Musings: On Change and Uncertainty…

“Faith means living with uncertainty; feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.” Dan Millman Musings: On Change and Uncertainty... “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” William Pollard Are you ready for change? How do you handle major change in your life? According to Terah Kathryn Collins, a Feng Shui master, on “the Chinese ...

What Giving Flowers Says About You

As we have been in the flower business for 30+ yrs we already knew that the gift of flowers evokes instant smiles & happiness but what about the gift giver? What does it say about them? Rutgers researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D & director of the Universities Human Emotions Lab undertook the job of trying to find out what the gifts we give says about who we are & how we are perceived by others. What she found is that compared to ...

Fun Flower Facts: Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Although it has “lily” in its name, the daylily is not a member of the lily family (Liliaceae); it belongs to the Hemerocallis genus and is native China, Korea and Japan. The plant produces beautiful, showy trumpet-shaped flowers. There are thousands of cultivars available, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. Many of the cultivars are fragrant.  Plants can grow to be 6 inches to over 6 feet tall! The flowers will bloom from early spring to fall, depending on the ...

Reflections: Ten Things To Be Grateful For Today…

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” Sarah Caldwell Reflections: Ten Things To Be Grateful For Today... grateful for life, love and more... The gift of life ~ The gift of love ~ The gift of writing ~ Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post, on my Positive Kismet blog, that looked back at 2010 and then forward at 2011. The post which was based on ...

Reflections: Waiting At A Crossroads…

“You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now…?”  Anthony Robbins Reflections: Waiting At A Crossroads... Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.” Anthony Robbins Crossroads by Joyce Sutphen The second half of my life will be black to ...

Fun Flower Facts: Pot Marigold (Calendula)

Pot Marigold or Calendula have bright yellow or orange daisy-like blossoms and long, narrow and hairy leaves. As attractive as the flowers are, some people find the strong scent of the leaves to be offensive. Calendula is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes asters, daisies and sunflowers. Plants grow to be 1-2 ft tall. The flowering period is from June until October. Pot marigold is one of the most popular and reliable annuals around! These bright flowers can be found ...

Musings: Did You Know…?

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge Musings: Did You Know…? The true meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song? (Carolers at Trafalgar Sq) Musings: Did You Know...? Dickens book had more to do with Scrooge's transformation than singing for our supper...? Twelve Days of Christmas This is the time of year when we dive into holiday ...

Reflections: Who is Your Emotional Vampire?

“An (emotional) vampire goes in for the kill by stirring up youremotions. Pushing your buttons throws you off center, which renders you easier to drain. Of all the emotional types, empaths are often the most devastated.” Judith Orloff Reflections: Who is Your Emotional Vampire? (Listen here: podcast) Miracles Can Happen “This program includes two stories featuring improbable events. The first, Joyce Johnson’s “The Fall of Texas” chronicles a pivotal moment in the 1960s, when both the terrestrial world and the personal life of the heroine seemed about to collapse. “Sex ...

Childhood Memories and Amazing Pool Table Trick Shots

Minnesota Fats - AP image As a kid growing up in the 1970s, one of my favorite things to watch on Saturday afternoons was ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Two of the reasons why was because they used to feature daredevil stunt man Evil Kenevil as well as billiards tournaments with the likes of Minnesota Fats [see photo insert] and Willie Mosconi. In between the billiards tournaments the show producers ran segments of trick shots where the players would bend the laws of ...

Book Review: Spark An Entrepreneurial Fire

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” ~ Anonymous I didn’t have a lot of disposable cash as a teenager growing up simply because my parents both had lower middle class jobs and five kids to support. To further confound the problem, my parents forbid me from having a paper route because they didn’t want to end up having to deliver the papers themselves which is understandable. Teens Are Having Trouble Finding Minimum Wage Jobs As such, I mostly relied on seasonal ...

Another Glorious Mouth to Feed….

Over the past Thanksgiving  holiday, we tried to see as many members of our family as we could to share some BIG news! Apparently, my wife and I (mostly my wife) are pregnant with our third child – affectionately known as Junior Constantino or Junior “C” for short [see ultrasound photo insert taken at week 9]. As of today, 11/29/2012, the baby is 11 weeks old with a due date of June 19th, 2012. My wife and I are absolutely THRILLED at ...

The Science of Sin

I came across a fascinating story regarding McMaster University in Ontario Canada. The basic gist of the article is that more than 180 students were divided into groups and assigned the task of trying to identify the molecular makeup of four sins specifically: lust, gluttony, wrath and sloth (laziness). Click here for the full story. http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/story.cfm?id=7312 The student groups then sought a hypothetical solution using biology/chemistry to try and remedy those sins. My initial reaction to this exercise was that of shock ...

Tripping Over Blue

Morning yawns before me whispering blue whispering blue The same hungry bird circles And there I go again tripping over blue tripping over blue Leah Griffith

Calamity Becomes Art

Lately most of my blog entries have been a bit on esoteric side, clouded and shrouded, meant to only reveal a shadow. I do this when my life gets complicated and answers evade me. I receive great comfort from the pillowy protection that prose, metaphors and poetry offers me. I could live there forever if allowed, but I’m not allowed, and I must come out from among the mist on occasion and do a little show and tell. I am currently ...

10 More Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

This week our 10 year old daughter began mandatory sex education classes. I wrote about how my wife and I prepared her for that information in a post titled A Father’s Worst Fear – Part II. The reality of the information and what she didn’t know forced our hand as parents. That got me thinking about the information that we as parents don’t know. One of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent are texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts ...

A Question of Inspiration....

The average person cannot survive for more than a few minutes if they're not able to get a new breathe of air into their lungs. Interestingly, the root word for inspiration is the same as "...to breath..." which suggests a metaphorical death can also occur if inspiration or a visionary breathe is lacking in your larger life. The focus of this short post is to ask the question, "What individual has positively inspired you the most in your life?" Such artificially forced ...

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Thanks for thinking badly of me

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Thank you for providing opportunities to learn & grow “To all of the people along the way who hurt me, lied to me, betrayed me and broke my heart… You unknowingly pointed me in the direction of my own North Star. Without the messes, I wouldn’t have a message. You gave me more than you ever take from me, …

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Reflections: Let That Anger Go…

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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” Mahatma Gandhi Reflections: Let That Anger Go… Let That Anger Go by eof Let That Anger …

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Anger and resentment

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I’ve never in my life been an angry person, but anger has become my bosom buddy. It’s always so close, just under the surface…ready to grab me by the throat at the least provocation. Or more accurately, make me want to grab someone else by the throat. Or ram them with my Jeep when they’re …

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Catharsis

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In replying to a comment left on another entry, I started thinking about this subject. My journal here is certainly very cathartic for me. It allows me to bring out the thoughts and feelings swirling around inside. It’s a way of opening a window and letting some light in. And in doing this, I lance …

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Aren’t you over it yet?

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While no one has said those words, I definitely feel they are thinking it. Stephen died in September, it’s now February. 5 whole months, aren’t you over it yet? Some friends have pulled back…in a way, I understand why. No one knows what to say, they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. And, no doubt they …

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We Do Get Our Share Of Haters!

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If some of the nut cases on The Far Right Fringe can’t do much of anything else, they are sure sometimes experts at hating all things Liberal, Democrat and Progressive and they are not bashful about it either– in my personal experience. I receive and delete quite a few comments on the blog that are just …

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A Retraction…of sorts

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Yesterday I posted a story about the suicide of a close friend. It was in part intended to address how well we know people and perceptions about others. The post included a rant about character attacks and I lashed out about it. That rant made the post its own contradiction. I did precisely what I was complaining about…making my …

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