Friday, March 22, 2013
When I was growing up, Mom always made sure that something rich, infused with sugar and fat, was a part of our evening meal. It wasn't necessarily fancy; cakes and pies were staples; but it was, it seemed, essential. Dinner could never be finished without this indulgence, this treat for our taste buds, this decadence.
It was all home made with love, and like mother, like daughter, it was a ritual I carried forth when raising my own family. Especially since I love dessert and since I married a former farm boy, who had been as used to a full menu as I. Getting up and leaving the table without a piece of pie, a bowl of fruit cobbler or crisp, or a slab of cake was unheard of. Through time, cheesecakes and trifles became popular choices as well, with little thought to whether any of it actually offered any value to our diet.
Then came the 1980s, Jane Fonda, the fitness craze and the dawning of a new awareness. It became clear that to live a good long life, we needed exercise and healthy food. True, we weren't leading the active lifestyles we used to, and fat and sugar, we were apparently surprised to learn, weren't exactly good for us. And so, desserts were pretty much off the table and have stayed off. Sure, they come out for special occasions and company, but about the only treat for me now to finish a meal is a tiny piece of quality chocolate.
Yes, we all know it's a good idea to avoid desserts. But I believe everybody's entitled to a slice of self-indulgence from time to time. And if you're looking for images to convince people, in menus for restaurants, in flyers for bake sales, in ads for bakeries, these photo collections are perfect. No fruit cups or healthy yogurt here. Just the good stuff — deliciously sweet, horribly fattening, yummy desserts.
iCLIPART.com Dessert Photos
iPHOTOS.com Photos of Desserts
Thursday, March 21, 2013
However, it's difficult when thinking of Easter to not have images of the more commercial aspect of the event fill your head. Spring is in the air, and lilies, bunnies and baby chicks fit in quite nicely.
It's a bright and cheerful time. Children with wicker baskets seek out the soft pastels of beautifully decorated eggs and folks bring out the yellows, pinks and blues of a new season's wardrobe.
While there are many illustrations to be found online that capture the essence of this colourful time of year, with image editing software and a tutorial or two, creating your own can be a lot of fun. Here are some great tutorials to help:
css creme Make Easter Eggs
Tutorial Lounge Multihued Easter Photoshop, Illustrator Tutorials and Freebies
40+ Easter Photoshop and Illustrator Tutorials
Web Design Library Roundup of Easter Resources
YouTube Photoshop Brushes Easter Chicks and Eggs
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Yet this morning, we look out the window at an accumulation of snow to rival what we had all winter, more falling and more projected to fall over the next several days. It's enough to make you weep.
As someone who struggles to see the best in winter, this slow start to the next season is definitely disappointing. Of course, when it comes to Mother Nature we take what we get, so while I'd love to stamp my feet and rage it's more sensible to accept that this is one 'parent' unlikely to give in to my tantrum. The promise of spring is just beneath this snowy white surface and as any child has been told, all good things are worth waiting for. And so I must, one day at a time bringing me closer to a tiny blade of grass, a budding flower and my first robin pecking at the earth in search of food.
In the meantime, though, I thought it might be soothing to live vicariously through these photos of people having fun in the sun. If your worn-out winter soul could use some warming too, please enjoy.
iCLIPART.com Photos of People Having Fun in the Sun
iPHOTOS.com Fun in the Sun Photos
Acclaim Images Summer Fun Photos
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The connection of people with dogs goes back centuries. They were first domesticated to protect person and property. And also sadly as a resource for food, fur and as beasts of burden.
Though they are still kept for security and working purposes, they have also, over time, become pets, favoured for their devotion and loyalty. Those who love them have long recognized that people could do well to act more like their canine friends. Renowned 'dog whisperer' Cesar Millan has said, "I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it."
A dog has been a part of my family for as long as I can remember, until two years ago when we had to say goodbye to our Ani. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, enough so that the idea of experiencing that kind of heartbreak again has kept me from even thinking of getting another one.
But I do miss what she brought to our life. The attention and affection she gave were a big part of it, but only a part. Reports say she improved my health. Simply petting a dog can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. I felt safe with her around, knowing she would protect me with her life if necessary. I talked, she listened. She was my friend and often had a better sense of how I was feeling than I did. She didn't care if I wore sweats and no makeup, had garlic breath or was in a vile mood.
I'd like to think too that she might have made me a little better person, setting an example of unconditional love and forgiveness any human would do well to emulate.
Whether playing catch, going for a walk, or sitting quietly on the deck watching the world go by, she was with me and in so doing made my life a little more whole.
These collections of illustrations exemplify that bond between pooch and person, whether playful or pensive.
iCLIPART.com People and Pups
Acclaim Images Dog Illustrations
iPHOTOS.com People and Pups
ClickArt Online Dogs and People
Monday, March 18, 2013
As a self-proclaimed prophet for the 45-plus group, Canadian media mogul Moses Znaimer has founded a "New Vision of Aging" — the Zoomer phenomenon. In addition to championing the rights and interests of what he felt was the under-served 15.1 million in this demographic, Znaimer and his mission has put a positive spin on getting older, while debunking misconceptions. In the words of Dylan Thomas, when it comes to aging, Znaimer would have us not "go gentle into that dark night".
In this New Vision of Aging, the word senior and rocker has nothing to do with furniture. This is a generation prepared to live life to its fullest from 45 years of age and far beyond. Limits are only there if people set them. Of course, there are always exceptions but in the Zoomer age, today's seniors are vital, active and far healthier than those that went before them. Any doubts just check out these photo collections
iCLIPART.com Active Seniors
iPHOTOS.com Active Seniors
Acclaim Images Photos of Active Seniors