Welcome 2013: Tips For A Happy Healthy Year!

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice, And to make an end is to make a beginning.” T. S. Eliot Welcome 2013: Tips For A Happy Healthy Year! ♥ Set Achievable Goals ♥ Express Thanks/Gratitude Often ♥ Stay Physically, Emotionally & Mentally Healthy ♥ Find a Mentor and/or a Workout Buddy ♥ Visualize Goals & Act on them ♥ Celebrate life; Eat, Pray, & Love Abundantly ♥ Don’t Give Up even if You Mess Up •.★♥★Happy New Year to You ...

7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Happy Halloween! This spooky holiday, which is celebrated on October 31st, isn’t just for kids that want to dress up and go trick or treating! Adults can have fun, too! Here are some ways you can celebrate Halloween (all of these ideas will feature flowers, as we are a flower  blog, after all!): Dress up in one of these fun and creative Halloween costume ideas with flowers. Halloween would also be the perfect time to try these “flower petal eyes.” Decorate your home ...

Meet the Naked Lady, aka the Autumn Crocus

Scientific Name: Colchicum autamanale Other Common Names: Meadow Saffron During the fall, naked ladies like to make their appearances in the garden! Referring to the Autumn Crocus, this one of the more popular fall-flowering bulbs. The cheeky name, Naked Lady, comes from the fact that these flowers will emerge from the ground without leaves during the fall months. They can be identified by their globet-shaped flowers blooming on bare stems. Naked ladies are known for their large, showy flowers, which are available in ...

First Nations Art

On a visit to Vancouver, we took a trip out to the Musuem of Anthropology on the University of BC Campus.  It was off the usual tourist track and our taxi driver had to stop to ask for directions?? but we got there eventually although without a lot of time to wander around. The staff were incredibly helpful and very knowledgeable, although I guess that was to be expected.  The site is well set out and signposted, the exhibits clearly marked.  By the ...

Geckos Give a Helping Hand to Save Rare Flower

Photo credit: National Geographic Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, comes alive every June to October with blossoms of the rare Trochetia plant. Trochetia boutoniana has been the national flower of Mauritius since 1992 and it is often illustrated on stamps of Mauritius. It was named after French botanist Louis Bouton. The Trochetia plant is one the few plants worldwide that produces coloured nectar. It is thought that the nectar developed colour over time to attract a specific species of bird ...

Standing On Ceremony

I was so excited I felt like I was about to turn inside out. Mrs. Chatterbox and I were about to see the Pope, not that the Pope was the main attraction that Easter Morning in 1976, not for me anyway: I was there to see Saint Peter’s Basilica—in particular Michelangelo’s breathtaking dome. As a kid I’d read The Agony and the Ecstasy four times and now I was about to see this marvel with my very own eyes. Visiting the ...

Guest Post: How to take care of indoor plants and flowers

Having plants at home is a wonderful way to bring beautiful nature indoors and create a lovely and more relaxed environment. Indoor plants and flowers give a beautiful vibe to the home and suit absolutely every interior. Placing pots of flowers is the best way to decorate every room in your house or apartment and give the place an attractive charm. However, as living organisms, plants need to be taken good care of in order to survive. They have to be ...

Reflections: Plant Some Good Deed Seeds…

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A Powerful Memory Trigger of My Mom…

A Powerful Memory Trigger of My Mom...

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Elegantly Repurposed & Designed

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Unwrapping Christmas

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7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

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Understanding Daylight Saving Time…

This Saturday, we set our clocks ahead in the semi-annual ritual of Daylight Saving Time, which used to occur like clockwork every six months here in America. However, the observance of this event in the U.S. got an update in 2007, when Daylight Saving Time was extended by one month creating a window that runs from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and lasts until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. The change was implemented under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 ...

Brag on Your Pet (because I can’t brag on ours)!

Our demonic-eyed cat with one of my wife's cashmere sweaters Our family currently has two Ragdoll cats – both are sisters from a breeder. I’ve written about them before and their tyrannical governance over the entire house. They rule with an iron paw – commandeering any article of clothing, cushion, pillow or comfy think like they’re some fuzzy, four-legged, non-androgynous version of Kim Jong-il. Like the Occupy Movement that swept the country last year, our cats have now decided that they want to occupy ...

Committed to Keeping My Kids Uncool

In elementary school, I had a pair of hand-me-down pants from one of my older sisters that I hated wearing. To be clear, this school-age cross-dressing was imposed by my parents as a cost saving measure since they had five kids to clothe and feed. Being that I had two older sisters, 50 percent of my “gender neutral” closet (i.e. pants, pull over sweaters, zipper hoodies…etc) was technically girls’ clothes. Hand-Me-Downs From My Sisters I’m not proud of that fact, but it was an ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming…

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Early morning stroll in the south of France…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Pointe Du Hoc

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… By way of Arromances

“Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In some cultures, it is believed that dreaming offers a gatewaybetween the land of the living and the land of ancestral spirits or the dead. Sometimes our dream are innocuous or confusing, and sometimes they are pithy with meaning; even prophetic. We can even practice lucid dreaming as a way to dig deeper into a perplexing dream or find solutions to complex issues. Dreaming is ubiquitous, yet many of us don’t remember our dreams; most dreams are fleeting and leave nothing behind. Still, we day dream and night dream our way through life. I remember my dreams that appear in color and where I speak other languages… What about you?

“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” Henry David Thoreau

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Omaha Beach on the way to Normandy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… The Castle in Tarrytown, NY is a unique experience

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) in Kyoto

Whether we remember all of our dreams or just a few, dreams come in many forms. There are dreams that leave a strong message; nightmares, vivid dreams, or prophetic dreams. Our dreams could be in color, black and white or even hazy… For this photo challenge on Dreaming, I’ve selected a few photos that represent common yet indelible themes in my dreams. I dream a lot about foreign places or unfamiliar streets, bodies of calm water, and even building structures. I don’t always remember my dreams unless they leave an impression on my mind. Some of my dreams are prophetic while others offer solutions to problems or a simple sorting of the day’s events.

“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is… And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.” Julia Cameron

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… A drive by Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… The vestiges of war.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Birds, colors and settings have meaning in dreams

There are tremendous blessings conveyed through our dreams. If we take a moment to jot down, in a dream journal, what we remember when we awake in the morning, we’d soon see a pattern of grace has formed to guide us. Our dreams are a gateway to our hearts desire and a connection to our ancestral past. Pay attention for there are always even the simplest messages in our dreams. Embrace the grace. More below.

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.”Khalil Gibran

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Rainbows bring auspicious news.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Bayeux Tapestry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Dreamlike magic of the countryside

What I love about the weekly challenge is that each personapproaches the task from an individualized perspective. We read, look and then listen to what our hearts tell us to focus on. I’m not a professional photographer so I went with what called my spirit. The world of dreams is a fascinating place to visit and the more we pay attention to it, the more it reveal its myriad messages and symbols to us. Have a blessed weekend and I will make the rounds by Sunday.
Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Dreaming to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!

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

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Dreaming – below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming  Dream. We chose this week’s photo challenge subject because it utilizes one technique we love to play around with: long exposures … (Using a long exposure is also a great way to blur people and other unwanted “noise” out of your photo.) …  Share a photo that makes you DREAM!

Positive Motivation Tip:  Our dreams are a gateway to our hearts desire and a connection to our ancestral past. Pay attention for there are always even the simplest messages in our dreams. Embrace the grace.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

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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