Category Archive: The Random

The Auto Show

“The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” -Sir Henry Royce on the value proposition of the Rolls-Royce automobile The Auto Show- Wordless Wednesday

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Traces Of Nuts

“I wonder if things can happen too early or too late or if everything happens at exactly the right time. If so, how sad and beautiful.” ― Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite …

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In The Wild

Houston, we have ‘possum. We live squarely in suburbia. Tract houses in a planned community. Our carefully plotted rows of homes, on a semi quiet street, in our bubble, also happens to be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains and open areas. It doesn’t feel like we live in the wild but more …

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Sail Away

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain Welcome to Secret Subject Swap- Sail Away. This week, 12 …

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Welcome To The Family

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.” -Mark Twain You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite you to catch a glimpse …

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Swapiversary Blog Hop and Swap Queen Contest

Thank you so much for stopping by this week’s Blog Strut #12 – The Special Swapiversary Edition! Our Linky Parties are always rule-free! There are a set of guidelines below but they are just that, guidelines! We want you to post what you want, share what you want, and not have to do anything in …

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Be Okay

  “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” -Walter …

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That’s Who They Are This Year

  “My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood hair.” -Julia Roberts You all know our daughter K by now, right? For the newbies: Kira is kiddo number two of four, has written several times for me here on this blog, future author, singer, songwriter, is obsessed with …

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Under Pressure

“You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” -Steve Martin Welcome to the September Fly On The Wall- Under Pressure! Have you ever thought about what people might think if they saw what goes on behind-the-scenes at your house? Do …

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How I Came To Be Heartburn

“How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?” -Logan Pearsall Smith  You know how this Secret Subject Swap thing works by now, right? The ever amazing Baking In A Tornado, gets a secret subject topic from 12 …

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Explosions and Fire Trucks

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.  ~Sophia Loren I have a confession. I might have pulled my biggest airhead stunt to date. It was really scary but it could have been worse. I pictured explosions and fire trucks. Once again, my big mistakes contained larger blessings. I had planned …

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August Fly On The Wall

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see – every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties. -Graham Greene Welcome to the August Fly On The …

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Just A Little Squirrely

I’m nuts and I know it. But so long as I make ’em laugh, they ain’t going to lock me up. -Red Skelton Boy, do I have just a little squirrely tale for you today! The story I hear is that Menopausal Mother went and buried her nuts at Baking In A Tornado’s place. Naturally, …

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Can You Dig It?

 Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out. -Stephen Hawking   Welcome to Take Two of August’s Secret Subject Swaps- Can …

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Shine On

Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust. -Jesse Owens I was so generously given the Shine On award from the awesome, the fantastic… Rules are: State 7 facts about yourself and tag 15 bloggers to receive the award. Hmm… what personal details have I yet to divulge to you all? 1. I took a picture …

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Change The Course Of History

   If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. -Winston Churchill Welcome to Take One of August’s Secret Subject Swaps- Change The Course Of History. This month, Baking In A Tornado got a secret subject topic from 12 brave bloggers and assigned them each a …

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Dump Date

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity. -Van Morrison Wordless Wednesday- Dump Date Not the most traditional of dates but FREE dump day only comes twice per year! I’ll take a few extra hours alone with The Handsome Prince even if it means we’re making a dump date. Who knew knew a place …

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Make It Happen

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” -Steve Jobs …

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Great Balls Of Fire

 I question not if thrushes sing, If roses load the air; Beyond my heart I need not reach When all is summer there. — John Vance Cheney   Welcome to Great Balls Of Fire- July Fly On The Wall! Have you ever thought about what people might think if they saw what goes on behind-the-scenes …

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The Land Of Universe

“If nobody is everybody then somebody can be anybody.” Welcome to Take Two of July’s Secret Subject Swap. This week, 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Today …

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Once Upon A Time

 “Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what’s to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn’t have to …

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Bliss

“Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.” -Deepak Chopra I am thrilled to share with you today the poetry of a beautiful young lady, my oldest daughter Marin. (AKA Min) She has filled notebooks full of her poetry and short stories but she’s been a …

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Welcome To California

“The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that …

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It’s Just Too Hard

Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores- these didn’t come out of nowhere. -Paul Ryan I had the pleasure of putting together a marketing campaign for a local small business last Fall. Great idea, cute company, sharp …

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My Messy Room

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” -T.S. Eliot *For the millionth time I requested that …

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Pants On Fire

I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are. -ABRAHAM LINCOLN, letter to George E. Pickett, Feb. 22, 1841 Welcome to Take One of March’s Secret Subject Swaps. …

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The Shop Lot

A critic is a man that knows the way but can’t drive the car. -Kenneth Tynan Wordless Wednesday- The Shop Lot        

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Just Another Day In May

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. -Helen Keller Welcome to the May Fly On The Wall- Just Another Day In May! Have you ever thought about what people might think if they saw what goes on behind-the-scenes at …

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Take Positive Action

  For a very long time I allowed the scary things I’ve been through dictate what I would do in the present and how I would feel. It was like living the hell over and over each day. Like wearing a floor length fur coat when it’s 115 degrees outside and you are unable to …

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