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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces on Life TipsAdvice, Interviews, Reviews, Peace, Social Media ruminations and Inspirational posts on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

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Something I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that sincere, positive, and empowering messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ - Honoring Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss

Brilliant writers enable us to stand in someone else’s shoes and identify with their hopes and struggles — even if they do not look like us or share our beliefs.  They transport us to distant times and faraway lands, and today we honor a storyteller who brought these new worlds into classrooms and bedrooms all around the globe.  The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in generations of students.  His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that “a person’s a person no matter how small.” Excerpt from President Obama’s proclamation today

In addition to today being Dr. Seuss’ birthday, today is the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day. It is a day devoted to motivating our children and ourselves to read more. One way NEA is promoting this day is through its Cat-a-Van Tour that is giving away $100,000 in books, grants and treat.  Since Dr. Seuss was one of  our most celebrated and prolific children’s author, it is the perfect occasion to look at the world of books and how information we feed ourselves can encourage our growth and learning or keep us small-minded and uninformed. Even though he passed away in 1991, his books remain a staple of childhood and in July a new book:  What Pet Should I Get? will be launched. What type of books do you read? What kind of books do you encourage your children to read? Do you keep books in your home so your children can explore? Why? Why not?


“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ - Honoring Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ - Honoring Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904 and would have celebrated another birthday today. He wrote under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone (for one book) and was a writer, poet, and cartoonist. His children’s books placed him in the hearts and minds of parents and children around the world and motivated many of us to continue to read and explore the realm of creative expression.  His 46 children’s books are in our collective memories for life; his impact crossed generations of readers. If you read any of his books, you know they were about encouraging children to learn, explore and try new things. He motivated them with storytelling and pictures and beautifully framed words. I chose this topic for our Motivation Mondays because an important key to our self-improvement, is our ability to learn new things and our drive to improve ourselves. Reading widely is an important way to stay motivated and in touch with our interests.   What type of books do you read to stay motivated? How do you refresh your mind and stay inspired?

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for March are:
03/02 – READ
03/09 – Patience
03/16 – Responsibility
03/23 – Health 
03/30 – Strength

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Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future


“We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.” Lawrence Durrell

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future - Antelope Canyon by Luca Galuzzi

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future – Antelope Canyon by Luca Galuzzi @

Life is like a landscape…
a geography of the soul
we seek it everywhere

music, art, gardening,
walking communities
of bacteria

In a happy marriage,
companionship, love
a powerful personality
and in ourselves…

prompt: landscape
form: found poetry
device: enumeratio (a list)

For this poem and the one below, I used Found Poetry, (lines, words, phrases from elsewhere), that I was able to take from several quotes on Landscape from the BrainyQuotes page. It was a fascinating exercise because I’ve never really created found poetry, even though, I’m familiar with the style from my kids days in kindergarten and elementary school. It is not so easy as the lines/word/phrases we pick have to come together to create a whole poem that makes sense and can stand on its own… plus include enumeratio too. Typically, people cut out what they need from magazines, quotes, ads, poetry and anything else and then glue them into a poetic form and message to create their own. But still, it is borrowed creativity that has been adapted to make something new.  I’ve decided to color the lines or words in different colors so, you can see how many different “found poetry” lines/segments created the whole. Have you ever created found poetry?


“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” Ansel Adams

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future - Salar de Atacama by Francesco Mocellin

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future – Salar de Atacama by Francesco Mocellin

prompt: landscape
form: found poetry
device: enumeratio (a list)

There is an eternal landscape
made of tiny living beings
It is rather a vast landscape

Beneath our superficial differences
a sense of homecoming…

As twinkling lights dot the landscape
from the vantage point of distance
the whole story doesn’t show.

This one got me thinking about how we are all connected to this place we call home. The landscape might vary and we might not know each others stories in the true sense of our cultural distinctions. However, beneath it all, we are all the same; hence that sense of a homecoming.  How do your view our world and its landscape of people, places and things?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Reward…


“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” Wilma Rudolph

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Reward...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Reward…

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward. Amelia Earhart

“When you start using senses you’ve neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.”Barbara Sher


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Reward...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Reward…

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever. Horace Mann

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”Jonas Salk

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Reward...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Reward…

A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with a courage and grace. Suze Orman

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