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Flowers: Race, America and Obama's goodbye - MetroWest Daily NewsTuesday, January 31, 2017
John Glenn basically refuses to get in the Friendship 7 capsule until one of the black "computers," played by Taraji P. Henson, does the numbers in her head and calculates the accuracy of his splashdown or "go, no go" point. It might be Hollywood, but it sends chills down the spine.And then I came home, turned on the TV and watched President Obama's speech, which I had recorded on DVR.It was moving, as most of his speeches are, and particularly compelling because it was the last major address he'll give the American people as an occupant of the White House. I won't get into the substance, because I disagree with so much of his agenda. He shares very few of my political positions. I did not vote for him, and I'm at peace with that. But he made the attempt, as he usually does, to rise above the partisan labels and talk to us as Americans. Some who were already predisposed to find fault heard him criticizing "us" or "them" and dismissed his words as just another late and final dig against Trump voters. I didn't hear that, even though I absolutely heard his disdain for them in the past.What I noted in the speech, and it could have been entirely of my own imagining, was a wistfulness at how close we Americans come to perfection but then willfully step away from it. Of course, one man's perfection is another man's Obamacare, but I think that generally speaking, we spend more time hating than debating, more time whining than shining, more time inciting than uniting (and there ends my Maya Angelou moment).Looking at those who were attacking Jeff Sessions, I saw unforgiving avengers who really just wanted to fight the Civil War all over again. They were like the kid in "The Sixth Sense" who said, "I see dead people," only they saw racists in the shadows. Then, when I heard about the sentencing of Roof, I saw the real face of racism and understood why some might still be armed for battle.Watching "Hidden Figures" and its gentle, dignified characters made me think of my father who, when he went down to Mississippi to register black voters in 1967, encountered courage in the oppressed and oppression from the cowards. That quiet dignity, steel-backed and patient, makes today's coarse, divisive chants of, "No justice, no peace," seem like the work of spoiled, embittered children. Black lives do matter, of course, but so do good manners.Which brings me to Barack Obama. The words of this man, who has been accused of fomenting racial divisions by people on both sides of the color divide were reminiscent of the dignified rhythms of the past. Tuesday was a day when old racists were challenged and redeemed, when murderous bigots were put down, when hidden figures of historic importance were finally illuminated, and when the first black president, with trepidation and his own brand of hope, passed the baton.And we, imperfect but with promethean potential, pick it up. And move on.Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Readers may send her email at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/opinion/20170114/flowers-race-america-and-obamas-goodbye
Fresh-cut blooms at Fowlers Flowers in Clifton Hill - The Weekly ReviewMonday, July 18, 2016
Central TWR Melbourne Times July 20?TMT LL 20 July Retail Fowlers Flowers VM Photo shows Krystal Ashdown from Fowlers Flowers in Clifton Hill. Photo: Scott McNaughtonWho’s behind the counter?The dream team behind Clifton Hill’s popular cafe Mixed Business spotted an opportunity when the store next door became available for rent. Lauren Bieber, a keen gardener, had spruced up the cafe’s courtyard and wondered whether she should try her hand at floristry. With the support of her partner Tom Crowe, Lauren enlisted in night school and opened Fowlers Flowers in 2010.What’s in store?Fowlers stocks a range of seasonal, fresh-cut blooms. Buy flowers by the bunch or have a selection arranged in pretty posies or bouquets. The tiny store also stocks locally made letterpress cards, scented candles by Bon Lux, homewares by local designers Pop & Scott as well as potted orchids and plants.Who’s buying?Locals pop past on their way to work, brides order from all over the state and even further afield and Fowlers often does arrangements for National Gallery of Victoria events and other corporat... http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/live/retail-therapy/fresh-cut-blooms-at-fowlers-flowers-in-clifton-hill/pub/melbourne_times/
Head-To-Head Survey: FTD Companies (FTD) versus Inergy (CEQP) - Macon DailyWednesday, April 11, 2018
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What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Oreos were big in Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
HIGH PROFILE: Little Rock florist's fascination with flowers began in his grandmother's garden - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-GazetteTuesday, December 19, 2017
I still put the same amount" of time and work into it, Walls says. "It's not enough for a bride to be happy about her wedding. I want her to be overjoyed."You can take the man out of Arkansas but as far as Walls is concerned, you can't take Arkansas out of the man."I think Arkansas is one of the most beautiful states," he says. "I'm so proud to be from here. And I'm sure I'll end up right back here someday. I plan on it."Don't get him wrong; he appreciates where he is. But, Walls says, "I cringe when people say 'Oh, you're a Los Angelean now.' I think, 'Well, no. I love L.A. and I'm proud of it, but I'm a Southerner and I always will be.'"These days, when he's not doing flowers at his home studio, Walls is gardening and doing yard design at the two-story, Spanish-style home he shares with three cats in the trendy, mid-Wilshire "Miracle Mile" district. Interestingly, his career also began in a yard ... the yard of his grandmother in Sherwood, where he picked flowers as a child.STOPPING TO SMELLTHE ROSESThe youngest of six children of Mary Ellen Pack and the late Clement Sampson Walls Sr., Walls grew up in North Little Rock. His grandmother just grew flowers, but it was Walls' aunt, Shannon Stormes Watts, who worked in the floral business. Visiting her at her job at Tipton & Hurst in Little Rock, and accompanying her to flower shows at the former Vestal Floral Supply in North Little Rock, then-11-year-old Walls felt he'd found his calling."I would sit there for hours and hours and hours and watch these three designers up in front, working on tables, creating these amazingly gorgeous arrangements with everything from branches they find in the yard to things they find at the fruit and vegetable department at the grocery store," Walls says.Around age 12-13, Walls got to work with his aunt. "When she would let me take the trash out, I would go through the trash and grab all the dead flowers and take them home and make arrangements," he says. Eventually Walls began helping out at Tipton & Hurst during the holidays, watching the florists work and getting ideas from them. During the off-season, he'd camp out in the basement, creating Christmas arrangements that would be sold starting in November. His work on the arrangements drew the attention of company owner Joe Hurst and took him from unpaid intern to paid employee.Eventually, Shannon Watts left Tipton & Hurst to start her own shop, at which Walls would hang out after classes at Catholic High School. It was there that he met Steinkamp -- "the 'it' caterer of the moment in Little Rock," says Walls, who accepted her invitation to come and work with her.Steinkamp remembers how conscientious the then-teenage Walls was when he came to work for her. "You [told] him something one time, he knew," she says. "He just has the most natural ability and I've never seen a work ethic in someone that young." Their working relationship turned into what has been a 35-year friendship, with Walls becoming like a member of Steinkamp's family.Doing food and, sometimes, flowers for Steinkamp's events, Walls knew he wanted to be a floral designer. But he also wanted a Plan B ... namely, a business degree. After graduating from Catholic High, he earned that degree from Christian Brothers College (now University) in Memphis.While working at his aunt's business, Walls met Tom Chandler, who'd offered him a job at his interior design firm after high... http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/dec/03/michael-rayburn-walls-20171203/
Steven Avery Guilters Send Sheboygan Judge Flowers In Murder Case - Patch.comTuesday, December 19, 2017
Avery and his family call home. This week, Patch reported that Zellner celebrated another momentous legal victory as murder charges against another client, James A. Bates, were dropped. The Arkansas case drew national attention after prosecutors demanded access to audio from Bates' Amazon Echo smart home device, claiming it may contain evidence of a crime.RELATED: Zellner Successful In Amazon Echo Hot Tub Murder CaseBack to the Avery case.Several weeks ago, Judge Sutkiewicz, in a brief written ruling, rejected Avery's request for a new murder trial. The judge made her decision without even conducting an evidentiary hearing on Zellner's post-conviction motion that was more than 1,200 pages in length. This week, Judge Sutkiewicz issued a follow-up ruling that informed Zellner that she will not change her mind and rule otherwise. Zellner will now take up Avery's crusade before one of Wisconsin's appeals courts. Judge Angela Sutkiewicz of SheboyganBut what happened next stunned everyone, most notably the judge.On Thursday, Judge Sutkiewicz issued a letter to Zellner as well as Assistant Wisconsin Attorney General Tom Fallon and Manitowoc County District Attorney Jacalyn C. LaBre. She informed the lawyers for both sides about the gift she received as a result of her judicial rulings in the Steven Avery post-conviction process. The person who sent the judge flowers used Hoffman's Flowerland in Sheboygan.The company's website states that "Harry and Sarah Hoffman opened Hoffman's on October 30, 1929 at the start of the Great Depression ... Today, the third generation is in charge, and ensuring that the Hoffman name is synonymous with quality and service. That is why our slogan remains 'Pleasing you is our pleasure.'"Obviously, the Sheboygan judge wasn't so pleased about getting the flowers."Greetings: I wanted to notify the parties that an individual sent a floral arrangement to the courthouse on November 29, 2017, addressed to me and it was forwarded to my office," Angela Sutkiewicz wrote in the letter. "It contained a piece of paper which stated, 'Best wishes from your admirers at SAIG (Steven Avery Is Guilty).' A copy is enclosed."The Sheriff's Department was contacted in an abundance of caution. They determined that the sender is neither a party to the case nor representing a party in this case."Since the floral arrangement is a gift, I rejected it by returning it to the flower shop today (Thursday)," ...