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 ...

Reasons to Grow Native Plants in Your Garden

Gardening can be overwhelming, especially for beginners. Not only are there are thousands of different plants and flowers to choose from, breeders are constantly creating new varieties each year. That being said, many gardeners are making an effort to add native plants to their landscapes. People are rediscovering the beauty and benefits of growing native flowers. Native plants, also known as indigenous plants, are naturally occurring plants that have adapted to the climate, geography and habitat of a particular region. Here are ...

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 ...

What’s the Difference Between Annual and Perennial Flowers?

From L-R, Clockwise: alstroemeria, black-eyed susan, camellia, carnation, gardenia, gerbera daisy, geranium, iris, rose, sunflower, tulip and zinnia Now that is spring, you will want to choose plants for your garden. If you walk into a garden center or nursery, you will noticed two different types of plants: annuals and perennials.  But what do these terms means? Annuals An annual is plant that completes its  life cycle in one growing season. In other words, annuals have to be re-planted each year. Annuals give gardeners ...

Photos: Empire State Building In Successive Iteration

“He may be more potent than any other man. The damnable iteration day after day of earnest conviction wears like the dropping of the water upon the stone.” William Thomas Stead Empire State In Color collage EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN BW COLLAGE A few years ago, I took my first shot of the Empire State Building. Then, last fall, I noticed that part of it juts out near a building by the Church I attend in Manhattan and so I took another one. ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Holiday Greenery

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, nothing says winter holidays quite like fresh greenery! As convenient as faux/fake greenery may be, it just doesn’t compare to fresh greenery! Decorating with fresh greenery is a beloved holiday tradition and will bring festive cheer and a wonderful, fresh fragrance to any space. There isn’t anything quite like the beauty and perfection of nature! Types of Holiday Greenery Eucalyptus, an attractive, scented greenery popular in cut arrangements and garlands but tends to dry quickly. English Holly is ...

Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul

“If we live truly, we shall see truly.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Taj Mahal in Agra, India Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Taj Mahal in Agra, India Easter Island Ahu Tongariki Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Easter Island Ahu Tongariki Petra, Jordan Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Petra, Jordan sandstone tombs in Petra Giza Pyramids, Egypt Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Giza Pyramids, Egypt Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, ...

Reflections: Know Yourself and Bloom Where You Are…

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Know Yourself and Bloom Where You Are... Unfurl when you're ready As Oscar Wilde once said, “The final mystery is oneself.”  If we don’t spend time working on ourselves and developing a clear picture of who we are, blooming where we are,  then it becomes easy for us to get carried away by ...

Awesome Beethoven Flash Mob

I don’t know about you, but flash mobs are one of my favorite types of YouTube videos to search and view. If you’re not familiar with what a flash mob is, it’s basically a pre-orchestrated gathering of co-conspirators who seek to surprise and delight a crowd in a public setting by doing something funny, shocking, beautiful or unexpected. This video below builds from one musician to a full orchestra and chorus performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. It’s pretty cool. Question: Do you have a ...

Another 10 Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

Most kids are back to school this week. That means they’re getting a healthy dose of reading, writing and arithmetic. It also means that they’re probably getting exposed to an unhealthy amount of texting and/or sex texting (a.k.a. sexting). As I’ve written before, one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent happens to be texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts that teens and preteens are using these days. While neither of our school-age daughters (10 and eight respectively) currently ...

Choices. Red or Blue?

How does one know what one really needs? I felt like I needed a lobotomy yesterday, but what I really needed was a good nap. What is the determining factor for knowing what is good for you? Is it head knowledge or heart tugs? How did Neo know what pill to take? Did he choose the red pill because he was wildly curious about the Matrix, or because he had a “feeling” that his destiny was tied to the Matrix?We ...

What Book Do You Wish You’d Never Read?

Joseph Heller A book I wanted to throw across the room by the time I finished it was Something Happened by Joseph Heller. I won’t tell you what the “something” was that “happened” in the book. Suffice it to say I could have done without learning about it. But I won’t get into the plot twist here. After all, you may be the sort of reader who enjoys finding out for themselves why someone would hate a particular book. I don’t ...

BGI Receives 2013 Designer of the Year Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received a Designer of the Year Award from the national Interior Design Society! We received the first place award for Bath Designs under $30,000 for a glamorous master bathroom remodel. The design of the room was based on our client’s desire for a fresh, updated space with a subtle and feminine palette to reflect her personal style. She was beginning a new phase in her life and wanted her home ...

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 ...

7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

Author, speaker, professor – Clay Morgan 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 featured author is Clay Morgan – a writer, professor, and speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who writes about pop culture, history, and the meaning of life. He is the author of Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Most days you can find Clay doing his best Dead Poets Society impersonation at a couple ...

Young and Old and a Goal-Driven Author

In the 1990s I was fortunate to make the acquaintance and eventually become a four-time publisher of Dr. William H. Thomas. Here’s a link to his 2004 nonfiction book What Are Old People For? Quoting from elsewhere on that publishing site, the below will give you an idea about the man: Winner of the Heinz Award for the Human Condition and named as one of America’s Best Leaders by the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Bill Thomas is a geriatrician ...

David - Virginia Photos

The thoughts of a retired guy living in Virginia. His interests include photography, writing, poetry, relationships, walking and the humorous side of things.

The Day After Thanksgiving

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In the first place, I don’t think we have yet found a good name for the day after Thanksgiving. We are, as of now, in the middle of it and I’m sitting here at the computer wondering why, in heaven’s name, anyone would call it black Friday. Or Black Friday. It’s not the shortest day …

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Cold Weather Camping And Jogging / Exercise For The Soul

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Monday afternoon. We went camping this weekend in the cold mountains of Virginia. Karl, Peggie, Mike, Sean, me and Roscoe, the dog. And when I return home the bed, the chair, the furnace and the frig all seem new to me. I love their presence. At one point this weekend while we were sitting around the fire, …

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Running In The Richmond Half-Marathon / Jogging And Taking Photos Too

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Today there was a marathon, half-marathon and 8k race here in Richmond so there were tons of folks downtown and lots of photo ops. I ran in the half-marathon for the second year and decided to take the little point and shoot I use for backpacking to, hopefully, distract my senses from the …

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Ghost Tour / Richmond Virginia / Post Election Ramblings

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So here we are a day after the erection, oh wait, sorry, election and I’m catching up on some writing because I have been in a time warp. Day dreaming. Imagining things. Once, long ago, I participated in a campaign for George McGovern in a small way, handing out campaign buttons in Harvard Square. A …

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The Destruction Of Hurricane Sandra / Invisible Storms And Peace

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I just saw a post somewhere that says New Yorkers are eating out of dumpsters. Because there is a problem with distribution of goods up there. Everything from gas and water, to electricity and diapers is in short supply. But eating out of a dumpster should not be a symbol of the “end times” now …

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Central VA Trailblazers / Bear’s Den Hostel & Harper’s Ferry Trip

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We went up north this past weekend to Harper’s Ferry for some sightseeing and hiking. The weather was very accommodating and we took lots of photos. Here’s a look at the hike to Raven Rock and back. It is described as strenuous due to the 1500 ft. vertical gain and the very rocky trail on the …

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Big / The Sky

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So big the sky. Our friend. Full of our sustenance. Our breathe. And filled with beauty too. What we need to survive every minute and art, as well. Visuals. How long can you stop breathing? Not long. Look around. This invisible resource is all around you. More valuable than gold. More beautiful than flesh. It does …