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Discovering a new pub every weekend...


My paramour and I visit a different pub every weekend. If you want to experience the authentic British way of life, stop at a country pub. There's more to England than London. Country pubs are the local haunt to watch football, catch up with mates and just relax. Pubs can be hundreds of years old and offer a slice of our history where generations of proper blokes have been downing bitter in the winter and lager in the summer. If you're not a local, you'll stick out like a sore thumb (especialy if you order a latte and avocado on toast) but you'll always be welcomed with open arms. And if you misbehave, they'll stick you in the pillory.Photos copyright  SvD.Original link
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Dr. Jane Greer Radio Show Q & A

Dr. Jane Greer and I had an engaging conversation discussing the many aspects of infidelity. She’s a marriage and family therapist, sex expert, author, radio host, and creator of the popular celebrity sex & relationship commentary, “SHRINK WRAP,” on what we can learn from the trials and triumphs of celebrity relationships (seen in Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Cupid’s Pulse, and on-air at OK!TV). Through her media collaborations and expert insights, Dr. Greer is recognized as a leading national expert in sex, love, and relationships.Needless to say, she’s heard her fair share of infidelity stories within the walls of her private practice in New York. Listen in to hear different perspect...
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Love Act

Love Act
Is it an act?The worst crime in the world is to play with love.Love defines truth. We cannot survive without both.The first time you feel that feeling you know it is important. You can’t take your mind off it.It keeps a man and a woman joined even when 5000 miles apart. The military knows it for sure. Letters from home are clutched tightly to the heart. Top left pocket.One has no problem taking any bullet to protect family. To protect a child. To protect love.Why?…… Why?To protect our flag.Why is it worth it? That is a love act. To give up your life for another. To give up your life for all….Fools for love? If not for Love then for what?With Love in your heart you see and feel the need of ot...
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Sleepy on mum's lap


Jack Russell adorability.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Valentine Greetings!


“Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table.” ... (Matthew 4:4)Happy St. Valentine’s Day from my little crumb catchers! And by the way, please come see me talk about my newest novel, Penniless Souls at the Murrieta Library on February 19th!  My topics will include love and the mindful inspiration that springs from our intangible hearts!Hope to see you there!Original link
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Beautiful Padstow


If you haven't visited Cornwall, give it a go. Padstow is very bourgeois with lovely pubs, art galleries, restaurants, bakeries, a mecca for Rick Stein fans, and interesting bric-à-brac shops surrounding the harbour. Our two doggies had a whale of a time at the water's edge. Enjoy life. Live for today.Original link
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Love in a cold climate...


And snow on the beach!Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Fistral Beach, Cornwall


A part of our green and pleasant land I had not experienced before, the world famous surfers' paradise.. Mild 6 degrees Celsius in January but raining, of course. Hardy surfers weren't deterred though...Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Standardized Protocols Needed To Improve Health Outcomes Related To Pregnancy Complications

(BPT) - The rates of maternal mortality and preterm birth continue to rise dramatically in the United States. According to the CDC and March of Dimes, more than 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. every year, and more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely every day. It's impossible to point to one specific cause for these serious issues, particularly because of how segmented our healthcare system is. But by standardizing protocols across the U.S. healthcare system, advocates say we could decrease harm and improve care for women and their unborn babies.While "healthcare" is often discussed as a monolith, a single system in need of repair, it's actually a fractured industry ...
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The Top 5 Supplements Everyone Should Be Taking In The New Year

(BPT) - Are supplements part of your daily routine? If they are, you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans take one or more supplements in their quest for better health. That's because even if you have an ultra-healthy diet (and many people don't), it's difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for optimal health from food alone. So supplementing your diet is a good idea.But going to a store or searching online for supplements can be confusing. There are a lot of choices out there, and not all supplements are created equal. So how do you know you'll actually be getting the benefits of the supplements you take?The a...
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How Ancient Ingredients Can Give Your Winter Health A Boost Today

BPT) - Whether it's a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations, that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat, quieting a cough or settling a rumbling stomach without a trip to the pharmacy.Many of those passed-down secrets originated in ancient times, and were implemented to boost the immune system to help fight off bugs before they took hold. While some of those age-old remedies are still in use today, there are some more modern ways to help support your health."Today, many of us rely on the convenience of vita...
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5 Self-Care Tips for Parents in the New Year

(BPT) - As we begin a new year, it's important to reflect on our successes and examine the areas we'd like to nurture more in the year ahead. One area that often gets deprioritized by busy parents, but is essential to our wellbeing, is self-care. Setting aside time to reenergize your own needs will not only impact your physical, emotional and mental health, but will also allow you to feel more present and patient toward others. Take some time to develop your self-care routine with these tips in the new year:1. Nourish your mind and body: Eating nutritious whole foods is fundamental for our mental and physical wellbeing. Food affects our mood, so cutting back on sugar and processed foods will...
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5 Dermatologist Tips for Winter Skincare

(BPT) - The chill, the dryness, the itch: As temperatures drop, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, you can fight winter's wrath by taking a few smart, proactive steps.Winter skin woes are common, with 83 percent of Americans saying their skin feels differently during the winter than it does the rest of the year, according to a recent survey conducted online among 2,000 U.S. adults by Harris Poll on behalf of CeraVe. More specifically, 77 percent say their skin feels dry in winter and 41 percent even describe it as itchy."Winter weather can affect all skin types," says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein. "Even though people are aware that their skin is dry, they ...
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How You Can Take Control This Flu Season

(BPT) - The 2017-2018 flu season will unfortunately be remembered for years to come. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[i], the 2017-2018 flu season was the only season to be classified as "high severity" across all age groups. In addition, there were an estimated nearly 80,000 deaths according to the CDC - a record-breaking number by all accounts. These statistics are a devastating reminder that this viral infection can direly affect anyone.There are steps you can take to keep you and your family from getting the flu virus this season - most importantly is to get a flu shot."The time is now to get your flu shot," says Norman Moore, PhD, Director of Scientific ...
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How to Eat...


....slow cooked beef in Guinness pie. Perfect supper for the cold tonight. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Kidnapped by Great Books


Kidnapped by Great Books and Still Reeling from National Novel Writing Month. Everyone has an excuse but I have some good ones. Really. The best ones are listed below. There are links to each book so you can get sucked in too. Trust me these are worth it.Sorry, that I haven't posted to my blog in a long time but once you read my reviews, you'll know why. First, there was that November Novel writing craziness. Then, add in some cooler weather, a few exhausting holidays, drops of rain, and not unlike Tom Hanks in Castaway, I had to crawl onto a couch with a book, or two or three. Okay, more like ten.Help! I'm stuck in a writer's imaginationeBook or otherwise, help! I almost drowned in a sea of...
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A Slash of Orange.


One can see where Turner got his inspiration in our chilly, dark country where sunlight is rationed by the Gods. On my morning walk these days I can manage to see around the fields without a torch. Day breaks at around 7.30. I am always in awe of the vastness of the sky and how small I am in the scheme of things. Just me and the hound under the sky.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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The End is the Beginning


The news is rife with tragedy all over the world, suffering indeed is universal. I've had a terrible week but as always, the universe sent me a message.I saw a rainbow on my morning walk today and both ends of the arc. I saw where the rainbow began and where it ended. The metaphor for my traumatic week was an exquisite reminder that I shouldn't regret any chance for happiness which is inevitably ephemeral.I also found this hare killed by a fox. Hares are nocturnal and it is rare for a fox to catch them (as they can usually outrun their predators). By the time I found him (an adult male weighing 9.7 pounds) he could only have been dead for a couple of hours.  Not a scratch on his body apart f...
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Searching For The Peace Within

Is it wrong to want to know everything? Perhaps not, but wanting more can cost you the chance of finding true inner peace, and even destroying your very soul. In today’s busy world, there are so many perceptions of what happiness is, what beauty is, and most importantly what love is. The right thought process to find peace is simply finding one’s identity. When you know who you’re supposed to be, you’ll have a road map to follow. The rest of the way will be a journey of faith, so don’t stress about it. Choose to find and learn to love you. The journey of life is like climbing stairs, as you take each step you are required to stretch higher, and may become fatigue, but with a committed mind, ...
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Magic

Magic
Magic is our term to label something we can’t explain.It is unexpected and usually harmless.A magician’s cape that hides the live rabbit. The swords that go through the magician’s body but don’t. Sleight of hand is a form of art that brings smiles of amazement to all ages.We are going through very difficult times. It seems as if evil and chaos are even more out of control. It will take a real magician to bring smiles back.Except that we all have our own capes. Given to us at birth. Each of us is so unique. There are people who are waiting for us. We love bringing smiles to children. Isn’t a child’s laugh the best??The last magician magic I saw was at a Navy reunion. There was this teammate C...
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