Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter: What Would You Do?

I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.” Dylan Farrow Candle lit for victims of violence Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In 1992, at age 7, she accused Woody Allen of sexually abusing her. The ensuing custody battle case wound its way through the courts eventually giving Mia custody of the children and exonerating Mr. Allen of child molestation. Frank Maco, a Connecticut prosecutor on the case, ...

A Guide to Buying Valentine’s Day Flowers Online

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Nothing says romance quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Make the love of your life feel special and loved by surprising her with a gift of flowers this February 14th. It will guarantee to make a lasting impression. There is still time to order flowers online for Valentine’s Day. If this is your first time buying flowers, don’t worry. Ordering flowers online is easy and convenient! Here is a step-by-step guide to help ...

Burgie The Carpet King

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with my thwarted childhood quest for a dog. As a kid I was never permitted to have pets unless they were small enough to flush down the toilet once I’d loved them to death, but I was chummy with most of the neighborhood canines. One dog that left his mark on my childhood was Burgie the Carpet King. Burgie was a bug-eyed bulldog with a head shaped like a jack-o-lantern. He belonged to the ...

The Monument

Flowers are starting to bloom here in the Northwest and folks are ignoring the drizzle to prepare their yards for warmer weather. At this time of year I always think of Mr. Melcher, a celebrity in the Bay Area neighborhood where I grew up in the early Sixties. Mr. Melcher was retired, and famous for having the best-looking yard in the neighborhood. His nickname was Mr. Mulcher because of the great care he took to insure that his yard was well-fed, ...

Musings: On The Soul…

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” Oscar Wilde Musings: On The Soul... “Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.” Aristotle Can ...

Happy Administrative Professional’s Day!

Administrative Professional’s Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is an unofficial holiday to celebrate the hard work of administrative assistants, secretaries, receptionists and the like. They are often the unsung heroes in the office and are usually taken for granted. In North America, the holiday is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. The holiday traditional started in 1952 and is still going strong today! Besides Easter, Administrative Professional’s Day is one of the busiest times of ...

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, ...

Weekly photo challenge Winter…… and a Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone, I wish you health and happiness for 2012 At the moment here in Wales, we have a mixture of sleet and hail, it’s bouncing off the hearth as I type, but thankfully no snow as yet. I intended to go out and take photos for the ‘Winter’ photo challenge, but everywhere looks so  drab and miserable I just couldn’t bring myself to take any.  So I decided to post these from 2011 as they say “Winter” but they are not ...

Too Prepared for Our Baby???

If you’ve been following this blog for the past few months, you’d know that we’re anxiously expecting our third child. In fact, our newborn still has not yet arrived – and he’s nearly a week late. But while we’ve been waiting for him, we’ve been preparing for his arrival. We’ve got the baby carrier and stroller travel system ready… We’ve got the bases for the baby carrier mounted in both of our vehicles… The nursery is ready and waiting to be occupied…. And there’s one ...

10 More Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

This week our 10 year old daughter began mandatory sex education classes. I wrote about how my wife and I prepared her for that information in a post titled A Father’s Worst Fear – Part II. The reality of the information and what she didn’t know forced our hand as parents. That got me thinking about the information that we as parents don’t know. One of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent are texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts ...

10 Things My Wife Has NEVER Said to Me....

My wife and I are very much in love, even after 16+ years of marriage. However, it has taken a lot of work and compromise from both of us - recognizing the likes and dislikes of the other and not "pushing each other's respective." One button in particular that she loathes for me to push, is writing about her on this blog. So today, I've decided to "not" write about her - sort of. Here are 10 Things My Wife Has ...

Hiding in a Paragraph

Cover Art by Fran MurphyI just published my 100th Blog post this week. Looking over my one hundred entries I noticed that I’ve written on scores of subjects, yet I don’t believe that I’ve ever written on the subject of writing. I guess I’ve sort of kept this topic tucked away. It’s something so personal that I tend to keep it to myself...forgetting that it’s a viable topic. I think about it all the time; probably as much as a ...

Sticky Intimacy

The morning yawns awake its amber brilliance revives me. String me up with the sun I want to peek at the world through the oaks. I’m weary of this limited view ground zero with the lilacs. The sky is audience to the dark bumblebee’s dance navigating virgin blossoms yet missing out on the bruising intimacy of bee’s sticky feet and the swooning perfume of pollination. From afar it only seems romantic.

To Blog or Not to Blog

To blog or not to blog…that is the question. I’ve been sitting on this blog for three days now…pondering if I should post it or not. My ego/pride was arguing that I sometimes reveal too much to you, yet my artist/spiritual side was arguing that the truth is the only thing worth writing. So, after contemplating the universe from my Corolla, while zipping through traffic, harmonizing with Bette, and using my steering wheel as a percussion instrument, I’ve committed ...

Me, Myself and Lies

I like to think that I’m an honest person. Unfortunately, that’s not completely the case . How Do I Lie to Me, Let Me Count the Ways… Don’t misunderstand me. I’ve never perjured myself on the witness stand. I’ve never lied to the IRS. I’ve never lied about using performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. Yet it seems that most of my lying I do – I do to myself. Selective Attention For instance, when I’m late to a meeting I’ll ignore my tardiness and tell ...

Best Blog Posts of 2011 – #10

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 or funny. With that, here’s the 10th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: Top-10 Traffic Pet Peeves City Traffic Jam - courtesy of Wikipedia For whatever reason, climbing behind the wheel of a car transforms the average rational individual into a self-absorbed idiot. I’m not immune to ...

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It’s Here

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This was a labor of love. It brought me much closer to my Great Grandfather, Charley Dobyns. This book is loosely based on his life. My mother told me stories over the years about her Grandfather. He was a man of pioneering stock. He was a horseman and enjoyed the country life. I met him only once. I must have been about five years old. I can see him and my Great Grandmother telling us …

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The Prince in the Underworld

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Shevata felt underwhelmed by one of the most unassuming men she had ever seen. The tall, balding man strolled in with quiet confidence, wearing a button down shirt and trousers, with no weapons. Other than taking directions from the demon that led him inside, he seemed completely unafraid. He motioned to the chair in front of her desk. “May I?” She nodded and he sat, crossing his legs. …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years

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What are the Golden Years? Have you ever wondered where the term Golden Years originated from? The blockqoute above tells us. However, when I think of Golden Years, I imagine being bathed in light as I lollygag on a private beach. After years of serving our fellow men and women, the fortunate amongst us might get a golden watch or parachute – a way to retire in style …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire…

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“And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.” Rumi Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… was not the pastoral farm Once upon a time, a humble farmer and his ambitious wife were on their way to a Farmers Market in …

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King Robert After the Games

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King Robert Baratheon stands before the lead Gastar characters Shevata and Zermon awaiting judgment for the afterlife. Will Hell be his future? “Zermon, I disagree with this. King Robert Baratheon wasn’t perfect but he doesn’t belong down here in Hell, especially before you in final judgment. Let me speak to him first.” The large demon handed her …

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Gastar and Greyjoy

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The Bastard of Bolton has Theon Greyjoy in a bad way in “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “Game Of Thrones.” Let’s see if the lead characters in the Gastar novellas can help Theon out a bit. “Are you kidding me?” Zermon lumbered behind Shevata as she turned the lock of the gate behind the …

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The KIngslayer’s Application

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The infamous “Kingslayer” Jaime Lannister continues to deal with his reputation with the lead character in the Gastar novellas: “Get these out of here.” Shevata handed a tall, slender wingless demon a heavy ledger dripping blood. “No more contracts! You idiots actually write them in blood, which is impractical for ink, it smears, drips, and Zermon …

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