An Uncertain Future

Our fabulous group achieved recognition by WordPress – the comment I liked best- ‘We love Friday Fictioneers as much for the blogging bonds it cultivates as for the range and power of the stories it inspires.’ If you missed the post you can read it here. So pleased for Rochelle and for the whole group too, as it is always a good feeling when your work is admired. Back down to earth now, my story this week follows the lovely photo by Erin Leary. Copyright ...

Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Flowers

Today is one of the happiest days for Chinese people! It’s Chinese New Year, one of the largest, most important holidays of the year! To celebrate this special occasion, homes are often decorated with assorted plants and flowers. In Chinese, there’s a saying “Hua Kai Fu Gui,” meaning “when flowers bloom, prosperity comes.” In the Chinese culture, plants have always been an important symbol in the home, symbolizing re-birth, growth and prosperity. It is considered bad luck to keep dead houseplants ...

Inspiration: Embracing The F Word…

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” J.K. Rowling Inspiration: Embracing The F Word... What is our attitude towards failure? Have we recently failed at something and are still kicking ourself? Do we look around and wonder where we went wrong because everyone else is doing great? Do we avoid trying new things because we are afraid to fail? Regardless of how we answer the questions, the ...

The pBook vs eBook: Dial D For Dilemma…

“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” Sydney J. Harris The pBook vs eBook: Dial D For Dilemma… Paperback — nothing beats opening up a brand new book or rummaging through a bookstore. 75.77% (294 votes) ebooks — you can get new books in a flash and bring multiple reads with you everywhere you go. 24.23% (94 votes) Total Votes: 388 ( Results ...

Flowers on the moon…

Not yet, but it’s coming! Image Credit: NASA In 2015 scientists are planning on sending some seeds to the moon to study the germination of plants in lunar gravity & radiation on the moon. They will be creating a self contained habitat and attempting to grow basil, turnips and arabidopsis (a small flowering weed from the mustard family). Once the seeds have landed, water will be added and growth monitored and compared to controlled specimens on earth. They will be using the moons ...

A Lesson From Dad

When I graduated from high school I needed a car to drive to college. My older brother had faced this dilemma before and had demanded my parents buy him a car. My mother laughed and told him to get a job and buy his own car, which he eventually did. So when my turn came I chose a different strategy. When asked about college I told my folks, “I don’t think I’ll go to college.” My mother was appalled. “I thought you ...

The Deal Breaker on Becoming Jewish

Now that it’s Hanukkah I’m reposting a story from my memoir The Kid In the Kaleidoscope, a true tale about my decision to become Jewish when I was ten, and how I questioned my decision when I found out about the deal breaker…. Jonathan Khorman lived three houses down from me. One day while perched in the sycamore tree in his front yard he turned to me and made a startling declaration. “I’m one of the chosen people,” he said. “Chosen for what?” ...

On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within…

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within... A unique numerical alignment calls us to reflect... Most of us have waited for this unique and rare numerological event to occur -11-11-11; a day that some predicted would be memorable, magical, dull, typical, divine and a slew of other adjectives ...

Book Review: 31 Days to Find Your Blogging Mojo

I've been a professional writer (journalist and public relations guy) for more than 23+ years, but I'm a relative newbie in the realm of blogging and the blogosphere in general. As such, I'm continually on the hunt for new books that will help me improve as a blogger. I've found a great one in Bryan Allain's new e-book, 31 Days to Find Your Blogging Mojo currently available at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.com. As background, Allain has been an expert blogger since ...

Halloween by the Numbers…

As a kid growing up, Halloween was second to Christmas as my favorite holiday. For years, the idea of dressing up as the Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin and getting free candy made me so anxious the night before that I couldn’t sleep. As I grew older, my fandom of Halloween waned through my teen years and 20′s because of a near-blinding accident that occurred to me when I got hit in the eye by an egg that ruptured the iris ...

Angry Birds: 10 Games That Didn't Make the Cut

Blockbuster game "Angry Birds" I don't understand the game Angry Birds. I've never played it but virtually everybody I know does - I don't get it. At its core, the game pelts suicidal birds at shoddily constructed buildings in the hopes that the structures will collapse on and kill green pigs that are inside. Could you imagine the public outcry if any part of that scenario was actually true? As inhumanly cruel as it sounds, that's the premise that was approved, designed and ...

Avoiding Cyber-Monday Scams

I don’t know about you, but I’m an unrepentant self-admitted Cyber-Monday shopper. I simply prefer the convenience of shopping online for the holidays compared to the crowds and hassles associated with Black Friday which I try to avoid like the Black Plague. However, online shopping does have its own pitfalls – identity theft, computer hacking and compromised debit cards are just a few. Here’s a useful infographic from the folks at Veracode that offers some insight into how consumers and merchants can protect ...

When Do You Stop Cutting the Crust?

Our oldest daughter is now 11 years old, which seems hard to belief, and is in the sixth grade. Her school bus arrives at 7:30 a.m.  each day – much earlier than the elementary kids’ bus she used to ride at 8:50 a.m. So every morning she and I are up around the same time to start our routines for our respective days. Part of her routine is making her own lunch and breakfast. But periodically she’ll get jammed up with her other responsibilities ...

Attention Parents

When I was a child, did I ever walk into a bookstore? I’m not sure I ever did. I walked into the library, and often. I sat in circles of kids listening to the librarian read to us. Some bookstores offer the same and have wonderful children sections. There are worse ways to spend discretionary funds. Sounds like a great birthday present, too, taking one’s child to a bookstore to pick the gift for themselves. You can visit the website for “Take Your ...

Battle of the Sexes Part 3:  Bathroom Humor – Funny Movie Short

Battle of the Sexes Part 3: Bathroom Humor - Funny Movie Short

Here is part 3of my Wedded BlissTors 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 differences that sometimes occur between what's the expected behaviour in a married couple's bathroom versus what might actually occur in the extreme. [WARNING: If you get queasy easily, you might want to skip this one.] From replacing the toilet paper roll to toothpaste tops, have you ever had to "discuss" those bathroom issues? If ...

Is Facebook a Better Parent Than You???

Many people use Facebook to stay in touch with out-of-state family members. For instance, some folks think it’s cute to let there kids, who are younger than Facebook’s required mimimum age of 13 years old, have a page to communicate back and forth with grandparents. And that’s fine if a parent is monitoring the content and establishing appropriate parental blocks. I’m not telling people how to raise their kids, but I will raise awareness regarding some startling Facebook statistics that parents need to ...

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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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