7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Happy Halloween! This spooky holiday, which is celebrated on October 31st, isn’t just for kids that want to dress up and go trick or treating! Adults can have fun, too! Here are some ways you can celebrate Halloween (all of these ideas will feature flowers, as we are a flower  blog, after all!): Dress up in one of these fun and creative Halloween costume ideas with flowers. Halloween would also be the perfect time to try these “flower petal eyes.” Decorate your home ...

Moment: A Smart Innovation For Mobile Photography

“The highest quality lenses to empower mobile picture takers everywhere to capture incredible images with their phones. “Marc Barros Want to learn more about the above?  Stop by in a few… “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”Steve Jobs What’s the one innovation would you love to see? What are your thoughts? What creative impulses were triggered by the post? Please share your thoughts in a comment below. Thank you! This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Positive Motivation Tip: In ...

Flowers & Childhood Memories

The first “flowers” I can remember as a child were the pretty yellow ones that grow wild and abundantly for every child to pick and go happily home to present them to their mothers. These “flowers” were usually taken and put with tenderness and love into a wonderful container and set in a very prominent location. When I was a child they were put in a mason jar in the center of the kitchen table where the cat would knock ...

Musings: Lessons Learned From Stories…

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it”  James Matthew Barrie Musings: Lessons Learned From Stories... The Milkmaid and Her Pail The Milkmaid and Her Pail Patty the Milkmaid was going to market carrying her milk in a Pail on her head. As she went along she began calculating what she would ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement…

“To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.” Jerry Seinfeld Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Janet Jackson and her crew Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Janet Jackson For more: See Janet Jackson concert post Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Sade and crew doing a little jig Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Sade in the spin around For more: See Sade concert post Concerts are a great place to see the human form in action; gyrating, spinning, jumping, doing all sorts of gymnastics to stay in sync tune ...

Death In The Family

Everyone I might have offended with this post is dead, except my mother who doesn’t have a computer, and there’s something I’d like to get off my chest. I’ve always been suspicious of the manner in which my uncle died. This happened when I was two years old so I’ve had to piece together a picture of the event from various relatives, mostly my mother who was not actually there when the tragedy took place. My mother’s boisterous Portuguese family had gathered ...

High Heel Hell

Most of us have experienced it, the high school ritual known as Senior Prom. The Willamette River runs through downtown Portland. An esplanade bordering the river is crowded with restaurants that are popular on prom night. For years Mrs. C. and I have made a habit of parking ourselves on a bench to watch the parade of young people dressed in finery on their special night. Stretch limos come and disgorge self-conscious teens trying their best to look nonchalant and grown ...

Musings: What’s Next?

“What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Musings: What’s Next? “Either pray or worry, you can’t do both…” 50 CENT Saeon — I’ll Be Gone  For 9ja music love… TY Xworldmusic.wordpress! What do we do when we feel the end of a long and arduous journey is fast approaching, but the next step isn’t quite clear?  ♥Hold our Breathe? ♥Take a walk by the sea or in a local park? ...

An April Fool’s Day Quiz

In each category, match the number of the statement with the letter of its author. (Answers at “For Fun” tab above.) Politics 1. It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country. 2. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. 3. A fool and his money are soon elected. 4. There was a time when a ...

5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training

Running Along - courtesy www.ronedmondson.com Today I have the honor of having a featured guest post on the fantastic web site of Ron Edmondson, a nationally-recognized writer, pastor and leadership authority. Ron was kind enough to publish a piece I wrote titled 5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training - here's an excerpt: ======================================== Prior to my 40th birthday I decided I wanted to run a full marathon. I found a training regimen, stuck to it and successfully completed my first 26.2 mile distance within the ...

Bruised Bamboo, a little help

The suffering and despair of Japan’s people is incomprehensible to me. I watch as their desperate images appear on my TV screen, slotted between ads for Pop-Tarts and toothpaste, like a tragic prime time series. The imagines are too much too take in. I want to look away. Thousands of people’s lives have been broken to bits, their pieces cast to the wind. I shift on my sofa, seeking a more comfortable position. But there is no comfort, because my ...

When Toilets Flushed…Ah, the Good Ole Days

They’re doing some renovations where I work and one of the key considerations of the upgrades is to reduce our corporate draw on natural resources – which is an admirable goal that I fully support. However, crews just finished the “green” updates to the men’s room and they’ve installed new “Water-free Urinals” –note from the picture that there are no pipes or flushing apparatus. This “new” idea of “Water-Free Urinals” strikes me as an oxymoron similar to “Hat-free Kentucky Derby” or “Frosting-free ...

Predicting Our Baby’s Gender….

Baby Predictor My wife is 19 weeks pregnant today, and this afternoon we’re going to her doctor for an ultrasound to (hopefully) determing the baby’s gender. [NOTE: our fingers are crossed that the baby's legs won't be...] That’s the kind of people we are – we don’t like surprises and we even peek and partially unwrap Christmas presents to alleviate the suspense. Don’t judge us! Anyway, before we try the scientific method of knowing the baby’s sex we decided to try a completely ...

Grace and Poise on a Book Tour

It’s the rare author who gets sent on cross-country book tours these days. But when your book hits the front page of The New York Times Book Review, well, that’s a different story (or kettle of fish or ball of wax). I don’t know exactly when Lily King’s publisher, Grove Atlantic, decided to send her on the road to sign copies of Euphoria, but she’s been traveling each week now since June 11. The Times review was published June 7, and ...

Baby, Birth, Delivery – Our Newborn Son Has Arrived!!!

After nearly 42 weeks of pregnancy, my wife had a scheduled Casearean section this morning at 9:30am. The surgery lasted less than two hours and it was completely complication-free and uneventful. Except for the fact that at 10:08am, the newest addition to our family – Salvatore (Tor) James Constantino, T.J. for short – entered our world. My wife is doing great and is with our newborn son as I write this. The early steer from the medical team is that she’ll have ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 11

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest last week. Once again the entries were great – too great. I simply couldn’t decide on my own. So I took each of the entries to our 8-year old daughter’s Girl Scout troop meeting to let them pick – lucky they were working on their “Humor Merit Badge” that week. In a unanimous decision, by Girl Scout Troop 537, the winner ...

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Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow you…

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God is the only source of “good ” in the universe. He is the source of every blessing that his creatures crave. Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. All his works are devised to extend the reach of his love. Every action in the created realm blushes with the goodness of God. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. …

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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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