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5 Easy to Grow Holiday Plants

Winter can be a depressing time of the year, especially with the lack of sunshine and fresh flowers from the garden. But there is a silver lining in those dark, gloomy clouds! You can grow these holiday plants in the comfort of your home. Not only are these plants easy to grow, they will brighten up your home with a burst of colour! And they will improve your mood and relieve all the stress surrounding the holiday season! Grow one today! Here ...

Featured Blogger: Penny Marsh – Life’s A Beach Journal…

“My life is like a stroll on the beach…as near to the edge as I can go.” Henry David Thoreau Featured Blogger: Penny Marsh – Life's A Beach Journal...  My dear blog friend, hard working mom, devoted grandmother and trusted friend to many, Penny Marsh, is a modern day superwoman. Not only does she make time to write her blog, LifesABeachJournal, support her blog buddies, tend to family events and more, but she also holds down two paid positions while doing cartwheels ...

The Beatles: Two Versions of Let It Be…

Two Versions of Let It Be…? Apparently, not quite! “Try to realize it’s all within yourself no one else can make you change, and to see you’re only very small and life flows on within you and without you.” George Harrison Let It Be: Ahh, Those handsome Beatles... Those Fabulous Beatles Boys… Many of us grew up singing along to “Let It Be”; the famous Beatles song which was released in March 1970 as a single, and later mixed as the title track of their album — Let It ...

Native American Summer

When a conversation has the auspicious start of "Is is just me?" or "I don't mean to offend." or even a "You might not agree with this but...."  you probably know that something is about to be said that will come across as offensive. So...perhaps it is a bad idea to start my post today begging you to not take offense.  Let me explain myself before you start getting yourself all worked up.  I happened to hear the on-air program of ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Flowers

Situation: You just got a date with the girl (or guy) of your dreams and you want to make a good impression. Or maybe you want to surprise your mother with some flowers to show her your gratitude. In any case,  flowers are the perfect gift! They make people happy and are quite affordable. But the problem is, you’ve never bought anyone flowers and don’t know where to begin. Solution: This handy guide was written just for you! It will give ...

On The Edge

This isn't the post that I planned on launching today, but in light of the devastating result of  the tornado in Oklahoma, I veered away from some of what I was going to say. No words can convey the sadness that our family feels for the victims of such a tragic event. For the the last three days, Kansas City has been under tornado watches, tornado warnings, and severe thunderstorm warnings.  This usually, doesn't have me too overly concerned.  I have, after all, ...

The 5 Easiest Houseplants to Grow

Did you resolve to live healthier this year? Forget dieting and exercising! This could simply be achieved by growing some houseplants! Houseplants have been known to improve the air quality inside our homes by removing toxins in the air, thus benefiting your lungs. Plants will also improve your emotion well-being and make you happier, especially during dreadful winter days. Not a gardener? Tend to kill plants? That’s ok! These houseplants are easy to grow and tough! Some will even thrive with ...

My First Movie: Men Buy...Women shop

While you're running about hitting all the Memorial Day sales this weekend, here's a little video to keep in mind. It's a mini-movie I made about the buying differences between men and women. I may start a series of these vignettes called "Wedded Bliss-Tors" - that looks at the blisters couples incur on their way to marriage bliss. Let me know if you like this first installment!

The End of TV's Best Show....

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My On-Air Debate With a CBS Radio Host…

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No More Mr. Nice Guy

One of the reasons I love being married is that I don’t have to play the dating game anymore. I won. However, there was a time when I thought I would die alone and wrinkly. As a rehabilitated “nice guy” I’m here to offer some hope for anyone stuck in the dating morass. Nice Guy Syndrome First, some quick background. I grew up with military parents, strict discipline, attended church and was raised to be chivalrous. You know, holding doors, pulling out chairs and all that ...

The Dreaded Physical

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Learning Something New

I’ve admitted said it before but you probably didn’t believe me; it’s likely you thought I was being self-deprecating modest, but when it comes to electronics I’m a dolt moron. Most of the time my computer usually makes me want to pull out my hair. Mrs. Chatterbox is fairly good at figuring things out on the computer, but it’s our thirty-one year old son CJ who really knows how to tame the electronic box and make it sing and dance. ...

"As My Waist Turns" – the Dramatic Saga Continues…

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Let's face it, we all have drama in our lives. Mostly such drama is driven by our personal unmet expectations. Today was my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in, and to be honest - I was completely prepared for a large dose of drama in the form of a weight gain because my activity was down from the week and my eating was up. So I was shockingly surprised to see that I was actually down -2.2 lbs. for the week, for a total loss to date of ...

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Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs…

“Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.” Leo Buscaglia

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Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs…

“I will not play tug o’ war.
I’d rather play hug o’ war.
Where everyone hugs instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins,
and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” Shel Silverstein 

Hello there! My name is Hugo and I’m a hugaholic… I capture images of people and other life forms sharing a hug; in common and unusual settings. I travel around the world as a freelance photographer for a news outfit, and every chance I get, I encourage people; couples, kids, families, even strangers, to exchange a hug for my Hugging Hearts – Hug Another Soul Today photography project. How did this hugaholic hug fest start? Keep reading…

The first shot above, was taken in Portugal next to an Alexandre Farto, aka VHILS installation. The couple in the shot, Jorge and Carmelita, are good friends not lovers. We met in Lisbon on special assignment and they offered to show me around. I’ll come back to their story in a bit. We definitely bonded and they exemplified what Farto said in describing his silver funicular car that “Beyond nationality lies our most essential humanness.” That humanness also defines the universality and power of a hug…

“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.” Bil Keane

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Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs…

There’s something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart,
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part….
Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr., “A Simple Hug”

How did I get into the hugaholic photography business? I wasn’t born that way even though my mom told me I was the happiest and most huggable baby of all her five kids. My move from being a regular, self-conscious stiff Joe to Mr Hugaholic, began five years ago. I was a film major at HK University and took a course on creating documentaries. My professor advised us to find a subject of interest, interview them and document it.

I mentioned the project to my best friend Jenna and she suggested we go see the beloved hugging saint, Amma, who was in NY for a few days. I was curious and agreed to go. “Should I bring my camera equipment? Ask for an interview?” I asked Jenna. “No,” she said, “Just bring yourself and be present with an open heart.” I had reservations but went as planned. It changed my life. We arrived at the Center mid afternoon and watched as thousands of people gathered and stood in line to meet Amma; each got a hug.

We waited patiently for our turn and when it came, I knew something in me had shifted. I was swept away by the most tender, loving hug that enveloped me, lifting away my worries and fears. I felt cocooned by a deep love as the sweet smell of jasmine filled the air and Amma whispered blessings in my ears.  She soon released me, smiled at me with compassionate eyes, handed me an apple, sweets and sent me on my way.  I floated away feeling peaceful and quiet inside in ways I had never felt before.  Suddenly, a voice rose inside me, “Go share your hug a 1000 times over, and then share it 1000 times more.”  it said.  And I did. More below!

“A hug is worth a thousand words.” Author Unknown

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Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs…

Hold a friend’s hand through times of trial,
let her find love through a hug and a smile;
but also know when it is time to let go -
for every one of us must learn to grow. Author Unknown

The next day, Jenna joined me on the streets as I stopped and asked people if they’d been hugged and if they’d share a hug and a story. I captured it on camera and shared the results with my professor. I got an A but kept going. Each hug I got filled me with happiness, love and peace; always reminding me that hugs cut across all boundaries and make our humanity shine. I joined the Free Hugs Campaign,  enjoyed offerings on HugsUnlimited and built my portfolio.

I’ve accumulated hundreds of photos, plus Jorge and Carmelita are my 999th and 1000th hug. When we first met, they were volunteers in an Orphanage and suggested I create books and support orphaned babies. I agreed I would when I reached my 1000th hug. They helped make it happen and I’m grateful for that.  I also thank Amma for her special hug that inspired me. If I meet you on a street somewhere, be sure to ask me for a hug.

Soon, I will create my coffee books and start the next set of 1000 hugaholic shots. I’ll share any proceeds I make from my hug photos and coffee table books with an Orphanage (all kids there get regular hugs) in another part of the world. Stay Inspired. Have a blessed day and thank you for stopping by!
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs. Thank you all for your patience!

Happy 2013! This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two.  Your challenge this week is to write a post based on this picture: Who are these people? What’s their relationship? Could you use a hug? Why?

Positive Motivation Tip: A hug and humor can save the day… Give someone a hug today!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Amma 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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