Reflections: Memories Of Easter & Passover…

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” Henry Van Dyke Reflections: Memories Of Easter & Passover... Do you celebrate Easter and/or Passover? I was preparing a post on Easter when it occurred to me that this was also the week of Passover and that there are households around the world, like mine, where both are honored. Easter and Passover are ...

Flowers & Music

It is said that Ben Harper, an American singer-songwriter and musician, was inspired to write this song during a visit in Istanbul. Whist he was emerged in Turkish culture, Harper heard a poem written by Pir Sultan Abdal, a 15th century poet who rebelled against the Ottoman Empire. The following verse inspired “Roses for my friends”: The stones of the strangers never fell on me But the rose of a friend hurts me Pir Sultan Abdal was sentenced to be stoned to death for ...

Fun Flower Facts: Impatiens (Touch-me-Not)

Impatiens is not a plant for the touchy-feely types. The nickname, touch-me-not, refers to the fact that when the mature seed capsules are touched ever so lightly, they will “explode” and send seeds flying through the air as far as 20 ft from the plant! Impatiens can also be called “Busy Lizzy” because the plant is a prolific bloomer, producing bright, colourful flowers from early summer to fall. Flowers come in assorted solid colours including, red, orange, pink, white and violet; ...

On The Environment: Thirty Go Green Tips…

“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become…” Lady Bird Johnson On The Environment: Thirty Go Green Tips... Help reduce our environmental carbon footprint “We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology, and yet every one of us, ...

Motivate Your Muse: What Inspires You to Write?

“For hundreds of years, people have talked about artists having inspiration, but often, some client would say, write us a symphony or write us a song, on commission. The artists would come up with a masterpiece without waiting to have their muse inspire them.” Tom Glazer “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions ...

Musings: Summing Up The Future in Five Words…

My past is my wisdom to use today. . . my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides. Gene Oliver Musings: Summing Up The Future in Five Words...Your best LIFE Starts Now... Your best LIFE Starts Now… What does the future mean or look like to you? What excites you about the future and can you use only five words?  Today I woke up feeling a little sad… What was bothering me? It ...

Haiku: It Was The First Time….

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” Oprah Winfrey Haiku: It Was The First Time…. It was the first time… Left my peaceful apartment Red dressed devil glared “A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Haiku: It Was The First Time…. She heard it coming… cool breeze, whoosh wings, Patchouli We’ve met… A.D.1? “When someone shows you who they are, ...

Reflections on Blogging: Seven Posts That Helped Along The Way…

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll Reflections on Blogging: Seven Posts That Helped Along The Way... All are invited to party and play Recently, Carole from PigletInPortugal and Barbara from ZeroTo60andBeyond tagged me in a popular prompt that is making the rounds in the blogosphere. First off, Thank You ladies!   Now, the idea is to select seven posts you’ve written that fit seven categories, add links to them and then share ...

Name My Blog Contest!!!

Help Name My Blog!!! I’ve been writing this blog fairly regularly for more than a year now, and I’ve shared a host of thoughts, feelings and opinions regarding a range of topical areas.  But now, I need your help…. The title of this blog is EXTREMELY clunky – “Comments and Questions of Faith, Family, Finance and Fitness” (yuck!) I intentionally made the title so unyielding, after I read an article by blogging guru Chris Brogan who stressed the need to, “…write about what you like and include as much of ...

7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi

7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi

This is my weekly series "7 Questions With an Author..." where I ask an author seven questions about their respective book and share their unedited responses with you. Today's featured author is a personal friend of my, Salvatore Manzi. He's a successful business owner, author and presenter. Not only do we both share the same first name and passion for Italian cuisine, we both believe in life maximization. Here's "7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi" 1. Tell us about your book? Feng Shui ...

7 Questions With an Author: Greg Wientjes, Ph.D.

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is a Standford University Ph.D. holder, Greg Wientjes. Greg currently conducts research in the area of collaborative teaching and learning in online digital environments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Greg is also the cofounder and CEO of University Post, Inc., an Internet content ...

When Do You Stop Cutting the Crust?

Our oldest daughter is now 11 years old, which seems hard to belief, and is in the sixth grade. Her school bus arrives at 7:30 a.m.  each day – much earlier than the elementary kids’ bus she used to ride at 8:50 a.m. So every morning she and I are up around the same time to start our routines for our respective days. Part of her routine is making her own lunch and breakfast. But periodically she’ll get jammed up with her other responsibilities ...

Lax Lent Fasting Options

A Lax Lenten Option - fast from the Kardashians including step-dad Bruce Jenner The Lent season is upon us and for Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians it’s a time of reflection, abstinence and fasting. According to the Bible, fasting is the conscious denial of physical needs such as hunger and thirst to sharpen spiritual focus, bring deliverance and foster fellowship with God. There’s fasting from meats and dainty delicacies; fasting for a predetermined time period ranging from a single meal up ...

Why I’ll Never, Ever Pray for Humbleness Again

Here’s a great guest post from one of my favorite online writing buddies, Jamie Kocur. She’s a gifted writer, singer and musician that I met for the first time at one of Jon Acuff’s Quitter events – needless to say she’s good people. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ==================================== God has a sense of humor. He’s had a few laughs at my expense. Not in a mean, bully-ish kind of way, but in ...

When Trust Dies, Who’s to Blame?

I subscribe to a niche news feed service that sends me press releases and updates regarding religion and faith-based issues. Earlier this week, I saw a press release regarding pastors, priests and rabbis who have abandoned their faith for an atheistic lifestyle. I’m not surprised when religious leaders experience doubt and question lifelong traditions they’ve followed. Faithful followers from Moses through Mother Teresa have expressed doubts regarding their beliefs and have written extensively about what they call “the dark night of the soul.” In fact, ...

Most Expensive Medical Procedures

According to CNBC host Jim Cramer, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is unexpected health care costs. One of the biggest challenges with health care reform is that every American will be required to have some type of health care coverage, but many of those individuals can’t afford it and the country continues to age. While I admire the ideals behind health care reform, I thinks its implementation and execution could conceivably bankrupt our country – in the same way ...

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Underpainting

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Underpainting – what value does it have? If you have been following my blog for a while, you will have noticed my shift to underpainting most of my works now. Why do it? Well the main advantage is that it can give great depth to your work if it is covered by several thin layers of paint over the top. Underpainting is not only a rapid and economical way to envision and develop compositions, it also aids the artist …

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No Forks Needed

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No Forks Needed Genre: Crime Word Count: 100 Mary sat at her usual table, her laptop open and ready. The story she was writing was going well, but now she was stuck. Did she kill off the character giving her problems, or try to rework the plot? She was watching the street, waiting for her muse to return, when two strangers came in. One man went to the kitchen. She heard a …

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Creative Processes – Talking About Resistance

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You see, creative spirits need to be free. They cannot create within the bound confines of strangling political and religious systems. It is the work of creatives to push at the boundaries of human understanding. Which of course why so many of them are not recognized as a genius until after they are dead. Society takes a while to catch up and because it does, and for all the reasons stated …

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Waitete Revisited

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This is a theme that has been popping up a bit this year. A couple of weeks ago I was commissioned to do a painting to match one that one of my collectors bought earlier in the year. She requested a similar scene but with a more moody/misty feel to it. Which progressed to an under layer of colour and establishing the sky clouds. These clouds flowed really smoothly – such a pleasure to paint when it all works! …

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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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Mixing Colours Yellows

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What you need to know about yellow before you start mixing colours. Cadmium Yellow (Hidden Orange) This Orange biased Yellow is opaque and contains a large amount of Orange. When you compare it to a Green biased Yellow you can definitely see the Orange colour within it. Even though Cadmium Yellow is also from the cadmium heavy metal family, it’s toxicity is so low as to hardly register and …

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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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