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Valentines Blooms – Alternatives to Red Roses

When most people think of Flowers & Valentine’s day it’s Red Roses that immediately come to mind. Probably because everyone knows that a Red Rose means love (it’s true meaning is “Passionate Love”). Red Roses are also a very popular flower & welcomed by most women, but they aren’t for everyone. Also for the forgetful man, the closer it gets to Valentines Day the harder it can be to find Red Roses, at least to find good quality ones. If your ...

Gardening: An Instrument of Grace…

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” May Sarton Gardening: An Instrument of Grace... Gardening: An Instrument of Grace... Gardening God‘s Way by: Author Unknown Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind Peace of heart Peace of soul Plant four rows of squash: Squash gossip Squash indifference Squash grumbling Squash selfishness… Contd The weather has been quite warm of late… and naturally, many of us have turned our eyes and minds ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: OBJECT

“Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe OBJECTS of curiosity held by the Bronze Queen sculpture in a park in Copley Square, downtown Boston  (In close up) Objects in Collage of Bronze Queen sculpture in a park in Copley Square, downtown Boston In our daily interactions, we are inundated by a stream of Objects; familiar and otherwise, that dance before our eyes. Some things make us stop and look ...

Reflections: Letting Go…

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” Oprah Winfrey Reflections: Letting Go… Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? Leo Buscaglia What are we holding onto? Are we even aware of what is holding us back? My spin teacher always reminds ...

2012 in Review: Our Top Blog Posts & Topics

Is it another year already? Time sure does fly by when you are blogging! 2012 has been quite the year for Fun Flower Facts! It was a good year for us! We have written 230 blog posts and had about 70 000 views this year! Thank you to all of our visitors, especially our American readers for all of your support! Here are our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012: Plant Hardiness Zones Explained Do You Have Change for a Tulip? Must ...

Musings: Breathing Fire…

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.” George Washington Musings: Breathing Fire… In The Heart Of the Fire… We took refuge from the cold The flames lifted gently Then spread like wicked weeds We reached for faith, hope, and courage Our conscience said add more We added prayer and peace… Then, breathing through the fire We headed out the door… More below! “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” Ferdinand Foch Musings: Breathing Fire… In The Heart Of the Fire… We found ...

Autumn: Ten Reasons Fall Simply Rocks…

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb color effects as from August to November.” Rose G. Kingsley Autumn: Japanese Maple in full fall by Melissa Farlow Autumn: In Central Park by Melissa Farlow Nothing beats living in a region that has and celebrates the changing seasons. Here on the east coast, our seasons ...

A Lesson From Dad

When I graduated from high school I needed a car to drive to college. My older brother had faced this dilemma before and had demanded my parents buy him a car. My mother laughed and told him to get a job and buy his own car, which he eventually did. So when my turn came I chose a different strategy. When asked about college I told my folks, “I don’t think I’ll go to college.” My mother was appalled. “I thought you ...

Rejecting the Truth, Even When It’s True

Our family recently attended a surprise 40th birthday for a dear family friend. There were about 60 of us in total, 40 adults and the rest were children. After the collective “surprise” and dinner, most of the kids went outside to play on an ultra-cool playground that was about 100 yards from the dining hall where the event occurred. All of us adults remained inside and watched as Rob quickly opened his few gag gifts and cards, while a few of the ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 5

We’re moving up the “Caption This” Contest by a day, because tomorrow we’ve got our scheduled C-section for our baby boy who’s 10 days past his delivery – prayers are appreciated. With that, thanks to everyone who entered to win the staggeringly ironic $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After consulting with the firm Arthur Anderson to oversee the integrity of the selection process,  a winner has been chosen. That winner is Blake Atwood see his caption below. “One of the ...

9 Bullying Myths That Parents Need to Know

Physical Bullying My family moved around a lot when I was growing up. Every two years or so, I had to attend a different school and since I was the "new kid" at each school I invariably experienced bullying in some manner - mostly it was shoving, destruction of my personal belongings and fights. It seems that I was not alone in my experience. According to the most recent government statistics 44 percent of middle schools reported bullying problems, while just over 20 percent ...

In Defense Of The Nap

Yogi Berra once said, “I take a two hour nap from one to four.” Funny, but naps have gotten a bad rap lately, only appreciated by exhausted moms desperate for a break from fussy babies, or kindergarten teachers praying for an after-lunch moment of quiet. I love naps. But one afternoon I neglected to close the bedroom door and was awakened by the sound of Mrs. Chatterbox talking to our son, CJ. In response to his questions I heard her say, ...

Yet Another Reason I Hate Funerals….

Nondescript Casket My immediate family spent the majority of last week at my in-laws home in New York because my wife’s grandmother passed away. While I think it’s extremely important to celebrate the memory of the deceased; support and sympathize with the survivors and offer a degree of closure for the living via the various death-induced services and rituals – I hate funerals. As a former news reporter, I had to attend dozens as an uninvited gawker amidst grieving strangers and then trying to speak with someone on camera – yuck. ...

3 Must-See Movies for the Rest of 2012

As silly as it sounds, movies have played a significant role in my marriage. The first date with my wife was a movie, two dates later we kissed for the first time in a movie theater and I proposed marriage to her in a movie theater (that marriage proposal deserves a post of its own). My affinity for the “movie experience” was driven by the fact that growing up, I can count on one hand the number of times my parents took ...

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Susan - The Wizards Word

11 Q&A

I’ve chosen (more or less) to be tagged by Monique, over at The Long and the Short of It  Below are my answers to her questions.

1) Lefty or Righty?

Right on!

2) The happiest time of your life is/was:

When I was a little girl and had not yet started school. My dad would be at work & I’d have my mom to myself all day long. We had good times together. Sometimes we’d visit my Aunt Franny, or go shopping with our best friends who were also our neighbors. I am still friends with them.

3) What is your earliest memory?

It was Valentines Day in…1961? Mom was taking me for a spin in my stroller when an elderly neighbors stopped us. He had a giant (for my small hands) chocolate heart for me. It was beautiful! The way the red foil sparkled in the sunlight; not to mention the smooth yet crinkly texture. I was mesmerized; turned it over and over again in my hands.

4) Most embarrassing moment (that you’ll admit to):

So many from which to choose! Farting on a first date is always a good one.

5) What makes you laugh out loud?

When people try to stuff WHOLE  Portobello mushroom in their mouths. Whole. It gets me every time!

6) Name one thing you would like to “fix” for all of mankind, be it a collective thought or gift to give:

If only we were all color blind…

7) Evolution or Creation?

Yes. I think that G-d is responsible for both.

8) Do you remember any of your high school teachers – who and why?

I was far too busy in high school to attend my classes.  What with smoking cigarettes (or whatever) in the adjacent park, lunching at  Tastee-Freez across the street, trying to look, feel, and act cool..who had time to actually go inside the school? Unless to powder my nose or cake on that 6th coat of mascara…The instructors are a dim memory. I do however, remember my kindergarten teacher. Her name was Miss Jamieson. She was very kind to me and stopped he other kids from making sport of the horrific case of separation anxiety. She was beautiful inside, and to me, outside as well. One day some kids were talking about how ugly she was & I went ballistic. That was they day I learned the difference between inner beauty, which matters, and so-called outer beauty, which does not. The lesson was forgotten during my teen years, obviously.

9) Who is your hero and why?

Vivian D. Mazur (my mom), Golda Meir and Benazir Bhutto. Gutsy, smart, courageous.

My Mom

Golda Meir

They are women who made a difference.

10) Can we make a “Better” tomorrow? How would you contribute?

Sharing. Everyone has something to share whether it be material, knowledge, a talent or gift.

11) Inn-ie or Out-ie?

Innit to win it!

Thanks Monique, this was fun!

To the first eleven people who visit my page, please answer the above questions, if  the spirit moves you. Enjoy!

Susan - The Wizards Word

I am a freelance writer who lives in the Hartford, CT area. I specialize in ghostwriting, editing, and SEO content writing.If I were not a writer, I'd probably be a linguistic anthropologist or a crash-test dummy.

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