Musings: Other Faces of Beauty…

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius Musings: Other Faces of Beauty… Quiet Corona. Musings: Other Faces of Beauty… Saturn and her rings Musings: Other Faces of Beauty… Mars NASA – The Transit of Venus She Walks In Beauty by Lord Byron She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. Contd below Our solar system offers many ...

Watching Trooping the Colour wearing tight pyjamas

Saturday 15th June was the Queen’s Birthday Parade in London.  We  had tickets to watch the pomp and pageantry in Horse Guards Parade; our seats were in a row that backed onto the gardens of Downing Street. On Tuesday 11th June my husband complained of feeling unwell. He got worse throughout the day; our doctor decided that he should go to hospital and arranged for us to attend the Acute Assessment Unit at A&E.  We arrived at 9.00pm with overnight bag at the ready and ...

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 ...

Music: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2012

“People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.” Paul Hindemith Music: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2012… Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) Music: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2012… Guns N Roses Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine HBO hosted a special event tonight: The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which honored the artistic and musical contributions of the following inductees: Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Donovan,Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces/Faces,  Freddie King, Don ...

The Biggest Peeve of All

The Biggest Peeve of All

    It’s a mouse-size pet peeve, but sometimes it roars within me like a lion. Frequent readers of this blog know I’m often at odds with my eighty-nine year old mother. Mom is not mellowing with age and is feistier than ever. She spends most of her time watching Court TV and putting down the government. When I call, my role is that of a human crossword puzzle, keeping her sharp, even though I become blunt in the process. Ninety-nine percent ...

Best Flowering Houseplants for Mother’s Day

So while we still think flowers are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we think that houseplants are even better! First of all, houseplants are longer lasting than fresh cut flowers. Secondly, houseplants are known to clean the indoor air. Third, taking care of houseplants will help mothers relieve stress and to create calm and relaxing environment. Houseplants are truly the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially for mothers with green thumbs! Here are the best flowering plants for Mother’s Day (or ...

Late Summer Gardening Checklist

Your garden may be filled with blooming flowers and luscious green foliage, but that doesn’t mean you can sit back and relax for the rest of the summer. As any gardener will tell you, there are always chores that can be done to keep your flowers and plants looking their best. During this time of the year—from late July to September, the garden will be in full bloom and the main tasks including harvesting, deadheading and weeding. Here is a checklist of things ...

How to Grow an Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum)

Is the orchid cactus an orchid or a cactus? The orchid cactus, also known as epiphyllum, is a cactus that blooms large, showy flowers that are just as beautiful and exotic-looking as orchids. Flowers come in bright vibrant colours like white, red and pink in a variety of shapes and forms. They bloom from spring until summer and many varieties are known to bloom at night. The plant is native to the jungles of Mexico, Central America and South America. There are ...

The Married Guy’s Key to Understanding WifeSpeak

More than half of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. That being the case, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve been married to the same woman for more than 17 years. One of the key reasons for the continuing success of our marriage is communication – specifically my keen ability at deciphering WifeSpeak. What’s WifeSpeak you ask??? WifeSpeak is that mystically, arcane collection of sounds, tonations and vocal stylings that confound and confuse the male species. This particular mode of ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Photo Contest: Vol. 14

It’s another installment 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. The winner of last week’s iteration was Melinda Todd with her geniusly pithy and funny caption below. Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address. That will allow me to send the incredibly confounding $5.37 cash prize via Paypal or as an Amazon e-gift card. For everyone else who ...

3 Lenses of a Visionary Leader – My Guest Post for Michael Hyatt

Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of guest posting a few times on the web site for Michael Hyatt, the chairman of Thomas Nelson publishing. Michael’s blog is the most popular leadership site in the world. Additionally, he just added me as one of his Community Leaders to interact with commenters and visitors to his site. This is a tremendous honor due to the high regard in which I hold Michael’s mission, leadership and character. Today, I have a guest post ...

10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With

I’ve noticed several blogs recently that have posted “10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With,” and I’ve developed such a list myself now.  My mother, Barbara Burnham Rutter, who died two weeks after I turned eighteen. I’d love to catch her up on how things have gone for me. I might leave out a few stories, just to keep the conversation on an even keel. My grandmother, Mazie VanderWyk Burnham, who died on a Christmas day while, thirty miles away, ...

Lean Into The Blade

Lean Into The Blade How is it that the most powerful moments—the life-shifting events of epic significance—seem to offer the bloodiest, most repulsive, run like hell away if you can, lessons? Yet one can rarely run from the big-screen reality being played front center, where you are cast as both the adored leading lady and the despised villain. So is the way of the well-intentioned life…day after day, sunrise-to-sunrise—messy, in your face, LIFE. Do you suppose that maybe God sets up our ...

Clean Laundry??? - A Guy's Perspective.....

Laundry: Clean or Dirty??? Men and women have different standards about "cleanliness." I'm not sure if it's nurture or nature - but there seems to be a clear difference between where guys and gals fall along the sanitary spectrum. This fact came to light during a discussion with my seven-year old girl as she was getting ready for bed. At the foot of her bed were three nightgowns from the past three nights - and she was getting a “fresh” nightgown out ...

A Father’s Worst Fear – Part II

The "faith" ring we gave our daughter this weekend... Today at school, our 10-year old daughter will begin a week-long health curriculum that will include a wide range of topics including “nocturnal emissions,” menstrual cycles and the human reproductive process. My wife and I knew that information of that caliber was likely to spur more questions amongst the kids in class and subsequent mis-information when they’re by themselves chatting it up on the playground, bus or at the lunch table. Additionally, this information ...

Groundhog’s Day For Dummies….

Punxsutawney Phil - image courtesy Wikipedia In case you missed the “breaking news” this morning out of central Pennsylvania, it seems that part-time weather prognosticator (full-time rodent) Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means we’re destined for six more weeks of winter. However, given the balmy temperatures that most of the US experienced this past “June-uary” more winter might be a good thing. And here’s another good thing, a video by the YouTube troubadour, C.G.P. Grey who deftly navigates the fact ...

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The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

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There is an abundance of guidance on the Internet, in bookstores, magazines, newspaper advice columns and talk radio about how to keep your marriage healthy. I’m not going to criticize the tips often touted by experts because they are important and I don’t want to disregard this valuable wisdom but there are things that no matter where you research get glossed over. First, let’s go over a …

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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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