Flower Superstitions

Historically, people used to believe that plants and trees possess magical powers and special properties (i.e heal illness, bring about luck, make dreams come true). Here are some superstitions surrounding flowers that you may or may not have heard of: In Russia, it is considered bad luck to give a woman an even number of flowers. Even numbers are reserved for the dead. Blow a dandelion seed head with one breath. The number of seeds left is the number of children you ...

An Edsel And The Crown Jewels

Our annual kick-off event for the summer of ’63 had just begun; neighborhood kids had gathered around the Zenith in our living room to watch Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The local TV station always ran the comedy the Saturday after school let out. We watched the movie in a different house each summer. This year it was my turn. Dad was attending big brother’s baseball game and I couldn’t wait for my mother to make herself scarce. She’d already hung ...

2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Brilliant! It was this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower show theme, but it also how most people thought about the event. The show that took place this past week from March 2-10, was innovative, beautiful and extraordinary. In other words, it was brilliant. The British-inspired exhibits were the stars of the show, which celebrated Britain’s iconic landmarks and icons with a contemporary twist. One of the first things people saw were the showstopping Royal Gates, which were made of clear tubes and ...

How to Celebrate Day of the Dead

Happy Day of the Dead! Also known as “Dia de los Muertos” in Spanish, Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Latin American countries. It is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico. It is a joyous occasion where people celebrate the loved ones who have died. There is a belief that the souls of the dead come back to visit their loved ones. In fact, Day of the Dead is a celebration ...

Fun Flower Facts: Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod (Solidago) is a genus of flowering plants native to North America and belongs to the aster family. It can be easily identified by its clusters of small golden yellow flowers that grow on tall, hairy stems. Flowers are strongly scented. Goldenrod grow to be 2-6 feet tall.  Flowers are commonly found growing in fields, road sides and salt marshes, blooming from late summer until fall. Most North Americans consider goldenrod to be a weed for its fast growing, aggressive nature, ...

Reflections: Be At Peace With Yourself…

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Be At Peace With Yourself... Peace, Prosperity, Passion... begins with peace within There is a lot in life that can make us feel uncertain. One thing I know for sure is that even when we make plans on how we wish to live our lives, other events over which we have no control, can/do happen to unravel our well placed plans. ...

Best Flowering Houseplants for Mother’s Day

So while we still think flowers are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we think that houseplants are even better! First of all, houseplants are longer lasting than fresh cut flowers. Secondly, houseplants are known to clean the indoor air. Third, taking care of houseplants will help mothers relieve stress and to create calm and relaxing environment. Houseplants are truly the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially for mothers with green thumbs! Here are the best flowering plants for Mother’s Day (or ...

Haiku: Time Capsule…

“We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.” Alfred Hitchcock Haiku: Time Capsule… For my Time Capsule… I’ll gather what honors us hope, love, life, good deeds “It’s almost a snapshot in time…  He was in this one position all that time. It’s like opening a time capsule — what did he have in his pockets? What did he have with ...

We’ve Learned the Sex of Our Baby…

For my wife and I, parenting is the  most important job we have in this life. Meeting the basic physical needs of our kids is merely the “table stakes” of good parenting, we seek to do more than that by also meeting (and exceeding) their emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual needs as well. We’re not perfect parents by any stretch, but we are proactively and lovingly engaged in every aspect of their lives as we nurture them toward maturity. One of the lessons ...

The Key to a Better Marriage is Laughter

Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he drank his fair-trade, organic, Rainforest Alliance decaffeinated green tea before it was cool. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t quit my day job and become a comedian after that joke but laughter, humor and comedy are integral parts of our culture. We love to laugh. Many people have careers that consist of making people laugh, but did you know it is also a crucial component to your marriage and relationships? My wife (Jen) and I have found that laughter ...

Reveal Day with Dwell with Dignity

It was reveal day recently! After months of planning and hard work, members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Interior Design Society were able to present the apartment we completely furnished and designed for one very deserving family through the Dwell with Dignity organization. We were also able to personally meet the family of five and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. If you’re not familiar with Dwell with Dignity, it’s a non-profit group of interior designers and ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 23

Image of a 23 week gestational age (GA) baby - image via BabyCenter.com This week marks our family’s 23rd week of pregnancy with our third child – Junior Constantino. We’re consciously making it a family event to ensure our two daughters are fully engaged in the entire experience. A few weeks back we found out the gender of our newest addition to the family – and the girls continue to be thrilled! My wife went in for an unltra-sound this morning and everything ...

Gift Giving to Self

I’m looking forward to letting you know, dear readers, what I am giving as books this year. I cannot say now because the recipients may see! In the meantime, I wish for you all a wonderful holiday week, whatever you have planned. For my part, today, I have given myself a couple of gifts: (1) I’m starting to read Stephen King’s highly touted 11/22/63, which I would call a guilty pleasure if he didn’t also keep teaching me how to write ...

Do We Have Ultimate Power Over God?

Let me begin by stating that I firmly believe in God, His sovereignty and that He has a divine purpose (or will) for each individual and humanity as a whole. However, I also believe that God’s will is NOT universally manifested in the earth – and that in relation to God, the balance of power actually tips in our favor. Let me to explain. From a Judeo-Christian worldview, God very clearly has articulated His will in the Old Testament as evidenced in the ...

Tumbling out of Heaven

Reaching into the darkness,Through the fragile unknown spaces,Between seraphim and cherubim,Locking eyes with deity,And tumbling out of heaven. In reaching I’ve been revived.In wanting I’ve been repelled.In speaking I’ve been silenced. This is what it feels like to speak to the wind.Blown away.This is what it tastes like to kiss the rain.Bittersweet.This is what it sounds like to be cut off. ... This path is killing me with its blood stained pages.This path is stunning with its desperate beauty.Living at the edge of the ...

Ethical Condiment Conundrum…SOLVED!

New "Dip & Squeeze" vs old "foil" packet - image courtesy of Heinz, Inc. A few weeks ago, I wrote about an ethical dilemma surrounding my patronage of Chick-fil-A eateries and securing extra packets of Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets with the intention of using them at other restaurants I frequent. My question to readers, was whether or not I was stealing from Chick-fil-A when I asked my server for the extra condiments The feedback I received was split down the middle. Half ...

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