Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows…

“Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.” Jean Houston Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... brightly lit windows on a Frank Gehry designed building, NYC Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... nighttime window glimpses from Eglise saint Etienne Le Veiux, France Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... In Caen Cathedral in France Like the eyes, windows give us an opening through which we can see or retreat from the ...

Inspiration: Making Choices…

“You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” -Morpheus (The Matrix) Inspiration: Making Choices... Now Choose - Red or Blue pill? From the time we wake up in the morning, till the time we fall asleep at night, we make choices. Our choice could be as simple as staying ...

Buccaneers Of Buzz

My illustrations were mostly created for books, newspapers and magazines. This picture, done for my own amusement, is the only one I created for a poem. I remember reading this short work by Emily Dickinson where she compared bees to pirates; it was so fun and lighthearted, so visual, that I couldn’t resist picking up my brushes to see what I could do with it. When I look at the results I feel like a kid again. I’m transported back to ...

Unique Container Gardening Ideas

Container gardening has grown in popularity in recent years, especially for those living in apartments or smaller spaces. It’s a great way to add a burst of colour and personality to your outdoor space! And one of the best things about container gardening is just about any object can be transformed into a container for gardening! Container gardening is the perfect way to transform your unwanted/broken/useless household items into a fantastic, one-of-a-kind planter! Here are some fun and unique container ideas ...

Plant Diseases: Black Spot on Roses

Black Spot is a common rose disease caused by the fungus, Diplocarpon rosae. Black spot begins as small brown or black spots on leaves, which eventually causes the leaves to yellow and fall off. The disease does not kill the plant, but will weaken the plant over time. The rose plant will produce fewer blooms and is more susceptible to winter kill. The disease is active during cool, moist weather. The best way to control black spot is prevention.  Here are ...

Reflections: Money Can’t Buy You Time…

“Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit (of hate) flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanish it  with a program, nor with a resolution.”  Robert F. Kennedy Reflections: Money Can’t Buy You Time… Even a princely crown has its time.. An Interview with a Princess on her way to Samarra… Interviewer: Your highness, thank you for meeting with me on such short notice, the paper will ...

On Hate & Happiness: Which Elevator Are You Riding?

“Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” Greg Anderson On Hate & Happiness: Which Elevator Are You Riding? The elevator we choose to ride is up to us and it symbolizes our decision to embrace light and love or hatred and close-mindedness… You get to choose… hate or happiness? Recently, I went up to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New Yorkfor a tour and one of the stops was at the Tang Teaching Museum. They had some very interesting ...

Video Tutorials: How to Save Seeds From Flowers

It’s that time of the year again, where most of the annuals in your garden are looking spent and tired. But before you remove the flowers, collect the seeds! Saving seeds is an easy way to increase your stock for next year, save money, and preserve rare heirloom varieties. There are many flowers that you can collect seeds from, but only save seeds from healthy, vigorous plants! The best time to harvest them is on a sunny day, never on a ...

3 Expectations Parents Should Have for Kids

Our Daughters 2011 I’ve always been a believer in the idea that your reach should exceed your grasp. In other words, bite off more than you can comfortably chew. I believe in setting high expectations and goals. Of course that type of thinking is out of vogue especially for kids these days with their fragile self esteem; “gradeless” report cards that are now based on effort rather than competency and bedroom shelves stacked with trophies and ribbons they didn’t earn but were given ...

When Trust Dies, Who’s to Blame?

I subscribe to a niche news feed service that sends me press releases and updates regarding religion and faith-based issues. Earlier this week, I saw a press release regarding pastors, priests and rabbis who have abandoned their faith for an atheistic lifestyle. I’m not surprised when religious leaders experience doubt and question lifelong traditions they’ve followed. Faithful followers from Moses through Mother Teresa have expressed doubts regarding their beliefs and have written extensively about what they call “the dark night of the soul.” In fact, ...

My Book is an Amazon Best-Seller

I’m kind of stunned that my book, which launched today on Amazon, is currently the #1 “New Hot Release” within the Religion & Spirituality category. I took a screenshot because I couldn’t believe it myself!  While it ain’t the New York Times or Wall Street Journal best-selling lists – I’ll gladly take it and give all the glory to God! It’s not too late to join the party, click the link below to get your copy plus more than 60 FREE bonuses!!! http://thedailyretort.com/faith/ I’ll ...

Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within ...

World Cracking Words

Parents often remind kids that, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” That’s a great little saying because it rhymes and comes off as conveying profundity – but it’s a lie. Name calling and hurtful words can do considerable damage. While words may not actually break a bone, they most certainly can crush a heart, end a relationship or start a war. Words have world-changing power. Unfortunately, people take the power and impact of their words for granted. They shouldn’t. Consider ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 9

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest last week. There were so many AWESOME entries this time, that I couldn’t decide on one myself. So I contacted my local congressional representative who quickly impaneled an independent 50-person task force, which issued its decision in a 200 page report (our tax payer dollars have to be put to good use). Thanks to such congressional efficiency, it was ...

Spotlight on Gifts

I want to congratulate Brooke Meservy, a dear friend and fellow blogger at Bloomtopia for her recent contribution to the Wild Sister magazine. Brooke’s writing cuts through the thick skin of fear and rejection exposing the tender places within. Her words are bold and honest, escorting you to divine destinations where magical discoveries take place: discoveries about who you are, what you love, and where you’re going. This article on "finding one heart" is breathtaking. Brooke says: “I am honored to ...

TED talk on Culturomics and ngrams

Cityscape USA You may already have seen the video below of a talk given at the 2011 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, this talk being on Culturomics and ngrams.googlelabs.com. I’m posting it here because all the data behind the phenomenon is being taken from books. I would be remiss not to include this somewhere on my site! The video below is “What We Learned from 5 Million Books.” And the following paragraph is what is written on the TED site about ...

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