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Will Government Finally Censor The Internet?

Is the grim spectre of Internet Censorship finally rearing its ugly head in The United States of America? I have heard reports recently that there is a new Law making its way through Congress called, "The Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) that is supposed to be designed to protect children from pornography on the Internet among other things. (Well, that is the way I heard it, anyway.) There are, apparently, some folks out there who are supposed to be "In-The-Know" who ...

Plant-Based Diets and Iron

Plant-Based Diets and Iron

As a young woman my pulse was alarmingly high. I was a swimmer, got plenty of exercise and should have had a nice low resting pulse rate. My Doctor at the time was alarmed enough by my pulse rate to order a blood test that measured my hemoglobin. The results showed that my hemoglobin was very, very low. The doctor concluded that I wasn’t getting enough iron in my diet.  He explained that the lack of iron meant that my body ...

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

Like many of you, I have regularly visit "the facebook"... (uh, catch up and see The Social Networkif you don't get the reference). So aside from endless vacation pictures, status updates from my friends, Huffington Post news blips, and quizzes to determine which Golden Girl I am, there are lots of ads the screen which I pretty much ignore. Facebook tailors the ads to you, based on your profile and friends and location and other secret voodoo stuff. So if the ads ...

Amazing Alberta

I posted a photo of a view across the lake in Jasper, in a recent weekly photo challenge. As I looked through the photos from that visit, I remembered the beauty that surrounded us everywhere we went on that holiday and some of the great sights that we had seen and I thought I’d share some of them here. Hope you like them as much as we did.    

Edible Flower Desserts for Valentine’s Day

What’s sweeter than a beautiful bouquet for Valentine’s Day? Sweet desserts made of edible flowers! Flowers aren’t just for garnishes to make dishes look pretty! Cookies, cakes, puddings, and ice creams can be enhanced with a bit of floral flavour! Roses, hibiscus, lavender, lilacs, carnations, pansies are just some of the flowers that are edible. To make today extra special and meaningful, surprise your sweetheart with one of these delicious desserts featuring edible flowers! Click on title or image to get ...

Fair of Traditional Sausages ~ Feira dos Enchidos Tradicionais de Serra de Monchique

We’ve been meaning to go to the Monchique sausage festival (Feira dos Enchidos Tradicionais de Serra de Monchique) for years and today was the day we finally made it! Earlier in the week I went to the Tourist Information office keen to discover more about the Feira. Unfortunately, they only had basic information such as date/time and that exhibitors included crafts, cakes, medronho, honey and of course, sausage! All this hand-written on a scrap of paper as no printed literature was ...

Happy Birthday! / The Blog Is Five Years Old!

I have been blogging for five years this month and enjoying it a lot! And boy have those five years gone by quickly! I was still working back in 2007. And I was playing Lord of the Rings Online, drinking vodka and getting fat! Things certainly have changed a lot since then! Now I walk 8-10 miles every morning. And I don’t drink the Devil’s brew although a beer or two is definitely still in the pipeline. I’ve joined some meetup ...

Fun Flower Facts: Lantana

Lantana is a genus of 150 flowering shrubs native to tropical America and Africa and belongs to the verbena family. The plant produces clusters of bright, vibrant tubular flowers in shades of yellow, orange, pink, and white in various colour combinations. The fragrant flowers will change colours with maturity. Lantanas will start off with one colour and gradually change into another, resulting in multiple colours in same plant.  After flowering, toxic berries will appear. The berries will start off green ...

I’m back and Ready to Write With Confusion

I’m back and Ready to Write With Confusion

First of all let me give you an update on my dad, since he is the reason I stopped blogging for a while.  He is doing much better, is now able to walk around with constant oxygen running.  He has about twenty percent of his heart muscle functioning but the good Lord has seen fit to let us keep him for awhile longer. Now on to the subject and hand.  My confusion over using comma‘s and conjunctions.  I thought I had ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots – June

My monthly garden diary continues with my ongoing attempts to grow fruit and vegetables in pots and various containers.  After various gardening disasters in May I learned some valuable lessons such as a basic understanding of soil nutrients, watering (under and over) and the size of the pots I should be using to name a few! Growing Peppers in pots Bell red peppers growing in containers The red bell pepper plug plants planted in March are just beginning to ripen but, the orange ...

When is a potato not a potato?

When it’s a choo choo… noooo that’s not a Portuguese sneeze! Feeling rather adventurous during a recent shopping foray to the local farmers’ market, I stepped outside my cautious ‘foodie’ comfort zone and decided to experiment with some, shall we say…  some of the more weird and wonderful offerings they had on sale.  Looking beyond the usual staple veg such as cabbage, onions and potatoes an ugly misshapen green shrek-like pear piqued my curiosity. (No, my curiosity and adventurous spirit still does ...

5 Common Houseplants That are Toxic to Pets

Houseplants are great! Everyone should have at least one or two live plants in their home! Not only do plants add beauty and colour to your home decor, they can clean the air, and make you feel healthier and happier. And best of all, many of them are easy to grow. That being said, pet owners need to be aware of the houseplants that are toxic to cats and dogs. Ingesting poisonous plants can make pets very sick! It’s best to ...

10 000 Plants Adorn London’s Largest Living Wall

Living walls have been a hot trend in gardening and landscaping for the last few years and the trend doesn’t seem to be going away! Just last month, London, UK unveiled its largest living wall on the side of two prominent hotels near Buckingham Palace. The Rubens at the Palace hotel is the home of an impressive 350 sq. m (3 770 sq. ft). vertical garden, containing 10 000 live plants, which includes ferns, buttercups, crocuses, lavender and winter geraniums.  There ...

8 Eco-Friendly Container Ideas for Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a fun, low-cost and rewarding activity that you can do with kids. All you need is some soil, seeds and containers. You can purchase all of those materials at your local garden centre, but you can also save money and help the environment by transforming everyday household items into potting containers. If you look around, the possibilities are endless. Just about anything can be made into a container, but make sure it’s clean and poked with some ...

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Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” Hermann Hesse

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

“No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.”  Lao Tzu

Lately, I’ve been feeling the pull to stop the words, to shut the door, to turn within, to just sit and be still. Do you have those moments when words seem too much? Do you feel drawn to the silent stream on the periphery of your mind’s eye? Just sit and be still…

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on.” D.H. Lawrence

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

The EaglesLearn To Be Still

“For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.” Bhagavad Gita

Learn To Be Still ~ The Eagles

It’s just another day in paradise
As you stumble to your bed
You’d give anything to silence
Those voices ringing in your head
You thought you could find happiness
Just over that green hill
You thought you would be satisfied
But you never will-
Learn to be still …

Fellow bloggers, Judith of Growing Younger Each Day in Words, Words and More Words, and Nancy of Spirit Lights The Way in The Real You, wrote posts today that touched on something that made me want to sit and be still. As we scuttle about talking, blogging, writing, who or what sustains our drive? the real you? When we chose words that empower us, do we choose tender, tranquil words, or limiting ones? Just sit and be still…

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Lao Tzu

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

“Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.” Amy Carmichael

Kathy of Pocket Perspectives offered a post Believe in Yourself with a beautiful poem and mention of the beauty and creativity that quiet brings to her space. All of this and more, made me think about the need to retreat from the endless hustle and bustle that is a constant in our lives. Something inside us speaks to that space of quiet prayer, reflection, silence, stillness… Just sit and be still. More below…

“It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.” Eckhart Tolle

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Just sitting means just that. That ‘just’ endlessly goes against the grain of our need to fix, transform, and improve ourselves. The paradox of our practice is that the most effective way of transformation is to leave ourselves alone.The more we let everything be just what it is, the more we relax into an open, attentive awareness of one moment after another. Just sitting leaves everything just as it is. ~ Barry Magid, “Leave Yourself Alone

Another blogger friend, Rose of What’s Your Plaza wrote, Oh, Where, oh Where Have I Been?,  an eye-opening post about her blogging/writing journey and finding her way to her true calling. I love all my blogger friends and the wisdom each of you share daily/weekly. There are wonderful vignettes passed on and even when I might seem absent, the lessons are learned. Thank you all for your work of love. Other things are calling and I sense a new direction coming my way. For now, I’ll just sit and be still. What about you? What are your thoughts? Where do you find stillness? What helps you to retreat? Do you have quiet, meditative days? Do share! Thank you.

Positive Motivation Tip: Find that place of quiet and stillness and spend some time there; healing, creation and rejuvenation reside there.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection and/or Penmaenmawr beach sands, Lao Tzu, Vancouver Greek, Evening stillness, Morning stillness, Stillness, via Wikipedia Or Heaven by Nomadic Lass, via Flickr Some Stillness quotes from BestillNow.com

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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