Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight…

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.” Oscar Wilde Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Happy Hippo & Stan – “The lion sleeps tonight“ The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Lyrics from lyrics.net submitted by Naj Uyanik Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh In the jungle, the mighty jungle The lion sleeps tonight In the jungle, the quiet jungle The lion sleeps tonight In 1939, when Solomom Linda and The Evening Birds sang and recorded his famous song – Mbube – for the South African Gallo Record ...

International Women’s Day: We’ve Come A Long Way…

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”  Mae Jemison, astronaut International Women's Day: We've Come A Long Way... The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty: Women have always fought for equality in some shape or form; we’ve struggled for the right to fend for our families and contribute to society and we’ve come a long way. As we celebrate another International Women’s Day, ...

Musings: Do You!

“Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Musings: Do You! What favorite quote do you return to again and again? “Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. A couple of years ago, I added a widget to my blog sidebar with the intention of regularly updating it with a quote I like. It sounded like a wonderful idea; I love quotes and could use the widget to share new ones I found. After ...

What is Companion Planting?

Just like human beings, plants also have friends and enemies. For some reason or other, some plants seem to grow best when in the company of certain plants. Companion planting is the act of deliberately growing plants together in a close proximity to create a mutually beneficial relationship that encourages plants to grow and stay healthy, while deterring harmful pests. In addition, plants can help each other provide nutrients in the soil, offer protection from the elements and attract beneficial pests ...

Fun Flower Facts: Primrose

It’s not quite spring yet, but we can still daydream about planting flowers outside. One of the first signs of spring is the primrose or the primula, a genus of 400-500 flowering plants. These popular ornamental plants can be found all around the world, from the temperate climate of the northern hemisphere to the tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea. These early-bloomers will flower from March until May. They come in a wide variety of forms, sizes and colours. ...

International Women’s Day: End Violence Against Women

“Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.” Christabel Pankhurst International Women’s Day: End Violence Against Women via IWD.com UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet – discrimination and violence against women and girls have no place in the 21st century. 16 Steps to end violence against Women - UNO Invest-in gender equality and women’s empowerment Enhance women’s economic empowerment Increase public awareness and social mobilization Engage the mass media Work for ...

How to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Happy Grandparents Day, 2012! For Canadians, today is National Grandparents Day! This holiday is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of every September since 1995. Grandparents Day is a holiday created to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of grandparents in our society. Like mothers and fathers, grandparents are just as important and they definitely deserve to be celebrated. They are often neglected and left to live in seniors homes. But these loving seniors are the heart and soul of our society. They ...

Learn How to Make Chocolate Flowers!

Nothing says Christmas quite like chocolate! People love to give and receive chocolate. It’s the perfect no-fuss, no hassle gift. In fact, during the holiday season, retailers sell more boxed chocolates than any other time of the year. But you know what’s better than boxed chocolate? Chocolate flowers, flowers that are made with delicious, mouthwatering chocolate! It sounds fancy, but this video tutorial from www.howtocookthat.net will show you how easy it can be to make your own chocolate flowers: Materials: rolling pin or ...

7 Questions With an Author: Donna Cavanagh

Author, blogger, comedy writer, podcaster – Donna Cavanagh This is another installment of the “7 Questions With an Author…” series, featuring writer Donna Cavanagh. Donna is a personal friend, a gifted writer and founder of the web sites HumorOutcasts.com and HumorOutcasts Press. Her latest book, A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life, was “written” by her two dogs, Frankie and LuLu, and is a guidebook described as “….a short, tail-wagging tale that tells it like it is when it comes to reining in an owner and getting the ...

A Witch Hunt on Childhood?

My magical little niece Ember This post isn’t going to be one of my usual esoteric romps. This one is more of a rant, but if I don’t let out I just might explode. I’m really grateful that I got to be a kid back in the 1960’s before society turned into a neurotic knot of fear. Much of my childhood wasn’t easy, but nevertheless I keep finding more and more sentimental old war stories to brag about, like being force-fed cod ...

Cute Caption Contest Winner!!!

Look Ma, no teeth!!! The official caption winner of our daughter's two missing front teeth is Lisa Stivers who submitted the aforementioned caption.  She will receive a whooping $10 Amazon gift card for her creative efforts.  Thanks to all who submitted ideas, the best of the best are listed below. Christmas in July Sale!!! 2-for-1 deal of "two front teeth"! -Rubin Ledbetter Go ahead. Pull them all. The Tooth Fairy is gonna owe me the big bucks tonight! -Stuart Nager Hi! I'm Bella & I finally got my ...

The Most Inspiring Video You’ll See Today…

Random image of inspiring "artist" Jeff Harris - via his site jeffharris.org As background, for the past 12+ years,  photographer Jeff Harris has been snapping one photo of himself each and every day. However, highlights of his photo montage (captured in the video below) are truly unique compared to the tired “self-portrait-a-day” genre. Harris purposed to make every image unique, active, provocative, artistic – plus a host of other adjectives – with the sole intent of maximizing every picture. Here’s a quote from Harris who was ...

Share Your Best Cost-Saving Tip!

What are you doing to save some Benjamins??? If you're burning bushels of dollar bills in your mansion's fireplace while you're also blasting the air conditioning on sub-arctic chill, you probably don't need to read this post. But if you're like the vast majority of Americans, you want to keep more of your hard earned cash. Most people are already working as hard as they can to cover their monthly expenses - they simply can't work more hours in a day. So if ...

Your Way May Be the Wrong Way....

You may never have heard of Brian "Head" Welch, former lead singer of the metal band Korn but he has one of the most compelling stories I've ever heard. In the 7-minute video snippet below, he talks about having everything - fame, riches, global success, adulation, creative drive, a daughter - with a methamphetamine addiction. Brian Phillip Welch (born June 19, 1970) From Wiki: Better known as Head, is an American musician best known as the former guitarist and co-founder of the nu metal band Korn. "Along with ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tosca Lee

New York Times best-selling author and speaker – Tosca Lee This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Tosca Lee. Tosca  is a  New York Times  best-selling novelist whose works include the critically acclaimed Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve,  and The Books of Mortals series with best-selling author Ted Dekker. Iscariot, Tosca’s highly-anticipated novel about the infamous ...

Top-10 List: Movies That Make Me Cry

This top-10 list has been a lifetime in the making since it deals with the top movies that make me cry. Now I don't drop tears at the drop of a hat mind you, because I am a masculine male secure in his masculinity (who's prone to be a bit redundant, repetitive and iterating at times). You'll note that there are some common themes in the list of movies that move me, namely: self-sacrifice or duty on behalf of others; loss ...

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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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