Musings: Share A Joke…

“If you aren’t a naturally happy person, take time each day to cultivate that which brings you happiness.” Madisyn Taylor A recently hired junior manager at a multinational corporation, Joe X, puts his foot in his mouth… On Joe’s fifth day at the office, he called the company canteen and ordered a sandwich. It didn’t arrive in 10 minutes as promised. After waiting longer than usual for his lunch order, Joe, already in a bad mood, decided to call the canteen extension… ...

What’s the Difference Between a Daylily and a Lily?

Repeat after me: A lily is not a daylily. A daylily is not a lily. While common flower names are a lot easier (and more fun!) to remember than the scientific names, they can be quite confusing. It’s no wonder the daylily and the lily are often mistaken to be the same flower. A daylily isn’t a type of lily. In fact, as any educated gardener or flower enthusiast will tell you, they don’t even belong to the same family. Even ...

Seeing Black

If you’re feeling queasy from all that pink and red on Valentine’s Day, this may be the antidote: In 1976 Mrs. Chatterbox and I told ourselves that the old San Francisco apartment we’d just rented made up for being small with an abundance of character. It had old-world tile in the kitchen and bathroom, a vintage slot in the door for the delivery of milk bottles, and from the roof you could make out the top of the Golden Gate Bridge ...

Killed By The Cure

Last night while watching TV a commercial appeared that went something like this. (Note: imagine this being voiced over by a minor celebrity from the Seventies whose career stalled after several DUIs.) “Is your life so empty that you don’t care your kids are now covered in tattoos heralding a Zombie Apocalypse, or that your spouse has a house account at the Embassy Suites and a credit card receipt for a strip pole in his hotel room?  Or that you’ve broken ...

Reflections: Ten Things To Do Before The Year Ends…

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” John Ruskin Reflections: Ten Things To Do Before The Year Ends... Procession to the lists. Get Organized. The year 2011 will be over in less than 2 months, and before we know it,  so will  all the cherished unfinished plans we left on the back burner. It is remarkable to consider that only 10 1/2 months ago, ...

Try This At Home

Some of the best responses I’ve received so far were reactions to my post on Magritte’s painting depicting a pipe. I had no idea this would spark such interest and I’m wondering if lightning can strike twice at Chubby Chatterbox. First, I’m not going to tell you this isn’t a painting of a nude woman. It is…sort of. (Darn—I’m lying already.) I’ll clear this up by saying this picture is intended to depict a woman. It was painted in 1814 by ...

Inspiration: Five Years From Now…

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson What would you say to the person you were five years ago?  Five years ago, I had accepted a wonderful opportunity that included lots of travel and a relocation to California. I had said yes on many levels; my decision was a resounding yes to growth and to life. What wasn’t apparent or mentioned at the time was that, months before, I had ...

Musings: Women & Peace…

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman Musings: Women & Peace... Nobel Peace Prize Winner - President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Musings: Women & Peace... All Three Nobel Peace Prize Winners via LA Times I was thrilled when I heard the news about the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners because no women had won this prize since 2004 when the late ...

Are We There Yet?

As I walk, my path narrows, pinpointing my destination—a lofty target with margins that vanish into infinity. I wonder as I tread; what does this path hold for me? For if life is indeed a journey, and this trail is to get me there, you’d think I would be more certain about outcomes. I’ve traveled many a road and found that up usually leads to down—and down to up. The climax becomes the foreplay, offering intimacies and secrets for new adventures, ...

To the Gallows...Again

What do you do when troubles build up and realistic options don’t seem to exist? I tend to panic, hyperventilate, and worry until the waters of my mind become muddied and I can’t think clearly any longer. This tends to frighten me even more than the original problems did. I continue in this mode until I’m paranoid….certain that I can hear the mournful bells tolling, the gallows being built….and my halting footsteps climbing the scaffold to my imminent doom. It ...

Who the Hell is Calling?

So, it’s 4:30am and I’m typing away my thoughts to you. I actually woke up at four and tossed and turned for a bit; my mind was restless, writing random lines and veering off the straight and narrow. I pulled it back on course, a huge ship, with much too much uncharted sea, and then my phone rang. Little dog, who was sleeping within the folds of blanketed comfort next to me, barked out a lame warning, sort of a burpy ...

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 ...

Top-10 List: WORST Halloween treats

Our neighborhood is GREAT for Halloween trick-or-treating. It’s well lit with sidewalks and tons of families with kids. So this weekend, we bought Halloween candy in preparation of the upcoming spooky fete – here’s a tip all the REALLY good candy is given out at our house (e.g. full-size Snickers, Reese’s PB cups, Super Blow Pops, Sour Patch kids…etc.) However, I’m always stunned at some of the crappy treats that are still on the market – which prompted this little confectionary tirade of ...

That Which I Feared

That which I feared has come upon me. I have lost my wallet! Losing my wallet is akin to losing my identity, as it holds not only my driver’s license, but also my three bank cards, a variety of credit cards, important receipts, pictures, business cards, and a new book of stamps. I use my wallet like a vault for all things important to me and have never (up to this point) lost track of it. My heart is rattling ...

Cupcake Currency???

Cupcake ATM - image courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes It’s no secret that the U.S. economy continues to struggle. The country continues to nickel-and-dime its way out of the monetary morass of the past few years, and gold is a favored investment option given the uncertainties surrounding currencies such as the euro, drachma and dollar. However, a recent story I read struck me as a savory solution of sorts. It seems a high-end bakery called Sprinkles Cupcakes in Los Angeles has invented a cupcake (automated ...

Botanically Inspired

Design inspiration can come from anywhere, but most often it comes from what we see. And this time of year, I see flowers everywhere! From lush roses to tranquil lilies, inspiration for beautiful design abounds. Nature has always inspired me and I’m guessing I’m not alone. So let’s have a little fun! Take a look at these gorgeous rooms and see if you agree with the flowers that I think inspired them. The Sunflower. With its maple and black cabinetry and warm yellow ...

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May 31, 2012, 3:00 am

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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