5 Common Houseplants That are Toxic to Pets

Houseplants are great! Everyone should have at least one or two live plants in their home! Not only do plants add beauty and colour to your home decor, they can clean the air, and make you feel healthier and happier. And best of all, many of them are easy to grow. That being said, pet owners need to be aware of the houseplants that are toxic to cats and dogs. Ingesting poisonous plants can make pets very sick! It’s best to ...

10 000 Plants Adorn London’s Largest Living Wall

Living walls have been a hot trend in gardening and landscaping for the last few years and the trend doesn’t seem to be going away! Just last month, London, UK unveiled its largest living wall on the side of two prominent hotels near Buckingham Palace. The Rubens at the Palace hotel is the home of an impressive 350 sq. m (3 770 sq. ft). vertical garden, containing 10 000 live plants, which includes ferns, buttercups, crocuses, lavender and winter geraniums.  There ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny Images & Thoughts…

“Human beings are creators, flinging powerful images into the minds of their fellow men. And all of these images are built of tiny particles of thought.” Roy H. Williams Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny Images & Thoughts... Tiny fly on a leaf with raindrops. Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny Images & Thoughts... Tiny yellow buttercup flower and buds  In some circles, it is believed that the universe began with a tiny spark, a spanda, a moment that led to the creation of the planets, earth, ...

Redemption: The Three Little Pigs – A Retelling…

“Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” John Donne Redemption: The Three Little Pigs - A Retelling... When I saw the Daily Post prompt on retelling or changing a popular story, I chuckled. I wrote a modified version of a childhood story that I’ve always enjoyed. The Story of The Three Little Pigs has always made me smile. The idea of three pigs battling the big bad, conniving wolf and winning is fairly typical of many childhood ...

Compassion: The End Of Suffering…

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Origami: Fall Flowers Edition

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Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

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Into The Blue

I have been unable to post anything as my account was suspended by WordPress. I don’t know why this was and they haven’t told me why they did it. There was just a message saying my account was suspended when I tried to log on. I sent an email complaining and have not had a reply, but magically the account seems to be working now. Thank you WordPress! So, with haste in case they change their minds and banish me again, ...

Results of My Ad Campaign to Increase Facebook Likes

Most useful things are constructed one piece at a time – and the pieces shift before they’re finally right. Last weekend I sprang for $120 across two days for a Facebook ad campaign to increase the Likes on my Yours In Books FB page. The true felt-cost was really only $65 thanks to a $55 “windfall” check from my brother a few weeks ago, tying up a loose end from our deceased father’s estate otherwise distributed years ago. It seemed appropriate ...

3 Keys to Beating My Addiction: Caffeine

Last week I decided that I wanted to stop drinking caffeinated coffee and diet soda with caffeine as well. I realize that caffeine in moderate amounts actually has been proven to have healthful benefits for a variety of nasty disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer, but I still needed to stop. The problem was, that I couldn't drink the stuff in moderation. Each day, I would practically polish off a pot of coffee by myself before heading to ...

My Interview on News Radio 770 KKOB

50,000 Watt Radio Powerhouse Since my book A Question of Faith launched last November, I’ve been invited to talk about it, and the importance of faith in general, on several radio stations and networks across the country. Tomorrow, I have the privilege of talking with radio host Eric Strauss on News Radio 770 KKOB-AM based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As background KKOB is one of the most powerful radio stations in the country (50,000 watt) whose signal covers nine states. It also happens ...

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Euphoria...Rapturous Bliss...Really?

Fabricator of Euphoria I have what I need. What I don’t have I don’t need…right now. Easy peasy and that’s the end of my blog. I wish it were so easy. It’s not so peasy either. Contentment…it’s a big pill to swallow; a big girl pill, and not one of those orange flavored chewables. Contentment is often compared with happiness, but being content has more to do with surrender and resting peacefully in whatever situation you may find yourself in, while happiness, being ...

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night. The wind screamed like a lunatic on fire, as it clawed a path of devastation through our tiny Caribbean island, leveling buildings and lives, and rearranging the face of St. Croix forever. Actually, it was the longest night of my life. I remember the Weather Channel reports hours preceding Hurricane Hugo’s arrival, warning us to take shelter. I was making potato salad, and chatting on the phone with my friend Mary. We were coordinating ...

A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Here’s a great guest post from author, speaker and singer/songwriter Jason Clark.  Jason has just released his first solo book titled Prone to Love, which is available on Amazon.com, and poses a paradigm shift for the church today. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out ...

A Witch Hunt on Childhood?

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November 11, 2012, 9:39 am

5000 Poppies to Commemorate Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day, a memorial holiday for Commonwealth nations, such as Canada, Australia, and the UK  to honour the lives lost during battle. Many citizens show their support for the soldiers by wearing a single red poppy.

But artist Ted Harrison chose to do more than just wear a red poppy. In November 2011, he created an art installation using 5000 red poppies at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. From the ground level, it doesn’t appear much more than some poppies scattered on the floor. Up above, the poppies form an image of three child soldiers.

5000 poppies art installation for Remembrance Day by Ted Harrison

image via inspirefusion.com

5000-poppies remembrance day installation by ted harrison

image via OddityCentral.com

Ted intentionally created the 30 foot installation to highlight the the involvement of innocent children in wars. Although it is consider illegal, according to the UN, it is estimated that 300 000 children under the age of 18 worldwide have been forced to take up arms and become soldiers. And many of them have been either killed, wounded or traumatized for life.

The red poppy has become a popular symbol for Remembrance Day ever since John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields was published. It is a fitting symbol as many poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields. The red colour is also quite fitting, symbolizing all the blood that was bled in the wars.

Lest we forget.

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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