Where We Are Supposed To Be

April 6th, 5:00AM and there I sat underneath the Palm trees and across from a fountain. Sipping an over priced Cafe Mocha and waiting for the dawn in Southern California. The fountain is quiet and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's broken. 2,180 miles away from home for the Seduction of Spirit Mediation and Yoga Retreat. Flew out of Buffalo International at 6:35AM the day before and arrived 11 hours later. After checking into my room I took a long walk, grabbed ...

On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons…

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... delectable Ladurée macarons On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... The full range of colorful, tasty macarons behind the counter On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons...The pretty window and teeming crowds inside... In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée opened an exquisite bakery in Paris, aptly named Ladurée, that has become one of the top places to visit if you want the best in baked goods; especially their delicious macarons. According ...

Haiku: Revelation & Creation…

“The highest revelation is that God is in every man.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Haiku: Revelation & Creation… On the Path “Two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up…” Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 Hands joined to our backs lifting men to mountain tops A revelation… How often do we applaud or lend a hand or caring shoulder to a friend? Every day, I receive Today’s Word from Joel Osteen‘s site. It is an inspirational and uplifting way to start the day. ...

Planting Summer Bulbs

Summer isn’t here yet, but now is the time to start thinking about planting summer bulbs in your garden. These summer flowering plants will add a bold colour and fabulous foliage to your garden from midsummer to early fall.  They can be grown in the garden or in a container.  Plus, they are easy to grow. You just have to remember to dig them up in the fall. What are summer bulbs? They are plants with tubers and corms that bloom in ...

Reflections: Every Moment Counts…

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have…”Eckhart Tolle Reflections: Every Moment Counts… Sahasrara – symbolizes detachment from illusion Plan your hours to be productive, Plan your weeks to be educational, Plan your years to be purposeful, Plan your life to be an experience of growth Plan to change. Plan to grow. Iyanla VanZant Remember the last time you puttered around your home reading and tossing old magazines? Or what about that lingering bubble bath you took or the time you stopped to watch some street entertainer perform ...

Reflections: Nothing To Lose…

“Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.” Nadine Gordimer Reflections: Nothing To Lose... censorship or a calling... Self-censorship: The act of censoring one’s own work or other means of expression out of fear of, or deference to the sensibilities of others, without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority. Every day, many of us are held hostage by our upbringing, our ...

Fun Flower Facts: Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Although it has “lily” in its name, the daylily is not a member of the lily family (Liliaceae); it belongs to the Hemerocallis genus and is native China, Korea and Japan. The plant produces beautiful, showy trumpet-shaped flowers. There are thousands of cultivars available, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. Many of the cultivars are fragrant.  Plants can grow to be 6 inches to over 6 feet tall! The flowers will bloom from early spring to fall, depending on the ...

Inside The Box

Conclusion of The Mystery Box The box had occupied space in our garage for as long as I could remember, and even though it was off-limits I’d allowed Ricky Delgado, my best friend, to talk me into opening it. My heart sank when I didn’t see a Japanese flag or a chunk of scorched scrap from a kamikaze. Only boring papers and old photographs, just what Dad had said was inside. Black and white snapshots of a remarkably young Dad in ...

7 Questions With an Author: Alison Strobel

Alison Strobel, award-winning author 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. Today’s author is an online acquaintance of mine named Alison Strobel. Alison is an award-winning author of several books.  Her first title, Worlds Collide, was picked up by Waterbrook Press (now Waterbrook Multnomah) in 2005. Violette Between followed in 2006 and earned Alison a nomination for the prestigious Rita Award from the Romance Writers ...

A Chance Encounter with Jamie Beckwith

It was my lucky day recently! While shopping for a client at Renaissance Tile & Bath in the Dallas Design District, I happened to cross paths with Jamie Beckwith, a leading trendsetter in wood tile design. With Jamie Beckwith at Renaissance Tile & Bath Her collection of tiles, the Jamie Beckwith Collection, has revolutionized the use of wood in surface treatments. Her hardwood tile series can be used virtually anywhere and adds exquisite detail, texture and warmth to the most unexpected places. Walls, ...

A Soft Surrender

I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn't help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the flitting birds above whose cares blended well with green? And what of the greedy squirrels dropping acorns as they ran the soft thuds of a midwinter snack was it jealous ...

30 Nights of Solitude

Last night was my third evening home after 30 nights of solitude spent in a bed far far away. A month was long enough for me to form an intimate relationship with nocturnal privacy, where my thoughts were free to roam naked down the carpeted halls of my mind, bumping into only myself on the way to the bathroom. “Excuse me. Oh! It’s just me.” It was a luxurious fling. A sprawling self-indulgence of fluffed pillows, and scrolling paragraphs — the ...

Interview With Cleverbot....

 A web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) experiment developed by AI pioneer Rollo Carpentar. Last week I stumbled upon Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging format. As background, you may recall that Hollywood has made several movies about Artificial Intelligence and computers that can learn including, HAL from 2001: A Space Odyessy; the WOPR computer from the 1980's movie War Games that starred Matthew Broderick; and SkyNet from the Terminator series. Now, I've always ...

1st Radio Interview for My Book!!!

Last night, I had the opportunity to talk about my new, best-selling book A Question of Faith with Phoenix-based radio talk show host Michael Ray Dresser, his nightly topical radio show is titled Dresser After Dark. If you’re interested, here’s my 15-minute interview in its entirety: If you’re interested in my book, I’m offering a special  limited time offer this week. Click the link below for details at how you can get your copy of A Question of Faith as well as 60 Bonus ...

Dream On...and on...and on...

Photograph by Fran MurphyWhat’s the difference between having faith and magical thinking? Faith sounds much more grounded for some reason. Like it’s anchored to something tangible. Whereas magical thinking sounds like it has no boundaries at all. It’s all over the place… like dust. With magical thinking one could wish to be Peter Pan, or perhaps Rocky Balboa. Magical thinking often escorts me to my daydreams, helping me to see everything that I yearn for, inciting my heart rate to quicken…and ...

3 Painful Lessons About Practice

My medal for completing the 2013 Frederick Half Marathon Four weeks ago I ran and completed the 2013 Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon – a 13.1 mile jaunt through the highways and byways of Frederick County Maryland. Now mind you, the last time I had run a distance that far was early last summer before the birth of our son. Even though I’m in better shape than I was then – great cholesterol and blood ratios as well as a 31 lbs weight ...

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April 28, 2012, 2:59 am

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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