Spreading the Joy With December's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to November's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them ...more

Sign Up for November's NaBloPoMo

If you're posting for NaBloPoMo every day in November, add your name to our 2014 blogroll to share your work and enter to win prizes! Just fill out the NaBloPoMo Blogroll Form. Make sure you've selected NOVEMBER, and only submit your blog once, ...more

Join the Big Online Blogging Celebration That is November's NaBloPoMo

Join NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) on BlogHer.com this November, and commit to post every single day this month! Every November, thousands of bloggers commit to posting daily. But it's about much more than getting that post up—it's ...more

Add Your Posts to the October Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

The Most Effective Writing Question: What's Your Angle?

They say that there are no new stories. In fact, author Christopher Booker suggests that every story ever told is a variation on seven basic plots. So, how do you differentiate your story from every other comedy, tragedy, memoir, quest, or rebirth? The answer is in the specific angle you use to tell your tale. Consider Eric and Charlotte Kaufman's story. ...more

NaBloPoMo December 2014 Prompts

The theme for December's NaBloPoMo is JOY. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in December -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
As cheesy as it sounds, when I'm feeling down I make myself a pot of tea using a special set ...more

Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

Day 26 - Warning Labels

 Most people know that they shouldn't drink and drive...but they d...more

The Most Elaboratist Non-Favoritist

I thought I would elaborate on my lack of a most elaborate meal.I put a lot of thought into what I eat, but usually it’s simple and nutritious. Perhaps a little bit exotic with my love for Asian food, especially Thai but also Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese. Italian too.The most elaborate is really a difficult thing to think about. It feels like the “favorite” question. That question always gets me. Favorite depends on so many factors. I really don’t have a favorite of all time for anything that I can think of....more

A Slip of the Lip

Well, I finally did it.  At work, I confessed to being a vegan.  No time better than the day before Thanksgiving for that, right?I hadn’t planned on it.  Like so many impromptu disasters, it “just happened.”  I guess I was in a holiday mood when I mosied up to the workstation of one of our secretaries and began a conversation about something totally unrelated to food and diet.  We actually discussed a few different things before she asked me whether I will be cooking the turkey this Thanksgiving....more

Episode 58: Judge me for who I am, not what I do!!!

Isn’t it strange how very often a person is judged on the job that they do, or profession they choose. It even categorizes what ‘class’ you belong to.Very often, even now,when participating in any sort of consumer study or market research, the question is always asked as to, either the occupation of the ‘head of house’ (at least it is not assumed now that will automatically be a male) or the income of the main breadwinner, in order to determine which socio-economic group or class to slot people into....more

False Images of Love

Do you find yourself waiting secretly for your knight in shining armour to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after?Or for a wonderful woman to lift off your depression and sense of aimlessness? Although we laugh at such ridiculous fantasies as the stuff of naïve, lovesick teenagers, we all must face the deep temptation within ourselves to ask our partner to fulfil all of our needs....more

NaBloPoMo (11/24) - Day 26: Thankful

It's the night before Thanksgiving in the United States. I've been prepping and cooking and baking....and I still have some cooking to do. Around 2:30am, I need to prepare the turkey and put it in the oven. I'll wake up to the smell of a roasting turkey. Yum.Before I head off to church, I'll put the meat stuffing in the oven to cook. That should be done shortly after I return from church. I'll then load everything up in my trusty SUV and head to my aunt's house. We'll eat around 1pm. ...more

2014.11.26 Spirit Falls

On the fifth day of my family vacation, with my Parents and Brother visiting me in Oregon, we decided to do a hike to the south. Another 55mile (88km) road trip, and another stunningly beautiful day...Down in the valley it was almost 80°, but we were up in the hills... much cooler and more pleasant under the trees and near the water; it was a great day for a walk. And soon the trail brought us down to Spirit Falls:...more

Joy Tip

http://thiscaringheart.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/joy-tip/This Caring Hearthttp://thiscaringheart.wordpress.com...more

Who (Else) Is Reading UnPickled?

 Do you wonder who else is reading recovery blogs besides yourself? Question if you are unique among the group or normal as anything? Curious what their worries and concerns are? Me, too! I have been analyzing the survey results with great interest.As of this writing, 274 readers took the survey in just 2 days  – a much larger sampling than I expected. Thank you all for taking the time and sharing your experiences.Without further adieu…the results!Question 1: Which statement describes you best?...more

Christmas after the kids grow up...

I used to take the whole decorating for Christmas thing pretty seriously, especially when the kids were little. I wanted to re-create for them the magic of Christmas that I experienced when I was a girl....more