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Musings: What Have You Discovered?

"What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar Musings: What Have You Discovered? Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself Recently, I took a moment to watch two relatively short TEDxvideos. Derek’s was about the importance of keeping our goals close to the vest and not dissipating the momentum or energy of the goal by over-sharing it with others. The second video (below) spoke about that all consuming word – Passion. Larry suggests that we make excuses about pursuing our passion or ...

Inspiration: What Are Life’s Big Questions?

“The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.” John Fowles Inspiration: What Are Life's Big Questions?... Who Am I? Paul Gauguin The Conversation Couch – Life’s Big Questions (Super Soul Sunday – Oprah Winfrey Network) We all have questions about our lives; big and small questions… Who Am I? Why Am I Here? We want to know the meaning of life: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? For each person, a ...

The Lipstick Tree ( Bixa orellana)

Originating from Tropical America the Lipstick tree, as it’s commonly called, is prized for it’s pretty blooms and interesting seed pods. Bixa is a small, ornamental shrub or tree with a round head. The seeds of the flower have a reddish powder which can be used as a vegetable tint for soaps, rice, and many other products. It is believed to come from Brazil originally but was brought to Central and South America by the Indians, who used the coloring as body ...

Musings: Define Yourself…

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”  Harvey Fierstein. The Business Meeting: A business woman named Cindy was in the airport VIP lounge on her way to Los Angeles. While in the VIP lounge, she noticed Donald Trump sitting on the sofa enjoying a brandy. As luck would have it, Cindy was meeting with a very important client who was running somewhat late. Being a bold business ...

Flowers with Romantic Names!

Scientific names are boring and hard to pronounce. That’s why flowers have common names- ones that are fun to say and easy to remember! And since it’s February and love is in the air, let’s take a look at some flowers with romantic names. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) The bleeding heart is one of the most easily recognized garden plants. These old-fashioned flowers are a cottage garden favourite because they are easy to grow and will self-seed. Bleeding hearts are named for ...

Presidents’ Day: 44 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln Presidents’ Day: Seal Of the President Inspirational Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. George Washington Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of ...

On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within…

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within... A unique numerical alignment calls us to reflect... Most of us have waited for this unique and rare numerological event to occur -11-11-11; a day that some predicted would be memorable, magical, dull, typical, divine and a slew of other adjectives ...

Wedded Bliss-Tors #2: It’s About Time – Movie Short

Wedded Bliss-Tors #2: It's About Time - Movie Short

Here is a second installment of my Wedded Bliss-Tors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. This 2-minute episode deals with the nearly universal experience of different perspectives regarding time that men and women have. Be sure to leave a comment if you can relate or share a similar experience!!!

High Heel Hell

Most of us have experienced it, the high school ritual known as Senior Prom. The Willamette River runs through downtown Portland. An esplanade bordering the river is crowded with restaurants that are popular on prom night. For years Mrs. C. and I have made a habit of parking ourselves on a bench to watch the parade of young people dressed in finery on their special night. Stretch limos come and disgorge self-conscious teens trying their best to look nonchalant and grown ...

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 ...

Long Ago, in a Galaxy Far Away…Darth Vader Raps

This has nothing to do with anything other than my boyhood love for the initial Star Wars trilogy – and the follow-up hodgepodge of prequels. You don’t have to be a fan of Star Wars to thoroughly enjoy this Darth Vader rap (but it helps). This piece was produced by the folks over at CollegeHumor.com – just click the image below to get your Vader on! Hello Kitty + Darth Vadar = Ironic Humor -> just like the Vader Rap video you ...

Where Father Figures, Figure in the Family

Here’s a great guest post from a blogging buddy of mine Jared Latigo. Jared is a writer, speaker and passion guy. His vision in life is to have more people love their work than ones that hate it. Be sure to check out his blog at JaredLatigo.com or follow him on Twitter @JaredLatigo. Here’s his post: ———————————————- I’m on a mission in this life to figure out exactly where I “fit.” Maybe you are too? Good. We’ll get along just fine then. But often I get ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 6

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the staggeringly ironic $5.37 cash prize for the most recent “Caption This” Contest! After consulting with the firm Arthur Anderson to oversee the integrity of the selection process, a winner has been chosen. That winner is Chris Muller see his caption below. “Bugs Bunny Jr., looking to escape his father’s shadow, took a decidedly rebellious turn in life.” Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address ...

What’s Your Life-Changing Book?

It was Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams that set Salvadore Dali on his life-changing path when he read it in 1925 while attending art school. I learned this from one of the instructional plaques in the Salvadore Dali Museum in Clearwater, Florida. Dali described Freud’s book as “one of the capital discoveries of my life, and I was seized with the real vice of self-interpretation: not only of my dreams but of everything that happened to me …” Four years ...

Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox

Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox

Visit Stephen Hayes’ blog Chubby Chatterbox for excerpts from Hayes’ memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope, a collection of observations about growing up in the Fifties, Sixties and beyond. The Chubby Chatterbox is an unabashedly sentimental journey seen through the eyes of an artist, traveler and world-class screw-up.

Rubbed Raw in Verona

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Verona is a beautiful Italian city famous for someone who never lived there, as described by someone unlikely to have even visited Verona. Any guesses who I’m talking about? This should help: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and (?) is the sun.” Don’t have it yet? “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou …

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The *Science of Sneezing

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There’s a nasty bug going around our neck of the woods. There’s probably one going around where you live as well. Yesterday I took Grandma Chatterbox to see her doctor for a post surgery checkup. (Yes, I did provide her with hair removal cream for her visit with handsome Dr. Fernando.) I noticed that many people …

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Master of the Zombie Apocalypse

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Disclaimer: if you have an intense fear of your mortality you might want to pass on this post. The public’s fascination with zombies never ceases to amaze me. TV shows like Zombie Hunters, Dead Set and Zombie Apocalypse receive huge ratings. And I know half a dozen bloggers who critique episodes of The Walking Dead with the seriousness of English majors analyzing …

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Radio Gibberish

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I love it when bloggers post music videos. I don’t make enough time in my life for music and one of my New Year’s resolutions is to add more music to my life. I inherited my dad’s radio when he passed a few years ago but I’ve yet to turn it on. Dad was a …

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Twilight Zone Marathon

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Every year on New Year’s Eve when the Sci-Fi Channel runs a 48 hour Twilight Zone Marathon I tell myself that I’m not going to watch. This year I watched less than previously but a few of my favorites stopped me in my tracks, rendering me powerless to change the channel. I’m not sure why since I …

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A New Year’s Confession

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I can’t bear the weight of a certain secret anymore, a secret that’s been a monkey on my back for years. I can imagine you reading this and screaming at your monitors, “What a beast! I knew this fat guy wasn’t right in his head. Get him some help before he hurts himself!” What better time …

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