Musings: Color Me Poetic…?

“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.” Salvador Dali Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Autumn leaves Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Flying pig Musings: I’m Not A Poet… I’m Not A Poet… I Just Act Like One… And Bob’s my Uncle! Floating tree, floating tree, show me your autumn leaves. I met you on the Champs-Élysées But you pretend it was in Tennessee… Flying pigs, flying pigs I heard you exist. I’d worry if chicken grow teeth or cows sing a Gangnam Style hit… Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Add more ...

Weird & Unusual: The Bug Eating Butterwort Plant

Butterworts (Pinguicula) are small, herbaceous plants native the northern hemisphere that produces pretty, purple flowers from May until July. It can grow to be 2-4 inches tall. But don’t let its innocent looking flowers fool you! The butterwort  may look like a regular garden plant, but it is a carnivorous plant that preys on small, unsuspecting insects! Its Latin name, meaning “little greasy one” refers to  the slightly greasy or buttery feel of the leaves, which grow at the base of the ...

Death In The Family

Everyone I might have offended with this post is dead, except my mother who doesn’t have a computer, and there’s something I’d like to get off my chest. I’ve always been suspicious of the manner in which my uncle died. This happened when I was two years old so I’ve had to piece together a picture of the event from various relatives, mostly my mother who was not actually there when the tragedy took place. My mother’s boisterous Portuguese family had gathered ...

Traditional Easter Flowers & Symbolism

As you know, flowers are perfect for any occasion and for no reason at all. That being said, Easter is one of those times of year when flowers have significant meaning, especially for Christians. Traditional Easter flowers are often displayed in churches to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and new beginnings. These are the traditional flowers associated with Easter: Easter Lily The white Easter Lily is the most popular traditional flower for Easter,  symbolizing purity, hope and life. It has significant meaning ...

7 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

This Sunday June 16th, 2013 is Father’s Day! Take the time to honour and celebrate your father or father figure in your life, as we often take them for granted. Now is the time to show him how much you care and appreciate all that he has done for you. Treat him to something special, but you don’t have to go out of your way to spend a ton of money. It’s the thought that counts, after all! Here are some ...

Elder Flower Cordial

On a recent trip to the supermarket, I stumbled across the loveliest beverage, Elderflower Cordial! Made from elder flowers that bloom on elder shrubs, Latin name Sambucus Nigra, this delightful little flower is not only beautiful to look at, but it also packs some serious health benefits and flavor. The elder shrub, native to Europe, is now grown worldwide. It produces dark purple, blue and black berries, which can be eaten when fully ripe and fully cooked.  (DO NOT eat before ...

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King…

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”  John Lubbock, Sr Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007 Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Louise Nevelson... City On the High Mountain 1983 Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Alexander Calder, Knobs & Gui Mistletoe, 1976 Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... ...

On Music: American Music Awards 2011…

“All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.” Jean Cocteau On Music: American Music Awards 2011... Taylor Swift... Artist of the Year 2011 On Music: American Music Awards 2011... Jennifer Lopez rocking her song... via AMA LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor ft. Pitbull Like many of you, I love music and watch the music awards shows to ...

Cranky Cherubs

Valentines Day isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I think it’s just a big set up for disappointment. I remember, as a child, passing out my hand signed Pepe Le Pew valentines, and saving the mushiest one for my eternal crush, Steven Sweet. Seriously, that was his last name. I may have been only eight, but even then I wasn’t immune to Cupids arrows. Much to my dismay, my love remained unrequited because Steven Sweet had set ...

Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, Part 2

Everyone in our novels workshop commented by week’s end what a terrific group we had. This was my first writers’ conference, but I’ve read enough commentaries by published authors to surmise that this was an unusually focused and compatible set of people. I’m sure I’ve been spoiled for life. Instructor Lily King, whose books (see prior post) have received much critical acclaim, kept us on track all week. We read and commented on two writing samples each day, concentrating first on ...

Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I’ve had with this computer interface, I’ve found it to be anything but human yet mildly amusing. A recent “talk” with Cleverbot is chronicled here when we discussed the virtues and history surrounding Martin Luther King’s birthday. Given that today marks the due ...

Sometimes it’s Personal and Not Business…

"This doesn't look like a budget meeting...." Earlier this week my co-workers and wife conspired to have a baby shower for the pending delivery of our bouncing bundle of joy, Salvatore James Constantino (TJ for short) who’s due to arrive in a few short weeks. The shower occurred at my work. Hopefully, you can see from my expressions in the first three photos that I had completely bought their bogus cover story that I was to be attending a “budget meeting.” This is why ...

My First Movie: Men Buy...Women shop

While you're running about hitting all the Memorial Day sales this weekend, here's a little video to keep in mind. It's a mini-movie I made about the buying differences between men and women. I may start a series of these vignettes called "Wedded Bliss-Tors" - that looks at the blisters couples incur on their way to marriage bliss. Let me know if you like this first installment!

WeightWatchers Weigh-in Update...

It's been a while since I've given an update regarding my weight loss efforts - so I'll try to squeeze one in here (I'll just pretend I'm squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans.) This past Thursday I was able to get to a much needed WeightWatchers' weigh-in, and I am happy to report that I was down -1.8 lbs. for a grand total weight loss to date of -26.8 lbs. Oddly, whenever anyone finds out that I'm on WeightWatchers they give ...

Battle of the Sexes Part 3:  Bathroom Humor – Funny Movie Short

Battle of the Sexes Part 3: Bathroom Humor - Funny Movie Short

Here is part 3of my Wedded BlissTors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. This 2-minute episode deals with the differences that sometimes occur between what's the expected behaviour in a married couple's bathroom versus what might actually occur in the extreme. [WARNING: If you get queasy easily, you might want to skip this one.] From replacing the toilet paper roll to toothpaste tops, have you ever had to "discuss" those bathroom issues? If ...

My Book is an Amazon Best-Seller

I’m kind of stunned that my book, which launched today on Amazon, is currently the #1 “New Hot Release” within the Religion & Spirituality category. I took a screenshot because I couldn’t believe it myself!  While it ain’t the New York Times or Wall Street Journal best-selling lists – I’ll gladly take it and give all the glory to God! It’s not too late to join the party, click the link below to get your copy plus more than 60 FREE bonuses!!! http://thedailyretort.com/faith/ I’ll ...

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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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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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Good Morning Vietnam er… Iraq

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Good Morning Vietnam er Iraq! As President Obama readies to send some 300 troops to Iraq in an “Advisory Capacity” lest we who served in the Vietnam War era forget, there was a “group” of “Advisors” then too, called MACV. For those not familiar with the Vietnam (non – war, we couldn’t call it a war) I have …

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Where are the words?

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What am I scared of? There is an endless pool of words waiting to be written, but they refuse to take to the page. The only emotion that surfaces during the process is terror – why? It has been about four weeks since I worked on either of my books, and to say my posting on this blog has basically been non-existent is possibly an understatement. Initially I could blame being …

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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 …

The Kid Got to Me

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When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. …

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Stuck In The Middle With You (Hundreds of Drivers)

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I used to have an art teacher that spoke of tilling the soil of your mind. She insisted that if you begin doing things differently like opening doors with the opposite hand you normally do, trying a new restaurant instead of that same old place or taking a different route to work, it tends to stir up the imagination and stimulates the mind to create. I can’t say I totally agree with that …

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