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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime

“Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.”  Catherine O’Hara

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Midtown Manhattan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime - in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Midtown Manhattan

O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
Of immortality.
~James Russell Lowell, Midnight

In every city in the world, night time is magical. Every thing glows…  I love Catherine’s quote because  I do my best work at night. I love the stillness and the way everything that could be a distraction fades away.  At night, I’m in my element; alert and ready to explore the creative realm. Day time has its charm but the night is for those souls who thrive while  everyone else  is ready to settle in for the night and sleep.  I give you NYC during the November/December holiday season… Enjoy!

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC/Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Radio City Hall

When the moon, after covering herself with darkness as in sorrow,
at last throws off the garments of her widowhood,
she does not at once expose herself impudently to the public gaze;
but for a time remains veiled in a transparent cloud,
till she gradually acquires courage to endure
the looks and admiration of beholders.
by Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

What we miss in the day time, shines at night. That is why when I travel, I always take night time shots.  The moon holds sway at night and, like a demanding diva, spreads her wings and shines with confidence. This year, we had a couple of Super-moons and I waited patiently to capture them. What is night without the moon? What is night without the glittering stars or night time holiday lights?
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Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved!

“I have made it my life’s mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.” Heather Von St. James

 Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved!  Photo of Heather and her Family

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved! Photo of Heather and her Family

 Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved! Facts & Graphic

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved! Facts & Graphic

Do you know what Mesothelioma is? According to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), it is a cancer of the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, or heart, and a major risk factor for developing this form of cancer is exposure to asbestos. Every year, about 3000-3500 Americans are diagnosed and about 100,000 could die over the next 40 years. It is the least funded form of cancer and lacks adequate research grants/funds. But there is hope and opportunity for change – We can chip in and help.

Ten years ago the dismal figures, far worse than above, got the attention of people around the nation and led to a grassroots organizing effort that has helped raise over $1 million.  How did this movement start? In 2004, groups of survivors, patients and volunteers gathered around the country to raise awareness and raise funds for mesothelioma research. Today, September 26th, 2014, marks the 10th anniversary of the persistent effort started in 2004, and we want everyone to raise their voices, educate themselves and others about this insidious disease.

“We learn to appreciate what we achieve, no matter how small the achievement, because we do it ourselves. Midge Rylander

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved! Is your family at risk?

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved! Is your family at risk?

 Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved! Asbestos did you know

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Get Involved! Asbestos did you know

Do you know any survivors of Mesothelioma? When Heather Von St. James reached out to me to share her story and information on this 10th Anniversary, I was struck by the fact that a person with mesothelioma becomes sick as a direct result of exposure to asbestos; a product that is NOT banned in the U.S. A person diagnosed with the disease has a life expectancy of just 18 months after diagnosis. Equally disturbing is that symptoms may not appear until 20-35 years after initial exposure to asbestos. Heather Von St. James’ story below is an inspiring and important reason why we must fund research and raise awareness about this disease:

“Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare and preventable cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. I had just given birth to my daughter and I was given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of my left lung, I have made it my life’s mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.” Heather Von St. James

In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we invite you to reach out and help spread the word about mesothelioma. What are some ways you can give a voice to these innocent victims while raising awareness about mesothelioma? See suggested answers below.

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NBC Universal: The Mysteries of Laura

Photo from the episode "Mystery of the Dead Date"

Photo from the episode “Mystery of the Dead Date”


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Laura Diamond (Debra Messing of Will and Grace) is a dedicated NYPD homicide detective trying to create a work/life balance under incredibly challenging circumstances. She is the classic overwhelmed, multitasking, “Working Mom” trying to be everything to everyone under trying conditions. Balancing work, family, and personal needs can be difficult even in the best conditions, so we can imagine Laura’s burden: She is mom to twin boys who test her patience in many ways. She is in the early throes of a potentially explosive divorce. She has a dangerous and demanding job and must find ways to make it all work. Today, 63% of women define success as finding balance between work and personal life. How do you define success? Can we have it all? Even after divorce?

During the special preview on September 17th, we see Laura with her partner, the hot and sexy Laz Alonso, working the streets to hunt down and arrest criminals; some are even close to the bone. In between dealing with a mysterious murder case, she is also trying to place her twins into a special private school that would provide her with more childcare. Her soon to be ex-hubby comes late for the home-visit/meeting scheduled with a stiff, conservative representative of the intended school, and if you watched the show, (spoiler warning) you’d know it ended with disastrous results because Laura fed the boys something most moms imagine doing when the kids are driving us crazy. Laura’s ex tries to convince the visitor that she is a great mom, but to no avail. Now she must find another school. How do moms juggle the demands of daily life while trying to respect the demands of their workplace? I can only say – with great difficulty!

One thing we observe on the show is that Laura employs a number of strategies: she has a helpful work partner, Laz, and she shares her concerns with him. She uses humor to deflect the ridiculous and sometimes stressful exchanges with her twins and her soon to ex-hubby. She willingly admits that it’s a crazy life and makes adjustments when needed; her operative choice of action is to stay flexible and busy even while admitting that she is a “hot mess.” Laura is delightful because those of us who struggle with similar situations will be able to relate to the huge amounts of work required to keep it all running. She uses humor to deflect awful moments and yet holds her own in explosive situations that could cost her job and even her life. How does humor help you balance the demands of your household?

What I found plausible about the show is the fact that they didn’t try to solve all the problems in neat little packages. Balancing work, home, and life challenges is a work in progress and we don’t always have ready answers for difficulties. One thing we all do is reach out to others who can help relieve our stress and then try our best to be the best mom. I’d recommend this show to every mom; working in and out of the home. What tips/advice would you give to other women juggling work and family life?

Be sure to join me at 7pm ET on Wednesday, September 24th for the #MysteriesofLaura Twitter Party where I’ll be co-hosting alongside @SJBlahBlahBlog. We’ll be talking about the new show, life as a working mom and our own “hot mess” moments! Then, tune-in for the official premier of The Mysteries of Laura on NBC starting at 8/7c! Also, check out what people are saying on Facebook and Twitter.

And for those joining in on the Twitter Party, you’ll have a chance to win a $250 SpaFinder Gift Card to pamper yourself after a long day of juggling life! Read the official rules here to learn how to enter.
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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