Guest Blog: 3 Best Summer Flowers for Gardening

The summer heat forces us to use tough and sturdy perennials in our garden, capable of withstanding the long and scorching days ahead. Thankfully though, these perennials can be quite gorgeous and colorful as well, like the following ones on our list that you can benefit from planting in your garden: • Goblin Blanket Flower Also known as gaillardia grandiflora or “Goblin”, it blooms during the months of June to August. The blanket flower is a pretty durable plant, its origins lying ...

Weird & Wacky: Rose Proliferation

Believe it or not, roses are not always beautiful and perfect. Sometimes, they can turn ugly! Rose proliferation is when a new bud along with its unfurling leaves will grow through the center of a rose that is already in full bloom. The science behind rose proliferation is that the plant’s cells multiply so quickly, they don’t have a chance to stop dividing even when a flower is formed. They will continue to divide and produce new buds in the center ...

Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory…

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” E.P. Powell Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory... Everyone has special stories to share... Thanksgiving season is upon us and with it will be many opportunities to gather with friends and family to enjoy a simple or extravagant meal. The original idea behind Thanksgiving was to use the occasion to express our gratitude for a bountiful ...

Reflections on Easter: Customs & More…

“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.” ~Robert Flatt Reflections on Easter: Customs & More... The Resurrection Day Reflections on Easter: Customs & More... an Easter Fire Happy Easter! In a few hours, Christians in the USA will join others around the world in cerebration of Pascha or Easter Sunday; the day Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. Easter is considered a moveable feast which means that the date is ...

Top Reasons to Grow Borage (Starflower)

Borage officialinalis, also known as starflower or bee bush, is an edible flowering herb native to the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the same family as the forget-me-not, the Boraginaceae family. The plant can be distinguished by its hairy stems and leaves. When it blooms, from about May until October, it produces pretty blue star-shaped flowers. Not only are these flowers pretty to look at, they have many useful benefits. These are the top reasons why you should grow borage: Borage is tasty ...

Music Memories: Something There To Remind Me…

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven Music Memories: Something There To Remind Me… SADE Sade – Smooth Operator When Smooth Operator came out, I listened to it endlessly… It reminded me of a cad or two I’d met over the years… You know, the type that promised everything and delivered nothing… Need I say more? Enjoy the music. Reflect on your experiences and share them below… Come back later for more. “One good thing about music, when it ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge…

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Norman Maclean Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora with the river and more… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora flames, a river and a NY sunset… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Nature meets nurture… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… nature and a river running through it. As serendipity would have it, I was playing around, creating merged images with pixlr express early this week and found it quite easy to use. I wanted to place ...

Contemplations: The Space Between Each Breath Is…?

“The language of God is Silence. Everything else is a poor translation.” Father Thomas Keating Today, my friend Esme and I took a yoga blend class; a mix of several classical yoga styles. We drove to the yoga studio in our village as the raging winds howled around us. The sky was gray, the trees swayed perilously, and anything that wasn’t tied down or planted firmly in the ground was carried away; swiftly, hurtling forward, a potential weapon. Yesterday, the temperature ...

If You’ve Ever Been Afraid to Try…

Last evening I was trolling around the web when I came across this incredible compilation video that I’ve embedded below. It is an amalgamation of snippets of people doing some incredible tricks, stunts and skills. As goofy as it sounds, this montage inspired me to take action on a couple of projects that I had been avoiding – because of fear. I hope you find this “fearless” collection of clips as inspiring and entertaining as I did. The little girl slide-parking her bike with ...

One Thing Government Can NOT Do…

Politics as usual this 2012 election year. We can expect to see more political ads on TV and signs with politicos’ names spiked in lawns across the country during the next several months as we head into a critical presidential election season. With the political fervor ramping up, so will the rhetoric and hyped-up promises for “change” at the local, state and national levels. It’s what politicians, politics and our government tend to do – over promise and under deliver with a premium price tag ...

Book Marketing, Part 2

Retail booksellers are familiar with a great publication called “Shelf Awareness” that gives them current information about the book industry, publishers’ plans for upcoming books, and some of the publicity underway on recently published books. The online magazine provides lots of ideas to help booksellers present the latest to their customers. It is a terrific marketing-support outlet for publishers and booksellers alike. Recently, Shelf Awareness has expanded its venue to include a publication aimed directly at readers. It’s a free e-newsletter ...

WeightWatchers Weigh-in Update...

It's been a while since I've given an update regarding my weight loss efforts - so I'll try to squeeze one in here (I'll just pretend I'm squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans.) This past Thursday I was able to get to a much needed WeightWatchers' weigh-in, and I am happy to report that I was down -1.8 lbs. for a grand total weight loss to date of -26.8 lbs. Oddly, whenever anyone finds out that I'm on WeightWatchers they give ...

Tripping Over Blue

Morning yawns before me whispering blue whispering blue The same hungry bird circles And there I go again tripping over blue tripping over blue Leah Griffith

A Late Summer Night's Swim

Turning on the submerged lighting to the swimming pool transforms the lanai into an aquatic dream. I sigh at the sight; it’s as though the Northern Lights have melted, filling my pool with a phosphorescent liquid. I slip beneath the glossy surface, feeling the cool weight of the water as it carries me deeper into itself. Ripples shimmer away from me like lucid sound waves, ebbing into oblivion. Tipping back, I surrender to my aqueous bed, staring up at the ...

America's #1 Fear and Its Antidote...

If you Google the phrase "Number One Fear in America" you'll see that our top fear is not the economy, politics, Wall Street, unemployment, terrorism, the war overseas, hurricanes, earthquakes, cancer or even death. The number one fear in our country is public speaking, complete with its dry mouth, sweaty palms and stomach butterflies. Those are physical sensations manifest the underlying fear that's common to all of us who've ever had to speak to small audience in a boardroom or a ...

“Sugar Plum Fairy” – Played on Glasses of Water

“Sugar Plum Fairy” – Played on Glasses of Water

This time of year it’s extremely difficult to escape the ubiquity of Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Perhaps the most familiar musical movement of that particular ballet is the “Sugar Plum Fairy” portion. Below is an incredible rendition of this holiday classic, which is played by two people entirely on water glasses as opposed to an orchestra. This unbelievable video is worth watching with your kids.

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