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Happy Mother-in-Law’s Day!

Today is Mother-in-Law’s Day! This holiday, which is celebrated on the 4th Sunday in October, was created in 2002 to honour mother-in-laws. And of course, some of you are probably thinking, “Do we need another holiday to celebrate moms? Isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about?” Well, yes and no. Mother’s Day (which is celebrated in May) is day to honour mothers and mother figures, including step-mothers, and mother-in-laws. But, mother-in-laws are often neglected on Mother’s Day, so we need ...

Reflections: Waiting At A Crossroads…

“You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now…?”  Anthony Robbins Reflections: Waiting At A Crossroads... Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.” Anthony Robbins Crossroads by Joyce Sutphen The second half of my life will be black to ...

Musings: Did You Know…?

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge Musings: Did You Know…? The true meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song? (Carolers at Trafalgar Sq) Musings: Did You Know...? Dickens book had more to do with Scrooge's transformation than singing for our supper...? Twelve Days of Christmas This is the time of year when we dive into holiday ...

On Happiness: Ten Things On My Mind…

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Frederick Keonig On Happiness: Ten Things On My Mind... Breath. Life. Grace... Breath. Life. Grace. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you saw your life flash before you and knew, after the fact, that grace saw you through, it would give you perspective on all the petty stuff we find ourselves quibbling over ...

The Good Witch

Normally, when I talk to you about Witchy Chery P., we are talking about the bitchy witchy side of my personality. But...today I am going to tell you about a wondrous thing that most assuredly qualifies me for a resounding "thumbs up". Way to go, Cheryl P. Thought Number One:   The Tides Have Turned For the last six months or so, Kansas has been in the clenches of a horrible drought. You might remember some of my earlier posts this year concerning the ...

Just Tell Me Where To Go

Today's post is one of my random little ramblings.  As most of you are sadly aware of my propensity to come up with some  totally useless idea and spends hours wasting my time pondering the "what ifs" and "why nots" of it. So the other day, I am having coffee with some friends and they get started at how annoying the "recalculating" phrase on their GPS is.  This tells me two things.  They drive in the wrong direction a lot of ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Begins with a kind word. Children at play Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…. Man and his devoted dog. Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Play ball… two teens. Friendship by Alexander Pushkin What’s friendship? The hangover’s faction, The gratis talk of outrage, Exchange by vanity, inaction, Or bitter shame of patronage. via famouspoetsandpoems In a harsh world with its many ups and downs, friendship is a much needed lifeline.  We cultivate all sorts of friendships; some lasting and others temporary. ...

Creative Book Promotions

Author Jennifer Miller promotes “The Year of the Gadfly” with a Novelade Stand A friend of mine alerted me to this most wonderful book promo idea, a “novelade” stand! Read the short article (which begins with a tweet) by clicking here. Sometimes–not often enough–books are used to promote other things. Click here for a unique case of hotel promotion using a particular book. Here’s a truly creative book trailer, for a book titled Goodbye for Now. Coming in November 2012 is the movie of ...

Crazy Horse Update

For years I’ve been following the progress of the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest sculpture, now in progress, located just 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore. I want to share a few pictures for those of you who are unfamiliar with this project or haven’t followed its progress recently. Monuments like Mount Rushmore contain images carved into a mountain, but this is the first time the dream of carving an entire mountain will become reality. The Crazy Horse Memorial, ...

Peculiar Picture #8

Those familiar with Chubby Chatterbox know that I was a professional illustrator for many years and that I have a file cabinet of peculiar pictures that, for one reason or another, were never published. I thought this illustration would get a lot of use when I painted it about five years ago, but you never can tell what images will please art directors and which ones won’t. I always liked this little demon, but maybe he scared people away. Do you ...

Supertrout

A true story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. The Himalayas had the Abominable Snowman; Scotland had the Loch Ness Monster; the Northwest had Bigfoot; and the Santa Cruz Mountains had Supertrout. Described by those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him, Supertrout was a noble denizen of the water, a baron of bait stealing; big as a barracuda, he could be hooked but was too big to land. My older brother lusted for him like Ahab over ...

Driving With the Rear View in Mind….

Driving With the Rear View in Mind....

It's Wednesday, which means it's also time for my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in update. As an aside, I was a bit concerned heading to weigh-in today because this past Sunday I ran my 5th marathon and I wasn't really sure what impact that type of "forced trauma" might have on my body. I'm not going to lie, continuously moving for 4-5 hours takes a short-term toll on someone's physique and I've been drinking water like a fish the past couple of days to replenish lost fluids - ...

The Goblin Under The Palm Tree

In 1973 Mel Sweggert and I were college roommates at UCLA, but we decided to move out of the dorm for our final year of college. We found an old two-story apartment building in Culver City that had seen better days…but it had a courtyard with a pool. Drooping near the stairs in a corner of the courtyard was an unattractive, but undeniably real, palm tree. We christened the place our first night with beer and a fifth of Southern Comfort. ...

Who Raises Kids That Bully the Elderly???

I’ve written about bullying in the past on several different occasions. Sometimes it happens in the schoolroom sometimes it happens in the boardroom. Whenever and wherever it happens it’s ugly. But I was shocked to see just how ugly it can be. Yesterday, a friend from high school sent me a link to a video that was posted on YouTube of an elderly bus monitor (Karen Klein) who was viciously and mercilessly abused verbally for 10 minutes on a school bus by ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own.  Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces.  Plants can improve the air quality, especially since dorms aren’t known to be airy and spacious. They can also help relieve stress and create a calming and relaxing environment.

Students don’t need to have a “green thumb” to be able to grow these plants. Here are some plants that are affordable, low-maintenance and easy to grow.

LavenderLavender

Every dorm room show grow lavender! Lavender is easy to grow and care for.  The fragrance will freshen up the room and it will even deter mice and other unwanted pests. In addition, lavender has been known to relieve anxiety and stress-ideal during exam times. Lavender plants need sun and well-drained, sandy soil to thrive. Place near the window.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, a succulent plant,  is a popular indoor plant grown for its medicinal properties.  The gel inside the fleshy leaves can heal minor cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Good for accident-prone students or students learning to cook for the first time! It is also ideal for busy students.  You can pretty  much leave the plant alone. It’s low maintenance; it doesn’t need regular watering or much sunlight.

African Violets african violet

African violets will add colour and life to the room. The plant will produce flowers all year round. Plus, they are also known to clear the air of pollutants. They will thrive in any light condition, including artificial, fluorescent lights. But don’t put the plant under direct sunlight. Keep soil moist.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant is another easy plant to grow. It has a nice green-white foliage and blooms pretty little white flowers.  It’s low maintenance and very resilient. It will even survive neglect and doesn’t require much watering. And as a bonus, the spider plant even clears the air of indoor pollutants, like beneze, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

lucky bambooLucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderana)

Adding positive energy to the room, the lucky bamboo has become one of the most popular plants to grow. Probably because bamboo is said to bring good luck and fortune (hence the nickname).  Moreover, it’s easy to care for and doesn’t require much attention. The plant does well in low light environments and doesn’t need soil to grow. Just place the bamboo in water and change it every 2-3 weeks.

All of these plants are readily available at any retailer. Start growing something today! It’s easy and it will be good for you!

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!

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