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Best Flowers to Give to Allergy Sufferers

Flowers are the perfect gift any occasion from birthdays to sympathy, lifting up spirits and bring joy and smiles all around! Everybody loves flowers! Well, actually that isn’t exactly true.  Flowers can be a source of suffering for some. Specifically, the pollen in some flowers can trigger annoying allergy symptoms of sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and more! That being said, there are many flowers that won’t trigger allergy symptoms. Generally speaking, the less scent a flower has, the less pollen it ...

The Legend of the Lady of the Night

Scientific Name: cestrum nocturnum Other Names: dama de noche, queen of the night, night-blooming jessamine, night blooming jasmine The Lady of the Night is not just the name of a movie or two, it is also the name of an  evergreen shrub that produces small white greenish flowers. The shrub has broad, glossy leaves can grow to 13 feet tall. The night blooming jasmine is native to the West Indies and South Asia. While at first glance there doesn’t seem to be anything ...

A Rose By Any Other Name

A Rose By Any Other Name

Remember when you had to study Shakespeare in school?        'Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O, be some other name! What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd, Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name, And ...

Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This… Cherry Trees Dreams are made of this… Sweet, glorious, pink tree blooms Each a wish come true Dreams are made of this… A walk cocooned by  tree hugs Bright with blessings too. “Do all you can to make your dreams come true.” Joel Osteen Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This… Special Tree Dreams are made of this… Hold tight; make your dreams come true Like a bright spring bloom This post was ...

On Trust: What We Focus on Becomes Our Reality…

“We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” Walter Anderson On Trust: What We Focus on Becomes Our Reality... Andy The Turtle speaks. There is something to be said about wish fulfilling prophesies… You know, the old saying, “what you believe, you become or comes true.” Well, while our thoughts might not necessarily create immediate results, they eventually color both our perception of the world and our ...

50 Shades Of Vice: A Haiku

“The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.” William Hazlitt 50 Shades Of Vice: A Haiku Dante’s seven deadly vices: Pride/vanity, Envy/jealousy, Wrath/anger, Sloth/laziness, Avarice, Gluttony, LustIbn abi Dunya seven censures: Worldliness, Ire, Envy,Slander, Obscenity, Intoxicants, Instruments of pleasure The Sarvāstivāda 108 Defilements = 98 proclivities and 10 bonds: Absence of shame, Absence of embarrassment, Jealousy, Parsimony, Remorse,Drowsiness, Distraction, Torpor, Anger, Concealment of wrongdoingFoolishness Fussiness Glumness Gluttony Greed Grouchiness Grumpiness Hastiness Hatred Haughtiness Heartlessness Hedonism ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path…

“Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.”  Henry Winkler Weekly Photo Challenge: Path... Crossing the bridge path at Reed in Portland, Oregon Weekly Photo Challenge: Path... the path with no end at Storm King Throughout our lives, we follow pathways that lead us in many directions; some we expect and others we experience serendipitously. I believe that there are many ...

Stupid Men Of The Sea

Time was running out and I realized I was going to die, just another amateur fishermen lost at sea. I blamed myself; I was too stupid to live. It was the late 70s and I was employed by Mervyn’s in Oxnard, forty miles north of Los Angeles. I designed windows and dressed mannequins, often chatting with friendly Frank Diaz, the company’s youngest store manager. Frank was only a few years older than me and his passion was fishing. He’d recently purchased ...

Open Letter to the Makers of Elf on the Shelf

To Whom It May Concern: Thank you for creating the Elf on the Shelf franchise of books, cookies, plush dolls, DVDs…etc. which enable parents such as my wife and me the privilege of paying $29.95 to deceive our children. The Story of the Elf As you well know, your fabricated story of the Elf asserts that he/she appears in the child’s home between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a behavioral scout for Saint Nick, to keep an eagle eye on the children for the “naughty ...

Book Marketing, Part 7

Book Marketing, Part 7

Welcome to another look at book marketing as performed by trailers. The first one is an inside look at the making of a cover image, this one for Elizabeth Hoyt’s latest romance book, Scandalous Desires. The next two trailers use humor as their hooks–one for the book Crap at My Parents’ House by Joel Dovev (Caution: includes off-color humor), and one for John Grisham’s latest, The Litigators. Enjoy, and think last-minute seasonal gifts! Making a Romance Book Cover Crap at My Parents’ ...

The Boy Left Behind at a Funeral Home

EdiTOR’s Note: Whether you’re dead, not dead or undead – funeral homes are no fun. But I’m thrilled to share this guest post about a funny funeral home memory from blogging buddy Clay Morgan. Clay is launching his new book this week Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn and the story below is adapted from the book – which I just bought and will review here in the coming weeks. Check out more of Clay’s witty and insightful writing at ClayWrites.com. My family accidentally left me at ...

My Manuscript Is In Shambles

You know how, when you’re doing a major housecleaning, there comes a moment when you look around and see everything in shambles? You think your place will never be nice again. But you keep at it, and the next time you look around (it seems), everything is gorgeous. Well, that’s where I’m at with my novel, Great Wharf. The reason it’s in shambles is that I hired a former Random House editor to take a look and give me some feedback. ...

Soon at a Grocer Near You: $0.05 Bag Tax...

Plastic Bag in Creek One of the cool things about living near Washington, DC is that we’re so close to a cultural mecca that contains dozens of museums, historical landmarks and monuments which really add to the quality of life. However, one of the crummy things is that we’re also trapped in the vortex of a tax-and-spend polity that tends to test certain taxation ideas here before they spread to a larger scale, which really subtracts from the quality of life. The latest example ...

Out Of Hell

Fiction to help celebrate Halloween: A shiver runs through me when I think back to the time when Tammy, my wife of five years, came to the conclusion that the gray tabby who’d lived contentedly with us since we bought her on our honeymoon, was lonely. Tammy convinced me that Sausalito, “Saucy” needed another feline to keep her company. On Halloween of ’79 we decided to purchase a kitten. We soon discovered it wasn’t the right season for kittens. We were about ...

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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