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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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“Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.” P. T. Barnum
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus – Out of This World Torres Family Bike Ride
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out Of This World™: A Review: As a fan Ambassador for the famous circus, I had the good fortune to attend the “Out of This World” 7pm circus show last night. I had 4 VIP tickets and took 3 guests with me to the extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. It was a phenomenal 2 hour experience that had us on the edge of our seats, applauding and shouting for more. The theme for this show was an invitation to join the Circus Space Fleet as they set out on a heroic quest to defend good over evil in a battle to gain control of the magic telescope. What follows is a fantastical display of awe-inspiring imaginative performances that will trill and amaze you.
The 2 hour show takes us through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World™ and we get to experience the circus Star Seeker do battle with the forces of evil to battles to bring the performers back to Earth after years in outer space. It was an exhilarating show with acrobats, aerialists, daredevils and clowns plus incredible animals performing gravity defying feats. I must admit that the last time I was at the circus was when my kids were much younger and so this brought back many joyful memories of my own childhood, as well as the fun times spent at the circus with my kids. If you are familiar with this internationally famous circus experience, you’d know that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus offers nothing less than a phenomenal experience.
READ: The Last Act for the Ringling Circus
“To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” P. T. Barnum
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus presents Out Of This World™ : The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was started in 1919 by a merger between P. T. Barnum of the Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth and James Anthony Bailey of the Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth. The merger led to a 146 year circus act that enthralled kids and adults alike. Sadly, this is their last year of operating a circus as declining attendance and high costs has forced them to shut the doors. If you never saw one of their circus shows, this is the time to catch it as they will be performing from now till May when their last show will be presented to the public. We had a spectacular evening and I say a big Thank You to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and to Meg Stagaard of DiGennaro Communications for my tickets. It was a memorable evening. If you are in New York, you can catch it at the Barclays Center from February 23 – March 3. Tickets are available. Take your kids, friends and family for an evening of magic that is out of this world.
READ: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to End Its 146-Year Run
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: From my Personal Collection
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” Joseph Campbell
What I Carve: Joseph Wheelwright
There are two main strategies we can adopt to improve the quality of life. The first is to try making external conditions match our goals. The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals better. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world. Marilyn Monroe
What’s a good match? As I considered what to share for this photography assignment, a beautiful work of art popped into my head. It was the two 10,000 lb granite stone sculptural art pieces of faces, by the late Joseph Wheelwright, called “Loving Stones” 2011-2013. Wheelwright was a masterful carver/sculptor with a keen sense about nature and her many uses. His body of work included many stone, roots and tree pieces, that he collected from nature’s bounty, and used to create fantastic art pieces. The sculptures are/were on exhibition at the Christian Science Plaza as part of the Boston Sculptors Gallery outdoor art installations exhibition.
On a trip to Boston over a year ago, my sister and I took a walk around the Plaza and enjoyed the reflecting pool and the many magnificent pieces of sculpture and installation art that dotted the landscape. We took pictures of all of them but this one stopped me in my tracks. Was it the name: “Loving Stones” or was it the sweet look on the stone faces that pulled me in? Whatever it was, we were drawn to it and took several photos of the work. The photos might be a bit deceptive in that they don’t quite show the huge size of the stone carvings. Each head is 6′ x 4′ x 5′ in dimension.
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“To leave the world a better place … to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the troubles will come to an end, and the question which now distracts the country will be settled just as surely as all other difficulties of like character which have originated in this government have been adjusted. Abraham Lincoln
How are you honoring Presidents’ Day? What do you know about Presidents’ Day Origins?: Every year, on this special day, we gather to honor the memory and accomplishments of two of this nation’s greatest presidents; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These men were motivated to serve their nation because they believed in its greatness, our fundamental freedoms, and wanted to pass that on for posterity. Lincoln lost his life in service to this nation and so we must approach this day with reverence. What triggered the holiday? This federal holiday which celebrates and honors two of America’s greatest Presidents came into being in 1968, when the 90th Congress voted to shift three federal holidays, including George Washington’s Birthday to the 3rd Monday of February. Initially, there was some resistance by those who felt that one day shouldn’t be designated in exchange for merging the birthdays of two great leaders. They objected to the idea as they preferred separate days of celebrating our founding fathers. After much debate and delay, the designated day became law in 1971. Another important aspect of this day is that some states celebrate it as George Washington’s birthday and may/may not include Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
Even though we call it Presidents’ Day, each state reserves the right to include or exclude all 45 Presidents in their celebrations. Some feel that because its genesis started with the celebration of George and Abraham’s birthdays, it would be best to maintain that distinction and not include all of our 45 presidents. Another point of confusion is the way we write it. Some refer to it as President’s Day though the more appropriate term is Presidents’ Day in honor of two not one President; both have birthdays in the same month. That said, one fallout of this holiday is the huge commercialization that occurs and the endless invitations to shop till we drop with nary an educational insight on the presidency. I have a few questions for you: What do you know about the American presidency? Who was the oldest President in office? Who was the youngest? Which Presidents served more than one term in office? Who served the longest in office? Who served the shortest term? Share your answers in the comments section.
Stories: There are many fables/stories attributed over the years to specific presidents. Two that stand out are “The 20 Year Jinx” & “The Fable of George Washington and the Cherry Tree.” The 20 year jinx, also known as The Curse of Tippecanoe, was purported to be a curse placed on American presidents that every 20 years a president in office would die. While it seems that many did, the curse was believed to be broken when Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt while in office.
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for January and February 2017 are:
01/01 – 01 New Year’s Day, Hanukkah ends, 06 Epiphany, 06 Three Kings
01/08 – 08 Golden Globes Award, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 12 Full Moon
01/16 – 16 Martin Luther King Day, 18 Winnie the Pooh Day, 20 Inauguration Day
01/23 – 27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, 28 Chinese New Year
01/29 – 29 Inspire your heart with art
0/6 – Lame Duck Day, 12, Lincoln’s Birthday
0/13 – 14, Valentine’s Day, 15, Constitution Day,
0/20 – 20, Presidents’ Day, Washington’s Birthday, 24, Carnival/Flag Day, 26, New Moon
0/27 – 27, Clean Monday, 28, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday,
Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?
– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.
— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab
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