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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces, life tipsadvice, interviews, 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; that sincere and positive 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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Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” Rumi

Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… my light on the fearless path

You might not be here
But I know your spirit’s near
Each tear and smile … caught

Whenever I’m down
Your comforting light appears
Telling me: Be Strong!

Happy Father’s Day
My light on the fearless path
Guiding me each day

Each Father’s Day, I experience my father’s absence differently. Some years, the memories are wistful, and other years they are reflective. However, one thing remains constant and that is my gratitude for his influence on my life. I know we each come to this conversation with different stories, but, my prayer for each of us is that we will use our experience and memories of this precious relationship to make a positive impact on someone’s life. Happy Father’s Day to you and yours.

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Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou

” A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Dr. Maya Angelou

Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou, RIP

Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou, RIP

On May 28, we lost a consummate renaissance woman and an inspiring influence to many of us. In her rich and varied lifetime, Dr. Maya Angelou wore many hats; she was a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, film/television producer, professor, actress, educator, dancer, dramatist/playwright, historian, filmmaker, gourmet chef and civil rights activist. She lived life with gusto and taught me, and I believe many of you, the beauty and power of words. When I heard news of her death, I was numbed into silence. I felt a deep sense of loss as Maya was a cherished mentor to me, albeit from afar; her writings and measured words always filled a creative gap in my spirit.


Letter To My Daughter

Whenever I needed a dose of unfettered truth and a touch of mirth, I would reach for Maya’s books and poetry. When she wrote Letter To My Daughter, and And Still I Rise, I felt her words speaking directly and personally to me. As a foreign student in the USA, her books gave me clear and intimate insights on the soci0-political milieu that formed the fabric of her stories. Her books offered a lens into the daily life and struggles of an African American woman and I soaked up every morsel of information they shared. So you can imagine the pain I’ve felt, and the difficulty I’ve had writing this note of gratitude to Maya Angelou.

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

“In the end, it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”  Amber Frey

Weekly Writing Challenge: LIfe Around the suburban Block. Emma came round to say hello!

Weekly Writing Challenge: LIfe Around The Suburban Block. Emma came round to say hello!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block. Farm life thrives amid verdant meadows

I live in the suburbs. We’ve all heard the jabs and jokes about the sterility and paranoia of suburban life. Some of it is probably true, but all of suburban life isn’t picket fences, mowed lawns and lives of quiet desperation.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block – Local folk enjoy the quiet

I live in the suburbs. We do find ways to connect with each other, albeit briefly. You see, once the kids fly the coop and PTSA volunteer jobs fall to the wayside, unless you choose to stay connected with moms from the school years, life can become deadly quiet… But we do connect on the aqueduct, in town, at the train station, by the Hudson River, when a neighbor’s dog wanders into our yard or when word spreads that someone desperately needs help…

One day, Emma wandered into my yard and I left my home to find her owner. I was concerned. I called the cops. I walked to the end of the cul de sac. I found her owner and we connected; neighbor to neighbor. In my determination to find her owner, I crossed a thresh-hold of dead solitude and found a smiling face. Life around the suburban block has barriers, but we lift them when we have to.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of the surrounding world.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Van Gogh’s quote made me stop and think… Why do we always allow others to negate our efforts? Why do we allow ourselves to succumb to subjective criticisms that discourage us from pursuing our craft? The difference between us and the masters we revere is that they stayed the course and worked on honing their innate talent till it stood out and captivated the observer. Some of the artists we admire today were poor and died miserably. Many years later, their work sells for hundreds of millions of dollars. Create your art and believe in its merit.

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Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag

Great  Giveaway: Epiphanie Bags

Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag

Tired of bulky camera bags or ugly Laptop bags? Epiphanie has a bag for you. Win an Epiphanie bag of your choice; choose either a camera or laptop bag and carry your gadgets in style.

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Have you often wondered about finding a less bulky way to carry your fancy camera? Do you want be comfortably camera ready on your next big vacation? Yes and Yes, and I’m glad there is an easy solution.

Five years ago, professional photographer Maile Wilson started Epiphanie Bags At the time, there were no cute camera bags for women and she hated lugging around a separate, bulky man-bag. Out of frustration, Maile would end up leaving her camera at home. Sometimes, she would shove it into her purse wrapped up in whatever was nearby; a towel, sock, sweatshirt.

One day, Maile had enough and decided to create a comfortable, colorful and stylish bag that would be practical too. Today, Epiphanie Bags carries over 60 different bags that accommodate cameras, laptops and even backpacks for men. You can become the lucky winner and pick your bag from the collection.

Are they comfortable?  Yes.  Enter the contest by filling out the entry form below,  and then go read BabyCostcutters’ full review of her Epiphanie Bag – A London Backpack.  Do come back to share your thoughts and share  the giveaway with friends and family.
One lucky winner will win ANY in-stock bag of their choice!!
Open to US Only. You be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway starts on Friday May 16, at 10:00pm and Ends on Monday May 26 at the same time.

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Reflections: Happy Mother’s Day

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” Honore de Balzac


Hay House Presents Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank You Mom!
As I Look Back…
As I look back on my life
I find myself wondering…
Did I remember to thank you
for all that you have done for me?
For all of the times you were by my side
to help me celebrate my successes
and accept my defeats?
Or for teaching me the value of hard work,
good judgment, courage, and honesty?
I wonder if I’ve ever thanked you
for the simple things…
The laughter, smiles, and quiet times we’ve shared?
If I have forgotten to express my gratitude
For any of these things,
I am thanking you now…
and I am hoping that you’ve known all along,
how very much you are loved and appreciated.
Author Unknown

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  If you live in any of the top 20 nations listed on Save The Children’s Best Places In The World To Be A Mother, you’re ahead of the game. If you live in Finland, Sweden, Norway or other countries on the list, you know your children stand a greater chance of surviving childhood diseases. As much as we gather to celebrate this special day, share our love, our photos, and heartwarming stories of our moms, many moms and kids in our global community live in abysmal conditions.

In our global community, some moms go to bed hungry. Some moms give their children away or watch them die from treatable illnesses. Some moms and their children become casualties of war. Some moms, out of frustration or mental illness, become abusive to their kids. If one mom is unable to fulfill her basic dream of survival for her child, her loss is also ours.

All children deserve  love... BringBackOurGirls

All children deserve love… BringBackOurGirls

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that 200+ girls are missing; they were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.  They won’t have a chance to express their love to their Moms until they are found. Please get involved and also send a prayer to their families. May our Thankful prayers and gratitude for our moms, reach beyond our homes, our hearts, and our dreams to fill the desires and prayers of Moms around the world.  More Below!

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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Last Chance To Enter!

 

Welcome to the we Love Mom Blog Hop!
Hosted By: MPM Network Bloggers

 

Mother’s Day is a precious time to honor our moms because, as many of us know, being a mom isn’t easy. We all know that the name, Mom, holds different meanings for each of us; some of us have children, some have fur babies, and others serve as mother figures for people in their lives. Knowing that being a Mom is such a big deal to us, we decided to do something special for all the moms out there!

To make Mother’s Day even more fun, the MPM Blogging Network has joined together to create this fun, We Love Mom Blog Hop featuring gifts for mom’s everywhere! Each participating blog below is hosting their very own unique Mother’s Day giveaway, featuring all sorts of gifts that are perfect for mom!

 What must you do to win a prize? To increase your chances of getting something fun, make sure to visit all the blogs linked below. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our grand prize, A Ninja Ultima Blender!

 

For my blog: One lucky participant will win a $50 Amazon Gift card/ Or PayPal payout from Positive Kismet Blog! Don’t forget to check out all the other participating blogs!  Again, the We Love Mom Blog Hop ends on 5/11/14 at 11:59 PM. The MPM Blogging Network is not responsible for prize fulfillment. All associated bloggers on this special Mother’s Day blog hop are responsible for their own giveaways. Good Luck Everyone and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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