Inspiration: Finding Acceptance…

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” Oprah Winfrey Inspiration: Finding Acceptance... man at sequoia tree Recently, a Daily Post prompt asked the pivotal question: Where do you find acceptance? It was followed by a series of related questions that tied in self, family, friends, co-workers and other people. Since today is Easter Sunday, a Christian feast/celebration, I felt it would be the ...

Floral Crimes

What? Floral Crimes? Is there really such a thing? You bet there is! I’ve found stories from around the world that involve theft, vandalism, police and even the mafia, yes the MAFIA! So sit back, relax & read all about these crimes against the blooms of nature. When you’re done do try and resist the urge to check your flower beds! First Up: Funeral Thefts… What kind of person do you have to be to steal flowers from a funeral or cemetery? I mean ...

Plant Diseases: Black Spot on Roses

Black Spot is a common rose disease caused by the fungus, Diplocarpon rosae. Black spot begins as small brown or black spots on leaves, which eventually causes the leaves to yellow and fall off. The disease does not kill the plant, but will weaken the plant over time. The rose plant will produce fewer blooms and is more susceptible to winter kill. The disease is active during cool, moist weather. The best way to control black spot is prevention.  Here are ...

Orange You Glad to See Flowers at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration?

We were! We love flowers! Tangerine was Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year, but it made another big appearance a few days ago at President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration. At the Inaugural Luncheon on January 21, 2013, bright, orange flower centerpieces decorated the tables. Even though tangerine was last year’s colour, the bright colour was perfect for the occasion, as President Obama was sworn for his second term.  Orange flowers are a symbol of  energy, enthusiasm, confidence and passion. Jack Lucky Floral Design of ...

Supertrout

A true story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. The Himalayas had the Abominable Snowman; Scotland had the Loch Ness Monster; the Northwest had Bigfoot; and the Santa Cruz Mountains had Supertrout. Described by those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him, Supertrout was a noble denizen of the water, a baron of bait stealing; big as a barracuda, he could be hooked but was too big to land. My older brother lusted for him like Ahab over ...

Tires And Truffles

“Dad, did you have your tires rotated like I suggested?” “No, haven’t gotten around to it yet.” “If you don’t do it right away you’ll need to replace them in a few months. Les Schwab will rotate them for free if we promise to buy your next tire from them. Let’s go do it now.” We piled into my RAV and headed to Les Schwab Tires. My dad was a professional mechanic, but I detest car maintenance and never look under the hood ...

Jar of Happiness

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for continuing Friday Fictioneers.  You can read more stories from other  Fictioneers here. Image courtesy of Sean Fallon The boy stands anxiously in line Money clutched tightly in his hand As one by one a box is taken from the pile on the counter And handed to a mother, sister, grandfather, brother, father He has none of these. Nearing the front, he leans forward and tries to see if there is one for him Then a brightly coloured jar catches his eye It is full of cars, ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready…

“The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.” Michel de Montaigne Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready... For a duck-boat ride in Hakone... Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready... to deliver Chinese food in Lagos The Temptations – Get Ready (1966) Ready or not, time and life marches on, carrying along our memories of all its offerings; the bountiful, beautiful, bothersome and even the plain old boring… When do we ever feel ready? For this challenge, I found myself gravitating towards two ...

“Sugar Plum Fairy” – Played on Glasses of Water

“Sugar Plum Fairy” – Played on Glasses of Water

This time of year it’s extremely difficult to escape the ubiquity of Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Perhaps the most familiar musical movement of that particular ballet is the “Sugar Plum Fairy” portion. Below is an incredible rendition of this holiday classic, which is played by two people entirely on water glasses as opposed to an orchestra. This unbelievable video is worth watching with your kids.

Tried and True Beach Reads

The following article, which I wrote today, was first published as Endless Beach Reads: Summertime Escapism in the Sand on Blogcritics. Hope you enjoy it. Big onscreen awhile back (okay, forty-five years ago) was a movie called Endless Summer, a documentary following two surfer dudes in search of the perfect wave. I propose we go in search of the perfect beach read. In general a beach read is light reading as opposed to difficult or demanding reading. A beach read will ...

Am I a bad provider for my family???

I'm the first to admit it, that if we lived in the frontier days my family would have died of starvation. The only plants that I can effectively grow are weeds in my yard, and I've never hunted an animal for food. It's safe to say we would have died just outside the city limits heading to a better life on the open prairie. However, I am able to purchase hoagie sandwiches when necessary which is what I do every Sunday ...

No Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Pulitzer Prize juror Maureen Corrigan, Georgetown University professor of English and 22-year veteran book critic on NPR's "Fresh Air" (photo from Georgetown U. website) If you’ve been following the news, you have already seen the lists of Pulitzer Prizewinners and heard the news that nothing was selected to win in fiction this year. Wow. Quite a disappointment for a lot of people, from authors to booksellers, not to mention readers. Here’s an item you may not have seen, which provides an added ...

Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, Part 2

Everyone in our novels workshop commented by week’s end what a terrific group we had. This was my first writers’ conference, but I’ve read enough commentaries by published authors to surmise that this was an unusually focused and compatible set of people. I’m sure I’ve been spoiled for life. Instructor Lily King, whose books (see prior post) have received much critical acclaim, kept us on track all week. We read and commented on two writing samples each day, concentrating first on ...

BGI Selected an HGTV Pro Network Designer

We are excited and honored to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors has been selected as an HGTV Pro Network Designer! As an HGTV-featured designer, our work will be highlighted in the new Designers Showcase section on HGTV and through Pro Galleries on HGTVRemodels. Here’s just a glimpse at some of our designs shown to date! Cozy Classic Kitchen boasts a show-stopping island, timeless cabinetry, deep granite countertops and a butler’s pantry equipped with a coffee station. Glamorous Transitional Bathroom features slate tile with ...

Out Of Whack!

I’ve been out of whack lately. The thing about being out of whack is that you don’t fully realize that you’re out of whack, but the people who know you the best can usually tell that you’re out of whack. You avoid these people because, even though you don’t know that you’re out of whack, deep down you really do know it, but if you admit to it, then you’re responsible to do something about it. Truth be told, you ...

Life's a Hot Beach

“What better way to spend the forth of July than at the beach,” my daughter’s voice chirps through the phone. I agree, as we have no other plans, and it has been awhile since we had a family day. I gather my beach accessories: my favorite beach towel, large enough to wrap me up like a burrito, bottles of cold water & pop, sandwiches, chips, apples, sunglasses, sunscreen #15, & 30, hairbrush, chap-stick, change for parking, beach umbrella & chairs, camera, ...

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Charles Redfern - The Alternative Mainstream
June 30, 2011, 9:19 am

For no rhyme or reason …

Supposedly, this blog is devoted to theological-sociological-spiritual-cultural-environmental proclammation.  Nuts to that for now.  I loved this video of breaching whales and I’m passing it along.  God is fun and he loves it when his creatures have fun.

Charles Redfern - The Alternative Mainstream

Charles Redfern - The Alternative Mainstream

Exploring a multi-dimensional world with a multi-dimensional Gospel. The Alternative Mainstream offers commentary on culture, religion, and poltics from the "new evangelical" viewpoint: God cares about social and environmental justice as well as the family -- and Jesus cannot be stuffed into any American political party.

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