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I Am on the Road Again

Add caption Well, technically I am in the air again.  There was a time that I was traveled nearly every week.  It was routine. It was comfortable. In 1998 I started a company that provided training to corporations.  I flew out on Monday to some random destination, back into Dallas on Wednesday and back out on Friday, and back on Saturday for 40 weeks out of the 52 possible.  It was fun to go to hundreds of cities over a 6 ...

"What If" Wanda

Were you one of the kids that grownups would whisper about  saying things like "that [fill in the blank],....certainly has an active imagination." If so, was it that you were showing early signs of being a pathological liar or was it that you surrounded yourself with imaginary friends? When I was a kid I had an (one only)  imaginary friend named Mary.  As I look back on it, I am pretty sure I didn't really think Mary was a real person but she certainly ...

Ceropegia haygarthii – A most unusual bloom…

From the plant family Apocynaceae, this unusual flower was first documented by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, who felt that the flowers look like a fountain of wax. Picture Credit: http://www.mostbeautifulpages.com Thus the scientific name was born… keros, meaning wax and pege meaning fountain. Thankfully, there are lots of common names which are much easier to remember! Lantern flower, parasol flower, parachute flower, bushman’s pipe, string of hearts, snake creeper, wine-glass vine, rosary vine and necklace vine, to name a few! This plant is usually ...

How to Throw a Garden Party!

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started. Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer: Hibiscus Mint Iced tea Lavender Lemonade Strawberry hibiscus-tea lemonade Food featuring edible flowers: Stuffed zucchini flowers Lavender & fennel crusted salmon Scones served with rose hip jelly Edible flower salad Cupcakes with edible flowers Strawberry and violet sorbet If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, ...

Inspiration: Nik Wallenda – The Impossible Is Possible…

“The impossible is not quite the impossible if you set your mind to it.” Nik Wallenda Inspiration: Nik Wallenda – The Impossible Is Possible… Nik over Niagara Falls Inspiration: Nik Wallenda – The Impossible is possible… “I think that’s what life is about. We all go through challenges. But once we get through them, we look back and say look how much our lives have changed by going through that challenge.” “If you can focus on the other side, when you look back it ...

Reflections: What Are You Declaring Over Your Life?

“Our words have creative power. Whenever we speak something, either good or bad, we give life to what we are saying.” Joel Osteen Reflections: What Are You Declaring Over Your Life? Abundance… 1 I declare God‘s incredible blessings over my life 2 I declare I will experience God’s faithfulness 3 I declare I have the grace I need for today 4 I declare it is not too late to accomplish everything God has placed in my heart From: I Declare by Joel Osteen We know that ...

Haiku: Last Words…

“We dipped our fingers in the wet cement, and we wrote the truest, simplest things we knew – our names, the date, and these words: We were here.”  Karen Thompson Walker Haiku: Last Words… REMEMBER … by elizabeth obih-frank ♥ Remember to always say I love you to your loved ones daily ♥ Remember to always say please and thank you ♥ Remember to follow the promptings of your heart ♥ Remember to honor & love yourself and others ♥ Remember to stop and enjoy the smell ...

New Year, New Hue

Want a new year’s resolution that’s actually fun? Resolve to update your home or wardrobe with a splash of radiant orchid – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014! Alluring, feminine and fresh – radiant orchid is a beautiful mixture of fuchsia, purple and pink. Add it to your home through paint, accent pieces or accessories. It pairs beautifully with deep greens, turquoise, teal and light yellows, and invigorates any neutral such as gray, beige or taupe. And because it blends both cool ...

7 Questions With an Author: Ali Bierman

This is the next installment of a weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Ali Bierman,she's a competency-based psychotherapist who helps people ferret out exactly how they operate in relationships - revealing why those partnerships fail. With her training, clients grasp the knack of what to do to transform their patterns of behavior, leading to mastery in creating romantic relationships. She also regularly blogs over at http://www.howtohaveamazingrelationships.com/. Here's ...

4 Ancient Leadership Lessons From Moses

A few months ago, I wrote a post about 5 Ancient Leadership Mistakes which explored five leadership shortfalls of the Israelite  Moses. You may recall that Moses lived nearly 3,400 years ago and is credited with leading the Hebrew nation out of Egyptian slavery. In that companion post,  it may have seemed on the surface to be a piece that focused on the failings and foibles of the great Hebrew leader. Actually, it was intended as a tribute to his humanity and a ...

Ultra-Cool Learning Tool: Magnifying the Universe

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to one of the coolest web sites I’ve seen in a long time. It’s called “Magnifying the Universe” – and it does exactly what it describes. You can click on the link I’ve embedded below or the site link here. Take your computer mouse and click on any of the nine categories listed to begin, then click on the blue ball along the timeline on the bottom of the screen. Move the mouse to ...

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), bless them, has given their own version of a thumbs-up to my book The Cleveland Rutters. An organization of volunteers, established in 1976, MBR is among the very few established review sources to include self-published authors alongside books published by small presses and academic presses. The organization is “committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing.” (Visit their website to get a feel for how MBR operates.) When I was a small press ...

Most Expensive Medical Procedures

According to CNBC host Jim Cramer, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is unexpected health care costs. One of the biggest challenges with health care reform is that every American will be required to have some type of health care coverage, but many of those individuals can’t afford it and the country continues to age. While I admire the ideals behind health care reform, I thinks its implementation and execution could conceivably bankrupt our country – in the same way ...

Holding Steady....

It's that time again, to bear my soul to complete strangers (mostly) and talk about that most personal issue - my weight.  As a complete non-sequitur, which is the greater social faux pas - asking someone their age or their weight????  I think asking someone's weight is the greater sin, but I digress.... During lunch I went to weigh-in as part of my weekly WeightWatcher routine, and when I stepped on the scale I was down -0.0 lbs for a NO loss week. That's not ...

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AIFD “Passion” Symposium 2013

What happened in Las Vegas, didn’t exactly stay in Las Vegas. Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog who wants to know everything related to flowers, we found out what happened in Las Vegas from June 28th to July 2nd, 2013!

The American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) hosted yet another successful symposium (a fancy word for conference) at the Paris Hotel and Casio in Las Vegas, Nevada with the theme of “Passion.” Talented floral designers from around the world came together to share design ideas and inspiration, and of course, to have a good time! After all, they were in Sin City!

Passionate floral designers took part in the four day symposium to participate in awe-inspiring stage presentations, celebratory dinners, a floral expo with industry suppliers, a community service project, and other events. And of course, there many beautiful and extravagant floral arrangements to feast your eyes on!

Here are some photos from the 2013 AIFD “Passion” Symposium:

dress at the 2013 AIFD Passion Symposium

dress made of flowers at the 2013 AIFD Passion Symposium

floral design at 2013 AIFD Passion Symposium

floral arrangement at AIFD Passion Symposium 2013

floral arrangement at 2013 AIFD

As well, the AIFD also inducted 12 new members into its organization, including Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers’ Floral Design Educator, Iris Salmon! The AIFD distinction is considered the highest honour for floral designers. Membership into AIFD is selective and candidates must fulfill specific qualifications and demonstrate their advanced floral design skills to a panel of judges.

Iris Salmon, AIFD

And in case you were wondering, the theme for next year’s event is “Transition Transformation” and will be held in Chicago, Illinois from July 3-7th, 2014.

You can learn more about the American Institute of Floral Designers here: aifd.org

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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