Top 5 Plants for Christmas

Adding plants to your home is a simple and cost effective way to add to your decor and to change it up for the various holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Below is my pick of the top 5 houseplants for the Christmas season, and beyond. The Poinsettia Available in red, white or pink, nothing says Christmas like the poinsettia! Easy to care for, long lasting, not poisonous and stunningly beautiful. Winter Cherry Picture from: http://www.adenium-sib.ru/ Solanum capsicastrum, commonly called Jerusalem cherry, Madeira winter ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Flowers

Situation: You just got a date with the girl (or guy) of your dreams and you want to make a good impression. Or maybe you want to surprise your mother with some flowers to show her your gratitude. In any case,  flowers are the perfect gift! They make people happy and are quite affordable. But the problem is, you’ve never bought anyone flowers and don’t know where to begin. Solution: This handy guide was written just for you! It will give ...

That Damn War!

Hi Guys: Dad (a.k.a. Chubby Chatterbox) is still on vacation but he wrote this before he and Mom left for Turkey. He asked me to post this for him. C.J. I remember Dad pounding his fists on the kitchen table so hard that his coffee mug tipped over. I watched as he did nothing to clean up the coffee spreading over the table and dripping to the floor. “Damn!” I’d never known Dad to swear. He pounded his fists on the table a few more ...

Taft's Tub

Some stories are stuck in the public’s consciousness and can’t be dislodged by logic or evidence to the contrary, such as the story of how Catherine the Great died. It has been rumored for centuries that she perished in an equestrian accident, a polite way of saying that this regal nymphomaniac died while trying to copulate with a stallion suspended above her bed from a crane. According to legend, the chain broke and crushed the czarina to death. While this ...

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 ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”  Napoleon Hill Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond… The Woolworth Building & a Frank Gehry Building downtown Manhattan, NY Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond… BMW Headquarters in Munich Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond… Black Forest  with Alpsee view “Vision – It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.” Robert Collier I think ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power Of Threes

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power of Threes Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Is a Trend… When I read this week’s challenge, the first thing that crossed my mind was the Holy Trinity and the power that is invested in that triangle. As I was thinking of what to feature, I started looking through my pictures and noticed that for New York Fashion Week, which ended on the 18th, the number three was ...

Peculiar Picture #16

Here’s a picture I painted a few years ago. The inspiration came from a photograph taken in a stairwell in Florence, Italy. The initial illustration seemed incomplete and I was at a loss trying to figure out what the composition needed. I set it aside. Several years later I dug out the unfinished illustration and figured out what was missing. Painted with acrylic on untempered masonite, I used glazes to build up the translucent darkness from a mixture of viridian green ...

Reader Favorites 2011: #9 – An Important Lesson I Learned….

My daughter and I fighting the current 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 9th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: An Important Lesson I Learned originally posted in August. Last week, my family went on vacation at the beautiful Deep Creek Lake in western, Maryland where we rented ...

Another 10 Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

Most kids are back to school this week. That means they’re getting a healthy dose of reading, writing and arithmetic. It also means that they’re probably getting exposed to an unhealthy amount of texting and/or sex texting (a.k.a. sexting). As I’ve written before, one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent happens to be texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts that teens and preteens are using these days. While neither of our school-age daughters (10 and eight respectively) currently ...

Facing our Fears

Lately a lot of good people that I know have been getting pinned to the mat of life by some heavy trials. I’m stunned by the number of friends who are struggling in so many areas of their lives. Usually life will hit you in the wallet, or the heart, or your health. But it seems that these friends are being hit hard in multiple areas of their lives causing some to become really discouraged. We all know that life has ...

Caught With My Pants Down

A disquieting thought visited me last night while I was in the bathroom with my defenses down — along with my pants. In my mind's eye I saw a quick flash of a bottomless pit producing some pretty scary echoes (Believe me it was much worse than it sounds.). I bravely closed my eyes as the image melted away and I came face to face with a silent wall of nothingness — that place of pure potentiality, where both terror and ...

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 ...

We’ve Learned the Sex of Our Baby…

For my wife and I, parenting is the  most important job we have in this life. Meeting the basic physical needs of our kids is merely the “table stakes” of good parenting, we seek to do more than that by also meeting (and exceeding) their emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual needs as well. We’re not perfect parents by any stretch, but we are proactively and lovingly engaged in every aspect of their lives as we nurture them toward maturity. One of the lessons ...

“If I Were the Devil….”

Radio Legend Paul Harvey Awarded the Medal of Freedom - Wikimedia Commons I started my career as a broadcast news reporter, spending the bulk of that professional career working at several news/talk radio stations. One of my inspirations to become a radio news anchor/reporter was legendary broadcaster, Paul Harvey. As a boy growing up, my grandfather was a faithful fan and we would both regularly listen to Harvey’s News and Commentary segments and The Rest of the Story features. That habitual listening endured ...

Live Bold: A Leadership Guest Post

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Joseph Iregbu. Joseph has a passion for “intentional leadership” and is driven to help identify and raise up the next generation of leaders through his coaching and mentoring work. He’s also authored a book titled Even in the Well. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. The Power of Choice You have two options in life: you can either be scared all your life or you can live bold. Either requires a choice ...

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Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted
November 9, 2012, 5:24 pm

Are You Confused? I Am!

Dear Readers:

Just a quick note to you about your email subscriptions.  As of late, my email subscribers have not been receiving my new posts.  I take this very seriously as most of you have been loyal readers.  Today, I have reset my email options, in order to try to reset the functionality of this service.  Hopefully, you got an email with a synopsis of the last few posts that might not of made it your way.

Feel free to email me directly, if you continue not to receive my emails and I will try some other changes to see if I can’t get my posts to you.

There, also, seems to be a problem with people not being able to leave comments.  If you aren’t able to comment on the bottom of my blog….please feel free to email me to let me know and I will continue my efforts to get that corrected.     [email protected]

Still the very conflicted and now very annoyed,

Cheryl P.

Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

A veteran of corporate moves from which I survived moving 21 times for my husband's job. I currently am a married, middle-aged (if I make it to 116) middle income, mom living in the very middle of the country, with time on her hands to jot down observations, judgements, and musings about past and current events.

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