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Looking From Both Sides Now

It occurred to me while filling out my most recent juror qualification form, perhaps question #6 is a PERCEPTION on my part.  What if I am certifiably crazy  but I only think I am a sane person? Do we really see ourselves as we are?  Are our opinions of ourselves or the world around us anything close to being accurate? This week I have noticed on a number of occasions that perhaps, my point of view might be....OK...more than might...strikingly different than ...

Time Changes Everything

I, recently was talking to my trainer at the gym, who was telling me about a friend of hers that is expecting twins.  Now that wouldn't be that big of deal, I guess, when you consider people are popping out 4 and 5 kids at a time these days.  What  makes this sort of unusual this is a single mom that is 56 years old.  She has a teenager still living at home from her previous marriage. It turns out ...

Weird & Unusual Flowers: Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)

The colour of this flower is so unusual, you think this flower is out of this world! But the Strongylodon macrobotrys, also known as jade vine or emerald vine, is naturally this seafoam blue-green. The shape of the flower is also quite peculiar; this strikingly beautiful plant produces a cascade of claw-like flowers along its woody vines. Impressively, the jade vine can produce up to 100 blooms per stem! The stems can grow to a height of 18m long, with ...

Flower Superstitions

Historically, people used to believe that plants and trees possess magical powers and special properties (i.e heal illness, bring about luck, make dreams come true). Here are some superstitions surrounding flowers that you may or may not have heard of: In Russia, it is considered bad luck to give a woman an even number of flowers. Even numbers are reserved for the dead. Blow a dandelion seed head with one breath. The number of seeds left is the number of children you ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Flowers

Situation: You just got a date with the girl (or guy) of your dreams and you want to make a good impression. Or maybe you want to surprise your mother with some flowers to show her your gratitude. In any case,  flowers are the perfect gift! They make people happy and are quite affordable. But the problem is, you’ve never bought anyone flowers and don’t know where to begin. Solution: This handy guide was written just for you! It will give ...

Reflections: Trust & Guidance…

“Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Trust & Guidance...Saint Petersburg Gate... Trust the answers are near... Trust is the gateway or foundation to many of the relationships we develop in the world; both personal and professional. It is the basis for almost all business agreements and, from a spiritual point of view, it is the glue that holds our belief together… When we begin a trust relationship, it is critical that we ...

Featured Blogger: Vivian Kirkfield – Positive Parental Participation

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” Barbara Johnson Featured Blogger: Vivian Kirkfield - Positive Parental Participation Featured Blogger: Vivian Kirkfield - Cover of her book: Show Me How!  Whenever I think of Vivian, blogger/writer of Positive Parental Participation, the words compassionate, kind, devoted mother, grandma, and friend come to mind because Vivian is all of those things and more. Vivian is an award winning author, a reading expert, bold adventurer, knowledge seeker/provider, and an ...

A Tribute to Moms….

I don’t usually like being manipulated by commercials, but this one is pretty incredible. The folks at Proctor & Gamble have woven together a two minute tapestry that includes the heart strings of patriotism, perseverance and motherhood. The only thing this amazing video is missing is a basketful of rollicking puppies, yet it still manages to leave my cheeks a little wet from tears rather than puppy saliva. You don’t have to be a fan of P&G products to enjoy this amazing video ...

"As My Waist Turns" – the Dramatic Saga Continues…

"As My Waist Turns" - the Dramatic Saga Continues...

Let's face it, we all have drama in our lives. Mostly such drama is driven by our personal unmet expectations. Today was my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in, and to be honest - I was completely prepared for a large dose of drama in the form of a weight gain because my activity was down from the week and my eating was up. So I was shockingly surprised to see that I was actually down -2.2 lbs. for the week, for a total loss to date of ...

Genuine Fake Watches

Mrs. Chatterbox and I saw signs like this often while traveling in Turkey. Sorry about the blurry quality of this photograph, but the bus wouldn’t slow down and I didn’t want to miss the shot. I’ve been wanting to share this image because it makes me chuckle, and I think everyone can use a good laugh. But more important, signs like these prompt an interesting ethical question: the watches are undoubtedly fake—yet genuinely so—but is this false advertising? What do you ...

Best Animated Short Film

Have you seen “The Fantastic Flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”? It took the win last night at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film. A dear friend of mine just posted the YouTube link to her Facebook page for all her book-loving publisher friends, of which I am one. I pass the video along to you here (below). If you take the fifteen minutes required to watch it, you will be glad you did. This gem of a short ...

Our Due Date is Here…just not the baby

It seems that we’ve reached the end of our pregnancy as today marks the 40th week of Junior’s shack up in my wife’s uterus. So sound the vuvuzela and crack open the non-alcoholic champagne! The only teeny-tiny issue is that Junior has seemingly decided to take a page from the Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to Occupy the Womb. We’ve got our final scheduled exam with the obstetrician tomorrow – so hopefully we’ll get some perspective and timing on Junior’s secret exit strategy. In ...

Our Final Pregnancy Update???

Baby at 39 Weeks Gestation - BabyCenter.com It seems hard to believe but the newest edition to our family is scheduled to arrive next Tuesday. Our family is anxious and expectant of the new arrival. Recently, my wife and I will lay in bed talking about how our lives will change for the better and wondering what his little personality will be like. Because anybody with more than one kiddo knows that each is amazingly different from the others. We can’t wait to meet him. He ...

The Dreaded Physical

Health maintenance wasn’t an expression heard much around my house while I was growing up. If you fell and your arm or leg was bent the wrong way, it was okay to go to the doctor. Otherwise, buck up and don’t be a crybaby. Today we’re encouraged to see our doctors often, at my age (fifty-nine) once a year. I’m not fond of the humiliation that goes with a routine physical and don’t get them as regularly as I should. ...

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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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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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