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Where the heck are the cherry blossoms?

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February in Victoria, BC usually looks like this:       This year it looks like this: Whoever’s in charge up there messed up. Or is this a result of global warming?   Original link
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8 reasons why you should buy a lottery ticket

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I buy lottery tickets. Every week. I know that I have an abysmal one in 14 million chance of winning and still I buy them. I know I’m not alone for millions of fellow citizens are right there with me shelling out hard earned money for a chance, however slim, to win. Why buy?  Here’s my logic. You can’t win without a ticket.You only need one ticket to win.You never know. You could be that one in 14 million this time.The money is used for good causes – you can check on line for your province or state.This is my “coffee” money. Since I don’t drink coffee, I don’t feel guilty spending the equivalent of a cup a day on lottery tickets.I don’t buy the little “scratch and win” tickets. If I’m destin...
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CJ Warrant chases me round the desk

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This week my blog page has been usurped, wrenched from my tender hands by a writer, CJ Warrant, whose speciality is dark romance. Does this mean I am to be chased around my writing desk, again? We’ll see. In the meantime let’s see what she says for herself. +++ First and foremost, I want thank you for having me. It’s a great pleasure being here and to take over your blog. There is some much I want to say, but mostly, I would like to introduce myself. My name is CJ Warrant, and I write Dark Romantic thrillers and Suspense. I’m half Italian and half Korean—and yes, I do eat kimchi and pizza, and sometimes both at the same time. I was born just outside of Seoul Korea, and my first language was ...
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#Review Unmaking Atoms by Magdalena Ball

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Unmaking Atoms by Magdalena Ball   (2017) ASIN B01MR0KHBS ISBN-13: 978-1760412821 Ginninderra Press Link to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?_encoding=UTF8&field-keywords=Unmaking+Atoms&node=341677031 You know me, I am to poetry as a banana is to a wheelbarrow. However, sometimes a tome lands in – or is that on – my lap that makes me sit up and admire the way words can be arranged, re-arranged, and a magic wand applied to give added fictive value. I’ve admired the poetry of Magdalena Ball for many years and I was honoured to include some of her science fiction  poetry in Escape Velocity magazine. This collection is a wondrous mix of passion, and emotion crafted in such a way only a poet with ...
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Guess.What.Day.It.Is?


For those who don’t know, Caleb, the camel pops in for a visit every Wednesday. But not today, thanks to an executive order. Live & Learn Where’s Caleb? Held back at the border due to extreme vetting. Notes: Sebastião Salgado with Sahara, Algeria, 2009 (via NewThom) Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again To learn more about Sebastião Salgado please visit  https://www.artsy.net/artist/sebastiao-salgado View original post Original link
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Guest Writer: Rachael Tamayo

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The blog tour continues and this time it is that writer extraordinaire, Rachael Tamayo that wrenches the steering wheel from my hands, throws me out of the car and takes over. When Writing: All Those little details by Rachael Tamayo As a reader, or a writer, have you ever read something that just seemed to be….missing something? Can’t put your finger on it? Grammar looks good, plot seems okay….but…..just not quite feeling it? This has happened to me when I’m working on my own books, or reading the unfinished manuscripts of others. Occasionally I’ll see it happen in published works as well.  So, what on earth am I talking about? Those missing details. That’s what I’m talking about. The things...
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#free #story STELLAR SENTINELS

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STELLAR SENTINELS    by Geoff Nelder  Science Fiction first contact short story submitted to the Writer’s of the Future Award in 1987. It didn’t win but came close and was awarded an Honourable Mention and a hand-written note from L. Ron Hubbard.   Note this story is nearly all dialogue, the reason for which becomes clear in its reading.   Stellar Sentinels by Geoff Nelder   ‘What are you thinking, Jwerk?’ ‘Can’t you tell, Zatl?’ ‘My brain hurts too much.’ ‘Think pain killer.’ ‘Funny.’ ‘…I’m waiting… ‘ ‘Someone’s coming.’ ‘Of all the time to get a blinder. Are you sure, Zatl?’ ‘Sure I’m sure.’ ‘How can you be sure? We’ve not intercepted anything but clutter since we’ve been here?’ ‘Clear you...
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Debbie De Louise grabs my b…

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Yes, writer extraordinaire, Debbie De Louise grabs my blog! Have you seen this? No sooner have I managed to pull on my bouncer’s armband and booted out Nicole from usurping my blog then another one sneaks in under the radar. Here she is Debbie De Louise. Such a good writer she can write herself onto anyone’s website. Let’s see what she has to say… Debbie De Louise, writer + + +   It’s my pleasure to participate in the Solstice Publishing author’s group winter blog tour by sharing a post about myself, my books, and my feelings about writing. As a librarian, reader, and author, books and the written word have been very important in my life. I can’t imagine a world without them. Writing transpo...
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Doing without

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Quick! What was the thing you most recently complained about? Got your answer? Hold that thought. Now read this. “I am only replying now (it’s around 1:36 a.m.) because this is first time in days that we have had power. Add that to the recession and you have a really “beautiful” picture of life from my end.” Electricity off for days? Recession? And I’m upset because my WiFi isn’t fast enough. The quote is from an email my Nigerian friend sent me the other day. I’ve been getting reality checks from him for some time now. I look around my house. What would I be forced to do without if there were no electricity? Lights, stove, fridge, microwave, TV, computer, iPad, Paperwhite, phone, humidifier...
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Mastery of recycling

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They’ve done it right in the tiny beach town of San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico. It’s here that we find the home of Entreamigos. Start with an abandoned creamery built in 1970. Add imagination, creativity, materials originally intended for the trash can and you get walls, an overhang for the office area (plastic pop bottles dipped in paint), and a tree, and a classroom door (to the original cold room),   and lanterns, Put it all together and you have a community center–with a lending library of 10,000 books, areas for numerous arts and crafts, an indoor gym and an outdoor activity area, both offering space for a multitude of classes–all of which serves over 250 people a day. Kudos to the Entream...
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Montessori in Mexico

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In San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico, we find a Montessori school–a compound of buildings and gardens and play areas sequestered in a jungle setting, hidden from the highway by a row of car and tire repair shops, and backed by an abandoned abandoned bull ring. We step out of the car and hear roosters crowing. I feel like I’m in Mali. In this hide-a-way spot, we see the kindergarten class washing their lunch dishes and brushing their teeth. We hear the laughter of kids playing and gathering vegetables from their garden to prepare for their lunch. One of the teachers shows the Munchkin his classroom. “We have this,” says the Munchkin who is in grade 2 Montessori in Canada. “And we have this, and thi...
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And, as they say in Mexico


EMANDYVES Próspero año nuevo! The Twelve Grapes (Sp. Las doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck”) is a Spanish tradition that dates back from at least 1895, but became established in 1909. In December of that year, when vine growers popularized this custom to better sell huge amounts of grapes from an excellent harvest. The tradition consists of eating a grape with each strike of the bell at midnight of December 31. According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity. In some areas, it is believed that the tradition wards away witches and general evil, although this “magic” is treated like an old heritage, and in modern days it’s viewed as a cultural tradition to welco...
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