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How to Create Moss Graffiti

What is moss graffiti? In recent years, moss graffiti has been quite popular, appearing on walls around the world. Moss Graffiti is an environmentally-friendly alternative to creating graffiti on walls. Instead of using the toxic spray paints that are bad for the air, “moss paint” is used as the medium. Not only is it better for the environment, the best part is that the moss will continue to grow over time. Essentially, a moss graffiti artist would be creating living works ...

Haiku: Autumn Clouds…

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now…” Richard Bach Autumn clouds arrived Like a wounded bride, glumly… Grey, cold, day and night When we need to be succinct and practice periods of quiet contemplation, a haiku can’t be beat.  Recently, I took some photos of clouds and they made me pause. Nature is so magnificent; it offers miracles everyday. “But the sky knows the reasons ...

Musings: Life in Two Parts…

“Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Musings: Life in Two Parts... We are never alone but we must focus on the present  Do you have a To Do List that gets updated frequently with things you haven’t gotten around to doing? You are not alone. Many of us create these lists because we believe that, if and when we get to them, we will be able to get our lives in order and accomplish all the ...

Musings: The Beauty Of Nature…

“I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.” Vincent Van Gogh Musings: The Beauty In Nature... A sunset in Knysna, South Africa Musings: The Beauty In Nature... Sunset on Mars What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen and why? Yesterday, I posted some pictures I took of the setting sun and it got me thinking about all the ...

Fun Flower Facts: African Violet

Chances are you have heard of the African violet. It is a common houseplant found on windowsills worldwide. African violets, also known scientifically as saintpaulia, are known for their pretty purple flowers with yellow centers. Despite their name, the African violet doesn’t belong to the  violet family, the Violaceae. It actually belongs to the Gesneriaceae family, which includes other flowering houseplants like cape primrose. The plant is native to tropical rainforests in Tanzania, Africa. African violets can grow to 2 to 6 ...

Days Gone Bye-Bye

Now that January is all but over, I realize that I missed a number of important dates.  I try to be on top of my calendar but starting a new year is sometimes problematic.  If I don't take the time to input all the assorted important "days to remember" into my Smart Phone they slip by unnoticed.  You would think that looking at a real (paper) calendar would prevent this but really who does that any more?  Anyway...back to the ...

Cheri, Cheri, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?

Cheri, Cheri, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?

Fairly well, considering I have been working for the last several days along side hubby and Kiddo #2 to clean up the winter mess that remained in my flower beds. There are two trains of thought on yards.  You like planting beds or you hate planting beds.  As a realtor I am here to tell you the second train is by far and away the most favored of those two trains.  All aboard the "Don't want to have to take care ...

Learning Something New

I’ve admitted said it before but you probably didn’t believe me; it’s likely you thought I was being self-deprecating modest, but when it comes to electronics I’m a dolt moron. Most of the time my computer usually makes me want to pull out my hair. Mrs. Chatterbox is fairly good at figuring things out on the computer, but it’s our thirty-one year old son CJ who really knows how to tame the electronic box and make it sing and dance. ...

Inspiring Warm Refreshments

It may be cold outside, but when I cuddle up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, I’m warm and cozy! That’s why I love hot beverages. Just a few sips and you’re enveloped in warmth. In fact, I think the only thing better is an entire room that makes you feel the same way. So grab a cup of Joe and let’s have a little fun with interior design! Take a look at the following rooms and see ...

The End of TV's Best Show....

Comedian Ernie Kovacs is known for the quote, "Television:  A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done." In most instances I tend to agree with Kovacs' assessment except in the case of "Friday Night Lights," (FNL) which has its series finale on NBC tomorrow night. For five seasons, this little known, little watched, yet critically acclaimed drama set in rural west Texas has captured my heart and mind like no other program since the series "LOST." ...

Fall 2013 Color Forecast

Summer may still be in full force, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming of fall days and the beautiful, rich hues that come with them. I love fall hues. Fall colors typically possess a depth and sophistication absent from summer’s pastels and brighter shades, and this year should be no different! Pantone, the global authority on color, has forecasted a palette of 10 luscious colors from New York Fashion Week that will be fall’s hottest hues. According to Pantone, “the ...

When Trust Dies, Who’s to Blame?

I subscribe to a niche news feed service that sends me press releases and updates regarding religion and faith-based issues. Earlier this week, I saw a press release regarding pastors, priests and rabbis who have abandoned their faith for an atheistic lifestyle. I’m not surprised when religious leaders experience doubt and question lifelong traditions they’ve followed. Faithful followers from Moses through Mother Teresa have expressed doubts regarding their beliefs and have written extensively about what they call “the dark night of the soul.” In fact, ...

Twilight Zone Marathon

Every year on New Year’s Eve when the Sci-Fi Channel runs a 48 hour Twilight Zone Marathon I tell myself that I’m not going to watch. This year I watched less than previously but a few of my favorites stopped me in my tracks, rendering me powerless to change the channel. I’m not sure why since I know the dialogue of most of the 156 episodes by heart. When the program premiered in October of 1959 I was not yet seven, too young ...

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” Oscar Wilde

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – street art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – the famous postwar Times Sq kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Madame Tussaud’s hand

One of the joys of having access to a major city is that, without doubt, you’re bound to come across the unusual, the unexpected, and the creative surprise piece that puts a smile on your face. I live close to NYC, and whenever possible, I make my way to Manhattan, Brooklyn or further out field, and wander around, inhaling the chaos and artistic works.

In the first collage above are shots of bright and beautiful wall/street art created on the sides of buildings near the The High Line; an above ground, “1-mile New York City linear park built on a 1.45-mile section of the elevated former New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line” (Wikipedia),  in Chelsea.  The last, lower right corner, shot of hanging bottles in a window display, belong to Antropologie; a retail store display inside the Chelsea Market.

The second collage, which caught my eye as I headed for the highway on a jaunt into the city, is quite impressive. It is a huge, bronze, perfectly manicured hand holding up the Madame Tussaud’s sign in Times Square.

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” Heraclitus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Before I die project

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Before I die messages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Lenin, a wedding and a bird

The Before I Die Project, above, was originally created in New Orleans by Candy Chang after she lost a loved one. The project now travels globally, and these photos were taken in White Plains where the project made a pit stop in the summer. It drew a lot of attention and, as you can imagine, lots of commentary.

On the next collage, the statue of Vladimir Lenin ensconced atop a luxury building in the East Village is known as Red Square Lenin, and stands waving at passing cars headed for the FDR Drive. The startled little bird showed much courage as I took photos of it and so I added it here. The young newly weds were crossing the steps of Low Memorial Library at my Alma Mater, Columbia University, uptown in Harlem, as students milled around minding their own business. The juxtaposition of the bride walking by other casually dressed students made for a captivating shot.

For this Photo Challenge, I decided to share some of the wonderful, eclectic art pieces I found on The High Line, and added photos of other unexpected street art  from around the city. I’ve created a slideshow above to give a more comprehensive look at the photos shared here and I’ve included a few more photos that fit the category – Unexpected. Please see the rest below. Thank you!


“Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out…” James Patterson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Yoga at Times Sq

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected - Yoga partial head stand pose.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Yoga partial head stand pose.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Sculpture of Pan in the High Line and Hanging Bottles display

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected - Hanging bottles

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Hanging bottles

Lats summer, on June 21, 2013, thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered in Times Square to for the Mind Over Madness Yoga event.  I attended the event and was blown away by the magnificence of joining many others for yoga movements in the middle of Times Square.  We practiced postures, meditated, and rejuvenated the mind, body and spirit. The yoga posture shots above are from that day. It was a fairly typical day there as workers and tourists milled around taking photos and going about their business. The event, Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga, was organized by The Times Square Alliance and Athleta; It was memorable.

The last collage showcases the hanging bottles again and a new sculpture – Pan; a bronze Satyr in a Scottish kilt, lurking in HighLine Park. It was created by the artist, Sean Lander, as part of the High Line’s Busted exhibition; a series of ten sculptures installed along its path. I hope you enjoyed your visit to this blog. Do come back as I plan to upload posts on ALL the Weekly Photo Challenges I missed this year.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected    Your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.

I’ve added some related posts from fellow bloggers; recommended by Zemanta. For more, check out how others interpreted the theme – WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – also see below.

Positive Motivation Tip: Life is full of precious and unexpected moments. If we pay attention, we soon learn to hear the murmuring of Mother Earth’s heart as she plants surprises, lessons, and even stern teachings in our path.

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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