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And You Thought You Had Jet Lag

Image by Kate B Dixon via Flickr I had to renew my Passport recently and I started thinking about all the countries I have visited over the years. I realized I had had been to quite a lot of places and started feeling very worldly, a seasoned traveler, yes a man of the world. But then I did a little checking and found out I am but a mere speck on the backside of some of the most traveled people in ...

#88

“…and finally, this weekend’s prompt: As you know, Trifecta has a history of dedicating the entire month of October to Halloween.  We’re kicking it off early and easy with this prompt: You’ve found some old books.  On page 3 of one of the books, this illustration appears: - Give us the 33 words that follow this illustration.  What happens next?” When the moon is full… I don’t always stand waist-high in green goop, swallow fish whole and have a bobber dangling from my arm pit— but when I do, I roll like this. Artist ...

Weapon of Mass Instruction

Two Thoughts for Tuesday Thought #1 I am thinking that the most powerful weapon on the planet...no more than that really....the UNIVERSE is the power of the media.   It seems that within minutes of anything happening the media is all over it.  AND not necessarily in a good way.   News programs have wafted into editorial programs.  What might otherwise just be a report of an event turns into inferences of who is right and who is wrong, who might be responsible and who might ...

The Big "O"

Our tour bus was cutting through the Taurus Mountains of Turkey, located on the edge of the Anatolian Plateau where people have been living since Paleolithic times. The mountains were modest compared to the Alps or Rockies, with expansive valleys meeting us at every curve. At one point our guide, Selchuk, ordered the driver of our bus to pull to the side of the road. He said to us, “Do you want to see something really interesting?” Of course I did. ...

EdiTOR’s Note: Guest Blog…

EdiTOR's Note: Guest Blog...

Several weeks ago I joined a community of great bloggers at BlogRocket. One of the guys I met there is named Ben Emerson and he's in the midst of an ambitious project to consecutively blog about a chapter of the Bible every day until he's written about "the whole dang thing" - which just so happens to be the name of his blog. He invites other writers to con tribute to his project, and he graciously allowed me to submit a guest ...

Beyond the historic castle walls of Aljezur

From the ancient castle walls to the historic town of Aljezur, and to the mountain of Monchique beyond. This photograph was taken from the walls of the 10th Century Moorish castle of Aljezur in the Western Algarve. The castle, set high on the hill, has panoramic views across the rolling countyside, the historic town of Aljezur and to Monchique mountain beyond. This post is inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo challenge. This week’s theme is “Beyond”.

Victory!!!

My letter of “complaint” to Delta: Message: ‘The delay made me miss my connection even though I ran through the airport and they knew I was coming from a late flight. The plane was just pulling away from the door when I got there. Since it was the last flight of the day and a small plane I was a little upset that they could not wait 3 minutes for me. I had to spend the night in MSP and take a flight the next day ...

7 Fool Proof Flowers for Beginner Gardeners

When you’re new to gardening everything looks good! But it can be a little overwhelming; not knowing what to plant in the sun or shade, which plants work well together, how deep to plant, fertilize or not, etc.  You can get online and research, you can visit your local garden center and inundate them with questions, but the best way to learn is to literally – dig in! Now, don’t expect your brand new garden to look like the picture above ...

Picture This: Moments In The Snow…

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof Picture this: Captured Moments in the Snow #1 via eof The call came at 5:30am one morning, school will be closed and the kids can stay home and indulge in whatever their hearts desired. “Can they come stay at your house for a change?” Phina asked the recorded female voice… “I mean, with all the school ...

Spiderman's Dollhouse

My boys love to play with my old dollhouse. It is old. Forty-plus years. Yes, I’m dating myself. But I saved it all these years, I guess, thinking I might have a girl one day. I didn’t have a girl. In fact, when I heard I was having a boy after our ultrasound, I cried. I called my mother in tears. I’d been a girly girl; I didn’t have brothers; I never played sports. What was I going to do with a boy? Anyway, the ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Da Lat Flower Festival – Vietnam

Held in late December to early January the city of Da Lat, Vietnam hosts a beautiful flower festival. Da Lat is known as “Little Paris” for it’s year round cool climate and french styled architectural works. During the festival more than 300,000 pots of flowers are displayed along the main roads. The Flower Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. Many different types of flowers are on display, both natural to Vietnam and imports. Hundreds of flower companies from home ...

Neighborhood Dirt

Thought Number One:  Gardens in My Neighborhood To catch everyone up to speed...I like to garden. (For my readers that have been around awhile, you might remember last year's garden post about Lil Bastard, a ravenous rabbit that still calls my yard his "salad bar". Just in case you missed it here's the link... Hare Today Gone Tomorrow ) I say "I love gardening" in the same vein as others might admit to hoarding or binge eating...that is with a bit of "I know I shouldn't be ...

Bucket Battles and Baby Dolls

I am the only child of five to have brown eyes, brunette hair. Like my father. Like my father’s mother. My brothers and sisters are blonde and blue-eyed. I should clarify that they were all blonde when we were children. My younger sisters thick mane turned light brown as she got older. I was also the only girl of three who liked playing with dolls.  I don’t remember being disappointed because dolls were always blond and blue-eyed. Nor do I ...

Black-Eyed Susans

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia (Asteraceae) Chances are you have seen this flower. They are commonly found growing in gardens, fields and all around the countryside. Black-eyed susans are wildflowers native to North America. They are easily distinguished with their dark brown, almost black, centers with bright yellow daisy-like petals. They also have coarse, hairy foliage. Black-eyed susans are perfect for the beginner gardener. They are super easy to grow, low maintenance and the plants grow quickly. All you would have to do is ...

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Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

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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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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