Must See! Creepy Flower Skeleton Scultpures!

It’s the middle of the month and Halloween is quickly creeping up on us! If you aren’t quite in the mood to celebrate all things creepy and dark, maybe these creepy (yet mesmerizing!) flower-skeleton sculptures will get you in the mood! These Halloween-appropriate sculptures were created by Cedric Laquieze, a talented artist from Holland with a “fascination for organic materials and esthetic shapes.” The sculptures were made out of fake flowers and PVC animal skeleton replicas, which have included cat, dog, ...

Go Green with your bath mat?

An innovative idea by designer Nguyen La Chanh is good for the environment, good for the bathroom and good for you too! This Eco-friendly bath mat is made from moss, yes that’s right, real live, living moss! Introducing the “Larosée”. When you step out of the tub or shower the water that drips off your body waters the moss, combine that with the steam from your bathroom and the moss mat has all the moisture it needs to survive. Incredibly soft to ...

Happy Administrative Professional’s Day!

Administrative Professional’s Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is an unofficial holiday to celebrate the hard work of administrative assistants, secretaries, receptionists and the like. They are often the unsung heroes in the office and are usually taken for granted. In North America, the holiday is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. The holiday traditional started in 1952 and is still going strong today! Besides Easter, Administrative Professional’s Day is one of the busiest times of ...

Guest Post: Innovative Birthday Floral Arrangements

Flowers are an excellent gift to make a certain someone feel special. Are you interested in offering your friends or folks flowers on their birthday? The type of flower or arrangement you should choose can be based on various criteria such as individuality, sex, or age. Beautiful arrangement of diligent flowers for the lady: Traditionally, floral bouquets have always been presented to females. Whilst choosing flowers yourselves, you should focus on her choices and try implementing different styles using the flowers she ...

Humor: Why Top Ten Lists Rock and Ten To Keep You Laughing…

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”  Henry Ward Beecher Humor: Why Top Ten Lists Rock and Ten To Keep You Laughing... Punch & Judy... I love Top Ten Lists because, let’s be honest, most of the time they are a breeze to write.  Anyone can come up with a list, a thought, a complaint, a love, and create a top ten list out of it. Others can ...

Inspiration: The Mystic Poets On Love – Part 1…

“My love to God has so possessed me that no place remains for loving or hating any save Him.” Rabia Basri Inspiration: The Mystic Poets On Love - Part 1...Mirabai “I want to put out the fires of Hell, and burn down the rewards of Paradise. They block the way to God. I do not want to worship from fear of punishment or for the promise of reward, but simply for the love of God.” Rabia Basri I was always the eccentric one ...

Musings: On Driving…

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin Musings: On Driving... Maserati convertible... “Sometimes, when I drive across the desert in the middle of the night, with no other cars around, I start imagining: What if there were no civilization out there? No cities, no factories, no people? And then I think: No people or factories? Then who made this car? And this highway? And I ...

Masks: Why they Matter…

“Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking, in need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware, keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.” Carolyn Kizer Masks: Why they Matter... to reveal or conceal Protecting our Reputation… Masks play a significant, positive role in many cultures because they are used to present different aspects of life in a given society. At different points in our lives, we all wear masks. They could be real ones or imaginary masks. ...

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 ...

10 Life Lessons Learned During Marathon Training

I’m training for my sixth full marathon, which will be the Shamrock Marathon on March 18, 2012 at Virginia Beach, VA. I ran this race last year and had a ball – it was incredible running along the ocean!To run that distance takes me between 4:30 and 5:00 hours. While training for a single marathon, there are hundreds of miles logged running and hours spent alone with your own thoughts. Nearly everyone I speak with thinks that’s a boring waste of time, ...

Deep and Plain

I had an unexpected visit from my neighbor, Addie, yesterday morning. Addie is a spry ninety one year old, who’s as thin as Olive Oyl, and can still move like a warmed up yoga instructor. Her tanned face has been stamped by time, like a well traveled passport, and when she speaks she’s a study in animation, using all available facial expressions to make her point. Addie laughs easily, with her mouth wide open, oblivious to onlookers and divinely confident. ...

You're Kidding Me. Right?

Sometimes I step outside of comfort zone, like a brave explorer, and go some place totally different, and then halfway through the journey I freak out. Everything seems foreign…and frightening! I have the sensation of one walking through a lonely desert. My tongue is parched and bleeding, I’m on my hands and knees…and I’m convinced that I’m going to die. Staring into the wavy haze, I see an oasis in the distance. I’m saved! With renewed purpose I push forward through ...

Funny Video Exposes 5 News Shortfalls

I was a print and broadcast reporter for more than 10 years, and I’ve been in public relations (PR) for the past 13 years since leaving the news business. This video stunt below, was instigated and assembled by the staff at the Conan O’Brien Show.  It demonstrates several glaring problems with the current methods of news gathering in local TV markets across the country. The video is wickedly funny, but as a former reporter – it’s equally sad because it’s a scathing ...

Name Your New Year Resolution

As a blogger, I’m almost obligated by the fictional Blogger Code of Conduct to write a post about New Year resolutions. It comes with the territory. So to keep my non-existent blogging certification and license in place, here’s my requisite resolution post. In 2012 I hereby resolve to complete the following: 1. Train and complete two full marathons, one in the first half and the other the second half of the year 2. Earn at least my purple belt in Karate 3. Strive to write at ...

Spotlight on Gifts

I want to congratulate Brooke Meservy, a dear friend and fellow blogger at Bloomtopia for her recent contribution to the Wild Sister magazine. Brooke’s writing cuts through the thick skin of fear and rejection exposing the tender places within. Her words are bold and honest, escorting you to divine destinations where magical discoveries take place: discoveries about who you are, what you love, and where you’re going. This article on "finding one heart" is breathtaking. Brooke says: “I am honored to ...

I'm Done Chasing My Arse!

This was the first day in a while that I didn’t feel like I was chasing my arse to catch up with my face. Did that even make any sense? LOL!! Okay, you can see by my carefree verbiage that I’m feeling pretty liberated. It’s as though I’m coming out of a tunnel, or off a long plane ride—no! Plane rides are usually fun because they drop me off in exotic places, so I can’t use that one. Okay, it ...

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It’s Here

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This was a labor of love. It brought me much closer to my Great Grandfather, Charley Dobyns. This book is loosely based on his life. My mother told me stories over the years about her Grandfather. He was a man of pioneering stock. He was a horseman and enjoyed the country life. I met him only once. I must have been about five years old. I can see him and my Great Grandmother telling us …

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Legolas and Gastar

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The famous battle-capable elf from LOTR and “The Hobbit” meet the lead characters of the Gastar novellas. Let’s have a bit of fictional fun. Shevata braced her left side where she removed the arrow. The bleeding stopped and as she slowly concentrated against the barred door, she felt the pain ease off and her muscles relax. …

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On the Confederacy of Genius

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When I do interviews about being an author, the often-asked question is “What is your favorite novel?” That’s always a tough question to answer, and for me, I’m inspired by almost all fiction and non-fiction when it comes to my writing. Films inspire me as well, with the many years of migraine headaches had me …

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On The Bonafide Books

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“Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” As we continue the never-ending struggle of the traditional vs. independent publishing methods for writers the never-ending question comes up: Are traditional books better? Are they more entertaining? Are they better written? Do they have better editing? Do they give more in depth detail? (I’m focusing on fiction). What is so bad …

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Results of My Ad Campaign to Increase Facebook Likes

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Most useful things are constructed one piece at a time – and the pieces shift before they’re finally right. Last weekend I sprang for $120 across two days for a Facebook ad campaign to increase the Likes on my Yours In Books FB page. The true felt-cost was really only $65 thanks to a $55 “windfall” …

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On the Amazon Wars

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While surfing Twitter skimming over Indie novels I haven’t heard about, I hit one that piqued my interest. While others may not admit it, I know I “stargaze” on websites. 5 star reviews catch my attention and 1 star reviews catch my attention. 3 star reviews don’t mean much to me as a reader. That …

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My Manuscript Is In Shambles

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You know how, when you’re doing a major housecleaning, there comes a moment when you look around and see everything in shambles? You think your place will never be nice again. But you keep at it, and the next time you look around (it seems), everything is gorgeous. Well, that’s where I’m at with my …

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