Yin Yang: Finding Our Balance In the Ebb & Flow of Life…

“Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; perfect speech is like a jade worker whose tool leaves no mark. “Tao Te Ching Yin Yang: Finding Balance in the Ebb and Flow of Life… The concept of Yin Yang rests on the principle of natural and complementary forces, patterns and behaviors that depend on one another and influence the balance or the ebb and flow of events in all of life. My yoga exercise class today got me thinking about this notion of finding our balance; recognizing the natural ebb ...

Someone Had To Be First

We know so many important names in history, the first human to set foot on the moon, the first person to fly solo over the Atlantic or the first intrepid souls to reach the poles or scale Mount Everest, but who was the first person to have their picture taken? Having our picture snapped is an occurrence we all take for granted. You don’t need to be a famous fashion model to be photographed relentlessly. We’re photographed at the DMV, entering ...

Welcome 2014: Happy New Year!

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Alfred Tennyson Happy New Year 2014 fireworks, confetti, and celebrants at Times Square NY ★♥★ Happy New Year and Welcome 2014 to You & Yours!★♥★ We made it and I’m delighted to be back to familiar territory again. A year ago today, I had an upbeat list of tips for 2013. Suffice it to say, my year took off quite well and then life and its many ...

Murder and Mystery on a Steam Train

I was looking for some inspiration for a gift for my husband’s birthday and whilst searching the web, I came across a company called Charming Events.  I read the list of different events they arrange and the Murder Mystery Evening on a Steam Train practically jumped off the screen! My husband is probably Agatha Christie’s biggest fan and also bemoans the fact that there aren’t any steam trains any more.  So with two of his boxes ticked, I sent off for more details. We travelled down ...

9/11 Generation

I wrote this post last year on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I think it's still appropriate. A few months after September 11th when the horrors of that day had receded into ache and outrage, my son came up to me and said, “You know, Grandma and Grandpa had December 7th, and you and Mom had November 22nd, but until September 11th I hadn’t experienced a defining moment in time.” It’s been ten years since 9/11 and I’m still thinking about his ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.” James Thurber Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child ...

Haiku: The Power of Silence…

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon Haiku: The Power of Silence… Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. Helen Keller A meditation… There will be no open doors ‘Til man loves peace more… “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” Leonardo da Vinci Haiku: The Power of Silence… From silence you come, to silence you go. Enter your inner space and know where you come from. The eternal silence awaits you with endless patience. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Echinacea (Coneflower)

There are other flowers that go by the name “coneflower,” however, this blog post is about Echinacea—plants that are considered “true coneflowers” and are native to North America. Echinacea can be identified by their colourful, daisy-like flowers with raised, cone-like centers. Flowers come in pink, purple, and white. Plants grow to 2-4 feet tall, depending on variety. Coneflowers are among the most popular cultivated plants in North America. Gardeners enjoy growing these showy perennials because they are easy to grow, low maintenance ...

3 Tips When Considering a Face Tattoo

Hip Hop Star Gucci Mane's head-scratching face tattoo I'm no stylist to the stars or savvy metro-sexual maven, but here's my top recommendation regarding your appearance to ensure your best chance at getting a job. Do NOT get a tattoo on your face!! Call me old fashioned, but nothing says "unhirable" quite like permanent ink above the shoulders. [see photo insert of hip hopster Gucci Mane's triple scoop ice cream cone with lightening bolt accents.] This little rant of mine was sparked by my commute ...

Incredible New Year’s Eve Stunt….

1970's daredevil Evil Kenevil - image courtesy Wikipedia I was a child of the 70′s and was a HUGE fan of daredevil motorcyclist Evil Kenevil.  As a kid I idolized him and would set up ridiculously small ramps made out of bricks and spare plywood – then pretend I was jumping Snake River Canyon on my Huffy bike. However, as I grew up and learned more about him as a person, I  learned that he was an incredible jerk to his family, ...

Book Review: Rite of Passage - A Father's Blessing by Jim McBride

Irish poets, learn your trade, Sing whatever is well made, Scorn the sort now growing up All out of shape from toe to top. ~ William Butler Yeats, poet Jim and his wife, Sheila This quote by Yeats neatly sums up the fact that as adults, we are collectively a nation of stunted, spoiled children. We've forgotten how to grow up. Oh we're aging just fine, the ever increasing sales for Botox is proof positive of that fact, but we're not maturing. Everyone says, "50 is the ...

Fabulous Finds: Amazing Sisal

What could tequila and a sisal floor rug possibly have in common? I know. There are so many great punch lines that could follow, but there’s actually a legitimate answer. They both have the same origin: the Agave plant. Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Sisal is highly durable and strong, and has been used in the making of twine ...

Celebrating Labor Day With Cleverbot...

A few months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here's the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Interview with Cleverbot Since today was Labor Day, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot's take on this holiday.  Here's the unedited ...

Feeding Your Kid’s Dream or Delusion

I loathe the show American Idol – mainly because of the cattle call auditions where the program travels from city-to-city in search of contestants. Conversely, millions of viewers love those auditions because the majority of the wannabe performers are so pitifully pitch deaf that they’re akin to an auditory car crash. People can’t turn away from a car crash – they have to ogle it. In the case of Idol’s auditions, the singing is so bad it’s comical – so it’s more like watching the crash ...

Book Marketing, Part 6

Image by Liz West / Muffet on flickr As within a family of raccoons, communication is practically instantaneous when someone finds a good book. I just experienced a great example of the marketing technique of “word of mouth.” First, a friend of mine posted on Facebook today a personal recommendation. As she said, it’s very unusual for her to do that. Because I think of her as one of the brilliant people, I immediately checked it out, thought it looked like ...

Newsroom Secrets Revealed - Part 2

Credibility = Walter Cronkite During the past 20+ years as a communications professional, I've worked in more than a dozen television, radio and print newsrooms as a reporter and newscaster. While I was in the journalism field, there were a few truths that I came to realize: Credibility is the single most important attribute that a news organization has. Technology is an inescapable part of delivering and consuming news. Many news organizations undermine their credibility by over-using or abusing technology. In more and more newsrooms ...

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Thanks Task Force Argos

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Task Force Argos – part of the Queensland Police Service – Earlier today the Queensland Police Service posted a link on Facebook to this article about the arrest of a 38-year-old Victorian man who flew to Queensland with the intent of meeting a 14-year-old girl he had been interacting with online, and having sex with her. The investigation, and ultimate arrest, was undertaken by …

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The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

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There is an abundance of guidance on the Internet, in bookstores, magazines, newspaper advice columns and talk radio about how to keep your marriage healthy. I’m not going to criticize the tips often touted by experts because they are important and I don’t want to disregard this valuable wisdom but there are things that no matter where you research get glossed over. First, let’s go over a …

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Steering my own ship

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Who is steering your ship? With so many people I know struggling with all sorts of different challenges of late, I have been interested to observe the different ways we tend to go about dealing with the difficulties life sends our way. I have been surprised to find that, even though there are no commonalities in the problems being faced, the way we approach problems and try to …

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Do It Anyway: A Poem And A Prayer…

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In 1968, Dr. Kent Keith, a young college student leader, wrote a booklet to help other youth leaders. It was titled: The Paradoxical Commandments. Years later, the poem/prayer surfaced as an amended version attributed to Mother Teresa; renamed Do It Anyway. It was inscribed on a wall in her living quarters, and many who passed through stopped to note and cherish the inspiring words. …

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Healing wonders of nature

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It never ceases to amaze me how much mood and mind can be affected by such simple things. My partner and I walked through this gorge this morning, and the fresh air, exercise, and healing wonders of nature have done more for my state of mind in a couple of hours than any other medication or technique has achieved in months. It has been a beautiful start to the weekend. …

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The Knead for Success (In Life or Dough)

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You are the baker of your ideas; you are the yeast and the sponge from which all elasticity rises. If you choose, you can stretch and fold or slap and punch your way though any obstacles. You will know when your plan becomes the texture of your earlobe that guaranteed rewards wait just outside the oven of completion. However, if you simply loaf, you may find your outcome to be lame and bland …

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Mask of conformity and existence

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A roller-coaster day of possibilities, slammed into oblivion one-by-one. The result is a feeling of deflation, exhaustion, loneliness, and incompetence. The energy required to pick myself up, and dust myself off is lacking. The buffeting waves of optimism followed by decimation has left me drowning in self-doubt. When will I ever reach the calm shores of contentment and usefulness? Is it even possible? …

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