Weekly Photo Challenge: Family…

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” Confucius Weekly Photo Challenge: Family... Identical Twin Brothers w/ a friend When we think of family, we often look to our immediate connections and start our definitions from that vantage ...

Reflections: Your Heart Knows What Counts…

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein Reflections: Your Heart Knows What Counts… Flowing Heart Water – Mirth and Motivation Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu What really matters to you? What truly counts? If all the glitz and glamor are swept away, and you must turn to what will sustain you, what will you choose? What counts for you? Kindness, Life, Love, Laughter, Longevity…? Health, Happiness, Home and ...

Reflections: A Circle Of Five…

“O Lord! May our ears listen to nothing but auspicious words, may our eyes see nothing but auspicious things, may we have healthy bodies and be blessed with long life.” Rig Veda Reflections: A Circle Of Five… As above, So below Every day offers auspicious moments for us to learn and grow…  Today is a particularly auspicious day because it brings our attention to a set of numbers that occur in a unique sequence; 12-12-12. If we added up just this sequence ...

Reflections: Facing Our Fears

“These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Facing Our Fears... The Scream... let it out. Is the world coming to an end again? I must have missed the latest memo because between the two prompts of the day – WP Daily Post: If you knew you were going to die ...

Vincent

The photo prompt this week is courtesy of Ted Strutz. His photo of the Icon Grill in Seattle has prompted many stories from the talented group of people who, each week, submit a story or poem to Friday Fictioneers, which is hosted assiduously by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Icon Grill courtesy of Ted Strutz Genre: Historical fiction Word Count: 100 VINCENT Hunched over a glass of absinthe, he listens to des prostituees making their arrangements with the drunks in the corner. The pain in his head is back again. He drains the glass, reaches ...

Welcome 2014: Happy New Year!

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Alfred Tennyson Happy New Year 2014 fireworks, confetti, and celebrants at Times Square NY ★♥★ Happy New Year and Welcome 2014 to You & Yours!★♥★ We made it and I’m delighted to be back to familiar territory again. A year ago today, I had an upbeat list of tips for 2013. Suffice it to say, my year took off quite well and then life and its many ...

Twelve Motivational Tips for the New Year…

“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.” Philip Gilbert Hamilton Motivational Tips: Blossom, bloom... and grow REFLECTIONS As we wind down the final days of 2010, thoughts and plans for the New Year are high on our lists and on our minds. Whether we end up having an amazing, accomplished 2011 will depend on several factors; particularly our attitude and our effort. I don’t know about you, but this has ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hibiscus

Hibiscus are deciduous shrubs and trees which produces large, showy flowers. The plant is native to tropical regions in the world with over 200 different varieties in the genus. It is a member of the Mallow family. The trumpet-shaped flowers come in a variety of colours including, white, pink, orange, purple, red and yellow. Hibiscus are popular ornamental plants, as the brightly-coloured flowers tend to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to the garden. They can be planted individually or grown as ...

The Five Most Dangerous Prayers

At church today, our pastor spoke about the need to find rest in God and he concluded his sermon with a passing mention of three dangerous prayers to pray. [NOTE: If you're interested in hearing his sermon on podcast you can visit the church's web site at www.pvachurch.com.] The first three "dangerous" prayers are borrowed from his sermon - it's probably inappropriate to say that I directly stole them from Pastor John on the Sabbath and all - regardless, that idea ...

BOOK REVIEW: Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey

"Science yields facts but not 'value judgments;' religion expresses values but cannot 'speak facts.'" - Albert Einstein Most modern people would agree with the aforementioned quote by Albert Einstein because it singularly embodies the general filter through which we’ve come to view our lives and the concept of truth. However, in Saving Leonardo, best-selling author and scholar Nancy Pearcey questions the validity of that filter because it incorrectly splits our everyday reality into two separate parts – facts and values. Using a building ...

Lean Into The Blade

Lean Into The Blade How is it that the most powerful moments—the life-shifting events of epic significance—seem to offer the bloodiest, most repulsive, run like hell away if you can, lessons? Yet one can rarely run from the big-screen reality being played front center, where you are cast as both the adored leading lady and the despised villain. So is the way of the well-intentioned life…day after day, sunrise-to-sunrise—messy, in your face, LIFE. Do you suppose that maybe God sets up our ...

Advice From a Clutter Cutter

Michael Hyatt is the consummate “Clutter Cutter” – in other words he knows how to deliver a message that cuts through the clutter to reach a desired audience. I believe all of us have a message and an audience who wants to hear it. To accomplish that goal, I recommend Michael’s brand new book titled Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I received an advance copy of this book for review and believe so strongly in its message that I’m giving away ...

7 Problems With “Christmas Shoes”

Haggis (sheep heart, liver and tongue cooked in sheep stomach) courtesy of Wikipedia. Christmas Shoes is to holiday songs, as haggis is to holiday meals - sickening. There are fewer than five days until Christmas, and even though this is one of my favorite times of year there’s an unavoidable annual pox on this holiday that seethes like a raging pustula begging for a lancing. We all know the problem I’m referring to…it’s the song Christmas Shoes performed by Bob Carlisle. Now before I puncture ...

Love – Finding a Definition That Works

Our culture is obsessed with the idea of love. Films, music, art, and even Virginia bumper stickers are saturated with the word “love.” But there is a problem: most of us cannot define love. We know that a feeling is involved. Ron Burgundy claims it is like, “skyrockets in flight!” Many can identify examples of love, but definitions rarely get passed, “you know, it’s love!” I recently celebrated my third anniversary to a far more amazing wife then a guy like me ...

Table Talk about Books

Photo copyright by Meredith Rutter (not taken in Maine, but pretty, no?) My husband and I had a wonderful dinner with friends the other night at Ports of Italy restaurant in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The weather had turned summerlike for a few days, and we were thrilled to be given an outdoor table overlooking Commercial Street on this, one of the last nights the town would be catering to the general public before closing most places for the season. (This isn’t ...

6-year Old Inspires All Wanna-be Bike Riders...

This is a great video by a group of talented musicians called the Gregory Brothers who "songify" all kinds of news videos and home videos posted on YouTube. In this video, they transform a cute snippet of a random home movie into a catchy inspirational tune. Enjoy... And here is the original home video....

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January 19, 2013, 9:00 am

2013 Colour of the Year: Emerald Green Flowers

Pantone, the globally recognized authority on colour, has declared emerald green as the colour of the year. This rich, luscious and ever so elegant colour will be big this year in weddings, fashion, home decor, and more! The colour, as precious as the gem itself, invokes images of growth, renewal, harmony and prosperity.

From Boston Fern to Xanadu Leaf, there is no shortage of emerald in the floral world! Florists have been incorporating all sorts of greenery and foliage in their floral designs long before Pantone made the colour cool. Along with greenery, florists can use these emerald flowers:

Green Lady Slipper Orchid

green orchid

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikemcd/

Ornamental Kale

kale

Green “Trick” Dianthus

green dianthus

photo credit: cfabbridesigns.com

Hellebore

hellebore, green

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drriss/

Ranunculus

ranunculus, emerald green

photo via Pinterest

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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