Tips to Save Water in Your Garden

Water is a precious, non-renewable resource. It gives life to all the fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers  in our gardens. To keep our gardens lush and vibrant, water is essential. That being said, many people take water for granted. North Americans are the largest consumers of water in the world. Water consumption is at an all time high and it is important for people to realize that fresh, clean water is scarce, especially during droughts. Fortunately, we are not doomed. ...

Reflections: What Are You Declaring Over Your Life?

“Our words have creative power. Whenever we speak something, either good or bad, we give life to what we are saying.” Joel Osteen Reflections: What Are You Declaring Over Your Life? Abundance… 1 I declare God‘s incredible blessings over my life 2 I declare I will experience God’s faithfulness 3 I declare I have the grace I need for today 4 I declare it is not too late to accomplish everything God has placed in my heart From: I Declare by Joel Osteen We know that ...

Flowers you can eat!

Flowers aren’t just pretty to look at; some of them are edible! There are so many varieties to choose from. Here are a few flowers that to get your taste buds started: Begonia The whole plant is edible, including the leaves, flowers and stem.  Begonia blossoms have a citrusy taste. The petals can be used in salads and as garnish. The stems can be cooked like rhubarb. However, for those people who have gout, kidney stones or rheumatism, they should avoid eating ...

Summer 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

Wedding season is here! May through August is the most popular times of the year for weddings. And for good reason, too! Couples want to take advantage of the hot, sunny weather and beautiful, blooming flowers that the season brings! Summer weddings calls for an outdoor setting; beaches, gardens and fields are especially  beautiful this time of the year. And most importantly, there is an abundance of blooming flowers in season! Brides will have a wide variety of flowers and colours ...

The Legend of the Lady of the Night

Scientific Name: cestrum nocturnum Other Names: dama de noche, queen of the night, night-blooming jessamine, night blooming jasmine The Lady of the Night is not just the name of a movie or two, it is also the name of an  evergreen shrub that produces small white greenish flowers. The shrub has broad, glossy leaves can grow to 13 feet tall. The night blooming jasmine is native to the West Indies and South Asia. While at first glance there doesn’t seem to be anything ...

A Masterpiece of Loathing

The Family of Carlos IV hangs in a place of honor in Madrid’s Prado Museum. At first glance Goya’s painting doesn’t seem exceptional, just a bunch of self-satisfied people dressed in finery while having their group portrait painted. But if we look harder we can see what prompted Ernest Hemingway to call this painting a masterpiece of loathing. Francisco Goya (1746-1828) held the position of First Painter to the King of Spain, and was his personal friend. In fact, the two ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken…

“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken… Broken pinky finger off a Ganesha statue. Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken… Broken boulders at Joshua Tree Park, CA The word “Broken” covers a lot of ground; some good, like breaking ground for a new building, breaking champagne on a new ship, or breaking a wrapped glass at a wedding ceremony, and some not so good; like broken hearts, broken promises, ...

What is Bonsai?

Are you a plant lover looking for a new hobby? Try bonsai!   Photo Credit: Flickr, Clif1066 Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is a Japanese horticultural art form of training full size woody plants in containers to look miniature. The name bonsai comes from two Japanese words, “bon” for dish or thin bowl and “sai” for a tree or plant. Thus, the name “bonsai” means “a tree planted in a shallow container.” The art of bonsai is thousands of years old and was once an practice for ...

Black Friday Blues: Wedded Blisster Series – Episode 11

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #11 deals with the annual ritual of spending money on the busiest shopping day of the year – Black Friday.  The links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below. Question: What’s your Black Friday routine – economic Nirvana or avoid ...

Clownish Celebrity Parenting

Last week, actress and ultra-all-natural mom Alicia Silverstone (who ironically starred in the movie Clueless) posted a home video on YouTube. In the clip she proceeded to feed her son – named Bear – by first chewing the food herself – and then feeding him mouth-to-mouth. Perhaps she might want to consider renaming Baby Bear something more appropriate, to something like…oh, I don’t know…perhaps Baby Bird – since she’s modeling the aviary regurgitation practice. Here’s the video: The first time I saw the video ...

Honey Do List: Wedded Blisster Series – Episode 12

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #12 deals with the one thing that every male in a committed relationship dreads – the Honey Do List.  The links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below. Question: What seems to allows top your “Honey Do List?” Black Friday Blues: ...

4 Life-Changing Reasons Why You Should Have a Baby Journal

“…I don’t think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya, From the Princess Bride There is a bit of confusion it would seem, in some of the more common expressions around parenthood. Before the birth of our son, my wife and I would always hear the comment: “Our child is the center of our world.” This sure sounds sweet and endearing, right? Guess what. It’s not. It is a cold, hard fact. After the arrival of our little bundle of joy, ...

Guess the Celebrity Home

Summer always brings out the kid in me. It’s the season of fun, so let’s have a little! A house doesn’t really become a home until it reflects the owner’s style and taste. Of course, style and taste don’t always go hand in hand. Even celebrities, with their limitless budgets and options, don’t always make the wisest decisions when it comes to interior design, but I’m always intrigued by their choices. Whether quirky, opulent or simple and understated, their homes always ...

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 ...

Good Feelings from Groups

Funny the stories that stick with you over the years. Have any of you read West of Eden by Harry Harrison? That’s WEST of Eden. Published by Bantam in 1984, it’s a marvelous piece of science fiction set in the prehistoric past. The book seems never to have made it into paperback. One of the key ideas in the book was the “early childhood” of the main characters, which took place in the ocean, where the characters were raised in ...

The Difference Between Monotony and Boredom…

Repetition isn't always boring. For some reason I can listen to the same great song on auto repeat for an hour straight. I could eat the same foods every day, and I wake up every morning at 6:30am. I’m not sure why but when I find something I enjoy, I prefer to experience it over and over. Perhaps that’s why training and running marathons appeals to me as do the routines of married life. I like the repetition. Most of my friends define ...

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The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

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There is an abundance of guidance on the Internet, in bookstores, magazines, newspaper advice columns and talk radio about how to keep your marriage healthy. I’m not going to criticize the tips often touted by experts because they are important and I don’t want to disregard this valuable wisdom but there are things that no matter where you research get glossed over. First, let’s go over a …

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The Knead for Success (In Life or Dough)

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You are the baker of your ideas; you are the yeast and the sponge from which all elasticity rises. If you choose, you can stretch and fold or slap and punch your way though any obstacles. You will know when your plan becomes the texture of your earlobe that guaranteed rewards wait just outside the oven of completion. However, if you simply loaf, you may find your outcome to be lame and bland …

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Negativity Sucks and Breeds a Pie in the Face

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I had a strange dream last night. I was working at a trade show. The convention center was filled with hundreds of people interacting with others in a very solemn way. Everyone was dressed in black as if attending a funeral. It was confusing to me that not one person smiled, as if the residing emotional committee had banned smiling. I was representing a company that had invented a new type of …

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Five Things I Don’t Want To Be Doing During An Earthquake

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As a California resident I am reminded of the importance of earthquake preparedness on a daily basis. I know we are overdue and I do have certain items in place in case of emergency but the biggest danger is that you don’t know where you will be when it hits. It would be nice to have ample warning so you could get yourself to an open field because it isn’t the earthquake that injures people it’s …

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Junk Mail Junkies

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The corner of Roy’s mouth tipped up in a crooked grin as he looked around at Harry’s latest pigsty. It was a Goldenwest singlewide. The natural wood grain was photographed veneer but glued nicely from floor to ceiling. Panel so thin it cracked from the sound of a loud fart. Harry’s chihuahua, Halapeeno, had done a keen job on the carpet. He liked to dig and since Harry didn’t …

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Worst-Case Scenario

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I received a gift in the mail yesterday from a friend who lives in another state. She said she was cleaning out one of her bookcases and found a book she knew I could use. I’m not sure if she is familiar with the area I moved to but I’m going to assume she thinks its particularly troublesome. I started thumbing through the chapters of this book titled, The COMPLETE Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. …

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Technically Speaking

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A technical writer is a professional writer who engages in technical writing and produces technical documentation for technical, business, and consumer audiences. According to Wikipedia, this defines the profession as preparing information that helps users who use a product. When, however, does the technical writer stop informing the user and begin to confuse them? Is there a limit to just how technical the writer …

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