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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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Haiku: Happy Thanksgiving In Ten Takes…



Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone! During this joyful season, please think of our troops, the sick, the destitute, our friends and family who are traveling or are away, and others who are alone during this time of celebration. Send them a heartfelt message of love and goodwill.
Thank You to my readers, to all of you who stop by to comment or just read this blog, to friends and family online and off, to my fellow bloggers, BlogHer and SITSGirls SITstahs, WordPress staffers and happiness engineers, my social media and Facebook groups friends, friends in various communities, and everyone out there. Cheers! :-)

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“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” William Blake

Haiku:  On Thanksgiving, we share an abundance of good food

Haiku: Thanksgiving –  A Bountiful Harvest means sharing good food

Haiku: Happy Tahnskgivng in ten takes - Menorah Livhts; This year Hanukkah starts on the same day

Haiku: Thanksgiving – Menorah Lights; This year Hanukkah starts on the same day

Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s formed with 5 syllables
I’m grateful for that

On this special day
We give thanks for our blessings
Gratitude abounds

A rare gift this year
Hanukkah and Thanksgiving
Let’s celebrate both

A quote floated by…
“Thankful people are happy!”
On Facebook today

Say thanks and prayers
Life is short. We never know…
For whom the bell tolls

Thanksgiving is truly the beginning of the Holiday Season in the US, and families gather to give thanks, celebrate with loved ones and share their good fortune. Thanksgiving 2013 stands as a very unique one because it falls on the same day as the start of Hanukkah. What a delightful day to be thankful for the diversity…

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Motivation Mondays: GRATITUDE


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

Motivation Mondays: GRATITUDE - Be Grateful for each moment.

Motivation Mondays: GRATITUDE – Be Grateful for each moment.

I Am Thankful by Anon
I am thankful for the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight because she is home with me and not with someone else.
For the husband who is on the sofa who is being a couch potato because he is home with me and not out at the bars.
For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because he or she is at home, not on the streets.
For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean-up after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

Gratitude Is an Attitude: A single act of gratitude can turn around our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with. In this season of Thanksgiving, let’s make an extra effort to lift someone up and share some goodwill. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? If we start our day with thankful thoughts, our thoughts will  create an energy field of goodness around us. If we start the day in anticipation for all the good things that will come our way, we will attract same. If we wallow in dread, we might miss an opportunity we’ve wished for all year. Our attitude makes a huge difference.

Every day we are able to open our eyes, move our limbs, and start our day is a gift. We can choose to fritter it away with idle chatter and angry words. We can choose to be thankful and treat each moment we have breath with reverence and a spirit of gratitude. Whatever we choose will impact our outcome. Some of us spend our lives waiting for the If only I had  ….. X moment.  The fact is that now is as good a moment as any other time or day we choose to make a shift in our lives. When we open our eyes,  release all our excuses or reasons for not moving forward,  we will see that every moment is the right moment to start.  When the urge to change or act calls, answer it. If we ignore that inner urge, years later, we will find ourselves still waiting. Get motivated to shift or change an attitude today.


“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” Elie Wiesel

Motivation Mondays: GRATITUDE - Cultivate a thankful heart.

Motivation Mondays: GRATITUDE – Cultivate a thankful heart. moment.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am able to walk and that I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

Gratitude Is Graceful: What is the last thing you do before turning in for the night or leaving on a trip?  Spend some time and reflect on the keys events that occurred during the day. If there were lessons learned, be thankful for them. Do you ever stop to say ‘thank you’ for the inspiration and grace that comes through others? Sadly, some of us don’t like to give credit where it is due. Some of us have a deprivation mentality that makes us feel like we will lose everything if we give away something. Of course, the not so secret lesson is that the more we give from the heart, the more we receive.   There is a graceful door that opens when we are genuinely generous with others. Try it!

Even though I write quite a bit of motivational and inspirational pieces on this blog, I’ve always wanted to dedicate a day to focus on writing a weekly motivational post. It simmered in my brain for a few years and I made endless, mostly ego driven, excuses why I shouldn’t do it. Then, one day during the Blogging 201 course, an assignment helped me take that leap. I was grateful for the tips given and recognized, as Oprah said above, that I had enough to do it. I had enough to be thankful for and waiting for the perfect moment was unnecessary.  My blog friends,  Gloria, Loud Thinkin‘ and Richelle reminded me that my life has, in the last 4 years, been a miracle. Even in my darkest hours, I chose to see the good around me. I know that what we spend our time doing/thinking is what we experience. Happiness is not only about having enough, it is also about recognizing the daily miracles around us and knowing that we are enough. You are enough, so be grateful for that and remind others you meet that they are enough too. That is the grace that comes with gratitude.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December are:

12/01 – Acceptance

12/08 – Busyness

12/15 – Compassion

12/22 – Joy

12/29 – Regret


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular


“I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves and new shapes made possible by the introduction of concrete into the building process.” Oscar Niemeyer

 Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Five Swords Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Five Swords Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - The Arch Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – The Arch Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Wishbone outdoor sculpture/installation by Mark Handforth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Wishbone outdoor sculpture/installation by Mark Handforth

The word angular describes objects that have sharp angles, such as something with many corners and few soft curves.

This week’s photo challenge was an interesting one. We had to move from familiar objects and nature to abstract objects, angles and shapes. I have to say that even though I understand the concept of angular, I had to look it up in the dictionary to grasp the term in order to visualize what our artist in residence for this week wanted. I found two definitions I liked. One was: “an object, outline, or shape having angles or sharp corners,” and the other is above.  Fortunately, I was able to revert back to my shots of outdoor installations at Storm King Art Center and elsewhere.  Above are two Alexander Calder installations and Wishbone by Mark Handforth. I don’t think I did the Handforth piece justice as I was a bit far back. Ditto The Calder Arch. Next time I’m in the areas where they are displayed, I will try better angles. Both The Arch and Wishbone are quite huge. Plus, I love the idea of a steel wishbone for lasting luck.

“Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.” Mary Schmich

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Flamingo Installation by Alexander Calder in Chicago

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Flamingo Installation by Alexander Calder in Chicago

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center

Above, I have another Calder taken in Chicago near the Federal Reserve Building. It is aptly named Flamingo because its neck curves down like one. The Frank Gehry designed Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts has an unusual roof with many angular shapes. I love that dramatic building especially when it is lit up at night. It is efficiently designed and quite spacious and welcoming inside. Frank Gehry is a highly regarded architect known for these types of gravity defiant roof designs and he has done many others, including EMP Museum in Seattle and, of course, the famous one: Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Have you seen any Frank Gehry designed buildings? What was your first reaction?

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