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Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate…

“The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.” Madame de Stael Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate When I think of the word – delicate, what comes to mind are images of beautiful flower petals, a new birth, or of tender new life forming. Life is delicate… Each of us starts life in this vulnerable manner and then gradually; slowly but surely, we grow in ...

An Interview with Sugary Cynicism

In an effort to promote our blogging community I asked Sugary Cynicism to allow me to interview her and she foolishly graciously accepted. If you are familiar with Sugary, you will understand the direction of the interview. If you are not familiar with Sugary…get busy…you have a lot of catching up to do! Enjoy Q: Where did the name Sugary Cynicism come from? A: Sugary Cynic is not a name but a title, handed down from generation to generation of an elite ...

The Traveling Fool 2011-04-09 11:39:00

Image via Wikipedia The Justice Department recently approved the purchase of  ITA software by the search giant Google. The purchase actually took place eight months ago and the US Justice Department has been reviewing the deal to make sure it doesn't violate anti trust laws. After some tweaking of the deal it was approved. What does this mean to the everyday traveler? Probably not a lot. ITA software handles reservations, pricing and data aggregation. ITA's customers are airlines, reservation sites such ...

Blogging. Why am I?

WELCOME TO MY PAGE I’m new to blogging. Recently I’ve been reading and asking lots of questions on how best to go about being a success in the wild and weird blogosphere. There’s much to learn and I must confess that I’m a little overwhelmed. That said I am also determined and excited! What inspired me to merge into the “live wire stream of consciousness” blogosphere? That word for one. To me, it says, The World. Welcome dear blogger to the world. ...

My First Video Blog and Telling a Story….

This week I have the privilege of attending the 2012 Launch and SCORRE Speakers’ Conferences that are organized by the outstanding team at Dynamic Communicators. These conferences are specifically designed for anyone who has a message, service or product they want to share with a larger audience. The Launch Conference  strives to equip organizations or individuals with the skills they need to growth their business. The SCORRE Conference seeks to empower organizations or individuals with the ability to succinctly and clearly communicate regarding it Aside ...

No Way!

You must be pigging joking! When I saw the theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge was “UP”, I immediately thought of this photograph! No, I was not persuaded to climb up a snaking ladder to the top of this enormous slide. As I pointed out, I may be cabbage looking but I’m not completely mad. So, who’s daring enough to try one of these slides?

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day…

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” Audrey Hepburn Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate fondant - Molten Lava Cake. Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate Fudge cake Ingredients: Molten Lava Cake via FoodNetwork.com 6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons orange liqueur Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease ...

Emotion In Art – Connecting To Your Viewer

Emotion In Art Let’s take a look at how we convey emotion in art. How do you convey emotion in your work? There are several ways we can do this. The use of colour Facial expression Figurative expression Subject matter – there are different vehicles you can use to express the emotion connected with particular subjects. For example you may focus on only one part of the body as in this painting below – depicting a certain state of mind. I will leave it up ...

Fun Flower Facts: Nasturtium

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) is a genus of flowering plants known for their brightly coloured flowers and attractive foliage. It is native to jungles of Peru. There are trailing, climbing, and dwarf varieties. The showy flowers can be single or double and come in fiery shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. Leaves are pale green and umbrella-shaped with long stems. Nasturtiums are the perfect flowers for beginner gardeners! These annuals are very easy to grow from seed, drought tolerant and can be be grown ...

10 Uses for Magnolia

The magnolia is one of the oldest flowering plants in the world dating back millions of years ago.  This magnificent tree is valued for its beautiful, fragrant flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. It is a popular ornamental tree that can be found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Southern United States. It is the state flower for both Louisiana and Mississippi. Though magnolias are known for their ornamental purposes, there are other uses for this ...

Unexpected Orange

From pumpkins to autumn leaves, orange is everywhere this time of year. But why is a color that brings smiles to so many faces and even inspires fall foliage tours seldom used in interior design? Simply put, while most people are not afraid of color, they are afraid of choosing the wrong color. So they choose colors they think are “safe.” And while understandable, this can be a mistake and a missed opportunity because the power of color is undeniable. Orange is considered the ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

2013 Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

While most people around the world are getting ready to go back to school or back to their normal routines, the town of Zundert in the Netherlands celebrates September with a world-famous flower festival! Every year since 1936, Zundert organizes the world’s largest flower festival on the first Sunday of September. Tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world come to see the extraordinary, larger-than-life floats in fantastical characters and shapes. Amazingly, all the floats at the Bloemencorso Zundert ...

Painful Peace and Freedom

Peace: cessation of or freedom from strife or dissention Strife: vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism, a quarrel, struggle, or clash, competition or rivalry. Antagonism: an active hostility or opposition, an opposing force, tendency or action In my original family I’m the emotional scapegoat. I want to launch into a hundred examples of this so you will believe me, but I’m so bored by the whole thing I refuse to paint those images, yet again.  The most consistent and prevalent behavior around ...

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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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