Reflections: Honoring Earth Day 2013

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir Reflections: Honoring Earth Day 2013. A modern Earth Day flag Earth Day 2013 – The Face of Climate Change Meditate it Forward – Free Meditation – Pass it On Happy Earth Day, today and every day! One thing that becomes apparent in the spring is how the landscape changes from barren to fecund. It seems magical but, in truth, our love for Mother ...

START: Face the Fear & Just Do it Anyway

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.” Siddhartha Gautama As humans, we experience a wide range of emotions, see Plutchik’s wheel of emotions above, and one of them is FEAR. I have my share of fears and have written about some of them here (flying & grace) and on my Positive Kismet blog (childhood & writing). The fear of dying, public speaking and the fear of failing are ...

How to Divide Peonies in the Fall

Peonies are hardy, long lasting perennials that produce beautiful, aromatic flowers in the spring and summer. They can be left undisturbed for years, but over time they can stop flowering and get overcrowded. Subsequently, they need to be divided to regain their beauty and glory. September is the ideal time to divide your peonies, when the leaves have died back. Once the plants are dug up, they need to be transplanted immediately. Here are the steps on how to divide your peonies: Prepare ...

Musings: Would You Like To Dance…?

“Go out in the world and work like money doesn’t matter; Sing as if no one is listening; Love as if you have never been hurt; and Dance as if no one is watching…” Anon Musings: Would You Like To Dance...? Join us... and other dance lovers. Dj Mam’s feat Doukali & Soldat Jahman – Hella Decalé I love dance. I love dance combined with superb music that makes you get up and go for it. I love when dance is also part of anexercise routine. Since ...

Flash Fiction

Today I’m submitting Flash Fiction for the guys at Dude Write, a great site worth checking out if you haven’t already. I’ve never attempted Flash Fiction before and the dudes have set some rules. First, no more than five hundred words, a stretch for anyone with “chatterbox” in their name—I’ve managed to keep my word count to 498. Second, the first sentence must be: Never one to turn down a dare…. I’ve based this story on a piece I wrote ...

International Women’s Day: We’ve Come A Long Way…

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”  Mae Jemison, astronaut International Women's Day: We've Come A Long Way... The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty: Women have always fought for equality in some shape or form; we’ve struggled for the right to fend for our families and contribute to society and we’ve come a long way. As we celebrate another International Women’s Day, ...

Truth: Three Sides to A Story…

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Winston Churchill Judgment of Solomon Fresco: The Truth will set you Free... Today’s DailyPost prompt asked: Is it always better to know the truth, even when it hurts? Or is ignorance bliss? I read the questions and the popular statement I used for my post title flashed before me – There are three sides to every story; your side, my side and the truth. Sure, there are fundamental truths that we ...

Happy New Year: Join the 365 Day Blogging Challenge for 2011!

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu, author,Tao Te Ching ♫♥☼♪ ♫♪♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To You! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♪♫ ♫♥☼♪ Happy New Year: Plant a Seed. Learn a Skill. Grow! I plan to post something inspirational every day in 2011! I’ve decided to join the WordPress challenge … by posting daily on this 2-year-old blog.  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on ...

Forgetaboutit!

Today, I’ve got an endless list of things to do…so much so much! Yet, I can’t get this blog out of my head—so here it is on paper. Let me apologize ahead of time if it’s a bit snappy, but I’m channeling my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Cronin, who was never one to pussyfoot around. When life drones on like a drunken relative, leaving too much time for stinking thinking, and old worries dig their way out from their graves with ...

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Shepherd

Author, pastor, blogger speaker – Rob Shepherd Here’s another installment of “7 Questions With an Author…” and today’s featured writer is a personal friend of mine, Rob Sheperd. Rob is the lead pastor of Next Level Church in Newport News, Virginia. He has a Master of Divinity degree and a bachelor’s in youth ministry. He writes six times a week on his blog robshep.com, which averages more than 8,500 unique views a month. Rob and his wife, Monica, have a set of awesome ...

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’ ...

Book Review: The Wisdom Compass

Bookstore shelves are weighed down with tons of pages of self-help books and manuals that virtually ensure success at whatever you do - if you’ll only do a couple of things, which may include any combination of the following: visualize more, dream bigger dreams, focus harder, verbalize affirmations, take time to slow down, strive to speed up, work smarter not harder…etc. Rare is the book that actually blows through the puffery and offers proven, workable solutions that can be applied on ...

My Book Interview on Contact Talk Radio with Dov Baron

Radio host, leadership expert, bestselling author - Dov Baron Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Contact Talk Radio by radio host Dov Baron (see photo insert) for an hour about my book Question of Faith. Dov’s a leadership expert, bestselling author and speaker who also hosts a weekly radio show The Accidental Guru that’s heard out of Seattle. I thought it was a great interview and Dov and I really hit it off – possibly because we both have ...

Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the “merry” into Christmas. What can we say? We’re on the nice list! Glass Horn Magnifying Glass. Priced at $14.99; www.worldmarket.com.  Midas Coaster, set of 4. Priced from $19.80; www.zgallerie.com. En ...

Summer Fun. NOT!

Much of the east coast is experiencing temperatures upwards of a hundred degrees this week…except Florida, which bottomed out at a nippy ninety three degrees this afternoon. It’s hot, but Florida hot and Northern hot are two different hots. In Florida we’re used to the heat and humidity. We time everything just right in order to avoid getting sweaty. We go from our air conditioned houses to our air conditioned cars and then drive said cars to our air conditioned ...

3 Keys to Beating My Addiction: Caffeine

Last week I decided that I wanted to stop drinking caffeinated coffee and diet soda with caffeine as well. I realize that caffeine in moderate amounts actually has been proven to have healthful benefits for a variety of nasty disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer, but I still needed to stop. The problem was, that I couldn't drink the stuff in moderation. Each day, I would practically polish off a pot of coffee by myself before heading to ...

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day

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Each Father’s Day, I experience my father’s absence differently. Some years, the memories are wistful, and other years they are reflective. However, one thing remains constant and that is my gratitude for his influence on my life. I know we each come to this conversation with different stories, but, my prayer for each of us is that we will use our experience and memories of this precious relationship to make a …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

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Emma came round to say hello! One day, Emma wandered into my yard and I left my home to find her owner. I was concerned. I called the cops. I walked to the end of the cul de sac. I found her owner and we connected; neighbor to neighbor. In my determination to find her owner, I crossed a thresh-hold of dead solitude and found a smiling face. Life around the suburban block has barriers, but we lift them when we have to. …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages.. I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of the surrounding world. Van Gogh’s quote made me stop and think… Why do we always allow others to …

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Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag

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Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag.. Tired of bulky camera bags or ugly Laptop bags? Epiphanie has a bag for you. Win an Epiphanie bag of your choice; choose either a camera or laptop bag and carry your gadgets in style. Organized by Giveaway Booster.. Have you often wondered about finding a less bulky way to carry your fancy camera? Do you want be comfortably camera ready on your …

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Reflections: Happy Mother’s Day

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! If you live in any of the top 20 nations listed on Save The Children’s Best Places In The World To Be A Mother, you’re ahead of the game. If you live in Finland, Sweden, Norway or other countries on the list, you know your children stand a greater chance of surviving childhood diseases. As much as we gather to celebrate this special day, share our love, our photos, and heartwarming stories of our moms …

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April 11: Join Us For The Ultimate Party on Google+

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Good morning everyone! Can you believe we are in the month of April and our party is in its 5th week? We are growing steadily as more of you spread the word and share a post. Thank you! Now on our 4th week of this great Google+ party. If you are new to this post and unsure about what this is, I’ll explain. Every Friday we host The Ultimate Party on Google Plus – G+ Bloggers and G+ers join the fun. …

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Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

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Are you a parent who loves buying smart toys for your kids? Do you sometimes find the marketplace overwhelming because of all the junky toys you see? Educational Toys Planet will put a smile on your face. Better yet, you can enter to win this Easteriffic $100 gift for your child to buy some new toys there. So go for it! With the holiday season now behind us and Easter just around the corner …

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