tbficon Blog Directory - locate and preview unique blogs, click here...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Rose Parade

The Rose Parade or the Tournament of Roses Parade is an annual festival  where the main attraction is the parade of larger than life, intricate flower-covered floats! The event is held on New Year’s Day (or the day after if the holiday falls on a Sunday) in Pasadena, California. Along with the floats, the Rose Parade also features high energy marching bands, dancers and equestrian entertainment. Rules state that the entire float must be covered in fresh flowers, seeds, tree bark ...

At The Met: The Incomparable Alexander McQueen Show – Savage Beauty…

“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” Alexander McQueen At The Met: The Incomparable Alexander McQueen Show - Savage Beauty... the end then back to beginnings At The Met: The Incomparable Alexander McQueen Show - Savage Beauty... yes, the lines took almost 2 hours At The Met: The Incomparable Alexander McQueen Show - Savage Beauty... very long but fairly fast moving lines The final days of the Alexander McQueen exhibit are here … and the ...

Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry… – “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson We spend time worrying… Rushing here and there in pain Wondering … what if? Wondering … what if The sky would fall if we stop The sun and moon too… “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” Rachel Carson Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry – “Everybody needs beauty as well ...

Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile flowers have been used for centuries to treat an assortment of ailments. The flowers are known to contain anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. There are two main types of chamomile used in traditional herbal medicine: German Chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and Roman or English Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). If you are a gardener, you can grow your own flowers. Alternatively, you can purchase dried flower heads, liquid extracts or creams from specialty or herbal stores. Chamomile tea is readily available at most grocery ...

10 Uses for Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile is a fragrant, daisy-like flower with many uses! The use of chamomile as a medicinal herb dates back to the ancient Egyptian days. It has an intoxicating apple fragrant that is sure to delight the senses! The German Camomile is one of the most popular flowering herbs in the world-most famous for its tea! This yellow and white flower is known to have healing properties, such as relieving stress and promoting relaxation. Here are some of the ways you can ...

The Legend of the Christmas Rose

Christmas is a special time of the year-  a time when miracles and all that is good is celebrated and cherished! The Christmas Rose is one of these good things!  The Christmas Rose is not actually a rose, but a hellebore that will bloom in the dead of winter in the  darkest days and stay in bloom for the rest of the season even when nothing else is blooming! It’s a miracle! In fact, this is what legends are made ...

Amazing Flower Contructions by Anne Ten Donkelaar

Know what I love more than flowers? Art! Much like flowers, art adds beauty and life to our world. I especially enjoy artwork that is inspired by flowers, like the artwork by Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar.” Inspired by her love of flowers, her whimsical “Flower Constructions” series explores the complexity and the beauty of nature, while challenging viewers to use their imaginations. Anne used a combination of pressed flowers and leaves, illustrations and magazine cut outs to create these stunningly detailed ...

7 Questions With an Author: Kim Pryor

Author and Relationship Expert: Kim Pryor 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 Kimberly Pryor. She’s a freelance writer who has published more than 600 magazine and newspaper articles. When not writing, she’s often playing with the marmots and bears of the Eastern Sierra and hiked to the top of Mount Whitney for the first time this year. ...

Share Your Best Cost-Saving Tip!

What are you doing to save some Benjamins??? If you're burning bushels of dollar bills in your mansion's fireplace while you're also blasting the air conditioning on sub-arctic chill, you probably don't need to read this post. But if you're like the vast majority of Americans, you want to keep more of your hard earned cash. Most people are already working as hard as they can to cover their monthly expenses - they simply can't work more hours in a day. So if ...

Pregnancy Update – Home Stretch!

This may be one of the final pregnancy updates I’ll post until our baby boy arrives. My wife has crossed 38 weeks gestational age for the pregnancy – so he’ll be a full term. Things have moved so fast since we discovered our family was expanding and we decided to share it publicly here. We’ve provided developmental milestones via the awesome web site BabyCenter.com. Here’s what’s happening at week 38: Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he’s more ...

Pushcarts And Promotion

Long before I was born, my immigrant great-grandfather (one of them) moved into his daughter's fine house in Kansas City, Missouri.   At the time, Aunt Bess (my great-aunt) had married the father of the then mayor of the city and lived large. She was a flamboyant woman although I knew her only briefly and in the sunset years of her life.   She married multiple times, divorced when it just wasn't done, and did things with her own style.   Members of the ...

Too Romantic For Romance?

I'm talking about reviews today because I'm often puzzled by them. Overall, most of the reviews of my titles have been positive, written by people who understand and enjoy the story. I thank all those who have enjoyed my work enough to give me a good review and I treasure those.  It's balm to a writer's heart when someone "gets" your story, understand and appreciates your characters. Sometimes, however, I get reviews that leave me scratching my head and wondering just what the ...

Supertrout

A true story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. The Himalayas had the Abominable Snowman; Scotland had the Loch Ness Monster; the Northwest had Bigfoot; and the Santa Cruz Mountains had Supertrout. Described by those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him, Supertrout was a noble denizen of the water, a baron of bait stealing; big as a barracuda, he could be hooked but was too big to land. My older brother lusted for him like Ahab over ...

What Was I Thinking???

Buying this shirt, one of many "What was I thinking..." moments Admit it. You’ve had one of those moments – we all have. We did or said something that seemed completely lucid, rational and sane at the time, yet in hindsight we ultimately shake our heads and ask ourselves, “What was I thinking???” I’m not talking about major life-changing screw-ups. No base jumping off the CN Tower in Toronto, or trying to knock off a Vegas casino or smuggling endangered animals into the Ukraine ...

Visit the authors blog by clicking on the link below!

Dee - 40 Again

Weekly photo challenge – Hope

Hope is a very powerful thing.  Without it, life for some is almost not worth living.  I have been very lucky to have been able  to travel a great deal, quite often on business but mainly for pleasure. Each time I have visited New York, if I have had time, I have joined one of the many boat trips that take tourists out to see  Ellis Island and an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty.

Each time I see Liberty standing guard as she appears to do, I think of the many millions of people, weary and scared as they neared the end of their long journey, seeing her for the first time.  Some refugees, fleeing from persecution;  some emigrants, escaping extreme poverty and hardship and I think of the hope she must have given them, as they sought a new life for themselves and their families.

Dee - 40 Again

Dee - 40 Again

I am a business owner, wife, mother, new grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, mother-in-law, great aunt - lots of different hats! I love my blog where I can write about things that make me smile, that interest or annoy me, I love comments and meeting new bloggers, also rather fond of chocolate - any type and an occasional glass of red wine.♥

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>