Showing posts with label reblog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reblog. Show all posts

17 December 2016

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016 (Reblog)

Happy to reblog and share this Featured Post from a fellow blogger, Davida Chazan, who is a "Go To" person if you're searching for good reads. Here is her suggested reading for 2016:

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

Her reviews and other writings are so good I invited her to contribute to my group board on Pinterest: Freelance Writer. We crossed paths because we both contribute short posts to a site called "Daily Two Cents".  This site has a revenue-share plan for those who have a Google Ad Sense account and allows you to earn 100% of your commissions, if your post includes an affiliate referral link.  It's reasonable.  Don't you think?  This is the link to her DTC profile: drchazan aka Chocolate Lady.
(This is my DTC author profile, if you're interested: cmoneyspinner, if you're interested.)


Book lovers will probably appreciate her faves lists for previous years too!

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2015

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2014

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2013




I love her blog's tagline.  It reads:

  • Davida Chazan's Blog for mostly book reviews and literary musings (and maybe some chocolate). 

What a hook!  So of course I had to find something chocolate at her blog.  Found it!

The REAL Chocolate Wars


The REAL Chocolate Wars

It's all because of Ms. Brenner's writing style. Ms. Brenner brings even the very mundane into the world of extreme interest. She makes much out of the intrigue so that although it's really economics, it's still interesting. She works her way around marketing so that it's suddenly as moving as a love scene.

11 November 2016

Religion within the limits of my reason: ​​Christianity and IS (Reblog)

Below is a link from a blog that I am occasionally invited to read and my comments are being provided in the form of a blog post because it is too much information to be included in a Comments box.  (You can refer to the statements as "my crazy thoughts" if you don't want to call it "information".)

Religion within the limits of my reason: ​​Christianity and IS : max-aschmann-park



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MY COMMENTS:


In Judaeo-Christian history, for the period between the Testaments (which many in our circles refer to as Malachi to Matthew), there were no prophets. Before Jesus arrived there was one prophet, known as John the Baptist, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness”. His “voice” was to let others know the Messiah was come. He accomplished his mission and lost his head. By the time of his death, the ministry of Jesus was in full force. The ministry lasted for 3 years. Jesus also accomplished His mission, was crucified, died, resurrected, ascended back up to heaven and now “has all authority in heaven and in earth”.

By His authority he never authorized the killing of anybody!

Jesus made it very clear to Pontius Pilate and others while He was here on the earth, that His kingdom is not of this world.  

John 18:36
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

His disciples were COMMANDED to Go into all the world and preach the gospel. He who believes and is baptized and shall be saved.”  Converts are not to be FORCED into conversion.  They must hear the Word, believe it, become convinced and convicted of sin in their life, repent (turn away from the sin), publicly confess that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, and be baptized for the forgiveness of the sins and they are "born again", a new creature, prepared to live a sanctified life and work out their soul salvation.

Christians don't want to conquer or rule the world!

We just want to live our lives in peace on this earth being a "peculiar people, zealous of good works", and go to heaven when we die! 

If we can not live our lives in peace, without persecution, then whatever happens in this life … it's God's will.  We were also warned that we would be persecuted FOR OUR FAITH.  We trust Him.  All we need to do is stay faithful.

Romans 8:33-39


33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As for ISIS, the establishment of the Caliphate, etc., etc. and any other movement based on religious, philosophical, political or any basis or foundation for their motivations and mission to gain power IN THIS WORLD … as far as faithful Christians KNOW … “this too shall pass”.

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The Passion

Often if an article is about to discuss a topic that can be categorized as "religion", the author may feel the need to state that the writing is not an attempt to convert people to their "way", i.e. beliefs, convictions, faith, etc. Point noted. However that same point can not be made by me.

25 October 2016

Good Fortune: Okyo's Cranes Now on View | Unframed (Reblog)

Good fortune and longevity? Every culture should and probably does have something that symbolizes this. In Japan it's the crane. Would be interesting to research the symbols of other countries. Or ... ??? Maybe we could ask Robert Langdon. :) Jokes aside, click the link because this artwork is exquisite!

 

" ... Maruyama Okyo (1733–95), a painter who revolutionized the practice and taught or influenced generations of Japanese painters."



Good Fortune: Okyo's Cranes Now on View | Unframed




(NOTE: At the time of the posting the paintings were on exhibit; not at the time of this reblogging.)





The Okyo artwork motivated me to search for more pictures, photos, and illustrations of cranes. Found this beautiful photograph of Grey Crowned Cranes and wanted to share it.





12 October 2016

If You Could Create A Monster (Reblog)

This cool post is a reblog from my fellow blogger and friend who is participating in a writing challenge.  It's perfect for the Halloween holiday!










Here are my responses to the questions, if I were going to create a monster.


What Does The Monster Look Like?

My monster would have to be green. It's a throwback from that old movie The Exorcist where the possessed girl puked up green vomit. That scene got stuck in my brain and ever since then, that puke color green is associated with monsters. Even though it was the devil. In my mind, devil and monster are the same thing!  But SHE would also be attractive or alluring.  That way people would at first want to approach her.



How Big Is The Monster?
Really huge! Way bigger than an ordinary person because it would give the monster a sense of believing SHE is too big to be overcome. Like the American banks.  (Sorry.  Bad joke.)  That way when the humans take her down, it will be a surprise! “Yeah! That's right! Take that! Bet you didn't even see us coming!!”   :)



What Is Unique About The Monster?
The monster would have a combination of traits borrowed from the X-Men mutants (because I'm not very original).  Not sure what combination, but it would be definitely be able to morph or shape-shift.  Although because it's so big, even though it can change its shape, it still wouldn't be so easy to go run and hide.



What Does The Monster Eat?

Humans! 

Monsters who eat fruits and veggies don't scare nobody! 



Where Does It Sleep?
The monster would have to sleep some place that is either extremely cold or extremely hot, because that would make it more of a challenge for the humans to try to get rid of it while it's resting up for the next day of ravaging the human race.



What would the monsters be called?

My monsters would be called Cannibellas. Well because they're flesh-eating monsters that are also female, and they're not really that ugly or crude to look at. Sort of like the sirens in Greek mythology. They could lure people, especially men.  But because they are so huge, most men would probably run from them!! :)

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22 September 2016

Inside AdSense: AdSense help, when and where you need it (Reblog)

How many times have you come close to pulling out all of your hair because you couldn't find an answer to a question about Google AdSense? Never? Ok! Then it's just me who is doing a happy dance in my chair because I finally struck gold! 


It's a Q & A gold mine of questions and answers about AdSense.


Where is it?  Uumm … at an official Google blog. (O.o)

Please! Don't ask me to supply a logical explanation for why I never looked! All I can say is sometimes the things that are clear and obvious don't always register in my brain. I'm like the rest of the brilliant scientists who get credit for their discoveries. Found out accidentally!  It's been discovered and that's what counts!






Another Awesome Discovery!


If you connected your YouTube channel to a Google+ Profile or Page, you may need some advice on successfully integrating them. Got questions?  PeggyK has answers. Check out her blog YouTube – Google+ Integration.



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08 September 2016

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: A reminder about widget links (Reblog)

The problem of unnatural links and page ranking.

I subscribe and receive notifications when posts are published via the:

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog and the

Google Search Console Team.



I keep the eMails, even though most of the time I don't know how to implement their suggestions.  (Should have kept up with technology. The learning curve is steep!)



I appreciate this REMINDER post from the Google god very much because now I know what “add a rel="nofollow" attribute” is for.

As for intentionally manipulating page rank? (Genius geek I am not!) 

  • Why don't the widget makers themselves put that attribute into their own widgets?

  • Why would the users know or even be concerned? All we know is it says “free widgets” and the widgets work!!

Just sayin'.  Just asking!  Seems like the widget maker ought to be responsible. They use the Internet too and should know about page ranking, etc.

Nevertheless, the statements about Google's webspam team performing manual intervention and notification via the Search Console is completely understood.

But … huge question mark … BUT?  But that sort of indicates that sometimes your site can get ZAPPED by non-manual intervention? Doesn't it? (???)


Publishing this post as a marker.

Today is September 8, 2016. I regularly check my messages in the Search Console dashboard and have not received any “Warnings” Whew!



Holiday gifts at up to 90% off!


07 July 2016

5 don'ts for promoting your blog (Reblog)

A look back.  Revisiting sites where I found valuable information when I first started my blogging adventures. It is good to know this site still has online content available to the public. Left a comment at this post in 2013. It's 3 years later and the "Don'ts" in this post are still relevant. Interested in becoming a successful blogger? Check out this advice from Suresh Vurity, author and owner of way2earning.com.

5 don'ts for promoting your blog



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Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement (Reblog)

 

09 May 2016

Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement (Reblog)

Latest tips and advice from the Google Blogger (Blogspot) Team. Reblogging, sharing and saving this tip.  Handy reference.



Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement




02 April 2016

Photos on Friday: Peak Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin (Reblog)

Used to work in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. And one of my best memories were when the cherry blossoms bloomed. One of my Facebook pals invited me to contribute to one of her group boards on Pinterest and when I visited her profile to see what else she was pinning, found the link to her main blog which highlights “Things to See and Do in the Washington, D.C.Metro Area”. Yep. It's springtime in D.C., so you can guess what some of her blog posts were about. Cherry Blossoms! YAY! My pal is also a very good photographer.  Combining tidbits from her blog with info from my various blogs.  Hope you enjoy this post!


  • History of the National Cherry Blossom Festival: The event is one that offers a tribute to the commemoration of 3,000 cherry trees gifted to the US from Japan's Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912. This exquisite gift offered just after the turn of the 20th century was given as a way to honor the ongoing friendship between the US and Japan. (Source: Everything you wanted to know about the National Cherry Blossom Festival )




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23 February 2016

Movie Reviews of 3 Days to Kill & Pompeii (Reblog)

A year ago today this link was shared via my Facebook profile. Now it's being shared via My Blog Stop! Have to laugh because the reviewer wrote something about Kevin Costner that is so true true true! She refers to “3 Days to Kill” (2014), which stars Costner as “forgettable fun” [watch trailer].  Regarding her review of “Pompeii” [watch trailer], also released in 2014?  Simply stated, it “isn't a very good movie”.  

So why watch these flicks?  
  • Brutal honesty. The guys are hunks!  :)  
That's what you get when you read the reviews published at this blog.  I like that! :)







10 February 2016

How to Stop Sleep Paralysis and Turn It Into Lucid...(Reblog)

Have always been fascinated with dreaming. The dream world. The dream state. Whatever you want to call it. To me, pure hell on earth would be a life where you could not dream! 
Found a Tumblr blogger who seems to share my fascination with this subject. She has several posts on the topic. Sharing this one because … not only do I love dreaming but I can't pass on Mickey and Minnie. It's almost Valentine's Day and this animated couple is a quintessential picture of eternal love.

glitter-graphics.com 

Sharing the other two links below because it adds to the discussion of the human mind. Since I can't afford to join the team that's going to Mars in the hopes of establishing a space colony, might as well engage in some other profitable effort. The brain and how it functions is a full-time exploration project. Wouldn't you agree?

And if the homework brings you down... — How to Stop Sleep Paralysis and Turn It Into Lucid... | thenwethrowitonthefire.tumblr.com





Only human beings don't know why they exist ...




Who Are We Beyond Our Brain? ...





26 January 2016

Book Review: 'The Man with the Golden Gun' by Ian Fleming (Reblog)

Many people know a lot about Bond movies. 

What about the Bond books?


  • "Casino Royale" was the first Bond book published in 1953. 


  • After that, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, wrote a book a year. This brilliant writer died of a heart attack in 1964. That's a little over ten years!! 

  • Bond novels were published between the years 1953 – 1966. 

It is not often that I come across a review of one of the Fleming books. Lots of movie reviews but not book reviews. 


Sharing a link to a book review of "The Man with the Golden Gun" from The Friendly Shelf.  It might tempt to want to READ all of Fleming's originals. :)



James Bond movies Sean Connery folder icons by Engelyna on DeviantArt
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Bond Novels by Publication Date:
  • Casino Royale (1953)
  • Live and Let Die (1954)
  • Moonraker (1955)
  • Diamonds are Forever (1956)
  • The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
  • From Russia With Love (1957)
  • Dr. No (1958)
  • Goldfinger (1959)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1960)
  • Thunderball (1961)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)
  • Thrilling Cities (1963)
  • You Only Live Twice (1964)
  • The Man With the Golden Gun (1965)
  • Octopussy & The Living Daylights (1966)


- - Info Reference: literary007.com Includes book summary and related blog posts.
- Aug 12, 1964: James Bond creator Ian Fleming dies. Read full article at history.com
- The Best James Bond Novels: Ranking the Fleming Originals by “Jeff” at bookriot.com
- Obviously, great info can be relished at the official website: James Bond | Ian Fleming Publications










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The Man with the Golden Gun
The Man with the Golden Gun



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