Haiku: Last Words…

“We dipped our fingers in the wet cement, and we wrote the truest, simplest things we knew – our names, the date, and these words: We were here.”  Karen Thompson Walker Haiku: Last Words… REMEMBER … by elizabeth obih-frank ♥ Remember to always say I love you to your loved ones daily ♥ Remember to always say please and thank you ♥ Remember to follow the promptings of your heart ♥ Remember to honor & love yourself and others ♥ Remember to stop and enjoy the smell ...

Tips on Growing Hollyhock

Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea), with their big and beautiful blooms, are among summer’s tallest and showiest flower, growing up to 6 feet tall in one season! These old-fashioned flowers are cottage garden favourites and are becoming more popular in recent years. Hollyhocks come in a wide range of pretty colours and would be ideal for borders or backgrounds, planted along fences or walls. But you don’t have to go to great heights to get these beauties to bloom. Here are some gardening tips ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky…

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo Proverb Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… View from a plane when clouds meet sky Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… A double rainbow outside a store... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… View from my window seat on the ground. For this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge on Sky, I am choosing a few pictures and perhaps ...

Musings: What’s That Coffee Worth?

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” T.S. Eliot Musings: What's That Coffee Worth?... A frothy Cappuccino... Musings: What's That Coffee Worth? Kopi Luwak - Most expensive coffee in the world... Kopi Luwak – Most expensive coffee in the world from Indonesia. Price? Thecoffee beans can cost up to $600 a pound, and a brewed cup can cost up to $50 per cup.  Buy? Try Luwakstar.com Have you ever spent time with your laptop in a coffee shop? Do you remember what the experience was like? Should coffee shops limit the amount of time that laptop users can occupy ...

Affirmations: On Healing…

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus Affirmations: On Healing... Flower from Senna alata - medicinal Candlebush Tree Affirmation: the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed. 2. the assertion that something exists or is true. (Dictionary.com) What do you need to affirm? What do you need to heal? When I started this post, I imagined a healing tree firmly rooted in ...

Weekly photo challenge – Silhouette

Moon over Spinalonga and sunset over Camp de Mar, Majorca ___ From about the author... ..I love travel, being near the sea, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, Italy, freshly cut grass, the smell of lavender, children’s laughter, the smell of autumn,  Christmas, church bells, freshly baked bread, family holidays, spending time with friends…………….. I have always written stories but confined my work to boxes and drawers, unsure of what to do, unsure of where to go. I recently enrolled on  a creative writing course feeling the time was right for me ...

How to make Old Fashioned Rose Skin Cream

Want to make your own lotion? It’s inexpensive and easy to do! Ingredients: 2 tbsp aloe vera gel 3 oz almond oil 1 oz lanolin 2 oz warmed rose water (Learn how to make your own rose water) 1/8 tsp USP borax rose essential oil or perfume (optional) Instructions: In a blender mix aloe vera and almond oil. Pour into top of double boiler and melt in lanolin over the hot water. Remove from heat and slowly add the warmed rose water to which borax has been added, while beating at medium ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Simple Request…

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius Weekly Photo Challenge: A Simple Request… Grab a cuppa cappuccino & pull up a chair Weekly Photo Challenge: A Simple Request... Fruit plate, Yes! Spam, No! Sometimes, we all wish life were simpler and that the usual minor annoyances and distractions would just vanish with the snap of a finger. I love today’s photo challenge – Simple – because it speaks to what most of us would love to do; simplify ...

The Most Unfortunate Typo Ever

"Public" signs have new meaning... For the past 13 years I've worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public Affairs. I spend a lot of time writing and editing a variety of speeches, news releases, talking points and presentations. From time-to-time I'll attend workshops or conferences to sharpen my skills. It was at one such conference that I saw the most unfortunate typo ever. A professional was set to deliver a PowerPoint slide presentation to the audience of which I ...

Eastah in Wistah

When I was a kid, Easter marked the beginning of spring and the end of another long cold New England winter; ushering in the return of kick ball, long bike rides, and eventually summer vacation. Although most of the trees still stood naked and desperate looking, spring was officially in the air. It was as though the April sun had become a patient crock pot…slowly thawing out the neighborhood, and producing a fresh batch of happy smells that had ...

7 Questions With an Author: Danny Bader

Author, blogger, speaker: Danny Bader 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 Danny Bader. Danny is an international trainer and speaker,  who uses his exceptional interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to help people really understand themselves and create a powerful vision for their lives. His passion and energy are contagious. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, three children and their dog, Nova. ...

5 Decision-Making Lessons for Leaders

Not all decisions are created equally – some are much tougher for a leader to make than others. Consider the recent decisions surrounding National Football League quarterback, Peyton Manning. A Gordian Knot of Decisions The future NFL hall-of-famer recently left the Indianapolis Colts to become the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Prior to that decision, Manning had only played professionally for Indianapolis. The team drafted him out of college more than 13 years ago. During that tenure, Manning won a Super Bowl, ...

Caught With My Pants Down

A disquieting thought visited me last night while I was in the bathroom with my defenses down — along with my pants. In my mind's eye I saw a quick flash of a bottomless pit producing some pretty scary echoes (Believe me it was much worse than it sounds.). I bravely closed my eyes as the image melted away and I came face to face with a silent wall of nothingness — that place of pure potentiality, where both terror and ...

Belated Memorial Day With Cleverbot

Cleverbot is a not-so-clever (but mildly entertaining) software program that learns One of the more popular features here one The Daily ReTORt are my conversations with Cleverbot. What’s Cleverbot you ask? Cleverbot, is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) software  that supposedly learns by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. I’ve never found Cleverbot to be intelligent in the purest definition of the word; however, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with this bastion of ...

BOOK REVIEW: Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey

"Science yields facts but not 'value judgments;' religion expresses values but cannot 'speak facts.'" - Albert Einstein Most modern people would agree with the aforementioned quote by Albert Einstein because it singularly embodies the general filter through which we’ve come to view our lives and the concept of truth. However, in Saving Leonardo, best-selling author and scholar Nancy Pearcey questions the validity of that filter because it incorrectly splits our everyday reality into two separate parts – facts and values. Using a building ...

Book Review: Quitter - by Jon Acuff

At any given time I'm reading five to seven different books, usually due to the fact that after chewing through several chapters in one book I need to cleanse my reading palette and pick up another as a mid-meal sorbet of sorts. The reason being is that some books get boring and need to be set aside then picked up at a later date. That was not the case with Jon Acuff's latest non-fiction work titled Quitter. I could not put this ...

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 …