“Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.” Joseph Auslander
Inspiration: Have A Happy Thanksgiving…
“Let me sit down with the ones I love best, Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song, See the old faces unblemished by wrong, See the old table with all of its chairs, An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.” Edgar Albert Guest
Women’s History Museum: The History of Thanksgiving
WHAT AM ...
The box looked like it had been constructed in a hurry, even to my twelve year old eyes, It was rough and unpolished and made of cheap plywood, six panels forming a twenty-four inch cube. Little care had gone into the construction; the sides had been roughly screwed together and there were no hinges or latches to indicate an opening. Nothing was written on it and there was no way to glimpse inside without tearing it apart.
When I was growing ...
On the merry-go-round of the Friday Fictioneers, we spin our stories, tell our tales; climb to the heights or sink to the depths of the human condition. The photo to challenge us this week, comes courtesy of David Stewart, you can climb his Green Walled Tower to read more from him, and you can read more from Rochelle, who leads the Fictioneers up and down and round and round each week.
Word Count: 100
A Story of Love
I believed your promises of love ...
Forrest Gump famously proclaimed, “I know what love is.”
As you know, Mr. C. and I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Turkey. What a wonderful country, full of wonderful people. We had good experiences and enjoyed the adventure of the trip. But, I made an observation on this particular trip that many of you might think should have come years ago.
Mr. C. and I have crafted a great life together. We have a son who is the light ...
“To a true artist, only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior, shines with the truth within the soul.” Mahatma Gandhi
Weekly Photo Challenge: FACES... a smile makes a huge difference
Weekly Photo Challenge: FACES... what mood is he in?
Weekly Photo Challenge: FACES... sometimes a mask reveals more about us...
Our faces tell a thousand stories and everywhere we go, they project their message about how we feel and what we are experiencing; joy, sadness, confusion, anger, happiness and many ...
Hello from sunny Wales! It’s been a long time since I could say that. Seems the rains have eased, fingers crossed.
Another Wednesday, time for another Friday Fictioneers story. Thanks as usual to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who is in sci-fi mode this week and also to Danny Bowman, for providing the photo prompt.
Copyright – Danny Bowman
Word Count: 100
The island has been in my family for generations. It’s home to seabirds and seals, virtually uninhabited most of the year. The crossing ...
Yes, I’m a woman.
I push doors that clearly say PULL.
I laugh harder when I try to explain why I’m laughing
I walk into a room and forget why I was there.
I count on my fingers in math.
I hide the pain from my loved ones.
I care about.
I say it is a long story, when it really isn’t, just to get out of having to tell it.
I cry a lot more than you think I do.
I care about people who don’t care about me.
“What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Musings: What’s Next? “Either pray or worry, you can’t do both…” 50 CENT
Saeon — I’ll Be Gone For 9ja music love… TY Xworldmusic.wordpress!
What do we do when we feel the end of a long and arduous journey is fast approaching, but the next step isn’t quite clear? ♥Hold our Breathe? ♥Take a walk by the sea or in a local park? ...
One of my favorite things about being an interior designer is discovering new products and using them in unexpected ways. I always strive to create one-of-kind rooms, using products that are current without being trendy. And that’s why I love Ann Sacks! Her tile and stone products are unique and timeless.
Here’s a sneak peak at a client’s kitchen where we used one of her new products as the focal point of the room’s backsplash.
The lantern-pattern ceramic art tile is pillow-cut, ...
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, ...
So, today, beginning at 7 am in the UK, the world is supposed to end and those worth saving will shoot off into the sky like people rockets toward heaven… while the rest of us will watch in horror and die a slow torturous death… and then spend the rest of eternity in hell…being tormented. This is according to Harold Camping the head of a US Christian broadcaster.
Hmmm…what to do with my last day? I could spend it praying, but ...
We've all been there.
A social, business or public setting where someone says something or asks a question that leaves us stammeringly speechless. Then hours later we think of the perfect retort to the remark or comment, and we say to ourselves, "I wish I would have said that."
As the proverb goes, "An apt reply is as gold."
In no particular order, here are 10 such replies that I wish I had said, that I plan to use going forward:
"If you'll forgive ...
Beach ball ice skating?? - photo credit Creative Commons:bytegirl24
We had beautiful weather this weekend in the Mid-Atlantic region, and after our Mother’s Day festivities yesterday I went for a seven mile run.
One of the things I saw was a group of kids playing with a beach ball – trying to keep it off the ground – at a birthday party in a park near our home.
It got me thinking of concerts I attended in college, when I worked the ticket ...
While attending the 2012 Launch Conference, that is currently underway, I have the unique opportunity to interview some of the top speakers and authors in America.
Below are two very quick, single-question interviews I had with authors Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis respectively.
Michael answers the question, “How should a writer or speaker market themselves?”
Ken graciously answers the question, “How does a speaker go from free-speaking opportunities to paid engagements?
Question: What question would you ask your favorite author if you could?
BTW, here’s ...
Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded BlissTors" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples can endure along the way. Some people think they're pretty funny - and these continue to be my most viewed blog postings.
If you like them or if they make you chuckle, please share them on Facebook and Twitter!
This episode deals with a few of the car trouble issues that ...
My daughter and I fighting the current
Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile.
With that, here’s the 9th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011:
An Important Lesson I Learned originally posted in August.
Last week, my family went on vacation at the beautiful Deep Creek Lake in western, Maryland where we rented ...
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When you use the common name “Burning Bush” most people assume you are talking about Kochia, a popular annual that is grown for its foliage which turns red in Autumn. But they’d be wrong!
The true Burning Bush is actually Dictamnus, (also known as the Gas Plant) a plant with a magical quality that will amaze you! You see, if you light a match near the flower heads once the blooms have faded and on a warm still day the volatile oils will actually ignite! A blue flame will surround the upper part of the bush but the plant will not be damaged. Cool huh!
This plant, besides it’s entertaining properties, is a beauty to have in your garden. It’s lemon scented leaves help control mosquitos and the tall spidery flowers are simply beautiful. It does take a couple of years to get settled but once it does it flowers reliably and is long lived. The tall spikey blooms on Dictamnus Albus are white or pale purple and are about 1.5″ in diameter. If you want larger, more showy & brighter blooms then go for Dictamnus Purpureus, these blooms are pink with red stripes, just stunning!
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!
my previous post was only two days ago,,,
but the 29th of february only comes once every four years...
i couldn't just let it pass by without doing something here!today i feel like taking a leap into my heap of pictures
and picking out a few of my favorites!
well, maybe more than a few.
(these are not new pictures...i've posted them in the past.)
some may not be the BEST shots...
but they were very LUCKY shots.
be prepared for photo overload!!
just a lot of cool nature!!
Bald Eagle. Lake ...
Good Morning Vietnam er Iraq!
As President Obama readies to send some 300 troops to Iraq in an “Advisory Capacity” lest we who served in the Vietnam War era forget, there was a “group” of “Advisors” then too, called MACV.
For those not familiar with the Vietnam (non – war, we couldn’t call it a war) I have listed a brief history found on Wikipedia’s Site that can brief us of some parallels between the President’s current proposed action to that which happened ...
this weekend we needed to take a break from
working on the bathroom, laundry, raking winter's leaves, trimming dead limbs,
and all the other chores that fill up your time...when you're off work.
so while the burn barrel was smoldering
we put on our boots and headed out back...
wandering the well-worn paths.
well-worn by us...and all the other little critters that share the land.
milo follows us on our hikes...
making her way through the underbrush and climbing the downed trees.
at the edge of the wooded area we ...
before i get to the caterpillar invasion...
or even the dead crow for that matter...
have a look at this Red-shouldered Hawk silhouette shot.
sam pointed out the hawk sitting on the electric line...out near the road.
facing west. early evening. dark clouds rolling in.
he flew out of the shadows (the hawk, not sam), landing farther down the line. just for a minute.
and then he was gone.
on to the caterpillars.
when it's just about dusk, and the birds are all snug in their nests...
and you're ...
who turned FOUR months old...uh, young...on the 6th of december,
has been outside four times
(under strict supervision) since we adopted him.
it has come to our attention
that he REALLY LOVES to climb trees.
emo...the tree hugger...
is bringing on the magic!
'santa's little helper'...stringing up some lights
LOVE & BE MERRY!
HAVE A HAPPY EVERYTHING!
laura, sam & emo
stay cool & be safe
Love me, feed me, never leave me. ~Garfield
the Azaleas are budding.
they like the cold. so do i.
this past week we've had a few hard freezes.
no snow here in north florida...but the water in the bird bath froze!!
here's a close up of the water...which i thought looked pretty cool...
with the leaves beneath and the reflection of the trees.
just before the freeze...i noticed the camelia was about to bloom.
luckily it did. for one day. then it froze, turned brown and shriveled up!
remember the three little bananas growing in ...
if you saw my previous post...
you saw the nest we spotted out back.
then we peeked and found there was a little spotted egg in it.
we had no idea what kind of bird made these hanging nests.
earlier in the week i went out back...
it paid off. the mother bird flew to the top of the nest and just sat there.
it was early. the sun was bright. so the pictures aren't great.
BUT I ID'd THE BIRD!!
a WHITE-EYED VIREO!!!
and she sure ...
and the original...
mums after the rain
every friday. just one of my nature shots.
once in a while...a 'morph' thrown in (like today).
(yeah...yeah...no talking on Friday's Fringe...BUT i just wanted to give an update to
any one who might be wondering how we faired through the storm...
Tropical Storm DEBBY.
she has left many people here in north florida, under water. we were lucky to
only have minor damage, due to a tree that snapped...and landed on the roof...
broke the bathroom skylight and twisted the ...
I received a gift in the mail yesterday from a friend who lives in another state. She said she was cleaning out one of her bookcases and found a book she knew I could use. I’m not sure if she is familiar with the area I moved to but I’m going to assume she thinks its particularly troublesome.
I started thumbing through the chapters of this book titled, The COMPLETE Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Yes, the word complete is in capitals and ...
I’m one of those lucky people who gets an advance reader copy of many new books. I get to read and review them before they are even published! For a reading addict, it doesn’t get better than that.
Last week I received a copy of Dr. Mao’s latest book: Dr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity Cookbook: Eating for Health, Happiness, and Long Life. The cookbook is the latest in his “Longevity” franchise which include: The Secrets of Longevity, The Secrets of Longevity ...
Remember that old Alka Seltzer ad with the guy groaning that he couldn’t believe he ate the whole thing? To me it is a most graphic reminder that what we eat directly effects how we feel.
All of us are good at remembering the connection of food and feeling in the short run. The problem is come when remembering to connect the information to our overall dietary habits and quality of life.
It is a curious fact that in the US, one of the ...
Last week the weather was alternatively sunny and humid or rainy and even more humid. The herbs really love it and the basil has grown like mad. By Saturday it was starting to bolt and take over the garden.
I was down to use it or lose it time. I waded through the mud, out to the garden and started cutting. Brought in all the cuttings, stripped the leaves and the bolted flowers. Ended up with 8 cups of washed and ...
I’ve always prided myself on being an honest person, for the most part. I mean, there are those little white lies you tell, “sorry I’m late, I forgot about the time change and didn’t set my clock,” or, “my, that dress makes you look ten pounds lighter.” I like to think of it as being thrifty with the truth. Whatever.
Speaking of being pounds lighter, I was notified that I would need to report to the DMV, to renew my driver’s ...
It seems like such a small thing, but it has been quite a while now since an idea for an article has just burst into my mind, so to have experienced this today has made me quite excited.
I had great intentions for working on the research tonight, but as has become my ‘normal’ I am so tired I can barely think. (Unfortunately, being tired does not seem to equal sleep).
Oh well, I’m not going to complain. The idea is almost ...
There is an abundance of guidance on the Internet, in bookstores, magazines, newspaper advice columns and talk radio about how to keep your marriage healthy. I’m not going to criticize the tips often touted by experts because they are important and I don’t want to disregard this valuable wisdom but there are things that no matter where you research get glossed over. First, let’s go over a few of the more common suggestions.
Be your spouse’s best friend since the initial chemistry ...
I like reading articles about studies that produce statistics. Statistics that don’t mean anything, or how to apply the findings to your own experiences. When this happens, I am forced to come up with a few of my own worthless findings. I wonder if anyone has made a study of those who are fascinated by studies?
I read an article the other day about the discovery of a natural painkiller. Swearing. Really. Swear words can actually produce an opiate effect. It ...
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