Mulching 101

Every gardener should mulch. It is one of the simplest and most effective practices to control weeds and improve the soil, while beautifying your garden without much effort! A layer of mulch will create a “professional” looking garden! There are many different types of mulch available. What is mulch? Mulching is adding a layer of material, such as grass clippings, leaves, bark chips and straw, to cover the soil in a gardening bed. Types of Mulch: Photo Credit: Flickr user, t0msk Leaves and Grass Clippings: ...

On Censorship: Millions Say No To SOPA & PIPA…

“The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.” Henry Steele Commager On Censorship: Millions Say No To SOPA & PIPA... World Map of Internet Censorship... Internet censorship by country- click on the link for explanation of the color coding. Lilac shows areas of pervasive censorship. Call your elected officials. Tell them you are their constituent, and you oppose SOPA and PIPA. Why? SOPA and PIPA ...

Inspiration: The Nearest Window…

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” Tom Peters Inspiration: The Nearest Window... what I see... a dragonfly on a lilybud Inspiration: The Nearest Window... a dragonfly amongst the garden foliage What are your eyes drawn to when you look out your window?   The window could be the one in your home, your car, your lens, your eyes, even the inner window where we see things that a camera cannot capture… Whenever I look out my window, I ...

A Family Tree

Once again we fire up our little grey cells and try to come up with a germ of an idea.  An idea that will grow into another piece of fiction fit for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for her dedication and time, keeping Friday Fictioneers growing straight and true. Courtesy Scott Vanatter. Permission-Copyright Indira Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 A Family Tree After the war we had nothing. Stripped of our possessions, we wandered the land searching for food, shelter, kindness. Maria, mourning her child, lost her mind. Men found ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. William Makepeace Thackeray Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Reflection: the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it: the reflection of light; an amount of light, heat, or sound that is reflected by a body or surface: the reflections from the street lamps gave them just enough light; an image seen in a mirror or ...

Inspiration: Happily In Service…

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35 Recently, I connected with a group of bloggers committed to addressing issues of poverty in a compassionate way. Each month, a topic is shared  to write on and contemplate. This month, the topic is about Service and the questions: Which bible ...

Tips on Growing Hydrangea

Hydrangea is one of the most popular summer garden plants! They are very much beloved for their big, beautiful blooms that come in many pretty colours, such as pink, purple, blue and white. These beauties will add colour, beauty and texture to the landscape. They can be grown in garden beds or in containers. Plus, they make wonderful cut flowers and are a favourite with summer brides! Here are some tips to make the most out of your hydrangea plants: Hydrangeas, especially ...

Photos: Empire State Building In Successive Iteration

“He may be more potent than any other man. The damnable iteration day after day of earnest conviction wears like the dropping of the water upon the stone.” William Thomas Stead Empire State In Color collage EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN BW COLLAGE A few years ago, I took my first shot of the Empire State Building. Then, last fall, I noticed that part of it juts out near a building by the Church I attend in Manhattan and so I took another one. ...

Omniscient Soul Mate

Closing your eyes for what seems like a moment, you awaken to find that you’ve been transported… carried across a timeless threshold and placed in the arms of an embracing light. This white-hot love, pulsing with the intensity of a thousand suns, slices through the tender folds of your failing heart, releasing your captive soul from its fleshy cage. You surrender, smitten, oblivious to the waning world as it loosens its boney grip from your life. “Where am I?” You ask, timidly ...

Parenting Tips From a Friend – Guest Post

Tor, I know you’ve done this before. You have two beautiful young girls. You’re a great dad. You’ve raised them well. But you’re rusty. It’s been a while since you’ve had a brand new young’n. I thought I’d give you some tips on what’s changed since you’ve been out of practice. Poop No change. Still stinky and manages to get places you’d rather it didn’t. Food It’s not just Gerber jars of greenish goo anymore. The cool new trend is to make it yourself from purely hippie, ...

3 Questions Regarding 9/11 and You....

Image of Firefighters at Ground Zero As we all know, this coming Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country. Here are three questions about that day that I'd like you to answer in the comments section. 1. Where were you on Tuesday, September 11th 2001 when you found out about the attacks? I was working for Frontier Communications, a telephone/Internet service company in Rochester New York, as the Director of Corporate Communications.  I was in a one-on-one meeting ...

The Vision of Faith

This past weekend I saw a powerful locker room speech delivered by NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano. The set-up for the video below is important – so bear with me. In January, Pagano took over the leadership roll of the hapless Colts who managed to win only two games last season and lost 14. Their star quarterback Peyton Manning sat on the bench recovering from a series of neck surgeries. During the off-season, the Colts traded Manning and recruited college ...

One Thing Government Can NOT Do…

Politics as usual this 2012 election year. We can expect to see more political ads on TV and signs with politicos’ names spiked in lawns across the country during the next several months as we head into a critical presidential election season. With the political fervor ramping up, so will the rhetoric and hyped-up promises for “change” at the local, state and national levels. It’s what politicians, politics and our government tend to do – over promise and under deliver with a premium price tag ...

A Great Blogging Death Match!!! (sort of)

A couple months ago I found a great blog, www.robshep.com, by Rob Shepherd, he's the Director of Community Groups and Students at Waters Edge Church near Virginia Beach, VA. Rob is a gifted blogger who writes on a range of topics with a forte in funny. One of my favorite posts he created was The First Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge, (see the image insert that Rob had commissioned for this single blog post) it was a brilliantly funny homage to some of the best faith-based ...

Sticky Intimacy

The morning yawns awake its amber brilliance revives me. String me up with the sun I want to peek at the world through the oaks. I’m weary of this limited view ground zero with the lilacs. The sky is audience to the dark bumblebee’s dance navigating virgin blossoms yet missing out on the bruising intimacy of bee’s sticky feet and the swooning perfume of pollination. From afar it only seems romantic.

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 13

It’s another installment of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest  last week. Regrettably, there were two laugh-out-loud standouts that I couldn’t choose between. The deciding factor was when I saw the “Mayhem” Allstate Insurance commercial again this weekend which inspired Jamie Kocur’s winning caption. Check out the “Mayhem” video HERE as a reminder and then Jamie’s oh-so apropos caption below. My BFF Becky just texted that she’s kissed Johnny. That’s a ...

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Remembrance Day – ‘We will remember them’

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‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.’ From the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon

Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served…

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“Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served… Raw: Pres Obama Lays Wreath at Arlington Today, in America, we honor the armed service men and women who put country before self. Veterans Day, also known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day; is a time when we …

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Afghanistan Diary Part 13- Moving Day- 5 November, 2011

A few days ago we convoyed up to what is to be the Super Bowl of our missions. Whitehouse, as the Patrol Base is named, is where we are to build two HLZ’s from scratch. Moving even further north has seemed to up the potential for enemy contact. We are up with 3rd reconnaissance battalion and 1st battalion, 6th Marine regiment, …

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Afghanistan Diary Part 12- Duty…Or Is It Doodie?

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Today the wind is blowing in just the right direction to present me with the lovely aroma of burning excrement. Yes, out here away from the lovely invention of plumbing and septic systems lies the land of burning pits of poo. This is our way of continuing our “doodies” without creating disease and plague. Some may not find this topic …

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Waiting for Johnny

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flight deck of an aircraft carrier This is based on a factual story told me: “I worked the flight deck. Lots of us had to, and it was a job! We had to get the planes ready, then when they came back, we had to make sure they landed OK, and it was dangerous then if the …

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That Damn War!

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Hi Guys: Dad (a.k.a. Chubby Chatterbox) is still on vacation but he wrote this before he and Mom left for Turkey. He asked me to post this for him. C.J. I remember Dad pounding his fists on the kitchen table so hard that his coffee mug tipped over. I watched as he did nothing to clean up the …

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12 Marathons in 12 Months for Wounded Soliders

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Eddy and me after the 2009 Frederick Marathon with our friend Aaron in the “heat sheet” I’ve known Eddy Horn for about 5 years, but we didn’t become friends until he and I started training for my first full marathon back in 2009. This photo shows he and me after we finished that race together in the …

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