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What You Think You Want

For the last several weeks, I have been showing townhouses, condos and villas to a potential buyer that seemingly has no idea what she wants. I am pretty sure that "no idea" isn't overstating it one bit. Clueless...totally clueless. So far we have looked in 5 cities (4 of those being in the metro area of KC and one in a rural area outside of what any rational person would consider part of Kansas City).  She says she wants a fixer ...

Musings: Breaking The Ice…

They say the ice age ended years ago. Why are there icicles everywhere?  Bei Dao aka Zhao Zhenkai Musings: Breaking The Ice… I was delighted when I read this week’s writing challenge – Break The Ice.  Why? Because from the first day I signed up for my WordPress blog in 2008, I felt in my heart that connecting with a diverse group of bloggers within a global community was a fantastic opportunity for us all. Back then, I didn’t quite know how ...

Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day…

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” Sigmund Freud Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… I love you ♥I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin. ♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence. ♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul. ♥I send loving ...

Is There Always a Right and Always a Wrong?

Is There Always a Right and Always a Wrong?

Two Thoughts For Tuesday I have done several posts in the past taunting, bitching, talking about reality based television.  For the most part I am not a fan of programs that reflect bad behavior being glamorized for the sake of entertainment.  I  sometimes enjoy the talent based shows like America's Got Talent or American Idol as long as they are on a DVR and I can fast forward  through the bad contestants. However, you might be surprised that I am writing a post about ...

2013 Garden Trend: Air Plants

The latest trend in the world of gardening is growing air plants, also known as tillandsia scientifically. Tillandsia are exotic plants native to the tropics, with over 500 different species and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. And we can see why they are so popular! Air plants are nearly indestructible and will survive in just about any environment! Perfect for beginner gardeners or people that tend to kill their houseplants! Moreover, they are compact in size ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved… Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved… Happy New Year! Since the new year started, I’ve felt a steady and persistent urge to seek more quiet time. This is not a bad thing because, when we turn down the incessant noise, our senses are heightened and we become aware of what truly matters; to live purposefully. For ...

How to Make a Fresh Flower Lei

Having a beach or Hawaiian Luau themed party? You must make a lei! Nothing says “beach” quite like the lei. Leis are necklaces that can be make with just about any material that can be strung together, from candy to feathers. But of course, the most popular leis are made of flowers. Fresh flowers are the best, as they are the most fragrant and attractive, but artificial ones can also be used in a pinch. Just about any fresh flower can ...

The Story of Three Vases

Here’s a guest post from writer, Lynn Mosher who writes unique devotionals over on her blog http://lynnmosher.com/. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: “God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain.” ~unknown “Here comes a prospective customer,” whispered the cut-glass vase to the porcelain vase. “She’ll pick me. I’m the prettiest and I can tell she likes the best of everything,” the hand-painted porcelain vase muttered haughtily. “You’re just cheap ol’ ...

Reader Favorites 2011: #7 – Black Friday Blues

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 7th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: a funny video short I created titled Black Friday Blues originally posted in November.This video is part of my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make ...

Nothing Makes Me Feel More Like an Idiot than Parenting

My kids are weird.  Having my husband and I for parents really leaves them with no other option. Odd is hard-wired in their DNA. If you follow me on Twitter you’ve seen some of the stuff they say because I can’t keep it to myself.  The world has to know.  Like: Daughter: “What’s a catheter?” I explain… “OH NO!  I am never asking you anything again!” or Me: “Son, you’re putting your pants on backwards.” Him: “Don’t judge me.” Matter-of-Fact Belligerence Probably my best/worst parenting moment ever was ...

What’s That Book About?

Upon completing my read of Jennifer Egan’s book A Visit from the Goon Squad, I begged my husband, “Please, please, please make the next book you read this one. I need to talk with someone about it!” He did as I asked, and we have now discussed it. I needed his opinion, because I knew I’d only gotten from the book what I could get from it, and it felt like every reader would probably have a different take-away. In the ...

5 Reasons To Go On A Mission Trip With Your Family

Stolpe family in Guatemala Early this month, our family traveled to Guatemala to serve the orphans and widows in and around the village of Santo Domingo Xenacoj. Deciding to go in the first place was a pretty significant leap of faith. As a father and husband, did I think we would be safe in a strange land removed from many of the luxuries we currently enjoy? Did I really want to spend my vacation time working instead of relaxing somewhere? How were we going to ...

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Rob Swanson and his latest book is titled Do Angels Still Fall? Rob is a freelance writer and ghostwriter, as well as a husband, father and Christian, Rob explores, among other things, the depths of God’s riches and wonders. His professional website is www.swanwrite.com and respective publishing site is www.prevailpress.com. Here are 7 Questions With ...

Hemingway's Coat

I've been playing with fiction. Here's something new. “I thought you wanted to be a writer,” the old woman said to fourteen year old Becky. “I do, Granny. My brain is full of ideas, but I have trouble putting them down on paper. All of the kids at school have computers. I wish I had one.” The old woman looked at the orphaned granddaughter she’d spent nine years struggling to raise. Every cigarette the old woman had ever smoked was present in her ...

The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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