Masks: Why they Matter…

“Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking, in need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware, keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.” Carolyn Kizer Masks: Why they Matter... to reveal or conceal Protecting our Reputation… Masks play a significant, positive role in many cultures because they are used to present different aspects of life in a given society. At different points in our lives, we all wear masks. They could be real ones or imaginary masks. ...

Inspiration: Finding Acceptance…

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” Oprah Winfrey Inspiration: Finding Acceptance... man at sequoia tree Recently, a Daily Post prompt asked the pivotal question: Where do you find acceptance? It was followed by a series of related questions that tied in self, family, friends, co-workers and other people. Since today is Easter Sunday, a Christian feast/celebration, I felt it would be the ...

Musings: Labor Is Life…

“The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.“  Jim Rohn Musings: Labor Is Life… If you were recently laid off and are having difficulty finding a new job, consider that you might have hidden gifts or passions that were untapped in your regular career that you are now available to explore. The universe might simply be moving you in a more fulfilling direction. Daily OM  Madisyn Taylor Today is Labor Day in ...

Reflections: Happiness Is Life As A Lounging Cat…

“I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food, which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value.” Geoffrey Household Reflections: Happiness Is Life As A Lounging Cat... Our happy cat... Reflections: Happiness Is Life As A Lounging Cat... Pinkle Purr By A. A. Milne Tattoo was the mother of Pinkle Purr, A little black nothing of feet and fur; And by and by, when his eyes came through, He saw his mother, the ...

Inspiration: A Bi-Polar Jockey’s Success Story…

“Keep your determination, no matter what. It’s not going to happen overnight. It may not happen when you want it to, but who are we to tell each other when our dreams should come true?” Sylvia Harris Sylvia Harris’ story is an inspirational tale of one woman’s journey from manic depression/bi-polar disorder, custodial loss of her children, homelessness, and finding her center in horse-racing, to becoming the second female, African American jockey to win a major horse race and … she ...

Inspiration: The Infinite Grace In Moments…

“From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16 Inspiration: The Infinite Grace In Moments… “The more grateful I am the more abundant I feel.” Keep saying this affirmation and notice the positive effects it has on your day. Robert Holden Do you have moments when you feel the presence of grace is so palpable that you can touch it? Imagine this: Every night we go to bed, there is no guarantee that we will see the sun rise the following morning or the comfort of our ...

Trend Alert: Vintage Containers for Flowers

What is old is new again. Ironically, the vintage look is modern and chic. Old tin cans, milk jars, tea pots, and wooden crates are in high demand. People are searching high and low for these coveted vintage containers, especially brides. For the past few years, vintage-theme weddings have been really popular. But brides aren’t the only ones going retro, it is also a hot trend in home decor. And the best part is that these containers are inexpensive and readily ...

Featured Blogger: Dietmar Fritze – Philosopher. Photographer. Musician & more…

“Meaning and morality of One’s life come from within oneself. Healthy, strong individuals seek self expansion by experimenting and by living dangerously. Life consists of an infinite number of possibilities and the healthy person explores as many of them as possible … The good life is ever changing, challenging, devoid of regret, intense, creative and risky.” Friedrich Nietzsche Featured Blogger: Dietmar in 1965 on his very first car, a Volkswagen Dietmar Fritze is truly an all around renaissance man; he writes music and ...

Angry Birds: 10 Games That Didn't Make the Cut

Blockbuster game "Angry Birds" I don't understand the game Angry Birds. I've never played it but virtually everybody I know does - I don't get it. At its core, the game pelts suicidal birds at shoddily constructed buildings in the hopes that the structures will collapse on and kill green pigs that are inside. Could you imagine the public outcry if any part of that scenario was actually true? As inhumanly cruel as it sounds, that's the premise that was approved, designed and ...

Where Would You Get Advice???

We’re awash in an ocean of experts. You can’t flick on a cable news or daytime-talk show without seeing some expert chatting about child psychology, reducing personal debt, losing weight, the political climate, global warming…etc. Whether It's Black Diamond Skiing or plumbing - sometimes you need an expert Don’t get me wrong, I love a good expert!  When I used to be a news reporter, building and fostering a strong network of quality experts was an important part of the job.  You needed someone to help place the events ...

My Guest Post for Jon Acuff: 6 Things Not to Tithe

Side Hugging with Jon Acuff I’m honored to be guest posting for my friend Jon Acuff today. Jon is a best-selling author of three books, he’s working on his fourth right now and he’s a highly-sought speaker. I’ve met Jon a few times at various conferences where he’s spoken [see photo insert]. Additionally, he has one of the most popular, satirical blogs on the Internet and it’s humbling to share his platform. Here’s an excerpt from today’s guest post titled 6 Things Not to Tithe For ...

A Funny Parenting Rap (because it’s true)

One of the best things about family is the fact that it serves as a never-ending stream of laughs and funny material – as well as an instant audience for both parents and kids. The link below is to an entertaining rap about the joys, pitfalls and pratfalls of parenting. If you are a parent (or even had parents) there are some funky lyrics in this rap that should be able to relate to. Additionally, one of the things that’s so appealing to ...

The Tradition and Basics of Spring Cleaning

If you’re like me, you may think the tradition of “spring cleaning” started with some overzealous June Cleaver type. But spring cleaning has actually been around for millenniums and for good reason. There are many religious customs associated with spring cleaning, but it also clearly originated out of necessity. Prior to the twentieth century, the cooking of food and heating of the home had to be done by coal or wood burning stoves. The soot and smoke from the stoves blackened ...

Caption Contest - Funniest Wins $10 Amazon gift card!!

We've heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case it could be worth a $10 Amazon gift card! Our youngest lost her two front teeth this week, and if you can coin the funniest caption you'll win the coin! The only rules are that all captions must be G-rated and entered as a comment here or on Facebook. Good luck and make us laugh!!!

“Loneliness is not much written about.”

So said Stephen Fry (actor, writer, and more) in a June 24 excellent post on his suicide attempt last year. Fry in “Happy Birthday to GNU” (2008), photo from Wikipedia entry Intrigued by his statement that loneliness is not much written about, I did a quick run-through in my own mind about books I’ve read and whether or not loneliness was in there. I’ve come up with these so far: A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle The Pleasure of My Company ...

Battle of the Sexes Part 3:  Bathroom Humor – Funny Movie Short

Battle of the Sexes Part 3: Bathroom Humor - Funny Movie Short

Here is part 3of my Wedded BlissTors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. This 2-minute episode deals with the differences that sometimes occur between what's the expected behaviour in a married couple's bathroom versus what might actually occur in the extreme. [WARNING: If you get queasy easily, you might want to skip this one.] From replacing the toilet paper roll to toothpaste tops, have you ever had to "discuss" those bathroom issues? If ...

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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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