Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful…

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir by North South Trail... Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... A Walk on the Croton Aqueduct Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir facing North South Trail Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti… May all find peace within and without Wherever we look, May peace follow us there Whatever we do, May ...

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 ...

Confession

I confess that I’m not my cheery self this morning. I’m feeling a bit low lately. The Connecticut shootings are weighing heavily on my mind. What’s worse is that I’m having difficulty separating all of these shootings. They’re beginning to blur. We even had one here in Oregon a few days ago at the Clackamas Town Center not far from where I live. I’m saddened to think that Christmas shoppers in Oregon and twenty-six Connecticut children and their teachers are sacrificial ...

Weird & Wacky Plant Products!

The world is full of wonderfully wacky things.  Here are some of the weirdest and wackiest products that plant lovers (and non-plant lovers) would find amusing! Living Dress aka the Sprinkle Want to be seen? Wear green! Italian artist/designer Linda Schailon created the Living Dress, a show-stopping one of a kind masterpiece! The garden-wire skirt is spruced up with yogurt-cup planters filled with living, breathing plants. And for those that want to buy this dress, sorry to inform you that this dress ...

Floral Design Contest!

If you are a regular reader of this flower blog, you will know that we don’t usually do contests on this blog. But we figured it’s about time we reward our readers for supporting us and taking the time to read our daily blog posts! We know many of you are have gardens of your own and enjoy flower arrangement, so we are very excited to partner up with Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers for this Floral Design Contest!! We are ...

Bravery: If You Can…

“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” Charles Dickens Bravery demands both our individual and collective effort...Image via Brent Stirton, NatGeo What is bravery or the bravest act? It’s far easier to think of great acts when we think of the word – Bravery. Yet, consider the bravery in small things. The decision to face the world daily and do the right and moral thing; to face our ...

Musings: Share A Joke…

“If you aren’t a naturally happy person, take time each day to cultivate that which brings you happiness.” Madisyn Taylor A recently hired junior manager at a multinational corporation, Joe X, puts his foot in his mouth… On Joe’s fifth day at the office, he called the company canteen and ordered a sandwich. It didn’t arrive in 10 minutes as promised. After waiting longer than usual for his lunch order, Joe, already in a bad mood, decided to call the canteen extension… ...

Boo! Meet the Ghost Plant

Scientific name: Monotropa uniflora Other Common Names: Indian Pipe, Corspe Plant, Ice Plant, Fairy Smoke The ghost plant is aptly named for its ghostly white appearance. The flowers are white because it does not contain any chlorophyll. It does not need sunlight for its development. Rather, the ghost plant is a parasitic plant; it gets its energy from the fungi from nearby trees. Adding to the eeriness and spookiness of the plant, the ghost plant lives in dark, shady environments. They can ...

So Beautiful Is Paul Simon

Photo image by Steve Jurvetson* Last spring my husband and I bought a copy of Paul Simon’s latest CD, So Beautiful or So What. Gary didn’t have time to listen to it right away, so I was with my own thoughts for the whole experience. The lone time resulted in an aha moment for this non-music-oriented consumer. One of the few CDs I’ve truly enjoyed in the past has been Simon’s Graceland. I have also enjoyed portions of his CD Surprise. Imagine ...

Change in Title of Novel, New Beginning

You haven’t heard much from me, but I’ve been working away. Today I’m pleased to share with you my new title for the novel formerly called GREAT WHARF. Going forward, the title will be TOWN OF SECRETS. People kept looking at me funny when I said the word “wharf,” and I finally got the point that it’s too odd a word in everyday life. The town named Great Wharf may evoke many emotions in me as the author of its existence, ...

The Greatest Freedom???

In most of our minds, the term "freedom" is synonymous with "America." Because we embrace that general, overarching ideal of freedom, it's easy to sometimes forget that the large concept of freedom we enjoy in this country is comprised of many important yet seemingly "smaller freedoms" that make up the whole. This morning I went to a web site that lists the Bill of Rights - the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. These were omissions to the original document that were deemed so ...

7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

Author, speaker, professor – Clay Morgan This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Clay Morgan – a writer, professor, and speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who writes about pop culture, history, and the meaning of life. He is the author of Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Most days you can find Clay doing his best Dead Poets Society impersonation at a couple ...

9 Bullying Myths That Parents Need to Know

Physical Bullying My family moved around a lot when I was growing up. Every two years or so, I had to attend a different school and since I was the "new kid" at each school I invariably experienced bullying in some manner - mostly it was shoving, destruction of my personal belongings and fights. It seems that I was not alone in my experience. According to the most recent government statistics 44 percent of middle schools reported bullying problems, while just over 20 percent ...

Titanic Memorial Cruise & 5 Worse Ideas….

Titanic Mania April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated sailing and sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic, which rammed into an iceberg nearly a century ago. Here are some interesting facts surrounding that horrific tragedy that you might have forgotten. Of the 1517 people who perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered. The largest percentage of survivors came from first class passengers. Even though directions had been given for women and children to board the lifeboats first, a number ...

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He’s a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life – personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned… ignoring or answering that question, will change your life. 13 years ago that question meant nothing to me. The world from my ...

Curmudgeons Love Cake Too!

When I close my eyes I feel the same, certainly not 55, or even 45, or 35…I feel like me. Like I’ve always felt. The passage of time is a slippery illusion, for we know that the all-present “now” is what really exists. It’s all that has ever existed. Yet, life has housed me in a body that has somehow been snared by gravity, time’s very real shadow. Simply put, our bodies were born to die, hence the crow’s feet perched ...

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

Brahm - alfred lives here
November 11, 2012, 11:09 am

James Bond, Streisand, Obama: what a week….

Last week was a crazy one for so many of us, from our first major blast of winter here in the great white north (a crazy 25 cm of snow)… to the frenzy over the US election (to quote Beyonce, Take that, Mitches)… and yet there is always my escape to pop culture world…

Here are some my faves from last week:

I am always happy when there is a new Streisand album, and this one is really special because while the album is new the music is not; Release Me is a collection of unreleased tracks from 1967 to 2011 which perfectionist Streisand never let the public hear before now. The whole album shines, and my favourite is Being Good Isn’t Good Enough.

Saw this on Facebook and loved it… so true!

Best Bond ever? Holy crap, super hot and typically glum Daniel Craig was everywhere this week, and was actually smiling in some of the press he did for the new Bond flick…  Bond… James Bond… must see Skyfall….

I love someecards.com, as they are smart and snarky without crossing into nasty. Or not crossing into nasty too often. And this one made me laugh, because is funny and is true.

Go away redneck misogynist bigots, YAY Obama…

This book by Richard Cohen, author of the terrific Multiple Sclerosis memoir Blindsided, is fast, fun and kind of mean. Grinch-ish Cohen doesn’t like dogs, his wife TV journalist Meredith Viera keeps bringing them home and spoiling them. I love Viera, and Cohen comes across as curmudgeonly but fun. A fun read on a winter’s night with Alfie curled up beside me.

My lifelong Sherlock Holmes obsession continues with the fab new TV show Elementary, a good find in a season of truly crappy TV. Holmes is in modern day New York, fresh out of rehab, assigned a strong-willed female caregiver (and former doctor) who happens to be named Watson, and the duo helps the local police solve crimes. Love this show.

I discovered the Facebook “name that tune” game SongPop on election night and played for hours. And got my ass kicked… quite humbling to this self-proclaimed 80s aficionado actually. Total addiction by the end of the night.What pop culture faves are you loving these days?

Brahm - alfred lives here

Brahm - alfred lives here

I began this blog in fall 2009, after seeing Julie and Julia, a movie which inspired others to cook and had no such effect on me. I have always been a wannabe writer, and always had tons of opinions, so this was a natural fit. Random thoughts, big gay opinions, sarcastic observations, shared stories, political musings, quote collecting, and lots of love for Alfred the adorable Havanese.

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>