Best Plants for the Classroom

Now that it is September, students and teachers will be spending the majority of their time in the classroom. So you might as well, make the most of it. Classrooms can feel dull and drab without some fresh flowers and plants. A few plants can add liven up the room and add a burst of colour. Plus, some of them will even clean the air! They will also provide learning opportunities for students. Many indoor plants are now available at the ...

Books: Over 100 Must Read Memoirs To Whet Your Appetite…

“A memoir is how one remembers one’s own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dates, facts double-checked.” Gore Vidal Books: Over 100 Must Read Memoirs To Whet Your Appetite… Books: Over 100 Must Read Memoirs Before You Kick The Bucket… When I set out to put together a reading list of memoirs that have captured my heart over the years, I was quite happy to just gather the book titles and their authors and let you follow the trail and select what ...

How to Make Your Own Tea Using Flowers!

People love tea! After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world! Tea is good anytime of the day and it’s good for you! Containing antioxidants and other health benefits, it’s no wonder that tea is so popular! And as you may already know, besides tea leaves, flowers can also be used to make teas! Floral (or herbal, as some may call it) teas are light, fragrant and delicate-tasting.  They are also easy to make from scratch. Here ...

The Final Spalding Flower Parade

They say all good things must come to an end. For the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire, UK, a good thing has come to an end. 2013 is the last and final year for The Spalding Flower Parade. Due to the lack of funding, the popular annual parade will not be returning. The parade started over 50 years ago to celebrate the beautiful tulips grown in the area. People far and wide come to see the elaborate parade floats at the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

“The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss The word Kiss comes from the old English word Cyssan, and it is used, by people of different cultures, to express a wide range of  emotions. A kiss can be used to express love and affection, respect, ritual greeting, religion, peace, and friendship. It can also be used in a ...

How to Create a Fresh Pumpkin Flower Arrangment

It’s that time of the year again! It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkins are great because they are so versatile! Not only can you create delicious pies and soups with them, you can use them as vases to display the beauty of fall flowers! Here are some beautiful flower arrangement ideas to inspire you! Want to make one? It’s easier than it looks! Here’s how to create your own pumpkin flower arrangement: Materials needed: 1 pumpkin vase or other container to hold the flowers fresh flowers and other ...

May Day: Thoughts & Poems…

“He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.”  Menander of Ephesus May Day: Thoughts & Poems... May Blossoms Excerpt from May-Day by Ralph Waldo Emerson(1867) Wreaths for the May! for happy Spring Today shall all her dowry bring The love of kind, the joy, the grace, Hymen of element and race, Knowing well to celebrate With song and hue and star and state, With tender light and youthful cheer, The spousals of the new-born year. Lo love’s inundation poured Over space and race abroad Happy May Day! I can’t believe we are already ...

Resolutions: Good Bye 2012 And Happy New Year!

“People need revelation, and then they need resolution.” Damian Lewis Resolutions: Good Bye 2012 And Happy New Year! “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” Jonathan Edwards “New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” James Agate “Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.” Sophocles “I shall stick to my resolution of writing always what ...

Gift Giving to Self

I’m looking forward to letting you know, dear readers, what I am giving as books this year. I cannot say now because the recipients may see! In the meantime, I wish for you all a wonderful holiday week, whatever you have planned. For my part, today, I have given myself a couple of gifts: (1) I’m starting to read Stephen King’s highly touted 11/22/63, which I would call a guilty pleasure if he didn’t also keep teaching me how to write ...

3 Must-See Movies for the Rest of 2012

As silly as it sounds, movies have played a significant role in my marriage. The first date with my wife was a movie, two dates later we kissed for the first time in a movie theater and I proposed marriage to her in a movie theater (that marriage proposal deserves a post of its own). My affinity for the “movie experience” was driven by the fact that growing up, I can count on one hand the number of times my parents took ...

One Thing Good Speakers do to Become Great

This past week I’ve attended a pair of communication conferences, the Launch and SCORRE Conferences respectively. The conferences introduced a novel way to organize information using the SCORRE methodology.  Then attendees were challenged to convey that information in a presentation that gets recorded and critiqued in a small group. This recording and critiquing process is a tactic that good communicators use to become better at public speaking. I’ve been making periodic video blogs about how things had been going. This video below is my ...

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 ...

In My Hands

I remember carrying the tiny gray bird home, his frantic heart beating wildly against my careful hands. I’d found him in a field tucked between two tenements when I was playing army with the neighborhood boys. I was designated as the nurse even though I could handle a stick gun as good as the next guy. I’m not sure what type of bird it was but I knew it was a baby because of its scrawny neck, too thin to support ...

Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot about its New Year resolutions and the Mayan Apocalypse - here’s an unedited transcript of our conversation this morning. =============== User: It’s been several weeks since our last ...

A Modestly Monumental Success…

A Modestly Monumental Success...

Today was my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in. As you may have seen last week, I was within striking distance - losing an additional 1.5 lbs. - of losing a total of -30 lbs. This past week, I was focused on achieving that goal by sticking to the PointsPlus Values plan, closely tracking my food intake as well as "moving" for at least :30 minutes every day.  As a result, when I stepped on the scale before today's meeting.... ..I was down -2.4 lbs. for a ...

Caption Contest - Funniest Wins $10 Amazon gift card!!

We've heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case it could be worth a $10 Amazon gift card! Our youngest lost her two front teeth this week, and if you can coin the funniest caption you'll win the coin! The only rules are that all captions must be G-rated and entered as a comment here or on Facebook. Good luck and make us laugh!!!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

“The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.” Lewis Mumford

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Os Gemeos mural in Boston

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The need for attention on Wall Street, NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… that distinct shade of yellow transportation in NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The street vendor in NY

“An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to areas surrounding it.” Wikipedia
I don’t live in an urban area anymore… I visit NYC frequently but I live in the suburbs, and the pace of life, the landscape and design/use of space differ greatly from that of the City. When I think Urban, I think crowds=human density, tall buildings, huge murals/art, food/merchandise carts, public transportation, and the accompanying noise that gives every major city a special quality.

“URBANITY, n. The kind of civility that urban observers ascribe to dwellers in all cities but New York. Its commonest expression is heard in the words, “I beg your pardon,” and it is not consistent with disregard of the rights of others. Ambrose Bierce

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban.. housing density and homelessness

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

Major cities have their share of homelessness juxtaposed against the backdrop of huge and magnificent buildings; many of them residential complexes… The irony of it never fails to amaze me. How do we justify homelessness in the land of plenty? The answers are both simple and complicated…

“The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.” Marshall McLuhan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Transportation; public and personal

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban.. Grand Central Station

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban The Subway Station…

Access to all forms of transportation is imperative in a huge city and NY has many to choose from… I love Grand Central for outer borough travel. The Subway is fast and somewhat dirty- think big rats, and the buses are generally slow… However, it all works.

“They have no home town, urban life is standardized and they come from a place called Generica” John Perry Barlow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… It’s about the people… Occupy Trinity Church/Wall St folk still around

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Some of my students acting  like typical New Yawkers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Occupy folk

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Mike … another organizer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban.. The cops are people too.

The people are the salt of the earth and make a huge difference in the lifstyle and culture of any city. New York has the full range of fascinating people; including all nationalities and faiths. While the above isn’t fully inclusive of all the faces of NYC, it shows a portion of the range… More Later and I’ll be by to visit you too! More below!

“A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an and not by a but.” John Berger

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… And about places too… Interior of Trinity Church on Wall Street

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Grand Central

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The vendor’s corner

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban. The Trinity Church Cemetery… an oasis in the midst of noise

“Living in cities is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relationship between man and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living. The city as we imagine it, then, soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, and nightmare, is as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate on maps in statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.” Jonathan Raban

There are so many hidden nooks and treasured places in the city. I have barely scratched the surface here. Although I lived in the City during my college years, I moved to Park Slope after I married, and then moved to the suburbs when the kids were due. I will venture out soon to document my old neighborhoods; the upper Westside and Brooklyn, but these and the shots above are not of them at all… Enjoy anyway and I will add more photos later. Thank you!

This is a pivotal time for urban regeneration. We must take a long term view. Richard Rogers

Have an awesome weekend!  Thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on URBAN to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post 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 – URBAN – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: URBAN. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Terence S. Jones of A Guy With a Camera. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips! Urban. The idea behind urban photography is to photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are.

Unlike the photoshopped pictures to which we are accustomed nowadays, urban photography presents a more direct, unaltered view of life. It is about documenting urban living space and how people adapt their environment to certain needs and vice versa. Urban photography shots provide cultural, social, economical, and ecological context all at once, and can capture social tension. Think of urban photography as a complement to street photography—it provides the context in which street photography unfolds. Share a photo that means URBAN to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Urban life invites us to join in a constant dance of opposites; the beautiful and the ugly, rich and poor, glamor and gritty, fun and fury. Each pairing provides us with a slice of urban life and some legends… Take it or leave it!

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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