Musings: Patience Is A Virtue…

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”  Saint Francis de Sales Musings: Patience Is A Virtue... Retrain your brain... If you have children, you probably heard the refrain “Are we there yet?” when they were young. As they grew older, they stopped asking and found other ways to stay entertained. I wish I could say that ...

Jake and the Dolphin

Thanks to Rochelle for shepherding the Friday Fictioneers throughout the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed posting a story almost every week, and thanks to constructive comments from some very talented writers, I feel my writing has improved a great deal. The lovely photo this week is courtesy of Jean Hays – I seem to remember having another of her beautiful stained glass panes as a previous prompt. Not long now until Christmas, only five sleeps as youngest son told me (he is ...

Remembrance Day – ‘We will remember them’

‘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

Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day…

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” Sigmund Freud Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… I love you ♥I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin. ♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence. ♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul. ♥I send loving ...

The Most Beautiful Sound

A fellow blogger recently listed a few of her favorite things and one of the items, a classic TV sitcom, brought a smile to my face and made me remember one of the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard. It was ’76 and Mrs. C. and I were on a bus riding from Patras to Athens, a journey that didn’t look long on a map but seemed endless on a bus with clucking chickens and grunting pigs. Mrs. C. and I ...

Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

By: Nanci Wilson I might be the stereotypical grandmother. I bake for my grandchildren. I spend a lot of time in my garden. And I’ve made it very clear that though the yard is a free zone to run around, the flower beds are not to be trampled on. Yes, my hobbies are predictably grandmotherly, but I just do things I enjoy- things that make me happy. Flowers probably make me happy because of my memories of my own grandma’s house when ...

Haiku: Think Pink…

“Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Think Pink while you wait… For your mammography results Love meets awareness. Think Pink and hold on… For your kid’s birthday balloons Love floats towards you Think Pink … remember A Breast exam reminder Two hearts linked as one Since the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation gave ...

Luminescent Flowers will be available soon!

Luminescent Blooms created with Galassia Flowers spray. (photo credit: bioconst.com) An Australian Professor, Mark Tester and his team of scientists have made the worlds first formula which makes flora appear to be luminescent. Released to the world only yesterday, the company Galassia Flowers is already receiving requests from floral companies around the globe. Prof. Tester said the formula makes flowers “look like a galaxy of stars” and that “they look like glistening jewels”. Looking at these pictures I have to agree! In order ...

Vacation Anxiety...Really???

My husband Mike and I are about to head out on a much deserved two day vacation. Okay, maybe it’s just a staycation, seeing that we’re not going far, but being in Florida…in February, makes even a staycation something special. We’re heading across the state to Fort Lauderdale, where white sandy beaches, interesting restaurants, and friends and family are awaiting us.It’s been a while since we’ve gone away and I have a shopping list of activities planned, including a trip ...

Don't Answer it!

She looks at the caller ID readout, hesitant to answer, for one never knows what waits on the other end of a ringing telephone, particularly a call from a blocked number. Her stomach becomes involved in the decision of whether to answer or not, lurching with each ring, reaching up through her throat for the cell phone. Her mind joins in, curious and sharp. “It could be something important,” she whispers, unaware that she had whispered at all, and that ...

Unwrapping Christmas

I posted this piece a year ago when I had few readers, so I thought it would be nice to sort of repeat myself by reposting some thoughts on the holiday. Enjoy;) People all over the world are preparing for Christmas 2011. Holiday specials tug at the heartstrings, while citizens race to the post office, eager to mail their last minute tidings. The rich, wrapped in cashmere and Gucci, sip from crystal goblets, thankful for another successful year. The poor, cocooned ...

Are You a Builder or Breaker???

Builder or Breaker? - image via 123RF I heard this poem years ago and happened to stumble across it while reading this past weekend – it poses a provocative question for us all. I saw them tearing a building down, A group of men in a busy town, With hefty blow and lusty yell, They swung with zest, And a side wall fell. Asked of the foreman, “Are these men skilled? The kind you would hire if you had to build?” He looked at me, and laughed, “No, indeed! Unskilled labor is ...

Has iPad Finally Jumped the Shark?

Fonzie “Jumps the Shark” – Wikipedia During the late 1970s and early 80s the most popular show on television was ABC’s “Happy Days.” The Cunninghams and Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli were members of the family – until Fonzie jumped the shark – literally. The phrase “jump the shark” relates to the episode during the series’ twilight when the cast went to Hawaii and the daredevil Fonzie had to water-ski jump over a shark tank for some contrived sense of honor. After that point, critics and ...

Where Father Figures, Figure in the Family

Here’s a great guest post from a blogging buddy of mine Jared Latigo. Jared is a writer, speaker and passion guy. His vision in life is to have more people love their work than ones that hate it. Be sure to check out his blog at JaredLatigo.com or follow him on Twitter @JaredLatigo. Here’s his post: ———————————————- I’m on a mission in this life to figure out exactly where I “fit.” Maybe you are too? Good. We’ll get along just fine then. But often I get ...

Clownish Celebrity Parenting

Last week, actress and ultra-all-natural mom Alicia Silverstone (who ironically starred in the movie Clueless) posted a home video on YouTube. In the clip she proceeded to feed her son – named Bear – by first chewing the food herself – and then feeding him mouth-to-mouth. Perhaps she might want to consider renaming Baby Bear something more appropriate, to something like…oh, I don’t know…perhaps Baby Bird – since she’s modeling the aviary regurgitation practice. Here’s the video: The first time I saw the video ...

The Most Unfortunate Typo Ever

"Public" signs have new meaning... For the past 13 years I've worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public Affairs. 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 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 the audience of which I ...

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So Many Castles, So Little Time

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Those exit signs take a little getting used to. After leaving Cologne, we made our way back to Weissenthurm to meet up with some friends for dinner. Thought Number One: Seeing New Places Cologne is only an hour north of Andernach, we had plenty of time prior to meeting at the Pfeffermuhle restaurant to finish our exploration …

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Empire The Show

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Empire The Show with a difference or two! We went to Newcastle this weekend to see the show Empire. It is like a cross between Cirque Du Soleil and your local circus that comes to town. However one of its main points of difference is that it is really adult entertainment with a burlesque element to …

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David Cameron visits the sleepy town of Aljezur

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Aljezur Market – Western Algarve, Portugal The sleepy town of Aljezur, in the Western Algarve, is now well and truly on the map after the British Prime Minister and his wife Samantha visited the local market to buy squid. I wonder what they thought of Aljezur? And did the Portuguese stallholders even know who they were? Aljezur …

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Arizona Damselflies and Dragonflies Status Update

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Damselflies and Dragonflies belong to the order Odonata (“toothed ones”). They are carnivorous predators whose earliest fossils occur in Pennsylvanian sediments deposited about 325 million years ago. Evolution chanced upon an efficient form for these creatures; only small changes have occurred for the last 200 million years. Compare that to mammal predators, most of which …

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A summer beach in Cardiff Bay… and a little bit of history

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According to statistics, the summer of 2013 is the best in the UK for seven years. Making the most of the lovely weather is the Cardiff Beach, a new attraction that has transformed Roald Dahl Plass in Mermaid Quay. There are live bands, lots of eating places, traditional seaside rides and stalls, for the energetic amongst …

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Take Action to Save Habitat: #Conservation Lands

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Habitat Concerns This post focuses on habitat conservation. The examples are in the U. S., but there are similar protection efforts in other countries. More are needed everywhere. A first step is to visit a protected area and learn first hand what is at stake. The major threat to Earth’s plants and animals is direct habitat destruction …

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Simple Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake

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Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake On our last visit to France, our daughter (Piglet in France) cooked this delicious Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake. She swore blind that she’d cooked it for us before, but I’m still convinced she was telling porkies! Serves four Ingredients 2 Courgettes 2 Aubergines 6 tomatoes Olive Oil Mixed Herbs chopped garlic (optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Method Grease an ovenproof …

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