Flowers & Fashion: Celebrity Edition!

Happy Fashion Friday!! 2012 was the year of the floral prints! Celebrities are just like us! They like their floral prints just as much as the rest of us. Here are some of my favourite looks. Actress Katie Holmes in floral jeans from: instyle.com Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in a floral skirt from: peoplestylewatch.com Actress Jessica Alba in a floral blazer from: instyle.com First lady Michelle Obama in floral dress from: nydailynews.com Supermodel Miranda Kerr in floral sundress from: Instyle.com

Memorial Day: Remembrance and Reflections

“The purpose of all war is ultimately peace.”  Saint Augustine of Hippo Memorial Day: Remembrance and Reflections... Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial Memorial Day: Remembrance and Reflections... Graves at Arlington Memorial Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May and dedicated to the memory of fallen American men and women who died in all wars and armed conflicts. Initially created to honor northern soldiers who died in the Civil War, it became a way to remember those who died in ...

Experience Meets Innocence: Are You The Tiger or The Lamb?

“You are an angel, and your life is your message. You can be a messenger of lies, fear, and destruction; or a messenger of truth, love, and creation. But you cannot deliver lies and truth at the same time.” Don Miguel Ruiz Experience: A Tiger snarls... by Michael Nichols via NG I get a Daily Inspirational quote from Don Miguel Ruiz’s mailings; each, a pithy reflection and refreshing insight on life and how we choose to live it. Don Miguel is the author of The ...

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 ...

Featured Blogger: SoapBird – Our Chirp & MockingBird Soap

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 Featured Blogger: SoapBird – Our Chirp & MockingBird Soap Featured Blogger: SoapBird – MockingBird Soap Fun pack Norah aka SoapBird has been a blog buddy since the beginning of the year and stays incredibly busy with her gift soaps and body products business, MockingBird Soap Company, her blog, Our Chirp, and other nonprofit fundraising and volunteering projects. ...

A Tale: The Mind Reader’s Lesson…

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” Ralph Waldo Emerson A Tale: The Mind Reader's Lesson... Long, long ago, in the days when the sun knew everyone by name, a powerful Seer, named Seep, lived in a famous town that exists in the space between your eyes. The Seer was known across the land for his ability to not only see the future, but for his particular skill at reading ...

Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos…

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos... Breathe... inhale. exhale... Where is the best place in the world for you to go to relax?  When I first read that question, I thought of all the usual places we run to when we need to relax; bed, retreats, saunas, pools, gardens, walking paths, and such. Then, I thought of all the things we do to ...

Inspiration: Building Bridges…

“Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts.” Kjell Magne Bondevik Inspiration: Building Bridges... Westminster Bridge Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth like a garment wear The beauty of the morning; silent , bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the ...

Our Due Date is Here…just not the baby

It seems that we’ve reached the end of our pregnancy as today marks the 40th week of Junior’s shack up in my wife’s uterus. So sound the vuvuzela and crack open the non-alcoholic champagne! The only teeny-tiny issue is that Junior has seemingly decided to take a page from the Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to Occupy the Womb. We’ve got our final scheduled exam with the obstetrician tomorrow – so hopefully we’ll get some perspective and timing on Junior’s secret exit strategy. In ...

4 Ancient Leadership Lessons From Moses

A few months ago, I wrote a post about 5 Ancient Leadership Mistakes which explored five leadership shortfalls of the Israelite  Moses. You may recall that Moses lived nearly 3,400 years ago and is credited with leading the Hebrew nation out of Egyptian slavery. In that companion post,  it may have seemed on the surface to be a piece that focused on the failings and foibles of the great Hebrew leader. Actually, it was intended as a tribute to his humanity and a ...

Book Review: It’s All About Relationship

Before I got up the nerve to ask my wife on our first date nearly two decades ago, I relied a great deal on the feedback from her friends to try and triangulate my feelings for her as well as gauge her interest in me. However, once we started dating the time we spent together talking and sharing experiences soundly trumped any past interactions with her friends because I had a direct line connecting me to her. That’s how I felt after ...

Yet Another Reason I Hate Funerals….

Nondescript Casket My immediate family spent the majority of last week at my in-laws home in New York because my wife’s grandmother passed away. While I think it’s extremely important to celebrate the memory of the deceased; support and sympathize with the survivors and offer a degree of closure for the living via the various death-induced services and rituals – I hate funerals. As a former news reporter, I had to attend dozens as an uninvited gawker amidst grieving strangers and then trying to speak with someone on camera – ...

Hiding in a Paragraph

Cover Art by Fran MurphyI just published my 100th Blog post this week. Looking over my one hundred entries I noticed that I’ve written on scores of subjects, yet I don’t believe that I’ve ever written on the subject of writing. I guess I’ve sort of kept this topic tucked away. It’s something so personal that I tend to keep it to myself...forgetting that it’s a viable topic. I think about it all the time; probably as much as a ...

When the Chips Hit the Fan

Life is like a game of poker, random numbers and faces, shuffled together in fluky sequences, dealt daily by fate, who greets me at dawn and says, “Good morning Leah, here is your hand for the day, I have only one question to ask….do you feel lucky today?” I hold my hand close to my chest and slowly fan the cards out. Yikes! It looks dismal. But wait, is that an ace of hearts I see? I stare blankly forward, ...

Just Another Puzzle

I enjoy puzzles. Crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, number puzzles, word puzzles like the one at the end of this posting. As a kid I loved a game now sold as Tangoes or Tangrams. It may have been called one of those when I was a kid, too. In the game, you figure out what combination of geometric shapes will form each overall silhouette depicted in the pamphlet. Writing a novel, I have come to understand, is yet another puzzle to play ...

Where Father Figures, Figure in the Family

Here’s a great guest post from a blogging buddy of mine Jared Latigo. Jared is a writer, speaker and passion guy. His vision in life is to have more people love their work than ones that hate it. Be sure to check out his blog at JaredLatigo.com or follow him on Twitter @JaredLatigo. Here’s his post: ———————————————- I’m on a mission in this life to figure out exactly where I “fit.” Maybe you are too? Good. We’ll get along just fine then. But often I get ...

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The History of the Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses

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As we all know, red roses symbolize love and passion. But did you know that it can also represents victory? Thousands of visitors flock to Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Lousianna, USA each May not only to watch the famous horse race and to dress up in fancy clothes and hats, but also to get a glimpse …

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Carlsbad Caverns

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When I was a five year old, my parents and I went to Carlsbad New Mexico to see Carlsbad Caverns. It was an experience that stuck in my mind like glue. I remember it all as if it was yesterday. It would be sixty years before I returned to that area. At my childhood visit, …

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Chinua Achebe: Celebrated Nigerian Author Dies at 82

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“The Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly; so his chi agreed.” Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe: Celebrated Nigerian Author Dies at 82. Photo of Chinua Achebe 1930-2013 RIP It is with great pain and sadness that I share the news of the passing …

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Master of the Zombie Apocalypse

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Disclaimer: if you have an intense fear of your mortality you might want to pass on this post. The public’s fascination with zombies never ceases to amaze me. TV shows like Zombie Hunters, Dead Set and Zombie Apocalypse receive huge ratings. And I know half a dozen bloggers who critique episodes of The Walking Dead with the seriousness of English majors analyzing …

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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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Kristallnacht – We Must Never Forget

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On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious anti-Jewish riots against the Jewish community of Germany. Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” reminds us of the countless numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, community centers and homes that were destroyed. With Nazi support, the rioters burned and destroyed the life of the Jewish community, destroying …

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Cheaters Never Prosper?

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We say it to kids all the time, but it isn’t true: cheaters very often do prosper. Case point, Venice in 1564. Back then, rich dudes would donate money to build social clubs dedicated to popular saints, which in Venice meant a saint whose body had been stolen and brought to Venice. (Check out my …

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