How to Keep Your Flowers Blooming All Summer

One of the many joys of gardening is seeing all the beautiful, vibrant flowers in bloom, especially in the summer. The garden comes alive with vibrant colours, intoxicating scents and mesmerizing beauty! It’s a sight like no other. But unfortunately, as we all know, beauty fades. It’s only a matter of time before the annuals and the perennials will start to wilt and die, leaving your garden in a sad state. That being said, as a gardener, there are things that ...

Christmas Plants that are Poisonous for Pets

Christmas just wouldn’t feel quite like Christmas without traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias and holly decking our halls. Holiday plants add colour and holiday cheer to our homes. However, pet owners should take some precaution. Many of the popular Christmas plants are toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. Pets can become quite ill. In fact, the holiday season is one of the busiest for vets. But these health scares can be easily avoided by keeping these poisonous plants away from ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG…

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  Life’s Little Instructions Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… The huge robot soldier at Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Supermoon; perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Big Art at Storm King Art Center: Alexander Calder Five Swords (red) and Buddha at Rest. In NYC: Giant Needle and Button on Fashion/7th ...

A change of style and a twist

I haven’t taken part in many of the Writing 101 prompts, to be honest I haven’t written very much at all just recently.  I did take a weeks’ holiday, but mainly it’s work that has just got in the way of me enjoying myself – I’m going to have to either get more organised or magic up some days with a few more hours in them!  I found the latest prompt very interesting however; my post is not really about ...

The Greatest Artist I've Ever Known

Grandma Chatterbox is finally home from the hospital and she’s progressing better than she wants to admit. Her surgery has left her weak and she needs assistance to maintain her apartment and independence. It’s fallen on me to find someone to help her. There are many good organizations to draw on and much of my time is currently being spent searching for a suitable individual who can put up with Mom’s idiosyncrasies. This hasn’t prevented my head from filling with ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

“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: Forward Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Brian Tracy I love the word for this week’s photo challenge – Forward. Forward is such a ...

April 11: Join Us For The Ultimate Party on Google+

Good morning everyone! Can you believe we are in the month of April and our party is in its 5th week? We are growing steadily as more of you spread the word and share a post. Thank you! Now on our 4th week of this great Google+ party. If you are new to this post and unsure about what this is, I’ll explain. Every Friday we host The Ultimate Party on Google Plus – G+ Bloggers and G+ers join the fun. Each week, our G+ Circle grows ...

Vacation: The Road To Adventure

It seems that TV shows go on hiatus earlier than ever these days, and in the past few weeks several of my favorites have concluded for the summer. I mentioned this to Mrs. C. and she reminded me that Chubby Chatterbox was doing the same thing since we were flying off to Turkey. The hope that my favorite TV programs will return is matched by my hope that you, my fellow Chubby Chasers, will flock back when we return. If ...

10 Lessons Learned at the Quitter Conference…

This weekend I attended the 2nd Quitter Conference held in Nashville, Tennesee. It’s the conceptual brainchild of nationally bestselling author, speaker and blogger Jon Acuff who shares ideas on a variety of topics including marketing, social media, faith, inspiration and chasing your dream. It was an incredible event overall and here are 10 tongue-in-cheek lessons I learned – many of which will only make sense to attendees: 10. The swag was so awesome this year that it could only be topped by a ...

Being a Jedi Mom….

Jedi Master Mom (and the rest of us) I thought I had a happy childhood growing up. There was no substance, emotional or physical abuse in my family. And I still bitterly miss both my parents – who passed away – particularly around Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. While I loved both my parents, when I consider their parenting skills I find that they were lacking. For instance, I don’t remember my mother having a bubbly, effusive, happy personality. She seemed to be in ...

Giggles Girls and Ghosts

Writing a blog after more than a month is like coming home after a long trip and wondering if the dogs will still remember me. Of course they always remember me, but there is always that sliver of tension between the opening of the front door and the first wag of a happy tail. As most of you know, I've been traveling for the past month. Over the years so many miles have passed beneath these brave feet of mine, now ...

Book Review: 31 Days to Find Your Blogging Mojo

I've been a professional writer (journalist and public relations guy) for more than 23+ years, but I'm a relative newbie in the realm of blogging and the blogosphere in general. As such, I'm continually on the hunt for new books that will help me improve as a blogger. I've found a great one in Bryan Allain's new e-book, 31 Days to Find Your Blogging Mojo currently available at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.com. As background, Allain has been an expert blogger since ...

Most Expensive Medical Procedures

According to CNBC host Jim Cramer, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is unexpected health care costs. One of the biggest challenges with health care reform is that every American will be required to have some type of health care coverage, but many of those individuals can’t afford it and the country continues to age. While I admire the ideals behind health care reform, I thinks its implementation and execution could conceivably bankrupt our country – in the same way ...

How Sin Mirrors HIV

Today I have an article featured on the Life section of Provoketive Magazine online. Provoketive is a great site that takes an unconventional look at issues of faith. My piece addresses the under-reported medical fact that HIV doesn’t actually kill people – it merely allows other bacteria, viruses or infections to do the actual killing. That pattern is ironically similar to sin. Here’s an excerpt from How Sin Mirrors HIV: ========================= Death Lives Within Us We all know there are bacteria and other microscopic organisms ...

The Story of Three Vases

Here’s a guest post from writer, Lynn Mosher who writes unique devotionals over on her blog http://lynnmosher.com/. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: “God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain.” ~unknown “Here comes a prospective customer,” whispered the cut-glass vase to the porcelain vase. “She’ll pick me. I’m the prettiest and I can tell she likes the best of everything,” the hand-painted porcelain vase muttered haughtily. “You’re just cheap ol’ ...

Need a Laugh???

I’ve never been a fan of pranks or practical jokes, because they often can be cruel and get out of control quickly. Having said that, I do enjoy some of the stunts that the gang at Mediocre Films pull off. Below are two examples that poke fun at fast food restaurants and K-Mart respectively. The videos are clever, simple, yet exceptionally funny and still clean – which is becoming more and more rare. The first video features a guy (Greg Benson) using a ...

B Schiff - Dominance Games

B Schiff - Dominance Games

Erudition, awareness, cynicism, nonsense. The latter. The former. The honored creed. A rancid bastard is value. Books I am pushing….. Dominance Games: An Essay on Power A Novel Lust Games: An Essay on Honor A Novel Void Games: An Essay on Revenge A Novel ….. due Aug.

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”. The coming mid terms. “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Hate beats weakness. Dislike beats “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Mean beats “Oh my God …

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No dishonor to the ‘merican people

No dishonor to the ‘merican people We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We stand for Freedom …

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Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks.

Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks. We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We …

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…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy

…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy Hickory dickory dock Authoritarians up the clock Authoritarians here ….. domestic enemies they be Authoritarians there …… can-do lethal strong men who know how to act, lead, be the shirtless strong man of my dreams… Authoritarians, if possible, everywhere ….. our kind …. we see through this prism well …. we suffer from …

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St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up…

St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up once upon a time in Lebanon What to do? What to do? What to do? Expert as I be, they say, in foreign affairs and the history of the world and the strategic nature of conflict among nations … Expert as I be, they …

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In the culture of dim, dumb and well mannered education is a sideshow

In education the students have to be pleased … they must be catered to ….. our culture is just too too advanced to go back to the idea that education is a valuable commodity that the student need aspire to have …. poor poor babies, poor poor America … never the need to be dependent upon a future where education is a respected product …

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We won the cold war and St. Reagan humbled the Ruskies

We won the cold war and St. Reagan humbled the Ruskies We won the cold war and St. Reagan humbled the Ruskies from now until eternity as they just went gladly into that good night of second rate. We won the cold war and St. Reagan humbled the Ruskies from now until eternity and the carcass …

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