8 Reasons to Garden

“Life begins when you grow a garden.” -Confucius To all the people who have yet to discover the joys of gardening, this blog post is for you! In today’s stressful, fast-paced, technology-obsessed world, gardening has become an increasingly popular trend. People want to reconnect with nature and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Gardening is a low-cost and highly rewarding hobby. In fact, gardening has become a way of life for many people. Starting a garden can change your life. And all ...

On Health: Scenic Hudson Park for WWWP5k Walk

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” Thomas Jefferson Health: Scenic Hudson Park ... view from car park Health: Scenic Hudson Park ... plaque at main entry honoring Peter Scenic Hudson Park ... ducks in the hudson Scenic Hudson Park ... colorful barge Scenic Hudson Park ... TappanZee Bridge Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k Event A few weeks ago, Automattic challenged their staff ( all 80 Automatticians from ...

Reflections: Ten Things A Magic Wand Will Do…

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Reflections: Ten Things A Magic Wand Will Do... May your beneficial wishes come true The last two days have been brutally hot in NY.  I must have dropped a few pounds from all the sweating. As I write this post, I have a headache and it’s not from laughing at another silly joke sent to me by ...

Cat Humor: Summer Fun Moments…

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” Mary Bly Cat Humor: Summer Fun Moments… wake up at noon I wake up at noon. A juggling cat named Pierre Liked to walk with his tail in the air. When the girl cats passed by They said, ‘My, oh my– What a nice set of  lls you have there The last couple of days have oppressively hot and a little humor goes a long way; helping us chill out a bit.  I’m an animal lover. I ...

Black Bird Rose

One of the newest roses to be introduced is the Black Bird rose. It is actually a red rose tinted with blues and purples to give the petals a dark purple or black tint. Most tinted roses are a white or cream color with the tint either being absorbed up its stem to get a solid color tinted rose or each color injected into the stem which results in a rainbow colored rose. Tinting any rose is an inexact science so ...

Uncle Sam and Kotex

Ricky Delgado was my best friend, even though he’d spent time at Hotel Juvy and was a seasoned thief. When a new shopping center sprang up near our house my parents forbade me to go anywhere near it with Ricky. But Dad worked nights and big brother David was at Little League practice. That left me to run an errand for my mother, a task no boy should be asked to do, unless there’s a licensed psychiatrist in the family. ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement…

“To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.” Jerry Seinfeld Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Janet Jackson and her crew Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Janet Jackson For more: See Janet Jackson concert post Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Sade and crew doing a little jig Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement… Sade in the spin around For more: See Sade concert post Concerts are a great place to see the human form in action; gyrating, spinning, jumping, doing all sorts of gymnastics to stay in sync tune ...

More than a Dust of Snow…

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss and all was said.” Victor Hugo Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof This was meant to be a quick post and a brief one at that… but serendipity has it way of steering us to things that matter more than our human ...

Honoring Dad on Memorial Day

Southport (Maine) Memorial Library on Memorial Day 2012 My dad, part of the Greatest Generation, never wanted to be thanked for his service to the country. I tried once, and he did a “brush-away” motion with his hand and murmured something to dismiss the subject. He had been a lieutenant with duties of supply officer and paymaster on board the U.S.S. Heermann in World War II. He survived the Battle off Samar (in Phillippines), and the only story he’d tell was ...

A Little Levity, Please

On the heels of receiving a rejection from a major agent who loved my query and synopsis (“very intriguing,” she wrote) but then didn’t get hooked after all, I’m in need of some levity today. The following tweet and picture from author Melissa Harrison in my Twitter feed helped. When I first learned to proofread, my mentor told me not to forget to check titles and headings. Good advice. I'm pretty sure a typo like this, on the first page of ...

Every Parent Can Relate to This…..

This time of year, filled with resolutions and new leaves turned over,  signifies fresh starts, new beginnings and focused priorities for the year. Interestingly, the Chinese New Year recently began as well and was accompanied by this emotionally charged video that focuses on the role of family in our lives. No matter where you live and what language you speak, all families go through struggles and often times we hurt the ones we love the most. Question: Are there relationships in your immediate or extended ...

Yet Another Reason I Hate Funerals….

Nondescript Casket My immediate family spent the majority of last week at my in-laws home in New York because my wife’s grandmother passed away. While I think it’s extremely important to celebrate the memory of the deceased; support and sympathize with the survivors and offer a degree of closure for the living via the various death-induced services and rituals – I hate funerals. As a former news reporter, I had to attend dozens as an uninvited gawker amidst grieving strangers and then trying to speak with someone on camera – yuck. ...

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He’s a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life – personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned… ignoring or answering that question, will change your life. 13 years ago that question meant nothing to me. The world from my ...

Hungry Little Gods

What we believe—we become. How powerful we humans are; made in the image of God—little creators of calm and chaos, unaware of our inheritance, believing that we have God’s eyes instead of His ways. For a small god is still a god, and all gods hold the key. Hold tight to yours lest you forget your heritage, and wander aimlessly—forever afraid of being yourself—of walking alone. You are connected to the invisible, that wide-open place of white-hot potential, where love whispers ...

7 Questions With an Author: Debi Gray Walter

Debi Gray Walter – author, blogger and marriage counselor 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 Debi Gray Walter, who finished her first book – a historical fiction novel based on the life of her grandmother titled Through the Eyes of Grace. Debi’s desire to write first began when she learned her grandmother’s story shortly after her death in 1979. She ...

25 Christmas songs in 2 minutes

The holidays tend to bring out the best in people – particularly from a creative perspective. Here’s a creatively, entertaining video from the folks over at ignitermedia.com – they produce a variety of faith-based videos, skits and production pieces. In this particular segment Rob Thomas (aka “Johnny”) and Braun Brown (aka “Chachi”) regale us with 25+ Christmas songs in less than 120 seconds. Don’t let the goofy wigs or extreme orthodontia scare you, it’s a pretty cool accomplishment. Question: Do you have a favorite ...

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Share Your World

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To participate in Share Your World, click here 1) What was the last URL that you bookmarked? The last URL I bookmarked was Vivian Delores, which is a blog I just started in memory of my mom. I am not quite sure what all I will do with it, but page 1 is finished. 2)For relaxation, would you …

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Closing the Window

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Fact-based: After another long day in the classroom, Sarah went home to take a short afternoon nap. Teaching elementary school seemed to be in her blood, as it was the chosen profession of her mother and grandparents. As she stared at the ceiling fan moving slowly, she reflected back on her thirty-five years of life and …

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How to Paint a Chair

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She rummaged around her paint shelf for the stain she’d used so inexpertly eight years ago on the garden furniture. Was it still there? She’d recently purged the basement of truckloads of detritus accumulated over the years. Much of it, including many old cans of paint, was recycled at various points around the city. Could …

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Out Of Hell

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Fiction to help celebrate Halloween: A shiver runs through me when I think back to the time when Tammy, my wife of five years, came to the conclusion that the gray tabby who’d lived contentedly with us since we bought her on our honeymoon, was lonely. Tammy convinced me that Sausalito, “Saucy” needed another feline to …

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Conclusion: Ghost of Kilarney Park

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If you missed Part One, check it out here. Haunted houses and Halloween go together like dots on dice, but the haunted house on our street never did anything to attract trick-or-treaters. So why was there a light burning on Verna’s porch? My feet began pulling me to the light. My head swirled with thoughts of murder: …

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Ghost of Kilarney Park

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In keeping with the season I’m reposting a true Halloween story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. I hope you enjoy it: Haunted houses belong in the realm of goose bumps, foggy nights and old neighborhoods, not pristine suburbs with freshly asphalted streets, unblemished sidewalks and immature trees. But a ghost lingered across the …

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The Boy Left Behind at a Funeral Home

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EdiTOR’s Note: Whether you’re dead, not dead or undead – funeral homes are no fun. But I’m thrilled to share this guest post about a funny funeral home memory from blogging buddy Clay Morgan. Clay is launching his new book this week Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn and the story below is adapted from the book – which I …

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