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Fruited Branches

Crab Apple branches and berries Fruited branches come from various types of trees and shrubs, and they are members of different botanical families and genera. These branches are treasured for their fanciful fruits that lend accent to floral designs year-round. Here are five of the most common, commercially produced fruited branches along with their genus and family classifications: CRABAPPLE: from the Rosaceae or rose family. FIG: or Ficus or Moraceae from the Mulberry) family. The Latin Ficus translates literally to “fig.” KIWI:  also known as ...

Never, Ever Say Never

Thought Number One:  Butting Out A few weeks ago, Hubby and I were stopped at a stop sign when I looked over to the right and the car next to us had antlers and a red nose. I was prepared to laugh at the Christmas decorations, up to the point I noticed there was a toddler standing on the back seat.  Really... she was standing up.   I glanced up to the front seat and noticed the mom and friend were busy ...

Musings: We Are The 99 Percent…

“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.”  Saul Alinsky Musings: We Are The 99 Percent... A protester holds up a 'We are the 99%' sign Musings: We Are The 99 Percent... Occupy Wall St camp at Zuccotti Park Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over ...

Masks: Why they Matter…

“Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking, in need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware, keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.” Carolyn Kizer Masks: Why they Matter... to reveal or conceal Protecting our Reputation… Masks play a significant, positive role in many cultures because they are used to present different aspects of life in a given society. At different points in our lives, we all wear masks. They could be real ones or imaginary masks. ...

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 ...

On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think…

“Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.”  Hans Christian Andersen On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think... Beauty and the Beast Peter Pan: I used to think… Peter’s fantasy was a terrific and feasible notion… but youth isn’t everlasting. Cinderella: I used to think… every undiscovered princess would find her slipper and have her moment of celebration and all evil stepmothers would live to see it happen… but not all get their chance. Beauty and the Beast: I used to ...

Musings: In My Mother’s Garden…

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Honore de Balzac Musings: In My Mother’s Garden… Bachelor’s button Musings: In My Mother’s Garden… Frangipani… Musings: In My Mother’s Garden… Gaillardia The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. Rajneesh As we approach Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, May 13, many of us will turn our attention to the special yet complex relationships we ...

Huffington Post Book Club and Me

You may recall my plan to participate in the Huffington Post Book Club (to refresh your memory, click here). It depends on what aspect of being in a book club you want to focus on, to decide whether I succeeded. Did I participate? Yes, in the first third of the reading schedule. Did I read the whole book? Yes, but after the first third I was behind everyone else. Did I enjoy the book? Not really! Will I try another book with that group? ...

Celebrating Labor Day With Cleverbot...

A few months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here's the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Interview with Cleverbot Since today was Labor Day, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot's take on this holiday.  Here's the unedited ...

Credentialing for Would-be World Enders???

Harold Camping muffs end-o-days prediction Most states require a licensing process for a host of service providers ranging from hair stylists to mechanics. Those are important services if you’re in the market to touch up your roots or replace your brake pads – but those services don’t come close to predicting the end of the world. Apparently anyone can predict the end of days without so much as a certificate of apprenticeship. Case in point, an 89-year old Internet pastor-turned-prognosticator believed ...

Open Letter to the Apple iPhone5

Dear Apple iPhone5, A lot of people have been waiting for your arrival this week – which is fine but at the risk of upsetting the Applecart I have to ask….do we really need you Apple iPhone5? Supposedly, you’re the greatest thing since sliced Apple bread – but based on Apple’s tendency for overblown marketing hyperbole I suspect that you haven’t actually fallen that far from your most recent Appletree product the iPhone4S. Just so we’re clear “5″ (is it ok if I ...

Dads with Daughters: Do You Know This?

Here’s a guest post from a great writer and e-friend, Joana Hyatt. She is an author and speaker who focuses on dating, and relationship issues – she’s one of my favorites! If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ============================== Standing in line at a coffee shop the other day, I couldn’t help but overhear the phone conversation of the man behind me. He was clearly upset and at the end of his patience when he ...

7 Questions With an Author: Elisabeth Corcoran

Elisabeth Corcoran with her two children 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 Elisabeth Corcoran. She’s an accomplished author of several books, a motivational speaker and vocal advocate for social reform, particularly in third world countries. At the Corner of Broken & Love: Where God Meets Us in the Everyday Here are 7 Questions With an Author: Elisabeth Corcoran: 1. ...

An Edsel And The Crown Jewels

Our annual kick-off event for the summer of ’63 had just begun; neighborhood kids had gathered around the Zenith in our living room to watch Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The local TV station always ran the comedy the Saturday after school let out. We watched the movie in a different house each summer. This year it was my turn. Dad was attending big brother’s baseball game and I couldn’t wait for my mother to make herself scarce. She’d already hung ...

Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Run Like Hell!

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 ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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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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