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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique…

“Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.” Benjamin E. Mays Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique…Seattle EMP Museum Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique… Seattle EMP Museum This was a tough one for me to do because we can make the argument that everything is unique. Yet, from each person’s perspective, some things stand out a bit more than other things. I was quite ...

Fun Flower Facts: Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Pasque Flower (sometimes pasqueflower) is a genus of flowering plants native to the meadows, foothills and prairies of North America, Europe and Asia. It is a member of the buttercup family. The pasque flower can be identified by its showy, bell-shaped flowers and attractive seed heads. The leaves are grey-green. Fine hairs cover the entire plant, including the flowers, stems, leaves and buds. The flowers have 5-7 petal-like sepals. Flowers are available in a rainbow of colours including, blue, pink, ...

So Many Castles, So Little Time

Those exit signs take a little getting used to. After leaving Cologne, we made our way back to Weissenthurm to meet up with some friends for dinner. Thought Number One:  Seeing New Places Cologne is only an hour north of Andernach, we had plenty of time prior to meeting at the Pfeffermuhle restaurant to finish our exploration of the ancient town. One of the aspects of taking a trip along the Rhine is that each town will have at least one castle and ...

Fruited Branches

Crab Apple branches and berries Fruited branches come from various types of trees and shrubs, and they are members of different botanical families and genera. These branches are treasured for their fanciful fruits that lend accent to floral designs year-round. Here are five of the most common, commercially produced fruited branches along with their genus and family classifications: CRABAPPLE: from the Rosaceae or rose family. FIG: or Ficus or Moraceae from the Mulberry) family. The Latin Ficus translates literally to “fig.” KIWI:  also known as ...

The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston…

“God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?” Whitney Houston The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston... RIP The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston... RIP August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012 Whitney Houston- I Didn’t Know My Own Strength (digital hi-fi) Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All R.I.P. Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012). I am still in a state of shock over the sad, sad news of the sudden death of our ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine…

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten. Cesare Pavese Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine… Camera, passport, wildflowers, adventure; all the memories are mine. Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine… World travel remains a favorite on my list; trips taken and trips still on my bucket list. (credit: Wikipedia) Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine… Creativity; Art, Music, Fashion, Museum trips… I thought about this week’s photo challenge offered by Sara Russo, and what stood out for me were ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DOWN…

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney Weekly Photo Challenge: DOWN... St Patrick's Cathedral - Taken from rooftop of GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza ("30 Rock") - Rockefeller Center Weekly Photo Challenge: DOWN... GE Building... (tallest in the middle) “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in ...

Question About Parenting...

We recently got the end-of-year report cards for our two girls and they were both very good. In the past, we've typically rewarded them with a special treat or toy for their efforts for their academic performance. Last year they each got an American Girl doll. The question is should we be doing that type of thing? I had a discussion with some parents this past weekend who do not reward their children in this manner. Their rationale is that they want ...

7 Questions With an Author: Alison Strobel

Alison Strobel, award-winning author 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 an online acquaintance of mine named Alison Strobel. Alison is an award-winning author of several books.  Her first title, Worlds Collide, was picked up by Waterbrook Press (now Waterbrook Multnomah) in 2005. Violette Between followed in 2006 and earned Alison a nomination for the prestigious Rita Award from the Romance Writers ...

10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With

I’ve noticed several blogs recently that have posted “10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With,” and I’ve developed such a list myself now.  My mother, Barbara Burnham Rutter, who died two weeks after I turned eighteen. I’d love to catch her up on how things have gone for me. I might leave out a few stories, just to keep the conversation on an even keel. My grandmother, Mazie VanderWyk Burnham, who died on a Christmas day while, thirty miles away, ...

Adoption – Learning to Say YES!!!

Dr. Statton’s adoptive son When, Grace, our fourth child came along, I was certain we were done having kids. Who wouldn’t be? Four is a full house. While I saw full bedrooms, a full minivan, and an empty pantry, my wife saw room for one more. The word “adoption” would occasionally get thrown around our conversations. To me it was an important topic. One that all of us should be actively involved in. I felt my role was to “actively” watch everyone else do all ...

The Birds And The Bees

Excerpt from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope: When I was thirteen my best friend Ricky Delgado asked me, “What do you think of Sally Perkins?” “Sally Perkins? I dunno. Why do you ask?”Sally lived three houses down. When she was five or six, she pulled her pants down over by the lamp post. I hadn’t thought about her much since then. “Do you think she’s cute?” “I guess so.” “Don’t you think she has nice boobs?” I hadn’t noticed that Sally Perkins had boobs, ...

My Nearly Famous Daughter....

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from our county's department of environmental protection telling us that our oldest daughter had been recommended by her school to audition for a countywide talent search for a radio public service announcement (PSA) recording. A short-time thereafter, our 9-year old completed a telephone audition with the county worker overseeing the PSA program who gave her the "job" on the spot. After a few weeks, our daughter visited the number one radio station ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins

Blogger, author and speaker – Jeff Goins Here’s the latest installment of my ongoing “7 Questions With an Author…” series. I’m thrilled about today’s interview because it features a truly gifted writer – who’s also a friend – Jeff Goins. Jeff  is an accomplished blogger, sought-after speaker and best-selling author. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, he graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Spanish and Religion. Junior year, he spent a semester in Spain, which opened his eyes to a whole new world. Which ...

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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