Archive for July, 2013

Intimidate, A Photograph

One Street Shy

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” 
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


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The Markarian Chain

Notes of a Spurkahye Finally Come Home

Markarian’s Chain is a stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. It is called a chain because, when viewed from Earth, the galaxies lie along a smoothly curved line. It was named after the Armenian astrophysicist, Benjamin E. Markarian, who discovered their common motion in the early 1960s.

The galaxies are said to be in a smooth, curved line making them appear to be connected in a chain. Located about 70 million light-years away, the Virgo cluster is a large collection of some 2,000 galaxies that dominate our part of the universe. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers).

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If a dog was your teacher

Morning Story and Dilbert

If a dog was your teacher,
these are some of the lessons you might learn…

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face,
to be pure ecstasy

When it’s in your best interest,
practice obedience
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory
Take naps and stretch before rising
Run romp and play daily

Thrive on attention and let people touch you
Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do
On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass
On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
When you’re happy dance around and wag your entire body

No matter how often you’re scolded,
don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout,
run right back and make friends


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Chi Goes to the Acupuncturist

The Lessons of Chi

Recently I’ve talked a lot about my experiences with recuperating from a neck injury. During one of these experiences with my acupuncturist, Stephanie, we were talking about the lovely Chi. Stephanie asked if Chi had ever received acupuncture. Of course! What self-respecting Chinese dog has not, especially with one with a name like Chi?

It happened about 5 years ago.

Chi, like many pugs, gets excitable at times. He’s not always the most graceful. Occasionally, he’ll trundle into serious trouble. On this particular day, he was playing with a stuffed ball on an elastic band. And he’d shake, and shake, and whack himself in the head with it. Over and over he would repeat this with no ill effect. He was really getting into it that day. He took one careless step, fell forward, and slammed headfirst into a wooden tv cart.

Poor baby cried, and snuffled, and was…

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Thoughts Regarding Tattoos

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Peru Machu Picchu Sunrise

Peru Machu Picchu Sunrise

Peru Machu Picchu Sunrise

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Provence Odyssey | Saint-Rémy: Day 8 – Picture-Perfect Provence

The Daily Norm

Much has been said about the surroundings of Saint-Rémy – the startling archeological remains of Glanum on its outskirts, the tranquil beauty of the Hospital of Saint Paul de Mausole, and the incredible beauty of nearby Les Baux – but I have said very little about the little town of Saint-Rémy itself. And it would be unfair not to give this little Provençal gem its fair mention, even though, as perhaps the photos below will demonstrate, the beauty of this town is better illustrated through photos than words.

For Saint-Rémy is one of those picture-perfect little towns about which the guidebooks rave, and the midwinter daydreamer, wrapped up against the cold, can only dream: A town of only 8 or 9 main streets, each winding around a charming central square with a trickling fountain at its centre, and a single local café covering the old cobbles with tables and umbrellas…

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Grifting, Garbage and Graph Search


Money is much beloved by tech companies and major websites, yet it is hardly the most important thing for them. What glitters most brightly is not gold, but information. Granted, unlike in the case of love (forgive the joke), money can actually buy a great deal of information – as the acquisition of smaller social network sites (and the like) by larger companies illustrates. When Yahoo! bought Tumblr the former company bought a lot of information (and cat pictures) likewise when Facebook bought Instagram it bought a lot of information (and self portraits taken with smart phones), and when Amazon bought Goodreads it got a  lot of, well, you see where this is going.

As tech/web companies battle for more control of the Internet and what people do on the Internet one of the main things they compete for is more information (and increasingly many are tech and web companies…

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I like you, WordPress. I like you a lot.

Funny for Nothing

The day has finally come.
I am now an Important Person.

It may sound like I’ve taken a spirituality course called ‘The Importance of Being’, but I haven’t. Neither have I read a self-help book that says ‘every person plays an important role in this world’ or any of that hogwash.

I know because I now get e-mail. And that’s because of WordPress.

Until I joined WordPress, my inbox remained eerily empty. I did occasionally get emails from some very nice people offering me medicines to cure my pattern baldness, but since I do not suffer from that ailment, I was forced to write back, saying that, while I did not have any need for such medicines at that particular moment, I was deeply appreciative of their campaign against premature balding and I sincerely hoped that their efforts would be rewarded in the future.

Other than this, and a few…

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Garlic Flowers & Tomato Sauce over Raw Zucchini Pasta

Olive's Pantry


Visiting family in Toronto this weekend I was introduced to fresh garlic flowers!

My sister in law created a braided strand for us to bring back to Montreal- my husband was not impressed by the smell however we did not have to worry about a vampire attack on the drive home. 🙂

I love the smell and taste of these little bulbs and was excited to create something to showcase there delicious yet subtle taste.


As you can tell from my last few posts I’m loving the zucchini noodle pasta!


1 Cup Tomato Sauce (I used some frozen sauce I had leftover from a larger batch)

2-3 Basil Leaves

2 Garlic Flower Heads

1/2 Teaspoon Coconut Oil

Sea Salt

Shaved Greens from the Garlic Stalk- for Garnish (use a regular peeler)




Step 1– Spirlize or slice your zucchini into noodle size strips and line on a…

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A Lady’s History

History & Wine

Bits and pieces of essays that I have written over the years…

There is something very mysterious about a woman’s past. It really does not matter who the woman is–princess or prostitute, the chances of her having some scandal lurking in the shadows of years left behind are high–higher than you will think at first glance, or even after first touch.  Most women are masters of disguise and secrecy; wiping away all traces of anything truly haunting on their first try. It is easy to speculate, force together puzzle pieces of broken dreams and dead-end relationships, but if there is something that she deems unnecessary to bring to posterity, she will leave it in the dust of a torn-up memory lane.


Lovers’ flaws are more pronounced the deeper into the relationship you dive. In the early days, everyone knows that it is easy to get caught up in only…

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Esperanza – Body & Soul

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George Porter 1960 What?

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In Our Stars


I fully believe that in those 20 seconds of embarrassment we can make something amazing happen something worth a thousand of those moments

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Puffin gape


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My body is amazing.

Villainy Loveless

Today at work I was told by a stranger that I was big and broad like a football player. The man then proceeded to puff up his chest and spread his arms wide laughing. Just in case I didn’t understand what he meant I guess, how very kind of him to offer visual clarification. Perhaps it was the shocked look on my face and inability to find words that gave him the impression I may have needed further exposition. That silence didn’t last long mind you, and as the clouds of disbelief in what this stranger had just said quickly dissipated, they gave way to a retort along the lines of, “you’d better shut your mouth now and leave before I toss you out like an actual football player.” However quick my response was though, that was still how my day started, mildly horrified that this man had felt the…

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Today is 407th Birthday of Rembrandt, the Great Dutch Artist…..

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Drink Like the Revolutionaries: Vintage Punch for the Fourth of July

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Vindicatus Selden Vos

Vindicated past participle, past tense of vin·di·cate (Verb) Verb Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion. Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified. Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare to lay claim to, avenge, from vindic-, vindex claimant, avenger First Known Use: circa 1571


transitive verb \ˈvin-də-ˌkāt\


Definition of VINDICATE


obsolete: to set free :deliver
a: to free from allegation or blame

b (1):confirm, substantiate(2): to provide justification or defense for :justify

c: to protect from attack or encroachment :defend

: to maintain a right to

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Sketch Human Skelton

Human Anatomy and Structure of Living Things



Above | Original

Below | Photo Enhanced  –  Antique patina  removed and sketching more prominent

enhanced photo

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Because life is for the living..

An epic-curious look @ life

Janthina Images - Photo Journal

"There are souls, in these noise-tired times, that turn aside into unfrequented lanes, where the deep woods have harbored the fragrances of many a blossoming season. Here the light, filtering through perfect forms, arranges itself in lovely patterns for those who perceive beauty." Roy J.Cook

The Seeker's Dungeon

Troubling the Surf with the Ocean

Maurice Sapiro


A Word in Your Ear

Stories and Photographs of my travels, Tales of friends, family, animals and my life


To do whatever gets you going.

Davide Capponi photography

Photographic art by Davide Capponi

Walking with the Alligators

Speaking for those with no voice~

In Our Stars

The random posts of Violet Flammel

Geoff shoots the world

Photos from another Kiwi lost in London


wisdom, in the ruins


"Owls are not what they seem"

Writings of the UnKnown Mr. Taylor

To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art. -Charles Bukowski

The Red Rings of Redemption

Reviewing, Redeeming, and Rejecting the Media World

Stories of The Wandering Feet & Mind

"Not all who wander are aimless, especially those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image" (M.L.S., 2003).

Writer vs the World

In search of beauty, inspired by literature.

Humans Are Weird

colourful observations

Okra Magazine

Proverbs 11. He that walketh fraudulently, revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit, concealeth the matter.


Tragedy and Comedy with a dash of cocoa

Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Overheard CCC

To catch up on what you missed and to share what you didn't

Midence Oliu

Millinery Makeup Magic


...the further adventures of a small town girl who went off to see the world...

The Bookshelf of Emily J.


Rebecca Romney

Rare Book Specialist

History & Wine

Wine Reviews & Musings about the "Wine Lifestyle"


Ideas for brainy people by someone who minds.

Jaclyn Labrie

thoughts, poems & photography

Random Rationality

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew...


betcha can't read just one


vicenç viaplana blog


New York, thy name's "Delirium"

taken by sound.

New music reviews and interviews from a music nerd, finding, reviewing and interviewing the best new and undiscovered music that Earth has to offer.


living in the west with values of the east

Colorado Keith

Hiking, Climbing, Biking in Colorado

Be Inspired! ...and Get ArtQuenched!

Quench Your Creative Thirst

Thinking in Fragments

but making connections too

The Daily Norm

The official blog of Artist and Blogger, Nicholas de Lacy-Brown

Snide Reply

Where I talk back to life

A Confederacy of Spinsters

Sex, Dating, and Surviving Your Twenties

For the Archives

chronicles of the everyday

Army Of Awesome People

Named by Google as one of the sites on the internet

This Ruthless World

Adventures in absurdity

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