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/

A River of Flowers for Domestic Violence Awareness

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness, a reminder to support the victims and survivors of domestic abuse. It’s a serious issue. Domestic violence occurrences are on the rise across communities. It transcends cultural, economic and social issues, meaning anyone can be affected. According to statistics collected by the YWCA, domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women in their lifetime, which is one too many! Awareness is more important than ever before. In one community,  a series of events were planned ...

Dr. Martin Luther King & President Obama: Faith In The Dream…

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King & President Obama: Faith In The Dream… Dr. Martin Luther King & President Obama: Faith In The Dream… Giving the dream speech Martin Luther King -  I Have a Dream Speech – August 28, 1963 Although his ...

Inspiration: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪“Abundant Blessings and Best Wishes for the Holidays; Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!”.♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” ♥ ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” ♥ ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” A Letter To Santa Dearest Santa, Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, grace and abundance in ...

Happy Relaxation Day!

August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Today is a day where you can leave all of your cares and troubles behind, even if it’s just for a few moments. Life can be stressful, especially in our fast-paced society and all that extra stress can make us sick and tired. We need to make time for ourselves and take it easy. So take a deep breath and relax… Here are 10 ways you can celebrate National Relaxation Day: Have a cup of tea. Herbal ...

SPRING: First Day Flowers…

“He knew a path that wanted walking; He knew a spring that wanted drinking; A thought that wanted further thinking” Robert Frost SPRING: First Day Flowers... crocus SPRING: First Day Flowers... budding Japanese peony “If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.” Nadine Stair A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost (1915) Oh, ...

Memories of Another Life

I am feeling rather pleased with the fact that I have managed to post something BEFORE Friday. I also have a question that I have been meaning to ask for some time now. I notice the times that comments and stories are posted and it makes me wonder just where in the world all you  Fabulous Friday Fictioneers are; it would be really nice to know. I’m in Wales, land of song (allegedly) and rugby (definitely) and laver bread… but that’s ...

Fun Flower Facts: Pot Marigold (Calendula)

Pot Marigold or Calendula have bright yellow or orange daisy-like blossoms and long, narrow and hairy leaves. As attractive as the flowers are, some people find the strong scent of the leaves to be offensive. Calendula is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes asters, daisies and sunflowers. Plants grow to be 1-2 ft tall. The flowering period is from June until October. Pot marigold is one of the most popular and reliable annuals around! These bright flowers can be found ...

What Book Do You Wish You’d Never Read?

Joseph Heller A book I wanted to throw across the room by the time I finished it was Something Happened by Joseph Heller. I won’t tell you what the “something” was that “happened” in the book. Suffice it to say I could have done without learning about it. But I won’t get into the plot twist here. After all, you may be the sort of reader who enjoys finding out for themselves why someone would hate a particular book. I don’t ...

7 Questions With an Author: Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson – author, speaker, business owner This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Lauren Anderson. Before starting her own business in 1990, Lauren was a top executive with Estee Lauder for more than 23 years. She is a frequent and recognizable guest on national television and writes numerous articles for top specialty and professional publications. Currently, she is working on two ...

New Year, New Hue

Want a new year’s resolution that’s actually fun? Resolve to update your home or wardrobe with a splash of radiant orchid – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014! Alluring, feminine and fresh – radiant orchid is a beautiful mixture of fuchsia, purple and pink. Add it to your home through paint, accent pieces or accessories. It pairs beautifully with deep greens, turquoise, teal and light yellows, and invigorates any neutral such as gray, beige or taupe. And because it blends both cool ...

Forever Carded

When a store clerk asks me, “Do you have our rewards card? “ I can never remember if I do or I don’t. So…out comes the over bulging wallet as I sift through the random contents looking for a card that I may or may not have, while the people behind me shuffle and sigh with annoyance. I finally give up; hoping my phone number will work in place of the card. The clerk then tries my home phone, cell ...

Life Lessons Learned from Potty Training

Recently, my wife and I went through the process of potty training our toddler. It was a challenging, humbling, and emotionally draining experience. From this, I learned or revisited many life lessons that can be applied to absolutely anything, from writing to building a house. Patience is critical. Life is going to get very crappy sometimes, but it will get better. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Things usually don’t happen as quickly as you’d like them ...

Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

It would be hard to determine a total for the number of ways people come across books they want to read. “Word of mouth” is a great catch-all term, but it can mean a zillion specific ways. For example, my grandmother heard about the book on a radio program; a friend from high school included the book in a list gathered at the last reunion; a colleague at work who usually drives me crazy recommended this book and I was ...

Feeding Your Kid’s Dream or Delusion

I loathe the show American Idol – mainly because of the cattle call auditions where the program travels from city-to-city in search of contestants. Conversely, millions of viewers love those auditions because the majority of the wannabe performers are so pitifully pitch deaf that they’re akin to an auditory car crash. People can’t turn away from a car crash – they have to ogle it. In the case of Idol’s auditions, the singing is so bad it’s comical – so it’s more like watching the crash ...

I Left a Hot Pot of Coffee for This?

It's early, and eerie, and I’m getting goose flesh as my morning walk leads me into some really dense fog. I have to push myself across the threshold of hesitation, for who knows what lurks in this heavy haze? And to think, I left a hot pot of coffee for this. Each day is a gamble, but most days, I’m bright blue with optimism—the sky is mine, as is the sun and the moon. But on foggy mornings, when my faithful ...

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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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