A Romantic Proposal with A Dress Made with 9 999 Red Roses!

As cliche as it is, nothing says “I love you” quite like the red rose. If one single red rose can get our hearts aflutter, imagine what 9 999 roses can do! On February 2012, Xiao Fan, a man from Guangzhou proposed to his girlfriend, Yin Mi, with one of the most incredibly romantic and extravagant gestures ever! He definitely set the bar high for all the other men out there! He created a gorgeous custom-made dress made of 9 999 ...

Fun Flower Facts: Saffron Crocus

Crocus sativus or Saffron Crocus is the flower that produces saffron, the infamous herb used to add colour, aroma and flavour to Mediterranean cuisines. Only a few threads are needed to flavour a dish, as this spice is quite pungent. Saffron crocus is native to Greece and southwest Asia. It can be identified by its bright purple petals with dark purple veins and three distinctive red stigmas (the saffron threads) in the middle. Each plant will bear up to four flowers. ...

On Life: Food For Thought…

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers On Life: Food For Thought... Powerful Expectations The famous French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte was given a star sapphire when he was a boy. The sapphire came with a prophecy that it would bring him good fortune and make him Emperor of France. Napoleon believed in the promise of the sapphire and accepted it to be true. He was crowned Emperor of France ...

The Legend of the Lady of the Night

Scientific Name: cestrum nocturnum Other Names: dama de noche, queen of the night, night-blooming jessamine, night blooming jasmine The Lady of the Night is not just the name of a movie or two, it is also the name of an  evergreen shrub that produces small white greenish flowers. The shrub has broad, glossy leaves can grow to 13 feet tall. The night blooming jasmine is native to the West Indies and South Asia. While at first glance there doesn’t seem to be anything ...

Flower Crafts: Learn to Make Your Own Rose Water

Since the ancient times, the ever so fragrant rose has been used to scent perfumes. For thousands of years, women all around the world have been using rose water to beautify their skin and as a natural fragrance. Rose water has been known to help relieve and minimize dryness, puffiness and large pores in the skin – perfect for those with sensitive skin. In India, rose water is used as eye drops and as a moisturizer. The liquid is also known ...

Fall Gardening Checklist

Fall is well under way. The temperatures are cooler. The leaves on the trees have changed colours. The days are shorter. The nights are longer. And before you know it winter will be here soon enough. But before you can relax by the fireplace for the next few months, be sure to get some of these things done before the first snowfall. Remove spent annuals and weeds from the garden. Collect seeds and herbs for drying. Cut back on soft-foliage perennials like bleeding ...

Peculiar Picture #18

Telling a joke is always risky because everyone has such a different sense of humor, but the so-called comedian only risks a few words while standing on stage. When you tell a joke with paint the result is often a prolonged waste of time, depending on how long it takes to paint a joke, in this case around three days. This image is based on the popular theme of the decline of civilization. Artists throughout history have depicted broken columns and statues of the once ...

Reflections: Waiting At A Crossroads…

“You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now…?”  Anthony Robbins Reflections: Waiting At A Crossroads... Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.” Anthony Robbins Crossroads by Joyce Sutphen The second half of my life will be black to ...

Top-10 List: Creepiest Clowns Ever

I have to confess that I suffer from a disorder that currently has no cure. It's a mild case mind you but a haunting problem none the less that few people talk about. But I'm breaking my silence. I have coulrophobia - an acute fear of clowns. While this may not have the same high-profile cache as other phobias such as fear of water, heights or overly-hairy women it is a real disorder and not a laughing matter. In an effort to face this ...

The Tradition and Basics of Spring Cleaning

If you’re like me, you may think the tradition of “spring cleaning” started with some overzealous June Cleaver type. But spring cleaning has actually been around for millenniums and for good reason. There are many religious customs associated with spring cleaning, but it also clearly originated out of necessity. Prior to the twentieth century, the cooking of food and heating of the home had to be done by coal or wood burning stoves. The soot and smoke from the stoves blackened ...

Awesome Beethoven Flash Mob

I don’t know about you, but flash mobs are one of my favorite types of YouTube videos to search and view. If you’re not familiar with what a flash mob is, it’s basically a pre-orchestrated gathering of co-conspirators who seek to surprise and delight a crowd in a public setting by doing something funny, shocking, beautiful or unexpected. This video below builds from one musician to a full orchestra and chorus performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. It’s pretty cool. Question: Do you have a ...

Eating Life Raw - You Tube Tuesday

I'm doing something a little different today. I've decided to participate in You Tube Tuesday, adopted from Josh at It’s Tiger Time This is a day set aside for sharing your favorite video. Feel free to join in each week and see how creative we bloggers can be. Please remember to leave your link on his site in the linky-tool so that we can all visit your blog. Each month, Josh will highlight a selected video and present the winner with ...

Ripples and Repercussions

Saturday evening I was heading north on the Silver Star, a passenger train crammed with a mishmash of adventurous souls traveling over the Mother’s Day Weekend. It was surprising to me how crowded the train was. I assumed that half the passengers were suffering from aviophobia, while the rest were either eager train enthusiasts visiting the Tampa station to celebrate their 100-year anniversary, (which I totally enjoyed) or those whose budgets couldn’t handle the price of airfare. For me it ...

My Next Big Thing!

My Next Big Thing! Laine Cunningham, recipient of two national awards for her novel, Message Stick, tagged me for a blog hop called “My Next Big Thing.” Laine posted on her current project, Buy Light and Purple Blooms. Check out her full blog post by clicking here. Everyone in the blog hop answered ten questions about their latest projects. Laine’s describes Buy Light and Purple Blooms as a women’s thriller. "That is, the story is primarily a woman’s story yet it has ...

My Closing Thoughts…

Here’s my final video blog post from the SCORRE Conference, which I attended last week. The conference helps communicators organize and present virtually any kind of  information in a clear manner. The need for the conference became apparent when the organizers conducted a study of 2,500 individuals who had attended a series of speaker events and found the following results: 75% of attendees could not communicate the purpose of the speech they had just heard; 50% of the speakers themselves could not concisely communicate ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 5

We’re moving up the “Caption This” Contest by a day, because tomorrow we’ve got our scheduled C-section for our baby boy who’s 10 days past his delivery – prayers are appreciated. With that, thanks to everyone who entered to win the staggeringly ironic $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After consulting with the firm Arthur Anderson to oversee the integrity of the selection process,  a winner has been chosen. That winner is Blake Atwood see his caption below. “One of the ...

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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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Mind Boggling

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Have you ever given any thought to how amazing the mind is. The more I read and watch what happens in this world, the more I realize what an amazing creation God gave to us. Even as slow as I can be at times, it’s the other times that totally blows me away. I ask myself …

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Joffrey in the Underworld

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The love-to-hate little evil King Joffrey of “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and “Game of Thrones” series meets the Gastar series lead character in the afterlife. Let’s have some fun with His Grace: Shevata sat in Zermon’s huge chair before the huge fire pit surrounded by a smooth black terrace. Though she found Hell …

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The Dragon and the Demon

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“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” The Gastar lead characters meet the dwarves at the Lonely Mountain: The group of dwarves looked over the odd pair with suspicion. “Exactly who are you?” Asked one of them, with a long white beard. The tall, horned demon opened his mouth to speak, but the teenage girl with him, gestured him …

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On Prince Richard

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“The White Queen” Henry Tudor As “The White Queen” series wrapped up, as usual, I had to watch the finale about four times to take in all of the details before making up my mind what inspired me the most about the series. Overall, I found it enjoyable as well as Ms. Gregory’s books. As we …

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Artistic Imagination

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Artistic imagination Artistic imagination is one of a creators most important assets. To continue the previous conversation on day dreaming, is daydreaming any more important to us as artists, or to creative people than to any one else? Well actually it is. Why? To create significant works of art we need to develop our artistic imagination or the …

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On The Game of Queens

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Richard III “The White Queen” With the US release of “The White Queen” cable series, again I find myself behind as usual on literary works and history with my vast hard science educational background. While I knew about The War of the Roses, I’m embarrassed to admit I asked my liberal arts-educated husband if it took …

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