MeetUp Mondays Blog Hop: Add A Blog Post & Join in the Fun

“Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, to meet their unknown and undiscovered brothers.” Howard Thurman MeetUp Mondays Hop: Join the flock and share a post. Image via Wikipedia MeetUp Mondays – A New Blog Hopping Communication What is a Blog Hop and why does it matter? If you have a Blogger blog, you might have come across the term as it is a popular way to connect with other bloggers on ...

Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This… Cherry Trees Dreams are made of this… Sweet, glorious, pink tree blooms Each a wish come true Dreams are made of this… A walk cocooned by  tree hugs Bright with blessings too. “Do all you can to make your dreams come true.” Joel Osteen Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This… Special Tree Dreams are made of this… Hold tight; make your dreams come true Like a bright spring bloom This post was ...

Writing Challenge: The Lady In Blue…

“God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back.” Gloria Steinem Writing Challenge: The Lady In Blue… I like to take long walks on the aqueduct and sometimes by the Hudson River. Usually, I take my camera and take random shots of birds, flora, the river, pebbles and even the Tappan Zee bridge. Last week, I drove to the water front, parked my car, grabbed my camera and ...

Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life…

“Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life... what do you hope to see? Every day, in some small or large way, we look out our window, be it symbolic or real, and imagine worlds ...

Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips

"For my prom I really wanted to wear a bright color – something that was going to pop and stand out.” Shay Mitchell Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips Did you attend your high School Prom? Do you remember what you wore? In case you’ve forgotten, Prom Night is around the corner, and it’s time for High School seniors to learn some shopping tips to help them find fabulous gowns and tuxedos for the occasion. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Prom Night ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of ...

Our Attitude: The Last of the Human Freedoms

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor E. Frankl Our Attitude: We can soar like an Eagle or lurk like a Vulture... As we reach another day, another milestone, in our DailyPost A Day/Week Challenge, I am becoming acutely aware of how important our attitude is to maintaining focus with the process. It is not so much that we must ...

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 ...

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

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 applications. The idea he writes about below is actually a real, mobile application he developed.] If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt you ...

Summertime Toss Back

Then...When the days pour forth like a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid, and playful shouts float into opened windows, alerting mother’s of their litter’s location, and disturbing old man Sullivan from his afternoon nap—then you know that it’s summertime. Mr. Sullivan shuffles out to the back yard, stewing over his lost sleep, and finds his throne: an old metal chair placed beneath an ancient oak, where he will simmer as he waits to exact revenge. Gary, a shy kid with high hopes, is ...

7 Questions With an Author: Kimanzi Constable

Kimanzi Constable – author, speaker, globetrotter – this photo was snapped on a recent flight to India 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. Kimanzi Constable is the author of The Difference Between Living and Existing. He is an international speaker and consultant who has logged nearly 50,000 travel miles since June of this year. Kimanzi’s mission is to help people stop settling, stop making ...

Three Weddings and a Hopeless Romantic

I’ve been to three weddings so far this year. One was held at the bride’s parent’s home, a charming two-story colonial on beautiful grounds. The next was celebrated at a gorgeous venue complete with rose pedals and secret gardens, and the third, which was last weekend, was held at the Tampa Aquarium, allowing the guests private access to the attraction, which by the way was amazing. All three weddings were as unique as the couples taking the vows. Each wedding conjured ...

Ray Bradbury Knew His Worth

The year was 1979. The project was to develop the upper grades (7 – 8 ) of a new elementary-school reading program … on an insane schedule. Two of us were acting on tips while also searching on our own for the proper reading selections to fit in the proper grade-level and thematic holes … again, to occur in record time. We were at work editing and fielding people’s questions/requirements each workday, and in libraries each evening and weekend reading ...

To the Gallows...Again

What do you do when troubles build up and realistic options don’t seem to exist? I tend to panic, hyperventilate, and worry until the waters of my mind become muddied and I can’t think clearly any longer. This tends to frighten me even more than the original problems did. I continue in this mode until I’m paranoid….certain that I can hear the mournful bells tolling, the gallows being built….and my halting footsteps climbing the scaffold to my imminent doom. It ...

Working 9 to 5…with kids in tow

Take Your Child to Work Day - 2012 Yesterday was “Take Your Child to Work” day. My current employer has a minimum limit of seven years of age before a child can participate, and I had the wonderful opportunity of taking both our girls for the first time. The idea behind the initiative is to not only give kids a glimpse into how their parents earn a living, but to demonstrate the importance of education as well as work-life balance. Before we set out, ...

Wedded Bliss-Tors #2: It’s About Time – Movie Short

Wedded Bliss-Tors #2: It's About Time - Movie Short

Here is a second installment of my Wedded Bliss-Tors 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 nearly universal experience of different perspectives regarding time that men and women have. Be sure to leave a comment if you can relate or share a similar experience!!!

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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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