Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET…

“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.” Henry David Thoreau Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET... Loss opens the door to memories of what could have been... Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET... for the unknown soldier... Definition of REGRET: To mourn the loss or death of: to miss very much: to be very sorry for: to experience regret Merrian-Webster Dictionary Top 5 ...

2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Brilliant! It was this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower show theme, but it also how most people thought about the event. The show that took place this past week from March 2-10, was innovative, beautiful and extraordinary. In other words, it was brilliant. The British-inspired exhibits were the stars of the show, which celebrated Britain’s iconic landmarks and icons with a contemporary twist. One of the first things people saw were the showstopping Royal Gates, which were made of clear tubes and ...

Reflections: A Helping Hand…

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: A Helping Hand… The harpist‘s hand Hariprasad Chaurasia – Raag Shivanjali I’ve been thinking about hands lately… As all those brilliant posts on “Hands,” for the photo challenge, fly through the blogosphere, we get a moment to reflect on the ...

A pool with a view

This was the view from our holiday house in Majorca. It was breathtaking, the blue of the pool stretching out towards the blue of the bay below. The weather was gorgeous, such a lovely change to what we had left behind at home and we all looked forward to enjoying both the pool and the sunshine for the next seven days of our family holiday. Unfortunately, my baby granddaughter was taken ill with a virus on the first day we were there. The ...

On Fire: The Stylish Afro Blew Up In My Face…

“All things, oh priests, are on fire . . . The eye is on fire; forms are on fire; eye-consciousness is on fire; impressions received by the eye are on fire.” Buddha On Fire: The Stylish Afro rocks.... Ms. Hill Back in the days when sporting a huge Afro was not just a fashion statement but a sign of political defiance, I nursed a funky/kinky head of  hair to an impressive fuzzy Afro; the size of a basketball. My Afro was ...

Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life…

“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the postmortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.”  Carl Sandburg Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... May your bucket be full of adventure... Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... Go skydiving... ♥ Travel around the world; visit all the newly designated Wonders ...

Fun Flower Facts: Zinnia

Zinnias are brightly coloured flowers belonging to the Asteraceae family, where other members include asters, daisies, and sunflowers. Flowers vary in size, with diameters ranging from one inch to seven inches. They also vary in form; they might have a single, semi-double or double layers of petals. The zinnia is a hot-climate plant native to South America and southwestern United States. Zinnias are popular fresh cut flowers and are valued for their long stems and brightly-coloured blooms. Cut flowers should last ...

Reflections: Stormy Weather and Good Times…

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin Reflections: Stormy Weather and Good Times... beauty in thunder & lightning in Madeira It’s been raining all day, on and off,  in my neck of the woods and my children assure me the weather will be this way all week. I don’t mind the rains as I have lots of good memories ...

Imagining John's Independence Day

I sat at John’s bedside; his face was graveyard gray, and sagging like the worn planks of a condemned house. In his youth John was a capable navigator for the Royal Dutch Navy. It was 1940, and John was home for a short furlough with his parents when the German army tore the front doors from the hinges of his sleepy village. It was a home invasion of massive proportions, disrupting checker games, and Sunday suppers, trampling well-tended lives underfoot, ...

10 Tips to Dating over 30

I’ve been at this a few years. I’ve tried online dating and dating friends of friends. I’ve tried dating people I’ve known for years and people I’ve just met. I’ve learned a lot from the experience, including that just because he says he’ll call doesn’t mean he will (Yes, I realize perhaps that should have been obvious). So here are some of my insights in case they help any of you who find yourselves dating during the years when some cultures relegate ...

A Royal Spoof of the Royal Wedding

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Until the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs this past Sunday – the biggest news of the weekend was the Royal Wedding. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never really understood the world’s fascination with British Royalty (or any type of royalty for that matter).  From a historical perspective, most kingships came into being by oppression and exploitation of uneducated peasantry, intrigue, murder and theft. One of the primary reasons that Henry VIII seceded from the Catholic ...

Rumors of Pleasure

Christmas has come, and although her birthday has passed, her perfume still lingers. The tree and trimmings seem a bit rumpled, like a lover waking after a stirring night of romance. Her slightly tousled branches inspire rumors of pleasure; tinsel litters the floors, scattered like clothing tossed during a playful striptease… candy canes on the lampshade. Oh my! She tells me that she’ll be leaving soon. I cry a little and then I try convincing her to stay, but in my ...

Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the “merry” into Christmas. What can we say? We’re on the nice list! Glass Horn Magnifying Glass. Priced at $14.99; www.worldmarket.com.  Midas Coaster, set of 4. Priced from $19.80; www.zgallerie.com. En ...

The Most Inspiring Video You’ll See Today…

Random image of inspiring "artist" Jeff Harris - via his site jeffharris.org As background, for the past 12+ years,  photographer Jeff Harris has been snapping one photo of himself each and every day. However, highlights of his photo montage (captured in the video below) are truly unique compared to the tired “self-portrait-a-day” genre. Harris purposed to make every image unique, active, provocative, artistic – plus a host of other adjectives – with the sole intent of maximizing every picture. Here’s a quote from Harris who was ...

Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!

Teacher: “Okay class, put down your pens. We're going to have an oral pop quiz! Who can define the meaning of living an authentic life?” Oooo! Oooo! Oooo! I feel like a kid raising my hand with the right answer. When I get full of something you know it’s going to overflow into my writing. So, here goes…. I am my authentic self and I am living an authentic life. It’s a funny term when you think of it…authentic self, authentic life. ...

10 Lessons Learned at the Quitter Conference…

This weekend I attended the 2nd Quitter Conference held in Nashville, Tennesee. It’s the conceptual brainchild of nationally bestselling author, speaker and blogger Jon Acuff who shares ideas on a variety of topics including marketing, social media, faith, inspiration and chasing your dream. It was an incredible event overall and here are 10 tongue-in-cheek lessons I learned – many of which will only make sense to attendees: 10. The swag was so awesome this year that it could only be topped by a ...

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Grace and Poise on a Book Tour

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Lily King taught a week-long class I took in 2011 at the Stonecoast Writers Conference offered by the University of Southern Maine. (I blogged about it here and here.) Her students loved her. She shared personal pieces of herself alongside the professional, such that we could understand this important concept: Neither writing nor a life of writing is easy for anyone, but if it’s what you want to do, it’s yours to …

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Guest Blog: 3 Best Summer Flowers for Gardening

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The summer heat forces us to use tough and sturdy perennials in our garden, capable of withstanding the long and scorching days ahead. Thankfully though, these perennials can be quite gorgeous and colorful as well, like the following ones on our list that you can benefit from planting in your garden: Moonbeam Threaded Coreopsis, Red Valerian Flower and the Goblin Blanket Flower… …

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Mixing Colours Yellows

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What you need to know about yellow before you start mixing colours. Cadmium Yellow (Hidden Orange) This Orange biased Yellow is opaque and contains a large amount of Orange. When you compare it to a Green biased Yellow you can definitely see the Orange colour within it. Even though Cadmium Yellow is also from the cadmium heavy metal family, it’s toxicity is so low as to hardly register and …

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The Knead for Success (In Life or Dough)

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You are the baker of your ideas; you are the yeast and the sponge from which all elasticity rises. If you choose, you can stretch and fold or slap and punch your way though any obstacles. You will know when your plan becomes the texture of your earlobe that guaranteed rewards wait just outside the oven of completion. However, if you simply loaf, you may find your outcome to be lame and bland …

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Gardening Inspirational Quotes

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“If you have a Plant and a Garden, you have everything you need.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero “Gardening is not a rational act.” –Margaret Atwood “The Love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” –Gertrude Jekyll albertawildrose “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” -May Sarton …

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We’ll Meet Again

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I have been AWOL for a few weeks, I hope some of you have missed me… I have been busy working on a tender document which has proved much more difficult than I ever imagined when agreeing to do it. I mean, three weeks of my life is too much to spend on writing something that I didn’t enjoy. It has been submitted now, at 11.45 am to be precise so I’m free now to write something I do enjoy enormously… …

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Whats Killing Our fruit Trees?

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What’s killing our peach and cherry trees? That’s the question I asked myself when we were at our farm late last March and I noticed our peach and cherry trees were under a lot of stress. With me just learning to be a farmer I had no idea what it could be. So when we went home I started researching online and found the most likely culprit was the Peach Tree Bore. When we went back to the farm again in May I …

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