There is something very human about First Kiss, a viral video by filmmaker Tatia Pilieva. Maybe it’s part anticipation and part vulnerability in which the viewer is able to experience and take in from both kissers that has made this video spread like wildfire in a mere 24 hours. Personally, I love how purely awkward the whole thing is (I was grinning and blushing the entire time). It really reminds you that when it comes to being intimate for the first time (stranger or not) that space of exposure is not easily escaped by either party — and that’s kinda great, right? S.
“In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.” –sinuses What a woman! S.
I’m not a fan of music videos, mostly because the visual story in my head is much better than what the video delivers; I mostly stick to live performances when surfing YouTube. This live Mumford & Sons video is absolutely beautiful! The energy the band brings mixed with the romantic set design gave this little lady goose-bumps. Turn up the volume and check it out! S.
Last night I watched the documentary, Life in a Day directed by Kevin MacDonald, Natalia Andreadis and Joseph Michael. It was absolutely fantastic! Have you seen it? It documents a day in the life on planet earth that was comprised from 80,000 clips which were submitted on YouTube by ordinary people from all over the world. Questions like, What do you love? What do you fear? and What’s in your pocket? were asked. These simple questions generated so many different answers and perspectives – it was truly inspiring. [Spoiler Alert] There’s this really great clip at the end where a girl is filming herself and she’s really disappointed because, “nothing really exciting happened today”. And as she’s having this raw dialogue with herself, she realizes that more than anything she wants people to know that she was here, that she existed. All of a sudden, you see the lightbulb go off in her head, and she gets really emotional as she realizes that she’s done just that. It was really, really great. Will you watch it? If so, be sure to tell me your …
I’m starting a new section on my blog today called, “You Just Gotta Watch This”. I watch a lot of TED Talks (anything to do with storytelling) and I’ve got a backlist that I’d like to share with you. I promise you that I’ll only share TED Talks that will give you goosebumps. First up, a TED Talk by Bruce Muzik who shares with us, The Big Secret Nobody Wants to Tell. I really liked this talk, mostly because of how honest he is and how vulnerable he had to make himself in order to seek out change in his life. Enjoy. Oh, and if you frequently peruse my blog from work, you just gotta start packing headphones. S.
Today’s gonna be a great day, I can feel it. S.
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” — Nora Ephron
My brother sent this gem to me today. It was exactly what I needed to help turn my mood and day around! Ah, the power of words. S.
After watching this video last year, I fell in love with Sarah Kay. She’s an incredible spoken word poet and an enchanting storyteller. Check her out and tell me what you think! S.
Do you believe in ghosts? I don’t even know what to think after watching this video…spooky!