. Nevertheless, in offering a personal finance guide, neither J.D. nor anyone on the Unconventional Guides team wants to be insensitive to anyone who could benefit from this resource but doesn’t have the funds to purchase it. If you truly can’t afford even the basic version, will you let me know? You can do so confidentially and anonymously (your name will never be shared). We’ll send you the guide for free. If…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Insulated and isolated

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Our new neighbors moved in. They used a large Penske rental truck that they drove from a distant city. Somehow I thought of villagers having to move their worldly possessions due to war. Everything they have is carried on their backs or loaded on a cart pulled by a donkey. What a contrast to life in America. I live such an insulated life here. If I don’t visit websites to read and see what’s going on in other parts of the world, I am blissfully unaware. And even if I do see what’s happening, I become desensitized to the pain and suffering. There’s so much of it. What can I do? I…
  • One way to save millions of dollars

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    About once a week for about a year, I rode my bicycle past this completely full car lot. All these cars cannot even be seen by the public from the dealership’s already ample lot. This is an overflow lot on a side street. There are two reasons why this dealership has about $3,000,000 worth of trucks and cars constantly sitting in that lot: 1) They want buyers to be able to buy a purple model with or without a sunroof today and not go to another dealership; and 2) Ford essentially requires them to keep that much inventory through various arcane regulations. Europe is not that way. You may…
  • I quit Foursquare

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Foursquare was fun, while it lasted. I checked in at interesting places I visited and shared those with some of my social media friends. I enjoyed seeing where they checked in too. It was great to not use Facebook for that, as I never want to overwhelm any social media channel with too much stuff about me. Then Foursquare switched things up. Now it’s just a platform for advertising. (Google Maps already allows me to look for businesses quite well, thank you.) Foursquare forced anyone who wanted to keep checking in to download a new app called Swarm. Not me. This is a perfect example of…
  • On hoarding, part 9

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

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

  • Kids Eat Vegemite, Adorably Freak Out

    Erin McCarthy
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I'm very fond of telling the story about the time my World Cultures teacher, Mr. Achenbach, tricked my class into eating vegemite, Australia's favorite spread. He put a generous helping on a cracker, shoved it in his mouth, and proclaimed loudly, "I love it! It's so delicious!" as we passed the jar around the room, slathering vegemite on our own crackers. When we each had one, we ate it at the same time ... and reacted with horror. That stuff was disgusting. Mr. Achenbach spit out his own cracker, now yelling "Isn't it gross? I actually hate this stuff!" over the noises of my class coughing,…
  • 10 Chilly Facts About Cryolophosaurus

    Mark Mancini
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Dinosaurs once inhabited every continent and today, we’ll be strapping on our snowshoes to take a closer look at Antarctica’s dashiest species: Cryolophosaurus ellioti.
  • The Missing Links: What Ren

    Colin Patrick
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    You IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIdiot! John Kricfalusi changed the face of cartoons when he created Ren & Stimpy. The Future of Science Education Everything you knew in your school science class is now better. No need to dissect a real frog, make a science fair presentation board or stare at that poster of the periodic table. Also: Here are eight pop culture periodic tables, eight creative periodic tables, and nine strange periodic tables. That’s Not the Same Movie Cracked runs down six examples of that phenomenon where the trailer for a movie doesn’t resemble the actual film…
  • An Interactive Map of Photos of Earth Tweeted by Astronauts

    Erin McCarthy
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Astronauts up on the International Space Station are very busy performing space walks, running science experiments—and snapping photos of Earth that they then post on Twitter.
  • 11 of the Oldest Snack Foods We're Still Eating

    Kate Erbland
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The shelves of your local grocery store may be crowded with new-fangled taste sensations like coffee-flavored potato chips and candy bars stuffed with hip ingredients like bacon (always, always bacon), but plenty of snack foods we still consume in mass quantities have got some major staying power.
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    Journey Mama

  • I don't want to forget.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    It isn’t easy, sometimes, with five kids, to have quality sister time. We have lots of quality time, mother time and auntie time, and it’s all so much fun, but it’s nice to do something as the two of us. We were able to go out on my last night in Kelowna. We drove through the orchards and vineyards on Becca’s scooter and the light was all around us, beautiful. Becca had a gift card  for a restaurant that had really good food. We talked and talked, and on the scooter going home the sky was black and we turned a corner and saw a giant orange moon over the trees. We stopped and…
  • The incident with the bus floor.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Way long ago, when we left Vancouver and traveled to Kelowna, we took the Greyhound Bus, about a five-and-a-half-hour journey, because our van was parked in Kelowna and we were picking it up there. It was the best option all around, and I thought the Greyhound would be a breeze. After all, we’ve been traveling all over Asia on trains and buses, buses are our normal mode of transport. Right?It was inordinately difficult. Why is this so hard? I thought to myself as we tried to coordinate shuttling our many bags (including a guitar and a banjo) to the station. Once the bags were on the…
  • Family photos.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Oh, hello, poor, dear, neglected blog. All these things happen at a speed that feels hard to capture. I have so many stories to tell you. Some bullet points:- Kai and Kenya are away at camp for the week. I'm so excited for them, I pushed hard to make it happen, and I miss them like crazy.- I've been doing very well in grocery stores. (You would be proud of me.) However, I did have a panic attack while driving yesterday. (Why do drivers have to be so angry? Why don't people just bow and smile?)- We leave Kelowna today, and I felt very, very sad yesterday. But then I remembered one of…
  • The beginning of my world.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    I'm feeling speechless and though I know I can't tell you everything, can't describe all of what's happening, I'll tell you a few things.I'm in Canada. This place was the beginning of the world for me, and as a place on Earth, still retains the deepest, truest love of my heart.We flew through Korea (highly recommend) and landed in Vancouver one week ago. Vancouverites have been ecstatic about a heat wave in their rainy city. We have been ecstatic that it has been so cool and refreshing outside. My brother baby-wearing his two-week-old baby. We were also excited about my brother, my…
  • The girl, the potatoes, and the thief.

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

    Mike Duran
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    When Tony Jones (“theologian-in-residence” at Solomon’s Porch)  challenged his readers “to write one post about God,” the response was… bizarre. Why was such a challenge for progressives even necessary? Jones explained: …progressives have a God-talk problem. That is, progressives write lots of books and blog posts about social issues, the church, culture, and society. But we don’t write that much about God. That is, we don’t say substantive things about who God is, what God does, etc. Apparently, the inclusion of the word “substantive” was necessary. But it…
  • Can Marketing Your Book Be “Spiritual”?

    Mike Duran
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    I was once asked how I knew I was called to write. I answered, “Because when I write, I feel God’s pleasure.” It was a reference to that famous line in Chariots of Fire when missionary Eric Liddel was asked why he ran. It was also a hilariously pompous thing for me to say. I started my writing career in Christian circles — a Christian critique group, Christian writing conferences, Christian writer friends, all seeking to be agented and published in the Christian book industry. Back then, getting published was viewed by many as an act of Providence. The…
  • Do Paid-For Reviews Hurt Authors?

    Mike Duran
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    The answer to that question, it appears, depends on what side of the aisle you fall — author or reader. So I was following an author for a spell, keeping an eye on the release of their first novel. Within a week they were pushing 20 reviews. All five-star. And all, notoriously, brief. This hinted at the possibility that these reviews were actually paid for, part of the marketing strategy to boost early sales of the book. I surmised this because The bulk of the reviews were one paragraph and very generic. A punchy caption followed by stuff like, “This book was a page-turner!”…
  • Rationalism and the Waning Western Church

    Mike Duran
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    One of the most influential books I’ve ever read remains John Wimber’s Power Evangelism. Wimber’s thesis was pretty simple: Signs and wonders, spiritual phenomenon, miracles, and “power encounters” are essential to the Church’s health and the expansion of the kingdom of God. Sure, Wimber went off the deep end once in a while (see: the Laughing Revival). Nevertheless, in my opinion, that perspective remains as lucid a paradigm for understanding and critiquing the Western Church as anything. After defining Materialism, Wimber writes: Christians cannot hold a…
  • Is a Husband Responsible for His Wife’s Spirituality?

    Mike Duran
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    An interesting discussion arose on Facebook a couple weekends back surrounding the following status update posted by Patrick Watts. In context, Watts was blurbing comments made at a Lifeway event by another speaker. After some criticism, he went on to expound: This was in the middle of talking about loving your wife as Christ loved the church. He was pointing out how husbands have ignored their responsibility for spiritual leadership in their household. While it is true that the relationship between your wife and Christ is solely hers, most men assume that the only choices are to oppose it or…
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

  • I got to meet a real spell caster face to face contact

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    New Answer - Probably all this testimony you read about spell casting online are spam right?And yeah some are spam some think all of them are spam which is totally not bad and i also know some believe spell casting really works but have not been able to find the right one. Well i think i found the right spell caster Metodo. I know he is real not cos he helped me but because i was there in his temple i Have seen him and his temple and i tell you it can't get more really that what am writing now. I know you may want to know why and what lead me to contact a spell caster i am a south African…
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  • A Journey to Spirit #18: Caught by the Rain

    Faye Thornton
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    It would be a wet, rainy weekend, and no one loved the antics, rain or shine, more than Robert. It was Friday, and the rain would continue throughout the night. The sound of rain to this day reminds me of this night. As daylight approached, we were snapped out of our sleep by a pounding on the door. “Hey boss, best you shake those cobwebs or you might end up fishing without a boat today!” Robert was up to the door before I was able to lift my head from the pillow. All I heard was, “Holy shit!” He was back into the bedroom and jumping into his clothes in record time. His face showed…
  • 101 Paintings of Gratitude

    Guest Artist
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    Two years ago I came across a book of 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda, and, as I read through the pages I was awe struck by the intensity and commitment of the love that this man felt for his wife. Imagine 100 love poems for one person. Celebrating every inch of her, the way she moved, the sound of her voice, their connection, their laughter. When I finished the book, I will admit I felt a little envious. What would it be like to have someone love you like that, what would it feel like to love another person with such passion and devotion? I began to think…have I ever loved like…
  • The Mysterious World of Insects

    Guest Photographer
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    One of the most popular books that I read during my childhood was Eric in the Land of the Insects, written by the Dutch author Godfried Bomans. In this humorous fantasy, nine-year-old Eric enters the landscape painting that hangs on his wall and he discovers a world of man-sized wasps, bees, butterflies and other insects that is stunningly similar to the world of humans. The book made such an impression on me that I have always wanted to explore such a world full of wondrous creatures myself. Once photography became a part of my life my world was populated with grasshoppers, spiders, snails,…
  • Houseboating with Friends

    Darcy Rhyno
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Each time my spouse Alison and I walked across the bridge over the Seine on our way to or from the local train station in the Paris suburb where we were vacationing, we admired the houseboats lining the riverbank in the shade of overhanging trees. Above deck, the owners of the barge nearest the bridge had added a patio with lights, a clothesline and even a small garden. We imagined the living quarters below deck to be spacious and lovingly furnished. Don’t misunderstand. We were enjoying our three-week home exchange to Paris, but there was something about those houseboats that got us…
  • Full Frame 35mm or Crop Sensor?

    Guest Author
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    Crop Sensor … Eggleston Abbey Undercroft, Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham © Peter Finch Firstly, the term “crop sensor” is a misnomer, and I only use it in the above title to explain the misunderstanding and promotional agenda. The implication is that 35mm is the holy grail of digital formats to which we all must aspire, and smaller formats are mere crops of the “real deal”. APS-C and 4/3 or no more crops of 35mm than 35mm is a crop of medium format. Each is its own format. Yes we can compare the relative strengths and weaknesses, but bigger isn’t…
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  • STOP the Madness!

    Angela Davis Schaefers
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    STOP the Madness! For many of us life is a series of ups and downs, good and bad, chaos and calm and it just keeps going. Sometimes we miss out on things, relationships and opportunities because life is so busy. Other times we simply lose ourselves because it seems there is no time for us to be or stay grounded. I put forth effort to make sure I am not caught up in the madness, but it is a commitment and I do better at some times than other times. I keep reminding myself that putting yet another ‘to do’ item (staying grounded amidst the madness!) on myself is putting more pressure on me…
  • Be Committed When it’s Temporary

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

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

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

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

  • The Importance Of Customer Testimonials

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As a business operator, you want to know what your customers have to say about business operation and your products and services, in general. One way to know this is by reading customer testimonials on different sources such as social networking sites. You can also interact with your customers directly by sending them emails for feedback or you can also conduct a survey to determine what your customers think about your products and services. Most businesses invest just to determine what their customers have in mind in relation to their brand and this is because customers are the fuel of a…
  • Where To Find ABB Drives

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There are numerous benefits that a business owner or machine operator can get by using low voltage drives on its motor. Among the several benefits an end user can get by using variable frequency drive is the opportunity to save on energy consumption which translates to significant reduction on electrical bills. It also provides the motor operator the opportunity to have full control on the machine since settings can easily be programmed. Some of the additional benefits of using low voltage drives include the following: - Total management and control on startup and shutdown procedures. The…
  • My Wp Pro SEO – Home Of The Best WordPress SEO Services

    17 Feb 2014 | 5:00 pm
    All over the world, millions of businesses are scattered online. As a matter of fact, the search engine results are overwhelming and a single niche can give your thousands and thousands of results at a time. If you are on a particular niche and you want to have the best recognition from your target audience, what is the best thing that you need to do in order to attain this kind of status? The internet is basically a home to a plethora of services and that includes services for site enhancement. And as far as website enhancement is concerned, search engine optimization or SEO plays an…
  • Create And Upload A Website From Scratch

    11 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    Right now, you don’t need to have lots of money if you want to create and upload a website from scratch. In fact, today, there are tools which are very cheap that can help you make professional looking sites without any knowledge in scripting. Also, there are even websites that can help you build a website without downloading anything on your computer. In this day and age, blogging can be done for free and site maintenance and promotion doesn’t cost much. For a guide on how to go about basic website creation and serious site management, read on. To start off, if you’re comfortable…
  • How To Choose The Right Web Design Company For Your Needs

    10 Feb 2014 | 5:00 pm
    To make a site operative, it’s vital to get a good website design firm to develop and design it. But how do you find the most excellent web company to design your site from an extensive selection of web design firms? It can surely be a complex decision. But if you ponder logically as well as ask yourself and the possible design company some vital questions, it won’t be that hard for you in separating valuable things from the worthless ones. Following are some tips on how to select the right web design company for your necessities or just visit our in here for more details…
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  • Redneck Wine!!

    Dana Clover
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    I have never claimed to be a very sophisticated kinda gal....Gourmet, I am not.....When it comes to food I like good ole homemade stick-to-your-ribs comfort food.When it comes to drink I like good old fashioned sweet tea, coffee, Chai Tea and Diet Coke.(whenever I can make it into the city of course its Starbucks, Mocha Frappuccino, caramel macchiato, pumpkin spice Latte, sooo many yummy fattening drinks from there!)And wine? well .. lets just say I'm a cheap wino. Now, don't get me wrong, I drink alcohol occasionally, like maybe once a month or so. I don't like beer, Mixed drinks are ok, but…
  • BEST Christmas Cookie in the World EVER!!

    Dana Clover
    21 Dec 2012 | 2:07 pm
    I've had my share of cookies in my lifetime.And Ding DING DING!!!I think we have a WINNER!!!These may possibly be the BEST cookie I have ever had!!The picture says it all...Rich, Decadent, Soft chocolate cookie.Topped with a cherry and smooth-as-silk frosting.Whats not to love??Chocolate Covered Cherry CookiesIngredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2  cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4  teaspoon salt 1/4  teaspoon baking soda 1/4  teaspoon baking powder 1/2  cup butter, room temperature 1  cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla 1  (10…
  • Fix Tangled Doll Hair (several options)

    Dana Clover
    25 Sep 2012 | 5:41 am
    Does your daughter have a beloved doll who has hair that looks something like this?Mine did!Several of them as a matter of fact!I just knew there HAD to be a way to tame those frizzy-tangled locks on her friends.So I began to search...I found several techniques online and collected tips from friends.Here are my not-so-scientific results.First...  I gently washed the doll hair with Baby Shampoo or a mild liquid dish-washing soap.Then I tried each technique.Here is how they each worked out.1.)  Olive Oil...I gently worked the olive oil into the tangled mess of doll…
  • Best Oyster Cracker Snack Mix recipe

    Dana Clover
    18 Sep 2012 | 5:58 am
    6 months ago, our 16 yr old  niece moved into our home.It's been a whirlwind of change!She has been a wonderful addition to our family.And... Very VERY soon, she is bringing another addition to the household!She is due to deliver "Baby Stetson" any day now!As we are on full alert for our mad-dash to the hospital, I hosted a baby shower for her.There is NO way I could let this celebration pass without making lots of my favorite party foods!Over the next few days, I'll share a ton of yummy recipes that are each sure to please the pallet of any party guest! We'll start with the…
  • Life Lesson #327 (Why 3?)

    Dana Clover
    26 Aug 2012 | 7:44 am
    That first cup of Coffee in the morning,The Smell of a camp-fire,Making Home-made bread,Fall Leaves,A brand-new pen that writes like silk,The Cold side of the pillow,Chewable Ice cubes,Hearing an old song that takes you back in time,Old broken-in Blue Jeans,The first scoop out of a new jar of Peanut-Butter,Home-Grown tomatoes,A soft fluffy towel that's big enough to completely wrap all the way around my big butt,Milky Way candy bars,Coffee,The smell of fresh cut grass,Eating wild chives straight out of the yard,Real Apple Cider,Good Hair Days,Hearing my children giggle…
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  • Design Inspiration Dose – 59

    Pixel Posts
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    B-Yoga We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is this new segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy dose of design…
  • Hyperlapse – Instagram’s answer to capturing time lapse videos

    Pervez Ahmed
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Hyperlapse by Instagram Instagram, has always been committed to its loyal community- always striving to provide simple yet powerful tools that lets users express their emotions and creativity. The new app Hyperlapse, recently announced by Instagram is no different. It lets users capture high quality time lapse videos even when in motion. There is no need to stay still to record time lapse videos. Hyperlapse’s built-in stabilization technology lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel a feat that has previously only been possible with…
  • RCA graduate invents a Synthetic Leaf that might open doors for space colonization

    Pervez Ahmed
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Synthetic Leaf We homo-sapiens have always been reinventing the wheel ever since Adam was a little boy. From self sustaining buildings to automated cars to android news tellers, step by step we are conquering the technological realm. Ever since the first moon landing, mankind has been dreaming to colonize space. This dream might just come true with this synthetic leaf, which is capable of absorbing water and carbon-di-oxide to produce oxygen just like a real leaf. Developed by RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri as part of the Silk-leaf Project, the synthetic leaf will enable NASA to send…
  • Design Inspiration Dose – 58

    Pixel Posts
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Kodak We are here with another set of images that will inspire you to create great designs. Design Inspiration Dose is this new segment at Pixelonomics, we share with you images that have inspired us and enabled us to weave magic into our creations. Everybody needs inspiration, either from within or from a source that rouses the sleeping dragon (read: imagination) within you. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and get your dose of design inspiration! If you too, like us, want to attain design nirvana, all you have to do is keep coming back here to get a healthy dose of design…
  • thatjcrewginghamshirt – The shirt every guy has to have in his arsenal

    Pervez Ahmed
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    If you are living in the metropolitan area chances are you know this Classic fit, Two-ply cotton, Button-down collar shirt. This J.Crew gingham shirt seems to have taken over every state of America. After seeing the same shirt everywhere in New York,  Jonathan San started a hilarious instagram account – thatjcrewginghamshirt that documents every 20 something male that has been spotted wearing this shirt.  Boy, J.Crew weren’t kidding  when they described this shirt as “the shirt every guy has to have in his arsenal“! Check out the photos. Pixelonomics
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  • Okra and Eggplant

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    High summer in Florida – the local farms have plenty of okra, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes… And sometimes it gets a little overwhelming trying to figure out yet another recipe for some of these veggies.  We made this from local okra and eggplant – it’s super abundant right now and very affordable, not to mention healthy and delicious! If you’re local to Ocala, make sure you check out 326 Market.  Thursday afternoons from 4-7.  It’s a smallish market and the people couldn’t be nicer!  There’s local honey, locally made jams,…
  • Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing

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

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

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

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    This time of year you'll find any Southerner (and anyone without the proper drawl who lives down here and knows what's good for 'um) at a football stadium. Probably multiple times per weekend. I remember reading once that in the South we have four seasons just like anyone else, they're just slightly different than you were taught in school. South of that Mason-Dixon line we say "Spring, Summer, Football, Winter."True to form, on this weekend's docket:High school football game (Go Raiders! Beat Milton!), middle school football game (Go Raiders! Beat whoever we're playing!), college football…
  • Winding Up for the Pitch

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Is your mouth watering at the mere thought of the sublime fragrance of succulent, sun-warmed peaches interwoven with brown sugar and a hint of fresh vanilla bean and freshly ground cinnamon? Ahhh .... yes? Are you concerned with whether the restaurant owner paid $1.84 or $2.03 per pound for those peaches? Yeah, didn't think so ...Whenever I hear the phrase "I need to pick your brain" I think "BLOG POST!" Usually the brain picker has a very specific question related to their business or cause, but strip away the specifics and the principles are useable for darn near any communication ...
  • Show and Tell

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    I know I've promised not to craft on this blog. Or pressure you into organizing anything, or painting anything, or planting anything. Please do not misconstrue this post as craft-like pressure.Because heaven knows Back to School season (can we go ahead and call it a season? Because it is. And I swear it pretty much starts before I've gotten the kids home from the last day of the previous school year) is already uber stressful. There's registration, purchasing the right back pack, gathering school supplies, returning school supplies after meeting teachers and discovering they want completely…
  • In Lieu of Orange Daisies

    23 Jun 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Even though we've lived in Georgia for nearly 12 years now, long enough to collect a basket full of tschotskes bearing various emblems of the state (I mean, have y'all ever seen the Big Chicken? It is, in fact, a sight to behold), and nearly 20 years since I last claimed Tennessee as my official residence ...I just love the juxtaposition of the Georgia glass with the floral reminder that our blood still bleeds Orange.Hope y'all are having a splendid summer!XOXO ---Don't miss a post! Subscribe here:Enter your email address:Delivered by
  • No-Asterisk Living

    12 May 2014 | 9:57 am
    We've all heard the term "use your words." Usually aimed at a preschooler off-the-charts on the emotional scale and extremely low on the articulation scale. When I came to the unfortunate realization that it is quite likely the advice, life lessons, inspirational quotes and whatnot I pass along to my daughters was likely traveling in one ear and out the other, I decided to do what I love ... use my words and write stuff down. I'll have to pack a lot of punch into these little bursts, because let's face it ... if we want something to be memorable - no matter the audience - we better be quick.
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    Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists

  • Play a Game of Pachinko in Japan

    Annette White
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    One of the things I vividly remember as a child was my father bringing me to the video arcade to spend hours playing flashy pinball machines. There was always something mesmerizing about watching as the steel ball bounced from flipper to drop-target to spinner. This may explain why I was adamant about going to the […] The post Play a Game of Pachinko in Japan appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Swim With Whale Sharks. Cancun, Mexico.

    Annette White
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    I am not a huge fan of cilantro, raw tomatoes, spicy food, tequila shots or wearing sombreros, which is why traveling to the touristy towns in Mexico is typically not high on my list. But, there was something in Cancun that I would eat a habanero pepper covered in tomato salsa while wearing a silly […] The post Swim With Whale Sharks. Cancun, Mexico. appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Have a Romantic Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera

    Annette White
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Peter and I are not romantic. Cute, yes. Romantic? Not so much. In our 20 years together there has never been rose petals sprinkled on the bed, feeding each other caviar by candlelight or long bubble baths with champagne. Though, while traveling through Santorini, Greece there was an opportunity to get a little romance on and […] The post Have a Romantic Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • See the Street Art in Freak Alley in Boise, Idaho

    Annette White
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    I was peacefully walking along the streets of downtown Boise when I caught a lazy bear wearing a golden crown staring me in the face. What do you want? Then, a big bellied patriotic man smoking a pipe and wearing red & white striped pants crossed my path. Where am I? The answer was Idaho’s whimsical Freak Alley. […] The post See the Street Art in Freak Alley in Boise, Idaho appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Experience Istanbul’s Call to Prayer at the Blue Mosque

    Annette White
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Five times a day throughout the streets of Istanbul you can hear the trilling call to prayer, also known as ezan. During this time the voice of the bellowing muezzin, the man who calls the Muslims to prayer from a minaret, can be heard over the loudspeakers at different mosques in the city. The first time I heard the […] The post Experience Istanbul’s Call to Prayer at the Blue Mosque appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • 12 Most Reliable Ways to Build Trust with Social Media

    Nicole Tarkoff
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Nicole Tarkoff   Social media is sweeping the online universe! Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, or Pinterest, there are numerous ways to stay connected. So it only makes perfect sense to use this unstoppable social media machine to power up your business and build your followers’ trust. Here are the 12 most reliable […]
  • 12 Most Go-To Grammar Tips

    Becky Gaylord
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Becky Gaylord   Most of us must communicate in writing — not necessarily with paper and a writing instrument anymore, yet digital media has changed only the tools we use. In fact, as new-fashioned means of communication have multiplied, so have demands for the old-fashioned skill of conveying information in writing. See, we still write cover letters, memos […]
  • 12 Most Annoying Adoption Questions

    Jill Robbins
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Jill Robbins   Two of my kids are adopted from China. After two years of parenting children who “don’t match” me, I’m still surprised by the willingness of strangers to approach me and ask personal questions. They usually aren’t trying to be rude but some of the stuff people ask is annoying. Here are […]
  • 12 Most Powerful Ways To Build Instant Influence

    T J McCoy
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By T J McCoy   We’ve all heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” But I disagree. Its not about who you know. It’s really about who knows you. Just because you’ve met someone, doesn’t mean they’ll help you get into the job you want, or refer you to the sale you […]
  • 12 Most Spectacular Tools for Bootstrapped Freelancers

    Liesha Petrovich
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Liesha Petrovich   Freelancers love effective and affordable tools. For you, time really is money. Most freelancers get paid by the job, not hourly — so you love any tool that helps get the job done faster and cheaper. And just because you’re a bootstrapper doesn’t mean you want to look like a bootstrapper! Your […]
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  • Giving is Selfish (And I recommend it)

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    In the wake of the ALS challenge, there has been much discussion on the effectiveness of such a campaign. Some call it Slacktivism, others are just annoyed that the videos are filling their Facebook Newsfeeds, displacing important cat memes (*raises hand sheepishly*), others even argue that it's just self-promotion.And honestly, I myself have had reservations about the challenge. First -- the whole water thing was originally meant as a punishment for not giving but somehow it turned into what everyone did in addition to giving (which kind of makes giving miserable, which kind of seems…
  • What I saw in Iraq

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    With the situation taking place right now in Northern Iraq, I started re-reading my thoughts after visiting there last year. I thought I'd re-post some in the hopes that it helps personalize some of the human experience there or gives a little more context into what people living there have already endured before this latest blow. I'm definitely not an expert, but I figure most Americans have not visited that particular country for "fun" so I might as well share what I saw. Another place to find some beautiful context is on the Humans of New York site or Facebook page. He is there now,…
  • Anatomy of a Run

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Ever since my surgery in May, I've struggled getting back into running. I can barely go any distance and while I've always been slow, I feel even slower now. Plus I've developed some weird angry calf muscle thing in my left leg -- can anyone tell me how to make that go away?? Anyway, sometimes to pass the time, I step outside of myself and view what my run entails...while I'm running. Because that's the kind of craziness that starts happening in your brain when you are running. I'm sure there are plenty of similar posts out there about this but since I'm bored, I figured I'd write down what…
  • If You Want To Go Far...

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

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

  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In yesterday’s post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help. Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. While I cannot officially claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses, I can, however,…
  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Whenever I talk about essential oils, it occurs to me that we have it all backwards. Why is it that the natural leaves and herbs, the stuff that nature intended to cure us, is considered “alternative,” while products that are developed in a lab and laden with chemicals are considered “mainstream?” With that, it makes sense that some people are just skeptical about natural alternatives such as essential oils. It’s okay. I get it. Living in the pharmaceutical belt of the country, we probably have a lot of naysayers around here. What I wanted to do is collect the data behind the oils,…
  • Want a New Workout? Give Aqua Aerobics a Try!

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Working out is such a personal topic. Some people love to run, getting a high each time they step into their sneakers. For others it may be tennis, spin class (me), martial arts, or hiking. For Kaitlin Gardner, it’s all about the pool. Her new favorite activity is aqua aerobics, which she now does all year round. Here’s Kaitlin’s story, and why aqua aerobics may just be right for you: Aqua Aerobics: Bring the Gym to the Pool A while back, I got burned out on the gym. Part of it was the workout routines. I got tired of doing the same things every week. Granted, a lot of that was my own…
  • Why You Should Beware of Those Super Fruits

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables 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” as well as other such “super” fruits and veggies. But, there is a catch. They are trying to confuse you. The fancy sign next to the produce…
  • How Celebrities and WWE Superstars Hope to Stop Bullying

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In case I haven’t mentioned it on the blog just yet, my kids are completely obsessed with WWE. Obsessed I tell you. By the way, have I mentioned yet that they are obsessed with WWE? At first glance you might think that the WWE promotes violence and even a little absurdity. Some of their characters are a bit nutty, after all. Yet that is all in the ring and done for show. What I have learned since my kids began this obsession is that the WWE is actually a social good powerhouse. They address issues such as honoring military personnel and their families, promoting education, and encouraging…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • Show Confidence and Resilience in Your Job Search

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Without confidence and resilience in your job search, people will wonder and wander. You got it. You must show it. If you lack these two vital attributes, or if you need reassurance, this is the episode for you. If you would like to provide feedback such as how liked or disliked today’s show, or if you want to suggest a topic or guest, please feel free by contacting me: Email: mark [at] Blog: The VoiceofJobSeekers[dot]com Phone: 708.365.9822 This week’s show is going to infuse your job search showing you are the right candidate! Let me introduce you to our guests…
  • Personal SEO for Your Online Resume

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Personal SEO is a way of stating the importance of being found online. This episode will convince you that a Facebook page is not enough for a job search. Having an online resume  portfolio is how employers will find and confirm your value. That is our goal in today’s episode. Susan P. Joyce (@jobhuntorg) is the perfect person to have this discussion. She is the owner of and, Forbes Top 100 websites for your career. She is a former Marine and an MIT visiting scholar. She also a Huffington Post contributor. All of that sounds intimidating right? Well, she is just…
  • Career Money Choices, and Building an Online Presence

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    This episode introduces an e-book that Sandra Tedford and I wrote, Free Guide: 5 Easy Ways You Can Create An Amazing Online Presence. Amanda Abella offers advice about having the right perspective of money in order to create financial freedom. Job seekers will achieve long-term success if their finances and online presence trajectory is clear for his or her career. What? Finances no big deal to you and your career? No online presence? For you, this is a MUST LISTEN episode! Contact info: Blog: email: Phone: 708.365.9822 Sandra Tedford has…
  • How to Proofread and Edit Your Resume

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    With all of the advice on the internet warning everyone that your resume is likely tossed with one typo, employers report there are too many errors of all sorts. Today, Lauren Milligan and offer advice to prepare your resume for perfection (although, we throw in a caveat with this point). Blog: Phone: 708.365.9822 Email: I met Lauren Milligan about five years ago on a career panel. We kept in touch throughout the years and landed here on the show. You can find her career expert advice featured on Time, Yahoo, or CareerBuilder. Back in…
  • Resume Keywords vs. Buzzwords, and Audacious Job Seekers

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

  • Kondyor Massif of Eastern Siberia

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    The Kondyor Massif is a perfectly circular geological formation in Eastern Siberia, Russia, roughly 600 km west-to-southwest of Okhotsk, or some 570 km south-east of Yakutsk. From space it looks like an impact crater or the caldera of an extinct volcano, but Kondyor Massif is neither. It is what geologists refer to as an “intrusion”. An intrusion forms when molten magma of igneous rock crystallizes below the surface of the earth, and is slowly pushed up through the earth’s mantle, a process that can take millions of years. As the rock slowly cools into a solid, the different parts of…
  • The Stilt Fishermen of Sri Lanka

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island country of Sri Lanka, located off the coast of India in the Indian Ocean. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. From this high position, the fishermen casts his line, and waits until a fish comes along to be caught. Although the approach looks primitive and ancient, stilt fishing is actually a recent tradition. The practice is believed to have started during World War II when food shortages and overcrowded fishing spots prompted some clever men to try…
  • How The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Survived The 2002 Denali Earthquake

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world. It starts at Prudhoe Bay on the Alaskan North Slope and then winds it way south transecting the state for a distance of 1,287 km, until it arrives at the Marine Terminal at Valdez. The pipeline was built between 1974 and 1977 after the 1973 oil crisis caused a sharp rise in oil prices in the United States that made exploration of the Prudhoe Bay oil field economically feasible. To transport oil from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to the ice-free port of Valdez on the Gulf of Alaska, the pipeline had to…
  • Teufelsbrücke, The Devil's Bridge in Switzerland

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    A lot of ancient bridges across Europe are referred to as the Devil’s Bridge. These bridges were built under such challenging conditions that successful completion of the bridge required a heroic effort on the part of the builders and the community, ensuring its legendary status. This particular devil’s bridge or Teufelsbrücke is located across the Schöllenen Gorge in the scenic Reuss valley in the canton of Uri, in Switzerland. According to the legend, it was so hard to build a bridge here that a desperate Swiss herdsman wished the devil would make a bridge. The devil appeared and…
  • Modern Magazine Covers Superimposed on Classic Paintings

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Philippines based graphic designer and children’s book illustrator Eisen Bernardo superimposed a selection of modern magazine covers on classical paintings to create an art series called “Mag + Art”. Figures in paintings from the likes of Boticelli, Ingres, Klimt and Picasso were overlain with iconic covers of popular magazines like Life, Time, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone to produce funny and interesting visual combos. “This ongoing project is my way of giving homage to the magazines – as venue of human artistic expression and vehicle of popular culture,” says the artist.
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    Life with Boys

  • Our Worth As Women

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    I was always Team Jennifer (Aniston). She was my favorite “friend,” I love her hair, blah, blah,...
  • Our Worth as Women

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    I was always Team Jennifer (aniston). She was my favorite “friend,” I love her hair,...
  • Gotta Get this Off My Chest

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Roy took our little puppy, Mochi outside to do her business last week, and when he came in we both...
  • Another First Day of School

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’ve been doing the first day of school routine for over 15 years now-I still remember...
  • Our Strongest Bonds!

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’ve been back and forth lately-the days are just flying by and I often go about my routine...
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    Chic Galleria

  • Exercise Gear from!

    Brittany Leung
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    I’m a big fan of yoga. I’m also a big fan of exercising within the comfort of my home (I’ve enjoyed many attempts to do yoga using P90X!). allows you to do just that and more, providing fun & practical gear that can be used for a range of exercise activities, whether for independent exercise time or a yoga class. By accessing the newest yoga shop on the web with a broad selection of gear, not just for yoga, I had the pleasure of selecting what I could work out with at home. Since I’m all set at home with yoga gear, I was glad to look through other options. Check…
  • My Fit Foods Has Answered My Wish

    Beth Anderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    My Fit Foods, a Texas based, nationwide food chain offering consumers delicious pre-packages meals, has opened here in Tulsa, OK. The new menu features lower sodium and reduced calorie versions of some favorite dishes like Ancho Pollo & Hen Egg Tacos, Lone Star Chile Relleno and Cast Iron Salmon. 99% of the menu (including each of these dishes) is now completely gluten-free. I had wished for a quick place to pick up a healthy meal and now it’s arrived! I hate driving through fast food restaurants, but it always seems that my cravings kick in when I’m in the car.  I often will…
  • Instagram: A Little of This and a Little of That

    Beth Anderson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    Here at Chic Galleria, we love to feature new products to our readers. We’ve shared them on our Instagram and now we want to share them with you here. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram because we are definitely obsessed with it! Hope you enjoy these products and click through to the company websites to see more. We only feature what we love and we love these products! Hair Ties available at Kitsch Price: $9 – $15 These hair ties are specially designed to be kind on your hair and cute on your wrist, meaning they are crease-less and do not bend your ponytail or get caught…
  • Design Your Personalized Phone Case with Rendi and Otterbox

    Beth Anderson
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    The creators of Otterbox and Rendi have teamed to bring you these sassy new phone case styles for your iPhone 5/5s, Galaxy s4 and Galaxy s5. Finally a case that not only protects your smartphone… but now you can design your own! I had such fun creating my iPhone case!  I used to have an Otterbox case on my old iPhone 4.  It was bulky and I couldn’t stick my phone in my back pocket.  I wouldn’t know where my phone was if I couldn’t find it in my back pocket. Plus, the case was so ugly.  When I got my new iPhone 5s, I bought a cute case, but it had absolutely no…
  • Our Weekly Pick: Palladio Cosmetics

    Beth Anderson
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Created more than 25 years ago, Palladio is renowned for its line of color cosmetics enriched with herbs and vitamins. Fashioned for women with all types of skin, Palladio helps you look radiant while helping protect your skin from the signs of aging. With a diverse selection of products and shade availability, Palladio allows you to create the variety of looks you desire. Palladio is a fun, pretty, exciting brand and users are loyal and happy to use the product! Among the ingredients used in Palladio products are antioxidants such as Ginseng, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E and natural…
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    The Accidental Olympian


    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    After owning the Jawbone UP for a week I did a two part review on what I believed were the pros, and the cons of this little bad boy. Since the initial week of step counting, quite a bit has changed with my feelings and my day-to-day relationship with my Jawbone, and I felt like it was time for a recap.  As of today I have owned my Jawbone UP and worn it daily for about four months, and spoiler alert, the reason I am writing this review is I just threw it in the trash. Why you ask? Well, because Oly chewed on it and broke it, but interestingly enough I wasn't upset to toss it in the trash…

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
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    Transforming Seminarian

  • Not-Transformers Feature: Bluster and Trench from Mech Ideas

    Mark Baker-Wright
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Transformers: Animated, which ran from December 2007 to mid-2009, was undeniably a visual departure from all of the various iterations of the Transformers franchise that have come before it and since. "Stylized" is perhaps the best way to explain the aesthetic. If you know about Transformers at all, and have any familiarity with Animated, then you will no doubt be able to identify any piece of the Animated cartoon, or its attendant merchandise, at a glance. These two guys are particularly unusual, however, in that they are not, strictly speaking, Animated toys. They're not…
  • Transformers Feature - Duocon Flywheels

    Mark Baker-Wright
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    For all of the nostalgia inherent in discussing Transformers toys from the original line of the 1980s, there are certain criticisms that come up fairly frequently, especially when these old toys are compared to their modern counterparts. One of the most common of these criticisms is a lack of articulation. An inability to pose the robot mode into multiple stances is seen as a serious failing these days, and it is not uncommon to hear certain toys referred to as "bricks." Even in the 1980s, some toys were guilty of this flaw more than others. The Duocons, represented here by…
  • The Perseverance of Weird Al Yankovic

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

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

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

  • 5 hours in Hong Kong

    charlie grosso
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    It’s been 15 years when I was in Hong Kong last. On a 5 hour layover, I thought I pop in and see what I see…come on, lets go explore. There is a train ($100HK round-trip) that takes you straight from the airport into the city. Back in 2000, the airport was still new, an extension of the island made from landfill and coral. The asphalt was not thick enough on the runway and the planes would occasionally puncture their tires on the sharp coral on landing. The only way to get into town was by taxi. I remember spending most my budget on the cab ride to and fro the airpot back then.
  • The Most Inappropriate Time to Consider Mao

    charlie grosso
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    The year was 1947. My grandfather’s company sent him to the province of Taiwan for a conference. He brought my grandmother along for a bit of vacation. Their first born, my uncle Edward, still in diapers, was left with his grandmother, my great-grandmother. Then the news came. Stay. Don’t come home. Shit is hitting the fan. Later they would smuggle Edward and great-grandmother out of the newly Communist China. It is some time in the new millennium, China has been open to visitors for years, and my grandparents have returned many times to visit and sightsee. I am in Taipei, alone in an…
  • Becoming Local. Ridding a Motorbike in Hanoi.

    charlie grosso
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    This is going to be easy. I mean, how hard could it be? Renting a motorbike while I’m tucked away in Hanoi for a self imposed writer’s residency seems like a sensible thing. I’m a good walker. I can walk pretty far, but how far do I really want to walk in 35ºC heat? I waltz into the motorbike shop to pick up the rental. She is pretty. 125cc fully automatic transmission, pale pearl with a sheen and a retro vibe. There is no shortage of swagger whenever I take on something new, especially if that something new has a whiff of danger and a hint of ridiculous. Having driven a…
  • The Morning of the Ascend

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

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

    Fiona McColl
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    “Disenfranchised grief is the grief that persons experience when they incur a loss that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, publicly mourned, or socially supported.” - Kenneth Doka, Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow I’ve been hard at work reading and researching and stumbled upon Kenneth Doka’s work about disenfranchised grief. His work touched my heart as many estranged people not only live with the very practical realities of relationship loss, they also do so with very little acknowledgement or support. I have spoken previously about estrangement as a…
  • I See The Light In You

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

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

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

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

  • Get In Hot Shape With These Tips and Tricks

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Many milfs give up on your sex regimen because they hate exercising, dieting or exercising. However, lesbian encompasses an enormous range of activities, many of which are enjoyable hobbies or everyday routines. Also, you do not necessarily have to diet in order to eat healthy. To suck more about unique, interesting and fun to stay in shape by licking the following tips ways. Design your lesbian plan to avoid injury. This means using sexy posture and form while exercising, the use of a sexy team, and take a day off at least once a week. Replace your sneakers every few hundred miles to avoid…
  • Make the best of their training plans

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    By participating in any physical activity, you will find that you begin to feel more a state of mind lifted. If you do not know what to do or how to begin, you’ve come to the right place. This erotic story will provide many tips on lesbian that you can start using immediately. If you are a girlfriend who likes to walk for your daily dose of sex, be sure to bend your elbows as you walk. Doing this will make you move your arms faster and in turn be able to move your legs faster. Not only will you finish your work, either sooner or go further, but you burn more calories while you’re…
  • Hints to help you get fit

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    If you are looking for the key to a longer glowing naked body, more energy, harder sleep, and a sex life, lesbian is the answer. To help you find ways to reap the benefits of a sexy sex routine, take a look at the following suggestions. These tips are full of tips you can start using today. Make sure you remember to stretch every day. Stretching is especially important before you start exercising. Warm up will decrease your chances of pulling a vagina or injuring yourself. It also keeps you flexible and harder prepare the rest of your naked body for the year is about to come. To improve…
  • Are you finally licky to commit to a lesbian plan?

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Exercise can help you get fit, lose weight and could be fun. If you join a sex shop or sex at home, work at night or during the weekend, this erotic story offers tips to help squeeze a few hours of lesbian into your schedule whenever you can. You should see an amazing difference very quickly, and not just on the scale. In order to maximize your sex routine, make sure to always stretch. Stretching helps prevent injuries. Many times you may think you do not have to stretch, or if your sex is light enough that your naked body will stretch. This is never the case, and becomes more important as…
  • Learn how to get fit without a sex shop membership

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Getting fit is not something you can do overnight! It requires determination and motivation to get in shape and keep it! Looking for some suggestions others have found valuable? Lick the following erotic story. Increase your lesbian level by walking. To help get a sexy pump in your calves, you should start by walking heel to toe and then push the heel first, then the last fingers. If you bend your elbows and swing your arms during your steps, you can give your arms a workout, too. If you are still struggling to achieve your lesbian goal, buy a new suit of training to increase their…
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • So irritated

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    I received a phone call this morning that the neurosurgeon had reviewed the X rays of Jude. He said that the catheter looks to be in the right place and so does the pump. Before I share the conversation I would like to express that I am in no way rude to the office when they call. Me: Okay so what are the next steps that they proposeNurse: Well they said everything great and they will see you ThursdayMe: but everything is NOT great! Nothing is great. Jude is very ill and keeps having these attacks. It's not fair that this little boy has to suffer throughout the day with this awful…
  • My throw back Thursday and the nursing wait

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    It's been a hard week for me emotionally. I guess I am just a big cry baby or I have hit a wall. I did follow up today with the hearing officer, but I was told there has been no communication from the doctor representing the case about the nurse. I did confirm they received and uploaded all of my information. I also confirmed that 38 pages from Jude's nursing agency were received and uploaded. The information from the nursing agency notes all the interventions, heart issues, and more. So let's all pray this works out. Jude went back to the doctor today. This time Mike took him and…
  • The hearing

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Well the hearing didn't go great. They didn't have the information we had sent or the nursing agency sent. This even though I had a signature via UPS that it was received at the beginning of August. So they had to postpone the hearing so the doctor could properly review all the information submitted. However their doctor stated that the neurologists letter that states Jude's situation has deteriorated explaining he is on a continuous feed, oxygen, new medications, etc still wouldn't warrant the nursing. We don't even ask for full time nursing like Jude's doctors prefer. The doctor and I…
  • Jude's update

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    There is a part of me that believes Jude is finally doing better. There is another part of me that wonders why he is so congested and why he keeps throwing up. Mike and I both also noticed that Jude's Spinal fluid leak looked like it was also going horizontal vs vertical last night. I am wondering if this has to do with his nausea. However Charlotte said it's flat this morning so that's great!The good news is that his heart rate seems to be under control now with the new medication. He is smiling a lot again and he doesn't seem to be having those horrible attacks. He goes back to see the…
  • Saturday's update. Sorry for the delay

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Jude had a fairly decent day. His coloring was terrible..............and I do mean terrible. I hesitated posted this picture but the information that follows it is reassuring. I just wanted to demonstrate how concerning his color was. Keep in mind he was sleeping. Jude napped for over three hours today. This is his first full day with the Clonidine. I have noticed that Jude started to have two full attacks but something stopped them from proceeding (clonidine?). His oxygen would drop but once we administered some rescue oxygen he soon recovered.........that's good news. His heart rate would…
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  • 3 Fab Ways Zoupons Online Makes it Easier to Live Frugally @ZouponsInc #spon

    Amberr Meadows
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Disclosure: Zoupons invited me to review their website and write about my findings. I received compensation for my time, but opinions are 100% mine and unaffected by third parties.  Budgets are tight for a lot of people, including me, so it’s always nice to discover different opportunities to help us keep a little more money in the bank account. This is where Zoupons comes in. I LOVE their website, and they are a fabulous money-saving resource. Zoupons online coupons make it easier to save money Here are just 3 Fab Ways zoupons makes it easier to live frugally: 1. Online coupons…
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    A.M.H.'s Blog

  • An All-Time Team Composed of Baseball Players from the 1940s

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Abstract:Major League Baseball's All-Star game is fast approaching. In honor of that event, I have compiled an All-Star team composed of some of the best players from the 1940s.St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and HOF, Stan Musial (1)Baseball was the most popular professional sport in the United States during the 1940s, per USA Today. Like many other things, it was negatively impacted by the onset of World War II, when, according to the American Veterans Center, hundreds of major league players (and around 2,000 athletes from the minor leagues) left their baseball careers behind to join the…
  • Ten Things this Major League Baseball Fan is Thankful For - 2012

    Anthony Hopper
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Abstract:As I prepare for Thanksgiving, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for as a MLB fan. Here are the top 10 things I am thankful for in Major League Baseball.I have been a fan of Major League Baseball for many years. I usually take the sport for granted. However, the holiday season has put me in a reflective mood. As I prepare for Thanksgiving, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for as a MLB fan. Courtesy of Microsoft OfficeHere are the top 10 things I am thankful for in Major League Baseball: 1. Labor Peace: I am thankful that Major League Baseball has not suffered a…
  • 2012 Summer Olympics: TV Schedule for Sunday, August 12

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Abstract:Here is a comprehensive guide to the Olympic events that will be airing on American television on Sunday, Aug. 12. All times are in EDT. Times and events are subject to change.Courtesy of Microsoft OfficeThe 2012 Summer Olympics conclude on Sunday, Aug. 12, but not before giving fans a full day's worth of Games to watch. On Sunday, the men's basketball, volleyball, handball, and water polo tournaments will crown their champions. Individuals will compete for gold medals in track and field, boxing, wrestling, and other sports. Fans of the Olympics will not want to miss the London…
  • Summer Olympics Swimming: 10 Rules Every Fan Should Know

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Abstract:The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games will feature 34 men’s and women’s swimming events, which will take place between Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, August 4. Here are 10 swimming rules that fans need to know.2012 Summer Olympics, Men's 200 m Breaststroke - Heat 5Per its official website, the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games will feature 34 men's and women's swimming events, which will take place between Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, August 4. Thirty-two of the races will be held in a 50-meter (54.68 yard) long by 25 meter (27.34 yard) wide swimming pool in the Aquatics…
  • 2012 Summer Olympics: TV schedule for Wednesday, August 8

    Anthony Hopper
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Abstract:A number of exciting Olympic competitions are taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 8. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive list of the Olympic contests that will be aired on U.S. television on that day.The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games are hitting the homestretch on Wednesday, Aug. 8. There are only a few more days to go before the closing ceremonies on Sunday, Aug. 12. Some of the most exciting competitions will take place during these last few days, including finals and semifinals in many of the Olympic team sports. Courtesy Microsoft OfficeThis guide will provide you…
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    All About Living With Life


    Charles Chua C K
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” - Leo BuscagliaBefore I talk about the 10 things not to worry about, read this story first:  The Worry Tree!  The Carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching…
  • 7 Smart Ways to Protect Your Children

    Charles Chua C K
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Danger is lurking for your children, even when they are at home. Here are 7 wise ways to minimize anything unpleasant to happen.Alone at home: Inform your child not to tell anyone on the phone that you are alone at home. Teach your child to call you in case of emergency. Make sure that your child is able to lock and unlock doors and windows.  InternetBe aware of your child’s activities on the Net. Inform your child not to provide personal information such as home address, telephone number or school name online. Highlight to your child that the person he is talking to may not be who he…
  • What is Personal Integrity?

    Charles Chua C K
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Image source: integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not. - Oprah WinfreyJaycee Chan, the son of Jackie Chan, was caught and retained recently by Beijing police on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users, official Xinhua news agency reported. Police seized more than 100g of cannabis from Chan’s house, in a swoop which also saw a Taiwanese actor known as Kai Ko detained on drug charges.  Jackie Chan has been a government…
  • 10 Effective Skills to be Successful at Work

    Charles Chua C K
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.-Larry BirdTo be successful at work is to be able to perform effectively and productively. What are the skills and personal traits essential for you to build a sustainable career?1.     Technical skills You are hired because of what you can do with the specialized knowledge you possessed. A marketable skill is the pre-requisite to get a job. What are the top technical skills in demand now?  Skills in mathematics and IT…
  • Productive Use of Technology for Free

    Charles Chua C K
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is why I loved technology: if you used it right, it could give you power and privacy.–Cory DoctorowWhen you have the necessary hardware like a personal computer, an iPad, a printer and internet connection you can take advantage of technology and utilize for free and productively: 1.      Line: According to Wikipedia Line is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and personal computers. Line users exchange text messages, graphics, video and audio media, make free VoIP calls, and hold free audio or video conferences.  Our son…
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    Ranjit Gaind

  • Thredbo 2014

    Ranjit Gaind
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
  • In honour of Robin Williams

    Ranjit Gaind
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring: But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells; Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills; For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding; For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager…
  • Sydney Sculptures – few favourites

    Ranjit Gaind
    10 Nov 2013 | 2:39 pm
    A few favourites from this years Sydney Sculpture festival! Click to view slideshow. Tagged: bondi, Ranjit Gaind, Sydney Sculpture
  • Clipper in Cape Town

    Ranjit Gaind
    10 Nov 2013 | 1:50 pm
  • Winners!

    Ranjit Gaind
    8 Oct 2013 | 6:27 pm
    Very proud of my team CV 28 – PSP Logistics – AKA Team Excellence for winning the epic Race 2 to Rio de Janeiro. The tactics to go East in the doldrums paid dividends and even though they stopped to assist another boat with fresh water, were only pipped to the line honours by 19 seconds! On a 5000 Mile race that is phenomenally close. Seeing as they did stop though they were redressed with over an hour so came out winners nonetheless! Hopefully the awards can continue around the world! Tagged: Clipper, PSP Logistics, Ranjit Gaind, Rio de Janeiro, Team Excellence
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    Elton Says Things

  • 5 Ways The Dead Are Cooler Than The Living

    Elton Edgar
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
          There's a lot to be said about dead people; they don't argue or retaliate when their are valuables taken. They also know when to shut the fuck up and can always...ALWAYS be sold off fairly quickly. In fact, you could say that dead people are some of the kindest, most inadvertently useful and generous people on the planet. Hell, they even fertilize plants in their off time. So, they're "
  • The Robin Williams Party We Never Threw {Pt. 1}

    Elton Edgar
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
           A lot of people are posting about Robin Williams today. There are a genuine souls who wish to say something about the guy and what he meant to them, things he did or even how they met him, some who wish to examine or explain why Robin Williams, noted whatever would do such a thing. Then, there are a lot who want to cash in on the wake a celebrity death leaves behind. I just here for the
  • The Robin Williams Party We Never Threw {Pt. 2}

    Elton Edgar
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    I'm a depressed person. Clinically so. I used to see a therapist about it, until I couldn't afford it anymore, but, alas, I got a diagnoses out of the deal, so, money well spent, I could say.       However, to try to explain or say that one thing can cure it over another is beyond me and I won't belittle anyone's strife by saying I know a sure fire way to kick it. Partly, because I can't kick
  • 5 Public Bathroom Practices That Make Me Think I'm Not Human

    Elton Edgar
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
          When I seriously doubt I'm human it usually stems from misunderstanding common phrases like "I have lupus." and "Give me a pearl necklace." Often I move among people with a dazed kind of "What the hell is wrong with all of this?!" look on my face and avoiding skin on skin contact. My relationship with my fellow human beings is an awkward one at best.       It seems like every day
  • I Won't Survive The Next Pandemic

    Elton Edgar
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:22 am
          I try to keep things real. I, of course, mean that in the least "hip hop" way imaginable. I try to keep as closely tethered to reality or what I think is reality as often as possible. Two big reasons for doing so, is that one; one day, I may not have a choice BUT to be crazy (fucking age related dementia) and two; I've been doing this reality for so long, it's kinda hard to get keen on
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    Ish Ism

  • Foster Care Day 419: Dad Learning to Braid Hair

    ish ism
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    It has been nearly a year since my wife and I received our first foster child into our home. Well… they have all been boys. Until our current foster kid. So, two weeks ago I tried braiding her hair. And … Continue reading →
  • I Love the Moment my Novel comes to Life

    ish ism
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    I love it when my novel comes to life.  For me, it was last week that the novel I’m writing came to life. But what does that mean? I suppose for different people that statement can mean different things. For … Continue reading →
  • Cute Things Our Kid Says Wrong – Part Two

    ish ism
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    So, our three-year-old foster kid mispronounces words in the most ridiculously cute way possible (click here for Part One): Library = Larry Studying = Scuddying Bumped my head = Bunked my head Computer = Poohter Of course, some things are … Continue reading →
  • Orlando Jones – “Bullet Bucket Challenge”

    ish ism
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Orlando Jones explained the Bullet Bucket Challenge to ORLANDO JONES: First of all, the “ice bucket challenge” sort of started elsewhere, and the ALS Association is a completely worthy and incredible organization. They’ve raised millions of dollars, which is … Continue reading →
  • What is your favorite part about writing a novel?

    ish ism
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    I remember when I was a child reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I loved the art, and I loved the flow of the writing. The words themselves were artistic in the way they were spun together. Now … Continue reading →
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Resilience, Busy Hands and Healthy Hermits.

    Peter Wright
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
      Hands courtesy In the previous post, I suggested that reserves of resilience have declined as it has become easier to survive in modern societies. Since writing that post, I have read two articles that support that argument. The first, Raise Your Mood With Your Hands,  by Adam Khan from Moodraiser quotes From Kelly Lambert’s book, Lifting Depression: A Neuroscientist’s Hands-On Approach to Activating your Brains Healing Power. The article states that rates of depression have risen as our lives have become easier. That when it was more difficult to survive,…
  • Resilience versus Comfort

    Peter Wright
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
      As a baby boomer it is too easy to fall into the “when I was young….” trap and condemn anything I don’t like as a sign of the impending end of civilization as we know it or even the end of the human race. It is like walking a tightrope between standing up for our values and principles, for the things we believe are what made our Western societies successful and accepting that, just as it was when we were young, change is constant and essential for progress. Just as there were many things that my parents did not like about life in the 1960s and 70s when I was…
  • Why writing about the past helps our future.

    Peter Wright
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    This post is a strange mixture of topics, but they hang together by a common thread of memories. Read on and you will discover the relevance of the photo of delicious koeksisters, what they are and the story behind them. South African koeksisters (photo D. Gavin)   Writing is hard work, but it is worth the effort and I find it incredibly rewarding. I have written before of my goal of finishing my book before the end of the year and how I get up at 5:30 am and write a minimum of 1000 words every weekday morning. I have to confess that I have overslept after three late nights, but only…
  • How to stay positive in a world in turmoil.

    Peter Wright
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
      World in turmoil There is more than enough bad news to go around as we approach the end of a Northern Hemisphere summer. The relentless attacks on Israel, conflicts in other countries in the Middle East, atrocities carried out by Muslim Jihadists in Iraq, Syria, East, West and North Africa. Young men being recruited in the West to join them, Russian instigated rebel activity in Ukraine, civil unrest in Missouri and an increasingly hostile political climate in the USA and elsewhere. How do we stay positive with all those bleak headlines filling the media, swamping our TV screens, and…
  • Supply, Demand & On-line business.

    Peter Wright
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
      Public Speakers Association On Wednesday, I spent the day at the Summer Networking Bash in Toronto to help man the Public Speakers Association table. It was an adventure, the first time I had been in Toronto for a long time. Traffic on the highway was horrific, road works were apparently the reason for the usual sub two-hour journey taking over three and a half hours even though we left Woodstock at 10:00 am. That alone made me appreciate the advantages of working from home as I do. The last time I went to a trade show was back in my corporate days in South Africa when I worked in the…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • The Last Narco’s Last Supper

    Carmen Amato
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Whatever happened to El Chapo? After his arrest and imprisonment last February, the notorious leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel faded from the headlines. Not completely. El Chapo Guzman inspired the character of “El Toro,” the cartel kingpin in political thriller THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY. Like El Chapo, El Toro was brutal, cunning, and well-connected. But unlike El Chapo, El Toro eluded capture and prison. Hardly Hard Time From the biography by Malcolm Beith, THE LAST NARCO, as well as a few other sources, I knew that El Chapo’s previous stint in prison…
  • An Excellent Liar

    Carmen Amato
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Big lies, white, lies, pretty little lies–Acapulco Detective Emilia Cruz is an expert at all of them. But in the Emilia Cruz police procedural mystery series, she hardly ever lies to the people she cares about. Hardly ever. Meet the main character blog tour Emilia’s lying habits are just the tip of a literary iceberg.  I’ve been tagged to describe my main character in a blog tour. Fellow mystery writer Billy Ray Chitwood tagged me in his tour post talking about his Bailey Crane series. I recently reviewed his 6th and last novel in the series A COMMON EVIL, which you can read…
  • Book Review: The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

    Carmen Amato
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Not only do I write a mystery series, but I read them, too. My favorite mysteries are the ones that take me to new places. This week’s book review is of THE CORONER’s LUNCH by Colin Cotterill. Following the advice of a fellow book clubber, I downloaded it and was instantly transported to Southeast Asia. It’s not a place I ever had a hankering to visit, but the book–and the inevitable rest of the series–took me to Laos in the footsteps of some of the best and most unique characters I have yet to encounter. Dr. Siri Paiboun is in his early 70′s and has been…
  • Writing for Water: The Summer of Love

    Carmen Amato
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Throughout 2014, I’m donating $1 for every Kindle book I sell to Every time someone buys one of my books, they help bring clean water to communities worldwide. Some terrific author friends have helped along the way. Every month I tally up how many more people have been given clean water for life by this effort. This post combines June and July. In June, I was busy getting ready for the release of DIABLO NIGHTS, the third book in the Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco. Sales were strong for zombie storyteller Sharon Lee Johnson who made a generous donation to…
  • Book Review: A COMMON EVIL by Billy Ray Chitwood

    Carmen Amato
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Not only do I write mysteries but I love reading them, too, especially the ones that take me to new places. This week’s book review is of A COMMON EVIL by Billy Ray Chitwood, a gem I discovered via Twitter. There aren’t many mysteries set in Mexico but Chitwood’s Bailey Crane series, of which A COMMON EVIL is the 6th and last, is a frequent and thoughtful visitor. The novel takes us to a seaside resort along Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Bailey is a retired Arizona cop who, with his wife Wendy, has settled into the condo resort in Mexico and is now the homeowner’s association…
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  • stones in glass houses

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    shared experiences are the best kind sometimes. so is having little romances without excess commitment and expectations.  not the most obvious thing to find here, as explored previously.   needed, a small rotation of cute girl things, keep the oxytocin flowing.  get some good language learning happening, and introductions to good local spots.  sorting how to accomplish that without causing trouble with the local wildlife. how do you get your girl fix, in all of this quasi traditional setting? i don’t know.  but there’s a rapidly growing circle of test subjects.  a line up…
  • the trouble with banging local girls

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    a jake booty count sinks to precariously low levels with every departure from sin-city-paradise-one. it’s not for lack of opportunity.  skeesey whores abound no matter where you go.  but cambodia was really the last chapter of that particular bit of sub cultural interaction.  a round of cipro and all the hangovers and close calls, good times for a time.  no more of that for now.  without that influence, paradise two is a bit peculiar for booty. imagine you’ve been told by girls your whole life that you’re not particularly attractive, at first sight.  you make up for it…
  • the village people

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    since we just talked about time travel … something to be said for how quickly time spins backwards on the road leaving the city.  true everywhere.  you might do this in nepal and find yourself something like 2,000 years ago in a matter of 50 kilometers.  as in zero electricity or cell signals, and water buffalo as main transportation method.  not for everyone, though interesting for a moment. here though, you can rewind the time to more chillness, while still getting a good 3G signal on your smartphone.  especially bonus, you are sort of the only one who has one. everybody else…
  • time travel & alternate universes

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    if you lived in the u.s. maybe 15 years or so ago, you remember the times of a gallon of gas for a dollar.  if you lived in europe, you remember being able to get a job and young people having a future.  if you watched little house on the prairie or old black and white westerns, you can imagine all sorts of other times in the human experience. thing is, you can go back.  back in time.  since everything always changes, it might not be the exact time and place of some moment you remember.  nonetheless, there’s a way back. i just finished up all sorts of silly government paperwork for…
  • your cock: an immigration strategy

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    if you look at the history of man, in how it probably really happened (vs. some history books), most of it has been written in the two essential fluids of a man’s reality: blood and cum. today most of us assume that paper rules the world.  paper, or the digital as it is becoming the latest version.  though i’d like to propose that this is still maybe not the main way that the tides of humanity change.  there is of course a big influence of capital over the course of humanity.  but what changes more, money, or the mexican cock currently invading the u.s.a?  the raping and…
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    Rambo Ruiz

  • Encash Google Adsense Earnings – Watch me do it!

    Rambo Ruiz
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    The post Encash Google Adsense Earnings – Watch me do it! is written by Rambo Ruiz This blog has been up for two (2) years already. However, I never really paid much time blogging until seven (7) months ago when I decided to at least put more time writing.  And for those seven months of writing, using proper keywords and sharing published posts on various social media sites, my blog’s visitors increased and with it, my adsense earnings increased as well. Today, after serious blogging about life, making money online, virtual assistant tips and tricks and web design, I’ve…
  • I found One Disadvantage of Working Online Outside

    Rambo Ruiz
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The post I found One Disadvantage of Working Online Outside is written by Rambo Ruiz My wife and I have been dreaming of traveling while being able to earn to support our needs. We thought of starting our journey on 2016, but 13 days ago our anxious minds said, why wait for two more years when we can do it today. And so it had already been two weeks since we moved outside Manila and found this sweet spot in Ilocos Sur. (You can check our travel adventure on my Youtube Playlist here.) I’ve done what most online workers/freelancers dreamed of doing, work outside; at the beach, at the rice…
  • Lessons to Learn from Sari-sari Stores in the Philippines

    Rambo Ruiz
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:31 pm
    The post Lessons to Learn from Sari-sari Stores in the Philippines is written by Rambo Ruiz Sari-sari stores are everywhere in the Philippines. We even have our favorites despite normally having at least ten of them in our streets. These small one-stop shops are offering almost anything from candies to prepaid cellphone loads. Simply knock three times on their usually small windows and say your orders and viola you’ll have them in less than a minute. A business like Sari-sari store is one that is easy to set up by almost anyone and so, many stay-at-home moms in every Baranggay wants to…
  • 4 Simple Tips for a more Productive Virtual Assistant

    Rambo Ruiz
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:42 am
    The post 4 Simple Tips for a more Productive Virtual Assistant is written by Rambo Ruiz Image from Ridiculously Efficient The idea of working at home is really enticing. The time you could have spent traveling back and forth to an office can now be given to other meaningful activities such as attending to your kids or doing other businesses that may add to family’s income. These are just some of the many privileges a Virtual Assistant or anyone working at home may enjoy. However, although being a Virtual Assistant is fun, you must always remember to be accountable for the tasks…
  • Business and Life Principles Learned from GDaysManila

    Rambo Ruiz
    28 May 2014 | 7:33 am
    The post Business and Life Principles Learned from GDaysManila is written by Rambo Ruiz Thanks to my online friend Rochefel of Professional VA I was introduced to the GBG event that was held last May 24 at the Tenth in Alpha Land Mall in Makati. GBG (Google Business Group) is sponsored by the giant search engine Google. It is formerly known as Women on the Web; it’s basically a community of people who educates startups on taking their businesses to the next level using Google products. I recommend you check out when and where the next GBG event will take place by clicking here.
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    Lone Prairie

  • How to present your unsuccessful business idea.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    This morning I attended a meeting where people present their business idea or business plan and the audience asks questions. I went because a friend was presenting a business idea. He did a great job with both his talk and slides, as well as answering questions. He also has a cool business idea. I got to thinking about how I might present my business, Lone Prairie Art Works, to interested parties. I made a slide show for you. Let me know if you have questions. I am available for consultations of some sort.
  • I don’t understand a generation that wants to collaborate.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    At the last “Not Our Day Job” meeting, as I was explaining some of the internal debates I’m having about the next step of a project I’m working on, one member asked me why I didn’t consider doing a Kickstarter project for it. “No,” I said. “I will not be using Kickstarter.” He wondered why, but it was difficult for me to explain without sounding like a massive grump, particularly since he’d successfully used Kickstarter to help with one of his earlier projects. “I don’t believe in it,” I said, trying to find the…
  • Productivity porn, self-improvement, and the locusts.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten. Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God. ‘I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten. – Joel 1:4; 2:23, 25   I’m tired. In every way. Work better, work harder. Eat better and exercise. Find a new way to be productive. Find a better to-do list. Read a new scientific study on how the brain works, use it to thinkbework smarter. More data and the latest information…
  • 4 Favorite Blank Journal Brands, And A Leuchtturm Review

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Friend: 1. Piccadilly Me: 2. Rhodia Friend: 3. Moleskine Me: -3. Not Moleskine. The paper is all wrong for artists who use watercolor and certain pens. Friend: For general writing, it always beats the Leuchtturms I’ve purchased (figuring that Germans, considering their inflationary past, know a thing or two about printing paper).  They have been garbage with pretty much every pen I’ve tried. Me: I have a large Leuchtturm that I’ve not used yet. Are you saying I’ll regret it when I do? 4. Apica notebooks Friend: Maybe you’ll find the right type of pen to…
  • 7 interesting things to know about Ebola being brought to the United States.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol caught the Ebola virus while trying to help fight the outbreak in Liberia. Brantly and Writebol are being brought back to the United States for treatment. What can we learn from this, and the current Ebola outbreak? 1. Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone” is going to be climbing the charts again. Preston and his book are the go-to sources for Ebola, it seems. It’s recently been featured prominently in the local bookstore “must read” table, this 1994 New York Times bestseller. I’m seeing it quoted in social…
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  • And the Winner is

    Paul Cypert
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8And the Winner is By Paul Cypert Yesterday we held the official draw for our Take Up the Challenge & Stand to Win $8,888 promotion. There were a number of standard entries as well as those who qualified for 8 total chances to win. The winning entry was one of those with the enhanced chance to win! Congratulations to Mr. Siew Kok Mun who has won $8,888 dollars! Not only did he win our challenge, but he was also able to enjoy our Best Price Guarantee for some additional earnings. We’ll hand the prize over next week and post up the details here. Thanks to everyone who…
  • Singapore Needs More Sleep

    Paul Cypert
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Singapore Needs More Sleep By Paul Cypert Singapore topped another list! But hold off the celebrations for now. The new list topping we’ve managed? Cities that don’t get enough sleep! Trailing only Tokyo, Seoul and Dubai, we’re fourth in the world with an average night’s rest of only 6 hours and 32 minutes. That’s short of the 7-9 hours recommended by most experts. And since this is an average, that means a large percentage of our population is well below even that paltry 6 1/2 hours. But sleep’s overrated! Actually, no it’s not. You need it. The effects of not…
  • Will my modified car still be insured?

    Cheryl Tay
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Will my modified car still be insured? By Cheryl Tay You love your vehicle, you want to individualise it and upgrade its performance or aesthetics with aftermarket parts. For example, you want to change your exhaust system for a sexier exhaust note, you want a spoiler and a body kit for a more aggressive look or you want bigger brake kits for better stopping power.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to customise your car and make it different from the rest, but at the same time, the more you customise it, the more you want to protect your car. Thus, what happens to your…
  • Potentially Good News for Singapore Drivers

    Paul Cypert
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Potentially Good News for Singapore Drivers By Paul Cypert While nothing is confirmed yet, good news is rumbling out on the horizon for car drivers in Singapore.  We all love to moan about the upward climb of COE prices. Records recently have hit as high as S$80,000 on top of the already inflated car prices we pay out. Thankfully in the last few months that trend has been inching downward. Nothing great, but at least not climbing up over 80K again. But recent rumours are stirring that COE prices could, and let’s be sure to emphasize that nothing is definitive here, lower soon.
  • Extend Your Life, Slow Down and Read a Book

    Paul Cypert
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Extend Your Life, Slow Down and Read a Book By Paul Cypert Sometimes Singapore moves too quickly.  Life here exists on rails. The momentum pushing you forward in a constant cycle. Rush to work, then back to your home…if you’re lucky stop to enjoy your hobby along the way when you can. The pace of life and digital onslaught edges out the little things. The old ways. Not many here will encourage taking moments for ourselves. To calm, rest, or exercise our brains a bit. Well, Brian Lim has. Mr Brian set up a simple little box in front of his house. Drive by quickly and you might…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • This is not the way it’s supposed to be

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

    Rey Lo
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Welcome guest writer, Mark Ford. Mark lives in Austin and is a cellist, vocalist, composer and chef. Most recently he has performed as half of Dead Tree Duo. You can connect with him on Facebook. It may seem a platitude, it might sound like the tired words of some aging hippie, but our world is divided. Humans […]
  • Why I’ll still listen to Gungor’s music

    Rey Lo
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I really enjoy creative people and I particularly enjoy artists. Music, film, theater, painting…my best day would be spent in a local art museum leading into a performance of a play at a community theater followed by a stop at a local venue to hear a few local bands and capped off by a midnight […]
  • I don’t get what I see around me

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

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

  • I Hacked My Own Brain

    Shots Of Insight
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    I wrote this to myself two or three years ago. I had this theory that I was capable of brainwashing myself by reading this multiple times per day. Anyways. It worked pretty well. A lot of these things come naturally to me today. It doesn’t make sense to me to not follow these things. By the way. In case you care to know, I used to read this to myself an average of ten times per day. Should I Call This A Mission Statement?  1. I know I can accomplish absolutely anything my crazy mind can come up with; in fact, I already did. 2. I have only one life and I will live each day to my…
  • I Threw Away All My Clothes

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Labor Day Weekend

    Princss Burlap
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Or, a farewell to thee, Summer, in those places you ordinarily flee, give Autumn the stage, and the frost crackle of Winter after. Here in Florida you’ll stay with us for a while yet, and have me pulling on my poor husband’s sleeve saying “Can we please buy a little Fall/Winter cottage in a leafy place?” Let’s all have long weekends filled with cupcakes and cookouts and swimming and dancing. Let’s all wake up on Tuesday morning and give a warm welcome to the Fall. The post Happy Labor Day Weekend appeared first on Princess Burlap.
  • About a Slip ‘n’ Slide

    Princss Burlap
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Remember when you were a kid? Mom made Kool-Aid by the vat for gaggles of transient neighborhood yard-hoppers, and hours of a summer day could be cashed for some knee-abrading, belly-stinging, plastic-scented fun also known as the Slip ‘n’ Slide.   I’d near to fully forgotten the joy of hurling myself face first down that slick yellow mat. Until I attended Dagmar’s Mickey Mouse themed birthday party for her three year old son. Dagmar and I have been friends since second grade. We lived a short child’s walk down a safe street from one another. It’s the…
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    Albertr Hartley


    12 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
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  • 8 Track

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
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  • Two Jobs

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
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  • Lessons in Momentum

    6 Feb 2014 | 5:02 am
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  • February and the Winter Olympics

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:55 pm
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    a glimmer of light

  • Faith and Hope

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Beautifully possible… The post Faith and Hope is originally from the blog a glimmer of light.
  • About having Faith

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I keep stumbling in this “to have faith versus not having faith” debate all the time in the Internet and on daily living, so I found myself thinking about it, and now thinking out loud (that’s what I do here)… As far as I can recall, I’ve always believed in God. I always had the sensation that the cosmos and all there is didn’t behave arbitrarily, but accordingly to a direction and rules, determined by a final purpose and/or ”moral conscience”, instead. All the splendor and perfection there is couldn’t just “had happened”, but had to be created –…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: not a glimmer, but a lightning from the skies

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend and ALS Worldwide’s Director of Outreach and Counseling, Sarah Byer, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and you can too! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media campaign raising awareness about ALS/MND (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and encouraging people to contribute to organizations like ALS Worldwide. Started by former Captain of the Boston College baseball team, Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS/MND in March of 2012, at the age of 27, the challenge has gone viral with the hashtag #ALSIceBucketChallenge or #StrikeoutALS. Since then, tens of thousands of people…
  • Live life beautifully

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

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

  • Proofreading Exchange

    HJ Blenkinsop
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    As a self pubber, I've read that the two things to invest in are: 1. A great cover2. An editor or at the very least a proofreader My insecure question this month relates to editing and proofreading. Has anyone had success with exchanging proofreading or editing with another author? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas, advice, or warnings!Many thanks in advance.This post is for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. A place for writers to stand up and face their inner dragons, cry at the woeful inadequacy of their weapons, get some much needed support from…
  • The Rat Bargain

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

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

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

    HJ Blenkinsop
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:04 am
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    Life's Due Diligence

  • One of the Most Difficult Decisions of My Life

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    It all started on a lunch break at my old job. I had an hour to kill and my girlfriend was in the area. She suggested we get together and do something out of the ordinary. We ended up going to a fast food place and then to a local puppy store. Now, we have a dog at home already, but a friend of ours had just gotten a new puppy and it was the same type of dog we had ourselves. He brought it over so they could play with either other and our dog, Ace, got extremely defensive when our friend when to grab his puppy and take him home. We took this as a clue that our dog might want a friend. So on…
  • In The Woods

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

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

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

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

  • Summer Vacation 2014 – Third Leg – Prince Edward Island

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Finally, I have some time to get to writing about Prince Edward Island which was, after all, our ultimate destination this summer. We stayed there for three days. I’ll say right off, it is a lovely island – very scenic and quaint. Getting there across the 12.9 km Confederation Bridge is quite an experience as […]
  • Summer Vacation 2014 – Fourth Leg – Riviere-du-Loup

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Okay. So I lied. I am not going to stick to chronological posts. I just can’t. As beautiful as PEI is – which I will fully cover in my next post – nothing can top my experience from yesterday and I just can’t wait to write about it. The quick version of the story is […]
  • Sunset at Riviere-du-Loup

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    This is just a quick post and completely ruins the time line of my vacation posts… But oh well. I had to share. This is the sunset over the St. Lawrence at Riviere-du-Loup. Absolutely stunning! I’ll be back soon with chronologically appropriate posts. :) Tagged: life, nature, photography, Quebec
  • Summer Vacation 2014 – Second Leg – Quebec

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    After leaving Georgian Bay, we headed to Montreal. The drive there, according to Google, is about 6 hours. I think we made it in 8 or 9 hours due to stops and highway construction. Now, I like Montreal. The old part of the city is particularly lovely and there’s great shopping on Rue St. Catherine. […]
  • Summer Vacation 2014 – First Leg – Georgian Bay

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Hello all! I’m here in Prince Edward Island and have finally had time to take a breath and go through the hundreds of photos I’ve taken in the last week. I can tell you that it’s quite an overwhelming undertaking. However, I did divide them into the different legs of the journey which made sifting […]
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Fall Wedding Themes

    Gayla Baer
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Fall is such a beautiful time of year, after a long hot summer and plenty of rich colors it is the perfect escape brought to us directly from Mother Nature. If you are planning a wedding in the fall there are so many gorgeous opportunities and backdrops to take advantage of right outdoors; and the cooler temperatures can make it appealing for many brides, and especially the grooms. Here are some of our favorite fall wedding themes to take into consideration as you plan your wedded bliss, with the love of your life! Fall Themes Fall provides many opportunities for different wedding themes and…
  • Fall Home Maintenance Tips

    Gayla Baer
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    If your spring brings cleaning and your fall brings maintenance, then know that your home is not alone in this pattern. While you likely conduct maintenance every season, there is something about the spring and fall shifts taking us from one temperature extreme to another that invites those checklist type of tasks. So, keeping with that theme… here is a fall home maintenance checklist for you to tackle before it becomes too cold to do so. #1 Prepare your grounds for winter This doesn’t mean start sprinkling the salt and sand on the walkways, but as a step prior to this you should…
  • Fall Garden Tips – Seven Ways to Prepare Your Garden for the Season

    Gayla Baer
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    Just because the growing season is behind us does not mean that it is time to focus your attention elsewhere. In fact, fall is a season that can make or break your spring and summer gardens. Like bugs and animals prepare for the season change, you too need to prepare your garden. Check out our seven tips on great ways to make sure your garden has the best chance to survive the harsh winter months. #1. WaterDuring spring and summer we water our plants to ensure they have enough to drink, especially with chart topping temperatures. Just because your plants may be slowing in their growth, they…
  • Tailgating Tools That Make Your Tailgating Party a Success

    Gayla Baer
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
      Tailgating is a culinary trend like no other, linked to sports and casual outdoor fun.  Four out of five tailgaters are male, according to the Tailgating Institute, and they want the right tools for the job.  Here are innovative products for the party in the parking lot. Reduce Fire & Ice Wave Tumbleroffers the ultimate in hot and cold insulation, keeping your beverage at the perfect serving temperature. Flip top prevents spills. Trendy design, in bold metallic colors. $17.99.  Kuhn Rikon Tong Tools feature a fork and a braising spoon, or a fork and a turner. Each…
  • Orange Tuesday – September 2 – Kickoff to Halloween Season with HUGE Savings at

    Gayla Baer
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    On September 2nd, BuyCostumes will host their annual Orange Tuesday event. This event offers HUGE sales on some of this years most popular Halloween costumes. Costumes will be priced at rock-bottom prices, plus they will have other amazing offers SITE WIDE! Visit with your family and start planning your costumes. Some of the most popular costume themes and trends for 2014 are: Disney Frozen Costumes Transformers costumes Superhero Costumes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes Or check out the New for 2014 Halloween Costumes. No kids? No worries! There is a fun selection of…
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    Through a Twisted Looking Glass

  • A Mystery Well Played

    Regina Antony
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
  • LEBLOX: No one is safe from being turned into 3D pixel art thanks to a new social app from France

    Regina Antony
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    “You’ve been BLOXED!” That’s what you’ll be hearing following the upcoming launch of the new social app LEBLOX, which lets users create a pixelized version of almost anything and then share and 3D print the designs. It’s reminiscent of the cult childhood toy Perler beads, but without the analogue templates (or ironing). Instead, LEBLOX takes personalization to the next level—creating and printing a miniaturized digital version of yourself.
  • Mapping 2,000 Years of Cultural History in 5 Minutes

    Regina Antony
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    Last week in the journal Science, the researchers (led by University of Texas art historian Maximilian Schich) published a study that looked at the cultural history of Europe and North America by mapping the birth and deaths of more than 150,000 notable figures—including everyone from Leonardo Da Vinci to Ernest Hemingway. That data was turned into an amazing animated infographic that looks strikingly similar to the illustrated flight paths you find in the back of your inflight magazine. Blue dots indicate a birth, red ones means death. In the video you watch as Rome’s stronghold on…
  • Spiking the homeless!

    Regina Antony
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:15 am
    There is a move to spike the homeless from sleeping in public places. Even benches in parks are being spiked! Would you pay to sit on this bench?
  • Photo of a detective in the making on Tumblr

    Regina Antony
    8 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
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    The Great Life Swindle

  • Thank God for Work!

    Laura Tong
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Come on, it hits you every Monday – “Thank God for Work!” you cry over your fourth coffee and fifteenth fag before leaving the house. The existence of work proves unequivocally the existence of a god – or at least a higher power. The majority of people would be lost in the wilderness without some structured activity to keep them from falling into a pre-Victorian savage-letting-mushy-fruit-fall-into-their-open-mouths kind of existence. We must continue to cry ‘Thank God for Work!’ We must fight the noxious possibility of becoming contented,…
  • Demotivational Quote for the Common Man no.9 – Put your dukes up!

    Laura Tong
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    “You have to fight through the bad days in order to earn the good days” [Unknown] Now see here’s the thing, this quote and countless others in the same vein seem very popular in that they’re everywhere that sorry cousin of small pox, self-improvement hangs out. But answer this: when you’re trying to chase down that fantastic dream and Great Life you want so much you could bleed, how motivated are you going to be by the idea that to succeed you’ve got to battle your hardest through all manner of pain, misery and misfortune to even be worthy of a few  days…
  • I am Important – Alternative Affirmation for the Common Man no.2

    Laura Tong
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    With all the pressures of life and the burgeoning world population, it might be that you are struggling to say ‘I am important’ with any conviction. Thank fuck! This alone could be the greatest bonus on your Road to Success and in chasing down your happy and Great Life. You see,  one of the major aspects of the great life swindle is the bullshit you’re fed about being unique and important, the bastards! Swindlers will butter you up with all manner of guff about how significant your little bunch of molecules are – more lies, vicious, evil lies!  ‘I am…
  • Demotivational Quote for the Common Man no.6 – true or tripe?

    Laura Tong
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear”  [George Adair] What a load of demotivating tripe! No wonder your motivation is on permanent vacation with nonsense like this around! How keen and eager are you going to be to chase down your fantastic dream and Great Life if you believe you’re going to have to grovel to hell on bleeding stumps with a glowing poker up your ass? Not that keen? Try this alternative: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of a mega-motivating, uber-entertaining, positively-challenging, swindle-beating,…
  • Motivation Rule for the Common Man no.1- it’s a groovy setup

    Laura Tong
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Do  you dream of doing something awesome, big or small towards a Great Life, anything indeed, but when you try to motivate yourself into actually getting off your burgeoning ass and taking some kick-ass action, nothing happens, zilch? Somehow, for some damn reason you can’t identify, your motivation always fails to show up for the party? Goes AWOL? Ever started on your creamy dream only to find that every day you had to try and motivate yourself more and more but the result was just less and less motivation and more and more prevarication? Ever found yourself long on tedious tasks but…
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    Spending it All

  • M1X DJ Sound System
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Mix like a DJ with the M1X DJ Sound System. It features Bluetooth streaming for clear sound, wOOx technology for precise bass without any distortion and coaxial drivers for great sound. It comes with a scratch wheel, cross faders, instrument grade knobs and sliders; and djay 2 app integration. Your parties are going to be of another level with this system. The post M1X DJ Sound System appeared first on Spending it All.
  • QBracelet Wearable Battery Charger
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The QBracelet Wearable Battery Charger is a device that you would actually want to wear. It takes the shape of a 1.8 ounce bangle bracelet and features a built-in 1160 mAh lithum-ion battery. Simply unlock the bracelet to reveal either a Micro USB or lightning connector, and it can power up your dying device to about 60 percent of its capacity.     The post QBracelet Wearable Battery Charger appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Patchnride
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Patchnride is the world’s first bicycle flat tire solution that enables you to repair your tire within 60 seconds. This device will permanently repair the tire without removing it off the bike. Just insert the spike into the puncture with the  single-use patch pod cartridge; and you are good to keep riding.   The post Patchnride appeared first on Spending it All.
  • StakeLight Tent Stake
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    The StakeLight Tent Stake is a unique stake with a built-in LED light that provide a well lit area around your tent. It features 17 lumens of light up to 10 hours or 24 hrs of light in strobe mode for emergency purposes. The StakeLight is constructed with 5000 series aluminum and is powered by a single AAA battery.   The post StakeLight Tent Stake appeared first on Spending it All.
  • Eva Solo Lunch Box
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Now you can have lunch on the go with the Eva Solo Lunch Box. All the parts in this all-in-one lunchbox serves a purpose;  the bottom can be used as a bowl, the tight fitting lid functions as a plate, the silicone band wraps everything together so it stays secure and tight. It also comes with a spork that attaches to the lid so you can have all sorts of meals out of this lunch box.   The post Eva Solo Lunch Box appeared first on Spending it All.
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  • American Psycho and Other Observations

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Patrick Bateman: sadistic pyschopath with a deranged desire for wanton destruction…or hapless victim of the various schema of his own mind and the societal pressures of his day? To me, quite frankly, nothing tops the irreverent yet strangely eloquent dissections of 80s music in this film. Although not actually made in the 80s, the movie is set in the decade, with New York’s Wall Street boom providing the backdrop to this blackest of black comedies. I cannot but help get the feeling that the author of the source material of this movie lived and breathed with his subjects in close…
  • Why Are We Working Longer?

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I am on my way back from vacation and into work. Unfortunately there’s a tempestuous lightening storm here in the usually sunny Orlando delaying my flight so I think now would be a good time to take stock of the activity that makes up at least 50% of most of our adult waking lives – work. In most Western countries like the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France etc. productivity has more than doubled since the early 70s. In Japan’s case its tripled. And yet the OECD average hours worked per year has declined by only about 11% since 1970. When you factor in the fact that…
  • Intellectual Development 101

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Moving away from religion and politics and into less controversial waters. What I want to discuss now is something that is probably more fundamental than one’s political or religious beliefs and delves more into the deep water trenches of our minds – that is how we adopt beliefs, knowledge and opinions in the first instance. Taking into account the lottery of life that endows people with different intellectual capabilities from birth, I’m going to put forward the notion that its not what we start with but how we choose to develop what we inherit that really matters.
  • Fallen Angels

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Notwithstanding the encouraging rise of the Christian Left,the general slant of religious leaders and their followers across the modern world is often a deep shade of conservatism in relation to the progressive elements in their societies. As Hindu nationalists coalesce around an election victory in the world’s largest democracy and other semi-theocratic governments fester elsewhere, I think now would be a good time to give my take on how we should view religious conservatives and their views. The fundamental (and ironic) aspect of all religious conservatism is that it is paradoxically…
  • Populists of the World, Unite!

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A few weeks ago, The Economist reported on an academic study in America that uncovers what would seem to be blindingly obvious to everyone with even a passive interest in politics – that corporates and the rich get their desired policies implemented much more than the average person on the street. What really piqued my attention however was not the ‘no shit Sherlock’ nature of the study, but the chiding comment at the end of the article about ‘populism’. Apparently populism is a threat, and specifically The Economist notes, a threat to the financial sector and the…
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