The Games Children Play

An early prompt this week, thought I was still caught up in jet-lag-holiday-mode. Once again, Queen Rochelle gathers her workers about her with a new prompt, this week the photograph is courtesy of John Nixon. I love the wizened looking trees and twisted roots, and guess the photo will provide the usual brilliantly inventive stories from the other Friday Fictioneers. You can read mine below the photograph. Copyright John Nixon Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 The Games Children Play ‘You abducted him, admit it’ ‘No!’ ‘You say you ...

Castles In the Sky

Social activist and educational reform leader Geoffrey Canada opens the documentary film Waiting for Superman by sharing the story of how he cried when his mother told him that Superman wasn't a real person. He goes on to share that his mother thought he was crying because he found out that his favorite comic book hero wasn't real. Yet he notes that in truth the tears were due to the realization that no one with enough power was going to come and save the ...

On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices…

“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.” Victor Hugo On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices… Blogging freedom A few months ago, Erica, one of our Daily Post coordinators had asked a question in a post; Inspiration that Clicks,  Aside from the Daily Post, where do you go to find tips and fodder? I thought about it at the time, and the usual gamut of ideas flashed ...

Try This At Home

Some of the best responses I’ve received so far were reactions to my post on Magritte’s painting depicting a pipe. I had no idea this would spark such interest and I’m wondering if lightning can strike twice at Chubby Chatterbox. First, I’m not going to tell you this isn’t a painting of a nude woman. It is…sort of. (Darn—I’m lying already.) I’ll clear this up by saying this picture is intended to depict a woman. It was painted in 1814 by ...

Flying Without A Net

Last night I did something in bed I haven’t done in years. I was contentedly lying there, dreaming I was King of Bloggers and had finally figured out the difference between further and farther, and a while and awhile, when it happened. Mrs. Chatterbox was on the far side of our king-size bed and in no position to monitor what was going on. That’s when it happened. I felt ashamed when it was over. I mean, I’m not a kid ...

A Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi Made with 2000 Carnations

“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you think is right.” Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Happy International Women’s Day! March 8th is a day to celebrate the women, both past and present, that have made important contributions to society, particularly in fighting for equality and freedom. To celebrate International Women’s Day, today’s blog post features the beloved Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winning politician and activist who was detained under ...

Musings: Condemn None…

“Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.” Swami Vivekananda Musings: Condemn None… Encourage Others… Fungoid frog (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Encouraged Frog… Three young frogs, yet unwise about the ways of the world, were out one day exploring their surroundings. They came to a dairy and boldly entered it to investigate. There was a bucket, and curious to learn more about ...

The Bomb Shelter Game

Back in 1967 when I was a junior in high school, Mr. Farrington, our social studies teacher, came up with an interesting idea that made us all stopthinking about our raging hormones to focus on something nearly as important—survival. The Soviet Union hadn’t crumbled yet and nuclear annihilation remained a distinct possibility, so engaging in a life and death struggle for survival, even if it was only a game, was far more interesting than the usual drivel we were exposed ...

Funny Friday Video: NASCAR Prayer Put to Song

Fridays are a great time to loosen up here at The Daily ReTORt and share a laugh heading into the weekend. Personally, I could use a laugh myself. Even though we're still on vacation, I've shared some challenging trials and tribulations we've experienced this week - Our Humorless Children and My Toothpaste Fiasco respectively - which neccesitate a dose of humor. In that regard, here's a funny video from some folks who never disappoint in the business of funny - The Gregory ...

Visions from Vail

Sometimes it’s impossible to leave work behind. And honestly, who wants to when work involves inspiring design?! Julie, our Project Manager at BGI, recently vacationed in Vail, Colorado with her family and couldn’t resist taking pictures of the town’s picturesque architecture and design. It was her first time skiing in almost 20 years and she said it was the perfect setting for tumbling down a mountain! She and her family had a great time, and we’re just glad she didn’t break ...

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night. The wind screamed like a lunatic on fire, as it clawed a path of devastation through our tiny Caribbean island, leveling buildings and lives, and rearranging the face of St. Croix forever. Actually, it was the longest night of my life. I remember the Weather Channel reports hours preceding Hurricane Hugo’s arrival, warning us to take shelter. I was making potato salad, and chatting on the phone with my friend Mary. We were coordinating ...

The Science of Sin

I came across a fascinating story regarding McMaster University in Ontario Canada. The basic gist of the article is that more than 180 students were divided into groups and assigned the task of trying to identify the molecular makeup of four sins specifically: lust, gluttony, wrath and sloth (laziness). Click here for the full story. http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/story.cfm?id=7312 The student groups then sought a hypothetical solution using biology/chemistry to try and remedy those sins. My initial reaction to this exercise was that of shock ...

Progress on First Novel, Part 2

This picture represents the stage I’m in with my first novel, which is entering its sixth draft. The flowers, perky and well-defined, are the plot points and characters; the pond, housing myriad underwater minerals and plants and animals, is the mind that imagined the story. The setting overall represents the combination of steady and fragile feelings as I take the plunge and start contacting agents. Here’s my current query letter, which I’m sending out this week to a selected list. Do ...

Book Marketing, Part 6

Image by Liz West / Muffet on flickr As within a family of raccoons, communication is practically instantaneous when someone finds a good book. I just experienced a great example of the marketing technique of “word of mouth.” First, a friend of mine posted on Facebook today a personal recommendation. As she said, it’s very unusual for her to do that. Because I think of her as one of the brilliant people, I immediately checked it out, thought it looked like ...

Out of Control

The eagle had landed; her rolling talons gripped the Florida tarmac, screeching while grabbing hold of the spinning earth. I held my breath for a brief moment; tucked snuggly between my two gentlemen seatmates. I got to chat to both of them although they never acknowledged each other. I was the female partition between two alpha males, which made me wonder if they didn’t speak because there was some sort of macho competition going on (although that’s hard to imagine ...

Brief Book Previews from The Millions Magazine

You may enjoy a look at what one magazine, The Millions, took much time/effort to create for people who live and breathe books–or for people who read only a few each year and want to make sure they’re picking up on good ones. Previews of new books coming out in 2012 are provided here in helpful article part one and part two. I haven’t read any of these yet, and probably won’t for another year or two. You see, I don’t ...

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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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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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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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The Residuals of a man…

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Residual is defined as pertaining to or constituting a residue or remainder, that which is remaining or left over. Synonyms incorporate such words as continuing, lasting, lingering and most importantly in this case enduring. Life on this earth takes a toll on a person. As youth we look to the future with anticipation and excitement as …

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