The Snake Charmer

The studio was packed with friends and admirers who’d come to celebrate an unappreciated old man, someone who’d long since given up on success and acclaim. Well-wishers raising their glasses to toast Henri Rousseau all shared a secret; the guest of honor was a shameful liar. Rousseau was a generation older than these new kids on the block, artists like Pablo Picasso. Picasso had lent his studio and arranged the banquet for Rousseau. The Spaniard was one of the few who ...

Flower Crafts: Dried Flower Wreaths

Fall is here! Celebrate this wonderful season with a fall wreath. Learn how to create one with dried flowers. Here’s how to make your very own dried flower wreath: Materials: a wreath base (you can use a wire hanger, if you like) florist wire dried flowers (i.e lavender, hydrangea, strawflowers) and foliage shears for trimming stems Start by gathering your flowers and the foliage you want to use. Trim stems as you see fit.  6 inches is a good place to start. Make a bundle and secure ...

What To Give An Eighty Year Old Man

I was cleaning out my chest of drawers the other day and I came upon a pair of pajamas, still in their package. I don’t wear pajamas. Mrs. Chatterbox and I had purchased these as a Christmas present for my dad. He passed away unexpectedly five years ago. Mom was finally cleaning out his things and had been about to donate the PJs to the Goodwill when I grabbed them as a memento. My parents seldom celebrated special events or holidays, ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curiosity…

“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” Eleanor Roosevelt Curiosity: Can baby bear come play with me...? Children are naturally curious because the world of childhood is filled with unimaginable things; people, places, sounds, smells and colors… an endless cavalcade of moving and static objects. Everywhere a child looks, something ...

Whats The Obsession with Pansy’s?

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Inspiration: Ten Things To Consider This Holiday Season…

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” Gautama Buddha Inspiration: Ten Things To Consider This Holiday Season... Reflect... As the holiday season approaches; Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza are around the corner for those who celebrate them, and the New Year will come a week later for ...

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Reflections: June Wrap Up & Ten Lessons Learned…

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Book Marketing, Part 7

Book Marketing, Part 7

Welcome to another look at book marketing as performed by trailers. The first one is an inside look at the making of a cover image, this one for Elizabeth Hoyt’s latest romance book, Scandalous Desires. The next two trailers use humor as their hooks–one for the book Crap at My Parents’ House by Joel Dovev (Caution: includes off-color humor), and one for John Grisham’s latest, The Litigators. Enjoy, and think last-minute seasonal gifts! Making a Romance Book Cover Crap at My Parents’ ...

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He’s a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life – personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned… ignoring or answering that question, will change your life. 13 years ago that question meant nothing to me. The world from my ...

Cranky Cherubs

Valentines Day isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I think it’s just a big set up for disappointment. I remember, as a child, passing out my hand signed Pepe Le Pew valentines, and saving the mushiest one for my eternal crush, Steven Sweet. Seriously, that was his last name. I may have been only eight, but even then I wasn’t immune to Cupids arrows. Much to my dismay, my love remained unrequited because Steven Sweet had set ...

Need a Laugh???

I’ve never been a fan of pranks or practical jokes, because they often can be cruel and get out of control quickly. Having said that, I do enjoy some of the stunts that the gang at Mediocre Films pull off. Below are two examples that poke fun at fast food restaurants and K-Mart respectively. The videos are clever, simple, yet exceptionally funny and still clean – which is becoming more and more rare. The first video features a guy (Greg Benson) using a ...

Book Review: Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World - Dr. David Jeremiah

For anyone who may read this in the future, this past weekend (5/21/2011) marked the latest failed prediction of a global, doomsday prognosticator.  What’s interesting is the incredible amount of media attention and coverage that such claims have continued to engender. I think that one of the reasons why so many people pay attention to such misguided speculation to name the actual day of our destruction, is due to a collective inner dread or suspicion that we can’t continue living the way we are and avoid consequences on ...

Golf, God and Free Will

I’m horrible at golf. I’m horrible, despite the fact that I took 12 private lessons from a golf pro when I first started so I could learn to play the correct way. Even though I didn’t have any preexisting bad habits that the coach had to break, his best efforts only improved my game enough to ensure that I’ll continue trying to play and practice until I can’t swing a club. Despite my horrible golfing ability, I still enjoy playing. One of the interesting ...

Rejecting the Truth, Even When It’s True

Our family recently attended a surprise 40th birthday for a dear family friend. There were about 60 of us in total, 40 adults and the rest were children. After the collective “surprise” and dinner, most of the kids went outside to play on an ultra-cool playground that was about 100 yards from the dining hall where the event occurred. All of us adults remained inside and watched as Rob quickly opened his few gag gifts and cards, while a few of the ...

It's safe to say that I'm hooked....

I used to think that I was a fairly balanced person overall, but it’s clear that I continue to exhibit a certain pattern of behavior that is clearly out of balance in most people’s minds. That being the fact that I’m a marathon and half-marathon junkie…. Yesterday, I completed my fifth full marathon – this one was the 39th Annual Virginia Beach Shamrock race.  Here are a few pictures that my wife took of my daughters and I after that event – ...

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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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