#SFBatKid is here to save the day! The city of San Francisco teamed up with over 11k Make-A-Wish volunteers to make a 5-year-old’s dreams come true. Miles, age 5, is currently in remission from leukemia. He is spending all day today dressed as Batman in San Francisco fighting crime. You can follow along on Twitter using hashtag #SFBatKid and @SFWish.
Buzzfeed is tracking his crime solving as well with his first mission of saving a damsel in distress who is tied to the train tracks! Soon after a robbery was in progress and #SFBatKid to save the day. The Riddler didn’t even see him coming! Currently The Penguin is on the move so make sure you stay tuned by clicking here.
Make-A-Wish Bay Area wow oh wow! You have outdone yourselves and not only made Miles smile from ear to ear, but surely all of San Francisco and everyone watching this crime fighting day unfold. Thank you! Thank you!
Update: #SFBatKid has saved the day! He is now on his way to City Hall to be awarded a much deserved key to the city. Even President Obama is singing his praises for all the crime stopping he has done today. https://vine.co/v/htbdjZAPrAX.
On May 10th I shared with you the inspirational story of Zach Sobiech who unfortunately lost his battle to cancer just two weeks later. The Director/Producer of that video, Justin Baldoni, might just be one of those incredibly special, unique, full-hearted, living life for every moment people as well.
This past April Justin proposed to his girlfriend Emily at the restaurant where they had their first date. He told her he was running late, had the restaurant opened just for her, and set up hidden cameras. Justin recently shared the video for all of us to see – thank you for that. The rest I will leave for you to watch. It is 27mins long, but well worth it. Take the time to watch.
And yes, I asked myself the question is this real? He is a director and Emily is an actress. But yes, it is real.
This video mashup by Isosine of Mumford & Sons “Little Lion Man” and Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” is simply genius. Both the song and video are better than the original. The video samples from Miley’s original video, Sigur Rós “Valtari” and The xx “Chained.” Miley why didn’t you do this to begin with?
Maybe it’s because I grew up in New York or in a house filled with the love of music, but either way I love everything about Broadway and theater! So when I merely saw the headline of this youtube video – I knew I was going to love it. Off-Broadway actress Christina Bianco does a hysterical job at impersonating musical greats in her rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
For those of you that are curious like me as to what Christina Bianco sounds like, here you go. Not too shabby! Sing it girl!
As a New Yorker every time I get into the subway I survey my surroundings. Where do I want to stand? Where do I definitely not want to stand? Who do I want to avoid? Who could be entertaining to stand near?
Then I would say on about 1 of 3 rides you have the dancers who do their thing in the middle and while they are impressive you fear that someone is going to kick you in the face by accident; or you have the man who preaches about god and why he will smite you if you don’t believe in christ; or you have the panhandler who tells you how he is down on his luck, has a spine made out of steel because the government did testing on him, and he is asking for some money. In short, you learn to keep your head down and move as far away from the action as possible.
But what would happen if you take a “scene” that every day New Yorkers fear and flip it. What if you asked people for high fives instead of money? What if you boasted about your success and the positive things in life? Find out in the video below.
What is one of the best pranks you have witnessed or been a part of?
There are those YouTube videos that you come across that you bookmark and go back to on days when you are sad, stressed, want to be reminded of the good in the world, need some laughter, or just want an extra reason to smile. This is one of those videos.
The video is based on a simple question, “How many people have you loved in your life?” Is it only one person? Or are there several people all of whom have shaped your life through love?
My brother, Dotan, shared with me this video a few weeks ago. It is quite long so it took me a while to have the time to sit down and watch it, but I’m so glad I did. Afterwards I knew I had to share it with all of you so I asked him if he would write a guest post for the blog today. He was more than happy to oblige!
Lets take a quick trip back in time to April 5th, 1968. (That is the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed). You are in 3rd grade and step in to Mrs. Jane Elliott’s class to take your seat as you would every day, but what you don’t yet know is that this day, this class, this teacher would change your life and the lives of future generations forever!
Seemingly just an every day elementary school teacher, Mrs. Elliott decided to use an exercise learned from Adolph Hitler as an educational experience for her students. One of the ways they chose people for the gas chamber during the Holocaust was eye color. If you were blue, you went through; if you were brown, you went down. She split her students up based on eye color and turned her third grade students against each other in a matter of seconds. It is a concept so many today are still struggling to grasp, yet seemingly something so simple and obvious to an elementary school class nearly half a century ago! Mrs. Elliott has successfully used this exercise for over 45 years, with children of all ages. Well done Jane. You are an amazing teacher!
Watch the video below and prepare to be blown away by the power of simply right vs wrong, acceptance, and a 3rd grade class. (It is 14 minutes long – don’t even try to skim through it. If you watch one thing today online and this is it, you will not regret it!)
As if we all needed more reasons to gush over Australians and their incredible accents, here comes Tom Thum. Australian beatboxer Tom Thum gave a energetic, influential performance at TEDxSydney this past May and it was recently uploaded to YouTube. It is well worth watching the entire 11minute performance, as each piece tops the last. It is amazing to see what he can do and what he has accomplished – not giving up on his dream, no matter where he had to go to make it happen. We should all be a bit more like Tom Thum and maybe one day we will end up on that stage!
One of my fave parts of weddings these days is seeing the creative speeches. I’ve seen everything from improvisational dances to group songs. Well, sister-of-the-bride, Jennifer Gabrielli nailed it! I anticipate a call from Eminem in her future. I showed the video to my own sister saying “when I get married you have to do this.” She informed me that that would never happen. Therefore, Jennifer, your invited!
A week ago I was at a wedding where the following quote about marriage as defined in “Goodridge Vs. Department of Health” by Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, was read.
“Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations….Without question, civil marriage enhances the ‘welfare of the community.’ It is a ‘social institution of the highest importance.’
Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family…. Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”
I instantly fell in love with the quote and how well stated it is. Note that the quote says individuals, not man and woman. It is about security, connection, intimacy, and most importantly LOVE!
June 26, 2013, marks an amazing day in history. Both a day that I will be proud to tell the next generation that I witnessed and a day that I am ashamed at how long it took to come. A day that The Defense of Marriage Act, #DOMA, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, was declared by the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.