Fun Flower Facts: Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Now that it is late fall, some of you, especially those living in cooler climates, may have been noticing the sun isn’t as out as much. The days have been shorter and cooler. So to brighten up your day, today’s blog post is about coreopsis, one of Mother Nature’s brightest and most cheerful flowers! Coreopsis or Tickseed are known for their vibrant, daisy-like flowers. Flowers can be golden yellow, pale yellow, pink or bi-coloured. It is genus of perennial plants belonging ...

Reflections: From Anger to Awareness…

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.” Gautama Buddha Reflections: From Anger to Awareness… Anger symbol...a needle eager to burst a balloon Anger: A strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire. Dictionary.com Several years ago, as I boarded a subway train in Manhattan, a face caught my attention; it was the face of a woman seated at the ...

Just Add Water! Growing Paperwhites Indoors

The weather outside may frightful, but it can be delightful inside! Add life and beauty to your home decor with some fresh flowers. There are many beautiful plants that thrive indoors, like the paperwhite or narcissus tazetta. The paperwhite, the original “just add water” plant,  is the easiest plant to grow in the comfort of your own home. Kids can even do this! The process is as simple as putting the bulbs in water along with some stones to hold ...

A few interesting faces

A large centrepiece A confrontation A group of women These photographs were taken in the remains of a huge Roman villa in Southern Cyprus.  The detail in all the mosaics was utterly amazing, the workmanship unbelievable and the colours in some were still bright, almost vivid.

Music: Soulful Saturday Continues…

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” Jimi Hendrix Music: Soulful Saturday Continues... Habib Koité Habib Koité & Bamada – I Ka Barra (Your Work) STEREO Music: Soulful Saturday Continues... Karsh Kale Karsh Kale – One Step Beyond This weekend, I bring you a new mix of sounds from around the world. Some of the faces are familiar; Nicki Minaj dropped her new song (in February) – Starships – and Musiq Soulchild does a fantastic catchy song featuring Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys‘ hubby. Karsh Kale and Habib Koite might ...

Reflections: Be At Peace With Yourself…

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Be At Peace With Yourself... Peace, Prosperity, Passion... begins with peace within There is a lot in life that can make us feel uncertain. One thing I know for sure is that even when we make plans on how we wish to live our lives, other events over which we have no control, can/do happen to unravel our well placed plans. ...

Musings: What Is Your Mondegreen?

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven What’s your mondegreen? A mixed bag of musical instruments A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. It most commonly is applied to a line in a poem or a lyric in a song Wikipedia What is your mondegreen? Have you ever misinterpreted the lyrics of a favorite song? Do you remember anyone else who has? ...

The Mystery Box

The box looked like it had been constructed in a hurry, even to my twelve year old eyes, It was rough and unpolished and made of cheap plywood, six panels forming a twenty-four inch cube. Little care had gone into the construction; the sides had been roughly screwed together and there were no hinges or latches to indicate an opening. Nothing was written on it and there was no way to glimpse inside without tearing it apart. When I was growing ...

7 Possible Downton Abbey Spin-off Shows

According to recent media reports, the second season finale for the critically-acclaimed PBS series Downton Abbey commanded the largest television ratings for public broadcasting in years. For those of us with little reason to watch government-subsidized public broadcasting, Downton Abbey is akin to the soap opera Days of Our Lives only it airs once a week and is set in England during the early 1900′s. While I’ve never watched a single episode of the show, I do know success when I see ...

Are You a Builder or Breaker???

Builder or Breaker? - image via 123RF I heard this poem years ago and happened to stumble across it while reading this past weekend – it poses a provocative question for us all. I saw them tearing a building down, A group of men in a busy town, With hefty blow and lusty yell, They swung with zest, And a side wall fell. Asked of the foreman, “Are these men skilled? The kind you would hire if you had to build?” He looked at me, and laughed, “No, indeed! Unskilled labor is ...

New Uses for Used Books

Item 1: At breakfast in Genoa, Italy, the other day (heh-heh), at the start of our trip to walk Cinque Terre (out of this world vacation experience), I noticed how the hotel decorated its breakfast room. It felt like a personal welcome. True, I couldn’t read the books–in Italian–but it was the thought that counted. Item 2: I must share this with you, an article from Publishers Weekly (scroll to top of link, title “You Know You’re Going to Want One…”) about ...

A Royal Spoof of the Royal Wedding

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Until the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs this past Sunday – the biggest news of the weekend was the Royal Wedding. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never really understood the world’s fascination with British Royalty (or any type of royalty for that matter).  From a historical perspective, most kingships came into being by oppression and exploitation of uneducated peasantry, intrigue, murder and theft. One of the primary reasons that Henry VIII seceded from the Catholic ...

Battle of the Sexes: Pet Peeves – Funny Movie Short

Battle of the Sexes: Pet Peeves - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded BlissTors" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #9 deals with a debate over their pet dog - if you've ever owned a pet, this is for you. [NOTE: No animals were ...

No Lie – Truth Telling Improves Your Health

“It’s not a lie, I crossed my fingers…” It’s something we all do and, according to recent studies, most of us do it 11 times a week. This frequently practiced act is the act of lying. Lying is almost universally unavoidable as humans living within close proximity and contact with others. While we all do it, we rationalize away our own personal pack of lies we peddle to others, yet lose all semblance of civility if someone lies to us. Some researchers at Notre Dame ...

4 Tips to Help Your College Kids Cope

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Je_suis_le_morse This is a guest post from Mariana Ashley who’s a blogger and freelance writer for www.onlinecolleges.net. She offers advice for choosing the perfect online program for prospective students and parents, welcoming comments at [email protected] If you’d like to write for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ====================== Heading into the New Year, colleges across the nation are reporting a rise in mental health cases. Depression leads the pack of campus diagnoses (along with allergies and other common ailments), and ...

Brag on Your Pet (because I can’t brag on ours)!

Our demonic-eyed cat with one of my wife's cashmere sweaters Our family currently has two Ragdoll cats – both are sisters from a breeder. I’ve written about them before and their tyrannical governance over the entire house. They rule with an iron paw – commandeering any article of clothing, cushion, pillow or comfy think like they’re some fuzzy, four-legged, non-androgynous version of Kim Jong-il. Like the Occupy Movement that swept the country last year, our cats have now decided that they want to occupy ...

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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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