Inspiration: Thankful Haiku… And A Help Request!

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust Inspiration: Thankful Haiku… And A Help Request! Early Morning Breeze The rising sun from the East God’s breath in all life… A Knock on the door Flowers from the grocery boy Thinking of YOU, thank you… A friend had a post called Thankful Thursday and it was simple and sweet; expressing gratitude for the things that make life easy. One tip was to express it out ...

On Life: Food For Thought…

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers On Life: Food For Thought... Powerful Expectations The famous French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte was given a star sapphire when he was a boy. The sapphire came with a prophecy that it would bring him good fortune and make him Emperor of France. Napoleon believed in the promise of the sapphire and accepted it to be true. He was crowned Emperor of France ...

India Farmers Face Water Crisis – Now Growing Flowers

Many Farmers in Malur, Karnataka, India have been suffering through a drought that has been killing off their crops. Attempts at irrigation have been unsuccessful; the solution? Grow flowers! Button roses and Dutch roses are cultivated in an area of 472 hectares, the maximum in the taluk. Chendu mallige (a jasmine variety with a thick bud) is grown in an area of 334 hectares. Abdul Rauf, a farmer from Lakkur, says that he has been cultivating Dutch roses for the last three years. “There is ...

Humor: Ten Signs To Quit The Silly Jokes…

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’” Charles M. Schulz Humor: Ten Signs To Quit The Silly Jokes... The joke blows up in your face... We’ve all been to one of those parties where the jokes crossed the line for some of the attendees as Uncle Joe, drunk out of his mind, is busy making jokes about everything and everyone. Yeah, ...

Red Tipped Photinia

Red Tipped Photinia Tree Photo credit: davesgarden.com Photinia is in the genus of deciduous and evergreen east Asian trees and shrubs widely cultivated as ornamentals for their white flowers and red fruits; in some classifications includes genus Heteromeles. From the family Rosaceae; rose family (a large family of dicotyledonous plants of order Rosales; have alternate leaves and five-petaled flowers with numerous stamens). Suitable for zones 7a & up this plant makes for a lovely shrub, hedges or if left alone will grow quite ...

Reflections: Life As We Live It…

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard Reflections: Life As We Live It... Søren Kierkegaard Existentialism is a term given to the works of certain philosophers, Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche amongst others, who “focus on the condition of human existence, the nature of free will, and an individual’s emotions, actions, responsibilities, and thoughts, and the meaning or purpose of life.” (Wikipedia) When I read today’s WP prompt, it got me thinking about my college days ...

Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within…

“Love is always within. When you try to dramatize your love, you lose the depth of the love.” Charan Singh Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... unfurling with a dragon fly in tow.. Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... Love Is A Flowering Bloom Within… This thing we call love, we give it many names; definitions, declarations, demonstrations. We try to box it in and plant it squarely at out feet. We adore it and abhor ...

Do It Anyway: A Poem And A Prayer…

Do It Anyway: Lovers passionate kiss In 1968, Dr. Kent Keith, a young college student leader, wrote a booklet to help other youth leaders. It was titled: The Paradoxical Commandments. Years later, the poem/prayer surfaced as an amended version attributed to Mother Teresa; renamed Do It Anyway. It was inscribed on a wall in her living quarters, and many who passed through stopped to note and cherish the inspiring words. This version is attributed to Mother Teresa People are often unreasonable, irrational, and ...

Sometimes Living in Denial is Good….

Last year, I was fortunate to have two of my articles published with RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials. The two articles were  7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict and What to Consider Before Considering Kids respectively. This morning, the good folks at RELEVANT featured another piece I wrote titled When Living in Denial is Healthy Here’s an excerpt from my most recent piece at RELEVANT Magazine: ==================================================== If you’ve ever used the phrase, or been accused of “living in denial,” you know ...

Help Pick My Book Cover: A Question of Faith

My first non-fiction book will be released in November 2011. We're in the final stages of production with the publishing house and have these two cover options. Which do you like best - "parchment" or "hands"? Please comment here with your opinion. Thanks!

Connecting With My Kids….

The girls and I with our new green belts (I'm the one in the middle) I’m so proud of my girls. For the past several months my daughters and I have been attending family karate classes. The school we attend is called BMI Karate and it’s the only dojo we found in a 50 mile radius that has families – adults and kids – take classes together. It’s been a great experience so far and our girls still say they love the ...

Sundays, Bandwagons, and Beaches

As a kid I used to hate Sundays. It meant wearing stuffy clothes, sitting in a boring pew and listening to guy dressed in…well, a dress, ramble on (in Latin) while peering down at me like he knew every bit of mischief I’d been up to.Being a kid and learning about God is akin to being a teenager and learning about love. You’ve got your preconceived notions, the stuff your parents and the church tell you, and then you have ...

Fastest U.S. Marathon Sellout Ever

This morning I swung by the web site for the Marine Corp Marathon and saw that a record was set – the fastest sellout of a full U.S. marathon since endurance races have been held in this country. This type of thing probably doesn’t matter to non-runners, but the press release below, posted by the event organizers, has some stunning facts. --- Marking the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has sold 30,000 available online entries ...

A Soft Surrender

I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn't help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the flitting birds above whose cares blended well with green? And what of the greedy squirrels dropping acorns as they ran the soft thuds of a midwinter snack was it jealous ...

When Do You Stop Cutting the Crust?

Our oldest daughter is now 11 years old, which seems hard to belief, and is in the sixth grade. Her school bus arrives at 7:30 a.m.  each day – much earlier than the elementary kids’ bus she used to ride at 8:50 a.m. So every morning she and I are up around the same time to start our routines for our respective days. Part of her routine is making her own lunch and breakfast. But periodically she’ll get jammed up with her other responsibilities ...

BGI Relocates!

We’ve been feeling a little like Christmas elves lately - dashing around to get things done. And that’s because we’ve moved! 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, Dallas We have relocated our offices to a larger design space directly off the Dallas North Tollway to better serve you. Our new offices are located at 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, in Dallas and house extensive product samples for your design or renovation project. Everything we need to design fabulous rooms and furniture for you is right ...

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Grace and Poise on a Book Tour

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Lily King taught a week-long class I took in 2011 at the Stonecoast Writers Conference offered by the University of Southern Maine. (I blogged about it here and here.) Her students loved her. She shared personal pieces of herself alongside the professional, such that we could understand this important concept: Neither writing nor a life of writing is easy for anyone, but if it’s what you want to do, it’s yours to …

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Where are the words?

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What am I scared of? There is an endless pool of words waiting to be written, but they refuse to take to the page. The only emotion that surfaces during the process is terror – why? It has been about four weeks since I worked on either of my books, and to say my posting on this blog has basically been non-existent is possibly an understatement. Initially I could blame being …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

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Emma came round to say hello! One day, Emma wandered into my yard and I left my home to find her owner. I was concerned. I called the cops. I walked to the end of the cul de sac. I found her owner and we connected; neighbor to neighbor. In my determination to find her owner, I crossed a thresh-hold of dead solitude and found a smiling face. Life around the suburban block has barriers, but we lift them when we have to. …

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Technically Speaking

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A technical writer is a professional writer who engages in technical writing and produces technical documentation for technical, business, and consumer audiences. According to Wikipedia, this defines the profession as preparing information that helps users who use a product. When, however, does the technical writer stop informing the user and begin to confuse them? Is there a limit to just how technical the writer …

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On the Imperfect Daenerys

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As a fan of George R. R. Martin’s books “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the cable series “Game of Thrones” I follow other fans in cyberspace, with spoiler Facebook pages for we readers (don’t worry, not in this blog), and the numerous fun fan pages with hilarious memes. Like it or hate it, Game of Thrones to me, as a series doesn’t take itself so seriously …

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Writerly Reflections

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I realized years ago that I wanted to write. My first attempts at short stories ran to three handwritten pages or so, and I would make my sister sit and listen, along with an audience of soft toys and dolls. She got quite bored with my tales of princesses lost in woods and toys that …

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On the Love of Intrigue

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So many aspects of stories reel in the readers of books or viewers of films or shows, be it action, fantasy, drama, horror, but on the short list of it all is the lure of intrigue, when we must know what happens next and a few hours sleep or loads of laundry won’t stop us. Many daytime television dramas I recall watching as a kid not missing them so much when school started, but during summer I hated …

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