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Ft Knox When I started writing blog articles over a year ago, I didn’t know how many I’d write, or how often I’d write them.  Today, I still don’t know.  Like others, as I’ve written before, have creative shutdowns, anti-creative moments, and a longtime migraine career that interferes with almost everything.  When asked on interviews if I write consistently or sporadic, it’s sporadic with a capital “S.” As time moved on, I realized my blog articles began to pile up, so I ...

What is a Cataplana?

Cataplana Since moving to Portugal one of my favorite meals, when we eat out, is a fish stew (Caldeirada) but the type which is cooked and served in a copper dish called a Cataplana. As you can see from my photograph the dish resembles the shell of a clam with two hinged shells which are then clamped tightly together during cooking. Researching the origin of the dish Wikipedia states Cataplana was invented by Armando Luz (1927-2002), however other sources such as ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal…

“The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctance, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings.” Rainer Maria Rilke Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Renew. Refresh. Resolve to work together. Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Kinkaku-ji Golden Temple & Rising Phoenix, Kyoto, Japan Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… symbols of renewal – Keep Hope alive The phoenix has long been ...

Trinchado (Beef Cubes in a Red Wine Sauce)

Ingredients: 50ml Worcester sauce 1 cup red wine 4 cloves crushed garlic 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon peri peri 3 small red chillies chopped with the seeds Butter and oil for frying 1 kg rump steak cubed 3 tablespoons flour 1 large onion finely chopped 1/2 cup of beef stock. Water Black olives Method: Make a marinade with the Worcester Sauce, red wine, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, paprika, peri peri and chillies. Put the beef into a big zip lock plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Place the bag ...

Landscape

These pictures taken in March 2010 are unfortunately a little hazy due to heavy sea mist and high humidity. Portuguese landscape As you drive through the countryside of the Algarve and Alentajo regions you cannot fail to notice the Portuguese landscape features many abandoned houses – ruins as they are called.  I often wonder what happened to the occupants and why they abandoned their homes. Was this the price of progress? People no longer wanted to live off the land and therefore ...

That's Me... Behind The Crazy Lesbian Mom!

This week the winners of the 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards were announced... and hey, Alfie may be the world's cutest canine but the blog named in his furry honour did not take home the first-place ribbon... On the upside, alfred lives here did get second place for best LGBTQ* blog in Canada... so woo hoo, there are a lot of gay gay gay blogs out there, and this is pretty damn exciting! *(LGBTQ = lesbian/gay/bisexual/transexual/queer) What is this award? From the awards website: ...

Plant-Based Diets and Iron

Plant-Based Diets and Iron

As a young woman my pulse was alarmingly high. I was a swimmer, got plenty of exercise and should have had a nice low resting pulse rate. My Doctor at the time was alarmed enough by my pulse rate to order a blood test that measured my hemoglobin. The results showed that my hemoglobin was very, very low. The doctor concluded that I wasn’t getting enough iron in my diet.  He explained that the lack of iron meant that my body ...

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 ...

Looking and Learning To See

Looking And Learning To see There are many levels of looking. Some of these ‘lookings’ are what we do with our eyes and some of them are what we do with our hearts and minds. In Salvador Dali’s painting below, he has the child lifting up the skin of the sea to see what is beneath. Looking Beneath We can look - Outwards Inwards See only what is on the surface Look at what lies underneath Look ahead Look behind Look in the mirror Look at something from a different perspective………. Looking has ...

The Tale of the Two Ghost Orchids

Do ghosts exists? Nobody knows for sure. But what we do know is that Ghost Orchids do exist! They are rare in the world, but you can see, feel and smell them! In fact, the name Ghost Orchid actually refers to two different types of orchids: the dendrophylax lindenii and the epipogium aphyllum. Ghost Orchid #1 Photo Credit: flickr.com Scientific Name: Dendrophylax Lindenii Other names: American Ghost Orchid, Palm Polly, white frog orchid Unlike most flowers, this one does not have any leaves. This ghost ...

the mole is dead. bones. scattered scat. and more!

yesterday (sunday), the sky at 11:20 am... oOo if you're not new here...and you've wandered the woods with me before... then you know i collect bones, feathers,  insect wings, rocks & stones. you also know that months ago we found a dead Opossum and i buried him out back... with plans to dig up the bones. and i did. but i was surprised to find that the skeleton was not in one piece. the bones are scattered. little by little i've unearthed some bones... my latest find is one scapula... views of the Opossum's ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – September

August passed with a blink of an eye and before I realised, it was September. Unfortunately, I failed in my personal challenge to record my “August” gardening “ups and downs” along with photographic evidence. Fortunately I made some notes, which I’ve recorded below, but photographs are like hen’s teeth (non-existent) A bug called citrus leaf miner attacked my lemon and lime trees so I attempted to treat with a spray consisting of 100ml (2 cups) of vegetable oil 25ml (1/2 cup) of washing ...

Painful Peace and Freedom

Peace: cessation of or freedom from strife or dissention Strife: vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism, a quarrel, struggle, or clash, competition or rivalry. Antagonism: an active hostility or opposition, an opposing force, tendency or action In my original family I’m the emotional scapegoat. I want to launch into a hundred examples of this so you will believe me, but I’m so bored by the whole thing I refuse to paint those images, yet again.  The most consistent and prevalent behavior around ...

Now That Is Just Playing Dirty

Now That Is Just Playing Dirty

April 4, 2011 Mother Nature: GAME ON, Mother! Couldn't take a little criticism pertaining to your "less than appropriate" dump of snow on my budded and flowered flora, huh? Seemingly, you and I are just not meant to be friendly this year.  My first note to you was friendly enough, I thought. I simply asked you to encourage Spring to be a little SPRING-like. I will admit that my second letter was a tad firmer but I was hopeful that the pitiful picture of my ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.” James Thurber

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

This was a lot of fun to do and you can tell I’m a big fan of lights; night lights, bright lights and indoor and outdoor lights. The minute I read the word – illumination – the quote by Marianne Williamson came to mind. My only regret is that I still haven’t captured the gazillion display ads lights on 42nd Street in NYC. I should make a project of it and head for the city one day and do it. The colorful McNamara LED light Terminal on Concourse A in Detroit is always a favorite. Also concerts are a great place to capture illuminating lights… Which of the selection do you like?

“From its brilliancy everything is illuminated.” Guru Nanak

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it. Adam Weishaupt

The photo collections here are from different events, settings, and periods. I combined the Alexander McQueen shots with a Schiaparelli/Prada shot. The  tree lights are mostly from Rockefeller Center area during the holidays. The Buddha is from a beautiful temple upstate.

Everything is Illuminated. Jorge Luis Borges.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“I am the current that flows into every bulb and illuminates it. Those who see me as separate are seeing falsehood. I am in your hearts; you are in Mine. Don’t be misled into doubt and distress.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

I captured some interior lights from the Chelsea Market place. The buildings are from around the world. When feasible, I’ll add a short identifier or invite you to feel free to guess. Which one do you like best? I’d love to know your favorite. Thank you and Enjoy!

“All the darkness of the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle, yet one candle can illuminate all the darkness.” St. Francis of Assisi

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“In the beginning, when ray and day had not yet come into existence, there was a kind of radiance that illuminated the universe. That radiance is the light of knowledge and goodness. That radiance will shine brightly even after all the stars in this universe died out.” Toba Beta

Hope you enjoyed this illuminating journey. I leave you with a aquote that speaks to how I feel about illuminated spaces. “As we moved along in a little procession, I was delighted with the illumination of the streets. So many lamps, and they burned until morning, my father said, and so people did not need to carry lanterns.”  Mary Antin

Stay Inspired, have a blessed weekend and thank you for stopping by!
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs. Thank you all for your patience!

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination.  Lights are functional — everyday objects in our rooms and on our streets. Yet lights can be powerful symbols: signs of life, curiosity, and discovery. We’re interested in seeing what you come up with for illumination — particularly your creative interpretations and more abstract approaches. In a NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, Share a picture which means Illumination to you!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I added some from Zemanta and from WP Daily Post. Check out how others interpreted the theme – Illumination – also see below. ***

Positive Motivation Tip: In time, all things come to light. All our actions become part of us; an illumination of our heart’s glow… Share your gifts!

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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