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Flowers in the News: Water Hyacinth Plants take over Africa’s Largest Lake

Water hyacinth have attractive flowers, but the invasive and dense foliage have taken over Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, harming the fish that call the body of water home. Water hyacinths are one of the fastest growing water plants in the world and they have become an epidemic! In fact, if you visit Lake Victoria now, there is no water in sight! Instead, the lake has become a sea of green from shore to shore. It looks like a field ...

Less Than a Full Tank

Dare, I start this week's round up by uttering a word that is considered by some to be a "dirty" word. Apple..there I said it.  Even the Apple loyalists might be a bit miffed this week.  Oh...not because of the impending release of the IPhone  5 ...they have been waiting ever so eagerly for that...no..it is the realization that all the gadgets such as alarm clocks, docking stations, and speakers that they have accumulated will no longer work.  Apple changed the ...

An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE

“If we continuously maintain self awareness, we will be able to experience peace and happiness.” Mata Amritanandamayi Devi An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE FOCUS: PEACE – Peacelights and We, The World are partnering to offer a series of Free daily tele-seminar phone calls from December 7 to December 21 at Noon Eastern Standard Time. Every day we will gather virtually for 20 minutes to meditate together and be the peace we wish to see in the world. Calls will start ...

8 Delicious Chrysanthemum Recipes

Although chrysanthemums are generally available all year round, they are most popular in the fall. Chrysanthemums of all colours, sizes and forms are available. Not only do these bright and colourful flowers brighten up and beautify homes and gardens everywhere, the flowers and leaves are also edible. They are often used in Chinese cuisines, in both savoury and sweet dishes, to add a delicate, floral taste. Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in soups, teas, desserts and entrees. That being said, the ...

In Three Takes: Intuition. Courage. Enthusiasm.

“The secret of fortune is joy in our hands.” Ralph Waldo Emerson In Three Takes: Intuition. Courage. Enthusiasm. Intuition and precognition... helpw with clarity of mind #Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt:If you could picture your intuition as a person, what would he or she look like? If you sat down together for dinner, what is the first thing he or she would tell you? Since the beginning of June, I have joined several other bloggers on ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows…

“Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.” Jean Houston Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... brightly lit windows on a Frank Gehry designed building, NYC Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... nighttime window glimpses from Eglise saint Etienne Le Veiux, France Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... In Caen Cathedral in France Like the eyes, windows give us an opening through which we can see or retreat from the ...

Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter: What Would You Do?

I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.” Dylan Farrow Candle lit for victims of violence Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In 1992, at age 7, she accused Woody Allen of sexually abusing her. The ensuing custody battle case wound its way through the courts eventually giving Mia custody of the children and exonerating Mr. Allen of child molestation. Frank Maco, a Connecticut prosecutor on the case, ...

Newsroom Secrets Revealed - Part 1

Newscaster Edward R. Murrow: "Just the Facts" During my 20+ years as a communications professional, I've worked in more than a dozen television, radio and print newsrooms. Most television viewers and news consumers tend to believe that if they see it on T.V. it must be true. However, the truth of the matter is that seeing does not always mean believing - especially when it comes to broadcast news. During the early days of television news when there were broadcasting pioneers on the air ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 4

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the princely, yet random, $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After much consideration and engagement with Hollywood image consultant Rachel Zoe (she is just fabulous)  a winner has been selected for last week’s “Caption This” Contest. That winner is Lisa Stivers see her caption below. “Don’t worry Honey I got this….I saw it on Pinterest.” Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address to ...

I Want to Hear From You!!!

Usually I'm spouting off about something or other here, but I'd really like to hear from you! Now that May is over and summer has unofficially begun I thought it would be cool to go back and look at a few of your favorite things from his Spring. In the comment section below, please share with us the best book you read; movie you saw or experience you had in the few weeks - please include a few sentences why. My hope ...

Pregnancy Update – Home Stretch!

This may be one of the final pregnancy updates I’ll post until our baby boy arrives. My wife has crossed 38 weeks gestational age for the pregnancy – so he’ll be a full term. Things have moved so fast since we discovered our family was expanding and we decided to share it publicly here. We’ve provided developmental milestones via the awesome web site BabyCenter.com. Here’s what’s happening at week 38: Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he’s more ...

25 Christmas songs in 2 minutes

The holidays tend to bring out the best in people – particularly from a creative perspective. Here’s a creatively, entertaining video from the folks over at ignitermedia.com – they produce a variety of faith-based videos, skits and production pieces. In this particular segment Rob Thomas (aka “Johnny”) and Braun Brown (aka “Chachi”) regale us with 25+ Christmas songs in less than 120 seconds. Don’t let the goofy wigs or extreme orthodontia scare you, it’s a pretty cool accomplishment. Question: Do you have a favorite ...

Designing with Ann Sacks

One of my favorite things about being an interior designer is discovering new products and using them in unexpected ways. I always strive to create one-of-kind rooms, using products that are current without being trendy. And that’s why I love Ann Sacks! Her tile and stone products are unique and timeless. Here’s a sneak peak at a client’s kitchen where we used one of her new products as the focal point of the room’s backsplash. The lantern-pattern ceramic art tile is pillow-cut, ...

10 Comebacks I Wish I Would Have Said....

We've all been there. A social, business or public setting where someone says something or asks a question that leaves us stammeringly speechless. Then hours later we think of the perfect retort to the remark or comment, and we say to ourselves, "I wish I would have said that." As the proverb goes, "An apt reply is as gold." In no particular order, here are 10 such replies that I wish I had said, that I plan to use going forward: "If you'll forgive ...

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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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