Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

“The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.” Lewis Mumford Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Os Gemeos mural in Boston Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The need for attention on Wall Street, NY Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… that distinct ...

Reflections: You Yourself Must Change It…

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin Reflections: You Yourself Must Change It… Dreams Before Waking by Adrienne Rich What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each other’s despair into hope?- You yourself must change it.- What would it feel like to know your country was changing?- You yourself must change it.- Though your life felt arduous new and unmapped and strange what would it mean to stand on the ...

Musings: On Peace…

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” Gautama Buddha Musings: On Peace… If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, There must be ...

Blue Car Tuesday

I don’t post on Tuesdays but you might want to think about this story tomorrow, especially if you drive a blue car. The new guy had potential, even if he was an arrogant jerk. My father-in-law, who’d worked at the Fireman’s Fund Headquarters in Marin County for years, had a devilish sense of humor and decided to prank him. My wife’s parents lived in San Francisco, and her dad, like many of his coworkers, commuted across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin ...

2012 Fall Wedding Flower Ideas and Trends

Summer may be the most popular time of the year for weddings, but there are brides that love the idea of a fall wedding. It’s a a gorgeous time of the year, with the changing of the the leaves and the nice, breezy fall temperatures. Warm, inviting tones like reds, oranges, and golden yellows are popular fall wedding colours. Consider using a combination of these flowers in your floral arrangements: marigolds, black-eyed susans, daisies, dahlias, roses, asters, calla lilies and chrysanthemums. Photo: ...

Happiness: Thank Goodness It’s Saturday…

“It’s the national addiction: warmth on chilly winter nights, innocence on Saturday afternoons, the essence of hearth, home and blissful abandon.” Patricia Linden Happiness: Thank Goodness It's Saturday... Child labor 1910 - Saturday's child works hard for a living... Happiness: Thank Goodness It's Saturday... Happiness means ... helps someone... photo by G.Kawasaki via Ernohannink ‘Saturday’s child works hard for a living…’ Before I go any further, I know each day is special and the love we give Monday should be equal to the ...

Haiku: Peace Lover…

“It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace, and live in peace.” Shenandoah proverb Stay focused on Peace. My Heroes are Peace Lovers In words, actions, deeds… “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Eleanor Roosevelt Haiku: Peace Lover… Stay centered on Peace. our global exchange matters Meditate on Peace… More below! Thank you! “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say ...

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. Robert Louis Stevenson Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration – My 4 Year Anniversary on WordPress What inspires me ...

Sex Battle – Part 8: TV Wars – Funny Movie Short

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Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples can endure along the way. These mini-movies are my most viewed blog postings. This current episode, the 8th in the series, deals with a "critical need" to buy a big screen TV. Links to the other episodes follow the video below.  If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Celebrity Crush - episode #7 Car Trouble - episode #6 Vacation Blues ...

Top-10 Phrases From My Mom

My mom in her 20s Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother's photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up. Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive. My father died of a heart attack in August 2006 and my mother died in a ...

The Tango Continues

I’ve just had an amazing week with my friend Holly. We bodysurfed until we were bruised, combed miles of blonde beaches, ate at rustic waterfront cafes, and spent hours chatting out on the lanai. I didn’t realize how much I needed this time of rejuvenation until after she had left. That’s when I felt the residue of peace lingering like a fine mist floating in the air, setting free my breath, and opening up my mind. I feel recharged and excited, ...

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 ...

Guest Post Invitation – Calling All Bloggers

For the past two years or so, I’ve been writing five days a week for my blog, The Daily ReTORt. During that time I’ve had the privilege of guest posting on dozens of great blog sites including heavy hitters such as: Michael Hyatt, Jon Acuff, Jeff Goins, ProBlogger, Ron Edmondson and Bryan Allain – to namedrop a few. The writing benefits I’ve gleaned from guest posting have prodded me to open up my blog to weekly guest post submissions from writers, other bloggers ...

BGI Receives 2013 Designer of the Year Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received a Designer of the Year Award from the national Interior Design Society! We received the first place award for Bath Designs under $30,000 for a glamorous master bathroom remodel. The design of the room was based on our client’s desire for a fresh, updated space with a subtle and feminine palette to reflect her personal style. She was beginning a new phase in her life and wanted her home ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tamara Gerlach

This is my weekly series titled "7 Questions With an Author..." and today's featured writer is bestselling author, Tamara Gerlach, who has taught, mentored, and coached thousands of people in creating freedom and Cultivating Radiance in their lives since 1982. Her most recent book is titled Cultivating Radiance. Tamara bought her first business, Encore Gymnastics, Dance and Climbing in 1989. A former National Team Coach, Junior Olympic Program Committee Member, and Member of the Board of Directors for USA Gymnastics, she ...

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 ...

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An unexpected trip home

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There’s nothing like going home. Over the last few months, the initial excitement of moving halfway across the country has been replaced by homesickness. This was alleviated slightly when my daughter came to visit a couple of weeks ago, but I was still missing the warm, sunny days and natural beauty of my home state.Fast forward to nine days ago, and an incredible opportunity to …

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Where to from here?

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I am not completely sure of the reason or reasons why, but my ‘life’ seems to have come to a screeching halt when I was 12. Everything revolves around this age. This is the age I regress to when the darkness hits and I am overwhelmed by even the smallest requirements of being a functioning human being. This is the age that haunts my, all-too-regular, nightmares. This is the age when I stopped dreaming about …

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Is the Black Dog stalking me?

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Is the Black Dog stalking me? I have been on a bit of a hiatus for the last few weeks. It would be nice to say it’s been a bit of a holiday, but that is only wishful thinking. Instead I have started a new job, been working on a uni assignment, and been feeling very homesick. I have also discovered that the spiral of healing continues. At first I thought the Black Dog that has been lurking in the shadows may have been connected with the home-sicknesses, but I’m not so sure. …

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Didn’t you think about the consequences?

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Something I have often heard in the two years since my father committed suicide is “Didn’t you think about the consequences?”Not only have people asked me these things directly, they have also said very similar things about me to people who supported me in my decision to break the silence on being sexually abused as a child. Every time I hear this question, my …

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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 …