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Weird & Wacky: The flower that eats worms!

To the untrained eye, it’s a harmless plant. It looks pretty and innocent with its dainty lilac flowers. But appearances are deceiving. The philcoxia minensis is a carnivorous plant with an appetite for worms. Unlike the Venus Fly Trap and pitcher plants, this plant takes the subtle approach when it kills its prey. The attack isn’t even visible to the naked eye, as it takes place underground, beneath the soil. The rare Philcoxia minensis, which is unique to Brazil,uses its underground ...

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall…

“A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” Thomas Jefferson On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Ignore the no white rule... live! On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... capture the colors of falling foliage Labor Day Weekend  is a time to shift gears from the summer of surf and sand fun to a return to work and the impending fall season. It sets the tone serving us notice ...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy Of Courage & Hope…

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.: A Legacy Of Courage & Hope... Full MLK: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Part 3/3 On April 3,1968, the day before he was assassinated, Dr. King addressed a rally at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee. He had delivered a speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” and ...

Broken Cookies

For all the readers that have been following my blog, you know that I struggle with being conflicted on nearly every subject.  Given that nearly any subject can have alternating points of view and I clearly have two opposing sides to my personality...there is ALWAYS  a "glass half  empty, glass half full kind of conflict in play. Thought #1-----I am a "broken cookie" person No...I am not broken ....nor am a a giant human cookie.  Here's the deal... I was watching a movie the other day where one of the character described ...

Summertime: Seven Seasonal Favorites…

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time” John Lubbock Summertime: Seven Seasonal Favorites... Summer flowers ... orange flower Summertime: Seven Seasonal Favorites... summer chamomile flowers FLOWERS: With brightly colored flowers everywhere, who could resist the charm of summertime flora? What is your favorite season? When I think of my favorite time ...

No Going Back

Have you ever done something that in retrospect you wish you could have a do over?  Maybe several do overs....such as in the movie Groundhog's Day where Bill Murray had chance after chance to get it right. There's no way of knowing but, perhaps, this week's odd news makers would welcome the opportunity to do it better the second time around. Love Life on the Rocks A man in China, was supposedly so depressed by his lacking love life that in a moment ...

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

This is the big week.  The final preparations are being made and every last detail is being checked and rechecked for the big day.  The Royal Wedding is less than  four days away.  The world is engaged in all the activity that is leading up to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. While I am not glued to my television, I certainly can understand everyone latching onto a seemingly wonderful story. Cute couple that happen to be part of history. How ...

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 ...

3 Keys to Beating My Addiction: Caffeine

Last week I decided that I wanted to stop drinking caffeinated coffee and diet soda with caffeine as well. I realize that caffeine in moderate amounts actually has been proven to have healthful benefits for a variety of nasty disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer, but I still needed to stop. The problem was, that I couldn't drink the stuff in moderation. Each day, I would practically polish off a pot of coffee by myself before heading to ...

Fairness is Overrated…

For the past few decades, the big trend in corporate America has been “pay for performance.” In other words, the more you do on the job or the better your results for the organization – the greater your compensation. The underlying idea of this trend has been a fundamental component of capitalism since its inception. For example, the more a sales representative sells, the higher their bonus. When a professional athlete performs exceptionally on the field, court, track or ice, their pre-negotiated ...

Don't Quit Your Day Job!

Let’s start on a high note: Did you know that in addition to being an engineer, inventor, philosopher and painter, Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) was also a comedian? In his day he was considered quite the cut-up on the comedy circuits of the Renaissance. Here’s a genuine five hundred year old Leonardo joke taken from one of his notebooks: A wealthy patron asked a famous artist, “How is it that you create such beautiful paintings but the children you create are ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 25

Week 25 gestational age (GA) image - courtesy of BabyCenter.com Every week is another step closer toward our estimated delivery date of June 19th for Junior Constantino – who’s been baking nicely at a toasty 98.6° within the innards of my wife for the past 25 weeks. Our pending baby boy has been very active during the past week, both our girls have been able to distinguish his kicks and fist bumps on a consistent basis. Last weekend, the family made our first ...

New Cleverbot Conversation on Current Events

A few weeks ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with the learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here's the first interview I had with Cleverbot last month: First Interview with Cleverbot I thought it was about time to ask Cleverbot about recent current events including: the U.S. Women's Soccer victory over Brazil; Derek ...

Top-10 List: Holiday Christmas Specials!

I’m amazed at all of the holiday specials that are playing and replaying this time of year. Growing up during the 1970s with only three TV networks, holiday specials were truly “special.”  My fondest memories of those days were the “Animagic” Christmas specials produced by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass. You know the stop-motion classics about Rudolph, Heat Miser, the Winter Warlock…etc. Now, ABC Family channel is running those specials wall-to-wall, decked halls and all until the end of the month. That prompted this top-10 ...

1 comment to Glenn Beck: The Wisconsin Unions = The Muslim Brotherhood = World Domination

  • Alternative Mainstream, Alternative Universe, Alternative Reality. Very entertaining.Glenn Beck, you say? I REMEMBER him from somewhere…in the past..the distant past..the far far distant past…Unions do indeed have an agenda–they want to avoid becoming third world style slaves to robber barons who run giant corporations and wear “Right Wing” on their BVDs. They want a decent living wage and some kind of assured secure retirement. Those who are already rich can never understand the position of those who are not. Still, the Ree-Pug-lickins continue to try and convince the rest of the world they are mostly “Chrees-Chun”– which is a total paranoid fantasy on their part because most of them don’t have an inkling of what “Christian” is. If they did, the would treat people a little more respectfully. http://thelimingview.blogspot.com/

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