My Misguided Attempt At Erotica

A new friend recently posted a titillating piece of erotica that sent me dashing for my second shower of the day. I wish I could write racy prose, not that I haven’t tried. Years ago I learned that many bodice-ripper romances, similar to those that filled Mrs. C’s bookshelves, were written by men. I set my sights on becoming a romance novelist. My manuscript was called For Love Returned, and my heroine, Allison, was described as someone capable of giving ...

Plant Diseases: Rust

Rust is one of the most common fungal plant diseases. The rust fungi will cause unsightly, small, yellow spots on the surface of the leaves and a brown, orange or black powdery residue underneath. The disease is not deadly, but can cause leaves to fall off early and weaken the plant. Unlike other fungi, rust tends to affect healthy plants, usually during late summer or early fall. The disease is spread by spores in the air. As a fungal disease, the ...

Research Discovers Flower Petals have Sticky Coating for Bees!

Researchers found that the surface of petals are similar to Velcro, which is useful for bees, Picture Courtesy of www.pravda.ru not letting go with the wind… For a long time, scientists have known that the petals of most flowering plants (angiosperms) have cone-shaped cells that are not found anywhere else in the plant. Researchers now report that this miniature scenery serves like a surface of Velcro, to which pollinating bees adhere. This feature is particularly useful when the wind starts blowing hard. Read More: http://english.pravda.ru/science/earth/21-06-2012/121450-flowers_bees-0/

What is Bonsai?

Are you a plant lover looking for a new hobby? Try bonsai!   Photo Credit: Flickr, Clif1066 Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is a Japanese horticultural art form of training full size woody plants in containers to look miniature. The name bonsai comes from two Japanese words, “bon” for dish or thin bowl and “sai” for a tree or plant. Thus, the name “bonsai” means “a tree planted in a shallow container.” The art of bonsai is thousands of years old and was once an practice for ...

Flowers Jokes!

Life can be stressful. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress and can help maintain a healthy mental well-being. So laugh whenever you can. It’ll make you feel better. Cheesy jokes always make me laugh. Here are some of the best jokes I’ve found online. Hope they make you smile! If you know of any other flower jokes, share them with us in the Comments. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. What did the bee say ...

Inspiration: Three Choices… And A Story.

“We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, ‘Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone’s plea…’ The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance.” Joan Wester Anderson Inspiration: Three Choices… And A Story. The Choice of Hercules as retold by James Baldwin “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. ...

Tips for Growing Peonies

This is one of the most exciting times of the year! Many beautiful flowers are blooming, particularly peonies. The peak season for peonies is April, May and June – just in time for wedding season! Peonies are large, luscious and sweetly-scented blooms that give roses a run for their money! These long-lasting, easy to grow and hardy flowers are popular ornamental plants that add colour and fragrance to gardens. They can live for decades with minimal care and maintenance. True perennials ...

Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips

"For my prom I really wanted to wear a bright color – something that was going to pop and stand out.” Shay Mitchell Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips Did you attend your high School Prom? Do you remember what you wore? In case you’ve forgotten, Prom Night is around the corner, and it’s time for High School seniors to learn some shopping tips to help them find fabulous gowns and tuxedos for the occasion. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Prom Night ...

Ethical Condiment Conundrum…SOLVED!

New "Dip & Squeeze" vs old "foil" packet - image courtesy of Heinz, Inc. A few weeks ago, I wrote about an ethical dilemma surrounding my patronage of Chick-fil-A eateries and securing extra packets of Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets with the intention of using them at other restaurants I frequent. My question to readers, was whether or not I was stealing from Chick-fil-A when I asked my server for the extra condiments The feedback I received was split down the middle. Half ...

Fabulous Finds: Geometrics

From runways to interiors, geometric shapes and patterns are everywhere! What’s so great about them? Geometric designs are energizing, playful and elegant – the perfect combination to invigorate interior spaces. The go-to shapes include hexagons, diamonds, stripes and the Greek key pattern, but the options are almost endless.  And as an added bonus, geometric patterns excel at hiding wear and tear on upholstery and rugs. Looking to add a pop of geometric design to your space? Check out these fabulous finds! Geometric Storage ...

7 Questions With an Author: Donna Cavanagh

Author, blogger, comedy writer, podcaster – Donna Cavanagh This is another installment of the “7 Questions With an Author…” series, featuring writer Donna Cavanagh. Donna is a personal friend, a gifted writer and founder of the web sites HumorOutcasts.com and HumorOutcasts Press. Her latest book, A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life, was “written” by her two dogs, Frankie and LuLu, and is a guidebook described as “….a short, tail-wagging tale that tells it like it is when it comes to reining in an owner and getting the ...

My Submission to an Essay Contest

Harvard Square commentaries, 1969 On January 10 I learned about an intriguing essay competition with a January 15 deadline. The call for entries had gone out in November, I think, but I just learned about it in January thanks to whatever Internet surfing I was doing. The rationale behind the contest, according to the three women running it, is to gather enough worthy essays to create an anthology titled Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s. Since that covers ...

Long Ago, in a Galaxy Far Away…Darth Vader Raps

This has nothing to do with anything other than my boyhood love for the initial Star Wars trilogy – and the follow-up hodgepodge of prequels. You don’t have to be a fan of Star Wars to thoroughly enjoy this Darth Vader rap (but it helps). This piece was produced by the folks over at CollegeHumor.com – just click the image below to get your Vader on! Hello Kitty + Darth Vadar = Ironic Humor -> just like the Vader Rap video you ...

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!!!

My Emergency Room Confession

In the ER with chest pain... I had no intention of sharing this recent episode in my family’s life, but it’s becoming such a large part – it’s difficult to avoid. For starters, I’ve got an irregular heart beat which means my cardiac ticker tends to tock when it should tick. It’s not been an issue – until recently. On Wednesday, August 29th at 6:45pm I had to call 911 to have an ambulance take me to the hospital for severe chest pain. They ...

Soaring Hearts

I began my Tuesday in the usual manner, picking up a client, (who is more like a friend) and then heading out together to run errands and maybe dig up some fun. It was a blue-domed day with wispy white clouds …a perfect jigsaw puzzle sky. We chatted as we headed to our first appointment, or I should say that I chatted while she remained silent and somewhat somber looking. Being the consummate cheerleader I asked “What’s shaking lady?” to which ...

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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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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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Its Finished!!

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Yeah!! Its finished. It is finally finished! Pretty much a marathon really. Here are the final stages. You can see I took it even further out there than last weeks image…. and then scrapped most of it…. Dance of Life Take … How many was that? and here ….. drum roll!!! Its Finished!!! This is the final abandonment …

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The Craft Of Creating

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Much has been written on the processes of creativity and painting. About both the more esoteric and the technical skills that we need to acquire along the way. What do I mean by esoteric skills? These are those things which extend beyond the range of what brush to use or how to manipulate your materials. Rather they are those unseen gremlins that litter the creative path, whether you are a …

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Dance of Life Completed?

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It took me three weeks to finish the Dance Of Life. Many layers and a reasonably large dose of angst later it was inching towards the finish. As I’ve said before – some paintings just flow and others need to be driven. This one was of the latter variety. Here are the final stages it went through before reaching the end. The image on the right now has more colour in the sky and the landscape has …

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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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