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Flatwoods Plum blooming in side yard ok so i can finally talk. my throat's been sore & my voice gravely from coughing too much. it takes a lot for me to actually go to the doctor. but after trying all my usual natural healing remedies... and nothing seemed to be getting rid of this congestion... my throat was getting sorer & my ribs felt mega-bruised! one of nature's curly-q's i gave in. diagnosed - bronchitis. sent home with antibiotics, an inhaler, cough suppressants and the suggestion to use a vaporizer at night & get some rest. two weeks ...

Birds and Gators

Thanks to a recent visit to the great Birding Center here on South Padre Island we got some great shots of some great looking wildlife!  Love being in nature and enjoying the quiet walk on the boardwalk!!!  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Click to view slideshow.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Miranda Lambert / Virginia Beach

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Miranda Lambert / Virginia Beach The Weekly Photo Challenge over at WordPress is Today! And, of course, today is no longer June 1st when they issued the challenge. Last Friday was a busy day around here and there are lots of photos from the air show already posted. Please check them out if you are interested! And my submission for the photo challenge is going to be something different from all the jets doing amazing things ...

Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients: 1 1/2 packs chocolate wafers 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 220g dark chocolate (70%) 2 tubs full fat cream cheese (220g) 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 4 Tbsp cocao powder (unsweetened) 1 tsp vanilla extract 500ml sour cream 4 Tbsp Amarula cream (Cape Velvet or Baileys Irish Cream works just as well) Method: Crush the wafers with a rolling pin add the sugar and melted butter and mix well. Press mixture carefully onto sides and bottom of a 23cm springform pan. Chill in the fridge. Cream sugar and cheese. Add eggs one ...

Ask Away – How Do I Create A Loving Social Circle?

Welcome to Ask Away! Each week I choose one of your questions and do my best to offer guidance and support to help you along your journey. I also encourage everyone who is reading this to offer their words of wisdom as well by leaving a comment at the end. Please click here to learn more about this feature. And now for the question: After making the decision to let go of my familiar circle of friends who were no longer supportive or ...

Eleven secrets for an excellent road trip

If there are people in your car who follow Elmo on twitter, keep the banana industry thriving, and compel you to keep snacks and wipes on hand at every single moment less you risk Armegeddon, then you need to read this post. We are driving to spend three nights with dear friends on the Olympic Peninsula next week. They live approximately four hours away, a modest drive north from our urban home to a majestic rural community that is bordered on the west ...

10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With

I’ve noticed several blogs recently that have posted “10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With,” and I’ve developed such a list myself now.  My mother, Barbara Burnham Rutter, who died two weeks after I turned eighteen. I’d love to catch her up on how things have gone for me. I might leave out a few stories, just to keep the conversation on an even keel. My grandmother, Mazie VanderWyk Burnham, who died on a Christmas day while, thirty miles away, ...

...for my sister...

sometimes our blogs are our therapy. most of the time i like to have fun with nature... NOT MUCH is more exciting to me than wandering around... in the yard...in the woods...and finding interesting things to take pictures of. well...although i always have a vast number of pic's to go through and decide which ones to post... today is more of a deep thought day. the first thing i did this morning...before i even got my coffee... was to light a memorial candle for my sister. sally was 3 ...

Weird & Unusual Flowers: Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)

The colour of this flower is so unusual, you think this flower is out of this world! But the Strongylodon macrobotrys, also known as jade vine or emerald vine, is naturally this seafoam blue-green. The shape of the flower is also quite peculiar; this strikingly beautiful plant produces a cascade of claw-like flowers along its woody vines. Impressively, the jade vine can produce up to 100 blooms per stem! The stems can grow to a height of 18m long, with ...

Cool Places to see Flowers: Floriade

While it is fall everywhere else, Australia is celebrating their spring. Floriade, which means “to design with flowers” in Latin,  is a month long flower festival dedicated to showcasing one million flowers in bloom. Floriade is usually held from mid-September to early October. Photo Credit: floriadeaustralia.com Photo credit: floriadeaustralia.com While many different flowers are planted at the gardens including irises, daffodils, hyacinths, violas and chrysanthemums, tulips continue to win hearts. Visitors can look forward to 78 different varieties of tulips. There will be ...

New Monkey Flower Discovered!

A biologist recently discovered a new flower, named Mimulus peregrinus, Latin for “wanderer.” Mario Vallejo-Marin was walking along the banks of a stream in Scotland when he spotted the yellow monkey flower. This is not just any ordinary flower. The M. peregrinus is the offspring of two foreign flowers introduced from the Americas, making it a hybrid. Hybrid flowers are typically sterile due to their odd number of chromosomes, making them unable to reproduce. But, due to a rare genetic duplication, ...


Kollabora is a new crafting site that was recently put in my radar.  It's interesting and a new social site for crafters.  It features jewelry, knitting, and sewing projects.  Being fairly new, Kollabora seems like it's going to be a great place for crafters to hang out. I have been playing around with the site, and listed a project there just to see how it works.  I did have some trouble attaching photos, but I eventually was successful. This looks like it's ...

AIFD “Passion” Symposium 2013

What happened in Las Vegas, didn’t exactly stay in Las Vegas. Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog who wants to know everything related to flowers, we found out what happened in Las Vegas from June 28th to July 2nd, 2013! The American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) hosted yet another successful symposium (a fancy word for conference) at the Paris Hotel and Casio in Las Vegas, Nevada with the theme of “Passion.” Talented floral designers from around the ...

Tips and Tricks for Planting Roses

I love roses! I would like to think that no garden is complete without a rose bush or two. Roses are undeniably beautiful and vibrant! The garden seems to come alive when there are roses around! And the best part is that there are thousands of different varieties to choose from, ranging in colour, fragrances, size and form! Moreover, rose breeders are constantly  creating new varieties that are long-lasting, hardy and disease-resistant. Roses are generally available year round at local garden ...

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

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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