Happy 137th Birthday Helen Keller

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Today is the 137th birthday of the activist and role model Helen Keller. We seemed to learn a lot about her when we were kids and then her lessons seem to fall out of style as we grow older. The truth is, her lessons are important for all ages, but most important for adults as we are the ones that can put those concepts into action. I have included some quotes of hers below that resonate with me, I suggest you do some investigating and find some that do the same for you. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.

hellen keller 1NAME: Helen Keller
OCCUPATION: Educator, Journalist
BIRTH DATE: June 27, 1880
DEATH DATE: June 1, 1968
EDUCATION: Radcliffe College, Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Wright-Humason School for the Deaf

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5 Tips to Help You Kill Writer’s Block

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I’ve been helping people start blogs for years now. Starting a blog is one thing, and it is perhaps the most important thing towards becoming a…

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I might be on the telly…

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So – you know how it goes.
You’re bored.
At a loose end.
Facebook has the looney left, the rabid right and the cautious centre all abusing each other for the debacle which has become British government – or lack of it.
What’s a chap to do?
I know, how about that old table up the corner, the one we inherited when we cleared Dad’s house?
Is it worth anything?
What’s it’s story?

I’ll Google it out of idle curiosity.
But what do I call it?
Well, it has a marquetry picture of Muckcross Abbey on the top and it’s a gaming table.
That’ll do for starters.
Tongue stuck between teeth I type, ‘m-u-c-k-c-r-o-s-s_a-b-b-e-y_g-a-m-e-s_t-a-b-l-e_enter’
Got a few results, so stick tongue back to where it should be.

Try this first one.
BLOODY HELL! There’s a photo of it here.IMG_0448
An exact match.
And it’s in – wait for it –…

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Share Your Favorite Blogger!

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So I want to do something different which is to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also.  It seems to be working nicely so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.

Be sure to visit the other links and meet some great bloggers.  I’ll also be running the standard Meet and Greet this weekend so check that out as well.

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FAVORITE BLOGGER LINK

Danny’s World: I Slept Better Last Night

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Last night I made sure I went to sleep a bit earlier and I actually slept well.  This morning I feel rested and ready to go.  I’m headed to Shelby to help a funeral home with their Google My Business page and then back to Charlotte to help a client shoot a short video for their Facebook page.  I have such a cool job!  I hope everyone has a great hump day!

What Was Right

Everything in and around Denmark

What was right for her
a topic to be
ignored,
what she did
why she felt obliged to please
her mother, her boyfriend, everyone else
not wanting to disappoint
not wanting to burden others

but the pain remained

What was right for her
being her own worst critic
was never the question
was never the solution

What was right for everyone else
giving the right impression
not wanting to step on toes
not wanting to step out of line

but the pain remained

What was right for her
was not for me to say
I only could recommend
suggest, encourage, listen
I could only try to understand

when the pain was too much
to bear

What was right for her
something slow in realization
difficult to admit
hard to accept

What was right for her….

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Embracing the Need for Naps

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How is everyone getting on?  As summer warms up (here in the UK, there has been a recent heatwave), I am reading more and more about how the heat affects many of us with chronic illness.  I personally didn’t struggle with the heat until about 5 years ago – now I am all about the shade, fans, Magicool and long, cold drinks (G&Ts preferably!)

The heat has recently been affecting my sleep.  Rhiann from My Brain Lesion and Me has some brilliant advice on how to keep cool in this article here – I have also found that a hot water bottle filled with iced water can also help.

I’m not a great sleeper at the best of times, but the hot weather plus my ongoing saga of foot cramps waking me up in pain in the early hours of the morning really are a recipe for a completely broken…

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A Somewhat Transient Migration

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Swallow fly in chaos around their nests.

Perhaps the famed migration of the Swallows from their winter home in Argentina to San Juan Capistrano isn’t as fleeting as the theme Transient suggests, but try taking photos of them near their nests and transience takes on a whole new meaning.

The nesting swallows flit back and forth so quickly that trying to capture one or several in a photo is a little ridiculous. Especially since I was precariously perched on the levee under the launch near where we windsurf. As soon as I dared step into their realm, they, and I mean hundreds of them, went flying, diving with acrobatic precision only the Flying Wallendas could execute!

In all 40 of my mostly failed images, I managed to highlight the nesting swallow (upper left corner of photo above) in most of the shots. I figured this was a nesting female patiently waiting for daddy bird to bring yummy…

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Rhubarb Cobbler

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I’m not much for sweets but every 3 years or so I get a craving for Rhubarb cobbler. My Grandmother and my mom made the best rhubarb pies. This was my grandpa’s favorite. My grandma made the most beautiful crusts. I learned that from her but to be honest I didn’t want to fuss with all of that. My hands wouldn’t have allowed it any way. I find holding on to things like rolling pins for any length of time difficult.

Cobblers are a great alternative and this one is as simple as it gets.

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Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 2 16oz.  bags of frozen rhubarb
  • 1 Cup of Sugar ( more if you like it sweeter. I prefer it on the tart side. )
  • 2 T Corn Starch
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Cups of water
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Almond Extract (optional)

For the topping:

  • 1 1/2 Cups of…

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