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Haiku: Autumn Clouds…

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now…” Richard Bach Autumn clouds arrived Like a wounded bride, glumly… Grey, cold, day and night When we need to be succinct and practice periods of quiet contemplation, a haiku can’t be beat.  Recently, I took some photos of clouds and they made me pause. Nature is so magnificent; it offers miracles everyday. “But the sky knows the reasons ...

Freebie Friday! Free August 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpapers

Wow! Can you believe it’s August already? Not sure about you, but my summer sure did fly by quickly! Celebrate the last month of summer with these colourful desktop wallpapers. The resolution is 1920 x 1080— perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on image. Image will open up in a new window. Right click to “Set as Desktop Wallpaper” or to “Save.” Enjoy!

Wasted Whining

Thought Number One:  Two New Things That Are Happening (or Not) in the government today. I consider it such an irony that the very day, that the Healthcare Marketplace is open for business the Federal government is not. (Surely, you all have heard the news that the Federal government is now closed pending the ability of our Congress to work together and pass a budget.) For those of you that aren't aware of changes in how Americans are to be insured let ...

Serendipity: Some Positive Markers for March…

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams.  May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you had in your yesterdays.” Anon Serendipity: Unfolding Truth Mandala by Keith Allen Kay credits below Serendipity is such a wondrous thing! Today, serendipity led me in three directions; to a ✿reflective post, to a ✿happiness site, and to ✿divine art. Clicking on my Facebook page this morning, I noticed an article posted by psychologist, Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. It ...

Reflections: Everything Is Energy…

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  John Muir Reflections: Everything Is Energy... depiction of Newton's 3rd Law of Motion This week, Oprah‘s life lesson course tackles the law of Karma; at least, that is how some of us would interpret Lesson 24: Newton’s Third Law of Motion: ...

A Floral Mystery from Space

The Ganjoji temple in Japan has a very old Cherry Tree, it’s estimated to be about 1250 years old. In 2008 some cherry stones from this tree were sent into space. They stayed on the International Space Station for 8 months, orbiting the earth a remarkable 4100 times. Upon their return they were sent back and planted. The first amazing thing that happened is that they sprouted! A stone from this ancient tree has never sprouted before, ever. This particular type of Cherry ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Bataille de Fleurs in Nice, France

Every February, the picturesque city of Nice, France hosts the largest carnival in the country. This year, the Nice Carnival is celebrating its 140th birthday with the theme “King of the Five Continents.” The main attraction during the 3 week winter festival is the world-famous Bataille de Fleurs or the Battle of Flowers, where elaborate, larger-than-life  flower-covered floats are paraded down the street with extravagantly costumed models throwing thousands of flowers into the audience. For the spectators, half the fun is trying to ...

Theology is no Substitute for Waiting Under an Oak

I have an eight-year-old son now. He’s skinny, like I was. He’s (mostly) gentle, a rule follower, and he prefers playing with Legos by himself in his bedroom and please stay out unless you are offering food. Check, check and check – just like I used to be. Practicing the Ritual of Waiting I remember late on Saturday afternoons, when I was his age, I would hear my dad shouting out of the farmhouse. His voice moved like a ripple. I scrambled toward the house as ...

Live Bold: A Leadership Guest Post

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Joseph Iregbu. Joseph has a passion for “intentional leadership” and is driven to help identify and raise up the next generation of leaders through his coaching and mentoring work. He’s also authored a book titled Even in the Well. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. The Power of Choice You have two options in life: you can either be scared all your life or you can live bold. Either requires a choice ...

My Worst Addiction...Finally, Redeemed

This work of art may help my addiction to salt..... I have a problem, an addiction of sorts.  Most people who know me (or have shared a meal with me) know about it. That addiction is salt. Forget smoking, booze or gambling - none of those can touch salt for me. Sodium is the one habit I can't break. I literally can put it on everything, watermelon, apples, pizza, naturally-salty-clams, sodium-infused soups...etc. In fact, I'll often take Frank's RedHot and pour salt directly into the ...

Ritual Without God: Like a Cone Without Ice Cream

Ritual Without God: Like a Cone Without Ice Cream

Could a religious framework -- without a supernatural aspect -- help atheists live more meaningful, emotionally connected lives? "Religion's ideas are so intelligent, so subtle, they are not fit to be abandoned to the religious alone," said Tim Harford, in a provocative talk on bringing religious culture and traditions into secular life. Apparently this idea of ritual absent "God" appealed to many of the TED attendees and drew a thunderous standing ovation. Unfortunately, ritual without divinity is like eating a dry, empty ice cream cone shell. What do ...

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 ...

Book Review: You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is a friend of mine and he gave me an advance copy of his latest work titled, You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). Don’t let the “in-your-face” title throw you, Jeff is a super nice guy who has been a professional writer for a long time and achieved more success than most writers I know. In other words, he knows what he’s writing about. This book by Jeff reminds me of a quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Either write ...

Fabulous Finds: Geometrics

From runways to interiors, geometric shapes and patterns are everywhere! What’s so great about them? Geometric designs are energizing, playful and elegant – the perfect combination to invigorate interior spaces. The go-to shapes include hexagons, diamonds, stripes and the Greek key pattern, but the options are almost endless.  And as an added bonus, geometric patterns excel at hiding wear and tear on upholstery and rugs. Looking to add a pop of geometric design to your space? Check out these fabulous finds! Geometric Storage ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

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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