Best Plants for the Classroom

Now that it is September, students and teachers will be spending the majority of their time in the classroom. So you might as well, make the most of it. Classrooms can feel dull and drab without some fresh flowers and plants. A few plants can add liven up the room and add a burst of colour. Plus, some of them will even clean the air! They will also provide learning opportunities for students. Many indoor plants are now available at the ...

Introducing the First Purple Leaved Hydrangea Plant

You may have seen hydrangeas before-those big, pink or blue flower ball heads with attractive green leaves, but you haven’t seen hydrangeas like these! Monrovia, a wholesale plant grower, is introducing Americans to the first ever purple-leaved hydrangea- The “Plum Passion Hydrangea”, where the foliage is a dark purple one the one side and a lighter purple colour on the underside. Hydrangeas are typically grown for their attractive, showy flower heads, but when it comes to the “Plum Passion Hydrangea,” the foliage ...

Castles In the Sky

Social activist and educational reform leader Geoffrey Canada opens the documentary film Waiting for Superman by sharing the story of how he cried when his mother told him that Superman wasn't a real person. He goes on to share that his mother thought he was crying because he found out that his favorite comic book hero wasn't real. Yet he notes that in truth the tears were due to the realization that no one with enough power was going to come and save the ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Holiday Greenery

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, nothing says winter holidays quite like fresh greenery! As convenient as faux/fake greenery may be, it just doesn’t compare to fresh greenery! Decorating with fresh greenery is a beloved holiday tradition and will bring festive cheer and a wonderful, fresh fragrance to any space. There isn’t anything quite like the beauty and perfection of nature! Types of Holiday Greenery Eucalyptus, an attractive, scented greenery popular in cut arrangements and garlands but tends to dry quickly. English Holly is ...

Inspiration: Live by Faith Not by Fear…

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. Paulo Coelho Inspiration: Live by Faith Not by Fear… scared child at night What are you most afraid of? What lingering fear still has a hold on you? Fear is a very powerful emotion… It can paralyze us and prevent us from living life fully. At its most insidious, it becomes a pathology; resulting ...

Reflections: The Playground Of Life…

“Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.”  Jose Ortega y Gasset Reflections: The Playground Of Life... The Playground of Life XIX by Khalil Gibran One hour devoted to the pursuit of Beauty And Love is worth a full century of glory Given by the frightened weak to the strong. From that hour comes man’s Truth; and During that century Truth sleeps between The restless arms of disturbing dreams. In that hour ...

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 ...

Guest Post: Innovative Birthday Floral Arrangements

Flowers are an excellent gift to make a certain someone feel special. Are you interested in offering your friends or folks flowers on their birthday? The type of flower or arrangement you should choose can be based on various criteria such as individuality, sex, or age. Beautiful arrangement of diligent flowers for the lady: Traditionally, floral bouquets have always been presented to females. Whilst choosing flowers yourselves, you should focus on her choices and try implementing different styles using the flowers she ...

7 Questions With an Author: Elisabeth Corcoran

Elisabeth Corcoran with her two children This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Elisabeth Corcoran. She’s an accomplished author of several books, a motivational speaker and vocal advocate for social reform, particularly in third world countries. At the Corner of Broken & Love: Where God Meets Us in the Everyday Here are 7 Questions With an Author: Elisabeth Corcoran: 1. ...

Our Due Date is Here…just not the baby

It seems that we’ve reached the end of our pregnancy as today marks the 40th week of Junior’s shack up in my wife’s uterus. So sound the vuvuzela and crack open the non-alcoholic champagne! The only teeny-tiny issue is that Junior has seemingly decided to take a page from the Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to Occupy the Womb. We’ve got our final scheduled exam with the obstetrician tomorrow – so hopefully we’ll get some perspective and timing on Junior’s secret exit strategy. In ...

Wake up Some Happiness!

I was browsing through some old posts and decided to resurrect this one because of its timely message. The above song shook me up....in a good way. It inspired me to contemplate, and pursue, happiness in a very conscious way. What better time of year to seek happiness than at Christmas time when everything is decked and festive? Sometimes life can become predictable and boring, and you have to take life off the shelf and give it a shake or two, like ...

7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi

7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi

This is my weekly series "7 Questions With an Author..." where I ask an author seven questions about their respective book and share their unedited responses with you. Today's featured author is a personal friend of my, Salvatore Manzi. He's a successful business owner, author and presenter. Not only do we both share the same first name and passion for Italian cuisine, we both believe in life maximization. Here's "7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi" 1. Tell us about your book? Feng Shui ...

Is Your Member of Congress Corrupt??

Sen. David Vitter (LA) allegedly bribed the Secretary of the Interior It's no surprise that most Americans have a low opinion of the members of Congress. In fact, Gallup's most recent Honest and Ethics survey of professionals found that congressional representatives and senators rank third from the bottom above car salespersons and congressional lobbyists. Congress has a glaring perception problem and another survey released last week makes it even worse. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) just released its annual list of the 19 ...

Insatiable Doppelganger

You shrink at the feet of desperation, that excessive tyrant who pushes you into a stinking alleyway where your desires, like a gang of delinquents, are waiting to overtake you. Their anemic eyes are shadowed by lack; their greedy hands rifle through your pockets, turning them inside out onto the filthy ground. Angry at finding nothing they demand everything…the sun, the moon, the pulsing lifeblood of passion that feeds your lean soul. You cower at their grandiose demands until you’re but ...

My Word is my Bond, even at Age 8

Here’s a guest post from a talented writer and graphic designer, Maria Cowell. Check out her site HERE or follow her on Twitter: @HipMamaMedia. If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines HERE. ============================= Some places are more free-wheeling than others. I live in Southern California, the epicenter of the laid-back lifestyle. Seriously, dressing up for a wedding here means wearing the flip-flops with rhinestones instead of the ones sans bling. Frankly, I don’t mind since I do, in ...

The Five Most Dangerous Prayers

At church today, our pastor spoke about the need to find rest in God and he concluded his sermon with a passing mention of three dangerous prayers to pray. [NOTE: If you're interested in hearing his sermon on podcast you can visit the church's web site at www.pvachurch.com.] The first three "dangerous" prayers are borrowed from his sermon - it's probably inappropriate to say that I directly stole them from Pastor John on the Sabbath and all - regardless, that idea ...

Dee - 40 Again

Dee - 40 Again

I am a business owner, wife, mother, new grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, mother-in-law, great aunt - lots of different hats! I love my blog where I can write about things that make me smile, that interest or annoy me, I love comments and meeting new bloggers, also rather fond of chocolate - any type and an occasional glass of red wine.♥

No Forks Needed

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No Forks Needed Genre: Crime Word Count: 100 Mary sat at her usual table, her laptop open and ready. The story she was writing was going well, but now she was stuck. Did she kill off the character giving her problems, or try to rework the plot? She was watching the street, waiting for her muse to return, when two strangers came in. One man went to the kitchen. She heard a …

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We’ll Meet Again

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I have been AWOL for a few weeks, I hope some of you have missed me… I have been busy working on a tender document which has proved much more difficult than I ever imagined when agreeing to do it. I mean, three weeks of my life is too much to spend on writing something that I didn’t enjoy. It has been submitted now, at 11.45 am to be precise so I’m free now to write something I do enjoy enormously… …

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The ‘why’ is the easy bit, the ‘what’ a little harder to understand

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I started my blog exactly five years ago this weekend. I had been thinking about retirement as my husband had taken early retirement and wanted me to do the same. I had read reports in the press of the increasing numbers of people approaching retirement age, who wanted to carry on working, in some cases they just had to. I wasn’t ready to retire then and I’m not now, but I thought that I …

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A change of style and a twist

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I’m waiting at the station. Penny is late. We agreed to meet at 10.00 the train leaves at 10.15 and it’s now ten past. I fiddle with the strap of my overnight bag, I do not feel comfortable waiting here on my own, but it is something I have had to get used to. Being on my own. I thought Penny was different from the rest, she is such a good listener and always says the right thing. She bolsters my …

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The Unreliable Narrator – it’s been playing on my mind

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Well actually that’s not strictly true, but I have spent quite a lot of time wondering about it. Does the author deliberately set out to lie, mislead, or be economical with the truth, or does she/he get caught up in the story and forget what they have written a few chapters earlier? When I read a book, I usually always trust what I am reading. I don’t think I am alone in this, and one of the most important things we have to learn in life, is to …

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Memories of Another Life

30-may

Genre: Historical Fiction | Word Count: 100 – Memories of Another Life… The Guardian watches us. I slip through the gate unobserved; a delicious taste of freedom, though confrontation will follow. Fading memories of childhood brought hope to years of waiting. There was love and laughter in that other life I lived. Did they ever stop searching for me? Did they ever forget me? …

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An Uncertain Future

23-may

Our fabulous group achieved recognition by WordPress – the comment I liked best – ‘We love Friday Fictioneers as much for the blogging bonds it cultivates as for the range and power of the stories it inspires.’ If you missed the post you can read it here. So pleased for Rochelle and for the whole group too, as it is always a good feeling when your work is admired. Back down to earth now, my story this week …

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