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Photos: Empire State Building In Successive Iteration

“He may be more potent than any other man. The damnable iteration day after day of earnest conviction wears like the dropping of the water upon the stone.” William Thomas Stead Empire State In Color collage EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN BW COLLAGE A few years ago, I took my first shot of the Empire State Building. Then, last fall, I noticed that part of it juts out near a building by the Church I attend in Manhattan and so I took another one. ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Series of Shadows…

"Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter’s day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!” Charles Dickens Pike Place Market Like the changing weather, our lives have their share of sunlight and shadows. Some might see the shadows as those dark nights of ...

Inspiration: A Few Favorite Things…

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault Inspiration: A Few Favorite Things… Orange silk cat – not entirely but read the post The orange silk cat was a gift from my sister, way back in grade school. It now occupies a shelf in one of my twins rooms. Inspiration: A Few Favorite Things… Virgin Mary with child The plastic Virgin Mary with child was bought at a flea market when I ...

8 Delicious Chrysanthemum Recipes

Although chrysanthemums are generally available all year round, they are most popular in the fall. Chrysanthemums of all colours, sizes and forms are available. Not only do these bright and colourful flowers brighten up and beautify homes and gardens everywhere, the flowers and leaves are also edible. They are often used in Chinese cuisines, in both savoury and sweet dishes, to add a delicate, floral taste. Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in soups, teas, desserts and entrees. That being said, the ...

What is Companion Planting?

Just like human beings, plants also have friends and enemies. For some reason or other, some plants seem to grow best when in the company of certain plants. Companion planting is the act of deliberately growing plants together in a close proximity to create a mutually beneficial relationship that encourages plants to grow and stay healthy, while deterring harmful pests. In addition, plants can help each other provide nutrients in the soil, offer protection from the elements and attract beneficial pests ...

Is That Fair?

We're back!!!! From where you ask? Well... Every year we go back to my husband's family farm for a week. We always plan a trip back to our farm in the month of July, so we are there during the time of the Iroquois County Fair.  It gives us a chance to see a lot of people in one place. Plus our little grandsons get a chance to ride some rides and eat a lot of fair food AKA junk.  ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

“The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm; Geometry and anguish.” Federico Garcia Lorca Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Thank you all for your heartwarming messages… I can’t begin to express my gratitude to each of you… We still don’t have power or internet access , but, at least, the two huge trees that fell on our power-lines have been moved and, hopefully, we ...

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), bless them, has given their own version of a thumbs-up to my book The Cleveland Rutters. An organization of volunteers, established in 1976, MBR is among the very few established review sources to include self-published authors alongside books published by small presses and academic presses. The organization is “committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing.” (Visit their website to get a feel for how MBR operates.) When I was a small press ...

Share Your Favorite Vacation Memory

This week we're vacationing with some dear friends whom we've known for more than 20 years. We've rented a lake house and have had a great time boating, tubing, swimming, hiking and all the other water-related activities associated with lake life. While this is the first time we've ever vacationed with another family, our kids play well together and there's an aura of ease that surrounds the other parents, which makes everything very relaxing - this certainly won't be our last ...

4 Tips to Help Your College Kids Cope

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Je_suis_le_morse This is a guest post from Mariana Ashley who’s a blogger and freelance writer for www.onlinecolleges.net. She offers advice for choosing the perfect online program for prospective students and parents, welcoming comments at [email protected] If you’d like to write for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ====================== Heading into the New Year, colleges across the nation are reporting a rise in mental health cases. Depression leads the pack of campus diagnoses (along with allergies and other common ailments), and ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 18

Baby at week 18 - courtesy of BabyCenter.com As I’ve written about before, my wife and I are thrilled to be expecting our third child (whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino”) in June of this year and this week marks the 18th week of gestational or developmental age for Junior. I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of our baby while he/she sublets my ...

12 Rules for Every Family

Every Friday and Saturday, there's an Amish farmers' market that occupies a large storefront at a local plaza near our home.  We visit a couple times a month to shop for produce and other goods. During a recent tour of homespun products from the residents of Lancaster County, PA we saw this sign titled "Family Rules" that my wife and I loved - it's pictured here as it's currently hanging in our home. Just in case the image quality isn't that great ...

7 Questions With an Author: Bryan Allain

7 Questions With an Author: Bryan Allain

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Bryan Allain. A blogger since 2001, Bryan writes daily doses of nonsense and inspiration at BryanAllain.com, while also providing coaching and resources to bloggers at KillerTribes.com. His writing has appeared in print in RELEVANT Magazine and COLLIDE Magazine and online at Stuff Christians Like, The Burnside Writers Collective, and The Daily Beast. He ...

New Law Will Break the Internet if Passed

Image courtesy of Fer Gregory via Compfight I like the Internet. It allows me a growing forum to express my thoughts and opinion as well as discover those of others. It also allows me to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones. However, there is a troubling piece of legislation that’s being considered for quick passage in Congress that will change the way the Internet works and how we engage with it. Check out this brief video that explains the ...

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Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox

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?

Note: This site will be closing soon and moving to chubbychatterbox.com/blog.

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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