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Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”  Calvin Coolidge Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started… ♥ Think through that blog name ~ Choose one carefully and think long term ♥ Invest in a custom domain name and use it ~ Buy your name and use it ♥ Brand your blog name across a few social media sites not all ~ Stay involved ♥ Blogging, like any small business, ...

Old-Fashioned Home-Made Chili Con Carne

Chili (Chili Con Carne) has been one of my favorite foods for more than 60 years now. And, I have been working on my Chili recipe for almost as long as that because I wanted a Chili that reminded me of the kind my Mother made and the kinds that I used to get at local restaurants. You will find my Chili to be a rather simple affair, but then that might be the appeal of it.  Nothing fancy but altogether flavorful ...

My Next Big Thing!

My Next Big Thing! Laine Cunningham, recipient of two national awards for her novel, Message Stick, tagged me for a blog hop called “My Next Big Thing.” Laine posted on her current project, Buy Light and Purple Blooms. Check out her full blog post by clicking here. Everyone in the blog hop answered ten questions about their latest projects. Laine’s describes Buy Light and Purple Blooms as a women’s thriller. "That is, the story is primarily a woman’s story yet it has ...

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 2

I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned. About Eggs I spent a lot of time experimenting with egg replacers this year. It was a truly informative experience. What I discovered is that there are certain recipes where there is NO substitute for the actual egg. These ...

Whirling Dervishes

We entered a cave and passed through a tunnel that opened into a theater carved from rock. The blistering heat of the day couldn’t reach through tons of insulating rock. We were in Cappadocia, here to see the famous Whirling Dervishes. I knew little about them, aside from that song “Maria” in The Sound of Music, where singing nuns complain that Maria could throw a whirling dervish out of whirl. I remember wondering what this meant but never bothered to find ...

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers

All of the sudden most of the Bell peppers in the green house all got ripe at once. Time for a real winter treat of stuffed green peppers. Every since I wrote the piece on Flavoring a Whole Food  Plant-Based Diet, I have been hungry for them, so this is my golden opportunity! There is something very satisfying about food that tastes this good, has great nutrition and is easy to make. Here is how I do it. Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers Preheat ...

The Curiously Amazing Habits Of The Internet Troll!

Who remembers the story from childhood of "Billy Goat's Gruff" where there is a nasty-tempered troll living underneath a bridge waiting for some unfortunate little goat to happen by so the Troll can entice it and finally eat it? That was an interesting story and I am pleased that it was childhood fiction because for a long time after reading it, I always wondered if it was safe to cross bridges on foot---especially alone---especially after dark---you know how it is with ...

today

Today marks the end of the second week in our house. The novelty of living in and owning the house may be wearing off, but we still really love it here. We have all kinds of (very expensive) plans on how we want to really make the place our own, but cash is seriously tight at the moment - the way we knew it would be when we signed the bond documents with Nedbank. It is bare minimums at the moment and ...

Unique Container Gardening Ideas

Container gardening has grown in popularity in recent years, especially for those living in apartments or smaller spaces. It’s a great way to add a burst of colour and personality to your outdoor space! And one of the best things about container gardening is just about any object can be transformed into a container for gardening! Container gardening is the perfect way to transform your unwanted/broken/useless household items into a fantastic, one-of-a-kind planter! Here are some fun and unique container ideas ...

Traditional Easter Flowers & Symbolism

As you know, flowers are perfect for any occasion and for no reason at all. That being said, Easter is one of those times of year when flowers have significant meaning, especially for Christians. Traditional Easter flowers are often displayed in churches to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and new beginnings. These are the traditional flowers associated with Easter: Easter Lily The white Easter Lily is the most popular traditional flower for Easter,  symbolizing purity, hope and life. It has significant meaning ...

Fun Flower Facts: Scilla (Squill)

Scilla or squill is a genus of flowering bulbs native to the woodlands, meadows and seashores throughout Europe and Africa. It can be identified by its bright green leaves and produces clusters of bluebell or star-shaped blooms. They look a lot like snowdrops, but slightly larger and blue in colour. Flowers are typically bright blue, but white, pink and purple varieties are available. Some species are fragrant. Most flower in the early spring, while a few bloom in the fall. Plants ...

The Garden of Weedin'

I preface this all by stressing that I am by no means a meticulous person. My housecleaning philosophy is to invite only those guests with acute astigmatism (Ok, my father is an ophthalmologist) and a blunted sense of smell. Sort of like a proverbial unobserved tree falling in the woods: if no one notices or is ill-mannered enough to comment, then the clutter does not exist. When visiting friends' homes, I, in turn, encompass the trio of monkeys by neglecting ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – September

August passed with a blink of an eye and before I realised, it was September. Unfortunately, I failed in my personal challenge to record my “August” gardening “ups and downs” along with photographic evidence. Fortunately I made some notes, which I’ve recorded below, but photographs are like hen’s teeth (non-existent) A bug called citrus leaf miner attacked my lemon and lime trees so I attempted to treat with a spray consisting of 100ml (2 cups) of vegetable oil 25ml (1/2 cup) of washing ...

The History of the Shamrock and St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For as long as St. Patrick’s Day has been around, the shamrock, a three leaf clover, has become Ireland’s most celebrated and iconic symbol. But how did the shamrock become the symbol for St. Patrick’s Day? Long before the commercialization of St. Patrick’s Day, the shamrock was considered a sacred plant in Christianity. Legend has it that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the fundamental concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagans. He explained that just ...

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

The Joy of a Laughing Baby

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There is something magical about a baby laughing – especially when it’s your own.

On Friday evening, we were sitting in the living room with our three kids ages 11 and 8 years along with our newborn of four months.

Our boy was on my lap while I was twirling one of his toys in mid-air and he was laughing to beat the band.

I tried to finagle my iPhone out and record some of his jovial sounds, the :60 seconds below is what I captured.

 

I just wanted to share a few moments of this incredible blessing we get to raise!

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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