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Facebook Follies

Facebook has become my friend, virtually linking me, often in real time, to my true flesh-and-blood friends. I check it frequently for updates on people's lives. I enjoy their news and the many links they provide; some educate, most simply entertain. I often laugh at silly videos or I am moved to tears, over a beautiful musical contribution, or contemplation over a thought-provoking news clip. It is sometimes this shut-in's only connection to the outside world. Recently a friend shared a ...

Travel Photo Contest

Image via Wikipedia National Geographic is having a Traveler photo contest but hurry, the contest submission deadline is July 11 2011. They are looking for travel photos that are of people, landscapes, unrehearsed type photos. It does have an entry fee but look at it this way. You are getting your photos in front of National Geographic. First prize is a 14 day trip for 2 persons to the British and Irish Isles aboard the National Geographic Explorer. There are also ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the changing face of nature and her seasons Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for gatherings on healthy living, service, advocacy and love for others I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives. Rachel Roy I’m thankful for every moment. Al ...

New Tabbed Section of My Favorites

I have succumbed. I decided to take advantage of Amazon’s template for displaying and commenting on my favorite books. It’s just a neat way to see the covers and read a quick sentence by me about each, then to click to read more about the book, and then, if you want, to add to the shopping cart and go from there. Or, of course, to make a note to yourself and go support your local bookstore! I’ve named favorite books in ...

Christmas holidays

I was recently asked by a friend living in the UK: "Do expats still take holidays and if so where?" What a strange question and one I’d never considered! So what's the deal with expats and holidays? Do you return to your homeland to visit family and friends, explore your new country or are you still tempted to travel to foreign shores? Some expats, having fulfilled their dream of moving abroad, may prefer to "holiday at home" - a perfect opportunity to explore ...

Share Your World #31

Share Your World! 1) Do you push the elevator button more than once and do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Sometimes I push it more than once if I am by myself or goofing around with a friend. I don’t believe that it makes the elevator go faster, but imagine if it did! keithcu.com 2) If you had the choice between an RV, a sports car, truck, SUV, or a bicycle, which would you choose and why? I would prefer a horse, but since ...

Buffaloed

In 2010 Mrs. Chatterbox and I made a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We arrived in the park in May, and while it was amazingly cold (all of the lakes were frozen) we had a great time. Aside from the marvelous scenery and remarkable geothermal activity, such as Old Faithful, it’s the animals that most tourists go to see. I remember traveling down a road and stopping because fellow tourists were leaping out of their cars to see a grizzly ...

Fall Gardening Checklist

Fall is well under way. The temperatures are cooler. The leaves on the trees have changed colours. The days are shorter. The nights are longer. And before you know it winter will be here soon enough. But before you can relax by the fireplace for the next few months, be sure to get some of these things done before the first snowfall. Remove spent annuals and weeds from the garden. Collect seeds and herbs for drying. Cut back on soft-foliage perennials like bleeding ...

The Guys Guide to Giving Flowers

92% of women can remember the last time they received flowers, and 89% say receiving flowers makes them feel special. Giving great floral gifts, however, still remains a mystery to most men. To help them out, author and TV host Rebecca Cole provides guidance on giving females flowers. “If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the pathway to a woman’s heart is through her other senses,” said Cole, author of Flower Power and co-host of Discovery Channel’s ...

What Giving Flowers Says About You

As we have been in the flower business for 30+ yrs we already knew that the gift of flowers evokes instant smiles & happiness but what about the gift giver? What does it say about them? Rutgers researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D & director of the Universities Human Emotions Lab undertook the job of trying to find out what the gifts we give says about who we are & how we are perceived by others. What she found is that compared to ...

Flower Trends for 2014

Flower trends are constantly evolving from arrangement styles to flower varieties and colours. Here are the top floral design colour palettes for 2014. Confetti Bright and Bold is the general trend here! Tangerine, fuchsia, poppy red, bright green, hot pink, turquoise, sunshine yellow and dandelion yellow make up the rainbow of hues that is Confetti. As the graphic states, playful and fun is the theme behind the colours! Some flower suggestions within this theme: Gerbera Daisy, Green Trick Dianthus, Sun Flower, Zinnia, Gloriosa Lily and ...

Featured Artist: Tracey Fletcher King

This is the premier blog post for my continuing series focusing on some of the amazing artists I've come across as I peruse the blogosphere. These artists exemplify the meaning of talented. In the series I have interviewed each artist, asking about their art, process, tools & inspiration. You'll be able to learn all about each artist in his or her own words. The series will feature a new artist every month. I hope you enjoy our first featured entrant. Tracey ...

Creativity In Coromandel

When I was in Coromandel, well to be more precise, on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, recently, I had coffee at a place called Colville.  What’s at Colville then? Well not much actually – a Post Office, a General Store which seconds as a petrol station and this little coffee bar called the Green Schnapper Cafe  .Now I had to look it up on line and there seems to be a little controversy over the spelling of Schnapper.  Is ...

Serendipity: Some Positive Markers for March…

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams.  May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you had in your yesterdays.” Anon Serendipity: Unfolding Truth Mandala by Keith Allen Kay credits below Serendipity is such a wondrous thing! Today, serendipity led me in three directions; to a ✿reflective post, to a ✿happiness site, and to ✿divine art. Clicking on my Facebook page this morning, I noticed an article posted by psychologist, Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. It ...

Author Archive: 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...

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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Kidoodle.TV: A Safe Site For Kids

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Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that offers the discerning parent many quality shows for their children to watch. They provide a generous list of educational and entertaining programs that can be customized for each kid in the family. Because the selection of videos are in an environment that parents control, kids can watch their pre-selected Kidoodle.TV shows on the go. …

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

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Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can set aside winter wear, listen to some Mamba and dance in the yard. Soon, we’ll see now vegetation and floral life everywhere. Are you excited? What are your plans? …

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Haiku: That’s Amore

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“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” Dean Martin Haiku: That’s Amore Dean Martin – That’s Amore (1956) Love… that’s amore It strikes at unusual times In strangest places “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Haiku: That’s Amore Life… that’s amore We wait in vain for lovers To shine like the moon “We can …

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St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! One of the joys of this day of revelry and parades is how much fun and creativity goes into celebrating this day. The parades showcase the best of Ireland and it’s immigrant population around the world, and people gather to toast to Saint Paddy and drink a Guinness stout in his memory. Of course, all the celebratory zeal means the parades linger on for quite a while.. …

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