The Best Places in the World to See Cherry Blossoms

It’s Cherry Blossom season! During this time of the year, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom! In Japan, viewing cherry blossoms is a traditional custom known as “Hanami.” From March until early May, the cherry blossoms or sakura (in Japanese) in Japan are at their most beautiful. To celebrate springtime and beauty of the sakura, picnicking underneath the trees is a tradition. These are best places in the world to see cherry blossoms: 1. Japan Japan is cherry blossom central. It ...

Soulful Sounds: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 2

“You can do anything you want to do, if you know what to do.”Betty Carter Soulful Sounds: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 2. Betty Carter sings Ray Charles & Betty Carter – Baby it’s Cold Outside Max Roach 5tet wt/ Abbey Lincoln – Triptych (Prayer/Protest/ Peace)includes”Freedom Now Suite” [1964] “Because jazz doesn’t make money quickly, a lot of people in power are not encouraging young people to really use the word `jazz.’ For a person who’s been out here as long as I have, they’re pretty much sick of me ...

It’s Dahlia Season!

Summer is one of my favourite times of the year because many of my favourite flowers will be in full bloom, like the stunning dahlia! Not only are they beautiful, in the language of flowers, the dahlia symbolizes elegance and dignity! Dahlias are known for their their breathtaking beauty and the way they seem to bring life to any garden or indoor space! They are popular ornamental plants that come in vast range of colours, sizes, and forms! And best of ...

Try This At Home

Some of the best responses I’ve received so far were reactions to my post on Magritte’s painting depicting a pipe. I had no idea this would spark such interest and I’m wondering if lightning can strike twice at Chubby Chatterbox. First, I’m not going to tell you this isn’t a painting of a nude woman. It is…sort of. (Darn—I’m lying already.) I’ll clear this up by saying this picture is intended to depict a woman. It was painted in 1814 by ...

Haiku: Yo Slick… Blow!

“To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship.” Doménico Cieri Estrada Haiku: Yo Slick… Blow! Some shit jive is poison… Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison (Remix) Some jive is poison… Endless gossip about nonsense I say, yo slick… blow It’s my prerogative… Bobby Brown – My Prerogative How we live our lives Look, it’s our prerogative Toe the line or… go A friend shared a decision about a difficult relationship and all the clamoring others made. It brought back memories and prompted ...

On Time: A March Review Of The Blogging Challenge…

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight then it is swept by and another takes its place and this too will be swept away.” Marcus Aurelius On Time: A March Review... Blogging  Congratulations go out to all of my fellow bloggers for completing the first quarter (25%) of the Daily Post Challenge! January 1, 2011 now seems like only a blink away when we embarked on the ...

Seeing the light

Hello, it’s great to be here early for once instead of rushing around at the last-minute. I hope you’ve all had a good week. I’m looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend and Monday off, when I will try to catch up on some of my writing projects (she says with fingers crossed) Thanks to Renee Heath for the photo prompt this week and a special thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for her continuing support, diplomacy and encouragement. Copyright Renee Heath Genre: Historical Fiction Word Count: ...

Inspiration: Building Bridges…

“Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts.” Kjell Magne Bondevik Inspiration: Building Bridges... Westminster Bridge Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth like a garment wear The beauty of the morning; silent , bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the ...

The Psychiatric Couch: The Brady Bunch

Show Open for The Brady Bunch I'm not a clinically trained psychiatrist, but I know how to spell "clinically" without using spell check. And while I don't have a degree in psychiatry I can easily read the degrees on a thermometer. Given those credentials, I believe that I'm more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That's why I write this periodic series titled The Psychiatric Couch.... The first installment of this series explored the psyches of Winnie the Pooh and ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Photo Contest: Vol. 14

It’s another installment 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  last week. The winner of last week’s iteration was Melinda Todd with her geniusly pithy and funny caption below. Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address. That will allow me to send the incredibly confounding $5.37 cash prize via Paypal or as an Amazon e-gift card. For everyone else who ...

Wedded BlissTors – Part 7: Celebrity Crush – Funny Movie Short

Wedded BlissTors - Part 7: Celebrity Crush - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded BlissTors" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples can endure along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #7 deals with a not-so-secret celebrity crush. The links to the other episodes I've made follow the video below.  Please let me know what you think!!!! Wedded BlissTors - ...

Tumbling out of Heaven

Reaching into the darkness,Through the fragile unknown spaces,Between seraphim and cherubim,Locking eyes with deity,And tumbling out of heaven. In reaching I’ve been revived.In wanting I’ve been repelled.In speaking I’ve been silenced. This is what it feels like to speak to the wind.Blown away.This is what it tastes like to kiss the rain.Bittersweet.This is what it sounds like to be cut off. ... This path is killing me with its blood stained pages.This path is stunning with its desperate beauty.Living at the edge of the ...

Is There Moss on Your Butt?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an outstanding writing friend of mine, Sundi Jo Graham. If you’d like to submit a guest post here are the guidelines. ======================== Do you have moss on your butt? Yes, I just asked that question. You’d be surprised how easily that answer can be a yes. In Ken Davis’ new book, Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your Life, he writes about a story a man told him. “Most Christians,” he began, “have moss growing ...

Top-10 List: Creepiest Clowns Ever

I have to confess that I suffer from a disorder that currently has no cure. It's a mild case mind you but a haunting problem none the less that few people talk about. But I'm breaking my silence. I have coulrophobia - an acute fear of clowns. While this may not have the same high-profile cache as other phobias such as fear of water, heights or overly-hairy women it is a real disorder and not a laughing matter. In an effort to face this ...

Radagast the Brown For President in 2012

This is a guest post from an online writing buddy of mine, Chad Jones. We both belong to a blogging group called the Killer Tribes – it’s not as violent as it sounds. Chad is a talented writer, you can read his work over at Randomly Chad. Below is his satirical look at the upcoming presidential election through the lens of The Lord of the Rings. I’m sure the powerful, yet geeky, Mithril lobby in DC will do back flips over this post! [NOTE: You ...

10 Worst Celebrity Baby Names

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~William Shakespeare Thanks for that Willie, but you’re wrong – names matter. ~Tor Constantino Despite what The Bard says, names matter. My birth name is Salvatore and as a kid growing up I was picked on a lot because my parents nicknamed me “Tory.” During the 1970s and 80s that kind of name was different, ergo it was an easy target for bullies and mockery. Based on ...

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