Must See Flower Graffiti!

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”- Bansky Bansky, famed British graffiti artist and political activist, is right. Good art is controversial and should elicit emotional responses from the viewers. Whether you like it or not is a different story. If it makes you think or feel, it’s good art. You don’t need to go to a museum to see good art. Good art can be found on the streets, in the form of graffiti. There is a lot of ...

Trend Alert: Flower Petal Eyes!

Flowers are fashionable! They are on shoes, bags, and clothes! And now they are on faces! Literally! Attaching flower petals to your eyes is a fashion trend. I haven’t decided if this look is fashionable or just plain weird. But I must say,  they are definitely eye-catching! What do you think? Are these looks pretty or pretty weird looking? If you like these flower-inspired looks and want try this out for Halloween or something, here’s a tutorial. Have fun! from: wocmakeup2.tumblr.com from: pinterest.com photo ...

Unique Container Gardening Ideas

Container gardening has grown in popularity in recent years, especially for those living in apartments or smaller spaces. It’s a great way to add a burst of colour and personality to your outdoor space! And one of the best things about container gardening is just about any object can be transformed into a container for gardening! Container gardening is the perfect way to transform your unwanted/broken/useless household items into a fantastic, one-of-a-kind planter! Here are some fun and unique container ideas ...

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life?

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Serve with your special gifts What Should I Do With My Life? Use Your Gifts to Serve Others: Why am I here? What is my life’s purpose? What motivates my actions? Most of us go through life unsure of where we stand or what we are supposed to do. One day, we are ...

Happy Holidays: Grace & Gratitude to All!

“Holiday gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” Oren Arnold “Sending Best Wishes for the Holidays to You and Your Loved Ones; Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!” Happy Holidays to All! A Simple Request… Dearest Santa, My wish for the coming year is more goodwill and abundance in the world and less misery and scarcity! Please don’t mix these two up like you ...

Twilight Zone Marathon

Every year on New Year’s Eve when the Sci-Fi Channel runs a 48 hour Twilight Zone Marathon I tell myself that I’m not going to watch. This year I watched less than previously but a few of my favorites stopped me in my tracks, rendering me powerless to change the channel. I’m not sure why since I know the dialogue of most of the 156 episodes by heart. When the program premiered in October of 1959 I was not yet seven, too young ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment…

“We are only beginning to learn what to say in a photograph. The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant.” Alfred Eisenstaedt Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… Street Photos from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Girl waiting for boy. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… Street Photos from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Girl ignores boy…lovers tiff? Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… Street Photos from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Girl ready to walk dog but makes a call first. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… ...

World’s First QR Code Made of Fresh Flowers

Mark’s & Spencer (or M & S, as most people call it), a leading British retailer that sells clothes, home decor items, luxury food products and flowers, has created the world’s first Quick Response (QR) Code made out of fresh flowers. The massive 5m (16fr) x 3m (10ft) floral code was made using almost 10, 000 fresh flowers, including pink roses, daisies and cymbidium orchids. photo via http://2d-code.co.uk photo via http://2d-code.co.uk The code was displayed at the Westfield White City, a major shopping ...

Middle Child Syndrome: Truth or Fiction?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Cathy Miller. Cathy Miller is a freelance business writer with more than 30 years of professional writing experience. Cathy has a business writing blog at Simply Stated business as well as a blog regarding health. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== I wear the middle child of seven distinction as an honor badge. It creeps into my writing and even an email address. I am fascinated by the ...

Book Review: Quitter - by Jon Acuff

At any given time I'm reading five to seven different books, usually due to the fact that after chewing through several chapters in one book I need to cleanse my reading palette and pick up another as a mid-meal sorbet of sorts. The reason being is that some books get boring and need to be set aside then picked up at a later date. That was not the case with Jon Acuff's latest non-fiction work titled Quitter. I could not put this ...

6 Secrets To Surviving Your Teenager

Recently, Tor shared twelve phrases a dad never wants to hear. As I thought about the additions that actually occurred in the past two weeks, I realized that being a teen these days is hard. I look at my single (adult) friends, and I think “not enough money or bad days in the world to make me enter into that fray.”  People haul around more baggage than Southwest will fly for free. And then I look at my daughters.  Smart, funny, gorgeous, and insecure. ...

7 Questions With an Author: Ali Bierman

This is the next installment of a weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Ali Bierman,she's a competency-based psychotherapist who helps people ferret out exactly how they operate in relationships - revealing why those partnerships fail. With her training, clients grasp the knack of what to do to transform their patterns of behavior, leading to mastery in creating romantic relationships. She also regularly blogs over at http://www.howtohaveamazingrelationships.com/. Here's ...

Death of a Former Boss

Richard T. Morgan May 19, 1937 - March 9, 2012 In his tragedy Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare had Marc Antony say, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” We don’t say enough about the good ones when they die. The good pays forward as strong or stronger than the bad; it’s just more quiet about it. A good man died March 9, a former boss of mine and of many other people. His name ...

What a Bag of Urine Taught Me About Faith

Making a "lens" from a bag of urine to focus sunlight to create fire We spent the July 4th weekend at my in-laws and as most of you can relate - conversations with family and friends often go all over the place. One of the conversation topics that came up was a cable show called Dual Survival where a pair of extreme survivalists are dropped in various parts of the world with very few resources. One of the most incredible episodes we discussed ...

The End is Near. Burger Anyone?

So, today, beginning at 7 am in the UK, the world is supposed to end and those worth saving will shoot off into the sky like people rockets toward heaven… while the rest of us will watch in horror and die a slow torturous death… and then spend the rest of eternity in hell…being tormented. This is according to Harold Camping the head of a US Christian broadcaster. Hmmm…what to do with my last day? I could spend it praying, but ...

Love – Finding a Definition That Works

Our culture is obsessed with the idea of love. Films, music, art, and even Virginia bumper stickers are saturated with the word “love.” But there is a problem: most of us cannot define love. We know that a feeling is involved. Ron Burgundy claims it is like, “skyrockets in flight!” Many can identify examples of love, but definitions rarely get passed, “you know, it’s love!” I recently celebrated my third anniversary to a far more amazing wife then a guy like me ...

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My Brain

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I saw my psychiatrist this afternoon. I explained the events of the weekend and while I hear him being proud of me, honestly proud isn’t why I did what I did. In my brain I did it for the animals, to which they are all home with loved ones. My physical and emotional self, now that’s a different story. Dr. M said that everything is very raw right now, it hasn’t even been longer than 2 days so in his mind …

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Out of Body Feeling

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Yesterday I was one of a few first responders on scene to a multiple car fatality. I keep having visions of the deceased, I see him everywhere. I see everything about that afternoon. Friends said to take the support of Victim’s Services and call them and I have done so. I am relieved that what I am experiencing is “normal” “i.e. as a result of the trauma”. …

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Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P.

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“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela: Madiba Dead at 95, RIP 1918-2013. Photo via g987fm.com Utata Madiba, Ndilusizi… Hamba kakuhle! Enkosi …

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Feet on the Ground

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She roared a bit too fast into the parking lot, music blaring. Perhaps not the best way to introduce herself to a new social group, she thought, turning the music off too late to have prevented the turning of heads. Today marked a beginning and an end. Mid-November but the the thermometer read January. Layered clothing, …

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Robert C. Stebbins Dies

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Best known for A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, a book I find indispensable, Robert Stebbins was a renown specialist who believed that direct observation of nature out-of-doors was as important as laboratory research. He was also concerned for the welfare of his subjects. He recognized that amphibian and reptile decline was a symptom …

Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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Michael David Torontow

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Michael David Torontow at home on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 after a long and gracious struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 65 years old, having spent over 20 years, afflicted with a disease that sapped nearly everything out of him, …

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