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Would That Be Considered Age Appropriate?

Beware ageism, sexism, cynicism, skepticism... I will find you where ever you are... Some of you I will embrace, some of you I won't. Thought Number One:  What Were They Thinking?I am realizing as I age, I have become very aware of various "isms".  A hyper-awareness, really.  My powers for sensing any of the "isms" borders on "Superpowers".  This is especially true in regards to ageism, skepticism, cynicism, and sexism. So imagine my shock and dismay when I heard that Itunes  pulled the ...

Life is a Celebration: When Festival and Values Merge…

Learning to Live Life As A Celebration: When Values Merge… “Making Life a Celebration – Only when festival and values merge does life become a true celebration. Many a times we sacrifice values for our pleasures. To cultivate values we need a lot of patience, effort and time, but to destroy it is easy.” –Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Augury: A sign of what will happen in the future; an omen. Merriam-Webster Celebration:To observe a holiday, perform a religious ceremony, or take part in a ...

Musings: Did You Know…?

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge Musings: Did You Know…? The true meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song? (Carolers at Trafalgar Sq) Musings: Did You Know...? Dickens book had more to do with Scrooge's transformation than singing for our supper...? Twelve Days of Christmas This is the time of year when we dive into holiday ...

Reflections: Memories Of Easter & Passover…

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” Henry Van Dyke Reflections: Memories Of Easter & Passover... Do you celebrate Easter and/or Passover? I was preparing a post on Easter when it occurred to me that this was also the week of Passover and that there are households around the world, like mine, where both are honored. Easter and Passover are ...

Art of Controversy

Two Thoughts for Tuesday Thought #1 - Is it Funny or Offensive? A few posts ago, I was talking about how many fountains are placed around Kansas City.  Our city is also very prolific in it's placement of "art".  Quotes?  Why the quotes, you ask?    If we were talking face to face, I would have done the whole air quotes thing, when I said the the word art as you and I might not consider the following examples of art....  well...as art. Depends on ...

Fun Flower Facts: Angle’s Trumpet (Brugmansia)

Angel’s Trumpet, also known as brugmansia, is a heat loving tropical annual shrub or small tree that produces attractive white, pink, orange or yellow flowers that hang down from their branches. These large, trumpet-shaped flowers are also pleasantly fragrant, especially at night. The plant is native to South America. These plants can reach a height of 3-11m or 10-36ft tall. The leaves are large and are often covered in fine hairs. The flowers can grow to be about 6-20 inches long ...

18 Uses for Lavender

If you plan on growing only one thing this year, make it lavender! Lavender is one of the easiest and most versatile herbs to grow. Not only is lavender edible,  it has a wonderful intoxicating scent! Simply sow the seeds into some well-drained, sandy soil in a sunny spot and watch them grow! In no time, you will be rewarded with an abundance of lavender that you may not know what to do with! But don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of ...

My SCL Guest Post: Nine Unsavory Bible Snacks

My SCL Guest Post: Nine Unsavory Bible Snacks

Today's a big day for me as a writer. No, I didn't win a Pulitzer or Dayton Literary Peace Prize - but it's almost as good. I've written a guest post that's being feature on Jon Acuff's outstanding web site Stuff Christians Like (SCL). SCL is a satirically irreverrant, yet always respectful, look at all things Christianity. Jon's observations and writing are sharp, witty, crisp, howlingly funny, spiritually provocative and often moving. He's kind of like a Christian John Stewart - that is ...

Am I a bad provider for my family???

I'm the first to admit it, that if we lived in the frontier days my family would have died of starvation. The only plants that I can effectively grow are weeds in my yard, and I've never hunted an animal for food. It's safe to say we would have died just outside the city limits heading to a better life on the open prairie. However, I am able to purchase hoagie sandwiches when necessary which is what I do every Sunday ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins – Wrecked

Blogger and bestselling author – Jeff Goins It’s been a while since my last installment of this particular feature “7 Questions With an Author…” where I ask the same questions to various published authors. I’m thrilled about today’s post because it features my good friend Jeff Goins. He’s a new dad and a musician but he’s also got one of the fastest-growing blogs on the plant – www.goinswriter.com – as well as several books under his belt. His latest book – Wrecked: When a ...

Where's Davy?

I’ll be the first one to admit I’m not up on the zeitgeist, particularly when it comes to music. I’m still stuck in the sixties and seventies, and it’s music from this era playing in the background as I write this. But I’ve recently noticed something peculiar going on. We baby boomers have become accustomed to corporations using our generation’s anthems to sell their products, like Ford cashing in on the Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up, or Beatles songs used ...

The Psychiatric Couch: The Brady Bunch

Show Open for The Brady Bunch I'm not a clinically trained psychiatrist, but I know how to spell "clinically" without using spell check. And while I don't have a degree in psychiatry I can easily read the degrees on a thermometer. Given those credentials, I believe that I'm more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That's why I write this periodic series titled The Psychiatric Couch.... The first installment of this series explored the psyches of Winnie the Pooh and ...

Between Your Nose and Your Chin

A fiercely independent people once wanted to govern themselves and worship as they pleased, but first they had to wrestle their country from the control of an overbearing European monarchy. A bloody war was fought, and this collection of states came together to defeat its oppressor and create the greatest military and economic superpower on Earth. I’m not talking about the United States of America. I’m talking about The Dutch Republic. You might not think the Dutch were ever a superpower, ...

Guest Post: The Want to Want to by Blake Atwood

I recently decided to invite guest post submissions here at The Daily ReTORt, to be presented as part of a weekly guest post feature every Friday. Today marks the inagaural edition of this guest post feature – courtesy of an outstanding writing buddy of mine, Blake Atwood. If you’d like to submit a guest post here are the guidelines. ================= I am not as disciplined as I would like to be. Can you relate? Whether it’s taking time to read the Bible, work out or write, my ...

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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