Reflections: Sacred Sites…

“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.”  Sri Guru Granth Sahib Reflections: Sacred Sites... Saint Catherine Sinai Saint Catherine Monastery, Mt Sinai Reflections: Sacred Sites... Shiva in Bangalore... Shiva in Bangalore Sacred Sites Upon the Earth When a person visits a ceremonial monument, is it their intellect, their five senses, their intuition, or the electromagnetic fields around their bodies that perceive the place?….One may individually respond in a limited set of ...

Romantic Red Flowers (Besides Roses) for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a dozen red roses! It’s the classic Valentine’s Day gift. But it’s also a little boring and predictable. Forget red roses this Valentine’s Day. Do something different this year. Consider sending one of these red flowers instead. They are just as beautiful and romantic as red roses. Amaryllis Amaryllis plants aren’t just for Christmas! These big, bold, beautiful blooms also make great Valentine’s Day gifts! These easy to grow houseplants will last longer than your average ...

On Success Part II: A Few More Perspectives…

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash Success is John James Audubon's stunning American Flamingo... Recently, I re-read an old BBC News article – Donald Trump: The Secret of his Success. It was an interview conducted by Charles Miller, highlighting key elements that contributed to the iconic Mr. Trump’s remarkable business success. Mr. Miller identified the following six elements; The Big Apple, The Trump franchise, ...

Fun Flower Facts: Poinsettias

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is coming! You know how I know? Poinsettias are everywhere! These colourful plants are in homes and businesses, adding colour and holiday cheer everywhere! Poinsettias come in a variety of colours, including red, yellow, purple, white and pink. Some are even bi-coloured! They are easy to care for and last a long time! Here are some fun facts about the poinsettia: there are over 100 varieties of poinsettia available poinsettias are native to Mexico and ...

Fun Flower Facts: Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)

Scabiosa is commonly called the pincushion flower because the round, prominent stamens in the center of the round blossoms look like pins in a pincushion. Scabiosa, which is native to Europe and Asia, can produce 20-50 blooms per plant, with one flower per stem. The small, but showy flowers can grow to be up to 3 inches in size and are available in red, white, pink, lavender, light blue and burgundy. Flowers can be single or double bloom. These nectar-rich flowers are ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years – Wisdom Wiki/Dictionary.com does not provide a word origin but notes the phrase emerged in the 1950s. Unconfirmed sources say that Merrill Lynch Investments used the phrase in an advertising campaign. The traditional golden anniversary occurs at 50 years of marriage, a mark that few couples would have seen prior to the 1950s, and golden years might ...

Tires And Truffles

“Dad, did you have your tires rotated like I suggested?” “No, haven’t gotten around to it yet.” “If you don’t do it right away you’ll need to replace them in a few months. Les Schwab will rotate them for free if we promise to buy your next tire from them. Let’s go do it now.” We piled into my RAV and headed to Les Schwab Tires. My dad was a professional mechanic, but I detest car maintenance and never look under the hood ...

Camellia, the tea plant

Camellia or Camellias is a genus of flowering plants found in Asian countries, such as Korea, Japan and Indonesia.  Camellia sinensis is famously known for its leaves, which are used to make tea. White tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh and black tea are all harvested from this species. The finest tea comes from the C. sinensis, but other camellias can be used to produce a similar beverage. Many high quality teas are grown at high elevations, up to 1500m, as ...

7 Phantom Scents My Pregnant Wife Thinks She Smells

"Not a picture of my wife" - image via Creative Commons It’s fairly common knowledge that pregnancy induces an internal hormonal cascade that can…hmmm, how should I phrase it…change the perceptions of a pregnant woman. Such perceptional shifts are perfectly normal. Especially considering the fact that the budding life is competing with mom for food, water and oxygen, while mom’s body is building the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the demanding fetal tyrant. The least we expectant dads can do is cut our pregnant wives ...

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 ...

Is Facebook a Better Parent Than You???

Many people use Facebook to stay in touch with out-of-state family members. For instance, some folks think it’s cute to let there kids, who are younger than Facebook’s required mimimum age of 13 years old, have a page to communicate back and forth with grandparents. And that’s fine if a parent is monitoring the content and establishing appropriate parental blocks. I’m not telling people how to raise their kids, but I will raise awareness regarding some startling Facebook statistics that parents need to ...

Valuable Lesson Learned From Our Crying Baby

Our baby boy turned nine weeks old last week. To say that he brings renewed joy to our lives would be an understatement. But he also brings something unexpected to our lives – when we’re willing to look for it – and that’s wisdom. Yesterday evening, about two hours before his bed time, he got very, very “fussy.” [EdiTOR's Note: I recently wrote a post about misused phrases that parents ply to try and describe their newborns behavior such as fussing, nursing, bubble...etc.] So, the ...

Rejecting the Truth, Even When It’s True

Our family recently attended a surprise 40th birthday for a dear family friend. There were about 60 of us in total, 40 adults and the rest were children. After the collective “surprise” and dinner, most of the kids went outside to play on an ultra-cool playground that was about 100 yards from the dining hall where the event occurred. All of us adults remained inside and watched as Rob quickly opened his few gag gifts and cards, while a few of the ...

This is Enough

Life in my face. And I thought you loved me. Shadows... Struggling is suffocating. If lightning’s going to strike running won’t save me. Words, kissing my forehead are not enough. I must see for myself. I am. This is enough. My truth. Synchronic breathing. Molecules vibrating. Therein is peace.

Vacation Anxiety...Really???

My husband Mike and I are about to head out on a much deserved two day vacation. Okay, maybe it’s just a staycation, seeing that we’re not going far, but being in Florida…in February, makes even a staycation something special. We’re heading across the state to Fort Lauderdale, where white sandy beaches, interesting restaurants, and friends and family are awaiting us.It’s been a while since we’ve gone away and I have a shopping list of activities planned, including a trip ...

My New Favorite Breakfast Food

Most clichés become clichés because they are based on fact.  One example of that would be, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  Despite the obvious need to replenish your body’s fuel there are additional benefits beyond those basic needs. There are several studies that show people who have lost 30 lbs. or more (and kept it off for more than a year) all ate a nutritious breakfast; while those who eat a morning meal tend to consumer fewer calories ...

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Do It Anyway: A Poem And A Prayer…

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In 1968, Dr. Kent Keith, a young college student leader, wrote a booklet to help other youth leaders. It was titled: The Paradoxical Commandments. Years later, the poem/prayer surfaced as an amended version attributed to Mother Teresa; renamed Do It Anyway. It was inscribed on a wall in her living quarters, and many who passed through stopped to note and cherish the inspiring words. …

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Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day

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Each Father’s Day, I experience my father’s absence differently. Some years, the memories are wistful, and other years they are reflective. However, one thing remains constant and that is my gratitude for his influence on my life. I know we each come to this conversation with different stories, but, my prayer for each of us is that we will use our experience and memories of this precious relationship to make a …

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Girls Need A Fathers Love

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It’s known that fathers have a special bond with their little girls and they have been given a huge ability to influence the lives of their daughters. Based on the relationship with the daughter, father’s influence can go either way – positively or negatively. Building this bond through girl’s childhood and teenage ages can be …

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Losing friends

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People come and go in our lives – some know us for a short time, some for a few years, and some for a lifetime. One of the common consequences of speaking out about child sexual abuse is the disappearance from our lives of people we would have once considered close friends, and people we have …

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Anzac Day

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Today is Anzac Day, a day to remember those who fought for this country, and in particular, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in action. For my father’s family, Anzac Day is probably the most important day of the year. They rise early for Dawn Service, march again in the Civic Service, and …

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Senility

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I just don’t understand. Everything was moving forward, falling into place, and dragging me along for the ride, but now… nothing. Worse than nothing. What am I going to do? I made all these promises that now, I can’t keep. Dozens of people are relying on me, but I can’t come through for them. I’ve lost …

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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…

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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…We spend time worrying…Rushing here and there in pain Wondering … what if? Wondering … what if The sky would fall if we stop The sun and moon too…This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: Starting Over. …

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