Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance…

“Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.” Aesop Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance... Entrance to a Kyoto Temple in Japan Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance... Chateau de Caen - Willem Conqueror Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance... Chateau de Caen inside looking out Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance... All Saints Free Blacks Church/ St Augustine's Parish, NYC When we think about it, all of life is about entrances and exits… We enter the world ...

Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds…

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder…” E.B. White Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The last wintry sign Eager wasp sings on a bud, Happiness arrives… “You are not happy because you are well. You are well because you are happy.” Emmet Fox Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The first summer hum curious bug checks the flowers Innocence abounds… “To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The last summer song Dancing blooms share happy hues Happiness abounds… “Happiness makes ...

Twelve Things: What’s Worth Waiting in Long Lines For?

“The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Twelve Things: What things are worth waiting for.... exotic travel I was reading the Plinky prompts that come through my email and this one caught my eye: Name three things that are worth waiting in long lines for. As you can see, I thought of three things and then three more… and the rest culminated in a blog on twelve things worth the wait. ...

A plea from the jury box…

… don’t forget me. I received a summons telling me that I had been selected for Jury Service and I had to attend at the Crown Court a week last Monday. Since then I have been wandering around a place similar to this, going from jury room to courtroom and back again; moving from one court to another and meeting some great people all thrown together to be judges of evidence. In case you have missed me, that is where I have ...

On Friendships: Staying the Course with Ourselves & Others…

“My primary relationship is with myself- all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. If I am committed to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment…” Shakti Gawain Friendship Blossoms...it begins with us How can we be a friend to another if we categorically deny ourselves our own friendship? Call it self love, self respect, honor, commitment to our goals or knowing when to draw the line ...

State Of The Chatter Address

Today is the one year anniversary of Chubby Chatterbox. Our son CJ came up with the idea of starting a blog because I was depressed over numerous rejections from literary agents, one of whom told me I didn’t have a flair for writing and should try something else. CJ, who at the time had more confidence in my writing ability than I did, suggested I circumvent the publishing world by creating an audience of my own. As children often do, he ...

Inspiration: On A Retreat…

“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” Marcus Aurelius Inspiration: On A Retreat... May Peace prevail on Earth... Inspiration: On A Retreat... Tree ornaments added color to all the green... Inspiration: On A Retreat... Part of the landscape... A retreat can either be a time of solitude or a community experience; a period of individual or group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction. At different points in our lives, we need to take some time to ...

On Friendship: Ten Lessons Learned from Winnie-the-Pooh & Crew…

“Promise me you’ll always remember; you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”Christopher Robin to Winnie-The-Pooh Friendship: The Original Winnie the Pooh Toys; via Wikipedia Clockwise from left to right: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (aka Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. If you watched or read any books on Winnie-the-Pooh, you’d probably remember that a major theme of the series was about friendship; the power of love and the lessons learned between friends. Winnie the Pooh, fondly known as Pooh Bear, had lots of friends in the Hundred ...

No Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Pulitzer Prize juror Maureen Corrigan, Georgetown University professor of English and 22-year veteran book critic on NPR's "Fresh Air" (photo from Georgetown U. website) If you’ve been following the news, you have already seen the lists of Pulitzer Prizewinners and heard the news that nothing was selected to win in fiction this year. Wow. Quite a disappointment for a lot of people, from authors to booksellers, not to mention readers. Here’s an item you may not have seen, which provides an added ...

Books Recently Given or Received

This is kind of a dangerous post to write, because I didn’t keep a list of books I gave or received over the holidays. Therefore, I’m probably going to forget one or two, and perhaps offend someone in the process. But one must soldier on. Books Given Kitty Kelley at signing for her latest book, Capturing Camelot Capturing Camelot by Kitty Kelley: This is a glossy and wonderful picture/reminiscence book by the (in)famous Kitty Kelley, known for her unauthorized biographies of Frank Sinatra, ...

Fabulous Finds: Amazing Sisal

What could tequila and a sisal floor rug possibly have in common? I know. There are so many great punch lines that could follow, but there’s actually a legitimate answer. They both have the same origin: the Agave plant. Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Sisal is highly durable and strong, and has been used in the making of twine ...

Once Upon a Vasectomy…

Once upon a time, there lived a family of four. The parents so loved their kids, they wanted to try for one more. After trying and prayers, they soon had a boy – this latest addition brought them all loads of  joy. The parents agreed their family’s size was just  fine. So much so they nodded, “We should perhaps draw a line.” But the line’s not a true line – it’s a metaphor you see, because the couple decided to have a vasectomy. When I ...

Birthdays Buzzards and Rainbows

Monday’s attempt at a birthday blog:Okay so I’m suppose to be writing a birthday blog and I’m finding that it isn’t so easy to write. I feel scattered. Maybe it’s that I have so much on my mind. Or perhaps it’s my age. Maybe my brain is starting to sag right along with my other assets. Sagging assets. Hahaha! Sorry. This isn’t going so well. Tuesday’s attempt at a birthday blog:I’m not feeling very reflective or poetic about my birthday. Having ...

When Do You Stop Cutting the Crust?

Our oldest daughter is now 11 years old, which seems hard to belief, and is in the sixth grade. Her school bus arrives at 7:30 a.m.  each day – much earlier than the elementary kids’ bus she used to ride at 8:50 a.m. So every morning she and I are up around the same time to start our routines for our respective days. Part of her routine is making her own lunch and breakfast. But periodically she’ll get jammed up with her other responsibilities ...

7 Questions With an Author: Lori Lowe

Lori Lowe, marriage researcher and author 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 Lori Lowe. Lori has a master’s degree in journalism. She is a marriage researcher, writer, and marketing consultant. She shares advice from experts in the fields of psychology and relationships at her blog, www.MarriageGems.com, where you can find hundreds of research-based marriage tips to boost ...

My Word is my Bond, even at Age 8

Here’s a guest post from a talented writer and graphic designer, Maria Cowell. Check out her site HERE or follow her on Twitter: @HipMamaMedia. If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines HERE. ============================= Some places are more free-wheeling than others. I live in Southern California, the epicenter of the laid-back lifestyle. Seriously, dressing up for a wedding here means wearing the flip-flops with rhinestones instead of the ones sans bling. Frankly, I don’t mind since I do, in ...

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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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And the Oscar Goes To

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The battle rages on. Yesterday thanks to the abysmally low temperatures and the sleet/snow mix that found it’s way to hold me hostage, I spent the day doing looking at various screens. Really, the only way I could of accomplished LESS over the weekend would be to have been in a coma. BUT…given the fact, hubby is working …

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Acting – A vital Quality For Artists

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Acting Really Is a Vital Quality For Artists Acting was discussed in the last post when talking about commitment. But before I get into that , I just want to say there is acting and then there is acting! Or it might have been better if one hadn’t taken that action at all, like this week when I …

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Art and Poetry An Exhibiton With A Difference

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Art And Poetry Wait !! Before we get to that I just wanted to announce that I am beginning a new series of posts on a Thursday which are a look at the artist’s journey. namely mine. Some posts will be quite short, others longer, as I share with you my current works, challenges and highlights. …

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Edvard Munch Painted Emotion In Art

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Edvard Munch painted emotion in art, in a way not seen before. Last week I posted about emotion in art and mentioned the painter Edvard Munch. This July celebrates Munch’s 150th Anniversary. On Monday I went to see the screening of the film, Munch 150……… which documents the works of his life. For one and a half …

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Rubbed Raw in Verona

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Verona is a beautiful Italian city famous for someone who never lived there, as described by someone unlikely to have even visited Verona. Any guesses who I’m talking about? This should help: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and (?) is the sun.” Don’t have it yet? “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou …

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A Hard Mother To Please

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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 …

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