Just One Road: Needles Highway in The Black Hills of South Dakota

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On a too-brief tour of the monuments, the good folks at Holiday Inn Downtown recommended Needles Highway, something not mentioned in many travel guides—perhaps because there is no fee other than accessing Custer State Park. Deemed “impossible” to construct by its critics, the Needles highway—a National Scenic Byway—was completed in 1922 and includes 14 miles of sharp turns, low tunnels, and impressive granite spires.

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There’s nothing secret about this road. It lies smack at the heart of the T-shirted darkness that is the Black Hills. You know. Jackpines. Mount Rushmore. A stone’s throw from Sturgis.

Part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, the ride starts just outside of the town of Custer and tears right through Custer State Park. Most riders head to the greatest hits of the area—Iron Mountain Road, Needles Highway and Mount Rushmore—so you might get lucky and have…

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Could Your Hope Chest Be A Danger To A Child?

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I had always admired my aunt’s hope chest.  She had told me it was an engagement gift from her fiancé. At one time it was filled with items that she would need after she became a bride.  I don’t think it ever occurred to her that this beautiful cedar box used to store treasures could be potentially dangerous to a child.  She had promised me that when she died the hope chest would become mine.

When I inherited this hope chest it never ran through my mind that what I had just brought into my home was a potentially dangerous piece of furniture.  I had never heard the warnings or the announced recalls.

Recently when I heard the tragic news of two children, ages 7 and 8, who had been trapped in a hope chest and died, I was overwhelmed with sadness.  As more details emerged surrounding this horrific ordeal…

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I Love the Way You Lie: NaBloPoMo

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Did you ever tell a lie you had to keep repeating in order to not blow your cover?

Unfortunately, yes I have. The circumstances were extraordinary. Extraordinarily bad. I was in an abusive relationship at the time.
I thought that if I convinced him to move out of state with me then he would not be close to my kids. So I told people that this is what I wanted. I told him that I wanted to move away with him. I told his mother that I wanted to move. She tried to talk me out of it. I do feel terrible for lying to her.
It was a means to an end. Luckily, it was not the end of me or my children. Not everyone is as blessed as I was to have a new beginning.
If I had to do it all over, I would have gotten…

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Equipped? You say?

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Equipping but not equipped. The question becomes when does learning begin and end? There is many answers to this question. However, building a business takes knowledge. We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

Learning from our defects causes us to excel. It is like putting together a parachute, if you do not follow the proven directions expect to fall quickly. I could not image anyone skipping steps with this one. It would be quite devastating to say the least. But just like anything we do, instructions are part of the deal.  The key is whether we follow them. How does one take their shortcomings and change it into success? One way is to acknowledge shortcomings, and learn from them.  Know one wants to revisit the same imperfections twice. For example…

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Equipped? You say?

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Equipping but not equipped. The question becomes when does learning begin and end? There is many answers to this question. However, building a business takes knowledge. We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

Learning from our defects causes us to excel. It is like putting together a parachute, if you do not follow the proven directions expect to fall quickly. I could not image anyone skipping steps with this one. It would be quite devastating to say the least. But just like anything we do, instructions are part of the deal.  The key is whether we follow them. How does one take their shortcomings and change it into success? One way is to acknowledge shortcomings, and learn from them.  Know one wants to revisit the same imperfections twice. For example…

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The Life of PI: Suffering that causes you to Triumph

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The life of PI is a wonderful movie. The Movie shared a families tragedy loss, suffering and triumph. Watching this young man push through fear and focus on living was amazing. There were many scenes in this movie that suggested giving up. However, Pi was determined to reach his destination of safety. I can not image being shipwrecked on a small boat with a Tiger. It is pretty scary. Not knowing what to expect, or how to survive would leave many of us stranded and feeling very along. This Movie signified determination and hope. It is significant in that no matter how tough life gets our drive to continue and reach our destination out way all the obstacles that life presents.
Imagine no land in sight and a with 3 wild animals? What a hopeless scene. However, there is something inside of us all that promotes a willingness to…

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Chain Reaction: One way to stay connected

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Chain Reaction: One way to stay connected

Hold on here comes the next chain link up, hold tight I have you so do not let me Go. Everyone wants connections it make us feel apart of something. Connections can improve your knowledge on new ideas and opportunities. In our present day and age there are hundred of ways to connect with groups and people. The key is to get involve

Here are 5 quick tips on partnering with others.

Find an interest
Seek like minded people
Have fun
Share your experience
Be honest with others

The greatest achievement in connecting with others is maintaining a strong chain link reaction with those people who desire to see you grow. these people know how to pull you forward to heights you could not image. Link up today with a group of your interest where you will find learn and grow with support. The chain is reacting will you respond…

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Hot,Pink and Fresh Off the Grill !

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Hot Off the Grill ! – Hot Pink Healthy Grill ,Wimbledon – review – New kid on the Block

Whoa! Did I just read the words Healthy and Grill together ? Or was it just my rumbling tummy playing tricks on my mind ?

It was out of sheer curiosity to find out what this new place on the Wimbledon High street was that we dared step in, Back in September last year the place had hardly opened about a week ago and my ma in law was visiting. She was most thrilled to know that there was even a healthy eating out option available after the onslaught of pub food, italian dinners and a host of other places I have dragged her to 🙂

The interiors are very welcoming with the huge armchairs that you can sink into but they were taken – obvious as they are next to a…

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