Welcome 2014: Happy New Year!

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Alfred Tennyson Happy New Year 2014 fireworks, confetti, and celebrants at Times Square NY ★♥★ Happy New Year and Welcome 2014 to You & Yours!★♥★ We made it and I’m delighted to be back to familiar territory again. A year ago today, I had an upbeat list of tips for 2013. Suffice it to say, my year took off quite well and then life and its many ...

The Birds And The Bees

Excerpt from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope: When I was thirteen my best friend Ricky Delgado asked me, “What do you think of Sally Perkins?” “Sally Perkins? I dunno. Why do you ask?”Sally lived three houses down. When she was five or six, she pulled her pants down over by the lamp post. I hadn’t thought about her much since then. “Do you think she’s cute?” “I guess so.” “Don’t you think she has nice boobs?” I hadn’t noticed that Sally Perkins had boobs, ...

Video Tutorials: How to Save Seeds From Flowers

It’s that time of the year again, where most of the annuals in your garden are looking spent and tired. But before you remove the flowers, collect the seeds! Saving seeds is an easy way to increase your stock for next year, save money, and preserve rare heirloom varieties. There are many flowers that you can collect seeds from, but only save seeds from healthy, vigorous plants! The best time to harvest them is on a sunny day, never on a ...

Inspiration: Happy Holidays To All!

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”  Mary Anne Radmacher Inspiration: Happy Holidays to All! “Sending You and Your Loved Ones Blessings and Best Wishes for the Holidays; Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!” A Simple Request… Dearest Santa, Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, ...

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs from Your Garden

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) may appear cute and harmless, predicting the weather trends every February 2nd. But they are anything but harmless! For gardeners, they can be a real pest to get rid of! These little critters have a huge appetite for all things green. They will eat everything in sight. You could wake up one morning to find all of your beautiful flowers and plants gone! And on top of all that destruction, the burrows they ...

Out Of Hell

Fiction to help celebrate Halloween: A shiver runs through me when I think back to the time when Tammy, my wife of five years, came to the conclusion that the gray tabby who’d lived contentedly with us since we bought her on our honeymoon, was lonely. Tammy convinced me that Sausalito, “Saucy” needed another feline to keep her company. On Halloween of ’79 we decided to purchase a kitten. We soon discovered it wasn’t the right season for kittens. We were about ...

Reflections: Relationships Are A Gift…

“If someone is in your life, it is because they have a gift for you, and you have a gift for them.” Robert Holden Reflections: Relationships Are A Gift… Herbert & Zelmyra Fisher. Photo credit: DL Anderson All of our relationships bring gifts and lessons; sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet. Some  relationships are for a season; short, casual, fleeting, lacking in depth. Others are lifelong; with the complications and celebrations that accompany our journey on that path. Regardless of the strength or length of our relationships, we ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky…

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo Proverb Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… View from a plane when clouds meet sky Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… A double rainbow outside a store... Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky… View from my window seat on the ground. For this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge on Sky, I am choosing a few pictures and perhaps ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 12

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest  two weeks ago. Once again the entries were over-the-top funny. But one entry stood out by “Bryan” with his genius, cultural-melding of Psy’s Gangnam Style reference with Cinco de Mayo – check out his awesome caption below. Piñata gangnam style Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address. That will allow me to ...

7 Questions With an Author: Mary DeMuth

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 I’m honored to feature one of the most accomplished writers I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing – Mary DeMuth. Mary has been writing since 1992, first as a newsletter editor, then as a freelance writer, followed by a fiction and nonfiction author. Her articles have appeared in an array of national publications including In Touch,  Bon ...

7 Questions With an Author: Greg Wientjes, Ph.D.

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 a Standford University Ph.D. holder, Greg Wientjes. Greg currently conducts research in the area of collaborative teaching and learning in online digital environments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Greg is also the cofounder and CEO of University Post, Inc., an Internet content ...

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

  Once I became entrenched in the business of textbook publishing, I hardly ever read for fun. The 60–80 hour workweeks left little time for food and laundry, let alone reading. When at work, most of the reading I did was nonfiction–either textbook material (manuscript and proof stages) or financial and business management material. The only fiction materials were excerpts for use in reading and language arts textbooks. Since reading of any kind had become associated with work, I didn’t read for ...

3 Things to Do When The Bad Guys Win

Bad things happen to good people, often at the hands of “bad” people. This recently happened to a friend of mine who lost the job they held for several years.  This person was a dedicated employee, strategic thinker and dynamic asset to their company. The only reason given for the termination was a “shift in organizational focus” which is business-speak for “we don’t need a reason.” While the individual received a severance package, it’s cold comfort knowing that quality employees can get ...

I'm Done Chasing My Arse!

This was the first day in a while that I didn’t feel like I was chasing my arse to catch up with my face. Did that even make any sense? LOL!! Okay, you can see by my carefree verbiage that I’m feeling pretty liberated. It’s as though I’m coming out of a tunnel, or off a long plane ride—no! Plane rides are usually fun because they drop me off in exotic places, so I can’t use that one. Okay, it ...

Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, Part 1

The reason I’ve been silent this week is that I’m in the delightful throes of a writers’ conference organized by the University of Southern Maine. It’s taking place in a great old building called Stone House on a leg of land just west of downtown Freeport (most famous as the home of L. L. Bean). I took this picture of one of the exterior walls. The set-in stones made me think of an abstract underwater scene because of the black-and-white ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tyler Tarver

This is the first installment of a new series that I'll periodically write titled "7 Questions With an Author..." where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their answers here. [NOTE: I'm fully aware that I'm breaking AP Style rules by starting the first word in the title with an actual number and not writing it out - it just looked better to me or maybe I'm a closet subversive hoping to undermine the establishment one rebellious key ...

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