Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue…

“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true…” Lyman Frank Baum Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue… A proud peacock in blue Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue… blue water Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue… blue sky, blue Atlantic ocean Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue… blue skies “It comes down to the fact that you supply the blue, and they supply the other colors and mix them with your blue, and maybe there’s some blue left in the painting and maybe there isn’t. Maybe ...

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 ...

London Police Gives Flowers to Victims of Crime

As any florist will tell you, a bouquet of flowers is the perfect gift for any occasion. Anniversaries, Birthdays, Congratulations, just to name a few. And for some people, flowers can even say “I am sorry you were robbed.” In London, UK, the police send bunches of flowers to victims of burglaries and mugging cases that are unlikely to be solved. In London last year, only 6,795 out of 55,693 burglaries were solved, a 12% success rate. According to The Sunday ...

Howdy Neighbors

Mrs. Chatterbox and I live in a townhouse where we’re connected to neighbors on both sides. We’ve never had any trouble: the builder did a great job soundproofing our unit so we haven’t been subjected to loud noise. I never met our neighbors even though we’ve lived here four years. A month ago a POD was left at the curb next door, one of those metal containers you fill with your furniture. Our neighbors were moving, and I’d never bothered ...

Floral Trends: Flowers in Bridal Hair

Summer is well under way! It’s wedding season and conveniently, this is when all the flowers are in bloom. Flowers are romantic, feminine and flirty. Naturally, flowers as hair accessories, are perfect for summer brides, adding elegance and beauty. You could use a single bold flower for a simple hairstyle or a cluster of delicate blooms for a more complicated style. Tips for using fresh flowers: Pick fresh, resilient flowers. Choose flowers that are in season. Store the flowers in a cooler or refrigerator ...

Musings: The Messengers…

“Man is a messenger who forgot the message.” Abraham Joshua Heschel Musings: The Messengers… Come through sounds and songs…   Grandmaster Flash – The Message (Live The Tube 1983) Have you ever had a stranger come to you and tell you something that did not make sense at the moment, but you could not get it out of your mind? Have you ever had someone sit beside you at the bus or train and start talking to you? Curiously, what came out of their mouth was ...

Walking Palm, the Plant That Can Walk!

A plant that walks? That’s right! Meet the Walking Palm, also known scientifically as Socratea exorrhiza. The Walking Palm, a tree native to tropical rainforests in Central and South America, has an unusual root system. It has stilt-like roots that grow up to 6 feet off the ground, which gives the Walking Palm the appearance of having “legs.” Attracted to the light, the palm will “walk” from shade to sunlight by growing new roots and allowing the old roots to die. But ...

Tips on Growing Zinnias

Zinnias are a beautiful, daisy-like flowers will add colour and cheer to any garden, especially those living in hot climates. These sun-loving flowers come in a wide range of bright colours, shapes, and sizes. They will bloom from early summer until early fall. They are also known to attract butterflies! Besides beautifying your outdoor space, zinnias also make wonderful, long lasting cut flowers. These showy annuals can be planted in masses or used in a mixed border. Smaller varieties are ideal ...

A Powerful Memory Trigger of My Mom…

A Powerful Memory Trigger of My Mom...

Today's piece was inspired by a recent post I read that was written by a gifted blogger and new friend, Julie Shreve, who writes regularly at her site, The Esau Project. The specific post I'm referring to is titled Mary, Mary where Shreve writes about the impact and power of the audible word. Specifically, how a woman who was grieving the loss of a loved one, was immediately moved when she actually heard his voice again. I would encourage you to ...

Tebow Fever: Wedded Blisster Series – Episode 13

Tebow Fever: Wedded Blisster Series – Episode 13

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #13 deals with the NFL playoffs this weekend and the larger than life persona of Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Denver Broncos.  The links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below. Honey Do List: Wedded Blisster Series – Part 12 Black ...

Is This Amazing or Just Stupid???

Humans have been fixated with flying like birds for thousands of years. It seems that the closest we’ve gotten to that dream is the “stunt sport” of wingsuit flying. You’re not sure what that is?  Here are two quick videos that will make your jaw drop in either amazement or awe of their stupidity! And that video is almost tame compared to this next one! Image courtesy of Creative Common

My Latest FaithVillage Featured Article…

Logo for www.faithvillage.com I’m honored to have a featured guest post at FaithVillage’s culture section. The FaithVillage blog is the forerunner to a full-blown website that is intended to become a vibrant online community that expands personal beliefs, shares quality ministry resources and deepens collaboration between people of faith. Here’s the link to my FaithVillage article or read the entire article is listed below. I spent most of my Sundays growing up as a kid being dragged to some kind of charismatic church; tent ...

A Great Blogging Death Match!!! (sort of)

A couple months ago I found a great blog, www.robshep.com, by Rob Shepherd, he's the Director of Community Groups and Students at Waters Edge Church near Virginia Beach, VA. Rob is a gifted blogger who writes on a range of topics with a forte in funny. One of my favorite posts he created was The First Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge, (see the image insert that Rob had commissioned for this single blog post) it was a brilliantly funny homage to some of the best faith-based ...

4 Tips to Help Your College Kids Cope

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Je_suis_le_morse This is a guest post from Mariana Ashley who’s a blogger and freelance writer for www.onlinecolleges.net. She offers advice for choosing the perfect online program for prospective students and parents, welcoming comments at [email protected] If you’d like to write for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ====================== Heading into the New Year, colleges across the nation are reporting a rise in mental health cases. Depression leads the pack of campus diagnoses (along with allergies and other common ailments), and ...

Reinventing Yourself

Between unemployment, and outsourcing, the number of jobs available to the American worker has decreased over recent years, leaving the masses to duke it out for the remaining available positions. College graduates, high school dropouts, and senior citizens are often found competing for the same entry level jobs. The average Joe needs to be pretty clever in order to make his resume stand out above the rest, including, but not limited to, reinventing himself. In the old days you could approach ...

Habits – From Quirky to Annoying After “I Do”

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~ Rita Rudner Before a couple is married, it’s easy for them to think living together with another human being 24/7 will be a breeze. After all, if they could survive growing up with people with whom they had no prior input as to whether or not they cohabitated, then living with their spouse by their own free will ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts
October 21, 2012, 9:30 am

Fun and Creative Flower Halloween Costume Ideas!

For the young and the young at heart, the best part about Halloween is dressing up! It’s the one day of the year, where you can wear a silly/scary/sexy costume and not feel weird about it.  Halloween is less than 2 weeks away! Here are some costume ideas (with flowers, of course!) to get you inspired and excited for Halloween.

High Fashion Model?


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Katy Perry


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Lady Gaga


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Flower eyes


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Goth Princess?


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Venetian Carnival Costume


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Garden Fairy

An easy costume idea! Pin some flowers on a pretty dress. Wear some flowers in your hair. Carry a bouquet if you like.


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Another easy Halloween costume idea. Wear something retro. Add some flowers in your hair. Done!


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Frida Kahlo

This costume idea would also work for adults! Pull hair into an updo. Add some flowers. Draw a unibrow. Carry a paintbrush.


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Banksy Graffiti costume


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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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