Reflections: A Helping Hand…

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: A Helping Hand… The harpist‘s hand Hariprasad Chaurasia – Raag Shivanjali I’ve been thinking about hands lately… As all those brilliant posts on “Hands,” for the photo challenge, fly through the blogosphere, we get a moment to reflect on the ...

Buccaneers Of Buzz

My illustrations were mostly created for books, newspapers and magazines. This picture, done for my own amusement, is the only one I created for a poem. I remember reading this short work by Emily Dickinson where she compared bees to pirates; it was so fun and lighthearted, so visual, that I couldn’t resist picking up my brushes to see what I could do with it. When I look at the results I feel like a kid again. I’m transported back to ...

Flowers Available in Winter

Even though many of us have already experienced snowfalls in the last couple of months, today is the official first day of winter! But should we really celebrate the season? If you live in Canada, winter has a reputation for being cold and miserable. As much as we complain about the weather and all the shoveling we have to do, winter is a beautiful, magical time of the year.  Cities and countrysides are covered in bedazzling blankets of snow and are ...

On Friendships: Staying the Course with Ourselves & Others…

“My primary relationship is with myself- all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. If I am committed to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment…” Shakti Gawain Friendship Blossoms...it begins with us How can we be a friend to another if we categorically deny ourselves our own friendship? Call it self love, self respect, honor, commitment to our goals or knowing when to draw the line ...

Inspiration: The Power Of WE…

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson Inspiration: The Power Of WE… Kumi Naidoo in support of International Blog Day of Action 2012 Since 2007, Blog Action Day has offered bloggers from different countries, with different interests and languages, a forum to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year, the topic revolves around the Power of We. When I think ...

Free Wallpaper

Better late than never! Here is a collection of FREE January 2014 desktop calendar wallpapers for you. Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Happy January!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love…

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr. Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love… Big Sur View Larger Map A little over a year ago, I had shared a post ( Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur…) on a memorable road trip I took to Big Sur, California with my then husband to be. What made that a particularly poignant memory was ...

Tough Times: Seeking Serenity amidst Global Strife…

“Just as the right hand comes to dress the wound on the left hand, we should see another person’s sorrows as our own and come to his or her aid.” Mātā Amritanandamayī Devī Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch, New Zealand The recent horrific earthquake in New Zealand, the Queensland Floods, political unrest across North Africa, and other areas of global concern and strife have left many reeling in despair and fear; so much pain, so much loss. As the shifting ...

Awesome Wedding Proposal

Here is one of the most memorable and unexpected marriage proposals I've ever seen. It's only a minute long and worth every second. To tee it up, the guy is named Josh and he has invited a bunch of friends for a seemingly delightful gathering atop a four-story building. The rest is "cruel" magic.... Question: How did you propose or how were you proposed to?

Cut! Take Two!

When I have a daily plan mapped out in my mind I tend to be a bit anal about it. I’ve made my list and I envision myself doing all the things included on my self-imposed itinerary. I hate it when right in the middle of my plan… a disruption occurs; life throws me a matzo ball, and I find myself having to revamp my entire day in order to accommodate life’s whims. Hmpf!! A part of me wants to rage ...

The Church of the Future

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of a very witty writing buddy, Bryan Logan. Check out his blog HERE and his entertaining post below. If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt you can see the guidelines HERE. ================== If you traveled back in time and told your grandparents what the churches of today are like, they wouldn’t have believed you. More importantly, you could probably use time travel to do more important things, but that’s a different post. So today, we’re ...

Book Review: Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World - Dr. David Jeremiah

For anyone who may read this in the future, this past weekend (5/21/2011) marked the latest failed prediction of a global, doomsday prognosticator.  What’s interesting is the incredible amount of media attention and coverage that such claims have continued to engender. I think that one of the reasons why so many people pay attention to such misguided speculation to name the actual day of our destruction, is due to a collective inner dread or suspicion that we can’t continue living the way we are and avoid consequences on ...

10 WORST Halloween treats

This is an updated re-post from a previous Halloween, but the reality is that his list has not changed. Our neighborhood is GREAT for Halloween trick-or-treating. It’s well lit with sidewalks and tons of families with kids. So this weekend (despite the pending onslaught from Hurricane Sandy), we bought Halloween candy in preparation of the upcoming spooky fete – here’s a tip all the REALLY good candy is given out at our house (e.g. full-size Snickers, Reese’s PB cups, Super Blow Pops, Sour ...

It’s Banned Books Week

I’m a bit late highlighting Banned Books Week, but this is a good case of better late than never. Visit the Banned Books Week website by clicking on this word website. Once there, click on the Mapping Censorship tab near the top of the home page to find example(s) of banned books in recent history in your state. I’m pretty sure this map isn’t exhaustive, but it gives a good range of what’s bothering people who want to keep kids from ...

Ask The Brit... Anything British!

Ask the Brit 002... Wedding Bells By Kris English Friday dawned a beautiful day defying a forecast of rain and for one famous couple it was due to be a special day. Prince William and Kate Middleton got married Friday to a worldwide audience of a few billion people. For British citizens it was a proud moment. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged onto the balcony in a picture that was hauntingly reminiscent of Dianna’s marriage to Prince Charles. Kate Middleton looked ...

If You’ve Ever Been Afraid to Try…

Last evening I was trolling around the web when I came across this incredible compilation video that I’ve embedded below. It is an amalgamation of snippets of people doing some incredible tricks, stunts and skills. As goofy as it sounds, this montage inspired me to take action on a couple of projects that I had been avoiding – because of fear. I hope you find this “fearless” collection of clips as inspiring and entertaining as I did. The little girl slide-parking her bike with ...

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To my praying readers…

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The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities. But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s Christians look to be on the verge of genocide. …

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

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Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as International Working Women’s Day and the theme for this year is – Inspiring Change. The premise for the 2014 IWD theme is that we still need to not only champion the social, political and economic achievements of women, but also to continue to fight for women’s rights and inspire change globally …

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Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P.

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“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela: Madiba Dead at 95, RIP 1918-2013. Photo via g987fm.com Utata Madiba, Ndilusizi… Hamba kakuhle! Enkosi …

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Oseh Shalom

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This is what Arafat did to his people. He left them homeless after leading them for more than 50 years with the hope to liberate the land and return to Palestine. He left his people in poverty, while his family continues to live with millions. Its too late to go back, and do it all again. Arafat thought …

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On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory…

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When a poor family has no food to eat, every bit of energy is spent on finding ways to stave off hunger. Hunger steals everything; our health, our memory, even our dignity. World Food Day, celebrated on October 16th, is a reminder that the global battle for equitable food distribution continues. Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) picks a theme as its focus for World Food Day. …

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Growing Flowers in Slums Creates Jobs for the Young & Unemployed

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Flowers growing in slums? It’s almost absurd! For those living in slums, flowers are considered luxuries. In fact, flowers are the last thing on people’s minds. Survival is the only thing that matters. Slums are characterized by poor, sometimes inhabitable housing with barely any access to clean drinking water and other basic necessities. Slum dwellers live a …

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That’s One Way to Go

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Every week I look for interesting (?) unusual news releases for my Friday post. I struggle with which 3 or 4 make the cut depending on factors such as “is it too stupid to be credible?”, is it too disgusting to put in my post?” or ” is it so dumb that it doesn’t keep …

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