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On YouTube: Simon’s Cat – Dinner Date: Just Desserts

May 27th, 2017 No comments

A recent addition on of our favorite online animated cartoons via YouTube. Especially funny for cat owners! — Douglas

On YouTube: Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Just Desserts

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It’s finally time for Simon to serve dinner to his date but Simon’s Cat seems to have other plans! In his cheekiest move yet the cat brings a special guest to join the couple at the table…WATCH NOW to discover who.



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The transformative power of doing absolutely nothing via Quartz

May 24th, 2017 No comments
Something to remember when life gets a bit too crazy. — Douglas
 
 
On a recent Sunday, I found myself overwhelmed. It was my last free day between several consecutive weekends of travel, visitors, and weddings. The morning had ticked away, and my boyfriend and I had groceries to buy, paperwork to file, a house to tidy, and something to do at Home Depot. As I contemplated how to productively use the afternoon, my chest tightened. I stepped outside for a gulp of fresh air. There, an idea struck.

“Let’s go to the beach for two hours,” I said. “Then we can do our stuff.”

I was still feeling stressed while I packed my bag, and even while we sought out a spot on the sand. But eventually—maybe when I spotted some dolphins past the breakers, or dunked into a cold, oncoming wave—the stress dissipated. I didn’t do much reading at the beach, or really much of anything. I mostly stared at the water, got wet, laid on a warm blanket, then moved to a chair. After two hours, we folded up our blanket, drove home, and divided and conquered our tasks for the rest of the afternoon. And you know what? They weren’t so painful. It was actually kind of pleasant to surrender to the rhythm of paperwork, while the sun sank lower in the window.
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Orchids

May 24th, 2017 No comments

Orchids

Orchids

Lovely, yet alien-like, flowers of the orchid family

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Nature reclaims all

May 23rd, 2017 No comments

Nature reclaims all

Nature reclaims all

A vine climbs a wall at Monastario di San Nicolo in Parco dell’Etna, Sicily

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Monastario di San Nicolo La Rena, Parco dell’Etna, Sicily

May 23rd, 2017 No comments

Monastario di San Nicolo La Rena, Parco dell'Etna, Sicily

Monastario di San Nicolo La Rena, Parco dell’Etna, Sicily

Architecture and nature on Mount Etna

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12 Ways to Take Brownies Where They’ve Never Been Before via Food52

May 22nd, 2017 No comments

Check out these ways to kick up your brownie game. — Douglas

 
Where do your brownie loyalties lie? Are you Team Fudgy, Team Cakey, or Team In-Between-y?

I’m a fudgy-as-a-truffle gal myself (Alice Medrich’s Best Cocoa Brownies are my old faithful, preferably straight from the freezer)—but today, we’re not here to discuss that age-old question.

Instead, we’re here to take you brownie purists and turn you into brownie hedonists!!!! eccentrics. Your ordinary brownies might be extraordinarily good, but consider these tweaks—in the form of swirls, sprinkles, drops, and swooshes (smears, if you prefer)—for when you want to give your brownie a night on the town, complete with facial glitter (that’s still a thing, right?) and a thick coat of mascara.
 
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Simple Petunias for the garden beds

May 21st, 2017 No comments

Simple Petunias for the garden beds

Simple Petunias for the garden beds

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Hibiscus

May 21st, 2017 No comments

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Summer arrives with these tropical flowers.

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200+ Free Art Books Are Now Available to Download from the Guggenheim via Creators

May 21st, 2017 No comments
What are you going to read today?

Free books?!?! Yes, Free books!. Art books, at that. What are you waiting for? — Douglas
 
 
Tomes of work by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Flavin, Klimt, Rothko, and more are as good as yours.
 
A veritable art history degree’s worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free.

There’s Wassily Kandinsky’s 1946 treatise, On the Spiritual in Art; books about movements from the Italian metamorphosis and Russian Constructivism; thousands of years of Aztec and Chinese art; and catalogs of work by the many greats to pass through the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed halls. Formerly locked in paper prisons (a.k.a., hard-copy books), analysis of work by Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Dan Flavin, Robert Rauschenberg, Gustav Klimt, Mark Rothko, and more is now free to roam the web as PDFs and ePubs.

On YouTube: Jammy Rice Pudding Recipe | Now Cook It from SortedFood

May 20th, 2017 No comments

Rosanne loves rice passing, but I am not the biggest fan. Still, this recipe looks delicious and easy so it might just push me over the edge into making our own batch at home. The addition of the jam makes it even better. — Douglas

On YouTube: Jammy Rice Pudding Recipe | Now Cook It from SortedFood

This is the best rice pudding recipe ever thanks to the homemade blackberry jam you make to go alongside it. You’ll achieve a rich, creamy rice pudding in no time at all!

Rice Pudding Recipe

How To Make Jam

 


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