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Still Living at Bankside Farm

Another week, another photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for Friday Fictioneers. The photo this week is courtesy of Janet Webb and you can see how others have interpreted the prompt here Still Living at Bankside Farm “I did find it mum, it’s a ruin though. Look. I took a photo for you.” She smiles up at me “I’ve found your old home, it’s a ruin.” She takes the photo and stares “My room looks out over the bottom meadow, towards the mill.” I sink down beside her, taking her ...

Where’d Leslie go?

Moving through and toward new things. Don’t give up on my blog. I WILL RETURN. I feel the words coming, Have images beginning to flash through my mind. Winters beginning to nip at my fingers and nose. The Sun is sinking sooner and the Moon rises earlier. On clear nights the stars glisten like diamonds on black velvet.  I’m inspired by the weight of the dark. In a few days it will settle in around me like a cool cave. A womb ...

Shedding the Facade

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing friend of mine, Eileen Knowles. According to Eileen, she prefers “The Scenic Route” in life – which also happens to be the name of her fantastic blog. Eileen loves to write,  run and consume copious amounts of coffee – just not all at the same time. She is passionate about leaving a legacy for her son and encouraging others along the way who might need a dose of hope and grace poured into their ...

You an EXPERT? Leave the public domain works alone and write your own stuff

You an EXPERT? Leave the public domain works alone and write your own stuff. OK – this is just my opinion (as is most of what you’ll read on this blog), but I think co-opting public domain* materials to create your own books or info products is a cop-out.  It’s not illegal, but it is a lazy shortcut that shortchanges the reader, the person whom you, as a writer, want to be keeping at the forefront of your focus. “Wow – those ...

My Algarve Insider Tips

Our first holiday to the  Algarve was nearly thirty years ago and memories of the stunning beaches remain imprinted in our minds like footprints in the sand. The secluded coves and miles of beaches with soft golden sand, flanked by sandstone rocks, rugged cliffs and unspoilt countryside enticed us to return; not to holiday, but  to live. Nowadays, these same beaches are flanked by hotels and busy fashionable resorts such as Vale do Lobo, Albufeira and Portimão to name a ...

How to Create Alcoholic Beverages from Roses

Commercial alcoholic drinks are pretty much obsolete now days but if you can get your hands on a cookbook or two that are really old, you’ll find some great recipes for making rose wine, rose liqueur, rose syrup and floral liqueurs using other flowers. For the purpose of this post we are going to stick to using roses. Any roses that you are going to consume MUST be organic. Unfortunately you can’t stop in at a local florist to get the ...

On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons…

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... delectable Ladurée macarons On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... The full range of colorful, tasty macarons behind the counter On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons...The pretty window and teeming crowds inside... In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée opened an exquisite bakery in Paris, aptly named Ladurée, that has become one of the top places to visit if you want the best in baked goods; especially their delicious macarons. According ...

Works In Progress: Update One

Yay!  I finished my lacy poncho!  It's done!  But, I found another project that I had completely forgotten about in my one project bag. I had started this scarf as cables practice back in October/September.  I had started it over because I was doing the cables incorrectly.  So, I did that.  And never finished the scarf. Well, I'm working on finishing it now.  One problem:  I threw out the pattern.  D'oh!  Eh, I'll just wing it.  I can follow the ribbing pattern ...

What is Companion Planting?

Just like human beings, plants also have friends and enemies. For some reason or other, some plants seem to grow best when in the company of certain plants. Companion planting is the act of deliberately growing plants together in a close proximity to create a mutually beneficial relationship that encourages plants to grow and stay healthy, while deterring harmful pests. In addition, plants can help each other provide nutrients in the soil, offer protection from the elements and attract beneficial pests ...

Secrets

This painting ‘Secrets’ turned into quite a journey really. It became a series of works, which will be showing on Thursdays over the next few weeks.  Be sure to come back and check them out.  As a series, I’m really excited by these paintings – I managed to get into the flow and got ‘Resistance‘ out of the way.  Which is always awesome! Look For Next Thursday’s Post: ‘The Wedding’  - the ‘Secrets’ series continues…. Secrets 40″x40″. Oils on canvas.  

The Tale of the Two Ghost Orchids

Do ghosts exists? Nobody knows for sure. But what we do know is that Ghost Orchids do exist! They are rare in the world, but you can see, feel and smell them! In fact, the name Ghost Orchid actually refers to two different types of orchids: the dendrophylax lindenii and the epipogium aphyllum. Ghost Orchid #1 Photo Credit: flickr.com Scientific Name: Dendrophylax Lindenii Other names: American Ghost Orchid, Palm Polly, white frog orchid Unlike most flowers, this one does not have any leaves. This ghost ...

Piglet’s Plot in March

This year I plan to photograph and record what’s growing in my humble vegetable garden on the 19th of each month. This will give me a better idea of what’s growing when, and how well. Hopefully, it will act as a record for next year and I can learn from my successes and failures. Vegetable Area 19/03/13 Vegetable Area 19/03/13 The Portuguese cabbages (Couve Galega) which I use to make Caldo Verde Soup are now over 2′ tall. I love the way they ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Holiday Greenery

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, nothing says winter holidays quite like fresh greenery! As convenient as faux/fake greenery may be, it just doesn’t compare to fresh greenery! Decorating with fresh greenery is a beloved holiday tradition and will bring festive cheer and a wonderful, fresh fragrance to any space. There isn’t anything quite like the beauty and perfection of nature! Types of Holiday Greenery Eucalyptus, an attractive, scented greenery popular in cut arrangements and garlands but tends to dry quickly. English Holly is ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in February

My monthly diary continues. Over the next year I’m keeping a monthly diary of the fruit and vegetables I grow in my urban garden here in the Algarve. Gardening is one of my passions, and although my efforts are not always successful my tenacity makes up for what I lack in knowledge. Despite a couple of weeks absence in France my vegetable patch continued to prosper under the watchful and no doubt terrified “eye” of one of my dear friends. Even so,  ...

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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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