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Invisible Ties

Last week as I glanced at the Kansas City Star, I was met with the headlines: Missouri Makes top 10 of most miserable states. I was immediately inundated with questions popping into my head.I mean...really..It's a banner headline of a Missouri newspaper and they are touting it as a "top ten" achievement.  Are they under the impression that this is a GOOD thing? Anyway, as I was saying...I have questions. 1.  Was there a contest to enter so the states might  win the"Most Miserable" ...

The Tale of the Two Ghost Orchids

Do ghosts exists? Nobody knows for sure. But what we do know is that Ghost Orchids do exist! They are rare in the world, but you can see, feel and smell them! In fact, the name Ghost Orchid actually refers to two different types of orchids: the dendrophylax lindenii and the epipogium aphyllum. Ghost Orchid #1 Photo Credit: flickr.com Scientific Name: Dendrophylax Lindenii Other names: American Ghost Orchid, Palm Polly, white frog orchid Unlike most flowers, this one does not have any leaves. This ghost ...

OH NO, I am one of those!

Normally, I would say, I try not to be too "grandparenty".  (I realize that isn't actually a word.....but it should be.)  That is to say, I try not to be that person that gives you a blow by blow accounting of what my children and grandchildren are doing this minute.   I am sure you couldn't care less but still,  this is a personal blog.  With the confines of writing what is upper-most on my mind for the week, this is ...

Musings: Labor Is Life…

“The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.“  Jim Rohn Musings: Labor Is Life… If you were recently laid off and are having difficulty finding a new job, consider that you might have hidden gifts or passions that were untapped in your regular career that you are now available to explore. The universe might simply be moving you in a more fulfilling direction. Daily OM  Madisyn Taylor Today is Labor Day in ...

Inspiration: Twelve Tips To Help Shift Our Attitude…

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Reigler Inspiration: Twelve Tips To Help Shift Our Attitude... Behind every cloud is a sunrise... ♥Happiness is an attitude. Embrace it.  Francesca Reigler quote Since we started the Daily/Weekly Post Challenge, we have been prompted, encouraged, and presented with countless opportunities to get our blogging game on. Early in the year, we had to choose blog buddies, some fell off along the ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Unique Vases

Christmas is less than 3 weeks away! But there is no need to panic. There is still plenty of time to do your holiday shopping. And to help you, here are some fun and unique vases for the flower lover/gardener in your life. Hanging Light Bulb Vases Made from recycled light bulbs, these vases would look charming in any room! Lapel Vase It’s the vase you can wear! The perfect fashion accessory for the flower lover! Baby Head Vase Unique and quirky vase for a plant ...

Fun Flower Facts: Nasturtium

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) is a genus of flowering plants known for their brightly coloured flowers and attractive foliage. It is native to jungles of Peru. There are trailing, climbing, and dwarf varieties. The showy flowers can be single or double and come in fiery shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. Leaves are pale green and umbrella-shaped with long stems. Nasturtiums are the perfect flowers for beginner gardeners! These annuals are very easy to grow from seed, drought tolerant and can be be grown ...

Downton Abbey Parody: Downton Arby’s

This past weekend, my wife and I started watching the first season of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey via Netflix. I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of government subsidized television. But the pilot episode made me a believer. The program is set in 1912 Britian and the underlying premise is that the sinking of the Titanic has taken the lives of the two heirs of the aristocratic estate of the Earl and ...

Slapping On Paint

“The guestroom needs to be painted,” Mrs. C. said to me one day. “Why?” “We agreed to change the color when we bought this house.” I shrugged. “That was a year ago and we haven’t had a single guest. So what’s the point?” “We’ll do it together. It’ll be fun.” That’s what she said about Lamaze classes thirty years ago and I still hadn’t gotten over them. “Painting is harder than you think.” She let out a tiny snort. “How hard can slapping around a little paint ...

Thirty Years In Waiting

Most people visiting our home don’t notice it, not that I’m surprised. I myself am inclined to disregard these unless they are on a wall in a doctor’s office, behind a surgeon discussing how he is going to slice me open. Then I check to be sure the document didn’t come from the Caribbean, embossed with a picture of Bob Marley. I’m talking about college diplomas. I got to thinking about mine because a friend recently blogged that, while attending his ...

5 Toughest Lessons Every Parent Must Learn

This year I’m trying to extend the reach of my writing into a variety of new online and offline publications and outlets. Today, I have an article featured on the Parenting Section of Suite101. This is kind of a big deal for me, because two years ago Suite101 rejected my application to submit articles to its site stating that my submissions were too personal. I applaud those writers who have their content readily accepted by the editors at sites such as Suite101 because ...

Guess the Celebrity Home

Summer always brings out the kid in me. It’s the season of fun, so let’s have a little! A house doesn’t really become a home until it reflects the owner’s style and taste. Of course, style and taste don’t always go hand in hand. Even celebrities, with their limitless budgets and options, don’t always make the wisest decisions when it comes to interior design, but I’m always intrigued by their choices. Whether quirky, opulent or simple and understated, their homes always ...

The Need for a Sharp Axe

When I was 10 years old I used to go to my grandpa’s house on the weekends, and he would have me chop small logs for kindling that he used in an outdoor fire pit. The first several weekends I split the wood there were no problems. However, the sixth time I couldn’t cut a single log. In fact, my final swing of the hatchet that day bounced like a rubber ball off the wood and flew out of my hands. I went to ...

America's #1 Fear and Its Antidote...

If you Google the phrase "Number One Fear in America" you'll see that our top fear is not the economy, politics, Wall Street, unemployment, terrorism, the war overseas, hurricanes, earthquakes, cancer or even death. The number one fear in our country is public speaking, complete with its dry mouth, sweaty palms and stomach butterflies. Those are physical sensations manifest the underlying fear that's common to all of us who've ever had to speak to small audience in a boardroom or a ...

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B Schiff - Dominance Games

Dominance Games / Politics: Souls work to build

Dominance Games / Politics

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a facetious player.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a mouth with an air base  attached.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a parody of what ever they thought irredeemable and smart and with worth while in the better moments of their better natures…. the mirage of time.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a spouting child with things and themes and parodies and whistles in the wind.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a joke laughing as a joke laughing is the most cynical form of achievement that we have.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a mole and a sniper and a toe biter and a heel snipper and a sniffer.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a smarmy piece of turf warrior loving the battles of immaturity as the mother and comfort of us all.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a power in the cauldrons of the big dog in the tepid pond.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a colic, a waste of  a simpering gobbler and bundler of narrow insincere inconsequential empty inviting logic of the fleas.

If they had a soul they would be the joke to us all.

Souls work to build.

Of interest: http://www.cjr.org/swing_states_project/where_to_turn_when_tackling_mo.php

Dominance Games / Politics…..politics, news, commentary, analysis….

The dumb …… the honored creed.

The rancid bastards …… the true…. the thrill…

B Schiff - Dominance Games

B Schiff - Dominance Games

Erudition, awareness, cynicism, nonsense. The latter. The former. The honored creed. A rancid bastard is value. Books I am pushing….. Dominance Games: An Essay on Power A Novel Lust Games: An Essay on Honor A Novel Void Games: An Essay on Revenge A Novel ….. due Aug.

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