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Planting Summer Bulbs

Summer isn’t here yet, but now is the time to start thinking about planting summer bulbs in your garden. These summer flowering plants will add a bold colour and fabulous foliage to your garden from midsummer to early fall.  They can be grown in the garden or in a container.  Plus, they are easy to grow. You just have to remember to dig them up in the fall. What are summer bulbs? They are plants with tubers and corms that bloom in ...

Inspiration: The Mystic Poets On Love – Part 1…

“My love to God has so possessed me that no place remains for loving or hating any save Him.” Rabia Basri Inspiration: The Mystic Poets On Love - Part 1...Mirabai “I want to put out the fires of Hell, and burn down the rewards of Paradise. They block the way to God. I do not want to worship from fear of punishment or for the promise of reward, but simply for the love of God.” Rabia Basri I was always the eccentric one ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lots of Lines…

“As full lines of battle could not be handled through the thick wood, I ordered the advance of the six brigades by heavy skirmish lines, to be followed by stronger supporting lines.” James Longstreet Weekly Photo Challenge: Lots of Lines... Bench in Highline Park Weekly Photo Challenge: Lots of Lines... Walkway/cart in Highline Park Weekly Photo Challenge: Lots of Lines... Frank Geary designed IAC Hq in NY Every where we look, there are lines; seemingly endless lines that dominate our space and keep our ...

Reflections: On A Happy Fourth of July…

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin Reflections: On A Happy Fourth of July… When my kids were little, we celebrated July 4th or Independence Day with all the pomp and pageantry it deserved; cook outs, barbeques, desserts galore, and the trip down to the waterfront to enjoy the fireworks and other entertainment organized by the village. We invited friends and neighbors over, and it was one of the few ...

On Naming: Zandra Meet Elizabeth…

“We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.” Marcus Tullius Cicero On Naming: Zandra Meet Elizabeth... Queen Elizabeth I at her coronation On Naming: Zandra Meet Elizabeth... Queen Elizabeth II on a visit to NASA Some of us come into the world and embrace the names our parents bestow on ...

Musings: The Road To Forgiveness…

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Musings: The Road To Forgiveness... Offer, ask... and let go Forgiveness Sets Us Free Why forgiveness? What prompts us to forgive others? At different points in our lives, we have all experienced hurtful events; verbal, psychic and/or ...

Fun Flower Facts: Zinnia

Zinnias are brightly coloured flowers belonging to the Asteraceae family, where other members include asters, daisies, and sunflowers. Flowers vary in size, with diameters ranging from one inch to seven inches. They also vary in form; they might have a single, semi-double or double layers of petals. The zinnia is a hot-climate plant native to South America and southwestern United States. Zinnias are popular fresh cut flowers and are valued for their long stems and brightly-coloured blooms. Cut flowers should last ...

Someone Had To Be First

We know so many important names in history, the first human to set foot on the moon, the first person to fly solo over the Atlantic or the first intrepid souls to reach the poles or scale Mount Everest, but who was the first person to have their picture taken? Having our picture snapped is an occurrence we all take for granted. You don’t need to be a famous fashion model to be photographed relentlessly. We’re photographed at the DMV, entering ...

Death In The Family

Everyone I might have offended with this post is dead, except my mother who doesn’t have a computer, and there’s something I’d like to get off my chest. I’ve always been suspicious of the manner in which my uncle died. This happened when I was two years old so I’ve had to piece together a picture of the event from various relatives, mostly my mother who was not actually there when the tragedy took place. My mother’s boisterous Portuguese family had gathered ...

Birthday #60

Mrs. Chatterbox is slightly older than me; she turned 60 three weeks ago. Since then I’ve pretended I was a younger man consorting with a cougar. But yesterday was my birthday. Now I’m S-I-X-T-Y, and taking solace in a post I wrote back in my younger days, when I was a mere 59: There are benefits to not being good with numbers and I’m reaping one right now. I thought this was the year I hit the big 60 but I ...

The Psychiatric Couch: The Brady Bunch

Show Open for The Brady Bunch I'm not a clinically trained psychiatrist, but I know how to spell "clinically" without using spell check. And while I don't have a degree in psychiatry I can easily read the degrees on a thermometer. Given those credentials, I believe that I'm more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That's why I write this periodic series titled The Psychiatric Couch.... The first installment of this series explored the psyches of Winnie the Pooh and ...

Memorial Day Tribute

For all the service men and women who give their lives every day so that the rest of us can live ours. Below is a brief, two minutes long, yet  poignant video that I stumbled upon today that really drives home the importance of remembering the fallen, so we can rise up and carry on. If you’ve lost a loved one who served – all I can say is thank you! You may need tissues for this one…. Photo Credit - Creative Commons: Lindsey ...

What Do You Believe In?

I recently had a disturbing conversation with my eighty-seven year old mother, which isn’t unusual because so many of my conversations with Mom these days are unsettling. While it’s common for the elderly to focus on the past, claiming everything was better in the “old days,” my mother has chosen to see the world through a dark lens. For her, everything is horrible. The world is tearing apart at the seams. America is on its last legs. Our freedoms are ...

Am I a bad provider for my family???

I'm the first to admit it, that if we lived in the frontier days my family would have died of starvation. The only plants that I can effectively grow are weeds in my yard, and I've never hunted an animal for food. It's safe to say we would have died just outside the city limits heading to a better life on the open prairie. However, I am able to purchase hoagie sandwiches when necessary which is what I do every Sunday ...

Leah Griffith - Eating Life Raw

My name is Leah Griffith, I was raised in the northeast, and then migrated to Hawaii, St. Croix, North Carolina, and now sunny Florida. Enjoy observing life, and laughing at it, particularly when it catches me off guard. I've completed my first novel and am currentlly seeking representation. I love writing, and reading, but mostly I love life.

The Kid Got to Me

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When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. What had happened to make her look inwardly, away from the rockets and the blistering pink of youth? …

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Run Like Hell!

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Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within …

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I Left a Hot Pot of Coffee for This?

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It’s early, and eerie, and I’m getting goose flesh as my morning walk leads me into some really dense fog. I have to push myself across the threshold of hesitation, for who knows what lurks in this heavy haze? And to think, I left a hot pot of coffee for this. Each day is a gamble, …

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Cupid Must Think I’m Stupid!

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Valentine’s schmalentine’s, who gives a crap? Is this day just for daters and maters or for the general population? I’ve been married 35 years and I’ve yet to get a valentine gift. Of course I’m not the type to make a fuss. I like to silently seethe. Actually, I come from Worcester County, which happens to …

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A Soft Surrender

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I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn’t help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the …

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2014, Come as You Are

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I thought the year 2012 would kill me, but I made it through, entering 2013 with steady eyes and heightened expectations—silly silly girl. Turns out 2013 had its own plans for Leah, taking the opportunity to teach me some real stunners. I’m not talking cliché quips, or token phrases, but cut out my heart and …

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