Amazing Pumpkin Carvings Featuring Flowers!

Happy Halloween! To celebrate the occasion, here are some of the most amazing pumpkin carvings featuring flowers! Photo Credit: Flickr Photo Credit: diynetwork.com Photo credit: Flickr Photo from romanticideasinlife.wordpress.com Photo credit: designspongeonline.com Photo Credit: Flickr photo from smartcanucks.ca

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Series of Shadows…

"Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter’s day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!” Charles Dickens Pike Place Market Like the changing weather, our lives have their share of sunlight and shadows. Some might see the shadows as those dark nights of ...

Musings: A Bundle Of Ideas…

“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.” Warren Buffett Musings: A Bundle Of Ideas... Tangy's words of wisdom Ideas: They come, they go… Just take it slow. In this post, an exercise in briefness, Tangy shares some of his ideas/wisdom and wishes all ...

Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds…

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder…” E.B. White Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The last wintry sign Eager wasp sings on a bud, Happiness arrives… “You are not happy because you are well. You are well because you are happy.” Emmet Fox Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The first summer hum curious bug checks the flowers Innocence abounds… “To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The last summer song Dancing blooms share happy hues Happiness abounds… “Happiness makes ...

Hot Colour Trends for 2013 : Purple and Green!

By now, most of you already know that 2013′s colour of the year is emerald green. This bright, vibrant and luxurious colour is everywhere this season. And one of the colours that pairs well with green is the elegant and chic purple. Flowers that are available in purple include orchids, hydrangeas, lavender, and roses. And there is no shortage of green foliage and flowers! Some green coloured plants include: succulents, chrysanthemum pompoms, orchids, hellebores, and hypericum berries. Combine the two colours ...

Online Friendships: An Adventure Meeting a Twitter Friend Offline…

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.” Joseph Addison Garden of Friendships: They come in different packages; online, offline, and on all lines Whether we call them e-friendships, cyber friendships, virtual friendships, internet friendships or online friendships, what is apparent is that the trend won’t go away…. There are even websites likecyberfriends.com created uniquely for building such connections. Nowadays, we meet our friends in all sorts of ways and I love reading or hearing about how others ...

A Son Goes Astray: Risk Factors and City Kids

A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). In my December 2013 post, Castles In the Sky, I shared the story of how a young man's murder left a 7 year old believing that his life must not be worth much and America didn't care. That incident, combined with exposure to scores of others would indeed impact my development well into adulthood. I was collecting risk factors ...

Fun Flower Facts: Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Birds of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae is one of the most recognized tropical plants. The bright orange sepals and purple petals emerging from the light green stalks resemble its namesake, a colourful bird with long feathers. As a garden plant, the birds of paradise would do best in tropical or subtropical environments, particularly climate zones: 9-12, where it’s warm, sunny and free from frost. A plant starting from seed will take 3-5 years to mature and produce flowers. Plants grown from ...

My Latest FaithVillage Featured Article…

Logo for www.faithvillage.com I’m honored to have a featured guest post at FaithVillage’s culture section. The FaithVillage blog is the forerunner to a full-blown website that is intended to become a vibrant online community that expands personal beliefs, shares quality ministry resources and deepens collaboration between people of faith. Here’s the link to my FaithVillage article or read the entire article is listed below. I spent most of my Sundays growing up as a kid being dragged to some kind of charismatic church; tent ...

3 Questions Regarding 9/11 and You....

Image of Firefighters at Ground Zero As we all know, this coming Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country. Here are three questions about that day that I'd like you to answer in the comments section. 1. Where were you on Tuesday, September 11th 2001 when you found out about the attacks? I was working for Frontier Communications, a telephone/Internet service company in Rochester New York, as the Director of Corporate Communications.  I was in a one-on-one meeting ...

Best Book of the Year – Platform: Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt - Best-selling author of Platform On Friday, I wrote about Michael Hyatt‘s pending launch of his new book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World . This book was written for anyone who has a message, service or craft that they want people to know about – written by someone who’s done it with great success! Today is the start of a week-long offer where Michael is giving anyone who buys his book through this Friday the 25th, a suite of free ...

3 Traits We Correct in Our Kids But Ignore in Ourselves

One of the things I love about my family is that we take regular walks together around our neighborhood. It’s been during these walkabouts over the years that I’ve noticed three traits in our kids that my wife and I have tried to correct when they manifest. Distraction Anybody who has walked with a toddler knows that they want to stop and look at every stone, sidewalk crack, bug and dried worm that might catch their little eye. These constant side excursions often turn ...

Memoirs and Book Signings Aren’t for Sissies

Amy ("Ask Amy") Dickinson at her book signing I attend book signings to get a feel for how different authors handle that aspect of self-promotion. So far, the best entertainment was by Mildred Kalish (Little Heathens). She showed her sense of humor, and instead of reading excerpts in long succession, she made them short and talked in between them about related ideas or events, but not just reading her work. The least entertaining signings are those where the authors are either ...

New Study: Cursing Hurts Kids and Pre-Teens

Profane Kids Leads to Aggression (photo via Wikipedia) Growing up, we've all heard the rhyme, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." However, according to a new study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) it seems that words - particularly swearing and cursing - do have a negative affect on the health and well being of children. Last week, the AAP presented findings at its annual meeting that pre-teens and kids exposed to profanity in ...

A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Here’s a great guest post from author, speaker and singer/songwriter Jason Clark.  Jason has just released his first solo book titled Prone to Love, which is available on Amazon.com, and poses a paradigm shift for the church today. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out ...

7 Questions With an Author: Bryan Allain

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Bryan Allain. A blogger since 2001, Bryan writes daily doses of nonsense and inspiration at BryanAllain.com, while also providing coaching and resources to bloggers at KillerTribes.com. His writing has appeared in print in RELEVANT Magazine and COLLIDE Magazine and online at Stuff Christians Like, The Burnside Writers Collective, and The Daily Beast. He ...

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