Fun Flower Facts: Tiger Lily (Lilium Lancifolium)

Tiger Lily (Lilium lancifolium, formerly L.tigrinum) is one of the most popular species of lilies. It is considered a classic garden flower, an “oldie, but a goodie.” It is easily identified by its 6 bright orange, curved petals with black or dark purple spots that grow on tall, hairy stems. Unlike other lilies, Tiger lilies are not scented. Tiger lilies are native to China, Japan and Korea, but they are cultivated all around the world for its beauty. These flowers look ...

Cheaters Never Prosper?

We say it to kids all the time, but it isn’t true: cheaters very often do prosper. Case point, Venice in 1564. Back then, rich dudes would donate money to build social clubs dedicated to popular saints, which in Venice meant a saint whose body had been stolen and brought to Venice. (Check out my post Conspiracy, Theft and Sin for the outrageous manner in which St. Mark’s body was smuggled into Venice.) These clubs were places where rich folks ...

How to Plant a Tree

We love trees! Trees add beauty and colour to the landscape. They also provide shade and shelter for creatures of all sizes. Moreover, they clean the air, and help alleviate soil erosion. Fall, with its mild temperatures, is a good time to plant trees, small shrubs and perennials. Whether you want a deciduous or coniferous tree, choose one that is suitable for your region and climate zone. Native trees are adapted to thrive without much care. Don’t forget to consider the ...

Writing Challenge: How To Keep Love In Your Heart…

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde Writing Challenge: How To Keep Love In Your Heart… I. Have An Intention to Love More When I read this week’s writing challenge,  I knew it was time to go back to StripGenerator and create some strips as part of my How To project for this post.  As I mulled over a number of topic choices,  I was reminded again that the ...

Inspiration: You Are The Lighthouse…

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” Albert Camus Inspiration: You Are The Lighthouse… When those things that happen in the world seem scary, know deep inside that you were built for this mission. You are a lighthouse and you are powerful. This is why you came here at this time and no storm can hurt you. This is when you will feel that you are full. You will know that you are ...

Fun Flower Facts: Canna

Canna (or canna lily) is a tropical perennial plant that produces big, bold paddle-shaped leaves and bright, attractive flowers that grow on spikes in shades of red, orange, yellow and pink. They are valued for their beautiful foliage, as much as their flowers. Cannas are grown from rhizomes, bulbous structures that grow underground. Cannas will grow to be 2-6 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. The plant is sometimes called canna lily, but it is not a true lily. As members ...

Inspiration: Everything Can Change For the Better…

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”Jim Rohn. Inspiration: Everything Can Change For the Better… Recently, I read a post from Joel Osteen titled Don’t Give Up. I get his inspiring tips and prayers - Today’s World  – daily, and the timing of it was perfect. Joel’s post was exactly the message I needed to hear at that moment because I was struggling with some important change that had to be made. His soothing words and thoughtful, prayerful advice calmed me ...

Maggie’s Choice

My story is rather bleak as that is how most things have seemed to me this week, though I have tried for a hopeful ending. Thanks go as usual to Rochelle for continuing to host Friday Fictioneers. I must admit to slight envy when I read in her post that she will be meeting up with some Fictioneers this weekend, it must be so good to meet up in person with the people whose stories we read each week. I can ...

Some Ignore the Truth... Even When It's True

No Bull - courtesy of copyblogger. The setup for this blog is important, so please bear with me. Our family recently attended a surprise 40th birthday party for a dear family friend. It was really a surprise since the wife of the unsuspecting honoree had arranged for their family (comprising four children) to be camping at an idyllic and isolated campground in a neighboring state. She then invited several out-of-state families, including ours, to join the surprise Bday jamboree at the remote campsite’s dining ...

7 Questions With an Author: Kimanzi Constable

Kimanzi Constable – author, speaker, globetrotter – this photo was snapped on a recent flight to India This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Kimanzi Constable is the author of The Difference Between Living and Existing. He is an international speaker and consultant who has logged nearly 50,000 travel miles since June of this year. Kimanzi’s mission is to help people stop settling, stop making ...

Paris Bound

Hubby and I head for Paris tomorrow! It has been the only “place” on my bucket list for years. I’m not promising I won’t feel free to add another “place” upon our return. But for years, it’s been Paris, a pedicure, the Magic Teacup Ride, and one more ride on a ferris wheel. A manicure used to be on the list, too, but I’ve now taken care of that one, several times over. Anyway, people have gleefully lent or given us ...

NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress Report #3 – The Results

“Picasso produced hundreds of great paintings; Ralph Ellison wrote one great novel. Art is hard, but literature is murder.”—Joe Queenan, One for the Books So, on the heels of NaNoWriMo 2012, let’s talk about failure and self-forgiveness, shall we? The 50,000-words goal eluded me for the second NaNoWriMo in a row. And with the same novel even! Ugh. I couldn’t escape my inner editor enough to write just for the sake of adding words to the document. I tried that a few ...

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 ...

Author Connections at “Books In Boothbay 2012″

Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine A happy, noisy, interactive book event occurs on a Saturday each summer at the Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine. I’ve been twice now, each time with the same friend–so it’s now an annual routine for us (right?). She goes because she’s an avid reader and book-gifter, and I go because I need to make the acquaintance of other authors and read more books in my chosen genre (cozy suspense). The reading occurred in the Railway Village’s Chapel ...

7 Mistaken and Misused Baby Phrases

Parents with newborns speak a language with baby phrases all their own during the first few months of the babies’ life. Conversations surrounding the baby phrases such as gestational age or bilirubin levels or the wonder of simethicone drops are fairly common among new parents. However, there are some aspects of Newborn ParentSpeak that are flat out wrong. Here are seven inaccurate baby phrases that misrepresent the actual activity or meaning they convey. 7. Fussing – this particular term almost sounds like a playful board ...

Out of Control

The eagle had landed; her rolling talons gripped the Florida tarmac, screeching while grabbing hold of the spinning earth. I held my breath for a brief moment; tucked snuggly between my two gentlemen seatmates. I got to chat to both of them although they never acknowledged each other. I was the female partition between two alpha males, which made me wonder if they didn’t speak because there was some sort of macho competition going on (although that’s hard to imagine ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Together…

“A year, ten years from now, I’ll remember this; not why, only that we were here like this, together.” Adrienne Rich

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… It all begins with us…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… All animal shots taken at the Bronx Zoo

I’ve been under some stress of late that has left me wondering about how we humans treat each other, in personal and professional relationships, and why. Then I came to the blogging community today and was reminded of what makes WordPress a great home for us. We work on these challenges together and support each other and, like the animals shown above, we care. Thank you all!

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… Sade.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… Kanye & Jay-Z

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… Janet & Crew

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… Kelly Rowland in concert

Concerts are another way we get together to make a joyful soundand enjoy the company of artistes we love. If we could find ways to remember the happy, expectant spirit we bring to a concert, and carry that over to our interactions with each other in the world, it would make a huge difference; deception and disregard leave everyone feeling bruised and disillusioned… This week’s challenge is truly a gift.  More below!

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… Graduation

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… The Lego shop in Manhattan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… The Met Museum

Celebrations and other types of fun events/outings pull us together,and teach us how to enjoy a space without dominating or ruining it for others… Nothing beats the fun and joy of a graduation ceremony, a birthday party, or the sheer pleasure we get from going to our favorite store or museum. As Archbishop Tutu suggests above, we can only be human together and so we must make the best effort to honor and respect our time on this planet.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… We enjoy food…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… Indulge.

Preparing and eating food is another terrific way we get together; we do it for celebrations, holidays, reunions, and just for the fun of having company. I grew up in a community where feeding your guests was sacrosanct. If you had someone in your home and they left without eating even a piece of fruit, it was seen as the biggest insult. We use food to nourish our bodies and to nurture our relationships… Share a meal this weekend!  Enjoy your weekend! :-)

Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Together did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta 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 – Together – below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Together. This should be a simple challenge for most of you – find a picture of people or things which are together in your picture. Share a picture that means TOGETHER to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Together we can accomplish more… Together we feel the warmth of support from everything around us. Connect!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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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