Reflections: 2013 Redux

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley 2013 Redux – Collage of Blank Sketchbooks with Brad Paisley quote Before leaping into the new year, I’d like to revisit 2013; have a redux and review some of the challenges and successes I had.  According to Google’s 2013 Zeitgeist/Trends, a lot of newsworthy events happened this year, from Nelson Mandela to Paul Walker’s death, Boston Marathon bombings, Tesla, Twerking, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In  to  ...

Fun Flower Facts: Lilac

Scientific name: Syringa vulgaris (sir-IN-ga vul-GAH-ris)! Lilac is a genus of about 25 flowering deciduous trees native to southeastern Europe and eastern Asia. Trees range from a  height of  2m to 10m tall. (~6-10ft).  Lilacs are beloved flowers valued for their clusters of  strongly fragrant blooms. They are popular ornamental plants that can be found in public parks and gardens all around the world, as they are fast growing and don’t require much maintenance. In fact, less pruning will result in more ...

Buffaloed

In 2010 Mrs. Chatterbox and I made a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We arrived in the park in May, and while it was amazingly cold (all of the lakes were frozen) we had a great time. Aside from the marvelous scenery and remarkable geothermal activity, such as Old Faithful, it’s the animals that most tourists go to see. I remember traveling down a road and stopping because fellow tourists were leaping out of their cars to see a grizzly ...

Green – Travel Theme

I love following Ailsa’s travels and viewing her wonderful photographs and this week her theme is “Green”.  Read more here My selection is from close to home - my garden. It will never feature in Home and Garden;  it is a tennis court, soccer pitch, fairyland, petanque pitch, campsite and, if I get the chance, a relaxing spot to unwind with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and a favourite book! I just love the different shades of green that you can see, depending on the weather and ...

Featured Blogger: SoapBird – Our Chirp & MockingBird Soap

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 Featured Blogger: SoapBird – Our Chirp & MockingBird Soap Featured Blogger: SoapBird – MockingBird Soap Fun pack Norah aka SoapBird has been a blog buddy since the beginning of the year and stays incredibly busy with her gift soaps and body products business, MockingBird Soap Company, her blog, Our Chirp, and other nonprofit fundraising and volunteering projects. ...

Go Green with your bath mat?

An innovative idea by designer Nguyen La Chanh is good for the environment, good for the bathroom and good for you too! This Eco-friendly bath mat is made from moss, yes that’s right, real live, living moss! Introducing the “Larosée”. When you step out of the tub or shower the water that drips off your body waters the moss, combine that with the steam from your bathroom and the moss mat has all the moisture it needs to survive. Incredibly soft to ...

Musings: Ten Tips For A Saner Life…

“He was saner than anyone — he had fallen out of the world of illusion: love, interesting work, hope for the future.” John Gardner Musings: Ten Tips For A Saner Life… Keep wheel of emotional ups/downs in check. Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Auguries of Innocence by William Blake (1757–1827)via bartleby.com TO see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. I can’t believe we ...

Guest Post: Top UK Autumn and Winter Flowering Plants

Today, you are in for a treat! It is the first time we have featured a guest blog post on FunFlowerFacts.com! As some of you know, we have been writing our own blog posts about flowers and plants for the past few years. So we were extremely excited when someone across the pond contacted us about wanting to write a guest post!  Hope you enjoy this blog post as much as we have reading it! (We’ve added some minor edits, our ...

A Memorable Date Night With My Daughters

Our two girls on our “date” last night One of the best books I read shortly after the birth of our oldest daughter – nearly 11 years ago – was titled What a Difference a Daddy Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Dad Leaves on His Daughter’s Life by Dr. Kevin Lehman. I found this book to be very insightful and helpful as a new father. The most important lesson this book taught me was the crucial role that the opposite gender parent plays ...

Halloween Fun With Cleverbot....

Halloween Q&A with an AI Twist Several months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here's the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Celebrating Labor Day with Cleverbot. Since today is Halloween, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot's take on this ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 30

The arrival of our new baby boy is approximately 10 weeks away and we’re thrilled as the due date draws near. Our son continues to grow and seems to have some sort of 24/7 dance party going on in my wife’s uterus because he is constantly moving! Perhaps he’s piping in dance tracks from some international-techno- rave party DJ such as Armin van Burren or Teisto! Regardless, he’d give that creepy dancing baby from Ally McBeal a run for the money. Here’s the latest developmental ...

Water Safety Rules: the Baptismal Tank

Do Baptismal Tanks Need Lifeguards? During college, I was a lifeguard at the YMCA's indoor pool near the campus. It was a great gig! I didn't have to worry about riptides, jellyfish, barrier reefs, tidal surge or any of the other challenges that "real water" lifeguards who worked bays or oceans had to deal with daily. Don't get me wrong, I had all the required training, swimming and safety skills needed to do the job including the requisite whistle - complete with lanyard ...

The Story of Three Vases

Here’s a guest post from writer, Lynn Mosher who writes unique devotionals over on her blog http://lynnmosher.com/. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: “God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain.” ~unknown “Here comes a prospective customer,” whispered the cut-glass vase to the porcelain vase. “She’ll pick me. I’m the prettiest and I can tell she likes the best of everything,” the hand-painted porcelain vase muttered haughtily. “You’re just cheap ol’ ...

CNN iReport: My Chuck Colson Tribute

Tomorrow is a public memorial service for Watergate figure and prisoner-rights advocate Chuck Colson. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote that’s featured today on CNN iReport. =========================== There are two things that well-mannered, civil individuals are never to bring up in mixed conversation – politics and religion. Former White House aide, convicted felon and founder of the non-profit Prison Fellowship, Charles (Chuck) Colson, apparently missed that particular Miss Manners’ lesson and created a legacy that masterfully blended those seemingly antithetic topics. Colson’s legacy ...

Happy Independence Day Weekend

Image: nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Happy Independence Day and weekend to my fellow citizens of the USA! For your holiday enjoyment I have put together (1) a brief but challenging trivia quiz and (2) a book recommendation for the occasion. Answers to the quiz are provided after the book recommendation. As a special bonus this holiday weekend I’m also including, via the menu-tab above called “July 4 Tribute,” the full text of Longfellow’s poem about our Mr. Paul Revere’s ride. Trivia Quiz What thirteen ...

Treasure Haunting

Today I’m packing my bags and heading back to my home town of Worcester Massachusetts for a week. I left there in 1989 with my husband and children, and although I’ve returned for the occasional visit; I miss it. This is where my history began and the people who I shared that history with still lives. My mind is bulging with all sorts of thoughts and expectations. I’m working on my second novel and I’m hoping to do some ...

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Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox
November 11, 2012, 10:17 am

Peculiar Picture #17

To my knowledge, this illustration from my royalty free CD Business Fundamentals has never been used.

Years ago I sat in my studio imagining what sort of illustrations art directors could use. Altogether, I created sixty images for my CD and I still receive royalty checks. Most of these illustrations have made their way into books and magazines around the world, but this one has yet to be published.

Can you think of a purpose for this picture?

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Hope to see you there.

Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox

Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox

Visit Stephen Hayes’ blog Chubby Chatterbox for excerpts from Hayes’ memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope, a collection of observations about growing up in the Fifties, Sixties and beyond. The Chubby Chatterbox is an unabashedly sentimental journey seen through the eyes of an artist, traveler and world-class screw-up.

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