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In Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2017 at 10:13 PM

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Thank You Paul re: Smoking Cigarettes

In Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2017 at 10:06 PM

To all the intelligent Pauls, that name stemming right from the Bible where this man could travel and bring news – thank you for encouraging me to stop smoking.

I’m trying.

For all of you that smoke to – I am in solidarity for quitting – smoking.

I’m trying.

For all of you that have yet to be ensnared by the evil weed…

“The easiest way to stop smoking is not to start in the first place,”

Not my quote, can’t attribute it – but wow – truth Ruth – truth!

Good night everyone.

‘Till Tomorrow

P.S. Phyllis Walker writes a wonderful children’s book. Please check it out on this site to know where to purchase it. She doesn’t even smoke.

Beautiful People Revisted – When to Wash Your Hair :-) LOL, but it’s true! Funny, but true.

In Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2017 at 2:31 PM

SHAMPOOING

 When should I shampoo my hair? How often should I shampoo my hair? Should I use heat on my hair? Do I need to go to the hairdresser each time I need to get my hair washed?

Note: When I am referring to actual washing – I mean with shampoo. Read the rest of this entry »

Puns to Ponder

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Ponders on Puns - Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

Brikena Ribaj Ponders on Puns – Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

By Brikena Ribaj

Tip of the hat to Chris for the pointer. He and I have such a great time together playing with language. I thought I’d share with you all what he just sent my way.

Enjoy. And as a medievalist, my very favorite would have to be number one.

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Because ALL One Needs is Music – Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There

In Culture, Entertainment, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 16, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Does a Review of Todd Hayes

Brikena Ribaj Does a Review of Todd Hayes

By Brikena Ribaj

I don’t think one chooses music. I truly believe it chooses one. I was asked recently why I’m such a fan of indie music. I remember saying something like, ‘well, I suppose I was born that way. Or something. It’s one of those truths, you know? You just know it. Sort of like knowing your name, you just do, you know?’ The awkward-sounding answer made full sense to me. Can’t say the same for my interlocutor.

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Pet Shop Boys and Nietsche?!?!

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Comments on the Pet Shop Boys

Brikena Ribaj Comments on the Pet Shop Boys

By Brikena Ribaj

I often refer to the music-loving Socrates as Nietzsche portrays him in his work Birth of Tragedy. Music is the best form of language, per Socrates. And I concur fully not just because it is Socrates’ attitude per Nietzsche but because I happen to share the same attitude experientially. So, those who get mad over not getting showered with attention when music is playing an active part in the discourse need to, well, find other ways to cope.

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The Radio Call

In Education, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 14, 2017 at 3:00 AM
When It Comes To AIDS, It Is Better to Light A Candle - Photo Courtesy of StockExpert

When It Comes To AIDS, It Is Better to Light A Candle – Photo Courtesy of StockExpert

It was a Saturday afternoon and the radio was on. I was living in Uganda in the fall of 1996 and the winter of 1997. The radio was calling out a list of names. I could not understand why.

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Just Too Many People To Thank

In Writing (all kinds) on February 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM

I will get to your story.

Creating Things: Profile of Roger McTair (Originally Published on Impowerage.com)

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Roger McTair Creates Magic - Photo Courtesy of Seneca College's Website

Roger McTair Creates Magic – Photo Courtesy of Seneca College’s Website

Roger McTair is a director, poet, professor and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He has had short stories air on CBC Radio and BBC Radio.

He was born in Trinidad and Tobago on October 7, 1943. Not having much to do while growing up galvanized his love of creating things.

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Study Finds New Technology For Fossil Fuels Can Cut CO2

In Business, Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM
EPRI Did a Revealing Study on Electricity - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

EPRI Did a Revealing Study on Electricity – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has found the replacement of fossil fuels technology with electric ones would result in energy savings. The energy savings are as high as 71.7 quadrillion BTUs.

These savings would cut CO2 by 4,400 million tons between 2009 and 2030.

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Rookies

In Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on February 11, 2017 at 3:00 AM
A Rookie's Story is Told by Rachel Muenz - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

A Rookie’s Story is Told by Rachel Muenz – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

By Rachel Muenz

Jo Henday, Sister:

I should be proud of you but I’m not. Not of a single shot.

Your first goal came off my stick, remember? The puck was pinned to the boards by a couple pairs of skates and there were five of us from both teams working at it in a clatter of wood. Some kid kept cross-checking me in the back – no penalty – but I fought my way through the press of jerseys and dug the puck out. I flung it towards the net because I knew you were there.

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Where are the Asian (meaning Chinese as an Example) Comedians in Canada?

In Writing (all kinds) on February 10, 2017 at 7:27 PM

Does anyone know? Please tell me.

You can email me at: donnamagazinewordpress@gmail.com.

PAINT FOR A CAUSE

In Beauty, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 10, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Sico Flat for Ceilings - Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

Sico Flat for Ceilings – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

by Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

Sico to Donate a Portion of Ceiling Paint Sales to Breast Cancer Research

Longueuil, Quebec – July 20, 2009 – Think pink. That’s the message Sico is sending to Canadians this fall with the announcement that it will donate a portion of sales of its disappearing-pink Flat for Ceilings paint to support lifesaving breast cancer research.

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Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation

In Culture, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 9, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Comments on Lost in Translation - Photo Courtesy of IMB

Brikena Ribaj Comments on Lost in Translation – Photo Courtesy of IMDB

By Brikena Ribaj

Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) is another good Fall title for me. It takes place in Tokyo and the most relatable bits in the film are Charlotte and Bob, the two main characters, exploring the busy, urban streets of Tokyo together, thus sharing their isolated togetherness and bonding in a place where the leading currency is utter linguistic unfamiliarity and unequivocal confusion.

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Ist Brüno In oder Aus? Ish sage Aus!

In Culture, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 8, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Reviews the Movie Bruno

Brikena Ribaj Reviews the Movie Bruno

By Brikena Ribaj

A screening of Brüno (2009) in a German-speaking setting is one thing. A screening of it somewhere else is something else.

I explain.

As a German speaker, I have a healthy list of reasons as to why this film vexed my ears. The whole grammar thing does a number on me. File it under occupational hazard.

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The Inkwell – Selection from Upcoming Book Stories in Red and Yellow

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 7, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Larenz Tate is the Star of the Movie The Inkwell

Larenz Tate is the Star of the Movie The Inkwell – Photo Courtesy of Starpulse.com

Set in 1976, this movie features the staple afros, braids and other various styles of Black hair at that time. The interesting thing of note is that the family of Drew Tate, the main character in the movie, are depicted as working class and activist.

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More Exhaustive List of Hair Oils

In Writing (all kinds) on February 6, 2017 at 12:11 PM

Here is my list of my personal apothecary of hair oils. Some of them are similar and/or the same as the ones mentioned above. It took me a long time to accumulate this many oils. For you it may take a shorter period of time if this is something that you want. I tend to put all of the oils into my hair and combine them with a clear spray bottle that is rather large from the Dollar Store that I bought for no more than two dollars Canadian. Here is the list. I present this more for me to have a record of what I have than for anything else, as well as knowing that it can also be helpful. I also found Wikipedia to helpful in making up parts of this list or definitely helpful in making in more comprehensive:

Abyssinian oil: also known as crambe seed oil, this oil is considered a new item in the hair oil market. Good for adding moisture and avoiding wrinkles.

Agar oil: also known as oodh and people love how it smells. This one I have yet to own.

Ajwain oil: distilled from leaves. Good for your hair. This one I have yet to own too.Almond oil: Contains important ingredients such as Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. This oil nourishes and strengthens the hair and is vital for avoidance of hair loss and repairing hair damage.

Aloe Vera oil: helps to treat dry scalp and dandruff for hair. This oil is excellent for growing hair of all hair types. Try to avoid aloe vera gel if you have problems dealing with products that contain alcohol for either your hair and/or skin. The presence of alcohol can have an extremely drying effect on your skin or on your scalp. Read the rest of this entry »

Listen`in (Defunct Proposal to the CBC) – Selections from Upcoming Book Stories in Red and Yellow

In Business, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 6, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Paul da Silva and Donna Kakonge Worked on a Creative Concept Called Listen'in - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Paul da Silva and Donna Kakonge Worked on a Creative Concept Called Listen’in – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

A proposal for a thirteen part series exploring issues of race,

culture, and identity. The series will provide a forum for discussions on these topical issues through a Documentary approach as well as through discussions in an informal, and relaxed setting amongst people who are both well informed and passionate about these issues. The setting could be in a community, a cultural setting.

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Suggestions for Ethnic Newspapers – Selections from Upcoming book Stories in Red and Yellow

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Ethnic Newspapers Can Help You to Discover Many Things - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Ethnic Newspapers Can Help You to Discover Many Things – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Suggested Publications

*Aboriginal Voices
$45/2 years
-geared towards examining Native North American culture

*Atin Ito
$30/year
-Filipino publication has one of the highest circulations

*First Perspective
$24.95 – $26.70
-a national newspaper highligting a variety of events concerning Aboriginal
people
-also notes political events and issues

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BC Woman Loves Shea Butter Market Products

In Beauty, Business, Culture, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM
BC Woman's Favourite Shea Butter Market Product - Photo Courtesy of Shea Butter Market.com

BC Woman’s Favourite Shea Butter Market Product – Photo Courtesy of Shea Butter Market.com

A 71-year-old woman in British Columbia (who preferred not be named) loves the Shea Butter Market products that Gifty Serbeh-Dunn owns. “I love them,” she says. “I’ve used pretty well everything that she’s had out. First of all I’ve used her shea butter and the moisturizing cream and the body lotion and the foot cream.”

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Blue Death: A five-part series by the Teeny Tracer on how protestors are destroying money and lives at Dump Site 52

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 3, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Does a Parody on a Dumpsite - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Rachel Muenz Does a Parody on a Dumpsite – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

The plight of North Comise garbage: Part one of a five-part series

By Zema Luncher

In homes across North Comise County, the garbage bag is kept hidden from sight in cupboards or garages, unable to socialize with the families it lives with and treated as less than the family dog. After a week, it is stuffed into a bin and left for hours until it is hurled into a truck for a long, crowded journey to an even more crowded landfill. Here, it is dumped in piles with thousands of other bags, left to be torn apart by seagulls, crows and other scavengers, never knowing the taste of clean water or the smell of fresh air.

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Ottawa Woman Loves Shea Butter Market Products

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Living, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Citrus is Just One of the Many Flavours of the Shea Butter Market Lip Balm Products - Photo Courtesy of SheaButterMarket.com

Citrus is Just One of the Many Flavours of the Shea Butter Market Lip Balm Products – Photo Courtesy of SheaButterMarket.com

Christen Bennett, in her early 30s, is a family friend of Gifty Serbeh-Dunn, owner of the Shea Butter Market company. For a time while in Ottawa, Serbeh-Dunn lived with Bennett’s family. Out of friendship and a deep belief in shea butter, Bennett tries to promote the Shea Butter Market products in the Ottawa region.

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SO IS THIS IT?

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on January 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Hyacinth Harewood's Poem Illustrates the Struggles of Life - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Hyacinth Harewood’s Poem Asks So Is This It? – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Hyacinth Harewood

I’m a parasite on an interminable past that will outlast my gourmet greed,
I’m Tantalus in consummation, never stopping eating – under the curse of my past.
Yesterday’s spices drive me to wishing wells of the future that never fulfill water,
Not a drip from the cup to the caking lip.

Come tomorrow ….
Tomorrow never comes,
Intercepted by an interfering today.

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Kiddie Card Whiz (Originally Aired on CJOH-TV)

In Business, Creative Writing, Education, Living, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM

This story aired back in 1993 with CJOH-TV in Ottawa, Canada while I was doing my undergraduate work in journalism at Carleton University. I was on internship there and found out about a 7-year-old at the time who had his own business:

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Financial degradation at Site 52 puts species at risk: Part three of a five-part series

In Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on January 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Rachel Muenz Continues With Part Three of Her Series on Garbage - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Continues With Part Three of Her Series on Garbage – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Zema Luncher

Protests at Site 52 are putting a severe strain on the financial ecosystem, damaging the habitats of taxpayers and politicians, says Comise County Warden Tom Gudgeon.

Blockades at the proposed dump site in Teeny Township are not only harming these species but the protestors as well, he added.

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Brainwashed by Site 52 protestors: Part four of a five-part series

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on January 28, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About a Character That Loves Garbage in Part Four of Her Series - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About a Character That Loves Garbage in Part Four of Her Series – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Zema Luncher

Charlene Rawston used to love garbage. Instead of keeping it in bins or in the garage, she kept the bags in the living room where she could talk to them and share stories. When Site 52 was first proposed she wholeheartedly supported it, happy that other bags like her close friends would finally have a proper home. But then the protestors came and everything changed.

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Horrific violence at Site 52 shocks county: Part two of a five-part series

In Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Writing (all kinds) on January 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Protests Rock the Small Township Over Garbage - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Protests Rock the Small Township Over Garbage – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

By Zema Luncher

Local politicians are starting to fear for their lives as protests to the dump site in Teeny Township heat up.

Comise County Warden Tom Gudgeon said people have been sending more and more letters of concern about the dump every day.

“My email inbox is always full so other important messages aren’t getting through,” Gudgeon said. “It’s also very painful on my eyes to read them all.

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Rest in Peace Singer George Michael

In Writing (all kinds) on December 25, 2016 at 7:59 PM

We here at Donna Magazine wish George Michael’s family and friends God’s Blessings at this difficult time.

Happy Holidays!

In Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2016 at 3:22 PM

Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Hanukkah! For more multicultural holidays being celebrated in December, please visit this site:

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson246.shtml

Examples of Expressive Writing: Further to How to Write Creative Non-fiction

In Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

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Check out this new book by Donna Kakonge!

Twisted Romance Originally Published in 2015 Now in its Second Edition

In Writing (all kinds) on December 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

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[TPS] – Kensington Market “Winter Solstice” Parade, Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7 p.m., Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on December 19, 2016 at 9:17 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Kensington Market “Winter Solstice” Parade, Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7 p.m., Road closures

Monday, December 19, 20166:59 AM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5053

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, the 27th annual Kensington Market “Winter Solstice” Parade will be held.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m., in the Kensington Market area.

It will form up on Augusta Street, between College Street and Oxford Street.

The parade route:
– southbound Augusta Avenue
– eastbound Baldwin Street
– southbound Kensington Avenue
– westbound Dundas Street West

The parade will disperse into Alexandra Park.

The event organizers are anticipating 5,000 participants.

Various road closures will be in effect for this event, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Kensington Market area streets. Dundas Street West will be closed from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

TTC service will be disrupted during the event on Dundas Street West.

This event will take place regardless of weather conditions. Members of the public should anticipate traffic disruptions in the area.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Tee Chase, Public Safety – Special Events

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Pen to Computer Screen – Originally Published in 2005

In Writing (all kinds) on December 2, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Writing and the written word have been a major part of Trecia Harley’s life ever since she could remember. As a child she loved to read and be transported to another world.

The magic of words was her main pastime growing up in Parry Sound, Ontario. Thus, writing became her favourite form of expression.

Trecia attended the University of Toronto where she studied English Literature, History and Celtic Studies. She also completed a publishing certificate course at Ryerson Polytechnic University.

“Throughout my entire education, I loved reading books, reading about the making of books, discussing the power of literature, and debating the need for it in daily life,” says Trecia. “To me, writing was, and will always be, THE ultimate form of connecting the minds of men.”

This lead Trecia to becoming involved with The Breath, an online magazine. The Breath was the brain-child of two men from Toronto: Shane Belcourt (Anthony) and Jordan O’Connor. Shane and Jordan are musicians and artists in their own right in Ottawa. Shane and Jordan saw the early possibilities of the Internet and were excited by the idea of forming an arts collective site which would house an e-zine and independent Canadian record label. Read the rest of this entry »

Camille Nelson’s Album First Words, Why I Love It

In Beauty, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on November 30, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Reviews the Musical Work of Camille Nelson

Brikena Ribaj Reviews the Musical Work of Camille Nelson

By Brikena Ribaj

This is Camille Nelson, my very good friend.

Camille Nelson is one of my all-time favorite people. Among so many other things, she is also an artist par excellence. Camille is also the one who patiently taught me how to play the guitar, the one with whom I’ve had many an adventure over the years, and the one who simply excels at all she does. And she manages to do it all by being unapologetically good and quintessentially Camille.

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SHEA BUTTER MARKET – BRINGING GIFTS TO THE MASSES

In Beauty, Business, Culture, Health, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on November 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Shea Butter Market is the Brainchild of Gifty Serbeh-Dunn

Shea Butter Market is the Brainchild of Gifty Serbeh-Dunn

I CALLED GIFTY SERBEH-DUNN AS SHE WAS FEEDING HER CAT. HER BOYS WALKED BY THE CAT WITHOUT FEEDING HER. HER BIG BOY IS HER HUSBAND WAYNE DUNN WHO HAS A BUSINESS DEGREE FROM STANFORD. HER SMALL 7-YEAR-OLD BOY IS HER SON KABORÉ. SERBEH-DUNN HAS MANY THINGS TO DO SUCH AS FEEDING HER CAT AND RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS SHEA BUTTER MARKET.

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Bicycle Time

In Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Pets, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 25, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Explores Bicycle Time in a Short Story - Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

Rachel Muenz Explores Bicycle Time in a Short Story - Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

By Rachel Muenz

The road unrolls before him, cracked and purple-grey. The pavement is worn but good, better than that behind him, cratered and half-repaired with uneven disks of tar. On either side, trees slide past the corners of his eyes, their branches reaching for his arms. Beyond the trees, the hunched forms of hills, shadowed and filmed with pale green, rise and fall. He feels the hum of the tires in his chest, right through to his heart. It is pure joy.

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People who make a difference

In Business, Writing (all kinds) on November 24, 2016 at 3:00 AM

There are so many people who make a difference on your journey through life. My parents and siblings have always been there for me, cheering me on and believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Sometimes when my self-esteem was so low, I needed extra support.

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Hard Work

In Health, Living, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on November 23, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Nick Goodwin Does Not Want Stress to Rule His Life - Photo: MorgueFile.com

Nick Goodwin Does Not Want Stress to Rule His Life – Photo: MorgueFile.com

By Nick Goodwin

Hard work. Sometimes I feel that I know the definition of it. Truly, I do not. I have the vision of where I want to be with my successes. This is what sets the tone for how hard I must work. Lately I am coming to discover just how much work is involved with reaching your goals. Endless efforts.

My plan is to stay organized. I am able to think a lot more clearly if everything around me in my life is taken care of. However, it is impossible to live a completely stress-free life. When you are meticulous, little things can throw you off. When you are careless, things build up and the stress is there in an overwhelming sense. It will be there. The only thing you can do is accepting the bad with the good.

So, before I get sucked into my little world of computer graphics and illustrations I plan to make sure my life is in order and organized. If I do this, getting down to business will feel more like a privilege as well as I will have a clear focus when I am ready to crack down on the task(s) at hand.

There are lots to keep a busy person motivated. I think the true challenge is being able to focus on “the now” and still feel motivated by the prize at the end of the road. I see people around me feeling overwhelmed by their work and I sometimes doubt their approach. I have faith in their ability to eventually overcome their state of distress and of course I admire their strength to not quit. The art of working hard and living stress-free is something I will continue to try and understand as well as master.

How To Help Your Dog Prevent Hair Loss

In Health, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on November 21, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Many dogs lose their hair on a regular basis. If you are dog owner, you may find the occasional clump of hair on the sofa or carpet. With double-coated breeds, this is especially true. Examples of breeds with a double-coat are German Shepherds, Collies, Husky and Welsh corgi.

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Ode to Silence

In Beauty, Culture, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 20, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Loves Portland, Oregon - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

Brikena Ribaj Loves Portland, Oregon - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

By Brikena Ribaj

One of the reasons I love Portland, OR, well, other than it being home to the best bookstore I have seen in North America, Powell’s, is how quiet it is.

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How to Start Studying Abroad

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on November 19, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Studying abroad is an excellent experience – if you get the opportunity it is worth it in so many ways. Here are some tips on how you can start to plan for studying abroad.

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Instructions on Making Toilet Paper Puppets

In Education, Entertainment, Environment, Writing (all kinds) on November 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Once These Are Done - Toilet Paper Puppet Dolls

Once These Are Done – Toilet Paper Puppet Dolls

I was walking to Chester Public School in Toronto, part of what is commonly known by most Torontonians as Greektown. My family lived in a two-bedroom apartment and there were five of us. My Mom and Dad were in one room and my brother, sister and I had the other room. Three single beds all stacked up side-by-side – wow…did we ever have fun having easy access to our siblings as play partners. I do not remember there being a lot of room for toys. We did get very creative though. Finished toilet paper rolls became puppet dolls. You see, there is an art form to making puppet dolls with finished toilet paper rolls.

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Franz Ferdinand Concert Report

In Culture, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on November 16, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Franz Ferdinand Concert - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

Franz Ferdinand Concert - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

Franz Ferdinand is on tour promoting their new album Tonight with Franz Ferdinand. We saw them in concert last night and I am happy to report that they delivered. They performed for one and a half hours and the energy of the band was in harmonious synch with that of the crowd.

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Corporation Gives Computers to School

In Business, Education, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

A leading global talent development corporation will be providing computers and computer aided education to more than 2,005 schools in Andra Pradesh in India. The value of this funding is Rs 1728 million.

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