Preventing Plant Troubles

All gardens, no matter how well maintained are subject to troubles from insects and diseases that can, and will attack your plants as soon as your back is turned! The best way to handle plant troubles is PREVENTION. Choose your plants carefully! Bulbs: You want bulbs that are solid & firm at the base with no growth. Ensure they are are mold free. Stay away from bulbs that are covered if they are covered in withered scales. Most are planted in Autumn but ...

Reflections: Bliss Is…

“To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is — not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss.” Joseph Campbell Reflections: Bliss Is... in the waterfalls? What does bliss mean to you? Have you ever stopped to think about the saying; follow your bliss? When you wake up in the morning do you envision a day filled with bliss? If you’re wondering what prompted this ...

Reflections: Heartaches To Heal…

“The ache of grief is always there, but the emptiness will lift one day. Their life to us the greatest gift, and only by living can it be repaid.”  Jill Pendley Reflections: Heartaches To Heal… REMEMBER by Christina Rossetti Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you ...

Black Flowers for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! In a matter of days, we will celebrate all things dark and creepy. So, in the spirit of Halloween, today’s blog post is dedicated to black flowers.Or more accurately, this post is about flowers that appear black, since truly black flowers do not exist in nature.”Black” flowers are actually the darkest, deepest shades of purple, maroon, brown or red. Black flowers are perfect for celebrating Halloween! They will add drama, mystery and elegance to your ...

Inspiration: Angel Of Hope … And Love

“In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.” Stendhal Inspiration: Angel Of Hope … And Love “Really, what it is all above is love. That which every human being, every one of us, needs and wants more than anything else is to be in a relationship, or in relationships, where we feel safe. Relationships where we are understood, accepted, affirmed and forgiven.” Dr. ...

Musings: Ode To An Email Junkie…

“I’m addicted to email, but other than that, there are practical things – being able to buy a book on the internet that you can’t find in your local bookshop. This could be a lifeline if you live further from the sources.”  Marilyn Hacker Ode To An Email Junkie by ElizOF A tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek ode… The love affair began with that dinosaur – A An aging mail maid with suspect kin She danced before EJ’s novice eyes and signed her up without a sigh Soon that chime-y ...

Fun Flower Facts: Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod (Solidago) is a genus of flowering plants native to North America and belongs to the aster family. It can be easily identified by its clusters of small golden yellow flowers that grow on tall, hairy stems. Flowers are strongly scented. Goldenrod grow to be 2-6 feet tall.  Flowers are commonly found growing in fields, road sides and salt marshes, blooming from late summer until fall. Most North Americans consider goldenrod to be a weed for its fast growing, aggressive nature, ...

1000 Windows: Finding Peace with Something Greater

After living a life where I had spiritual faith in nothing, I finally found my understanding of something greater. You might call that something God or by one of the many other names assigned by man. I just choose to just call it something greater. I was never comfortable with organized religion. When I was young, my mother would drag us from church to church, for a brief period , but she never found a religious home and eventually stopped trying. ...

Graciousness in Author Johanna Moran

Instead of a reading (though it was offered) and instead of a podium-style speech (too much standing), author Johanna Moran gave a recent bookstore audience a talk-show experience. This was the first time I’d gone to one of these author talks/booksignings and found two big stuffed chairs at the front of the room instead of a table as the main prop. Moran took the chair on the right, and her friend Elsie Souza took the chair on the left. I assume ...

It’s Banned Books Week

I’m a bit late highlighting Banned Books Week, but this is a good case of better late than never. Visit the Banned Books Week website by clicking on this word website. Once there, click on the Mapping Censorship tab near the top of the home page to find example(s) of banned books in recent history in your state. I’m pretty sure this map isn’t exhaustive, but it gives a good range of what’s bothering people who want to keep kids from ...

If Pinterest Was For Guys…

The Pinterest Logo I recently signed up for an online course that provided a basic introduction to Pinterest. If you’re not aware of what Pinterest is, it’s the third-largest and fastest-growing social media platform on the web. It’s kind of like a living mashed up visual montage of Better Homes & Gardens, Food & Wine, Parenting, Style and People magazines blended with the Oscars red carpet plus a dash of baby shower with a healthy dose of Silpada jewelry all drizzled in chocolate. Given ...

Know Your “True Self”

Charlie Sheen T-Shirt Various philosophers and thinkers throughout recorded history have been credited with coining the axiom, “Know Thyself” – most notably Socrates, Plato and Xenophon. Regardless of who said it first or when, the profundity and elegance of that statement echoes into the modern era and it needs to be heeded. While the simplicity of this maxim opens itself up for wide interpretation, perhaps its most obvious message is “As best you’re able, identify your blind spots and weaknesses – so that ...

What did you call me?

[Our family recently delivered our third child. As such, some blogging buddies of mine have graciously offered to write a series of guest posts to allow my family to spend a little time together - away from this blog. I'm deeply grateful for such friends, and I hope you enjoy their writing!] I would like to thank Tor’s wife for the opportunity to guest post on his blog today. Sure it is his blog but without her heroic dive back into ...

Best Animated Short Film

Have you seen “The Fantastic Flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”? It took the win last night at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film. A dear friend of mine just posted the YouTube link to her Facebook page for all her book-loving publisher friends, of which I am one. I pass the video along to you here (below). If you take the fifteen minutes required to watch it, you will be glad you did. This gem of a short ...

A Labor Day Conversation With Cleverbot…

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s one of my favorite interviews with Cleverbot from St. Patrick’s day. Since today was Labor Day, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot’s take on this holiday.  Here’s the unedited conversation I had with ...

Not Every Curse is a Curse, Nor Blessing a Blessing…

Broken leg x-ray - hidden blessing? I learned a lot from my grandfather growing up, including the single most important lesson in my life – which I wrote about here. However, another profound insight he gave me, that I continually lean on as an adult, is this following bit of wisdom: “Things are not as bad or great as they first seem.” Those 11 words are packed with profundity and truth that I see proven on a regular basis. I recently read a fable ...

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Kitchen Haiku: Call Me Hot Chilli Capsicum…

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“Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.” Erma Bombeck In the kitchen Chilli Capsicum My Hot Kitchen Spice They call you Habanero My sweet Capsicum Where’s my darling Spice? Call me… My …

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Guest Post: Common Edible Flowers

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Many people with gardens might not be aware that the plants already growing in their gardens can be used in the cooking of some simple, delicious, yet excellent dishes. Some commonly found and purchased flowers can be used as a colourful garnish or used to create a tasty nutritional treat. For those frugal yet culinary driven …

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How to Create Alcoholic Beverages from Roses

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Commercial alcoholic drinks are pretty much obsolete now days but if you can get your hands on a cookbook or two that are really old, you’ll find some great recipes for making rose wine, rose liqueur, rose syrup and floral liqueurs using other flowers. For the purpose of this post we are going to stick …

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Food, Inc.: The Documentary

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I re-watched Food, Inc last night and was struck again with how incredibly emotionally difficult this documentary to watch. I am not sure what I found most compelling, thought-provoking and/or upsetting: The calloused cruelty of the factory farms for cattle, pigs and chickens which literally made me sick to my stomach. The human cruelty evidenced by the conditions …

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Cook”

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I was going to skip this weeks challenge since I don’t cook and own no recipe for anything. I have cookbooks somewhere in storage. (smile) So I decide to have fun with this challenge. I’m laughing as I’m writing (smile) Here’s my sense of humor about cooking as illustrated by my acrostic. (smile) Cook. Cooked. Cooking. …

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Gluten Free and Sugar Banana Bread

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When we moved into our New Orleans house, you may remember, we were without a working kitchen. It wasn’t until the end of September we FINALLY got our kitchen squared away. I can’t remember the last time I was that thrilled: real counters, cupboards, a working stove top and a convection oven. I went a little nuts …

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8 Delicious Chrysanthemum Recipes

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Although chrysanthemums are generally available all year round, they are most popular in the fall. Chrysanthemums of all colours, sizes and forms are available. Not only do these bright and colourful flowers brighten up and beautify homes and gardens everywhere, the flowers and leaves are also edible. They are often used in Chinese cuisines, in both …

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