Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds…

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder…” E.B. White Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The last wintry sign Eager wasp sings on a bud, Happiness arrives… “You are not happy because you are well. You are well because you are happy.” Emmet Fox Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The first summer hum curious bug checks the flowers Innocence abounds… “To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Summer Haiku: Happiness Abounds… The last summer song Dancing blooms share happy hues Happiness abounds… “Happiness makes ...

Inspiration: The Power Of WE…

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson Inspiration: The Power Of WE… Kumi Naidoo in support of International Blog Day of Action 2012 Since 2007, Blog Action Day has offered bloggers from different countries, with different interests and languages, a forum to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year, the topic revolves around the Power of We. When I think ...

Plant Profile: Saucer Plant (Aeonium tabuliforme)

Here at funflowerfacts.com we love unusual plants, the weirder the better! This pretty little succulent fits the bill. Aeonium tabuliforme, otherwise known as Saucer Plant or Dinner Plate Plant is the flattest plant we know of. Found in Tenerife, they grow on cliffs and other vertical rocky places where there is no chance of water standing around their roots or in their crowns. They are fairly cold tolerant and can handle temperatures just below freezing but keep in mind they are ...

2013 Colour of the Year: Emerald Green Flowers

Pantone, the globally recognized authority on colour, has declared emerald green as the colour of the year. This rich, luscious and ever so elegant colour will be big this year in weddings, fashion, home decor, and more! The colour, as precious as the gem itself, invokes images of growth, renewal, harmony and prosperity. From Boston Fern to Xanadu Leaf, there is no shortage of emerald in the floral world! Florists have been incorporating all sorts of greenery and foliage in their ...

The weather outside is frightful…

‘but the fire is so delightful…’ Thank you all for following and taking the time to comment, your interest in my blog is very much appreciated. Wishing you all a very HAPPY & HEALTHY 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy!

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Weird & Wacky! The Hooker’s Lips Plant!

Nope. Those aren’t Mick Jagger’s lips Photoshopped onto a plant. Believe it or not, this is a real plant affectionately called Hooker’s Lips for the flowers that look like large, luscious red lips. Known scientifically as Psychotria elata, these low-growing trees or shrubs can be found in tropical places like Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, particularly in areas that tend to get a lot of rainfall. Those red lips are commonly called flowers, but they are actually leaf-like bracts. And just ...

Plant Profile: Hepatica

Hepatica also known as Liverwort or Johnny Jump ups, is a delicate pretty wildflower native to Europe, Asia and North America. A relative of the buttercup, hepatica is a petite yet showy, pretty flower that will grow in many conditions including deep shade woodlands, full sun grasslands, even rocky areas. It will grow in sandy soil or heavy clay soil but whatever it grows in it must have water and winter snowfall as a dry frost will kill it. The flowers in ...

6-year Old Inspires All Wanna-be Bike Riders...

This is a great video by a group of talented musicians called the Gregory Brothers who "songify" all kinds of news videos and home videos posted on YouTube. In this video, they transform a cute snippet of a random home movie into a catchy inspirational tune. Enjoy... And here is the original home video....

The Intersection of Indifference and Forgiveness

I recently saw the Oscar-award winning movie “The Fighter” which starred Mark Wahlberg as boxer Mickey Ward and Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund, Ward’s brother who was a former boxing phenom turned washed-up-crack addict. It was a great, inspiring adaptation regarding Ward’s true life story, his relationship with his brother, their dysfunctional family and redemption. However, Bale’s haunting portrayal of an addict and the subsequent denial of all wrongdoing reminded me of an individual in my life who had similar problems.  There was a timewhen this individual and ...

An Unexpected e-Mail of Encouragement

A few weeks ago I wrote here about some of the health issues I’ve been dealing with lately. As a general update, every week I’m feeling better and getting healthier. I plan to provide more specific results after the New Year. Since my first post on these health issues, I’ve received many well wishes of encouragement. Below is an e-mail that stood out because it came from a blogger buddy of mine who’s living in Paraguay with his family. His name is Ken Hagerman. He’s ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 2

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the extremely generous, yet random, $5.37 cash prize for the inaugural “Caption This” Contest. I don’t think anyone on the Internet has ever come up with such an idea before of captioning random photos (that might be a complete lie – not sure). Regardless, each of you were an integral part of this history-making Internet event! Unfortunately, as the original Highlander movie taught us all – “There can be only one!” – (and by that I ...

What Are You Wearing?!

Photo by Fran Murphy I have confident friend with perceptive eyes and a welcoming smile. A woman who is lovely in both heart and flesh. She dresses in exotic fabrics perfumed with romantic scents that smell so delicious they may have been imported from heaven. Her movements are naturally rhythmic like window sheers dancing on a summer’s breeze. Whimsical, she loves wearing tinkling bangles, and luminous moonstone, always adding enchantment to the ordinary. She is a palpable palate of color captivating ...

The Possibilities are Endless

Fresh from my dreams I tread the dawn: hair mussed, voice froggy, sleep seeds not yet swept away—a rumpled pilgrim in love with the musky morning. Heading east with my shadow trailing behind; Florence claims that the dog days are over, but Florida disagrees, smiling behind her frizzy hair; a curtain of humidity presenting hazy visions—the possibilities are endless. My sensitive feet carry every bit of the load, and still; He keeps me waiting. I remember the thrill, biting my lip on ...

Three Weddings and a Hopeless Romantic

I’ve been to three weddings so far this year. One was held at the bride’s parent’s home, a charming two-story colonial on beautiful grounds. The next was celebrated at a gorgeous venue complete with rose pedals and secret gardens, and the third, which was last weekend, was held at the Tampa Aquarium, allowing the guests private access to the attraction, which by the way was amazing. All three weddings were as unique as the couples taking the vows. Each wedding conjured ...

Habits – From Quirky to Annoying After “I Do”

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~ Rita Rudner Before a couple is married, it’s easy for them to think living together with another human being 24/7 will be a breeze. After all, if they could survive growing up with people with whom they had no prior input as to whether or not they cohabitated, then living with their spouse by their own free will ...

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Inspiration: The Power Of WE…

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson

Inspiration: The Power Of WE…

Kumi Naidoo in support of International Blog Day of Action 2012

Since 2007, Blog Action Day has offered bloggers from different countries, with different interests and languages, a forum to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year, the topic revolves around the Power of We. When I think about the subject, what comes to mind is community service and using our voices, individually and collectively, to create opportunities for positive change. How can we help? For starters, volunteer, support a charity or more, blog about issues that affect your community, your country, the world… WE can speak out.

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” Thomas Paine

Inspiration: The Power Of WE…

Heifer International: The Power of We #bad12

Oxfam: A beginner’s guide to land grabs

When I look around the blogging community, I see the love, care and support bloggers offer each other. We read, like, comment and re-blog posts to encourage each other and keep our community vital and informed… By the same token, our skills and actions help empower and uplift others in our local communities. Because we are exposed to social issues on a daily basis, most of us have become active participants in charities and groups that need help.

Over the years, I’ve supported many charities and as I write this, a few come to mind: KivaHabitat for HumanityHeifer International, and The YWCA. As a volunteer at the Y, I learned that when we offer our time, love and encouragement to others, we become beneficiaries of grace and goodwill. If you are thinking of ways to add more to your blog, to become a Change Maker, Blog Action Day has tons of ideas on where and how to support others… More below!

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” Wilma Rudolph

Inspiration: The Power Of WE… Stonehenge community…

Blog Action Day 2012

One way the organizers of Blog Action Day have helped to ensure participants stay engaged and focused on creating change is through its resource/partners page. We can find lots of information about the participating charities and use the data to create our own blog post. If you are looking for more proactivecharitable organizations to support, You might consider the following Blog Action day partners or name some of your own:
ActionAid
Oxfam
Greenpeace
HelpAge International
Heifer International
Global Exchange

As we go about our lives, let us remember our blessings and all that enriches our lives; then wish same for others. Some people live under oppressive dictators that the idea of community effort or freedom remains a long lost dream to them. Each day is a precious gift and an opportunity to uplift others. If we cannot serve, we can donate, lend our voice, our skills/knowledge to help others… By being a blessing to others, we are doubly blessed…

Thank you for stopping by. What are your thoughts? What do you think about the power of WE? Do you have stories to share? Do share? Thank you!

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: Help others. Help each other. Empower the world. Remember the Power of WE…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos BlogActionDay badge via Blog Action Day, Stonehenge community, via Wikipedia blog action unite, via Flickr

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

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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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