Gardening Inspirational Quotes

“If you have a Plant and a Garden, you have everything you need.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero “Gardening is not a rational act.” –Margaret Atwood “The Love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” –Gertrude Jekyll “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” -May Sarton “Garden as though you will live forever.” –William Kent “In search of my Mother’s Garden, I found my own.” ...

Flying Without A Net

Last night I did something in bed I haven’t done in years. I was contentedly lying there, dreaming I was King of Bloggers and had finally figured out the difference between further and farther, and a while and awhile, when it happened. Mrs. Chatterbox was on the far side of our king-size bed and in no position to monitor what was going on. That’s when it happened. I felt ashamed when it was over. I mean, I’m not a kid ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Rose Parade

The Rose Parade or the Tournament of Roses Parade is an annual festival  where the main attraction is the parade of larger than life, intricate flower-covered floats! The event is held on New Year’s Day (or the day after if the holiday falls on a Sunday) in Pasadena, California. Along with the floats, the Rose Parade also features high energy marching bands, dancers and equestrian entertainment. Rules state that the entire float must be covered in fresh flowers, seeds, tree bark ...

Happy Administrative Professional’s Day!

Administrative Professional’s Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is an unofficial holiday to celebrate the hard work of administrative assistants, secretaries, receptionists and the like. They are often the unsung heroes in the office and are usually taken for granted. In North America, the holiday is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. The holiday traditional started in 1952 and is still going strong today! Besides Easter, Administrative Professional’s Day is one of the busiest times of ...

Must See! Cool Ice-Covered Flower Sculptures!

What do you get when you put ice and flowers together? At the “Flowers of the Snow Queen” exhibition in Kiev, Ukraine,  you would get the coolest ice sculptures, made with ice and fresh flowers! Artists have found an unique way to display beautiful, fresh flower arrangements in the dead of winter by freezing them inside perfectly transparent ice cubes. Artists used a special technology to preserve the color, shape, vitality and most importantly, the beauty of the flowers. To create the ...

Inspiration: Ten Inventions We Could Use Now…

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” Nikola Tesla Inspiration: Ten Inventions We Could Use Now... inventions and creativity from the muse to the brain When we think about the benefits from inventions that have made our everyday lives easy, we don’t give much thought to ...

Photos: Empire State Building In Successive Iteration

“He may be more potent than any other man. The damnable iteration day after day of earnest conviction wears like the dropping of the water upon the stone.” William Thomas Stead Empire State In Color collage EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN BW COLLAGE A few years ago, I took my first shot of the Empire State Building. Then, last fall, I noticed that part of it juts out near a building by the Church I attend in Manhattan and so I took another one. ...

God’s Grace: The Day Time Stopped

“When you really look for me, you will see me instantly –you will find me in the tiniest house of time. Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.” – Kabir cappadocia-region by MargeBotten via NatGeo This week’s prompt gave me much food for thought…   If you could stop time for 24 hours, what would you accomplish? A Meditation Heaven is long-enduring and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus ...

3 Keys to Accomplish the Impossible

3 Keys to Accomplish the Impossible

All of us face challenges every day and some of those challenges seem like they are impossible to overcome - that failure is the only option. Here's an easy challenge for you. Watch this video below by Frisbee-Throwing Champion Brodie Smith. Some of the things he does in this video are seemingly impossible, yet he did them. For him to accomplish each of the impossible tricks shown in the video there are 3 keys required: 1.) Vision - anybody who wants to ...

Quick Question With Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis

While attending the 2012 Launch Conference, that is currently underway, I have the unique opportunity to interview some of the top speakers and authors in America. Below are two very quick, single-question interviews I had with authors Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis respectively. Michael answers the question, “How should a writer or speaker market themselves?” Ken graciously answers the question, “How does a speaker go from free-speaking opportunities to paid engagements? Question: What question would you ask your favorite author if you could? BTW, here’s ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 4

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the princely, yet random, $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After much consideration and engagement with Hollywood image consultant Rachel Zoe (she is just fabulous)  a winner has been selected for last week’s “Caption This” Contest. That winner is Lisa Stivers see her caption below. “Don’t worry Honey I got this….I saw it on Pinterest.” Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address to ...

This Post is Good to the Last Drop

I’m not gonna lie – I am a coffee addict. Whether you call it a cup of joe, lava from java, battery acid, decoction, forty weight or demitasse – I love it all (to my shame). I blame my days as an early morning radio news sidekick where I’d be up by 4:30 am each day, write as many news stories as I could in 90 minutes – usually about 18-22 stories – then hit the airwaves and sound like I was ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 23

Image of a 23 week gestational age (GA) baby - image via BabyCenter.com This week marks our family’s 23rd week of pregnancy with our third child – Junior Constantino. We’re consciously making it a family event to ensure our two daughters are fully engaged in the entire experience. A few weeks back we found out the gender of our newest addition to the family – and the girls continue to be thrilled! My wife went in for an unltra-sound this morning and everything ...

Is Your Member of Congress Corrupt??

Sen. David Vitter (LA) allegedly bribed the Secretary of the Interior It's no surprise that most Americans have a low opinion of the members of Congress. In fact, Gallup's most recent Honest and Ethics survey of professionals found that congressional representatives and senators rank third from the bottom above car salespersons and congressional lobbyists. Congress has a glaring perception problem and another survey released last week makes it even worse. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) just released its annual list of the 19 ...

Sundays, Bandwagons, and Beaches

As a kid I used to hate Sundays. It meant wearing stuffy clothes, sitting in a boring pew and listening to guy dressed in…well, a dress, ramble on (in Latin) while peering down at me like he knew every bit of mischief I’d been up to.Being a kid and learning about God is akin to being a teenager and learning about love. You’ve got your preconceived notions, the stuff your parents and the church tell you, and then you have ...

Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!

Teacher: “Okay class, put down your pens. We're going to have an oral pop quiz! Who can define the meaning of living an authentic life?” Oooo! Oooo! Oooo! I feel like a kid raising my hand with the right answer. When I get full of something you know it’s going to overflow into my writing. So, here goes…. I am my authentic self and I am living an authentic life. It’s a funny term when you think of it…authentic self, authentic life. ...

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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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