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WordPress Photo Challenge / Near And Far

We are working with perspective this week and ways to draw the viewer into the photo.  I think we have done this here with clouds that are angled towards the distant view in the center of the photo. Wordpress offers a weekly photo challenge that is very helpful for those of us who need a little direction. They steer us one way or another just as this photo (hopefully) does. I need to start taking more photos again and, hopefully, the cooler ...

The Internet, Does it enhance free speech or allow some to limit it?

Along with writing the occasional article on my own blog I tend to surf the internet seeking to broaden my political views and to learn how others feel about important issues that affect our daily lives. The Net is a wonderful place to do this because it provides an incredible platform for individuals to share their own beliefs and ideologies, or comment on those of others without fear of reprisal. It also allows for interaction amongst individuals of similar beliefs ...

Wordless Wednesday

Buddy likes to keep up with the daily news and prefers the up close and personal approach! Thanks, Java, at Never Growing Old!!!

Gardening in New Orleans

Our garden is growing – we have tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and melon plus a lot of herbs growing at breakneck speed. Something new is always popping up. The funny thing about gardening is that once you figure it out in one place there is NO guarantee you will be successful (at first) in a different place. Some of the tomatoes are being eaten by something – not cutworms, but something I have yet to identify. There are bugs and worms that I ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” Robert Morgan Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – The Cloisters Garden, New York After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they ...

My, How The American Right Wing Has Changed!

Republicans and their Right Wing allies worked hard and diligently to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to The Constitution Of The United States and this meant the end of slavery in America. That was a good thing. That was a moral thing and that as a truly "Christian" thing. Now, in the present century, Conservatism and Radical Religious Reichtism is working hard in many states to pass restrictive voter ID laws which may have the effect of disenfranchising the vote of many ...

Peer support through blogging

Peer Support One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a child. After making the decision to take action instead of remaining silent, I sought answers to all the questions I had about going through the legal process, as well as general questions relating to whether I was ‘normal’.  I wanted to know, for instance, what ...

Stupid Sock Creatures

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were at our local Barnes and Noble rummaging through the clearance books.  One book caught my eye.  It was Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy.  I was intrigued. I bought the book.  At a couple of bucks, why not?  Besides being an utterly hilarious book, Murphy provides concise and clean directions on how to create your own stupid sock creature. Now, I’m not the best at following sewing directions, but I managed to eke out my own sock creature.  See him ...

Wedding Anniversary Flowers

In our opinion, summer is the most romantic season of the year! It’s the time of year when many couples get married and celebrate their anniversaries. A wedding anniversary is one of the most important milestones for couples, especially in today’s society, where the divorce rates are alarmingly high. So it goes without saying that each and every year a couple has been together should be celebrated. Although gifts are not necessary, they are definitely appreciated and welcomed! Traditionally, there are certain ...

Hurricane Aftermath and American Red Cross

The DH and I got lucky.  No power outages and damage.  Thank you all for your well wishes! Some others on the East Coast we not as lucky. Would you please consider donating to the American Red Cross? They are in need of donations for the affected areas.  The DH and I did a small donation. It doesn't take much to make a difference.

Flowers with Romantic Names!

Scientific names are boring and hard to pronounce. That’s why flowers have common names- ones that are fun to say and easy to remember! And since it’s February and love is in the air, let’s take a look at some flowers with romantic names. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) The bleeding heart is one of the most easily recognized garden plants. These old-fashioned flowers are a cottage garden favourite because they are easy to grow and will self-seed. Bleeding hearts are named for ...

All About Pussy Willows

Around this time of the year, pussy willows can be found in floral shops everywhere. They are a sure sign of spring! Pussy willows or (salix caprea) are showy branches with fuzzy, white flower buds, also known as catkins. They are among a family of 300 species, ranging in size and form. Pussy willows can grow to be a few inches tall, like the dwarf varieties in the Artic to 20 feet tall! They typically bloom in early spring, from February to ...

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs from Your Garden

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) may appear cute and harmless, predicting the weather trends every February 2nd. But they are anything but harmless! For gardeners, they can be a real pest to get rid of! These little critters have a huge appetite for all things green. They will eat everything in sight. You could wake up one morning to find all of your beautiful flowers and plants gone! And on top of all that destruction, the burrows they ...

Peculiar Picture #10

I’ve become indifferent to many of the hundreds of illustrations I’ve painted over the years. Not so with this picture. In fact, I can’t tell you if it’s an illustration or a painting. It’s just one of my favorites. I was experimenting with fast-drying acrylic paint after years of using oils. I wanted to see if I could build up glazes like Titian and Rembrandt without waiting a week for each layer of paint to dry. Clients don’t like waiting for ...

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Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

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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