Flower Power

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
Gerard De Nerval

Flower Power

Receiving flowers is one of my favorite gifts. One of my favorite flowers are peonies. They start out as this beautiful ball of soft pedals and then they bloom and look like roses.

The other flower I love is the tulip. So delicate with their scent of spring and perfect in their shape. Then there’s the daffodil. This flower conjures up childhood memories with its clean scent and face like that of the lion in the movie, Wizard of Oz.

I guess there really isn’t any flower that I don’t like. Well, maybe there’s one flower I could do without. That would be the very rare amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower. I read that this flower only blooms every five to fifteen years. They say it’s a beautiful sight to see but very smelly like something has died. Good thing it only blooms a few times a century.

Whichever flowers are your favorite, give me my peonies to rejuvenate me and give me flower power.

Shine On

A Prolific Poet

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words.”
Robert Frost

Poems from the River

There’s a blogger I’ve been following since I began my blog. He’s one of the first bloggers that found my blog and liked one of my posts.

Ever since that day, I’ve been following him daily. His stories and photographs are an inspiration.

Last week I ordered his book of poetry, Poems from the River, which arrived yesterday. His collection of poems are tender and beautifully written.

If you’re interested in visiting Kurt’s blog and buying his book, please check him out at: Kurt Brindley. I believe Kurt Brindley is and will become quite a prolific poet.

Shine On

Father of The Cell Phone

“An inventor is one who can see the applicability
of means to supply demand five years before it is
obvious to those skilled in the art.”
Reginald Fessenden
Reginald Fessenden

Reginald Fessenden, inventor of the shore-to-ship radio telephony.

Our cell phones have the capability of a supercomputer. They can perform as a cell phone and instantly they are a computer, television, music playing device, camera, video camera, library, GPS, and a gaming system.

What I find interesting is that I use it less and less as a phone. My monthly cell phone bill shows zero actual phone minutes used and thousands of kilobytes used for data.

For example, at the doctor’s office the other day, there were no good magazines to read. So I pulled out my cell phone, and began reading a book from my OverDrive account.

When I looked around the waiting room at the other patients, I noticed they too were engaged in cell phone activity. I began to wonder, how did cell phones first get started? So, I pulled up Google on my trusted cell phone.

The cell phone dates back to its early inception of the shore-to-ship radio telephony during the Second World War. The inventor, Reginald Fessenden probably never anticipated the huge impact he would have on society. An inveterate tinkerer, Fessenden eventually became the holder of more than 500 patents. His rendition of ‘O Holy Night‘ from a 1906 broadcast was the first coherent audio transmission to be received.

The telephony developed into mobile phones that were first used for automobiles in the 1940’s. The early mobile phones of the 1970’s to the 1990’s were bulky, consumed high power and the telephone network supported only a few simultaneous conversations. The first cell phone I used in 1993 could only be used in the car and was the size of a man’s size 12 shoe.

I wonder how Reginald Fessenden would react to the huge success of his invention? No doubt he would be proud. But, I bet he would of had no idea how far his inventions would take us and that he would become the father of the cell phone.