Flower Tattoo Ideas

Did you know that one of our all time most popular search terms for our Fun Flower Facts blog is the phrase “flower tattoos?” About a year ago, we wrote a blog post on flower tattoos  and thought we would revisit the subject again, as the topic is so popular! In fact, it was one of our top 10 blog posts for 2012! As a flower blog, we would have thought “roses,” “tulips” or “orchids” would be our most searched ...

Stop and Smell these Fragrant Flowers!

Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Roses are infamous for their characteristic scent, but they aren’t the only fragrant flowers in the garden. Highly scented flowers attract pollinators, such as butterflies, bees and other insects to the garden and fill the air with a lovely intoxicating scent. Fragrant flowers are always coveted. In fact, floral perfumes are some of the best selling ones in the market. Or if you like, you can even ...

8 Reasons to Garden

“Life begins when you grow a garden.” -Confucius To all the people who have yet to discover the joys of gardening, this blog post is for you! In today’s stressful, fast-paced, technology-obsessed world, gardening has become an increasingly popular trend. People want to reconnect with nature and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Gardening is a low-cost and highly rewarding hobby. In fact, gardening has become a way of life for many people. Starting a garden can change your life. And all ...

Reflections: 9.11 – A Decade And A Year Later…

“Those whose lives were lost on September 11 will remain in our thoughts and prayers forever.” Vito Fossella Reflections: 9.11 – A Decade And A Year Later… Tribute in Light “When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and ...

Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop…

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop... Simplify your life; tune out the noise... Sometimes, the best way to refocus and turn down the noise is to simplify our lives and the way we do things… The constant din around us; voices, things, people urging us on to do, to be, to become, ...

Happy Valentine’s Day: A Haiku And Three Wishes

“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” Winston Churchill Three wishes and Three Valentines Happy Valentine’s What do you wish every soul? Global Love for all “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” Oscar Wilde Three wishes and Three Valentines Happy Valentine’s What do you wish every soul? World Peace No Violence “God sometimes ...

Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos…

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos... Breathe... inhale. exhale... Where is the best place in the world for you to go to relax?  When I first read that question, I thought of all the usual places we run to when we need to relax; bed, retreats, saunas, pools, gardens, walking paths, and such. Then, I thought of all the things we do to ...

A Romantic Proposal with A Dress Made with 9 999 Red Roses!

As cliche as it is, nothing says “I love you” quite like the red rose. If one single red rose can get our hearts aflutter, imagine what 9 999 roses can do! On February 2012, Xiao Fan, a man from Guangzhou proposed to his girlfriend, Yin Mi, with one of the most incredibly romantic and extravagant gestures ever! He definitely set the bar high for all the other men out there! He created a gorgeous custom-made dress made of 9 999 ...

New Blog Name – Thanks For All Suggestions!

New Blog Name - Thanks For All Suggestions!

It's taken more than a year, but I've finally gone ahead and updated the name for this blog. Today's the first day that it's being "published" under the masthead The Daily Retort. Deepest thanks to everyone who offered new suggestions for the blog - there were more than 50 ideas offered. The winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is Ilana Tabak et al (not quite sure how you and your PR posse will divvy up those winnings). There were several others ...

8 Least Favorite Fruits

I love virtually all vegetables and fruits. But let’s be honest, not all fruits are worth eating. In fact, some might only be sanctioned for consumption in a post-apocalyptic-global-thermo-nuclear-war scenario. Such is the case for the following eight fruits that are simply not fit to eat otherwise. 8. Prunes - I rather enjoy plums but somehow during the dehydration process to metamorph into a prune, all the tart deliciousness gets sucked out and gets replaced with the blechy flavor of nursing home, moth balls, Geritol and Ensure. 7. Mango/Papaya/Pineapple/Akee – The very thought ...

Tough to Say “Happy Easter” After Reading This…

Many people ignore or take for granted the idea that Jesus was crucified more than two thousand years ago. However, the barbarism  of that mode of death was and is one of the most cruel means of tortured death. I came across this Medial Description of the Crucifixion by Dr. C. Truman Davis. These types of readings have been around for years, but if you’ve never had the chance to read – it’s enlightening – however, the phrase “Happy Easter” seems wildly ...

Reader Favorites 2011 – #4: 20 Texting Phrases Parents Must Know

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 4th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011, it’s a useful piece that every parent should read regarding 20 Texting Phrases Parents Must Know and was originally posted in October. According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center ...

Spirituality Yea or Nay … or Whatever

Author: Volk; Publisher: HarperOne When I see a book trailer that intrigues me, and especially if it’s on a topic I may have reservations about, I Google the title to see who published it and what may have been written about the book already. Today I was intrigued by the trailer (link provided below) on Fringe-ology by Steve Volk. The book was published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers that specializes in influential books on personal growth, religion, spirituality, and ...

A Late Summer Night's Swim

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 ...

Life Personified

A friend recently commented on my habit of personifying things. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant so I looked it up on dictionary.com: “per·son·i·fi·ca·tio [per-son-uh-fi-key-shuh n] noun, the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions.” He was right. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I think I do it because life has become so big and scary that humanizing things brings life down to my level. Living in a world where, amongst ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 3

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the extremely generous, yet random, $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest. [EdiTOR's Note: In case you didn't notice, with all the money saved on the weekly cash prize - I sprung for a graphic designer to gin up a spiffy logo icon for the contest.] After much deliberation and consultation with photo experts at Kodak (they’ve got time on their hands following the company’s bankruptcy earlier this year)  a winner has been ...

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Dee - 40 Again
January 31, 2012, 7:29 am

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.♥

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