Friday Fictioneers – Shrouded

I reached the tree as the mist was crowding in. I found the slab and pulled it away, dragging the box out into the wet grass. I saw the lock was intact. I reached for the key under the leather tag round my ankle. Their thorough body search had failed to find it. The pouch was there, the stones still inside. I took them, pushing the box back into its hiding place. I heard them coming for me.  I slid over the ...

Reflections: Things We Love About Our Cultural Influences…

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” Margaret Mead Reflections: Things We Love About Our Cultural Influences... reach out and connect with others Being exposed to different cultures is a great thing. It gives us the opportunity to learn about others and what makes them tick, and to ...

Tips on Growing African Violets

African Violet (Saintpaula) is one of the most popular flowering houseplants, as it is small and compact, easy to grow, and blooms frequently! It’s the prefect plant for beginners! African violets come in purple, blue, lavender, red, white, pink and bi-colours. And best of all, you can grow more plants with a single leaf! They are available all year round at local garden centers and florists. The key to growing African violets is to pay attention to light, water, temperature and ...

5 Common Houseplants That are Toxic to Pets

Houseplants are great! Everyone should have at least one or two live plants in their home! Not only do plants add beauty and colour to your home decor, they can clean the air, and make you feel healthier and happier. And best of all, many of them are easy to grow. That being said, pet owners need to be aware of the houseplants that are toxic to cats and dogs. Ingesting poisonous plants can make pets very sick! It’s best to ...

Docking With Disaster

Conclusion of The Spider Cruise Read: Part 1 I let out a sigh of relief as I guided the cabin cruiser to the dock; I could hear Mrs. C. pounding fewer spiders in the back of the boat. We’d been boating on Flathead Lake for less than an hour and it had been a horrid experience. Now our dreadful spider cruise was coming to an end. I nearly rammed the dock in my hurry to get my family back on land. I shut ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait…

“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.” Henri Cartier-Bresson Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait... At home... Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait... Same place, same day. This particular challenge posed some difficult moments for me. Like my blogger friend at This Man’s Journey, I didn’t want to expose myself to an additional level of scrutiny by declaring that the visuals you see of me mean ...

How to Throw a Garden Party!

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Remembering the Song

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Where Would You Be Without Your Library?

The M. N. Spear Library in Shutesbury, a small town in central Massachusetts, has put together a darling fundraising plea that makes you want to donate even though you have nothing to do with them or their town or their state, but just love books and believe in the power of community around them. Personally, I think they should be rewarded for their efforts, so I’m sending a little something in and posting their video below. I laughed out loud near ...

Is There Moss on Your Butt?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an outstanding writing friend of mine, Sundi Jo Graham. If you’d like to submit a guest post here are the guidelines. ======================== Do you have moss on your butt? Yes, I just asked that question. You’d be surprised how easily that answer can be a yes. In Ken Davis’ new book, Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your Life, he writes about a story a man told him. “Most Christians,” he began, “have moss growing ...

Don’t Cripple Your Message….

For the past 13 years I’ve worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public Affairs. So that means I spend a lot of time writing and editing a variety of speeches, news releases, talking points and presentations. From time-to-time I’ll attend workshops or conferences to sharpen my writing skills. It was at one such conference that I saw the most unfortunate typo ever. A professional was set to deliver a PowerPoint slide presentation to us in the audience. I’m not sure ...

Friends and Strangers Can Get People Talking to Each Other

Hubby and I were treated Sunday night to a delightful home-cooked dinner at our friend Anne’s friends Bonnie and Ron’s home—in a heretofore unexplored (by us) location. Our Garmin failed us as we neared their residence, and our sense of direction did, too. But luckily, the hostess had said they were on a circle, so we figured out we could keep going and we’d get another chance at it. I did joke, as we parked in the driveway, that anyone ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 1

In the spirit of other popular Friday features here on The Daily ReTORt – such as Wedded Blissters, Conversations With Cleverbot and On the Psychiatric Couch – we’re launching a new feature titled The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest. The idea is simple. On Fridays I’ll post some kind of amusing, ironic or ambiguous photo that you’re then invited to develop a caption for in the comment section below. Captions will be accepted until the following Friday image is posted, at which time I’ll ...

Battle of the Sexes: Pet Peeves – Funny Movie Short

Battle of the Sexes: Pet Peeves - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded BlissTors" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters (or BlissTors) that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #9 deals with a debate over their pet dog - if you've ever owned a pet, this is for you. [NOTE: No animals were ...

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January 12, 2013, 3:00 am

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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