Writing Challenge: Happy As A Clam At High Tide…

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.” John Harrigan Writing Challenge: Happy As A Clam At High Tide… Happy man Have you ever seen a happy clam at high tide? Seriously, have you looked at any clams lately? If not, I can assure you they don’t look ecstatic. As I was putting this post together, I realized I had no idea about the origin of the popular, oft abbreviated  saying; “Happy as a Clam.” A little digging produced an ...

No I am not a sunflower!

I’m sure if a Venidium could speak it would say “No I am not a sunflower!”. Also called Cape Daisy, this is not the easiest plant to find but definitely worth the trouble! You’ll have to search the seed catalogues to find this one, it certainly deserves to be better known… The sunflower like blooms are 4″ across and are quite distinctive – at the base of each inner petal is a purple-black blotch which gives a rayed effect around the rim ...

Imagine: Ten Years from Now…

“My past is my wisdom to use today. . . my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides.” Gene Oliver Imagine: Ten Years from Now… Futuristic flying by Albert Robida (1902) It seems like only yesterday, perhaps ages ago for some, when we first logged into our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or MySpace accounts, picked up our Kindle to read the latest from a favorite author, reached for our iPhone to call a ...

Ghost of Kilarney Park

In keeping with the season I’m reposting a true Halloween story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. I hope you enjoy it: Haunted houses belong in the realm of goose bumps, foggy nights and old neighborhoods, not pristine suburbs with freshly asphalted streets, unblemished sidewalks and immature trees. But a ghost lingered across the street, in a house where a man died. I was only two when our neighborhood suffered its first fatality. Kilarney Park (later to be swallowed up ...

Seeing The Blues

A fellow blogger was recently given an award and asked to answer a few personal questions, such as: What’s your favorite color. The blogger’s answer—blue. I began thinking about this popular yet elusive color. In spite of the fact that our planet appears to have a blue sky and looks blue from space because of the vast oceans, blue is rare in nature. Only a small percentage of plants and animals are blue. Historically, blue as an ingredient in art is ...

Not drowning, just out of his depth

It’s that special time of the week , the post for Friday Fictioneers. This week the colourful photo is courtesy of Doug MacIlroy - a great teller of tales. Each week the one and only Rochelle Wisoff-Fields casts her net and draws in writers from across the world, all eager to accept the challenge of writing 100 words, (no more, no less) inspired by a different photo each week. Join us… Doug MacIlroy NOT DROWNING, JUST OUT OF HIS DEPTH Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 One ...

The Bomb Shelter Game

Back in 1967 when I was a junior in high school, Mr. Farrington, our social studies teacher, came up with an interesting idea that made us all stopthinking about our raging hormones to focus on something nearly as important—survival. The Soviet Union hadn’t crumbled yet and nuclear annihilation remained a distinct possibility, so engaging in a life and death struggle for survival, even if it was only a game, was far more interesting than the usual drivel we were exposed ...

Reflections: Taken Back In Time…

“Traveling is all very well if you can get home at night. I would be willing to go around the world if I came back in time to light the candles and set the table for supper.” Gladys Taber Reflections: Taken Back In Time... and the staying power of friendships. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman Skyy – Call Me. If You Need Someone to Talk To (1982) I was taking one of my power walks recently and reflecting on a funny conversation I had earlier in the ...

#%@*!! Allergies!

#%@*!! Allergies!

[WARNING: This specific post contains graphic descriptions that might not be suitable for all readers!!!] There was a time when I used to love all things spring. The swelling buds, leafing trees, the venerable springing to life of “Mother Gaia” – it all spoke of renewed life and a vigorous victory over the death of winter...... But now, spring time simply blows– literally in the nasal mucous sense – because my histamine response to airborne allergens is so intense. If you haven’t guessed, I have seasonal allergies. I’m not sure when it ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 7

It’s the long awaited return of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered to win the most recent iteration of the contest several weeks ago. The birth of our son in June placed this photo caption contest feature on a hiatus but it’s back in the editorial rotation here on The Daily ReTORt. During the respite I tried a new selection process for the winning caption. I printed each of them up and placed them ...

CyberBullying: What Parents Need to Know

CyberBullying: What Parents Need to Know

Texting is an emerging form of bullying for teens. As an adult, you've no doubt experienced a "flaming" email where a friend or colleague lashed out at you or someone you know electronically. What if several people were cc: on that email as well?? That's no fun and can be very hurtful to anyone. Imagine the impact of that type of electronic humiliation on the immature psyche of a pre-teenager who's struggling to fit in? That's the context for what sociologists call "cyberbullying" Cyberbullying, instead ...

New Book Highly Recommended – Get 25 Free Gifts If You Get It by May 7th

Bestselling author, speaker and blogger – Frank Viola Frank Viola has just released a new book called God’s Favorite Place on Earth that could literally change your relationship with God, help you defeat bitterness, free you from a guilty conscience, and help you overcome fear, doubt and discouragement once and for all. This is a book that will jar you out of your “Christian rut” and give you new eyes for looking at EVERYTHING. It’s a quick, inspiring, and entertaining read. In addition, if you ...

7 Questions With an Author: Kevin Benton

Bestselling Author: Kevin Benton This is my weekly “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published writers the same seven questions and present them to you. Today we’re co-featuring bestselling author, Kevin Benton. Here’s a bit of his fascinating background. Minister Kevin Benton attended Jules Mastbaum High School in Philadelphia, where he lettered 3 years in varsity basketball earning the 1990 Philadelphia Public League Player of the Year, Joint Effort All-America and Sportsmanship awards as a senior. He earned a ...

America: A Nation of Atheists???

Heading into the end of the year, it is politically correct to not offend anyone's seasonal sensibilities - God forbid you wish anyone a "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah." As such, the rule of the day is to wish everyone generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" to help keep peace on earth and goodwill toward all. In response to the aforementioned holiday homogenization, the following was written and delivered by guest editorial contributor, Ben Stein [see photo insert] on a recent segment ...

CNN iReport: My Chuck Colson Tribute

Tomorrow is a public memorial service for Watergate figure and prisoner-rights advocate Chuck Colson. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote that’s featured today on CNN iReport. =========================== There are two things that well-mannered, civil individuals are never to bring up in mixed conversation – politics and religion. Former White House aide, convicted felon and founder of the non-profit Prison Fellowship, Charles (Chuck) Colson, apparently missed that particular Miss Manners’ lesson and created a legacy that masterfully blended those seemingly antithetic topics. Colson’s legacy ...

The End is Near. Burger Anyone?

So, today, beginning at 7 am in the UK, the world is supposed to end and those worth saving will shoot off into the sky like people rockets toward heaven… while the rest of us will watch in horror and die a slow torturous death… and then spend the rest of eternity in hell…being tormented. This is according to Harold Camping the head of a US Christian broadcaster. Hmmm…what to do with my last day? I could spend it praying, but ...

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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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