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Inspiration: My Name Is Luka…

“From small acorns, mighty oak trees grow…”   Geoffrey Chaucer’s‘Troilus and Criseyde‘ Inspiration: My Name Is Luka... Suzanne Vega – Luka My name is Luka - Lyrics via azlyrics.com  I live on the second floor I live upstairs from you Yes I think you’ve seen me before If you hear something late at night Some kind of trouble. some kind of fight Just don’t ask me what it was Just don’t ask me what it was Just don’t ask me what it was… Contd below 25 years ago today, Suzanne Vega wrote and performed a song, My Name Is ...

Easy Poinsettia Crafts!

The festive poinsettia is the flower of the season! There is no better way to celebrate the holidays and to pass the time during those cold, wintery days than to make some poinsettia crafts! Not only will these crafts keep kids entertained during the holiday break, they will add colour and holiday cheer to any home! And unlike fresh poinsettias, these flowers will last indefinitely. Here are some of the best, easiest video tutorials I’ve found online: Poinsettia Wreath Get a wreath form ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hypericum (aka St. John’s Wort)

Hypericum (hy-PERRI-cum), also known as St. John’s Wort is a genus of 400 flowering plants that can be found all over the world in a variety of habitats. Some are grown as annuals, perennials, shrubs, and small trees. They can be deciduous or evergreen. The foliage is a lush dark green. Hypericum produces buttercup-like flowers with five petals in colours that range from pale to dark yellow. But as attractive as the flowers may be, in some places like farmlands, they ...

Breaking Rules or Rules That Are Broken

Every week as I read all the crazy stories of idiotic burglars fumbling their way into the "Weird News" columns, I can't help but think of all the funny jokes to be made at their expense.  You can't really feel too sorry for a person that ends up in trouble in their attempt to do harm to someone else and in the process bungle their way into jail.  However, there are occasionally stories, that I become conflicted over. As you all ...

A Week of Winners

No Butts About It When Madelyn Sheaffer went to the Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence, Missouri on Tuesday, the last thing she expected was that her bathing suit would cause a disturbance. Sheaffer, 43, said after she got into the pool with her niece and nephew, two teenage employees approached her and told her to put on shorts because her bottoms were too small. A supervisor backed up their decree by saying she needed to cover up or leave the park. “I just felt like ...

Welcome 2012: Tips For An Abundant & Healthy Year!

“New Year’s Day – Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Mark Twain Welcome 2012: Tips For An Abundant & Healthy Year! Start with a Thank You..! Welcome 2012: Tips For An Abundant & Healthy Year! ♥Happy New Year! What will you remember most about 2011? Aside from the many earth-shifting international events, I will remember the goodwill of many people in the world; helping others, sharing ...

Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera…

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” Cesare Pavese Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera... imagine the music and dad here... Inspiration: Memories of Guantanamera... and of Cuban cigar days past... sitting in the sun Guantanamera – The Sandpipers I was in my living room reading when the song wafted onto the air from the radio… I stopped, looked up, and was immediately transported to a time back in my childhood days, many moons ago, ...

You Be The Judge

A Virginia woman bought a box of junk for seven dollars at a local flea market. When she got home she found a small painting in the box, a nicely framed landscape. The painting didn’t interest her but she felt the frame had value. A gold tag fixed to the frame identified the artist. She didn’t recognize the name: Renoir. The woman’s mother stopped her from ripping the painting from the frame and convinced her to have it appraised. Experts at ...

The Tempest

This jewel of a painting, glowing like a stained glass window, is more modern than it looks at first glance. We don’t know exactly when it was created (probably around 1508) and we don’t know its real name—The Tempest is a nickname to make it easier to identify. So what makes it so modern? Giorgione (a nickname meaning Big George) was an astonishingly gifted Venetian painter who died young and left only a handful of paintings. The colors and textures are ...

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Rob Swanson and his latest book is titled Do Angels Still Fall? Rob is a freelance writer and ghostwriter, as well as a husband, father and Christian, Rob explores, among other things, the depths of God’s riches and wonders. His professional website is www.swanwrite.com and respective publishing site is www.prevailpress.com. Here are 7 Questions With ...

Pimping The Duke's Ride

When I graduated from college and decided to become a professional artist I had to figure out what type of art I wanted to specialize in. I considered painting landscapes because I enjoyed depicting mountains and streams, but I settled on portrait painting because nothing gave me greater pleasure than smearing colors on a blank surface to create an image that looked like it could talk back to you. This, for me, was pure magic. I placed samples of my work ...

Peculiar Picture #10

I’ve become indifferent to many of the hundreds of illustrations I’ve painted over the years. Not so with this picture. In fact, I can’t tell you if it’s an illustration or a painting. It’s just one of my favorites. I was experimenting with fast-drying acrylic paint after years of using oils. I wanted to see if I could build up glazes like Titian and Rembrandt without waiting a week for each layer of paint to dry. Clients don’t like waiting for ...

10 Things Every Mom Says…

My mom in her 20's This is a re-post from last year that I thought was appropriate for Mother’s Day. Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother’s photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up. Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive. My father died ...

7 Questions With an Author: Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting, author and writer This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s co-featured author is an online acquaintance of mine named Joe Bunting. He’s a first time author but an accomplished writer who blogs regularly at his popular site, www.thewritepractice.com. Here are 7 Questions With an Author: Joe Bunting 1. Tell us about your book? 14 Prompts is half book and half workbook. It’s basically ...

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Titanic Memorial Cruise & 5 Worse Ideas….

Titanic Mania

April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated sailing and sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic, which rammed into an iceberg nearly a century ago.

Here are some interesting facts surrounding that horrific tragedy that you might have forgotten.

  • Of the 1517 people who perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered.
  • The largest percentage of survivors came from first class passengers.
  • Even though directions had been given for women and children to board the lifeboats first, a number of men were reported as survivors while a surprisingly large number of women and children perished in the disaster.
  • Most of the women and children lost in the sinking came from second and third class.

Again, this was a tragedy of epic scale.

A Truly Tasteless Travel Tour

So imagine my surprise when the Miles Morgan Travel agency announced its Titanic Memorial Cruise. This is not a post-April Fool’s joke.

Apparently, the cost of a single ticket on the 8-day cruise  ranges in price from $999-$2,999 with the excursion leaving New York City for Halifax, Nova Scotia [see map below].

Then the ship travels to the site in the Atlantic where the unthinkable sinking occurred, and then they turn the ship around and head back to NYC – thankfully skipping the distance the original Titanic cruised….to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.

Route of the “Titanic Memorial Cruise” – image via www.titanicanniversarycruise.com

Now I may be a bit overly sensitive, but this memorial cruise idea seems a tad bit ill-conceived. As such, I’m curious as to what other possible ideas didn’t make the cut.

What’s Worse Than a Titanic Memorial Cruise???

So here are five other little travel excursions that they might have thought up but nixed because they were tackier and more exploitative than a Titanic Memorial Cruise.

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Chicago River Boat Tour- nothing says “I Love You” like a smoking Tommy gun from Prohibition Chicago over a berry salad with champagne as you’re “taken down” the Windy City waterway.

Kent State University Shooting and Campus Tour – all the exuberance and turbulence of the 60′s recaptured for high school seniors considering this bucolic  Ohio campus, with each paid trip students get a free commemorative flack jacket.

Branch Davidian Bed & Breakfast Siege - the former compound of cult leader David Koresh in Waco, TX was renovated into a quaint B&B where actors dressed like ATF and FBI agents use jelly-filled squirt guns to coat the freshly-made biscuits each morning.

The Philadelphia Police Block Party and MOVE Organization Barbecue – this festive annual event (and savory barbecue) commemorates the 11 people who died, along with the 60 houses destroyed when police firebombed a MOVE house.

Hindenberg Disaster Hot Air Balloon Rides - the carnival like atmosphere of the original dirigible is recreated along with face-painting, fried dough and fire resistant balloon animals. The first 100 registrants get their very own “OH, THE HUMANITY” tee shirts!

Question: Are there any other events or travel packages that might be tackier than a Titanic Memorial Cruise?

Titanic – image via Wikipedia 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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