Monday, September 9, 2013

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Who won our latest Happy Halloween Club Quest?

Posted: 09 Sep 2013 07:23 AM PDT

pharmacyAs you might already know, the Happy Halloween Club has been busy making lenses for our bi-weekly quest challenges.

The winner of our most recent quest is Comfortdoc for her Create a Spooky Halloween Apothecary or Pharmacy Display lens.

Stop by today to learn how you can create one of these eerie displays before your next Halloween party and to congratulate her for taking home the $25.00 gift card prize.

Then, be sure to visit Happy Halloween Club Quest: Ghastly, Ghoulish and GREAT Halloween Party where you’ll find more spook-tacular ideas and inspirations.  There’s lots of great stuff there so don’t miss out.

A big huge thank you to all who participated.  We love Halloween and it’s so much fun to read your creative lenses.

Would you like to join the Happy Halloween Club? Our clubs are open to any and all interested lensmasters. Visit All About Squidoo Clubs to learn more!

Sharing Our Experiences: 22 Must-Read Lenses

Posted: 09 Sep 2013 06:35 AM PDT

Write what you know.

As writers, we’ve all heard that said and sure, you can research something and write about it but chances are, you won’t find as much passion in those pieces.

AND you’ll most likely find them lacking in personality too.

The following lenses were shared in response to my The Passionate Lensmaster post.  They represent an eclectic mix of topics about people, places, pets and things.

The one thing they all have in common is that they were created by lensmasters who were passionate about their subject matter.  Read on… you’ll be glad you did.

Being a Happy Stepmom

1. Being a Happy Stepmom

Being a part time step- mom to my bonus child is the sweetest gift and the biggest surprise of my life. I didn’t expect to be part of a family. I have always loved kids, but due to experiences in my past, for a long time I wasn’t sure I could protect them,…

Fun and Funny Points of My Trip To Greece

2. Fun and Funny Points of My Trip To Greece

In 2012 I went on a trip to Greece. It was my first time abroad alone (without my family) and my first trip abroad with a tour group (my family always does our trips privately). I had a splendid time and would like to share with you the highlights of my tr…

My Grandfather's Songs: The Music of John H. Craton

3. My Grandfather’s Songs: The Music of John H. Craton

Growing up, I only knew one of my four grandparents. The other three died within a couple of months of each other a little over a year before I was born. I missed out on a lot not having those three individuals in my life. Getting to be the spoiled grandch…

Grieving and Healing: The Loss of my Mother

4. Grieving and Healing: The Loss of my Mother

My mother died suddenly when I was seventeen years old. She was 37. I will be 37 in SEVEN YEARS While it is inevitable to assume your parents will expire before you it isn’t expected for it to happen when you are young, and I can only assume it certainly i…

Streets Alive Letters Street-Art in Orillia Ontario

5. Streets Alive Letters Street-Art in Orillia Ontario

Streets Alive is an outdoor art exhibit held in Orillia, Ontario, that has been running since 2009. Every year I look forward to walking through the downtown core to view the magnificent sculptures that are created by local artists. Each year there is a di…

My Dad-My Hero

6. My Dad-My Hero

There is so much in life that I have learned from my Dad. He was in many ways a very simple man, but yet he had strong values that he passed down by example to his children. Dad has been gone for seven years now, and I really miss him. As I prepared for wr…

I Wish I Could Draw

7. I Wish I Could Draw

It’s easy for children to scribble away at page after page with not a single aspiration, but to have fun. But for an adult, to put a pencil to an open white sheet of paper, and try to create something, can be a daunting task. It can seem like diving into t…

How to Make the Most Money Using Zazzle

8. How to Make the Most Money Using Zazzle

If you have never heard of Zazzle before, let me introduce you. Zazzle. com is a massive site that offers various products to consumers that have been created and designed by its own users – including you. Every time one of your products sells, you make mo…

Vitamix 7500 vs 750: Which One Would I Buy?

9. Vitamix 7500 vs 750: Which One Would I Buy?

This page is my comparison of two blenders, the Vitamix 7500 and the Professional Series 750. I wrote this comparison because a single location did not exist where the differences between these two relatively new blenders were well explained. Recently my w…

108 Things I Got to Do On My Year Off or Things To Do Before You Die

10. 108 Things I Got to Do On My Year Off or Things To Do Before You Die

Several years ago, I took time off to enjoy a much needed sabbatical year, armed with a rough idea of what I hoped to accomplish during my time off. I hadn’t heard of a bucket list and didn’t even write a list of things to do in a year. But by givi…

Life with a British Shorthair Cat

11. Life with a British Shorthair Cat

Mina009 commented on my bio, wondering how a cat could say ‘no’ to having a dog in the house. To begin to understand that, you need to meet Rumblebuffin. He’s a dude, and he rocks it. This is his worldview: the day to day life of a slightly spoilt, very cu…

Spider Medicine... or Creepy Pest?

12. Spider Medicine… or Creepy Pest?

When we moved into our new apartment in late April, our next- door neighbor turned out to be a spiny orb weaver spider. At the time, I didn’t know what type of critter she was. I just knew that she was a pretty funky- looking arachnid, weaving a spider’s w…

Rescued by an Author

13. Rescued by an Author

Others may have written about Sarah Ban Breathnach before, and they might have done it much better and with more style than me, but there’s a very personal reason why I decided to put pen to paper, so to speak. This author and gentle soul rescued me. This…

The love of a Chihuahua

14. The love of a Chihuahua

When people say they ‘lost a loved one’ you automatically think they lost a husband, wife, life partner, mother, father, child and so forth. For the majority of the world, ‘loved one’ means a human being. But what greater love can you receive than that of…



I’m glad I’m here AND I’m glad you’re here AND I know what I know AND I care about you AND I’m here for you. AND I’m going to attempt to convince you that if you believe and DO what you read here you will change your life. You will change how you think. Yo…

Gitche Gumee -The Superior Lake

16. Gitche Gumee -The Superior Lake

My sister says we have ‘ice water in our veins. ‘ I know this is true because she is my big sister and she knows everything. She is the one who told me about the ‘boogeyman’ in the basement too. What she is referring to the fact the we grew up in the UP of…

Kids Read, Dogs Listen, Reading Skills Improve

17. Kids Read, Dogs Listen, Reading Skills Improve

Wagging tails and doggy kisses encourage excited beginning readers. Added bonus: kids improve their reading ability by as much as 30%. Wow. http://www. medicalnewstoday. com/articles/186708. php I’m a Reading Specialist. My 2 young kids are learning how to…

The Tohoku Earthquake on 3.11 - My Experience

18. The Tohoku Earthquake on 3.11 – My Experience

It was a typical Friday in March – March 11, 2011 to be exact. I was working at home on my laptop in the living room. I had the TV on as background noise while my dog, Justin, was happily licking away at his chew toy. I was intensely concentrating on my wo…

How To Have A Children's Movie Themed Birthday Party

19. How To Have A Children’s Movie Themed Birthday Party

Many moons ago or actually at least a decade ago, we had a children’s movie themed birthday party. It was back in the days when our little boys were not movie savvy. They had not seen many movies so a movie party was a very exciting idea, especially when y…

Top 5 Things to Do in Quebec City on Your Honeymoon (or Anniversary)

20. Top 5 Things to Do in Quebec City on Your Honeymoon (or Anniversary)

Well, look no further than Quebec City in the Canadian province of Quebec. Pronounced by its residents with a ‘k’ sound, rather than a ‘qu’ sound, the province of Quebec differs from the other provinces of Canada in both language and culture. The official…

Train Trips

21. Train Trips

Oh, the romance of the rails. What is it about trains that is so alluring? When I hear the plaintive call of a train’s whistle, it is no less powerful than the siren’s song. Have you heard it, too? The pull was irresistible. To travel by train on a narrow…

Unwrapped Inspiration and Motivation

22. Unwrapped Inspiration and Motivation

When the delivery man brings inspirational and motivational gifts to your door it pays to have a camera at your fingertips. I try to have my cell phone camera ready and manage to remember to get pictures of these items to be unwrapped to share with my read…

The 2013 Squidoo County Fair Winners

Posted: 09 Sep 2013 05:06 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 8.00.11 AMWe had over 70 entries to the 2013 Squidoo County Fair and it was very, very hard to pick the winners, the lenses submitted wee outstanding! So instead of 3 winners in each category we picked 5.

Here are the winners

First place winners will get Lens of the Day this week and all winners will get a cool trophy and a Purple Star today.

The “Best in Show” winner is: Artistic Fruits & Vegetables Competition by . She wins a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

I also want to give a huge round of applause for our judges. It’s hard a job but they did an excellent job.

Go Squids!

Lens of the Day: Artistic Fruits & Vegetables Competition

Posted: 09 Sep 2013 04:57 AM PDT

IMMINENT! “History” Highlight Reel

Posted: 09 Sep 2013 04:55 AM PDT

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Our Giants Squids went back in history for the IMMINENT! quest this week. Lots of cool lenses that you can learn from.

Each lensmaster featured here also got an IMMINENT! raffle ticket.

Only Giant Squids get to participate in the IMMINENT! challenges. Not a Giant Squid yet? Don't miss out on the fun…check out the Giant Squid program right here.

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January 24, 1848

1. January 24, 1848

Gold was discovered in California on January 24, 1848. How significant was that discovery to the history and evolution of the state? Author Robert Cowley has compiled the writings of several prominent historians into a book called What If? in which histori…

Road trip into the past

2. Road trip into the past

I am into family history. When I started, it seemed to be pretty straight forward with the tree that listed names and dates. Martha married John and they had eight kids. That’s OK but after a while you begin to wonder who these people really were. The more…

A Family History with the Paranormal

3. A Family History with the Paranormal

My family has had a long history with the unexplained. From ghostly encounters to sightings of fireballs to other eerie events we almost seem to live and walk between the worlds. Could all of these events have a rational explanation? To the sceptic, of cou…

The History of Bocce Ball

4. The History of Bocce Ball

The game of bocce was born during ancient times. The game is so old in fact, that many historians can’t agree on when this game actually came into being. We do know however that a form of bocce ball was being played around 5200 BC by the ancient Egyptians….

Alamogordo, New Mexico, U.S.A. -- Thrust Into History!

5. Alamogordo, New Mexico, U.S.A. — Thrust Into History!

Alamogordo, New Mexico- Just about 90 miles due north of El Paso, Texas. and about 80 miles northeast of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Otero County administration. Home of the International Space Hall of Fame. From the still- active cattle ranching and agricultu…

One of the Seven Wonders of Illinois!

6. One of the Seven Wonders of Illinois!

As you glance through a pamphlet showing tourist attractions around Chicago, you’ll see a picture of a striking, blazing- white temple skirting the lake just 10 minutes north of the city. This is the Bahai House of Worship also called the Bahai Temple. Peo…

Swept Away : Galveston Hurricane

7. Swept Away : Galveston Hurricane

On September 8, 1900 a massive hurricane hit the coastal city of Galveston, TX and almost swept it off the map. To this day, the Great Storm of Galveston remains the deadliest hurricane in U. S. history. When it was over, an estimated 8,000 people lay dead…

Hubble Then and Hubble Now, Space Pictures

8. Hubble Then and Hubble Now, Space Pictures

money was being spent on Space Exploration and shuttle missions. It seemed that money or the lack of it , had everyone talking and to top it all off, there were disasters happening around the world, that needed immediate attention. Forget outer space, our…

U.S. Presidents Assassinated While in Office

9. U.S. Presidents Assassinated While in Office

‘Where were you the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated? ‘ That’s the question many Baby Boomers and older generations have asked since that infamous day in November of 1963, the day President Kennedy was killed. Almost everyone who was alive on November…

Screen Shot 2013-09-08 at 7.16.50 PM10. How to teach the love of letter writing

All through my life I have kept up peculiar correspondences. Writing letters back and forth for years to the grandparents of friends, or people I have met in passing, but mostly to people I have never met. For me as a writer is was just another way of expr…

Ammonitic Limestone: Prehistory Meets Ancient History in Verona, Italy

11. Ammonitic Limestone: Prehistory Meets Ancient History in Verona, Italy

While vacationing in Italy, my husband and I spent several days in Verona. While we expected to see a lot of ancient and early modern history in the art and architecture of the area, we were surprised to find evidence of prehistory in places we least expec…

Being There, September 11 Attacks

12. Being There, September 11 Attacks

I’ve felt ambiguous toward writing about being so close to the September 11 Attacks, maybe because I was lucky to be a bystander, not a victim. But I was an eyewitness in a stunned New York that day, victim at a safe distance in a badly wounded city. I dec…

Gutenberg Bible

13. Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible is something I never thought would fascinate me, after all, I’m not religious (though I have read a few portions of The King James Bible on my own), however I intrigued with Gutenberg and just how it is that we came about having books….

Life Long Scars - The Lasting Effects Of A Turbulent Childhood

14. Life Long Scars – The Lasting Effects Of A Turbulent Childhood

If you allow them to, memories can tear you apart, but at some point you need to make a conscious decision as to whether you’re going to let those deep past hurts rule you and grind you into the ground or if you’re going to move on and live. I made the cho…

Fishing disaster: Morecambe Bay 2004

15. Fishing disaster: Morecambe Bay 2004

On 5 February 2004 a group of 38 cockle pickers was surprised by the upcoming tide. Only 15 of them survived this disaster. They were illegal Chinese workers, most of whom were previously employed as farmers. Only two of them were fishermen. The group had…

Peanuts Comics Boxed Gift Sets

16. Peanuts Comics Boxed Gift Sets

Are you a fan of the Peanuts Gang? How much do you know about the comic strip? In doing some research for a writing project I came across some interesting facts about our beloved characters from cartoonist Charles Schulz. For instance, ‘Who is Violet? ‘ an…

The Flame Lily Makes History

17. The Flame Lily Makes History

A young Princess Elizabeth celebrated her 21st birthday while travelling through southern Africa with her parents and sister. It was 1947 and it was on this occasion that a gift was made to the Princess of a beautiful brooch crafted in the likeness of the…

Fort Edmonton History Revisited

18. Fort Edmonton History Revisited

I was always told when I was growing up that I was born 100 years too late. Myself I think it was more like 95 years myself. I found this out by going to Fort Edmonton Park. This park is a living museum and it divided into 4 periods of history with each se…

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