“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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
“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…
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
“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 ...
“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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
who turned FOUR months old...uh, young...on the 6th of december,
has been outside four times
(under strict supervision) since we adopted him.
it has come to our attention
that he REALLY LOVES to climb trees.
emo...the tree hugger...
is bringing on the magic!
'santa's little helper'...stringing up some lights
LOVE & BE MERRY!
HAVE A HAPPY EVERYTHING!
laura, sam & emo
stay cool & be safe
Love me, feed me, never leave me. ~Garfield
passed away yesterday, at home, at 11:15 am.
to climb trees,
climb up to the roof and oversee everything,
eat potatoes (fried, baked, mashed...) and pizza crust,
curl up every evening in sam's lap (i had to sometimes bribe her for a piece of sam's lap myself),
wander in the woods,
sit on the bathroom counter-top & stare out the window,
chase lizards, squirrels, burrowing moles...pretty much anything that moved!
she will still be doing all these things!
now, she's free...to go where ever & when ever ...
it's been getting down to the high 30's/low 40's the past couple of nights.
staying pretty much in the 60's during the day.
(yay! flannel shirt weather! i love it!)
darkness lasting longer in the morning...
and coming earlier in the evening.
daytime bugs & critters take advantage of the sun's warm rays.
flowers are still blooming...
butterflies are still feeding
Gulf Fritillary on Blue Mist
there are still plenty of dragonflies
lizards & frogs soaking up the sun's warmth
a lone mushroom not ready to give in to the ...
6.15.12 at 5:50 am
so many mushrooms...
such a variety of colors, shapes, sizes...
popping up all over the yard...at the edge of the woods.
"You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." ~Dr. Seuss
pumpkin pie anyone?
this one reminds me of a sea urchin.
this looks like it's covered with tiny stones.
and the redundant mushroom.
FUNGI on FUNGI
yesterday, we went blackberry collecting again...
in the field...where the blackberries are growing wild all over the place.
it was so sunny...i couldn't see the butterflies on the camera's screen...
i was relieved ...
2 lbs 9 oz
of striped fluffy love...
who wants to be cuddled, held & carried...
unravels the toilet paper from the roll...
has an unending curiosity...
leaps, dashes & jumps in all directions, seemingly at the same time...
WELCOME (to our world) EMO!!
since milo passed away...we have been missing her...
and the pitter-patter of little cat feet.
we picked out this little bundle from the Humane Society yesterday.
it was love at first sight...all the way around!
he was born on august 6, 2012...was dropped off at a ...
My friend Tom and his Sheep.
My friend Tom who lives by our farm called me the other day and told me he was diagnosed with having Lyme Disease. He had been having many medical issues for the last several years and doctors he had been seeing, missed diagnosed on all ailments and his health never improved.. He was searching the internet to see what could be causing his problems and his symptoms were like Lyme Disease. He mentioned this to his doctor and then ...
once in a blue moon...you just might see a blue moon.
i thought i should probably save this for a 'friday's fringe' morph picture...
but i didn't want to wait that long.
here's the original. taken last night, 8.31.12 at 8:55pm
(i DID give a wink to Neil A.)
plumbago blooming in yard!!
last weekend was kind of crazy. and a little heart-thumping.
sam looked out the back door and saw milo in a stand-off with a snake.
we have lots of snakes around here, but this was ...
our 'bird feeder'
if you're aware of our 'bathroom repair saga'...and even if you're not...
it all started back in february...with me losing an earring.
a pair of celtic knots that sam and i each wear (wore) one of.
sam crawled under the trailer to check the trap in the tub's drain pipe.
it wasn't there. but he discovered a leak.
SO, began the tearing down of the walls and pulling out the tub...
which exposed damp and moldy-ish floor and lower walls.
this past sunday...
we christened our ...
I couldn’t sleep last night. Two hours of tossing and turning compelled me to remove myself from my sleeping platform and shuffle into the kitchen for a glass of water or perhaps a chunky peanut butter and banana sandwich on lightly grilled Turkish flatbread.
I was almost through the living room when I thought I heard conversation. I stopped to listen, half expecting to hear the familiar voices of our neighbors telling each other where to go and where they could ...
I was watching a movie with my husband today when all of a sudden he paused it, looked to the left and to the right then nodded, “Motorcycle.” He resumed the movie.
I asked him to pause it again. “What do you mean, motorcycle?”
He thumbed over his shoulder and in the next moment a motorcycle roared past our house. “See?” He said, with his ever so familiar I-told-you-so expression.
He resumed the movie and I sat there wondering why I hadn’t heard ...
I read an article the other day that more and more couples are purchasing Wedding Insurance. My first thought was…Really? Wedding insurance? Still, policies are being offered for as little as $95. Considering that the average wedding these days is $30,000, you certainly want to protect your sizable investment don’t you? A couple of hundred bucks is a minimal investment to make sure things go well…just one small premium.
I love that word premium, don’t you? The word itself suggests a ...
I am not a fan of bitter. I don’t really like quinine, arugula, bitter chocolate or Starbucks coffee. Until recently I would have included green tea on that list. In my mind it is associated with that bitter stuff you get in Chinese restaurants.
Green tea, however, has always been one of those things that I have thought that I “should” like because it is so good for you. Or so I have read.
Experts agree that green tea is full of ...
There’s no argument about it, the side effect of life, is death. Few want to acknowledge it to themselves let alone talk about it. But, what can we do to make our living experience worth the ultimate side effect?
I say laugh your ass off, or at least until it’s hanging by the remote that pins it to the love seat. That’s usually where my keister can be found when I need a good laugh, nestled in its own little indentation ...
My personal challenge is finding new ways to make beans and rice interesting. At least once a month I stand in front of the fridge and see left over beans and rice. What to do? I have always thought that what I need is a secret sauce – one that is simple to make and adds tons of flavor.
Over the last couple of years I have tried lot of things. But I think I have finally arrived at one that ...
Inventor of the windshield wiper
It is a little known fact that women have been inventing useful things for years. Unfortunately, it seems that unless you are a mom, or better yet, a single mom, you will most likely remain unknown. For instance, Mary Anderson was granted her first patent for a window cleaning device in November of 1903. Her invention could clean snow, rain, or sleet from a windshield by using a handle inside the car. Her goal was to ...
Have you ever noticed something about yourself that truly chaps your hide?
Of course, we all have, unless you are a sociopath and have no defects. Maybe its something that you thought you had overcome or perhaps grown out of. Like when someone obviously delivers you a verbal jab and all you do is shrug (passiveness) or you are offered a piece of something remarkably decadent and you really want to taste it but you find yourself saying, “no thank you, ...
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