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50 Shades Of Vice: A Haiku

“The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.” William Hazlitt 50 Shades Of Vice: A Haiku Dante’s seven deadly vices: Pride/vanity, Envy/jealousy, Wrath/anger, Sloth/laziness, Avarice, Gluttony, LustIbn abi Dunya seven censures: Worldliness, Ire, Envy,Slander, Obscenity, Intoxicants, Instruments of pleasure The Sarvāstivāda 108 Defilements = 98 proclivities and 10 bonds: Absence of shame, Absence of embarrassment, Jealousy, Parsimony, Remorse,Drowsiness, Distraction, Torpor, Anger, Concealment of wrongdoingFoolishness Fussiness Glumness Gluttony Greed Grouchiness Grumpiness Hastiness Hatred Haughtiness Heartlessness Hedonism ...

Amazing Pumpkin Carvings Featuring Flowers!

Happy Halloween! To celebrate the occasion, here are some of the most amazing pumpkin carvings featuring flowers! Photo Credit: Flickr Photo Credit: diynetwork.com Photo credit: Flickr Photo from romanticideasinlife.wordpress.com Photo credit: designspongeonline.com Photo Credit: Flickr photo from smartcanucks.ca

Stranger than Fiction

Every week I look through all of the news outlets looking for the crazies that make most of us look sane...well let's say, saner. AND each week I tell myself "it just can't get any crazier than this" but then it does.  This week was no exception. Have you all been following the Goat Man story out of Utah? Goat Nuts Utah authorities are working to identify a man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the ...

I Believe: A Haiku…

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
” William James I Believe: A Haiku I believe we need A love touch … appreciation Like the morning sun He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus I Believe: A Haiku I believe we get What is ordained for each one As night turns to day “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or ...

London Police Gives Flowers to Victims of Crime

As any florist will tell you, a bouquet of flowers is the perfect gift for any occasion. Anniversaries, Birthdays, Congratulations, just to name a few. And for some people, flowers can even say “I am sorry you were robbed.” In London, UK, the police send bunches of flowers to victims of burglaries and mugging cases that are unlikely to be solved. In London last year, only 6,795 out of 55,693 burglaries were solved, a 12% success rate. According to The Sunday ...

One Year Later and It's Much Different Now

In my initial article, Let Go of Fear and Hit Publish, I shared my fall 2012 plunge into double depression that led me to the ultimate crossroad on New Year's Eve of 2013. Now, one year later I find myself coming to new important crossroads. It's much different now as the meditation and Bikram yoga combined with numerous other healthy practices are really part of my on going routine. I slip into bad stretches here and there but that's going to happen. The difference ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows…

“Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.” Jean Houston Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... brightly lit windows on a Frank Gehry designed building, NYC Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... nighttime window glimpses from Eglise saint Etienne Le Veiux, France Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... In Caen Cathedral in France Like the eyes, windows give us an opening through which we can see or retreat from the ...

St. Patrick’s Day With Cleverbot

Holidays provide a great reason to have a discussion with Cleverbot. What’s Cleverbot you ask? Cleverbot, is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining…especially when discussing holiday traditions and history. Here’s the most recent interview I had with this bastion of A.I. idiocy: An MLK Day Chat With Cleverbot Below, ...

Help Pick My Next Book Cover!

I’m in the final stages of finishing my third e-book that will be titled something like 101 Text Messages Your Teenager Does NOT Want You to Know. The inspiration for the book came from the popularity and overwhelming feedback I received on a series of blog posts I’ve written for The Daily ReTORt regarding various texting phrases that parents need to know. During that series for this blog, I’ve shared 40 troubling text phrases. I’ve since found another 61 that I’ll share in ...

The Vision of Faith

This past weekend I saw a powerful locker room speech delivered by NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano. The set-up for the video below is important – so bear with me. In January, Pagano took over the leadership roll of the hapless Colts who managed to win only two games last season and lost 14. Their star quarterback Peyton Manning sat on the bench recovering from a series of neck surgeries. During the off-season, the Colts traded Manning and recruited college ...

Every Parent Can Relate to This…..

This time of year, filled with resolutions and new leaves turned over,  signifies fresh starts, new beginnings and focused priorities for the year. Interestingly, the Chinese New Year recently began as well and was accompanied by this emotionally charged video that focuses on the role of family in our lives. No matter where you live and what language you speak, all families go through struggles and often times we hurt the ones we love the most. Question: Are there relationships in your immediate or extended ...

Angry Birds: 10 Games That Didn't Make the Cut

Blockbuster game "Angry Birds" I don't understand the game Angry Birds. I've never played it but virtually everybody I know does - I don't get it. At its core, the game pelts suicidal birds at shoddily constructed buildings in the hopes that the structures will collapse on and kill green pigs that are inside. Could you imagine the public outcry if any part of that scenario was actually true? As inhumanly cruel as it sounds, that's the premise that was approved, designed and ...

5 Things About Your Dad...

My dad in his 20's Heading into Father's Day, I wanted to open the blog for tributes to our dads.  Below are five statements that you can complete in the comment section if you'd like - pick one or all - but let us know what makes your dad great! My dad passed away suddenly several years ago and I still miss him today. If your father is still alive make sure you finish these statements below and tell him what he ...

French Estate by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes

I was recently invited to a magazine launch party for Estate Life Magazine, which was held at a gorgeous 3-story French estate home constructed by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes. After touring the home, I knew its design had to be shared! Not only is the artistry of the house simply stunning, but at over 14,000 square feet, the design possibilities are almost limitless. I could go on and on, but it’s truly pictures and not words that are the star of ...

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Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

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 yet..it’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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