Plant Profile: Portulaca

I love this annual, in fact it made it into my favourite new varieties for both 2011 and 2012! 2011 – Portulaca, Duet Hawaiian Rose 2012 – Portulaca, Happy Hour Coconut As you can see, same plant, completely different varieties! Commonly called the moss rose, this is a sun loving plant and must be planted in full sun in order to thrive. They like sandy soil and do well with little maintenance. However they are adaptable and will grow in any well drained soil. Make sure ...

Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur…

“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” Kevin Arnold Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur... Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur... Several years ago, before I got married and raised a family, my husband to be took me on a memorable road trip to the magnificent Big Sur area in California. It is a 90 miles spectacular  coastline from the Carmel River south to the San Carpoforo Creek, in ...

No I am not a sunflower!

I’m sure if a Venidium could speak it would say “No I am not a sunflower!”. Also called Cape Daisy, this is not the easiest plant to find but definitely worth the trouble! You’ll have to search the seed catalogues to find this one, it certainly deserves to be better known… The sunflower like blooms are 4″ across and are quite distinctive – at the base of each inner petal is a purple-black blotch which gives a rayed effect around the rim ...

Unfocused – weekly photo challenge

I don’t usually keep photos that turn out to be not what I expected, but rummaging around for something for the weekly photo challenge, which incidentally is a great place to meet new people, I came across these two shots.  The one of the flowers is a bit blurry round the edges and I’m not sure whether is counts as unfocused, the other is a view of Cairo from the Citadel and is certainly not the view I thought I ...

Grace: Seeking Balance In All Things…

“I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn’t something left in life of charm and grace.” Margaret Mitchell Grace: Seeking Balance In All Things... embrace the positive and act with moderation With all the major events and massive changes going on in our world today, it is not surprising that some of us feel overwhelmed, perplexed, torn by conflicting emotions from exhilaration to ennui. Finding ways to gain balance amidst the chaos and swirling change requires grace and a ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved… Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved… Happy New Year! Since the new year started, I’ve felt a steady and persistent urge to seek more quiet time. This is not a bad thing because, when we turn down the incessant noise, our senses are heightened and we become aware of what truly matters; to live purposefully. For ...

Late Summer Blooming Flowers

Gardens are usually most beautiful from May until about July, when all the flowers are in full bloom! But now that summer is winding down, your garden may look a bit tired, with many flowers wilting or turning brown. Before you put away your gardening tools for the summer, consider growing some late bloomers! There are many perennials and annuals that bloom late in the season to give your garden some colour and life again. Here is a list of flowers that ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” Eleanor Roosevelt Oy gevalt! , Do We Need More Of You? No, The Selfie in triplicate Do We Need More Of You? No, The Selfie i Selfie I was thoroughly amused when I saw the weekly challenge prompt and then, on second thoughts, I wasn’t. Why? I take selfies but not much and I don’t take them with my cellphone. It always strikes me ...

Incredible New Year’s Eve Stunt….

1970's daredevil Evil Kenevil - image courtesy Wikipedia I was a child of the 70′s and was a HUGE fan of daredevil motorcyclist Evil Kenevil.  As a kid I idolized him and would set up ridiculously small ramps made out of bricks and spare plywood – then pretend I was jumping Snake River Canyon on my Huffy bike. However, as I grew up and learned more about him as a person, I  learned that he was an incredible jerk to his family, ...

When Do You Stop Cutting the Crust?

Our oldest daughter is now 11 years old, which seems hard to belief, and is in the sixth grade. Her school bus arrives at 7:30 a.m.  each day – much earlier than the elementary kids’ bus she used to ride at 8:50 a.m. So every morning she and I are up around the same time to start our routines for our respective days. Part of her routine is making her own lunch and breakfast. But periodically she’ll get jammed up with her other responsibilities ...

7 Mistaken and Misused Baby Phrases

Parents with newborns speak a language with baby phrases all their own during the first few months of the babies’ life. Conversations surrounding the baby phrases such as gestational age or bilirubin levels or the wonder of simethicone drops are fairly common among new parents. However, there are some aspects of Newborn ParentSpeak that are flat out wrong. Here are seven inaccurate baby phrases that misrepresent the actual activity or meaning they convey. 7. Fussing – this particular term almost sounds like a playful board ...

One Thing Government Can NOT Do…

Politics as usual this 2012 election year. We can expect to see more political ads on TV and signs with politicos’ names spiked in lawns across the country during the next several months as we head into a critical presidential election season. With the political fervor ramping up, so will the rhetoric and hyped-up promises for “change” at the local, state and national levels. It’s what politicians, politics and our government tend to do – over promise and under deliver with a premium price tag ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tamara Gerlach

This is my weekly series titled "7 Questions With an Author..." and today's featured writer is bestselling author, Tamara Gerlach, who has taught, mentored, and coached thousands of people in creating freedom and Cultivating Radiance in their lives since 1982. Her most recent book is titled Cultivating Radiance. Tamara bought her first business, Encore Gymnastics, Dance and Climbing in 1989. A former National Team Coach, Junior Olympic Program Committee Member, and Member of the Board of Directors for USA Gymnastics, she ...

Love in The Looming Shadows

There’s a bit of enchantment in the air. It could be coming from the trees, dressed in scorching colors, tossing acorns and apples — shamelessly showing off, or from the cobalt sky as it poses behind the flashy trees, my two pretty sisters, vying for attention. Or perhaps the universe is feeling generous; directing the angels to make haste — sprinkle the magic! I imagine it’s all of the above, plus a little more: I believe I’ve finally embraced the reality ...

If You’ve Ever Been Afraid to Try…

Last evening I was trolling around the web when I came across this incredible compilation video that I’ve embedded below. It is an amalgamation of snippets of people doing some incredible tricks, stunts and skills. As goofy as it sounds, this montage inspired me to take action on a couple of projects that I had been avoiding – because of fear. I hope you find this “fearless” collection of clips as inspiring and entertaining as I did. The little girl slide-parking her bike with ...

I Could be Persuaded.

The morning nudges me awake like a dutiful parent; tugging softly, yet with purpose. I dress and head outside, squinting into the tropically brilliant morning, and even though I have a long work day ahead of me, I feel lucky to be living in such an alluring place. Watching the palm trees sway like hula girls and the playful Gulf of Mexico swish her foamy skirts at me...drives me to giddiness! Sometimes, when life turns dark and moody, it’s as though ...

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B Schiff - Dominance Games
November 10, 2012, 7:27 pm

Governance is for losers

To be a real grown up is to be a tough son of a b.  The demented poor poor moderates are there and not, OK and not, passionless and not, unable to counter all full-sides from the scowling right, the indignant left, those with grit in their soused middle.

Tough, smart, authoritative and demeaning…. the happy hamsters of the middle never see nonsense for nonsense, never show up nonsense for nonsense …. never deal with bratty children or over weened teenagers as bratty children or over weened teenagers.

Who will smack down the smackers… vilify the vilifiers … make trivial the trivializers, demand not plead …. be skeptical not caressing, like governance not rule.

Rule is what is longed for… not long ago and far away.  Governance is for losers.

Dominance Games / Politics…..politics, news, commentary, analysis….

The dumb …… the honored creed. The rancid bastards …… the true…. the thrill…

B Schiff - Dominance Games

B Schiff - Dominance Games

Erudition, awareness, cynicism, nonsense. The latter. The former. The honored creed. A rancid bastard is value. Books I am pushing….. Dominance Games: An Essay on Power A Novel Lust Games: An Essay on Honor A Novel Void Games: An Essay on Revenge A Novel ….. due Aug.

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