Reflections: On Storytelling…

“I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct, rescued me most of my life.” Armistead Maupin Reflections: On Storytelling... The Red Moon by Pedro Pablo Sacristán There was once a little grey planet that was very sad. The people living there hadn’t looked after it, despite them having all the inventions and space ships you could ever need. They had contaminated the whole countryside so much with rubbish and pollution that there were no plants or animals left. One day, a little boy was walking ...

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Tips to Extend the Life of Your Mother’s Day Flowers

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The 5 Easiest Houseplants to Grow

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7 Worst College Football Bowl Names…

Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Grab-A-Wad-A-Cash Bowl System It’s no longer just the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Over the past few weeks and next few days, dozens of college football teams have and will play in almost as many bowl games – more than 30 in total, check out the list here. The organization that oversees the bowl selection process each year is the Bowl Championship Series or BCS. Because football is a big revenue generator for colleges from corporate sponsorships, ...

Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I’ve had with this computer interface, I’ve found it to be anything but human yet mildly amusing. A recent “talk” with Cleverbot is chronicled here when we discussed the virtues and history surrounding Martin Luther King’s birthday. Given that today marks the due ...

Live Bold: A Leadership Guest Post

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Joseph Iregbu. Joseph has a passion for “intentional leadership” and is driven to help identify and raise up the next generation of leaders through his coaching and mentoring work. He’s also authored a book titled Even in the Well. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. The Power of Choice You have two options in life: you can either be scared all your life or you can live bold. Either requires a choice ...

A Late Summer Night's Swim

Turning on the submerged lighting to the swimming pool transforms the lanai into an aquatic dream. I sigh at the sight; it’s as though the Northern Lights have melted, filling my pool with a phosphorescent liquid. I slip beneath the glossy surface, feeling the cool weight of the water as it carries me deeper into itself. Ripples shimmer away from me like lucid sound waves, ebbing into oblivion. Tipping back, I surrender to my aqueous bed, staring up at the ...

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December 22, 2012, 3:00 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise!

“The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise... L L Bean Shoe Car on the Highway

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise!  L L Bean Shoe Car on the Highway

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise...Glowing Night lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise!  Glowing Night lights

Generally, I don’t like surprises, but we all have to live through them… The thing about surprises is that you have no way of controlling or directing the unfolding drama/event/item and sometimes, they stink or are hurtful. However, an amusing surprise will always put a smile on our face.
Above, the L.L. Bean car, caught cruising on the Mass Turnpike (highway), made me laugh. It was shaped as their classic, all time favorite boot. The color, the trim, the look was perfect and a huge surprise.
One winter night, I was driving home from Upstate NY when I saw strange lights glowing in the woods. As I approached, they grew brighter, more colorful, and looked like floating saucers. I was surprised because they were in the middle of nowhere. Months later, I found out that the land belonged to an artist who liked to create unusual installations and display them… It was a conversation piece!

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” Alice Walker

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise... Hair and more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise… Hair and more

At a conference I attended early this year, I met the lovely lady above. As we chatted, she mentioned how long it took to wash/dry her hair. I thought the time-frame (3-4 hours) was outrageous; given that her hair was in a bun and didn’t look long enough… Well, she showed me why it took hours to wash. Her hair touched her feet when she unwrapped it. Another surprise!
At a concert, I was looking at the crowd milling around below, when I noticed that young man in a colorful wig and a white t-shirt/mask that covered his face. The surprise was how he could see or even breathe in that outfit.
The holograph is a three-dimensional image recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material. The one you see is of top British model, Kate Moss, floating like a blue ghost at the Alexander McQueen show. It was both surprising and bizarre. More below.

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” Ashley Montagu

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise…

The NYC rat caught me by surprise but was a perfect representation of  the rodents running around the subways and the city. What are your thoughts? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! Have a blessed weekend!

*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: Surprise.   There was talk of some sort of apocalypse today, but so far, so good. Big surprise! In honor of the world continuing, show me some surprises! If you’re at a loss what to share, I bet many of you have surprises hidden under a tree or in a closet somewhere. My photo is about the first big snowfall which surprised us overnight here in Italy. I woke up to a world covered in white and these were my first steps into the snow.  Share a picture which means SURPRISE to you!

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

Positive Motivation Tip: Life is full of surprises; enjoy the ride…

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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