Weekly Photo Challenge: Love…

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” Mahatma Gandhi Weekly Photo Challenge: Love Notes & Wishes Weekly Photo Challenge: Love Where love is, there God is also. Love wrestles with the world as with itself, and ultimately gains a mastery over all other feelings Wherever there are jars, Wherever you are confronted with an opponent, Conquer him with love. Mahatma Gandhi Love covers a wide spectrum of feelings, ideas, and beliefs… Displayed in the first photo above are love notes and wishes ...

Study Officially Links Flowers with Romance

You have probably always considered flowers as a material means of conveying affection, but is this truly because they are powerful psychological triggers of romance, or simply because it’s merely traditional? Well, according to a new study out of coming out of the University of South Brittany in France, Flowers absolutely do have a lasting affect on romance, and a powerful one at that! The study shows that women are substantially more susceptible to the advances of men while in the presence of ...

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, ...

Best Drought Tolerant Annuals For Your Garden

If you live in places like Nevada, Arizona and Texas, the summers are typically hot and dry. But the extreme heat doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy beautiful flowers in your garden. There are many  flowers that can tolerate the heat and drought. We love annuals because they are usually more colourful and often showier than perennials. And even if you don’t live in a climate where the summers are hot and dry, you can still grow these flowers to ...

MeetUp Mondays Blog Hop: Add A Blog Post & Join in the Fun

“Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, to meet their unknown and undiscovered brothers.” Howard Thurman MeetUp Mondays Hop: Join the flock and share a post. Image via Wikipedia MeetUp Mondays – A New Blog Hopping Communication What is a Blog Hop and why does it matter? If you have a Blogger blog, you might have come across the term as it is a popular way to connect with other bloggers on ...

Musings: What Is Your Mondegreen?

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven What’s your mondegreen? A mixed bag of musical instruments A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. It most commonly is applied to a line in a poem or a lyric in a song Wikipedia What is your mondegreen? Have you ever misinterpreted the lyrics of a favorite song? Do you remember anyone else who has? ...

Hotel Give Guests Flowers

It has been said before and we’ll say it again: Flowers make things better! They bring smiles and joy to people. They bring colour and cheer to any decor. So it’s no surprise that fresh flower arrangements can be found everywhere, from apartments to hotels to restaurants. Having fresh flower arrangements in hotels isn’t anything new. Floral arrangements can be often found near the front entrances to welcome guests to the facility, adding beauty and colour to the decor. Nonetheless, at the ...

Haiku: Revelation & Creation…

“The highest revelation is that God is in every man.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Haiku: Revelation & Creation… On the Path “Two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up…” Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 Hands joined to our backs lifting men to mountain tops A revelation… How often do we applaud or lend a hand or caring shoulder to a friend? Every day, I receive Today’s Word from Joel Osteen‘s site. It is an inspirational and uplifting way to start the day. ...

Purposeful Vulnerability

It’s been a whirlwind of a week with the release of my novel, Cosette’s Tribe, and a surprise visit from my daughter and granddaughter from NC. And then on top of that, I was honored with a surprise launch party, sneakily hatched by my two beautiful daughters! With all these amazing events I’ve felt the steady hug of support from friends and family and the relief of finally sending Cosette on her way. And now Cosette, equipped with an unflappable voice ...

Little Bird Saves Woman!

Okay, 2012 sort of kicked my butt. Yes. It was a stern teacher springing pop quizzes on my unsuspecting soul, re-teaching me things I thought I had already learned, only to discover that I had acquired a sturdy mental assent on theory but the lessons hadn’t completely made it to my heart. Like a strategist leaning over a map, pushing little red pins into cardboard mountains, I hovered over my kingdom, protecting and projecting, paying no attention at all to ...

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 ...

My Guest Post on ProBlogger Today…

I’ve got a guest post today on one of the most popular blogging sites on the web – ProBlogger.  My piece addresses the topic of writing to deadlines. This guest post is by Tor Constantino of Thedailyretort.com. The old cliché, “time is money” is particularly true for any professional writer—especially when you’re on deadline. The consequences of missing deadlines are lost money, work, and credibility. As a former journalist (a.k.a hourly deadline writer) for more than a decade, I know that deadline writing is ...

Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I’ve had with this computer interface, I’ve found it to be anything but human yet mildly amusing. A recent “talk” with Cleverbot is chronicled here when we discussed the virtues and history surrounding Martin Luther King’s birthday. Given that today marks the due ...

7 Questions With an Author: Chad Gibbs

Author, speaker, blogger – Chad Gibbs 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 author is a blogging buddy of mine named Chad Gibbs who has written two books that blend humor, faith and sports. That might sound like an odd blend but trust me when I say Chad makes it all work in gut-busting fashion. In fact, national media outlets frequently contact him ...

Surrender to Your Nakedness

I’ve kept clear of writing lately opting instead to dip my brush into tiny puddles of primaries and pastels. It’s not that I haven’t felt the urge to write, but rather I’ve grown tired of my own words. For me writing is a reflective vocation where my words spell out the contents of my heart. If my heart is heavy, my words are heavy, and quite frankly I’ve been in such a state of introspection lately that my writing has ...

Fabulous Finds: Amazing Sisal

What could tequila and a sisal floor rug possibly have in common? I know. There are so many great punch lines that could follow, but there’s actually a legitimate answer. They both have the same origin: the Agave plant. Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Sisal is highly durable and strong, and has been used in the making of twine ...

Leslie - Authentic Imperfection

I am a woman who refuses to be defined by roles, even though I am, at times, a willing actor in such roles. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good meal, interesting conversations with friends and quality time spent with family.

Where’d Leslie go?

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Moving through and toward new things. Don’t give up on my blog. I WILL RETURN. I feel the words coming, Have images beginning to flash through my mind. Winters beginning to nip at my fingers and nose. The Sun is sinking sooner and the Moon rises earlier. On clear nights the stars glisten like diamonds on black …

Lion-hearted Lover

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While wandering the shadowy understory seeking sun, I ran into a ravenous lion. Afraid of being eaten alive knowing how cats love to taunt their prey, I wanted to run. Like heavy petting, they lick and nibble, play rough enough to exhaust the poor creature into begging for consummation. Then I noticed the gash in his heart gushing tears. I went to him looked into his sky eyes. Tired he yawned, …

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Grief Garden, Forgiveness, and Rebirth

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Electric Love Voluminous blossom Opens her face to the Sun; Swallows fire, Dares to dazzle, Has no fear When the rain comes Melting her pretty petals Fall Worthy remains Feed the garden of her blessed beginning. Tammy Wynette was one of my mothers favorites when I was a young child. She played this song many times. It opened my heart to fire of God burning in my …

An Empty Cocoon Part 2

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Read Part 1 The next day we waited in the hall outside the intensive care unit until everyone arrived. Once all four of us were there we took turns visiting mother. Each of us saying what we needed to in private. When my turn came all I could say was,”Mom, thank you for giving me life,” …

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An Empty Cocoon

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Nearly two weeks ago my mother fell down the stairs. She was staying with my older sister Vicki while my younger sister Sheri, her primary caretaker was out of town. Mom taking a nose dive down the stairs was Vickis biggest concern. Something she worried about every time mom stayed at her house. The agreement was …

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Mandala of a Mundane Morning

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The Sun, and I rise, carnelian light burns through gray slate clouds, Holy Aura Illuminates the new day. Distance crow cackles, like an old crone laughing madly, while she stirs tossing in the forbidden, magic boils over. Raggedy edged bathroom mirror gleams like mica, its subdued shine entices me to focus on my image. At the kitchen sink I stand grateful. Fresh water flows from the spigot fountain cool liquid sparklers spill down my throat. Into …

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Dancing with a Dragonfly Mystic

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Luminous dragons fly. Mystic dancer skitters across water; taps, her wand tickles, Sentient mirror transforming into stars. ~ I am a woman who refuses to be defined by roles, even though, at times, I’m a willing actor in many such roles. There is nothing I enjoy more than a great meal, good conversation with interesting friends, and quality time spent with family. …

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