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Antiques and Bath & Body from Shop Typepad

Antiques and Bath & Body

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The T-Cozy: Blog | Shop

Tongue in Cheek: Blog | Shop

Royal Port Antiques: Blog | Shop

Bath & Body

Angry Chicken: Blog | Shop

Sweetbrier Farms: Blog | Shop

Weighty Business (German): Blog | Shop

Handcrafts and Kids Toys from Shop Typepad

Handcrafts and Kids Toys

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Attic 24: Blog | Shop

Craft With A Capital C: Blog | Shop

Harding Hill Designs: Blog | Shop

House On Hill Road: Blog | Shop

Turkey Feathers: Blog | Shop

Planet Stencil Library: Blog | Shop

Rosebud's Cottage: Blog | Shop

Swoonish: Blog | Shop

Stitchin' Post: Blog | Shop

ChrisW Designs: Blog | Shop

SeeSaw: Blog | Shop


Frog Pond Toys: Blog | Shop

Food, Books and Paper Goods from Shop Typepad

Food books and paper goods

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Terra Americana: Blog | Shop

Tea Lover's Archives: Blog | Shop


Nana Company: Blog | Book

The Wednesday Chef: Blog | Book

Social Embers: Blog | Book

Found By Bike: Blog | Book

Peregrine Publishing: Blog | Book

Positively Present: Blog | Book

Tony Mase: Blog | Book

Paper Goods

Botanical Paperworks: Blog | Shop

Grasshopper Lane Designs: Blog | Shop

Purple Onion Designs: Blog | Shop

Visions & Verses: Blog | Shop

Songs Of My Heart: Blog | Shop

Blue Moon Creations: Blog | Shop

Prints and Painting Blogs from Shop Typepad

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A Fanciful Twist: Blog | Shop

The Black Apple: Blog | Shop

Cinnamon Pink: Blog | Shop

Karla Dornacher: Blog | Shop

enJOY it: Blog | Shop

Nepal Art Dogs: Blog | Shop

Claudia Roulier's Art: Blog | Shop

Volume 25: Blog | Shop

Aerial Combat: Blog | Shop

Floating Lemons: Blog | Shop

Elaine Phipps: Blog | Shop

She Dreams if the Sea: Blog | Shop

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Daily Dose of Dogs (AKA Cats with your coffee)

This blog is about dogs and cats. It is also the home of Winnie’s Wish Cat Rescue & Shelter. Discover the pictures of the Winnie’s Wish cats and kittens available for adoption. If you cannot adopt a pet, they have an Amazon Holiday Wish List to help you donate today!

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Moms Against Hunger

Moms Against Hunger provides food for children, as well as care for families who are in poverty around the world. Over 65 million meals have been shipped through the years through Moms Against Hunger to many different countries. They focus on inspiring mothers to become involved in feeding the children and needy within their own countries.

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A Future And A Hop

Johnny Brooks and his wife, Kate, live in Kasambara, Kenya. They are working towards providing hopeful futures to orphaned and/or abandoned children. Helping those they could, they let 9 girls move in with their family. School is not free and they do what they can to keep everyone in school. Your support can help them give children in Kenya an education.

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There is no such thing as Writer’s Block

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As a writer, you are presented with two choices, to either write well or perhaps not so well. The choice not to write is not a choice at all. The decision to lay your pen on the block is simply incomprehensible.

There is no blockage. No hurdle. No chains, holding you back in the damp, dingy darkness of Plato’s cave. Your creative arteries are fine, but your decision to write is real. Your life and your dreams depend on it.

When you write nothing, you use the melodramatic excuse of the amateur.

A professional writer, on the other hand, has the courage and distinguishes themselves by writing every day. They write their blog daily, and they write with great tenacity and purpose.

Their writing is different.

Their words do not strike the same shallow chord as the sporadic, sharply tuned tongue, of the venomous keyboard warrior. They write with purpose. They compose their words with meaning.

Their writing has an aim. It is written with passion and is meant to make a difference.

It is composed daily, not episodically, when the mood strikes.

A professional writer is very different than their amateur counterpart. They set out every morning, to dutifully and unmistakably struggle with the task of writing. They wrestle and fight. They are determined to give their ideas a new life, no matter how premature, or perhaps overdue they might appear. They give birth to their thoughts, and moves on to the next entry.

Experiencing a writer’s block is a myth. It is a subtle sign of a diseased literary mind. A mind imprisoned by a doubt and crippled with fear.

When I was a little boy, I just loved to write. I wrote poems, performed plays, and shared joyfully with the world, or anyone that would stop to listen. I expected nothing in return.

When I grew older, I convinced myself that my work was worthless, unreadable, a mistake, and that my innermost thoughts didn’t really matter to anyone. I left the real work of writing to professionals. I grew into, a very unhappy amateur writer, but a solid technical writer, with writer’s block. I wrote very well, but only when an opportunity presented itself to pass the next academic course, or receive the next degree or diploma.

My passion for the joy of writing was released very recently.

I have been freed from bondage, right here on

It all started when I found Seth Godin’s blog and for more than a year now, I have remained a loyal reader. Seth’s words continue to remain a great source of inspiration.

Seth’s blog is like oxygen.

I take a deep breath every morning.

He is also the reason why I signed up here at, in the first place. came highly recommended. I debated using other blog options, but decided that for the few cents that it costs a day, it might just be the difference that I needed.

And here I am.

I have published over two hundred entries and have written well over one hundred thousand words.

I write about the meaning of life, my dreams, childhood memories, and to encourage others to discover their tenacity and greatness, in a culture which sometimes is a little numb to recognize the beauty and wonderment that surrounds us.

I write to remind myself to not be afraid. To seize the day, and avoid living a life of quiet desperation. I write so that no one needlessly approaches their deathbed with their song still in them.

I write every day, to avoid being an amateur. I write so I don’t become a person who struts his stuff upon the stage, and signifying nothing, is heard no more.

I believe you and I, merit an opportunity to be heard.

So I write for you.

Without a writer’s block.

I hope you’ll write for me.


This  was written by Guest Blogger Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas. Thank you for sharing with us. 

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Featured Blog: Clearly and Simply

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Clearly and Simply is written by Robert Mundigl from Munich Germany. The name is taken from a quote by the Austrian/British Philosopher Sir Karl Popper:

Anyone who cannot speak clearly and simply should say nothing and continue to work until he can do so.

He has been writing about data analysis and data visualization with Microsoft Excel and Tableau Software since 2009. He addresses advanced topics in Excel and Tableau and provides information for experienced, maybe even expert users of these applications. Clearly and Simply focuses on intelligent data analysis and showcases tools and techniques to help turn your data into useful information. rates Clearly and Simply in the category Computers>Spreadsheets among the top 20 websites worldwide (rank 20, Source).

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Interview with Kevin from Attitude of Gratitude

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Attitude of Gratitude is a blog about gratitude written by Kevin Carroll. Inspired by a gratitude themed retreat, he decided to express his gratitude through blogging. There are many wonders around us and Kevin writes about his gratitude for all. Recently he turned some of his posts into a book titled A Moment’s Pause For Gratitude. Amongst the excitement of his first book, Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions about his blog and book. For that, we are thankful.

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog?

I devoted forty years of my life to teaching, mostly at the high school level. I retired in June 2015. While I was born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve lived in the Santa Clara Valley since 1972. My wife, Kathy, and I have three young adult sons and two grandchildren.

In November 2006, I attended a weekend retreat at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California. The theme of the retreat was “gratitude.” I wanted to find some way to maintain the focus on gratitude I was experiencing at the conclusion of that weekend retreat. I decided to start a blog.

My first blog post was December 23, 2006. Now, almost eleven years later, I have more than 1,500 posts on the blog I named “Attitude of Gratitude.” The purpose of my blog is to express my gratitude for the people, experiences, opportunities, and abilities I have been blessed with throughout my lifetime. I also hope to inspire others to focus on gratitude in their own lives.

2) What is your process for writing a blog post?

In the blog’s first full year (2007), I wrote every day. Since that time, to avoid blogging becoming a chore rather than something I enjoy doing, I write when I have something to say. Topics for my blog can come from anywhere — memories, experiences, quotes, songs, or things I observe as I go about my day.

My process? I sit down and write. That’s pretty much it. I was an English major, with an emphasis in writing, at Santa Clara University, so I am passionate about good writing. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are important to me. Writing is a gift, and I try to do it to the best of my ability.

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

I have been very impressed with the tech support Typepad provides. I’ve had very few problems in the eleven years I’ve been blogging, but whenever I did encounter a problem, people from tech support were there to guide me through it.

6) What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

I think it’s important for bloggers to realize that if you put it “out there” in the blogosphere, anyone can read it. Be smart about what you publish.

Actual Cover7) What made you decide to create a book? Any advice for bloggers that want to make a book from their blog?

For several years, I’ve received feedback from readers of my blog recommending that I consider publishing some of my work. I always thought it would be a good idea, but I was busy with my teaching job, so I didn’t have the time to do so. When I retired, I committed myself to doing nothing for the first year. I needed a break from life. My goal for the second year of my retirement was to publish a book of some of my blog posts.

The book, A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude, contains fifty posts. I preface each one with a quote, and I added a few reflection questions for the reader after each post.

For those who might be considering making a book from their blog, I’d recommend that they read “How to Blog a Book” by Nina Amir and “Demons of the Blank Page” by Roland Merullo.

9) What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?

The next six months will be a challenge for me. I will be marketing my book, which will take some time. I also want to begin my next book, with a target publication date of October 2018. Despite these commitments, I will continue blogging on the topic of gratitude, though the frequency of my posts may be less than in the past.


Kevin CarrollKevin Carroll was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Santa Clara University (B.A. in English/Writing), and the University of San Francisco (M.A. in Education). After a forty-year career in education, Kevin retired in June 2015 to pursue a second career in writing.

Kevin, and his wife Kathy, currently live in San José, California. They have three sons and two adorable grandchildren, Liam and Emily.

When he is not writing or playing with his grandkids, Kevin enjoys reading and spending time outdoors. He has been inspired by the writings of Paulo Coelho, Coach John Wooden, Roland Merullo, Hal Urban, Janice Kaplan, Harold Ivan Smith, Jack London, Father Jim Martin, S.J., Frank McCourt, and many more accomplished authors.

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Featured Blog: Positively Present


Positively Present is a place for people around the world to find insights and inspiration for living with positivity, awareness, and self-love. Dani DiPirro is an author, blogger, and designer living in a suburb of Washington, DC. In 2009, she launched as a way to share her personal experiences and insights on positivity, awareness, and self-love — things that didn’t always come easy to her! Positively Present features weekly articles by Dani DiPirro, and the beloved "Positively Present Picks" weekly round-up. The site is designed to bring uplifting empowerment and information to anyone who visits!

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