More Guinness World Record Flower Facts

Here at Fun Flower Facts, we love fun flower facts! It’s what our little flower blog is all about! You can learn so much on this blog, such as the history of flowers, unusual plants, plants that kill people, roses named after celebrities, and so much more! But nothing says “fun flower facts” quite like the Guinness World Records! The Guinness World Records is the ultimate place to find amazing, record-breaking facts! We did a Guinness World Records blog post back in ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home…

“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” Benjamin Franklin Weekly Photo Challenge: Home… Mongoose Home Weekly Photo Challenge: Home… Mongoose Home Most of us are familiar with the quote “Home is where the heart is…” It is one of my favorites as I heard it quite often when I was growing up. We moved a lot and it became a mantra of sorts as we prepared for our next home ...

An Adventure: The Taxi Driver…

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” Henry David Thoreau An Adventure: The Taxi Driver... a London cabbie The new decade began with a bang and lots of adventure. I had decided to move to the USA and, as word spread, friends in London and elsewhere invited me to even more parties and celebrations as a way to say goodbye, bon voyage… our last hurray! One fateful night in January, one of ...

Music Musings: Live Your Life…

“Music makes us want to live. You don’t know how many times people have told me that they’d been down and depressed and just wanted to die. But then a special song caught their ear and that helped give them renewed strength. That’s the power music has.” Mary J. Blige Music Musings: Live Your Life… Yuna Yuna – Live Your Life “Live Your Life” by Yuna Lyrics via azlyrics.com Find your light Don’t hide from what you are And rise before you fall And hope for ...

Musings: Oh Happy Day!

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!” Amanda Bradley Musings: Oh Happy Day! Louise Hay – Happy Birthday… and more Oh Happy Day! (Full version) – Choeur Gospel Célébration de Québec & Sylvie Desgroseilliers Every day is a special day because it honors the birth of a great soul; another angel on a mission to earth. Today is a very special day at Hay House – it is the celebration of Louise L. Hay‘s 86th birthday! When ...

Featured Blogger: Vivian Kirkfield – Positive Parental Participation

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” Barbara Johnson Featured Blogger: Vivian Kirkfield - Positive Parental Participation Featured Blogger: Vivian Kirkfield - Cover of her book: Show Me How!  Whenever I think of Vivian, blogger/writer of Positive Parental Participation, the words compassionate, kind, devoted mother, grandma, and friend come to mind because Vivian is all of those things and more. Vivian is an award winning author, a reading expert, bold adventurer, knowledge seeker/provider, and an ...

Best Flowers to Give to Allergy Sufferers

Flowers are the perfect gift any occasion from birthdays to sympathy, lifting up spirits and bring joy and smiles all around! Everybody loves flowers! Well, actually that isn’t exactly true.  Flowers can be a source of suffering for some. Specifically, the pollen in some flowers can trigger annoying allergy symptoms of sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and more! That being said, there are many flowers that won’t trigger allergy symptoms. Generally speaking, the less scent a flower has, the less pollen it ...

Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P.

“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 kakhulu! (Father Madiba, I’m sad… Go well. Thank you very much!) Nelson Mandela’s retirement charity launch Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba, Khulu, Dalibhunga, 95, passed away today. ...

You’re Not Special (but I really want you to be)

As a parent I’m proud of my kids and their accomplishments. I’ve got the medals and the chest to prove it – literally. In our basement, there’s a chest that’s bulging with every art class drawing, report card, unit test, medal of achievement, every certificate, team ribbon, participation parchment and group trophy from our kids’ endeavors to date. They’ve accomplished a lot and  I’m proud of that. I brag about them. I’m a dad, that’s my job. But should it be that way? Do they ...

The Intersection of Indifference and Forgiveness

I recently saw the Oscar-award winning movie “The Fighter” which starred Mark Wahlberg as boxer Mickey Ward and Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund, Ward’s brother who was a former boxing phenom turned washed-up-crack addict. It was a great, inspiring adaptation regarding Ward’s true life story, his relationship with his brother, their dysfunctional family and redemption. However, Bale’s haunting portrayal of an addict and the subsequent denial of all wrongdoing reminded me of an individual in my life who had similar problems.  There was a timewhen this individual and ...

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He’s a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life – personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned… ignoring or answering that question, will change your life. 13 years ago that question meant nothing to me. The world from my ...

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 ...

If You’ve Ever Been Afraid to Try…

Last evening I was trolling around the web when I came across this incredible compilation video that I’ve embedded below. It is an amalgamation of snippets of people doing some incredible tricks, stunts and skills. As goofy as it sounds, this montage inspired me to take action on a couple of projects that I had been avoiding – because of fear. I hope you find this “fearless” collection of clips as inspiring and entertaining as I did. The little girl slide-parking her bike with ...

Time Travel for the Imagination

The other day I walked over to the Post Office to mail a copy of my family biography/memoir The Cleveland Rutters to a widowed friend of my deceased parents. I haven’t seen this man for well over forty or even fifty years, since I was a teenager at most. At that time I would only have called him Mr. K__, certainly not by his first name, as I had just now done in the cover note to him. I never ...

Calling All Bloggers: Share Your Best 9/11 Writing

Zero Hour - courtesy of National Geographic This is a post about you as an individual and us as a nation. I'm asking any and all bloggers who have written about the 9/11 disaster - which occurred 10 years ago this weekend - to share a link to their best blog post they've ever written on the topic. It doesn't matter if it was written five years or five minutes ago. Please provide a 2-3 sentence description in the comments section below as ...

Top-10 List: Creepiest Clowns Ever

I have to confess that I suffer from a disorder that currently has no cure. It’s a mild case but a haunting problem that few people talk about. But I’m breaking my silence. I have coulrophobia – an acute fear of clowns. While this may not have the same high-profile cache as other phobias such as fear of water, heights or overly-hairy women it is a real disorder and not a laughing matter. In an effort to face this fear, I’ve compiled a list ...

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Mask of conformity and existence

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A roller-coaster day of possibilities, slammed into oblivion one-by-one. The result is a feeling of deflation, exhaustion, loneliness, and incompetence. The energy required to pick myself up, and dust myself off is lacking. The buffeting waves of optimism followed by decimation has left me drowning in self-doubt. When will I ever reach the calm shores of contentment and usefulness? Is it even possible? …

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Doubts

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Doubts. Doubts. Doubts. Doubts are everywhere. Doubts are surrounding me, engulfing me, consuming me. Doubts are eating at my soul, piece by piece, morsel by morsel. What am I doing? I’ll never be good enough. I am never good enough. Useless, hopeless, ridiculous. No one understands. No one knows the truth. What is the truth? What I know …

Pushing Through the Pain

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I’ve got so much filtering through my head. I don’t know where to begin. When I started my eating disorder program last November, I really felt that the travel to wellness was going to happen. After exposure to some other groups and such; I’ve had different emotions arise, many I hadn’t expected or dreamed of. I …

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Self Injury Awareness Day 2014

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This is my second year writing about sharing the importance of making March 1 – Self Injury Awareness Day. Many aren’t aware of this day and its importance and there are those that may be misinformed into thinking it is only about self harm as in *trigger warning* cutting and the like. I am going to attach a picture of the many ways a person self harms, …

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A Son Goes Astray: Risk Factors and City Kids

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A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). Risk factors have a cumulative impact and can span over 5 domains. In other words, the more risk factors spread out over multiple domains one has, the greater the likelihood for serious delinquency ang gang involvement. …

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They call it the Onion

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I have been dreading this exercise yet I know I have to go through this exercise to start the work to getting to the other side. The healing side. The purpose of this exercise is to start to make the connection between my eating disorder and the reasons why behaviors exist. I know why it is called the “Onion”, I learned years ago it’s about the layers and layers of stuff that separate me from my behavior. …

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The Law of Giving and Self Help

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My long term relationship with untreated depression helped fuel that direction. It seemed safer that way and work was the perfect excuse. Work got twisted into an unhealthy coping strategy. I could justify keeping the world away by framing my behavior as “going the extra mile” for something important. …

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