Reflections: Karma Is A Teacher Not A Bitch

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne W. Dyer Karma -The Lotus Flower Thrives in clean and Dirty water Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad; he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds; And here they say that a person consists of desires, and as is his desire, ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers…

“Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.” Gerard De Nerval Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Beautiful Lutea... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Lovely lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... More blooms in lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... blooming black eyed susans... I love flowers in all shapes and forms and could spend hours in a garden enjoying the blooms. At different points in my life, I have been an avid gardener and then a reluctant one. When I moved to the suburbs, just before my twins ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged…

“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” Robert Doisneau Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged... Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged... Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged... All around us are examples of order and disorder, chaotic and cohesive efforts to manage the world we inhabit. I love this week’s Photo Challenge – Arranged – because it gives us an opportunity to look around our surroundings for both man-made and natural forms of the term; to seek ...

Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)

You don’t have to be a smoker to enjoy nicotiana or tobacco flowers. While nicotiana tabacum is grown for the production of smoking tobacco, there are many Nicotiana species that are beloved by gardeners for their beautiful and fragrant flowers. Nicotiana or Flowering Tobacco is a genus of 67 plants native to Australia, North America and tropical South America that produces pleasantly fragrant tubular flowers in shades of white, red, yellow, pink, maroon and lavender. The foliage is hairy and can ...

Flowers & Fashion: Celebrity Edition!

Happy Fashion Friday!! 2012 was the year of the floral prints! Celebrities are just like us! They like their floral prints just as much as the rest of us. Here are some of my favourite looks. Actress Katie Holmes in floral jeans from: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in a floral skirt from: Actress Jessica Alba in a floral blazer from: First lady Michelle Obama in floral dress from: Supermodel Miranda Kerr in floral sundress from:

The Spider Cruise

Mrs. Chatterbox is the bravest person I’ve ever known. Let me explain. First, it’s important to know that she’s terrified of spiders. And with good reason. At the age of ten she was an Army brat growing up in Berlin. Her family lived in a house at the edge of a small forest, and one evening her older brother was playing with the hose and forgot to turn it off. That evening the basement, which was directly below her bedroom, flooded. Sometime ...

Weekly photo challenge – Windows

This first shot is of the Gridiron building in New York, it seems so fragile especially taken from this angle. This is a detail from one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedral in Prague which I particularly liked. The detail and the colours are so fresh, just breathtaking. On a visit to Spain, we drove up to Ronda and this is a view across the gorge.

Inspiration: Embracing The F Word…

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” J.K. Rowling Inspiration: Embracing The F Word... What is our attitude towards failure? Have we recently failed at something and are still kicking ourself? Do we look around and wonder where we went wrong because everyone else is doing great? Do we avoid trying new things because we are afraid to fail? Regardless of how we answer the questions, the ...

An Ethical Condiment Conundrum….

I’m not going to lie about it. I may have a borderline addiction with certain types of food condiments. My most serious predilection is with Frank’s RedHot, so much so, that my mother-in-law-to-be ensured that there were bottles of the spicy red ambrosia on the head table when I wedded my wife – I knew I married into the right family! The next orbit of my condiment love comprises: A1 Steak Sauce, Famous Dave’s Georgia Mustard and French’s Worcestershire Sauce. This is a ...

3 Tips When Considering a Face Tattoo

Hip Hop Star Gucci Mane's head-scratching face tattoo I'm no stylist to the stars or savvy metro-sexual maven, but here's my top recommendation regarding your appearance to ensure your best chance at getting a job. Do NOT get a tattoo on your face!! Call me old fashioned, but nothing says "unhirable" quite like permanent ink above the shoulders. [see photo insert of hip hopster Gucci Mane's triple scoop ice cream cone with lightening bolt accents.] This little rant of mine was sparked by my commute ...

Seattle Here I Come.

So, I’m heading out for Seattle on Wednesday. I’ve never been to Seattle, although I’ve heard a lot about it…rainy weather, sleeplessness, good coffee, vampire wars, tossed salad and scrambled eggs…and a very special friend of mine just happens to be waiting for me there. It’s been nearly forty years since I last saw him and I still can’t believe that we’re going to be in the same room very shortly! I’m a little shy about this meeting because the last ...

Grace and Poise on a Book Tour

It’s the rare author who gets sent on cross-country book tours these days. But when your book hits the front page of The New York Times Book Review, well, that’s a different story (or kettle of fish or ball of wax). I don’t know exactly when Lily King’s publisher, Grove Atlantic, decided to send her on the road to sign copies of Euphoria, but she’s been traveling each week now since June 11. The Times review was published June 7, and ...

A Memorable Date Night With My Daughters

Our two girls on our “date” last night One of the best books I read shortly after the birth of our oldest daughter – nearly 11 years ago – was titled What a Difference a Daddy Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Dad Leaves on His Daughter’s Life by Dr. Kevin Lehman. I found this book to be very insightful and helpful as a new father. The most important lesson this book taught me was the crucial role that the opposite gender parent plays ...

It’s Banned Books Week

I’m a bit late highlighting Banned Books Week, but this is a good case of better late than never. Visit the Banned Books Week website by clicking on this word website. Once there, click on the Mapping Censorship tab near the top of the home page to find example(s) of banned books in recent history in your state. I’m pretty sure this map isn’t exhaustive, but it gives a good range of what’s bothering people who want to keep kids from ...

Book Collecting

Image by h.koppdelaney First, Happy Halloween! This picture of ravens with a book is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe, and that’s a Halloween sort of author if there ever was one. My post has nothing to do with Halloween or Poe, but it does have to do with a creepy individual. I just finished reading a true crime story about a man (John Gilkey) who stole rare books, the man who worked hardest to make sure he got caught at it, and ...

Happiness is overrated….

Famous Painting: Declaration of Independence - here was penned ", liberty & pursuit of happiness..." I got to thinking about the concept of “happiness” the other day and decided that I will no longer pursue it. Don’t get me wrong, the “…pursuit of happiness…” is very quotable, it sounds great and looks great on paper – especially when that paper happens to be the Declaration of Independence, which is where the phrase is found and was signed by our forefathers.But it was actually ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual…

“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.”  Edward Weston

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… Changing terminal lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… Changing terminal lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… Changing terminal lights

“I feel as though I have lived many lives, experienced the heights and depths of each and like the waves of the ocean, never known rest. Throughout the years, I have looked always for the unusual, for the wonderful, for the mysteries at the heart of life.”  Leni Riefenstahl

What is normal and what is unusual? In the world of one eyed fish, a two eyed fish is a freak… But is it? Remember the Twilight zone..? My normal could be your nuts! The photos and videos I share might tickle your fancy as unusual or not. I’ll understand. The first two pictures above were taken at the arrivals concourse at Ann Arbor airport. I adjusted the remaining two to show how the colors changed. What struck me as pretty unusual but equally stunning was the way the colors changed  as you walked through that tunnel; it felt like a psychedelic discotheque.

“Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”  William Arthur Ward

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… lights in the woods

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… lights in the woods

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… lights in the woods

Traditional Irish Blessing: Happy St Patrick’s Day

“Afraid no, I wasn’t afraid but it was an unusual thing, it was an unusual feeling. It was an unusual atmosphere for me having grown up in this country and, and, and never seeing anything like that.”  Ralph Boston

These set of colorful lights appeared out of nowhere as I was driving home from a rural part of upstate NY.  As I turned a corner, they were sitting there glowing in the woods in the dark night. I pulled over and took these shots; unusual for the area. The Irish Blessing  video is not unusual. (Thanks Francine!). I added it to celebrate St Paddy’s Day; now his story is a tad unusual. So, let’s just go ahead and celebrate all that we are; unique, unusual, unabashed, unadulterated, unapologetic… and then let’s stand tall in our St Patrick’s Day  regalia and blow off some steam… better yet, let’s get beyond the blarney. Slainté! (Irish for Here’s to your Health!)

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… The Octagon House

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… The Octagon House/Armour-Stiner House

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Today can be a healthy unusual day for you — and for others — if you take time to give someone a smile . . . to express a word of kindness . . . to lend a helping hand to someone in need . . . to write a note of gratitude . . . to give a word of encouragement to someone who is temporarily overcome with problems . . . to share a portion of your material possessions with others.” William Arthur Ward

This home, the Octagon House (Armour-Stiner House), is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is a popular 8 sided, pink colored historic home in Irvington, NY. It is known locally as the Octagon House and I walk by it on my Aqueduct jaunts. Several years ago, I took a tour with the local Historical Society and was surprised to find the rooms were unusual in size and the ceilings somewhat low. The grounds are quite beautiful and the home is occupied. The video is just something to make you laugh. Enjoy! More below.

“Comedy is unusual people in real situations; farce is real people in unusual situations.”  Chuck Jones

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… Floor length hair

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… Nested Magazine Bowls

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual… Comic Con Character in Connecticut

“The Greeks already understood that there was more interest in portraying an unusual character than a usual character – that is the purpose of films and theatre.”  Isabelle Huppert

Okay, so the rest of  my unusual choices are an eclectic mix of photos. The first is my friend J with her floor length hair; pretty impressive. The next is a set of nested bowls made from magazine pages. They are quite sturdy and colorful. I got them at a fair. The last, for those familiar with Comic Con, is something my kids are into. Every year, they go to several of these gatherings where people dress up as comic characters.  Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Unusual did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on the Unusual? 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 below. I appreciate TRACKBACKS/PINGBACKS & LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme UNUSUAL below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual. Share a picture that means UNUSUAL to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate all that you are; unique, unusual, unabashed, unadulterated, unapologetic YOU! What is normal and what is unusual? In the world of one eyed fish, a two eyed fish is a freak… But is it? Remember the Twilight zone..? My normal could be your nuts!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection. Except: 2nd Armour-Stiner House Photo, via Wikipedia.

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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