Reflections: Making Sure Nothing is Wasted…

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it it’s only good for wallowing in.” Katherine Mansfield Reflections: Making Sure Nothing is Wasted... even garbage is golden to someone Thoughts On the Usefulness of What Others Might Consider Waste Sometime last summer, I met a friend for lunch. As we sat on the patio enjoying our meal, there was stream stream of people walking by ...

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

If you are from the United States, you have probably seen this flower before. The Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) is a plant native to central U.S and Canada and is a common wildflower in the U.S. These large, showy flowers are called Blanket Flowers because they typically have red petals, edged with yellow, which are the colours of traditional Mexican blankets. Blanket flowers look like daisies with serrated tips on the petals. Flowers measure 4 inches in diameter and will grow to ...

Our Favourite Flower Quotes

Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog, we love flowers and what they represent! These beauties are definitely a source of inspiration and happiness. Not only do fresh flowers bring beauty and brighten up our homes and workplaces, they make us feel better during tough times. Flowers can cheer up the sick and the lonely, as well as making loved ones feel loved and appreciated. That being said, quotes about flowers remind us of the beauty and carefree nature of ...

An Invitation: How Are You?

“When we surrender, when we do not fight with life when it calls upon us, we are lifted and the strength to do what needs to be done finds us.” Oriah Mountain Dreamer An Invitation: How Are You? The Invitation by Oriah It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your ...

The Lucky Meme

Thanks to all of you who have suggested I should put my stories into a book. In fact, I have. I’ve collected my favorite childhood memories and created a memoir called The Kid in the Kaleidoscope: A Chubby Chatterbox Grows up in the 50s, 60s and Beyond. I was recently tagged by Teralyn Rose Pilgrim over at A Writer’s Journey and asked to participate in a manuscript hop called The Lucky Meme! Teralyn is a fine writer and an excellent historian. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Sturt’s Desert Pea

Scientific name: swainsona formaosa Sturt’s desert pea is definitely an unusual looking plant. The Desert Pea is a slow-growing, creeping plant known for its bizarre, yet attractive flowers.  The flowers are bright-red with leaf-like petals and purple-black bulbous centers (known as “the boss”).  The leaves and stems are greenish-grey and are covered with fine hairs. It is Australia’s best known wildflower. Native to Australia’s woodlands and open plains, the Desert Pea plant is remarkably resilient and can withstand extreme temperatures. In its ...

Guest Post: What MS Taught Me about Compassion for Self and Others…

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” Thomas Merton Compassion: Healing Hands & Healing Lives... Margaret Tidwell has graciously agreed to share insights on MS with us. This is one of the SITSGIRLS Tribe building workshop assignments and my post is on her site. This is also my 100th post and I’d like to say a big Thank ...

7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Happy Halloween! This spooky holiday, which is celebrated on October 31st, isn’t just for kids that want to dress up and go trick or treating! Adults can have fun, too! Here are some ways you can celebrate Halloween (all of these ideas will feature flowers, as we are a flower  blog, after all!): Dress up in one of these fun and creative Halloween costume ideas with flowers. Halloween would also be the perfect time to try these “flower petal eyes.” Decorate your home ...

Honoring Dad on Memorial Day

Southport (Maine) Memorial Library on Memorial Day 2012 My dad, part of the Greatest Generation, never wanted to be thanked for his service to the country. I tried once, and he did a “brush-away” motion with his hand and murmured something to dismiss the subject. He had been a lieutenant with duties of supply officer and paymaster on board the U.S.S. Heermann in World War II. He survived the Battle off Samar (in Phillippines), and the only story he’d tell was ...

The Most Unfortunate Typo Ever

"Public" signs have new meaning... For the past 13 years I've worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public Affairs. I spend a lot of time writing and editing a variety of speeches, news releases, talking points and presentations. From time-to-time I'll attend workshops or conferences to sharpen my skills. It was at one such conference that I saw the most unfortunate typo ever. A professional was set to deliver a PowerPoint slide presentation to the audience of which I ...

Three Weddings and a Hopeless Romantic

I’ve been to three weddings so far this year. One was held at the bride’s parent’s home, a charming two-story colonial on beautiful grounds. The next was celebrated at a gorgeous venue complete with rose pedals and secret gardens, and the third, which was last weekend, was held at the Tampa Aquarium, allowing the guests private access to the attraction, which by the way was amazing. All three weddings were as unique as the couples taking the vows. Each wedding conjured ...

The Greatest Upset in History (that may be a stretch)

Last Monday I was recruited into the Second Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge. Our team (Team Ricky) was a ragtag, hodge podge of scrappy bloggers that was assembled as a type of sacrificial speed bump to the team of blogging royalty (Team Rob) we were assigned to face. If you’re bored out of your mind with nothing to do, you can check out the blogs and bios of all the blogging combatants at the site of Rob Shepard who conceptualized the blogging showdown. ...

Summertime Toss Back

Then...When the days pour forth like a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid, and playful shouts float into opened windows, alerting mother’s of their litter’s location, and disturbing old man Sullivan from his afternoon nap—then you know that it’s summertime. Mr. Sullivan shuffles out to the back yard, stewing over his lost sleep, and finds his throne: an old metal chair placed beneath an ancient oak, where he will simmer as he waits to exact revenge. Gary, a shy kid with high hopes, is ...

3 Lenses of a Visionary Leader – My Guest Post for Michael Hyatt

Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of guest posting a few times on the web site for Michael Hyatt, the chairman of Thomas Nelson publishing. Michael’s blog is the most popular leadership site in the world. Additionally, he just added me as one of his Community Leaders to interact with commenters and visitors to his site. This is a tremendous honor due to the high regard in which I hold Michael’s mission, leadership and character. Today, I have a guest post ...

Sometimes Evidence is NOT Enough...

Jakarta Street Children: Is This Evidence Against God's Existence? I don't have all the answers. In fact, most of the answers I do have tend to spark more questions - and most of the questions I have seem to be unanswerable or have overwhelming evidence to the contrary. For instance, the pervasive presence of evil in the world and the severity of suffering that innocent children endure are some of the thorniest issues for me to reconcile with the existence of a benevolent ...

Childhood Memories and Amazing Pool Table Trick Shots

Minnesota Fats - AP image As a kid growing up in the 1970s, one of my favorite things to watch on Saturday afternoons was ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Two of the reasons why was because they used to feature daredevil stunt man Evil Kenevil as well as billiards tournaments with the likes of Minnesota Fats [see photo insert] and Willie Mosconi. In between the billiards tournaments the show producers ran segments of trick shots where the players would bend the laws of ...

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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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