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Music: RUN by Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Beginning the day with an energizing, “catch the sun” tune — is a special joy. Finding a new young group to follow as they grow and develop — is part of the fun. Rediscovering a love of bluegrass  — is an added bonus. Having the song stuck… Continue Reading →

The Bots In The Band

No tin ears here.  And what they lack in heart, they make up for in precision. (Or at least their coders did.) These Hexrotor musicians, created by KMel Robotics, put a new spin on our ideas of what musicians look like and how they play… Continue Reading →

Movie: “20 Feet From Stardom”

 So much of the divine and powerful pop, rock and soul music of the last 50 years has been made unforgettable by the backing vocals of the women celebrated in “20 Feet from Stardom.” Morgan Neville’s excellent Oscar-winning documentary shines a… Continue Reading →

Happy, With A Side of Happy

Nothing changes the mood of a moment like receiving an unexpected smile. Nothing changes the mood of an hour like listening to your favorite songs. Nothing changes the mood of the day like — a mega dose of HAPPY? And… Continue Reading →

The Power In ONE VOICE Against Bullying

There is amazing power in the song “One Voice”  and it’s message against bullying. You hear it in the words written by 15 year-old New Zealand singer/song writer Nakita Turner as she tells the story of those who have been bullied.  Real stories… Continue Reading →

Oscar Gold or Niche Experience?

Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Talk Oscars and Women in Film An article I posted, What the Oscars Tell Us About How Society Views Women, is getting a lot of play.  It addresses Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech calling out… Continue Reading →

For The Joy of Animals: Dancing Spider vs Dancing Dog?

When it comes to dance even non-humans want to get in on the act and strut their stuff.  But, in a hypothetical matchup, who would win — the dancing spider or the dancing dog? Both are highly skilled and clearly… Continue Reading →

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” vs. Beyoncé and Big Media – Objectification Wins Every Time

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” YouTube has gone viral with over 30 million views and tells us that women are their own worst enemies when it comes to assessing their looks.  Yet, in a society where men control the conversation at… Continue Reading →

Seeing Things In A New Light: Windless Kite Festival

A Windless Kite Festival (Seemingly an oxymoron, if there ever was one.) Held indoors (Of course, where else do you fly a kite.) In January (Now the indoor part is starting to make sense, but still — there’s that no wind thing!)… Continue Reading →

Merry Merry Up-Side-Down Christmas Carol

I clearly remember going into gales of laughter as a child when seeing anyone talk while up-side-down.  Chin talking is what they call it now.  I don’t think we had a name for it then.  And I don’t remember anyone… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Creativity: Somebody That I Used To Know

It is always fascinating to see how creativity feeds and inspires creativity.  It’s a cycle that happens within and across every field imaginable.  Ask any inventor, artist, writer, musician, designer or engineer — they seek and find inspiration anywhere and… Continue Reading →

Pondering the Possibilities: Growing Happiness

A common complaint seems to be that happiness is too fleeting to savor or too elusive to capture.   But, with a little cultivation, couldn’t happiness becomes a home-grown crop that is easily shared? Whenever possible — SMILE! ~ Whenever given “the… Continue Reading →

Merry Merry Up-Side-Down Christmas

I clearly remember going into gales of laughter as a child when seeing anyone talk while up-side-down.  Chin talking is what they call it now.  I don’t think we had a name for it then.  And I don’t remember anyone… Continue Reading →

Move Over Rover, It’s Hamster Time

We humans tend to have a giant soft spot in our hearts for animals.  And since advertising is all about finding the soft spots of humans and then exploit them, what could be more natural than companion animals in advertisements? Dogs… Continue Reading →

Susan Boyle and Adapting to Change

All of nature and humanity is an evolutionary history of creating and adapting to change. Adapting is how we not only survive, but thrive. The American people, in particular, have always excelled at adapting and thriving. At our core, we… Continue Reading →

It’s Yellow and Round

Keepon is yellow and round and it will make you smile. Okay it doesn’t hurt that it’s paired with a catchy tune. Still, I’ll bet you can’t play this only once. But Keepon, the little yellow spongiform “peeps” looking robot,… Continue Reading →

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