flower power, pink peonies power

Dear reader,

Peonies just scream classiness, don’t they? Well, probably not scream, but you get the idea.

One day, I just hope to have a garden full of pink peonies!

They really are such romantic flowers, but I find a power in their beauty, in their elegance, in their essence.

xoxo,

the bbb blogger

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5 Ways to Be Weird: Lessons Learned from Cats

“Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.”

True or false?

Joss Whedon said it. It must be true.

Quest time. How do you even find your weirdness? What if you don’t think you’re weird? Is not being weird weird? You’re probably worried now that you don’t have a great asset.

Have no fear! Take advice from cats.

5 Ways to Be Weird: Lessons Learned from Cats

1. Embrace your inner, wild animal. Don’t let anybody intimidate you! Their opinion doesn’t matter, anyway.

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2. Smile. Embrace your weird smile or laugh or giggle. Whether or not you think it’s weird, you’ll make others smile, too.

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3. Sleep. Nap. More. Anywhere. Not only will you look weird, but you’ll encourage others to embrace weird sleeping times and locations, as well.

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4. Transport yourself. Does that even make sense? Anway, maybe how you get places helps define who you are. You can be “that guy” who drives a golf cart or “that girl” who gets around in a wheelchair or “that kid” that only hops on one foot everywhere. Oh, you’re so cool. I mean, weird.

If anything, at least while you are busy getting around, allow yourself time to ponder and to consider who you really are.

This cat uses the transportation system the right way. (image from here)

5. Clean. Cleanliness is next to weirdliness, right? Maybe not. But it can be! Whether you like to clean or not, doesn’t matter. It’s how you clean that matters. Cats clean themselves with their tongues. Now, it would be really weird if you did that. However, I’m suggesting something more like listening to certain songs when dusting or doing yoga when doing the dishes. Do your thing.

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Anyways, here are just 5 ideas. Only 5! These tips are just stepping stones to help you find your greatest asset—your weirdness. And you don’t have to take my word for it. 🙂

Do you have any tips of how you find your weirdness ?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ducklings & Spring

Using photography is a powerful way to tell stories.

One afternoon, my dear friend and I explored a duck pond in our local area. It was a beautiful, warm spring day. To our surprise, we found these adorable ducklings at the end of their nap time! They were too cute for words.

Slowly, they woke from their sweet dreams. They ruffled their fluffy necks and stretched their teeny, tiny wings. Some of these babies went off to explore other parts of the pond, paddling their small webbed feet as fast as they could to keep up with the little guy up at the front.

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/spring-2/

Under the Magnolia Tree

I experimented by photographing various shots of the same magnolia tree. I hoped to create different moods with different photographs.  Love how the first one turned out!

Photography can capture so many different, complicated emotions. Real life love and relationships are also complicated and various.  How did you feel when you fell love? Is it different now? How has it changed? 😀

Hope you are all having a beautiful spring!   ❤

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/hes-shes-so-fine/

Bias-Free Writing

Bias-Free Writing

Have you ever wondered how to write without a gender bias?

Why use inclusive language?

Why avoid the generic he or all-encompasing men?

Writing without bias is important. The writer does not want to offend the reader or audience and wants to included all. Inclusive language engages both male and female readers.

But how can writers avoid gender bias in their writing?

The Chicago Manual of Style explains nine helpful techniques of how to achieve gender neutrality in writing. One option may not fix all problems when writing so be open to trying other tips below. Slight changes in meaning are possible when writing so be prepared to edit and rewrite. The nine techniques include the following:

1. “Omit the pronoun: the programmer should update the records when data is transferred to her by the head office becomes the programmer should update the records when data is transferred by the head office.

2. Repeat the noun: a writer should be careful not to needlessly antagonize readers, because her credibility will suffer becomes a writer should be careful not to needlessly antagonize readers, because the writer’s credibility will suffer.
3. Use a plural antecedent: a contestant must conduct himself with dignity at all times becomes contestants must conduct themselves with dignity at all times.

4. Use an article instead of a personal pronoun: a student accused of cheating must actively waive his right to have his guidance counselor present becomes a student accused of cheating must actively waive the right to have a guidance counselor present.

5. Use the neutral singular pronoun one: an actor in New York is likely to earn more than he is in Paducahbecomes an actor in New York is likely to earn more than one in Paducah.

6. Use the relative pronoun who (works best when it replaces a personal pronoun that follows if):employers presume that if an applicant can’t write well, he won’t be a good employee becomes employers presume that an applicant who can’t write well won’t be a good employee.

7. Use the imperative mood: a lifeguard must keep a close watch over children while he is monitoring the pool becomes keep a close watch over children while monitoring the pool.

8. Use he or she (sparingly): if a complainant is not satisfied with the board’s decision, then he can ask for a rehearing becomes if a complainant is not satisfied with the board’s decision, then he or she can ask for a rehearing.

9. Revise the clause: a person who decides not to admit he lied will be considered honest until someone exposes his lie becomes a person who denies lying will be considered honest until the lie is exposed.”

See more at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch05/ch05_sec225.html

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