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My Next Big Thing!

My Next Big Thing! Laine Cunningham, recipient of two national awards for her novel, Message Stick, tagged me for a blog hop called “My Next Big Thing.” Laine posted on her current project, Buy Light and Purple Blooms. Check out her full blog post by clicking here. Everyone in the blog hop answered ten questions about their latest projects. Laine’s describes Buy Light and Purple Blooms as a women’s thriller. "That is, the story is primarily a woman’s story yet it has ...

Weird & Wacky: The Crooked Forest of Gryfino, Poland

A forest of crooked trees. It sounds that like an eerie setting for a fantasy story, but believe it or not, there is a place like this on Earth. In Gryfino, Poland, there is a living, breathing forest dubbed “Crooked Forest” with about 400 trees with curved “J-shaped” trunks that all bend in the same direction. The Crooked Forest is a mystery as to why and how the trees have become crooked. Even almost a century later, the only thing that is ...

Writerly Reflections

I realized years ago that I wanted to write.  My first attempts at short stories ran to three handwritten pages or so, and I would make my sister sit and listen, along with an audience of soft toys and dolls. She got quite bored with my tales of princesses lost in woods and toys that would come alive at night when their owners were fast asleep. I moved on to bigger projects when I was about nine or so.  I announced ...

Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life…

“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the postmortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.”  Carl Sandburg Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... May your bucket be full of adventure... Reflections: A Bucket List For The Seasons Of Life... Go skydiving... ♥ Travel around the world; visit all the newly designated Wonders ...

Yep…It Really Happened…

Lisa Brandel graced my blog with a very funny guest post a few days ago and she is always welcome here. If you didn’t read it…SHAME on you…go now and come back to this later. If you did read it, well…it was funny. A misguided use of tanning cream to stop post-tanning itch. WELL...I discovered by accident that one of the people that came to read the post arrived after a Google search about “Night Time Itch”. The referring site ...

Those bastards hacked my LinkedIn account...

Last weekend I got an email from LinkedIn, the omnipresent business networking social media site, that I had to reset my password because their site had been hacked and passwords posited online, including mine. First reaction... holy f**k! Second reaction... well it's not like there's personal details or potentially embarrassing photos on there, like on Facebook, so no big deal... Third reaction... my boss and most of my coworkers are on there, someone could do some nasty damage to my reputation by doing ...

Share Your World #35

Share Your World, too! 1) Have you ever bungee jumped?  If you haven’t, would you want to? No, I have not and YES, I would love to try it. I suppose some people must enjoy this! The Bungee Jump attracted a fair number of victims – but most people at the “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People” http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/ Summer Fayre simply decided that having a dog for a companion was far safer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 2) For your computer Mac or Windows based computer?  Desktop, laptop, Pad ...

London 2012 Olympics: Ceremonial Flowers

The 2012 Summer Olympics is well under way. Besides watching the athletes compete, fans can also look forward to the Victory Ceremonies for the medal winners. Along with the medal, the winning athlete also receives a ceremonial bouquet. Over 4000 floral bouquets will be presented over the course of the Games. The victory bouquet was designed by Jane Packer, an internationally renowned UK florist.  The flower choices represent the vibrancy of the Games. The four sections of the bouquet hold a different ...

Painting Energy – The Dance

Painting Energy – the dance Painting energy continues with the final two paintings in the dance section of this series.  These paintings have much more flow than the previous two. I feel I have captured something of the essence of the dancer’s abandon to her craft. The first, ‘Dancer’ is perhaps more successful in that than the second. Dancer 36″x24″ However the second painting taught me a valuable lesson about the judgement of our own work. I was out one day and my partner ...

Creativity Myth #2: We aren’t all born creative

Myth #2 We aren’t all born creative – and I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Why do people think that do you suppose? Could it be that they really believe it, or is it that they just don’t understand the nature of creativity? To really embrace this idea that we are creative we must first understand the nature of creativity. What is it?  How do I know that I have it? We tend to have very limiting beliefs around ...

Flowers Jokes!

Life can be stressful. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress and can help maintain a healthy mental well-being. So laugh whenever you can. It’ll make you feel better. Cheesy jokes always make me laugh. Here are some of the best jokes I’ve found online. Hope they make you smile! If you know of any other flower jokes, share them with us in the Comments. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. What did the bee say ...

Fun Flower Facts: Oriental Poppy (Papaver Orientale)

The Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale), one of the prettiest flowering perennials in the late spring/early summer garden, is prized for its big, airy blooms that come in gorgeous shades of red, pink, orange and white. This type of poppy typically has four petals. Sometimes the base of the flower will have dark red or violet spots. These beauties can be seen from late May to about July. This is a clump forming plant, with hairy and dense leaves. Oriental poppies ...

Taking the Bugs Out of Moms Blooms

The majority of cut flowers for sale in North America are flown in from Colombia, Ecuador, Holland & New Zealand. Miami handles the large majority of these imports, California is 2nd. Last week alone nearly 3.5 million flowers arrived in Los Angles, in total an estimated 40 million flowers will enter the USA destined for Mothers Day. CBP agent checking for unwanted hitchhikers! (photo credit: Brad Graverson) However, sometimes the flowers do not arrive alone! Despite all of the careful planning and ...

friday's fringe 28 ~ lake collage & bye-bye bones!

YES, this is friday's fringe...on thursday. but it IS friday somewhere...on the other side of the world.tomorrow morning i have an app't at the dreaded dentist. (last week a client gave me a mini twix bar. while eating it, i felt something hard between my teeth. hmmmmmmm, a rock in my twix bar. nope.  a tooth.  the one i had a root canal done on not too long ago. it just broke off! shit! at the gum line! surgery tomorrow morn. double shit!!) i've been pretty stressed. a perfect thriller ...

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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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