Small World

Mrs. Chatterbox and I flew from Portland to Sacramento to visit our oldest friends a few months after my dad unexpectedly died in 2008. Our friends didn’t have room to put us up so we checked into a nearby hotel. The next morning our friends were picking us up and treating us at their favorite breakfast spot. While waiting for them to arrive I heard a conversation on the far side of the lobby. Three seniors were seated in leather chairs ...

Flowers & Fashion: Celebrity Edition!

Happy Fashion Friday!! 2012 was the year of the floral prints! Celebrities are just like us! They like their floral prints just as much as the rest of us. Here are some of my favourite looks. Actress Katie Holmes in floral jeans from: instyle.com Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in a floral skirt from: peoplestylewatch.com Actress Jessica Alba in a floral blazer from: instyle.com First lady Michelle Obama in floral dress from: nydailynews.com Supermodel Miranda Kerr in floral sundress from: Instyle.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge…

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Norman Maclean Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora with the river and more… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora flames, a river and a NY sunset… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Nature meets nurture… Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… nature and a river running through it. As serendipity would have it, I was playing around, creating merged images with pixlr express early this week and found it quite easy to use. I wanted to place ...

Haiku: The Early Years…

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust Haiku: The Early Years… the world is a book This is not page three Early years, part idyllic Spent buried in books… Curled up in a corner of my dad’s office, I entered the magical world of books. There, I found the sunny parts and the missing parts of my life; a world that made more sense. In this post I share snippets ...

Extraordinary Art: By Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…

“The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts,  But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by the ferocity of animals.” Rumi Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…Black Hands with the Light Signs  via Visionet Flickr Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…  Bimba by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… Blue Sangat by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi They want to know from women, Are you spiritual or sexual? People wonder about Solomon and all his wives, In the body ...

Reflections: Simplify In September…

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau Reflections: Simplify In September… Welcome the new moon Reflections: Simplify In September… Taken from behind a tree September sneaks by In search of earth tones and shades Gold, bronze, rust and rose… August had so much packed into it that when the month ended, many were too spent to breathe a sigh of relief. But, as with ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset…

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.”  Mahatma Gandhi Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset... NYC Sunset... I love sunsets even though I used to wonder how photographers captured them.  Whenever I saw a magnificent sunset, I would sit in awe and watch it till it faded away. Sunset are mysterious and deep; often strewn with myriad colors ranging from ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power Of Threes

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power of Threes Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Is a Trend… When I read this week’s challenge, the first thing that crossed my mind was the Holy Trinity and the power that is invested in that triangle. As I was thinking of what to feature, I started looking through my pictures and noticed that for New York Fashion Week, which ended on the 18th, the number three was ...

Book Review: Cinderella Ate My Daughter - Peggy Orenstein

If you've read this blog for any stretch of time you know that my wife and I are the parents of two girls ages nine and seven respectively. As such, they are prime targets for the Disney marketing machine. By that, anything princess-esque in nature (a.k.a. frilly, pink, sparkly) that can be purchased is pushed at them, or rather at us as parents, to acquire as economic surrogates. For years, I've been guilty of quelling the "nag factor" that Disney triggers ...

Renting Textbooks … Is It for You (and Yours)?

Digital art by Idea go The most expensive textbook I had to purchase in college cost $29, if memory serves. I think on average I was probably spending about $15 per book, so the most expensive one was about twice the normal cost. In the late 1960’s it was a jaw-dropping amount. The shock of it was good for at least a week of conversations with other students before other topics took over, like which fraternity party to go to the ...

Book Review: Stuff Christians Like - by Jon Acuff

I discovered author, speaker, blogger Jon Acuff in reverse. I came upon his most recent book Quitter while perusing some of the finance and debt reduction publications by Dave Ramsey, whom Acuff currently works for. Quitter is a semi-professional autobiography that chronicles the author's journey from his day job as an online copywriter to his dream job as a best-selling author and speaker. When I read it, I thought the book was inspired and would likely strike a nerve that many ...

Our Pregnancy Update – week 17

Baby at 17 weeks gestational age - image courtesy of BabyCenter.com 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 ...

Time Travel for the Imagination

The other day I walked over to the Post Office to mail a copy of my family biography/memoir The Cleveland Rutters to a widowed friend of my deceased parents. I haven’t seen this man for well over forty or even fifty years, since I was a teenager at most. At that time I would only have called him Mr. K__, certainly not by his first name, as I had just now done in the cover note to him. I never ...

Ask The Brit... Anything British!

Ask the Brit 002... Wedding Bells By Kris English Friday dawned a beautiful day defying a forecast of rain and for one famous couple it was due to be a special day. Prince William and Kate Middleton got married Friday to a worldwide audience of a few billion people. For British citizens it was a proud moment. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged onto the balcony in a picture that was hauntingly reminiscent of Dianna’s marriage to Prince Charles. Kate Middleton looked ...

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 ...

Creative Book Promotions

Author Jennifer Miller promotes “The Year of the Gadfly” with a Novelade Stand A friend of mine alerted me to this most wonderful book promo idea, a “novelade” stand! Read the short article (which begins with a tweet) by clicking here. Sometimes–not often enough–books are used to promote other things. Click here for a unique case of hotel promotion using a particular book. Here’s a truly creative book trailer, for a book titled Goodbye for Now. Coming in November 2012 is the movie of ...

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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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