Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer…

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” John Lubbock Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… skinny dipping Musings: 20 Simple Pleasures For A Fun Summer… stargazing Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date ...

2012 in Review: Our Top Blog Posts & Topics

Is it another year already? Time sure does fly by when you are blogging! 2012 has been quite the year for Fun Flower Facts! It was a good year for us! We have written 230 blog posts and had about 70 000 views this year! Thank you to all of our visitors, especially our American readers for all of your support! Here are our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012: Plant Hardiness Zones Explained Do You Have Change for a Tulip? Must ...

Musings: The Road To Forgiveness…

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Musings: The Road To Forgiveness... Offer, ask... and let go Forgiveness Sets Us Free Why forgiveness? What prompts us to forgive others? At different points in our lives, we have all experienced hurtful events; verbal, psychic and/or ...

Reflections: Revisiting The Occupy Movement…

“The thing about Occupy is that the sentiment the movement embodies is timeless: Don’t be greedy, share.”  Joseph Gordon-Levitt Reflections: Revisiting The Occupy Movement… Collage of Occupy Paradeplatz’ in Zürich, Occupy Frankfurt, Occupy London, Occupy Montreal, Occupy Sao Paulo, and the Occupy Wall Street Crowd. Michael Moore Live • Occupy Wall Street Interview • MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell It seems like only yesterday when the Occupy Wall Street Movement, (a protest movement which began on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, in New York City’s Wall Street financial district), caught our ...

Red Tipped Photinia

Red Tipped Photinia Tree Photo credit: davesgarden.com Photinia is in the genus of deciduous and evergreen east Asian trees and shrubs widely cultivated as ornamentals for their white flowers and red fruits; in some classifications includes genus Heteromeles. From the family Rosaceae; rose family (a large family of dicotyledonous plants of order Rosales; have alternate leaves and five-petaled flowers with numerous stamens). Suitable for zones 7a & up this plant makes for a lovely shrub, hedges or if left alone will grow quite ...

On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within…

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh On 11-11-11: Seek Peace Within... A unique numerical alignment calls us to reflect... Most of us have waited for this unique and rare numerological event to occur -11-11-11; a day that some predicted would be memorable, magical, dull, typical, divine and a slew of other adjectives ...

Putrella, the Corpse Flower is Now in Full Bloom at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton

What’s 8 ft tall and smells like death? That would be Putrella, the Corpse Flower! Also known scientifically as titan arum or amorphophallus titan, the affectionately named Putrella, is the tallest and the stinkiest plant in the world and we had an opportunity to see this rare and unusual plant in person!  It’s a rare sight to see an exotic plant like this, especially in a winter city like Edmonton. And it’s even rarer to see it bloom, as it only ...

Provincial and Territorial Flowers of Canada

O Canada! Our home and native land. A luscious land full of beautiful blooming flowers.  The humble maple leaf is the most recognized national symbol, but let’s not forget our our provincial and territorial flowers! These floral emblems represent the diversity and beauty of our glorious nation. Alberta: Wild Rose The Wild Rose was chosen by school children in 1930 as the official flower of Alberta.  This hardy and fragrant flower can be found all over Alberta, including the Rocky Mountains.  They ...

Happy Quality of Life Day

Cooking class at Pritikin Longevity Center Today is my [harrumph-th] birthday. It is a big birthday, the one upon which I become eligible for [Harrumph]care. I worked a long time for this and can’t believe I’ve lived long enough to win this prize for aging in the USA. A year ago I tried to get health insurance and couldn’t—being denied for no true reason except the insurers’ fears that at my age I must have something wrong with me. I take ...

New Day, New Title, New Opening Scene

Just over a month ago I posted what I thought was the new title of my novel in progress. I was wrong. I also posted what I thought was my new opening scene. I was wrong. Will I ever learn? Apparently not, since I’m posting an even newer title and opening scene. Ah, the power of a blog. I considered not saying anything, but then there’d be a form of lie in the ether, and it feels better to admit it than to ignore ...

Our Due Date is Here…just not the baby

It seems that we’ve reached the end of our pregnancy as today marks the 40th week of Junior’s shack up in my wife’s uterus. So sound the vuvuzela and crack open the non-alcoholic champagne! The only teeny-tiny issue is that Junior has seemingly decided to take a page from the Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to Occupy the Womb. We’ve got our final scheduled exam with the obstetrician tomorrow – so hopefully we’ll get some perspective and timing on Junior’s secret exit strategy. In ...

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 ...

Reading is Dead, Long Live E-Reading

I may have possibly overstated the state of book reading in the title of this post – but it’s close. Consider that last Christmas – 11 short months ago – the largest book seller in the world (Amazon) reported that revenue from e-books had finally surpassed sales of print edition books. Is it really a surprise? Consider what has happened in the music industry. When was the last time you bought an audio tape or even a CD? It’s simply easier and more convenient to ...

Author Connections at “Books In Boothbay 2012″

Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine A happy, noisy, interactive book event occurs on a Saturday each summer at the Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine. I’ve been twice now, each time with the same friend–so it’s now an annual routine for us (right?). She goes because she’s an avid reader and book-gifter, and I go because I need to make the acquaintance of other authors and read more books in my chosen genre (cozy suspense). The reading occurred in the Railway Village’s Chapel ...

Monday Musings….

Monday Musings....

Coming off a great, weekend that energized my faith and focus here is a collection of random thoughts and happenings I'd like to share: My masculinity has been completely restored thanks to my wife and daughters who bought me a stainless steel grill for Father's Day. Since we relocated here four years ago, we've been grill-less for a variety of reasons - but no more! What's your best grilling tip? While knocking down a hornet's nest in our garage, I got stung ...

Sundays, Bandwagons, and Beaches

As a kid I used to hate Sundays. It meant wearing stuffy clothes, sitting in a boring pew and listening to guy dressed in…well, a dress, ramble on (in Latin) while peering down at me like he knew every bit of mischief I’d been up to.Being a kid and learning about God is akin to being a teenager and learning about love. You’ve got your preconceived notions, the stuff your parents and the church tell you, and then you have ...

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