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How to Check Your Comments in the Spam Folder and Why You Should Check Them (WordPress Users)


Today, I will be showing you how to check the spam comments that have been tucked away in the Askismet folder but before I do that, I will show you why it is important to do this. Previously, I decided to check the spam folder just for the heck of it and discovered several valuable…… Continue reading How to Check Your Comments in the Spam Folder and Why You Should Check Them (WordPress Users)

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Writer Wednesday: How has Your Writing Voice Changed


Question of the day- How has the tone or message of your writing voice changed? Going through old posts and trying to salvage old ideas has made me realize how drastically my writing voice has evolved. I can clearly see the times I was experimenting with the different tones, hues, and styles of my personal…… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: How has Your Writing Voice Changed

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A Magnificent Challenge


Thanks Faye, Thanks Fairen, São Martinho do Porto (SMP) is  a quiet village at about 12 miles from where I live,  with the exception of July and especially August, when it´s almost impossible to park and get peace…I love it during Winter, Autumn and Spring because I can walk on my own on an almost desert beach and feel the wind…… Continue reading A Magnificent Challenge

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Writer Wednesday Challenge: Find Something Beautiful in the Ordinary


We were challenged by Faye to find “something beautiful in your ordinary life this week.” Although, the picture below is not from this week, it doesn’t fail to make me smile. This year, I have decided that I wanted to try grow vegetables. Come to find out, I was a bit too late to start…… Continue reading Writer Wednesday Challenge: Find Something Beautiful in the Ordinary

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Fraud Alert


I have a confession to make: I’m a fraud. I suspected it the other night watching the news. My words filling the room, “Aw, shut up you arrogant blowhole!” made me want to suck them right back in. Words like that can’t come from someone demonstrating grace, mercy and respect for all of God’s creatures.…… Continue reading Fraud Alert

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Q&A


I´ve published  this post for the first time on April 13, 2015, but I believe that those Q&A can still be useful for our readers and followers Often our readers ask us us on various topics. Here are 5 questions and my personal answers 1.Clearly I am not easily inspired .. Dang We all have moments of great inspiration, but sometimes we have the dilemma of…… Continue reading Q&A

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What Do We Drink On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal


Last week I wrote about what we eat, today I will write about what we drink: Usually we drink red wine and Portugal has excellent red wines – Barca Velha and Pêra-Manca are the most famous, but their high price does not make them accessible to the majority of us (a bottle can cost around…… Continue reading What Do We Drink On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal

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What Do We Eat On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal


Traditionally, the Christmas Eve (known as “Consoada” a word that comes from the Latin word Consolare (“to comfort”) supper consists of abstaining from meat dishes. Most of the families eat salted codfish with boiled potatoes and  vegetables, adding olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice, but in some parts of Portugal the tradition is to…… Continue reading What Do We Eat On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal

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Why Do You Follow Us ?


There are millions of blogs which each of us have never heard of, and lots of them are for sure great, but we don´t follow them because we don´t realize that they exist… Each one of us follows some blogs (1, 2, 5, 10 no matter the figure). Beyond the blogs in which I am…… Continue reading Why Do You Follow Us ?

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Why Your Most Effective Work is Best Received by Those Who Are Silent


Blogs, books, sermons, and music have all acted as influences in my life. I have found answers in sermons that no one will ever know about. I have found so much connection in a single blog post and a book that it brings relief that someone can relate so well to me. Even music can speak…… Continue reading Why Your Most Effective Work is Best Received by Those Who Are Silent

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Writing Prompt 4| Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: July 18th 2016


Why am I seeing this? OPENING LINE (S): “The sight was satisfying almost good enough to drink. The trek there had been long and arduous but they still had further to go. Looking back at her companions, noticing the long… Source: Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: July 18th 2016

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Writing Prompt 3: Photo Challenge #136


Why am I seeing this? Portrait found here Yves here subbing for Nekneeraj. Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story. Alternatively, If you are an artist or photographer, use this as an opportunity to sho… Source: Photo Challenge #136

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Things (so help me God) I will never post about


Of course everyone can post about everything, but I´ve got my own limits. Apart from explicit content (no mather its origin), it can be social, racial, religious or sexual violence, there are a few more subjects I avoid: There are dozens of posts where parents claim that their kids are some kind of genius. Of course they…… Continue reading Things (so help me God) I will never post about

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A Blog As Future Memory ?


In a recent interview I had the privilege of having Fairen as my interviewer, and one of the questions was why I am a blogger. I said it was a way to share my thoughts, which is entirely true, but I´ve decided to “dive” more on the subject. In my Portuguese blog I have published…… Continue reading A Blog As Future Memory ?

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I Spoke: On Bitterness, Anger, and Exhaustion


I spoke loudly I spoke quietly I spoke but you did not hear I spoke but you did not listen I spoke but no more do I speak Because I spoke, you just didn’t care -The Review Sister Last weekend, I spent quite a bit of time going through old posts and this is one of…… Continue reading I Spoke: On Bitterness, Anger, and Exhaustion