Biafra War Memories: No Victor, No Vanquished…?

“The world is full enough of hurts and mischance without wars to multiply them.” J.R.R. Tolkien War Memories: No Victor, No Vanquished...? Biafran war image the world remembers... Biafra War Memories: No Victor, No Vanquished...? Map of Biafra during the secessionist war... Lyrics to Republic of Biafra National Anthem Land of the rising sun, we love and cherish, Beloved homeland of our brave heroes; We must defend our lives or we shall perish, We shall protect our hearts from all our foes; But if the price is death ...

Inspiration: Embracing The F Word…

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” J.K. Rowling Inspiration: Embracing The F Word... What is our attitude towards failure? Have we recently failed at something and are still kicking ourself? Do we look around and wonder where we went wrong because everyone else is doing great? Do we avoid trying new things because we are afraid to fail? Regardless of how we answer the questions, the ...

Don't Quit Your Day Job!

Let’s start on a high note: Did you know that in addition to being an engineer, inventor, philosopher and painter, Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) was also a comedian? In his day he was considered quite the cut-up on the comedy circuits of the Renaissance. Here’s a genuine five hundred year old Leonardo joke taken from one of his notebooks: A wealthy patron asked a famous artist, “How is it that you create such beautiful paintings but the children you create are ...

Life Without Limits-Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life… A Review

“Living without limits means knowing that you always have something to give, something that might ease the burden of others.” Nick Vujicic Life Without Limits... Nick Vujicic What limits do we place on our lives? How can we live a life without limits; a purposeful life? Recently, I read a book that was so compelling, I couldn’t put it down. It was the personal journey of Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker and inspiring author of “Life Without Limits-Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life,” ...

X-Ray Flowers

British photographer and artist Hugh Turvey created these strikingly beautiful x-ray images of flowers. Through these amazingly detailed images, views are given the opportunity to see flowers in a different light. Photo credit: Hugh Turvey He is inspired by all that is around him and enjoys the discovery that comes with his work. He can be quoted as saying, “I’m driven by my curiosity. I have an insane curiosity for how things work. X-ray gives me a way to get that insight ...

Inspiration: Honor The Ebb & Flow Of Life…

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Honor The Ebb & Flow Of Life... A calm follows the breaking waves... Inspiration: Honor The Ebb & Flow Of Life... Go with the flow of the waves... don't run... All of life is about movement. We have moments of peace and ease, a few ripples in the waves, and moments of turbulence or breaking waves. The turbulence is like ...

Reflections: Is Reality Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill Reflections: Is Reality Half-Full Or Half-Empty? Laughter can shift our thinking... Is your reality half-full or half-empty? Is the picture of your life an optimistic or pessimistic one? When I first read the prompt, my initial reaction was to say, reality has shadings of both and that it depends on what day of the week we are talking about… But that is not the question. ...

8 Delicious Chrysanthemum Recipes

Although chrysanthemums are generally available all year round, they are most popular in the fall. Chrysanthemums of all colours, sizes and forms are available. Not only do these bright and colourful flowers brighten up and beautify homes and gardens everywhere, the flowers and leaves are also edible. They are often used in Chinese cuisines, in both savoury and sweet dishes, to add a delicate, floral taste. Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in soups, teas, desserts and entrees. That being said, the ...

Darwin’s Dirty Little Secret….

Darwin's Dirty Little Secret....

Most individuals recognize Charles Darwin as the Father of Evolution, and his book The Origin of Species (1859) with its concept of natural selection among animals via “survival of the fittest,” as the closest thing to a messiah and belief system that science willing embraces as its gospel. Since elementary school, we’ve all been indoctrinated to evolution’s underlying premise that there are finite resources that all life forms are competing to obtain. If an individual within a given species exhibits a ...

Books Recently Given or Received

This is kind of a dangerous post to write, because I didn’t keep a list of books I gave or received over the holidays. Therefore, I’m probably going to forget one or two, and perhaps offend someone in the process. But one must soldier on. Books Given Kitty Kelley at signing for her latest book, Capturing Camelot Capturing Camelot by Kitty Kelley: This is a glossy and wonderful picture/reminiscence book by the (in)famous Kitty Kelley, known for her unauthorized biographies of Frank Sinatra, ...

Shock and Gawk

Eating Life Raw (ELR) was conceived from a genuine desire to speak with undaunted honesty about life, resulting in a cathartic release for me and hopefully an inspiring and stimulating experience for you, the reader. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit “goody-two-shoes” editing myself in order to please the agents of the world who may, or may not, be visiting ELR. I’m seeking to get my novel, Cosette’s Tribe, published, and in doing so I think I’ve omitted some of ...

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 ...

New Tabbed Section of My Favorites

I have succumbed. I decided to take advantage of Amazon’s template for displaying and commenting on my favorite books. It’s just a neat way to see the covers and read a quick sentence by me about each, then to click to read more about the book, and then, if you want, to add to the shopping cart and go from there. Or, of course, to make a note to yourself and go support your local bookstore! I’ve named favorite books in ...

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 ...

Forgetaboutit!

Today, I’ve got an endless list of things to do…so much so much! Yet, I can’t get this blog out of my head—so here it is on paper. Let me apologize ahead of time if it’s a bit snappy, but I’m channeling my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Cronin, who was never one to pussyfoot around. When life drones on like a drunken relative, leaving too much time for stinking thinking, and old worries dig their way out from their graves with ...

Mid-Year: New Year’s Resolution Update…..

Mid-Year: New Year's Resolution Update.....

Last December I made a bevy of New Year's resolutions that can be viewed in the post I'm a Living, Breathing Weight Loss Cliche, which is dated 12/29/2010. Now that we're at the midway point of 2011, I thought it might be useful to grade myself on each of the bulleted resolutions in the excerpt below from that post: In the waning hours of 2010 there are several achieveable, personal resolutions that I purpose to pursue in 2011 including: making five blog posts each week; ...

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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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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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Flowers & Fashion: Celebrity Edition!

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Happy Fashion Friday!! 2012 was the year of the floral prints! Celebrities are just like us! They like their floral prints just as much as the rest of us. Here are some of my favourite looks. Actress Katie Holmes in floral jeans from: instyle.com Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in a floral skirt from: peoplestylewatch.com Actress Jessica Alba in a floral blazer from: instyle.com First …

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