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Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos…

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos... Breathe... inhale. exhale... Where is the best place in the world for you to go to relax?  When I first read that question, I thought of all the usual places we run to when we need to relax; bed, retreats, saunas, pools, gardens, walking paths, and such. Then, I thought of all the things we do to ...

Black Flowers for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! In a matter of days, we will celebrate all things dark and creepy. So, in the spirit of Halloween, today’s blog post is dedicated to black flowers.Or more accurately, this post is about flowers that appear black, since truly black flowers do not exist in nature.”Black” flowers are actually the darkest, deepest shades of purple, maroon, brown or red. Black flowers are perfect for celebrating Halloween! They will add drama, mystery and elegance to your ...

Design Matters: Give Us A Break, Mate!

“The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture.” Jeff Smith Design Matters: Give Us A Break, Mate.... on those sheer pantyhose that rip and run. What popular design concepts would you to change if you could? Are there everyday items you wish to see improved? If you read my blog often, you’d know that I’m not one to vent or kvetch about much. There are things that annoy me, just like everyone else, but I usually ...

Exploding Vases!

Breaking things on purpose can be fun! You might even call it art. Just ask Martin Klimas, the photographer behind these explosive images! Martin is a German photographer known for his high-impact, visually stunning photographs. Steel balls were thrown at the ceramic vases to shatter them into fragments. And of course, every bit of the destruction was captured using high speed photography. The final image is one that showcases the beauty of the harmonious, still flowers, along with the chaotic, and almost ...

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

This is the big week.  The final preparations are being made and every last detail is being checked and rechecked for the big day.  The Royal Wedding is less than  four days away.  The world is engaged in all the activity that is leading up to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. While I am not glued to my television, I certainly can understand everyone latching onto a seemingly wonderful story. Cute couple that happen to be part of history. How ...

Top 10 Things You Don’t Want On Valentine’s Day

“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”  Author Unknown Happy Valentine’s Day 2014 – Dead Flowers are a no no Dead Flowers A Card With That Hoochie’s Name On It A Gift Addressed To Someone Else Cheap Chocolates In a Godiva Box A Souffle Or Anything That Doesn’t Rise Hot Lingerie that Doesn’t Fit Ella Fitzgerald – My Funny Valentine (High Quality – Remastered) Happy ...

Reflections: Memories Of Easter & Passover…

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” Henry Van Dyke Reflections: Memories Of Easter & Passover... Do you celebrate Easter and/or Passover? I was preparing a post on Easter when it occurred to me that this was also the week of Passover and that there are households around the world, like mine, where both are honored. Easter and Passover are ...

Thirty Years In Waiting

Most people visiting our home don’t notice it, not that I’m surprised. I myself am inclined to disregard these unless they are on a wall in a doctor’s office, behind a surgeon discussing how he is going to slice me open. Then I check to be sure the document didn’t come from the Caribbean, embossed with a picture of Bob Marley. I’m talking about college diplomas. I got to thinking about mine because a friend recently blogged that, while attending his ...

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 ...

Mother's Day and Spanish Coffee

I have no idea where I’m taking my eighty-seven year old mother for Mother’s Day this year. Last year was taxing, to say the least. When it comes to eating anything she didn’t prepare, Mom is as caution as Howard Hughes. She doesn’t like breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner unless it’s a slice of meat between two pieces of bread. She hates sauces or condiments, preferring cold meat served the “natural way.” When she says this I imagine meat brought ...

Brontosaurus Ribs

I recently saw an online statistic claiming that more than seventy percent of American families enjoyed prime rib for Christmas dinner. At Chatterbox Manor we did not have prime rib for Christmas dinner; instead we opted for Honey Baked Ham. Years ago shortly after we were married Mrs. Chatterbox decided to roast our first prime rib for Christmas. A few days before the holiday we drove to the grocery store and studied the meat behind the counter while waiting for the ...

Peculiar Picture #7

This is not a pipe. Something different; here’s one I didn’t create. It’s worth checking out. I was thinking about this painting the other day. It’s been reproduced on posters and bumper stickers so you might have seen it. You could have walked past without giving it a moment’s notice because it’s so deceptively simple. It was painted in the late twenties by a Belgian artist named Magritte. He called it The Treachery of Images, and the French words painted on the ...

Guest Post for Jon Acuff: Church Service Referees

Might Referees Find a Place in Church? I’m honored to have a guest post featured today on Jon Acuff’s site, www.stuffchristianslike.net. My satirical piece is titled Penalty Flags in the Church and was inspired by the NFL playoffs, which are underway. Here’s an excerpt, but you can read the entire piece by clicking HERE. ==================================== The Sabbath and professional football is a match made in heaven. For decades in this country, a growing majority of Americans have willingly adhered to the fourth commandment of ...

First Thought

I accept the fact that the human brain is an incredible device with a photographic memory, but I have my doubts when people claim they can recall their own births. I’m thinking about this because last night I had a peculiar dream. Actually, it wasn’t really a dream, it was a recollection of a situation that happened when I was six months old. But since I was asleep at the time I guess it technically qualifies as a dream. I’m a ...

Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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