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Celebrating Flowers in Style!

The 36th Chiang Mai Flower Festival Every February the streets of Chiang Mai are overcome with flowers. The city, located in northern Thailand, is often referred to as the Rose of the North and is known worldwide for their fabulous orchids, among other flowers. Photo credit @MuangThongHotel Spectators from far and wide gathered last month to celebrate local festivities in style and pulled out all the stops. Monstrous floats and sculptures were erected using the local fauna and flora depicting animals, temples and ...

Inspiration: When Love Beckons…

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were” Kahlil Gibran Inspiration: When Love Beckons... Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Song of Love XXIV by Khalil Gibran I am the lover’s eyes, and the spirit’s Wine, and the heart’s nourishment. I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and The virgin kisses me and places me Upon her breast. I am the house of true fortune, and the Origin of pleasure, ...

2013 Garden Trend: Air Plants

The latest trend in the world of gardening is growing air plants, also known as tillandsia scientifically. Tillandsia are exotic plants native to the tropics, with over 500 different species and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. And we can see why they are so popular! Air plants are nearly indestructible and will survive in just about any environment! Perfect for beginner gardeners or people that tend to kill their houseplants! Moreover, they are compact in size ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean…

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” André Gide Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Pacific Ocean view via Hollywood Beach Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Overlord L'Assaut English Channel off Atlantic Ocean Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Stockholm's Riddarfjarden feeds to Baltic Sea I love being near bodies of water; particularly the ocean. The powerful waves, the crisp air, the lingering smell of salt water, and the lifeforms lurking beneath the blue/green/gray ...

Moment: A Smart Innovation For Mobile Photography

“The highest quality lenses to empower mobile picture takers everywhere to capture incredible images with their phones. “Marc Barros Want to learn more about the above?  Stop by in a few… “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”Steve Jobs What’s the one innovation would you love to see? What are your thoughts? What creative impulses were triggered by the post? Please share your thoughts in a comment below. Thank you! This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Positive Motivation Tip: In ...

On Blogging: Can We Talk?

The heart and soul of blogging is the individual and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly and responding post-haste to one and all. Michael Conniff On Blogging: Can We Talk? Overview: It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the road on the blogging challenge. It has been an exhilarating yet challenging year with tons of lessons learned. This post will answer the eleven questions posed to us earlier in the week, and then add ...

How To Live: Moving From Lemons to Lemonade…

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” Oscar Wilde About Me & You: Moving From Lemons to Lemonade… Live Generously: The shifting sands of life offer a chance to share... I write a lot about maintaining a positive mental attitude and, sometimes, friends ask me why I don’t write more controversial or titillating posts so ...

Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot about its New Year resolutions and the Mayan Apocalypse - here’s an unedited transcript of our conversation this morning. =============== User: It’s been several weeks since our last ...

Dad And Amelia: Conclusion

Valuable time ticked by as Dad fiddled with the plane’s flight instruments. When he’d finished tapping and adjusting every device in the cockpit, he contacted the tower on the squawky radio and we were told to proceed to the runway. With my heart beating like a hummingbird’s, I looked over at Dad. He appeared fully in control as man and machine became one. I still think of him this way, Helios the sun god. And I was to accompany him ...

The Joy of a Laughing Baby

There is something magical about a baby laughing – especially when it’s your own. On Friday evening, we were sitting in the living room with our three kids ages 11 and 8 years along with our newborn of four months. Our boy was on my lap while I was twirling one of his toys in mid-air and he was laughing to beat the band. I tried to finagle my iPhone out and record some of his jovial sounds, the :60 seconds below is ...

Six Years Later – The Eulogy I Gave For My Dad

Today, August 28th 2012, is the sixth anniversary of my dad’s death. He was sitting in his garden, with his newish puppy nearby and a pocketful of dog snacks near one of the Finger Lakes in western New York where he lived. At the time, my siblings and I all lived within 30 minutes of him. That day, I was in New York City attending some focus group sessions for work – when I received a frantic cell phone call from my ...

Funny Video Exposes 5 News Shortfalls

I was a print and broadcast reporter for more than 10 years, and I’ve been in public relations (PR) for the past 13 years since leaving the news business. This video stunt below, was instigated and assembled by the staff at the Conan O’Brien Show.  It demonstrates several glaring problems with the current methods of news gathering in local TV markets across the country. The video is wickedly funny, but as a former reporter – it’s equally sad because it’s a scathing ...

Blue Car Tuesday

I don’t post on Tuesdays but you might want to think about this story tomorrow, especially if you drive a blue car. The new guy had potential, even if he was an arrogant jerk. My father-in-law, who’d worked at the Fireman’s Fund Headquarters in Marin County for years, had a devilish sense of humor and decided to prank him. My wife’s parents lived in San Francisco, and her dad, like many of his coworkers, commuted across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin ...

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 ...

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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

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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 presented as a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. In modern Greece, the phoenix became established as a symbol of the phoenix became established as a symbol of the nation’s rebirth during the Greek War of Independence. via Wikipedia.com

For this week’s challenge on – Renewal – I did some research on symbols of renewal and the first thing that popped up was the mythical Phoenix; known to rise again from the ashes to a new dawn. Then I found out that the beautiful golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, in Kyoto has a phoenix attached to the top of it. So I’m sharing a photo I took of our visit to the temple and have also included an enlarged size of the Phoenix from Wikipedia. Rilke’s quote gave me food for thought. Given the recent elections here in the US, it is imperative that we come together during this time of renewal. I have added other photos below with relevant quotes explaining how they represent the renewal process.

“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.” Wendell Berry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Spring blooms and renewals – Crocus, Hellebore, and Daffodils…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Stirring of lifeforms…

The widely popular symbols of Spring: the deep purple crocus, brightly colored eggs, fuzzy chicks, rabbits, and the robin are accepted symbols of new beginnings, new life, fertility and freedom – and firmly rooted in ancient traditions. Blossoming branches of fruit and nut trees hold a special place in our ancestors’ collective unconscious. via Artcorner.com

Spring time and spring blossoms always remind me of the rebirth and renewal process taking place around us. When we leap forward into a new season, Crocus and Daffodils are some of our earliest blooms so I share some from my garden. There is also a stirring of all sorts of lifeforms coming to life after a lengthy hibernation, and my garden welcomes her many new guests. I’ve included some of the lifeforms around us. Let us come together to uplift and renew each other. More below!

“I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a ‘will to renewal’. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of ‘crises’, of rupture, re” Eugene Ionesco

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Green = Rebirth= Life…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Green = Renew= Love…

Green–The symbol of growth, renewal, and the rebirth of plant life (sometimes all life) on earth; an expression of fertility, freshness, youth as well as inexperience. It is the color of paper money. Some mixtures suggest envy, jealousy, guilt, disease, or terror. Green light is otherworldly because we experience almost no natural green light. via arts.unomaha.edu

Green is one of the first signs of life in nature. It provides a canvas for the many shades of colors competing for our attention, and brings a sense of balance and lushness to an environment. I’m not a big wearer of things green, but I love gardening. Any gardener will understand the exhilaration we feel when we see that first shoot or bud or leaf push through. More below!

“Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground.” Pope Paul VI

Van Gogh writes of the weather and that the almond trees are coming into full flower, “The weather here is changeable, often windy with turbulent skies, but the almond trees are beginning to flower everywhere.” [20] The rendering of Almond Tree in Blossom is positioned close and accessible to the viewer and the branches appear to reach out beyond the paintings frame. A yellow butterfly flies among the pink blossoms that growing on the red branches. via Wikipedia

Brilliant timing…  Let us Renew. Refresh. Resolve to move forward together as a united community.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be by to see yours soon! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on RENEWAL 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 – RENEWAL – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal. RENEWAL: This word conjures a variety of images, from bright blossoms to meditating monks. When I think of “renewal,” I think of starting a new job, arriving in a new city that’s ripe for exploration, walking through a new apartment with white walls, and taking a hot shower after a challenging day. I also recall a trip several years ago to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, which is where I took the photograph above. This lone pink flower amongst lily pads makes me feel renewed, fresh, and ready for what’s to come.
I think of beginnings. Life. Opportunity. What images does Renewal conjure for you? Get creative. Think beyond the usual images (a sunrise, a birth). We want to see what else you can come up with. Share a picture that means RENEWAL to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Renew. Refresh. Resolve to move forward… 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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Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

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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