Valentines Blooms – Alternatives to Red Roses

When most people think of Flowers & Valentine’s day it’s Red Roses that immediately come to mind. Probably because everyone knows that a Red Rose means love (it’s true meaning is “Passionate Love”). Red Roses are also a very popular flower & welcomed by most women, but they aren’t for everyone. Also for the forgetful man, the closer it gets to Valentines Day the harder it can be to find Red Roses, at least to find good quality ones. If your ...

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat…

“Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.”  Paul Gray Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat... Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat... Our family cat Tangy is a very sweet American, short-hair, tabby cat. He is lazy like many of his kind who spend their lives indoors; indulged and waited on hand and foot. We got him at an animal shelter about 5 or so ...

Reflections: Wherever We Go, There We Are

“I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Wherever We Go, There We Are... think about it and be at peace In 1995, Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote a book titled “Wherever you go there you are” which outlined the Buddhist path of mindfulness; a way of living in the moment without judgment. With a mindful approach ...

Someone Had To Be First

We know so many important names in history, the first human to set foot on the moon, the first person to fly solo over the Atlantic or the first intrepid souls to reach the poles or scale Mount Everest, but who was the first person to have their picture taken? Having our picture snapped is an occurrence we all take for granted. You don’t need to be a famous fashion model to be photographed relentlessly. We’re photographed at the DMV, entering ...

On Hate & Happiness: Which Elevator Are You Riding?

“Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” Greg Anderson On Hate & Happiness: Which Elevator Are You Riding? The elevator we choose to ride is up to us and it symbolizes our decision to embrace light and love or hatred and close-mindedness… You get to choose… hate or happiness? Recently, I went up to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New Yorkfor a tour and one of the stops was at the Tang Teaching Museum. They had some very interesting ...

Contemplations: The Space Between Each Breath Is…?

“The language of God is Silence. Everything else is a poor translation.” Father Thomas Keating Today, my friend Esme and I took a yoga blend class; a mix of several classical yoga styles. We drove to the yoga studio in our village as the raging winds howled around us. The sky was gray, the trees swayed perilously, and anything that wasn’t tied down or planted firmly in the ground was carried away; swiftly, hurtling forward, a potential weapon. Yesterday, the temperature ...

Fun Flower Facts: Roses Named After Celebrities

As if fame and fortune wasn’t enough for celebrities, they even have flowers named after them! Photo Credit: http://www.nurseriesonline.com.au Marilyn Monroe Rose Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell, has a soft, creamy apricot colored hybrid rose named after her.  The rose is lightly scented and a classic beauty, which perfectly represents Marilyn’s timeless beauty. Photo Credit: http://www.rose-roses.com The Barbra Streisand Rose Barbara Streisand has said that if a flower was named after her, she would want it to smell good and be disease free. Botanists have since ...

Fashion Friday: Amazing Hair Floral Arrangements by Takaya Hanayuishi

Japanese artist Takaya Hanayuishi is the talent behind these amazing hair floral arrangements. He uses a combinations of fresh flowers and special hairdressing techniques to create these one-of-a-kind looks. Each design is customized to complement the individual’s appearance and attire. To create the look, the self-taught artist attaches the floral arrangements to styled hair and then prunes them with a pair of hairdressing shears. photo via flowerona.com photo via flowerona.com photo via flowerona.com photo via flowerona.com Takaya’s elaborate designs has been seen in live performances, advertising, ...

7 Questions With an Author: Ally Spotts

Writer and Blogger, Ally Spotts This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s co-featured author is Ally Spotts – my friend, author and fellow blogger. She launched her first book yesterday titled Asking All the Wrong Questions  and she writes daily about relationships and other topical issues at her excellent site www.allyspotts.com. Here are “7 Questions With an Author: Ally Spotts.” 1. Tell ...

Soon at a Grocer Near You: $0.05 Bag Tax...

Plastic Bag in Creek One of the cool things about living near Washington, DC is that we’re so close to a cultural mecca that contains dozens of museums, historical landmarks and monuments which really add to the quality of life. However, one of the crummy things is that we’re also trapped in the vortex of a tax-and-spend polity that tends to test certain taxation ideas here before they spread to a larger scale, which really subtracts from the quality of life. The latest example ...

Top-10 List: WORST Halloween treats

Our neighborhood is GREAT for Halloween trick-or-treating. It’s well lit with sidewalks and tons of families with kids. So this weekend, we bought Halloween candy in preparation of the upcoming spooky fete – here’s a tip all the REALLY good candy is given out at our house (e.g. full-size Snickers, Reese’s PB cups, Super Blow Pops, Sour Patch kids…etc.) However, I’m always stunned at some of the crappy treats that are still on the market – which prompted this little confectionary tirade of ...

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 ...

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2012

National Novel Writing Month starts today, and I’m in it to win it! I was a “winner” in 2009 and in 2010, but in 2011 the creative spark was doused by my revision efforts on the 2009 manuscript. In fact, I’m still revising. But that’s how this gig works. The main thing is that 2009 and 2010 got me into the writing mode like nothing else could at the time. And now, in 2012, I will set other demands aside ...

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 ...

6-year Old Inspires All Wanna-be Bike Riders...

This is a great video by a group of talented musicians called the Gregory Brothers who "songify" all kinds of news videos and home videos posted on YouTube. In this video, they transform a cute snippet of a random home movie into a catchy inspirational tune. Enjoy... And here is the original home video....

Hungry Little Gods

What we believe—we become. How powerful we humans are; made in the image of God—little creators of calm and chaos, unaware of our inheritance, believing that we have God’s eyes instead of His ways. For a small god is still a god, and all gods hold the key. Hold tight to yours lest you forget your heritage, and wander aimlessly—forever afraid of being yourself—of walking alone. You are connected to the invisible, that wide-open place of white-hot potential, where love whispers ...

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To my praying readers…

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The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities. But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s Christians look to be on the verge of genocide. …

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Birth Control

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I am a middle aged female that has worked with the public most of my adult life. I have watched the poor suffer due to lack of medical care. Our medical system is broken and has been for many years. Not everyone gets the care they need. I feel the Birth Control issue was brought about by politics and I for one am sick of it. People should be our concern not Democrats or Republicans. …

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The United States of UN?; What happened to the State of Michigan?

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U.N. to intervene in Detroit water shutoffs. Talks on ‘human-rights violations’ planned with Obama administration? UNITED NATIONS – Watch out, Detroit. Here comes the United Nations. WND has learned that after issuing a statement last week condemning Detroit’s decision to send water shut-off notices to tens of thousands of customers behind in their payments, the U.N now plans …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages.. I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of the surrounding world. Van Gogh’s quote made me stop and think… Why do we always allow others to …

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3200 Years Old – 247 feet tall and still growing!

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This giant Sequoia is not only awe inspiring, it’s still growing! At the rate of one cubic meter per year he is one of the fastest growing trees in the world, despite his great age. There is only one place on the entire planet where giant sequoias grow; the Sierra Nevadas mountain range in California, found only on the western slope 5000-8000 feet above sea level. …

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“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”. The coming mid terms. “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Hate beats weakness. Dislike beats “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Mean beats “Oh my God …

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No dishonor to the ‘merican people

No dishonor to the ‘merican people We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We stand for Freedom …

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