The Bomb Shelter Game

Back in 1967 when I was a junior in high school, Mr. Farrington, our social studies teacher, came up with an interesting idea that made us all stopthinking about our raging hormones to focus on something nearly as important—survival. The Soviet Union hadn’t crumbled yet and nuclear annihilation remained a distinct possibility, so engaging in a life and death struggle for survival, even if it was only a game, was far more interesting than the usual drivel we were exposed ...

Community: Some PostADay Lessons…

“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” Rudolf Steiner Community: Great ones flow like precious water... The PostADay Challenge has been a very rewarding effort even with the time it demands of us. I’ve met many terrific bloggers and formed some special new alliances. What I have learned so far: Connecting with my new blogging friends and ...

Inspiration: Nik Wallenda – The Impossible Is Possible…

“The impossible is not quite the impossible if you set your mind to it.” Nik Wallenda Inspiration: Nik Wallenda – The Impossible Is Possible… Nik over Niagara Falls Inspiration: Nik Wallenda – The Impossible is possible… “I think that’s what life is about. We all go through challenges. But once we get through them, we look back and say look how much our lives have changed by going through that challenge.” “If you can focus on the other side, when you look back it ...

Reflections: Where Are My Feet?

“The present is what is happening when you strip away all the resentments of your past and all the worries you have about your future.” John Kuypers Reflections: Where Are My Feet? Be Present… To help you be more present in your life today, stop what you are doing once an hour and ask yourself, “Where are my feet?” Robert Holden Few things force us to be more present than an illness… whether grave or simple, illness forces us to stop and pay attention. ...

Trend Alert: Living Pictures with Succulents

Vertical gardening and living walls are still cool. One of the hottest trends right now in gardening/home decor is “living pictures,” where succulent cuttings are artfully woven into a frame to create a living, breathing piece of artwork that can be hung in any space! It is a fun and easy way to add some colour, texture and interest to your home. And the best part is that these living pictures are low-maintenance, which would be perfect for beginner gardeners! Succulents ...

A Romantic Proposal with A Dress Made with 9 999 Red Roses!

As cliche as it is, nothing says “I love you” quite like the red rose. If one single red rose can get our hearts aflutter, imagine what 9 999 roses can do! On February 2012, Xiao Fan, a man from Guangzhou proposed to his girlfriend, Yin Mi, with one of the most incredibly romantic and extravagant gestures ever! He definitely set the bar high for all the other men out there! He created a gorgeous custom-made dress made of 9 999 ...

Late Summer Blooming Flowers

Gardens are usually most beautiful from May until about July, when all the flowers are in full bloom! But now that summer is winding down, your garden may look a bit tired, with many flowers wilting or turning brown. Before you put away your gardening tools for the summer, consider growing some late bloomers! There are many perennials and annuals that bloom late in the season to give your garden some colour and life again. Here is a list of flowers that ...

Justifying The "B" Word

Yes, I admit it; in a moment of weakness I looked my son’s godmother in the face and called her the “B” word. Horrible I know, but don’t condemn me until you know the facts. Our son’s godparents (I’ll refer to them as Mr. and Mrs. G.) are psychologists and a delightful couple. They live in Sacramento and are our oldest and closest friends—the reason we selected them to be our son’s godparents. They’d agreed to raise little CJ should a ...

Cautionary Tales

I’ve been busy transitioning from Maine to Florida for the winter. It’s not so much a culture shock as an environment shock. The day before we left our place in Maine, I took this (above) picture of the view outside our living room. Yesterday morning I took this (below) picture of the view outside our living room in Florida. Gary and I visited a friend in Bowie, MD, on the trip down. She’s widowed, 80-something, and living in a life community ...

3 Kinds of "Doers" From the Bible

Charlton Heston as Moses: "Disobedient Doer" When my wife and I ask our daughters to complete a chore or task around the house they always do it, which is a blessing. But as I think about it, there are different ways they sometimes "do" a thing or complete a task - some of those ways are more honorable than another. In particular consider three examples of different "doers" from the Bible and their resultant outcomes, which can apply to any of us who ...

Fastest U.S. Marathon Sellout Ever

This morning I swung by the web site for the Marine Corp Marathon and saw that a record was set – the fastest sellout of a full U.S. marathon since endurance races have been held in this country. This type of thing probably doesn’t matter to non-runners, but the press release below, posted by the event organizers, has some stunning facts. --- Marking the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has sold 30,000 available online entries ...

Connecting With My Kids….

The girls and I with our new green belts (I'm the one in the middle) I’m so proud of my girls. For the past several months my daughters and I have been attending family karate classes. The school we attend is called BMI Karate and it’s the only dojo we found in a 50 mile radius that has families – adults and kids – take classes together. It’s been a great experience so far and our girls still say they love the ...

Celebrating Hanukkah With Cleverbot….

Several months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is actually intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with this bastion of (AI) idiocy last month: Veterans Day Conversation With Cleverbot Since today marks the third day of Hanukkah, I thought it would ...

Cupid Must Think I'm Stupid!

Valentine’s schmalentine’s, who gives a crap? Is this day just for daters and maters or for the general population? I’ve been married 35 years and I’ve yet to get a valentine gift. Of course I’m not the type to make a fuss. I like to silently seethe. Actually, I come from Worcester County, which happens to be the home of the first Valentine. I think I should be demanding preferential Valentine treatment. And I would, if I thought it would do ...

Fabulous Finds: Geometrics

From runways to interiors, geometric shapes and patterns are everywhere! What’s so great about them? Geometric designs are energizing, playful and elegant – the perfect combination to invigorate interior spaces. The go-to shapes include hexagons, diamonds, stripes and the Greek key pattern, but the options are almost endless.  And as an added bonus, geometric patterns excel at hiding wear and tear on upholstery and rugs. Looking to add a pop of geometric design to your space? Check out these fabulous finds! Geometric Storage ...

3 Tips for Parents of Teenagers (From a guy with no kids)

Six months ago I got married. And two weeks ago my wife and I taught the “Parenting Teens” class at my church because, you know, wait . . . we’re qualified to do that? What was my church thinking?! To be fair, we both work for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Oregon State University. We spend large chunks of our days with college students and kids in their late teens. So I guess you could say we know a thing or two. Teaching ...

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New Year, New Hue

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Want a new year’s resolution that’s actually fun? Resolve to update your home or wardrobe with a splash of radiant orchid – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014! Alluring, feminine and fresh – radiant orchid is a beautiful mixture of fuchsia, purple and pink. Add it to your home through paint, accent pieces or accessories. It …

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Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the …

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Fashion Friday: Pretty Flower Braid Updo

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  Here at Fun Flower Facts, we love flowers! If you haven’t figured it out already, we blog about everything related to flowers, from floral art to fun flower facts to gardening tips and home decor. And today, we’re talking hair and how you can transform your long, luscious locks into a beautiful flower. Are you ready …

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Trend Report: Tribal Patterns

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It’s hard not to have noticed the recent explosion of tribal patterns in interior design, and for good reason. Nothing is quite as intriguing as the combination of bold patterns and texture in tribal textiles. The designs simply beg to be touched and add instant interest and vibrancy to any space. But just what are …

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Fashion Friday! Winter Florals

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2012 is the year of the floral! Floral prints were all the rage in the spring and summer! And we can see why the trend was so popular. Floral prints are fun, flirty and feminine! There were floral shoes and floral bags, to name a few examples. Celebrities were even sporting the look. While the growing …

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On your fingertips: stylish mom in a snap… what’s hot in Bolivia right now?

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I simply love, love any type of ‘finger nail artwork’. And Bolivia, like any other Latincountry, is probably one of the best places to exercise this passion! ♥ Credit: Pagina Siete, La Paz, Bo. How to be a full-time mom of little kids, capable of helping them with homework despite the baby’s high pitch crying, not forgetting to devote some …

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

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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 …

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