Inspiration: Always We Hope…

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” Ovid Inspiration: Always We Hope... Yoga Chillout – BMP Music – Inspiring Lao Tzu-Quote – Famous Wisdom Always We Hope by Lao Tzu Always we hope someone else has the answer, some other place will be better, some other time, it will turn out. This is it. No one else has the answer, no other place will be better, and it has already turned out. At the center of your being, you have the answer: you know who you are and you know what you ...

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunset

This photo holds a special memory for me.  It was taken a few years ago,  at a time when I wasn’t sure which path to take. I took some time out to be on my own, to try to make up my mind what I wanted to do.  The sunset was just so magical and being near the sea lifted my spirits, made me feel calm and able to make my decision.

Flower Crafts: Flower Crown/Headband Tutorial

With so many flowers in bloom, summer is the perfect time to wear flowers in your hair!  Flowers are so pretty, feminine and romantic! It’s no wonder, flowers make the perfect accessory! The flower crown continues to be a popular trend, especially for fashionistas who want to achieve that bohemian/hippie look.  They are perfect for attending summer festivals, concerts, weddings or anytime! And here’s how you can learn to make your own flower crown/headband! Materials Needed: floral wire/string scissors/wire cutters flowers ribbon headband hot glue gun In the video, ...

Gratitude: Ten Reasons For A Grateful Heart & Blog Awards…

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” Eileen Caddy Gratitude: Ten Reasons For A Grateful Heart & Blog Awards.... Give freely Everyone likes to feel appreciated and to receive gifts, after all, it is human nature to accept and offer kindness.  When my blog buddy Deborah of The Monster in the Closet generously offered me and fourteen others three blog awards, it got me thinking ...

Inspiration: Tuning Out, Turning In…

“Today is life; the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” Dale Carnegie Inspiration: Tuning Out, Turning In... reconnect with the earth and other hobbies If Social Media died tomorrow what hobby you might get into? What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing? Before the explosion of the internet and all its perils ...

‘Tis the Season to Use Branches and Berries in Flower Arrangements!

‘Tis the season to use branches and berries! Take a walk outdoors and let the beauty of nature delight your senses! As you wander and explore your neighbourhood, you will find that inspiration is all around you. Just look at all the fantastic foliage and those branches that have fallen. Branches comes in all kinds of wonderful shapes and forms. Some of them may even have berries! Use these natural elements to create interesting rustic floral arranges while adding height, ...

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day…

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” Audrey Hepburn Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate fondant - Molten Lava Cake. Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate Fudge cake Ingredients: Molten Lava Cake via FoodNetwork.com 6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons orange liqueur Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease ...

New Monkey Flower Discovered!

A biologist recently discovered a new flower, named Mimulus peregrinus, Latin for “wanderer.” Mario Vallejo-Marin was walking along the banks of a stream in Scotland when he spotted the yellow monkey flower. This is not just any ordinary flower. The M. peregrinus is the offspring of two foreign flowers introduced from the Americas, making it a hybrid. Hybrid flowers are typically sterile due to their odd number of chromosomes, making them unable to reproduce. But, due to a rare genetic duplication, ...

Tucked in and Tamed

I’m inside here…somewhere. My stream of consciousness is as deep as the eyes of God and as shallow as the peppery dust on a city sidewalk. I study the things that move around me; big things and pointy things; things which are totally out of my control. Some drop downwards like the guilty eyes of Judas, and fly upwards like the surprised soul of the newly dead. Other things rise faithfully, like the sun on a wintry morning; all silvery white with ...

Tripping Over Blue

Morning yawns before me whispering blue whispering blue The same hungry bird circles And there I go again tripping over blue tripping over blue Leah Griffith

The Hunger Games Parody

Last week, the much anticipated  feature film version of The Hunger Games by author Suzanne Collins opened at a blockbuster pace earning $155 million in its first three days. I’m fairly certain that my blog post from last Friday – The Psychiatric Couch: The Hunger Games – was a significant driver for the movie’s third best opening weekend in history. You’re welcome, Ms. Collins! For the uninitiated, here is a three sentence summary of the popular book series: The Hunger Games trilogy is set ...

7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake.  After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance Agent.  Angela started a scratch agency in 2005 and has built it into a thriving success. A key driver of that success – as outlined in ...

Waiting in Line for Life

I recently went to a nearby fast food joint for a quick lunch of chili and a diet soda, tenaciously avoiding the delectable, but deadly, cheeseburger and fries. While I was in line waiting to order my skinny girl feast I noticed a man in front of me who looked to be about my age but with a little more wear. His hair was salt and sunshine blond, loosely pulled back into a ponytail, allowing a crop of stray hairs ...

Best Blog Posts of 2011 – #10

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting or funny. With that, here’s the 10th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: Top-10 Traffic Pet Peeves City Traffic Jam - courtesy of Wikipedia For whatever reason, climbing behind the wheel of a car transforms the average rational individual into a self-absorbed idiot. I’m not immune to ...

Should Facebook Have an "R" Rating???

Motion Picture Association of America Uses R-Rating to Notify About Mature Content I'm a parent of two daughters ages 7 and 10 respectively. Neither of them has a Facebook page - and they won't for several years. Interestingly, Facebook itself has a policy that requires anybody with a FB page to agree that they are at least 13 years old. Ironically, I know neighbors and colleagues whose children are younger than 10 and have personal pages on the world's largest social media site - ...

Death of a Former Boss

Richard T. Morgan May 19, 1937 - March 9, 2012 In his tragedy Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare had Marc Antony say, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” We don’t say enough about the good ones when they die. The good pays forward as strong or stronger than the bad; it’s just more quiet about it. A good man died March 9, a former boss of mine and of many other people. His name ...

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Visions from Vail

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Sometimes it’s impossible to leave work behind. And honestly, who wants to when work involves inspiring design?! Julie, our Project Manager at BGI, recently vacationed in Vail, Colorado with her family and couldn’t resist taking pictures of the town’s picturesque architecture and design. It was her first time skiing in almost 20 years and she said …

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From Here to There

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Amsterdam…Part Twee (Dutch for the word two) I am committed to wrap up my travelogue today….yes, I am sure you are eager for me to get back to my normal nonsense (with the word normal being used in the most broad spectrum sort of way). The problem for today is whittling down this last post as …

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Two Sided Guilder

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Already, I have misled you about Amsterdam. They no longer use guilders so the title should of been “Two Sided Euro” I guess..but then it would be less “Dutchy”. I am all about “Dutchy.” I know that my regular readers are aware that I am married to a Dutchman. His grandparents were part of a group …

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Where is the Princess?

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Stolzenfels Castle Middle Rhine On my last post, I left off with our traveling south from Koblenz…appropriately named Going South. Clever, huh? We continued our journey south to see some of the 40 castles and fortresses that still exists along the Middle Rhine. The Middle Rhine is one of four sections of the river. There are more than …

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Going South

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On the last travelogue post, we were in Andernach, Germany…So Many Castles, So Little Time. After spending the day in Andernach exploring we met up with a group of “new” friends for a lovely dinner. The group consisted of a Brit, a German, a Canadian, and 3 Americans. It was great fun comparing viewpoints on so …

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So Many Castles, So Little Time

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Those exit signs take a little getting used to. After leaving Cologne, we made our way back to Weissenthurm to meet up with some friends for dinner. Thought Number One: Seeing New Places Cologne is only an hour north of Andernach, we had plenty of time prior to meeting at the Pfeffermuhle restaurant to finish our exploration …

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Just When You Thought It Was Over

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Just when you thought you had safely put away any thoughts concerning the chaos associated with the holidays, I am here to give you one last nudge of Christmas. Yes, I realize the cruelty of showing you Christmas pictures. Enough already, you say. Yeah…well…I will keep the Christmas part of this to a minimum…as best as …

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