Archive | July 2009

Daily Inspiration #10: Conan O’Brien’s Harvard Commencement Speech

This Friday’s Daily Inspiration is brought to you by one of our SpiritClips interns, Ryan Stanisz

One of my friends suggested I watch Conan O’Brien’s 2000 Harvard commencement speech considering my interest in the entertainment industry. I was pleased to find Conan O’Brien’s address hilarious AND poignant. (The inspiring part of the speech starts at 1:30).

O’Brien is very honest about the ups and downs of his career. He doesn’t pretend that life after school is a cake walk and he acknowledges the importance of making mistakes.

“I left the cocoon of Harvard, I left the cocoon of Saturday Night Live, I left the cocoon of The Simpsons. And each time it was bruising and tumultuous. And yet, every failure was freeing, and today I’m as nostalgic for the bad as I am for the good. So, that’s what I wish for all of you: the bad as well as the good. Fall down, make a mess, break something occasionally. ”

In 2009, nine years after this address, O’Brien is hosting the Tonight Show. Clearly his attitude has contributed to his success as much as his talent.

Daily Inspiration #9: 13-Year-Old Schoolgirl Breaks Water-Skiing World Record By Leaping 100 Ft

Charlotte Wharton Breaks Water-Skiing World Record

Charlotte Wharton Breaks Water-Skiing World Record

“I remember the first time she tried she fell off and but just climbed back on and kept practising until she made it – now there’s no stopping her” – Charlotte Wharton’s mother

Charlotte Wharton has a very unusual passion – water skiing. She’s pretty good at it too – she recently broke the water-skiing world record by leaping nearly 100ft – all at the ripe young age of 13.

She now hopes to become the best water-skier in the world by mastering all three of the sport’s main disciplines of slalom, tricks and jumping.

Read more of this story at UK Telegraph

New Release: Crazy Fish

In this new animated film, a lonely goldfish decides it’s time for a change.

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A great film to send to someone you love to brighten their day!

Great film to send to someone you love to brighten their day!

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Watch the film at

Daily Inspiration #8: Wedding Video – Awesome Dance Down the Aisle

A Minnesotan couple and their wedding party danced their way down the aisle to Chris Brown’s “Forever”, creating a truly unforgettable beginning to the couple’s life together. You can’t help but smile when you watch this!

Thanks to SpiritClips member Micheal Paddy for showing this clip to us via youtube!

Daily Inspiration #7: Angela Logan – Baking Her Way Out of Foreclosure

Angela Logan, Baker and Creator of "The Mortgage Apple Cake"

Angela Logan, Baker and Creator of the "Mortgage Apple Cake"

Never underestimate the power of food –

“During the Great Depression, people sold apples in the streets to get enough money for their next meal. Fast-forward 80 years to another recession and meet Angela Logan, who is selling apple cakes to friends, neighbors and total strangers over the Internet to get enough money to save her home from foreclosure.”

Read more of this story at MSNBC: Today

Daily Inspiration #6: Deaf Dancing Troupe Lights Up the Stage in China

This dance troupe doesn’t let being deaf stop them from dancing!

Troupe Performs on June 30, 2009.

Troupe Performs on June 30, 2009.

Since 1987, the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe has performed for over 40 countries by feeling music through speakers and guided by hand gestures.

We found this at Yahoo News

Daily Inspiration #5: Maurice Cheeks, A True Leader

This Friday’s Inspiration is brought to you by Craig Ginsberg, Executive Producer at SpiritClips

Professional sports arenas aren’t the places you expect to find kindness. After all, we’d rather see professional players knock each other down than pick each other up.

For that very reason, it is amazing to me that in a place where we demand performance at the highest level, people could show so much compassion to a scared kid trying to sing the national anthem. I think it shows people’s true instinct especially when inspired by a strong individual like Maurice Cheeks. In our hearts, we are much more likely to cheer than to boo. We are much more likely to show support than to criticize. Sometimes, it just takes a single moment in the unlikeliest of places to remind us.

Daily Inspiration #4: Patrick Henry Hughes

“Not disabilities at all, more abilities…” Patrick’s attitude is top-notch

Daily Inspiration #3: Colby Curtin, CA Girl, Gets Dying Wish To See Movie ‘Up’

Pixar Up

Pixar "Up"

Colby Curtin got her final wish.

The 10-year-old girl desperately wanted to see the new Disney-Pixar movie, “Up.” But the cancer-stricken girl was too sick to go to a theater.

Thanks to a family friend who got in touch with the movie studio Pixar, an employee of the Emeryville-based company arrived at Colby’s home with a DVD copy of the movie, The Orange County Register reported Friday. The girl died later that night.

Read the rest of this article at The Huntington Post

Behind the Scenes: La Cachette

Deborah Ann Woll & Eric Nenninger, stars of the film “La Cachette,” talk about what they take from a film (literally):