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 ...
“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
Seek the Oasis Within…
One step at a ...
“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 ...
“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, ...
“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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
“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? ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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’ ...
In each category, match the number of the statement with the letter of its author. (Answers at “For Fun” tab above.)
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
hi. i'm milo.
even the yard manager needs a break now and then.
tomorrow afternoon we go camping.
we don't rough it anymore.
hey, i'm...uh...about 15...and if my two favorite humans were still tent camping...
i'd have to stay home. so we have a slide-in camper.
i like being outdoors - but at my age - i deserve all the comforts of home...
but on a smaller scale.
i was born in plant city, FL.
me asleep out back in plant city
my mother, stimpy...disappeared while me & my brothers ...
just another picture of the magical moon... =)
3 november 2012
“May the wind under
your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
~Gandalf to the
Great Eagles, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
(a polite way to say good-bye to an eagle)
~ oOo ~
there are so many Zebra Longwings
(florida's state butterfly)
through the yard lately.
i've snapped so many pictures of them!
might as well love 'em while i can, 'cause the temp's are starting to drop a bit.
(yesterday's high was 65 and the ...
i just couldn't get enough of these dragonflies!
before i do this final post...of the flora & fauna
of Rodman Reservoir/Lake Ocklawaha...
i just want to say a big THANKS to everyone who breezes through...
and to those who linger...and even take the time to leave a note!!
i haven't been blog reading since last week, because of our weekend away...
and then i've been dealing with this Sciatica...if you've ever had it...then you know...
it's a pain in the ass...to sit...for any length of time!
i HOPE to ...
As mentioned in my previous article, The Power of a Good Thought, it was late September 2013 and my mind was starting to use my injury as an excuse to start listening to the negative messages.
The power of a good thought got me through a rough day. But this was going to be a long stretch that required more than just a good thought. Depression saw an opening and tried to make an aggressive move towards settling in for the winter, however ...
this past week it's been cooler in the mornings...in the 60's.
aaaaaah...perfect weather for wandering around
and traipsing into the woods out back.
no mosquitoes, gnats or ticks.
the hibiscus is still blooming.
and the little grasshopper nymphs which i've posted pictures of before...
are munching away...and growing!
baby Anoles are all over the place. they're pretty skittish...
so you have to be very stealthy when trying to get a picture.
here's a Six-lined Race Runner.
i always thought these were the Five Lined skinks.
silly me. i never counted the ...
(trying to get back in the swing of things, i thought i'd start with...)
this week's Thematic Photographic 214
suggested by carmi's written, inc...is...
on the ground.
in the ground.
'grounded' forever...unless it gets caught up in a breeze.
another 'grounded' forever...snake bones
an 'earth star' fungi...popping up & out of the ground
on the ground...a humongous mushroom patch...
seen at one of my client's apartment building.
that's my foot for comparison!
found sticking out of the ground...out back, among the pine trees.
an old turpentine clay pot from the early 1900's.
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 ...
BBBBbbbbbbr. what a cold weekend.
at least when we go camping...we sleep in a camper that slides in the back of the truck...
and not in a tent.
we arrived at Gold Head Branch State Park friday afternoon.
(only about a 40 minute drive from home)
when we checked in, we noticed all the brochures on local wildlife.
gopher tortoises, coyotes, snakes, black bears, fox squirrels, white-tailed deer.
"YEAH!" i thought "not just scat & track pictures!"
while setting up the camper, we let milo out for a ...
Have you ever read something that you have written years after you wrote it and wondered, “Where on earth did that come from? Did I really write that?”
That happened to me earlier tonight. I was looking back at some of my very early writing and while reading one short story had no recollection of writing it. If it hadn’t been a rough draft in my own handwriting I would have thought someone else had written it.
Normally when I read stories ...
This year I thought I would make a couple of changes to avoid the traditional holiday stress. I need to take it easy, beat the crowds, the frustrating search for parking places and cold weather.
I decided not to cook the holiday dinner and to do my shopping online but I wasn’t quite sure where to start. It has been said that Amazon is the granddaddy of online shopping so I started there…Click…
Several family members are the crafty type, I typed ...
Everyone I know complains that there isn't enough time in the day to get important things done. I'm no exception. In the future however, I think I will be a little more selective with things I combine to save time.
I brilliantly arranged for two medical exams to be done on the same day. It was my perfect time-saving plan. I would get my eyes examined, including pupil dilation, in the morning and my annual mammogram in the afternoon. Believe me, ...
I’ve just finished watching Julie and Julia (again). It occurred to me that success seems to be achieved while you’re busy doing something else. At least, that is what I gleaned from the movie, which must be why I liked Forest Gump and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, so much.
That happens to be my most treasured fantasy you know, when success literally smacks you in the back of the head while you’re frantically trying to make something else work. So, ...
I’m not a big fan (no pun intended) of air kisses.
They often seem to say, “I’d kiss you if I really liked you, but since I don’t, I’d rather not soil my lips.”
I was watching the movie, ‘What About Bob’, again… and I always laugh when Dr. Leo Marvin talks to his daughter, Anna, using their look-alike puppet dolls. She fiercely resists but finally gives in to have their puppet conversation in which she tells him exactly what she really ...
People come and go in our lives – some know us for a short time, some for a few years, and some for a lifetime.
One of the common consequences of speaking out about child sexual abuse is the disappearance from our lives of people we would have once considered close friends, and people we have known for a lifetime.
For me, some of my ‘life-long’ friends were open and honest about their inability to support me in my decision to speak ...
Have you ever had a computer crash?
Well, let me tell you, from my own experience it isn’t pretty. I must say though, I now know more about what not to do than what to do in a computer emergency.
I know I won’t perform CPU on my CPU (central processing unit)… ever again. Yelling at a computer will give you a whole new category in feelings of powerlessness. Watching as data slips away can be a frightening encounter but hitting the ...
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