‘Tis the Season to Use Branches and Berries in Flower Arrangements!

‘Tis the season to use branches and berries! Take a walk outdoors and let the beauty of nature delight your senses! As you wander and explore your neighbourhood, you will find that inspiration is all around you. Just look at all the fantastic foliage and those branches that have fallen. Branches comes in all kinds of wonderful shapes and forms. Some of them may even have berries! Use these natural elements to create interesting rustic floral arranges while adding height, ...

Musings: Condemn None…

“Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.” Swami Vivekananda Musings: Condemn None… Encourage Others… Fungoid frog (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Encouraged Frog… Three young frogs, yet unwise about the ways of the world, were out one day exploring their surroundings. They came to a dairy and boldly entered it to investigate. There was a bucket, and curious to learn more about ...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees…

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” Rabindranath Tagore Inspiration: What We See In Trees... Inspiration: What We See In Trees... Inspiration: What We See In Trees... Inspiration: What We See In Trees... Grant me the ability to be alone, May it be my custom to go outdoors each day among the trees and grasses among all growing things and there may I be alone, and enter into prayer to talk with the one that I belong to. Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav Every time I take a nature walk, ...

Inspiration: What Are Life’s Big Questions?

“The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.” John Fowles Inspiration: What Are Life's Big Questions?... Who Am I? Paul Gauguin The Conversation Couch – Life’s Big Questions (Super Soul Sunday – Oprah Winfrey Network) We all have questions about our lives; big and small questions… Who Am I? Why Am I Here? We want to know the meaning of life: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? For each person, a ...

Flowers with Romantic Names!

Scientific names are boring and hard to pronounce. That’s why flowers have common names- ones that are fun to say and easy to remember! And since it’s February and love is in the air, let’s take a look at some flowers with romantic names. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) The bleeding heart is one of the most easily recognized garden plants. These old-fashioned flowers are a cottage garden favourite because they are easy to grow and will self-seed. Bleeding hearts are named for ...

Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop…

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop... Simplify your life; tune out the noise... Sometimes, the best way to refocus and turn down the noise is to simplify our lives and the way we do things… The constant din around us; voices, things, people urging us on to do, to be, to become, ...

Inspiration: A Perfect Meal…

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien Inspiration: A Glorious Meal... An abundance of fruits and vegetables Describe a perfect meal: When I read the WP Daily Post prompt on a perfect meal shared. I tried to imagine what it would look like and who would be there. he more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that if there was a chance to share ...

Reflections: Wherever We Go, There We Are

“I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Wherever We Go, There We Are... think about it and be at peace In 1995, Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote a book titled “Wherever you go there you are” which outlined the Buddhist path of mindfulness; a way of living in the moment without judgment. With a mindful approach ...

Weekly WeightWatcher Whatssup....

It's Wednesday, so here's my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in update.  Due to travel and unavoidable scheduling conflicts, I missed weigh-in for the past two weeks. So I wasn't really sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale during lunch break today.... I'm pleased to report that I was down - 2.4 lbs. for a total loss to date of -33.6 lbs. since I rejoined the plan this past December. The common sense theme of today's meeting was "me first." As selfish as that sounds ...

Thanksgiving Thoughts With Cleverbot

Several months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is actually intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Veterans Day Conversation With Cleverbot Since yesterday was Thanksgiving and today’s Black Friday, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot’s ...

Choices. Red or Blue?

How does one know what one really needs? I felt like I needed a lobotomy yesterday, but what I really needed was a good nap. What is the determining factor for knowing what is good for you? Is it head knowledge or heart tugs? How did Neo know what pill to take? Did he choose the red pill because he was wildly curious about the Matrix, or because he had a “feeling” that his destiny was tied to the Matrix?We ...

Wasted Years that Were Not a Waste…

My pre-adult years were drenched in bitterness and rage.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now. I wanted to be a baseball player, champing for Little League to start, followed by, I knew, AAA ball and eventually the Majors and adulation.  Instead, I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that robbed me of the ability to walk for much of my grade school years. While other kids ran and played, I did a slow burn sitting out my childhood. Childhood ...

What a Bag of Urine Taught Me About Faith

Making a "lens" from a bag of urine to focus sunlight to create fire We spent the July 4th weekend at my in-laws and as most of you can relate - conversations with family and friends often go all over the place. One of the conversation topics that came up was a cable show called Dual Survival where a pair of extreme survivalists are dropped in various parts of the world with very few resources. One of the most incredible episodes we discussed ...

A Major Mental Milestone Achieved!

Most people will tell you that there are several factors that drive success in life, regardless of the endeavor you seek to pursue.  Those factors typically include: perseverance, ambition, education, potential, desire, creativity, hard work, luck…etc.  However, one success factor that is very often overshadowed by the other factors is mental toughness. I personally, believe that mental toughness and the ability to rebound from adversity are two critically important factors toward successful weight loss.  I think anybody who’s struggled with their ...

Battle of the Sexes Part 4: Pillow Talk - Funny Movie Short

Here is part 4 of my Wedded BlissTors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. This 2-minute episode deals with two different perspectives of a "nightmare" and the humorous realization that a dreamed perception might be reality. If you liked this video, check out my other animated movie shorts: Bathroom Humor It's About Time Men Buy Vs. Women Shop If you've ever subscribed to this blog, those links no longer work ...

Our Final Pregnancy Update???

Baby at 39 Weeks Gestation - BabyCenter.com It seems hard to believe but the newest edition to our family is scheduled to arrive next Tuesday. Our family is anxious and expectant of the new arrival. Recently, my wife and I will lay in bed talking about how our lives will change for the better and wondering what his little personality will be like. Because anybody with more than one kiddo knows that each is amazingly different from the others. We can’t wait to meet him. He ...

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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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