Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop…

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop... Simplify your life; tune out the noise... Sometimes, the best way to refocus and turn down the noise is to simplify our lives and the way we do things… The constant din around us; voices, things, people urging us on to do, to be, to become, ...

2012 Fall Wedding Flower Ideas and Trends

Summer may be the most popular time of the year for weddings, but there are brides that love the idea of a fall wedding. It’s a a gorgeous time of the year, with the changing of the the leaves and the nice, breezy fall temperatures. Warm, inviting tones like reds, oranges, and golden yellows are popular fall wedding colours. Consider using a combination of these flowers in your floral arrangements: marigolds, black-eyed susans, daisies, dahlias, roses, asters, calla lilies and chrysanthemums. Photo: ...

Fiddlesticks, um I mean Fiddleheads!

Fiddleheads (Dicranopteris linearis) This unusual looking tropical floral green is actually the new growth of a giant fern that grows in Hawaii. The ferns new growth uncurls from the center of the plant forming these Fiddle like heads. As the Fiddleheads develop they will transform into a long straight stick or branch. The ferns fronds grow horizontally from the brown stems. Fiddle heads are available year round, there are two color forms available, burgundy (pictured) and green. Fiddle Heads are a bit fragile. ...

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas

We are Canadian and have already celebrated our Thanksgiving last month, but we haven’t forgotten our American friends!  Today is Thanksgiving for our neighbours! Happy Thanksgiving Day! Hope it is a day filled with laughter, love, and appreciation. And don’t forget to give thanks! “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” -Meister Eckhart Hands down, the best part about the holiday is the delicious, sleep-inducing Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It’s what people live for. ...

Sweet Revenge

I missed Friday Fictioneers last week. I couldn’t make the deadline and I really missed reading everyone else’s stories. I am back this week in time to submit a story, but then I’m travelling to France for a few days. I will catch up when I get back.  Thanks to Rochelle for never missing a beat, what would we do without her? Thanks to Kent Bonham for the photo this week, I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a lot of Gaudi’s work both in Barcelona ...

Fashion Friday! Winter Florals

2012 is the year of the floral! Floral prints were all the rage in the spring and summer! And we can see why the trend was so popular.  Floral prints are fun, flirty and feminine! There were floral shoes and floral bags, to name a few examples. Celebrities were even sporting the look. While the growing season may be over, the floral trend is still in full bloom heading into the winter season. Fall/Winter 2013 collections continue to be inspired by ...

The Biggest Peeve of All

The Biggest Peeve of All

    It’s a mouse-size pet peeve, but sometimes it roars within me like a lion. Frequent readers of this blog know I’m often at odds with my eighty-nine year old mother. Mom is not mellowing with age and is feistier than ever. She spends most of her time watching Court TV and putting down the government. When I call, my role is that of a human crossword puzzle, keeping her sharp, even though I become blunt in the process. Ninety-nine percent ...

Reflections: Your Heart Knows What Counts…

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein Reflections: Your Heart Knows What Counts… Flowing Heart Water – Mirth and Motivation Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu What really matters to you? What truly counts? If all the glitz and glamor are swept away, and you must turn to what will sustain you, what will you choose? What counts for you? Kindness, Life, Love, Laughter, Longevity…? Health, Happiness, Home and ...

Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!

Teacher: “Okay class, put down your pens. We're going to have an oral pop quiz! Who can define the meaning of living an authentic life?” Oooo! Oooo! Oooo! I feel like a kid raising my hand with the right answer. When I get full of something you know it’s going to overflow into my writing. So, here goes…. I am my authentic self and I am living an authentic life. It’s a funny term when you think of it…authentic self, authentic life. ...

Book Review: Quitter - by Jon Acuff

At any given time I'm reading five to seven different books, usually due to the fact that after chewing through several chapters in one book I need to cleanse my reading palette and pick up another as a mid-meal sorbet of sorts. The reason being is that some books get boring and need to be set aside then picked up at a later date. That was not the case with Jon Acuff's latest non-fiction work titled Quitter. I could not put this ...

What Are You Wearing?!

Photo by Fran Murphy I have confident friend with perceptive eyes and a welcoming smile. A woman who is lovely in both heart and flesh. She dresses in exotic fabrics perfumed with romantic scents that smell so delicious they may have been imported from heaven. Her movements are naturally rhythmic like window sheers dancing on a summer’s breeze. Whimsical, she loves wearing tinkling bangles, and luminous moonstone, always adding enchantment to the ordinary. She is a palpable palate of color captivating ...

Progress on First Novel, Part 2

This picture represents the stage I’m in with my first novel, which is entering its sixth draft. The flowers, perky and well-defined, are the plot points and characters; the pond, housing myriad underwater minerals and plants and animals, is the mind that imagined the story. The setting overall represents the combination of steady and fragile feelings as I take the plunge and start contacting agents. Here’s my current query letter, which I’m sending out this week to a selected list. Do ...

5 Tips to Help Break a Creative Block

Anyone who has done any kind of writing for an extended period of time will eventually experience some form of writer's block or creative dry spell. It simply comes with the territory. I used to be a reporter with multiple deadlines throughout the day and had to deal with writer's block regularly. You might think it would be easy to write about "news of the the day" but that's not always the case. Especially if you're assigned a low interest, low visual, ...

7 Questions With an Author: Leon Hayduchok

Author, pastor, blogger and speaker – Leon Hayduchok It’s another installment of “7 Questions With Author…” and today’s featured writer is Leon Hayduchok, who recently authored his first book titled Dying to Control. Leon began his professional career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, LLP before earning his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and founding Cornerstone Community Church in Utica, NY. After pastoring Cornerstone for 9 years, Leon along with his wife and three daughters, relocated to Houston, Texas, where he now offers his ...

Reintroducing My “For Fun” Page

How do you define fun? I took this picture during a motorcyclists’ convention in Sarasota. Hubby Gary owned a motorcycle before I knew him, and he has told me at least one tale about it that I won’t repeat in polite company (let alone in my blog). And the mother of a friend of mine enjoyed being given a ride about town on one for her 80-something birthday. I think it was one lovingly referred to as a geezer mobile. I may ...

How We Treat Money and Kids the Same....

We have all heard stories about the down-and-out individual who has never caught a break in their life but wins the lottery out of the blue.  Then 12 months later the same person is broke and in a worse condition than if they had never won the cash. That same scenario plays out with inheritances or trust fund recipients who ultimately come of age. Switching gears, we’ve also heard horrific stories of child abuse where a toddler soils their diaper and ...

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Rabbi Babs - Lech Lecha
November 9, 2012, 9:42 am

Kristallnacht – We Must Never Forget

On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious anti-Jewish riots against the Jewish community of Germany.
Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” reminds us of the countless numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, community centers and homes that were destroyed.

With Nazi support, the rioters burned and destroyed the life of the Jewish community, destroying cemeteries, hospitals, schools and homes, as the police stood and watched.

This was the beginning of the end.

The systematic, murder of the Jews of Europe.

We must never forget.

Rabbi Babs - Lech Lecha

What is that journey? Is it a physical journey? The story in the Torah tells us it is. But it is more than that. This is a journey of self-discovery. This is a journey of self-identity, a journey within.

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