Wedding Anniversary Flowers

In our opinion, summer is the most romantic season of the year! It’s the time of year when many couples get married and celebrate their anniversaries. A wedding anniversary is one of the most important milestones for couples, especially in today’s society, where the divorce rates are alarmingly high. So it goes without saying that each and every year a couple has been together should be celebrated. Although gifts are not necessary, they are definitely appreciated and welcomed! Traditionally, there are certain ...

Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life…

“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the postmortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.”  Carl Sandburg Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... May your bucket be full of adventure... Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... Go skydiving... ♥ Travel around the world; visit all the newly designated Wonders ...

Tips for Growing Peonies

This is one of the most exciting times of the year! Many beautiful flowers are blooming, particularly peonies. The peak season for peonies is April, May and June – just in time for wedding season! Peonies are large, luscious and sweetly-scented blooms that give roses a run for their money! These long-lasting, easy to grow and hardy flowers are popular ornamental plants that add colour and fragrance to gardens. They can live for decades with minimal care and maintenance. True perennials ...

18 Uses for Safflower

Don’t let its weed-like appearance fool you! The humble safflower may not be as pretty or fragrant as the rose,  but it is one of the oldest, most versatile crops in history! Safflower is a dandelion-like flower that is commercially grown for many different uses. India, the United States and Mexico are the top commercial producers of safflower. Here are some of the many ways safflower can be used: Safflower oil, made by pressing the seeds, is a popular, flavourless vegetable oil ...

Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions…

“The only valid thing in art is the one thing that cannot be explained, to explain away the mystery of a great painting would do irreplaceable harm, for whenever you explain or define something you substitute the explanation or the definition for the” Henri Matisse Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions... purple & pink azaleas Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions... purple lavendar We go through life learning to define things by their given names. We see the world through the lens our ...

Random Acts of Flowers

In amidst of all the negativity in our world today, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear about the good things people are doing to make the world a more positive place to live. Sometimes, it is as simple as giving away flowers. And as we all know, flowers do make us happy. Plus, studies have shown that flowers can help improve moods and overall health. Larsen Jay (pictured above) knows firsthand the power of flowers. He was confined ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast…

“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.” Herman Melville Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast... Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast... Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast... “The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.” Voltaire All of ...

7 Ways to Reuse Your Valentine’s Flowers

Stop! Don’t throw out your Valentine’s Day flowers! Yes, we know it’s been a week since you’ve received them and that the flowers are dying, but they still have life in them. They can be preserved and then can be used to create new and exciting things! Here are some ways you can reuse your Valentine’s flowers. Dried rose petals make a wonderfully fragrant potpourri. Rose petals can also be used to make rose water. Make beautiful pressed flower cards. Make a dried flower ...

Our Cardboard Cutout Baby Stand-in

Our Stand-in Cardboard Baby My wife, who’s 41-weeks pregnant today, has her last scheduled out-patient doctor’s visit this afternoon. They’ll check and see if there’s any additional dilation and cervical thinning to (perhaps) indicate when the baby might be making his soon arrival. If the doctor tells us  there’s no additional action and that the boy is hunkered in tighter than a WWI Doughboy in a embattled trench on the Western Front – we’re prepared for a C-section later in the week. In the ...

America's #1 Fear and Its Antidote...

If you Google the phrase "Number One Fear in America" you'll see that our top fear is not the economy, politics, Wall Street, unemployment, terrorism, the war overseas, hurricanes, earthquakes, cancer or even death. The number one fear in our country is public speaking, complete with its dry mouth, sweaty palms and stomach butterflies. Those are physical sensations manifest the underlying fear that's common to all of us who've ever had to speak to small audience in a boardroom or a ...

What did you call me?

[Our family recently delivered our third child. As such, some blogging buddies of mine have graciously offered to write a series of guest posts to allow my family to spend a little time together - away from this blog. I'm deeply grateful for such friends, and I hope you enjoy their writing!] I would like to thank Tor’s wife for the opportunity to guest post on his blog today. Sure it is his blog but without her heroic dive back into ...

This is Enough

Life in my face. And I thought you loved me. Shadows... Struggling is suffocating. If lightning’s going to strike running won’t save me. Words, kissing my forehead are not enough. I must see for myself. I am. This is enough. My truth. Synchronic breathing. Molecules vibrating. Therein is peace.

The New York Times Book Review and Me

I generally keep my posts to 4-5 paragraphs so my busy friends will consider reading them. I get it! This one’s longer, though. Look at it as a loping re-entry after I let the summer and my novel-writing grab my attention away. (The following article was first published under the same title on Blogcritics.) On Sunday mornings in Maine, my husband drives to the island’s general store around 7:30 and comes back with two egg sandwiches, a hazelnut coffee for me, ...

Getting a Regular Relationship “Tune-up”

The Friday before this past Valentine’s Day, my wife and I attended a two-day marriage conference.  We’ve attended several of these sessions throughout our soon-to-be 16 years of marriage, and I’m always fascinated by the responses I get from both men and women when we tell them about these marriage meetings. For the most part, women who’ve never been to one tend to be more interested and intrigued to hear details about the sessions while the guys could not care less ...

The Joy of a Laughing Baby

There is something magical about a baby laughing – especially when it’s your own. On Friday evening, we were sitting in the living room with our three kids ages 11 and 8 years along with our newborn of four months. Our boy was on my lap while I was twirling one of his toys in mid-air and he was laughing to beat the band. I tried to finagle my iPhone out and record some of his jovial sounds, the :60 seconds below is ...

Black Friday Blues: Wedded Blisster Series – Episode 11

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #11 deals with the annual ritual of spending money on the busiest shopping day of the year – Black Friday.  The links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below. Question: What’s your Black Friday routine – economic Nirvana or avoid ...

Please visit the authors blog by clicking on the link below!

Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort
June 2, 2011, 9:21 am

I Want to Hear From You!!!

Usually I’m spouting off about something or other here, but I’d really like to hear from you! Now that May is over and summer has unofficially begun I thought it would be cool to go back and look at a few of your favorite things from his Spring. In the comment section below, please share with us the best book you read; movie you saw or experience you had in the few weeks – please include a few sentences why. My hope is to spark a bit of discussion and interaction…

Calling All Bloggers!!!!

If you’re a blogger, leave a comment with a link to your favorite blog post that you wrote in March, April, or May. (If you’re not a blogger, leave a comment to your favorite blog post on someone else’s blog during the Spring.) There’s nothing wrong with shameless self-promotion.

Excited to read your favorites!

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.

Leave a Reply

  

  

  


*

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>