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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 ...

Sydney Vivid Lights

Last weekend we went to see the Vivid light show on the Sydney buildings at Circular Quay.  In a word WOW! Vivid Light Show Sydney It was definitely worth the the hassle of parking the car in Balmain, catching a bus into the city and walking for ages to get there. Sydney Opera House We saw the Sydney Opera House as I have never seen it before – magnificient! Not to mention horses galloping across buildings…. Courses For Horses And then cars driving up them.  The technological ...

A Tribute: Elizabeth Taylor

Words can fail when expressing the heart felt emotions with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. So rather than using words, I thought a more fitting tribute would be a few glimpses into the exceptional works she has left for us to enjoy for years to come. National Velvet I saw as a child and I will readily admit, I have loved her since then...   National Velvet Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Getting Angry, Baby? Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison and Richard Burton in ...

On the Rise of Nerds by C.C.Cole July 16, 2011

As a late-bloomer to the cyber-age, it’s finally occurred to me that the denigrating term used to describe un-beautiful, un-athletic, usually smart, badly dressed, socially awkward and glasses wearing people has now risen to a near-compliment:  nerd.  Twitter uses the term commonly to attract followers. Since I put on and wore my first pair of glasses in the third grade, I can relate to nerds on many levels.  I removed my spectacles with almost every school picture.  At the upper part ...

Home alone…

Home alone...

My husband left early this morning, heading very far south... to South America. I am at home with the dogs, watching tv, eating Allsorts. Not a bad way to be actually. K is on a three week tour of Peru: Lima, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, rainforest, blah, blah, blah. It's something he has always wanted to do, and is literally on his bucket list. Why am I not going with him? He gets more vacation time from work. He has more of a ...

Deconstruction

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever laid eyes on me that Mrs. Chatterbox is a “foodie.” She’s an avid fan of cooking shows like Top Chef,Chopped, and Iron Chef. I have little reason to complain. For forty years she has prepared meals for me, and she has labored heroically to bring new dishes and cuisines to our dinner table. My only complaint is that she usually prepares too much food. I’m an enthusiastic eater but I’m ...

Delicious Vegetarian Main Dishes by Jennifer S. Larson

I’m not sure when I begin to cook. I know I was young’; probably 7 or 8. My one childhood cooking memory is making brownies follow the recipe in the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls. When I was 8 (maybe 9) my Grandma sent me a cookbook for Christmas. I couldn’t wait to try it out. The first recipe I tried was for brownies. Trust me, I have never tasted a better brownie before or since! That cookbook was the first in ...

Fun Flower Facts: Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Now that it is late fall, some of you, especially those living in cooler climates, may have been noticing the sun isn’t as out as much. The days have been shorter and cooler. So to brighten up your day, today’s blog post is about coreopsis, one of Mother Nature’s brightest and most cheerful flowers! Coreopsis or Tickseed are known for their vibrant, daisy-like flowers. Flowers can be golden yellow, pale yellow, pink or bi-coloured. It is genus of perennial plants belonging ...

2013 Jersey Battle of Flowers

The annual Jersey Battle of Flowers, which takes place on the Island of Jersey (located between the south coast of the UK & northern France) on the second Thursday and Friday of August, is one of the best places to see a parade or two!  Elaborate, brightly-coloured flower-decorated floats are displayed at a parade on the Thursday afternoon and once again on Friday evening at the Midnight Parade. Thousands of fresh chrysanthemums and asters, which are shipped from the UK ...

Weekly photo challenge – Create – A Bird of Paradise

As soon as I read the topic for the challenge this week, I thought of my grandmother and a piece of work she created when she was 76, after signing up for a night school course to ‘learn something a bit different”. Her eyesight was getting worse and she was suffering with arthritis in her hands, but once she had started the embrodiery course she was determined to see it through. The result of her labours was framed and put on show in the town ...

Floral Crimes

What? Floral Crimes? Is there really such a thing? You bet there is! I’ve found stories from around the world that involve theft, vandalism, police and even the mafia, yes the MAFIA! So sit back, relax & read all about these crimes against the blooms of nature. When you’re done do try and resist the urge to check your flower beds! First Up: Funeral Thefts… What kind of person do you have to be to steal flowers from a funeral or cemetery? I mean ...

AIFD ‘Caliente’ Symposium 2012 Miami July 12-16

Every year The American Institute of Floral Design hosts an extravagant floral symposium, with designers from all over the globe flocking for inspiration and to have a great time. This year the theme was Caliente – hot designs, hot events, and hot inspiration. The 2012 symposium, held at the Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel in Miami from July 16 to the 22, featured design shows put on by world renowned floral designers, displays to inspire, and out-of-the-box extravagant flower arrangements. The week long ...

Frost Flowers – It is the Season!

Frost flowers, have you ever heard of them? I hadn’t, until today. Turns out they aren’t really flowers but they are just as beautiful… Image Credit: documentingreality.com These are created when moisture inside plant stems expands as it freezes which forces it out of long thin cracks and creates a ribbon of ice. The ribbons curl which creates the appearance of a translucent or white flower. Image Credit: news9.com Usually a frost flower is only visible in the early morning as they melt quickly. Image Credit: ...

...for my sister...

sometimes our blogs are our therapy. most of the time i like to have fun with nature... NOT MUCH is more exciting to me than wandering around... in the yard...in the woods...and finding interesting things to take pictures of. well...although i always have a vast number of pic's to go through and decide which ones to post... today is more of a deep thought day. the first thing i did this morning...before i even got my coffee... was to light a memorial candle for my sister. sally was 3 ...

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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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