Haiku: Think Pink…

“Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Think Pink while you wait… For your mammography results Love meets awareness. Think Pink and hold on… For your kid’s birthday balloons Love floats towards you Think Pink … remember A Breast exam reminder Two hearts linked as one Since the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation gave ...

An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE

“If we continuously maintain self awareness, we will be able to experience peace and happiness.” Mata Amritanandamayi Devi An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE FOCUS: PEACE – Peacelights and We, The World are partnering to offer a series of Free daily tele-seminar phone calls from December 7 to December 21 at Noon Eastern Standard Time. Every day we will gather virtually for 20 minutes to meditate together and be the peace we wish to see in the world. Calls will start ...

Reflections: Time Long Past…

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein Reflections: Time Long Past... Where did it all go? Most of us fret about time; our lack of it, our need for it, our wish for more of it, our fears that it is running out, our regrets for time we believe we wasted, lost or never realized was passing… Most of our reactions around time often occur after the fact … hence our pondering like Shelley ...

Musings: In My Mother’s Garden…

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Honore de Balzac Musings: In My Mother’s Garden… Bachelor’s button Musings: In My Mother’s Garden… Frangipani… Musings: In My Mother’s Garden… Gaillardia The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. Rajneesh As we approach Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, May 13, many of us will turn our attention to the special yet complex relationships we ...

Best Flowers for Mother’s Day

Flowers for Mother’s Day may be cliched and predictable, but they really are the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Besides Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is the second busiest time of the year for florists because we all know you can’t go wrong with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It’s a known fact that flowers make people happy! Your mom will definitely give you a big hug and smile when she sees the fresh flowers! And as a bonus, flowers are affordable and a ...

The History of the Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses

As we all know, red roses symbolize love and passion. But did you know that it can also represents victory? Thousands of visitors flock to Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Lousianna, USA  each May not only to watch the famous horse race and to dress up in fancy clothes and hats, but also to get a glimpse of the imfamous Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses, which is given to the winner of the race. The 2 km horse race takes place on the ...

Plant Diseases: Black Spot on Roses

Black Spot is a common rose disease caused by the fungus, Diplocarpon rosae. Black spot begins as small brown or black spots on leaves, which eventually causes the leaves to yellow and fall off. The disease does not kill the plant, but will weaken the plant over time. The rose plant will produce fewer blooms and is more susceptible to winter kill. The disease is active during cool, moist weather. The best way to control black spot is prevention.  Here are ...

Featured Blogger: Arva N – A Box of Vistas…

“God‘s delays are not his denials … All good things come to he who waits.” Proverb Featured Blogger: Arva N., - A Box of Vistas... Featured Blogger: Arva ... in the Kingdom of Bahrain To date, our featured blogger series has taken us on a jaunt to other parts of the world; the USA, Australia, Germany and today to the Kingdom of Bahrain. I connected with Arva N., our “Get To Know” blogger, during the early days of the Daily Post Challenge when we were all rushing around, teaming ...

Book Review: You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is a friend of mine and he gave me an advance copy of his latest work titled, You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). Don’t let the “in-your-face” title throw you, Jeff is a super nice guy who has been a professional writer for a long time and achieved more success than most writers I know. In other words, he knows what he’s writing about. This book by Jeff reminds me of a quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Either write ...

5 Worst Christmas Songs

The logo for Sirius/XM Satellite Holiday Music Channel I’m a huge fan of Sirius/XM Satellite radio.  I especially love it this time of year when they activate their commercial-free, Holiday Traditions Channel [see photo insert] where Christmas music is played 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the New Year. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there’s something special about holiday music. You don’t have to be Christian to enjoy this time of year or its uplifting melodies. But let’s be ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 9

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest last week. There were so many AWESOME entries this time, that I couldn’t decide on one myself. So I contacted my local congressional representative who quickly impaneled an independent 50-person task force, which issued its decision in a 200 page report (our tax payer dollars have to be put to good use). Thanks to such congressional efficiency, it was ...

7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi

7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi

This is my weekly series "7 Questions With an Author..." where I ask an author seven questions about their respective book and share their unedited responses with you. Today's featured author is a personal friend of my, Salvatore Manzi. He's a successful business owner, author and presenter. Not only do we both share the same first name and passion for Italian cuisine, we both believe in life maximization. Here's "7 Questions With an Author: Salvatore Manzi" 1. Tell us about your book? Feng Shui ...

A Witch Hunt on Childhood?

My magical little niece Ember This post isn’t going to be one of my usual esoteric romps. This one is more of a rant, but if I don’t let out I just might explode. I’m really grateful that I got to be a kid back in the 1960’s before society turned into a neurotic knot of fear. Much of my childhood wasn’t easy, but nevertheless I keep finding more and more sentimental old war stories to brag about, like being force-fed cod ...

Being a Jedi Mom….

Jedi Master Mom (and the rest of us) I thought I had a happy childhood growing up. There was no substance, emotional or physical abuse in my family. And I still bitterly miss both my parents – who passed away – particularly around Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. While I loved both my parents, when I consider their parenting skills I find that they were lacking. For instance, I don’t remember my mother having a bubbly, effusive, happy personality. She seemed to be in ...

Best Satire Video of 2012: Whole Foods Parking Lot

We live near Washington, DC which has exposed us to a variety of new experiences – not the least of which is the Whole Foods Market  grocery chain. Living in New York most of my life, I’d never been to a Whole Foods until we moved south of the Mason-Dixon line. In a nutshell it is a high-end grocery store that specializes in selling expensive, sustainable, green-centric organic goods and unpronounceable, exotic vegetables. It’s what the Wegman’s grocery store chain would be if ...

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 ...

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Grace and Poise on a Book Tour

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Lily King taught a week-long class I took in 2011 at the Stonecoast Writers Conference offered by the University of Southern Maine. (I blogged about it here and here.) Her students loved her. She shared personal pieces of herself alongside the professional, such that we could understand this important concept: Neither writing nor a life of writing is easy for anyone, but if it’s what you want to do, it’s yours to …

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We’ll Meet Again

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I have been AWOL for a few weeks, I hope some of you have missed me… I have been busy working on a tender document which has proved much more difficult than I ever imagined when agreeing to do it. I mean, three weeks of my life is too much to spend on writing something that I didn’t enjoy. It has been submitted now, at 11.45 am to be precise so I’m free now to write something I do enjoy enormously… …

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New Trailer Now Out for “Gone Girl”

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Usually I’m a stickler for a movie representing the book, especially when it carries the same title. I was not pleased when the film The Shining changed what happened somewhere in the middle; it put me on the edge of my seat the rest of the time, since it didn’t follow what author Stephen King had written on some key point. I guess that’s why they changed it, so I’d still be scared. And it …

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The ‘why’ is the easy bit, the ‘what’ a little harder to understand

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I started my blog exactly five years ago this weekend. I had been thinking about retirement as my husband had taken early retirement and wanted me to do the same. I had read reports in the press of the increasing numbers of people approaching retirement age, who wanted to carry on working, in some cases they just had to. I wasn’t ready to retire then and I’m not now, but I thought that I …

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A change of style and a twist

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I’m waiting at the station. Penny is late. We agreed to meet at 10.00 the train leaves at 10.15 and it’s now ten past. I fiddle with the strap of my overnight bag, I do not feel comfortable waiting here on my own, but it is something I have had to get used to. Being on my own. I thought Penny was different from the rest, she is such a good listener and always says the right thing. She bolsters my …

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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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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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