Musings: Can A Hug Make You Happy?

“I don’t see if it is a man or a woman. I don’t see anyone different from my own self. A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature.”   Mata Amritanandamayi Musings: Can A Hug Make You Happy? Amma's motherly hug helps... Can a hug make you happy? When was the last time you got a heart-warming, comforting bear hug?  Something we all deserve, and even need for our survival is a soothing, ...

Creative Intelligence: 16 Principles To Live By…

“Nowhere can a man withdraw to a more untroubled quietude than in his own soul. Grant yourself this withdrawal continually, and refresh yourself.” Marcus Aurelius Creative Intelligence: 16 Principles To Live By... ♥ Order is present everywhere ♥ Life is found in layers ♥ Outer depends on inner ♥ Seek the highest first ♥ Rest and activity are the steps of progress Last week (3/25), on Oprah Winfrey‘s Next Chapter documentary series, she showcased America’s Most Unusual Town; a Transcendental Meditation enclave organized by the Maharishi School ...

Radio Gibberish

I love it when bloggers post music videos. I don’t make enough time in my life for music and one of my New Year’s resolutions is to add more music to my life. I inherited my dad’s radio when he passed a few years ago but I’ve yet to turn it on. Dad was a big country music enthusiast and I remember sitting on his lap and listening to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. But it was another radio I ...

Reflections: Feed Minds, Fight Hunger…

“Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.” Harry Chapin Reflections: Feed Minds, Fight Hunger... Hunger impacts us all... SOME HUNGER STATS Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most populous region, is home to the largest number of hungry people (578 million). Sub-Saharan Africa, with 239 million undernourished, has the largest prevalence of undernourishment relative to its population size ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun…

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Gautama Buddha Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Before the rainstorm that never came. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... an idyllic moment on the Hudson River Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Here comes the sun... “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter ...

Celebrations

June is a time of celebration at Casa Chatterbox. Thursday would have been my dad’s 88th birthday, Friday was our son’s birthday, and yesterday Mrs. Chatterbox and I celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. This picture shows us shortly after our honeymoon when we’d moved into an old duplex in West Los Angeles. I’d inherited the apartment from my college chum Ray, who over the next few months popped in at inconvenient times to use the shower. It’s easy to look at old pictures ...

Reflections: Do You Believe In Luck?

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca Reflections: Do you believe in Luck? Lucky Four leaf clover... Have you ever won the lottery? Have you received a special prize at an event door? Do you believe in luck? Is luck based on destiny, coincidence or sheer hard work? We often come across stories of people who have had a remarkable event occur in their lives; saved by a last minute change in plans, money won or found, help from a ...

Inspiration: Happily In Service…

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35 Recently, I connected with a group of bloggers committed to addressing issues of poverty in a compassionate way. Each month, a topic is shared  to write on and contemplate. This month, the topic is about Service and the questions: Which bible ...

Time Travel with Stephen King

Stephen King, flanked by B&N handlers I’ve been a fan of Stephen King’s since I read The Shining over thirty years ago. Since then he has thrilled me most with his memoir, On Writing, and also with these other faves of mine: Misery, Dead Zone, Cujo, and The Green Mile. I’m less a fan of his more woo-woo tales, which involve aliens and such (least favorite of all I’ve read was The Tommyknockers), and more a fan of the stories that ...

Dying is Easy, Living is Tough….

Life is hard.  Life is loss. Life wears you down, yet despite those challenges most of us still prefer living to dying. But that’s not always the case. For instance, statistics show that many surviving spouses die within two years of their predeceased spouse. An abstract on that very subject published in the American Journal of Public Health produced some interesting findings after studying more than 150,000 cases involving the deaths of one spouse after the other – the abstract defines such follow-on deaths ...

I'm a Creature of Habit....

This is a busy time of year at my fulltime job, I work at a biotech company that produces medicines for a few different types of infectious diseases. The respective seasons for those respiratory conditions are winding down. However, the ramp-up and planning for vaccinations that begin this fall are already underway. The resulting work-related meetings have occupied my lunch hours for the past few weeks – and that’s my feeble excuse as to why I’ve not been able to attend ...

Blog Awards Dogs and YTT

Today I want to thank Karen Wojcik Berner of Bibliophilic Blather for the Versatile Blogger Award. Karen is the author of a wonderful book entitled A Whisper to a Scream which is the first in I believe a six book series. Karen’s an amazing lady and very supportive of the writing community. I must admit, I’m honored, but I usually avoid accepting these awards because they require me to do two very difficult things. One is to figure out how to ...

My Failed Facebook Marriage….

Facebook ended my marriage (sort of).... You probably don’t know this about me, but I’m a sensitive soul….a petite, genteel flower if you will. I drink Celestial Seasonings sleepy-time chamomile tea as a pick-me-up. All of my under garments must be made out of crushed velvet and infused with Downey fabric softener and other anti-chafing agents. Even my toothbrush bristles are made from 100% baby rabbit fur. Suffice to say that I have a delicate constitution. That’s why it’s so difficult for me to (sob) write ...

Awesome Beethoven Flash Mob

I don’t know about you, but flash mobs are one of my favorite types of YouTube videos to search and view. If you’re not familiar with what a flash mob is, it’s basically a pre-orchestrated gathering of co-conspirators who seek to surprise and delight a crowd in a public setting by doing something funny, shocking, beautiful or unexpected. This video below builds from one musician to a full orchestra and chorus performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. It’s pretty cool. Question: Do you have a ...

7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Bestselling author, speaker and blogger – Frank Viola This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Frank Viola. Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which ...

Skittish Hat Tossing

Standing out in the street and tossing my hat up into the air...watching it spin like a copter blade slicing through the blue sky, momentarily blocking out the omnipresent sun, and then dropping like a dead pigeon at my feet. Thud. I don’t know what I was hoping for. Perhaps I was channeling Mary Richards from the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show. I can see myself, sporting a carefully planned ensemble of polyester, pleather, and wool, (complete with shiny accessories), feeling ...

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Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More…

“Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking. . . the new inventive phrases we make up to describe things — all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.”Nina Simone

Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… Thelonious Monk & Howard Minton

Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser live, London, 1965

Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… Nina Simone

Nina Simone – Feelin’ Good

Feeling Good – Nina Simone
Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good… Contd below

Sometimes, it is best to let the music do the talking; especially with classical jazz. I haven’t met anyone yet who didn’t enjoy a jazz composition. It is relaxing yet intricate; inviting yet complex… Enjoy it anyway and I hope you continue to feel good afterwards.

“All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.”  John Coltrane

Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… John Coltrane

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement (Live 7/26/65) (disc 2)

Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane : Trinkle Tinkle

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That’s what I mean… Contd below

Soulful Saturdays become straight up soulful sounds once the clock strikes midnight. I don’t want us to get stuck on timelines and confusing definitions. What matters is the music and how it makes us feel. lately, when I listen to music I like, I find myself traveling back in time… to a place where contentment, light and love reside. By the way, check out my guest post. It is titled: Gratitude For Small Things and on blog buddy Deb Bryan’s popular blog – The Monster in Your Closet. Thank you!  More below!

“Those who want to know what sound goes into my music should come to NY and open their ears.” Thelonious Monk

Soulful Sounds: Straight No Chaser & More… Jelly Roll Blues is the first Jazz musicin print (1915)

John Coltrane – My Favorite Things

Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel -Nina Simone

The first time I heard that song Feeling Good, I was feeling sad… and it cheered me up. I hope it lifts your spirit too. As always, I’d love to hear what new songs you are singing or dancing to. What songs have you discovered. Have a blessed start to the new week…
Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What music are you listening to this weekend? Do you have any favorites you’d like to share? What would you recommend some new tunes? Do share! Thank you.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: Music is that next step we take to connect with the divine… Whatever our interests, it helps us keep an open mind and heart. Enjoy!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Nina SimoneJelly Roll Blues, via Wikipedia. Thelonious Monk from Lib of Congress, John Coltranefrom exquisitor via Flickr

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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