Archive | February 2010

Weekly Inspiration: – Chicken Soup for the Soul 21st Century, Twitter-style

GIves Me Hope - FML for Optimists

Gives Me Hope - FML for Optimists

I came across this great website called GivesMeHope that features hopeful, uplifting moments in life. Apparently, “it’s like Chicken Soup for the Soul, 21st Century, Twitter-style.”

Here are some recent examples –

Today, it was pouring outside. I saw a family of four with two umbrellas. The father picked up his young daughter, and the mother held a umbrella over them. Then the teenage son held a umbrella over his mother. Families like this GMH.”

I have a three-year-old son with down syndrome. Today I took him to the park. He spotted a teenage girl there, and walked right up to her and said “hi”. That girl played with my son for an hour. He can’t stop talking about her. That teenager GMH.”

“Last year, i got surgery and had to stay the night in the hospital alone. I was texting my guy bestfriend while he was hanging with his friends and told him that I had to wake up at 4:00 in the morning for the nurses to check on me. At 4:00 i got a text from him. He stayed up after his friends fell asleep to talk to me so I wouldnt be alone. He GMH.”

SpiritClips nominated for Mom’s Choice Award + finalist for Website of the Year!

Mom's Choice Award

Mom's Choice Award

SpiritClips has been nominated for a 2010 Mom’s Choice Award and is a finalist for Website of the Year!

The Mom’s Choice Awards is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services.

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Weekly Inspiration: The 2010 Winter Olympics Have Begun…

Seth Wescott and Mike Robertson from men's snowboarding

Seth Wescott and Mike Robertson from men's snowboarding

Gold medalist Seth Wescott, right, of the U.S., passes silver medallist Mike Robertson, of Canada, near the end of the course during the men’s snowboard cross final at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games on Cypress Mountain on Feb. 15, 2010.

This pic was taken from this week’s MSNBC Sports Pics

Weekly Inspiration: Sir Ken Robinson and Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson gives a great speech about how the education system needs to change the way it is currently teaching students. His anecdotes are hilarious, and he presents a compelling case as to why creativity should not be discouraged.

My favorite quote:

“Kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll have a go … They’re not frightened of being wrong. Now I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. But we do know that if you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original … by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They are frightened of being wrong. And we run our companies this way. We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst things you can make. And the result is, we are educating people out of their creative capacities.”

New Film Release: Extraordinary Life – Customize It With Your Own Photos & Personalize History

Neil Armstrong walking on the moon . . . the fall of the Berlin Wall . . . Barack Obama’s inauguration. These were all extraordinary moments but, here as SpiritClips, we believe that it’s the simple moments that make life worth living. With that in mind, we are very proud to announce the release of “Extraordinary Life”, a customizable filmcard that celebrates your most important moments.

Using cutting edge technology, you can upload up to 5 or your personal photos into “Extraordinary Life”. Use pictures of your family, friends or even pets. It’s up to you what moments you want to celebrate. You can even write a personal message within the film to create something unique and special. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. Get started here.

For some inspiration, you can check out a gallery of the SpiritClips staff’s personalized filmcards

Extraordinary Life Gallery

The SpiritClips staff hopes our latest release, “Extraordinary Life”, allows you to see how special your memories are in the context of our national history. Below are some of the filmcards that we’ve made and shared with our loved ones. We hope that they encourage you to make and celebrate your own “Extraordinary Lives”.

Make your own “Extraordinary Life” here.

Executive Producer Craig Ginsberg sent this personalized Valentine’s Day filmcard to his wife.

Executive Producer Tyrrell Shaffner made this personalized filmcard for her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.

Editor Mitch Rouse made this filmcard for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day.

Interaction Designer Ellen Perry made her card to celebrate the canines in her life.

Nare Mkrtchyan made this personalized card to make her boyfriend smile on Valentine’s Day

Weekly Inspiration: A View of the Sled Dogs

Racing with sled dogs

Racing with sled dogs

Canadian Inuit dogs pull a sled using traditional harnesses on Thursday in Iqaluit, Canada. Iqaluit, population 7,000, may seem an unlikely venue for a G-7 bull session about the global economy, but the host nation chose it in part to underscore a message about sovereignty over its part of the Arctic.

This pic was taken from this week’s MSNBC Sports Pics

Blog Update

We are updating the blog to a weekly format so we can bring you the very best inspiring story, picture or video from the entire week! We’ll be posting on Fridays.

Let us know how you like our new format!

— Tyrrell and Star

Daily Inspiration #125: A Tiger and a Dolphin Meet Cute

Akaasha, a tiger cub at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California, was instantly attracted to Maverick, a 14 month old dolphin, when the tiger passed the dolphin’s fishtank on its daily walk.

From the picture, it seems that a deep connection was instantly sparked between the two young, yet very different mammals.

I suppose opposites attract in the animal kingdom as well.

See more adorable pictures of their interaction at Kittens

Daily Inspiration #124: Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show Farewell

I know I’ve covered Conan O’Brien’s departure from the Tonight Show, but I just rewatched his last show and was very moved by his inspirational farewell speech.  I think everyone teared up a little as well when Conan sounded like he was going to start crying, and it was so great of him to reach out to the young viewers with his final message.

Here’s my favorite part of his speech:

… I have something to say to our fans.
This massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming for me.
The rallies, the signs, all the goofy outrageous creativity on the Internet, the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain.
It’s pouring! It’s been pouring for days and they’re camping out to be in our audience.
…Here’s what all of you have done.
You’ve made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.
So to all the people watching I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life.
And all I ask is one thing … and I’m asking this particularly of young people that watch … please do not be cynical.
I hate cynicism. For the record, it’s my least favorite quality.
It doesn’t lead anywhere.
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get.
But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you. Amazing things will happen.”