On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall…

“A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” Thomas Jefferson On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Ignore the no white rule... live! On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... capture the colors of falling foliage Labor Day Weekend  is a time to shift gears from the summer of surf and sand fun to a return to work and the impending fall season. It sets the tone serving us notice ...

Grace: Seeking Balance In All Things…

“I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn’t something left in life of charm and grace.” Margaret Mitchell Grace: Seeking Balance In All Things... embrace the positive and act with moderation With all the major events and massive changes going on in our world today, it is not surprising that some of us feel overwhelmed, perplexed, torn by conflicting emotions from exhilaration to ennui. Finding ways to gain balance amidst the chaos and swirling change requires grace and a ...

John Doe

One of the benefits of being an artist is that it allows me to play God. The world might not obey my commands but when I paint anything is possible. I can defy gravity and place waterfalls where they couldn’t possibly exist, and I can set more than one sun in the sky to illuminate different areas of my composition. I have total control over my pictorial world. The power can make my head spin.This painting harbors a secret. It ...

Weekly photo challenge – Summer

This photo always makes me smile and says “Summer” to me. I love being near to water and walking along the beach with the sun shining down is one of life’s simple pleasures for a life lived in the northern hemisphere, and more used to rainy than sunny days.

Inspiration: How Do You Relax?

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” Osho Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Rest with soothing music... Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Relaxation techniques work... We’ve had a long and challenging day. Our muscles are taut, our mind is stressed, and we desperately need to unwind… How do you relax? What props/tools help you achieve a state of relaxation?  ...

Guest Post: Flowers and Art in Decoration

If you have decided to make significant changes in your home, by adding some decorations you can think about creative ideas and give your home a fresh and bright airy feel. Nowadays there are thousands of ideas for innovative decorations, some of them more sophisticated and others easier to create. To decorate your home you do not be a professional decorator, the only thing to do is to have the right ideas and materials in order to give your home ...

Friendship: It’s In The Cards…

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than truefriendship.” Thomas Aquinas Friendship: It’s In The Cards… “I always felt that the great privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.” Katherine Mansfield What qualities do you value most in friends? Do you remember how you met your most trusted friend? Diahann is one of my most trusted friends, we have known each other since our college days when we worked at Saks, and we met before we met… ...

NASA: 50 Years Of Space Travel..

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” Neil Armstrong NASA: 50 Years Of Space Travel.. Launch of Friendship 7 with John Glenn aboard NASA: 50 Years Of Space Travel... Light orbiting red dwarf star Today is the 50th anniversary of America’s orbital space flight. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn was sent into orbit on ...

Reader Favorites 2011: #9 – An Important Lesson I Learned….

My daughter and I fighting the current Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 9th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: An Important Lesson I Learned originally posted in August. Last week, my family went on vacation at the beautiful Deep Creek Lake in western, Maryland where we rented ...

How I’m Learning Humility This Week

This week I’m attending a pair of communications-training conferences in Colorado. It’s been a great experience thus far – except for last night. Below is a video post I shot this afternoon where I talk about the first presentation we had to deliver and how I crashed and burned. Enjoy.

Now What?

For years I’ve been trying to train myself on how to live in the Now. But lately, between Oprah’s Life Classes and Eckhart Tolle’s books, plus the fact that my life seems to be coming unglued on a consistent basis, I have a new sense of urgency about it. It all sounds so enlightening, and yogilicious! Unless of course you’re the type of person who has allowed your mind and emotions pretty much free reign…then you’re in trouble. The mind is ...

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 ...

I Could be Persuaded.

The morning nudges me awake like a dutiful parent; tugging softly, yet with purpose. I dress and head outside, squinting into the tropically brilliant morning, and even though I have a long work day ahead of me, I feel lucky to be living in such an alluring place. Watching the palm trees sway like hula girls and the playful Gulf of Mexico swish her foamy skirts at me...drives me to giddiness! Sometimes, when life turns dark and moody, it’s as though ...

Spirituality Yea or Nay … or Whatever

Author: Volk; Publisher: HarperOne When I see a book trailer that intrigues me, and especially if it’s on a topic I may have reservations about, I Google the title to see who published it and what may have been written about the book already. Today I was intrigued by the trailer (link provided below) on Fringe-ology by Steve Volk. The book was published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers that specializes in influential books on personal growth, religion, spirituality, and ...

Compulsory Voting

Have you ever heard of this concept of compulsory voting? I never had. It took a chance meeting and conversation in the gardens at the Palace of Versailles with a couple from Australia to educate me on this one. (Don’t you love it?) As civil servants in their country, both the man (fire department) and the woman (police department) were very much in favor of compulsory voting, which is not only a law there but an enforced law. You are ...

Ignoring the Muse

So, last week I started writing in my head. Well, actually it was longer ago than that, but last week my mental writing became so distracting that I was having a difficult time concentrating on anything else. It was like having a little movie screen in my head. At first it was easy to shut it off, but as the story deepened the more distracted I became, until finally I couldn’t concentrate on much of anything else. My brain was ...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: 10 Things To Know About Super Bowl 2014

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“That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.” John Madden Super_Bowl_XLVIII_logo MetLife Stadium for Superbowl XLVIII 1. It’s the first time it’s being played in NY/NJ area 2. It’s the first one played in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city. 3. Of the 48 Super bowls played, it …

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Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it?

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In January I started my diet (RUDE word, but needs must). My goal: lose 42lb in 21 weeks. Achievable? Climbing Everest is achievable! My personal trainer convinced me it was possible “Anything is possible if we put our minds to it.” That’s diet of course, not climbing Everest, which of course would not. She’s obviously a good saleslady, …

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Plant-Based Diets and Iron

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As a young woman my pulse was alarmingly high. I was a swimmer, got plenty of exercise and should have had a nice low resting pulse rate. My Doctor at the time was alarmed enough by my pulse rate to order a blood test that measured my hemoglobin. The results showed that my hemoglobin was very, …

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Facing the Hills….

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Here’s a great guest post from one of my favorite online writing buddies, Eileen Knowles. She’s funny, insightful and loves coffee as much as me – how can you NOT like somebody like that? If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ======================================================== My family and I recently moved from North Carolina …

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3 Painful Lessons About Practice

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My medal for completing the 2013 Frederick Half Marathon Four weeks ago I ran and completed the 2013 Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon – a 13.1 mile jaunt through the highways and byways of Frederick County Maryland. Now mind you, the last time I had run a distance that far was early last summer before the birth …

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How I Lost 30 lbs in six months….

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I’ve written a few times on this blog about the scary heart issue that I had toward the end of last year and my subsequent overnight in the hospital emergency room. I also wrote about the ongoing fight I’ve been forced to face against myself to lose 40 pounds at the recommendation of my cardiologist. Since I’ve …

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Herbal Teas to Relieve Stress

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Life isn’t always a walk in the park. It can be quite stressful. In times of stress, you may be feeling highly irritable, emotional and anxious. And as a result, you may suffer from headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, and weight loss, just to name a few symptoms. That being said, don’t stress out! One …

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