Archive | September 2009

Daily Inspiration #53: Skydiving for Breast Cancer

MSNBC - Skyflake

MSNBC - Skyflake

Female skydivers — 181 in all, from 31 countries — joined together to set a new women’s formation skydiving world record in Perris, Calif. on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The women raised more than $900,000 for the fight against breast cancer, the most in the event’s history. The week-long event was organized to raise funds for City of Hope’s breast cancer research.

This picture was taken from this week’s MSNBC’s Sports Photos

Daily Inspiration # 52: Still Inspiring, Over 2000 Years Later

When you are inspired
By some great purpose,
Some extraordinary project,
All your thoughts break their bonds:

Your mind transcends limitations,
Your consciousness expands in every direction,
And you find yourself in a new,
Great and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, facilities and talents
Become alive, and you discover yourself
To be a greater person by far
Than you ever dreamed
Yourself to be.

Patañjali
around 150 BCE

(Via PJA64X)

Daily Inspiration #51: J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech

This is such a great speech …. my favorite line:

” … some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

I never want to look back at my life and ask “What if?” I wouldn’t characterize myself personally as a daredevil, but I definitely don’t take the safe route in whatever I do. After all, if you never take that risk, what is it that you achieve?

Daily Inspiration #50: How Good Will This Kid Be When He Grows Up?

Jonah

Jonah on the drum set.

This four year old rips on the drums to Blink 182.

Watch Jonah’s rocking performance on Youtube

(via Mixx)

P.S. Travis Barker of Blink 182 saw Jonah on Youtube and gave the kid a shout out on his Twitter.

Fashionable Giving Review: SpiritClips is Designed to Make You Smile

FashionableGivingIn her blog “Fashionable Giving”, Kathy Ketels-Lichtig gives SpiritClips.com a rave review:

One of the best features at SpiritClips is the ability to send an inspiring eCard with a short film (FilmCard).  It’s quick way to send a thoughtful message to someone who’s on your mind, using their easy-to-navigate website.  The hardest part is choosing ONE from the many great clips!  But never fear, they have some suggestions in the navigation bars to help narrow the selection!  Some are free to send, others require a membership with a pretty reasonable monthly fee. Most of the clips are under 5 minutes (looks like the average is 2 -3 min) and are definitely designed to make you smile.

Read the rest of Kathy’s review at Fashionable Giving

Daily Inspiration #49: Cheap Laptops Connect Rural Kenya to the World

XOLaptop

The XO laptop, which costs $180, is green and white and clunky, and looks more like a toy than computer.

From the look of it, you would never guess that it’s a powerful agent of social change.

In the rural Kenyan town where this video was shot, less than 3 percent of the population has even seen a computer. Now students are using the XO to read and write after only a few lessons.

Almost 1 million XO’s are now in the hands of children in 31 countries.

The XO is the brainchild of MIT whiz Nicholas Negroponte.  You can read more about the program at One Laptop per Child

(Via Rocketboom)

Featured SpiritClips Member Submitted Story: Love, Bro Lee

Ellen Perry

Ellen Perry

Ellen Perry, SpiritClips’ Interaction Designer, is a passionate person, especially when it comes to her work for SpiritClips.  So it brought me great joy to hear that her incredible hard work for SpiritClips had brought her something quite meaningful in return: a closer connection to her older brother, Lee.

Below is an excerpt from Ellen’s story:

Lee is 7 years older than me. Growing up, he was kind of scary. When he babysat, he used to make me stay up late and watch “Chiller” horror movies on TV even though my parents forbade it. He told me the dust motes in the air were monsters that would get me. I believed him.

After he got married and moved away, we stayed in touch on holidays and with an occasional phone call, but that was it.

When I saw the SpiritClips film “Wake-up Call,” I thought of my brother. He had actually turned into a very good father, so maybe he wasn’t such a bad guy after all. Even though his kids were all older now, I sent him “Wake-up Call” as a filmcard last Father’s Day. Here’s the response I got:

Thanks Ellen. Brings back lots of memories.
Love, Bro Lee

This may not seem like much, but Lee had never told me he loved me before. My family wasn’t expressive like that. I’m keeping that message in a special place. It meant a lot to me.

Read more of Ellen’s story at SpiritClips: Love, Bro Lee

You can send your own filmcard using our newly redesigned composer here. Who knows, it could bring you closer to someone you love.

Daily Inspiration #48: When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

Well, I guess I can never use that excuse again…

Miss Porky Pig flies through the air during the pig racing and diving event Sept. 18 at the Royal Melbourne Show in Melbourne, Australia. The show has been taking place in Melbourne since 1848 and is Victoria’s largest annual public entertainment event, expected to attract around half a million visitors in 2009.

This picture was found in this week’s MSNBC Animal Tracks

Daily Inspiration #47: The Beauty of Mother Nature

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See more of Eric Rolph’s amazing Rainbow photo set at Flickr

Daily Inspiration #46: Paper Planes Carry Kid’s Dreams

Mong Thongdee, left, poses with Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and paper airplanes during a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sept. 3, 2009.

Mong Thongdee, left, poses with Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and paper airplanes during a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sept. 3, 2009.

Mong Thongdee from Bangkok, Thailand, is a champion in an unusual sport – paper planes.

“At the national paper plane contest late last year, Mong’s dart floated 12.5 seconds in the air and made him a winner. Ever since that victory, he’s been training two hours a day to prepare for the origami airplane competition in Japan this month, where he will represent Thailand.

But when Mong requested to have a travel document to go Japan he was rejected, and has been in a state of limbo ever since due to the strict citizenship laws in Thailand. Finally the Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva stepped in to intervene. Mong now holds a temporary passport that allows him to travel and a Japanese visa that’s valid for 90 days.

Mong’s victory has become an inspiration. After school boys and girls gather to make airplanes from papers in a recycle bin, dreaming of their own highflying day.”

Read the entire story at MSNBC