Uncle Sam and Kotex

Ricky Delgado was my best friend, even though he’d spent time at Hotel Juvy and was a seasoned thief. When a new shopping center sprang up near our house my parents forbade me to go anywhere near it with Ricky. But Dad worked nights and big brother David was at Little League practice. That left me to run an errand for my mother, a task no boy should be asked to do, unless there’s a licensed psychiatrist in the family. ...

Picture This: Moments In The Snow…

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof Picture this: Captured Moments in the Snow #1 via eof The call came at 5:30am one morning, school will be closed and the kids can stay home and indulge in whatever their hearts desired. “Can they come stay at your house for a change?” Phina asked the recorded female voice… “I mean, with all the school ...

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 ...

Friendship: It’s In The Cards…

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than truefriendship.” Thomas Aquinas Friendship: It’s In The Cards… “I always felt that the great privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.” Katherine Mansfield What qualities do you value most in friends? Do you remember how you met your most trusted friend? Diahann is one of my most trusted friends, we have known each other since our college days when we worked at Saks, and we met before we met… ...

Reflections: A Helping Hand…

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: A Helping Hand… The harpist‘s hand Hariprasad Chaurasia – Raag Shivanjali I’ve been thinking about hands lately… As all those brilliant posts on “Hands,” for the photo challenge, fly through the blogosphere, we get a moment to reflect on the ...

A Guide to Overwintering Flowers

What is Overwintering? Winter is a time for plants to take a bit of a break from producing flowers and fruit. Overwintering are the steps taken to protect tender plants during the winter months by bringing them indoors. Otherwise left outside, they wouldn’t survive the cold, harsh temperatures. Why Overwinter? Overwintering is an easy process and saves gardeners money, especially if the plants were expensive to begin with. As well, having houseplants have many benefits. It improves our well-being and improves the air ...

Fun Flower Facts: Oriental Poppy (Papaver Orientale)

The Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale), one of the prettiest flowering perennials in the late spring/early summer garden, is prized for its big, airy blooms that come in gorgeous shades of red, pink, orange and white. This type of poppy typically has four petals. Sometimes the base of the flower will have dark red or violet spots. These beauties can be seen from late May to about July. This is a clump forming plant, with hairy and dense leaves. Oriental poppies ...

Ghost of Kilarney Park

In keeping with the season I’m reposting a true Halloween story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. I hope you enjoy it: Haunted houses belong in the realm of goose bumps, foggy nights and old neighborhoods, not pristine suburbs with freshly asphalted streets, unblemished sidewalks and immature trees. But a ghost lingered across the street, in a house where a man died. I was only two when our neighborhood suffered its first fatality. Kilarney Park (later to be swallowed up ...

Not Every Curse is a Curse, Nor Blessing a Blessing…

Broken leg x-ray - hidden blessing? I learned a lot from my grandfather growing up, including the single most important lesson in my life – which I wrote about here. However, another profound insight he gave me, that I continually lean on as an adult, is this following bit of wisdom: “Things are not as bad or great as they first seem.” Those 11 words are packed with profundity and truth that I see proven on a regular basis. I recently read a fable ...

Reader Favorites 2011 – #4: 20 Texting Phrases Parents Must Know

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 4th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011, it’s a useful piece that every parent should read regarding 20 Texting Phrases Parents Must Know and was originally posted in October. According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center ...

A Room to Write In

I just visited a writer’s website to learn about her latest publication (more on that in a moment), and found a delightful video segment from her appearance on a TV show I hadn’t heard about before, the Nate Berkus Show. If you like to see happy-ending stories and/or how a room can be transformed to meet a writer’s needs, take a look. It takes 8 minutes. Below the video is info about this writer’s books and another interesting fact about ...

The Power of Texture

Designers throw the word texture around all the time, but what exactly is it? Simply put, texture is how something feels. And even if an object isn’t physically touched, the mind recalls how something feels from past experiences. This means texture evokes thoughts by sight alone. Adding objects of various textures to a room makes the room feel richer, more interesting and adds another dimension to the space. And one of the easiest ways to add more texture to a room ...

My Moody Muse

My muse stares from her holy perch, brooding, and fluttering; signaling me in her urgent, yet hushed way. “Yes, I’m here’” I say; meeting her where the elastic tension of my life expands and experience and emotion collide. With those gypsy eyes of hers, I knew that we would be doing the tango and not the waltz. But her smile shines so white with sacred purpose, and the endless sea of passion that is her heart, makes it impossible for me ...

Ethical Condiment Conundrum…SOLVED!

New "Dip & Squeeze" vs old "foil" packet - image courtesy of Heinz, Inc. A few weeks ago, I wrote about an ethical dilemma surrounding my patronage of Chick-fil-A eateries and securing extra packets of Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets with the intention of using them at other restaurants I frequent. My question to readers, was whether or not I was stealing from Chick-fil-A when I asked my server for the extra condiments The feedback I received was split down the middle. Half ...

4 July 4th Holiday Traditions

This holiday weekend is a family favorite for us. The girls are out of school, the weather is awesome and it's a great time to relax. While there have been some tweaks to it over the years, every July 4th weekend there are four traditions that our family tends to follow: 1. Parade - we make an effort to attend one parade during this annual holiday to help instill in our daughters the concept that freedom has a cost. 2.Campfires - this holiday ...

10 Places Beach Balls Are Not Welcome

Beach ball ice skating?? - photo credit Creative Commons:bytegirl24 We had beautiful weather this weekend in the Mid-Atlantic region, and after our Mother’s Day festivities yesterday I went for a seven mile run. One of the things I saw was a group of kids playing with a beach ball – trying to keep it off the ground – at a birthday party in a park near our home. It got me thinking of concerts I attended in college, when I worked the ticket ...

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