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Inspiration: Everything Can Change For the Better…

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”Jim Rohn. Inspiration: Everything Can Change For the Better… Recently, I read a post from Joel Osteen titled Don’t Give Up. I get his inspiring tips and prayers - Today’s World  – daily, and the timing of it was perfect. Joel’s post was exactly the message I needed to hear at that moment because I was struggling with some important change that had to be made. His soothing words and thoughtful, prayerful advice calmed me ...

Reflections: When Are You Happiest…?

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” Iris Murdoch Reflections: When Are You Happiest...? Being my unfettered self... Being Me. ♥ Being Myself When are you happiest? The question is NOT what makes you happy? I have been on a journey lately… It is not one that has taken me to a new or exotic land. Instead, every day, for several days, I, like many others,  gather with a dynamic group of contemplative  souls; counselors, healers, teachers, artists, ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged…

“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” Robert Doisneau Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged... Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged... Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged... All around us are examples of order and disorder, chaotic and cohesive efforts to manage the world we inhabit. I love this week’s Photo Challenge – Arranged – because it gives us an opportunity to look around our surroundings for both man-made and natural forms of the term; to seek ...

Inspiration: The Power Of WE…

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson Inspiration: The Power Of WE… Kumi Naidoo in support of International Blog Day of Action 2012 Since 2007, Blog Action Day has offered bloggers from different countries, with different interests and languages, a forum to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year, the topic revolves around the Power of We. When I think ...

Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight…

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.” Oscar Wilde Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Happy Hippo & Stan – “The lion sleeps tonight“ The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Lyrics from lyrics.net submitted by Naj Uyanik Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh In the jungle, the mighty jungle The lion sleeps tonight In the jungle, the quiet jungle The lion sleeps tonight In 1939, when Solomom Linda and The Evening Birds sang and recorded his famous song – Mbube – for the South African Gallo Record ...

Who Saw That Coming?

Strip Clubs Can Be Hazardous to Your Health Well...at least that was the case of one Texas man that went to the local strip club for an evening of fun. El Paso County sheriff's officials said a 67-year-old man died at an El Paso County strip club Friday night. Robert Gene White, after having received several lap, was asked to pay his tab. Robert Gene was unresponsive.  Not unresponsive in  "I'm going to stiff you on the tab" but unresponsive as "I'm ...

Do I Talk Funny?

Do I Talk Funny?

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about regional differences.  I was reading about a major study conducted by Cambridge University that tracked 620,000 Americans for 6 years to determine the influences of where they live on their personalities and behavior.  It occurs to me that I don't have a region.    It remains to be seen (according to some) if I have a personality but I definitely have behaviors. Note: to put this lack of regional identification into context: My childhood was  fairly evenly divided between Illinois (the North) ...

Hilarious Words With Kids

Humorist Art Linkletter is most well known for his popular broadcast program Kids Say the Darndest Things, which ran from the 1940s through the 1960s. However, beyond merely saying the darndest things, sometimes kids DO the darndest things that have no existing description within the English language. How do parents convey these unexplanable antics??? Enter Eric Ruhalter’s book The Kid Dictionary - hilarious words to describe the indescribable things kids do. Ruhalter is a father of three rambunctious kids who helped inspire the book. While, I’ve ...

Armored Frog: Old Wood, New Designs

When does furniture go beyond form and function to become a piece of history? When the material used in its construction is part of history itself. At the Armored Frog, each one-of-kind piece is steeped in history, crafted exclusively from old growth woods recovered from rivers and historical structures throughout the southeast United States. Wood for an Armored Frog original may come from a deadhead cypress log discovered in a local river, planks pulled from an old sawmill or beams salvaged from ...

Why People Can’t Stand Christians…

Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) courtesy of Wikipedia Over the holidays we spent time with some close family friends, and one of the topics that came up during our conversation was a seemingly growing distaste for Christians and Christianity in general. Through our discussion, it was obvious that the reasons for this perception are legion. However, one of the examples given during the talk shined a stark light on the issue. One of the individuals participating in our discussion had attended a series ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jason Boyett

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s co-featured author is an online acquaintance of mine named Jason Boyett. He’s a bestselling author with more than 10 books, an events speaker, an embarrassingly prolific writer with published work on Salon, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post as well as a dedicated dad and husband. Jason is one of my favorite ...

Buffaloed

In 2010 Mrs. Chatterbox and I made a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We arrived in the park in May, and while it was amazingly cold (all of the lakes were frozen) we had a great time. Aside from the marvelous scenery and remarkable geothermal activity, such as Old Faithful, it’s the animals that most tourists go to see. I remember traveling down a road and stopping because fellow tourists were leaping out of their cars to see a grizzly ...

My First Video Blog and Telling a Story….

This week I have the privilege of attending the 2012 Launch and SCORRE Speakers’ Conferences that are organized by the outstanding team at Dynamic Communicators. These conferences are specifically designed for anyone who has a message, service or product they want to share with a larger audience. The Launch Conference  strives to equip organizations or individuals with the skills they need to growth their business. The SCORRE Conference seeks to empower organizations or individuals with the ability to succinctly and clearly communicate regarding it Aside ...

Uncle Sam and Kotex

Ricky Delgado was my best friend, even though he’d spent time at Hotel Juvy and was a seasoned thief. When a new shopping center sprang up near our house my parents forbade me to go anywhere near it with Ricky. But Dad worked nights and big brother David was at Little League practice. That left me to run an errand for my mother, a task no boy should be asked to do, unless there’s a licensed psychiatrist in the family. ...

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Flowers in Art: Beautiful “Decaying Flowers” by Billy Kid

There’s no doubt about it. Roses are breathtakingly beautiful and have inspired amazing works of art from playwrights, poets, painters and photographers for centuries. But once they start to wilt and brown, they are thrown away without a second thought.

But Billy Kid, an American photographer, saw a beauty that other people often dismiss. Through his set of images titled “Decaying Flowers,” he showed us that even in their decaying state, roses can be just as beautiful and captivating. In some ways, he has breathed new life into these decaying flowers.

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photographs

The rose portraits were shot simply against a black background with a single light source. Billy did such an amazing job capturing every bit of detail and colour on these roses, we almost forget that these flowers are decaying.

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

*All images taken from his website

Billy Kidd also specializes in portraiture. You can see more of his work through his website.

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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