Antique Wonderland

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Although our vacation to Hot Springs, AR, started off a bit on the rocky side (after experiencing a couple major snafus, we just started shouting, “National Lampoon!” each time something went wrong), it’s shaping up to be exactly what I originally hoped for – relaxing, peaceful, and a nice break from my hectic reality.  Here are a few shots of…

Mystery

I've been preoccupied with the concept of 'mystery' lately.  It's hard to explain without sounding completely crazy, but I find myself wondering what exactly causes us to find certain things or people appealing.  Here are two quotes, from separate sources, that I've come across and been drawn to:   I realized it for the first time in my life: there…

Chicken, Blueberry & Barley Toss

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    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked to try ever since I saw it in Clean Eating magazine.  Since it’s too hot these days to eat most of my favorite soups or a hearty chili, this is my new summer comfort dish.  I love how it incorporates sweetness from the blueberries, fiber from the barley, and protein from the chicken. …

Begin It!

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor…

Couturie Forest & Arboretum

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I’ve often wished New Orleans had more hiking trails and outdoorsy activities available.  Shame on me for even thinking this, because over the past few months I’ve realized there’s a lot more I can do than walk or bike around Audubon Park.  Kayaking tours around the Bayou St. John, City Park being honored as one of Travel + Leisure’s 2011…