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Pre-”Reform” vote escapism: A meditation on things that make you smile

There is only so much negative information one can absorb without experiencing deleterious effects on health.  For that reason, I offer this thread as a way to help balance the anger and frustration many of us are feeling.  I find that it helps to reflect on those priceless elements of our world which uplift us and remind us that there are greater powers at work than those who seek to harm us.  If you find yourself feeling particularly stressed, I recommend returning to the videos below for a respite that will hopefully make you smile.

The following news story was apparently making the rounds in mid to late 2008.  For some reason I missed it, and others may have also.  Therefore I wanted to post it again.  I challenge you to watch this incredible story without feeling uplifted, whether you’ve seen it before or not.

If you’re interested, there was a follow-up report on the Today show:

Now, if that didn’t do the trick, there’s always this wonderful video that I’ve posted before.  For me, this video is the most perfect depiction of pure joy.  It is a guaranteed mood changer:

Dakinikat previously posted this beautiful video of Kseniya Simonova’s Amazing Sand Drawing.  It is inspiring and moving.

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

Finally, if you’re still in need of a smile-inducing moment, nobody does it better than Snowball!

To up the ante on the feel-good moment, you can go to Petfinders Rescue Site where a “click” helps feed shelter animals at no cost to you!

Or, Jill & Kevin have decided to parlay the popularity of their video into positive action.  They’ve set up a website where you can donate to help end domestic violence.  From their site:

We hope to direct this positivity to a good cause. Due to the circumstances surrounding the song in our wedding video, we have chosen the Sheila Wellstone Institute.

Sheila Wellstone was an advocate, organizer, and national champion in the effort to end domestic violence in our communities.


Reflecting on the positive.  That’s how I’m going to get through this weekend.  How about you?  What do you recommend?

36 Responses

  1. I’m watching it snow (we might get 6 inches. Might get a foot) and working on updating a website. That is all.

  2. Love that JK wedding dance! It never gets old. They have a page set up for donations to the Sheila Wellstone Institute to end domestic violence, too, which is so great.


    • oh SoD, I just saw you have it at the bottom! Sorry bout that!

    • Ok here’s my recommend since SoD already had the jk donation page covered.

      The Known Universe
      by the American Museum of Natural History

      • I love that one too! Really puts things in perspective. My daughter and I just visited the Museum of Natural History in NYC last week. She hopes to work there some day.

  3. This is an interesting article from the March issue of Entrepreneur about the new market for quality inexpensive wines:


    • yes!!! that’s good news from my standpoint!!!

      • We may be heading to the poorhouse but damn it, we can still get soused on some good Napa Cab. 🙂

        • yup. Actually, I’ve been studying up on how to make wine. I’m thinking about getting some vines and doing my own. How’s that for an old lady kinda thing to do during my golden years?

          • !! Sounds good to me. I wonder if grapes could grow in Kansas?

          • If they can grow them in PA, they can grow them in Kansas! We have some excellent local wineries here.

          • yes, Muscadet grow just about any where. My grandparents had concords in their yard in Kansas

          • I live in the Finger Lakes Region of western NY, well known for our wonderful wines. There are 55 wineries on Seneca Lake alone and there are 5 major Finger lakes and 6 smaller ones. Rieslings are what we are best known for at this time, from very dry to very sweet, but we have many, many other very good wines. Come and visit, it’s a great place for a vacation and take a winery tour.

  4. So am I the only person who never saw the Christian the Lion story before?

  5. You know, that Snowball and the Song another one bites the dust kinda reminds me of how the white house works now …

  6. UPDATE :: We’re watching Bewitched. That is all.

  7. I saw it many moons ago. Still makes me sob!

  8. I will spend the rest of the weekend watching old Fred Astaire movies – love the man.
    Just a taste.

    • Nice. Don’t forget:

      “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.” — Ann Richards.

      • I adore Jane Powell as well.
        If you listen to the lyrics, this could be the current Presidential theme song. e.g. How could you believe me when I said I loved you, when you know I’ve been a liar all my life.
        Seemed appropriate, although I prefer his Finian’s rainbow performance – he was 69 years old when he made the movie. What an incredible man (also loved Don Francks, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Keenan Wynn et al.

  9. Just to level the playing field, I’ve loved Ann Miller since I was a child learning to tap dance – and what a dynamo she was. Here she is – I think she was in her late 50s. Why is it that woman have not progressed, but fallen behind since them? Anyway, sorry to overload with clips, but it’s one of one of my favorite female stars (and no, I’m not a Julia fan, but I really am impressed by Julianne)

  10. I just realized that Louise Slaughter is a total idiot:


  11. Oh, thank you so much for the videos! What a nice end to our first day of Spring and for many, our first day of realzing how corrupt our government is, and for many more, our first day of the next level of fighting for our Republic.

    Balance. Work and Play. Joy and Sorrow. Me and Us.

    Go, America! Go, Universe!

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