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On Friendship: Through Storms & Sunsets…

“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and the one that we take the least care of all to acquire.” François de la Rochefoucauld On Friendship: Through Storms & Sunsets... a setting sun   Our friendships matter… Even if, from time to time, we find things about each other that irk us, we make time to talk things out and remember the bond that brought us together as friends. Because my family traveled and moved quite a bit in my early ...

Went to Heaven in a Little Rowboat

Have I mentioned in the last five minutes that I tend to be very conflicted about certain things.  Oh, I am sure that I did. It's not that I don't have strong opinions on numerous issues but there are so many things these days that have areas of gray. Just a few days ago, my alter-ego Crabby Pants reinvented herself for the umpteenth time now taking on the form of a Superhero that intends to find truth in the media, stamp-out overreaction ...

Let Go of Fear and Hit Publish

My name's Duncan Bethel and I've spent most of my 49 years living with chronic depression combined with recurrent episodes of clinical depression. There's a trauma/ PTSD history mixed in there as well. I've also worked with and/or on behalf of youth and families involved with children's mental health, special education, juvenile justice and child welfare for about 25 years now. The chronic depression dates back at least 35 years-possibly longer. It's  been part of my life for so long that I ...

Reflections: Sacred Sites…

“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.”  Sri Guru Granth Sahib Reflections: Sacred Sites... Saint Catherine Sinai Saint Catherine Monastery, Mt Sinai Reflections: Sacred Sites... Shiva in Bangalore... Shiva in Bangalore Sacred Sites Upon the Earth When a person visits a ceremonial monument, is it their intellect, their five senses, their intuition, or the electromagnetic fields around their bodies that perceive the place?….One may individually respond in a limited set of ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Wisteria Tunnel in Japan

photo via land8.net Isn’t that breathtakingly beautiful? It looks like something out of a fairy tale or some sci-fi fantasy movie, but the Wisteria Tunnel at Japan’s Kawachi Fuji Gardens is not a made-up place. It’s a place that you can actually experience for yourself. The garden is located in the city of Kitakyushu, which is a 4 hour drive from Tokyo. One walk through the tunnel and you will understand why this magical place is such a popular tourist attraction. From ...

Musings: Three Takes For The Night…

“We only did probably two, three takes on every scene we did, at the most.” Kim Novak Musings: Three Takes For The Night… A mini skirt at any age? Why not. Lola Monroe (Taylor Gang) – Dark Red Lipstick (New Music 2012) Any lyrics we wish to write? Why not! TY! akaHIPHOP.com Like a great director, Plinky.com offers us lots of awesome blog topics to write about and share. For this post, I chose three questions/topics to share with you: Can you list three things you’ll never understand? What’s the most interesting ...

Inspiration: To Thine Own Self Be True

“Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: To Thine Own Self Be True... Know yourself - Embrace your portrait Embracing Our Divine Idea… Do you know what your divine idea/calling is? Where do original ideas come from? Do we know when we have an original idea? When was the last time you felt connected to your divine/original idea/calling? I chuckled when I saw the quote above by Emerson. It is a quote that I have permanently on my sidebar; ...

Bump In The Road

Update on new site: Those of you who have visited the new and improved Chubby Chatterbox now realize it hasn’t been improved much. I expected a few glitches along the way, and sure enough there are. My web designer is addressing the issue of leaving comments that aren’t microscopic, but the biggest problem is with Google. The Google Friend Connect (where folks join to become members) is no longer transferable. Without telling anyone, Google cancelled the ability to move this feature ...

The World Awaits Us

Mrs. Chatterbox and I try to plan one major vacation a year. Paying for these trips isn’t easy but we feel it a good investment in body and soul. Last year we were unable to travel to Egypt as planned because of all the political turmoil; we settled on Turkey, and now a year later the timing still doesn’t feel right to attempt Egypt. Mrs. C. and I have a few health issues that have convinced us that now is the ...

Our Final Pregnancy Update???

Baby at 39 Weeks Gestation - BabyCenter.com It seems hard to believe but the newest edition to our family is scheduled to arrive next Tuesday. Our family is anxious and expectant of the new arrival. Recently, my wife and I will lay in bed talking about how our lives will change for the better and wondering what his little personality will be like. Because anybody with more than one kiddo knows that each is amazingly different from the others. We can’t wait to meet him. He ...

The Cost of Educating a President

I haven’t written about the current presidential election because I’m fairly underwhelmed by both options. Regardless, we’re a week away from a national vote that will impact this nation for the next four years and beyond. Putting aside all policy positions and platforms, I found an interesting infographic from degreejungle.com that looks at the cost of educating President Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. This is a fascinating comparison that should inspire any parent to encourage their kids to stay in school ...

Two Writing Associations and a Cool Video

Splitting my time between Maine and Florida, I maintain a membership in both theMaine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) and the Florida Writers Association (FWA). MWPA was founded in 1975. It is, according to its website, “a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization that works to enrich the literary life and culture of Maine. We are the only statewide organization solely devoted to supporting and promoting Maine’s writers, publishers, booksellers, and literary professionals.” A visit to FWA’s website reveals a different type of organization. Its initial ...

High Heel Hell

Most of us have experienced it, the high school ritual known as Senior Prom. The Willamette River runs through downtown Portland. An esplanade bordering the river is crowded with restaurants that are popular on prom night. For years Mrs. C. and I have made a habit of parking ourselves on a bench to watch the parade of young people dressed in finery on their special night. Stretch limos come and disgorge self-conscious teens trying their best to look nonchalant and grown ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 21

Baby's development at 21 weeks - courtesy BabyCenter.com As I’ve written about before, my wife and I are thrilled to be expecting our third child in June of this year. We found out that we’re having a boy whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino” and this week marks his 21st week of gestational development. As background, I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. William Makepeace Thackeray

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflection: the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it: the reflection of light; an amount of light, heat, or sound that is reflected by a body or surface: the reflections from the street lamps gave them just enough light; an image seen in a mirror or shiny surface: Marianne surveyed her reflection in the mirror. Contd below

It’s interesting that this week we get to create mirror images reflected in all sorts of surfaces… sort of like life, and how we respond/react to situations around us. I looked back to the dictionary for definitions because even though it is a word we use daily (I do on my blog), it does have a few related meanings; mirroring light and contemplation are two that I like. What about you?

It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words. Eric Hoffer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflection: a thing that is a consequence of or arises from something else: a healthy skin is a reflection of good health in general;a thing bringing discredit to someone or something: it was a sad reflection on society that because of his affliction he was picked on; serious thought or consideration: he doesn’t get much time for reflection; an idea about something, especially one that is written down or expressed: reflections on human destiny and art. OxfordUnivDictionary

For this post, I created a few collages to compliment the individual shots added here. It was a bit of a challenge trying to decide what worked and what was a stretch. What I love about the photo challenge is that it has opened my eyes to learning new ways to use the camera and view the world. When we look through a camera lens, we might have a vision of what we want to capture and so we are  drawn to certain things that appeal to us. Yet, that view could be myopic if we don’t open our minds to see what isn’t obvious and embrace what isn’t always our norm… just a thought.  I love that the photo challenge encourages novice photogs like me to join in and have some fun… What is it like for you? More below!

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. Margaret J. Wheatley

This has been a fun one… Hope you liked the reflections I shared and I’ll soon be on my way to visit and catch up on your posts; an endless but rewarding task. What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on REFLECTIONS 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 – REFLECTIONS – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections. Reflections. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Jared Bramblett. This challenge is about using reflections in the composition of a shot. Reflections are all around us, whether they’re in a window, a puddle, a mirror, or another surface. They can dramatically affect the feeling and mood of a shot by creating a surreal sense of duality. Think of a city reflecting in a river, a crowd of people reflecting in the glass pane of a building, or — as in the shot I’ve chosen above — a landscape altered by the placement of a simple glass mirror. Share a picture which means REFLECTIONS to you!
Tips: Think about using different perspectives and viewing angles to modify a reflection’s impact on your composition. For beginners: You can face a reflective surface head on to compose a creative self-portrait, or you can change your perspective so the reflection focuses on another part of the area around you. For advanced photographers: I’d also recommend playing around with the exposure of the reflections. For instance, if you use a wide aperture and meter an area in the reflection, you can creatively alter the appearance (depth of field) of the areas outside of the reflection.

Positive Motivation Tip: What we reflect, we receive, what we resist, persists. We can, each of us, be a beacon of light to self and others.

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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