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Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Writer’s Checklist for Online

No matter what you’re writing online, you should have an editorial checklist to make sure every detail is covered. Most of the checklist should include practical writing steps that could just as easily apply to offline writing. However, you also need to consider things like search optimization and where to place your links for optimal […]

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Finding Serenity in the Cards (or How Can I Help You?)

The Tarot readings I give are meant to help people share their stories with me, so I can provide advice that leads to more lasting serenity. In my previous post on spirituality, I mentioned there were four specific ways that people can work toward serenity. The four ways I wrote about include: Awakening to Meaningful Interpretation […]

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The Wilds In and Around New Orleans

New Orleans can be pretty hot and humid. While I was there, it was 80 to 90 degrees during the day and at least 70% humidity the whole time. When I left, it was similarly hot in Portland (although less humid), so it wasn’t as much of an adjustment as it could have been. I found […]

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Spicy, Sassy, New Orleans

New Orleans bustles with all the features of a creative center you would expect. It’s kinda odd that such a creative center can struggle so much. Here’s a quick run down of some of the sights. The Shops on Magazine Street Magazine Street runs along the Garden District and includes some restaurants, cafés and stores. The […]

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City of the Dead (or Mortiphilia)

One of the most interesting sights (for those of us from further North) are the cemeteries of New Orleans. There are several tour services that can take you through one or more cemeteries. One of the more famous ones is the St. Louis cemetery near I-10. I didn’t go there. I went closer to where my […]

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The French Quarter (La Ville Française)

The French Quarter is, of course, one of the big tourist areas of New Orleans. Who hasn’t already heard of Bourbon Street and the raucous debauchery of bar after bar that lines it. It can get so bad that apparently they wash down the street daily. But that’s not all that’s there. The Art in […]

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A View of Southern Decadence

I went down from August 27th to September 2nd to make sure I could participate in at least one activity for Southern Decadence. It didn’t happen. Southern Decadence is like gay pride times 10. It is a giant celebration of gayness held in New Orleans at the same time every year. Unfortunately, I just didn’t […]

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A City Park. Or Rather The City Park of New Orleans

City Park is an amazing and large park with many areas to explore. Apparently, it’s in the top ten of largest parks in the United States. Of course, there were some specific things about City Park that I enjoyed. Morning Call for Beignets I could hardly wait to try my first beignet, which is fried […]

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Practicing Serenity (or Why Should I Believe?)

I’ve thought a lot recently about spirituality and how we engage with spiritual life. My recent post on Seeing the Spirit of Things (see link below) got me started on defining spirituality some, but I’ve recently realized more specifically what I want out of spirituality and how I want to help others with their spiritual […]

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The Look of New Orleans

One of the most awesome things about New Orleans is the architecture and other design (like stone streets) that you can find. The Iron French The architecture I liked the most were the homes and buildings in the French Quarter. So many of the structures had multi-level wrought iron fencing and columns. It mixed well with […]

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