25 December 2011

The Social Poets: Merry Christmas to ALL! Christmas News Video Clips

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The Social Poets: Merry Christmas to ALL! Christmas News Video Clips: From Denny: Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Hope you enjoyed a tasty feast and stuffed yourselves silly. Just wait until the New Year for those calorie regrets. Enjoy your day and thank you for all your support this year! :)

Thought I'd put up a few cool Christmas video news clips of people who live the Christmas spirit of goodwill and giving to others.
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22 December 2011

Dennys Food and Recipes: Awesome Holiday Dessert: Baked Pear Parcels With Lemon Chamomile Sauce


Baked Pear Parcels with Lemon Chamomile Sauce


Dennys Food and Recipes: Awesome Holiday Dessert: Baked Pear Parcels With Lemon Chamomile Sauce: From Denny: Pears come in season during the Christmas holidays and are plentiful. But have you thought about what to do with them beyond enjoying them fresh or giving as holiday gifts?

Our local newspaper here in Louisiana included some recipes from USA Pears, so, of course, you know I just had to go explore their site. The site is set up to promote the pear growers' product and awareness of the fruit. Since I've been thinking about setting up my own organic orchards I've been visiting a lot of sites like this one.

While their recipe section is not extensive it has some gems like the following recipe well suited for the holiday table when you want something special to wow the family or your guests. If, you are like me, you like to try new recipes or variations on a popular theme - like baked pears. A nice touch is the lemon chamomile sauce that snuggles up to these pears.
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21 December 2011

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 15 Best Christmas Quotes: Just What Is It About Christmas Time?




Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 15 Best Christmas Quotes: Just What Is It About Christmas Time?: From Denny: At this time of the year, in the early winter, there slowly descends and rests upon the land a sense of spiritual calm and Peace.

Be aware not to get too caught up in the shopping sales, rushing about to finish last minute gifts and holiday preparations to miss noticing the biggest Gift. Take the time to absorb this special energy sent from Heaven.
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20 December 2011

Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Check Out Christmas Posts: Funny, Music, Cartoons, Quotes, Recipes, Poems, Stories


Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Check Out Christmas Posts: Funny, Music, Cartoons, Quotes, Recipes, Poems, Stories: From Denny:  Check out so many Christmas themed posts that you will pig out like it is a holiday feast.

I've been blogging for three years now and have found loads of Christmas music of all genres - and still adding.  Interesting food to enjoy along with Christmas humor to keep you laughing as well as munching through your busy holidays.

This year I'm adding more Christmas stories and poems, the classics.  Every year there are new recipes to try so the holiday food train just keeps on rolling!

19 December 2011

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Light of the Stable by Tara MacLean

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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Light of the Stable by Tara MacLean: From Denny:  This country song was recorded back in the 1990's yet retains a classic quality for the season.  To learn more about this Canadian singer, go here to understand her inspiration.
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18 December 2011

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Amazing Grace By Hayley Westenra

Pure (Hayley Westenra album)
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Amazing Grace By Hayley Westenra: From Denny:  It's always refreshing to see what the newest generation does with a traditional standard, especially the Christian ones.  Hayley Westenra performs her wonderful rendition of a difficult song to sing, both emotionally and artistically.
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Poems From A Spiritual Heart: 20 Christmas Poems From Favorite Classic Poets

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Poems From A Spiritual Heart: 20 Christmas Poems From Favorite Classic Poets: From Denny:  Revisit some old favorites and discover new poetry friends from the past century.  Here are 20 classic poems, some familiar like "The Night Before Christmas" and many more are so old and not taught in the current fast-paced culture that the past couple of generations may not have read them. These poems are so dense with imagery and archaic language it will exercise your brain and warm your heart at the same time! :)
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17 December 2011

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: What Child Is This? By John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: What Child Is This? By John Michael Talbot: From Denny: John Michael Talbot is a monastic of the Brothers and Sisters Charity. I first heard of him years ago when he had taken a vow of silence for a year but was allowed to perform his music.

His voice has a soothing peaceful quality.  He has certainly studied his share of the world's religions and it is that knowledge and understanding that brings a richness to his music.

From his album, "The Birth Of Jesus" recorded with the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London, the Ambrosian Men's Choir, and the Junior Boys Choir of Desborough School.
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Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video Fail: Static Charged Dog Prances Proudly

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Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video Fail: Static Charged Dog Prances Proudly: From Denny:  Every animal lover will laugh at this one.  Hey, the dog just wanted to get a good puppy massage from his owner.

Of course, with it being winter and the air so dry the dog hair got so charged up it produced this hilarious result - with the dog wondering why everyone was laughing.  Check it out:
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16 December 2011

Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks


Great Horned Owl


Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks: From Denny:  Do you ever wake a couple of hours before dawn, deep in thought, only to hear the sounds of Nature speaking to you just outside your window?  Do you ever stop and concentrate upon the messages speaking all around you?  This poem is one of those times...
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15 December 2011

Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks


Great Horned Owl

Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks: From Denny:  Do you ever wake a couple of hours before dawn, deep in thought, only to hear the sounds of Nature speaking to you just outside your window?  Do you ever stop and concentrate upon the messages speaking all around you?  This poem is one of those times...
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14 December 2011

Comfort Food From Louisiana: Beef: Braised Sirloin Tips

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Comfort Food From Louisiana: Beef: Braised Sirloin Tips: From Denny: Want a low maintenance meal to throw in the oven during the holiday season while you tend to other things? A hearty casserole is always welcome when the weather turns chilly. You might want relief from dining on turkey. Why not try this easy braised sirloin tips recipe?

Besides, it has brain food: mushrooms. During the holiday season it's easy to get frazzled and it sure is fun to know that mushrooms are available to get our overloaded brains back on target. :)
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12 December 2011

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: The First Noel By Jackie Evancho

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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: The First Noel By Jackie Evancho: From Denny: The mature pure talent coming out of this little girl is astonishing. A beautiful voice matched well with this beautiful traditional Christmas song. It's as if you are hearing this old standard for the first time.

The second video is her first audition on America's Got Talent where she swept away the judges. Jackie began singing at age eight when her parents took her to see the Phantom of The Opera. It inspired her so much she began singing around the house. At age ten she auditioned on America's Got Talent - and the rest is history.
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08 December 2011

Visual Insights: Dennys Photo Gallery: 20 Cute Child Portraits


Atlas, it's time for your bath

Visual Insights: Dennys Photo Gallery: 20 Cute Child Portraits: From Denny: Check out the adorable child portraits I found on one of my "visual vacations" to rest my brain from mind-numbing blog maintenance tasks. Most were taken by their parents and are quite clever in composition.

How do you narrow down the choices to just a few for a post? Well, it wasn't easy, I can tell you that one for sure! I'll probably do a few more of these child photography posts.

I love portraits and the human face that I'm always looking for creative ways to photograph. This should give you some great ideas of how to photograph your new arrival, the sister's cute kids or just when you are out on photo safari in your neighborhood.

07 December 2011

Dennys Funny Quotes: Cool Video: Literally Dancing on The Piano to Play the Song

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Dennys Funny Quotes: Cool Video: Literally Dancing on The Piano to Play the Song: From Denny: Move over 50's rocker Jerry Lee Lewis... OK, now I want one for Christmas! This looks like too much fun!

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Perfect Love Marys Song


The Passion of the Christ
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Perfect Love Marys Song: From Denny: With the Thanksgiving holiday dominated by ads promoting shopping frenzies like on Black Friday I thought I'd post a contrast to remind us of "the reason for the season" - Jesus Christ. This is one powerful song and well edited video. It contains clips from the Passion of the Christ movie. Pull out a box of tissues because you are going to need it.
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06 December 2011

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: Attitude Quote in Poem

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Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: Attitude Quote in Poem: From Denny:  Check out this clever direct poem about how our daily attitude shapes our lives.

05 December 2011

Shopper Beware: Walmart Clothing Rigged With Needles

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From Denny:  As you go out to shop during the Christmas season, beware.  Turns out that when two mothers were out shopping they were pricked by syringes purposely placed into the clothing they inspected before purchasing.

One involved a syringe found in child's clothing.  When the child donned the Hello Kitty item she was stuck with the needle.  When the mother went to investigate what was bothering her daughter, she too was injured.

So far no news on what was in those syringes.  Take care when you are out there this shopping season.  Apparently, there are some sick people tricking out the merchandise to cause harm and psychological anxiety.

Check out the news video:


04 December 2011

101 Year Old Australian Great Grandmother Fan of Facebook

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From Denny:  This great grandmother, Eva Elizabeth Woodrow, doesn't let a little thing like age get in her way of learning the new technology.  She lives life to the fullest while she employs Facebook to help her keep in touch with family.

She remembers how it used to take days to hear from friends when she was a young girl at the turn of the last century.  She marvels at how in the blink of an eye she can contact and hear back from family and friends so quickly in cyberspace.

Check out her piano playing skills.  She wrote a book on what it is like being a woman in the 21st century - and for living a century.  She also holds a masters degree in Asia studies. Eva shows no signs of slowing down!

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: How Does Solitude Clear Our Perception?


Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: How Does Solitude Clear Our Perception?: From Denny: Meditation and deep prayer is all about first quieting the monkeys of the mind - those daily "To Do" lists that crowd out deeper consideration of the thornier issues in life. We all know how imperative it is to go to a relaxing place in Nature to quiet our emotions from stress.
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03 December 2011

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Oh, Rejoice By Hillsong

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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Oh, Rejoice By Hillsong: From Denny: While my husband was dashing into a convenience store to pick up a few items I was waiting in the car, seeking on the radio stations. I landed on one talk show where a man was discussing the Christmas season shopping frenzy - and often violence - that breaks out when people fight for the best deals.

It's like the Christmas holiday season has been reduced down to this greedy fever pitch shopping season. Big Business has clearly hijacked what should be a holy season. The essayist continued saying how business changes their cashier greeting (Walmart) to try and sound like they are dispensing goodwill as if that will suddenly cement a good relationship with the customer, making up for the rest of the year.

Well, it should be a goodwill season. During this time of year, he said, you often see strangers relax a little and make more of an effort. But here's the real question, Did Jesus really come just to make our December's better or did He come to make our entire lives better?

Then the program featured this song and I smiled as my husband put the groceries in the car and we drove back home listening to the reason for the season.
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02 December 2011

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 12 Funny Quotes About Prayer

Bird Song!

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 12 Funny Quotes About Prayer: From Denny: Prayer is a wonderful thing. It can bring us comfort, calm our fears and inspire us. It's also quite amusing to view it in terms of the human condition called "whining." There is also "bargaining." Once you grow past those two obvious pitfalls you discover "peaceful communion."

25 November 2011

Romancing The Chocolate: Black Raspberry Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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Romancing The Chocolate: Black Raspberry Chocolate Macadamia Cookies: From Denny: Who doesn't love raspberries for the holidays? This cookie is dripping with butter, chocolate goodness, black raspberry liqueur and chock full of macadamia nuts. Not a lot of sugar and flour either to make them.

It's a rich cookie - but easy to make - to impress your family and friends. Of course, that's if they ever get a chance to taste them! Beware of the kitchen cookie gremlins. They lurk in the most unexpected places. :)
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24 November 2011

Romancing The Chocolate: Decadent Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Mosaic

Romancing The Chocolate: Decadent Chocolate Cake: This chocolate cake uses high end chocolate, just perfect for the discriminating tastes for the holidays.

Dennys Food and Recipes: Thanksgiving: Bourbon Cornish Hens, Mushroom Stuffing

Dennys Food and Recipes: Thanksgiving: Bourbon Cornish Hens, Mushroom Stuffing: Here, in the South, bourbon is part of the holiday festivities. Why not try using it for the hens?

17 November 2011

Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Posts Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 17 Nov 2011


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Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Posts Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 17 Nov 2011: From Denny: Check out blog posts on photography, arts, food, news, politics, a huge amount of humor - especially the political pundits, poetry, astronomy, quotes, music, spiritual and just about anything else that catches my eclectic interest. Can you tell that 140 characters just doesn't work for me? :)

The last posts roundup I did was back in June and we sure are overdue like a long pregnancy. Be sure to bookmark this post as you will enjoy endless hours of laughing while you absorb some good information.

Most of the blog posts are at my flagship blog that spun off into the other 20, The Social Poets, where the news crashes into humor. I even manage to write a few in-depth news posts, slicing and dicing the BS that passes for truth these days on the airwaves.

And to think I do all this in my spare time... Hope you enjoy!

13 November 2011

The Social Poets: A Protesters Poem: For Love Of Country

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Occupy Wall Street ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe Social Poets: A Protesters Poem: For Love Of Country: From Denny: Recognizing all those who display the courage to raise their voices against tyranny and greed. Dedicated to the global Occupy Wall Street protesters and the Middle East Arab Spring protests.
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06 November 2011

Dennys Guest Bloggers: Travels to India: Experience of The Walking Meditation

Walking Meditations (I)


Dennys Guest Bloggers: Travels to India: Experience of The Walking Meditation: From Denny: Check out this post of a woman's travel back to her ancestors' homeland in India. She and her husband decided to practice the meditation known as Vipassana. The concept is that by focusing upon every action in the moment you end up clearing your mind of clutter and worries.

It also can be quite tiring as you learn to focus that deeply for long periods of time. Trust me; you do get better at it. It's like exercising a muscle; the more you exercise the stronger you get.

This writer, Chaya Parmessur, recounts her new experience with good humor as she travels on her spiritual path.
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02 November 2011

Dennys Funny Quotes: Too Funny: Watch Bird on Car Windshield Wiper

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and yet another odd bird...


Dennys Funny Quotes: Too Funny: Watch Bird on Car Windshield Wiper: From Denny: Watch carefully and focus upon the tiny bird perched on the windshield wiper blade just above the steering wheel of the car. This crazy bird just - literally - rolls with it!

Like that old 1988 song by Steve Winwood called "Roll With It." Make sure to start the song before you watch the bird.
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20 October 2011

Check Out Beauty Foods For Your Skin

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bell pepperImage by paul goyette via FlickrFrom Denny:  Nutritionist Kimberly Synder talks beyond calorie count and healthy to reveal what foods make your skin look beautiful too.

Have you ever really thought about how you can make your beauty routine tasty with great healthy foods?  You win on both fronts.

Take a look at what Kimberly Synder offers up to include in your diet so you can look good while you eat well too.

* Cabbage - vitamin C brightens skin and repairs damaged skin and heals collagen.  Has more vitamin C than oranges.  How much to eat?  Try a few servings a week.  You can add some shredded cabbage to your salads or saute it with spices as a side dish.

* Sunflower seeds - are high in vitamin E and prevent cellular damage.  Helps with maintenance, growth and repair of tissues and delays aging.  While we enjoy the roasted seeds, it's the raw ones that give the full beauty benefit.

* Avocado - high in vitamin E and heart healthy fat that keeps you satisfied and moisturizes your skin from the inside out.  Prevents fatigue, anxiety and depression.  This fat feeds your brain and stimulates healthy functioning.  This fat helps us absorb the fat soluble vitamins like A and D.

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