Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”  Calvin Coolidge Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started… ♥ Think through that blog name ~ Choose one carefully and think long term ♥ Invest in a custom domain name and use it ~ Buy your name and use it ♥ Brand your blog name across a few social media sites not all ~ Stay involved ♥ Blogging, like any small business, ...

Home Decor Ideas: Halloween Flowers!

Flowers are the perfect addition to any home or office, anytime of the year, including Halloween! Here are some Halloween floral decor ideas to get you inspired! Many of these are simple to recreate at home. Fill a vase with Halloween candy. photo credit: livelovepasta.com Photo credit: craftelf.com Spray paint flowers black. Photo credit: shutterbean.com Photo credit: michaels.com Photo credit: flickr.com Carve pumpkin and use as a vase. Photo credit: goodhousekeeping.com Image from: bhg.com Wrap gauze/fabric around vases to create “mummies.” Image from: http://sreelus.blogspot.ca Add spider webs & spiders to transform everyday flowers ...

Fun Flower Facts: Scilla (Squill)

Scilla or squill is a genus of flowering bulbs native to the woodlands, meadows and seashores throughout Europe and Africa. It can be identified by its bright green leaves and produces clusters of bluebell or star-shaped blooms. They look a lot like snowdrops, but slightly larger and blue in colour. Flowers are typically bright blue, but white, pink and purple varieties are available. Some species are fragrant. Most flower in the early spring, while a few bloom in the fall. Plants ...

Serendipity: Some Positive Markers for March…

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams.  May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you had in your yesterdays.” Anon Serendipity: Unfolding Truth Mandala by Keith Allen Kay credits below Serendipity is such a wondrous thing! Today, serendipity led me in three directions; to a ✿reflective post, to a ✿happiness site, and to ✿divine art. Clicking on my Facebook page this morning, I noticed an article posted by psychologist, Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. It ...

Inspiration: A Nature Walk…

“I’m passionately involved in life. I love its change, its color, its movement … it’s all a miracle.” Arthur Rubinstein Inspiration: A Nature Walk... On the Old Croton Aqueduct and beyond... Inspiration: A Nature Walk... Art along the way... Inspiration: A Nature Walk... A glimpse of the Hudson River Inspiration: A Nature Walk... Beautiful flora along the way... After all the excitement of the last couple of days, I took a long walk on the Old Croton Aqueduct and around my village. I needed to ...

Frost Tolerant Flowers for Your Garden

It’s November. Trees are bare. Most of the leaves have fallen. The days are noticeably shorter and cooler. Frost is settling in. But the gardening season is not quite over just yet. There are hardy, frost-tolerant flowers that can survive the cold temperatures and frost until the first snowfall. Here are some of those frost-tolerant flowers: Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemums are the quintessential fall flowers! Not only will they brighten up any garden, they are hardy and frost-tolerant. Chrysanthemums are available in a wide variety ...

Meet Mimosa Pudica, the Plant that Likes to Play Dead When Touched

Scientific Name: Mimosa Pudica Common Names: Sensitive Plant, Touch-me-not Plant, shame plant Appearance-wise, there doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about this plant. The plant looks normal. The Mimosa Pudica is a low-growing, creeping plant with slightly prickly, woody stems.  The leaves are feathery and fern-like. It blooms fluffy ball-shaped pink or lavender flowers. But appearances are deceiving! You wouldn’t know by just looking at it, but the Mimosa Pudica is a peculiar plant. It is a bit shy and doesn’t like being ...

Carnivorous Plants!

The world is full of many wonderful, yet strange things. Take carnivorous plants for example. Most plants are harmless and don’t seem to do much. They just sit there waiting to be watered, fertilized and eaten. But not carnivorous plants! Instead of waiting patiently to be fed, they take a more proactive approach and catch their own food! With an active appetite for insects and other small animals, these carnivorous plants are definitely not your average garden plant. Carnivorous plants often ...

Is This Amazing or Just Stupid???

Humans have been fixated with flying like birds for thousands of years. It seems that the closest we’ve gotten to that dream is the “stunt sport” of wingsuit flying. You’re not sure what that is?  Here are two quick videos that will make your jaw drop in either amazement or awe of their stupidity! And that video is almost tame compared to this next one! Image courtesy of Creative Common

5 Reasons To Go On A Mission Trip With Your Family

Stolpe family in Guatemala Early this month, our family traveled to Guatemala to serve the orphans and widows in and around the village of Santo Domingo Xenacoj. Deciding to go in the first place was a pretty significant leap of faith. As a father and husband, did I think we would be safe in a strange land removed from many of the luxuries we currently enjoy? Did I really want to spend my vacation time working instead of relaxing somewhere? How were we going to ...

A Morning Letter for You

Squinting into the angelic morning, blazing white with promise, a distant dog speaks his mind, as birds trill from camouflaged nests, and the steam rises off my coffee like a smoldering black puddle, rousing my misty spirit. Funny how each day presents itself to us as though it were something new…an unopened letter from life delivered bedside, intended for your eyes alone, as millions of previous mornings are wiped clean like fingerprints from a crime scene. Each day billions of souls see ...

Euphoria...Rapturous Bliss...Really?

Fabricator of Euphoria I have what I need. What I don’t have I don’t need…right now. Easy peasy and that’s the end of my blog. I wish it were so easy. It’s not so peasy either. Contentment…it’s a big pill to swallow; a big girl pill, and not one of those orange flavored chewables. Contentment is often compared with happiness, but being content has more to do with surrender and resting peacefully in whatever situation you may find yourself in, while happiness, being ...

EdiTOR’s Note: Guest Blog…

EdiTOR's Note: Guest Blog...

Several weeks ago I joined a community of great bloggers at BlogRocket. One of the guys I met there is named Ben Emerson and he's in the midst of an ambitious project to consecutively blog about a chapter of the Bible every day until he's written about "the whole dang thing" - which just so happens to be the name of his blog. He invites other writers to con tribute to his project, and he graciously allowed me to submit a guest ...

To Blog or Not to Blog

To blog or not to blog…that is the question. I’ve been sitting on this blog for three days now…pondering if I should post it or not. My ego/pride was arguing that I sometimes reveal too much to you, yet my artist/spiritual side was arguing that the truth is the only thing worth writing. So, after contemplating the universe from my Corolla, while zipping through traffic, harmonizing with Bette, and using my steering wheel as a percussion instrument, I’ve committed ...

Living With Clumps!

Sometimes life can rub you the wrong way. Like petting a cat from tail to head…it just doesn’t feel good. The cat will let you know if you’re annoying it by answering with a growl and a slash, but what’s a person to do when life gets tough. How many frustrating things can happen in a day? Rhetorical question, but it seems when one thing turns blotchy and sour, it can spread to other things. In short, I believe that ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 24

This week marks our family’s 24th week of pregnancy with our third child – Junior Constantino. Technically, my wife is shouldering the bulk of the pregnancy duty via her uterus, but we’re consciously making it a family event to ensure our two daughters are fully engaged in the entire experience. As you may know, we are expecting a boy which I wrote about a few weeks ago when we were trying to predict the baby’s gender. When we first found out that we ...

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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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