Inspirational Haiku: Stand Still – Hurricane Sandy…

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Gautama Buddha Inspirational Haiku: Stand Still – Hurricane Sandy… Inspirational Haiku: Stand Still – Hurricane Sandy… East River at 11am. Source: Wikipedia If Lost…Stand still – Arrangement by David Wagoner A native American Elder was asked, “What shall we do if we get lost?” Stand still. The trees before you and the bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is a place called here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger both asking to know ...

Haiku: Time Capsule…

“We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.” Alfred Hitchcock Haiku: Time Capsule… For my Time Capsule… I’ll gather what honors us hope, love, life, good deeds “It’s almost a snapshot in time…  He was in this one position all that time. It’s like opening a time capsule — what did he have in his pockets? What did he have with ...

The Ghost At Our Kitchen Table

A ghost sat at our kitchen table when I was a child, a ghost by the name of Grandpa Frank. He was my mother’s father, and he died seventy-six years ago in 1936. How he died always depended on who you asked. Stories range from scarlet fever to an accident brought about by falling from a church steeple he climbed on a dare. I don’t think I’ll ever know, but I have it on several counts that he was an ...

Reflections: Taken Back In Time…

“Traveling is all very well if you can get home at night. I would be willing to go around the world if I came back in time to light the candles and set the table for supper.” Gladys Taber Reflections: Taken Back In Time... and the staying power of friendships. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman Skyy – Call Me. If You Need Someone to Talk To (1982) I was taking one of my power walks recently and reflecting on a funny conversation I had earlier in the ...

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

More and more people are growing indoor herb gardens. In fact, you could  might even say it’s a trend. Herb gardens are a great way to bring some colour and life to your home. They will freshen the air with a wonderful aroma! And most importantly, you can use these flavourful herbs to create the most delicious dishes! An indoor herb garden is great for beginners! Herbs are easy to grow and don’t take up a lot of space. All you need ...

Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera…

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” Cesare Pavese Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera... imagine the music and dad here... Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera... and of Cuban cigar days past... sitting in the sun Guantanamera – The Sandpipers I was in my living room reading when the song wafted onto the air from the radio… I stopped, looked up, and was immediately transported to a time back in my childhood days, many moons ago, ...

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall…

“A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” Thomas Jefferson On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Ignore the no white rule... live! On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... capture the colors of falling foliage Labor Day Weekend  is a time to shift gears from the summer of surf and sand fun to a return to work and the impending fall season. It sets the tone serving us notice ...

On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons…

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... delectable Ladurée macarons On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... The full range of colorful, tasty macarons behind the counter On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons...The pretty window and teeming crowds inside... In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée opened an exquisite bakery in Paris, aptly named Ladurée, that has become one of the top places to visit if you want the best in baked goods; especially their delicious macarons. According ...

A Lot to Worry About Along Side A Lot of Nonsense...

They Fight - We Lose It seems that the looming legislative logjam in our nation’s capitol regarding a new budget may very well shut down the federal government – with the potential to cascade down to the state level and beyond. Don’t be fooled. The main obstacles to an agreement are political – not substantive. The story behind the story is simply a case of which party can do the most damage to the other party heading into the 2012 presidential and ...

Imagining John's Independence Day

I sat at John’s bedside; his face was graveyard gray, and sagging like the worn planks of a condemned house. In his youth John was a capable navigator for the Royal Dutch Navy. It was 1940, and John was home for a short furlough with his parents when the German army tore the front doors from the hinges of his sleepy village. It was a home invasion of massive proportions, disrupting checker games, and Sunday suppers, trampling well-tended lives underfoot, ...

Reasons for Book Optimism

This picture reminds me that objects farther away are reduced in impact on the eye. If your town has no bookstore, especially if it has recently lost a bookstore, you may be thinking books are going the way of the buggy whip. Bookstores outside your town limits can look far away and powerelss. But I still think we readers have nothing to fear about the state of books. I was struck this morning by two stories in particular (highlighted by the ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 8

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered to win the most recent iteration of the contest a few weeks ago. The competition was tough – so I had one of our longhair, Ragdoll cats walk around the caption entries I had laid out on the floor and the entry that she regurgitated a hairball on would be the winner! That lucky winner was Ken Hagerman see his caption below. “I told you I didn’t want ...

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 ...

10 Possible Titles for Jon Acuff’s “Quitter” Sequel

"Side Hugging" My Nearly-Almost-Friend, Jon Acuff I’m a huge fan of national bestselling author, Jon Acuff. So much so that I attended an out-of-state conference this fall just to stalk him…um, er…I mean meet him [see photo insert]. Jon is a supremely gifted writer who specializes in satire and self help, posting outstanding work everyday at his two brilliant blogs – www.jonacuff.com and www.stuffchristianslike.org. He’s written three books. His most recent one is one of my all-time favorites, titled Quitter. It’s intended to ...

Sex Battle – Part 8: TV Wars – Funny Movie Short

Sex Battle - Part 8: TV Wars - Funny Movie Short

Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples can endure along the way. These mini-movies are my most viewed blog postings. This current episode, the 8th in the series, deals with a "critical need" to buy a big screen TV. Links to the other episodes follow the video below.  If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Celebrity Crush - episode #7 Car Trouble - episode #6 Vacation Blues ...

Bruised Bamboo, a little help

The suffering and despair of Japan’s people is incomprehensible to me. I watch as their desperate images appear on my TV screen, slotted between ads for Pop-Tarts and toothpaste, like a tragic prime time series. The imagines are too much too take in. I want to look away. Thousands of people’s lives have been broken to bits, their pieces cast to the wind. I shift on my sofa, seeking a more comfortable position. But there is no comfort, because my ...

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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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