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Reality Bites

Why is it that I keep hearing people discussing shows that I didn't know existed?  Where are all of these reality shows coming from and when do people find time to keep up with all of the many.  Even with the biggies such as Dancing With the Stars and American Idol, I watch the last 10 minutes to see the results of how it all came out. (as you all know I LOVE my pal Tivo) Sorry, I just can't sit for hours watching ...

Inspiration: In The Heart Of Winter…

“On a lone winter evening, when the frost has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills, The Cricket’s song…” John Keats Inspiration: In The Heart Of Winter… Tallin I noticed winter’s frosty blanket Outside my kitchen window Everywhere and on everything… It slows our pace and numbs our hands It forces us to contemplate… In the heart of winter, a warm dawn awaits More below! “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, ...

Practice Compassion: Our Wellness Depends On It…

” If someone falls, compassion helps you to say, ” Stand up. You can do it.” Compassion comes from respect, and is the result of knowing that others are strong enough and intelligent enough to make their own choices.” don Miguel Ruiz Practice Compassion: Share a bloom - one petal at a time... Sit down for a while… Put your feet up and sit back for a moment. Who told you to listen to the sirens and their silly calls? Who asked you to take ...

On Music: The Shorthand of Emotion…

“Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits.” Rabindranath Tagore On Music: The Shorthand of Emotion... Right? Concha Buika. Today is Friday, the 13th, and I know some folk who believe in all that superstitious stuff about the number 13 will be under covers waiting for a ghoul to show up. Have no fears my darlings, music can make even a ghost dance… Since I’m working on being brief on this blog, ...

After the Fact

This week while going through the odd news of the week, there were a number of reports that added a few lines as to how the person handled their situation.  As luck would have it ....at least as far as my theme today goes....some didn't handle the situation well. Who Ya Goin' Call? If you are this car-less, careless, clueless guy, that person would me MOM. Authorities in Florida said a man called his mother and confessed to buying drugs and possessing a ...

Fun Flower Facts: “Butter and Eggs” Flower aka Linaria vulgaris

Other names: yellow toadflax, bread and butter, bunny mouths, flaxweed,  lion’s outh Butter and eggs isn’t breakfast. It’s the name of a flower that seems to be everywhere. You might have seen these snapdragon-like flowers along roadsides, wastelands and alleys. Actually, in some places like Alberta, Canada,  these fast-spreading perennials are consider weeds. Butter and Eggs is the common name given to this buttery flower with an orange/yellow-yolk center, also known scientifically as linaria vulgaris. The orange “tongue” part of the ...

Our Favourite Flower Quotes

Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog, we love flowers and what they represent! These beauties are definitely a source of inspiration and happiness. Not only do fresh flowers bring beauty and brighten up our homes and workplaces, they make us feel better during tough times. Flowers can cheer up the sick and the lonely, as well as making loved ones feel loved and appreciated. That being said, quotes about flowers remind us of the beauty and carefree nature of ...

Pregnancy Update – Home Stretch!

This may be one of the final pregnancy updates I’ll post until our baby boy arrives. My wife has crossed 38 weeks gestational age for the pregnancy – so he’ll be a full term. Things have moved so fast since we discovered our family was expanding and we decided to share it publicly here. We’ve provided developmental milestones via the awesome web site BabyCenter.com. Here’s what’s happening at week 38: Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he’s more ...

The Greatest Freedom???

In most of our minds, the term "freedom" is synonymous with "America." Because we embrace that general, overarching ideal of freedom, it's easy to sometimes forget that the large concept of freedom we enjoy in this country is comprised of many important yet seemingly "smaller freedoms" that make up the whole. This morning I went to a web site that lists the Bill of Rights - the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. These were omissions to the original document that were deemed so ...

A Classic Thanksgiving Prayer…

A Classic Thanksgiving Prayer…

One of the great cartoon theologians of our time shares some poignant thoughts on this Thanksgiving…. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Peculiar Picture #12

I have a confession to make; I have a fetish. Those of you who read my post FancyFootwork will no doubt think I have a foot fetish. Not true. I have a fetish for islands. When stress overcomes me and I close my eyes and set sail for my imaginary happy place, I always find myself on a remote beach with my toes half-buried in warm sand. I was weaned on movies like Mysterious Island,Swiss Family Robinson and Treasure Island ...

Hello Kitty!

Our townhouse in Portland, Oregon, is surrounded by highways and roads, but we’re located in an area that was once a great forest. All that remains of that forest is a creek and a grove of trees maintained by our local park district. Aside from a hawk or two, I’ve never spotted anything interesting in these trees, until yesterday. I’m not much of a photographer (If you like inspiring pictures I encourage you to visit my friends at Daniel’s View or ...

Food For Thought

I notice that many bloggers like to write about food. I don’t follow this trend, but a fellow blogger recently asked for advice on ordering the perfect hamburger. This got me thinking about the two problems I face when dining out. First, breakfast is Mrs. Chatterbox’s favorite meal. She cooks most of our meals but on occasion I’ll whip up one of my specialties, like egg omelets with linguica (a Portuguese sausage similar to chorizo) but on weekends she likes to ...

Does This Video Disrespect Our Veterans???

This past Friday evening my wife and I attended a preseason NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore ravens. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I've no love for the ravens - but the tickets were cheap, the seats were great and I've been Jonesing for professional football. During the pregame ceremonies and warm-up I took a minute of video that I found extremely odd. The stadium was filling up as the public address announcer said they were going to ...

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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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