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Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans

Our long warm fall has turned into a long (or so it seems) cold winter. Not a lot of rain, snow or cloudy skies, but still very cold. At least for me! After holiday excesses we spent most of last week juicing and drinking smoothies to try and detox a little. After a week of that I was really ready for some bulky, tasty and very hot food. Baked beans seemed like just the thing. Threw a batch together and stuck ...

Trifecta Meme

This is my Trifecta Meme post.  Click here to learn more. 1) What is your name (real or otherwise)? My real name is Susan Shuman. My otherwise name is SusanWritesPecise. 2) Describe your writing style in three words. Creepy, dark, maudlin 3)  How long have you been writing online? I’ve been a freelance writer for nearly a year and my blog was born in October. 4) Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? I participate in 100wcgu, Haiku Heights, Saturday Centus, and Share Your World. 5) Describe one way in which you could ...

91 Stains

Here is this weekend’s Trifextra Challenge: “Thirty years ago, Roald Dahl published the book Dirty Beasts, a collection of poems for children about weird and wonderful animals. The last poem, however, is called The Tummy Beast about a boy who thinks there’s someone living in his belly. Your Trifextra challenge is to write 33 words on a beast in an unusual place. No swamps or forests or caves, we really want you to take your beast out of its comfort zone.” *** Waterproof, smudge-proof evidence Of unforgivable, Stealthy Wrongs Leaving A muddied conscience; a ...

Giggles Girls and Ghosts

Writing a blog after more than a month is like coming home after a long trip and wondering if the dogs will still remember me. Of course they always remember me, but there is always that sliver of tension between the opening of the front door and the first wag of a happy tail. As most of you know, I've been traveling for the past month. Over the years so many miles have passed beneath these brave feet of mine, now ...

Analytics / Filtering Your Posts / Prof’s Wife Busted / Blogging Is Sexy?

Google Analytics / Filtering Out Your Posts / Harvard Prof’s Wife Busted / Blogging Is Sexy? Camels And Camera Critters I am trying to do several different things this morning and it’s starting to make me crazy.  So I may have to stop.  Or not.  Let’s try to get through it and then go for a six mile walk.  All will be well. In the past hour I have been trying to fix blog posts that include a blockquote with a nice, ...

Kitchen Haiku: Call Me Hot Chilli Capsicum…

“Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.” Erma Bombeck In the kitchen Chilli Capsicum My Hot Kitchen Spice They call you Habanero My sweet Capsicum Where’s my darling Spice? Call me… My favorite kitchen spice is chilli pepper of the capsicum family. I love the whole range of hot, sweet, mild peppers, but the hot chilli holds ...

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Cook”

I was going to skip this weeks challenge since I don’t cook and own no recipe for anything. I have cookbooks somewhere in storage. (smile) So I decide to have fun with this challenge. I’m laughing as I’m writing (smile) Here’s my sense of humor about cooking as illustrated by my acrostic. (smile) Cook. Cooked. Cooking. Three words not on my resume. (smile) I tried cooking a few times. Can you say, disaster. I tried frying once. You can’t fry on ...

BGI Relocates!

We’ve been feeling a little like Christmas elves lately - dashing around to get things done. And that’s because we’ve moved! 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, Dallas We have relocated our offices to a larger design space directly off the Dallas North Tollway to better serve you. Our new offices are located at 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, in Dallas and house extensive product samples for your design or renovation project. Everything we need to design fabulous rooms and furniture for you is right ...

2013 Jersey Battle of Flowers

The annual Jersey Battle of Flowers, which takes place on the Island of Jersey (located between the south coast of the UK & northern France) on the second Thursday and Friday of August, is one of the best places to see a parade or two!  Elaborate, brightly-coloured flower-decorated floats are displayed at a parade on the Thursday afternoon and once again on Friday evening at the Midnight Parade. Thousands of fresh chrysanthemums and asters, which are shipped from the UK ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

I’ve waited two years for this………..

I love peonies. I ordered a Peony Tree from a very reputable grower and planted it with great care almost two years ago. I watched as it grew and produced lots of lovely green leaves that danced in the summer breeze and withstood Autumn gales; waiting for the beautiful pink blooms to appear. I waited and waited. I asked a professional gardener friend what I was doing wrong, “Don’t worry” he said, ” be patient and the flowers will come”. I waited a little ...

friday's fringe - 11 (mum's the word)

mums  (chrysanthemums) and the original... mums after the rain every friday. just one of my nature shots. once in a while...a 'morph' thrown in (like today). (yeah...yeah...no talking on Friday's Fringe...BUT i just wanted to give an update to any one who might be wondering how we faired through the storm... Tropical Storm DEBBY. she has left many people here in north florida, under water. we were lucky to only have minor damage, due to a tree that snapped...and landed on the roof... broke the bathroom skylight and twisted the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers…

“Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.” Gerard De Nerval Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Beautiful Lutea... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Lovely lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... More blooms in lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... blooming black eyed susans... I love flowers in all shapes and forms and could spend hours in a garden enjoying the blooms. At different points in my life, I have been an avid gardener and then a reluctant one. When I moved to the suburbs, just before my twins ...

turtle, mushrooms, tortoise, suwannee...

before i get started... i just have to say that 'Ponzio' did a really terrific job with that previous post! luckily, he left some food & beer in the fridge... and unless he cleaned up REALLY good, i don't think he had any wild parties! anyway...maybe i'll have him fill in when we go on vacation or whatever! here he is, guarding the house...sitting on top of the turtle planter... on the railing on the front porch! oOo OK...so this past weekend...we decided at the last minute to 'get ...

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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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