The Silk Road

We’d left Cappadocia and were driving along the Anatolian plain in central Turkey when our bus pulled off the road and headed down a narrow path, gravel crunching beneath our tires. I had no idea why we were stopping but at least it was an opportunity for me and Mrs. C. to stretch our legs. Our guide informed us that we’d arrived at the Sultanhani Kervansaray. “The what?” I mumbled under my breath. I didn’t remember reading anything about this on ...

Haiku: The Oasis Within…

“Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you’re forced back on your own imagination.”  Stephen King Haiku: The Oasis Within… Oasis: A fertile spot in a desert where water is found. A pleasant or peaceful area or period in the midst of a difficult, troubled, or hectic place or situation. Merriam-Webster Dictionary Life’s Cacophony Seek the Oasis Within… One step at a ...

Reflections: Trust & Guidance…

“Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Trust & Guidance...Saint Petersburg Gate... Trust the answers are near... Trust is the gateway or foundation to many of the relationships we develop in the world; both personal and professional. It is the basis for almost all business agreements and, from a spiritual point of view, it is the glue that holds our belief together… When we begin a trust relationship, it is critical that we ...

Musings: Can A Hug Make You Happy?

“I don’t see if it is a man or a woman. I don’t see anyone different from my own self. A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature.”   Mata Amritanandamayi Musings: Can A Hug Make You Happy? Amma's motherly hug helps... Can a hug make you happy? When was the last time you got a heart-warming, comforting bear hug?  Something we all deserve, and even need for our survival is a soothing, ...

Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs…

“Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.” Leo Buscaglia Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs… “I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” Shel Silverstein  Hello there! My name is Hugo and I’m a hugaholic… I capture images of people and other life forms sharing a hug; in common and unusual settings. I travel around the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Canna

Canna (or canna lily) is a tropical perennial plant that produces big, bold paddle-shaped leaves and bright, attractive flowers that grow on spikes in shades of red, orange, yellow and pink. They are valued for their beautiful foliage, as much as their flowers. Cannas are grown from rhizomes, bulbous structures that grow underground. Cannas will grow to be 2-6 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. The plant is sometimes called canna lily, but it is not a true lily. As members ...

The Tempest

This jewel of a painting, glowing like a stained glass window, is more modern than it looks at first glance. We don’t know exactly when it was created (probably around 1508) and we don’t know its real name—The Tempest is a nickname to make it easier to identify. So what makes it so modern? Giorgione (a nickname meaning Big George) was an astonishingly gifted Venetian painter who died young and left only a handful of paintings. The colors and textures are ...

Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith – NewDigitalScapes

“Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work”. St. Therese of Lisieux Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s ... Walter Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s... pier and flower in meditation Do you love art, words, music, photography, texture, color, and poetry? ...

A Soft Surrender

I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn't help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the flitting birds above whose cares blended well with green? And what of the greedy squirrels dropping acorns as they ran the soft thuds of a midwinter snack was it jealous ...

Fairness is Overrated…

For the past few decades, the big trend in corporate America has been “pay for performance.” In other words, the more you do on the job or the better your results for the organization – the greater your compensation. The underlying idea of this trend has been a fundamental component of capitalism since its inception. For example, the more a sales representative sells, the higher their bonus. When a professional athlete performs exceptionally on the field, court, track or ice, their pre-negotiated ...

Book Marketing, Part 7

Book Marketing, Part 7

Welcome to another look at book marketing as performed by trailers. The first one is an inside look at the making of a cover image, this one for Elizabeth Hoyt’s latest romance book, Scandalous Desires. The next two trailers use humor as their hooks–one for the book Crap at My Parents’ House by Joel Dovev (Caution: includes off-color humor), and one for John Grisham’s latest, The Litigators. Enjoy, and think last-minute seasonal gifts! Making a Romance Book Cover Crap at My Parents’ ...

An April Fool’s Day Quiz

In each category, match the number of the statement with the letter of its author. (Answers at “For Fun” tab above.) Politics 1. It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country. 2. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. 3. A fool and his money are soon elected. 4. There was a time when a ...

Share Your Best Cost-Saving Tip!

What are you doing to save some Benjamins??? If you're burning bushels of dollar bills in your mansion's fireplace while you're also blasting the air conditioning on sub-arctic chill, you probably don't need to read this post. But if you're like the vast majority of Americans, you want to keep more of your hard earned cash. Most people are already working as hard as they can to cover their monthly expenses - they simply can't work more hours in a day. So if ...

A Late Summer Night's Swim

Turning on the submerged lighting to the swimming pool transforms the lanai into an aquatic dream. I sigh at the sight; it’s as though the Northern Lights have melted, filling my pool with a phosphorescent liquid. I slip beneath the glossy surface, feeling the cool weight of the water as it carries me deeper into itself. Ripples shimmer away from me like lucid sound waves, ebbing into oblivion. Tipping back, I surrender to my aqueous bed, staring up at the ...

7 Questions With an Author: Steve Rizzo

Author, comedian and motivational speaker Steve Rizzo 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 Steve Rizzo. Steve Rizzo is a personal development expert, whose clients include American Airlines, BP, JP Morgan Chase, Scholastic, Sprint, and many others. He’s also an accomplished comedian who has performed with headliners such as Drew Carey, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. Additionally, Rizzo is a ...

They Wouldn't Dare Drop Me!

Vacation laundry;) I know it’s been a while since I last posted a blog. It’s not that I intended to stay away for so long. Let’s just say that life has guided me down some new roads. Roads snaking through bombshells, beauty, and blind corners. I’ve barely had time to catch my breath because of the steady stream of—look at thats!—WTFs!—and could it bes? Yes it could be, and I see it, and here I am trying to write about it. Like ...

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