Tips to Extend the Life of Your Mother’s Day Flowers

If you are reading this, chances are that you, and just about every other mother, will be receiving flowers for Mother’s Day! Lucky you! But as you know, as beautiful as fresh cut flowers are, they do not last forever. Eventually, the flowers will start to fade and you will have to toss them out! But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do! You can try some of these tips to keep your Mother’s Day flowers fresher, longer! If your ...

A change of style and a twist

I haven’t taken part in many of the Writing 101 prompts, to be honest I haven’t written very much at all just recently.  I did take a weeks’ holiday, but mainly it’s work that has just got in the way of me enjoying myself – I’m going to have to either get more organised or magic up some days with a few more hours in them!  I found the latest prompt very interesting however; my post is not really about ...

An Adventure: The Taxi Driver…

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” Henry David Thoreau An Adventure: The Taxi Driver... a London cabbie The new decade began with a bang and lots of adventure. I had decided to move to the USA and, as word spread, friends in London and elsewhere invited me to even more parties and celebrations as a way to say goodbye, bon voyage… our last hurray! One fateful night in January, one of ...

Musings: Oh Happy Day!

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!” Amanda Bradley Musings: Oh Happy Day! Louise Hay – Happy Birthday… and more Oh Happy Day! (Full version) – Choeur Gospel Célébration de Québec & Sylvie Desgroseilliers Every day is a special day because it honors the birth of a great soul; another angel on a mission to earth. Today is a very special day at Hay House – it is the celebration of Louise L. Hay‘s 86th birthday! When ...

Life Without Limits-Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life… A Review

“Living without limits means knowing that you always have something to give, something that might ease the burden of others.” Nick Vujicic Life Without Limits... Nick Vujicic What limits do we place on our lives? How can we live a life without limits; a purposeful life? Recently, I read a book that was so compelling, I couldn’t put it down. It was the personal journey of Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker and inspiring author of “Life Without Limits-Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life,” ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Rose Parade

The Rose Parade or the Tournament of Roses Parade is an annual festival  where the main attraction is the parade of larger than life, intricate flower-covered floats! The event is held on New Year’s Day (or the day after if the holiday falls on a Sunday) in Pasadena, California. Along with the floats, the Rose Parade also features high energy marching bands, dancers and equestrian entertainment. Rules state that the entire float must be covered in fresh flowers, seeds, tree bark ...

Late Summer Gardening Checklist

Your garden may be filled with blooming flowers and luscious green foliage, but that doesn’t mean you can sit back and relax for the rest of the summer. As any gardener will tell you, there are always chores that can be done to keep your flowers and plants looking their best. During this time of the year—from late July to September, the garden will be in full bloom and the main tasks including harvesting, deadheading and weeding. Here is a checklist of things ...

Humor: Laughter Matters…

“We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.” Jean de La Fontaine Humor: Laughter Matters... Join the amazing laughing man by mused™ via Flickr Laughter is definitely the best medicine for us and it is healthy to find things to laugh about daily. It is also important that we remember some of the benefits of laughter and then seek and add humor to our lives. When I created this blog, I named it Mirth ...

A Chance Encounter with Jamie Beckwith

It was my lucky day recently! While shopping for a client at Renaissance Tile & Bath in the Dallas Design District, I happened to cross paths with Jamie Beckwith, a leading trendsetter in wood tile design. With Jamie Beckwith at Renaissance Tile & Bath Her collection of tiles, the Jamie Beckwith Collection, has revolutionized the use of wood in surface treatments. Her hardwood tile series can be used virtually anywhere and adds exquisite detail, texture and warmth to the most unexpected places. Walls, ...

Hiding in a Paragraph

Cover Art by Fran MurphyI just published my 100th Blog post this week. Looking over my one hundred entries I noticed that I’ve written on scores of subjects, yet I don’t believe that I’ve ever written on the subject of writing. I guess I’ve sort of kept this topic tucked away. It’s something so personal that I tend to keep it to myself...forgetting that it’s a viable topic. I think about it all the time; probably as much as a ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 7

It’s the long awaited return of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered to win the most recent iteration of the contest several weeks ago. The birth of our son in June placed this photo caption contest feature on a hiatus but it’s back in the editorial rotation here on The Daily ReTORt. During the respite I tried a new selection process for the winning caption. I printed each of them up and placed them ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 5

We’re moving up the “Caption This” Contest by a day, because tomorrow we’ve got our scheduled C-section for our baby boy who’s 10 days past his delivery – prayers are appreciated. With that, thanks to everyone who entered to win the staggeringly ironic $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After consulting with the firm Arthur Anderson to oversee the integrity of the selection process,  a winner has been chosen. That winner is Blake Atwood see his caption below. “One of the ...

How Did I Get Here?

This is a guest post by Terrie Thorpe: author, blogger and writer of Christian Living articles. Her books Am I Really Saved? Answering Questions of Christians and Footsteps of Jesus – Becoming a Disciple are geared toward new Christians and you can follow her on Twitter @TerrieThorpe. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here. ================================== Ever woke up in a strange place – it can be a very frightening experience. Expecting the familiar and realizing the unfamiliar. This feeling is common this time of ...

3 Things Parents Need to Stop Doing

Our two oldest daughters will begin another school year in just a couple of weeks. With that comes the annual ritual of obligatory school clothes shopping. Our girls are ages eight and ten respectively – clearly falling within the coveted marketing group called “tweens.” Purchasing Power of Tweens Believe it or not, these youngster girls number more than 20 million in the U.S. and have an estimated buying power of more than $40 billion collectively. That number gets quadrupled by parents such as my wife ...

Where Father Figures, Figure in the Family

Here’s a great guest post from a blogging buddy of mine Jared Latigo. Jared is a writer, speaker and passion guy. His vision in life is to have more people love their work than ones that hate it. Be sure to check out his blog at JaredLatigo.com or follow him on Twitter @JaredLatigo. Here’s his post: ———————————————- I’m on a mission in this life to figure out exactly where I “fit.” Maybe you are too? Good. We’ll get along just fine then. But often I get ...

Soaring Hearts

I began my Tuesday in the usual manner, picking up a client, (who is more like a friend) and then heading out together to run errands and maybe dig up some fun. It was a blue-domed day with wispy white clouds …a perfect jigsaw puzzle sky. We chatted as we headed to our first appointment, or I should say that I chatted while she remained silent and somewhat somber looking. Being the consummate cheerleader I asked “What’s shaking lady?” to which ...

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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.

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