Art: "It's Ama-za-zing-A Little Water, a Little Color" by Gaynell Parker
I'm terrible when it comes to names. Ask my children. It's even worse when it's the name of something, such as a paint color.
When I first started painting, I had no idea there were so many shades of red: Carmine, Grumbacher Red, Vermillion, Indian Red, Rose Madder and my favorite, (the tube is almost gone) Alizarin Crimson. You'll notice none of them were just plain red. And that's just what I use, I know there's lots more available.
In my ignorance, I figured they were all shades of the same color. -- Read More
Books: "The Peacegiver and The Holy Secret" by Alison Palmer
Have you read The Peacegiver by James L. Ferrell? This book quickly became a bestseller among LDS fiction and rightly so. It’s a sweet book of redemption. It tells the story of a man, a simple man just like many of us, who needs to understand who his Savior really is. He needs to learn what Christ is capable of accomplishing in his life if given the chance.
That’s a lesson most of us need to learn. It’s easy to forget, or feel unworthy of what we see or read about the Savior. It seems like another place, another time, another more humble and deserving individual. That’s the place the main character, Rick Carson, finds himself. He is lost in his own sorrow and bitterness for what feels like a failed marriage and a failed life. -- Read More
Clothing: "Clothing Enhances the Woman, but Does Not Make the Woman" by Candace E. Salima
Let's face facts. We all have those days where our hair is perfect, our makeup Hollywood perfect and our clothes drape on us as we were a New York fashion model, except for the toothpick thin anorexic look, which doesn't look good on anyone.
I love a stylish set of clothes as much as the next woman. I'm not immune to that fantastic feeling which comes over you when you step out of the house like you're going to conquer the world. But I'm much more comfortable in a pair of faded 501s, shirt and sandals. Either way, I can still walk out my front door and conquer the world. -- Read More
Home and Family: "Feedin the Wrong Wolf" by Muriel Sluyter
A Cherokee Elder was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said, "A fight is going on inside me... it is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego."
"The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith." -- Read More
Jewelry: "Cro-Magnon Adornments" by Nichole Giles
In my blog, Historical Treasures, I promised a discussion about jewelry worn during the Cro-Magnon period. Before I launch into that, let me share a few random thoughts. It is not only women who are drawn to jewelry.
Very often, when people think of jewelry, they picture a sparkling gem, a pendant hanging from a chain, and other delicate, feminine forms of adornment. However, jewelry, by definition is any kind of body adornment—including but not limited to patches, badges, hair accessories, watches, hats (or headdresses, depending on the time period) decorative parasols, canes, purses, belts, shields, breastplates, money clips, wallets, buckles, buttons, and on and on and on. -- Read More
LDS Department Store/Gardening & Landscaping: "Landscape Part 2-Putting it on paper" by Heather Justesen
In my last blog, I discussed the importance of an over-all landscape plan before you begin to make changes. There are several reasons for this, but the most important reason is so you don’t have to redo some of the work later due to poor planning.
You can see my landscape plan, a plan I drew up early in 2007, and worked on over the course of several months. It’s light because I drew it all in pencil—much easier to make changes that way. I drew it on graph paper and used every 1/8th-inch square to represent one square foot in my yard. I measured out sidewalks, driveway, the house and walkways. It doesn’t have the precision of an architects rendering, by any means, and I have made a few changes in the yard that aren’t reflecting in the plan, but overall, it’s my map. -- Read More
LDS Department Store/Preparedness: "Summer: A Time for Picnics and Preparedness" by Barbara Salsbury
My blog title the 3 P’s in a Pod stands for Practical, Personal Preparedness. In today’s blog it can be for Playing, Picnics and Preparedness. As schools get out and the weather warms up thoughts usually turn to vacations, family and fun..
I have a suggestion to make. As you plan how your budgets will be stretched or tightened in order to take those family trips or have weekend picnics, add your preparedness program to the top of those lists. -- Read More
LDS Outlets/Dutch Oven: "Tinfoil Treasures" by Keith Fisher
In this blog, I’ve talked about all things outdoors when it comes to cooking. I’m reminded today, of my teenage years—when cooking at scout camp meant burned food, poor cleanup, and starvation. If I only knew then, what I know now . . .
In scout camp, I learned a few vital lessons. One of them was; unless you’re roasting hotdogs, a roaring fire is not the place to cook your food. The heat of it drives you back, the smoke is hard to breathe, and you have to dodge the people standing around. I’ve since learned to trust the heat from coals. -- Read More
Some say that Latter-day Saints live in their own little universe. I say it isn’t so. Let me tell you, if we lived in our own world, we’d make sure it was a lot more logical than this one!
The universe we currently reside in is filled with weirdness, and it only seems to be getting weirder. I came to that realization the other day after eating some mixed nuts. It prompted me to make a list of the illogical things in life. -- Read More
Missionary: "Warming Our Neighbors" by Rebecca Talley
Some years ago (more than I’d like to admit), I was a young mother with two small children. My husband had been offered a job in another state so we moved our little family. We hadn’t lived in our new ward for long when the missionaries stopped by. We invited them in and they shared a short message with us about being member missionaries. They then asked us to make a list of 10 names and to pray about the names until we had a list of 5 names. They said they would return the following week and for our list of 5 names and the times we could set up appointments for them to teach the people on our list. -- Read More
New Neighbors: "Revel in Reunions" by Cheri Crane
A huge summer tradition for most families is the ever-popular, (oft-times made fun of) reunion. Mentioning this word can trigger a variety of memories. Truthfully, some of my fondest recollections of past summers involve reunions. As I was growing up, I always looked forward to the annual Sibbett reunion. This meant camping in a cool location like Alpine, Wyoming, eating lots of good food, and the yearly program. The Sibbett program involved a lot of music, humorous readings, and dancing. It was usually concluded by my grandfather and his brothers getting up to sing funny songs like, "My Nose Stuck Out a Feet," or the traditional: "Pinto Pony," a song written about the Grays Lake area, the place where they grew up. -- Read More
Scrapbooking: "Scrapbook Blogger" by Kim Thompson
What is a mommy blogger?
A mommy blogger is a small part of the blogging world that consists of moms who blog about their children. Some mother’s blog about daily activities, and others only record major milestones in their children’s lives. Other mommy blogs cover a variety of subjects, including their children. The blogs are as varied and unique as the women who write them. But they are all an amazing look into the life of being a mother. -- Read More
Services: "Praying for a Computer Tech" by Liz Adair
So, here’s the scenario: You’re a free-lance writer and editor. You own a laptop and a desktop, and though you do lots of work on your laptop, your desktop is the brains of your outfit. All your writing is housed and archived there. When the laptop crashes, it’s inconvenient but not earth shattering. Though the budget is skinny, you manage to scrape enough money together to replace it. However, when the desktop goes gunny sack the next week, things look very, very black. Jet black. Inky. Is there another way to intensify the word? Super black, because, since you’re always working right up against a deadline, you never have time to install a really good, fail-safe, automatic, back-up system. It’s always at the head of your Good Intentions List, because you know how important it is. But you never get around to it. -- Read More
Sports & Recreation/Movies: "Return with Honor" by Linda Scanlan
Isn't life funny in that what you so carefully plan out for yourself, seems rarely to happen the way it is planned. This summer was to have been a fast moving action filled summer scheduled with girls camp, art camp, family reunion, boating and fishing. All of that was for June. This schedule was planned as skillfully as choreography in a musical is planned.
Enter one emergency surgery. Out the window goes the elegant meal planning for guest. No longer is the routine bulletin easily completed. Laundry becomes the stereo-typical mountainous chore that has depressed women from the beginning of time. Nothing is on schedule. The train has derailed and the station is no where in sight. -- Read More
Sports & Recreation/Sports: "Backyard Baseball Memories" by Rachelle Christensen
I love playing baseball. I don’t really like watching it—don’t boo—it’s just I’d rather hit the ball than watch it on the screen. But my favorite kind of baseball is the backyard baseball of my youth. I grew up on a farm and our house sat on about 3 acres of various pastures for our horses and cows, so we had to improvise a little when we played.
We had a huge back yard which is about the size of a regular building lot nowadays. We had room for all 3 bases, even if it wasn’t regulation distance. The plates were definitely not regulation either. We used paper bags, pieces of paper, whatever we could find—but the best was when a little old lady that loved to crochet made a special “base” for my little brother. She put something on it to make the yarn really hard and we about wore that thing out. -- Read More
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