Blogging &amp; Social Media - BlogHer Topic Feed - All Posts http://www.blogher.com/taxonomy/term/10/%2A/feed en Baseball - The small and big kid’s dream game by the Baseball Geek Group: Jimm Hendren http://www.blogher.com/baseball-small-and-big-kid-s-dream-game-baseball-geek-group-jimm-hendren <!--paging_filter--><p>We played <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhendrengroup.me%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">baseball</a> as kids when it was the most <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhendrengroup.me%2Fblog%2Fbaseball-the-small-and-big-kids-dream-game%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">popular game</a> in the world, way ahead of soccer, and basketball was still a poor third-placer. We played it in the school yard using a tennis ball and became the highlight of every school boy’s day. <br /> <br /> We knew and followed the basic rules of the game although we did not use mittens or masks. We played barefoot because we went to school barefoot. We were children and we had the time of our life. <br /> <br /> The rules of baseball are not really that complicated. Almost anyone who can run, swing a bat or throw a ball can join the fun. Later on, we kids found out that there was such a thing as softball, which was for girls but using a bigger ball that was thrown from the hip level instead of overhead. <br /> <br /> Watching real baseball and softball games during athletic meets gave us a better understanding and appreciation of the game. How we would have wanted to have all the uniform, gears and field to play with; but all we could afford was an old, balding tennis ball and a homemade 2in x 3in lumber for a bat and bases made of stones or wood scraps. <br /> <br /> Baseball, as officially required, has the following rules: <br /> <br /> <strong>1. Basic features of the baseball game and field dimensions</strong> <br /> <br /> Baseball is played on a diamond-shaped field with the base corner designated as the home base. A player with a bat, or a batter, tries to hit the ball as far away from any of the opposing fielding team in order to reach all three bases and finally make it back to the home base. If a player makes it to a base or two after he bats, he must wait for his own team-mates to hit the ball and give him the opening to move on around the bases. <br /> <br /> Strategy and team play are important in maximizing the team’s chance to score. Sometimes, a team may sacrifice a batter just for a player to steal a base or score a run. One point can spell the difference between winning and losing; and such brilliant plays come in handy. <br /> <br /> <strong>2. Team composition</strong> <br /> <br /> Each team has 9 players to fill up the following positions in the field when the opposing team is on the bat: pitcher, catcher, first base, second base, third base, short stop, right fielder, left fielder and centerfielder. Substitute players may also be included. <br /> <br /> <strong>3. Batting regulations</strong> <br /> <br /> The team on the bat is given three attempts to hit the ball thrown by a pitcher within the boundaries of the baseball field, marked by the two lines made by the home- base/first-base and the home-base/third-base. A missed ball is called a strike and three strikes puts batter out of the field. A team that gets three outs gets to field next while the other team bats. <br /> <br /> <strong>4. Playing the ball</strong> <br /> <br /> A flying ball that falls outside of the field boundaries is called a foul ball and gives a batter another chance to hit. Fouls are unlimited. A ball that is hit and falls inside the two lines is either caught in the air to put the batter out or, if it rolls on the ground, must be retrieved and often thrown to the first-base player who will tag the batter with the ball to put him out. Failing to tag the batter who steps on or touches the base puts the batter “safe” on first base or wherever the batter may be as other hitters move on around the diamond. <br /> <br /> A player who makes it safely back to home base scores a point. If it is a homerun, meaning the ball is hit out of the filed or steals straight home if the defending team fumbles the ball, two points are gained while a single point is given to a player who eventually goes round all the bases through one or more batters. <br /> <br /> <strong>5. Other game features</strong> <br /> <br /> When a batting team is struck out, it take the field and lets the other team bat and attempt to score. A foul ball which is caught will also count as an out. Multiple outs can be made, such as when bases are loaded (all three bases have batters) and the batter on the plate hits a good ball and makes it to first base and the ball is retrieved and thrown back before the player running to second base reaches it, then to home base before the player on third base scores a run and, finally, to third base to tag the player running to it. Three outs in one play! <br /> <br /> It is during such fast plays when the ball changes hands so rapidly and players are scampering for bases that the excitement runs high. It is cause for celebration for the scoring team and a big letdown for the other who must probably feel like they were hit on the head with a bat several times for losing the big opportunity to score big and ending up with nothing. <br /> <br /> <strong>6. Who wins</strong> <br /> <br /> The team that makes the most runs after nine innings or rounds wins the game. Sometimes though, the game will stop at the “top of the 9th inning” or before the other team is supposed to go to final bat if that team is already ahead in points as the lagging team will not be able to catch up anyway. <br /> <br /> Some of the most memorable games end at the “bottom of the ninth” when a team tries to catch up. We might have heard of the familiar radio voice saying, “It’s the bottom of the ninth and bases are full and the New York Yankees are behind by four and Babe Ruth has the bat. The count is two strikes and three balls . . . the pitcher winds up and throws the ball. Ruth swings hard and the ball flies . . . out of the stadium for a homerun and a win!” Or something to that effect. <br /> <br /> That imagined scene a dream every child and adult lover of baseball hopes to accomplish once in a lifetime. You want to see and hear the whole stadium explode with people jumping and shouting as you take your sweet time running through the bases, smiling, waving your cap and finally kissing the home base. <br /> <br /> When a great player makes a good play, everybody wins in baseball. You have to be the eternal child to enjoy it. 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However, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Here are some tips that can keep you on the right track:</span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;"> Organic greens are a great way to start your day. Wake up your system with a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, bolstered by the amino acids, phytonutrients, chlorophyll and alkaline salts that the greens will provide. This will get your system into an alkaline state and provide your cells a healthy environment in which to grow.</span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">Eating five calorie-rich meals spaced evenly throughout the day will create a positive rhythm that will maintain your metabolism where you want it to be. Healthy whole foods and a muscle-building protein shake at least once per day should be part of your diet. It may seem as though <strong>ANDROX&nbsp; </strong>the extra calories are excessive, but they’re a necessity to provide for the growth of new muscle tissue.</span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">When spacing your meals throughout the day, it’s important to ensure that your carb intake is evenly distributed as well. Ideally, you should consume your carbohydrates before and during training, one hour after training and then again, four hours after. 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Motion relevant jobs, kin responsibilities, and unheralded schedule changes can cut into a personal workout regiment.It definitely turn to travail solon ofttimes, change every day to do something. Whether it winning the stairs or doing 50 push ups. Nevertheless, if you deprivation to flesh volume, it needs to be much structured than this. That is why it is distinguished to mix body metric exercises into any uncommitted weight exertion show.Deal the real time disjunctive to a grooming program that requires you to call the gym every merchandise day, that can be done immediate, and in the seclusion of your own habitation.Embody metric exercises are the effort turn <strong><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Frealcemasculinobr.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">http://realcemasculinobr.com/</a>&nbsp; </strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> NaBloPoMo http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/sites/all/themes/snazzy/images/users/blue_solidbkrnd_rev.jpg Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:47:25 +0000 esmeleta222 1728715 at http://www.blogher.com No More Striving http://www.blogher.com/no-more-striving <!--paging_filter--><p>No more striving.</p><p>No more work.</p><p>Strong words,</p><p>Commands actually.</p><p>The words reverberate in my mind</p><p>Over and over,</p><p>Like a mantra.</p><p>A Divine mantra.</p><p>A Holy reminder to let God work in my core self,</p><p>Unhindered by my meddling.</p><p>This work of transforming</p><p>Is a Holy work</p><p>I just get in the way</p><p>When I attempt to manufacture myself into my idea of holiness.</p><p>Laughable attempts which are&nbsp;caricatures of real saints</p><div id="attachment_13450" class="wp-caption alignright"><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d3/4f/63/d34f63a14817b2b991cdbfdba0b13ac2.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="371" /></div><p><strong>Become HIS child</strong>. Carl Heinrich Bloch1834 – 1890</p><p>Better just to sit back</p><p>and watch</p><p>and wait</p><p>in wonder,</p><p>As the Holy Spirit works,</p><p>Creating in secret</p><p>In the silence</p><p>In the dark night of my spirit</p><p>A simple yes, like Mary’s</p><p>And God forms Jesus within</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img style="vertical-align: top;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jFNTk9dqQuE/T0rLXYSjAFI/AAAAAAAABIQ/nJ-SNo9d9KQ/w835-h293-k/CCF02262012_00001.jpg" alt="our children" width="450" />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Joy of Mothering<br /> &amp;</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> NaBloPoMo Spirituality control surrender http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-254055.jpg Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:50:49 +0000 melanie jean juneau 1728694 at http://www.blogher.com YOU CAN'T ROLLER SKATE IN A BUFFALO HERD http://www.blogher.com/you-cant-roller-skate-buffalo-herd <!--paging_filter--><p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6WjfuxfIiw" title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6WjfuxfIiw" class="external-link">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6WjfuxfIiw</a></p><p>Truths are so simple and true. &nbsp;Have you listened to Roger Miller's song "You Can't Go Roller Skating in a Buffalo Herd"? &nbsp;It sounds like a fun and silly song, but it has a lot of wisdom to it.</p><blockquote><p>"Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd<br />Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd<br />Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd<br />But you can be happy if you've a mind to</p><p>Ya can't take a shower in a parakeet cage<br />Ya can't take a shower in a parakeet cage<br />Ya can't take a shower in a parakeet cage<br />But you can be happy if you've a mind to</p><p>All ya gotta do is put your mind to it<br />Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it"</p></blockquote><p>Go ahead. &nbsp;Sing a few bars. &nbsp;Sing it a few times. &nbsp;It's easy and you can sound as silly as you want. &nbsp;It's a catchy tune. &nbsp;Soon you will be singing/humming/dancing to it all day long. Then you start believing it. &nbsp;Wait, the light bulb moment is coming. &nbsp;It hits you - right between the eyes.</p><p>You go, Holy Shit! &nbsp;It's true. &nbsp;I can't go roller skating in a buffalo herd. &nbsp;I can't take a shower in a parakeet cage. &nbsp;But I can be happy if I put my mind to it. &nbsp;Do it, do it, DO IT! So you sing at the top of your lungs, skip around the kitchen and pound your chest. &nbsp;Man, that feels good! &nbsp;Let's do it again.</p><p>I know life is not that simple. &nbsp;But it is. &nbsp;Sometimes I make life hard for myself by insisting on doing things I can't do - like roller skating in a buffalo herd instead of on the sidewalk. You know what I mean, don't you?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Original Post @<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fonethousandandtwo.wordpress.com%2F2014%2F08%2F22%2Fyou-cant-roller-skate-in-a-buffalo-herd%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">onethousandandtwo</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> NaBloPoMo life Roger Miller Roller Skating http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-301948.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:09:41 +0000 LilyLeung 1728578 at http://www.blogher.com Dipping in... http://www.blogher.com/dipping <!--paging_filter--><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">My Friday blog: do I dip into my memory for blogging ideas or do I discuss the here and now?</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The constant cacophony in my mind of ideas and memories and triggers and pulls...it is a dialogue that spans decades </span><strong><em><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">and</span></strong></em></strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> it is up-to-the-minute. How could I ever separate the two?</span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">Based on the daily prompt, sometimes I go straight to historical references and sometimes I stay super current and relevant. &lt;-----misprint alert...ALWAYS RELEVANT duh!</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">Writing is stream of consciousness and therapeutic&nbsp;while I am trying to relate my topic to my daily mission of raising strong, confident, brave and intelligent women.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">Because I was deprived of any live-in role model to demonstrate strength and confidence, I am constantly trying to craft examples for my daughters. I had a paternal grandmother who was the epitome of every trait&nbsp;I mentioned. She did it all way before it was a cause or a celebration. I admired her and I loved her so much. My youngest child carries her middle name as do I.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">I have been fortunate enough to have fellow mothers as friends; mothers who did and are doing such great jobs with their girls that these daughters are not afraid to make a speech in front of people about how amazing their moms are. I hope one day I can openly sob while my girls go on and on about me and how great I did. That is when my anxiety level may actually lower to point that&nbsp;I won't have to pace and pray and worry and spend sleepless nights questioning my every decision. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><strong><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I am full of shit aren't I?</span></strong></strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> You with older daughters are thinking things like, "if she only knew", and "It never ends", and "you just wait sister". </span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">I get it. But let me fantasize for this small bit of time. I like beginnings and middles and endings. I want to know that the way I felt the day&nbsp;I gave birth to my darlings...that amazing mix of incredible love and overwhelming pressure to "do it right", and the way I felt when they first asked me to "stay behind" because I already showed them the way and they were ready to do it alone,&nbsp;will climax when they actually stand brave, and confident and strong and thank me with an intelligence that will cripple me with pride and joy and love. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">Yep. That's what I see. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">It's a fast forward that is weighted by a past that was&nbsp;shaped and scraped and molded and mended by me and my memories. I weave this tapestry of my hopes for them with my own knowledge of potential pitfalls and imagined successes. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">I am crazy that way. Looking back while leaping ahead. Is it any wonder I am always on the verge of a breakdown? Not literally of course. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">I often wonder about single parents. How any of this raising of children could be&nbsp;done ALONE? I could not begin to imagine it. My husband can be very troubling when it comes to parenting styles, but to do this huge undertaking without him would be beyond my comprehension. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">I think I am doing a pretty bang-up job. I congratulate myself plenty. There are days of course....</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">And my nightly prayers and pleadings with my God is the&nbsp;akin to&nbsp;someone facing a firing squad...lots of begging......&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">In closing, I just want to restate that my memories define my here and now. Zero separation. Would. NOT. Have. It. Any. Other. Way.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;">The End.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> NaBloPoMo http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-190679.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:31:14 +0000 danijane 1728270 at http://www.blogher.com What Blogging means to me http://www.blogher.com/what-blogging-means-me <!--paging_filter--><p>I started blogging in 2008. My first post was on a Blog called <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcarol-glasshalffull.blogspot.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The Glass Half Full</a>, and my first post was on September 27, 2008.&nbsp; That was 6 years ago!&nbsp; When I look back at those first posts, they are interesting.&nbsp; Actually, they aren't.&nbsp; They are pretty boring.&nbsp; I was just writing to write, and I didn't know anything about monetizing, or an audience, or "how" to write.&nbsp; I just wrote.&nbsp; I think I enjoyed it.&nbsp; I never really got too personal, and I didn't many many years ago.&nbsp; Most of my blogs were very short, only a couple of paragraphs, and they were quite sporadic.&nbsp; I didn't write very often at all.</p><p>Then I met a woman at the church I belonged to and she wanted to write together, so we collaborated.&nbsp; She had been blogging for awhile also, and had read books on blogging and websites on blogging, and despite whatever happened that was not positive I will say that she definitely taught me a lot about the mechanics of blogging. It was her idea to apply to BlogHer.&nbsp; She maintained the blogsite with backgrounds, and themes.&nbsp; We both paid for the domain name and any the expense.&nbsp; We had weekly "meetings" to plan and collaborate and share ideas.&nbsp; We actually worked very well together when it came to business.&nbsp; In the end it was a personal issue that drive us apart, and to be honest it was me who left her.&nbsp; I needed to walk away and that is a story that I will never tell because it involves confidential conversations I had and situations I was in while I was an employee at a church.&nbsp; However, she did teach me a lot so when I went back out on my own and created this bog I had much more knowledge about what to do.&nbsp; So for what it is worth, thank you for that Susan.</p><p>When I started this blog, I did populate it at the beginning with blog posts I had written at the other site because I was emotionally drained.&nbsp; I had no will to write, and just needed some time to heal.&nbsp; But that has changed over the last two years I have been blogging on my own. My first blog post here On Coffee, Clutter and Chaos was on October 17, 2012.&nbsp; Since then I have blogged 151 times.&nbsp; I wrote 48 times in 2012 between Oct 17 and Dec 31.&nbsp; I wrote 63 times in 2013.&nbsp; Of those a couple were featured, a couple were syndicated and I was enjoying writing.&nbsp; Then something happened.</p><p>I didn't write between 3 December 2013 and 31 Jan 2014.&nbsp; When I did write again I was really wondering if I should continue or not.&nbsp; My mother had sharply criticized my writing saying what I wrote was "too personal" and "why did I have to write so much" about LGBT stuff? She thought I was being dishonest because I never talked about the father of my kids and how he and I were married for a long time, that I only seemed to focus on my life now with Karol.&nbsp; I must say that really deflated me.&nbsp; But when I out that post on Facebook I received a lot of positive comments, so I decided to continue.</p><p>However, apparently I was not feeling completely convinced, because I only wrote three more times between 31 Jan and 1 June.&nbsp; Then something happened.&nbsp; I was leaving work and driving home and just happened to put on my local National Public Radio station, WHRO, and a man was talking about a book he had written.&nbsp; He was a comic and just happened to be blogging.&nbsp; He really wanted to write a book, but also wanted to be paid, so he decided to just write every day for 100 days to see what happened.</p><p>During the 100 days of blogging, someone read his work and offered to publish a book if he wrote it. Now I have to apologize, even after researching it, I cannot find the name of the author or the book.&nbsp; But I decided that I would try it.&nbsp; I would write for 100 days and see if it took me anywhere or I had any monetary success, or if I even still wanted to write after I was finished.</p><p>Well, life happens, and I was not able to write every day, but I did find out something interesting.&nbsp; I found out what blogging means to me. I found that I began to really enjoy writing.&nbsp; I had ideas all the time.&nbsp; I even out a recorder on the "front page" of my phone so I could just hit a button and record ideas when they came to me.&nbsp; For some reason I think about a lot of topics while I am driving.....&nbsp; I put a white board on the wall next to my desk so I could write down ides I got while I was balancing my checkbook or doodling around on Facebook.</p><!--pagebreak--><p>But more important I found that I started NEEDING to write.&nbsp; That it became soothing and cathartic.&nbsp; That if I was not able to write I became cranky and felt compelled to get to my computer so I could write.</p><p>This week was no exception.&nbsp; My bff the Newyorican needed my help this week, and since she is my sister of course I went to her aid.&nbsp; But in doing so I missed my "writing time" which is in the morning as I sip my coffee.&nbsp; This seems to be the best time for me to write because my mind is fresh, and the boys are sleeping or at school, and the house is quiet.&nbsp; It is before classes, or homework, or other distractions.&nbsp; I put on Pandora, and I write. I noticed I was cranky because I missed writing.&nbsp; Hmmm, I didn't expect that.</p><p>So what I have found is that to me blogging and writing have become a release.&nbsp; a way to get things out that are swirling around in my head.&nbsp; To ask questions and put things out there that are personal, and sensitive, and possibly divisive.&nbsp; That may upset people, or cause some folks to get mad at me.&nbsp; Or possibly cause someone to think, or learn something new.&nbsp; I have written about my concerns about <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcoffeeclutterandchaos.com%2F2014%2F08%2F14%2Fit-is-a-tragedy-that-we-know-more-about-robin-williams-death-than-michael-browns-death%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">racial issues</a>, about <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcoffeeclutterandchaos.com%2F2014%2F07%2F28%2Flesbian-bed-death-fact-or-fiction%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">lesbian bed death</a>, about <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcoffeeclutterandchaos.com%2F2014%2F07%2F09%2Fmandatory-family-fun-day-the-adventure%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">my kids</a>, and about my <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcoffeeclutterandchaos.com%2F2014%2F06%2F18%2Fgoing-through-struggles-together-is-better-than-not-being-together-how-difficulty-can-make-a-relationship-stronger%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">partner</a>.&nbsp; I love to write and have found something that feeds me emotionally mentally and spiritually.</p><p>I am a writer.</p><p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jessicafhinton.com%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Jessica Hinton</a> really says what I feel in my heart.&nbsp; Thank you Jessica for these words!</p><div class="mceTemp"><dl id="attachment_2070" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 310px;"><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcoffeeclutterandchaos.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F08%2Fi-am-a-writer.png" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2070" src="http://coffeeclutterandchaos.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/i-am-a-writer-300x300.png" alt="Photo credit: http://www.jessicafhinton.com/" height="300" width="300" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd">Photo credit: http://www.jessicafhinton.com/</dd></dl></div><p>Carol Rood</p><p>&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2FCoffeeclutterandchaos.com" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Coffee, Clutter and Chaos</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-184948.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:46:21 +0000 carolrood 1728238 at http://www.blogher.com Am I Too Old to Blog? http://www.blogher.com/am-i-too-old-blog <!--paging_filter--><p>Ok.&nbsp; I have no idea what I'm doing.&nbsp; This is so confusing to me.&nbsp; I post stories on Facebook and get lots of positive feedback from my friends.&nbsp; Others have encouraged me to write a blog, but I don't know anything blogging.&nbsp; I can write, but how do I set up my own&nbsp;website.&nbsp; I've registered my domain.&nbsp; I want this to be easier!!!</p><p>I love that I "Now have time".</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-388520.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:29:14 +0000 NowThatIHaveTime 1728217 at http://www.blogher.com 3 Blogging Lessons I Learned from My Failed Blogs http://www.blogher.com/3-important-blogging-lessons-you-need-know <!--paging_filter--><p>I have had 5 blogs -- yes, 5 -- since the 90’s. My current one is the only one that survived. But with those closed blogs, there were lessons I learned that I didn't repeat with the next site, and I am here to share a few of them. Every day I learn something new with my website and blog.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>I am 100% self-taught. I have built my knowledge base from breaking things and then figuring out how to fix them.&nbsp; Afterward, I am smarter than I was before I broke my blog. Blogging friends – you know what I am talking about. We have all been there. I found I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge, beneficial to those starting out or who those looking to take their blog to the next level.</p> <p>Before we jump into the lessons, there is one thing to remember: </p> <p>Your blog will always be a work-in-progress.</p> <p>It will never be complete. There will always be a new feature, design, template you want to test... and that is good. </p> <p><center><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/work_in_progress.jpg" alt="work-in-progress" /></center></p> <p><center><i>Image: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevandotorg/6229660191/" class="external-link">Kevan</a> via Flickr</i></center></p> <p>That being said, your blog still should have a strong foundation. Here are 3 painful lessons that I learned from my years of blogging. I am willing to share these lessons and save <i>you </i>the headache down the line.</p> <p> <h1>Lesson 1: Keep a Blog Skill Wish List</h1> </p> <p>Before you even dip your toes in blogging waters, plan out your blog.&nbsp; Some things to think about:</p> <p> <ul> <li>What is the purpose of your blog?</li> <li>Who is your target audience(s)?</li> <li>How often are you going to post?</li> <li>Do you want your blog to generate income?</li> </ul> </p> <p><b>Tips</b>:</p> <p>Investigate how other blogs similar to how you see your blog-to-be are operating. Get a feel for how they have set up their writing platforms.</p> <p>Make a blog wish list of all the tools you want. Even if it isn’t in your first 3 versions, continue to grow your wish list. When you have time, tick off some items. It will get there.</p> <p> <h1>Lesson 2: Listen to Other Bloggers</h1> </p> <p>If your research reveals that WordPress.org is better than WordPress.com, then follow the advice. Or if you find a trend of bloggers complaining about one host and moving to another, save yourself the drama and do what they say. </p> <p>You may have to pay a little more for better quality. WordPress.com is free, WordPress.org costs money. However it will be worth saving you the time and aggravation of having to switch mid-stream. One blogging friend told me, “If you are going to blog, do it on WordPress.org.”</p> <p>I didn’t listen but ended up there a year-and-a-half later. Same thing with hosting. I have found many bloggers buy their domain names through GoDaddy but host elsewhere due to consistency issues. After having my site down 6 times in one day, I switched to HostGator. The entire process took about 2 days, but my site hasn’t been down since. </p> <p> <h1>Lesson 3: Choose a Good Niche</h1> </p> <p>Silver Linings, one of my failed blogs, was about finding the positive in negative situations. It was a great cathartic release at a dark period in my life. But suddenly – excuse the pun – the clouds parted and the sun shone through. Life was great – and I had nothing to write about.</p> <p>Choosing a broad topic ensures there is always some aspect you can write on. That is why DIY and Parenting bloggers do so well. They always have another project to try, product to review, or story to share.</p> <p>That is why my current blog is my most successful blog.&nbsp; The topics related to social media, branding, and blogging are endless!</p> <p>Those are 3 blogging lessons you need to know when it comes to blogging. Remember: think, research, and plan.&nbsp; And finally, jump in and write.</p> <p>Happy Blogging!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Tips, Tricks & Tools blogging lessons http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-372967.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:39:57 +0000 jeannineoneil 1718010 at http://www.blogher.com Photo Friday: Architecture http://www.blogher.com/photo-friday-architecture <!--paging_filter--><p><span class="drop_cap">T</span>oday's <a title="Photo Friday" href="http://www.photofriday.com/" target="_blank" class="external-link">Photo Friday</a> selection is another picture taken from the Windsor side of the Detroit Riverfront, just a short walk from my house. I was tickled by the juxtaposition of the quaint wooden birdhouse against the steel and glass of Detroit's skyline - two completely different sizes and styles of architecture captured in the same shot.</p> <p align="center"><a title="Birdhouse. #windsor #yqg by Laurel Regan, on Flickr" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dawni/9051206347" target="_blank" class="external-link"><img class="framed-image" src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/9051206347_4d27d15efa.jpg" alt="Windsor birdhouse against the Detroit skyline" width="500" height="500" /></a><br /> <em>Windsor birdhouse against the Detroit skyline</em></p> <p align="center"><a title="Photo Friday" href="http://www.photofriday.com/" target="_blank" class="external-link"><img class="framed-image aligncenter wp-image-12158 size-full" src="http://www.alphabetsalad.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/photofriday.gif" alt="photofriday" width="131" height="39" /></a></p> <p align="center"><a title="BlogHer: Create Memories with August's NaBloPoMo" href="http://www.blogher.com/create-memories-augusts-nablopomo" target="_blank"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13117" src="http://www.alphabetsalad.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/NaBloPoMo-August-2014.jpg" alt="NaBloPoMo August 2014" width="298" height="255" /></a></p> <p>(Original post in <a href="http://www.alphabetsalad.com/photo-friday-architecture/" target="_blank" title="Alphabet Salad blog post: Photo Friday: Architecture" class="external-link">Alphabet Salad</a>.)</p> <p><br /><br /> -------------------------<br /> Laurel Regan blogs about life as she lives it at <a href="http://www.alphabetsalad.com" target="_blank" title="Alphabet Salad" class="external-link">Alphabet Salad</a> - <em>"an eclectic assortment of rants &amp; ramblings."</em></p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/extension/" style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; background-image: url('data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACgAAAAUCAYAAAD/Rn+7AAADU0lEQVR42s2WXUhTYRjHz0VEVPRFUGmtVEaFUZFhHxBhsotCU5JwBWEf1EWEEVHQx4UfFWYkFa2biPJiXbUta33OXFtuUXMzJ4bK3Nqay7m5NeZq6h/tPQ+xU20zugjOxR/+7/O8539+5znnwMtNTExwJtMb3L/fiLv3botCSmUjeCaejTOb39AiFothfHxcFIrHY8RksZjBsckJcOIRMfFsHD/SsbExUYpnI8DR0dGUGjSb0byhEJp5Uqg5CTSzc2CQleJbMEj9/ywBcGRkJEk9DQqouEVQT1sK444yWI9UonmTjGqauVLEIlHa9x8lAMbj8SSpp0rwKGMVvg8P46vbg0C7na8z8JsMcgHe7jlEa+edRhiLy8n/TUMfu6EvLElk+U0WtGwrTrdfAGQf5J8iiK4LVzDU28t8JtMSocf8E+l68myaNFXm/6rXslLK7ay5TOunuRvZWpJuvwAYjUaTpOIWoquuAZ219RTaxKYp9BbjycoN5FvL9qH9TBX5rvoGdJythvXYSTxdtRnWylO/ZdqrLsGwszzhWQ593z2KlAwCYCQSSZJ6ehZ0W7bD9VBLgN0NCqr3qR7R2rBrL3pu3Sb/7nDlz2uy6cG0OXk0GTbZXzNp8trsPAQdTj6frlWzN2DcXZGKQQAMh8NJ6rpyHe+PnkCr/CAFdZyvpfpjuvkifLF9wIt1Wwlo0OHie1RvWrKa93RjzfzliTzPKz3ltB0/Tevmwp14wGUgHAzSOoUEwFAolFaaBSuhnslPRkJexUJtZ6v5HtUeLswl33n1BgEY5fvhs9sJ3FAiT+QYyyvoAQJuD0KBAFRTJNAuz5/s3gJgMBhMJwrVFRThM5tY5zUF/A4X1f2fvQTRLCuBreoim0YmAbqNJryvPEXeeq46kaNdkQ/1HCncbJKPs9ZSv2VHGfWsZ2hfkhKAfr8/pdxWKx4wwD69PmVfNSOL+lr2w+gYqHpWDtXt1xQ8AMlWU0e1lqLd/APRHoP8AJqWrQG9gYxcPMsvSJUvAA4MDKTUJ7MZLaVy8v+qT21tcDx/OemePr0RTkNrur4A6PP5xCgBsL+/X4wiQDpuuVxOeL1eMYmYeDY6sOp0z+B0OuHxeEQhxkJMFosJiSO/UinOI/8Pc+l7KKArAT8AAAAASUVORK5CYII=');" class="external-link"></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> NaBloPoMo Photography Detroit Photo Friday Windsor http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-76070.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:10:24 +0000 Laurel Regan 1728151 at http://www.blogher.com A Blogher14 Video Showed Me the Power of a Reflection http://www.blogher.com/blogher14-video-showed-me-power-reflection <!--paging_filter--><p>There's been a lot of posts written recently by bloggers who attended the BlogHer '14 blogging conference. Although I was not fortunate enough to go, I have enjoyed reading the accounts of the event.</p><table class="tr-caption-container" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center"><tbody><tr><td><p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-D0zgHmaKTh8%2FU-DjVFFIe5I%2FAAAAAAAAC5w%2F93Eo2aP2c6c%2Fs1600%2Fmirror%2C%2Bmirror.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img src="//images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-D0zgHmaKTh8%2FU-DjVFFIe5I%2FAAAAAAAAC5w%2F93Eo2aP2c6c%2Fs1600%2Fmirror%2C%2Bmirror.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" alt="" width="281" height="320" border="0" data-orig-src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D0zgHmaKTh8/U-DjVFFIe5I/AAAAAAAAC5w/93Eo2aP2c6c/s1600/mirror,+mirror.jpg" /></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption"><p>What does your mirror tell you?</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>I recently read a blog post, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcarolcassara.com%2Fself-esteem%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">The Talking Mirror and Self Esteem by Carol Cassara</a>. In it, she describes watching women at the first exhibit they encountered at the conference. The exhibit was a “talking mirror.” In her article, Carol also provided the video link I have included here, and encouraged her readers to watch it. She even offered a free giveaway to anyone who leaves a comment on her post.</p><p>Before I watched the video, my comment on Carol's post would have been, “A mirror that tells me, ‘You are Enough.’ I want one of those!”</p><p>I hope you will read Carol's wonderful words about self esteem (click on the link in the paragraph above) AND watch this video, before you read the rest of what I write here. Don't forget to leave a comment on Carol's blog!</p><p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuoBEJ9DkJM#action=share" title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuoBEJ9DkJM#action=share" class="external-link">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuoBEJ9DkJM#action=share</a></p><p>As I viewed the video, I realized I was crying. I'd be surprised if you didn't shed at least a tear. Most of us can relate to the raw emotions revealed by the women filmed as they interacted with the mirror. Kudos to whomever organized and facilitated these interactions. Bravo to the all-female band “The Mrs.” for their empowering song, “I'm Enough.”</p><p>The comment I finally left on Carol's blog post was “... it is true - we are all enough."</p><p>I've changed my mind about wanting to own a talking mirror. I've realized a real talking mirror isn't a piece of reflective glass that hangs on a wall. Every one of us is a talking mirror, reflecting opinions to ourselves and to others. There are vocal mirrors around us every day. It is the ones that tell us we are enough that we should listen to. This is the kind of mirror that each of us should strive to be.</p><p>We all have the power to change inner voices of self-doubt ... our own and those of others. We need to remember to tell the women in our lives the reasons that we think they are enough. And, whenever we look at ourselves in the mirror, we should decide to say, “I'm Enough.”</p><p>So -- "SLIDE IT GIRL" ... We are all ENOUGH!</p><p>“Tell someone she's enough! #i'mEnough”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Body Image Blogging Events #ImEnough #selfesteem #BlogHer14 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-373630.png Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:58:44 +0000 Susanf 1728117 at http://www.blogher.com Pretty Pinning http://www.blogher.com/pretty-pinning <!--paging_filter--><p>Happy Friday lovelies! As I sit here waiting for my little family to wake up I'm pinning away on Pinterest :) I&nbsp;could spend HOURS upon HOURS on Pinterest! Couldn't you? Maybe it's just me but it's my ultimate source of procrastination. Beautiful pictures are so inspiring and I just love really great photography.&nbsp;Here are my&nbsp;favorite pins lately:</p><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-7IdmIirz0bQ%2FU-u8_VbFf4I%2FAAAAAAAAO8o%2Fk-jUIFa7ufw%2Fs1600%2Fromper.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="426" height="640" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-7IdmIirz0bQ%2FU-u8_VbFf4I%2FAAAAAAAAO8o%2Fk-jUIFa7ufw%2Fs1600%2Fromper.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7IdmIirz0bQ/U-u8_VbFf4I/AAAAAAAAO8o/k-jUIFa7ufw/s1600/romper.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/414120128209136618/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a></p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-xcQd4F5DOqU%2FU-u8my9kDgI%2FAAAAAAAAO8g%2FmWhdZZVsfE4%2Fs1600%2Ftulle%252Bbackpack.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="400" height="400" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-xcQd4F5DOqU%2FU-u8my9kDgI%2FAAAAAAAAO8g%2FmWhdZZVsfE4%2Fs1600%2Ftulle%252Bbackpack.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xcQd4F5DOqU/U-u8my9kDgI/AAAAAAAAO8g/mWhdZZVsfE4/s1600/tulle%2Bbackpack.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/96123773271416778/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a>&nbsp;</p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-SNt6U9evQu0%2FU-u9YEH_ETI%2FAAAAAAAAO8w%2FhRXstRuo2Hw%2Fs1600%2Fbroken%252Bcrayons.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="464" height="640" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-SNt6U9evQu0%2FU-u9YEH_ETI%2FAAAAAAAAO8w%2FhRXstRuo2Hw%2Fs1600%2Fbroken%252Bcrayons.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SNt6U9evQu0/U-u9YEH_ETI/AAAAAAAAO8w/hRXstRuo2Hw/s1600/broken%2Bcrayons.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/414120128209135021/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a></p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-h4K0Py8IYtQ%2FU-u96gK-7VI%2FAAAAAAAAO84%2FDqfRnr2reKI%2Fs1600%2Fbrown%252Bshoes.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="426" height="640" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-h4K0Py8IYtQ%2FU-u96gK-7VI%2FAAAAAAAAO84%2FDqfRnr2reKI%2Fs1600%2Fbrown%252Bshoes.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-h4K0Py8IYtQ/U-u96gK-7VI/AAAAAAAAO84/DqfRnr2reKI/s1600/brown%2Bshoes.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/414120128209196443/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a></p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-DzvxS0Jg68s%2FU-u-KiiM7-I%2FAAAAAAAAO9A%2FRKHvF7BPil4%2Fs1600%2Fcoasters.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="426" height="640" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-DzvxS0Jg68s%2FU-u-KiiM7-I%2FAAAAAAAAO9A%2FRKHvF7BPil4%2Fs1600%2Fcoasters.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DzvxS0Jg68s/U-u-KiiM7-I/AAAAAAAAO9A/RKHvF7BPil4/s1600/coasters.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/414120128209196514/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a></p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-WIQlntoNU9k%2FU-u_I3SPjCI%2FAAAAAAAAO9M%2Fjrhr3eaBF4s%2Fs1600%2Fpineapple%252Bflowers.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="462" height="640" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-WIQlntoNU9k%2FU-u_I3SPjCI%2FAAAAAAAAO9M%2Fjrhr3eaBF4s%2Fs1600%2Fpineapple%252Bflowers.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WIQlntoNU9k/U-u_I3SPjCI/AAAAAAAAO9M/jrhr3eaBF4s/s1600/pineapple%2Bflowers.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/414120128209196086/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a>&nbsp;</p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-EHQsqpDnPrM%2FU-vAdOjxZfI%2FAAAAAAAAO9c%2FwpgerZppdys%2Fs1600%2Fnaked%252Bcake.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="426" height="640" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-EHQsqpDnPrM%2FU-vAdOjxZfI%2FAAAAAAAAO9c%2FwpgerZppdys%2Fs1600%2Fnaked%252Bcake.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EHQsqpDnPrM/U-vAdOjxZfI/AAAAAAAAO9c/wpgerZppdys/s1600/naked%2Bcake.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/91620173644852508/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a></p></div><div style="text-align: center;"><p>Last but not least, what pinning session goes without a yummy dessert pin...</p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-Zz0iV-7Jh9I%2FU-vBA9PpSZI%2FAAAAAAAAO9k%2Fb5-j3aE-N1I%2Fs1600%2Fpecans.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img width="426" height="640" alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-Zz0iV-7Jh9I%2FU-vBA9PpSZI%2FAAAAAAAAO9k%2Fb5-j3aE-N1I%2Fs1600%2Fpecans.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Zz0iV-7Jh9I/U-vBA9PpSZI/AAAAAAAAO9k/b5-j3aE-N1I/s1600/pecans.jpg" /></a></p><div style="text-align: center;"><p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/414120128209197650/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank" class="external-link">via</a>&nbsp;</p></div><div style="text-align: center;"><p>Hope you all have a lovely weekend!</p></div><p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-DMGZ9m5TG_4%2FU-vBcU7CarI%2FAAAAAAAAO9w%2FniwDIF_d6vs%2Fs1600%2FDette%252BCakes%252BBlog%252BSignature.png" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img alt="" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-DMGZ9m5TG_4%2FU-vBcU7CarI%2FAAAAAAAAO9w%2FniwDIF_d6vs%2Fs1600%2FDette%252BCakes%252BBlog%252BSignature.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" border="0" data-orig-src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DMGZ9m5TG_4/U-vBcU7CarI/AAAAAAAAO9w/niwDIF_d6vs/s1600/Dette%2BCakes%2BBlog%2BSignature.png" /></a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Beautiful Pictures Pinterest http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-365191.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:13:41 +0000 dettecakes 1727968 at http://www.blogher.com RUNNING AS FAST AS I CAN http://www.blogher.com/running-fast-i-can <!--paging_filter--><p>It's almost Friday again and time for Friday Fictioneers and my tall tale of 100 words. My story is inspired by Stephen King's Lawnmower Man. Our gracious host is&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Frochellewisofffields.wordpress.com%2F2014%2F08%2F20%2F22-august-2014%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Rochelle Wisoff-Fields</a>. &nbsp;I hope to be able to read some of the others' stories this time as will be heading out on Saturday again. Hoping to get a laptop or more data on my iPhone. I know I got too many She did this....but I'm squished for time. &nbsp;Critiques welcome. :-)</p><div class="mceTemp"><dl id="attachment_3829" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=https%3A%2F%2Fonethousandandtwo.files.wordpress.com%2F2014%2F08%2Fparked.jpg" class="external-link elf-add-back-link"><img class="wp-image-3829 size-thumbnail" src="http://onethousandandtwo.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/parked.jpg?w=111" alt="parked" width="111" height="150" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd">PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Roger Bultot</dd></dl></div><p>She ran as fast as she could. &nbsp;She knew it was bearing down on her, nipping at her heels. She felt its hot breath like gasoline flames licking on her legs.</p><p>She dared to glance quickly behind her. &nbsp;She screamed.</p><p>It's mouth was opened in a a grotesque grin. &nbsp;Slimy green algae oozed between its giant razor-sharp jagged teeth. &nbsp;Its eyes were glazed over like curds on a saucer of sour milk.</p><p>She almost fainted with fright. &nbsp;Taking a deep breath, she gathered her strength. &nbsp;She put her head down and pummelled down the dirt path.</p><p>Almost home. Please God......</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Original Post @<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fonethousandandtwo.wordpress.com%2F2014%2F08%2F21%2Frunning-as-fast-as-i-can%2F" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">onethousandandtwo</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> NaBloPoMo fantasy Friday Fictioneers running http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-301948.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:50:23 +0000 LilyLeung 1727602 at http://www.blogher.com Can We Love Another Completely? http://www.blogher.com/can-we-love-another-completely <!--paging_filter--><p><span><strong><em>“We can love completely—even without complete understanding…”</em></strong></span></p><p>&nbsp;Remembering last year…</p><p>&nbsp;One of my daughters</p><p>&nbsp;Shattered ,</p><p>&nbsp;Pieces flew everywhere</p><p>&nbsp;Slapping everyone in the face</p><p>&nbsp;Shocking</p><p>&nbsp;Freezing</p><p>&nbsp;Thwarting all attempts to love her.</p><p>&nbsp;We were all in agony</p><p>&nbsp;Our fierce love was as ineffective as &nbsp;a noodle arrow</p><p>&nbsp;which could not pierce through &nbsp;to her heart.</p><p>&nbsp;We do not fully grasp what is best for our husbands, children or parents Often our way of loving misses their hearts completely. Some people crave touch, others need to hear love articulated. Still others think talk is cheap and anyone can hug but only feel love when it is put in action or they receive gifts. Even understanding the four languages of love does not make us much more effective because relationships cannot be explained in neat, tidy boxes. Life is messy. Life is a conundrum.</p><p><span>People have depths and layers to their personalities that will surprise us for as long as we are both alive. This mystery is &nbsp;sometimes a wonder and delight and at others times utterly frustrating. We want to understand, often so we feel in control but&nbsp;<strong>control eludes us.</strong></span></p><p><span>Have you seen the movie,&nbsp;<em>A River Runs Through It</em>?&nbsp;&nbsp;There is a profound message in the father’s last sermon, which describes how we do not know how to really love those closest to us.</span></p><p><span><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="http://themotherofnine9.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/a-childs-prayer-by-atalitha-at-etsy2.jpg?w=852&amp;h=839" alt="" width="568" height="559" /></span></p><blockquote><p><strong><em>“Each one of us here today will, at one time in our lives, look upon a loved one in need and ask the same question:</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>We are willing Lord, but what, if anything, is needed?</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>For it is true that we can seldom help those closest to us.</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give,</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>or more often than not, the part we have to give… is not wanted.</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us…</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>But we can still love them…</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>We can love completely—even without complete understanding…”</em></strong></p></blockquote><p><img style="vertical-align: top;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jFNTk9dqQuE/T0rLXYSjAFI/AAAAAAAABIQ/nJ-SNo9d9KQ/w835-h293-k/CCF02262012_00001.jpg" alt="our children" width="450" />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Joy of Mothering<br /> &amp;</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> NaBloPoMo Family crisis loving a family member http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-254055.jpg Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:38:56 +0000 melanie jean juneau 1727443 at http://www.blogher.com