Learn How to Make Chocolate Flowers!

Nothing says Christmas quite like chocolate! People love to give and receive chocolate. It’s the perfect no-fuss, no hassle gift. In fact, during the holiday season, retailers sell more boxed chocolates than any other time of the year. But you know what’s better than boxed chocolate? Chocolate flowers, flowers that are made with delicious, mouthwatering chocolate! It sounds fancy, but this video tutorial from www.howtocookthat.net will show you how easy it can be to make your own chocolate flowers: Materials: rolling pin or ...

French Lessons

Mrs. Chatterbox and I were recently discussing our trip to France last year. We had a great time and experienced none of the snootiness for which Paris (excluding the rest of France) is famous. This wasn’t so in ’76 when we were newlyweds and backpacking through Europe with a copy of Frommer’s Europe on Ten Dollars a Day. Back then we had several interesting experiences in Paris that involved ordering food in restaurants. First, I need to confess that I speak ...

Sex And The Senile Girl

Conversations with my mother can be disturbing (Check out my recent post What Do You Believe In?) but she also makes me laugh. I call every morning to check on her. This morning’s conversation went like this: “Good morning, Mom. What are you doing?” “Same as always. Surviving.” Surviving is her favorite response when asked what she’s doing. “You sound a bit listless. You okay?” “Just tired. Couldn’t sleep last night.” “Anything bothering you?” “I’m eighty-seven years old. EVERYTHING bothers me.” “Anything interesting happening at The ...

Christmas Plants that are Poisonous for Pets

Christmas just wouldn’t feel quite like Christmas without traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias and holly decking our halls. Holiday plants add colour and holiday cheer to our homes. However, pet owners should take some precaution. Many of the popular Christmas plants are toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. Pets can become quite ill. In fact, the holiday season is one of the busiest for vets. But these health scares can be easily avoided by keeping these poisonous plants away from ...

A Killer Case of the Hickeys

Update: Grandma Chatterbox had her surgery yesterday and all appears to be well. The doctors had to remove a foot of damaged bowel and my mother claims they dropped her on the floor after surgery while transferring her to the gurney for the trip to the recovery room. The doctors say this never happened and that drugs can play games with your imagination. Mom believes there’s a conspiracy afoot and she’s demanding an investigation—sounds like the old Mom, full of ...

Chocolate: Food Of The Gods…

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz Chocolate: Food Of The Gods... Truffles... Chocolate: Food Of The Gods... Most expensive Chocolate Truffle - $250 La Madeline au Truffe from Knipschildt Chocolate: Food Of The Gods... Whiskey Chocolate cake Do you love Chocolate? Before you take another bite of that delectable treat you’re holding in your hand, ask yourself: Where does chocolate come from? Early this afternoon, I listened to Michel Martin of  npr.org‘s  Tell ...

Imagine: Ten Years from Now…

“My past is my wisdom to use today. . . my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides.” Gene Oliver Imagine: Ten Years from Now… Futuristic flying by Albert Robida (1902) It seems like only yesterday, perhaps ages ago for some, when we first logged into our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or MySpace accounts, picked up our Kindle to read the latest from a favorite author, reached for our iPhone to call a ...

Fun Flower Facts: Oriental Poppy (Papaver Orientale)

The Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale), one of the prettiest flowering perennials in the late spring/early summer garden, is prized for its big, airy blooms that come in gorgeous shades of red, pink, orange and white. This type of poppy typically has four petals. Sometimes the base of the flower will have dark red or violet spots. These beauties can be seen from late May to about July. This is a clump forming plant, with hairy and dense leaves. Oriental poppies ...

So She Said

A while back I was contemplating my advanced spiritually—how I had come so far from the pain of my past, growing into a confident woman needing nothing to validate or complete her. I was feeling strong and autonomous. Looking back on it now perhaps I was a bit overly confident, but hey, I worked hard for that confidence, so what if I walked with a swagger. It was at this point that life challenged me—silently watching as I ran headlong into ...

Predicting Our Baby’s Gender….

Baby Predictor My wife is 19 weeks pregnant today, and this afternoon we’re going to her doctor for an ultrasound to (hopefully) determing the baby’s gender. [NOTE: our fingers are crossed that the baby's legs won't be...] That’s the kind of people we are – we don’t like surprises and we even peek and partially unwrap Christmas presents to alleviate the suspense. Don’t judge us! Anyway, before we try the scientific method of knowing the baby’s sex we decided to try a completely ...

Wisdom: 10 Words or Less…

A common carving on DC monuments where we live Here’s a quick-and-dirty ranking of the pithiest, most useful kernels of wisdom I’ve learned in life thus far. Each is actionable and well worth additional study and investigation. Please comment with other concise, worthy insights but remember the actual phrase must be 10-words or less: 10. A Quiet Word Turns Away Wrath – this is perhaps one of the most useful snippets on this list. I don’t care if it’s an argument in ...

Tinker Toy Traumas

My time here in Massachusetts is coming to a close. This Saturday I’ll jet south to where palms sway, the sun restores, and little dogs dance around my ankles. I’m a bit in denial — trying to slow down time, for although I can’t wait to get home, this Worcester girl is a bit reluctant to leave. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a roller coaster visit click clicking me to the apex of heightened suspension — pausing just long enough ...

A Memorable Date Night With My Daughters

Our two girls on our “date” last night One of the best books I read shortly after the birth of our oldest daughter – nearly 11 years ago – was titled What a Difference a Daddy Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Dad Leaves on His Daughter’s Life by Dr. Kevin Lehman. I found this book to be very insightful and helpful as a new father. The most important lesson this book taught me was the crucial role that the opposite gender parent plays ...

Understanding Daylight Saving Time…

This Saturday, we set our clocks ahead in the semi-annual ritual of Daylight Saving Time, which used to occur like clockwork every six months here in America. However, the observance of this event in the U.S. got an update in 2007, when Daylight Saving Time was extended by one month creating a window that runs from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and lasts until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. The change was implemented under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 ...

Book Marketing, Part 3 (and a Rant)

Over a July 4 holiday visit to the East Coast, my sister had the opportunity to visit the Strand Bookstore in New York City, about which she raved to me in a recent communique. Once I got over my intense jealousy that she (1) was in New York City and (2) discovered a great bookstore, I got online and checked it out. For some reason the “embed video” code isn’t working for this one, but here’s the link: http://youtu.be/-dWBuFFxTMw. Copy ...

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 ...

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Oxygenated Water Nonsense

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Junk science in the marketplace Unless you have gills, it’s just an expensive burp! Part 1 Oxygenated water (also known as “ super-oxygenated” water) is offered at hundreds of Web sites. I highly recommend it if you happen to be a fish, but if you have lungs that breathe air, then forget about it! All water that has been …

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Back to School: Part 2A School-Based Physical Therapy

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Many children who have severe special needs and attend public schools will receive a “related service” called Physical Therapy through their IEP. In many cases, these children are neurologically affected because of a brain insult, i.e. stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, genetic mutations, metabolic disorders, etc. These diagnoses result in movement disorders …

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ABR Egg Rolling Demonstration on Adam ..Separating Upper Ribs from the Clavicles

The New, Improved Egg Rolling Exercise…a demonstration of refinements to the egg rolling exercise by Leonid Blyum. This video focuses on selection, hand technique and work on separation of the clavicle from the 1st and 2nd ribs and their connection to the manubrium. The fusion of the myofascial fibers result from their collapse during the aftermath …

ABR Evaluation, April 2012

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We were able to participate in a two hour evaluation of the history of Adam’s progress over the past year of ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation). Leonid Blyum, through a pictorial history of Adam’s body was able to demonstrate the changes in his core stability, thoracic expansion, vertebral lengthening and pelvic floor adjustment. Positive changes in …

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Birth Control, Breast Cancer, and Boring Marriages

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I was reading the Scientific American Mind when I ran across a tiny little blurb about relationship satisfaction and the use of oral contraceptives. It goes on to say that women who take the Pill prefer men with lower testosterone levels and all the trademark characteristics of a less masculine man. Birth control pills trick …

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Psychopharmacology

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Meanwhile back at the “Happy Fat Cats” lab, professor Zimothy Bleary makes a discovery: Check it out, he bellows! All heads rotate in the direction of Bleary’s voice. Inside the monkey holding cells, alive with disease and death, terrified primates huddle tight; tuck themselves into corners, as if they’re hoping not to be discovered. Horrified eyes cry …

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Quality of Life…A Concept Which Has Outlived Its Usefulness

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I have a dream…that the phrase “quality of life” will be forever banned from our language. These words, which I encounter on a daily basis, provide no meaning, no clarity, no objectivity and do confuse to no end. These words contribute to a judgmentalism which often results in a rejection of life, of living and …

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