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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 ...

All in the Family

As Crabby Pants and I were looking through the odd news sites to see what idiocy took place this week, we noticed a number of stories involving families. Check the Box Eric Cloutier was cleaning up the clutter around his house but ended up making a huge mistake. While Eric's wife was in the hospital having their 5th child, he decided to have a garage sale. Racquel is hopeful someone will return her ring. It turns out the her well meaning husband had sold the ...

5 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden

For many, gardening alone is an enjoyable and relaxing hobby. On the other hand, community garden can be just as rewarding! A community garden is basically a shared space in the community where members work together to grow food, flowers or other plants. The space can be a single community plot or many individual plots. Historically, community gardens were created to provide food during wars or during economic depression. These days, living a “green” lifestyle is becoming increasing important, and as a ...

Change: A New Day on Planet Earth…

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Change: A New Day on Planet Earth... earthlights in darkness Every time I come across questions that ask: What would You do if you ruled the world? or What changes would you make if You were Commander-in-Chief for a period of ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused…

“When man unfocuses his mind, he may be said to be conscious in a subhuman sense of the word, since he experiences sensations and perceptions.” Ayn Rand Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused… Driving by in Stockholm Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused… Paris Unfocused… Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused… A gathering of protesters at a park in Stockholm “Psychologically, the choice “to think or not” is the choice “to focus or not.” Existentially, the choice “to focus or not” is the choice “to be conscious or not.” Metaphysically, the choice “to be conscious or not” is the ...

The Legend of the Lady of the Night

Scientific Name: cestrum nocturnum Other Names: dama de noche, queen of the night, night-blooming jessamine, night blooming jasmine The Lady of the Night is not just the name of a movie or two, it is also the name of an  evergreen shrub that produces small white greenish flowers. The shrub has broad, glossy leaves can grow to 13 feet tall. The night blooming jasmine is native to the West Indies and South Asia. While at first glance there doesn’t seem to be anything ...

Best Flowering Houseplants for Mother’s Day

So while we still think flowers are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we think that houseplants are even better! First of all, houseplants are longer lasting than fresh cut flowers. Secondly, houseplants are known to clean the indoor air. Third, taking care of houseplants will help mothers relieve stress and to create calm and relaxing environment. Houseplants are truly the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially for mothers with green thumbs! Here are the best flowering plants for Mother’s Day (or ...

Food For Thought

I notice that many bloggers like to write about food. I don’t follow this trend, but a fellow blogger recently asked for advice on ordering the perfect hamburger. This got me thinking about the two problems I face when dining out. First, breakfast is Mrs. Chatterbox’s favorite meal. She cooks most of our meals but on occasion I’ll whip up one of my specialties, like egg omelets with linguica (a Portuguese sausage similar to chorizo) but on weekends she likes to ...

Neutral with a Pop!

When does an interior designer turn into a kid in a candy store? When she walks into a room full of fabric swatches! Selecting fabrics and putting together a design color board for clients is one of my favorite things to do. It’s almost like being a child creating the perfect ice cream sundae…picking the right flavors, adding sprinkles, syrups, whip cream and then finishing it all off with a cherry on top. Of course, instead of ice cream and confections, ...

A Father’s Worst Fear – Part II

The "faith" ring we gave our daughter this weekend... Today at school, our 10-year old daughter will begin a week-long health curriculum that will include a wide range of topics including “nocturnal emissions,” menstrual cycles and the human reproductive process. My wife and I knew that information of that caliber was likely to spur more questions amongst the kids in class and subsequent mis-information when they’re by themselves chatting it up on the playground, bus or at the lunch table. Additionally, this information ...

My Submission to an Essay Contest

Harvard Square commentaries, 1969 On January 10 I learned about an intriguing essay competition with a January 15 deadline. The call for entries had gone out in November, I think, but I just learned about it in January thanks to whatever Internet surfing I was doing. The rationale behind the contest, according to the three women running it, is to gather enough worthy essays to create an anthology titled Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s. Since that covers ...

The Catchiest Song of All-Time (so says science)

It's happened to all of us. We hear a song and then we're humming it all day and can't get it out of our minds. According to a recent study out of the University of London, there's a scientific reason for it. According to a recent news release issued by the university, music psychologists have identified the scientific properties that give certain melodies the 'sing-along-able' factor. The research monitored the behaviour of thousands of people as they sang along to more than ...

Wedded BlissTors – Part 7: Celebrity Crush – Funny Movie Short

Wedded BlissTors - Part 7: Celebrity Crush - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded BlissTors" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples can endure along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #7 deals with a not-so-secret celebrity crush. The links to the other episodes I've made follow the video below.  Please let me know what you think!!!! Wedded BlissTors - ...

The Book Review Section That Stumped Me Too Much

Trees require roots and sentences require words, but some parts are tougher to navigate than others. Every now and then–and it’s not difficult–I like to make other people feel smarter than me (or should that be, “than I” [do]? Too formal even for grammarians these days?). Anyway, I was happily reading along in the New York Times Book Review a couple weeks ago when a certain two-syllable word stopped me. It was a word I’d seen hundreds of times before and ...

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Musings: Memories Of May…

“Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.” William Shakespeare

Musings: Memories Of May… The Iris is May’s flower

Musings: Memories Of May…  The Iris is May’s flower.  White Japanese Iris

May Day
Cinco de Mayo
Iris Day
Lost Sock Memorial Day

May swept in on a cloudy Tuesday announcing its arrival on the eponymous May Day, during a New York Severe Weather Awareness Week. For the next 30 days, it offered plenty to do and celebrate during what I found to be a pretty hectic and challenging month. Had I known that in between some pretty heavy duty celebrations were some fun May holidays like Eat What You Want Day on the 11th, Dance Like a Chicken Day on the 14th, and National Macaroon Day today, the 31st, perhaps it might have felt a tad lighter. The Iris is May’s flower. Above and below are several holidays observed in May.  What memoriesdo you hold of this month? Did you celebrate any of them?

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” Edwin Way Teale

Musings: Memories of May … The Iris is May’s flower

11 Eat What You Want Day
11 Twilight Zone Day
13 Mother’s Day
14 Dance Like a Chicken Day

We anticipated Mother’s Day with great expectations and, for some, mixed emotions… Will the day go well? Will the flowers and gifts arrive DOA? As much as it’s a day of showing appreciation for moms around the world, all that advertising and the inevitable frenzied last minute buying and selling puts a dent on pockets and egos. Those who knew got to eat plenty of what they want on the 11th and more on the 13th. Perhaps the rest of us could have enjoyed dancing like chickens or spent a day watching reruns of the The Twilight Zone on the requisite May days…

Beneath the apple blossoms I go a wintry way, For love that smiled in April Is false to me in May.” Sara Teasdale,

Musings: Memories Of May…

23 Lucky Penny Day
26 International Jazz Day
28 Memorial Day

These three distinct holidays (above)  gave me something to think about. I love picking up lucky pennies on the street, so a day dedicated to the penny was great. Jazz gives me plenty of comfort and we needn’t have waited till the 26th to celebrate it. Memorial Day brought back memories of war an an appreciation for the sacrifice made by the brave men and women we lost in countless wars. Throughout the month, blog relationships ebbed and flowed; some blogging friends disappeared and a few others bid good bye to the process by terminating their blogs… May was full of finality; a clearing for June. More below…

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ” Confucius

Musings: Memories Of May… Iris

31 National Macaroon Day
31 Save Your Hearing Day
31 World No Tobacco Day

As we bid the month of May adieu, I invite you to gear up for the summer months which tend to be slow as friends and family make outdoor plans and set their eyes on distant climes. It is vacation season and its impact on our blogging life becomes quite pronounced as the months tick by… Don’t be alarmed, the traffic and stats will pick up again in September. In the meantime, pretend it’s still May and enjoy a macaroon or two. Get your hearing checked and keep the tobacco at bay. Have a wonderful month of June!

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What do you know about May Day? What memories do you hold of this month? Did you celebrate any of the holidays? Did you weather any storms? 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: Bid May adieu and welcome, with an open heart and mind, all that summer will bring.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Japanese irisBlue iris,Purple irisPink iris, via Wikipedia 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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