Flower Crafts: Learn to Make Your Own Rose Water

Since the ancient times, the ever so fragrant rose has been used to scent perfumes. For thousands of years, women all around the world have been using rose water to beautify their skin and as a natural fragrance. Rose water has been known to help relieve and minimize dryness, puffiness and large pores in the skin – perfect for those with sensitive skin. In India, rose water is used as eye drops and as a moisturizer. The liquid is also known ...

Haiku: Yo Slick… Blow!

“To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship.” Doménico Cieri Estrada Haiku: Yo Slick… Blow! Some shit jive is poison… Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison (Remix) Some jive is poison… Endless gossip about nonsense I say, yo slick… blow It’s my prerogative… Bobby Brown – My Prerogative How we live our lives Look, it’s our prerogative Toe the line or… go A friend shared a decision about a difficult relationship and all the clamoring others made. It brought back memories and prompted ...

Happiness Haiku: What Does Happiness Mean To You?

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Happiness Haiku: What Does Happiness Mean To You?... where is your haiku? “There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.” Francis Bacon, Sr. ♥ What happiness means? A cup of tea, milk, honey, That works well for me… SoulPancake: Happy ...

Books: Over 100 Must Read Memoirs To Whet Your Appetite…

“A memoir is how one remembers one’s own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dates, facts double-checked.” Gore Vidal Books: Over 100 Must Read Memoirs To Whet Your Appetite… Books: Over 100 Must Read Memoirs Before You Kick The Bucket… When I set out to put together a reading list of memoirs that have captured my heart over the years, I was quite happy to just gather the book titles and their authors and let you follow the trail and select what ...

Music: Ten Favorites For The Road…

“Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits.” Rabindranath Tagore Music: Ten Favorites For The Road... Music opens our hearts... My Favorite Things – John Coltrane Amazing Grace – Cecilia ‘Round Midnight – Thelonius Monk Music brings people together and helps us find common ground during special and difficult times… When I am feeling run down, rejuvenated, reflective, I turn to music to relax and tune inside for answers.  This post is in response to ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire…

“And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.” Rumi Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… was not the pastoral farm Once upon a time, a humble farmer and his ambitious wife were on their way to a Farmers Market in a neighboring town. As they prepared to leave, the farmer’s wife asked her husband to pack the bottle of gin that they kept in a ...

Vincent

The photo prompt this week is courtesy of Ted Strutz. His photo of the Icon Grill in Seattle has prompted many stories from the talented group of people who, each week, submit a story or poem to Friday Fictioneers, which is hosted assiduously by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Icon Grill courtesy of Ted Strutz Genre: Historical fiction Word Count: 100 VINCENT Hunched over a glass of absinthe, he listens to des prostituees making their arrangements with the drunks in the corner. The pain in his head is back again. He drains the glass, reaches ...

The Final Spalding Flower Parade

They say all good things must come to an end. For the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire, UK, a good thing has come to an end. 2013 is the last and final year for The Spalding Flower Parade. Due to the lack of funding, the popular annual parade will not be returning. The parade started over 50 years ago to celebrate the beautiful tulips grown in the area. People far and wide come to see the elaborate parade floats at the ...

Is There Moss on Your Butt?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an outstanding writing friend of mine, Sundi Jo Graham. If you’d like to submit a guest post here are the guidelines. ======================== Do you have moss on your butt? Yes, I just asked that question. You’d be surprised how easily that answer can be a yes. In Ken Davis’ new book, Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your Life, he writes about a story a man told him. “Most Christians,” he began, “have moss growing ...

Let’s Talk Gray, I Mean Grey, and NPR Too

Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat. The color gray, with an a, is the American spelling. Grey, with an e, is the British spelling. A person’s name may be either, of course. I have known for years that it’s a losing battle to fight for the gray. There’s simply too much confusion over it, and who really cares anyway, except for editing-diehards (we really are impossible to kill). The huge ballyhoo around the erotic Shades of Grey ...

Fabulous Finds: Outdoor Lighting

Perhaps it’s because I live in the South, or maybe because I haven’t always, that makes me love relaxing outdoors on summer evenings. The warm air and sounds of nature’s hidden life envelop me, removing all of the day’s stress. Of course, comfortable surroundings don’t hurt either! Outdoor spaces are an extension of the home, and with the right furnishings, can become your favorite “room” of the house. Cozy seating and tables to set those cool drinks on are essential and ...

7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Bestselling author, speaker and blogger – Frank Viola This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Frank Viola. Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which ...

My First Movie: Men Buy...Women shop

While you're running about hitting all the Memorial Day sales this weekend, here's a little video to keep in mind. It's a mini-movie I made about the buying differences between men and women. I may start a series of these vignettes called "Wedded Bliss-Tors" - that looks at the blisters couples incur on their way to marriage bliss. Let me know if you like this first installment!

Open Letter to the Makers of Elf on the Shelf

To Whom It May Concern: Thank you for creating the Elf on the Shelf franchise of books, cookies, plush dolls, DVDs…etc. which enable parents such as my wife and me the privilege of paying $29.95 to deceive our children. The Story of the Elf As you well know, your fabricated story of the Elf asserts that he/she appears in the child’s home between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a behavioral scout for Saint Nick, to keep an eagle eye on the children for the “naughty ...

CyberBullying: What Parents Need to Know

CyberBullying: What Parents Need to Know

Texting is an emerging form of bullying for teens. As an adult, you've no doubt experienced a "flaming" email where a friend or colleague lashed out at you or someone you know electronically. What if several people were cc: on that email as well?? That's no fun and can be very hurtful to anyone. Imagine the impact of that type of electronic humiliation on the immature psyche of a pre-teenager who's struggling to fit in? That's the context for what sociologists call "cyberbullying" Cyberbullying, instead ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 18

Baby at week 18 - courtesy of BabyCenter.com As I’ve written about before, my wife and I are thrilled to be expecting our third child (whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino”) in June of this year and this week marks the 18th week of gestational or developmental age for Junior. I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of our baby while he/she sublets my ...

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Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious… Have you smiled today?

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Smiling Is Infectious attributed to Karen McLendon-Laumenn/Matthew John Fraser

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

via helpothers.org

Have you smiled today? Sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our lives, and a smile is the furthest thing from our minds. If your day has been stressful, blissful or uneventful, take a moment to smile anyway, it will help shift your mood. Then, spread some joy around. By now, we know there’s a ton of research on the subject. Smiling increases endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin to help our immune system. It helps us relax,  express our feelings, elevate our mood and increase our confidence levels. Hey, it might even help uslive longer…

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”  Joseph Addison

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious… Smiling is universal

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Smile a little, smile a little,
As you go along,
Not alone when life is pleasant,
But when things go wrong.
Care delights to see you frowning,
Loves to hear you sigh;
Turn a smiling face upon her –
Quick the dame will fly.

Smile a little, smile a little,
All along the road;
Every life must have its burden,
Every heart its load.
Why sit down in gloom and darkness
With your grief to sup?
As you drink Fate’s bitter tonic,
Smile across the cup.

Smile upon the troubled pilgrims
Whom you pass and meet;
Frowns are thorns, and smiles are blossoms
Oft for weary feet.
Do not make the way seem harder
By a sullen face;
Smile a little, smile a little,
Brighten up the place.

Smile upon your undone labour;
Not for one who grieves
O’er his task waits wealth or glory;
He who smiles achieves.
Though you meet with loss and sorrow
In the passing years,
Smile a little, smile a little,
Even through your tears.

via famouspoetsandpoems

What puts a smile on your face? Hugmamma and I had a funny exchange on her blog that started with the question – How do you make a laughing face? Answer – Use the punctuation mark : so it’s – Colon lol colon. It got me thinking about the beauty and power of a simple smile…  and it put one on my face. Whether we share a Duchenne smile or a Pan American smile, some keybenefits are that it helps us connect, DE-stress, even improve our attitude. More below!

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Keep On Smiling by Alexandra Skiathitis©

If at times you feel you want to cry.
And life seems such a trial.
Above the clouds there’s a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile.

As you travel on life’s way
With its many ups and downs
Remember it’s quite true to say
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.

Among the worlds expensive things
A smile is very cheap
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.

Happiness comes at times to all
But sadness comes unbidden
And sometimes a few tears must fall
Among the laughter hidden.

So when friends have sadness on their face
And troubles round them piled
The world will seem a better place
And all because you smiled.

via FamilyFriendPoems.com

What would you do if you couldn’t smile anymore?  Imagine never being able to smile again and it might help us appreciate the friendly smiles we get from others and the chance they give us to smile back. Remember the blessing/grace that gives us opportunities to put a smile on another person’s face; our child, a friend, loved ones, strangers. If we could no longer do so, it would surely make us sad. Smile!

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Have you smiled today? What puts a smile on your face? What would you do if you couldn’t smile anymore? Do share! Thank you.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: A smile can brighten a dull day and help us shift our mood. When others give us things to smile about, don’t forget to share the goods.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos smiling dogSmile is universalNepali womanVietnam girl,  smile tooBangladeshi woman, viaWikipedia and/or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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