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1. Buddha hand gestures or mudras and meanings
Buddha hand gestures or mudras and meanings
Buddhas are often depicted in paintings, sculptures and Indian dances with certain postures associated with hand gestures called mudras. A mudra is a symbolic hand or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism which represent a period in the life of the historical Buddha. There are hundreds of mudr...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:09:13
2. Why birds like to sit on power lines
Why birds like to sit on power lines
Birds sitting on power lines are one of the mundane everyday scenes often taken for granted, yet one that brings endless fascination. When I see rows of birds on power lines, I often stare in wonderment. Why do birds like to perch on power lines? Why don't birds get shocked? Or do they? Why do th...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:23:30
3. Extreme Paper Quilling
Extreme Paper Quilling
Paper quilling is a form of paper craft where long thin strips of paper are tightly rolled around a "quill" to form a filligree or openwork design. The quills originally used were the tips of goose feathers hence the name quilling. It is a paper craft practised by the genteel crowds of long ago w...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:50:22
4. Kalagas - Burmese Bead Embroidered Tapestries
Kalagas - Burmese Bead Embroidered Tapestries
Every item in my home has a story behind it. One of my most treasured items is a Burmese kalaga which is the traditional name for an embroidered tapestry from Myanmar (Burma). This style comes from the Mandalay region and the tradition goes back more than a century. Kalagas are generally made fr...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:19
5. Historic Niles District of Fremont, California
Historic Niles District of Fremont, California
Niles is a hidden gem southeast of San Francisco where two major historical events occurred. In 1869 the Central Pacific Railroad came through Niles Canyon on its first transcontinental journey over its newly-built line. This connected the Atlantic to the Pacific coast and reduced trips to San Fr...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:41:30
6. Chinese Foot Binding
Chinese Foot Binding
This is a pair of antique Chinese bound feet lotus slippers which were fashionable when the old tradition of foot binding was in style in China. The practice lasted more than a thousand years. Young girls' feet were bound with long strips of cloth to keep them from growing and the toes were broke...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:53:34
7. Hummingbirds growing up in my garden
Hummingbirds growing up in my garden
This is the story of two baby hummingbirds growing up in my garden. The discovery came as an unexpected surprise which just blew me away. I stumbled upon a mossy wad of lichen and cotton fluffs with spiderweb all over it on one of my geranium hanging plants. It was well camouflaged and looked lik...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:06
8. Bride of Chucky
Bride of Chucky
Get all dolled up this Halloween as the bride of Chucky. This is guaranteed to be a scream. Tiffany is the murderous bride of Chucky, a dreadful killer in her own right, yet so adorable in her satin wedding gown, Goth jacket and black boots. Chucky is the creepy red-headed doll with a killer smil...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:11:29
9. Southwest Storytellers and Pottery
Southwest Storytellers and Pottery
My fascination with storytellers began on my first visit to the American Indian Guild Show at the local fairgrounds several years ago. There were weavers, artisans, jewelry makers, and potters selling their creations everywhere. But what really caught my fancy were the seated male and female clay...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:14:54
10. My Pot Belly Gramophone
My Pot Belly Gramophone
This lens is about my pot belly gramophone circa 1920's, which is neither a stove nor a pig, but an antique handcranked phonograph player. I described it as "pot belly" because visitors that come to my home would often mistake this floor model gramophone for a pot belly stove. Since this is not a...
Computers & Electronics - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:13:22
11. Are mothers better parents than fathers?
Are mothers better parents than fathers?
The word mother is synonymous to someone who feeds, cares, nurtures and protects. A mother will go to all ends to keep her young from harm's way.This is true for all animals where the maternal instinct is believed to be hard-wired to the brain. Mothers, with a higher level of the hormone, oxytoci...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:07:17
12. Bird's Nest Soup
Bird's Nest Soup
Bird's nest soup is a delicacy enjoyed in China for over 1000 years sought after for its medicinal and health benefits. Its main ingredient is not twigs, straws, leaves or mud, but made entirely out of the gummy saliva of the cave-dwelling Edible-nest swiftlet of the swift family found throughout...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:35:07
13. Haunted USS Hornet
Haunted USS Hornet
The USS Hornet CV 12 is the eighth US warship to carry the Hornet name. It is a highly decorated aircraft carrier that took part in fierce action in WWII and served as the primary recovery ship for the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar missions. It is also purported to be one of the most haunted US warships...
Culture & Society - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:03:22
14. Purple amethyst - the powerful healing stone
Purple amethyst - the powerful healing stone
Amethyst is a purple quartz prized for its beauty, its mystical energy and healing properites since ancient times. Yet amethyst, like the common quartz is silicon dioxide or silica found in sand. Amethyst has been prized for centuries by ancient Roman and Greeks, monarchs, churches, Tibetan monks...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:40:27
15. Kitchen witches
Kitchen witches
A kitchen witch came into my life more than three decades ago in the form of a gift from a young friend named Sarah. When I first saw it I did not know what to think. She told me that I was supposed to display the kitchen witch in my kitchen so it would bring me good luck in my cooking endeavors....
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:27:31
16. Venetian Jester Masks
Venetian Jester Masks
The Venetian jester mask is the classic male joker face with red and black velvet tines tipped with gold bells. This is handcrafted and fashioned after the centuries-old clown masks worn by professional actors in the traveling improvisational theater Commedia dell'Arte, (Italian, literally meanin...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:09:10
17. Cutleaf Weeping Birch Trees
Cutleaf Weeping Birch Trees
The Cutleaf Weeping Birch tree (Betula Pendula Darlecarlica ) or European White Birch is priced for its graceful 'weeping' branches' with deep-cut serrated leaves and showy markings on its silver-white bark which add a delicate accent to any landscape. In the Fall, the green foliage transforms in...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:36:16
18. Ghostly Victorian costumes
Ghostly Victorian costumes
Ghostly Halloween costumes of elegant Victorian gentlemen and ladies in tattered gowns and coats with white makeup are hauntingly spooky by nature. The abnormally pale and wan complexions, white wigs and elaborate costumes conjure up images of lingering apparitions and disembodied spirits from ye...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:51
19. Western Scrub Jays in our yard
Western Scrub Jays in our yard
We used to refer to the vocal and aggressive blue-colored birds in our yard as blue birds or blue jays. This is not totally incorrect because the Western Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma californica) are the crestless "blue jays" of the Western lowlands of North America and breed in scrubby habitats. Their...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:26:38
20. Why birds fly in V formation
Why birds fly in V formation
One of the joys of the changing seasons is seeing migratory birds make their journey in the impressive V formation. Larger birds, like geese, pelicans, swans and cranes head south for the winter and in spring, head back north to their breeding grounds. Most birds that fly in V formation have a lo...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:30
21. Spooky plants
Spooky plants
Photo Credit:wikipedia The plant kingdom has it share of creepy and sinister specimens as part of nature's grand scheme for diversity. Some of these strange-looking plants seem to have grown out from some horror flicks. Imagine encountering a bat plant, eyeball plant, a dracula flower, a skunk ca...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:12:58
22. Lucky symbols for the home
Lucky symbols for the home
Some people believe in luck, other do not. Noone will turn down good fortune, happiness, prosperity and good friendship, if given a choice. There are many items in my home which I have chosen based on aesthetics, whimsy, or just-because. Some of them are just there because I liked them and not f...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:25:41
23. My Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
My Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
This Anton Schneider Black Forest cuckoo is my most treasured collectible from Germany. It is displayed in a litte alcove next to the fireplace in our family room. Aside from the fine craftmanship, reputation and reliability, this cuckoo clock is a mechanical marvel. The clock keeps time driven o...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:02
24. Military Camouflage Color Designs
Military Camouflage Color Designs
Military camouflage uniforms were created mainly for soldiers to blend in with the colors, tones and textures, climates of the environment they operate in during combat. Camouflage patterns break up solid colors as well as the wearer's shape to avoid detection by enemy forces. Many countries of t...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:55:41
25. Decorative animal and nature figurine fans
Decorative animal and nature figurine fans
What happens when the summer heat is on? We all reach for the electric fan tucked away during the winter months to cool us off. But tabletop electric fans do not have to look like an unattractive appliance with blades in a cage. A fan can be really hot stuff. Here is a collection of whimsical De...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:52:41
26. Navajo Yei Rugs
Navajo Yei Rugs
According to Navajo belief, a Yei is a supernatural being or a holy one with healing powers. Yei can be male or female and are used in sandpainting during sacred rituals to heal sick people. The Yeis depicted in the sandpainting rituals must be destroyed before dawn or dreadful taboos will befall...
Culture & Society - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:06:12
27. Marvel Comics Bishoujo Collection
Marvel Comics Bishoujo Collection
These Marvel Comics X-men superheroines have been redesigned and presented with Anime-style faces and physiques by Japanese Kotobukiya import. The Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) collection have lovely faces and finely sculpted detailing and paint job. Each piece captures the beauty, brawn, brain...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:41:26
28. Grow Orchids
Grow Orchids
The first orchid I ever owned was a present from a friend. I was initially intimidated by the gracefully arched exotic beauty. It was going to be a real challenge for me to keep this pricey and fussy plant alive, I thought. Where should I put it, how often should I water it? How do I get it to bl...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:18
29. National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is on August 25
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is on August 25
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is on August 25 and a day to celebrate recycled and repurposed clothing. You heard that right. It is a day set aside to celebrate wearing someone else's hand-me-down. How wacky can that be. Not really. With the economic downturn, attitudes have changed about buyi...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:59
30. Pollarding Trees
Pollarding Trees
In the winter, when most trees drop their leaves, the gnarly knobs of some trees with antler-like branches stand out among the rest. Depending on the species of the trees, some appear to be whippy, bulbous, twisted, grotesque, and others, even gothic-chic. Did some cosmic mutation befall these tr...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:35
31. The Cuckoo Bird
The Cuckoo Bird
The cuckoo bird is more often heard than seen. The familiar "coo coo" sound is usually associated with the little bird that pops out of the Black Forest cuckoo clock to call out the time. But there is more to the cuckoo bird that meets the eye. It is a brood parasite. It does not make its own nes...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:42
32. Why do we yawn?
Why do we yawn?
Thinking or reading about yawning could induce one to open one's mouth and take a long, deep breath. Occasionally, this is accompanied by the stretching of the arms followed by a groan. This is most satisfying, unlike a yawn that is deliberately stifled. Seeing someone yawn would make one yawn. T...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:31
33. Upside-down Pineapple Cake with pudding
Upside-down Pineapple Cake with pudding
This is one of the most requested recipes that I get from my friends for the traditional upside-down pineapple cake. Powdered instant pudding mix is added to a box of lemon cake mix to create a more moist, less crumbly, and fluffier cake. Melted butter with light brown sugar form the caramelized ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:24
34. Expand storage and counter space with kitchen island cart
Expand storage and counter space with kitchen island cart
Baking and cooking in my kitchen has its share of issues. Not because there are not enough counter space, but because the counters are too far apart. Walking back and forth to grab prepared ingredients from one counter to the cooking area is inefficient. A mobile and sturdy kitchen cart between t...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:59
35. Retirement Job
Retirement Job
The path to finding a perfect job is long and hard. What may seem a perfect job for one could be less than desirable for another.This is a tongue-in-cheek lens about finding the perfect job after many years of job-hopping. A friend e-mailed me this "punny" joke about the perfect job which I enjoy...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:35:14
36. Actors who can sing
Actors who can sing
Many actors rose to fame for their acting abilities in their portrayal of character roles, which range from the dramatic, comedic and eccentric. Nothing surprises an audience more when the an actor, not known for his singing acumen, breaks out into a song in a new movie. The reaction ranges from ...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:47
37. My Father's Favorite Music
My Father's Favorite Music
Photo Source: Amazon One of my fondest memories of my father was his passion for his kind of music. Papa would turn up the volume and our house would reverberate with Helen Traubel's Wagnerian soprano or Mario Lanza's tenor voice, Souza's military marches, or Liberace's classical rhapsodies. As...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:06:06
38. Nefertiti costumes
Nefertiti costumes
In Halloween of 2011, I dressed as Nefertiti, the little known Queen of Egypt and Great Royal Wife of pharaoh Akhenaten during the 18th Dynasty, 14th century B.C. Why choose an obscure queen and not someone like the more famous Cleopatra? It is the mystery and controversy that surrounded the life...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:41:32
39. Summer Cantaloupe Drink
Summer Cantaloupe Drink
There are so many ways to eat and serve a cantaloupe, but what about a cantaloupe drink for the hot summer months? This is a non-alcoholic ice-cold summer cooler and is also known as the melon drink in the Philippines. The cantaloupe is shredded with a special tool similar to a zester to create s...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:59
40. Pine Cone Fun Facts
Pine Cone Fun Facts
A recent stroll in our garden made me discover the world of pine cones peeking out of pine needles in the trees--tiny pine cones to very large ones. What are pine cones for? Can you tell the difference between a male and female pine cone? Let me introduce you to some of these pine cones in our y...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:30
41. The Gift of the Magi Book Review
The Gift of the Magi Book Review
"The Gift of the Magi" by the great American author, O. Henry, is a treasured Christmas short story that is timeless and beloved all over the world. Written in 1906, this bittersweet story is about a poor young married couple sacrificing the only valuable things they own in order to buy each othe...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:43:16
42. A Home for Hummingbirds
A Home for Hummingbirds
This is story of how a man-made hummingbird's nest was fashioned to save a hummingbird family from near disaster. The original nest was infested with bird mites which drove the baby chicks to abandon their nest. One of the baby hummers fell to the pavement and was near death. I chronicled the dai...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:27:13
43. Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont California
Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont California
A visit to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, California is like stepping into a time machine where agricultural practices and the way of life have not changed since the 1850s. The 205-acre estate was originally owned by farmer George Washington Patterson in 1849 and turned over to the City of F...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:17:28
44. Pumpkin sculptures
Pumpkin sculptures
Halloween often means the appearances of Jack-o-lanterns and carved pumpkins in every size, shape and design. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating this seasonal ritual. There are those with skilled hands and a very fertile imagination who have elevated carved pumpkins to another level. ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:15:48
45. Creepy gelatin cream cheese eyeballs
Creepy gelatin cream cheese eyeballs
These no-bake creepy halloween eyeballs are so easy to make and are frighteningly delicious. These are made of lime gelatin and cream cheese mixture with raspberries stuffed with blueberries for the irises and pupils. There is no need for the melonballer to create the rounded eyeballs or icing to...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:00:45
46. Spring Pollination
Spring Pollination
Spring signals the end of Winter and the onset of pollination. So what is pollination? Pollen is the dust-like powder on the stamen of a flower that not only causes pollen allergy but is necessary for flowers and plants to produce seeds and fruits. Pollen is produced by the stamen, the male part ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:47
47. Just the right shoe figurines
Just the right shoe figurines
What is the next best thing to a new pair of shoes for someone obsessed with footwear? A miniature collectible version of just the right shoe. "Just The Right Shoe" or JTRS by Lorraine Vail also known as Raine is a collection of miniature shoes (approximately 4 inches) which range from dramatic a...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:53
48. Tea for one sets
Tea for one sets
A teapot that fits on top of the mug is a tea-for-one set. How clever can that be? It is beautiful, whimsical, elegant, functional and demands little space from the cupboard. Being a tea drinker and a teapot collector, I find these melange of tea-for-one sets a joy to own or as a gift for a frien...
Gift Guide - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:46:35
49. Sonya's Garden Bed and Breakfast
Sonya's Garden Bed and Breakfast
Sonya's Garden Bed and Breakfast is not only my favorite ultimate place to relax, but it is also a world away across the Pacific. This destination defines "getting away from it all." Tucked away close to the rolling hills of Tagaytay, Philippines, Sonya's Garden B&B is paradise found. Owned by S...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:19
50. The bogeyman
The bogeyman
Every child growing up has heard the threat at one time or another "The bogeyman will come and get you." This scare tactic was often used by parents or elders as a way of controlling their children, by frightening them to believe that the imaginary monster is real. Children's bedtime stories ofte...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:36
51. Celebrate National Hot Tea Month by keeping hot tea hot
Celebrate National Hot Tea Month by keeping hot tea hot
January is National Hot Tea Month. Celebrate this month-long holiday by enjoying your favorite pot of tea and keeping it piping hot. Nothing is more satisfying than relaxing and sipping your favorite cup of tea with friends or by yourself that stays hot for hours. There are many contemporary dou...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:03
52. The Rescued Calico Cat
The Rescued Calico Cat
This is the story of Malibu, (Mali for short) our calico cat who came to our lives unexpectedly in the year 2000. My son brought her home one evening exclaiming, "Mom, I brought home a cat." I had just gotten over the loss of our 12 year-old Maine Coon cat, Fluffy, who was taken away by feline ai...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:00:24
53. Chicken pastel - Filipino chicken pot pie
Chicken pastel - Filipino chicken pot pie
When I think of holidays and celebrations, Chicken Pastel or the Filipino version of chicken pot pie comes to mind. The mingling of Chinese and Spanish ingredients makes Chicken Pastel a unique and traditional comfort food. There are many variations and interpretations of chicken pastel from Spa...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:43:16
54. Cheese board sets
Cheese board sets
Cheese has always been a crowd pleaser in any cocktail party or social gathering. People like to savor each one and share their opinions on their favorites. Serving cheese as an hors d'oeuvre mandates a good cheese cutting board, cheese knives and tools for various cheese textures and flavors. Wi...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:54:33
55. Grow a Succulent Garden
Grow a Succulent Garden
This lens is a tribute to succulent gardening. Succulents are drought-tolerant, winter hardy, water-wise and so easy to grow. These evergreen perennials need very little care, are easily propagated and turn your garden from drab to fab. I am showcasing my first succulent hanging garden and the ar...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:21
56. Reusable insulated lunch bags
Reusable insulated lunch bags
Packing a tasty lunch for your kids for school is not just about great munchies anymore. It is about keeping the sandwiches, fruits, drinks at safe temperatures until these are ready to be consumed by the hungry little ones. This calls for the fully insulated and reusable lunch bags which are pra...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:54
57. Homemade Edward Scissorhands Costume
Homemade Edward Scissorhands Costume
Edward Scissorhands is a popular Halloween movie character beloved and recognizable for the long, sharp garden shears he has for his hands. This is my costume of choice and my entry to a Halloween 2012 costume contest at my workplace. The key here is to create an easy and inexpensive Edward Sciss...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:42:57
58. National Pistachio Day Feb. 26
National Pistachio Day Feb. 26
February 26 is not just an unusual holiday, but a very nutty one. It is National Pistachio Day. In the Middle East, pistachios are known as the "smiling nut", in China, it is called the "happy nut". It is also referred to as the green almond because of the green kernel and the almond-shaped shell...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:00:51
59. Most Wanted Toys for boys and girls
Most Wanted Toys for boys and girls
It is that time of the year again-- the flurry and scurry to get your gifts in time for the holidays for friends and loved ones. Do the people in your holiday list include babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, 5 to 10 year olds? That makes it a daunting task to pick presents that they...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:25
60. Gifts for cats for all occasions
Gifts for cats for all occasions
Have you ever wondered what to gift your cat that is practical, fun, and safe? Your cat is your friend, companion, and healer, whose soft fur and warm purring gives soulful comfort. It is playful, charming, intelligent and rules the house. There is no question about it that there is a deep conne...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:27
61. Quotes & sayings by famous people
Quotes & sayings by famous people
All of us have at one time or another quoted some sayings or one-liners in the course of a conversation. This could be bits of wisdom, proverbs, and witty quotes which elicit laughter or provoke deep thoughts with a smile. I have compiled quotes by my favorite author, comedienne, stateman, First ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:15:53
62. Hiking Mission Peak, Fremont, CA
Hiking Mission Peak, Fremont, CA
Rising steeply to 2,497 feet (761.09 meters) above sea level behind the city of Fremont, California, is the Mission Peak Regional Preserve, offering 2,999 acres of landscape and hiking trails. Mission Peak is a popular destination for determined hikers and a launchpad for hangliders and paraglide...
Sports & Recreation - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:35
63. Ladybugs in the garden
Ladybugs in the garden
Ladybugs are the favorite insects of children because of their distinctive spots and vibrant colors. Farmers love them because of their voracious appetite for plant-eating pests such as aphids, scale insects and mealybugs which destroy crops. Designers and artists are inspired by them because lad...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:54
64. April Showers
April Showers
"April showers may bring May flowers" is a familiar English expression, but few people realize that it originated from a 16th century English farmer and poet, Thomas Tusser. April Showers refers to the spring rains and downpours experienced in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere. This is due to...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:40:34
65. Red-shafted Northern Flicker Woodpecker
Red-shafted Northern Flicker Woodpecker
Last March, I was staring out of our sunroom window and spotted a curious looking bird staring back at me. It was feverishly digging our lawn with its beak like a mini-lawn aerator. It hesitated, and gave me the look. I rushed to my laptop and googled for the keywords "polka-dotted, red moustache...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:03
66. Gray Foxes in my Garden
Gray Foxes in my Garden
Gray foxes are sly creatures I have only read about in books and seen on the wildlife channels. But never did I expect to see them camping out on my backyard deck for three whole months. In spite of their cunning and crafty reputation, which is often taken in a negative light, my encounter with g...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:23:16
67. Do you know Clint Eastwood?
Do you know Clint Eastwood?
He has that silent stare and that grizzled look; tough-as-nails and a man of few words. He takes the law into his own hands, even if that is what it takes to right a wrong. This was the persona Clint Eastwood often portrayed in movies, whether as a gun-toting pastor, an ex-Marine, a Texas ranger,...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:35:07
68. March 15 is Buzzard Day
March 15 is Buzzard Day
March 15 is a wacky holiday called Buzzard Day. Buzzards are also known as turkey vultures, found in most of the Americas. These creatures are often reviled for their sinister look, hunched stance and ominous presence. Yet, these shy and misunderstood scavengers are nature's finest garbage collec...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:32:21
69. Jim Shore cat figurines
Jim Shore cat figurines
This is Elijah, the Jim Shore Heartwood Creek cat figurine who patiently sits beneath our flat-screen TV for a couple of years now. It is this whimsical, fat cat that inspired me to create a lens about these delightful handcrafted and handpainted Jim Shore cats, each one with its own unique purr-...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:28
70. The Ghost of Toys 'R Us
The Ghost of Toys 'R Us
The Toys R' Us mega-store in Sunnyvale, California is more famous for its resident ghost than its shelves full of toys, video games, dolls, and action figures. The paranormal activites were noticed by employees in the 70's when the store was first built over the land of an old orchard. Toys and b...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:17
71. Polka dots and everything dotted
Polka dots and everything dotted
When I think of polka dots, many things come to mind that take me back down memory lane. The dots may not have anything to do with the jivy Polish Polka, but they sure make my eyes and heart dance when I see them. From comic strip character, hit songs, fashion, beddings, decorations and whatnot, ...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:37
72. Turon fried banana eggrolls
Turon fried banana eggrolls
Turn is a fried plantain banana in a springroll wrapper and coated with caramelized sugar popular in the Philippines and usually eaten as a snack or dessert. It is a common street food sold along bus and bike routes. Turn is very much the fusion of Spanish colonization of the Philippines (hence ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:53:56
73. Plant a Fruit salad tree with four different fruits growing in same tree
Plant a Fruit salad tree with four different fruits growing in same tree
Photo Credit:Amazon I have always been obsessed with a fruit salad tree -- a multi-grafted tree that produces four or more different fruits on one tree trunk. The thought always fascinated me and the hybrid tree would make an interesting subject for my garden. First and foremost, I will not need ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:59
74. Winning halloween costumes
Winning halloween costumes
Halloween costumes do not have to be gory, ghastly, scary, or frightening. You can bring the house down with drop-dead hilarious costumes that will not only tickle the bones of your friends but as well as the judges. Here are some of the costumes I wore in Halloween contests at work which garnere...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:54
75. Threading the Needle Day is July 25
Threading the Needle Day is July 25
Hard to believe but, July 25th is Threading the Needle Day. Aside from sticking the end of a thread into the eye of a needle, what can one do to celebrate this silly holiday? Threading the needle is not just something that tailors, seamstresses, quilters, surgeons, upholsterers and other crafters...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:16:17
76. Carnivorous Plants
Carnivorous Plants
Carnivorous plants have turned the tables on the insects and small mammals that preyed on them by eating them. Faced with inhospitable environments with soil low in nutrients, these plants have evolved and developed ingenious adaptations to trap, dissolve their prey with digestive enzymes and abs...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:43:15
77. Wild Turkeys in our Garden
Wild Turkeys in our Garden
It does not have to be Thanksgiving to be turkey time. It is turkey time all year round where we live by the Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Northern California. My first encounter with a wild turkey Mealeagris gallopavo was 7 years ago when a large bird flew over my head and startled me with ...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:51:40
78. Best Handcarved Antique Carousels
Best Handcarved Antique Carousels
Carousels or merry-go-rounds with elaborately handcarved horses and animals have been giving kids a whirl of their lives for years. It is the landmark of every amusement park and brings back memories of the simple joys of childhood. An afternoon is not complete without a ride in a carousel. Fully...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:54
79. How to create a tropical porch
How to create a tropical porch
I have always dreamed of having a secluded tropical porch where I can sit back and relax, read a good book, sip a cup of tea, watch the antics of hummingbirds, or have a small intimate summer backyard party. We had a redwood covered porch built outside the master bedroom several years ago to kee...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:27:06
80. Cigar Box Guitars
Cigar Box Guitars
The cigar box guitar has its roots in the Southern American Delta for more than 150 years. Money was hard to come by during and after the Civil War and Depression. The impoverished expressed their pain and sorrow in a culture called the Blues accompanied by a primitive musical instrument made out...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:54
81. The Mondrian Dress
The Mondrian Dress
Yves Saint Laurent started the Pop Art movement in couture fashions with his most famous design, the Mondrian dress. In 1965 Saint Laurent adapted Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie-Woogie painting to clothing to create a dress that was in keeping with the spirit of the times. In 1966, his hemlines ...
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:35:17
82. Quiz: Moon trivia
Quiz: Moon trivia
The moon is a satellite of the Earth that rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth's rotation of 1000 miles per hour. Wolves howl at it, a cow has jumped over it, and some people still believe it is made of cheese.The moon is known to change people's behavior and make them act crazy or ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:54
83. Easy Mapo Tofu Recipe
Easy Mapo Tofu Recipe
If you do not like tofu, this Mapo tofu recipe will make you into a convert. Known for its spiciness, this Szechuan dish can be toned down to your liking. Ground pork, tofu, store-bought packaged Mapo tofu sauce and green onions are the four ingredients needed to make this super easy recipe. Tof...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:30
84. Unique Gifts for Movie Buffs
Unique Gifts for Movie Buffs
Are you looking for gifts for movie buffs in your list? Vintage cartoon collections like Popeye the Sailor, Betty Boop, Woody Woodpecker, Pink Panther, and megasets of award-winning old school movies will surely bring the house down. DVDs are the not the only gifts that will thrill the film afici...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:25
85. Life according to Malibu our calico cat
Life according to Malibu our calico cat
This is a tribute to Malibu, our calico cat who gave us the best 13 1/2 years of our lives. Mali passed away on March 13, 2013. She had added structure to our daily lives, trained us, and adopted us. Sadness turned to gladness after we realized that Mali was a little gift from God. In this artic...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:34
86. The Exorcist Movie Review
The Exorcist Movie Review
The Exorcist is an award-winning 1973 horror movie directed by William Friedkin adapted from a novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty which was inspired by a 1949 true story of demonic possession of a 14 year-old boy in Mr. Ranier, Maryland. Instead, the possessed in the movie is a sweet ...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:43:34
87. The indispensable salad spinner
The indispensable salad spinner
The salad spinner is one kitchen gadget that I cannot live without. The spinner whirls excess water from the washed salad greens inside the strainer which fits inside a bowl. The lid comes with a crank, a pump, or a pull-cord mechanism to activate the spinning motion depending on the model. Why ...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:16:49
88. Banana walnut muffins recipe
Banana walnut muffins recipe
Overripe bananas make the best banana walnut muffins or cupcakes. We usually keep a bunch of bananas in the kitchen for our daily dose of potassium and Vitamin C. However, there are days where there are no takers and the nice golden yellow skin begin to develop brown spots looking bruised and una...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:35
89. How to make herb markers with wine corks
How to make herb markers with wine corks
Did you know you can create herb and garden markers with used wine corks? I didn't, until I saw a photo in Pinterest which inspired me to create my own for my potted herb garden. It is easy, fun and did not cost me a cent-- except for my time which was spent wisely. All the materials I needed wer...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:41
90. Summer flowers in my garden
Summer flowers in my garden
Summer in our garden brings forth the sights and sounds of nature. Aside from the colorful sun-loving flowers and verdant foliage, the buzz of bees, dragonflies, flutter of butterflies and birds of different feathers transform the garden into a hub of activities. Hummingbirds love to build their ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:59
91. The Joy of Wool Felting
The Joy of Wool Felting
Felt is the oldest fabric known to man. For thousand of years, the nomadic tribes of Central Asia used wool felt for shelter and clothing until today.They lived in portable felt dwellings called Ger or yurt made from the fleece of sheep which is warm, dense, waterproof and windproof. Before Attil...
Arts & Design - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:05:18
92. Feijoas or Pineapple Guavas
Feijoas or Pineapple Guavas
Feijoas, pineapple guavas or guavasteen are dropping from the trees in our backyard faster than we can eat them. Although commonly called pineapple guavas, feijoas are not true guavas but belong to the Myrtle family. Feijoas are a native to South America but are commercially grown in New Zealand ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:54
93. Spring flowers in my garden
Spring flowers in my garden
Spring flowers never cease to delight and bring cheer to everyone after the cold and dark days of winter. New seeds are planted, dormant plants come back to life and my garden is abloom with splashes of colors. The garden never looks exactly the same as the year before. Some of the flowers flour...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:59
94. Debbie Brooks Cross Body purses
Debbie Brooks Cross Body purses
Chronic neck and shoulder pains prompted me to switch from voluminous shoulder bags to the artsy Debbie Brooks wristlet and cross body cellphone purses. These may appear small for what the modern day woman lugs around. But looks are deceiving as these collectable purse collections are making wave...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:38
95. Easy almond grape tart with olive oil and Greek yogurt
Easy almond grape tart with olive oil and Greek yogurt
Every New Year's Day, a friend of ours would bake an incredibly delicious almond grape tart. This version of the tart is more cake-like, but is moist, aromatic and get raves and requests for seconds. It is easy to make and has all the healthy ingredients that are good for you, like almond meal, G...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:06
96. Singing Amazon Parrots
Singing Amazon Parrots
Not all parrots are the screaming, screeching, talking gibberish kinds of birds. A lot of parrots can mimic the human voice with a vocabulary of a few words up to more than a hundred words. The Yellow-naped Amazon parrot breaks all of these stereotypes and are sought after for their intelligence,...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:20
97. National Chucky The Notorious Killer Doll Day - Oct.25
National Chucky The Notorious Killer Doll Day - Oct.25
October 25 is unofficially National Chucky the Notorious Killer Doll Day. Chucky is the most recognizable murderous knife-wielding killer doll brought to life in the Chucky horror films. This creepy pint-sized monster has an evil stare and a smirk on his stitched up face. Possessed by a serial ki...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:17
98. Funny signs from around the world
Funny signs from around the world
Traveling to Asia is an exotic adventure in itself. Running into warning signs which have been translated into English spices up the trip. Many of these signs are in front of museums, parks, temples, restrooms, roadways and are meant to be taken seriously by the tourists. In many cases, the choic...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:54
99. Easy Desserts Anyone Can Make
Easy Desserts Anyone Can Make
This brownie cheesecake is easy to make even if you are a novice baker. It is moist, fluffy and light, unlike the usual chewy and fudgy brownie which is heavy on the stomach. It is made from a box of brownie mix and cream cheese mixture, yet taste every bit from scratch. Nobody will believe that ...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:42:57
100. My Best Swiss Fondue Recipe
My Best Swiss Fondue Recipe
I had made my share of Swiss fondues with some disastrous meltdowns. A seemingly simple recipe of melted cheese in a pot of simmering wine with cornstarch, nutmeg and kirsch cannot possible go wrong, you may think. Overheating, cheese balling up and separating from the wine, tough and stringy che...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:39
101. My top 10 favorite yellow flowers
My top 10 favorite yellow flowers
Yellow flowers light up a garden and represent joy, new beginnings and friendship. A garden without the cheery yellow flowers is like a day without sunshine. Yellow flowers come in a range of shades from pale yellow, buttery yellow, to orangey-yellow. Most often yellow flowers are combined with a...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:20
102. Stuffed cornish game hens with wild rice chestnuts and mushrooms
Stuffed cornish game hens with wild rice chestnuts and mushrooms
This Thanksgiving Day 2012, stuffed Cornish game hens took center stage at our dinner table instead of the traditional turkey feast. Long grain wild rice with sliced mushrooms and roasted chestnuts replaced the bread stuffing. The lemon and soy sauce marinade with basil made the hens tender, tang...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:36
103. The Munchkins of Oz Book Review
The Munchkins of Oz Book Review
"The Munchkins of Oz" is a tribute to the 124 diminutive actors and actresses who inhabited the magical Munchkinland in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "The WIzard of Oz." They were all extremely short but normally proportioned individuals. In those days, they were called midgets, but today, the p...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:14
104. How to grow green onions in your kitchen all year round
How to grow green onions in your kitchen all year round
How often have you chopped off the green stalks from a bunch of green onions or scallions and tossed the white bottoms in the trash? Did you know that the white bulbs when set upright in a glass of water will regrow when placed in a sunny location in your kitchen or windowsill. This will keep reg...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:21
105. My Best Mother's Day Gift for Mother
My Best Mother's Day Gift for Mother
Finding a Mother's Day gift for my mother was always a daunting task. As the decades went by, the gift ideas dwindled to a few mediocre ones. Then I recalled my mother commenting that she always wanted a portrait done of her, except commissioning one would be too expensive. Her older sister did a...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:32:35
106. Potsticker butter lettuce salad with orange segments
Potsticker butter lettuce salad with orange segments
Potstickers are Asian dumplings which have a center filling of meat, vegetables, or combination of both. It can be boiled, steamed or fried and eaten with soy sauce or specially made dumpling sauce. You can choose to make these from scratch or buy the frozen potsticker bags available at the mains...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:22
107. My Favorite Hungarian Goulash - a comfort food
My Favorite Hungarian Goulash - a comfort food
Hungarian Goulash was our son's staple when we vacationed in Europe many years ago. Everywhere we went, Hungarian Goulash was all he hankered for. There were so many variations of this hearty beef stew, rich with Hungarian sweet paprika and spices, potatoes, carrots and a savory robust sauce. How...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:37
108. Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Table setting
Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Table setting
A Halloween table setting can be fun, easy, and inexpensive to put together. It does not have to be scary, ghoulish, and gory to put everyone in the Halloween mood. Do away with the cobwebs, skeletons, and monsters that will scare the daylights out of you and the little ones. I will show you how ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:36
109. Limerick Day is May 12
Limerick Day is May 12
May 12 celebrates the limerick -- the silly, humorous, 5-line poem popularized by English poet, author, artist and illustrator, Edward Lear (1812-1888). It is also Edward Lear's 200th birthday. The limericks, known as nonsense poetry, were compiled in "A Book Of Nonsense" which Edward Lear wrote...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:21
110. Old Maids Day is June 4
Old Maids Day is June 4
Old Maid Day is a wacky holiday celebrated on June 4th. "Old Maid" brings back memories of the fun children's card game that elicited giggles and squeals when I was growing up. I remembered being mortified when I was stuck with the "Old Maid." "Old Maid" also refers to an unmarried and childless...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:20
111. Celebrate Backward Day Jan 31st
Celebrate Backward Day Jan 31st
January 31st has a wacky holiday called Backward Day. This is your chance to do everything backwards. Say goodbye to your friends when you meet them and say hello when you part ways. Have your breakfast in the evening and your dinner in the morning. Wear your clothes inside-out, talk and walk bac...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:08
112. Nutcracker figurines for all seasons
Nutcracker figurines for all seasons
Nutcrackers are no longer just tools for cracking nuts but have become collector's items in the form of familiar characters. Think outside of the royal courts and the colorful soldiers and kings inspired by the christmastime production The Nutcracker Ballet. Today, nutcracker-inspired wooden figu...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:15:55
113. Ferrari Gift Ideas for Dad
Ferrari Gift Ideas for Dad
If your dad, husband, significant other, or best friend, is a Ferrari enthusiast and motorsport fan, these Ferrari gift ideas should pique your interest for Father's Day. That special day is just around the corner and time is of the essence. For a Ferrari diehard who has a passion for the racing ...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:54
114. Bakerwoman's Lensography
Bakerwoman's Lensography
My name is Jenny and Bakerwoman is my Squidoo pseudonym. I am not a baker by profession, but an avid one. My sister (Splendidbaker) introduced me to Squidoo where she writes lenses about cookies sweetened with Splenda. I have a full-time job which keeps me busy most of the time. But I still find ...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:21
115. Virginia City Hill Climb
Virginia City Hill Climb
The Virginia City Hill Climb in Nevada's historic mining town will always be the most rip-roaring and exhilirating Father's Day road racing experience in my husband's life. Where else in the world can a truck route be blocked off for the open-track weekend by the local law enforcement so that 70 ...
Cars - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:34:51
116. Gifts for teachers and educators
Gifts for teachers and educators
Teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world and are accountable for their students' academic successes. They encourage, support, discipline and prepare all of us for our lives in the future. It is payback time. Here are some fun gift ideas to show appreciation for the mentors and educators...
Gift Guide - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:33:38
117. Fall and Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Fall and Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Fall and Autumn table centerpieces bring indoors the warm hues of red, orange and gold of the outdoors.The centerpiece is the focal point of a dining table, kitchen table, or coffee table to add to the festive atmosphere of any social gathering. These are not limited to floral arrangements but in...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:42:56

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