Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit…

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” Helen Keller Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit… Overlook Mt views from the top Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit… The trail sign to Overlook Mt Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit…  A hiker atop Overlook Mountain Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit… Ruins of old luxury Hotel along the path. Recently, I joined  other hiking enthusiasts to climb up Overlook Mountain ...

Musings: On Driving…

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin Musings: On Driving... Maserati convertible... “Sometimes, when I drive across the desert in the middle of the night, with no other cars around, I start imagining: What if there were no civilization out there? No cities, no factories, no people? And then I think: No people or factories? Then who made this car? And this highway? And I ...

Geckos Give a Helping Hand to Save Rare Flower

Photo credit: National Geographic Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, comes alive every June to October with blossoms of the rare Trochetia plant. Trochetia boutoniana has been the national flower of Mauritius since 1992 and it is often illustrated on stamps of Mauritius. It was named after French botanist Louis Bouton. The Trochetia plant is one the few plants worldwide that produces coloured nectar. It is thought that the nectar developed colour over time to attract a specific species of bird ...

Reflections: Lessons From The Blogging Journey…

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”  Don Williams, Jr. Reflections: Lessons From The Blogging Journey... Go with the flow... Go with the Flow: September sneaked in quietly yesterday, and with it, our blogging journey or daily blogging challenge entered its final quarter of the year. It has been an exhilarating ride with many ups and downs, lessons, tips, and mistakes learned along the way. ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset…

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.”  Mahatma Gandhi Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... NYC Sunset... I love sunsets even though I used to wonder how photographers captured them.  Whenever I saw a magnificent sunset, I would sit in awe and watch it till it faded away. Sunset are mysterious and deep; often strewn with myriad colors ranging from ...

Fun Flower Facts: Veronica (Speedwell)

Veronica isn’t just the name of a Archie’s on/off girlfriend; it’s also the name of an attractive plant known for its spikes of flowers that come in white, blue, pink and purple. There are over 500 different species in the genus, varying in sizes and types. While veronicas are known for their flower spikes, some have loose clusters of saucer-shaped flowers. Plants can be herbaceous annuals, perennials or small shrubs. They can grow to be 4 to 48 inches tall. The plant ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

The road to positivity is strewn with the abandoned vehicles of the faint-hearted. Peter McWilliams Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned Spaces and Things Even though, I take pictures of all sorts of things, I often don’t take pictures of abandoned buildings because there is usually a sadness about them. But the truth is that at different points in our lives, we move on, abandoning what no longer serves our lives … It is part of our growth process. We must learn to embrace ...

Mary's House

Is this really the house where the Mother of God spent Her last years? Like so many things, it all boils down to a matter of faith. Although I work hard to contain my cynicism, faith isn’t my strong suit. But I am painfully sentimental and the story of Jesus is a remarkably good one, as well it should be after thousands of years of embellishment. You might be surprised to learn that the House of Mary is said to be ...

Great Expectations (as a parent)

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Erin Hatton. She’s a blogger and fiction writer, other details about her are listed below but the most important factoid is that she’s a mother of four kids. She writes about expectations of parents for themselves and their children – a topic that I’ve written about before – but Erin has a unique perspective. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ================================= Growing up I knew a lot about ...

Three Alarm Nonsense

I just enjoyed some time away, launched like a rocket traveling at 80mph up the east coast in my daughter’s Civic, aimed at North Carolina, plugged into iTunes while the humming vibration of hot asphalt beneath our speeding wheels lulled me into a state of blessed detachment. It was twelve hours of straight driving, which we shared, quickly stopping at random restaurants and rest areas for fast food and bathroom breaks. It’s funny how I view people when I’m on ...

Love – Finding a Definition That Works

Our culture is obsessed with the idea of love. Films, music, art, and even Virginia bumper stickers are saturated with the word “love.” But there is a problem: most of us cannot define love. We know that a feeling is involved. Ron Burgundy claims it is like, “skyrockets in flight!” Many can identify examples of love, but definitions rarely get passed, “you know, it’s love!” I recently celebrated my third anniversary to a far more amazing wife then a guy like me ...

In Sync With The Moonlight

I thought I’d share some reflective thoughts that came to me recently when I was desperate enough to listen. Not that I think I’m Anaïs Nin or anything. I’m just me. Leah. Simple and somewhat vulnerable—but feisty enough stand my ground. Anyway, I was taking a mid-night dip, reclaiming the moon and the stars— wondering how it was that the moment things seem to be going smoothly life sticks its bony leg into the isle and trips things up. In my ...

Role of Kids in Your Family Life

Here’s a guest post from writer, Sophie Samuel. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: Children are an integral part of a family and a home. A newly married couple waits anxiously for the birth of their first child and for more thereafter. We all love sound of little feet running around the house, the mischief and prank, the unbridled laughter and so many other joys that only kids can give. Now what exactly is the ...

Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the “merry” into Christmas. What can we say? We’re on the nice list! Glass Horn Magnifying Glass. Priced at $14.99; www.worldmarket.com.  Midas Coaster, set of 4. Priced from $19.80; www.zgallerie.com. En ...

7 Worst College Football Bowl Names…

Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Grab-A-Wad-A-Cash Bowl System It’s no longer just the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Over the past few weeks and next few days, dozens of college football teams have and will play in almost as many bowl games – more than 30 in total, check out the list here. The organization that oversees the bowl selection process each year is the Bowl Championship Series or BCS. Because football is a big revenue generator for colleges from corporate sponsorships, ...

World Cracking Words

Parents often remind kids that, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” That’s a great little saying because it rhymes and comes off as conveying profundity – but it’s a lie. Name calling and hurtful words can do considerable damage. While words may not actually break a bone, they most certainly can crush a heart, end a relationship or start a war. Words have world-changing power. Unfortunately, people take the power and impact of their words for granted. They shouldn’t. Consider ...

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WordPress Plugin Review | Plugin Organizer

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I could sum it up in one word… WOW. I can honestly say this is one of the most necessary plugins out there especially if your WordPress site runs many plugins. Extremely useful for troubleshooting specific page load problems. Speeds up slow page load times by removing unnecessary call-outs to load plugins. Reduces problems you did not even know you had (images appear sharper and load faster). …

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Kidoodle.TV: A Safe Site For Kids

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Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that offers the discerning parent many quality shows for their children to watch. They provide a generous list of educational and entertaining programs that can be customized for each kid in the family. Because the selection of videos are in an environment that parents control, kids can watch their pre-selected Kidoodle.TV shows on the go. …

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The Future is Here: 3D Printing to the Rescue

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We’ve talked about the future of design before and are always excited to see the latest innovations taking place around us. But I think it’s safe to say that no one anticipated the future to be here so soon! Imagine you’re planning a dinner party for family and friends. You want the perfect centerpiece or decadent, …

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Moment: A Smart Innovation For Mobile Photography

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“The highest quality lenses to empower mobile picture takers everywhere to capture incredible images with their phones. “Marc Barros Want to learn more about the above? Stop by in a few… “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”Steve Jobs What’s the one innovation would you love to see? What are your thoughts? What creative impulses were triggered by …

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Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

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Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I’ve had with this computer interface, I’ve found it to be anything but human yet mildly …

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Salvation – yup, there’s an app for that…

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Logo for Bryan Logan’s Eavesdropping Evangelism (E^2) app Here’s a guest post from a funny writer that I’ve featured before. His name is Bryan Logan. Check out his blog HERE and his entertaining post below. [EdiTOR’s Note: When Bryan first submitted this post, I thought it was a cleverly “deceptive” spoof. However, Bryan happens to conceptualize and write programming code for mobile …

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Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

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Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot …

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