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Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Maybe I should beg for your forgiveness on the front side of this post.  You know how I usually avoid politics like the plague.... but who can resist what is becoming the longest running dirty joke in the history of politics.  Therefore, I am breaking my own rule and talking a bit about the bizarre news conference this week.  You now the one I mean.  The one where Anthony Weiner  AKA Carlos Danger,  tells the world he has done some ...

Flowers in the News: Invasive Flower takes Over Oregon

Yellow tuft alyssum, a plant native to Europe, produces clusters of attractive yellow flowers. Leaves are covered with fine white hairs that give the plant a grayish green appearance. They thrive in well-drained rocky soils and are commonly cultivated in rock gardens. But as attractive as the plant may be, it has been declared a noxious weed in the state of Oregon and has become a serious threat to the environment. The fast growing and invasive yellow tuft alyssum will crowd out other ...

Rap It Up

Have you ever noticed that there is an elite group of celebrities that are off limits as far as the media (or anyone else, for that matter) finding fault with anything they do or say. Yes, there are those that are so revered for their talent when they occasionally say something stupid or rude, we pretend we were struck with total deafness and didn't hear a word of it. OR...if it was heard and repeated there is the thought, "They earned ...

Cat Humor: Summer Fun Moments…

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” Mary Bly Cat Humor: Summer Fun Moments… wake up at noon I wake up at noon. A juggling cat named Pierre Liked to walk with his tail in the air. When the girl cats passed by They said, ‘My, oh my– What a nice set of  lls you have there The last couple of days have oppressively hot and a little humor goes a long way; helping us chill out a bit.  I’m an animal lover. I ...

Do I Talk Funny?

Do I Talk Funny?

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about regional differences.  I was reading about a major study conducted by Cambridge University that tracked 620,000 Americans for 6 years to determine the influences of where they live on their personalities and behavior.  It occurs to me that I don't have a region.    It remains to be seen (according to some) if I have a personality but I definitely have behaviors. Note: to put this lack of regional identification into context: My childhood was  fairly evenly divided between Illinois (the North) ...

Imagine: Ten Years from Now…

“My past is my wisdom to use today. . . my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides.” Gene Oliver Imagine: Ten Years from Now… Futuristic flying by Albert Robida (1902) It seems like only yesterday, perhaps ages ago for some, when we first logged into our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or MySpace accounts, picked up our Kindle to read the latest from a favorite author, reached for our iPhone to call a ...

How to Grow Hens and Chicks Plant

Today, March 19 is National Poultry Day! While some people may be celebrating this holiday by cooking delicious chicken and turkey recipes, vegetarians can plant a hens and chicks plant! Hens and chicks (sempervivum) is a perennial succulent native to southern Europe, North America and western Asia with more than 60 different varieties. Sizes and shapes will vary. They can range from 10 cm to These rosette-shaped succulents come in shades of green, red, pink, yellow or grey. In addition, they ...

Is This the Book Club for Me?

I’ve signed on to participate in the Huffington Post Book Club, an online gathering hosted and operated by the Huffington Post. I’m hopeful that the looser requirements of time and place will allow me to fit the interactions into my unreliable schedule. I’ve always wanted to be in a book club but never felt I had the time. My mother loved the one she was in. As I wrote in my family memoir: “[A] force that got Mom out of the ...

The Power of Powerful Body Language

I’ve been a communications professional for more than 23 years. One of the most important aspects of communication is non-verbal cues also known as body language. Research has found that as much as 50 percent of our interpersonal communication is nonverbal. In other words, only half of what we say is spoken with our mouth. The other half of our message is usually unconsciously and silently conveyed via our nonverbal cues. Your nonverbal cues comprise everything from eyebrow movements, smiling (or not), hand gestures ...

Hell Phone

I was startled from sleep late one night in February of ’72 when a phone rang in Room #362 at Hedrick Hall on the UCLA campus—the room I shared with Mel, a pre-law undergraduate. The jarring sound scared the shit out of us. We weren’t accustomed to the phone ringing. In fact, this was the first time it had rung—we’d never paid to have it hooked up, and only used it as a nut cracker. Our dorm room wasn’t the ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 21

Baby's development at 21 weeks - courtesy BabyCenter.com As I’ve written about before, my wife and I are thrilled to be expecting our third child in June of this year. We found out that we’re having a boy whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino” and this week marks his 21st week of gestational development. As background, I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of ...

Design Shuffle Names BGI a Top 10 of 2013

Design Shuffle, an online go-to destination for design professionals and enthusiasts, has revealed its first annual Top 10 of the year and Barbara Gilbert Interiors was selected! Ten design professionals from each of the three regions of the United States were chosen based on the quality of their designs within their online portfolios. Design Shuffle’s popular “Fave” feature also played a contributing factor in the firms honored. Design enthusiasts and industry partners everywhere use the fun and helpful “Fave” feature to ...

Salvation – yup, there’s an app for that…

Logo for Bryan Logan’s Eavesdropping Evangelism (E^2) app Here’s a guest post from a funny writer that I’ve featured before. His name is Bryan Logan. Check out his blog HERE and his entertaining post below. [EdiTOR's Note: When Bryan first submitted this post, I thought it was a cleverly "deceptive" spoof. However, Bryan happens to conceptualize and write programming code for mobile applications. The idea he writes about below is actually a real, mobile application he developed.] If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt you ...

Whirling Dervishes

We entered a cave and passed through a tunnel that opened into a theater carved from rock. The blistering heat of the day couldn’t reach through tons of insulating rock. We were in Cappadocia, here to see the famous Whirling Dervishes. I knew little about them, aside from that song “Maria” in The Sound of Music, where singing nuns complain that Maria could throw a whirling dervish out of whirl. I remember wondering what this meant but never bothered to find ...

Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter: What Would You Do?

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I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.” Dylan Farrow Candle lit for victims of violence Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In 1992, at age 7, she accused Woody Allen of sexually abusing her. The ensuing custody battle case wound its way …

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4 Life-Changing Reasons Why You Should Have a Baby Journal

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“…I don’t think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya, From the Princess Bride There is a bit of confusion it would seem, in some of the more common expressions around parenthood. Before the birth of our son, my wife and I would always hear the comment: “Our child is the center of our …

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Sunday in sunny Lucca

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After a hectic few weeks, I have escaped to the sun in Tuscany. The family are here too and are busy finding the mercado as I sit with my feet in the pool, just chilling. As I haven’t written much lately, I thought perhaps you’d like to know that nothing is wrong and I’m enjoying a weeks …

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Bedside Musings Part 2

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Early morning sunshine fills the room. Rainbow prismatic fireflies dance about on the walls and sheets, sometimes forming a halo around the still figure in the bed. A crow complains beyond. His world has become very small but sometimes is filled with dogs and people communing around him. The ceiling fan purrs and the curtains murmur; …

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Right in the Amygdala

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Have you ever turned the television on at the precise moment that a hideous face spans the whole screen? Well that’s what happened to me last week. I had to get out of bed to retrieve the remote that was mysteriously projected in the direction of the image. I used my hand as a blinder …

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I’m Sorry

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I am sorry if I have failed you in any way. I am sorry I might not be able to keep this up. I had thought that when you reached this point of sleeping and being bedridden all day, it would be easier. In many ways it is, of course. You are too weak so I’m …

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