Yin Yang: Finding Our Balance In the Ebb & Flow of Life…

“Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; perfect speech is like a jade worker whose tool leaves no mark. “Tao Te Ching Yin Yang: Finding Balance in the Ebb and Flow of Life… The concept of Yin Yang rests on the principle of natural and complementary forces, patterns and behaviors that depend on one another and influence the balance or the ebb and flow of events in all of life. My yoga exercise class today got me thinking about this notion of finding our balance; recognizing the natural ebb ...

How to Make Your Own Tea Using Flowers!

People love tea! After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world! Tea is good anytime of the day and it’s good for you! Containing antioxidants and other health benefits, it’s no wonder that tea is so popular! And as you may already know, besides tea leaves, flowers can also be used to make teas! Floral (or herbal, as some may call it) teas are light, fragrant and delicate-tasting.  They are also easy to make from scratch. Here ...

Flower Arranging 101

I love watching a professional florist work their magic! They happily jump into the cooler and quickly grab an assortment of blooms and greens to take back to their work area. Their experienced fingers quickly cut stems, strip leaves & if needed, remove thorns. Pretty soon an amazing piece of art is created, colourful contrasts and neutral greens are blended together and arranged perfectly into a one of a kind design. If only I had this talent! Yes, it is a talent. ...

How to Get Rid of Aphids Naturally

Photo Credit: Flickr user, sean dreilinger Now that the weather is warmer and drier, you’ll probably find aphids in your garden beds. Aphids are easy to spot, with their soft-bodies that are about the size of a grain. They come in light green, black and red. These pesky pear-shaped bugs will wreak havoc in both your flower and vegetable gardens. Aphids will feed on the sap from the tender new leaves and buds of plants, causing leaves to turn yellow and ...

Pimping The Duke's Ride

When I graduated from college and decided to become a professional artist I had to figure out what type of art I wanted to specialize in. I considered painting landscapes because I enjoyed depicting mountains and streams, but I settled on portrait painting because nothing gave me greater pleasure than smearing colors on a blank surface to create an image that looked like it could talk back to you. This, for me, was pure magic. I placed samples of my work ...

Free November 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Well, it’s a new month, which means it’s time to change up your desktop wallpaper! Here is a collection of FREE November 2013 desktop calendar wallpapers for you. Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Happy November!

The Power of a Good Thought

It was late September and I was confined to my couch and out of commission for the next few days. Before I go further I should back it up to explain that for several weeks prior I had been battling what I thought to be chest congestion brought on by a bad cold. In addition my ribs had been sore, which I contributed to straining a muscle slightly during a very bad coughing spell. Over the counter pain medication had basically ...

Flowers & Music

It is said that Ben Harper, an American singer-songwriter and musician, was inspired to write this song during a visit in Istanbul. Whist he was emerged in Turkish culture, Harper heard a poem written by Pir Sultan Abdal, a 15th century poet who rebelled against the Ottoman Empire. The following verse inspired “Roses for my friends”: The stones of the strangers never fell on me But the rose of a friend hurts me Pir Sultan Abdal was sentenced to be stoned to death for ...

Thanksgiving Thoughts With Cleverbot

Several months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is actually intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Veterans Day Conversation With Cleverbot Since yesterday was Thanksgiving and today’s Black Friday, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot’s ...

Role of Kids in Your Family Life

Here’s a guest post from writer, Sophie Samuel. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: Children are an integral part of a family and a home. A newly married couple waits anxiously for the birth of their first child and for more thereafter. We all love sound of little feet running around the house, the mischief and prank, the unbridled laughter and so many other joys that only kids can give. Now what exactly is the ...

Facing The New Year

The New Year gives me the same sensation that I used to get walking out of the confessional on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon and enjoying the uplifting (howbeit temporary) sensation of having a soul as spotless as a downy white baby seal. Of course by Monday afternoon my soul would look more like a dirty Dalmatian dodging Animal Control. I’ve been pondering some resolutions for 2012, but I haven’t made any commitments. It seems I have a bad track record with ...

Fairness is Overrated…

For the past few decades, the big trend in corporate America has been “pay for performance.” In other words, the more you do on the job or the better your results for the organization – the greater your compensation. The underlying idea of this trend has been a fundamental component of capitalism since its inception. For example, the more a sales representative sells, the higher their bonus. When a professional athlete performs exceptionally on the field, court, track or ice, their pre-negotiated ...

Good Feelings from Groups

Funny the stories that stick with you over the years. Have any of you read West of Eden by Harry Harrison? That’s WEST of Eden. Published by Bantam in 1984, it’s a marvelous piece of science fiction set in the prehistoric past. The book seems never to have made it into paperback. One of the key ideas in the book was the “early childhood” of the main characters, which took place in the ocean, where the characters were raised in ...

Don’t Know Much About Geography???

I’m the first to admit that I slept through most of the geography classes I’ve “taken” throughout my academic career. [EdiTOR's Note: I use the word "taken" in the loosest sense of the term since that implies retention of knowledge on my part, which is not the case.] I’m not proud of that fact – I’m just being honest. That’s why I’m amazed by those individuals who know can pinpoint Timbuktu or Kathmandu on a globe or those who can easily answer questions ...

My Nearly Famous Daughter....

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from our county's department of environmental protection telling us that our oldest daughter had been recommended by her school to audition for a countywide talent search for a radio public service announcement (PSA) recording. A short-time thereafter, our 9-year old completed a telephone audition with the county worker overseeing the PSA program who gave her the "job" on the spot. After a few weeks, our daughter visited the number one radio station ...

Risky? You Betcha!

I woke up this morning with a charged expectancy…the promise of a new beginning! I’m a little nervous, having spent the last five years with certain employment. A regular paycheck is not to be undervalued in this economy. But, when the trade off becomes too much to bear, then it’s time to take the leap and reach for something more. I’ve spent the last three of these five years living away from home much like a soldier in the Army. This ...

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Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
February 1, 2011, 11:30 am

Coffee Time Reviewer Recommended Awards

Four Books are honored today with the coveted CTRR Award  from Coffee Time Romance and More.

My entry was Shadows of the Past, the debut solo novel by T.L. Lawrence.  I devoured this well-written Romantic Suspense last month.

T.L. Lawrence enjoys needlework, genealogy and most of the science of crime solving. She is a full-time mom with two boisterous young daughters, and resides in Utah. She loves writing in the romance, suspense, and mystery genres. See the Award Winners

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Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

I have enjoyed a lifelong love of reading. My younger brother and I spent hours in our grandfather’s lap while he would read to us. I like reads which flow smoothly and logically from one point to the next. I like authors who take me into their worlds; who can cast the line and hook me with their ideas.

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