Time: Losing A Day In Our Lives…

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein Time: Losing A Day In Our Lives... Samoa Upolu - Where time will skip 24 hours... Time: Losing A Day In Our Lives... Samoa country map. Time is an illusion... What would you do if  you lost a 24 hour day? Zapped off the calender. Gone! At 11:59:59 p.m, the island nation of Samoa (not to be confused with American Samoa) will lose a full 24 hour ...

Flowers Available in Autumn

Don’t be sad that summer is over. There are plenty flowers that are available at your local florists in the cool, mild season of autumn. There are many beautiful, hardy flowers to choose from for your home decorating or gifting needs. Here are a list of some flowers that are available in autumn: Agapanthus Allium Amaranthus (Love-Lies-Bleeding) Anemone Aster Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Chrysanthemum Celosia (Cockscomb) Craspedia (Billy Balls) Photo Credit: Flickr, Bill Higham Dahlia Hydrangea Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) Montbretia (Crocosmia) Sunflower Zinnia And remember, Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers has a wide variety of autumn bouquets ...

Buccaneers Of Buzz

My illustrations were mostly created for books, newspapers and magazines. This picture, done for my own amusement, is the only one I created for a poem. I remember reading this short work by Emily Dickinson where she compared bees to pirates; it was so fun and lighthearted, so visual, that I couldn’t resist picking up my brushes to see what I could do with it. When I look at the results I feel like a kid again. I’m transported back to ...

The Power of a Good Thought

It was late September and I was confined to my couch and out of commission for the next few days. Before I go further I should back it up to explain that for several weeks prior I had been battling what I thought to be chest congestion brought on by a bad cold. In addition my ribs had been sore, which I contributed to straining a muscle slightly during a very bad coughing spell. Over the counter pain medication had basically ...

Floral Trends: Flowers in Bridal Hair

Summer is well under way! It’s wedding season and conveniently, this is when all the flowers are in bloom. Flowers are romantic, feminine and flirty. Naturally, flowers as hair accessories, are perfect for summer brides, adding elegance and beauty. You could use a single bold flower for a simple hairstyle or a cluster of delicate blooms for a more complicated style. Tips for using fresh flowers: Pick fresh, resilient flowers. Choose flowers that are in season. Store the flowers in a cooler or refrigerator ...

In Three Takes: Intuition. Courage. Enthusiasm.

“The secret of fortune is joy in our hands.” Ralph Waldo Emerson In Three Takes: Intuition. Courage. Enthusiasm. Intuition and precognition... helpw with clarity of mind #Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt:If you could picture your intuition as a person, what would he or she look like? If you sat down together for dinner, what is the first thing he or she would tell you? Since the beginning of June, I have joined several other bloggers on ...

Cat Humor: Summer Fun Moments…

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” Mary Bly Cat Humor: Summer Fun Moments… wake up at noon I wake up at noon. A juggling cat named Pierre Liked to walk with his tail in the air. When the girl cats passed by They said, ‘My, oh my– What a nice set of  lls you have there The last couple of days have oppressively hot and a little humor goes a long way; helping us chill out a bit.  I’m an animal lover. I ...

International Women’s Day: We’ve Come A Long Way…

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”  Mae Jemison, astronaut International Women's Day: We've Come A Long Way... The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty: Women have always fought for equality in some shape or form; we’ve struggled for the right to fend for our families and contribute to society and we’ve come a long way. As we celebrate another International Women’s Day, ...

6 Secrets To Surviving Your Teenager

Recently, Tor shared twelve phrases a dad never wants to hear. As I thought about the additions that actually occurred in the past two weeks, I realized that being a teen these days is hard. I look at my single (adult) friends, and I think “not enough money or bad days in the world to make me enter into that fray.”  People haul around more baggage than Southwest will fly for free. And then I look at my daughters.  Smart, funny, gorgeous, and insecure. ...

Reader Favorites 2011 – #4: 20 Texting Phrases Parents Must Know

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 4th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011, it’s a useful piece that every parent should read regarding 20 Texting Phrases Parents Must Know and was originally posted in October. According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center ...

Daring Soul Gypsies

Photograph by Bruce Dale I haven’t been blogging lately, because I haven’t really had the energy or the urgency to speak. I’ve been in an "in-between" place of questions and guesses, venturing into the now, with now stories to hold my attention, and now beliefs to cushion the path…just me looking and pondering—asking the big questions: Who am I? Who is God? Why am I here? I may not be able to define God/Truth, but I recognize it when I see it, ...

A Confusing Cocktail

Have you ever begun a journey, intent on one destination, only to find you’ve been detoured to another? Such was my journey to Massachusetts last week. Yes, I’m here — physically, looking about in wonder at death's fiery brilliance; colorful trees canopy the city's narrow streets like leafy umbrellas splattered by nature's palette, and I can't help but wonder if the leaves know that they’re dying. I came here with a purpose in mind — a sole purpose. How foolish of ...

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, ...

7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

Author, speaker, professor – Clay Morgan 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 featured author is Clay Morgan – a writer, professor, and speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who writes about pop culture, history, and the meaning of life. He is the author of Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Most days you can find Clay doing his best Dead Poets Society impersonation at a couple ...

7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake.  After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance Agent.  Angela started a scratch agency in 2005 and has built it into a thriving success. A key driver of that success – as outlined in ...

Too Prepared for Our Baby???

If you’ve been following this blog for the past few months, you’d know that we’re anxiously expecting our third child. In fact, our newborn still has not yet arrived – and he’s nearly a week late. But while we’ve been waiting for him, we’ve been preparing for his arrival. We’ve got the baby carrier and stroller travel system ready… We’ve got the bases for the baby carrier mounted in both of our vehicles… The nursery is ready and waiting to be occupied…. And there’s one ...

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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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