Cool Plaque images

Some cool plaque images:


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Plaque marking the opening of the observation shelter at the top of Mount Wellington


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Plaques at Milang Railway Station display

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Let’s Talk Lamps // Using Lighting to Enhance a Room

I’m a lamp person you guys.  It’s true.  When I was growing up, my mom was adamantly against overhead lighting, and instead dotted each room with table and floor lamps.  Her reasoning was simple: lamps make spaces more cozy and visually calming.  At the time, I may have thought she was a crazy lamp lady, but now I get it. 

Recently I posted about our plans to redecorate our living room in more neutral tones, and one of the things I was careful about when rearranging was to strategically place lamps in areas I wanted to highlight.  The image above is one of my most favorite corners of our house, thanks to a comfy chair with oversized cushions, lots of books, and a special drawing of our sweet Bubby dog.  I wanted that area to be nicely lit in the evening, so placing a lamp there was a given. And although using lighting to create a nice ambiance in that corner was my motivation, I like the fact that the lamp itself also works well when it’s not turned on.  It flows with the rest of the decor, and allows the speaker on which it sits to blend in rather than stand out.  (Let’s face it – speakers aren’t exactly the most attractive objects on their own).  I’m of the opinion that if you choose the right lamps for your space, they can act as pieces of art that add to your decor – whether on or off.

While my living room features lots of grey, white and black (including the lamps), I also absolutely love the way a vibrant lamp can add a pop of color to space.  Our bedroom has an awful lot of beige going on, and I’ve been thinking that adding a couple of colorful lamps could really brighten the room (and possibly even add enough cheer to assist in my attempts at becoming more of a morning person).

Color Plus lamps and coordinating shades

While scoping out colorful lamps for the bedroom, I kind of fell in love with the new Color + Plus™ coordinating lamps and shades over at Lamps Plus. There are over 60 color choices available, and you can choose from either white shades or striped shades in coordinating colors.  I really like the fact that they’re handcrafted (on site in California), as well as the fact that each lamp is showcased along with a Pantone swatch or paint color chip.  There is nothing a design nerd like me appreciates more than getting an accurate representation of color. I think my favorite is either the Cherry Tomato colored base with Circle Rings shade (here) or the Gecko colored base with a crisp white shade (here).

What about you?  What are you favorite ways to use lighting to enhance a room?  Do you have a lot of table and floor lamps in your home? 

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{Book Review} Fearless Daughters….Book Review

Fearless Daughters of the Bible: What You Can Learn from 22 Women Who Challenged Tradition, Fought Injustice and Dared to Lead by J. Lee Grady My rating: 1 of 5 stars “Fearless Daughters of the Bible: What You Can Learn from 22 Women Who Challenged Tradition, Fought Injustice and Dared to Lead” ” was one…

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Dental Health : How to Treat Bad Breath

Bad breath can be treated by brushing the teeth, tongue and flossing so that all bacteria in the mouth is removed. Treat bad breath with tips from a licensed dental assistant in this free video series on dental health and oral hygiene. Expert: Michelle McPhail Contact: Bio: Michelle McPhail is a dental tech and the office coordinator at one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry centers in the Tampa Bay area. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The Rabbit Dog

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The rabbit dog: A cute dog that looks like a rabbit

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True or false: The World Vets Technical Animal Course rocked

“What time does your flight land?”

My husband asks me this every time I go to Nicaragua (OK, it’s only been twice, but still.) He asks because the State Department brief on Nicaragua mentions armed robberies along the highways at night, and he is worried that this will happen to me. And I appreciate his concern, I do, but I sometimes wonder what the State Department would say if it were telling travelers what to do when travelling out of LAX, an airport I lived by for 5 years, or what he would have said had he known I was hopping into a taxi by myself at 1 am in Nairobi, something he didn’t think twice about when I mentioned it after the fact but everyone who has actually BEEN to Nairobi thought was a particularly gutsy stupid thing to do.

The point is, you take calculated risks all the time in life, and do the best you can to protect yourself, because at the end of the day the coolest things in life require that tiny element of risk. Why did the chicken cross the road and all of that. Despite wanting to be able to talk about my mad danger cred, I have to be honest: not all countries in Central and South America can say the same, but Nicaragua was not a worrisome destination for me. At all.

For those who don’t recall why I am talking about Nicaragua, I was there a few weeks ago as part of the Inaugural Technical Animal Rescue course with World Vets. I didn’t talk about it too much beforehand for the simple fact that I really didn’t know what we were going to be doing, other than ‘learning technical animal rescue’ and that I would need a life preserver, but the element of surprise is what makes these adventures so great. And because I ended the course with a test, you get one too. That’s how we roll here. That’s how you LEARN, people.

True or false: Most travelers to Nicaragua end up robbed, jailed, or otherwise victimized.

The area of Nicaragua we were in (Granada) feels very safe. Violent crime is certainly more rare than it is here in San Diego, and the only assault I had was on my dignity during that awkward massage (but I digress). All that stuff you hear about the terrible Nicaraguan jails on Locked Up Abroad? Told by people who were smuggling drugs. Don’t do that. This place is crawling with tourists, who come with money to spend, and the community doesn’t want to jeopardize that by showing people a bad time.

True or false: Granada is ugly.

Granada is gorgeous. It is one of the oldest cities in the Americas, founded in 1542. That means there are lots of old, old churches;

Strange incongruous city blocks whose architecture depends on what century it was built in and which pirate burned it down;

And walls stretching to the horizon, punctuated by doors that lead into the unknown; could be a pharmacy. Could be a pile of rubble. Or it could be a beautifully manicured courtyard, such as that at Casa la Merced, where we were fortunate enough to stay.

I opened my bedroom door to this every day. Hideous.

True or false: World Vets hired some random bozo to teach the course as a front because we all just wanted to go to Granada.

On the first day of the course, we met our instructor, Kim Little from Rescue 3. The first thing we learned about him is that he has been teaching rescue courses professionally for three decades.

The second thing I learned is that he is teaching us the same material taught to the HSUS Disaster Response team and all the other big players you see on the news when disasters happen domestically. So we learned the real deal, FEMA certified, official course. By the way, if you ever invite Kim over for dinner, which you should, ask him to tell you stories from his rescue work during Hurricane Katrina. There’s a story with a tiger, and another story involving a massive pig, a crate, and a film crew.

And the third thing I learned was:


This is important, as I will get to when I talk about how during lake practice I accidentally demonstrated how one might accidentally kill both oneself and one’s victim during a water rescue, if one forgets this cardinal law.

True or false: Technical Animal Rescue involves the most complicated and expensive elaborate machinery that exists.

After our first day doing classwork, reviewing the hydrodynamics of swift water rescue and me getting to gleefully nerd out on vectors and flow diagrams, we sat down with the meat and potatoes of any rescue team: bags of ropes and carabiners.

It’s amazing what you can do with rope. No, really.

We spent more time doing knots than anything else in this course. Knots, and knots, and more knots. Knots that swivel and knots that pull and knots with two loops and knots that lay flat.

Those who have done climbing fared better than the others, but we all got it eventually. Dr. Augusto Barragan from Panama, seen here with Dr. Lester Tapia from Granada, was particularly adept. He spent a lot of time sitting opposite me trying to explain in his non-native language what I was doing wrong.

Answer: taking too many pictures.

Jen, having quickly mastered the lessons due to her climbing experience, started to freestyle.

Kim had but three precious days to whip this motley bunch of veterinary do-gooders into cool, calm rescue pros who could grab a duffle bag of ropes and clips, look over the edge of a ravine at a dog and human in distress, and figure out how to magically transform those tools into a successful rescue. After that first day of tumbled knots, things were looking grim, but we persevered.

Day One: The newly formed team gathers at the defunct Granada train station, wondering what we had in store.

But did we learn enough? Stay tuned.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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How to Control a Dog’s Shedding Hair

Dogs shed their hair as a natural process, but for some owners with allergies, this can become problematic. All dogs shed their hair, some breeds more than others. If you have a problem with dog hair, there are several ways to control a dog’s shedding hair.

Brushing your dog on a regular basis is the best way to manage shedding. Careful brushing daily will remove all the loose fur and prevent hair from ending up on your clothes or furniture.

You’ll need to buy a brush or comb that is suitable for your dog’s coat type and length. Petco and PetSmart sell a variety of brushes for any type of dog’s hair. If you’re unsure of which brush or comb is best for your dog’s coat, be sure to ask because using the wrong type of brush could pull out your dog’s hair and cause injuries.

Short haired dogs will need less brushing, while long or wiry-coated dogs need brushing daily.

Bathing your dog also helps to control shedding. A clean coat and skin results in less shedding. While bathing your dog, it becomes much easier to remove loose hair.

Most dogs should be bathed once a week or every two weeks. Some breeds require less frequent baths and can be bathed once a month. The frequency will depend upon several factors including whether your dog is strictly an indoor one or whether it spends most of its waking hours playing or resting outside.

During the summer a dog needs more frequent baths due to the heat and humidity. If you give your dog a bath once a week it will moisten your dog’s skin and prevent dryness. Dry skin leads to more shedding, which is what you’re trying to avoid. Using a gentle shampoo will nourish the dog’s skin and reduce shedding.

Many people don’t realize that their dog’s diet can also contribute to the amount of hair shed. A dog with a poor diet sheds more hair so it’s best to feed your dog a balanced diet rich in protein, fat, and fibers, but fewer carbohydrates.

Dogs benefit from a diet rich in Essential Fatty Acids, yet most dog’s diets lack these necessary nutrients. Their systems lack the ability to produce needed Essential Fatty Acids on their own. An excellent high quality EFA supplement like Omega Glo-Coat 3/6/9 helps produce a healthy coat and also reduces shedding. Fatty oils are important for a healthy coat and a hydrated skin.

Ticks and fleas and other parasites will cause a dog to scratch excessively and this may lead to more shedding than normal and result in bald patches on the skin. Fleas and ticks will need to be removed with special formula shampoos.

It surprises many people to learn that a stressed-out dog will lose more hair than usual. Stress in dogs can caused by simple things like a change in the dog’s environment or the loss of a fellow pet or family member.

If you notice that your dog is shedding hair a lot more than usual, schedule a visit to the vet to check for any medical condition that could be causing the excess shedding. Common diseases that cause shedding, besides skin problems, are ringworm, mange or even worse, cancer.

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American Diabetes Wholesale Launches GREENIES

Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 14, 2012

American Diabetes Wholesale has launched a GREENIES

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Watch Bo Obama Inspect White House Holiday Decorations

The White House released a holiday video yesterday starring First Dog Bo Obama, and Bo is a charmer. The Portuguese Water Dog clicks across the palatial residence like a pro, giving all the holiday decorations one last look. He has the place to himself — not a creature is stirring, save one guy who passed behind a tree that Bo was looking at and nearly ruined the shot.

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In the video, Bo encounters his Christmas twin, a giant stuffed Bo (could be a Gund limited-edition Bo?), which he stares at lovingly until some Christmas magic happens. (We're not going to tell you what that Christmas magic is, but watch closely. If you watched 30 Rock this week, keep in mind the moment Jack turned from the window after telling Liz he'd meet her at City Hall.)

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Some things we learned watching the video:

  • The White House has so many Christmas trees we lost count. 
  • Those floors!
  • Bo in an incredibly attractive dog. 
  • One Christmas tree is in a planter box. 
  • One Christmas tree has a phalanx of balls right at the top, arranged by color. 
  • Bo really is a nice looking, well-behaved dog. 

And for commenters who think a video of a dog would be a great place to share your opinion on politics and the election, you're not alone! The YouTube comment section has graciously agreed to host all manner of reasoned political debate about this video -- so please go there if you want to talk politics. At Dogster, it's all about Bo. 

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Sniff, sniff …

The fluffy white dog is a Coton de Tuleur and the one in the foreground is a Jack Russell mix.  They were having fun playing together by the sea at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin this morning. I didn’t ask their names.  Simply because I was trying out a new lens and didn’t think the photo would be any good -  but I quite like the shape they make together with the terrier’s legs all over the place … and he’s got such a lovely face.


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