Fun Science Project: Glow in the dark flowers!

Fun Science Project: Glow in the dark flowers!

Flowers don’t have to be plain and boring! They can be fun and exciting! I found this science experiment on the Youtube Channel NurdRage. It’s a really easy project to do and it literally takes minutes to prepare! Try it with your kids. They will think you are the coolest parent ever! All you need is: a container for your flower, i.e a vase or cup any flower of your choice, preferably in white a highlighter marker, any colour a blacklight Instructions: 1. Fill container with water. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Trillium

Trillium, also known as wake robin or trinity flower, is a perennial flowering plant native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. The plant will bloom from April-June. Flowers can be white, pink, yellow or purple. The genus name refers to the fact nearly all parts of the plant comes in threes. It has 3 broad leaves on each stalk, 3 small green sepals and 3 large white sepals (petal-like structures) surrounding a group of yellow stamens.  It also has ...

Reflections: Purposeful…

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Reflections: Purposeful… Most of us go through life wondering what our purpose is… Maybe it’s to do A or accomplish B What seems to be the overriding answer is to serve… Whether we help others or ourselves, that matters… Purpose… Have you always had a sense of purpose? As a teen, ...

How to Make Your Own Tea Using Flowers!

People love tea! After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world! Tea is good anytime of the day and it’s good for you! Containing antioxidants and other health benefits, it’s no wonder that tea is so popular! And as you may already know, besides tea leaves, flowers can also be used to make teas! Floral (or herbal, as some may call it) teas are light, fragrant and delicate-tasting.  They are also easy to make from scratch. Here ...

A Hard Mother To Please

Many of us were raised by hard to please parents; many of us are dealing with them still. Some consolation can be had in knowing that famous and powerful people also had similar problems, even someone as renowned as Napoleon Bonaparte. By most accounts Napoleon’s mother was hard to impress and not easy to get along with. Letizia Ramolino, came from an undistinguished Corsican family before marrying Carlo Bonaparte, a man of some means hampered by an addiction to gambling. When ...

On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within…

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within... A unique numerical alignment calls us to reflect... Most of us have waited for this unique and rare numerological event to occur -11-11-11; a day that some predicted would be memorable, magical, dull, typical, divine and a slew of other adjectives ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful…

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir by North South Trail... Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... A Walk on the Croton Aqueduct Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir facing North South Trail Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti… May all find peace within and without Wherever we look, May peace follow us there Whatever we do, May ...

Happy St David’s Day!

Welsh Flag (Getty Images) 1st March is St David’s Day here in Wales. It’s the day when children are allowed to leave school uniform at home and dress in something resembling National Dress. Tradition has it that the ladies wear a daffodil in their lapel and the men wear a leek - not the real thing, just a lapel pin. The daffodil and the leek are National Emblems of Wales, along with the  more widely know heraldic symbol of the Red Dragon. We also tend to eat ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 1

In the spirit of other popular Friday features here on The Daily ReTORt – such as Wedded Blissters, Conversations With Cleverbot and On the Psychiatric Couch – we’re launching a new feature titled The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest. The idea is simple. On Fridays I’ll post some kind of amusing, ironic or ambiguous photo that you’re then invited to develop a caption for in the comment section below. Captions will be accepted until the following Friday image is posted, at which time I’ll ...

Summer Fun. NOT!

Much of the east coast is experiencing temperatures upwards of a hundred degrees this week…except Florida, which bottomed out at a nippy ninety three degrees this afternoon. It’s hot, but Florida hot and Northern hot are two different hots. In Florida we’re used to the heat and humidity. We time everything just right in order to avoid getting sweaty. We go from our air conditioned houses to our air conditioned cars and then drive said cars to our air conditioned ...

Calling All Bloggers: Share Your Best 9/11 Writing

Zero Hour - courtesy of National Geographic This is a post about you as an individual and us as a nation. I'm asking any and all bloggers who have written about the 9/11 disaster - which occurred 10 years ago this weekend - to share a link to their best blog post they've ever written on the topic. It doesn't matter if it was written five years or five minutes ago. Please provide a 2-3 sentence description in the comments section below as ...

Warts Wrong With You?

I was thinking about genuine beauty the other day, and how, being human, we all have imperfections, or as some call them...warts. Yet it’s those very warts that we’ve been taught to despise that can often be endearing…even charming. I had a boyfriend once who had a thin scar across his top lip. Instead of viewing this as a flaw, I saw it as sexy as hell, giving him a bad boy persona which sent shivers down my spine. Unfortunately ...

10 Life Lessons Learned During Marathon Training

I’m training for my sixth full marathon, which will be the Shamrock Marathon on March 18, 2012 at Virginia Beach, VA. I ran this race last year and had a ball – it was incredible running along the ocean!To run that distance takes me between 4:30 and 5:00 hours. While training for a single marathon, there are hundreds of miles logged running and hours spent alone with your own thoughts. Nearly everyone I speak with thinks that’s a boring waste of time, ...

Tricks & Props

Years ago I wrote an elaborate description of the perfect writing room. I decided that I needed an antique oak writing desk placed strategically in front of a large naked window with a scenic view. I also had to have an over-stuffed chair so I could relax while conjuring breathtaking prose. I envisioned rich mahogany bookshelves bulging with volumes from all of my favorite authors. And of course I could only use a state of the art laptop (with the ...

Kudos to My Wife….(She's Gonna Kill Me for this)

Dr. Seuss-themed Read-A-Thon my wife organized Next month my wife and I will celebrate 16 years of marriage.  During that time, she has been a faithful and loving confidant, companion and soul mate.  Specifically, she has been a constant support through a wide-ranging array of professional ventures, activities and job changes for me – some have been failures, while others have been very successful for our family. Regardless, she has been a resolute constant through it all.  When I started this blog nearly a ...

Dying is Easy, Living is Tough….

Life is hard.  Life is loss. Life wears you down, yet despite those challenges most of us still prefer living to dying. But that’s not always the case. For instance, statistics show that many surviving spouses die within two years of their predeceased spouse. An abstract on that very subject published in the American Journal of Public Health produced some interesting findings after studying more than 150,000 cases involving the deaths of one spouse after the other – the abstract defines such follow-on deaths ...

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Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

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Are you a parent who loves buying smart toys for your kids? Do you sometimes find the marketplace overwhelming because of all the junky toys you see? Educational Toys Planet will put a smile on your face. Better yet, you can enter to win this Easteriffic $100 gift for your child to buy some new toys there. So go for it! With the holiday season now behind us and Easter just around the corner …

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Kidoodle.TV: A Safe Site For Kids

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Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that offers the discerning parent many quality shows for their children to watch. They provide a generous list of educational and entertaining programs that can be customized for each kid in the family. Because the selection of videos are in an environment that parents control, kids can watch their pre-selected Kidoodle.TV shows on the go. …

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A Son Goes Astray: Risk Factors and City Kids

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A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). Risk factors have a cumulative impact and can span over 5 domains. In other words, the more risk factors spread out over multiple domains one has, the greater the likelihood for serious delinquency ang gang involvement. …

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A Witch Hunt on Childhood?

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My magical little niece Ember This post isn’t going to be one of my usual esoteric romps. This one is more of a rant, but if I don’t let out I just might explode. I’m really grateful that I got to be a kid back in the 1960’s before society turned into a neurotic knot of fear. …

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Time Changes Everything

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I, recently was talking to my trainer at the gym, who was telling me about a friend of hers that is expecting twins. Now that wouldn’t be that big of deal, I guess, when you consider people are popping out 4 and 5 kids at a time these days. What makes this sort of unusual …

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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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Committed to Keeping My Kids Uncool

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In elementary school, I had a pair of hand-me-down pants from one of my older sisters that I hated wearing. To be clear, this school-age cross-dressing was imposed by my parents as a cost saving measure since they had five kids to clothe and feed. Being that I had two older sisters, 50 percent of my “gender …

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