Gift Ideas for Boss’s Day

Happy Boss’s Day! Boss’s Day is a holiday celebrated on October 16th in Canada, the USA, and many other countries around the world.  It is a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair. Often times, boss’s don’t get the recognition they deserve; being a boss or a supervisor can be stressful and challenging. Even if you don’t like your boss, try to focus on the good qualities. Some popular ways to show your boss appreciation include: treating ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

How to make Old Fashioned Rose Skin Cream

Want to make your own lotion? It’s inexpensive and easy to do! Ingredients: 2 tbsp aloe vera gel 3 oz almond oil 1 oz lanolin 2 oz warmed rose water (Learn how to make your own rose water) 1/8 tsp USP borax rose essential oil or perfume (optional) Instructions: In a blender mix aloe vera and almond oil. Pour into top of double boiler and melt in lanolin over the hot water. Remove from heat and slowly add the warmed rose water to which borax has been added, while beating at medium ...

Food: A Taste For Dessert…

“Life is uncertain… Eat dessert first.” Ernestine Ulmer Food: A Taste For Dessert... Berry Crumble & Custard Food: A Taste For Dessert... Trifle But I, when I undress me Each night, upon my knees Will ask the Lord to bless me With a fine dessert please (amended) Eugene Field I love desserts and, frankly, given the chance I’d eat my dessert first… Some of my fondest memories of my High School days in England revolved around food; especially lunch time desserts in our refectory. I loved all our ...

A Different Life

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again. Many thanks to Rochelle for captaining our ship and keeping us on course, and to Janet Webb for providing the watery theme for the 100 word challenge this week. My story follows the photograph. A Different Life Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 Noor clawed the baked earth around her failing crop; her baby son slept on her back, too weak to cry. Solomon set off weeks ago to look for work, the water he left them was all gone.  It was thirty miles ...

Reflections: Speak To Us Of Children…

“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” Carl Jung Reflections: Speak To Us Of Children... children at play Children Chapter IV by Khalil Gibran And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, ‘Speak to us of Children.’ And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you ...

Tips on Drying Flowers

Can’t bear to see fresh flowers from your garden fade and die? Dry them! Drying flowers is an easy way to preserve their beauty. They can then be used for dried flower arrangements, wreaths, potpourri, and other decorating projects. Drying them is as simple as gathering your flowers and hanging them upside down or laying them on a flat surface. The flower heads can also be pressed flat with some heavy books. Here are some tips for drying flowers: The best time to ...

Summer 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

Wedding season is here! May through August is the most popular times of the year for weddings. And for good reason, too! Couples want to take advantage of the hot, sunny weather and beautiful, blooming flowers that the season brings! Summer weddings calls for an outdoor setting; beaches, gardens and fields are especially  beautiful this time of the year. And most importantly, there is an abundance of blooming flowers in season! Brides will have a wide variety of flowers and colours ...

Fastest U.S. Marathon Sellout Ever

This morning I swung by the web site for the Marine Corp Marathon and saw that a record was set – the fastest sellout of a full U.S. marathon since endurance races have been held in this country. This type of thing probably doesn’t matter to non-runners, but the press release below, posted by the event organizers, has some stunning facts. --- Marking the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has sold 30,000 available online entries ...

Pampered Pets

We recently designed and installed beautiful custom bedding for a client that wanted to pamper her pooches as much as herself – the lucky dogs! The bedding was crafted from sumptuous velvet and we designed washable bedding for her dogs to match. Needless to say, someone was very happy! Of course, incorporating a pet’s needs into a home is not unusual. In fact, it’s not only common, it’s smart! Considering your pet’s needs when designing your home maximizes space, style and ...

Early Onset Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type

Kudos to Pat Summitt, age 59, for the way she is facing her newest competition, early onset dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. She wondered at her erratic behavior and got herself checked out at Mayo Clinic. She didn’t hide from reality. By not hiding, and by forcing others to face her reality as well, she’s setting a great example for respecting the truth. Once you have answers, you can start to pick among whatever options are available to you. You make ...

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, ...

Out of Control

The eagle had landed; her rolling talons gripped the Florida tarmac, screeching while grabbing hold of the spinning earth. I held my breath for a brief moment; tucked snuggly between my two gentlemen seatmates. I got to chat to both of them although they never acknowledged each other. I was the female partition between two alpha males, which made me wonder if they didn’t speak because there was some sort of macho competition going on (although that’s hard to imagine ...

Wedded Blisters - Part 10: Dinner Debate - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded Blisters" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters 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 #10 deals with the biggest question every couple faces - where to eat out for dinner!  The links other recent episodes follow the video below.  Please let me know what ...

A Classic Thanksgiving Prayer…

A Classic Thanksgiving Prayer…

One of the great cartoon theologians of our time shares some poignant thoughts on this Thanksgiving…. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday Musings….

Monday Musings....

Coming off a great, weekend that energized my faith and focus here is a collection of random thoughts and happenings I'd like to share: My masculinity has been completely restored thanks to my wife and daughters who bought me a stainless steel grill for Father's Day. Since we relocated here four years ago, we've been grill-less for a variety of reasons - but no more! What's your best grilling tip? While knocking down a hornet's nest in our garage, I got stung ...

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Celebrations

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June is a time of celebration at Casa Chatterbox. Thursday would have been my dad’s 88th birthday, Friday was our son’s birthday, and yesterday Mrs. Chatterbox and I celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. This picture shows us shortly after our honeymoon when we’d moved into an old duplex in West Los Angeles. I’d inherited the apartment from …

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Run Like Hell!

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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 would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within …

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On High in Infidelity

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Regardless of the story, is it historical romance, sci-fi, Dark Fantasy, or documentary, somewhere in a marriage if there is infidelity, there will be controversy. Even in the most accepted of cultures of arranged marriages and multiple wives, one wife “trumps” another wife usually over when they married and how many sons were born, depending on the culture. …

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Happy Valentine’s Day: A Haiku And Three Wishes

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“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” Winston Churchill Three wishes and Three Valentines Happy Valentine’s What do you wish every soul? Global Love for all “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is …

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Flying Solo

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The suitcase sat in an empty corner of her bedroom, labels dangling from its handle, its brand-newness glittering. Deep red, her favourite colour, and the recommended hard shell. The manufacturer promised it to be lightweight. Lightness of being was what she was aiming for. That and a tough exterior. Could the two be achieved together …

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Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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Sacred Rituals

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The minutes tick by. The house remains silent. Even the tired old dogs barely wake up for visitors or passersby. Occasionally there is an unexplained burst of wild, crazy energy from the little Scottie. They have been Michael’s nearly constant companions but today they stay away more from his room. Could the strong odour that …

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