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It is official I am now SPAM!

Hi folks, I’m having a few issues with WordPress at the moment which I can’t seem to resolve. The comments I leave on your blogs are not appearing. To begin with I wondered what on earth was happening – there was not even the “Your comment is awaiting moderation” message. Nada – nothing – Zilch. I then connected with Ronnie on Twitter as I’d left three comments on her blog Hurtled to 60 and now beyond and nada. She checked her SPAM box ...

Telling Porkies

When my son and fiancée moved to their new home in the UK they inherited a neglected, but nevertheless healthy rhubarb plant which had masses of thick juicy stalks. I was green with envy as the plant was growing in a small container and I’d desperately tried for years to grow rhubarb in containers, with little success. Healthy rhubarb growing in a small container Thinking of my ailing rhubarb plant in Portugal I jealously stared at it in disbelief; it defied EVERYTHING ...

Blogging. Why am I?

WELCOME TO MY PAGE I’m new to blogging. Recently I’ve been reading and asking lots of questions on how best to go about being a success in the wild and weird blogosphere. There’s much to learn and I must confess that I’m a little overwhelmed. That said I am also determined and excited! What inspired me to merge into the “live wire stream of consciousness” blogosphere? That word for one. To me, it says, The World. Welcome dear blogger to the world. ...

Charmed, I’m Sure

In this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge, we are to use the third definition of the  word “CHARM (verb) 1a : to affect by or as if by magic : compel   b : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction 2: to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also : to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences 3: to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music) - See more ...

Trader Joe's, We Have To Talk....

Dear Trader Joe's: You know I have shown my loyalty to you many times over the years. Yes, there was the time you discontinued my favorite Sweet n' Hot Mustard. It took me months of therapy, and bags--cases I would estimate--of your Baked Cheese Crunchies, but I learned to trust you again. Trader Joe's, you had me at “Better N’ Peanut Butter.” I see you almost every day. More than I see anyone aside from my immediate family, who live just .3 ...

5 Delicious Ways to Use Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the edible flowers that come from zucchinis and other summer squashes. They are typically available from May to September. They have a mild and delicate squash flavour. Squash blossoms are highly perishable. And for this reason, they aren’t usually found in the grocery stores. Your best best is to visit your local farmer’s market or grow them yourself. Choose blossoms that look fresh and have their buds closed. It is recommended you use them the same day you ...

A New Way To Biscuits And Gravy

The home fries are simple enough and I like to do them a little different.  Let us get them out of the way before we get into the biscuit and gravy shortcut, alright? For the home fries, I use my pre-heated panini grill which I have lathered a little real butter onto with a pastry brush. (The potatoes must be put onto the grill immediately after brushing with the butter.) The potatoes themselves have been boiled until they just begin to turn ...

Fun Flower Facts: Roses Named After Celebrities

As if fame and fortune wasn’t enough for celebrities, they even have flowers named after them! Photo Credit: http://www.nurseriesonline.com.au Marilyn Monroe Rose Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell, has a soft, creamy apricot colored hybrid rose named after her.  The rose is lightly scented and a classic beauty, which perfectly represents Marilyn’s timeless beauty. Photo Credit: http://www.rose-roses.com The Barbra Streisand Rose Barbara Streisand has said that if a flower was named after her, she would want it to smell good and be disease free. Botanists have since ...

Red Clover, Red Clover, C’mon Over!

Like the dandelion, some people consider the Trifolium pretenseis to be a weed because they show up uninvited in large numbers on lawns everywhere. Their growth is fast and furious! Red clovers flower within 65 days of planting and will continue to flower every 30-35 days after harvest. These wildflowers will grow in any soil condition and climate. This short-lived perennial belongs in the legume family and can be found growing in the wild all over North America, Europe, Australia and northern ...

Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile flowers have been used for centuries to treat an assortment of ailments. The flowers are known to contain anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. There are two main types of chamomile used in traditional herbal medicine: German Chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and Roman or English Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). If you are a gardener, you can grow your own flowers. Alternatively, you can purchase dried flower heads, liquid extracts or creams from specialty or herbal stores. Chamomile tea is readily available at most grocery ...

Art and Eternity

My band released our first video this week.  Here it is, for those of you who are interested. At the end of the video I wanted to put the quote below, but we decided against it because we were afraid it would take away from the music. So I thought I’d share it here where words are expected. “The only thing that’s real... The only thing that lasts... Is the art.” Does this mean that I think souls aren’t real? No.  It means that I think that ...

Fun Flower Facts: Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum)

Jack  in the Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum) is a exotic looking perennial plant native to moist woodlands in eastern North America, including Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.  The Jack in the name refers to the central spadix, while the Pulpit refers to the pouch-shaped spathe (a sheath-like leaf) with an outer hood that surrounds the spadix. It is named so because the plant looks like a preacher standing in a pulpit (a raised platform for giving speeches). The plant grows to be ...

Artists Need Space

Artists need space in more ways than you might conventionally interpret that. Of course we need space to create in – a studio or designated space that is ours for only that purpose. You cannot get by for too long just using the kitchen table, if you are serious about your art. Top of my ‘wouldn’t it be nice if’ list right now is a beautiful studio…. Beautiful Studio I love the grand space in this room! Big sigh of Appreciation….. When you move ...

American Homeless Being Treated As Criminals?

Imagine yourself with a good job, a decent hourly wage and health benefits as a perk of your employment. (Like the good old days.)  The thought of becoming homeless never occurs to you. Being homeless is always something that happens to somebody else, correct? Now add to the above, yearly paid vacation time and sick leave. You have the job and the benefits that the homeless can never dream of. You have money in your checking account and your savings account and ...

Author Archive: Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

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Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which is title Buzz: The Book, a primer on what it takes to build and sustain buzz for a service, product, idea or brand. …

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

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Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters of the King and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children. …

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7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins

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Blogger, author and speaker – Jeff Goins Here’s the latest installment of my ongoing “7 Questions With an Author…” series. I’m thrilled about today’s interview because it features a truly gifted writer – who’s also a friend – Jeff Goins. Jeff is an accomplished blogger, sought-after speaker and best-selling author. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, he graduated from Illinois …

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7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

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Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake. After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance …

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4 Life-Changing Reasons Why You Should Have a Baby Journal

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“…I don’t think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya, From the Princess Bride There is a bit of confusion it would seem, in some of the more common expressions around parenthood. Before the birth of our son, my wife and I would always hear the comment: “Our child is the center of our …

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Trombone Arms…really?!?

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I grew up in a house jammed with music. Or drums, anyway. My dad was a drummer, so these instruments were part of the living room furniture, and a part of me. In fourth grade it was finally time to join the band. My classmates and I lined up to select our weapons of choice. “But you …

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