Inspiration: Aging Beautifully…

“The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Aging Beautifully... Somali woman Written in a Carefree Mood by Lu Yu Old man pushing seventy, In truth he acts like a little boy, Whooping with delight when he spies some mountain fruits, Laughing with joy, tagging after village mummers; With the others having fun stacking tiles to make a pagoda, Standing alone staring at his image in the jardinière pool. Tucked under his arm, a battered ...

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 ...

Inspiration: Appreciating The Little Things…

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault Inspiration: Appreciating The Little Things... warm smile Recently, I was at a sports store buying barbells for my exercise routine. The case was quite heavy and although the young lady who helped me was professional and friendly, it was more than she could handle. A young man on line stepped forward and offered to help me take it to my car; a ...

My Favourite New Flower Varieties for 2013

Variety is the spice of life, especially in the garden. And since spring is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the types of flowers you want to grow this year. Tried and true is fine, but new flower varieties are always exciting! Here are some of my favourite new flower varieties for 2013: We do not sell flower seeds. Click on title or image for more information. Delphinium, Plagu Blue Roselily Fabiola Double Oriental Lily Nadia Ruth Giant ...

Bloomin Onion

This is how The Outback Restaurant describes its Bloomin Onion appetizer: a true Outback original. “Our special onion is hand-carved by a dedicated bloomologist, cooked until golden and ready to dip into our spicy signature bloom sauce.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Not long ago Mrs. C. and I ducked into our local Outback for an early dinner. We often sit in the bar area where it’s permitted to order from the regular menu. We’d just ordered our drinks when the server arrived ...

Reflections: Happiness Is Life As A Lounging Cat…

“I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food, which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value.” Geoffrey Household Reflections: Happiness Is Life As A Lounging Cat... Our happy cat... Reflections: Happiness Is Life As A Lounging Cat... Pinkle Purr By A. A. Milne Tattoo was the mother of Pinkle Purr, A little black nothing of feet and fur; And by and by, when his eyes came through, He saw his mother, the ...

Phoebe King: Pushing Fifty With Grace & Aplomb…

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and this is your own self.”-Aldous Huxley Phoebe King: Parents Wedding Day, circa 1950's? I have been writing a series of interviews on wonderful people I have met on different social network sites for over a year now. I find connections with people all over the world and while my interviewees answer a similar set of questions, their answers are always different. I find the process both refreshing and revelatory; each ...

Top 5 Plants for Christmas

Adding plants to your home is a simple and cost effective way to add to your decor and to change it up for the various holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Below is my pick of the top 5 houseplants for the Christmas season, and beyond. The Poinsettia Available in red, white or pink, nothing says Christmas like the poinsettia! Easy to care for, long lasting, not poisonous and stunningly beautiful. Winter Cherry Picture from: http://www.adenium-sib.ru/ Solanum capsicastrum, commonly called Jerusalem cherry, Madeira winter ...

Top-10 List: Things That Smell Better Than They Taste

The only vegetable that's served in Hell... Science has proven that our sense of smell plays an integral role in how things taste. Ironically, even though some things smell incredibly good - they actually taste neutral to downright awful. Here's a list of the Top-10 Things That Smell Better Than They Taste. 10. Flavored Coffees - these various caffeinated concoctions smell wonderful when blended by your favorite barrister; however, they taste terrible - a blend of cough syrup and motor oil. 9. Mushrooms - while cooking, ...

Farewell to Summer: My Half Marathon - Photos and Results

A few weeks ago, I completed the annual Frederick Running Festival for the third time and I'm just getting around to posting the photos. Unfortunately, this year they only offered a half-marathon (13.1 miles) as opposed to the full (26.2). I was able to finish the full run with a completion time of 5:20 last year and 4:58 the year prior. Apparently they cut the race back to a half this year because the back leg of the full marathon was ...

7 Questions With an Author: Danny Bader

Author, blogger, speaker: Danny Bader This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Danny Bader. Danny is an international trainer and speaker,  who uses his exceptional interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to help people really understand themselves and create a powerful vision for their lives. His passion and energy are contagious. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, three children and their dog, Nova. ...

The Last Bastion of Manhood has Fallen…

Fashion-inspired duct tape I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a bit of a “Toy Whisperer.” I mean, if I had a superpower it would be knowing the perfect toy for  each kid. Birthdays, holidays, elementary school graduations – I nail it every time, for both boys and girls. For my daughters, I’ve well versed in the X-chromosome language of Polly Pockets, Squinkies and Orbeez. It’s a gift, actually. Yet it can also be a heavy burden. Periodically, I’ll sneak a traditionally boyish toy into ...

The Hidden Beauty of a Band-Aid

Fashion Band-Aids That Our 7-Year Old Carries Since last Friday, our daughters have been visiting with their grandparents in New York. Ironically, this past Monday my wife had to drive from our home in Maryland to her parents to attend a funeral of her great aunt. My wife planned to stay at her folks with our girls Monday overnight, attend the internment service on Tuesday and drive back the same day - leaving the girls to finish the rest of their stay at ...

Darwin’s Dirty Little Secret….

Darwin's Dirty Little Secret....

Most individuals recognize Charles Darwin as the Father of Evolution, and his book The Origin of Species (1859) with its concept of natural selection among animals via “survival of the fittest,” as the closest thing to a messiah and belief system that science willing embraces as its gospel. Since elementary school, we’ve all been indoctrinated to evolution’s underlying premise that there are finite resources that all life forms are competing to obtain. If an individual within a given species exhibits a ...

How I’m Learning Humility This Week

This week I’m attending a pair of communications-training conferences in Colorado. It’s been a great experience thus far – except for last night. Below is a video post I shot this afternoon where I talk about the first presentation we had to deliver and how I crashed and burned. Enjoy.

Best Video of the Week: Reality Hits Hard Bro!

The Gregory Brothers have created another "song" out of a news event. In this instance, it's a multiple car crash into power lines that spark and arc - as conveyed by a man from Phoenix named George Lindell who was involved in the crash. The first video below is the "songified" version of the news by the Gregory Brothers and then after it is the actual story that ran on the news. This is highly entertaining! Now compare that video with the ...

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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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