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After the Fact

This week while going through the odd news of the week, there were a number of reports that added a few lines as to how the person handled their situation.  As luck would have it ....at least as far as my theme today goes....some didn't handle the situation well. Who Ya Goin' Call? If you are this car-less, careless, clueless guy, that person would me MOM. Authorities in Florida said a man called his mother and confessed to buying drugs and possessing a ...

First Annual CODIP Awards

As promised on yesterday's post, I will be picking through the very best of the quotes that Charlie Sheen has been favoring us all with for the  last three days. This nonsense of his has taken on a life of its own.  This morning Donald Trump is on Popeater with a video saying that he warned Brooke Mueller's mother not to let Brook marry Charlie. He goes on to say that a person can be a jerk as long as they ...

Musings: Leaping Ahead…

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” Henry David Thoreau Musings: Leaping Ahead... Musings: Leaping Ahead... Did you know that: This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year  (Wikipedia) Today is February 29th, the leap day of a leap year; ...

Musings: Labor Is Life…

“The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.“  Jim Rohn Musings: Labor Is Life… If you were recently laid off and are having difficulty finding a new job, consider that you might have hidden gifts or passions that were untapped in your regular career that you are now available to explore. The universe might simply be moving you in a more fulfilling direction. Daily OM  Madisyn Taylor Today is Labor Day in ...

Musings: Do you feel connected to your body?

“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” Wayne Dyer Musings: Do you feel connected to your body? ... in what way? One of the great joys of blogging is that we make connections with other bloggers and visitors and learn news things; a comment, a blog post, an insight and voila! new vistas open for us. I followed a comment made by blogger creating reciprocity and found a wonderful post on her ...

Competative Video Teams

Competative Video Teams

Normally, I don't post new posts on the weekends but I am enjoying the competition that started over the last couple of weeks between several college sports teams. Have you been following these videos???? It started on May  6th with the Harvard baseball team doing a lip sync to Call Me Maybe.  You just have to love that these athletes put together a fun video.  Brains, athleticism, and creativity,...oh...yeah and cute too. Then on May 16th the SMU Rowing Team offered up a challenge ...

I Know You Hate Us

I Know You Hate Us

Two Thoughts Rants for Tuesday (well, technically, it is two thoughts) Despite the fact, the profession I am in takes the #1 or #2 spot on nearly any of the "who do you hate" lists, let's talk a bit today about real estate agents.   During the course of reading today's post, feel free to shout uncontrollable profanities and throw things about the room.  I can take it. (you might be surprised at how much you and I would agree on as far ...

Book Review: Stuff Christians Like - by Jon Acuff

I discovered author, speaker, blogger Jon Acuff in reverse. I came upon his most recent book Quitter while perusing some of the finance and debt reduction publications by Dave Ramsey, whom Acuff currently works for. Quitter is a semi-professional autobiography that chronicles the author's journey from his day job as an online copywriter to his dream job as a best-selling author and speaker. When I read it, I thought the book was inspired and would likely strike a nerve that many ...

New Cleverbot Conversation on Current Events

A few weeks ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with the learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here's the first interview I had with Cleverbot last month: First Interview with Cleverbot I thought it was about time to ask Cleverbot about recent current events including: the U.S. Women's Soccer victory over Brazil; Derek ...

Downton Abbey Parody: Downton Arby’s

This past weekend, my wife and I started watching the first season of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey via Netflix. I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of government subsidized television. But the pilot episode made me a believer. The program is set in 1912 Britian and the underlying premise is that the sinking of the Titanic has taken the lives of the two heirs of the aristocratic estate of the Earl and ...

Goosie and Bonkers

When CJ was five, I took him with me to pick up some dry cleaning. He asked if we could check out the pet store next door. He enjoyed having his little fingers licked by puppies and kittens when he stuck his fingers into their cages, but the goldfish captured his attention most. There was a big tank with ten goldfish for a buck. CJ begged for two fish. Since they were cheap, and flushable, I said yes. By the ...

Book Trailer – Demon Fish

I’m a scuba diver, now and then. Each time it takes a few days to get comfortable again with the equipment and equilibrium, but the underwater world never fails to refresh and astound. Every now and then I get to see a shark. I’ve swum with the generally harmless white-tipped reef sharks and the known-to-be-unpredictable hammerheads and never had a real scare with one. Unlike my husband, though, I don’t “seek out” the sharks; when I do see them, it’s ...

Funny Video Exposes 5 News Shortfalls

I was a print and broadcast reporter for more than 10 years, and I’ve been in public relations (PR) for the past 13 years since leaving the news business. This video stunt below, was instigated and assembled by the staff at the Conan O’Brien Show.  It demonstrates several glaring problems with the current methods of news gathering in local TV markets across the country. The video is wickedly funny, but as a former reporter – it’s equally sad because it’s a scathing ...

Who Raises Kids That Bully the Elderly???

I’ve written about bullying in the past on several different occasions. Sometimes it happens in the schoolroom sometimes it happens in the boardroom. Whenever and wherever it happens it’s ugly. But I was shocked to see just how ugly it can be. Yesterday, a friend from high school sent me a link to a video that was posted on YouTube of an elderly bus monitor (Karen Klein) who was viciously and mercilessly abused verbally for 10 minutes on a school bus by ...

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

10 Things Every Mom Says…

My mom in her 20′s

This is a re-post from last year that I thought was appropriate for Mother’s Day.

Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother’s photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up.

Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive.

My father died of a heart attack in August 2006 and my mother died in a single-car crash in January 2004.

Even though I’m a grown 42-year old man with a family of my own, there are times when I miss them. I learned a lot from them both.

Some of the biggest lessons I learned from them dealt with faith, love, family as well as dealing with their premature deaths.

However, I also learned a lot of little lessons in every day interactions and sayings – particularly from my mother. Though her sayings were legion, here are some of the more memorable ones for me.

Top 10 Phrases Heard From My Mom

10. Make sure to change your underpants.
9. Is your homework done?
8. Did you leave the toilet up?
7. Don’t cry, it’s going to be alright.
6. Don’t run with the scissors.
5. Don’t cut your sister’s hair with the scissors!!!
4. Close the refrigerator door, we’re not air conditioning the house.
3. Go get me the stick!
2. Put your coat on, it’s cold out there.
1. I love you, too!

Question: What were some of the phrases your mom was known for???

Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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