Archive for August, 2009
Friday, August 28th, 2009
Thursday, August 27th, 2009
This teenager makes me (and Dr. Phil) angry. What would you do if this was your child? I would have no problem taking both the phone AND the car away!
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning. A man with a violin plays six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. two thousand people passed through the station, most of them on their way to work. After three minutes a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin valued at $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the price of seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The questions raised: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made… what else are we missing?
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Billie Jo and I started talking about the Miss Universe pageant this morning, and she said the only reason to watch is for the bloopers and falls. She’s got a point – there’s something about people falling down that makes us laugh! Here now, some of the best falls from years gone by. Do you find it even funnier that the first two are both from a “Miss USA?”
How about models? They can fall too!
And now, for my personal favorite:
Bonus Code: slip
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
I personally know of 2 young people who were in accidents while they were texting behind the wheel. Thankfully they weren’t seriously hurt, but both accidents could have been much worse.
Experts have concluded recently that texting while driving is actually more dangerous than being drunk behind the wheel. Now that’s a scary thought.
Here’s a PSA that’s worth a watch. It is awfully graphic, so maybe have a look before letting your children see it.
Monday, August 24th, 2009
Not anymore by the sound of this story. Pamela Buote is the name of the visually impaired woman who was mugged downtown last week. What makes this story even worse (if that’s possible) was the fact that her pledge money for this weekends Rona MS Bike Tour was stolen. She tried to fight off the thieves (she figures there was three of them) but wisely decided to let them get away with the money.
We’ve had a lot of outraged people wanting to help Pamela get some of her pledge money back, and you can do so by clicking on this link and entering her name (PAMELA BUOTE)
It’s too late to register for the tour itself, but they are still in desperate need of volunteers for this weekend. Find out more here
Pamela, and the MS Society, thank you
Monday, August 24th, 2009
Did anyone else see all the Seagull’s flying around yesterday afternoon? Thousands of them filled the sky in the late afternoon. I tried to snap a couple of pics but they didn’t really turn out. Every one of those little black specks is a bird! It was a pretty wild scene – like something out of a Hitchcock movie!
Oh, that last one has a great closeup of my thumb lol
Bonus Code: hitchcock
Friday, August 21st, 2009
Remember last week I showed you the adorable picture of the ground squirrel in Banff, who just happened to pop up into a couple’s vacations shot just as the self timer went off? The picture (and the gopher) have become internet sensations – so much so that the squirrel’s popping up everywhere!
Here’s the original pic:
Now here’s the gopher again:
Check out this link for a lot more squirrel photos!
This is cool too…..if you’d like to add this famous ground squirrel to your own photos, go here.
Oh, and if you can figure out how that works, please let me know, as I haven’t got a clue! lol
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
We always say how expensive back to school shopping can be – and that’s just for the basics! Well think about all the kids out there who want to learn, but their parents can’t afford even the basics. There’s a big need out there in our city….in fact it’s doubled from last year – they had 700 kids needing school supplies last year – 1400 this year! Our friend David Northcott from Winnipeg harvest is hoping more and more people will find a way to drop off more supplies for the tools for school campaign at any Staples Business Depot or Winnipeg harvest.
Top 10 items needed:
10 pack of pencils
2 inch binder
Monday, August 17th, 2009
I always say “my bags are packed they’re so big” – must be the downside to waking up everyday at 3:45am.
Thanks Deb at City Looks for getting rid of the bags!
Try the 7 minute lift – it works!!! Check it out at http://www.7minutelift.com/ then get to City Looks before I buy it all up! You apply it with a brush, and you feel your skin tighten, and the wrinkles disappear!