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  • livepipes 5:49 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Hey , Can i Borrow You For A Sec ?!! 

    The girl in tight shoe

    Be yourself. Be yourself . Be yourself .

    This is usually the answer to  most of our inquires. Yet those who gave this advice cant explain further how to actually be oneself.

    Years ago i tried to follow that piece of advice and go find myself. That was in the midst of my rebellious teenage years , so finding myself consisted mainly of too much loud music , piercing and saying no to any order. Now that my mind has changed abit , i don’t think that that was the correct road to being me. But the mystery yet continue , how can anyone be oneself.

    Being oneself turned actually to be the easiest thing to do. I can almost hear some of you saying how. The answer is simple enough.

    ” throw away your mask  ”

    ”huuuh! mask ! what mask! ” . The mask here , dear readers, is the one we unconsciously wear while…

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  • livepipes 5:49 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Independence Day 

    Among My Branches

    On July 4, 1776, two hundred and thirty-six years ago, representatives of each of the thirteen colonies, who were then already at war with Great Britain, adopted the Declaration of Independence in a session of the Continental Congress. This event marked the birth of the United States of America.

    In honor of this historic event, I want to present in this post my known ancestors that served in the American Revolutionary War.

    David Dunton (1758-1829), my 5th great grandfather, served in Capt. Hasting’s Company of Col. John Brook’s Regiment (7th Massachusetts Regiment) of the Massachusetts Continental Line. David enlisted into Brook’s Regiment on April 11, 1781 and served for three years, first at the rank of Corporal and finally Sergeant.

    Samuel Stearns, Jr. (1754-1840), my 5th great grandfather, served in Capt. John Jones’s Company of Col. Ephraim Doolittle’s Regiment (or 18th Massachusetts Regiment) of the Massachusetts Continental Line. Samuel…

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  • livepipes 5:49 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Anderson Cooper 



    I was pleasantly surprised to hear on TV the other morning that my darling boy Anderson Cooper has come out of the closet.



    Not that this is a surprise, mind you. I think I (and many others) have pretty much always known that Anderson is on our team. I am always delighted when a celebrity comes out of the closet. As I’ve said before: the more the merrier. It makes it that much easier for a teenager in Two Dot, Montana to come to terms with his / her own sexuality.




    And I do like the words Anderson chose, for their breezy casualness: “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud . . . By remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have…

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  • livepipes 5:49 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Family History Through the Alphabet – I is for Investigation 

    Among My Branches

    One of the hardest, yet most rewarding, aspects of compiling a family history is the actual investigations we undertake in the process. Investigating the people and the events of their lives can be a challenge but leaves a person with an awareness of where they came from that makes the difficulties worth it.

    When I began to compile my family history, I learned quickly that the process was a long and difficult one. Gathering names, dates, and places; old photographs, anecdotes, and records, records, and more records; and then attempting to assemble it all together to build an accurate family tree proved to be a significant challenge for me, particularly since I knew few relatives at the time that were even remotely interested. As time went on, and my research skills and contacts developed, investigating my ancestry became more enjoyable. It became all the more so, or more like addicting…

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  • livepipes 5:48 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    red, white and blue 


    another fabulous fourth!

    good food, great friends, bathing suits and fireworks

    “let freedom ring”

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  • livepipes 5:48 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Bella Cooks: Grilled Portabella Mushrooms 

    Bella on the Beach

    Grilled Portabella Mushrooms with Balsamic Vinegar, Sauteed Onions, and Blue Cheese Crumbles

    Lately I’ve been grilling most of my dinners, but I didn’t want to have the same old thing tonight.  There’s only so much chicken, salmon, or red meat you can eat, right?  Plus, when the weather warms up, I enjoy having some lighter fare at dinner. This recipe was perfect!  Quick, easy, and very satisfying.

    Nutrition Info: As I made it, with blue cheese, sauteed onions, and some olive oil, each mushroom is about 205 calories, 25g carbs, 11g fat, and 6g protein.



    Portabella mushrooms
    olive oil
    balsamic vinegar
    oregano (or any other fresh herb you like)
    blue cheese crumbles
    1/2 onion, sliced
    minced garlic
    salt, pepper, garlic powder


    The first step is to wash the mushrooms, which are notoriously dirty.  It’s incredibly important to make sure you dry them completely, otherwise the mushroom will steam…

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  • livepipes 5:48 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Six Shifts in ELA: More Informational Text 

    Marsha Ingrao

    Bill and Melinda Gates want our students reading more informational texts.  Actually, that’s what we do primarily as adults, so much so that many people don’t have left over time to read for the pure pleasure of it.

    For those of us who teach history-social studies this shift is a godsend.  When it comes to Social Studies, there are two questions to answer about this shift.

    • What non-fiction or informational text should my students read?
    • How should I support the language arts teacher in teaching the students to read in my content area of history-social science.

    What to Read:  Recommending Informational Texts

    First of all there are many recommended and interesting non-fiction items  that are as pleasurable to read as fiction.  In the Implementation Toolkit published by Tulare County Office of Education aligning the ELA Common Core Standards and the History-Social Science Analysis Skills, there is a…

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  • livepipes 5:47 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Weekend Special: “Brave” review and the Virtual Oval Office 


    Hello friends, today I’m combining Virtual Friday and Media Saturday. First off, there’s a great replica of the Oval Office in SecondLife. They did a good job on it. You can click the pic for a larger version.

    Visit the virtual Oval Office in SecondLife at: Visit Sialimonus (203, 233, 72)

    Secondly, we went to see the movie “Brave” and we loved it. The movie is a beautiful tale of parent and child learning to accept each others differences and love each other no matter what. There are two issues that may bother parents. First, there is magic. Second, there is very mild violence.

    (Pic removed in case of copyright issues)

    “Brave” is a Disney-Pixar film about a red-haired Scottish princess named Merida. It takes place in the 10th century. Merida is an arrow shooting tom-boy. Her mother Queen Elinor wants her to be a proper princess. Mother and daughter…

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  • livepipes 5:47 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Peut-être Magazine – Issue 4 out now! 

    What better way to introduce myself as contributor to J’adorais, than to share with you all about Peut-être Magazine?

    If you know and love Lula magazine, imagine a less girly, more couture, grown up yet still romantic version of it, and you will have Peut-être in a nutshell, an incredible ‘magazine’ I am involved with, as a Fashion and Lifestyle Writer, as well as Editor.  Filled to the brim with stunning photographs by French photographer Nathalie Malric (also Peut-être‘s Creative Director and Editor in Chief) in its over 200 pages (the latest issue reaching almost 300 pages!), each issue is closer to a book than a magazine, not only in its volume, but also with the dimensions of the beautiful images contained within it, allowing you to appreciate each intricate detail.  From exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ photography (including breathtaking Haute Couture shows), to interviews with designers, models, and artistes…

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  • livepipes 5:46 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Food Safe Guru – Diet soda makes you fat, really? 

    US Food Safety

    If you learn one new piece of information a day, you are doing well. There are so many food recalls and food allergen recalls, that this piece of information is a breath of fresh air.

    I am always trying to diet. Diet sodas are something I thought I could count on. After all, no calories and fizzy, is just what I like in the middle of the day. In an article in Health Pop,Just how does diet soda make you fat? The other study may hold the answer. In it, researchers divided mice into two groups, one of which ate food laced with the popular sweetener aspartame. After three months, the mice eating aspartame-chow had higher blood sugar levels than the mice eating normal food. The authors said in a written statement their findings could “contribute to the associations observed between diet soda consumption and the risk of…

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