Posts Tagged ‘People’

Go! Smell My Life: Part Two

Posted on November 23rd, 2008 by taylorblue

In Part One, I talked about how my daughter might have PTSD. Here in Canada things must be different than other places because it’s so hard to get help for this sort of thing. Here is a bit of background on why she is having so many problems.

When we left for the woman’s shelter that night my daughter couldn’t talk. She was 2 1/2 years old and couldn’t say but three words; mama, dada and diddy. She used diddy for everthing else she wanted to say. Within two weeks of leaving she had her whole vocabulary back. She was just holding back on us, I suppose. Or she didn’t feel it was safe.

Because of the abuse she suffered from my ex they say she is mentally two years younger. When you are abused you stop growing and kick into survival mode.

So now that she is the age she is (she’ll be 13 in January), I wonder if she is bi-polar. It also could be puberty kicking in too. This girls emotions flip on a dime. But to figure this all out you need to experiment. The first experiment is taking off her current ADHD medication. I have never agreed with her taking them to begin with. I have got into a lot of discussions with other parents about it to. They say she can focus better in school, so who am I to mess that up, so I keep her on the meds. The side affects are horrible though, she cries all the time, she never sleeps and she never eats. She is tiny like I used to be and needs all the extra weight she can get.

Dealing with her this week has been a huge battle but I have to keep my eye on the big picture., in order to find out the problem, we need to try different things. I guess until then I will have to bite my tongue and stay exhausted.

We do have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday to discuss the results of the test. I will keep you updated.

(Again the picture was taken this summer when I went to the Calgary Zoo, the lemur was behind a waterfall and I couldn’t resist.)

What is something you wish you could do to improve your health?

Go! Smell Remembrance Day

Posted on November 10th, 2008 by taylorblue

November 11th (besides being the day before my son’s birthday) is Remembrance Day in Canada. I remember growing up as a kid I would really think about this day. Both of my grandfather’s would tell me their stories of the war…and even though they were so different I couldn’t help but hear the stories over and over. We used to have to go to school that day and it wasn’t a holiday like it is now. We would have an assembly where they would play a trumpet and we would say the poem In Flander’s Fields (by Lt.-Col. John McCrae). It’s funny how after all these years I can still say it off by heart.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Tomorrow, Remembrance Day will take on a whole new meaning for me. My brother left for Afghanistan in September. I think about him every moment of the day wondering if he’ll be alright. I don’t like listening to the news because I don’t want to hear how another Canadian soldier has been killed and hold my breath until I find out it’s not my brother.

I thank all the people who fight in the war to protect me. I thank the families that wait for their loved ones to come home. I thank God that my country is free.

What do you think you should remember more often but don’t???

Our 34th free flowers contest – Alternative guests for dinner!

Posted on November 8th, 2008 by Jim

Time for another free flowers caption competition here at GO! Smell the flowers – our 34th since December 2006. Your chance to win $60 of flowers delivered anywhere in the world courtesy of our partners Flora 2000, the International delivery experts.

Focusing on ALTERNATIVE PEOPLE this time we’re asking you to:

Tell us which 5 ALTERNATIVE PEOPLE  you would invite around for dinner, alive OR dead and why? They could be famous, unheard of or a bit of both – it is your call, your dinner party and over to you.

Let us know who & why in no more than 100 words!

You could always send flowers to someone right now, anywhere in the world . Simply click on our spanking new summer flowers banners and use promo code GSTF99 and you’ll be entitled to a bit of flower smelling discount!

Contest ends on Thursday 13th November Midnight Dubai time. ALL are welcome & Good luck.

Two flower founders bloom as we become alternative!

Posted on October 31st, 2008 by Jim

Well flower smellers, like any good garden certain plants take a form of their own and evolve!

Flowers founders Mike French (U.K) & Aussie Cynic (Australia) are focusing on the ‘Alternative’ categories that really interest them. This is perfect timing as on November 10th 500,000 U.S based office workers will GO! Smell the flowers feeds straight into their Remindo inboxes as they enjoy the content here and take a break from the norm. RYK is over in New York for the next few weeks pushing on with this launch. 

From November 1st Mike French will be writing as Mike – Alternative Media, following his passion as follows:

‘It’s the ability of  books, art, films and music to tap straight into peoples hopes and fears, to connect with them and to effect a change that interests me, that makes me tick.  Much of the original material that is fresh, new and provides another way of looking at things comes under an alternative label where people are willing to take risks and are not driven solely by the top dollar. This is what I’ll be bringing to GSTF, both in bringing these things to challenge and inspire and by creating our own distinctive Alternative Media.’ GSTF Founder Mike French.

As Doctor who loving A/C mutates from the much loved Aussie Cynic to GO! Smell the flowers very own ‘Alternative Correspondent’ under her name, Kesa flexing her awesome ‘people skills’ trait and bringing it into the garden:


I have learned over the years that people are very much alike. We all have similar hopes and dreams for ourselves and our families, regardless of where we are or from in the world. This planet and it diverse people have so much to offer, so much to share and so much to teach each and every one of us.

Every person has a story and I hope to bring a little of their Inspiration to you all here at GO! Smell the flowers.  - Kesa, Alternative Correspondent

Feel free to question these two brave souls as they head into unchartered waters here at GO! Smell the flowers as we shape up to become the alternative community that inspires others all over the world.

Thanks to Mike & Kesa for taking their roles one step further here in time for the Remindo launch to half a million office based workers in New York that we hope to inspire to GO! Smell the flowers.

Comments welcomed!

Go Find Your Realisations!

Posted on October 20th, 2008 by A/C

Hi from Australia flower folk! You know when everything just goes nuts? Well this weekend has been one of those but the end,  well -  that was different.

The Starter motor in Elvis (my Pajero), decided it wished to only work when it wants too. Hmm remember A/C; park on a hill the clutch start is fine.
Junior (that accident prone Pup) decided to attempt to chew his foot off. He almost succeeded.
The Vet was at a meeting until 10.30pm (how rude off him), he rings me back at about 11pm (he is wonderful Vet and very nice bloke).

Get woken by Moppet freaking out, because Junior has managed to get the bandages off which we wrapped his leg in. Oh what a mess to wake up too. She did well to distract him. Hmmm 3 hours sleep, Goody!
Make a coffee, wake up Hubby, sit and get the blood flowing and the lungs inhaling, then off to the supermarket.
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Flowers in the Indian media – The Dalai Lama article!

Posted on October 17th, 2008 by Jim

Jim here in Dubai, firing up a late night flower smelling post with news just in about news just out.

Last week I shared with you how, having scribed my way around India last month our blog entries were published in the Pune mirror Sunday magazine, issued with the Indian times revealing my OSHO experience. Well we’ve featured again – this time on my brief encounter with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama aka Tenzin Gyatso:

Just click on these links below that have been added to our blossoming ‘flowers in the media’ section:

Dalai Lama article page 1

Dalai Lama article page 2

Following the Dalai Lama posts here at flowers debates ensued over the topic of reincarnation. See below and ‘previous posts’ if you missed it the first time as comments came in thick, fast & from the heart. Did we put the reincarnation issue to bed or does it need (ahem) resurrecting?

Traffic reached an all time peak here at GSTF with new visitors from India so welcome to you all.

Your comments about the article are both appreciated & valued. Whaddaya say?

Go! Smell The Hurtful Things

Posted on October 17th, 2008 by taylorblue

This is what I have been up to this summer Flower folk…..

Working on my arm sleeve – It’s nice to see what it looked like when it was started to now. It was finally finished last week here in Canada after four 2 hour sessions.

I am so glad it’s done. But now comes the hard part. Getting looked at funny when you feel like the same person inside. Here’s an example of what happened to me yesterday.

I went to pick a pack of smokes for my husband at the store. The lady looked me up and down. I was dressed up in a nice silk shirt and jeans and my makeup was done. I was just like any other person. You can see my other tattoos but of course they aren’t as huge as that one. I was like whatever. Maybe she will smile and say that my arm is nice. I’m not used to having to have a conversation every time someone sees it but I guess that’s my own fault…..

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Our 33rd free flowers contest – Inspiration.

Posted on October 11th, 2008 by Jim

Time for another free flowers caption competition here at GO! Smell the flowers – our 33rd since December 2006!

Your chance to win $60 of flowers delivered anywhere in the world courtesy of our partners Flora 2000, the International delivery experts.


Rather than the usual caption contest it’s time to really put your thinking caps on as we throw in a dose of reality into the contest considering the global climate at the moment.

This statement was recently sent to us by one of our founders:

The world is heading into recession. 
The last 2 decades we have over committed to supply and outstripped demand and what we are witnessing as shocks in the finance system is nothing but loans going bad, as a result of projects failing due to lack of demand. 
There is a surplus of houses, cars, spas, designer brands, bottled water, dot coms, wine labels, places offering fine dining, dvd players, laptops,movie releases and ipods than the world needs, primarily built on borrowed money.  Many predict a deep and dark depression coming globally, especially in the developed world of US, Europe, China & Japan. 
The need for Inspiration is more than ever, and the world will need inspiration like never before.    

So, we ask you, in a maximum of 100 words to react to this statement as you see fit. It could be how humanity can inspire each other, what you feel about the statement, what alternatives we have in whatever form you wish them to be. Anything GO!s – just dig deep, write from the heart and post your answer here in comments. Your call! Sublime, ridiculous or pearls of wisdom all welcomed.




You could always send flowers to someone right now, anywhere in the world . Simply click on our spanking new summer flowers banners and use promo code GSTF99 and you’ll be entitled to a bit of flower smelling discount!

Contest ends on Thursday 16th October Midnight Dubai time. Good luck! ALL are welcome….

summer flowers

Smell a slick GO! Smell the flowers community…

Posted on October 5th, 2008 by Jim

Jim here writing from Dharamshala, India with a site update and to welcome new readers to GO! Smell the flowers and encourage you to get involved here, wherever you are in the world.

Dilbert fans / Engineers feel free to click the image above

Reading through the last couple of pages of posts it struck me what an International lot the founders are here and how much I’ve learned from the comments at the threads especially during my time at the OSHO retreat and more recently meeting H.H Dalai Lama.

TaylorBlue writing in Canada, Em in Dubai, Aussie Cynic (well that’s obvious) Anges Biz also in Oz, Gareth in Thailand (again, it says it on the label) , Our U.K posse with Purple 13 in the Midlands , Lib in Manchester, Arvind & Mike French in London, RYK in India, our very own Elton John Drama Queen,Simple Zack, Funkygirl & Blue Collar Goddess in the U.S and on it GO!s.

Not to mention regular comments and insights from Clinically Clueless in the U.S, Nur Sarah Lam in Malaysia, Sweet violet in South Africa, Urban Pagan in the U.K, Fertile Fish in Dubai and Svasti in Australia as the flowers bloom globally.

It’s amazing what they can do with lego these days.

With posted content approaching 40,000 comments from the 1,900 flower smelling articles as we start to bloom as the alternative online community. Tech guy Deep in Mumbai has worked wonders to…..

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Go Hear the language

Posted on May 11th, 2008 by A/C

One of the things that erks me big time is miss pronounciations.

It sounds silly but it really bugs me.  The worst is place names. You see if you travel the one thing you need to know is how to say the place names like a local, it is how we tell you are tourist.  If you have an accent but say the name like a local then your in.

So here is my little contribution to solving this puzzle.

Here is a list of the most mis pronounced Aussie Cities and the correct way to say them.

Please add yours in the comments so we can all share in this language exchange.

Newcastle: tourist say New Ca sel, correct New Car sel

Sydney: tourist Sid in nee, correct Sid nee

Melbourne: tourist Mel  born, correct Mel Bin

Brisbane: tourist Bris Bain, correct Bris bin

Canberra: tourist Can Berra, correct Can Bra

Uluru tourist Uluru, correct Ayres Rock

Australia: tourist Au stra li a, correct ost stral ya

So there you have it, if you are coming to Oz practice these before you come and you’ll be treated like a local. Just dont order Fosters at the Pub, thats a dead give away.

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