How to Grow an Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum)

Is the orchid cactus an orchid or a cactus? The orchid cactus, also known as epiphyllum, is a cactus that blooms large, showy flowers that are just as beautiful and exotic-looking as orchids. Flowers come in bright vibrant colours like white, red and pink in a variety of shapes and forms. They bloom from spring until summer and many varieties are known to bloom at night. The plant is native to the jungles of Mexico, Central America and South America. There are ...

Weekly photo challenge – Ready

Ready for the wedding guests…………… Ready to go…… Who am I? I  wear many hats – wife, mother, mother-in-law, new grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, great aunt, friend, business owner, so I decided to start a blog, somewhere I didn’t have to wear any hats, somewhere I could just be me. There is humour in my life and relationships and I write about it, for we all need to laugh and learn not to take ourselves too seriously.  We must enjoy this life, for it is not a dress ...

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, ...

Reflections: Honoring Earth Day 2013

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir Reflections: Honoring Earth Day 2013. A modern Earth Day flag Earth Day 2013 – The Face of Climate Change Meditate it Forward – Free Meditation – Pass it On Happy Earth Day, today and every day! One thing that becomes apparent in the spring is how the landscape changes from barren to fecund. It seems magical but, in truth, our love for Mother ...

Reflections: Things We Love About Our Cultural Influences…

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” Margaret Mead Reflections: Things We Love About Our Cultural Influences... reach out and connect with others Being exposed to different cultures is a great thing. It gives us the opportunity to learn about others and what makes them tick, and to ...

On Music: At Last And More…

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. On Music: At Last And More... Etta James. RIP Etta James – At Last Etta James – At Last Lyrics via RomanticLyrics.com At last, my love has come along My lonely days are over And life is like a song Oh, yeah, yeah, at last The skies above are blue My heart was wrapped ...

Fun Flower Facts: Tigridia (Tiger Flower)

Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Many of the species are native to Mexico and Guatemala. Tigridias are valued for their large, showy flowers that come in variety of bright colours and attractive sword-like leaves. Flowers come in vibrant reds, pinks, yellow, white and purple. These exotic beauties have 3 large outer petals and 3 small ...

Trust Yourself: The King Loves His Clothes…

“Don’t take anything personally. As you make a habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices.” Don Miguel Ruiz Trust Yourself: A King displaying his finery.... Get Over Yourself: What You Think Is Not Always What You Get… Recently, I was reminded about the powerful ways in which the mysteries of life present themselves. Sometimes we look at events and imagine ...

7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

Author, speaker, professor – Clay Morgan 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. Today’s featured author is Clay Morgan – a writer, professor, and speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who writes about pop culture, history, and the meaning of life. He is the author of Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Most days you can find Clay doing his best Dead Poets Society impersonation at a couple ...

French Estate by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes

I was recently invited to a magazine launch party for Estate Life Magazine, which was held at a gorgeous 3-story French estate home constructed by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes. After touring the home, I knew its design had to be shared! Not only is the artistry of the house simply stunning, but at over 14,000 square feet, the design possibilities are almost limitless. I could go on and on, but it’s truly pictures and not words that are the star of ...

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 ...

What My Teenaged Grandchildren Are Reading

Foggy mornings are great for reading. Over July 4 week we were fortunate to have a bunch o’ family with us, including three of the grandkids. They thanked me profusely for recent book gifts, and all three were partway through those books–but only one actually had the book with him. All three were in the midst of reading other books. That’s okay; they had all at least started, swore they were enjoying, and would finish them. I take them at their ...

Summer Fun. NOT!

Much of the east coast is experiencing temperatures upwards of a hundred degrees this week…except Florida, which bottomed out at a nippy ninety three degrees this afternoon. It’s hot, but Florida hot and Northern hot are two different hots. In Florida we’re used to the heat and humidity. We time everything just right in order to avoid getting sweaty. We go from our air conditioned houses to our air conditioned cars and then drive said cars to our air conditioned ...

Great Expectations (as a parent)

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Erin Hatton. She’s a blogger and fiction writer, other details about her are listed below but the most important factoid is that she’s a mother of four kids. She writes about expectations of parents for themselves and their children – a topic that I’ve written about before – but Erin has a unique perspective. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ================================= Growing up I knew a lot about ...

Unexpected Orange

From pumpkins to autumn leaves, orange is everywhere this time of year. But why is a color that brings smiles to so many faces and even inspires fall foliage tours seldom used in interior design? Simply put, while most people are not afraid of color, they are afraid of choosing the wrong color. So they choose colors they think are “safe.” And while understandable, this can be a mistake and a missed opportunity because the power of color is undeniable. Orange is considered the ...

Battle of the Sexes Part 3:  Bathroom Humor – Funny Movie Short

Battle of the Sexes Part 3: Bathroom Humor - Funny Movie Short

Here is part 3of my Wedded BlissTors 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 differences that sometimes occur between what's the expected behaviour in a married couple's bathroom versus what might actually occur in the extreme. [WARNING: If you get queasy easily, you might want to skip this one.] From replacing the toilet paper roll to toothpaste tops, have you ever had to "discuss" those bathroom issues? If ...

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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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CJ’s Birthday

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I decided to take little CJ to the park to feed the ducks and distract me from fretting that I’d never land another job. At the park it started to rain. I’d failed to consider the weather and hadn’t grabbed CJ’s umbrella or raincoat. Adding to my failure as a provider, I now felt like a failure as a parent. When the shower hardened into heavy rain we took shelter under a tree that did little to keep us dry. I noticed an empty …

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Birthdays

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Now what on earth do Birthdays have to do with art? Well quite a lot really. Today is my birthday and I’m taking the time out to celebrate. What do I have to celebrate? Well I have survived and prospered into the last quarter of my life. Not only that, but as so many other Baby Boomers are doing, I am finally taking up my life’s work and getting on with what I was really born to do …

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Tales from France – you must be joking!

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“We’re going to make a Mickey Mouse cake for baby Piglet’s birthday,” my daughter announced. Her words immediately triggered alarm bells in my head. I looked away from my computer aware this conversation needed my full attention. “We” probably meant “You” as in “Me”. “Really?” my response was at best non-committal and even a little lukewarm. I …

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Birthdays Buzzards and Rainbows

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Monday’s attempt at a birthday blog:Okay so I’m suppose to be writing a birthday blog and I’m finding that it isn’t so easy to write. I feel scattered. Maybe it’s that I have so much on my mind. Or perhaps it’s my age. Maybe my brain is starting to sag right along with my other …

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Birthday #60

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Mrs. Chatterbox is slightly older than me; she turned 60 three weeks ago. Since then I’ve pretended I was a younger man consorting with a cougar. But yesterday was my birthday. Now I’m S-I-X-T-Y, and taking solace in a post I wrote back in my younger days, when I was a mere 59: There are benefits …

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Keiko Matsui At Birchmere / Happy Birthday Mr. Blogger

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Last week Betsy said, “It’s your birthday next week and so we are going to see Keiko Matsui at the Birchmere Theater in Northern Va. tomorrow night.” Cool! What a nice Bday present! And so, away we went, and had fun. We arrived there early and sat on a bench with a few other early birds. …

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