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Taking a big gamble with your friends

April 30, 2013 --

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by Jamie Brazil, Portland
Her blog
Author of Prince Charming, Inc.

Friendships with other women can be perplexing.  My personal history is filled with both longtime relationships enduring decades, and foolishly choosing “friends” who, in the end, were anything but friends.  When I was younger, the nature of my female friendships could be prone to drama.  As I grow older, and watch my mother-in-law at 92 years old navigate her social circles, I hope I’m glimpsing my own future.

Like her, I’m social by nature — though with fewer quarter-ante card games, and more Facebook. The romance writing group I belong to has been a tremendous experience. Discovering a large and diverse group of writers (mostly women) who wish each other the best– even when their personal views are in deep conflict with each other — has been enlightening. Not that anyone in the organization is supposed to talk about politics, religion, etc.  I’m just saying that when we gather, some opposing views are obvious.  Like a steadfast Christian author sitting across from a writer who specializes in demonic possession erotica.

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‘Baby Mugging’ fad a funny web craze

April 29, 2013 --

By Evergreen,
Oregon blogger

Here is one of those fads that we all like and yet is easy to participate in. No its not photo-shopped — its just putting the coffee mug close to the camera with your favorite little one in the background. It leaves you with a mug full of love.


Others are quite inventive.

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Viral Video: Panda gymnastics

April 27, 2013 --

This zoo in Panda World reserve in Fuzhou China, keeps their critters in shape. (1)

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Dark Chocolate Bacon Brownies

April 26, 2013 --


By Heidi von Tagen
Gorgeous Bits Blog

I’ve worked on the administrative and admissions side of culinary school now for the last 10 years and although I myself am not a professional cook, I definitely share a passion for creating delicious, satisfying and unique food with others.  One of my most memorable students from many years ago whom I stay in touch on Face Book is a cool guy by the name of Michael.  We try to impress each other with our knowledge of All Things Bacon and he’s been reminding me for the past several weeks that I’d promised to test out recipes for Bacon Brownies and get him the recipe. I’ve finally created an almost perfect batch…

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Postnatal Lobster Love

April 25, 2013 --


by Crystal Kupper,
Crystal’s Cliffnotes
Salem Writer

My dad has worked at the same family-owned sawmill for years. The owner and his wife are some of the best people I’ve ever met. The wife especially has always been incredibly generous, her eyes constantly sweeping the room at parties and events just to see if there’s something she can do for someone.

I’ve been the recipient of this woman’s kindness many times. She has such a big heart. If she discovers that you like something, she often goes out of her way to make sure you get it.

You’d think I would know that by now.

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“Real Beauty” test brought me to tears

April 24, 2013 --

by Elisha Joyce

Rebel Grain

I’ve watched this several times now, and I cry each time. I cry because… I hear the voices.

…the voice of the girl in 5th grade that said, “Why is your forehead so big?”

…the voice of the old boyfriend that said, “You know, there are lots of girls more beautiful than you.”

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11 ways to change your life

April 23, 2013 --

by Shannon Ables
Eastern Oregon writer
The Simply Luxurious Life.

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”
– Jeremy Piven’s character quoting Epictetus in the film Serendipity

Deciding to make a change in your life can be daunting. Whether it’s as simple as turning the television on less or as grand as moving to a different town or city, the fear change provokes can sometimes be so obstructive that it prevents us from attempting to make the change we seek.

However, as I was reminded yesterday flipping back through some of my old journals only to discover the above quote, change can be scary but that shouldn’t stop us from seeking to improve. Often when we are the instigators behind change, it is because we wish to improve our lives. Which means that no matter how exciting the change we seek may appear, actually gathering the momentum up and doing it is a tough task.

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Earth Day: Love your planet & pocketbook

April 22, 2013 --

By Michal Ann McArthur, Bend
Author of Choking on a Camel

One good way to take care of the Earth is to reuse and recycle what you no longer need. One good way to take care of Earth and your wallet is to take those items and hold a yard sale. Last June, my girlfriend did just that. Not only can she now park her car in her garage, but she also made $1200.00. You might be tempted to say, not bad for a couple of days’ work. But actually, there was a whole lot more to it than that. Successful yard sales don’t just happen. To maximize your profits, you have to plan ahead and work hard. Here are some things you can do to assure your success:

Choose the right time of year. I’m already seeing signs for yard sales starting to pop up amidst the spring flowers. As soon as the weather is nice enough, have your sale. If you can swing it, late May and early June are optimal times. People still have money to spend in early summer and haven’t yet crowded their schedules with too much to do—summer sports, vacations, home projects, etc.

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My birthday that I almost never had



Amee Foster
Certified Family Life Educator, Oregon
This Great Adventure Blog

This coming Monday, the 8th of April, is my 37th birthday. Yes, I am approaching the top of that hill. Yes, have a few wrinkles (mostly from laughter). And I think I may have found a gray hair last week, but I can’t be sure.

But I am going to celebrate! Why? Because it’s a miracle! I was born with a birth defect that could have been deadly had it not been found and treated. I make jokes about it all the time. “When I arrived, the package read ‘thyroid not included’.” As if I were a Christmas toy. “I’m a freak of nature!” This may be true, but not due to a missing organ.

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Viral Video: Boston crowd overtakes national anthem!

April 20, 2013 --

Viral Video: Boston crowd overtakes national anthem!

A million views in just a few days shows off this hand captured video of a hockey game where the fans took over the National Anthem. Precious!

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