10 Unique Vases & Container Ideas

Ok, so you picked up a bunch or two of some lovely fresh flowers, now all you need is a vase to put them in. With a little imagination just about anything can be turned into a flower vase! The same can be said for outdoor container gardening, you are only limited by your imagination (& sometimes your pocket book!). Without further ado here are some unique ideas. The Chalkboard Vase, holds flowers and chalk! I love this creative idea!  Found ...

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Overheard on the train “So are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “Still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what’s wrong, tried everything, but to be honest I’ve just given up.” There was a resigned sigh and then silence. Many authors have said in interviews that they get lots of inspiration from real life; listening to conversations on buses, trains and planes. Here was a good opportunity for me to do the same, to decide what was wrong ...

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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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