Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG…

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  Life’s Little Instructions Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… The huge robot soldier at Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Supermoon; perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Big Art at Storm King Art Center: Alexander Calder Five Swords (red) and Buddha at Rest. In NYC: Giant Needle and Button on Fashion/7th ...

Online Friendships: An Adventure Meeting a Twitter Friend Offline…

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.” Joseph Addison Garden of Friendships: They come in different packages; online, offline, and on all lines Whether we call them e-friendships, cyber friendships, virtual friendships, internet friendships or online friendships, what is apparent is that the trend won’t go away…. There are even websites likecyberfriends.com created uniquely for building such connections. Nowadays, we meet our friends in all sorts of ways and I love reading or hearing about how others ...

Inspiration: Seeking Balance…

“Evermore in the world is this marvelous balance of beauty and disgust, magnificence and rats” Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Seeking Balance... Pause and enjoy the peacock's dance... We have 174 days to 2012 and I can feel the exhaustion slowly creeping up… Dressed like a magnificent bird, it beckons me to step inside the sparkling chamber of sleep and rest. Everything can wait it says, nobody is indispensable it assures me… Tarry, tarry, tarry a while. I nod. I smile. I understand. ...

Presidents’ Day: Facts. Fables. Nicknames & More Mega Blog Hops…

“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all.” President George Washington Presidents’ Day Origins: For anyone who wonders about the origin of this special federal holiday that celebrates/honors two of America’s greatest Presidents; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the idea came in 1968, when the 90th Congress voted to shift three federal holidays, including George Washington’s Birthday to the 3rd Monday of February. There was resistance and objections ...

The Visitor

Arthur senses he is being watched. He stands very still, tensing his muscles, ready for flight. He stares straight ahead, waiting, watching. She walks round the table, noticing all the clutter. What a mess. She remembers the tidy, spotless kitchen of her childhood, no mess or spills allowed. She remembers the cupboard under the stairs. Dark, cold, silent. Arthur tries a high-pitched meow but it gets no response. She stares at the cat. She has always disliked cats. Now it doesn’t matter. Now she can see ...

On Music: The Shorthand of Emotion…

“Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits.” Rabindranath Tagore On Music: The Shorthand of Emotion... Right? Concha Buika. Today is Friday, the 13th, and I know some folk who believe in all that superstitious stuff about the number 13 will be under covers waiting for a ghoul to show up. Have no fears my darlings, music can make even a ghost dance… Since I’m working on being brief on this blog, ...

8 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maple Tree

It’s July 1st, which means it’s Canada Day! Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian bloggers out there! To celebrate this joyous occasion, today’s blog post is all about the maple tree, one of Canada’s most treasured resources. In Canada, the maple tree is best known for its leaves (the red maple leaf is Canada’s most recognized symbol) and the delicious pancake-topping maple syrup it produces. But here are some facts you may not know about the tree: While the maple ...

Inside – weekly photo challenge

Inside – looking out We rented a house on Ile de Re. We were there out of season and had a lovely holiday recharging our batteries. Our house was charming and this is a view from our room which overlooked the square.  The trees were just coming into leaf, it was quite cool so no-one sat outside the little cafe; the locals huddled inside dipping warm croissants into steaming bowls of hot chocolate. Most mornings we joined them.

Reader Favorites 2011: #9 – An Important Lesson I Learned….

My daughter and I fighting the current Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 9th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: An Important Lesson I Learned originally posted in August. Last week, my family went on vacation at the beautiful Deep Creek Lake in western, Maryland where we rented ...

Wedded Bliss-Tors #2: It’s About Time – Movie Short

Wedded Bliss-Tors #2: It's About Time - Movie Short

Here is a second installment of my Wedded Bliss-Tors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. This 2-minute episode deals with the nearly universal experience of different perspectives regarding time that men and women have. Be sure to leave a comment if you can relate or share a similar experience!!!

Blog Awards Dogs and YTT

Today I want to thank Karen Wojcik Berner of Bibliophilic Blather for the Versatile Blogger Award. Karen is the author of a wonderful book entitled A Whisper to a Scream which is the first in I believe a six book series. Karen’s an amazing lady and very supportive of the writing community. I must admit, I’m honored, but I usually avoid accepting these awards because they require me to do two very difficult things. One is to figure out how to ...

Elegantly Repurposed & Designed

When desiring a fresh or updated look, few people can afford to purchase all new furnishings and decor. And even if you could, why would you when so many pieces can be repurposed to work with the new design? Favorite pieces or those with sentimental value are part of what makes a house a home. Plus, repurposing is good for the environment, not to mention your wallet! We recently worked with some amazing clients that had relocated to Texas from Colorado. Although ...

5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training

Running Along - courtesy www.ronedmondson.com Today I have the honor of having a featured guest post on the fantastic web site of Ron Edmondson, a nationally-recognized writer, pastor and leadership authority. Ron was kind enough to publish a piece I wrote titled 5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training - here's an excerpt: ======================================== Prior to my 40th birthday I decided I wanted to run a full marathon. I found a training regimen, stuck to it and successfully completed my first 26.2 mile distance within the ...

An April Fool’s Day Quiz

In each category, match the number of the statement with the letter of its author. (Answers at “For Fun” tab above.) Politics 1. It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country. 2. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. 3. A fool and his money are soon elected. 4. There was a time when a ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 1

In the spirit of other popular Friday features here on The Daily ReTORt – such as Wedded Blissters, Conversations With Cleverbot and On the Psychiatric Couch – we’re launching a new feature titled The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest. The idea is simple. On Fridays I’ll post some kind of amusing, ironic or ambiguous photo that you’re then invited to develop a caption for in the comment section below. Captions will be accepted until the following Friday image is posted, at which time I’ll ...

Skittish Hat Tossing

Standing out in the street and tossing my hat up into the air...watching it spin like a copter blade slicing through the blue sky, momentarily blocking out the omnipresent sun, and then dropping like a dead pigeon at my feet. Thud. I don’t know what I was hoping for. Perhaps I was channeling Mary Richards from the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show. I can see myself, sporting a carefully planned ensemble of polyester, pleather, and wool, (complete with shiny accessories), feeling ...

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

Guest Blog: 3 Best Summer Flowers for Gardening

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The summer heat forces us to use tough and sturdy perennials in our garden, capable of withstanding the long and scorching days ahead. Thankfully though, these perennials can be quite gorgeous and colorful as well, like the following ones on our list that you can benefit from planting in your garden: Moonbeam Threaded Coreopsis, Red Valerian Flower and the Goblin Blanket Flower… …

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Gardening Inspirational Quotes

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“If you have a Plant and a Garden, you have everything you need.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero “Gardening is not a rational act.” –Margaret Atwood “The Love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” –Gertrude Jekyll albertawildrose “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” -May Sarton …

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Wonderfull… or Weird?

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Well we all know the world of flowers and plants is a beautiful place. But is it always? While searching for topics for my blogs I came upon some pictures that gave me the impression otherwise. Today I learned, that while all flowers are unique. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I decided I absolutely had to share my findings: We start off with, the Bleeding Tooth Fungus. Also known as …

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Whats The Obsession with Pansy’s?

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The name pansy stems from the word pensée meaning “thought” in French. It was named this because the Face of the flower resembles a human face, and in the mid-to-late summer it nods forward as if in deep thought. The Victorian meaning of the name pansy means “to think” particularly of love ,for example; if a young lady found a pansy left for her by her secret lover, it would mean …

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New Trend Alert: Fairy Gardens

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A “fairy garden” is just a miniature garden or landscape in a container, including some hardscape items such as stone paths or fairy chairs and little houses or some sort of miniature objects to give one the perception of a miniature garden. The use of many types of small leaved plants with an assortment of leaf colors and textures along with a combination of growth habits …

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Guest Blog : What Should I Plant Where? The Science of Seed Sewing

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Your garden can be anything you want it to be, from a relaxing getaway for you to sit in the sun with a book during the summer, a football pitch for the kids or an outdoor place for entertaining guests. For others, however, it’s the place where they grow their own fruit and vegetables. Growing your own is a great activity that the whole family can get involved in, saving you money because you …

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Guest Post: Best Oxygen-Producing Indoor Plants

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As one of the most elegant plants out there, the Peace lily has gorgeous white flowers with dark, long leaves. It requires a controlled amount of sunlight to survive, so if you see any yellowing in the leaves, this means they have seen far too much light. The plant will thrive best when it’s about six feet from a window. If you see the leaves droop, it may need some more water, just remember to …

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