Musical Memory Lane

When I first saw this photo, I thought of the brightly painted camper van that used to park outside our house. It belonged to the boyfriend of the lady who lived next door to us, it seemed a wonderful magical thing to my childish eyes. It was the 60′s, a time of great change in the world, the one that most affected me at the time was the music. Now I had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, ...

Carpet of Flowers at Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral UK – completed in 1873 Photo credit: Every year thousands of people from all over Britain head to Arundel Cathedral in Arundel, West Sussex to view the annual carpet of flowers that is created in the central isle of the Gothic styled cathedral. The yearly tradition was started shortly after the cathedral was completed in 1873 by Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk. Originally all of the flowers needed to create the floral masterpiece were grown on the estate, the gardeners ...

Haiku: Just A Dream…

“I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.” Jonas Salk Haiku: Just A Dream… The Nightmare by John Henry Fuseli Third door to your left Wisdom lay dead, Greed glared back The nightmare beckoned… “Brute!” said the horse head Winner take all, but what for? “Tough!” said Greed, “Mine, Mine…” There are great lessons to learn in dreams. Our nightmares remind us of what to conquer and what to embrace.  More below! “I never paint dreams or nightmares. ...

No I am not a sunflower!

I’m sure if a Venidium could speak it would say “No I am not a sunflower!”. Also called Cape Daisy, this is not the easiest plant to find but definitely worth the trouble! You’ll have to search the seed catalogues to find this one, it certainly deserves to be better known… The sunflower like blooms are 4″ across and are quite distinctive – at the base of each inner petal is a purple-black blotch which gives a rayed effect around the rim ...

Flowers Jokes!

Life can be stressful. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress and can help maintain a healthy mental well-being. So laugh whenever you can. It’ll make you feel better. Cheesy jokes always make me laugh. Here are some of the best jokes I’ve found online. Hope they make you smile! If you know of any other flower jokes, share them with us in the Comments. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. What did the bee say ...

Haiku: Think Pink…

“Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Think Pink while you wait… For your mammography results Love meets awareness. Think Pink and hold on… For your kid’s birthday balloons Love floats towards you Think Pink … remember A Breast exam reminder Two hearts linked as one Since the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation gave ...

Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own.  Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces.  Plants can improve the air quality, especially since dorms aren’t known to be airy and spacious. They can also help relieve stress and create a calming and relaxing environment. Students don’t need to ...

Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain Memories: What To Bring On A 524 Mile Road Trip... Hold your horses; we traveled by car... What do you remember from your childhood travels? Were they good or tedious memories? We traveled a lot when I was ...

Forever Carded

When a store clerk asks me, “Do you have our rewards card? “ I can never remember if I do or I don’t. So…out comes the over bulging wallet as I sift through the random contents looking for a card that I may or may not have, while the people behind me shuffle and sigh with annoyance. I finally give up; hoping my phone number will work in place of the card. The clerk then tries my home phone, cell ...

Deep and Plain

I had an unexpected visit from my neighbor, Addie, yesterday morning. Addie is a spry ninety one year old, who’s as thin as Olive Oyl, and can still move like a warmed up yoga instructor. Her tanned face has been stamped by time, like a well traveled passport, and when she speaks she’s a study in animation, using all available facial expressions to make her point. Addie laughs easily, with her mouth wide open, oblivious to onlookers and divinely confident. ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 10

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest last week. There were so many incredible  entries this time, that I actually submitted the entries as one of the questions on last night’s presidential debate – you may have missed that individual issue. The topic was discussed in the green room before both candidates took the stage – the hotly contested issue was run in its entirety on ...

Helpful Ghosts

Being back in my home-town has given me the strangest sensation; it’s like entering a time machine and meeting my past…face-to-face. I sense an eagerness to explore the dark quarters, the condemned haunts that I occupied when I led my life by raw instincts, and wisdom was a dusty book kept on a high shelf...well out of the reach of my small hands. Up until now my home town has played host to a legion of ghosts and phantoms, resurrecting ancient ...

“Sugar Plum Fairy” – Played on Glasses of Water

“Sugar Plum Fairy” – Played on Glasses of Water

This time of year it’s extremely difficult to escape the ubiquity of Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Perhaps the most familiar musical movement of that particular ballet is the “Sugar Plum Fairy” portion. Below is an incredible rendition of this holiday classic, which is played by two people entirely on water glasses as opposed to an orchestra. This unbelievable video is worth watching with your kids.

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 ...

Our Pregnancy Update – week 17

Baby at 17 weeks gestational age - image courtesy of It’s been quite a while since we updated you on the progression and development of Junior Constantino and thought it was about time. Prior to Christmas we visited my wife’s obstetrician who conducted a brief examination and found that everything is going extremely well. She also allowed us to listen to the baby’s heartbeat, which was fast and strong. Currently, we’re at week 17 gestational age for Junior, and Kim (my lovely ...

Fastest U.S. Marathon Sellout Ever

This morning I swung by the web site for the Marine Corp Marathon and saw that a record was set – the fastest sellout of a full U.S. marathon since endurance races have been held in this country. This type of thing probably doesn’t matter to non-runners, but the press release below, posted by the event organizers, has some stunning facts. --- Marking the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has sold 30,000 available online entries ...

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November 9, 2012, 12:28 pm

Learning from Our Mistakes

Before, I get started today…I little blog glitch has come to light here at The Art of Being Conflicted.  For those of you that subscribe to my blog via email, there seems to be a problem with new posts being sent out. I have been working all week to try to figure out the problem but as of’s still a problem.
I appreciate all my readers and hope until this is corrected soon In the meantime, I hope that you will bookmark me or put me on your favorites to manually check for new posts. I have reset the gadget to launch emails. You might try re-entering your email address, just to see if that helps. OR… Maybe the blog fairy will come and fix it in the middle of the night like she sometimes does.

Anyway…on to today’s topic.

“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.”   Oscar Wilde

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”    James Joyce

Driven to Distraction

You might remember last month the video that was on all the news programs, showing Shena Hardin, driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus.  She had been doing this every morning so the driver and the kids on the bus called the cops to have them waiting.  All the while, they were waiting to film the “gotcha”

On Monday of this week, a Cleveland Municipal Judge handed down the consequences of her actions with sentencing her to holding a sign on two consecutive mornings for one hour each day, at an intersection near where she took her “self-directed” detour.

The sign read: Only an idiot drives on a sidewalk to avoid a school bus”

In addition, Hardin’s license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250.00 in court costs.

Is is just me, or do you think she got off easy?  I don’t know what the appropriate punishment should be but I am still thinking about it.  I am not thinking that the 2 hours of sign holding is opening her discovery portal quite enough to suit me.

Doing a Public Service

Earlier this week, an Indiana man, Edward Kirk III,  was stopped by officials as he ran down the street screaming that he was being chased by dinosaurs. Upon further investigation, the 19 year old told the Greenfield Police that after taking some hits of LSD that the aliens at his apartment along with the dinosaurs were perusing him.  He took the officers back to his apartment to show them the aliens.

Edward was very cooperative as drug dealers go, showing the police his stash of drugs which included over 1000 hits of LSD and  his makeshift lab.

During the time the police spent with Edward, he filled them in on how he makes his money.  He explained that by making LSD he is really “doing the people’s work” and that the whole world should trip as it is really great.

Edward was charged with several felonies and misdemeanor drug charges.

I found it interesting that several of the news write ups included the added information that neither aliens nor dinosaurs were found in the apartment.  Good to know!

Lessons Learned From the Recent Election

Relax…I am not talking about left or right, this party or that…I am talking about the two winners that had the unique qualification of being dead.  Yes,  there were two candidates that have the distinction of having won their races and being deceased.  Florida Democrat Earl K. Wood and Alabama Republican Charles Beasley both won their races by comfortable margins.

Wood died at 96 during his campaign for a 12th term as Orange County Tax Collector in Orlando, FL.
He died of natural causes.

Beasley, 77 died on October 12th, possibly due to an aneurysm, while trying to win a seat on the Bibb County Commission in central Alabama. He won with 52 percent of the vote. His opponent, Walter Sansing, is said to be taking the loss hard.  Mr. Sansing said “It’s a touchy situation.  When you are running against a dead man, you are somewhat limited about what you can say.”

Ask me! Ask Me! I know what he could of said.  “Don’t Vote For the DEAD guy!” While the reason this happened is that people voted straight tickets and didn’t pay attention about not voting for the deceased perhaps this might of helped:

Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

A veteran of corporate moves from which I survived moving 21 times for my husband's job. I currently am a married, middle-aged (if I make it to 116) middle income, mom living in the very middle of the country, with time on her hands to jot down observations, judgements, and musings about past and current events.

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