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 ...

How to protect your flowers during a heat wave

Summer is here. The sun is out. People are having fun outdoors. Life is pretty good. Can’t complain. But then, there are those summer days when it’s just WAY too hot to do anything. You are breaking a sweat just by standing there. Just like frost, too much heat isn’t good for your plants.  The dry heat and scorching temperatures can destroy your garden plants. Here are some helpful tips to keep your flowers from dying from the extreme heat: Prepare your ...

Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway! EASTERiffic $100 Gift eCard Giveaway from Educational Toys Planet Sponsored by EducationalToysPlanet.com Organized by Giveaway Booster Are you a parent who loves buying smart toys for your kids? Do you sometimes find the marketplace overwhelming because of all the junky toys you see? Educational Toys Planet will put a smile on your face. Better yet, you can enter to win this Easteriffic $100 gift for your child to buy some new toys there. So go for it! With the ...

Sunday in sunny Lucca

After a hectic few weeks, I have escaped to the sun in Tuscany. The family are here too and are busy finding the mercado as I sit with my feet in the pool, just chilling. As I haven’t written much lately, I thought perhaps you’d like to know that nothing is wrong and I’m enjoying a weeks rest and relaxation, though my 2 year old granddaughter may have other ideas. A few photos to share:

Peculiar Picture #6

Regular visitors to Chubby Chatterbox know that I was once a professional illustrator before shifting my attention to writing. I have a drawer full of peculiar pictures that have never been published, such as this one. Over the years this illustration has prompted a lot of smiles, but to my knowledge it’s never been published. It was born in a corner of my brain that I don’t always have access to, which is another way of saying it seemed like a ...

Picture This: Moments In The Snow…

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof Picture this: Captured Moments in the Snow #1 via eof The call came at 5:30am one morning, school will be closed and the kids can stay home and indulge in whatever their hearts desired. “Can they come stay at your house for a change?” Phina asked the recorded female voice… “I mean, with all the school ...

Fun Flower Facts: Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a genus of flowering evergreen trees and shrubs with more than 700 species native to Australia. Trees can range from 33ft to over 200 ft in height. Many of the species have glossy leaves covered with oil glands. The trees are easily characterized by their fluffy flowers, which can be white, yellow, pink or red.  Interestingly, these flowers don’t have petals; they have showy stamens instead. As well, most species don’t flower until adult foliage starts to appear. These ...

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 ...

Don’t Know Much About Geography???

I’m the first to admit that I slept through most of the geography classes I’ve “taken” throughout my academic career. [EdiTOR's Note: I use the word "taken" in the loosest sense of the term since that implies retention of knowledge on my part, which is not the case.] I’m not proud of that fact – I’m just being honest. That’s why I’m amazed by those individuals who know can pinpoint Timbuktu or Kathmandu on a globe or those who can easily answer questions ...

What My Teenaged Grandchildren Are Reading

Foggy mornings are great for reading. Over July 4 week we were fortunate to have a bunch o’ family with us, including three of the grandkids. They thanked me profusely for recent book gifts, and all three were partway through those books–but only one actually had the book with him. All three were in the midst of reading other books. That’s okay; they had all at least started, swore they were enjoying, and would finish them. I take them at their ...

7 Questions With an Author: Leon Hayduchok

Author, pastor, blogger and speaker – Leon Hayduchok It’s another installment of “7 Questions With Author…” and today’s featured writer is Leon Hayduchok, who recently authored his first book titled Dying to Control. Leon began his professional career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, LLP before earning his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and founding Cornerstone Community Church in Utica, NY. After pastoring Cornerstone for 9 years, Leon along with his wife and three daughters, relocated to Houston, Texas, where he now offers his ...

7 Questions With an Author: Danny Bader

Author, blogger, speaker: Danny Bader This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Danny Bader. Danny is an international trainer and speaker,  who uses his exceptional interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to help people really understand themselves and create a powerful vision for their lives. His passion and energy are contagious. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, three children and their dog, Nova. ...

Cautionary Tales

I’ve been busy transitioning from Maine to Florida for the winter. It’s not so much a culture shock as an environment shock. The day before we left our place in Maine, I took this (above) picture of the view outside our living room. Yesterday morning I took this (below) picture of the view outside our living room in Florida. Gary and I visited a friend in Bowie, MD, on the trip down. She’s widowed, 80-something, and living in a life community ...

It's On!

It’s a pretty day for living and I’m ready to take the stage. I’ve been quite sick for over a week now, but I believe today is different. The fog has lifted and my body feels like its old self again. I’m no longer aware that I have lungs. One needn’t feel their lungs, or their heart, throat, and ribs. These things should remain silent throughout the day, quietly attending to their tasks. So I feel well, and I have a beautiful ...

Adding to the “Favorites” Tab

One truck-owner’s approach to literature on Monhegan Island, Maine (photo copyright by Meredith Ann Rutter) Boy, I’ve read some pretty bad books lately. Of course, that’s just my opinion. But I think I enjoyed a higher percentage of my reads when I was younger because I still had so-o-o much to learn. Nowadays a book really has to tickle my funny bone or give me a look into some utterly fascinating other life to keep my attention. I read a book a ...

3 Things to Do When The Bad Guys Win

Bad things happen to good people, often at the hands of “bad” people. This recently happened to a friend of mine who lost the job they held for several years.  This person was a dedicated employee, strategic thinker and dynamic asset to their company. The only reason given for the termination was a “shift in organizational focus” which is business-speak for “we don’t need a reason.” While the individual received a severance package, it’s cold comfort knowing that quality employees can get ...

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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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