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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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Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT


“Catch, then, O catch the transient hour; Improve each moment as it flies!” St. Jerome

Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT


Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

I don’t make resolutions, because resolutions seem so ephemeral and transient to go away. Ian K. Smith
To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists. Arnold Bennett

Every time I walk the path to the Hudson River, I am drawn in by the sunlight shimmering over the water, the ducks swimming along with the currents, and the undulating terrain beckoning form the distant mountains. The more I see it, the more it changes in the most subtle ways. Sure, the river is there, steady and full. The location seems the same but, something about the landscape shifts at each visit… like a transitory song that arrives in our dreams, disappearing as dawn sets in.
Today, we celebrate the Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga. Both offer us some comfort and a chance to refresh ourselves as we give thanks to Mother Earth for her magnificence. I am grateful for the present moment and I hope you are too. As the day comes to a quiet, meditative end, a thought settles in the center of my heart: Most things have a transitory nature … and, each day, we are reminded to make the best of each moment.


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Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved?


“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.” Christopher Morley

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day


Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness. May Sarton
Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them. Johannes Brahms

Tomorrow is World Refugee Day and this gives us a chance to celebrate the courage, strength, and perseverance of millions of people who, over the years, have been forced to flee their homes because of strife, persecution, and hope for a better life. As these refugees arrive in new countries, they receive relief or rejection and are forced to make a decision to seek asylum, stay put in limbo or seek solace elsewhere. Until they find a welcoming home in a nation that accommodates refugees, there is no true sense of relief; it is merely a temporary, stop gap feeling that is interspersed with moments of sheer terror and despair. Once they are settled in a country or community that welcomes them, as they would a long lost sibling, they are relieved and go about starting their lives over, motivated by their feelings of gratitude and a determination to make their lives matter. The lives of Refugees is one of disenfranchisement, struggle, and wistful dreams of a day when they can return to the homeland. The crisis of living dislocated lives haunts many, and making the acculturation shift to adjust in a new culture can be very difficult. They view the new country as an oasis of temporary joy. Their heavy hearts still tied inextricably to the land and loved ones they left behind. So are they in a state of relief or relieved?

As a child of war, my family came close to that refugee state and what spared us a life of being transplanted from our home into the unknown was that the only airport open was packed with lots of families and expatriates attempting to flee the country from that makeshift ragtag escape route at the end of a brutal and destructive civil war. The airport was merely a strip of tarmac in the middle of the forest, and that last night of surrender that served as the last gasp that ended the Biafran war was fraught with fears of imminent annihilation. Many families sought relief at the airport in the hope that one of the rickety combat/red cross relief jets would ferret them to a new place. Few escaped by air that night, and the rest of us fled into the interior in search of a hiding place until we could get reassurances that we won’t become the last victims of a genocide. We had some relief when we found a family in the interior who welcomed us into their home with open arms. A day later, armed robbers descended on the family home as news got out that there were some refugees staying there who looked like they had riches to be taken. My Dad, a smart man with nerves of steel, faced the robbers and calmly reasoned with them while negotiating for our lives. The incident remains one of my proudest memories of my father’s wisdom and calm in the face of great danger. there is more but I will save it for another time. So in our case, relief was replaced with terror and demands for a ransom and … finally we were reprieved and relieved.



“When you taste super-success after tasting super-failure, there is huge relief.” Akshay Kuma

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day

Relieved – no longer feeling distressed or anxious; reassured.happy that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended: . Learn more.
Relief – feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress


What does Relief or Relieved mean to you? When we think of both words we think of words that offers comfort from pain, fear and suffering. They are close in meaning yet each has a distinction that sets it apart from the other. Such is the power of words…. When we are relieved, we are in a state of resolution and we feel a period of great distress has subsided. Our pain and struggle is in the past and a new day has arrived with hope and better prospects. The word “Relieved” offers a positive solution to a challenge we faced. We have answers and our motivations are aligned with staying on top of whatever caused us pain. Relief on the other hand can be/is temporary. When we receive relief, we are grateful for the break that comes through the kindness of others or the treatment by a medical professional and we know that we will need to stay motivated to get to our goal of being fully free of what ails us.

We see this in action, every day, in our lives or in the lives of others around us. When we are forced into a tenuous situation; arguments with friends, challenges on the job, accidents or the many ways life throws us curve-balls, our inner drive is to do everything we can to overcome those interruptions or objections and get our lives back on track. Sometimes our sheer will wins the day and at other times, we see the mighty hand of an intelligent force guide us in a new and improved direction that helps us learn and grow from the experiences. So, not all disappointments are intended to destroy us and if anything, we see the human spirit rise and shine in the face of violence, inhumane attacks and depraved aggression. In times like we see in our bruised and brutalized world today, there is hope for relief and we must not give up.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for May/June 2017 are:



05/01  – May Day, World Lyme Day, 02 National Teacher Day, 03 World Press Freedom, 04 National Day of Prayer,
05 Cinco De Mayo, 06 Kentucky Derby
05/14 –  14 Mothers Day, 20 Armed Forces Day
05/21 –  22 International Biological Diversity, 24 National Brother Day, 25 Ascension, 27 Ramadan starts
05/28 – 29 Memorial Day, 31 World No Tobacco Day


06/05  –  World Environment Day,  08 National Best Friend Day,  08 World Oceans Day
06/11 –  11  Trinity Sunday, 14 Flag Day
06/18 –  18 Father’s Day,  19 Juneteeth,  20 World Refugee Day,  21 Summer Solstice/International Yoga Day, 23 Intn’l  Widow’s Day, 24 Ramadan Ends
06/25 – 25  Eid al Fitr,  26 Against Drug Abuse Day,



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Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA


I love Gochujang.  I also love doenjang, ganjang, sesame oil, and gochugaru:.  I think these ingredients are the foundation of Korean cuisine.” Chef Hooni Kim

Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA - East Asian food to enjoy!

Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA – East Asian food to enjoy!

Imaging a table overflowing with freshly grilled meats, dozens of tiny bowls filled with different pickles and sauces, and dishes of heaping warm rice. Not only is Korea famous for its traditional dishes such as kimchi and bibimbap, it is also known for its natural and architectural wonders, such as serene gardens and intricate royal palaces Try The World – Korea Box

Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA: Happy Father’s Day!  This weekend, we get to celebrate our Dads and all the great fathers, sons and brothers who have raised children with love and care. If the Dad in your life loves food, then this would make a perfect gift for him and a great opportunity to sample foods from around the world. If you love sharing memories of great food with friends and family, then the TTW- KOREA  subscription box will fit the bill. Better yet, with a 3-6-12 month subscription, your loved one will travel the gastronomic world without leaving home; plus, you get to enjoy the treats that come their way. This month’s box comes carefully curated by Michelin Star, award winning Chef  Hooni Kim of Danji in Manhattan

“Koreans traditionally make a distinction between the “tongue taste” and the “hand taste” of a food. What hand taste is, I understood all at once, is the taste of love.” Michael Pollan, Cooked

Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA - East Asian food to enjoy!

Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA – East Asian food to enjoy!

Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA

Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA

What’s inside my Try The World –  Korea Box? Every box of curated gourmet items includes a spice, a sweet, traditional foods that folks love and cherish in the country of origin, and a Culture Guide that walks you though the history of each item, the family behind the farm or company, and a few recipes to try with your food items. If you so choose, you may use the items to create your own recipes or add them to your favorite foods… that is the beauty of enjoying foods from around the world. My Korea box came with the eight (8) items you see in the photographs above and below. Stay tuned for a full description.

Sign up today for your first journey into Try The World’s gourmet items to enjoy. As an Ambassador for this extraordinary brand, I’d like to remind everyone about our special deep discount. SPECIAL OFFER: Try The World has made a special offer of 15% discount off the first subscription box to all my readers. As a reader of this blog, you can use the discount code on purchasing your first $39/box subscription option and/or on all gift boxes. Use the coupon code MMTRAVELS15 during your checkout to get your awesome discount.

What about pricing?  Subscriptions now start at $33/Box.
A bi-monthly subscription is $39/box charged every two months
A 6 months tour subscription is $35/box charged every six months
A year tour subscription is $33/box charged every year
People have the option to order a gift single box and/or gift tours.

If the KOREA Box calls you, sign up today, save 15% on your first box and a new box will be shipped, every other month, when it becomes available.

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