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Musings: Angels Amongst Us…

“The angels are as perfect in form as they are in spirit.” Jeanne D’Arc Musings: Angels Amongst Us... Dante's Paradiso Canto ... a circle of angels Do you believe in angels? Do you believe there are angels and perhaps aliens amongst us? I do. Yes, I have tackled this topic in the past, and I return to it because I have read that when the world is in turmoil and people are struggling to make sense of difficult conditions, the angels come ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder…

“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.” E. Merrill Root Wonder: One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: “The decision of one age or country is a wonder to another” (John Stuart Mill).  b. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or marvelous: I gazed with wonder at the northern lights. 2. An event ...

India Farmers Face Water Crisis – Now Growing Flowers

Many Farmers in Malur, Karnataka, India have been suffering through a drought that has been killing off their crops. Attempts at irrigation have been unsuccessful; the solution? Grow flowers! Button roses and Dutch roses are cultivated in an area of 472 hectares, the maximum in the taluk. Chendu mallige (a jasmine variety with a thick bud) is grown in an area of 334 hectares. Abdul Rauf, a farmer from Lakkur, says that he has been cultivating Dutch roses for the last three years. “There is ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… A friendly face at the bakery Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Another friendly face at the store… Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Driving by Main St School, balloons from Make a Wish and JDRF waved… a nice surprise. Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… The barber rocked his animal print customer cover today. “Today is life – the ...

The Ghost Fower (Mohavea Confertiflora)

With Halloween just a couple of days away, we’ve got spooky flowers on our minds here at Fun Flower Facts. We like to think of ourselves as a blog with a special interest in flowers and plants with fascinating names or characteristics.  In the past, we have profiled the Dragon’s Blood Tree, Bat Face Cuphea, Ghost Orchids, the Ghost Plant, and so much more! So if you like that kind of thing, you should definitely visit our blog often! Today’s blog ...

5 Delicious Ways to Use Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the edible flowers that come from zucchinis and other summer squashes. They are typically available from May to September. They have a mild and delicate squash flavour. Squash blossoms are highly perishable. And for this reason, they aren’t usually found in the grocery stores. Your best best is to visit your local farmer’s market or grow them yourself. Choose blossoms that look fresh and have their buds closed. It is recommended you use them the same day you ...

All About Antique Roses

What is old is new again. If you read yesterday’s blog post, you will know that old-fashioned flowers, like antique roses are becoming quite popular again. And we can understand why. Antique roses are tougher, more disease resistant and more fragrant than modern roses. Antique roses (also known as old garden roses, species roses, heritage roses) are generally roses that were introduced before 1867, when the first modern hybrid tea roses were bred. A rose that isn’t quite as old can ...

Listener-friendly Automated Audiobooks

I’m pleased to let you know about a new offering from the company my husband has devoted much of his time to for the past eleven years (Lessac Techonologies, Inc.). The offering is an automated reading of certain classics in literature and a few current nonfiction books for free or next-to-nothing (some cost 99 cents). The amazing aspect of this offering is not the price, although that’s amazing, of course, but the way the audio was achieved. Basically, in goes a ...

Early Onset Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type

Kudos to Pat Summitt, age 59, for the way she is facing her newest competition, early onset dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. She wondered at her erratic behavior and got herself checked out at Mayo Clinic. She didn’t hide from reality. By not hiding, and by forcing others to face her reality as well, she’s setting a great example for respecting the truth. Once you have answers, you can start to pick among whatever options are available to you. You make ...

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 ...

Try This At Home

Some of the best responses I’ve received so far were reactions to my post on Magritte’s painting depicting a pipe. I had no idea this would spark such interest and I’m wondering if lightning can strike twice at Chubby Chatterbox. First, I’m not going to tell you this isn’t a painting of a nude woman. It is…sort of. (Darn—I’m lying already.) I’ll clear this up by saying this picture is intended to depict a woman. It was painted in 1814 by ...

Best Book of the Year – Platform: Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt - Best-selling author of Platform On Friday, I wrote about Michael Hyatt‘s pending launch of his new book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World . This book was written for anyone who has a message, service or craft that they want people to know about – written by someone who’s done it with great success! Today is the start of a week-long offer where Michael is giving anyone who buys his book through this Friday the 25th, a suite of free ...

Best Turkey Ever!

This morning I woke alone in bed. Mrs. Chatterbox got up before dawn and began working on the feast that is the hallmark of this special day. I don’t deserve having a spouse willing to get up before roosters crow just to please me with a sumptuous banquet, but I’ll accept this gift as graciously as I can. As I lay here enjoying the aroma of onions and fried pork sausage that will add flavor to Mrs. Chatterbox’s dressing, I can’t ...

CJ's Birthday

Today is our son CJ’s thirty-second birthday. I don’t feel old enough to have a son that age, but the wrinkled face in the mirror assures me it’s true. Mrs. C. and I were twenty-eight and had already been married six years when we had our one and only child. Since we’ve known each other since high school it isn’t inconceivable that we could have a son in his forties. I shiver at the thought. Two reflections tango in my mind ...

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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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