Kismet: It’s All Good…

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” Rita Mero Kismet: It's All Good Part I – Kismet: It’s All Good… Kismet means fate/destiny. Providence; external circumstances, outside influence, divine intervention. Typically, when the subject of fate/providence comes up in conversation, we find two schools of thought vying for attention; those who believe fate carries much weight in our lives and those who ...

Reflections: Who is Your Emotional Vampire?

“An (emotional) vampire goes in for the kill by stirring up youremotions. Pushing your buttons throws you off center, which renders you easier to drain. Of all the emotional types, empaths are often the most devastated.” Judith Orloff Reflections: Who is Your Emotional Vampire? (Listen here: podcast) Miracles Can Happen “This program includes two stories featuring improbable events. The first, Joyce Johnson’s “The Fall of Texas” chronicles a pivotal moment in the 1960s, when both the terrestrial world and the personal life of the heroine seemed about to collapse. “Sex ...

Severe Flooding affecting availability of Flowers for Mothers Day

Police officers patrol by boat past a home submerged in flood waters after heavy rains triggered the Chico River to overflow its banks in Cota, Colombia Columbia & Ecuador, two major exporters that supply North America with beautiful blooms have been severely affected by floods again this year. However unlike last year when the flooding started after most of the crops for Mothers Day flowers were harvested, this year the flooding started one month earlier and has created serious flower shortages ...

Bravery: If You Can…

“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” Charles Dickens Bravery demands both our individual and collective effort...Image via Brent Stirton, NatGeo What is bravery or the bravest act? It’s far easier to think of great acts when we think of the word – Bravery. Yet, consider the bravery in small things. The decision to face the world daily and do the right and moral thing; to face our ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Treasures…

“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” Aldous Huxley Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Treasures… fertility dolls For this Daily Post photo challenge on the word old, I sought old treasures to share with you… We all know good things do come in old cases too; fine wine, art, collectibles. Come back later and I’ll share my story of each item featured. We know the ...

How to protect your flowers during a heat wave

Summer is here. The sun is out. People are having fun outdoors. Life is pretty good. Can’t complain. But then, there are those summer days when it’s just WAY too hot to do anything. You are breaking a sweat just by standing there. Just like frost, too much heat isn’t good for your plants.  The dry heat and scorching temperatures can destroy your garden plants. Here are some helpful tips to keep your flowers from dying from the extreme heat: Prepare your ...

Reflections: Revisiting The Occupy Movement…

“The thing about Occupy is that the sentiment the movement embodies is timeless: Don’t be greedy, share.”  Joseph Gordon-Levitt Reflections: Revisiting The Occupy Movement… Collage of Occupy Paradeplatz’ in Zürich, Occupy Frankfurt, Occupy London, Occupy Montreal, Occupy Sao Paulo, and the Occupy Wall Street Crowd. Michael Moore Live • Occupy Wall Street Interview • MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell It seems like only yesterday when the Occupy Wall Street Movement, (a protest movement which began on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, in New York City’s Wall Street financial district), caught our ...

On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think…

“Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.”  Hans Christian Andersen On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think... Beauty and the Beast Peter Pan: I used to think… Peter’s fantasy was a terrific and feasible notion… but youth isn’t everlasting. Cinderella: I used to think… every undiscovered princess would find her slipper and have her moment of celebration and all evil stepmothers would live to see it happen… but not all get their chance. Beauty and the Beast: I used to ...

When Trust Dies, Who’s to Blame?

I subscribe to a niche news feed service that sends me press releases and updates regarding religion and faith-based issues. Earlier this week, I saw a press release regarding pastors, priests and rabbis who have abandoned their faith for an atheistic lifestyle. I’m not surprised when religious leaders experience doubt and question lifelong traditions they’ve followed. Faithful followers from Moses through Mother Teresa have expressed doubts regarding their beliefs and have written extensively about what they call “the dark night of the soul.” In fact, ...

Moral Conundrum: Jeter's 3000th Hit Baseball

Yankee Derek Jeter with his 3000th hit I'm the first to admit that I'm not a huge baseball fan. The games are too slow, too long and could benefit from instant replay. But this post is only tangentially about America's favorite past time. It has to do with a moral conundrum. This past weekend, Derek Jeter - shortstop for the New York Yankees - became the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to have his 3000th career hit at bat. That ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tyler Tarver

This is the first installment of a new series that I'll periodically write titled "7 Questions With an Author..." where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their answers here. [NOTE: I'm fully aware that I'm breaking AP Style rules by starting the first word in the title with an actual number and not writing it out - it just looked better to me or maybe I'm a closet subversive hoping to undermine the establishment one rebellious key ...

Good Feelings from Groups

Funny the stories that stick with you over the years. Have any of you read West of Eden by Harry Harrison? That’s WEST of Eden. Published by Bantam in 1984, it’s a marvelous piece of science fiction set in the prehistoric past. The book seems never to have made it into paperback. One of the key ideas in the book was the “early childhood” of the main characters, which took place in the ocean, where the characters were raised in ...

Lax Lent Fasting Options

A Lax Lenten Option - fast from the Kardashians including step-dad Bruce Jenner The Lent season is upon us and for Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians it’s a time of reflection, abstinence and fasting. According to the Bible, fasting is the conscious denial of physical needs such as hunger and thirst to sharpen spiritual focus, bring deliverance and foster fellowship with God. There’s fasting from meats and dainty delicacies; fasting for a predetermined time period ranging from a single meal up ...

#%@*!! Allergies!

#%@*!! Allergies!

[WARNING: This specific post contains graphic descriptions that might not be suitable for all readers!!!] There was a time when I used to love all things spring. The swelling buds, leafing trees, the venerable springing to life of “Mother Gaia” – it all spoke of renewed life and a vigorous victory over the death of winter...... But now, spring time simply blows– literally in the nasal mucous sense – because my histamine response to airborne allergens is so intense. If you haven’t guessed, I have seasonal allergies. I’m not sure when it ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 27

The arrival of our new baby boy is less than 13 weeks away and we’re thrilled as the due day of June 19th draws closer. Junior has been so active of late that his intra-uteral gymnastics have woken my wife up in the middle of the night. We expect to see full-fledged “Alien” abdominal movements within the next week – how cool is that! We’ve cleared our the guest room and have set up the crib – it’s one of those heavy, oak ...

The Daily Retort 2012-01-02 14:59:50

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 and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 5th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011, it’s a funny piece about The Most Unfortunate Typo Ever and it was originally posted in July. For the past 13 years I’ve worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public ...

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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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