5000 Poppies to Commemorate Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day, a memorial holiday for Commonwealth nations, such as Canada, Australia, and the UK  to honour the lives lost during battle. Many citizens show their support for the soldiers by wearing a single red poppy. But artist Ted Harrison chose to do more than just wear a red poppy. In November 2011, he created an art installation using 5000 red poppies at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. From the ground level, it doesn’t appear much more than some ...

Inspiration: When Love Beckons…

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were” Kahlil Gibran Inspiration: When Love Beckons... Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Song of Love XXIV by Khalil Gibran I am the lover’s eyes, and the spirit’s Wine, and the heart’s nourishment. I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and The virgin kisses me and places me Upon her breast. I am the house of true fortune, and the Origin of pleasure, ...

Small World

Mrs. Chatterbox and I flew from Portland to Sacramento to visit our oldest friends a few months after my dad unexpectedly died in 2008. Our friends didn’t have room to put us up so we checked into a nearby hotel. The next morning our friends were picking us up and treating us at their favorite breakfast spot. While waiting for them to arrive I heard a conversation on the far side of the lobby. Three seniors were seated in leather chairs ...

The Garden Rose Gallery

Probably the most popular garden roses of today are those with strong fragrance, huge petal counts and large flower heads. There are many varieties like this for today’s gardens bred by major houses like David Austin Roses from England, Rosen Tantau from Germany, and Meilland from the south of France. Until recently, none of these “Garden Varieties” were available as cut flowers because these roses tend to have a poor shelf and vase life. Lately however, major hybridizers have made an ...

Reflections: What Are You Most Grateful For…?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie Reflections: What Are You Most Grateful For…? “Since 1996 I had accumulate more wealth, more responsibility, more possessions; everything, it seemed had grown exponentially – except my happiness. How had had I, with all my options ...

What’s the Difference Between Annual and Perennial Flowers?

From L-R, Clockwise: alstroemeria, black-eyed susan, camellia, carnation, gardenia, gerbera daisy, geranium, iris, rose, sunflower, tulip and zinnia Now that is spring, you will want to choose plants for your garden. If you walk into a garden center or nursery, you will noticed two different types of plants: annuals and perennials.  But what do these terms means? Annuals An annual is plant that completes its  life cycle in one growing season. In other words, annuals have to be re-planted each year. Annuals give gardeners ...

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…” Nicholas Sparks Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy… Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy… Thank you everyone for your well wishes and kind comments… My heart goes out to all who have lost so much; lives, homes, memories… I am deeply touched and saddened by the devastation that Mother Nature has wrought… but we shall all recover. Today, I ventured outside after being cut off for two days, and what I saw ...

Reflections: Memories Of…

“A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.” Elbert Hubbard Reflections: Memories Of... Memory Of Sun by Anna Akhmatova Memory of sun seeps from the heart. Grass grows yellower. Faintly if at all the early snowflakes Hover, hover. Contd below Memory is a funny thing… We could be sitting on the porch sipping a summer drink or even an aperitif, when suddenly, a memory of an event, a singular, seemingly irrelevant conversation would flash by. Then there are those sweeping, gushing, heart-wrenching ...

Adding to the “Favorites” Tab

One truck-owner’s approach to literature on Monhegan Island, Maine (photo copyright by Meredith Ann Rutter) Boy, I’ve read some pretty bad books lately. Of course, that’s just my opinion. But I think I enjoyed a higher percentage of my reads when I was younger because I still had so-o-o much to learn. Nowadays a book really has to tickle my funny bone or give me a look into some utterly fascinating other life to keep my attention. I read a book a ...

The End is Near. Burger Anyone?

So, today, beginning at 7 am in the UK, the world is supposed to end and those worth saving will shoot off into the sky like people rockets toward heaven… while the rest of us will watch in horror and die a slow torturous death… and then spend the rest of eternity in hell…being tormented. This is according to Harold Camping the head of a US Christian broadcaster. Hmmm…what to do with my last day? I could spend it praying, but ...

Sometimes Living in Denial is Good….

Last year, I was fortunate to have two of my articles published with RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials. The two articles were  7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict and What to Consider Before Considering Kids respectively. This morning, the good folks at RELEVANT featured another piece I wrote titled When Living in Denial is Healthy Here’s an excerpt from my most recent piece at RELEVANT Magazine: ==================================================== If you’ve ever used the phrase, or been accused of “living in denial,” you know ...

If Pinterest Was For Guys…

The Pinterest Logo I recently signed up for an online course that provided a basic introduction to Pinterest. If you’re not aware of what Pinterest is, it’s the third-largest and fastest-growing social media platform on the web. It’s kind of like a living mashed up visual montage of Better Homes & Gardens, Food & Wine, Parenting, Style and People magazines blended with the Oscars red carpet plus a dash of baby shower with a healthy dose of Silpada jewelry all drizzled in chocolate. Given ...

Habits – From Quirky to Annoying After “I Do”

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~ Rita Rudner Before a couple is married, it’s easy for them to think living together with another human being 24/7 will be a breeze. After all, if they could survive growing up with people with whom they had no prior input as to whether or not they cohabitated, then living with their spouse by their own free will ...

Tumbling out of Heaven

Reaching into the darkness,Through the fragile unknown spaces,Between seraphim and cherubim,Locking eyes with deity,And tumbling out of heaven. In reaching I’ve been revived.In wanting I’ve been repelled.In speaking I’ve been silenced. This is what it feels like to speak to the wind.Blown away.This is what it tastes like to kiss the rain.Bittersweet.This is what it sounds like to be cut off. ... This path is killing me with its blood stained pages.This path is stunning with its desperate beauty.Living at the edge of the ...

Cranky Cherubs

Valentines Day isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I think it’s just a big set up for disappointment. I remember, as a child, passing out my hand signed Pepe Le Pew valentines, and saving the mushiest one for my eternal crush, Steven Sweet. Seriously, that was his last name. I may have been only eight, but even then I wasn’t immune to Cupids arrows. Much to my dismay, my love remained unrequited because Steven Sweet had set ...

Amazing Ping Pong Video…

As a kid growing up my family had a ping pong table in our basement that my friends and I used to spend hours playing on weekends. I always had fond memories of table tennis – so much so, my wife and I talk about possibly getting a table for our own rec room when the girls get a bit taller. In the meantime, we bought the Wii Resort game and controller upgrades when that option came available last year because ...

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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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Hope deferred, or is your promise simply delayed?

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By tragedy your life is irretrievably placed on a new course, but it does not have to be downward. Hope cannot undo a disaster, but it can change the destination that it leads to. If you let your hope grow through your problem, it will soon gain the strength to rotate your entire life, disaster and all, into a new upward direction. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more …

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Birth Control

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I am a middle aged female that has worked with the public most of my adult life. I have watched the poor suffer due to lack of medical care. Our medical system is broken and has been for many years. Not everyone gets the care they need. I feel the Birth Control issue was brought about by politics and I for one am sick of it. People should be our concern not Democrats or Republicans. …

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Celebrations

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June is a time of celebration at Casa Chatterbox. Thursday would have been my dad’s 88th birthday, Friday was our son’s birthday, and yesterday Mrs. Chatterbox and I celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. This picture shows us shortly after our honeymoon when we’d moved into an old duplex in West Los Angeles. I’d inherited the apartment from …

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1000 Windows: Finding Peace with Something Greater

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I was just a child so I couldn’t separate the ignorant people from the pure intent of faith. A couple of times she did find a welcoming church and those experiences were okay, however these were small, very poor churches. The congregations wouldn’t survive and the members would just drift their separate ways.Eventually my mother just let it go and that was that with organized religion. That experience …

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