Decked Out in Duct Tape for The Prom

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What happens when you combine an industrious young man, an open-minded young woman and yards of duct tape? One-of-a-kind outfits for prom! This young man (along with friends and family who labored alongside him) crafted this colorful matching tux and dress.

Given the unique design, no need to worry about that “sticky” situation when another girl shows up with the exact same dress. Indeed, their fashion choice brings new meaning to the idea of “being attached at the hip.”  Can’t you just imagine them dancing together to Lionel Ritchie’s “Stuck On You?”

OK, OK, I’ll stop now. But, aren’t they terrific?!?!?

Goofy Kid + Your Favorite Movies = Internet Sensation

brandon-hardesty1I read about the weird, wonderful and viral journey of one Brandon Hardesty in Sunday’s Washington Post. The 21-year old started off as a grocery clerk hamming it up for the video camera in his parents’ basement. He now is an Internet sensation with a YouTube deal and and role in the upcoming “American Pie” sequel.

If you’ve ever seen 12 Angry Men, Jurassic Park, Princess Bride, A Few Good Men, Fargo, Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, or any of the other dozens of movies in Brandon’s portfolio, you will LOVE Brandon’s spot-on reenactments of their famous scenes. He plays multiple roles with eerily authentic voices and facial expressions. He will charm and amaze you!

Extra bonus: You can impress anyone under the age of 25 with your “cool” factor if you drop Brandon’s name or pass along the Brandon Hardesty web site.

Encore, Susan Boyle, Encore!

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Here’s the clip of Susan Boyle singing “Memory” on “Britain’s Got Talent” over the weekend. While she starts off a little shaky, boy, does she finish up strong! And advances to the finals, so stay tuned.

Do you want to see Simon Cowell in love?

For those of you who aren’t up to speed on the latest sensation coming out of Britain’s show “Britain’s Got Talent,” take a look here.

Simon’s face moves from disgust to lust.  You can almost see the reflection of dollar signs in the whites of his eyes…!

A Mission of Broadcasting Grace

3I was at an all day training meeting last week, where the video of Mr. Fred Rogers receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award was shown – and it was quite a touching tribute.  With his simple and approachable demeanor, every child learned from him that they are special in their own way.  And this certainly makes me reflect on how I can be the best parent to my children.  As Mr. Rogers says, everyone has someone “who loved them into being.”     

As an aside, think of this story that was shared at this meeting I attended.  It was the story of a Dad, who left before his kids were up in the morning, but tried to be home by 6:30 – so he had 3 hours with his children before they went to bed.  But that 3 hours typically lent itself to reading the paper, checking his blackberry and doing other things around the house – not fully engaged focus on his children.  One evening he got caught up at work, and wasn’t able to get home until 9 – thirty minutes before his children’s bed time.  He decided that he would not even change out of his work clothes when he walked in – he just immediately got on the floor and started playing and wrestling with his kids and then took them upstairs for some books.  As he was saying good night and closing the door, his child said:  ”Daddy, can you come home at 9:00 more often?”

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Retirement Planning

retirement-planningWondering about what to do during retirement? This video clip about What Old People Do for Fun may give you some ideas.

The music’s good too, so have your volume up.

Enjoy!

Barb

It’s a Brand New Day

rise07212007sizedYesterday may have been a great day for some; it was probably an awful day for others.  Probably for most of us, it was a hectic day….because that’s just how we all lead our lives.  This blog takes just a little time out to reflect on what is right and good in our lives – and how we must recognize it and honor it.  And remember that tomorrow is always a brand new day.  If you haven’t come across the latest song by Joshua Radin, here it is, and appropriately called Brand New Day.  It is one of my current favorites.

Listen to this song as you read the rest of this blog, as it goes so well with some prose a friend sent along.  Yes, it’s one of those emails that gets circulated to many, but these sentiments are worth sharing, just in case you haven’t seen it:

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.  From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed?  Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy‘ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’  She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line.  My hair is dirty.  I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.’  And my personal favorite:  ’It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.  We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained.  We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet…   We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older.  The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips.  She keeps an open mind on new ideas.  Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.  You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years.  I love ice cream.  It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process  The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now…go on and have a nice day.  Do something you WANT to……not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?  Ever followed a butter fly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly?  When you ask ‘ How are you?’  Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?  Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’  And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch?  Let a good friendship die?  Just call to say ‘Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift….Thrown away….. Life is not a race. Take it slower.  Hear the music before the song is over.

AND REMEMBER, TOMORROW IS A BRAND NEW DAY!

We’re Not Nagging … We’re SINGING!

musical-notes“Do this. Don’t do that. Have you taken out the trash? Why haven’t you fed the dog?” If you ever feel like your days consist of nonstop nagging, take heart!

A clever Wise Woman has put our endless stream of “reminders” to our children into song – to the tune of the The William Tell Overture. Somehow it doesn’t seem so bad when set to music.

So, listen to The Mom Song and smile, laugh, or grimace with recognition. Your choice!

Just a little Giggle to get you through your Week

images3As my daughter is an elephant lover, a couple of weeks ago we got caught up in watching videos about elephants.  We came across a video of an elephant with a special talent for gymnastics.  He must be the cousin of the elephant artiste, featured on this blog a couple of weeks ago.    I think you’ll get a hoot out of this.  Click here to watch.

I Love Jesus but I Drink a Little

I’m an Ellen DeGeneres fan, although I seldom catch her show.  The latest take flying around involves a conversation with an 88 year old woman.  It is quite funny.  It reminds me when I watch the late shows or some of the daily talk shows, some of the best bits are the ones with every day folks – typically the very young or the elderly.  There are always pearls of wisdom in the honesty they put forth.  If you missed the conversation with Gladys, click here and enjoy this sage women’s words of advice.

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.
C.S. Lewis

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