Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility…

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.”  George Bernard Shaw Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility... Upstate NY: Endless possibilities captured... Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility... Seattle: View from a plane - Yellow car in a sea of black & gray The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Contd ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Joseph Addison Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes holiday lights deer Good things come in threes Holiday lights, cheering deer Magic triangles Three is a divine and lucky number. If you believe in the blessings and meaning of threes, then you probably consider it a magical number that holds enormous power and yet brings harmony and good fortune to all. When I think of Three, the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” C. Day Lewis Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ – Can’t beat sunrise in Hawaii What does summer lovin’ mean to me? Summer is about relaxation, fun foods, and lounging about with loved ones at exotic or favored locales. I can’t help it, but summer puts me in the mood for … a vacation. When I think of summer, I dream of languid days spent at a beautiful tropical beach, ...

On Life: Ten Lessons We Learn From Our Children…

“You cannot catch a child‘s spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return.” Arthur Miller On Life: Ten Lessons We Learn From Our Children... patience & play ♥Patience – nothing teaches patience more than handling a bawling, colicky baby… we learn it in other ways too. ♥Compassion – children have a lot to comprehend as they go from babies to toddlers and compassion is skill they help us remember. ♥Flexibility – Kids can be demanding ...

Musings: What’s That Coffee Worth?

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” T.S. Eliot Musings: What's That Coffee Worth?... A frothy Cappuccino... Musings: What's That Coffee Worth? Kopi Luwak - Most expensive coffee in the world... Kopi Luwak – Most expensive coffee in the world from Indonesia. Price? Thecoffee beans can cost up to $600 a pound, and a brewed cup can cost up to $50 per cup.  Buy? Try Luwakstar.com Have you ever spent time with your laptop in a coffee shop? Do you remember what the experience was like? Should coffee shops limit the amount of time that laptop users can occupy ...

Tips to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful, magnificent creatures on Earth!  Who wouldn’t want butterflies in their garden?  A garden full of butterflies will bring great joy and delight to the young and the old. And it wouldn’t require that much more work. Here are some tips on attracting butterflies to your garden. First of all, find out what kind of butterflies are native to your area and learn about the types of flowers and plants they love to feed on. Grow ...

Prom Flower Trends for 2013

It’s that time of the year again! It’s Prom Season (or Grad Season, as we Canadians call it)! Prom is one of the most memorable times of the year for high school students, especially for all the teenage girls. It may be the last time they will ever see their friends and teachers, and of course, they will want to make a lasting impression! Flowers have always been an important part of prom night. High school graduates want everything to be ...

Freebie Friday: Free September 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Fall is here! Celebrate a new season by changing up your computer wallpaper! Here are some free 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. Enjoy!

Best Satire Video of 2012: Whole Foods Parking Lot

We live near Washington, DC which has exposed us to a variety of new experiences – not the least of which is the Whole Foods Market  grocery chain. Living in New York most of my life, I’d never been to a Whole Foods until we moved south of the Mason-Dixon line. In a nutshell it is a high-end grocery store that specializes in selling expensive, sustainable, green-centric organic goods and unpronounceable, exotic vegetables. It’s what the Wegman’s grocery store chain would be if ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 34

The Wife at 33 Weeks The arrival of our new baby boy is a mere six weeks away or 42 days or approximately 1,008 hours – regardless the clock keeps ticking, while he keeps kicking. He keeps growing as well, which is a good thing but has been very tiring on my wife who is pictured here for the first time on this blog as a soon-to-be mom! Isn’t she adorable? [Note: all heads must be nodding - I learned the marriage mantra ...

Small Stuff Does Matter…

Tiny pebbles may cause more problems than large rocks - image via Creative Commons Prior to his death in 2006 author Richard Carlson, Ph.D, built a media empire with no less than 12 different books all built around the premise of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff.” While the pithy title seems to be packed with wisdom and makes common sense – the idea is patently wrong. To clarify, my problem with this particular ideology centers around the loose definition ...

Fabulous Finds: Serveware

The holidays are quickly approaching and that means family, friends and festivities! I love this time of year and when it comes to entertaining, I select serveware that reflects my design philosophy – neutral with a pop! I’m willing to splurge on exquisite pieces, but not if I can only use them once a year. Dishes or glassware that are only used at Christmas are a waste of money and storage space! You simply have more options if you choose pieces that aren’t seasonal ...

Juggling Knives

Sometimes I feel as though I’m juggling knives and I’m about to drop everything. I know myself pretty well and I can tell when something is out of balance. Life gives me cues. Like when my favorite jeans are too tight I know that it’s time to cut down on the cupcakes. When I’m snappy, I know that it’s a sign that I’m afraid of something, and when I’m forgetful, I know that I have too much on my mind.Sometimes ...

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 ...

Warts Wrong With You?

I was thinking about genuine beauty the other day, and how, being human, we all have imperfections, or as some call them...warts. Yet it’s those very warts that we’ve been taught to despise that can often be endearing…even charming. I had a boyfriend once who had a thin scar across his top lip. Instead of viewing this as a flaw, I saw it as sexy as hell, giving him a bad boy persona which sent shivers down my spine. Unfortunately ...

Naked Musings

Time, you’ve discovered, is an illusion; the past a blur, and happiness is as slippery as a river rock. And who dares to boast of their sure footedness, for feet do slip, and those slips may provide a nasty fall. Or is the fall nasty at all? Dare I judge my fall, or your fall, or any fall, for falls are falls and common to men—and ladies too. So lift your pretty skirts as you step from stone to stone ...

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New Love: A Short Shelf Life

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If you fell in love, you know what a driving force “new love” can be. I was one of those people who only wanted the “new love”, and it took me a long time to figure out it was never meant to stay. Needless to say, long-term relationships were not my strong point at that …

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Just Another Friday

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Just Another Friday She leaned her forehead against his, “Michael, Michael, I have to call an ambulance. I don’t know what else to do.” She had found him on the floor between the couch and the coffee table, stretched out on his belly. She wasn’t alarmed. He spent a lot of time down there these days. He …

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Happy Valentine’s Day: 12 Tips On Self Love…

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“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” Willa Cather Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos ✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿ Love is a wondrous thing and, on Valentine’s Day, lovers meet, bearing gifts and sweet words. Every year, some ask the same question: Why show such effusive love only on the 14th? Why is no lover coming …

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Tarts, Sours, and Crème de Poo Poo

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Finance Blogs are reporting that Valentine’s day may be a little more expensive this year due to the increasing cost of raw materials, almost 5% higher to be exact. The cost of producing perfume, chocolate and silk has risen considerably but it is the cost of Cocoa that has risen a whopping 15% in a …

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Life throws me a curved ball

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I haven’t posted anything for a while; I have had to deal with some very upsetting family developments which, quite frankly have let me stunned. I had been away to Crete and had a wonderful holiday (post on that to follow hopefully) when on my way home from the airport, I had to deal with a call …

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Hope for the Hopeless? Jesus on Divorce

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Below you will find the conclusion to Linda’s sermon on Mark 10:2-16. Without collapsing the tension or avoiding the dilemma that Jesus’ teaching poses, she points us to a surprise ending, one that is routinely overlooked when this passage is preached. The disciples are listening in when the Pharisee’s propose this question: “Is it lawful for …

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Love in The Looming Shadows

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There’s a bit of enchantment in the air. It could be coming from the trees, dressed in scorching colors, tossing acorns and apples — shamelessly showing off, or from the cobalt sky as it poses behind the flashy trees, my two pretty sisters, vying for attention. Or perhaps the universe is feeling generous; directing the …

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