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On the Value of Virtual Friends

Virtual friend Author William Butler As we move along with the evolution of social networking, we continue to make “friends” or “followers” in mostly Facebook and Twitter.  The negativity seems endless by the media, how it wastes time, how it perpetuates shallow social unreal interaction, the either illegal, tragic, or large-scale violent consequences when used amongst large populations.  But we still use social media, and interact with our virtual friends.  Does that matter to us? As an adult, I think about the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

Can you spot the carefully arranged pebble amongst the many thousands of pebbles at Praia da Canal, in the Western Algarve? Did we stumble across a Geocaching clue? I wonder… Can you spot the carefully "Arranged" pebble? Arranged. Sometimes you chance across things which were arranged on purpose, or on a whim – find something in your environment which was arranged by a human hand for others to enjoy! WordPress A carefully "Arranged" pebble at Praia da Canal Today’s post is inspired by the WordPress ...


This is the Tenth in a series of  guest posts ......it's about real struggle..real life...real pain...and getting through to the other side....thank you to all my guests for helping me find my voice.... This man Roy Durham also writes  humor,GOD, serious and informative all in one blog........ I am honored to have him here..Please show Roy  the love and encouragement you have to me... Dear Bonnie, There are many things that have happened to me over the years. Some were done to me and, some I have done ...

Twittering Away: Why do we do it?

I’m just a bit messed up on my blogging but that’s ok.  I’m not exactly a straight as a string  kind of gal. My actions just go with my flow at the time.  My blogging was intended for three times a week but there’s nothing to say I can’t add extra’s.  Consider today an extra. That being said let me get on with what I want to blog about. Today, Twitter is on my mind.  You want to know why? Whether ...

Weekly photo challenge – Silhouette

Moon over Spinalonga and sunset over Camp de Mar, Majorca ___ From about the author... ..I love travel, being near the sea, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, Italy, freshly cut grass, the smell of lavender, children’s laughter, the smell of autumn,  Christmas, church bells, freshly baked bread, family holidays, spending time with friends…………….. I have always written stories but confined my work to boxes and drawers, unsure of what to do, unsure of where to go. I recently enrolled on  a creative writing course feeling the time was right for me ...

Bloomin Onion

This is how The Outback Restaurant describes its Bloomin Onion appetizer: a true Outback original. “Our special onion is hand-carved by a dedicated bloomologist, cooked until golden and ready to dip into our spicy signature bloom sauce.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Not long ago Mrs. C. and I ducked into our local Outback for an early dinner. We often sit in the bar area where it’s permitted to order from the regular menu. We’d just ordered our drinks when the server arrived ...

Amy’s Kitchen – Healthy Prepared Vegan and Gluten Free Food

We are packing away. It is amazing how much junk you can accumulate in a couple of years. The hardest part is making decisions – what to do about those little but useful items. For example all the special use kitchen items, the myriad little items hidden away in cabinets and drawers or the box of hooks, picture hangers and rug grippers. None of them are particularly expensive or irreplaceable. It just cost money and time to replace them. To ...

Signs of Spring!

Ahhh.... Spring is truly arriving here in North Texas. I'll allow Mother Nature to share her show with you  - She speaks far more eloquently than I ever can! White Throated Sparrow Purple Wing Violas Dark Eyed Junco Click in each image to see it in the original Blue Lion Gallery Enjoy Visions of other places through MY WORLD A place where images do the talking- WORDLESS WEDNESDAY More Feathered friends? Try WORLD BIRD WEDNESDAY Fabulous Floral Fun? TODAY'S FLOWERS

Etsy Craft Party 2012 and Art of Recycle

Yesterday was Etsy's Craft Party 2012, and a time where people all over the world could go to places and celebrate the wonderful world of crafting together.  I was excited to find one such event was being held in Ephrata, which is one town over from me.  I signed up, and went. Ephrata's event was at Art of Recycle, a creative reuse shop.  Creative reuse is a neat concept.  Take a large space and fill it with all kinds of crafting ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in April

My diary continues… Despite earlier problems with white cabbage mold Piglet’s plot continues to yield a modest crop of lettuce, carrots, leeks, cabbage, spinach and radish. The brocoli and cauliflower have now finished, and it was rather a challenge to eat them all before they ran to seed! I like them but not THAT much! I would grow them again, but stagger the planting because unlike cabbage and lettuce, once they are ready to be harvested they need to be picked, ...

Weird & Wacky Plant Products!

The world is full of wonderfully wacky things.  Here are some of the weirdest and wackiest products that plant lovers (and non-plant lovers) would find amusing! Living Dress aka the Sprinkle Want to be seen? Wear green! Italian artist/designer Linda Schailon created the Living Dress, a show-stopping one of a kind masterpiece! The garden-wire skirt is spruced up with yogurt-cup planters filled with living, breathing plants. And for those that want to buy this dress, sorry to inform you that this dress ...

From Potholes to Works of Art!

Drivers despise potholes, cursing each and every time their car hits one. Potholes never seem to get filled. So Steve Wheen decided to take matters in his own hands. As a guerrilla gardener, Steve started to fill these unsightly potholes with eye catching miniature gardens. Steve uses a mix of live plants with props to create whimiscal scenes for passerbys to enjoy. He explains why he became a pothole gardener, “For me, it’s turning something crappy into something happy. It’s making ...

The Demise of Piglet’s Veggie Plot

I want to scream, stamp my foot in anger, have a mardy and then curl up into the fetal position and have a good cry. I’m normally a positive person and if I don’t succeed I keep trying until I do. For example you may recall when I discovered roots from nearby trees and hedges invaded my raised veggie patch (Piglet’s plot) I dug out all the soil (with Mr Piglet’s help), removed all the roots , lined the bed ...

Have you seen the new Double Lily?

I was very excited when I heard about a new type of oriental lily. Some refer to it as the “rose lily.” Others call it a “double lily.” This new, rare and unique lily has all the hardiness and vigor of the traditional oriental lilies that everyone loves, but with stunning HUGE, double flowers. These showy blossoms open to reveal layer upon layer of petals and even a double center. And if their rare beauty isn’t enough, they also have no ...

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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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