Reflections: Memories Of…

“A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.” Elbert Hubbard Reflections: Memories Of... Memory Of Sun by Anna Akhmatova Memory of sun seeps from the heart. Grass grows yellower. Faintly if at all the early snowflakes Hover, hover. Contd below Memory is a funny thing… We could be sitting on the porch sipping a summer drink or even an aperitif, when suddenly, a memory of an event, a singular, seemingly irrelevant conversation would flash by. Then there are those sweeping, gushing, heart-wrenching ...

I Believe: A Haiku…

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
” William James I Believe: A Haiku I believe we need A love touch … appreciation Like the morning sun He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus I Believe: A Haiku I believe we get What is ordained for each one As night turns to day “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or ...

Wedding Anniversary Flowers

In our opinion, summer is the most romantic season of the year! It’s the time of year when many couples get married and celebrate their anniversaries. A wedding anniversary is one of the most important milestones for couples, especially in today’s society, where the divorce rates are alarmingly high. So it goes without saying that each and every year a couple has been together should be celebrated. Although gifts are not necessary, they are definitely appreciated and welcomed! Traditionally, there are certain ...

A River of Flowers for Domestic Violence Awareness

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness, a reminder to support the victims and survivors of domestic abuse. It’s a serious issue. Domestic violence occurrences are on the rise across communities. It transcends cultural, economic and social issues, meaning anyone can be affected. According to statistics collected by the YWCA, domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women in their lifetime, which is one too many! Awareness is more important than ever before. In one community,  a series of events were planned ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

Flowers and Happiness: An Infographic

It’s a fact. Whether, you are the giver or the receiver, studies have shown that flowers really do make people happy! And we aren’t just saying that because we sell flowers at Grower Direct. There is just something so special about the power of flowers! Think about the last time you’ve receive flowers from someone or the last time you’ve gave flowers, and tell me that you didn’t get a warm fuzzy feeling all over! Flowers do make things better, especially if ...

Perfection Not Required: That’s How the Light Gets In…

“Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything; That’s how the light gets in.”Leonard Cohen Perfection not Required: Sanctuary at Omega Seek the Sanctuary of Beauty within & Let the Light Get In… Leonard Cohen got it right with that stanza above from his beautiful poem/jazzy song. We live in a world where perfection and external beauty are often placed on a pedestal while inner beauty, truth and morality are not as appreciated. Yet, we are all flawed ...

The Biggest Peeve of All

The Biggest Peeve of All

    It’s a mouse-size pet peeve, but sometimes it roars within me like a lion. Frequent readers of this blog know I’m often at odds with my eighty-nine year old mother. Mom is not mellowing with age and is feistier than ever. She spends most of her time watching Court TV and putting down the government. When I call, my role is that of a human crossword puzzle, keeping her sharp, even though I become blunt in the process. Ninety-nine percent ...

Book Review: Rite of Passage - A Father's Blessing by Jim McBride

Irish poets, learn your trade, Sing whatever is well made, Scorn the sort now growing up All out of shape from toe to top. ~ William Butler Yeats, poet Jim and his wife, Sheila This quote by Yeats neatly sums up the fact that as adults, we are collectively a nation of stunted, spoiled children. We've forgotten how to grow up. Oh we're aging just fine, the ever increasing sales for Botox is proof positive of that fact, but we're not maturing. Everyone says, "50 is the ...

Face-to-Face Time in Old-Style Publishing

Credit: Vlado / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   My posting on June 1 was titled “Good Feelings from Groups.” Soon after posting it, while searching for a document on a wholly different subject, I unearthed a business plan I’d written in the late 1990s for my publishing company at the time. In it, I quoted two paragraphs related to the power of groups within a publishing company. In rereading that excerpt, I realized I have not been as group-phobic as I thought. In fact, ...

3 Painful Lessons About Practice

My medal for completing the 2013 Frederick Half Marathon Four weeks ago I ran and completed the 2013 Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon – a 13.1 mile jaunt through the highways and byways of Frederick County Maryland. Now mind you, the last time I had run a distance that far was early last summer before the birth of our son. Even though I’m in better shape than I was then – great cholesterol and blood ratios as well as a 31 lbs weight ...

Titanic Memorial Cruise & 5 Worse Ideas….

Titanic Mania April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated sailing and sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic, which rammed into an iceberg nearly a century ago. Here are some interesting facts surrounding that horrific tragedy that you might have forgotten. Of the 1517 people who perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered. The largest percentage of survivors came from first class passengers. Even though directions had been given for women and children to board the lifeboats first, a number ...

Time Travel for the Imagination

The other day I walked over to the Post Office to mail a copy of my family biography/memoir The Cleveland Rutters to a widowed friend of my deceased parents. I haven’t seen this man for well over forty or even fifty years, since I was a teenager at most. At that time I would only have called him Mr. K__, certainly not by his first name, as I had just now done in the cover note to him. I never ...

Caught With My Pants Down

A disquieting thought visited me last night while I was in the bathroom with my defenses down — along with my pants. In my mind's eye I saw a quick flash of a bottomless pit producing some pretty scary echoes (Believe me it was much worse than it sounds.). I bravely closed my eyes as the image melted away and I came face to face with a silent wall of nothingness — that place of pure potentiality, where both terror and ...

Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I’ve had with this computer interface, I’ve found it to be anything but human yet mildly amusing. A recent “talk” with Cleverbot is chronicled here when we discussed the virtues and history surrounding Martin Luther King’s birthday. Given that today marks the due ...

6-year Old Inspires All Wanna-be Bike Riders...

This is a great video by a group of talented musicians called the Gregory Brothers who "songify" all kinds of news videos and home videos posted on YouTube. In this video, they transform a cute snippet of a random home movie into a catchy inspirational tune. Enjoy... And here is the original home video....

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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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