A Poem for Sunday: This is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams

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This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

How Flip Flops Mess with Your Feet

You know those cute pair of flip flops that you love so much, well according to an article on The Huffington post, they are doing serious damage to your feet.  Now lets be honest, are any of you ladies really surprise at these findings.
  • Aside from the obvious lack of protection (meaning you’re more vulnerable to dropped objects, stubbed toes and the like), your favorite pair could be seriously damaging your feet. “The feet are the foundation of your whole body. This is the base of the skeleton," says Jackie Sutera, a podiatrist in New York City. “It’s a domino effect… the rest of your joints and bones have to compensate.”  Like anything else, moderation is key:
Read more about the dangers and how to pick a better pair on Huff Post image Image credit: nobilior / 123RF Stock Photo

Six smashing summer nail colors that work for a day on the beach or a night on the town

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Model and first photo:  Nomad by Illamasqua

Red-y Response Magnetic Nail Color by Sally Hansen Le Vernis 407 Gold Lame by Chanel On The Beach by Deborah Lippman Mermaid Rose by PritiNYC Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel, Café Pink

Impress Your Wedding Guests with JenSan Soap Favors

Impress your party or wedding guests with the gift of a luxurious JenSan moisture rich organic soap bar. This guest size bar is a gift that they will actually use and they will surely love the enticing fragrances generated from the use of pure essential oils.  Can be purchased individually wrapped or in loose bulk.  

Decorating with Color: Tips from BHG

With an almost infinite roster of color options, it can be a challenge to winnow down a palette to the right hues. Learn how to develop your eye for color and pick out the best colors for your decorating with these designer tips courtesy of Better Homes and Garden. START RIGHT Start with a color you love. Even if it?s not a trend at the moment, it will always be on trend in a space that resonates with you. —Khristian A. Howell, textile designer and color expert NATURE’S COLORS What’s more livable than the colors found right outside your back door? Look to earthy, natural colors — blues, greens, beige, and taupe — when choosing color for your rooms.—Sehra Han, designer

A Poem for Sunday: "If" by Rudyard Kipling

"If" is probably the quintessential British poem by the most quintessential of English poets and so on the day Andy Murray wins the Wimbledon Championship, I thought it would be nice to share. image If by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same:. If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss: If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!" If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much: If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Celebrate July 4th Storenvy Style

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A Memorial Poem for Sunday: "Not to Keep" by Robert Frost

They sent him back to her. The letter came Saying… And she could have him. And before She could be sure there was no hidden ill Under the formal writing, he was in her sight, Living. They gave him back to her alive— How else? They are not known to send the dead— And not disfigured visibly. His face? His hands? She had to look, and ask, “What was it, dear?” And she had given all And still she had all—they had—they the lucky! Wasn’t she glad now? Everything seemed won, And all the rest for them permissible ease. She had to ask, “What was it, dear?” “Enough, Yet not enough. A bullet through and through, High in the breast. Nothing but what good care And medicine and rest, and you a week, Can cure me of to go again.” The same Grim giving to do over for them both. She dared no more than ask him with her eyes How was it with him for a second trial. And with his eyes he asked her not to ask. They had given him back to her, but not to keep.

A Poem for Mother's Day: "Child and Mother" by Eugene Field

O mother-my-love, if you'll give me your hand,
And go where I ask you to wander,
I will lead you away to a beautiful land,—
The Dreamland that's waiting out yonder.
We'll walk in a sweet posie-garden out there,
Where moonlight and starlight are streaming,
And the flowers and the birds are filling the air
With the fragrance and music of dreaming.

There'll be no little tired-out boy to undress,
No questions or cares to perplex you,
There'll be no little bruises or bumps to caress,
Nor patching of stockings to vex you;
For I'll rock you away on a silver-dew stream
And sing you asleep when you're weary,
And no one shall know of our beautiful dream
But you and your own little dearie.

And when I am tired I'll nestle my head
In the bosom that's soothed me so often,
And the wide-awake stars shall sing, in my stead,
A song which our dreaming shall soften.
So, Mother-my-Love, let me take your dear hand,
And away through the starlight we'll wander,—
Away through the mist to the beautiful land,—
The Dreamland that's waiting out yonder.

My Wild and Crazy Scandal Theories

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With two episodes left in the season, I thought I would take the time now to post my wild and crazy Scandal theories. First let me say that I find the show much more enjoyable if I have no idea what is going to happen so I don’t read spoilers or watch previews other than the ones that are shown at the end of the show. 5. We have not seen the last of Edison Whenever I mention this theory to my Scandal buds, they scream, “NO! NO!” This always makes me laugh.  I get why they didn’t like the character but I did and felt the character served a useful purpose. I think that in the year since Olivia showed him the door, Edison has found himself another political wife candidate to wear his grandma’s ring and will be back to be Fitz’s presidential opponent.  Like most everyone else, I’ve been off target with most of my Scandal speculations but one of the few I got right—almost to a “T” was the character of Edison.  When the first season ended last spring, I told my Scandal buddies that Olivia would have another love interest in the fall who would be African-American and the Senate Majority leader—setting him up both as a political and romantic rival for Fitz.  The romantic part has played out but not quite the political one.  With his knowledge of Liv and how she operates, the election should be a killer one.  And lets not forget that he strongly suspects that forged Mellie Fitz’s letter requesting reinstatement.  Yeah, it could be a heck of an election. 4. David Wants Payback I think that David wants payback on Olivia—deservedly so I would say.  Nothing on screen hints at it but I’m sorry, this is Scandal we are talking about and I can’t see any character—even white hat wearing David being ok with what Olivia, Abby and the gladiators did to him.  He had an extremely successful career in front of him and they deliberately destroyed it.  Yeah, he wants payback in my book so my money is on doing something to make them pay.  I would actually want the same thing in his shoes. 3. The mole and Charlie’s employer are not the same person. The mole and Charlie’s other employer are not the same person although it is possible they are working together.  I think that Billy is still alive and he’s Charlie’s partner in crime. Billy probably still wants to prove that Fitz is not worthy of being president.  And Charlie who was given a hint of Defiance by Cyrus probably passed the info on to Billy and now they are working together.  Charlie because to him it is a power trip.  He wants to bring down a presidency.  And Billy wants revenge not just on Fitz, Olivia and Cyrus but also on Sally who sold him out to dry.  Don’t forget, if Fitz wasn’t legally elected then neither was Sally so he can get payback on all his enemies in one fell swoop. 2. The mole is from the Secret Service. They would certainly know the secret locations that POTUS would be taken to in times of crisis. Also being part of the Presidential detail means that they probably often overhear confidential information.More importantly, they are the ones who review and erase those tapes every morning which means they see and hear a lot of top-secret info. Now if this were any other show but Scandal, I would say that the mole would be blabbermouth Hal. However, this is Scandal and since the fans love Tom, it will probably be him. 1. Jake is Fitz’s half brother. I’ve thought this could be possible from the time he showed up and so obviously had Fitz’s trust.Yeah, their bond could be from their Navy days but I’m not sure that is the case especially since Fitz was probably leaving the service around when Jake was entering. We know from Fitz’s comments that big Jerry was a philanderer. He also at one point mentioned to Olivia how as a kid he sat outside his dad’s office waiting for him while he was having sex with his secretary and I’ve wondered if Jake could be a product of that relationship. It would certainly put a new spin on why Olivia found herself instantly attracted to Jake. He may have subconsciously reminded her of Fitz. Which if true, Jake may suspect is also the case and be part of the reason he wants to know how deep she is in it with Fitz. And now that I’ve listed all of my speculations, I’ll be ready for a laugh when the next two episodes air and they all turn out to be wrong but like I said, it’s fun theorizing about this show. I’ve also wondered if Joe Morton’s character might be Olivia’s dad but the more I think about it, the more I think that is too obvious for Scandal. However, I think that he is on the show to be more than just Jake, Charlie and Huck’s boss but I haven’t come up with a working theory yet…LOL! So what does everyone think of my theories? Do you see any of them happening or will I have egg on my face next Thursday night?