Grandma: That Special Brand of Love…

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". -Maya Angelou
Special folk are like Rare flowers flora by E. Guinther

In life, there are always people who make us feel extra special; people who applaud us wholeheartedly and treat us with dignity and respect. I call them angels of light. If you are fortunate to come across such a soul, in your lifetime, honor the gift and thank them with all your heart.

One of MamaKat's Writing Workshop prompts for this week is the Maya Angelou quote above and when I saw it, #4, I was thrilled because I knew that this would be a way to  share part of my paternal Grandma's story and spread some of her light and love...

Before I continue, I'd love to share a wonderful vacation contest with you. It's the chance to win a trip of a lifetime and every month, you get entered to win.
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More on Grandma Below


Snowy Days: Pictures to Remember...

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly, Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams go, Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow” Langston Hughes

What kind of weather conditions have you been dealing with?  The last couple of weeks have been consumed by stories, observations and all the typical fare that comes with things-we-do-on-snowy days. Here on the east coast, and in 49 states, we had some serious snow fall that brought everything to a standstill. I generally don't mind the winter even though a heavy snowfall can put a wrench in our plans for the day.

When I read  MamaKat's Writing Workshop prompt for this week and saw #2, I was delighted because I do have a bunch of photos I shot recently. They are all snowy days shots and I do hope you like them. As the weather got crazier, I even painted some pictures in lollipop shades... More Below
This Week's Prompts
1.) Something unique you love about your significant other.
2.) A photo journal entry...show us what winter looks like in your town.
3.) It has been said that kids these days are pushed into too many extra-curricular activities and are not given the freedom to play and be bored and to use their imaginations. Is this true?
4.) 10 Reasons Why I Could Never Be Friends With...(fill in the blank)
5.) How has social media changed you?


Think: You're Already A Blogging Star...

"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together." Georg C. Lichtenberg

Blog Away - You're a Star Babe
Wouldn't it be fantastic, if we could have a team of genius directors feeding us ideas and visuals to help us on our way to blogging stardom? Today, I came across an impressive group of creative talent  and want to share their special behind the scenes project/work with you. The creative minds behind The Directors Bureau and their tdbspecialprojects site include an admirable list of Hollywood film directors; M Blash, Andy Bruntel, Sam Brown, Todd Cole, Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, Patrick Daughters, Nash Edgerton, Romain Gavras, Mike Maguire, Melodie McDaniel, Geoff McFetridge,Aaron Rose, Shynola 

What do they do? Aside from the work they do publicly and professionally, they run tdbspecialprojects as a laboratory or genius warehouse where imaginative ideas and projects percolate, and where potential clients can brainstorm with them on developing visual concepts for a  brand launch or re-launch.

I was particularly fascinated by their work because, as a blogger, there are times when I run dry of ideas and have to reach out to other sources for rejuvenation.  Of the wonderful, stimulating projects I checked out on the tdbspecialprojects site, three struck me as quite smart and entertaining: more below... :-)


2010 - 2011: Look Back and Then Look Forward...

“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” Charles Lamb
Mourning Doves by John James Audubon

The new writing assignment from MamaKat's Writing Workshop is a helpful way to review the year that just ended and re-focus on the year ahead. 2010 was a year that many would like to forget and that, perhaps, a smaller number will consider an abundant year. 2011 still holds its mystery and message. As we journey through it, we will learn more. What we must do is maintain a positive spirit and attitude.

In 2010, unemployment continued to soar in the USA, many lost homes and health-care, the earthquakes in various locations created havoc and devastation, Madoff went to jail for massive embezzlement, we lost some very talented souls, and yet, through it all, we hoped for a better day, month, year.
In the context of the assignment below, I chose question #1. I would have to say that 2010 was a challenging year. The word for 2010 - Challenging! Read more on my 2011 thoughts below...

This Week’s Prompts:
1.) Choose a word that encompasses 2010 and describe why. What word will you choose as your theme for 2011?
2.) If the way you spent your New Year's Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?
3.) Drunk.
4.) What happened in 2010 that you'd rather not repeat?
5.) Read and Respond: "If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up." ~J.M. Power


Happy New Year: I Wish You an Abundant Year and More...

"Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true." ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Happy New Year: May 2011 be bright with flowers blooming and more...

I'm not quite sure which is easier; endings or beginnings? Either way, we are on the cusp of a New Year and I can't help but reminisce about the year that's ending and the new one waiting in the wings. 

2010 was a year full of promises and harsh surprises. The economy took a dive and many learned to figure out ways to manage. Family mattered. The President delivered on a number of promises. Seats were lost and won. The weather dipped and sprung with extremes in temperatures... we all made new friends and for some, new enemies... life goes on. Peace and Love in 2011. Happy New Year!

For 2011, I wish you and yours:
♥ Happiness
♥ Hope
♥ Abundance
♥ Grace
♥ Peace & Love
♥ Wisdom
♥ Friendship
♥ Goodwill
♥ Success
♥ Divine Protection

Some Food for Thought: What are your wishes for the New Year? What impact will you make on your life and on others in your community?
I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

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