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Valerie Lynn
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Attended Salem College
Lives in 232 nm NW of paradise
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+Marion Owen  so creative and very beautiful #gardenart  

In a more perfect #google  world, I would be able to click a #schemer   link to set up an "I want to do this" #project .  This would then let me allocate assets, like the book Marion mentions in the thread, and a planner similar to Google #keep so I could hash out and reorganize the steps I would take to make my own concrete or hypertufa dragon.
Meet Daisy the Dragon: She resides in our Kodiak, Alaska garden and "breathes" from steam emitting from the boiler. I built her out of styrofoam (recycled from boat harbor floats), and then covered her with concrete, followed by a mosaic of glass and broken plates. It's a cool day in December, so you see a lot of steam.
#gardening   #art   #dragon  
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I think it was you +Marion Owen who provided the inspiration!!
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Bye Bye Anti-Bacterial Soaps that Are Not

"Every day, consumers use antibacterial soaps and body washes at home, work, school and in other public settings. Especially because so many consumers use them, FDA believes that there should be clearly demonstrated benefits to balance any potential risks."
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There are a dearth of problems everywhere. Highlighting fixes to one problem does not imply a blindness to other problems. While I agree with you that we have a  problem with chemicals in our food supply, I am also happy to raise awareness about products in use, daily, by millions, that make unsubstantiated claims of benefit while simultaneously causing harm.
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When an Amber Alert goes out, I always fear the worst so this is #goodnews  and while my eyes are welling up with tears, they aren't of sadness.  
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Gotta love the peachy blues. Morning beach palms captured by @FtLauderdaleSun
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Can't do this South Florida in your front yard! 
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Hahaha... Sigh. Time flies!! (Pun!!!)
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I particularly like the "Recruit others" checkbox of  +Neila Rey's #newyearnewyou  Resolution Checklist. 
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Lilian Bland was the first woman to design and build her own aircraft, in 1910, but gave up flying when offered a motorcar instead ... Wikipedia -- "Lilian Bland (22 September 1878 – 1971) was a British journalist and aviator who, in 1910–11, became one of the first women in the world to design, build, and fly an aircraft.

In 1909, Bland's uncle, William James Smythe, sent her a postcard of the Blériot monoplane from Paris, inspiring her to take up flying. At this point, no one in Ireland had yet made a powered flight – the first would be Harry Ferguson, in December – and to make an aircraft would involve building it herself. Her uncle, an astronomer and member of the Royal Society, had provided the house with a fully fitted workshop, and after some background reading on the Wright brothers, Bland successfully built a flyable model biplane.[1]
From this, she progressed to a full-scale glider, which was built from spruce, bamboo and canvas, and completed early in 1910. The resulting Mayfly was tested by gliding it from Carnmoney Hill, being progressively strengthened and tested with heavier loads, until Bland felt it was strong enough to take an engine. She ordered a light 20 horsepower two-stroke engine from A. V. Roe & Co., and after some delays brought it to Carnmoney in July.

The horizontally opposed two-cylinder engine achieved 20 horsepower at 1000 rpm. Bland was eager to test the engine-powered aircraft before its petrol tank was ready, so she improvised: an empty whisky bottle was used instead, with Bland's deaf aunt's ear trumpet as the engine hose. This construction was not quite a success—the engine's vibrations compromised the security of the plane's nuts, bolts, and struts, and Bland's flight would have to wait.

After miserable weather, the first successful flight was made in late August, a short hop off the ground. Not only did this make Bland the first woman to fly an aircraft in Ireland, but the Mayfly also became the first powered biplane in Ireland. She continued experimenting with further flights, mostly around thirty feet (ten metres) in length, sometimes requiring examination of the ground to identify when the Mayfly had actually lifted off. It was clear, however, that the aircraft was not capable of much more, and would not cope with a larger engine. ...

Bland's flying had been a source of some concern to her father, who saw it as unsafe as well as unseemly for a young woman. Around the end of the year, he persuaded her to give up the Mayfly in exchange for buying her a car. By April 1911 she was running a car dealership in Belfast, but in October gave up the business to marry her cousin Charles Loftus Bland, and emigrate to Canada.[4]
Bland returned to the United Kingdom in 1935, settling in Kent, and in the 1950s retired to Cornwall. She died there, aged 92, in 1971.[ ..."

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a plane for a car bad move; but at the time I guess. I hear lot of the old wwII pilots make comments about buying P-51's for $1,200; Oh if I could go back and pick up one or two.
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SKYMAX : Air Charter - Air Tours - Scenic Flights - Leisure Air Travel
Air Tours ● Scenic Flights ● Air Charter Operations ● Air Carrier Certification ● Organizational Planning and Strategy ● General Aviation ● Commercial Aviation ● FAA / DOT Drug and Alcohol Abatement Program Management ● Pilot ● Flight Planning ● Travel Research ● Tour Planning ● Federal Aviation Regulations ● Flight Operations
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    Scenic Flights + Air Tours+ Air Charter. We specialize in leisure air travel and tours of Florida.
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232 nm NW of paradise
Greenville, NC - Winston-Salem, NC - Colorado Springs, CO - Denver, CO - Sydney, NSW Australia - Fort Lauderdale. FL
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Air Tours | Air Charter | Air Travel | Skymax

WORK:  Air Tours + Scenic Flights + Air Charter + Leisure Travel + FloridaTourism

PLAY:  Gardening + Flying + Web Development + Nature

Community Manager of Flying, an online Google Community for Aviation enthusiasts. 

Currently nurturing the growth of The Fort Lauderdale Visitor's Guide

Owner of Skymax Inc, an FAA-authorized Part 135 Air Carrier and  Commercial Air Tour Operator based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Professional Specialties: Air Tours and Scenic Flights ● Air Charter Operations ● Air Carrier Certification ● Organizational Planning and Strategy ● Marketing & Sales Strategy ● Marketing Communications ● Digital Marketing ● General Aviation ● Commercial Aviation ● FAA / DOT Drug and Alcohol Abatement Program Management


  • 1 Husband, 1 child, 2 cats
  • Instrument rated, Multi-engine pilot flying since 1997
  • Former Activities Director, EF International Miami
  • Online since 1993
  • Blogging since 2001
  • Received Letter of Authorization from FAA to conduct Commercial Air Tours in 2010
  • Received Air Carrier Certificate (Part 135 Certification) in 2013

#skymax • #airtours • #aircharter • #scenicflights • #emptyleg • #operating135 • #urbanaggie • #gardening • #permaculture • #floridagardening • #nativeplants • #vegetablegardening

I like to fly, fish and dig in the dirt.   #catsrule , #vegetablegardening rocks and #nativeflorida #plants make me happy. 

I write for the Fort Lauderdale Visitors GuideOperating 135, Skymax Air Charter and Urban Aggie. I tweet at unpredictable intervals at @valeriebooth.

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't - you're right."  - Henry Ford

  • Salem College
    B.S., Biology, 1989 - 1991
  • East Carolina University
    East Carolina University, 1991 - 1993
  • Broward Community College
    Liberal Arts, 1982 - 1985
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Tucked away in North Broward, just west of I-95,this is a vibrant, locally owned and artfully designed hair salon worthy of your time and tresses. I've been there several times for color, highlights, Brazilian Keratin and hair cut. Celia, the owner, is a master of keratin, color and highlights and she shares her skills with her stylists for a consistent experience. I was last there in December 2013. Abraham applied the keratin to my wild hair and I questioned his application because he works so quietly, quickly and efficiently! Celia assured me he applied the correct amount of keratin and that the result would speak for itself. I pressed her but she was confident in the work that was done and offered to make right anything that was not satisfactory. After 6 weeks, it is clear she, and Abraham, did a fantastic job. All I can say is, "Wow was I wrong!" My hair is still straight, still soft and not frizzy. I love the blend of colors she chose and the way the color stays in my hair. And I am looking forward to going back soon for a touchup!
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Still a consistently good place to eat and now with a table next to a beautiful salt water fish tank.
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Out west in the sticks, but worth the drive for organic garden soil and pine bark mulch. Amerigrow is a Landscape Supply and Nursery business open to the public; they sell "retail" to individuals and wholesale to quantity buyers. This is not like going to a nursery in the city where you walk on asphalt or beds of rock. TIP: wear sneakers, not sandals to keep your feet clean. Can't wait to go back and peruse their plants!
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LOVED it. We had the right combination of good food, excellent service and interesting atmosphere.
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An oasis in a sea of city life - on the North side of Sears at the Pompano Citi Center. You'll find a large selection of Florida native Plants, aquatic plants and a sesonal surprises. The service is good but I usually bring a plant identification book or resource with me to get down to the nitty gritty (Genus species) of what I am looking at! TIP: Get your discount card stamped!
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Our first time here and we loved it. You can expect an eclectic menu, including wines, good food and excellent service from several staff members who work together. We've been to El Tamarindo Cafe further south in Fort Lauderdale, but this restaurant in Lighthouse Point is new. I had expectations of a similar menu; but the offerings at this location are interestingly different. My Husband chose Carne Asada with rice and beans. The beef was tender and cooked as ordered. I chose the evening's special: a very generous portion of tender pork tenderloin served atop mashed potatoes and sun-dried tomatoes and under a dollop of sautéed spinach and garlic. Dinner was followed by their homemade Tres Leche dessert - save room for this - it is a perfect end to a good meal! Can't wait to go back!
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Save your money and your time. There are several much nicer "standard" non-smoking rooms in hotels in this area. Earlier in the day, we booked 2 non-smoking rooms through an online travel aggregator. Hubby actually called Quality Inn first, before booking, and asked about the non-smoking rooms, underscoring our preference for a room that does not reek of cigarette smoke. The woman he spoke with explained how the hotel is divided into a smoking side and non-smoking side. We arrived in the late afternoon before sunset, pressed for time because we came to Sarasota for an event at New College. No one was at the front desk. The entrance to the hotel was locked. We waited outside for 10 minutes before the Night Auditor, Wessley, arrived. At the front desk, Wessley said he showed 1 reservation only. In fact, the other reservation was there but under another name. (The form at the online travel aggregator's site asks for the name of the primary person in each room; I did not know they would put the 2nd room reservation in the other person's name.) It took 30 minutes just to check in. When we arrived at the assigned rooms and opened the doors, we were assaulted by the dingy, acrid smell of cigarette smoke. Wessley asked if he could find 2 more rooms for us. We returned the keys, let him know we needed to leave but would be back in a few hours after the event we came here for. At 9:15pm, we came back to the hotel. Wessley was locking the door to the front entrance. A group of other travelers wanted to see a room before checking in. When we received our keys for the new set of rooms, I was hopeful until I saw a group of people smoking on the balcony one door down from our rooms. This was supposed to be the non-smoking side of the hotel. According to Wessley, though, this doesn't mean people cannot smoke outside the doors; they just cannot smoke inside the rooms. Yes, the intake for the air conditioning units are right there but no one there has made that mental leap. Opening the door to the first new room, was only slightly better than the first room earlier that afternoon. The second room smelled so musty I decided I'd reached my limit on room-testing for one night. To his credit, Wessley was very helpful and gracious. Unfortunately, he works for hotel owners who have no business in the hospitality business. The GM / Owner told Wessley she would refund one room only! Never mind we did not accept any of the rooms offered or leave our luggage there. Hubby says this "sounds like a business in freefall." On a positive note, the online travel aggregator was right there for us. When I called their toll free number and briefly explained the problem, Anna (our service rep) immediately called the Quality Inn. She immediately refunded our money and offered to find us another hotel. When I told her the hotel GM / Owner said she wasn't going to allow the full refund, Anna assured me we would receive a full refund (and we did). So, beware the Quality Inn in Sarasota, FL. And kudos to the online travel aggregator for making everything right!
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