5 Common Houseplants That are Toxic to Pets

Houseplants are great! Everyone should have at least one or two live plants in their home! Not only do plants add beauty and colour to your home decor, they can clean the air, and make you feel healthier and happier. And best of all, many of them are easy to grow. That being said, pet owners need to be aware of the houseplants that are toxic to cats and dogs. Ingesting poisonous plants can make pets very sick! It’s best to ...

The Lotus Flower

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera Lotus flowers are aquatic perennials native to Asia that can be found growing in marshes, lagoons, ponds and flooded fields.  They can also be cultivated in water gardens, for those that have the space. These plants can grow up to 5 feet in height and can spread up to 10 ft. across! The roots are planted firmly in the soil of the pond. The large green leaves are so highly repellent, the phenomenon has been called “the ...

Reflections: 100 Is The New 78…

“A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of it bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.” Maurice Chevalier Reflections: 100 Is The New 78… Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman Dear 100 Year Old Me … and anyone out there listening, What a grand way to celebrate my big day! I always knew I’d live long but heck, not this long. I made it; even outlived that ...

Musings: A Steadfast Love…

“Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.” Euripides Musings: From Steadfast To Surrender Love; a steadfast rock From steadfast to surrender… When two become one Love; is wealth unsought From surrender to steadfast Liquid to solid Some see being steadfast as a negative and surrender as a weakness but we need both… Love and life Life are about balance. How do you view love? Steadfast love? Surrender? “Above our life we love a steadfast friend.”Christopher Marlowe Musings: From Steadfast ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Light Adventures…

“The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.” Jim Rohn Weekly Photo Challenge: Light Adventures... Eglise Saint Etienne Le Veiux Weekly Photo Challenge: Light Adventures... Light Glass House Studio Seattle Lighting spaces is considered a highly specialized skill and, like a well designed gadget, great lighting is seamless. We appreciate it but we don’t focus on its presence because it seems perfectly natural to the setting it ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Devonian Botanic Gardens

For me, this place is close to home! The Devonian Botanic Gardens, located just 15 minutes from Edmonton Alberta is 190 acres of natural areas, ecological preserves and display gardens. Open from May to October, this place is a haven for natures beauty. Highlights of the garden include the Kurimoto Japanese Garden; a Tropical Showhouse with exotic butterflies; Temperate and Arid Showhouses, a Heritage Garden, a Native Peoples Garden and soooo much more! The Butterfly house is a “must see” experience! Image Credit: mmmee.blogspot.ca And ...

Musings: Ten Tips For A Saner Life…

“He was saner than anyone — he had fallen out of the world of illusion: love, interesting work, hope for the future.” John Gardner Musings: Ten Tips For A Saner Life… Keep wheel of emotional ups/downs in check. Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Auguries of Innocence by William Blake (1757–1827)via bartleby.com TO see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. I can’t believe we ...

Writing Challenge: How To Keep Love In Your Heart…

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde Writing Challenge: How To Keep Love In Your Heart… I. Have An Intention to Love More When I read this week’s writing challenge,  I knew it was time to go back to StripGenerator and create some strips as part of my How To project for this post.  As I mulled over a number of topic choices,  I was reminded again that the ...

Need a Laugh???

I’ve never been a fan of pranks or practical jokes, because they often can be cruel and get out of control quickly. Having said that, I do enjoy some of the stunts that the gang at Mediocre Films pull off. Below are two examples that poke fun at fast food restaurants and K-Mart respectively. The videos are clever, simple, yet exceptionally funny and still clean – which is becoming more and more rare. The first video features a guy (Greg Benson) using a ...

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 ...

7 Questions With an Author: Leon Hayduchok

Author, pastor, blogger and speaker – Leon Hayduchok It’s another installment of “7 Questions With Author…” and today’s featured writer is Leon Hayduchok, who recently authored his first book titled Dying to Control. Leon began his professional career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, LLP before earning his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and founding Cornerstone Community Church in Utica, NY. After pastoring Cornerstone for 9 years, Leon along with his wife and three daughters, relocated to Houston, Texas, where he now offers his ...

Shedding the Facade

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing friend of mine, Eileen Knowles. According to Eileen, she prefers “The Scenic Route” in life – which also happens to be the name of her fantastic blog. Eileen loves to write,  run and consume copious amounts of coffee – just not all at the same time. She is passionate about leaving a legacy for her son and encouraging others along the way who might need a dose of hope and grace poured into their ...

Name My Blog Contest!!!

Help Name My Blog!!! I’ve been writing this blog fairly regularly for more than a year now, and I’ve shared a host of thoughts, feelings and opinions regarding a range of topical areas.  But now, I need your help…. The title of this blog is EXTREMELY clunky – “Comments and Questions of Faith, Family, Finance and Fitness” (yuck!) I intentionally made the title so unyielding, after I read an article by blogging guru Chris Brogan who stressed the need to, “…write about what you like and include as much of ...

Proper Care and Feeding of Ideas

This past weekend I stumbled across a great video from speaker/author Steven Johnson regarding the genesis of ideas. It’s just over four minutes long, but it’s extremely worthwhile. In the video, Johnson shakes up long held conceptions that ideas come instantly in a flash of brilliance in some a haphazard, unpredictable manner. What Johnson postulates is that ideas can be nurtured. He asserts that ideas take time to germinate from “slow hunches” or “half ideas” given proper space, connection with others and the opportunity ...

Clean Laundry??? - A Guy's Perspective.....

Laundry: Clean or Dirty??? Men and women have different standards about "cleanliness." I'm not sure if it's nurture or nature - but there seems to be a clear difference between where guys and gals fall along the sanitary spectrum. This fact came to light during a discussion with my seven-year old girl as she was getting ready for bed. At the foot of her bed were three nightgowns from the past three nights - and she was getting a “fresh” nightgown out ...

Just Another Puzzle

I enjoy puzzles. Crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, number puzzles, word puzzles like the one at the end of this posting. As a kid I loved a game now sold as Tangoes or Tangrams. It may have been called one of those when I was a kid, too. In the game, you figure out what combination of geometric shapes will form each overall silhouette depicted in the pamphlet. Writing a novel, I have come to understand, is yet another puzzle to play ...

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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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Senility

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I just don’t understand. Everything was moving forward, falling into place, and dragging me along for the ride, but now… nothing. Worse than nothing. What am I going to do? I made all these promises that now, I can’t keep. Dozens of people are relying on me, but I can’t come through for them. I’ve lost …

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My Brain

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I saw my psychiatrist this afternoon. I explained the events of the weekend and while I hear him being proud of me, honestly proud isn’t why I did what I did. In my brain I did it for the animals, to which they are all home with loved ones. My physical and emotional self, now that’s a different story. Dr. M said that everything is very raw right now, it hasn’t even been longer than 2 days so in his mind …

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Out of Body Feeling

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Yesterday I was one of a few first responders on scene to a multiple car fatality. I keep having visions of the deceased, I see him everywhere. I see everything about that afternoon. Friends said to take the support of Victim’s Services and call them and I have done so. I am relieved that what I am experiencing is “normal” “i.e. as a result of the trauma”. …

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Pushing Through the Pain

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I’ve got so much filtering through my head. I don’t know where to begin. When I started my eating disorder program last November, I really felt that the travel to wellness was going to happen. After exposure to some other groups and such; I’ve had different emotions arise, many I hadn’t expected or dreamed of. I …

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Cupid Must Think I’m Stupid!

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Valentine’s schmalentine’s, who gives a crap? Is this day just for daters and maters or for the general population? I’ve been married 35 years and I’ve yet to get a valentine gift. Of course I’m not the type to make a fuss. I like to silently seethe. Actually, I come from Worcester County, which happens to …

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Heart Matters: National Wear Red Day

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson National Wear Red Day – Raising Awareness About Heart Disease General statistics Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, …

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