I know, I know. I’ve been doing some first class slacking when it comes to my blog, but in a couple weeks I will almost be a free bird. This semester has been, well, one heck of a semester, and a busy one, too. But today, today is the day that my favorite artist, Ingrid Michaelson, is doing a benefit concert over the internet. If you’re in Alaska like me, the show starts at 4pm, but elsewhere it is an hour or few later, so head over to the Stage It page for details! Be sure to sign in right away so you get the right time for your timezone. Cool people doing cool things is one of the things my Spoonful of Sugar series focuses on and Ingrid’s efforts to help those in need in New York after Hurricane Sandy made a mess of things would most definitely qualify, so make sure you check out the show today, and check out her music. As I have shared previously, she also released a benefit EP to help hurricane victims, so make sure to check that out too!
Hey there! Let’s brighten up this Monday by thinking about what awesome people are doing to help rebuild the East Coast after Super Storm Sandy wreaked havoc. One example is singer-songwriter (originally from Staten Island), Ingrid Michaelson. She released exclusively on iTunes her Live From Laurel Canyon EP to raise money to rebuild Staten Island, all proceeds go to Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Here is the link to some great music for a great cause!
This is Miss Kitty. I am not responsible for her name. When my brother was much too young, he was given the responsibility of naming her.
A friend of mine is doing a 365 photo project and every Saturday she posts a cat related photo and I liked this idea very much, so in honor of Saturday (and happening to have just taken a fantastic cat portrait), here’s my cat.
And no, I’m not a crazy cat lady…yet. This is what one looks like, exhibit A:
There are some things that we really take for granted and just don’t even think about. Like actors’ jobs. Yeah, we get bombarded with what famous people are doing all the time, you can’t even get through the grocery store without finding out which famous couples have allegedly broken up or are dating. But, just stop for a second and think about what the job is that people enjoy that brings them so much scrutiny from millions of complete strangers. They are artists that practice a craft, and we don’t usually think of it that way because we take tv and film for granted. I think people used to appreciate it more when it wasn’t so easy to access the things they wanted to watch, but now, if you miss your weekly program, just tune into Hulu the next day and voila! There it is as if you had never missed it. If you want to watch an entire season of your show, just head over to Netflix, it’s just that easy.
I think of Netflix as a museum that showcases the artwork of actors, directors, and producers. Each television station is a gallery of related pieces. Each week when their artwork is displayed, or when a movie releases, I can only imagine that for the actors it is like the feeling an artist has when an artwork goes on display. It must be a feeling of accomplishment, knowing that people will enjoy the fruits of their hard work. Some may not call it “hard work” because actors usually get a pretty cushiony salary and don’t have as much physical work as say an autobody painter, but they put in the hours to create something for the world to enjoy.
“I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.”
-President Ronald Reagan
You can buy a nifty tee shirt with this quote on it right here.
Self-conciousness, the recognition of a creature by itself as a ‘self’, [cannot] exist except in contrast with an ‘other’, a something which is not the self.
–C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 1940