Reflections: Accept Your Own Beauty…

“Accept your own beauty. You are beautiful no matter what your mind tells you. That is a fact. If you are aware of your own beauty and accept your own beauty, the opinion of others doesn’t affect you at all.” Don Miguel Ruiz Reflections: Accept Your Own Beauty... Beauty comes in many shapes & shades like thread What does beauty mean to you? Where did you first hear/learn that you are/you are not beautiful? We often hear people say that beauty is ...

How to Make a Terrarium

Terrariums have become the hottest trend in gardening in recent years. A terranium is basically a glass container filled with soil, moss and other plants to create a mini-ecosystem or garden. They are super easy to take care of and require minimal maintenance. As well, they don’t require a lot of light or water. They are perfect for any indoor environment! You can buy them at specialty stores or farmers markets, but of course, it’s a way more fun to make ...

Earth Day 2011: Ten Things To Do…

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree Indian Proverb Earth Day 2011: Ten Things To Do... First Earth Day Poster Happy Earth Day all! The last several weeks have been incredibly hectic on my end. We’ve spent time traveling with our college bound twins to make final visits to various accepted student dates and on each visit, I was reminded of the ...

2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Brilliant! It was this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower show theme, but it also how most people thought about the event. The show that took place this past week from March 2-10, was innovative, beautiful and extraordinary. In other words, it was brilliant. The British-inspired exhibits were the stars of the show, which celebrated Britain’s iconic landmarks and icons with a contemporary twist. One of the first things people saw were the showstopping Royal Gates, which were made of clear tubes and ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One…

“The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.” Jack Kemp Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One... Joan of Arc  For this week’s Photo Challenge on the subject of One, I decided to include a wide range of single item shots; starting with human sculptures of Joan of Arc, Einstein, Lenin and a few others that I’ve taken in the last few months. ...

5 Herbs That Repel Mosquitoes

Contrary to what some of you may think, gardening doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Herbs are super easy to grow and don’t take up much space, which makes them perfect for beginners! Fresh herbs will add flavour to your home-cooked meals, bring colour and fragrance to your home, and generally make you feel happier! Still need another reason to grow herbs? Your time spent outdoors would be more enjoyable! There are fragrant herbs that can repel mosquitoes and ...

Welcome 2011: We have 365 Days to Make a Difference…

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” Edith Lovejoy Pierce ♥ Happy New Year: May your year be bright, rich and colorful... HAPPY NEW YEAR’S DAY!!! What a gift to be alive in 2011… Resolutions, celebrations, invocations and more, won’t change the fact that we are blessed to be here, and must make the best of this new year. I’m not ...

Fashion Friday Trend Alert: Big, Bold Floral Headpieces!!

What is old is new again. Hippies back in the 60s used to wear flowers in their hair as a symbol of peace, love and harmony. Nowadays, flowers worn in the hair is more of fashion statement. We aren’t just talking about one or two simple flowers tucked behind the ear. It has become fashionable and trendy to wear big, bold floral headpieces. Fashion models on the runway have been sporting this look, but brides are also embracing this look. Here ...

Wedded Blisters - Part 10: Dinner Debate - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded Blisters" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #10 deals with the biggest question every couple faces - where to eat out for dinner!  The links other recent episodes follow the video below.  Please let me know what ...

A Patio for Entertaining

Outdoor living spaces have always been popular, but with today’s lifestyles of long work hours, lengthy commutes and hectic family schedules, the need for a backyard retreat is greater than ever. Throw in the rising popularity of staycations, and the benefits of a backyard paradise become unmistakable. We recently designed an outdoor living space for clients that love to entertain friends and family, and wanted their patio to serve as an extension of their home. Festive furnishings in a color palette ...

7 Phantom Scents My Pregnant Wife Thinks She Smells

"Not a picture of my wife" - image via Creative Commons It’s fairly common knowledge that pregnancy induces an internal hormonal cascade that can…hmmm, how should I phrase it…change the perceptions of a pregnant woman. Such perceptional shifts are perfectly normal. Especially considering the fact that the budding life is competing with mom for food, water and oxygen, while mom’s body is building the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the demanding fetal tyrant. The least we expectant dads can do is cut our pregnant wives ...

Uniting Church and State via a Sneeze

Students across the country are preparing to return to schools and colleges in the coming weeks. Whether you agree with it or not, the rights of faith-based student organizations face increasing pressure under the oft-touted shield that separates church and state in this country. Yesterday, I stumbled upon this story that I’d never heard before that provided a unique twist on the debate of church versus state. This excerpt has been vetted and verified by the fine folks over at snopes.com: ….the facts of ...

Euphoria...Rapturous Bliss...Really?

Fabricator of Euphoria I have what I need. What I don’t have I don’t need…right now. Easy peasy and that’s the end of my blog. I wish it were so easy. It’s not so peasy either. Contentment…it’s a big pill to swallow; a big girl pill, and not one of those orange flavored chewables. Contentment is often compared with happiness, but being content has more to do with surrender and resting peacefully in whatever situation you may find yourself in, while happiness, being ...

The Psychiatric Couch: The Brady Bunch

Show Open for The Brady Bunch I'm not a clinically trained psychiatrist, but I know how to spell "clinically" without using spell check. And while I don't have a degree in psychiatry I can easily read the degrees on a thermometer. Given those credentials, I believe that I'm more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That's why I write this periodic series titled The Psychiatric Couch.... The first installment of this series explored the psyches of Winnie the Pooh and ...

7 Questions With an Author: Shane Michael Taylor

Author, songwriter, speaker - Shane Michael Taylor 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 Shane Michael Taylor. He’s a friend of mine,  a motivational speaker and the author of Living This Rodeo: A Journey From Fantasy to Reality, an audio book that details the journey that led to his career as a country music artist. His debut album, ...

3 Expectations Parents Should Have for Kids

Our Daughters 2011 I’ve always been a believer in the idea that your reach should exceed your grasp. In other words, bite off more than you can comfortably chew. I believe in setting high expectations and goals. Of course that type of thinking is out of vogue especially for kids these days with their fragile self esteem; “gradeless” report cards that are now based on effort rather than competency and bedroom shelves stacked with trophies and ribbons they didn’t earn but were given ...

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Thoughts on the legalisation of paedophilia

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Earlier today, I reblogged a post from Anna Waldherr at A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse, about the reclassification of paedophilia by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the possible legalisation of paedophilia. Shock, horror, anger, disgust, mortification, disbelief… the list of initial feelings and emotions is …

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Defining Moment 1985

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One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a car blocked us in. A man jumped out waving his gun and badge. It was an off duty cop, out for an afternoon of shopping with his girlfriend. We were boxed in and… …

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Floral Crimes

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What? Floral Crimes? Is there really such a thing? You bet there is! I’ve found stories from around the world that involve theft, vandalism, police and even the mafia, yes the MAFIA! So sit back, relax & read all about these crimes against the blooms of nature. When you’re done do try and resist the urge to …

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On the True Crimes

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Elizabeth Short “The Black Dahlia” Some of the earlier crime fiction I remember reading were the “Flowers in the Attic” series by V.C. Andrews (huge 1980s hit, seems forgotten today) and “The Cradle Will Fall” by Mary Higgins Clark. Along with Stephen King, “everyone” read these books. I had always believed that truth is stranger than fiction. …

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Bad Luck Update: Baby, Goodbyes, Holiday Sirens, PoliceOne and Typos

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New Baby: Hi everyone, I’m posting from Tennessee where my newest grandchild has entered the world. He has done little but sleep and taking pictures of him, with open eyes, is nearly impossible. He’s tiny, calm and perfect like all my grandchildren. The older ones have grown out of the tiny and calm stages but …

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A Bad Luck Domestic

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Every police officer deals with their share of domestic violence cases. They are one of the more dangerous calls we take. Arizona law requires we make an arrest once physical violence has occurred. The only way to insure no one dies, after the police leave, is to take someone to jail. Many times it can be …

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Small Town Crazy

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I was out early chasing cows when I snapped this picture of Small Town. You can see the trees just beginning to change color. I’m sorry I wasn’t doing something glamorous like apprehending bad guys but it wasn’t that kind of day. My husband and I were raised in the city and always dreamed of moving …

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