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I love art in all of its forms, but nothing is purer than the bold expression of street murals and graffiti renditions.  I can't say when I became interested in this type of art.  I think it may have something to do with the fact that it's considered taboo and even criminal in most parts and simply appealed to the rebel in...

Carisa and I were taking a leisurely stroll in Amsterdam, Holland, a couple of years ago.  We didn't really have that much time there, only 24 hours.  However, we couldn't help but notice these lovely shutters on random row houses as we passed by. We didn't understand its utility; it seemed more of a hassle than simply using curtains.  You would...

Today's post is the first of a new blogging challenge from Darren Rowse of Problogger.net! The challenge is to create new embedded content, which can consist of video, Instagram photos, tweets, etc. I am particularly excited because it marks my first attempt at creating a personalized video for my readers. I was really excited for the opportunity to make a video...

During the first day of our recent trip to Las Vegas, we embarked on one of our favorite pastimes, a city bus tour. Despite the annoyingly repetitive warnings from the tour narrator to hop off at one of the popular stops, we remained in our seats fixated by the glimpse of life "off-strip". As the timeworn vessel careened around the tightest of corners, causing the...

After months of planning, you're finally ready to embark on that much-needed vacation. Armed for a week of glorious sightseeing, you've got the plane tickets, the rental car and hotel confirmations and an array of outfits for different occasions. But did you remember the most important item of all: a comfortable pair of shoes? We've all seen her, Impractical Irene. The kind...

Hello Readers! Today’s post is the sixth of seven daily posts that I am writing for the Problogger 'Find Your Blogging Groove' challenge. It’s meant to encourage bloggers to post more frequently and thoughtfully. Today, I am going to write a "Discussion" post that I hope will encourage a dialogue about this compelling issue.  If you wouldn't mind, please do me...

Hello, Readers! Today’s post is the fourth of seven daily posts that I am writing for the Problogger 'Find Your Blogging Groove' challenge. It’s meant to encourage bloggers to post more frequently and thoughtfully. Today, I am going to write a fictional story about a troubled relationship.  Yeah, it's a bit of a downer, but I wanted to try something markedly...