Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers…

“Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.” Gerard De Nerval Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Beautiful Lutea... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Lovely lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... More blooms in lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... blooming black eyed susans... I love flowers in all shapes and forms and could spend hours in a garden enjoying the blooms. At different points in my life, I have been an avid gardener and then a reluctant one. When I moved to the suburbs, just before my twins ...

Musings: On Tykes & Terrible Twos…

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran Musings: On Tykes & Terrible Twos… Adorable Kids In Adult-Oriented Places… How do you feel about children in adult-oriented places? It depends on the age, location and circumstance. For starters, children don’t belong in bars or late night adult parties; the rest is negotiable depending on their age and the reasons for the outing. We all have an occasional bad day… and the same goes for our ...

Multitasking

I’ve struggled with this idea of multitasking for a long time, wondering why my wife can keep so many plates spinning in the air while I have difficulty remembering to bring my plate to the sink after she’s prepared a delicious meal. Multitasking probably developed shortly after humans stepped out of caves. Men stomped off to acquire meat at the walk up window at Bison King while women frittered away hours fending off predatory animals, stoked fires, gathered fruits, grains ...

Learning Something New

I’ve admitted said it before but you probably didn’t believe me; it’s likely you thought I was being self-deprecating modest, but when it comes to electronics I’m a dolt moron. Most of the time my computer usually makes me want to pull out my hair. Mrs. Chatterbox is fairly good at figuring things out on the computer, but it’s our thirty-one year old son CJ who really knows how to tame the electronic box and make it sing and dance. ...

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 ...

Conclusion: An Edsel And The Crown Jewels

Read Part One After his brush with death, Bud Holloway herded his family into Moby Dick—the enormous white Edsel that had nearly crushed him—and headed to Texas for a visit with his mama. Hollowhead later described what happened. As Bud drove through Albuquerque, he toyed with the radio and managed to tune into a radio station somewhere in Midland, Texas, which coincidentally was close to where they were headed. The disk jockey came on and announced a contest. “Our l’il ole’ radio station ...

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunset

This photo holds a special memory for me.  It was taken a few years ago,  at a time when I wasn’t sure which path to take. I took some time out to be on my own, to try to make up my mind what I wanted to do.  The sunset was just so magical and being near the sea lifted my spirits, made me feel calm and able to make my decision.

Musings: What’s Next?

“What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Musings: What’s Next? “Either pray or worry, you can’t do both…” 50 CENT Saeon — I’ll Be Gone  For 9ja music love… TY Xworldmusic.wordpress! What do we do when we feel the end of a long and arduous journey is fast approaching, but the next step isn’t quite clear?  ♥Hold our Breathe? ♥Take a walk by the sea or in a local park? ...

Yikes – Two Months without Posting

Some artists, brave souls, create in full view of their audience. I would be ashamed of myself, except the main reason for my absence is that I was writing/revising/reading toward a better manuscript. No excuse, you say? You’re probably right. But I’m still on the blog-learning curve. I find that my more automatic go-to spot for communicating re book stuff is my Yours In Books Facebook page (click on the “Facebook” button in right margin). It’s quick, noninvasive, and ties directly/efficiently ...

Downton Abbey Parody: Downton Arby’s

This past weekend, my wife and I started watching the first season of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey via Netflix. I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of government subsidized television. But the pilot episode made me a believer. The program is set in 1912 Britian and the underlying premise is that the sinking of the Titanic has taken the lives of the two heirs of the aristocratic estate of the Earl and ...

The Best Advice I Ever Got....

Are you a "thermostat" or a "thermometer" My maternal grandpa died in 1982 when I was 12 years old. His name was Matthew Nichols, and his passing was the first significant loss of my life. He never graduated high school and was a self-taught electrician by trade, yet there were several invaluable life lessons that I learned from him. One such lesson occurred when I was in the first grade at Hawthorne Elementary School in Wilingboro, New Jersey. One day during recess I got ...

Begin at the End

Fall leaves photo by Jonathan A. Rutter A statement that sounds askew until you think about it is “Begin at the end.” What ended for you recently? Are you ready to begin something new? Fallen leaves end life on the tree, and start supporting life in the soil (if left to do so). When we finish reading a book, that book ends for us, but we begin a life that has that book running in the background. At the end of my blogless life I started ...

7 Mistaken and Misused Baby Phrases

Parents with newborns speak a language with baby phrases all their own during the first few months of the babies’ life. Conversations surrounding the baby phrases such as gestational age or bilirubin levels or the wonder of simethicone drops are fairly common among new parents. However, there are some aspects of Newborn ParentSpeak that are flat out wrong. Here are seven inaccurate baby phrases that misrepresent the actual activity or meaning they convey. 7. Fussing – this particular term almost sounds like a playful board ...

Funny Friday Video: NASCAR Prayer Put to Song

Fridays are a great time to loosen up here at The Daily ReTORt and share a laugh heading into the weekend. Personally, I could use a laugh myself. Even though we're still on vacation, I've shared some challenging trials and tribulations we've experienced this week - Our Humorless Children and My Toothpaste Fiasco respectively - which neccesitate a dose of humor. In that regard, here's a funny video from some folks who never disappoint in the business of funny - The Gregory ...

No More Mr. Nice Guy

One of the reasons I love being married is that I don’t have to play the dating game anymore. I won. However, there was a time when I thought I would die alone and wrinkly. As a rehabilitated “nice guy” I’m here to offer some hope for anyone stuck in the dating morass. Nice Guy Syndrome First, some quick background. I grew up with military parents, strict discipline, attended church and was raised to be chivalrous. You know, holding doors, pulling out chairs and all that ...

Critical Shortage of...(wait for it)...helium!

The deflated Kermit the Frog balloon at The Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: A helium harbinger of deflated things to come??? According to an "exclusive" story published earlier this summer in GasWorld magazine - we are at critical shortage levels globally of helium gas. You probably don't spend your days thinking about the geo-political impact of this "shocking" news nor helium in general - so I'm here to help in that regard. As a refresher to your 10th grade chemistry class, helium is an inert ...

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November 10, 2012, 3:33 pm

Running In The Richmond Half-Marathon / Jogging And Taking Photos Too

  Today there was a marathon, half-marathon and 8k race here in Richmond so there were tons of folks downtown and lots of photo ops. I ran in the half-marathon for the second year and decided to take the little point and shoot I use for backpacking to, hopefully, distract my senses from the cries of muscles and old bones. And it worked! Up to a point. I ran most of the way and knocked almost an hour off my previous time. I’m at least 20 pounds lighter this year and using better equipment, too. The weather was perfect as well. So I decided to edit the photos and add captions to each of them. Hopefully, this will make them a little more interesting. Betsy met me at the 8 mile mark and also took some photos which I have identified. They added thousands of spots to the half-marathon this year. It is a very, very popular race. And it’s challenging too. Plus, you get to run next to some superhuman athletes, if only for a few moments, as the blow past on their way to incredible times in the marathon. So here are the photos and now I’m going to relax and watch some college football. Zachary called me yesterday and told us he is going to be part of the color guard at the Baltimore Ravens game tomorrow in Baltimore. So we need to tune in to that and see him in his handsome uniform holding the flag. He finally made it to the pros and no one laid a scratch on him! I hope everyone has a great weekend and don’t forget to get out and walk!

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The thoughts of a retired guy living in Virginia. His interests include photography, writing, poetry, relationships, walking and the humorous side of things.

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