Weekly Photo Challenge: Family…

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” Confucius Weekly Photo Challenge: Family... Identical Twin Brothers w/ a friend When we think of family, we often look to our immediate connections and start our definitions from that vantage ...

Reflections: A Moment Of Happiness…

“It is Love that brings happiness to people. It is Love that gives joy to happiness.” Rumi Reflections: A Moment Of Happiness… Whirling dervishes. A Moment Of Happiness by Rumi A moment of happiness, you and I sitting on the verandah, apparently two, but one in soul, you and I. We feel the flowing water of life here, you and I, with the garden’s beauty and the birds singing. The stars will be watching us, and we will show them what it is to be a thin crescent moon. You and I ...

Origami: Fall Flowers Edition

One of top searched terms on our flower blog is “origami flower.” For those that don’t know, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative forms, such as flowers, animals and geometric shapes.We think it’s because people love flowers so much and they want them to last forever since fresh flowers eventually die! But on the other hand, paper flowers will last indefinitely! Plus, they are a lot of fun to make! Now that fall is just around the corner, ...

The World’s Shiniest Plant, the Pollia Condensata

What’s small, blue, shiny and not a gem? It’s not a trick question. There is a plant native to African rainforests that produces a fruit so shiny, it almost seems to glow. At first glance, the blue berry looks like a shiny brooch your grandmother or a great aunt would wear, but believe it or not, it’s not a piece of jewellery. This weird and unusual plant is called the Pollia condensata and can be found in the rainforests of Ethiopia, Angola ...

Musings: Is Your Sense Of Wonder Drying Up?

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharlal Nehru Musings: Is Your Sense Of Wonder Drying Up? Watch a Squirrel gather nuts for the winter... Is your sense of wonder alive and well or drying up? When was the last time you got excited about something?  Recently, I watched a squirrel from my kitchen window ...

The Ultimate Authority

You’ve probably heard that after two hundred and forty-four years Encyclopedia Britannica is ending its print edition as it fully embraces the digital age. This is a sad moment for all book lovers, and a powerful indication of what is to come. To celebrate all that Encyclopedia Britannica has meant to some of us, I’m reposting a story that features these great books. This was the very first post at Chubby Chatterbox back on August First of last year. Few people ...

A Guide to Overwintering Flowers

What is Overwintering? Winter is a time for plants to take a bit of a break from producing flowers and fruit. Overwintering are the steps taken to protect tender plants during the winter months by bringing them indoors. Otherwise left outside, they wouldn’t survive the cold, harsh temperatures. Why Overwinter? Overwintering is an easy process and saves gardeners money, especially if the plants were expensive to begin with. As well, having houseplants have many benefits. It improves our well-being and improves the air ...

Fun Flower Facts: Poinsettias

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is coming! You know how I know? Poinsettias are everywhere! These colourful plants are in homes and businesses, adding colour and holiday cheer everywhere! Poinsettias come in a variety of colours, including red, yellow, purple, white and pink. Some are even bi-coloured! They are easy to care for and last a long time! Here are some fun facts about the poinsettia: there are over 100 varieties of poinsettia available poinsettias are native to Mexico and ...

Sometimes Silence Truly is Golden....

Image via Wikipedia Author Henry David Thoreau When was the last time you went an entire day, not having to speak to anyone or spent an extended amount of time in self-imposed isolation?  Personally, I can’t remember ever going a 24-hour period without talking to another individual. While I’m a professional communicator and a natural chatterbox at heart, I think the issue goes deeper. The truth is that the demands of our western society require us to engage with others whether we want to or not. I only raise the ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 25

Week 25 gestational age (GA) image - courtesy of BabyCenter.com Every week is another step closer toward our estimated delivery date of June 19th for Junior Constantino – who’s been baking nicely at a toasty 98.6° within the innards of my wife for the past 25 weeks. Our pending baby boy has been very active during the past week, both our girls have been able to distinguish his kicks and fist bumps on a consistent basis. Last weekend, the family made our first ...

Helpful Ghosts

Being back in my home-town has given me the strangest sensation; it’s like entering a time machine and meeting my past…face-to-face. I sense an eagerness to explore the dark quarters, the condemned haunts that I occupied when I led my life by raw instincts, and wisdom was a dusty book kept on a high shelf...well out of the reach of my small hands. Up until now my home town has played host to a legion of ghosts and phantoms, resurrecting ancient ...

What Was I Thinking???

Buying this shirt, one of many "What was I thinking..." moments Admit it. You’ve had one of those moments – we all have. We did or said something that seemed completely lucid, rational and sane at the time, yet in hindsight we ultimately shake our heads and ask ourselves, “What was I thinking???” I’m not talking about major life-changing screw-ups. No base jumping off the CN Tower in Toronto, or trying to knock off a Vegas casino or smuggling endangered animals into the Ukraine ...

Valuable Lesson Learned From Our Crying Baby

Our baby boy turned nine weeks old last week. To say that he brings renewed joy to our lives would be an understatement. But he also brings something unexpected to our lives – when we’re willing to look for it – and that’s wisdom. Yesterday evening, about two hours before his bed time, he got very, very “fussy.” [EdiTOR's Note: I recently wrote a post about misused phrases that parents ply to try and describe their newborns behavior such as fussing, nursing, bubble...etc.] So, the ...

What Are You Wearing?!

Photo by Fran Murphy I have confident friend with perceptive eyes and a welcoming smile. A woman who is lovely in both heart and flesh. She dresses in exotic fabrics perfumed with romantic scents that smell so delicious they may have been imported from heaven. Her movements are naturally rhythmic like window sheers dancing on a summer’s breeze. Whimsical, she loves wearing tinkling bangles, and luminous moonstone, always adding enchantment to the ordinary. She is a palpable palate of color captivating ...

On Transitions, Shifts, and Bed-Ins

For the last few months I’ve been enjoying a morning routine of slow awakenings—opening my eyes gradually then pushing myself into an upright position, propping a wall of warm pillows behind my back—viewing the day as a patient would from a sick bed, although I’m not sick at all, but rather in a place of transitions and ponderings. I wonder if our transitions should be allowed the same pampering offered to the sick, after all, transitions require quite a bit ...

Cupcake Currency???

Cupcake ATM - image courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes It’s no secret that the U.S. economy continues to struggle. The country continues to nickel-and-dime its way out of the monetary morass of the past few years, and gold is a favored investment option given the uncertainties surrounding currencies such as the euro, drachma and dollar. However, a recent story I read struck me as a savory solution of sorts. It seems a high-end bakery called Sprinkles Cupcakes in Los Angeles has invented a cupcake (automated ...

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