What Are We Looking At?

After finding this picture in my file of travel shots I scratched my head trying to remember what was so interesting as to prompt this photograph. It took me a while, and then I remembered; this was a shot looking down from the balcony of our ship as we passed into one of the locks at the Panama Canal. The black line at the bottom is the space between our ship and the concrete wall of the lock. Here it was ...

On Success: A Few Perspectives…

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon… must inevitably come to pass!” Paul J. Meyer On Success: Trumpeter Swan baits the Butterfly moth...? John James Audubon’s beautifully illustrated book, Birds of America, sold for $11.5 million on December 7, 2010. John got nothing from that sale; he’s been dead for over a century. His effort created a successful business move for the book owner. Sometimes, our efforts create success for others but not for us. Think of all those great artists ...

Inspiration: Life Lessons Learned…

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.” Mortimer Adler Inspiration: Life Lessons Learned... viewing the world through a stained glass window What lessons have guided your life? What mistakes have shaped who you are? What lessons meet you at your door daily, begging to be addressed? Life is filled with lessons and, everyday, we have an opportunity to not only learn something new that empowers us, but, quite possibly, ...

Footprints in the Sand

Once more we gather, we growing band of Fervent Friday Fictioneers, drawn together by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Each Wednesday she posts a photo prompt to tempt us, this week the photo is courtesy of Janet Green. Join us as we try to write a very short story – 100 words, or a poem – same rules apply. An eternity I was lost at sea in search of your love Never finding shore nor seeing one on the horizon Lost in the vast emptiness that ...

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This morning I woke alone in bed. Mrs. Chatterbox got up before dawn and began working on the feast that is the hallmark of this special day. I don’t deserve having a spouse willing to get up before roosters crow just to please me with a sumptuous banquet, but I’ll accept this gift as graciously as I can. As I lay here enjoying the aroma of onions and fried pork sausage that will add flavor to Mrs. Chatterbox’s dressing, I can’t ...

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Weighing myself and holiday weekend options....

Yesterday was my weekly scheduled weigh-in at WeightWatchers and I'm happy to report that I was down another -1.6 lbs. for a grand total weight loss of -28.4 lbs. Things are trending in the right direction. However, I know myself and from past experience a small speed bump - such as a holiday weekend fete - can grind to a halt my efforts to eat healthfully. Yesterday's meeting suggested two options to choose: Strive to maintain your current weight. Stay on track ...

NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress Report #3 – The Results

“Picasso produced hundreds of great paintings; Ralph Ellison wrote one great novel. Art is hard, but literature is murder.”—Joe Queenan, One for the Books So, on the heels of NaNoWriMo 2012, let’s talk about failure and self-forgiveness, shall we? The 50,000-words goal eluded me for the second NaNoWriMo in a row. And with the same novel even! Ugh. I couldn’t escape my inner editor enough to write just for the sake of adding words to the document. I tried that a few ...

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Booksigning in Barn Raises Laughter

This is the first time author Dan Zevin has given a reading in a barn. A rustic setting was the backdrop for a ribald reading by author Dan Zevin from his new book, Dan Gets a Minivan. The reading took place in the barn attached to Lily King’s house. Lily had invited her friends, including those of us around the picnic table in my May 25 posting. I really enjoyed the reading, although it went on longer than it might normally and ...

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Sometimes, I find it hard it to love loved ones. Not because I don’t actually love them, but because I do not love them correctly. I say “I love you”, but I do not display it in my actions! Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but ...

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Politics as usual this 2012 election year. We can expect to see more political ads on TV and signs with politicos’ names spiked in lawns across the country during the next several months as we head into a critical presidential election season. With the political fervor ramping up, so will the rhetoric and hyped-up promises for “change” at the local, state and national levels. It’s what politicians, politics and our government tend to do – over promise and under deliver with a premium price tag ...

Book Marketing, Part 5

Here’s a fun piece of book marketing, this one from Michael Moore as he promotes his memoir, Here Comes Trouble. You still have a few days (deadline October 1) to get your name in if interested. (Thx for tip from Bill and Jude Thomas for this latest example of creative book marketing). The following is quoted directly from Moore’s website: “Want Michael Moore to bring his book tour for HERE COMES TROUBLE to your living room to read to and talk ...

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

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 Rob Swanson and his latest book is titled Do Angels Still Fall? Rob is a freelance writer and ghostwriter, as well as a husband, father and Christian, Rob explores, among other things, the depths of God’s riches and wonders. His professional website is www.swanwrite.com and respective publishing site is www.prevailpress.com. Here are 7 Questions With ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

“The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm; Geometry and anguish.” Federico Garcia Lorca

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Thank you all for your heartwarming messages… I can’t begin to express my gratitude to each of you… We still don’t have power or internet access , but, at least, the two huge trees that fell on our power-lines have been moved and, hopefully, we will get some traction soon. I will venture out tomorrow and start thanking you all… I was hoping to do it from the comfort of my home not the lovely din of a Starbucks Cafe. But, I’m grateful so no complaints. As for this week’s Challenge, I found it a bit ironic. Cities are a geometric haven and ditto nature; much of it was washed away in our part of the world during the hurricane… Federico Garcia Lorca’s quote above is perfect for the sentiments percolating in my head. I’ve added a few to fit the challenge.

The human heart likes a little disorder in its geometry. Louis de Bernieres

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Some of the geometric shapes I saw were a surprise to me on close up… Can you guess what all these shapes are? I will add the details tomorrow… Guess and lets see what we find out about geometry… Some are obvious and perhaps others are not…

Human knowledge is dark and uncertain; philosophy is dark, astrology is dark, and geometry is dark. John Jewel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry … Okay, they were too cute to ignore.

I didn’t think I would enjoy doing this… but I had some fun once I started looking at shapes and spaces with a different eye; a new perspective can make a difference for sure… I could use one…after five nights in a cold home.  More below! Stay safe and blessed… And THANK YOU!

Geometry is not true, it is advantageous. Jules Henri Poincaré

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be by to see yours tomorrow and Sunday! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Geometry to fit the challenge? 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! Have an awesome weekend!

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from 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 – Geometry – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge:Geometry. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Quintin Lake of Quintin Lake Architectural Photography. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!

Geometry. This challenge is about the shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world. Many photographs of any genre have an underlying sense of geometry, but I often like to make this the main subject of my work. I think it’s the most important aspect of a photograph’s success. This could be the patterns of the natural world up close and personal, or the rhythm of your local buildings. The above photograph, “Positive Negative,” depicts the Paula Rego Museum in Lisbon where the sky created an equally strong element of the composition as the building. The image has a totemic quality, softened by the passing cloud. I had waited for this cloud to move into the perfect position within the frame. The colour, light, and form of the image emphasize this geometry. Share a photo that means GEOMETRY to you!

Tip: Once you have found a good subject that contains an interesting geometry, try to crop tightly into the subject to make an unexpected composition. Your goal should be to create an abstract composition so the image is more about underlying shapes than a literal representation of the subject matter itself — by doing this you create art rather than a snapshot.

Positive Motivation Tip: For those of us with minimal interest in the subject, I had to laugh when I read this quote: Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense! Comte de Lautreamont Keep an open mind.

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

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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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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