Flower Arranging 101

I love watching a professional florist work their magic! They happily jump into the cooler and quickly grab an assortment of blooms and greens to take back to their work area. Their experienced fingers quickly cut stems, strip leaves & if needed, remove thorns. Pretty soon an amazing piece of art is created, colourful contrasts and neutral greens are blended together and arranged perfectly into a one of a kind design. If only I had this talent! Yes, it is a talent. ...

Reflections: Three Passions…

“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.” – Bertrand Russell Reflections: Three Passions … For you and the longing for love (Photo credit: LUZ-2011) The longing for love… Even after all this time the sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” There are different wells within your heart. Some fill with each good rain, Others are far too deep for that… Hafez Food For Thought: What passions have governed our lives? ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth…

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” Henry Miller Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tentacles of a budding Japanese Peony Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony budding. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony growing. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony fully formed buds Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony flower Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature — by Emily Dickinson Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature – Gravitates within – Atmosphere, and Sun endorse it – Bit it stir — alone – Everywhere we look, every ...

Musings: On Prayers…

“Set your mind for success, victory and progress. Cast down anything negative, any thought that brings fear, worry, doubt or unbelief. Joel Osteen Musings: On Prayers… I receive Daily Word, a monthly book filled with prayers and uplifting messages for each day, from Unity.  I find the inspiring words and stories help set the tone of my day. It is one of several publications I get that enrich both the spirit and the mind. While reviewing the July/August issue, I read a beautiful story about the power of ...

Unique Container Gardening Ideas

Container gardening has grown in popularity in recent years, especially for those living in apartments or smaller spaces. It’s a great way to add a burst of colour and personality to your outdoor space! And one of the best things about container gardening is just about any object can be transformed into a container for gardening! Container gardening is the perfect way to transform your unwanted/broken/useless household items into a fantastic, one-of-a-kind planter! Here are some fun and unique container ideas ...

Fashion Friday: Amazing Hair Floral Arrangements by Takaya Hanayuishi

Japanese artist Takaya Hanayuishi is the talent behind these amazing hair floral arrangements. He uses a combinations of fresh flowers and special hairdressing techniques to create these one-of-a-kind looks. Each design is customized to complement the individual’s appearance and attire. To create the look, the self-taught artist attaches the floral arrangements to styled hair and then prunes them with a pair of hairdressing shears. photo via flowerona.com photo via flowerona.com photo via flowerona.com photo via flowerona.com Takaya’s elaborate designs has been seen in live performances, advertising, ...

Reflections: 100 Is The New 78…

“A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of it bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.” Maurice Chevalier Reflections: 100 Is The New 78… Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman Dear 100 Year Old Me … and anyone out there listening, What a grand way to celebrate my big day! I always knew I’d live long but heck, not this long. I made it; even outlived that ...

Monday Musings: Inspiring Messages To Fuel Our Spirit…

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.” Kahlil Gibran Monday Musings: Inspiring Messages To Fuel Our Spirit… Thought for Today: “That is how authentic power is created — intention by intention, and choice by choice. You cannot wish it, pray it or meditate it into being.” Gary Zukav Thought For Today viaOprah.com Newsletter “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every ...

10 Rejected “Eye of the Tiger” Alternate Phrases…

This past football weekend, I heard no fewer than a dozen different sports commentators describe various athletes as having the “eye of the tiger” as a positive tribute to a particularly gritty or unrelenting athletic performance. The phrase is a metaphorical reference to the prowling carnivore’s unrelenting hunger to survive – and it was introduced to the American sports lexicon in 1982 when Eye of the Tiger was the theme song for Rocky III, written and performed by the band Survivor. According to ...

Is This Amazing or Just Stupid???

Humans have been fixated with flying like birds for thousands of years. It seems that the closest we’ve gotten to that dream is the “stunt sport” of wingsuit flying. You’re not sure what that is?  Here are two quick videos that will make your jaw drop in either amazement or awe of their stupidity! And that video is almost tame compared to this next one! Image courtesy of Creative Common

Middle Child Syndrome: Truth or Fiction?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Cathy Miller. Cathy Miller is a freelance business writer with more than 30 years of professional writing experience. Cathy has a business writing blog at Simply Stated business as well as a blog regarding health. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== I wear the middle child of seven distinction as an honor badge. It creeps into my writing and even an email address. I am fascinated by the ...

Gift Giving to Self

I’m looking forward to letting you know, dear readers, what I am giving as books this year. I cannot say now because the recipients may see! In the meantime, I wish for you all a wonderful holiday week, whatever you have planned. For my part, today, I have given myself a couple of gifts: (1) I’m starting to read Stephen King’s highly touted 11/22/63, which I would call a guilty pleasure if he didn’t also keep teaching me how to write ...

Understanding Daylight Saving Time…

This Saturday, we set our clocks ahead in the semi-annual ritual of Daylight Saving Time, which used to occur like clockwork every six months here in America. However, the observance of this event in the U.S. got an update in 2007, when Daylight Saving Time was extended by one month creating a window that runs from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and lasts until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. The change was implemented under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 ...

Brag on Your Pet (because I can’t brag on ours)!

Our demonic-eyed cat with one of my wife's cashmere sweaters Our family currently has two Ragdoll cats – both are sisters from a breeder. I’ve written about them before and their tyrannical governance over the entire house. They rule with an iron paw – commandeering any article of clothing, cushion, pillow or comfy think like they’re some fuzzy, four-legged, non-androgynous version of Kim Jong-il. Like the Occupy Movement that swept the country last year, our cats have now decided that they want to occupy ...

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He’s a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life – personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned… ignoring or answering that question, will change your life. 13 years ago that question meant nothing to me. The world from my ...

7 Questions With an Author: Knox McCoy

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is an incredibly funny blogger/satirist named Knox McCoy, on his Twitter account he's a self-proclaimed "....retired rodeo clown...and hater of all things Malfoy and mathmatical..." - I don't know about all that, but I do know that he's got mad writing chops. One other thing I know for sure, Knox McCoy is his real ...

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New Day, New Title, New Opening Scene

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Just over a month ago I posted what I thought was the new title of my novel in progress. I was wrong. I also posted what I thought was my new opening scene. I was wrong. Will I ever learn? Apparently not, since I’m posting an even newer title and opening scene. Ah, the power of a …

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

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Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which is title Buzz: The Book, a primer on what it takes to build and sustain buzz for a service, product, idea or brand. …

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100 Nightmares – coming very soon

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Horror is not a genre I usually feel comfortable with. That said there is something about the writing of K.Z. Morano that draws you in, in spite of yourself. How someone who looks so sweet, could write such gut-wrenching stories baffled me when I first read her work. But she is a writer who can turn her pen to other genres too, and I admire her ability to do that. …

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Change in Title of Novel, New Beginning

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The novel TOWN OF SECRETS. On her way out, Mallory took a steak knife from the kitchen drawer and slid it to the bottom of her purse. She probably should buy a switchblade. What if she grabbed the wrong end of the steak knife while rummaging for her cell phone? The thought of bright red blood dripping into her purse, let alone coming from her own finger, gave her a shiver. …

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The New Arrival to Gastar

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This is the second excerpt from the upcoming third Gastar novella. Many new and old characters maneuver around Shevata’s life, making plans for her before she returns to her home city of Gastar, in hopes of setting aside her past existence as a veteran assassin to live as a normal person: Shevata, lead character assassin of …

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The Gastar Pirates

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Shevata, lead character of the Gastar Series This except from the upcoming third Gastar novella features pirates! The ship rocked slightly as the sailors pushed it quietly away from the docks with poles. The rising tide would take them out further to sea at sunrise, within the hour. Four men sat around the mast, looking down at …

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Guest Post: The King and his Horse by Andrea McMillin

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I want to thank Andy again for offering me an article again; as well I’m honored to share my blog space for another of her outstanding historic medieval essays. Check out her blog with some great visual: http://medievalessays.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-king-and-his-horse.html?spref=tw Richard, Duke of Gloucester, “The White Queen” One of the most important aspects of chivalry is the knight and his …

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