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Fun Flower Facts: Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Pasque Flower (sometimes pasqueflower) is a genus of flowering plants native to the meadows, foothills and prairies of North America, Europe and Asia. It is a member of the buttercup family. The pasque flower can be identified by its showy, bell-shaped flowers and attractive seed heads. The leaves are grey-green. Fine hairs cover the entire plant, including the flowers, stems, leaves and buds. The flowers have 5-7 petal-like sepals. Flowers are available in a rainbow of colours including, blue, pink, ...

A Week of Wheels and Whackjobs

This week while looking around for my weekly wrap up of weird news, I noticed that many of the stories had some type of wheeled vehicle involved...oh  and like every other week.... they all contain some version of a whackjob. Now for those of you that have already lost focus, because your thinking that I have misspelled "whackjob".  Pay attention...I looked up not only the correct spelling but the definition as well. According to Wiktionary: WHACKJOB  n. A crazy person, possibly a crazy ...

Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life…

“Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life... what do you hope to see? Every day, in some small or large way, we look out our window, be it symbolic or real, and imagine worlds ...

Fun Flower Facts: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

Grape Hyacinth or muscari is a perennial plant native to Greece and Asia that produces clusters of tiny grape-like florets on spikes in the spring.  The foliage resembles long blades of grass. Flower colours vary from pale blue to navy blue. There is even a variety that comes in white! They look like miniature versions of hyacinths, growing to be 6-8 inches in height. Despite its common name, the grape hyacinth is not related to the hyacinth; muscari are members ...

Fun Flower Facts: Tigridia (Tiger Flower)

Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Many of the species are native to Mexico and Guatemala. Tigridias are valued for their large, showy flowers that come in variety of bright colours and attractive sword-like leaves. Flowers come in vibrant reds, pinks, yellow, white and purple. These exotic beauties have 3 large outer petals and 3 small ...

More Guinness World Record Flower Facts

Here at Fun Flower Facts, we love fun flower facts! It’s what our little flower blog is all about! You can learn so much on this blog, such as the history of flowers, unusual plants, plants that kill people, roses named after celebrities, and so much more! But nothing says “fun flower facts” quite like the Guinness World Records! The Guinness World Records is the ultimate place to find amazing, record-breaking facts! We did a Guinness World Records blog post back in ...

The Hatfield and McCoys

Thought Number One... The Hatfields and the McCoys weren't familiar with concept of compromise. Did anyone...other than me...catch the mini-series on the History Channel about the Hatfields and the McCoys?  NO...really??? No one?  OK..so we have established I am a dork. I have to tell you I thought it was an interesting bit of history.  I knew zilch about the actual feud before watching the movie. Then I had to stop and do Internet searches on  everything to get the whole story and make sure ...

Another Glorious Mouth to Feed….

Over the past Thanksgiving  holiday, we tried to see as many members of our family as we could to share some BIG news! Apparently, my wife and I (mostly my wife) are pregnant with our third child – affectionately known as Junior Constantino or Junior “C” for short [see ultrasound photo insert taken at week 9]. As of today, 11/29/2012, the baby is 11 weeks old with a due date of June 19th, 2012. My wife and I are absolutely THRILLED at ...

7 Questions With an Author: Alice Chan, Ph.D.

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 Dr. Alice Chan, a former professor at Cornell University and current inspirational speaker, author and coach. Her most recent book is titled Reach Your Dreams: Five Steps to be a Conscious Creator in Your Life. Here is 7 Questions With Author: Alice Chan =============================================== 1. Tell us about your book? REACH Your Dreams: Five Steps to ...

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 ...

Top-10 List: WORST Halloween treats

Our neighborhood is GREAT for Halloween trick-or-treating. It’s well lit with sidewalks and tons of families with kids. So this weekend, we bought Halloween candy in preparation of the upcoming spooky fete – here’s a tip all the REALLY good candy is given out at our house (e.g. full-size Snickers, Reese’s PB cups, Super Blow Pops, Sour Patch kids…etc.) However, I’m always stunned at some of the crappy treats that are still on the market – which prompted this little confectionary tirade of ...

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 ...

Book Review: 31 Days to Find Your Blogging Mojo

I've been a professional writer (journalist and public relations guy) for more than 23+ years, but I'm a relative newbie in the realm of blogging and the blogosphere in general. As such, I'm continually on the hunt for new books that will help me improve as a blogger. I've found a great one in Bryan Allain's new e-book, 31 Days to Find Your Blogging Mojo currently available at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.com. As background, Allain has been an expert blogger since ...

Books Recently Given or Received

This is kind of a dangerous post to write, because I didn’t keep a list of books I gave or received over the holidays. Therefore, I’m probably going to forget one or two, and perhaps offend someone in the process. But one must soldier on. Books Given Kitty Kelley at signing for her latest book, Capturing Camelot Capturing Camelot by Kitty Kelley: This is a glossy and wonderful picture/reminiscence book by the (in)famous Kitty Kelley, known for her unauthorized biographies of Frank Sinatra, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Music Memories: Something There To Remind Me…

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When Smooth Operator came out, I listened to it endlessly… It reminded me of a cad or two I’d met over the years… You know, the type that promised everything and delivered nothing… Need I say more? Enjoy the music. Reflect on your experiences and share them below… …

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Music: Enjoy The Beat…

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I’ve always fancied myself a music lover and wanna be entertainer. At one point in my life, I loved taking charge at parties and rocking the tunes… Music is truly a pure form of joy that each of us can interpret anyway we wish. I’d like to share a few songs I like and hopefully you can add yours …

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Flying With The Eagles

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I still have a buzz from Saturday night. I’m sluggish, headachy, nauseated, and have an overall feeling of unpleasantness. No, I didn’t drink. I went to see the Eagles in concert at The Forum. The Madison Square Garden Entertainment Company claims they spent $100 million dollars and I was looking forward to seeing this concert …

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Musings: What Is Your Mondegreen?

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“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven What’s your mondegreen? A mixed bag of musical instruments A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. It most commonly is applied to a line in a poem …

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Music Helps Put the Merry Into the Season

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Here we are…. just a day away from Christmas. While there are a lot of things I enjoy about the holiday season, one of my VERY favorite things is Christmas music. LOVE IT! I might be not within the normal range on this. (Normal is a subjective word in most instances with me.) Here in Kansas …

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How Could I Forget Mel Torme?

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As we sit here among the millenials And the hip hop happy nexters a velvet fog comes floating down From the speakers hidden up there, startled, delighted, suddenly thirty-five years younger, I look happily around, expecting other faces to register the same ecstatic recognition, but Torme is not Mogen David, Mel doesn’t even run in that crowd he’s Dom Perignon in a Waterford flute, which explains …

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