Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Treasures…

“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” Aldous Huxley Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Treasures… fertility dolls For this Daily Post photo challenge on the word old, I sought old treasures to share with you… We all know good things do come in old cases too; fine wine, art, collectibles. Come back later and I’ll share my story of each item featured. We know the ...

On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words – Honoring Hemingway

“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” Ernest Hemingway On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... The Old House For Rent, Old House, Rarely Occupied… On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... Doors of Paradise... Happiness, Met Me, At the Door… “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” Ernest Hemingway On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... Timbuktu home One Day, We Met, In Timbuktu… On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring ...

Inspiration: The Heart Is Where The Head Finds Solace…

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.”  Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet Inspiration: The Heart Is Where The Head Finds Solace... In Poetry & Prose: The Heart Is Where The Head Finds Solace… Over the years, it has become clear that my heart has never misled me or guided me to do things that didn’t help me grow… I think when some read the WP prompt, they think of love and passion and such matters of the heart; these are valid but not the ...

Weekly photo challenge – Windows

This first shot is of the Gridiron building in New York, it seems so fragile especially taken from this angle. This is a detail from one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedral in Prague which I particularly liked. The detail and the colours are so fresh, just breathtaking. On a visit to Spain, we drove up to Ronda and this is a view across the gorge.

Guest Post: Flowers and Art in Decoration

If you have decided to make significant changes in your home, by adding some decorations you can think about creative ideas and give your home a fresh and bright airy feel. Nowadays there are thousands of ideas for innovative decorations, some of them more sophisticated and others easier to create. To decorate your home you do not be a professional decorator, the only thing to do is to have the right ideas and materials in order to give your home ...

Haiku: May Peace Prevail…

“I visualize a world without war, and where politicians are interested only in politics of peace and love. What do you visualize today?” Robert Holden Haiku: May Peace Prevail… To our Dear Leader Our New Year‘s wish, Global Peace A World without War… For our dear Children May PEACE prevail; Peace with Grace And Hate, strife, recede… If there is one thing we need in 2013, it is Peace; local and global calm. Enough with wars, hate, greed, strife and misery… More below “We look forward to the time ...

Music Memories: Something There To Remind Me…

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven Music Memories: Something There To Remind Me… SADE Sade – Smooth Operator When Smooth Operator came out, I listened to it endlessly… It reminded me of a cad or two I’d met over the years… You know, the type that promised everything and delivered nothing… Need I say more? Enjoy the music. Reflect on your experiences and share them below… Come back later for more. “One good thing about music, when it ...

Meet Mimosa Pudica, the Plant that Likes to Play Dead When Touched

Scientific Name: Mimosa Pudica Common Names: Sensitive Plant, Touch-me-not Plant, shame plant Appearance-wise, there doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about this plant. The plant looks normal. The Mimosa Pudica is a low-growing, creeping plant with slightly prickly, woody stems.  The leaves are feathery and fern-like. It blooms fluffy ball-shaped pink or lavender flowers. But appearances are deceiving! You wouldn’t know by just looking at it, but the Mimosa Pudica is a peculiar plant. It is a bit shy and doesn’t like being ...

Credentialing for Would-be World Enders???

Harold Camping muffs end-o-days prediction Most states require a licensing process for a host of service providers ranging from hair stylists to mechanics. Those are important services if you’re in the market to touch up your roots or replace your brake pads – but those services don’t come close to predicting the end of the world. Apparently anyone can predict the end of days without so much as a certificate of apprenticeship. Case in point, an 89-year old Internet pastor-turned-prognosticator believed ...

Clean Laundry??? - A Guy's Perspective.....

Laundry: Clean or Dirty??? Men and women have different standards about "cleanliness." I'm not sure if it's nurture or nature - but there seems to be a clear difference between where guys and gals fall along the sanitary spectrum. This fact came to light during a discussion with my seven-year old girl as she was getting ready for bed. At the foot of her bed were three nightgowns from the past three nights - and she was getting a “fresh” nightgown out ...

Sometimes Living in Denial is Good….

Last year, I was fortunate to have two of my articles published with RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials. The two articles were  7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict and What to Consider Before Considering Kids respectively. This morning, the good folks at RELEVANT featured another piece I wrote titled When Living in Denial is Healthy Here’s an excerpt from my most recent piece at RELEVANT Magazine: ==================================================== If you’ve ever used the phrase, or been accused of “living in denial,” you know ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 21

Baby's development at 21 weeks - courtesy BabyCenter.com As I’ve written about before, my wife and I are thrilled to be expecting our third child in June of this year. We found out that we’re having a boy whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino” and this week marks his 21st week of gestational development. As background, I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of ...

A Romantic Rumor

I grew up with a diaphanous father who floated above me like a caption bubble saying, “?”. He was a romantic rumor, a previous chapter in my mother’s book of life, leaving behind no photos for his three little girls to frame and fawn over. There would be no frame hugging in this family. No searching his dark eyes for our own, or comparing the curve of our noses to his; no joy of discovering a trace of ourselves in his ...

The Power of Powerful Body Language

I’ve been a communications professional for more than 23 years. One of the most important aspects of communication is non-verbal cues also known as body language. Research has found that as much as 50 percent of our interpersonal communication is nonverbal. In other words, only half of what we say is spoken with our mouth. The other half of our message is usually unconsciously and silently conveyed via our nonverbal cues. Your nonverbal cues comprise everything from eyebrow movements, smiling (or not), hand gestures ...

Facing my fear and failure (again)…

My two biggest fears in life are the fear of failure and of disappointing people – I think many people can relate to those. But both of those fears combined into a queasy ache in my stomach yesterday as I walked into the local WeightWatchers office where I used to weigh-in and lost 35 lbs. TWICE over the past three years. Needless to say, I re-gained most of that lost weight because I got lazy with the program – thinking I had ...

7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake.  After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance Agent.  Angela started a scratch agency in 2005 and has built it into a thriving success. A key driver of that success – as outlined in ...

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Steering my own ship

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Who is steering your ship? With so many people I know struggling with all sorts of different challenges of late, I have been interested to observe the different ways we tend to go about dealing with the difficulties life sends our way. I have been surprised to find that, even though there are no commonalities in the problems being faced, the way we approach problems and try to …

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Do It Anyway: A Poem And A Prayer…

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In 1968, Dr. Kent Keith, a young college student leader, wrote a booklet to help other youth leaders. It was titled: The Paradoxical Commandments. Years later, the poem/prayer surfaced as an amended version attributed to Mother Teresa; renamed Do It Anyway. It was inscribed on a wall in her living quarters, and many who passed through stopped to note and cherish the inspiring words. …

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Healing wonders of nature

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It never ceases to amaze me how much mood and mind can be affected by such simple things. My partner and I walked through this gorge this morning, and the fresh air, exercise, and healing wonders of nature have done more for my state of mind in a couple of hours than any other medication or technique has achieved in months. It has been a beautiful start to the weekend. …

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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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Tricks of the mind

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Sometimes you feel you are all alone. Sometimes you think no one cares. Sometimes it seems no one is listening. Sometimes it seems everyone glares. – But, sometimes it’s just our minds that tells us we’re neglected, tricking us into believing we are worthless, not worthy of being loved. – It is our mind that blinds us to the truth of how much others care and to …

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Where We Are Supposed To Be

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April 6th, 5:00AM and there I sat underneath the Palm trees and across from a fountain. Sipping an over priced Cafe Mocha and waiting for the dawn in Southern California. The fountain is quiet and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s broken. 2,180 miles away from home for the Seduction of Spirit Mediation and Yoga Retreat. …

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Tuesday morning on the 10.25

Countryside as Seen from a Moving Train

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their …

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