Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul by Cynthia Ruchti Book Review

Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul by Cynthia Ruchti My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have long been fascinated by the Japenese process of repairing pottery with gold. This process is called kintsugi which means “golden joinery” or “to patch with gold” and reading, “Tattered and Mended” I am reminded…



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National Dog Day

Did you know that today is the 11th annual National Dog Day? According to the official website, millions of people celebrate around the world. This reminds me of a book I used to read to my son, called “Go, Dog, Go!” It was one of his favorites, and I always remember how happy he’d look […]


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Celebrating Love in Northern California

Earlier this month I shared some snapshots from our trip to Door County, Wisconsin, and I mentioned that rather than making my usual conscious effort to take perfectly curated photos of the journey, I only snapped a couple of images with my DSLR and mainly just captured shots with my phone along the way. Well for our week in northern California, the same was true, but even moreso. We flew out for the wedding of one of my best friends, and from the moment we stepped off of the plane until we boarded our return flight to home, there was nonstop activity. I didn’t even bother to bring my real camera this time, and I was so (happily) busy that I barely even had time to pull out my phone – nor did I want to. This trip was one of my favorite experiences I’ve had in years, and I took absolute pleasure in savoring the luxury of being in the moment with my closest friends in what is probably my very favorite part of the country. Maybe when the professional pictures of the wedding are available, I’ll share some of those. But for now, I’m just posting some of the phone images that were taken along the way, mainly by myself, along with a couple taken by friends – which although less aesthetically beautiful than what I’d normally hope to post, accurately (and more personally, I think) tell the story of our trip.

From setting up the bridal shower at a Sebastopol farmhouse on Thursday, to helping decorate and arrange flowers for the beautiful rehearsal dinner on Friday, to being part of the most stunning ceremony on the edge of a cliff where the Russian River meets the ocean on Saturday, to celebrating love in gorgeous outdoor reception in Guerneville on Saturday evening, to gathering with friends for clean-up and farewells on Sunday, and so many more blissful moments along the way, the entire trip was full of action and laughter and beauty and overall awesomeness. I cried when we had to say goodbye on Monday. And Essley slept almost the entire flight back. Both of these things, I would say, are signs of a truly wonderful vacation. I hope we can go back to magical Sonoma county sooner than later.

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Spay Illinois to hold low-cost pet vaccination clinic

Spay Illinois to hold low-cost pet vaccination clinic
ROCKFORD — Spay Illinois will hold a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave. Vaccination packs for dogs will be offered for $ 65 and for cats for $ 45; flea, tick and
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Before camping with your canine, check this list
All sorts of insects, including fleas and ticks, run rampant in woodsy areas where campsites are located. Make sure to give your dog all necessary flea and tick prevention treatments before your trip. ID information. In addition to checking the tag on
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Snapping turtle caught in the duck pond

The big snapping turtle that has been menacing the duck pond all summer was caught. The neighbors saw it near the bank and caught it with a net.

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And the turtle is no more! Snapping turtles are legal in West Virginia now, and they aren’t even remotely endangered.

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The ducks won’t be afraid to go into the water anymore.


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First duck egg!

I don’t know which girl laid this little, thin-shelled egg, but her equipment is working!

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Guest Article: 5 Compelling Reasons to Read the Bible Today By Wayne Davies

Are you looking for motivation to read your Bible today? There are many good reasons to do so; here are five. Any one of them should provide the inspiration you need to take action and follow through on your desire for some quality Bible-time. Read the Bible today because . . . 1. The Bible…



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Latest Mites News

Behold a Revolutionary Carpet that Kills Dust Mites
According to PSFK, dust mites can cause allergic reactions that could lead to serious health complications. Because of this possibility, people who suffer the said condition stay far away from certain furniture to defer from its side effects. However
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Mighty Mites to have registration
Members of the 2014 Mighty Mites football team look toward the sideline. Registration for this year's teams is Saturday, Aug. 1. CMH-InStory. Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 1:30 pm | Updated: 1:30 pm, Wed Jul 29, 2015. Mighty Mites to have
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July and August are dust mites' favourite months
We shed 7 million skin cells a minute and these are hungrily gobbled up by the 10 million dust mites that live in your bed. The summer's heat and high humidity levels make the perfect living conditions for these creatures. About 15% of the population
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Garden Notes: How to fend off mildew, rot and spider mites
Because of the extremely hot, dry weather in July, I suspect that spider mites may be the problem. They and their eggs are tiny enough to be not easily seen. They suck leaf juices, causing a gradual discolouration, usually accompanied by a motley and …
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Latest Chewing Lice News

Salmon farms that slaughter protected seals to be 'named and shamed' after
2010 Aqua Bounty becomes one of the first salmon farms to genetically modify salmon, despite fierce opposition. 2012 A naturally occurring parasite is introduced to a Scottish salmon farm in the hope that it will minimise the impact of sea lice
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What is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)? Effects and hazards of LSD
LSD is taken orally through capsule, pill, sugar cubes, chewing gum, and liquid drops transferred to colorful blotter paper. Recreational dosage averages between 25 to 80 mcg.4. LSD activates serotonin receptors in the brain; these receptors help
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40 Dogs Rescued From 'Deplorable' Conditions Responding Well, Rescue Groups Say
Feces covered the homes floors, walls and ceilings, along with garbage, and chewed up wood and sheetrock. The dogs were literally chewing through the walls to get from room to room. A woman was renting the home from a Lakewood property owner, and …
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Positive Vibes

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We get on a plane later today to head back home after spending the last six days in beautiful northern California, where we celebrated the marriage of two of our favorite people with dozens of our best friends. And I’m just feeling the love you guys. It’s been a long (maybe even years) time since I’ve posted some good ol’ positive and/or empowering sayings, but it just felt like the right time again. So here you go. May they bring happiness and hope and all that good stuff to your Monday. (If you need extra good vibes, check out this Pinterest board for more.)

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