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Saturday, May 29, 2010

An Awesome Success Story

An Awesome Success Story

by Joy Victory
When Neil Pasricha started his blog, 1,000 Awesome Things, he decided to highlight one awesome thing each weekday to help him keep a positive outlook.
That was three years ago, and now, the awesomeness just keep rolling on in for Neil: He has not only become a successful blogger and earned three Webby awards, he also can consider himself a critically acclaimed author.

  The Book of Awesome - Based on 1,000 Awesome Things WordPress blog

went on sale last month and was warmly received by reviewers.
“Now I’m writing a page-a-day calendar, meeting with TV producers, and basically trying to catch my completely spinning head,” Neil says of his success.
All this and Neil has still got 505 more awesome things to blog about!

The Book of Awesome

Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (Deluxe)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Safe Birth for babies and why

Normal, straightforward, intervention-free, healthy, natural birth is still the safest, most practical and advantageous way for a baby to be born.

Babies born vaginally have a lower risk of respiratory problems. It is widely accepted that the contractions of labour help prepare the baby’s lungs to breathe air. Babies born by caesarean section have a higher risk of respiratory distress syndrome than babies born vaginally at the same gestational age. Adults with asthma are more likely to have been delivered by caesarean section compared with adults without asthma.

It is also widely acknowledged that the baby plays a part in deciding when the time is right to be born. It has been commented that babies born by elective caesarean section can show signs of being angry and do not appreciate being delivered before they are ready.

The passage down the birth canal also gives a baby a wonderful all-over massage that wakes up various systems in the body – cranial osteopaths claim to be able to detect whether a baby was born vaginally or by caesarean.

Mothers who feel safe, confident and well supported rarely find the level of pain reaches the point where it becomes unbearable. Their hormonal state supports the process rather than fighting against it. Labour is not perceived as being a trial, the pain is more like that experienced by athletes when they are giving their all and trying their hardest. Labour and birth are often the hardest physical work a modern woman ever has to do, but can also be the most rewarding.

A mother who has experienced a natural birth can generally walk unaided after the birth and can begin caring for her baby straightaway.

More Benefits

A mother who has experienced a natural birth is usually able to become involved in family life within hours of the birth and can get back to normal daily life within just a few days. Diary appointments can generally be attended, albeit with a baby present! 

Mothers who have experienced natural birth are often able to drive very soon after the birth. It has been known for mothers to drive the same day of the birth and most feel fully confident after just a couple of days.
When the birth has gone well, the baby is often peaceful, quiet and relaxed.

When the birth has gone well mothers feel stronger, both physically and emotionally. There is a wonderful sense of achievement and peace, of strength and control, of health and completeness, of being able to cope and get on with life in general. It is a very positive life-changing experience.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Daughtry - Life After You piano cover by Gavin Mikhail written by Daug...

Transformers – Restaurant in Disguise – The MUV BOX

Transformers – Restaurant in Disguise – The MUV BOX

You tube: Montreal Has a Popup foldout converted shipping container diner.

It is called the MUV BOX. Pronounced MOVE BOX.
Located in Montreal’s Old Port, Müvbox offers a variety of dishes featuring lobster from Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Created from an old shipping container powered by solar energy, this concept is a modern-day reinvention of the old-fashioned canteen which creates an experience that’s environmentally-friendly, ethical and affordable. Every night, Müvbox vanishes back into its cube, redeploying early the next morning in less than two minutes, at the touch of a button! Whether you are an Old Port regular or simply passing through, stop by and grab a bite in a modern, refined setting in a box that has been all over the world.

Get your Solar Powered Pizza there and do tell. We like the Art too. Nice.
Already got a call from Marcel… says the Lobster Roll is “way frikkin Great”

Friday, May 14, 2010

Farming & Organic Gardening

Attracting wild birds to your city or town homes

Permaculture in Suburbia | 13 Mar ‘08 from Rhuth

The next time you do yard work, you might want to consider something that takes less time and money to maintain than a lawn. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to mow every week to keep the neighbors happy? Those water bills in the summer can get outrageous. What if you could make your garden maintain itself? You could just come home, pick a few vegetables for dinner on your way in, and have curb appeal that would be the envy of the neighborhood!
In 1959, a scientist in Australia was studying animals browsing for food in a forest and wrote in his journal “I believe that we could build systems that would function [for humans] as well as this one does.” Bill Mollison went on to coin the therm permaculture by combining the words permanent and agriculture.
We suburbanites love our lawns. But now that life has gotten more busy, we have started to replace them with rock gardens and cyprus bushes. There is a more aesthetic and productive way to avoid mowing and save water. Read on for tips on how!


Victory Gardens+

Victory Gardens 2008+ is a pilot project funded by the City of San … Join City Garden Registry! Your participation is needed February 15, 2007 … -- 19k -
Victory Garden Resurgence — City Farmer News

“The Holder family in Maryland lays out a quarter acre Victory Garden during … Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City … -- 23k --

Bringing Back Victory Gardens: Grow Your Own Food and Save Money
Growing your own fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way to eat healthier and save money as well.

INVENTION NATION: wetland sewers

At Ann’s Ranch …. pictures are copied from photos with a cam
Fuzzy wuzzy ;-)







Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pictures of California’s Coastal Redwood Forest

Pictures of California’s Coastal Redwood Forest

picture of a  California's Coastal Redwood forest dominated by Sequoia sempervirens
Coast Redwoods, (Sequoia sempervirens), the world’s tallest tree, can reach in excess of 300 feet tall.
thrive in this small clearing.
picture of a  California's Coastal Redwood forest with Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), Elderberry, Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum
Leaf litter keeps the soil under these huge redwood trees healthy with microorganisms and nutrients. People tromping around on the
wet soil under these trees can cause very damaging soil compaction.

Fallen Coast Redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens, allow sunlight to penetrate to the dark moist forest floor. They also provide an excellent home for wildlife from fungi to insects and even the occasional mammal.
Huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, is the scraggly Spanish moss laced shrub behind the log.

Best Places to See California’s Redwood Forests

Best Places to See California’s Redwood Forests

We recommend reading a little bit about the redwood forest before you visit so you can better appreciate it.
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: Besides the big trees, this redwood forest park is also home to a herd of Roosevelt Elk and a showy bloom of rhododendrons in May and June. It’s located between Crescent City and Eureka.
  • Redwood National Park: Several redwood forest state and national parks are administered jointly, together preserving almost half of the old-growth redwood forests remaining. You’ll find five visitor centers, four campgrounds and plenty of things to do. The Ladybird Johnson Grove, just off US 101 offers a fairly easy, one-mile walk through a redwood forest full of the tall trees. You’ll find it just south of Prairie Creek.
  • Muir Woods National Monument: Just 12 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods is an easily accessible redwood forest that offers three hiking loops with well-groomed trails most anyone can manage. Rangers also give frequent guided walks that will help you learn about the redwood forest.
  • Yosemite National Park: The Mariposa Grove is Yosemite’s largest redwood forest, home to specimens of giant sequoias. It’s about 4 hours’ drive east of San Francisco.
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park: In the mountains south of San Francisco between San Jose and the town of Santa Cruz, this redwood forest stood in for Muir Woods in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo. It’s much less crowded than Muir and has some nice tent cabins where you could spend the night in the middle of the redwood forest.
  • Petrified Redwood Forest: Nature turned this redwood forest to stone, making it a different way to experience the trees. They’re located just west of Calistoga at he north end of the Napa Valley.
  • Sequoia National Park: This is the place to go if your goal is to see the redwood forests with the very biggest giant sequoia trees. The largest living things make their home here, including the General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree and the only-slightly-smaller General Grant Tree.
  • General Sherman TreeGeneral Grant TreeTunnel Log
Fort Miller Clarkia
Pink Stickseed

Blue-Eyed Mary
Mariposa Lily

Mustang Clover
Indian Paintbrush

Good Tips on Five Ways to Get Featured

Five Ways to Get Featured on Freshly Pressed

by Joy Victory

 Why do we do all this? It’s our way of saying we like you. We really like you.

So, by now you might be wondering how to get featured. It’s all about the content. Here are five bits o’ advice that will increase your chances of landing on the homepage:

1. Write unique content that’s free of bad stuff.
Each post that makes it to Freshly Pressed contains original content created by the WordPress user. Bad stuff includes (but isn’t limited to) plagiarism, hate speech, fear-mongering, adult/mature content, improperly used images that belong to someone else, spam or content that is primarily advertorial.

2. Include images or other visuals.
Although not every topic can be illustrated, we believe most blog posts can and should have a visual element. We like original images (meaning, your own), but if you don’t have any of your own and decide to use someone else’s, be sure you properly credit the original source. Video rocks, too. You may get a request from us to add an image before you are promoted to Freshly Pressed — the faster you can respond, the more likely we’ll put your post on the homepage.

3. Add tags.
We find new posts by surfing the tag pages. If you don’t use tags, we can’t find you and how sad would that be? Also, don’t use tags that are too obscure (“beauty tips from the ancient world”) but rather more common tags (“beauty,” “history”).

4. Aim for typo-free content.
We know, we’re human, too — errors happen. We recommend using our Proofreading feature before you hit “publish.” If you’ve got a few typos but we really like your post, we may ask you to fix them. In most cases, we’ll put your post on Freshly Pressed after you’ve made the changes.

5. Cap off your post with a compelling headline.
Your headline needs to stand out. Avoid swear words, excessive punctuation or vague statements. We love a clever headline, and that’s often the reason we click on your article in the first place.

Good headline: I Won the Lottery and You Didn’t!
Bad headline: U Loserz, i WON!!!!!11!

Go Forth and Create

So, that’s it! Once you’ve been promoted, you’ll receive an email from us, and you also will notice your page views and comments increasing. Enjoy the ride! You deserve it!

A Promise to Remember

A Promise to Remember

Call from outer space? What did you say? ;-)

Was some faint noise like coming from outer space?????
 What is that all about? Hummmmm  

Good thing you told me it was you calling! Never would have known!

Good seeing you out like that, too ! Something real different for us:)

Oh, that older woman that was standing behind us..... hooked on to me after you went out the store's door.
All smiles ....... ah new News to hear about?

Asked if I broke my leg.

So tired of being asked that one ...... so to end it fast..... I just said without all the extra details, No, broke my back! 


I took off!

Then her and her husband caught up with me to say hello again and  we wished everyone a good day. lol
If she lived next door, she would be over all the time! I bet ya  ;-)

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