Weird & Unusual: Bladderwort Plants (Utricularia)

Bladderwort (Utricularia vulgaris) bladder traps (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Flowering Utricularia macrorhiza (Bladderwort) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you are a regular reader of this flower blog, you will know that the world is full of weird and unusual flowers and plants, such as: ghost orchids, plants that can dance, plants that can numb toothaches, plants that look like “Hooker’s Lips, and so much more! Fun Flower Facts is definitely a blog you should follow or read on a regular basis if you enjoy learning ...

Picture This: Moments In The Snow…

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof Picture this: Captured Moments in the Snow #1 via eof The call came at 5:30am one morning, school will be closed and the kids can stay home and indulge in whatever their hearts desired. “Can they come stay at your house for a change?” Phina asked the recorded female voice… “I mean, with all the school ...

Cheaters Never Prosper?

We say it to kids all the time, but it isn’t true: cheaters very often do prosper. Case point, Venice in 1564. Back then, rich dudes would donate money to build social clubs dedicated to popular saints, which in Venice meant a saint whose body had been stolen and brought to Venice. (Check out my post Conspiracy, Theft and Sin for the outrageous manner in which St. Mark’s body was smuggled into Venice.) These clubs were places where rich folks ...

Haiku: Praying…

“The fruit of silence is prayer.The fruit of prayer is faith.The fruit of faith is love.The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.” Mother Teresa Haiku: Praying… A Prayer for My Daughter(s) By William Butler Yeats Once more the storm is howling, and half hid Under this cradle-hood and coverlid My child sleeps on. There is no obstacle But Gregory’s Wood and one bare hill Whereby the haystack and roof-levelling wind, Bred on the Atlantic, can be stayed; And for an hour I have walked ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life…

“The most instructive experiences are those of everyday life.” Friedrich Nietzsche Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life… Off to the Street Market and a stroll with friends. Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life… Stop in the middle of the market to chat with a friend; they listen, we ramble… or vise versa Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life… Check out the wares at the porcelain table; to buy or not to buy – that is the question. Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life… Listen to a merchant share ...

Inspiration: Color And I Are One…

“Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.” Paul Klee Inspiration: Color And I Are One... Red Balloon by Paul Klee Inspiration: Color And I Are One... Red... Flower Myth by Paul Klee The Beauty of Colors… Imagine a world without color… What would it look like to you? If it weren’t for the kaleidoscope of colors that ...

On Fire: The Stylish Afro Blew Up In My Face…

“All things, oh priests, are on fire . . . The eye is on fire; forms are on fire; eye-consciousness is on fire; impressions received by the eye are on fire.” Buddha On Fire: The Stylish Afro rocks.... Ms. Hill Back in the days when sporting a huge Afro was not just a fashion statement but a sign of political defiance, I nursed a funky/kinky head of  hair to an impressive fuzzy Afro; the size of a basketball. My Afro was ...

Flowers to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Today is Grandparents Day! It is a holiday that is celebrated in most countries around the world on the second Sunday in September. Like Mother’s and Father’s Day, it is a day to celebrate our loved ones—this time, our grandparents. Grandparents, well senior citizens in general, are often neglected and forgotten in today’s busy world. They usually live away from their families, often in long term care facilities, which can lead to sadness and depression. So it is important to show ...

Diving Naked

Cutting a rose before it buds leaves you with thorns. There will be no more abridged versions of what I need to write. It’s a bloody mess… so it is. A beautiful bloody mess. If I say it on paper, holding onto myself with naked arms, and I tremble at the truth, will it kill me? If I hold back the words, bury them like a money box, forgetting the hiding place, the shallow grave; will I ever find them again? Do I need to? Am I ...

Beware of Dumbass Choices

So, today I’m just going to ramble on about what ever. I just deleted an entire page of writing and it felt amazing. It was as though I was God and I was erasing a paragraph in Genesis that I felt was a little wordy. Okay maybe that’s a bit heady, how about deleting a rainy day or a traffic jam. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do that in real life? Erase the crap. “Oh hey! This sucks, I ...

7 Mistaken and Misused Baby Phrases

Parents with newborns speak a language with baby phrases all their own during the first few months of the babies’ life. Conversations surrounding the baby phrases such as gestational age or bilirubin levels or the wonder of simethicone drops are fairly common among new parents. However, there are some aspects of Newborn ParentSpeak that are flat out wrong. Here are seven inaccurate baby phrases that misrepresent the actual activity or meaning they convey. 7. Fussing – this particular term almost sounds like a playful board ...

Newsroom Secrets Revealed - Part 1

Newscaster Edward R. Murrow: "Just the Facts" During my 20+ years as a communications professional, I've worked in more than a dozen television, radio and print newsrooms. Most television viewers and news consumers tend to believe that if they see it on T.V. it must be true. However, the truth of the matter is that seeing does not always mean believing - especially when it comes to broadcast news. During the early days of television news when there were broadcasting pioneers on the air ...

A Father’s Worst Fear – Part II

The "faith" ring we gave our daughter this weekend... Today at school, our 10-year old daughter will begin a week-long health curriculum that will include a wide range of topics including “nocturnal emissions,” menstrual cycles and the human reproductive process. My wife and I knew that information of that caliber was likely to spur more questions amongst the kids in class and subsequent mis-information when they’re by themselves chatting it up on the playground, bus or at the lunch table. Additionally, this information ...

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 ...

Insatiable Doppelganger

You shrink at the feet of desperation, that excessive tyrant who pushes you into a stinking alleyway where your desires, like a gang of delinquents, are waiting to overtake you. Their anemic eyes are shadowed by lack; their greedy hands rifle through your pockets, turning them inside out onto the filthy ground. Angry at finding nothing they demand everything…the sun, the moon, the pulsing lifeblood of passion that feeds your lean soul. You cower at their grandiose demands until you’re but ...

Family Finance – Talking Dollars and Common Sense

Author, blogger, speaker – Carol Peterson Here’s a guest post from writer, Carol Peterson – author of the book Fun With Finance. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: =============== Many of us learned how to handle money by watching our parents. Then our kids learned from us. Unfortunately, that’s sometimes like making a copy of a copy. Each copy becomes more and more distorted. What if we started over, learning proper money management and taught kids ...

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December 12, 2012, 9:40 am

Christmas Wreath Ideas!

It’s that time of the year! Time to deck the halls! Or if you are way too busy to go all out, the least you could do is hang a wreath over your door. A wreath is an easy way to add colour and holiday cheer to your home. They come in all shapes, sizes, colour and styles. You can either make your own or buy one. In any case, here are some beautiful Christmas wreaths to give you some inspiration!

Poinsettia Wreath

Christmas wreath made from poinsettia

Photo credit: vanessachristenson.com

Succulent Wreath

Christmas wreath made from succulents

Photo Credit: bhg.com

Square Moss Wreath

Wreaths don’t have to be predictably round. Made of moss, this squared-shaped wreath is chic and unexpected.

square-shaped moss christmas wreath

Photo credit: bhg.com

Fragrant Wreath

It smells as good as it looks!

This  holiday wreath is made with fragrant lavender and heather and is accented with berries and pine cones.

christmas wreath ideas

Photo credit: goodhousekeeping.com

Holiday Greetings Wreath

This is a wreath you can buy conveniently online from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers.

Holiday wreath from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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