Spiritual Growth By Henry Miranda (Guest Article)

Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV) “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he…

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An open letter to Kevin Smith and his dog Mulder

Dear Kevin,

I’m sure you get fan letters all the time, from people who love your art: Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy. I think Chasing Amy was one of the first movies I watched with my boyfriend, who is now my husband. He thinks you’re the cheese.

I think you are a great writer, and like all great writers you have an amazing willingness to share things that other people hold close. Painful things, like a humiliating experience with an airline or, in this case, the terribly personal loss of a beloved dog. I am so very sorry Mulder died. I hope it is OK I am sharing the photo you posted because the love and the bond you share in this shot is there in a way I think others would be very comforted by.

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To everyone: I encourage you to read Kevin’s words about Mulder here: They are beautiful.

I’m writing you today to thank you because I don’t know if you know just how special this is- not only your bond with Mulder but the fact that you are open to sharing this with the world. As a hospice veterinarian, I see people every day who are torn to shreds to have to say goodbye to their beloved companion. All kinds of people: women, kids, men, even big burly Marines and wrinkly faced Charlton Heston types. I worry about those men the most, because they have so often been taught not to express grief and sadness that they are as worried about my own reaction as they are just letting themselves experience the moment and admit, yes, I love this creature. Of course I am grieved.

I can speak all I want and tell people that they have permission to feel this way and let themselves cry and share and ask for camaraderie in a time that often feels incredibly isolating and lonely, but until more people like you- people with influence, whose words matter to so many- do what you’ve just done, it will continue to be a struggle for many more.

The conversation you opened up on your Facebook page- that matters. That’s huge. There are so many people starved for the opportunity to reach out and know it’s OK to drop your basket over this kind of loss, it’s like a dam breaking every time. What a testament to Mulder to have so many share in kind. It doesn’t lessen the pain, but I think the sharing the burden does help cushion the blow.

He was a beautiful dog and I know your heart must be broken into bits right now. For every idiot out there who called you an ‘attention whore’ for this, there are hundreds more moved to empathetic tears by your loss. You have fans who have your back. The average person out there who doesn’t have that support needs to see that.

And in the spirit of sharing, I’ll post a picture I never planned to share for all the reasons I just mentioned: I look horrible and tear streaked. It was a private moment. It is my dog Kekoa kissing me on the day she died. I was really annoyed with my husband for pulling out the camera that day, but in retrospect, I’m glad he did. You’d be surprised- at least I was- at how many people do the same when I am there to help them say goodbye. Maybe this will help others feel more permission to do the same.

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I guess now I’m attention whore too. It’s all good.


Dr. V, your newest fangirl

P.S. Will have a pint to toast Mulder’s long and storied life tonight.

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

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First Look: Made Kitchen & Cocktails, Alpharetta

First Look: Made Kitchen & Cocktails, Alpharetta
The look: Just up the street from the original Pure location, Made shares a freestanding building with a dental group. The rustic-modern build-out employs wood in various forms, from beams and tabletops to champagne riddling racks … Entrees include
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Stemmed Implant Technology has developed a less invasive but stronger way to affix dental implants to bones. The technology is the invention of a Niagara Falls dentist. It's screwless and more intricate than existing implants, says Chris Ostrovski, the …
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Pet Food Recall: Limited Quantity of Nutrisca Dry Dog Food

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. has issued a recall of a limited amount of 4 pound bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food.  The official FDA report is below and can also be found here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2015 – Perham, MN – Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy’s manufactured the product for Nutrisca.nutrisca

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.  No Salmonella-related illnesses in people or animals have been reported to date in association with these products.

The recalled product was distributed in the 4 lb. bags nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores, and internet retailers. The recalled product is limited to Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food in 4 lb. bag sizes, bearing UPC Code “8 84244 12495 7″ (found on lower back of the bag). Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and “Best by Dates” (found on upper back of the bag). No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products, are affected by this announcement.

First five digits of Lot Codes:
4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P

Best By Dates:
Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16

The recall was initiated after a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence ofSalmonella in one 4 lb. bag of product. The company is coordinating this voluntary recall with the FDA, and is issuing the recall action out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who purchased the 4 lb. bags of the dry dog food product subject to the voluntary recall (as identified above) should stop using the product, discard it in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle), and contact Nutrisca at the number below for further information.

For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Nutrisca at 1-888-559-8833.

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Before and After – Part 3

I think his exact words for this one was “The bushes are killing it”.  He suggested I crop to just include her and the bench.  I had of course done this while taking various shots of her up there, but didn’t choose it as my favourite.  :) So this isn’t the same image re-cropped, it’s a different photo all together that I feel fit more what he suggested. I again feel like her head is squished and needs more breathing room.



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All You Need Is Love

Happy Valentine's Day from Bubby and Bean!

Since we take the weekends off around these parts, I’m wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day today (and a happy Friday, too!). Essley is, of course, my #1 Valentine again this year, and I can’t wait to give her extra snuggles (and extra treats) tomorrow. Last weekend, I helped her make Valentines for her grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins – and you guys, I had no idea how much fun it would be to craft with a toddler. I mean, yes, it was messy. And yes, the Valentines were basically hearts (that I cut out) with scribbled marker and randomly placed (possibly partially chewed) stickers and doilies on them. But it was so great. SO great. Essley’s and my other Valentine (her daddy) comes home for a couple of days on Sunday and there is a lot of couch lounging and comfort food on the agenda. That’s our kind of romance and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

However you choose to celebrate (or not celebrate), I hope your Valentine’s Day is wonderful. See you Monday!


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Chaa Creek Announces A New Whale Shark Adventure

San Ignacio, Belize (PRWEB) February 13, 2015

The Lodge at Chaa Creek has just announced a new Belize vacation package that allows travellers to get up close and personal with one of the the world?s largest animals, the whale shark.

According Lea Itzab, Chaa Creek?s marketing officer, the new package, to run from June 2 to 12, 2015, is the first of its kind ever to be offered by the Belizean eco resort, and is in partnership with Robert?s Grove, a Belizean Caribbean resort based near the picturesque coastal fishing village of Placencia.

?Belize is one of the few places in the world to have a regular, annual whale shark migration, and it?s a truly spectacular sight,? Ms Itzab said, ?For decades local fishermen have known about the yearly visits of ?Sapodilla Tom?, as whale sharks are called in Belize, and some years back they began taking researchers and tourists out to see these amazing creatures during their annual migration to Gladdens Spit and the Sapodilla Cayes?.

?Being able to get up so close to these huge, gentle creatures is a rare opportunity, and we?re excited to be able to offer our guests the chance to take part in such an amazing adventure,? she said.

Chaa Creek?s Belize Whale Shark Adventure Package is offered between June 2 to 12 to take advantage of the annual migration to Gladden Spit, which occurs between the months of April to July in Belize, Ms Itzab explained.

The vacation package takes guests to Belize?s ancient Maya heartland in the Cayo district where a stay at Chaa Creek includes three nights cottage accommodation including all meals and activities such as excursions to ancient Maya temples and city-sites, guided nature tours, visits to Chaa Creek?s Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, canoeing, swimming and a range of other activities within the resort?s 365 acre private nature reserve, as well as a trip to the Belize Zoo.

The Robert?s Grove portion of the package includes air and ground transfers to Placencia and Robert?s Grove with welcome cocktails, four nights accommodation, a full meal plan with breakfast, lunch and three course dinner, two days of whale shark diving with two tanks per day for SCUBA dives, a day of reef diving with two tanks and all dive gear included, as well as use of the resort’s three swimming pools, canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, Hobie Kats, gym, and bicycles, she said.

?We worked closely with Robert?s Grove management to craft a comprehensive vacation package that allows guests to experience the best of Belize?s inland and coastal attractions in the easiest and most cost effective manner possible. It brings together Belize?s pristine rainforests and rich Maya heritage with the stunning Caribbean coast and reef with a focus on the one of the world?s most amazing animals, the whale shark.

?It?s one of those unique adventures that could only happen in Belize, and we?re really very excited to be able to offer it,? Ms Itzab said.

The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a true shark, relatively unchanged over the last 60 million years, and as the world?s largest fish has a recorded length of 12.65 m (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb.), although there are anecdotal claims of larger specimens, according to the Chaa Creek Natural History Centre?s Brion Young.

?Regardless of the exact length and weight, whale sharks are by far the largest living non-mammal, and one of the largest animals to ever inhabit the Earth,? Mr Young said.

Ms Itzab said that while whale shark migrations occur in Madagascar, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique, Indonesia and the Yucatan, Belize?s Gladden Spit is a particularly accessible and beautiful area in which to observe, and even dive and swim with the huge creatures.

?Whale Sharks are truly ?gentle giants? and don?t mind human company at all. You can swim, snorkel and dive close to them without any fear at all,? she said.

Ms Itzab said that while there can be no guarantees that whale sharks will be seen, their movements are closely monitored and every care is taken to ensure get guests close to them.

The whale sharks were often confused with true whales due to their size, docile nature and feeding habits, Mr Young said. As filter feeders, they draw water though mouths as large as four and a half feet to strain plankton and other nutrients, much as many species of whales do.

They are particularly attracted to fish spawn, and travel long distances to arrive at areas where fish are spawning to consume the clouds of eggs and sperm released during mating. The whale shark?s arrival at Gladden Spit coincides with the annual spawning of several species of fish found around the Belizean coast and barrier reef.

?We?re fortunate enough to have the perfect conditions to attract whale sharks, as well as an incredibly diverse country for humans to enjoy, with vast protected rainforests, the Maya Mountains, pristine rivers and then an unspoiled Caribbean coastline with hundreds of cayes and the world?s second largest barrier reef.

?To be able to combine all of that into one vacation package is, I think, a real coup for Chaa Creek and Robert?s Grove, and is a great opportunity for travellers,? Ms Itzab said.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a multi award winning eco resort set within a 365 acre private nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in Belize.


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8Homeless pets across the nation will have more radiant coats, clearer eyes and renewed energy, thanks to the Freekibble.com community, Halo, Purely for Pets and GreaterGood.org.

The 4th annual Holiday Kibble Drop delivered a total of 565,000 meals to pets in need at more than 30 shelters and rescues in 15 cities throughout December.

At each Kibble Drop location, shelters and rescues received a food donation on behalf of Freekibble.com visitors and Halo customers, who make the Kibble Drop possible simply by playing Freekibble.com or by purchasing Halo pet food.

Halo retail partners in each of the cities along the Kibble Drop route generously agreed to provide a place where area shelters and rescues could pick up their donation.

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Importance of Encouragement

The power of friendship and encouragement among the Christian community is an important role, but it spans beyond just that as well when we actually take the time to stop and think about the role of encouragement. In Hebrews 3:13 (ESV), the Bible shares the following, “13 But exhort one another every day, as long as…

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