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Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip... Hold your horses; we traveled by car... What do you remember from your childhood travels? Were they good or tedious memories? We traveled a lot when I was ...

Tips on Growing Zinnias

Zinnias are a beautiful, daisy-like flowers will add colour and cheer to any garden, especially those living in hot climates. These sun-loving flowers come in a wide range of bright colours, shapes, and sizes. They will bloom from early summer until early fall. They are also known to attract butterflies! Besides beautifying your outdoor space, zinnias also make wonderful, long lasting cut flowers. These showy annuals can be planted in masses or used in a mixed border. Smaller varieties are ideal ...

Plant Diseases: Rust

Rust is one of the most common fungal plant diseases. The rust fungi will cause unsightly, small, yellow spots on the surface of the leaves and a brown, orange or black powdery residue underneath. The disease is not deadly, but can cause leaves to fall off early and weaken the plant. Unlike other fungi, rust tends to affect healthy plants, usually during late summer or early fall. The disease is spread by spores in the air. As a fungal disease, the ...

How to Extend the Vase Life of Your Valentine’s Roses

It’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Many of you probably received a beautiful, bouquet of red roses yesterday. After all, the red rose is the ultimate symbol of love and romance. As captivating as these flowers are, they don’t last as long as other fresh cut flowers. Roses typically last about 10 days. Some rose varieties will last longer than others, but given the proper care and conditions, they can last as long as 15 days. Here are some general tips ...

New Social Networking Group

I am thinking this morning of starting my own Social Networking site. That's right.  I think I need to find a few million like-minded people that want to form a connection of sorts.  I am calling my group the Status QUO.  This group is anybody who fits (their status, as it were) into the category of being QUIRKY, UNUSUAL or ODD. I am thinking being quirky, unusual or odd is the status quo, in today's world.   So my, soon-to-be friends, all of ...

Inspiration: The Heart Is Where The Head Finds Solace…

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.”  Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet Inspiration: The Heart Is Where The Head Finds Solace... In Poetry & Prose: The Heart Is Where The Head Finds Solace… Over the years, it has become clear that my heart has never misled me or guided me to do things that didn’t help me grow… I think when some read the WP prompt, they think of love and passion and such matters of the heart; these are valid but not the ...

Truth: Three Sides to A Story…

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Winston Churchill Judgment of Solomon Fresco: The Truth will set you Free... Today’s DailyPost prompt asked: Is it always better to know the truth, even when it hurts? Or is ignorance bliss? I read the questions and the popular statement I used for my post title flashed before me – There are three sides to every story; your side, my side and the truth. Sure, there are fundamental truths that we ...

Bump In The Road

Update on new site: Those of you who have visited the new and improved Chubby Chatterbox now realize it hasn’t been improved much. I expected a few glitches along the way, and sure enough there are. My web designer is addressing the issue of leaving comments that aren’t microscopic, but the biggest problem is with Google. The Google Friend Connect (where folks join to become members) is no longer transferable. Without telling anyone, Google cancelled the ability to move this feature ...

Have No Fear – How to SCORRE as a Speaker

The fact remains that one of the top fears that people have – even more than the fear of death – is the fear of public speaking. I’m not a counselor or psychiatrist, but the best way that I’ve overcome fears in life is by facing them. That’s one of the reasons I’m attending the Launch and SCORRE Conferences, which help individuals become more confident and accomplished at conveying the benefits of a product, service or message. Public speaking is part of that. It ...

A Towering Epiphany

We were hanging around our cramped one bedroom apartment in Santa Monica with a couple of friends. Mrs. C. and I hadn’t been married long. We were short on money and looking for cheap entertainment. Mel, formerly my dorm roommate, said, “Why don’t we go check out the Watts Towers?” “The what?” I asked. I’d transferred to UCLA for my final year of college and still wasn’t familiar with the area. “I hear it’s really cool,” Mrs. C. piped in. Mel added, “An ...

Reader Favorites 2011: #6 – Water Safety Tips for Baptisms

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 6th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011, it’s a tongue-in-cheek list of water safety tips to remember when being baptized in church. During college, I was a lifeguard at the YMCA’s indoor pool near the campus. It was a great gig! I didn’t ...

Inside The Box

Conclusion of The Mystery Box The box had occupied space in our garage for as long as I could remember, and even though it was off-limits I’d allowed Ricky Delgado, my best friend, to talk me into opening it. My heart sank when I didn’t see a Japanese flag or a chunk of scorched scrap from a kamikaze. Only boring papers and old photographs, just what Dad had said was inside. Black and white snapshots of a remarkably young Dad in ...

Should Facebook Have an "R" Rating???

Motion Picture Association of America Uses R-Rating to Notify About Mature Content I'm a parent of two daughters ages 7 and 10 respectively. Neither of them has a Facebook page - and they won't for several years. Interestingly, Facebook itself has a policy that requires anybody with a FB page to agree that they are at least 13 years old. Ironically, I know neighbors and colleagues whose children are younger than 10 and have personal pages on the world's largest social media site - ...

What Do We Really Know?

When dinosaurs looked up and saw a fiery meteorite shrieking into the atmosphere they had no idea their world was coming to an end. And I’m sure Romans couldn’t believe that a thousand years of culture were ending when barbarians were sighted near the gates of Rome. We are often incapable of recognizing or comprehending the important moments of our lives as they happen. What do we really know? I’m asking this question on the Fourth of July but I’m thinking ...

Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

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 ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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The Kid Got to Me

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 ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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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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