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On the Rise of Nerds by C.C.Cole July 16, 2011

As a late-bloomer to the cyber-age, it’s finally occurred to me that the denigrating term used to describe un-beautiful, un-athletic, usually smart, badly dressed, socially awkward and glasses wearing people has now risen to a near-compliment:  nerd.  Twitter uses the term commonly to attract followers. Since I put on and wore my first pair of glasses in the third grade, I can relate to nerds on many levels.  I removed my spectacles with almost every school picture.  At the upper part ...

Get serious about getting social – TTN Yearbook 2011 – Cover Story

Get serious about getting social – TTN Yearbook 2011 – Cover Story

A couple of month ago, the folks from Travel & Tourism News Middle East approached me to discuss an article about social media in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries for the TTN 2011 Yearbook. The yearbook finally came out today and is being distributed with the TTN February edition. Here’s a preview of my cover story: Get serious about getting social - TTN Yearbook 2011 - Cover Story

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Brian Tracy I love the word for this week’s photo challenge – Forward. Forward is such a ...


“…and finally, this weekend’s prompt: As you know, Trifecta has a history of dedicating the entire month of October to Halloween.  We’re kicking it off early and easy with this prompt: You’ve found some old books.  On page 3 of one of the books, this illustration appears: - Give us the 33 words that follow this illustration.  What happens next?” When the moon is full… I don’t always stand waist-high in green goop, swallow fish whole and have a bobber dangling from my arm pit— but when I do, I roll like this. Artist ...

5 Famous Folks I Know (because of my blog)

If you’ve read The Daily ReTORt during the past few months, it’s difficult to hide the fact that I’m a HUGE fan and supporter of author, blogger, podcaster and nationally-sought speaker – Michael Hyatt. Michael is the former CEO and current board Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing – the seventh largest publishing house on the planet. Michael is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an individual whom I deeply respect. My friendship with Michael began from a series of ...

Hot Cross Buns – To Share with Friends

According to English folklore there are many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. My favorite superstition is accompanied by the rhyme… “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” Apparently, if you share a hot cross bun while saying the above words it is meant to ensure friendship throughout the coming year. This is my first attempt at making “Hot Cross Buns” so here’s to sharing them with all my blogging buddies… HaPpY eAsTeR! My first attempt at "Hot Cross Buns" Hot ...

Happy Birthday! / The Blog Is Five Years Old!

I have been blogging for five years this month and enjoying it a lot! And boy have those five years gone by quickly! I was still working back in 2007. And I was playing Lord of the Rings Online, drinking vodka and getting fat! Things certainly have changed a lot since then! Now I walk 8-10 miles every morning. And I don’t drink the Devil’s brew although a beer or two is definitely still in the pipeline. I’ve joined some meetup ...

5 Easy to Grow Holiday Plants

Winter can be a depressing time of the year, especially with the lack of sunshine and fresh flowers from the garden. But there is a silver lining in those dark, gloomy clouds! You can grow these holiday plants in the comfort of your home. Not only are these plants easy to grow, they will brighten up your home with a burst of colour! And they will improve your mood and relieve all the stress surrounding the holiday season! Grow one today! Here ...

Best Flowers to Give to Allergy Sufferers

Flowers are the perfect gift any occasion from birthdays to sympathy, lifting up spirits and bring joy and smiles all around! Everybody loves flowers! Well, actually that isn’t exactly true.  Flowers can be a source of suffering for some. Specifically, the pollen in some flowers can trigger annoying allergy symptoms of sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and more! That being said, there are many flowers that won’t trigger allergy symptoms. Generally speaking, the less scent a flower has, the less pollen it ...

My Bed of Flowers

I learned to garden from my mother who didn’t garden. She believed nature took care of that sort of thing. What didn’t find its way to blossom or fruit; of its own accord wasn’t meant to be. She raised me the same way. My personality, introverted, wary a sensitive willowy weeper, to her was as troublesome as an invasive species. My garden was born from sand. The first year I spent spring and summer digging holes, picking rocks, pulling roots, mixing soil and finally; planting sixty seven native New England perennials. Salty creative juices flowing from my ...

How to Extend the Vase Life of Your Valentine’s Roses

It’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Many of you probably received a beautiful, bouquet of red roses yesterday. After all, the red rose is the ultimate symbol of love and romance. As captivating as these flowers are, they don’t last as long as other fresh cut flowers. Roses typically last about 10 days. Some rose varieties will last longer than others, but given the proper care and conditions, they can last as long as 15 days. Here are some general tips ...

How To Change Your State For Success

How To Change Your State For Success

If being successful requires a positive attitude and a happy outlook on life, how might we achieve that for ourselves? Well it’s often about a change of state. We can do different things to help put us in a different head space. Here are some suggestions…. Begin by creating a place/space in your mind of rest and recuperation. Often we get creatively blocked because we have been trying too hard. Time to lighten up. Sometimes this can mean returning to a ...

What’s the Difference Between a Daylily and a Lily?

Repeat after me: A lily is not a daylily. A daylily is not a lily. While common flower names are a lot easier (and more fun!) to remember than the scientific names, they can be quite confusing. It’s no wonder the daylily and the lily are often mistaken to be the same flower. A daylily isn’t a type of lily. In fact, as any educated gardener or flower enthusiast will tell you, they don’t even belong to the same family. Even ...

Neutral with a Pop!

When does an interior designer turn into a kid in a candy store? When she walks into a room full of fabric swatches! Selecting fabrics and putting together a design color board for clients is one of my favorite things to do. It’s almost like being a child creating the perfect ice cream sundae…picking the right flavors, adding sprinkles, syrups, whip cream and then finishing it all off with a cherry on top. Of course, instead of ice cream and confections, ...

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Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

Lines that are not so Fine

Two Thoughts for Tuesday

Thought #1 – What is this “Fine Line” that people refer to as  being crossed…

Yesterday on my post  Over the Line I was talking about crossing the “invisible line” of what is acceptable for certain age groups to wear.  Not that we would melt into a puddle of goo, if we chose to put on too short of skirt or too high of heels (I know… even from here, I hear you screaming “what, what” …are you insane?… there is no such thing as too high of heels”.)  But here I am, thinking about all the “fine lines” that come into play in our lifetime.

There are those “damn lines” that some commercials call “fine” lines.  There isn’t anything fine about these…no nothing at all.  Those are actually the opposite of fine. UNFINE LINES

And there is the line that we cross without even being aware of it until….one day you are a MISS…the next day you are a MA’AM.

Then there is the “fine line” where the “powers-that-be” no longer ask you for this….

Now they want to see this:

Thought Number Two…Some possible lines you may want to tread cautiously over.

How many cats does it take you from being a  CAT LOVER to being a  CAT LADY?

How many extra pounds does it take to take you from being BIG BONED  to being FAT?
How much skin is exposed before SEXY becomes SLUTTY?
How much “couch surfing” do you do before your buds quit calling you a FRIEND  and now refer to you as a  FREELOADER?
How many CHILDREN can you have before you are a REALITY SHOW?  (at least 19 it would seem)
How many TRAFFIC TICKETS does it take before the local police force refer to your car as the DEATH-MOBILE?How many times did you color your hair before people quit asking “DOES SHE OR DOESN’T SHE?” and went right to  “SHE DEFINITELY DOES”?How many times do you offer “CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM” before you are known as a ‘TOTAL BITCH?

How many cosmetic procedures did you have done before it went from “OMG, YOU LOOK FABULOUS!” to “HAVE WE MET?”

So my blogee, friends, I ask you….what lines have you crossed??????

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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