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Guiness World Records Flower Facts

The world of flowers is fascinating. It’s full of weird and wonderful things. On this blog alone, we have covered designer clothes inspired by flowers, amazing flower festivals, plants that kill people, glow in the dark flowers, and more! But as impressive as those things are, they pale in comparison to these Guinness World Record holders! The Largest Fresh Flower Lei-Garland In 2012, in Chennai, India, 120 people created the world’s largest fresh-flower lei, which measured 5.01 km (3.11 miles) long. The ...

Techy Tuesday

Techy Tuesday

First Thought ...... Big news...anxiously awaiting the big reveal....can hardly wait!!! Today the IPHONE 5 is going to be revealed.  What's that, I hear you say??? You don't really care? No...say it isn't so? Well for me, I can hardly wait to find out if this is  a better version over the previous models.  Hubby and I all but flew out of our chairs for the opportunity to wait in the horrific lines at the AT&T store when the IPhone first came out.  Of course, that led us to ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky…

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo Proverb Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… View from a plane when clouds meet sky Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… A double rainbow outside a store... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… View from my window seat on the ground. For this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge on Sky, I am choosing a few pictures and perhaps ...

Our Lives by the Numbers

Thought I would jot down a quick post so you all know I am still among the living.  The dearth of my posts most likely will continue into the middle of next week. In the last week or so,  I was traveling for 4 days, being down with a nasty cold 4 days and generally being aggravated about some things which I will be bitching about in a post next week. This week our grown son is visiting and I don't want to ...

Do I Need It Or Do I Want It

Kiddo #2 and I were chatting over lunch at Gordon Biersch when somehow we landed on the subject of desk treadmills.  I don't remember how we landed on that subject, but it was Kiddo that brought it up.  I know this because my head did the RCA Dalmatian pose with a "what's that you said?"   Treadmill desk?? It turns out that there are desks built around treadmills so people can workout and work.  Seriously? Two tortures simultaneously.  Miserable multitasking.   Now don't get ...

Haiku: Happy Thanksgiving In Ten Takes…

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” William Blake Haiku: Thanksgiving -  A Bountiful Harvest means sharing good food Haiku: Thanksgiving – Menorah Lights; This year Hanukkah starts on the same day Happy Thanksgiving! It’s formed with 5 syllables I’m grateful for that On this special day We give thanks for our blessings Gratitude abounds A rare gift this year Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Let’s celebrate both A quote floated by… “Thankful people are happy!” On Facebook today Say thanks and prayers Life is short. We never know… For whom the bell tolls Thanksgiving is truly the beginning of ...

It's In The Details

As I was reading all the odd little news stories this week, I wasn't necessarily surprised by the subject matter of the stories.  Many of the themes of "people being idiots" and "making bad choices" are pretty commonplace.  I did happen to notice odd little details within some of the stories this week. BTW...While I TRY to keep my posts fairly PG rated, it seems that the majority of odd news this week contained a bit of perversion on the part ...

Master of the Zombie Apocalypse

Disclaimer: if you have an intense fear of your mortality you might want to pass on this post. The public’s fascination with zombies never ceases to amaze me. TV shows like Zombie Hunters, Dead Set and Zombie Apocalypse receive huge ratings. And I know half a dozen bloggers who critique episodes of The Walking Dead with the seriousness of English majors analyzing Milton’s Paradise Lost. I do not share this attraction for the “living dead.” Would someone please explain to me why zombies are always hungrier than stoned college ...

My Single-Worst-Vacation Failing...(thus far)

Our lake vacation thus far has been perfect. The weather, activities, fellowship, kids, fun - one of the best ever - except for one thing. The toothpaste. Dental disease might be better than this toothpaste! My wife single-handedly completed the herculean task of buying and packing foodstuffs to keep our family feed for seven days.  My task as trusted sidekick was toiletries.  The day we were leaving for the trip I thought I had nailed my sidekick responsibilities, getting everything we needed. However, during the ...

Belated Memorial Day With Cleverbot

Cleverbot is a not-so-clever (but mildly entertaining) software program that learns One of the more popular features here one The Daily ReTORt are my conversations with Cleverbot. What’s Cleverbot you ask? Cleverbot, is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) software  that supposedly learns by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. I’ve never found Cleverbot to be intelligent in the purest definition of the word; however, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with this bastion of ...

Fighting Tyranny of the Urgent….

When was the last time you went an entire day, not having to speak to anyone or spent an extended amount of time in self-imposed isolation? Personally, I can’t remember ever going a 24-hour period without talking to another person. While I’m a professional communicator and a natural chatterbox at heart, I think the issue goes deeper. The truth is that the demands of our western society require us to engage with others whether we want to or not. I only raise the ...

Don’t Cripple Your Message….

For the past 13 years I’ve worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public Affairs. So that means I spend a lot of time writing and editing a variety of speeches, news releases, talking points and presentations. From time-to-time I’ll attend workshops or conferences to sharpen my writing skills. It was at one such conference that I saw the most unfortunate typo ever. A professional was set to deliver a PowerPoint slide presentation to us in the audience. I’m not sure ...

The Power of Powerful Body Language

I’ve been a communications professional for more than 23 years. One of the most important aspects of communication is non-verbal cues also known as body language. Research has found that as much as 50 percent of our interpersonal communication is nonverbal. In other words, only half of what we say is spoken with our mouth. The other half of our message is usually unconsciously and silently conveyed via our nonverbal cues. Your nonverbal cues comprise everything from eyebrow movements, smiling (or not), hand gestures ...

12 Rules for Every Family

Every Friday and Saturday, there's an Amish farmers' market that occupies a large storefront at a local plaza near our home.  We visit a couple times a month to shop for produce and other goods. During a recent tour of homespun products from the residents of Lancaster County, PA we saw this sign titled "Family Rules" that my wife and I loved - it's pictured here as it's currently hanging in our home. Just in case the image quality isn't that great ...

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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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