Standing On Ceremony

I was so excited I felt like I was about to turn inside out. Mrs. Chatterbox and I were about to see the Pope, not that the Pope was the main attraction that Easter Morning in 1976, not for me anyway: I was there to see Saint Peter’s Basilica—in particular Michelangelo’s breathtaking dome. As a kid I’d read The Agony and the Ecstasy four times and now I was about to see this marvel with my very own eyes. Visiting the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Begins with a kind word. Children at play Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…. Man and his devoted dog. Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship… Play ball… two teens. Friendship by Alexander Pushkin What’s friendship? The hangover’s faction, The gratis talk of outrage, Exchange by vanity, inaction, Or bitter shame of patronage. via famouspoetsandpoems In a harsh world with its many ups and downs, friendship is a much needed lifeline.  We cultivate all sorts of friendships; some lasting and others temporary. ...

Burgie The Carpet King

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with my thwarted childhood quest for a dog. As a kid I was never permitted to have pets unless they were small enough to flush down the toilet once I’d loved them to death, but I was chummy with most of the neighborhood canines. One dog that left his mark on my childhood was Burgie the Carpet King. Burgie was a bug-eyed bulldog with a head shaped like a jack-o-lantern. He belonged to the ...

Research Discovers Flower Petals have Sticky Coating for Bees!

Researchers found that the surface of petals are similar to Velcro, which is useful for bees, Picture Courtesy of www.pravda.ru not letting go with the wind… For a long time, scientists have known that the petals of most flowering plants (angiosperms) have cone-shaped cells that are not found anywhere else in the plant. Researchers now report that this miniature scenery serves like a surface of Velcro, to which pollinating bees adhere. This feature is particularly useful when the wind starts blowing hard. Read More: http://english.pravda.ru/science/earth/21-06-2012/121450-flowers_bees-0/

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall…

“A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” Thomas Jefferson On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Ignore the no white rule... live! On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... capture the colors of falling foliage Labor Day Weekend  is a time to shift gears from the summer of surf and sand fun to a return to work and the impending fall season. It sets the tone serving us notice ...

Presidents’ Day: 44 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln Presidents’ Day: Seal Of the President Inspirational Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. George Washington Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of ...

Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos…

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos... Breathe... inhale. exhale... Where is the best place in the world for you to go to relax?  When I first read that question, I thought of all the usual places we run to when we need to relax; bed, retreats, saunas, pools, gardens, walking paths, and such. Then, I thought of all the things we do to ...

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 ...

My Favorite Part of Being a Dad

The kiddos and me on a fall hayride One of my favorite things about being a dad is experiencing the myriad of “first” with our kids. Whether it’s the first laugh, word, step, Christmas or first day of school – they are all precious moments that truly add meaning to life. Here’s the lasted in a constant string of “firsts” from our four-month old son  T.J.   Question: What’s a favorite first your family has celebrated?

BGI Selected an HGTV Pro Network Designer

We are excited and honored to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors has been selected as an HGTV Pro Network Designer! As an HGTV-featured designer, our work will be highlighted in the new Designers Showcase section on HGTV and through Pro Galleries on HGTVRemodels. Here’s just a glimpse at some of our designs shown to date! Cozy Classic Kitchen boasts a show-stopping island, timeless cabinetry, deep granite countertops and a butler’s pantry equipped with a coffee station. Glamorous Transitional Bathroom features slate tile with ...

Me & the Moon

Have you seen the moon lately? That luminous sphere who reflects the sun’s light; for he hasn’t a light of his own. The moon; whose presence inspires howling and kisses, floods and poetry; gazing silently earthward, spotlighting our deeds and dreams, keeping our secrets, making no judgments. Twirling, yet going no where, he is chained to his course; a muted witness whose face pales as our silent tears fall, and blushes pink with desire as lovers fold into each other’s arms, ...

Am I a Bad Son???

My Mom's Favorite Cookies Driving into work this morning, I heard a commercial on the radio to order flowers for Mother’s Day which is this coming Sunday.  I immediately made a mental note to order flowers for both my wife – who’s the mother of our two girls – and for my mother-in-law. My own mother didn’t even cross my mind. The reason being is that she died in a car crash more than six years ago. When I see that in ...

7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict

Over the weekend I found out that an article I submitted to RELEVANT Magazine was published. My original submission was titled 7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict but was truncated down to How to Fight Well. Here's an excerpt from my piece: ==================================== Anytime that two people commit to each other, there will inevitably be disagreements. For instance, it’s very likely that before “the Fall” the first marriage in Eden was truly one of wedded bliss. Yet according to the Bible account, their ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 8

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 to win the most recent iteration of the contest a few weeks ago. The competition was tough – so I had one of our longhair, Ragdoll cats walk around the caption entries I had laid out on the floor and the entry that she regurgitated a hairball on would be the winner! That lucky winner was Ken Hagerman see his caption below. “I told you I didn’t want ...

Where Would You Get Advice???

We’re awash in an ocean of experts. You can’t flick on a cable news or daytime-talk show without seeing some expert chatting about child psychology, reducing personal debt, losing weight, the political climate, global warming…etc. Whether It's Black Diamond Skiing or plumbing - sometimes you need an expert Don’t get me wrong, I love a good expert!  When I used to be a news reporter, building and fostering a strong network of quality experts was an important part of the job.  You needed someone to help place the events ...

Ten Rules for Book Club Success

Do you belong to a book club, or are you thinking of starting one? I love the suggestions in a short piece yesterday in the Washington Post, referring to the “Third Tuesday Book Club.” First there is a list of books the club has enjoyed most over fifty years. Following that list are ten rules for book club success. The rules are wonderful. Click here to read them. What’s your favorite rule? Hard to pick, isn’t it, but I’ll have to ...

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Alan - tbaoo
May 11, 2011, 5:51 am

let the battle begin

i have just watched the most amazing linkage of all things dear to my heart .. from the master of the universe, stephen colbert. if he runs for president .. he’ll have my vote. if you live in america catch the latest pirates of the caribbean on the 20th of may, and then get your affairs in order …. if you’re having one keep going, if you haven’t one, start having one and then prepare for the end of the world on the 21 of may ..

oh well it’s been fun, goodbye, goodnight for now, give me a call ( collect ) if you want an affair.

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oops, the clip fell off .. here it is, you beauty !!

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