New World Record!

The eighth Flower and Garden Festival held at the Events Garden in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia has set a new world record for the world’s largest carpet of flowers! This incredible “carpet” was constructed with 15 million flowers spread over an area of 10,712 square meters. Obviously it was the main attraction at the flower show! Image Credits: Missosology This must have been an amazing sight to see in person! Just beautiful…

Fun Flower Facts: Scilla (Squill)

Scilla or squill is a genus of flowering bulbs native to the woodlands, meadows and seashores throughout Europe and Africa. It can be identified by its bright green leaves and produces clusters of bluebell or star-shaped blooms. They look a lot like snowdrops, but slightly larger and blue in colour. Flowers are typically bright blue, but white, pink and purple varieties are available. Some species are fragrant. Most flower in the early spring, while a few bloom in the fall. Plants ...

Celebrations

June is a time of celebration at Casa Chatterbox. Thursday would have been my dad’s 88th birthday, Friday was our son’s birthday, and yesterday Mrs. Chatterbox and I celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. This picture shows us shortly after our honeymoon when we’d moved into an old duplex in West Los Angeles. I’d inherited the apartment from my college chum Ray, who over the next few months popped in at inconvenient times to use the shower. It’s easy to look at old pictures ...

Music: Dark Nights & Morning Lights…

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”Lord Byron Music: Dark Nights & Morning Lights... We need both. DEV – In The Dark Truman / David Falzone – Morning Light Music fills many gaps and spaces in our hearts; from our lonely nights to our glorious moments in day light. We reach for music to set the mood ...

It’s Dahlia Season!

Summer is one of my favourite times of the year because many of my favourite flowers will be in full bloom, like the stunning dahlia! Not only are they beautiful, in the language of flowers, the dahlia symbolizes elegance and dignity! Dahlias are known for their their breathtaking beauty and the way they seem to bring life to any garden or indoor space! They are popular ornamental plants that come in vast range of colours, sizes, and forms! And best of ...

Where trees are fallen

Another week, another post for Friday Fictioneers. Follow our leader Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, then join our merry band.  Thanks this week for the photo go to Roger Bultot. Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 Where Trees Are Fallen “Jarvis,the car! Get me away from these people.” “They’ve just returned you as their MP, for a second time sir.”  “And what happened to my previous majority?” “Yes that’s odd, especially as you were born here sir.” “We don’t mention that, remember?  “Sorry sir, I thought….” “You didn’t think, otherwise you wouldn’t have allowed that moron ...

Back to Blogging: Revisiting the Past & Embracing the Future

Back to Blogging: What’s Not to Love? “The heart of blogging is linking…linking and commenting. Connecting and communicating – the purpose of the Internet.” ~ George Siemens Your blog is your unedited version of yourself. ~ Lorelle Back to Blogging: Finding our way via Twitter Images... This week, my sistahs at The SITS Girls site have suggested some great ways to get our blogging shoes back on. For the entire week, we are to follow the prompts below, dig deep into our blogmunition and ...

Fun Flower Facts: Zinnia

Zinnias are brightly coloured flowers belonging to the Asteraceae family, where other members include asters, daisies, and sunflowers. Flowers vary in size, with diameters ranging from one inch to seven inches. They also vary in form; they might have a single, semi-double or double layers of petals. The zinnia is a hot-climate plant native to South America and southwestern United States. Zinnias are popular fresh cut flowers and are valued for their long stems and brightly-coloured blooms. Cut flowers should last ...

Life Accommodates Dreamers

Lately I’ve been enjoying some company, although I can’t really call them company because these two visit often, and seem more like family. Company requires a certain tour-guidey attentiveness, while these two require little attention, living their separate lives in my guest room down the hall. I call them Jessie & Jessie—you know, like those law firms with redundant titles like: Shyster Shyster and Lips, and although one of them is an attorney, I only do this because; well—both their names ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 21

Baby's development at 21 weeks - courtesy BabyCenter.com As I’ve written about before, my wife and I are thrilled to be expecting our third child in June of this year. We found out that we’re having a boy whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino” and this week marks his 21st week of gestational development. As background, I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of ...

Friends and Strangers Can Get People Talking to Each Other

Hubby and I were treated Sunday night to a delightful home-cooked dinner at our friend Anne’s friends Bonnie and Ron’s home—in a heretofore unexplored (by us) location. Our Garmin failed us as we neared their residence, and our sense of direction did, too. But luckily, the hostess had said they were on a circle, so we figured out we could keep going and we’d get another chance at it. I did joke, as we parked in the driveway, that anyone ...

Don't Answer it!

She looks at the caller ID readout, hesitant to answer, for one never knows what waits on the other end of a ringing telephone, particularly a call from a blocked number. Her stomach becomes involved in the decision of whether to answer or not, lurching with each ring, reaching up through her throat for the cell phone. Her mind joins in, curious and sharp. “It could be something important,” she whispers, unaware that she had whispered at all, and that ...

The Catchiest Song of All-Time (so says science)

It's happened to all of us. We hear a song and then we're humming it all day and can't get it out of our minds. According to a recent study out of the University of London, there's a scientific reason for it. According to a recent news release issued by the university, music psychologists have identified the scientific properties that give certain melodies the 'sing-along-able' factor. The research monitored the behaviour of thousands of people as they sang along to more than ...

Is Your Member of Congress Corrupt??

Sen. David Vitter (LA) allegedly bribed the Secretary of the Interior It's no surprise that most Americans have a low opinion of the members of Congress. In fact, Gallup's most recent Honest and Ethics survey of professionals found that congressional representatives and senators rank third from the bottom above car salespersons and congressional lobbyists. Congress has a glaring perception problem and another survey released last week makes it even worse. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) just released its annual list of the 19 ...

Another Glorious Mouth to Feed….

Over the past Thanksgiving  holiday, we tried to see as many members of our family as we could to share some BIG news! Apparently, my wife and I (mostly my wife) are pregnant with our third child – affectionately known as Junior Constantino or Junior “C” for short [see ultrasound photo insert taken at week 9]. As of today, 11/29/2012, the baby is 11 weeks old with a due date of June 19th, 2012. My wife and I are absolutely THRILLED at ...

“Don’t Judge Me…Let Me Judge You”

We judge people all the time by their appearance - image still, Mask copyright Universal Pictures The Inconsistent Irony of our Judgments One of the profound paradoxes of modern living is the self-proclaimed mantra, “Don’t judge me…” – which is often followed by  “…who are you to judge me?” Ironically that same accusatory statement of “…who are you to judge me…” is itself a declaratory judgment that “…you’re no better than me.” Again that’s a inconsistent judgment we all make. If we’re honest, we must ...

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Links to Nature Conservation on the Web

My updated list of links to nature conservation web resources. The list includes national and international organizations. For a list of rescue/rehabilitation services, visit your local government website. In Arizona, the list can be found here: AZ Game & Fish Dept. Please send corrections, updates, and additions to the nature conservation link list using the comment …

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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

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With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding …

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Take Action to Save Habitat: #Conservation Lands

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Habitat Concerns This post focuses on habitat conservation. The examples are in the U. S., but there are similar protection efforts in other countries. More are needed everywhere. A first step is to visit a protected area and learn first hand what is at stake. The major threat to Earth’s plants and animals is direct habitat destruction …

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Keeping Warm at the Art of Recycle

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Art of Recycle is one of the creative reuse shops in my area that I support. And, today, they need your, too. I first brought Art of Recycle to your attention back during their Etsy Craft Party, which was a load of fun, I might add. Now that colder weather has hit, their heating bill is …

Lancaster Creative Reuse

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A few weeks ago, my friend Jessica shot out of her office as she saw me pass by. “Jenn, I have to tell you something, ” she said, and proceeded to tell me about Lancaster Creative Reuse. The more she told me, the more I was interested. I got back to my office and checked out …

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Recycling water in the home

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Recycling Water Recycling in the home is one of my passions, so before disposing of anything from egg boxes and string to plastic bottles and containers I now ask myself “How can I reuse this item – either in its current form or in an alternative way?” It’s amazing how creative one can be! Recycling and conserving …

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Chevy Volt comes out….

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While I am not typically a Chevrolet fan, I was disappointed to read recently that the electric Chevrolet Volt is not meeting sales expectations, because the idea of the car, which is an extended-range plug-in hybrid, is so great. Then I saw this ad yesterday, released at this month’s Motor City Pride event in Detroit, and …

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