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Reflections: Accept Your Own Beauty…

“Accept your own beauty. You are beautiful no matter what your mind tells you. That is a fact. If you are aware of your own beauty and accept your own beauty, the opinion of others doesn’t affect you at all.” Don Miguel Ruiz Reflections: Accept Your Own Beauty... Beauty comes in many shapes & shades like thread What does beauty mean to you? Where did you first hear/learn that you are/you are not beautiful? We often hear people say that beauty is ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE…

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Gustav Jung Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE… L’Église Saint-Jean de Caen. Main Altar Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE… L’Église Saint-Jean de Caen. Main seating area. Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE… L’Église Saint-Jean de Caen. Stained glass window at center of main altar. Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE… L’Église Saint-Jean de Caen. Stained glass window Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE… L’Église Saint-Jean de Caen front entrance “We do not believe in ourselves ...

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors…

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James Michener FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors... FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnut flower FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnut loaf FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… wild flowers “Do you fear the force of the wind, The slash of the rain? Go face them and fight them, Be savage again. Go hungry and cold like the wolf, Go wade like ...

Days Gone Bye-Bye

Now that January is all but over, I realize that I missed a number of important dates.  I try to be on top of my calendar but starting a new year is sometimes problematic.  If I don't take the time to input all the assorted important "days to remember" into my Smart Phone they slip by unnoticed.  You would think that looking at a real (paper) calendar would prevent this but really who does that any more?  Anyway...back to the ...

Would You Believe?

HHMMMM...what should we talk about today?   Are you at work while you are reading blogs this morning? Are you looking sufficiently busy?  If so, you might be the subject of a new Gallup poll. While my ever-growing skepticism keeps me from always buying into anything the Gallup people tell me, I sort-of, kind-of believe they might of gotten some of it right this time.  Frankly after they came out with a poll last year saying that three out of 10 Americans hated filing ...

Spring Gardening Checklist

It’s finally spring! After a long, snowy winter, we are ready to spend some time in the garden! We are excited about all the beautiful flowers and plants that will blooming once again! Here is a checklist of things that should be done now to get your garden ready for spring: Spring Gardening Checklist Clear debris (garbage, fallen branches, etc…) from yard Sharpen garden tools (i.e. shovels, hoes, trowels) Cut back on last year’s perennials; remove dead leaves and foliage. Hydrangeas should  be cut ...

I Said This Wouldn't Happen

By now all of you have either heard about or seen clips of the bizarre behaviors of the celebs at the VMA Awards show.  I am still scratching my head asking myself when and why did things go so wrong. While I am no longer MTV's desired demographic....well...to be honest, I am at the age I am no one's desired demographic unless maybe someone who trying to sell long-term health care insurance....but still, I watched the mayhem in hopes that there ...

It Would Serve Me Right

A painting hangs in our dining room that might look familiar to many of you; it shows Claude Monet’s famous Japanese Bridge at Giverny. Monet painted a dozen versions of this bridge—all at different times of the day in an exploration of color and light—but he didn’t paint this one. I did, forty years ago. I say this not as a boast for having done a decent job of mimicking Monet’s style, but as a confession for a serious lack ...

Avoiding Cyber-Monday Scams

I don’t know about you, but I’m an unrepentant self-admitted Cyber-Monday shopper. I simply prefer the convenience of shopping online for the holidays compared to the crowds and hassles associated with Black Friday which I try to avoid like the Black Plague. However, online shopping does have its own pitfalls – identity theft, computer hacking and compromised debit cards are just a few. Here’s a useful infographic from the folks at Veracode that offers some insight into how consumers and merchants can protect ...

Real Men Watch Downton Abbey

Just so we’re clear, I’m a bit of a manly man – consider the following proof points: I started shaving in pre-school and my voice changed in kindergarten. When I sweat, it’s 70% pure testosterone, 10% 30W motor oil and 15% bacon grease. My body is so covered with hair that evolutionists continually try to recruit me as a missing link. Most guys have one Y chromosome from their dad, I’ve got seven. I’m not bragging, I’m just making a point that I’m over indexed ...

Inside The Box

Conclusion of The Mystery Box The box had occupied space in our garage for as long as I could remember, and even though it was off-limits I’d allowed Ricky Delgado, my best friend, to talk me into opening it. My heart sank when I didn’t see a Japanese flag or a chunk of scorched scrap from a kamikaze. Only boring papers and old photographs, just what Dad had said was inside. Black and white snapshots of a remarkably young Dad in ...

Soon at a Grocer Near You: $0.05 Bag Tax...

Plastic Bag in Creek One of the cool things about living near Washington, DC is that we’re so close to a cultural mecca that contains dozens of museums, historical landmarks and monuments which really add to the quality of life. However, one of the crummy things is that we’re also trapped in the vortex of a tax-and-spend polity that tends to test certain taxation ideas here before they spread to a larger scale, which really subtracts from the quality of life. The latest example ...

Expiration Dates

“Haven’t I told you to stop doing that?” my wife growled while scowling at me from a barstool on the far side of the kitchen counter. “Yes, you’ve told me to stop doing it.” “How long would you say I’ve been asking you not to do it?” I gave it some thought. “About forty years.” Her lips tightened into a line. “You really are a slow learner.” Mrs. Chatterbox and I are usually sympatico—Tweedledee and Tweedledum joined together at the hip—but on this we’re worlds ...

Salvation – yup, there’s an app for that…

Logo for Bryan Logan’s Eavesdropping Evangelism (E^2) app Here’s a guest post from a funny writer that I’ve featured before. His name is Bryan Logan. Check out his blog HERE and his entertaining post below. [EdiTOR's Note: When Bryan first submitted this post, I thought it was a cleverly "deceptive" spoof. However, Bryan happens to conceptualize and write programming code for mobile applications. The idea he writes about below is actually a real, mobile application he developed.] If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt you ...

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Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

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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