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. ...

Haiku: Happy For No Reason…

“Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.” Dan Millman Haiku: Happy For No Reason… Pages turned or not. Cold days, long, long nights… He’s happy for no reason Pages turned or not… There are times when joy bubbles up inside of us, even as we’re going though major struggles. What triggers it? Does it even matter? When I saw the picture above, I tried to imagine what life must be like ...

Monday Musings: On Optimism and A Little More…

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill Monday Musings: Optimism is... a brightly colored wrapper on a barren farm The Question: Are you an Optimist or Pessimist? Optimist, Pessimist, Realist, Fatalist, Sit-On-The-Fence-ist.  At any given point in our lives, we find ourselves fully engaged or wallowing in one of those descriptions. Does it matter? Yes and No. Yes? How we view our world and live in it has an impact on the choices we make and on others around us. No? ...

Fun Flower Facts: Morning Glory

The morning glory (scientifically known as ipomoea) is a genus with over 1000 species of climbing flowering plants with large, showy trumpet-shaped flowers and heart-shaped leaves. The fragrant flowers come in a rainbow of colours, including blue, red, pink, purple and white and often attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They will bloom from early summer to the first frost. Gardeners love them because they are easy to grow, fast growing, and will thrive in poor, dry soils. They  They can be cultivated ...

Carpe Diem: To Live is to Live Forever..?

“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” Horace Carpe Diem: To Live is to Die... Carpe Diem: To Live is to Die… Do you want to live forever? That is the writing prompt/question our blogging guides at Daily Post borrowed from Plinky. My initial reaction to the question was: At what cost? Isn’t the point of nature about rejuvenation, transformation and rebirth? Like the seasons, every life form has its time of ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: HOT!

“Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat” Caroline Schroeder Weekly Photo Challenge: HOT! A very hot fire ceremony at a home in Los Angeles Weekly Photo Challenge: HOT! Hot and sweet pepper display at a local supermarket I was quite happy to read the challenge for this week and imagined all things hot I could photograph and add to this post… But, once I started gathering my shots, I soon found myself stuck in ...

You Be The Judge

A Virginia woman bought a box of junk for seven dollars at a local flea market. When she got home she found a small painting in the box, a nicely framed landscape. The painting didn’t interest her but she felt the frame had value. A gold tag fixed to the frame identified the artist. She didn’t recognize the name: Renoir. The woman’s mother stopped her from ripping the painting from the frame and convinced her to have it appraised. Experts at ...

Haiku: A Plot Of Land By The Sea…

“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.” Plato Haiku: A Plot Of Land By The Sea… If you look for me… A plot of land, by the sea Is where I will be “If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave ...

The Kid Got to Me

I met a girl, 17 and lean—her feet pointing inward, causing knees to bump foreheads as she spoke of her future plans—describing dreams as pale as the milky spills of new galaxies against the pitch black uncertainty of the universe. I found myself bowing to her naiveté, discovering a bit of my younger self in her newly set eyes. To be so eager and unafraid, like a rocket launching for the first time, piercing the conditioned “you cant’s, and the don’t ...

Our Cardboard Cutout Baby Stand-in

Our Stand-in Cardboard Baby My wife, who’s 41-weeks pregnant today, has her last scheduled out-patient doctor’s visit this afternoon. They’ll check and see if there’s any additional dilation and cervical thinning to (perhaps) indicate when the baby might be making his soon arrival. If the doctor tells us  there’s no additional action and that the boy is hunkered in tighter than a WWI Doughboy in a embattled trench on the Western Front – we’re prepared for a C-section later in the week. In the ...

Super Bowl vs. Valentine’s Day: Wedded Blisster – #14

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #14 looks at the tension between the “guy holiday” of Super Bowl Sunday versus the “gal holiday” of Valentine’s Day.   Links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below. Tim Tebow Football Fever – episode #13 Honey Do List – episode #12 Black ...

Where Father Figures, Figure in the Family

Here’s a great guest post from a blogging buddy of mine Jared Latigo. Jared is a writer, speaker and passion guy. His vision in life is to have more people love their work than ones that hate it. Be sure to check out his blog at JaredLatigo.com or follow him on Twitter @JaredLatigo. Here’s his post: ———————————————- I’m on a mission in this life to figure out exactly where I “fit.” Maybe you are too? Good. We’ll get along just fine then. But often I get ...

Out Of Whack!

I’ve been out of whack lately. The thing about being out of whack is that you don’t fully realize that you’re out of whack, but the people who know you the best can usually tell that you’re out of whack. You avoid these people because, even though you don’t know that you’re out of whack, deep down you really do know it, but if you admit to it, then you’re responsible to do something about it. Truth be told, you ...

For the Love of Color

What’s your favorite color? It’s a simple question and one of the first we’re ever asked. The answer is quite simple as well. It’s the color that makes us feel good. The one we’re drawn to and never seem to tire. And what better color to use when decorating your home than your favorite color? Color schemes don’t have to be complicated. Using hue variations of one color and mixing it with neutrals can be the perfect choice when you can’t get enough ...

It's safe to say that I'm hooked....

I used to think that I was a fairly balanced person overall, but it’s clear that I continue to exhibit a certain pattern of behavior that is clearly out of balance in most people’s minds. That being the fact that I’m a marathon and half-marathon junkie…. Yesterday, I completed my fifth full marathon – this one was the 39th Annual Virginia Beach Shamrock race.  Here are a few pictures that my wife took of my daughters and I after that event – ...

Design Shuffle Names BGI a Top 10 of 2013

Design Shuffle, an online go-to destination for design professionals and enthusiasts, has revealed its first annual Top 10 of the year and Barbara Gilbert Interiors was selected! Ten design professionals from each of the three regions of the United States were chosen based on the quality of their designs within their online portfolios. Design Shuffle’s popular “Fave” feature also played a contributing factor in the firms honored. Design enthusiasts and industry partners everywhere use the fun and helpful “Fave” feature to ...

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The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

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There is an abundance of guidance on the Internet, in bookstores, magazines, newspaper advice columns and talk radio about how to keep your marriage healthy. I’m not going to criticize the tips often touted by experts because they are important and I don’t want to disregard this valuable wisdom but there are things that no matter where you research get glossed over. First, let’s go over a …

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Do It Anyway: A Poem And A Prayer…

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In 1968, Dr. Kent Keith, a young college student leader, wrote a booklet to help other youth leaders. It was titled: The Paradoxical Commandments. Years later, the poem/prayer surfaced as an amended version attributed to Mother Teresa; renamed Do It Anyway. It was inscribed on a wall in her living quarters, and many who passed through stopped to note and cherish the inspiring words. …

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Putting on the “Full Armor of God”…

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In the Wilderness of Organized Christianity, you possess nothing- no life, no wisdom, no power, no understanding, no love, no knowledge. Though you may dabble with some of these attributes in a very limited fashion, still, they are only gifts. They are on loan to you. They can be taken from you in a moment. From him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. God brings men to …

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To my praying readers…

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The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities. But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s Christians look to be on the verge of genocide. …

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The Pain of Betrayal…

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“The Kiss of Judas” is a traditional depiction of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, c. 1306. Fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Jesus walked the shores of Galilee, dispensing blessings, healings, and teachings of life. For these things his neighbors hated him. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another …

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Who is this man – Jesus?

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His Hebrew name was Yahshua, which means “Yahweh is Salvation.” The New Testament writers transliterated this name, letter-for-letter into Greek and called him “Iesous.” And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS (Iesous): for he shall save his people from their sins. The numerical value of Iesous is 888, which signifies complete resurrection. Thus the salvation of Yahweh is …

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An unexpected trip home

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There’s nothing like going home. Over the last few months, the initial excitement of moving halfway across the country has been replaced by homesickness. This was alleviated slightly when my daughter came to visit a couple of weeks ago, but I was still missing the warm, sunny days and natural beauty of my home state.Fast forward to nine days ago, and an incredible opportunity to …

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