The Lotus Flower

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera Lotus flowers are aquatic perennials native to Asia that can be found growing in marshes, lagoons, ponds and flooded fields.  They can also be cultivated in water gardens, for those that have the space. These plants can grow up to 5 feet in height and can spread up to 10 ft. across! The roots are planted firmly in the soil of the pond. The large green leaves are so highly repellent, the phenomenon has been called “the ...

Haiku: Silence…

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Haiku: Silence… I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel She smiled, hate filled eyes Filthy words flew by… N*&%$r! I cringed, said nothing… The first time a dorm mate called me that name, I was ...

Dr. Martin Luther King & President Obama: Faith In The Dream…

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King & President Obama: Faith In The Dream… Dr. Martin Luther King & President Obama: Faith In The Dream… Giving the dream speech Martin Luther King -  I Have a Dream Speech – August 28, 1963 Although his ...

Elder Flower Cordial

On a recent trip to the supermarket, I stumbled across the loveliest beverage, Elderflower Cordial! Made from elder flowers that bloom on elder shrubs, Latin name Sambucus Nigra, this delightful little flower is not only beautiful to look at, but it also packs some serious health benefits and flavor. The elder shrub, native to Europe, is now grown worldwide. It produces dark purple, blue and black berries, which can be eaten when fully ripe and fully cooked.  (DO NOT eat before ...

Haiku: A Plot Of Land By The Sea…

“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.” Plato Haiku: A Plot Of Land By The Sea… If you look for me… A plot of land, by the sea Is where I will be “If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave ...

Social Media: A Journey…

“The term Social Media describes tools, websites and software that allows people to connect and share…. Social Media Marketing is all about gaining that Social Media exposure in a tactical way, all why carefully avoiding getting blocked or banned.” Chris Garrett A Social Media Journey: Six Degrees and more... What does Social Media mean to you? It seems like only yesterday when a colleague at a marketing firm invited me to join an online business group –LinkedIn. At the time, I believe this was in 2004 or so, I ...

Weekly photo challenge – Silhouette

Moon over Spinalonga and sunset over Camp de Mar, Majorca ___ From about the author... ..I love travel, being near the sea, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, Italy, freshly cut grass, the smell of lavender, children’s laughter, the smell of autumn,  Christmas, church bells, freshly baked bread, family holidays, spending time with friends…………….. I have always written stories but confined my work to boxes and drawers, unsure of what to do, unsure of where to go. I recently enrolled on  a creative writing course feeling the time was right for me ...

Reflections: Fault and Change…

“I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Fault and Change... Seek the fault lines and change Just for one day, try to imagine everything that went wrong that day was your fault. How did it make you feel? or are you more comfortable pointing fingers at others when things go wrong? Blaming others for our mistakes is easy, it relieves us of the need to take charge and correct our problems. #Trust30 ...

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), bless them, has given their own version of a thumbs-up to my book The Cleveland Rutters. An organization of volunteers, established in 1976, MBR is among the very few established review sources to include self-published authors alongside books published by small presses and academic presses. The organization is “committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing.” (Visit their website to get a feel for how MBR operates.) When I was a small press ...

7 Questions With an Author: Greg Wientjes, Ph.D.

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is a Standford University Ph.D. holder, Greg Wientjes. Greg currently conducts research in the area of collaborative teaching and learning in online digital environments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Greg is also the cofounder and CEO of University Post, Inc., an Internet content ...

Battle of the Sexes: Pet Peeves – Funny Movie Short

Battle of the Sexes: Pet Peeves - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded BlissTors" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #9 deals with a debate over their pet dog - if you've ever owned a pet, this is for you. [NOTE: No animals were ...

6 Secrets To Surviving Your Teenager

Recently, Tor shared twelve phrases a dad never wants to hear. As I thought about the additions that actually occurred in the past two weeks, I realized that being a teen these days is hard. I look at my single (adult) friends, and I think “not enough money or bad days in the world to make me enter into that fray.”  People haul around more baggage than Southwest will fly for free. And then I look at my daughters.  Smart, funny, gorgeous, and insecure. ...

Booksigning in Barn Raises Laughter

This is the first time author Dan Zevin has given a reading in a barn. A rustic setting was the backdrop for a ribald reading by author Dan Zevin from his new book, Dan Gets a Minivan. The reading took place in the barn attached to Lily King’s house. Lily had invited her friends, including those of us around the picnic table in my May 25 posting. I really enjoyed the reading, although it went on longer than it might normally and ...

Friends and Strangers Can Get People Talking to Each Other

Hubby and I were treated Sunday night to a delightful home-cooked dinner at our friend Anne’s friends Bonnie and Ron’s home—in a heretofore unexplored (by us) location. Our Garmin failed us as we neared their residence, and our sense of direction did, too. But luckily, the hostess had said they were on a circle, so we figured out we could keep going and we’d get another chance at it. I did joke, as we parked in the driveway, that anyone ...

Reading is Dead, Long Live E-Reading

I may have possibly overstated the state of book reading in the title of this post – but it’s close. Consider that last Christmas – 11 short months ago – the largest book seller in the world (Amazon) reported that revenue from e-books had finally surpassed sales of print edition books. Is it really a surprise? Consider what has happened in the music industry. When was the last time you bought an audio tape or even a CD? It’s simply easier and more convenient to ...

Honoring Dad on Memorial Day

Southport (Maine) Memorial Library on Memorial Day 2012 My dad, part of the Greatest Generation, never wanted to be thanked for his service to the country. I tried once, and he did a “brush-away” motion with his hand and murmured something to dismiss the subject. He had been a lieutenant with duties of supply officer and paymaster on board the U.S.S. Heermann in World War II. He survived the Battle off Samar (in Phillippines), and the only story he’d tell was ...

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How to Make a Terrarium

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Terrariums have become the hottest trend in gardening in recent years. A terranium is basically a glass container filled with soil, moss and other plants to create a mini-ecosystem or garden. They are super easy to take care of and require minimal maintenance. As well, they don’t require a lot of light or water. They …

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Reintroducing My “For Fun” Page

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How do you define fun? I took this picture during a motorcyclists’ convention in Sarasota. Hubby Gary owned a motorcycle before I knew him, and he has told me at least one tale about it that I won’t repeat in polite company (let alone in my blog). And the mother of a friend of mine enjoyed …

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Flying A Kite At The Beach

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It has been a cloudy few days punctuated with some clear, cool days. Fall weather is wonderful. Colorful leaves should be everywhere in a few days. We are barely in the 50′s this morning. I walked the boardwalk yesterday and there were some kite flyers on the beach. There are still plenty of folks hanging out …

Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

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Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own. Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces. Plants can improve the air quality, especially …

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The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 9

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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. There were so many AWESOME entries this time, that I couldn’t decide on one myself. So I contacted my local congressional representative who quickly impaneled an independent 50-person task force, which …

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Online Gaming and Child Abuse

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When is Online Gaming Child Abuse? When folks think of child abuse and neglect, they tend to think of the extreme examples that hit the news. Toddlers left in rooms unattended for hours or days, teens locked in closets or physically and sexually abused, children left to fend for themselves. But there’s another face of child …

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4 Rules for Game Night in Our Home

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My parents didn’t frequently play board games with us five kids growing up. But when they did, it was awesome! Our favorite board games were the classics – Clue, Monopoly, Life, Sorry, Careers, Pay Day and Stop Thief…to name a few. Sometimes my parents would win, sometimes one of us kids would win. However, depending on the “family dynamic” …

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