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Best Satire Video of 2012: Whole Foods Parking Lot

We live near Washington, DC which has exposed us to a variety of new experiences – not the least of which is the Whole Foods Market  grocery chain. Living in New York most of my life, I’d never been to a Whole Foods until we moved south of the Mason-Dixon line. In a nutshell it is a high-end grocery store that specializes in selling expensive, sustainable, green-centric organic goods and unpronounceable, exotic vegetables. It’s what the Wegman’s grocery store chain would be if ...

Something in the Way She Moves

Something in the Way She Moves

You think you know me well: but you don't know me Just because you read whatever is written on my blogs, does not mean you know me. No one in my life can truly say they know everything about me, and it’s a safe bet that no one ever will. Not my parents, not my daughter, no one. I will censor myself to a certain extent, but I am not going to completely, because of what certain people may find. Why should ...

Beans, Rice and Secret Sauce Bake

My personal challenge is finding new ways to make beans and rice interesting. At least once a month I stand in front of the fridge and see left over beans and rice. What to do? I have always thought that what I need is a secret sauce – one that is simple to make and adds tons of flavor. Over the last couple of years I have tried lot of things. But I think I have finally arrived at one that ...

The Most Important Lesson I've Learned this Summer

Last week, my family went on vacation at the beautiful Deep Creek Lake in western, Maryland where we rented a lakefront home with close friends of ours. My daughter and I fighting the current... One of our collective excursions was to visit the lakeside state park that had a sandy beachfront and offered rentals for a variety of watercraft including: canoes, paddle boards as well as single and two-person kayaks. Our family rented a two-person kayak - I took turns with each of ...

Oranges With Fresh Mint

Orange and Mint Salad Orange trees grow almost like weeds here in the Algarve, except when I try to grow one of course! However, driving through the Algarve countryside it grieves me to see the amount of oranges that are just left to rot on the trees or on ground where they fall – what a waste! Still, hopefully by Christmas I may have a few home-grown oranges of my own which will certainly not be left to rot. Always on the ...

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 5

I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned. A Whole Food Plant-Based Vegan Diet Really Works!  And Happy New Year! Our vegan experiment turns out to be success. When we started this we weren’t sure if it would last or if it would even make a ...

A Pro-Life, “Christian” organization gone rogue

Tony Perkins, FRC PresidentI hear the echoing booms.  The Family Research Council is hammering nails into the coffin of its own credibility – and, once again, it drags the rest of us into its grave. I’ll crawl out and obsequiously plead before my agnostic friends: “I’m sure the FRC is well-motivated … they care … they’re sincere … law-abiding … love dogs and cats … but (that inexorable “but”) … not all of us are like them.” My friends are not ...

Why you should ALWAYS wear gloves when gardening in Portugal!

Scorpion I usually always wear gloves when I’m gardening because of all the little beasties lurking in the soil or on the leaves of my plants. Guess what? On this occasion I got sloppy and I put my naked hands into my strawberry bed to do some weeding. I saw something lurking among the dead leaves but thought to myself “Mr. Grasshopper’s turned a funny colour” Hang on…rewind that thought process Piglet, grasshoppers are not that colour! I quickly withdrew my hands. Lucky ...

Fun Flower Facts: Echinacea (Coneflower)

There are other flowers that go by the name “coneflower,” however, this blog post is about Echinacea—plants that are considered “true coneflowers” and are native to North America. Echinacea can be identified by their colourful, daisy-like flowers with raised, cone-like centers. Flowers come in pink, purple, and white. Plants grow to 2-4 feet tall, depending on variety. Coneflowers are among the most popular cultivated plants in North America. Gardeners enjoy growing these showy perennials because they are easy to grow, low maintenance ...

Lucas County Farm

Some of the many trees of the Lucas county farm For those of you who are just now following this, we are trying to sell our current farm and  we are in the process of looking for a farm with more pasture land. It had taken over a year of looking to find our first place and I thought we might have to look a long while before we found something we both liked, but on the second farm we looked at it was ...

Chinese Bellflowers: flowers that look like balloons!

The Chinese Bellflower, also known as the balloon flower, is a perennial that resembles little blue inflated balloons before the flowers fully bloom. When it opens up, a pretty five point bell-shaped flower is revealed. Blue is the most common variety, but there are some blooms that are white and pink. It is native to East Asian countries such as China, Korea and Japan and is cultivated for food and medicinal purposes. Nonetheless, they are easy to grow here in North ...

X-Ray Flowers

British photographer and artist Hugh Turvey created these strikingly beautiful x-ray images of flowers. Through these amazingly detailed images, views are given the opportunity to see flowers in a different light. Photo credit: Hugh Turvey He is inspired by all that is around him and enjoys the discovery that comes with his work. He can be quoted as saying, “I’m driven by my curiosity. I have an insane curiosity for how things work. X-ray gives me a way to get that insight ...

Chrysanthemum Festivals from Around the World

Chrysanthemums are special! As November’s flower, it represents the month well adding vibrant colour and beauty to the fall landscape. In addition, these fall flowers are long-lasting and hardy; they will continue to bloom even when other flowers have already faded into obscurity. Plus, they make a tasty floral tea, which will warm you up during those chilly fall days/nights. And if that wasn’t enough to convince you that chrysanthemums are special, there are festivals around the world, where these flowers ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors

Now is the time to start your seeds indoors, generally 4-8 weeks before the last frost date. Growing plants from seeds is inexpensive and gives gardeners more variety to choose from. There is also a sense of accomplishment and joy that comes from starting from scratch.  This would be a fun little project to do with your kids during their spring break. It’s not as complicated as some people may think. Here is a beginner’s guide to starting seeds indoors: Seed Choice Seeds ...

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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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