Inspiration: Have A Happy Thanksgiving…

“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 Mystery Box

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 ...

A Story of Love

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. Genre: Memoir Word Count: 100 A Story of Love I believed your promises of love ...

Mrs. Chatterbox: Guest Blogger

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 ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: FACES…

“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 ...

The Island

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 Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 The Island 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

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. I ...

Musings: What’s Next?

“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? ...

Designing with Ann Sacks

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, ...

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, ...

The End is Near. Burger Anyone?

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 ...

10 Comebacks I Wish I Would Have Said....

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 ...

10 Places Beach Balls Are Not Welcome

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 ...

Quick Question With Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis

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 ...

Wedded BlissTors - Part 6: Car Trouble

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 ...

Reader Favorites 2011: #9 – An Important Lesson I Learned….

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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December 11, 2013, 4:45 pm

Dictamnus – The Real Burning Bush

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!

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Dictamnus Purpureus – Image Credit:  plant-world-seeds.com

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

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!

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