Exercise (A-Z Challenge)

Dare To Live Courageously...


After all that chocolate and baking you must be thinking how on earth can one eat like that all the time?  It’s exercise people; and it’s best stress buster around 🙂

In this day and age, health and fitness is on magazine covers, the news and on our phones.  It stares us in the face on a daily basis and people are still not willing to see it or how important it is.  I will admit I am a bit of a fitness freak but you don’t have to be.  It’s possible to walk just twenty minutes per day or take the stairs instead of the elevator all the time.  Sometimes I park my car far away from the mall doors as possible but also to find the best parking spot near the exit!  Always have a strategy 😉

The reasons and health benefits for doing exercise are endless and I…

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Elephants #atozchallenge #haiku

penned in moon dust

elephants in the sunrise

some just see ivory

great strides to let them be free

content to walk in line


joining the herd

sun rises over our resolve

protect the young


It is sad to think that man is the elephant’s primary predator.  Because of a love for ivory trinkets and slow rates of reproduction, elephants are at risk for extinction.

Today at Poet’s United the prompt is citizenship.

What is our role as a citizen in these times?

visit  the wildlife conservation blog for more info.

“Elephant Silhouette” (Pen drawing  layered over photo)

copyright  Moondust Designs 2016

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#AtoZChallenge Visitors from Beyond – Escaping the Eddimu

Stephanie Ingram

White ghost appears in the forest's mistAccording to Wikipedia, the eddimu were a type of utukku in Sumerian religion. They were envisioned as the ghosts of those who were not buried properly and were considered vengeful toward the living.

White shapes gathered under the moonlight. They floated effortlessly between the trees, reflecting the light as they moved. Arms outstretched, they hovered closer. They had no eyes but yet they seemed to see.

Maggie drew back from the window and yanked the heavy drapes closed. As usual, the old, drafty house was cold. No matter how much she turned up the heat or how many logs she added to the fireplace, she knew she would never feel warm here. It had been that way since Ethan died, only lately, it had been getting worse.

The ringing of the phone caught her off guard and made her stumble into an end table. With a stifled moan, she grabbed the receiver and…

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AtoZ Challenge: “I” is for Interact Communications

Midlife Counts

FYI: I am a 2016 participant in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge, where we blog daily in April. GREAT experience. Highly recommend it.

I applied for a copy writing position at #Interact Communications in La Crosse, Wis. today. It’s an agency that focuses specifically on marketing for two-year and community colleges.

I was excited to see this posting on the Indeed (job site) updates I receive via email. I noted it late last week  and wanted to get my materials in promptly, because the position is a good fit.

In recent years, I worked for an ad agency where we did client work for a two-year college as well as a university. Programs and offerings vary from one to another, and so do goals, of course. But I have the experience in marketing to traditional and non-traditional students as well as pitching some story ideas to the media, writing annual reports…

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Butterfly Cakes


Now let’s be honest, who hasn’t at one point in their lives made these delightful little Butterfly Cakes? A perfect quick bake especially if baking with children.

I used my favourite Victoria Sponge recipe for the Butterfly Cakes but also included a little twist in a hidden surprise…now don’t get too excited it was only a spoonful of jam but mixed with the vanilla icing was delish!!  I used jam as I had some to use up but you could just as easily use lemon curd or even marmalade.

What you need:IMG_2035

For the cakes (makes approx 24)

225g soft butter
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs

For the filling and topping

About 4 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam
5oz butter, softened
10oz icing sugar, with a little for dusting
1-2tbsp milk
Flavouring if required (I used some vanilla essence)

What you…

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