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10 Ways to Eat Daylilies

Did you know that daylilies are edible? It’s true! Not only are these flowers pretty to look at, daylilies are also quite tasty! In fact, daylilies are common in eastern Asian cuisines. And the best part is that, you don’t have to wait for the plant to bloom for a meal. All parts of the daylily are edible, including the flowers, tuber, buds, young shoots and leaves. The flowers are mild in flavour, similar to lettuce— slightly sweet and crunchy. But it’s ...

Delicious Sweet Basil

Delicious Sweet Basil

Aromatic, Green And Extremely Delicious Culinary Delight! By John Richard Liming Basil comes to us originally from India, I believe and, in my personal opinion, is one of the most exquisite additions to many really gourmet-type dishes in cooking!  I dearly love the smell and the taste of fresh sweet basil! Basil plays a very prominent role in Italian cooking, but I have made good use of it in some of my Greek-Style dishes as well, and, even in some of my Mexican ...

New Uses for Used Books

Item 1: At breakfast in Genoa, Italy, the other day (heh-heh), at the start of our trip to walk Cinque Terre (out of this world vacation experience), I noticed how the hotel decorated its breakfast room. It felt like a personal welcome. True, I couldn’t read the books–in Italian–but it was the thought that counted. Item 2: I must share this with you, an article from Publishers Weekly (scroll to top of link, title “You Know You’re Going to Want One…”) about ...

Who Are You?

Who are you? This question is prompt #1 of 14 days of the Scintilla Project. Scintilla means  a tiny trace or spark, and that’s what the prompts are… just starting  points or ending points, to spark a blog post. My first reaction to this prompt was to scream and run away. Hmmm. That’s interesting. What could possibly be so bad about me that I would cringe at a three word prompt? I could take the easy way out, and say I don’t really know, it’s uncomfortable to write about ...

Lucky or Unlucky

Lucky or Unlucky

A couple of days ago, I got a text from a friend that wanted to know if the day that I was embarrassing myself over at the Sweet Tomato Restaurant choking on a chunk of broccoli, if I thought I was going to die. For those of you that were reading my blog last February, you might remember that I did a post called  Random Acts of Kindness that told about my stellar move of trying to simultaneously talk, breath and eat ...

Piglet is Spitting Feathers!

A year or so ago we went to a brilliant Italian restaurant in a seaside town near Portimão, in the Algarve. The staff were efficient and friendly, the pasta was perfect, the sauce delicious and the desserts outstanding! Even the decor and ambience were welcoming, so we vowed to return next time we were in the area. We returned today, as promised, and the restaurant was empty. Strange, because many of the other places we’d passed on the way were quite ...

To Blog or Not to Blog

To blog or not to blog…that is the question. I’ve been sitting on this blog for three days now…pondering if I should post it or not. My ego/pride was arguing that I sometimes reveal too much to you, yet my artist/spiritual side was arguing that the truth is the only thing worth writing. So, after contemplating the universe from my Corolla, while zipping through traffic, harmonizing with Bette, and using my steering wheel as a percussion instrument, I’ve committed ...

7 Ways to Reuse Your Valentine’s Flowers

Stop! Don’t throw out your Valentine’s Day flowers! Yes, we know it’s been a week since you’ve received them and that the flowers are dying, but they still have life in them. They can be preserved and then can be used to create new and exciting things! Here are some ways you can reuse your Valentine’s flowers. Dried rose petals make a wonderfully fragrant potpourri. Rose petals can also be used to make rose water. Make beautiful pressed flower cards. Make a dried flower ...

The Flowering Of Creativity

A friend sent me these amazing photos this week of a flower festival that takes place in  ”Bloemencorso” Zundert in the Netherlands. This event began in 1936 as a flower parade and has since become the become the oldest and most celebrated flower festival  in Europe. Ever since it began, Zundert in the Netherlands has hosted an annual flower show Bloemencorso. On average 50,000 visitors come to the town to look at the brilliant flower displays. Giraffes made from Dahlia Flowers Something’s Fishy Tigers Here is ...

Village Park Eco Home

Green building, or sustainable construction, is more than environmentally responsible. It’s fiscally smart. Simply put, eco-friendly designed buildings cost less to operate. That’s why we’re so excited to be on the design team for the Village Park Eco Home, a contemporary hill country home about to be constructed in Highland Village, Texas. The home is being built to answer the question, “What’s next in high-performance home construction?” And the answers are cutting edge! It’s an exciting project in green construction, being built with ...

A Romantic Proposal with A Dress Made with 9 999 Red Roses!

As cliche as it is, nothing says “I love you” quite like the red rose. If one single red rose can get our hearts aflutter, imagine what 9 999 roses can do! On February 2012, Xiao Fan, a man from Guangzhou proposed to his girlfriend, Yin Mi, with one of the most incredibly romantic and extravagant gestures ever! He definitely set the bar high for all the other men out there! He created a gorgeous custom-made dress made of 9 999 ...

mushroom maniac...

"maniacal frenzy" that's what i'm suffering from these days. (well, not really suffering...i'm a merry maniac) with the everyday rain we've been having lately (which is highly unusual this time of year)... every time i step outside...i see MORE mushrooms... NEW mushrooms... growing to enormous size in just ONE night! and so...i can be seen...crazily running around...camera in hand... trying to battle the mosquitoes and dodge the gnats... snapping pictures, sometimes from an ant's point of view. if you're anything like me... you'll enjoy all the different shapes, sizes, textures and colors! (i ...

Announcing: The Artist's Play Room

Before I make my big announcement, let me say I'm thrilled to be the newest Artist Member of Inspiration Avenue. I'm so happy that they picked me to become a new contributer to the team. Inspiration Ave. is a blog made up of about a dozen artists from several countries who get together online and inspire one another to create art. We all also have Etsy shops which we also endeavor to support & encourage. Since I'm now a member, ...

12 Uses for Sunflower

The bright and cheerful sunflower, one of the most popular summer flowers, is one of the most versatile plants in the world. Gardeners love them because they are very easy to grow, low maintenance and quick growing. There are many different varieties to choose from, ranging in assorted colours, sizes and forms. Besides brightening up someone’s day, the sunflower is considered to be a major global cash crop! All parts of the plant, including seeds, stalk and petals, are useful in ...

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

Steps Toward an Amish NFL???

America loves football – specifically the brand of football produced by the National Football League (NFL) .

In fact, research shows that the number of football fans in this country continues to grow faster than in any other professional sport.

The action, strategy, athleticism – and let’s be honest – the violence, makes the NFL must-see-TV for most households in this country every Sunday during the football season.

It’s interesting, however, to note that several developments during the past few months may lead some fans to think the NFL leadership has some pro-Amish leanings.

Let me explain.

I’m not asserting that the league will be swapping out helmets for quaint Amish straw hats or make players travel to games by horse and buggy – but consider the following Amish-esque policies the NFL has recently enacted.


Head coach for the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton, has just begun a season-long suspension at the hands of the NFL administration for allowing his defensive players to systematically target and injure competing players via paid “bounties” offered by assistant coaches.

While Payton kept his job, the punishment forbids him from engaging or even talking to anyone associated with the NFL from now through the Super Bowl in 2013. Now if that’s not the same as an old-fashioned, Amish shunning I’ll gladly change my name to Jedidiah Zechariah Stolzfus.

Less Violence

Last year the NFL rules committee announced a change in kick-offs, requiring these plays occur at the 35-yard line to slow player speeds and reduce the risk of severe injuries – specifically concussions. This rule change seeks to make one of the most exciting plays in football, less violent.

And now, team owners and league officials are discussing eliminating kick-offs altogether to further reduce violent collisions. The NFL seems to be getting in touch with its inner pacifist, similar to the non-violent Amish who practice a pacifistic lifestyle.

Submission to Patriarchal Authority

One of the key distinctions of Amish culture is captured in their use of the German word Gelassenheit, or “submission,” which they define as obedience to the will of community authorities and patriarchs.

This Amish approach for order ironically mirrors the leadership model of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. During his nearly six-years as head of the NFL clan, Goodell has meted out penalties stiffer than a Mennonite minister’s collar for a variety of infractions ranging from performance-enhancing drug use to player conduct off-the-field.

Goodell has laid down the communal law, and expects strict adherence or else he’ll dispense his brand of justice faster than the crack of a buggy whip.
Having said all that, I’m not expecting the NFL to go hardcore Amish:

  • Don’t expect the NFL to institute half-time butter churning extravaganzas or barn-raising celebrations during the playoffs.
  • NFL rookies won’t be given the opportunity to experience Rumspringa, nor will there be team quilting bees or scripture readings.
  • I also don’t think NFL stadiums will swap out beer and hotdogs for Amish goat’s milk and soda cracker pudding.

However, the reality is that the threat of class-action injury lawsuits from past players against the league is spurring this kinder gentler devolution of the NFL.

Who knows, in a few years perhaps a rowdy game of Amish horseshoes may have more action than an NFL season opener.

Question: Is the NFL too violent? If so, what should be done about it?

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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