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Kenya’s Flower Farms Go Green

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

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Fun Flower Facts: Plumeria

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The History of the Easter Lily

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Best Plants for the Classroom

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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 ...

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The Itsy Bitsy Vacation

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Parenting Tips From a Friend – Guest Post

Tor, I know you’ve done this before. You have two beautiful young girls. You’re a great dad. You’ve raised them well. But you’re rusty. It’s been a while since you’ve had a brand new young’n. I thought I’d give you some tips on what’s changed since you’ve been out of practice. Poop No change. Still stinky and manages to get places you’d rather it didn’t. Food It’s not just Gerber jars of greenish goo anymore. The cool new trend is to make it yourself from purely hippie, ...

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10 Women I’d Like to Have a Glass of Wine With

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My Submission to an Essay Contest – Results

I feel like such a dumb-ass. The mind is a wondrous place. My mind, for instance, thought I’d posted eleven days ago the outcome of my submission to the essay contest. Today I checked on that posting for a different reason and found it was still in the “draft” section of my WordPress dashboard. And it’s a good thing, because what I had written and not posted was a very dumb piece of poetry. Now I’ve deleted that, and today I ...

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November 11, 2012, 1:45 pm

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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