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Fall Flowers for your Garden!

Fall is here, but that doesn’t mean that the growing season is over. In fact, there are flowers that thrive during the fall season. These are some of the flowers that will continue to bloom in your garden until the first frost. Aster This daisy-like flower, which comes in pinks, blues, purples and whites,  will add colour and life to your fall garden! Asters bloom from late summer to the first fall. Deadheading early in the season will increase the blooms ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: OBJECT

“Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe OBJECTS of curiosity held by the Bronze Queen sculpture in a park in Copley Square, downtown Boston  (In close up) Objects in Collage of Bronze Queen sculpture in a park in Copley Square, downtown Boston In our daily interactions, we are inundated by a stream of Objects; familiar and otherwise, that dance before our eyes. Some things make us stop and look ...

Weird & Unusual: The Jellyfish Tree

**Click on image to see larger version and to learn more about this plant!** Just one look at the flowers and you will understand why the Medusagyne oppositifolia is nicknamed the Jellyfish Tree. This extremely rare and endangered tree produces small white flowers that resemble jellyfish. The tree is so rare, it is the only member of its family! It was once thought to be extinct until the 1970s when several trees were discovered.  The Jellyfish Tree is an endemic and can ...

Eye On The Prize

Some of you  might of missed some of the odd little news bites this week,  amid all the controversy surrounding the commercial that may or may not be offensive to Jamaicans. (For what it's worth, I don't find it offensive but to be fair, I am not Jamaican.) The pure genius of  the Volkswagen advertisement is  that it got aired a gazillion times prior to the Superbowl so everyone could weigh in on it appropriateness.  Whether people find it politically ...

Let Go of Fear and Hit Publish

My name's Duncan Bethel and I've spent most of my 49 years living with chronic depression combined with recurrent episodes of clinical depression. There's a trauma/ PTSD history mixed in there as well. I've also worked with and/or on behalf of youth and families involved with children's mental health, special education, juvenile justice and child welfare for about 25 years now. The chronic depression dates back at least 35 years-possibly longer. It's  been part of my life for so long that I ...

Time Has a Way Of Throwing It All In Your Face

Thought Number One:  TIME is on my mind It's that time a year again. Daylight Savings Time.  Only this time of year we lose an hour...yes...what feels like "it's 6 AM, right???"  is now "Oh, hell,. can it be 7:00 AM already??". It could be said that  DST and I have a love hate relationship and this time of year it's the hate part. While I bask in the change when I get to set my clock back an hour in ...

Spring 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

Spring, the season that symbolizes new beginnings, hope and all that good stuff, is the perfect time of the year to have a wedding! The weather is generally quite enjoyable; it’s not too cold or too hot. Many fresh flowers are available this time of the year. Plus, the cost of flowers is usually less expensive than a summer wedding, where fresh flowers are in high demand. Here are some spring wedding flower trends of 2013: Soft, Romantic Colours Pastels for spring isn’t ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jason Boyett

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 co-featured author is an online acquaintance of mine named Jason Boyett. He’s a bestselling author with more than 10 books, an events speaker, an embarrassingly prolific writer with published work on Salon, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post as well as a dedicated dad and husband. Jason is one of my favorite ...

Sharing

Today I’m sharing two of my favorite things. The first is the poem Clipper Ships and Captains by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. I was compelled to memorize and recite a poem in front of my fifth grade class. I was already keen on the idea of exploring the world and selected this poem. Yes, I was a nerd. I was terrified I’d forget the words, but fortunately I didn’t. In fact, I can still recite Clipper Ships and Captains in ...

Best Blog Posts of 2011 – #10

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting or funny. With that, here’s the 10th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: Top-10 Traffic Pet Peeves City Traffic Jam - courtesy of Wikipedia For whatever reason, climbing behind the wheel of a car transforms the average rational individual into a self-absorbed idiot. I’m not immune to ...

Hemingway's Coat

I've been playing with fiction. Here's something new. “I thought you wanted to be a writer,” the old woman said to fourteen year old Becky. “I do, Granny. My brain is full of ideas, but I have trouble putting them down on paper. All of the kids at school have computers. I wish I had one.” The old woman looked at the orphaned granddaughter she’d spent nine years struggling to raise. Every cigarette the old woman had ever smoked was present in her ...

Help Pick My Book Cover: A Question of Faith

My first non-fiction book will be released in November 2011. We're in the final stages of production with the publishing house and have these two cover options. Which do you like best - "parchment" or "hands"? Please comment here with your opinion. Thanks!

Yet Another Reason I Hate Funerals….

Nondescript Casket My immediate family spent the majority of last week at my in-laws home in New York because my wife’s grandmother passed away. While I think it’s extremely important to celebrate the memory of the deceased; support and sympathize with the survivors and offer a degree of closure for the living via the various death-induced services and rituals – I hate funerals. As a former news reporter, I had to attend dozens as an uninvited gawker amidst grieving strangers and then trying to speak with someone on camera – ...

Holding Steady....

It's that time again, to bear my soul to complete strangers (mostly) and talk about that most personal issue - my weight.  As a complete non-sequitur, which is the greater social faux pas - asking someone their age or their weight????  I think asking someone's weight is the greater sin, but I digress.... During lunch I went to weigh-in as part of my weekly WeightWatcher routine, and when I stepped on the scale I was down -0.0 lbs for a NO loss week. That's not ...

7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Defining Moment 1985

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 ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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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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