Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

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You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit.

Blogging 101

Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community. Assignments are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment at The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT (8PM EDT). (Time zone math: 12AM GMT…

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Star Spangled Spectacular Ship Arrivals

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature & Wildlife Photography

The dawn broke over the Chesapeake Bay, greeting many vessels that traveled through the night to arrive this morning at Baltimore’s harbor.


This year is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 events that happened during the year of 1814 in Baltimore. This week is the Star Spangled Spectacular 200 event which is a week long celebration in the Baltimore Harbor. The “O Say Can You See! Star Spangled Spectacular” honors the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem.

It will be a full week celebration, culminating with the Blue Angels flying over the harbor on the afternoon of Saturday, September 13th and ending with a fantastic fireworks display in the evening which will be broadcasted live on PBS’ Great Performances.

My friend and I left the dock before dawn to arrive at the freighter canal by the Baltimore Lighthouse. Great fortune was upon us as our eyes set…

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A Friday Fotos FAQ

Arizona Highways

John Morey Photography | Kachina Peaks Wilderness John Morey Photography | Kachina Peaks Wilderness

Many of our fans participate in Friday Fotos every week. But we’ve picked up a lot of new fans recently, so we wanted to answer some of the frequently asked questions about this fun activity. We hope you’ll join in!

Q: What is Friday Fotos?
A: Friday Fotos is a collection of photos submitted by Arizona Highways readers and fans. The submissions are based around a theme, which is different from week to week. A selection of submissions is posted every Friday to the Arizona Highways blog.

Q: How do I find out what the theme is?
A: Every Wednesday morning (or thereabouts), we post the theme on our Facebook page. To make sure you’re always up to date, make sure you Like our page.

Q: Why didn’t I see this week’s theme post?
A: Facebook can be unpredictable about what posts it chooses…

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Learn to Love Your Food

Matt Wilson Personal Training


You can quit smoking.

You can quit pharmaceuticals.

You can quit drinking alcohol.

You can quit being a couch potato.

You can quit not running.

You can quit not exercising.


Wanna know what you can’t quit?


You can’t quit food.

All of the unhealthful habits above, you can quit.  In fact, you can quit them cold turkey.  Sure, there will be withdrawals and aches and pains, but stay the course and you come out on the other side.

What happens if you quit eating?

You die.

This is one of the reasons so many people have a hard time with their weight.  Their addiction is not something that they can just quit, cold turkey or otherwise.  Unfortunately, through a chain of events that may or may not be of their own making, poor eating habits have developed and the physiology, chemistry and physical make up of their bodies…

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On Writing, Life, and Margaret Atwood

The Paperbook Blog

University is a strange institution. Ever since I can remember it has been preached to me that it is a necessity in achieving life’s dreams, an establishment designed to enlighten and educate me. Without completing a university degree, I was told, I would end up going nowhere. I would be bound for failure, shunted off to one side in the employment game. A great Tertiary Entrance Exam score saw me enrol in Law, for no other reason than that I could. What followed was a year and a half of partying punctuated by the occasional lecture or exam, before I dropped out spectacularly in a haze of tears, recriminations and gin.

Now here I am, six years later, working my way through a different university degree. Does this mean that I finally bought into the concept of tertiary education, a convert to the institution? Not at all. Rather, and this is painful to…

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