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Back to Blogging: Revisiting the Past & Embracing the Future

Back to Blogging: What’s Not to Love? “The heart of blogging is linking…linking and commenting. Connecting and communicating – the purpose of the Internet.” ~ George Siemens Your blog is your unedited version of yourself. ~ Lorelle Back to Blogging: Finding our way via Twitter Images... This week, my sistahs at The SITS Girls site have suggested some great ways to get our blogging shoes back on. For the entire week, we are to follow the prompts below, dig deep into our blogmunition and ...

Reflections on writing

She wrote: I feel the need to be honest with you, especially, since you are a shining model of honesty and vulnerability on your blog. Wow. Before I even got out of bed this morning, my heart was filled with unexpected joy at having reached someone for whom I have tremendous respect and affection, though our time together was shared many years ago in an place that seems light years away. She also made me wonder how others perceive my words on ...

No, I Am Not Dead Yet, really, I'm Not

Oh, my dear blogees, I humbly apologize for the extended absence.   My intent was to take a couple of weeks off and get the holidays under control but alas....I discovered a few things about myself. Well, to be perfectly honest, these weren't necessarily NEW discoveries. A.  I can piss away a day like no one else, dinking around on a computer.  TRUE, totally true.  It doesn't help that reading 50 or so great blogs takes up an entire morning.  This is ...

Green Smoothies and Green Juice

We got a Ninja for Christmas. It’s not a VitaMix, but it is a big improvement over our trusty old Osterizer. And so far I am very impressed. We immediately took a field trip to Costco for bagged organic kale, containers of organic spinach and organic Granny Smith apples, organic kiwi and a bag of regular old carrots. Trader Joe’s was next and there we invested in more greens – arugula, bok choy and chard and some organic frozen fruit: pineapple, ...

Look BEYOND your network to build your author platform

Look BEYOND your network to build your author platform I was interviewed today by a self-publishing consultant for a new program she is putting together to guide first-time authors through the publishing and marketing processes. As is common in these interview scenarios, the interviewer sent me her questions ahead of time. The following is one of the best questions I’ve been asked in a long time. What if an author’s own personal network is not interested in their particular book? Although the natural place ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects…

“Vices enter into the composition of virtues as poison into that of medicines. Prudence collects and blends the two and renders them useful against the ills of life.” François de la Rochefoucauld Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects... Hot Dogs & Fruit... Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects... Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects... When I saw the Photo Challenge for this week – Two Subjects – I was nicely surprised. Yesterday, in Manhattan, as I waited in the lobby of a building for an appointment, I looked out the huge picture windows and two ...

City Farm

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went to the city of Chicago to go to a farm. Yes, you are reading this right. Just a little west of downtown Chicago at Clybourn and Division streets there is a farm called City Farm. City Farm is run by a nonprofit organization that does farming and recycling. They lease vacant lots for free from the city of Chicago usually in some blighted areas and turns these lots into green oases of food production in the middle of a concrete jungle. The lease is good until the city decides ...

dem bones, art & journaling, the moon.

a leaf suspended from a spider web fragment Nature gets into our souls and opens doors to hidden parts of ourselves.  ~Pamela Heyda ~oOo~ before you say "what the heck is that"...here's a hint: this Barred Owl made it! it's a cough pellet. whatever the owl can't digest...gets coughed up as this mass. yeah, i know...ugh...delightful. fur & tiny bones of lizards, moles, snakes...whatever the owl has been dining on. ~oOo~ speaking of bones... we discovered a little pile of bones - jaws & skull pieces on the ...

Tips and Tricks for Planting Roses

I love roses! I would like to think that no garden is complete without a rose bush or two. Roses are undeniably beautiful and vibrant! The garden seems to come alive when there are roses around! And the best part is that there are thousands of different varieties to choose from, ranging in colour, fragrances, size and form! Moreover, rose breeders are constantly  creating new varieties that are long-lasting, hardy and disease-resistant. Roses are generally available year round at local garden ...

Flowers & Childhood Memories

The first “flowers” I can remember as a child were the pretty yellow ones that grow wild and abundantly for every child to pick and go happily home to present them to their mothers. These “flowers” were usually taken and put with tenderness and love into a wonderful container and set in a very prominent location. When I was a child they were put in a mason jar in the center of the kitchen table where the cat would knock ...

BLOOM – A Collision of Art & Flowers

BLOOM by Anna Schuleit - Pink Heather Artist Ann Schuleit was commissioned to create an installation expressing the lack of fresh flowers found in the health care industry. Titled “BLOOM”, the installation was set in the Massachusetts Mental Health Care Center in Boston, MA. The hallways, previously filled with bustling nurses and sleepy eyed patients, were transformed into colourful walkways, resembling an over-filled garden. 28,000 potted blooming plants and 5,600 sq ft of live sod were installed by a colour specific ...

Cricut? Did You Say Cricut?

I know I have a problem.  And it is not a problem of the insect variety.  It is a crafting problem.  You see I bought a Cricut Expression awhile back and it has taken over my life.   Any of you crafters out there can understand how that happens.  It starts with the need to make just one special card for an event and then it kind of snowballs.  By the time I am done I have every single piece of ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hyssop

Hyssop (or hyssopus) is a herbaceous perennial shrub belonging to the mint family with attractive spikes of flowers that come in purple, blue, pink, white and orange. Both the flowers and the leaves are fragrant, with scents ranging from bubblegum to licorice. Plants grow to be 2-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Hyssop is easy to grow from seed and the flowers are long lasting, blooming from late summer until fall. The most popular cultivated variety is H. officinalis. These ...

Do You Remember Dr. Love?

from: thebaileyteam.com I must apologize for my absence in the last week. I've been dabbling in many projects lately and posting seems to always end up off the bottom of the list. I really hate that an am going to make a concerted effort to post more regularly. Wanna know why? Of course my first reason to be more consistent is that it'll make you who actually read me (waives to my loyal little group) happy but I have a new ...

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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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