Resolutions: Good Bye 2012 And Happy New Year!

“People need revelation, and then they need resolution.” Damian Lewis Resolutions: Good Bye 2012 And Happy New Year! “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” Jonathan Edwards “New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” James Agate “Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.” Sophocles “I shall stick to my resolution of writing always what ...

The Legend of the Christmas Rose

Christmas is a special time of the year-  a time when miracles and all that is good is celebrated and cherished! The Christmas Rose is one of these good things!  The Christmas Rose is not actually a rose, but a hellebore that will bloom in the dead of winter in the  darkest days and stay in bloom for the rest of the season even when nothing else is blooming! It’s a miracle! In fact, this is what legends are made ...

Inspiration: The Power Of WE…

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson Inspiration: The Power Of WE… Kumi Naidoo in support of International Blog Day of Action 2012 Since 2007, Blog Action Day has offered bloggers from different countries, with different interests and languages, a forum to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year, the topic revolves around the Power of We. When I think ...

Castles In the Sky

Social activist and educational reform leader Geoffrey Canada opens the documentary film Waiting for Superman by sharing the story of how he cried when his mother told him that Superman wasn't a real person. He goes on to share that his mother thought he was crying because he found out that his favorite comic book hero wasn't real. Yet he notes that in truth the tears were due to the realization that no one with enough power was going to come and save the ...

Beautiful Hand-Carved Flower Soaps from Thailand

Believe it or not, these beautiful flowers are actually soaps! Talented Thai artisans create these flowers with nothing more than a bar of soap and a few cutting tools! Soap carving originated in a village in Northern Thailand. The ancient art of soap carving has been passed down from generation to generation. Photos via OddityCentral.com Visitors to Thailand can buy these soaps as souvenirs at the street markets. You can even watch the skillful artists in action as they create these amazing ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Devonian Botanic Gardens

For me, this place is close to home! The Devonian Botanic Gardens, located just 15 minutes from Edmonton Alberta is 190 acres of natural areas, ecological preserves and display gardens. Open from May to October, this place is a haven for natures beauty. Highlights of the garden include the Kurimoto Japanese Garden; a Tropical Showhouse with exotic butterflies; Temperate and Arid Showhouses, a Heritage Garden, a Native Peoples Garden and soooo much more! The Butterfly house is a “must see” experience! Image Credit: mmmee.blogspot.ca And ...

Musings: The Beauty Of Nature…

“I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.” Vincent Van Gogh Musings: The Beauty In Nature... A sunset in Knysna, South Africa Musings: The Beauty In Nature... Sunset on Mars What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen and why? Yesterday, I posted some pictures I took of the setting sun and it got me thinking about all the ...

A plea from the jury box…

… don’t forget me. I received a summons telling me that I had been selected for Jury Service and I had to attend at the Crown Court a week last Monday. Since then I have been wandering around a place similar to this, going from jury room to courtroom and back again; moving from one court to another and meeting some great people all thrown together to be judges of evidence. In case you have missed me, that is where I have ...

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 ...

Fabulous Finds: Geometrics

From runways to interiors, geometric shapes and patterns are everywhere! What’s so great about them? Geometric designs are energizing, playful and elegant – the perfect combination to invigorate interior spaces. The go-to shapes include hexagons, diamonds, stripes and the Greek key pattern, but the options are almost endless.  And as an added bonus, geometric patterns excel at hiding wear and tear on upholstery and rugs. Looking to add a pop of geometric design to your space? Check out these fabulous finds! Geometric Storage ...

Know Your “True Self”

Charlie Sheen T-Shirt Various philosophers and thinkers throughout recorded history have been credited with coining the axiom, “Know Thyself” – most notably Socrates, Plato and Xenophon. Regardless of who said it first or when, the profundity and elegance of that statement echoes into the modern era and it needs to be heeded. While the simplicity of this maxim opens itself up for wide interpretation, perhaps its most obvious message is “As best you’re able, identify your blind spots and weaknesses – so that ...

20 Texting Phrases Every Parent Must Know

Teens Holding Cell Phones According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center Publications the mobile phone is the preferred method of communication for teens. No real surprise. However, it's stunning to read the following excerpts and information from the research, particularly that one in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day - or 3,000 texts a month. According to Pew, some 38% of teens were daily texters in February 2008, and that has risen to 54% of ...

Reader Favorites 2011: #9 – An Important Lesson I Learned….

My daughter and I fighting the current Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 9th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: An Important Lesson I Learned originally posted in August. Last week, my family went on vacation at the beautiful Deep Creek Lake in western, Maryland where we rented ...

The Possibilities are Endless

Fresh from my dreams I tread the dawn: hair mussed, voice froggy, sleep seeds not yet swept away—a rumpled pilgrim in love with the musky morning. Heading east with my shadow trailing behind; Florence claims that the dog days are over, but Florida disagrees, smiling behind her frizzy hair; a curtain of humidity presenting hazy visions—the possibilities are endless. My sensitive feet carry every bit of the load, and still; He keeps me waiting. I remember the thrill, biting my lip on ...

Is Your Member of Congress Corrupt??

Sen. David Vitter (LA) allegedly bribed the Secretary of the Interior It's no surprise that most Americans have a low opinion of the members of Congress. In fact, Gallup's most recent Honest and Ethics survey of professionals found that congressional representatives and senators rank third from the bottom above car salespersons and congressional lobbyists. Congress has a glaring perception problem and another survey released last week makes it even worse. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) just released its annual list of the 19 ...

5 Tips to Help Break a Creative Block

Anyone who has done any kind of writing for an extended period of time will eventually experience some form of writer's block or creative dry spell. It simply comes with the territory. I used to be a reporter with multiple deadlines throughout the day and had to deal with writer's block regularly. You might think it would be easy to write about "news of the the day" but that's not always the case. Especially if you're assigned a low interest, low visual, ...

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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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