Reflections: Keep The Faith…

“The sum total of my life experience profited more from negative than positive events. When you’re able to survive and reach another level of awareness it gives you more strength and confidence and enriches life more….”  Cicely Tyson Reflections: Keep The Faith… My dear friend and fellow blogger, Barbara of zeroto60andbeyond fame, had the Cicely Tyson quote on her post and it resonated deeply with me. It articulated what I needed to share in this post and so, I’ve split it into ...

Musings: Patience Is A Virtue…

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”  Saint Francis de Sales Musings: Patience Is A Virtue... Retrain your brain... If you have children, you probably heard the refrain “Are we there yet?” when they were young. As they grew older, they stopped asking and found other ways to stay entertained. I wish I could say that ...

Blue Car Tuesday

I don’t post on Tuesdays but you might want to think about this story tomorrow, especially if you drive a blue car. The new guy had potential, even if he was an arrogant jerk. My father-in-law, who’d worked at the Fireman’s Fund Headquarters in Marin County for years, had a devilish sense of humor and decided to prank him. My wife’s parents lived in San Francisco, and her dad, like many of his coworkers, commuted across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin ...

Musings: Define Yourself…

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”  Harvey Fierstein. The Business Meeting: A business woman named Cindy was in the airport VIP lounge on her way to Los Angeles. While in the VIP lounge, she noticed Donald Trump sitting on the sofa enjoying a brandy. As luck would have it, Cindy was meeting with a very important client who was running somewhat late. Being a bold business ...

Where trees are fallen

Another week, another post for Friday Fictioneers. Follow our leader Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, then join our merry band.  Thanks this week for the photo go to Roger Bultot. Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 Where Trees Are Fallen “Jarvis,the car! Get me away from these people.” “They’ve just returned you as their MP, for a second time sir.”  “And what happened to my previous majority?” “Yes that’s odd, especially as you were born here sir.” “We don’t mention that, remember?  “Sorry sir, I thought….” “You didn’t think, otherwise you wouldn’t have allowed that moron ...

Inspiration: A Perfect Meal…

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien Inspiration: A Glorious Meal... An abundance of fruits and vegetables Describe a perfect meal: When I read the WP Daily Post prompt on a perfect meal shared. I tried to imagine what it would look like and who would be there. he more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that if there was a chance to share ...

Floral Trends: Flowers in Bridal Hair

Summer is well under way! It’s wedding season and conveniently, this is when all the flowers are in bloom. Flowers are romantic, feminine and flirty. Naturally, flowers as hair accessories, are perfect for summer brides, adding elegance and beauty. You could use a single bold flower for a simple hairstyle or a cluster of delicate blooms for a more complicated style. Tips for using fresh flowers: Pick fresh, resilient flowers. Choose flowers that are in season. Store the flowers in a cooler or refrigerator ...

Perspective: Walking On Thin Ice…

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air, a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white cloud, the green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes. All is a Miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh Perspective: Walking on Ice... It is five thirty in the morning, ...

10 Things Every Mom Says…

My mom in her 20's This is a re-post from last year that I thought was appropriate for Mother’s Day. Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother’s photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up. Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive. My father died ...

The Greatest Upset in History (that may be a stretch)

Last Monday I was recruited into the Second Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge. Our team (Team Ricky) was a ragtag, hodge podge of scrappy bloggers that was assembled as a type of sacrificial speed bump to the team of blogging royalty (Team Rob) we were assigned to face. If you’re bored out of your mind with nothing to do, you can check out the blogs and bios of all the blogging combatants at the site of Rob Shepard who conceptualized the blogging showdown. ...

5 Reasons To Go On A Mission Trip With Your Family

Stolpe family in Guatemala Early this month, our family traveled to Guatemala to serve the orphans and widows in and around the village of Santo Domingo Xenacoj. Deciding to go in the first place was a pretty significant leap of faith. As a father and husband, did I think we would be safe in a strange land removed from many of the luxuries we currently enjoy? Did I really want to spend my vacation time working instead of relaxing somewhere? How were we going to ...

BGI Receives ASID Legacy of Design Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce that Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received First Place in the 2013 ASID Legacy of Design Awards for Bathroom Design! Founded in 1975 and with over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional association for interior designers in the United States. The association’s annual competition recognizes the finest interior design achievements in each state’s chapter and, needless to say, the competition is fierce! Pictured from left to right: ...

Sepia Silence

I tried to write a blog but all I found was rain and silence. I drew the silence unto myself, snuggling in for a mind-numbing cuddle. Silence initially manifests in black and white, like an old photo whispering sepia secrets, slowly mingling with my mind and stirring up color—stringing dreams across my soul like a gypsy clothesline. When I close my eyes I can see eternity, the lofty things with no boundaries or limitations—my playground, my meditation hall, my burial ground. ...

Traveling To Someplace Else

As most of you know I lost my father-in-law on the 23rd of February. There's really nothing we can say or do when somebody we love dies. We must adjust and move on. This is life. And miraculously we do move on, putting one shaky foot in front of the other until we're someplace else. I've resurrected this post on mortality. It seems appropriate in light of recent events. It is my attempt at moving forward while embracing a great loss. ...

Warts Wrong With You?

I was thinking about genuine beauty the other day, and how, being human, we all have imperfections, or as some call them...warts. Yet it’s those very warts that we’ve been taught to despise that can often be endearing…even charming. I had a boyfriend once who had a thin scar across his top lip. Instead of viewing this as a flaw, I saw it as sexy as hell, giving him a bad boy persona which sent shivers down my spine. Unfortunately ...

Well Below The Surface

Sometimes…. Uh-oh. Whenever I start a post out with “sometimes” I turn all reflective and deep. I’m tired of reflective and deep. I want some shallow fun. I want giggles and twinkies. I want window shopping and red toenails. I want my favorite movie with extra buttery popcorn. NO MORE DEEP! I should have been born with scuba gear on because my soul isn’t content unless it’s well below the surface, being carried away by mystical currents to esoteric places. I ...

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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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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…

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Pandit Ravi Shankar was a gifted musician and composer whose expertise on the sitar, and powerful, evocative music, brought him international recognition and well deserved accolades. He was often called the “Godfather of World Music ” as he cut across cultural boundaries to share his music globally. His genre was classical Indian music …

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