Reflections: The Kids Advantage…

“You cannot catch a child’s spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return.” Arthur Miller Reflections: The Kids Advantage... Remember the days when we used to go outside to climb trees, run around and play? Not much of that happens of late. I remember idyllic days spent reading books, playing tag and communing with nature. Technological advances had not grown to the extent they have today. We had TV but didn’t watch it ...

Monet's Garden

Walt Whitman said it best: “Very well then, I contradict myself.” When I started Chubby Chatterbox ten months ago I was determined that my blog would be different from those focused on photography, mostly because I’m not fond of my photographs and prefer painting my own pictures. Unlike me, many of you plant and nurture the flowers you photograph, and I have great respect for your accomplishments. Unfortunately, plants left in my care only receive death sentences. But as I sit ...

Fun Flower Facts: Sturt’s Desert Pea

Scientific name: swainsona formaosa Sturt’s desert pea is definitely an unusual looking plant. The Desert Pea is a slow-growing, creeping plant known for its bizarre, yet attractive flowers.  The flowers are bright-red with leaf-like petals and purple-black bulbous centers (known as “the boss”).  The leaves and stems are greenish-grey and are covered with fine hairs. It is Australia’s best known wildflower. Native to Australia’s woodlands and open plains, the Desert Pea plant is remarkably resilient and can withstand extreme temperatures. In its ...

Reflections: On Savoring SuperMoons…

“For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.” Richard H. Baker Reflections: On Savoring SuperMoons… Reflections: On Savoring SuperMoons… Reflections: On Savoring SuperMoons… I love the Supermoon and its unique qualities and energies.  So you can imagine my delight when I read about an impending Supermoon; scheduled to brighten the night sky on May 5th. A SuperMoon is a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in ...

Summer 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

Wedding season is here! May through August is the most popular times of the year for weddings. And for good reason, too! Couples want to take advantage of the hot, sunny weather and beautiful, blooming flowers that the season brings! Summer weddings calls for an outdoor setting; beaches, gardens and fields are especially  beautiful this time of the year. And most importantly, there is an abundance of blooming flowers in season! Brides will have a wide variety of flowers and colours ...

The Greatest Artist I've Ever Known

Grandma Chatterbox is finally home from the hospital and she’s progressing better than she wants to admit. Her surgery has left her weak and she needs assistance to maintain her apartment and independence. It’s fallen on me to find someone to help her. There are many good organizations to draw on and much of my time is currently being spent searching for a suitable individual who can put up with Mom’s idiosyncrasies. This hasn’t prevented my head from filling with ...

Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This… Cherry Trees Dreams are made of this… Sweet, glorious, pink tree blooms Each a wish come true Dreams are made of this… A walk cocooned by  tree hugs Bright with blessings too. “Do all you can to make your dreams come true.” Joel Osteen Haiku: Dreams Are Made Of This… Special Tree Dreams are made of this… Hold tight; make your dreams come true Like a bright spring bloom This post was ...

Inspiration: The Wonder Of A Sunset…

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” Rabindranath Tagore Inspiration: The Wonder Of A Sunset... Inspiration: The Wonder Of A Sunset... Inspiration: The Wonder Of A Sunset... “Come, my friends, ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson I took a ...

Teen-trepreneur: Help Your Teen Earn Some Cash

With the economy limping towards recovery and unemployment rates still high, the teen population is finding it harder and harder to find work because adults are competing for the same minimum wage jobs. But there’s an alternative for your teen—starting a micro business. What is a micro business? It is a very small, one-person business that you can start easily and quickly with what you already know or own. Students can spend as much time running a micro business as ...

New Uses for Used Books

Item 1: At breakfast in Genoa, Italy, the other day (heh-heh), at the start of our trip to walk Cinque Terre (out of this world vacation experience), I noticed how the hotel decorated its breakfast room. It felt like a personal welcome. True, I couldn’t read the books–in Italian–but it was the thought that counted. Item 2: I must share this with you, an article from Publishers Weekly (scroll to top of link, title “You Know You’re Going to Want One…”) about ...

Another 10 Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

Most kids are back to school this week. That means they’re getting a healthy dose of reading, writing and arithmetic. It also means that they’re probably getting exposed to an unhealthy amount of texting and/or sex texting (a.k.a. sexting). As I’ve written before, one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent happens to be texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts that teens and preteens are using these days. While neither of our school-age daughters (10 and eight respectively) currently ...

7 Questions With an Author: Angela Johnson

Author, speaker and business owner – Angela Johnson Here is the latest installment in my “7 Questions With an Author:….” series. Today’s featured writer is Angela Johnson. Angela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literature in 1996 from University of Houston-Clear Lake.  After working in mid-level management with a major phone company, she started her career as a Farmers Insurance Agent.  Angela started a scratch agency in 2005 and has built it into a thriving success. A key driver of that success – as outlined in ...

Moving Toward Launch

One of Newton’s laws of motion is that bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. Not only does that apply to physical objects, I believe that it applies to people as well. The inertial energy, risk and commitment to start something new is often too overwhelming to motivate an individual to try – so they don’t. I’m attending the 2012 Launch Conference to learn from top-tier speakers and authors about what it takes to launch your message, product or service. Here’s an infographic ...

Out Of Whack!

I’ve been out of whack lately. The thing about being out of whack is that you don’t fully realize that you’re out of whack, but the people who know you the best can usually tell that you’re out of whack. You avoid these people because, even though you don’t know that you’re out of whack, deep down you really do know it, but if you admit to it, then you’re responsible to do something about it. Truth be told, you ...

Guest Post for Jon Acuff: Church Service Referees

Might Referees Find a Place in Church? I’m honored to have a guest post featured today on Jon Acuff’s site, www.stuffchristianslike.net. My satirical piece is titled Penalty Flags in the Church and was inspired by the NFL playoffs, which are underway. Here’s an excerpt, but you can read the entire piece by clicking HERE. ==================================== The Sabbath and professional football is a match made in heaven. For decades in this country, a growing majority of Americans have willingly adhered to the fourth commandment of ...

Adoption – Learning to Say YES!!!

Dr. Statton’s adoptive son When, Grace, our fourth child came along, I was certain we were done having kids. Who wouldn’t be? Four is a full house. While I saw full bedrooms, a full minivan, and an empty pantry, my wife saw room for one more. The word “adoption” would occasionally get thrown around our conversations. To me it was an important topic. One that all of us should be actively involved in. I felt my role was to “actively” watch everyone else do all ...

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October 7, 2011, 11:58 pm

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 Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt movement in Kenya, won it. Historically, women have always participated in peace movements but our contributions have not always been given center stage or the accolades that men receive. Even with the Nobel Peace Prize, throughout its long and illustrious history, only 14 of the 121 Nobel awardees have been female.

The three 2011 recipients: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the President of Liberia since 2006, Leymah Gbowee, author of Mighty Be Our Powers and leader in the Liberian Women’s peace movement featured in the documentary – Pray The Devil Back to Hell, and Tawakkul Karman, journalist and Chairwoman of Women Journalists Without Chains (a human rights group), were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts at building peace in Liberia and Yemen. This is a step forward in recognizing the efforts women make towards achieving women’s right, gender equity, economic/political female leadership and peace. As well as our efforts at ending gender violence globally. The accolades are fantastic and my wish is that more women leaders are celebrated and encouraged globally. More Below. :-)

“We cannot achieve lasting peace in the world unless women receive the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.” Thorbjoen Jagland,  Nobel Prize Committee Chairman

Musings: Women & Peace… PBS Women, War & Peace logo…

http://www-tc.pbs.org/video/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf

Watch the full episode. See more Women War and Peace.

Women are important influencers in the household, and more of us need to be actively engaged in influencing peaceful change globally; particularly in war torn areas. As a way to focus on the efforts of women in places of conflict around the world, PBS will begin airing a powerful documentary series: Women, War & Peace  next week… each week, the series will tackle a specific area in the world and present in-depth information on conflicts women have faced/continue to face. As the site suggests, “Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.”

I encourage you to watch the series and learn more about the role women play globally. Below is more information on the series:
October 11 – I Came to Testify: 16 women imprisoned by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and took the witness stand in an international court of law.
October 18 – Pray the Devil Back to Hell: In a non-violent movement, Liberian women took a stand against dictator Charles Taylor to put a stop to the brutal civil
October 25 – Peace Unveiled: Three women in Afghanistan risk their lives to take a stand for women’s rights
November 1 – The War We Are Living: Two Afro-Colombian women in Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, bravely stand against a violent struggle for land.
November 8 – War Redefined: A closer look and challenge of the notion that war and peace are men’s domain – interviews with leading thinkers.

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” Peace Pilgrim

Musings: Women & Peace… Nobel Peace Prize Medal…

A few good things that will/might come out of the recent Nobel Peace Prize award include shining a spotlight on the role women play in peacekeeping efforts, showcasing the struggles fought globally against gender violence,  advocating the need for greater female participation in influencing development, and  taking another look at female conditions in countries that don’t regularly make the evening news. It’s about time… What are your thoughts? What did you think of the 2011 Nobel Prize awardees? Who would you have picked as a recipient? Do you think women get unequal treatment? Do share? Thank you! :-)

This post was partly inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Who do you know that deserves a peace prize?

Positive Motivation Tip: Leadership begins with thoughtful action that empowers and changes lives. Seek the leader within…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize Medal, via Wikipedia. All three winners via LA Times/EPA, Associated Press, Reuters

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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