Happy Father's Fay

This was one of my first posts when I launched Chubby Chatterbox last year. It wasn’t intended for Father’s Day, but it seems appropriate. THE SHAPE OF THINGS On our way home from the barbershop when I was a kid, Dad would take a moment to tell me what a great haircut I’d gotten, adding, “It’s because you have such a nicely shaped head.” Dad was an extremely upbeat guy, always finding something positive to say, which couldn’t have been easy when it ...

Baby Bunnies Born in a Flower Pot

  Six adorable baby bunnies were discovered last week by Jeanne Smith of Detroit Lakes. As the volunteer gardener, she was watering the planters when she noticed something strange in the planter. At first she thought it was a mouse or a rat, but upon closer inspection, she realized they were baby bunnies. Laying in the soil, beneath the shade of the flowers laid baby bunnies so young, they didn’t even have their eyes open. The mother rabbit was nowhere to been seen. ...

The Law of Giving and Self Help

I'm starting to understand how giving can truly support overall mind body health and wellness. In Deepak Chopra's book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Law Number 2 is The Law of Giving and Receiving. Excerpt from Deepak's book: "The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives." I'd recommend reading ...

Our Favourite Flower Quotes

Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog, we love flowers and what they represent! These beauties are definitely a source of inspiration and happiness. Not only do fresh flowers bring beauty and brighten up our homes and workplaces, they make us feel better during tough times. Flowers can cheer up the sick and the lonely, as well as making loved ones feel loved and appreciated. That being said, quotes about flowers remind us of the beauty and carefree nature of ...

Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter: What Would You Do?

I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.” Dylan Farrow Candle lit for victims of violence Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In 1992, at age 7, she accused Woody Allen of sexually abusing her. The ensuing custody battle case wound its way through the courts eventually giving Mia custody of the children and exonerating Mr. Allen of child molestation. Frank Maco, a Connecticut prosecutor on the case, ...

2013 Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

While most people around the world are getting ready to go back to school or back to their normal routines, the town of Zundert in the Netherlands celebrates September with a world-famous flower festival! Every year since 1936, Zundert organizes the world’s largest flower festival on the first Sunday of September. Tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world come to see the extraordinary, larger-than-life floats in fantastical characters and shapes. Amazingly, all the floats at the Bloemencorso Zundert ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

“In the end, it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”  Amber Frey Weekly Writing Challenge: LIfe Around The Suburban Block. Emma came round to say hello! Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block. Farm life thrives amid verdant meadows I live in the suburbs. We’ve all heard the jabs and jokes about the sterility and paranoia of suburban life. Some of it is probably true, but all of suburban life isn’t picket fences, mowed lawns and lives ...

Confession

I confess that I’m not my cheery self this morning. I’m feeling a bit low lately. The Connecticut shootings are weighing heavily on my mind. What’s worse is that I’m having difficulty separating all of these shootings. They’re beginning to blur. We even had one here in Oregon a few days ago at the Clackamas Town Center not far from where I live. I’m saddened to think that Christmas shoppers in Oregon and twenty-six Connecticut children and their teachers are sacrificial ...

Graciousness in Author Johanna Moran

Instead of a reading (though it was offered) and instead of a podium-style speech (too much standing), author Johanna Moran gave a recent bookstore audience a talk-show experience. This was the first time I’d gone to one of these author talks/booksignings and found two big stuffed chairs at the front of the room instead of a table as the main prop. Moran took the chair on the right, and her friend Elsie Souza took the chair on the left. I assume ...

The Hunger Games Parody

Last week, the much anticipated  feature film version of The Hunger Games by author Suzanne Collins opened at a blockbuster pace earning $155 million in its first three days. I’m fairly certain that my blog post from last Friday – The Psychiatric Couch: The Hunger Games – was a significant driver for the movie’s third best opening weekend in history. You’re welcome, Ms. Collins! For the uninitiated, here is a three sentence summary of the popular book series: The Hunger Games trilogy is set ...

1st Radio Interview for My Book!!!

Last night, I had the opportunity to talk about my new, best-selling book A Question of Faith with Phoenix-based radio talk show host Michael Ray Dresser, his nightly topical radio show is titled Dresser After Dark. If you’re interested, here’s my 15-minute interview in its entirety: If you’re interested in my book, I’m offering a special  limited time offer this week. Click the link below for details at how you can get your copy of A Question of Faith as well as 60 Bonus ...

The Future is Here: 3D Printing to the Rescue

We’ve talked about the future of design before and are always excited to see the latest innovations taking place around us. But I think it’s safe to say that no one anticipated the future to be here so soon! Imagine you’re planning a dinner party for family and friends. You want the perfect centerpiece or decadent, confections for the occasion. But instead of contacting your favorite bakery, you simply go to your kitchen because the perfect chef is already there – ...

Don’t Cripple Your Message….

For the past 13 years I’ve worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public Affairs. So that means I spend a lot of time writing and editing a variety of speeches, news releases, talking points and presentations. From time-to-time I’ll attend workshops or conferences to sharpen my writing skills. It was at one such conference that I saw the most unfortunate typo ever. A professional was set to deliver a PowerPoint slide presentation to us in the audience. I’m not sure ...

Funny Friday Video: NASCAR Prayer Put to Song

Fridays are a great time to loosen up here at The Daily ReTORt and share a laugh heading into the weekend. Personally, I could use a laugh myself. Even though we're still on vacation, I've shared some challenging trials and tribulations we've experienced this week - Our Humorless Children and My Toothpaste Fiasco respectively - which neccesitate a dose of humor. In that regard, here's a funny video from some folks who never disappoint in the business of funny - The Gregory ...

The Key to a Better Marriage is Laughter

Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he drank his fair-trade, organic, Rainforest Alliance decaffeinated green tea before it was cool. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t quit my day job and become a comedian after that joke but laughter, humor and comedy are integral parts of our culture. We love to laugh. Many people have careers that consist of making people laugh, but did you know it is also a crucial component to your marriage and relationships? My wife (Jen) and I have found that laughter ...

My Emergency Room Confession

In the ER with chest pain... I had no intention of sharing this recent episode in my family’s life, but it’s becoming such a large part – it’s difficult to avoid. For starters, I’ve got an irregular heart beat which means my cardiac ticker tends to tock when it should tick. It’s not been an issue – until recently. On Wednesday, August 29th at 6:45pm I had to call 911 to have an ambulance take me to the hospital for severe chest pain. They ...

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Birth Control

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I am a middle aged female that has worked with the public most of my adult life. I have watched the poor suffer due to lack of medical care. Our medical system is broken and has been for many years. Not everyone gets the care they need. I feel the Birth Control issue was brought about by politics and I for one am sick of it. People should be our concern not Democrats or Republicans. …

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The United States of UN?; What happened to the State of Michigan?

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U.N. to intervene in Detroit water shutoffs. Talks on ‘human-rights violations’ planned with Obama administration? UNITED NATIONS – Watch out, Detroit. Here comes the United Nations. WND has learned that after issuing a statement last week condemning Detroit’s decision to send water shut-off notices to tens of thousands of customers behind in their payments, the U.N now plans …

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“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”. The coming mid terms. “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Hate beats weakness. Dislike beats “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Mean beats “Oh my God …

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No dishonor to the ‘merican people

No dishonor to the ‘merican people We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We stand for Freedom …

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Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks.

Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks. We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We …

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…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy

…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy Hickory dickory dock Authoritarians up the clock Authoritarians here ….. domestic enemies they be Authoritarians there …… can-do lethal strong men who know how to act, lead, be the shirtless strong man of my dreams… Authoritarians, if possible, everywhere ….. our kind …. we see through this prism well …. we suffer from …

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St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up…

St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up once upon a time in Lebanon What to do? What to do? What to do? Expert as I be, they say, in foreign affairs and the history of the world and the strategic nature of conflict among nations … Expert as I be, they …

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