St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” Adrienne Cook St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts – The longest Parade is in NY St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts – The shamrock is a reminder of the Holy Trinity 1.”Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of ...

The Garden Rose Gallery

Probably the most popular garden roses of today are those with strong fragrance, huge petal counts and large flower heads. There are many varieties like this for today’s gardens bred by major houses like David Austin Roses from England, Rosen Tantau from Germany, and Meilland from the south of France. Until recently, none of these “Garden Varieties” were available as cut flowers because these roses tend to have a poor shelf and vase life. Lately however, major hybridizers have made an ...

Meet the Naked Lady, aka the Autumn Crocus

Scientific Name: Colchicum autamanale Other Common Names: Meadow Saffron During the fall, naked ladies like to make their appearances in the garden! Referring to the Autumn Crocus, this one of the more popular fall-flowering bulbs. The cheeky name, Naked Lady, comes from the fact that these flowers will emerge from the ground without leaves during the fall months. They can be identified by their globet-shaped flowers blooming on bare stems. Naked ladies are known for their large, showy flowers, which are available in ...

Fun Flower Facts: Zinnia

Zinnias are brightly coloured flowers belonging to the Asteraceae family, where other members include asters, daisies, and sunflowers. Flowers vary in size, with diameters ranging from one inch to seven inches. They also vary in form; they might have a single, semi-double or double layers of petals. The zinnia is a hot-climate plant native to South America and southwestern United States. Zinnias are popular fresh cut flowers and are valued for their long stems and brightly-coloured blooms. Cut flowers should last ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong…

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.” Henry David Thoreau Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong… Backwards? How did that happen? Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong… Mooning your fans? LMFAO! See that lady’s face… Luther Ingram – If lovin you is wrong I don’t wanna be right… This week’s challenge was a bit of a challenge for me… Wrong? Who’s to judge? Hmmm. Anyhow, the song above kept playing in my head, so I had to share two ...

Whirling Dervishes

We entered a cave and passed through a tunnel that opened into a theater carved from rock. The blistering heat of the day couldn’t reach through tons of insulating rock. We were in Cappadocia, here to see the famous Whirling Dervishes. I knew little about them, aside from that song “Maria” in The Sound of Music, where singing nuns complain that Maria could throw a whirling dervish out of whirl. I remember wondering what this meant but never bothered to find ...

Reflections: Taken Back In Time…

“Traveling is all very well if you can get home at night. I would be willing to go around the world if I came back in time to light the candles and set the table for supper.” Gladys Taber Reflections: Taken Back In Time... and the staying power of friendships. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman Skyy – Call Me. If You Need Someone to Talk To (1982) I was taking one of my power walks recently and reflecting on a funny conversation I had earlier in the ...

Weird & Wacky: The Crooked Forest of Gryfino, Poland

A forest of crooked trees. It sounds that like an eerie setting for a fantasy story, but believe it or not, there is a place like this on Earth. In Gryfino, Poland, there is a living, breathing forest dubbed “Crooked Forest” with about 400 trees with curved “J-shaped” trunks that all bend in the same direction. The Crooked Forest is a mystery as to why and how the trees have become crooked. Even almost a century later, the only thing that is ...

Ask the Brit!

I’ve always been fascinated with Britain. I believe it’s because so many of our roots and traditions stem from there. America was birthed from British expatriates which sort of makes us Britain’s prodigal daughter. We’re so alike yet so different. Since the British Invasion back in the 1960’s America has been flirting with the English… and poking fun at them. They’ve given us amazing writers, musicians, actors, princesses; not to mention arrogant talent show judges….the list is endless. So I’ve ...

Life-Changing Books Redux / Eating Animals

About thirty years ago, I swore off veal. I had read a one-page consciousness-raising ad about how calves are treated from birth to death to make them good sources of veal. Imagine my shock the other day when I saw the exact same ad show up again in a magazine I was reading. Say what? I haven’t eaten veal for thirty years and these animals are still being treated like this? How naïve was I to think I could make ...

Young and Old and a Goal-Driven Author

In the 1990s I was fortunate to make the acquaintance and eventually become a four-time publisher of Dr. William H. Thomas. Here’s a link to his 2004 nonfiction book What Are Old People For? Quoting from elsewhere on that publishing site, the below will give you an idea about the man: Winner of the Heinz Award for the Human Condition and named as one of America’s Best Leaders by the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Bill Thomas is a geriatrician ...

5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training

Running Along - courtesy www.ronedmondson.com Today I have the honor of having a featured guest post on the fantastic web site of Ron Edmondson, a nationally-recognized writer, pastor and leadership authority. Ron was kind enough to publish a piece I wrote titled 5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training - here's an excerpt: ======================================== Prior to my 40th birthday I decided I wanted to run a full marathon. I found a training regimen, stuck to it and successfully completed my first 26.2 mile distance within the ...

Renting Textbooks … Is It for You (and Yours)?

Digital art by Idea go The most expensive textbook I had to purchase in college cost $29, if memory serves. I think on average I was probably spending about $15 per book, so the most expensive one was about twice the normal cost. In the late 1960’s it was a jaw-dropping amount. The shock of it was good for at least a week of conversations with other students before other topics took over, like which fraternity party to go to the ...

7 Questions With an Author: Bob Burg

Best Selling Author and International Speaker – Bob Burg 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 Bob Burg. Bob is a successful author and highly-sought speaker who shares information on topics vital to the success of today’s businessperson. He speaks for corporations and associations internationally, including fortune 500 companies, franchises and numerous direct sales organizations. Bob regularly addresses audiences ranging in size ...

How the NYT Book Review Won My Heart

A surge of gratitude welled up inside me this morning when I read a certain letter to the editor in The New York Times Book Review. A little background first: When I was a publisher, part of the operation was, of course, to get publicity for the books we were publishing. Sometimes it felt right to try writing a letter to an editor about an aspect of a recent news item that could be applied to one of our books. ...

2 Good News Updates…

Two great pieces of news. First I just registered for the 37th Annual Marine Corp Marathon (MCM). This race will be held on Sunday, Octocber 28th and runs all over Washington, DC. I ran in this marathon two years ago and it was by far the most fun of the five full marathons I’ve completed thus far. I missed out on last year’s running of the MCM because the race sold out in less than 48 hours and I dragged my feet ...

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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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