The Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit

The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California is very proud of it’s latest exhibit The Plantosaurus Rex, and so they should be! The exhibit showcases 3 different periods the Triassic and Jurassic periods when plant life was rather boring and simple, devoid of colour but then it moves into the Cretaceous period and becomes a vivid kaleidoscope of colour as plants developed flowers & fruits. So why the big change in plants? Most scientists believe with dinosaurs and other animals ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Dubai Miracle Park

Growing flowers in the desert is no easy feat, especially in the scorching heat and dry conditions. It must have took a miracle to created the Dubai Miracle Park, where 45 million flowers were planted! If you visit the park in person, you will see why the 721 000 sq ft outdoor recreational park has been dubbed the “World’s Most Beautiful and Biggest Natural Flower Garden.” The spectacular display of flowers and sculptures throughout the garden is just incredible! There isn’t ...

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

More and more people are growing indoor herb gardens. In fact, you could  might even say it’s a trend. Herb gardens are a great way to bring some colour and life to your home. They will freshen the air with a wonderful aroma! And most importantly, you can use these flavourful herbs to create the most delicious dishes! An indoor herb garden is great for beginners! Herbs are easy to grow and don’t take up a lot of space. All you need ...

Reflections: Let That Anger Go…

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” Mahatma Gandhi Reflections: Let That Anger Go… Let That Anger Go by eof Let That Anger Go Before it finds a home here In a wintry heart… Let that Anger Go Before the tides return to shore Debris on my face… My dear blog friend Amira at ...

Whats The Obsession with Pansy’s?

Though they are called pansy’s these hearty little flowers are anything but wimpy. They are one of the toughest flowers, they are perfect for our climate, and thrive here in Canada. This little flower has inspired many a poem, picture and story. According to Wikipedia: “The pansy is a group of large-flowered hybrid plants cultivated as garden flowers. They are derived from viola species Viola tricolor, hybridized with other viola species. The hybrids are referred to as Viola. The common word “pansy” ...

The Final Spalding Flower Parade

They say all good things must come to an end. For the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire, UK, a good thing has come to an end. 2013 is the last and final year for The Spalding Flower Parade. Due to the lack of funding, the popular annual parade will not be returning. The parade started over 50 years ago to celebrate the beautiful tulips grown in the area. People far and wide come to see the elaborate parade floats at the ...

Happy Relaxation Day!

August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Today is a day where you can leave all of your cares and troubles behind, even if it’s just for a few moments. Life can be stressful, especially in our fast-paced society and all that extra stress can make us sick and tired. We need to make time for ourselves and take it easy. So take a deep breath and relax… Here are 10 ways you can celebrate National Relaxation Day: Have a cup of tea. Herbal ...

Conclusion: Supertrout

Read Part One It burst from its hiding place beneath a submerged log, and it was moving so fast that at first I couldn’t identify it. But one look at David told me all I needed to know—at long last, here he was. The legend was true; it was Supertrout! He seemed to be everywhere, flashing like a ball of mercury struck by a hammer. For a minute I thought he was just making a boastful appearance before vanishing into his hiding place. ...

Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot about its New Year resolutions and the Mayan Apocalypse - here’s an unedited transcript of our conversation this morning. =============== User: It’s been several weeks since our last ...

Book Review: The Wisdom Compass

Bookstore shelves are weighed down with tons of pages of self-help books and manuals that virtually ensure success at whatever you do - if you’ll only do a couple of things, which may include any combination of the following: visualize more, dream bigger dreams, focus harder, verbalize affirmations, take time to slow down, strive to speed up, work smarter not harder…etc. Rare is the book that actually blows through the puffery and offers proven, workable solutions that can be applied on ...

Darwin’s Dirty Little Secret….

Darwin's Dirty Little Secret....

Most individuals recognize Charles Darwin as the Father of Evolution, and his book The Origin of Species (1859) with its concept of natural selection among animals via “survival of the fittest,” as the closest thing to a messiah and belief system that science willing embraces as its gospel. Since elementary school, we’ve all been indoctrinated to evolution’s underlying premise that there are finite resources that all life forms are competing to obtain. If an individual within a given species exhibits a ...

The Tradition and Basics of Spring Cleaning

If you’re like me, you may think the tradition of “spring cleaning” started with some overzealous June Cleaver type. But spring cleaning has actually been around for millenniums and for good reason. There are many religious customs associated with spring cleaning, but it also clearly originated out of necessity. Prior to the twentieth century, the cooking of food and heating of the home had to be done by coal or wood burning stoves. The soot and smoke from the stoves blackened ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 24

This week marks our family’s 24th week of pregnancy with our third child – Junior Constantino. Technically, my wife is shouldering the bulk of the pregnancy duty via her uterus, but we’re consciously making it a family event to ensure our two daughters are fully engaged in the entire experience. As you may know, we are expecting a boy which I wrote about a few weeks ago when we were trying to predict the baby’s gender. When we first found out that we ...

Brief Book Summaries Hard to Find

This image is titled “Saved!” by the artist. It puts me in mind of some combination of Gone with the Wind and Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Recently I was hoping to be saved by finding a free source of one-paragraph summaries of classic novels to reproduce for one’s own purposes. Well, not. When Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Wikipedia or Cliff Notes, for instance, shows book summaries, either they own the copyright to the wording or the publisher does, ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 4

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the princely, yet random, $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After much consideration and engagement with Hollywood image consultant Rachel Zoe (she is just fabulous)  a winner has been selected for last week’s “Caption This” Contest. That winner is Lisa Stivers see her caption below. “Don’t worry Honey I got this….I saw it on Pinterest.” Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address to ...

Skittish Hat Tossing

Standing out in the street and tossing my hat up into the air...watching it spin like a copter blade slicing through the blue sky, momentarily blocking out the omnipresent sun, and then dropping like a dead pigeon at my feet. Thud. I don’t know what I was hoping for. Perhaps I was channeling Mary Richards from the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show. I can see myself, sporting a carefully planned ensemble of polyester, pleather, and wool, (complete with shiny accessories), feeling ...

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort
May 18, 2012, 8:04 am

Get Your Message Heard!!

Michael Hyatt – bestselling author, speaker, leadership consultant

One of my all-time favorite bloggers is Michael Hyatt.

He’s a bestselling author, a sought-after national speaker, leadership consultant and is currently board Chairman of the largest Christian publishing company in the world.

His personal blog tends to focus on leadership, productivity and social media best practices.

Additionally, it has more than 300,000 unique visitors a month – in other words, it’s big time.

A few months ago, Michael was kind enough to feature two posts I wrote on his web site – and they were:

Five Ways Leaders Can Instantly Shift Momentum

Five Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs

It’s been an honor to be affiliated with his work in this small way.

Joining the Launch Team

A few weeks ago he mentioned on his site that he was looking for some volunteers to help promote his new book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World – and I jumped at the chance to play a more hands-on role actually helping Michael with this project.

I was thrilled when I got the email stating that of the nearly 800 respondents who applied to join the Platform Launch Team – I had been selected.  Here’s the list of those of us who made the cut for the team.

The past two weeks have been an amazing experience and education leading up to the actual launch of Platform, which will take place next Monday 5/21 through Friday 5/25.

Blowing Off the Doors

This launch will be huge and Michael is pulling out all the stops. For anyone how purchases the book during that five day stretch next week – Michael will send seven free gifts valued at $375.98.

I’ll share exactly what the free gifts on Monday, when I post my review for his book.

For now, you can get a general sense of the offer by clicking HERE but it’s ONLY available for purchases made during next week.

I can tell you that Michael’s book, Platform, is for anyone who has something to say or sell.

Who Should Read This Book?

Whether you’re a comedian, songwriter, photographer, artist, pastor, carpenter, author, lawyer or teacher – you will learn invaluable information about reaching your audience with your message, product or service.

I believe in Michael, his message and his passion to help people.

His book may well be the key you’ve been waiting for to unlock your future.

Question: What job would you love to do if money didn’t matter?

Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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