CJ's Birthday

Today is our son CJ’s thirty-fourth birthday. I don’t feel old enough to have a son that age, but the wrinkled face in the mirror assures me it’s true. Mrs. C. and I were twenty-eight and had already been married six years when we had our one and only child. Since we’ve known each other since high school it isn’t inconceivable that we could have a son in his forties. I shiver at the thought. Two reflections tango in my mind ...

Fun Flower Facts: Vanda Orchid

Photo Credit: Flickr user, orchidgalore Vanda or Vanda Orchid is a highly prized orchid valued for its large, fragrant, and long lasting flowers that come in many rich and vibrant colours, including blue, red, pink and yellow. Flowers grow to be 1-4 inches in diameter. The flower spikes will typically carry 8-10 blooms and arise from the base of the leaves. Leaves are typically flat, broad and strap-like, while some are fleshy (succulent-like). Vanda orchids are monopodial plants, which means they ...

The Orchid that Looks like a Bee!

I spy with my little eye a bee on a flower. Or do I? Upon a second glance, that’s not a bee at all! It’s a bee orchid, a type of orchid that looks like a bee resting on a pink flower! The Bee Orchid, (Ophrys Apifera) can be identified by its bee-shaped, brown and yellow lip and the two smaller antennae-like sepals, surrounded by two pink sepals. As well, the lip of the orchid is covered in fine hairs. The plant ...

Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul

“If we live truly, we shall see truly.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Taj Mahal in Agra, India Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Taj Mahal in Agra, India Easter Island Ahu Tongariki Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Easter Island Ahu Tongariki Petra, Jordan Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Petra, Jordan sandstone tombs in Petra Giza Pyramids, Egypt Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Giza Pyramids, Egypt Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan Inspiration: Twenty Travel Spots to Stir Your Soul... Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, ...

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails…

“Optimism is the light of God. It is a form of grace which allows you to be much more perceptive and to look at life with greater clarity.” Amma Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails… Monkeys at rest in an outdoor spa When I started my blog, back in 2008, I was a deer in headlights. I had no idea where it would lead or if it would last but, one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to add a ...

Gardening Inspirational Quotes

“If you have a Plant and a Garden, you have everything you need.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero “Gardening is not a rational act.” –Margaret Atwood “The Love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” –Gertrude Jekyll “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” -May Sarton “Garden as though you will live forever.” –William Kent “In search of my Mother’s Garden, I found my own.” ...

5 Easy to Grow Holiday Plants

Winter can be a depressing time of the year, especially with the lack of sunshine and fresh flowers from the garden. But there is a silver lining in those dark, gloomy clouds! You can grow these holiday plants in the comfort of your home. Not only are these plants easy to grow, they will brighten up your home with a burst of colour! And they will improve your mood and relieve all the stress surrounding the holiday season! Grow one today! Here ...

A Silent Star

Hello fellow Friday Fictioneers, hope you’ve all had a good week.  Mine has been hectic, got back from holiday last week (will post about it soon) to a pile of emails – do emails pile? Anyway, there were quite a lot of the little devils waiting for an answer… Today, once again we bow to the summons from  Madame Rochelle - thankfully she is still in charge of the proceedings, and to the photographic skills this week of Kent Bonham. 100 words are ...

My Nearly Famous Daughter....

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from our county's department of environmental protection telling us that our oldest daughter had been recommended by her school to audition for a countywide talent search for a radio public service announcement (PSA) recording. A short-time thereafter, our 9-year old completed a telephone audition with the county worker overseeing the PSA program who gave her the "job" on the spot. After a few weeks, our daughter visited the number one radio station ...

Young and Old and a Goal-Driven Author

In the 1990s I was fortunate to make the acquaintance and eventually become a four-time publisher of Dr. William H. Thomas. Here’s a link to his 2004 nonfiction book What Are Old People For? Quoting from elsewhere on that publishing site, the below will give you an idea about the man: Winner of the Heinz Award for the Human Condition and named as one of America’s Best Leaders by the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Bill Thomas is a geriatrician ...

NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress Report #2

One of my characters, an antagonist, surprised me the other day with a move I didn’t plan. How cool is that? Then I had to decide whether I could live with that move, and if so, what it would mean to my protagonist(s). I decided to follow the antagonist’s lead. She has added a layer of complexity that will take more time/words to play out, but that’s okay. Anything that’s more like real life has to make better reading. A major ...

7 Questions With an Author: Karen H. Sherman, PhD.

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Dr. Karen Sherman who is a licensed psychologist who focuses on relationships. In her own words here's part of her mission as a counselor: I work with people in a number of ways - in private practice, teaching college courses, and now more "public" education through my books and other products. I truly ...

Wedded Blisters - Part 10: Dinner Debate - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded Blisters" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #10 deals with the biggest question every couple faces - where to eat out for dinner!  The links other recent episodes follow the video below.  Please let me know what ...

Waiting in Line for Life

I recently went to a nearby fast food joint for a quick lunch of chili and a diet soda, tenaciously avoiding the delectable, but deadly, cheeseburger and fries. While I was in line waiting to order my skinny girl feast I noticed a man in front of me who looked to be about my age but with a little more wear. His hair was salt and sunshine blond, loosely pulled back into a ponytail, allowing a crop of stray hairs ...

Shock and Gawk

Eating Life Raw (ELR) was conceived from a genuine desire to speak with undaunted honesty about life, resulting in a cathartic release for me and hopefully an inspiring and stimulating experience for you, the reader. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit “goody-two-shoes” editing myself in order to please the agents of the world who may, or may not, be visiting ELR. I’m seeking to get my novel, Cosette’s Tribe, published, and in doing so I think I’ve omitted some of ...

4 Tips to Beat the Honey Do List

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Jacob Aaron Here’s a guest post from a great writer, Marie Ortiz, who’s a part-time staff writer for www.DIYMother.org and a full time social media manager. She is a mother to two beautiful girls and enjoys teaching them and watching them grow. She loves to share her findings along the way. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ======================== My husband and I have been married for ten years and together, we made and ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

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Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake. After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance …

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An Ending and a Beginning – all on the same day

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Yesterday afternoon marked the end of the Launch Conference that I’ve been attending since Sunday. It has truly been a tremendous learning experience. The video blog below marks my third installment of the trip and I recorded it late yesterday afternoon. I talk about the close of the Launch Conference and the start of the SCORRE Conference, which was just …

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Have No Fear – How to SCORRE as a Speaker

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The fact remains that one of the top fears that people have – even more than the fear of death – is the fear of public speaking. I’m not a counselor or psychiatrist, but the best way that I’ve overcome fears in life is by facing them. That’s one of the reasons I’m attending the Launch and …

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Has Indiana Forsaken Democracy?

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It has been reported that despite public polls showing strong opposition to a “Right To Work” Law, such a law was passed in the state of Indiana without debate recently and opponents are said to be crying “Foul” about it. In explaining what a “Right To Work” Law really is, some observers have noted that these …

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How To Save Money On Frozen Foods!

Opinion by John Liming I admit it! I am a fat guy and I am sometimes a lazy guy to boot! When I was working, before I retired, I used to come home from a hot, hard day at the plant and plop face down on my bed in an air conditioned room contemplating whether or not …

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Dominance Games: Know no evil

Dominance Games / Politics If you can trust the federal government to regulate and bureaucratize and mismanage any problem to death then you can trust private enterprise to squeeze out and throw away anything but profits, put firewalls up against accountability, pay off those who need be paid off and have no one available speak to …

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Are You Making It?

Opinion Posted by John Liming (Thursday, October 6th at 9:00 AM EST USA)—-So, are you enjoying this economy bequeathed to you and your family from eight years of run-away spending and waste by the Republican Government from approximately 2001 to 2009? Are you completely happy with the way that The Party of No has obstructed ever single …

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