Working (slowly) toward the power of positive thinking

February 27, 2012 by  
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What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner!” – ColetteI usually give up chocolate, or pop. One time, I think, I tried to give up coffee. But not this year.I’m talking about Lent, of course. Lent, for me,  is a season of ref…

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Using Content Marketing to Energize Your Music Fan Funnel

February 25, 2012 by  
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Embracing your personal story can activate new people through your fan funnel. Content marketing is crucial for driven independent music artists to succeed.
Using Content Marketing to Energize Your…

Today’s daily musing from FiV Music Business Servi…

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Tae kwon do brings out mom’s overprotective side

February 19, 2012 by  
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My little princess broke two wooden boards the other night – one with a palm strike, the other with a sidekick. The first board broke on the initial try. With the second board, it took her two kicks to break it.It was part of her tae kwon do graduation…

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Happy Awkward Day

February 15, 2012 by  
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What Valentine’s Day should be known as. Society has said that Valentine’s Day is the day where you reaffirm the love that you feel for the people that you feel..it…for.. or whatever. Or, as most people do, just tell everyone, even those who you don’…

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Royal Oak Community Farm 2012-02-14 05:30:26

February 14, 2012 by  
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Urban Harvest Night at the Royal Oak Farmers Market starting at 5pm on October 8th! See our facebook event for more details!

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Vanity, thy name is Control-Top High-Top Tights

February 12, 2012 by  
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The dress was pretty – it was black and simple, with a flowing little skirt. It seemed I’d gotten lucky – I’d actually found a last-minute selection for a church Valentine’s dance my husband and I were going to that night.But looking critically into th…

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When dad leaves, the house just isn’t the same

February 11, 2012 by  
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My husband left on a business trip last week – out of pocket, out of reach, out of the country.I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal; I’m a big girl, after all. I know how to take care of myself. I didn’t realize, however, that taking care of e…

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My Bucket List #1

February 6, 2012 by  
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It was recently (yesterday) pointed out to me that I do not have a bucket list. So while Jenny and I were sitting on the couch “watching” the Superbowl, i.e. looking at Pinterest, I decided that the first thing on my bucket list would be to die my hair…

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Will The Change in Hardiness Zones Alter Your Garden Planning?

February 2, 2012 by  
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Like many Michigan gardeners the especially mild winter has raised hope for starting the garden early this year. The trouble is though, that I KNOW we’re still likely to have a hard freeze, some snow and possibly a lot more winter. I was interested however when a friend on Michigan’s west coast mentioned that her area changed planting zones. Did mine? So I set out to discover and answer to my query.

Gardeners throughout Michigan will notice a change in their planting zones in 2012.
Source: USDA Agricultural Research

Sure enough, my zone has changed from Zone 5 to Zone 6a. An altered planting zone…  What???  What does that mean?  What new plants can I add to my collection that I don’t already have, or that I have been dreaming of… I don’t know the answer to that just yet, but it is interesting to notice the shift in zones throughout the United States. Changing our hardiness zones is nothing new though, as recently as 2006 there was a big shift in hardiness zones from the 1990′s.

So how will our gardens change? Will you try something new in your garden planning that you may not have been able to plant in years past? To find out your current USDA planting zone based upon zip code information, be sure to visit the USDA website.

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Now that’s Dedication

February 2, 2012 by  
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Have you seen the new J.C. Penney commercials that features people yelling? I’m not a huge fan of these but it’s supposedly inline with their new pricing structure (which isn’t at all clear in their ads), but I digress. There is one lady in these comme…

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