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Seasonal Sensations Link Party Round-Up: Autumn Leaves

The Seasonal Sensations Link-Up is now extended! Instead of a limited weekly link-up, bloggers can share their Autumn-inspired posts and photos through December 10th! We had a nice turn-out for the first link-up. Each post showed fantastic photos of autumn leaves! Please take a moment and visit their blogs! Idaho Bluebird  Terri's Seasonal Sensations Challenge Smiling …

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A Party Invitation

Taking part in a blog party is a wonderful experience! Suzie is a gracious host and shares great information on her blog. Meet new bloggers and share your story!

Suzie Speaks


This week marks my two year blogiversary, and in celebration I would like to cordially invite you all to attend my blog party this weekend!

It has been quite a while since I last hosted a blog party, and I absolutely love them! It will start on Saturday (please don’t post anything here), which gives you five days to select your favourite post. For those of you that have never participated in one before, the rules are simple:

1. Choose your favourite post from your own blog. The subject of the post can be anything you like – blogging, food, parenting, life, travel, thoughts, photography… Note: This should be only one post at a time or it will get sent straight to the ‘spam’ folder and I may not be able to find you for a while.

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Celtic Lineage: What’s In a Name?

For my St. Patrick’s Day post I thought I would introduce my Celtic ancestry. McCune is my mother’s maiden name. The McCune family is said to be descended from the ancient Irish King Heremon, who invaded Ireland in 1700 BC (lot's of scepticism here but I had to start somewhere). By the 11th century, the population …

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WordPress Milestone

This morning's post marked my 200th post on WordPress! The badge popped up and so did my eyebrows! Even though I started my WP account three years ago, it wasn't until September 2014 that I got serious, then joined Blogging University 101.  From there I followed lots of blogs, liked a LOT of posts and …

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Personal Blog Facebook Page

Happy Tuesday! If you are on Facebook, I would appreciate you taking a moment and liking my Facebook page for this blog, Perspectives On...Life, Work and Leisure. Here is the link: And if that doesn't work, just go to my page and find it on my sidebar. I will be happy to follow your Facebook …

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Home Office Makeover

The only office I have really had was my office space at work. When I am home, I have used the sofa and nearby end table as a mini work station with my laptop. The space is very pleasant and I have worked like this since 2007 when I was in grad school. It has …

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adoption is love

We Chose You!

LOVE. Nothing says "love" more than a family who adopts a child, let alone two. When my brother married his wife 12 years ago, my sister-in-law already had two children of her own from her previous marriage. As both my niece and nephew grew up, and the house emptied, my bro and sis-n-law talked about …

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To Drive or Walk?

Do or Die Today's daily prompt challenges us to justify the existence of a person, place or thing in 300 words, else it will disappear. The thing I've chosen takes me places, carries everything I need for a session on the water, and protects me from harm... My car. My daughter's wonderful PT Cruiser was …

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Introduce Yourself Here To Other Bloggers And Grow Your Audience!

Fellow bloggers! The Journal has graciously offered her site as a forum to meet other bloggers, similar to what OM has done on Harsh Reality. Please check it out!


So I’d been thinking since I began 11 months ago about how I could help other bloggers grow their audience as quickly as I did. Y’all know how passionate I am about making a proper living from blogging already.

I started doing Blogging Tips and then I wanted to offer online events that could help boost folks’ audiences. I had quite a few in mind but a busy schedule and some tough periods put paid to getting them up and running last year. But now…here is the first!Feel free to use this post to say hi and introduce yourself to other bloggers. Add links to your books, your poems, your enterprises.

Promote Yourself!

Tell folks who you are and what you blog about so people will want to check you out. Also go say hi to others. It is all key to growing your audience.

Frankly I got tired of…

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* Tips for Handling the Highs and Lows of Life

Some excellent advice for your life (and mine!). Thanks Val Boyko for sharing!

Find Your Middle Ground

I came across this list in a training manual for helping people manage their stress. I’m not sure who the originator is, but I would like to acknowledge Dr Laura Belsten and the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence for sharing it. Good stuff 🙂roller coaster

  1. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.
  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  3. Drive carefully. Its not only cars that can be recalled to their maker.
  4. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  5. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  6. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
  7. Since its the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  8. When everything is coming your way, you’re in the…

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Ick! My Spidey-Sense is Tingling

Embrace the Ick SPIDERS. The very word conjures up the creepy, crawly, heebie-jeebies. My mom taught my brother and me, as kids, to love tarantulas and snakes. We had a terrarium that was home to those critters, and yes, they had names, but they escape me for the moment. And, no, the critters never escaped. …

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Got Gloom Stress? How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This article is very timely, as I posted earlier today on “Ban Gray Days.” Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, can be insidious and you may suffer from mild to severe depression-like symptoms and not even realize what it wrong.

Shortly after the birth of my oldest daughter in late January 1985, I started feeling out of sorts. I thought it was just a little post-partum depression, but it turned out to be SAD. Once I recognized the symptoms from a magazine article, I went out and got some sunlight.

And I bought a new lipstick. That always helps!

Seriously, please take a look at this information.

Healthy Happy Loving Life!

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Hands up, anyone who feels slower, more down, or more blah during the winter! Or on gray days? Have you been feeling gloomy when the weather is, well, gloomy?  You have Gloom Stress!  And maybe you are one of the estimated 10 million people who have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. People with SAD report symptoms typically in the winter, when days are shorter. These symptoms include feeling sluggish, feeling “down”, lacking energy, and craving carbohydrates. People who eat for energy while affected by SAD may, sadly, gain weight. A side effect of feeling sluggish may be the tendency to exercise less, leading to a decrease in metabolic efficiency and therefore a further decrease in mood and vitality.

Depression is when your engine isn’t powering up. It might take a few pushes, an oil change, or…

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