Extraordinary Art: By Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…

“The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts,  But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by the ferocity of animals.” Rumi Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…Black Hands with the Light Signs  via Visionet Flickr Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…  Bimba by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… Blue Sangat by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi They want to know from women, Are you spiritual or sexual? People wonder about Solomon and all his wives, In the body ...

Musings: Living On The Front Line…

“An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.” Sydney J. Harris Musings: Living On The Front Line... Idealism keeps us believing... Eddy Grant – Living On The Front Line Living On The Front Line Lyrics via Azlyrics.com Yeah, oh yeah Mmm, oh yeah Mmm, alright Oh you got me Living on the front line Oh you got me mama Living on the front line Oh ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Inimitable Chinua Achebe…

“It is the storyteller who makes us what we are, who creates history. The storyteller creates the memory that the survivors must have – otherwise their surviving would have no meaning.” Chinua Achebe Weekly Writing Challenge: The Inimitable Chinua Achebe… Things Fall Apart “Then listen to me,’ he said and cleared his throat. ‘It’s true that a child belongs to its father. But when a father beats his child, it seeks sympathy in its mother’s hut. A man belongs to his fatherland ...

Monkey Orchid: the flower that looks like a monkey!

One look at this flower and you will know why it’s called the Monkey Orchid. This weird, but beautiful orchid was discovered in 1978 by the botantist Luer. This extremely rare flower, also known by the scientific name Dracula simia, can only be found deep in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru over elevations thousands of meters above sea level.  The name “Dracula” refers to the two spurs that look like vampire fangs and the “simian”, of course refers to ...

Musings: In Brief…

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”   Franklin D. Roosevelt Musings: In Brief…  Piet Mondrian – Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, Musings: In Brief… Blinky Palermo – Staircase 1979 @ Tate Museum “There is a brief moment when all there is in a man’s mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.” Yousuf Karsh There are times when our spirit urges us to be still, or silent, or even brief… I don’t know what triggers that sensation ...

Inspiration: Three Choices… And A Story.

“We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, ‘Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone’s plea…’ The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance.” Joan Wester Anderson Inspiration: Three Choices… And A Story. The Choice of Hercules as retold by James Baldwin “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. ...

Don’t kill those dandelions!

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) get a bad rep. No one seems to like those bright yellow  flowers that seem to grow everywhere.  They are considered ugly and intrusive. Homeowners spend countless hours and resources trying to get rid of them.  But you know what? Dandelions are more than just weeds! There are so many practical uses for them. Health Benefits: Dandelions have been used throughout history in traditional herbal medicine. Native Americans, Chinese, Egyptians and Greeks all know about the health benefits of ...

Just Add Water! Growing Paperwhites Indoors

The weather outside may frightful, but it can be delightful inside! Add life and beauty to your home decor with some fresh flowers. There are many beautiful plants that thrive indoors, like the paperwhite or narcissus tazetta. The paperwhite, the original “just add water” plant,  is the easiest plant to grow in the comfort of your own home. Kids can even do this! The process is as simple as putting the bulbs in water along with some stones to hold ...

Groundhog’s Day For Dummies….

Punxsutawney Phil - image courtesy Wikipedia In case you missed the “breaking news” this morning out of central Pennsylvania, it seems that part-time weather prognosticator (full-time rodent) Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means we’re destined for six more weeks of winter. However, given the balmy temperatures that most of the US experienced this past “June-uary” more winter might be a good thing. And here’s another good thing, a video by the YouTube troubadour, C.G.P. Grey who deftly navigates the fact ...

Scuba Diving, Reading, and Serendipity

Books and water don’t mix, but that doesn’t mean a scuba diving vacation can’t also be packed with books and book talk. Hubby and I spent a lovely vacation scuba diving in Bonaire (Netherland Antilles) in the Caribbean, near Venezuela. We stayed at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn, a long-time haunt of ours and other guests who appreciate its low-key, laid-back atmosphere. I brought three books on my Kindle. Turns out, I didn’t need to do that, because the Inn has ...

5 Tips to Help Break a Creative Block

Anyone who has done any kind of writing for an extended period of time will eventually experience some form of writer's block or creative dry spell. It simply comes with the territory. I used to be a reporter with multiple deadlines throughout the day and had to deal with writer's block regularly. You might think it would be easy to write about "news of the the day" but that's not always the case. Especially if you're assigned a low interest, low visual, ...

10 More Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

This week our 10 year old daughter began mandatory sex education classes. I wrote about how my wife and I prepared her for that information in a post titled A Father’s Worst Fear – Part II. The reality of the information and what she didn’t know forced our hand as parents. That got me thinking about the information that we as parents don’t know. One of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent are texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts ...

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 ...

Why I’ll Never, Ever Pray for Humbleness Again

Here’s a great guest post from one of my favorite online writing buddies, Jamie Kocur. She’s a gifted writer, singer and musician that I met for the first time at one of Jon Acuff’s Quitter events – needless to say she’s good people. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ==================================== God has a sense of humor. He’s had a few laughs at my expense. Not in a mean, bully-ish kind of way, but in ...

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 ...

7 Possible Downton Abbey Spin-off Shows

According to recent media reports, the second season finale for the critically-acclaimed PBS series Downton Abbey commanded the largest television ratings for public broadcasting in years. For those of us with little reason to watch government-subsidized public broadcasting, Downton Abbey is akin to the soap opera Days of Our Lives only it airs once a week and is set in England during the early 1900′s. While I’ve never watched a single episode of the show, I do know success when I see ...

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Guest Blog: 3 Best Summer Flowers for Gardening

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The summer heat forces us to use tough and sturdy perennials in our garden, capable of withstanding the long and scorching days ahead. Thankfully though, these perennials can be quite gorgeous and colorful as well, like the following ones on our list that you can benefit from planting in your garden: Moonbeam Threaded Coreopsis, Red Valerian Flower and the Goblin Blanket Flower… …

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Gardening Inspirational Quotes

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“If you have a Plant and a Garden, you have everything you need.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero “Gardening is not a rational act.” –Margaret Atwood “The Love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” –Gertrude Jekyll albertawildrose “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” -May Sarton …

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Whats Killing Our fruit Trees?

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What’s killing our peach and cherry trees? That’s the question I asked myself when we were at our farm late last March and I noticed our peach and cherry trees were under a lot of stress. With me just learning to be a farmer I had no idea what it could be. So when we went home I started researching online and found the most likely culprit was the Peach Tree Bore. When we went back to the farm again in May I …

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Wonderfull… or Weird?

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Well we all know the world of flowers and plants is a beautiful place. But is it always? While searching for topics for my blogs I came upon some pictures that gave me the impression otherwise. Today I learned, that while all flowers are unique. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I decided I absolutely had to share my findings: We start off with, the Bleeding Tooth Fungus. Also known as …

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Whats The Obsession with Pansy’s?

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The name pansy stems from the word pensée meaning “thought” in French. It was named this because the Face of the flower resembles a human face, and in the mid-to-late summer it nods forward as if in deep thought. The Victorian meaning of the name pansy means “to think” particularly of love ,for example; if a young lady found a pansy left for her by her secret lover, it would mean …

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New Trend Alert: Fairy Gardens

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A “fairy garden” is just a miniature garden or landscape in a container, including some hardscape items such as stone paths or fairy chairs and little houses or some sort of miniature objects to give one the perception of a miniature garden. The use of many types of small leaved plants with an assortment of leaf colors and textures along with a combination of growth habits …

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Guest Post: Best Oxygen-Producing Indoor Plants

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As one of the most elegant plants out there, the Peace lily has gorgeous white flowers with dark, long leaves. It requires a controlled amount of sunlight to survive, so if you see any yellowing in the leaves, this means they have seen far too much light. The plant will thrive best when it’s about six feet from a window. If you see the leaves droop, it may need some more water, just remember to …

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