Fun Flower Facts: Monkshood (Aconitum)

Monkshood (Aconitum) is a genus of about 250 species native to the moist mountainous regions of the Northern hemisphere. They are often found in rich, moist soils along streams or in open woods. It is a member of the ranunculus family. These perennial plants that are cultivated for their beautiful clusters of hooded flowers that come in shades of blue, including  indigo blue, icy blue, lavender and deep blue. While blue is the classic colour, there are some cultivars that will ...

On Life: Food For Thought…

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers On Life: Food For Thought... Powerful Expectations The famous French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte was given a star sapphire when he was a boy. The sapphire came with a prophecy that it would bring him good fortune and make him Emperor of France. Napoleon believed in the promise of the sapphire and accepted it to be true. He was crowned Emperor of France ...

Fun Flower Facts: Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Pasque Flower (sometimes pasqueflower) is a genus of flowering plants native to the meadows, foothills and prairies of North America, Europe and Asia. It is a member of the buttercup family. The pasque flower can be identified by its showy, bell-shaped flowers and attractive seed heads. The leaves are grey-green. Fine hairs cover the entire plant, including the flowers, stems, leaves and buds. The flowers have 5-7 petal-like sepals. Flowers are available in a rainbow of colours including, blue, pink, ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette…

“It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature.” Oswald Spengler Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Sade and band to the rescue… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Folded outdoor table umbrellas at a Hudson River restaurant at sunset. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… The spooky trees come alive at dusk… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Met Museum visitors to the “Ugly Chic 1″ section of ...

Largest Living Wall inside airport in North America – Edmonton International

The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has recently undergone a vast expansion and has turned to green décor options. The airport now boasts of a 1420 sq ft area dedicated to a Living Wall (also referred to as a Vertical Garden, Green Wall, Bio-wall or Plant Wall). Over 8000 plants and 32 species have been artfully designed over 3 separate wall spaces to recreate the whimsical clouds found in the prairie sky and paintings done by the famous Canadian Group of Seven ...

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day…

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” Audrey Hepburn Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate fondant - Molten Lava Cake. Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate Fudge cake Ingredients: Molten Lava Cake via FoodNetwork.com 6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons orange liqueur Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease ...

Beautiful Japanese Flower Hairpins

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The Golden Rule: Who You Callin’ Doormat?

“Here certainly is the golden maxim: Do not do to others that which we do not want them to do to us.” Confucius (551–479 B.C.) The Golden Rule: The Good Samaritan Understood it... The Golden Rule: Who Are You Calling A Doormat and Other News… There’s baloney and then there’s total BS; what’s the difference? I don’t know or care… What I do know is that on any given day, we get to choose our mood and how we want to respond to situations and ...

Book Review: Rite of Passage - A Father's Blessing by Jim McBride

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Happy Independence Day Weekend

Image: nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Happy Independence Day and weekend to my fellow citizens of the USA! For your holiday enjoyment I have put together (1) a brief but challenging trivia quiz and (2) a book recommendation for the occasion. Answers to the quiz are provided after the book recommendation. As a special bonus this holiday weekend I’m also including, via the menu-tab above called “July 4 Tribute,” the full text of Longfellow’s poem about our Mr. Paul Revere’s ride. Trivia Quiz What thirteen ...

Most Expensive Medical Procedures

According to CNBC host Jim Cramer, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is unexpected health care costs. One of the biggest challenges with health care reform is that every American will be required to have some type of health care coverage, but many of those individuals can’t afford it and the country continues to age. While I admire the ideals behind health care reform, I thinks its implementation and execution could conceivably bankrupt our country – in the same way ...

Fighting the Good Fight – Against Myself

Boxing Glove Cake – Not the “Fight” I Need to Make I recently shared about a sobering emergency room visit involving a cardiac issue I had. As a result of that visit, I’ve made some lifestyle changes  regarding how I eat and how I exercise to ensure healthier outcomes going forward. I’ve been on WeightWatchers for three weeks now and went to weigh-in this morning. As of today I’ve lost another -2.6 lbs for a total loss of -9.2 lbs. So far so good. Additionally, ...

10 Possible Titles for Jon Acuff’s “Quitter” Sequel

"Side Hugging" My Nearly-Almost-Friend, Jon Acuff I’m a huge fan of national bestselling author, Jon Acuff. So much so that I attended an out-of-state conference this fall just to stalk him…um, er…I mean meet him [see photo insert]. Jon is a supremely gifted writer who specializes in satire and self help, posting outstanding work everyday at his two brilliant blogs – www.jonacuff.com and www.stuffchristianslike.org. He’s written three books. His most recent one is one of my all-time favorites, titled Quitter. It’s intended to ...

Where Would You Be Without Your Library?

The M. N. Spear Library in Shutesbury, a small town in central Massachusetts, has put together a darling fundraising plea that makes you want to donate even though you have nothing to do with them or their town or their state, but just love books and believe in the power of community around them. Personally, I think they should be rewarded for their efforts, so I’m sending a little something in and posting their video below. I laughed out loud near ...

A 5K With My Kid….

A Pre-Race Hug With My Daughter This past Sunday I had the pleasure, delight and honor of running a 5K (3.1 miles) race with my daughter. It was her third and the second that we’ve both run together. Check out the pictures of her accomplishment! For the past few months, our oldest has been participating in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at her school, which means she and a dozen other girls spend an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing various ...

Top-10 Phrases From My Mom

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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…

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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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