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Oct 9, 2013

Coming Out Late is a new book about a pretty amazing subject. We are all used to the idea of teenagers coming out as gay to their parents, aren't we? Equally well, film stars and entertainers announcing they are lesbian or gay is commonplace too, but what if grandma was a lesbian? What if grandpa is gay? What if mom wants to marry another woman? How would you deal with an older person in your family coming out late? Would you give them the love and support they need to become who they really are? October 11th is National Coming Out Day and so it seems an appropriate time to consider why some people spend a lifetime in the closet. Even today, there are men and women who do their best for social or religious reasons to fit into a way of life that just does not work out for them emotionally. Coming Out Late tells the story of a woman who lived a straight lifestyle until her fifties. This is not all that unusual and is not confined to women. As you will see, there are some men who live a lifetime in denial. Reading this book will lead you into the writer's world of self discovery within the context of a loving and Christian family background. Antoinette Desiree Artot is not imprisoned by fundamentalist views, but she is nevertheless a prisoner of Christian conscience, traditional upbringing, conservative values and consequently the belief that any romantic (let alone sexual) attraction to her own sex was wicked. Artot details how she narrowly avoids suicide and self harming behaviour in her teens and comes through this youthful identity crisis into a series of heterosexual relationships - some good and some not so good - that last half a lifetime. All seems well, allowing for occasional crushes and confusion, until one day, now middle-aged, Antoinette is put into circumstances that make it impossible to deny her feelings. She becomes involved in a dangerous relationship at a very vulnerable time of her life and experiences a mental breakdown. Her breakdown is written about with frank honesty. Happily she discovers love and comes through this dark period stronger and happier. The book goes on to deal with practical issues around coming out as bisexual. (How could a lesbian have loved men?) It details her worry of coming out to a Christian father who turns out to be accepting and loving and changes in the relationship with her former partner who remains a loyal and supportive friend throughout this life changing identity crisis.

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Posted: Oct 9, 2013 7:13pm
Sep 19, 2013

I have a weird allergy to potatoes. In fact I also have a severe and unpleasant reaction to potato starch in manufactured food. Have you ever checked manufactured food labels for potato flour? I have to do it all the time and there's not much safe to eat! You wouldn't believe what products contain potato starch. Do you know someone allergic to potatoes? No? If I am right, this will be new to you and you will probably refuse to believe it. I am writing this page from personal experience. My experience with potato allergy is an unpleasant one and yet it is met with derision at times and disbelief at others. When I dine out and request no chips because I can't eat potatoes the reaction is invariably either "Would you like a salad?" assuming I am on a diet or "Would you like mash (boiled, roast or jacket) potato instead.

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Posted: Sep 19, 2013 5:26pm
Sep 17, 2013

Do you want to buy a really huge cat tree or are they a little expensive right now? If so, if you adore your cat, why not make your own cat tree or scratching post? Even with our very limited carpentry skills, we did. Cat trees are so expensive, and not necessarily longer lasting, so if you build your own cat tower you could be doing yourself a favor in the long run and the cats will enjoy the fruits of your labour for years to come. However, if this seems too difficult, there are some really huge cat trees on sale here too. Photographs and images used here are my own, please do not copy, you should not find this picture on line except on my pages, but you are welcome to visit my Zazzle store where you will see more of my cat pictures!

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Sep 11, 2013

Are you looking for a dramatic Gothic T-Shirt? My Zazzle store includes many of Oliver Tadpole's striking designs, this page features spooky T-Shirts we have produced. These unique spooky t-shirts are not only suitable for Halloween, but will make great gifts for anyone with a Gothic turn of mind! The shirts can be customized too. If you would like to see more Unique Gothic and Skull T-shirts, I hope you enjoy these! Intro image by Oliver Tadpole and used here with permission. All rights reserved. Featured on Zazzle, please feel free to look

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Posted: Sep 11, 2013 6:03pm
Sep 1, 2013

Mother's Day comes early in the UK, and my Mum was happy with her token gift, but unbeknown to her, I had a cunning plan! In the early 1970s, Mum decided to collect Goebel Birds. I think Dad was the main contributor to her bird figurine collection of course as my sister and I were still at school and somewhat penniless. She developed a lovely collection of Goebel Bird figurines over time which she cherishes to this day. How they escaped the predations of two clumsy kids, one crazy Afghan hound, one over eager lurcher and several marauding pet cats is beyond me, but survive they did until fairly recently. This is the story of one of mum's pretty Goebel birds and what happened to it. You can see the poor creature with its broken beak, but this is a tale with a happy ending and I hope you will enjoy it! All photos in this lens were taken by Photahsiamirabel, all rights reserved!

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Aug 31, 2013

I love the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. If I could live anywhere in the world Victoria would be high on my shortlist. How I wish I were there in the warmth of a Vancouver Island Summer! I am not generally a very gardeny or flowery kind of person - generally I am more of a boat, forest, mountain kind of girl - but having entered the Butchart Gardens I was very loathe to leave. Had my camera not been digital, the processing would have cost a fortune. Whenever I get to BC to visit with friends, Victoria is on my schedule and I have been back several times to visit! If you have the good fortune to visit British Columbia and Vancouver Island, this Garden is truly worth an hour or two of your time at least. For the time being though, here are some pictures of the Butchart Gardens that I hope you will enjoy! All images, including intro, are my own photos taken on a visit to Victoria which inspired some music too! Almost Heaven by persimew

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Posted: Aug 31, 2013 4:35am
Aug 20, 2013

Juicing and diabetes from a personal perspective? You got it! This is intended as a little diary to share what happens to anyone who might be interested and I know there are conflicting opinions out there so I may share a few and let you decide. I used to have a juicer many, many moons ago and it got broken in the process of moving things around in the house. It wasn't a big deal, just the pulp container, but I lost heart. Recently a friend was diagnosed with prostate cancer and said he could probably fix up and use the juicer, so we gave it to him and he was reporting improved PSA levels. Knowing the increased levels of micronutrients in juiced vegetables, I was not really surprised. I put the idea of juicing on the back burner for a while. Then I saw Jason Vale's amazing documentary. For about 6 or 7 years I have been experiencing horrible psoriasis, so I was tempted. It was time to invest in a new juicer and tackle the problem. Now the complication is Type 2 diabetes. I am not hugely overweight, but since giving up swimming in my teens I have put on about three stones in weight and I would be happy to lose two of them! I have maybe lost 3 or 4 pounds since being diagnosed diabetic just under 2 years ago, but my diet has been low carb and pretty strict for years due to potato allergy and high blood pressure. There is no way I would do a full on juice detox and diet without consulting my diabetic nurse, but a day or so of sensible juicing couldn't hurt. So here goes.... The picture shows my new juicer at the ready in my very untidy kitchen... boy, does the coffee tea and vitamin corner need a going over! This is my own picture of the Phillips HR 1861 Juicer so please do not copy!

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Aug 12, 2013

In this era of rainbow families, would you like a rainbow wedding? After all, weddings should be happy times and what could possibly be happier than a rainbow in the sky? I love bright colors, don't you? All the colors of the rainbow in fact! The rainbow is such a powerful sign of optimism, originally of God's promise to Noah that the bad times were over. For many people that is also becoming true. It is no coincidence that the rainbow is now also a sign of equality and pride. Anyway, all weddings should be gay, don't you think? So whether you are marrying a same sex partner with Rainbow Pride, or whether your wedding is between a man and a woman, I hope you will enjoy the rainbow wedding products I have selected here. If you love all the colors of the rainbow and you are looking to make a bright statement with your wedding decor, this is the place to be! Image designed by Photahsiamirabel for this page and for Zazzle. Please do not copy!

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Posted: Aug 12, 2013 7:25am
Aug 3, 2013

What to do if you have leeches in your fish pond. If you have a nasty leech infestation, you really don't have to use chemicals to save your fish! When caring for your fish how do you cure a leech infestation without killing all the plants and wildlife and starting all over? That is the question I faced recently when I saw some horrible leeches on my fish. I needed a safe way to remove leeches from my pond. I had too many leeches in my garden pond and the leeches were attacking my fish. If there is one creature that totally grosses me out it has to be the leech. Leeches can't help it, but they are basically unloved and unwanted. The very thought of them is enough to make you cringe - and here was a leech on my fish.... What could I do? What would you do to remove leeches from your pond? Photographs used in this lens are all my own work. Please do not copy! You are welcome to explore the sales modules here, not everyone is confident in natural treatments for a start but we found one that worked. It is all about caring for your fish in a more natural way. You can control a leech problem using natural methods! Before you buy pond chemicals, read this story.... The fish have been well cared for during my vacation in British Columbia and I shall check them carefully this morning. If necessary, a repeat treatment may well see us safely through the Fall. Update on pond.... the little fish are growing well, they are lively and eager to feed, and I have seen no more leeches. We may be through the crisis certainly until Spring. I will watch them carefully!

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Posted: Aug 3, 2013 10:19am
Aug 2, 2013

A Whisper of the Romantic in the Eye of God is a new poetry book by Lisa Marie Gabriel. The subjects for poetry in this book are drawn from life and nature. The theme of this poetry is about being in the Now and relating to what is happening in nature around you and within the Higher Self. It is about Love, but not just romantic Love. The first step to freedom, happiness and full self-actualization is to love ourselves as God would, with total acceptance. Without that step we are not fully capable of loving others. Love here is between the higher self and the everyday self in an external world that is increasingly beautiful. When you read through the poetry in this book I hope you will be struck by the intimacy and positivity in the simple words, the musical language, the sensitivity to surroundings and nature. A Whisper of the Romantic does not rant or vent, but is calmly resonant like poet philosophers Gibran and Tagore. Through the medium of poetry based on spiritual inspiration, the author learns to look with the eyes of a child and fills each page with wonder and spiritual encouragement, even the darker corners are not left in shadow for long. An exercise in simply Being, living in the moment, a lesson in Love, a demonstration of Bhakti and the power of the positive - that is A Whisper of the Romantic in the Eye of God. Image of cover A Whisper of the Romantic in the Eye of God

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