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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations 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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Haiku: Designed For You


“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

Haiku: Designed For You - Floral blooms

Haiku: Designed For You – Floral blooms

Blooming joyfully
In summer, lush, colorful
Miniatures too


Each a masterpiece
Designed for you, me, and … YOU
A dreamer’s delight


On dark, lonely days
Your kaleidoscopic range
Shifts my forlorn gaze…

I never tire of enjoying nature’s impressive range of flowers. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors, and I believe they call us and we are drawn to certain flowers as if each bloom is designed just for us. My mother was an avid gardener in her youthful days; I still hold dear memories of helping out in her garden, spade and bucket at hand, eager to learn more about the varieties she planted and nursed to full bloom. I loved her Bachelor’s Buttons and Daisies because I loved the way their names slid off my tongue.  Her roses with their sharp thorns fascinated me … as did her ornamental plants.  So, who wouldn’t think their favorite bloom was designed just for them?
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Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes


“The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.” Susan B. Anthony

Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes

Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes

 Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes & Poster via

Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes & Poster via

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NWHM Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. NWHP.Org

We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. So that we can see, “Oh, that happened, and I rose. I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away; I rose right where I’d been knocked down.” That’s how you get to know yourself. Maya Angelou
“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” Hillary Clinton
“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.” Gloria Steinem
True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity – or political ideology. Monica Crowley
Give voice to what you know to be true, and do not be afraid of being disliked or exiled. I think that’s the hard work of standing up for what you see. Eve Ensler
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. Madeleine Albright
“We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.” Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” Susan B. Anthony
I get very frustrated when I hear women saying, “Oh, feminism is passé,” because I think feminism means empowerment. Men can be feminists, too! Many men are feminists. We need feminism. It’s not against men; it’s about the empowerment of women. It’s the respect of women–giving women equal rights, the same opportunities. Annie Lennox
I always thought that people told you that you’re beautiful–that this was a title that was bestowed upon you, that it was other people’s responsibility to give you this title. And I’m sick of waiting, people! I think that the world is pretty cruel to women in what it considers beautiful and what it celebrates as beauty. And I think that it’s time to take this power into our own hands and to say, “You know what? I’m beautiful. I just am. And that’s my light. I’m just a beautiful woman.” Margaret Cho

What Do You Know about Women’s Equality Day?  It is the commemoration of a very auspicious date, August 26, 1920, when women in the USA, under the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, got the right to vote.  As a mother of two young adults, I know how that critical step helped define women’s participation in the political process, and continues to impact the lives of women of all generations; mine, millennials, and beyond. When some folks read about women’s equality and dismiss it, they do so because they have either no knowledge of the journey and achievements we have made to crack that glass ceiling or because, as beneficiaries of the struggle to empower women, they have not stopped to consider how we got from there to here… Without the ground work laid by the suffragettes and other bold women around the globe, many of us would still be considered chattel or property owned by our fathers and husbands.  Back then, women had no say and no property rights either. How far have we really come?  Sadly, not far enough. There are parts of our world where women still do not exercise full rights of citizenship and that is why we must continue to champion gender parity for all. Above and below, I’ve added quotes from women about our lives, goals and expectations. Enjoy and share a quote of your own in the comments.
READ: Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice by Marianne Schnall


“For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.” Elizabeth Blackwell

Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes

Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes

The Power of Gold | Rio Olympics 2016 | The New York Times
At the 2012 Olympics, Brazilian judoka Rafaela Silva was a favorite to make the podium, but she was disqualified. In 2016, Silva entered Rio’s Olympics as a long shot to medal.


We’re changing ourselves to fit the world instead of changing the world to fit women. Gloria Steinem
Get over the feeling that the two words don’t go together–women and power. The fact is, if we don’t put the two together and don’t understand how power changes complexion in the hands of women, then we’re not going to make it. We have to own our personal power. Jane Fonda
In my opinion, the most important thing as a woman leader — and I learned this early through a whole bunch of great women who were in my life (and men, I have to say) — is that if you have a position of leadership and power and you don’t use it in a different way, then you’re wasting it. So when people used to say to me when I was the first woman president of PBS, “Well, you know, does that mean that as a woman you’re going to be a different kind of president?” And I would say, “Well, I hope so!” Pat Mitchell
“Just be what it is that you are, and that is just fine. You don’t have to be what you’re not in any way. Live that and live that fully, and that is where you discover ecstasy. You can’t really have ecstasy as something other than yourself.” Alice Walker
“I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” Maya Angelou
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.” Oprah Winfrey
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” Amelia Earhart
“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” Audre Lorde
“Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.” Corita Kent

Did you know that even though the modern Olympics started in 1896, women were not allowed to participate in the Olympics until 1900, and their participation was in Lawn Tennis alone. Gradually, a few more doors opened and by 1928, women’s athletics and gymnastics were added. Watching the 2016 Rio Olympics, and seeing women like Simone Biles, Kathy Ledeker, Elaine Thompson, Simone Manuel, Rafaela Silva and so many more inspire the crowds as they won hard earned gold medals, I was reminded of how far we have come as competitors, change agents and motivators. We continue to break barriers in many fields and as we do so, we inspire the younger generation to aim higher. While we have come a long way in achieving some modicum of gender parity, there is room for more progress both here in the USA and globally. I included Rafaela’s video above because she is a product of the poverty stricken Favelas in Brazil; she turned her life around by learning to put her fiery energy, that used to lead her to street fights, into the martial arts and to begin competing in Judo competitions. After a disastrous turn in 2012, she stayed motivated to improve her technique and finally, she won big, in her native land, in 2016.
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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for July and August 2016 are:

07/04 –  1 Canada Day,  4 Independence Day – July 4th, 4 New Moon
07/11 –  11 World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/18 –  18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/25 –  25  Thread the Needle Day,  30 International Friendship Day & Anti-Trafficking Day

08/01 –  2 New Moon, 5 Summer Olympics begin in Rio, 07 Friendship Day & Sisters Day, 07 International Forgiveness Day,
08/08 – 08 Peace Festival, 09 Book Lover’s Day, 09 World’s Indigenous Peoples, 12 International-Youth-Day, 13 International Lefthander’s Day, 14 Tisha B’av,
08/15 –  15 Assumption of Mary, 15 National Relaxation Day, 18 Full Moon, 18 Bad Poetry Day, 19 Nat’l Aviation Day &
World Humanitarian Day
08/22 –  22 Be An Angel Day, 22 National Tooth Fairy Day, 26 National Dog Day, 26 Women’s Equality Day, 27 Global Forgiveness Day
08/29 –  29 National Heroes’ Day, 29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day, 30 Toasted Marshmallow Day


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Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE


“Our time here is magic! It’s the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique in. It’s the only space.” Ben Okri

Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE - Saffron Spice, Heirloom Tomatoes, White Eggplant and more...

Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE – Saffron Spice, Heirloom Tomatoes, White Eggplant and more…

 Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE - Saffron Spice, Heirloom Tomatoes, White Eggplant and more..

Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE – Saffron Spice, Heirloom Tomatoes, White Eggplant and more..

To glean 1 lb (450 g) of dry saffron requires the harvest of 50,000–75,000 flowers; a kilogram requires 110,000–170,000 flowers.[43][44] Forty hours of labour are needed to pick 150,000 flowers.[45] Stigmata are dried quickly upon extraction and (preferably) sealed in airtight containers.[46] Saffron prices at wholesale and retail rates range from US$500 to US$5,000 per pound, or US$1,100–11,000/kg. In Western countries, the average retail price in 1974 was $1,000 per pound, or US$2,200 per kilogram.[4] In February 2013, a retail bottle containing 0.06 ounces could be purchased for $16.26 or the equivalent of $4,336 per pound or as little as about $2,000/pound in larger quantities. A pound contains between 70,000 and 200,000 threads. Vivid crimson colouring, slight moistness, elasticity, and lack of broken-off thread debris are all traits of fresh saffron. Wikipedia

For this week’s photo challenge on the subject of RARE, I chose to go with foods that are not so common and that we buy or receive as gifts, occasionally, or that we would all like to have sometimes. My precious loose Saffron in the center photo was a gift from a friend in India and from what I read online, 90% or more of this hard to cultivate spice comes from Iran, Kashmire in India, Spain and a few other places. My ground Saffron is from Spain and is the popular La Mancha PDO variety. That tiny bottle cost a lot and I have to admit that I rarely use it because it is pricey and should be used for special occasion dishes.

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