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  • Speaking on ‘The Art of Empathetic Leadership’

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

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The blog is ending, but our coverage of caregiving and aging is not. The New Old Age will run as a twice-monthly column by Paula Span on and frequently in Science Times.
  • Countdown - 13 Days

    Peterman's Eye
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
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  • Grace in Small Things No. 553
    Elan Morgan
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    click image to enlarge That kitty pictured above would not leave my side while I was ill. What a sweet nurse Onion is.I had a painful sinus infection, but the doctor prescribed me antibiotics on Friday that are causing a remarkable turnaround. I can't believe how much better I feel already.The weather has been unseasonably warm, and it puts a little extra zing into everything.I did many loads of laundry, and we get to sleep in a fresh, fluffy bed tonight.I screwed up my courage and confronted a situation I didn't like today. I hate doing that and normally avoid it, but everything turned…
  • Learn Chinese characters the easy way [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Written Chinese is very difficult and time consuming to learn. Anyone who says otherwise hasn't tried it. But, with this creative and enjoyable process, learning characters becomes much easier and faster. The post Learn Chinese characters the easy way [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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    L.P. "Neenz" Faleafine

  • Speaking on ‘The Art of Empathetic Leadership’

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

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

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

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

    1 Apr 2013 | 11:45 am
    Earlier this year I decided to launch Get Involved Hawaii to bring awareness to legislative bills that caught my personal attention. One that came across my screen was SB894 RELATING TO LAND ACQUISITION which would “Direct the Governor, or the Governor’s designee, to negotiate with the current owners of the undeveloped portions of the property […]
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    The New Old Age

  • A New Direction

    By Paula Span
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The blog is ending, but our coverage of caregiving and aging is not. The New Old Age will run as a twice-monthly column by Paula Span on and frequently in Science Times.
  • Remembering the Lost

    By Paula Span
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    At many nursing homes and assisted living places, a resident's passing may be hardly noted.
  • The Future, Revisited

    By Jane Gross
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Circumstances had changed, and all these documents needed to change, too.
  • Diabetes Prevention That Works

    By Paula Span
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Lifestyle modification prevents Type 2 diabetes even more effectively in the elderly than in middle-aged patients.
  • Dementia, but Prettier

    By Paula Span
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.
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  • Grace in Small Things No. 553

    Elan Morgan
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    click image to enlarge That kitty pictured above would not leave my side while I was ill. What a sweet nurse Onion is.I had a painful sinus infection, but the doctor prescribed me antibiotics on Friday that are causing a remarkable turnaround. I can't believe how much better I feel already.The weather has been unseasonably warm, and it puts a little extra zing into everything.I did many loads of laundry, and we get to sleep in a fresh, fluffy bed tonight.I screwed up my courage and confronted a situation I didn't like today. I hate doing that and normally avoid it, but everything turned…
  • The Canadian Weblog Awards Says Goodbye: So Long, and Thanks for All the Love

    Elan Morgan
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards, whose winners were announced on December 15th, marked five whole years since their inception. FIVE YEARS. That amazes me every time I think of it. When I hatched this plan in late December 2009 to highlight quality over popularity in the Canadian blogging scene and to set some standards for what makes great weblogs tick, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never run any kind of juried awards on- or off-line before, but I felt that there were deeper and more interesting blogs that needed to be celebrated, because even a blog with five readers can prove…
  • I Designed Myself New Business Cards

    Elan Morgan
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    I'm getting new business cards! I say this like it's some kind of surprise to me, but it's not, because I designed these bad boys. I have a couple of speaking gigs coming up at the end of January and the beginning of February, and I'm speaking at Mom 2.0 at the end of April, so I thought I'd spiff them up a bit.Because most of my work exists online, so I get crazy excited about being able to hold what I make in my hands and smell the freshly printed paper. It's such a delicious little thrill.I ordered these from MOO, because their quality is fantastic. If you want to order business cards…
  • The Possibility of Naked Emperors

    Elan Morgan
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    If I don't write it down, whatever it is either isn't real, or it's at least not important. This is a lie, but it lets me hide from big thoughts for a while.I think my solid thoughts by writing words down. My thoughts float loose and chaotic – they're seeds and whispers with no connective tissue – if I don't do the math with structured language. I don't know what's going to happen when I start, and I'm as surprised as anyone when I get to the end.Oh, so THAT'S what I was thinking! I think.Sometimes, those thoughts land on the page like a delicious, revelatory meal I want to have…
  • Goodbye, Windows. Hello, Mac.

    Elan Morgan
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    I have been using PC laptops loaded with Windows since I first got my own computer that connected to the internet. There was one brief period of about two months when I had a hand-me-down Mac, which Onion quickly destroyed with his special destructive abilities, but then back to PCs I went. I used my belief that I was a little too cash poor to justify the expense of a Mac to stay in my comfortable if aggravating struggle against the tide that is Windows.Windows has taught me to hate it, and with every update, it has gotten more intrusive. I actually resent the environment in…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Learn Chinese characters the easy way [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Written Chinese is very difficult and time consuming to learn. Anyone who says otherwise hasn't tried it. But, with this creative and enjoyable process, learning characters becomes much easier and faster. The post Learn Chinese characters the easy way [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Motorcyclist gets hit by a car, lands on his feet [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This is a terrifying video, make no mistake about it. But the thing is, even though this guy is totally hit by a car, he's fine. His extremely expensive, modified D675 motorcycle, though, was destroyed. Let this be a lesson to everyone: wear your gear and and be careful, no matter what. The post Motorcyclist gets hit by a car, lands on his feet [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The Swedes invented an entirely bulletproof wall [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Imagine a wall that stops bullets. The thing is, the bullets don't bounce off, and they don't make it through. They just absorb into the wall. Put this on the list of materials if you're building a house in a rough area. The post The Swedes invented an entirely bulletproof wall [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • These terrible job stories will make you feel better about your job [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    However bad your job is, it can't be as bad as these folks' jobs. Imagine running around in a Hello Kitty costume––as a teenage boy. Or maybe whipping up corn dog batter and shouting out, "Batter up!" The post These terrible job stories will make you feel better about your job [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Reach out & touch someone at Cuddle Con [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Craving human contact of the more innocent variety? In these days of digital companionship, it can be hard to come by a good, old-fashioned cuddle without complications, so Samantha Hess decided to do something about it on a grand scale. The post Reach out & touch someone at Cuddle Con [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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    Simply Jews

  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to be like the British Queen

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    Well, no one can say it's illegal or something. But - if I may - there is no need to go to the expense of £384 million palaces or other extraordinary measures like that. It's enough to start with these:Here. And:Here. And:Here. And then something basic like:Here. Of course, being of male persuasion, I can't advise on colors that will match the mustache and the nose, but I am sure that professional consulting could be obtained. And look at the prices, they are eminently reasonable. I freely confess to be completely lost where the hats are concerned, and I know that the monarch in question…
  • The Council Has Spoken!

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up."Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive! " - Sir Walter Scott, MarmionPeace is purchased from strength. It's not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. - Benyamin Netanyahu"Obama's got something against Israel." - Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh, 2009"Ahmadinijad was stupid enough to be a wolf in wolf's clothing, to expose his teeth and nails and alert the west. I can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. I have all the diplomatic and rhetoric skills to…
  • שלושה חברים וסרט

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    הכותרת לקוחה מכתבה ב- YNET המתארת 3 חברים שיצרו סרט פשוט נפלא."את לי לילה".הסרט מתאר שתי אחיות הגרות בשכונה קשת יום בחיפה. האחת מאותגרת שכלית ומוטורית והשנייה מטפלת בה במסירות כמעט על אנושית (אכן "על" ב-ע' כי היא כמעט מלאך).במהלך הצפייה בסרט הרגשתי באופן בסיסי ביותר את הקשר העמוק בין היוצרים של הסרט: בין הבמאי לשתי השחקניות ובין…
  • A new keyboard for Palestinian supporters

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    Courtesy of my FB friends.Click on the picture to embiggen.
  • די! נמאס! צריך להחליף!

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    פוסט קצר, רק שני קישורים, למה צריך להוריד את המלך ביבי ועוד יותר את המלכה שרה מכס השלטון.בן כספית מתאר את קשר השתיקה סביב בני הזוג והתנהגותם החזירית, האופורטוניסטית והמנצלת, וב- YNET מסופר על תקציב האלכוהול בבית ראש הממשלה.ועוד לא דיברנו על מדיניות חוץ ופנים וביטחון ועוני וחינוך ובריאות.
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  • INTERESTING STUFF – 31 January 2015

    Ronni Bennett
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    RONNI HERE: In producing this Saturday list, I aim for a balance with a little something for everyone – sort of an update of an old-timey variety show from our generation's youth. At first, this week, I thought there was too much cute animal stuff but they are all good and two of them become stale if not used before the Superbowl tomorrow. So, here goes. AL PACINO ON GROWING OLD A new film titled, The Humbling, is about a has-been, aging actor taken from a novel by Philip Roth starring Al Pacino who says that although he personally relates to the character in some ways, he's not ready to…
  • Elder Adoption of Technology – Or Not

    Ronni Bennett
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    There is no argument about it: the development of technology in our lifetime is nothing less that astounding. Sometimes, I think, we've become so accustomed to it that we forget there is no essential difference between modern digital technology and magic. Information flits through the air – even into to space and back - in nanoseconds and the toys - the laptops, tablets, phablets, phones, etc. - are not only irresistable in design and function, they are useful (and playful) in a zillion ways. It is well-known that old people – you and me – need more time than young people to become…
  • Accepting the Difficulties of Growing Old

    Ronni Bennett
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    File this post under Ronni was too weary and/or lazy to write on Wednesday. It happens to all of us, you know. I own an elegant, little easel frame. It is quite small – about two-and-a-half by three inches or so – and quite simple: a stand, a fairly thick piece of glass and a little metal clip to hold it together. For the past year I have been using it to display quotations – one at a time - that inspire me about this stage of life most of us at this blog are moving through. The frame sits in one the cubbies directly above my desk (where I seem to spend most of my time) so that I can…
  • Social Life in Old Age

    Ronni Bennett
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    It has become a tenet of old age that without plenty of friends and family, and an active social life, we are doomed to die before our time. In fact, one study, as reported in The Guardian last year, went so far as to state that loneliness is twice as unhealthy for old people as obesity: “Compared with the average person in the study, those who reported being lonely had a 14% greater risk of dying. The figure means that loneliness has around twice the impact on an early death as obesity.” Now, one research project does not a verdict make; such studies are an indication to be further…
  • New Clues for the Internet and You

    Ronni Bennett
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In 1999, four middle-ish-aged guys who were stars in the development of the still-emergent internet wrote a book about how the internet, an amazing global “conversation” platform whereby individuals could share information at blinding speeds that gave them, us – we the people - a kind of power never before available was being misunderstood and misused mostly to sell stuff. Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, Rick Levine and Dave Weinberger were pissed off enough to write book. It was/is 95 theses called The Cluetrain Manifesto and it exploded on the scene in controversy. I recall everybody…
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    Ann Handley - Content Marketing Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

  • 10 Ways to Deal with the Stupid Amount of Email You Get

    Ann Handley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pop quiz: Do you wish you received more email? Answer: That’s a ridiculous question. I’ve been thinking about email a lot lately, because for the past few weeks I’ve been tracking how much time I spend managing, writing, reading, forwarding, filing, responding to, and (sometimes) cursing it. The verdict: Whatever the number is that’s bigger than “crap-ton.” (Octillion? Vigintillion? Googol?) It turns out I spend about four precious hours a day. Yet, ironically, there are probably people reading this now who are wondering why I never responded to their last inquiry. (Is this you?
  • Stuff You Missed, Stuff You Loved: The Best of 2014

    Ann Handley
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    This blog, like most, is linear. It’s in chronological order, so things once thought precious get buried and lost at the bottom of the metaphorical sock drawer until you’re rummaging around in there one day and happen upon that thing you had almost forgotten about. This is my effort to dig up the things buried deep in this blog, with the most-read marketing posts of 2014. I hope you value one or two of the unearthed posts as a discovery that’s useful—like, say, a Kennedy silver dollar your uncle gave you. But not, say, a pouch of your firstborn’s baby teeth, which…
  • Win a Free Copy of the New ‘Everybody Writes’ Audiobook

    Ann Handley
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Everybody Writes audiobook is fresh out of the recording studio! This means that you can now listen to all 8 hours and 44 minutes of the Wall Street Journal bestseller while you are in your car, working out, walking the dog… or raking, shoveling, wrapping, drinking, cooking, canoodling, prepping, pre-gaming, or whatever you might be doing when you might find yourself in need of some how-to content advice laced with a little humor. Ten of you auditory learners can listen to the EW audiobook for free, because I’m giving away 10 copies to 10 lucky winners (or for those winners to…
  • Creative, Funny, Unusually Honest Marketing of an Awful Dog Named ‘Eddie the Terrible’

    Ann Handley
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Most pet adoption listings try to make the cats and dogs up for adoption as appealing as possible. But not the Humane Society Silicon Valley, which last week published a creative, funny, and unusually honest listing for a tiny tornado of a Chihuahua, “Eddie the Terrible.” UPDATE: Eddie gets a home. Image source: Humane Society Silicon Valley It’s an awesome piece of writing—rough edges and all—by Finnegan Dowling, who works with the shelter. And it’s the ridiculously good writing that’s making this pint-sized demon dog a mini viral sensation. Eddie has been written…
  • 6 Things You Can Learn from an Unfunny Marketer’s Funny Redemption

    Ann Handley
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Fifteen years ago, my friend Doug Kessler swore off any attempt at “comedy” after an attempt at funny dissolved into flat-out failure. Doug, who runs marketing agency Velocity UK in London, recalls the white-hot shame of it all: “We wrote a script. Sent it to client. We expected some review and back and forth… but when they said ‘Great! Let’s shoot it!’… we did. “It was SO not funny and SO stupid that I’m still blushing 15 years later.” But, more recently, Doug started to rethink things. Because what’s working in B2B marketing is (quite often) the offbeat…
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    Apartment Life

  • Battle of the Super Bowl Cities: Seattle vs. Boston

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    As the nation eagerly anticipates Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, two cities in particular are on the edge of their seats: Seattle and Boston. But a lot more is on the line than who will be crowned this year’s NFL champion. Both of these cities are in a knockdown, drag-out duel over which city […] The post Battle of the Super Bowl Cities: Seattle vs. Boston appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • 4 Practical Apartment Questions You Should Always Ask

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    So you finally found the absolutely perfect apartment for rent? Before you pop that bottle of champagne and kick back to celebrate, take pause; there may be a few considerations your new property manager or owner didn’t mention. Here are the key questions to ask before you take the renting plunge. What amenities are included? […] The post 4 Practical Apartment Questions You Should Always Ask appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Random Roommate or Not? Dos and Don’ts of Finding a Roommate  

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Generally, multiple bedroom apartments save each tenant some money compared to renting a one-bedroom or studio apartment by yourself. Of course, this leads to the dreaded roommate dilemma. Maybe you have had a bad roommate experience, or have never had a roommate at all. Thinking about trying a “blind” roommate? Use these tips to avoid […] The post Random Roommate or Not? Dos and Don’ts of Finding a Roommate   appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • Apartment Living is as Easy as Pie

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy National Pie Day! This great day – January 23 – celebrates the most delicious of all desserts. There is nothing more American than pie. Apple pie, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Pie – you name it, we love to eat it. But where are the best cities to have an apartment if pie is what […] The post Apartment Living is as Easy as Pie appeared first on Apartment Life.
  • It’s Now or Never: Welcome 2015 with the Ultimate Apartment Cleaning  

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    What could be a better way to start off 2015 than with a spotless living space? Although plenty of those pesky New Year’s resolutions may fall by wayside, cleanliness shouldn’t be one of them. Keep your apartment spick and span throughout the year with these easy yet effective apartment cleaning hacks. Living Room 1. Do […] The post It’s Now or Never: Welcome 2015 with the Ultimate Apartment Cleaning   appeared first on Apartment Life.
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    Dave Writes

  • Distractions are Necessary to Get Things Done

    Dave Atkins
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    As an INTJ personality type, one area of potential conflict and misunderstanding I experience in working with detail-motivated people like ISTJs is how differently we approach tasks and how apt we both are to judge others who don’t do “what we would do.” One thing I find interesting about my job is learning about medical issues: a rule I was testing depended on something called “GFR” – Glomerular filtration rate. GFR is the rate at which blood passes through the kidneys. Based on the patient’s race, and a lab observation of creatinine, we display…
  • Collecting Thoughts

    Dave Atkins
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Four years ago, I wrote a post simplifying my plan in life to the “4 R’s:” Read, Run, Write, Ride. Of course, there’s a lot more to life–such as family and work–but I observed that for me, a great deal of personal satisfaction came from those pursuits which fit into and anchored my life. I got up early to run; I bike commuted often, I read books on the commuter rail when I was not riding my bike, and spent much of this “downtime” thinking so that when I sat down to write, I had ideas ready to put on the page. It is depressing and ironic that…
  • Finding the Path – Part 1

    Dave Atkins
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    This blog post was a draft I never published from a year ago at the start of 2014. Today, I’ll post it and followup with the 2015 post… Life happens in bursts of consequence. There are moments when the path is clear, and what comes next seems inevitable in retrospect. There are  times when you see an opening, you KNOW where it will lead, and you take the chance to follow. You hold on and tell yourself, just don’t let go. Eight months ago, we had a great house in Roslindale and were making friends in our community. We were thinking Sharon would be happy in the…
  • How to Solve the Decline of Local News

    Dave Atkins
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    The related problems of declining relevancy of local news coverage, lack of effective civic engagement, and impediments to local economic development can be solved by rethinking the role of journalism and devising a new business model that recognizes economic value from citizen engagement. Here are some symptoms of the problems: Local news coverage–for small to medium sized towns–is almost completely non-existent. It survives only through the personal efforts of a few remaining newspapers and hobbyist websites like my and other hyperlocal sites. Large…
  • Changes

    Dave Atkins
    31 Aug 2013 | 2:17 pm
    I’ve removed some links from this blog and will be reworking as well. I have not disappeared…and I will write again, but for now, I’m pulling back the content from the past year that failed to go anywhere.
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    Reality Me

  • is down!

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    My favorite site,, has been down for two days! Popurls is an aggregator of news feeds. It’s geek crack. If the site every comes back, and you aren’t careful, you can lose a day of your life just clicking links. With the site down, it’s like going to your drug dealer and being told he’s out. Anyone know why Popurls is missing? Update: Just down for maintenance.
  • How not to do a 4 day week

    Doug McCaughan
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Monday was a holiday. So between Tuesday and Friday I worked 55 hours. Of course, as soon as my body has recovered, I think I’ll spend many hours this weekend programming for a client.
  • Cannot stay awake

    Doug McCaughan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    The animals woke me at 5:30am for walking and feeding. I was wide awake. Tried to convince myself to chant. Tried to convince myself to have coffee and read a book. Instead returned to sleep until 6:40 but on the positive side Evan and I missed the bus so we took it upon ourselves to start the flag rotation for the Webelos at the elementary school.
  • Deep Thoughts

    Doug McCaughan
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    The problem with porn is that you can see too much. (n.b. I’m quite pleased at the numerous insertions of double entendres in this post.)
  • Of Grasshoppers

    Doug McCaughan
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Student: I do not like the person I have become.Master: Will you be that same person tomorrow?
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  • Status Report

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Hey, remember me? I blog here? So, first of course is the Steph update. She did get the cast off and stitches out a week ago Thursday, so we could get a good look at the incisions, bruising, swelling, scars, scabs, etc. (Gross? I’ll show you gross.) Then she got fitted for a “boot,” which the surgeon said is mostly to protect her when she’s out and about, but she doesn’t need to wear it all the time. Which means … shower time! She has showered every day since then; once we get her onto the shower seat, she can close the door and do her thing. Yay! And then last Tuesday she went…
  • Progress Report

    12 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    So far, so good. Steph is quite good at getting around the house with her walker, to the point that we finally got to move the commode out of the living room! Yay! (Although let me say that the commode is maybe the greatest invention ever—I never thought I'd be so thrilled to have a toilet in my living room until I had a kid who couldn't get to the bathroom! I wish we'd known about this when Andy had all his bazillion orthopedic surgeries.) The physical therapist who came to the house was appalled at the rental wheelchair we'd gotten—she said, "That looks like…
  • New Year, New Bionic Daughter

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Steph's surgery went well, and everyone at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital was just wonderful. We have always suspected that nurses are perhaps the highest life-form on Earth, and last week just solidified this for us. And now we're home, and the big difference from last week is that Steph is now getting better, instead of just hanging around waiting to be repaired. Last week the pain was kind of constant, but now it is actually abating! Yay! Logistics are still an issue, but we have figured out a way to get her up and down the stairs with little assistance, so tonight is the big…
  • Oh, One More Thing

    30 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Well, apparently 2014 wasn't quite finished effing with this family. On Christmas Eve morning, Steph slipped and fell while running errands and ended up being taken by ambulance to the ER. She managed to break both bones in her ankle. The x-ray of her tibia and fibula looks like this: |   |  |   | Really. (There's also a third break, but it's so small we're not even going to worry about it!) They put her under to realign the bones and then wrapped her up in a splint/cast-type thing. They said she would definitely need surgery but because the bones in the ankle are right…
  • Eat!

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    Quite a few weeks ago, I received a cookbook for review and am only just now getting around to posting that review. Yes, I was busy, but I also have to admit that I was disappointed with the book and thus not inspired to write about it. I had high hopes for Eat by Nigel Slater, which was the 2013 Cookbook of the Year according to the Times of London; they called it "an instant classic." Slater is nearly always described as "Britain's foremost food writer," and I've heard him—and enjoyed listening to him—a few times on The Splendid Table. The subtitle is…
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    Geek Mom Mashup

  • LEGO Minecraft Food and Potions

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

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

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hour of Code In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14, 2014), is sponsoring and promoting a worldwide Hour of Code. (Hour of Code is organized by, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented […]
  • Geeky Gift Ideas

    3 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    You may be shopping for some special nerds this Christmas, and it can be hard to find a great gift that suits those geeky preferences. I have a couple of ideas that might be useful for you. Recently, I had the opportunity to review a couple of products from Uncommon Goods, and learn about the […]
  • Amazing Water “Printer” aka the Waterfall Swing

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

  • Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Most of time, I riff in the kitchen. I read cookbooks in bed, and I’m all over the Times food section, and I love Smitten Kitchen, but when it comes right down to it, I rarely make a recipe as printed.Not long ago, a friend posted something on Facebook, wondering if she could substitute farro for barley in a hamburger soup that she was making. I looked at her recipe and thought, eh, not hamburger, how about sausage? But other than using less of a different meat, and adding a piece of parmesan rind, I pretty much followed the recipe, and wow – it was really good. That little bit of barley…
  • Commuting in Seventeen

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    On a southbound MetroNorth train:Fifteen minutes toGrand Central and you stand up.First guy off train wins?On the downtown #4 train at 9:42am:Her long fingernailsClick on the MacBook keyboard.That typing is loud.In the 14th Street station:Young man and red cordStealing power underground.Google search can't wait.Walking through the Union Square Market:As I make my waydowntown, inexorably,The haikus gush forth.
  • Judge Not

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    I am only just now deChristmasing. I should have done it the weekend after New Year's but we had a big party and I had to make 18 quarts of chili and Mary Berry's cherry cake. I could have done it last weekend, but I had to go spend the night elsewhere so we could play Cards Against Humanity with old friends and relatives. So here I am, a Tuesday night, into January's double digits, child and husband already in bed, fondling my Christmas ornaments and thinking about my mother.It's hard not to. She loved Christmas. She's why I have enough antique glass ornaments to fill three trees - and I…
  • Warmth

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    As the subway slides into the station, I pull my 30 year old beige cashmere gloves out of the pocket of my Lands’-End-meets-East-German-army-surplus down coat. Each of my winter coats has a pair of gloves that lives in the pockets: thin blue wool in the short black duffle coat, grey fleece wristlets in the wool-lined raincoat, the warmest gloves in the warmest coat. I think to myself “don’t drop them in the gap”, knowing that I’ll never replace them. They were a gift from an old boyfriend back in about 1984, and it’s not that I care for him, but rather for the little piece of…
  • All I Want For Christmas...

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Last Thursday was Thanksgiving. Then came the shopping mayhem days: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Today's Giving Tuesday, a day to make a difference. And, though you're surely inundated by pleas from this great organization and that terrific non-profit, let me tug a little at your heartstrings.Since sometime in the last century, more than 18 years if you really want to know, I've worked at a small awesome unique tuition-free ballet school. In a nutshell (though we don't put on a Nutcracker), we audition kids in the NYC public schools, and we teach them to dance.
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    Life Candy

  • 2015 To-Do List.

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

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

  • Juno Flu

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    While the blizzard was a bust, I figured out a good way to spend my snow day nonetheless: in bed with the flu. Gemelli and Penne have been keeping guard over me, and Jess has been kindly covering nursing duty on top of doing her own work from home. Working on bouncing back fast!
  • Sited

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    And, still on the Northstar front: we have a new website up that explains a bit more about what we’re up to. [Relatedly: if you’re an awesome CrossFit coach, or know one, point them to our hiring page. It’s an excellent gig, and we’re staffing up fast.]
  • In the Mood

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    We’re gearing up for some Northstar build-outs, designing spaces that live up to the coaching, community and the broader member experience we’ve been developing. To that end, some mood boards we’ve pulled together: Reception: Locker Rooms: Workout Space: In short, we’re shooting for ’boutique hotel’ in the entrances and bathrooms, while keeping the WOD spaces to a gritty, industrial, authentically CrossFit feel. Looking forward to seeing them done!
  • Baby Steps

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    When we think about the future, we tend to imagine new technologies showing up in our lives fully formed. For example, you might expect that the next car you buy, and maybe even the car after that, will just be regular cars. But then, one car further into the future, you get a car that drives itself. A self-driving car! Out of nowhere! Skynet! In reality, though, groundbreaking technologies usually arrive in the real world piecemeal, through slow, iterative feature introduction. Consider that self-driving car: your current car is likely already AI-enabled. You call that AI “cruise…
  • Lindy Hop

    5 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Recently, I’ve been obsessing about the Lindy Effect, an observation about the lifespan of stuff like technology and ideas. In it’s original form, the Effect observes that every additional day of life achieved implies an even longer life expectancy yet. Or, in plain English: on average, you’re halfway there. So there’s likely another half of the life of an idea or technology still to come. Applied to startup companies, that means that, on average, you’re about halfway through your growth cycle, about half as big as you’re going to get. Therefore, if you…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • Work, Command, Create: Tips on Hustling, Leadership, and Hobbies from Winston Churchill

    Brett and Kate McKay
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Note: In yesterday’s Churchill School of Adulthood lesson, we offered examples from Winston’s life as to how he embodied artist Constantin Brancuși’s maxim that to live a fulfilling, flourishing life, one must “Work like a slave; command like a king; create like a god.” Because the takeaways of that lesson were so numerous and important, we’ve given them a separate article. What you’ll find below encapsulates much of our best life advice, wedded with Churchill’s examples and insights – I think it’s really worth a read! “Broadly speaking,” Winston Churchill mused,…
  • Things Every Man Should Have in His Car: An Illustrated Guide

    AoM Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    When I was growing up, I noticed that my dad kept his car well-stocked with supplies. A lot of the equipment was for his job busting poachers as a game warden, but most of the things were for emergency situations. And there were plenty of times when my dad was able to put those supplies to work. Be it a maintenance issue or a snowstorm, keeping these items in your vehicle can save you time and discomfort, and perhaps even your very life, should an emergency arise. Illustrated by Ted Slampyak
  • The Churchill School of Adulthood – Lesson #7: Work Like a Slave; Command Like a King; Create Like a God

    Brett and Kate McKay
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    “If ever there was a Renaissance man, he was it. In the age of the specialist, he was the antithesis, our Leonardo. As a writer he was a reporter, novelist, essayist, critic, historian, and biographer. As a statesman he served, before becoming His Majesty’s first magistrate, as minister for the colonies and for trade, home affairs, finance, and all three of the armed forces. Away from his desk he was at various times an airplane pilot, artist, farmer, fencer, hunter, breeder of racehorses, polo player, collector of tropical fish, and shooter of wild animals in Africa. One felt he could do…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: Valentine’s Day Edition!

    Brett & Kate McKay
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    After the success of our Art of Manliness holiday shops with Huckberry, a couple years ago we decided to help guys out with Valentine’s Day as well. We’re continuing that tradition this year, and have curated a special Valentine’s Day store with tons of both romantic and practical gifts that will make your main squeeze swoon. Even if you and your gal celebrate Valentine’s Day in a low-key way, it’s always a good idea to surprise her with a little something. Though your sweetheart will insist she doesn’t want anything, a part of her is secretly hoping…
  • How to Rebuild and Repair Vintage Snowshoes

    Darren Bush
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    For the traveling modern man, snow is an inconvenience. We brush it off our cars, blow it off our driveways, and plow it off our roads; we jump in our vehicles and away we go, a little more careful and ten minutes late for work. For more primitive cultures, snow was and is a major impediment to travel, and men have been strapping snowshoes to their feet to make traversing it easier for millennia . Even though we now have snow machines to escort us over the icy landscape, snowshoes are still in use by hunters, trappers, and anyone who lives where it snows and vehicles aren’t an option…
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  • Winter Morning, With Trees

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Looking up at the sky on a winter morning with snow on the trees contrasted against the silhouetted tree trunks and branches. The post Winter Morning, With Trees appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Tenacious Tree

    Jon Armstrong
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed The tree absolutely refuses to let the leaves drop. The post Tenacious Tree appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Fun with Macro: Autumn Leaf

    Jon Armstrong
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Leaf. Macro. Edited with an iOS app. The post Fun with Macro: Autumn Leaf appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • Unexamined Privilege

    Jon Armstrong
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed Nice thinking from the Godfather of web standards and design. The post Unexamined Privilege appeared first on Blurbomat.
  • 45: Happy Puberty

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    This is the Blurbomat feed A holiday review and conversation about how we spend play time with our kids. The post 45: Happy Puberty appeared first on Blurbomat.
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Park in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Yaroslavl, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Sweeping views of the Volga River from this lovely park in the town of Yaroslavl, Russia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site (Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)The post PHOTO: Park in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Yaroslavl, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Sculpture at Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Stunning marble sculpture in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the world’s greatest museums (Visited 35 times, 35 visits today)The post PHOTO: Sculpture at Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Hermitage Museum Storage Facility, St. Petersburg, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hermitage Museum storage and research facility in St. Petersburg, Russia, where all restoration work takes place, and the one-third of the collection that is not on display is kept in climate controlled vaults. Private tours of the facility are now available on a limited basis. (Visited 63 times, 63 visits today)The post PHOTO: Hermitage Museum Storage Facility, St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Iconic Views of Russia in Panoramic Photos

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    During my Viking River Waterway of the Tsars cruise down the Volga-Baltic Waterway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, I captured these panoramic photos of Russia, showing four of the most iconic views in the country. They are not my usual quality, since I shot them with my iPhone, but they do capture a great view of the sweeping public spaces that seemed so prevalent in Russia’s two most important cities. Click on each of the thumbnails to see a larger view: Cathedral Square at the Kremlin in Moscow Moscow’s Red Square by day Moscow’s Red Square by night The magnificent…
  • PHOTO: Griboedova Canal in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: View down Griboedova Canal toward Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia (Visited 62 times, 62 visits today)The post PHOTO: Griboedova Canal in St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    Anne Marie Miller

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

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The fine folks at Christianity Today had me write a little bit about the challenges of community when you’re struggling with mental illness (or when you love someone who has a mental illness). Enjoy! With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential. I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate. What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept pounding and my head kept spinning, and I…
  • Happy New Year!

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy New Year from the icy plains of west Texas. Tim and I are almost back to Lubbock after a few extra days of adventurous travel. The new manuscript is due in two weeks and wow-it has been a wonderful learning experience. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you back online in a couple more weeks after that next book is turned in! Much love-Anne The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Until 2015, I Bid Thee Adieu.

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    You finally close the day’s work after reading and taking notes and asking questions. You stack the books, the printouts, the papers, the highlighters, the notebooks; you stack it all, on the dining room table for tomorrow. You save the manuscript. You close the computer. You walk away. And you hear a small voice whisper, “Add a chapter.” You argue back, “The title of the book is ’10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex’ – You can’t just go and add a chapter!” He says, “Chapter 10 needs to be: Parents Need to Know…
  • The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Five minutes of pure beauty. The post The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
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  • Malaga In January – A Pleasant Surprise

    Alex Berger
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Seville, Granada, Cadiz … these are the cities that spring to mind when you talk about southern Spain in winter. Cities with rich architectural history, stunning old towns, vibrant cultural attractions and a charm guaranteed to steal your heart.  Malaga? Not so much. Unless, that is, you’re on the hunt for ugly cement resorts, overly
  • Florence in Black and White – Weekly Travel Photo & Product Review

    Alex Berger
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Holding my breath I closed my eyes. Around me the auditory press of a vibrant Italian city roared about its daily business. Filtering through the array of sounds I sorted out the thread I was looking for – a rhythmic sound. An organic sound. The sound of boat paddles slicing smoothly into the currents of
  • Hostel Etiquette – Sleep In Your Own Damn Bed

    Alex Berger
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:26 pm
    There is a pandemic raging through hostel culture…and no, it isn’t bed bugs.  In a sleepy dorm room somewhere nearby a tired individual has made the grand trek up four flights of stairs, down a long zig-zag hallway all while fighting the never ending battle that comes with magnetic keycards. You know the battle i’m
  • Behold the Valley of the Sun

    Alex Berger
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    With roughly 4.3 million residents in the greater Phoenix metro area the city, named after a mythical bird, has wings that cast a mighty shadow.  So mighty in fact that if it were converted into a stand alone country that population would make it the 127th most populous country in the word – right between
  • Fun Fact: The Day is 37 Minutes Longer in Southern Denmark

    Alex Berger
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    The dark depths of winter in the Nordic countries is a topic often discussed and in some ways synonymous with the various nations’ identities. As an Arizonan who has re-located and spent the last few years in Denmark, the pressing darkness of the winter months was definitely a challenge to tackle. Still, with a trove
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    NoPasaNada Weddings!

  • Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Calgary Wedding

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    Planning a wedding may very well be one of the most important tasks that an individual undertakes during the course of their lifetime. The wedding day is a day meant not only to bring two individuals together into a unified family, but it is also a day meant to create memories that will last a lifetime. Unless you want those memories to be of the nightmare variety rather than the fairy tale dream variety, there are a few things you absolutely must avoid during the wedding planning process. Not Planning the Budget Properly There are so many costs to consider when planning a wedding. The cost…
  • Hello world!

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • It’s a Sign

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    I found this in my bag of russets yesterday evening. I scrubbed and chopped up most of the other potatoes in the bag and stuck them in the oven to roast them for dinner, but I couldn’t bring myself to roast this love tater. I decided that finding it was a sign. Now, just what exactly the sign represents, I haven’t yet figured out. Is it a sign that I love potatoes? A sign that I love carbs? A sign that I love root vegetables? Or is it a sign that my kitchen is filled with love everywhere you turn? Is it a sign that potatoes are heart-healthy? Because I don’t think they are…
  • I’m Weird

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    I was looking through my iPhone for an old photo related to our building project from last spring, and I found the following two photos, snapped by Paige when we were at Sky Zone (the new huge trampoline parks that are sweeping the nation) celebrating a birthday. That was a really, really, really long sentence. Anyway, I had never been to a Sky Zone before that, and I guess I hadn’t jumped on a trampoline in years, because once I set one foot inside the main trampoline area, I went a little crazy. Within minutes, I was challenging Paige to a split jump contest. Warning: The following…
  • Wheeee!

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    It’s difficult to describe just how pretty the golden light was late yesterday afternoon, and it’s hard to convey it in photos, so I’ll just say this: the golden light late yesterday afternoon was so pretty, Paige and I had no choice but to go outside and breathe in as much of it as we could.       It was nippy and the wind was blowing and we didn’t care. This is the kind of stuff you have to go outside and be a part of. Five of us had the flu last week (hello, Marlboro Man and your rock-solid immunity), so now that we’re feeling better,…
  • Spelling Him Out

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Manly. Yup. Adventurous. Totally. Rugged. You bet. Lionhearted. Yes. Brawny. It was either this or Beefy. Observant. He takes in his surroundings. Rad. Sorry. Throwback to my L.A. days. Outstanding. As in “outstanding in his field.” (Get it? Ha.) Multifaceted. He loves “Fast & Furious” and “Sense & Sensibility” equally. *Scratching head. Ace. I like the guy. You probably already knew that. Necessary. To me. To the kids. To the animals on the ranch. To our whole family. Happy Birthday, Marlboro Man! Love, Your Woman
  • Copilot

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    I love taking Charlie with me in the car when I have to drive around the ranch for this reason or that. He always looks like he was hired for this specific position: The supervisor, the overseer, the one in charge of making sure the ranch is operating as it should and no tomfoolery is going on. (By the way, that isn’t good posture you see Charlie demonstrating. It’s just that he has to hold his head back like that in order to see, otherwise his eyes are too droopy.) Not sure what I ever did without this guy to entertain me.
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    larry borsato

  • Misplaced concern?

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

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

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

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

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    For Christmas I got the Chamberlain MyQ Garage. It was a bit tedious to install, but I finally got it to open and close the garage door from my iPhone. But today when I tried to check the door I got this message: Yes, the error is showing up in the Chamberlain MyQ iOS app, but Chamberlain doesn’t seem to know what it means. I’ll give them a hint. Their servers are having issues. But I’m the customer. Shouldn’t they be telling me what the problem is? Chamberlain needs to work on their product because it doesn’t leave the customer with a good impression of the…
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    Boss Sanders

  • As Of Today, January 23, 2015

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    *I think this photo is equal parts “creepy” and “funny.”    I think it’s the glasses. Outside my window… It’s COLD – Golden grass and the sky, a blanket of overcast white.  Chilling breeze that cuts through, shifting leaves and branches as it goes.  There is no trace of the fluffy cotton-ball snow that fell earlier today. I am thinking… About creating a recipe/menu-planning ebook.  Every time I cook a dish my girls love (which is daily), they ask, “Mama, when I’m big, can I have this recipe, too?”  They’ve already…
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! (On This Day…12/31/2014)

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Outside my window… It is cold and the wind slices through like a sharp knife.  It is gray outside and when the sun rises, it will be a new year. I am thinking… So much has happened in 2014. We went to Chicago and Disney World.  Spent much time as a family, having fun and enjoying each other.  We learned so much from homeschool.  Z and Ro learned to read and are now rockstars!  We had lots of FIRSTS.  We lost loved ones.  We lost one of our own (miscarriage).  We have had the opportunity to love and stand in the gap for others’ children.  We have loved big and offered…
  • Thoughts on Ferguson

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

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

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

  • NotAllWomen

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

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

    the slackmistress
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    The park across the street from my house is filled with impossibly tall palm trees. They stand in stark relief to the playground equipment and the low-slung library, soldiers watching over new moms feeding their kids yogurt and homeless people looking for a moment of peace and quiet in the chaos of their day. I was walking Daisy through the park this morning when I heard the familiar sound of squirrels playing the the treetops, running round and round in round, causing the palm fronds to sway. Daisy used to watch this game with laser-like focus, as if wishing one of the fuzzy creatures would…
  • Calling All Comic Book Types!

    the slackmistress
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    So here's the thing: I have a project that in the back of my mind, was always a graphic novel project for tweens (specially tween girls.). But I write  tween TV, not tween graphic novels. So I tried to make it a TV show, but it didn't work. So I thought, maybe a movie. But it didn't work. Because it's a graphic novel.  It's not just some nebulous idea in my head: a treatment exists, along with a mini-bible. I have my people ("people?" PEOPLE? I don't know how to write that without sounding like an asshole) looking into Some Things and I am doing research of my own (which is mostly just…
  • Teach Your Children Well. Like How to #*$@* Attribute.

    the slackmistress
    30 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    When a good part of your career involves making total strangers think you're funny, it's super shitty when people don't attribute. (h/t noirbettie) Everyone SAYS they want a fairytale wedding but when I show up and curse their firstborn suddenly I'm the jerk. — Nina Bargiel (@slackmistress) April 27, 2012
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    In Pursuit of Happiness

  • What I Learned About Creativity When I Wasn’t Writing

    Britt Reints
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Join the conversation at What I Learned About Creativity When I Wasn’t Writing. Writing has always been my preferred art, even before I knew it was art. When I was in high school, the walls of my bedroom were papered with poems and mini memoirs. On those walls I hid messages to my parents that I was too afraid to speak aloud but desperately needed to get out of me – and then I tore them all down in a fit of rage and tears the first time my words were used against me. I started putting my words in journals. Then, on a whim, I put them on the Internet for invisible strangers to…
  • Happiness Interview with Playing Big author Tara Mohr

    Britt Reints
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:34 am
    Join the conversation at Happiness Interview with Playing Big author Tara Mohr. Let’s cut to the chase: I am thrilled to have Tara Sophia Mohr on the blog today. One, because I’m a big fan of her work personally – so the fan girl in me is all “OH MY GOD TARA AND I EXCHANGED EMAILS!” We’re also Facebook friends. I’m just saying. But I’m also thrilled for you, because Tara is the kind of woman I want other women to know about. I consider her book, Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message, a must-read for all women. It is practical,…
  • How to Be Happy When There Is Suffering in The World

    Britt Reints
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    Join the conversation at How to Be Happy When There Is Suffering in The World. When I write about being happy, I’m almost always talking about a way of living rather than a temporary emotion. No one, after all, is happy all the time. Bad things happen. It’s normal and natural to feel sad or angry when they do. You can feel sad or angry and still live a happy life. But what about when bad things seem to be happening constantly? Everywhere? With our shrinking global society, most of us are more aware than ever that there are always bad things happening somewhere. Aside from…
  • The Story of My Perfect Morning

    Britt Reints
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Join the conversation at The Story of My Perfect Morning. My perfect morning started with an unexpected phone call at 6:30 am. “This is a message from the Pittsburgh Public School District. All Pittsburgh public schools will be operating on a two-hour delay today.” I shut off my alarm – the one I’d already hit snooze on three times – and sent a text to my teenager upstairs, “2 hr delay”. I rolled over and went back to sleep. An hour later I woke to my daughter crawling into bed beside me. “Two hour delay,” I mumbled and wrapped my limbs…
  • Why I’m Trying to Do More and Get Less Done

    Britt Reints
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Join the conversation at Why I’m Trying to Do More and Get Less Done. I’m goal oriented. I’m motivated by deadlines, checkmarks, and gold stars. I get a thrill from getting things done, from the accomplishment of finishing. This is both a strength and a weakness. Lately, I’ve been running up against the weakness part. The need to get things done can get in the way of living well.Click To Tweet Specifically, I’ve noticed that I’m struggling to follow through on process goals, anything that can’t be defined by results. For example: I say I want to…
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    Domestic Psychology

  • condiment priority

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    “We have chicken nuggets almost every day at the middle school.” “Sweet! I can’t wait for middle school. Wait. Do you have bbq sauce?” “No. We only have ketchup.” “Am I allowed to bring my own bbq sauce?” “Sure.” “Excellent.” Dear Middle School, Please allow my child to carry a bottle of bbq sauce in his backpack. Signed, Epstein’s Mother
  • no storks here

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
    “Are E and I your rugrats?” “You’re my loin fruit.” “Ew! Mom! What is wrong with you?”
  • much to say

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    “It’s too bad this isn’t a three day weekend like last weekend. I wish every weekend was three days. You know my friend E? The one who has a pool? Well, it isn’t his pool. It’s his neighborhood pool. I like that pool. E made up a new word. It’s peenana. I bet you can’t guess what that is. How come Amy got new shoes when my feet are bigger than hers? Can you bring me new shoes so I don’t hafta go to the store? But no new pants. Pants are boring. Hey! I love this song! You need to stop talking so I can sing it.”
  • Everyday horrors

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    How to make children run away screaming while their arms swat at invisible bees: 1. Walk toward child slowly with one arm reaching toward the child. 2. Say, “I accidentally got too much lotion.”
  • May I have your autograph?

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    Starving Artist’s senior yearbook was mailed to Knoxville instead of her apartment in the Bronx. “Want me to mail it to you?” “Nah. I’ll get it at Christmas.” “Can I open it?” “Sure.” “Can I have fun with it?” “Do whatever you want.” I’m not going to look it up on Pinterest, but other than tormenting people at reunions, there’s not much you can do with a yearbook other than get it signed. I’m certain she knew I was going to get people to sign it. Family signed her yearbook. Knox County…
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  • Good intentions

    Simply Stork
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    I have been meaning to post more than on madness Mondays.  I even have many bloggy stories to tell.  But life hasgotten the better of me and now it's already Friday night.Please forgive me :0)I did come across an old link to a feature that was written about this space.  You can find it here iffin your interested in reading it.  I will find my groove soon.  (I have hope.)Until then, enjoy your day.~simply~
  • Mental Mondays

    Simply Stork
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Hello and welcome back to Mental Mondays.  Can I just say wow!I want to thank all of you who e-mailed me.  I loved hearing how some of you chose to answer the first question.  I do suggest, as we go along, for you to keep a journal.  If your anything like me, answers given on one day might change in the coming days, weeks or months.  Keeping a journal is a simple way to track progress.  With that said, lets get to our next question.  We began with question number 1.  Who are you when you think no one is looking? Question # 2)     Are…
  • Mental Mondays

    Simply Stork
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
      Hello and welcome to a new series I have called Mental Mondays.  Each Monday there will be a thought provoking question for you to think about.  I am a firm believer that "one gets out what one puts in."  All I ask of you is to read each question and really let it settle.  Sometimes one might be surprised in how just "one little question" can not only change from day to day, but bring about a change in daily life choices.Question number one:Who are you when you think no one is looking?~simply~                   …
  • Introducing…

    Simply Stork
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    “Be careful not to get wet Max”  I called across a rocky beach.  I watched as Max balanced on some rocks just inside the shore line of a very chilly river.  “Oh, I wont” he hollered back to me.  “My heart will protect me.”  I thought that was a strange thing to say, until I saw the heart shape rock he was standing on.I believe that life has many different perspectives.  Sometimes things come into different views depending on how one looks at them.Introducing…Mental Mondays.  I have spent some time speaking with some counselors. Although I…
  • Love

    Simply Stork
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Don't go looking for love.  Quietly give it away and let it find you. (Joystclaire)Happy New Year.~simply~
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    David J. Hinson's Logorrhea

  • Small Biz 101: 3 Things

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    A few chestnuts I’ve learned along the way: Know what your service / product / time is worth. Corollary: Don’t give your time away. When you’re in the “agency life” or working for a small consultancy, you will invariably be approached to work on spec, work for “sweat equity”, or work at a huge discount for the promise of better pay on “the next project.” These offers never pan out. Know what your service or time is worth, and engage only at those rates. Your time, resources, and patience are finite – and these…
  • Internet Time vs. Academic Time

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    A question that I’m asked in almost every interview, is how I handled the transition from being an entrepreneur, to working at a small liberal arts college. Implied is the question: how did you bear the excruciatingly slow pace of higher ed governance, versus being used to working in “internet time?” There’s a “bumper sticker” answer, and there’s the real answer. The bumper sticker answer is that the pace of higher ed decision making allows “the ball to slow down so you can see it” (to mangle a sports metaphor). The real answer is that…
  • Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub-Ub: 2015 Off to a Great Start

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub kicked off their 2015 series of monthly Hub-Ubs tonight. In addition to kicking off a new year of interesting topics and technology community building, the Hub celebrated its one year anniversary of Hub-Ub events. I also had the chance to shamelessly plug the upcoming Raspberry Pi Bake-Off, to be held at the Innovation Hub, on Saturday, March 14th (Pi Day, naturally). This is the event’s 3rd year. A very special “thank you” to the Innovation Hub staff (and of course, CEO Joel Gordon) for hosting this great series of events for the…
  • The Tyranny of the Functionary

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    If you have managed a group of people for any period of time, you’ve run across the phenomena I like to call the “Tyranny of the Functionary.” The buying manager who withholds approval on purchasing because of a laundry list of vendor rules. The tech manager who adheres to a monoculture ecosystem unwilling to consider other alternatives. The creative in your company who refuses to do as a customer wants, hiding behind design guidelines. The “indispensable man” who simply flat out refuses assignments that they don’t want to do. All of these scenarios…
  • CxOs – Put the Emphasis on the “C”, not the “x.”

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    A long standing belief I have held is that any senior exec who holds a CxO title, should have (or be on their way to developing) the capabilities needed to helm the enterprises they serve. Each and every one of them. Else – why have them be a chief at all? Organizations all have a varied stratigraphy as to how and why they are structured the ways that they are. Chances are, yours has a smallish leadership group of folks with a C in front of their names. Chief Executive Officer. Chief Financial Officer. Chief Marketing Officer. Chief Information Officer. Chief Information Security…
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    Simple Marriage

  • Try out Married Life 911 for $1

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    It is my personal belief that Valentine’s Day is actually a made-up holiday by Hallmark and ProFlowers. A positive spin I could put on this belief is everyday should be a day you pursue your spouse and tell them you love them. Or I could say this because this is yet another day where you’re “supposed” to get a gift for your spouse. Regardless your stance on Valentine’s Day, it is fast approaching. And, whether or not you agree with me that this whole thing is made up, I’m sure you’ll agree that there are many times in married life when there are…
  • Beware of marital drift

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been married longer than a couple of years, you’ve likely experienced bouts of marital drift. Times when you both seem disconnected, apart, or simply out of sync. It’s natural that a couple will have ups and downs. Times when things are smooth and connections are deep – and times when they’re exactly the opposite. So how about now? Here’s a short quiz that will help you both discover where you are and give you ideas on what to do about it. In the last month, have you and your spouse: Kissed passionately without making love? Gone out on a date…
  • How To Take Constructive Feedback From Your Spouse, And Not Want To Kill Them

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    This is a post from Elizabeth Davis of We’ve all been there. One moment you’re sitting together, cuddling and feeling as loved up as you could possibly be. The next moment, you’re screaming at your partner because they mentioned a flaw of yours in a passing comment. It’s not the first time it’s ever happened, and believe me, it won’t be the last. However, there’s a right way and wrong way to take that feedback and criticism. The WRONG way is to scream, shout and even physically attack your spouse; that’s definitely not…
  • 3 Ways to Surprise Your Significant Other

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
      Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John and Wendy of Marriage Rescue Associates. Whether you’ve been together a few months or a few decades, element of surprise in a relationship is always powerful. So to keep things interesting and exciting between you and your significant other, take the initiative to surprise your spouse. Anybody can do dinner and a movie, but to truly wow the one you love, you have to think outside the box. With that in mind, below are three fun ideas for catching your husband or wife off-guard with unexpected affection. With a little strategic…
  • Create a marriage that clicks

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Right now, my married life is the best it’s ever been. I guess you could say we are clicking, or in the zone. My wife changed jobs to one that has her working directly with people and seeing the impact of her knowledge as it helps them with their money. I’m creating systems, training and resources to help married people like you improve the your most important relationship. We’ve worked hard to get to where we are. Full disclosure, our married life still includes times of frustration, heartache, and tension between us. What makes this different for us is the ebbs and flows…
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    Daring to Live Fully

  • 44 Love Quotes to Inspire Your Inner Romantic

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    The month of February focuses our attention on romantic love. It’s everywhere you look: red roses; teddy bears hugging big red hearts; heart-shaped chocolate boxes; balloons inscribed with “I love you”; paper hearts; Valentine’s Day cards; and on and on. Simply stated, February revolves around all things romantic. In honor of the month of February, [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • 10 Simple Ways to Drink More Water

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    One of the best things you can do for yourself is incredibly simple: drink more water. Your body is about 60% water, and your brain is about 73% water. You need water to function, and you lose water every day through your breath, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements. Research shows that more than 4 in [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Nine Morning Habits to Start the Day Right

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. You can start your day by hitting the snooze button, dragging yourself out of bed at the last minute, rushing to get ready, and then running out the door with a doughnut in one hand and your briefcase in the other. [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • Seven Things to Stop Doing to Become An Early Riser

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Look at the following quotes and tell me they don’t motivate you to become an early riser: “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” — Aristotle “The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
  • New Year Resolutions: 100 Blog Posts to Help You Achieve Them

    8 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    The New Year is filled with promise. Most people would recognize the following phrases: “This is the year I’m finally going to write my novel.” “This is the year I’ll stop smoking.” “This is the year I’m going to get into the best shape of my life.” “This is the year I’m getting organized.” Whatever [...] Just click on the header to read the whole article . . .
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  • Jokowi Tunjuk Jan Darmadi, Demokrat Bilang Astagfirullah

    Andri Setya
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Keputusan Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) memilih Jan Darmadi sebagai salah satu anggota Dewan Pertimbangan Presiden (Wantimpres) terus menuai kontroversi. Rekam jejak Jan sebagai pengusaha judi dipandang tidak layak.Wakil Sekretaris Jenderal Partai Demokrat, Andi Nurpati, Selasa, 20 Januari 2015, menyebut Jokowi tidak selektif dalam memilih Wantimpres. "Jika memang ada yang bos judi, ini betul-betul malapetaka nasional," kata Andi.Andi menilai tidak pantas seorang penasihat kepala negara yang mayoritas muslim, memiliki latar belakang pengusaha judi. "Tiga bulan pemerintahan dengan revolusi…
  • Kartika Putri & Erick Iskandar Makin Lengket, Ortu Tak Setuju?

    Andri Setya
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Kisah cinta dari Erick Iskandar bersama Kartika Putri adalah salah satu hal yang menarik untuk disimak. Seperti diketahui, pasangan itu awalnya berbeda keyakinan, sebelum kakak dari Jessica Iskandar memutuskan tuk mualaf tahun 2013 silam. Setelahnya, Erick dan Kartika makin serius membina hubungan mereka hingga saat ini. Meskipun begitu, ada kabar yang menyebutkan jika orang tua dari Kartika masih belum mau memberi lampu hijau untuk hubungan putrinya itu. Benarkah? "Pasti setiap ortu mau yang terbaik. Kalau menurut mamanya (Kartika), aku belum serius ya aku tunjukin aja," tukas Erick ketika…
  • Prediksi Liverpool vs Chelsea

    Andri Setya
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
     Prediksi Liverpool vs ChelseaLiverpool bertengger di atas deburan ombak momentum, sementara Chelsea sedang berada di atas angin. Pemenangnya, skuat yang tahu memanfaatkan motivasi untuk meraih hasil terbaik. Kata kuncinya, hukuman selalu akan mengiringi kesalahan sekecil apapun, dalam pepatah Latin klasik "culpam poena premit comes". The Reds jangan berbuat kesalahan sekecil apapun, setakat dengan The Blues. Liverpool menjamu Chelsea dalam leg I semifinal Piala Liga yang digelar di Anfield, pada Selasa waktu setempat, atau Rabu dini hari, pukul 02.45 WIB. Pertandingan itu akan…
  • Sebelum dieksekusi mati, terpidana mati Rani Andriani puasa 40 hari

    Andri Setya
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Pembimbing rohani terpidana mati Rani Andriani, Hasan Makarim, melihat sosok perempuan asal Cianjur, Jawa Barat, itu sebagai sosok yang religius. Hasan mengemukakan, Rani rajin beribadah selama dibimbing dalam lembaga pemasyarakatan besi beberapa hari terakhir.Bahkan, kata Hasan, sebelum dipindah ke Nusakambangan, Rani sudah menjalankan ibadah puasa 40 hari."Itu adalah kesadaran pribadi dari dirinya karena kedekatan pada Allah. Karena puasa membuat sehat fisik dan ketenangan," katanya, Sabtu (17/1).Hasan mengatakan, mental Rani cukup stabil menghadapi rencana eksekusi mati ini. "Sangat kuat.
  • VIDEO: Suasana Mencekam Jelang Eksekusi Mati

    Andri Setya
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Eksekusi terhadap enam terpidana mati telah dilaksanakan tengah malam hingga dini hari Minggu 18 Januari 2015. Lima terpidana mati menghadapi regu tembak di Nusakambangan, Cilacap, sedangkan seorang di Boyolali. Dua tempat itu berada di Provinsi Jawa Tengah. Sehari jelang pelaksanaan eksekusi lima terpidana mati kasus narkoba di Nusakambangan, Cilacap, Jawa Tengah, suasana di Dermaga Wijayapura terasa mencekam. Aktivitas sejumlah pihak di dermaga yang merupakan pintu masuk utama menuju Lapas Nusakambangan sudah mulai tampak tegang dan sibuk.Di Dermaga Wijayapura, sejak Sabtu pagi tadi…
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    Food Etiquette | Food Etiquette

  • Facts on Blenders

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    It is factual to know and understand the kitchen blenders can be found in vary sizes, shapes ranging from compact held units usable for certain applications to countertop types. Using best blender reviews 2015 can help users to make the best choice. There are certain guides and factors that can help users to pick the best immersion blender that suits a given task. This can be found in product performance, power rating, durability, affordability or cost and mention a few. Using all these factors will give you the best option of select a blender for use as required. Reading through the rest…
  • Let’s Do Some Stuffing

    5 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    The post Let’s Do Some Stuffing appeared first on Food Etiquette.
  • Panasonic Bread Machines

    12 Mar 2014 | 12:16 am
    With its years of establishment as the best bread makers manufacturers, Panasonic remains unrivaled. Though there are hundreds of brands that claim that they offer high quality bread markets, it seems that many homeowners prefer to have one from Panasonic, due to many reasons. For those who might still think about buying Panasonic bread maker, this article is ready to provide comprehensive reviews on best Panasonic bread machines that homeowners can consider. Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC Excellent is the only word that can describe this bread machine. Buyers find this product is easier to operate…
  • Best Way To Clean Your Coffee Maker

    28 May 2013 | 2:48 am
    Feeling a little out of sorts because the cup of coffee you had this morning tasted absolutely foul? It might be time to clean your coffee maker! A clean coffee maker constitutes the fine line between a good and bad coffee and forms part of the regular maintenance that it has to undergo in order to remain in its pristine condition. This is because gunk will accumulate inside your coffee maker over time, contributing to a very bitter taste in your coffee. So, what is one to do? Forget blowing your money on brand-specific commercial cleaning kits; all you need is just a bottle of white vinegar,…
  • What Are The Best Sanyo Rice Cookers Today?

    28 May 2013 | 12:54 am
    For most families nowadays, rice is a crucial ingredient of almost every meal. It is also considered by many as their main source of carbohydrates which keeps them energized throughout each day. However, majority of rice enthusiasts simply don’t have enough time to prepare it using the old-fashioned method. Although a number of rice cookers are sold in the market today, choosing one among the many available options won’t be easy particularly for casual and inexperienced homeowners. Read through this article and know more about two of the best Sanyo rice cookers today and improve…
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    Eternal Ramblings of a Confused Mind

  • My So-Called Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.  ~ Robert Bresson- What could you make visible for the enrichment of yourself and others?
  • Growth Possibilties

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.  ~ John Wooden- Which of your talents, strengths, interests could you cultivate?
  • Small Ways

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  ~ Anne Frank- In what small ways could you help to improve the world around you?
  • A Little More Effort

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
     If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.  ~ Latin proverb- Where could you exert a little more effort to accomplish your goals?
  • Interacting with Others

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.  ~ Richard Moss- How can  you improve the quality of your interaction?
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    Caffeinated Thoughts

  • Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 1-31-15

    Caffeinated Thoughts
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We aren’t sure we would call it “magic,” but this is where something happens. Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers talk to Dean Lemke about nitrate pollution in Iowa agriculture.  Lemke is a farmer and the Director of Nutrient Management and Environmental Stewardship with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa. The guys also talk to Kevin Jackson, President of The Black Sphere, LLC, is an author, speaker and radio talk show host.  Jackson shares with the Shane and Brian his perspective on Ferguson as a St. Louis resident and as a black conservative. Plus an MSNBC reporter says…
  • A Review of the Iowa Senate Procedural Process

    Jack Whitver
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As we complete our third week of the session, the procedural process in the Senate begins to have an impact on what issues we ultimately will get to vote on. For this  reason, I’d like to take the time to review how this process works. The first two weeks of session included several ceremonial events like the governor’s Condition of the State address, as well as several introductory meetings in our committees. Now that these events have passed, we are getting into the heart of the legislative process. The first step of the process is the subcommittee. This is the first hearing…
  • The Sinclair Report: Common Sense Legislation to Protect Privacy

    Amy Sinclair
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Common Sense Legislation to Protect Iowans Last Thursday evening, I was heading home from the Capitol when I received a call informing me of a Des Moines police officer who had resigned because he was caught peeping into a locker room. This news sickened me. It sickened me because of the invasion of privacy committed against his victims; but also because this man would walk away free, under current law. Current law make it more difficult to PROVE he’d committed a crime. This story caught my attention because I have legislation currently filed that would have allowed us to prosecute him for…
  • Lindsey Graham Is “Testing the Waters”

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Source: U.S. Department of Defense (Public Domain) Yesterday, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) launched a presidential exploratory committee called Security Through Strength.  Here’s the description on the website. Security Through Strength is the political committee helping United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “test the waters” for a potential 2016 run for president. The committee will fund the infrastructure and operations allowing Graham to travel the country, listen to Americans, and gauge support for a potential presidential candidacy. Maybe this is why Mitt…
  • Marriage Debate Resumed in Iowa House

    Shane Vander Hart
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Iowa House Republicans introduced two bills addressing the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision that ruled Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional leading to marriage licenses being issued to same-sex couples.  State Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Melcher-Dallas) introduced HF 101 on Tuesday. The bill explanation reads: This bill provides that a marriage license shall not be granted where both parties are of the same gender. The bill directs that the county registrar shall not grant a marriage license where both parties are of the same gender until such time as an amendment to…
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  • So this is 30

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

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

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

    Bridget Hanahan
    19 Dec 2013 | 5:40 pm
    Gratitude.That is the word that comes to mind when I hear the name Mass General Hospital. Gratitude for the world-class care I was given by the doctors there, exactly one year ago, when I was admitted for a third and final major surgery in my lifetime (and two in 11 months) due to complications from pediatric cancer. Six weeks after I was wheeled into the recovery room, I once again laced up on my running shoes, new scars and all. Because of the amazing care I received at MGH, I was running the 2013 Boston Marathon.Gratitude.That was the overwhelming emotion leading up to April 15. I had a…
  • A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day in four chapters.

    Bridget Hanahan
    5 Dec 2013 | 6:50 pm
    The days directly leading up to a marathon can potentially be some pretty stressful days. I analyze every morsel of food and every ounce of liquid that enters my body for its nutritional merit (or lack thereof) and dwell on how this extra chocolate chip cookie on Tuesday is TOTALLY going to come back to haunt me somewhere around mile 23 on Sunday and then I'm going probably going to puke or cramp or worst of all WALK and I'm going to hate myself FOREVER.I do everything I can to minimize stress and stay off of my feet as much as possible. This should be kept in mind in the telling of the…
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    Jordon Cooper's Weblog

  • Exhibition Curling Club

    Jordon Cooper
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    I was driving around Exhibition with the boys on Wednesday before the roundtable on the Saskatoon Afternoon Show and we came across this. It had a large boarded up entrance on the west side of the building so I knew it had to be a rink.  I didn’t think it was a hockey rink as the Exhibition Arena (which used to serve hot Dr. Pepper) was only a couple of block away yet I had never heard of it before.  Neither had Wikimapia or Wikipedia. It looks like from the fence that it is connected to the Seventh Day Adventist warehouse and school right next to it but I wasn’t sure.  I tweeted about…
  • Nutana Collegiate Institute

    Jordon Cooper
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    I posted this photo at Bridge City today.  It’s of Nutana Collegiate and has been to research the project.  The mystery is who is the actual architect of Nutana Collegiate.  Sources list multiple architects and after wading through a lot of conflicting archives, here is what I think I know. The original 1910 building was designed by Storey and Van Egmond.  David Webster was the architect of the 1919-1920 addition.  Edwards, Edwards & McEwan Architects did the 2012 refurbishment and renovations. As far as some of the other architects that I have read that have been attributed as the…
  • Conservatives are Attacking Palin. What changed?

    Jordon Cooper
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    She personalized the attacks on her and her family In fairness, Palin was once a reform-minded governor who enjoyed an 88 percent approval rating. But something happened on the way to Des Moines. I suspect the most vicious attacks (especially the “Trig Truther” stuff) radicalized her and embittered her, but I also suspect she also took the easy way out. Instead of going back to Alaska after the 2008 defeat, boning up on the issues, continuing her work as governor, and forging a national political comeback, she cashed in with reality-TV shows and paid speaking gigs. This isn’t an…
  • Westgate Books

    Jordon Cooper
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I’ve been having some fun at Westgate Books lately.  A couple of weeks ago I wandered into the store looking for Saskatoon: A History in Photographs by Jeff O’Brien, Ruth Miller and William P. Delainey.  They didn’t have it but the staff that was helping me went to look in the warehouse.  Instead of the book I was looking for, he came up with two books, Saskatoon, the First Half Century by Don Kerr and a Saskatoon, Hub City of the West: an Illustrated History by Gail McConnell.  I looked at them and took them both.  I also put my name down on a list if Saskatoon: A History in…
  • True North?

    Jordon Cooper
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    So Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have a new ad out.  Canadian politicians since the days of John G. Diefenbaker have been loving the north.  John Turner, Jean Chretien, Stephen Harper all love the north.   It’s expected that Justin Trudeau loves the north as well… and wants to make it better!  That’s it.   As a voter, I want to hear how.  What is the big strategy.  There is some political room for him to maneveur as Harper has really accomplished nothing as part of his northern agenda.  The Department of National Defence can’t even procure rifles for the Rangers (who…
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    Joe Blogs

  • Back To Basics: New Years Eve

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

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

    Joe Dawson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Back to Basics, the UK’s longest running club night, celebrated its 23rd birthday at the weekend. Reading commentary in the build up to the night, it’s clear that there’s a real sense of loyalty and respect with what the Leeds based institution has achieved. Basics remains a pioneer and continues to push boundaries to achieve the best clubbing experience with audio-visual entertainment. This year’s birthday celebration was held at Beaver Works, featuring a plethora of talent and the 3D visual installation from Haydn Robinson, Simon Fong Wah and Zeon Sam on the production that was…
  • Bugged Out 20th Birthday

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

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

  • Christmas Rendez-Vous: Exploring the Underground and Other Sides of Paris

    Andrew Farrand
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Winter wedding in Paris, a city of old world charm.Winter just isn't the time to go to Paris.That was my first conclusion from the Christmas season, when I rendez-voused with my mom and sister for a week in the French capital, followed by a few days there on my own. Paris, so verdant and effervescent when I last visited in the spring, is a chilly, rainy drag of a city in late December. Sure, it's still Paris, but with short and dreary days, it's hardly at its best.Good weather or bad, our little family had a nice time catching up, as we had the year before in Lisbon. (At least I did, though I…
  • Places to Go: Constantine, Algeria

    Andrew Farrand
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    A 1920s footbridge spans the Rhumel River gorge, connecting Constantine's two halves.In addition to publishing their annual "52 Places to Go" list every January, each month the New York Times Travel section solicits and publishes readers' "Places to Go" recommendations.This month I decided to toss my hat in the ring with what I hoped was a unique and timely suggestion: Constantine, the unique and timeless capital of Algeria's east, which I've been lucky enough to visit several times. In my writeup, I packed as much color as I could within the strict 100-word limit, and also submitted three…
  • Arrows from the Bow of Exile

    Andrew Farrand
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Background photo by author, in Casbah of Algiers.Life in North Africa can feel far from home and its many comforts. On the tough days—of which there are many—I sometimes recall this quote I came across last year from Paradiso, the third volume of Dante's Divine Comedy. Somehow, I draw strength from the words, perhaps because they are a reminder that the daily difficulties of life abroad are inevitable, and have always been so.
  • Are We All Charlie Hebdo?

    Andrew Farrand
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    "Love: Stronger than hate." (Source:, when the news broke of an attack by masked gunmen on the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the Internet—that worldwide repository of timeless wisdom and oh-so-well-thought-out status updates—was soon plastered with the #WeAreAllCharlie hashtag and its many variations (#IAmCharlie, #JeSuisCharlie, #NousSommesCharlie, etc).When I saw it, I instantly thought back to Le Monde's famous September 12, 2001 editorial "Nous sommes tous des américains". Many also shared the hashtag out of solidarity with the victims.
  • "When In Doubt, Go Out": Team Algeria Does Marseille

    Andrew Farrand
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A partial group shot of the weekend's ever-changing cast of characters, at Chez Etienne pizzeria."When in doubt, go out" is a maxim I long ago learned to follow on those nights when a friend calls to invite me out but I'm feeling 50-50 about it. Almost every time, those somehow end up being the quirky, epic, unexpectedly memorable nights out.In recent years, I've practiced applying that maxim to larger decisions. I now try to beat back my own inner wimp when weighing new jobs, international moves, or the possibility of hopping on airplanes for whirlwind last-minute trips. If you're on the…
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    yes and yes

  • 8 Things Your Business Wants You To Read

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I've rounded up all the best, most helpful posts about business, social media, writing, and productivity over on my small business blog if you're interested!If you're not interested, here is a funny illustration of cats:
  • How To Be Less Judgmental + More Empathetic

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A few months ago on a flight to warmer locales, a friend and I spent an hour discussing our greatest personal failings. Over tiny bags of peanuts and plastic cups of Diet Coke we dissected our most disappointing qualities. Luckily (?) we share the same less-than-pleasant tendencies: 1. a tendency to judge others' "bad decisions"2. an equal-if-not-greater tendency to lack empathy for the fallout of "bad decisions""I hate this about myself but I can't stop. And I can't seem to reason my way out of it. I really, deeply believe that life is about choices and if you make the wrong…
  • Kitchen Globetrotter: Israel // Shakshuka

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Claire Suellentrop believes eating well + having an awesome time are not mutually exclusive. Learn to achieve both on Eat Well. Party Hard. Say "Hi!" on: Instagram // Twitter // FacebookI was halfway through college when I first discovered shakshuka, and it checked aaall the right boxes.It was healthy.It was vegetarian (though I still ate animals then, I've never been a fan of handling raw meat).It was filling.It was easy to prepare and made great leftovers.And, most importantly, it was cheap.If curling up with a warm, comforting bowl of chili on cold winter nights is your thing, I highly…
  • A super weird music video + February ad space

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I am completely mesmerized by this video and the song's ridiculous/awesome (NSFW) lyrics.Let me tell you all a story about a mouse named Lorry Yeah, Lorry was a mouse in a big brown houseIndeed.Annnnnyway. I've got ad space! Maybe you'd like some of it for your next launch? Your new product? To drive traffic to your blog? Yes? Yes.Who advertises here?  Life coaches. Etsy shops. Indie fashion labels. Travel websites.  Artists.  Designers of all types. Who reads Yes and Yes?  Smart, funny, awesome women.  Mostly 18-35 English speakers - though there are plenty…
  • New Thing: Take a pottery class

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Each year I make a list of new things I want to try; it's part of how I live my life on purpose. Some of these new things are exciting, many are terribly mundane.Guys, this is the post where I shatter our collective dream that throwing pottery is exactly like that scene from Ghost.Or perhaps more accurately, it's not like that scene from Ghost if you're throwing pottery and drinking wine out of paper cups with three of your girlfriends because you got a Groupon.Prior to this Groupon adventure, I'd never set hands on a potter's wheel, happy to stick to the roll-and-pinch techniques of third…
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    Celebrate Love

  • 25th Wedding Anniversary Happily Married Shirts

    Renee Michaels
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    25th Wedding Anniversary Happily Married Shirts One of my best-selling t-shirts! Celebrate your 25th silver wedding anniversary with a sweet retro hearts t-shirt that shares your love with everyone. A lovely gift for your husband, wife, parents or... Read more...
  • 1st Anniversary Mr. Mrs. Celebrating Tshirt

    Renee Michaels
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    1st Anniversary Mr. Mrs. Celebrating Tshirt Celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary with a Mr. and Mrs. Celebrating Love t-shirt that proclaims your love! Personalize with your names, which you can change the type style, size and color to your... Read more...
  • 50th Anniversary Glitter Gifts

    Renee Michaels
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Elegant 50th Golden Anniversary glitter-look gifts and party favors you can personalize with names, date and/or short message. Free personalization on front and/or back: names, date or short message. Change the type style, size and color to your... Read more...
  • 1st Anniversary Mr. Mrs. Celebrating Love Christmas Ornaments

    Renee Michaels
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    1st Anniversary Mr. Mrs. Celebrating Love Christmas Ornaments Celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary with an elegant Mr. & Mrs. Celebrating Love round ornament, perfect for Christmas or your anniversary. Personalize with your names and a message... Read more...
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary Vintage Stripe Thank You Greeting Card

    Renee Michaels
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    50th Wedding Anniversary Vintage Stripe Thank You Greeting Card This lovely, vintage gold and black stripe 50th wedding anniversary thank you card is a thoughtful addition to the matching invitations for the couple. Personalize with the... Read more...
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  • Daft Punk - Discovery (2001) / Interstella 5555 (2003)

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Original Discoish Synthpop from the French House PioneersThe French House Duo Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter aka Daft Punk’s debut CD, Homework, was an unlikely candidate to reach the double-platinum sales mark. In a musical climate that was focused on the rise of bands like the Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk’s house-inspired fusion debut was a refreshing look back at the roots of dance/club/electronic music with a truly original feel. On their second album Discovery, Daft Punk replace the ‘80s synthesizers and drum machines and embrace vintage…
  • High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    A light hearted but entertaining brit crime caper 2001 if I remember right was not an exciting year for small scale Brit movies and just when you thought they had reached rock bottom (well almost), along came a movie that raised the spirits. High Heels and Low Lifes was one such flick and a women-centric action comedy to boot.It is rare for a screenplay to feel fresh, as if the writer hadn't shaped the plot in advance. It gives the film that what's-going-to-happen-next rush and this movie excels in it. This story of two girls, who become involved in a bank…
  • Transformers - Age of Extinction (2014)

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    The most boring installment of the blockbuster franchise. JohnnyTwoToes gives you all the reasonsA massive box office hit earning over $1 billion worldwide including the tag of the highest grossing film of 2014, Transformers - Age of Extinction or Transformers 4 as its popularly called is however the most boring entry into this noisy and obnoxious franchise and that too in spite of several bombastic action sequences that are staple for a movie of this stature.This time around it is Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, a maverick inventor who is one step away from losing…
  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    JohnnyTwoToes reviews what was perhaps 2014's best Sci-Fi Actioner!If you are one of those who is yet to see it, Edge of Tomorrow is a clever science fiction action film that is kind of a cross between Groundhog Day and Pacific Rim but done with panache. If that does not peak your interest then you might want to skip it, but that would be a mistake because its rather well made with spectacular action sequences, good performances by the lead pair of Tom Cruise and Emily blunt besides terrific direction by Doug Liman who also gave us good flicks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper and The Bourne…
  • Ride Along (2014)

    27 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    JohnnyTwoToes cant find any redeeming qualities in this insipid buddy cop comedy!Ride Along was a hit with viewers and for the life of me I don't see why. It has its few, scant moments and the two leads, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are engaging chemistry but Ride Along is so inept and run of the mill it ends up being a mess of a movie. Kevin Hart is Ben, a security guard at the local high school who dreams of being an Atlanta police officer. He is living with Angela (Tika Sumpter) and is getting ready to propose to her. Enter James Payton (Ice Cube) , an Atlanta police officer who happens to…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • This Brand-New “Habit Journal” Helps You Keep Track of What’s Most Important to You

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all heard it takes our brains 21 days to form a new habit. This new journal, currently being crowd-funded, does exactly that—keeps you on track while you form new daily habits, with these habits eventually leading you to conquer big goals. Here’s how it works: Choose a goal Write down the daily habits that you think will help you achieve that goal Plug those habits into your daily tracker pages At the end of each day, take 5 minutes to reflect on how you did Review at the end of each week, then repeat until the month ends Seems pretty simple. But like a lot of simple…
  • Watch This Pam Am 747 Take to the Skies (Or At Least the Ground) in the Ultimate 1970s Recreation

    Chris Guillebeau
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Air travel has changed a bit over the past few decades—and mostly for the better. Back in the day, an average transcontinental airfare would run you at least $1,500 in today’s dollars, compared to $400 or so now. Yikes. There were no budget airlines, and—shocking—there were no Frequent Flyer programs where average people could earn large amounts of miles and effectively travel for free. Still, a little nostalgia never hurt anyone (or does it?). In another example of people who devote an incredible attention to detail, I loved seeing how a collector and a photographer recreated an…
  • Walking the Te Araroa Trail : Kylie Lang’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I love New Zealand, and when I heard the story of someone who set out to walk the length of both main islands, I had to hear more. Introduce yourself. I am a New Zealander who until recently led a pretty standard life as a coordinator of an online sports mentoring program. A few years ago, I got it into my head to walk the length of New Zealand—all 3058 kilometers of it, following the Te Araroa Trail. When I told my husband, he was concerned about me going alone, and that’s when the quest got a theme: Not Alone. I’d walk the…
  • The Insane World of Underground Bike Messenger Racing

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    File under: I had no idea this was a thing. This mini-doc on the world of “underground bike messenger racing” might seem a little slow in the beginning, but if you stick with it you’ll be like, “Holy @!*%! I can’t believe they did that!”   Even if you don’t like the concept, think about the below quote, taken from about nine minutes into the video. It can apply to a lot more than illegal bike racing: “There are totally different ways to think about these kinds of situations, in this traffic, all these vehicles stuck idling in my way. You get to decide how…
  • There’s a Good Reason Why We Keep Repeating the Same Mediocre Experiences

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I loved this story from a reader in response to why I enjoy the routine of visiting a hotel that’s consistently bad: “Years ago my in-laws would drive me crazy by complaining about the food at a (now defunct) restaurant chain that they would unfailingly stop at numerous times when traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida each year. It was a major topic of discussion; how not-good the food was, service was terrible, etc. But the food wasn’t bad enough to stop them from going back to the chain (and same locations) year after year. I asked them why they went there at all when all…
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    Shiny Bits of Life

  • Yearning for human connection

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:07 am
    I love blogs. I’ve been blogging since 2005. (You can visit my first month of blogging if you like.) I still put up a blog post almost every week. And I enjoy reading blogs by other people. But there are few real blogs left. By “real,” I mean where someone shares what’s on their heart. One friend who used to blog about life rarely blogs that way anymore. His blog has evolved into thoughtful reflections in his area of work. Several friends just stopped altogether. Other friends only blog occasionally. Don’t think I’m saying I am a “from the heart” blogger — most of my…
  • Change is not always better

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    I very much love Apple products. One of the thorns in my side is spending my 8-to-5 on a Windows 7-based laptop. It works fine, but I very much miss using a Mac. (And changing back to a Mac at home messes with my head.) Like every forward-facing company, Apple is always changing things. The latest computer operating system, Yosemite, has some significant improvements. But the new system-wide typeface is harder for my non-assisted eyes to read. The Helvetica-like “6” looks too much like an “8.” If we could pick and choose what gets changed in our lives, that would make us God. But we…
  • Emperor’s new clothes

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    Marketing these days seems to be in a rut. I am amazed at the ideas some companies use to represent their goods and services. Lexus, for example, has a new crossover vehicle that they are trying to sell with the slogan, “Go Beyond Utility.” Meh. The closing line of their ad says, ““Once you go beyond utility, there’s no going back.” What does that even mean? Lest you think I am saying that I’m a creative genius, I don’t have a quick and easy suggestion for a better campaign to sell the new Lexus NX crossover. And I understand that true creativity is an art more than a…
  • Love me, love my dog

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    My dad used to say that. (He’s gone now, so I haven’t heard him say it for many years.) “Love me, love my dog,” simply means we have to put up with things we may not appreciate about some of the people we know. This is such a fundamental idea that I too often forget. We all expect perfection from others, at some level. The closer the person to us, the more we expect from them. (The opposite holds true too — we expect a lot from our governmental leaders, and we will probably never meet them.) Annoying habits or choices can be huge roadblocks in any relationship. The sooner we get…
  • Making Strides

    30 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    Life’s challenges can push some to despair and others to greatness. I was recently inspired by the story of Barbara Brennan. The challenge of a son born with hydrocephalus pushed her to greatness. She began her company, Stride, Inc., as an avenue to employ people with developmental challenges. One example of how Stride has made a difference is Victor. When he began working for Stride, he didn’t speak much, due to a communication disorder. He proved himself by succeeding at several different jobs and now manages their shipping and receiving department. Victor has been with Stride for…
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    Mental Floss

  • 4 Real Life Dinos Used to Make Jurassic World's Hybrid

    Mark Mancini
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Jurassic World won’t be hitting theaters until June 12, but the movie’s official website is already giving audiences a sneak peek at its new, genetically-modified dino, a beast that’s been named Indominus rex (or “Untamable king”). Toothy, aggressive, and highly intelligent, the monster’s said to contain the spliced DNA of several real-life dinosaurs, including these guys. 1. Carnotaurus Wikimedia Commons LIVED: Roughly 70 million years agoRANGE: ArgentinaMAXIMUM LENGTH: 25 feet (7.5 meters)NAME MEANS: “Meat-eating bull” Carnotaurus’ name comes from a pair of…
  • Grace Hopper, The Queen of Code

    Chris Higgins
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Grace Hopper was a computing pioneer. She coined the term "computer bug" after finding a moth stuck inside Harvard's Mark II computer in 1947 (which in turn led to the term "debug," meaning solving problems in computer code). She did the foundational work that led to the COBOL programming language, used in mission-critical computing systems for decades (including today). She worked in World War II using very early computers to help end the war. When she retired from the U.S. Navy at age 79, she was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the service. Hopper is a hero of computing, and…
  • Fall of the South: Congress Passes Thirteenth Amendment

    Erik Sass
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    For the next few months, we'll be covering the end of the Civil War, exactly 150 years later. This is the first installment of this series.
  • Weekend Links: Cooking—For Men!

    Roma Panganiban
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    For the men of the 1950s through 1980s who needed reassurance of their masculinity while perusing a recipe, publishers stepped up to the plate with a plethora of "manly" cookbooks, from the Big Boy Barbecue Cookbook to a chapter in Fried Coffee and Jellied Bourbon entitled, commandingly, "Breakfast is for Men." Dear dog owners: please pick up after your furry friends. The consequences of not doing are pretty dire. The outrageous prices for couture runway fashions are apparently sensible in their own way after all, if this video detailing the 200-hour construction process for a single Dior…
  • 17 Crazy Hair Myths

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    This week’s special episode of the List Show is the second in a series we've created with Head & Shoulders about The World’s Smartest Hair. Stay tuned for more fascinating videos in the coming months. For more info on how to keep your hair and your scalp healthy and beautiful, and without any flakes, visit
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    The Life Thing

  • 5 Questions to Ask Chiropractors Before Getting on the Table

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The quality of chiropractic care that you can receive from a chiropractor is based on several factors, such as their level of competence, overall experience, and attitude toward the profession as a whole. By asking the right questions, before you choose to invest time and money, you can save the misery of wasting those invaluable resources on an incompetent chiropractor. Here are 5 revealing questions that you should ask a chiropractor before you choose to invest in their chiropractic care. What Can I Expect From a Chiropractic Session? One of the things that you need to do before you begin…
  • How to Design Custom Tank Tops, Digitally

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    Designing your own custom tank top is now easier than ever. There are tons of online stores and resources that will allow you to pick from a variety of tank top styles and colors, in addition to guiding you or helping you create awesome custom tank tops. Whether you have sketched a tank top design by hand, compiled one from templates made available online, or you choose to use a file you created from photoshop; your custom tank top can truly be one of a kind. Below are some ideas and tips to help you create the ultimate custom tanks that resonate with your true personality. Determine How Many…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Massage Therapists Before Getting on the Table

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    In the last few years, massage has become extremely popular in almost every part of the world. In many cities, you can easily find a day spa or massage center. It’s worth mentioning that massages have also become more affordable. Massage schools have also been popping almost everywhere. Though this can be quite exciting, you need to know how a massage affects you. Thus, you need to ask your massage therapist some questions before you get on the table. What Kind of Massage Does The Therapist Specialize In? It’s important to know the kind of massage your therapist specializes in, and the…
  • Top 5 Home Automation Systems in Review

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Home automation is all about making our homes better and our life more convenient. Home automation systems can provide greater comfort and safety through innovative technology. Today, home automation software and products can make you feel more secure and comfortable while notifying you about what is going on around your home when you’re away.  An intelligent investment in home automation is best made by researching and studying an overview of the different types of home automation systems available. Take into consideration all your options and the technology behind them before…
  • Choosing A Day Spa & Salon: What To Look For

    8 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    With so many spas and salons at your disposal, the task of choosing the best can prove intimidating and tedious. This is because out of the innumerable spas, not all can be raked best. It is important to take into consideration every factor that can help you decide on which salon is best for you. Basically, the kind of services that a parlor offers should be your prime consideration. It is important to note that a wide variety of services are offered in beauty spas and salons. However, some of the beauty spots may not be so diverse in terms services provided. This means that you might not get…
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    Journey Mama

  • The Cow and the Egret

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    They are one of my favorite sights in the world: the egrets that flock around cows and buffalos. Graceful and beautiful. This painting is up in my Etsy shop. Enjoy! 
  • Adventures in losing things.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    It might be a two cups of coffee kind of morning. Usually I'm pretty strict at sticking with just the one, but this morning... well. Yes, I'm headed to put the kettle on. Be right back.Okay, here I am. It's still cold here, though not storming the way I hear it is in parts of the world. I hope you're all keeping warm. Here it gets hot in the middle of the day. Near 30 degrees celcius hot, which is a big difference from the 10 degrees or so it is in the morning. 10 degrees isn't that cold, but we don't have heat and our kitchen is outside, so it feels chilly.The past week has been beautiful…
  • The week in pictures.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    This week has been about learning, creating, planning, and wandering-- all favorite things. We received two loads of red earth last week and are nearly ready to begin building the earth walls on our meditation space. Most of the walls will only be a meter high, to preserve the view, but one wall will be tall with windows. I'll certainly tell you about it. We dug into school last week, beginning our year with study of China, which the kids love. It's often chaotic, schooling with four kids and one toddler who is pulling the room apart around us while we work ("Hey," Isaac…
  • What we've been up to.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    And a week has passed! I can't believe how quickly time goes lately, it seems that I blink my eyes on Monday morning and it's time to make lunch, blink them again and it's Saturday. Now that our meditation center is fully up and running, our lives are full of good things! It's the way I love to be. Cooking things, making things, caring for little people, teaching, meditating. If I get flustered I always have to stop and remind myself just how blessed I am, that this is my life. For instance, I get to hang out with this little guy. He's all about bubble baths in our bucket, lately. He…
  • New Year Dreams.

    Rachel Devenish Ford
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    "Good work finds the way between pride and despair.It graces with health. It heals with grace.It preserves the given so that it remains a gift.By it, we lose loneliness: we clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us; we enter the little circle of each other’s arms, and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance, and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments." Wendell Berry- What are People…
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  • Heavenly Tourism Fad Doesn’t Disprove OBEs or Life After Death

    Mike Duran
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    The recent scandal regarding the boy who didn’t go to heaven is just one more reason to be skeptical of the “heavenly tourism” fad. Thankfully, many discerning believers have seen through this long ago, not only criticizing the publishing trend, but the unorthodox biblical messages such experiences often send. However, in our haste to distance ourselves from the fads and fraudulent claims of “heavenly tourists,” there is the possibility of swinging too far in the opposite direction, becoming dismissive of all spiritual phenomenon, and reinforcing a materialistic…
  • Indie Publishing and The Meat Grinder

    Mike Duran
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    I recently purchased one of those Guide to Indie Publishing type books. It was cheap and a quick read. However, the author’s central point left me a bit bummed. After outlining in detail her fairly prolific sales record, she concludes that the best way for an author to succeed at indie publishing is to crank out books. Lots of books. Of course, there is discussion about professional editing and cover design, as well as tricks and tips for exploiting Amazon’s algorithms. But the bottom line is — Write Faster and Publish Often. This particular writer publishes two novels a…
  • Christian Novelist (and Publisher) Gets Unfairly Skewered at “The Christian Manifesto”

    Mike Duran
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Last week, the popular Christian review site, The Christian Manifesto (TCM), published a book review that generated significant discussion and online chatter. Their fiction editor, Amy Drown, reviewed veteran Christian fiction novelist and Christy award winner Lisa Samson’s latest novel, A Thing of Beauty, concluding that it was worthy of only a half star (out of five). The half star, according to TCM’s own ratings, makes the book a “Waste of Time.” “Swearing and vulgar language” are cited as the primary reason for this downgrade. Amy writes in her review,…
  • One Fallen Sparrow

    Mike Duran
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    Joey and Chris Joey had been a part of the Youth Group I led. He was about the same age as my son, Christopher, and they went on to develop a neat friendship. Joey’s head was slightly indented on one side, a circular scar evident in his hairline where the doctors had opened up his skull and removed a portion of his brain. His family attended my first church. Joey’s mother was always quick to remind me that Joey was a miracle. And, indeed, it was hard to dispute that. When he was younger, Joey had fallen from a tree into the street and crushed his skull. For several days, his life…
  • POLL: What Should Christian Fiction Accomplish?

    Mike Duran
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Is Christian Fiction a way to share the message with seekers and unbelievers? Or is it mainly a vehicle to inspire and entertain existing Christians? I’d love to know your thoughts. Please select what you consider the top two goals Christian Fiction should accomplish. If there’s an answer you think should be included, feel free to add that to the list. (NOTE: “All of the above” misses the point of this poll, which is to isolate the MAIN OBJECTIVE readers give of Christian Fiction.) Take Our Poll
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    Leftos - Lessons for the Opposite Sex

  • The great prophet saved my marriage, brought back my lost lover.

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    New Question - Good day everyone As I was browsing through the websites I saw different posts and comments, and I decided to use this great opportunity to Testify how the Great prophet saved my marriage, I'm from California.I want to use this opportunity to thank the great Prophet Ijeja the Great who really made my life a pleasurable one today. This great man IJEJA brought my husband back to me after 6years of breakup in our marriage, and i already had 3 lovely kids for my husband, before he left me for another lady, because she charmed him In 2007 some years ago i and my husband has been…
  • If you have any problem in my life, contact who's the great spellcaster in the world

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    New Question - Good day everyone As I was browsing through the websites I saw different posts and comments, and I decided to use this great opportunity to Testify how the Great prophet saved my marriage, I'm from California.I want to use this opportunity to thank the great Prophet Ijeja the Great who really made my life a pleasurable one today. This great man IJEJA brought my husband back to me after 6years of breakup in our marriage, and i already had 3 lovely kids for my husband, before he left me for another lady, because she charmed him In 2007 some years ago i and my husband has been…
  • is the great priest that brings back Ex lovers, you can also contact him today for any kind of help.....

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    New Question - Good day everyone As I was browsing through the websites I saw different posts and comments, and I decided to use this great opportunity to Testify how the Great prophet saved my marriage, I'm from California.I want to use this opportunity to thank the great Prophet Ijeja the Great who really made my life a pleasurable one today. This great man IJEJA brought my husband back to me after 6years of breakup in our marriage, and i already had 3 lovely kids for my husband, before he left me for another lady, because she charmed him In 2007 some years ago i and my husband has been…

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    New Opinion - I am out here to testify the marvellous work Dr Marvel have done in my life. I didn't ever believe in spell, but since I contacted Dr Marvel, I have seen more miracles occur in my own life that I ever thought is impossible. My dearest love was in a car accident and partially paralysed he did not want to have anything to do with me because her mum has accuse me of been a witch he felt he was a burden on me, I was bereft but knew I had to do something to prove my lover and her Mum wrong of the accusation she had against me. So I contacted Dr Marvel on his web site which i found on…
  • Send your emails to as he is the best spell caster in world.

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    New Question - What more can i say about this great man. Firstly Dr, I will want to say a very big thank you to you and i say to you that you are truly the best spell caster in the world as your name Dr Kuq Ya means the best / greatest spell caster in the world as now that you have really helped me get back my husband that almost ended our marriage and my Job back. To you all out there that seek for the help of a reliable spell caster, Dr Kuq Ya is the best online and he is a trustworthy spell caster that will tell you the truth and he don't lie as he has proven it to be true to several…
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  • The Woman Who

    Guest Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Woman Who reminded the glass of flowers in a crystal bowl that it needed more than quiet removal of its thorns standing out amongst the glorious bloom of colors from a heart determined to love in the coldest places when the only air around it is already missing from the space between her and God, then God shouts brilliantly for her to pay attention to her own ability and her own talents; as the self deceived her mind in the knowing of it, so he sent her a glorious messenger, some doubt this, angels on earth who walk in and out of lives not knowing who the strangers are they are affecting,…
  • Sowing Seeds and Planting Flags

    Gil Namur
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    In “Is ‘Cold Calling’ For You”, I express some of my philosophical issues with cold calling. However, there are many business people who confuse cold calling with what I am about to describe. That’s unfortunate because incorrect terminology can get in the way of understanding concepts and put up barriers to acceptance. I was once asked to go out and make cold calls to generate some business. After listening to me go on and on for a few minutes about why I absolutely would not, he said, no no no, that’s not what I meant! He explained what he had in mind and…
  • Grace Under Pressure

    Guest Author
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I think we’ve all known folks who fall under the category of ‘Everyday Heroes’. It could include family, friends or complete strangers – doing things for others. However, I would like to expand that list to include those who carry on despite what, in the normal scheme of things, would debilitate most others. This is marvelously illustrated in the 2014 movie, ‘The Theory of Everything’, about world-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his fight with (ALS), or motor neuron disease, that has gradually paralyzed him over the decades – only able to communicate now…
  • No Trust, No Peace

    Nathan Thompson
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve been reflecting lately on how pervasive the lack of trust is in our modern world. Strangers are “dangerous.” Every other person is suspect in some manner or another. Our governments and law enforcement officials tell us to report our neighbors if they’re doing anything we think might be “criminal.” Conservative religious traditions tend to speak of humans as damaged goods, and offer that the only way to become whole and worthy again is to submit to some authority figure. The very fact that our legal codes fill entire libraries is a testament to how far down the rabbit…
  • Want To Make 2015 Your Breakthrough Year?

    Guest Author
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you wondering what you need to do differently this year to reach your goals? Do you want to help others and make a huge impact in your industry or in your community? Just recently, I decided to start writing a book called Why Mavericks & Outsiders Rule And Why Hipsters Follow Them. It’s meant for people who want to create change in the world but feel: Ignored by people who think their ideas are either too unusual or not worth listening to. Frustrated at not being able to express themselves fully or finding supporters to join their cause. Eager to make 2015 the year that they finally…
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  • Roasted Potatoes with Spicy Rice, Peas and Corn

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    It’s been cold and dreary here, I think I’ve mentioned it recently.   A hearty meal of roasted potatoes with spicy rice, peas and corn is very welcome – the heat from some serranos make this a great meal to end this horrible cold with.  Satisfying, spicy, crunchy and delicious! 1 5 lb. bag of potatoes, washed and chopped into small pieces 5 cloves of garlic, minced 5 serranos chiles chopped (I left the ribs and seeds in for maximum heat – you decide what’s best for you) 5 small which onions peeled and quartered 2 cups uncooked rice of your choosing one bag…
  • Spicy Cabbage and Potato Soup

    9 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    It’s that time of year… You know, when everyone you know has some sort of ailment or another.  Well, I got hit with a bug and I knew just what I needed.  Fortunately a friend has some surplus garden bounty that she brought over and I made an incredible, satisfying, spicy, soup.  It’s the kind of soup that helps you breathe better.  You really don’t need to measure much here – just taste and adjust until you’re happy with it. Excuse the quality of some of the pictures, and keep in mind that I was not feeling well. Here’s what I did. Two heads green…
  • 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…
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  • Finding gratitude in this new year

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

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

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

    30 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Time for a little break from Lake Como. I watched this video by Sustainable Human when it first came out and I have no idea why I didn’t post it before (actually, now that I think about it, must have been exams and assignments…). I posted it on my Facebook page, but now that I’ve seen it again, I realized that I needed to post it here, too. I wish information like that presented in this video was taught in school. It wasn’t until my time in Kenya for my Ecology & Wildlife Conservation degree course that I realized just how important every single species is to an…
  • A gorgeous villa in gorgeous Lake Como, Italy

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

  • Mazel Tov!

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

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

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

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

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

    John Wallace
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of my goals for this blog is that it is a place where a community of people can come and journey this life together. A place where we can help inspire and encourage one another. So, with that in mind, what words of wisdom or quote has greatly impacted your life? It doesn’t have to pertain to any certain topic and you may have more than one…that’s all great. Leave them in the comments below so that we can all be inspired and be better together.
  • What it’s really only about…

    John Wallace
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Sunday morning is here. Everyone takes their seat. The countdown reaches zero and the service takes off! The house lights go dim and the LEDs come on. The band plays, the music is loud and people clap. The pastor preaches and we nod our heads. Everyone prays and leaves…the service ends. Sound familiar? If we aren’t careful, even something as important as what happens on a Sunday morning, can become empty; just a program to accomplish. We can so easily make it about everything else instead of making Sunday what it’s designed to be about. It’s only about Jesus. It…
  • What are your goals for 2015?

    John Wallace
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 What are your goals for this year? Goal setting is such an important process to our lives and if you are not someone who does this, I would strongly encourage you to do so. Without a target, it is hard to know where to aim. Goals provide you with a target, a preferred outcome, for you to try to achieve. Another important aspect of goal setting is accountability. You are FAR more likely to follow through on your goals if you have people willing to hold you to them and help you accomplish them. So this…
  • American Church Epidemic…

    John Wallace
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise -- the fruit of lips that confess his name." Hebrews 13:15 NIV (emphasis mine) As a Christian, hearing the term "praising God" is nothing new. And hopefully all of us participate in this act. As a worship leader, this is something that resonates with me on my many levels. But I have been noticing a trend that I would like to speak to... Disengaged worshippers. I'm sure many of you have seen the ARTICLE that spread around Facebook about this issue in our churches. Now, people are raising good points about some…
  • It’s the little things…

    John Wallace
    7 May 2014 | 4:29 am
     “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”       Luke 16:10 I’ve been circling back to this verse a lot lately. I can get in a trap so often where I just want to fast forward to the big. I’ll be working on my day to day and have thoughts like, “when’s my big break?” “When will my time come?” “I wish I was here by now.” I wish I made…” etc. I’m sure we have all had those thoughts.
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    Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists

  • Have Lunch at a Hawker Center in Singapore

    Annette White
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Dining in Singapore can get really expensive, really qu […] The post Have Lunch at a Hawker Center in Singapore appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Go a Week Without Wearing Makeup

    Annette White
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I panicked when I read that there were no blow dryers o […] The post Go a Week Without Wearing Makeup appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Eat a Bug Sundae at Portland’s Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

    Annette White
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Who wouldn’t want to visit a place with a name like the […] The post Eat a Bug Sundae at Portland’s Freakybuttrue Peculiarium appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • 22 Bucket List Things to Do in Tokyo

    Annette White
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Tokyo is known for its unique experiences, such as a me […] The post 22 Bucket List Things to Do in Tokyo appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
  • Take a Christmas Market Cruise Along the Rhine River

    Annette White
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    For the past several years the holiday Scrooge had been […] The post Take a Christmas Market Cruise Along the Rhine River appeared first on Bucket List Journey: Travel, Adventure & Life Lists.
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  • What Are Some Ways To Deal With Shame?

    arsène hodali
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    To deal with shame is to deal with pride. Shame stems directly from it. This is why when people say, “Have you no shame?” what they really mean is, “Have you no pride?” To deal with shame you must realize it is the symptom, not the disease, and to then act accordingly. Acting accordingly, the best way to deal with pride is to, quoting Ann Landers, continuously remind yourself that your dog’s admiration isn’t conclusive evidence that you’re wonderful. There are many dogs. You’ve dealt with it, them, when you can comfortably answer, “No, I…
  • What’s It Like Working With Elephants?

    arsène hodali
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Though it’s mostly for show, I technically have an elephant trainer’s/ caretaker’s license from Thailand. One could go so far as to call me a Mahout. The best I can say is that “training” elephants is a complex subject, but living and working with them is… holy. There are many methods to training elephants and I chose my mentors based on theirs. Most elephants in Thailand are trained with elephant hooks/ goads, which I found most places abused the use of, and breaking in a wild elephant is something I didn’t personally see but by most accounts…
  • sanity

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    I'm interrupting my Nepal chronicles to reflect on the closing of 2014. This year was absolutely full for me, from having major surgery, to officially graduating with my Master's, to commissioning into the U.S. Navy, to side-stepping animal dung all around the Himalayas. I was musing about my "plan" for 2015 and couldn't help but remember a post I wrote last year which describes the way I've always "planned" my life. Not to discount the merits of writing down goals and going after things tenaciously and all, but I still feel like this approach works pretty well too. Thoughts?  The "I Did…
  • Nepal 3: Stone stairs and animal poo: My Himalayan journey

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Monday was Trek day. Kim's husband helped us pack most of our things into one giant pack the night before:Here Kim is wearing our packAnd here is a comparison to a normal backpack on ChristinWe hired a guide and a porter (A "sherpa," if you will, though Sherpas are actually a specific people group that live at a very high elevation and they are the ones who take folks up to Everest. We were definitely not going that far so our porter was of the non-Sherpa variety but most people call all porters Sherpas, so I digress...). Our porter would be carrying our pack throughout the trek so we kept…
  • Nepal 2: We're big in Nepal

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    We left off as I finally landed in the country I intended to get to.I was exhausted and learned that I needed to traverse the airport by a crowded, slow moving shuttle bus that was filled with everyone in Nepal, including their women's soccer team (that part isn't an exaggeration -- apparently they'd just come back from winning some tournament in Pakistan so that part was kind of cool...had I not been so tired and squatting on top of my own carry-on at that point, it would've been even cooler.) It was then that I first started to realize that I definitely don't fit in Nepal. Physically. As in…
  • Nepal 1: Getting there is half the fun... right?...

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Well I made it back from my Nepal adventure, and it's taken me a while to get the energy up to write a new post because I caught a nasty virus during my trip and I've had things to catch up on like tap water, daily showering, etc. but: here we go!I left for Kathmandu and had a layover on the way in Dubai for 8 hours, so I decided boredom and FOMO would definitely not let me stay in the airport that long, so I ventured out.Actually, first I ran into a friend of mine on the plane who lives in Ethiopia. As in, I hadn't seen this man in person in years (because he lives in…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Here we go again. The first snowpocalypse of the season is upon us. Tis the season for snowy days and long, cold, dark nights. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real issue for a lot of folks. Research has found that people with it have lower serotonin levels than the rest of the population. For others, it’s just a matter of not enjoying the colder weather. Have no fear. There are several ways to go about staying happy during what many people find as a depressing time of year! Here are 10 ways to beat the winter blues: Get creative. So if you are like me and want nothing more to move to…
  • Super Easy, Super Healthy Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Bowl

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
      As you may know if you have visited this site before, eating healthy and having healthy foods available for my family is incredibly important to me. When Della Rice approached me about their Create a Stir campaign, the first thing I asked is about the harvesting of the product itself. It turns out that their product is grown in Arkansas, that the facility is gluten-free and non-GMO, and that the product comes in BPA-free packaging. Bingo! In January 2015, Della rolled out all five of its rice varieties (Arborio, Basmati White Rice, Basmati Light Brown Rice, Jasmine White Rice,…
  • What You Need to Know about GMO’s

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Let’s say that you have been hearing a lot about GMO’s lately. You see it on social media. You hear it in conversations or on television news. You spot the little “GMO Free” labels in the supermarket. BUT,… you really aren’t sure just what that all means or why there has been such an uproar about GMO’s recently. That’s okay. Nobody’s mad at you! Let me just take a few moments to fill you in on what you may have missed so far, because this information about GMO’s really is worth your while. What are GMO’s? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. (Much easier…
  • Some of the Best Essential Oils for Moms

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Between work, homework, home life, meals, carpools, doctor appointments, bedtime, and so on, the life of a mother is just plain hectic. More and more, I have noticed this clear as day pattern when talking with women about the benefits of essential oils for their families. Interestingly, it is always the moms who inquire about the essential oils, for their children, their husband or their own medical needs. They want a natural alternative to promote their family’s overall wellbeing. Though what I have noticed since I began as a Young Living distributor is that these same women never inquire…
  • How to Green Your Road Trip… and Save Money too!

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Over the past 18 months, I have made over 40 road trips from Pennsylvania to Boston. Five plus hours and 285 miles each way. That is a lot of driving, people! There is also a lot that I have learned in that time about making environmentally friendly road trips. Believe it or not, it can be done with just a little bit of forethought! Here are my tips for a green road trip, so you can make your next car trip environmentally friendly: Before the Trip: Plan your route ahead of time. The shortest route will be the most gas-saving one too. And less gas used equals less money spent on gas! Get your…
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    The Voice of Job Seekers

  • 2014 Job Preparedness Indicator Survey with Alexandra Levit

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    For the second year (the third year on the blog), we are featuring the results of the Job Preparedness Indicator Survey done by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board. A large part of the survey studies the job skill gaps and provides job strategies and recommendation mainly for college students and Millenials. Alexandra Levit is one of the workplace/career experts and executives on the career board. She provides an overview of the survey findings and job strategies for young job seekers. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about the survey. What do you think about the…
  • 5 Ways to Avoid Career Burnout with Julie Walraven

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
      Career management requires constant monitoring, especially during a job search. Most job seekers must consider the time that it takes to be successful without burning out. I thought that Julie Walraven of Design Resumes wrote an article awhile ago will be useful to job seekers and those employed. Are you facing career burnout? Have you ever suffered job search burnout before? What did you experience during this time? I would love your feedback! You can participate in one of three ways: Blog: (Use the send voicemail feature) Email:…
  • 7 Ways Job Seekers Ambush His or Her Job Search

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Today, you may discover that some of your job search efforts have become like a self-afflicted wound. Do you ever notice that old cartoons were hilarious in that way? I remember the cartoon where the Coyote would try to capture the road runner. The Coyote would always hurt himself even when he looked victorious. He would always try to ambush the road runner, but failed each time resulting in hurting himself. You may have done this in your job search. Perhaps one of these occurrences initiated by you ambushed your career aspirations and efforts: 1. Underestimating the potential relationship…
  • Job Seeker Critics, and Raise the Wage

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
      The Muse and the National EmploNational Employment Law Project (NELP) are two useful resources. The Muse provides practical advice for all job seekers and NELP is fighting for job seekers to receive higher wages nationally, which is currently $7.25. Underemployed job seekers are fighting two battles: Finding jobs with a decent living wage and managing career choice perception of family and friends. Are you for higher minimum wage in your state? Mitchell Hirsch is the low wage and unemployment  advocate for the National Employment Law Project. It is a not-for-profit, non-partisan…
  • Salary Negotiation Tools and Advice for Your Career

    Mark Anthony Dyson
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    By the end of this episode, you’re likely to be sick of all the money and opportunity you previously left on the table. On a regular basis, I see clients well into their careers fail to negotiate. Let today be your last day by listening and implementing the strategies highlighted in this show. Potentially, you could raise your salary negotiation IQ because you asked. I love hearing from you, as always, to give feedback to all subjects we discuss on the show including this one. There are three ways to reach me with comments about your experiences in salary negotiation:   Email me…
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    Success & Prosperity Blog

  • A Shocking Confession…

    Randy Gage
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    I have a shocking confession for you. But of course long-term members of the community here will know this isn’t really shocking or a confession. But here it is:   I don’t write this blog for you.   Like most teachers, I teach what I most need to learn. The posts here are a chance to marshal my thoughts, debate the merits, and practice the discernment and critical thinking necessary to reach breakthroughs in any area of life.   If you haven’t see the latest Prosperity TV episode on the subject, I’ll embed it here.   I believe this is where the real breakthroughs…
  • How You Win

    Randy Gage
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    There’s a reason for practice. During my sabbatical I wasn’t accepting new speeches, but of course honored the ones that had been already booked.  And I discovered that speaking is like anything else: If you don’t practice, your skills slip. The last speech I did was a Risky Is the New Safe keynote at the C-Suite conference presented by Jeffrey Hayzlett.  Nice event, nice crowd, I got a nice response. But the next day, I told Jeffrey I couldn’t accept my check. I was pretty sure the evaluations would come in good and no one seemed unhappy. But I was unhappy. Because I knew the…
  • The Threat to Your Business

    Randy Gage
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    You want to know what the real threat is to your or anyone else’s business? It’s not that your competitor has a cooler website, a celebrity spokeperson, or even more money. It’s not that they hired a famous branding agency, have an edgier logo, or even that they sell for lower price than you do.   As Joe Calloway says, those are just table stakes.  At some point, if you’re in a robust market, EVERYBODY has a good website, competitive prices, hot branding and all the sexy stuff.   The only real threat is when you have a competitor that knows exactly what they do, believes in…
  • The Choices of Money

    Randy Gage
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    In a recent post, I told you my sabbatical was the most transformative growth experience I’ve ever been through. It’s important to note that I would never had such an extraordinary opportunity if I hadn’t gotten the money thing out of the way.   Maybe the most significant thing lost in all the misguided talk about whether money is evil, is the key benefit money offers you: choices.   Money and material things don’t buy happiness, but neither does poverty. What money does is give you choices. Some of those choices will likely be material things, charitable giving, security,…
  • Be Yourself

    Randy Gage
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    We like to think that society – our work, position, family or some other external factor, holds us back from manifesting our true success.   You can make the argument that what is really limiting you is that society doesn’t allow you to be totally yourself. And it’s a great argument to make. It’s just not true.   You’re afraid that if your company knew you’re a lesbian it would hamper your promotion.   You think if you don’t cover your scar with makeup, people will find you unattractive.   You’re afraid to tell your spouse about the fetish that really…
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    Amusing Planet

  • La Brea Tar Pits And The Fossils Within

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits in urban Los Angeles, around which Hancock Park was formed. The pits are one of the world's best and most important sources of Ice Age fossils. Tar pits form when crude oil seeps to the surface through fissures in the Earth's crust, and when the light fraction of the oil evaporates it leaves behind the heavy tar or asphalt, in sticky pools. The La Brea tar pits have been seeping for tens of thousands of years, and has been traditionally used by local native Americans as glue and as waterproof caulking for baskets and canoes. But for the…
  • Glacial Grooves on Kelley's Island

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Many of the geological features on the surface of this planet has been shaped by ancient glaciers. These gigantic sheets of ice of immense weight moving across the earth have carved gorges, grinded rocks into fine gravel, raised sea level and left boulders at unexpected places when they melted away. But it’s another thing to hear a geologist say “the sand in this desert was created by glaciers” or “this gorge was carved by glaciers” and quite another to actually see scratches and grooves on the bedrock left behind by glaciers as it dragged over the surface. These abrasions are…
  • Museé Miniature et Cinéma: The Museum of Miniatures

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Museé Miniature et Cinéma or “the Miniature and Cinema Museum” is located at 60 Rue Saint-Jean in Lyon, France, housed in a magnificent 16th century building. Founded by artist Dan Ohlmann, the museum showcases Ohlmann's two main passions - the art of dioramas and the art of film sets and special effects. The museum holds over a hundred miniature scenes containing thousands of pieces of tiny props – a zen temple in Japan, a Lyons weaving shop, a school classroom. All elements are built faithfully to the scale of 1:12 by the master craftsman himself, as well as by artists from…
  • The Eroding Alaskan Village of Shishmaref

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Shishmaref is a small village of about 600 people located on Sarichef Island in the Chukchi Sea, just north of the Bering Strait and five miles from the Alaska mainland. The 3-mile long barrier island on which the village sits is slowly eroding away. Whenever a big storm hits, a giant chunk of land falls off to sea, sometimes taking off with it a house or two. The island has dealt with erosion issues since at least the 1950s, but recent climate change is exacerbating the problem considerably. Average temperatures are increasing faster in Alaska than they are in the rest of the United States,…
  • The Hidden Town of Monemvasia

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Monemvasia is a Gibraltar-like rocky island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, in Greece, and linked to the mainland by a short causeway. The island is about 300 meters wide and a kilometer long, and rises in a plateau, a hundred metres above sea level. On the slope of this plateau, on the seaward side and hidden from the mainland, lies a small town. This remarkably romantic walled town, nestled under the shadow of the towering rock is a living museum of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian history dating back to the 13th century. Monemvasia was settled in the 6th century by the inhabitants…
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    Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker

  • Social Strategics – Followers into Customers Part 1

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    You are getting loads of ‘Likes’ and Retweets, perhaps […] The post Social Strategics – Followers into Customers Part 1 appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • The Dis-ease Created by Trying to Be Normal

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I remember the feeling of being torn apart as a child, […] The post The Dis-ease Created by Trying to Be Normal appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • G.O.O.S. ing it! Getting Out of Stuck

    13 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I once had a teacher write on my report card, “An […] The post G.O.O.S. ing it! Getting Out of Stuck appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • Are You Casting Spells by Default

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Just lately it has been brought home to me once again t […] The post Are You Casting Spells by Default appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
  • Stand Up, Speak Out, Now is the Time

    8 Nov 2013 | 3:41 pm
    A Facebook Conversation about making a different, bring […] The post Stand Up, Speak Out, Now is the Time appeared first on Annie Infinite - Possibilitarian, Author, Speaker.
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  • 13 Super Bowl Party Etiquette Tips

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
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  • Addiction Is Real

    Christine Spencer
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Sassy Pumpkin Bread

    Gabrielle Krake
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
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  • Where to Start When Dressing Yourself

    Christie Ressel
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Styling yourself doesn't have to be and doesn't need to be should be a fun and exciting way of expressing yourself and feeling good! Never anything less... Continue Reading this Article » The post Where to Start When Dressing Yourself appeared first on .
  • Give Yourself Permission

    Christine Spencer
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
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    The Accidental Olympian


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

    Ashley AccidentalOlympian
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    [Note: This post is not sponsored, I just happen to be interested in these delivery food services and purchased a trial service from Plated]  In our house I plan what we eat, grocery shop, and then cook our meals. Granted, Adam is a fabulous chef and is very capable of cooking (please refer to the prime rib, horseradish mash potatoes and homemade cheesecake he made us for Christmas), it's just he only likes to cook for special occasions. Adam likes to make things that take HOURS to prep and cook, whereas I like to make things that take 30 minutes or less. I love good food, but I do the…
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  • Working Women Vs Housewives

    Pallav Gogoi
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    India is a land of opportunities and here women are doing equally well in the job market. Unlike yester years women in India are becoming more independent. They are vocal about their rights, straightforward in dealing with problems and equally emotional about people they care about. Although, in this fast paced life, there’s no time, women in India are doing everything for keeping a balance between work and life.I was completely amazed to see some interesting women centric job profiles coming up however women in India are capable of giving a tough fight to its male counterpart in any given…
  • 2014 - Definitely A Year Of Selfies!

    Pallav Gogoi
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:21 am
    2014 saw a meteoric rise of use of selfies. Frankly, I am doing this since 2004. Clicking selfies was my pastime affair, I thoroughly enjoyed it. From Oscars to wedding celebrations, couples to big time politicians, selfies from Mars to extreme clicks from Burj Khalifa, everyone is so very addicted to this now. Narcissism at its best but nobody is complaining. Taking selfies is one of the best thing one could do to preserve a moment especially it’s applicable for couples in honeymoon, they can now flaunt their moments of joy with this wonderful thing.One of my friends, who regularly post…
  • Letter to my lost friend

    Pallav Gogoi
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    This is a letter to my lost friend with whom I have lost touch; I sincerely want you to come back as you are very important to me. If you are one of them reading, please send me an email or inbox me your number on FB. I will be waiting for you. I have not updated nor written anything interesting however I would like to write as soon as I get your response. If you are reading my blog secretly, please feel free to contact me soon as I have something interesting to tell. I am sure, you will.
  • Love in My Studio Apartment

    Pallav Gogoi
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    I have a small studio apartment in some corner of this earth, where I create dreams, I see them translating into realities. I speak less because my mind always does things beyond the imagination of a human being. Some people just do their regular jobs, they smile less, earn big money but never dwell in simplicity, they are unable to create those fairytales, they are mechanical, they are practical unlike me. My eyes always visualize the unseen, my ears always hear the unheard, my body always travels beyond the boundaries. I am no God, I am just normal creature who believes in miracles, who…
  • Factory of Love

    Pallav Gogoi
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:51 am
    Urban life is so fast that you don’t get time to listen to your soul; you get so much engrossed in your daily life that you forget about your existence. But the monotony is broken, when your heart meets a soul, someone who makes a fairytale out of your mundane life. Love becomes an inspiration and that inspiration gives you strength to fight against all odds, it gives you a meaning to survive, to look beyond the unknown.Suddenly, yes suddenly the wind changes around you. Life is so full of unpredictability; you never know what is there for you, who come across your life, who makes room in…
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    Spy Travelogue

  • Fantasies. 50 Guys in 50 States. Naked Happy Hours.

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    “Do you want my input or is this just an angry tirade you need to vent?” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon I’ve done a lot of venting, a lot of off loading, in my days of being someone who is estranged. Talking about our circumstances is something of a necessary evil, especially in the early days of moving through them. We tell the story, then we tell it again, and again and …. again. While we’re telling it, our attention is caught up in the past: what was done, what was said, who did what, how we felt, what we thought. It’s intense, because for many of us, each time we…
  • Happiness Happens (With Or Without Us)

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:23 pm
    “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert Being estranged from your family is not an excuse for being miserable. That might seem like a really unfair thing to say because being estranged from our family can create so very much unhappiness. How dare I suggest that we  not be miserable! First of all, I need to say that I am a great supporter of being authentic with our…
  • Give and Take

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    Sometimes as people who are estranged, we feel very alone and very isolated. I can’t think of  a single person; friend, family, client, blog reader who is estranged who hasn’t or couldn’t share a story or two of the judgement and dismissal they’ve received as a result of sharing their estrangement. We can spend a lot of time recounting those instances. They are painful, they separate us from others and make us feel “different” or “less than”. Those less than stellar experiences can understandably get in the way of us opening up, sharing our…
  • What’s Your Line?

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    “I didn’t despise myself for being who I was, and I never would. I wouldn’t allow anyone to make me feel bad about that. That was a line I could draw in the sand.” ― Z.A. Maxfield Family estrangement is nothing if not a great teacher. Maybe in the past your family was marked by deception, betrayal, intolerance, verbal or physical abuse. Maybe there were times where family members belittled, demeaned and diminished us or each other. Maybe they were not able to be appropriately protective. Maybe they survived on benign neglect, little or no communication or had rules about…
  • The Synergy Between Bravery and Healing

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Just a quick note to say the January newsletter has been sent off. There’s something that feels so appropriate about sending it off on the eve of a Super New Moon! If you haven’t signed on for the newsletter, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the E-stranged website. The sign up link is on the right hand sidebar.
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    Jude; The diary of a baby and a stroke

  • A realization and Jude's life at hand.

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Jude is still having a hard time with his tone and spastic muscles. However the good thing is that we are getting a few smiles out of him. We are still walking the same path with his oxygen, his medication, and hoping for a night RN. We still have to suction his thick secretions about 30-50 times a day. So no new big changes but at least we get some sweet smiles. Today I was scanning through some other blogs of moms with special needs. I laughed at some of the situations I could relate to like actually taking the time to brush my own hair. We get so caught up in being such care givers that we…
  • Jude's horrible night

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    Jude did not have a good day yesterday. Charlotte texted me about 1pm yesterday letting me know she had given Jude ativan. He was very spastic, high heartrate, and making loud snorting noises. When I got home he was in the exact same condition and stayed that way throughout most of the night. He continued this tone even after additional ativan, Motrin, Morphine, and Diazepam (valium). I have never seen Jude not break his spasticity without a medication and especially a combination of medications. We finally got Jude to sleep with another dose of Ativan, but it only lasted a…
  • Jude's weekend and the explanation for the CBD quest

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Jude had a fairly decent weekend. I even had him on room air a few times while I held him. However last night when I hooked him back up to his monitor his oxygen level was 84 so the room air didn't last long. He was very happy that he was being held and loved on without all the equipment hooked up to him. Last night was fairly rough because Jude would cry out or need suctioned multiple times. Mike and I were both fairly frustrated that we still had not heard from the nursing agency regarding the interview we were suppose to have with a possible night nurse. So we are dragging a bit…
  • A video of Jude's high tone last night

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Well as I mentioned Jude had a decent day yesterday but about 5:40 that changed. He was becoming very toned out and it looked painful so Charlotte gave him some Motrin and when that didn't work she gave him Ativan. When I got home she mentioned that he might need Morphine because the tone was still there. We weren't sure if the tone was being caused from the change in TX weather or if it was a reaction to not feeling well. So I did end up having to give him the Morphine and Jude still was not doing well. I sent this video to Hospice so they could understand what we are dealing with when we…
  • Jude's Tuesday night update.

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Jude had another rough night last night. At one point even on 9 liters of Oxygen he couldn't keep O2 stats above 88. We went through all his medications again to get him stablized and resting. I began reading up on the Sundowners syndrome our other nurse mentioned  Granted this is more for elderly patients that suffer Dementia but Jude does have similiar symptoms. Today Charlotte said he did much better and even went from 8:30-1:00 on room air. That's the first time he has done that! However, she did have to put him back…
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  • Understanding Chronic Conditions: Cardiovascular Disease #health #wellness [Infographic]

    Amberr Meadows
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Understanding and treating chronic conditions is an int […] The post Understanding Chronic Conditions: Cardiovascular Disease #health #wellness [Infographic] appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: The Price of Sight: Is Lasik Worth the Cost? [Infographic] Selfie Boom: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly [Infographic] How to Change a Flat Tire in 5 Simple Steps [#Infographic]
  • ‘They Call Me Crazy’ #Book Tour, #Author Humor + #Giveaway @KellySGamble

    Amberr Meadows
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Don’t Feed the Animals A humorous account by Auth […] The post ‘They Call Me Crazy’ #Book Tour, #Author Humor + #Giveaway @KellySGamble appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: ‘Unleashed’ Virtual Tour Special: 99¢ #Books + $25 GC #Giveaway #Author @rachelmcclellan ‘The Artful’ (Shadows of the City) Book Tour & $20 Amazon GC and Book Giveaway ‘Broken Branch Falls’ Virtual Book Tour & $20 and Book Giveaway
  • Master Lock: Safety for #Life and Charity for the American Red Cross #MasterLockProtects #ad

    Amberr Meadows
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    I’ve been a longtime supporter of the American Re […] The post Master Lock: Safety for #Life and Charity for the American Red Cross #MasterLockProtects #ad appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: 4 Tips to Ensure Hotel Safety When Traveling 5 Tips to Enhance and Strenghten Home Safety Life: It Isn’t Always Sugar Candy
  • ‘Unleashed’ Virtual Tour Special: 99¢ #Books + $25 GC #Giveaway #Author @rachelmcclellan

    Amberr Meadows
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Unleashed by: Rachel McClellan Genres: Romance, Thrille […] The post ‘Unleashed’ Virtual Tour Special: 99¢ #Books + $25 GC #Giveaway #Author @rachelmcclellan appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: ‘Princess Nevaeh’ Virtual Book Tour + $25 GC Giveaway @pauletteharper ‘The Next Day’ Virtual Tour + $40 Amazon GC Giveaway @mmthriller ‘The Schwarzschild Radius’ Tour + #thriller Books #Giveaway @gflorentin6 @​​Nouveauwriter​
  • 3 Reasons to Consider a Mortgage #Life Insurance Policy #finance

    Amberr Meadows
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    People paying a mortgage with a spouse or family depend […] The post 3 Reasons to Consider a Mortgage #Life Insurance Policy #finance appeared first on Like a Bump on a Blog. You might also like: 3 Ways a Reverse Mortgage Can Help Retirees Enjoy Their “Golden Years” Painlessly Shopping for the Best Auto Insurance #tips What Happens if You Drive Without Auto Insurance?
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    Ray's Blog

  • What? It Hasn’t Even Been Ten Months

    Ray Colon
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:04 pm
    I’m not sure that I still know how to do this. I’ll try anyway. I was going to write about my visit to the emergency room on Saturday – kidney stones, but now that the pain has subsided, I’m bored with the topic. I thought about giving an update of my bookkeeping business. It’s been good… really good. I turn down more work than I used to be able to attract. Nearly three-years removed from a paycheck, it’s hard to remember what it was like to work on someone else’s schedule. I do miss those vacation days though. My boss is a real ass about taking time off. I always feel the…
  • Take a Beat

    Ray Colon
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Unlike horror movies, which I love, reality crime dramas leave me feeling anxious and horrified. What these stories seem to have in common are the limited problem solving skills of the principals. Sometimes, those skills appear to be non-existent. Imagining the taking of a life, the loss of freedom, and the familial and financial devastation that results from a single rash decision leads most of us to think, “Not me,” as we watch the dramas unfold. But for the participants, it doesn’t appear that these ramifications were considered at all during those moments when such…
  • Disconnected

    Ray Colon
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:56 am
    Glowing testimonials are nice, I suppose, but really, who believes them anyway. If you’re like me, your assumption when you see one is that it’s fake, bought, or coerced by the dangling of some prize in the eyes of would-be reviewers. These days, affirmation is not difficult to come by, if you’re willing to relentlessly solicit, annoy, and beg your friends and followers for hollow accolades. People who want you to “Like” something just because they asked you to are silly. Whether you actually like whatever it is that they are directing you to approve of is irrelevant to them. It’s…
  • Demons Get a Bad Rap

    Ray Colon
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    There wasn’t any hint of the demons that plagued him. His nondescript manner caused him to blend in with everyone else. Unremarkable would be a suitable description of him, as it would be for most of us, if our neighbors were polled. When word spread of that horrible thing that he did, no one could believe it. He must have gone crazy or been possessed by demons, many would conclude. Demons get a bad rap. They’re easy to blame. Some say that demons are real – paranormal beings that love to meddle in our business. I don’t believe that for a second. If I were a supernatural being,…
  • Strike a Pose

    Ray Colon
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    I recently synced my iPhone photos to DropBox. I’ve had this phone since 2011, but there were only 300 or so photos on it. That’s not a lot. Worse, many of them were not very good. Blurred photos, it seems, is my specialty. But there were a few that I like, so I’ll share them. Citi Field In April 2012, I went to two games at Citi Field in a week. The Mets beat the Braves on Sunday, but lost to Nationals when Stephen Strasburg bested Johan Santana 4-0 on Wednesday. What was memorable about these games for me is that I got to experience the newly created Party Deck at the base of the…
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    All About Living With Life

  • 29 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm

    Charles Chua C K
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
  • 15 Thankful Quotes to Cherish

    Charles Chua C K
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.-Alice Walker 2. I'm just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that's the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.-Tim Tebow3. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.-Tecumseh4. Some people…
  • 15 Simple Quotes to Simplify Your Life

    Charles Chua C K
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:18 am
    1. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.- Hans Hofmann2. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.- Winston Churchill3. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.- Dalai Lama4. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.- Leonardo Da Vinci5. Only great minds can afford a simple style.- Stendhal6. Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.- Arnold H. Glasgow7. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it…
  • 15 Quality Quotes to Embrace

    Charles Chua C K
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising.-Milton Hersey2. Quality is not act. It is a habit.-Aristotle 3. Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.-William A. Foster 4. Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.-Henry Ford 5. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.-Steve Jobs 6. Quality begins on the inside… then works its way out.-Bob…
  • 20 Positive Quotes to Live Your Life

    Charles Chua C K
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.-Willie Nelson2. Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.-Leah LaBelle3. If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.-Pat…
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    Ish Ism

  • How to write 10,000 words a day

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a…
  • I Married Mr. Miyagi

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Originally posted on Waiting on a Word:This year for Christmas, JC got a Chia pet. Technically, it’s a “Chia Gnome,” but I like to call it a Chia Hobbit. Unlike Eugene the Elf, Chia Hobbit is not creepy and…
  • Character Editing: Creating A Complex Main Character … A Writer’s Journey

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    No, I’m not done yet!! I am still editing characters for my novel.  But… all the ultraminor, minor, and most of the major characters have been edited. Today I am editing the main character. The main character interacts with many … Continue reading →
  • Husband of the Year – 2015

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Wife: Ouch… my tailbone feels out of whack. Me: Oh, that’s not good. I can go to Walmart to pick up some whack of you’d like. Is there a particular brand of whack you prefer? *wife did not answer* But, … Continue reading →
  • Twitter Quitter

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    I am not quitting Twitter. However, I did trim a lot of people from the list of who I follow. This may get even smaller in the coming weeks. The reason for this is because of the constant stream of … Continue reading →
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    Living Our Story

  • Lil Chris Recently Turned 3

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    WOW how time flies. Jan 11, 2015, Lil Chris turned 3. I can remember somewhere around 10 AM Jan 11th, Sandy said I think my water broke. She wasn’t sure because the doctor just told us a few days before that 50% of women get that wrong when it happens and she was not having any contractions so we weren’t sure what we should do because he told us before we go to the ER to come by his office first but again no contractions. Well we decided to just relax and see and 2 hours later around 12PM she was walking in the living room and said do you think our lil boy could come today so jokingly I…
  • Welcome Message

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We wanted to welcome you to our new site. Sandy and I are glad you came by and hope that through our story we can inspire you to live yours because we all have a story to tell. Our mission is t o help you see that your story does matter and the world needs to hear it. We believe every person on this earth has a story and that story can make a difference. We believe that God created you to use your story in order to touch thousands of lives in your lifetime. You may think your story doesn’t matter much because you haven’t done much but whatever it is that you have done, you can…
  • Vision / Mission

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Living Our Story will help people see that their story does matter through Blogs, Books, CD’s, Music, Podcasts, Seminars etc… Everything we do will be helping people grow mentally, emotionally & spiritually and by doing this people will see the value they have to offer this world through their own unique powerful story. We all have a story to tell! The post Vision / Mission appeared first on Living Our Story.
  • About Us

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Welcome to our blog. This is an insight to some of the things that we love and believe in life. You will over time see our story shared with you as we post some of our thoughts about life, God and family and everything in between. We do not expect you to agree with everything you read on our blog but know that everything we write from how we see life to just basic things that are going on, we are writing from the bottom of our hearts. We are just a family who absolutely loves living life. We started this blog several years ago but then decided to shut it down and here we are relaunching this…
  • What We Do

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Sandy and I love everything we do and we will list a few projects we have going on below. Its been so awesome putting all this together so only God knows where we will end up over the years to come but we are very excited to see. Many things we have planned by change as we feel that God leads us in different ways. For instance, we didn’t think this was gonna be one of the change as bringing Living Our Story back to life after years of it being doormat but look at it now. We have done it because we feel this is where God is leading us right now. The post What We Do appeared first on Living…
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  • Forgettable

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

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

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

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

    7 Aug 2013 | 1:51 pm
    1. I totally thought I invented the word "should" for like two seconds. I thought it was a moment of creative genius.2. I thought Cartwheel was a cool name for a child when I was in middle school.3. I can't tell the difference between sour and bitter.4. I almost cried during the series finale of ICarly. SHE WENT TO ITALY AND LEFT US BEHIND!!!5. I did cry during an episode of Ally McBeal.6. I think dog food smells delicious.7. I watched Power Rangers until I was 14.8. I fell asleep in the woods once, I used poison Ivy as my pillow.9. I secretly think Lindsay Lohan is going to have an epic…
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    Peter Wright's Blog

  • Elephants, Ants and lessons from Stoic Philosophy

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Elephants feature in many folk tales and metaphors. African Elephant               Two that are relevant: The modern one “The Elephant in The Room” And an old one from Africa: “Worrying about the ants when the elephants are stampeding.” In the previous post, I wrote about the book “The Obstacle is the Way”. It was an easy book to read and one I read in a couple of days. (affiliate link) I know that by reading it quickly I missed many important lessons, last week I started re-reading it, slowly, with an orange highlighter…
  • How Stoicism can Change Adversity to Opportunity

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    I bought myself a Christmas present on Amazon, the book “The Obstacle is The Way” by Ryan Holiday. It arrived on Friday, I finished it yesterday. It is a small book 5″ x 7″, only 200 pages. Easy to read. (affiliate link) The author includes many quotes from ancient Stoic philosophers, including Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca. He includes many references to more recent examples of Stoicism and enduring great hardship, overcoming huge adversity and becoming successful. Examples from more recent times, from the lives of John D Rockefeller, Ulysses Grant, Amelia…
  • Adversity or Opportunity – What will 2015 bring for you?

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    2015 – Adversity or Opportunity? Wishing you success, good health and happiness in 2015. May you be safe from the kind of violence that Islamic terrorists have unleashed on Paris this week. I will be writing more on that on my other blog here. (It is not politically correct so don’t go there if conservative opinions offend you). After a two-week break, it’s time to get this blog moving again. To break the inertia that always sets in for me after a period of idleness and especially Christmas which I find a difficult time of year for many reasons. With the time I had to…
  • Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2015

    23 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    I just reviewed my posts from a year ago because I could not remember what I had written in my last post before Christmas 2013. There was only one post for December 2013, this one, written in England during my visit to be with my mother for her 90th birthday. A year ago, we were facing different concerns about the future, but I thought what I wrote then was equally relevant today. “An overriding feeling in this quiet village with its ancient buildings is that of stability, a reminder that the human race has survived adversity and turmoil for thousands of years. Despite the current…
  • Stoicism – Foundation of Survival

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
      11 tons corn overflow I started writing about stoicism in this post on 21 November, then had to rely on my own ability to be stoic to get through the following few weeks until the corn harvest was over. During the long hours running the corn drier, I was kept busy checking moisture levels, climbing up ladders to check tank levels and listening for any change in the sound of dozens of augurs, elevators, fans and other equipment.   Listening for changes in sound because quick reactions to a choked elevator for example, can save hours of clearing up tons of spilled corn. There were…
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    author Carmen Amato

  • Book Review: Smokescreen, a thriller

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Smokescreen by Khaled Talib is a thriller for today’s audience. It’s got a politically driven plot based on current events, an everyman hero, and enough double-dealing and deranged killers to GO → The post Book Review: Smokescreen, a thriller appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • The Year We Made a Difference for

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In 2014, I donated $1 from the sale of Kindle books to, the charity co-founded by Matt Damon to bring clean and safe water to communities worldwide. The goal GO → The post The Year We Made a Difference for appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Book Review: Top Secret Twenty One

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    The Stephanie Plum books are like Pringle’s potato chips—I can’t eat just one despite the fact I know they’ll be full of empty calories. Maybe it’s the salt. Whatever. Pass GO → The post Book Review: Top Secret Twenty One appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • One Heart, Three Tragedies

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Three places I love are bleeding and all I can do is watch and pray. Mexico As many readers know, my years in Mexico and Central America provided the impetus GO → The post One Heart, Three Tragedies appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
  • Book Review: The Witch of Napoli

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker is an unexpected trip to 1890’s Italy, when Garibaldi’s unification of the country was still tenuous and Italy’s city-states retained their strong regional GO → The post Book Review: The Witch of Napoli appeared first on author Carmen Amato.
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  • inter-fucking-mission

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Sam, yes full name and all, is one of the most insights adding contributor to bloglet bits. Not to make it a competition, all kittehs being equal and whatnot, but some of those comments really make it worth having this bloglet. Profound insights.  Links to serious research about the human condition.  For example: Saw that […] The post inter-fucking-mission appeared first on cedonulli.
  • economic realities of limo ownership

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Can you afford a limo?  Would you want to?  How would it affect your finances, with another thing costing money every month?  And who is going to drive the thing for you? Insurance, is insurance crazy for a limousine?  Also, where in the world would you park such a thing?  Maintain it?  Fix things?   […] The post economic realities of limo ownership appeared first on cedonulli.
  • middle class debauchery

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    Limo book chapter bits …. — What plagues most of us, at one time or another, is the meaning of our lives.  And if by meaning, I’m not referring to religion or eternal souls.  Rather more mundane, the questions that crawl into your mind, in every day life.  Like, should I really major in art […] The post middle class debauchery appeared first on cedonulli.
  • creative ambitions

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    been contemplating lately, what new thing to undertake.  something creative.  really liking how mobile is developing, the app space, got some ideas that would be great to put out there.  learn to write iOS apps?  would be interesting. likewise, video.  seeing some of the one man productions of travel bits and otherwise, would be nice to […] The post creative ambitions appeared first on cedonulli.
  • day game vs. not day game

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    finally did go bed shopping.  — living in multiple places makes for an interesting experience.  try it if you get the opportunity.  having a way for an ongoing back and forth comparison adds perspective. in this case … gamey game bits. paradise one.  i’m sure others have a different experience but for me, not so […] The post day game vs. not day game appeared first on cedonulli.
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    GDM 's Down the Rabbit Hole/A day in the Life.

  • Blog in Full Order Part 2

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston-Chapter 1So my childhood friend Mark moved to Boston to start a new job and to get a new perspective on life. He was living with a friend he met named Priscilla, in the room above her garage.As children, we used to hang out together playing in his back yard with his brother Gary. If I was lucky I was allowed to spend the night and get picked up the next day. Mark and Gary shared a room and with an extra body in the room, it was crowded. We got very little sleep. It was some of the most fun I would have.Mark's father was pretty absent and would…
  • 2014 Blog in full order

    Geoffrey Doig-Marx GDM
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Hey! You! Get Out of My Way! Part 1I love New York. Don’t get me wrong, I honestly love New York. I think that I liked it better when it was scary and full of crime though. It kept you on your toes. Not to mention all the day to day drama. The looking over your shoulder to see who or what might be lurking in the shadows. This was the 80’s, the fabulous 80’s. Back when I had a Flock of Seagulls hairdo and people knew what Kajagoogoo meant. Back then when someone was running towards you it was usually a sign that they were going to snatch your bag or stick a knife in you or…
  • Getting out of town fast. The move to Boston-Chapter 5

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

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

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

  • The undeniable worth of Mary Worth.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Mary Worth is a comic strip I’ve been aware of, but never took the time to appreciate. How could it compete with Garfield or Dilbert? I would think to myself, skipping over the comic which required knowledge of a running story line in favor of a one-strip joke from others in the paper. That is, until, a friend of mine got me hooked on Mary Worth, emailing me a cartoon every day. Every day my friend sends me the latest Mary Worth comic strip via email, and then we dissect it using double entendres. — Julie (@julesvern97) December 2, 2014 To be truthful, it didn’t start with…
  • A tale of Goran Višnjić, an actor you probably never heard of.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    You may not have heard of the Croatian actor Goran Višnjić. That’s OK. My friend Naomi and I have met the worldwide quota for Goran Višnjić awareness. This is a difficult story to tell in a way that properly captures the hilarity of the moment and usually, upon telling it, people back away slowly and remove connections from us on LinkedIn. It starts with a porch swing kit. My parents and I had purchased a porch swing kit while in Grand Forks. The swing sat in its box, waiting to be assembled, for over a month. Mom was first out of the starting gate, as usual, and tore into the…
  • Stop sharing “articles from around the web” because I’m losing faith in the web.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    You see them all the time at the bottom of news articles. It’s a collection of “articles from around the web” implying a super casual happenstance collection of things you might like to read, assembled in one place for your convenience. “Articles from around the web” my ass. If this were true, it would appear that there are very few things to read on the web. Because it is the same, same, same collection of stories. “Be a better man! Lose weight! Cheap Apple stuff! Mo money mo money mo money!” Various cheap Apple products. Image of US Treasury note.
  • The closed mind of the supposedly erudite world traveler.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you don’t like it here, and can’t find anything good, leave. Yes, yes. All things American suck. We get it. Yawn. > What Aussies/Kiwis Think Of Starbucks’ Flat White @davidmackau — Julie (@julesvern97) January 21, 2015 That sounds harsh, but I get pretty tired of people from other countries coming here and bitching about how everything back in their country is better and America is just the absolute dregs of the earth in any given category. This fluff piece about the new Starbuck’s Flat White drink, a beverage created in Australia or New…
  • The saga of the Luft Bar in Bismarck, North Dakota.

    Julie R. Neidlinger
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    My friend and I recently went to Humpback Sally’s, a tapas restaurant in downtown Bismarck. The food was delicious, and I actually liked the tapas concept since we didn’t leave feeling stuffed and overfed. I’d go there again, no problem. The decor at Humpback Sally’s was odd, though it didn’t bother me as much as it bothered my friend. We had plastic dinosaurs hanging on the wall in the booth we were in, and I love me some dinosaurs. The woman and her husband in the next booth, though, had a strong reaction to the decor. “Shabby chic hipster junkyard…
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    Love. Life.

  • The Letting Go of Ego

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

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

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

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

    Alex Ivanovs
    30 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    We’re opening a new chapter for SkillCode, hopefully one that is more mature and helpful than it has been up until this point. I did enjoy the learning experience in the first couple of months of my awakening process, but now is the time to delve into some poetry, writing and inspirational messages such as the one below. Let me know what you think, and how it resonates with you. I think, but at the same time I have experienced it, we as people have the need to worry, the need to feel worthy of other persons when we tell them about our problems, our troubles. It’s always the same…
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  • Singapore Road Traffic Act Starting Feb 1

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

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

    Paul Cypert
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Are Electric Motorcycles the Future of Riding in Singapore By Paul Cypert Almost every major manufacturer, and quite a few upstarts, are beginning to reveal their bikes of the future.  It makes sense. The cost of Petrol will only continue to rise over the years. In crowded, growing cities traffic is already bordering on miserable. And studies have shown that having 25% of road traffic switch to bikes can eliminate congestion altogether! So in the future we need to have more bikes and as many of them as possible running on alternative fuel. Harley has its new Project Livewire…
  • Motorway Breakdown? What NOT To Do

    Claire Vorster
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Motorway Breakdown? What NOT To Do By Claire Vorster A motorway breakdown can be any combination of dangerous, frustrating and expensive. If you are stuck on the edge of a road with 100 kph traffic roaring perilously close, it can be tempting to panic. Don’t.  Knowing what not to do in a breakdown could help save precious time and money…and  it could also save lives. Here are’s top tips to help you stay ahead. Don’t panic Analyse your situation quickly and assess everyone’s safety. Get your vehicle off the road if possible. “It’s vital that when…
  • Road Trip Cars for Every Need

    Claire Vorster
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    9UBCFJ5WDZF8Road Trip Cars for Every Need By Claire Vorster Want to escape the city and enjoy the freedom of the open road? Here are our picks for cars to consider that will deliver a smooth ride, fuel economy and looks.  If you think you might ever want to drive out on an adventure, pick up one of these cars, all designed to get you, your friends and/or family plus pet dog (and your stuff) where you want to go. Best SUV - 2014Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel  Few SUVs are as adaptable and competent as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This impressive rig is just as happy in the city or in the…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • I see.

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

    Rey Lo
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein Sometimes I judge someone else by their ability to be like me and that’s just wrong. It’s not that I cannot see people in a certain […]
  • Guest Post: Are we done?

    Rey Lo
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In recent weeks a lot of digital ink has been spent discussing an emerging demographic in Christianity.  A growing number of believers are walking away from their local churches. But these are not people only nominally involved with their local church. These aren’t “pew warmers”. They aren’t people abandoning their faith. They are the people who are often the most involved attendees and […]
  • Why being the smartest person in the room doesn’t matter

    Rey Lo
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    We’ve heard it before. Perception is everything. It’s true in politics, news reporting, relationships, religion…there is nothing observable that is not tainted by how we perceive it. This was never more apparent to me than in the time surrounding last year’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. Individual biases from both sides, media commentary, social […]
  • It’s time

    Rey Lo
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
    It’s time. Time to hit the reset button and go back to what I know. Time to share my thoughts unhindered by measured words. Time to ask tough questions. Time to give straight answers. Time to be me. There was a time when all of those things were true. I spoke my mind and was […]
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    Princess Burlap

  • Infertility: Greetings From Under a Winter Blankie

    Princess Burlap
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    I know that life is seasons and shifts and phases of some set of strange moons. I know that things change in a second. I know. It’s winter here, hard, blowing winter and I’m waiting for spring. I know it’s coming. There is only to wait. The waiting has really hurt my ability to write I’m afraid. I have come back to this screen so many times this past week and always I turn away. Listless. Unable. I’m glad that today my fingers are meeting the keys and they are dancing and they are telling. Much like running, writing is the last thing I want to do when I feel…
  • Those Things That Redirect

    Princess Burlap
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    There are often points on a map of each life, where things can feel at a blazing halt – places where we feel as though we’ve come to a crosshatch and we’re blindfolded, unsure which road we’d take even provided we could see our choices which we can’t. 2015 has gotten off to just such a start. This week is Conference Week at his job and it’s always and every year a time of high tension at the Jung House. Everyone is on edge. Tempers flare. Feelings are hurt. We expect it and we get through to the other side. Every January his firm hosts an enormous…
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  • Worry over physical beauty

    Nigel Ogbuchi
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    It marvels me when I see some girls complain that they are not beautiful or that they don’t look good. It is very funny to say the least because if you really know what ‘beautiful’ is, you will understand that everyone is beautiful in one way or the other. Why will a living human being created in the image and likeness God almighty say that he/she is not attractive or presentable? This is very irritating to me. It means you don’t know yourself. You don’t understand yourself. Often times, this self-condemnation makes some girls desist from grasping opportunities…
  • Support

    Cynthia Ohanwe
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    I used to think that all giant trees have very deep root system, not until I embarked on a journey that brought me at the foot of Sequoia Trees. The Giant Sequoia tree grows about 200ft-300ft high, but guess what… Its root is only 3ft below the ground. Now this question goes on my mind; how do these trees withstand windstorm and other related causes? I went further to make research on how these Giant trees could stand so strong, having only a root system of 3ft supporting about 300ft growth. After my research, I observed that the root system extended extensively in horizontal…
  • Focus

    Cynthia Ohanwe
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    In a particular kingdom, a man was commanded by the king to carry a bucket of water which was filled to the brim and was asked to go round the kingdom seven times with the bucket of water on his head. He was warned that if any water drops to the ground it will attract great punishment. So many crowds in the kingdom gathered to watch him, as he carried the water on his head. He went the first round, no water poured out. He went the second round, nothing dropped to the ground. He went the third round, the fourth round, the fifth round, and the sixth round, nothing dropped to the ground. Now the…
  • Skin Beauty- How to Make Your Skin Glow

    Raphael Nweke
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    Do you feel bad about your skin? Do you long for a naturally gorgeous complexion? Do you want to see your skin complexion come aglow again? Try these tips for a perfect skin beauty. Wash your face at night: Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil build up on your face. Make cleansing your skin part of your bedtime routine. Use makeup remover. Not only does this prevent it from clogging up your pores and causing breakouts while you sleep, it also stops you from smearing bacteria on your pillow. Exfoliate once a week: Clear out dead skin cells. Find an exfoliant that has a super fine…
  • Water- the Best Healing and Beauty Elixir

    Raphael Nweke
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    The abundance of water in the planet earth, made me to believe that it is not here in such amount for being seek,after all, natural element and mineral are on earth on purpose. So what is the usefulness of water that made nature present it to us in such abundance? Water is the main component of human body. In fact, the body is composed of 55% to 78% of water depending on body size. Adequate and regular water consumption has a lot of health benefit as it has no calories, no fat, no carbohydrates, and no sugar. The amount of water you consume everyday plays an extremely important role in…
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    True Stories with Gill

  • Abusive Relationship: Why Doesn’t She Just Leave Him? A Story of One Battered Wife.

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

    Gill Andrews
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    How do blind people surf online, prepare their meals, go for shopping? Can being blind be an advantage? Do blind people have different attitude to life? How can a blind person start a blog and an online business? An interview with Maxwell Ivey, a blind blogger, entrepreneur and life coach. Max Ivey is blind. Born with perfect vision, he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease when he was 4 years old. He lost his vision completely by the age of 13. He was never a skinny child, which earned him a lot of nasty names shouted by the other kids: “Max Factor”, “Maxwell house”, “Big…
  • Pakistan: Will the Peshawar Attack Make a Difference? A Story of One Impasse.

    Gill Andrews
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Violent incidents are not unusual in Pakistan, but the Peshawar attack put everyone into a deep shock. How come the small number of terrorists has been keeping the country in fear for so long? Are Pakistanis too passive of a nation to free themselves from corruption and terror? Can this despicable tragedy be the last drop to change the mindset of 182 million people? An interview with Nasir Jamal, a Chief Reporter of “Dawn”, the largest English-language newspaper in Pakistan. It was an ordinary Tuesday morning in Peshawar, a Pakistani city close to Afghan border, when several…
  • How to Build a Successful Online Business with a Family and a Full-Time Job?

    Gill Andrews
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Q&A session with the audience as a follow-up on the main interview “How a Dog Saved a Man. A Story of One Online Business”. Six concrete steps you can take to start making money of your blog. Twelve strategies to make time to work on your idea. A secret formula to have a right start with your online business, and much more. An online entrepreneur Chad Thompson answered your questions. Last week on True Stories Chad Thompson, an online entrepreneur, a copywriter and a marketing consultant, shared his story how by rescuing a dog that was about to be put down and simply by…
  • How a Dog Saved a Man. A Story of One Online Business.

    Gill Andrews
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    How to turn your hobby into a profitable business? What are the main lessons to learn before starting a business online? How to know whether the blueprint you are buying is worth the money? An interview with an online entrepreneur Chad Thompson. There are moments in life which at first sight seem quite ordinary. You met a new colleague. Had a nice chat with a fellow passenger on a train. Adopted a dog that was about to be put down. It’s only in retrospective when you realize that these moments were actually the turning points of your life. The new colleague became your husband. The fellow…
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    Chicken Road Diaries

  • Rocket Cat!

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

    HJ Blenkinsop
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Miracle - hiding her head in shame? Probably not.I woke about 8.30am with Miracle snuggled next to me, her whiskers tickling my face... I got up and still in my long nightdress, went to check my email. She jumped into my lap for more snuggles as usual. Sadly (for me as it would turn out), I had to move her as coffee beaconed... I knew it was wrong, sinful even to move a seated cat and said this to Miracle as I ousted her from my lap. She dropped on the floor like a loosed bowling ball. I had walked only a couple of steps when, in one ninja movement, she screamed, ducked her head…
  • Review: Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth

    HJ Blenkinsop
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living, By Steve BivansFrustrated with the way corporations are destroying our Earth for a profit? Dismayed at a political system that fails to do anything about it? Feeling a lack of community, connectedness or even humour in the face of these challenges? If you’re feeling powerless to affect positive change on the planet, you’re not alone.In Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living, Steve Bivans takes the reader on a journey and lays out, step by step, how you can save the Earth from exactly…
  • Krampus: Anti-Santa or St. Nick’s Sidekick?

    HJ Blenkinsop
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Coal in your stocking? Potatoes in your shoes? Well, if you’re naughty this Christmas, the Krampus might stuff you into a sack and carry off for dinner - his, not yours!Who is this Krampus and where does he come from?Old card, Greetings from KrampusThe Krampus, Grampus or Bartel is a shaggy, demonic figure with pagan roots in Austria, Germany and the surrounding countries.  Instead of giving gifts to good little girls and boys like Santa, he bags the naughty ones and carries them off.Devil-like with goat horns, cloven hooves, and a tongue any Kiss fan would envy, he erupts onto…
  • Easy, Free and Low Cost Book Trailers and Graphics #IWSG

    HJ Blenkinsop
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    For many of us, developing video editing or graphic art skills to promote our books on social media is enough to make our heads spin. However, whether we’re self publishing or have a traditional publisher, we’ll be marketing too. Here's a couple of resources for making video book trailers and social media graphics requiring absolutely no editing or graphic art skills. Even better, they're easy and quick to use, low cost, and in some cases, completely free.Video Book TrailersProduce a book trailer with commercially licensed music in minutes for as little as $39. Animoto have…
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    Life's Due Diligence

  • 10 Exercises You Don’t Need A Gym For

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    We all want to be a little more toned or a bit skinnier and some of us have already fallen off from our New Year’s Resolution track. Hopefully this will help you out if you can’t make it to the gym. Some may seem basic and obvious, but they’re effective. Check with a doctor if any of these are new to you so you don’t end up getting hurt. 1. Squats Squats help everything. They can tone your backside and give you much stronger legs. Be sure to start out with no weight so you can perfect your form and prevent injuries. Once you get the hang of it, add a little bit of…
  • 10 Futuristic Appliances Everybody Should Have

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Here are ten futuristic appliances that everybody should have in their house. Although not all of them are out for sale yet, hopefully we can get some for ourselves in the new year. Be sure to share them with your friends! 1. This is a transparent toaster and although this design is still a concept, we really hope it hits shelves soon! Via 2. The iBasket is a laundry basket that doubles as a washing machine that is not yet for sale. 3. A self stirring sauce pan designed by Cem Tutuncuoglu. 4. An anti odor garbage can created which was also designed by Cem Tutuncuoglu. 5. Besides controlling…
  • 10 Funny GIFs That Will Get You Through The Week

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    These 10 GIFs will help you survive the rest of your work and give you a good laugh at the same time. Be sure to share them with your friends too! Via The post 10 Funny GIFs That Will Get You Through The Week appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • 10 Beautiful Cars We All Dream About

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Here are ten cars that we all wish we could have. Some are concepts and others are actual cars that are already being sold. From old to new, there’s some everybody can fall in love with. Check them out and be sure to share them with your friends! 1. 2015 Dodge Viper SRT Source 2. 2015 Lamborghini Veneno 3. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am 4. 2015 Audi R8 5. BMW I8 6. Nissan GT-R 7. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 8. Bugatti Veyron 9. Aston Martin Vanquish 10. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG The post 10 Beautiful Cars We All Dream About appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
  • The Best Gifts For Your Inner Geek

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Whether you deserve a treat for yourself or somebody has a birthday coming up, these 10 gifts will bring out the inner geek in all of us. 1. Mana Energy Drink 2. Refrigerator Game Boy Tetris Decal 3.Wolverine Claws 4. Retro Gaming Console 5. Batman Snuggie Blanket 6. Portable Super Nintendo Player 7. Adventure Time Sword 8. Super Mario Bros Chess Board 9. Knight Hoodie 10. Steampunk Telephone The post The Best Gifts For Your Inner Geek appeared first on Life's Due Diligence.
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    Isobel's Creative Spaces

  • Oot and Aboot in Ottawa

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Although it’s been fairly cold here in the capital, winter’s so bloody long that you might as well pull on your mukluks and throw on your parka and get outside anyway. Otherwise you’re facing some pretty severe cabin fever…RUDRUM anyone? I mean, what’s a little frostbite amongst friends? It’s a little war wound you brag […]
  • Midweek Check-in: Derailed

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    The past few days my writing momentum seems to have been derailed. I haven’t written on my blog nor on my story. There are many things going on in my life right now and I’ve turned my focus and energies there. When I’ve thought about writing, nothing happened. It just wouldn’t come so I didn’t force it. […]
  • Sunday Check-in: A Wee Bit o’ This and That!

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    This post is normally dedicated to the Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) but the last few days have been quite busy and I want to expand the post to encompass a few topics, not the least of which is the Burn’s Night Supper. I think that’s allowable. As far as writing is concerned, […]
  • Is it Sunday?

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:29 pm
    He came out of nowhere. It was early in the morning and I was standing on the street corner waiting for the light to change. It felt weird because it wasn’t my part of town. It was downtown and I am a through and through suburbanite – even though I don’t like admitting it. There […]
  • Mid-week Check-in: Not much to Show

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This is not going to be the best check-in. Hopefully, actually, it will be the worst of the bunch and from here on in they’ll get better. I haven’t written a word on my story since last Thursday. That’s almost a week without much to show. Good for me. (Not really) In fact, I’m going […]
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    Giant leaps to Success...

  • Thursday Morning Motivation!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
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    Khanyi Ndebele
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
     Don't put off living to next week, next month, next year or next decade. The only time you’re ever living is in this moment. Celestine Chua
  • Road to success EP57!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Ashlee's Road To Success:Name: Ashlee De Saldanha Occupation: "I work part time for a tax and accounting company. I am also studying LLB Law part time at Unisa."Goal in life: "Well at this stage, I'm only turning 21, so I would consider seeing this as my "selfish years" - taking the time to build my own foundation in my career one step at a time. That has to be one of my main goals. My family has got to be one of my biggest support systems and pillars of strength too, and in turn would like to show them my success and definitely share it with them. And also to just motivate…
  • Goal for the week!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Have an amazing and successful week everyone! Remember to push, stay focused and most of all stay positive and be grateful for everything you have! Peace. Happiness. Success.X
  • FACT!!! Dreams don't work unless you do!

    Khanyi Ndebele
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
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    The Spectator

  • Selfishness is Life Saving

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

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

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

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

    Rodney Onyango
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I've never been a fighter, not that I can remember anyway. Or maybe I didn't call them fights because as a child it felt more like we were pushing each other and less like we were throwing punches, or maybe my childhood friends just had girly punches lol. That being said, I don't encourage fighting, I am a pacifist at heart and believe that we should strive our best to find other solutions
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    Not Before Coffee

  • Never EVER Open Emails from Your Bank – Here’s Why!

    9 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      I Just received this email that really looks like it’s from my bank. When I looked at the title, I thought maybe there had been updates and I had to authorize something for my online payment options. That didn’t last long. As I ALWAYS do – I placed my mouse over the link to reveal what is shown in the lower left corner. Obviously that is NOT from my bank. The next thing I noticed was the email address – again, obviously NOT from my bank. When you get a notice that LOOKS like it’s from your bank, go to the website and log in – if you have messages from your bank – they…
  • Fight the Winter Blues with These Helpful Hints

    8 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The cold and stormy weather, the cabin fever and the early darkness make winter a miserable time for many people. The winter blues are known to affect many people, and if you don’t know how to overcome them, it could cause you to suffer from severe depression. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can fight the winter blues. If you are known to become moody and miserable during the winter, use the following three tips to help you combat the winter blues and get back to your normal happy self. 1. Watch what you eat. During the holidays, you’re surrounded by parties that contain…
  • Christmas Party Animals – Hilarious Video

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Freshpet says all the animals in the video are rescue pets at the Humane Society of Utah. The two teams were brought together by ShareAbility, a Utah-based brand agency that created the video for FreshPet. While it’s obviously an advertisement for pet food, the company says it created the video to highlight how amazing rescue dogs and cats can be when you add them to your family. What’s more, the company promises to pay the adoption fees for any of the animals seen in the video if someone adopts them. Watch the video – share it – enjoy the laughs and get inspired to bring a…
  • Counting Blessings and Reflecting on Valued Friends

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    God has a funny way of making people realize what’s most important! Over the last few days, I have been so consumed with Christmas gifts, work, wrapping, cleaning and furnace repairs – I found myself getting stressed, trying to figure out how I was going to pull off so many items on my To-Do List, that I lost track of what is most important in life, around me. A couple of weeks ago, I received message from a dear friend, letting me know that a mutual friend was battling advanced stage cancer. I reflected on memories and felt bad for a bit, but as normal humans do, we tend to…
  • When Children are Stuck in the Middle of Divorced Parents

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    When my kids were little, it was very hard to not harbor resentment but I was determined to let my kids develop their own opinion. At Christmas time, especially, I see a lot of people using their kids as pawns. The long term damage that can have on a kid is very real. Just because 2 people can’t get along doesn’t give one the right to deny the other their own right to be a parent. Dr. Schwartz discusses the long term impact that playing games with your ex has on your children. This information is based on actual cases of kids who grew up being pawns. There was a time when I…
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    Spending It All

  • Leatherman Tread Wearable Multi-Tool
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Leatherman Tread is an ingenious multi-tool that is actually meant to be carried everywhere, not in your pockets, but in your wrist. Constructed with high strength 17-4 stainless steel, with each link featuring two to three different uses, Tread offers you a total of 25 tools. A cutting hook, glass breaker, screwdrivers, bottle openers and box wrenches are some of the tools available right from your wrist.     The post Leatherman Tread Wearable Multi-Tool appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Magnetic Bike Lights
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Ride your bike at night time without worrying about visibility with these Magnetic Bike Lights. These lights can be attached to any metal part on your bike, allowing you to have your own customized setup. They are highly magnetized and assure you that they will remain in place, even on the bumpiest roads.     The post Magnetic Bike Lights appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Electric JawSaw
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Make your yard work easier with the Electric JawSaw. This cool tool will enable you to cut through branches up to four inches wide. Simply, let the JawSaw bite on the unwanted limb for stability and let the six-inch chainsaw do its job.   The post Electric JawSaw appeared first on Spending It All.
  • Bed Workstation
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Be productive even when you don’t want to leave your bed with the Bed Workstation. It is made of aluminum alloy, capable of holding up to 33 pounds and features a button spring-locking technique that enables you to adjust the workstation to your desired position.     The post Bed Workstation appeared first on Spending It All.
  • SmrtGrips Bicycle Grips
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Add some technology to your never changing bicycle with SmrtGrips Bicycle Grips. Designed to fit standard handle bars, the SmrtGrips provides many features; improving your cycling experience. It features haptic feedback to let you get turn by turn directions without the necessity of a screen; and Bluetooth that allows you to locate your bike in case of misplacement or robbery. The grips are waterproof and resistant to the elements and has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to three months on a single charge.       The post SmrtGrips Bicycle Grips appeared first on Spending It…
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    Icarus Green

  • Political Correctness and Sedition

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

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Psychopathy is an enduring phenomenon throughout human history. It is both the pinnacle of individuality and often success, yet lies in the pit of our fears about human nature. While we are ostensibly terrified by it, we maintain a morbid fascination in these creatures (as seen in recent movies like Gone Girl). Many women have sexual fascinations with male psychopaths (which I will explain). And some men harbour wishful thoughts of being them. The truth is that we may never know a psychopath personally (they are only about 4% of the population), will never know what it’s like to be one,…
  • Empty Heads, Empty Lives, Full Heads Yet Misery

    11 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Let’s be honest, most of us sleepwalk through our lives and have no need to think about the wider picture, the wider purpose or even the aims of our lives. We slap that alarm off in the morning, go to the toilet, go to work, come back and watch tv and sleep. Rinse, wash, repeat until heart disease or stroke. Life resembles an A series of time towards a goal or purpose, but as its experienced its really a C series. The same events happening again and again which could happen in any order and not disturb the continuum of a one’s life. Most people don’t care about stuff outside…
  • The Cry of the Beta Male (Part 4)

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    People will read my previous entries in the ‘Cry of the Beta Male’ series and draw the conclusion that I hate beta males or somehow enjoy their suffering. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every day I wake up and wish everything I know was false. Or a bad dream. I want it to be wrong so badly it hurts. I want to be wrong that women (and by proxy evolution) isn’t really as anti-humanist as I suspect. That evolution wasn’t about arriving at the lowest common denominator. That the finer aspects of being human were rewarded. Even just that one anecdotal experience…
  • Why don’t Asian Guys Get Laid?

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Ok, time to cut the crap and get real. This post is pretty raw. You are going to wince a lot here, especially if you’re Asian. In a previous post I referenced how Asian guys are up there with farm animals, paedophiles and extraterrestrial lifeforms on many girls ‘definitely won’t fuck’ lists. One look at any manosphere thread and the probability of seeing an Asian guy spewing sexless despair on the thread is a law almost as golden as Goodwin’s Law on the internet. It literally wouldn’t surprise me to find the majority of manosphere readers are Asian guys.
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    Domenic Marbaniang

  • The Problem of Evil As Evil

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:36 pm
    The Problem of Evil is not a problem at all unless “Good” and “Evil” are properly defined and meaningfully understood; or else, the problem cannot be raised.Given that meaning is usage, let’s look at what we usually do not absolutely consider to be the meaning of Good.Good is not painlessness. For, in our daily usage, it is commonly accepted that Good usually involves pain (e.g. in exercise, study, work). Good is not absence of grief or sorrow. For, if that was the case, the sense of a loss of Good would not exist; which would in turn imply that the sense of Good itself…
  • Love is the Strongest Adhesive - Christian Wedding Song (Lyrics/Chords)

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    LOVE IS THE STRONGEST ADHESIVE~1~DAll along this space we're movinBm         EmGalaxies unfoldA                                  G              AThere are times when we think that we are all aloneDThough the outer space be…
  • The Kings of the East in Biblical Prophecy and the Clash of Civilizations

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:21 pm
    In Green, Arab WorldThe Biblical pointer to the Kings of the East (Rev.16:12) arising in the last days has been often interpreted as fulfilled in the rise of the far-east nations such as China and Japan, but while Sinim (China) has been used once in Isaiah 49:12, the phrase "of the east" in the Bible usually refers to the nations of Iraq, Iran, and Arabia; no doubt, these are the nations where beheadings are most prominent, and these are also the avowed enemies of Israel. Sam Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" may not be baseless after all, though he has identified at least 3 blocks, the…
  • The Neo-Polytheism of Hubert Dreyfus: A Rational Fideist Analysis

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:09 am
    Hubert Lederer Dreyfus (b. Oct 1929) is an American philosopher and professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has contributed much to the interpretation and analysis of Heidegger's philosophy. In recent times, his choice of an experience-based epistemic methodology has tended more towards a very pluralistic, anti-nihilist view; in fact, a reveling in Homeric polytheism as an inspiration for modern, revisited, or neo-polytheism.In Epistemics of Divine Reality, the conflict between reason and experience in the history of  the philosophy of religion has been…
  • Why Was Jesus Baptized by John?

    5 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. (Mat 3:13-15 NKJ)The Baptism of Jesus Was1. NOT Anointing of Jesus for the Office of Priest, Prophet, or King. Christ is the Anointed One, and His Anointing is eternal. He is the Anointer.2. NOT identification with sinful humanity as if Jesus were being baptized in the…
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    Persisting Metamorphosis

  • Gratitude Post - Friends

    Patrick Dwyer
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Growing up I was an awfully shy child and it was fairly difficult for me to make new friends.  Even now as an adult, making new friends can be a challenge.  I tend to be extremely quiet when trying to get to know someone new. Until I know them to a greater degree, I am not comfortable socializing with them.  This makes the process difficult as a considerable deal of pressure gets put onto the other party to carry on our conversation.Needless to say, when I was young this left me with a minuscule number of friends and I was okay with that for the most part.  It wasn't until…
  • No Shave November - The Final Update

    Patrick Dwyer
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    TWO DAYS LEFT - NO SHAVE NOVEMBER - #LETITGROW Well,  here is how the beard has grown. Not looking too bad, I must say.  There are just two more days left before the end of November and together we have helped raise over one million dollars to help fight cancer.  If you would like to donate towards the cause and have a chance to get your initials shaved into my beard it is not too late.  Click on the link below and pledge a donation. now the highest donation is $10.50, if you make a donation of more than $10.50 you can…
  • Gaining Knowledge Is about Staying Inquisitive

    Patrick Dwyer
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti My goal when I started this blog was to share with people my discoveries along my journey to becoming an always evolving and growing human being. I have hopes that this blog will become a meeting place for like-minded people that strive in their lives to always surpass the person they were the day before. With that goal in mind, I write posts that…
  • No Shave November - 13 Days Down

    Patrick Dwyer
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Well, I should know better than to try to set a schedule for updates during the busiest time of year for the company I work for!  Better late than never is what I say.Please go to to make your donation. DAY #13 - NO SHAVE NOVEMBER - #LETITGROW Every 3 days, or so, I will post an updated picture of my beard's progress and at the end of the month I will shave the initials of the person with the highest donation into my beard. Pictures to be posted of course with copies sent to the winner.So, lets have fun this November and help fight…
  • No Shave November - 7 Days Down

    Patrick Dwyer
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Okay, once again, I am a little behind getting this up, but here is my update for the No Shave November drive to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.Please go to to make your donation DAY #7 - NO SHAVE NOVEMBER - #LETITGROW Every 3 days, or so, I will post an updated picture of my beard's progress and at the end of the month I will shave the initials of the person with the highest donation into my beard. Pictures to be posted of course with copies sent to the winner.So, lets have fun this November and help fight cancer.
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    Into The Blue Blog; Experience Something New

  • Taking a year off work to travel tops Britons bucket lists

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    As part of our ongoing research into the aspirations and dreams of us Brits, our researchers have found that taking a year off work and travelling comes top of most people’s bucket list. We asked 1,000 Brits what was top of their bucket list, and the majority of respondents answered travel as their number one […]
  • Forgot singing in the shower – here’s the singing police officer!

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    This story has been one of the most popular on the BBC news website since the video of an American police officer lip-syncing to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ was picked up by the entertainment news team there. And just as you imagine, Master Corporal Jeff Davis’s miming has been a big YouTube hit, with […]
  • New year, new adventures with IntotheBlue

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    With the launch of our new #BeMoreAdventurous campaign, we thought we’d indulge ourselves and take a look back at our favourite new adrenaline-packed activities added to the website in 2014. As we couldn’t possibly pick a favourite, here they are in no particular order, starting off with the trend for all things retro. We […]
  • Welcome to 2015!

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:51 am
    Here at Into the Blue we want to encourage people to try something new this year! #BeMoreAdventurous is our motto for 2015 and we want to encourage all our fans to follow suit, trying new things and having wonderful adventures! So for January we are running a fun social media competition. Our #BeMoreAdventurous Selfie Challenge […]
  • And with the snow falling comes chaos on the roads

    27 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Well it was so nearly a white Christmas, but with all the white stuff falling on Boxing Day, it’s been social media overload with people posting photos of the snow as it started to settle last night, followed by a million shots this morning of cars totally covered, kids sledging and dogs bouncing around in […]
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    Gracie Guru

  • Helping With The Divorce Blues

    gracie guru
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The post Helping With The Divorce Blues appeared first on Gracie Guru. Many people feel that a divorce means that they have made a mistake or failed to create a happy marriage. But the truth is that divorce can happen to all types of people, in all kinds of circumstances. Like most of life’s curveballs, divorce can offer you an opportunity to understand, grow and make necessary ... The post Helping With The Divorce Blues appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Boyfriend Has Become So Clingy – What To Do?

    gracie guru
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    The post Boyfriend Has Become So Clingy – What To Do? appeared first on Gracie Guru. Q. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and my boyfriend has become been so clingy and it’s making everything harder on me.  I don’t think I want to break up because we have been dating for almost a year but I just need some space to be able to think about what I’m going through and ... The post Boyfriend Has Become So Clingy – What To Do? appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Time to declutter! Organize your closet, storage space, or garage this week.

    gracie guru
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The post Time to declutter! Organize your closet, storage space, or garage this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Time to declutter! Organize your closet, storage space, or garage this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • How To Be A Stellar Friend In 4 Simple Steps

    gracie guru
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    The post How To Be A Stellar Friend In 4 Simple Steps appeared first on Gracie Guru. A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. – William Shakespeare Friends are good, but great friends are awesome. So, what separates the two? Well, it’s definitely not magic. Being a great friend comes down to a ... The post How To Be A Stellar Friend In 4 Simple Steps appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • I’m not where I want to be. How do I progress my career?

    gracie guru
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The post I’m not where I want to be. How do I progress my career? appeared first on Gracie Guru. Q: Within months after graduation I landed my first job in finance. I was ecstatic to be making some decent money after my poor college days and for awhile it was all enough for me. But in the last two years I have begun to feel stagnant in my role, and that has started to make me feel bad ... The post I’m not where I want to be. How do I progress my career? appeared first on Gracie Guru.
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  • Never Stop Believing, On the Field or in Life

    Vina Mogg
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    Follow Vina Mogg ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Vina Mogg E-mail : Follow Vina Mogg Unfollow Vina Mogg I remember the point when I switched from hopeful to, “That’s it.” The clock was ticking away when my hometown Seattle Seahawks finally got a breakthrough touchdown after being scoreless the entire first half of the NFC Championship game. Hope would rise then fall with each possession, crushed after an interception with five minutes left. When the clock hit 4:53, I remember my brain switching to, “That’s it. It’s over. We won’t be going to the Super…
  • How I Am Learning to Love My Body

    Vanessa Leigh White
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Follow Vanessa Leigh White ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Vanessa Leigh White E-mail : Follow Vanessa Leigh White Unfollow Vanessa Leigh White My relationship with my body has been love/hate for most of my life, which is several decades by now. I lose weight. I gain weight. I feel good about myself. I loathe myself. Whether my view of myself was positive or negative almost always seemed to center around what I would see in the mirror. When I was receiving personal coaching several years ago, with an organization based on the East Coast in the U.S., this way of viewing myself seemed logical to me,…
  • Left Behind: A Suicide Survivor

    John Brooks
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Follow John Brooks ( 1 Followers ) X Follow John Brooks E-mail : Follow John Brooks Unfollow John Brooks At dawn on January 29, 2008, our 17-year-old daughter and only child Casey took our car, drove to the Golden Gate Bridge, and jumped. She was never found. Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare, especially when she chose death over the life she had. The grief and guilt can be soul crushing. Casey was suffering right under our noses, and we never realized how bad it was despite our attempts to help her. Therapist after therapist failed her miserably, as did we. The night after…
  • New Year’s Hope

    Louise Canfield
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Follow Louise Canfield ( 0 Followers ) X Follow Louise Canfield E-mail : Follow Louise Canfield Unfollow Louise Canfield I’m done with New Year’s “resolutions.” I think the reason they almost never worked for me was that they targeted the wrong behavior. For example, my resolution to “be on time” never worked because the root problem is that my stubborn obsession on the (any) task at hand totally distorts my sense of time. Is there a 12-step program for that? Probably. But I’m not joining it. And as for the annual resolve to lose 10 pounds, well.
  • Living With Monsters: A Story of Child Sexual Abuse

    Meagan Barnes
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Follow Meagan Barnes ( 1 Followers ) X Follow Meagan Barnes E-mail : Follow Meagan Barnes Unfollow Meagan Barnes I remember when I was little I was not afraid of monsters, because my mom and dad told me that they weren’t real. I believed them, and that made me feel better every night when I went to sleep in the dark. What they neglected to tell me though, is that monsters are real, and they live among us. My mother had me when she was young, at 16 to be exact, and I feel she carried resentment for me from the very beginning. The resentment is understandable, though it was not ME who…
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    Life Made to Order

  • How to Be Yourself when You’re Terrified to Be Yourself

    Kelli Cooper
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    So, on this lovely Friday,  I am pleased to bring you a guest post by my awesome husband Ryan. He is sharing some awesome tips today on how to step into you really are, and exist in that space with as much comfort as possible. He’s one smart dude who knows how to tell a story…enjoy!  I couldn’t believe that I saw his ding dong. The “up in the years” Balinese dude was splayed out on the beach, doing his best Kate Upton impersonation possible. Except he was desnudo. Baring it all in Bali. I had to give him credit; even though I averted my eyes to avoid the full junk…
  • Law of Attraction and Money: How to Feel Abundant NOW

    Kelli Cooper
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    There can sometimes be a bit of misunderstanding about law of attraction. Many believe it is all about thinking something and then having that thing happen. There is some truth to that, but it is a bit more complex than that. Just thinking about something does not necessarily mean that exact thing will happen, either instantly or at some point in the future. This is kind of good when you think about it…I don’t know about you, but I have some pretty weird thoughts run through my mind sometimes. Our thoughts are actually manifestations of our energy in a given moment. What we think…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Tips for Getting Your Brain on Board

    Kelli Cooper
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    We are basically comprised of two parts—big us and little us. Big us is our soul, spirit, higher self, or whatever you want to call it, and is directly connected to All That Is. This part of us is vibrating high and is pure love, happiness and all other sorts of warm fuzzies. It knows what a powerful creator we are, and that anything is possible for us. It knows our true purpose here is to create what we want, and simply be happy. Then there is little us, human us. This part is not totally connected to All That Is. Our souls are so advanced and so confident in their ability to consciously…
  • Pulling Yourself Out of the Pit: How to Deal When You Are Hating Life

    Kelli Cooper
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Are you currently in a space where you basically hate everything about your life? Nothing seems to be going right and you just want to throw in the towel on existing? Do you have a nasty stew of emotion brewing beneath the surface at all times—that lovely mix of anger, depression, anxiety, fear, resentment, and despair that comes with thinking that things are never going to change, and this is it? Are you engaging in all sorts of self-sabotage and self-destructive behavior? This isn’t a pretty place to be, and it isn’t a place you have to stay. There is always a way out. There…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Things that May Make You Feel Icky and How to Deal

    Kelli Cooper
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    You started consciously working with your energy to create all sorts of great stuff in your life. Taking control of our energy, letting ourselves want the things we truly want, and operating from a space of empowerment is pretty awesome and creates good feelings all around. When we start this whole deliberate creation thing, we may expect an easy ride, full of warm fuzzies and all sorts of great things pouring in from every corner. But, then after a bit, we may start to run into some unpleasantness. This attracting thing is not as easy as it is made out to be—it actually is, but we just…
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    The Random Reflections of Little Red Riding Hood

  • Top Ten Quotes on Hope

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    1. “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” ―Emily Dickinson2. “There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers   3.“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.4. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ―Pablo Neruda5. “Once you choose hope, anything's possible.”  ―Christopher Reeve6. “All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden.”  Terri…
  • Is it Possible to do a 1 Year Bucket List?

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    The other day, I mentioned to a group of friends that I had written a "bucket list" for 2015. Immediately, one of my friends stated that a bucket list is usually filled with all of the things that people want to achieve before death. This is undoubtedly true...but I'm still going ahead with my 2015 bucket list anyway. Want to know why? Mostly because there's so many things that I want to do before I die that I'd rather set myself realistic goals to complete for each year. If I have a set list of things to do each year then I know I'm more likely to get them done. For me, personally,…
  • The Top Ten Worst Chat-Up Lines

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    I don't know whether there's something in the water over here that makes people dish out terrible chat-up lines but I've certainly listened to my fair share. I'm not really sure of the success rate of this style of flirting...but I can't say that I've ever been a fan of pick-up lines. Today, I'm going to share with you some of the worst chat-up lines that some of my female friends and I have experienced first-hand:1) "I've never slept with a midget before but I'd rate you 10/10. Let me buy you a drink."2) "My thing is ten inches long. Come home with me tonight and I'll show you what it's like…
  • 5 Tips on How to be Happy

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    My last two blog posts have focused on ways to alleviate anxiety and build self-esteem. Today, I'm going to give you some tips on ways to achieve happiness. First of all, I need you to understand thatalthough I will do my best to helpthe work must come from you. Only you have the power to make yourself happy and realising that is actually one of the first steps towards achieving lasting happiness.You see, you doom yourself the moment you rely on other people as your source of happiness. You need to be able to create your own happiness, rather than relying on set events or people. Likewise,…
  • How to Calm Yourself During an Anxiety Attack

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    The following blog post features some of the exercises which I have used in the past to calm myself during an anxiety attack. Most people experience some anxiety attacks in their life-timeand some can be more extreme than others. I remember a particular episode when a panic attack was so bad out in public that a friend had to come into my toilet cubicle to look after me. My friend sat with me and helped me to focus on my breathing until the attack finally left.One of the scariest things about anxiety attacks is that we feel we can't take in enough air or control how fast our heart seems to…
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  • Wisdom of forgiveness

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Forgiveness is certainly one of the most important areas in the way of our personal change and growth. Forgiveness is the greatest gift that we can give to ourselves. I can’t believe what they have done to me! I can’t over it. I will never forgive you. It matters to me that I know, I’m right and they will eventually figure it out. Really don’t know by which I deserve all this. She does it on purpose. How could they do this to me? Everything would have been different if my parents supported me. You ruined my life. I can forgive but not to forget. This is the thanks for all the good…
  • For Happy Life – A Quick & Interesting Test For Female Teenagers

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    This is a quick test for female teenagers to recognize their characters and analyze their personalities. Just answer the questions and then have a look at the analysis. A QUICK TEST FOR FEMALE TEENAGERS FOR HAPPY LIFE Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images   1- You would like to spend your free time in…… A- Hanging out with friends B- Reading or drawing C- Watching TV with family   2- You would prefer to read about…… A- Romantic lovers stories B- Scientific or medical topics C- Weird and horrible stories   3- You are always in the mood for…
  • The Secret Of Young Smile – Part III

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    NUTRIMENT AS A MEDICAMENT In the creation or protection from caries an important role plays not only a kind of food, but also its form and composition of time during which the teeth are exposed to its consumption, as a combination of ingredients also. So, for example, it is better to eat a few cakes at once and brush your teeth after, than eating one repeatedly. Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images If the food, rich in sugar is often brought in the body, than it brings a longer exposure of the teeth to a low acid, so it fast comes to demineralization. Therefore it is recommended to…
  • The Secret Of Young Smile – Part II

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    THE HEALTH OF THE LAND From time immemorial, the plants have been used in the service of health. Recipes are being applied from generation to generation, so various herbal preparations are still being adviced in the manuals of natural medicine. Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images How I was quite interested about this topic, I continued to study it and found some much more interesting benefits that can enrich plants for the preservation of teeth. So see the following ingredients in toothpastes, nibble them fresh, or make a revetment. Reach first for those the healthiest, from the land!
  • The secret of young smile

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    We all want to look beautiful and youthful for a longer time. Because of that we put on our face rejuvenating creams. We especially cherish the area around the eyes and lips with special preparations. But, what is about our teeth which reveal in the same extent our ages? Image Credit: Google Copyright Free Images According to many researches, preserved and beautiful teeth reduce the number of our age, for even twenty years! That is the reason why more and more people in the West decides to bleaching their teeth to become whiter and shinier, but their teeth can not be healthier thereby. It is…
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