Prepare To Die!

“I’m sorry, but I have to kill you.” “Why? Am I bothering you?” “No, but that isn’t the point.” “What is the point? I have a right to know. After all, it’s my life we’re talking about.” “Well, it’s hardly a life. After all, you’re only a spider.” “Only a spider? How dare you! I belong to a species so perfect in design that nature hasn’t changed me in hundreds of millions of years. Do you know what humans looked like millions of years ago? ...

Nothing wrong in asking for a pay rise

A recent survey by YouGov for the Sunday Times, found that British women are less likely to ask for either a pay rise or a promotion, than men. I’m sorry, but this isn’t news to me and the findings don’t surprise me in the slightest. Although women can manage the household budget and make most of the larger financial decisions at home, they are totally embarrassed about managing their own worth in the workplace.  One friend once confided that if she was ...

Conclusion: Giant Killer

Ricky let out a shrill whistle and waved urgently to stop me from staring at the Scottish lady on the billboard. A mistake. He drew unwanted attention before running away. Chris Ferris and two of his henchmen, Donny Greco and Phil Jaggly, approached like jackals about to pounce on Bambi. Chris Ferris, a head and a half taller than me, had long ago assumed the task of making my life miserable. Jaggly, who had so many freckles it looked like a ...

Reflections: Karma Is A Teacher Not A Bitch

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne W. Dyer Karma -The Lotus Flower Thrives in clean and Dirty water Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad; he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds; And here they say that a person consists of desires, and as is his desire, ...

Musings: On Tykes & Terrible Twos…

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran Musings: On Tykes & Terrible Twos… Adorable Kids In Adult-Oriented Places… How do you feel about children in adult-oriented places? It depends on the age, location and circumstance. For starters, children don’t belong in bars or late night adult parties; the rest is negotiable depending on their age and the reasons for the outing. We all have an occasional bad day… and the same goes for our ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Holiday Greenery

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, nothing says winter holidays quite like fresh greenery! As convenient as faux/fake greenery may be, it just doesn’t compare to fresh greenery! Decorating with fresh greenery is a beloved holiday tradition and will bring festive cheer and a wonderful, fresh fragrance to any space. There isn’t anything quite like the beauty and perfection of nature! Types of Holiday Greenery Eucalyptus, an attractive, scented greenery popular in cut arrangements and garlands but tends to dry quickly. English Holly is ...

Guest Post: An Artfully Designed Flower Garden

An Artfully Designed Flower Garden with Colours, Textures and Decor It may still be the dead of winter, but I’m already daydreaming about spring gardening. Everybody has their own sense of style when it comes to their garden, but there are a few aesthetic elements to consider when planning your garden to be a work of art. Thinking about colour combinations, texture combinations, as well as how to preserve your masterpiece will yield the best results. Complementary colours for plants, stones, and ...

Celebrations

June is a time of celebration at Casa Chatterbox. Thursday would have been my dad’s 88th birthday, Friday was our son’s birthday, and yesterday Mrs. Chatterbox and I celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. This picture shows us shortly after our honeymoon when we’d moved into an old duplex in West Los Angeles. I’d inherited the apartment from my college chum Ray, who over the next few months popped in at inconvenient times to use the shower. It’s easy to look at old pictures ...

Book Collecting

Image by h.koppdelaney First, Happy Halloween! This picture of ravens with a book is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe, and that’s a Halloween sort of author if there ever was one. My post has nothing to do with Halloween or Poe, but it does have to do with a creepy individual. I just finished reading a true crime story about a man (John Gilkey) who stole rare books, the man who worked hardest to make sure he got caught at it, and ...

Life's a Hot Beach

“What better way to spend the forth of July than at the beach,” my daughter’s voice chirps through the phone. I agree, as we have no other plans, and it has been awhile since we had a family day. I gather my beach accessories: my favorite beach towel, large enough to wrap me up like a burrito, bottles of cold water & pop, sandwiches, chips, apples, sunglasses, sunscreen #15, & 30, hairbrush, chap-stick, change for parking, beach umbrella & chairs, camera, ...

The Crippling Power of Pride

I had a conversation yesterday with a colleague from work that continues to linger with me. During our small talk, the conversation turned to the topic of our children respectively. He happens to have a 20-something son who teaches English to executives in Japan. His son also works part-time at a Japanese university where he also teaches English. When I asked if his son spoke Japanese the father replied, “…not very well…” He went on to say that when his son goes to the ...

The Best Advice I Ever Got....

Are you a "thermostat" or a "thermometer" My maternal grandpa died in 1982 when I was 12 years old. His name was Matthew Nichols, and his passing was the first significant loss of my life. He never graduated high school and was a self-taught electrician by trade, yet there were several invaluable life lessons that I learned from him. One such lesson occurred when I was in the first grade at Hawthorne Elementary School in Wilingboro, New Jersey. One day during recess I got ...

TED talk on Culturomics and ngrams

Cityscape USA You may already have seen the video below of a talk given at the 2011 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, this talk being on Culturomics and ngrams.googlelabs.com. I’m posting it here because all the data behind the phenomenon is being taken from books. I would be remiss not to include this somewhere on my site! The video below is “What We Learned from 5 Million Books.” And the following paragraph is what is written on the TED site about ...

Cut! Take Two!

When I have a daily plan mapped out in my mind I tend to be a bit anal about it. I’ve made my list and I envision myself doing all the things included on my self-imposed itinerary. I hate it when right in the middle of my plan… a disruption occurs; life throws me a matzo ball, and I find myself having to revamp my entire day in order to accommodate life’s whims. Hmpf!! A part of me wants to rage ...

7 Questions With an Author: Lori Lowe

Lori Lowe, marriage researcher and author 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 Lori Lowe. Lori has a master’s degree in journalism. She is a marriage researcher, writer, and marketing consultant. She shares advice from experts in the fields of psychology and relationships at her blog, www.MarriageGems.com, where you can find hundreds of research-based marriage tips to boost ...

Good Feelings from Groups

Funny the stories that stick with you over the years. Have any of you read West of Eden by Harry Harrison? That’s WEST of Eden. Published by Bantam in 1984, it’s a marvelous piece of science fiction set in the prehistoric past. The book seems never to have made it into paperback. One of the key ideas in the book was the “early childhood” of the main characters, which took place in the ocean, where the characters were raised in ...

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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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