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EPCOT: Aesthetics of Nature on Display

Artfully crafted with mesmerizing twists and turns Reshaped to limit growth by leaf trimming, pruning, wiring, clamping, grafting, and defoliation A scrupulously guarded secret of miniaturization, proportion, asymmetry, poignancy with no trace of its artist Set amidst Japanese koi outdoor water ponds Bonsai, an example of contemplation, effort and ingenuity Formal, informal, upright, slanting, cascade, semi-cascade, raft, literati, forest, broom, windswept, split-trunk, driftwood, multi-trunk, shari, growing-in-a rock On display at WDW EPCOT‘s Japanese Pavillion

Non-Profit Tax-Exempt 501C Our Hands Rescue Misspells Its Words

Because of my interest in the law, PR, advertising, charity status, and on-line appeals, I was especially drawn to Willy’s tale and posted a comment on Mom Knows It All.com.  I wanted to share it with my readers.  CAFRA (enforced by the FTC and state attorneys general since December, 2016) protects social media posts about consumer evaluations of company service, uploaded photos, videos, etc. It is unlawful to threaten any writer posting an honest review. With this said, in order to put this tragic situation into proper perspective, much must be considered. #1 Willy is under continued veterinary care as […]

DVD Review * Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Signature Collection Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out of the Disney vault (see 10/9/2009 blog). Well, it is out again in the new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:  The Signature Collection (release date February 2, 2016). Listed on the National Film Register, it is the first […]

Pondering when Children Have Children

  In my mind I hear an ongoing dialogue, something all parents experience: “Why is it that you don’t listen?” “I’m an adult. I can do what I want.” “Yes, but should you? “Free advice– Look at what you are doing and think about it. Weigh alternatives; weigh consequences. Be sure to ask yourself why then when you say something follow through. “More advice– Wisdom, hindsight… If we went back, history would only repeat unless something changed. “You are not everybody else. It is your time now; you don’t have to listen. This is your life so live it the […]

Real Heroes Are Not Always Glamorous Star Performers and Athletes

How many times in life have you heard the question, “Who is your hero?”  Of course, your answer will depend on exactly what you consider one to be. There are many different kinds of heroes–sportsmen, performers, leaders.  What separates the real hero from all the rest is something good that arises from within that is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.  The real hero is an ideal-courageous, brave, and good.  He is admirable because to help others, he gives of himself. Certainly Dr. Buchner was no glamorous star performer or athlete when I first met him in […]

DVR Review * Living Hope

Living Hope Studio: Word Films Genre:  Documentary Run Time:  93 minutes Discs: 1 Release Date:  March 1, 2016 SMLP: $10.99 PR Release: Living Hope is the story of three extraordinary individuals who have devoted their lives to serving the poor in South Africa.  It is a feature length documentary created by the filmmakers behind Journey to everest, Apostles of Comedy, and Honoring a Father’s Dream:  Sons of Lwala. As I See It: The song “We Are the World” and its theme compassion made people aware of the poor and the sick as does this documentary. Change comes with charity, education, […]

Shutterfly, My Personal Publisher

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. I literally take thousands of pictures each year. Several containers stacked in an out-of-the way corner, several more stacked under the bed, a bookshelf of albums are tributes to old times and cameras with film. Newer digital photos take less physical space since they are either on discs or drives. Me I like show and tell moments. […]